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Issa says he won’t run again By Aaron Burgin

sen opposite sides in fighting each other in what was an incredibly blood-thirsty war,” St. John said. St. John hopes that attendees at the Jan. 23 library event will be able to connect with history. She also wants guests to understand that history is not a dry subject. “These were living people — full of emotions, ambiguities, loves and passions,” she said. St. John wants her stories to inspire others to learn and discover their own family histories. She said everyone has a

REGION — Nine-term Congressman Darrell Issa announced Jan. 10 that he will not seek re-election in November, sending shock waves throughout Southern California and both political parties. Issa, widely considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the upcoming midterm elections, said in a statement that he came to the decision not to run with the support of his family, but did not give a reason as to why he decided not to run. “Throughout my service, I worked hard and never lost sight of the people our government is supposed to serve,” Issa said in a statement. “Yet with the support of my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election in California’s 49th District.” Issa becomes the second longtime California Republican congressman to announce that he would retire from the House of Representatives. Ed Royce (R-Yorba Linda) announced two days before Issa that he would not seek a 12th term in office. Reaction to Issa’s retirement was split along partisan lines, as Republicans praised him as a political force who wielded his influence for the good of the district, while Democrats derided him for his voting record, which was virtually in lock step with President Donald Trump. “On the governance side ... behind the scenes and helping out the city of Oceanside, Darrell was great,” said Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern, a prominent local Republican. “It is amazing to be in a meeting with Darrell and see his breadth of knowledge on so many issues. I will miss him and his ability to get things done for us



Elizabeth St. John stands in front of the Lydiard House, her ancestral home in the United Kingdom. Photo courtesy Calyx Picture Agency

Rancho Santa Fe author to talk latest novel By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Bestselling author Elizabeth St. John will once again taker her readers on a journey back in time drawing on her rich family history based in the United Kingdom. Her newest work, “By Love Divided,” is part of the Lydiard Chronicles, a historical fiction sequel. St. John, a Rancho Santa Fe resident for eight years, will take part in a local author showcase at the Rancho Santa Fe Library on Jan. 23. “By Love Divided” takes place between 1630 and 1646, whereas her first work, “The Lady of the Tower,” had a 1603 to 1630 timeline. “’By Love Divided’ is actually part of a saga,” St. John said. The two novels are based in

Lydiard Park and on St. John’s family link to the estate. Her ancestral home, the Lydiard House, is also found in her novels. At the library, St. John said she has plans to touch a little bit on the whole concept of writing a saga. She also revealed that she is working on the next manuscript in the series. And she may not stop at a trilogy, either. “My inspiration actually came from a diary that was written by my ancestor in the 1600s. He wrote about life during this time, and I discovered the diary many years ago in Nottingham Castle,” she said. “It was just too good a story to not turn into a novel at one point.” “By Love Divided” is the second piece in the family saga. St.

John said the book takes place just before and during the English war, and it is a follow-up to her first best-seller, “The Lady in the Tower.” In her newest work, the story transitions to the life of siblings who end up fighting on opposing sides of the war. St. John said there was an enormous amount of history and research that went into this book. “I wanted to layer the emotions of what it must be like to be a brother and sister who, through their own beliefs, literally have cho-

A tall tale? Wood carver brings Del Dios lake legend to life By Cari Hachmann

ESCONDIDO — Even some longtime San Diego residents may be unaware of the possibility that a monstrous lizard-like creature lives in the depths of Lake Hodges, a 115-foot deep reservoir just south of Escondido in a quaint little town called Del Dios. The mystery surrounding the legendary lake monster — nicknamed “Hodgee” by locals — is rooted so deep in Del Dios folklore, that the town decided to bring him to life in its own unique way. On the evening of Jan. 6, nearly 100 showed up in festive spirit to witness the historic unveiling of the monster hand carved by a local Artist Ewing Mitchell IV, known as “Mitch,” who is 62, spent hours laboring on a wood artist. carving of a fictional Lake Hodges monster; the work took him about a year to com“It’s like the Loch Ness monster, plete. He put the final touches on his piece earlier this month. Photo by Cari Hachmann

but for Lake Hodges,” said Ewing Mitchell IV, known as “Mitch,” who spent more than 1,800 hours carving the creature from a giant red eucalyptus tree stump. The scaly sculpture towered over spectators at 16 feet tall with bright yellow and green eyes and large white teeth. It can be seen from the road where Date Lane meets Lake Drive at the north edge of Del Dios Community Park. After dark, it’s rumored Hodgee’s glass-blown eyes change colors and glow purple in the night. This is because the monster is equipped with an LED solar-powered unit inside its head, explained 72-year-old Gary Cohen, the local glassblower who was responsible

for creating Hodgee’s eyes.

Crowd pleaser

Much to the excitement of an eager crowd, the 62-year-old wood carver and local hero arrived to the community event donning cowboy boots and riding on an electric red scooter. Hodgee and Mitchell’s big turnout revealed the eclectic mix of friends, families and dogs that make up the close-knit community of Del Dios and nearby Mount Israel. Decades-old friends hugged each other and exchanged warm conversation as kids ran and played near the monster adding to TURN TO MONSTER ON 3


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The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club has a packed year of activities in 2018. In this photo are garden club volunteers seated left to right: Laurie Peters, Caroline Fleischmann, Julie Monroe, Fran Johnson and Carolyn Wheeler. Standing left to right: Suzanne Butz, Carolyn Nelson, Mary Ann Wolf, Andrea Kessler, Shelly Hart, Monica Kason, Cindy Monaghan, Dottie Radcliffe and Liza Hellinger. Courtesy photo.

Garden Club announces year’s first field trip By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Kicking off the new year, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club decided to have local day trip. On Jan. 22, everyone will have the chance to visit the Grand Tradition in Fallbrook. Shelly Hart, executive director of the Garden Club, said the locale is spectacu-

group will take a short drive to the Garden Center Café and Grill, also located in Fallbrook, where they will have a catered lunch. Hart said more members of the club were intrigued with the idea of additional field trips in 2018. While some members prefer locations further out, others like something closer to home.

We’re doing some field trips that have nothing to do with gardens, but the first one of the year, we’re going to see a lot of garden types.” SHELLEY HART Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

lar with 18 garden acres of season-specific buds and blooms. “This is just a beautiful place with special places of interest such as the Arbor Terrace, a Tropical Paradise Garden, a Compass Garden and other viewpoints,” Hart said. “We are going to tour the gardens and see all the beauty.” Following the tour, the

Hart is balancing two types of field trips this year. The Grand Tradition was a destination that many suggested to Hart. “I had several members come to me and say it’s beautiful — we need to visit,” she said. “We’re doing some field trips that have nothing to do with gardens, but the first one of the year,

we’re going to see a lot of garden types.” A few spots are still available, so Hart advises to secure a seat as soon as possible. Hart wants people to know that field trips and special events are open to all, not just garden club members. Days later, on Feb. 5, the club is motoring to Descanso Gardens, located north of Pasadena. This trip will be by bus. “We’re going to begin the tour with a docent-guided walking tour of the whole area and the camellias are in bloom,” she said. “The Descanso Gardens have the largest collection of camellias in North America.” After the tour, the group will have a picnic lunch in the gardens catered by Café Descanso. On Feb. 8, the club is having its debut Herb Garden Workshop in partnership with the Santaluz Club. Hart said this is the first of three workshops that will happen this year. Caitlin Kreutz, a horticultural specialist who works with the Rancho San-

ta Fe Association, will be leading the workshop. Hart describes these classes as a joint effort between the Garden Club, Rancho Santa Fe Association and Santaluz Club. “In Caitlin’s herb garden class, we will have strawberry pots and she will show us how to plant mature herbs for a full potted herb garden,” Hart said. “She’ll teach us how to take care of it, know the watering schedule and how much sunlight it needs. She’s a real expert at this.” Hart said that the Garden Club didn’t have many workshops last year, so she is adding a few more because it was of interest to the members. There’s a lot to be excited about with the Garden Club in 2018. Hart said the club has gone through a revitalization with something special for everyone. “It’s going to be a very packed year,” she said. To learn more about Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club membership, field trips and workshops, visit RSFGardenClub.org or call (858) 756-1554.

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Four men sought in RSF home invasion RANCHO SANTA FE — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for four men suspected of carrying out an apparent home invasion robbery in Rancho Santa Fe. The robbery happened before 11 p.m. Jan. 12 in the 3900 block of Stonebridge Lane, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Russell Shimmin said. Four men wearing masks and armed with guns en-

tered the home and bound the residents before “ransacking” the residence, Shimmin said. They then left in an unknown direction. Deputies did not disclose how many people were in the home at the time of the robbery. It’s currently unknown exactly what or how much was stolen. The suspects remain at large. — City News Service

Looking to make a visible difference By Bianca Kaplanek

CARMEL VALLEY — When Carmel Valley resident Carolyn Kirner was crowned Mrs. California Outstanding Married Woman 2017, she decided to use her title to help others locally and worldwide. Since September she has collected baby the items for the youngest victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, used shoes for people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and money to help a single mother dealing with loss after the Thomas fire in Ventura. Now she has set her sights on helping to improve the vision of those in need. “I started out the new year with a mission to give the gift of better sight,” said Kirner, who on Jan. 1 began collecting used eyeglasses and sunglasses that she will donate to Lions Club International. Her goal is 200 pairs by Feb. 16. Her motivation is twofold. Kirner was diagnosed with keratoconus, a disorder that thins the cornea and causes blurred, distorted vision. “Fortunately for me, I got it later in life ... so I will probably always have to wear glasses but my eyesight will not get worse and I will not have to have surgery,” she said. “I am one of the fortunate ones as this is usually a pretty devastating eye disease.” Additionally, things did not go as expected last year when her husband, Chuck Schmidt, had corrective eye surgery. Since July he has had five follow-up procedures. “It’s been a tough year,” Kirner said. “Both my hubby and I realized just how important our eyesight is and what a gift it is to be able to see adequately. “Donating glasses can change

someone’s life,” she added. “Imagine if you could help a child read, an adult succeed in his job, a senior maintain her independence and provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.” She said Lions Clubs International’s recycled eyeglass program achieves all that, which why she partnered with the organization. Glasses can be dropped off in the collection bin at 12625 High Bluff Drive, Ste. 306. Donors can also contact Kirner at careykirner@sbcglobal.net to arrange a pickup. “At the end of my donation drive, the eyeglasses and sunglasses that I collect will be cleaned, sanitized, repaired and processed by the Del Sol Lions Club and then sent out to Lions International, where they will then be sent out to the needy around the world,” Kirner said. Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917. At one of its first national conventions, guest speaker Helen Keller challenged the organization to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Mrs. California Outstanding Married Woman Carolyn Kirner and her husband, Chuck Schmidt, want to collect 200 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses by Feb. 16 for the Lions Club International recycled eyeglass program. Courtesy photo

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an atmosphere of excitement akin to the Fourth of July. Locals will tell you Del Dios is a special place. “It’s a little community, and it’s just a world of its own,” said local resident Leona Matthews, 68. “Everybody knows everybody.” With a huge grin across his face, another resident said before parading off into the celebration: “it’s where all the hippies have gone to die.” While there was a majority of graying, good-timing and long-haired folks in their 60s and 70s, it could be argued to the contrary... it’s where hippies go to thrive.

In the making

Sometime over a year ago, a decaying eucalyptus tree estimated to be 20 feet tall and 100 years old, was scheduled for removal. That was before it caught the eye of Stacey McCline, president of the Del Dios Habitat Protection League, a nonprofit organization focused on restoring the ecological function in and around Lake Hodges. McCline convinced the folks removing the dead tree from Del Dios Community Park to leave the very tall stump because perhaps someone might like to transform it into a piece of art. She said the 7.5-mile long Coast to Crest Trail that winds around the park and Hodgee, shown here with artist Ewing Mitchell IV, stands over 16 feet lake is a popular place for tall and is carved from a red eucalyptus tree stump in Del Dios, where people to come walk, hike legend has it a lake monster resides in nearby Lake Hodges. Photo by and ride their bikes. The idea floated around Cari Hachmann

Del Dios and Mount Israel Town Council until it was soon determined that the best man for the job was a local wood carver: Mitchell. A sound engineer and carpenter by trade, the San Diego native had already completed several wood carvings. They run the gamut from owls to mermaids and sharks to a fight-foot-shy flying dragon that earned Mitchell a first-place award in the design and wood category at San Diego’s Del Mar Fair.

Monster visions

Mitchell admitted the lake monster would be a challenge to carve due to the tree stump’s sheer stature and location. He started out by studying the stump before he sketched out a design. With the help of his good friend, Stan Smith, the two used chainsaws to cut out the rough shape of the monster. After that, Mitchell said he began whittling away at it “with just about anything that would do the job,” like grinders, sanders, and a good old fashioned hammer and chisel. He learned that red eucalyptus isn’t as reliable to work with as say, an oak. “It inevitably cracks a lot,” the artist said. “I exposed wood that hadn’t been exposed in over 100 years.” He shrugged off the cracks and filled them with Bondo putty or whatever he found appropriate. Mitchell said it is what you take away — in this case hunks of wood — that creates the vision (of the monster). Sometimes he spent up to

six hours a day working on could have been schools of the sculpture for the better fish or the wind.” part of a year. “I loved every minute of Gratitude it,” he said. Many of those who live in the community have Legend lives on watched Hodgee’s creation Most locals will tell you and progress since his stump they believe in Hodgee the beginnings, so his complelake monster, though few tion was reason to celebrate have actually seen the beast. this past weekend. Local philosopher Dr. The legend of the lake serpent dates back to Indi- Tobin Barrazo, 76, likened an lore of a “river creature” Mitchell’s artistic ability said to be lurking in the San to one of history’s greatest Dieguito River before it was sculptors. “It’s always been amazing damned. In 1918 it was then turned into the scenic 1,234- that someone can look at a acre Lake Hodges Reservoir. piece of granite, like MichelAccording to a website ded- angelo, and see a figure,” icated to the monster, Hodg- Barrazo said. “And Mitch did ee.com, formal requests (in the same thing. He looked 1929) to have San Diego’s at a huge tree stump and he Scripps Institute of Ocean- saw — Hodgee.” At the Saturday unography look into the matter ended with researchers find- veiling, the wood carver ing “no conclusive evidence thanked the community for of any sort of creature in the its support throughout the long process. lake ... ” He said he hoped Hodgee Alleged later attempts to actually catch the monster would remain a landmark in using a cage-like trap and a Del Dios for a long time, and sea lion as bait also proved help keep the legend alive for generations to come. futile. “I hope everyone enjoys Still, a long history of supposed sightings and word Hodgee as much as I do — about town has been enough and look at him — he’s beauto keep the mystery alive tiful!” McCline, who can be and well. “Everybody’s been credited with saving the tree talking about it for years,” stump, said Mitchell’s vision said Smith, who has lived by was nothing she could have the Del Dios lake for 30 of imagined. “The dedication he’s put into making such a them. The Texas native has breathtaking piece of art — been on the lake “hundreds I just had no idea that would of times,” but said he’s never happen.” When asked if she’s ever personally seen the monster. However, when Smith seen the creature, the local lived on top of the hill over- resident of 20 years said, “I looking the lake, he said, “I have yet to see the lake monwould see things — currents ster, though I always keep an — moving in the water ... it eye.”


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Weather, taxes and more on water watch list for ’18 By Mark Muir

Over the holidays, I had a chance to get out my crystal ball and look at water issues for the year ahead. Of course, it’s impossible to know exactly what will happen, but here are my predictions about the water-related topics to watch 2018: THE RETURN OF THE WATER TAX PROPOSAL Last summer, an 11thhour effort emerged in the Legislature to impose – for the first time – a new statewide tax on residential and business water bills. The “water tax” was part of a bill that aims to improve access to safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities. While the Water Authority supports access to safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities, there are better ways to achieve that goal. Taxing water customers for something so essential is not right, and doing so will increase the likelihood of additional types of taxes on water in coming years. Thanks in part to vigorous opposition across San Diego County and other regions of the state, the proposed legislation stalled in 2017, but it’s likely emerge again this year. STATEWIDE SNOW AND RAINFALL The 2018 water year started out very dry in San Diego County, with above-average temperatures and minimal rain from October through mid-December. The snowpack in the Colorado River Basin also was well below average for the first two months of the water year, though conditions were better in the Sierra Nevada. Statewide interest quickly focused on

whether the wet winter of 2016-17 was an aberration in an other w ise dry longterm cycle – and that question will be front and center as this win- Mark Muir ter unfolds. We’ll know the answer by April 1, which marks the traditional end of California’s precipitation season. WATER SUPPLY SECURITY FOR COUNTY Regardless of rain and snow levels, the San Diego region will again have sufficient water supplies due to regional investments of $3.5 billion over the past three decades in drought-resilient supplies and infrastructure upgrades. Those investments, coupled with continued water-use efficiency by homes and businesses across the region, ensure long-term supply reliability. BAY-DELTA TUNNELS PROJECT Decisions by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other State Water Contractors in 2017 provided momentum for Gov. Jerry Brown’s WaterFix plan to build twin tunnels carrying fresh water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta. But the $17 billion project also suffered significant setbacks, including some unflattering audits and the refusal to pay by a major agricultural water district, prompting MWD leaders to suggest building the project in phases. It’s unclear how this proposal will play out during Brown’s

final year as governor, but whatever happens will have cost and water supply implications for water ratepayers in San Diego County. STATE BOND FUNDING FOR WATER PROJECTS California voters will consider a $4 billion general obligation bond in June – the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. It resulted from passage of Senate Bill 5 in 2017, when the Water Authority worked tirelessly to secure $200 million in the legislation for Salton Sea restoration. If the bond passes, funding for the Salton Sea will provide environmental benefits and help protect vital water transfers from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County. In addition, a proposed $8.9 billion water and resources bond measure is being circulated for signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. That measure, if approved, would authorize $200 million in additional funding for Salton Sea restoration. To be sure, there are many other issues the Water Authority is tracking on behalf of the region’s ratepayers: how MWD sets its rates for 2019; the future of a potential energy storage project in East County that is under consideration by the Water Authority and its partner, the City of San Diego; and the development of state water-use regulations, to list a few. For the latest on regional water issues anytime, go to sdcwa.org. Mark Muir chairs the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Water Authority.

emocrats were gloating in mid-January, almost assuming victories in two once-solidly Republican California congressional districts and figuring that could help assure their retaking control of the House of Representatives after eight years of GOP domination there. But hold on one minute. The twin departures of two longtime House grandees and committee chairmen also present some problems for Democrats, even if many don’t see it. That’s because both those GOP retirees, Orange County’s Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, whose district includes most of northern San Diego County and some of Orange County, have had very prominent targets on their backs ever since Democrat Hillary Clinton carried both their districts in 2016, when Issa won re-election by the slimmest margin of any House incumbent. Now Democrats will have no one local to target, likely making the campaigns there almost exclusively about how loyal the Republicans running might be to President Trump. What’s more, the departure of the two incumbents opens both districts to the vagaries of California’s top two primary election system, where only the two leading primary vote-getters win spots in the November runoff regardless of party. So neither Democrats nor Republicans can now feel absolutely assured of making the fall ballot. With Issa and Royce on that ballot, Democrats would not have to worry about splintering their votes in the primary and possibly giving the GOP both runoff slots, as happened earlier in this decade in a predominately

california focus thomas d. elias Democratic district in San Bernardino County. In that district, now represented by Democrat Pete Aguilar, Republican Gary Miller got two additional years in office because so many Democrats ran. The same could happen in the two newly-open, incumbent-less districts, among 29 being vacated nationally by GOP retirees so far. Democrats need to hold on to all their seats and take 24 GOP slots in order to win back a House majority. There is a chance the GOP could suffer from splintering this year, too, especially in Royce’s district, centered on Fullerton. The likes of former Assemblywomen Ling Ling Chang and Young Kim quickly entered this race, as did Orange County supervisor Michelle Steel and former state Senate Republican leader Bob Huff. Former county GOP chairman Scott Baugh and county Supervisor Shawn Nelson also might run. Half a dozen Democrats got in the race before Royce dropped out and more may now declare, with the March 9 filing deadline well over a month away. Royce, whose tenure as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was due to end next December anyhow, quickly endorsed Kim, his former longtime aide. That may net her a big share of the $3.5 million war chest Royce possesses. All this could see two candidates who each pull fewer than 20 percent of the primary vote facing off in November.

Things could also get complicated in Issa’s district, where Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez entered the House race within hours of Issa’s retirement announcement. Chavez, a moderate and one of seven GOP legislators who last year helped pass an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade system for cutting greenhouse gases, has a chance to win over some no-party-preference voters who might have turned thumbs down on Issa. Other prominent Republicans also could enter this race, including state Senate Republican leader Pat Bates and Diane Harkey, chair of the recently scandal-ridden state Board of Equalization. Four Democrats were already seeking to oust Issa, a longtime ultra-conservative who as chairman of the House Oversight Committee incessantly dogged ex-President Barack Obama with unproven claims of wrongdoing. Among the Democrats is retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, an Iraq war veteran who almost beat Issa in 2016. That forced Issa to adopt more moderate public stances in the last year. He even altered his conservative voting habits slightly, opposing Trump’s controversial tax changes at the last moment, after it had become clear they would pass without his help. The GOP’s congressional campaign chief, Rep. Steve Stivers of Ohio, expressed hope Democrats would splinter in the June primary, leaving their eventual nominees “black and blue, and broke.” But there’s almost as much chance of the GOP splintering, which leaves plenty of uncertainty for both parties. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com.

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waters to offshore oil exploration and drilling. Issa’s Democratic chalin Washington, and I am lengers pounced on his anrather apprehensive of hav- nouncement, declaring that ing someone else go in and the congressman had seen handle that learning curve.” “the writing on the wall” The announcement gave and that his support of Presway to an impromptu cel- ident Donald Trump had ebration outside of Issa’s weakened his standing in Vista District office, as hun- the district. dreds of people who had pro“Another one bites the tested outside of Issa’s office dust. The tsunami warnings over the past year congregat- of a blue wave are being ed to commemorate the an- heard in California,” said nouncement. Doug Linney, “Today we campaign mancelebrate,” said ager for Flip Ellen Montanari, the 14, a group one of the chief aiming to defeat organizers of the California’s 14 protests, which Republican conhave occurred gressional repreevery Tuesday for sentatives. nearly a year. “To“Congressmorrow we stratemen Darrell Issa gize, but today we and Ed Royce celebrate.” like to present a “It’s like Darrell Issa moderate face for Christmas time the cameras, but for me,” said Allike every other lison Stratton, who belongs Congressional Republican to Indivisible 49, one of the in California, their votes redriving forces behind the peatedly and dramatically protests. “Since we started, harm their constituents and we never thought Issa would our state. And they refuse to retire, and there was no in- do anything about Trump’s dication that he would, so flagrant disregard for demthis announcement came as ocratic norms and basic hua total surprise. We feel our man decency. weekly presence has played “In California, the Resisa role in his decision to retire tance is fired up and voters because it shows him that he are paying attention,” Linis out of step with his constit- ney said. uents.” Issa’s announcement Until Wednesday’s an- will also set off a whirlwind nouncement, Issa had not search by Republicans to given any indication that find a viable candidate behe would not run again for fore the March 9 filing deadoffice, and had $852,000 line. cash on hand for the 2018 Shortly after noon Jan. race, more than any of his 10, California Assemblyman Democratic challengers, ac- Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanscording to Federal Elections ide) became the first RepubCommission filings. lican to announce candidacy Issa most recently had for the seat. voted against the Repub“It’s time we come togethlican tax reform bill that er and focus on progress, not Trump signed into law, and partisan politics and gridalso criticized the admin- lock,” Chavez said. “We need istration for its decision to to celebrate what unites us, open up federally controlled not what divides us. This has CONTINUED FROM 1

guided my work in the State Assembly, and it will guide my work in Congress, where I’ll work for solutions that benefit us all as Americans — a strong economy, a strong military, rebuilding our infrastructure and protecting public safety and national security.” Other officials whose names have been linked to the congressional race include former State Assemblywoman and current Board of Equalization Chair Diane Harkey, State Sen. Patricia Bates, former Assemblyman Scott Baugh and former congressional candidate Denise Gitsham. Considered one of the wealthiest members of Congress, Issa co-founded and served as CEO of Directed Electronics, one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security and convenience products in the country. He first came to political prominence after an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in 1998, but voters elected him in 2000 to the 48th Congressional District seat vacated by longtime Republican Ron Packard. Issa was a regular on cable talk shows when he chaired the House Oversight House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2011 to 2015. He was a vocal critic of the Obama administration and led the investigation of the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi until GOP leaders decided to create a special committee to handle that probe. Issa was also a prominent figure in the successful recall of former California Gov. Gray Davis, contributing $1.6 million of his own money to the signature gathering campaign to place the recall on the ballot. He announced he wouldn’t seek the governor’s seat shortly after Arnold Schwarzeneg-

ger, who ultimately won the 2003 election, announced he would run. After congressional redistricting, Issa’s district was renumbered as the 49th District, and he dominated his re-election bids until 2016, when he narrowly survived a challenge from former Marine Col. Doug Applegate by a margin of less than 1,300 votes, or 0.6 percent. Changes to the district lines have changed the overall lean of the 49th District from one that was strongly Republican to one that is closer to even, according to the Cook Partisan Voting Index. In 2016, the 49th District voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, which posed further issues for Issa during a potential re-election bid, experts said. Applegate announced shortly after his defeat that he would challenge Issa again, and since then three other prominent Democratic challengers have emerged to campaign for the seat, Orange County environmental attorney Mike Levin; Sara Jacobs, granddaughter of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and foreign policy adviser on Hillary Clinton’s campaign; and Rancho Santa Fe businessman Paul Kerr. All four Democrats issued statements regarding Issa’s announcement. “I think Darrell Issa realized what these activists had been telling him the past year every Tuesday that he no longer represents the values of this district,” Jacobs said at the rally. “But it’s important to remember this race isn’t about one person, it is about Southern California families having a representative who shares their values and will stand up to Donald Trump ... every day.” “As much as I was looking forward to running one-

on-one against Darrell Issa later this year, it’s best for the residents of the 49th that he leave sooner rather than later,” Levin said in his statement. “With Donald Trump in the White House and a lap-dog Congress that refuses to hold him accountable, we face an unprecedented crisis. That doesn’t change just because Darrell Issa is retiring. It is critical that Democrats retake the House to uphold our values, our families, and our democracy, and I look forward to bringing this seat home for the democrats.” Kerr echoed Levin’s sentiments regarding the election. “Darrell Issa saw the writing on the wall,” Kerr said in his statement. “For the past year, Republicans have focused on stripping health care from millions of people and giving tax breaks to large corporations and the rich, all at the expense of hard working Americans. In fact, the tax proposal was so bad that even Issa couldn’t vote for it. Americans are saying, enough is enough.” Applegate, who spoke before a large rally outside of Issa’s Vista district office, said that Issa “didn’t want a rematch.” “I think that his own internal polling showed that he wasn’t going to be able to win, and that is why he’s retiring,” Applegate said. Applegate said that he hoped the Democratic Party would endorse one of the challengers in the next 60 days so that the party could mount its best challenge for the now open seat. “I think they need to endorse within the next 60 days or there is a serious risk that a Republican will still be sitting in the congressional seat for the California 49th,” Applegate said. UC San Diego political science professor Thadde-

us Kousser said that Issa and Boyce’s retirements are likely the result of the perception and expectation of a Democratic surge in 2018. “This is what happens when everyone thinks it is going to be a bad year for their party ... the expectation creates this self-fulfilling prophecy where all these threatened Republicans are retiring, and every strong Democratic candidate decides this is their year to take their shots.” Kousser said. “Even if the (outlook) changes and 2018 is not a bad year for Republicans, the way the lineups have changed this winter, that alone can change the shape of the course of the midterms.” Kousser said that Democrats should move quickly to coalesce behind a candidate to avoid a protracted — and potentially fractious — primary, similar to the 2016 presidential race. “The only way Democrats can screw this up is if they have a rerun of the 2016 civil war between Bernie (Sanders) and Hillary (Clinton). In a district that still leans Republican, this means a Rocky Chavez could still have a chance.” Democratic strategists at Wednesday’s rally said that despite the number of candidates, they fully expected to support whichever candidate emerged from the primary election. “Our focus has been to remove Issa, and now that he is gone, it is making sure that we have a Democratic voice in the 49th seat,” Stratton said. “We will back whoever wins the primary.” Now Hiring

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Tri-City marathon draws thousands of runners By Christina Macone-Greene

CARLSBAD — They were all there for different reasons. Many were dedicated marathon runners and people giving the half marathon or 5K a go for the first time. Some runners pushed wheelchairs with their partners from Team Hoyt chapters or with Lucky 13 from the Tri-City Medical Center in Carlsbad. Others walked or cheered on the sidelines. That was the scene at the annual Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 14. In 2017, more than 7,500 people took part in the event. This year, early estimations are 8,500 participants with 1,100 running the marathon, 6,700 in the half marathon and 800 in the 5K. Participants journeyed from around the state and the nation as well as more than 10 different countries including Australia, Germany, China, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Tri-City Medical Center CEO Steve Dietlin said the marathon was significant for both the community and TriCity Medical Center. “Bringing a world-class

event to this community is really important,” Dietlin said. “We have over 100 volunteers here out here today. We have doctors on bicycles, several medical tents, volunteers at all the stations and nurses waiting at the finish line. We are part of this community — this is a health and wellness event, and we couldn’t be happier to be here.” People of all ages enjoyed the day with runners as young as 15 years old in the marathon and eight years old the half marathon. On the other end of the age spectrum, the oldest runners were 77 for the marathon and 82 for the half marathon. Mayor Matt Hall was on hand at the finish line holding one end of the drag strip as the lead runners broke through. For the top men marathon category, Christopher Zablocki finished first. Following Zablocki in second place was Brandon Velasco and Parker Gutzmann in third. In the women’s marathon lineup Mary Akor finished first, Sarah Gulli came in second and Jessie Goodell in third. At the finish line, a fes-

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T he R ancho S anta F e News RANCH At the Heritage Ranch from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20, 650 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, we say “Hats Off!” to 30 years of sharing and making history. Arrive at 3 p.m. and follow a “wagon train” tour of the museum's past 30 years. Stop along the way to enjoy special exhibits, craft beer, boutique wine from Rock Canyon and delicious fare, all while listening to live bluegrass from Rosa’s Cantina. Purchase tickets at the door for food, drinks and fun. For details, visit sdheritage.org/hats-off.

LIFE LECTURES Learn about “Fall Prevention” and if you are “Ready for the Senior Tsunami?” with the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. Jan. 19, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the ma- JAN. 21 chine in Lot 1A, and park in SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/ Saint John School in Encinlife or call (760) 757-2121, itas will host an open house ext. 6972. from 11:30 am to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at 1003 Encinitas BouleJAN. 20 vard, Encinitas. Meet teachSTOP HUMAN TRAF- ers and staff. For informaFICKING Soroptimist Inter- tion, call (760) 944-8227 or national of Vista and North visit saintjohnschool.com. County Inland invites citizens in North County San Di- JAN. 22 ego to attend its 12th annual OFF TO THE GARDENS 1-mile Human Trafficking The Rancho Santa Fe GarAwareness Day Walk, to be den Club will take a field held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. trip to Grand Tradition Es20, starting at Vista’s Wave tate & Gardens in Fallbrook Waterpark, 101 Wave Drive, for lunch Jan. 22. Carpool at Vista. For more information, 9 a.m. from 17025 Avenida de visit soroptimistvista.org or Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. email kgvn@cox.net. Cost is $50 For more details, WOMEN’S MARCH email shelly@rsfgardenclub. Make plans now for the 1.3- org or call (858) 756-1554. mile North County WomSTATE OF THE COMen's March, hosted by North MUNITY Join the Vista County San Diego Women Chamber of Commerce for In Solidarity, set for 11 a.m. its annual State of the Comto 1:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at Palo- munity luncheon at 11 a.m. mar College, 1140 W. Mission Jan. 22 at the Vista Civic Road, San Marcos. Planners Center. Speakers will be suggest participants take Vista Mayor Judy Ritter, Trithe Sprinter to Palomar City Medical Center CEO Station or park in indicat- Steve Dietlin and Building ed lots. For more informa- Industry Association of San tion, visit facebook.com/ Diego CEO Borre Winckel. events/133494924019559/. Tickets are $60. Reserve a MEET ELEPHANT seat at (760) 726-1122. AND PIGGIE Elephant and Piggie are coming to the JAN. 23 Oceanside Public Library, FREE FLU SHOTS Palocreated by popular author mar Health is offering its Mo Willems, plus stories, remaining 150 flu shot dossongs and a craft, at 11 a.m. es for free on a first-come, Jan. 20 in the Civic Center first-serve basis from 3 to 5 Library Community Room, p.m., Jan. 23 at 2185 Citraca330 N. Coast Highway, and at do Parkway, Escondido and 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Mission from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at Branch Library Community 500 E. Valley Parkway, EsRoom, 3861-B Mission Ave., condido. Oceanside. For information, BE A VOICE FOR REvisit oceansidepubliclibrary. CYCLING Solana Center org or call (760) 435-5600. is looking for help run its WALK INTO HISTORY composting booth at the The Encinitas Historical So- Del Mar recycling event 8 ciety will hold a free walking a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the tour of Historic Encinitas Del Mar Shores lower parkfrom 10 a.m. to noon Jan. ing lot, Stratford Court, Del 20. The tour, which is led Mar. Join a Solana Center by an Encinitas Historical educator, to teach people Society volunteer, begins in the importance of recycling the classroom of the 1883 organic waste and how they Schoolhouse, 390 West F St. can learn more. To volunteer, For information, call Encin- visit solanacenter.org. itas Historical Society PresESL CLASS OFFERED ident Carolyn Cope at (760) Oceanside Public Library is 753-4834. hosting an English as a SecGENEALOGY GROUP ond Language (ESL) converThe DNA Genealogy Group sation class on Tuesdays and will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. in Thursdays from 10 to 11:35 the Community Room of the a.m., Jan. 23 through May 17 Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad at 330 N. Coast Highway. For Village Drive, to hear Kit- information, visit miracosty Cooper speak on “Back ta.edu/continuinged or call to Basics.” For information, (760) 795-8736. email NSDCGS.dig@gmail. GOP WOMEN MEET com or call (760) 632-0416. Republican Women FederTEA AND TOURS Nan- ated will host Jim and Namcy Flanders will be in the Yong Horn at 11:30 a.m. Jan. Rancho Buena Vista Ado- 23 at the Green Dragon Tavbe gallery at 640 Alta Vista ern and Museum, 6115 Paseo Drive, Vista, at 10 a.m. Jan. del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is 20, with a pot of tea, tours $35. For more information, and information for prospec- contact Ann at (760) 415tive volunteers. If you have 7006 or annie13035@yahoo. a few extra hours per month com. and would be interested, call NORTH COUNTY GE(760) 945-0325. NEALOGY North San Di‘HATS OFF’ TO THE ego County Genealogical

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Society will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 23 in Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, to hear Jean Wilcox Hibben present “Beware the Enchanted Forest: Perils and Pitfalls of On-line Trees." For more information, call (760) 390-4600 or e-mail ljj2001@cox.net.

JAN. 24

DINNER AND A MOVIE Come out for Movies at the Library at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library, Community Room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Encinitas. Bring your dinner and join the fun. This month’s film is “Pather Panchali.” SEACOAST REPUBLICAN WOMEN The Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated will host Susan Shelly, vice president of communications for Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, at its luncheon meeting at noon Jan. 24 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. Cost is $25. RSVP 24 hours prior to event, at (760) 7538247. THE GIFT OF LIFE This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of platelets, type O negative, type B negative and type AB. Schedule an appointment to donate with the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (800) 733-2767. TEEN DRAWING CLASS Sign up now for the Teen Creative Sketchbook class from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 through Feb. 28 at the Lux Art Institute Education Pavilion, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $210. For information, call (760) 436-6611 or visit info@luxartinstitute.org. GENEALOGY RESEARCH The Vista Family History Center offers free genealogy training and research and a monthly class at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at 1310 Foothill Drive, Vista. Jan. 24, Curtis Kinghorn will teach a class on DNA and family history research. For more information, visit (760) 9456053.

JAN. 25

NAPA WINE DINNER Napa Valley’s Grgich Hills Estate winery will host a five-course dinner and wine pairing at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, in the underground wine cave at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Reservations, $85 per person, plus an 18 percent gratuity, may be made by calling (877) 946-7252. Guests should ask to “book the January wine dinner.” For more information, visit palacasino.com.

JAN. 26

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation hosts “Sea Creatures at Night,” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. The event is free and requires no registration. Marine biologist Nate Spindel will show and tell about mysterious, nocturnal creatures that utilize the night to feed. For more information, visit aguahedionda.org or call (760) 804-1969.

ROWE ROBOTICS Student teams from R. Roger Rowe Middle School won first and second place in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Tournament hosted by the school on Jan. 13. The RSF Intergalactic Dragons won first place overall and also scored the most points during a single match, 478. RSF Singularity won second place overall and also scored the second-most most points during a single match, 443. Two other Rancho Santa Fe teams, Virtual Vipers and Logitechies, also were among the 16 teams from around the region that participated. Rowe Middle School’s four teams will next compete at The Grauer School on Jan. 27. Courtesy photo.

Country Friends debuts gala By Christina Macone-Greene

shared. Examples she cited were charities that benefited women, children, victims of abuse, the military, animals that serve in a therapy or service capacity and individuals living below the poverty line. The Country Friends received applications throughout the year with a July 31, 2017, cutoff date. A total of 80 applications were received in 2017. “We never have enough money to fund every agency that is deserving or to fund them as much as they want, but we try to spread the money around,” Cross said. “But they are all fantastic organizations.” Cross also wants people to know that the funding stays in San Diego County — it will not go anywhere else. The Country Friends asks the agencies in their application process to provide two to three different objectives on how the money will be used. “At a special board meeting, we decide who we are going to fund and which objective we are going to fund,” she said. Cross also explained that not many people know that the money they fund in 2018 will be raised in 2018. They don’t have a year’s cushion, so they rely on the money earned through their consignment shop and events, including their annual sig-

nature event, The Art of Fashion. The Giving Hearts dinner dance is a party of sorts. It offers a Valentine’s Day theme while celebrating the work that The Country Friends does every year. Cross said on event day guests will walk the red carpet and be greeted by a Joan Rivers impersonator. “I have spoken to this woman on the phone — she sounds just like Joan Rivers,” Cross said. “This woman even trained under her.” Once inside the club, guests will enjoy a champagne reception and hors d’oeuvres. Afterward everyone will flow into the main dining room for dinner. Mistress of ceremonies will be former anchor Andrea Naversen, who also serves as the publicity co-chair at The Country Friends. Following dinner, Cross and her husband, Les, who is the current chair of the nonprofit’s Legacy Campaign, will announce the funded agencies for 2018. Ways to support The Country Friends will also be revealed. Guests can also dance the night away on the Sunset Terrace. The Giving Hearts event is available to both members and nonmembers. Tickets are $250 at thecountryfriends.org or by calling (858) 756-1192, ext. 4. “It will be a night to remember,” Cross said.


well in receiving all kinds of rewards. Another royal connection was the Duke of Buckingham, whose brother married St. John’s ancestor Barbara St. John. “He was the favorite of King James I, and so he was able to shower the family with riches and titles,” St. John said. “Unfortunately, he also landed them in a lot of trouble, which is the premise of my first book ‘The Lady of the Tower.’ Royal favor can sometimes come at great cost.” St. John said her readers have grown fond of and

close to the characters in her books. “Although these people lived 400 years ago, I think all my readers have uniformly said, ‘Gosh, I can’t wait to know more about them. I feel like I’m meeting your family,’” she said. It’s all about having a great connection to the past and sparking a historical curiosity, she said. To learn more about Elizabeth St. John and her Jan. 23 author talk at 10:30 a.m. in the Guild Room at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, call (858) 756-2512.

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s the first of its kind. Giving Hearts is a dinner dance event set to be hosted by The Country Friends at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Feb. 2 to unveil the charities they will support in 2018. “This is a very different kind of event for us,” Deborah Cross, president of the Country Friends, said. “We wanted a way to announce our 2018 funded agencies.” Years ago, the agencies to be funded were announced at the December Holiday Tea. For the last couple of years, the announcement was made by press release. “We decided it needed more pizzazz than that,” Cross said. “So, we came up with the idea of Giving Hearts as an annual event.” According to Cross, the agencies have been chosen and notified. Representatives from these organizations as well as supporters of The Country Friends will attend the event. While Cross was careful not to give too much information away, she did share that The Country Friends will help fund more than 40 agencies at more than $200,000. “Of course, we try to fund agencies that meet all our criteria, but we also like to fund agencies in different parts of the (San Diego) county that benefit different types of people,” she


story to tell. St. John’s family came from royalty dating back to the 16th to 17th century. “My grandmother, 13 times removed, was Margaret Beauchamp, who was Henry VII’s grandmother,” she said. “Being the king’s cousin was extremely helpful to the 16th century St. Johns.” St. John said her 17th-century ancestors made a very big fuss about this connection and it served them

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M arketplace News A new ‘Kind’ of medical practice opens its doors in Encinitas Items are paid for by the provider of the article. If you would like an article on this page, please call (760) 436-9737

ENCINITAS — The qualities Dr. Georgine Nanos has that likely make her an excellent friend also make her an exceptional doctor. She is warm, compassionate and sincere. And her enthusiasm for what she does is undeniable. “I love practicing medicine with every fiber of my being,” Nanos said, a phrase she uses often. “It’s a privilege to walk through all aspects of people’s lives with them and connect with them and help them with their health challenges.” Nanos is a family doctor who has been practicing in San Diego for the last 15 years, and in Encinitas for the last 12 of those. She recently opened the doors to the Kind Health Group, “a modern medical practice created for those wanting more from their medical experience.” “For the last decade or so I’ve been working in a traditional family practice with a large prominent and wonderful group,” she said. While she has always loved

News of the Weird But He Started It Tennis instructor Osmailer Torres, 30, of Miami, was arrested in July 2016 after hitting a 5-year-old with the child's pint-sized tennis racket and causing a bruise on the boy's arm and a lump on his eyebrow, reports the Miami Herald. But now Torres believes he has a grand-slam defense: Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law. Defense lawyer Eduardo Pereira told the Herald the child was the "initial aggressor" who had participated in "various violent altercations" against other children, and Torres had acted "reasonably in trying to prevent harm" to others. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Oscar Rodriguez-Fonts will consider the claim in an upcoming hearing. [Miami Herald, 12/6/2017]

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her work, she found challenges in the current health care system. “The nature of health care today is very reactive,” Nanos said. “You only go to the doctor if you are sick or something is wrong. You might wait an hour or more

for a 10-minute visit. They are brief encounters.” Nanos and Kind Health Group are offering an alternative to what she calls the “reactive” model with the launch of Kind Connected Care. “As doctors in traditional practices we try to make

against his father-in-law, Yunes Doleh, 62, in September after Doleh repeatedly tormented him by waving his hairpiece at Dayem, provoking Dayem's greatest phobia -- the Tasmanian Devil of Looney Tunes fame. Not easily deterred, Doleh was arrested on Nov. 5 for violating the order after he "removed his wig (and) made hand gestures" at a funeral the two attended, Dayem explained to the New York Post. "It's just a very large fear of mine, his damn wig. ... I have nightmares." Court papers say Doleh "proceeded to grimace, snarl, gurn and gesticulate." He was charged with criminal mischief in Staten Island County court, and then sued his son-in-law for defamation after photos from the arrest appeared on social media. [New York Post, 12/20/2017]

most of a weapons charge, walked away from a San Joaquin County sheriff's work crew in Stockton, California, according to the Fresno Bee. It took police almost a month to track him to a home in Stockton, where they surrounded the dwelling and apprehended him without incident -- which might not be so remarkable were it not for the distinctive, wholeface tattoo Hughes sports, which makes his face look like a human skull. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. [Fresno Bee, 12/22/2017]

Least Competent Criminals Teller County (Colorado) Sheriff Jason Mikesell listed his SUV for sale on Craigslist in November, and he was a little perplexed Family Values when he received a response Mazen Dayem, 36, of from Shawn Langley, 39, of Staten Island, New York, ob- Vail, offering to trade the tained a restraining order SUV for four pounds of marijuana. Langley even provided photos of his black market booty and boasted about its quality, reported The Colorado Springs Gazette. "I saw that text, and I started giggling," Mikesell said. Detectives set up a meeting and arrested both Langley and Jane Cravens, 41, after finding the promised four pounds of marijuana in their car. Sheriff Mikesell has removed his SUV from Craigslist. [The Gazette, 12/19/2017] Hiding in Plain Sight On Nov. 27, 27-year-old Corey Hughes, who was due to be released from prison in February after serving

Good Deed, Punished Malcolm Whitfield of Rochester, New York, was only trying to help when he ordered a Lyft car to deliver a drunk woman home from a bar in November. But when the woman vomited in the car, Whitfield was hit with a $150 fine to cover the damage. "For a second, I was like, 'Never do anything nice again!'" Whitfield told 13WHAM. Lyft's terms and conditions include damage fees, which most people don't see in the fine print. Update: Lyft later refunded Whitfield's fine and added $100 to his Lyft account for future rides. "Mr. Whitfield absolutely did the right thing by helping someone get home safely," said Scott Coriell, a Lyft spokesperson. [WHAM, 12/16/2017] Oh, Deer It was just another early December day at the Horsetooth Store, Gas and RV Park outside Fort Collins, Colorado, as employee Lori Jones conducted inventory and restocked shelves. Suddenly, she looked up to see "Mama," a doe deer, inside the store, "looking at the sunglasses. Then she looked at the ice cream and over at

an impact, but it’s hard,” she said. “The system doesn’t allow us to help people be proactive when it comes to their health. What Kind Connected Care does is focuses on prevention and overall health.” Kind Connected Care is a subscription-based model that centers on a connection between patient and health care provider. “We take a very comprehensive health history and do extensive lab and genetic testing,” Nanos said. “Whether you’re fortunate enough to have great health or have a long, complicated history of disease we want to help you enjoy a long healthy life.” The team at Kind Health Group works together to educate and treat patients about their health from the inside out. “We teach our patients about living a better lifestyle, about nutrition and better habits,” Nanos said. “We are able to fill the spaces in between what our current system addresses. We go beyond annual exams and place a high value on the time spent the chips," Jones told CBS Denver. "I kind of did a double take." When shooing the deer away didn't work, she broke out a peanut bar and lured the doe into a nearby field. Jones then returned to work, but soon looked up to find Mama was back, this time with her three fawns in tow. It took another peanut bar to draw the family away from the store, and Jones said she has learned her lesson. "You should never feed the deer because they're going to keep coming back." [CBS Denver, 12/21/2017 ] Sweet Revenge A mom in Hillsboro, Oregon, came up with the perfect retaliation for a porch pirate who nabbed her baby son's Christmas pajamas package off the front porch. Angie Boliek told KATU she wanted to get her own "passive-aggressive revenge," so she taped up a box full of 10 to 15 dirty diapers with a note reading "Enjoy this you thief!" Boliek left the box on her porch on Dec. 3, and by the evening of Dec. 4 it was gone. Boliek alerted Hillsboro police, but they don't have any leads in the investigation. "It was fun to come home and see that it was gone," Boliek said. [KATU, 12/5/2017] New World Order Taisei Corp., a construction company based in Tokyo, announced in December that it will use autonomous drones, taking flight in April, to combat karoshi, or overwork death, reported The Independent. The drones will hover over desks of employees who have stayed at work too long and blast "Auld Lang Syne," a tune commonly used in Japanese shops getting ready to close. A company statement said: "It will encourage employees who are present at the drone patrol

with our patients.” Nanos believes more time forging relationships with patients allows for better opportunities to solve complex medical problems. “We have fewer patients than a traditional practice so

I love practicing medicine with every fiber of my being” Dr. Georgine Nanos

it’s easier to get an appointment, the appointments are longer and they are more comprehensive,” she said. “In addition, we offer a variety of ways to communicate with our staff and practitioners, including text messaging and video conferencing.” While there are other membership model practices in the area, Kind Health Group offers aestime to leave, not only to promote employee health but also to conduct internal security management." Experts are skeptical: Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University, told the BBC that "to cut overtime hours, it is necessary to reduce workloads." [The Independent, 12/10/2017] Ironies Paul Jacobs, 42, of South Hampshire, England, ordered a roll of bubble wrap from Amazon in November to protect his plants during a coming cold snap. Soon the box of bubble wrap arrived, protected by 100 feet of brown packing paper -- enough to cover his whole backyard, he told the Daily Mail. "At first I thought they'd sent me the wrong order because the box was so heavy," Jacobs said. He expects it will take two recycling collections to get rid of all the paper packaging. [Daily Mail, 11/21/2017] Great Art! At the courthouse in the Belgian port city of Ostend, performance artist Mikes Poppe, 34, was hoping to make a statement on the weight of history when he chained his leg to a 3-ton block of Carrara marble on Nov. 10 and began slowly chipping himself free. The Straits Times reports that for 19 days, Poppe ate, slept and worked on the marble until curator Joanna De Vos ordered the chain cut "for practical reasons." "I don't see the fact that I was freed as a failure," Poppe told the Flemish-language Het Laatste Nieuws. "The act of getting free in itself was not the main goal," he added, although he admitted that doing so had been more difficult than he thought. "I really underestimated that block of marble." [Straits Times, 12/1/2017]

thetic and cosmetic services which is something you won’t find anywhere else. “For some people, looking good is as important as feeling good,” Nanos said. “And there is nothing wrong with that. I strongly believe that if people choose to get those services, I want them to be in the highest quality setting. We have a highly experienced and talented team and the most advanced technology in the market today. We’ve brought it all together under one roof.” The Kind Health Group team is happy to be serving North County, and Nanos loves practicing in Encinitas. “I love it here,” she said. “There are so many different kinds of people. The vibe is laidback and people don’t take themselves too seriously. I like to laugh, and we always have a good time here.” Kind Health Group is located at 351 Santa Fe Drive, Suite 220 in Encinitas. For more information and to learn more about Kind Connected Care, visit www.kindhealthgroup.com or call (760) 701-KIND (5463).

New sand dunes for Cardiff ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas has accepted more than $2 million from the State Coastal Conservancy to construct the Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project this spring. This dune restoration project is a new approach for California to protect the shoreline from storm surges while also preserving habitat. Dune restoration is a useful sea-level rise adaptation strategy because dunes can reduce coastal storm damage by buffering the shoreline from waves and tides. Coastal dunes have been heavily impacted by development and very little of this habitat type remains in Southern California, so this proposed project will both restore a heavily impacted habitat and provide a natural sea level rise adaptation at Cardiff State Beach. The project will construct four acres of beach dunes and a dune footpath, and will support a scientific monitoring program from Chart House Restaurant to South Cardiff State Beach along the west side of Coast Highway 101. An added feature of the project includes a new pedestrian dune trail placed along Coast Highway 101 to allow space for joggers and walkers and reduce traffic in the bike lane. Information: ci.encinitas.ca.us/Government/Departments/Public-Works/ Environmental-Management/Coastal-Zone-Management.


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REGION — While the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been closed since June 2013, the discussion over where to store the spent radioactive fuel is ongoing. The nuclear waste will remain stored on site, although strong disagreement now exists as to exactly where on the grounds it should be. After the fuel that is used to generate electricity inside a nuclear plant is irradiated, it must then be safely stored to prevent its possible escape. And that is one of the major sticking points when it comes to nuclear energy — where to store such spent fuel and whether the process insulates communities from harm. “In my view, there is a vocal minority that seems opposed to anything, with the result that there aren’t really practical strategies they are advancing,” David Victor, chairman of the SONGS Engagement Panel, told this writer in email. “But the vast majority of the people are lined up around the same mission, which is


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Nuclear waste storage under construction at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County.

safely moving the spent fuel into the storage canisters and then getting those out of here as soon as possible.” Critics of the Coastal Commission’s current permit to store the used fuel on site say that the canisters that will eventually hold it have a “thin wall” and that those containers cannot be inspected, repaired or maintained when they are in the ground.

They say, furthermore, that such canisters can crack and release radiation — noting that precedence exists and pointing to Diablo Canyon. Moreover, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given its permission to use those thin-wall canisters and to install more than 100 of them near the San Onofre State Beach. The better solution, skeptics continue, is to leave the spent fuel where it

is — in cooling ponds, where they could remain for another 40 years. But if it has to be moved and placed in canisters, then it should be few hundred yards east and on higher ground. According to La Mesa-based Public Watchdogs, Southern California Edison may now be simulating the taking of the spent fuel rods and placing them in canisters before they would

go into concrete and steel encased dry cask systems. The real process could have started as early as mid- to late- December. “These are nuclear trash cans,” said Charles Langley, executive director of Public Watchdogs, in an interview. “They are subject to corrosion especially because of the salt air.” Right now, there is 70,000 tons of radioactive

nuclear waste that is the byproduct of about 99 nuclear generating facilities around the country. While the interim solution has been to store the used fuel on site where the plants are located, most experts agree that it should all be transported to a safe and central location where it could be permanently placed. In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Victor pointed out that there are now 17 reactors in 14 states that are no longer operating and that have the same waste disposal issues as does SONGS. But the professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego said that he is “hopeful” that legislation could pass Congress to create an interim storage facility where spent fuel from across could be placed. As for Southern California Edison, it would like to see the spent fuel get transferred to an interim storage facility in Texas or New Mexico. There’s also the possibility that such nuclear waste could be permanently stored at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Either idea is years away, at best. Some background: In July 2012, Southern California Edison shut down the SONGS units because tubes TURN TO SAN ONOFRE ON 9


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A push to BEACHFRONT NUCLEAR WASTE STORAGE move spent fuel inland

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By Ken Silverstein

REGION — El Cajon-based nonprofit Citizens’ Oversight Projects has filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to change the way spent nuclear fuel from power plants is handled. The organization, which has negotiated a plan on how to move the radioactive fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station, says that the design life of the canisters that hold the spent fuel should have a 1,000-year life — not the current 40-year design life, which is because the fuel will remain on the surface for 200 years. It also says that the fuel should move away from the water and to a safer place, or inland and away from seismic activity. “We are trying to chart a course for the nuclear industry for the next 200 years,” said Ray Lutz, founder of Citizens’ Oversight, in an interview. “The NRC now requires a 40-year life for the thin canisters holding the spent fuel but we would require double-wall canisters


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watts of power, which had been integral to the region’s economic growth. About 3.6 million pounds of spent fuel is now on the San Onofre site. In December 2016, Southern California Edison said that it had chosen two infrastructure companies to decommission its nuclear plant and to help with the disposal of the nuclear waste: AECOM and EnergySolution. The process will take as long as 20 years, the utility told this writer. Simply, when the nuclear plants are in operation, the spent fuel is placed in “pools” so that can be

cooled for about five years. That is called “wet storage.” After it has cooled, that used fuel is then transferred to “dry storage,” or in a concrete cask. At SONGS, one-third of the spent fuel is now such dry cask while two-thirds remains in “wet storage.” “Our plan is to transfer the remaining two-thirds now in wet storage and to place it in dry cask storage, which now holds onethird,” Maureen Brown, spokeswoman for Southern California Edison, said in an interview. “We consider dry storage a preferred option. The fuel needs to be in

that canister so that it can be transferred. This is a logical step that positions you to be ready once there is an off-site storage facility.” The spent fuel, though, will likely remain on the SONGS site for decades to come, although exactly where at the plant could be subject to change. Moving it out of California would not just take billions of dollars but also the political will, both of which are absent right now.


same — to use thicker canisters that have longer lifespans.” But would the process of moving the spent fuel from where it is now stored on site at nuclear facilities to a different location off site spark protests? Was not that part of the reason that Yucca Mountain — the proposed central storage site for spent fuel — failed to reach fruition? Lutz said that the radioactive used fuel at San Onofre would be moved to New Mexico or it would stay in California and possibly placed near Camp Pendleton — not far from where it is now stored. “Some don’t want the fuel to move because they are afraid of the risk and the second reason is that they think it

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fect of preserving the internal canister from corrosion and other deterioration. Furthermore, the outer shell could be easily replaced and any cracks to the outer shell could be detected and fixed. In the case of San Onofre, it will be moving the spent fuel from wet pools inside of the generators that have shut down to dry canister storage devices over the next 18 months. Citizens’ Oversight’s petition is demanding that the canisters be moved away from the water and to safer places that are inland, to which Southern California Edison has also agreed. “The next location would be HELMS compliant,” Lutz said. “It would encourage the rest of the industry to do the

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and a 1,000-year life. “We want surface storage sites to be upgraded,” he added. “We don’t want to pawn off our problem on some other area. We want the spent fuel to be stored in a more prudent manner, which means underground and where the canisters can be monitored. The technology will allow us to do this.” Specifically, the group is proposing changes that would involve Hardened, Extended-life, Local, Monitored, Surface storage, or HELMS. Besides increasing the design life of the canisters, the proposal suggests that the current relatively thin canisters should have a much thicker outer shell. That would have the ef-

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located in newly installed steam generators had prematurely eroded — items that had been installed in 2009. Specifically, Unit 2 was taken down for routine maintenance. Unit 3, meanwhile, was taken off line a few weeks later because of the leaking tubes. That is, excessive vibrations caused the erosion of the tubes and the small radiation leaks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the public was never in danger. Together, the units provided a total of 2,250 mega-

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would encourage more nuclear plants.” And those critics, too, have a strong voice. So, just moving the spent fuel from

wet to dry storage within the boundaries of an existing plant will be an ordeal — and one that could last well into the future.



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Woodward breaks ground on center upgrade RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center broke ground on a new Adoptions Building with a private ceremony Jan. 14 for center staff, supporters, board members and friends. The construction of the new building marks the second phase in the Campaign for Caring — a multiyear mission to rebuild the center’s aging facilities, many of which have been in place since the organization’s founding in 1972. In 1972, 300 animals came through the center doors each year. Today, approximately 3,500 orphan pets receive care and placement annually, despite

its staff working within the same medical and adoptions structure. The center now accepts 95 percent of its orphan pets from animal shelters around the country, all requiring physical and behavioral exams upon entry, as well as vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. Perhaps most pressing, the dimensions of HWAC’s adoption surgery suite, built more than 45 years ago, is only slightly larger than a closet — with a single surgery table to perform thousands of surgeries per year. On a typical day, the tiny exam room and its medical staff see incoming orphan pets, foster animals in need of medical

treatment, and center orphan pets in need of immediate medical care. Plans for the new adoptions building include a more efficient and private entrance for transfer partners bringing in animals; a larger office for adoption’s veterinarians; a second exam room for use by the rest of the medical team; and a larger surgical suite with room for two surgery tables that can be utilized simultaneously. During construction, HWAC will remain open for adoptions in an interim area labeled “The Adoptions Village.” Information can be found at animalcenter.org.


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Orfila is San Diego’s Chinese cuisine on Convoy at Village North most acclaimed winery

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iven its proximity to North County and the vast array of Asian restaurants, markets and spas available, I’m a bit embarrassed that it sometimes takes a press release to get me down there to the Clairmont/Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. If you wait until after 6:30 p.m. or so when traffic lightens up it’s about a 15- to 20-minute drive — tops. Not a bad jaunt to get to some amazing cuisine that at times seems like a world away. Village North was another nice fix from Brook Larios at PlainClarity who had been nudging me for months to check this place out. She kept raving about this 24-year-old named Steven Ji who spent the first eight years of his life in Northern China in the district of Nancha where food rationing was common and meals were more like social gatherings. The cuisine from this area is not what most of us are familiar with when we think of Chinese food. His family moved to Northern California when Steven was 8, but the memories of the hearty, budget-minded food of his youth, the kind his grandma made — Chinese soul food he called it — lingered on. The abundance of California was a bit of a shock to Steven at first, and he also noticed that the Chinese restaurants did not feature the food of Northern China. After a stint at St. Mary’s College, Steven transferred to UCSD where he graduated and spent a lot of time in the Convoy area of San Diego with classmates exploring Asian food options. It was then that he again noticed a lack of Northern Chinese options and the idea for Village North was hatched. He found a space on Convoy and spent almost half a year remodeling the former sushi restaurant that occupied the space. The kitchen is designed to house two chefs under one roof — one specializing in Northern Chinese fare and one in Southern Chinese. The Southern style is what most of us are accustomed to but you should definitely explore some of the Northern options. Nothing is Americanized on the menu and Ji claims all the dishes would meet his grandma’s approval. He recruited chefs from Los Angeles who were familiar with the Northern style of cooking, held tryouts and he was on

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Village North owner Steven Ji brings his Northern Chinese cuisine to San Diego. Photo by David Boylan

his way. The 109-seat venue with private dining room options has a bright, open and modern decor, with blue lighting highlighting the crescent shaped bar. All the dishes, from the broths to the noodles, are made from scratch. It’s a labor of love and ensures authentic

good friends and he mentored me on the fine wines of Italy and France. He loved the French Rhone Valley and its varietals like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and most of all, the complex white wine Viognier which I learned to love. It was one of my Top Ten Tastes in 2006 and again in 2008, and we helped make it a sensation when Santoro took it to Bordeaux then to the San Francisco wine show. In both competitions, the Orfila Viognier took gold. Leon Santoro passed away in early 2009 but before he went, he presented me with a 3-liter rose-engraved and painted bottle of Syrah with a personal message and signature written on the bottle. One of our “together” pastimes was to walk the fields of the Orfila 70-acre vineyard. He was experimenting with a new Italian varietal that he predicted would someday take its place with Sangiovese as the most popular varietal in Tuscany. It was called Montepulciano. It has now become a leading estate grown wine in the expanded inventory of fine wines

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t was early 2006 and I was just beginning to get the Taste of Wine column together hitting on all cylinders after my rookie year, when I first stepped into the tasting room at Orfila Winery overlooking the San Pasqual Valley. I was so impressed by a hanging display board showcasing hundreds of wine awards from California’s most competitive shows and others halfway around the world in the capitals of Europe. It was there I met winemaker Leon Santoro with his enviable track record of mastering European-style winemaking from Italy and France. He was hired in the mid‘90s by the then new owner Allejandro Orfila, a former winemaker and ambassador from Argentina. Santoro assured him he would stay and transform the winery into a world-class fine wine vineyard and winery. The two of us became


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at Orfila, thanks to the efforts and talents of current winemaker and General Manger Justin Mund. Mund is a product of Sonoma wine country, then the Central Coast. Two of his stops before being winemaker at Orfila were Ferrari-Carano in Sonoma and Letitia in Arroyo Grande along the Central Coast. I only mention this because they are very high on my short list of excellent wineries that make California the supreme wine grape country in today’s wine world. He began his Orfila winemaker assignment in 2010, developing his own California style to the great European varietals uncovered by Santoro. “We source our grapes from both the estate and select vineyards from Sonoma, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. It’s exciting for me to look back and see how much the Orfila team, production and the quality of wines has developed since 2010 when I arrived,” he reported on the Orfila website. The latest new releases to taste include: the 2015 estate Montepulciano ($44), the 2014 Pinot Noir Element 119 from Arroyo Grande ($40) and the 2014 Pinot Noir Sequestered from the Santa Maria Valley ($55). All scored over 90 points in a leading wine publication. Visit orfila. com. RIDGE, HALL AND A LUSCIOUS RUBY PORT Vittorio’s of Carmel Valley San Diego closed the year with a flourish when his wine reps Mindy Hewitson and Jordan Mungin of the Estates Group brought in one of the elite Sonoma wineries, Ridge Vineyards and their East Bench 2015 Zinfandel as well as an im-

Justin Mund is the winemaker and GM of Orfila Vineyards & Winery in the San Pasqual Valley of Es- Mindy Hewitson and Jordan Mungin presented Ridge wines with owner Victor Magalhaes of Vittorio’s in Carmel Valley. Photo by Frank Mangio condido. Courtesy photo

includes cheese and charcuterie boards. Go to oakandelixir.com for tickets. • Pala Casino Spa and Resort on Highway 76 east of Interstate 15 is presenting a wine dinner by Grgich Hills Estate, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 with a reception at 7 p.m. in the new Bar Meets Grill, formerly in Pala Cave. This will be a five-course dinner, each one highlighting a special Grgich varietal including Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the wine from the internationally famous Mike Grgich, one of my very best friends in the wine world and a Vintner’s Hall of Famer. Don’t miss it. Cost is $85 per person. Call (877) 946-7252. Ask for the January Wine Dinner. • Firenze Trattoria

in Encinitas is planning a Flowers Vineyard and Winery dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 25. Flowers is a renowned Sonoma Coast vineyard so you will enjoy Pinot Noir that night. Cost is $95 each for this five-course dinner. RSVP at (760) 944-9000. • Krupp Brothers of Napa Valley is the featured wine at WineSellar and Brasserie in Sorrento Valley San Diego, in a tasting from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Five of their best will be at the tasting. Cost is $25 each, $15 for club members. Call (858) 450-9557. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. View his columns at thecoastnews.com. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

pressive Chardonnay and a WINE BYTES bre Winery from Paso Rocomplex red blend. But it’s • Oak +Elixir down- bles from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 23. the Zins that pop in popu- town Carlsbad has a wine Winemaker Jeff Freeland larity with their old vine tasting event with Oso Li- will attend. Cost is $35 and qualities from Dry Creek. This heritage varietal has some Petite Sirah and Mourvedre in it and is aged 14 months in oak. It is very concentrated and delicious to the palate. Not to rest on this triumph, Victor, the owner came right back with his “Best of 2017” wine event. There was Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux blend that drew attention, but the ring in the new year best of breed was the Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2014 from Napa Valley ($60), one of the great modern wineries that Taste of Wine has written about. And to top off this event, Vittorio’s brought out a Ruby Port from Taylor-Fladgate with its 20 percent alcohol and 10year minimum aging in oak casks, a perfect finish to any meal, or year. The first wine dinner for 2018 will be a Robert The progress continues at our Solana Beach project and we want to Hall dinner at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 for $50 a person. See dekeep you in the loop! We invite you to visit us at one of the local tails at vittoriossandiego. com. hangouts below for a casual conversation. Chat with our team at Zephyr


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in my mouth long enough to chew any skin off the foot and well, it was not a pleasant experience. I should note that they were not on the list of dishes to try that was provided by Brook. If you do go there, I would advise a demonstration by your server. That said, everything else I had was fabulous. She did suggest the Rainbow Noodle Salad to start, which was light and delicious with a very slippery noodle that was new to me and a bit hard to manage with chopsticks but worth the effort. Pork and Pickled Cabbage Hot Pot kept warm with chaffing flame underneath was amazing and per my conversation with Steven they pickle the cabbage in-house. That should be no surprise as much of what you get at Village North is prepared on-premise. Fried Tofu and Northern Pork were both stand out dishes but it was the Swai fish fillet with the numbing sauce that really stood out. Specializing in Northern Chinese cuisine, Village North restaurant adds a unique touch to the area

that is already bustling with restaurants and if you have not been, it’s almost an overwhelming experience. Another bonus for you night owls is that they are open until 2 a.m. on the weekends with a late night menu of hot and cold dishes so the after-party crowd can look forward to standout dishes such as melt-inthe-mouth Pork and Pickled Cabbage Hot Pot, Beef Dry Pot, Sweet Chinese Yam and Braised Chicken with Chinese Mushrooms. Beer, wine and sake are available as well. As of this writing, they do not have a website but you can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Yelp. I also heard they are not open on Tuesdays so please check that prior to making the trip 4428 Convoy Street #330 in San Diego or call (858) 277-1888. 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




January 27

9-12 pm

Project Site, Hwy 101 and Dahlia Drive

January 31

4-7 pm

Carruth Cellars, 118 S Cedros Avenue

February 4

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Yogurt 101, 153 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach

February 13

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Culture Brewing, 111 S Cedros Avenue

February 17

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Project Site, Hwy 101 and Dahlia Drive

February 27

4-7 pm

Carruth Cellars, 118 S Cedros Avenue

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Yogurt 101, 153 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach

March 14

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Culture Brewing, 111 S Cedros Avenue

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March 24

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Michael Loffredo was a true Renaissance man! He was skilled in so many different areas and he wrung every bit he could out of life, until finally passing at the very ripe and round age of 100 years. If it were up to him and if his body hadn’t had enough, he would live for another 100 years! Michael was born on October 30, 1917 in Providence, Rhode Island to Italian immigrants, Attillo and Maria Loffredo. He passed peacefully on December 24th at Pacificia House Hospice in Carlsbad from cardiac disease. Michael graduated from Central High School in Providence. He received his BS from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA; an MS from Oklahoma State; and he also attended UCLA, LA City and San Diego State Colleges. Michael was in the Army Air Corp during WWII from June 1941 to Sept 1945, serving in Australia, East Indies, and Papua New Guinea. Michael taught in Rock Valley, IA and Carlsbad, NM. He was one of the original faculty members of Arroyo High School in El Monte, CA where he was head of the science department

for 13 of his 23 years there. During his tenure, he received several outstanding teaching awards. Michael retired from teaching in 1977 to pursue other interests as a contractor and a stockbroker, but he always loved learning. Until shortly before his death, Michael read numerous works from The Great Courses application on his iPad and from books in his extensive library. His life was filled with traveling, walking, reading, family and friends and working as a handyman. Until he was in his 90’s, Michael could always be seen working around his house, in the yard or at his work bench in the alley, or around the neighborhood. He just knew how to fix things and help people! Michael is survived by his wife of 25 years, Eleanor; step-children Terry (Lori) Moler, Randall (Nancy) Moler, Lenny Moler; and six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his first wife of 45 years, Lorraine VanDeWeerd, and his step-daughter, Connie Moler. His 100 years of life was celebrated in October with an Open House in his home in Cardiffby-the-Sea. Driven by love, seventy-five family members and friends from across the country extended congratulations and shared memories. No formal services are planned; however, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Cardiff-by-theSea Library Endowment Fund in his honor.

Arthur Leroy Jensen, 87 Carlsbad January 8, 2018 John Lawrence Cook, 71 Encinitas January 4, 2018 Cynthia Marie Garcia, 59 Encinitas January 9, 2018 Jesus Diego Sanchez, 80 Oceanside December 25, 2017

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GET A PIECE OF ECOTOPIIA Seaside Bazaar will host a special friends and family sale for Ecotopiia, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 at 459 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. After generations spent in the heart of the Encinitas community, Ecotopiia closed its doors Jan. 12. They have been providing sustainable, ethical, eco-conscious goods, supporting local artisans and making conscious consumerism possible. Find brands like Nomads Hempwear, Maha Devi Design, Hemp Hoodlamb, Flax Designs, Bamboo Clothing and accessories.

NEW CLIMATE SCIENCE CLASS In collaboration with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, MiraCosta College will offer a class that explores the principles underlying the interdisciplinary and rapidly growing field of climate science and climate change — physical science (PHSN) 108, during the spring semester starting Jan. 22. Cost is $46 per unit for California residents. Call (760) 7956620 or visit miracosta.edu. SCHWARTZ HONORED BY JFS Jewish Family Service of San Diego recognized Encinitas resident Sara Schwartz and Crystal Chouinard with its Henrietta Rubenstein Staff Development Award for 2017. The annual award highlights exceptional team members who demonstrate excellence, initiative, professionalism and leadership in their role and is named after the late JFS executive director from 1951 until 1968. “These recipients were nominated because of their commitment to learning and ability to be a teacher,” said CEO Michael Hopkins.

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Educational Philosophy 101 Dr. Stuart Grauer

A lot has happened in the field of education in recent generations. There are a lot of theories! Often these theories come in and out of favor, or are recycled under new monikers. This gives the educational “consumer” a lot of choices in an already overly-complex world. How is a family going to pick a school amidst so many choices? Is Montessori the

cator has parted ways with that great educator’s philosophy. It’s ironic in a way, because all these greats held first and foremost a philosophy of openness. None of the enduring greats would ever stop listening to a student, or assume one path fits all students. Enlightenment, clear thought, strong values, and broad academic skill sets are the educational mountaintop. To get to

Come hear about our philosophies for yourself! Join us for a “Discover Grauer Day” tour in January or February. way to go? Socratic? Expeditionary/Discovery-based learning? Harkness Method? Who was Rudolph Steiner? What’s Waldorf? There’s so much to digest, and as soon as you think you know the “state of the art,” the landscape changes. Expert educators are always evaluating new trends, and then integrating them into their basic programs and philosophy. Great educators are lifetime researchers. As soon as an educator becomes too enraptured with any one idea, however, whether it is Montessori, Socrates, Steiner, Dewey, or any of the greats, that edu-

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LIBRARY CONCERT Music By The Sea presents Cristinia Montes Mateo on harp at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $14 at encinitas.tix. com or call (800) 595-4849.

For more information, visit cristinamontesmateo.com. MOVIE TIME The Gloria McClellan Center screens a new movie release Jan. 19 and the third Friday of every month at 1 p.m. at 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Free movie and refreshments. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. For movie title, call (760) 643-5282. ‘BACH AND ROCK’ The Hutchins Consort presents “Bach and Rock” at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Tickets: $35 adults, $20 seniors/students, $60 family package. Purchase tickets at hutchinsconsort.org or at the door.

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THE ART OF ART SHOWS The Escondido Arts Partnership, presents Patric Stillman with a free lecture, “The Gallery Ready Artist” at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at 262 E. Grand Ave., Escondido. For questions, contact Stillman at The Studio Door, http:// thestudiodoor.com/inside/. BALALAIKAS AND MORE The Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, to help buy a piano for the Encinitas Community & Senior Center, Encinitas. Tickets are $30 at encinitasarts. org.

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the top, every single student must find their own way. Openness is the ultimate philosophy, but it takes an expert to practice this and no human, however expert, practices this perfectly. At Grauer, students spend their days in a Socratic environment on our natural, green, campus. We integrate the best of Waldorf education, which is why you will find “arts across the curriculum” and so much nature and experiential learning working their way into our days. We treasure what Maria Montessori believed about giving students “choices” and clear “voices”. The Harkness method

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ensures that most classes take place around a table where everyone is eye to eye and in those classes our teachers attempt to use a Socratic Method, they believe their role as “teacher” is to engage students in cooperative conversations encouraging questioning and critical thinking. Grauer students come of age understanding how they can make a difference in the wider world. We integrate best practices including service learning, self-directed education, technological and hybrid education, free schooling, and our acclaimed expeditionary philosophy. We want our students and teachers to try classes for fun, run wild ideas up the flagpole, make mistakes, follow a passion— then reject the passion in favor of another. We want everyone at our school to do enough things that they are drawn to do rather than essentially plotting out a preordained path. Ultimately, they arrive at their own philosophies this way. Come hear about our philosophies for yourself! Join us for a “Discover Grauer Day” tour in January or February. Tours available every week — January 4, January 10, January 18, January 26, January 31, and February 8. Visit www. grauerschool.com to RSVP today.

“An Adventure Under the Sea.” The sea creatures and marine-themed sculptures are created in hot glass at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 943-2260 or visit https://stoneandglass.com.


NEW AT NEW VILLAGE “Cloud Tectonics” opens at New Village Arts Theatre with Pay-WhatYou-Can previews: Jan. 26 through Feb. 2, running through Feb. 25 at 2787 State St., Carlsbad. Show times are Thursday/Friday/ Saturday at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets: $33 - $36 online at newvillagearts.org, or via phone at (760) 433.3245. Visit newvillagearts.org for information. THROWING POTTERY Register now for the “All Fired Up: Wheel Throwing” class Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Jan. 29 at the Lux Art Institute Education Pavilion, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $420. Learn the essentials of creating functional ceramics on a potter's wheel. For information, call (760) 436-6611 or visit info@luxartinstitute.org.

JAN. 19, 2018

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our airline ticket clearly states that it is nonrefundable, but you broke your leg, had to cancel your trip and the airline is not too sympathetic. Who you gonna call? The toilet in your hotel room overflowed and management moved you to another room, but it’s a downgrade and they won’t refund your money. Who you gonna call? A rental car agency claims you are responsible for damage to the door, but you know you didn’t do it. Who you gonna call? That would be Christopher Elliott, an award-winning author, consumer advocate, columnist and consummate traveler who considers himself “every consumer’s best friend.” “When I call airlines, hotels and car rental agencies, they know who I am,” he said during a phone call from a rented home in Durango, Colorado, where he is temporarily headquartered with his children for several weeks. They know him because the Elliott advocacy net spreads widely. The UC Berkeley graduate and Fulbright Scholar writes for the country’s largest newspapers and magazines, appears on television and radio and has written several books. Elliott’s love of writing and travel merged some years ago during one of his nine journalism internships with the Los Angeles Times. “They gave me the keys to a car and said your beat is Northern California,” Elliott explained. “I drove around and filed stories from the road. I knew then I wanted to be in travel writing.” Elliott eventually went to work at the Wall Street Journal, which led to a job as a business travel editor, which brought him to the world of consumer advocacy, unfortunately a necessary service in today’s world. “These aren't the best of times for North American consumers,” he writes. “Government protections are being dismantled at a furious pace in the United States. Vital customer service functions are being outsourced or ignored altogether by corporations. More people are getting take-it-or-leave it attitudes at the front desk, on the phone or on the sales floor.” The current philosophy of government is to protect businesses, he said. “Consumers are look-


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Christopher Elliott ing to someone like me to help them. We are seeing the number of cases go through the roof. No matter what your political affiliation is, you should be upset.” And about those airline companies? “It’s all about the money,” Elliott said, “but it’s time to set that aside. They are transporting people, not cargo. When I ask them to take another look, nine times out of 10 they do the right thing.” Enter Elliott’s staff, which includes 100 volunteers. They help solve some of the 100-150 consumer complaints that he receives weekly. “We answer every email. It’s a time-consuming process.” There’s another story here. Elliott is a single father of three — they are 11, 13 and 15 years old — and travels with his children frequently. He often rents a home for several weeks or months so the family can tour an area in depth. They are home-schooled via online tutoring. He began traveling with his kids in 2010, spending about 100 days on the road. That number is now 200 days, and Elliott believes visiting new places is one of the best forms of education there is. The kids seem to like it, he says, but if there comes a time when they don’t, “I’m not opposed to settling down.” The author shares a few of his mistakes while traveling with kids at http://www.elliott.org/blog/ dont-do-this-when-youretraveling-with-kids/. Elliott’s newest book is “How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler” (National Geographic Books/ Random House). For help with a consumer problem, email him chris@elliott. org. To read some of his columns, visit http://www. elliott.org/. For more stories, comments and photos on travel, both local and elsewhere, visit www.facebook.com/ elouiseondash. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com

New ammo laws sow uncertainty By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — A slew of new regulations have gun stores and enthusiasts concerned about the availability of ammunition. On Jan. 1, the state enacted several new regulations under Proposition 63 (along with SB 1235), which was passed by voters in 2016. However, gun supporters are crying foul over the state’s lack of implementation of a new system catering to stores selling ammunition. Online sales of ammunition now must go through a licensed vendor, but according to numerous media reports, many stores have not received their license despite applying months ago. As a result, those stores can no longer sell ammunition until they receive a license from the state. Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition in Sacramento, said the reason is because the California Department of Justice has dragged its feet in setting up the system to process those applications. “In July 2017, the DOJ could start issuing ammunition vendor licenses,” he explained. “It hasn’t happened. In fact, they don’t even have approved regulations or forms yet. Sadly, they are not keeping up.” Ron Marcus, director of

New state laws concerning the sale of ammunition were enacted on Jan. 1, including new restrictions on online sales. A local gun store owner said the laws will help his business in the long run. Stock photo

public outreach for the San Diego chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said it is unfair the state is acting in such a manner. However, he applauded the new ammunition laws saying it will prevent criminals, or those buying on behalf of them, from obtaining ammunition. Marcus, though, said his group is not seeking to take away any legal owner’s guns or the rights of those legally allowed to purchase a firearm. He said it is a goal of the Brady Campaign to find sensible and balanced laws without obstructing Constitutional rights. “It comes down to the convenience of responsible gun owners to enjoy their guns and ammunition, ver-

sus the safeguards that are sensible for keeping ammunition and guns out of the hands of the wrong people,” Marcus said. “The motivation behind this law, which of course is controversial, is to keep ammunition from freely being sold under the radar or transferred under the radar to people who shouldn’t be getting it. To a responsible gun owner … it will feel like they are being penalized when they aren’t the problem.” In Carlsbad, Gunther Guns is the only store in the city to sell ammunition, along with firearms. Co-owner Lisa Gunther said the online restrictions will help local stores, but it comes with a price. Gun stores with a Federal

Firearms License Type 3 Curio and Relics, however, are eligible to sell ammunition. “It means that California residents can’t buy ammo (one box or bulk) from websites and ship it to their house anymore,” she added. “Hopefully this means that they will now support their local gun store by shopping at local brick and mortar stores such as Gunther Guns. This should increase sales at the local level, but at the expense of liberty for California residents.” In addition, gun owners can still purchase ammo at a gun range, such as Iron Sights in Oceanside, but cannot take any rounds off the property to store at their home. Another aspect, Combs said, is California residents may not purchase ammunition out of state and drive it back into the state. In theory, residents with a Federal Firearms License and a certificate of eligibility from the DOJ can purchase ammo over the internet and have it shipped to their home, Combs said. “The next big step is, in July 2019, a system will have to be in place to have an electronic point-of-sale background check to where if you go buy ammo, the dealer has to run you like you were buying a firearm,” Combs added.

Hacks for staying healthy this flu season


o wash your hands! Then put on your mask and don’t forget the splash goggles. It appears all these might be needed this year to avoid the very pushy and ungracious viruses that are laying us low in every quarter. One co-worker swears that stress is the main culprit and keeps her lavender candle burning. I’m breathing deeply of the secondhand scent. And I’ve found some other interesting things to consider to make ourselves just that much more germ-proof. My favorite is “Always use your own pen.” Think about it! How many fingers have probably signed with the pen the cashier hands you? One site suggested that you enter your PIN with your knuckle rather than fingertip, and consider

small talk jean gillette all shared surfaces like coffeepot handles, stair rails, copy-machine buttons, the fridge door and even at the gas pump. Get in the habit of sanitizing your computer keyboard, mouse and phone. One report suggests using vodka if you can’t find hand sanitizer, but, sadly, drinking it is not a solution, as alcohol dehydrates you and can interrupt healing sleep. There are also several things you should not do, as well. These include (my favorite) “working out too much.” Gyms are perfect,

sweaty breeding grounds for germs. Regular exercise is good, but over-exertion and not drinking enough water can weaken your immune system. Avoid going low carb (and pass that biscuit). Apparently, “whole grains are good for your gut during flu season.” Research by the American Physiological Society found “a substance found in fruit and vegetables called quercetin reduced the likelihood of flu in mice.” It also suggests you

give up puffing on the Vape pen. Studies show vapors can “trigger substantial inflammation in the lungs making them more likely to get infected by bacteria or viruses like the flu.” And don’t forget the classic protection move — smile extra wide, but avoid shaking hands. I promise a big hug once spring is here. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who votes we all just stay in bed for a month. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.


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JAN. 19, 2018

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