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Bike ride honors injured cyclist, a safety advocate By Gina Onori



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RANCHO SANTA FE — Professional tennis player Colleen “CoCo” Vandeweghe of Rancho Santa Fe has a message for young girls who might want to follow in her footsteps: follow your dreams. “I want to say to young women and girls to always believe in their self and always be yourself,” she said. “Keep working hard and you can achieve your dreams. There

are always going to be up and downs in life, but you have to keep pushing and no one can stop you.” Vandeweghe is currently ranked No. 102, as of Oct. 31, 2018. The 27-year-old Vandeweghe, who at her highest ranking was No. 9 (Jan. 15, 2018), is named after her grandmother Colleen. “CoCo was the name that her brothers used to call her when they were teasing her,” she said.

Catching up with RSF tennis star CoCo Vandeweghe Vandeweghe, no stranger to sports fame, comes from a family of athletes — mostly basketball players with recognizable names. She is the daughter of 1976 Olympic swimmer Tauna Vandeweghe and her then-husband Robert Mullarkey. Her maternal grandparents are 1952 Miss America Colleen Kay Hutchins and ex-New TURN TO COCO ON 10

ENCINITAS — The sound of bicycle bells and wheel spokes filled the air as over 100 cyclists gathered in honor of Roberta Walker, executive director of the Cardiff 101 Main Street Association. Walker was severely injured on Dec. 8 while riding her bicycle in Leucadia. The avid cyclist was hit by a truck while wearing a helmet on North Coast Highway 101 in front of the Leucadia Post Office. Walker was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she is currently in critical, yet stable condition. The cyclist suffers serious injuries to her brain and spine, as well as several broken bones. On Saturday Dec. 15, “Ride for Roberta” was hosted by Kellie Shay Hinzie, Roberta’s friend and executive director of Cardiff 101’s sister organi-

zation, Leucadia 101 Main Street. The gathering was held at the Leucadia Post Office, near the same place she was struck. The event was an opportunity for the community to come together and offer their condolences while promoting advocacy for bike safety as Walker recovers. “We are trying to uplift Roberta’s spirit,” Hinzie said. “When she wakes up we want to show her that we’ve accomplished things and that there’s a beautiful show of support. She is one of the strongest and most dedicated people that we know and we want to have something to show for that.” Walker is an enthusiastic bicycle and pedestrian safety advocate, with a passion for keeping the streets of Leucadia safe for everyone. Various cyclists showed up in support of her TURN TO RIDE ON 7

CARRIS RHODES, from right, Herb Lowe and Grace Brown join hands for a moment of silence and prayer for Roberta Walker before the Dec. 15 “Ride for Roberta” event in Leucadia. Photo by Gina Onori

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Thousands attend likely final gun show at fairgrounds By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Although the future of gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is still up in the air, attendees and vendors lamented a Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 event as the last of its kind at the venue. The gun show hosted about 200 vendors selling largely guns, gun parts or gun-related items. Utahbased Crossroads of the West Gun Shows has hosted the event five times a year since 1988. They operate five other gun shows in the state. In September, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directions voted 8-1 to suspend gun show contracts for the duration of 2019, until they can come up with a viable solution that may involve holding gun shows for solely educative and safety training purposes. The weekend event drew just under 6,000 people from across the county, varying in age from young children to seniors. Don Groh, who sells hand-crafted knives at several gun shows in the country, has been bringing his inventory to the Del Mar Fairgrounds event for about 20 years. He works for a family-owned company called Anza Knives, which is based out of El Cajon. “This is kind of a sad day for me,” Groh said, comparing the other vendors to

KIRK REDMAN, with firearm supply store Ammo Brothers, displays an array of guns at the Del Mar Fairgrounds gun show this month. The event will be suspended for the duration of 2019. Photo by Lexy Brodt

family. “It’s hard for me to talk about it.” Local anti-gun advocates have been protesting the events for years, particularly as national concerns over gun violence continue to escalate. The shows drew increased ire after a Del Mar-based activist group aimed at ending gun violence, called NeverAgainCA, found an article detailing prior felony charges against Crossroads owner Bob Templeton. After the 22nd DAA board was informed of the allegations, it

announced the undertaking of an investigation of Templeton with the Department of Justice. Public officials in neighboring communities — Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas — have also spoken out against the gun shows. For groups like NeverAgainCA, one of the biggest issues at stake is whether guns belong on state-owned property. Jim Brown, a Vietnam War veteran who has spoken at several 2nd DAA board meetings, finds some the

items sold at the event to be “very inappropriate for the general public.” After having used an assault rifle in combat, he is particularly concerned with the semi-automatic assault rifles on sale, such as AR15s. “I think the assault rifles are killing weapons, they’re not designed for wholesome gun ownership or gun use,” Brown said. Although local voices have made an impact on the 22nd DAA board, they seem to have had little effect on

the enthusiasm of gun show attendees — many of whom came to show their support for the event in light of its possible dissolution. Keith Mila, a former San Diego resident who now lives in Menifee, has attended almost every Del Mar Fairgrounds gun show for seven years, and is interested in the older rifles on sale that can’t be found at a typical gun shop. “It’s worth the drive,” Mila said. Mila lamented the show’s suspension, which he attributes to a general fear of guns. “It’s a shame that people are so scared,” he said. Although many came to simply check out the event for what could be its last iteration, others came to purchase ammunition in anticipation of various regulations that will go into place in 2019 under Proposition 63 — including a regulation requiring ammunition vendors to conduct a background check to verify a purchaser’s eligibility. A representative with Surefire Manufacturing, an ammunition store out of San Fernando, said that he had a nonstop line of people for five hours on Dec. 8 — the first day of the event. “I’m almost sold out,” he said, estimating that he came to the event with 200,000 rounds, and as of midday Sunday, had about

Dentist accused of negligence has history of violations By Jordan P. Ingram

ENCINITAS — A Rancho Santa Fe dentist with a history of criminal and ethical violations faces accusations of dental malpractice by a patient of his Encinitas-based clinic, Correct Care Dental Group. James Charles LaJevic, 71, is accused of professional negligence after performing a wisdom tooth extraction on Jan. 22 for patient Christiana Simoni, causing “a nerve injury” known as parasthesia, resulting in numbness, pain and ongoing medical care, according to a civil complaint filed on Dec. 4 in Vista Superior Court. No further details on the alleged incident were provided in court filings. “I’m very confident it’s a frivolous situation,” LaJevic said in phone interview with The Coast News. “I did everything possible post-operatively to help her. It’s not like we abandoned her and there is no clinical evidence backing her claim.” According to California civil jury instructions, a practitioner is negligent if they fail to meet a standard of care as determined by expert witnesses, including the defendant. LaJevic said he was shocked when he learned from Harris that Simoni had not yet received a medical diagnosis to support her claim. “(Malpractice claims)

I’m very confident it’s a frivolous situation.” Dr. James C. LaJevic Dentist and RSF resident

are a very sensitive thing,” LaJevic said. “Don’t you think attorneys should have their ducks in a row before they make accusations? Don’t you see this as a bit irresponsible?” But after looking into the most recent allegations against LaJevic, The Coast News uncovered a well-documented trail of misconduct spanning his decades-long career. Shortly after graduating the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1974, LaJevic started private practice in Pennsylvania. In 1988, LaJevic was convicted on three counts of felony tax-evasion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and sentenced to three years in a “jail-type institution” followed by 34 months of probation. The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry later charged LaJevic with 47 alleged violations including practicing dentistry with an expired license, taking office drugs for personal use, patient harassment, keeping in-

adequate records of controlled substances and abandoning a patient mid-treatment. The board found “sufficient evidence” to sustain 12 of the 47 allegations and suspended his license for two years in 1994, stating that “Dr. LaJevic’s continued practice of dentistry in the Commonwealth was an immediate and clear danger to the public health or safety,” according to court documents. Around the same time, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations had launched its own inquiry into LaJevic. Pennsylvania law enforcement agents learned that the dentist was filling prescriptions for Valium and a narcotic cough syrup for “office use” with an expired Drug Enforcement Agency Certificate of Registration, a mandatory federal credential that allows medical practitioners to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Following the state’s investigation, the Dental Board suspended LaJevic’s dental license indefinitely in 2001 after discovering that he had falsified renewal applications for his expired DEA certificate. LaJevic “consistently argued that he did not intentionally answer the liability questions incor-

rectly” and claimed that he had misread a question on the application, according to a revocation of registration statement by DEA Deputy Administrator Donnie R. Marshall. In February 2011, the Pennsylvania dental board granted a full reinstatement of LaJevic’s dental license after completion of clinical re-examination and passing a specified ethics exam. But it wasn’t long before the embattled practitioner was once again under scrutiny by a state dental board, this time in Clark County, Nevada. By the end of 2011, LaJevic and his partner Lori Werder had opened two new locations in Las Vegas offering traditional and cosmetic dental services — Correct Choice and Nadic Network North American Dental Implants and Cosmetics. According to a verified complaint filed in District Court by the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, LaJevic and Werder were practicing dentistry without a state-issued license. The longtime couple reached a stipulation agreement with the court, admitting no wrongdoing and paying a $7,000 fine. Shortly after his legal woes in Nevada, LaJevic applied for a dental license and oral maxillofacial surgery permit with the Dental Board of California and was granted a

probationary license on Oct. 16, 2015 — for three years — and has since obtained a full California dental license. The conditional license was issued upon completion of “all licensing requirements” and passing the Western Regional Examining Board, a national dental testing agency. LaJevic said he acknowledges his past mistakes and some of the allegations were blown out of proportion. “I’m in the losers’ bracket,” LaJevic said. “I have no room to make mistakes. I’m like a Boy Scout out here in Encinitas and my dentistry is excellent. You’d have to put a gun to my head for me to do something like this. I should be considered innocent until proven guilty.” LaJevic is required to report any malpractice settlements or arbitration awards to the state dental board, according to California Department of Consumer Affairs spokesman Matt Woodcheke. Woodcheke further explained in an email response that “a person shall not be denied a license solely on the basis of a conviction of a felony or a misdemeanor if he/ she has obtained a certificate of rehabilitation.” At time of publication, LaJevic’s dental license is active and in good standing in California and Pennsylvania.

10,000. Many attendees lined up for background checks at booths such as Ammo Brothers, where people can “shop” for guns but cannot leave the event with a firearm. Attendees must wait 10 days for the background check to be processed, at which time they can pick up their purchased firearm at the company’s shop. President Tracy Olcott said undercover Department of Justice officers are present at the event to ensure compliance with state law, and Crossroads hires its own law enforcement officers to monitor the event. Ediz Mor, who sells beef jerky, popcorn and art at similar events across the Western United States, said he decided to showcase his products at this event after hearing about the board’s decision. “A lot of people do this as a living,” he said. “Ninety percent (of the gun show) is not guns.” Olcott said the company is starting to look at other options in the San Diego area. Although the board expects to hear a new proposed policy by December 2019, Olcott said Crossroads is unsure about the outcome, and referred to this gun show as “the last one” at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We don’t know what they’ll do,” she said.

Desal plant’s 40 billionth gallon hailed CARLSBAD — Representatives from San Diego County and Poseidon Water held a celebration Dec. 13 for the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant producing its 40 billionth gallon of drinking water. The celebration also correlated with the third anniversary of the plant opening. The Carlsbad plant produces more than 50 million gallons of desalinated water each day and is the largest and most technologically advanced desalination plant in the U.S., according to the county. “It's incredible what we’ve accomplished in three years,” said Water Authority Deputy General Manager Sandra Kerl. “Since coming online in 2015, the Carlsbad Desalination Plant has met nearly 10 percent of the region’s water demand, and it will be a core water resource for decades to come.” Poseidon Water, the plant’s owner, and the Water Authority signed a 30year agreement in 2012 to produce 56,000 acre-feet of water each year, which equates to more than 18 billion gallons. The plant is part of the county's efforts to diversify its water supply portfolio to make the effects of drought less severe. — City News Service


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Opinion & Editorial

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Proposition 103: The gift that has kept giving for 30 years


He’s making a (top 10) list By Jim Mullen

Today is one of the 10 best days of the year to read all the “Ten Best” lists of the year. “The Ten Best Movies of the Year,” “The Ten Best Books of the Year,” “The Ten Best TV Shows of the Year,” “Top Ten Children's Names of the Year,” “The Top Ten Design Trends.” So what if you haven't even heard of six of the movies on the “Ten Best” list? I'm sure they're wonderful. I didn't even see the four movies I had heard of, but I'll be sure to put them on my Netflix list. The “Ten Best Books of the Year” are a complete mystery. I'm still trying to get through the 10 best books of 1988. And it's hard — they seem so dated. It's as if they were written 30 years ago. And who has time to read all those books AND watch the “Ten Best TV Shows of the Year” at the same time? It's just not possible. You have to pick your poison. But people love to read lists; that's why each year there are more and more of them. If the trend keeps up, a day may come when there will be entire newspapers, magazines and TV shows made up of nothing but “Best of” lists. “The Top Ten Cities Without Their Own 'CSI'

Tell Congress: Act on carbon bill Dear Editor:

This holiday season, the one gift that I most want to wrap up for my two teenage kids is a livable world. But, recent scientific reports tell us we have to cut fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. Toward this goal, five members of Congress just

Program” (Coming Soon: “CSI: Chillicothe”), “The Top Ten Things You Must Buy Before Noon Today,” “Ten Best Nude Beaches.” (As if there's a bad nude beach out there somewhere, if that's your thing.) “Ten Best Ways to Lose Ten Pounds By Monday Afternoon.” Why is it so important to lose weight that quickly? If you're getting married, trust me, your spouse-to-be already knows what you look like. And if it doesn't work out, you'll certainly enjoy “The Top Ten Divorce Lawyers of the Year” list. The “Top Ten Songs” list turned into the “Ten Songs By People I've Never Heard Of” list for me years ago. I used to know every group, every song, every artist. Now I think I'll be listed on “The Ten Most Out-ofTouch People in the World.” It's not a good feeling. Neither is reading the “Ten Best TV Shows That Are On After You Go to Bed” list. The list of lists goes on. “Ten Best Countries You Didn't Visit Last Year,” “Ten Countries You Wouldn't Visit If They Paid You,” “Top Ten Airlines You Won't Fly to Those Countries,” “Top Ten Restaurants That You Can't Afford to Eat At and That Wouldn't Let You In, Anyway,” “Top Ten Food Fads of the Year.” (Mmmm, mmmm, turducken ramen!)

“Top Ten Diet Fads of the Year,” “Ten Best Tax Shelters You Don't Make Enough to Take Advantage Of,” “Ten Best Places to Invest That Extra $10 Million.” Something tells me that people with an extra $10 million lying around didn't get there by taking advice from Ten Best lists. Then there's “The Ten Best-Dressed Women of the Year,” who are, oddly enough, never on the “Ten Happiest Women of the Year” list. It's almost as if you can be happy without being the best-dressed. Who knew? This one always puzzled me: “The Ten Sexiest Men Alive.” Does that mean that dead men are no longer sexy? Now they tell me! And there is always a “Ten MustHave Pets” list. If Fido's not on it, he'll just have to go. One day, I'm sure we'll see “This Year's Top Ten ‘Top Ten’ Lists.” and “The Top Ten Numbers from One to Ten.” This year, Seven was No. 1. I have my own list: “The Top Ten Things I Want to Do Before I Die.” I think if I stopped reading “Ten Best” lists, I might have enough time to do some of them. With my 10 best friends, of course.

introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act H.R. 7173 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill when enacted would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and allocate (pre-pay actually) all proceeds to households equally. This market-based approach will drive down carbon pollution, put money in people's pockets, is good for business and will create jobs.

I've asked my representative to learn about and support this bill, and I recommend that your readers do the same. It's time to set aside partisan differences and, to preserve a livable world, start addressing the threat of climate change by enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next Congress.

Jim Mullen writes The Village Idiot syndicarted column

T. Todd Elvins Solana Beach

s this winter’s gift-giving season proceeds, California voters might want to pause a moment and pat themselves on the back for a gift that has lasted 30 years: Proposition 103. If there ever was a ballot measure proving the effectiveness of direct democracy, making policy by letting the public vote on important policy choices, this is it. Voters who participated back in 1988 might also want to congratulate themselves on resisting the blandishments of a massive advertising campaign that sought to squash this initiative, whose backers were outspent by margins of more than 10-1. Fully $63 million was spent against Proposition 103 — that’s $134 million in today’s dollars, far more than the $110 million spent against this fall’s dialysis-meddling Proposition 8 — and it still won by a large margin. Most of the money came from the insurance industry, which until then had pretty much had its way with California regulators. Before that vote, governors appointed California’s insurance commissioner, with no firm rules governing what rate increases that official could allow for car and property insurance. Proposition 103 changed all that immediately. It made the insurance commissioner an elected state officer and imposed limits on premium increases. The Consumer Federation of America reported last month the measure has saved California motorists alone $154 billion over 30 years compared with what drivers in other states have paid — an average of about $5 billion yearly.

california focus thomas d. elias The group found that auto liability insurance — the most basic part of an auto policy — now costs 5.7 percent less in California than it did 30 years ago, when the law took effect in early 1989. Prices for the same coverage meanwhile rose 58.5 percent around the rest of America. No one has calculated the accompanying savings on homeowner insurance and other property coverage, but it’s certain they have also been substantial. State Farm Insurance, for just one example, is now in court trying to avoid an order to reduce homeowners’ rates by $150 million a year. For those whom soonto-be-ex-Gov. Jerry Brown likes to call “declinists,” that’s one thing keeping living expenses under control even while California sales and income taxes are somewhat higher than in most other states. “Can you name anything else that costs less now than it did 30 years ago?” asks Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield, former president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, now known as Consumer Watchdog, one of the state’s leading consumer advocate groups. “When I wrote it, I never imagined it would save motorists as much as it has,” he said. Among other things Prop. 103 established: Auto insurance prices are based mostly on a driver’s safety record and miles driven, insurance companies now must open their books and justify all rate

increases and they can no longer base rates on where customers live, a practice commonly known as “redlining,” which saw residents of the poorest areas forced to pay some of the highest prices. Of course, enforcement of these rules has not always been certain. Over the years, the insurance industry has filed more than 100 lawsuits against Prop. 103, besides trying to get the state Legislature to nullify most of its rules. Two initiatives to water it down have also been defeated. This fight may never end. Five current court and administrative proceedings are now challenging parts of Prop. 103, even while State Farm Insurance fights its big refund order. “This is proof that citizen initiatives can change the way consumers are treated and make the system fairer,” says Carmen Balber, Consumer Watchdog executive director. In this time when it’s become possible for state legislators to interfere in the initiative process and reach “settlements” with sponsors of measures that have qualified for the ballot, skeptics often question whether it’s wise to let the public — not politicians — decide important policy issues. But Prop. 103 stands as a shining example of what the initiative process at its purest can accomplish if voters can see through the flood of special interest advertising so common at election times and make decisions of their own about key issues affecting their lives and pocketbooks. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit www. californiafocus.net

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Breast Cancer Angels raises 100K at holiday event Ruling clears By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The 18th annual Christmas Luncheon and Boutique raised awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Angels, a nonprofit that financially assists patients undergoing breast cancer treatment and needing a helping hand who live in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange counties. The Dec. 1 luncheon was held at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach and with the theme With Brave Wings She Flies. The sold-out event had 640 attendees. More than 20 handpicked vendors were there as well as an array of must-have opportunity item drawings. Holli Lienau, Breast Cancer Angels board president and Rancho Santa Fe, was on hand for the festive soiree. For the past 15 years Lienau’s husband’s business, Trend Offset Printing, has underwritten the entire event. Lienau is also the founder of her philanthropic organization “Holli”day…Anyday!, which supports local charities, including Breast Cancer Angels. “It was an unforgettable day with wonderful shopping, great holiday atmosphere, lots of people feeling festive with friends, and the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort was just a beautiful setting,” Lienau said. The event raised $100,000 according to Breast Cancer Angels executive Debra Stroman, thanks to Trend Offset Printing being its corporate Sponsor. “A total of $18,000 was from direct donations, raffle tickets came in at $23,000, and the rest of the balance was from ticket sales,” Stroman said. Lienau explained that 100 percent of the proceeds go to assisting

BREAST CANCER ANGELS board president and RSF resident Holli Lienau said that all proceeds from the 18th annual Christmas Luncheon and Boutique go to helping women undergoing breast cancer treatments who need financial assistance. Courtesy photo

women in treatment for breast cancer. “We currently assist approximately 155 women living in San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties every month roughly totaling more than $500,000 annually,” she said. Lienau said she hopes guests walked away from the event learning how vital their support is to Breast Cancer Angels so that the nonprofit can assist as many women in treatment as possible. “Our fundraising extends beyond just the women in treatment — most have families and children, and we assist them, too,” she said. “We assist in the area that a specific woman needs whether it be gro-

cery cards, paying utility bills or rent, helping with transportation such as gas cards, and emotional assistance. We have a social worker on staff that helps the women navigate the complicated avenues of help available, and she also assists with other issues such as managing expenses.” One of the guest speakers for the luncheon was Grace Murray, who authored, “Striving and Surviving: How to Survive Your Parent’s Cancer?” Her work was published this year, and Murray is now in her first year of college. According to Murray, the goal of the book was to help children of cancer patients while their parents were undergoing treatment — a trying

time in for not only the patient but for the entire family. “Grace was a poised and eloquent young lady who shared how BCA helped her mom as well as her when she was 11 years old and how she wrote a book with the goal of helping children experiencing what she did years ago,” Lienau said. Stroman said approximately 75 of the women they help every month are moms with young families. “About 110 are under the age of 50 with 80 under the age of 40,” Stroman said. “Around 30 of the women are over 50 years of age. During our annual Family Party, Grace Murray met with each of the moms and gave children her book — they were excited to meet with her and grateful for her perspective.” Stroman thanked the participants who come every year and continue to make the event a success. She also conveyed a warmhearted thanks to board member Lori Franklin, who plans the event, and also created the beautiful raffle items along with Diane Shrake. “We have Angel Donors who give generously before the event begins — this allows us to purchase the gift cards for the raffle items,” Stroman said. “Our volunteers also help make this event a success as well as the boutique vendors who set up and sell items and donated 20 percent of their profits to BCA. And then most of all to Trend Offset Printing for underwriting the entire event.” To learn more about Breast Cancer Angels, visit www.BreastCancerAngels.org. Murray’s book, “Striving and Surviving: How to Survive Your Parent’s Cancer?” can be purchased on Amazon.

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roadblock to housing plan By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — Superior Court Judge Ronald Frazier issued a written ruling on Dec. 12 that overturns Proposition A for this housing cycle only and orders the city of Encinitas to adopt a legally compliant housing plan within 120 days. The ruling does not order the city to implement Measure U or Measure T, however. Frazier’s decision marks the resolution of two lawsuits filed against Encinitas by San Diego Tenants United and the Building Industry Association over the city’s failure to enact a state-mandated Housing Element. Housing Element law requires cities to provide enough housing to meet the needs of all its residents, from very-low income earners to above-moderate ones. Encinitas remains the only city in San Diego County lacking a state-certified plan and has been much maligned by the plaintiffs and other parties for its continued non-compliance. But that will have to change within the next four months. Now freed from the restrictions of Proposition A — which gives Encinitas residents the right to vote TURN TO HOUSING ON 10
















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to the Grinch, on the lower level between H&M and Macy’s Home. During this free Know something that’s going event, families are invited on? Send it to calendar@ to take pictures and mingle coastnewsgroup.com with the famous guy who hates Christmas. Free holiday-themed make-and-take DEC. 21 crafts will be available from GARDEN OF LIGHTS 1 to 2:30 p.m., immediately From 5 to 8:30 p.m. adjacent to Meet and Greet through Dec. 23 and Dec. space. 26-30, the San Diego Botanic Garden Encinitas, 230 HOLIDAYS AT BAZAAR Quail Gardens Drive, EnciThe Encinitas Bazaar nitas, is transformed into a offers a special Holiday dazzling winter wonderland Market with extended – Southern California style. Holiday hours on Dec. 24 More than 125,000 spar- through Dec. 29, but is also kling lights illuminate the open every Saturday and flora on 37 acres. Tickets for Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden of Lights are avail- at 459 S. Coast Highway 101, able at the Welcome Center Encinitas. Looking for some at the SD Botanic Garden great holiday gifts? The Enon the evening of visitation. cinitas Bazaar has many loThere are no advance ticket cal merchants. Find the persales available. fect gift and support local business at the same time.



Celebrate Cultural Celebrations of the Winter Solstice with crafts, music and food for grades six and up at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place, Carlsbad. The winter solstice is the shortest day, and the longest night, of the year. It has been celebrated with festivals and stories by different cultures for centuries.



The Flower Hill Promenade will host Moonlight, Marshmallows & Movie Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Bring the family for a movie night under the stars, complete with hot chocolate, nibbles and plenty of holiday cheer.


Join the “All-Female Winter Solstice Holiday Showcase” at 8 p.m. Dec. 22 at EVE Encinitas, 575 S. Coast Highway 101, featuring singer Amae Love, joined by local favorites Krista Richards, and Shantaya & Radiant Soul Band. Elixar bar, exotic teas, and organic vegan cuisine will be available for purchase along with a trunk show of original designer wear and handcrafted jewelry. Cost is $15. Advance tickets available at eveencinitas.com.

Celebrate the longest night of the year with Feeding the Soul Foundation at Winter SOULstice from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Oceanside Moose Lodge. Music by Payo Funk, The Shift, The Untitled, and Her Royal Highness MC Flow. Dress in your ’70s best, 21-and-up. Tacos by Manuela and cocktails from the Moose Lodge Bar. Bring a non-perishable food donation for North County Food Bank and receive a raffle ticket for a door prize. KING TIDES COMING King Tides, both exHOLIDAY SHOP IN DEL MAR tra high and extra low, are The city of Del Mar is coming Dec. 22 and Dec. offering a Holiday Voucher 23, as well as on Jan. 20 and program through Dec. 23. Jan. 21, 2019. The BatiquiSpend $75 at one or more tos Lagoon Foundation and participating retailers and Preserve Calavera invite receive a $15 dining vouch- the community to a King er for a Del Mar Village Tide event to help people restaurant. For details, visit visualize how sea-level rise https://visitdelmarvillage. may impact their lives in com. the future at 8 a.m. Dec. 22 at Ponto Beach. Meet in the parking lot on the west side DEC. 22 of Coast Highway just north GRINCH DROPPING BY of La Costa Avenue. For Want to see the big more information, visit the green guy for yourself? King Tide website at http:// He will be stopping at The california.kingtides.net or Shoppes at Carlsbad from batiquitosfoundation.org/ or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 for a contact pdecino@preservelive “meet and greet.” All calavera.org. are welcome to say hello

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Experience the other extreme of King Tides at Swami’s State Beach, from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 23 at 1298 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, hosted by the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Join the family-friendly beach event during the spectacularly low tide and explore the tide pools to participate in interactive learning experiences. Registration is required at sanelijo.org/ KingTideEvent.

perfect time for students to work on these applications for an opportunity to receive financial support for school. The San Diego Foundation Common Scholarship Application is available at sdfoundation.org/students/ community-scholarship-program/ until 2 p.m. (PST) Feb. 5, 2019.

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The Carlsbad Newcomers will meet for coffee at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 2 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, followed by "Eco-Safari in Kenya" at 10:15 a.m. President Patricia Mehan, and friends will share highlights of a 2018 tour among wildlife and the native Maasai tribe. No host luncheon after meeting. Visit carlsbadnewcomers.org TIDEPOOL TIME With local tides at their for more information. highest and lowest, it the best time of year to head out and explore local tide JAN. 3 pools. Birch Aquarium of- FIGHTING TRAFFICKING fers Tidepooling Adventure North County Anti-Huprograms with expert natu- man Trafficking Collaboralists. Visits https://aquari- rative will meet at 9 a.m. um.ucsd.edu/ for details. Jan. 3 at United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 490 HOLIDAY SERVICES S. Melrose Drive, Vista. For Saddleback Church San more information, visit soDiego will host Christmas roptimistvista.org or contact services at 9 and 11 a.m. SoroptimistinternationalDec. 23, 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and vista@gmail.com. 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at the Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, JAN. 4 San Diego. For more infor- PRESERVING THE ROSES mation, call (858) 519-1754 “Saving the Roses and or e-mail sandiego@saddle- Preserving Genetics” will back.com. be the topic at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale DEC. 25 Terrace Drive. The speakSING WITH YOUR SUPPER er is John Bagnasco, author Join the Carol Sing- and radio personality for along and Christmas Day Garden Compass. Fingertip dinner from noon to 3 p.m. lunch is at noon followed by Dec. 25 at the Seaside Cen- business meeting at 12:30 ter for Spiritual Living, p.m. and program at 1:30 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. p.m. Visit vistangardenclub. Families, couples, youth, org or e-mail Vistagardensingles and seniors are wel- club@gmail.com. come. Bring a little extra food so that those who cannot bring a dish can enjoy JAN. 5 the Christmas feast. If you WINTER READING SALE cannot bring a dish, please Encinitas Friends of the bring yourself. To volun- Library bookstore will hold teer for the feast, contact a book sale from 10 a.m. Melissa at (951) 553-9843 or to 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at 540 Cormspiegler@gmail.com. nish Drive, Encinitas. Most books will be from 25 cents to $1. Visit encinitaslibDEC. 31 friends.org. NEW START FOR NEW YEAR

Seaside Center for Spiritual Living will host a New Year's Eve “Burning Bowl” event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. All are invited to burn what you want to release for 2018 and set intentions for 2019 in a supportive community setting. Most of the ceremony will take place inside, with a few minutes outside for the burning process. For more information, visit ctillotson@seasdiecenter.org, or SeasideCenter.org or call (760) 944-9226.

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A three-hour familiarization and safety class is offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 6, at the Escondido Fish and Game Association shooting range at 16525 Guejito Road and Lake Wohlford Road. Handguns and ammunition are provided for the class but participants are encouraged to bring their own handgun. Cost is $60.To register, call Jack at (760) 746-2868.


A gem and jewelry fair will be held noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $7 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit gemfaire. com.

RAISING AWARENESS and funds for the California Fire Foundation are Jerome Strack, general manager of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe; Janet Lawless Christ, founder of JoyWorks Network; and Ned Vander Pol, deputy chief of the Vista Fire Department. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diegans came together on Dec. 7 to help raise funds for the California Fire Foundation to provide recovery and relief efforts for California wildfire victims. Janet Lawless Christ, Rancho Santa Fe philanthropist and founder of the JoyWorks Network, and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe partnered for a unique holiday shopping experience at the inn. More than 700 shoppers took part in the complimentary Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe raising over $3,000. Shoppers meandered through public spaces at The Inn starting in the lobby, through the breezeway, Library Room, Huntsman Pathway to the Spa Courtyard. At every turn, there was something for everyone. Lawless Christ said it was intrinsically necessary to make the event free of charge. “I think it was important for our event to be complimentary so that it would increase attendance and encourage a wide variety of shoppers,” she said. “We also wanted our shoppers to spend their money with the vendors, and with their donations going to the California Fire Foundation. The California Fire Foundation is doing such incredible work with the victims of the wildfires. I think we, who were spared such loss and grief, wanted to share the bounty of what we have been so lucky to receive.” Ned Vander Pol, deputy fire chief of the Vista Fire Department, was on hand representing the California Fire Foundation. The foundation was established in 1988. “Our primary function is to give out through our SAVE Program $250 Mastercard gift cards so that people who lose their homes to structure fires

get their immediate necessities,” he said. “We’ve been really busy lately with Camp fire and Woolsey fire giving out 10,000 gift cards.” Vander Pol said the organization also has a Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation in place if firefighter or other personnel lose their life in the line of duty. Many guests spoke with Vander Pol about the recent fires and thanked him along with all the other firefighters out there for their heroic service. Lawless Christ said The Inn is a perfect gathering place for people of all ages and is in the heart of the community. “The mix of high-end vendors and live music added to the holiday festivities as well,” Lawless Christ said. Vendors for the day included Studio Julies, Plantology, Grazia Bella Handbags, Children’s Books by Adrienne Falzon, Chatter Chatter Sip & Splatter, Rancho Santa Fe Jewelers, It's a Luv Thing, J McLaughlin, PS I Love you, Set & Stone, Branch Out Market, NC Olive Oil, Bendl's Custom Shirts, Cosbar Cosmetics, author Richard Lederer and more. Lawless Christ described the fundraising event as a resounding success. “I also hope that everyone went away with the true meaning of the season, which involves joyous gathering, fun shopping all the while really benefitting others who need our help,” she said. “As a community we have so much to give.” To learn more about upcoming collaborative events between JoyWorks Network and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, visit JoyWorksNetwork.com. To learn more or donate to the California Fire Foundation, visit CaFireFoundation.org.

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Encinitas moves to improve walking, biking safety By Carey Blakely

ENCINITAS — On Dec. 6, the city of Encinitas released a final Active Transportation Plan. The plan’s purpose is to enhance transportation options for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout Encinitas. In addition, the document presents ways to connect walking and biking pathways with public transit in order to promote more efficient travel through the region as a whole. Mayor Catherine Blakespear said, “Giving residents safe, protected infrastructure to get around outside their cars is critical to meeting our climate action goals and providing an even better city for residents.” Transportation safety in Encinitas rose to the forefront again last week when Roberta Walker, the executive director of Cardiff 101 Main Street and an advocate for safe biking and walking access, was struck by a truck while riding her bike on Dec. 8. Walker remains in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. The area where the accident occurred, on North



recovery with a strong message for the public. “This is about bringing awareness to people and understanding that there’s a huge cycling community here,” said Leucadia resident Grace Brown. “A lot of people get frustrated with cyclists on the road because everybody is dealing with traffic and trying to get places. We understand that too because we’re motor ists. I feel a lot of people don’t really Walker understand what the sharrow lanes are or that the cyclists have the right to be in the lanes, so I’m hoping that people will finally understand more about what it means to be on the road with cyclists and what it means to be on the road together.” According to officials, both Walker and the truck were headed southbound in the “sharrow” lane, a lane designated for both vehicle and bicycle use when the accident occurred. Walker is a proactive supporter of the proposed Leucadia Streetscape, a project started 10 years ago to enhance the North Coast Highway 101 corridor. The project includes sidewalk, curb, gutter, enhanced crosswalks, raised medians, roundabouts, bike lanes, increased parking options, public art, and landscaping elements. As conducted by council, staff initiated the required discretionary permit process which involves a Design Review Permit, Coastal

CARDIFF 101 Executive Director Roberta Walker speaks at Encinitas City Hall just days before she was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle in Leucadia. Photo by James Wang

Coast Highway 101 near Phoebe Street, is part of the planned Leucadia Streetscape Project. Encinitas Associate Planner Geoff Plagemann explained how improvements should increase safety in that corridor, writing, “Components for this project include traffic calming measures and dedicated buffered bike lanes in the area. The Development Permit and an amendment to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and the North 101 Corridor Specific Plan. “It’s time for us to move forward,” state Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath said. “This community has come together for 10 years to work on the North Coast 101 Streetscape and what we need now more than ever is strong voices that say we are not going to accept any more delay. It’s our time to come forward to make sure we finish what we started so this doesn't have to happen again.” A prayer and meditation was conducted as cyclists joined hands in unison, sending Walker healing thoughts before their ride through Leucadia. Waves of cyclists cruised through the Southern California coast, with a goal of emulating hope, support and strength. As the community grieves together, there is a beacon of hope and light as supporters maintain Walker’s vision of safety on the streets. “When somebody who fights for a safer road is hit on her bicycle on one of the roads that she's fighting for, there’s a cruelty and a tragedy in that,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “We’re here today to see that and recognize that but to also turn that into hope and commitment in the better world that she's fighting for and that were all fighting for.” Friends and family of Walker have set up a website to give people updates about her progress, https:// heambailey.wixsite.com/roberta. They ask that no one call the hospital for updates and that any correspondence be forwarded through the website at this time.

Streetscape Project will enhance the environment for bicyclists and pedestrians.” The Active Transportation Plan incorporates plans and objectives from related projects — such as Streetscape, the Coastal Rail Trail and the Climate Action Plan — in order to provide an integrated mobility approach that promotes biking and walking

as an alternative to driving. It also presents new transportation options that include nature trails, sidewalks, multi-use paths, buffered bike lanes and more. The plan seeks to improve certain intersections, or crossings, where collisions have been shown to occur. This year, four pedestrians in Encinitas were killed as a result of vehicle collisions, with three of those accidents attributed to jaywalking outside of crosswalks. The fatalities and other incidents prompted the Encinitas City Council on Nov. 14 to consider implementing Vision Zero, a street-safety program that aims to eliminate all injuries and fatalities stemming from traffic accidents. The council voted to send Vision Zero to the Traffic and Public Safety Commission for specific recommendations on how to proceed. Striking an optimistic note, Blakespear told The Coast News, “We’re seeing great improvements around the city.” The bike and pedestrian projects that Blakespear said she’s “the most excited about coming online” are the Coastal

Rail Trail, the bike and pedestrian lanes under the I-5 freeway at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard, the multi-use path along Manchester Avenue from the freeway west to the visitor center at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and the dedicated bike path from the wastewater facility on Manchester over the hill to Birmingham. She added, “It’s a big city, and a lot remains to be done. Streetscape, for example, will transform how people get around downtown Leucadia. I’m very focused on mobility improvements, and we’re laying the foundation for the next round of projects.” While the Active Transportation Plan’s first phase lays out options and analysis, the second phase of implementation will require financing and decision-making. Plagemann said that the city is attempting to secure grant funding and has submitted an application to Caltrans. Grant awardees will be announced in spring of 2019. Part of the implementation plan includes identifying the top 35 projects from the first phase and perform-

ing a cost analysis of each one. Community input will help the city to determine which projects to prioritize. As for what the plan’s overall priorities are, Plagemann wrote that they include making Encinitas “a safer, more equitable, and more environmentally conscious city for everyone, through the improvement of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.” He further noted that pedestrian and bicyclist projects were given equal emphasis throughout the planning process. Should Encinitas receive the Caltrans grant it applied for, implementation would begin in the fall of 2019 and continue into the summer of 2021, according to Plagemann. The Active Transportation Plan is one component of the Coastal Mobility and Livability Study, which also looks at how to improve parking in the business districts and provide safe access around and across the rail corridor. The Coastal Mobility and Livability Study aims to provide a vision for how people in Encinitas can safely, efficiently and enjoyably travel through the city.

When somebody who fights for a safer road is hit on her bicycle on one of the roads that she’s fighting for, there’s a cruelty and tragedy in that.” Catherine Blakespear Encinitas mayor

ENCINITAS MAYOR CATHERINE BLAKESPEAR speaks about the tragic irony of Roberta Walker’s accident at the “Ride for Roberta” event on Dec 15, saying, “We’re here today to ... turn that into hope and commitment in the better world that she’s fighting for and that we’re all fighting for.” Photos by Gina Onori

OVER 100 CYCLISTS turned out Dec. 15 for the “Ride for Roberta” event along North Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia.


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23rd annual Holiday Tea welcomes its most guests ever By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A rainstorm didn’t dampen the holiday spirits at the 23rd annual Holiday Tea at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The Country Friends had more than 180 guests attend the Dec. 5 event — a record-breaking number. Erika Horn and Helga Shulman co-chaired the event. “This holiday tea celebrates a successful year raising funds to be distributed to local agencies in need,” Horn said. “Spread the work of our mission to friends so they have an interest in joining The Country Friends.”

As guests took their seats, a holiday trend fashion runway show featured clothing by J. McLaughlin, Icons, Jean Waters and Shanee Boutique. The boutiques were also vendors for the day along with Jean Waters Fine Accessories, Premier Designs Jewelry, Dr. Schwab Skin Care, Tina Frantz Designs, The Spice Way, Kendra Scott, Perfectly at Home, Plantology Design, Chic Mommy Candles, Over the Top Gifts and Handmade Local & Exotic Wood by Cam Baher. According to Deborah Cross, The Country Friends board president, five years ago the Holiday Tea had

humble beginnings at The Consignment Shop, which lost money. Now, that’s all different. The event now boasts a profit with funds being donated to the nonprofit’s chosen charities. Cross, whose term as president nears an end, said it was fantastic to have her last The Country Friends event of the year as president to be such a success. “Not only did we have record attendance, but we will also have record revenues for this event,” she said. “In these last four years as president, I have seen TCF events grow in size and revenues. Due to this, we have been able to donate more funds each year to San Diego-based human care agencies.” Cross said serving as board president was a wonderful experience both professionally and personally. “I have had the benefit of having a fantastic, hard-working board of directors, that makes my job

AMONG THE MORE THAN 180 GUESTS at the Dec. 5 event at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club were, from left, Toni Christian, Denise Jasanevek, Trish Bugg, Yvette Letourneau and Melissa Wilkens. Proceeds benefit the charities supported by The Country Friends. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

easy,” she said. “In addition to the board, I have also met so many wonderful people that support The Country Friends and our community, many who have become very close friends.” Cross said as president she had the unique experience of understanding the human care agencies that

The Country Friends funds by working closely with them. “These agencies opened my eyes to the incredible work being done in our community,” she said. “I am so proud to be part of an organization that touches so many lives in San Diego. It has also been great

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Restrictive eating plan based on when you eat Ask the Doctors

Dr. Elizabeth Ko Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: I want to lose 15 pounds but have had no luck cutting calories or carbs, or even trying that crazy (IMHO) keto diet where you eat mostly fat. What about that new diet where you only eat during certain hours? How does it work? DEAR READER: We think you're referring to time-restricted eating, which is also called "early time-restricted feeding" or "intermittent fasting." No matter the language, these approaches all boil down to the same basic concept. That is, all of your calorie intake, including meals, snacks and beverages, takes place within a limited period of time. Instead of reducing the calories you take in each day, or limiting the types of food you eat, it's the timeframe in which calories are consumed that is strictly defined. Before we go any further, we'd like to point out that this isn't a weight-loss regimen per se. Initial studies looked into the potential health benefits of the practice, such as blood sugar control. However, in studies done, as well as in anecdotal evidence from everyday participants, it has emerged that weight loss often takes place. Restricted eating is based on a growing body of evidence that humans do best when we live in sync with our circadian rhythms, which are guided by the built-in "body clock" that operates within us on a 24-hour cycle. We already know that circadian rhythms influence a number of behavioral and physiological processes. These range from the obvious, such as our sleep/ wake cycles, to the unseen, like body temperature, hormone secretion, enzyme function and even the speed at which wounds will heal.


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So it's not that surprising to discover that nutritional intake would also have a spot on the list. There's no doubt that we've come a long way from the days of our primitive ancestors, when the rigors of hunting, gathering and preparing food, to say nothing of the challenges of storage, strictly limited mealtimes. These days, however, the average American eats from early morning until well into the night. One of the thoughts behind restricted eating is that, over time, this type of behavior wreaks havoc on our circadian cycles, which use hormones and enzymes to prep the body in myriad ways for nutritional intake in the morning and afternoon. Then, during the subsequent fast, these processes rest. By front-loading our food consumption, as our ancestors presumably did, we allow our inner clocks to sync up for optimal operation. In a study in which men with pre-diabetes limited caloric intake to a six-hour period for five weeks, researchers saw a drop in participants' blood pressure and lower insulin levels. There's no single formula for restrictive eating. Some plans suggest an eight-hour window for eating, while others stretch that to 10 hours. The one constant is that during the fasting period, nothing caloric — and this includes the milk in your morning coffee or that handful of nuts at night — passes your lips. It also appears that reversing the size of meals — large breakfast, moderate lunch, light dinner — helps with hunger management. If you do decide to move forward with a restricted eating plan, please check in with your primary care physician for advice and guidance. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.



York Knicks basketball player Ernie Vandeweghe. Her uncle, and her mother’s brother, is basketball player Kiki VanDeWeghe, and her grandmother’s brother was NBA player Mel Hutchins. Vandeweghe first started playing tennis with her elder brother, Beau, when she was 11, but the sport wasn’t her first choice. In fact, it was her last after trying basketball. As for tennis she has been playing professionally since 2008 and plays right-handed (two-handed backhand). To date and according to stats she has won $7,132,168 in prize money and her career record is 281-226 (55.42 percent). She holds four career titles: two World Tennis Association at the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in Den Bosch, and two International Tennis Federation. Additionally, she’s a former Junior US Open champion. Vandeweghe reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2015 and 2017 and won the WTA Hertogenbosch. In 2017, she earned two Grand Slam semifinals and the final of the WTA Elite Trophy to move up to a career-high ranking of No. 9. She recently said she’s had a rough 2018 due to an injury; however, she’s ready to start 2019 with “a clean new slate,” and said her tennis career has been a learning experience. “I’ve battled injuries and have had some amazing accomplishments so far,” she said. “Tennis players turn professional at a very young age and get thrown out into the world on their own and each player matures and develops on their own.” However, she hopes that her career is just beginning and that good moments are ahead. “In 2017, I had an amazing year and this last year I battled injuries but still had some amazing moments such as winning the 2018 US Open Doubles Title with Ash Barty — my first Grand Slam win,” she said. As mentioned, she comes from a long list of family members who played basketball and she said most people assumed she’d head in that direction. “Naturally given my family history with basketball, I think most people always assumed I would take up basketball,” she said. “I also tested out volleyball,

COCO VANDEWEGHE reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and U.S. Open in 2017. Courtesy photo

which my mom and older brother both played at a very high level. But for me tennis was the sport that I fell in love with. I stumbled on a court when I was a child because I was doing what most younger siblings do and that is follow around your older siblings. “My brother had tennis lessons and I copied everything he did so that is how I got hooked on tennis,” she said. And even though basketball runs in the family she is only concentrating on a career in tennis. “For now, I am only thinking about tennis,” she said. “I think being an athlete, you always must have a long-term view on things but for now my focus is on being a tennis player and being the best possible person off the court as I can be. I think it’s important to always give back to communities and be a role model for kids. I remember as a child watching some of my favorite athletes on TV and I always try to emulate those and be the best role model I can be.” As for being a professional tennis player she said it is a “blessing and a curse,” and the most difficult aspect is the travel. And travel she has done — all over the world to compete. But her greatest accomplishment has been winning the Fed Cup Championship

Man taking bat to red-light cameras assaults deputy ENCINITAS — A man who was hitting red-light cameras in Encinitas with a baseball bat Dec. 15 attacked a San Diego County sheriff's deputy who tried to stop him, authorities said. The incident began at 2:36 p.m. at the intersection of North El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard, sheriff’s Sgt. Agustin Rosas said. The Sheriff’s Department received several reports of a man on a ladder hitting the red-light cameras with a baseball bat and a deputy on patrol at the time

saw the suspect hitting the camera, Rosas said. The deputy ordered the man to stop and drop the baseball bat and the suspect refused, the sergeant said. “The deputy attempted to incapacitate the suspect with his department-issued Taser ... but it malfunctioned,” Rosas said. The suspect then swung the bat at the deputy several times and the deputy hit the suspect with his baton, he said. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect attacked the deputy and a fight en-

sued, Rosas said. Other deputies were able to handcuff the suspect and he was taken to Scripps La Jolla for treatment before he was booked into the Vista Detention Facility, he said. The deputy suffered multiple fractures and was taken to Scripps Encinitas for treatment. The suspect, identified as Frederick Gramcko, 53, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, Rosas said. — City News Service

for the U.S., representing the U.S. in the Olympics and winning the US Open Doubles Title in 2018. Of course, being a professional sports figure, she also must train and that is pretty much nonstop all year long. “The tennis season is very long and goes for about 10 months (January to October),” she said. “I train out of San Diego. Depending on where I have breaks, I may do some training weeks in London with my coach, Pat Cash.” She has her favorites when it comes to tennis players and said her childhood favorite tennis player was Lindsay Davenport. “I feel like I grew up watching the golden era of women’s tennis in America with so many great champions,” she said. Growing up in Rancho Santa Fe was “awesome” said the California girl. “I love San Diego and I would describe myself as a California girl, I love the beach and relaxing with my


friends,” she said. “The food in San Diego is some of the best in the world but to be honest being a professional tennis player you never get to spend much time at home so when I am there, I relish all my time. “I wish I could spend more time at home, but I’ll have plenty of time to hang out at home when I am finished playing but that won’t be for a long time!” she said. Vandeweghe didn’t attend college and doesn’t have a degree, but it is something that she has thought about pursing after tennis is over. “Most professional tennis players do not go to college because they turn professional at a younger age which makes them ineligible to play in the NCAA,” she said. Will tennis always be a part of her life? “At this point in my life, tennis will always be a part of my life and I think that is really one of the beauties of a sport like tennis,” she said. “It is truly a life time sport; I don’t think there will be any time of my life where I don’t get out on the court at least once a week to get a hit in. “After I am done playing, I am not sure in what capacity I will remain in tennis, but I will always love tennis and I hope as long as I can play I will,” she said. Staying physically fit isn’t too difficult for her since she has an “amazing support team around me who make sure I stay in shape and I am ready 24/7.” When she’s not on the tennis courts or competing in a tournament she loves coming home to San Diego and spending time. “Whenever I have down time, you can either find me at the beach in San Diego or on the golf course. I have two dogs which I love and spending time with them always turns a bad day into a good one. “I love hanging with friends that I don’t get to see too often and just relaxing. When you travel as much as I do, downtime at home is something that I do not take for granted,” she said.


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‘Growing pains’: City provides CCA update By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — The first of its kind in the county, Solana Beach’s Community Choice Aggregation program is anticipating a decline in projected revenue over the next few years, a hurdle one council member referred to as “growing pains.” The outcome is largely attributed to increases in the cost of energy and a modified “exit fee.” Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, is a method by which cities can procure and provide renewable energy to their residents. The program is becoming increasingly popular in the state of California, particularly among cities vying for more local control of their energy. Solana Beach is the first city in San Diego Gas & Electric territory to embark on the program —called Solana Energy Alliance, or SEA — which took off in June of 2018. Except for residents who chose to opt out and stick with SDG&E, the energy funneled into local homes is now 50 percent renewable and 75 percent greenhouse gas-free, with the option to opt-up to 100 percent renewable. The cost to customers is 3 percent below that of SDG&E’s. About 45 percent of the energy SDG&E provides is renewable. The state has mandated that energy providers serve 33 percent renewable energy by 2020. SEA harnesses its energy from predominantly wind, geothermal and hydroelectric sources. The energy is still delivered by SDG&E, making the provider both SEA’s collaborator and competitor. City staff and consultants provided a quarterly update to council at a Nov. 28 meeting, reflecting revenues for 2018 which are 7 percent higher than estimates from April. However, the projected cumulative net revenues for the next five years have seen a notable decline — from



on housing projects with substantial density increases and building heights greater than two stories — the City Council will be less hamstrung in getting a plan approved. Instead of needing a Housing Element that passes muster with voters per Proposition A’s mandate,

$3.9 million to just under $1 million. According to the program’s consultants, increases in the price of natural gas have had a sizeable impact on wholesale electricity prices. However, projected numbers are also taking a hit from a change to the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment. The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment is an exit fee which is charged to customers who leave an investor-owned utility — like SDG&E — for a Community Choice Energy provider such as SEA. It is meant to compensate investor-owned utilities for the energy previously procured on behalf of now former customers, energy they then have to sell on the open market. The California Public Utilities Commission ruled in early October to change the methodology by which the exit fee is calculated — a decision that has negatively impacted the near-term projected numbers of SEA and delayed a CCA feasibility study undertaken by several North County cities. Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterson proposed the new formula, asserting that it will ensure customers who decide to stay with the investor-owned utility are not saddled with excess costs. The new exit fee is expected to go into place in January 2019, and staff currently estimate the rate will average 2.8 cents per kilowatt-hour overall, with a 3.2

the council can move forward with a plan as long as it gets approval from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The two previous attempts to secure voter approval for a housing plan, Measure T and Measure U, failed at the ballot box in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Mayor Catherine Blakespear issued the following

cents per kilowatt-hour average for residents. It is currently 1 to 2 cents per kilowatt-hour. However, Solana Beach and several other CCAs are pushing back. On Nov. 19, SEA, in conjunction with CalCCA and CleanPowerSF, filed an application for rehearing with the Public Utilities Commission. Regardless of the outcome, council members expressed confidence that the effects of the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment would not pose a long-term threat to the program. The idea of starting a CCA in the county’s second smallest city has been gaining slow and steady traction over the past seven years. North County resident and former member of the city’s Clean and Green Committee, Lane Sharman, introduced the concept to the Solana Beach City Council in October 2011, about a year after Marin County launched the first CCA in the state. Sharman called the CCA option a “low-hanging fruit” that offers “low risk and high reward” for the city. “Community Choice Energy was very attractive to a large number of people in Solana Beach who view climate change and global warming as an existential threat,” Sharman said. The city outlined four principal goals for the program: providing cleaner energy, obtaining local control, increasing rate savings and meeting the city’s climate action plan. By partnering with The Energy Authority — which currently purchases renewable energy on the city’s behalf — and taking out a loan from the city’s general fund to tackle upfront costs, the city is now meeting those goals. SEA currently serves 92 percent of the city’s residents and 99 percent of its businesses. According to Assistant City Manager Dan King, the city will be able to pay off its initial loans

statement to The Coast News regarding the ruling, “It seems like a reasoned and measured decision. It preserves the people’s right to vote on future housing upzoning but recognizes that in this housing cycle (20132021) we have reached what the judge calls ‘an impasse.’ I appreciate the clarity around the fact that we need to get HCD approval in advance, so that issue doesn’t

by August 2019, making it a self-funded enterprise. However, for the time being, the city will fall short of its final goal: to use the excess revenue from the program to fund other sustainability efforts in the city. Mayor Dave Zito envisions options such as providing more electric car charging stations in the city, or incentivizing residents to install solar panels on their rooftops. This isn’t the first time Solana Beach has paved the way in the realm of environmental sustainability — the city was also the first in the county to ban single-use carryout plastic bags in 2012, and the first to ban the use of polystyrene at local restaurants. Council members point to the Clean and Green Committee as an active entity at the forefront of the CCA effort. “We prioritized it, and we had a very active community that was asking for this, and that’s why it happened sooner than in other communities,” Zito said. Neighboring cities are now following in Solana Beach’s footsteps — Del Mar, Encinitas, Oceanside and Carlsbad are currently awaiting the results of a feasibility study regarding the possibility of pursuing a CCA. In October, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his support of CCAs, anticipating a CCA program could take off in San Diego as soon as 2021. According to city staff, SEA is opean to “all potential governing structures,” including a Joint Powers Agreement, which would allow the city to potentially scale up energy procurement by jointly administering a CCA with other area cities. Representatives from the interested cities, including San Diego, will be meeting to explore options in the coming weeks. “When we launched, this council was clear — do not turn our back on our neighbors,” City Manager Greg Wade said.

continue to be litigated. “I’m grateful that we don’t have any injunctive relief or penalties imposed on the city at this time. I have every intention of having the city comply with the court’s requirements and meet the deadlines. In truth we need to start putting together the housing plan that will go to the voters in 2020, so having this housing plan handled by April will be a relief.” San Diego Tenants United pro bono attorney Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi also appeared satisfied with the judge’s decision. She issued the following statement, “The purpose of this lawsuit was to compel the City to follow state housing law that requires the City to plan for the housing needs of vulnerable low-income families and rezone adequate sites to accommodate the growing affordable housing needs. “The Court has granted our writ, which means the City must come into compliance with its state law statutory obligation to facilitate the development of affordable housing. In the meantime, we hope the City takes the necessary steps to come into compliance as soon as possible so that an adequate inventory of sites

After 64 years, Encina Power Plant goes dark By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — Just before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 11, the iconic Encina Power Plant ceased power-generating operations for the first time since its construction in 1954. Carlsbad City Attorney Celia Brewer made the announcement during the City Council meeting, receiving an enthusiastic applause from the packed house. Taking Encina’s place is the Carlsbad Energy Center, a natural gas “peaker” plant, which will generate about 530 megawatts of flexible power to the region, according to NRG Energy spokesman David Knox. NRG Energy owns both facilities. As for the city, Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio said an agreement between NRG Energy and the city requires the power company to decommission and demolish the plant within three years. The old facility used to generate 965 MW, he said. “It is definitely iconic, the building and tower. The power plant’s been there for pretty much the city’s entire life,” he said. “Some say it’s a beacon and some say it’s an eyesore. Nonetheless, it’s an older plant that’s served its useful life and now we’ll have a different source of power that is cleaner.” The first step, though, is for NRG Energy to decommission the plant, which may take up to one year. Once the decommission is complete, the agreement states NRG Energy has two years to demolish Encina. The peaker plant is an upgrade over the former oil and natural gas Encina facility. Knox said the company had to pivot after the state passed regulations against the use of siphoning seawater to use to cool the plant. To cool the peaker plant, NRG Energy uses recycled water.

is available.” Susan Turney, a vocal opponent to Measure U and an Encinitas resident, expressed her hope for the housing plan moving forward, writing, “If the Mayor and Council embrace the Amicus Brief’s six principles filed by Peter Stern, on behalf of residents opposed to Measure U, they will see a clear way forward to an approved Housing Element.” Stern filed an amicus brief, a legal document from non-litigants with a significant interest in the subject. His brief requested that building heights be capped at 30 feet with elevators not to exceed 28.5 feet; housing be distributed as equitably as possible through the five Encinitas boroughs; in-lieu fees and other ways that developers can avoid building affordable housing on-site be eliminated; 20 percent affordable housing be mandated at each site; and the city-owned L-7 site be developed for 100 percent affordable housing. Turney’s statement continued, “It appears that the Judge, once made aware of the additional facts as provided in the Amicus Brief, has determined to give the City one last opportunity to incorporate the six

principles, which will cause the Housing Element to be approved by HCD and accepted by a majority of the voters.” Turney clarified that she’s aware there will be no additional vote, but she wishes the people’s voices to be symbolically heard through the adoption of those principles. Updated: But at the evening City Council meeting on Dec. 12, it became clear that the council does not plan to significantly rework the Housing Element unless the state requires it. The council voted unanimously to submit Measure U with two minor updates to HCD for review by the end of December, per attorney Barbara Kautz’s recommendation. Kautz proposed a timeline that takes into account HCD’s 45-day review period. Should the agency deem the Housing Element inadequate, the council would have time to address the concerns and secure approval by the April 11 deadline, she said. The council quickly voted with almost no discussion. Kautz also confirmed the likelihood that the plaintiffs will ask the court to order the city to pay their legal fees.

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Nirvana? Deckman’s in Valle de Guadalupe

L CONSIDERED THE BIRTHPLACE of modern winemaking and an amazing terroir for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, 2,300-foot DAOU Mountain stands tall in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. Courtesy of DAOU Vineyards

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ff to the west of the 101, in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles, about a half-day journey or so on the road from north San Diego, stands a solitary mountain of some 2,300 feet, producing magnificent Cabernet Sauvignon. Everything about this mountain is so right for the highest quality Cabernet. When the brother team of Georges and Daniel Daou staked their claim after growing up in France with a love of wine, then achieving great success in America in academics and in the tech world, the dream of DAOU Mountain turned into the discovery of a lifetime. It did not come quickly. As a matter of fact, when the decision was made to pursue their vision of making the best Bordeaux Frenchstyle wines in the world, it took them eight years to find this location. Twelve years ago, DAOU Mountain was named and planting began at the pinnacle of what would become the largest wine country in California, Paso Robles. “It was wild country then and we struggled to quickly put up a single building to start making wine,� Daniel Daou told me. “We were just 14 miles from the ocean and you could feel it. The calcerous lime soil had a very similar make up to what makes Bordeaux vineyards thrive. Our wines have lots of minerality and natural acidity. Over time, wine experts have applauded our efforts and now expect us to make great Cabernet Sauvignon. The American dream is still alive. We have challenged ourselves to produce wines that will rival the greatest. There is no question that we have the terroir. This terroir is naturally inclined to produce wines of extraordinary staying power. We

spare no amount of imagination or technology in harnessing that power to make wines of dimension and elegance.� Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse on the Coast Highway in Carlsbad was bustling on the night Daniel Daou came with his regional sales manager, Daniel Brunner, a former restaurant executive at Vigilucci’s. Both had passionate words of praise for Paso Robles and their vineyard’s promise. Vigilucci’s General Manager and Wine Director Matt Moore expressed his gratitude for the soldout turnout and the experience of the four-course dinner with four elite wines from the DAOU collection. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 15

ike a growing number of millenials, my son Quinn has taken up residence in Tijuana and commutes to work in San Diego. Drawn by the affordable housing and thriving culinary and music scene, these young professionals are just saying no to the San Diego cost of living and doing their own thing south of the border. A few months back I planned a trip down to check out his world and of course do some exploration of the culinary scene. My checklist included Caesar's for the original Caesar salad, a Xolos soccer game, brunch at a trendy TJ spot, then a Sunday afternoon road trip to Valle de Guadalupe to the renowned Deckman’s. I arrived in Tijuana late Saturday afternoon and was quickly thrown off by the intense traffic scenario just over the border. It didn’t help that my international roaming did not kick in until about 10 minutes in, leaving me unable to navigate, text or call. For future reference I’ve been told that when just over the boarder, shut your phone off and when you boot it back up the international plan will kick in. After the mild traffic panic, I reached Quinn’s place where we unloaded and headed straight to Caesars for the object of my salad lust. I’ve had a version of the original Caesar a few

DREW DECKMAN, chef/owner of Deckman’s en el Mogor, at his outdoor wood-fueled kitchen. The restaurant is about 90 minutes south of Tijuana and well worth the trip. Courtesy photo

years back at Romesco in Bonita. Restaurateur Javier Placencia owns both Caesars and Romesco so if you don’t want to cross the border for it you have that option. There is nothing like getting it from the source and Caesars is very oldschool and that romances the salad even more. You will see the chopping block cart on wheels moving from table to table with the servers expertly

working their magic chopping, cracking and mixing the ingredients in a manner that has been done since it was invented in 1927 or thereabouts. It consists of romaine lettuce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, crushed garlic, coddled egg, lime juice, fresh black pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, baguette oven-baked garlic croutons and anchovy filets. Before you freak out on the

anchovies let me assure you that all these ingredients blend so seamlessly to create one of the best salads you will ever experience. It should be noted that there is a full menu and a bustling bar scene at Caesar’s as well. It’s located on the busy Avenue Revolucion in the Centro district of TJ so there is plenty of action surrounding it. TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 15


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THE OCEAN and coral reef biome is one of five within Biosphere2, owned and operated by the University of Arizona. This biome, originally designed to test and follow chemical and biological changes in coral reefs, is undergoing renovation to allow experiments in diverse physical environments. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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turistic outpost and its mission for years. A recent visit to Tucson and southern Arizona provided the opportunity to finally see what Biosphere2 is all about. At the beginning of our 90-minute tour, an introduction video confirms my suspicion; working and learning here probably would be the most fun science class ever. The short movie provides an overall view of the work and goals of Biosphere2, which is to educate industry, government, students of all ages and the public about this giant laboratory’s original purpose and its current research. Some of these endeavors include: • A project that tracks how (nonliving) volcanic rock can slowly become rich soil that can support microbes and plant life. • The development of the Lunar Greenhouse to grow vegetables on Mars. • An indoor, vertical farming project that uses LED CROP lights to increase water efficiency and eliminate .93 pests..93 • Research that focuses on the4.17 chemical and biologi4.28 in coral reefs. cal changes Like Boy Scouts on the trail, we follow our guide as she takes us up, down and around the various walkways, stairways and catwalks that wind throughout the three-plus acres under glass. We pass through several “biomes,” microcosms of a few of the Earth’s climate zones. Biosphere2 features five biomes: ocean with coral reef; mangrove wetlands; tropical rainforest; savanna grassland; and fog desert (similar to coastal Southern California). As we pass though this last biome, I recognize many of the plants — mostly cactuses and succulents — that we see in San Diego County. The university also has taken advantage of the other 37 acres on the Biosphere2 campus to meld science and art. As we cruise through the grounds on our own, we discover several sculpture gardens and landscaping that causes my rock-envy to surface. Scattered about in

a most artistic fashion are brilliantly colored boulders embedded with deeply blue and green veins of azurite and malachite. It’s difficult to believe that such patterns and color exist in nature. I abandon any idea of tossing one or two in the back of our car when I discover that these incredibly dense pieces of earth weigh between 12,000 pounds and 14,000 pounds each. I settle for a few photographs. For more: http://biosphere2.org. Read about the successes, failures and politics of the two Biosphere2 experiments (1991-1993 and 1994) at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2. If you visit Southern Arizona, make Tucson your base of operations. What to see: Biosphere2; Kitt Peak National Observatory (www. noao.edu/kpno); San Xavier Mission (www.sanxaviermission.org); the artist colony of Tubac (http://tubacaz. com); Titan Missile Museum (www.titanmissilemuseum. org); Wild West town of Tombstone (https://tombstoneweb.com); and Arizona Wine Country (yes, there is such a thing; http://arizonaexperience.org/land/arizona-wines) Where to stay: Lodge on the Desert in midtown Tucson – rooms start at $105; (833) 257-8800; www. lodgeonthedesert.com. For more photos and commentary, visit www.facebook.com/elouise.ondash. eondash@coastnewsgroup.com

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Gift wrapping just isn’t my bag small talk jean gillette


ven though it is considerably less fun without young children around, I do still enjoy the holiday season. I love the lights and decorations, I love the trees, I love the festive feeling, and getting together with friends. I always love the excuse to spend money with a clear conscience, and, as I mentioned last week, I love the goodies. Opening gifts is fun and I adore beautifully wrapped packages. But it is always bittersweet, be-

cause I simply can’t reciprocate. I really kind of hate gift-wrapping. I’m not sure when my bad attitude started. Perhaps it was when I first sat looking at the dozens of little things I had bought to fill my family’s stockings — times three. My favorite children’s age was when I didn’t even have to take the price tag off. In my mind, I start out seeing a cleverly wrapped showpiece in my head, but somehow the message just does not make it to my fingers. My tape never sticks right, my paper never lines up evenly, my cuts are raggedy and I always end up with an excess of folding on the ends. My gifts are lumpy at best, tacky at worst. My family has gotten

used to it, bless them, but I quake at the idea of wrapping for someone less forgiving. I rely on it being the season of goodwill toward the clumsy. My efforts have dwindled down to tissue paper and curly ribbon. There is never a place to stick a bow. I rarely use a box. I have tried not to be shamelessly lazy and put everything in bags, but it takes willpower. I promise to start out this year’s wrapping marathon with Martha Stewart in mind, but it is pretty much a given that my end results will be shapeless blobs with half-tied ribbon and a slap of tape holding them together. I suspect it’s just that I would rather be doing any number of other things, like laughing

at other people’s sweaters, sipping wassail or slicing pie. I did, however, go the extra mile this year to hide my daughter’s presents. She is the worst about sneaking peeks into the bags I label and sort things in. This year I did not label a bag for her. Instead I slid her gifts into a nook and cranny where she won’t think to look and I won’t forget I put stuff there. She hasn’t asked where her bag of stuff is, but that would be admitting that she hunted for it. Let the Christmas games begin. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer madly searching for her missing scissors, tape, ribbon, paper or gift tags. Contact her at jean@coastnewsgroup.com.

Canyon Crest senior qualifies for exclusive math competition CARMEL VALLEY — Tristan Shin, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy High School, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2019 “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” championship featuring top math students from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The contest will be held Jan. 19 as part of the Joint Mathematics meetings in Baltimore, and will be webcast live at 10 a.m. local time at https:// livestream.com/psav/wwtbam2019.


After introducing his family and several close Paso Robles neighbors, Daou spoke about his and his brother’s great adventure and the elegance of his DAOU wines. This night he brought with him a Burgundian style 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, a 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the pinnacle of his success, the 2014 Estate Soul Of A Lion, a Bordeaux style blend made with 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Cabernet Franc and 4 percent Petit Verdot ($144.99). In the glass, the wine reveals a rich, deep complex bouquet of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, layered and complex, with a lengthy finish. The great structure will allow it to evolve for years to come. And to think it all began with the finish of a dream … on DAOU Mountain. Learn more at daouvineyards.com. Wine Bytes

• Holiday celebrations fill the calendar, starting with the Westgate Hotel downtown San Diego. Christmas Eve has the hotel offering a four-course Prix Fixe menu from 5 to


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Tristan Shin The top prize in contest is $5,000 for winner and $5,000 for math department of

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9 p.m. for $69 each. Christmas Day has a Holiday Prix Fixe menu from 11a.m. to 9 p.m. for $69 each. Both are in the Westgate Room. Add $20 for bottomless house wine and Champagne. RSVP at (619) 238-1818. • Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas has a New Year’s Eve celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28with some great wine and bubbly. Join the Meritage crew to raise your glasses of farewell to 2018. Six selections for $30 per person, $20 for Club M members. Details at meritagewinemarket.com. • Firenze Trattoria in Encinitas is planning a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Ring in the new year starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $75 each. RSVP at (760) 9449000. • The nationally acclaimed Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, recently opened on the waterfront downtown San Diego, has New Year’s Eve dining with its Super Premium Steakhouse Celebration. This is a four-course prix fixe menu at $195 per person featuring Del Frisco favorites including 45-day dryaged prime rib strip, bone in rib eye and much more. Additional $50 each for specially crafted wine pairings from Wine Director Faith Fulginiti. Begins at 5 p.m. and runs all evening. Reserve at 619-272-5060. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com

winner’s school. This is the second straight year that a student from Canyon Crest Academy has qualified for the championship. Fast facts about Shin: — His favorite thing about school is “hanging out with friends and doing things that we love together.” — He got a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competitions 12 exam and was a Mathematical Olympiad qualifier. — He can't wait until the game of chess is solved. Shin was selected for

the 2019 “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” championship based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability, administered by high school math teachers using Möbius, a product of DigitalEd. This will be the 10th annual “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” championship contest and the second international version. The AMS has been doing regional contests at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii since 2001.

City moves to kill left turn from Sprouts shopping center By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — It’s a perilous rite of passage for many motorists leaving the Sprouts parking lot on Encinitas Boulevard: pulling out and dodging vehicles speeding eastbound on Encinitas Boulevard to make a left turn and head west. The Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission moved Dec. 10 to end that tradition, hoping to make the Encinitas Boulevard-El Camino Real intersection safer in the process. The commission unanimously approved directing staff to eliminate the leftturn in, left-turn out option into and out of the Sprouts parking lot from the lot's northernmost exit onto Encinitas Boulevard. “I think we have been lucky we haven't had more accidents there,” commission Chairman Peter Kohl said about the left turn from the parking lot to westbound Encinitas. According to city staff, there were only three accidents reported there over the past five years. But commission members agreed that it doesn't make it any safer. Patrons will still be able to turn left into the McDonald's driveway, but cars leaving the parking lot at Sprouts will have to turn right and make a U-turn at the Encinitas-El Camino Real intersection. The commission's decision also directs staff to lengthen the left turn lane onto El Camino by 75 to 100


Dinner was followed by a Tijuana Xolos soccer game which is a major sporting event, drawing fans from as far as Los Angeles. The tailgating scene was similar to our football version with the addition of roaming mariachi bands providing a soundtrack to the experience. Nothing notable to report on the stadium food offerings and that was somewhat disappointing. That said, the Xolos have a loyal following and it’s a raucous environment. Sunday morning started with a nice brunch at an elegant joint with a hipster edge called Alma Verde. It was a nice slice of calm and a perfect transition to the incredible culinary experience that we were about to embark on 90 minutes south in the Valle de Guadalupe. The coastal drive down is very scenic then it gets even better as you cut inland to wine country. Deckman’s en el Mogor is the official name and I’ll just say up front this place should be on the list of every serious culinary aficionado in San Diego. Seriously, it’s that good and the adventure of getting there is half the fun. Chef owner Drew Deckman grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia, and after completing a degree in philosophy from Rhodes College began a journey that

THE WOOD-FIRED Quail and Bone Marrow with a view of the vineyard at Deckman’s. Photo by David Boylan

took him all over Europe. That journey included working with some of the biggest names in the culinary world and earned him a coveted Michelin Star for his work in Restaurant Vitus in Germany. That is just a snapshot of his culinary accomplishments as

there are far too many to list here. The term farm to table is not some marketing jargon at Deckman’s. They are literally surrounded by the farms and ports that provide a very high percentage of ingredients, not to mention the wine. The

feet to accommodate the additional cars that will be using it to make the U-turn. To enforce the no-leftturn order, the commission directed staff to erect plastic bollards in the turn pocket where most people would normally idle during the completion of the left turn. Staff's proposal called for crews to stripe the area, but the commission felt the area needed a physical deterrent, which the bollards provide. While the decision was unanimous, commissioners had several questions about how the action would impact the intersection, including whether the city would have to increase the time of the left turn light for the increased queue, and potentially if the right-turn onto westbound Encinitas Boulevard from southbound El Camino Real would have to be restricted to allow more cars to make the U-turn. City Traffic Engineer Abe Bandegan said that staff will monitor the intersection and make appropriate changes. The entire commission agreed that the next step, however, would be solving the other part of the problem: slowing eastbound traffic on Encinitas Avenue, as motorists pick up speed as they come downhill approaching the intersection. “The big issue is people winging downhill toward El Camino Real, one of the busiest intersections in our city,” Commissioner Charles Lisherness said. indoor-outdoor structure itself is amazing and the outdoor, wood-fueled kitchen is a sight to behold. The scent of burning wood cooking quail and other such culinary delights is almost overwhelming in the best possible way. There were times during our meal, with the sensual aromas, the stunning visuals of the vineyard, and my good company, that I thought to myself “it does not get much better than this.” And it really doesn’t. And on top of the world-class culinary experience, Drew Deckman is just a really nice guy. I will admit I was a bit intimidated by his fame within the culinary world going into our LTP radio interview but was immediately charmed by his approachability and sense of humor. Given that I had a designated driver, we made the drive back to TJ early that evening. My advice would be to book one of the many lodging options in the area so you can enjoy the very impressive local wine and not have to make the drive back and deal with the border crossing on a Sunday evening. There has been a lot of negativity surrounding Tijuana and the surrounding area and yes, it can be a dangerous area, but so can any city that size. I will be back as there is much more to explore in the area. Check out Deckman’s at www.deckmans.com.


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Odd Files Giving Up the Ghost

In January, Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, of Belfast, Ireland, stretched the May-December union to new lengths when she wed a 300-year-old ghost of a Haitian pirate. "I wanted the big traditional wedding with the white dress. It was very important to me," she told the Irish Mirror. Large said that "Jack," who was executed for thieving on the high seas, became known to her one night in 2014, when she felt the energy of a spirit next to her while lying in bed. Large has worked as a Jack Sparrow (of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies) impersonator, and she believes her job opened the door for her spirit-husband to reach out to her. Alas, the Mirror reported on Dec. 8, things didn't work out for the odd couple: "I will explain all in due course," Large wrote on social media, "but for now all I want to say is be VERY careful when dabbling in spirituality. It's not something to mess with." [Irish Mirror, 12/8/2018]

Scrooge Visited by Ghost of Lunches Past

The Cranston (Rhode Island) School District is taking its response to delinquent school lunch accounts up a notch, reported WJAR TV on Dec. 6. District COO Raymond Votto Jr. sent a letter to parents notifying them that a collection agency will be contacting those with lunch overdrafts starting on Jan. 2 and noted that the current deficit is almost $46,000. "The district lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue,"

Votto wrote. The letter specified that students will continue to receive food regardless of whether their account is in arrears. Families with unpaid charges of more than $20 will be notified by mail, which the district called a softer approach. [WJAR, 12/6/2018] Unclear on the Concept

-- Dominick Breedlove of Spring Hill, Florida, doomed his chances of landing a job at Kohl's on Dec. 5, reported Fox 13 News, by getting arrested for shoplifting after his interview. Breedlove arrived for his appointment with Human Resources around 3:20 that afternoon, Hernando County Sheriff's deputies said, and afterward stopped to browse in the shoe department. A loss prevention officer watching Breedlove told police the suspect went outside to his car, retrieved a Kohl's shopping bag and returned to the store, where he stashed two pairs of Nike athletic shoes worth $150 in the bag. Breedlove was charged with shoplifting, and the sheriff's office confirmed he was not hired. [Fox 13 News, 12/6/2018]

a note demanding money and warning that he was armed. The bank employee gave Carta an undisclosed amount of money, and he fled the bank. Toledo police took him into custody 11 minutes later at a Taco Bell drive-thru nearby. He was held in Toledo on $50,000 bond. [Newsweek, 12/7/2018] Weird Science

Scientists are likening the strange occurrence of eels getting stuck in monk seals' nostrils to "one of those teenage trends," according to The Washington Post. Charles Littnan, lead scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, posited, "One juvenile seal did this very stupid thing, and now the others are trying to mimic it," but he and other scientists are stumped about the phenomenon. Hypotheses suggest that the eels jet up the nostrils as seals poke their faces into eels' hiding spots, or seals regurgitate the eels and they exit through the nose. Over the last two years, three or four incidences have been reported, all with good out-- A Michigan bank comes -- for the seals. No robber failed to appear at eels have survived. [Washhis sentencing hearing on ington Post, 12/7/2018] Dec. 6 in Macomb County Circuit Court because he Sweet Revenge was cooling his heels in Ted Pelkey of Westford, Toledo, Ohio, after being Vermont, has been battling arrested in connection with the Westford Development another bank robbery. Paul Review Board for months Carta, 45, pleaded guilty in over his proposal to erect a October to robbing a bank building on his property for in May in Utica, Michigan, his truck repair and monoand was due in court on the filament recycling busi6th, Newsweek reported. ness. But he told WCAX But on the 5th, the Toledo News that the city keeps Police Department said, putting up barriers to the Carta entered a Toledo development, so Pelkey has bank and handed a clerk instead installed a message

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to the board and the people of Westford: a giant sculpture of a fist with the middle finger raised. "It's very big. Everybody got the message," said Fairfax resident Carol Jordan. Pelkey, who spent $4,000 on the public rebuke, said he hopes the citizens of Westford will take a "really long look at the people who are running their town." In the meantime, the select board told WCAX that because the sculpture is considered public art, they can take no action against it. [WCAX News, 12/4/2018] Bromance

Anthony Akers, 38, and the Richland (Washington) Police Department embarked on an amusing meet-cute of law and fugitive on Nov. 28 when the department posted a wanted photo of Akers on its Facebook page. Five hours after the posting, National Public Radio reported, Akers responded with: "Calm down, i'm going to turn myself in." When Akers was a no-show, the department messaged him the next day: "Hey Anthony! We haven't seen you yet." Officers even offered him a ride. But Akers couldn't be bothered: "Thank you, tying up a couple loose ends since i will probably be in there for a month." He promised to surrender within 48 hours. When the weekend passed without any sign of Akers, officers wrote: "Is it us? We waited but you didn't show." To which Akers replied: "Dear RPD, it's not you, it's me. I obviously have commitment issues. ... P.S. You're beautiful." Finally, on Dec. 4, Akers arrived at the Richland police station, posting a selfie with the caption: "Thank

you RPD for letting me ordered: a pair of thighdo this on my own." Aww, length underwear, stained ain't love grand? [NPR, with what appeared to be human feces. Leo contact12/7/2018] ed Uber, the restaurant and the police, but all three Around the Bend Science teacher Mar- said they couldn't help him. garet Gieszinger, 52, at "Disgusting, unhealthful, University Preparatory it's potentially deadly," High School in Visalia, Leo told WPLG. Uber later California, was captured said the driver had been reon video chopping off stu- moved from the app penddents' hair with scissors on ing investigation, and Leo Dec. 5, while loudly, and was provided a full refund. incorrectly, singing "The [WPLG, 12/10/2018] Star-Spangled Banner." The Visalia Times-Delta The Litigious Society described the video showWhen Stephen Keys ing Gieszinger starting boarded a SkyWest flight with a male student seated in Reno, Nevada, on Sept. in a chair at the front of the 9, he settled into his firstroom as she cuts portions of class seat and reached to his hair and tosses them be- buckle his seat belt. But hind her. When she moved when he raised the right on to a female student, armrest for better access, other teenagers started his right pinky finger bescreaming and ran out of came lodged in a small hole the classroom. Lilli Gates, under the armrest, accordone of Gieszinger's stu- ing to the lawsuit he filed dents, told the Times-Delta against American Airlines the teacher "is a loving and and SkyWest on Dec. 5. kind lady. She is usually Keys tried repeatedly to all smiles and laughs. This remove his finger but could is not the Miss G. we know not, and it remained stuck and love." After Gieszing- for nearly an hour until the er's arrest on suspicion flight landed and airline of felony child endanger- mechanics disassembled ment, the district notified the armrest, reported City parents that she would not News Service. "The spring be returning to the class- mechanism ... applied inroom. [Visalia Times Delta, tense pressure to the plain12/6/2018] tiff's finger, immediately inflicting injury, swelling and pain," the lawsuit read. Ewwwww! A man identified only "Dozens of passengers beas Leo visiting Miami for came aware of Mr. Keys' Art Basel, a contemporary perilous condition, causing art show, over the week- his dire situation to become end of Dec. 8 got an un- a humiliating public specwelcome extra in his Uber tacle." What's more, the Eats delivery. He had or- injury left Mr. Keys unable dered some Japanese food to drive and play with his using the app, but when children, causing severe the driver handed Leo his emotional distress, accordfood bag, "she took off run- ing to the lawsuit. SkyWest, ning," Leo told WPLG TV, citing ongoing litigation, which he thought was odd. would not comment on the Odder was what he found suit. [City News Service via along with the food he had KNTV, 12/11/2018]

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CP Air flying high after successful launch CARLSBAD — When it came to his dream of bringing a full-service airport to North County, the sky was the limit for Ted Vallas. And the CEO of California Pacific Airlines’ visions continue to soar following the initial launch out of Palomar-McClellan Airport. After its inaugural flights to San Jose and Reno on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, respectively, and Phoenix-Mesa and Las Vegas on Nov. 15, CP Air is set to expand to Sacramento and Denver next spring. And if the reception they’ve received so far is any indication, passengers can expect a red-carpet level welcome both upon boarding their plane and when they arrive at their destination. “It was absolutely super,” TG Vallas, California Pacific Air secretary of the board, said. “At both San Jose and Reno the reception couldn’t have been better. We had a wonderful flight up the coast to San Jose over the Channel Islands and Catalina Islands.” The beautiful sights didn’t end in the air, either. “In San Jose, we were met

at the aircraft and escorted into the terminal. They had balloons and gift bags for us. I was interviewed by the local NBC channel there and two radio stations. We met several people from the chamber and economic development departments as well as the airport CEO and management. It was a marvelous reception. The next day’s flight into Reno-Tahoe International Airport was no less exceptional. “We were greeted by about 150 people,” CEO Ted Vallas said. “There were three TV stations, two radio stations and local newspapers. They had a big cake for us. You couldn’t be treated any better.” And he was pleased to learn that the folks in Reno had given the new route a nickname “The California Pacific Air Express to Legoland.” “They had about 15 kids there working with Legos and all of the sudden they gave me an aircraft built out of Legos with our logo and names on it,” Ted Vallas said. “The team in Reno has been heavily promoting

FOUNDED BY 97-YEAR-OLD Ted Vallas, California Pacific Airlines’ visions continue to soar following the initial launch out of Palomar-McClellan Airport. Courtesy photo

us and has let us know that a strategic partnership with us is very important to them. The reception in Phoenix was equally impressive with a spectacular sunset, a water arch and a cake reception with local dignitaries” TG Vallas said that the California Pacific Air team couldn’t be more pleased

with how smoothly the busy Thanksgiving travel week was. “Our crews both on the ground and in the air did an amazing job,” he said. “We were very pleased with the ridership during that time period. And we are looking forward to increasing our flight times and continuing to add new routes.

While the Carlsbad airport’s size and location allow for conveniences and time and money savings for travelers, Ted Vallas wants to make sure people know that it is indeed an international airport. “Flights to Cabo San Lucas are in our near future,” he said. “It’s going to be a big market for us.

And we clear customs right here.” For now, California Pacific Air is readying for its launches to Sacramento and Denver. “We are securing aircraft and crews and setting up and hiring more maintenance people,” he said. “We are also adding additional flights to Las Vegas.” Ted Vallas said they will begin preselling tickets for the new routes this week. He added that while CP Air’s prices are comparable to those at San Diego International Airport’s, there are some savings you can’t put a price tag on. “For every hour you spend here at the Carlsbad airport, it would take five hours at the San Diego airport,” he said. “While we aren’t a ‘low-cost’ airline in terms of our ticket prices, we offer you a much shorter drive time, shorter lines, faster boarding and parking is just $5 a day.” For more information about California Pacific Airlines and to see a full flight schedule and book flights, visit www.mycpair.com.

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Fresh, crisp, local apples topped with caramel, toffee, white chocolate and a sprinkled cinnamon mix or Business news and special chocolate and nuts. or mayachievements for North San Diego County. Send information be one called rocky road. Simply Dimples is joining via email to community@ the State Street Farmers' coastnewsgroup.com. Market just in time for the holidays, bringing its custom PROFESSOR EARNS KUDOS caramel apples. Salk Professor and Carlsbad resident Joseph Ecker was part of the team TOP BUSINESSWOMAN Cathy Baur, vice presionce again named to the Highly Cited Researchers dent of University Advancelist by Clarivate Analytics. ment at Cal State San MarEcker, a professor in Salk’s cos, is one of the San Diego Plant Molecular and Cel- Business Journal’s 2018 lular Biology Laboratory Business Women of the Year and director of the Genom- for her work in overseeing ic Analysis Laboratory, is the university’s first coma Howard Hughes Medical prehensive fundraising camInstitute investigator. He paign. Baur was among 103 is one of the nation’s lead- finalists for the awards. ing authorities on the epigenetics of plants and peo- SOCCER STAR CSUSM men’s soccer ple, and also holds the Salk International Council Chair player Andrew Stalboerger was named to the United in Genetics. Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Men’s Scholar AllI-5 CONSTRUCTION BEGINS Plans by SANDAG to West Region team. The secontinue work on the I-5 nior computer science major carpool lane. Caltrans and posted a 3.67 GPA and was SANDAG broke ground in the only California Colleearly December to extend giate Athletic Association the carpool lane on I-5 in men’s soccer student-athlete each direction between to earn the honor. Manchester Avenue in Encinitas and Palomar Airport NEW BRAND IN TOWN Sea Of Seven is a newRoad in Carlsbad. No travel lanes will be closed during ly launched lifestyle brand the day as part of planned that is family owned and construction. Periodic night- operated online at seaoftime lane closures may be seven.com, from the coastal required between the hours community of North County. of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. For more Sea Of Seven was launched info on the improvements, out of a desire to harness simplicity. No backers, no visit Build NCC. partners, just photographer Jack English and his daughSTORE MANAGER PITCHES IN Johnny Munoz, manag- ter, who sought a creative er of the Carlsbad JCPenney outlet to honor their passion store, was so impressed with for rhythm, roots and surfthe Assistance League of ing. Inspired by the heyday North Coast shopping trips of American ingenuity, be it for needy children, he donat- vintage motorcycles, classic ed $5,000 from the JCPen- single fin surfboards or film ney Communities Founda- photography, Sea Of Seven tion. Twice a year, the store designs custom art pieces. opens early and members of the Assistance League of HELPING THE CLUB The La Costa 35 AthletNorth Coast bring in a group of high school boys from the ic Club, a local nonprofit orNew Haven Youth and Fam- ganization, hosted its eighth ily Services in Vista. They annual Texas Hold ‘Em pokare able to select $150 worth er tournament in November, of school clothing, paid for raising $300,000 to benefit by ALNC. Another shopping the Boys & Girls Clubs of trip is for graduating se- Carlsbad. Padres ex-pitcher niors, who are outfitted with Heath Bell hosted. Kirk Millsuits, dress shirts, shoes, and er was awarded the Winners ties to wear for graduation Bracelet and selected one week in Maui as his prize. and interviews.


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This could be a tough time for you if you don’t make hard choices and follow through with what you know in your heart is the best thing to do. Welcome change with open arms and pursue your dreams without letting others interfere with your plans.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If you care about someone, now’s the time to let him or her know. You don’t have to buy an elaborate gift; you can just share your feelings and time. Romance is in the stars.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You’ll be given the wrong information or directions. Don’t be too trusting or willing to let someone use emotional manipulation to get you to do his or her dirty work.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Getting together with a friend or colleague will lead to an interesting idea that will tempt you to SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Ask get involved in something unusual. Don’t give all your secrets away or make a comyourself emotional questions and be mitment without more information. honest about your feelings and expectations. It’s up to you to bring about positive LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- An opportunity will change your direction and life. Get change. the facts before you share your plans with CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Stand loved ones. The choices you make won’t your ground and make choices based on please everyone, but this time you have what you can afford and what you feel to please yourself first. comfortable doing. A promise you make to someone should be based on what’s VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Calm down to deter others from overreacting. Take a doable. stand when it comes to indulgent behavAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Time ior. Be the mature one in your group and spent at home with your family or friends avoid trouble. will encourage you to make a lifestyle change. Recognize the things that will LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Getting toenhance your life, and make the right gether with peers, relatives or people who have chosen a different path than choices. you have will tweak your intelligence and PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Commu- give you reason to consider making a lifenication, travel and dealings with people style change. you don’t always see eye-to-eye with will SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A kind lead to an unwanted predicament. Don’t gesture will help you seal a deal or underoverreact; just go about your business. stand how you can improve an important Change begins within. relationship. A personal change will make ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You are you stand out and will bring a positive rebest off doing your own thing, getting your sponse.

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Artist Stacie Birky Green’s exhibit “Fractured Memories” is open through Jan. 15 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The artwork consists of reclaimed wood, showing extinct and endangered species of birds. For details, visit staciebirkygreene.com

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New Village Arts continues its collaboration with Kids Act, a local youth acting program , with a 10-week session of stage training, where they create their own characters and plays. In the end, at a professional theatre, students will perform their original plays, along with a short piece of Shakespearean verse, in front of scenery that they’ve created for family and friends. Cost is $199. Register now, at newvillagearts.org, for sessions Jan. 8 to March 5, Jan. 9 to March 6 or Jan. 10 to March 7.


“Five by Five x 73,” a clay and tile assemblage by Kay Jaynes will be on display through Jan. 24 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For more information, call (760) 9432260.

Drop by for the reception for artist David Ricket, as he opens his exhibit, “Land and Sea,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Enjoy plein air scenes in the style of the Impressionists. Meet the DEC. 27 artist and enjoy refresh- ‘ART OF RAKU’ Running through Jan. ments. For more information, visit davidrickertart. 24, see the exhibit by Alex Long, “The Art of Raku” com pottery. These one-of-akind pieces are perfected in the firing process creatDEC. 23 ing beautiful glazes. Civic ‘WHIMSY & SPARKLE’ On display through Center Gallery, City Hall, Jan. 24, see the work of 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinfused-glass artist Crisinda itas. For more information, Lyons, with “Whimsy and visit alexlongart.com. Sparkle” at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park DEC. 28 CASINO HOLIDAY Drive. From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Dec. 28, hear Gino and the Lone Gunman at DEC. 25 Luis Rey’s at Pala Casino and Resort. In The Cave, MERRY hear flamenco music at 6



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ESCONDIDO — In 2003 the city of Escondido opened Queen Califia’s Magical Circle — the only American sculpture garden created by renowned French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle — in the Iris Sankey Arboretum in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park. It has become a cultural landmark for the San Diego region — a place where visitors can mill about while playing, touching, dreaming and finding inspiration in the garden’s colorful homage to California’s mythic and historic origins and its cultural diversity. “California has been a rebirth for my soul and an earthquake for my eyes — sea, desert, mountains, wide open sky, brilliance of light and vastness of space,” the artist once remarked about living in La Jolla. “I have embraced another way of life and have let my discovery of this landscape manifest itself in my work.” To date there have been more than 12,600 visitors to the garden on the standard open days with an additional 482 visitors with private groups on other days, according to Visit Escondido. “Queen Califia's Magical Circle is a unique and vital art installation in our community. We're so fortunate to have Niki's only North American sculpture garden located here to share with San Diego locals and our many national and international visitors!” said Katherine Zimmer, the city of Escondido's tourism manager at Visit Escondido.

Niki de Saint Phalle Photo by Giulio Pietromarchi/Courtesy Niki Charitable Art Foundation

She is best known for her oversized, voluptuous female figures, the Nanas, which can be seen in cities and museums around the world. Among her largescale installations are the “Stravinsky Fountain” near the Centre Pompidou in Paris (1983), the “Tarot Garden” at Garavicchio in southern Tuscany (which was entirely financed by the artist and opened after 24 years of work in 1998), and the “Grotto” in Hannover’s Royal Herrenhausen Garden (2003). Saint Phalle continued living near Paris until 1994 when, because of poor health (brought about by exposure to toxic fumes from polyester materials used in her early sculptures), she moved to La Jolla, said Stevenson, who is also a trustee for her estate. “She is very well-known in Paris and among those in the art world,” he said. “Niki was a very charismatic woman and she moved to La Jolla for health reasons, and to escape her notoriety. She was constantly harassed by the media and couldn’t go anywhere without being noticed in France. She loved La Jolla and in California she was anonymous, and she could just do her art. She also had a severe lung disease due to working with fiberglass throughout her art career. “Her sculptures were made of polyester and she damaged and compromised her lungs during the later course of her life,” he said. She was also a force to be reckoned with and worked until the end; especially helping to create the Queen Califia garden park. It was about two-thirds completed before she died, Stevenson said.

2002 at age 71, she was born in 1930 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and was raised in New York City. Her art is collected by everyone from well-known celebrities (musicians who perform at the Super Bowl among them) to business people around the world. “She has always had a huge market and it’s because her art is fun, lighthearted, beautiful, colorful and just brightens up whatever environment it is put in,” said Dave Stevenson, her former business manager, who brokered many art deals for her art. Saint Phalle started painting in 1948, moved four years later to Europe (Nice, Paris and Mallorca) and first came to international prominence in 1961 as a member of the influential “New Realists,” a group that also included Christo, Yves Klein Who is Niki? If you’re not familiar and Jean Tinguely (her frewith this artist who lived in quent collaborator whom she Big gift La Jolla until her death in married in 1971). “Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is my grandmother’s gift to the region,” Bloum Cardenas, a Bay Area artist and trustee of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation, said. “Niki’s first significant architectural project was ‘The Bird’s Dream’ and she called it that because her personal symbol was the eagle. This garden, then, is the final realization of the bird’s dream, Niki’s dream, to create a wonderful legacy for a place she dearly loved.” The garden is Saint Phalle’s last major project and stands as one of only four large-scale sculptural environments designed and built by the artist and her studio. The others are the “Tarot Garden,” “Noah’s Ark” in Jerusalem, Israel (completed in 2001 in collaboration with Swiss architect Mario Botta), and Hannover’s “Grotto.” “My first really big piece for kids was the ‘Golem’ (completed in 1970 in Jerusalem) and three generations know and love it. Here (in Escondido), you can also touch the sculptures,” Saint Phalle said in one of her last interviews. “They feel nice and you won’t harm

them. You can be a part of them … it’s like a marriage between the sculptures and the child or adult. Maybe it brings out the child in adults, too.” Naming of the garden

According to reports, the garden is named from the legendary black Amazon queen, Califia, who was believed to rule a terrestrial island paradise of gold and riches “on the right hand of the Indies.” The legend was first popularized in the 16th century romance novel, “Las Sergas de Esplandián,” which received wide circulation in Spain. Geologist John McPhee recounts the tale in his book “Assembling California” (1994), which Saint Phalle read and drew on as a source for her initial ideas. A large mosaic sculpture of Califia (11 feet tall), an archetype of feminine power and strength, commands the center of the garden. Clad in gold armour, she holds a small bird aloft while standing astride a monumental eagle (13 feet tall). Openings between the bird’s massive legs lead visitors into a small domed “temple” decorated with cosmic symbols as well as painted ceramic plaques that were originally designed for the “Tarot Garden.” In planning the garden, de Saint Phalle totally immersed herself in regional history and myth. They became “springboards to create imaginative creatures which celebrate the diversity of life,” said the artist according to reports, “as well as those factors which have played a large role in southern California (including the Spanish, Mexican and Southwestern Indian cultures).” It took nearly four years to plan and execute and Saint Phalle remained a part of the project until just before her death. Lech Juretko, who has directed Saint Phalle’s mosaic workshop since 1994 said: “Here, Niki personally selected dozens of varieties of glass in differing shapes, color, hue, translucency and degrees of reflection. For the first time, she also used a wide assortment of polished and tumbled stones such as travertine, agates, quartzes and veined turquoise.” The results are magical and ever changing, as the movement of light, wind, color and reflections continually transform the garden. “Her art is just great fun to look at when you want to take a break and let your mind wander off,” said Stevenson, who has a Saint Phalle race car she created just for him. The park’s entrance is five minutes from the Via Rancho Parkway exit off I-15 at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and Mary Lane. Admission is free. For general information, call (760) 839-4691 or go to www.queencalifia.org.

DEC. 21, 2018


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C ‘MAMMA MIA!’ runs through Feb. 24.

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Welk’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ brings Greek islands to Escondido By Steve Horn

ESCONDIDO — The famed musical and movie, “Mamma Mia!” has made its way to Escondido and will play through February at the Welk Resort Theatre. With just over 300 seats, those who see “Mamma Mia!” at the Welk Resort Theatre — housed at the Welk Resorts’ San Diego location in northern Escondido — receive a combination of a Broadway-style musical performed within the confines of an intimate setting. For an extra charge, attendees can also dine in at the Resort’s restaurant — Canyon Grille — before the show starts. Five shows ensue every Friday through Sunday at the theater. Welk Resort Theatre’s “Mamma Mia!” is directed by Larry Raben, an Encinitas-based director who has also done previous shows at the resort, including “A Christmas Carol,” “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “Always Patsy Cline,” “Forever Plaid,” “Plaid Tidings,” and “Hollywood Heyday” — the latter for which he also served as playwright. “What I have enjoyed most about directing ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Welk is creating an on-stage world populated with amazing actors and funny characters and giving the audience the feeling that they’ve had a mini vacation to the Greek Islands,” Raben explained. “(G)etting to work on this music in a theatrical context was very exciting for me.” Noting that the Welk Resort Theatre version of the show is “not a cookie-cutter version of the Broadway production,” Raben said that his team has come up with “many comical moments that you will never see in any other production of ‘Mamma Mia!’” “This cast is first rate. The orchestra is kicking,”

Raben further surmised. “You’ll feel like you were in the story because of the intimacy of the theater. It’s a high octane tour de force!” Natalie Nucci will play one of the leading characters, Donna, for the second half of the show’s six months. She lives in Escondido and said she finds the opportunity a “dream come true” because it allows for her to be at home with her family throughout the longterm course of the show run. Sean Coogan, vice president for resort operations at Welk Resorts, explained that the hardest part about keeping shows going for several months is keeping it fresh and keeping ticket sales churning. There is also the very real human resources element with which to contend. “To get somebody to work for six months, as much as these people like having a steady job, there’s other things that come up, whether it’s challenges in the family, illness, a better gig, health, whatever it is,” Coogan detailed. “Just maintaining the cast and keeping everybody on track (is important). Hopefully you have a good team, which we do, like a stage manager who’s making sure that people are doing their lines the way they did them their first show as they are doing in their 100th show. You know, it should always remain consistent.” Raben noted that putting together “a real family of actors” was the key in his cast selection, given six months is a long-haul time period, and in this case, one which runs through the holiday season. “In the casting process, we sought out not only the best talent, but a real family of actors that would want to spend six months and all of the holidays together,” Raben said. “Again and

again in rehearsals, I impressed upon them that in a long run you must take care of each other and treat each other with exceptional professionalism, courtesy, and kindness.” Nucci said she stays fresh as a cast member by keeping everything in perspective and realizing that, though the show is the same on a day-to-day basis, it will never actually be the same. “Basically it’s like life: if you stay present, and you have the same routine every day, it’s not the same because it’s a different day and a different moment with a different cellular make-up,” Nucci said. Beyond musicals, the Welk Resort Theatre also plays host to tribute bands weekly, as well as magic shows called Welk Illusions, performed by magician Anthony Hernandez. Coogan said that forthcoming performances for 2019 will include “The Addams Family” and “Menopause: The Musical,” for which Nucci has worked as associate director and choreographer. During the holiday season, Welk Resort Theatre will also have a performance called “Welkome Home for the Holiday.” The Welk Resort Theatre opened for business in 1980 and has emphasized musicals ever since in carrying out the legacy of its namesake, Lawrence Welk. Welk, a musician, radio and television show host during his illustrious career, founded Welk Resorts in 1964 and passed away in 1992 at the age of 89. Pondering opportunities to utilize the theatrical space beyond show time, Coogan said that the Welk Resort Theatre may also open up a youth summer camp, which would allow kids a chance to train under the tutelage of professionally trained actors.

hrista Chapian is a sculptor based in Southern California. She works with clay, glass, bronze and aluminum. Her work is an expression of the treasure that resides in our human experience as well as the insatiable curiosity to unearth more. Chapian has been the events director for the Sargent Art Group since 2016 where she organizes art exhibits for the membership. Christa shows her work in galleries in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and San Diego, and her work is in private as well as public collections.

Artist’s statement “Doing the inner work is good for the soul. Clear perception plus interpretation equals profound awareness.” “Through my artwork, I create forms that expand from the inside outward to express our natural desire for harmony of body, mind and spirit.”


‘THREE FACES OF TRINITY’ by Southern California artist Christa Chapian. Courtesy photo

“I am influenced by the ancient artifacts of the world that express the difficult work of life.” “The digging and discovery that takes us back to our authentic self.” “My work pays trib-

3, the Reflections Art Program present “Heroes Around Me” art at the Civic p.m. Dec. 28, with Patrick Center Gallery, City Hall, Berrogain and Hot Club 505 S. Vulcan Ave., EncinJazz. For more information, itas, by students as they exvisit palacasino.com. plore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase DEC. 29 confidence and find a love HOLIDAY JAZZ for learning. From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Dec. 29, enjoy Cougrzz Rock at Luis Rey’s at Pala Casino and Resort. JAN. 1 Jesus Meleclo, Flamencos, HAPPY Acoustic Pop, Jazz will be NEW YEAR! featured in The Cave at 6 p.m. Dec. 29. For more information, visit palacasino. JAN. 2 com. OPENING ART SHOW


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Cowboy Jack will be performing from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Witch Creek Winery, 2906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. For details, call (760) 720-7499. Free admission.

DEC. 31


E101 Gallery presents the murals of artist Daniella Manini through Dec. 31 at 818 S. Coast Highway. Visit her work displayed at the gallery or daniellamanini.com.


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ute to the work of chipping away at old beliefs and histories so that we can express the truth inside.” See more of Christa’s work at: sargentartgroup. com/ChristaChapian.html

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New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad, announces its second New Play Festival, with “Final Draft,” scheduled for Jan. 3 through Jan. 6. This year’s festival will feature plays by local playwrights. More information on schedule and ticket pricing at newvillagearts.org.

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Pala Casino Spa & Resort will host a Paint and Sip art event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5, in the underground wine Cave. Tickets, $40 per person includes all art materials including paint, brushes and a canvas and are available at the Pala box office, by calling (877) 946-7252, or by visiting startickets.com. To charge by phone, call (800) 585-3737.

Join the Oceanside Public Library in welcoming artists Eileen Sprague and Elizabeth Custer. Their work will be on display at the Civic Center Library from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31, at 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, with an opening reception at 4 p.m. Jan. 5. Visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600 for more JAN. 6 information about Library FIRST SUNDAY MUSIC events. Friends of the Encinitas Library’s free First MIXED MEDIA Sunday Music Series will Through Jan. 22, see feature alto saxophonist “Attic Archaeology” by Julian Roel at 2 p.m. Jan. artist Judith Christensen 6 in the Encinitas Library at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call Call (760) 753-7376 or visit (760) 753-7376 or visit ju- encinitaslibfriends.org, for dithchristensen.com. more information.

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