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JUNE 23, 2017
RSF board approves Gateway project
Weed abatement inspections underway
By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors voted 5-2 approving the two-story Gateway project in the Village. Directors Allen Finkelson and Janet Danola opposed the commercial project. The Gateway site will be at the existing gas station located on La Flecha. RSF Association building commissioner Tom Farrar explained to the board that a vote was required on the Gateway project due to bonus floor area ratio (FAR) and variance. The 27,017-square-foot project proposal was up for a consideration boost to a 28,875net size. Farrar said that Gateway was currently on a .59-acre site and the proposal was to expand it to
By Christina Macone-Greene
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Audrey Reynolds, founder and president of Saving Horses, Inc. with Beau, a 24-year-old retired thoroughbred that had 84 starts on the track. See story on page 7. Courtesy photo
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Hotel robot sparks excitement, criticism By Aaron Burgin
A new “employee” roaming the halls of the new Fairfield Inn and Suites in San Marcos is getting a lot of attention — for better or for worse. “Hubert” is a 2-foot-tall, stainless steel “relay robot” that looks like a trash receptacle, but it actually delivers items to guests’ rooms such as shampoo, drinks and towels. Hotel owners say that the bot has stolen the show at the hotel, as guests can be frequently seen snapping pictures or taking cell-phone videos of Hubert on its delivery runs. “It has been phenomenal, people are following it around, they are using it to see how it works and wanting to know how it gets to the rooms,” said Cameron Lamming, co-owner of RAR Hospitality, which owns and operates the hotel. “There are often two or three kids filming it with their cell phones and following it around.” Hubert is guided through the hotel by a series of sensors throughout the establishment. When the
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front desk gets a call, they log the request into the system, grab the item, put it into Hubert’s “head” compartment and program the room number into its system. The robot then rolls to the elevator and can call the elevator and the floor automatically. Once it is out, the robot rolls to the room and sends a call to the guest’s hotel phone alerting them of the robot’s arrival. Once the item has been delivered, Hubert returns to the front desk. “It’s efficient, it’s quick and spares the front desk a lot of time delivering sundries to the room and allows them to focus on arriving and departing guests,” Lamming said. Lamming said the robot is part of the company’s strategy to introduce automation into the hospitality industry, which has been slower to embrace the trend compared to other branches of the industry, such as restaurants and fast-food establishments. “Part of our core philosophy is to try to do things differently to create a different experience at
“Hubert” delivers items to guest rooms at a San Marcos hotel. Courtesy photo
each of our hotels,” Lamming said. “Our intent is not to change any of our operating structure, just to provide a higher level of service.” But hotel representatives in a recent news release said the ultimate goal with Hubert was to bring technological advantages to the hotel industry that could combat rising wages, a point that drew
ire from the union that represents restaurant and hotel workers in San Diego. “With recent minimum wage spikes, currently $11.50 in San Diego, hospitality professionals are beginning to determine ways to combat rising labor costs. This has TURN TO ROBOT ON 11
RANCHO SANTA FE — As fire season approaches with warmer summer temperatures, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District mailed off letters to those residing in the district with weed abatement instructions. While the letters raised awareness, they also highlighted helpful tips for vegetation management. More than 32,000 citizens reside within the fire district and serve the communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, 4S-Ranch, Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove. According to Julie Taber, public information officer of the RSF Fire Protection District, now is the right time to start discussing how residents should be making plans to clear back the brush in preparation for fire season. “Now that the letters have gone out, our fire inspectors can start looking at people’s properties,” Taber said. “If they see a problem, they’ll notify the homeowner and give them an opportunity to fix the problem.” Taber said that residents within the district have 15 business days to comply after the first notice. “Then we will go out and inspect it again,” she said. If the issue(s) remains the second notice is sent by regular mail with 10 more business days to resolve the vegetation problem. If necessary, a final notice is sent by certified mail within another 10 business day to comply. If the weed abatement has not been done at this time, then the fire district has the authority to force abate it. “Force abatement TURN TO FIRE ON 7
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CCA students screen IMAX documentaries By Bianca Kaplanek
REGION — Student filmmakers at Canyon Crest Academy screened two eight-minute documentaries they produced with a $5,000 grant the Carmel Valley high school received last year from the inaugural IMAX Big Picture In Focus program. “Change Is in the Water” and “Bee Conscious” were shown June 7 to family members, friends and faculty who nearly filled a theater at Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX. “We got to talk to people about it,” said Reed Martin, one of two students who worked on both projects. “They asked us questions about the films. It was fun to show off our work.” Canyon Crest was one of five schools nationwide selected to participate in the program, created to encourage students interested in filmmaking to develop movies that promote change. IMAX worked with the All American High School Film Festival to select the participants. Each school had to produce two documentaries that aligned with the United Nations Environment Programme’s sustainable development goals by focusing on climate action, life above water or life below water. Visual arts teacher
Canyon Crest Academy students recently screened two documentaries they created using a $5,000 grant the Carmel Valley school received last year from IMAX’s Big Picture In Focus program, created to encourage students interested in filmmaking to develop movies that promote environmental change. Courtesy photo
Mark Raines selected the students from his Envision Cinema Conservatory class based on past performance, quality of work, ability to meet deadlines and overall character. “Change Is in the Water” was created by mostly upper classmen Navin Bose, Ceren Fitoz, Gabriel Gaurano, Jayden Gillespie, Daria Miller, Kalani Newman, Skyler Stewart and Jackie Tullie. Reed and Noah Hecht were the only sophomores. They worked with Thomas Wade, Roberto Pino, Melanie An, Campbell Moore and Ryan Curcio to produce “Bee Conscious.” Each group pitched story ideas for the films and Raines made the final decision. Both ideas came from
Reed. “Change Is in the Water” is about handplanes, a device made from broken surfboards used for bodyboarding. Reed said he met local creator Ed Lewis a few years ago and thought it fit well with the required theme. Because it was his idea and he had most of the connections, he was given the role of producer despite being one of the youngest members of the team. “It was kind of daunting at first but the seniors helped,” he said. “I would have liked to have taken more of a backseat in that one and just observed the seniors because we have some very skilled people here.”
His inspiration for “Bee Conscious,” which illustrates the role of the honeybee in sustaining human life, came when his real estate father had to have a hive removed from a property. The students said challenges including meeting deadlines, finding and scheduling the right people to interview and working among the elements. “We got turned down a lot,” Reed said, partly because they were students. But school and work conflicts also made scheduling and conducting interviews difficult. For Reed and Noah, getting footage for “Change Is in the Water” was also challenging because that film was due in January, so
they had to shoot for two or three hours at a time on the ocean in winter. “And working with bees I got stung a lot trying to get close-up shots,” Noah said. “We also learned how to work with a bigger group of people,” he added. “You would think more people might make the job seem easier but to get it all coordinated and everyone on the same page is hard to do. “There were times we were disconnected,” he said. “Once we started working together everything flowed much better. I can take away some leadership skills from this.” Many of the students had limited experience making documentaries. Raines said it is one of the hardest things to teach teenagers. “Part of it is you get so much information and you have to form a story out of that,” he said. “With a narrative you create the story and write and shoot what you’ve written and designed. Documentaries are almost backward to them.” “A documentary is very straightforward,” Melanie said. “It was something I always wanted to do and I’m glad I was exposed to the format and style. “You’re trying to convey someone else’s story on a broader topic,” she added. “A narrative is more in your head and brought to life. There are challenges with
both.” Raines said the films were two of the toughest projects he’s helped students develop. “The deadlines were fast-paced and we were involved in so many other productions we were committed to when this opportunity came our way,” he said. “That doubled or tripled our load this year with the same amount of people. “It was stressful for me and stressful for the kids but it was totally worth it,” he added. “It gave them such a real-world experience. We already try to create a very real world environment in our classes but this stepped it up another notch because there was this outside entity checking their work at every part of the process, telling them what needed to be changed. “And all those changes had to be made,” Raines said. “These were non-negotiable, must-do changes coming from the organization that funded these projects.” Raines said he used the grant money to buy equipment that will benefit his program long term. The documentaries will be screened at the All American High School Film Festival in New York this fall. They can be viewed at IMAX.com and will be shown as trailers during full-length IMAX movies in theaters.
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JUNE 23, 2017
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Money-saving Prop. 103 beats back another challenge California focus By Thomas D. Elias
Make SDG&E compete, like other businesses do By Craig Levitt
As a business owner, day in and day out I strive to provide the best service and the best product at the lowest possible price. My customers could easily go elsewhere, so it’s the competition from other businesses that pushes me to improve. And that’s the way it should be. Competition helps both businesses and customers. But there is no competition in our region’s monopolistic electricity system. Businesses, and their customers alike, don’t have a choice about who provides their electricity. Solar energy panels, wind turbines depicted at sunset. Courtesy image Because of that, the busi SDG&E, on the other ness community is eager for print for my businesses is a change. Businesses have to also very important. Climate hand, ignored clean energy compete, so should SDG&E. change will have increasing- options and pushed two new Across California, near- ly harsh effects on coastal fossil fuel power plants on ly 70 cities have tossed out communities like ours, so us, including the Carlsbad the status quo and offer their I don’t want the energy my gas plant. The two power businesses, schools, and res- shops use to be drawn from plants will cost all of us close idents a choice. It’s called sources that drive sea-lev- to $4 billion. Owning and Community Choice Energy, el rise and its associated running a business is chala non-profit electricity pro- flooding and coastal erosion. lenging, and SDG&E is makvider that a city or group of What’s more, I worry about ing a difficult line of work cities can create to gain con- how the energy I use is af- even harder. Oceanside, Carlsbad, trol over their energy sourc- fecting community health, es and the rates paid for such as the quality of the air Encinitas, and Del Mar are in discussions about the that energy. And it’s truly a we all breathe. Community Choice pro- possibility of establishing a choice: Customers may easily opt out before or after it viders in California have Community Choice provider is operational and return to been beating the monopolies together. The next move is their old monopoly provider. by 5 percent to 20 percent for them to jointly conduct Businesses are enjoying on clean energy content and a technical study, which, it’s many advantages with Com- offer their customers better important to state, would munity Choice. First, there rooftop solar programs. And not obligate them to go all is rate competition that did customers who want a 100 the way with this. The Del not exist before. SDG&E rate percent clean energy plan Mar City Council said ‘yes’ hikes are pushing some busi- are able to get it for a small to the study and Encinitas nesses to the edge. Second, additional charge. Commu- is ready to participate. The rates are set annually, bring- nity Choice has the power Oceanside and Carlsbad city ing predictability to budget- to prioritize local clean en- councils are question marks ing. Third, decisions about ergy options such as energy at this time. Our city leadrates and energy sources are efficiency programs, rooftop ers should not be content to made in public meetings by solar, and energy storage. leave us out here competing local elected officials who These are an investment in hard every single day while can be held accountable. our communities, which help SDG&E enjoys guaranteed This is in stark contrast to businesses like mine save profits and zero competition. SDG&E’s closed boardroom money while creating good I am calling on them to place and the unelected commis- paying jobs in a fast-grow- the interests of local busisioners of the California ing industry that serves the nesses first by joining the Public Utilities Commission common good. This is what I study. who have a poor track record expect a future Community Choice provider to accomCraig Levitt is the owner of looking out for us. of Poor Boy Subs in Carlsbad. To me, a greener foot- plish.
The 1988 Proposition 103 has saved California consumers more than $100 billion in excessive auto insurance premiums since voters passed it by a slim 51-49 percent margin, probably the reason for an unrelenting legal onslaught by the insurance industry. No one has calculated the accompanying savings in prices for homeowners insurance and other property coverage, but they’ve also been substantial. The brainchild of longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader and his onetime California protégé Harvey Rosenfield, Proposition 103 is the rare initiative that keeps living up to its original promise — saving consumers and businesses about 20 percent of what they would otherwise spend on car insurance and property coverage. It consistently makes reality of the pledge that spurred insurance companies to spend $63 million trying to beat it at the polls. The latest corporate challenge to this most money-saving of all ballot initiatives ever passed anywhere in America was beaten back the other day by Rosenfield and a three-judge panel of Sacramento’s Third District state Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court. In this latest case, the state’s high court let stand a Court of Appeals decision rebuffing the latest legal assault by industry kingpins including State Farm, Mercury, Allstate, Farmers and other insurance companies seeking to raise rates significantly above what Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones had ruled justifiable. So laughable did judges find the industry arguments for their putative price increases that the three-judge appeals court panel considering the case called it “hocus pocus” and “smoke and mirrors — nothing more.” The companies sought about $250 million more than Jones allowed. His authority to oversee such rate increases also comes entirely from Proposition 103. “This latest challenge to 103 came after the state Supreme Court two other times upheld 103 and its rules for rate approvals,” said Rosenfield, who continues to fight the challenges every time they arise. The decisions, he noted, were unanimous, some issued at times when Republicans held the court majority. But the industry never seems to give
up its thus-far forlorn hope of going back to the higher-premium days before passage of 103. Before then, too, insurance commissioners were appointed by the governor, not elected. The latest case actually began in 2009, when Mercury Casualty tried to raise rates by 8 percent. That increase would have included compensation to the company for both non-insurance related advertising expenses and reimbursement for almost $1 million in political contributions and lobbying expenses. These are categories regulated companies almost always must pay from their profits. Instead of getting an increase, the case resulted in Jones imposing a 5.4 percent decrease in Mercury homeowner’s rates. Furious, Mercury sued in a Sacramento County court, arguing it should be allowed to charge whatever its executives say it needs. The firm claimed 103 deprives it both of the right to free speech and the right to make whatever profit it deems fair. So far, those contentions have not flown in any court. But even as the state’s high court was dismissing those claims for at least the third time, Mercury’s allies in the Association of California Insurance Companies and three other industry groups were filing a similar case in San Diego. Mercury also seeks in an Orange County case to avoid a $27 million fine for overcharging customers. “The insurance industry is inundating the courts with a continuous barrage of frivolous lawsuits,” said Rosenfield. “They’re trying to win from the courts what they lost at the ballot box almost 30 years ago.” He added that “Prop. 103 was a populist revolt that worked. It has delivered much more money back to people than anyone could have predicted back in 1988.” Along with the 1978 Proposition 13 and its limits on property tax increases, Proposition 103 is a strong factor making California affordable when its income, sales and business taxes are among the nation’s highest. That’s why preserving this law against insurance company attacks is vital to the lifestyles of millions of people in this state, even if many of them have never heard of it. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is email@example.com
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JUNE 23, 2017
Board gets SDG&E update By Christina Macone-Greene
Renderings show the front, left, and back views of the proposed Gateway project. Courtesy renderings
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.62 acres. The project would contain three levels of subterranean parking with 138 spaces with provisions for a 5,000-square-foot market. An estimated timeframe to complete the underground parking was 18 to 19 months. The RSF Association board ultimately approved FAR because it met three of the four regulatory codes of the Association. Farrar noted that although the Gateway did surpass one story, it did meet the architecture standards of Lilian Rice with its Spanish colonial design with stucco and tile roof characteristics. He also told the board that the design and architecture with wrought iron and distressed wooden doors harmonized with many buildings within the
RSF Village along with the historic character of the community. Another regulatory code addressed was that the project could not have less than 10 percent dedicated toward courtyards. Farrar pointed out that the Gateway project attributed for 13 percent. “The main courtyard is in the center of this project,” he said, adding that the building focus was on the courtyard. Lastly, a minimum of 25 percent of the regulatory guidelines was for retail on the lower floor, and the Gateway project exceeded this number by having 36 percent. Farrar also shared that the variance would not in any manner vary the provisions of the governing documents. In regard to bringing in a new market, Farrar
shared that he believed that Landrock Development worked out a good solution. Candidly, Finkelson shared that he was going to vote against the project, noting that he spent a lot of time thinking about it. “I respect their (developer) intentions and their good faith in attempting to put in a market, but I believe this is a bad business deal,” he said. “The CDRC recommended that the board require a minimum of 5,000 square feet for a market and that is what various PR pieces have led you to believe that is what the Association is getting.” Finkelson said this was quite the contrary. “The deal we are voting on obligates the developer only to use his ‘commercially reasonable best efforts’ to lease 5,000 square feet to a grocer on a
five-year lease,” he said. Finkelson shared that the definition of “commercially reasonable best efforts” was not spelled out. Finkelson said he believed it may mean a long and expensive litigation. Another issue Finkelson had was the six-month cut-off period to find a grocer. If after six months one could not be located, then the market space could be deemed retail. Danola said she was going to vote no for the very same reasons. Director Rick Sapp called Gateway a complex project and the largest in the Village. He also added that no deals are ever perfect and that the community should appreciate the fact that the developers would be looking for a market. And if one is found, the community has an obligation to support a market
and make it a success. “The burden has to fall on both parties,” he said. “It’s worth taking a shot.” Fernando Landa of Landrock Development was on hand for comments. While he could not guarantee that a market would come to the Ranch, he said, he would guarantee that they would use their best efforts to try to get one. Director Mike Licosati shared that the developer was taking a significant risk in keeping a potential market space vacant for the first six months while trying to recruit a grocer. He believed it served as a high incentive to locate one. Landa agreed that 25 percent of their project may sit vacant for six months. “It poses a risk, but we are willing to take it,” Landa said.
Council OKs three temporary horse sculptures By Bianca Kaplanek DEL MAR — The Breeders’ Cup is coming to the Del Mar Racetrack for the first time in November, but a team of related horses will be arriving a little sooner. The city will be home to at least four life-sized sculptures of the equine that sits atop the winner’s trophy, and one will become a permanent part of Del Mar’s public art collection. Council members at the June 5 meeting approved permits for three statues that are part of the Art of the Horse program, created to generate enthusiasm for the Breeders’ Cup. The trophy features a bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580s. Fiberglass Torrie horses, standing 7 feet high at the head and 7 feet long, are being decorated by artists and will be displayed throughout the county beginning next month. The cost is $7,500 to sponsor a horse, which will be auctioned off during a dinner that will be held as part of a Breeders’ Cup festival, a weeklong celebration leading up to the Nov. 3-4 event. Proceeds will benefit community events surrounding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and local charities. The Del Mar Village
A fiberglass Torrie horse, standing 7 feet high at the head and 7 feet long, will be temporarily located at Seagrove Park in Del Mar, although the orientation will be slightly different than what is depicted here. The sculpture will be removed one week after the Breeders’ Cup in November. Courtesy rendering
Association is sponsoring one sculpture that will be placed at the southwest corner of 15th Street and Camino del Mar in front of Americana Restaurant. Should the DMVA be successful in its current effort to sponsor a second horse, it would be located across the intersection on the southeast corner of 15th and Camino del Mar just north of the Tasting Room Del Mar kiosk building. The Public Works Department reviewed both locations and deemed them safe, with sufficient room for pedestrians to pass by. For $15,000 sponsors can pull their sculpture from the auction and do-
nate it, which is what Del Mar attorney Bing Bush Jr. did. The horse is being decorated by Cheryl Pelly with real silver and 24-karat gold composite leaf that, according to the artist, represents the “shimmering, golden-hued California coast at sunrise and sunset, with the silvery coolness of the ocean in silver and the warmth of the sun in gold.” It will be temporarily placed in the planter area just south of the sign at Seagrove Park. That location was selected “after extensive evaluation of potential alternatives,” the staff report states. The spot is prominently located in the communi-
ty, large enough to accommodate the horse and base and adjacent to a street, which makes installation easier. That location also will not disrupt lighting conduit or irrigation or impact useable park space. Additionally, plants surrounding the 6-by-3foot base of the sculpture will create a deterrent for climbing, although signage will also be used to help prevent climbing on all the sculptures. Notices were sent to residents who live within 300 feet of the three sculptures that required city approval. No objections were submitted in response. After discussing the
Art of the Horse program at two meetings, the Parks and Recreation Committee approved Seagrove Park as a “very temporary” location only, Mayor Terry Sinnott said. City staff is currently looking for a permanent home for the piece. Council members agreed it should be removed a week after the Breeders’ Cup is over. Two other temporary sculptures will be located at L’Auberge Del Mar near the driveway on Camino del Mar and at Del Mar Plaza, on the street level between the stairs and Smashburger. Neither one required city approval because they will be on private property.
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s board of directors listened to a brief presentation on the infrastructure update by SDG&E. Board members had questions and requests following the June 1 presentation. Addie Woodward, public affairs manager for SDG&E, said a letter went out in November 2016 to Rancho Santa Fe residents regarding how the utility company wanted to modernize the existing equipment for more reliable service. Woodward and other representatives of SDG&E were on hand during the presentation explaining different phases of the project. According to Woodward, a new masonry control shelter, which will be placed next to the existing one, was slated for the first phase. A start date was scheduled for July 2017 with a completion of December 2017. Also in this timeframe, they were working on the redistribution lines. Phase two of the project, scheduled for January 2018 with an end date of November 2018, is upgrading lines and upgrading 120 wood poles to steel to fire-harden them. “The new steel poles are reddish in color and about the same height,” Woodward said. “Another project in the design phase is reconductor work, but not until the beginning of next year.” Woodward said that SDG&E has been in contact with the Association’s building commissioner, Tom Farrar, and providing him with updates. The board first addressed the control shelter and whether there were any plans to help mask it. Woodward indicated that landscaping had certain limitations. President Fred Wasserman wanted to know why the current project had no plans to underground the poles. The representatives for SDG&E indicated that undergrounding the poles would cost three to four times more than to replace them overhead. Also noted was that overhead poles could be repaired more quickly rather than underground. Director Rick Sapp wanted SDG&E representatives to know that he thought Rancho Santa Fe should have their requests listened to and not overlooked because they were a rural area. “All for one and one for all,” Sapp said. “We should get some consideration.” President Wasserman pointed out that the upgrades were a critical issue, particularly the poles which were leaning on the main thoroughfares. He also requested that SDG&E representatives return and meet with Farrar and RSF Association Manager Bob Hall. “We appreciate that you visited with us,” Wasserman said.
JUNE 23, 2017
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Traffic Commission takes on bicycle safety By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — It has been nearly a year since an unidentified motorist struck John Abate from behind on his bicycle on Leucadia Boulevard and nearly ended his life. Since his near-fatal experience, the city has taken steps to improve cyclist safety along the street by painting a protected bicycle lane along a 1.8-mile stretch of the road between Quail Gardens Drive and El Camino Real. On June 12, Abate stood before the Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission, which was poised to take another action to improve cyclist safety along that stretch of road — the installation of rumble strips in the 2-foot buffer area between the bike lane and the roadway. “What has already occurred is a step in the right direction,” Abate said. Regarding rumble strips, Abate opined that the hit-and-run driver might not have hit him if she had rolled on the strip, a series of small divot lines in the road that alert motorists to pull back into the driving lane. “If he or she had have drifted into the lane and heard the strips, maybe I would have had a different outcome,” Abate said. The Traffic and Public Safety Commission unanimously approved the installation of rumble strips between Quail Gardens Drive and just short of El Camino Real, but also signaled that they are poised to take on the issue of cyclist safety from a citywide perspective. This was music to the ears of cyclists in attendance, who urged the commission to continue to pursue the goal and not drop it. “We want to emphasize the follow through,” said Jessica Cera, a professional cyclist and friend of Abate. While the vote was unanimous, both staff and some commissioners had reservations with the rumble strips, namely whether they would be a hazard to cyclists attempting to pass other cyclists in the 6-foot-wide bike lane. As part of the commission’s approval, they committed to following up on the effectiveness of the measures in six months. The commission also said the measures should not stop with rumble strips and they should look at a comprehensive citywide bicycle safety plan that includes other concepts ranging from painted bike lanes to physical barriers.
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A photo from the Witch Creek fire of 2007 highlights the importance of weed abatement. Photo courtesy Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District
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means that we will have a hired third-party contractor to come out and take care of the problem for them (resident),” Taber said. “And then we will bill them (resident) for that service or put a lien on their taxes.” Taber went on to say that the fire district does work with residents during the entire process. “If they have concerns or believe they are going to have difficulty complying within the given timeframe they should contact the fire district and speak with one of our fire prevention officers,” she said. Taber was quick to point out that weed abatement efforts are to keep everyone safe. It’s more than just an individual issue — it’s about the community where everyone does their part. “So if there is a wildfire, that defensible space makes it easier for the firefighters to get in there, do their job and protect properties,” she said. “It slows the rate of the fire and makes it less likely that a fire will get out of control. Of course, we can’t always promise or guarantee that, but it definitely makes our job easier for protecting everybody’s property and also life.” Taber shared that the impetus of the letter was to give residents a heads up that inspections are underway to help catch problems early on. Inspectors are also viewing properties in situations where there have been complaints. While Taber is unaware of any specific complaints, she did point out that if a homeowner has a concern for another property, they can contact the RSF Fire Protection District. A call like this can be valuable, particularly in cases where inspectors cannot get a clear view of a given property from the roadside. “We also wanted to stress the importance of making sure that they are doing the weed abatement at a correct and safe time,” said Taber, noting the letters that were mailed off. “We recommend doing it before 10 a.m. especially on hot days and windy days. Make
FIREWORKS SAFETY RANCHO SANTA FE –With the 4th of July just a few days away, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District would like to remind everyone that fireworks, an exciting and t rad it iona l part of our Independence Day celebrations, are best left to the experts. Aside from professional displays, ALL fireworks are illegal in San Diego County. This includes, but is not limited to, firecrackers, torpedoes, sky-rockets, Roman candles, sparklers, snap caps, poppers, and sky lanterns. Legal firework shows done by professional pyrotechnicians can be viewed throughout San Diego County. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks in 2011. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in property damage. In addition to those fire injuries, thousands of people, including children and teens, are injured every year while using consumer fireworks. Even something as “harmless” as a sparkler, which burns at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause critical injuries and pose a serious fire hazard. Fireworks in unmarked paper sure that you have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water handy just in case there is a problem as well as a cell phone so that you can call for help immediately.” When it comes to weed whackers, Taber wants residents to utilize string instead of metal blades. If a metal blade hits a rock, it can cause a spark. “Make sure that all equipment has a spark arrestor as well,” she said, adding that it’s also important to double check on
most likely are homemade fireworks and can have flash powder on the fuse. Fireworks that have gotten damp or wet are unstable and shock sensitive and can go off at any time. Due to the high risk of injury and fire presented by these items, especially with the current drought conditions and dry brush, possessing fireworks in San Diego County is a misdemeanor. In addition, any individual who starts a fire through the use of illegal fireworks may be required to pay for the firefighting efforts. By leaving the fireworks up to the professionals, we can all enjoy a happy and safe 4th of July. The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To serve the public through the protection of life, environment and property from fire and other emergencies through prevention, preparedness, education, and response.” Formed in 1946, the Fire District now spans approximately 50-square miles and protects over 32,000 citizens. The Fire District currently operates out of six fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, 4S-Ranch, Elfin Forest, and Harmony Grove. equipment recalls. Taber said she wants residents to know that fire inspectors are on hand to walk around the outside perimeters of a residence and provide a helpful “to do” list. “We can definitely take a look and help residents figure out what needs to be thinned out, what needs to be cut back and what can stay,” she said. For more information, the RSF Fire Protection District can be reached at (858) 756-5971.
ENCINITAS — When rescue horses are provided a second chance by taking part in equine-assisted therapy, everybody wins. Headquartered in Encinitas, the nonprofit Saving Horses, Inc. (SHI) is gearing up for its upcoming trifecta fundraiser of yoga, relaxation and meditation workshop. The cost is a $50 donation and lunch will be provided at the June 25 event. “We find that yoga and being around horses seems to go hand in hand in that it’s very therapeutic,” said Audrey Reynolds, founder and president of SHI. “It’s good for the soul.” This marks the third consecutive year that SHI is offering a yoga workshop. Yoga master Jane Fijak from Orange County will be navigating the experience. Reynolds wants people to know that Fijak is donating her services for the day. Reynolds mentioned that those who regularly do yoga would find it refreshing to learn Fijak’s poses and techniques. Following the workshop, participants will enjoy their lunch and then make a beeline to visit with the horses. SHI has been in existence for the past 10 years and has rescued horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect. “We’ve rescued over 100 horses, and many of them have been rehabilitated and re-homed with an adoption contract.” Reynolds said. “The last couple of years we’ve been concentrating more on just taking care of the horses that we have because we did accumulate quite a few horses in the
sanctuary over the years that were not adoptable. We now are caring for 10 sanctuary horses, and are focusing more on using these horses to benefit humans.” Equine assistance therapy programs, which help heal humans, take place at the ranch in Encinitas. By way of grants, more opportunities are being afforded to those in need. Reynolds shared that some of the grants assist those within the community who are either underprivileged or are victims of trauma. “We partnered with a group called Generate Hope, and they rehabilitate women who have been rescued from sex trafficking,” she said. “We have been able to offer them counseling with a grant from The Country Friends in Rancho Santa Fe.” Reynolds shared that The Country Friends grant enabled SHI to launch this pilot program. Additionally, SHI offers therapeutic riding for children with autism. “We started that program again just a couple of months ago, and we have our first student who is making amazing strides,” Reynolds shared. Twice a week, another unique program offered is for special need adults from an organization named Community Interface Services (CIS). Monies raised for the upcoming fundraiser will go toward the programs and efforts of SHI. To learn more about this event, volunteer opportunities or other ways to support Saving Horses, Inc. call (619)247-7237, email email@example.com or visit SavingHorsesInc.com.
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‘No scar’ hair restoration technology OCEANSIDE — Hair transplants have come a long way in the last seven or so years. What was once only available as a moderately invasive procedure, which would leave a long linear scar, is now also offered in a vastly improved way. “We offer a relatively new procedure called the FUE hair transplant, and among its notable beneﬁts are that it is minimally invasive and there is no scar,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD said. The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure is not as widely available as the traditional Follicular Unit Grafting method, and Wagner is proud to be able to offer it to North County clients. “While both methods produce natural looking results, with FUE, our team in particular has a more artistic approach than some of
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KEEP WATER POLO AFLOAT San Dieguito High School Academy Boys Water Polo is teaming up with Chipotle for a fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 28 at the Encinitas Chipotle, 268 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Just tell the cashier you are supporting the cause, and Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the team. FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL Join the Family Fun Festival held on two Saturdays, from noon to 3 p.m. June 23 and June 30 at the Flower Hill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Face-painting, petting zoo and more. LIVING LIFE The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting two speakers starting at 1 p.m. June 23, 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 lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. GOP WOMEN Make reservations now to join Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated as they host former Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Missakian at 11:30 a.m. June 28 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. Present a $25 check payable to Lomas Santa Fe Country Club at sign-in desk. Reservations for lunch at firstname.lastname@example.org or delmarseacoastrwf. org/
FIND YOUR FAMIGLIA The Italian Genealogy Society of San Diego meets at noon June 24, at Borrelli’s Italian Restaurant, 285 N. El
The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedure is not as widely available as the traditional Follicular Unit Grafting method, and Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside, is proud to be able to offer it to North County clients. Courtesy photos
the other ofﬁces that might offer it,” Wagner said. While the FUE procedure can be done via robot or computer, it can also be performed by highly skilled surgeons, which is the difference between MyHairTransplantMD and its competitors. “The human eye can see things that a computer or robot can’t,” Wagner said. “We do the artistic side of the procedure. We found
that advanced technology is amazing, but in the wrong hands it yields bad results. What we do is more effective from a re-sults perspective.” The ﬁrst step in the FUE technique is to remove follicles from the donor area. The hairs are extracted in their naturally occurring one-, two-, three- and four-hair follicle units from ar-eas of the scalp that are resistant to balding. They
are then transplanted into tiny incisions in the balding areas. “This is essentially the ‘one hair at a time’ method,” Wagner said. “The hairs are extracted the same way they grow, in naturally occurring clusters.” This is in contrast to FUG, in which donor harvesting is extracted from a strip. The FUG, as a result, has a longer 14 to 30-day re-
Camino Real, Encinitas. The group hosts a professional speaker who will provide tips for researching Italian heritage, culture and history. Cost is $15 for lunch & speaker fees. Register at (619) 3259671. CANCER SURVIVOR CELEBRATION Scripps Health will host a free public celebration for local cancer survivors, families, friends and the community at large from 10 a.m. to noon June 24 at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, 354 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. The event is part of Scripps’ 26th annual observance of National Cancer Survivors Day. The program is open to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received. LITERARY FAIR Brit Bennett will discuss her novel, “The Mothers” at the sixth annual Write On, Oceanside! Literary Fair at
3 p.m. June 24, at the Civic Center community room, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Her talk is the finale to the fair, which celebrates local authors with free events June 22 to June 24. For more information see ocaf.info/woo/. REMEMBERING 9/11 From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24, The Remembrance Rescue Project, a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteer firefighters, will display one of the two remaining rescue vehicles (Rescue 5) that responded to the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 along with many other historical items at Sunrise La Costa, 7020 Manzanita St., Carlsbad. Firefighters will be available to answer questions and discuss in detail the events of 9/11, rescue and recovery efforts. COLLEGE PLANNER Jim Lundgren will present workshops on Summer Col-
lege Prep To-Dos at 1 p.m. June 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, email email@example.com. VBS IN THE RANCH Register now for Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, Deep Sea Discovery Vacation Bible Study program, from 9 a.m. to noon June 26 through June 30. It is leveled for both middle school and children 4 years old by Sept. 1, through entering fifth grade this fall. Lunch will be served to all families at noon each day. Cost for elementary school level is $90 per student. Middle School VBS, $100. Register at villagechurch.org/ vacation-bible-school, then click on Middle School VBS 2017.ianw@villagechurch. org, ext.121. SUMMER FESTIVAL Local musicians will play for “Summer Fun on the 101:
covery time. The extracted hairs are then examined to assess their integrity and suitability for transplantation. “These grafts are then meticulously placed at the correct angle, direction and pattern of your original hair,” Wagner said. “This allows enough blood to nourish every hair during the brief ﬁve to seven-day healing process. Then the donor area is dressed with an antibiotic ointment. There are no sutures, and no bandages.” Although because of the intense skill and labor involved FUE is nearly twice the cost of FUG — $7 to $9 per graft range vs. $3 to $5 — there are a number of reasons why so many clients ﬁnd it’s worth it. “Not only will there be no linear scar, no sutures and no post-op pain, we are also not limited by the size of the case,” Wagner said.
“In fact large cases are our specialty. We are only limited by low donor density and whether there are prior hair transplant scars.” Another advantage to FUE is that the recovery is much quicker. Additionally, it’s ideal for clients who prefer to wear their hair short and would feel prohibited by having a large linear scar. “The tiny circular marks where the donor hairs have been extracted are usually undetectable,” Wagner said. If you have been considering hair restoration and want to learn more, visit myhairtransplantmd.com or call (800) 262-2017 for clear procedure pricing, more testimonials, and a complete comparison be-tween FUE and FUG methods of hair transplantation. The ofﬁce is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside.
Leucadia’s Music Festival” from noon until 7:30 p.m. June 24 at Leucadia Roadside Park, 860 N. Coast Highway 101 plus a craft beer garden at 914 N. Coast Highway 101. There will be art activities for kids. For more information, call (760) 436-2320.
through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. Timothy Catholic Church and lunch at Vintana Restaurant in Escondido June 25 and do Happy hour and dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Oceanside June on 29. Reservations are necessary at (858) 6744324.
OHS ‘ALL CLASS’ REUNION An Oceanside High School “All Class” Reunion is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25 at Heritage Park, 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside. Cost: $1 per person which goes to the Oceanside High School Foundation/Alumni Association. For more information, call 760) 721-6515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships
FUN AT THE HERITAGE Families Make History: Art Rocks lets you travel back in time and celebrate the Native-American rock art of the San Dieguito area. During the month of June, every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, you can paint and decorate small rocks, gathered from local beaches, using colors and designs where ever your creativity leads. For more information, call (760) 632-9711.
Torrey Pines High School honored its outstanding athletes June 7, including 53 recipients of the scholar athlete Next Level award, including, from left, Blake Richards-Smith, Nick Zimmer, Tyler Helfrich, Yu Jay Kurosu, Reagan Sherlock, Taylor Scornavacco, Michael Gadnis, Brynn Frolich, Natasha Rosenthal, Jackson Baere, Jake Gilliam, Haydn Helfrich, Marisa Kuberra, Kaiwen Liu, Ethan Esposito, Arman Saadatkhah, Evan Pascoe, Meghan Voss, Jacob Brumm, Alex Rushin and Ian Slack. Courtesy photo
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Team Godfather reaches million-dollar mark By Bianca Kaplanek
REGION — A nonprofit organization founded by a Carlsbad man to raise money to help find a cure for the disease that eventually took his life recently reached its fundraising goal and is using the milestone to “close the shop on a high.” Team Godfather Charitable Foundation, created in 2010, set out to raise $1 million in seven years to help fund research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group also sought to increase awareness of the disease and provide support for anyone dealing with it. “And we had to have fun in the process,” said Mike Ramirez, who passed away in 2012, about two-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with ALS. Since its inception, Team Godfather has held a variety of events, starting with Groovin’ with Godfather … for a Cause You Can’t Refuse, a concert and silent auction held three times at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. There were also four golf tournaments, a dinner party and five Bike 4 Mike coastal community bicycle tours that began and ended at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The fifth and final ride this past March took in a record $94,534, bringing the
total fundraising amount to $1,010,510 and surpassing the goal set by Ramirez. “Everyone felt like it was an appropriate time to end,” board member Greg Sacks said. “Mike’s wife, Maureen, and his son, Mike, were still on the board. It was a constant reminder to them of what they had been through. They were both ready to move on.” ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. It causes a loss of muscle strength and coordination that eventually gets worse. ALS affects approximately one out of every 100,000 people. In about 10 percent of the cases, ALS is caused by a genetic defect. Otherwise there is no known cause or cure. Not long after Ramirez was diagnosed in 2009 he decided he wasn’t going to be the poster boy for the disease. “I knew my kids were watching,” he said. “I would hate to see them watch me pack it in and give up. It’s never been part of me to give up. Everybody has curve balls thrown at them. How you respond marks your character.” To that end, Ramirez spent time traveling, enjoying family and friends and creating Team Godfather. “The doctors said I have maybe two years to live,”
Ramirez said in a 2010 interview. “They didn’t say I have two years to die.” The foundation name came from a nickname he acquired from his poker buddies and has nothing to do with “The Godfather” movies. In addition to making regular donations to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, Team Godfather awarded scholarships to about 10 high school seniors who planned to pursue a science-related field in college and provided financial and other support for local ALS patients and their families. Team Godfather’s website will remain active for those who want to make a donation, which will be directed to the Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit research organization that focuses on finding a treatment and cure. “We’re proud of our accomplishments,” Sacks said. “There is still no treatment or cure but progress has been made. We wish we could have done more. “We also realized what a remarkable community we live in,” he added. “Everyone came together on behalf of Mike and his family. This was his vision and he would be proud of how we stuck with it. And we did keep our promise to keep the fun in fundraising. Every single one of our events was a blast.”
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Test reminds all about dangers of hot cars ENCINITAS — On a hot day, a quick stop at a convenience store can be deadly for a dog, child, elderly person or others with medical issues. Rancho Coastal Humane Society spokesman John Van Zante demonstrated that danger when he locked himself in a closed vehicle again this year June 15 to illustrate the effect. Van Zante said, “High temperatures can be hazardous or even deadly. Common sense can save a life. The temperature in a closed vehicle can rise as much as 30 degrees in less than five minutes. In the time it takes to go into a store and buy a loaf of bread, the temperature in your vehicle can go from comfortable to deadly.” “Most of us know that it gets really hot in a closed vehicle,” Van Zante said. “It’s a case of the temperature rising much higher and much faster that we realize.” Owners don’t always recognize the symptoms that their pets or family members are overheating. The longer they wait the higher the risk of organ damage or death. Dogs don’t sweat. They pant. When they can’t pant fast enough, and when the air
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SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach is in the process of designing a skatepark in the northwest corner of La Colonia Park to meet the needs of all levels of skaters in the community. Two public workshops have already been held to solicit input from the community and fundraising efforts are also underway. At this point, two concept designs have been developed. These concept designs can be viewed on the designer's website or through the link located on the city's homepage.The website with the design concepts also includes an area for comments. To meet the needs of all potential skatepark users, the city requests your input. Please review the concept designs and provide your comments so they can make this the best skatepark possible. Visit sitedesigngroup.com/la-colonia to view the skatepark conceptual drawings and submit your input and comments. If you have any questions, contact the Solana Beach Engineering Department at (858) 720-2470. The Solana Beach Skatepark Fund was established by community residents to provide funding for a skatepark at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible. The city of Solana Beach is actively pursuing the construction of this skatepark at La Colonia Park. The City Council has dedicated $300,000 to begin the process with the hope that construction can begin later this year. As part of the process, the city, along with its consultants VanDyke Landscape Architects and Site Design Group, Inc., have held public workshops to gather community input on the final design of the skatepark. A group of community volunteers has set up a private donation fund to assist with raising money needed to complete the design and construction. The city and community group are working together to organize upcoming events to seek additional feedback from the community and to raise funds for the project. For more information, or to make a donation, visit coastalfoundation.org.
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forced many restaurant and hospitality professionals to get creative to reduce costs to avoid raising costs too high,” according to the news release. “Currently, we are seeing more technology in these establishments with new devices such as computers that will take your fast food order, iPads that request drink refills and close tabs and self-service beer and wine taps. RAR wanted to bring this to San Diego’s hotel industry, and what better way than with a human-like robot who doesn’t call in sick or take a day off.” Brigette Browning, the president of the San Diego County Hotel and Food Service Workers Union, called the news release offensive to workers who could be displaced with the rise in automation. “It’s very offensive that a hotel would be celebrating replacing human capital with robots,” Browning said. “I thought that it was a very obvious marketing strategy by the hotel, ‘Hey, we are getting rid of jobs and replacing them with robots, don’t you think we are awesome?’” According to Browning, San Diego’s hospitality industry has already been strained post-9/11, when more than 700 of the union’s 3,000 workers lost jobs as the industry made deep cuts. Many of those jobs haven’t returned, as hotels have eliminated room service, lunch and dinner menus and mini-bars, Browning said. She said that other forms of automation have already had an impact on the industry: some hotels are using apps that allow you to use your phone in lieu of a physical room key.
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and busboys at McDonalds, and you had to go into the bank to get cash,” Winston said. “But as labor costs go up, people and businesses seek advantages to reduce that.” Winston said that he doesn’t think automation or robots will ever fully replace jobs at hotels. Housekeeping, maintenance and front desk jobs are jobs that might be too sophisticated for robots. But they could augment and compliment their human counterparts, and in some areas replace them if it helps a hotel to remain in the black. “I think there will be downward pressure on staffing levels because it gets more and more cost-effective to use automation,” Winston said. “If you can save $20,000 annually by buying a $20,000 robot once, for a hotel owner, it’s not rocket science.”
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Families and couples at Conestoga Ranch in northeastern Utah can camp in custom-made wagons that sleep two to six people. They are furnished with king, queen and bunk beds, some have heaters and air-conditioners, and the wagons can be positioned to accommodate groups. Photos by Jerry Ondash
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onestoga wagons with queensized beds, heating and air-conditioning? The pioneers would scoff at such luxuries — or maybe not. Had they lived about 200 years later, they might have enjoyed oversized beds, luxury linens, indoor plumbing and someone to build their campfires. Sounds rather glamourous and it is — and that’s why they call it “glamping” — and that’s what you’ll get at Conestoga Ranch. Located in northeastern Utah, the 37-unit ranch is one of an ever-growing number of such resorts that offer glamping. Its 35 acres of wildflowers, custom-made Conestoga wagons and luxury tents are located just a handful of miles from the Idaho border. The hillside property overlooks Garden City (population 562) and the stunningly beautiful Bear Lake. In this second week of June, the lake’s 109 square miles of deep turquoise water is hugged by a ring of mountains that are still dusted with snow. Tents come in two sizes: Traditional (the smaller size without as many amenities), and Grand, where we are happily residing. Ours has sturdy canvas walls and heavy cable anchors — the winds can be formidable here — and that’s where the resemblance to a tent ends. We have a king-size bed, dark hardwood floors accented with a pastel Persian rug, an antique dresser and cedar chest for storage, a safe, mini-frig, heater, fan and a broom to swat the occasional flying or crawling critter. And perhaps best of all, our tent includes an en suite bathroom — toilet, sink and shower in a country-washtub motif. No need for lanterns or flashlights, either (although the latter is probably a good
The Grand Tents at Conestoga Ranch include en suite bathrooms, which make for happy campers.
thing to have) because our not-so-rudimentary accommodation also is electrified. And the view of the lake, mountains and carpet of blue flax is pretty electric, too. Our Grand Tent is perched at an altitude of about 6,000 feet, so as lowlanders, we are a bit winded after climbing to our patio on the first night, but no worries. When a campfire to illuminate the crisp Utah night is in order, we call Kaiden, a chatty, soon-tobe, high-school junior who is this evening’s designated maintenance man. He is more than happy to build our fire and fill us in on the
local scene. Summer is just getting underway in northern Utah, so the ranch is fairly quiet tonight, but come the weekend, Conestoga Ranch is fully booked. In addition to the Grand Tents, the choices of lodging are the Traditional Tents (smaller and with less amenities than the Grand Tents), and the Conestoga wagons. Towels and bed linens are provided. Glampers who choose the wagons and smaller tents can use the six modern, private, immaculately clean bathrooms with large showers. (One bathroom is accessible.) Glampers also can bring food or dine at
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hour flight from San Diego. The drive takes you through verdant Logan Canyon where the water is running musically high and fast after a winter of generous snow and a spring of ample rain. Garden City celebrates all-things-raspberry during its annual August festival. Even though it is only June,
though, we find the largest and thickest raspberry shake I’ve ever tackled. The area provides lots of options for fun: paddleboarding, boating and kayaking on Bear Lake; Sea-Doo rentals; hiking and biking; and horseback riding. For a unique side trip, drive 30 minutes north across the Idaho border to Minnetonka Cave. Visitors get a fascinating 90-minute guided tour that takes them hundreds of feet below ground to learn about stalagmites, stalactites and cave bacon. Wagons at Conestoga Ranch can accommodate up to six; tents up to eight. Rates start at $155 ($147 for military). Visit www. conestogaranch.com, or call 844-Go-Glamp (464-5267). E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Local artist Bryan Snyder reflects on a decade of supporting art in Carlsbad By Tyra Wu
CARLSBAD — When artist Bryan Snyder returned to his hometown of Carlsbad 10 years ago, he saw the village as a blank canvas. Snyder wanted to combine the vibrant artistic culture that he saw in San Francisco with the strong community in Carlsbad to create a thriving art scene. “I say it was a blank canvas because I saw the potential,” Snyder said. “The paints were out there and the canvas was here but for whatever reason the paint wasn’t being applied to the canvas.” Since then Snyder has worked to paint the village, helping to mold the area into the colorful, quirky spot that it is now. To do this he created an equation for a more creative culture in Carlsbad which includes adding more street art, encouraging professional working artists to come to the village and cultivating community-based projects. He’s also responsible for many of the playful murals hidden throughout the village. “This community means a lot to me, it really does and I felt like there could be a better community,” Snyder said. “So I sat down and sketched out my equation and I went hard.” One of these community-based projects is the Carlsbad Art Wall, a rotating mural painted every two months by an artist from Los Angeles or San Diego. March marks the third year since Snyder started the Art Wall. “I’ve been told that this
is one of the best projects that has happened in Carlsbad,” Snyder said. “People actually travel to here to see the most recent mural, so it’s bringing people to Carlsbad.” However, the wall has been more than just an opportunity to bring new art into Carlsbad. Snyder also wants to encourage people to come and witness the creative process and hopefully be inspired to do the same. He also holds Teen Art Workshops a week before each new artist paints the wall, in order to teach teens about urban art. After a decade of work nurturing the artistic culture in Carlsbad, Snyder has begun to see a shift. Although part of Snyder’s goal was to inspire community members and local businesses, he also felt that in order for the culture to shift, the local government had to be supportive as well. “The Art Wall marks a major milestone because for the first time in 10 years, they’ve publicly supported my efforts,” Snyder said. This is also the second year that Snyder has received an arts and culture grant, allowing for both public and financial support from the city of Carlsbad. Although Snyder has seen progress toward his goal, he is in no way finished with his work. He’s currently developing a website that will be launching soon that will completely document all of his past projects. For Snyder, the city of Carlsbad is art itself.
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ince 2005, Taste of Wine’s goal has been and continues to be the discovery of wine that will please your palate. We search many venues from our home base in San Diego, and all parts of the globe, to deliver on that promise. One such recent discovery is a fascinating marina restaurant by the name of Fiddler’s Green. The name was taken from 18th century sailing lore, when seamen worked with a nautical tool called a “fid” and dreamed of a heavenly home port where their dreams and desires would come true. Kinda sounds like San Diego and the nautically themed Fiddler’s Green, captained by owner Steve Rock and located at the entrance to Shelter Island on San Diego Bay. Rock has built up strong links with the sailing community, evidenced by the more than 300 yachts and boat models hanging on the walls and ceiling of Fiddler’s Green. He’s even got life-size models of the stars of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “They were a gift from Walt Disney’s nephew, the late Roy Disney, who had a yacht at Shelter Island,” explained Rock. “This is like an old Hollywood restaurant, but with a nautical theme.” Let’s place the spotlight now on the “secret sauce” of
why you should know about Fiddler’s Green and what’s really attractive about the restaurant’s wine list. Here, you can always buy a glass of quality white or red house wine for $5. Through personal relationships with a handful of the top wineries in Napa and Sonoma, names like Ferrari Carano, Keenan and Frank Family, Fiddler’s Green not only lists these wineries by name, it also has a list of their best grape varietals by glass or bottle at a 30 percent to 50 percent discount, anytime. And there is no corkage fee if you want to bring in your own bottle! Fiddler’s Green has a traditional steak and seafood menu plus other flavorful choices, with no extra charge for dinner specialty sides and a choice of soup or salad. Try the delicious 16-ounce Ribeye steak for $26.95, or the grilled salmon for $20.95. RSVP at 619-2222216, or visit fiddlersgreensandiego.com. THE STORY OF THE FORGOTTEN BARREL Rodger Grove is a wine lover and a fortunate man who has fulfilled his dream of owning a winery in San Diego County on a piece of property in Escondido that was earlier declared by the city as a historic site. It was formerly Ferrara Winery, founded right after prohibition ended in 1932, and lay dormant and closed for some eight years in a residential area. The key to the success of what is now Forgotten Barrel was the historic site designation, and after a year and a half of clean up,
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Forgotten Barrel? Yes there is one that was left on the property to rust along with the other museum-like pieces. Grove got curious about it after he found it, and managed to get it open without spilling its contents, about one-third of a barrel of richly endowed, possibly 100-yearold port which he intends to sell in bottles at a big premium. Currently Forgotten Barrel is only open on weekends, so call first for hours at (760) 518-1104. WINE BYTES • Winesellar & Brasserie in San Diego has a wine dinner with Sleight of Hand Cellars, at 6 p.m. June 24. The wine is a favorite from Washington State in Walla Walla. Cost is $89 each. RSVP at (858) 450-9557. • Tamara Golden presents a Vineyard Tour and Sherry Tasting in Vista at the Brooking Vineyards from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 24. Eric Brooking will talk on his award-winning Angelica sherry and port. For more, visit goldenjourneystravel.com. • World-class wine meets world-class cheese at Gianni Buonomo Vintners Winery in the Ocean Beach district of San Diego from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 29. Cost is $30 per person. Cheese celebrity Rob Graff will present. Call (619) 991-9911. 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://tasteofwinetv.com. And reach him at email@example.com. "all-natural" milk with the cream skimmed off the top cannot be sold in Florida as "milk" (or "skim milk") but must be labeled "imitation milk" -- unless the "all-natural" milk adds (artificial) vitamin A to the product. A family farm in the state's panhandle (Ocheesee Creamery) decided to challenge the law, and Putnam, who recently announced his candidacy for governor, said he would try to resolve the issue soon. [WTVT (Tampa), 5-12-2017]
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Insomnia discussed at RSF Senior Center By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Many individuals suffer from the inability to sleep, which can potentially lead to low motivation and changes in mood. Gary Levinson, MD, of Sharp Rees-Stealy Del Mar and Genesee is an internist specializing in sleep disorders. He visited the RSF Senior Center for an informative talk in June. The executive director of the senior center, Terrie Litwin, introduced and thanked Levinson for taking part in the day’s event. According to Levinson, insomnia is defined as either having difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep throughout the night. He went on to say that those with insomnia do function poorly throughout the day, which may include symptoms such as low energy, fatigue, decreased performance at school or work and mood disturbances. A variety of factors may cause insomnia. Poor sleep and sleep hygiene were the first mentioned. “Sleep hygiene just means clean sleep,” Levinson said. “It means good practices of behavior.” Regular exercise helps promote good sleep hygiene. “We find that people who do nothing during the day often are more restless and active at night because they are not tiring themselves out,” he said. Another tip was setting cooler air temperatures for sleep. Levinson pointed out that if a room is too hot, one can’t fall asleep. A trick Levinson shared was to take a warm bath or shower in the evening. “This raises your body temperature, and when you get out of the bath or shower, your body’s temperature is dropping,” he said. “This temperature drop will trigger the brain to sleep.” Cooler sheets were better for sleep than a warm bed, which he said could keep someone up at night. As far as lighting is concerned, Levinson noted that during the day it is important to maximize natural light, which helps trigger the brain to know it is daytime.
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“At night you want to avoid excessive, artificial light and particularly things like computers and TV screens,” he said. Levinson went as far as to recommend not watching television in bed — even if the room is dark. The other causes of insomnia addressed were mental stress as well as physical stress. As we grow older, we might have more medical issues to contend with such as arthritis, acid reflux, breathing and heart disease, Levinson said. These attribute to physical stress and cause someone to wake up, he added. Primary sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome were another cause mentioned. Certain medications, caffeine and alcohol also contribute to insomnia, Levinson said. Since caffeine is a stimulant, it Levinson recommended avoiding it after 3 p.m. and refraining from alcohol use before bedtime. Alcohol can help sedate people, but there was a caveat to consider, he said. “The problem is it (alcohol) comes out of your brain within three hours,” he said. “If you have a few glasses of wine after dinner, you’ll be tired, and you’re going to sleep. And ‘boom,’ like clockwork, you’re going to wake up wide awake three hours later for the most part.” Levinson said he wants people to know that patients get a lot of rebound insomnia from alcohol. “So I’m very strongly against drinking alcohol if you have an insomnia problem,” he said. Levinson shared that people may begin to self-medicate, which can potentially lead to more alcohol use which may run the risk of alcoholism. Another treatment option mentioned is to avoid clock watching in the evening and not napping during the day. “If you stop napping, you create what we call a homeostatic drive for sleep,” he said. “So you actually build up a self-sleep withdrawal. If you withhold the sleep, you will consolidate your sleep at night into one sleep period.”
FINE ART RECEPTION The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League art gallery opens its free monthly fine art show “Water,” through July 3 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. COAL also presents Art on the Green every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting), where members display their artwork for sale on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. JAMES AND HIS PEACH Moonlight Youth Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” at 7 p.m. June 23 to June 25 at the AVO Playhouse, 303 Main St, Vista. Tickets $15 at (760) 724-2110 or vistixonline.com. ‘SPITFIRE GRILL’ “The Spitfire Grill,” a musical, now playing at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, has been extended from June 28 through July 2. For tickets, call the Box Office at (858) 481-1055. SPRING ART FLING The Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League presents Coastal Artists exhibiting artworks at the Carmel Valley 3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego through June 30, titled “SpringArtFling ‘17.” For more information call (858) 552-1668, or visit coastal-artists.org.
CONCERT ON THE GREEN See a Concert on the Green presented by the Village Church, from 5 to 7 p.m. June 25, featuring guitarist Peter Sprague and his seven-piece band plus singer/songwriter Steven Ybarra. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, shade umbrellas and a picnic dinner to the corner of Avenida De Acacias and La Flecha in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit villagechurch.org or call (858) 756-2441. EXPAND YOUR ART Register now for a free
adult art workshop with Linda Luisi from 4 to 5 p.m. June 24 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Audubon Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Bring pencils or pastels and paper. To sign up, call the Audubon Center at (760) 439-2473. For more information, visit Linda@LindaLuisi.com. ROTARY GOES CLASSICAL Classical pianist Violeta Petrova will be featured in “A Midsummer Night’s Music,” at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, with a welcoming reception in the courtyard at 6 p.m. and a post-show social, also in the courtyard, from 8 to 9 p.m. where guests will be able to meet Petrova. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. They may be purchased in advance at eventbrite. com / e / a - m id s u m me rnights-benefit-concert-tickets-34810772959?aff=es2. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Carlsbad’s Foundation. VET ART Bronze Casting workshops are being held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 24 and from 4 to 7 pm July
8, June 29, July 13 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. In conjunction with Meaning in Bronze, the Veterans Art Project is seeking active duty, veterans or military family members to create a reproduction of themselves that will be cast in bronze. Visit http:// oma-online.org/vetart/ for more information. LOCAL TRIO AT NCRT The Peter Sprague Trio will perform at 7 p.m. July 24 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach. Call the box office at (858) 4811055 or visit https://tickets. northcoastrep.org/TheatreManager/1/online.
ART ON SOCIAL MEDIA Oceanside Museum of Art offers “Lecture: Social Media For Artists” by California Lawyers for the Arts present, “Branding Yourself as an Artist on Social Media” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 29 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Cost is $15.
CREATIVE KIDS Make some summer fun at Oceanside Museum of Art’s Creative Kids from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 28 at 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Members $35, visitors $45. Parents can explore the exhibitions while kids ages 2 to 5 experience art, music and stories. Prices are for children’s registration, no fee for the parent.
Easy Online Shopping Returns at your Postal Annex! The use of online shopping on sites, such as Amazon or Ebay, is growing and definitely here to stay. If the dress doesn’t fit, the pillow color is not quite right or you just went crazy on a shopping binge for things you decided later you did not need, online shopping returns can be made easily with the help of Postal Annex in Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. Here are a few tips from your Postal Annex owner Chuck to make your returns go smoothly. • Many sites will provide a shipping label and free shipping for returns within a designated time frame, Familiarize yourself with the return policy and give yourself at least 10 days to get it back to the seller. There will also be an invoice, list of items or a return authorization that you will most likely need to put in the box to identify what you are returning. So make sure you have your label, authorization or at least your user name and password when you come in. Every shopping site is a little different. • Other sites may still offer a shipping label, but require you to pay for your own shipping. In that case, bring the account information and /or the label in and preferably the package it came in. However, if you bought 3 pairs of shoes but only need to return 1 pair, you probably don’t need to use the same box. If you don’t have a smaller box or envelope,
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Postal Annex has a wide selection and they can package and tape it up for you plus will make sure you find the best rate for shipping it back. The knowledgeable staff at Postal Annex can compare services and charges from all carriers and let you know which is the best option. And in case you didn’t know they also offer Printing, Graphics, copying, faxing, notary, passport photos, Gifts & Cards, keys and packaging materials.
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Council supports replacing lifeguard station By Bianca Kaplanek
SOLANA BEACH — Council members unanimously agree the more than 70-year-old lifeguard station at Fletcher Cove should be demolished and replaced. But when that will happen, what it will look like and how it will be funded have yet to be decided. The existing 1,480-square-foot structure built in 1943 doesn’t meet current lifeguard needs and its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is “questionable at best,” City Engineer Mo Sammak said. The perimeter foundation is deteriorating, a second floor captain’s office is accessible only by climbing a ladder and the break room and first aid station are shared. In March 2016 Stephen Dalton Architects was hired to conduct a needs assessment and feasibility study to determine whether the building should be renovated or replaced. The results, presented at the June 14 meeting, indicate nearly all the components are degraded and past their useful and expected life. After consulting with lifeguards to evaluate their needs, it was determined the new marine safety center should be between 3,700 and 4,700 square feet. The first of three proposed options, described by
Solana Beach’s lifeguard station, built in 1943, will be demolished and replaced, but when that will happen, what it will look like and how it will be funded remain to be seen. Plans include cutting into the hillside so the new facility will not take up much more space at Fletcher Cove than it does now. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Dalton as “undesirable in many ways,” was a temporary 3,520-square-foot modular facility he considers a short-term solution that satisfies space needs but doesn’t address the functional requirements of the lifeguards. For example, it doesn’t include a second-floor observation area. Aesthetically it “doesn’t seem to be keeping in character with Fletcher Cove,” Dalton said, and it would create safety concerns with beachgoer drop off and pickup. With a preliminary estimate of a little more than $1.6 million, it is the least expensive option. But the 50-year projected cost is $7 million because it would
have to be replaced within 10 to 25 years, when building costs will likely be higher. Renovating and expanding the existing station to about 3,780 square feet is also an option but the building would have to be “stripped down to absolute bare bones,” Dalton said. The hidden cost to that is “you don’t know what you don’t know until you open up the walls,” and that could add to the nearly $3.4 million estimated cost, he said. When renovating Fletcher Cove Community Center in 2011, substandard construction, moisture and significant termite damage were discovered once the walls came down,
resulting in increased costs and hampering attempts to return the historic building to its original look. While council members agree the third and final destroy-and-rebuild alternative is the best course of action, they have concerns about the proposed size. At an estimated 4,770 square feet and $4 million it is the largest and most expensive option to serve Solana Beach’s 1.7 miles of beach. By comparison, Del Mar has 2.5 miles of beach and an approximately 2,800-square-foot marine safety center. The 3.5 miles of beach at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas are served by a 3,250-square-foot facility. “Almost a 5,000-squarefoot building just seems like it would be really monstrous,” Councilwoman Ginger Marshall said. “It could overshadow what our cute,
little Fletcher Cove Park is right now.” “I don’t have much hope in being able to renovate it ... in an economically feasible manner,” Councilman Dave Zito said. “Starting over and actually getting something functional that will work for the lifeguards is probably the best thing to do. “I am sensitive to fact that this is a fairly small space in the park there and ... a very large structure could overwhelm it and make it look like it is not fitting in well,” he added. Mayor Mike Nichols said the age of the existing structure makes the decision to demolish and replace it a little more difficult. Economically and functionally, building a new facility makes the most sense, he said. “It’s from the emotional/historical standpoint that you start to feel like, ‘Oh man, wouldn’t that be a shame to lose,’” he said. “And that’s where the challenge comes in as an architect or a designer, to really capture that texture ... and make it feel like maybe it’s been there for all of Solana Beach’s history.” Nichols and Dalton said option three provides an opportunity to reflect the historic character of the existing facility in a new design. Representatives from San Diego’s Surfrider Foundation said they support the project but for environmental reasons, not a proposed access stairway on the bluff or a sea wall. Those elements were
not included in the cost estimates and could increase the price tag by nearly $1 million. The project must also be approved by the California Coastal Commission. Sammak said based on early conversations, representatives from that agency “were very supportive” but had concerns about maintaining the number of parking spaces and the building size. “My personal reaction was that they clearly understood the need for an upgrade and renovation but ... they wanted us to ... provide enough information so that they could make a determination and perhaps apply conditions to our application,” he said. City Manager Greg Wade said the June 14 discussion was “a really high-level needs assessment” and not a design exercise, which is when building square footage and other details would be decided. He will present a proposed budget and identify funding sources at a future meeting. Councilwoman Judy Hegenauer said she is impressed with what lifeguards have been able to do given their restrictions in the current facility. “That building scares me to be inside,” she said. “I hope that we build (a new one) and I hope we build it now. “I’m afraid to not do it,” she added. “I think it’s a very important building to this community.”
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and overall health (fighting, for example, respiratory infections and even HIV). [Metro News (London), 5-2-2017] [Daily Telegraph (London), 5-5-2017] Inexplicable (1) It recently became necessary for Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski to acquire a bigger home in the Los Angeles area because their 33,000 "bunny"-related items (stuffed bunnies, antique bunnies, bunny paintings, bunny dinnerware, etc.) needed more space. (2) The world's only museum devoted to the "house cat" allows self-guided tours in Sylva, North Carolina, where curator Harold Sims displays 10,000 artifacts including a genuine petrified cat (with
whiskers!) pulled from a 16th-century English chimney. (3) Brantford, Ontario, real estate agent Kyle Jansink, speaking for unidentified sellers, said he accepted the challenge of selling the meticulously maintained home "as is" -- still packed with the sellers' clown-related items (dolls, miniatures, porcelain statues, paintings). [New York Post, 5-192017] [Charlotte Observer, 5-18-2017] [Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News, 5-82017]
You Mean Jethro and Abby, Too? In contrast to the exciting work of the TV series (near the top of broadcast ratings for the last decade), real agents in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service have labored over computer screens eight to 10 hours a day for two months now employing their facial-recognition software -- just to scour websites to identify victims of nude-photo postings of military personnel that came to light earlier this year. "(Y)ou get pretty burned out," said the NCIS director. A simple word search of "uniformed military nude" got nearly 80 million hits, according to a May Associated Press dispatch from the Quantico Marine base, where the 20 investigators labor side-byside. [Associated Press via NBC News, 5-6-2017]
were more akin to counselors for lonely men, and that the club's "door charge" was an untaxable fee for therapeutic health services. [New York Daily News, 5-12-2017] http: //www.nydailynews. com/new-york/manhattan/ nyc- st r ip - c lub - c la i meddancers-therapists-avoidtaxes-article-1.3146393 -- James Pelletier, 46, was arrested in Hollis, Maine, in May after he fired a BB gun point-blank at his two sons, ages 9 and 11 -but only, he said, as a "rite of passage" into maturity (perhaps thinking the experience would help them become as mature as their father). He said if the kids knew how it felt to get shot, perhaps they would not be so quick to fire their own guns. [Portland Press Herald, 5-6-2017]
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Military Allies in Odd Places (1) In April, three days after ISIS fighters reportedly executed 25 villagers about 50 miles south of Kirkuk, Iraq, the three murderers were themselves killed (and eight more wounded) when a pack of wild boars overran their position and gnawed them into martyrdom. (2) In April, a Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank in the Black Sea off of Turkey (likely op: Syria-related) when it collided with a livestock barge flying the flag of Togo. All aboard the Russian ship were rescued; the much-heavier Togolese vessel suffered barely a scratch. [USA Today, 4-252017] [New York Times, 4-27-2017]
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-- Winneshiek County (Iowa) Engineer Lee Bjerke said he had no idea how the driver of the loaded 18-wheeler had missed the "Load Limit 3 Tons" sign at the entrance of the small, rickety bridge near Cresco in May, but in seconds, the span was wiped out, and the tractor-trailer had become part of the Turkey River. The loaded grain truck weighed more than 30 tons. [KCCI-TV (Des Moines), 5-52017]
Oops! -- In May, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apparently mindlessly signed the proclamation designating a special day for the late Tre Hummons (submitted by his grieving father, to honor the son's "sacrifice"). Tre Hummons was killed in 2015 by a police officer -- but only after Tre had just shot and killed another Cincinnati police officer. [WXIX-TV (Cleveland), 5-19-2017]
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efore we say hello to summer, we bid good bye to the Chargers. The reality of January’s relocation decisions have surfaced in June, with moving trucks last week idling outside Chargers Park. It was last call on June 15 for the Chargers to a region they have been in since 1961. When returning for next month’s training camp, they’ll do so in Costa Mesa. The Chargers head north, but not before having an impact on North County over nearly six decades. Many players, coaches and executives called our slice of paradise home over the years and some never left. They were often champs in answering the call for numerous local charities in lending their support. Philip Rivers certainly falls in that category. The quarterback living near Rancho Santa Fe has traipsed through our cities helping out where he can. So he couldn’t help but reflect with the Chargers’ minicamp workouts ending. Die-hard Chargers fans aren’t the only ones remiss about the move. “As it comes to an end, it’s a time to be forever thankful for our time here and getting to stay in one place for as long as I have personally,’’ Rivers said. “But in a way, it’s a tough, tough, tough day as well.” Rivers needed an old LaDainian Tomlinson stiffarm to push away emotions. He didn’t really want to replay the drama of what the past two years produced. “I’m not trying to overstate this whole thing again,” Rivers said. “I think we have all moved on in the sense that we are full-steam ahead. But there is no denying the fact that when you are at the last week somewhere that has been special to you, it is
meaningful.” Antonio Gates has been here one year longer than Rivers. They’ve been the team’s heart and soul for so long that they’re the reason many disappointed Chargers fans will continue their support. “Shoot, you think to going back to where we both started,” Rivers said. “We started in different ways. I had to sit my first two years. And I’m sure he has some rough memories out here when he was covering kicks and doing all that stuff as an undrafted free agent. And to see where he has come.” Gates is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So when Hunter Henry asked to take an extra practice snap on June 12, Gates laughed. “You’re only 100,000 reps behind me,” he said. With all those reps coming at Chargers Park. “To me it’s different because I’ve been here my career,” Gates said. “It’s a bittersweet moment.” Rivers fell for our area as much as many did for him. The self-professed country boy from Alabama might have been hardpressed to find San Diego on the map. “I had been west of the Mississippi (River) one time, I think, before coming out here 13 years ago,” Rivers said. So he settled in, had eight children and now is scratching his head about what to do. Does he move closer to the Orange County training facility and the StubHub Center in Carson for game days? Or become a long-distance commuter? “I’m still figuring that out,” he said. “I will figure it out at some point.” The Chargers’ compass is pointed north. But Rivers, even if he settles in Orange County, won’t shortchange North San Diego County. “All but one of my children were born here,” he said. “And over time you just begin to start calling it home.” Contact Jay Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jparis_sports.
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas Launch
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1 at this payment JC503434 36-month lease, $1995 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, registration, options & dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. *Closed end lease financing available through June 4, 2017 for a new, unused 2018 Atlas Launch Edition with automatic transmission, on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $34,425 and destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories & dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction, and acquisition fee of $625. Monthly payments total $12,204. Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance & repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $0.20/mile over 36,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Purchase option at lease end for $20,999.25, excludes taxes, title & other government fees. See dealer for details. ** On approved above average credit. $17.48 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory incentives. See dealer for details. Expires 6/25/17
5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad
All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 6-25-2017. CoastNews_6_23_17.indd 1
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