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No decision yet on short-term rentals

Heavy resident input prompts deferral By Christina Macone-Greene

To honor a fallen firefighter

RANCHO SANTA FE — Due to more than 60 Covenant member responses regarding the proposed draft regulations that would essentially prohibit shortterm rentals in the Covenant, the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board deferred its decision to a later date. This announcement was made before the Association’s monthly meeting on Dec. 7. The meeting was switched from a board meeting to a town hall meeting because there was a failure to post the meeting four days in advance. More research and consideration regarding short-term rentals are still needed on the issue, so the item never appeared on the agenda. The item was initial-

ly brought up during the November monthly board meeting. The board of directors agreed on the posting of approved rules related to short-term rentals — a way of finding accommodations highly sought after by travelers. It’s a situation that many cities are addressing since there are no regulations on the matter. Websites like Airbnb.com list short-term rentals and many are located in residential neighborhoods. Covenant residents were encouraged to review the proposed rules as well as submit their written comments by Dec. 2. The high response rate triggered a need to delay this discussion until a later date, which has yet to be determined. TURN TO RENTALS ON 6

Whalen replacing Hall as Association manager the regular monthly board meeting. “We failed to RANCHO SANpost the meeting TA FE — Bob Hall, four days in adwho was appointvance so this is a ed as manager of town hall meeting,” the Rancho Santa board President Fe Association in Fred Wasserman March, will vacate said. his position on Jan. The regular 2, 2018. Christy board meeting was Whalen, the cur- Bob Hall deferred to Dec. 15. rent assistant As- RSF AssociaAt the town sociation manager, tion manager is will serve as the retiring Jan. 2 but hall meeting, Wasnew Rancho San- plans to stay on serman announced ta Fe Association as a consultant that Hall would remanager in the new for the RSF Con- tire and the board nect project. of directors was year. looking into how the Covenant residents first learned of Hall’s replacement process would retirement during a Dec. 7 occur. He said Hall would town hall meeting, which TURN TO MANAGER ON 13 was originally meant to be

By Christina Macone-Greene

A San Pasqual Reservation fire truck parked on the Lilac Road Bridge over Interstate 15 hoists an American flag in preparation for the funeral procession tribute to Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Large numbers gather for procession By Christina Macone-Greene

REGION — An American flag billowed in the wind while its two top corners were hinged between a San Pasqual Reservation and a Rincon fire truck. Underneath it, uniformed firefighters and civilians looked over Lilac Road Bridge above Interstate 15, located at the southern entry into Bonsall and Fallbrook in San Diego County. Nearby, the scent and sight Cory Iverson is survived by his wife, Ashley. of charred trees and hillsides were Photo via Facebook

detected from the Lilac fire, which consumed 4,100 acres only days ago. On Dec. 17, everyone on Lilac Road Bridge waited to pay tribute to Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, 32, who died after battling the Thomas Fire on Dec. 14. The five-county funeral procession began earlier in the day in Ventura winding its way through Los Angeles, Orange, RivTURN TO FIREFIGHTER ON 12

The legacy of Junior Seau: A gift that keeps on giving

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t was always the week leading into Christmas that Junior Seau received his biggest pres-

ent. “Are you kidding,” Hank Bauer said. “He probably got more out of it than anybody.” Seau was everyone’s buddy and that was especially true for kids this time of the year. The longevity of Seau’s legacy was on display at the Junior Seau Foundation’s 23rd annual Shop with a Jock on Dec. 12. Seau, the Oceanside native and former Chargers

great, loved to give and he loved children. His signature event gathered local athletes and 200 children from families with financial restraints. They would go on a shopping spree that left the elders humbled and the youngsters appreciative. Through Seau’s charity, Christmas was always a little brighter for those in need. Those kids, from San Diego County Boys & Girls Clubs, were a reminder of Seau’s youth, back when he slept in his family’s garage with his brothers.

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“Junior never forgot where he came from,” said Bauer, the ex-Chargers player, coach and broadcaster. Just like the hundreds of kids who recently gathered at the Target in Mission Valley will never forget this Christmas. The youngsters

were connected with pro and college athletes and were given $100 to shop for their family. For Bauer, it was his 23rd year of pitching in. “In all the years I’ve done this,” Bauer said, “I think a kid has only put his name on the list once or twice. They are always wanting to take care of their brothers and sisters first.” Mark Grant checked his list twice, making sure he could contribute again. After taking part last year, the Fox Sports San Diego an-

nouncer wasn’t going to miss out. “Last year, it was kind of emotional for me,” he said and yes, there was a catch in his throat. Grant assisted an 11-yearold girl, whom he described “as sweet as you could be.” They walked the aisles together, adding up in their head how much this and that would be. In her quest to keep the tab at $100, Grant was moved. “It’s very tough when you know a family, and a kid, is not as fortunate as a lot of

us are,” he said. “That $100 meant everything in the world to her. Then I think of some people, and I’m guilty of it too, of saying, ‘$100, whatever, that’s no big deal.’ But to her it meant everything for her family.” Just like Seau meant so much to so many before taking his life in 2012. That pain of losing a friend — and who wasn’t his friend? — is dented a bit every holiday. Thoughts turn to Seau’s contributions to the needy, TURN TO SPORTS TALK ON 18


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Father-daughter team share how AirFort did the unexpected By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s been more than a year since a local family in Rancho Santa Fe modernized play forts for kids. Ed Hanley and his daughter, Luciana, had instincts their product would be well-received, but they had no idea it would touch children with a variety of needs. With an ordinary household fan, and in just a matter of seconds, the fabric fort expands to 71 inches in diameter and is roughly 50 inches tall. And there’s plenty of room for five people. The AirFort experience is different for everyone. Many describe it as whimsical. What Ed and Luciana Hanley didn’t expect was how AirFort would be a welcoming toy to children experiencing challenges. Luciana Hanley, 24, saw this firsthand. She was babysitting a little boy a couple of years ago who was 8 years old at the time. He was undergoing treatments for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer — he’s doing well now, she reports. “When I first got there, for days he wouldn’t acknowledge me,” she said. “He wouldn’t talk to me until one day I told him I had this really cool fort called AirFort.” It was around the time of their product’s prelaunch. “So, I brought over the camouflage AirFort,” she add-

Ed Hanley and his daughter, Luciana, have learned that the AirFort can be a welcoming toy for children experiencing challenges, including autistic kids and those with cancer. Courtesy photo

ed. “And from that day on, we were best buds.” Luciana Hanley shared that AirFort turned into the boy’s little private, safe space — away from needles and doctors. AirFort was his time. When his tutor came over, the boy insisted that lessons take place inside

the AirFort. “It became his world,” Luciana Hanley said. “Our mission kind of evolved in that at some point, we would like to start giving back to kids with cancer just because we know how much of a positive impact the AirFort has on them — they can create this special

little world away from the horribleness going on.” One day, Ed Hanley said an AirFort customer contacted him and said his autistic son was a different child inside the modernized fort. “It created a safe zone for him,” Ed Hanley said. “The hum of the fan is a

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Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, the Cleveland School District and the PEP Prentiss, also located in Ohio. According to the father-daughter team, several AirForts were sent to the school district. “PEP Prentiss is using eight of them in their classrooms,” Ed Hanley said. He said another parent with an autistic daughter, who is one of five children in her family living in the Stockton area, mentioned the same AirFort benefits. The girl received the fort as a gift. Ed Hanley was quick to point out how with the limited success AirFort is having, they will give back to the community a little at a time, and as much as they can. “We want to help, so if we can be successful enough, we can help more children and that’s kind of where we are right now,” Ed Hanley said. For Luciana, her AirFort mission is right on track. New colors are on the way as well as the ability to join two forts together with the use of one fan. “It’s about this imaginative fort that lets kids experience their different creativity and their imaginations can go wild — they can create something not only that they love, but their parents love,” Luciana Hanley said. “It’s a toy that the whole family has fun with.”

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Opinion & Editorial

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Now we’ll see what transparency can do California Focus By Thomas D. Elias California will be exploring new ground as the impending election year builds to its climax in early November. For the first time ever, big donors to ballot proposition campaigns will not be able to hide behind phony campaign committee names like “Californians for Safe Streets” and the like when they put their money behind causes, many of which can be self-serving. It will now be somewhat harder to keep dark money from having at least some light shined upon it. But no one can be certain just yet how difficult it will be for real donors to hide and just how exposed they might soon be. That’s partly because of some rather vague language in the state’s new Disclose Act, quietly signed as Assembly Bill 249 by Gov. Jerry Brown, who issued no statement along with his signature, as he often does on important bills. Advocates contend the language of the new law “will fundamentally change how campaign financing is disclosed,” as legislative sponsor Kevin Mullin, a Democratic assemblyman from San Mateo, put it. And it might do that. The bill requires ads for ballot propositions and independent expenditure ads for and against candidates to identify their top three funders, with none able to hide behind sometimes-misleading committee names. The idea is to identify people and organizations actually trying to exert influence, possibly causing some to downsize their contributions if they don’t want to be listed publicly as leading donors. This should let voters know exactly who is trying to influence them. From the “who,” it’s often easy to deduce the “why,” so California ballots could be cast in the most educated manner ever. Of course, this measure might have been even better than what has now become law. It could have required that disclosures of donors be made in a print size equal to the largest anywhere else in an ad. But that was amended out of the bill as it progressed through the Legislature. Instead, disclosures must be made “clearly and prominently,” a vague phrase that will no doubt be litigated for years.

REAL ID is coming to California By Marie Waldron

Get ready to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles. Under the federal REAL ID Act, passed by Congress in 2005, the DMV must meet requirements set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by adding new enhancements to California driver’s licenses and identification cards. The DMV will begin offering REAL IDs on Jan. 22 in order to meet the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline for compliance. Current California driver’s licenses will still be valid forms of identification for activities including driving, visiting non-secure federal facilities and other uses. Federal identification such as passports or mili-

tary IDs will also be valid substitutes for REAL IDs after Oct. 1, 2020. But if you don’t think you can remember to bring your passport along for a domestic flight, to visit a local military base or other secure federal location, you’ll probably need to schedule an appointment at your local DMV office before Oct. 1, 2020. To get your REAL ID, you’ll have to provide at least three original documents that prove your identity, along with your Social Security number and place of residence. The list is still subject to revision, but documents you can use to prove your identity will most likely include an original or certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, an unexpired U.S.

passport or a certificate of naturalization. Documents proving your Social Security number may include your original Social Security card, W-2 form or paystub showing your full Social Security number. Lastly, you’ll also need to show proof of California residence. Documents proving your residence may include a deed, a home utility bill or a property tax bill. For more information, including the full list of proposed documents needed to apply for REAL ID, please visit: www.dmv.ca.gov Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75th Assembly District in the California Legislature.

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Parks campaign thanks city, mayor We applaud Mayor Blakespear and the Encinitas Department of Parks and Recreation for endorsing the 10-minute walk to a park campaign led by The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute. The campaign is working with mayors across the country to advance park access and quality, with the bold goal of putting a high-quality park or open space within a 10-minute walk of every American. The value of parks and green spaces is well known and well-researched, including health, economic, community-building and environmental benefits. But in the United States, one in three Americans (approximately 100 million people), do not have a park within a

Expect some of the political consultants who conceive, write and approve the ads that will be ubiquitous as 2018 progresses to try to obfuscate matters. Their radio ads may feature the same kind of ultra-speed-reading often heard when pharmaceutical companies list drug side effects near the end of their ads. But newspaper and television advertising will have to include printed information on true campaign funders. In the beginning, some campaigns may try to get away with small print, but that almost certainly won’t fly in the long run. So while this law does contain some vagueness, it is far better than no law, a clear-cut case of not letting the perfect — identification in letters that match the largest elsewhere in the ad — outweigh the good. The law’s other flaw is that it does not demand exposure of the largest direct contributors to candidates, whose donors often launder their contributions through the major political parties at both the state and country levels. But there is nevertheless plenty of improvement over the longstanding ability of big donors to remain almost completely anonymous. Trent Lange, president of the California Clean Money Campaign, which pushed the Disclose Act for more than seven years before its final passage on a fairly bipartisan vote (five Republican assembly members from swing districts joined almost all Democrats in supporting it), called the new law “the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United.” That’s the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that corporations are like people when it comes to political giving. The bottom line is that even with some vague parts of the new law likely to be disputed and litigated over the next few years, there will still be more disclosure of campaign finance information than ever before seen anywhere in America. But we will all have to wait and see how much real voters care about this and whether it really affects the way votes are cast. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com

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THE RANCH’S BEST SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS 10-minute walk of home. This is why we have a launched this ambitious campaign — because we believe that parks are anchors of healthy, livable communities, and should be available to everyone — no matter where they live. We are incredibly proud that Mayor Blakespear has joined more than 140 mayors — from small towns and big cities across America, and from both parties — who support the 10-minute-walk campaign. Together, we will en-

sure that every person in every neighborhood in America has a quality park or green space close to home. Will Rogers CEO, The Trust for Public Land Barbara Tulipane CEO, National Recreation and Park Association Ralph Boyd CEO, Urban Land Institute Americas

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DEC. 22, 2017

Holiday Tea attracts over 100 guests By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Fairbanks Ranch Country Club was the place to be for The Country Friends’ 22nd Annual Holiday Tea. As guests arrived, they had an opportunity to peruse vendors for some boutique shopping. More than 100 guests took part in the Dec. 6 afternoon event. Participants enjoyed opportunity drawings, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a twocourse plated luncheon and a dessert buffet. Event cochairs this year were Erika Horn and Helga Schulman. When the guests took their seats, The Country Friends President Deborah Cross welcomed guests and said a few words. She reminded everyone that The Country Friends is a charitable organization founded in 1954 to help those in need. As the years have passed, the demand continues to grow. Since its inception, the nonprofit has raised almost $14 million for San Diego-based charities. The Country Friends has an emphasis on organizations that aid women, children, the elderly and individuals with special needs. Every year, The Country Friends provides financial support to roughly 40 agencies. Cross also spoke about the nonprofit’s Legacy Campaign that allows individuals to purchase one of the bricks located at the entry of their consign-

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DEC. 22

GARDEN OF LIGHTS Evenings in December the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 to Dec. 30. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 to 9 p.m. for a magical holiday experience. Garden of Lights also features music, food, visits with Santa and more. Tickets at the door on the evening of visitation. LIFEGUARD SCHOLARSHIPS The city of Oceanside Lifeguard Academy will be awarding full-ride scholarships to five individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to jumpstart a career in lifeguarding and aquatics. Recipients must work for the city of Oceanside Lifeguards for at least one year following their successful course completion. The submission deadline for the application and pre-course swim test will be Jan. 7, 2018. The course dates are Jan. 9 through Feb. 24. For more information, visit ci.oceanside. ca.us/gov/ns/parks/pools. asp; or call (760) 435-5225.

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Home for the holidays small talk

And yes, it meant hustling, a mall parking spot, and spending some money, well, spending a lot …

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was the dawning of Christmas, the house rocks with glee, the kids have been up since a quarter past three.

Every present is opened, bows shredded, wraps torn, the toys still look shiny, but Dad’s looking worn.

But then comes the sound Of bells through the air, Not sleigh bells, but doorbells. The in-laws are here.

ment shop in Rancho Santa Fe. The bricks can be inscribed with a personal dedication. “We are working hard to raise $1 million to help establish an endowment fund,” she said. The Legacy Campaign will help pay off the construction loan for the consignment shop and create an endowment fund. “And please become a member of The Country Friends,” she said. “Membership is very important

to us.” After new members applied at the event, there was a drawing for two complimentary tickets for the 2018 Art of Fashion in September 2018. The winner was Stephanie Caballero. Cross announced and introduced the official cochairs of the 2018 Art of Fashion, Sarah Sleeper and Tamara Lafarga-Joseph. Among the long list of vendors were Jewels with a Purpose, Chic Mommy and Maggie B’s.

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cakes, breakfast pastries and festive bubbles for the grownups. Cost is $125 for each parent-child team, $50 for additional team member (includes additional house). Parent must accompany children under 16. For all holiday reservations, call (858) 793-6460.

FARMERS MARKET The Del Mar Farmers Market, a certified and nonprofit Farmers Market supporting California Farmers, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 23 at Del Mar Shores Park, 225 9th St., Del Mar. The market offers organic and pesticide-free seasonal fruits and vegetables, potted herbs, flowers, cuisine, cheese and baked goods. WATER POLO ALUM DAY Carlsbad High School is holding a Water Polo Alumni Day from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 23, with a Grommet clinic and women’s game at 1:15 p.m. and a men’s game at 2:30 p.m. at 3401 Monroe St., Carlsbad. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Hospice of North Coast is looking for volunteers to work in its Resale Shop at 278-B N. El Camino Real (Homegoods Center). Required is one four-hour shift per week. Interested applicants call (760) 9439921. GINGERBREAD FUN “Make Your Own Gingerbread House” at 11 a.m. Dec. 23 at L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Each parent-child team receives a handmade gingerbread house to decorate under the expert guidance of the pastry team. Also enjoy a hot cocoa bar with house-made marshmallows and an assortment of toppings, holiday cookies, mini tarts and cheese

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VILLAGE CHURCH Christmas Eve services at The Village Community Presbyterian Church will be held Dec. 24 with Contemporary Worship at 9 a.m., Lessons and Carols with the Children’s and Youth choirs at 11 a.m., Lessons and Carols with the Chancel Choir at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Lessons and Carols with Communion and the Village Church Choral Group at 11 p.m. HOLIDAY SERVICES Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Bressi Ranch will hold Christmas Eve worship at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 10 a.m. Dec. 25, at 2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad. For information and directions, call (760) 930-1270 or visit https://holycrosscarlsbad. org/.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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SKATE THE RANCH Christmas on the Ranch is being celebrated with the opening of a 7,100-squareTURN TO CALENDAR ON 7

Now it’s off to the kitchen, the smells are quite merry, It’s the kidney-squid pie from dear Auntie Sarry Uncle Ed’s jalapenocranberry surprise, Left our lips rather numb With some tears in our eyes

I’m still in my bathrobe, my hair all askew, I’m covered with ribbons And pine needles, too.

Holiday Tea event co-chair Erika Horn, Country Friends board president Deborah Cross and event co-chair Helga Schulman. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Each child must get gifts, in equal proportion, It’s done out of love, but smacks of extortion

They left a bit early, fearing traffic and all, Gosh, they made such great time, Here, have a rum ball! The kids are excited, woke starving, of course, That whole chocolate Santa was breakfast’s first course

Shrimp on ice, greasy gravy, Goose and ham all a’smoking. All the teens claim they’re vegan? Please, tell me you’re joking. And that fruitcake Ann brought, Now it cannot be proven But I’m almost certain I just saw it movin’. How is it, that through all the madness of this, without warning, your child, gives a hug, a quick kiss. Can it be that some things we have done without thought, are teaching our small ones, that joy isn’t bought?

Then candy canes, cookies, hot cocoa for chow. Have some eggs? Oh, no thanks, Mom. Not hungry right now!

Have the babes somehow noticed, Maybe gotten an inkling, the joy’s in the giving, midst the glitter and twinkling?

I rush in to see, just what was the matter, as foam darts fly by and ornaments shatter.

Well, I heard one exclaim, very quiet, but sweet, “Glad you like my gift, mom. You made Christmas real neat.”

That sweet Christmas kitten, just raced up the tree. Half the lights must come off, just to set Fluffy free.

It’s not candy or gift wrap, Nor the goose, nor the dressing It’s friends, family, love That’s the true Christmas blessing

We’ve been prepping for weeks, for this annual tizzy, we have shopped, we have baked, we have wrapped. It’s been busy.

As you clean up the flotsam And wash that last dish, That your Christmas is joyful, is our heartfelt wish.

Society celebrates at La Flecha House RANCHO SANTA FE — Some 50 members and friends attended the annual Christmas Party hosted Dec. 7 by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society at its home at the historic La Flecha House. The historical society presented its new Christmas tree, which features ornaments from families of Rancho Santa Fe residents. This is the second year of a new tradition where the group displays tree ornaments brought to them by each Rancho Santa Fe family, with their family name and the date they came to live in Rancho Santa Fe written on the ornament. These ornaments will be used every year. “With new contributions of ornaments we will fill our tree and remind all of the visitors to La Flecha House that our neighbors are here, and share in a love of the history of Rancho Santa Fe,” said a spokesperson. “That is the purpose of this tradition.” The evening featured a short presentation by President, John Vreeburg, who spoke about events for the

The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society’s Christmas tree was unveiled at the group’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 7, with ornaments from RSF families. Courtesy photo

year 2018, which will include the annual meeting in February, a celebration of the 30th year that La Flecha House has been the home to the Historical Society, and a mostly yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of Lake Hodges and the Lake Hodges Dam. La Flecha House, head-

quarters for the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, is located at 6036 La Flecha, Historical Landmark No. 1, in the village of Rancho Santa Fe. For further information contact Sharon Alix, administrator, at (858) 7569291, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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DEC. 22

RETRO PHOTO SHOW The Escondido Municipal Gallery hosts “Back in the Day,” a show by Photo Arts Group, running 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 5 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, For more information, call (760) 480-4101. ART OF RAKU Through Jan. 1, see the work of Alex Long and “The Art of Raku Pottery” at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 633-2600 or visit alexlongart. com.

DEC. 23

MUSIC AT THE POST Enjoy live music at the American Legion Post 416 every Friday and Saturday night until 9 p.m. at 210 West F St., Encinitas. For information, call (760) 753-5674. ART ON THE GREEN Every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting), the COAL Gallery member artists display their artwork for sale at Art on the Green, on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. HOLIDAYS AT PALA Pala Casino Spa & Resort will continue its free events series in December featuring a tribute concert, Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 and in the underground wine CAVE at 7 p.m., Dec. 22, Dec. 23 and Dec. 24, Friends, Acoustic Pop. For more information, visit palacasino.com. PLEIN AIR ART Through Dec. 30, see San Diego Plein Air Painters, with an exhibition of works from throughout San Diego County including landscapes and still life at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 753-4027.

DEC. 24

CHRISTMAS EVE JAZZ A Holiday Concert with jazz guitarist Peter Sprague will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 24 in the Del Mar Amphitheatre, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. The amphitheatre is on the same property as the L`Auberge Del Mar.

DEC. 25

STAR OF INDIA LIGHTS UP Maritime Museum of San Diego features holiday lighting of the Star of India, along the San Diego downtown North Embarcadero, 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. View the lights now through New Year’s Day. Open year round, including Christmas

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However, board director Allen Finkelson did address the matter during the Dec. 7 town hall meeting. “We had a larger number of comments,” Finkelson said. “We had a lot of people who opposed, a lot of in favor, and a lot asking questions.”

T he R ancho S anta F e News Day, Maritime Museum of San Diego has one of the largest collections of historic vessels in the nation. For more information, visit Sdmaritime.org. CONCERTS IN THE RANCH Get tickets now for the upcoming Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe. Each concert includes a catered appetizer spread, coffee and dessert at intermission, and a wine bar hosted by Northern Trust. March 2, 2018, presents the song and dance duo Two on Tap, Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. More information including performer videos, ticket prices and donor/sponsor levels is available at ccrsf.org. Tickets can be purchased through the website or by mail to PO Box 2781, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

DEC. 26

‘SMALL TREASURES’ The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League gallery invites all to its ongoing fine art show, “Small Treasures,” at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, # 104, Carlsbad through Jan. 2, open every day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Tuesday. ‘LIFE IS ART’ Join Marilyn Huerta, through Jan. 25 for Life Is Art, Live Yours In Color! acrylic painting at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas.

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MUSIC AT NOON Wednesdays@Noon presents Attilla Sautov on violin with Naomi Alter on harp at noon Dec. 27 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746. BLOWN GLASS Through Jan. 31, see the blown glass of James Stone, “An Adventure Under the Sea.” The sea creatures and marine-themed sculptures are created in hot glass at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 9432260 or visit https://stoneandglass.com. ‘NATURAL ABSTRACTIONS’ Barbara Mastro’s “Natural Abstractions/ Shapes of the World” show of acrylic painting will run through Jan. 9 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. Call (760) 753-7376 or visit barbaraamastro@gmail.com.

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FOCUS ON WOMEN Figurative bronze and ceramic sculpture by Julia Rasor, “Portrayals of Women” will run through Jan. 9 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 753-7376 or visit FineArtSculpt.com. He added some of the negative comments addressed why the Association wasn’t leaving the matter alone. Some residents even shared that they thought the proposed short-term rental regulations was taking away property rights. “What we want you to know is this board is in charge of enforcing our Protective Covenant —

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20-year-old man given probation in Earl Warren molestation case By Aaron Burgin

SOLANA BEACH — A 20-yearold man who admitted to having sex with a then-12-year-old Earl Warren Middle School student was sentenced to three years of probation today, which the victim’s mother in a letter likened to “giving a child ‘time out’ with no severe consequences. Judge Michael Washington sentenced Jeff Calica to three years in state prison, but suspended the sentence in lieu of Calica’s successful completion of probation. Washington, who called the offer “generous,” said that Calica was being given a final opportunity to "show the world who you are." “You need to understand how the world views you, that you are a sexual predator,” Washington said. “And you might look at it as you didn’t force her, but the young girl was 12, you weren’t 12 or 13, and you were old enough to know that. “If you decide not to take this seriously, as soon as (probation) finds you in violation, you are going to go to prison,” Washington continued. “Your youthfulness is not a defense anymore.” Calica, who lives in Oxnard, admitted to befriending and later romancing the victim online through his YouTube page before driving from Oxnard to Solana Beach on three separate occasions, having sex with the girl in his car in a parking lot adjacent to the campus on two of the occasions. The victim’s mother learned about her daughter’s relationship with Calica when a mother of one of her classmates told her. Before then, according to the probation report, the victim’s mother found a note in

December 2016 in which her daughter wrote that she loved “the way you make love to me in the car,” but the victim originally said the letter was a make believe idea with her friends. According to the probation report, the mother found correspondence between her daughter and Calica on a Google document, as well as two letters in her daughter’s backpack, one from Calica wishing her a happy birthday and a second that he gave her when he bought the victim a necklace, in which he acknowledged that “the age different sucks,” but it didn’t change his feelings for her and that he one day wanted to marry the victim. The victim’s mother contacted police and the girl told authorities that she originally told Calica that she was 14, then 13 before acknowledging when they met in person that she was 12. She also said that she rushed him into meeting in person because her family was moving, and that she didn’t want him to go to jail and wanted him to get probation or counseling. Calica called the victim’s mother on Jan. 26, and told her that he loved the girl, and that he was a virgin at the time he had sex with her and acknowledged that he was “doing things that may look wrong but for the right reasons,” and asked the mother not to contact authorities. Authorities arrested Calica on Jan. 31 and he posted bond Feb. 1. He has been out of jail since. The victim’s mother, who was present in the courtroom, did not speak, but had the family attorney, Svetlana Couture, read a letter into the record before Washington delivered the sentence.

In the letter, the mother called Calica a “rapist” who destroyed their family and urged the judge to impose a harsher sentence. “I’m not sure where to begin in addressing my 12-year-old daughter’s rapist,” she said in the letter. “Your actions and assault has turned our lives upside down and caused a happy little girl’s life to be ripped out from under her feet and put her into a tailspin of depression, isolation and bitterness. “Jeff took his time to romance Bekah (the victim’s middle name) with his promises and sweet talk,” the letter continued. “Just as stalkers do he found what she liked and used it to his advantage. He wrote her letters and changed her last name to his. He promised he would marry her.” The mother pointed out that he took several three-hour drives from Oxnard to Solana Beach and back, planning and plotting his next move, “trying to figure out how to get the 12-year-old girl he just met to pull her panties down on his return visit. “Don’t be fooled by what you see, Jeff is a predator, plain and simple,” she continued. “He took two more three-hour trips to Earl Warren Middle School where he raped Bekah both times in this car.” Calica, as part of his probation, will register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, subject to polygraphs and not use Google Hangouts or any social media where minors are likely to be the primary users. Meanwhile, the victim's mother has filed a lawsuit against the San Dieguito Union High School District and Calica that the school district’s lax internet and attendance policies led to the molestation.

La Colonia skate park plans ramping up By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — If all goes as planned, halfcabs, backside flips and ollies will be regular occurrences at La Colonia Park in a little more than a year after council members at the Dec. 13 meeting unanimously approved a handful of design elements and authorized staff to advertise for construction bids for the city’s first skate park. Concept plans presented in September included the skateboard park, a regulation half-court basketball area and other associated site improvements. Council members supported the overall plans but asked staff to look into converting the existing half basketball court into a mini-full court and adding more color to the skate park. Additionally, according to environmental studies completed since then, some noise mitigation will be required along the northern property line by

paragraph 88 defines a single-family dwelling,” said Finkelson, adding that the definition makes it quite clear that it does not provide room rental. Finkelson said the board of directors did not make this definition — the founders made it. It was also quite clear a Covenant resident could not rent an accessory building

either moving the skate area about 10 feet into the existing turf or adding a wall. Because community members frequently use the grass for soccer, staff opted for the latter, which increases the final estimated cost by about $200,000, to $821,000. Some of the ramps will be blue, to go with a wave theme, and earth tones and terracotta pavers will be used so the project’s color scheme is consistent with the recently completed Veterans Honor Courtyard. The 2½-foot sound wall and mini-full basketball court, oriented east to west, will be included in the request for proposals. Council members asked for more information on an EnergiPlant, a free-standing nanogrid that would primarily provide Wi-Fi and USB ports for charging phones and internet access. The devices, which cost approximately $16,000, such as a guesthouse, which may be common in the area, he said. “We aren’t taking away property rights — those two things are in there now,” Finkelson said. “They were not invented by us, and we have an obligation to enforce that.” On Airbnb.com, shortterm opportunity options in Rancho Santa Fe include an

could also include security cameras, LED lighting and additional seating. “It’s a pretty cool-looking structure,” City Engineer Mo Sammak said. The city has committed $515,000 to the project. The Tony Hawk Foundation, Solana Beach Sunset Run, Surfing Madonna Beach Run and Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society have donated a total of $28,000. Various fundraisers have brought in $12,000. The county recently awarded the city $100,000 for the skate park from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, leaving a funding gap of about $166,000. According to the proposed timeline, construction bids will be advertised Feb. 15, 2018, with a contract awarded April 11, 2018. Construction would start June 1, 2018, and take about nine months to complete. A two-phase plan to upgrade La Colonia Com-

munity Center and Park approved in 2008 included a skate park. But the entire project stalled when the funding source was eliminated by Gov. Jerry Brown. A few years ago a group of residents successfully lobbied the city to complete another planned element — an honor courtyard for veterans — separately from the major project. Skateboarders followed suit. SITE Design, which has designed skate parks worldwide, held two workshops that allowed skaters to design their ideal park. Based on their input, the park will include elements such as a bowl pocket, three-stair set with rails, China bank, stampedbrick quarter-pipe, pole jam and four-stair set with “Hubba” ledges. The linear, plaza-style nature will allow for greater use by all-level skaters. There will also be a donor recognition wall with names engraved on plaques resembling skateboards.

entire estate, guesthouses and even individual room rentals. The draft rules would essentially ban this activity since rentals were not allowed for less than 30 consecutive days. The proposed regulations also state that a lease must include an entire dwelling and not merely a portion of the residence. Finkelson went on to

say the term “enforcement” does not mean the Association will be knocking on someone’s front door wanting to know who is living in a home. “What it (enforcement) means is if we get complaints about something we will investigate those complaints to see if there is a Covenant violation,” he said.


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Ranch resident joins A&I board RANCHO SANTA FE ner, Fred, who served on — The La Jolla Institute the Institute Board for the for Allergy and Immunol- past five years. The Ranogy has elected Pamela K. cho Santa Fe resident was Wasserman, MPH, a long- born in Los Angeles, where time leader in health care, her father worked in the real estate and a variety of exhibitor department of the movie studio other businesses, RKO Pictures. to its board of diWasserman atrectors. tended UCLA, “We’re dereceiving a B.A. lighted to wel(cum laude) come Pamela in psychology Wasserman to and an MPH in our board,” said Health Services Mitchell KroManagement. nenberg, La In 1973, the Jolla Institute Wa s s er m a n s president and founded Maxichief scientific care Health officer. “Pam has Plans, Inc., one an impressive of the nation’s set of skills in early HMOs. a wide range of Wasserman She served as areas that will be of significant value to president and director of the Institute. She not only the HMO, which grew to understands the world of operate in 26 states with health through her academ- 7,000 employees. After reic training and co-founding tiring from the HMO in of one of the earliest HMOs, 1988, the couple purchased she has deep experience Christopher Creek Winery, in starting and operating an award-winning Sonobusinesses and an excel- ma County- based winery, lent track record of raising which they operated for 16 money for nonprofit organi- years. Wasserman is still actively involved in business zations.” Wasserman, a Rancho today, owning and managSanta Fe resident, is co-gen- ing commercial and resieral partner of Wasserman dent real estate and growCos. and will succeed her ing oranges in the Central husband and business part- Valley. or call (858) 534-FISH. All CALENDAR holiday activities are inCONTINUED FROM 5 cluded in $18.50 for adults, foot ice-skating rink at $14 for children admission. 38801 Los Corralitos Road, Temecula, open from 10 DEC. 28 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking and FINDING FRIENDS The admission to Christmas Catholic Widows and Widon the Ranch are free. Ice owers of North County supskating admission is $10, port group for those who and skate rental is $6. The desire to foster friendships Christmas on the Ranch through various social acholiday festival will be tivities will gather for lunch open daily through Jan. 7. at Leap Coffee Shop, CarlsFor more information, visit bad Dec. 28. Reservations christmasontheranch.com. are necessary, call (858) MILITARY FREE AT GAR- 674-4324. DENS Santa Claus is offering free admission to the holiday San Diego Botanic MARK THE Garden of Lights, for active CALENDAR duty military and up to five SUBMIT YOUR FILM Jan. immediate family mem- 2 is the early-bird submisbers from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. sion date for The Oceanside 26 through Dec. 28 at 230 International Film Festival Quail Gardens Drive, Enci- film. To save on the fee, nitas. Show Military ID at festival planners suggest the Welcome Center. For you get your film submitted more information visit SD- by that date. To register or BGarden.org/military-spe- for more information, visit cials. https: //filmfreeway.com / ICE SKATE BY THE SEA oceansideinter nationa lSkating by the Sea returns filmfestival. to Hotel del Coronado for RIVER PATH CLEAN-UP the 13th year from Thanks- The San Dieguito River giving Day through Jan. 1. Valley Conservancy is seekFor reservations and de- ing volunteers to work the tails, visit https://hoteldel. “New Year’s Resolution com/activities/skating/. Restoration Event” alongSEAS ‘N’ GREETINGS side Conservancy staff from Have holiday fun at Birch 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. This Aquarium during Seas ‘n’ will consist of removing Greetings, through Dec. 31. ice plant at the River Path Birch Aquarium is trans- to make room for native formed into a holiday won- plants that will be planted derland every day from 9 in the spring of 2018. The a.m. to 5 p.m. and check Conservancy will supply the schedule for special ap- equipment and gloves. No pearances by Scuba Santa. pets, please. Meet at the On Saturdays and Sundays, River Path parking lot, at enjoy live music, additional the northeast corner of San crafts and two daily dive Dieguito Drive and Jimmy shows. For more informa- Durante Boulevard. Registion or to purchase tickets, ter at https://newyearsresvisit aquarium.ucsd.edu toration.eventbrite.com.

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Encinitas restaurants Moto Deli, Blue Ribbon announces changes By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Two of Encinitas’ most popular restaurants have announced big changes to their hours and services. Moto Deli, an Old World Europe delicatessen-concept in Leucadia that opened last year to rave reviews after a 12-month delay, announced Dec. 6 that it was extending its operating hours to include dinner and happy hour and sell beer and wine. The announcement comes six months after the Encinitas Planning Commission unanimously approved the restaurant’s request to sell beer and wine and extend their

In Loving Memory Mary Riopka Ortega Allen October 28, 2017

Mary Riopka Ortega Allen passed away on October 28, 2017 in Carlsbad, CA, at the age of 70. Mary is survived by her husband, Richard Allen, sisters Joan Glenn, husband Charles and Diane (Dee Dee) Riopka, husband Rick Washburn, brothers Mick Riopka and Cork Riopka, son Jimmie Ortega, son Ja-

In Loving Memory Adelaide (Mikell) Pollock Kooker December 9, 2017

Adelaide (Mikell) Pollock Kooker passed away Saturday, December 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mikell was 93 years young and a longtime resident of Carlsbad until the death of her sweetheart and husband of 65 years, Fred Kooker. Trading in her ocean for the Rocky Mountains, she resided in Colorado Springs to

hours. Now, the motorcycle-themed restaurant closes at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. on the other days of the week. Before the change Moto Deli was open only for breakfast and lunch in its spot near the corner of Leucadia Boulevard and Coast Highway 101. Blue Ribbon Pizzeria, located in The Lumberyard in downtown Encinitas, also announced that it would be accepting reservations. The popular pizzeria has boasted big lines — and long wait times — during its peak hours since opening in 2012.

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This little Rey of sunshine is ready for adventure as soon as she finds the perfect crew. Rey is a bit unsure of herself, and hopes to find someone to be her cheerleader, coach, and best friend. She’s just 1 year old and at about 38 pounds — she still has some growing to do. Being a hound blend, she’ll be an active girl, and be very devoted to her forever family. Rey is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $112 and she has been altered and is micro-chipped for identification and is up-todate on all vaccinations. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6

p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.

son Ortega, wife Lisa and daughter Leila, stepdaughter Jamie Thompson, husband Shawn and sons Quentin and Finley, and stepson Cole Allen, wife Kasey and daughters Lilly and Peyton. Mary was born November 4, 1946 and lived in Encinitas 44 years. She was a hair stylist at her salon, Stone Steps Haircutting in Encinitas, Ca for over 35 years. Mary was a EUSD Sp. Ed. Aide for over 25 years. The family attended a Memorial Service on December 2, 2017 at Beacon’s Bible Church, officiated by Pastor Steve Barke in Encinitas followed by a Celebration of Life reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Beacon’s Bible Church, 367 La Veta, Encinitas, CA 92024

be close to family members for the past 8 1/2 years until her passing. She was an avid reader, attending Westtown School in Pennsylvania prior to completing nurses training. Mikell was a Coronary/Intensive Care Nurse for the most of her life, working in hospitals in Colorado Springs and the Orange County. She also volunteered at the Encinitas Hospital, Newcomer’s Club, and belonged to the Daughters of the British Empire. She and Fred were members of the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. They had a son, Frederick M. Kooker of Hawaii, daughters Robin (Tiffany) Riddle of Colorado Springs, Kristi Cross of Minden, Nevada and 2 grandchildren Kelly and Lindsey Riddle. Mikell will be missed by all.

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Wall sees Glitter Gulch as the center of a beautiful hiking universe. “Within sixty miles of Las Vegas, you can snowshoe four-foot drifts, swim in a lake, or photograph wild-

flowers — all on the same day,” she writes. Making Las Vegas your base camp means you can enjoy the glories of nature during the day and return to hot showers, fine food and headliner-shows in the evening. Each entry in the book includes detailed descriptions of the hike, its history and the flora and fauna, as well as maps and exquisite color photographs. About $22. Read some of Wall’s columns in the Las Vegas Review-Journal at https://www. reviewjournal.com /local/ local-columns/deborah-wall/. JAKRAK The advice is always to dress in layers, but what do you do with the layers when you peel off? The JakRak is the answer. This clever device hides inside your coat or jacket when not in use, but when the temp rises, take off that outer layer and hang it on the JakRak. The lightweight,

JakRak sturdy cords are adjustable and can be worn three ways: over one shoulder, over both or across the body, which leaves your hands free for carrying other necessities. The JakRak carries up to 7 pounds (a winter coat weighs 3 pounds). Comes in five colors. $30. https://sprigs.com/ jakrak-portable-coat-carrier/. RAVPOWER JUMP STARTER Those who spend hours in the car — whether commuting or traveling cross-country — need an easy

and convenient way to keep devices charged and a method to jump-start the car in case of emergency. RAVPower has the answers and like all technologies these days, they come in small packages. • A small, portable jump-starter: Works when other methods of reviving car batteries fail. Capacity is 8000mAh (enough to charge an iPhone 7 and Samsung S8 as well as revive a car battery. Comes with temperature sensor safeguards to prevent reverse polarity, over-currents, overloads, over-voltages and over-charges. Also serves as a triple-mode LED flashlight. About $32. Visit https://www. amazon.com/dp/ B0761TDBSX. • Mini car charger: Ultra slim/small with two USB ports. Circuit design ensures devices are safe from o v e r- h e a t i n g , over-current and over- charging, and charges at a constant rate. About $7. Visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FHZRQN. SOLAR GOO A great thing to tuck into a backpack or purse, Solar Goo combines natural ingredients with an SPF factor of 30 to create a great lip moisturizer and sun screen.

Solar Goo blocks both UVA and UVB rays with the combination of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and 20 percent Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. Remains water resistant for 40 minutes. And yes, it goes on clear. Manufactured in the USA by a women-owned company that offers numerous natural personal care and beauty products. Visit https://greengoohelps.com/ WANDER WET BAG If only I’d had a Wander Wet Bag during a very damp, hour-plus water-crossing in a Zodiac raft in the Arctic this past summer, I’d still have my iPhone 5S and the $350 it took to buy a new phone. These attractive water-proof bags are designed to hold those wet bathing suits that need to be packed now, but also can be employed to stash wet kids’ clothing or keep articles dry in a backpack. Comes in various colors, sizes and patterns. Start at $30. Visit https://www.wanderwetbags. com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

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erside and San Diego counties. One of those people in uniform paying tribute on the bridge was Fire Chief Joseph Napier of the Valley Center Fire Department. Napier said the fire service has a deep-rooted tradition of celebrating the lives of firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. One of those ways is a procession. Fire agencies stretching from Ventura down to San Diego City joined to remember Iverson for the dedication and service he provided to the community. “We are here to honor Cory and his family,” Napier said. “We are to help the family in any capacity.” The Lilac Road Bridge

Signs thanking firefighters for their efforts were abundant during the funeral procession for Cory Iverson, 32, who died Dec. 14 while battling the Thomas Fire. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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checkpoint, Highway 76, Deer Springs, Via Rancho Parkway and more. At every turn, there was signage thanking firefighters. “It’s those signs and that type of gratitude which really drives firefighters to continue to do the very best job that they can,” Napier said. He added the fire service sends thanks to the community for representing themselves in whatever capacity they can to celebrate Iverson’s life and service. “I know that our brothers and sisters from Cal Fire (San Diego) really appreciate the outpouring of thank yous and heartfelt condolences,” Napier said. “For us, we are here for Cory’s family and for our brothers and sisters at Cal Fire.”

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center had a special guest on Dec. 2 who discussed the benefits of positive psychology — a method which focuses on a person’s strengths and abilities. Leading the discussion was Dr. Alix Landon, who wanted to give back to the community of Rancho Santa Fe — in particular the senior population. She encouraged guests to ask questions throughout the presentation as a way to promote more interaction and dialogue. Many attendees did just that wanting to learn more about positive psychology. “What I wanted to instill today is how to find an intrinsic sense of hope and optimism, so we can use that as the foundation and a basis to promote healthy aging,” Landon said. “I want to help place an awareness on the importance of psychological help especially in today’s climate.” During her presentation, Landon spoke about well-being and some of the key pieces to enhance a person’s positive emotions so that they can be more resilient on a psychological level. “Maybe you have experienced a loss, or there’s an illness in your life that becomes a challenge — it’s learning how to acknowledge gratitude for what we do have in life in using all those strengths to uplift and enhance our well-being,” Landon said. Landon explained how positive psychology is a scientific study of optimal human functioning. According to Landon, this helps individuals and communities to thrive. The three primary levels of this psychology include positive emotions, positive traits and positive institutions such as family, friends and community. One example of positive psychology in psychotherapy included forgiveness. Landon said it can undo anger and bitterness. Forgiveness doesn’t have to be verbal. It can be in the form of writing a letter without even mailing it — the act of writing it being the goal.

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In RSF Senior Center talk, she says that positive psychology can enhance a person’s well-being. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Landon explained how psychologists in this field are concerned with both a patient’s strengths and weaknesses. While building up the best things in their lives, positive psychologists help patients overcome their challenges. When people reach their retirement or semi-retirement years, they might begin to ponder their past. “So often when that happens, negative memories may come up so much more readily than the positive,” she said. “The process it to learn how to really de-escalate and just break away from those negative memories by acknowledging your accomplishments.” Landon said it is essential to reset the mind and create new goals for the future while moving toward something more positive, which she described as positive affirmations. “It’s saying those positive affirmations to yourself every morning when you wake up or every evening when you go to bed,” she said. In 2017, Landon joined the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to give back to the community. Her visit to the Senior Center was another avenue for her to pay it forward. To learn more about positive psychology, Landon invites people to visit her website at RanchoSantaFePsychology.com

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Encinitas considers regulations for plastic straws at restaurants By Aaron Burgin

Christy Whalen, who serves as assistant manager of the Association, filled in as the interim manager until Hall was brought on board in March. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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continue in a consultant capacity for RSF Connect, the fiber-optic network in the Covenant. Hall’s role is to assist in the permitting phase in accordance with San Diego County. That afternoon, the Association issued a press release indicating Hall’s resignation in which he provided a statement. “Due to some recent events in my personal life I’ve decided it is time for me to focus on the things I’ve wanted to do my entire life, such as travel and spend more time with my aging father,” Hall said. In the press release, Wasserman shared the RSF Association wished Hall the best. “Bob played a key role in moving forward the RSF Connect 1-Gigabit project. He is expected to continue to work with Association staff and County representatives to ensure the project proceeds on schedule.”

Hall accepted his position with the Association after retiring as city manager in Fountain Valley. He filled Bill Overton’s position after he served as Association manager from January 2015 until he officially resigned on June 30, 2016, following a leave of absence. Following Overton’s resignation, the Association reviewed a total of 150 applicant resumes. Hall, along with four other candidates, was chosen to advance to the next selection process. Christy Whalen, who was serving as the assistant manager of the Association, filled in as the interim manager until Hall was brought on board. According to the Association press release, Hall will stay on to “foster a smooth transition.” On Dec. 15, the Rancho Santa Fe Association issued another press release naming Whalen as its new manager. Whalen was first employed by the As-

sociation under Overton’s leadership in 2015 as a communications manager. The press release also cited Whalen’s Association accomplishments as the assistant manager including her involvement in the community-wide vote for RSF Connect, the management and coordination of board elections and annual meetings, and the ongoing implementation of policies and procedures at the Association. The press release also highlighted Whalen’s business background. “Ms. Whalen has 30 years of experience leading teams and managing projects. In addition to community Association and golf club experience, her background includes work in marketing, corporate communications and public relations for companies in the airline, transportation and healthcare industries. She has also served as a corporate spokesperson working with national and international media.”

ENCINITAS — Could Encinitas become the first city in the county to require restaurants to only give out plastic straws on demand? One environmental commissioner thinks it would be a wise move for the city in its ongoing effort to protect coastal wildlife, which has led them to ban plastic bags and expanded polystyrene food service ware. The Environmental Commission will consider Jim Wang’s request at its Dec. 14 meeting. Wang, who was instrumental in the passage of the aforementioned ordinances, said in his report to the commission that plastic straws are a nuisance that foul the environment, especially coastal and marine life. He cited a National Park Service study that estimates Americans use 500 million plastic straws each day and a 2015 beach cleanup in San Diego that yielded 15,000 plastic straws. “Plastic straws are not natural and adversely impact all life. Sea life may be the most profoundly affected since straws float and are mobile in water: they can snarl marine animals, mimic food, and may be unwittingly consumed by sea life,” Wang wrote in the staff report. Encinitas is one of a number of cities and jurisdictions statewide considering restricting or outright banning plastic straws. San Luis Obispo in October approved a similar ordinance, and the city of Berkeley is considering an outright ban. Activist groups such as The Last Plastic Straw and Strawfree.org have worked on a statewide ban on plastic straws, which they said could

be replaced with biodegradable or reusable straws. Restaurant trade groups have argued against bans, which they said would add to the bottom line of restaurant owners statewide. Environmentally friendly straw options are at least eight times more expensive than plastic ones, per reports. Wang said that he isn’t looking for a ban, but rather a policy similar to the one adopted in Davis, California, that limits straws to by request. “Currently, many restaurants routinely include a straw with every drink, whether or not the

customer wants one,” Wang wrote in the staff report. “In contrast, the proposed straw-on-request policy gives consumers a choice: they may choose to request a straw, but if they do not, they are not automatically given one. It is not a ban on straws: customers still can get free straws on request.” Wang lists four benefits to the policy: An immediate reduction in straws destined for landfill, a reduction in cost for vendors since fewer straws will be distributed, reduced litter and a heightened awareness of environmental impacts by customers.


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News of the Weird Bright Idea Cai, a 28-year-old man in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, had plenty of time to consider traffic patterns as he waited for the lights to change during his daily commute. So much, in fact, that he decided to take matters into his own hands on Sept. 27 and paint new traffic arrows on the roadway. A traffic camera captured the whole project as Cai carefully added a straight arrow to the existing left-turn and U-turn arrows. "I saw the straight lane was always packed with cars, while the turning left lane has a lot of space," Cai told police. "So I thought changing the signs would make my commute smoother." The BBC reports that police fined Cai the equivalent of about $151, and crews removed the new straight arrow from the road. [BBC, 11/30/2017] Hair Trigger Timothy Colton, 28, is cooling off in the Clark County (Nevada) Detention Center after being charged with arson and the attempted murder of his 66-year-old mother, who has limited mobility. The Nov. 27 altercation apparently started over a laundry dispute, but North Las Vegas police said Colton became aggressive and threatened to kill his mother and burn the house down. Fox News reports that Colton set fire to the front door and then ran away to hide under a car in a nearby parking lot, where officers found him. Police said he was "kicking the back seat door and hitting his head on the plastic partition be-

T he R ancho S anta F e News tween the front and rear seats" in stockings and a balaclava pulled the patrol car during his arrest. over his head. [United Press InHe was being held on $100,000 ternational, 12/5/2017] bail. [Fox News, 12/5/2017] The Passing Parade Faye Preston of Hull, YorkWhen Ya Gotta Go ... Nemy Bautista of Sacramen- shire, England, loves her neighto, California, will not be post- borhood -- even the homeless ing a five-star review to Amazon folks who gently ask for change, this holiday season following not or, in Preston's case, make love in one but two alarming experienc- her driveway. She stepped out one es. On Nov. 28, Bautista returned night in November to smoke a cighome to find a pile of what he arette and saw a couple under a thought was dog poo at the end of blanket in her drive, and decided his driveway. But after reviewing to let them be. But when she went his security camera footage, he out the next morning, "They were discovered the poop perp was in having actual sex on my drivefact a contract delivery driver for way. The movement going on unAmazon, driving a U-Haul truck. der the cover was unmistakable," Bautista watched as the female Preston wrote in the Hull Daily driver squatted by the side of the Mail. Still, she was worried about truck, partially concealed by the running over them, so she called open door, and left her mark. Bau- police, who eventually removed tista called Amazon to complain, them. "If I was homeless, I'd come and a supervisor arrived hours here too," Preston wrote. "Where later to bag up the evidence. The else can you go for a posh meal, next day, Bautista got another followed by cocktails in a swanky package from Amazon, but the bar and finish the night stepping delivery person "tossed the pack- over some frisky homeless people age ... instead of walking up the fornicating on your driveway?" driveway," Bautista told FOX40. [Hull Daily Mail, 12/4/2017] He said the package contained a "fragile porcelain figurine," but it A Message From God? didn't break. Maybe the delivery An 18th-century statue of person was afraid of stepping in the crucified Jesus that was resomething? [FOX40, 12/1/2017] moved for restoration from the church of St. Agueda in Burgo de On the Naughty List Osma, Spain, held a surprise in a A man in Australia couldn't most unusual spot. As historians wait for Santa to deliver his removed from Jesus's backside a Christmas wish: a 5 1/2-foot-tall section of the carving meant to "Dorothy model" sex doll. So, look like a cloth, they discovered according to the Victoria Police two handwritten letters dated Kingston Crime Investigation 1777 and signed by Joaquin MinUnit, he broke into an adult enter- guez, then-chaplain of the cathetainment store in Moorabbin on dral. Minguez details life in the Dec. 4 by cutting through a fence community, including harvest rewith bolt cutters and smashing ports and diseases, and tells about his way through the door. After the sculpture's artist, Manuel Bal. quickly loading Dorothy into the Historian Efren Arroyo told the back of his van, he took off. Se- Spanish newspaper El Mundo it curity cameras caught the event, appears Minguez intended his letbut the thief was disguised with ters to be a sort of time capsule.

DEC. 22, 2017 The original letters were sent to the Archbishop of Burgos for archiving, but copies were returned to Jesus's hindquarters to honor Minguez's intent. [National Geographic, 12/4/2017]

it, but an uproar from community members ("It's far too entertaining!") may have stalled those plans. [CBC, 12/4/2017] Unclear on the Concept The Jilin Daily newspaper in eastern China has provided a handy guide for residents about what to do in case of a nuclear attack from North Korea. Cartoons illustrate how to wash radioactive contaminants from shoes with water and use cotton swabs to clean out ears. "If war breaks out," commented the state-backed Global Times, "it is not possible to rule out the Korean Peninsula producing nuclear contaminants, and countermeasures must be ... spoken openly about to let the common folk know. But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed." [NBC News, 12/6/2017]

Awesome! Chuck E. Cheese restaurants are undergoing an evolution of sorts, and employees at the location in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were only following company protocol when they took sledgehammers to the plastic head of the animatronic mouse on Nov. 28. In a video recorded by a reporter with the Oak Lawn Patch, two female employees half-heartedly strike Chuck's head for several minutes before it finally breaks apart. Meanwhile, other workers load furniture and games into a moving van. The Oak Lawn location has closed after experiencing a particularly difficult period, as it became the scene of violent brawls and gang activity. It's Good to Have Goals But they won't have Chuck E. to Ryan Nanni, a sportswriter kick around anymore. [Oak Lawn for SB Nation, had just one career Patch, 11/28/2017] goal for 2017: He wanted to wear the bloomin' onion costume at the Inexplicable Outback Bowl in Tampa, FloriA suburban parking lot in da. He had hinted repeatedly on Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has social media about his wish, but been the scene of repeated crash- Outback Steakhouse didn't take es, as drivers there can't seem notice until he challenged the to avoid the Sage Hill Rock -- a chain directly on Twitter on Dec. large boulder surrounded by yel- 5: "How many retweets is it going low cement curbs. At least three to take for you to let me fulfill my photos of cars that have collided destiny and become Bloomin' Onwith the rock -- two hung up on ion Man?" The Tampa Bay Times it and the third tipped over on reports that when Outback set the its side -- were posted on social bar at 10,000 retweets, Nanni colmedia over the weekend of Dec. lected more than 13,000 in just 2, according to the CBC. "I don't 24 hours. "We should've made know how you miss this big rock," that harder," Outback tweeted to said Brangwyn Jones, who lives Nanni. However, Nanni will wear in Sage Hill. An employee of a the costume only during the third nearby business said the rock was quarter of the Jan. 1 contest, with placed in its spot to keep people a "professional" representing from driving over the curb. The Outback through the remainder management company of the re- of the game. [Tampa Bay Times, tail center had planned to remove 12/6/2017]


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

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to get along. Too much of anything will lead to consequences. Make personal improvements instead of trying to change someone else. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Make plans to get together with an old friend or former co-worker. You’ll be offered interesting information that can lead to new beginnings. Romance is highlighted. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Problems with children, relatives or friends who don’t see things your way will sprout. Compromise will be required if you wish to maintain peace. Avoid excessive behavior. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Set your emotions free. Speak up about your feelings and disclose your personal intentions and plans. Avoid indulgence, excessive expenditures and poor judgment regarding home and family. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Offering to help with any preparations or responsibilities will give others less to complain about. Do your part and you’ll gain respect and will receive something unexpected. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Make some positive changes at home or have a heart-to-heart talk with someone who can help make your life easier. Spend less money and choose not to be decadent. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Curb bad habits. Walk away from temptation or anyone trying to convince you to spend excessively or go overboard. Use your common sense and basic instincts. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Displaying charm while offering peace and cooperation will help you maintain personal balance. Knowing where you fit in will encourage collaboration and closer ties with friends and relatives. Romance is encouraged.


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CLASSIC CHAMPS: The Torrey Pines Falcons, making their first appearance in the third annual Coast News Classic, beat La Jolla Country Day, 67-55, on Dec. 9 to win the title. Senior guard Finn Sullivan was named tournament MVP. Photo by Aaron Burgin

Torrey Pines Holiday Basketball Classic tips off Dec. 26 CARMEL VALLEY — It’s time again for the annual Torrey Pines Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament on Dec. 26. This year, 76 teams will be participating from around San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, Northern California, Arizona, British Columbia, Virginia, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Nevada, Idaho, Illinois, Ohio, New York, New Jersey,

Utah, Washington and Massachusetts. The top three teams from San Diego will all play in the National Division (Foothills Christian, St. Augustine and Mission Bay). The tournament will kick off with Local Showcase games featuring St. Augustine vs. Torrey Pines and Mission Bay vs. La Jolla Country Day. This event will be held at Torrey Pines High School. Admis-

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• At Carlsbad High School, Governors Division: $12 adults, $8 students. • At Sage Creek High School, Mayors Division: $12 adults, $8 students. Four-day passes are $50 for games at Torrey Pines, $40 for other sites. Complete participation schedule and bracket, directions, schedules and real-time stats can be found at theholidayclassic.org.

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Seau hailed from Oceanside and few were prouder to say just that. He also received a lifeline from the Oceanside Boys & Girls Club. “Without that Boys & Girls Club, who knows what would have happened,” Bauer said. The best happening of

the holiday season just might be Shop with a Jock, and those kids’ smiles are the reason why. Somewhere, Seau has his toothy grin, too, as his legacy of comforting others lives on.

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hortly after 2005 when I first picked up a blank sheet of paper and wrote Taste of Wine on it, I journeyed up to Temecula Wine Country from my base in San Diego County and did a story on Falkner Winery, operated by the dapper Ray Falkner and his lovely and talented wife, Loretta. Falkner was founded in 2000 and after some years of fashioning high-quality Mediterranean-style wine, the excitement of the day was the Pinnacle Restaurant and the winery’s beautiful wedding venue on the grounds and in the restaurant, with its spectacular 1,500-foot elevation views. “With chef Barradas’ arrival, we have strengthened our great Mediterranean-styled menu to add to our legendary Wine Country Burger and other big meals of the day at lunchtime,” Falkner remarked. “We are a lunch-only restaurant serving main course meals seven days a week from 11:30 (a.m.) to 3:30 p.m. Chef Jason has introduced Seared Ahi and Cucumber, Spicy Catalan Shrimp Pasta and Beet Noodle Salad to the lineup.” Falkner has also added a specific wine recommendation for each item. With my pick being the occasional special in the menu of a T-Bone steak with herb roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus, I tasted the Falkner Super Tuscan Amante, a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc 2014 ($55). This wine has for the past seven years walked away with gold medals at the San Francisco competitions. The year 2014 was the first full growing, harvest and barreling experience for winemaker Duncan Williams, who also created the blend for the Meritage, a 2014 Bordeaux style wine of Cab Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc ($55). Falkner was the 15th winery to arrive in Temecula in 2000, and now there are nearly 40 diversified wineries, attracting visitors from five counties, none more than an hour and a half away in the Southern California metro area. See more of Falkner at falknerwinery. com.

The newest improvement at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula Wine Country is The Upper Room, a cozy, casual and luxurious wine and food meeting place. Courtesy photo

with 18 or so wineries, with the second day an experience with the other 18 wineries. For a list of the wineries and other details, visit temeculawines.org, or call toll free (800) 801-9463. • WineSellar & Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego has its New Year’s Eve Sparklers event from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 27. Taste and choose from the best labels. Cost is $15. For details, call (858) 450-9557.

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Creek Winery in Temecula. Their Almond Sparkling Wine has been pleasing palates for many years and financially helped introduce many brands of high-quality whites and reds, now available at the beautifully sophisticated Upper Room, a comfortable, dashing place to meet friends and fellow wine lovers. Wilson Creek has a history of openness and friendly hospitality led by the Wilson family of Gerry and Rosie Wilson, and seemingly endless family members who have worked hard to create this leading winery. Bill Wilson was at the meeting at the new Upper Room, above the Tasting Room at the winery, along with the elder Wilsons. They introduced their “top shelf” wines, always a feature at the Upper Room. Gus Viscurdo, the winemaker at Wilson Creek, walked me through the Reserve Meritage, Reserve Malbec and Reserve Petite Sirah. Wilson Creek moving up The Petite Sirah You should know Wilson brought lots of happiness

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