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SDUHSD splits in superintendent vote By Aaron Burgin

In good company

Three-time Farmers Insurance Open winner Phil Mickelson finishes the tournament tied for 14th at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which came to a close on Sunday. At the end of it, 22-year-old Jon Rahm won the tournament. Mickelson was just one of a number of players with ties to Rancho Santa Fe to compete in the event, which included Pat Perez and Jamie Lovemark. See story about Lovemark on page 18. Photo by Bill Reilly

Pictured left to right: Rita J. Szczotka, Susanne Rohrbaugh, Wendy Walker, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, Marjan Daneshmand, Tamara LaFarga-Joseph and Miriam Smotrich ready for another “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” event this year. Courtesy photo

Miracle Circle gears up for Breakfast at Tiffany’s By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Miracle Babies is spreading the word about its auxiliary’s third year anniversary. In celebration of Miracle Circle’s milestone, it is once again hosting “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla this year. The Keynote speaker for the Feb. 22 luncheon event is holocaust survivor Edith Eva Eger, Ph.D. Headquartered in San Diego County, Miracle Babies was founded by Rancho Santa Fe residents Marjan Daneshmand and her husband, Dr. Sean Daneshmand. The nonprofit’s mission is to help families facing a fi-

nancial strain whose newborns are in the neonatal intensive care unit with monetary assistance. Additionally, its mission also branches out to supportive services for families by way of education and research. “We are so excited to kick off 2017 with our ‘oh so fun’ Breakfast at Tiffany. This year we are blessed with our keynote speaker, Dr. Edith Eva Eger,” said Rita J. Garcia-Szczotka, development director and Miracle Circle president. “We will be adding a few extra fun things to jazz it up a bit this year. Brandon Noel will be spinning records with a saxophonist, a fabulous ‘jewelry pull’ by Kendra

Scott, custom cookies by the winner of ‘Cake Wars’ at each place-setting and the decor will be so Tiffany’s.” Garcia-Szczotka described Dr. Edith Eva Eger’s history as an amazing one. “Dr. Eger will touch each soul in the audience with her humanistic approach to life, business, and relationships which will conjugate with her topic on love. Her book, due to be released in September, ‘The Choice — Escaping The Past and Embracing the Possible,’ will no doubt be a bestseller and will be translated into many lanTURN TO MIRACLE ON 14

REGION — The San Dieguito Union High School District has a new superintendent, but the board vote was far from unanimous. The board voted 3-2 to remove the interim tag from Eric Dill’s title. Dill, the associate superintendent of business services, had been serving as acting superintendent since July 1, 2016, when former superintendent Rick Schmitt left to take the top job at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California. John Salazar and Maureen “Mo” Muir voted against his hiring, criticizing the decision in a joint letter sent to The Coast News and other media outlets. “We vote no because we believe approval of him is premature,” Salazar and Muir wrote. “We were given the choice of one candidate for the most important job in our district. The other three trustee’s refused to consider anyone else.” Board president Amy Herman, who voted in favor of Dill’s contract, said that Salazar and Muir’s assertion was not true. The school board conducted an initial search for a permanent replacement last fall, but put the search on hold after an unsuccessful first round of interviews. According to a previous news release, Dill did not apply for the permanent position during the first round, but district officials met with him in closed session shortly before winter break and ultimately decided to offer him the job. Herman said that the board had unanimously voted in closed session to proceed with hiring Dill, and it wasn’t until the day of the vote that Muir and Salazar expressed any reservations about the picks. “We were able to ask Eric any question we wanted and we all did, the interview process was very thorough, and there were no objections raised,” Herman said. “That is what makes this very surprising and disappointing.” The school board conducted an initial search for a permanent replacement last fall, but put the search on hold after an unsuccessful first round of interviews. According to a previous news release, Dill did not apply for the permanent position during the first round, but district officials met with him in closed session shortly before winter break and ultimately decided to offer him the job. The minority board members said that search firms told them that better

Eric Dill is named superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District after the school board voted 3-2 to remove the interim tag from his title. Courtesy photo

We were able to ask Eric any question we wanted and we all did...” Amy Herman President, SDUHSD Board

candidates would emerge at the beginning of the calendar year. “We believe we have a responsibility to our students, parents, faculty, and taxpayers to at least explore, during this optimal time, what other candidates may be available,” their letter read. “While Mr. Dill may be the best candidate, we don’t know that he is the best one for this district because he is the only person that was considered.” Salazar and Muir were also critical of Dill’s advocacy for lease-leaseback arrangements — several of which were recently rescinded at the same board meeting where Dill’s contract was approved — as well as for the 12.5 percent raise given to district employees last year, which they said raised the district’s budget obligations by $15 million and is contributing to a reported $10 million budget deficit. Dill has been with the school district — which serves students at five middle schools and four high schools in Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe — since 2001. He was promoted to his current role in 2010 after serving as the executive director of business services and the director of risk management.


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WINNING WAYS The Grauer School in Encinitas plays host to an FTC Robotics meet on Jan. 21. Three teams from R. Roger Rowe competed in the event and continued to take top honors with the Singularity team garnering a first-place alliance trophy. David Warner, who heads up the FTC Robotics program at the school said, “I’m so proud of our three teams. They’ve been working since September preparing for our winter meets.” The teams compete again Feb. 4 at the Grauer School in Encinitas for the League Championship. Courtesy photo

Superintendent David Jaffe, left, with Bradley Johnson, the new director of finance at the RSF School District. Johnson began his new position on Jan. 23. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Maintaining dental health topic of Senior Center discussion Johnson appointed as new director of finance By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The stormy weather didn’t dampen the attendance numbers for a special presentation at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. On Jan. 20, Dr. Weston Spencer, DDS who has practices in both Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla, shared valuable information between the relationship of dental and overall health. According to Spencer, maintaining dental health was essential on many levels. “Your mouth health plays such a big role in everything else,” he said Spencer also touched upon recent news questioning the need for flossing. As far as Spencer was concerned, while flossing may not minimize cavity occurrence, it does help tremendously with reducing gum inflammation. And this inflammation can impact one’s health and wellness. “The gum health relationship to the rest of the body is incredibly important particularly as we age

have a lot more difficulty fighting things elsewhere.” Spencer pointed out how he knows a handful of doctors who are heart surgeons. Depending on the type of heart surgery, some doctors require that their patients have a thorough dental cleaning beforehand to make sure they are free of periodontal disease so they are cleared for surgery. “There are a lot of doctors that are actually doing this more often now,” Spencer said. “So flossing is still to me one of the best solutions to reduce inflammation,” he said. Other topics Spencer discussed were dental X-rays and dental implants. Following the presentation, Spencer thanked all for attending and remained on “The gum health relationship to the rest of the body is incredibly im- hand to answer questions. portant particularly as we age in life,” says Dr. Weston Spencer, DDS at a recent lecture at the RSF Senior Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District board unanimously approved Bradley Johnson as its new director of finance. Superintendent David Jaffe shared with the board of trustees the process of finding a candidate. It began with paper screenings followed by an interview of eight candidates, which took place with a panel of four people, including Jaffe. From there, the candidate selection dwindled down to four. Jaffe told the board he then completed reference checks on the finalists. Jaffe went on to say how he recently communicated with Johnson in ref-

erence to proposed contract requirements he received about the teacher’s parking lot, also referred to as the Dacus property. “And he (Johnson) had answers like that,” said Jaffe, snapping his fingers. “The reason I believe he has the answers like that is because his degrees are in finance and accounting. He also worked for Gafcon as the Deputy Program Manager for the $600 million capital improvements program at the Grossmont school district.” Jaffe went on to say how Johnson brings along a ton of skills in addition to his educational background. Johnson’s employment as director of finance went into effect Jan. 23.

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Explaining our superintendent vote By John Salazar & Maureen “Mo” Muir

Why we voted NO on Eric Dill as the San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent We were asked to approve the hiring of Mr. Dill as our superintendent for the San Dieguito Union High School District. We voted no because we believe approval of him is premature. We were given the choice of one candidate for the most important job in our district. The other three trustees refused to consider anyone else. When we conducted interviews with experienced Superintendent search firms, we were told that the beginning of the calendar year was the most productive time to find the best superintendent. We believe we have a responsibility to our students, parents, faculty, and taxpayers to at least explore, during this optimal time, what other candidates may be available. While Mr. Dill may be the best candidate, we don’t know that he is the best one for this district because he is the only person that was considered. We do have concerns that Mr. Dill has no teaching degree, has never taught in a classroom, has never

What if Trump-care works in the state? What if it doesn’t? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


ne problem in having a president who operates without much regard for facts, truth or consistency — one whose staff has devised the concept of “alternative facts” — is that when he says or promises something, no one can know whether he means it. So it was with President Trump’s mid-January promise of “health insurance for everybody,” including better coverage, more choice among policies, lower deductibles and no one left behind — far different from anything his Republican allies in Congress ever promised in their many efforts to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Trump later “walked back” this commitment, promising now only that, “There will be nobody dying on the streets in a Trump administration.” Then, in his first executive order, he authorized officials to disregard or delay parts of the ACA, including the unpopular mandate that most Americans must buy insurance or pay a tax. For now, details of what some are calling “Trumpcare” remain a mystery. But there’s plenty of information available on what Obamacare has meant in California. Here are some facts: The number of previously-uninsured Californians covered under Medi-Cal (the state’s version of federal Medicaid) and the Covered California program of group and individual policies jumped this winter above 5 million — most of whom had no coverage before Obamacare. Premiums have risen for them, but so have federally-funded subsidies to help many cover those costs — unless Trump and his allies undo the subsidies. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says more than 3.7

million low-income California adults would lose health coverage if the ACA were repealed, as Republicans in Congress voted tentatively to do the other day. Another 1.2 million here would lose the tax breaks they now use to buy insurance through Covered California. But Republicans in Congress, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, insist they won’t merely repeal what exists now; they’ll

The devil is always in the details, of course, and that’s especially true with any Trump proposal... replace it with something better. Most versions they have floated of that “improvement” would include higher deductibles and lower coverage at greater cost, but the GOP says customers would then comparison-shop and see market competition drive prices down. Now comes Trump, at first promising something no other Republican ever touted: In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, he promised universal coverage, which Democrats sought for decades but never achieved. He also vowed to force drug companies to negotiate prices directly with both Medicare and Medicaid, possibly lowering prices for seniors on Medicare Part D and for some others. Said Trump, “There was a philosophy…that if you

run a school as a principal or served in any other administrative position at a school. He also has very limited experience working with parents in terms of problem solving or providing a district’s educational vision. We have students under-performing in many of our subgroups and we believe we should have someone with experience in improving student achievement, of which he has no experience. The school board has approved certain items over the past year based upon Mr. Dill’s recommendations that are now problematic for our district, and concerns us. He strongly advocated for the lease-leaseback agreements, which we raised concerns about because of the litigation trend to sue districts because these models were being challenged as not having competitive bidding. Our dissenting votes were of course repeatedly ridiculed and protested by union representatives and others. Unfortunately, despite our cautioning against entering into lease-leaseback agreements, the district has received an intent to

sue letter pertaining to several of these contracts on the exact basis we tried to warn the other members of the board and Mr. Dill about. But now, under threat of a lawsuit from a well-respected law firm, supported by a state taxpayers organization, he is recommending that we do a complete turnaround and rescind our vote on these contracts. In other words, he is now recommending that the board do exactly what we recommended months ago. Mr. Dill also advocated for certain other questionable fiscal decisions, such as the 12.5 percent employee raise, which raised our budget by a total of $15 million if you combine the certificated with the classified and administrative raises, including his own raise. The school district now has a nearly $10 million deficit. We will always put your children’s education first. Until a search is conducted, we believe it is premature to make this extremely important decision.

can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Rather, he said, everyone in America “can expect to have great health care….Much less expensive and much better.” We already know that if Obamacare were simply abandoned, left moldering beside history’s highway with no replacement, at least some John Salazar and Maureen deaths and disabilities would “Mo” Muir are San Dieguito follow. Cancer patients who Union High School District could previously get no care Board Members. once again would get little or none. Immunizations would drop drastically. Treatment for everything from kidney stones to the common cold would be cut, with commensurately more epidemics. insisting that minimum jobs? On the backs of All this could happen if I wonder where these wages are enough and that the working class Trump’s still secret new plan Andrew Puzder has they don’t need overtime machines would be made, for health care doesn’t work gotten rich on the backs of pay because a “sense of in China to save money for and amounts in real life to a people working for mini- accomplishment should be Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. simple repeal of Obamacare. and Hardee’s and increase mum wages that keep them enough.” Obama claimed in one of his He also has talked his wealth while he takes in poverty. many exit interviews that (President Donald) about replacing workers jobs away from people that the ACA has established that are most in need? Trump has promised to with machines. mass insurance can be done; Trump has promised help working people but Trump’s mixed messages Thank you, this appointment of a per- to create more jobs. How leave it unclear whether he Virginia Davis, son who seems to have does replacing workers buys this idea. Carlsbad distrain for his workers, with machine create more And what if Trumpcare actually appears and it works? The first reality is that this would likely see Trump and his fellow Republicans reelected easily both in 2020 and in the mid-term year of P.O. Box 232550, Encinitas, CA 92023-2550 • 760-436-9737 2018. www.ranchosfnews.com • Fax: 760-943-0850 A second is that if health care becomes available to all THE RANCH’S BEST SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS at lower prices than today’s, California and America will be healthier places. EDITOR AND PUBLISHER Jim Kydd CONTRIBUTING WRITERS PHOTOGRAPHER But there is no assurance Bianca Kaplanek Bill Reilly anything remotely like this MANAGING EDITOR Tony Cagala bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com info@billreillyphotography.com will happen, or that it will Promise Yee CONTACT THE EDITOR work if it is mandated. In fact, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Chris Kydd Pyee@coastnewsgroup.com Trump backtracked at least Tony Cagala ACCOUNTING Becky Roland twice on what he said about Christina Macone-Greene tcagala@coastnewsgroup.com universal access to health COMMUNITY NEWS EDITOR Jean Gillette David Boylan care. The devil is always in STAFF REPORTERS Aaron Burgin E’Louise Ondash the details, of course, and Steve Puterski Frank Mangio that’s especially true with any Trump proposal, if only DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER Savannah Cross Jay Paris because he so often plays fast GRAPHIC ARTIST Phyllis Mitchell and loose with both facts and Op-Ed submissions: his own past statements. Krista Confer

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District considers another student information system By Christina Macone-Greene a possible migration.

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RSF Garden Club opens Paving Dacus lot gets reconsideration grant application process By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District decided at its Jan. 12 board meeting that for the time being it would not repave the Dacus parking lot. The property currently serves as the teacher’s parking lot. The board’s point of view was based on a cost estimate with a price tag of $325,744. Debra Vauhn-Cleff

I’ve been a big proponent of doing something really nice to that parking lot, but this price is too much for me.” Tyler Seltzer Vice President, RSF School District

of Webb Cleff Architecture and Engineering was on hand to discuss what it would take to move forward with a paved parking lot project. She created a preliminary design on those components. The estimated cost included a new parking lot of 70 spaces, a new concrete walkway, and new striped crosswalk. Also part of the components were addressing storm drainage regulations and keeping the footprint of the existing grading, she said. While this was only a discussion item at the meeting, Superintendent David Jaffe told the board he would look into researching a site cleanup and regrade

which would also include putting down some gravel. According to Jaffe, a local landscaping company quoted a cleanup like this at $14,000. Jaffe and the board agreed that the estimate to pave the parking lot was shocking. It was Jaffe’s recommendation to the board to look at the cleanup solution and hold off on the concrete for now. When another large project came along in the future for the school, he said, then they may consider at that time to incorporate the paving of the parking lot with that project. “That gives us the opportunity to go for state money as well when we are looking to do major projects that can offset the cost of it,” Jaffe said. Due to the high amounts of rainfall, the Dacus parking lot has been impacted as opposed to previous years. “But we can get through it. I think if we clean it up, if we raise up the gravel a little bit higher, and simple grade it, then we can eliminate the puddling that takes place,” he said. “So that would be my recommendation for this.” The board then wanted to know how many parking spaces were currently available at Dacus. Jaffe shared there were 51 and there were usually 10 to 15 spots that were empty. “I’ve been a big proponent of doing something really nice to that parking lot, but this price is too much for me,” said Tyler Seltzer, RSF School District vice president. And the board agreed. Jaffe said he would go in the “cleanup” direction and gather other estimates and bring them back to the board for discussion and consideration.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Beginning Feb. 1, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is requesting applications to award funding for projects or initiatives that meet the organization’s mission to “further the development of charitable horticulture and charitable conservation activities, both within and outside the community of Rancho Santa Fe,” according to a press release from the Garden Club. Prospective projects should show relevance to the Garden Club’s mission. They must be technically and economically feasible ensuring that all those actively involved in the project will benefit from the results. Projects must address a community need, facilitate the transfer of technology, skills and knowledge to others, and foster self-sufficiency. This upcoming fiscal year will include at least $50,000 in total awards to selected grant recipients and will be distributed among as many qualifying applicants and in monetary amounts the Board of Directors deems appropriate. Entities eligible to apply for a grant include 501c3 charitable organizations in San Diego County. The Grant Application form can be found online at rsfgardenclub.org along with an outline of criteria that successful applicants must satisfy, and an explanation of the process that the Grant Committee will use to award the funds. For more details contact Shelly Breneman, executive director, at (858) 756-1554 or shelly@rsfgardenclub.org.

Applications will be accepted through March 17 by noon. Grant winners will be notified and invited to present their proposals and receive their grant award at the Garden Club’s Annual Meeting held May 24.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Board listened to a presentation regarding the possibility of moving to a different student information system. Superintendent David Jaffe introduced the topic. “We talked about consolidating the seven different types of communication pools and student information pools that we use and in doing so, we looked at a number of different products. “And what Ben will present today is the one that we’re leaning towards,” Jaffe said. “We like what it has to offer.” Ben Holbert, the district’s technology director, provided the board reasons as to why this was being considered. The system Jaffe was speaking of is called Illuminate. While Holbert believes that Illuminate is the best option for the district, he will continue to research other systems that are available. According to Holbert, there was interest in seeing what was out there on the shelf and discussing some of the issues around

The reasons for migration included more effective reporting, lower cost of ownership, consolidation of systems, and a system independent of specific personnel. “And we would have lower risk because we’re not housing the data here in one spot and as a part of this, I went into a little bit about what kinds of backup systems potential vendors have,” Holbert said. Holbert also pointed out that by purchasing something “off the shelf” there wouldn’t be a dependency on a particular person due to any different types of customizations. Rancho Santa Fe District school board member Sarah Neal wanted to know what the ongoing training for teachers would be like. Holbert answered that the training would likely incorporate new teachers that come onboard. Jaffe said that when a teacher generates a report on this new student information system, they can share that report with other teachers as well. “The learning curve on this is pretty quick,” Jaffe said.

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City working to remove tracks from bluffs sooner than planned By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With North County Transit District enforcing railroad trespassing laws and Mother Nature and sea level rise taking a toll the coastline, the Del Mar City Council is working to remove the railroad tracks from its bluffs sooner than 2050, the San Diego Association of Governments’ current target date for the project. Council members unanimously agreed at the Jan. 14 meeting to move forward with a plan, authored by Mayor Terry Sinnott and Councilman Dwight Worden, which also seeks to identify safe and legal ways to cross the tracks. Worden and Sinnott will begin collecting data from existing studies and engineering reports that detail the current state of the bluffs and how much has been spent to shore them up. They plan to use that information to let other cities know Del Mar is starting the process to remove the tracks from the bluffs. Del Mar City Council members are no longer sticking to a plan to remove the train tracks from the deteriorating bluffs in 2050. They They also hope to get SANDAG recently agreed to start collecting information now to help move the project forward sooner. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Protestors on Saturday at Lindbergh Field hold a rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from some countries entering the U.S. Photo by Rebecca Sykes

Executive order sparks protests at Lindbergh Field By Rebecca Sykes

REGION — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that would ban Muslims and refugees to enter America. This prompted protests at airports across the country, including Lindbergh Field, for protesters to speak up for the people banned from entering this country. The protest came in a spur of the moment amid Trump’s decision to ban Muslims and refugees into America. Jeane Wong organized the protest by making an event on Facebook, which escalated quickly as more people shared the event to their own Facebook page. “I was watching the news, I kept refreshing (Facebook) to see if people were going to come…I know they are doing one tomorrow too but it seemed really important today,” said Wong. “We need to react, we are learning we need to react really fast.” There were 500 to 600 peaceful protesters at the

international terminal on the first day of protests, ranging from young to old. People were holding signs that included: “No one is illegal,” “We welcome Muslims + refugees,” “No ban, no wall,” and a young girl holding a sign that said, “My land is your land.” A second day of protests continued on Sunday across the country, including at Lindbergh Field, which drew thousands of protesters. Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued a statement on Jan. 25, prior to President Trump’s issuing of the executive order saying it wasn’t easy to accept despite knowing his attitudes express during the election. “After listening to Donald Trump on the campaign trail, we shouldn’t be surprised that he is pursuing these irrational, mean-spirited and misguided executive orders,” Atkins’ statement read. “In turn, immigrants contribute greatly to our

culture and our economy,” Atkins continued. “And part of what makes San Diego such a vibrant city is its rich human diversity, and much of that is thanks to immigrants, many who come from the places Donald Trump is afraid of. His orders threaten great harm to the efforts of many people and organizations who for many years have been working to strengthen regional economic and cultural ties between the San Diego and Tijuana regions.” On Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said in a statement that, “A welcoming America is not incompatible with a strong and secure America. We can put in place a vetting process that the American people have confidence in. To do so, the Congress must work with the administration to swiftly reestablish strong and clear screening procedures so that our rich tradition of immigration is not permanently threatened by those who wish us harm.” “This protest means

to me that America is the land of opportunity for a lot of people,” said Jim Lantry, one of the protestors and La Jolla resident. “We shouldn’t be closing our doors. They didn’t close the doors to let our parents in; our grandparent’s in. (Trump) can’t close the doors to let new people in either. Hate can’t be our watch word, this is not what America means to me.” Lantry, who also protested the Vietnam War in the ‘60s, was surprised by the rally’s turnout. “I think this is the first presidential protest that I’ve seen in my lifetime, other than protesting against the war in the ‘60s, that has been so robust and strong and so soon,” Lantry said. Ellen Freitas said at the rally, that the government’s actions are not ethical. “I think what Trump is doing is divisive, it is not right. I know a lot of refugees in Iraq, they are my TURN TO PROTEST ON 14

officials onboard to help create a scope of work and feasibility report. “If things go the way they should, which they never do, we’ll get SANDAG’s cooperation,” Worden said. In 2014, SANDAG’s regional transportation plan estimated the cost of a tunnel and double tracking at $1.3 billion. “Where was never determined,” Councilman Dave Druker said. “There’s not a whole lot of choices.” Recommendations have included building a tunnel under Camino del Mar or Crest Canyon or along Interstate 5. Druker said all three have different impacts. That’s where the feasibility study comes in. Once the best option is selected, updated cost estimates can be made and funding can be identified. The tracks will eventually need to be relocated because, according to studies, bluff failure TURN TO TRACKS ON 7

“It went so fast,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer jokes at the Jan. 25 groundbreaking ceremony for One Paseo, a once-controversial mixed-use project nearly a decade in the making. Photo by

Bianca Kaplanek

One Paseo breaks ground By Bianca Kaplanek

CARMEL VALLEY — About a month after preliminary grading began, the developers of One Paseo held an official groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 25, with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer praising the mixeduse project for providing much-needed housing and jobs. “That’s growing our tax base. That’s growing our economy,” Faulconer said.” As we are continuing to grow our economy, particularly growing our innovation economy, this One Paseo project is going to provide top-of-the-line work spaces that we need to have to attract some of the best and brightest talent.” Because One Paseo will allow people to live, work, dine and shop on the 23-acre site, Faulconer said it will also help reduce

pollution and support the goals of the city’s climate action plan. “People have come together to create a very special project,” he said. “This is about a win for all San Diegans. … Thank you for working to create a project that’s going to be unique and that’s going to work. And that’s, at the end of the day, what all of us wanted to see.” The project, located at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, will feature 95,000 square feet of retail space, 280,000 square feet of offices in two buildings, open plazas and 608 multifamily units. Of those, 61will be affordable, for residents who earn 65 percent of the region’s average median income, or approximately $36,000 for a single person TURN TO ONE PASEO ON 14

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A blast from the past small talk jean gillette This column originally ran in 1998. s temperatures dropped here recently, my husband and I were waxing eloquent about winter. Remember, winter is a concept somewhat beyond the ken of our California-born-and-bred bambinos. These would be the same children who haven’t owned a coat in five years. For that very reason, we were broadening their scope with tales of true winter conditions we had experienced in our day. They were hanging on our every word, of course, as teenagers always do. My husband did get their attention briefly with stories of the winter he spent in Chicago a few years ago when it hit 19 degrees below zero plus wind chill. We put this in context by pointing out that around here it never even gets to 19 degrees above zero. “Why did people settle in places like that?” my child asked ingenuously. As we sat on our neighbor’s balcony, watching the palm trees sway beneath a clear, blue sky, I had to really think a minute to come up with a reason. I could only suppose that


From left: San Diego Botanic Garden CEO Julian Duval, Lamia Mekhemar, an ambassador from the Egyptian Consulate in Los Angeles and Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear at the garden’s Egyptian tapestry exhibition. Courtesy photo

Egyptian diplomat visit proves to be ‘delightful’ By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The visit of a high-ranking Egyptian diplomat to the San Diego Botanic Garden proved to be a “delightful” and thought-provoking experience, said Julian Duval, the garden’s CEO. The garden hosted Lamia Mekhemar, an ambassador from the Egyptian Consulate in Los Angeles, on Jan. 19. Her visit coincided with the debut of an Egyptian tapestry exhibition at the garden earlier this month. Mekhemar toured the collection of garden-themed tapestries from the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in Egypt as well as the rest of the 35acre Encinitas garden.



is imminent, either from a storm, an earthquake or a combination of both. Since that also makes the problem an operational issue, Worden suggested including all rail line users in the plan. “I think a reliable tunnel that’s double-tracked and that doesn’t have risks and service interruptions is something that ought to appeal to BNSF and Amtrak,” he said. “They ought to be allies. “Their history is they just hang out and run their trains and unless you drag them into the policy arena they stay out,” he added. There is ongoing work to double-track the entire Los Angeles to San Diego rail corridor. But it cannot be done in Del Mar because of bluff instability. Safety is the other main reason for getting the tracks off the deteriorating bluffs. The only lawful way to get over them and to the beach in Del Mar is at a legal crossing. The only one in the city is on Coast Boulevard in the north end of town. “You’ve got this highspeed rail line with trains going 90 miles an hour blocking the people from getting to the beach,” Worden said. “There’s only two solutions to that. You keep killing people — and we’re doing it at the rate of about a dozen a year now between Oceanside and San Diego — or you grade

“She turned out to be absolutely delightful,” Duval said. “Whenever you have a dignitary visit, you are never sure how formal it will be, but she turned out to be very interested in the wonder and beauty of nature and it was a very enjoyable experience.” Duval noted that Mekhemar was even willing to extend her visit, which was originally supposed to begin at 4 p.m., by arriving two hours earlier to enjoy the entire park. Mekhemar received a statesman’s welcome, complete with a greeting by Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. One of the highlights of the tour, Duval said, was when Mekhemar

separate it. “But the rail people tell you that’s too expensive,” he added. “They’ll just want to fence it. And fencing the entire coastline off … is so contrary to where we’re headed. That’s the kind of conundrum that leaves you with a choice of killing people or blocking the coast, neither of which is acceptable.” At-grade crossings such as the one on Coast Boulevard allow people to cross on the tracks. At a grade-separated crossing, like the ones in Solana Beach and Encinitas, people can go over or under the rail line. “The only way the track is going to be safe so that people are not crossing it and getting killed or committing suicide on it is if it is grade-separated all the way along the track,” Druker said. “Nobody is committing suicide, shall we say, in Solana Beach because you can’t get to the track. It’s as simple as that.” The California Public Utilities Commission, which governs rail crossings, generally favors grade separating at all new crossings. However, they are expensive. With a few exceptions, the agency opposes the creation of any new atgrade crossings. Sinnott said it will be important to build momentum so people in the entire region recognize that getting the trains off the bluff is a good safety, economic and environmental move.

noted to the contingent that the tapestries were created by both Coptic Christian and Islamic artists. “It was a very rewarding discovery that during this time of great division in our world that art and nature can continue to be forces that bring us together,” Duval said. “It is nice when we have to opportunity to realize the things that bring us together rather than the focus out there on the things that divide us.” The tapestry exhibition continues at the garden until March 31 daily at the Botanic Garden. The Egyptian artists vividly celebrate the flowers of the desert, villages and Nile River in their tapestry work.

“Let’s start gathering the information, with help from SANDAG, so we can create a logical, complete picture of why the project needs to move forward sooner rather than wait-

ing,” he said. “If (people) see a regional benefit, which I think there will be, it will help us, because if it’s just little Del Mar saying we want this off the bluff, we

since most of the early immigrants came from equally miserable and frigid locales, it didn’t seem all that peculiar. They weren’t expecting better weather. They just wanted somewhere with more land and fewer landlords. You have to notice pretty quickly, however, that the settlers moved steadily west. I don’t believe I ever read about an explorer who landed in Mexico or California, checked out the sun, surf and sand and then insisted on moving east. I’ve been warm and I’ve been cold. Warm is better. I have it on solid authority that even if you have moved from frosty climes, a few California winters under your belt will make you molt. You lose your edge. A winter day with temperatures below 60 becomes a day to remark upon. Our sinuses slam shut if a ceiling fan is cranked up too high. Once you learn you can usually leave the house without a coat, hat or gloves, there’s no going back. I work alongside a former Nebraskan who howled TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 14

don’t get anywhere,” Sinnott added. “We want to develop a good case.” Druker also stressed the importance of including Del Mar residents in the decision-making process.

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John Laner, 90 Encinitas January 28, 2017

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Carol Givens, 69 Encinitas January 26, 2017

Thomas Phillips, 86 Encinitas January 24, 2017

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FEB. 3, 2017 MEDITATION AND MORE Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is hosting a Know something that’s going one-day retreat in collaboration with meditation on? Send it to calendar@ studio Unplug from 11 coastnewsgroup.com a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $225. FEB. 3 MIRACLE LEAGUE For reservations call (866) Feb. 3 is the final day for 233-6708. registration for players, buddies, coaches and vol- FEB. 6 REPUBLICAN WOMunteers to be part of the Spring 2017 Season Miracle EN Lake San Marcos League Baseball. Opening Federation of RepubliDay ceremonies at 10 a.m. can Women will meet at March 4 at Engel Family 11 a.m. Feb. 6 at the St. Field, a Little Padres Park Mark Golf Club, 1750 San at San Dieguito Park, 1628 Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Lomas Santa Fe Drive; So- Tamara Banks will give a lana Beach. Scholarships slide presentation of the are available to all players inauguration of Donald who are in need. For more J. Trump. Send or delivinformation, visit themira- er check/reservations to Elizabeth Laister, 1053 cleleague.net/. HEARTS IN OCEANS- San Pablo Drive, Lake San IDE Oceanside Valentine’s Marcos, 92078. Cost is $25 celebration runs through per person. For more inFeb. 14 including Thursday formation, call (760) 744night Sweetheart Market, 0953. Classic Car Cruise, from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the FEB. 7 WOMEN’S CONPrivateer Marketplace, Reservations Oceanside Valentine Bike NECTION Ride Feb. 11, the Show the are due by Feb. 7 for the Love Run at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 North Coast Women’s Valentine’s and more. For details, visit Connection OceansideValentinesWeek. Day Luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, at org. GARDEN CLUB Carls- Lomas Santa Fe Country bad garden club meeting Club, 1505 Lomas Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Fe Drive, Solana Beach. the Dove Library, 1775 Walk-ins welcome for $26. Dove Lane, Carlsbad. They For reservations, make will discuss growing organ- $24 checks to NCWC, send to Shirley Tanzi, 3016 Garic vegetables and herbs. LIFE LECTURES boso, Carlsbad, CA 92009. “Spark Creative Learning in Screen-Crazy Kids” and FEB. 8 WOMEN OF VISTA a look at “Diseases of the Bible” will be the topics of The Woman’s Club of Vista LIFE Lectures at MiraCos- will meet 10:30 a.m. Feb. ta College lifelong learn- 8 at the Shadowridge Golf ing group starting at 1 Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, p.m. Feb. 3 at the college’s Vista . The luncheon is Oceanside campus, 1 Bar- $18. For information and nard Drive, Admin. Bldg. lunch reservation, call #1000. Purchase a $1 park- (760) 822-6824 or visit ing permit at the machine womansclubofvista.org. in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta. FEB. 9 FACING EXTINCedu/life or call (760) 757TION? “Preventing a 2121, ext. 6972 Mass Extinction Through Effective Climate Action” FEB. 4 WISDOM OF RAIN- will be presented by Tom WATER Learn about ef- English from 5:30 to 7:30 fective collection methods p.m. Feb. 9 at The Vista and use of rainwater and Library, 700 Eucalyptus gray water in your garden Ave, Vista, in conjunction with San Diego Master with the North County CliGardener Greg Alder at mate Change Alliance. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Del Mar Branch Library, 1309 FEB. 10 CHRISTIAN SCICamino Del Mar. For more information, call (858) 755- ENCE Free Christian Science lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 1666. BIG BOOK SALE 10, 300 S. Ditmar, OceansFriends of the Encinitas ide. Child care provided. Library Bookstore invite all to its Big 1/2 Price Sale MARK THE CALENDAR SHEPHERD CLUB from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at 540 Cornish Drive, The German Shepherd Encinitas. For more infor- Dog Club of San Diego mation, visit encinitaslib- County Socialization/Obedience workshops will be friends.org DEMOCRATIC CLUB held on the fourth SaturEncinitas & North Coast days of the month at the Democratic Club will host San Dieguito County Park Jess Durfee, of the Demo- in Del Mar. Advance regcratic National Committee, istration at barbara_resfrom 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at nick@sbcglobal.net or call the Encinitas Public Li- (858) 756-2071. Cost is brary, 540 Cornish Drive, $20. SUPPORT CRC TEA Encinitas. Resource VALENTINE’S TEA Community Valentine’s Tea is served Center invites businesses at the Sikes Adobe Historic and individuals to donate Farmstead with sittings at auction items and spon1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays sor its annual English Tea Feb. 4, Feb. 11 and Feb. Luncheon April 1 1:30 to 18 at 12655 Sunset Drive, 4:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Escondido. Cost is $15 per Community Center, 1140 person. To register, vis- Oakcrest Park Drive, Enit sikesadobe.org. or call cinitas, Ticket $75 at (760) 230-6538 crcncc.org/ (858) 674-2275.



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National horse show comes to Del Mar DEL MAR — The 72nd Del Mar National Horse Show will host three evenings to showcase equestrian disciplines of Western, Dressage and Hunter/ Jumper. Events will be held each Saturday evening during the threeweek show, April 22, April 29 and May 6 at the Del Mar Arena, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com for both general admission seating and gourmet dinner VIP boxes. The Del Mar National Horse Show qualifies riders and horses for Olympic, World Champion and World Cup events.

Spectators can be within arm’s reach of the competition while enjoying a gourmet dinner in a box of six seats. General admission grandstand seats also are available plus food and beverage vendors on site. Competition classes held during the week are free to the public. More information can be found at delmarnational.com April 22 will be The Night of the Horse, at 7 p.m. with horsemanship and world-class performers showcased with horse and rider teamwork. Belgians and Clydesdales, will demonstrate

their powerful abilities in Find more information at delmarfairgrounds.com. the arena. Evening of Musical Freestyles, 7 p.m. April 29: Olympic, World and National Champions demonstrate the artistry, athleticism and inspiring collaboration between horse and rider in a display of strength and elegance choreographed to music. The final event is the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar show jumping at 7 p.m. May 6: The Del Mar National Horse Show is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association, a state of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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A wake up call from Via Guadalupe Wines ship around Baja, you might see a few of the Baja wines. Fast-forward to 2007 and the dozen or so wineries were now up to a few dozen and producing about 85 percent of the wines in all of frank mangio Mexico. The valley caught the attention of TASTE OF s there bias in the WINE and a visit to see for wine business? myself. You bet there The beauty of the valis! ley was unmistakable with Taste and companionthe perfect weather patship are two big reasons terns and coastal breezes why we have favorites in for plump, dynamic grapes. life. With wines as in our What I found was a setting other close-to-the-heart perfectly aligned for Italian precious subjects, you fall grapes such as Sangiovese in love and you tend not to from Tuscany and Nebbiochange your choices. lo from Piemonte. A masI believe that the wine ter from the old country, experience should also inCamillo Magoni, was chief clude discovery. winemaker for LA Cetto, at I have written more that time the largest winery than a few times about budin Mexico. geting some of your wine His Nebbiolo spent dollars for new selections, three years in a barrel and and that brings us to the sold for just $15. vineyards and surprisingly Today, there are over great wines coming from 80 vineyards in Via Guadaour friends to the south of lupe with 20,000 plus acres San Diego, in the Guadaunder vine, and 12 luxury lupe Valley, near Ensenada. boutique hotels. It’s estiBack in the ‘90s, word mated that over 600 thouwas spreading about a prissand visitors come to the tine but primitive valley valley to taste and purchase about a two-hour drive from the wines. San Diego that made some Fernando Gaxiola nice Cabernet, Merlot and knows as much about the Chardonnay, maybe a dozwines of the Gudalalupe as en or so vineyards, and if anyone. you were vacationing in Fernando Gaxiola is a spokesman for the wines of the Guadalupe ValHe is a tireless proEnsenada or Cabo San Lu- ley in Baja, seen at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. Photo by moter of the wines and has cas, or maybe on a cruise Frank Mangio connections with tour companies, restaurants and events in San Diego that allow him to present his New Carmel Valley/Torrey Highlands Office Now Open! Guadalupe Valley wine clients. On a recent day, we met and spoke over a lovely wine dinner at the popular rustic-style Bracero in San Diego’s Little Italy district. This restaurant, and Coasterra, a “Modern Mexican” food format on Harbor Island, have many great Baja wines on their wine menu. I asked him what he does to promote the Guadalupe wines. “I am working hard to produce tours of the "Safe, friendly, valley to show first hand where and how these wines direct access care are made and the quality of provided by Board the producers. 2015 2016 We also present wine Certified/Doctors of tasting at the biggest events in Southern California. A Physical Therapy." name to know is Monte Xanic (shah-neek), with 50,000 cases of wine a year. They do a blend, the Don Ricardo, with only the best grapes from Cabernet, Merlot and Petit Verdot ($50). I also recommend the Rafael from Adobe Guadalupe Vineyards and Inn, a blended wine of great elegance

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A conversation with Brian Gruber from Notorious Burgers in Carlsbad Tell me about your road to opening Notorious, were you kitchen trained or did you attend culinary school? I really had no formal training, just a love for food and unique flavors.

Before Notorious Burgers, I was a private chef. That was a great point in my life and a lot of fun. In 2007, I met my soon to be wife and we had a baby. So I needed to get a job that would supply some insurance. I went to work for US Foods. During my stint at US Foods, I took an in depth

training course on what it takes for a restaurant to succeed. Then the opportunity to purchase the already opened Notorious Burgers came along. With my culinary knowledge and newfound knowledge of the restaurant industry, we decided to dive in headfirst.


was turned on to Notorious Burgers from a friend that lives in the neighborhood who raves about their burgers and their “Cardiff Crack” sandwich. I discovered it’s an extensive menu with something for just about everyone and an extensive local beer. I sat down with owner Brian Gruber recently to learn more about how Notorious Burgers. Here are some highlights from that conversation.

You are a Carlsbad native. Tell me about growing up here and your early culinary influences. I couldn’t have grown up in a better place. In my opinion, North County San Diego is the best spot to live in the entire U.S. Where else can you surf, snowboard, motocross and visit a foreign country, all within an hour and a half car ride? When I was younger, that is all I did was surf, snowboard and eat burritos from Juanita’s taco shop. My early culinary influences were my grandmother on my mom’s side and watching cooking shows. My grandmother, or “Oma” as I would call her, was always in the kitchen whipping up some delicious Indonesian dish. The cooking techniques and various intrigued me at a young age.

How did the restaurant come to be and what was behind its prohibition and gangster theme? My good buddy, Joey Maggiore, came up with the theme of the restaurant, and then I took it and ran with it. It is fun to come up with the names of the menu items. I think the names make it a little more fun and interesting.’ Your menu is extensive and the dishes all have unique names. Tell me about the menu development and mix of dishes. The concept that we took over was mainly burgers and fries. Seeing the “gourmet burger” trend come into full effect, I TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14

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ENCINITAS — Have you ever dreamed of competing on the hit television show “Cake Wars?” Encinitas local Monika Stout lived that dream by not only competing on the show, but also by taking home top prize from the Food Network hit series. Before winning “Cake Wars,” Stout took an adult education cake-decorating class at La Costa Canyon High School 14 years ago to

create birthday cakes for her children Kelsey and Griffin. However, she didn’t know this would soon become a passion. “I just thought I could make cakes for my kid’s birthdays, but once I made my first cake, I knew I was meant to do this,” Stout said. Eventually, Stout wanted to challenge herself by competing on “Cake Wars.” “I wanted a challenge and to prove to myself that

even if you’ve never been to culinary school, you can still succeed in the cake world,” said Stout. The show consists of two rounds, on the second and final round, a winner is chosen. Contestants have to choose at least two of the ingredients given for their cakes. The contestants are given 75 minutes for the first round and four hours TURN TO BAKER ON 14



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guages,” she said. Broadcast news veteran Wendy Walker was the keynote speaker last year. For 2017, Walker will be introducing Dr. Edith Eger. Garcia-Szczotka said that Miracle Circle was founded in 2014. “It bands together philanthropic and inno-


or $45,000 for a family of three. When first proposed nearly 10 years ago, the project called for about 1.8 million square feet of development with retail and office buildings, a 150room hotel and more than 600 residential units. Some buildings were proposed to be 10 stories high. Strong opposition to the overall size of the project — the lot was initially zoned for a 500,000-squarefoot complex — prompted local residents to form a citizens group called What Price Main Street? After meeting with the organization, residents and planning groups, the developer, Kilroy Realty Corp., reduced the overall square footage by about 30 percent, lowered building heights by 10 percent and eliminated the hotel. The modified version was approved with a 7-2 vote by the San Diego City Council in February 2015. The $750 million “neighborhood village” complex included 608 multifamily units, 200,000 square feet of retail space, 484,000 square feet of office space, a movie theater and more than 10 acres of open space. Still concerned about the project’s overall size and traffic impacts, including a potentially significant reduction in emergency vehicle response times, residents began circulating petitions in a referendum effort while several groups filed lawsuits against Kilroy. Opponents gathered more than enough signatures, forcing City Council to either rescind its decision or let voters decide in a costly special election. Kilroy met with the stakeholders to work out a



for the second round to bake and decorate the cakes. The judges rate the cakes on taste and design, then one team is eliminated based on the judge’s decision. Stout and her good friend/assistant, Louise Pass, made a pizza cake which contained a tomato spice cake with a mascarpone caramel buttercream sprinkled with candied pepperonis with cayenne pepper and covered in dark chocolate ganache. For the second and final round, Stout and Pass created a Ninja Turtle cake with a mocha dark chocolate with butterscotch swiss meringue buttercream sprinkled with candied pecans and covered

T he R ancho S anta F e News vative women who share a common vision, to improve the overall health and well-being of children, women and families,” she said. “The Miracle Circle supports the work of Miracle Babies through fundraising, community outreach and advocacy of their programs.” Garcia-Szczotka shared that those interested in purchasing a ticket

for Breakfast at Tiffany’s can do so by visiting the Miracle Babies’ website at miraclebabies.org. The event is expected to sell out quickly so it’s advised to purchase tickets ahead of time. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the best place to be Feb. 22. It will be a sparkling memory as you look back at 2017,” Garcia-Szczotka said.

compromise, the lawsuits were eventually settled and in May 2015 council members withdrew their approval. Stakeholder groups continued to meet. The result was the current scaled-back project that was approved 8-1 in June 2016, with then-President Sherri Lightner, whose district includes Carmel Valley, opposed. “What a journey,” said Nelson Ackerly, a Kilroy senior vice president. “It wasn’t always smooth. It sure as heck wasn’t short. But in the end it was productive. We listened to the community. We gathered ideas.” Ackerly thanked the mayor, his staff, the City Council and “the many, many residents of this great community who came out for what must have felt like endless meetings to contribute and to support One Paseo and also those residents who weren’t initially supportive but channeled their concerns into constructive feedback and created what is going to be one of the great projects in San Diego.” “One Paseo isn’t just about being convenient,” he added. “Even if you don’t live or work here, it’s a place to meet up, hang out and join in. … It welcomes the entire community because it’s part of the community.” Ackerly said the development will host farmers markets, outdoor movie nights, concerts, art exhibits and more. “From the moment you arrive at One Paseo, everything’s going to feel easy,” he said. “It’s going to feel comfortable. It’s going to feel laid back. And it’s going to feel family friendly. I like to say, more than anything, One Paseo is completely unique to San Diego but it’s uniquely San

Diegan.” Although no specific retail tenants have been named, a Kilroy executive vice president described them as “game changing.” “I think a lot of the cities would love to have some of the names we’re talking to, so stay tuned,” Rob Paratte said. The retail portion is scheduled to open by the middle of next year. Office buildings and the residential units should be ready for occupancy in late 2019 or early 2020. An interest list is forming on the Kilroy website for future residential tenants. Council members Barbara Bry and David Alvarez were also on hand for the groundbreaking. Bry now represents Carmel Valley as Lightner could not seek re-election this past November because of term limits. Not present was John Kilroy, company president and chief executive officer, who woke up the day of the event sick and unable to talk. Ackerly said Kilroy was disappointed he couldn’t attend but is “so excited that we’re at this point.” “And John is so excited to see the vision carried forward of what One Paseo’s going to be,” Ackerly added. Carol Klein, who has owned property within walking distance of One Paseo, said she is glad to see the project finally under way. “I’ve supported it all along,” she said. “I was tired of looking at an empty lot.” Klein said many who opposed the project didn’t want anything built. “But that’s not realistic,” she said. “When I first moved here, the whole area was empty lots. The only thing here was Torrey Pines High School.”

in dark chocolate ganache. “For taste the Round One Pizza Cake is definitely my favorite. Who would think having pepperoni and cayenne pepper in a cake would work, but it does. It is delicious. I’ve even added it to my flavor choices (for my business) so people can taste it for themselves,” Stout said. Interestingly enough, the competition is filmed in one day. Stout and Pass competed on the show in the summer of 2016, while the show recently aired in January of 2017. “It was crazy, stressful and a ton of fun. I took a good friend as my assistant. She is a wonderful cake artist in her own right plus she keeps me calm and makes me laugh, so she was the perfect person to help me. We went into it to

have fun. Winning was just the icing on the cake,” said Stout. Stout has lived in Encinitas with her husband Kevin for 31 years. In 2004 Stout had been diagnosed with breast cancer and finished treatment in 2005. Stout volunteered with a team to raise money for San Diego Susan G. Komen in 2008. As captain, her team, Walk Now Wine Later, raised the highest fund with $176,000. Fans eager to try Stout’s unique cakes can order through her website/business trulyscrumptiouscakes.com or by calling her at (760) 8030869. Customers can pick up these custom made cakes in Encinitas or the orders can be delivered throughout San Diego County.


with laughter when she spotted a photo of some man in the snow in Julian. The caption read something about him being amazed because he was “up to his ankles in a foot of snow after the heavy storm that blanketed the Southern California mountains.” “Whoopee. Up to his ankles!” she sneered. “That’s a spring day in Nebraska.” Then she went home to



friends, they are people who go to my church and I think that we should not ban an entire country or an entire religion. It is not American and it is not right,” Freitas said. Throughout the protest Wong made sure to communicate with security and ensured protesters were respectful to travelers, which included leaving room for travelers to pass by. In a statement issued on Sunday, Trump said that his ban was similar to what former President Obama did in 2011 when he


needed to differentiate myself from all of the “better burger” chains that were popping up all over the place. I didn’t want to be stuck in the “burger” category, so I decided to expand the menu to cater to what my customers were asking for. Now you can find anything from bacon wrapped chicken wings, to Kung pao Brussels, poke tacos, Mexican shrimp cocktail, or a Chicago dog. Everyone can find something that caters to them on our menu. For folks that have not been to Notorious yet, what are some of your favorites from each of those menu sections? My favorites include our Capone burger and bang-bang Brussels. Recently, I have been devouring our “Napoleon” dip, which is a play on the classic French dip. You also have an extensive list of beers on tap, how do


and intensity with Cabernet and Nebbiolo. ($40),” Fernando concluded. Rafael was so flavorful, it landed in the TASTE OF WINE Top Ten Tastes for 2016. A Baja Wine Country day tour is planned for Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $189. Call (619) 232-5040 to check on availability. Visits are planned to three wineries: LA Cetto, Adobe Guadalupe and Baron Blanche. Sit-down lunch is included. For more visit adobeguadalupe.com. Wine Bytes Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula hosts a Reserve Zinfandel & Choco-

FEB. 3, 2017 Nebraska for a visit. Upon her return, she was considerably chastened, admitting reluctantly that she had been cold the entire time and, very frankly, didn’t plan to be that cold again if she had a choice. No doubt her relatives tsktsked her, noting how pathetic she was after living too long out in that lackluster, halfbaked, no-changing-leaves, never-below-50-degrees, namby-pamby, probably- doesn’train-much-either California. But as they scraped the ice from their car windows

and waited for the snowplows to come by again they heard the siren song. They couldn’t help but notice that while her lips were blue, her skin was no longer was the color of an uncooked potato pirogue. It was truly too much to resist. Next week she’s making up the guestroom. The relatives are on their way.

“banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” However, according to factcheck.org, “The Obama administration’s actions were limited to one country and in response to a specific threat — the potential for other Iraqi refugees to take advantage of a flaw in the screening process. By contrast, Trump ordered a far wider ban — albeit also temporary — without identifying a specific threat.” Trump’s immigration order would affect people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The executive order suspends citizens of the seven Muslim-majority coun-

tries to enter the U.S. for a period of 90 days. Also suspending the United States’ refugee system for a period of 120 days. “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,” Trump continued in his statement. “This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”

Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still using two down comforters. You can contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.

for your last supper, you get a starter, main, and desert... your last meal on earth? I would definitely start with a poke salad (with Uni on top). Main dish would be meat and potatoes If I could get a prime rib eye roast and cut out the entire spinalis which is my favorite part of the rib eye, that would be my perfect steak, served up with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a Caesar salad. For dessert, As with our radio show, we it would have to be a nice like to find out a bit about crème brûlée....PERFECour guests musical tastes. TION!! Who and where was your Notorious Burgers is lofirst concert and what three bands would you put on a cated at Plaza Paseo Real, one stage for a night, any 6955 El Camino Real, #107. Call (760) 431-2929 or visit era, dead or alive? The first concert I ever online at notoriusburgers. attended was, I think it was com. called “Clash of the Titans” or something like that. It David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an included Anthrax, MetalliEncinitas based integrated ca, Guns and Roses and Body Count...amazing show. marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that Three bands is a tough one. I would have to say Led Zep- airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy pelin, Slayer, and Michael 98.1, and KSON. Reach him Jackson. at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905. Also, what would you pick you come up with your tap mix? Local first. We are currently the only restaurant (that I am aware of) in San Diego County that has said “NO” to conglomerate beer brands such as Anheuser Busch. We like to support all the little guys in the industry. Heck, they are producing phenomenal beer and they are right in my backyard.

late Dinner Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will include a chocolate infused feature in each course. Price varies from $80 to $100. Call (888) 98-WIENS (94367). Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas presents the Ultimate Valentine’s Trio: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event included six wines, five assorted chocolates and six cheeses. Price is $79. This is an “M” education and consulting production. Call (858) 4422749. The Del Mar Plaza has its Saturday Market, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 30 unique boutiques will have from baked goods to fine art. Wines and craft beer, plus

live entertainment with the Mardels from 1 to 4 p.m. Europa Village Winery in Temecula has an International Language of Love event, Feb. 11 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. It will be a multi-sensory journey with live music, wine and tapasstyle food from Spain, Italy and France. Tickets are $79 a person, $71.10 for club members. Call (951) 695-7175. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View his columns at tasteofwinetv.com and reach him at mangiompc@aol.com. Follow him on Facebook.

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hargers? Not sure that name still rings a bell. OK, the San Diego Chargers? Got it. It’s that ungrateful bunch that delivered a stiff-arm and a one-finger salute to a region after nearly six decades of the team’s fans passionately supporting an inferior product, and honestly, it did sting. The manner in which they bolted from town for the city with brown air and Dodger Blue left a mark. And that sensation lasted about a week. With the Chargers thumbing their nose at America’s Finest City, Mission Valley is being eyed for a new sports complex, one that includes futbol instead of football. You can always get your kicks on Route 66, but by 2020, they’ll likely be available just off Interstate 8 and Interstate 15 as well. A chunk of asphalt is also being set aside just in case the NFL wants to hang its shingle in these parts again. But really, is that a conglomerate anyone wants to do business with? Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice is what likely happens if joining hands with the NFL again. The quickness in which developers swooped in was revealing. It showed that the 166 acres is an amazing blank canvas for a fan-friendly stadium, San Diego State dorms and a plush park along the San

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SAN DIEGO — The Farmers Insurance Open is ovre now and Jamie Lovemark had been re-introduced, in a way, to the North Course of Torrey Pines Golf Course. Prior to teeing it up at the Farmers Insurance Open, which started lastweek, he’d only seen pictures of the newly renovated North Course. But Lovemark, 28, who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and had played Torrey Pines probably 20 times before turning pro, was already familiar with the North Course’s tricky ways and long, narrow fairways. “It looks great,” Lovemark said of the photos he’s seen of the renovated course. He was speaking from La Quinta earlier in this month while playing in the CareerBuilder Challenge. “I thought it was pretty sneaky hard before, so I’m sure it’ll be even harder now,” he said. Still, having the Torrey Pines Golf Course nearby while growing up, playing it with family and friends and going to past tournaments as a spectator walking outside the ropes, he does feel a certain sense of local knowledge to the course.

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Now, walking inside the ropes on that course, in a field of great players, is really neat, he said. “It’s one of the most beautiful and challenging and demanding courses on tour,” Lovemark said. Though Lovemark is no stranger to playing along-

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he future of competitive soccer in North County is looking bright for 2017. This week, the North County Battalion, an adult soccer team established in 2015, announced a team rebranding to the “SoCal Surf,” and a new home venue in downtown Carlsbad.

Matches in the 2017 spring season will now be played in the Army & Navy Academy’s Maffucci Field, at the western edge of Carlsbad Village, just a couple blocks away from pubs, bars and restaurants. Previously, they were held in 4S Ranch. This news follows a November announcement that the team is partnering with San Diego Surf, a top youth soccer club, to join the Premier Development League (PDL) as the latest “Path to Pro” soccer franchise in the United States. In a release, team founder and CEO Jason Barbato expressed enthusiasm for the next devel-

opment phase of his soccer club. “By rebranding as SoCal Surf, joining the PDL, and relocating our home matches to beautiful downtown Carlsbad, we are further fulfilling this promise and ensuring that we provide the entire San Diego community with the soccer club they deserve, a soccer club with deep roots, proud tradition, and a bright future,” Barbato said in the release. Kudos to the SoCal Surf. In my prior interviews with Barbato, there was always a strong sense of vision, optimism, and hard work driving his efforts and building the

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ally great players…great competition. We had a good enough team to win state (in 2006), and always playing against the best teams in high school was huge.” After moving away in 2010 to undertake his collegiate golf career at USC, Lovemark said he hasn’t made it back to his hometown as often as he’d like. His family, he explained, all moved away at the same time he did, though he still has friends in the area. Despite missing the cut at La Quinta, Lovemark is coming off a good 2016, and has placed getting his first win on the PGA Tour as one of his biggest goals for 2017. However Lovemark missed the cut at this year’s Farmers tournament. Last year he played in 26 events, achieving the biggest earnings of his golfing career, yet, including his best PGA finish — second place at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He finished tied for 31st at the Farmers Insurance Open last year. With most of the county still drying out from the heavy storms of recent weeks, a soggy, wet golf

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RSF teen wins top equestrian titles RANCHO SANTA FE — At the age of just 15, Jillian Stuart, of Rancho Santa Fe, has taken multiple championships this past year, including Grand National Champion in the Junior Hunter’s 15 and Under division. Dominating the national division composed of 430 horses across the country, Stuart took the combined national title for the Large and Small Junior Hunters, all in her first year competing at this level. The weekend of Jan. 29, in Lexington, Ky., Stuart accepted the two trophies at the US Equestrian National Awards Banquet where the nations’ top owners and riders gathered to celebrate the sport. Stuart also won the United States Equestrian Foundation’s Zone 10 award for the Top Junior Rider. Stuart is currently training

with Philip Cillis of Westwood Show Jumping Stables. Jillian’s horse, Andover took the coveted title of Horse of the Year. Andover has been a part of the Stuart Family stable, Magnolia Farms, for the past four years, with all the Stuart sisters riding him at one point. Andy, as he is called in the barn, was originally purchased as a 5-year-old for Savanah Stuart and they went on to take the national title of World Champion Hunter Rider in 2014. Mikayla Stuart piloted Andy in his first year of the 3’6” division before turning him over to Jillian. This junior rider shows no sign of stopping, continuing to ride in the junior hunter division and now stepping into the jumper ring on her new ride Je Revé Van’t Merelsnest owned by Guillermo Obligado.


season schedule will be released Feb. 4, and the first game is already set for the first weekend in May. I hope you’ll join me and attend the season opener in Carlsbad this spring — circle the date on your calendar!


In the meantime, there are competitive soccer athletes playing their hearts out in North County that need our support. We’re still a few months away from the start of the season, but we’ll have more details soon. SoCal Surf’s



woods and irons and that’s a nice plum for the Carlsbad-based company. At the high school level on the boys basketball front, it’s clear where the best ball is being played. Our locale is showing its prowess with three teams — Torrey Pines (No. 3), Mission Hills (No. 4) and Vista (No. 6) — appearing in the San Diego County top 10. Don’t forget, as well, CoCo Vandeweghe (Rancho


course doesn’t sound like such a bad thing to Lovemark. “I’ve always carried it a long way, so it’s definitely advantageous for me to play a wet course. That being said, I’m sure the rough will be even longer and thicker,” he said. “There’s pros and cons to everything.” And for all that talk of Lovemark making a comeback to his professional career following back surgery in 2011, he said he’s a longtime removed from that.


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Vince Vasquez is an avid soccer fan and a Carlsbad resident. Go Surf! Santa Fe) advancing deep into the Australian Open. Nothing tops the Chargers being in town? Maybe. But among coach John Wooden’s more enlightening quotes is one that applies to the fans the Chargers left behind: “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.” Follow Jay Paris on Twitter @jparis_sports. Read his book “Game of My Life Chargers” which is available at local bookstores and at amazon.com. The surgery to repair a herniated disc some six years ago may have cost him a couple of years on the tour, he said. “I feel great now and golf’s a long career,” he added. “I have to keep improving,” he said. “I’m definitely down the right path, so I have to keep getting better. All these guys out here are extremely good and the fields are so deep nowadays that anybody can win. The competition’s always stiff.” Lovemark is now in Scottsdale, Ariz., readying for the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week.

FIRM WELCOMES STRAUSS AND HUBBERT Christopher Weil & Company, Inc. announced North County residents Jonathan Strauss and Michael Hubbert have joined the firm. Strauss joins CWC’s team of relationship managers responsible for providing advisory and management services for existing clients and originating relationships with prospects. Additionally, he is now part of CWC’s 401(k) team responsible for new 401(k) advisory relationships with law firms, medical practices and auto dealerships. Hubbert brings 12 years of portfolio management experience and analytical skills to CWC’s platform. He joins CWC’s investment team responsible for designing longterm wealth management strategies and allocating client and partner funds across global equity, bond and thematic market sectors. He also assists with the management of CWC’s publicly traded mutual fund.

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Oceanside Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside received $10,000 in funding from Bridgestone to support teen programming. Grant funds will go towards enhancing the Club’s teen recruitment, programs, and field trips and extending Club hours. It has developed entrepreneurial programs like Counselors in Training and Culinary Arts, Center for Innovation to develop hands on work experience, the Club is committed to engaging teens and preparing them for the future. For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, visit BGCOceanside.org. or

ART GUILD HONORS Carol Korfin, of the San Dieguito Art Guild at the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C-103, Encinitas, awarded Guild Treasurer Linda Melemed its “Member of the Year” award. The club also received a “State of the Guild” presentation by Guild President Lin Holzinger. For GET SOME INSIGHT more information, go to The Insight Group SanDieguitoArtGuild.com works to promote growth to help each person the COUNTY FAIR EXCELLS The 2016 San Diego County Fair earned 26 top awards from the Western Fairs Association for demonstrating excellence and sharing creative ideas within the Fair industry. Eleven first-place awards were garnered, including one for the featured category “Agricultural Education.” In addition, the 2016 fair was a finalist for the Merrill Award, given for those entries that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision and excellence.

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