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RSF School District makes move to iPads

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By Christina Macone-Greene


RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved replacing its Chromebooks with iPads next year. Including older iPad model trade-ins currently being used at the school and other offsets, the proposal cost of 820 new iPads comes in at a $352,174 price tag. Technology Director Ben Holbert presented the information to the school board and Superintendent David Jaffe. “I can’t believe we’re at year six providing each student at certain grades with a device to be used both at home and at school,” Holbert said. “It’s been a big challenge, and it’s been a lot of fun as well. When I first started doing this, I never imagined we would be providing a student with a device, but once we started doing it, I can really see why we do it.” The divvied breakdown of 820 devices will go to kindergarten through fifth-grade students, sixth through eighth-grade students, staff, kindergarten through fourth-grade science, special education, intervention, mobile cart and spares. Apple will also offer financing options. According to Holbert, in 2012 the school district originally purchased iPads for sixth to eighth grades. In 2015, the decision was made to supply Chromebooks instead to those in fifth to eighth grades. Holbert explained that the decision behind switching to Chromebooks in 2015/2016 was based on a few things, including money. “At the time, Apple products had tripled the original cost and they were

The annual Rancho Santa Fe Fourth of July Parade brought out residents and their four-legged friends – large and small. Among those on hand were, top left, Pam Wasserman, Suzy Schaefer and Ann Vuylsteke with the Garden Club’s float, and, right, U.S. military veterans Col. Bill Schlosser of the Air Force and Cmdr. Guy Freeborn of the Navy. Courtesy photos


KAABOO announces 2017 improvements By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With KAABOO Del Mar about two months away, organizers are visiting cities near the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the three-day entertainment and arts festival takes place, to provide updates on how the third annual event will be less impactful to their communities than it has been in the past. The first presentation was to the Del Mar City Council on July10. Modifications to the ride-hailing system and a

few stage relocations are among the major changes being made to improve this year’s event, which begins Sept. 15. KAABOO is described as a “uniquely curated adult escape sound voyage” offering music, comedy, cuisine, craft libations, contemporary art and personal indulgences. The average attendee is 38 years old. Ticket prices range from $119 to $2,800. The main complaint during the inaugural event in 2015 was noise so loud it shook windows in homes as

far away as Carmel Valley. Traffic, crime and other expected problems were minimal that year. Efforts to reduce noise in 2016 were mostly successful, with complaints down to about 55 from approximately 125. “On the other issues of traffic control and security … I thought they did significantly less of a job this year than they did last year,” former Del Mar City Councilman Al Corti said after the 2016 event. When two outdoor concerts ended at the same

time Saturday night, attendees from both tried to get into a venue for another performance. The entry became gridlocked, the facility filled to capacity and the crowd got somewhat out of control. There were also issues with traffic in and around the fairgrounds and inadequate planning to accommodate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, which turned out to be the preferred transportation mode for a little more than half of the attendees. TURN TO KAABOO ON 7

Barefoot movement looking for a toehold By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Jackie Bruner slides off her flip flops behind the counter at Encinitas Boxing and Fitness. Being barefoot, she said, is her preferred mode of existence. Bruner said she prefers being without shoes when she takes strolls with her boyfriend, works out at the gym and in the comfort of her home. “It’s more comfortable,” she said. She isn’t alone. Across

Encinitas — and the country — more and more people are shedding shoes on walks, shopping runs, workouts and other aspects of everyday life. The barefoot movement hasn’t been accepted by everyone. Restaurants and stores frequently admonish patrons that without shoes, they won’t be served. A Las Vegas-based organization, however, is trying to change this, and it sees Encinitas as a fertile ground TURN TO BAREFOOT ON 6


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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater will hold auditions for a murder mystery dinner theater show “Murder by the Book” by Craig Sodaro. The auditions will be held two days, from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7. Needed roles will include four men and six women, for actors ranging from 18 to 80 years of age. Characters are Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Mary Shelley, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare and Viola Danglon. The play tells of the Raven Society’s annual meeting to select the best mystery book of the year. All members of the club will choose the coveted prize winner and are not known to each other. They each attend the meeting disguised as a famous author. The mystery grows with its romance and humor to its climactic closing. The characters portray the authors in period language, at least partial accent/dialect and clothing. The performances will be staged Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22, Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. For more details or to reserve a time, visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center is readying for its legendary 12th annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon. On Sept. 10, Del Mar’s Dog Beach will be an incredible sight to see with canines riding the waves. Jessica Gercke, public relations and communications director for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, shared that this event is one of the most fun things that they host. According to Gercke, there is a reason why the Surf-A-Thon takes place after Labor Day: The leash laws at dog beach are lifted. “That allows us to have a really fun day down there on the beach with dogs off leash who are competing and having a good time,” she said. “And for the dogs not competing, they can run around and have a fun day on the beach.” Activities for the kids are free, and plenty of vendors and food will be on hand. The surfing festivities kick off at 8 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Competition portals are broken down into canine weight classes. For pet parents who want to see if their dogs can “hang eight” and could be contenders for the Surf-A-Thon, Gercke shared that lessons begin in mid-July and people can reserve their Saturday spot

Surf dogs help Helen Woodward Animal Center orphan pets and programs. Courtesy photo

time. Gercke said that surf dog lessons started a few years ago with the help of So Cal Surf Dogs. They were already surfers themselves, and their dogs would hop on board with them. From there, the competitions emerged, and many of the dogs have been nominated into the Animal Center’s Surf Dog Hall of Fame. “So Cal Surf Dogs

have become very good friends to us, and they are the ones who teach the surf dog classes, and there are a number of things I love about that,” Gercke said. “These people live the surf dog lifestyle — they are fanatical dog lovers, and they are also very fanatical about safety.” Gercke also pointed out that So Cal Surf Dogs instructors are attuned to whether a dog is enjoying the moment. The classes

are an excellent way to test a dog’s penchant for surfing. Everything is provided at the lessons, including doggie life vests. Classes do not exceed 10 pets and Rob Kuty, the official pet trainer at Helen Woodward Animal Center, is out there with his staff along with So Cal Surf Dogs. There’s lots of trainer attention during the classes. “You have to be willing to get wet because we don’t

just send dogs out on surfboards with instructors,” said Gercke, noting that most times pet parents are in water up to their waist. “It is specifically a sport that is meant for people to enjoy with their dogs.” For dogs that aren’t into surfing, owners and their pets can try a standup paddleboard. It’s an option for dogs that like the board but may not want to be in the waves. “We raise probably around $7,000 from these classes every year,’ she said. “While people are having a good time with their dogs, they’re helping pets in need at Helen Woodward.” Since the inception of Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, Gercke said similar surf events have sprung up all over the world. Helen Woodward Animal Center is excited to know that it all started in San Diego — and theirs is a nonprofit where all the monies raised goes toward its pets and programs. “If the dogs like their surfing lessons, we highly encourage them to get involved in the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon and register their dogs to do it,” she said. “It is specifically a fundraising event so they can create a fundraising team.” For more information about the event including dog surfing lessons, visit https://animalcenter.org/ surf-dog-surf-a-thon.

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The truth on the state’s economy — it’s healthy California focus By Thomas D. Elias

In face of housing element lawsuits, Encinitas must defend Proposition A By Brian Burke

Three lawsuits that seek to nullify Prop A are pending against the city of Encinitas. In the lawsuits, the plaintiffs assert that Prop A is in direct conflict with state law because it re-quires voter approval of Housing Element Updates (HEU). Prop A doesn’t require voter approval of Housing Element Updates, but since those updates usually mandate density and land use zon-ing changes, they invoke Prop A. The city has not updated the Housing Element for two decades and less than 500 homes of the 25,000 in the city meet the state affordability requirement for low-income residents. The current state requirement is for 1,093 low-income housing. In June 2013, voters passed Proposition A, a citizen-generated ballot initiative that eliminated the City Council’s ability to make zoning changes (in the public interest) by vote of the super ma-jority, limits building heights to two stories and requires voters’ approval of proposed changes to density or land use. Prop A was the logical response to a 2009 city Housing Element Update to rezone most of Coast Highway 101, El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard for three-story mixed-use buildings sup-posedly to meet state requirements for low-income housing. At that time the city did not calcu-late the number of acres being rezoned, but it appeared to be at least 2 to 3 times larger than Measure T. Measure T was the city-generated Housing Element Update that voters rejected last November. Measure T would have rezoned 108 acres and allowed the development of three-story buildings and 4,000 new homes, but only 10 percent would have been set aside for low-income residents. The Building Industry Association (BIA) filed the first density bonus and anti-Prop A lawsuit in October 2014. The city settled the suit in July 2016. The settlement required the city to adopt Measure T following the November 2016 election. Voters rejected it, so the city couldn’t adopt it. BIA filed a motion June 26 in Superior Court to eliminate voter approval of Housing Element Updates and force the city to adopt Measure T. A July 14 article in The Coast News reported that the court dis-

missed the BIA motion to enforce the settlement. DCM Properties (David C. Meyer) filed the second density bonus and anti-Prop A lawsuit in January 2016. The city settled the suit in July 2016. The settlement required the city’s best effort to pass the Measure T (HEU) in November and to adopt it even if it failed at the polls. DCM al-leged breach of the settlement in January and filed a motion June 30 in Superior Court to sched-ule a court hearing Sept. 8 to force the city to adopt Measure T and sanction the city until it does. Since the DCM lawsuit was similar to BIA’s lawsuit, the court will hopefully respond in the same manner. Because the city couldn’t adopt a defeated HEU, the City Council convened a task force to com-pose a revised HEU initiative for the November 2018 ballot. Its purpose will be to meet the state’s low-income housing requirements. Following the November election the city responded to both BIA and DCM disagreements over the settlement terms that it was working with oppo-nents of Measure T in order to seek a solution acceptable to city residents. The Public Interest Law Project filed the third anti-Prop A lawsuit on behalf of San Diego Ten-ants United in April 2017. The city filed its first response to the housing element lawsuits on May 25 in response to this lawsuit and provided a broad defense of Proposition A. It argues the plaintiffs lack standing to file a complaint, failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted and that seeking to nullify Prop A denies the local electorate’s right to avail itself of the initiative and referendum process guaranteed by the State Constitution. Nullifying Prop A has long been a goal of the building industry and local developers. Encinitas residents have voted twice for slow growth and once against an HEU that would have increased housing density and building height while providing a minimum of low-income housing. If the city does not vigorously defend Proposition A, its demise would open the floodgates to 3- to 4-story buildings and thousands of new homes without regard to increases in traffic or air pol-lution while providing a minimum of low-income housing. Brian Burke is an Encinitas resident.

For many years, Californians have heard “experts” (read: folks who figure to profit by touting the theory) claim their state suffers from a lousy business climate and is steadily losing middle class population and jobs to other states, especially arch-rival Texas. The current national secretary of energy, Rick Perry, even made radio and television commercials while governor of Texas touting the advantages of moving there. And there have been moves: a major one is the ongoing shift of Toyota’s U.S. headquarters from Torrance to Plano, Texas, outside Dallas. Through all the rhetoric, some of it orchestrated by corporate move specialists plainly out to fatten their own wallets, California continues growing, with population now above 39 million, more than the entire country of Canada and 12 million more than fast-growing Texas. Yes, plenty of youthful, educated Californians feel compelled to move away by the high prices of real estate in the state’s largest urban areas. And some corporations try to accommodate those moves by establishing satellite facilities in places like Boise and Tucson, where homes can be bought for less than one-third the price of comparable real estate in coastal California counties. But there’s a reason California keeps growing despite it all: the state’s economy is fundamentally healthy. A new, comprehensive study from the business-oriented personal finance WalletHub website ( HYPERLINK “https://wallethub.com/edu/ states-with-the-best-economies /21697/” https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-thebest-economies/21697/) finds this state’s economy is not only strong, but is the second-strongest in America, trailing only Washington state. WalletHub ranks California in the top five among states in startup activity, percentage of jobs in high-tech industries and patents granted to individuals. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 20th overall and is not among the top five states in any significant category. This comes despite the fact that Texas and other states not in the top five overall often offer businesses discounted land, plus years of tax benefits, in exchange for moving. What gives California its top-flight rating? The state is seventh in the U.S. in

growth of gross domestic production, 15th in exports per capita despite its humongous population, 10th in median household income despite its host of low-income undocumented immigrants, eighth in upswing of nonfarm payrolls and last year had the seventh-largest state budget surplus per capita. None of this shuts up the critics. And no one can seem to stop Texans from trying to denigrate California. While he’s no Rick Perry in the department of foot-in-mouth rhetoric, current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently disparaged his own state capital of Austin by saying, “I will not allow Austin, Texas, to California-ize the Lone Star State.” Of course, Austin has been trying to do that to itself for years, creating a mini version of Silicon Valley, but with lower real estate prices. The oil and natural gas price bust, fueled in part by a fracking-induced surplus and also by California’s pioneering and widely emulated emphasis on renewable energy, has had plenty of deleterious effects on Texas. For example, average wages in California — higher than those in Texas for decades — grew much faster the last two years here than there. The California economy overall outgrew Texas’ last year by 2.9 percent to 0.4 percent, reported the Houston Chronicle. This doesn’t make California perfect. For example, the state’s real poverty rate (based on average income compared to basic expenses) is the nation’s highest, chiefly because of high rents and home prices. But that statistic also is flawed: When four-bedroom coastal homes routinely sell for $2 million and up, they tend to skew the average real estate price that’s part of the “real poverty” calculation. The same for rents when three-bedroom houses in coastal cities often go for $6,000 per month or more. The upshot is that the folks Gov. Jerry Brown likes to call “declinists” have been exaggerating California’s impending demise for many years. Reality is the same as it’s been for most of the last century and a half: California outstrips the rest of America in almost every economic area. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to www.californiafocus.net

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Speed limit changes headed to City Council By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission unanimously approved proposed speed limit changes along several local streets. Their vote advances the issues to the council, which will ultimately decide if speed limits fall on four streets and rise on three others. The commissioners said the speed changes were necessary to preserve the sheriff’s department’s ability to enforce speed limits. Without periodically updated studies — a state requirement — the streets could be designated as “speed traps” and courts could toss out speeding tickets as a result. “I feel strongly we do have to go along with establishing the 85th percentile speed limit,” Commissioner Peter Kohl said. Several residents, however, urged the commission to vote against the proposal because it would raise speeds along two stretches of El Camino Real and a stretch of Requeza Street. On El Camino Real, the proposal raises speeds from 45 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour on the city’s northern edge and from 40 mph to 45 mph between Encinitas Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive.

The residents questioned how raising the speed limit makes the streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. “Faster speeds on roads do not increase public safety,” Michael Vonneumann said. “If you raise the speeds, you do not have the safety of the public in mind.” The updated speed study looked at the 85th percentile of speeds along a number of streets through the city. The City Council will now consider the following changes: • La Costa Coast Highway 101 to the eastern city limits from 40 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. • Quail Gardens Drive between Leucadia and Encinitas boulevards from 40 mph to 35 mph. • Saxony Road between Leucadia and Encinitas boulevards from 40 mph to 35 mph. • Via Molena between Via Cantebria and El Camino Real from 35 mph to 30 mph. • El Camino Real between the north city limits to Gardenview Road from 45 mph to 50 mph. • El Camino Real between Encinitas Boulevard to Santa Fe Drive from 40 mph to 45 mph. • Requeza Street between Interstate 5 and Westlake Street from 25 mph to 30 mph.

By Christina Macone-Greene

State Sen. Joel Anderson presents Outstanding Community Spirit certificate to RSF Association Board President Fred Wasserman and RSF Association Manager Bob Hall. Courtesy photo

Anderson recognizes RSF Association’s ‘spirit’ on July 4 By Christina Macone-Greene an event that is so special

RANCHO SANTA FE — One of Rancho Santa Fe’s greatest community events had a special visitor. Senator Joel Anderson presented the Rancho Santa Fe Association with a certificate of recognition for Outstanding Community Spirit. “The Rancho Santa Fe 4th of July parade and celebration is a 36-year tradition and we were thrilled to be honored for

to our community,” said Christy Whalen, assistant manager of the RSF Association. Accepting the award was RSF Association Board President Fred Wasserman and Association Manager Bob Hall. According to Whalen, the parade was an enormous success. More than 1,500 people were in attendance with roughly 300 participating in the parade fun.

Solana Beach OKs climate action plan By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — As expected, council members at the July 12 meeting adopted a climate action plan, a document more than two years in the making that provides the city with a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address the challenges of climate change. “Our city’s always been a leader in this and I don’t see why we wouldn’t continue to embrace that role,” Mayor Mike Nichols said before the 4-1 vote. Since its inception in early 2016, the city’s Climate Action Commission has held more than 15 public meetings and two community workshops to develop the CAP, as the plan is called, which also makes Solana Beach more competitive when applying for more than $27 million of available smart-growth and active-transportation grant funding. Using a five-milestone methodology, the first step was to create a baseline GHG emissions inventory, which was completed in 2010 and set at 139,216 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. In phase two, setting reduction goals, the city is aiming to decrease its emissions to 15 percent below 2010 levels by 2020, or 118,334 metric tons, and 50 percent by 2035, which equates to about 69,608 metric tons. “That lines up well with the state recommendations,” Assistant City Manager Dan King said. Solana Beach is on track to meet the 15 percent goal but estimates put the city


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about 51 metric tons short of the 2035 target. “That’s something we’ll continue to work on,” King said. With phase three, development of the CAP, complete, the city now moves onto implementation, which will fall under four major categories: transportation, electricity and natural gas, waste and water, and carbon sequestration, also called urban tree planting. At 63 percent, transportation is the largest contributor of GHG emissions. The main plan to reduce those is to increase electric and alternative fuel vehicles. To decrease electricity and natural gas emissions, which account for about 31 percent, the city is in the process of forming community choice aggregation to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2035. Waste and water emissions will be reduced mainly by diverting 90 percent of waste from landfills. An implementation plan and cost study will be brought back to council for approval by the end of this year. The final phase is monitoring and verifying the process. City staff will update council and the commission annually beginning in 2020. The city received more than 30 emails urging adoption of the CAP. More than a dozen people from throughout the county spoke at the meeting in support of the document. “As much as I would like to have an ocean view, climate change and rising sea

levels are not how I want to get there,” Solana Beach resident Kelly Harless said. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association, however, recommended the council wait until the end of summer when the organization plans to release an “evaluation of climate action implementation choices ... to ensure that before a climate action policy decision is made, municipalities quantify the return on investment of any policy.” Councilwoman Ginger Marshall, who cast the dissenting vote, supports that proposal. “I’m more in line with waiting to see how much this costs before I actually sign on to it,” she said. “I’m all for clean energy. I have solar panels on my house. I drive a hybrid vehicle. But I’m also fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of this town. “Reading through this climate action plan, I don’t see anything about direct costs,” she added. “I do see, it says here, the city will incur costs to implement some of the measures outlined in the CAP. These include initial startup, ongoing administration and enforcement costs. “While some measures will require funding from public entities, others would result in increased costs for businesses, new construction and residents,” Marshall said. “I have a really hard time supporting something that isn’t measurable financially and figuring out what it’s going to cost and how we’re going to pay for it.” King said a cost study

will be presented to council for approval later this year. “So I’m supposed to vote for something that I don’t how much it’s going to cost?” she asked. “I’m not comfortable doing that.” City Manager Greg Wade said because the CAP has not been evaluated under the California Environmental Quality Act, it is not legally binding. “This is a planning, or aspirational, document,” he said. “So this in and of itself would not necessarily bind us to those requirements. However, they are intended to be followed and the implementation plan and cost ... study will give you a better idea of how we’re going to get there.” Councilman Dave Zito said a key justification for the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers sand replenishment project is to protect the community from rising sea levels caused by climate change. “This project is expected to cost over $60 million for the Solana Beach portion alone and is one example of the many additional costs that will be borne by Solana Beach residents if nothing is done,” he said. “There will be many other costs such as increased food prices, extra energy usage, more fire damages ... that, in sum, will far exceed the costs of implementation of every item in the CAP.” “The scenarios that come from not doing anything are horrendous,” Councilwoman Judy Hegenauer said. “And once we figure out the cost of not doing anything, I think the cost of doing something will be very much justified.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — No two cancers are alike. This theory served as the driving force behind the creation of CureMatch, a software platform, which ranks the combination of cancer drugs based on the molecular profile of a patient’s tumor. The data helps oncologists by offering more matched combination therapies for patients. Co-founder and CEO of CureMatch, Blaise Barrelet of Rancho Santa Fe, is also a cancer survivor and recently announced that the company is giving back by offering its services free to children with cancer. CureMatch is headquartered in San Diego and treatment reports cost $1,000. “When I had cancer, I knew how to handle it,” said Barrelet, who has four children under the age of 15. “But when you have a child that has cancer, the whole family has cancer — it puts a lot of strain on the entire family. The kids are the ones who have the most life to lose.” Barrelet went on to say how hard their company is working to get the word out about the importance the DNA sequencing following a tumor biopsy. From this, a genetic analysis given to CureMatch from a third-party provider will trigger the creation of data-driven drug combination therapies. While the numbers continue to grow, there are more than 300 FDA drugs

Blaise Barrelet. Courtesy photo

for cancer treatments and more than 4 million combination therapy possibilities. CureMatch data can help offer oncologists more information, Barrelet said. According to Barrelet, CureMatch is currently in discussions with Rady Children’s Hospital about offering their treatment report services for free. “Rady’s is great, and they do their genetic sequencing since they have their own machines,” said Barrelet, noting that the turnaround time for the sequencing is fast. While Barrelet wants CureMatch to help people of all ages, he has an extraordinary passion for helping the youth. With an eye to the future, Barrelet wants to make CureMatch available to everyone by offering lower costs. “We want to make CureMatch the new option for cancer treatment. And everyone who works here feels the same,” he said. “Everybody in this company knows they are doing something very, very valuable.”

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Comedian raises $11,000 to help self-publish his first book By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Encinitas comedian Robbie Pickard had an idea for a book for today’s short attention span: a series of funny “adult” short stories, none more than five pages, that could be finished in the one place where a person can seemingly have “alone time” — the toilet. But when he submitted several chapters of his book to editors, he was met with a similar refrain: it’s a great concept, but you’re an unpublished author. In short, rejection. So Pickard, 33, decided to do it himself. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to cover the cost to self-publish his book. The campaign raised $11,000 and has now sold 450 copies of his debut book, “Toilet Material: Very Short Stories for Very Short Attention Spans.” Pickard is having an official book launch party at 6:30 p.m. July 7 at UNIV Studio where guests will be able to meet him, his il-

“Toilet Material” is a series of funny “adult” short stories.

are so many avenues to get your voice out there,” said Pickard, who moved to Encinitas three years ago from Santa Monica, where he was a stand-up comedian. “You don’t need to be signed. If you are a musician, you can put your music up on Soundcloud, and if you’re an author you can self-publish. For me, Kickstarter was a way to prove there was an audience for this idea.” Pickard’s concept for the novel came from his Encinitas comedian Robbie Pickard, 33, had an idea for a book for today’s short attention spans. Courtesy photos

If you really want something, there are really no excuses because there are so many avenues to get your voice out there.” Robbie Pickard Comedian

lustrator and hear him live read a few chapters. “If you really want something, there are really no excuses because there

stand-up routines, where he liked to point out the idiosyncrasies of things that are often considered routine

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and mundane. Take large group chats, Pickard said. They’re totally routine, but think about how annoying they would be if they played out in real life, yelling your opinion to a crowd of 15 people when you are really talking to one person. “It would be insane, right?” Pickard said. “Well, that was the inspiration for one of the short stories.” And the stories are short enough to capture the attention of today’s audience, where readers don’t

often have the patience to sit through a long, drawn out novel. There are 38 of these abbreviated stories in the book, which Pickard’s friend Brooks Wheelan of Saturday Night Live fame in a testimonial said was “such a fun, easy read. Like for children, except don’t let children read this.” “I think that sums up what I was going for,” Pickard said. Pickard started working on the stories in 2015, completing as many as 60

before whittling down the final selections. He launched his 30-day Kickstarter campaign Jan. 9. Pickard said the fundraising campaign was almost as tough as writing the book itself, as he had to market and promote it in order to reach a wider audience. “There’s this connotation that it is a free handout, but it is really a ton of work,” Pickard said. “And it is stressful, you’re constantly refreshing that page over the 30 days.” When it was done,

Pickard raised more than enough to hire a cover designer, editor (his dad), printing and shipping and other costs. Pickard said the success of his toilet stories has him thinking about the next book he’s going to write. It could be a novel, but he doesn’t want to speculate. “It could change a lot,” Pickard said. “I’m hoping now that I’ve proven to those editors and publishers that I am no longer an unpublished author.”


“But during the end of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, store owners started putting those ‘no shirts, no shoes no service’ signs up because they did not want the hippies in their establishment. “What happened between then and now is that it has been perpetuated and now people believe there is some health code violation or rule against being barefoot in stores, restaurants and other places, and we’ve debunked that,” Beond said. “It’s a myth ingrained in everyone’s head.” For instance in San Diego, the County Department of Environmental Health has no laws or regulations dealing with being barefoot in establishments, said Michael Workman, a county spokesman. “Since being barefoot while dining is not considered a factor in maintaining a safe food environment or food handling practices, it is not addressed under the food safety regulations,” Workman said. “Requiring patrons/customers to wear shoes or other customer practices that do not affect food safety are completely at the discretion of the food facility management.” Beond said that half of the organization’s efforts are aimed at assisting people who run into problems at establishments who discriminate against them because they are barefoot.

For example, Beond said that last week he dealt with a drugstore manager who told him to leave the store because he was barefoot. He ended up contacting the store’s regional manager who said apologized and said that he didn’t believe in enforcing the store policy because he knew it wasn’t backed by any laws, and told the store manager to allow him to shop. “You regularly run into employees who think there’s a law against it, and a higher up who knows that there isn’t and doesn’t want to kick out a paying customer, so 80 percent of the time they’ll apologize and say it shouldn’t have happened,” Beond said. While there aren’t any laws, some restaurant and other businesses will continue to enforce those policies — and it’s their right, a representative of the California Restaurant Association said. Restaurants and other establishments reserve the right to refuse service for various reasons, said Chris Duggan, the organization’s director of local government affairs. In the case of a barefoot patron, Duggan said, a restaurant might decline to serve them out of an abundance of caution because of liability issues. A barefoot patron’s foot could get cut on a glass shard or some other debris, he said. “You want to make sure you have a safe environment,

so a barefoot customer could get turned away because of safety concerns,” Duggan said. “Of course, there are a lot of beach communities in San Diego, from Ocean Beach all the way up to Oceanside, so some restaurants might be more liberal in enforcing the policy.” Beond said this was one of the reasons he moved from Valley Center to Encinitas in December. “When I came here, I was working at a vegan restaurant and every day I saw someone new come in who wasn’t wearing shoes,” said Beond, who shed his footwear 20 years ago after suffering from knee pain that doctors said would require surgery to fix. He’s been pain-free since losing the shoes, he said. “We’re looking at this area as a hotbed of awareness, so to speak,” Beond said. To that end, the organization is hosting a meet-up at 4 p.m. July 29 at Native Foods in Encinitas, as it looks for more people to be ambassadors of the barefoot movement. For people like Bruner, this is music to their ears. “I think there should be more awareness of the fact that it’s not bad to be barefoot,” she said. “I think there shouldn’t be a stigma against it because it’s natural, it is the way we were made to walk.” For more information about Barefoot is Legal, visit the group’s website www. barefootislegal.org.


for spreading the doctrine of barefoot acceptance. Barefoot is Legal is a nonprofit organization that is trying to eradicate the stigma associated with being barefoot, and raise awareness that there are no laws against the practice, despite the common misconception of such rules. Proponents of being barefoot point to various health studies that tout the health benefits of the practice, including increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation and improving sleep. “Americans are conditioned to believe that not wearing shoes is illegal, unhealthy and dangerous,” said Dave Kelman, founder and president of the nonprofit. “Flip flops are the world’s most worn shoe. People wear them because they want to go barefoot, but think it is illegal. There are many health benefits to ‘earthing’ — that people will not take advantage of because of being yelled at or kicked out of a store.” Myekah Beond, the organization’s Pacific regional director, said the group’s research points to the stigma associated with barefooted behavior starting with the anti-hippie movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. “We looked and before that, being barefoot was considered normal,” Beond said.

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Last year the worst traffic congestion issues occurred after 10 p.m., when the headliners finished, according to a report presented by Julie Coleman, KAABOO’s director of community relations. “The 2016 ride share program was not able to efficiently handle the demand,” the report states. “As a result, patrons were picking up ride shares in the middle of city streets.” KAABOO hired Fehr & Peers, a transportation planning expert, to analyze traffic and design a transportation demand management plan. To decrease wait times and make ride-hailing more efficient from a traffic perspective, Fehr & Peers created a large onsite hub for pickups and drop-offs. KAABOO also partnered with Uber and Lyft to use an electronic queuing system within fairgrounds property.

beliefs and his civil rights by getting himself drunk enough that he could not avoid various criminal behaviors. He wrote: "I want to pay myself five million dollars (for this breach of rights), but ask the state to pay it in my behalf since I can't work and am a ward of the state." In April, the lawsuit was dismissed. [Austin American-Statesman-AP, 4-8-95] -- (2002) The Lane brothers of New York, Mr. Winner Lane, 44, and Mr. Loser Lane, 41 (their actual birth names), were profiled in a July Newsday report -made more interesting by the fact that Loser is successful (a police detective in the South Bronx) and Winner is not (a history of petty crimes). A sister said The ride-hailing companies will only allow ordering and pick-up inside the venue and not on city streets or in nearby neighborhoods, a system similar to the one used at San Diego airport. The new staging area will have seating, food and facilities for attendees while they wait. The traffic management plan also includes two bike valets and shuttles to the Solana Beach train station and local hotels. There will be no changes to the Sunset Cliffs stage on the west side of the fairgrounds and the Palate stage. Some late-night programming has been moved from the Wyland Center to the Exhibit Hall to accommodate a larger number of attendees and ensure pedestrian traffic within the venue is optimized. The Trestles stage that was in the paddock will be moved to the area in between Wyland Hall and the stables. The paddock will house the Tourmaline stage,

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she believes her parents selected "Winner" because their late father was a big baseball fan and "Loser" just to complete the pairing. [Newsday, 7-22-02] -- (1996) A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Lamar, Missouri, on Joyce Lehr's lawsuit against the county for injuries suffered in a 1993 fall in the icy, unplowed parking lot of the local high school. The Carthage Press reported that Lehr claimed damage to nearly everything in her body. According to her petition: "All the bones, organs, muscles, tendons, tissues, nerves, veins, arteries, ligaments ... discs, cartilages, and the joints of her body were fractured, broken, ruptured, punctured, compressed, dislocated,

separated, bruised, contused, narrowed, abrased, lacerated, burned, cut, torn, wrenched, swollen, strained, sprained, inflamed, and infected." [Carthage Press, 1-9-96] -- (2002) From time to time "News of the Weird" reported on the fluctuating value of the late Italian artist Piero Manzoni's personal feces, which he canned in 1961, 30 grams at a time in 90 tins, as art objects (though, over the years, 45 have reportedly exploded). Their price to collectors has varied (low of about $28,000 for a tin in 1998 to a high of $75,000 in 1993). In June 2002, the Tate Gallery in London excitedly announced it had purchased tin number 004 for about $38,000. (The price of 30

grams of gold in 2002 was a little over $300.) [Sydney Morning Herald, 7-1-02] -- (1994) The New York Daily News reported in April on a cellblock fight between murderers Colin Ferguson and Joel Rifkin at the Nassau County jail. Reportedly, Ferguson (convicted of six race-related murders on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993) was using a telephone and told Rifkin (a serial killer serving 203 years for nine murders) to be quiet. According to the Daily News source, Ferguson told Rifkin, "I wiped out six devils (white people), and you only killed women." Rifkin allegedly responded, "Yeah, but I had more victims." Ferguson then allegedly ended the brief incident by punching

Rifkin in the mouth. [Syracuse Herald-Journal-New York Daily News-AP, 4-1194] -- (1999) At Last! A Job That Actually Requires Geometry! Commissioners in Florida's Seminole County and Manatee County passed ordinances regulating public nudity by requiring women to cover at least 25 percent of the area of their breasts and at least 33 percent of the buttocks, with detailed instructions as to the points from which each coverage must be measured. (Refresher for law enforcement: The lateral area of a cone is pi (times) r (times) s where r=radius and s=slant height; for the surface area of a sphere, it's

monitors will be strategically placed throughout surrounding neighborhoods to provide real-time data so adjustments can be made if noise levels get too high. According to a study by San Diego State University students, KAABOO’s 2016 financial impact to the county was approximately $26.6 million. More than 3,000 hotel rooms were booked, resulting in an estimated $63,000 in transient occupancy tax. Coleman said she expects close to 4,000 hotel rooms will be booked this year. KAABOO employs about 4,000 people and donates to local charities, including the San Diego Surfrider Foundation, Voices for Children and the Armed Services YMCA. Organizers were hoping to attract a maximum of 40,000 people daily. In 2015, total attendance over the three days was about 50,000 people. That number increased to approximately 39,000 on peak days last

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Improvements have been made to stages and Uber and Lyft pickup to reduce impacts from this year’s KAABOO Del Mar, which will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Sept. 15-17. Courtesy photo

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‘Ultimate Dinosaurs’ comes to life hit the road

By Aaron Burgin

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hey are big — really big — these creatures that inhabited our planet many millions of years before humans walked the earth. They are, of course, dinosaurs, but you most likely are not familiar with these specimens because they walked Earth in what is now South America, Africa and Madagascar. In fact, many of these species were unknown to science until about 1980. You can meet these giant carnivorous and herbivorous reptiles at the “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Set to run through Sept. 4, the exhibit features creatures mostly unknown to those of us in North America. That’s because they evolved in isolation south of the equator between 65 million and 250 million years ago. This occurred after the breakup of the giant land mass known as Pangaea, made up of all of today’s continents. The 16 life-size dinos are constructed from casts of the bones discovered in the three areas. They and numerous other prehistoric specimens reside in the museum’s basement level. Included are several interactive features that provide kids of all ages a better understanding of what life was like on the planet when much of it was a rain forest (including Southern California). One of the most popular elements is the simplest: little dioramas the come with several miniature plastic dinosaurs, probably just like the ones that many kids have at home. The difference is that this museum playroom also features a 33-foot-long


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Giganotosaurus, which lived nearly 100 million years ago in what today is Argentina, occupies sizable real estate at the “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit. Similar in size to the better-known Tyrannosaurus rex, experts say it may be the largest land predator that ever walked the earth. Courtesy photo

Dinosaur drama plays out on this screen at the beginning of the “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit. The captivating, computer-generated images are part of the story of how dinosaurs developed in isolation in what is now South America, Africa and Madagascar. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

Suchomimus, a spinosaur from the Sahara Desert that weighed more than 6,600 pounds; a Giganotosaurus, said to perhaps be the largest land predator ever, similar in size to the better-known Tyrannosaurus rex; and a Rapetosaurus, a 45-foot-long plant eater that walked the land in Madagascar during the Cretaceous Period (70 to 66 million years ago). The price of admission

to the museum includes any or all of the three movies that show seven times between 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. in the Level 1 theater. The schedule is available on a flier with a map of the museum’s exhibit halls and galleries. We saw two of the films: “Galapagos 3D,” which takes viewers to the islands off the coast of South America to learn why and how so many var-


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ied forms of life arrived, evolved and survive; and “Sea Monsters 3D,” a National Geographic film that makes an excellent complement to the dinosaur exhibit. This film follows the life cycle of “Dolly,” a female Dolichorhynchops E’Louise Ondash is a that inhabits what was the freelance writer living in huge inland sea that divided the continent of North North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ America in the Late Crecoastnewsgroup.com taceous period (about 65



million years ago). Dolly resembles a sea lion with extra-long, pointed flippers and measured about 15 feet in length. Though there were children about 2 years old in the audience who actually were wearing the 3D glasses, I think that this movie, with its numerous eatand-be-eaten scenes, is too intense for kids under 5 — especially since the creatures are coming right at you. It’s difficult to believe that these life-like images of Dolly and all the other scary sea “monsters” in this film are a product of computers; they are just too real. Visit http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibitions/ultimate-dinosaurs/, or call (877) 946-7797. For more photos and information, visit www.facebook.com/ elouise.ondash.


a much heavier management burden on the school,” he said. Holbert said they also received positive Chromebooks feedback at the time from the English Language Arts teachers. “The volume of writing increased due to access, they believed, to a full keyboard on the device with students,” he said. “Chromebooks are much easier to manage and run, much lighter in terms of software and processing demands.” Holbert also pointed out at that time, the initial cost of Chromebooks was roughly a third compared to iPads, and it also offered a great educational platform

that was stable — students could be on their device anywhere and have access to their files. “I think that was sort of a slam dunk,” he said. The drawbacks, however, were an inferior touchscreen which would make hand annotation almost impossible, he explained. In Holbert’s opinion, the multimedia was also better on iPads. “So, we took a second look at the iPad,” Holbert said. “Apple lost a significant market share over to Chrome the last few years, and they responded. They made management much more reasonable.” To address a keyboard, Holbert cited how Apple partnered with Logitech so keyboards pair with iPads.

ENCINITAS — Authorities have indicted a 20-yearold Encinitas man on charges that he intentionally set fires that damaged two church buildings and a middle school office. Tyler Carender was arrested July 5 at his home on Island View Drive, which is in the neighborhood where the three fires caused more than $500,000 in damage, authorities with the U.S. Attorney Southern District office said. He is being charged in federal court, according to an unsealed federal indictment. The string of fires began during the early morning hours of Oct. 22, 2016, when a fire destroyed a building at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church known as the “Friendship House,” a counseling and youth center on the church’s campus. Authorities estimated the damage at $200,000. Fire crews were able to save the main building. One week later on Oct. 29, 2016, a fire in the main office building at Oak Crest Middle School — a block north of the church — caused the office’s roof and ceiling to partially collapse. The two-alarm blaze at the campus on Balour Drive caused $300,000 in damage. Finally, the suspected arsonist returned to the church on Nov. 12, 2016, when fire crews responded to a report of a fire inside the church’s preschool building. That fire caused $34,000 in damage. Much like the first incident, the fire occurred during the early morning hours, so no people were inside at the time. During the final incident, an unidentified man was seen running away from the church, leading sheriff’s arson investigators to suspect the fire may have been set intentionally. Deputies used a sheriff’s dog to search for the suspect, but no one was caught. A sealed indictment was issued June 16 and Carender was formally indicted July 5 after his arrest, according to court records. Holbert said that the iPads they bought in the first two years were still running, which was really a testament to the reliability factor. While they wouldn’t upgrade to the current operating system, they were still in working order. Holbert called the iPad chosen for the district a high-performing device priced at only $294. During the presentation, Rancho Santa Fe School District President Todd Frank shared that since the switch to Chromebooks, the price of iPads had dropped significantly.

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Del Mar puts off police decision until the fall By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s education team is doing something special for its local teachers. On July 29, teachers are invited to take part in a free showcase so that they may interact with the amazing animals, learn about the educational programs at Critter Camp and see how they can incorporate what they experienced during the showcase in the classroom. Critter Camp at Helen Woodward is best described as one if its humane education programs. According to Jessica Gercke, the center’s public relations and communications director, Helen Woodward started this curriculum because she felt that focusing on children was the real way to change the world of animal welfare. “We could do a lot of things to try and get people

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Anyone lucky enough to meet Luke will tell you that a charming “hello” bounce from this guy is enough to make your day. Known around the center for his enthusiastic demeanor; Luke exhibits the happy-go-lucky, playful personality typical of the boxer breed. He’s just over 2 years old, and just under 60 pounds. Come meet this bouncing boxer buddy today at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He has been altered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. His adoption fee is $301 and as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, he is micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461

DEL MAR — Most council members agree they need to make a decision, perhaps this fall, on whether to move forward with a proposal to create a standalone police department. “I think we owe the community a decision,” Councilwoman Ellie Haviland said. to adopt animals, but the particular event exclusively They came to that conreal thing we needed to do to teachers to come and ex- clusion at the July 10 meetis to start teaching children perience Critter Camp and ing after a four-hour quesabout loving animals, re- become familiar with the tion-and-answer workshop specting animals, and under- programs. featuring a panel of law en“We’re opening Critter forcement officers, includstanding that we’re sharing the world with them,” Ger- Camp to teachers so they ing Del Mar’s park ranger. cke said. “We have a respon- can come and see what we Because it was ap- clear most residents oppose sibility to animals. What the do here so that they can insti- proaching 10 p.m., and the idea. children learn they could tute that into their schools, nearly six hours after the “The community has pass on to their kids — slowly which I think is really spe- meeting started, they didn’t twice now weighed in and but surely, the world of ani- cial,” she said. “This day is decide how much more data told us not to look at this,” mal welfare would change.” entirely free to teachers that is needed to make a deci- Druker said before making Nearly 14,000 kids go are considering bringing an- sion, what mechanism to a motion to direct the Fithrough this program every imal welfare education into use to gauge community nance Committee, which year at Helen Woodward An- their classroom.” support and what the next presented the proposal, to Lesson plans will also steps should be. imal Center as well as Crit“stand down and not work ter Camp, which is branched be on hand. In addition to They voted 4-0-1 to on this any longer” and reinto summer, spring and win- July, Free Teacher Day has continue the discussion at visit it in the future. also been slated again in an Aug. 8 meeting to deterter. No one seconded his “The kids meet about September. motion. mine the latter. For more information 94 different educational anCouncilman Dwight Councilman Dave imals,” Gercke said. “They about the Helen Woodward Druker abstained because Worden said he and his see everything from alpacas, Animal Center Free Teach- his mind is made up. colleagues are “90 percent to blue tongue skinks, to gi- er Day on Saturday, July 29 He said based on input to the finish line,” but he ant Flemish rabbits, to dogs, from 9 to 11 a.m., RSVP by he received while knocking didn’t want to “jump the to cats and donkeys. It’s been calling (858) 756-4117, ext. on doors during his election gun.” a really special thing for 316 or emailing Kelly Rum- campaign this past fall, con“I want some additionkids.” Now, for the first time, sey at kellyr@animalcenter. versations with residents al opportunity ... for the Critter Camp is offering this org. and emails to the city it’s community to weigh in,” 7DLM14529__Food Lineup Print Ad___RSF News__Run:07_21_17__10.25x7.25

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El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org. he said, noting that while the city may have received several emails, they weren’t necessarily representative of the entire city. He suggested conducting a survey, which he offered to pay for after Druker said there is no money budgeted for one. “Why do you not want to take the pulse of the community?” Worden asked Druker. “I have,” Druker said. “I’ve done my survey three times now and each time that survey’s come back and said to me, ‘Don’t do your own police department.’ “Having our own police department is a big sink hole,” he added.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Over 40 of the best restaurants and food trucks from San Diego, LA, and Tijuana are vying to be crowned the best taco around, and your vote will help decide their fate. Presented by Don Julio.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Buy a ticket to the Burgers & Brews event to enjoy 10 beer tastings from award-winning craft breweries, as well as UNLIMITED samples of the best burgers in San Diego. Presented by Heineken.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 They compete and you win when more than 30 of the best BBQ pitmasters in the nation offer their savoriest samples of brisket, pork, ribs, chicken, and steak for you to taste and purchase.

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North County standout puts ‘classroom first,’ picks Dartmouth By Aaron Burgin

VISTA — Taurus Samuels is one of the top high school basketball players in North County. But he said for as long as he can remember, his mother, Maybel Nicolas, made sure he knew where his priorities should be. Raised in a single-parent household, Samuels said he learned his work ethic from Nicolas — a U.S. Air Force veteran who makes a 190-mile daily commute to work in El Segundo. “It was always the classroom first,” said Samuels, the starting point guard at Vista High School. “No matter what I accomplished in basketball, my mom always kept me focused on excelling in the classroom.” The prioritization paid off for Samuels this month, as the rising senior guard announced his oral commitment to Dartmouth College of the Ivy League. Samuels, who holds a 4.4 grade point average, said the opportunity to play basketball and prepare for his future after basketball with an Ivy League education was too good to pass up. This was music to mother’s ears. “I always knew as a minority you have to have education; I never had a lot grow-

Rising Vista High senior guard Taurus Samuels has a 4.4 grade point average. Courtesy photo

ing up, my mom had to quit school at a young age,” said Nicolas, who moved Samuels to North County from San Pedro in 2010. “But my mom worked hard and she gave me more opportunities than she had, and I wanted to give Taurus more opportunities than I had, and with basketball, he’s going to have that. “He’s using basketball now, not the other way around,” Nicolas said. Samuels, 17, chose Dartmouth, a school not known for its exploits on the hardwood, over Montana, Cal

Poly San Luis Obispo and several other schools with better basketball programs. “Obviously, Dartmouth, being an Ivy League school, that’s something that would’ve been very hard for me to say no to,” Samuels said. But it was not an easy decision. Montana had heavily recruited Samuels since his sophomore year. Coaches regularly attended his high school and travel basketball games, and he grew fond of their staff. “It was really tough

for me because I had built a strong relationship with the coaches at Montana and with the school,” Samuels said. “But after talking with my mom and my coaches, I had to really evaluate my motivation in my decision. And after doing that, it was clear that Dartmouth was the right decision.” Nicolas, who credited Samuels’ extended “basketball family” for much of her son’s character development, said she just reminded Samuels of where his priorities had been up until that

point. “He was really leaning toward the school with the better record, but I told him that academics have always come first so why should he change that now?” Nicolas said. Samuels said that Dartmouth Head Coach David McLaughlin, who is entering his second season, sold him on coming in and having an immediate impact on a team that was last place in the Ivy League last season. McLaughlin led Northeastern University to its first National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament appearance since 1991 in 2015, something Samuels said resonated with him. “The things that the coaches want to accomplish there, to change the program around, that’s something that was very special and that I wanted to be a part of,” Samuels said. For Samuels, his announcement is the culmination of a recruitment process that began during his freshman year, when he emerged as a starting guard on the Panthers varsity team. By his sophomore year, coaches named Samuels to the CIF San Diego Section 2nd Team, and he had received scholarship offers to several

universities. This past season, he led the Panthers to a semifinals appearance in San Diego’s highest basketball level, the CIF Open Division. His team advanced to the state Division 1 playoffs, where as the 11th seeded-team, the Panthers upset the No. 3 seed, Santa Margarita, in a double-overtime thriller. He credited his emergence as a top prospect to the coaches at his high school and travel team, Gamepoint. All the while, Samuels said, he made sure that he was on top of his work in the classroom, which included a heavy load of advanced placement and honors classes. Samuels said he is not sure what he wants to do after college, though he would love the opportunity to play basketball professionally, either overseas or in the National Basketball Association. But he said he feels confident that with an Ivy League education, his future will be bright. “I am really excited that I am in this position, and I am so thankful to everyone who helped to guide me along the way,” Samuels said. “That list starts with my mother.”

They’re off and running for a special year at Del Mar


t's among the buzz in horse racing circles with the prestigious Breeders' Cup coming to Del Mar. "Hey, let's not forget this little summer meet we have going on,'' Joe Harper

said. Harper, the big horse in the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club barn, is ringing in another season. But he does so with an eye toward this fall. That's when the Breeders' Cup, the Super Bowl of

horse racing, arrives at Del Mar for the first time, on Nov. 3-4. This year's kickoff came Wednesday, when the seaside oval swelled with bets, booze and beautiful people. It's an afternoon of North County madness that seldom disappoints. "It's fun to see the craziness,'' said Harper, a longtime Del Mar resident. "It has a life of its own. Not everyone cares about seeing a horse race but they do care at being at the place every-

sports talk jay paris one wants to be.'' Harper is here, there, and everywhere and why not? He's been with the DMTC since 1977, but it's never been like this. "It is different,'' said Harper, the organization's

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CEO. "Once we got the nod for the Breeders' Cup it kind of opened us to more international attention.'' That came to Harper's attention last summer, when a jockey was looking for, of all things, the jockey room. He was a newbie at our local favorite. "This is really nice,'' he told Harper. "I had never been out here before.'' It's a familiar tale for Harper, who's been beating the drum since 1984 to snag a Breeders' Cup for Del Mar. He roamed Hollywood Park at that inaugural meet and has been scheming to get it here since. Among the obstacles -and his biggest selling point -- was Del Mar's location. Many of the high-end owners had never ventured this far west when racing in the U.S. Even when Harper made his pitch to the Breeders' Cup selection committee, it was met with an unfamiliar shrug. "A lot of those people making the decisions had never been to Del Mar,'' Harper said. Harper kept making hay with Del Mar's bid. He oversaw a track makeover which included a renovated grandstand and the widening of the oval track. He put in 20 restaurants, many of the top-shelf variety, to woo the Breeders' Cup crowd. He sold Del Mar's turfnear-the-surf spot, showing the skeptics the track's locale was more than a line in a song. "I explained to them

Once we got the nod for the Breeders’ Cup it kind of opened us to more international attention.” Joe Harper DMTC president

what North County was about and really how cool it is,'' Harper said. It figures to be warm on Saturday when Arrogate runs in the San Diego Handicap, prepping for the Pacific Classic on Aug. 19. "He's won $17 million in about a year, winning all these amazing races and setting records,'' Harper said. "He's the greatest horse in the world right now.'' Which means Arrogate will join the sport's other stars for the Breeders' Cup. Life-size, statues of horses commemorating the Breeders Cup are already appearing along the North County coast. But the fall can wait. The Del Mar horses are at the summer gate and that springs open first. Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports.

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Father-son story at the Del Mar actress takes on Harpo heart of surf film benefit Marx role in ‘Animal Crackers’ By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — On July 22, the La Paloma Theatre will host a special screening of the 1980s classic surf movie “Ocean Fever” to benefit the Reeve Foundation and spinal cord research. But there is much more to the story. This is a story about a father and a son. A father who, despite creating some of the most endearing surf films during the heyday of the movie genre, counts his son as his greatest creation. A son who chokes up when talking about his father and wanting to pay homage to the man who he calls “his hero.” This is a story about Steve and Dane Soderberg. “I know there are a lot of fathers and sons who are close, but this guy is literally my hero,” said Dane Soderberg, a 38-year-old real estate agent. “He is the kind of dad that I can literally count on my hand the number of times he told me what to do in my life, and every time he was spot on. That is why I am doing it, to honor him.” Steve Soderberg, 70, has suffered from chronic back pain for years after a fall re-aggravated his surgically repaired spine. The

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ART N SOUL ON 101 OPEN AND ACTIVE Art N Soul on 101, 633 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, wants to announce it is alive and well. The artists are sad to announce that Art Lounge 101 closed its doors on June 30, however Art n Soul on 101 remains open and full of creations by local artists. For information, contact Cindy Blumkin at (858) 442-8666. BOUNDARY BIRDS AT KI’S DeBlois Milledge and the Boundary Birds will perform 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 21at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff. GET WILD IN THE WEST See “Wildcat Willy in the Wild, Wild West” at 7 p.m. July 28 and July 29 at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, 910 Melba Road, Encinitas. The musical tells of a mild-mannered accountant who follows his dream and hops a train west. For more information, visit theparkdaleplayers.com / programs.html. A $4 donation is requested at the door.




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former avid surfer has had to give up his passion, and he’s been largely confined to his home. Before the injuries and surgery, the elder Soderberg was among the most popular surf filmmakers during the 1970s and 1980s. The campy, innovative genre reached its peak during the 1970s, as surfing continued its rise in popularity across the country. He filmed much of his 1976 debut film “A Matter of Style,” on his 18mm camera. The film, which is described as “an epic tale of the last of the long lost soul masters, charging it with the grace and style that made them legend,” featured some of the WestMELANGE The Encinitas Library “Musical Melange” by the North Coast Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will take place at 11 a.m. July 22 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit northcoastsymphony.com. The orchestra is funded in part by the city of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation. Admission is free. ROCK ‘N’ BLUES Echophonic Classic Rock and Blues Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to midnight July 22 at Mr. Peabody’s, 136 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. SHAM SAINTS DEBUT ALBUM Encinitas singer-songwriter-guitarists Darius Degher, Michael Packard and the Sham Saints debut their album Out of Tune from 5 to 7 p.m. July 22 with a concert/ listening party at Seaweed and Gravel, 1144 N. Highway 101, Leucadia. There will be drinks and a food truck and the Sham Saints will play a short set. It’s free and open to the public. ROCK AT MR. PEABODY’S Echophonic brings classic rock and blues 8:30 p.m. to midnight July 22 at Mr. Peabody's, 136 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. ‘HEY THERE, CUTES. PUT ON YOUR DANCIN’ BOOTS’ The Old Globe’s Arts Engagement department invites friends, flappers, jitterbugs and all of San Diego to do the

ern Hemisphere’s most popular surf breaks and surfing legends Chuck Cockle, Ted Ferris, Bolton Colburn, Tim Lynch and Dale Dobson. Soderberg made two other noted films, “Ticket to Ride” and “Ocean Fever” before retiring in the late 1980s. “You never did it for the money; I was just obsessed with making a bigger and better film each time,” Steve Soderberg said. “It was said when it came to a slow end when video took over, it became a different genre. “With VHS, guys could just watch it on their TV, press pause and go get potato chips and beer and come back,” he added. “My plan was to always keep them entertained for an hour and a half and make it so their girlfriends could enjoy the film as well.” But Steve Soderberg said the secret to his prolific filmmaking was adding new footage to some of his earlier work, allowing him to build on previous films and still show different aspects of surfing. But most importantly, “that gave me more time to spend with my son.” Steve Soderberg said their special relationship TURN TO FILM ON 18

Charleston, Lindy Hop and jitterbug at its free Swing Out at the Globe, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 22 on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, in Balboa Park, preceding the 2 p.m. matinee of “Guys and Dolls.” Join open dance led by the Hang Ten Hoppers to the beat of The Mad Hat Hucksters. The Hang Ten Hoppers will then offer brief group dance lessons.


SUMMER DANCE FUN San Diego Dance Theater is looking for dancers to audition, noon to 3 p.m. July 23 at White Box Live Arts, 2590 Truxtun Road, San Diego. The theater needs more than 50 local dancers to participate in "Trolley Dances" performed Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 30, Oct. 1, Oct. 7 and Oct. 8. Each dancer is paid $300 honorarium for performing in Trolley Dances in a swimming pool, a park, a shopping center entrance way, a car dealership, on building scaffolding, or maybe even in a museum. Call (619) 225-1803 for more information. YOU CAN DANCE Free Let’s Dance! Instructors from the Dance North County studio will teach participants how to Swing dance at 2 p.m. July 23, and to Salsa dance at 2 p.m. July 30 at the Encinitas Library. 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. All levels welcome. For more information, visit

By Bianca Kaplanek

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego native and part-time Del Mar resident is currently portraying the Harpo Marx character of The Professor in Cygnet Theatre’s production of “Animal Crackers.” When offered the male role, Samantha Wynn Greenstone said there was “absolutely not” a moment of hesitation. “I think it’s amazing that Cygnet is so progressive and is willing to take a chance on creating more job opportunities for women in that regard,” she said. “There’s no reason why a woman cannot play a man’s role. It’s about the talent, not the anatomy.” “If anything I was even more excited that it was a male role and not a female role,” she added. In fact, it was a greater test of her acting skills playing a voiceless character with no script of her own to memorize. “It’s obviously a little bit of a challenge having no lines and having to communicate through my physical expressions and my horns,” she said. “I have to know everyone else’s lines for timing. “And it’s a very powerful thing because I think people these days talk way too much,” she added. “We



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don’t listen to one another. By being silent and just listening we’re almost spreading more love and it heightens our other senses.” Greenstone has been performing since she was about 8 years old. Ironically, her first lead was a male character. During a summer theater camp she was cast as Mr. Bumble in “Oliver.” She also sang in her synagogue’s choir. “I always enjoyed singing,” she said. “I always got the solos so I thought I must have a knack for this.” But Greenstone didn’t initially pursue an acting career. After graduating from the University of Ar-

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izona with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in sociology she looked for “higher-paying entry-level jobs.” “I don’t think I really had much of a plan,” she said. “I was young and kind of going where the wind took me. But I still went to shows.” One night while watching a performance, Greenstone said she realized nothing made her happier than being onstage. “So why was I even attempting to do anything than what I love to do?” she asked. “It’s a waste of a life.” That was seven years ago. Greenstone, now 30, earlier this year appeared in Cygnet’s production of “On the 20th Century.” It was that performance that led director Sean Murray to offer her the role in “Animal Crackers.” “I think there was a spark within me that reminded him of Harpo Marx,” she said. “I’m a very physically expressive person. I think that my expressions kind of match Harpo Marx’s expressions. He said my enthusiasm for life and my approach to life are in the essence of Harpo.” “Animal Crackers” will be onstage at Cygnet through Aug. 13.

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LIFELONG LEARNING Topics for the week are Vice Admiral Charles Martoglio, U.S. Navy Ret., will speak about Europe and NATO, and Dee Wardell and Joe Ashby will tell of recent travels throughout Iran, starting at 1 p.m. July 28 at the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972.


BARBECUE SECRETS Have you ever wanted to create your own BBQ sauce? Learn the art of making classic barbecue sauce from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 27 at the Savory Spice Shop, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, suite C-110. Cost is $25. RSVP with Kathleen at encinitas@savoryspiceshop. com or (760) 230-4801. BRAVO FOR BUGS The Insect Festival will crawl out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 and July 23 at the San Diego Botanic Gar-

dens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This event is free with paid admission or membership. Children under 12 are free. Visit sdbgarden.org/insect.htm. ‘WOMEN OF SURFING’ RETROSPECTIVE Join the opening reception for the “Women of Surfing: Art & History,” exhibit from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 22 at the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center, 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente. Special guests include Mary Lou McGinnis Drummy, and co-founder of the Women’s International Surfing Association and Gidget (Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman). The “Women of Surfing: Art & History” exhibition is set to coincide with the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. THE MITOTE donMiguel Ruiz presents “The Mitote” at 2 p.m. July 22 and 8 a.m. July 23 at Yoga Tropics West, 965 2nd St., Encinitas. Cost is $195. To register, call (228) 222-7644.The Mitote is an “ancient Toltec dreaming experience to awaken the truth of what you are.” AREA DEMOCRATS MEET Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet from 10 a.m. to noon July 22 at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Tazheen Nizam will lead a panel on current immigration issues. For more information, contact: Carol (760) 753-4082.


FUN FOR ALL Drop in for the Family Fun Festival from noon to 3 p.m. July 23 at Flowerhill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Enjoy live music, pony rides, a petting zoo plus arts and crafts. SIGN UP FOR TURKEY TROT Registration is open for all 10K, 5K, Kids and Senior 1-Mile in the Pacific Marine Credit Union Oceanside Turkey Trot, held the morning of Nov. 23. “Come Move Your Feet Before You Eat” Participants will receive a shirt, a finisher medal, chronotrak timing and free digital photos.


SET THOSE SAILS Register now for the Oceanside Yacht Club 15th annual Charity Regatta Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, 2017 at 1950 Harbor Drive North, Oceanside. Entry Fee to race in the two-day Regatta is $50 and daily Post-Race Parties are open to the public free of charge beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. To register for the race, visit oceansideyc. net or contact the regatta chair, Terri Manok, at (760) 207-9489 or email tmanok@ sbcglobal.net. Contact Korie Duke at Korie.Duke@ ehospice.org or call (760) 796-3722 regarding sponsorships, spectator boat and cruise raffle tickets. ‘MARTIAN’ AT THE

FLEET Best-selling author of “The Martian,” Andy Weir, and the Fleet Science Center’s CEO, Dr. Steven Snyder, will discuss the importance of science in storytelling and preview Weir's new book, “Artemis” at 7 p.m. July 24 at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego. Cost is $35 general admission or $75 VIP for preferred seating, front-of-the-line access for the book-signing and a pre-order for a signed copy of “Artemis.” TEACH ESL The Laubach Literacy Council of San Diego County will train its volunteer tutors to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at a two-day workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26 in the Community Room at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road. Deadline to register is Aug. 14. If you can speak English, no teaching experience is necessary. Tutoring locations are available countywide. Email jeannette.moyer@gmail.com.


FIGHTING BREAST CANCER Make reservations now for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at Paradise Point Resort. RSVP by July 25 by calling (619) 682-7445 or by emailing sandiegocastrides@cancer.org.

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JOHN QUINTO June 24, 1922 – July 5, 2017

John Quinto, age 95 passed away July 5th at his home in La Costa. John was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 24, 1922. He is survived by his nephew Warren Hoffmann (Susan) and their children John and Jake Hoffmann from Lexington, Kentucky, niece Sharon Shahnazarian (Roger) and their daughter Renee from San Diego. He was preceded in

Marion Wesson Carlsbad July 9, 2017 Edith B. Lichterman, 87 Carlsbad July 11, 2017 Helen Elizabeth Purkitt, 67 Carlsbad July 14, 2017 Deborah Maddock, 68 Encinitas June 26, 2017

death by his parents, Antonio and Cacilda Quinta and his sister Isabel Hoffmann. John grew up in Newark, NJ and after retiring as mechanical engineer moved to La Costa where he resided for 40 years. He enjoyed history, classic movies and spending time with his friends having coffee and discussing the latest current events. Private service will be held.

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pi (times) r (squared), and, alas, for a flat surface, it's length times width.) [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 4-41999] -- (1998) On the day before Good Friday, reported the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Ernesto A. Moshe Montgomery consecrated the Shrine of the Weeping Shirley MacLaine in a room in the Beta Israel Temple in Los Angeles. Inspired by an image he said he had while riding in the actress's private jet, Montgomery said a subsequent large photograph of him with MacLaine was "observed shedding tears," which had inspired prayers and testimony of miraculous healings. [Los Angeles Times, 4-10-98] -- (2001) A child pornography investigation in Minneapolis turned up 1,000 suspect images on the office computer of a 58-yearold University of Minnesota classics professor -- named Richard Pervo. [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2-13-01] -- (1993) In May, Elk River, Minnesota, landlord Todd Plaisted reported that his tenant Kenneth Lane had fled the area, abandoning his rented farmhouse and leaving behind at least 400 tons of used carpeting, at least 10,000 plastic windows from Northwest Airlines planes, and rooms full of sofas, mattresses and washing machines, among other things. Lane told townspeople he ran a "recycling" company, but there was no evidence of sales. A deputy sheriff driving by the farmhouse the year before saw Lane burying carpeting with a tractor and said Lane merely muttered, "I don't know what to say. You got me. I can't even make up an excuse." [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 5-17-93] -- (1990) An FBI investigation CROPinto interstate trafficking by diaper fetishists .93 in the arrests of resulted five.93 men belonging to an or4.17 called the Diaper ganization Pail4.28 Foundation, which has a letterhead and publishes a newsletter and information exchange for members. A Madison, Wisconsin, man, arrested in April for possession of child pornography, was found inside a van taking pictures of a child relieving himself. The man had offered service to the child's parents as a toilet trainer. [source unavailable, but

"Diaper Pail Foundation" is searchable] -- (1992) The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in June on the local "Silent Meeting Club," consisting of several people who gather at various spots around town and make it a point not to speak to each other. Founder John Hudak said his inspiration was his observation that people often feel obligated to talk when they really have nothing to say, such as at parties, and wondered how nice it would be "to have a group of people where you wouldn't have to talk." [Philadelphia Inquirer, 6-2-92] -- (1991) In May, Maxcy Dean Filer, 60, of Compton, California, finally passed the California Bar exam. He graduated from law school in 1966, but had failed the exam in each of his previous 47 tries. [International Herald Tribune, 6-1-91] -- (2004) The New York Times reported in February on a Washington, D.C., man whose love of music led him, in the 1960s, to meticulously hand-make and hand-paint facsimile record album covers of his fantasized music, complete with imagined lyric sheets and liner notes (with some of the "albums" even shrinkwrapped), and, even more incredibly, to hand-make cardboard facsimiles of actual grooved discs to put inside them. "Mingering Mike," whom a reporter and two hobbyists tracked down (but who declined to be identified in print), also made real music, on tapes, using his and friends' voices to simulate instruments. His 38 imagined "albums" were discovered at a flea market after Mike defaulted on storage-locker fees, and the hobbyists who found them said they were so exactingly done that a major museum would soon feature them. [New York Times, 2-2-04] -- (1999) From a May police report in The Messenger (Madisonville, Kentucky), concerning two trucks being driven strangely on a rural road: A man would drive one truck 100 yards, stop, walk back to a second truck, drive it 100 yards beyond the first truck, stop, walk back to the first truck, drive it 100 yards beyond the second truck, and so on. According to police, the man's brother was passed out drunk in one of the trucks, so the man was driving both trucks home (though the success of such a scheme is better imagined if the driving brother has a high blood-alcohol reading, too -- which was the case). [The Messenger, 5-7-99] -- (1988) And, from the very first "News of the Weird" column came good ol' Hal Warden, the Tennessee 16-year-old who was married at 15 and granted a divorce from his wife, 13. Hal had previously been married at age 12 to a 14-year-old (and fathered children with both), but the first wife divorced Hal because, as she told the judge, "He was acting like a 10-year-old." [The precise citation is inaccessible, but various marital reports on the Wardens are available, e.g., Associated Press, 2-211987]

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Keep personal information a secret. It’s important to look at every situation separately and to decipher the best way to move forward. Acting in haste will work against you, especially when dealing with partnership issues. Stick to a regimented routine and implement exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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he Hotel Del Coronado, also affectionately known as the Del, is San Diego’s gift to the world ever since it opened in 1888 as the largest resort hotel in the world at that time. Since then it has hosted presidents, royalty, movie stars and other celebrities through its years of grandeur. In 1959, the movie “Some Like it Hot” starred Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemon and Tony Curtis. Six hundred and eighty rooms provide memorable views, with beachfront and high-end dining from seven restaurants. The Crown Room has always been my sentimental favorite for royal dining. It’s a masterpiece of architecture with a wood ceiling installed with pegs and glue. Not a single nail was used. A colonnade provides beachfront access and the hotel is built around a massive courtyard filled with tropical trees and flowers. The recent occasion that brought me to the Del was a wine and dinner presentation from Robert Craig Winery and its National Sales Director Adam Glatt,

Enjoying the evening at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, Deiter Hissin, director of food and beverage; Adam Glatt, Robert Craig Wines national sales director; and Steve Schackne, Hotel Del Coronado general manager. Courtesy photos

from Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Robert Craig has always strived to perfect his wines, planting wine grapes since 1978 in the wooded hillsides of Napa Valley. He is now known as “the Mountain Man of Napa Valley.” The lineup, paired with a custom Del menu included: Robert Craig Chardonnay 2014, with balanced acidity, a lemon-lime appeal and earth notes; Robert Craig Merlot Howell Mountain 2014, a deep, dark “Baritione” wine with notes of cracked pepper; Robert Craig Cabernet Mt. Veeder (one of my Top 10 Tastes for the 1st half of 2017) the flagship of the winery; and the Robert Craig Zinfandel 2013, a “top of the mountain” Zin, silky and smooth to the taste. Make your plans for the next grand Del wine dinner on Aug. 8 with a lovely Napa Valley winery, Far Niente.

For details on this, plus three more dinners with dates in September, October and November, visit hoteldel.com. The Wine Spectator 2017 Restaurant Awards Wine Spectator, the highest circulated publication on wine in the world, has announced the best wine lists from leading restaurants around the world. We looked closely at the three award levels for San Diego County’s restaurants as wine becomes more important to diners everywhere. The Grand Award, the magazines highest honor, went to one restaurant in this market, Addison, at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Its wine cellar holds 8,500 bottles, mostly the highest quality French wines to match its cuisine. Close behind is the Best of the Award of Excellence and in San Diego they included: Marina Kitchen at the Marriott, Mille Fleurs in

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OPERA PREVIEW Hear Opera NEO, free at Wednesdays@Noon at noon July 26 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Enjoy arias from “The Barber of Seville,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Così fan tutte,” “The Merry Widow” and more. The concert is a prelude to the full-scale Cabaret performance at the library at 7:30 p.m. July 28 and July 29. For more information, visit Encinitasca. gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746. DINNER AND A MOVIE Come to the free Dinner and a Movie at 6 p.m. July 26 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. July’s selection is “Mission to Mars,” a sci-fi film directed by Brian De Palma. Bring your own dinner or snacks. For more information, call (760) 753-4027 or visit sdcl. org/locations_CD.html.


SUMMER NIGHTS FOR ART Turn out for the next “Cruzing the Art Scene” from 6 to 8 p.m. July 27, which includes the COAL Art Gallery at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. For more information, visit coalartgallery.com THURSDAY MEANS MUSIC Pappalecco Café has announced its new summer event, Cardiff Music Nights,

members. Details and an RSVP at (760) 479-2500. • By popular demand, Seasalt Seafood & Bistro in Del Mar brings back Ferrari-Carano from Sonoma in a special wine dinner at 6 p.m. July 26. This internationally acclaimed winery will be presenting the latest vintage Siena and Tresor, among others. The five-course dinner will bring out the best in these wines. Cost is $55 per person. Call today at (858) 755-7100. • The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo has a special Italian Wine Dinner with specialist Marcos Mizzau presenting the region and its wines, with menu creations by Chef Trevor Chappell. Cost is $80 per guest, includes all six courses and six wines. Reserve your place at tbrsd.com. • Vittorio’s Family Style Trattoria in the Carmel Valley district of San Diego is planning a Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Winery dinner on at 6 p.m. July 27. Enjoy five courses with wines such as Sauvignon Blanc up to their great 2013 Cabernet. Vittorio’s has been selling out quickly so RSVP today at (858) 538-5884. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. View his columns at http://thecoastnews.com. Go to menu, then column. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com. hosting free entertainment every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 2101 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff. A different artist will play every week. Pappalecco’s Italian immigrant brother-owner duo Francesco and Lorenzo Bucci want to bring an authentic Italian experience to San Diego with free music in a café setting. OPEN MIC NIGHT There is an Open Mic Night for all ages, every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Univ Studio, Encinitas, 1057 S. Coast Highway 101. The event is hosted by singer, songwriter Kennady Tracy. Each slot is 10 minutes or the duration of two songs. Sign-ups at 5:45 p.m.


AUDITIONS IN THE VILLAGE Auditions will be held for “Murder by the Book” a murder mystery dinner theater show 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Rancho Santa Fe Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Performances will be Sept. 22 through Sept. 24. Visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org. SHAKESPEARE AL FRESCO North Coast Repertory Theatre brings free performances of the Shakespeare classic, “A Midsummer Night ’s Dream” outdoors at 6 p.m. Aug. 2, Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6. at La Colonia Community Center & Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach.



began when his son was a kid, tagging along as his dad surfed and paddle boarded and filmed some of the legendary surfers of the time. “I am so proud of him, he is such a smart, hardworking guy,” Steve Soderberg said. “He totally surprised me with the (benefit), he told me out of the blue he was showing ‘Ocean Fever’ at La Paloma. I was just blown away that he was doing this in honor of me and for such a worthy cause.” Dane Soderberg said he can’t be totally credited with the idea of the benefit, which was put together over the past three weeks. He and his wife were watching a surf film at La Paloma a month ago and she said that he should do something to honor his father. He took the idea and ran with it. Dane Soderberg talked to La Paloma owner Allen Largeant, who without hesitation allowed them to host the event at the facility, took the master copy of the film to a friend in Los Angeles who digitally remastered it, had his uncle, also his father’s poster artist, reformat the movie poster and had several major surfing influencers start posting about the benefit. “It has come to fruition really quickly,” Dane Soderberg said. “Everything fell into place pretty fast, and the response has been overwhelming. My gut tells me we will sell it out based on the word-of-mouth and the buzz, and that has been very encouraging. “At first I was concerned with breaking even on the space rental, but I think now we will have enough to pay all of our expenses and make a donation to the Reeve Foundation, and that is thrilling to me,” Dane Soderberg said. He said that putting the event together has brought back childhood memories of watching his dad film surfers like Rob Machado, Dale Dobson and Todd Martin. “I just remember being so proud that this was what my dad did for a living, but I didn’t really understand how much of an impact he had until I started planning this,” Dane Soderberg said. “Now, I’m proud to know that people know him and have such love and respect for the role he played in that era.” Steve Soderberg said that his son told him about the benefit two weeks ago, and it brought him to tears. Dane Soderberg made him promise one thing: that he would attend the event. “I promised Dane I would, and it will be a big thing for me to be there,” Steve Soderberg said. “It’s going to require a lot of standing and sitting, which are not my friends right now, but I am going to do it. I am going to be there.” The screening begins at 8 p.m. July 22. Tickets are on sale at the La Paloma box office for $12.

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Science behind summer’s best offerings Village Church of RSF hosts complimentary event small By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church of Rancho Santa Fe is bringing entrepreneurs and business leaders who are members of its congregation together to help offer guidance and tips to those seeking career-building ideas. Open to the public, the July 30 career pathway event is free of charge and is part of the church’s new initiative called “Faith & Work.” The Village Church’s communications and marketing coordinator, Christy Munger, shared that those between the ages of 15 and 30 will have the opportunity to hear inspiring stories from top professionals highlighting how their faith played a vital role in choosing a major or even landing their dream job. “The event is to expose high school students, college students and young adults to career pathways, learning about different professions, the educational and work experiences needed and how some have connected faith and work,” Munger said. “Confirmed presenters for the high school cohort are Alex Bailey, who is in the music industry; Deb Thomas, who is in the finance industry and recently the senior development director with World Vision International; and Jane Allison Austin, who is a real estate and contract attorney.” Dan Pittard, a former CEO of Rubio’s and graduate of Harvard Business School, will also be part of the high school cohort. He currently serves as a board member of WD-40. On the college front, the roster of presenters includes John Cho, who represents the insurance industry; Rich Ackerman III, who works in biotech research; and retired Superior Court Judge the Honorable Susan Huguenor. Joining this band of college presenters is also Mark Richter, who works in software technology; and Kathleen Loftman, who lectures at the Rady School of Management at UCSD and whose expertise is in strategic planning and organizational psychology. According to Munger, this is their first official

The Honorable Susan Huguenor (retired Superior Court judge) and Dan Pittard, former CEO of Rubios, will take part in Faith & Work event on July 30. Courtesy photos

event from their “Faith & Work” initiative. She also noted that it is typical of The Village Church to have events not just for members, but that are open to the entire community, such as this one. “The idea behind starting Faith & Work is we want to create a place for this generation of leaders to mentor the next generation of leaders, and we feel like that is what our Christian faith leads us to do,” she said.

Munger said she believes this career-building event will differ from others primarily by its quality of speakers on hand. “We have a vibrant entrepreneurial community at Village Church, and so you can count on people from several industries being here,” she said. “I think the community of Rancho Santa Fe values academics and leadership in business and so attendees will be very pleased to see the quality of the speakers we have and how that can influence young people.” Throughout the day, there will also be presentations from the panel of San Diego business executives as well as a Q & A series where guests can dig deeper into a presenter’s industry, their path of success or academics. A complimentary lunch will also be offered where further networking opportunities will take place. “Today’s job market is so competitive that young adults need to focus on preparing for a career while still in high school. The Village Church can respond to that need by leveraging the professional richness our congregation provides,” explained the Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, associate pastor. “(Faith and Work) is one of the 12 initiatives of the Village Church’s strategic plan to support and encourage God’s people in their day-to-day work to live out the power of the Gospel of Christ in all areas of life for a lifetime.” The July 30 career-building event will take place after church service beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.villagechurch.org.


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have had a very productive summer so far. Some might say I have just been eating, drinking, reading and sleeping, but that is not the whole story. I have been doing copious research, study and note taking. I am very close to nailing down the precise, best mix of root beer to ice cream for the perfect icecream float. It is a delicate balance that can fall swiftly one way or the other, ruining an otherwise lovely hot-weather treat. Mankind needs an answer. I also continue my ongoing work toward finding the perfect watermelon. It has called for trying and discarding any number of theories others claim are foolproof. The latest, telling you to look for a butter-yellow patch on it, failed me miserably. The faulty premise is determining just what butter yellow looks like. Some have green stripes in them. Others might be too beige. I’ve gone back to thumping and feeling like a silly person. The lower the thump, the riper the melon is a good rule of thumb. The challenge is that your lowest thump, in any bunch, may still not really be ripe. It’s just the lowest thump of the very unripe group. There is still much thumping to be done. I have also been engaged in determining the precise puffiness of a pillow, combined with the exact angle, to give my head the best support while I read. You have to factor in the thickness and angle of the book, divided by the size of the print. Or maybe multiplied by it. This


is where I tend to toss science and math aside and fly by the seat of my pants. There are hours of research and exploration left to be done, but I am just the lab rat to do it. My daughter has been key in mastering the art of the strawberry smoothie. It took dozens of trials to determine the proper balance of vanilla protein powder to milk to strawberries. It sprouted surprise results on how to get the strawberries mushed up just the right amount. This required shifting from sliced berries to quartered ones. This was a very exciting breakthrough in the kitchen lab and will be published, well, here. In other nearby labs, work continues on how much

lemon in iced tea and the number of tomato slices you can put on a sandwich without having them squirt out the sides. The final bit of scientific determination will go to deciding if I like or don’t like the look I get using the tinted moisturizer I accidently bought. Does it make me look sun-kissed or like a bad spray tan accident? Data is being gathered. Enjoy your summer leisure, my friends. My crew and I will continue slaving away to find the truly important answers. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is not afraid to make sacrifices in the name of summer science. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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