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Gaspar to run for Congress

FEB. 2, 2018

Children’s book author speaks to Garden Club By Christina Macone-Greene

By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — A little over a year after prevailing in the race for District 3 Supervisor, former Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar has thrown her name into the contested race for the open 49th Congressional District seat. Gaspar, 38, formed a committee to run for the seat held by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), according to Federal Election Commission Records. Issa announced earlier this month that he would retire from Congress after his term expires. Gaspar’s spokeswoman Itica Milanes confirmed to a The Coast News reporter that Gaspar is running for the seat. The announcement is the latest move in the rapid political rise of the Republican businesswoman from Encinitas. Voters narrowly elected Gaspar to the Board of Supervisors in 2016 when she unseated incumbent Dave Roberts, a Democrat. After trailing the vote count on election night, Gaspar slowly gained on Roberts eventually surpassing him by just more than 1,200 votes. Two years earlier, Encinitas voters elected Gaspar the city’s first elected mayor after one term on the City Council. Gaspar, who was recently appointed chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors by her colleagues, was in Washington, D.C., last week, where she met for 10 minutes with House Speaker Paul Ryan. She is the chief financial officer of Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, the business founded and owned by her husband, Paul Gaspar. Issa’s announcement that he would not seek re-election has opened the floodgates on the Republican side, as there are no fewer than five candidates campaigning for the June primary election for a place on the TURN TO GASPAR ON 7

RANCHO SANTA FE — Gardening has many benefits such as exercise and stress relief. For Sonja K. Glassman, her years of gardening inspired her to write and illustrate the children’s book “The Big Promise.” Glassman shared her inspiration with the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club on Jan. 15. An avid gardener for 40 years, Glassman wanted to connect her passion for gardening with a younger audience. For a decade, she was a teacher for elementary grades at a private school in Connecticut. Following her teaching career, her family launched a publishing business. So, it only seemed natural that Glassman would publish a children’s book about gardening. Glassman, who now lives in San Diego, said people of all ages have enjoyed “The Big Promise.” “I’ve had many grandmas, aunts and uncles buy several books for children,” she said. “I hope the book might inspire a young person, a fellow gardener or for even someone to rediscover or enjoy what gardening offers.” Garden club board member and fellow children’s Sonja Glassman, the author of the children’s book “The Big Promise,” is greeted by Rancho Santa Fe author Adrienne Falzon Garden Club board member Adrienne Falzon, during a Jan. 15 event. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

shared that last spring a friend of hers became acquainted with Glassman while volunteering at the Balboa Park Rose Garden. When Falzon learned that Glassman just published a children’s book on gardening she thought having her for a book signing at the garden club would be perfect. “I am always thinking of new events for the club’s schedule,” Falzon said. “Sonja is such a sweet, extremely talented author and illustrator. It’s so important to be open to meeting new people — you never know what fun lies ahead.” The literary mission for Glassman was to share her joy and appreciation for nature in a world where technology has moved into the frontlines. “The Big Promise” offers readers of all ages a fresh way to look at the word again. “I was very happy to discover that many adults had such good feedback for the book in terms of the multilayered messages and lessons,” she said. Also an artist, Glassman wanted to make sure her illustrations were visually intense, so it promoted dialogue with children. The premise of “The Big Promise” is crafted around a TURN TO BIG PROMISE ON 7

Scripps household items auctioned to help those in need By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Just in Time for Foster Youth and Humble Designs, which both work with the homeless, will be the recipients of the proceeds from an auction and sale of household furniture last week. The items, and there are more than 500 of them, included indoor and outdoor furniture, knick knacks, decorator touches, art, live plants and other accessories that were donated by Bill and Kathy Scripps, who

removed them from a home they have for sale in Rancho Santa Fe. The sale took place at a 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 220 N. Quince Street in Escondido with proceeds going to help meet one of San Diego’s most pressing needs. Diane Cox started Just in Time for Foster Youth 15 yeas ago while she was working as a title representative in the Del Mar/Rancho Santa Fe area. While working she noticed many

garages filled with stored furniture, just sitting there. When a friend approached her about helping a foster child who had aged out of the system, who had nothing, Cox remembered the excess furniture. Just in Time began with one small project following another and since it has grown to help the foster youngsters settle into their first home or college with all the items they need for a dorm room or a small apartment. They can even be assigned a per-

son who can help them like a parent would. “You look at these kids and you expect to see victims, but what you see is faces glowing and enthusiasm looking toward the future,” she said. “A little help means the world to them.” And a little help may be all they need. Most of them finish college and continue to make their way in the world, she said. “Studies show 70 percent of all the people in our prisons were foster children,”

Cox said. Now, whenever a realtor sees a situation where furniture is about to be stored or discarded, they know who to call. “The realtors are really the unsung heroes in this,” Cox said. Currently the organization serves 600 youths 18 to 26 with about 600 volunteers. Youths and Just in Time find each other through soTURN TO AUCTION ON 8

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Bestselling author visits the Ranch By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center was filled recently to hear a lecture from the bestselling author of “Courageous Aging: Your Best Years Ever, Reimagined.” Dr. Ken Druck decided to do away with a PowerPoint presentation and instead have a more casual discussion with attendees on Jan. 3. Executive Director Terrie Litwin introduced Druck and mentioned that he was one of the guest speakers at the center’s annual Healthy Aging Conference at Fairbanks Ranch. Druck, a Del Mar resident, said he wanted guests to look inward. With all the aches and pains that comes with age, how does one become smarter and more courageous and compassionate, he asked. “How do we become the better version of us?” Druck asked, adding that it was OK to bring up something emotional that may be moving. “That to me means that we’re alive and that something has touched our heart for what we’re talking about today.” Druck then cited civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou, who said that courage is the greatest virtue. Building courage helps people face and tackle many common issues they have as they age, he said. For some, it may be family challenges

Dr. Ken Druck delivered a strong message about courageous living at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

that weigh heavily, the loss of loved ones and friends or even a health crisis. Druck then explained the steps that one can take toward courageous aging. The first he mentioned was how to self-audit. “A self-audit is a reflection — that look in the mirror to see and to take inventory of where the hot spots are,” he said. From there, the next steps are to address the hot spots either through talking, thinking out loud

or other avenues toward self-improvement. It’s about solving these things, even if they trigger an emotional discomfort at first, he said. “When we put these things out on the table, the things that are weighing on us, things that are hurting, frustrating, scaring us, then we have a chance to really address them, right?” he asked. “If it’s under the table, then we don’t get to any of that.” Druck calls taking a self-inventory the first step.

The second level is clearing the slate for the best possible future. Doing this means not having “things or emotions” holding someone back, he said. “Am I still holding onto that old picture of myself and expecting myself to be that younger version of me?” he asked the audience. “Am I beating myself up because I’m not that person in the picture anymore, I don’t run a company anymore, or I’ve suffered losses?” Starting anew is another step Druck discussed. Reimagining one’s potential for happiness is another part of the equation. Visualize being more at peace and figure out how to be a happier version of oneself and unburden the sadness and sorrow that so many people carry every day, he advised. “Process No. 4 is putting our houses in order” he said. “Putting our houses in order means not just putting our financial and legal houses in order, but it means we (are) OK to go.” When one passes on, they have an opportunity to leave what Druck called a legacy of love. It’s about paying it forward to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and to charities so that future generations can benefit he said. “Putting our houses in order is not just a personal thing, it’s a family thing, it’s a community thing, it’s a world thing,” he said.

Association launches ACH Financial Network By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the first board meeting of the new year on Jan. 11, the Rancho Santa Fe Association unveiled its Automatic Clearing House Financial Network payment program to Covenant residents. “We are happy to offer this convenience to our members,” Association Manager Christy Whalen said. “Members can save time and avoid late fees with this new program. We encourage all members to sign up.” Whalen said members can pay their bills such as Golf Club and Tennis Club dues as well as Association property assessments. Payments are automatically withdrawn from a Covenant member’s designated personal checking account. Currently, business checking accounts and credit cards are not part of the ACH program. According to the Association guidelines, the ACH Financial Network will debit accounts for payments on the 28th of every month. If a

scheduled payment lands on the weekend, the debit will take place on the next business day. As members begin to sign up, the Association will continue to market the ACH program, for which there is no costs to enroll. In addition, for members also interested in paperless billing, Whalen suggested visiting the Association’s website or calling the office for more information. During Whalen’s update, she also announced a new Association employee hire, Patty Batista, who will serve as an associate planner. Batista joined the Association in December 2017. Whalen noted that Batista attended her first Covenant Design Review Committee meeting that week. “She wasted no time jumping in and helping out,” Whalen said. “We are thrilled to have her on board.” As for the first rainstorm of the year, Whalen reported no major flooding, no road closures and no trees down in the roads.

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Single-payer emerging as key election issue


Community health centers brace for deep funding cuts By Allison Madsen

It has been 46 years since Vista Community Clinic opened its doors and gave health access to the area’s poor and uninsured. Since then, the clinic has served the health needs of countless community members in North County. In fact, in that time it has become a landmark of sorts, making itself known as a

the state alone, and 10,000 in the country, this halt can have devastating effects on not only the clinics themselves but the nearly 6.5 million people who rely on these centers to remain healthy. We have already begun to see these effects take hold as that funding has been in limbo since September when the federal appro-

The health center program is nothing less than vital to California’s health care system. One in six Californians calls a community health center their medical home.” safe place anyone can go to for high quality care and service, even when financial resources are scarce. Vista Community Clinic, and other health centers alike, have become the backbone of the health safety net, and many times the only place one can turn to for wellness. Over the years, the clinic has evolved to include health services in a wide range of areas, including chiropractic, optometry, behavioral health, podiatry, and medication assisted treatment to battle the opioid crisis, to name a few. The list of services goes on, and continues to expand with each passing year, along with the reach and support of the clinic. The caveat to all of this is that Vista Community Clinic, like any other clinic, is funded primarily with federal support, and the current paralysis within Congress has put a stop to that support. With over 1,300 community health centers in

priation expired. Congress assured health centers and advocates that they would fund health centers before the end of the year, as they have every year since the program’s inception. Yet it is now 2018 and all that Congress was able to do was to provide a temporary patch of funding through March of this year. Without the full authorization, health centers will lose 70 percent of their federal funding, which in California translates to over $200 million dollars this year alone. Some centers across the country have had to close their doors, lay off staff and make cuts to services for lack of affordability. This creates additional strain on those clinics still able to operate thus far with the limited support they have. The health center program is nothing less than vital to California’s health care system. One in six Californians calls a community

health center their medical home. As was mentioned above, they provide the full spectrum of care, including primary care, dental, behavioral health care, vision services, and support services like transportation and dietary counseling. Independent research has shown community health centers to be cost-saving in the long run. Moreover, health centers contribute over $5 billion to California’s economy alone and employ 33,000 people. Contrary to popular belief, federal support does not equate to a one-way street of economic loss. One estimate showed that on a national level, $24 billion could be saved annually with the use of clinics by preventing hospitalization and by using cost saving techniques to lower the price of diagnostic tests and medicines. It is imperative that Congress act now to renew the Health Center Fund. Health centers across the country are standing by waiting and watching as funds run down, and cuts are made. As we begin 2018, the optimism of what a fresh New Year brings is eclipsed by the fear of losing crucial access to health care on a massive level. With assurances of funding only through March, and not knowing if they will receive the full funding, health centers are unable to plan for the future. As community health centers continue to provide for California’s most vulnerable communities, Congress must fight to stabilize health center funding for the future. It’s not too late for Congress to act. Allison Madsen is communications specialist for Vista Community Clinic.

fter the contentious, sometimes raucous first debate of this year’s primary election season, it became clear that issues like offshore oil drilling, affordable housing, President Trump’s tax changes, immigration and border control would likely not be the central themes of the campaign to succeed Jerry Brown as governor. The Democrats who dominate California politics essentially agree on all those. That left single-payer health care as the likely theme for contention. It’s an issue gaining prominence every day as Trump systematically hacks away at the Affordable Care Act (also known as either Obamacare or the ACA) and its links to Medicaid, known here as Medi-Cal. The emphasis on single-payer is just fine with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor and early frontrunner in this race. Newsom may be best known for his pioneering 2004 order that saw his city begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a practice that courts shut down months after it began but still set a pattern for the rest of America. Yet, in an interview earlier in the campaign, Newsom made clear that while he thinks what he did for gay couples was a major achievement, he considers what he did with health care just as important. “Same sex marriage was profound,” Newsom said. “We changed the whole trajectory of the debate on that. But I’m at least as proud of what we did providing universal health care in San Francisco. As the ACA is reduced, our plan will address people’s uncertainty. It makes

employers this year will pay $2.83 per hour worked for all employees earning below $97,000 per year. Said Cox, “Why stop at health care? Why don’t we have single-payer food? Why don’t we have sinthomas d. elias gle-payer housing?” San Francisco uniquely Of course, Medicare situated to weather the depends heavily on payroll health care storm. These taxes, too, and most backkinds of causes drive me. ers of a state single-payer That’s why I’m running. plan suggest that CaliforSome things are bigger nians’ contributions to that than politics. I consider system could be switched health care a civil rights to a new state organization, issue.” which – like San Francisco So you can count – would also tax covered Newsom, who had a lead persons based on their of about 10 points over incomes. second-place Antonio VilThis roused an oblaraigosa, the former Los jection from Chiang, who Angeles mayor, as a supasked, “How much are you porter of the single-payer going to increase payroll plan that’s knocked around taxes? ... Are we going to in the state Legislature for make it difficult to do busithe last decade. ness in California?” The idea also gets While Newsom did support from candidate not get into specifics of the Delaine Eastin, the former San Francisco plan during state schools superintenthat debate, it’s clear his dent, while Villaraigosa city’s single-payer plan has and state Treasurer John not chased away compaChiang, the fourth major nies like Mozilla Firefox, Democrat in the running, Twitter and more, part of like the general idea, but a long-running business made clear in the mid-Jan- boom mostly fueled by uary debate that they want high-tech companies and to see many details before their talented workforce, backing any such plan. largely drawn from area Villaraigosa, 14 universities like Stanford years older than Newsom, and UC Berkeley. allowed that while he is But Newsom did chide “philosophically for it,” he his rivals, saying California also worries about seniors needs a governor who’s not being suddenly switched afraid to act. He made the off the proven national same point in the earlier single-payer Medicare plan interview. “I want to be without knowing what a known for looking around new system might look the corner,” he said. “I will like. “You have to have a not be timid. We need susplan,” he chided Newsom. tainable political thinking, The two Republicans not politics as usual.” in the debate, Orange One thing that first County Assemblyman debate made clear: On sinTravis Allen and John gle-payer health and other Cox, a San Diego County issues, this year will not businessman, both were likely play out as politics as clear in opposing sinusual. gle-payer because of the large payroll taxes it would Email Thomas Elias at need to levy. San Francisco tdelias@aol.com.

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Leucadia man releases first novel, ‘Scorpion Bay’ By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Twenty years ago, North County resident Pat Steele wrote a novel that told a story of a young man’s struggle with drugs and his ultimate spiritual redemption in Mexico. Without a publisher, and today’s self-publication options not available to Steele, he put the 300-page manuscript in his garage. Flash forward to today, and Steele, 68, is celebrating the release of the book, “Scorpion Bay,” which he said is just as relevant today as it was when he wrote it, maybe even more. “I hadn’t read the book in 20 years, and when (my friend) mentioned it, I started to edit it and I said, ‘Wow, this still flies,’” Steele said during a Jan. 22 morning interview at a Leucadia cof-

fee shop. “None of it is dated, it’s basically timeless as far as I am concerned. “I enjoy the fact that I’ve had people come up to me and say that they really liked the book, but I am still sort of amazed that it actually happened,” Steele said. The novel centers around the main character, Will, who grew up with an alcoholic father but finds steady work as a carpenter and a relationship with his steady girlfriend that looks like it might last forever. However, it doesn’t, which sends him into a drug-fueled tailspin which he seemingly can’t get out of until he is taken in by a Mexican fisherman, whose family guides Will back to health and sobriety. Like most great novels, Steele’s words are inspired

Encinitas resident Pat Steele is celebrating the release of his novel, “Scorpion Bay.” Courtesy photo

by both his life experience and many of his friends growing up in Playa Del Rey during the late ‘60s and ‘70s, when America first began its love affair with hard drugs and the party culture. Steele battled a sub-

stance abuse problem for three years, and during the same time he saw many of his friends lose the battle, winding up in prison, or as in the case of a former girlfriend, dead from drug overdose.

Many of the issues are relevant today. “Of course, we are dealing with a major opioid crisis, and Will was strung out on heroin,” Steele said. Whereas the character Will found his redemption in Mexico, Steele said he found his down Interstate 5, when he moved in 1969 from Playa Del Rey to Leucadia to reset his life. Here, he said, he found his wife, Betty, sobriety and purpose. “You have to bottom out yourself, you have to be so miserable that you say, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” Steele said. “My parents laid down a great foundation, they were great role models, but at that time, nobody could have told me anything. I had to find it myself. It gets down to sort of a ‘tough love.’”

Steele rebounded from his low point and became a successful roofing contractor. He and his wife moved to Solana Beach where they lived for four decades before recently returning to Leucadia after he retired. He spends his days playing competitive softball, surfing and “my wife gets me a list every morning.” “I told her, ‘If you want me to write another book, you gotta shorten that list,’” Steele said with a laugh. While not ready to begin a second novel, Steele said his follow-up effort might be an anthology of stories he has written over the years for various publications, including The Coast News. To purchase “Scorpion Bay,” visit http://www.aspenwoodpublishing.com/.

Residents weigh in County considers animal services options on SANDAG director By Joe Naiman

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REGION — About a dozen residents gathered at Encinitas City Hall on Jan. 25 to share their input on what characteristics, knowledge and skills the next SANDAG executive director should have before the job search begins. It was the fourth community engagement meeting SANDAG held to gather input on hiring the next regional transportation executive director. Prior meetings were held in Escondido, Chula Vista and Santee with eight to 22 people in attendance at each. The final community meeting was held in San Diego on Jan. 30. Meeting locations were spread throughout the county and hosted by mayors and a county supervisor who are SANDAG selection subcommittee members. A SANDAG online survey to collect community input on job qualifications gathered more than 200 responses prior to the close of the feedback period Jan. 31. CPS HR consultant Pam Derby led community engagement discussions. She said the 350.org climate movement group had a strong presence at all meetings. The same seemed true at the Jan. 25 meeting. Most comments and questions centered around greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the number of cars on local roads and making public transportation more convenient in all parts of the county. Candidate transparency and ethical behavior were also brought up at earlier meetings, and echoed by attendees Jan. 25. Also of concern to residents throughout the county is Mexico border and state Route 78 traffic, and adding more trollies in south San Diego County. There was little discussion on Jan. 25 about former

Executive Director Gary Gallegos, who took an early retirement after it was found SANDAG knowingly used inflated estimates of how much money it would collect through a sales tax measure, and over-promised billions of dollars of road, street and public transportation improvements based on those estimates. The SANDAG board will hear a summary of community feedback on qualifications for the next executive director at its Feb. 9 retreat. Following board input a job recruitment brochure will be created and a job description will be posted Feb. 12. Candidates will have a month to apply. CPS will conduct an initial screening to ensure interested applicants meet the minimal requirements, and recommend top candidates to the SANDAG selection subcommittee. Subcommittee members will narrow down the pool of applicants to the top two to three finalists in early April. Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear serves on the subcommittee. She said she is looking for a candidate who has experience in multiple modes of transportation in order to best serve diverse county needs. She added it is also essential that the applicant is a strong leader, collaborative, maintains good working relationships and has a proven track record of successfully leveraging state and federal funds. “This is one of the most important decisions we’ll make,” Blakespear said. The board will vote in closed session on who to hire April 27. Derby said the sought-after position will be open to candidates nationwide. “Outreach will be nationally and locally, everyone will be on the same playing field,” Derby said. No salary amount has been set. Gallegos earned $300,000 annually.

REGION — A managed competition approach will determine whether the county of San Diego’s Department of Animal Services or a private contractor will be managing the county’s animal services function. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Jan. 23 to authorize the initiation of a managed competition process. The county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting will seek proposals both from qualified external providers of animal services and from the Department of Animal Services. “This is not about outsourcing,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said. “This is about managed competition.” “Managed competition allows the Department of Animal Services to submit a proposal to perform the work,” said April Heinze, the deputy chief administrative officer for the county’s Community Service Group, which includes the Department of Animal Services. “Managed competition is a healthy approach to government services,” Supervisor Bill Horn said. “In this case it allows the Department of Animal Services to compete against private companies to see who can offer the best animal care at the lowest cost. Ultimately everyone wins: our communities, stakeholders, taxpayers and the animals.” In March 2017 the county supervisors voted 5-0 to authorize the issuance of a request for interest to determine whether private or other public entities are potentially willing to provide animal welfare, enforcement or other services to fulfill county functions

and to issue a competitive solicitation if interest in providing such services exists. The supervisors also directed the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to prepare potential changes to county code to reflect the potential transition. The Department of Animal Services provides animal welfare, public protection, enforcement, adoption, sheltering and other services both for unincorporated San Diego County and for six cities which contract with the county for animal services. The contracts with the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee and Solana Beach all expire on June 30, 2018, and all six contracts include a termination provision which requires written notice one year in advance. Although the county is required to provide certain welfare and enforcement services to the unincorporated area either directly or through a qualified third party the county is not required to provide such services within the territorial limit of any city within the county. During fiscal year 201516 the Department of Animal Services responded to approximately 25,000 calls and only 26 percent of those were in the unincorporated county. The March 2017 action also approved the termination rather than renewal of the contracts with the six cities. The 2017-18 budget for the Department of Animal Services is $18,728,128. Contract cities provide $12,162,620 of that, license and shelter fee revenues account for $2,855,500, a general fund subsidy (the county subsidizes adoption and licensing fees since charging the county’s full


cost would deter adoptions and thus be counterproductive to the goals of an animal shelter which does not euthanize animals other than for health or public safety reasons) provides $3,613,765 and various other revenues fund $96,243. In April 2017 a request for statement of qualifications was issued. The San Diego Humane Society provided the only response and was deemed qualified. Community stakeholder meetings were held in Ramona, Fallbrook and Bonita in July and August to obtain stakeholder input on expectations and desired service levels in the unincorporated area. In October the county and Service Employees International Union Local 221 agreed to a managed competition procedure to determine whether the work performed could be conducted more economically and efficiently by Department of Animal Services employees than by contracted services. “Today’s action requests authority to initiate a managed competition process,” Heinze said. “We believe this is a step in the right direction,” said David Garcias, SEIU Local 221 president. “We hope this process can move forward in a way that minimizes the uncertainty for your county employees.” Garcias told the supervisors that Department of Animal Services staff could provide the services better than an outsource entity. “We look forward to proving that through this process,” he said. Spring Valley resident Brianne McKinley noted that the county provides access to information and a private contractor might not. “We must have transparency,” she said. “Access

and information are absolutely fundamental.” Heinze noted that the request for proposals will include standards to be met. “Each proposal will be required to conform to those standards,” she said. “I think managed competition’s the appropriate way to deal with this issue,” Supervisor Greg Cox said. “This is a good way to go,” Jacob said. Since Jacob took office in 1993 the county has outsourced its solid waste and information technology operations. The county considered contracting County Airports services; management of three airports was at one time provided by a contractor but the county still operates the eight airports it owns. The county also retained bus service before allowing Metropolitan Transit System to take over those routes along with MTS routes which connect the city of San Diego to East County. “I’ve seen in so many cases where our employees win the competition,” Jacob said. If a private proposal is determined to be the most economical and efficient the Department of Purchasing and Contracting may award a five-year contract with an option for five additional years and staff will return to the Board of Supervisors for the necessary actions to implement the outsourcing of the services. The county would also provide transition services and placement assistance to Department of Animal Services staff. If the Department of Animal Services proposal is deemed preferable staff will return to the county supervisors for implementation.

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St. Olaf Choir to appear in the Ranch By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The acclaimed St. Olaf Choir is kicking off its winter national tour with a performance on Feb. 3 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. For more than a century strong, the St. Olaf Choir has been considered one of the most regarded of its kind in the nation. Conductor Professor Anton Armstrong has held his position for the past 28 years while also teaching at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The St. Olaf Choir is one of eight ensembles at the college and is its flagship. “The St. Olaf Choir was founded in 1912 and is considered to be one of the pioneering choirs of the a cappella choral music movement in the United States,” Armstrong said. “The choir really made its trademark in that it was before the days where you had professional music organizations and special professional music educational organizations like the American Choral Directors Association or the National Association for Music Education.” Armstrong explained it

Conductor Anton Armstrong will appear with the St. Olaf Choir on Feb. 3 at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

was through the tours of the St. Olaf Choir that many people have become acquainted with some of the great choral literature. The choir helped shape choral music throughout the 20th century and onward. The St. Olaf Choir began touring a year after its inception in 1912. Armstrong said a year after it was established, the founding conductor, F. Melius Christiansen, took the choir students back to Norway where many formerly lived.

“St. Olaf College was founded by a Norwegian immigrant in 1874,” he said. “He bit off a lot when he decided to take a young fledgling ensemble back to the home country, but it was a highly successful tour, and they continued to grow regionally.” The early leaders of the choir and college agreed that this musical ensemble had something very distinctive to say not only in the small region of Minnesota and upper Midwest. The

St. Olaf Choir then took its message to the East Coast in the 1920s, which put it on the musical map. Since that time, the St. Olaf Choir has toured both nationally and internationally. The St. Olaf Choir last visited the West Coast in 2013. And it’s been more than a decade since they sang in the San Diego area. According to Armstrong, the concerts last about two hours with an intermission. “We are a liberal arts college with an association

with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so the choir has had a history of performing great choral music from all centuries,” he said. “And that doesn’t change with this concert.” Musical influence ranges from 17th to 18th century, but Armstrong said that the majority of this concert will actually come from the 20th and 21 centuries. “We’ve got an eclectic program in music,” Armstrong said. “We’re singing in something like five different languages and music from different cultures and traditions.” He added that members of the choir are seasoned and not first-year students. As a conductor, Armstrong said his mission is to pick music of the highest quality but he also chooses a concert program without being too didactic in what the choir wants to say. “We want to bring a message of beauty, a message of hope and a message of compassion,” he said. “I think this program very much does that.” To purchase tickets for the St. Olaf Choir tour, call (800) 363-5487 or visit www.stolaf.edu/tickets.

Coastal cities adopt resolutions against offshore drilling By Aaron Burgin

COAST CITIES — The Encinitas and Solana Beach city councils added their names to the list of cities and counties opposed to the Trump administration’s plans to open up areas in the Pacific Ocean to new offshore oil drilling and expansion. Elected officials in both cities unanimously and without discussion approved resolutions opposing gas and oil drilling off the California Coast, follow-

ing through on statements made by both cities’ mayors last week that they would consider taking up such opposition in coming days. According to the Encinitas staff report, the presidential administration’s actions run counter to the city’s stated goals of pursuing renewable energy, which it memorialized last week with the approval of its climate action plan. “This action also promotes dependence on fossil fuels, which is contrary to

actions taken by the City and the State of California to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle through the utilization of alternative energy sources,” according to the staff report. “It is also contrary to Council’s 2018 Legislative Priorities of supporting environmental sustainability, and supporting ecosystem enhancing legislation, and is also contrary to the goals of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce

greenhouse gas emission.” According to the staff report, Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara adopted similar resolutions. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke announced plans Jan. 4 to make more than 90 percent of the total Outer Continental Shelf acreage available to consider for future exploration and development, a dramatic departure from longstanding policy that kept almost all of the acreage off limits.

No new leases have been issued in federal waters since 1984 or in California state waters since 1969 — the year of the large oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara. Meanwhile, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar’s office said the supervisor will be attending a rally on Feb. 3 at Belmont Park regarding offshore drilling and is considering bringing a resolution to the board opposing drilling.

17 appointed to commissions; vacancy remains By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — From a field of 25 applicants, council members at the Jan. 24 meeting appointed 17 people to the city’s five advisory commissions, with

one position still vacant on Public Arts due to a lack of candidates. Most seats are filled by the council at-large. However, each council member selects one of the five members for Budget and Finance and five of the seven on View Assessment. With five vying for two

spots on the former, Judith Hamilton was reappointed by Mayor Ginger Marshall and Sharon Gross was named by Councilman Mike Nichols. Jeff Anderman, Nichols’ prior appointment, did not reapply to serve. There were seven applicants for four available po-

sitions on View Assessment. All four incumbents were returned to their seats. Gary Garber and Paul Bishop were nominated by Marshall and Councilman Dave Zito, respectively. In the at-large vote, Pat Coad and Molly Fleming were reappointed. “He is the only architect that I know of on the commission right now and I really value his contribution,” Zito said of his nominee. All remaining vacancies were filled by at-large votes. Jolene Koester, Tracy Now Hiring

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Richmond and incumbent Linda Swindell were three of four candidates who applied and were selected to serve on Parks and Rec. Gross and Mac Law, whose terms expired, did not reapply. A total of seven people sought to fill five vacancies on the Climate Action Commission. Three were required to be residents, although all applicants were, one must be a professional in the environmental or scientific community and another could be a council member or other type of council-determined candidate. Mary Yang, Jonathan Goodmacher and Heidi Dewar will serve as residents. Jeff Martin was named as either a professional or resident, and Sarah Richmond will fill the professional seat. Incumbent Paul Basore applied as both a resident TURN TO COMMISSION ON 8

Man suspected in Carlsbad fire CARLSBAD — Firefighters quickly tackled a brush fire in Carlsbad, and the California Highway Patrol arrested a man suspected of starting it, officials said Jan. 29. Dispatchers received a report of a fire near El Camino Real south of state Route 78 just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Sgt. Gary Marshall of the Carlsbad Police Department. Firefighters from the Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside fire departments all responded to the area and extinguished the blaze, Marshall said. CHP officers also were sent to the area due to a report of a man possibly responsible for starting the fire walking along Route 78. Officers located the man — later identified as Ray Kersey, 39, of Oceanside — and took him into custody. Kersey was positively identified by witnesses at the scene, Marshall said, and he was taken to the Vista Detention Facility, where he was held today in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of unlawfully causing a fire. Kersey’s arraignment was set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30. — City News Service

Major injuries in Oceanside wreck OCEANSIDE — A 19-year-old Carlsbad woman sustained life-threatening injuries the morning of Jan. 30 in a single-vehicle crash in Oceanside when she lost control of her speeding car and slammed into a tree, police said. A crash investigation was expected to close College Boulevard south of state Route 78 until about 7 a.m., Oceanside police said. Both directions of the roadway were closed from Marron Road to Tamarack Avenue. The crash was reported about 1:50 a.m. in the 3700 block of College Boulevard, where the woman was apparently speeding when she lost control of the 2005 Honda Accord she was driving, OPD traffic investigator Bryan Hendrix said. Footage from 10News showed the badly damaged car nearly wrapped around the tree. “The (crash) resulted in an entrapment, and the Jaws of Life were used to extricate her from the wreckage,” Hendrix said. Police said the woman was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla with life-threatening injuries Oceanside police launched an investigation into the crash, and anyone with information on what happened was urged to call Hendrix at (760) 435-4882. — City News Service

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. DEL SOL LIONS SHINE The Del Sol Lions donated $1,500 in December, after Hurricane Harvey, to assist with and see that several thousand displaced children received Christmas presents. Community outreach and philanthropy is the normal thing this local Lions Club year-round. Some other causes the Lions participated in December included donating bikes to low-income families in the community with top performing students. Anyone interested in joining the Lions Club can visit delsollions.org. MINUTEMAN PRESS EXPANDS Minuteman Press franchisee Matthew Rebelo joined the family business in Encinitas at 1538 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, as the Rebelo’s purchased a second franchise in Sorrento Valley, 10951 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego, with Encinitas Manager Shaun Peebles. After working as an attorney for 10 years, Rebelo came from South Africa to Southern California to work with his Gabriel and Marcia at their Minuteman Press franchise in Encinitas. RESTAURANTS FOR ONE PASEO One Paseo, a mixed-use development bringing shops, restaurants, apartments, offices, and public plazas to Del Mar Heights, has announced its first four confirmed tenants. The

neighborhood village will be home to Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke, modern organic Mexican restaurant Tocaya Organica, Top Chef Dakota Weiss’ Sweetfin Poké and Huntington Beach’s Ways & Means Oyster House. These restaurants are the first look at One Paseo’s curated retailers scheduled to open early 2019. More information is available at www.onepaseo.com. NEW SCRIPPS CHAIRPERSON Sister Mary Jo Anderson has been named chairwoman of the Scripps Health board of trustees. Anderson, a member of the Catholic Order of the Community of the Holy Spirit, has served on the Scripps board since 2005 and is a former longtime Scripps Health and hospital administrator. Anderson served as senior vice president for hospital operations for Scripps Health from 1997 until her retirement in 2000 and as vice president for Mercy Healthcare in San Diego from 1979 to 1997. BLUE BUFFALO DONATES FOOD A donation from Blue Buffalo of more than 33,000 pounds of dog food, animal welfare organizations from across Southern California was able take some of this worry off of their plates — and fill their furry friends’ bowls. On Jan. 18, representatives from 20 different animal rescue groups picked up 1,500 pounds of the pet food from Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL CENTER A grand opening was held for Carlsbad Integrative Medical Center Incorporated


inally seeking a likely November battle against Issa: CONTINUED FROM 1 former Marine Col. Doug November midterm election Applegate, Orange Counballot. In California, the two ty environmental attorney top vote-getters, regardless Mike Levin, Rancho Santa of political affiliFe businessman ation, advance to Paul Kerr and a November runSan Diego foroff if no one gets mer nonprofit more than 50 perdirector Sara Jacent of the vote. cobs. State AssemApplegate blyman Rocky nearly defeated Chavez, State Issa in 2016, but Board of Equalthe nine-term ization Chairwomcongressman an Diane Harkey, prevailed by San Juan Capist1,300 votes — or rano Councilman 0.6 percent — in Kristin Gaspar Brian Maryott the tightest conand patent attorgressional race in ney Joshua Schoonover have the 2016 campaign. As a reall formed election commit- sult, many Democratic strattees. egists and pundits labeled Four Democrats have Issa as one of the most vulbeen actively campaigning nerable incumbents during for months for the seat, orig- the midterm election cycle.


prince who is taught by a gardener everything that he needs to know about life, Glassman said. “The prince learned that a seed is a promise — each seed knows exactly what it’s going to be,” she said. “When I wrote the book, I realized that there really is another promise in the book because the gardener prom-


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ised to teach the prince everything he needs to know, and he does that and he becomes a good king after he was an ornery prince.” Over the years, Glassman has had a variety of gardens from vegetable to flowers and more. She is quick to point out that a garden does not need to be huge. Gardening in pots is also excellent. “A garden is a gift that keeps on giving,” Glassman said.

Grand on Jan. 24, on the second level of The Island, 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 215, Carlsbad. Founded by Dr. Juergen Winkler, MD, ABIHM, ABOIM, the new Carlsbad Integrative Medical Center medical team includes Dr. Carolyn Candido, MD, and Dr. Kayla Biewer, DC. The medical team will offer patients an integrated medical approach for health, wellness and prevention of disease. The center offers Family Practice, Primary Care and Chiropractic Functional Medicine and accepts most major PPO insurance plans and Medicare. Carlsbad Integrative Medical Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment call (760) 444-5544. NEW OCEANSIDE HOTELS S.D. Malkin Properties and Two Roads Hospitality jointly announced their two, new-build projects. The adjacent hotels will be operated as Joie de Vivre Hotels and Destination Hotels properties, and together will be the largest beachfront development on the San Diego coastline in more than 20 years. Designed by architecture firm Delawie of San Diego, the master-planned, 2.75-acre project is slated to launch

in early 2020 after breaking ground in mid-2018. DURAN IN TOP 200 Jamie Duran, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego Companies, was named in Swanepoel T3 Group’s “Top 200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate 2017/18” list. Duran leads the Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego companies of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, overseeing 46 offices, 1,700 affiliated agents and 140 employees with more than $8 billion in annual sales. Duran was listed at number 97. Additionally, the report includes 13 other executives within the Realogy, NRT LLC and Coldwell Banker networks. The full list is viewable at t360.com/power200/2018. SERVPRO SPONSORS PGA TOUR San Diego-based SERVPRO has extended its sponsorship with the PGA Tour through the 2020 season, retaining its designation as the official cleanup and restoration company of both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, according Sue Steen, Servpro Industries, Inc., chief executive officer.

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Milton A. Reimers Nov. 14, 1920 - Dec. 30, 2017

Milton Reimers, 97, passed away after a long battle with dementia. Prior to contracting dementia, Milt was a very enthusiastic and outgoing person and was known for his great sense of humor. His life journey began in Kentucky where he was born on November 14, 1920. After the family moved to Pasadena, California, Milt ultimately enrolled and graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Serving during WWII he travelled the world on a Merchant Marine ship. It was during these years that he met Carolyn Crow and they married on December 11, 1943. Raising two boys (Milt and Brad) in the Pasadena area was a wonderful experience for everyone. His business career was one that kept bringing him back to the corrugated and printing in-

dustry. After moving to the San Diego area, he founded SOS Printing which he remained active with until retiring in 1996. Brad continued to run the business for another 20 years after that. Milt and Carolyn loved life and loved golf. Together they travelled to distant places and played golf along the way. Their ultimate dream was to live on the golf course, which they ended up doing at Morgan Run in Rancho Santa Fe. It was here that they enjoyed the golf along with entertaining family and friends. Milt was preceded in death by Carolyn, his wife of almost 64 years. Milt is survived by two sons, Milt (Bev) and Brad (Miriam) and eight grandchildren along with eleven great grandchildren. Milt’s journey on this earth concluded on December 30, 2017. We all will miss him, but know that he is at peace with Moms. A celebration of his life will be held in the future by the immediate family.

SERVPRO’s first event of the 2018 PGA Tour season was the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course. CLUBS GET WALMART BACKING Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received $2,500 from Walmart Foundation to build academic success in Club Youth through the Academic Achievement Hour program. PALOMAR KEEPS FINANCES SOUND Affirming its financial fitness, the Palomar Community College District was given an “unmodified” opinion during routine audits of the 2016-17 fiscal year budget, auditors reported to the governing board on Jan. 9. This marked the fifth year in a row that the district received unmodified audits, which indicate sound fiscal health. The Dec. 19 report by Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP revealed a commitment to financial responsibility as Palomar College continues to grow and provide a significant return on investment for the community. Palomar College’s annual financial report can be accessed online at 2.palomar.edu /pages /fiscalservices/files/2018/01/ Pa loma r- CCD -Fina l-Re port-2017.pdf.

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REGION — The Lilac Fire — which swept through the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center near San Diego and claimed the lives of 46 horses last December — has been designated the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s 2017 “Moment of the Year,” the association announced last week. The tragic blaze, represented on Twitter by the hashtag #RememberSLR, garnered 25.5 percent of the overall voting — 843 of a record 3,303 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll, according to the NTRA. The fire was among 13 events from which voters could select, including Arrogate’s win in the $10 million Dubai World Cup last year and the death of Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, which finished in second and third, respectively, in the voting. Those who rushed into action to help save horses during the Dec. 7 blaze at the training center in Bonsall were honored with Special Eclipse Awards at a ceremony in Hallandale Beach, Florida, event organizers announced last month.

February is American Heart Month and you can join in their Go Red for Women event by wearing red on February 2nd. Heart health is vital, whether for the littlest baby or the oldest grandparent. Cardiovascular disease does not discriminate on age, gender, or race. Thankfully, modern medicine has made great strides in saving lives and continues to improve. Each of us can make a difference too! Learn to recognize the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke (they are different for women than men), learn CPR and encourage your relatives and neighbors to take a course as well. Talk with your doctor about healthy eating and lifestyle changes to increase your heart health. Take care of your heart and it will take care of you for a lifetime!


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old that full-body massage. Snuff out the aroma therapy. Keep your relaxation tapes, complete with sounds of the surf. Turn down the classical music. All I need for complete relaxation and renewal is a few hours with some old friends. No, wait. Make that “friends of long-standing.” We avoid the “o” word. It was a two-day reunion with women I have know for 40-plus years. Not only have I known them more than half my life, but we knew each other when. We shared our “salad days” as Shakespeare so perfectly named them. We were young, tender and green when we were in college and a sorority together. It was a magical time and produced a bond that was sealed with laughter. Laughter has sustained it and even today, laughter is its hallmark. My sides hurt. My eye makeup is running. I realized again that we became and have remained dear friends because we sense humor in the same way, in the same places. Actually, we sense humor pretty much everywhere. We snickered, teased, used old nicknames, told stories on ourselves and each other. I

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got as good as I gave, and we all went home smiling. In the ancient tradition of women, we also shared wisdom. The rocky art of raising children, making a home, keeping our world on its proper course and solving those myriad problems which face every woman every day, is best learned from another woman. Preferably, it can be from one who can hand down her secrets freshly proven. I admit this was not the Rand Corporation think tank. We talked about laundry and men in tight jeans. We talked about books and jewelry. We discussed education and supermarkets and menopause. Did I also mention that we also ate all our favorite foods until we could hardly wiggle? Every woman knows you cannot solve the world’s problems on an empty stomach, and you may need a blue Margarita, too. Most of us are wearing a size-larger pant than

we would like, are wrinkling and graying. Some are retired, some are with partners, some not. The basic workings of our lives were deftly cataloged, but were not what we dwelt on. Instead we examined our hearts with great care, each scrutinizing the others to see if all was well. If a wound was found or confessed, we talked until it was healed. If a tender spot was detected, we soothed and strengthened. If small victories were at hand, we cheered and marveled, offering that sweet praise which can be gotten nowhere else. We were purged and then filled up again. And then we laughed some more. The hilarity was buoyed even higher by the knowledge that when we were 18, or even 25, we might well have been disdainful of this crowd of silly old women sitting there laughing until they fell over. What can you possibly have to laugh about when you are 65? Oh, my dears. Just wait. The funniest stuff is yet to come. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer grateful for friends who love her anyway. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com





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The Rancho Santa Fe Presbyterian Village Church will be hosting its “Broadway Brunch” at noon Feb. 11 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, featuring members of the church’s Chancel Choir, like Rosemary Kubes, above. The event will feature songs from composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Tickets are $40 at villagechurch.org/visit/special-events/ broadway-brunch or by contacting Brenda Hayward at bbtics@yahoo.com.


and a professional but was not selected to serve again. Sharon Klein, Brad Auerbach and Nancy Pfeiffer were all returned to their positions on Public Arts. They were the only applicants for four vacancies. Nellie High did not reapply. Applicants are still being accepted by anyone interested in serving on the committee. Information is available on the city website. The panel, which meets at



cial workers and word-ofmouth, Cox said. Humble Design expanded to San Diego County from Detroit recently. Founders Treger and Rob Strasberg have a different approach. They identify families, vets,

5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, carries out art-related events and assists in the selection, acquisition, installation and maintenance of public art. Duties also include encouraging private arts funding and developing cooperative arrangements with other agencies to provide arts facilities. Applicants must live in Solana Beach and be at least 18 years old. “Thank you everybody for applying and for your community service,” Marshall

said. “We really appreciate it.” “For those that were not appointed, please reapply,” Councilwoman Jewel Edson said. “There’s always an opportunity and we have such a marvelous pool of talented people again this year. It’s amazing. We have a great community.” “For those who are interested I would encourage you to actually go to all the commission meetings and participate,” Zito added. All commission members serve two-year, unpaid terms.

disabled, single people and foster children who are emerging from homelessness for their program. “The only qualification is that they have nothing,” Treger Strasberg said. They first meet with the recipients and ask them about their tastes and preferences in decoration and life. Three days later, while they are out of the apartment or house, volunteer professional decorators arrive with everything they need including furniture, linens, pots, pans and appliances and everything else — even down to Spiderman

sheets if a child wants them. “Then we have a reveal,” she said. “They cry. We cry.” Donated household goods are used to transform empty, cold homes into warm, welcoming and uplifting homes so that they can have a fresh start, Treger Strasberg said. “We are not just about furniture, we try to provide dignity,” she added. The best thing, she said, is that only 1 percent of their clients return to the streets as opposed to the 50 percent who return after other programs. So far, more than 700 people have been helped by the organization.

Pet of the Week It doesn’t take a deep dive to find all the treasures that Perla has to offer. She has a soft white coat and loving personality that shines through her initial shyness. Her striking blue-green eyes and warm nuzzles just beg for attention. At just 2 years old and 8 pounds, she’s petite and precious. Perla is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $138 and she has been altered and is micro-chipped for identification and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Helen Wood-

ward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For information, call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.

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MAKING FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will tour and lunch at the Prince of Peace Abby, Oceanside on Feb. 6, attend the Jessica Fichot concert at California Center for the Arts with dinner at Jalapeno Grill and Cantina, Escondido Feb. 7 and have a happy hour and dinner at Pan Asia Buffet, San Marcos Feb. 8. Reservations are necessary at (858) 674-4324. WRITERS FOR WRITERS The Escondido Writers Group meets from 1to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 at Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. Meet other writers and published authors

WEDNESDAY FRESHNESS Encinitas Farmers Market Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. at 600 S. Vulcan Ave. (corner of E Street and Vulcan), Encinitas, offering locally grown food, vegetables, flowers and more. A dollar spent at the Farmers Market has about twice the impact on our local economy compared to spending a dollar on at a supermarket. The State Street Farmers Market takes place in downtown Carlsbad every Wednesday. Enjoy Emilio’s authentic Spanish Paella, made fresh on site, plus fresh organic produce, handmade crafts, and live on State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue. Winter hours 3 to 6 p.m. OCEANSIDE SCHOLARSHIP Applications for the 2018 city of Oceanside Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship program are now available at local high schools, at the Oceanside Public Library at ci. oceanside.ca.us /civicax / filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=46569. Any graduating senior who lives in Oceanside and will attend college after graduation is eligible to apply, regardless of what high school the student attends. Students may contact the scholarship coordinator at their high school for application forms. The deadline for submission of applications this year is April 7, 2018. Call (760) 4355049 for details. NEWCOMERS MEET Carlsbad Newcomers will meet at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad, with a lecture by Philip J. Goscienski, M.D. author of “Health Secrets of the Stone Age.” INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Associations will meet at noon Feb. 7 at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Insert Date: Jan 19, 2018

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BE WATER WISE Become a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Hero to save water from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom, 2775 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. Take a fun and active journey with magic and music through the water cycle, conservation, plant adaptations and more by taking the Ms. Smarty-Plants Earth Hero Pledge, and remember, we can change the world with our own two hands. SPRING SOCCER Carlsbad AYSO has open registration for its spring soccer programs now through March 2 for boys and girls ages 4 to 13. Spring Soccer focuses on fun and exercise and not competition. There are no goalies or referees, and scores and standings are not maintained. It is a great program for those that want to experience soccer for the first time and for those that want to keep up their soccer skills during the off-season. There are no practices. The one-hour sessions are on Sundays only and consist of technical instruction and 3 on 3 short-field games. Visit carlsbadayso.org for more information. MEDITATION GARDENS FUNDRAISER A fundraiser will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Valle Verde Community Center 1286 Discovery St., San Marcos for Mercy Hill & Marian Center meditation gardens, a 19-acre hilltop venture with the purpose of promoting prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal. Cost is $15 per person. To RSVP or donate items for auction, contact Publicity Coordinators Jim & Joanie Burton at (760) 729-6400. LUNCH WITH THE MAYOR The Republican Women Federated will host guest speaker Jim Desmond, mayor of San Marcos for lunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 5 at the St. Mark Golf Club St. Mark Golf Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Cost $27 per person For details, email e.laister@hotmail.com or call (760) 744-0953.

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and learn from them in a supportive environment. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their current writing projects. AUTHOR CLASS The author of “Twinkles from Heaven,” and “Sprinkles from Heaven,” Carolyn Jaynes will host an enrichment class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $25. BINGO AND LUNCH The Gloria McClellan Center offers Bingo for Prizes every Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Lunch reservations are required to play bingo. Call (760) 643-5288 to reserve by 2 p.m. one day prior. Suggested contribution of $4 per meal for those over 60. WOMANHEART San Diego North Coastal WomenHeart Support Group welcomes women with interests and concerns about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Road, Carlsbad, in the Executive Board Room. For more information, contact Betty at (760) 8032762 or Sandra at (760) 4366695.

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SANDBAG GIVEAWAY The city of Encinitas Public Works Department will host a sandbag giveaway event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Public Works facility at 160 Calle Magdalena. Encinitas residents will have access to 1,500 sandbags per event (no contractors, please) on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents must provide photo identification and proof of residency. Ten filled sandbags will be given for each address/property while supplies last. Residents must self-load and transport the sandbags. LEARN FACILITATING SKILS The League of Women Voters of North County is offering a facilitation workshop from 1 to 4

to 4 p.m. for middle school Feb. 24, and for high school March 17 at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. Cost $50 per person, includes continental breakfast, lunch and T-shirt. For details, visit oceaninstitute. org

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p.m. Feb. 3, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, during which participants will work in small groups to learn how to identify, research and frame issues for public conversations and will then test these facilitation techniques through guided conversations. The role of civility and awareness of personal bias will be a key theme. The library is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011. For further information, contact the League of Women Voters North County San Diego at lwvncsd.org or (760) 736-1648. SUPPORT TARR FOUNDATION The Encinitas-based Jonathan Tarr Foundation is presenting San Diego Aloha By the Bay, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the CPMA Performing Arts Theatre, 5050 Conrad Ave, San Diego. All proceeds from the event benefit the Jonathan Tarr Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides Windows of Opportunity scholarships for students from non-traditional and traditional high schools. Tickets are $25, or $75 for VIP reception, and can be purchased at jonathantarrfoundation. org. Call (760) 815-7795 for sponsorship information or tickets. DISCOUNT FAIR PASS For fair mega-fans, the season pass is now on sale, and is valid all 26 days of the fair for $28. The savings start on Day 2 for adult admission, and Day 3 for senior or child admission. This little green book includes savings inside the San Diego County Fair on food, games, rides and products. Passes are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable. The passes will include a space to write in the name of each pass holder, which will be checked to a photo ID at the gate. Visit https://sdfair. com. AUCTION FUNDRAISER A fundraising benefit for Mercy Hill & Marian Center, a planned 19-acre series of meditation gardens for all religions and cultures with the purpose of promoting prayer, meditation and spiritual renewal, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at Valle Verde Community Center 1286 Discovery St., San Marcos. Tickets are $15 at (760) 729-6400. BIG BOOK SALE Come check out the book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Encinitas Library Bookstore, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Outside under the tent, choose special books and DVDs. For details, visit encinitaslibfriends.org or call (760) 9447294. GARDEN BIRDHOUSES The Mira Costa Horticulture Club will host a demonstration by Wendy Butler of how to create beautiful shell covered birdhouses at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 3 at MiraCosta College, Bldg 3400, Azatlan Rooms A and B 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. For more information call (760) 721 3281 or visit MCHClub.org.

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CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP North Island Credit Union invites college-bound students in San Diego County to submit an application in its annual College Scholarship Program. Find more information and apply online at northisland.ccu.com/ scholarship. The application deadline is March 16. Recipients will be announced on April 6. LIFELONG LEARNING “Giving Kids a Start in Life” and “Cyber Security Explained,” will be the two topics at the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College starting at 1 p.m. Feb. 2, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. 1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972. BEE BUZZ Learn about the California native bee and how to attract them to your yard. Sharon Reeve, a San Diego Master Gardner will present “Native Bees of California and How to Garden to Encourage Them” at the Vista Garden Club meeting at noon Feb. 2, at the Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace, Vista. For details, visit vistagardenclub.org or email vistagardenclub @ gmail. com. NOMINATE A SENIOR The city of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission, in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club, is accepting nominations for 2017 “Senior Citizen of the Year Award” and “Service to Seniors Award.” Nominations are being accepted through March 1. For details, call (760) 943-2251. FOOTBALL FUN The Gloria McClellan Center will hold a “Super Bowl Pre-Game Luncheon” at 11 a.m. Feb. 2, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. They will be showing sports clips and playing games at 11 a.m. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older, and an $8 charge for those younger than 60. Reserve by 2 p.m. one day prior at (760) 6435288.


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SWEETHEART MARKET Celebrate Valentine’s Week in Oceanside at the “Sweetheart Sunset Market” from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 8 near Mission Avenue in Oceanside. This outdoor-style festival brings together international food vendors, live entertainment and a children’s area. HERB GARDEN WORKSHOP The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club will host an Herb Garden workshop at 6 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Santaluz Club, 8170 Caminito Santaluz East. Cost is $40. For details, visit rsfgardenclub.org/. TOASTM ASTERS

TIME Encinitas Toastmasters will hold an open house from 7 to 8:30 p.m. FEB. 8 at Encinitas Country Day School library, 3616 Manchester Ave., Encinitas. For more information, contact Pat Rarus at prarus@cox. net; or (760) 630-2089. JOB FAIR San Diego Sales & Management hosts a free Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Holiday Inn Carlsbad, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Bring 10 to 15 resumes, dress business professional. QUILTERS GATHER The El Camino Quilt Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at the QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside. Guest fee for the meeting is $10. Visit elcaminoquilters.com or email info@elcaminoquilters.com for more information.



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Precious prosciutto pairs best with Italian wines taste of wine frank mangio


ave you gone through life thinking that Italian sliced meats are nothing but salami, mortadella or, heaven forbid, pepperoni? You’ve got to quit going to Subway for your Italian meat sandwiches. I was at a nice restaurant in La Jolla last week with friends and on the menu was a Pizza Margarita with an add-on option. It offered to add prosciutto for an extra $5. I broke into a sweat while agreeing to this option. Prosciutto, when not a top-quality Italian name brand, can be a rubbery, fatty mess. Done right, as they do at prosciutto di parma in Italy, it is an amazing paper-thin sliced ham that will have you at hello. It is best when supporting such delicacies as figs, goat cheese melon, scampi and of course, pizza. This prosciutto added to my pizza blew me away. It was that good! Prosciutto is much more popular in Italy where you can find it on just about any menu from a village snack

shop to the most posh restaurant in Rome or Milan. It resembles the maturity of complex wines in that there is a waiting period before being allowed on the market, as there is with Italian premium wines like Brunello, Amorone or Barolo. From pig to table, there is a nine-month period to the dinner table. The Italian government allows a Denomination of Protected Origin-certified label as a symbol of quality, and now we get to the leader, prosciutto di parma. Livestock must come from certain districts and be fed certain grain to be allowed this designation. OK, so you can’t be going to Rome or Milan anytime soon. If you’re in San Diego and you want some magnificent prosciutto, I can recommend Marriott’s Marina Kitchen. They purchase the best meats and they have invested in the highest quality slicer on the market, a $10,000 machine that makes a perfect slice every time. Let’s swing the spotlight on to the wines that are pairing mates to prosciutto. Make it from Tuscany and focus in on the Sangiovese grape found in Chianti Classico, Rosso Montepulciano and Brunello. These wines complete a dish of prosciutto like no other. From balanc-

Marina Kitchen Executive Chef Aaron Schmidt demonstrates the art of prosciutto slicing drawn from an authentic Italian-made, $10,000 slicing machine. It makes a perfect cut every time. Photo by Frank Mangio

ing the subtle salty acidity to the ever-so-lightly-sweet flavored fattiness, you need a wine big enough to matter, but not so big that it dominates the savory flavor of this custom made premier pork taste. Sangiovese from Tuscany can handle this challenge with its big, ripe strawberry/cherry flavor, firm tannins, and high acidity. Some names to look for include: Banfi Rosso di Montalcino, Bocelli Sangiovese,

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico and Il Poggione Brunello. Learn more about prosciutto at prosciuttodiparma.com. WINE BYTES • The place to be is the Gaslamp District downtown San Diego for the biggest party of the season from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 for the Beads, Bites and Booze tour. Let the good times roll! It’s a tasting tour filled with

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n an area where chain stores and restaurants tend to dominate, Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shoppe is an independent oasis with a warmth and charm that would fit in anywhere. I wish this place were down the street from me as I’d be there at least a couple of times per week. That said it’s worth the drive to San Marcos from wherever you are as it’s right off the 78 on Nordahl Road, so very easy to get to. Besides its charm, Debbie Bamford has been in the restaurant business going way back to her roots in New Jersey and her food reflects it. From the savory side I’ve had the chicken pot pie, patty melt, biscuits and gravy and a bean and kielbasa soup of the day that was hearty and delicious. The dining room filled up quickly during the weekday lunch when we went which is always a good sign. The interview below highlights Debbie’s roots, how the restaurant happened and more about her menu.

Debbie Bamford of Debbie’s Restaurant & Pie Shoppe in San Marcos with one of her fabulous apple pies. Photo by David Boylan

Lick the Plate: Where are you from originally and what was going on growing up in your food world? Were your parents good cooks or involved in the restaurant business?

Debbie Bamford: I’m originally from New Jersey and my first job was as a server at Friendly’s family restaurant. My parents then TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 13

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Crust Pizzeria to open third location in Solana Beach By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — When Crust Pizzeria opens this month in the Solana Beach Towne Centre, the owners are hoping it will fill a void and perhaps provide a little nostalgia. The high-quality, family-centric restaurant is taking over the space that for years was home to Roundtable Pizza, where scores of local sports teams held their end-of-year banquets. “I went there as a kid,” said John Principi, a Torrey Pines High School graduate and current football coach who took his players there. “That’s where I got my soccer trophies at the end of the season,” his wife, Morgan Principi, said. “When it went under a nice local family opened a restaurant in the space but it didn’t pan out. They were wonderful people. It just wasn’t quite the right fit. “There was a void in our community,” she added. “I’ve got four kids and there’s very few places local-


opened a deli back there and that’s where I started in the business. I went wto college for two years and got an AA degree in business as I thought that’s the path I wanted. I moved out to California in 1986 where I started serving at various restaurants. In 1990 a coworker thought it would be great to open our own restaurant so in 1993 we opened up a restaurant in Vista called Debbie Ann’s Kitchen & Pie Shoppe. We sold that restaurant I opened Debbie’s Restaurant and Pie Shoppe in San Marcos in 1997. LTP: What was your restaurant/cooking/baking experience prior to opening Debbie’s? DB: I always loved helping my mom cook in the kitchen growing up. We made a lot of different sandwiches at the deli they owned and actually the Debbie Club, which is featured on our menu, is one of the sandwiches we had at the deli and it’s a popular one. LTP: You wear a lot of hats at the restaurant; tell me about that and your involvement with what makes it on the menu. DB: I am blessed to say that I have so much to be thankful for. It’s only by God’s grace that I’m here. I have done just about everything that an owner does in this business. The menu does not change too often as we have a lot of regular customers who expect the dishes they are familiar with. We do have regular specials though and my staff helps me with those. LTP: Your pies are

ly where we can all go.” The Principis, the husband and wife team of Matt and Kimia Othick and brothers Matt and Brett Weaver are co-owners of the second and third Crust pizza restaurants in San Diego. The Othicks moved from Las Vegas to Solana Beach to open the first one in La Costa in 2011. After opening a second location in Carmel Valley in 2014, the Othicks and their original partner parted ways, with each keeping one Crust. Meanwhile, the Principis had befriended the Weavers, who co-own Saddle Bar in Solana Beach, and the Othicks, whose children went to school together and played on some of the same sports teams. “It just all morphed into this partnership,” Matt Othick said. “We all hit it off and started talking about maybe opening a Crust in Solana Beach. I laughed it off for the first six months. “When this location opened in January 2016 we

still were like, no, no, no,” he added. “But everything kept saying yes, yes, yes.” The menus at all three restaurants are similar, featuring pizzas, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. In addition to a varied wine list and craft beers, the Carmel Valley and Solana Beach locations have full bars offering craft cocktails. The Solana Beach pizzeria will include a dog-friendly patio, close to 15 TVs and a room for private parties such as end-of-year sports banquets, for up to about 60 people. The area can open up to accommodate around 100. The partners are also continuing their tradition of community involvement. In addition to holding fundraisers, Crust donates time, money and food to area schools and sports teams and the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant is also a sponsor for the local Boys & Girls Clubs and Drew Brees’ flag football organization.

amazing, what are your favorites and best sellers? DB: We have over 25 pies and one of my favorites is the lemon meringue since that’s my grandma’s recipe. Dutch apple crunch and banana cream are very popular also.

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LTP: You also have a great selection of savory dishes many that incorporate your baking skills. Tell me about that part of the menu and some of the best sellers. DB: The menu has the Debbie Omelet named after me and I have omelets named after my son Nick and daughter Nicole and these are the most popular. We also have the San Marcos Special, which is a good seller as you have four choices that include hotcakes, waffle or French toast and eggs and choice of meat and choice of hash browns home fries fruit or grits. Homemade biscuits and gravy are another specialty that is very popular. The Eggs Benedict, Corn Beef Benedict and California Benedict are big sellers as well. People rave about the homemade cinnamon rolls and muffins and as I mentioned the Debbie Club is very popular along with Ortega Beef Sandwich and Chicken Parmesan Melt. Turkey and Dressing, Meatloaf, Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Pot Pie, Fish and Chips are old-school favorites that people love! Our soups are all made here and corn chowder is our house soup. Homemade chili is another favorite which you can get on its own or in an omelet or as part of a chili omelet. And of course we cater to the health conscious with our gluten-free items

LTP: Debbie’s is a family affair, tell me about that. DB: My kids grew up in this business my son worked in the restaurant for years busing tables and serving before going into the Air Force. My daughter currently works at the restaurant and she helps out with the pies also. I have a couple employees that of been with me for over 13 years. I’m a people person so this business fits me. I love talking to the customers and we have a lot of regulars that have known my kids since they were little so they are like family. We know a lot of their names and they just love that we even know what they eat. It’s all a team effort and by God’s grace that I’ve come this far. I am all about places like Debbie’s Restaurant & Pie Shoppe. They are family focused, good people making really good food and have put in the hard work and have the instincts and personalities to make their endeavor a success. That’s Debbie and her family and crew and I suggest you check them out. Find them at 740 Nordahl Road #114 in San Marcos and they are open from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call (760) 741-5680 or visit www.debbiesrestaurantandpieshop.com. Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www. lick-the-plate.com

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entered the walk-in freezer behind the shop when the door slammed behind him. Ordinarily that wouldn't be a problem, as a release button inside the freezer can open the door. But the button was frozen solid. So McCabe looked around the freezer and saw the shop's last "black pudding," or blood sausage, which he used as a battering ram to unstick the button. "They are a big long stick that you can just about get your hand around," McCabe told the Mirror. "I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in. Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt." He believes he would have died within a half-hour in the -4-degree freezer. [The Mirror, 1/11/2018]

Wait, What? Ikea has taken advertising in a whole new direction with its recent print ad for a crib. The ad, which appears in the Swedish magazine Amelia, invites women who think they might be pregnant to urinate on the paper to reveal a discounted price. "Peeing on this ad may change your life," the ad reads at the top of the page. "If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad." Adweek reported that the agency behind the gimmick adapted pregnancy test technology to work on a magazine page. [Adweek, 1/9/2018] Ironies -- In Albuquerque, New Recurring Themes Mexico, a church's new elecIn more extreme weath- tronic bells are creating a er news from Australia, The living hell for neighbor BerDaily Telegraph reported nadette Hall-Cuaron, who on Jan. 8 that record high has lived next to Our Lady of temperatures near Camp- Guadalupe for years. "The belltown had killed more bells ring multiple times than 200 bats, found on a day during the week, the ground or still hang- and play 'Amazing Grace' ing in trees. Cate Ryan, a during the week, and then volunteer with WIRES, an they run multiple times Australian wildlife rescue again during the weekend," organization, came across she told KOB-TV in Januthe flying foxes and put the ary. "Because of the volume word out for volunteers to and frequency of the bells, bring water to rehydrate the this is not calling people to bats that were still alive. "I the church." Hall-Cuaron have never seen anything called the church to comlike it before," Ryan said. plain, but said since her "Ninety percent of the request, "they have added (dead) flying foxes were ba- 'Amazing Grace' every day bies or juveniles." [The Dai- ... a full verse." The pastor ly Telegraph, 1/8/2018] responded that he has lowered the volume but will not Bright Idea turn off the bells completeChris McCabe, 70, of ly, as some in the neighborTotnes, England, escaped hood love them. [KOB-TV, a frigid death thanks to 1/9/2018] his own quick thinking on Dec. 15. McCabe owns a -- One of Quebec City's butcher shop, and he had iconic tourist attractions is

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fers a wide range of aesthetic medical services using injectables and the latest laser technology to help patients look and ultimately feel their best, now and for years to come. “Much of what we treat aesthetically is damage from the sun compounded by the normal aging process” Nanos said. “Here in San Diego, men and women are exposed to the sun daily from a young

its ice hotel, the 45-room Hotel de Glace. But on Jan. 9, the hotel's most dreaded disaster, a fire, broke out in one of the guest rooms, the CBC reported. Manager Jacques Desbois admitted that "when I received the phone call, they had to repeat twice that there was a fire in the ice hotel." Predictably, the flames did not spread and caused little damage to the structure, although smoke spread throughout the hotel and residents were evacuated. "In a room made out of ice and snow there are few clues to look at," Desbois said, although each room has candles, and the hotel is considering the possibility that one of them caused the fire. [CBC News, 1/9/2018] Family Values Alyce H. Davenport, 30, and Diron Conyers, 27, of Southbridge, Massachusetts, couldn't make it to the funeral of Audra Johnson, Davenport's mother, on Jan. 5 because they were busy stealing a safe from Johnson's home. Southbridge police started searching for the pair after Johnson's boyfriend discovered the safe was missing, reported The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. When police stopped Davenport the next day, they found the safe in the trunk of the car she was driving (also registered to Johnson) and seized it. Davenport and Conyers were arrested at a Sturbridge motel, where officers found jewelry, keys, cellphones and other documents, and the two were charged with seven counts related to the theft. "Alyce has a history of larceny, identity theft and forgery," the police report said. [Telegram & Gazette, 1/9/2018]

age. Our patients leave Kind Health Group with top-ofthe-line, medical-grade products for ongoing skincare and protection. But for damage that has already occurred, we have advanced lasers and protocols to immediately address and reverse that damage.” Kind Health Group laser technology also works for fractional skin resurfacing, removing wrinkles and smoothing out fine lines, minimizing surgical and acne scars and even stretch marks and unwanted hair. “Ours is one of the newest lasers on the market. It gives impressive results with very little down time,” Nanos said. “With our laser, you can return to work or go out with friends tha same day.” Another popular treatment at Kind Health Group is SculpSure. “I’m not a proponent of taking short cuts when it comes to weight loss,” Nanos said. “Mindful nutrition with whole foods, vigorous exercise, stress reduction and sleeping well are all crucial to maintaining

a healthy weight. But even if you’re doing everything right, sometimes there are stubborn areas like the belly and thighs that hold on to fat. SculpSure is perfect for those people. This is not a weight-loss device. It’s best suited for people who are already at their ideal weight. It melts fat permanently and takes just two or three 25-minute treatments to see optimal results.” As a female physician, women’s health has always been central to Nanos’ practice. For those experiencing vaginal issues commonly associated with menopause or childbirth, the MonaLisa Touch laser has vastly improved their quality of life. “This laser reverses menopausal symptoms as well as those in postpartum women or women experiencing drops in estrogen levels, including incontinence, vaginal dryness, painful sex and urinary discomfort,” Nanos said. MonaLisa Touch helps tighten and restores collagen and elastin. “I’m most excited to able to offer this signif-

icant breakthrough in women’s health — for all women — but particularly for women who have experienced gynecological cancers and can’t take hormone therapy to relieve their symptoms,” Nanos said. “My passion for medicine and caring for people immediately comes to life when you walk through the doors of Kind Health Group,” says Nanos. Everyone is invited to visit the team at Kind Health Group for a free consultation to experience medicine as it should be. They are located at 351 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 220 in Encinitas. For more information about Kind Connected Care and the full range of services and treatments offered visit www.kindhealthgroup. com or call (760) 701-KIND (5463).

Armed and Frustrated Linda Jean Fahn, 69, of Goodyear, Arizona, finally succumbed to a frustration many wives suffer. On Dec. 30, as her husband sat on the toilet, she barged in and "shot two bullets at the wall above his head to make him listen to me," she told Goodyear police when they were called to the scene. Fahn said her husband "would have had to be 10 feet tall to be hit by the bullets," ABC15 in Phoenix reported, but officers estimated the bullets struck about 7 inches over the man's head as he ducked. She was charged with aggravated assault. [ABC15 Arizona, 1/8/2018]

then returning to the vehicle and ramming the storefront again as several bystanders looked on. He was arrested after leaving the scene. [United Press International, 1/11/2018]

an animal, to wit: a horse." The horse's owner, Francine Janes, and her husband became suspicious when their dogs started barking the evening of Jan. 4. They found Bennett, dressed in a trenchcoat carrying burglar's tools, hiding in one of their barn stalls, Janes told WPMI-TV. Bennett told Janes "he wanted to pet (Polly) the horse," but he admitted to sheriff's investigators he molested Polly. Janes said she suspects Bennett had visited Polly "seven, maybe 10 times," because "toilet paper had been left. ... Items had been turned over. And that's as far as I want to go." [WPMI, 1/8/2018]

Creme de la Weird An unnamed 41-yearold Chinese woman who had been suffering from fevers and breathing problems for six years finally went for a checkup in early January at a hospital in Tongchuan, Shaanxi Province, China. Doctors X-rayed and found an inch-long chili pepper in her right lung. Metro News reported that Dr. Luo Lifeng tried to remove the pepper using a probe but was forced to operate because it was lodged too deep to reach. He speculated that she had inhaled the pepper and then forgotten about it. [Metro News, 1/11/2018] Go Ahead, Take Two An unnamed Russian man, apparently desperate for a drink, stole an armored personnel carrier from a secured facility on Jan. 10 and used it to ram a storefront in Apatity, Russia, reported United Press International. Surveillance video showed him climbing out of the tank-like carrier and into the store, where he retrieved a bottle of wine,

Employee Relations Pesto's Pizza Shop in Boise, Idaho, takes its pizza prep seriously. So when an employee burns a pizza, the discipline is swift and public: The worker must don an orange bag that reads "I burned a pizza," then "walk the plank," or the sidewalk, in front of the shop five times. Pesto's owner, Lloyd Parrott, told KBOI TV: "You know, we gotta have some fun around here. It's all in good fun." [KBOI, 1/9/2018] Oops An unnamed man tried an unconventional method to kill a wolf spider in his Redding, California, apartment on Jan. 7: He set it afire with a torch lighter. Unfortunately, the burning spider ran onto a mattress and caught it on fire. Residents were able to put out the mattress fire, but not before flames reached nearby drapes and a flag collection, then a nearby closet, reported the Redding Record Searchlight. When a garden hose failed to douse the blaze, firefighters were called and prevented it from spreading to other apartments. The blaze caused about $11,000 in damage, and all the residents were able to escape unharmed. [Redding Record Searchlight, 1/7/2018] Redneck Chronicles Daniel Bennett, 18, of Irvington, Alabama, was charged in Mobile County with bestiality after "engag(ing) in or submit(ting) to any sexual contact with

Compelling Explanations Troy, Michigan, police received two calls early on Jan. 10, both leading them to the Zion Church. One call was from the church, reporting vandalism caused by gunfire. The other was from the alleged shooter, who told police the church was an alien spaceship. Surveillance video shows the unnamed shooter, 40, driving up to the church around 5 a.m. and firing shots into the doors. "He was talking very strangely about how the Zion Church is an alien spaceship for reptiles," Troy Police Capt. Bob Redmond told WJBK-TV in Detroit. Police were assessing the shooter's mental health to determine whether charges would be filed. [WJBK-TV, 1/11/2018]


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he music would start blaring, which prompted Trevor Hoffman to swagger through an open bullpen gate and Kevin Towers to bolt from his seat. “I’ve never saw one his saves,’’ Towers once told me. “I’m too nervous and superstitious.’’ “Hells Bells” would reverberate around the Padres’ digs, but it would do so minus the team’s one-time general manager. Towers would be the target of others, busting his chops for being so jittery over a future Hall of Famer’s performance. Now anyone associated with the local nine would love to see a sweaty-palmed Towers find refuge in the Padres’ clubhouse, just one more time. But Towers, a Leucadia

Former Padres GM Kevin Towers, left, died of cancer Tuesday morning at the age of 56. He is shown here in 2011 at the number retirement ceremony for former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman. Courtesy photo

resident, died on Tuesday morning. The dastardly disease of cancer claimed another victim but it’s doubtful it’s ever taken anyone as beloved as Towers. He was just 56. During the recent World Series, Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a former Padres executive, held up a sign with Towers name on it to illustrate cancer’s reach.

“He means a lot to me,’’ Hinch said afterward. “He means a lot to the people within the game for many, many years. He’s done everything in the game. I wanted to put someone on there that was a baseball person that has resonated across the game at so many levels for so many years, and we just keep rooting for K.T. to have a recovery.”

Towers pitched at MiraCosta College and was proud he lived in the house used in “Top Gun.” He advanced as far as Triple-A as a Padres pitcher, but it was during his time as their general manager from 19952009 that he made his mark. His tenure stretched from Qualcomm Stadium to Petco Park as he tried makedo with embarrassingly low

budgets. The Padres were never the best team money could buy, instead living on Towers’ acumen of dumpster diving for pitchers and patching together a frugal lineup to compete. Were Towers’ Padres roster always top-shelf? Far from it. But Towers’ belief and enthusiasm led others to believe they could overachieve, or at least reach a level of play not many thought possible. It was Towers’ handiwork that pointed the Padres to their last World Series in 1998. While the Padres were overwhelmed by a Yankees team that won more than 100 games, the Padres had nothing to be ashamed of. The real crime was then-Padres owner Jeff Moorad showing Towers the door. Moorad mentioned some nonsense about Towers having too much of a “gunslinger’’ approach to his ways of building teams. Instead of being hurt by the backhanded compliment, Towers embraced it. Up until Tuesday, you could reach Towers at gunslingerkt@gmail,com. Up

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until our last annual college bowl pool, he was known as “Gunslinger.” Was he unconventional? You bet. He traded for Kevin Brown and Adrian Gonzalez. He also had some deals blow up in his face, but it never wiped his smile from it. He had the upbeat temperament that made him the right man for Padres’ job, one in which he would charm players into buying into the San Diego discount. Plus he would never fail to take the blame if his bold moves unraveled. Of the five times the Padres, who were born in 1969, have made the playoffs Towers’ fingerprints were on four of the rosters. San Diego’s last run at the postseason came in 2010, with many players Towers’ acquired in his last year with the Padres. Since, the Padres haven’t had a winning season, a skid that has reached seven seasons and is the second-longest in franchise history. Being on the ledger’s wrong side shows no sign of abating soon. Just like it’ll take time to absorb Towers’ loss. Hoffman knew about Towers’ late-inning act and always laughed about his GM not having the gumption to watch. When Hoffman met the press after being named to the Baseball Hall of Fame last week, among the first people he mentioned was Towers. That Hoffman did so with his voice cracking isn’t a surprise. What was a shocker was Tuesday’s heartbreaking news, which comes on the heels of the Padres losing iconic broadcaster Dick Enberg and former coach Brian Piccolo. The Padres’ offseason has been a rollercoaster, with the joy of Hoffman being selected to the HOF tempered by the loss of Enberg, Piccolo, and now Towers. He had battled the cancer for over a year. But he did so while often walking on our North County coast, always eager to talk baseball, music, wine and which beach bar served the coldest beer. Towers was a local and his home clinging the shores off Neptune Avenue was stunning. But it was the people inside, Kevin and his wife Kelley, who made it beautiful. Once I watched Towers’ act at VG Donuts. His tip exceeded his tab at the Cardiff bakery and yeah, I can still see those hard-working teenagers’ smiles when they saw what he slipped in the battered can atop the counter. Rest in peace, Gunslinger. You left behind a legacy of baseball know-how, but more importantly, you knew how to treat people. That gift extended well beyond those chalk marks on the diamond. Truth is, you were a gem and we’ll miss that smile which sparkled on a daily basis.

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ROMANCE ON FILM Join the Italian Film Festival showing Troppo Napoletano (From Naples With Love) at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at La Paloma Theatre, 471 S. Coast Highway 101. In Italian with English subtitles. For details, call (760) 4365774. INTERACTIVE ART Diane Mandle presents the musical event, “Collage: Many Pieces Creating a Whole” at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Ruby Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Tickets are $20 at (619) 994-8151 or soundenergyhealing.com/pages/ events.html.


CONCERT FOR CLUB-ABLE Stage and film performer André Stevens-Thomas and the Steve Weisberg Orchestra will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the North Coast Calvary Chapel, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. All proceeds go to Club-ABLE, a physically disabled nonprofit organization in North County. Tickets for the event can be purchased through andrestevensthomas.com or eventbrite.com. For details, call (760) 929-0029.

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It’s not easy for a front person in a band to share the limelight. Egos tend to get in the way. For evidence, check out the recent compelling Oasis documentary "Supersonic.” However, there are no such issues with Pink Martini. China Forbes has no issues sharing her gig as the front person with vocalist Storm Large. “I have no problems with that,” Forbes says. “It’s good for a mother of a young son to be able to focus on him and then there are times when I can go out and be with the band. Storm and I have worked it out. I can go do one leg of a tour and she can do another. Everybody is happy. I have no complaints.” The unusual situation started courtesy of the vocal surgery Forbes had in 2011, which forced her to take a hiatus from the band. Pink Martini called a reluctant Large. “When the offer arrived, I didn’t want to do it,” Large recalled. “But (pianist-songwriter) Thomas (Lauderdale) insisted. I said, ‘I never heard your music.’ He said it didn’t matter. And he was right.” There is no band that sounds like the eccentric and adventurous Pink Martini. So perhaps it figures that it’s fronted by two unselfish but dynamic and captivating vocalists. The Portland, Oregon-based band primarily delivers an amalgam of jazz, pop and Latin. “What I love about being in this band is that it’s so different than any other group,” Forbes says. The act, which will perform Feb. 7 at the California Center for the Arts is out behind “Je Dis Oui,” (which means I say yes). The album is an eclectic world music project on which Pink Martini takes a number of sonic chances. The sounds of Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese are rendered. “Thomas can put anything together and make it work,” Forbes says. “That’s the way it’s always been with him.” Forbes and Lauderdale have been friends for 30 years. They met while they were attending Harvard University. “On paper it seemed like it would work with us musically,” Forbes

says. “Thomas was a classical pianist and I was in rock bands. We developed this special connection. I told him that I wanted to study opera. It wasn’t his thing but Thomas got some sheet music and he accompanied me. We became very good friends. We played together but we didn’t write a song until Pink Martini started.” Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by Lauderdale. At that time, Forbes was immersed in New York’s singer-songwriter scene. “Thomas asked me come out and sing with him. It was a total lark. I never thought we would be in a band together but it happened and it’s

one of the best choices that I made. I love being part of Pink Martini. It’s been the greatest experience.” For many musicians, a gig in Pink Martini would be daunting considering how versatile and unpredictable Pink Martini is in the studio and onstage. “I think this group might be a bit much for some people but not me,” Forbes says “I was in rock bands, the choir, I did madrigals and I was part of musical theater. I also play guitar. I feel like I’m ready for anything when it comes to music. Being part of Pink Martini, which is so wonderfully eclectic, is natural for me. My musicianship is innate. I

can’t write sheet music like Thomas but what we have works. It’s been an amazing experience.” Forbes hopes to be part of Pink Martini for years. “There’s no reason to stop,” Forbes said. “I’ve been part of it this long and what’s nice is that I don’t have to do it all. Storm can come in and do her part. The situation is perfect.” Pink Martini appears Wednesday Feb. 7 at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $30 and $45. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (760) 839-4138 or visit www. artcenter.org.

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