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RSF Association OKs sponsored membership program for tennis By Christina Macone-Greene play together whereas ten-

Celebrating the season Youngsters get a chance to ride a camel at the Living Nativity event hosted by Horizon’s Christian Fellowship in Rancho Santa Fe. See more photos on page 2. Photo by Pat Cubel

RANCHO SANTA FE — A 5-1 vote pushed through an extension of a sponsored membership program at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. Director Mike Licosati opposed the decision during the Dec. 1 Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors meeting. This level of membership allows nonresidents of the Covenant an opportunity to be part of a “sponsored membership program” so they may play at the tennis club. Dave Van Den Berg, who serves as the current RSF Tennis Club president, said how their sponsored memberships are an important part of the club’s operational plan. This membership in fact offers its Covenant members the opportunity to play with others at their same level. Tennis was different than golf, Van Den Berg said, in that golf allowed people at various levels to

nis was not the same. Van Den Berg shared how a member of the tennis club can sponsor somebody from the “outside” to come in and play at the club. The RSF Board of Directors has already approved the allowance these memberships, not to exceed 25. “They (sponsored members) contribute $65,000 to the bottom line and they also contribute about $20,000 to our charitable contributions,” he said. Van Den Berg noted how sponsored members were not impacting court usage. The tennis club has the ability to have 300 memberships and it currently stands at 224. Van Den Berg wanted the board to consider a change to this particular membership level — an extension. “We’re charging twice the rate of our regular TURN TO TENNIS ON 5

Anne Rogers and Anne Vuylsteke with their handmade wreaths at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s annual wreath-making event on Dec. 8. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

The RSF Intergalactic Dragons are representing R. Roger Rowe School well in the field of robotics. Courtesy photo

Robotics program thrives at R. Roger Rowe School RSF Garden Club hosts holiday wreath-making event percentage of students involved in ro- overall. They were one of 128 teams from the four Super Regional ChamRANCHO SANTA FE — Inside botics.” By Christina Macone-Greene

the robotics classroom of R. Roger Rowe School there’s an energy of precision and passion percolates. In the fall of 2012, robotics emerged at the school. Since that time, the program has evolved and R. Roger Rowe has reaped attention while making its mark. According to advanced physical science and robotics teacher, David Warner, it all began five years ago with four middle school FIRST LEGO League teams and one first grade Jr. FLL team. “It was quite an experience for the students, parents and staff,” he said. “We’ve come a long ways since then. Since its inception, R. Roger Rowe School has garnered the standing as the number one robotics program in the nation based on the

Warner shared how the school presently has three middle school FTC teams (7th and 8th grades); five FLL teams (5th through 7th grade); introduction to FLL (4th grade students); and, over 95 Jr. FLL Robotics students (1st through 3rd grades). During the previous school year, the robotics program received a number of accolades in competitions. “Last March at the Super West Regional FIRST Tech Challenge Championship in Oakland the RSF Intergalactic Dragons (three 8th graders and two 7th graders) competed against 72 of the best teams from the western United States,” Warner said. He added, “After two days of intense qualifying matches, their alliance took first place in the Gold Division and came away with 2nd place

pionships held in the U.S., along with international teams, to qualify for the World Championship in St Louis.” At the World Championships, more recognition was received. Warner went on to say that of the 128 FTC teams, the Rancho Santa Fe Intergalactic Dragons were one of only three middle school teams to compete among the other high school teams. Moving forward, they achieved an incredible feat. “After the Championship, the RSF Intergalactic Dragons ranked 30th in the world among the 5,000 FTC teams that began the season,” Warner said. “I’m so proud of our students, parents, coaches and staff. Their dedication and commitment to

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Inside the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, inspired minds gathered together on Dec. 8 to create their own holiday wreaths. For years, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club has hosted this annual and festive gathering. Executive Director Erin Browne explained how every year the Rancho Santa Fe Association take clippings from around the Ranch and donates them to the Garden Club for this special event. “This year the Association brought us a nice

as eucalyptus and holly berries,” she said. People who joined in on the wreath-making day brought some of their own clippings such as magnolia leaves and olive branches as well as adornments for their wreaths. “Shirley Corless walks around and shows the new people how to do it and gets them started,” she said. “Shirley has been coordinating this for years.” Browne explained how at the end of the day, participants have a beau-


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The Nativity Story was brought to life once again over the weekend to usher in the holiday season at Rancho Santa Fe’s Horizon Christian Fellowship. The event, which depicted a live portrayal of biblical events, including the birth of Christ, also hosted plenty of other fun activities as sledding, story time and a marketplace.

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The Last Supper is one of the scenes recreated for the Living Nativity by Horizon Christian School and Fellowship in Rancho Santa Fe.

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The final yarn on an iconic, and old-school columnist By Bianca Kaplanek

ENCINITAS — Bill Arballo’s mind would have nothing to do with the aging process. After his retirement in 2010, the longtime reporter and columnist continued to follow local, state and national news, share his opinions, follow leads and pitch stories. Unfortunately his body couldn’t keep pace. Arballo passed away peacefully from natural causes Dec. 8 at the age of 92. Born in 1924 in Nestor, Calif., Arballo and his family lived in Oceanside and Carlsbad before settling in Del Mar in the mid-1930s. He began his journalism career writing for the Oceanside High School newspaper and received his first “paycheck” as a reporter in 1940 after heavy rains caused a bluff to collapse on a freight train near his home. Hearing the crash, he investigated and immediately called the local paper. Told to call back in the morning, Arballo instead contacted the Los Angeles Times, which verified the fatal wreck, ran the story and sent him a check for $25. Following his high school graduation he enlisted in the Army and served as a medic in North Africa and Italy during World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Medical Badge. According to an Army record,

By Christina Macone-Greene

Bill Arballo had a collection of vintage typewriters in his Encinitas home, although eventually only one worked. “You can’t find anyone to repair them anymore,” he once said. Arballo learned to type in a high school class, which he was forced to take because he couldn’t pass the first assignment in woodshop. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Arballo earned the Silver Star for crawling “from man to man to administer first aid” despite being seriously wounded himself. He married Angelyn Knier Johnson in 1948, settled in Del Mar and became involved in local

politics, serving as Del Mar mayor in 1962 after being elected to City Council two years earlier. He worked as a general assignment reporter for the San Dieguito Citizen and in media relations throughout the county, including a

stint public as relations director for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgorunds. In 1966, Arballo moved to Hilo, TURN TO ARBALLO ON 20

Orphan pup flies thousands of miles for his chance at a forever family The Village Voice


n unlikely orphan canine named Lenny embraced his title as this year’s Poster Pup for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 18th annual Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays Campaign. Flown across the country from Raleigh, North Carolina in hopes of finding his forever family, the Shepherd-blend’s hopeful journey is a shining example of the over million orphan pets who will search far-and-wide and land a forever home this year through the annual holiday campaign. Home 4 the Holidays began 18 years ago when Helen Woodward Animal Center president and CEO Mike Arms noticed that a majority of rescue facilities were closing their doors during the holiday season. With shelter doors closed, would-be adopters were resorting to shopping at pet stores or puppy mills for holiday pet purchases. The Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign asks shelters to keep their doors open throughout the holiday months and provides mar-

RSF Association approves resolutions RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association adopted a few resolutions at its December monthly board meeting. Leading the agenda items was RSF Association Director Allen Finkelson. A couple of the resolutions discussed and approved were Internal Dispute Resolution Procedures and Guidelines (IDR) and Election Rules. First addressed was the IDR. According to Finkelson, the required 30-day waiting period was completed for member comments. He also pointed out how they had slightly revised the latest IDR version based on some member suggestions and comments. Changes were redlined for the members, he said. The RSF Association moved to approve the new IDR, which would replace the existing procedure. Board President Fred Wasserman explained to members in the audience that an IDR was a required procedure by the Davis Stirling Act. “The Association must have an Internal Dispute Resolution procedure so if members have a dispute regarding certain issues, they have a way of negotiating with the Association to resolve those issues, or even resolve, maybe, a dispute with another member,” Wasserman said. “The IDR is for that purpose.” Wasserman wanted members to know that the revised version was on the Association website and would also be sent in the next package to members next year along with the annual budget. As for the Election Rules, Finkelson noted how they were posted for member consideration. This item was also required by the Davis Stirling Act.

the owners said they would out here but there are thoucome for Lenny. They nev- sands more like Lenny waiter did. Weeks passed and ing in rescue facilities worldLenny cowered in the back wide,” said Arms. “They are of his kennel, heartbroken incredible creatures whose and refusing to interact with beautiful personalities have anyone. Tammy Graves, been hidden by the fear and president and founder of the sadness that life has dealt Greensboro-based nonprofit them.” Lenny’s fresh start was animal rescue Haley Graves Foundation discovered that just what he needed. WhethLenny had received obedi- er it was the warmer air, the ence training. Out of the many volunteers available to kennel, he responded to com- walk him around the Cenmands and was timid but ter’s 12 acre property or a friendly, inside the kennel simple Christmas miracle, he was devastated and unre- Lenny’s dream of finding a forever home finally came sponsive. A Facebook story posted true. There are many ways by Graves attracted the attention of Arms who offered to get involved in the Blue to fly the dog to Helen Wood- Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays ward Animal Center for a campaign. For more informafresh start. With the 2016- tion about the campaign or to 17 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the find out how to get involved, Lenny is this year’s Poster Pup for the Helen Woodward Animal Cen- Holidays Campaign kicking go tohome4theholidays.org. ter’s 18th annual Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign. Lenny off, the timing couldn’t have For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center was flown from North Carolina to the Woodward Center in the hopes been more perfect. “Lenny’s story moved us and our available adoptables, of finding a forever home. Courtesy photo enough to fly him all the way log on to animalcenter.org. keting tools to get the word Lenny began his story like out. Today, through a collec- many orphan pets seeking tive group of over 4,000 pet homes through the holiadoption agencies, facilities day adoption drive. He was and rescue groups, located picked up as a stray in Rathroughout all 50 states and leigh and taken to a county RANCHO SANTA FE - When you decide to is only a small part of the process, and on 26 countries, this campaign shelter. A microchip emsell your home, setting your asking price its own is not nearly enough to help you has become the largest pet bedded in his back provided is one of the most important decisions you make the best decision. A recently study, adoption program on record, contact information for his will ever make. Depending on how a buyer which compiles 10 years of industry rehelping save over 12 million owners who were reached is made aware of your home, price is often search, has resulted in a new special report three separate times to come pets since 1999. the first thing he or she sees, and many entitled “Home Sellers: How to Get the Campaign Poster Pup and pick him up. Each time homes are discarded by prospective buy- Price You Want (and Need)”. This report ers as not being in the appropriate price will help you understand pricing strategy range before they’re even given a chance from three different angles. When taken toof showing. gether, this information will help you price Your asking price is often your home’s your home to not only sell, but sell for the “first impression”, and if you want to real- price you want. ize the most money you can for your home, Order your free report today! To hear a it’s imperative that you make a good first brief recorded message about how to order impression. your FREE copy of this report call toll-free This is not as easy as it sounds, and pricing 1-800-728-8254 and enter 1300. You can call strategy should not be taken lightly. Pric- any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ing too high can be as costly to a home sell- Get your free special report NOW to learn er as pricing too low. Taking a look at what how to price your home to your maximum homes in your neighborhood have sold for financial advantage.

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Letters to the Editor Water rates affecting residents I have recently written a letter concerned with the drastic water increases that have been thrust upon the residents of Santa Fe Irrigation District. These rates increases will be impacting the older, retired residents especially hard. These folks are often on a fixed income. After living here for years, they do not want to be forced from their homes because of a utility cost, which is increasing at many times the rate of inflation. Therefore, I would suggest a number of things: 1. Any new development/home being build should be assessed a hookup fee. This hook-up fee, which could be included in the mortgage, should be applied towards SFID’s Capital Expenditures/ Capital Improvements. 2. In addition, water rates should not be based solely on a tiered usage, but also when homes are purchased. The water rate should than be indexed for inflation. . 3. A “Senior Discount” should be granted for our older neighbors. They are given this consideration at a wide variety of other venues — why not the water utility? 4. If the water sources increase disproportionately for higher allotments, this especially underscores that newer residents and newer homes should pay more. These are the users that are driving much of the increase in demand. Whether we live in Solana Beach, Fairbanks Rancho or Rancho Santa Fe, none of us want to be forced from our homes because of this utility cost, which has far outstripped inflation. Roadways are considered seriously and often in their ability to handle increased traffic in the San Diego area. It is far past time that water be consid-

Will lawmakers deep-six high school exit exam? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


o high school exit exams have been administered in California over the last two years, but the test is due to return in 2018, by which time it is to be reconfigured to conform with the math and language arts skills now being taught in public schools under the federally-inspired Common Core curriculum system. This means that for at least the last two years, employers hiring new high school graduates haven’t known for sure what they were getting. What’s more, employers now considering adding to their payrolls folks who have graduated since the exam began in 2006 are in the same quandary, forced to hire blindly when it comes to knowing what applicants have learned. That’s because the same law that suspended the test while it’s being redone also allowed diplomas to everyone who ever failed it but met all other graduation requirements. At the time, one large newspaper featured a happy-talk story about a young woman who repeatedly failed the math portion of the exam. She was suddenly free to pursue a registered nurse degree. Would you want to take drug doses calculated by this young woman? Now the state’s twoterm schools superintendent Tom Torlakson wants to make this sort of situation permanent. Torlakson told the state Board of Education in a memo that the exit exam long since outlived its usefulness as a performance screen. “California has embarked on a path toward preparing all students for

college careers and life in the 21st Century through a focus on performance, equity and continuous improvement,” he said. “This is a path where (local school boards) take on an increased role in designing the kindergarten through 12th grade educational structures and supports for students to reach their full potential. Because of the comprehensive resources now available to identify students in academic need at lower grades, (the exam) is no longer necessary.” Come on, Tom. You know just because a third-grader might be identified as needing help in

filled its main purpose while it was in use. That purpose was as a kind of certification that any high school graduate in the state could safely be assumed to know things that could not be presumed during the era of social promotion preceding its adoption in 2005. Suspending the exam, as lawmakers did when they passed a bill by Democratic state Sen. Carol Liu of La Canada-Flintridge, unnecessarily ended that certainty. Even if the exam needed rewriting, there was no reason any rewrite required several years to perform.

The exam should not be abandoned just because a relative few kids couldn’t pass it. science or math or English doesn’t mean that kid will eventually learn anything in those subject areas. You know it doesn’t hurt to take the exam, which was passed in its heyday by 95 percent of high schoolers. Fortunately, Torlakson will not have the final say. It would take a vote of the Legislature and a signature from the governor to dump the exit exam for good. But in this politically correct era (at least in California), it’s just possible that the fact remediation is available to students will trump the fact that not all students identified with needs ever avail themselves of the help they are now offered. Testing remains the only way to weed out those who don’t and thus prevent them from essentially duping potential future employers into assuming they know things they don’t. Even the story of the putative nurse illustrates how well the exit exam

It easily could have been rewritten in less than a year, especially since the new Common Core curriculum was well-known and discussed for several years before California abandoned the exit exam. The bottom line: Torlakson is flat wrong on this one. The exam should not be abandoned just because a relative few kids couldn’t pass it. Rather, because students always had multiple chances at the test, those who fail on their first, second or even third try still can have plenty of time to study the subjects they failed and reverse their results. There’s no reason for other students not to get the benefits of passing the exam just because some are insufficiently motivated to improve. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net.

ered in the same light in an Environmental Impact Statement. As a final point, when will all San Diego municipalities start considering water availability as a key “infrastructure” item? As I see large developments in La Jolla, Escondido, down near Interstate 8, I shiver wondering when. Curt Jaeger, Rancho Santa Fe Doing good in the world Last night I read Celia Kiewit’s Community Commentary: “Power to the People.” I was so incredibly disheartened by her rant. This morning I woke up and read the story about Pacific Ridge School student Katie Meitchik and Syrian art therapist Massa Abujeib of the nonprofit Kids for Peace (“Student organizes fundraiser to help start art therapy program in Syria,” Dec. 9). Meitchik and Abujeib are examples to all of us of the real Power of the People. Those who spread light into a darkened and complex world with compassionate actions. Sarah Garfield, Encinitas Taking Encinitas forward I congratulate the newly installed city council and mayor, and look forward to years of Encinitas moving forward. I also thank the past city council for their hard work in making Encinitas the wonderful city that it is. I especially thank the past city council for their progressive action to work toward the reduction of green house gases, which contributes to climate change. Your work to direct the city staff to re-write the climate action plan to include measurable, binding goals for the city is a great improvement to the past plan. Also having the city

take a net-neutral stance for green house gases, planing to have solar panels installed on city buildings, and looking to reduce tailpipe emissions will help the city reach those goals. I especially want to thank council-members Muir and Shaffer for taking the leadership role for Encinitas and neighboring cities to explore a community choice energy (CCE) option for our power. I look forward to the new council to continue exploring, with our neighbors, the feasibility of developing a CCE. With a CCE in place, the city and residents will be able to buy clean power from green sources and will also be able to sell excess solar energy produced at a more reasonable price. With a better selling price, I can see the city not being a net zero energy producer, but a net positive energy producer generating revenue from the sun. Part of this revenue could be used to pay down the initial investment faster, and part could be used for future green projects. The city could incentivize private transportation companies such as Uber or Lyft to come to Encinitas with electric powered self-driving cars. With a subsidy, these companies could provide clean transportation for resident’s from their doorstep to shops, restaurants, or shopping centers, reducing personal auto usage, reducing traffic and parking congestion and also reducing tailpipe emissions. There is much to be done, and it is looking more like we can’t rely on the federal government. If climate change is to be dealt with, it seems like the lion’s share will have to be done at the state and local level, and I have full confidence that our new city council will do the right thing. Edward P. Wade, Encinitas

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Luminarias to light up church RANCHO SANTA FE — The joy of the Christmas season will be on display at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve as 1,500 luminarias will ring the Village Community Presbyterian Church campus along Paseo Delicias and Paseo Plateada.

The festive paper lanterns are a Village Church tradition borrowed from New Mexico where luminarias are commonly displayed on Christmas Eve to welcome the Christ child into the world. The Village Church is at 6225 Paseo Delicias.


tension offers sponsored memberships the opportunity to stay on for two additional years in the event the board decides not to renew this membership category at some point in time. Van Den Berg pointed out the challenge in getting new memberships because they do compete with a lot of other tennis clubs in the area. He believed that this extension would help in their membership efforts.


From left: Harry Bord, Jacqueline Ayala, Susan Appleby and Art Yayanos enjoy the 26th annual Christmas Tea event at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene

RSF Library celebrates 26th Annual Christmas Tea By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — An afternoon celebration at the Rancho Santa Fe Library marked the 26th Annual Christmas Tea and Tree Raffle in a community effort to support its Guild. The creative donations of holiday trees, wreaths and menorahs play a huge part in the fundraising to help benefit the library. The complimentary Dec. 9 event was open to the public. The event is held every second Friday of December. After guests enjoyed their savory treats, the R. Roger Rowe Advanced Choir, under the direction of RC Haus, entertained guests with their holiday favorites. Throughout the afternoon, participants had the opportunity to purchase their raffle tickets for the tree, wreath or menorah drawings. Winning ticket Choir member Laura Rikkers, music teacher R.C. Haus, and choir member Sara Hamadeh bring some holiday joy to the annual event. holders handpicked their favorites.

members who go there and we’re asking that, if in fact, this Board chooses at any time to get rid of this kind of membership (sponsored) that we can give those members at least a two-year time frame to look for other places to play in other clubs,” he said, adding how he thought how that was only fair. For example, this ex-



tiful wreath to take home; and, a second one is created and donated to the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. The Center’s executive director, Terrie Litwin, facilitates the distribution of the wreaths to its members. This year, Browne was excited to take part in the event making her own wreath. She had spotted someone designing one that was simple and not as full as a traditional holiday wreath. That sight percolated some creative energy. Browne decided to give it a go. “Last year, I was too



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busy running around visiting with people,” she said, adding how she was happy to jump in and be part of it on this round. “It’s fun and a little frustrating, but it is way more fun than I thought it was going to be.” With the holidays in full swing, Browne shared what a wonderful time of year it is to be in the Ranch. “It’s the best time of all. Everybody has such warm feelings and a spirit of service,” she said, adding how residents are happy to pitch in and help. “The community is happy to come together and do these types of service activities, especially these longstanding traditional activities that people look forward to every year.”



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Mixed-use project approved for S. Cedros By Bianca Kaplanek

Dr. Linda Hill, director of Preventative Medicine Residency at UCSD, leads a discussion on how driving abilities can change with age. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Hill discusses aging and safety behind the wheel By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A lecture at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center raised awareness about age and safety driving tips. At a recent visit in the Ranch, Director of Preventative Medicine Residency at UCSD, Linda Hill, M.D., shared her expertise about an array of topics on how driving abilities can change with age. Hill discussed bullet points such as medical conditions (physical and cognitive) and medications which may have an effect on driving safety, how one can extend and retain their driving privilege the safe way, and when to know it’s time to “retire” the keys. Another component was how to find convenient and comfortable alternative modes of transportation when a person does stop driving.

Following her presentation, Hill answered a variety of questions from guests in attendance. During the course of her lecture, Hill pointed out an online survey focusing on older drivers that is being championed by the University of California, San Diego. Hill is overseeing the study and it is under her direction for the TREDS (Training, Research, and Education for Driving Safety) program at the university. According to the study, participants are required to be at least 65, drive once a week or more, use a cell phone, and are US residents. The survey lasts about 15 minutes and the research is aimed at garnering better information regarding driving habits. To take part in the online survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/olderdriver.

SOLANA BEACH — A mixed-use development will soon blossom on the former site of Cedros Gardens, a pesticide-free nursery, after council members at a Dec. 9 special meeting approved the project with a 4-1 vote. Despite changes since the proposal was first presented to council Nov. 16, outgoing Councilman Peter Zahn said he could not support the complex, slated for 330 S. Cedros Ave., because in his opinion it is too large and incompatible with the surrounding area. “This project is by far the largest and most outstanding, in different ways, of all the others in the immediate area,” Zahn said. A proposed tower is “unparalleled,” he added, and the 26,408 square feet of development is the largest in the vicinity. He also cited a lack of “structural articulation” and separation between buildings. “You are creative and you’ve done great things for the city and on that block but this one I just can’t go along with,” Zahn said to developer Sean MacLeod, a 26-year resident and Cedros Avenue business and property owner who helped create Cedros Design District. “I believe in the same, safe, small-town quality of life that we all do,” MacLeod said. “I also believe

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A mixed-use development for 330 S. Cedros Ave. is recently approved. The monument sign is being accepted as public art because it is unique, with the caveat that other locations can’t use their address as such since the concept will no longer be unique. Courtesy rendering

in supporting our local business districts with the right balance of new, properly scaled projects. “I’ve seen the ebbs and flows of our family of merchants,” he added. “For a while now Cedros Avenue has needed some brisk new energy and new attention to help our merchants remain vibrant and relevant, especially in the face of constant competition from nearby shopping centers and the huge world of e-commerce. “Our driving goal was to devise a plan and a project of detailed excellence that would respond to the wants and desires of the community, bring an exciting new attraction to a

quiet midsection of Cedros Avenue, create a welcoming gathering place to foster people connections that enrich the urban village of Cedros Avenue and re-energize Cedros’ entire merchant community,” MacLeod said. The project includes four retail spaces, five office spaces, a full-service restaurant and eight for-rent units on the 41,000-square-foot lot. Based on the lot size, 17 residential units would be allowed. For the restaurant, MacLeod said he is working with The Patio Group, which currently has restaurants in Pacific Beach and Mission Hills.

The maximum allowable height is 25 feet, with another 3.75 feet permitted for architectural features. As proposed, about 51 percent of the roof area will take advantage of the additional height to accommodate sustainable building practices, such as solar panels, and mechanical equipment. There will be 78 parking spaces, including 18 uncovered on the northern property line and 60 in a covered area, with 15 designated for the residential units. In granting the permits, council approved a shared parking agreement TURN TO CEDROS ON 23

Projected $9.7 million deficit alarms some at SDUHSD By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District recently reported that it could face a $9 million deficit for the current school year budget, a revelation that alarmed some parents and stakeholders and caused some to criticize the district’s financial decision making. But school officials said the district is being overly cautious with its financial projections, which has painted a bleaker picture than what will likely occur. “We always over estimate our expenditures and underestimate our revenues,” Interim Superinten-

dent Eric Dill said of the district’s budgeting practices. “Our first interim budget is always the worstcase scenario and our work is to close that gap.” The “gap” Dill referred to is the $9.768 million gap between the projected revenue, $129.9 million, and projected expenditures, $139.7 million, reported to the school board at the Dec. 8 meeting. District officials originally projected a $6.68 million budget deficit for the school year, but reported nearly $3 million in additional expenses that caused the deficit to rise to the levels that surprised some parents and angered others. Dill said that some of the increased expenses are carried over from the previous year, when the district received the funds. For example, the district received $1.1 million in

restricted funds from the California Lottery last year, but is spending the money this year. So while the books show it as a $1.1 million deficit this year, the district has the money to cover the expenses. The interim superintendent said the district is confident it will be able to close the gap without layoffs, and that some of the savings are already built into the budget. One example, Dill said, is that the district is required to report a full-year’s salary for the superintendent position, even though the district is still looking for a full-time superintendent. Additionally, added personnel costs associated with Common Core training over the past three school years is coming to an end as the professional services initiatives aimed that preparing district employees for Common Core are ending. And the district is cautiously projecting revenues, even though the district’s average daily attendance — the census of the school population — is expected to grow, with new homes being built on the district’s southern edge in Carmel Valley. One of the most vocal critics of the district’s spending is Lucile Lynch, who ran unsuccessfully for the school board this fall. She criticized incumbents TURN TO BUDGET ON A16

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Steel Knight exercise preparing Marines for ‘near-peer’ threats said, though adding nothing that was a major concern. But that’s what the exercise is about — identifying those deficiencies and improving upon them. Spanning three bases, including an amphibious assault exercise on Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach, Steel Knight also included training at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

By Tony Cagala

OCEANSIDE — The “war” was going well, a Colonel with the 1st Marine Division said, adding there was a feeling they were tipping towards defeating the enemy. But the win wouldn’t be coming without high losses. “I think you may be surprised if you look at our simulation at the amount of loss that we’ve taken,” said Col. Mike McFerron, who, along with more than 25,000 Marines, was participating in another iteration of the Steel Knight training exercise, which ended last week. While full numbers on simulated casualties over the almost two-week-long training exercise weren’t released, in one day for example, the Marines took more than 100 casualties in one engagement, explained 1st Lt. Matthew Gregory, a public affairs officer with the 1st Marine Division. One hundred losses in one day hasn’t been something the Marine Corps has seen in decades, he explained. “It’s a simulation, thank goodness,” said McFerron. “I’m not a political figure, but I would say our nation is probably not prepared for the type of casualties that we would expect in a nearpeer fight.” Steel Knight began back on Nov. 30. The senior-level training exercise was preparing the 1st Marine Division to fight against a near-peer army — an essentially more sophisticated enemy similar in size and scope to the U.S. military, explained Master Sgt. Dan Tremore. “In today’s day and age, it’s more the near-peer hybrid threat

In today’s day and age, it’s more the near-peer hybrid threat type of environment...” Master Sgt. Dan Tremore Marine Corps A U.S. Marine with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, moves his Assault Amphibious Vehicle to setup in a defensive position while demonstrating amphibious landing capabilities during Steel Knight 2017 at Camp Pendleton. Photo by Lance Cpl. Skyler E. Treverrow

type of environment, so that’s what we try to model it (the exercise) after, a military that’s more like us with similar capabilities to ours,” Tremore said. Though the exercise is providing training for a larger scope of warfare against an organized military, it also incorporates the lessons learned over the past 15 years of fighting a seemingly “unconventional” war against insurgents and smaller armed forces. “You can look at warfare in

a very binary way — and that’s a conventional war and an unconventional war,” McFerron said. “I don’t prescribe to that. I think every war, going back hundreds of years, was on the spectrum of conventional and unconventional somewhere…we can talk about the true declaration of war by our civilian leaders, but the fact is warfare has taken place, there has been war, we are in a war, so to suggest or accept there is a new war and that’s going to carry on

through infinity — that that’s how we fight a war — I think is a false premise. “We’re not accepting the premise that warfare will be a snapshot of today and that will go on for decades or years,” McFerron said. “We’re accepting the premise that we are prepared for what we are doing today, and we’re ready for whatever’s going to come tomorrow.” The exercise has, so far, identified a lot of “deficiencies,” he

and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. “This is tying together all the division to include elements of the Marine, Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTAF) to come together and fight as one,” Tremore said. “It’s far above the platoon level training or company level training that you would do,” he added. “We’re trying to incorporate so many different pieces throughout the Marine Expeditionary Force that it becomes almost as a larger MAGTAF,” McFerron said. “But it’s good, because that’s how we’re going to fight. We’re going to fight as a MAGTAF.”

North County has plenty of international holiday traditions, too

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Erosion caused by heavy rains took out about 75 feet of the Coast-to Crest Trail adjacent to Del Mar Horsepark along the San Dieguito River. A new plan to stabilize the bank was recently presented to the 22nd District Agricultural Association. Courtesy photo

New plan offered to reconnect Coast-to-Crest Trail By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Plans to build a 6-foot wide prefabricated bridge to reconnect a portion of the Coast-toCrest Trail washed away by heavy rains early this year have changed. At the Dec. 13 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors meeting, senior environmental planner Dustin Fuller said a new option is to use soil from the south overflow lot restoration project to shore up the bank along the San Dieguito River that eroded and took out about 75 feet of the trail during a Jan. 7 storm. The collapsed bank is west El Camino Real, adjacent to Del Mar Horsepark,

which is owned by the 22nd DAA, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, which presented the bridge alternative at the October 22nd DAA meeting, sought to repair the damage. But a California Coastal Commission permit issued to the 22nd DAA prohibits “future channelization” such as berms, riprap, walls “or other substantial alteration … constructed to protect the development from flooding or erosion.” Director David Watson, a land use attorney who was not at the October meeting, said at the November meeting that he

didn’t support the bridge option. The 22nd DAA is currently restoring back to wetlands a lot south of the fairgrounds on Jimmy Durante Boulevard that was used for overflow parking during the summer fair and thoroughbred horse races. Fuller said the plan is to use about 250 cubic yards of the approximately 30,000 cubic yards being removed. He has asked that that amount of “good, clean soil” be held onsite until decisions are made. He said he has spoken to many of the stakeholders, including the California Coastal Commission, which didn’t oppose or sup-

port the proposal. Fuller said commission staff noted, however, that there is precedent. Some of the dirt was used on the buffer south of the golf driving range at the south end of the east overflow lot. Additionally, the Army Corps of Engineers indicated it could issue an emergency permit for the work. The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has pledged support. “I hope the various agencies that are involved in all of this will come up with a reasonable and viable fix,” Peter Shapiro, SDRVC president, said. “This is a very, very TURN TO TRAIL ON 16

love San Diego for the same reason I love Boston and New York City. If you hold still long enough, the whole world passes by. There are those who think of North County as a bit of a hinterland, but they are so wrong. At my school alone, there are representatives of almost a dozen nationalities. Always curious, I asked a fellow from northern England what he recalled most of his Christmases past. He insists on roast beef for Christmas Eve dinner, and in his town, don’t waste milk and cookies on Father Christmas. Their Santa gets a hearty mince pie and a fortifying glass of sherry. Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, is another favorite for this friend. Traditionally, he explained, it was a day for the wealthy of the village to give back, with money for the almshouses for the poor, ill or retired. He loves the tradition, as it was a day of rather anonymous giving, with no fanfare for the giver, and a day of gifts for one’s employees. He also wryly admitted

it was just the one day, after which everyone was expected to be back down the coal mines and back to work. In our library, the Hanukkah books also fly off the shelves. The story of the Festival of Lights is a fascinating history lesson, has a happy ending, and I am particularly partial to a good potato latke. The Jewish kids love to tease that they get presents for eight days, not just one, but I am happy to report it is not a point of contention. All enjoy their own holiday, and some tell of celebrating both Hanukkah and Christmas. A grandma from Lithuania remembered Christmas Eve as the big celebration, and a night filled with a sense of magic and mystery. They would open all their gifts and have a Christmas dinner filled with games I had never heard about. Under a snow-white tablecloth, at each place setting, the host would put hay to represent the manger. Each different stalk meant how long, short, stable or fragile your life will be. Then under each plate was taped various items which also predicted your future. A ring meant marriage, a coin meant wealth and a communion wafer The holiday discussion that most fascinated me was with a staff member from Russia. I was about to ask what her Christmas tradiTURN TO SMALL TALK ON 16


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REGION — The Temecula Valley Golden Bears don’t have a player over 6-foot-5 and start four players shorter than 6-foot-1. But, man are they fast. La Costa Canyon learned the lesson the hard way, as the Golden Bears amassed a a 22-point lead en route to a 73-58 win over the Mavericks in the championship game of the 2nd Annual Coast News Tip-Off Classic. Bryce Denham, the Golden Bears lone 6-foot-5 player, received the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. He paced the team with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds in the final game. Denham, who serves as the team’s de facto center, used his superior foot speed to outmaneuver La Costa Canyon’s slower interior players. When Denham wasn’t The Temecula Valley High School Golden Bears basketball team is this year’s 2nd annual Coast News Tip-Off Classic after beating La Costa attacking, Temecula Valley Canyon 73-58. Photo by Aaron Burgin



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Bud escapes his Black Hole as the new Rockies skipper he Chargers welcomed the Raiders on Sunday, with Oakland fans turning Qualcomm Stadium into the Black Hole. Black Hole? That’s something one Harry Ralston Black is familiar with. Better known as Bud, this time last year Black was digging out from disappointment. The ex-Padres manager and Rancho Santa Fe resident was passed over for numerous openings as a skipper. Maybe his time on the dugout’s top step was history. Maybe this savvy baseball man was better suited for executive offices above the field. That was his job last year as the Angels’ assistant general manager. “It was a great experience for me to get back in that type of role,’’ Black said. “I did that in the late ‘90s with Cleveland to a certain extent. I was younger, obviously, from retiring as a player. “But, again, it sort of reinforced what I came to realize over the course of my time in Anaheim and in San Diego; that collectively, to win, it takes everybody, from ownership, general manager, his group of support staff, Major League team, scouting, player development.’’ The Colorado Rockies thought in order to develop a winner, they needed Black in cleats. They named the personable Black as their seventh manager in franchise history last month. Black isn’t the only one on the move. He’s confident the Rox aren’t on the rocks, instead offering a wealth of young players that can contend in the spirited National League West. From Nolan Arenado to Carlos Gonzalez to DJ LeMahieu to Trevor Story, Colorado is a mile high with skilled laborers. “That’s the thing, not only I knew that, but other people in the industry, people that I talked to, my close friends and others talked about, where this group is talent-wise, position players-wise,’’ Black said. “I don’t need to go through the names. I mean, they are real players. And they are at a stage in their career where they can continue this and maybe do some better things. It’s tough to top National

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RSF LOGITECHIES TAKE TOP ALLIANCE TROPHY The R. Roger Rowe Middle School hosts an FTC Robotics Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 10 with 15 teams from around Southern California competing. The school had three teams at the event. The RSF Logitechies came away with the top alliance trophy. The school’s other teams, the RSF Intergalactic Dragons and RSF Singularity also showed strong through their creative designs. The R. Roger Rowe Middle School will host another tournament at its gym Jan. 7. For information about the tournament contact Pamela Meistrell at pmeistrell5464@att.net. Courtesy photo

Northbound Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nolan, founders of Graced by Grit, show off their new Chelsea leggings at a Dec. 7 launch party. A portion of all sales goes to the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. Photo by Bianca


New leggings support Chelsea’s Light By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — While watching her child’s soccer game from the sidelines, Kimberly Caccavo was asked by another spectator if she would participate in a triathlon in honor of Chelsea King, who was murdered in 2010 while on a run near Lake Hodges. “She (Aurora Colello) was complaining that she was trying to get people to run this triathlon and people weren’t signing up,” Caccavo said. “So I said, ‘Sure, what the heck.’” Little did Caccavo know she had just made a life-changing decision, and not just for herself. Within a few years she and her run and swim coach, Kate Nolan, launched Graced by Grit, making athletic apparel designed to empower women and help keep them safe. “While we were training we started talking about the different needs in women’s athletic clothing,” Caccavo said. “One day Kelly King came to speak to the triathlon team and said her daughter was murdered just feet from people, and if she’d only had a place for her phone or a whistle to keep her safe, maybe she would be alive. “So that inspired us,” Caccavo added. “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a pocket to hold your phone or a whistle that came with your clothes? Three years later we were still training together and talking about it and we said, ‘This is a great idea. Let’s go take on Nike and Lululemon be-

cause we’re two moms. We could totally do it.’” The home-based business, which expanded to the Solana Beach store in May 2015, created athletic apparel with safety features “that empowered women to feel safe, to get out and continue to do what they love and know that they have that sense of security with a whistle, with pockets to accommodate their phones, with reflectivity, with UV 50-plus in all the clothing,” Nolan said. “We designed the line with that concept in mind, keeping in mind Chelsea’s life as well,” she added. Their efforts recently came full circle with the introduction of the Chelsea legging, featuring a sunflower design and made from recycled water bottles, combining Chelsea’s favorite flower with one of her passions. At the Dec. 7 launch party the leggings, normally priced at $118, were available for $100, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Chelsea’s Light Foundation. About $1,150 was raised that night and helped Grace by Grit exceed its overall fundraising goal for the organization of $5,000. The women set a new goal to raise an additional $10,000. A percentage of all leggings sold at the store will continue to go to the foundation. The leggings will also be sold at all Chelsea’s Light events for $100, with $50 going to the foundaTURN TO LEGGINGS ON 16

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ith the holiday season in full swing, I thought I’d share with you my favorite Christmas song, and why it’s meaningful to me. I came across it a few years ago after purchasing Pink Martini’s “Joy to the World” album, which is an eclectic, fun mix of holiday songs spanning continents, faiths and traditions (download the album to play at your next holiday party). The song title is “Shchedryk,” or “Bountiful Evening” in Ukranian. It’s a 100-year-old song that tells the story of a swallow flying into a farmer’s home to sing of wealth to come the following spring.

Song sings the promise of spring If you heard the song, you may instantly recognize the melody — it was adapted into the Christmas “Carol of the Bells” song that is probably best remembered from Home Alone. More than foretelling good fortune and wealth to come, the song is really a reminder of the blessings we already have and enjoy. The swallow asks the farmer to take account of what he owns, and what has been given to him, and tells him that, even without luck, he will continue to thrive. No matter how hard it is sometimes for us in our lives, despite setbacks, struggles, it’s important to remind yourself it’s all going to be OK. Maybe it isn’t now — but it will be. There’s always hope, and a plan for all of us. Maybe as a child, those words would have been lost on me. But as an adult, life just

gets more complicated. It requires hard work, compromises, dedication. I don’t often take account for what I have. I’m the kind of person who will focus on what I don’t have. Perhaps that’s my motivator to get ahead in life and fix my own problems, but in the holidays there’s always room to take a step back and share joy and what we do have with those we love. Shchedryk. Listen to the song on iTunes, or YouTube. If you’re lucky enough to hear a live performance, let me know — I’d love to attend one in North County. For reference, here are the translated lyrics: (Translation:) Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka (New Year’s carol) A little swallow flew (into the household) And started to twitter To summon the master “Come out, come out, O master (of the household)


Look at the sheep pen There the ewes are nestling And the lambkin have been

Your goods (livestock) are great You will have a lot of money, (by selling them) Your goods (livestock) are great You will have a lot of money, (by selling them) If not money, then chaff: (from all the grain you will harvest) You have a dark-eyebrowed (beautiful) wife” Shchedryk, shchedryk, a shchedrivka A little swallow flew There’s a bountiful evening, for all of us in North County. Don’t forget that. I won’t. Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines. He is a Carlsbad resident.


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By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — An overflow of guests attended a recent Author Talk Series at the Rancho Santa Fe Library wanting to meet New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard. Following a warm welcome and introduction by Susan Appleby, Maynard shared that she wasn’t on a tour for her recent novel, “Under the Influence.” She compared it to more like a San Diego tour adding how she loved the area. Recently, her book was released in paperback. “Under the Influence,” a story about the price of friendship, has received praises. While it’s a work of fiction, Maynard shared how part of its TURN TO AUTHOR ON 11

Sherry Shriver and author Joyce Maynard, right, at a recent Author Talk series at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Chip Davis and the rest of Mannheim Steamroller will be performing Dec. 28 at the Civic Center in downtown San Diego. Photo courtesy

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The Christmas season is merry for Mannheim Steamroller By Alan Sculley

Christmas albums obviously are big business each holiday season. More than 40 such albums have topped 2 million copies sold, and a successful seasonal release can continue to pile up sales for years after its initial release. Not only have many artists enjoyed the fruits of releasing even just one holiday album, several acts have built a niche where they’re known for Christmas music, can tour every holiday season and have a tidy stream of income from annual sales of their holiday albums. Chip Davis, founder of Mannheim Steamroller, has certainly been having many merry Christmas seasons since he decided to venture into Christmas music with the 1984 album “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” Like other acts that have developed a Christmas career (the Oak Ridge Boys, Brian Setzer or Dave Koz), Davis and Mannheim Steamroller were already successful and established when Davis tried his hand at holiday music. The first five in Mannheim Steamroller’s series of “Fresh Aire” albums had essentially created a new genre of music — New Age — and had sold huge numbers for being in a niche genre. But today Mannheim Steamroller is primarily known for its presence at Christmas time, and their 10-plus holiday albums (not counting numerous compilations) are approaching 30 million in combined copies sold. But Davis said he didn’t expect even a fraction of that sort of success when he decided to make the “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album. “I remember when I did the first Christmas album and everybody said ‘That will never work. It will die on the vine and blah, blah blah,’” Davis

said in a phone interview. “Then after nine million units were sold (worldwide), in about two years, everybody was making a Christmas album. I think there was one year where there were 60 releases. It was crazy.” Back in 1984, Christmas albums were something of an afterthought in the music industry. Classic holiday albums would get reissued and sold at bargain basement prices — $2.99 for a cassette. But making a new Christmas album was something of a black mark on an artist. It was the kind of project done by “has-been” artists or when a singer or musician had run out of ideas for new albums. Davis and Mannheim Steamroller turned the perception of Christmas albums on its ear. According to Davis, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” was released at an $18.98 price point and marketed as a high-end audiophile release. The “Fresh Aire” albums had all been marketed in a similar fashion, and Davis felt he would be cheating his audience if he did anything to cut corners and lower the price of his first Christmas album. “I had no problem charging $18.98, and I figured you know, if it falls off the shelves, OK, it didn’t work,” Davis said. The prospects for success in the Christmas market, though, were not at all in the forefront if Davis’ thoughts in making “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.” It was purely a musical venture, he said, built around the idea of playing holiday songs in the Renaissance style combined with the kind of modern production and instrumentation employed in creating the signature blend of classical and pop/rock music of the “Fresh Aire” TURN TO STEAMROLLER ON 11

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DEC. 23 HOLIDAY HIT PARADE The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade present a Holiday Show, featuring
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albums. “I really didn’t give it a thought at all,” Davis said when asked if he felt a Christmas release had commercial potential. “I was all about counter-balancing the Renaissance with the ‘Deck The Halls’ technological sound and stuff. I was more interested in the album construction.” Davis has continued to find inspiration within holiday music for 32 years now. Last year, he released a holiday concert CD and DVD, “Mannheim Steamroller Live.” The idea of a live release — the first Christmas concert recording from Mannheim Steamroller since 1997’s “Christmas Live” — originated with PBS. “They wanted to do a one-hour special,” Davis said. “I said ‘Of course.’” Davis is more than pleased with how the live project turned out. “We got an awfully darn good looking special, I



inspiration was rooted from her own loss of a friendship. While nothing discernable happened, she said, it was something that stuck with her. In her book, Maynard wanted to recapture those dynamic feelings of losing a friend. “As a writer, I want to tell stories that matter,” she said, adding how she never really knows where her next ideas will come from. “The stories that I tell are the ones that I am inspired by.” For Maynard, a writer’s qualifications include empathy and to always look for compassion. It’s about making the attempt to understand the lives that one isn’t familiar with. During the course of


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Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more information and to view Scollard-Hurd’s online gallery, visit jeannette-art.com/. BEATLES VS. STONES It’s the Beatles vs. Stones Christmas Show with tribute bands Abbey Road vs. Jumping Jack Flash at 9 p.m. Dec. 23 at 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets are $19/$21 online at bellyup.com, (858) 4818140 or at the box office. DEC. 24 ART BY GARZA See Jorge Garza’s “Impressions in Oil, Acrylic and Glass,” through Jan. 10, Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit theartfussion.com/. ‘LIFE AMONGST THE ROBOTS’ Visit the mixed media display of Bob Hord’s “Life Amongst the Robots” through Dec. 31, at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 753-

can tell you that,” he said. “It really looks incredible and I couldn’t be happier with it.” The DVD and CD feature 18 tracks, including Christmas classics like “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Carol of the Bells” and the group’s signature version of “Deck The Halls,” plus originals like “Chocolate Fudge” and “Catching Snowflakes on Your Tongue.” Now it’s time for another Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tour, and the new show, Davis said, marks a step up in visual production and includes a new twist in the song selection. “All of the video content is just spectacular,” Davis said. “We’ve moved pieces around and pulled some pieces from the past, rotated some in and some out. One of the other big additions is there’s a section of ‘Fresh Aire’ in the show. I was getting people (saying) they wanted to hear some of that again, a section of that. That is some of the stuff that’s in the show.” her talk, Maynard shared how libraries were dear to her heart. While social media has the ability to reach the masses, Maynard explained how visiting libraries and book stores would be something that she would never stop taking part in even though it could be considered old-fashioned these days. “I feel very fortunate that I have been able to do this work and grateful to my readers,” Maynard said. The Author Talk Series is hosted by Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild in partnership with Warkwick’s and sponsored by Donald Johnson of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. For upcoming events hosted by the RSF Library Guild or to become a member visit rsflibraryguild.org.

art show, through Jan. 2. Open daily except Tuesday. C.O.A.L. also presents DEC. 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS Art on the Green, on the lawn in front of the Carls& HAPPY HANUKKAH bad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad DEC. 26 SMALL JOYS La Jol- every Saturday and Sunday la Art Association Gallery (weather permitting). offers a show of small artworks and gifts from 11 a.m. DEC. 27 HAPPY ART Artist to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Jan. 1 Moni Blom, presents “It’s with a reception from 3 to 5 the Little Things in Life” p.m. Dec. 30 at 8100 Paseo stone, sculpture and glass del Ocaso, Suite B, La Jolla on Jan. 10 at the Encinitas Shores. Contact rmarksart@ Library Gallery, 540 Corgmail.com or (619) 252-9564 nish Drive. Contemporary in style, cartoony in color, for more information. SMALL ART The Carls- these ceramic works broadbad Oceanside Art Gallery, cast playfulness and joy in 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, an abstract way. Call (760) Carlsbad, presents “Small 753-7376 or visit moniblom. Treasure,” its monthly fine com/ for more details. 4027.

DEC. 28 UKELELE TIME For the new year, learn to play the ukulele Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at Beginning Ukulele at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760)-9432250. TIBETAN BOWLS Wednesdays@Noon presents a free concert of Diane Mandle and her Tibetan bowls at noon Dec. 28 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Encinitas. She is a frequent presenter at the Deepak Chopra Center, the Golden Door and Rancho la Puerta. For more information, visit Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746

TIME TO DANCE Join the Country Western Dance lessons every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tower 13, 2633 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff. Cost is $5. Christy Johnson teaches the 2 Step, Cowboy Cha Cha, Cowboy Waltz and 10 Step. After the class, dance to live Country music. For details, call (760) 580-0116 or visit romanticwest.com. DEC. 29 ART IN MOTION Through Jan. 11, 2017, see Yolande Snaith’s “Caught in Motion. Acrylic” at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. Call (760) 633-2600 for more information.



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The Curry Noodles at Birdseye Kitchen are now on Lick the Plate columnist David Boylan’s go-to winter comfort food list. Photo by David

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changing face of Leucadia and let’s face it, that funky vibe is slowing fading yet I would be hard-pressed to find someone who would not agree that Birdseye is a fine looking restaurant. On top of that, they fea ture local artists and on my last trip in one of my favorites, Mary Fleener was featured. If I had space on my walls, her “Surfin Bird” piece would be mine. If you are not familiar with Mary and her illustrious career and her art you should definitely check her out.

OK, now that I’ve established that it’s a great place to hang out, let’s move on to the food. Owner and chef Vasama Morris features recipes on that come from her family’s vast repertoire of dishes. It should be noted that


irst off, Birdseye Kitchen is a beauty of a restaurant. It’s simple, clean and elegant and located in the heart of Lecuadia on Coast Highway 101. I happen to love that whip trains by on a regular basis and that there is an old-school building supply company across the tracks. The front windows roll up when weather permits, wait, did I just say that? Let’s just say they are open most of the time. The aesthetic of the restaurant fits in nicely with the


n the era of urban-this-andurban-that, I am here to comfort you that it doesn’t have to be that way for excellent wine and food hospitality in the San Diego region. We all should know that the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course is internationally known, located on a pristine miles-long bluff between Del Mar and San Diego. The nearby Torrey Pines State Reserve captures this region for public hiking and gazing at these magnificent trees and the inspiring Pacific Ocean. Nestled in this bucolic environment is the Lodge at Torrey Pines, a five-diamond hotel, featuring its latest exciting development, The Grill. A.R. Valentien is their signature restaurant, but The Grill has an indoor-outdoor romance and an exclusive view of the golf course in the intimate woods of Torrey Pines. The Grill is an inviting stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and is under the direction of Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, who is credited with creating the movement in San Diego called “farm to table” back in the early 2000s. His Sous Chef de Cuisine is Kyle Wiegand, who has been with Jackson for 14 years. “We increased space some 30 percent inside and outside with the focal point being a large outside rotisserie where the entrees are grilled before being served,” Wiegand explained. “Local sustainable farm to table, with a California Coast and Baja style woodfire menu, is what our customers can expect at The Grill. Our executive chef Jeff Jackson lets the ingredients speak for themselves through their unbeatable flavor.” Indeed!

“As a community bank, we advertise in the Coast News every week. It keeps us connected to locals who own and operate the businesses we are here to serve.”


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Raymond Napa Valley 2013 Chardonnay. The best example of the Santa Maria style rotisserie is the lead entrée: a Wood-Grilled Tri-Tip Steak with Pinquito Beans Cassoulet, salsa and homemade steak sauce. Try this with the Napa Valley Jamieson Ranch 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. The sous chef’s recommendation is the Wood Smoked Pork Chop with market greens, sweet potato, roasted apples and cider jus. For A Reserve Raymond Napa Chardonnay is a more information, call (858) 453lovely companion to the poached pear salad 4420 or visit lodgetorreypines.com. at The Grill at Torrey Pines.

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This is just one of many public works of art that have appeared on Harbor Island in San Diego in recent years. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

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nd-of-the-year is the time I get the urge to clean out. Purge. Lighten the load. However, December probably is not the best time for this because we already are knee-deep in Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, tinsel and gift bags. All of this reminds me that my idea of hell is being locked into a

tchotchke store for all eternity. Yes, I dislike clutter, and being a travel writer doesn’t mesh well with this phobia because my work necessitates collecting brochures, business cards and other materials for later reference from the places I visit. After a while, this stuff starts to pile up (and out). I have a sister who loves to travel and also collects postcards, napkins, coasters, pamphlets and other souvenirs as she goes, but she creates gorgeous, detailed, museum-worthy scrapbooks. Me? I just keep stashing stuff in files and piles.

Even though it gets overwhelming at times, it’s still difficult to discard this collection because, of course, I might need it sometime. Last week, I decided to tackle the mess. As I sorted through the stack, I was reminded that we in San Diego County don’t have to go far to find a variety of things to see and do. I have a beautiful flier of the county’s coastal state parks, beaches and preserves, including some lesser-knowns: Silver Strand Natural Preserve, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Border Field State Park, all in South County.

Another full-color brochure contains the historic boats and ships of the San Diego Maritime Museum. For about $10 you can board 11 historic vessels, including a B-39 Soviet attack submarine. Its mission was to shadow U.S. Navy ships during the Cold War, including the USS Midway, now, ironically, docked only a block away. I have a pamphlet from the Midway, too, which I visit every couple of years because there always are new exhibits. All of my brochures from Balboa Park are probably outdated because the TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 23

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Beth Hergesheimer and Joyce Dallesandro for painting a rosy financial picture to justify the district’s recent decision to give teachers and employees a 12.5 percent pay raise. During the election, the incumbents touted the previous district year’s budget, which ended in a $4 million surplus. Lynch said she believed this was disingenuous because the district was already projecting a deficit for the following year. “The board has an obligation to address the district’s fiscal health with transparency,” Lynch said. “By saying you have a sur-



League batting champion, leading in homers, RBIs, Gold Glovers. This is a good group.’’ It’s a bunch that will grow accustomed to Black taking an interest in them, regardless of their status. Charles Nagy, who lives in Solana Beach and is the Angels’ pitching coach, gives Black high marks. “He is very subtle with a lot of things,” Nagy said. “And he’s right more times than not. He’s left-handed, I’m right, but I’d watch him do day-to-day stuff and say, ‘Yeah, that works.’ And he’s interested in you. “I call him a friend. He’s the reason my wife and I moved to San Diego and I sent my kids to St. James Academy (in Encinitas). My wife and I would travel and were looking for a place, and Bud and his wife said, ‘You might want to come visit us.’ Here we are all these years later.”


they do have a heat scale of one to 10 for most of their dishes. I’ve never ventured over six but I am kind of lame that way among my heat-seeking friends. On the starter side of things, I could eat the Spring Rolls with veggies, tofu, cilantro, mint and your choice of peanut or plum sauce every day and they are how I start my meal every time I go to Birdseye. I have tried the crispy shrimp and the chicken wings but keep coming back to the light, fresh, perfect prelude to a main course that the Spring Rolls provide. If you are a fan of chopped salads, The Larb Gai, or minced chicken salad will be right up your alley. It contains Mary’s freerange chicken (as do all the chicken dishes) lime, chili, roasted rice powder, shallots, mint, scallions and cilantro and it’s fantastic. I had no idea what Larb Gai was so I had to do a bit of research. Turns out its a type of Lao meat salad that is often regarded as the “unofficial” national dish of Laos. It is also eaten in parts of Thailand where the majority of the population

T he R ancho S anta F e News plus when you know there is a deficit on the horizon, that clouds the issue. That is not a true million-dollar surplus.” “Nine million (dollars) is a huge projected deficit,” Lynch said. “Let’s say the district forces early retirement for some teachers and saves $2 million, that still leaves a $7 million gap.” “If you knew that you were going to have this large deficit, then why did you have to give 12.5 percent raises across the board?” Lynch said. Dill said that the district has historically been cautious in its interim budget projections and outperformed them when the books are closed at the end of the school year. For example, last year the district was projecting

a $2 million deficit all the way until the books were closed and determined that revenues were higher and expenses were lower, resulting in the reported $4 million surplus. “We built back in expenditures from the prior year that we believe we will actually accrue this year, and we are cautious on our revenue projections,” Dill said. “Those two things almost always result in an increase in the deficit.” “This time of the year, we have to remind many people that this is a story that we have told before, it is a pattern that repeats,” Dill said. “I think people who have been around long enough understand that this is how the first round often goes.”

And there goes Black, after managing the Padres from 2007-15 to a 649-713 mark. It was a stint which included a 2010 playoff bid which fell just short, the same season Black, a 15year major-league pitcher, was named the National League Manager of the Year. In San Diego, it was about making do with little hitting. In Denver, it’ll be about making Coors Field smaller, which is no small feat for pitchers hurling at high elevation. “You sort of know what you’re getting in for,’’ said Black, who hurled an eight-inning win at Denver when pitching for the Giants in 1993. “But, again, if you make pitches...regardless of the ballpark.’’ But few are like Coors Field, where singles turn into extra-base hits and clearing the fence is no chore. The trick for Black is to keep the hitters hitting and

his pitchers from running smack into frustration with each fly ball that morphs into a home run. “There’s 30 big-league gigs, and I think they are all tough in their own way,’’ Black, 59, said. “Every team, every city, every managerial job is different, and they all have their, I think, unique challenges. This one, obviously is as it relates to where we play.’’ Black’s playing days are long gone. Many thought the same about his managerial run. “It’s a big job,’’ Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich said. “There’s a lot of responsibilities. We were first and foremost looking for the right leader.” Black is just that and the Rockies are fortunate to have him.

is of the Lao ethnicity. It’s most often made with chicken, beef, duck, fish or pork and flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, padaek and roasted ground rice which is a key component of the dish and fresh herbs. It was all new to me and I’m a big fan of the Birdseye version. Another dish that I absolutely loved was the Curry Noodles or Khao-poon ga-lee gai that consisted of coconut curry broth, chicken, rice vermicelli noodles, onions, mint, bean sprouts, organic potatoes, carrots, cabbage and cilantro. Vegan and wild shrimp are options as well. The combination of flavors and textures and mild heat is my new winter soup option that is enabling me to mix things up a bit from my go-to La Especial Norte chicken soup. I really did not think that would happen, locally at least. I’ve also tried the Chicken Pho and well, while it’s perfectly acceptable, there just seemed to be something missing. A richness or depth that I’ve found in other pho was lacking. I will admit that my favorite pho has come from old-school joints that specialize in it so I am a bit jaded that way. There are just other noodle bowl options

at Birdseye that I prefer. The rice plates consist of a variety of red, green and yellow curries and are served with jasmine white rice and your choice of chicken, pork, beef or vegan. A full range of wok noodles and fried rice are available and it should be noted that the sour pork option in the fried rice is house cured. Again, if you are not familiar with the heat scale, I’d lean towards the lower end of the spectrum until you get a feel for it. They keep it simple for dessert with either gelato or vegan coconut ice cream. There is also a very nice wine list and selection of local beers on tap and in bottles. This place gets very busy during prime time so I prefer to eat there during off hours. Either way, it’s a fine addition to the dining scene in Leucadia and worth checking out. Birdseye Kitchen is at 540 N. Coast Hwy 101.

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David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905.


tions had been, then realized she grew up during the Communist regime. There was no Christmas. The big holiday, she explained, has become the celebration of the New Year, which kept some of the trappings of Christmas, like Old Man Frost, or Ded Moroz, who brings presents to children and often deliv-



important section of the trail to make the connection eventually between here and Del Mar and all the way through to the other side of Lake Hodges,” he added. “We encourage any viable fix that will work and we’re here to help support that.” “So it’s looking good that we could potentially



DEC. 23, 2016 ers them in person on New Year’s Eve. I got a kick out of explaining to her what “Bah, Humbug!” meant. A mom of German heritage, laughed about their version of St. Nicholas’ alter ego, characterized as a hooded figure or a mischievous elf. That fellow kept you in line, ready with coal and switches for naughty children. But, of course, when she and her siblings put a shoe

out by the door, St. Nicholas always filled it with treats on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day. Whatever beliefs and traditions guide your holidays, I offer my wishes for warmth, laughter and the joy of giving to surround you. Catch you next year.

do this,” Fuller said. “But I have no approvals (or permits) at this point.” He said willow mats and plantings will be added to help secure the bank. “I don’t know that it would prevent a failure in the future,” Fuller said. “That whole area is prone. I couldn’t guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again there or along Horsepark.” The cost has not yet been determined. The con-

servancy pledged $19,380 to pay for a soil study for the $90,000 bridge project. Trish Boaz, SDRVC executive director, said those funds were earmarked for the soil study so board approval would be needed to redirect them. “But the board fully supports a quick resolution to this problem,” she said.

guard Graham Cook, who scored 8 points, was named to the All-Tournament team. In the earlier third place game, Santa Fe Christian shook off a disappointing semifinal performance and dominated Mission Hills in a 67-44 victory. Owen Aschieris scored a game-high 18 points on his way to an All-Tournament team selection.

All-Tournament Team: Most Valuable Player Bryce Denham, Sr. Temecula Valley

a spark for the Mavs off the bench. But Temecula Valley returned from a timeout and senior guard DeWayne Holmes scored a layup off of a broken play to thwart the comeback attempt. Senior guards Drew Mead and Logan Wazny scored 10 points apiece to lead the Mavs. Sophomore The



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All-Tournament Team Owen Aschieris, Sr. PG, Santa Fe Christian Shaun Mitchell, Sr. G, Temecula Valley Graham Cook, So. G, La Costa Canyon Chris Olave, Jr. G, Mission Hills Jalen Flanagan, Jr. G, Classic El Camino

didn’t want his daughter’s tragedy to be the story of her life. “Brent said, ‘Out of this darkness we want there to be a light and the light is we’re going to change the law,’” Fletcher said. “The fact that years now, after we had the bill signed and years after we had candlelight vigils … there are still folks out there that are inspired by her story, that are doing things that are going to protect girls and save people and support the effort of the foundation, truly is what Brent told me the first day. “He said, ‘You don’t know my daughter. You don’t know the power of

what she represents,’” Fletcher added. “And I think it’s reflected here. ... This is inspiring and this is what helps motivate everyone to keep doing more. “We see the power of socially conscious purchases,” Fletcher said. “You’re ahead of the curve because I think people are going to start looking to their purchases as a reflection of their values … and not just the value that you get because it’s cheap … but the value that that garment inspires. “I think you’re onto something that’s really going to do right by the foundation and potentially the people who wear it.”

fleshy and chewy with a powerful delivery. The Petite Sirah has chefs led by Jackson, food exploding aromas of plum artisans, produce, wine and fig, with rich, black and craft beers, all contrib- fruit flavors. See more at biale.com. uted. The golf course and the Pacific Ocean formed Wine Bytes PAON in downtown the backdrop. The Lodge’s Somme- Carlsbad has a holiday lier Paul Krikorian hand wine tasting Dec. 28 at 6 picked the mostly Napa p.m. featuring French Cru Valley wines to taste, in- choices from the Cellar cluding: Robert Craig, ZD, Master formerly at the UniGrgich Hills and Nickel versity of Bordeaux, Gino Campbell. Some of the and Nickel. An impressive up-and- first growth Crus reportcoming Robert Biale Vine- edly goes for $1,000 a botyards caught my eye with tle. Call (760) 729-7377 for his “Black Chicken,” 2014 more details. Wine Vault & Bistro on Zinfandel ($49.95), and the “Royal Punisher,” 2014 India Street San Diego has Petite Sirah Rutherford a 10-course tasting menu paired with their “Top 5 ($49.95). Robert Biale is locat- Reds of 2016,” Dec. 29 from ed just north of Napa city 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $57.50. in the Oak Knoll District. Call (619) 295-3939 for an Zin and Petite Sirahs are RSVP. A New Year’s Eve dinrare choices in Napa Valley. This Zin is stunningly ner is being planned at

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The time has run out on Del Mar Fairground’s clock tower By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Veteran visitors to the San Diego County Fair may notice something missing during the 2017 run, which runs June 2 through July 4. The Don Diego clock tower, which has stood in the center of the state-owned facility since 1953, will be demolished, a move approved by the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors at the Dec. 13 meeting. “It’s being held together by threads and termites holding hands,” President Russ Penniman said. “I hear if the termites stop holding hands it will fall down,” General Manager Tim Fennell said. “To refurbish the building would be extremely, extremely costly.” The roof leaks and the restrooms, clock and video board don’t work, he added. Potential vendors made a “strong commitment,” according to the staff report, for about $300,000 in rent annually for the site The Don Diego clock tower in the center of the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be demolished before the beginning just during the fair. of the San Diego County Fair June 2. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. PERFECT ACT Katie Clark, a senior at the Encinitas San Dieguito Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score in any given year. Clark plans on attending a fouryear university next year to study International Relations, with a goal of becoming a diplomat or FBI agent.

ed as an intern and continually built upon my real estate experience,” said Erickson. Originally from northern Virginia, Erickson came to San Diego when his parents retired here. He is the founder of the Secret Car Club organization in Rancho Santa Fe.

PAPPALECCO COMING TO CARDIFF Pappalecco, the Italian coffee, pastry and dining destination in Little Italy, has expanded to Cardiff by the Sea, opening on Dec. 22, and to Del Mar in the new year. The café has now spread to five locations all over the county bringing an authentic Tuscan-style cuisine to the area. Pappalecco’s day starts, continues and ends with a smile beTOYS FOR RADY’S cause “a smile is the beginPacific Marine Cred- ning of love.” it Union was once again a sponsor and supporter of COSH AWARD AJ’s Kids Crane, an event TO MINARIK that directly benefits the Jim Minarik was awardchildren of Rady Chil- ed the John Cosh Leaderdren’s Hospital. PMCU ship by the Boys & Girls presented a $22,500 check to AJ Machado, from Energy 103.7, to purchase toys for the children at Rady Children’s Hospital. This check amount was not only a new record for Pacific Marine Credit Union, but also broke records at AJ’s Kids Crane for being the largest monetary donation ever presented. AJ lives up on a crane in a parking lot above Mission Valley until he collects 100,000 toys or raises the funds to purchase the toys. The toys collected are given to the children throughout the year as a reward for bravery, a “bribe” to encourage them to take medicine, a thing to play with a visiting friend and much more. ERICKSON AT COLDWELL Chris Erickson has affiliated with the Rancho Santa Fe office of Coldwell Banker R e s i dential B r oke rage as a sales ass o c i at e . Erickson comes to the office with more than 23 years of real estate experience. “I start-

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“It is anticipated that this area could/ would be used for other events throughout the year, representing additional revenues,” the staff report states. The 63-year old tower was built using Googie architecture, a futuristic design that originated in Southern California in the 1940s and remained popular for about two decades. The style was used in iconic structures such as The Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport and The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, as well as coffee shops and motels nationwide. In 1954, in decorative tiles, the likeness of Don Diego, longtime official greeter and host of the fair, was added to the façade of the clock tower, located along the main fair avenue west of O’Brien Hall, north of Bing Crosby Hall and south of the Plaza de Mexico. While the tower represents a “fairly in-

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DEC. 23, 2016 The Coast News office to drop off an obituary he had written about Paul Mannen, one-time manager of the Del Mar Fair, as it was known at the time. Impressed by his writing, publisher Jim Kydd offered him a job covering city council meetings for Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. Not long after, he began writing “Eye on the Coast” as an occasional column that eventually ran weekly. The Page 5 column provided a snapshot of mostly local news in short paragraphs, one-liners and purposefully misspelled words, such as sez, becuz and hizzoner, and incorrect grammar. Arballo said he adopted the style from New York columnist Walter Winchell, inventor of the gossip column. He also covered the monthly 22nd DAA board meetings until his retirement six years ago. “Bill was just a wonderful, wonderful man,” General Manager Tim Fennell said at the recent fair board meeting, where Arballo’s obituary was included in the agenda packet. “He was a great resource … and always had a kind word,” Fennell added. “Bill is in a better place but we’re going to miss him.” Fennell offered to underwrite the $250 cost of a commemorative brick for Arballo onsite at the Plaza de Mexico. The legacy program is a fundraiser for the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. “Bill was sharp and interesting right up to the last time I saw him earlier this year,” said Jean Gillette, a longtime Coast News columnist. “He had the best stories to tell about his days as a reporter, publisher and mayor of Del Mar. “He loved the racetrack — not just the wagering — but everything about

it, from the quality of the turf to who was managing it,” she added. “It was a big part of his column, which regularly scooped the other papers with news. “Bill was an excellent listener and, having been in the area most of his life, he had an uncanny knack of knowing who was up to what,” Gillette continued. “One of my favorite stories was about when he was working for UPI in Hawaii. They knew a well-known gangster was coming to vacation, but not where he would arrive. “Bill took a shot at a small airport. Sure enough, the gangster walked by him with a pretty woman, so he threw out, ‘So, how’s married life?’ The gangster presumed Bill knew and gave him a great quote about having just gotten married and some problem there had been about it. It was a great scoop for Bill.” Gillette remembers Arballo as always being “the perfect gentleman,” even when an editor recommended changes to his copy. “Bill was a one-of-akind, old-style news guy,” Kydd said. “He was always a true gentleman and brought flowers or candy for the ladies in the office whenever he came in. He was just a great, great guy.” He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years and his brother, Robert. He is survived by his sister, Mary Magana, daughters Loreta Arballo and Teresa Arballo Barth (Don), granddaughter Elizabeth Sounders (Andy) and two great-grand children, AlexAnn and Jacob William. Memorial services are pending. Donations can be made to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum or Hospice by the Sea Solana Beach. Ain’t gonna be the same around here without ya Bill. Hasta la vista.


A 2009 environmental impact report evaluating the impacts of a master plan for improvements at the facility included demolition of the clock tower. “It’s not like this hasn’t been talked about in the past,” Director David Watson said. Because of its central location the structure has long been a popular meeting place for fairgoers, which Director Fred Schenck said was its one redeeming value at this point.






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DEC. 23 SCIENCE HOLIDAYS The Fleet Science Theater and its 76-foot dome theater screen at 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, is open every day throughout the holiday season, including Christmas and New Year’s Day. See the new film, “Extreme Weather” or the exhibition, “The Art of the Brick,” of art all made out of Lego bricks. For more information, visit rhfleet.org. GARDEN OF LIGHTS The San Diego Botanic Garden invites all to its Garden of Lights from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 23, and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, at 230 Quail Gardens Drive. $15, $10, $5, age 0-2 free. Just show your Military ID at the Welcome Center on

any of these dates for free admission. For more information, visit SDBGarden. org/military-specials. The Garden is lit with 100,000 sparkling lights, plus horsedrawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, marshmallow roasting, live entertainment and visit with Santa. For more information, visit sdbgarden.org/lights.htm. TEENS CHANGING THE WORLD The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is seeking applications from Jewish teens working on community service/ social change projects who demonstrate exceptional leadership and a commitment to creating meaningful change in the world. The deadline for applications is Jan. 4, 2017 at dillerteenawards.org. The Helen Diller Family Foundation will recognize up to 15 recipients for its 2017 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards with $36,000 each. SURF FOR CHRISTMAS In conjunction with the 1966 World Surfing Championships exhibit, join the free meet and greet with surf legend Nat Young from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 23 at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Young will be signing his book, “The Complete History of Surfing.” Shop the California Surf Museum Store open daily 10-4 and Thursday to 8 pm. CSM will close at Noon on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. (760) 721-6876 surfmuseum.org. DEC. 24 CHRISTMAS IN RSF The Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, offers Christmas Eve Worship Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 10:30 a.m. HANUKKAH AND


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DEC. 23, 2016 CHRISTMAS TOGETHER Holy Cross Episcopal Church and Temple B’nai Tikvah, in Bressi Ranch, invite the community to a 4 p.m. combined Christmas and Hanukkah celebration Dec. 24 at 2510 Gateway Road, Carlsbad. Holy Cross will also hold Christmas Day Eucharist services at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ECU M EN ICA L CHRISTMAS EVE St. Augustine’s Community of the Awakening Heart, Ecumenical Catholic Communion will celebrate Christmas Eve from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 24 at The Windward Clubhouse, 800 Harbor Cliff Way, Oceanside. All are welcome to attend a candlelight service with Holy Communion. Contact saintauggies@gmail.com for additional information.

DEC. 28 HELP WITH THE HARVEST Be part of Food Forest Volunteer Days every Wednesday, 8 to 11 a.m. at Coastal Roots Farm, 800 Ecke Ranch Road, Encinitas. Rise and shine like a farmer and help harvest the crop for donation to a local Encinitas food pantry. Enter at the Ecke Road entrance. RSVP to coastalrootsfarm.org. GRAB A BOOK Start the new year with a good book at the 3rd Wednesday Book Club from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 943-2250 for more information.

DEC. 25 CHRISTMAS DAY POTLUCK Volunteers and holiday potluck dishes are needed to Share Christmas Day dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 25 at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Bring a dish to share and an extra for those who cannot bring something. To volunteer for decorating, setting up, greeting, carving, serving, and cleaning up, DEC. 29 MAH JONG Brush up contact Melissa Spiegler at rmspiegler@gmail.com or on your Mah Jong on Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at (951) 553-9843. the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park DEC. 26 MILITARY FREE San- Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) ta Claus came early to the 943-2250 for more informaSan Diego Botanic Garden tion. during Garden of Lights CIAO, BELLA! Learn this year with free admis- Italian Conversation on sion for Active Duty Mili- Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. tary and up to five imme- at the Encinitas Commudiate family members from nity Center, 1140 Oakcrest 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 26 through Park Drive, Encinitas. Call Dec. 29 at 230 Quail Gar- (760) 943-2250 for more indens Drive in Encinitas. formation. Just show your Military ID at the Welcome Center. For DEC. 30 more information, visit SDWORD STAR Show BGarden.org/military-spe- you’re a champion wordcials. smith at Scrabble every Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Call (760) 943-2250 for more information.      DEC. 27 LIGHT THE MENORAH Chabad of Downtown will ignite a large public menorah erected at the new Horton Plaza Park followed by a community-wide celebration on at 5: p.m. December 27 at the new Horton Plaza Park, 900 Fourth Ave., San Diego on the fourth night of Chanukah. With arts & crafts for the children, donuts and potato latkes and kosher food by The Place Catering. To make your reservation or for more information, visit ChabadDowntown. org/3508793. For more information, visit ChabadDowntown.org.

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STITCH A BIT Join the Sittin’ & Knittin’ group from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 27 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more details, call (760) 9432250. OR PERHAPS CROCHET Drop by the Knit & Crochet Club on Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, visit SDCL.org or call (760) 7534027.


MARK THE CALENDAR PENGUIN PLUNGE Plunge into the New Year during Del Mar’s annual Penguin Plunge dip in the Pacific Ocean at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Del Mar Lifeguard Tower on 17th Street, Del Mar. No wetsuits allowed! Donuts and coffee will be served. SOCIAL CENTER NEW YEAR Celebrate the arrival of the New Year at the Senior Social Dance from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Encinitas Community Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $10 for live music by The Credit Union, plus refreshments, surprise give-a-ways, and of course, cheers to 2017. Tickets on sale at the Senior Center or visit EncinitasParksandRec.com or call (760) 943-2250.

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T he R ancho S anta F e News old map of Horton Plaza is outdated. I was there last week and an amazing transformation of public space just north of the mall. My guides for Seaport Village will be outdated one of these days because word on the street is that drastic changes are in the works. The quaint buildings, restaurants and boutiques will give way to taller mixed-use buildings. That village vibe will disappear, just like the Urban Trees did. These wild and crazy sculptures — 30 at a time and rotated once a year — used to line the Embarcadero. I may not toss every brochure into the circular file. I should issue pardons to the one featuring our county’s historic adobes (note to self: must see Rancho Guajome); the things to see and do in Ramona (only seven years out of date); San Diego’s Asian Pacific Historic District (who knew?); and the history, architecture and shopping in Rancho Santa Fe’s village (a girl can dream, can’t she?). And have you taken the walking tour of Carlsbad’s painted fire hydrants? There’s a brochure for that. Yes, I’ll definitely save that one.

park is continually evolving and will continue to do so in the next few years. But all of the museums are still there and as great as ever. (Free admission to a rotating group of museums every Tuesday.) I’m not exactly sure where I acquired a pamphlet on the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but I probably won’t be needing it. Non-Mormons are forbidden to enter. My brochure from the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park in Escondido reminds me that I haven’t been there for a long time. It’s the site of the bloodiest battle in California during the U.S.-Mexican War, a story that includes familiar names: Stephen Kearny, Pio Pico and Zachary Taylor. The park also is the site of annual battle reenactments and the San Diego Archeological Center. In my collection of paper, I found pages torn from Sunset magazine that feature walking tours of San Diego neighborhoods like City Heights, East Village and Little Italy, which reminded me that not too long ago, many of these E’Louise Ondash is a areas didn’t have a name freelance writer living in or big signs designating North County. Tell her their boundaries. about your travels at eonCertainly my 10-year- dash@coastnewsgroup.com



the robotics program at our school has been unparalleled.” The concept of the robotics program transcends building robots. It’s more comprehensive than one might think. Warner explained how the cornerstone of the FIRST robotics program philosophy is Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition®. The essence of “coopertition” is to help others from different teams when they need assistance. In addition to stellar sportsmanship, the academics of it all are robust. “Last season there was a shift in the national competition and we developed a special Java enrichment course to help students with the new Android platform. Last season we also started a special robotics enrichment class,” Warner said. “This year we added



that will allow the retail and office spaces to be used by restaurant patrons in the evening and overflow parking at 415 S. Cedros, a property also owned by MacLeod. No applications for view assessment were received after story poles were installed. More than 20 Cedros merchants signed a petition supporting the project. Mia McCarville, who

a new Engineering CAD class where students are learning Solid Works to design robots. The district and board’s commitment to our robotics program has been integral to its growth and success.” The parental support of the program is also evident. One such parent is Linda Leong who has two sons taking part in robotics. “I am so proud of my sons, Daniel and David, in their focused dedication to the First Tech Challenge robotics program guided by their fabulous coach, Dave Warner,” she said. “I love it that FTC encourages students to develop well-rounded skill sets ranging from designing and building robots in the spirit of coopertition to team-based leadership skills, to promotional and presentation skills in marketing their team and robot to others. They’re learning skills needed in the future now.”

While Warner leads the First Tech Challenge program, he is quick to point out his other colleagues consist of John Galipault, who heads up the FIRST LEGO League program for its 4th through 6th graders, and Jen Olson who champions the FIRST LEGO League program for 1st through 3rd graders. “We also have a number of teachers, coaches, and parents that are an integral part of our robotics program,” he said. For the last 37 years, Warner has taught education and began his career at R. Roger Rowe School in 1996. Before teaching in the Ranch, Warner educated students in physics and astronomy at private high schools located in Boston and Connecticut. “I was also Connecticut’s Teacher in Space representative in 1986 and last February attended a 30th anniversary memorial service at the Kennedy Space Center,” he said.

Warner found his way to San Diego when employed with an educational company for the development of CD ROM products. And not many know that in the 1970s, Warner had a brief career as a NFL linebacker with the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants. As for this season, the robotics challenge is named, “Velocity Vortex.” Around the globe, participants who intend to compete have to engineer and build their robots to perform particular tasks. “It’s an exciting challenge and our three teams have been working tirelessly since September,” said Warner, adding how there are 67 teams in the greater San Diego region. “It’s an honor for me to teach such talented and committed students. Their desire to learn and work together as a team towards a common goal makes each day rewarding and exciting.”

opened Cedros Gardens in 1993, also sent a letter of support. The project was presented last month but council members continued the public hearing to give MacLeod an opportunity to address some of the concerns raised at that meeting. During that time he reworked the design to remove one second-story balcony, enlarge another, enlarge some second-floor windows and replace striped awnings with flat and angled metal

ones for a more industrial appearance. One on-street parking space was also added. Ironically, the landscaping plan on the eastern side of the former nursery, adjacent to the residential area, was an area of concern. Some council members didn’t think what was originally proposed would properly shield the development from the neighbors. MacLeod reworked his landscaping plan and changed some of the tree

types. “I’m able to support this project because I do believe those changes that were made improve the project and will be an asset to the street,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “Obviously we need more housing,” Councilwoman Ginger Marshal said. “More housing closer to these transit centers is smart growth for the region.” “I think it’s a nice project overall,” Mayor Dave Zito added.

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