Rancho Santa Fe News, December 7, 2018

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DEC. 7, 2018

Claims fly as law firm breaks up

Garden Club exec. director steps down

By Jordan P. Ingram

By Christina Macone-Greene

ENCINITAS — Just weeks from his scheduled Dec. 31 retirement, Rancho Santa Fe attorney David M. Peters will likely spend the remainder of his career mired in arbitration following accusations of “gross financial abuse” and “destructive behavior” by former partners of his Encinitas-based law firm, Peters & Freedman, LLP. Peters, 59, recently named one of the Top Attorneys of North America for 2018 and considered a “virtuoso” in construction-defect litigation, called the

They threw a grenade without knowing where it’s going to hit.” RSF lawyer David M. Peters On his former partners

allegations by his former associates a “clumsy attempt” to avoid the terms of a buyout agreement and loot the firm’s client base. “They threw a grenade without knowing where it’s going to hit,” Peters told The Coast News. “For the people that know me, they know I’m one of the most intense, relentless people they’ve ever met. I’m going to protect myself and my agreements because I’ve earned them over 30 years.” Shortly after dissolving their partnership with Peters & Freedman, senior partner James McCormick and junior partners Zach Smith, Kyle Lakin and Christina DeJardin filed a petition seeking provisional remedies on Oct. 29 in Vista Superior Court, claiming that Peters had acted in bad faith, engaged in frequent acts of financial misconduct and posed an ongoing risk to company assets. The petitioners — TURN TO LAW FIRM ON 6


Face painting is just one of the activities for kids at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Frosty Farm event this weekend and next. Frosty Farm also offers hands-on animal encounters, a meet and greet with Santa, craft projects and more. Proceeds support the pets and programs at Helen Woodward. STORY ON PAGE 23. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Shelly Hart has decided to leave her post at the nonprofit to pursue a full-time teaching career. Hart describes her departure in early December as bittersweet having worked at the club since 2016. “In my two years with the club, I have made some incredible friends and made even more wonderful memories. As much as I have enjoyed my time with the Garden Club, it is time for me to get back to my original passion which is teaching,” Hart said. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with so many kids as an arts educator for the San Diego Opera and La Jolla Playhouse. I finally made the leap and completed my multi-subject teaching credential. I will start my student teaching in January and begin my teaching career in the fall of 2019.” Hart was instrumental in helping find her replacement, Thora Guthrie, who will begin her new position championing the annual Wreath Making Workshop at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on Dec. 10. “This will be Thora's first day on the job,” Hart said. “This is very nostalgic for me because I started on Wreath Making day back in 2016.” Hart said Guthrie spent many years passionately enhancing organizations and communities through creative communications strategies and consensus building. She also noted Guthrie prides herself in nurturing relationships between the business communities, TURN TO GARDEN CLUB ON 15

Gun show organizer tells group to cease, desist By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — As the dialogue on gun shows in the state of California reaches a high pitch, a Utah-based company that runs several such events in the state has sent a cease and desist letter to the founder of NeverAgainCA, a local organization that aims to end gun violence. Since its inception in early 2018, NeverAgainCA

has vocally opposed the Del Mar Fairgrounds gun show. The event has been hosted by Crossroads of the West Gun Shows for the last 28 years. The letter — drafted by Long Beach-based law firm Michel & Associates on behalf of Crossroads — cites articles and documents posted on the NeverAgainCA website, and accuses founder Rose Ann Sharp of

making “defamatory, disparaging and false statements about our clients.” The letter predominantly contests statements regarding the gun show’s leadership and conduct. A few of the statements are related to the federal firearms convictions of Crossroads owner Robert Templeton and his son, Jeff Templeton. Five of the seven excerpts listed in the letter

were not written or produced by Sharp, but rather by a representative with the Brady Campaign, as well as the San Diego Union-Tribune. According to Sharp, NeverAgainCA “participated in” the drafting of a letter sent to the Department of Justice and a presentation submitted to the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors, which were both referenced

in the cease and desist letter. Tracy Olcott, president of Crossroads of the West, said the company is primarily concerned with statements made regarding her brother, Jeff Templeton, and her father, Robert Templeton. Jeff Templeton is a convicted felon, and the 22nd DAA board of directors anTURN TO GUN SHOW ON 15


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County average gas price lowest since March REGION — The average price of a gallon of selfserve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Dec. 4 for the 29th consecutive day and the 41st time in the past 42 days, decreasing 1.2 cents to $3.502, its lowest amount since March 27.

The average price has dropped 33.6 cents over the past 42 days, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 9 cents less than a week ago and 26.9 cents lower than a month ago, but 32.8 cents more than a year

ago. It has risen 38 cents since the start of the year. The average price dropped 12 consecutive days, rose two-tenths of a cent on Nov. 5, then resumed decreasing Nov. 6. — City News Service

ADRIANA ZAGORSKY, owner and artist behind Zagö Gallery on South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, is showcasing about 20 of her works in an exhibit titled “Renaissance POP,” which runs until the end of December. Zagorsky opened Zagö Gallery in late 2017 and she has plans to feature a handful of other artists. Photo by Lexy Brodt

Cedros Avenue gallery a reflection of its artist owner By Lexy Brodt

DEL MAR — Although art resonated with Del Mar resident Adriana Zagorsky from a young age, it was always something she did on the side. It wasn’t until she came across a vacant former clothing store in Solana Beach’s Cedros Avenue Design District in 2017 that she saw her opening. “I just had this opportunity that I couldn’t pass up and I opened up this gallery,” Zagorsky said, gesturing to the approximately 1,200-square-foot space, outfitted with large, bold-colored paintings. Now Zagö Gallery, it currently showcases about 20 of Zagorsky’s pieces, in an exhibit called Renaissance POP. Zagorsky, 51, spent much of her childhood in

Vienna, Austria, the child of Bulgarian immigrants. She was fascinated by the city’s vast array of architecture, its famous museums and parks. Her proclivity for the visual followed her to the U.S., where she eventually began taking painting classes at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. Her work was well-received — two of her paintings were selected for jury shows at the Athenaeum, and she was able to sell most of the pieces she created over the years. Yet prior to 2018, Zagorsky spent most her adult life working in sales, real estate or teaching roles. So when she first opened the gallery in late 2017, Zagorsky was on her own — not only running the business, curating the space and selling its pieces, but creating said pieces as well. “It was a little overwhelming,” she said. “As a new business, I felt like I was in first gear.” Now, about a year later, she has hired a gallery director so she can spend more time behind the scenes, painting — “what I want to do,” she said. Zagorsky spends much of the day behind a partitioned wall in the gallery, in a small studio full of her pieces: a portrait of Brigitte Bardot, various still lifes and a black and white painting of Zagorsky’s family cast on a Viennese cobblestone street. In addition to her own work — which dominates the gallery — she started displaying contemporary works by an artist from Montreal, Isabelle Beaubien. She envisions being able to showcase about five different artists in the space, in order to diversify what the gallery offers and support a few full-time, exclusive artists. But for now, the gallery embraces Zagorsky’s style, which intertwines a flair for mixed media with an appreciation for tradition and the bourgeoisie. Walk into her gallery, and you’ll find Versailles style reigns supreme:

a pair of corsets painted on an aluminum backdrop, a Marie Antoinette-esque figure rendered partly with wood stain. Zagorsky said she recognizes her art is unique, and doesn’t resonate with everyone. However, she has garnered clientele from across the country, selling her pieces to dealers and art-lovers in New York, Texas, Arizona and coastal California. She also commissions pieces, many of which happen to be large dog portraits. Although she said she has a hard time letting go of many of her paintings, she enjoys being able to create something that other people can enjoy every day in their homes. “For me it’s so rewarding when someone comes in and they love something I created from nothing,” she said. As Zagorsky looks at new ways of expanding the gallery in tandem with the rising arts scene on South Cedros Avenue, she hopes to cultivate the image of a go-to, family-friendly “boutique” gallery. “I want people to think of this gallery as the first place they would want to come back to, not just somewhere they purchased a piece of work,” she said. “ … I want it to be an experience.”

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Daughter, father team up for medical research CP Air adding By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Dr. Danielle Weiss followed in her parents’ footsteps when choosing the medical field for her professional career. Her mother, Dr. Nancy Weiss, is a reproductive endocrinologist and her father, Dr. Joseph Weiss, a gastroenterologist. Danielle Weiss was raised in Rancho Santa Fe, and her parents still live in the Ranch. She’s quick to point out that while her parents were incredibly supportive of her career path, they never pushed her Joseph Weiss into medicine — they wanted her to keep her options open throughout college. “For a while, I thought I would be Shamu’s trainer, and then I thought about being an architect,” she said. “Then in college, I was taking pre-med courses and really enjoyed it realizing that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.” Danielle Weiss attended medical school at NYU, did her residency at Scripps Mercy, and did her fellowship in her chosen field of endocrinology at Stanford. While Weiss enjoyed other areas of medicine such as pediatrics and cardiology, she was pulled toward endocrinology.

“I saw a lot of things that I could make a big, big difference in people’s lives in endocrinology which includes hormones, diabetes, thyroid, menopause, metabolic bone health and weight management,” she said, adding that hormones play a role in everything. Her medical practice is based in Encinitas, and on most work days, her little dog Beau accompanies her and visits with her patients. What fulfills Danielle Weiss most are the partnerships developed with her patients. It’s about listening to their story and coming up with a health care plan. Weiss encourages her patients to be intuitive with their bodies and to be proactive with their health and wellness. “It’s a wonderful feeling to see patients become empowered and passionate about their health when they take control and make some big improvements,” she said. Another area of her work she enjoys is the science and research — how all things are interconnected. It’s her passion for research which triggered the partnership with her father to conduct a study in 2019 named Center for Metabolism & Digestion. Joseph Weiss is thrilled to be working with his daughter on this project. He explained they are both passionate about sharing their knowledge and expe-

DR. DANIELLE WEISS and Beau at the Encinitas complex of her medical practice. Weiss, an endocrinologist, will work her father, gastroenterologist Dr. Joseph Weiss, on a study of metabolism and digestion. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

rience to help others reach the full potential of their own health and well-being. “We both volunteer and offer community health lectures, write articles and books and serve on the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine,” he said. “As both

a parent and as a fellow physician, I am of course very proud of Danielle and her many professional and personal accomplishments. Her choosing a professional path that combines her compassion for people, and helping them achieve optimal well-being, is very rewarding on many levels.”

He added that the art and science of medicine are evolving rapidly and accelerating. For him, technological advances and breakthroughs are opening new understandings like the critical role of the microbiome. He pointed out that microbiome is the microbes that live on and within the human organism. Genomics and epigenetics will also be a focus. “These advances explain why so many diet and weight-loss programs failed in the past, and offer new insights into managing weight, metabolism, diet, nutrition, diabetes, hormones, inflammation, and other common and chronic health concerns,” he said. While Danielle Weiss is looking forward to teaming up with her father on this comprehensive research study, she also wants to remind people they have the opportunity to make significant health decisions. She said it’s essential for everyone to slow down and ensure they are getting enough sleep, eating whole foods and less processed foods, having some form of movement and exercise, and implementing stress management such as slow breathing. “While we have great technology, there are so many excellent health care choices we can make that are at our fingertips,” she said.

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Opinion & Editorial

Views expressed in Opinion & Editorial do not reflect the views of The Coast News

The court and Measure U By Sheila S. Cameron

Will state lawmakers gift utilities another fire bailout?


alifornia’s big utilities breathed easily in the early fall this year, relieved by a new state law that seemed to guarantee they would never go bankrupt over liabilities from fires caused by their equipment. But that relief lasted only until the Camp, Hill and Woolsey fires flared up spectacularly, destroying the Butte County town of Paradise and some surrounding areas, while many hundreds of homes burned in the Thousand Oaks and Malibu areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. For last summer’s utility bailout bill known as SB 901 contained what amounted to a donut hole noticed by few before it passed. The law ended this year’s fiercest legislative battle on terms long sought by utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. They forgot one thing: Their pet bill covered liabilities from most future fires and the big blazes of 2017, which raged through the Wine County, Lake County and Ventura County – but it left out 2018. Oops. Few noticed the omission until the state’s most destructive fire ever broke out near Paradise in Butte County. It was quickly linked to possible power line problems. Then came huge flames in Southern California, where an electric line connection was also alleged. But it appears the utilities will soon get more relief. “We think it’s clear anything that would cause the bankruptcy of a major

that point, Holden said, the PUC would have the companies issue 20-year bonds for the rest, to be paid back via increased rates. So all utility customers, including any who consciously chose thomas d. elias not to live or build businesses in fire-prone areas, utility would have a negamost likely will foot most of tive effect on the ratepayfire expenses. ers,” said Democrat Chris No one knows just how Holden of Pasadena, chairman of the state Assembly’s broke a company must be for the PUC, which historUtilities and Energy Comically favors utilities over mittee. Translation: Some their customers, to declare utilities are too big to fail. it in danger. Holden, who received In the Camp Fire more than $51,000 — well over one-fourth of his 2018 alone, potential PG&E liabilities could exceed campaign funds — from the big utilities now at risk $15 billion, Holden said. and other power-producing He did not explain why a companies, promised in an utility bankruptcy would interview to carry a bill in necessarily harm consumthe new Legislative session ers, when PG&E’s Chapter 11 filing during the energy filling the SB 901 donut crunch almost 20 years ago hole. If it could have passed caused no service interruptions. this month, current Gov. Nor did he say why, in Jerry Brown, whose sister Kathleen sits on the board case of bankruptcy, utility assets like dams and power of San Diego Gas & Eleclines couldn’t be sold to the tric’s parent company, would surely have signed it. highest bidders and keep But Holden delayed his bill operating, while city- and county-run Community until January, and it’s not Choice Aggregation utilities so certain what Gov.-elect move in and provide other Gavin Newsom might do. services. CCAs are already Holden and Newsom have spreading rapidly around talked. the state, with Republican Here’s the rub in the San Diego Mayor Kevin potential fire bailouts for the utilities: If any compa- Faulconer the latest local ny can show it is in danger official to advocate one for his city. of bankruptcy due to fire In short, if customers damage it caused – neglidon’t quickly fight the new gent or not – its customers would pick up much of the bailout, they will likely find themselves paying for most resulting tab. damage from the latest Like SB 901, Holden’s fires and all other major putative new bill would force the companies to pay ones going forward. Then all damages not covered by the sky would be the limit on millions of electric bills. their insurance until the state Public Utilities ComEmail Thomas Elias mission determines they at tdelias@aol.com. are close to going broke. At

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Judge Frazier will have a very difficult decision to make regarding Measure U. He is concerned about going against a vote of the people, and in this case, overturning NO on Measure U voted on by a majority of Encinitas voters. If the judge is questioning how this happened, wants someone to blame, he need look no further than the ineptitude of the Encinitas City Council. Encinitas residents have no problem with conforming to state law guidelines. It is what the City Council itself has voted to include that made Measure U untenable. As one citizen stated to the Council, “We trust the state more than we trust you.” That was a clear signal to the mayor and council that they were proceeding in the wrong direction. Here are the main issues voters had with Measure U: 1. Height: Our City Council requires 33- to 42-foot-tall buildings. The Housing & Community Development Department (HCD), the state agency, has no height recommendation. Proposition A — the Right to Vote Initiative that allows us to vote on density and height of projects, requires 30 feet. Presentations were given at City

Council meetings, to the mayor and council members showing buildings that were built locally, demonstrating that three stories can be built within the 30foot height limit with the required 30 units per acre. Otis builds elevators at 28.5 feet that fit into a 30-foot structure. Despite repeated speeches and demonstrations by the public, the mayor and council proceeded with this huge height increase that only catered to developers wishes. 2. The purpose of the Housing Element Law is to encourage cities to build affordable housing. Again, our City Council passed Amendment 30.41.80 which allows eight loopholes for developers. They do not have to build any affordable/low income dwelling units on their project sites. We will get excessive development up to 42 feet in height and 30 units/acre under the guise of legislation for affordable housing — a perfect opportunity to exploit our city with development, while abusing state law. 3. The property known as L-7 on Quail Gardens Drive, 9.2 acres, that we own, vacant for 20 years and perfect for development of low income/affordable housing, was voted off

the Site Map by Joe Mosca flip-flopping from his original position, creating chaos that had the city scrambling to add other inadequate sites. According to Mayor Blakespear, L-7 would have provided 100 percent affordable housing. 4. The Encinitas City Council put before the voters a Measure that is out of compliance with state law. HCD wrote the city in July 2018 that the Measure U plan would not be approved and certified. The mayor and City Council of Encinitas created problems where none existed. Meanwhile, the expensive legal consultants from Goldfarb and Lipman gave no guidance to this council except to guide them over the edge! This is not the fault of Proposition A, which gives us our right to vote on zoning changes, nor is it the fault of voters who rejected Measure U. Is Judge Frazier really going to take that away? That will set a precedent for other cities with the same voting right. Our mayor and council have once again created a disaster because they refused to listen to the majority of voters. Sheila S. Cameron is a former mayor of Encinitas

Regional clout in Sacramento By Marie Waldron

The Legislature convened Dec. 3 for one day to swear in new members and start the 2019-2020 twoyear session that will begin in earnest Jan. 7. Big changes are coming to Sacramento. First of all, Gavin Newsom will be our new governor, with a partisan balance in the Legislature that has shifted more heavily toward the Democrats, who will have a two-thirds super-majority in both houses. Politics aside, this region will have unprecedent-

ed clout in the new session. Sen. Toni Atkins, D–San Diego, will remain Senate President pro Tempore, Sen. Pat Bates, R–Laguna Niguel, whose district includes northwest San Diego County, retains her position as Senate Republican Leader, and Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D–San Diego, remains Majority Whip. Though we may disagree on some issues, this leadership team has an excellent personal and working relationship, and I look forward to joining them as we move forward to address

the great issues facing our state and region. Though Southern California has been California’s population center for decades, this has often not been reflected in legislative leadership, which in the past has frequently come from Northern California. At the very least, the concerns of Southern California will be receiving increased attention in the new session. Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, is Assembly Republican Leader

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Knitting & Helping

Needles in hand, Seacrest Village seniors give back to the community By Kelli Kyle

ENCINITAS — Five years ago, Claire Winer moved to Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas. With short brown hair and a thick New York accent, the spunky 92-yearold quickly sought out a fun way to socialize and pass the time. A year later, the knitting club was born. “Here’s a bunch of old ladies and we needed something to do,” Winer laughed. “So I started the knitting club and it’s worked out beautifully.” Eighty-eight-year-old Ruth Segel, another Seacrest Village resident, joined the knitting group almost immediately after she moved in three years ago. She holds up a project she’s working on — it’s a tiny pink hat with flecks of green yarn and a hole in the top for a pom-pom. “This is almost done — I have a couple more inches,” Segel explained, her eyes lighting up behind red-rimmed glasses. “And I made a 60-inch-long scarf to go with it.” Every Monday at 1:30

p.m., Winer and Segel join about 18 other women ages 80 to 100 in a cozy parlor on the bottom floor of the Seacrest Village main building. Balls of yarn — donated by the North Coast Knitters Guild — and a tin of knitting needles cover the tables, with trays of cookies and pots of coffee peppered between them. Since 2014, the group has collectively knitted nearly 1,000 items. Every hat, scarf, muff, blanket and other hand-knit piece is donated to a local charity. The women have sent items to Rady Children’s Hospital, Emilio Nares Foundation, Alzheimer's support groups, members of the military and women’s shelters, to name a few. Winer and Segel said they love this part of the work. “You’re giving so much, and no effort really. Just your time,” Winer said. “Right?” She glances at Segel, who is fastidiously knitting on the other side of the table. “Right!” Segel nodded, briefly pausing her work on the pink hat. Jon Schwartz, director

RUTH SEGEL, 88, left, and Claire Winer, 92, gather with 18 other women every Monday afternoon at the Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas to knit items for local charities. On Dec. 24, they will have a small party to celebrate knitting 1,000 items since Winer started the group in 2014. Photo by Kelli Kyle

of community relations at Seacrest Village, said the work of these women goes against a common stereotype of seniors. Typically, folks assume they become greedier with age. With the Knitting Club, Schwartz sees the opposite effect. “This knitting gives tremendous purpose, because they’re giving back,” Schwartz said. “They’re just happier.” The club also helps integrate newcomers into the Seacrest Village Community. Schwartz explained that

Winer, who is part of the welcoming group, will always ask a new resident if they knit. Even if it’s been years since they last picked up knitting needles, Winer gets people involved. “It’s as though she encourages everyone to come in, and they pick it right back up,” Schwartz said. And that was exactly how Segel came to the group. “I knitted years ago and I wanted to start again,” Segel said. “Claire introduced me to it and I’ve been here ever since.”

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For many, the group is an opportunity to knit, contribute to a great cause and just hang out. Winer said sometimes, even those who don’t knit come by to have a cup of coffee and say hello. The group has become the highlight of their weeks — even in the face of health challenges, many still try to be there, Winer explains. “We even have one of the women who just went to assisted living — they bring her over,” she added. “She’s so happy.” The women of the

Seacrest Village Knitting Club will celebrate their 1,000 completed pieces on Dec. 24 with a small party at their main building. They’ll have treats, a slideshow with photos of their work and a guest speaker. Winer — who shares that she loves to throw a good party — wants to say thanks to her ladies and celebrate this activity they love. “They’re doing the work. Their attitude is wonderful,” Winer said. “It’s something to do, it’s very social and you’re paying back. I just love it.”
















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founding partners of the newly established Delphi Law Group — allege Peters frequently made secret cash withdrawals, used the firm’s credit cards for personal expenses including $346,381 in cash advances to cover gambling losses, misappropriated millions in assets to offshore accounts and withheld partnership earnings, according to court documents. The joint requests for relief offer a rare glimpse behind the curtain of a private business dispute, which are generally kept inhouse and out of the public eye. "One of the benefits of arbitration is confidentiality," said Michael Clarke, spokesperson for the American Arbitration Association. "But the parties have a right to go public should they choose. And (filing for provisional relief) is one way of making it public. The actual arbitration itself is going to be confidential." Peters & Freedman is regarded in legal circles as one of the finest construction defect and homeowners association law firms in Southern California, boasting an impressive list of high-profile legal victories. In 2013, Peters helped obtain nearly $48 million in settlements after winning a construction lawsuit involving a San Diego condominium development’s use of defective Chinese cast-iron pipe. After the firm's partners broke with Peters & Freedman, serious charges of financial wrongdoing were levied against the award-winning litigator. According to several bank statements dating back to December 12, 2016, Peters allegedly used the company credit card for large cash advances at Commerce Casino, at times spending in excess of $55,000 a day. Peters also spent $50,000 on July 3, 2017, at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to the complaint. In his written response,


By Aaron Burgin

DAVID M. PETERS, attorney at Encinitas-based firm Peters & Freedman, LLP, and championship poker player, is embroiled in bitter arbitration with four former partners who are alleging “gross financial abuse.” Photo courtesy of Bauman Photography

Peters stated that it’s well known that he plays professional poker and paid back the “cash advances and charges to the firm the next business day,” a fact he claims the petitioners intentionally omitted as “a means to infer improprieties.” “First and foremost, there is nothing secret about any of this stuff,” Peters said. “And if you take all the allegations and the amount of money coming in, I’m well within my contract.” According to his World Series of Poker profile, Peters has competed in 15 WSOP-related tournaments, winning a total of $688,305. Peters said that his former colleagues also had a penchant for racking up personal expenses on the company books, alleging the following in his written declaration: — On June 18, McCormick purchased a brand new BMW M-5, registered in


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his own name, for $137,738 using a Peters & Freedman check. — During the last 14 months, McCormick has charged $317,000 on the firm’s credit cards, including $18,500 for wine. — Since 2017, Smith has received “in excess of $700,000” and that the firm has been paying for Smith’s “truck payments, vehicle insurance, mileage and gasoline, large cell phone bills” and payments for his children’s youth programs. — DeJardin received distributions “in excess of $1.1 million” and used the firm’s credit cards for expenses, although “not remotely to the degree of McCormick.” “It’s clear all four of them weren’t paying attention to the allegations,” Peters said. “The credit cards point the finger back at them. The cars point the finger back at them. I am completely not worried about how this will end up.” Peters also asserts that all four attorneys continue to operate Delphi out of the offices of Peters & Freedman and are using partnership employees and resourc-

es to “divert and service clients in the name of their new law firm.” After filing for relief in Superior Court, McCormick sent an email to Kettners Homeowners Association, a Peters & Freedman client, announcing that “effective October 28, 2018, the law firm of Peters & Freedman, LLP has been dissolved and will no longer be engaging in the practice of law.” McCormick went on to add that, “James, Christina, Kyle and Zach have formed a new law firm (Delphi) and will continue to practice law in the common interest development.” McCormick sent a similar email to all 27 employees at Peters & Freedman. Peters said that McCormick’s emails were intentionally misleading and designed to "scare" clients and employees into moving over to Delphi. “I don’t know what they were all thinking,” Peters said. “They are saying that the firm is completely dissolved. A big client base is going to say, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to look for someone else. Now you’ve created panic with no viable

place (for clients) to go. Of course, they point out, ‘Hey, come to me at the Delphi group.' ” Delphi has a company website and a post office box but no physical address. Despite a lengthy list of grievances on both sides still pending arbitration, Peters said he doesn't plan on responding to every claim and wasting time and resources, adding that a well-thought decision is always better than a kneejerk reaction. “(The petitioners) have given me a lot to unwind,” Peters said. “But how do you eat an elephant? You eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Judge Jacqueline Stern issued an order on Nov. 27 prohibiting both parties from collecting debts, issuing checks or withdrawing funds in excess of $5,000, and destroying any financial documents or records. Stern scheduled a follow-up hearing for March 15. Orange County attorney Joshua Waldman, of Burkhalter Kessler Clement & George, LLP, who is representing McCormick, Lakin, Smith and DeJardin, declined to comment.

ENCINITAS — Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear becomes the latest Coastal North County representative to be named to the leadership of a major regional board. The San Diego County Association of Governments board recently named Blakespear the group’s vice chair, part of a unanimous vote that installed Poway Mayor Steve Vaus as board chairman. Blakespear replaces Vaus, who was previously the vice chair of the region’s transportation and land-use and planning agency. “The SANDAG board is the forum for elected officials from throughout the region to come together and develop practical solutions based on solid research and educated discussion,” Blakespear said. “I’m excited to serve as vice chair. I look forward to working with Mayor Vaus and our new executive director on planning and construction efforts that improve transportation options for bikes, pedestrians, cars and trains, while enhancing environmental sustainability.” SANDAG is widely considered the most powerful of the regional agencies because of its power to allocate regional dollars, propose tax measures for regional projects and plan regional transportation projects and land-use plans. The 23-member board is composed of mayors, council members and county supervisors from each of the region’s local governments. Encinitas frequently deals with SANDAG on a number of issues, including the upcoming regional housing needs assessment, which will determine how many additional units of affordable housing the city must provide during the next housing window. The two agencies saw their relationship strained two years ago during the planning of the Cardiff section of the Coastal Rail Trail, which SANDAG oversees, but officials from both agencies said the issues are in the past. SANDAG dealt with upheaval of its own in recent years over a failed sales tax proposal in which the agency overestimated the revenue that it would generate and high-ranking staff members ordering the deletion of emails on the subject that were part of public records requests. SANDAG’s longtime Executive Director Gary Gallegos resigned amid the controversy. In response, the state passed a bill that, among other things, changed the board’s voting structure, created an audit committee and required the agency to provide annual reports to the state about the region’s transit issues.

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Columnist’s new book comes Geezers Golf gets seniors back on course with local angle and an invite Special to The Coast News

REGION — Fore! It’s no secret geezers love golf, but as aches and pains kick in playing the game gets more difficult. It’s also costly to play a round and be under the constant scrutiny from other younger golfers about how fast you’re moving. Enter Geezers Golf for those who can still hold a club and who want to hit the greens as often as possible without the hassles. Its aim and theme: “Make golf fun for seniors who are no longer ashamed to play from the forward golf tees, being afraid of taking a quadruple bogie, or spending six hours on the golf course.” Yes, golf can be fun again with a group of geezers. Founding Geezer Chet Allen, 87, of Escondido, said he had the idea brewing for at least six or seven years prior to making it a real group in July. “It started when I got tired of herding my aging playing companions around, holding up play, taking nines or tens on holes and looking for lost balls,” said Allen, who is also a builder. “That’s when I created the ‘Rules of Geezers Golf,’ and play speeded up and everyone had more fun.” He tinkered with introducing it to the mainstream, contemplating if it would be accepted and asking himself if it would fly. “Years went by, the drives got shorter and the pars less plentiful, and then, the companions gone. Giving up golf was a valid option, but could another be created?,” he recalled. “With golf courses struggling, could a partnership be developed that would benefit both seniors and the courses?” The answers to all of the above was yes, and in North County, to keep golf fun, courses busy, and play moving, Geezers Golf was born.

Widespread problems Allen wasn’t alone in his assessment of the golf scene. Ron Nolf, past president of the San Diego Course Superintendents Association, also knew of area courses’ problems; and he too was becoming a geezer whose game was deteriorating. Taking Allen’s rules and adapting them to what selected courses offered was a start. “Seniors play golf during non-peak periods,” Nolf said.” The selected courses’ managers wanted to fill up vacant tee times, but didn’t like seniors holding up play, so the ‘Geezers Golf Rules’ appealed to them. They were willing to offer discounted

The Geezers Golf Song Once, when I was young and strong I’d hit the ball, straight and long Passing years have had their toll The balls get topped and fail to roll And as my skills began to fade With seldom par or birdie made And when my eyes refused to see Where that damned ball was meant to be Possible; a Geezer golfer is me? Yes, a geezers golfer I must be. Resignedly I am forced I say, Golf is still the game I love to play Now as I hit it crooked or short Sometimes to starboard; often to port My fairway woods have lost their loft And my iron shots make partners scoff But damn it all, this game is fun Whenever I hit that perfect one Once a round is all it takes, To bring me back; no clubs in lakes One great shot is all I need To keep me hooked, to plant the seed Maybe today; my age I’ll shoot Now that’ll be a real hoot Yes, a geezer golfer, I About my game, no longer shy It’s the game I want to play Especially on my dying day — Lyrics by Chet Allen rates to Geezers Golf members.” As a result, by playing from the forward tees on selected courses, nearly all greens are reachable in the strokes needed to make pars and birdies, and with a few minor adjustments to the rules, keep play moving, and golf within a senior’s reach again. Membership growing Today Geezers’ Golf

membership is growing so much so that Allen is hoping to take Geezers Golf nationally soon. To date, Geezers recently signed up its 10th San Diego County course and the list of courses is expanding. “Geezers’ modified rules have been created for seniors, and the golf courses’ management loves them, as the rules speed up seniors’ play,” Allen said. “We’re hoping to have a membership of 300,000 eventually.” More than golf And while golf is the focus of Geezers Golf, it can also be a new social venue to meet fellow golfers and perhaps find new golfing companions. Allen said he’s excited about how the group is progressing but keeping golf fun isn’t just about the rules and scoring. Golf has created skins games and team events that the television and Ryder Cup has made very popular. Scrambles allow players of all abilities to have fun together. Seniors who have time to volunteer can make that happen, and Geezers Golf is working with its member courses to produce fun events, Allen said. For example, on Dec. 11, Geezers will host a kickoff tournament/event co-sponsored by The Coast News at St. Mark Golf Club in San Marcos. The cost for seniors is $75, and for Geezers golf members it’s $65. Fees include green fees, food, entertainment and prizes. The event features a meet-and-greet scramble format for senior golfers of all skill levels, played with Geezers Golfs’ senior rules. Tournament enrollment is online at: https:// geezersgol f.eventbr ite. com Membership has rewards The yearly membership fee is $95 and members are privy to discounted green fees at partner courses during Geezers’ hours, too. Most tee times are in the mid-afternoon, but vary. The timing for Geezers couldn’t be better “since golf nationally has been losing play, and the USGA will be amending the rules in 2019 to make play easier,” Allen said. Allen, who has been playing golf for 60-plus years said thanks to Geezers “he’s never had so much fun.” Geezers Golf also works to pair up golfers who are looking for new people to play with. A portion of the Geezers Golf website, geezersgolf.com, is devoted to players in search of appropriate playing companions.

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fter all these years of scribbling for The Coast News, this column comes with an invitation: Save Dec. 6 and more on that later. Firstly, the paper, and this writer, appreciates the readers’ interest that keeps this community media outlet thriving. The Coast News has a solid reputation for covering what’s important, and interesting, in this little slice of nirvana which answers to “North County.” The question isn’t about what to cover but what to leave out. There’s few places with more people with more good tales than your neighbors. In between filing stories for The Coast News, I’ve written my third sports book. Unlike the other two which spun NFL yarns — think Chargers and Rams — this effort is about baseball. It’s not about the local nine, and we can’t wait either to see what the Padres’ A.J. Preller cooks up in the hot stove league. Is this the offseason the general manager parts with a onetime big piece of the Padres puzzle in Wil Myers? Or might Preller peddle some of pieces from a farm system which is rated among the best in the big leagues. Maybe prospects for stars, for a guy who lives near Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach, is what Preller delivers as the Padres rebuilding effort marches on. Instead this book is about a player that marches to a different drummer: Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani and that’s where the invite comes in. “Shohei Ohtani The Amazing Story Of Baseball’s Two-Way Japanese Superstar” is being launched at the legendary Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla on

THE COAST NEWS’ JAY PARIS signs copies of his book on the Rams — he also has a similar one on the Chargers — but has turned his attention to baseball for his latest work. He will sign copies of “Shohei Ohtani” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Warwick’s bookstore in La Jolla. Courtesy photo

Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be signing books and chattering about the uniqueness of Ohtani, who was recently named the American League’s top rookie for his batting and pitching. Ohtani, 24, is called the “Japanese Babe Ruth” and for good reason. He matched, and eclipsed, major-league records this season that were established nearly a century ago by the iconic Ruth. Ohtani has shattered barriers on what baseball players can do and just maybe an area teenager is following suit. Spencer Jones, a versatile standout at La Costa Canyon High, is a miniature version of Ohtani. Although with Jones standing 6-foot-7 — three inches taller than Ohtani — that’s difficult to say about the left-handed pitcher and slugging first baseman. This summer Jones was selected the MLB/SiriusXM Radio Two-Way High School Player of the Year. He starts his senior season at LCC in February, then it’s on to Vanderbilt University or pro ball as a likely first-round pick. When scouts come around for their due dili-

gence on Spencer, Jones’ father, Chris, said Ohtani’s performance has altered the conversation. “They mention how the game is changing,” Chris Jones says in the new Ohtani book. “They see (Spencer) as a legitimate two-way player. I’m sensing a trend to it becoming more acceptable.” Spencer is honing his skills with North County’s fingerprints evident on his game. Poway’s Dom Johnson works on his pitching while Vista’s Joe Pimentel tones the hitting. Rob Yang, of Encinitas, is in charge of fitness and strength. They complement LCC coach Justin Machado, of Cardiff, in helping Spencer make strides as a player. “Many only see him as a 6-7 pitcher and he continues to develop; he has the ability to be one of the best,” Machado said. “But his understanding of the strike zone and ability to drive the ball to any part of the field makes him one of the best hitters in the state. And with his speed, he’s kind of similar to some dude up the road.” That would be Ohtani, but we’re not sure how dude translates into Japanese. We do hope to say “konnichiwa” to you at Warwick’s, which is a Japanese greeting that welcomes an old friend. Contact Jay Paris at jparis@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports

Fleet protects QB with first ‘pick’ in draft REGION — The San Diego Fleet protected former University of San Diego standout Josh Johnson with the first choice in the Alliance of American Football “Protect or Pick” quarterback draft on Nov. 27. The Fleet had the option of protecting one of the three quarterbacks on their roster or picking an unprotected quarterback from one

of the league’s other seven teams. They opted to protect the 32-year-old Johnson, who led the Toreros to Pioneer Football League championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Johnson played 29 NFL games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, starting five, completing 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards and 10 touchdowns be-

tween 2009 and 2013. Johnson was the first USD player to be selected in the NFL draft, chosen by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2008 draft. The Fleet will begin play Feb. 9 at San Antonio and play its first game at SDCCU Stadium on Feb. 17 against the Atlanta Legends. — City News Service


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hey stand like alabaster sentinels at almost 7,000 feet overlooking some of the 2.7 million acres of the Tohono O'odham Reservation in southern Arizona. They are the 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes of Kitt Peak National Observatory — windows to places in the firmament that we can barely imagine. Consider: This largest collection of telescopes in the Northern Hemisphere can see and photograph the 250 billion (more or less) stars in our Milky Way galaxy and perhaps an equal number of galaxies (more or less) in the known universe. These numbers are baffling even to Tim Hrutkay, the observatory's daytime programs coordinator, who has spent 28 years educating the public about astronomy. "Kitt Peak is an easy place to love," he says. "The scenery and serenity are at the top of most people's lists, along with being in the environment of worldclass astronomy, astrophysics and groundbreaking

THE 4-METER (156-inch) Myall telescope lords over several other of the 24 telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The high-and-dry location provides ideal viewing conditions for astronomers. Photo by Jerry Ondash

scientific research. Walking around Kitt Peak, the history is palpable." That history includes the agreement with the Tohono O’odham Nation (formerly Papago) in the late 1950s that allowed the National Science Foundation “a perpetual lease, as long as the land is used for astronomical study, research and related scientific purposes," Hrutkay explains. It appears that the foundation has kept its word. There is a modest visitors' center with an impressive exterior mosaic and instructive interior displays and exhibits, and a small gift shop that offers post-

cards, celestial gifts and exquisite Tohono O’odham baskets and other artwork. There is no restaurant, but plenty of picnic tables. Our first moments are spent gazing at the expansive tribal lands below that encompass the cross-border Sonoran Desert. In the distance is the nation’s sacred peak Baboquivara — a sizable chunk of granite silhouetted against a spotless cerulean sky. Hrutkay and enthusiastic volunteer-docent Noel Paraninfo of Tucson, a retired medical technologist and “astronomer since I was 10,” have generously agreed to escort us around Kitt





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Peak. Its 200 acres sit atop Iolkam Du'ag, a "mountain of significance" for the Tohono O'odham nation. Its 500-year-old home is ideal for studying the heavens because of its stable atmosphere. Scientists call it “good seeing.” “When the atmosphere is stable (good seeing), fine details and resolutions can be obtained (by the telescopes),” explains Hrutkay. “When the seeing is poor, atmospheric turbulence blurs the image and limits the amount of detail available." The Sonoran Desert's low humidity also eliminates the occurrence of foggy mirrors in the telescopes, and light pollution here is minimal. "When the observatory was founded in 1958, Tucson was only a fraction of the size that it is today," Hrutkay says. “Light pollution, in spite of best efforts to regulate and mitigate its effects by the city of Tucson has had an impact, but not to the degree at say, Palomar Observatory. We are still a very dark site, and Tucson continues to be a leader in Dark Sky lighting regulation.” And unlike Palomar Observatory, which is funded by California Institute of Technology, a private institution, Kitt Peak is publicly funded. That means that astrophysicists from many academic institutions can spend time gazing through or gathering information from the observatory’s two dozen telescopes. Some of their findings include the discovery of the first indications of dark matter; detection of water and helium in the sun; a greater understanding of the formation of stars; and the discovery of a void in the constellation Bootes, which led to an early indication of the large-scale structure of the universe.




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PROGRAM COORDINATOR Tim Hrutkay and volunteer docent Noel Paraninfo provide perspective on the size of the McMath–Pierce telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in southern Arizona. Built in 1962 and named for two astronomers, the McMath-Pierce is the largest solar telescope in the world. A $4.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will convert it to a public education center that opens in two years. Photo by Jerry Ondash

And just to clarify, the heroic days of astronomers spending cold, lonely nights on desolate windswept mountaintops peering through their telescopes are long gone. Scientists now electronically gather their data and store it for later analysis and interpretation. The soon-to-be-operational DESI (Dark Energy Spectrographic Instrument) Program at Kitt Peak will obtain the spectra of approximately 30 billion

galaxies and construct a 3D map of the universe over its five-year mission. The amount of data generated by this program alone will keep astronomers and researchers busy for decades. Wow. KPNO is 56 miles/90 minute drive west of Tucson. Tours are given yearround, day and night. Visit www.noao.edu/kpvc. For more photos, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.

September 2019 trial date set for indicted Rep. Hunter REGION — A federal judge Dec. 3 set a Sept. 10, 2019, trial date for recently re-elected Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and his wife, who were indicted in August on charges they spent more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Despite facing federal charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and falsification of records, Hunter captured 51.8 percent of the vote last month to defeat Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar and hold on to to his seat in the 50th Congressional District. Gregory Vega, the lead attorney for Duncan Hunter, told U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan that the defense has received “extensive discovery” from federal prosecutors, and that he would be ready for a motions hearing on July 29. Trial for the Hunters could last an estimated three weeks, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen. Following the brief

court hearing, Hunter, 41, huddled with his legal team before heading to a waiting car, surrounded by reporters, camera crews and protesters, one of whom repeatedly yelled, “You’re a scumbag, Duncan, you’re a scumbag,” as the congressman walked quickly away. The 60-count indictment alleges Hunter and his wife, Margaret, took money from campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts and falsified Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports to cover their tracks. The indictment details scores of instances from 2009 to 2016, in which the Hunters are accused of illegally using campaign money to pay for such things as family vacations to Italy, Hawaii and Boise, Idaho, school tuition, dental work, theater tickets and smaller purchases, including fast food, tequila shots, golf outings and video games. — City News Service

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Nonprofit helps local immigrants become US citizens By Lexy Brodt

SOLANA BEACH — Angel Nava, 63, has the 100 civics questions on the U.S. citizenship test down pat. Every Wednesday night, the 45-year Encinitas resident attends a citizenship tutoring event hosted by the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center (NCICC), a nonprofit that focuses on helping local immigrants obtain citizenship. Nava, who studies the cards assiduously both at home and during the events, started attending the classes five months ago. His primary reason? To be able to vote. And Nava is not alone — he is just one of many students served by the nonprofit, which was founded in 2012 by a group of local churchgoers at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Stephen Carlton — a former educator and one of five founding board members — first recognized a need for immigrant educational services in 2008, when he was working as a tutor at Casa de Amistad, a learning center in Solana Beach. He remembers seeing groups of parents milling around outside, conversing in Spanish and waiting for their children. “I began to really be burdened by the fact that we were working with the students, but who is addressing the needs of the adults, the parents?” Carlton said. Carlton and several others jumpstarted what was termed the Adult Literacy Academy. Fulfilling the need for adult education among immigrants in the community — particularly those living in the Hispanic pockets of North County such as La Colonia de Eden Park — spurred a realization that the community’s needs went far beyond language learning. Its initial mission to educate soon materialized into a widely inclusive objective: to serve the immigrant community in North County. The organization has upheld its original educational pursuits: offering English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, driving lessons for non-English speakers, and citizenship classes at the Solana Beach Public Library. At a citizenship class in mid-November, over a dozen permanent residents gathered at the library to study, answering citizenship test questions printed on large, red flash cards — often in Spanish. Questions range from the simple (“What is the name of the President of United States now?”) to the head-scratching (“What is the ‘rule of law’?”). Several students have their exams and interviews in just a few weeks. And although Nava knows most of the answers by heart, many are just beginning the process. Newly minted citizen and now-volunteer Eulogio Saldivar flips through the flash cards with students Cruz Saldivar and Figueroa Isidro Rivas. “Some are easy, some are hard,” said Cruz Saldivar, a 27-year Solana Beach resident who has been attending

EULOGIO SALDIVAR, who recently became a citizen with the help of the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center, now helps tutor other North County residents looking to follow the same path. Saldivar works with student Figueroa Isidro Rivas, who has lived in Solana Beach for about 35 years. Photo by Lexy Brodt

the event for about a month. “It’s a great opportunity for people who have an interest in becoming citizens,” Saldivar said in Spanish, as she contemplated a note card with the question, “If the President can no longer serve, who becomes President?” The attendees typically work one-on-one with a tutor to go through the questions, while some participate in mock naturalization interviews or go through their naturalization applications with a staff member. In addition to its educational arm, the center now offers various legal services at a low-cost rate, meant to encourage permanent residents to take the final leap to pursue citizenship. Its legal arm didn’t take off until 2016, according to Executive Director Linda Martinez Haley. The Department of Justice-accredited organization has five staff that can help screen clients and assist them in the process of submitting their N-400’s, the naturalization application. Depending on a number of criteria, clients might wait about a year for their application to be processed, at which point they take the citizenship test and interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The North County Immigration and Citizenship Center has assisted 43 residents in attaining citizenship since 2016. And the demand is growing — 20 of those citizens took their oath in the last nine months. So far, the center has a 100 percent pass rate. Although clients are primarily from Latino backgrounds, the center has faced a far-reaching demand — with clients from 22 countries including France, Sudan and Cambodia. According to Judy Enns, one of 10 current board chairs, the center’s numerical success speaks to the staff’s “laser-like focus on getting people citizenship.” “Meeting a need for the safety and security of those at risk in our community, and keeping those families together, is what we do, where our success has been, and where we’re learning we can make an impact,” Enns said. But not all paths to citizenship are created equal. The center sometimes re-

ceives more complicated cases — in which they might have to expunge a DUI from a client’s record, for example. Even when they are approached by clients who are ineligible for citizenship, they try their best to point out any available resources, or encourage them to participate in the ESL course. “We don’t turn people

away,” Carlton said. In order to broaden the legal services they can provide, the center has partnered with several attorneys on a pro bono basis, including seven attorneys with Fragomen LLP — a San Diego-based law firm that specializes in providing immigration-related services. The attorneys often attend the citizenship tutoring events on Wednesdays to meet with students and help them prepare for their interviews. They also help the center’s staff with more difficult cases, and lend their expertise to the center’s Tuesday office hours to answer general questions from clients. Ruth Spillane, an attorney with Fragomen, frequently attends the Wednesday night tutoring events. She started working with the center just this year, and calls the experience thus far “really rewarding.” “It’s such a big step for so many people,” she said. “ … the process is grueling and lengthy and scary and uncertain, and you have this organization there at the finish line, getting them across.” The only entity of its kind in North County, the center

is also reaching out to other churches and organizations in the region, taking “promising practices” and training individuals at other locations to provide similar services. The nonprofit — which Stephen jokingly referred to as a “boutique immigration service” — runs on a roughly $70,000 annual budget. Its staff members work on a parttime basis, and the organization relies on the services of over a hundred volunteers — ranging in age from 12 to 82. A large portion of its funding comes from a competitive three-year grant from the Presbytery of San Diego, with additional funds from the city of Solana Beach, the Solana Fund and Kingdom Builders grants. The rest is raised through various fundraising efforts. As national immigration policy has seen swooping changes over the years, the center has evolved accordingly. When the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was instated in 2012, board members were galvanized to provide legal services for young immigrants. With a reversal of the policy under the current administration, the center now

only offers DACA renewal services — cases that arise about once a month. As their focus has zoomed in on the naturalization process, board members have seen the average age of their client base shift back to an older population. Although board members call their mission spiritual rather than political, Carlton thinks the current state of politics may play a role in the center’s demand. “If anything the current climate has really been encouraging immigrants who have their green cards and are eligible for naturalization to push ahead and become citizens so they can participate in our democracy,” he said.

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County sued over airport master plan By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — A local group announced Nov. 30 it has filed a lawsuit against San Diego County over the McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan. Citizens for a Friendly Airport said it filed suit in San Diego Superior Court citing several grievances. Many in the group, and some residents in Carlsbad and neighboring cities, have called the master plan the county’s opportunity to expand the airport.

While the master plan does not include any proposed expansion of the boundaries, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 (Supervisor Kristin Gaspar recused herself) in October to approve the plan, which included upgrading the airport’s designation to D-III, allowing for larger private jets, along with lengthening the runway up to 800 feet. “The approved updated McClellan-Palomar Airport Master Plan appears to be nothing more than an attempt by the County of

San Diego to turn McClellan-Palomar Airport into a large regional airport to offload capacity from San Diego International Airport — an objective that was hidden from the public during the entire planning process,” Hope Nelson, spokeswoman for the group, said in a press release. “Comments made by three BOS members at the Oct. 10 meeting clearly demonstrate this intention. Therefore, after great consideration, because of a lack of transparency in the planning process and deficient en-

Shark attack rescue honored By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Keane Hayes can joke and smile about the morning hours of Sept. 29. But in the water of Beacon’s Beach on that morning, his life hung in the balance after being bitten by a great white shark. But thanks to the swift response of three Good Samaritans and first responders, the 13-year-old Encinitas boy is alive and headed toward recovery. On Nov. 28, the city of Encinitas honored Keane and his rescuers with a proclamation for their bravery and life-saving efforts. The audience showered them with applause. “Thank you Matthew, Andrew and Chad for being there and just kind of talking me through it, it really kept me calm,” Keane said in front of the packed council chambers. “And thank you to Andrew for being in the water with me when there was an 11-foot great white shark and it had just bitten me.” Keane was referring to boat owner Chad Hammel, Oceanside Police Officer Matthew Ephron and off-duty lifeguard Andrew Helble, who happened to be in the water near Keane and his friends, who were lobster diving at the time of the incident, and brought Keane ashore where emergency response personnel went into action. Helble attended the proclamation remotely via a conference call. It was that swift action that kept the incident from being much worse, and highlights the very best of human nature, Mayor Catherine Blakespear said.


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KEANE HAYES, 13, speaks during a Nov. 28 ceremony honoring the young shark attack survivor and the good Samaritans and first responders who assisted in his rescue. Photo by James Wang

“I think it’s important we are here tonight because it honors what are the best qualities in human nature,” Blakespear said. “When we selflessly give to help another even in the face of personal danger to ourselves, that is really the best we have of ourselves as humans.” One of the first responders on the beach was Matthew Chavez, a paramedic who responded to the scene. He described the experience with one word: lucky. “We got real lucky on the call, those calls sometimes don’t go well, but he had everything in his favor so things turned out great,” Chavez said. “It definitely caught me off guard.” Chavez said hearing Keane refer to him and the others on the scene as heroes means a lot to him. “We do our job every day and we never expect to hear things like that because it’s our job,” Chavez said. In addition to the first responders on the scene and the three kayakers, Keane

thanked emergency personnel as a group for their selflessness. “They chose this as their job, they said, ‘I want to help people,’ it really didn’t choose them,” he said. “It means a lot that people want to do good.” Since the attack, he has been showered with well wishes from celebrities and athletes. He said the highlights were meeting professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer whose return to surfing after she lost her arm in a 2003 shark attack was recounted in the book and movie “Soul Surfer.” Keane said that physical therapy has gone well and he is regaining the ability to use his right arm. He hasn’t returned to the water, but not because of anything psychological. “I just haven’t regained full use of the arm yet, but I’ve been in the pool and am slowly working my way back to the ocean,” Keane said.

Pet of the Week Plum and Pudding are as sweet as their names would indicate. When they meet new friends, their purrs are loud and clear. These best brother buds are about 4-months old and weigh about 6 pounds, always handsome in their matching black coats. Plum and Pudding would like to stay together and they’re waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Their adoption fees are $162, but adoptees can take advantage of our kitten BOGO deal and take both home for the price of one, plus microchipping fees for each. Both have been altered and are up-todate on all of their vaccinations. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center are micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is

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vironmental studies, Citizens for a Friendly Airport was forced to file this lawsuit to protect the residents of North San Diego County.” Supervisor Bill Horn was in full support of the master plan and said during the Oct. 10 meeting it would be cheaper for the county to approve the D-III measure, rather than continue with the current B-II designation and improvements and then have to spend more money to upgrade to the D-III. “I have no problem with either option. I’ve always wanted it longer,” Horn said of the runway. “This is an important asset to the county.” Carlsbad submitted two com-

ment letters regarding the proposed master plan and draft environmental impact report over the past several months. The city also hired an outside legal firm earlier this year to assist with the master plan comments and any potential litigation from the city. “In response to the county’s master plan … Carlsbad residents have voiced concerns and identified priorities concerning airport operations and facilities,” Mayor Matt Hall said at the Oct. 10 meeting. “The city’s comments reflect the concerns of our community and seeking commitment from the county seeking accountability to the residents of Carlsbad.”


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Every second Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 11, the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation at Solana Center 137 N. El Camino Real, invites volunteers to come get involved with its free Zero Waste programs at its home base. Activities vary, from playing in the demonstration worm bins, to beautifying the grounds with your own artistic contributions.

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Coast Highway Traders is auctioning off a Mexican Christmas Tree to benefit Camp fire victims, decorated with $250 worth of ornaments. Bidding ends on Dec. 17, so stop in at 530 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas and lend a hand.

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The Community Resource Center still needs for its Holiday Baskets 2018 event. Applications can be found at http://crcncc. org/integrative-services / holiday-baskets/volunteer/ . They need bike repair volunteers Dec. 9 and Dec. 13, “move in” helpers Dec. 7 and still have openings in bikes, miscellaneous and the food department Dec. 13. There are also openings for “move out” Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Once you fill out your online application, you will be able to view all openings on the schedule in the volunteer portal.

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The Oceanside Yacht Club Parade of Lights will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Oceanside Harbor. You can see the parade up close with a 90-minute Harbor Cruise tour for $29 adults, $19 children 3 to 12. For parade reservations, call (888)

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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito is holding a “Vigil to End Gun Violence” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. Come together to remember more than 600,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. At hundreds of locations nationwide, supporters will give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence and help #EndGunViolence in America. For more inforation, visit http://uufsd.org.

A party celebrating the repeal of prohibition will be held from 3 p.m. to midnight Dec. 8 at The Roxy, 517 S. Coast Highway 101, benefiting the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Enjoy live music and hors d’oeuvres. Roaring ’20s attire is encouraged, and be HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS sure to whisper the passThe Flower Hill Promeword at the door: “Where is nade will host a Makers Bathe Roxy?” zaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a concert from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, featuring more than 20 local makers plus a sELFie Snow Day with Santa and his friends in Starbucks Plaza. In addition, Pam’s Petting Farm, balloon artists, face painters and Our City Choir will be there.





125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora on 37 acres. Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available. HELP AT FOOD PANTRY

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, runs a food pantry on Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. for registered families. Volunteers set up at 1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s also provides a brunch to the community on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. People can volunteer by registering by e-mail to aheyligers@aol.com.


The city of Del Mar is offering a Holiday Voucher program through Dec. 23. Spend $75 at one or more participating retailers and receive a $15 dining voucher for a Del Mar Village restaurant. Details at https://visitdelmarvillage.com.

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From 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and Dec. 26-30, the San Diego Botanic Garden Encinitas, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California style. More than

The Community Resource Center invites you to its fundraising “Jingle & Mingle” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Help make spirits bright for more than 6,000 people in need at the CRC’s Holiday Baskets. Purchase your tickets at crcncc.org/jingle.

Whale watching season has begun and the twice-daily cruises continue through April 14, led by expert naturalists from Birch Aquarium. Up to 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their 10,000-mile roundtrip journey from the Bering Sea to Baja California’s lagoons. The 3.5 hour cruises include a San Diego Bay harbor tour and glimpses of dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea birds, and more. Tickets are available online at flagshipsd.com/cruises/whalewatching-san-diego or by phone at (619) 234-4111. Cruises depart at 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. from 990 Harbor Drive, San Diego.

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San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in partnership with San Diego Natural History Museum, theNAT, presents another of its Nature Series receptions beginning at 6 p.m. The presentation is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 for 12 and older, with Jon Rebman, PhD, of the Mary and Dallas Clark endowed chair, curator of botany at the museum and a plant taxonomist. For more information, visit SanElijo.org/ NewsReleases. Cost is $20. For details, visit SanElijo. org or call (760) 436-3944.

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Sherry Stewart, an affiliate agent with the Del Mar office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will be collecting food donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 for the Community Resource Center’s 36th annual Holiday Baskets event, at Ralphs, 3455 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego.


At the Big Blue Breakfast and ribbon-cutting, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito celebrated the reopening of the Griset Clubhouse in Encinitas’ outdoor basketball court. National Junior Basketball’s donation enabled the club to refurbish this facility. National Junior Basketball is a nonprofit basketball program in Southern California, which utilizes Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s facilities to host practice sessions and games.


The Del Mar Plaza announced the Dec. 1 openings of Sea Biscuit Del Mar, a lifestyle boutique, along with fitness studio Kim Kelly Fit. Del Mar Plaza’s new additions join existing tenants including Pacifica Del Mar, Lorna Jane, Salon Republic, Il Fornaio, Banana Republic and Gary’s Studio. Sea Biscuit brings the latest trends in fashion, accessories and gifts to the Del Mar Plaza. Kim Kelly Fit Studio is a full body yoga and fitness studio run by fitness influencer Kim Kelly, offering a variety of classes and carry athletic brands. Information and class schedules can be found at kimkellyfit. com.


Andrea Moriarty, a Solana Beach-based author and speaker, launched her latest book, “Radical Inclusion: What I Learned About Risk, Humility, and Kindness from My Son with Autism.” Author of “One-Track Mind,” Moriarty co-founded music therapy nonprofit “Banding Together” and has grown twins, one who is on the autism spectrum and the other newly certified as a music therapist.

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otal time,” Guthrie said. “The club does so much for the community and is on the cusp of doing so much more. I am honored to work with an organization with such a

long, distinguished history and such a promising future. I look forward to working with community members and encourage those that are not familiar with

today's Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to learn more and to become involved." The Garden Club was established in 1920 and is more recently recognized for its annual grant program. In 2018, it gifted more than $50,000 in grants. Hart said she realizes it’s sometimes difficult when a person transitions out of a position, and a new person takes the reins. “I have found that often in the nonprofit world, change is good,” Hart said. “Having new eyes and new ideas can really breathe life into an organization. We have worked hard to find the perfect person to take on that task, and I am thrilled for you all to meet Thora.” For upcoming RSF Garden Club events, visit www. rsfgardenclub.org.

Sharp said, addressing the board. In a phone interview with The Coast News, Sharp said that NeverAgainCA is not affiliated with the Brady Campaign. A representative with the Brady Campaign wrote an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle that was cited four times in the cease and desist letter. “They try to brand us as being part of Brady and Moms Demand Action,” Sharp said. “ … That’s a dog whistle to their constituents.” The Brady Campaign and Moms Demand Action are organizations that condemn gun violence and aim for gun control.

Sharp said NeverAgainCA stands by its statements, and has been “very careful” in its communications. “They have spent 30 years trying to deceive the public and this is just one more effort in that regard,” she said. After receiving the letter from Crossroads, Sharp reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union for legal representation. David Loy, the legal director of ACLU of San Diego and Imperial counties, wrote a letter to Crossroads in response to the cease and desist order, calling its assertions “meritless.” In the letter, Loy said an anti-SLAPP motion would

be filed against Crossroads if the company were to pursue legal action against the organization. When contacted by The Coast News, Loy said that Sharp could not be subject to a defamation claim “merely because NeverAgainCA posted a link to the Chronicle or the U-T.” “There’s no actual malice,” he said, mentioning that the statements objected to in the cease and desist letter were “largely opinions.” In mid-September, the 22nd DAA board of directors moved to set a yearlong moratorium on the gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds until a new policy governing future gun shows is developed.


residents and civic leaders. For Guthrie, it’s all about establishing new initiatives to help communities grow and thrive. “Thora has co-founded nonprofit organizations and cultural events and has led and participated in many more,” Hart said. “She served as the CEO of Escondido’s Downtown Business Association and Business Improvement District from 2009 until 2014. Thora was also the executive director of Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association from 2015 until 2017.” Guthrie also has a background in advertising, public relations and marketing. “I am so thrilled to be joining the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at this piv-


nounced in May that Robert Templeton is under investigation by the Department of Justice. Rose Ann Sharp and her husband, Ira Sharp, discovered press reports out of Utah detailing charges against the elder Templeton involving the sale and transport of guns abroad, and brought them to the attention of the board earlier this year. Olcott said the gun show pursued the cease and desist letter because “the things (Sharp) is saying about our company and our employees, past and present, is incorrect.” “That’s a big part, for (Sharp) to continually say (Robert Templeton) is a convicted felon,” said Olcott, when contacted by The Coast News. “My brother is. My father is not.” Olcott said her father has a clean record, and his past charges have since been expunged. She said her father is the owner and spokesman of the company, though he is “basically retired.” “She’s using past history as if it’s current, and that’s not OK,” Olcott said. “She’s saying that my brother, who has not worked for us for 17 years, is running the Del Mar gun show.” “It works for her to say that because it ignites people to jump on her agenda, but it’s not true,” Olcott said. In the document submitted to the 22nd DAA Board of Directors – which is cited by the cease and desist letter — a representative with the Brady Campaign made reference to a news article from 2015 that identified Jeff Templeton as “show director of the Crossroads of the West gun shows.” The report was written “on behalf of” eight different organizations, including NeverAgainCA. Olcott said the gun show “(has) operated and continue(s) to operate in the realm of the law.” Sharp spoke at the 22nd DAA board’s Nov. 14 meeting in order to inform the board of the letter. “I hope you will share my opinion that the NRA should be condemned for their effort to silence us,”


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RSF GARDEN CLUB Executive Director Shelly Hart, left, is leaving her position to pursue a teaching career and will be replaced by Thora Guthrie. Courtesy photo

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Put your best foot forward and make the changes that will put you on top of your game. End this year on a high note. Romance is highlighted.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Morgan Run Club and Resort was a place of holiday hustle and bustle at the Adopt a Family’s Holiday Boutique on Nov. 28. This annual event for the Rancho Santa Fe nonprofit is popular for seasonal shopping. More than 20 handpicked vendors took part in the day. As guests purchased must-have items for the holidays, they were thrilled their dollars were going to the nonprofit. “The mission of Adopt a Family Foundation is to provide a means for giving financial and emotional support to Israeli citizens and their families who have been victims of terror,” CEO and co-founder Carine Chitayat said. “Every year, Adopt a Family Foundation embraces a new Israeli family and puts them in touch with a contact in San Diego.” Chitayat described the emotional relationships which are built as long-lasting. She added that financial assistance is given once the foundation understands the specific needs of a family. “The foundation is also directed by social workers in Israel who help define those needs,” Chitayat said. “Adopt a Family Foundation provides lots of extra therapies to its adopted families, which are usually very much needed. We also concentrate our efforts in helping the children from the South of Israel, who are affected by PTSD, by supplying therapeutic activities, and summer camps.” Holiday Boutique vendors, some of them returning from previous years, committed to giving back 20 percent of their sale proceeds. Chitayat said donations collected from the event will help financially assist the nonprofit in purchasing Hanukkah presents for its, “The Mitzvah Project.” Gifts are given to its 18 adopted families and their children in Israel. Author Mary Ellen Cortellini was also on hand signing her book “The Forgotten Soldiers of Fort Rosecrans.” Chitayat said the Adopt a Family Foundation Holiday Boutique is unique because it’s free of charge and it’s the time of year when the community can unite. “Every donation and purchase made on this day helps Adopt a Family Foundation pursue its mission,” she said. While holiday shopping was in full swing, visitors enjoyed musical entertainment by Yael & Vlady. “I really want to thank all the guests that participated letting them know that their generosity on that day will make a true difference in the lives of others who need our support,” she said.

AUTHOR MARY ELLEN CORTELLINI takes part in a book signing for her work, “The Forgotten Soldiers of Fort Rosecrans,” with Terry Norwood helping out during the Nov. 28 event at Morgan Run. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

know. I don’t get out enough. But I have been making up for it madly these last few weeks, actually venturing out twice on a school night to attend concerts. No, it wasn’t “that oldtime rock ‘n’ roll.” These days, it takes serious harmony, big voices and a couple of arias to get me to stay out late. Both concerts were groups of gorgeous, glorious tenors. I love Bocelli, Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti, but, um, they’re my age. Tsk. This new bunch are all adorable young men with the voices of angels and abs of steel, who do opera with the same ease as “Bohemian Rhapsody.” They have become my music of choice, and favorite new vice, especially during the holidays. Oh, my stars. I simply get the vapors from


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what they can do with a Christmas carol. Well, that and the tight pants they all seem to wear for the second act. First, thanks to a dear friend who was willing to drive, I got to hear my absolute favorites, The Tenors (from Canada), from the third row in Anaheim. These three were sublime and I have become a ridiculous groupie. Then last week, I was very lucky to Jean Gillette is a freehear Australia’s Ten Ten- lance writer with happy ears ors at the California Cenand some new Christmas ter for the Arts Escondido. CDs, which she will play too I had a fabulous box seat loudly. Contact her at jean@ and rather felt like royalty. coastnewsgroup.com.





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sound is a fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP music and more. For more Lux Art Institute of- information call (760) 602fers an Imagine Lab with 2024 or visit carlsbadliartist-in-Residence Rachel brary.org. Mica Weiss from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. The children’s art workshop is for ages 7 to 12. DEC. 12 A discussion with Weiss will MUSIC OF PATSY CLINE “Always...Patsy Cline” be paired with a hands-on plaster casting project. Reg- will run through the holister at luxartinstitute.org/ idays at the North Coast events/imagine-lab-with-ra- Repertory Theatre, Dec. 12 through Dec. 30 at the North chel-mica-weiss/. Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, CHILDREN’S CHOIR HOLIDAY D, Solana Beach. San Diego Children's Suite Choir invites all to enjoy Tickets are $45 at (858) 481holiday favorites plus a 1055, or visit northcoastrep. sing-along and a free Christ- org to purchase tickets. mas cookie reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at College HOLIDAY FLUTES December’s free family Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Ave., San Di- music program sponsored ego. Tickets are $15, $7.50 by the Friends of the Carmfor children, at sdcc@sdc- el Valley Library will be “A Fantastic Holiday Flute Exchoir.org. travaganza” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at 3919 Townsgate Drive, MEET THE ARTIST An opening reception San Diego. It will feature a will be held for artist Sta- flute choir of local profescie Birky Green’s exhib- sional, amateur and student it “Fractured Memories” flutists in a holiday program from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at featuring music for Hanukthe Encinitas Library Gal- kah and Christmas. lery, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For details, visit TOP STUDENT ART Canyon Crest Academy staciebirkygreene.com visual arts and AP art classes present “A Conspiracy of Ravens” exhibit of paintDEC. 9 ing, mixed media through HOT PSTROMI IN CONCERT Carlsbad library is Dec. 12 at the Encinitas hosting another free hol- Community Center Gallery, iday concert with Yale 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Strom and Hot Pstromi at 2 Encinitas. p.m. Dec. 9 at the Carlsbad City Library, Schulman Au- ART GUILD SHOW Rancho Santa Fe Art ditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Hot Pstromi’s Guild presents “The Natu-

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performances by San Diego talent on the second Friday of each month, through June 2019 in the Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Admission is free. For more information, conCLASSICAL TRIO The free Wednesdays@ tact the Cultural Arts OfNoon presents the Aviara fice at arts@carlsbadca.gov Trio at noon Dec. 12 at the or (760) 602-2090. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive with violinist Robert Schumitzky, cellist DEC. 15 Erin Breene and pianist ‘SOUNDS OF THE SEASON’ Ines Irawati. For more inThe North Coast Symformation, visit Encinitas- phony Orchestra will be ca.gov/WedNoon. joined by soprano Katie Polit and the Villa Musica Community Chorus to perDEC. 13 form “Sounds of the Season,”, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at ITALIAN FILM FEST The San Diego Italian the Encinitas Community Film Festival’s December Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park offering is “Una donna per Drive, Encinitas. Tickets amica” (“A Woman As A available at the door: $10 Friend”) at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at general, $8 seniors/stuLa Paloma Theatre, 471 S. dents/military, $25/family Coast Highway 101, Encin- max. For more information, itas (760) 436-7469. In Ital- visit northcoastsymphony. ian with English subtitles. com. $12 general admission.

ral World, Inside and Outside” paintings through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.


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The free LIFE Foreign Film will be “A Christmas Tale,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester, Room 204, Cardiff. French with English subtitles. For more information, e-mail lifesanelijo@ gmail.com.


The city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office will host “Front Row Fridays,” a monthly series featuring

are $20 to $70 at bachcollegiumsd.org.

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“Glory!” a new and traditional Christmas music concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. The event is free.

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The Encinitas Library presents its free Wednesdays@Noon: Holiday Concert at noon Dec. 19, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon.



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

Come see the dancers of Performing Arts Workshop perform “The Nutcracker” ballet at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 15 and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Traux Theatre, 400 Rancho Del Oro, Oceanside. Tickets $17, $20 at dancepaw.com. HUGH JACKMAN ON STAGE Tickets for Hugh JackCHRISTMAS WITH BACH man in “The Man. The MuBach Collegium San sic. The Show” will go on Diego presents the local sale beginning at 10 a.m. premiere of J. S. Bach’s Dec. 7 at HughJackman“Christmas Oratorio” from TheShow.com. The July 16, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at 2019 event will be held at Sts. Constantine and Helen Valley View Casino Center, Greek Orthodox Church, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, Cardiff by-the-Sea. Tickets San Diego.

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Odd Files Wait, What?

Akihiko Kondo, 35, of Tokyo, spent $18,000 on a Nov. 4 wedding ceremony to marry the love of his life, Hatsune Miku -- a computer-generated hologram with big eyes and long, turquoise hair. Kondo told Reuters he found Hatsune Miku, who has thousands of fans around the world, singing on the internet. The wedding ceremony included traditions such as the exchange of rings (hers was placed on the finger of a stuffed doll created in her image) and friends and relatives in attendance, although Kondo's parents did not attend. "I believe the shape of happiness and love is different for each person," Kondo said. [Reuters, 11/14/2018]

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A Bank of America ATM in Houston was the scene of a near-riot on Nov. 25 when it began dispensing $100 bills instead of $10s, reported Click2Houston. After the first lucky driver posted his score on social media, a crowd showed

up and stood in line, with a few fights and arguments breaking out over about two hours, until police were summoned and the free money was shut down. Bank of America released a statement the next day that would have galled Ebenezer Scrooge: "Customers will be able to keep the money dispensed." Turns out the blame lay with a vendor who incorrectly loaded $100 bills into the $10 slot. There was no report of how much money was withdrawn. [Click2Houston, 11/26/2018] Least Competent Criminals

-- Richard Robert Langely, 46, of Kansas City, Missouri, was working part time for the Platte Woods Police Department in October when he decided to take part in the department's drug take-back program. Except, according to court documents, Langely wasn't disposing of drugs; he was helping himself to pills that had been collected in Lake Waukomis. And to make matters worse, the Kansas City Star reported, his own body camera captured evidence enabling prosecutors to charge him with felony theft of a controlled

substance. Langely is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 10. [Kansas City Star, 11/26/2018] -- Wesley Glenn Bost, 27, of Birmingham, Alabama, made quite the impression when he fell through the ceiling of a Waffle House in Tuscumbia on Nov. 4, not least because he wasn't wearing pants. Bost apparently went into the restaurant's bathroom and used his pants to tie the door shut, then, said Tuscumbia police Detective Sgt. Wes Holland, climbed into the ceiling with the intent of robbing the office. WHNT News reported that video of the incident shows Bost shoving other restaurant patrons on his way to the door, which was being held shut by people outside, before hitting the door with his shoulder and falling to the floor. Finally he managed to flee ... without his trousers ... which held his driver's license. [WHNT, 11/6/2018] Compelling Explanations

It happens all the time: A vehicle crashes into a building, causing damage and sometimes injury, because brakes don't function or a driver steps on the wrong pedal. In

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the case of Keith Rio Cavalier, 28, however, there was more to the story. WLOX reported that Cavalier drove his 1997 Toyota Tacoma into a glass wall at the Harrison County courthouse in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Nov. 10 at around 6 a.m. The building was empty, so there were no injuries, and Cavalier can be clearly seen on surveillance video climbing out of the truck and leaving the scene. When police caught up to him, Cavalier told them he intentionally struck the building to report drug paraphernalia had been stolen from him. Cavalier was found to have been driving under the influence and arrested; he was held at the county jail on $25,000 bond. [WLOX via WBTV, 11/10/2018] Picky, Picky

A referee in a Women's Super League soccer match in Manchester City, England, stayed cool at the start of the televised game on Oct. 26 when he realized he'd forgotten his coin for the kickoff coin toss. Thinking quickly, David McNamara had the captains of the Manchester City and Reading teams play "Rock, Paper, Scissors"

instead. But the Football Association, soccer's governing body in England, was unamused, and on Nov. 26, McNamara began a 21day suspension after accepting a charge of "not acting in the best interests of the game," according to the BBC. An FA refereeing manager said: "He should have been more prepared. ... It's very unprofessional." [BBC, 11/13/2018] What Is Fame?

Former Toronto Blue Jays star Jose Bautista has another honor to add to his resume, thanks to entomologist Bob Anderson of the Canadian Museum of Nature. On Nov. 22, reported the Associated Press, Anderson named a newly discovered species of beetle after the star third baseman and right fielder. Sicoderus bautistai is a small black weevil found in the Dominican Republic, where Bautista hails from. "I thought what a great way to kind of recognize (Bautista's) contributions to Blue Jays baseball and to Canadian baseball, really, as a whole," said Anderson. The scientist has named about 120 weevils over his career. [Associated Press, 11/22/2018]

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Is a smart home on your holiday wish list? With smart home adoption on the rise, more and more people are looking to join the connected home lifestyle, and smart home devices such as virtual assistants have become popular gifts during the holidays. If you’re ready to make your home smarter, here are some devices and services that should make every holiday wish list. A HOME SPEAKER that doubles as a virtual assistant. Current models can answer questions, turn on lights, play video, access virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa, share weather and news updates, act as a timer, and play music on demand. Some models even help you shop online. SMART LIGHTS. Yes, even smart bulbs make many wish lists. Replace existing light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs that can be con-

COX OFFERS a variety of internet speeds and services to fit the individual household need. Courtesy photo

trolled remotely with a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Cox Homelife has an automation feature to control indoor and outdoor lights, bringing you and your family (and your pet) peace of mind while you’re away from home, as well as saving energy and money. HOME CAMERAS. Daylight savings means the kids may be home by themselves

when it’s already dark. Home security brings piece of mind to families, and the latest inhome monitoring such as Cox Homelife offers remote live video viewing, professional monitoring, video recording, and customizable notifications, allowing you to keep an eye on your loved ones and your home even if you’re not there. Learn more about smart home security and au-

tomation at cox.com/homelife. SMART LOCKS. Roughly 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door, and about 34% enter through the front door. And the holidays are a busy time for burglars. Smart locks can help you make sure you locked the door when you left the house. A smart lock allows you to remotely control the doors to your home from your smartphone, but they can do so much more. Smart lock features through Cox Homelife include voice commands, customized chimes to recognize certain visitors or family members, activity logs, and integration with other smart devices in the home. You can even set up special codes for house sitters, dog walkers, and deliveries. SMART THERMOSTATS. Forgot to turn off the heating before you left for

work? Or maybe you want the house to be nice and toasty when you get home at night. Programmable thermostats like the ones that Cox Homelife offers allow you to remotely turn the heat and air in your home up and down and on and off so that you have the perfect temperature. SMART SEARCH ENTERTAINMENT. There are many options to watch TV and stream content online, and Cox’s Contour TV service brings smart search options, Netflix and YouTube Kids integration, a voice-controlled remote, and cool apps together into one service that is easy to navigate. Speak into the remote to find the programming you or your family want to watch – use a famous holiday movie quote, the title of a show, a genre, or the name of an actor. You can even say “free movies” or “holiday

movies” and available titles in the On Demand library will pop up on screen. NEXT GENERATION INTERNET CONNECTION. Just as important as the smart home technology you select is the internet service you choose. To get the optimal experience from your smart home devices and technology, make sure you have the right internet speeds for your household. Cox Gigablast offers the next generation gigabit internet speed (1 gigabit is equivalent to 1,000 megabits per second) and can connect dozens of smart devices in the home simultaneously. When it comes to smart home technology, Cox offers a variety of internet speeds and services to fit the individual household need. Take a short quiz on the speed advisor at www.cox.com to determine which speed is right for your smart home.

Local airline CEO donates $1 million to RSF Foundation RANCHO SANTA FE — At the heart of every philanthropic act is a story. Rancho Santa Fe Foundation President and CEO Christy Wilson’s job is to help philanthropists connect with causes that speak to them, and to facilitate positive relationships between donors and their beneficiaries. One recent such successful partnership was with Ted Vallas, owner and CEO of California Pacific Airlines, who chose to support three local organizations whose missions are near and dear to his heart. “People who choose to be philanthropic usually have a cause that they have a connection to,“ Wilson said. “People want to give to a cause that matters to them. It’s about finding that connecting point for them.” The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation was established in 1981 as a community foundation. “The primary focus

was originally on Rancho Santa Fe,” Wilson said. “But 37 years ago the needs in the greater San Diego community weren’t as broad.” Over time, the foundation’s focus and structure changed. “Prior to my hiring, there was no executive leadership, there was no office,” Wilson said. “I was the first employee.” These days, the foundation proudly boasts more than $120 million in assets and has given close to $73 million in grants out to the community over the last 37 years. “We have six full-time staff people now,” Wilson said. The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation does have a discretionary grant program, but most of its grants are through donor advised funds. “This is when a donor wants to direct their philanthropy, they know exactly where they want their money to go,” Wilson said, adding that this is the most common

TED VALLAS, CEO of California Pacific Airlines. Courtesy photo

type of donation the foundation sees. Ted Vallas fell into this category, wanting to give back to his community and help three organizations that he had a connection to at the same time. “Ted contacted us and wanted to donate $1 million in growth stock to the RSF Foundation to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs

in North County, the Helen Woodward Animal Center and to Honor Flight,” Wilson said. “It’s an extraordinary gift.” “Ted had experience growing up with the Boys & Girls Clubs, and he’s been privileged to work with North County clubs as he sees the value in after-school activities and mentoring to

kids who might not otherwise have that opportunity.” The Vallas family are also animal lovers, hence their support of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Animals are a huge part of their lives, and something they have a strong connection to,” Wilson said. “They want to make sure the center will have additional funds necessary for animal rescue, animal care. Honor Flight helps veterans by flying them to see memorials for wars that they fought in. “Many veterans live on limited incomes and can’t afford and wouldn’t be inclined to fly to see these memorials,” Wilson said. “Ted served his country, and it’s important for him to help enable veterans to go back and see where they have been memorialized.” Even with generous contributions such as that from Ted Vallas, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation always

looks to contributions of all sizes to do the good work it does. “We’ve been pretty successful, we are growing but steadily,” Wilson said. “We are one of approximately 750 community foundations in the U.S., and one of 16 here in San Diego County.” Wilson and the foundation are grateful that Vallas chose them for his generous endowment. “It means everything to us that he has confidence in the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, and that he trusts us to make sure the support he’s providing to those three organizations is thoughtfully placed and impactful so that it helps the organizations continue the work that they do.” To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and how you can have the greatest impact with your charitable giving, visit www. rsffoundation.com or call (858) 756-6557.


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Food &Wine

All about Eve

Celebrating food, wine at Vigilucci’s annual ‘Sagra’

and nourishment for your soul and body.” They also have a stage in that sexy back room that features an open mic night and guest performers like Tehila Nahavii on Nov. 30 and Lee Coulter and Dixie

Maxwell performing Dec. 7 as part of their Sound Waves series. These artists are all very suited to the vibe at Eve. On the topic of events they have one coming up Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 called “Curate Pop Up” that is being billed as Encinitas’ newest Pop Up market bringing

the best in creative, unique items from local businesses. Check it out at www.curatepopupsd.com. It should be noted that you can book this fabulous space for private events. So now that we’ve established that it’s a killer space, let’s talk about the food. Basically it’s all about creative vegan cuisine, superfood smoothies, cold-pressed juices, local kombucha and a relaxed community gathering space to enjoy them in. I’m not a vegan, nor do I really seek out vegan food but it just so happens they offer a few items that I enjoy regardless. And given the plethora of options for this kind of cuisine in Encinitas, this one is my favorite so far to hang out in. First off I had yet to experience the highly touted Beyond Meat Burger, so that’s what I started my first visit off with. So in case you are not familiar, this is touted as a plant-based patty that looks, sizzles, feels and even “bleeds” like a traditional hamburger. I’m wondering if


irst off, I just love the name Eve and it brought to mind an old-school movie of the same name called “All About Eve,” hence the dual-purpose headline. In case you are unfamiliar, it is very worth checking out. Made in 1950 it stars Davis as an aging Bette Broadway star with Anne Baxter as a conniving Eve Harrington and Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles. It won an Academy Award for best picture and is considered one of the 100 best American movies. Now that we have that side note out of the way let’s talk about Eve in Encinitas. I mention the movie because the interior of Eve, especially the back room, is such a beautiful, warm, inviting and timeless space. Kind of like a classic movie that stands the test of time or a pattern like gingham that will never go out of style. It’s predominantly populated by an attractive, health-focused crowd and is somewhat of an oasis from the loud and boisterous tasting rooms and trendy tequila bars that reside on the same stretch of Coast Highway 101 in downtown Encinitas. They say it much more eloquently themselves on their website where they describe it as “A place where you can find respite, growth,

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Y FIERY KIMCHI BEYOND BURGER includes orange sesame carrots, house Korean BBQ sauce and spicy kimchi with arugula, tomato and onion. Photo via Instagram

SUPER CEREAL BOWL served with fresh fruit and housemade turmeric granola. Photo via Instagram

this is targeted toward those who have gone vegan but are craving a meatless burger experience or those non-vegans who are tagging along and nothing else on the menu appeals to them? It’s probably a little of both as I’m thinking the real vegans go more for the plant-based burgers that do not possess those meat-like attributes. The makers of the burger spent seven years working to come up with something that recreates the taste, texture, and smell of a traditional beef burger made with no animal products, which until this point has been difficult. And while it is made from plant-based ingredients, it’s not all vegetables in there though there are no GMOs, soy or gluten. The primary source of protein comes from peas and the red juice-like substance that replicates the “bleeding” of a beef patty comes from beets. The Beyond Meat Burger I had at Eve was delicious and ate like a real burger, which is one of the great pleasures in my eating life. Eve offers up six of them with a variety of toppings. I found it paired well with my favorite local kombucha from Bambucha Kombucha. On another visit I had a Buddha Bowl that was a hearty, dense, filling bowl of healthy goodness. I had the Havana Affair that was packed with coconut cilantro lime brown rice, quinoa, Cuban style black beans, yams, pickled Cuban slaw, wakame chuka, plantains

and Cuban mojo sauce. I had to look up wakame chuka and it’s basically sesame seaweed salad. There is a full meal in this bowl and while the mix of ingredients was not completely familiar to me, I feel like I could make these bowls a regular thing and feel pretty good about eating them. I think that’s one of the bonuses about eating at Eve is that for the most part it is guilt-free. There are seven Buddha Bowls to choose from. I also tried one of the flatbreads and am sorry to report that I have still not found a vegan/gluten free crust that works for me. They make it with cauliflower and well, maybe I need to get a vegan’s opinion because I am spoiled by all the amazing pizza and flatbreads available and honestly don’t think it’s possible to replicate that. Maybe that’s the next project for the Beyond Meat folks. There are very nice salads of course and the entrée’s consist of Jackfruit Tacos, a daily Veggie Quiche, Chilaquiles Deluxe and a Truffled Mushroom Pasta. A breakfast burrito and veggie burrito are available as well. The Smoothies are very nice and of course the ever-present Acai Bowls. Eve is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is located at 575 S Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas. Check out the full menu and events at www.eveencinitas.com.

ou’re probably thinking the same thing I thought when I saw the word “Sagra.” Even though I have 100 percent Italian heritage, I wasn’t familiar with a “Sagra,” but it is the perfect Italian description since it means “anniversary festival.” Roberto Vigilucci, (friends and family call him Roby), since 1994 a highly successful restaurateur in North County, opened Vigilucci’s Gourmet Market and Catering in 2014. It’s located in the Carlsbad Village Restaurant district, next door to one of his Italian full-service restaurants. As our readers know from an earlier column, this was a long time coming for this treasured, many faceted authentic Italian market with its imported deli items, olive oil, wines, fresh pastas, restaurant and full service catering. Those of you who came out to Southern California from Back East or down from San Francisco know, there is nothing like the scent of fresh Italian food products on display or hanging from over a glass casing. Pickup or catering, each meal is a celebration. Each district in Italy, it seems, has its own wine, meats or cheeses with its own flavor profile. The market menu tells it all, from Valle d’Aosta in the north, to Sicily in the south, over 20 different dishes representing the 20 Italian districts, await your pleasure. Italian wines and beer are a spirited pairing to any selection on the menu. On the occasion of the “Sagra,” two wines were at the top of the wine list, the Villa Sparina Gavi, a delightfully acidic white wine, perfect with an appetizer which, for this evening, were mozzarella sticks served with homemade mixed potato chips. The rest of the gourmet meal was paired with the Pio Cesare Red Barbera ($25). Both wines are from the award-winning Piemonte district in the north of Italy near Milan. A “Veggies Petit Steak” and a “Chef’s Burger” were beautifully flavored “plantbased” meals featuring ingredients such as grilled heirloom tomato, anchovies, smoked Scamorza, Bufala and Mozzarella milk, eggplant and capers. All Vigilucci’s locations will be open for Christmas and New Year’s. Menus will vary so check out the locations for specifics. For Gourmet Market information, call (760) 720-0188. For

all locations, visit vigiluccis. com. New winery may surprise

Inspired by the sophistication of northern Italy, a new luxury destination winery has opened in Temecula. When finished in the spring of 2019, Bottaia will boast an exciting pool, private Italian style “cabines,” a pool café and cocktail bar and wines from 12 single-varietal grapes and eight blends. A tasting program includes six estate wines plus one direct from the barrel. A wine-blending lab turns guests into winemakers as they combine four wines into three blends. Claudio Ponte, already a successful winery owner in Temecula, is the managing partner of Bottaia. “Bottaia means cask-aging room in Italian,” Ponte said. “Our intent was to create a sophisticated respite, with stylish design and architecture to set the tone for an elevated experience.” It’s important to us that the caliber of the winery be on par with the caliber of the wine,” said Ponte. The list of red wines are a who’s who of Italian red varietals and includes: Aglianico, Barbera, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese and a red blend called Cartuccia. Whites include: Arneis, Pinot Grigio, Verdicchio, Vermentino and several blends. The Bottaia Tasting Room is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended. All ages are welcome to the Pool at Bottaia and it is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (951) 365-3388 or visit bottaiawinery.com. Wine Bytes

• Forgotten Barrel winery in Escondido has a sixcourse Winemaker dinner with John Eppler and Chef Erin Sealy from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost is $105 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Locally crafted wines are featured plus a paired menu. For an RSVP, call (619) 823-3541. • Vons-Pavilions is hosting a Special Winemaker dinner featuring Napa Valley’s Duckhorn at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the RED O restaurant at La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego. Cost is $125 per guest for a four-course dinner with five wines. For RSVPs, call (858) 291-8360. • The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo presents a taste of the wines of Champagne France, at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Four of the region’s best sparkling wines will be offered, plus a variety of gourmet cheeses and cured meats. Reserve your spot for $35. Visit tbrsd.com. Reach him at Frank@ tasteofwineandfood.com

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Studies call into question Ring in the holidays at Frosty Farm use of low-dose aspirin Ask the Doctors

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Dr. Eve Glazier

DEAR DOCTOR: Our dad had a mild stroke about a year ago and has been taking daily low-dose aspirin ever since. But I just heard about a new study that says this kind of therapy isn't actually helpful and might even be dangerous. Is this true? Should he stop? I'm confused! DEAR READER: We've been hearing from patients (and some friends and family) that they're also confused by the new aspirin study you're referring to. The truth is that while lowdose aspirin has indeed been associated with improved health outcomes for individuals like your father who have previously experienced a stroke or a heart attack, the idea of aspirin therapy as a hedge against cardiovascular disease in healthy adults has always been under debate. Now, a trio of studies published in September in the New England Journal of Medicine pave the way for a clearer understanding of the effects of low-dose aspirin therapy. In the main study, which lasted about five years, researchers in Australia looked at the effects of low-dose aspirin therapy in 20,000 people with a median age of 74. Each person was in good health at the time that he or she entered



fleet,” CEO Ted Vallas said. “We’re anticipating adding a larger Embraer 170 sometime in early 2019. Currently, all of CP Air’s western division operations originate out of Carlsbad. Vallas, 97, began building the new airline nine years ago. In the 1980s, he owned and operated Air Resorts, a seven-plane airline operating out of San Diego. “People told me I was crazy and that I’d never get this (airline) off the ground,” Vallas said. “Right now we’re flying high. With San Diego’s international airport jammed with traffic, our Carlsbad base allows our passengers to park for $5 a day, check their bags, pass through TSA and be ready to board their plane in less than 15 minutes.” Chief Financial Officer John Barkley said earlier this month the airline is seeing a “dramatic uptick” in ticket sales after the airline finally took flight. An-

the study, without a history of heart disease. Unlike the observational studies we've discussed lately, which draw conclusions from data in which variables are not under the researchers' control, this was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. That means that half of the study participants took aspirin and half took a placebo. Study participants were randomly assigned to the two groups, and the double-blind part means that neither the participants nor the researchers knew which group was getting aspirin and which was getting the placebo. Bottom line: This is the best type of study to figure out whether a specific exposure, in this case aspirin, is directly responsible for a particular outcome. When the study was concluded, it turned out there was no observable difference in "disability-free survival" between the two groups. That is, low-dose aspirin therapy did not deliver additional health protections. What was different between the two groups was that over the course of the study, the participants taking low-dose aspirin had a measurably higher incidence of bleeding, some of it life-threatening. This finding was corroborated by two additional studies, which uncovered a higher risk of major hemorrhage among the aspirin group, as well as a higher incidence of "allcause mortality." The authors of the studies appear to be somewhat surprised by the results, which they called "unexpected." It's important to keep in mind that the particiother bonus, he said, was holiday flights were starting to fill quickly. It was coincidental timing, though, that CP Air started service just weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regardless, the airline’s main competitive advantage is prices similar from San Diego and less travel and hassle to fly. CP Air was the second commercial airline to operate out of McClellan-Palomar Airport this year. Cal Jet Elite Air launched operations last year, but shut down in April. Cal Jet Elite Air announced it would return in June with more routes, but has not returned to service. CP Air is the only commercial option in North County for the foreseeable future. Fares range between $99 to Las Vegas and San Jose and $148.99 to Reno. The airline offers both refundable and nonrefundable tickets with the nonrefundable tickets being less expensive. Disclosure: The Coast News owner Jim Kydd is an investor in CP Air.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — On Comet! On Cupid! On Kronk? On Kuzco? Helen Woodward Animal Center alpacas are not the only critters making the holidays merry at this year’s Frosty Farm event. The center’s Humane Education Department offers its annual winter wonderland fun in December. With two ways to enjoy the festivities, families of all ages and sizes are sure to find the perfect way to experience their seasonal cheer. For Frosty Farm, children and their parents are invited Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Dec. 16 at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Education Building, 6461 El Apajo Road. At HWAC, hands-on animal encounters are combined with family-friendly activities guaranteed to cre-

pants in these studies were all healthy adults without heart disease or stroke. However, for those individuals who have already had a heart attack or stroke, or who do have cardiac disease and other comorbidities, such as diabetes, there is significant data to support aspirin use. It is our opinion that those patients should not stop their aspirin regimens based on these findings. Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health.

ate cheerful memories this holiday season including: an elf obstacle course; cookie decorating; personal meet and greet with Santa Claus — bring your letters; photo opportunities with fluffy, feathery and scaled friends (including some petting time with sheep and goats); winter-themed craft-making; holiday music; face painting; and hot chocolate. Frosty Farm tickets are $20.99 per child and $10.99 per adult with all funds supporting the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. To ensure Santa has time to meet all the youngsters, on the “nice list,” attendees will be given a scheduled meeting time when they check in. This way, families can fully enjoy all of the Frosty Farm activities without waiting in line for Santa. Attendees can register online in advance

to secure specific time slots, but walk-ups are welcome. Visit https://animalcenter. org/programs-services/education/frosty-farm. In addition, HWAC invites all to “St. Nick at Night.” This early evening family happening is a festive and relaxed event. Holiday merriment includes lights, group storytime with Santa Claus, cookie-decorating, hot chocolate, a craft and animal interactions. It runs from 5 to 6 p.m. or 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on three Fridays, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, at the center’s Education Building. St. Nick at Night tickets are $9.99 per child and adults are free. For more information on Frosty Farm and St. Nick at Night, contact Santa’s Workshop (a.k.a the Education Department) at education@animalcenter.org or (858) 756-4117 ext. 318.

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