Rancho santa fe news, march 16, 2018

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Residential burglaries up in 2017 26 Covenant incidents last year after 16 in ’16 By Christina Macone-Greene

Providing entertainment at the Adopt a Family Foundation March gala is first-place winner of the “Eurovision Song Contest” on Israel Eurovision, Shanee. Courtesy photo

Adopt a Family Foundation readies for March gala By Christina Macone-Greene

RACNHO SANTA FE — Supporters of the Adopt a Family Foundation are gathering together on March 18 for a memorable gala. The venue this year will be the San Diego El Cortez with the theme “Celebrating 70 Years of Courage.” Headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe, the Adopt a Family Foundation opened its doors in 2003. The co-founder and CEO of the foundation, Carine Chitayat, shared that the theme is honoring the courage of their adopted families who are victims of terror. The

mission of the nonprofit is to help victimized Israeli citizens by way of emotional and financial support. “This is our annual gala and our main fundraiser,” Chitayat said. “We raised just over $100,000 last year, and we are hoping to reach the same amount this year.” Chitayat said the proceeds will go to the organization so that it may continue to adopt new families mistreated by terror. “Every year, the Adopt a Family Foundation provides a weeklong trip to San Diego to one of its adopted families,” she said. “The trip is very therapeutic. In addi-

tion to helping emotionally and financially its adopted families, the Adopt a Family Foundation undertakes many projects to help the population who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” Chitayat said that its nonprofit mainly focuses efforts on the youth located in the South of Israel, primarily in Sha’ar Hanegev and Sderot. The nonprofit offers these children summer camps and extra therapy sessions. Emceeing the March gala is Fox 11 Evening Anchor Dan Cohen. Musical entertainment will

be provided by Soprano Coloratura singer and composer Shanee, the first-place winner of Israel’s “Eurovision Song Contest.” “Our guests will experience a meaningful and memorable evening, which will include a dinner, live auction, musical performance and a fabulous guest speaker,” Chitayat said. “We are very grateful to all our sponsors and supporters who make our mission and work possible.” To learn more about the Adopt a Family Foundation Gala, register at adoptafamilygala2018. eventbrite.com or visit AdoptAFamilyFoundation.org.

Women’s Fund speaker tackles topic of life changes By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Positive psychologist and life transitions specialist Ilene Schaffer of La Jolla shared her expertise on how to handle the changes that life can bring to members of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund. The general meeting took place at Fairbanks Ranch on Feb. 27. Before Schaffer spoke, San-

dra Coufal, advisory chair for the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, welcomed guests and said a few words. “We wanted to present something that would be helpful to each of us individually, and that’s a hard thing to do with a group of 130 members,” Coufal said. TURN TO WOMEN’S FUND ON 9

Barbara Edwards, guest speaker Ilene Schaffer and Cynthia Hudson at the Feb. 27 RSF Women’s Fund general meeting. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The data has changed when it comes comparing annual burglary incidences in Rancho Santa Fe. According to Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser, burglary numbers jumped from 16 in 2016 to 26 in 2017. The 2017 breakdown includes seven vehicle break-ins, four commercial robberies and 15 residential burglaries. “Most crimes are opportunistic in nature,” he said. “People park their unlocked cars, they come out, and things are gone.” He added that laptops and wallets have been stolen from vehicles. Wellhouser reminded Covenant residents to defend their homes and vehicles by locking them up and setting alarms. While there was an increase in residential burglaries, petty and grand theft decreased and calls for service dropped by 99 calls from 2016. The av- Wellhouser erage response time for Rancho Santa Fe Patrol calls was 6.43 minutes. Wellhouser wanted everyone to know that approximately 12 percent of the calls stemmed from residential alarms and most were false. He said homeowners make the decision with their alarm company on who to notify if their alarm goes off. “A lot of times, we get the first call, so the alarm company knows to notify us,” Wellhouser said. “My guys are trained to do a little more than average patrol officers.” Association board President Fred Wasserman commended the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol for doing a great job. Recently, Wasserman got a call from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol that his home alarm went off — the cause was heavy wind that popped open a window. TURN TO BURGLARIES ON 13


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By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends has chosen a total of 52 agencies to be funded in 2018. Since it opened its doors 64 years ago, the Rancho Santa Fe-based organization has gifted close to $14 million to agencies based in San Diego which lend a helping hand to women, children, the elderly, those with special needs and the military. Marci Cavanaugh, human care funding director for The Country Friends, said the 52 agencies were announced at a special Feb. 2 “Giving Hearts” event at Fairbanks Ranch. Deborah and Les Cross co-chaired the gala. Since the gala, the word is getting out about the agencies receiving financial assistance from The Country Friends totaling more than $200,000. Cavanaugh said nearly 25 agencies applied for a grant that The Country Friends had never funded before. She reiterated that there does need to be a San Diego County connection. “Many times, we’ll have different agencies that are international, but they have a specific program only in San Diego,” she said. “We make sure when they fill out their formal funding application that that money stays in San Diego.” Applicants also can provide up to three objectives for the grant committee to choose review. “Agencies are very clear on where the money will go,” Cavanaugh said.

From there, the grant committee will review the formal funding application and pick which objective The Country Friends would like to fund. “We are very specific as to where that money goes,” she said. Cavanaugh said the nonprofit would love to fund all those agencies that fit into their guidelines. “And that’s what we’re really working towards — there are so many agencies that have such a need in San Diego,” she said, adding that she’s also very compassionate about them. One example she cited was Generate Hope, which helps victims of sex trafficking and is one of the 52 agencies which will be funded in 2018. The Country Friends works hard on making wise choices, Cavanaugh said, adding how it helps both San Diego North and South counties. “I think our board takes very seriously on where the funds go, and what we can do to make a difference in our community,” she said. Cavanaugh also describes the board as amazing while noting a new generation of younger women are joining as members. “I think the younger women really enjoy how strong our board is and how lean and tight we are as far as our overhead,” she said. “Everyone becomes friends — we are all very committed, and we come from all walks of life, and we are always looking forward to the future.”

Co-chairs of the Giving Hearts event, Deborah and Les Cross, announce The Country Friends’ 2018 funded agencies. Courtesy photo

Senior Center presents annual Healthy Aging event RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is proud to present the fourth annual Healthy Aging Conference at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on April 27. The conference features dynamic speakers, a delicious lunch, the opportunity to explore senior resources and prize drawings. Master of Ceremonies for the day is Richard Lederer, renowned author, speaker and columnist. Conference speakers

include bestselling author and speaker Edith Eger, Ph.D., Douglas Ziedonis, MD/MPH, associate vice chancellor for health sciences, UCSD; Richard Lederer, Ph.D., bestselling author, columnist; speaker Joseph Weiss, MD, clinical professor of medicine, UCSD; and Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., professor in residence, UCSD. Title Sponsors for this year’s conference are Casa Aldea Senior Living and San Diego Sleep Therapy.

The cost of registration is $30 and includes lunch. The deadline for registration is April 18. You can register for the conference by calling the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center at (858) 756-3041. The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit senior service organization providing resource information, informational programs, enrichment classes and social activities for seniors and their families.

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Garden Club grant application process underway City OKs permits for

Harbaugh Trails project

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club officially announced that its grant application process for those needing help to both fund horticulture and conservation efforts is moving forward. This marks the third consecutive year that the club has funded organizations in the San Diego area. According to the shelly Hart, executive director of the Garden Club, the club has funded $152,730 since 2015. The application process began on Feb. 1 and will close on March 16. “As a part of our mission to support horticulture and conservation efforts in the area, we give out up to $50,000 toward projects that are in line with our mission,” said Hart, adding that applicant projects should be economically and technically feasible. Additionally, it’s also essential that the project reveal a significant benefit such as a community need. Last year, the club gifted $52,730 to 12 organizations. The recipients included Friends of San Pasqual Academy, Rancho Santa Fe Association Osuna Adobe, Rancho Santa Fe Association Arroyo Property, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Hope Elementary, Aviara Oaks Elementary, RSF Foundation/ Roger Rowe Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, Park Dale Elementary, Car-

By Bianca Kaplanek

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club had a follow-up site visit in January at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum. Pictured are museum staff Tarah Martindale, Amanda Lee, Wendy Taylor, Kristen Hawkes, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Shelly Hart and Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Grant Committee member Margo Atkins. Courtesy photo

mel Creek Elementary and San Elijo Conservancy. Some are repeat recipients, such as the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, which received $10,000 in 2016 and $7,300 in 2017. “We had 28 applications last year,” Hart said. “I expect to have close to the same number or a few more this year. We are hoping to increase the amount that we give out this year.

We will discuss the amount at our next board meeting in March.” Hart also shared that interested applicants who want to apply can locate the Garden Club’s Request for Proposal on their website. “The RFP includes details about what is expected in the proposal,” she said. “All requests must be received in person or by mail no later than March 16,

2018, at 12 p.m.” Grant recipients will be notified by postal mail and via email. Hart said recipients are asked to send a representative to give a short presentation at the Garden Club’s annual meeting on May 23. For more information about the grant process, visit www.rsfgardenclub.org or email Hart at shelly@rsfgardenclub.org.

SOLANA BEACH — Improvement plans for a 3.44-acre vacant parcel at the northeast end of the city forged ahead at the Feb. 28 meeting, with council members approving the necessary permits for habitat restoration, minor grading and trail upgrades. Once completed, the project will feature 2,080 linear feet of improvements through the triangular lot and a 780-linear-foot extension of the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail on the western boundary along Coast Highway 101. Associated amenities include signage walls, donor and dedication areas, a view deck overlooking the San Elijo Ecological Reserve and the Pacific Ocean, an information kiosk and benches. The trails will provide a connection to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s existing system in the reserve via North County Transit District’s newly built railroad pedestrian underpass. It is anticipated the extension of the Coastal Rail Trail would connect to a future Highway 101 crossing, providing access to Cardiff State Beach. The property was home to a gas station in the 1950s and ’60s and a fruit stand in the ’70s. In 1982,

San Diego County and the California Coastal Commission approved a project known as Sandcastle Resort for the site. Although it was never built, it concerned many residents. Subsequent county approval of a 170-room Inn Suites on the parcel in 1985 prompted Solana Beach to seek and obtain cityhood a year later to ensure control over development within its borders. The first act of the newly created City Council was approval of a moratorium that stopped all development in Solana Beach. A scaled-down version of the Inn Suites project was eventually approved, but the company went bankrupt and the bank foreclosed on the property. In 1996, Arizona-based Magellan Solana Beach purchased the lot for $2.8 million and about five years later submitted permit applications for a large hotel-condominium. It was the first of many projects proposed by the company that never came to fruition. Asked at least twice about selling the property, Magellan said in early 2000 it wouldn’t consider any offers less than $7 million. Six years later the company stated in a letter to the TURN TO HARBAUGH ON 5

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Don’t bet on single-payer arriving anytime soon


Big batteries will generate benefits for water ratepayers By Mark Muir

Nestled into the hills north of San Marcos, the San Diego County Water Authority is taking another innovative step to save money for the region’s water ratepayers. This winter, the agency installed commercial-scale batteries at the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant that are expected to generate $100,000 a year in savings. The batteries are designed to reduce operational costs at the facility by storing low-cost energy for use during high-demand periods when energy prices increase – and they are part of a larger strategy by the Water Authority to maximize its assets for the public good. The Water Authority already has installed significant solar energy systems at three of its major facilities to reduce power costs and make the agency more environmentally friendly. In addition, the Water Authority’s energy program includes an energy storage facility at Lake Hodges, an inline hydro power facility in Rancho Peñasquitos, and a 2016 agreement that allowed the agency to begin purchasing low-cost power produced at Hoover Dam.

Say something about gun shows The tragic event last month of a young gunman shedding blood on a Florida schoolyard left me heartbroken and feeling helpless. I fear for the safety of my teen in our current environment, where there are enough guns to arm every single American, and where an unstable young person can easily ob-

The Water Authority also is exploring the potential for floating solar panels at Olivenhain Reservoir, along with a major new energy storage project in conjunction with the City of San Diego at the city’s San Vicente Reservoir. Complementing those efforts is the Water Authority’s long-standing commitment to water-use efficiency, which helps to minimize the region’s demand for energy related to treating and transporting water supplies. At the Twin Oaks plant, the new energy storage system was installed at no cost to the Water Authority through an agreement with Santa Clara-based ENGIE Storage, a division of ENGIE North America, formerly known as Green Charge. To store low-cost energy, the batteries charge either from the grid or onsite solar energy production. Onsite energy is generated by more than 4,800 existing solar panels that produce an estimated 1.75 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. ENGIE Storage installed the batteries at Twin Oaks through a Power Efficiency Agreement with the Water Authority to in-

stall, at no cost to the Water Authority, a 1 megawatt/2 megawatt-hour energy storage system. Advanced software allows the Water Authority to use low-cost stored energy for plant operations during high-demand periods when market prices typically peak. ENGIE will own, operate and maintain the system on Water Authority land for 10 years, after which the Water Authority can choose to extend the agreement, purchase the batteries, or have them removed and the site returned to its original condition. A $1 million incentive from the California Public Utilities Commission helped fund the project. The incentive, awarded in 2017 under the CPUC’s Self Generation Incentive Program, encourages the adoption of energy storage technologies that reduce both electricity demand and greenhouse gases. For more information about the Water Authority’s renewable energy initiatives, go to www.sdcwa.org/renewable-energy. Mark Muir chairs the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Water Authority

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here is loud talk in the Legislature and anywhere California Democrats meet in large numbers about passing a single-payer health care plan something like the one that didn’t make it to a state Assembly vote last summer. But don’t bet on such a plan passing anytime soon. For one thing, Democrats now lack the two-thirds supermajorities in both legislative houses that they enjoyed most of last year, the edge that allowed them to pass a gasoline tax increase Republicans will try to defeat at the polls this fall. Those big margins won’t return until midyear at the earliest, as Democrats lost three Los Angeles-area Assembly seats and one in the state Senate to the Legislature’s sexual harassment scandal and some health problems near the end of 2017. Even if Democrats hold on to all those seats, a likely prospect, they would have precious little time before the November election to place an inherently controversial single-payer, Medicare-forall plan on the ballot. That plan was so questionable when presented last year that Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, usually a reliable liberal, shelved it for the year last June. His objection: There was no clear financing for the idea, with many ultra-liberal Democrats figuring they’d just pass something and figure out later how to pay for it. There’s also the dicey matter of negotiating with federal officials – mostly conservative Republicans these days – over how to switch the payroll withholding that now funds Medicare over to the state if California adopts single-payer.

Affordable Care Act. One big problem would be convincing the millions of California seniors now on Medicare that a state-run program can provide as widespread thomas d. elias and comprehensive coverAnd there’s the reality age as Medicare, widely perceived as one of the that California will have best-run federal programs. to find new money someOf course, if Republicans where if it expects to keep Medi-Cal benefits at in Congress move to cut or eviscerate Medicare, as present levels in the face some have threatened or of federal cuts included promised, then a comin the Republican tax bill passed in the waning days pletely independent but unproven state-run plan of last year. Medi-Cal advocates in- might look much better to cluding Health Access Cal- over-65 citizens. It’s not that single-payifornia warn that the state may see “the mother of all er is a new idea in California. Twice during the first Medicaid battles.” Medi-Cal is the state’s version decade of this century, former Democratic state of the federal Medicaid Sen. Sheila Kuehl, now program, funding health a Los Angeles County care for about one-third supervisor, shepherded of the state’s residents, a such plans through the figure that demonstrates Legislature, only to see California’s extreme them vetoed by then-Gov. economic inequalities. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Liberal Democrats now Her idea – also embodied want to expand Medi-Cal in most current proposals – even further, saying they plan to cover undocument- was to use existing health ed immigrants along with insurance premiums as the main funding source, one low-income U.S. citizens. reason California would Without two-thirds need to get access to Medimajorities, it will be difcare fees now taken reguficult to act on any of this larly out of most seniors’ agenda because Democrats can have no realistic Social Security checks, in addition to what comes out expectation of help from any Republican who hopes of workers’ paychecks. As was Schwarzenegto be re-elected. That’s because all these ideas are ger, current Gov. Jerry Brown is skeptical about part of what Republicans whether adequate funding call the Democrats’ “taxis available for any of this. and-spend” politics. All of which creates an Long-simmering disputes over rising prescrip- extremely complex health tion drug costs also figure care situation in Sacramento occupy plenty of time in to, and nothing complex Sacramento this year, just gets done quickly there. So people anticipating a like last year. But single-payer is the single-payer ballot proposition on a California ballot largest target for Caliprobably should not hold fornia Democrats, who understand that passing it their breath. Chances are it won’t come before 2020 would take this state outat the earliest. side the constant battles in Congress over repeal or Email Thomas Elias dismemberment of ex-Presat tdelias@aol.com. ident Barack Obama’s

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Iconic windmill lands food hall concept By Steve Puterski

CARLSBAD — If all goes to plan, a bustling breeze will be swirling through the latest venture coming to the city. James Markham, who created Pieology and Project Pie, recently announced his plans to open the Windmill Food Hall in the iconic Windmill building on Palomar Airport Road. Markham signed a lease in December through Colliers International, which also represented the owner, Carlsbad Properties, which also owns Paseo Carlsbad and the buildings of P.F. Chang’s and BJ’s Restaurant. The site had been vacant for two years after the closure of TGI Friday’s. “Everybody knows the Windmill,” Markham said. “I think most people don’t what it is or what the hell’s been in there.” Markham, though, is no stranger to restaurants. His first venture was the popular MOD pizza spot in Seattle before creating Pieology, Project Pie and Knockout Pizza, among others. Now, he is opening the Windmill Food Hall with grand plans. Although on the surface the concept appears like a food court, Markham said it’s much different. Patrons do get a wide variety of food selections, but wait staff will be on hand to refill drinks, take new orders and conduct payments, while the site will offer skeeball, pinball and other games now common to the dining experience, yet a big draw for families. “Construction starts in about a week,” Markham said. “The windmill itself will have a different color scheme.” Bill Shrader, vice president of Colliers and broker of the transaction, said the space encompasses 12,000 square feet inside and an additional 2,000 square

feet of outdoor space, which will be used as part of the food hall. He said 11 different food vendors will be operating by the opening in June, although only about five or six have committed. Regardless, he said the location is perfect for Markham’s concept with proximity to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, Car Country Carlsbad and one of the busiest thoroughfares in the county at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Palomar Airport Road. “It’s one of the more iconic sites in North San Diego County,” Shrader said. “This is probably the busiest east-west corridor because it takes people from the I-5 to the booming industrial area in Carlsbad. There is a tremendous amount of traffic in this area.” The food is expected to range from empanadas to sushi, handmade Asian noodles, barbecue and pizza, to name a few, while other features include leather couches, oil drum barstools and the aforementioned wait staff, which will be provided devices for on-thespot ordering and payment. At his core, though, Markham is an innovator and this new opportunity is another avenue to push the boundaries of the food service industry. He said the space, which is large, will also be able to host gatherings such as big events, dance lessons, a singles night and catering to large parties. Markham will also introduce two of his own new concepts, sushi burritos and Crackheads, a breakfast and gourmet coffee site in the base of the windmill. “People are looking for variety, but also something communal,” Markham said. “You want stuff where kids can do their thing. We are going to touch everybody’s palate. We are just going to be doing some very cool stuff that makes it more fun and more funky.”

Report: Breeders’ Cup worth nearly $100 million to region DEL MAR — The Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ Del Mar debut in November came with a $98.8 million economic boost to the region, according to a recent report. Visitors who came to the San Diego region to see the thoroughbred horse race series spent $57.8 million on accommodations, restaurants, transportation and other expenditures. The cup, which is held at different locations each year, brought $27.2 million in track improvements to the Del Mar Racetrack, according to a study by Carlsbad-based Sports Management Research Institute. Last year was the first time the prestigious Breed-

ers' Cup was staged in Del Mar. Though it will be held in Kentucky this year, officials said the impact on San Diego could be a lasting one. The study found that attending the event left 71 percent of attendees with a more favorable impression of San Diego than they previously had and 73 percent said they would like to return to the city the following year. The average Breeders’ Cup attendee has an average household income of $225,000 — which translates into more money spent while visiting the region, according to Kathleen Davis, chief executive of the research institute. — City News Service

If all goes as planned, habitat restoration, minor grading and trail upgrades for the 3.44-acre Harbaugh Seaside Trails property at the north end of Solana Beach will begin in July and take about a year to complete. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek


city that it had a third-party appraisal for the property “as is” for $17.2 million. Magellan then underwent some restructuring and was renamed Gateway Resort Solana Beach. A permit application for another scaled-down project was submitted in 2005 before the real estate bubble burst. With an outstanding loan of about $5.2 million, the company negotiated a deed in lieu of foreclosure with Johnson Bank, which held the land until the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy purchased it Dec. 28, 2011, for approximately $4 million. About a dozen “generous community members” provided loans ranging from $50,000 to $750,000 to save the site from proposed development, said Jennifer Bright, the conservancy’s development director. The property was renamed Harbaugh Seaside Trails in 2015 in honor of a $1.15 million donation from the George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation, which helped pay off the loans. The city rezoned the land from general commercial to open space/preserve in 2017, which Bright described as “a momentous occasion for all involved.” With feedback from community and stakeholder meetings, the conservancy released a proposed restoration plan in December 2016. Doug Gibson, the conservancy’s executive director, said at the time he hoped construction would begin in June or July 2017 and take approximately six months to complete. But the permit process took a bit longer than expected. According to current plans, asphalt from the old gas station and vegetation will be removed. The trail system will divide the lot into quadrants, with each focused on habitat restoration and native plants that include maritime scrub, maritime chaparral, maritime succulent and coastal dune. Approval from the Coastal Commission is needed before work can start, but Bright said the conservancy is “not expecting to have issues.” “We have to wait until

they can get it on their calendar,” Gibson said. “We’d love for it to be heard in May in San Diego. That would be a great thing,” Grading could start in July if that happens. Once underway the project should take about a year to complete, Gibson said, adding that planting will begin in the fall. “You don’t want to plant during the summer,” he said. “We’re not going to rush it. We also want to ask the community to get involved.” “Every milestone we reach is a big deal to the community,” said Gerri Retman, who was honored in 2012 for her efforts to secure the property as open space. “I think that the project’s great.” She noted it was more than 30 years in the mak-


Resident Tracy Richmond, who recalled filling his tank at the gas station when gas was .23 a gallon, described the current site as “horribly degraded.” “This project will enhance it beyond belief,” he said. “It will enhance our city. I think it’s a wonderful project and I really look forward to walking it.” “If there ever was a slam-dunk of doing something in the city of Solana Beach, this is it,” former Mayor Tom Golich said. “It’s really been a long effort,” Councilman Dave Zito said. “The end result is worth it. “I think this particular property shows, more than anything else, what persistence and diligence can pay off for because we’re going to end up with a great

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LIFELONG LEARNERS NAMI 101 and Sprinkle Flowers on Your Plate will be the two speaker topics for the lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. March 16, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta.edu/life or call ‪(760) 757-2121, ext. 6972‬. ‬‬‬‬‬ TODAY’S TRANSPORTATION The LIFE group at MiraCosta San Elijo campus will host a lecture “Transportation in the 21st Century” with Peder Norby, consultant with the city of Carlsbad and county planning commissioner, at 1 p.m. March 16 Room 201, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff. DONATE TO BAGS & BAUBLES Foundation for Animal Care and Education is now accepting donations of new and “gently loved” high-end designer handbags, jewelry, accessories, and sunglasses for its April 29 Rancho Santa Fe Bags & Baubles fundraiser. Requested brands include but are not limited to: Rebecca Minkoff, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen, Stella McCartney, Prada, Luis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, and Givenchy. For details, visit face4pets.org or bagsandbaubles.org. SURVEY FOR CYCLISTS Solana Beach is asking residents to take a Bicycle Friendly Community public survey at surveymonkey.com /r/ BFC _app_ Spring2018. The survey will remain open through April 8. Solana Beach has submitted an application to become a designated Bicycle Friendly Community. One component of the review process is for the review committee to gain an understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in the community through a community survey. Aggregate survey responses will be shared with the city.


LATEST ON GUN LAWS Two Carlsbad-based attorneys will be part of a panel discussing the latest gun laws at the 2018 California Gun Laws Convention, an event open to the public, from 4 to 7 p.m. March 17, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. For event ticket information, visit sandiegocountrygunowners.com. For more information, phone (619) 828-3006. Parking at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is $14 per automobile. LEPRECHAUN DASH The annual Tip Top Run “Leprechaun Dash & Bash,” to benefit the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 17 and includes a 5k/10k walk and fun run, lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag, bib,

T he R ancho S anta F e News family fun activities, live music, World Water Day exhibitors, vendors and drinks. Register at active. com/carlsbad-ca/running/ distance-running-races/tiptop-run-leprechaun-dashand-bash-2018. PLANT AND FLOWER SALE St. Mary Star of the Sea Altar Society is holding a two-day Plant and Craft Sale 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 17 and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18 in the Star of the Sea Center, on the corner of Pier View Way and Freeman Street in Oceanside. For more information, contact Camille at (760) 757-0944. BOKASHI TIME Join the free Bokashi Basics & Bin Build workshop 10 a.m. to noon March 17 at the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Learn how to transform your kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil using the Japanese art of Bokashi fermentation and composting. Register online at solanacenter.org/events or contact compost@solaancenter.org or (760) 436-7986, ext. 700. JOIN THE BIG READ The Oceanside Public Library and Oceanside Museum of Art invite the public to a kick-off event for the Big Read of “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel from 6 to 8 p.m. March 17 at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. For more information on the Big Read in Oceanside, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600.


HISTORY COMES ALIVE Native Americans used rain sticks to call upon the gods for rain in a dry climate. In March, celebrate these customs by making your own rain sticks, using paper rolls, rice, beans, foil, paint, feathers, and, of course, your imagination, and let your creativity rain supreme. Every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive. For details, call (760) 632-9711. FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will dance at Elk's Club and have Happy Hour at Brigantine, Escondido on March 18 and meet for Happy Hour and dinner at Macaroni Grill, Escondido, March 22. Reservations at (858) 674-4324. LENTEN QUIET Observe Lent with a “Quiet Afternoon with Rev. Laura” at 2 p.m. March 18 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 2510 Gateway Road, in Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 930-1270. During this time of prayer and quiet conversation, reflect on the 11 practices of fasting that Pope Francis encourages. How do we break the cycles of anger that dominate our culture? Why is it a sign of strength to respond with love in the face of fear? How do we live together with those very different from us?


GALA TO SUPPORT CASA AMPARO Join the “Sips at Sea” wine dropoff fundraiser, benefiting Casa de Amparo and the Lynch Foundation for Children from 4:45 to 7:30 p.m. March 22 on a yacht in the San Diego Harbor. Guests are asked to bring two bottles of 90-point or higher rated bottles of wine to donate. RSVP by March 19 to Christine Ciccosanti at (760) 566-3560 or cciccosanti@casaamparo.org. The boat will depart at 5:30 p.m. Sponsors ask that guests consider using Lyft or Uber for transportation for the evening. DEL MAR HORSE SHOW COMING Much of the Del Mar National Horse Show is free, however, tickets are available now for the featured Saturday evening events at the Del Mar National Horse Show, April 17 through May 6, including Western (April 17 to April 21), Dressage (April 26 to April 29) and Hunter/ Jumper (May 1 to May 6) in world-class competitions. Get tickets at delmarnational.com. STUDYING MARK Beginning during Lent, Holy Cross Episcopal Church will continue Mondays with Mark, a study of Mark’s Gospel at 6 p.m. March 19, at 2510 Gateway Road, in Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 930-1270. The study will be conversational, and led on a rotating basis by clergy and lay leaders, reading Mark, drawing on the scholarship of contemporary American theologian, Ched Myers. PLAYREADERS’ EVENING Join Carlsbad Playreaders, at 7:30 p.m. March 19 for “Fuddy Meers” at the Carlsbad Dove Library Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad.


WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS The Encinitas Advisory Committee on Homelessness invites community members to a forum on ending homelessness in Encinitas, “Great Strides and Next Steps” from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Encinitas Public Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The event will feature a panel with the Encinitas mayor and sheriff’s captain plus other experts in the field. To RSVP, visit crcncc.org/forum. BONSAI & BEYOND Bonsai & Beyond will hold its March meeting at 6 p.m. March 20 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, with a workshop on creating terrariums. Remember to bring your trees, gloves, and imagination. Extra plants are appreciated. For details, call Cindy Read, (619) 504-5591. ENDING HOMELESSNESS The Encinitas Advisory Committee on Homelessness will host a forum on ending homelessness in Encinitas from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. RSVP to crcncc. org/forum. AUDUBON SOCIETY The Buena Vista Audubon Society will meet at 7

p.m. March 21 at 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Featured speaker will be Scott Tremor, from the SD Natural History Museum. For more information, call (760) 439-2473.


WHAT’S NEW ON VENUS? The Encinitas Library hosts “Exploring Venus,” at 3:30 p.m. March 21 at 540 Cornish Ave., Encinitas. Join the NASA Solar System Explorers Club to discover new worlds. GOP HOSTS CANDIDATES Make reservations by March 21 for the Carlsbad Republican Women Federated the Republican meeting, hosting candidates running to replace Darrell Issa for the 49th Congressional District, at an 11 a.m. March 27 luncheon meeting at the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. VISTA BLOOD DRIVE The city of Vista will host a mobile blood drive from 9 to 11 a.m. March 21 at 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista in the Civic Center parking lot. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call (619) 469-7322 or visit SanDiegoBloodBank.org. CREATIVE LIBRARY TIME Escondido Public Library helps you make a Rube Goldberg Machine at Create It @ Your Library, for ages 12 to 18 years old, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 21 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. For more information, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or cathy.janovitz@escondidolibrary.org. FORUM ON MONEY A Family Forum called “Money Matters for Millennials” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 21 in the Media Center of San Dieguito Academy800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. Panelists will include a representative from Wells Fargo, the SDA Business Math Instructor, and an attorney who will address HIPAA law. For more information, contact Kelly McCormick, kmcc425@yahoo.com.


FRIENDS AND FAITH The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities will have Happy Hour and dinner at Macaroni Grill, Escondido March 22; Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church and lunch at Mimi's Cafe, Oceanside March 25 and play bocce ball and dinner at Vista Elk's Club, Vista. March 27. Reservations are necessary by calling (858) 674-4324.


LIBRARY EGG HUNT The Oceanside Public Library will host springtime stories and songs for ages 7 and younger at 10:30 a.m. (English) and 11:30 a.m. (Spanish), March 23, followed by an egg hunt and take-away craft at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861-B Mission Ave. The event will repeat at 10:30 a.m. March 27 in the Civic Center Li-

MARCH 16, 2018 brary Community Rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway. For information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org or call (760) 435-5600. SUMMER SURF CAMPS Surfin Fires summer surf camps for groms, teens and adults run through Aug. 29. For dates and times, contact (760) 438-0538 or register at surfinfire.com. DAY FOR VIETNAM VETS Hospice of the North Coast hosts “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. For tickets, visit https:// impact.hospicenorthcoast. org/oceanside/events/welcome-home-vietnam-veterans/e163051. FRIENDS OF JUNG Del Mar Friends of Jung present a Friday Lecture “Face of An Instinct: Animal Dream Symbolism,” with Janet Blaser at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar. For details, visit jungsandiego.org. NOT JUST FOR UGLY DOGS Get tickets for the 23rd annual “Not Just for Ugly Dogs” contest at eventbrite.com/e/23rd-annual-ugly-dog-contest-notjust-for-ugly-dogs-tickets41085067543?aff=mcivte. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the contest at 11 a.m. March 25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, hosted by The San Diego Coastal Chambers of Commerce & Del Mar Kiwanis.


EGG HUNT The Village Church will host an Easter event from 9 to 11 a.m. March 246 at 225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, with story time with Pastor Jack along with airbrush face-painting, an egg hunt, games, crafts and a Continental breakfast. GRAB A PADDLE The Oceanside Outrigger Canoe Club is looking for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 19 to join its summer race program. Members learn about teamwork, how to paddle, about the canoe and Hawaiian culture. Registration and paddle will be noon to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Oceanside Harbor by the boat dock. The season starts April 17 and cost is $105 per year. For details, visit oceansideoutrigger. org/keiki. DEL SOL LIONS SUPPORT Join the Del Sol Lions Club for its annual Blind Stokers Shopping Spree from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 24 at the Trek Bicycle Superstore at 4240 Kearny Mesa Road, Suite 108 in Kearny Mesa. Meet members of the Blind Stokers Club, while they turn a $1,300 DSL Vision Committee grant into cycling gear for their 2018 season. BIRD HOUSE AUCTION The Buena Vista Audubon Society hosts its Birdhouse auction fundraiser and open house from 5 to 8 p.m. March 24, at its nature center. Cost is $15 at the door. Call (760) 4392473 or visit bvlagoon@ gmail.com for more information.


BURRITOS AND BOOKS Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 27 at 239 S. Kalmia St, Escondido. The selected title is “Don’t Get Caught” by high school English teacher, Kurt Dinan.


BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS The Friends of the Escondido Public Library will hold a 50-percent-off sale on March 30 and March 31. The sale will take place in the Friends Book Shop inside the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. in Escondido. DAY FOR VIETNAM VETS Hospice of the North Coast hosts “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at the Veterans Association of North County, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. For tickets, visit https:// impact.hospicenorthcoast. org/oceanside/events/welcome-home-vietnam-veterans/e163051.


FULL-MOON HIKE The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is planning a full-moon hike on the Bernardo Bay Trail from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at Lake Hodges, designated a globally important bird area in 1999. The reservoir, created when the San Dieguito River was dammed in 1918, is now a critical stopover for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway. Dogs are welcome on leash. Further information upon registration at https://form.jotform. com/71697790184167. BE AN RIVER PARK DOCENT You can register now, at Sikesadobe.org, to be a volunteer trail patroller, educational docent or assistant to the rangers with habitat and trail restoration with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. A volunteer training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 31 at the San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, followed by a 1 to 4 p.m. session at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Drive, Escondido. For information, contact Manager of Interpretation and Outreach: leana@sdrp. org or call (760) 716-1214.

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City wants to increase affordable housing requirements for developers By Aaron Burgin


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ENCINITAS — Encinitas officials appeared to reach consensus on whether to raise the percentage of affordable housing in developments, which currently stands at 10 percent. The City Council and Planning Commission, appearing at a joint meeting dedicated to discussing the city’s inclusionary housing policy, agreed that the city should raise the percentage to 15 percent, among other things. The joint body heard from a panel of experts assembled by former City Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer, who moderated the two-hour workshop. The panel included Carlsbad Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Debbie Fountain, Shea Homes of San Diego division President Paul Barnes, Chelsea Investment Corp. founder and CEO Jim Schmid and Community Housing Works President and CEO Sue Reynolds. The council and commission listened to the quartet of experts make suggestions on how the city could develop a successful inclusionary ordinance that would meet its goals of adding more affordable housing without being onerous on developers. The consensus of the developers on the panel was that the city should be flexible with the ordinance, including on whether developers would be required to build the affordable unit on-site or off-site. “You want it to be a highway, not a bramble filled path,” Reynolds said of the process. Reynolds suggested that when the development isn’t large enough to be required to build a unit that

the developer pay a so-called “in lieu fee” toward other “shovel ready” affordable projects. Schmid, who was representing the Building Industry Association, said the city should look at ways to reduce costs in the development process to offset the rise in cost associated with paying fees or increased affordable housing mandates. And both said the city’s affordable housing policy should be exclusively rental units, which was met with pushback from council members and planning commissioners. Commissioner Kevin Doyle said he did not want to preclude the development of tiny houses, which are owned as opposed to rented. The City Council expressed a desire to study whether it would be feasible for the city to increase the inclusionary rate for land subject to the housing element’s zone increase. Mayor Catherine Blakespear and others said if the city was essentially giving the property owner a windfall by upzoning the property, the city should be able to ask for more of a commitment to affordable housing. City staff said they would take the suggestions from the council and the panel and return in a month or so with a revised ordinance. The City Council was prepared to vote on an ordinance in February, but City Councilman Mark Muir objected to the proposal because the city had not held a workshop on the topic, something it promised to do in 2015. The meeting satisfies that pledge.

Solana Beach approves CCA launch By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Consistently a leader in sustainability, Solana Beach will be the first city in the county to offer residents community choice aggregation. Council members at the Feb. 28 meeting authorized several actions, including launching the alternative energy program, approving its name, product names and procurement strategy and setting a March 14 public hearing to adopt a risk management policy and discuss and set rates. If all goes as planned, the CCA will start June 1. Although she said she supports alternative energy options, Mayor Ginger Marshall was the lone dissenter, as she has been in the past. “I’m still worried about all the risks involved,” she said before the 3-1 vote, with Judy Hegenauer absent. “I think the rest of the council is very positive and it looks like they want to move forward with this. I hope it works out. “I would prefer to join forces with some of the other larger cities in the area who are studying their own CCAs,” she added. “I just think that that would be a more prudent way to go about it. “I’m definitely not an energy expert, and this is all very technical and complicated,” Marshall said. “I just hate to see any of the city’s funds being put to risk at the expense of saying that we’re the first ones in San Diego to launch a CCA.” The goal of CCA, also called community choice energy, is to provide a higher percentage of renewable electricity at competitive and potentially lower rates, give customers local choices and

promote the development of renewable power sources. San Diego Gas & Electric, which currently offers 43 percent renewable energy, will continue to deliver electricity through its system and provide maintenance and outage response services. Under state law, all customers must be automatically enrolled in the program but they are given several chances to opt out. Solana Beach has been discussing CCA for more than five years, aggressively moving forward in mid-2016 when a request for proposals was released to find a partner to gather data, provide the necessary renewable energy and address economic concerns. About a year later the city contracted with The Energy Authority for design and operation, and Calpine, which generates electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. According to TEA estimates, if Solana Energy Alliance — the newly adopted name — offers rates 3 percent lower than SDG&E, Solana Beach customers using 400 kilowatts per month would save .95 a month if they choose a base-energy program of 50 percent renewables and 75 percent carbon-free sources. The cost for 100 percent renewables would be $91.60 per month, or .62 cents below SDG&E’s current estimated rate. TEA also provided projection costs for 2018 and 2019, based on a June 1 start. The numbers differ because the program will be operational for only seven months rather than 12. According to the estimate, the cost for SDG&E services will

be $5 million this year and $7.3 million in 2019. CCA costs are expected to be about $2.4 million and $3.7 million. Those amounts include all costs incurred to date by TEA, which agreed to pay any upfront fees until the program was launched, after which time the city would begin reimbursement. So far TEA has spent about $50,000 and city staff time amounts to around $55,000. When Solana Beach officials agreed to form a CCA program, they did so with a guarantee from the consultants that no city funds would be put at risk. Other estimated costs include exit fees of about $1 million the first year and $2 million the next — on average, $10 a month — for customers who do not opt out of the program. Reserves, which will be used to buy power in future years, are expected to be about $1.4 million and $1.3 million in 2018 and 2019, respectively. A risk management team or committee will be created to oversee the day-to-day management of the program and ensure it is staying on track with its goals and objectives. Solana Beach utility customers can expect to receive enrollment notices in April and May, at which time they can opt out. Base energy will be called SEA Choice. The 100 percent renewable program will be known as SEA Green. Net energy metering customers, or those with rooftop solar, will be referred to as SEA NEM. Resident Tracy Richmond TURN TO CCA ON 14

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FUNDRAISER 2018 spring baseball season

SUMMER THEATRE CAMP Performance-based intensives that will be sure to give your child a fun and skill-building playful summer. All camps culminate in a performance for family & friends on the final day of camp. AGES 4 – 8 One-Week, 9:30am–12:30pm


The 2018 Spring baseball season is off to a start, and we still lack adequate lighting for our field! Your kind donation will go towards our “Light The Fields” fundraiser, which will replace our nearly 50 year old lights so our kids can play safely under a bright well lit baseball field!

A half-day camp that teaches theatre games with rhythm, music and sound! WONDER WOMAN’S SUPERHERO SLAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 18 – June 22 MONSTER MASHUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 9 – July 13 A PRINCESS PARTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 23 – July 27

AGES 8 – 12 Two-Week, 9:30am–3:30pm Fun games, playful release of energy, and confidence building skill development. ANNIE KIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 18 – June 29 Magic Tree House: PIRATES PAST NOON KIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 9 – July 20 THE MUSIC MAN KIDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 23 – August 3

AGES 12 – 19 Two-Week, 9:30am–3:30pm These acting intensives will take students from the audition process all the way through performance in a fast-paced, fun, and creativity enhancing experience. THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 18 – June 29 THE MANY DISGUISES OF ROBIN HOOD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 9 – July 20 DISNEY’S MULAN JR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 23 – August 3


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Classes are M–F at North Coast Rep Theatre in Solana Beach. Early drop-off/late pickup is available. Discounts available for multiple weeks or sibling enrollments! For prices and more specific information on individual classes, please visit our website. Questons? Contact Benjamin Cole, (858) 481-2155, ext. 216. Register on the website or by calling the Box Office, (858) 481-1055.


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ABOVE: Eighty-two Arts Alive Banners, unveiled March 10 at Pacific View School in Encinitas, will be hung on lampposts along a six-mile stretch of Coast Highway 101, then auctioned off at Cardiff Town Center on May 20. LEFT: Rescue French bulldog Cherie poses in front of a banner of her surfing. “Flying Frenchie” was painted by artist Darlene Katz. Photos by Promise Yee

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CERT offers preparedness program ENCINITAS — When the going gets tough, the tough get ready. The Encinitas Fire Department and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are combining their resources to present a two-hour disaster preparedness program entitled “Are You Ready” at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 26, at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center on Oakcrest Drive. The free program is tailored to address disasters that are likely to affect Encinitas, including earthquakes, floods and wildfires, that could lead to a community-wide disaster and overwhelm local public emergency response resources. The group will provide detailed steps to take before a disaster strikes with the goal of minimizing the effects on homes and families. The presentation is available to all residents free of charge. Training is available to residents and workers in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove twice a year. To learn more about Encinitas CERT, please visit its website at enccert.org or RSVP for this event at info@enccert.org.

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Tom Beckett, Salt Lake City attorney and Dark-Sky advocate/educator, guides a raft through Hell’s Half Mile on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The focus of these trips is to see the celestial panorama that no longer exists in most of the country because of light pollution.

Shining a light on Dark Sky Communities hit the road e’louise ondash


ur loss of “dark skies” reminds me of the adage about the frog in the boil-

ing pot. Throw the unsuspecting cold-blooded amphibian in when the water is cool, slowly turn up the heat and the frog will never realize it’s being boiled alive. That’s what has happened with our ability to see the heavens at night. Once upon a time we could see a night sky so peppered with stars that it looked like a twinkling sandy beach streaked with galaxies far, far away. After World War II, with the growth of suburbs, light pollution grew steadily, and we’ve just begun to realize that we’ve blotted out the Milky Way. Now most people must travel hundreds of miles to see an unspoiled celestial show.


“The topic today is about life transition, and I hope everyone can personalize that to themselves.” Shaeffer started off by saying that not only was it a pleasure to speak at the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund but that she was also truly in awe of the work the organization has done over the years. Since the nonprofit was established in 2004, it has collectively gifted $3.1 million from its annual grant distribution program for the San Diego County area. “The work you are doing is significant and clearly making a life change for someone,” Schaffer said. “You are impacting the trajectory of someone’s life.” She also said when one focuses on others, it helps move them forward. For Schaffer, a transition is when one door closes and there is a neutral time be-

Fortunately, advocates of dark-sky preservation have been hard at work raising awareness of our loss and designating certain areas in the world official Dark Sky Parks and Communities. San Diego County residents are luckier than many. In January, the International Dark-Sky Association designated Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as an International Dark Sky Park. The town of Borrego Springs, surrounded by the park, achieved Dark Sky Community status in 2009. These are the only official Dark-Sky areas in California. To earn a Dark-Sky designation, communities “must be the darkest possible, with only a small amount of light pollution tolerated,” according to the association. It means communities or areas must adopt lighting requirements and educate residents. Besides the special designation and the aesthetics, Dark Sky communities have found there are economic benefits to offering visitors

a spectacular starry panorama. "We have found that when tourists go to a national park to see a dark sky, they will spend two nights in a hotel instead of one or no nights, and they will spend more money,” explains Tom Becket, a Salt Lake City attorney who is well versed in the topic. Beckett is the president of the board at Clark Planetarium, founder of its stargazing program, and in the summer, is a starguide for Holiday River Expeditions. The company offers river rafting trips designed especially to bring travelers to Dark Sky areas. “We are like a zoo,” adds Beckett. “The night sky is an endangered species.” The newest Dark Sky area is a 1,400-square-mile stretch of unspoiled wilderness in central Idaho. Called Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, it is the first International Dark Sky Reserve in this country. “It took more than two decades of work by local leaders to manage and reduce the impact of light pollution,” according to the

fore the next door opens. With each transition, she said, there is an ending not a beginning. “We always think it is the beginning, but it really is the ending,” she said. Schaeffer explained that sometimes this transition allows a person a rebirth process, also referred to as a new perspective. It’s normal that transitions may be uncomfortable at first, she said. “Transitions help you figure it out and get you to build resilience,” she said. “Each transition offers someone the opportunity to become a better version of themselves.” Schaffer was quick to point out that it’s based on the idea of learning how to struggle well. While life transitions can indeed cause stress, it’s a matter of navigating the situation at hand with grace and confidence. During her presentation, Shaffer referred to a

75-year longitudinal Harvard study helping to pinpoint what makes a good life. “More so than wealth, and career, all those things pale in comparison to community — a support system,” Schaeffer said. “Quality relationships keep us happier, healthier and living longer. They protect and buffer us and that is the important thing in life transition.” A community of the right people in one’s life can make all the difference, she said. She added that it’s about choosing the right people in one’s circle — those types of people who can lift someone up through the good and tough times. And of course, reciprocating this type of support in those relationships so it goes both ways. “Invest in relationships that bring out your best self like your family, friends and community,” she said. “It’s critical.”

Holiday Rover Expeditions’ starguides set up telescopes during a raft trip on the Green River, which runs through Lodore Canyon in Dinosaur National Monument. Many who take this trip into northwest Colorado have never seen the Milky Way because of widespread light pollution throughout the world. Photos courtesy Holiday River Expeditions

association. The reserve includes the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 731,000 acres managed by the U.S. Forest Service where visitors can hike, fish, rock climb and go whitewater rafting. There are only 12 such reserves worldwide, and this piece of Idaho is the third-largest. It has earned "Gold Tier" status, the

highest ranking for quality of the night sky. Trips into areas like these are becoming more popular, Beckett says. “We’ve had ecotourism for a while, and now we have astrotourism. People show up on river trips, look at the sky, and say ‘What’s that?’ In 20 years, we’ll go to Mars, but for time being, we’re going to Dark Sky

places.” Visit International Dark Sky Association at http: //www.darksky.org /; and Holiday River Expeditions at https://www.bikeraft.com/. For more photos and a graphic illustrating the growth of light pollution in the United States since the 1950s, visit www. facebook.com /elouise.ondash.


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You name it … Joel Gott’s got it taste of wine

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oel Gott’s got the magic touch. The wine brand is everywhere and in a lot of price ranges. He’s one of those Napa Valley entrepreneurs who focuses on finding the vineyards that will sell him grapes at the biggest bang for the buck, in California, Oregon and Washington, then he makes it, bottles it and markets it at fantastic low prices, mostly under $20. For a Napa brand, that gets my attention. Every once in a while, you come to realize that there are brands like Joel Gott that are contrarians,

offering a three-year-old Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon like the 815 brand for just $12! I hosted a number of themed house parties lately and poured a number of Napa’s most reputable reds at least four times the price of the Joel Gott 815 Cab. Most guests pointed to Gott for a repeat pour. There is little detail about Joel Gott on his website, but a lot about his 17 wine varietals led by the 815 Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested in 2015 from his wine grape sources and brought to Napa Valley for production. The brand was started in 1996 with 5 tons of Zinfandel fruit purchased in Amador County and bottled in 1997 with his girlfriend, Sarah, a winemaker in Napa Valley, who later became his wife and life-part-

ner in the brand. He quickly went into the bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay, all priced at about $15. Along with the growth of the wine, over the years he has opened gourmet burger restaurants in the North Coast, in Napa and in San Francisco as well as other wine related projects. It is fascinating to understand his “secret” of flavor at a price-point so low. His 815 for instance has premium fruit from eight different vineyard appellations: Napa for complexity, Lake County for minerality, Sonoma for a touch of spice and so on. It’s like a United Nations of California fruit wrapped into an elegant balanced wine. The elements were all aged in oak individually for 18 months, tasted frequently, then blended together to balance


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the characteristics of each vineyard, Gott once said. I mentioned lots of prices and we wrote earlier on the value, low-end wines. There is a small production, mostly Napa Valley Cabernet with power, body and well-structured tannins from the hills in the southeast of Napa Valley that is named Gott 14, from the 2014 harvest. A tiny bit of Malbec and Petite Verdot are blended in for spice and balanced acidity ($52.99). Robert Parker, the nation’s top critic called it full-bodied, lush and ready to drink now. For a roundup of all the Joel Gott wines, go to gottwines.com.

nia throughout the Pacific Northwest will come together and be paired with top local chefs in an afternoon of wine and food tasting and live music and dancing in a San Diego style outdoor park setting. While there, help out some charities by competing in the Silent Auction for premium wines and accessories. More than 300 wine selections are ready for your tastes and comments with names like: Niner, Ahnfeldt, Fiddlehead, Opolo, Round Pond and way more. And say hello to restaurants like: Arterra, Marina Kitchen, Seasons 52, Solare, Solterra, The Barrel Room and Village Vino. Musical headliners are Jimmy and Enrique. SIXTH ANNUAL VINDIEGO For more details and WINE &FOOD FESTIVAL VinDiego is the best to tickets, visit vindiego.com. see and be seen in San Di- You can also call (760) 805ego and it’s coming again 2131. from 3 to 7 p.m. April 14 at Liberty Station in the WINE BYTES Point Loma district. Top• Meritage Wine Marshelf wineries from Califor- ket in Encinitas has a Rhone

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With St. Patrick's Day recently passed, you might have a few bottles of Guinness around. As the saying goes, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. So when life hands you Guinness, you should absolutely drink the stout -- but be sure to set aside a bottle to make this cake. This recipe yields one hefty cake, or 12 individual mini cakes. It's moist, tender and lusciously dark. The stout disappears into the background of this rich cake, while grounding it in an adult sort of way, cutting the sweetness and mingling with the slightly bitter chocolate. If you're feeling especially indulgent (and lucky), serve it with a dollop of whiskey-laced whipped cream. CHOCOLATE STOUT POUND CAKE Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes Yield: makes 1 large Bundt cake (or 12 mini Bundt cakes) CAKE: 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup stout beer, such as Guinness 12 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup sour cream WHISKEY CREAM 1 cup heavy cream 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons Irish whiskey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10- to 12cup Bundt cake pan and line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper. If using mini Bundt pans, butter the pans. Heat the butter and stout in a medium saucepan over medium until the butter melts. Remove the pan from the heat, then add the dark chocolate and stir until

smooth. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Whisk the eggs and brown sugar until light. Whisk in the sour cream and add to the chocolate. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine without overmixing. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or mini Bundt pans. Place on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake until the cake is set and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes for a large cake or 25 minutes for mini cakes. Transfer the cake to a rack and cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the cake out onto the rack and cool completely. Before serving, make the Whiskey Cream. Beat the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer until traces of the whisk are visible. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to whip until soft peaks form. Cut the cake into serving pieces and serve with the whipped cream.

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Celebrating corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day


oming from a family of Irish decent, I’ve always had a thing for St. Patricks’ Day. Not so much the start drinking at 8 a.m. and get sloppy drunk kind of celebrating, but more like a mix of live Irish music, a Guinness or two and a fine Irish feast. Speaking of sloppy drunk fests, I was in Detroit this past weekend where they hold the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5k and parade the Sunday before the actual day. I participated in the 5k then had a token beer after as my daytime drinking skills have always been lacking. I walked the parade route that was full of drunken revelers and popped into a bar that was serving up corned beef, potatoes and cabbage. It was food for the masses and did the trick for a post race hunger but was nothing like the tender, moist corned beef on rye that I had a few days earlier at the Stage Deli, a Detroit institution that goes way back and caters to the Jewish community there along with anyone who is a fan of amazing deli goodness. This brings me to the primary topic of my column, what is the difference in the preparation of Irish and Jewish corned beef? In a nutshell it comes down to a few simple differentiators, the quality and cut of the brisket, the brine, the method of cooking, the thickness of the slice and the quality of the bread you serve it on or with. The corned beef you find in your local supermarket around this time of year is already brined and usually flat cut. They instruct you to boil or slow cook it’s own liquid with the veggies you


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A delectable deli-style corned beef on house-made rye sandwich from Stage Deli. Photo by David Boylan

will serve with it. I’d stay far away from the boiling unless you are crunched for time. At least the crock-pot will tenderize it and make it suitable if your objective is to celebrate the day with a reasonable corned beef and cabbage meal for friends or family. I tend to think of Irishstyle corned beef as sliced medium thick on a plate with potatoes, cabbage and carrots. It’s pretty simple fare but helps with the beer consumption for sure. For the Jewish deli version I’m thinking it’s best left to the professionals but if you do

decide to try it at home, steaming the brisket is the way I’ve been told to do it. Also make sure you have the best possible rye bread available, basic yellow mustard and a high quality pickle. If you really want to get authentic a serious rotary meat slicer is essential as the thinner the cut of corned beef the better. A side note on this, if you are thinking this is traditional Irish fare going way back think again. Despite being a major producer and exporter of beef, most of the people of Ireland ate little of the meat produced,

in either fresh or salted form, due to its prohibitive cost. Most of the farms were owned by wealthy absentee landlords so the locals were unable to afford the cattle they raised. It was not until the wave of 18th and 19th century Irish immigration to the United States that the popularity of corned beef among the Irish started to gain traction. It was cheap and readily available in the U.S. and their proximity to the New York City Jewish population who produced similar salt-cured meat product from brisket further facilitated the popularity. They purchased it as corned beef from Jewish butchers and the tradition took hold. I’ve yet to find a standout deli style corned beef sandwich in San Diego though there are a couple of places that will do in a crunch. Milton’s in Del Mar does a decent job but a corned beef sandwich there will set you back $17. That does not seem right to me but they say it’s over-stuffed so maybe that explains it. I was just on Milton’s website to research this column and they are promoting their corned beef and other Irish dishes for St. Patrick’s Day. Not only do they have sandwiches but Shepherd’s Pie,

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Corned Beef Hash Benedict, Reuben Rolls, Reuben Sliders and Corned Beef and Cabbage. It really does make sense if you have all the ingredients to become an Irish deli for the week. Others that have been mentioned to me include Elijah’s on Clairemont Mesa in San Diego, and D.Z. Akins also in San Diego. So there you have it, the corned beef lines have been blurred and cross-pollenated more than ever and not one ethnic group can really lay claim to it. Beef has been salted for pres-

ervation for a long time in many different cultures and that’s really what we are talking about here. Whatever you do on St. Patrick’s Day, have fun and be safe! Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in The Coast News and in Edible San Diego. He can be heard on KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny98.1. More at www. lick-the-plate.com

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ay your troubles be few and your blessing be more — May you know where you are, when you wake up on the floor. A delightful St. Patrick’s Day to all. This annual Irish holiday was always celebrated roundly by my thoroughly Irish father and I try to keep up the tradition. I paint my hair green, stick a shamrock on my cheek and put on my best Irish lace. Nonetheless, every year this

time, a special sort of insecurity creeps up on me that is most unsettling to the Irish half of my gene pool. It all began the first time I tried to cook my own corned beef. No, I didn’t try to pickle it — just cook it, for the love of Mike. And every time since (with steadily diminishing frequency), I still turn out a piece of meat that smells like heaven, but defies the sharpest knife. Never mind trying to chew it. My mother never, in 50 years of St. Patty’s Day feasts, served a tough corned beef, so I know it can be done. I have tried both brisket and rump cuts. No difference. Still shoe leather. I am particularly puzzled, because I have cooked

a host of regular pot roasts to perfection. I got so good at pot roasts, I was ready to run out in the yard and holler, “June Cleaver’s got nothing on me!” But then March 17 rolls around, and I start hoping a good cook will invite me to dinner. I was mildly relieved to read recently that the average Irishman never saw anything so luxurious as a slab of beef, corned or otherwise. Those expensive items were found only on the tables of the kings, whereas the average Irishman was more likely to toss a bit of salt pork into his cabbage and potatoes. That actually sounds pretty good and may be part of my German-Dutch side. While it’s not what they are

really famous for, my more southern European ancestors are no strangers to cabbage or a bit of salt pork. And for what it’s worth, I can cook a mean bratwurst and sauerkraut. But that must wait until Oktoberfest. Right now, I want to produce one of those meltin-your-mouth corned beefs that my mother always threw down without batting an eyelash. I will probably try it again this year, but only in secret. Heaven forefend I should invite anyone else to partake of my Irish flaw. I read the directions in three cookbooks, and follow them to the letter. I breathe in the fabulous aroma of the pickling spices as the meat cooks, and I mutter various

Irish blessings and curses. I’ve even considered learning to say the Anglican rosary. It couldn’t hurt. Or I may take the low road and buy my corned beef at the local deli. I’m beginning to think my mother had a leprechaun locked in the closet. I take some solace in this thought. Perhaps cooking a tough bit o’ beef is the true Irish way. I’m thinkin’ Mary Margaret’s corned beef may have been the reason the first Irishman invented whiskey. Jean O’Hart Gillette is a freelance writer fighting with her crockpot. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.



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4-H ART DAY See creativity in fashion, photography, jewelry, wood, metal and paper arts and crafts, textiles, ceramics, communication and graphic arts, garden and plant design, from North County 4H members, ages 5 to 18, at the SD County 4H Arts and Design Day exhibit at 12:30 p.m. March 17 at Scripps Miramar Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego. DUAL PIANOS The Latsos piano due will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, as part of the Encinitas Music by the Sea Concert series. For details, visit latsabidze.com. FOREIGN FILMS The Dove Library, Carlsbad, continues its Foreign Film Fridays at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 16 with “Heartbreaker,” France, romantic comedy, at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. For details, call (760) 4342920
 or visit carlsbadca. gov/arts. LAGOON PHOTO CONTEST Photographers are invited to submit until 11:59 p.m. March 31, their best moments at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. The third annual #loveyourlagoon photo contest is presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy in partnership with MiraCosta College. For more information, visit SanElijo.org/newsreleases. MUSIC BY THE SEA The Encinitas Library’s Music By The Sea Concert presents Los Angeles Ensemble with Joanna Lee, violin; Tanner Menees, viola; Bingxia Lu, cello; and Sung Chang, piano at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $14 at the door or encinitas.tix. com.


ST. PATRICK’S SONGS AND STORIES Celebrate with an evening of St. Patrick’s Day stories and songs at 7:30 p.m. March 17, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $18. The San Diego Folk Heritage event will feature the talents of Gemini Junction, Jim Hinton and Eric George Tauber, fiddle tunes, ballads and singalongs played on viola, mandocello, pennywhistle, banjo and bodhran. For details, visit sdFolkHeritage.org. LEDERER DANCES WITH WORDS Friends of the Oceanside Public Library presents “Richard Lederer Dances With Words” 2 p.m. March 17 at Civic Center community room, 300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Lederer will perform a unique concert with folk-singer humorist Bill Shipper. The performance merges word fun with original music. Admission $5. TURN TO ARTS CALENDAR ON 19

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District Judge Joseph Boeckmann, 72, took a personal interest in the young men who came through his courtrooms in Cross and St. Francis counties (Arkansas) from 2009 to 2015 with traffic citations or misdemeanor criminal charges. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Judge Boeckmann routinely dismissed those charges pending "community service," which Boeckmann would set up through private phone calls with the men, assigning them to provide sexual favors or allow Judge Boeckmann to take pictures of them in "embarrassing positions; positions that he found sexually gratifying," a court document revealed. Boeckmann, of Wynne, Arkansas, admitted to the charges in October and was sentenced Feb. 21 to five years in prison. Prosecutors had agreed

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Washington State University senior Logan Tago, a football linebacker, received WSU's Center for Civic Engagement Fall 2017 Community Involvement award on Feb. 1 for 240 hours of service to the local community, reported the WSU Daily Evergreen -- service he was ordered to give as a stipulation of his sentencing in January 2017 for third-degree assault. In June 2016, The Seattle Times reported, Tago allegedly hit a man with a six-pack of beer and later agreed to a plea deal that called for 30 days in the Whitman County jail, $800 in fines -- and exactly 240 hours of community service. Tago managed to play the final two games of the 2016 season and in all of 2017's 13 games, despite a WSU athletic department policy that prohibits players who are facing a felony charge from playing. [The Daily Evergreen, 2/3/2018]


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Friesenhahn, 65, of San Antonio received after his fourth DWI conviction in 2016, rejecting arguments from his lawyer, Gina Jones of New Braunfels, that the state's legal limit for alcohol concentration discriminates against alcoholics, who have a higher tolerance for liquor. "You're not being punished for being an alcoholic," Sammy McCrary, chief of the felony division for the Comal County criminal district attorney's office told the Austin American-Statesman. "It's the driving that's the problem." [Austin American-Statesman, 2/9/2018] SPECIAL DELIVERY

MARCH 16, 2018 her fans and received more than 400 submissions. "It was not something I wanted to keep private," Proctor said. [The Telegraph, 2/22/2018] AWESOME!

The mining town of Kurri Kurri, Australia, cut loose on Feb. 24 with a new festival to draw visitors: Mullet Fest, a celebration of the infamous hairstyle and those who wear it. Local hairdresser Laura Johnson came up with the idea, which included contests (Junior Mullet and Ladies' Mullet categories, and so forth) and bands (the Stunned Mullets from Karuah). Winner of the junior division prize, Alex Keavy, 12, told The Guardian: "It's not a hairstyle, it's a lifestyle." He pledged to use his $50 prize to buy his girlfriend a pie. More than 180 contestants competed for Best Mullet of Them All. Meryl Swanson, the local Labor MP and a contest judge, said she was "looking for pride, people embracing the mullet, finding self-worth in it." [The Guardian, 2/25/2018]

At the beginning of February, several residents along a block in Marina, California, were hit by mail thieves. But the criminals probably didn't know what hit them when they stole Rosalinda Vizina's package. SFGate.com reported that Vizina, an entomologist, had ordered 500 live cockroaches for a study she's working on. "I feel a little bad for the roaches in case they got smushed or tossed or something like that," Vizina told KSBW. CAN'T POSSIBLY BE TRUE "For the thieves, I hope A designer pop-up they went everywhere," she store in Seattle made news added. [KSBW, 2/9/2018] on Feb. 22 for one particular item: a clear plastic, drawstring shopping bag TMI? On Feb. 20, little that sells for -- wait for it Jameson Proctor was born -- $590. United Press Interin St. Louis and a radio national reported the bag audience listened in as he was first seen on Paris runcame into the world. Cas- ways in January and sports siday Proctor, co-host of the Celine Paris label along the "Spencer's Neighbor- with warnings in several hood" show on The Arch languages about the suffoin St. Louis, scheduled her cation risk posed to babies. C-section right in the mid- [United Press Internationdle of drive time and then al, 2/22/2018] invited listeners to share the moment when James- CLOSE CALL on was born, at 7:45 a.m., Flemington, New Jerthrough a broadcast phone sey, cemetery worker Peter call. "Our radio show is all Ferencze, 59, was digging about sharing our personal a grave at Hanover Cemlives," Proctor, 33, told The etery on Feb. 20 when the Telegraph. She also solic- 800-pound lid of a concrete ited ideas for names from burial vault fell on top of

him, pinning him in the grave. Ferencze was treated and released from Morristown Medical Center after police and other first responders managed to lift the cover with straps, giving Ferencze enough space to squeeze out, the Morristown Daily Record reported. [Morristown Daily Record, 2/21/2018] BRIGHT IDEAS

-- Christina C. Ochoa of Wichita, Kansas, and her mom, Christy L. Ochoa, explained to The Wichita Eagle that more than 50 $5 withdrawals Christina made from a Central National Bank ATM during a five-day period in mid-January were for a "money cake" she was making as a gift for someone. But the bank says the faulty ATM was dispensing $100 bills instead of $5 bills, and that Christina received $14,120 instead of $1,485. In a Jan. 22 lawsuit, the bank seeks $11,607.36, plus interest, it says is owed by Christina. The bank is also trying to seize two cars the Ochoas bought during the same period, claiming that the $3,000 down payment for one of them was made up entirely of $100 bills. [The Wichita Eagle, 2/20/2018] -- In Boston, trolley driver Thomas Lucey, 46, of Saugus, Massachusetts, was indicted Feb. 21 for paying a man $2,000 to attack him while he was on the job on Oct. 30, 2016, so that Lucey could collect workers' compensation and disability insurance. The "attacker" wore a Halloween mask and carried a plastic pumpkin, from which police obtained fingerprints used to identify him and unravel the scheme, according to The Boston Globe. A grand jury in Suffolk County brought charges of insurance fraud, workers' compensation fraud, misleading a police investigation and perjury. [Boston Globe, 2/22/2018]

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Bono is a 3-year-old tabby blend whose name means “One Desire.” He’s an absolute love-bug and promises to make every day a “Beautiful Day” for the person who chooses him. Bono is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $121 and he has been altered and is micro-chipped for identification and up-to-date on all vaccinations. Helen

Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter. org.

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pring is in the air and with it arrives a dose of Padres optimism. Hopefully it’s a feel-good vibe that lasts longer than usual. The Padres are in the dog days of training camp, meaning opening day on March 29 is right around the corner. But this year, the first of San Diego’s 162 games might not mean a painful journey toward a destination Padres followers are familiar with. For seven consecutive losing seasons the Padres have resembled a CD with a skip in it. They’ve produced losing baseball, boring baseball and baseball that seems meant to entertain the visiting team’s fans instead of those faithful to the local nine. But is change on the horizon? Could a youth movement that has been declared the path to sustainable success be more than a nifty catchphrase? Can the Padres catch not only the ball, but possibly snag lighting in the bottle and be competitive this year? That’s a stretch and one glance of the starting pitching tells you why. But when eyeing the club, it’s just as clear that the painful process of getting good is taking shape. First things first and that leads to first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Padres scratched out a $144 million check to an All-Star that can hopefully point the kids toward the promise land. Hosmer, who is as smooth with the media as he is with his Gold Glove, appears to be a perfect fit as the face of the franchise. Wil Myers was anointed that role when he signed his big deal before last season, but it never took. “It was one of those things I wasn’t equipped for,” Myers told the Mighty 1090. “The Padres went out and got that guy. That’s the leader we’re looking for.” With Hosmer aboard Myers will land in a corner outfield spot, likely to be right field. That’s fine for Myers, who often looked out-of-sorts at first. Luis Urias has turned heads at second base,


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unfortunately he hasn’t flipped many years on his calendar. At age 20, he seems to be an option for the future. Then again, his sizzling spring has some thinking the future is now. “His at-bats,” manager Andy Green said, “have been scary good.” The running horror show at shortstop has been halted and we’re not talking about Fernando Tatis, Jr. the Padres’ prized prospect. Freddy Galvis was acquired in the offseason and everyone is buying in to the Padres having an anchor at the infield’s most important spot. A familiar face resides at third base as Chase Headley starts his second stint with the club. Headley will get on base and not on his teammates’ nerves. The veteran has embraced his responsibility of being a clubhouse mentor and the peach-fuzz brigade would be wise to follow his lead. Austin Hedges returns to catcher after a year in which he proved he belonged. If his bat ever equals his glove, the Padres will have an All-Star. With Myers in right, then left field could offer a platoon situation with Hunter Renfroe and Jose Pirela. The thought of Renfroe — a one-time savior — being a part-time player speaks to the Padres’ progress. Manuel Margot mans center and there’s few other young talents the Padres would prefer roaming the wide-open spaces of Petco Park. His bat has some bite, too, which is why the Padres are excited about his development. The bullpen looks decent with Brad Hand holding down the fort. What’s not as fortified is the rotation, as the Padres hope the young arms in the minors — Cal Quantrill, Mackenzie Gore, Michel Baez — grow up fast. Two starters with potential are Dinelson Lamet and Luis Perdomo. If castoffs Tyson Ross, Clayton Richard and Chris Young can contribute, that would be plus. What’s not a negative is the track the Padres are on. It finally appears the light at the end of the Padres’ tunnel is no longer an oncoming train. Play ball! Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@aol.com. Follow him @jparis_sports.

FINE ART SHOW COAL Gallery’s monthly fine art show runs through April 2, open every day except Tuesday. Free admission to public at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. ARTIST’S RECEPTION An opening reception will be held for Ellen Speert’s “Songs of Earth, Sea, Fire & Air” from 1 to 4 p.m. March 17 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Details at artRETREATS. com.


HERITAGE RANCH CONCERT The Heritage Ranch presents “Gray Matters” benefit concert from 2 to 5 p.m. March 18 at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. A free downloadable CD is included with the Premium ticket donation of $30. Children are free. Tickets at http://johnpattyshouseconcerts.simpletix.com. HANDBELL CONCERT The 27-member Concert Handbells of Concordia University will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. March 18 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2993 MacDonald St., Oceanside. For details visit Kingofkingslc.org. ART ON THE GREEN Every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting)., COAL Gallery member artists display their artwork for sale at Art on the Green, on the lawn in front of the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, 3075 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. SPOTLIGHT MUSIC L’Auberge Del Mar presents vocalist Whitney Shay and the Whitney Shay Quartet at Bleu Bar 7 p.m. and The Living Room from 9 to 11 p.m. March 18, at 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, as part of Spotlight Sessions live music performances. MIXED MEDIA RECEPTION Come to the opening reception for Rebecca Grohowski’s “Beelzibop Abstracts” mixed media from 1 to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. For details, visit rebecca@dancingtogether.com.


A free Wednesdays@Noon Concert features the Take 3 Piano Trio from noon to 12:45 p.m. March 21 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For details, visit Encinitasca. gov/WedNoon or call (760) 633-2746. MOSAIC GARDEN JEWELS Create a beautiful mosaic using ocean rocks and glass beads from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 21 and, 10 to 11 a.m. March 22 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Cost is $42 plus $25 materials fee. Learn how to glue and grout colorful beads to create flowers, plants, or other shapes. Details at sdbgarden.org/ classes.htm.

WedNoon. DINNER AND A MOVIE Enjoy a free “Dinner and a Movie” at 6 p.m. March 28 at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff, with “Apur Sansar,” the final installment in Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy. Bring your own dinner or snacks. Details at (760) 753-4027 or sdcl.org/ locations_CD.html.


TAPESTRIES AT THE GARDENS San Diego Botanic Garden invites all to view the Garden Tapestries from Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Center in Giza, Egypt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 in the Ecke Building. 230 Quail Gardens Drive. Free with paid admission. For more information, call (760) 436MARCH 22 CRUZING THE ART 3036, ext. 227 or visit sdbSCENE Visit the COAL Art garden.org/artshows.htm. ‘LITTLE WOMEN’ ON Gallery and enjoy a glass of wine and snack, during Cruzing the Art Scene from 6 to 8 p.m. March 22 at Carlsbad Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For details, call (760) 434-8497.


‘REBELS, RAIDERS AND SUPERMEN’ The Moonlight Amphitheatre presents the San Diego Symphony performing the iconic film music of John Williams at 7:30 p.m. March 24 with “Rebels, Raiders, and Supermen: The Music of John Williams” AT 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets by phone at (760) 724-2110, online at moonlightstage.com, and in person at VisTix, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. GALA ART AUCTION Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery invites all March 24 to its 2018 Panache Gala Auction, its main fundraising event. Enjoy standout art, and live and silent auctions including an original artwork by Niki de Saint Phalle. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/3329507.


TIME TO JAM Join the Heritage Ranch Jam noon to 4 p.m. March 25 at 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. $5 donation. Bring your instrument and join in. Sign ups begin at 11:30 a.m. presented by ListenLocalRadio.com. Details at SDHeritage.org. POETRY IN MOTION There will be a free Poetry Show at 1:30 p.m. March 25 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Experience poetry as both visual and verbal performance, with local poets Ron Salisbury, Michael Mark and Deborah Allbritain reading aloud from their work. For details, visit http://bit.ly/1EqwxGF or call (760) 753-7376. ICON WRITING Join the Icon Writing workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. March 25 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, at 2510 Gateway Road, in Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad. Daniel Bissler will conduct an Icon Writing Workshop For more information, call (760) 9301270. The subject will be the face of Christ. Materials will be provided.

CALL FOR ARTISTS The entry deadline for Oceanside Days of Art applications has been extended to March 19. ODA will be held the weekend of April 14 and April 15. Booth spaces are priced at $135 for a 10-by10 and $220 for a 10-by-20 if paid before March 19. After that date the cost is $155 and $260. Artists will be listed in the program if received by March 29. Applications and full details are available at ocaf.info or call (760) 4333632. LIFE OF AN ARCHITECT Len Zegarski, of NewSchool of Architecture and Design, will present the life and work of architect Charles Moore, with registration and refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and lecture from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 19 in St. Peter’s MARCH 28 Episcopal Church, Parish PIANO FRANCAIS The Hall, 15th and Maiden Lane. free Wednesdays@Noon Cost is $10 for others. Details Concert presents French piaat (760) 704-6436. nist Pierre-Yves Plat at noon March 28 at the Encinitas LiMARCH 21 brary, 540 Cornish Drive. For TRIO ON WEDNESDAY details, visit Encinitasca.gov/

STAGE The Village Church Community Theater's Spring Production of “Little Women” will be April 27 through April 29 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. For details and tickets, visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org Tickets are $17. LIFE CLUB SAN ELIJO will screen “The Hunt” from 1 to 3 p.m. March 30, free, at the San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester, Room 204. Danish with English subtitles. For details, visit lifesanelijo@gmail.com. MEET THE ARTIST Join the free opening reception for Taylor Chapin’s “Window Shopping” from 6 to 8 p.m. March 30 at the Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. For details, visit taylorchapin.com.


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