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Supervisors approve relocation of equestrian crossing

SDUHSD changes course on special ed housing

By Joe Naiman

SOLANA BEACH — The San Dieguito Union High School District has reversed course on a plan to house a special education program in two modular buildings on the Earl Warren Middle School Campus. Late last week, School District Superintendent Eric Dill announced that the district’s adult transition program would be moved to three classrooms on the La Costa Canyon High School campus. “Based on the feedback from last Friday’s parent meeting, we will be moving the entire program to La Costa Canyon High School beginning this school year into three permanent classrooms,” Dill wrote in an email to the school board. “I will send a message to ATP families today and also inform them of the action the board will consider to create a Special Education Task Force.” The decision comes after parents of the students in the program — a fouryear program that educates students with special needs until the age of 22 — railed against the district for what they called “separate and unequal” conditions. Parents noted the contrast of the district spending $37 million on the ren-

RANCHO SANTA FE — The mid-block equestrian trail crossing on Lomas Santa Fe Drive will be relocated to the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Sun Valley Road. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Aug. 2 to approve the relocation of equestrian crossing, which is currently near La Floresta. A marked crosswalk and push-button beacons will be installed at the intersection. The existing trail crossing is located near a bend, and motorist sight distance is limited. “In recent years the volume and speed of the cars has increased and it is no longer safe to cross,” said Sun Valley Road resident Christina Flynn. Flynn told the supervisors that one rider was hit by a car, resulting in the death of the horse and the hospitalization of the rider. During the 62-month period from Jan. 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2017, no collisions were reported at the intersection. Flynn worked with staff from the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, who made a recommendation to the county’s Department of Public Works to relocate the trail crossing. The county’s Traffic Advisory Committee recommended relocation of the trail crossing at the June 9 TAC meeting. “It’s a trail. I like that they’re relocating it to a standard intersection,” said Kenton Jones, Traffic Advisory Committee secretary. The Department of Parks and Recreation also proposed an all-way stop control at the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Sun Valley Road, although the Traffic Advisory Committee determined that traffic volumes did not warrant an all-way stop. According to a March 2017 traffic survey, the average daily traffic volume at the intersection was 5,310 eastbound vehicles on Lomas Santa Fe Drive, 4,890 westbound vehicles on Lomas Santa Fe Drive and 970 northbound vehicles on Sun Valley Road. Sun Valley Road has a 50 mph speed limit but has a stop control where it ends at Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The speed limit on Lomas Santa Fe Drive is also 50 mph.

By Aaron Burgin

HELPING HAND FOR FIREFIGHTERS STORY ON PAGE 14: The Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Association Local 4349 will partner with Atomic Groove and the Belly Up Tavern from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 to host a fundraiser benefiting San Diego-based FirefighterAid and the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, scheduled for Sept. 9. Courtesy photo

RSF Foundation launches $40,000 Match Challenge for military grants By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation recently announced its military grants initiative geared to help San Diego military families in need. Through The Patriots Connection, the RSFF aims to help active military members in a variety of ways. Each year, the RSFF reviews grant requests through The Patriots Connection. When the call for grants nearly doubled this year, RSFF decided to turn

to its community members to take part in the $40,000 Match Challenge. “This is a compelling indicator of the consistent and ongoing needs of San Diego’s military families,” Christy Wilson, executive director of RSFF, said. “In response to this ongoing need, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is excited to announce that we have received a $40,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to support The Patriots Connection grant making this year. Every dollar

donated will be matched, doubling your impact, and helping even more of our nation’s heroes.” Wilson also wants everyone to know that all donations made between now and Sept. 15 that specify The Patriots Connection, totaling up to $40,000, will be matched and will support the 2017 grants. RSFF established The Patriots Connection in 2008, formerly known as Armed Forces Interest Group. While Armed Forces Interest Group respond-

ed to the needs of junior enlisted military families shouldering multiple and lengthy deployments, RSFF reassessed its mission required branching out. “Armed Forces Interest Group was renamed The Patriots Connection, and the focus was expanded to include those transitioning from active duty and veterans,” Wilson said. Since its inception in 2008, the RSFF has awarded $1.3 million dollars in TURN TO



More off-leash dog days coming By Bianca Kaplanek


Influential architect Lilian Rice, here looking over the topography of Rancho Santa Fe, was the subject of special event on Aug. 12 at the RSF Garden Club called “Historic Places,” hosted by the RSF Historical Society and featuring a talk by historian Vonn Marie May. Courtesy photo

DEL MAR — In response to a petition containing nearly 1,400 signatures, council members at the Aug. 7 meeting agreed to extend off-leash dog hours on parts of some city beaches. Once the new rules are adopted — most likely no earlier than November — canines will be allowed untethered on the beach north of 20th Street to the river mouth and leashed north of Seagrove Park to 20th year-round from dawn until 8 a.m. Under the current law, off-leash dogs are permitted in the North Beach area, from 29th Street to the Solana Beach border, from the day after Labor Day through June 15, although they must be under

the voice control of their owners. Leashed canines are allowed in that area from June 16 through Labor Day and year-round from Powerhouse Park south to the Torrey Pines State Beach border at Sixth Street. In the main beach area, from the northern end of Powerhouse Park to 29th Street, all dogs are prohibited from June 16 through Labor Day, and they must be tethered the rest of the year. The petition, submitted by Scott MacDonald, Dan Quirk and Lynn Gaylord, also sought a 45-day moratorium on enforcement in the newly designated offleash areas from dawn until 8 a.m., but the city attorney TURN TO DOG BEACH ON 9


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Co-chairing Art of Fashion 2017 is sensational, say Bobileff and Hug By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Maggie Bobileff and Denise Hug were already great friends before embarking as co-chairs of The Country Friends’ Art of Fashion 2017 Runway Show and Luncheon. However, they admit working on this grand Sept. 14 event at the Inn of Rancho Santa Fe gave them even a better opportunity to learn more about one another. For Hug, she admires Bobileff’s tenacity and go-getter attitude. “When Maggie wants to go after something, she puts everything into it,” Hug said. “She’s such a hard worker, and this shows in her boutiques.” While Hug describes Bobileff as having an impeccable work ethic, another trait which equally stands out is her compassion. “Maggie is always one of the first people to volunteer if you need help or if you’re in a jam,” Hug said. “She’s always there for you.” For Bobileff, no one can find a sweeter person in town than Hug. “I have always admired Denise,” Bobileff said. “She is such a charming person. And I learned that she is an excellent chairwoman.” Instinctively, Bobileff knew Hug had the co-chairing skills. All it took was a little arm twisting to get her to agree to it. Bobileff

Denise Hug and Maggie Bobileff, co-chairs of Art of Fashion 2017 event on Sept. 14, open up about event teamwork. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

approached the topic slowly and carefully the first time. “I said, ‘No,’” said Hug, smiling. Hug was accustomed to helping behind the scenes. Every year, she and her husband Bertrand host the

Art of Fashion Patron Party at their fine dining restaurant, Mille Fleurs. “She asked me again, and I said, ‘Maggie, no,’” said Hug, smiling even more. Bobileff would not give

up. Hug had worked for charities in the past, and Bobileff knew a co-chair position would be perfect. So, she asked again. “She finally coerced me, and I said all right,” Hug quipped. “We were

walking the dogs one morning, and I said, “OK, let’s do it.’” Now, Hug can’t imagine doing anything else. Co-chairing is an incredible honor and will leave an indelible imprint. The ladies agree that their partnership is relaxed. And above all, they enjoy working together. Bobileff shared that their tastes in aesthetics are quite similar, or they complement one another. “I really think that this is why it has been so easy work together,” Bobileff said. Being able to help The County Friends raise funds from this highly anticipated annual event to help support more than 35 local charities means everything to Bobileff and Hug. They are also quick to point out that their Art of Fashion 2017 committee is a dedicated and talented group. Their generous sponsors also play a valuable role in the success of the event. Hug admitted that she and Bobileff were also looking forward to having their good friend, Jenny Craig, be the Art of Fashion honoree. For those attending the Art of Fashion for the very first time, Bobileff hopes they take the time out to learn about The Country Friends and what they do. According to Bobileff, The

Country Friends is a charity with little overhead and mostly operated by volunteers. “Raising money for a charity like this means that dollars go to where those needs are,” Bobileff said. The Country Friends annual membership of $60

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also goes to help fund the charities it supports. Its consignment shop in Rancho Santa Fe is another way it raises money. “The Art of Fashion is a special tradition which has gone on for years,” Hug said. “There is such enthusiasm with everybody wanting to come to this show and with the knowledge that it supports all these charities.” For more information on the Art of Fashion and The Country Friends, visit TheCountryFriends.org.

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Whose UC is it?

Still a valid question California Focus By Thomas D. Elias

Potential energy project could benefit water ratepayers By Mark Muir

A n exciting concept is emerging in San D i e g o County that could reduce pressure on water rates across the region and expand opportunities for renewable energy. The system under consideration is essentially an incredible “battery” that could store up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy. There’s still a lot of work to be done to determine whether this idea pencils out — but it’s important even at this early stage because it highlights how the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are continually seeking ways to make the best use of the region’s water infrastructure. At the simplest level, the project would work like this: When regional energy supply exceeds demand, water would be pumped uphill from San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside to a new smaller reservoir, creating a bank of stored hydroelectric energy for later use. When regional energy demand and electricity prices rise, the stored water would be released to San Vicente by gravity, turning turbines and generating power. Such a project would support electrical grid operations that are essential to integrating large new supplies of other renewable electricity into the California and western power grids — notably solar, but also wind. It also would make it easier to quickly increase or decrease energy generation as needed. In March, the Water

Authority’s board of directors authorized staff to seek detailed proposals for this project after 18 qualified parties expressed interest. During that process, we confirmed several valuable conclusions: • The potential p r oje c t would be a valuable resource. Located in an energy load center, it would help stabilize the energy t ra nsm ission grid operated by the California Independent System Operator. • The project size is appropriate. A 500-megawatt project with five to eight hours of energy storage would help investor-owned utilities meet a state mandate to procure 50 percent of their energy from renewable energy sources by 2030. • Infrastructure exists to support the project. Existing resources the project could capitalize on include the San Vicente Dam and Reservoir and a nearby high-voltage transmission line. In mid-July, the Water Authority issued a Request for Proposals in partnership with the city of San Diego, which owns San Vicente Reservoir. The competitive bidding process will help ensure maximum value. The Water Authority and the city expect to evaluate proposals this fall and to seek approval from the board to begin negotiations with a potential full-service team

by the end of 2017. The Water Authority already has a long history of leadership and innovation in the energy sector. For instance, it operates an energy storage facility at Lake Hodges, which generates up to 40 megawatts of electricity on demand for the region. The Water Authority also has installed more than 7,500 solar panels total at three facilities that produce an estimated total of 2.7 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually, enough to reduce the agency’s energy expenses by nearly $5.6 million over 20 years. And the agency in May received a $1 million incentive to install industrial-scale batteries at its Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant — another element of our efforts to maximize value for the region’s water ratepayers. For more information about the San Vicente Energy Storage Project study, go to www.sdcwa.org/sanvicente-energy-storage-facility-study. Mark Muir is chair of the board of directors of the San Diego County Water Authority.

As a new school year gets set to open on the nine campuses of the University of California, it’s fair for parents of prospective students to ask once again, as many have for at least the last eight years, whose UC will it be? The question first arose during the Great Recession that began about nine years ago, a time when UC began accepting more and more out-of-state and foreign students to help make up for funding cuts inflicted by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators. Over 12 years, the foreign and out-ofstate enrollment at UC — some of whose campuses are routinely listed among the top five public universities in America and the world — rose from 5 percent to more than 21 percent. University administrators were forced to concede the $26,000 in extra tuition paid by the children of Arab oil sheiks and Chinese multi-millionaires and government-subsidized students from myriad other places had a lot to do with their vastly increased numbers at UC. Meanwhile, the proportion of highly eligible California high school graduates who actually went to UC was falling despite their supposedly being guaranteed a slot somewhere in the university. About two years ago, administrators began feeling some heat over this, with state legislators threatening to cut the taxpayer contributions to UC coffers unless the trend stopped. So UC regents voted overwhelmingly in late 2015 for a plan to increase instate enrollment by 5,000 students in each of the next two years, this fall being the plan’s second year. This action, proposed by UC President Janet Napolitano, amounted to a tacit admission that the critics were correct. Since then, there has been a bit of a shift toward higher enrollments of Californians at UC. The system announced as it sent out acceptance offers this spring it would have 2,500 more California undergraduates than it did two years ago. Not exactly the 10,000 promised by the university’s governing board back then, but progress nonetheless. In fact, UC reported that admission offers to Californians declined this year by

about 1,200 from last year, a drop of almost 2 percent. Meanwhile, a reported 31,030 non-Californians got admission offers, a jump of about 4 percent from last year. Justifiable outcries began immediately. “UC officials are tone deaf and insensitive to Californians and the (state’s) master plan for higher education,” said Northern California Republican state Sen. Jim Nielsen. “Californians subsidize UC so that their children may attend and learn to be competitive in this global economy. Instead, UC officials are admitting non-Californians to the detriment of California students.” What Nielsen said is more true of the primo UC campuses like Berkeley, UCLA, San Diego and Irvine than it is of those at Riverside, Merced and Santa Cruz, which are in somewhat less demand by out-ofstaters. UCLA admitted just 14.6 percent of California hopefuls this year, even as it became the first American public university to get more than 100,000 admission applications. Berkeley took just 19.7 percent, with out-of-staters eating up many slots that otherwise could go to Californians. As they previously have, UC officials predicted in-state enrollments would actually rise, noting they have longstanding analyses of how many admission offers are acted on by non-Californians. But there are new questions about the reliability of statements from Napolitano and her staff. A state audit, for example, showed the president’s office squirreled away about $175 million over the last few years in a slush fund, at the same time tuition rose by almost the same amount. That led to great mistrust, which many governors would have resolved by firing the perpetrators. But, as usual with financial chicanery conducted by officials associated with Gov. Jerry Brown, no one was punished and business carried on, following pious pledges to clean up their act from Napolitano and other administrators. All of which leads parents of prospective UC students to feel betrayed by and untrusting of a system originally created to serve people like their children. 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

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10th annual Game On event a hole-in-one for the record book By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — The summer of 2017 is teeing up to be a memorable one for Tony Perez. Operation Game On, the program he created that uses golf to help our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen transition from military life, held its 10th annual tournament Aug. 14 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The event once again sold out and included 20 troops playing with sponsors, supporters, family and friends. The opening ceremonies, which included the presentation of colors by the Color Guard from the USS Carl Vinson, the national anthem sung by Del Mar Golf Center instructor Chris Lesson and Greg Kaput playing “Taps” to honor those “who have given their lives so we can enjoy our freedom,” concluded with a surprise and honor for Perez. He received the 10News Leadership Award, which recognizes people who stand up for those who need help, initiate or create solutions for others, are role models and fulfill a local need to improve the quality of life for San Diegans. Susan Horvitz, Perez’s partner of 23 years, nominated him for the award a while ago. She said she had actually forgotten about it until she got the call that he was selected. Luckily, she said, she was able to keep the secret until the tournament. “We just want to thank you for everything,” Channel 10’s Steve Atkinson said. “What you do, what you’ve taken with the game of golf and what you’ve done for individuals changes lives.” “This is a great honor,” Perez said. Operation Game On is available to all troops undergoing treatment at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. Since 2008 Perez has expanded the program to spouses of wounded warriors and added lessons exclusively for female veterans. Experts have found golf is an essential link to the rehabilitation process for combat-wounded military personnel with extreme physical and mental disabilities. The tournament, which this year raised about $120,000, provides funding for participants, who receive 16 weeks of golf lessons by PGA-certified instructors, a fitting session at TaylorMade’s The Kingdom, a new set of clubs, a golf bag and golf apparel. To say the program has changed lives would be an understatement. “It’s a great experience,” said Marine Corps veteran Abraham Perez, who completed the program in May and was playing in his first Operation Game On tournament. “You take something you weren’t able to do and Tony has the tool set to make it happen and I

appreciate that. “I can just get away if I’m stressed out,” he added. “I go to the range and spend $20 to hit a bucket of balls and it gets your mind out of it.” “This has become part of my therapy,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Jake Keeslar, who remained active duty for five years after losing both legs from an IED explosion in Iraq. This was his seventh Operation Game On tournament. “There’s not a truer American out there,” he said of Perez. The program has allowed retired Marine Corps Col. Jim Collins to return to a game he loved before losing a leg to a shrapnel infection that resulted from a Vietnam War injury. He’s been playing in the tournament since 2013. “I have fun,” he said. Retired Maj. Doug Cullins credits Perez for helping him transition from the Operation Game On founder Tony Perez, right, looks on as Del Mar Golf Center instructor Chris Lesson sings the national anthem. The USS Carl Marines to the University Vinson Color Guard includes Joshua Biddinger, Theron Goodson, Benjamin Nelson and Kristha Douglas. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek of San Diego, where he is a second-year law student. The tournament included food and beverages throughout the day along the course and ended with cocktails, a dinner buffet, a silent auction, a raffle and awards. The winners were Mike Perez, Paul Drolson, Gerry Monkhouse and Scott Ahern. With the 10th annual tournament behind him, Perez will now turn some of his focus to planning his wedding. About a month earlier he proposed to Horvitz. “After all these years she never asked me so I thought it was time,” he said.


Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jake Keeslar has played in seven of 10 Operation Game On tournaments.


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Moms everywhere are ready for the fall season small talk jean gillette


ou can see it in their eyes. It’s almost back to school time

around here. For the past two weeks, when I bump into moms I know, who still have schoolage youngsters, our conversation is always the same. Me: “Hi! How’s your

summer going?” Them: “Well, we had fun, but I’m ready for school to start. The kids are getting restless.” Restless translates to they bicker 24/7, want French toast made at 5 a.m. and are watching too much TV. Anyone who has raised a child knows that the absence of school is a vacation for the children, but not always so much for mom. It is wonderful to stop setting an alarm clock and to skip that morning madhouse of getting them out the door. You don’t miss

packing lunches or the nightly struggle with homework. But somewhere around the middle of August, that glee is tempered with certain mood dampeners. Their little eyes begin glazing over with a look that says, “It’s too hot to go outside. Give me something to do that is fabulously distracting, and I don’t mean clean my room.” You have driven them to and from junior lifeguards or skate camp or horse camp or art class and friend’s houses. You still have dark circles un-

Plant Power vegan fast-food restaurant opens in Encinitas By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — A vegan fast-food restaurant has opened its second location in Encinitas, converting what was once a well-known eyesore into a sleek community watering hole. Plant Power opened its doors two weeks ago in a refurbished-wood-and-slate building on Santa Fe Drive that was previously occupied by a long-vacant 76 gas station that had fallen into bad disrepair. The San Diego-based restaurant opened its Ocean Beach location in January 2016 and specializes in burgers, fries, wraps, tacos and other fast food staples, but made without animal products, GMOs or artificial ingredients. Think “McDonald’s for vegans,” representatives said. Plant Power’s menu includes “fun” food like the Big Zac, with its take on a vegan McDonald’s Big Mac and named after co-owner Zach Vouga. “Encinitas was an obvious choice, a truly enlightened community, tons of yoga practitioners, musicians, organic gardeners, surfers and in general highly educated and successful

yet well rounded folks,” said Mitch Wallis, Plant Power’s co-owner and chief executive officer. “We have barely been able to catch our breath and keep up with the demand since our soft opening we did not anticipate the instant and overwhelming response, but we are extremely grateful to be so well-received and strive to meet and exceed expectations every daily.” On Aug. 9, an employee who said she was the Encinitas location manager, confirmed that the restaurant was “very busy” since the opening. Outside of the restaurant, cherry tomatoes and zucchini emerge from planter boxes made of refurbished wood. Two women approached the restaurant to eat, only to realize store opened at 11 a.m. as part of the soft opening. “We were thrilled to see that someone was going to turn this into a nice business,” said Valerie Swink, who has lived in Encinitas for 32 years. “The architects did a great job.” The building is a stark contrast to the abandoned gas station, which city officials said had been abandoned for more than two de-

cades. Wrapped in a tattered green tarp and a chain link fence, the building attracted homeless people and litter. City code enforcement admonished the property owner numerous times about the state of the property, only to see it fall in disrepair once more. Bruce Hochman purchased the property at 411 Santa Fe Drive from Robert Hall and the Elisse Trust in 2008. He originally wanted to build a two-story medical-office building there — and received approval for a 10,000-square-foot one in June 2013 — but when the market for the building turned sour, he leased the property to JPMorgan Chase Bank. The banking giant was poised to build a branch on the grounds, plans for which the city approved in 2013, but the bank pulled out of the project in 2015 after completing a long-anticipated site environmental cleanup. Hochman then subleased the property to a trio of businessmen and restauranteurs, and shortly thereafter, a sign emerged on the property that the vegan fast food concept would be “coming soon.”

der your eyes from the last three sleepovers. The kids might still enjoy the beach, but their sunburns are peeling and they probably have swimmer’s ear. Besides, you are a bit weary of dragging sandy beach chairs, towels, bags, Boogie boards, food and children from car to laundry room and shower and kitchen. A wheel has come off the skateboard and the springs broke on the squirt guns. The balls are deflated, the sidewalk chalk got wet and the kids don’t even jump up when they hear the

ice cream man anymore. You know that you should start getting them to bed at a decent hour again or those first weeks of school will be a foggy-brained disaster. You also know they will still be up until midnight on that last Sunday night. I do love my summer weeks when my schedule gets a lot of wiggle room, but I just can’t lie to these women. I do not envy them during these final days. I could only be a buzzkill by telling them that now the days may drag, but the time will come when they even

miss shopping for school supplies. My nest has been pretty full of grown kids this summer, but they most decidedly do not look to me for diversion. They sleep late and spare no time getting out the door. If they slow down, I break out my “list.” There’s no help like the help of a 20-something child who knows they owe you. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who could easily put it all off until after Labor Day. Contact her at jeanhartg@roadrunner.com.

Keep pets safe as heat lingers By Christina Macone-Greene which helps enforce this.

REGION — While the end of summer is more than a month away, most people may have become more acclimated to the warm temperatures. However, it is not the same for animals. Dog owners are being asked to stay diligent in keeping their pets safe. “Because we are so connected to our pets, it is easy to forget that they are not just like us and are actually more sensitive to summertime dangers than we are,” said Jessica Gercke, Helen Woodward Animal Center spokeswoman. For Kim Boyle, DVM, whose specialty is in veterinary emergency and critical care at California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, a few summertime points bear repeating. “From a veterinary standpoint, no dog should be left in a parked vehicle — even under a shady tree, with the windows cracked and with available water,” Boyle said. “(On) what might seem like a relatively cool day, the temperatures inside of a car can become much higher so we would absolutely advise against it.” The state of California also has penal code 597.7

Gercke shared that even at 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car can reach 104 degrees. After an hour, it climbs to 113 degrees. Boyle said what she often sees at the hospital are cases of when a pet owner takes their dog on a walk, jog or hike on a sunny day. Despite the owner’s best intentions, even if their dog is physically fit, taking them on an outing like this in warm temperatures can be dangerous. “If it’s a hot day, and dogs are pushed a little bit beyond what they normally do, they can get into significant trouble,” she said. “Those are the ones that we see coming in critical condition.” An example she shared was a dog going on a six-mile trail hike when it’s 80 degrees outside. Gercke agreed and added that pet owners should also consider the terrain of their hike. “If there are rocky areas or hot asphalt trails, dogs’ feet can get cut or burned from contact with rough surfaces,” Gercke said. “Dogs with more sensitive paws or ones that are not used to rugged outdoor terrain are at a greater

risk.” Brachycephalic dog breeds, otherwise known as flat-faced, such as bulldogs and pugs may also be more susceptible to overheating when going out for walks and jogs. Boyle wants people to know that when she treats a dog who was either on a walk, jog or hike for a heat stroke, the dog owners share that their animals gave them a sign. Boyle wants dog owners to be aware of these things. “We need to be tuned into our animals’ cues and to pick up on that,” Boyle said. “It’s that first hint that your pet is telling you, ‘Hey, I’m done,’” Boyle said. “You have to take that seriously.” These signs can consist of a dog’s reluctance to keep going, stopping, sitting or trailing behind their owner. On a warm day, take the necessary precautions such as going out early in the morning or the evening, finding shade, having fresh water on hand and knowing the location of the nearest veterinarian hospital. “Also remember if there is a heat advisory for people, then that crosses over to our pets as well,” Boyle said.

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Local tech company changing the way you watch TV COAST CITIES — Frustration tends to run high when it comes to dealing with TV and satellite service providers. As a home user or a small business, you are likely often feeling ignored, irrelevant or unheard. Add to that the feeling as if your back is against a wall, as you only have the major conglomerates to choose from if you want the best technology. Locked into a contract with a provider, with a bill up to $200 a month or more, can make you feel as if you’re being taken advantage of. Robert “Blacky” Black has made it his mission the last 15 years to alleviate all of these issues for his customers. Black is president and CEO of TeQ I.Q. “We are going to change your TV experience,” he said. A San Diego resident of 18-plus years, he has more than two decades in the business. He genuinely believes that every customer is import-

ant and deserves the best support and the best technology. “We want to give support nobody else gives to small businesses and home users,” he said. “Small businesses are often overlooked by big business. The elderly are often taken advantage of. Our mantra here is to keep you productive and protected.” What TeQ I.Q. offers is different than anything else available. With just a receiver, your TV can become your complete home or office entertainment center. “Your TV can now do everything you can do on your computer and more,” Black said. “You can watch TV, mov-

ies, surf the web, read the the KODI platform, allownews, check your email, pay ing you to watch everything commercial-free. It’s your bills, Skype with your all there. You have friends — anything you premium live TV as want.” It works using any well. And you can internet connection and utitake it anywhere lizes a simple and exclusive with you using your tile and guide-based format tablet or a streaming which makes for an easy stick.” and fun way to watch TV The app service and use your smartphone includes past and and tablet. current on demand movies, commercial-free TV shows, live and local channels and just about anything you can think of. “We are continuously updating to add new content, increase the user experience “With our app, you can watch near- and promote a better, more ly any TV show or movie affordable way to indulge in from the beginning of time all your digital entertainto the present,” Black said. ment needs. You will have “We built our service on the ability to download

apps, create music and video playlists, use social media and more.” The TeQ I.Q. app allows users to combine their TV, cable, internet and streaming services into one, and everything is accessible on both your TV and your tablet. This streamlines the amount of devices you use, while drastically reducing your monthly payments — for good. “We have packages beginning at $20 a month,” Black said. “And our pricing never goes up. The price we quote you is the price you pay! Forever. We don’t have any contracts; our services are month to month.” “Ultimately it is our goal to take away our customers’ frustration,” Black said. “We don’t want you to feel alone in what can be a treacherous forum.” To that end, TeQ I.Q. offers live 24/7 support to its customers. Free installation and free training are also included

and Black offers his customers a risk-free 30-day trial so he can show them just how much he stands behind TeQ I.Q.’s technology and service. “We take things that are out there, and make them better and easier to use,” Black said. True to TeQ I.Q.’s mission of being completely accessible, Black welcomes inquiries and offers free demos at the TeQ I.Q. office or in your home. He wants his customers to know and understand exactly what they are getting, and be there for them every step of the way. “We are a transparent company. We don’t shy away from any questions. We want all of our users to feel supported while getting the best and most comprehensive service possible.” For more information about TeQ I.Q. and to schedule a free consultation, visit www.teqiq.com or call (760) 790-2200.

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ennar’s Crown Point, a new luxury enclave in the exclusive San Elijo Hills community, will host a model opening on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prospective homeshoppers are invited for the first opportunity to tour the beautiful model homes at 859 Pearl Drive South, San Marcos. “We’re thrilled to be building behind the gates of The Estates and The Summit at San Elijo Hills,” said Janet Price, marketing manager for Lennar California Coastal. “These new homes boast modern open floorplans with gorgeous design details such as on-trend kitchens, luxurious master suites and beautiful outdoor living areas. Plus, an elevated level of standard Everything’s Included® features.” Crown Point is the final single-family home neighborhood in San Elijo Hills. It offers new homes atop large homesites that boast spectacular views per location, including ocean views. This collection of homes offers beautiful two-story designs in a variety of floorplans that range in size

Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd FAN OF TRUMP Odessa, Texas, resident Ernesto Baeza Acosta, 34, has legally changed his name to Ernesto Trump and declared himself the son of President Trump. His NSFW Facebook page features photographs of Ernesto wearing a Trumplike wig and asks viewers to "Please share this so that my Dad your president can see this and spend time with me." Ernesto is a fan of President Trump, but his immigrant mother is unamused about his name change. [Dallas MORNING

approximately from 4,471 to 4,987 square feet. Pricing is anticipated to start from the $1 millions. Buyers are sure to love these luxury homes that include items such as open, gourmet kitchens with center islands, large master suites with walk-in closets and spa-inspired master bathrooms, secondary living spaces such as bonus rooms, game rooms, courtyards and California rooms with fireplaces per plan. Available in the collection of floorplans at Crown Point is Lennar’s popular Next Gen® – The Home Within A Home®. Designed to accommodate multigenerational and dual living situations, these unique floorplans include an attached suite with its own entrance, bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchenette. For additional information, call Lennar at (858) 704-5310. Two additional gated neighborhoods are also available at the highest elevations in San Elijo Hills: Davidson Communities at The Estates and Richmond American Homes at The Summit. Davidson Communities offers distinctive single-family

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residences in variety of flexible floorplans, ranging from 4,581 to 6,322 square feet with up to seven bedrooms. Three beautifully decorated models are located at 956 Pearl Drive, San Marcos. A new phase at The Estates has recently opened. Highlights include huge gourmet kitchens (some with a secondary prep kitchen), spacious indoor-outdoor entertain-

BRIGHT IDEAS Alana Nicole Donahue, 27, of Springfield, Oregon, just wanted to entertain her children and nephew with a joy ride around the neighborhood. But on July 12, as she pulled the kids (ages 2, 4 and 8) behind her Ford Taurus in a plastic red wagon, she was arrested for reckless endangerment. Donahue told police she was just "showing the kids a good time." However, horrified witnesses saw the car going about 30 mph as the wagon went up on two wheels going around a busy traffic circle at rush hour. [The Oregonian, 7/15/2017]

COMPELLING EXPLANATIONS Everett Lee Compton Jr., 49, told Siloam Springs, Arkansas, police that marijuana “makes him do sick things” after they apprehended him for abusing female donkeys. The donkeys’ owners, Emert and Joyce Whitaker, had set up a surveillance camera and recorded Compton on three occasions putting a bag over a donkey’s head and placing his pelvis against its rear end. “It just made me sick to my stomach,” said Joyce Whitaker. “To know that she couldn’t tell nobody and that she was having to UNCLEAR go through this.” [40/29TV ON THE CONCEPT David Blackmon idenNews, 8/2/2017]

ment spaces, courtyards, morning rooms, covered loggias, optional outdoor sleeping porches and casitas. Davidson’s homes at The Estates are priced from the $1 millions. For information, call (760) 632-8400. Richmond American Homes at The Summit are located adjacent to Double Peak Park, the highest point in coastal North County.

tified himself as a drug dealer when he called the Okaloosa (Florida) County Sheriff's Office on July 16 to report that $50 in cash and a quarter-ounce of cocaine had been stolen from his car. When officers investigated, they found a baggie with "suspected cocaine," a crack pipe and a crack rock in the car. Blackmon was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. [WKRG News 5, 7/17/2017] TECHNOLOGY RUN AMOK A security robot named Steve suffered a soggy fatal error on July 17 when it tumbled down several steps and into a fountain in Washington, D.C. New to

This neighborhood features 44 luxuriously scaled residences on large homesites. Five floorplans, ranging from 3,070 to 4,965 square feet with three to seven bedrooms and 3.5 to 7.5 baths, are offered with an amazing array of options. The final phase will be released for sale soon. These architecturally significant floorplans feature stunning indoor-outdoor configurations, with optional retractable walls of glass. Homes in this gated neighborhood are priced from the $1 millions. For information, contact (760) 653-7010. Children at all three new neighborhoods will attend the brand new Double Peak School, which opened last fall. San Elijo Hills is an established 1,920-acre community that integrates shopping, homes, schools, and recreation. More than half of the community has been set aside for open space and parks, including the 200-acre Double Peak Park. For more information on San Elijo Hills, visit sanelijohills.com or email learnmore@sanelijohills. com

the job, the robot had been patrolling the Washington Harbour area of Georgetown, mapping out its features in an effort to prevent just such an accident. "He looked so happy and healthy," an area mourner tweeted after the incident. Another observer was less sympathetic. "Robots: 0; humans: 1," he tweeted. [CBS Philly, 7/19/2017] LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS -- The Pink Panther, he ain't. Police in Wayne County, North Carolina, are looking for a careless cat burglar who keeps waking people up as he robs them. At least one victim awakened by the slender white man in early July has seen him wearing a

pink polka-dot beach towel around his head. Police aren't sure if he's actually gotten away with any loot. [The Charlotte News & Observer, 7/3/2017] -- Three heads are apparently not better than one, as three China Grove, North Carolina, masterminds demonstrated on July 12. Rex Allen Farmer, his son, Rex Carlo Farmer, and the younger man's girlfriend, Kayla Nicole Price, cooked up a scheme to rob the Mooresville gas station where the elder Farmer worked. Surveillance video showed Carlo, disguised in a woman's dress and wig, emptying the cash register as his father, the clerk on TURN TO ODD FILES ON 16


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MiraCosta’s Promise program provides free education with ongoing, far-reaching benefits COAST CITIES — The MiraCosta Promise is an extraordinary institutional financial aid program that provides eligible students with tuition-free education for their first year of college, covers mandatory fees and provides textbook support for students that qualify. The program combines financial assistance with holistic support systems that ensure students thrive during their educational journey. The ultimate goal of the MiraCosta Promise is to privately fund a college education for every eligible student seeking an associate degree, certificate or transfer to a four-year college or university. Nearly half of MiraCosta College students subsist on an annual individual income of less than $18,000. Approximately 75 percent of its students are employed while they are taking classes. Forty-six percent of MiraCosta College students rely on institutional aid, such as the Board of Governors Fee

Waiver, to finance their education, and often this is still not enough. “At a time when I was financially unsure if I could continue my studies, MiraCosta changed my life and set me on a course for success both academically and personally. The aid I received not only gave me the means to continue, but also the validation that MiraCosta believed in me when I struggled to believe in myself,” Dee Jaykus, MiraCosta College graduate, said. The experiences of students like Jaykus demonstrate the need for a more ambitious approach to alleviate the struggle to pay for college. Many students face such deep anxiety about their ability to pay for college that they consider postponing higher education or avoiding it entirely — decisions that can have lifelong negative ramifications. One of the goals of the MiraCosta Promise is to mitigate students’ financial burdens so they can focus ful-

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ly on investing in their own academic success. Studies indicate an associate degree yields more than $450,000 in increased earnings over a working lifetime. Over the next decade, more than 70 percent of the fastest-growing occupations will require a post-secondary education. Both of these are among the many reasons more than 80 Promise programs have spread rapidly

across the country. The Promise has enormous economic and social impacts to the community. Increasing associate degree attainment rates is incredibly beneficial to North County. Higher earnings initiate an economic ripple effect that increases higher demand for local goods and services, develops investments in local infrastructure and boosts the tax revenues that fund every-

thing from police protection to scientific research. According to a recent report, MiraCosta College generates a total economic impact of $338.4 million to San Diego County’s Gross Regional Product annually — enough to support 5,041 jobs in its service area. Because 90 percent of graduates remain in San Diego County after entering the workforce, the MiraCosta Promise is a direct investment in our community. Obtaining an associate degree is shown to lead to lower crime rates. Students educated at MiraCosta College are yielding a total savings of $39.8 million in benefits derived from reduced law enforcement, welfare, unemployment and other related social costs. In the coming years, the MiraCosta Promise will likely be expanded in three crucial ways: an extension of tuition assistance to two years instead of one, an expansion of eligible students enrolled in

the program and an increase in the availability of textbook loans and open educational resources (a service needed by more than 2,000 of our students). Through the support of generous donors, MiraCosta College can help ensure future generations have the opportunity to complete higher education. The program’s goal is to raise an $8 million endowment in near-term commitments and long-term pledges in order to offer one year of tuition-free college to eligible students. The funding will also provide up to $1,000 a year for textbook expenses and mandatory fees. Based on funding support, the goal is to grow the program and offer two years of assistance. For more information about the Promise, including a full list of eligibility requirements, call the MiraCosta College Foundation at (760) 795-6777 or visit http://www. miracosta.edu/studentservices/financialaid/promise. html.

TV Talk: Fantasy football, smart searching and the latest video technology don’t remember the name of the show or channel number.” Contour’s Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and smart search are key features for Cespin. Contour’s DVR offers two terabytes of storage, which can store up to 300 hours of high definition programming or 1,000 hours in standard definition. Equally helpful for Cespin is Contour’s smart search, which allows her to search visually with show or movie poster art by category, network and genre. Plus, she’s able to find what she’s looking for in seconds simply by typing the first few letters of a network, title, genre or actor on the remote control and get instant search results.

primarily to keep up with my fantasy football players. While watching a game, I can see on my TV screen who is doing well in other games, and where I stand in the rankings, without having to go online. It’s awesome.” For Cuevas, the Contour sports app makes keeping up with games and players easy. With Contour, you can connect to the sports app simultaneously with other programming to get scores and stats without interrupting your current show or movie.

relocated to California two years ago, she made sure she moved into a neighborhood with Cox services so that she continued to have access to the latest technology in her home. Cespin likes to record Tricia Cespin, DVR devotee When Tricia Cespin shows using voice com-

mands with her Contour remote, then watch everything once she can sit down and relax. “There are so many shows out there, but I love Ricardo Cuevas, how you can search for a football fan term with Contour’s voice “I really use the sports activated remote if you app during the NFL season,

Stella Ford, retired TV techie Stella Ford admits to being technologically impaired. But, she says Contour makes it easy to access the latest video technology. “I am a huge fan of the voice controlled remote because it’s very simple for the

senior citizen community,” Ford said. “I remember the days when I would tape off most of the buttons on my remote because it was too difficult to learn them all. Now, I can get to anything anyone else can just by speaking into the remote. I can even find a lot of older movies that I enjoyed watching years ago just by saying the actor’s name.” For Ford, the Contour voice controlled remote has changed how she watches TV. Now, she can change channels, find new shows and classic movies, and get program recommendations without having to learn anything new. Contour isn’t about watching TV. It’s about the personal experience. Learn more at www.cox. com/contour, and experience it yourself by visiting a nearby Cox Solutions Store or calling 888-552-4188.


cats think they are welcome down there and scope the sand for any leftovers from the night before which people might have dropped,” she added. “You know, trash. I don’t mind doing these chores at all.” Nancy and David Doyle wrote that when they take their dogs to the beach, “There are smiles everywhere ... both on the dogs and their people.” Arie Spangler wrote that her dog Gretzky “literally squeals with joy when we approach the beach.” “It is by far his favorite place in the entire world,” she wrote. Janet Holcolm said she enjoys watching her dog run into the water, “bounding jumping, just absolutely enjoying his life.” “It brings me so much happiness to start my day like

that every day,” she said. “It’s incredible. It’s just like when you see a 6-month-old baby belly laugh. It just brings that emotion out in you.” Eunjee Viscardi was one of three speakers who did not support extending the offleash hours. She said she has been attacked by dogs more than once in the past three months. And when she complained she said was verbally and physically assaulted by some dog owners. “I am known to be crazy Asian bitch,” Viscardi said, adding that when the park ranger issued a citation he was “demonized.” “We don’t hate dogs,” her husband, Anthony, said. “We like dogs, actually, quite a bit. When we first came here we didn’t even care that dogs were off leash. The whole problem started when

my wife was being attacked by dogs, charging at her, knocking her down.” Carol Gold, who cat sits for a beachfront homeowner, also does not support the changes. She said a dog came onto the property twice, one time entering the house, and terrified the feline. The staff report noted a few issues with the changes. “The greatest concern regarding expanded use of the beach by dogs is potential safety issues — both perceived and actual,” the report states. “Staff does hear concerns periodically from beach patrons who sometimes feel unsafe around the dogs, particularly when the dogs are off-leash.” Dog-versus-human and dog-versus-dog interactions that cause injury occur each year at North Beach, especially when animals are al-

lowed unleashed. The report also noted potential issues with increased barking in the early morning hours and additional dog waste. Proponents said most dog owners are responsible. They pick up after their pets and quiet them if they are barking too much. They also police other dog owners by letting them know if their animals are misbehaving or have just relieved themselves on the sand. Additionally, dog owners also said they would reimburse the city for the estimated $2,500 it will cost for new signs. A draft ordinance to amend the current rules will be presented for a first reading and public hearing, most likely next month when council returns from summer break.

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advised against that. City Manager Scott Huth said staff members who write tickets — the park ranger and lifeguards — generally are not on the beach before 8 a.m. and limited complaints about unleashed dogs wouldn’t warrant changes. If there is a problem, such as an attack, consistent barking or other blatant violations, enforcement officers would be deployed earlier and owners will be cited, Huth said. To say the proposal wasn’t “paws”itively received would be barking up the wrong tree. Between the time the petition was submitted and the meeting, another 100 signatures had been added, bringing the total to more than 1,500, according to Mac-

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Donald. The city received approximately 80 emails all backing the new hours. Of the 21 people who submitted speaker slips at the meeting, 18 were in support, although only nine chose to speak. Displaying their fair share of anthropomorphism, many who weighed shared their dogs’ names, included photos of their canines on the beach and signed emails from themselves and their pets. Gaylord read a letter purportedly written by her dog. “Woof, woof,” she read. “I thought you might like to hear from a dog just wonderful this item 11 is on your agenda. It really serves us Del Mar dogs hugely at this early hour. “In exchange ... I promise every morning I will go down to the beach, pee on a few rocks to make sure no


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Bully’s North to be 86’d, replaced by new restaurant Sand dunes By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The Design Review Board had little to say about a proposal to demolish Bully’s North and replace it with a restaurant built to accommodate about twice as many patrons than the nearly 50-year-old downtown eatery does now. When the project was presented at the July 26 meeting, a few DRB members sought assurance there would be adequate parking and minimal noise and light impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhood. Other than that, as currently proposed, “I kind of like what I’m looking at here,” board member Bill Michalsky said. Beverly Hills-based Hillstone Restaurant Group initially planned to buy, remodel and expand Bully’s, which opened at 1404 Camino del Mar in May 1969 following the success of the owners’ first restaurant in La Jolla more than two years earlier. But razing and rebuilding was eventually deemed a better alternative. Hillstone held a required Citizens’ Participation Program meeting in July 2016 and used feedback from that and the city’s Planning Department to create plans submitted three months later. The proposal has since been revised several times. Last month’s presentation to the DRB was informational only to give commissioners and the general public a chance to provide

input on the future and more final design, site plan, landscaping and other aesthetic features. “The project is not quite ready for a formal review or hearing,” Evan Langan, Del Mar’s associate planner, said. “This is simply a proposal to receive some feedback from the board as to where the project stands now.” The plans are currently undergoing a California Environmental Quality Act review. The resulting document from that analysis, which should be complete in a few months, will be circulated for public comment. The project is then expected to be presented to the DRB for a formal hearing this fall. Bully’s currently comprises four lots, three of which are used for parking and another that includes an approximately 4,400-squarefoot, two-story building. The street-level restaurant, which seats about 55 people inside, takes up about half the space. A similar sized area below is used for storage, refrigeration and offices. Hillstone is planning to merge the four lots into one totaling 14,244 square feet that will include a surface parking area and a single-story building with two levels of parking below. Restaurant access will be via elevator. As proposed the project will provide 82 spaces — more than required by code, Langan stated in a report — for employee and patron

plan heads to Coastal Commission By Aaron Burgin

The nearly 50-year-old Bully’s North in Del Mar is being replaced by a new restaurant that will accommodate about twice as many patrons. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

parking. Although original plans called for parking access from Camino del Mar, the entrances and exits will be exclusively from the alley to the west of the building to provide “a strong street-front approach” and make the area more pedestrian friendly, architect Hunter Fleetwood said. The approximately 5,220-square-foot building will feature a dining area, full-service bar and streetfront patio as well as the kitchen, storage areas and a small office. The inside dining area will accommodate 62 people, with seating planned for about 118 patrons overall, including the bar and outdoor

patio. “We could build it bigger but it’s something that we feel ... is the right scale and size for the site,” Fleetwood said. The maximum proposed height is 13.6 feet high, which is slightly lower than what is allowed. “We feel like we’ve protected the views in that way,” Fleetwood said. “From the very beginning the design team has sought to create a building that is sensitive to the character of the community.” Additionally, original plans didn’t call for outside dining but it was added in response to public comments. Unlike Americana Restaurant, patio seating will not be open to the public because the area is not on public property. Hillstone is a private, family-owned business founded in 1977 that views its 47 restaurants in 12 states, including 17 in California, as “places of enjoyment,” according to Brian Biel, company vice president. “We see them as very important to the communities

that we’re in,” he said. “Each one is a unique venture.” He said Hillstone, perhaps best known for Houston’s restaurants, focuses on quality materials that are “sensitive to the context of the areas they are in,” architecture that is “in harmony with the community” and “warm modern interiors.” “We’re in the service business and we wouldn’t be in the communities for long if we weren’t good neighbors” Biel said. Though not yet set in stone, the proposed menu will feather American cuisine, “fantastic” cheeseburgers, sandwiches, salads and prime rib, he added. Biel said he would “very much appreciate any guidance.” No residents spoke during public comment. Michalsky said exterior lighting should not be intrusive and he suggested making neighborhood-facing windows inoperable. “It’s adventurous and I think it’s a good first step,” he said.

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ENCINITAS — Plans for a network of sand dunes to protect Coast Highway 101 in south Cardiff are now waiting to be heard by the California Coastal Commission. A notice of pending permit recently appeared on Cardiff State Beach near the Chart House restaurant, alerting visitors that the city’s project application was pending before the state agency. The notice coincides with the Encinitas Planning Commission’s approval of the project in June. Crews would erect a series of sand dunes covered with native plants stretching from just south of Chart House restaurant and the rest of Cardiff’s “restaurant row” for a half mile to the entrance of Seaside Reef State beach west of the highway. The project’s goal is to protect a low-lying section of Coast Highway 101, which is prone to flooding and erosion during storm events that thrust the tide onto the highway. The city has had to close the stretch of road — which supports more than 20,000 motorists daily — more than 50 times in recent years. But unlike most protective barriers such as seawalls and large boulders known as rip-rap, which accelerate sand depletion along the shores they protect, these “living dunes” are a considered to be a more environmentally favorable alternative. The structures will erode over time, casting sand onto the shoreline. The dunes will also be capped at 3 feet, so as to not obstruct motorists’ view of the ocean on the scenic drive, city officials said. Sand for the project is coming from the adjacent San Elijo Lagoon, where a massive dredging project next year is part of the lagoon’s long-anticipated restoration. Numerous groups support the project, including the Department of State Parks, which owns the beach where the dunes will be located, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, which will be helping to plant the native plants atop the dunes, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Surfrider Foundation, which both offered the city advice on the project. Don’t expect construction to begin this summer, however, officials said. Pending Coastal Commission approval, officials expect to move forward with the project in January 2018 and complete it by June 2018.

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The Inuit way: Waste nothing hit the road e’louise ondash


atching a seal skinning or “ f le n s i n g ” as it is called in the Arctic, was not on my bucket list. But here we are, looking on as one of the Kimmirut elders begins the task of separating skin and fat from body and bone. He works with a single blade of about five inches and explains that the cuts he makes allow a family member to make “kamiks” (boots) from the skin. Having separated some of the blubber from the seal skin, the elder slices the blubber into bite-size pieces and offers it to onlookers, some of whom accept. I’m not brave enough to sample; in fact, I give myself points just for watching this process. I must remember, however, that for the residents of Kimmirut and others who live in far northern Inuit communities of Canada, hunting, butchering and processing mammals, fish and birds are necessary to sustain life here on the Arctic’s Baffin Island. Know, too, that Inuit waste nothing; all parts of animals are used. That’s because the consumer goods and conveniences we take for granted here in “the south” are mostly beyond affordability for Arctic dwellers. Think $10 toothbrushes, $12 cucumbers and unreliable/expensive internet. Roads are hard-packed earth and gravel, and water is delivered daily by truck, even during the unimaginably cold winters. Considering the challenges, Inuit survival is nearly magic; they have become incredibly resourceful at providing for their communities. We arrived in Kimmirut via Zodiac rafts, launched from the 190-passenger Ocean Endeavor. The village was one of several stops on Adventure Canada’s “Heart of the Arctic” tour in mid-July. Despite a dry wind making it seem cooler than 57 degrees, a young woman strode up a hill in flip-flops with gold-tinsel tassels that sparkled in the Arctic sun. It is summer, after all. We were warmly greeted by townspeople who acted as our tour guides, walking with us to the village school (160 students; kindergarten through 12th grade); the century old Anglican Church, which everyone attends except in spring and summer, when whole families leave to hunt and fish; the office of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and the medical clinic, staffed by two nurses. Doctors and dentists visit quarterly, and women who are eight months pregnant and emergencies are flown to Iqaluit,

Clockwise from above: This stone sculptor was busy at work in his yard on a July afternoon in Cape Dorset, while his granddaughter played nearby. His property also was full of whale bones and baleen, which he uses as raw materials for his art; a mother and child were part of the informal welcoming committee in Kimmirut when 200 passengers and staff from Adventure Canada’s ship, Ocean Endeavor, arrived in the Arctic village in mid-July; well-known Cape Dorset printmaker Qavavau Manumie, 59, demonstrated his technique and this final product to visitors at this Cape Dorset art gallery and studio; there is a movement to revive and maintain the language of indigenous peoples like those who live in Cape Dorset. Their alphabet is called syllabics. Photos by Jerry Ondash

the capital of Nunavut. In Kimmirut, population 450, everyone is related to everyone, although they can’t always tell you how. (Cousin is a safe bet). Parents sometimes must count on their fingers when asked how many children they have because adoption is common; women who have “plenty of children” give away a child or two to those who have none. And older siblings raise offspring of younger siblings if necessary. A day earlier, we were welcomed by residents of Cape Dorset, also on Baffin Island northwest of Kimmirut.

The community of 1,500 is known for its high concentration of print-makers and stone carvers, who will soon have an upgraded venue to exhibit their works. A new cultural center is under construction. For now, visitors can watch artists work in studios, galleries and back yards. Baffin Island is a part of Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory. It was created in 1999 after many years of negotiations between the Canadian government and the country’s indigenous peoples. They received nearly $1.15 billion (to be paid over 14 years), and

136,530 square miles of what was the Northwest Territory. The complicated and long-in-the-making agreement was built on the tenets that the rights to the land, on which the Inuit have lived for thousands of years, were nev-

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and suicide-prevention initiatives,” the release said. Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters will also cruise the Belly Up crowd, selling raffle tickets for an opportunity drawing with chances to win prizes including “Dinner at the Fire Station” for six people, sponsored and prepared by the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters Association. One raffle ticket is included with each admission; more raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event; 100 percent of raffle proceeds benefit FirefighterAid. Each year, local firefighters and community members “take to the stairs” in full gear as participants in the San Diego

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Firefighters and the general public climb 110 stories, the height of the Twin Towers, to honor the courage and sacrifice of the 403 first responders who lost their lives on Sept. 11. Since 2014, the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters’ Local 4349 Stair Climb Team, comprised of firefighters, their spouses, their children, and friends/family, has raised more than $28,000 for the Stair Climb’s beneficiary, FirefighterAid. The 2017 San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb takes place Sept. 9 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in downtown San Diego. For more information, visit sandiegostairclimb.com/.

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Seasalt Del Mar salutes Ferrari-Carano Wines taste of wine frank mangio


easalt Del Mar, the seafood bistro along the lagoon on Carmel Valley Road, considers Ferrari-Carano wines from Sonoma, its “full house” winery event. When this Italian style wine is featured, it’s a sellout. “Ferrari-Carano and I go back a long way,” said owner Sal Ercolano. “Our diners know that with the lineup of beautiful wines, from the Fume Blanc to the elegant Tresor, our menu comes alive and comes together with the wines. Chef Hlario loves it when a Ferrari-Carano event happens.” On this occasion last month, chef chose for the main entrée, a Hunter’s Venison loin with a Cabernet reduction, dry cherries and root vegetables. The 2013 Tresor, the signature wine for Ferrari-Carano, was the lead wine with the entrée ($39). It’s inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux France and it means “treasure” in French. Only the finest lots of varietal grapes are chosen: Caber-

Seasalt owner Sal Ercolano, with his Chef Hilario Rodriguez, praises the signature wine of Ferrari-Carano, the superb Tresor Blend. Photos by Frank Mangio

net Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cab Franc. I personally feel that the Tresor label is the most beautiful I have ever seen. It is a dramatic sunset painting with sensational splashes of yellows, oranges and reds hovering over what I found out was Laguna Beach. I loved the colors and how they stimulated me so I bought a BMW Gran Coupe car bathed in the same color combination that I call “Blood Orange.” Of course, Tresor is also one of my favorite blend wines. November will be a big wine month for Seasalt! On

Encinitas producer’s film to hit theaters in September By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — About 18 months ago, Encinitas film producer Graham Sheldon was in Bloomington, Indiana, on the set of his second feature film production, “The Good Catholic,” a romantic comedy featuring Hollywood mainstays Danny Glover and John C. McGinley. The film marked a milestone in Sheldon’s career, the first time he worked with major Hollywood onscreen talent. A year-and-a-half later, Sheldon is again celebrating another milestone involving “The Good Catholic.” The film will make its theatrical debut on Sept. 8, after filmmakers signed a distribution deal with Broad Green Pictures earlier this year. “For independent filmmakers, theatrical distribution is the holy grail, so we are extremely fortunate and excited to have Broad Green distribute our film domestically,” Sheldon said. The film is based loosely on the story of the parents of Paul Shoulberg, the film’s director. It stars Zachary Spicer as a young, idealistic priest whose world is turned on its ears by a woman named Jane, played by actress Wrenn Schmidt. Following film wrap up and post production, Sheldon and crew submitted the

film to film festivals across the country. The film made its premiere in February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where jurors awarded the film the Panavision spirit award, given to the top independent film. Sheldon said audiences packed screenings and greeted it with standing ovations. “That was when we knew we had a good film,” Sheldon said. Shortly after the success in Santa Barbara, the filmmakers sent the film to distributors for consideration, and a number of distributors also courted them as well, Sheldon said. By March 2017, Sheldon said, the team had settled on inking the distribution deal with Broad Green, a relatively new film company with an already impressive film resume, including “Bad Santa 2.” “The Good Catholic” will premiere in most major markets, though currently the film won’t be shown in San Diego. Sheldon is working on that, though, contacting La Paloma Theatre and Digital Gym Cinema about showing the movie. “I would love to have the film shown here in Encinitas, because this is home,” said Sheldon, who has resided in Encinitas since finishing school at Indiana University.

the ninth of the month, Caymus wines of Napa Valley will be the headliner. There is no better in Napa. Then, on Nov. 30 Banfi Wines from Tuscany Italy arrives with its Brunello and many more award winners from “Italia.” Keep up with the Seasalt news at seasaltdelmar. com. A TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF MIKE HURST Mike Hurst loved his

Ferrari-Carano Tresor wine. Taste of Wine readers knew that. One of my Top Ten Tastes for 2016 was the 2013 Tresor. He would proudly hold it up for a photo about every time we would get together, which would be each time he presented Ferrari-Carano at the numerous events I reported. Not three days after his wine event at Seasalt that is described above, at a baseball game in Los Angeles on July 29, the wine world in Southern California went into shock and disbelief as Hurst unexpectedly passed away at age 63. For 19 years he represented Ferrari-Carano wines with love and passion, as a person who would represent his family. His quick booming laugh would immediately warm up a room as well as a glass of Tresor. Tammi Wyckoff, Southern California manager for Ferrari-Carano, issued a statement which read: “Mike has been the face, historian and backbone in Southern California for Ferrari-Carano for nearly 20 years. He was not only a co-worker or supplier, he

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Mike Hurst, in a recent happy moment at Seasalt in Del Mar, displays his Ferrari-Carano Tresor Bordeaux style blend. He passed away July 29 at age 63.

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duty, stood by. Carlo then ran outside and removed the dress and wig, setting them on fire next to the building. However, the fire spread to a meter on the building and a privacy fence, thus summoning authorities. Police soon caught up to all three and arrested them. [Salisbury Post, 7/12/2017] THE ANIMAL KINGDOM -- An African grey parrot named Bud may have been the key witness in convicting 49-year-old Glenna Duram of White Cloud, Michigan, in the shooting death of her husband, Martin Duram, 46. The investigation of the 2015 shooting dragged on for a year before Martin's first wife, who inherited the parrot, shared with a local TV station a videotape of Bud imitating two people having an argument, including the words "Don't (expletive) shoot." Three weeks later, Glenna Duram was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, and on July 19, she was found guilty. [Detroit News, 7/19/2017] -- Fire department dispatchers in Branson, Missouri, must have thought they were being punked on July 22, when they received a call to rescue a bird from a tree. But it was no joke. A ladder truck was dispatched to rescue a parrot that had escaped and became tangled in its leash 50 feet up in a tree. (Bonus: The firefighter who braved the 50-foot climb was Colt Boldman.) [KY3, 7/22/2017]

outside the home of Jorge Jove, 64, of Hialeah, Florida, on July 19. After confronting the workers, Jove went back into his house, came out carrying a gun and began shooting at the AT&T trucks, deflating the tires. Jove reloaded twice and shot at the trucks' engines before aiming at Gilberto Ramos, a service worker who was up on a utility pole. Jove was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. [WSVN 7 News, 7/19/2017]

GOVERNMENT IN ACTION -- Adi Astl, 73, took it upon himself to solve a safety problem in Tom Riley Park in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario. Accessing the park meant navigating a steep hill, and Astl felt it was dangerous. The city balked at building a staircase, citing a cost between $65,000 and $150,000. So Astl, a retired mechanic, built it himself, with the help of a homeless man -- for $550. Responding to the resulting media storm, the city now plans to build a regulation staircase costing $10,000. "Bureaucrats, bureaucrats, bureaucrats," Astl concluded. [Toronto Star, 7/21/2017] -Meanwhile, in British Columbia's New Westminster, the city has constructed, at a cost of $200,000, an unfinished stairway to nowhere. The structure was originally intended to replace a required fire escape on a building, but was left incomplete and unattached to the building when concerns arose about wires overhead. "I thought it was an artwork, but I don't ANGER MANAGEMENT think it makes that much Two AT&T utility sense," said passerby Lawworkers apparently didn't rence Kong. [Global News, work fast enough on lines 7/23/2017]

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Local men turn old bread into vodka By Christina Macone-Greene

VISTA — The co-founders of Misadventures & Co. are redefining the way craft vodka is made and educating buyers on the benefits of producing an environmentally friendly product. The progressive-thinking North County duo — Sam Chereskin an agricultural economist, and Whit Rigali, a trained artist and career mixologist — realized that Misadventure Vodka not only saves everyone money but it’s benefiting the environment. Roughly 1,500 pounds of baked goods at food banks destined for the landfill are intercepted by the Misadventures team every single week and brought to their distillery space at The California Spirits Company in San Marcos. It was Chereskin, 28, who conceptualized the food waste solution. According to Chereskin, the definition of vodka is anything which is distilled at 95 percent ethanol and then filtered through carbons. For Chereskin, it was all about trying to make food systems work in a better and more efficient way. “We realized that we could use food wastes as a potential starch source in order to be able to make the vodka,” he said. “We are using everything that is in your grocery store bread aisle.” And it’s just not one kind of starch product either. Misadventures Vodka uses bagels, hamburger buns, baguettes, donuts, cakes, pies and more. From this concept, the team realized rather quickly that they could acquire in bulk post-consumer carbohydrates.

Whit Rigali and Sam Chereskin, the cofounders of Misadventures & Co., come up with a novel way to craft vodka. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene Photo by XYUVX_XUYUXV

We realized that we could use food wastes as a potential starch source in order to be able to make the vodka.” Sam Chereskin Misadventure Vodka co-founder

Rigali, 35, shared that when people buy sustainable or green goods, sometimes they feel as if they are sacrificing something — be it quality or functionality. “It doesn’t work as well as the mass-produced counterparts,” Rigali said. To sidestep this, Rigali wanted to follow a hedonistic sustainability blueprint coined by Danish architect

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ovation of Earl Warren’s campus, compared to the $500,000 purchase of the two modular units, which parents have referred to as “tool sheds” in emails criticizing the district’s decision. They also questioned why the district would place the program — which serves young adults — on a middle school campus. Dill apologized to the parents at a July 28 meeting and vowed to take swift action. He originally proposed to move the program to LCC at the start of the 2018 school year, but parents pushed back, urging him to act before the start

backgrounds, Chereskin is quick to point out that Misadventures & Co. is much more than just a business. Chereskin describes the venture as one of the most creative things they have ever done. Frequently, people want to know from Chereskin about any philanthropic aspect to their business. In addition to circumventing food going to the landfills, there is another component. “The consumer gets to do something that they are almost never asked, or allowed to do, which is exercise a choice with their dollar that doesn’t just do a little bit less harm, but literally evaporates some of it,” Chereskin said. At the cost of $22 per bottle, Chereskin pointed out that the affordability factor will influence some people to participate. “A nonprofit that earns some of its own revenue streams does not have to be subject to the capriciousness of a philanthropist’s wish as to how it performs its goodness in the world. It can do what it wants consistently,” Chereskin said. “To be able to provide that as part of our business model and not as part of a donation in a more traditional sense, is part of how we engage with the world.” of the current school year, Aug. 29. “We believe this satisfies three of the frequent requests we heard on Friday — move the program away from a middle school, place the program in permanent classrooms, and keep the students together,” Dill said in the email. Dill said that the recently formed Special Education Task Force will evaluate and recommend options for permanent placement of the adult transition program, including staying at the LCC campus, working on a partnership with MiraCosta College or placing the programs in the classrooms being constructed as part of the Sunset High School renovation.

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tained. “I am also satisfied that the new proposal does not include lane reductions for northbound CDM,” he added. “That proposed change would be a major problem.” A left-turn lane from southbound Camino del Mar onto eastbound Del Mar Heights Road will be added. The bike lanes through the intersection of Carmel Valley Road and Camino del Mar will be painted green for added visibility and delineation, similar to what was done on Camino del Mar and Jimmy Durante Boulevard north of downtown. A multiuse path varying between 8 and 10 feet wide will be built on the west side of Camino del Mar from Fourth Street to Carmel Valley Road. Allen said he thought that addition is “waste of resources.” “We should leave that area for bikes and encourage pedestrians to walk through the neighborhood to the west,” he wrote. All roads in the project area will be resurfaced and restriped to accommodate vehicles and buffered bike lanes. Since no lanes will be eliminated, but the goal to slow traffic remains, Councilman Dave Druker recommended narrowing the lanes on Camino del Mar. There were also concerns about pedestrian safety at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and

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Encinitas boy, 12, advances to ‘America’s Got Talent’ live shows By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Sagan Hanna was in tears thinking that his brother, Merrick Hanna, was at the end of his reality-TV turn on “America’s Got Talent.” Merrick, 12, had just finished his second storytelling dance performance on the show, a 90-second routine involving a park bench and the song “Something Wild” from the movie “Pete’s Dragon,” and received positive reviews from the judges. But when Merrick found himself standing side by side with child dancing duo Artyon and Paige during the elimination segment of the show that aired Aug. 8, Merrick’s family was convinced that the Encinitas boy’s run on the show would be over. Sagan, however, was especially inconsolable, Merrick’s parents Shawn and Aletha Hanna said. “We assumed that only one would go through, so I can only say that the angst we felt on that day was immense,” Shawn Hanna said. “So did Merrick and Sagan,” Aletha Hanna said. “They were convinced Merrick would go home, to be honest. Sagan was very sad ... we tried to tell him that it was OK, and that everything was going to be fine and that Merrick did a great job and we were proud of him, but he was having nothing of it.” Sagan’s tears quickly turned into tears of happiness after Heidi Klum delivered the news that both acts would be advancing to the shows live rounds, which begin next week. “It was a very tough decision for us, there were only six spots left for the live shows, and I’m sorry to tell both of you guys that you have to keep on rehearsing, and you have to keep on perfecting your act,” Klum said, ominously. “Because both of you will be going on to the live show!” And just like that, the Hanna family burst into tears of happiness. “It is such an amazing feeling knowing I am a top group, it really is an incredible feeling,” Merrick said in a phone interview with his parents on Aug. 9. “It’s like, ‘Wow, wow, wow, wow, super excited.” The irony of this scene is that it actually occurred months ago, as the NBC show taped the judges rounds earlier this year. So while the rest of America was tense watching Klum render Merrick’s verdict, the family had to keep the secret under wraps. “Merrick and the family had to pretend we didn’t know,” Shawn Hanna said, with a laugh. “The hardest part is that there were some opportunities for Merrick to do some things in August, and he couldn’t just say, ‘Sorry, I’m booked.’” The Hannas, however, did watch the show to see


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how his performance would be presented. Both parents were not present when the judges gave him his feedback, and Merrick was so excited at the time that most of it went in one ear and out the other, the parents said. Now, Merrick moves on with 35 other acts to the live shows, where he will once again perform for a chance to stay in the competition. Aletha and Shawn Hanna, however, said he has already accomplished so much and they are genuinely shocked with his performance to date. “When Merrick performed, I thought he did a really good job, so I felt he would be able to leave the show with his head held high and that would be the end of his time on ‘America’s Got Talent,’” Aletha Hanna said. Both parents are again trying to temper expectations moving forward. “I just want him to do a good job so he can leave with his head held high,” Shawn Hanna said. “I told him, look at this less like a contest and more like an amazing opportunity, enjoy every moment being back stage, seeing the other side of television, which is an unusual and unexpected experience, and talking with other contestants,” Aletha Hanna said. “ … this was especially fun because the show has involved the whole family. We got to spend time as a family exploring the back lot at Universal Studios, which

was really fun. It was the best family vacation we’ve taken in a while.” Both parents said one of the highlights of the “America’s Got Talent” journey has been the friendships with fellow competitors. “I think the best part you just get to meet just an interesting and diverse group of talented people,” Shawn Hanna said. “We really didn’t think he would make it this far, and we don’t have lot of emotional attachment in going further. We just want him to have a good experience, perform well and when he … know that he did a good job, and move on to what’s next.” For Merrick’s part, he worked all summer on his routine for the live shows. He solicited input from his followers on the social media platform Instagram to determine his song choice, and has been working through his creative process, which includes writing the lyrics on his bedroom mirror and freestyling until he creates a routine that tells the story of the music. If he advances further in the competition, Merrick and family will have another bridge to cross: the start of school. Merrick, entering middle school, said he’s not looking forward to the possibility of missing the start of school. “Missing the first few weeks of school wouldn’t be cool because that is when you meet your teachers, you meet other students, you take tours of the school and I really don’t want to miss that,” Merrick said. But he’s prepared to if it comes to it, he said. “He understands it’s a great opportunity,” Aletha Hanna said. “We’re just hoping the San Dieguito Union High School District will be friendly to us,” Shawn Hanna said, with a laugh. Merrick is also hoping that Encinitas residents will tune into the live shows, especially to his performance, as he will need their votes to stay alive in the competition. “Please vote for me,” he said.

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