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Wellhouser talks vacation checks, securing homes before summer getaways By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While many are readying for summer vacation, there are various ways you can help safeguard your home before jetting off to your destination. According to Chief Matt Wellhouser of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, simple precautionary steps can be taken ahead of time. Wellhouser wants to remind Covenant residents that they are afforded vacation checks through the

“These vacation checks help give residents peace of mind knowing that someone is eyeballing their house,” Wellhouser said. For those interested in scheduling vacation checks, they can do so by either calling the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol or the Association office for additional information. Before leaving town, Wellhouser highly suggests testing an alarm system to make certain it’s in working

A shot at the X Games North County skateboarder Brighton Zeuner, 12, of Encinitas, has been invited to bring her impressive skills to the June 10 Road to X Park qualifier in Idaho. The X Games are in July in Minneapolis. Courtesy photo

Author Gable speaks at RSF Library Guild By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s recent author event luncheon attracted a high number of attendees who wanted to meet and hear bestselling author Michelle Gable. A resident of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and a San Diego native, Gable is best known for her two nov- Michelle Gable. els “A Paris Apartment” Macone-Greene

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and “I’ll See You in Paris.” On May 24 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Gable presented her newest work, titled “The Book of Summer.” Gable thanked the crowd for their warm welcome while adding that the RSF Library was her childhood library. “We were only allowed to check out 10 books, and

Don’t delay, vote today By Christy Whalen

Covenant Administrator and RSFA Assistant Manager

The Rancho Santa Fe Association is nearing the end of its 2017 election, and we are urging our members to vote as soon as possible. This year we have a couple of items on the ballot: the Board of Director election and proposed amendments to the RSF Association Bylaws. We have two gentlemen running as candidates for the

board of directors — Steve Dunn and Rick Sapp. There are two spots that will come open on the board on July 1, so the election is uncontested. Unfortunately, an uncontested election means fewer members than normal are voting. We have a quorum that needs to be met in order to render the election valid. The quorum requirement will be lowered in this latest round of bylaw changes, but we need a valid election in order to ad-

dress the current high quorum requirement. At last count, the Inspector of Elections has reported that we still need ballots from about 40 households to reach the quorum requirement. Without a quorum, the election is invalid. One or more elections will need to be held until the quorum is reached, costing the Association — and its members — staff time, printing costs, postage and resources.

then two days later, I would go back and get a new 10 books,” Gable said. “I drove my mother crazy with constantly having to go to the library. I don’t think you can be a writer unless you’re a reader first, so it definitely was the start of my career.” Gable went on to say that she had happy memo-

Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser. Photo by Christina Ma-


Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. Since 1976, the RSF Patrol has implemented numerous vacation checks, and the demand has increased over the years. This service enhances the patrol’s overall role within the Covenant. In 2016, a total of 37,568 vacation checks were conducted where patrol units TURN TO AUTHOR ON 10 visited homes.

order. “Most people have alarm systems and turn them on the last minute and discover they’re not working right because there is a broken sensor,” he said. “Residents also want to make sure their doors and windows lock properly. We TURN TO PATROL ON 9

RSF Garden Club awards $50,000 in grants By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — From a total of 27 proposals, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club ultimately awarded 12 recipients a combined total of $50,000 in grants at its annual meeting on May 24 at the Garden Club building. The grant focus promotes the club’s initiatives by further cultivating charitable horticulture and charitable conservation activities within the Ranch

and its surrounding communities. To date, the RSF Garden Club has awarded grants for three consecutive years. According to Executive Director Shelly Breneman, the RSF Garden Club Grant Committee worked diligently in screening the applications and performing site visits. During the annual meeting, one by one, the chosen organizations gave

short presentations to members and guests about their proposals that netted the attention of the Garden Club Grant Program. The Friends of San Pasqual Academy was awarded $10,000 so that it may create a “Serenity Garden” for its foster teens. A portion of the money will also go toward the school’s agriculture program. The Rancho Santa Fe TURN TO GARDEN ON 9

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‘Puppy Mill’ bill easily clears first state hurdle By Delia DiCosimo

REGION — On Tuesday, May 30, an Assembly floor vote on California Assembly Bill 485 (also referred to as the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act) passed with a stunning, nearly landslide bipartisan vote of 55-11. The bill will now move to the state Senate. Introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, AB 485 stipulates that a pet store operator shall not sell a live dog, cat or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, or nonprofit rescue organization. “Puppy mills or kitten factories, are common terms for large commercial breeding facilities that mass produce animals for sale to the public, primarily through retail pet stores,” O’Donnell said. “These facilities tend to be clustered in Midwestern states and are notorious for housing animals in disturbingly unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. With profit put above welfare, animals are often without adequate food, water, socialization or veterinary care. As a result, the animals face an array of health problems, including communicable diseases, behavioral issues and genetic disorders. Because pet stores are several steps removed from the breeding of the animals they sell, store owners rarely know the conditions of their animals. As the awareness of puppy mills and puppies sold for profit continues to grow, pet stores across the country have changed the way they do business.” O’Donnell went on to cite major pet retailers Petco and PetSmart as examples of stores that have chosen to favor humane adoptions versus retail sales. He stated that these were just two of many stores (both large and small) that have demonstrated how it is possible to have a successful pet-related business model, without supporting puppy mills. He also noted that 35 cities within the state of California have already passed ordinances similar

to or more stringent than the provisions contained in the Assembly bill being proposed for vote. San Diego County is home to eight of those cities — San Diego, Vista, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos and Solana Beach. In each instance where a city has passed an ordinance, affected pet stores were given a six-month grace period to adopt a humane business model, in order to remain open. Rather than comply, O’Donnell said the owners of those stores chose to close and move to cities without ordinances. He said that this bill would create one consistent statewide policy. “Live animal sales make up just 10 percent of all pet-related business in the state of California,” Judie Mancuso, Social A few four-legged friends were on hand to help celebrate the bipartisan success of AB 485, introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, Compassion In Legisla- D-Long Beach. The bill moves to the state Senate. L-R: Amitis Ariano,Simone Reyes, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, Judie Mancuso, tion Founder (and AB 485 Henry Brezinski, Katie Cleary, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, Dr. Karen Halligan, Andrew Kim Courtesy photos

Left to right: Leslie Davies, Andrea Cunningham, Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, Jim Kilby and Richard Fox.

es adopted in San Diego, Oceanside and San Marcos, has voiced strong opposition to the bill. Salinas has stated that the proposed statewide ban would unfairly limit consumer choice. O’Donnell stressed that The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act would not limit consumer choice. He said that $300 million per year is spent to euthanize animals in California shelters. In addition to providing an opportunity for more shelter and rescue animals to be adopted into loving homes, he added that, “Californians will still be able to purchase animals directly from quality breeders, where they are able to see the conditions in which their prospective pet is bred and cared for.” Though he has recently filed for bankruptcy, Salinas owns four stores, including two in San Diego County: National City Puppy in National City and the recently opened Broadway Puppies in Escondido. He has reportedly, along with the owner of Escondido Pets at Westfield North County Fair mall (whose sister store Carlsbad Pets was affected by the CarlsLeft to right: Holly Fraumeni-Day Jesus, a member of Social Compasbad ordinance), hired a lobsion In Legislation, Judie Mancuso and Leslie Davies. bying firm to represent the sponsor) said in an address before an earlier Assembly committee. The remaining 90 percent of retail pet-related revenue is achieved from the sale of food, toys and supplies, along with grooming, boarding and miscellaneous needs. Yet San Diego area pet store owner David Salinas, who has been affected by puppy mill retail ban ordinanc-

pet stores’ live animal sale interests, opposing AB 485 in Sacramento. Speaking on the Assembly floor in support of AB 485 before the vote were Assembly members Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside; Monique Limon D-Santa Barbara; co-author Laura Friedman, D-Glendale; and co-author Matt Dababneh, D-Encino. They discussed the fact that repu-

table breeders never sell to pet stores and that every year more than 2.5 million healthy animals that could otherwise be someone’s pet are euthanized nationwide. In California shelters 500,000 are euthanized each year. Chavez mentioned his own visits to the Humane Society and his shock at the number of shelter animals euthanized weekly, as well as the costs incurred by the city (and taxpayers) to pay for that. He also mentioned becoming educated about puppies being sold at pet stores and the puppy mills where they were coming from. “Members, this is not a partisan deal,” he said. “Sixty-eight percent of all families in the United States have a pet in the house. Pets are one of those things that cross over party lines. I strongly recommend you support this bill.” The only person to speak in opposition, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, urged a “no” vote, on behalf of the pet store owners, although he stated that he was personally a proponent of pet adoption himself. Local San Diego area animal advocates with Not One Animal Harmed

(NOAH) said they worked tirelessly behind the scenes generating emails of support and making numerous phone calls in preparation for the Assembly floor vote. NOAH co-founders Andrea Cunningham and Leslie Davies, joined by fellow advocates Jim Kilby and Karen Gregory-Clayton, also met with staff in three Assembly districts, including Chavez, Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, R-Escondido; and Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who each cast “yes” votes on the Assembly floor. Davies traveled to Sacramento early last week to continue those efforts. “We are thrilled with the result and look forward to the next step,” she said. “We need this policy statewide.” Cunningham echoed those sentiments. “We couldn’t be happier, but we also know it’s not over yet,” she said. “There is still much work to be done before this one goes into the history books.” And history making it will be. Once the Senate hurdles are cleared, AB 485 will move on to the governor’s desk where if signed, will make California the first state in the country to have enacted such legislation into law.


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No limit to state parties’ money laundering California focus By Thomas D. Elias

This summer, plan to Live WaterSmart By Mark Muir Chair, Board of Directors San Diego County Water Authority

With summer weather upon us, it’s important to find ways to save water during the hottest, driest months of the year. A threemonth outlook produced by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts above-average temperatures across the west during June, July and August, underscoring the need for residents and businesses to prioritize efficiency of essential resources. This is the first summer in several years when we aren’t facing drought condi-

tions. But repeated dry cycles have taught us to value every gallon — and there are numerous easy ways to continue that commitment to water-use efficiency this summer. In fact, continuing to Live WaterSmart no matter the weather is a hallmark of the San Diego lifestyle. The Water Authority launched its Live WaterSmart campaign in July 2016 to promote opportunities for homeowners and businesses to make the most of every drop through landscaping classes, rebates and

other resources. The Water Authority’s Top 10 ways to use water efficiently this summer are: Change it up. Irrigation timers need to 1 be adjusted for warmer, dri-

er conditions. Monitor soil moisture using a spade or soil probe, and only water if the top inch of soil is dry. Irrigate turf if it doesn’t spring back when stepped on. Better yet, upgrade to a “smart” irrigation controller that automatically adjusts water times based on weather conditions. Rebates for a variety of irrigation equipment are at www. WaterSmartSD.org.


Let it sink in. Irrigate mature trees once or twice a month using a soaker hose or drip system towards the edge of the tree canopy — not at the base of the tree. The water should penetrate the ground about three inches deep. Use a hose faucet timer (found at hardware stores) to prevent overwatering. Young trees need more frequent irrigation; consult an arborist or tree-care manual for details.


Maintain your mulch. Keeping a threeinch layer of mulch around trees and plants educes runoff, helps control weeds and protects soil from direct sunlight and evaporation. Keep mulch at least a foot away from tree trunks and several inches from the crowns of plants.

in your refrigerator to avoid running tap water to cool it. Use refillable water bottles instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. Put a lid on it. Pool and spa covers re5 duce evaporation, lower pool heating costs and keep dirt and other debris out of the pool. Take a break. New plants need more 6 water to get established, so

wait until fall and winter for planting so you can take advantage of cooler temperatures and rain. Go to summer school. Get started 7 on planning your WaterS-

mart landscape by surfing WaterSmart Landscaping Videos On Demand from the comfort of your beach chair or sofa. Learn more at https://landscapemakeover. watersmartsd.org/.

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Keep it clean. Patronize car washes that recycle water and save at least 15 gallons each time. When washing at home, use a hose nozzle that shuts off when you release the handle.


Rinse right. Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of in running water. Afterward, pour the collected water on a plant. For more WaterSmart Drink responsibly. resources go to www.WaterSKeep drinking water martSD.org.


Just in case anyone wonders what the real issue was in the very close race between Eric Bauman and Kimberly Ellis over who would become the next chairperson of the California Democratic Party, it was money. No, not salary or other personal emoluments, although Bauman — the party’s longtime Los Angeles County leader — has received his share of payments from ballot initiative campaigns. This was really about who would control the purse strings of the nation’s most successful state party and thus decide who gets its many millions of laundered dollars in each election cycle. It’s all because the year-2000 Proposition 34 made party heads in California the state’s most powerful unpublicized political kingmakers, allowing huge contributions to party committees, which then parcel funds out where they like. It’s a way for donors to circumvent campaign donation limits with identities partially concealed. This is money laundering, plain, simple and also legal. The current dicey system is now sure to continue at least another two years, too, as state legislators (about two-thirds of them Democrats) the other day killed a bill making gifts to political parties subject to the same limits imposed on donations to candidates. In 2014, for example, the state Democratic Party passed out $10.4 million, while also influencing where the party’s many county central committees funneled their millions. Republicans, meanwhile, doled out just a little more than half as much as Democrats, as billionaires, big unions and big business donors realize the GOP has little chance to retake control of state government anytime soon. The biggest recipients of party money that year included Democrat Luis Chavez, ranked No. 1 with $2.35 million in party money, who lost a tight Hanford/Fresno-area state Senate race to Republican Andy Vidak, the No. 5-ranked recipient of party money with $2.1 million. Over the years, the bigger-money recipients in close races have usually won. Yes, ideology also had a lot to do with the extremely close Bauman-Ellis contest, where establishment candidate Bauman eked out a 60-vote win over Richmond political organizer Ellis. (It’s sign of Cali-

fornia’s times that Bauman, an openly gay man favoring gun controls, easy access to abortions and strong environmental protections, was considered the more conservative candidate.) This was essentially a re-run of last year’s Hillary Clinton-Bernard Sanders primary election contest, where the liberal feminist Clinton was not liberal enough for many Democrats. Ellis, a Sanders supporter, benefited from that faction’s strong turnouts at district meetings where many party convention delegates are chosen. Weeks after the state party convention, she still had not conceded the outcome of the convention vote. Bauman’s apparent win probably will see many more moderate Democrats get party backing and money than if Ellis had won. It means Sanders backers will at least have to bide their time before making another try at taking over the state party and being able to funnel party cash to ultra-liberals. But the Legislature’s refusal to clean up the current system is what really cries out for change. On the Republican side, for example, billionaire Charles Munger in 2014 gave $3.3 million to the party, with the ability to request privately where it would end up. This means there is no public record of who benefited from his largesse, while there would be if he’d given directly to candidates. Essentially, Munger and other big donors like the Service Employees International Union ($2.3 million), California Teachers Association ($676,000), Philip Morris USA and affiliates ($650,000) and PG&E Corp. ($526,000) can give to whomever they like without anyone holding the eventual winners’ feet to the fire over where they’re getting their funds and whether they later vote to benefit their benefactors. Among last year’s biggest donors were Indian casinos, utilities and health care companies, each interest having a huge stake in the makeup of the Legislature. As in 2014, there was no public accounting last year of where their money went. This disgraceful system is a major legacy of former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, recalled in 2003 partly because of his own political fund-raising practices. Since Proposition 34 passed, one tally shows, the state Democratic Party has spent fully $401 million on candidates and campaigns. With that kind of money and commensurate influence at stake, it’s no wonder this spring’s contest to head that party was so hotly contested.










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JUNE 10 ART RECEPTION You are invited to a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. June 10 at the Off Track Gallery, 10937 S. Coast Highway, Encinitas, featuring pottery artist Karen Fidel and jewelry artists Dolores Renner. For more information, call (760) 942-3636. SAN MARCOS MUSIC FEST Come out for the San Marcos Summer Music Fest from noon to 8 p.m. June 10 at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. Tickets at the gate are $20. Parking is free.


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The work of Cuban artist Jorge Pardo, who will lead a discussion June 17 as Lux Art Institute closes out its 10th season. Courtesy photo

where COAL members display their artwork for sale on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, SPENCER DAY SINGS The 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., CarlsMoonlight Cultural Foun- bad. dation welcomes jazz artist Spencer Day at 7 p.m. June JUNE 12 10 at the Avo Playhouse, WITH 303 Main St, Vista. All seats ‘EVENING $35. Tickets and informa- GROUCHO’ North Coast Repertory Theatre presents tion at (760) 724-2110. Frank Ferrante in “An Evening With Groucho” at 7:30 JUNE 11 p.m. June 12 and June 13 at FINE ART RECEPTION 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, The COAL art gallery in- Suite D, Solana Beach. Tickvites all to drop by to meet ets are $35 at the box office the artists, see the art 3 to 5 or call (858) 481-1055. p.m. June 11, at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite SISTERHOOD THEATRE 101, Carlsbad. The Carlsbad AUDITIONS Sign up for an Oceanside Art League also appointment to audition bepresents Art on the Green tween June 12 and June 17 every Saturday and Sun- or July 10 and July 14 at San day (weather permitting), Marcos Senior Center for a

North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach presents Frank Ferrante in “An Evening With Groucho” at 7:30 p.m. June 12-13. Courtesy photo



BALALAIKA SOUNDS Hear the Firebird Balalaika Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. June SUMMER GUITAR CLASS 16 at the Encinitas Library, Master guitarist Peter Pup- 540 Cornish Drive, Enciniping is offering a small- tas. group summer guitar class for six Mondays, June 12 and ending July 24, from 7 JUNE 17 to 9:30 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 416 Rancho LAST OF LUX Lux Art InSanta Fe Road, Encinitas. stitute closes out its 10th There is no class July 3. season from 5 to 9 p.m. June Participation is $225, and 17, with Cuban artist Jorge includes course materials. Pardo plus entertainment, Register at encinitasgui- music, drinks, food and art tarorchestra.com on the at 1550 S. El Camino Real, registration tabs. For more Encinitas. A MacArthur information, contact Peter Fellow and artistic visionPupping at Guitar Sounds, ary, Jorge will lead a discus(760) 815-5616 or peter@ sion in the garden. For more information, call (760) 436guitarsounds.com. 6611 or visit luxartinstitute. org. RSVP to luxartinstiJUNE 14 tute.org/events/season-finale-jorge-pardo/. ARTIST SPEAKS AT OMA The Oceanside Museum of Art invites you to join artist MARK THE John Dillemuth and the curator of his exhibition, Val- CALENDAR lo Riberto, as they discuss the artist’s inspirations for EXPAND YOUR ART Reghis whimsical artwork, at ister now for a free adult art 11:30 a.m. June 14 at 704 workshop with Linda Luisi, Pier View Way, Oceanside. from 4 to 5 p.m. June 24 at the Buena Vista Lagoon Cost is $10. Audubon Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. JUNE 15 Bring pencils or pastels and MORE AT THE MUSEUM paper. To sign up, call the The Oceanside Museum of Audubon Center at (760) Art presents “A Taste Of 439-2473. For more informaArt: Color Field Painting” tion, visit Linda@LindaLuiat 6 p.m. June 15 at 704 Pier si.com.


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Students earn concert solos CARMEL VALLEY — San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents dual concerto competition winners Yaewon (Erica) Hwang and Christine Kim as soloists at the season finale Spring Ovation Concert at 4 p.m. June 11 at the Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. Both are students at Torrey Pines High School. Co-winners of the annual Ovation (advanced) level concerto competition, Kim and Hwang will each perform full concertos as soloists while backed by SDYS’s advanced orchestra. Adult tickets are $30 downstairs, $35 upstairs. Student tickets are $10. Tickets on sale at sdys.org or (619) 233-3232, ext. 160. At the final Ovation Concert, Hwang will perform Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber, and Kim will perform Concerto for Flute in D Major, Op. 283 by Carl Reinecke with SDYS’ Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeff Edmons. The orchestra will also perform L’oiseau de feu Version 1919 by Igor Stravinsky. Kim is a 17-year-old senior at Torrey Pines High School who began playing flute at age 10. Hwang, a 16-year-old junior at Torrey Pines, began playing violin at age 6.


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Fair board rescinds cannabis festival contract, event not canceled By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — A contract to hold what is billed as an educational event about medical marijuana was rescinded May 30 by the panel that governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where the Goodlife Festival was scheduled to be held Sept. 23. But the 8-0 decision doesn’t mean the event will be postponed or canceled. The 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors said the organizer, Lawrence Bame of Westward Expos, could work with fairgrounds staff to revise the $12,000 contract so it includes a detailed description of the festival and states that possession or consumption of marijuana for any use will not be allowed on the stateowned facility. “That’s not a problem,” he said after the meeting when asked if he would include that in his future advertising. “I hope to be in discussions with the fairgrounds.” But Bame did have concerns with a request to guarantee, perhaps with what he believed to be some type of security bond, that no one would bring marijuana products to the show or consume them during it. “Do you want to hold me to a different standard than the after-the-races concerts or public events out here?” he asked board members, adding that he “can’t make promises” about things he can’t control. All smoking is prohibited at the fairgrounds during the San Diego County Fair, but allowed during other events. People smoke marijuana during concerts, especially those held after the horse races and at the KAABOO three-day entertainment festival. Most of the directors said they don’t oppose educating the public about medical marijuana but can’t support any use or promotion of the products because even though medical and recreational uses are allowed in California, both remain illegal under federal law. Nearly all had liability concerns and how a decision to allow the festival as it was being advertised could impact their personal and professional lives and responsibilities to the fairgrounds. “The only government policy that I can follow is adherence to law and we clearly have a federal law that prohibits possession of marijuana,” Director Richard Valdez said. “The federal law is pretty clear,” said Josh Caplan, the deputy district attorney who acts as counsel to the 22nd DAA. “The federal law is in direct conflict with California state law. “I can unequivocally tell you that the guidelines or any language which would allow for the possession or consumption of a controlled substance would violate the letter of federal law,” he added. “There’s no immunities from violations

Goodlife Festival organizer Lawrence Bame tells fair board members his event “involved breaking no California laws.” He said dispensaries carry up to 300 products. “Somebody needs to provide some information to the public,” he said. “We’re trying to provide a level playing field for people who have medical problems to find relief.” Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

of federal law even if it’s consistent with state law.” Asked what he thought the probability of prosecution from the federal government might be, Caplan said “quite low.” “What I can’t stand here and tell you is that the probability is zero,” he added before telling board members he is charged with representing the 22nd DAA and not individual directors. “Medical marijuana laws in California provide no exceptions or immunity from prosecution under federal law,” Caplan said. “Federal law supersedes state law.” “Basically, whatever we decide here today, we’re on our own,” Director David Watson told his colleagues. Bame, who has produced home and garden shows at the seaside venue for more than 30 years, has been pitching the cannabis festival idea to the fairgrounds for several years. In late March the two parties signed a contract, which states Bame will comply with all local, state and federal laws. According to a press release, The Goodlife Festival is “Where Cannabis, Great Food, Live Music and More Come Together By The Surf and Sand” to make the “good life” even better. Exhibitions and informative seminars will help attendees, who must be 21 and older, appreciate and learn more about how cannabis, when used in a safe, legal and healthful way, “can enhance a creative, spirited, relaxed (and painfree!) lifestyle,” the document states. “It’s a revolutionary new festival for anyone interested in ‘the good life!’ Nowhere else can you learn more about the emerging cannabis scene, (from) the growers and business owners of your favorite cannabis products all in one place.” It also states there will be an outdoor area “exclu-

sively for the use of” medical cannabis ID card holders “who bring their own and wish to self-medicate.” It was that marketing that most disturbed board members. “Mr. Bame made it crystal clear that he’s going to breach the contract so it’s not worth the paper that it’s printed on,” Watson said. “I have no doubt that (marijuana) will be consumed onsite. And approving this contract just means that we’re endorsing the violation of federal law.” About 50 of the more than 125 people who attended the meeting spoke

“There may be a place to learn about this substance,” James Fisher said. “The fairgrounds are not the place.” “Nothing good comes from marijuana,” said high school freshman Angel Jaramillo, who attended with several classmates. “We’re the next generation to say no to drugs. ... What you’re doing is wrong.” “We don’t need this for our community,” 19-yearold Alex Sotelo said. “This is a bad idea.” “As a state agency I don’t think you should be in the business of promoting marijuana use,” Del

jured in a training accident as a member of the Army. “I deal with constant pain every day,” he said, adding that addictive opioid painkillers didn’t help. “It’s coming. Lead, follow or get out of the way.” “Cannabis doesn’t care if you believe in it,” caregiver Rose LaChance said. “It’s working.” Heather Manus, a registered nurse, described marijuana as a “really gentle medication,” while attorney Ken Sobel said “cannabis heals.” Victor Rocha, a retired forensic scientist, said he’s seen the negative effects

Alex Sotelo, 19, tells fair board directors the proposed Goodlife medical marijuana event is a bad idea. “We don’t need this for our community,” he said.

during the public comment period. They were almost evenly split on their opinions. One speaker said the marketing materials “assume you can’t have a good life without marijuana.” Dean Scott said he’s given educational workshops and seminars. “Never in my life have I given an educational festival,” he added.

Mar resident Jon Polikcoff said. “I think that sends the wrong message to our young people. ... I just ask you to be good neighbors.” “This is a lawless industry,” Scott Chapman said. “Marijuana is not medicine.” Many other speakers disagreed, including medical professionals, a threetime cancer survivor and Joshua Boody, who was in-

of opioid and alcohol abuse but none from marijuana. “Cannabis and science can make a better world,” he said. Monica Delgado, clinical and forensic psychologist, said she is one of the “real experts” who plans to hold a seminar at Goodlife to talk about dosages, options and other elements of medical marijuana. She said while canna-

bis does have a “dark side to it,” people must “get over the lies of ‘Reefer Madness.’” “There is a lot of positive stuff that comes from cannabis medicine,” she said. “This will help the community. ... This is not somebody just doing stuff out of the back of their garage. ...We need a place to be heard.” The first presentation of the meeting was by Eric Larson, executive director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, which “supports the commercial production of cannabis as an agricultural crop when done in full compliance with state and local cannabis regulations.” “We stand firm,” Larson said. “We believe that if cannabis is going to be produced in California, farmers in San Diego can do a great job with it, following the rules.” He said cultivation will support the local economy, increase tax revenue and “bring production out of the shadows.” He also said a lack of local production won’t deter use. “It’ll be produced someplace else in the state,” he said. Directors asked Larson if the organization supports production if it is not in compliance with federal law. “We support it in the face of state and local regulations,” he said. “If the federal regulations are anti-cannabis production ... then ... we are doing that in opposition to federal law.” “The farm bureau is advocating in favor of federal criminal conduct,” Watson said, adding that all but four jurisdictions in San Diego have banned commercial marijuana activities, including cultivation. “I’m just concerned that you’re just glossing over the fact that it’s a federal crime and you’re glossing over the fact that it’s illegal in most local jurisdictions right now.” During the four-anda-half-hour meeting, directors also opted to defer establishing a 22nd DAA policy on hosting cannabis-related events until the Department of Food and Agriculture comes out with one — something the state agency is currently working on. It was also noted that according to differing laws, people who smoke medical marijuana can do so in places where people who are smoking recreational marijuana can’t. Board member approval is rarely sought for the more than 350 events held annually at the fairgrounds, and this one came as a surprise to most. “I think at a minimum our CEO (Tim Fennell) should be directed not to sign any contracts that could be in possible violations of federal law,” Watson said. “I do not want to be surprised again about contracts being signed.”

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Solana Beach takes first step toward community choice energy By Aaron Burgin


The Chino Farm “Good Earth, Great Chefs” series hosts Portland’s Joshua McFadden, with Martha Holmberg to present “Six Seasons, A New Way With Vegetables” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 11 at 6123 Calzada del Bosque, Rancho Santa Fe. The event is free and no reservations are required. McFadden’s restaurant, Ava Gene’s, was voted one of the top five in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Courtesy photo

ACLU claims that protester restrictions unconstitutional By Ruarri Serpa

VISTA — The American Civil Liberties Union says Vista is infringing on the First Amendment rights of protesters outside Rep. Darrell Issa’s office. Ellen Montanari has organized the weekly protests for months outside Issa’s office on Thibodo Road, drawing as many as 800 people. The ACLU’s concerns arose when Montanari tried to renew her permit through the end of the summer. The city placed new restrictions on the permit — including where and how they could protest — setting the stage for a fight between the city, which says it was looking out for public safety, and free speech advocates. ACLU Legal Director David Loy said in a statement that the city’s actions were inappropriate and unconstitutional. “The First Amendment means that the government can’t tell the people where and how to protest in a public forum, unless it passes a strict test. The city failed that test.” Loy outlined five concerns in a letter to City Attorney Darold Pieper, including rules against protesting on the sidewalk, limiting amplified sound, holding Montanari responsible for the behavior of the protestors, holding her responsible for any damage and trying to recover the costs for law enforcement. “I am writing to discuss certain First Amendment issues arising from the City’s response to the protest, in the hope of making litigation unnecessary,” Loy said in his letter to the city. “By organizing a protest on a public sidewalk, Ms. Montanari is engaging in political speech that is guaranteed the highest level of protection.” Spokesmen for the city and the Sheriff’s Department have told the Union-Tribune it was an issue of safety along Thibodo Road.

Capt. Chuck Cinnamo specifically cited the large crowds, posing a distraction to drivers and sometimes stepping into the street, combined with low visibility due to a nearby curve on Thibodo road as safety issues. The owner of the building that houses Issa’s office also said protesters were trespassing on the lawn, illegally parking in the lot and had broken some sprinkler heads. As a result, the city required Montanari to move the protests to a dirt patch on the opposite side of the road and off the sidewalk. Citing recent court opinions, Loy said sidewalks are “uniquely suitable” for

protests, and that the city’s ability to regulate that is extremely limited. Montanari released a statement expressing her gratitude for the ACLU weighing in. “We’ve worked cooperatively with the city of Vista and law enforcement, but we will not back down from defending the First Amendment,” she said. “I am very happy that the ACLU has taken this case on behalf of me, and on behalf of constituents in California District 49, who have the right to freedom of speech.” A spokesperson for the city of Vista said the city attorney had not yet received the letter and didn’t have a comment.

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach recently became the first jurisdiction in San Diego County to formally provide ratepayers an alternative energy provider to San Diego Gas & Electric. The City Council voted 4-1 to start the three-phase process of establishing a community choice aggregation (CCA), as part of a partnership with two companies that would partner with the city to operate and maintain the entity. CCAs, which are also referred to as community choice energy, are entities formed by public agencies that buy power on the open market, choosing the source of the power based on the community’s choice. For example, the community could choose that it wants all of its power from solar or wind farms, or it wants the most cost-effective energy source possible. CCAs have emerged in Northern California — most recently in San Jose — and one city in Southern California, Lancaster, also has a CCA. But much of Southern California is still wading in the discussion and exploration phase. If everything goes according to plan, Solana Beach’s CCA could roll out as early as 18 months from now. The May 24 vote autho-

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rizes City Manager Greg Wade to ultimately contract with two private companies — The Energy Authority (TEA) and Calpine Energy Solutions — to set up and operate the CCA. TEA will operate the CCA, while Calpine’s responsibility will be primarily data management. The City Council would oversee the CCA, even setting the rates based on information provided by staff members. The first phase includes publicizing the program within the community, establishing a budget and staff and planning the rollout. The second phase, which could cost the city about $156,000 if they opt out, could take six months to a year and includes setting rates, obtaining power sources and implementing the plan. The final phase includes the contract with the two companies for the operation and maintenance of the CCA for up to five years and potentially enrolling additional communities in the program. Each phase is subject to the City Council’s approval. Councilwoman Ginger Marshall voted against the proposal, expressing concern that the CCA would add an additional layer of government that would cost taxpayers money. The other

council members were effusive in their support of the fledgling CCA, which they said would save ratepayers money compared to what they currently pay with SDG&E. A number of residents and environmental groups — including the Climate Action Campaign — urged the council to approve the project. They reportedly erupted in applause when the council passed the vote. “It is an incredible moment in San Diego’s history,” said Nicole Capretz, Climate Action Campaign’s executive director. “Solana Beach is setting the stage so that families can enjoy the freedom of energy choice, benefit from stable and likely lower rates, choose more clean energy options and ensure the city can reach 100 percent clean electricity. It’s a win for all.”

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Thrive in the Ranch readies for summer kickoff By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The future forecast for Rancho Santa Fe looks bright with Thrive in the Ranch. While Thrive gears up for gatherings to look forward to at the Inn’s lawns over the summer months, families can prepare themselves to eat, play and relax. According to Sarah Neal, Thrive in the Ranch event co-founder, their upcoming season is ready to launch. The summer kicked off with Movie Under the Stars on June 2 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe featuring the film “Sing.” “This should be a popular movie for all

ages,” Neal said prior to the event. For those in the mood for food, attendees could purchase Urbn Catering Pizza Truck, a popcorn concession stand and more. Beverages and cocktails were also available. An ice cream parlor serving fresh-dipped ice cream and snacks was also on hand.For the remainder of the summer, on the last Wednesday of every month (June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30), Thrive in the Ranch will host its Pizza Picnics with an outdoor bar at the Inn. Neal describes this event as a great atmosphere with lawn games, ping pong and live music.

Neal is thrilled about that so many love. “I’m just really excited the vision for Thrive in the Ranch. For her, this event se- about bringing together our ries is corralling some ame- community in a collaborative way, working with other community organizations to maybe even support their goals, and then ultimately working together as a community to help revitalize the town in ways that we can,” she said. Neal is aware that some residents were perhaps waiting for the RSF Association to do this. “You know, the AssociSarah Neal Event co-founder ation can only do so much,” she said. “We have to come nities to the area that the together as a community to Ranch does not have, and create the community that offering it in an atmosphere we want.”

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While Neal is delighted with what Thrive has to offer, she wants others to be excited about it, too. And that includes inviting their neighboring communities. The events are all about providing a simple, yet sophisticated way to enjoy the Village. Neal wants everyone to know that the Thrive in the Ranch series wouldn’t be possible without generous sponsors. Event sponsors include The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Janet Lawless Christ Residential Real Estate, Sage Exterminators, Beach City Builders, Charter Flight Group, Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine

Jewelry, Natalie Lam Orthodontics, RPM Mortgage, Pacific Coast Propane and Plantology. “We want to invite the community to get involved in Thrive,” she said. “The summer can be a quiet time in the Ranch, so we just want to add a little bit of excitement.” Neal is also hopeful that these events will trigger more dialogue by inviting the community to create a bigger vision for what they want in their Village, which will thrive for future generations. For more information about Thrive in the Ranch, visit www.facebook.com/ thriveintheranch.

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The home automation trend is popular among parents vide peace of mind, especially during the summer months when kids are home alone. Parents may not realize the extent to which they are able to automate their home. With Cox Homelife you are able to: • Lock and unlock doors from a keypad or mobile app; • Detect carbon monoxide and smoke; • See what’s happening at home even when you are not there using secure video monitoring via a smart phone; • Take a picture when the front door opens, or send a text message if the door does not open between certain times you expect your child to come home; • Turn off small appliances remotely; • Arm and disarm your system remotely;

According to a 2016 survey, home automation - such as home entry notifications and video monitoring- is gaining in popularity among parents. Today, nearly one in four parents either uses a home automation system or plans to within one year. The use of technology has become so prevalent that parents prefer using it to check on what’s happening at home, rather than friends or neighbors. According to survey results, 73% of parents rely on texting to check in with teens and tweens who are home alone at least once or twice a month; 71% rely on phone calls, and only 18% rely on a friend or neighbor. Home automation provides dependable, real-time, unfiltered information about what’s happening at home. For parents, it can pro-

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The Grauer School in Encinitas recently inducted 24 students into the National Honor Society. Above, Grauer’s current members of the NHS welcome the newly inducted students for 2017. New inductees include Jade Blanchard, Linda Chen, Tristan Cousin, Cody Dunne, Alexa Espana, Zachary Faith, William Fallmer, Eva Fleet, Quinn Giessow, Kiana Harnish, Kendal Heiskala, Clara Hunt, Oceane Ignatov, Zoe-Daphnée Lavoie-Gagne, Krystal Mei, Arabel Meyer, Madeline Nicklo, Nicole Schriber, Emerson Sims, Kai Stern, Sophie Stockton, Tavin Way, Christopher White and Claudia Whitehead. Courtesy photo



Association’s Osuna Adobe was gifted $10,000 to continue its focus on the planting of drought-tolerant plants. The Association’s field operations manager, Arnold Keene, explained how the monies would also be filtered to expand the trail system for visitors and guests. Conversely, the Association’s Arroyo property received $7,300. Both Keene and his associate Caitlin Kreutz shared that a portion of the funds would serve to help create a demonstration garden of native shrubs and trees for visitors at the campground entrance. A portion of the monies will also be used to plant water-wise and native plants at Arroyo with helpful and

educational signage. They noted that the transformation would create a more engaging atmosphere. The executive director of the Escondido’s San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Javier Guerrero, thanked the board for its generosity. Guerrero said the $7,300 grant would fund the improvement and maintenance of the museum’s exhibits while also promoting the expansion of its daily gardening programs for the kids. Ecolife was awarded a $3,500 gift of 10 Aquaponic Kits to 10 schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. A list of elementary schools receiving grants to cultivate their own gardens included Hope Elementary for $4,500, Aviara Oaks Elementary for $3,000, RSF

Foundation/R. Roger Rowe Elementary for $2,000, Buena Vista Elementary for $1,822, Park Dale Elementary for $1,475, and Carmel Creek Elementary for $1,000. The last to provide its presentation was San Elijo Conservancy, which will be using its $832 grant to finalize its Butterfly and Pollinator Educational Amphitheater with the help of R. Roger Rowe students. The next round of grant proposals is slated for February 2018. Other business matters at the meeting included special recognition to the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s outgoing board members Jack Queen, James Boyce and Vearl Smith. Voted into those board seats are Adrienne Falzon, Ann Vulsteke and Skip Atkins.



find a lot of the wood doors and windows tend to warp over time and get out of kilter.” In instances such as this, doors and windows need to be professionally adjusted so residents can lock and secure them to avoid any vulnerability while they are away. Another tip to help deter susceptibility is to have lights on timers on various cycles so that it appears someone is at the residence.

Troubling Airwaves A country-and-western radio station in Benson, Arizona (near Tucson), owned by Paul Lotsof, has periodically run "public service announcements" about one of Lotsof's pet peeves: the harsh sentences usually given to mere "collectors" of child pornography. Many, he believes, are non-dangerous, daydreaming hermits -- but often imprisoned for long stretches. Thus, his PSAs publicize tips for avoiding the police, such as saving child porn only on an external computer drive (and hiding the drive securely). Despite recent community outrage (causing Lotsof to retire the announcements), he remains defiant that, since he personally avoids child porn, he is merely exercising a free-speech right. [Washington Post, 5-11-2017] “If the house is all dark with the blinds shut that may look like no one is home,” Wellhouser said. “That could be a target. Criminals are real opportunists.” Wellhouser added that if an intruder encounters a residence that is hard to break into, they’ll move to the next home. It’s also suggested to cancel any newspaper delivery. If at all possible, Wellhouser advised postponing package deliveries. However, if this cannot be done, it’s best to have a neighbor

• Turn lights on and off remotely. According to those surveyed, certain technologies are considered “must haves” for smart home technology: • Emergency alert, 89% • Home alarm control, 84% • Entry and lock control, 81% Furthermore, four out of five parents surveyed are comfortable leaving teens and tweens home alone, and technology helps ease concerns. Home automation isn’t just for busy parents. Frequent travelers, pet lovers, energy conscious consumers and budget managers will all find technology brings cost savings, peace of mind, remote monitoring and much more. For more information visit cox.com/homelife.

Can't Possibly Be True -- The inexplicable ease with which foreign hackers attack U.S. computers and security systems is finally grabbing the attention of officials. In a March Washington Post report, a technology expert from Britain's King's College London told a reporter of his astonishment to realize that the "security chips" on Congressional staff members' identification badges are fake: The badge "doesn't actually have a proper chip," he said. "It has a picture of a chip." Apparently, he added, "It's (there) only to prevent chip envy." [Washington Post, 3-31-2017] -- Suzette Welton has been in prison in Alaska for 17 years based almost solely on now-debunked forensic evidence, but the state's lack of a clemency process means she cannot challenge her life sentence unless she proves "complete" innocence. Evidence that the fire that killed her son was “arson” was based not TURN TO ODD FILES ON 20

pick it up and store it at their home, so it remains out of sight. “These are simple things that residents can do,” Wellhouser said. “Remember, harden the target by locking the doors, use lighting timers, make sure the alarm system works and lock up valuables in the safe. I’ve seen too many homes where they have a safe, but they don’t lock it. So take the time to do that.” To reach the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, call (858) 756-4372. Dispatch is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.



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RSF Library Guild thanks supporters By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild gave special thanks to its supporters and volunteers who have played a significant role in its success over the years. At a May 24 author luncheon event to help raise funds for the RSF Library Guild, much praise was conveyed. Toward the end of the lunch, RSF Library Guild Executive Director Susan Appleby first thanked her board members for their diligent work. Appleby then acknowledged the guild’s special events chair, Wendy Johnson, for her excellent efforts. She went on to thank Warwick’s for its “author talks” partnership and recognized longtime sponsor Donald E. Johnson of Wells Fargo Advisors. “If you know him (Don) or see him, please be sure to thank him,” Appleby said. “We’re so grateful for all of this.” Appleby then pointed out the various ways individuals could help support the RSF Library Guild. Volunteering was at the top of the list. “The Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar is our bookstore, and it is comprised of 100 percent volunteers,” Appleby said. “We have no paid inventory. The Book Cellar provides for about $50,000 a year of income to

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the guild.” She said she wanted everyone to know how impressive the dollar amount was considering most books were priced between 50 cents and a few dollars. “We couldn’t do this without our Book Cellar volunteers,” she said. Book donations are always welcomed to keep up the fundraising momentum. Appleby told attendees the guild was able to thrive because of its volunteers, its board and community involvement. She said opportunities are always available if people want to take part in the guild’s efforts. “There are all kinds of giving opportunities to the guild,” she said. “I want to make sure that every-

body knows how they can partner with us to sustain this library for another 50 years,” Appleby said. She added, “The goal today is to raise funds and also to increase awareness of both the library and the role that it plays in our community and to let you know how you can partner with us.” Following Appleby’s short presentation, Art Yayanos, outgoing president of the RSF Library Guild, said a few words. According to Yayanos, this will be his last year serving as president. it very “I have enjoyed much, and the guild is in great hands, I can tell you that,” he said. “We have a fantastic board of directors.” He noted that the guild

owns the library building and leases it to the county of San Diego. It houses the Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library system. Yayanos added that two goals for the guild are the endowment fund and improved building functionality to create a greater sense of community into the foreseeable future. “I think it’s possible because if you look at the experience, in how the guild has grown and how the library has improved, it is evident that it really is possible,” Yayanos said. For more information about Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild membership or volunteer opportunities, visit www.rsflibraryguild. org or call (858) 756-4780.



ries of the library. “So this is a tremendous honor for me,” she said. Gable then shared about the early years of her writing life and her publishing struggles. When Gable was 10 years old, her father gave her a book called, “Someday You’ll Write.” “They (her parents) could see in me that I liked to write, that this was something I liked to do, and from that time on, I wrote all the time,” she said. “I wrote and I wrote, and I don’t know that I really had a purpose other than I just liked to do it. I wrote all through middle school and high school.” Gable shared that her friends in middle school and high school would often complain that at play dates she would encourage them to do story groups when all they wanted to do was prank the boys. After graduating from Torrey Pines, Gable attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. “I majored in accounting because that’s what writers do,” she quipped. Gable was still drawn to her passion and took many writing classes in school. However, she knew it was the accounting degree that would pay the bills, and she suspected her parents weren’t going to support a struggling author’s lifestyle, she said. After her graduation, she went to work, but she still

continued to write. After she married and lived for some time in Washington, D.C., she moved back to the West Coast with her husband. On her 31st birthday, she decided to move forward and find a literary agent after she perfected a manuscript, which took an additional two years. Her agent was unable to sell that manuscript along with the subsequent ones. Things changed when Gable’s agent sent her an article about a 90-year-old woman who had passed away. Her family was unaware she had an apartment located in the South of France. “She had locked it up 70 years before and never returned,” she said. “And then they (the family) opened it up, and it was filled to the quarter rafters with unimaginable treasures, artwork and furniture. My agent saw this and said, ‘You know, I think you can do something with this.’” It was this that ultimately morphed into Gable’s first novel, “A Paris Apartment,” which released in April 2014 and became a bestseller. The book came out a few weeks before Gable turned 40. Those attending the event said they enjoyed Gable’s talk and the opportunity to meet with her for the book signing that followed. Author luncheon events hosted by the RSF Library Guild are in partnership with Warwick’s to help raise funds for the guild. For more information about guild membership or upcoming events, visit www.rsflibraryguild.org or call (858) 756-4780.




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Riding across the country on a tandem bike hit the road e’louise ondash Time for a big-sister brag. My baby sister, Jenny Lucier, and husband Dan O’Neill of Tempe, Arizona, are on a west-to-east, cross-country trip on a tandem bicycle. They ceremoniously dipped their back tire into the Pacific Ocean at the Santa Monica Pier on May 1, and sometime before Aug. 15, they plan to do the same with their front tire in the Atlantic Ocean in Bar Harbor, Maine. If the couple completes this journey, they will have cycled about 4,000 miles. To be sure, Dan and Jenny are not the first to make this journey. According to the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), whose mission is to inspire people to travel by bicycle, it’s impossible to say how many people actually make this cross-country odyssey, but “bike touring is booming,” says Geoff McMillion from the organization’s Missoula, Montana, office. The ACA has charted 48,000 miles organized into about 30 routes that crisscross the United States. “Our maps chart milefor-mile, turn-for-turn where to get water, where to stay, where to eat, the local attractions, emergency numbers and more,” explains McMillion. Any changes are posted on the association’s website, which riders consult daily. Dan and Jenny are fol-

lowing the Bicycle Route 66 to Chicago, then will follow a portion of the Northern Tier Route to Maine. They use the maps like a bible and keep friends and family updated via Facebook and Twitter, posting photos, comments and new of their daily progress. As I write, Dan and Jenny are leaving Joplin, Missouri. They hope to cruise into St. Louis in time for our nephew’s wedding. Bicycling across America is an amazing feat by any standard, but Dan and Jenny get extra credit. They aren’t spring chickens — he’s 61 and she’s 57 — and both have faced major health problems, some of which remain. But they are persistent, gutsy and not strangers to the road or adventure. Thirty years ago, they cycled together and alone for 5,000 miles through Europe. Since then, they’ve taken several 10- to 14-day tours. “We fell in love with cycle touring in the early ‘80s,” Jenny emailed from Edmond, Oklahoma. “We’ve always wanted to do an extended trip again. Once Dan retired in January, the time opened up.” Most of their touring has been on single bikes — or “half-bikes” as they are known in the tandem world — but in the last few years, they’ve grown to love the tandem. After following their progress for a few weeks, I posed these questions:

On May 1, Dan O’Neill and Jenny Lucier of Tempe, Ariz., stand at the terminus of Route 66 near the Santa Monica Pier. This is the first day of their west-to-east ride across America. Their tour will follow the old By May 12, Dan and Jenny are standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Ariz. Route 66 to Chicago, as mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Associing about politics, taking just sleep in. Oddly, withation, then another route to coastal Maine. Courtesy photos

cha. We added “The Copper Queen” in honor of her color and Arizona’s copper Why did you name your history. bike Molly Mocha, The CopWhat’s your average per Queen? She already had a daily mileage? We generally ride 60 name (Molly) when we adopted her in Bellingham, to 80 miles. The distance is Washington. She is made by always impacted by weathCo-Motion, model 2013 Mo- er, terrain and available facilities and services. Daily distance is increasing as weather improves and we get stronger. How’s the weather been? Hugely variable. Day

inventory of nearby vegeta- in about 30 minutes, I’m tion and bird life, counting anxious and excited to get temps went from 109 de- train cars and bizarre spec- going. grees in the Mojave Desert ulations. Jenny: Butt fatigue. to snow while climbing towards Flagstaff, Arizona, For more photos and Q&A What do you eat? less than a week later. Now A LOT. I think we burn on Dan and Jenny’s Great we’re moving into humidity. 3000 to 4000 calories a day. Adventure, visit www.faceUgh! Dan lost about 15 pounds book.com/elouise.ondash. during the first weeks even For more information about Ever get bored pedal- though we eat monstrous Adventure Cycling Route ing, pedaling, pedaling? amounts. I eat a big dinner Network and the proposed No, though there are and within an hour I’m hun- U.S. Bicycle Route System times when we need a men- gry again. I’m trying hard (USBRS), visit www.advental effort to grind through. not to lose more weight. turecycling.org. Techniques include singing (complete repertoires like E’Louise Ondash is a What has been the the Beatles), researching hardest thing about this freelance writer living in SPM (semi-trucks passing adventure? North County. Tell her about per minute), surveying your travels at eondash@ Dan: The moment I roadside debris, complain- wake up knowing I can’t coastnewsgroup.com


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Corner Bakery Cafe opens in remodeled Village Square By Aaron Burgin

Renowned jazz impressionist Keiko Matsui headlines at the 2017 Thornton Champagne Jazz concert on June 17. Photos by Frank Mangio

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he long-awaited 29th year of Champagne Jazz concerts has been unveiled at Thornton Winery in Temecula, with at least 16 of the greatest jazz headliners on the planet, from June 10 to Oct. 14. Thornton Winery is ideally suited for the special atmosphere for jazz enthusiasts, with an intimate outdoor venue. Gourmet cuisine is offered for both the table patrons and the concert chair customers, all arranged around a super-huge Mediterranean fountain. Views are expansive across the way to other wineries of the Temecula hillside. The most desired way to experience the Thornton style is with the Gourmet Supper Package, prepared by the award-winning Café Champagne, with table seating under the covered patio and reserved. A large selection of wines, sparkling, white and red, is available at special winery pricing with dinner. My recommendation for best reds are: 2014 Nebbiolo, 2014 Petite Sirah and the 2013 Tempranillo. Our thanks go out to John and Steve Thornton for assembling unforgettable musical shows. Headliners on stage will include: Chris Isaak on July 15, Dave Koz on Sept. 9 and 10, Peter White on Oct. 1 and Chris Botti on Oct. 14. For season tickets and group sales, call (951) 699-0099. The general admission for each concert is $85. The Gourmet Supper package is



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$160. each. For the full concert schedule, visit thorntonwine.com. ROMBAUER ZINFANDEL THE WINE OF THE MONTH Taste of Wine got an exclusive interview and tasting from Rombauer Marketing Director Brandye Alexander at Bentley’s in Encinitas. She opened the latest Chardonnay, the most popular varietal produced, a tasty Merlot, then the elegant Zinfandel, which blew me away. The Napa Valley St. Helena-based Rombauer Vineyards, got its start on the Silverado Trail in 1980 founded by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. State-of-the-art equipment and an appreciation for the best wine achievable have vaulted Rombauer into one of the finest of wines. Koerner Rombauer’s great-aunt Irma authored the legendary cookbook “The Joy of Cooking,” which now includes pairings with Rombauer wines. A special presentation of a Rombauer wine dinner is being produced by The Barrel Room in the Plaza in Rancho Bernardo, Wednesday June 28 at 6 p.m. the previous night’s event was sold out almost immediately so I would strongly suggest you get your RSVP in right away. Dan Redman from Rombauer will moderate the evening, a five-course custom menu that pairs with five Rombauer greats includes: Chardonnay, Diamond Select Cabernet and that lovely Zinfandel. Cost is $80 each. Visit tbrsd.com for details and tickets. WINE BYTES • A reminder that San Diego Urban Wineries has their Sip The City Finale Grape-fest Saturday June 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Maple Street Plaza in Escondido. It’s a celebration of the members, with wine and food tasting and live music. Details and $25 tickets at sdurbanwineries.com. • Il Fornaio, with restaurants in Coronado and Del Mar, is serving their Festa Carnivale Basilicata cuisine June 5 through June 25. Traditional southern Italian

cuisine includes Risotto con Frutti de Mare. Make your reservations early for the Taste of Basilicata. In Del Mar call (858) 755-8876. • The chic and beautiful Hotel Del Coronado is beginning its 2017 Winemaker Dinner Series at the Del, Thursday June 15 at 6:30 p.m., starting with the Robert Craig Winery, with its sought-after mountain Cabernets, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Adam Glatt with the winery will moderate. The special seasonal menu at 1500 Ocean Restaurant will have a reception at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $150 per person. Visit hoteldel.com or call (619) 5228490. 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 mangiompc@aol.com.

ENCINITAS — One of the key tenants of the remodeled Village Square in New Encinitas has opened its doors. Corner Bakery Cafe, a chain made-to-order fast casual eatery, opened its Encinitas location on June 3, and will host a ceremonial grand opening June 19. It’s the Dallas-based chain’s second North County location, the first in Carlsbad opened its doors in late 2010. It is owned and operated by David Beshay of FEAST California Cafe, LLC, which also owns five other Corner

Bakery Cafe locations. The group plans to open additional Corner Bakery Cafe locations throughout Southern California. The opening marks the first major tenant to go into the renovated shopping center. Several other businesses moved out of the shopping center after the property owner increased the leases in the wake of the remodel. 7-Eleven, Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, Encinitas Ford’s leasing office, AMP Hobby Shop, a pool hall, Bety’s Tacos, Rite-Cut Barbershop, Donna’s Tailor Shop, a guitar shop and a

drive-thru locksmith kiosk were all casualties of the rent increase. The Habit Grill, Luna Grill, Brewers Tap Room, Pick Up Stix and several other outlets are slated to anchor the remodeled strip mall. The first 100 guests at Corner Bakery Cafe on June 19 will receive a free travel mug with daily coffee refills for a year, and the restaurant will hold drawings for free grilled paninis for a year or a free side of pancakes for a year. Corner Bakery Cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Neighborhood Postal Annex offers quality custom printing and graphics. Everyone knows that Postal Annex offers everything related to shipping and receiving, however locals are now learning that Postal Annex in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza is also your one stop shop for copies, custom graphics & printing and can offer excellent turnaround and customer service. Whether you need a flyer for your next charity event, business cards, menus or a real estate presentation copied and bound…. they can help! Stop by and see the team at Postal Annex for any of your personalized printing needs. In addition, they can print large format posters and banners, customized t-shirts, brochures, door hangers, postcards, greeting cards and much more. Larger quantity items can be sent out to their regional print center for best pricing. Owner Chuck Datte explains, “Whether you have a home based business, working on a fundraiser or planning your next family reunion, we can help with our professional services!” They are conveniently located in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza, next to Harvest Ranch Market, with a second location in the Seaside Market center in Cardiff. Owners Cindy and

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Benefit supports cancer patients New prostate cancer therapy ENCINITAS — A fundraiser benefit for the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center and The Seany Foundation from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 13 will be part of the reopening of the iconic Roxy Encinitas restaurant, 517 S. Coast Highway 101. The Roxy has been a fixture in the Encinitas community since opening in 1978. In recent months, the restaurant’s premises have been remodeled in the jazz and art deco style of the 1920s. The June 13 grand opening will be an all-ages event and open to the public. Guests can enjoy a red-carpet entrance, silent auction, hosted hors d’oeuvres and live music.

All sales proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Center and the Seany Foundation. In addition, The Roxy’s wait staff and musicians will donate their tips for the evening to these organizations, and donations from guests will be requested at the door. Reservations are not needed. For more information, call (760) 230-2899. Encinitas resident and Roxy owner Paula Vrakas wanted to give back to the community and benefit the recently announced Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, as her father, Dan Vrakas, was successfully treated for prostate cancer at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center.

The Seany Foundation is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that offers various programs to enhance the quality of life for children and families coping with cancer. Encinitas resident Sean Lewis Robins founded The Seany Foundation in 2005 as he battled his own cancer. Sean fought Ewing sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) for nearly seven years, until his death in 2006. He was just 22. The Seany Foundation is Sean’s legacy and continues to work to improve the lives of children, teens, and young adults affected by cancer. For more information, visit theseanyfoundation.org

Grauer employee hired to cancer foundation By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — An Encinitas woman with a career of advocating for youth organizations was recently hired by a foundation that helps families with children who have cancer. The Emilio Nares Foundation recently announced the hiring of Renee Conrad, who according to a news release “brings more than a decade of experience fundraising for children’s programs through collaboration with individuals, foundations, government agencies and

nonprofit partners.” Conrad most recently led fundraising programs for The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school in Encinitas. Before that, she had stints at the Parkside School, an elementary school serving students with special needs in New York City; and the Eastlake Educational Foundation in Chula Vista, which supports technology enhancements for six public schools in Chula Vista. Conrad holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology

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“Worlds Greatest California Mother, Lover of Maui Island Sunsets and loved to serve others.” Barbara was known by many as being one of the kindest persons you will ever meet. She was always happy and wanted to make sure others were happy. Barbara’s life was a life of service to her family and others. Barbara would always go the extra mile to help anyone. Barbara was born May 30,1928 to Johnie Emit Neal and Clara Lavina Stoker in Salt Lake City, Utah. Barbara grew up in Lehi, Utah with her brother John Calvin Neal where she worked at the Lehi Movie Theater in high school. After High School, Barbara attended Kinman Business College in Spokane, WA. While going to college she worked in an auto parts store. After college, she moved back to Utah where she worked as a secretary at the Newhouse Hotel in Salt Lake City. Barbara met her husband Fred Gordon Chytraus (Gordon), at a dance across the street from the University of Utah. They were soon engaged, but before they married, Gordon and Barbara both

from the University of San Diego. “Because supporting our youth has always been a cause close to my heart, the work I do is completely fulfilling,” Conrad said. “ENF’s powerful mission, enthusiastic board of trustees and collaborative staff made joining the organization an easy choice." Conrad was one of two major hirings by the foundation, which also announced a new executive director, Karen Terra, to replace the foundation’s previous director, co-founder Richard Nares.

served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Barbara was called to The Los Angeles, Southern California Mission where she fell in love with California. Barbara had a strong testimony and always shared her love of the Savior Jesus Christ. When Barbara returned to Utah she was married to Gordon in the Salt Lake City Temple on May 16, 1952. Gordon finished law school at the University of Utah and told Barbara they could go anywhere to live. Barbara told him she wanted to live only in California, so in 1957 they moved to Southern California and lived in Long Beach, Tustin, and Newport Beach California. Barbara traveled all over the world but her favorite place to go was Maui, Hawaii. Barbara owned several condominiums on Maui because of her love of the island and beautiful sunsets. In 1991, predeceased by her husband, Barbara moved to Carlsbad, CA to be close to her children, where she would live for the next 25 years. She served in her church in many callings including as president of the Carlsbad area women’s group and also in her favorite calling as the adult singles leader for ages 60+ for over 12 years. Barbara was loved by all. Barbara was called up to be a Heavenly Angel, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Barbara will be missed dearly here on earth but we know she is enjoying being reunited with her loved ones in heaven. Barbara is survived by her brother John Calvin Neal, her six children. Debra Carter, Rebecca Hecklinger, Kathleen Mitchell, Fred Chytraus, Rachel Workinger and John Chytraus. Barbara had 24 grandchildren and many great grandchildren who she loved dearly and who will remember her legacy of selfless service and enduring faith.

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Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in San Diego County. Dr. Patrick Linson, a radiation oncologist with Scripps Clinic Radiation Therapy Center in Vista, discusses treatment options, including a relatively new treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). What are the risk factors and symptoms for prostate cancer? Age is the greatest risk factor. A family history of the disease may increase risk, and African-American men have a higher risk than other races. Symptoms may include a need to urinate more frequently and sometimes urgently, especially at night. It may be difficult to start or stop urination, and the urine stream may be weak, interrupted or painful. However, there are often no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. That’s why screening exams are so important. We want to catch the disease early, when it is most treatable. What treatments are available? Treatments vary by

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achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. MAN WITH A MISSION Encinitas resident Shane Poppen is a dedicated board member for the McAlister Institute, with a current mission to shed light on its June 17 Walk for Sobriety. The walk is an opportunity to bring help and hope to individuals and families braving the unforgiving cycle of addiction. Shane has chaired the Walk for Sobriety committee since its inception in 2012. He is an active volunteer in the community, serving on the board of directors for the McAlister Institute, as a board committee member for Feeding America San Diego, as a camp director for Bill Walton’s inaugural Inter-Tribal Sports basketball camp supporting San Diego’s Native American youth and as a youth basketball coach for the San Diego YMCA.

velopment with the Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit that helps families navigate their child’s journey through cancer. Conrad brings more than a decade of experience fundraising for children’s programs like The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school in Encinitas; The Parkside School, an elementary school serving students with special needs in New York City; and the EastLake Educational Foundation in Chula Vista, which supports technology enhancements for six public schools in the EastLake area.

WATER POSTER WINNERS Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s board of directors recognized the winners of the 2017 North County Water Agencies Water Awareness Poster Contest. The first-place winner was Catherine Schmidt from Blair Trumble’s class at Santa Fe Christian School. Schmidt’s poster advocates to be water-smart by collecting rainwater. Emma Reyes Moreno from Wynne Love’s class at Stone Ranch Elementary earned second place with her postLOTUS TROLLEY er, which depicts water-usLAUNCH Carlsbad resident ing devices and shares water-saving tips. Maya Laffler from Karin Roberts’ class at El Camino Creek Elementary received thirdplace honors. Her artwork promotes water-wise practices and brings to light the issue of water quality. Farzan Dehmoubed introduced his new ecofriendly product, Lotus Trolley Bags, with a Backyard Launch Party at his Del Mar home June 3. View a product video at https://bit.ly/2pxvf6w. Lotus Trolley Bags is a 1% For the Planet member and hopes to raise awareness for charities it supports. ENCINA WASTEWATER AWARDS Recognizing the critical role industries play in protecting the ocean, the Encina Wastewater Authority honored local businesses that achieved 100 percent wastewater discharge compliance for 2016 with its prestigious Gold Award. These industries play an important role in protecting the collection system workers, the Pacific Ocean and the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility. The 2016 Gold Award recipients include: SeaSpine, Inc. (seven years); Versum Materials US, LLC (four years); Hollandia Dairy (four years); Natel (two years); Metal Etch Services (two years); Alphatec Spine, Inc. (two years); GE Osmonics (two years); Carlsbad Technology, Inc. (one year); Prudential Overall Supply (one year); Vista Industrial Products, Inc. (one year); Natural Alternatives International (one year); Melles Griot (one year); Glanbia Nutritionals, Inc. (one year); HRE Performance Wheels (one year); and Hughes Circuits, Inc. (one year). NEW DIRECTOR FOR NARES FOUNDATION Encinitas resident Renee Conrad is the new director of de-


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WALMART COMING TO OCEANSIDE Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, arranged the sale of a single-tenant absolute net-lease Walgreens property in North San Diego County at 3507 Cannon Road in Oceanside. The purchase price was $7.4 million, which represented a cap rate of 5.0 percent. Hanley Investment Group Executive Vice President Kevin Fryman, along with Ed Hanley, president of Hanley Investment Group, represented the seller, a private investor based in Beverly Hills. The buyer, a private investor from Northridge, was represented by Jason Flashman/ Flashman Investment Group of Peak Commercial of Los Angeles. RECYCLING IN STYLE The Kate Spade New York distribution center located in Carlsbad has been named as the Recycling Champion of the Quarter by Waste Management and the csity of Carlsbad as part of the Recycling Champion Program, which recognizes Carlsbad businesses for their exemplary recycling efforts. The city of Carlsbad and Waste Management recognized employees who work at the distribution center of Kate Spade New York for their exemplary sustainability efforts, which include recycling all cardboard packaging from their product resulting in 65 percent of the material generated at the site being recycled thereby diverting it from the landfill.

13-year-old local girl prodigy graduates from Palomar College By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — To say that Claire Lewis isn’t your average 13-year-old is a gross understatement. She could perform classical piano pieces three months after touching the ivory keys at age 6. She recently aced Calculus 3 — a feat many college students struggle to accomplish. And last Friday, the San Marcos girl with a love of classical piano and Gustavo Dudamel walked the stage with her fellow graduates — from Palomar College. What started three years ago as her parents’ search to satisfy her homeschooling math requirements climaxed with Claire receiving her Associates Degree, the youngest person in the school’s 70-year history to receive a degree. For Claire, an aspiring orchestral conductor and classically trained pianist, and her family, the journey was rewarding. “I feel really happy I was able to do this, I’m so happy I had this option,” said Claire, who plans to take the next year to apply to musical conservatories. “I just wasn’t getting challenged in regular school, so this was a perfect fit.” Her father, Tim Lewis, and mother, Simone de Bruyne-Lewis, are software engineers. Both said they were happy to be able to help their daughter pursue her dreams. “My feeling is one of excitement and gratitude,” Tim Lewis said. “I’m just grateful we were able to support her pursue her goals.” Tim and Simone said they recognized from an early age that Claire was innately more curious and driven than your average child. That curiosity and drive manifested itself most notably when she discovered her love for music. She started playing the piano at 6, and after three months had outstripped her father, a musician of 30 years, and was playing Bach minuets. “I remember when the crossover occurred, I would play the minuets and make tiny mistakes and have to go back,” Tim Lewis said. “One day she played it, and moved right on.” Almost immediately, her parents said, she gravitated not just to playing instruments, but directing them. When listening to classical symphonies, she would mimic a conductor’s motions with uncanny precision, her parents said. She knew what she wanted to be when she grew up at that moment, and hasn’t wavered. “When I was a child, if someone asked me what I wanted to do, I probably said a doctor,” Lewis said. “But did it change in a

Claire Lewis is the school’s youngest graduate ever. Courtesy photo

year? Probably so. “But she seems to be steadfast in that goal, and bravo to her,” Lewis said. “I think it’s fantastic that she has that certainty.” De Bruyne-Lewis said by fourth grade, Claire was begging to be homeschooled so she could devote more time to music. She currently is a member of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. The parents made her finish elementary school first, and then started exploring homeschool options that would allow her to be

in a classroom setting and satisfy her accelerated learning rate. “She would go through the books faster than I was able to teach her,” de Bruyne-Lewis said. “We searched and found that Palomar offered courses, and we asked about them, and learned she needed to take an assessment to see if she could take the college-level courses.” That was in 2014, and Claire tested into beginning algebra. But with each class, Claire’s curiosity increased and she wanted to

take more courses, before long she was carrying the workload of a full-time student. And these were not online courses: Claire was in class with college-age students. “At first they were confused about why this little kid was in class,” Claire said. “But after a few classes they got used to it.” Tim Lewis said he and his wife initially had reservations, but they quickly melted away. “What started as ‘How do we get this (homeschooling) done?’ turned into this amazing experience, and our initial trepidation quickly gave way to, ‘Wow, this is pretty cool,’” he said. Her favorite courses? Math, Claire said without hesitation. “It was easy for me to understand,” she said. “I got an A in Calc 3, and I got a perfect score on one of the tests.” Now, Claire said she will take the next step to narrow her list of prospective conservatories and begin the involved process of applying and auditioning for one of the precious spots. “There are a lot of good conservatories so I’m looking forward to applying to them,” she said.

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Cardiff kid wows on ‘America’s Got Talent’ By Aaron Burgin

C A R D I F F - B Y-T H E SEA — The little boy stood on the massive stage in front of even bigger celebrities, looking to score an opportunity of a lifetime. This was the scene as Cardiff boy and dancing sensation Merrick Hanna, 12, took the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to audition in front of the celebrity judges for NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent.” Merrick, who has previously been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Lip Sync Battle Shorties,” perhaps saved his best performance for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel. His stirringly emotional “dance story” of a boy growing up and the robot he left behind brought many in

the audience to tears — including his parents Shawn and Aletha — but more importantly, won over the judges, who moved Merrick to the next round of the competition. “This is one of the best dance performances I have ever seen on the show,” Cowell said, telling Merrick that he would be the type of dancer he would cast in a pop-music video. “You’re amazing,” Mandel said. “I loved it.” Merrick’s performance was one of the primary acts featured on the show’s season premiere on May 30. Shawn and Aletha Hanna said they were overwhelmed by the praise showered on Merrick by the judges, and the response from across the country from people who were touched by his poignant

Cardiff resident Merrick Hanna, 12, appeared on the May 30 season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.” Courtesy photo

and emotionally raw performance. “It is hard because when I watched him do it the first time, I cried, and I cried the second and third time too, but I am biased because I’m his mom,” Aletha

Hanna said. “But I really didn’t know what the reception would be from people that weren’t his mom.” “Almost every parent has a very high opinion of their child,” Shawn Hanna added. “So I continue to be


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very surprised at how folks react to Merrick that aren’t his parents.” Merrick has wowed fans in the past with his “flo-bot” style dancing, which earned him a ticket to the next stage of the “So You Think You Can Dance” competition. But for “America’s Got Talent,” Merrick channeled a more poignant tone, dancing to Alec Benjamin’s “I Built a Friend,” which tells the story of a boy’s friendship with a robot he built as a child, only to abandon it over the course of time and return home to find it short-circuited. It’s a routine that Merrick created as he does much of his dance routines — by freestyling — just over a year ago, his parents said. “We love that song, Merrick loves that song, and

he connected to it immediately,” Aletha Hanna said. “He danced to it right away, and what you saw on stage pretty much looks like what he did the first time dancing to it, and I cried my eyes out the first time, too.” As the cameras panned through the crowd in the Civic Auditorium, people could be seen wiping away tears by the routine’s conclusion, as Merrick gyrated and made his body go limp, symbolizing the death of the robot. Aletha Hanna, who was sitting in the audience, said she worried a little bit when he walked onto the stage. “He just looked like my little baby walking out on that stage, it was very scary watching him walking up there, especially we didn’t know what the reception would be,” she said.

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Spence, Rector honored End of year marks beginning of book hunt at CIF appreciation dinner small talk jean gillette


unting season is open. No guns, please. It is June, and so begins the annual end-of-school-year book hunt. As librarian, I now break out my most creative ways to remind youngsters to put that four-monthoverdue book into their backpack. My favorite trick is to write on their hand in washable marker. I write the word BOOK, making the letter O into eyes, with a goofy mouth underneath. They think it’s funny. I think of it as the Scarlet Letter. And it actually works sometimes. I also send home gently worded reminders about the cost to replace the

book. Books are not cheap and realizing this often prompts the search under the sofa cushions, the back of the fridge, in the doghouse, in the dirty-clothes basket, under the car seats and perhaps in the bottomless, bedroom book box. I do admit, books can often hide in plain sight, so clever is their slim, flat camouflage. They are often just the right size to slide into that place you can’t imagine they would be. But when all is said and done, they have to be somewhere. Chances are they may well not surface until you’ve paid to replace them. Meanwhile, we librarians feel like the greentoothed, blue meanie troll under the bridge, having to shut down the library three weeks before school ends. Having to turn away enthusiastic readers is painful, but we must. Just getting the majority of books back takes every minute of two weeks. Amid that collecting and shelving boom,

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there is hopefully time for some inventory and usually textbooks to deal with. At the very least, we want to have time to put the books in order. It will help, for maybe a day, with finding books next year. The librarian’s psyche is the true reason for ordering the shelves. One doesn’t become a librarian unless one has OCD leanings. We can let little hands turn things into a bit of a jumble for weeks at a time. But to soothe our orderly little souls, we still need that short, blissful moment when every book is in its proper place. And, of course, it’s nice to know what books the library does still possess. It’s also the time of year for the most creative excuses. “Well, I had it by my bed but then someone left the window open and it disappeared,” or “I lent it to my sister’s friend’s little brother and he gave it to the dog.” Worst of all are the young ones who give you a vacant stare when asked where their book might be. Book? I had a book? You know that book is gone for good. So grab your binoculars, get down on all fours and flush out those missing tomes. They can be shy, but all they really want is to come home. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and big fan of the Dewey Decimal system. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.

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COAST CITIES — The final event at the San Diego Hall of Champions was the 20th annual CIF San Diego Section appreciation dinner May 31. The honored members of the high school sports community cherished and supported by Hall of Champions founder Bob Breitbard included Vista High School water polo coach Dave Spence and La Costa Canyon High School girls lacrosse coach Casey Rector. The annual awards include the selection of a male coach and a female coach as Model Coach of the Year recipients. Spence and Rector were this year’s model coaches. CIF Commissioner Jerry Schniepp told the audience that the model coaches are positive role models in their schools and communities. “We have two prime examples,” he said. Spence has coached both boys water polo and girls water polo at Vista High School for 17 years. “Dave is one of those coaches who makes being an athletic director and athletic administrator an easy job,” said Pat Moramarco, Vista High School athletic director. “Dave’s an outstanding role model for any student-athlete,” Moramarco

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said. “We are very lucky to have Dave on our campus.” Eight high schools in North County including seven public schools have on-campus pools, but Vista High School is not one of them. The Panthers play their home matches at The Wave. The travel for practices and home games hasn’t been detrimental to the Vista water polo teams. “He turns out a quality water polo program year after year,” Moramarco said. John Labeta became the CIF San Diego Section assistant commissioner in 2011 and was previously the La Costa Canyon High School athletic director. After Labeta joined the CIF his daughter, Kari DiGiulio, became the Mavericks’ athletic director. Rector was DiGiulio’s first hire as the La Costa Canyon athletic director. “Her teams have character, pace and determination,” DiGiulio said. “Casey

Rector has exceeded expectations with her teams and each of her players have been touched.” Rector played lacrosse at La Costa Canyon when Labeta was the athletic director and was the 2005 CIF San Diego Section player of the year. She then played at the University of Oregon and returned to La Costa Canyon as an assistant coach before being hired to lead the Mavericks’ program. Rector became the head coach for the 2012 season, and the Mavericks won the CIF Division I championship that year. The Open Division was created in 2013, and La Costa Canyon won the first three CIF Open Division championships.

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