Rancho santa fe news, january 20, 2017

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Tree updates given at RSF Association meeting By Christina Macone-Greene the Natural Environment

Winning machines R. Roger Rowe School plays host to an FTC Robotics meet where a field of 16 teams from around the region, including the school’s three teams: RSF Intergalactic Dragons, RSF Logitechies and RSF Singularity, moved onto the alliance rounds following the competition on Jan. 7. RSF Singularity received the finalist trophy and the RSF Intergalactic Dragons earned th winning alliance trophy. The teams compete again Jan. 21 at the Grauer School in Encinitas. Courtesy photo

ViaSat’s newest satellite to increase internet speeds By Steve Puterski

EL SEGUNDO — At a low-key press event, ViaSat revealed its latest and most advanced satellite, which will put the company on a path to be more competitive in the internet market. At Boeing’s satellite facility last week, ViaSat and Boeing executives engaged in an hour-long presentation about ViaSat-2’s capabilities, their business partnership, plus a tour of the facility highlighted by revealing the $350 million state-of-the-art satellite. The total project cost, meanwhile, is about $600 million and took three years to construct. However, no photos were allowed to preserve company and technological strategies. Nevertheless, ViaSat’s crown jewel stands 25-feet high, about 10 feet wide and, once its solar panels deploy in space, it will have a wingspan of 150 feet. Arianespace, a French company, will deliver the satellite on its Ariane 5 rocket. “We’re really evolving toward, what we believe, is the first global internet service provider,” said Dave Abrahamian, ViaSat’s director of space systems. “Our whole mantra for the past 10 years … is to reduce the cost per bit, increase capacity substantially so that satellite-base broadband is no longer the choice of last resort. We’ll move that ball significantly forward when we launch ViaSat-2.” ViaSat-2, meanwhile, will have two times more the capacity than ViaSat-1,

Carlsbad-based ViaSat is scheduled to launch its ViaSat-2 satellite in late March or early April. They partnered with Boeing to construct and test the satellite, which will increase ViaSat’s broadband internet performance. The photo is of two Boeing 702 satellites in its thermal vacuum. Courtesy photo

which was the highest capacity ever launched in 2011, and increase speeds up to 300 gigabits per second (Gbps), seven times more coverage and customer download speeds up to 25 to

50Mbps. More capacity in the satellite increases the bandwidth, which enables faster internets speeds to consumers. With a successful

launch, which is scheduled for March or April in French Guiana in South America, ViaSat-2 will expand the Carlsbad-based company’s reach across the Atlantic Ocean to the Middle East and the northern tip of South America. Alaska will be the only state not to receive coverage from ViaSat-2 due to the angle of Earth. “We don’t have to sacrifice capacity for coverage area,” Abrahamian explained. “We can also move capacity around. ViaSat-2 solves that problem.” In addition, the increase in ViaSat’s customer base is estimated to increase about two to threefold, said Keven Lippert, executive vice president of Satellite Systems and Corporate Development at ViaSat. Currently, the company has about 700,000 residential and commercial users on its ViaSat-1 satellite including more than 550 aircraft along with maritime vessels and the U.S. government. Its domestic airline portfolio includes United, JetBlue, Virgin America and most recently, American Airlines. “We won the American Airlines contract first for their 737… and then their entire mainline North American fleet,” Abrahamian added. “We think we can compete favorably with cable providers. The cost per user…, which is there metric, is greatly, greatly in our favor. There is no great effiTURN TO SATELLITE ON 12

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Association Interim Manager Christy Whalen noted how its parks crew had been busy cleaning fallen trees during the rain and heavy winds at a Jan. 5 board meeting. “I would like to point out that the number of trees that we’ve seen falling is not as great as it’s been in the past five years or so,” she said. “There’s been a concerted effort by our parks department, led by Arnold Keene, to maintain trees on the roadway, and remove those trees that are dying, so that when we get the heavy winds these trees are not in the roadway creating safety problems.” While on the subject of trees, Whalen also shared with the board and members present at the meeting about the “Plant our Future” community event for Covenant families at the Osuna Ranch Jan. 28. In addition to the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s park department, the event is also coordinated by the Committee on

(CONE) and the Osuna Committee. According to Whalen, there will be 35 indigenous trees, which would be planted on this day. “We’re also going to have an opportunity for tree sponsorship,” Whalen said. For those that want to plant a tree and then sponsor it, a plaque will be available for purchase. Participants also have the opportunity to tour the Osuna’s historic adobe, chat with local plant and water organizations, and create a mini succulent piece for their very own to bring home. “It should be a fantastic event,” Whalen said. For those interested in reserving a tree by Jan. 20 or learning more about the event, contact Karlin Molina at the Association at (858) 756-1174. The National Weather Service is expecting a series of storms to impact the county Thursday through next Tuesday bringing a potential of 3 to 5 inches of rain inland and 2 to 4 inches on the coast.

Farrar discusses CDRC efficiencies By Christina Macone-Greene much more efficient,” Far-

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Association Interim Building Commissioner Tom Farrar discussed how the Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC) had an uptick in reviews at the beginning of the New Year at the Jan. 5 board meeting. Farrar reported 31 reviews already in January as compared to 21 cases in December calling it an active month. Farrar went on to say how they are focusing on the process itself and doing some modifications in an effort to create more efficiency. “It’s not only for the Association staff, but also for the applicant members as well,” he said. “So it’s really a team effort in doing this.” An example he shared was how in the application process there is now a request for the electronic filing of plans. “It’s pretty nice to have that electronically so we have that in the computer system in the database, and whenever we need a copy of these, we can make a copy. It’s

rar said. “It reduces the number of plans that are submitted.” Another item Farrar proposed was researching how “noncontroversial projects” could possibly be processed on the consent calendar. With this idea, they were looking at consent items in detail, he said. The other mention had to do with past incomplete applications. “So these projects in the past still went before the CDRC and there was in most cases not enough information for the CDRC to render a decision on the projects. So we’re looking at that intake process very carefully and we’re looking at how we deem the application complete before we take it in,” he explained. Farrar said the goal was to be more efficient with CDRC staff as well as the CDRC directors’ time. The topic of fees for CDRC applications was also touched upon. “We’re basically looking at those because they TURN TO CDRC ON 14


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Free presidential inauguration tickets can be costly By Tony Cagala

REGION — When Donald Trump gets sworn in as the country’s 45th president Friday in Washington, D.C., a number of North County constituents that helped to put him there, or those wanting to witness another moment in history, will be in attendance. For Rep. Darrell Issa’s office, which oversees the county’s 49th District, requests to receive free tickets to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration began coming in immediately following the election, according to Calvin Moore, a spokesman for the longtime Republican congressman that represents the 49th congressional district in the county. Issa announced the availability of tickets through social media and online back on Nov. 15. “We had significant interest in tickets, many times more than the number of tickets we had available,” Moore said. “We encouraged people on social media and online to contact our office to have their names entered into the lottery. We have currently assigned all of our tickets from the lottery, but we do have a waiting list in case we have any

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies showcases the presidential inauguration tickets earlier this week. While tickets are meant to be free, scalpers are seeking to sell the tickets online for thousands of dollars. Image courtesy Joint Congressional Committee on

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cancellations.” The congressman pulled names of constituents to receive free tickets out of a hat in early December. Of the 150 tickets that Issa’s office received to give away, the vast majority of

tickets went to constituents in North County. “We also had a sizable number that were made available to constituents in the Orange County portion of our district as well,” Moore added. While their office

doesn’t have any more tickets left, Moore suggested that if people were still interested in attending the event, they could contact Issa’s Washington office to get on the waiting list, where they would be updated if any new tickets became available. Last week, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) unveiled the look of the almost 250,000 tickets printed, which are color-coded for the various sections for viewing the ceremony. Moore said the tickets and the seating sections were given away randomly. Earlier this week, members of the house and the senate received the tickets to distribute to those constituents selected, according to a press release from the committee. U.S. Senators receive almost 400 tickets to offer to constituents, according to a source familiar with the ticketing process. Ticket requests made to California’s house and senate members came in at a high volume, with a large amount of requests coming in well before Election Day. TURN TO INAUGURATION ON 18

Junior executive member cap removed By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Jan. 5, during its monthly board meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association approved to expand the pool of its RSF Golf Club’s junior executive membership by removing its previous 30-member restriction. Under this decision, new members under the age of 48 can pay their $50,000 enrollment fee in installments. RSF Golf Club board president Bill Danola presented the idea of this expansion at the RSF Association Board of Directors meeting. “The current plan of operations limits the number of junior executives to 30,” he said. “We’re at 30 junior executive members now and so we have halted any entertainment of new membership.” Danola asked the board to approve, even at least on an interim basis, to eliminate this member limit. According to Danola, the board of governance discussed the issue and they didn’t see the reason to have a limit. “It’s a category of membership we’d like to see increase. Actually, to have younger members in the

club just makes the club more accessible,” Danola said. “We’d like to encourage that, so we really do not see the need for the limit.” Danola went on to explain how the junior executive membership is a program aimed at those under 48. Like a regular membership, a member must have property in the Covenant. “If you’re under 48 years of age, you can pay your enrollment fee over time with the time span being from your current age to when you turn 48 with a

maximum of 10 years,” he said. Danola used the example that if a member was 40, they could choose to pay their enrollment fee over the course of 8 years; and, their annual dues still applied. As far as RSF Association Director Allen Finkelson was concerned, he thought the junior executive membership was a fantastic category. “If we had 100 of these people it would be great,” Finkelson said. He added,

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Citracado Parkway extension project draws on

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It’s a jungle In there

Emi Gannod, 11, observes a Banded Purple Wing butterfly at the San Diego exhibit is open now through April 10. Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle Full story on page A2. Photo by Tony exhibit. The Cagala

Community rallies behind Vista teacher placed on leave

By Hoa Quach

VISTA — Current and former students and parents are demanding a Vista social studies teacher be allowed to keep his job. Vincent Romero, who has worked for the Vista Unified School District since 1990, was placed on paid administrative leave from his job at Rancho Buena Vista High School on March 7. Now, an online petition with more than 1,900 signatures is asking the admin- A social studies teacher at Rancho Buena Vista High School istration to bring Romero placed on administrative leave in early March. The move prompted was students and parents to launch an online petition in support of Vincent back to the classroom. Romero. Photo by Hoa Quach On his last day, Romero told students he was sorry I can’t be with you for do — we’re going to fight leaving because “the orgathe rest of the year. It’s not until there’s nothing left to nization decided to make a my choice, but it’s the way fight with. I plan to be back change.” it goes.” for your senior year.” “(They) no longer have In the roughly 4-minconfidence in me that I Romero also urged his ute speech to students, an students to be kind to their know what I’m doing,” said emotional Romero vowed new social studies teacher Romero, whose remarks to fight the administration. but to were recorded and posted “I’m not disappear- pal give “hell” to Princion Facebook. “They don’t Charles Schindler. ing,” said Romero, 55. “I’m like what I do. They don’t Following the annot going away. This is nouncement of his deparlike the way I do it. So, this something I can fight, and ture, a petition was created is what happens. I’m really that’s what we’re going to on PetitionSite.com, urging

environmental impact reESCONDIDO — An port from amendment to the reso- ternatives April 2012. Alwere discussed lution of necessity for the with residents in four comCitracado Parkway exten- munity sion project was approved of publicmeetings and a trio gatherings. Wednesday by the City “The project as curCouncil. rently designed was loDebra Lundy, real cated property manager for the mannerand planned in a that will be most city, said it was needed compatible with the greatdue to a clerical error, the est public good and least omissions of deeds to be private attached to the land. The said.She injury,” Lundy adjustment is the only fee also reported the parcel being acquired by city and property owners the city, which is a necessi- have had more than 35 ty, she added. meetings The eminent domain years to in the past four develop the plan. project, which has been However, the propin the works for several erty owners did not subyears, will complete the mit a missing section of the city’s counteroffer to the roadway between Harmo- April statutory offer on 14, 2015. According ny Grove, Village Parkway to Lundy, the owners did and Andreason Drive. not feel the offer matched The city conducted what the land is worth, ala review of the project, which was outlined in the TURN TO EXTENSION ON A3

Republicans endorse Abed over Gaspar

By Aaron Burgin

Krvaric said. “Clearly the administration to keep Romero at Rancho Buena ty REGION — The Coun- Sam Abed’s long-time and Republican Party has steadfast Vista High School. thrown its support behind Republicancommitment to A protest was also held Escondido principles and Mayor Sam values earned him at the school. the supAbed in “This makes me so an- ty Dist. the race for Coun- port of committee mem3 Supervisor. bers and we are proud to gry,” wrote Jeffrey Bright of Fallbrook, who said he of The Republican Party endorse him.” San Diego announced Gaspar’s graduated from the school last campaign week that it voted to reached more than 20 years ago. “I endorse this week exAbed over fellow pressed disappointment already fear that our ed- Republican in and Encini- not receiving the ucation system is falling tas party’s apart. I worry my kids are whoMayor Kristin Gaspar, nomination, but touted is also running for the several key not going to get a valuable supervisor endorsements seat currently she has received education at public schools held by Dave Roberts, who out the campaign. throughanymore.” is seeking re-election. “While I’m disapDavid Whiddon of San Marcos called the move a Abed, who has been pointed not to get the parpolarizing figure during ty endorsement, “shameful.” I’m very his two terms as mayor in proud to have the support “This is a teacher that Escondido, secured the of Mayor Faulconer genuinely cares,” Whiddon coveted party endorse- the four Republican and wrote. “Both of my sons had ment City Mr. Romero and greatly en- than by receiving more Councilmembers, Senatwo thirds of the tors Bates joyed his class.” and Anderson, committee’s votes, the and Assemblyman Rocky A former student, Jas- threshold mine Velare of Vista, said candidate required for a Chavez,” Gaspar said. to receive the “I’ve been a Romero was “an amazing endorsement very effecover a fellow tive Republican teacher.” mayor in party member. a Democratic city by focus“I was lucky enough to “Endorsing one Re- ing on balanced get him myself,” she wrote. publican budgets, “He truly cares for what he quires over another re- economic a 2/3 vote threshold and quality development, — and rarely happens,” continue of life and will to do so on the TURN TO TEACHER ON A15 GOP Chairman Tony Board of Supervisors.”

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“That would cement our future.” Finkelson then moved to remove any limit as to the number of people in the junior category and the board unanimously approved it. Members of the RSF Golf Club will receive their 60day notice about this change in operations before it goes into effect.

Del Mar Fairgrounds officials offer reassurance that the Don Diego clock tower, scheduled for demolition before the start of the 2017 San Diego County Fair, will be relocated somewhere at the state-owned facility. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Don Diego clock tower will be relocated onsite By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Addressing mostly negative comments about the fate of the Don Diego clock tower, Del Mar Fairgrounds officials at the Jan. 3 meeting reiterated plans to remove the structure from the center of the state-owned facility, but assured the tiles and clock face will be relocated onsite. “It’s always been a part of the master plan to remove it,” General Manager Tim Fennell said. “We’ve been looking for a suitable location, and we’re still in the process of doing that.” Russ Penniman, president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, said one of the challenges is that the approximately 64-year old tower is three-sided. “So we’ve got to be selective on where we put it so you can view all three

faces, which is going to limit where we can put it on the property,” he said. Options include the infield or the perimeter of the property, where it can be seen better, Penniman added. “There are a number of different possibilities,” he said. “The question is, which is going to make the most sense.” Installed in 1953, the clock tower was built using Googie architecture, a futuristic design that originated in Southern California in the 1940s and remained popular for about two decades. In 1954, decorative tiles in the likeness of Don Diego, longtime official greeter and host of the fair, were added to the façade of the tower, located along the main fair avenue west of O’Brien Hall, north of TURN TO TOWER ON 18


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Thoughts on Leucadia Streetscape By Darius Degher

I’ll come right out and say it: I’m anti-development. I feel the same way about developers that the suffragette mom in Mary Poppins feels about men: whatever you might think about them individually, “as a group they’re rather stupid.” Yeah, yeah, not all development is bad. It’s just that I’ve been watching the development of Encinitas for over forty years, and developers have not been responsible for much of anything positive during that time. But in our community lately, there’s been a problematic tendency to conflate the notions of development and of improvement. They’re not the same thing. This confusion reached a peak during the controversy over the Cardiff segment of the Coastal Rail Trail. During that controversy, the No on Rail Trail group pretended to be “anti-development” and “pro-environment” as a sneaky strategy to maintain the car-centric status quo there. To me, bike paths and walkability are in no way “development.” In fact, they’re the opposite, because they promote environments with fewer cars, less pollution, and more trees. So, I don’t understand how Encinitans can pass Prop A, oppose Measure T, and then argue against lane diets, roundabouts, and bike paths. Folks: development means McMansions, strip malls, suburban sprawl. It doesn’t mean bike paths, walkability, and roundabouts — those things are improvements. Whereas I gag when I see a new mall going in, I’m cheered by the construction of bike paths. This is why I support

Appeal hearing bears high stakes for Brown, consumers California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


ov. Jerry Brown is not listed as a defendant in a federal appeals hearing set for Feb. 9 in a Pasadena courtroom of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. But he might as well be. For his conduct during an apparent “fix-was-in” rush to judgment by the California Public Utilities Commission could be a major issue in the case, which the PUC months ago reopened for more information gathering because of apparent collusion between the commission’s former president and the Southern California Edison Co. At issue is a 2014 PUC decision forcing customers of Edison and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to pay more than 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of shutting down the double-domed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), where a $600 million replacement steam generator failed in 2012, essentially destroying the plant’s capabilities. That ruling drew fury from many consumer groups because of evidence that officials of Edison, which owns the plant, knew in advance the Japanese-built generator could disable the huge power plant, on the beach just south of San Clemente, near the Orange-San Diego county line. Evidence of the alleged collusion, under investigation by the state attorney general’s office for almost two years, includes a napkin from a Warsaw, Poland hotel on which exPUC chief Michael Peevey wrote down the essence of the 70 percent settlement during a meeting with Edison executives.

Emails have shown that Brown promised Edison cooperation soon after the SONGS failure. But consumer advocates have sought for years more than 60 other emails between Brown and the PUC that the governor and the commission both have refused to release. “In effect, that makes Brown a party to this case,” says Michael Aguirre, a former elected San Diego city attorney now representing a group called Citizens Oversight. “Brown could have gone to the PUC, where he had

Aguirre will be able to subpoena the secret emails and presumably discover whether or not Brown had a direct role in the San Onofre settlement. There’s also a chance the entire matter could become moot if the PUC issues its revamped decision in the case before the court hearing and lessens the demand on consumers. And it’s possible new state Attorney General Xavier Becerra will seek an indictment of Peevey, with the closeted emails becoming evidence in that case. Becerra, appointed by

Aguirre says he wants to take his case to a trial court no matter what else happens appointed most members, and said, ‘This is wrong.’ But he did not. This whole thing is about obstruction of justice because they never even had public hearings on it. The public never got a chance to say ‘We shouldn’t have to pay for this.’” Aguirre tried to take the case to a federal judge, but was refused on grounds his group had not exhausted all its state remedies. He appealed after the state Supreme Court, also with a Brown-appointed majority, refused to order release of the sealed emails. That means, Aguirre contends, all state remedies have failed and a federal judge should hear the case. If the appeals court takes the unusual step of intervening in a state regulatory dispute and remands the case for trial by a federal district judge,

Brown to replace Harris, might see this as a chance to establish himself as a fighter for consumers and declare himself independent of Brown, who appointed him. Aguirre says he wants to take his case to a trial court no matter what else happens. “They still haven’t held any hearings in this thing and it’s a multi-billion dollar matter,” he said. “There’s been no due process here and no one is holding the commission to account.” For sure, if Aguirre gets his day in court, it would lead to much more transparency on the inner workings of one of the PUC’s most significant decisions of the last decade. That’s the very least of what millions of consumers deserve. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net.

the basic plan for the Leucadia Streetscape project. The reduction of vehicular lanes to one on each side will be a positive development in the long term, even if there is a period of adjustment needed. Even if traffic becomes worse along Highway 101, this will only prompt drivers to stay on the freeway during rush hour (as they do in Del Mar), instead of using the 101 as a freeway surrogate. Most importantly, it will, over time, encourage local residents to leave their cars at home and use their bikes instead. In future summers, when tourist families arrive from Phoenix in their incredibly large SUVs, hopefully, they will be able to park them for the week and rent bikes to get around instead. As for roundabouts, they’re a no-brainer. I lived in Northern Europe for many years, and I saw how they prevent traffic jams by keeping traffic flowing while also doing away with the energy and maintenance of street lights. Statistically, they’re also much safer, as they eliminate the possibility of the deadly “T-bone” type of accident that occurs at intersections. So, the roundabouts in the Streetscape plan will be an improvement. My only caveat is that I think the plan needs to be reviewed to make sure there aren’t too many of them bunched closely together at the north end of Leucadia. Shouldn’t one of those perhaps be moved southward to a cross street such as Daphne? Fully separated bike lanes need to be the ultimate goal for the corridor,

not just bike lanes created by painted lines. At present, unfortunately, this is not part of the Streetscape plan. City planners must understand that if fully separated bike lanes are left out of Streetscape, they must absolutely be part of the Coastal Rail Trail, when that’s built. The reason is that “transportation” cyclists, not the spandex-racer cyclists, will ultimately be the ones who reduce traffic and greenhouse gases. These transportation cyclists — grandmothers and shoppers and kids — need bike paths completely separated from car lanes, so they can use them in total safety. That needs to be a central goal for the entire coastal corridor, not just Leucadia. As for parking, when there are fewer cars on the road (and more bikes), we won’t need as many parking spaces. As for the trees, yes, it will be a shame to lose a few of those glorious eucalyptus. But hundreds of new trees will be planted in place of those few, hopefully trees that are less of a fire hazard than are eucalyptus. Streetscape is a good, environmentally-friendly plan. The only thing that should delay it is if we can figure out a way to finance the trenching of the train tracks. Carlsbad may be doing it, Solana Beach has already done it. What are we in Encinitas, the poor cousins with the million-dollar homes? I do think we should be exhaustively exploring the ways to pay for track-trenching, even if it requires new taxes. But that’s a discussion for tomorrow. Darius Degher is a Leucadia resident.

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’m not particularly superstitious, but sometimes you just get a sign that you can’t ignore. I got mine last night at my aerobics class, and the news wasn’t good. Like much of my life, it was equal parts humiliating and hilarious. I’m pretty sure it used up any luck I might have had set aside. OK, so I’m “dancing” away getting that heart rate up and working up a sweat. One of the moves was a chassé, a ballet move I am quite familiar with, pushing the first foot along the floor in a plié, then springing into the air where both legs meet before you land. It was the “before you land” part that got me. As my legs touched, my feet tangled and I was headed for the floor in a hurry to my portside. However, there are racks of large workout balls along the studio wall and I happened to be standing next to them. So instead of a royal face plant and probably cracking a shoulder or collarbone, I hit a ball dead center and was neatly bounced right back onto my feet. Once I realized what had happened, it took me a while to stop giggling, and the women behind me were giggling too. I turned around to assure them their giggling was justified and found they were equally concerned that I was alright. I was. I just found myself hoping that when they told this story the next day at the office, that they didn’t know my name. It was not my best day. Before the class was over, I managed to try and stand from a forward crouch and hit the deck again. I was closer to the ground this time, but there was no ball to deflect me. I just rolled over and raised the V for victory sign, then got back onto my feet. So, what was the message from all this? Anything for a laugh? Or it might be time to consider another source of exercise, which does not require leaping or shoes with big rubber soles waiting to sabotage me. Wait. Give up dance exercise? Nah. That thought just leaves me in despair, so I believe I won’t consider it until things get more serious and less slapstick. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer keeping her leaps close to the floor these days. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.


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Fair reveals new and improved website By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Visitors to the 2017 San Diego County Fair should have a much easier time navigating the 26-day event thanks in part to the revamped www.sdfair.com website. “One of the number one goals we had for this year’s fair was to completely blow up our old website and start over with a much more dynamic, interactive website that will help our guests find what they’re looking for when they come to the fair,” Deputy General Manager Katie Mueller said. “The fair is a very complicated event,” she added. “It’s many, many, many events within a larger event. There (are) so many attractions and entertainment and exhibits and food and shopping opportunities. “The old website definitely served its purpose,” Mueller said. “But technology has advanced and people are used to having things more instantly. We’re really excited to roll out a website that will serve our customers much better than in the past.” “We are going to do a better job at telling our story,” said Adam Richard-

A revamped San Diego County Fair website will be “very high on experience and low on giant walls of text,” said Adam Richardson, who led the development team. Courtesy image

son, who led the web development team. “We are very good at putting words on a page. We’re not very good at delivering the fair experience.” The old site was “very long on text and you don’t really get the experience of what it’s like to be here at the fair,” he added. For example, the previous homepage had a column of 31 options. Those have been reduced to three pull-down sections. “Participate” will guide fair performers and exhibitors. “Plan Your Vis-

it” provides information such as dates, times, modes of transportation and lodging. “What to See” lists activities in a variety of categories. Richardson said the new site will have more pictures from past fairs, a social media feed and “some pretty awesome search mojo.” For example, fairgoers at an animal exhibit or bluegrass concert can visit the site from an app on their phone to find similar activities occurring near them within an hour or so.

“We’re going to do a very good job at delivering you similar stuff,” Richardson said, noting that the new website will include a “you might also be interested in this” feature. “That’s going to be a huge boon to some of the acts that would normally not get a lot of traffic,” he said, adding that people will be able to search the site by category using many different criteria. The new site was introduced at the Jan. 3 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scheduled to be unveiled last month, it was delayed after the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation criticized the theme, “How the West Was Fun.” “The logo is extremely offensive in light of the history and experience of genocide for the Kumeyaay Nation and other Native nations during the so-called settling of the west,” tribal Chairwoman Angela Elliot Santos wrote in a letter to the 22nd DAA. Representatives from both sides have since met and agreed on a new theme, “Where the West Is TURN TO WEBSITE ON 14

Association discusses community overview brochure By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — In an effort to provide an overview of the community, the Rancho Santa Association is championing a brochure project. Christy Whalen, interim association manger, presented the plan to its board of directors at its Jan. 5 monthly meeting. Other than its website, Whalen shared that the Ranch really didn’t have any other communication piece. “We’ve got nothing



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printed that really tells people about Rancho Santa Fe,” she said, adding how the proposed brochure would be intended to communicate facts about the community. Whalen said that a while back, the Association did have a “community facts sheet” that could be handed out. However, they currently didn’t have anything like that. Whalen said the concept of the brochure would help shape perceptions, answer questions, and build

excitement. Its uses would vary including placement in new member welcome baskets, media, potential new residents, employee recruitment, and community organization. “For employee recruiting, as we’re looking to bring talents into the Rancho Santa Fe Association, I think it would be helpful to have information compiled by us instead of someone who’s going online and doing a search,” she said. Whalen wanted the board and Covenant mem-

bers to know how they were also looking for input in other helpful areas for the project. As for the brochure content, Whalen said it was to give a wide overview of what makes Rancho Santa Fe so special, including its unique history such as the Lillian Rice architecture. “We want to touch on what makes Rancho Santa Fe so unique from an environmental standpoint like our topography, flora and

sual arts while at CSUSM and graduates in 2017 with a degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Newcastle, in Australia.

Santa Fe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate. Donahue comes to the office with more than five years of real estate experience and 25 years of extensive marketing, advertising and sales experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Donahue was a real estate agent with the Rancho Santa Fe office of Willis Allen Real Estate.

NEW FACES AT HEAVILAND Heaviland Landscape Management, headquartered in Vista, welcomed two members to its operations teams as the company continues to expand its clientele. Tim Sayegh and Brandon Jenkins both join the company as regional account managers. For more information about Heaviland Landscape Management, visit heaviland. net

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE NEEDS MEMBERS The Board of Trustees of the MiraCosta Community College District is seeking qualified, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders who will operate as the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the implementation of the district’s Measure MM college facilities bond program. To apply, visit miracosta.edu/ improvement. Completed applications should be sent to MiraCosta Community College District, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056, by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

CSUSM STUDENT CREATES WINNING LOGO The winning logo design for an initiative focusing on arts literacy and education was by California State University San Marcos art student Isobel Lawrence, an exchange student from Sydney, Australia. James Miller’s Graphic Design class at CSUSM School of Art had 21 students shooting for the $250 prize by creating an identity and logo for the recently launched “Art = Opportunity” campaign. The winning design will soon appear on printed materials, T-shirts, hats, sig- DONAHUE IN nage and online platforms RANCHO SANTA FE Sharon Donahue has promoting the campaign. Lawrence is studying vi- affiliated with the Rancho

FRANKHUIZEN PROMOTED Zephyr, a san Diego-based real estate development company, has promoted Carlsbad resident Amber Frankhuizen to vice president of sales and marketing. In this elevated role, Frankhuizen will continue to communicate the firm’s projects and achievements with the public, while also promoting Zephyr’s unique brand attributes. Frankhuizen was formerly Zephyr’s director of marketing.


Farrar reports code enforcement ‘doing well’ By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Association Interim Building Commissioner Tom Farrar worked his way through a detailed report during the Jan. 5 board meeting, concluding with a code enforcement update. He described their code enforcement program as “doing very well.” According to Farrar, in December, they closed 22 cases. “We basically receive about four to six cases per week. That list changes and fluctuates,” he said. “The good news is we’re taking a lot of this off the list and we have records of this as well.” President Fred Wasserman asked Farrar if he could provide code enforcement examples that were requiring action. Farrar responded by saying how the Association received a couple of new ones that were very interesting because they haven’t seen these types in the past. It pertained to a couple of residential homes that have been vacated for years. “One of them we went out and looked at — the roof itself is literally collapsing,” Farrar said. “Not that it’s our Association duty to do this, but it’s our duty certainly to recognize it and let the county and the fire department know that there is a potential issue out there and someone could get hurt.” Farrar described this case as a “new thing” for their code enforcement. Other cases were smaller in nature such as fencing. “The cases range quite a bit,” he said. surgical guidance system, which was commercially launched in October. Future use will include cervical and thoracic spinal fusions.

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Upscale Resale Shoppe readies for special event sale By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s Upscale Resale Shoppe’s upcoming second annual sale is offering people a reason to buy something in January. The “Over Stacked and Over Stocked” one-week “half the price sale” kicks off on Jan. 17. Shelly Hart Breneman, executive director for the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, said that holding this sale following the holiday season can be advantageous for a variety of reasons. “After the holidays, when people visit the store to buy gifts and items for others and not themselves, we find our store to be overstocked with clothing and shoes. We also know that the New Year inspires people to clean out closets and reorganize which results in an abundance of new inventory,” Breneman said. According to Breneman, the shop hosted a half-price sale last Jan-

“We have an abundance of shoes for men and women in addition to children’s clothing,” says Shelly Hart Breneman, executive director the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. The “Over Stacked and Over Stocked” half-price sale ends Jan 21. Courtesy photo

uary describing it as incredibly successful. This half-price clothing and shoe sale is something they plan to champion every year. Like the previous year, the store is overflowing with treasure finds. “Our inventory is packed with high-quality labels for men and wom-

Pet of the Week Want to play catch? Or chase? Or rope tug-of-war? Willow can’t wait to find a family that who appreciates playtime as much as she does. At 1-year old, she’s likely fully-grown on the outside, but there’s plenty of puppy on the inside of this 60-pound shepherd blend. Willow is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She has been altered and is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $267 and as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, is micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday

en including Escada, Doncaster, Eli Tahari, Tommy Bahama, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Banana Republic,” she said. “We have an abundance of shoes for men and women in addition to children’s clothing. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for huge savings.”

Covenant members encouraged to review new voter rules, verification form By Christina Macone-Greene

from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.

For those who have not visited the Upscale Resale Shoppe, Breneman calls it a hidden treasure. While clothing and accessories items can be found, shoppers can also peruse selections of silver, crystal, household items and more. “There is truly something for everyone,” she said. Breneman pointed out how sale proceeds help the Garden Club operations and events that support the community of Rancho Santa Fe; and, unsold items are donated to Disabled American Veterans. The “Over Stacked and Over Stocked” half-price sale ends Jan 21. The Upscale Resale Shoppe is at 17025 Avenida de Acacias on the lower level of the Garden Club building with the entrance of the store facing La Granada. To reach the shop for sale details, hours of operation or donations contact them at (858) 756-1554 or visit their website at rsfgardenclub.org.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association board gave the OK for its new voter rules and verification form to be posted for a 30-day period to allow for member comment before finalization. The new process will help with voter verification but will not impact Covenant members who are already registered to vote. RSF Association President Fred Wasserman encouraged members to take part in this 30-day timeframe. “During this comment period, you will have an opportunity to submit recommendations and changes to the Board at the March meeting,” he said. “We will then finalize these rules and put them

into effect.” Wasserman wants members to know that they can get a copy of the new

These rules say everybody stays the same, unless they want to change.” Allen Finkelson Director, RSF Association

rules and verification form on the Association’s website and bulletin board. “Your comments will



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be greatly appreciated because while we’ve done a lot of due diligence on this, you might see something that we’ve missed,” Wasserman said. Wasserman shared that over the course of the last several months, he along with RSF Association Director Allen Finkelson and outside counsel worked on the new rules and verification form. Finkelson reiterated that those registered to vote do not have to do anything. “These rules say everybody stays the same, unless they want to change. So these are really for people who have wanted a change, who haven’t ever registered to vote and now want to vote, and obviously for new owners,” Finkelson said. He added, “So this is really trying to be responsive to the comments we’ve gotten from membership during the long period of review of  and bylaws, to the articles have to least some minimal  verification form.” was pointed out It that  the election inspector would only count a vote if there is a verification form. This is the first year the Association will be doTURN TO RULES ON 14

SDUHSD names Dill to district post By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The San Dieguito Union High School District has dropped the “interim” tag from Superintendent Eric Dill, naming him to the permanent post. Dill, the associate superintendent of business services, had been serving as interim superintendent since July 1, 2016, when Rick Schmitt left to take the same role in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Northern California. The school board conducted an initial search for a permanent replacement last fall, but put the search on hold after an unsuccessful round of interviews. According to a district news release, Dill did not apply for the permanent position during the first round, but district officials met with him in closed session shortly before winter break and ultimately decided to offer him the job. Dill has been with school district — which serves students at five middle schools and four high schools in Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe — since 2001. He was promoted to his current role in 2010 after serving as the executive director of business services and the director of risk management. “We have been impressed with Mr. Dill’s leadership of the district since he assumed the responsibility of interim superintendent last summer and are pleased that he has agreed to fulfill this role permanently,” school board President Amy Herman said. “Mr. Dill transitioned into the superintendent role effortlessly. He is the right person to lead the district, continue our traditions of excellence, and build upon the student success for which our district is known.” The school board will formally vote on Dill’s contract at the Jan. 19 board meeting.

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A concierge trainer that makes house calls By Hanna Laukkanen

“I can see that you have more strength left,” says Rachael Stoltz, personal trainer. “Six more!” Stoltz is training with me in my home gym. The training is very efficient, and I truly can feel the fat burning. Stoltz explains that building lean muscle will burn fat and increase my strength. Meanwhile, Stoltz’s business idea is founded in availability — to come where her customer wants to work out. “When I come to wherever they want to, they don’t have any excuse left not to train. In many cases, people don’t have time to work out or they can’t drive to the gym,” Stoltz says. Clients want to exercise in a safe environment, lose weight, maintain their balance and feel good. Stoltz always brings her equipment with her — yoga mats, click weights, balls and ropes — so the customer can try different workouts. San Diego resident, Stoltz is originally from Po- “When I come to wherever they want to, they don’t have any excuse left not to train,” way and has a kinesiology degree says Rachael Stoltz, a concierge personal trainer. Courtesy photo

in physical therapy and more than 12 years of training experience. Stoltz is San Diego’s premiere trainer and a fitness industry leader. She is an author and gives many health speeches around San Diego County.

You can build strength and lean muscle at any age.” Rachael Stoltz Concierge Trainer

“You can build strength and lean muscle at any age” said Stoltz. Stoltz shows me simple moves to develop my abs, biceps, triceps and shoulders and to help my sore neck. She is very patient and knowledgeable. Stoltz encourages her clients to contact her at any time between sessions if they

have questions. “It’s great if something truly motivates a person to train,” she says. “The real reason to work out has to be something that they value in life, for example to have energy to play with your kids or maintain the relationship with your significant other or live longer. The results are incredible. I have an 82-year old client that tripped and caught himself with only his hands in a push up position. His knees never touched the ground. Your body doesn’t care how old you are. You can build strength and lean muscle at any age.” Stoltz’s life goal is to help people live healthful lifestyles by creating balance and joy in her customer’s lives. “Outside shows what is inside,” she says. “I want to deal with forgiveness and guilt and get the problems inside solved.” Stoltz offers a free initial workout and consultation. For more details, visit conciergepersonaltrainingsd.com or give us a call at (858) 284-8004.

Local churches hope to avoid getting chopped in inaugural fundraiser RANCHO SANTA FE — Talented cooks from across San Diego are taking on a formidable challenge next month — creating mouth-watering meals from the simple ingredients offered at food pantries that serve low-income residents. Teams from six Presbyterian churches will be armed with

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JAN. 20 “STEAM CIRQUE” Circus Vargas debuts its new production “Steam Cirque!” in Del Mar through Jan. 30, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., and in Escondido March 3 through March 13 at the Westfield North County mall, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway. Youngsters can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing and more. General admission $22-$32 for children and $27-$37 for adults. For dates, times and tickets, visit circusvargas.com, call (877) 468-3861 or visit the box office at each location. LIFE LEARNING Fiber Arts Explained and Civil Rights in Marginalized Communities are on tap for LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. STATE OF THE CITY Join the Vista Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Civic Center for the 2017 State of the Community luncheon. Cost is $60 per person. For reservations, call (760) 726-1122.

just a two-burner hotplate and cooking utensils in an effort to transform basic food staples at the first-ever Chopped at Church competition Feb. 4, at the Village Church. The fundraising event aims to raise awareness for the work of Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM), an outreach mission

lege is offering free computer classes that start at the end of January at the MiraCosta Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Register at miracosta.edu/ instruction/continuingeducation/apply.html. JAN. 22 HERE COME THE BIRDS Join members of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy for “Wings Over Wetlands,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Celebrate the arrival of the winter bird migration at San Elijo Lagoon. Meet live birds brought by Zovargo. Conservancy naturalists will have spotting scopes along the salt marsh loop trail. The event is co-presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and County of San Diego Park Rangers. CENSUS OF HOMELESS North County volunteers are needed for the annual Regional Task Force on the Homeless census. Census takers can operate out of Oceanside at the El Corazon Senior Center, Encinitas at the Community Resource Center or in Escondido through Interfaith Community Services. The count begins at 4 a.m. Jan. 27. To volunteer, visit http://rtfh. volunteerhub.com/events/index. WeAllCount works to get an accurate snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness, what challenges they are facing, and which services and programs can make the biggest impact. Participants are provided with online training and counters go out in groups of two or three.

of the Presbytery of San Diego. PUM assists the marginalized that live on few resources with little room for cooking meals. “We took a cue from the popular cooking series ‘Chopped’ where the cooks don’t know what’s in their bag of food items until they open it, just like the poor who receive donated goods

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A sampling of Pascal Besset’s salumi and truffle delights from Angel’s Salumi & Truffles with a fresh baguette makes for one of life’s simple, yet delicious pleasures. Photo by David Boylan

Introducing Angel’s

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his first mentor. Along the way, Pascal held executive chef positions at six different fivestar hotels in France and California. After making his mark in the culinary world as a chef, he founded

Angel’s Salumi & Truffles and the rest, as they say, is history. His products can be found in many high-end restaurants, shops and gourmet food distributors around the country. The business continues to grow with the addition of the distribution center, storefront,

online shop, and tasting room located in Carlsbad. Pascal’s experience and passion can be tasted in each and every bit of his products. In case you are wondering, the word “Salumi” is simply the plural for Salami. Angel’s Salumi & Truffles was derived from Pascal’s childhood nickname, Angel. Their mission has always been to provide top quality, uniquely handcrafted salami, truffles and other gourmet products. All of their meats are certified antibiotic and free of steroid and growth hormones. The game meats are free range, cage free or wild. They exclusively use Berkshire pork for all their products. Berkshire pork originated hundreds of years ago in Britain and boasts more marbling, richer color, increased tenderness, moisture and flavor. At the family owned farms in Kansas, the pigs spend most of their time outside roaming free. Their venison hails from New Zealand farms, and is also humanely raised and antibiotic free. The same can be said for their farm raised ducks and bison. So besides sourcing the best meats possible, Pascal obviously has the pedigree to turn them into amazing salumi. Slice some up with some good


ctually, for those foodies in the know, Angel’s has been around since 2010 and you’ve probably run into them at events like the Encinitas Foodie Fest, KAABOO, Best of North County, Best of San Diego, La Costa Film Festival, Master Chefs of France and the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Fest. Yeah, this is a hard working group of folks led by Pascal Besset, CEO and executive chef, who was born and raised in the South of France. In 2014 they opened their first distribution center and showroom in the Carlsbad Gateway Center — an innovative makers and wellness community. It provides locals a great opportunity to purchase goods and services directly from the makers and even observe their creations during production. Look for a column devoted to this hidden gem in the near future. My point is, you can pop in and buy direct from Angel’s and it’s definitely worth a visit. Pascal is an iconic figure among the culinary community in San Diego. All the chefs I interview know or have heard of him and for good reason. Pascal began his career at age 17 as an apprentice in a five-star kitchen in Monte Carlo. He refined his craft over the next 15 years, part of which was spent learning a specialized branch of Charcuterie in the south of France, Monte Carlo, Corsica and Paris working alongside some of the best in the world at it. His father’s long time friend, Cesar Merline, a chef and Maitre Charcuterie, was


The Burger Bench in Escondido is one of the 30 restaurants participating in Dine Out Escondido!, beginning Jan. 22. Courtesy photo

Dine Out offers the perfect recipe for restaurants, diners By Steve Puterski

ESCONDIDO — It’s a way to break the annual January depression some restaurants face. On Jan. 22, the city will engage in its fourth annual Dine Out Escondido! Restaurant Week to celebrate local eateries and their offerings. In addition, those businesses in participating will also donate portions of their proceeds to the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, according to Escondido Tourism and Marketing Administrator Katherine Zimmer. Also, January is California

Restaurant Month, which aims to assist in picking up business in a notoriously slow month, Zimmer added. Prior to Zimmer’s arrival in the city more than four years ago, Escondido did not have an official sponsored event. With her prior experience working for local government, she created the event in conjunction with the state’s efforts. In the first year, Zimmer explained, the city conducted a monthlong effort, but it’s since scaled it back to one week. “The impetus for it is pretty

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have been writing frequently about the surge in Urban Wineries, smartly located in large communities with high traffic volume and offering high quality branded wines by the glass or bottle. TASTE OF WINE has found another remarkable play on the urban winery format in the Birdrock area of La Jolla — LJ Crafted Wines. What’s different here? Plenty! Guests at the indoor or outdoor tables and bar in the tasting room are served wine direct from the barrel that made the wine, thanks to a revolutionary device called the “Wine Steward,” a pouring device that allows the wine to be served from the barrel while it is aging, and all the while maintaining the integrity

Scott and Nancine Hagner, from the Grapeheads Association, with Lowell Jooste of LJ Crafted Wines and columnist Frank Mangio. Photo courtesy Frank Mangio

of the remaining wine. The barrels are displayed in bold, easy to read labels that show the vintage, varietal, vineyard and appellation. On the day we were given a walk-through by owner Lowell Jooste, himself a fourth-generation, 20-year winemaker from South Africa, the barrels represent-

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flavored 2015 Viognier with a slightly lemon-drop hint, with the bedrock tropical fruit that makes it special ($11/glass and $32/bottle). On the red side, my heart belonged to the 2014 Petit Verdot Napa Valley ($14/glass, $40/bottle) with a big elegant nose of violets, TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 14

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Where the learning things are Palomar College’s grounds services crews create a lush landscape of plants from all across the world, earning the campus a Level II Arboretum certification by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. Photos by

Aaron Burgin

By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The transformation of Palomar College over the decades has not just been reserved to brick-and-mortar construction. Over the years, the campus has become home

to one of the most unique collections of trees, plants and other flora — a fact that often goes unnoticed by students and faculty alike as they hustle to and from the newly fabricated buildings. Recently, however, the campus’ greenery received

a prestigious certification, as Palomar College was recently certified as a Level II Arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. Palomar College is the only community college to achieve the recognition, and one of only two

college campuses statewide to achieve the designation, with UC Davis being the other. What makes the designation significant is that while the college does have an arboretum — the Edwin and Francis Hunter Arbo-

retum flanks the campus’ northeast side — this designation encompasses the 200-acre San Marcos campus in its entirety. “The fact that the entire campus is recognized as an arboretum... is very exciting,” said Joi Lin Blake,

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Sports Snedeker and his ‘want-to’ attitude returns to Farmer’s Insurance Open

sports talk jay paris Pressure rides with every PGA Tour golfer and Brandt Snedeker is no exception. What’s uncanny is how he embraces it and excels. How else to explain rising from last year’s Farmers Insurance Open cut line to win the event in horrible conditions. Then there’s being down two holes at the Ryder Cup on its final afternoon, only to prevail that day and finish 3-0 in his matches as the U.S. downed Europe at Hazeltine National Golf Club. But all that pales when Snedeker’s palms really get sweaty. Snedeker, who’ll defend his FIO title starting next week at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, recently had to knock back another dose of stress. With two young kids, it was his chore on a recent vacation to ensure they stayed happy and out of harm’s way. “I was ‘Mr. Mom’ and ‘Daddy Day Care,’’’ he said. “I’m just trying to keep them entertained.’’ Snedeker, an eight-time Tour winner, will do likewise with his sticks before FIO galleries swollen by Tiger Woods’ appearance. While Snedeker’s resume at Torrey Pines can’t match Woods’ — no one’s can — he is a two-time champion at the seaside track. What gives?



cient means of providing broadband in a large area than satellite.” Abrahamian said another advantage for the company comes from aircraft service. With the launch, and

Last year’s Farmers Insurance Open winner Brandt Snedeker is returning again to Torrey Pines later this month to defend his championship. Courtesy photo

“I love putting on Poa annua,’’ said Sedecker, of the greens that make other golfers curse. “For whatever reason I love playing on those greens. I think if you roll it well, you can make some putts. “I know some of the other guys don’t like them because they can be bumpy. But I grew up playing in Nashville and those greens weren’t always prefect.’’ Snedeker, despite a 201516 campaign that included five top-five showings, didn’t feel his game was pristine. The personable athlete with an unruly batch of blonde hair and an easy smile rebuilt his swing in the offseason. “It’s going really well, although the scores don’t show it,’’ said Snedeker, who missed the recent Sony Open cut. “Tee to the green, I’m hitting it real well. But I’ve putted horribly. But I’m not too concerned about it right now. I’m hitting the ball as well as I ViaSat’s European partner Eutelsat, 85 to 90 percent of all flight routes will be covered. Lippert, though, said the ultimate advantages of the new satellite will allow the company to become more competitive in the internet market. Notably, ViaSat can


have in a long time.’’ What seldom finds the rough is Snedeker’s outlook, although it has wavered of late. He recognizes the most important six inches on any course is between the ears, and that’s where Snedeker is focused. “My attitude has been kind of off,’’ he said. “I’ve been too hard on myself and I’ve had to hit the reset button. That is my mindset coming into San Diego.’’ It was his want-to that allowed him to hoist last year’s winning hardware at Torrey, despite the rain falling notso-gently among the pines. While others grumbled about the elements, Snedeker went to work. “My attitude was great all day,’’ said Snedeker, who had to sit on his lead for a day as others finished. “I couldn’t wait to get out there and complete and shoot low scores. No matter how miserable it was, how bad the weather was, I made it a positive.’’ Snedeker did the same at the Ryder Cup and the result was joining a jubilant crowd all chanting “U-S-A!” Now he returns to the local scene, with another anticipated damp FIO on the horizon. Snedeker is confident his game is far from all wet. “It’s always good to be going someplace where you have played well,’’ he said. It’s almost as much fun as hanging with his kids. Follow Jay Paris on Twitter @jparis_sports. His book “Game of My Life Chargers” is available at bookstores and amazon.com. challenge low- to mid-tier cable and DSL internet service providers. In addition, ViaSat-2 will begin to ease data caps currently in place. In other words, ViaSat-1’s capacity allows for up to 150 gigabytes of data per month, similar to cellphone data plans. Abrahamian, though, said ViaSat-2 will dovetail into ViaSat-3, the company’s most aggressive plan to date. The project will launch a trio of satellites for global coverage and could eliminate the data caps plaguing internet satellite companies. It will be the first satellite with one terabyte of ca-

In the men’s marathon division, Christopher Zablocki took the title with a time of 2:20:10. As for the women, Jill Deering was the first to cross the finish line doing so in 2:54:06 Photos by Steve Puterski


arlsbad’s streets were once again opened up to racers and walkers for the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half last weekend. In the men’s marathon division, Christopher Zablocki took the title with a time of 2:20:10 followed by Japhet Kipkoech (2:23:26), Fernando Blanco (2:42:06), Kyle Hummel (2:47:47) and Nik Shalygin (2:48:52). As for the women, Jill Deering was the first to cross the finish line doing so in 2:54:06 followed by Dani Steinbacher (2:24:51), Maggie Yount (2:55:49), Neela D’Souza (3:07:25) Racers make their way through the streets of downtown Carlsand Bessy Leszczynski bad on Sunday for the annual Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad (3:11:20). Marathon & Half.

pacity, which is larger than the more than 400 combined communication satellites currently in space. “I think the other point is our competition is more and more not other satellite companies,” Lippert said. “It’s DSL, cable and traditional telecom companies. That’s really our goal … and we’re headed.” As for Boeing’s role, the two companies partnered to build the satellite. ViaSat constructed the technology for its systems and the design, while Boeing built the satellite (a 702 high-power series) and performed the mandatory testing require-

ments plus delivery to the launch site. Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, and Ron Dukat, Boeing-ViaSat program director, said the partnership has flourished. “What we can offer customers like ViaSat is the best of the best,” Spiwak said. “Certain customers, like ViaSat, does certain proprietary information that they may not want to share that and we respect that.” As for the launch schedule, Abrahamian said ViaSat-2 had undergone and passed all testing performed by Boeing and is now waiting to be shipped to South America. Testing included temperature performances, where in space there is a 600-degree difference between light (300 degrees

Fahrenheit) and shade (-300), noise exams up to 10,000 hertz and simulated space tests in Boeing’s thermal vacuum. “You get one shot at this,” Spiwak added. “These are 22,000 miles away so it’s a pretty rigorous test program so it makes sure it works for 15 years or whatever the design life is on orbit. You can’t go up there and fix it.” Once there, it will be fueled and launched into its orbital slot above the East Coast. However, ViaSat will conduct numerous systems tests once the satellite is in space and will not be operational for consumer use until fourth quarter 2017, Lippert added. “There will be improvements to the ViaSat-3 satellite class,” he said.

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JAN. 20 COMMUNITY CONCERTS Tickets are available now as Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe welcomes Melinda Doolittle in concert Jan. 20. Tickets are available online at ccrsf.org or by mail with credit card or check: PO Box 2781, RSF, CA 92067. Ticket sales for the April 1 ‘non-series’ CCRSF concert, featuring Equinox Little Big Band, will begin Jan.

20 at the Melinda Doolittle concert. JAN. 22 MILLENNIAL CELLO California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Portland Cello Project at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, infusing the classical cello with an unforgettable modern twist. For tickets, visit artcenter.org /event/portland-cello-project/. CHAMBER MUSIC The Chamber Music Players of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra will present, “Musical Mélange” at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Schulman Auditorium at the TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 19

Pianist George Winston returns to Encinitas for two nights of performances at the La Paloma Theatre Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Courtesy photo

‘Rural folk pianist’ Winston returns to Encinitas By Dave Gil de Rubio


atirist Tom Lehrer once said, “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” For George Winston, his approach has been one of total immersion and a laser-focus on his chosen instrument dating back to 1972, when he forsake playing the organ after getting turned on to the stride piano stylings of Fats Waller and Teddy Wilson. Winston never looked back and went on to become a self-described “rural folk pianist,” more than happy to play live, periodically record and raise money for charities at seemingly every turn. Having made his recording debut with “Ballads and Blues 1972” on the Takoma Records imprint of fellow musical iconoclast John Fahey, it would be another eight years before he entered the studio to make “Autumn,” his Windham Hill Records debut for label owner Will Ackerman. And while this wound up being the inaugural release for this seminal New Age label, it also wound up saddling Winston with the nickname, “Fa-

ther of New Age,” a tag he’s quite happy to disavow. “I have nothing to do with that and I have a vasectomy anyway. That’s a misnomer. I have nothing to do with anything spiritual. I just play the song,” Winston explained with a laugh during a recent phone interview. “It’s kind of like if someone called you Jim and it’s not your name. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t even know what that even is. I’m sure there’s good stuff everywhere but I have no clue what it even is or where it even came from.” For Winston, simplicity has always been the key to a career in which he’s used his passions and inspirations to forge his creative path, whether it’s the weather patterns of his native Montana, cats, slack-key guitar, Vince Guaraldi, the Doors or the music and culture of New Orleans. Winston is also quick to throw his efforts behind numerous charitable causes. Proceeds for CDs sold at his shows go to local food kitchens and concert attendees are always encouraged to bring canned food to donate to the aforementioned food

pantries. There are also a string of benefit albums Winston has recorded that helped out those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks (“Remembrance — A Memorial Benefit”), victims of Hurricane Katrina (“Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions: A Hurricane Relief Benefit”) and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (“Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2: A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit”). And while some may view his unerring willingness to throw his efforts behind various charitable causes as being slightly New Agey, Winston is rather nonchalant about why he chooses to help out in this manner. “My job is to try and clean up a mess after it happens. I’m not really a changer or preventer. Stuff happens and I try to do something like a benefit to help out. That’s my area,” he said. Winston’s latest release

is the three-song “Spring Carousel — A Cancer Research Benefit” that was released as an EP earlier this year. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, 100 percent of his artist royalties will go to benefit cancer research. The latest effort strikes close to home because Winston was working on this project after being diagnosed with having a low platelet count. Having already survived thyroid and skin cancer, he flew to California-based City of Hope, a private, not-for-profit clinical research/medical treatment/ graduate medical school for a bone marrow transplant. Not only was he successfully treated, Winston got musically inspired. “It was great being there. It was a bone marrow transplant, which is not surgical. I don’t know if it’s TURN TO WINSTON ON 14



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Transportation survey begins second phase REGION —SANDAG has launched phase two of the San Diego Regional Transportation Study, inviting approximately 200,000 households in San Diego County to participate in a survey of their travel behavior. Postcard invitations were sent to arrive in randomly selected mailboxes the week of Jan. 9. The information gathered for the study is designed to help transportation planners better understand how, when, and why residents travel in the region. The results will be used to help develop infrastructure projects and programs to better meet regional transportation needs. Participants will answer questions about when and where they travel; whether they drive alone, carpool, vanpool, walk, bike, or


fauna, and what makes our community so beautiful,” she said. Whalen pointed out how they’d also like to highlight demographics and trends as well. Another portion of the comprehensive brochure would be member benefits and the advantages such as the golf and tennis club in the



ing this, Wasserman said, and they will probably do it by initially addressing the people who have never registered to vote under the old system. A number estimated at 300. “Those people will get



“They can do whatever they want be where they are. The restaurants love it.” Part of Zimmer’s plan has been to avoid using themes as a way to gather more businesses. She said some cities use a theme, such as Burger Week, so those outfits that don’t serve hamburgers can’t participate. It is free for restaurants to participate. Instead, it is the Escondido restaurant owners who have been thinking outside the box to increase traffic — and their donations. The city has also partnered with Lyft, the ride-sharing company, to provide a 30 percent discount to customers, old and



harder or easier but it doesn’t involve surgery. I think I had it super-easy compared to a lot of people,” Winston observed. “I’m sure it was harder than I remember. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the music good besides drugs or drinking. I had treatment at City Hope in 2013. I was recovering and staying close by. They have a village, so then you can just walk to your doctor’s appointment. It’s like their hotel, so I was just at the piano every night and these songs just kind of emerged. That whole experience took place on their grounds, in their lecture room on their piano. It was very serendipitous.” For this current tour,

use public transit; and how much their travel activity costs (e.g., parking and transit fares). Residents will be invited to participate on a rolling basis, through late February. All of the data is anticipated to be collected by the end of March 2017. The first phase of the study occurred in fall 2016, during which time about 45,000 households were invited to participate. Between both phases, one in five households in the region will be randomly selected to join the study. A similar study for the San Diego region was completed in 2006. SANDAG typically conducts a study of this magnitude every 10 years. For more information, visit sandag.org/study.

Ranch. Whalen conveyed other areas. “We’ve got a fabulous school just down the road here, the charm of the Village, and fantastic parks and trail system,” she said. Other benefits and amenities Whalen mentioned were the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, and community organizations. “And finally we’ll talk

about our community. We’ve got a fantastic community of passionate residents, people who are interested in issues facing us today and people who want to be involved,” she said, noting how the Association which serves its members would be highlighted. President Fred Wasserman commended Whalen for a tremendous start and thought the presentation was well presented while describing it as a work in progress.

a verification form and will also get a call,” Wasserman said. “We’re trying to get them in the database as entitled to vote because without the verification you’re not entitled to vote.” Wasserman also noted how members will now have the opportunity to change any information on their end for the Association’s da-

tabase. Another important item was ensuring that the Association had the email addresses of their members in the database as well. “One of the other things is every one of our escrow companies in the area will have this form and this will be part of the escrow process,” Wasserman said.

new. As for the charitable effort, she said each business donates $1 from their event special to the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which is the first year for the city and program to join forces. The program, meanwhile, is part of the San Diego Food Bank’s North County Food Bank Program. The money raised goes toward filling a backpack of healthy food for low-income students. “Locally, it involves Lincoln Elementary,” Zimmer said. “They supply backpacks full of food on a Friday so the kids can eat healthy over the weekend. They identify at-risk kids who are not getting fed when they are not in school.” EscoGelato’s co-owner

Suzanne Schaffner is one of the restaurateurs that has participated in the event since its beginning. She said supporting the city is important for their business at 122 S. Kalmia St. “It’s a nice way to give back,” Schaffner said. “It’s a small mom-and-pop shop and I source as much as possible from local vendors.” Those local vendors are Schaffner’s hook for finding and creating flavors. During dine out week, she is offering three gelatos as specials. They include a lemon cream with shortbread, maple red walnut and a Mayan chocolate. “The flavors we are serving that week are our specialty flavors,” she added. “We try to buy as much from our neighbors.”

Winston is playing what he calls a “winter show,” which will feature him playing solo on his trademark nine-foot Steinway. From there, Winston will play fall and winter-themed songs mixed with Vince Guaraldi’s “Peanuts” pieces with stride piano, folk piano and New Orleans-influenced music. Or as he puts it, “kind of a mixture of where I’m coming from musically.” Aside from the plan to release a full-length 2-CD version of the “Spring Carousel” EP, Winston has loose plans to eventually do a follow-up to 2002’s “Night Divides the Day — The Music of the Doors” and a longplanned project of songs either written by or inspired by New Orleans piano legend Professor Longhair. But it’s

about as close as he’ll get to actually planning anything, as Winston is of the mindset that inspiration comes at its own pace. “If a song happens that’s original or a song of somebody’s to interpret, it’s all something that I notice. That’s serendipity but I’ve got to get the fingers going so that I’m able to play (it),” he said. “Some things take a long time. It’s really just like watching the weather. When it snows, we do certain things and when it rains, we do certain things. It’s kind of like reacting to what the music tells me what to do. It’s not an entity, but it’s like one. It’s of me but not of me. It’s one of those indefinable things. It is what it is or isn’t what it isn’t. It’s neither is nor is what it is or isn’t.”



haven’t been changed over the past two-and-a-half years and perhaps some inflationary adjustments need to be made for those,” Farrar said. “That’s a study that’s going on as well and we’re going to try to bring something before the Board in February.”



Fun.” Fair board Director Fred Schenk said the new slogan is “sharper, clearer and more representative … of what we want to share with our community next summer.” “It’s a show of what people coming together can accomplish … to resolve their concerns,” he added. “It captures well what we will be sharing

JAN. 20, 2017 For the planning department, Farrar reported community-wide projects to the board and members. “You might have noticed some of the road improvements and I’m talking about the restriping throughout the Covenant. You’ll realize that there are some restriping areas on certain roads out there,” he said, noting how

they are working well with the county. Farrar said it was their goal to have all the streets in the entire Covenant restriped by the end of the year. He added that this also included looking at some of the berms. “I know we’ve talked about the berms and letting them go too long to the asphalt curbs,” he said.

and the excitement and the energy and the enthusiasm that will be the product of the 2017 summer fair.” “I think we came up with a better product in the end and developed new relationships that will serve us well going forward,” Mueller said. Richardson said the website has been visited by people from 223 different countries. His team learned they are “highly mobile,” with 74 percent

using a cell phone or tablet to reach the site. Many changes have already been implemented but the revamp is expected to take two or three years to complete, he added. “You did a great job,” Director Stephen Shewmaker told Richardson. “It looks good.” The 2017 fair will begin at 4 p.m. June 2 and run through July Fourth. It will be closed the first four Mondays and three Tuesdays.


molasses and vanilla, and lots of plum on the palate. I mention bottle, but many of these juicy wines are offered only in a re-fillable “growler,” a liter-sized vessel with a flip top cap, previously only used in breweries. This gives the customer an extra 6-ounce pour. When joining the wine club, a complimentary wine growler and tote are received. Growlers are filled with your favorite wine selection straight from the barrel with the wine steward. When you’re finished, you return it for more or something different from the many barrels available. Seasonal gourmet small bite plates are also offered. LJ Crafted Wines is open seven days a week. See more at ljcraftedwines.com. Beautiful Beaujolais, the Seasonal Wine eaujolais wine is meant to be consumed young, in some cases the same year as it’s harvested. The French play it up as an every-day party wine. They have about 120 celebrations in November in the Beaujolais region north of the Rhone Valley. It was fitting that La Gran Terraza Restaurant on the USD Campus has the best San Diego celebration. Manager Emma Van Dusen welcomed a full house, along with John Yelenosky, the Beaujolais specialist from American Wine & Spirits.



cheese and a fresh baguette and it is one of life’s simple, yet delicious pleasures — and with the confidence of knowing it was made by one of the best in the world at it. Their truffle products come from La Maison de la Truffle Crayssac, a French company founded in 1900 in Perigord, a region synonymous to truffles worldwide. Angel’s Salumi acquired Maison Crayssac to bring this European tradition to the American

John Yelenosky and Emma Van Dusen lead a recent wine dinner celebrating Beaujolais wines at La Gran Terraza. Photo by Frank Mangio

Yelenosky talked about the seasonality of Beaujolais and its timely distribution during the Thanksgiving holiday. Its genetics are sourced to old world vines from the Gamay grape. Occasionally you will be able to find aged Beaujolais like what was poured to pair an entrée at La Gran Terraza with their beef tenderloin. This was a 2013 Chateau Des Labourons Fleurie, a “cru Beaujolais” from a single village, made by Henry Fessy ($16). That was the most expensive bottle of Beaujolais that evening, an amazing value. See other wine dinners and info about the restaurant at lagranterraza.com.

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dinner table. Crayssac manufactures products in France and Italy such as pearl caviar, sea salts, puree, peelings, Carpaccio and juice that are available through Angel’s as well. Their black and white oils, butters and salumi are processed locally here in California and are perfect in pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes…you get the point. Adding truffles to the menu is a great way to impress guests at your next dinner party and a perfect gift for the foodies in your life. So speaking of perfect gifts, much of what I spoke

of here and more can be purchased online at angelssalumi.com. I would also highly suggest stopping by their showroom location in Carlsbad and meeting them in person at 5621 Palmer Way suite. Call for more details at (760) 931-1324.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur Wine Bytes Wiens Family Cellars certified by Wine Spectator. He in Temecula has its popular is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View Wine Blending Experience his columns at tasteofwine. Jan. 21at 6 p.m. Find your com and reach him at maninner winemaker in you. Guided by a winemaker, you giompc@aol.com. Follow him on Facebook. will taste, evaluate and blend

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Bing Crosby Hall and south of the Plaza de Mexico. According to the December 22nd DAA staff report, the structure represents a “fairly intact example” of Googie architecture, but it doesn’t qualify as a listing for the National Register of Historic Places or the California Register of Historic Resources. It also does not represent the work of a master or possess artistic value, the report states. A 2009 environmental impact report evaluating


Though the source couldn’t say whether it was an anomaly compared to years past. “I don’t know if people were expecting the election to go one way,” the source said, adding that offices don’t ask constituents for their party affiliation when ticket requests are made. Each person, including children, attending the



ry buildings that have dotted the campus as part of the decade long building campaign, grounds services crews have created a lush landscape of plants from all across the world. A recently completed Polynesian garden Teaching and Learning Center contains exotic palms, screw pines, sweet potatoes, and banana trees set against the backdrop of a faux-lava rain water feature. Nearby, a garden of plants from Madagascar adorns the side of another building, with native, drought tolerant California landscape woven throughout. Towering bamboo and palms adorn the official arboretum and its stone pathways. And acres of coastal sage scrub set the backdrop for the college’s new baseball stadium. The collections and gardens — there are 31 different themed gardens throughout the campus — have been cultivated and cared for over the decades by previous landscapers, arborists and grounds crews. Tony Rangel, the college’s current grounds services supervisor, said the certification is the culmination and recognition of that work, and speaks to the educational value of the collection, which he said teaches valuable lessons about conservation, proper landscaping techniques and appreciation of and awareness of endangered species. “We had an opportunity to basically make it a more formal effort, and solidifying the value of the collection to the community, and to show the community that we are not just growing a bunch of cool and interesting plants because we can,” Rangel said.

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the impacts of a master plan for improvements at the fairgrounds included demolition of the clock tower. At last month’s meeting of the 22nd DAA, which governs the fairgrounds, Fennell said the tower will be demolished before the start of the 2017 San Diego County Fair, which runs June 2 through July 4. He and board members said the structure is deteriorating and unsafe, and it would be too expensive to refurbish it. The roof leaks and the restrooms, clock and video board don’t work. Potential vendors made a “strong commitment,” ac-

cording to the staff report, for about $300,000 in rent annually for the site just during the fair. A Coast News Story about the demolition plans garnered more than 6,300 online views and two-dozen comments. Susan Brower said when she attended the fair as a youngster, the structure was the go-to place if anyone got lost. Last year her father, who has dementia, was separated from the family.“He remembered & he was found (there),” she wrote. Another reader recalled her first date, which

was during the fair in 1967.“And we had to meet my guy’s dad at the clock tower at the end of the night,” she wrote. Not all comments were negative. One reader described the tower as “insensitive and offensive to Mexican laborers and Mexican Americans.” Paul Rowe, whose Escondido company manufactures clock towers, suggested building a slimmer version that, if high enough, could still provide the “see me at the clock tower focus point” and potential income as a cell tower. Fair board Director Richard Valdez,

who was born and raised in San Diego, said his vote to demolish the tower was “bittersweet” but the right move.“I probably should have said out loud what I was thinking (at the December meeting),” he said. “The clock tower, to me, is iconic and it does have a history. “Having made that vote was one that was bittersweet for me but one that I knew was the right vote to make for me,” he added. “I think those folks who looked into this issue beforehand allowed me the comfort level to vote the way I did.”

ceremonies taking place on the Capitol grounds, are required to have a ticket. Tickets, while free and which aren’t meant to be purchased, have begun showing up online. On one website tickets are being sold anywhere from $700 up to $9,000 depending on the viewing sections. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in fact, while serving as the chairman of the JCCIC, introduced legislation back

in 2008 to ban the sales and counterfeiting of inaugural tickets. While the bill didn’t pass, online auction sites as eBay and StubHub announced at the time that sales of the inaugural swearing in tickets wouldn’t be allowed on their sites. However a posting on eBay listed two inauguration tickets for $1,800, or best offer. It was still possible to

request tickets by calling the offices of Feinstein and newly-elected Sen. Kamala Harris. Some other tickets may also have become available through the offices of Issa and Rep. Duncan D. Hunter as well. According to several national media reports, a number of protests against the Trump presidency have been planned for Washington, D.C., during the inauguration, and in other cities

as Seattle, San Francisco and New York. ANSWER SanDiego, the local chapter of ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition, is planning a Jan. 20 march at noon in downtown from Park Boulevard to the federal building on Front Street.“We want to send a clear message to the Trump administration that we will not allow business as usual,” the group’s

only complement the building, but also benefit us in the areas of conservation, education and environmental stewardship.” For Level II accreditation, ArbNet requires that institutions have, among other things, an up-to-date database with a minimum of 100 woody plants and that a plant collection policy must be in place and collections defined. Palomar has more than 300 plants labeled and hundreds of species of seeds, including for several endangered plant varieties. ArbNet offers four levels of certification, with Level 1 being the lowest and Level 4 being the highest. Rangel said the variety of gardens also provides educational experience for he and his crew, as like alchemist they seek to find the harmonious balance of native and non-native species that teem together across the campus. “Sometimes we succeed, other times we learn that two plants can’t co-exist in the same ecosystem,” Rangel said, leading a tour of the various gardens on a “Arguably Palomar College has one of the greatest concentrations of plant diversity on public display rain-soaked day. within a relatively small area in San Diego County, rivaled only by Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and “We catalog it, make Safari Park and San Diego Botanical Garden,” says Tony Rangel, the college’s current grounds services notes of it and work to supervisor. do better. We are always learning.” “We are doing it as an edu- from across the country and verse cast of plants and the globe. The certifica- landscaping over the years cational opportunity. “An arboretum is a tion demonstrates that the to complement the heavy living museum, and you plants on campus are more construction brought along go to a museum to learn, than landscaping — they by Proposition M, the nearso that’s pretty much tied are part of a classroom, $700 million bond measure into the fact that this is an teaching visitors about the approved in 2006 that has institution of learning, and importance of landscaping transformed the campus. since we have to beautify responsibly with non-inva“Arguably Palomar the campus anyway, let’s sive plants, native plants College has one of the do it in a way that offers and plants adapted to our greatest concentrations of because every life has a story. the community, staff and climate. plant diversity on public As the campus grows display within a relativefaculty an opportunity to teach and a way to learn,” and diversifies over the ly small area in San Diego coming years, Palomar will County, rivaled only by Rangel said. The CoasT Rangel further stated, continue to show that we Balboa Park, the San Direcognize and are commitNews Group “The arboretum certifiego Zoo and Safari Park cation allows the college ted to treating our botani- and San Diego Botanical Remembering the sweet memories of your loved ones to work more closely and cal gems as ambassadors Garden,” Rangel said. “It For more information call efficiently on plant-based for conservation.” really speaks to the comRangel said that the mitment of the college to conservation and educa760.436.9737 tion projects with other college understood the striking the balance of obits@coastnewsgroup.com like-minded institutions value of adding to its di- bringing in plants that not

Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Leading Economic Indicator The salary the Golden State Warriors pay to basketball whiz Stephen Curry may be a bargain at $12 million a year, but the economics is weirder about the prices Curry’s fans pay on the street for one of his used mouthguards retrieved from the arena floor after a game. One used, sticky, saliva-encased teeth-protector went for $3,190 at one August auction, and SCP Auctions of California is predicting $25,000 for another, expelled during the NBA championship series last June. ESPN Magazine reported “at least” 35 Twitter accounts dedicated to Curry’s mouthguard. Cultural Diversity In parts of Panama, some men still fight for access to women with the ferocity of rutting male elks. The indigenous Ngabe people mostly keep to themselves in rural areas but have surfaced in towns like Volcan, near the Costa Rican border, where in December a reporter witnessed two men fist-fighting to bloody exhaustion on the street in a typical “Mi Lucha” (“my struggle”), with the loser’s wife following the winner home. As the custom loses its cachet, only about a third of the time does the wife now comply, according to the website Narratively. (Bonus: It’s an often-easy “divorce” for the Ngabe — for a fed-up wife to taunt her husband into a losing fight, or for a fed-up husband to pick a fight and take a dive.) The Continuing Crisis University of Kentucky professor Buck Ryan disclosed in December that he had been punished recently (loss of travel funds and a “prestigious” award) by his dean for singing the Beach Boys classic “California Girls” for a lesson comparing American and Chinese cultures — because of the song’s “language of a sexual nature.” The school’s “coordinator” on sexual harassment issues made the ruling, apparently absent student complaints, for Ryan’s lyric change of “Well, East Coast girls are hip” to “Well, Shanghai girls are hip.”

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SOUL STYLIST COMES TO RANCHO SANTA FE Melissa Doolittle is bringing some soul to North County. Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe presents Doolittle in concert from 6:15 to 11:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Village Church Fellowship Hall, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Tickets are $75 for general and $15 for students online at ccrsf.org or by mail with credit card or check to P.O. Box 2781, RSF, CA 92067. Ticket sales for the April 1 non-series CCRSF concert featuring Equinox Little Big Band will begin Jan. 20 at the Melinda Doolittle concert. This concert format is similar to the sold-out Simply Sinatra concert last season with reserved seating at tables of 10 plus BYO food and beverage. Courtesy photo

McCleary’s “Etchings and Studies:Taller De Grabado, CONTINUED FROM 13 Oaxaco 2000-2016,” and Carlsbad Dove Library, Trinh Mai’s “Lifeline” with Carlsbad. The program charcoal, gouache, mixed will offer “Holberg Suite” media and stitching. by Grieg and the “Czech Suite” by Dvorak for JAN. 23 GUITAR MASTER winds. Admission is free, CLASS Encinitas-based donations accepted. RUSSIAN DANCE guitarist Peter Pupping TROUPE See a family con- offers hands-on teaching cert of Russian music, song, and musical training in a and dance performed by small group setting. The the Golden Gates troupe, class will focus on imat 3:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at First proving chord vocabulary, United Methodist Church music reading, scales and of Escondido, 341 S. Kalmia improvisation for beginSt., Escondido. A free-will ning through advanced stuoffering to benefit Russian dents. The class will meet children will be accepted for six Mondays from 7 to (suggested donation $10). 9:30 p.m. at Ranch View For more information, Baptist Church, 416 Ranemail church@fumcesc. cho Santa Fe Road, Encicom or call (760) 745-5100. nitas, beginning Jan. 23 EXHIBITS AT OMA and ending Feb. 27. Cost is Oceanside Museum of Art $225, and includes course introduced three new ex- materials. Register at encihibits in January at 704 nitasguitarorchestra.com. NIGHT WITH Pier Way, Oceanside, including landscapes by YVONNE North Coast Alexia Markarian, Dan Repertory Theatre pres-


ents a Variety Night with “Searchin’ For The Write” a night with singer, actress Yvonne at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets are $17-$22 at northcoastrep.org/season/ offnights.html or call (858) 481-1055 WOMEN IN ART Marilyn Woods, Docent, San Diego Museum of Art, will share and discuss “The Woman Painted – The Woman Painter” about women in art, from the Renaissance period to the White House at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Del Mar, 15th and Maiden Lane, Del Mar. Free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members. $10 for others. For more information, call (760) 704-6436. JAN. 24 FILM CLUB SEASON STARTS Membership for the North County Film Club for the Winter/

Spring 2017 season is $5 and available for purchase at the Mission Marketplace Theater, 431 College Blvd., Oceanside. The 10-film pass is selling for $55 or $5.50 a film. As in the past, your membership card will get $1 off a ticket to any of the 10 scheduled NCFC films when presented at the box office on film day. Stop by the membership table on film day or mail a check to NCFC, P.O. Box 56, San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA 92068. Passes for all 10 movies are on sale now at the box office for $55. For tickets and information, visit ncfilm.club. JAN. 25 OMA FOR KIDS Oceanside Museum of Art offers Creative Kids Wednesday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25 for art, music and stories with Corinna Stocker. For more information, visit oma-online.org/.

‘BOWLS OF PLENTY’ AT CHINO’S The Good Earth/Great Chefs series presents Carolynn Carreño at the Chino Farm, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at 6123 Calzada Del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe. The event is free and open to the public. The chef will highlight her recently released cookbook “Bowls of Plenty, Recipes for Healthy and Delicious Whole-Grain Meals.” Carreño is a James Beard award-winning food writer whose writing has appeared in every major food magazine. She has co-authored many cookbooks, including Nancy Silverton’s “Mossa at Home” and Pat LaFrieda’s “Meat: Everything There Is To Know.” She lives in San Diego and New York City. Courtesy photo

JAN. 26 BEST OF THE ‘50S Tickets are available now for a tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, three legends of rock and roll, at 7 p.m., March 18, on the Events Center stage when Pala Casino Spa & Resort hosts John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party, the official tribute to. Tickets, $25, all reserved with no service charge, at the Pala box office, palacasino.com and at (877) 946-7252. Tickets also will be available at startickets.com. MARK THE CALENDAR MAYER IN CONCERT A concert with singer-songwriter Peter Mayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Founders Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana

Beach. Purchase tickets at petermayer2017uufsd. eventbrite.com. FOLK MUSIC AND MORE Happy Traum, fingerstyle guitarist, songwriter and interpreter of folk songs presents The Greenwich Village Folk Revival and Woodstock Scene at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. Cost: $18, 12 and under free. For more information and tickets visit sdFolkHeritage.org. FALL IN LOVE Tickets are available now for the New Village Arts annual gala “So Easy To Fall In Love … With NVA,” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad. The planners suggest 1950s attire or black tie. Tickets are $150 single and $1,350 for table of 10 at newvillagearts.org/gala.


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