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Association moves forward in line striping for Village parking spots By Christina Macone-Greene

Thrive in the Ranch co-founder Janet Lawless Christ, left, General Manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Jerome Strack and Thrive in the Ranch co-founder Sarah Neal, at the debut event on March 23 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene

The visionaries behind Thrive in the Ranch By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Thrive in the Ranch is a community collaboration of private residents who want to bring everyone together in Rancho Santa Fe. Working behind the “Thrive” scenes are Rancho Santa Fe Covenant residents and cochairs Sarah Neal and Janet Lawless Christ. The duo approached the General Manager of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Jerome Strack, with the concept. He was receptive and the idea bloomed even more. Thrive in the Ranch debuted on March 23 at the Inn’s lawns with a resounding success. The event theme was Pizza Picnic and Market at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Lawless Christ explained how she and Neal were previously the cochairs of the Association’s Vibrancy Committee, which helped champion last year’s bi-monthly popup events on the Village Green in 2016. However, a zoning situation stopped the frequency of those popular happenings when learning that only six public events per year could be held there. It was realized that Thrive in the Ranch could be the solution. “So Sarah and I decided what if we made this private for the people who do want to attend and enjoy themselves? We could do so on private property that would not have any of the political ramifications as publicly-owned Association property,” Lawless Christ said. The goal of these gatherings was to offer a series of informal, uplifting and fun events. It’s anticipated that the events may be monthly. “Something that makes spirits fly and smiles abound,” she said. “Thrive in the Ranch is for people of all ages so we can create what I call a parallel universe.” According to Lawless Christ, one item of importance was being supportive of the Inn. “It’s such an iconic asset in this community, and we want to give people a reason to come to the Inn. Some people won’t want the pizza and the gelato, but they’ll want to enjoy the music and maybe have a glass of wine and then meander up to the Morada and have dinner there,” she said.

RANCHO SANTA FE — In response to the San Diego County Board of Supervisor’s recent approval for 22 new angled parking spots in the Village, Association staff took steps in the next process for line striping. According to Rancho Santa Fe Association interim building commissioner Tom Farrar, a line striping proposal was received from Rick Engineering and was an item in the March monthly board meeting. Farrar explained to the board that after nearly two years of planning, these 22 spaces would offer additional parking spaces for customers in the Village. Following Farrar’s brief presentation, RSF Association board members approved the $7,900 proposal from Rick Engineering. Farrar shared with the board that part of the County approval is the requirement of a striping

plan. “The proposal from Rick Engineering that’s before you today will authorize that striping plan. The striping plan is something that is created,” said Farrar, noting how it was an implementation document. Once the plans are given to the County, Farrar said, the County then uses those plans when they do the striping. “They (County) will use that as the document to implement the changes in the Village, so staff is recommending support of that and forwards it to the Board at this time,” Farrar said. The board unanimously approved the proposal. They also wanted to know the timeframe of creating this document. Farrar said that Rick’s Engineering determined it will take roughly three to four weeks. Farrar also noted that the price for the proposal was negotiated down to get the best price for the Association.

Committee to look at RFPs to bring internet to Ranch By Christina-Macone Greene

Kira Kowalchek and Chloe Neal play on the greens during the Thrive in the Ranch event.

Lawless Christ said the goal was to create events that make sense to people be it seniors, children or those in between which wouldn’t divide the community based on age. And there was plenty of room for everyone. Lawless Christ also wants people to know that these events are for neighboring communities, too. It’s for all to enjoy. Based on the surveys to attendees of prior events conducted by the Vibrancy Committee, people wanted three things at an event: Pizza, ice cream and fresh produce. And that’s exactly what Thrive in the Ranch offered on March 23. On hand were Urbn Catering Pizza Truck, Gourmet Ice Cream, and specialty food and produce from Daily Harvest Market Farm. On the entertainment front, in addition to games, Austin Burns provided the live music. Event sponsors included the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, RPM Mortgage, Janet Lawless Christ & Company Residential Real Estate, Jackey/ Robinson Group Wealth Advisors, Pacific Coast Propane, BCB Beach

Musician Austin Burns provides live music during the Thrive in the Ranch community event.

City Builders, SAGE Exterminators, CFG Charter Flight Group, and Plantology Design. “We have a lot of people who want to help now,” Lawless Christ said. “We’ll create something different and something wonderful.” For more event happenings visit Thrive in the Ranch on Facebook.

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the Rancho Santa Fe Association monthly board meeting in March, board member Rick Sapp reported how the Technology Committee had met with a number of vendors over the past several months for the fiber-internet project in the Ranch. Sapp also shared the most recent update regarding the finalization for a request for proposal (RFP) for an engineering study and instruction drawings for a planned network in the community. According to Sapp, the Technology Committee decided that rather than continuing to entertain different types of configurations being sold by different companies, the committee would instead provide the design that they wanted to have installed in the community. “And then all of those vendors can bid on the design,” said Sapp, noting how the RFP went on out

Feb. 27. “We will then examine the results of that bidding process, negotiate and then select a recommended vendor to the Audit & Finance Committee. We expect, given the fact that this is a 75-mile network, that the cost of that engineering design contract would be several hundred thousands of dollars.” Covenant Administrator and Assistant Manager Christy Whalen explained how the Technology Committee is scheduled to meet on March 28 to look at the RFPs and make a recommendation for one vendor to do the design. They will then pass their suggestion along to the Finance Committee. According to Whalen, the Finance Committee was scheduled to meet on March 29 and they will then make a recommendation at the monthly RSF Association board meeting April 6 where it’s anticipated a final determination on the contract may be made.


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RSF Association approves purchase of new vehicles By Christina Macone-Greene

In an effort to cut costs the County Board of Supervisors recently agreed to look into outsourcing the duties of the Department of Animal Services. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Humane Society

County looking to outsource animal services By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — The County’s recent decision to possibly outsource animal services could impact four North County coastal cities, but to what extent is currently unclear. “We have been starting to look into our options but it is too early to know what we will decide on,” Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth said. “There are some good prospects out there and this could be a positive change for both the county and Del Mar.” Dan King, assistant city manager for Solana Beach, said officials there are monitoring the situation and “keeping all options open at this time.” “There is still over a year left on the current contract and we will keep … the dialogue open with the county and all other participating agencies,” he said. A representative from Encinitas said it is too early in the process to comment. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously March 14 to issue a request for interest to see if any qualified private or public organizations are interested in taking over all or some of the responsibilities of the Department of Animal Services (DAS). “This is just the beginning,” board chairwoman Dianne Jacob said, noting that an independent review last year identified “key areas of improvement needed in the department.” That, combined with the retirement of longtime DAS director Dawn Danielson, “gives us an opportunity to see if there are other entities that can provide services to unincorporated areas,” which Jacob said account for only 30 percent of the department budget. “The goal is pretty simple to me — to provide the best services at the lowest cost,” she said, adding that the first step is “to see if we can do better for the animals and better for the taxpayers.” According to state law,

cities and counties must provide certain animal services in unincorporated areas. For example, health and safety code requirements mandate maintenance of a pound system and a rabies control program. In 1998 DAS began providing services to Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Santee, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos and Escondido. The latter two opted out in 2003 and began receiving services from the San Diego Humane Society. Poway followed suit two years later. Since then the remaining six cities have contracted with the county for shelter management, field services such as rescuing injured strays and enforcing animal cruelty and neglect laws, veterinary services and dog licensing, which includes issuing and maintaining records and rabies vaccinations. To meet its requirements the county operates shelters in Carlsbad, San Diego and Bonita and contracts with other qualified vendors to provide services when necessary. The current contract, which requires a one-year notice for termination, expires June 30, 2018. “As part of the county’s continued practice of reviewing services for consolidation, outsourcing, re-engineering and elimination … we routinely examine the governing legislation mandating certain services,” April Heinze, deputy chief administrative officer for the community services group, said. “Given the approaching expiration of these agreements we have an opportunity to explore alternative service delivery options and to improve the economy and efficiency of those services,” she added. Since 2013 the county has seen a 20 percent increase in its operating budget, with the most significant cost going to personnel due to retirement contributions, additional TURN TO SERVICES ON 15

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the Rancho Santa Fe Association monthly board meeting in March, board member and treasurer Janet Danola shared how during the last Finance Committee meeting, the Parks and Recreation Department came forward asking the Association for the purchase of three new vehicles. During the course of the agenda item, the board approved all three vehicles. The first vehicle Danola mentioned was a F-150 Supercab for $30,000, which would be entirely covered by the reserves. “It’s coming a year early, but it is covered and so that would come out of restricted funds,” she said. The second purchase would be for a Ford F-150 four-by-four price tagged

at $40,000. Monies used would be from both the restricted and unrestricted funds, she said. The next vehicle was a chipper dump truck at $59,985 which was in the budget. Majority of the monies came from the restricted funds. “The Finance Committee has recommended that these expenditures be approved so I move to approve the purchase of these vehicles,” Danola said. President Fred Wasserman explained how Association members funded those restricted funds. Monies are set aside to replace assets that are no longer serviceable. This is required by the Davis Stirling Act, he said. Wasserman went on to say how important it was to have these vehicles to help ensure clean streets and maintenance. He also not-

ed that a lot of the cost in this area is paid for by the CSD (Community Service District). Wasserman then asked if its Field Operations Manager Arnold Keene could expand on the CSD. “The Parks and Recreation Department has had a contract with the CSD to fund our department to the tune of about $600,000 a year and those are from tax assessments,” said Keene, noting how the Association currently has a contract with the CSD through County Assessments. “It funds our department almost a third of our budget to take care of all the roadside landscaping. Anything within the county right of way is mostly or partially funded by that $600,000 that we receive every year of our total budget of about $1.5 mil-

lion.” Keene went on to say how these monies help to fund equipment, personnel, and materials that are needed throughout the year. He then echoed what Wasserman said in that these vehicles are an urgent need for the Association particularly after the heavy rainstorms. “The equipment is pretty critical to our mission. About five years ago, that was one of our main goals in our department was to address the aging fleet that we have,” he said. Keene pointed out how these new purchases would really upgrade a fleet that both staff and Covenant residents would be proud of. “As I pointed out at the Finance Committee meeting, this will bring our fleet up to a really high level and we will see good results from it,” Keene said.

City accepts Breeders’ Cup memento as permanent art By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Thanks to the generosity of Del Mar attorney Bing Bush Jr., the city will have a permanent keepsake from the first running of the Breeders’ Cup at the Del Mar Race Track in the form of a life-sized sculpture of the horse that sits atop the winner’s trophy. The donation will come from the Art of the Horse program, created “to generate regionwide enthusiasm for the Breeders’ Cup,” Kristen Crane, the assistant city manager, said at the March 20 council meeting before members agreed to accept the gift. The Breeders' Cup trophy is an authentic bronze reproduction of the original Torrie horse created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580s. Fiberglass Torrie horses, standing 7 feet high at the head and 7 feet long, are being decorated by artists and will be displayed throughout the county beginning in July. The cost to sponsor a horse is $7,500. At that level, the piece will be auctioned off during a dinner that will be held as part of a Breeders’ Cup festival, a weeklong celebration leading up to the Nov. 3-4 event. Proceeds from the auction will benefit community events surrounding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and local charities. For $15,000 sponsors can pull their sculpture from the auction and donate it, which is what Bush opted to do for the city for several reasons. “I grew up in the horse industry,” he said. “And I’m very excited about having the Breeders’ Cup here. We need art and for Del Mar this will be a great asset for the city.” As a member of the host committee for the Breeders’ Cup, considered the Super Bowl of horseracing, Bush said he heard a Del Mar resident and L’Auberge Del Mar might sponsor horses

Bing Bush Jr., a Del Mar-based attorney, is donating “Gold Coast” to the city after the Breeders’ Cup in November. The life-sized Torrie horse is one of several artist-decorated equines that will be displayed countywide beginning in July as part of the Art of the Horse program, created to generate enthusiasm for what is considered the Super Bowl of horseracing. Courtesy rendering

that would be auctioned off. La Jolla and adjacent SolaHe also learned areas na Beach, where he lives, such as Rancho Santa Fe, were discussing the possi-

bility of buying sculptures and permanently locating them in those cities. “I wanted Del Mar to get involved but the city and the (Del Mar Village Association) didn’t have the money,” he said. Sponsors select an artist from submitted design portfolios. Bush said he liked a piece by Cheryl Pelly from Thousand Oaks, Calif., just north of Los Angeles. Of her three possible designs, Bush selected “Gold Coast,” which features real silver and 24-karat gold composite leaf that, according to Pelly, represents the shimmering, golden-hued California coast at sunrise and sunset, with the silvery coolness of the ocean in silver and the warmth of the sun in gold.” “The opposing sides of the horses reflect opposites of each other with gold over silver, then silver over gold, both in a horizontal direction, like the beautiful coastline,” she added. As an artist and an active equestrian in dressage, Pelly said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity “to design for such a grand occaTURN TO BREEDERS’ CUP ON 15

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Community Commentary

We need to protect our family-owned restaurants By Chris Duggan

Small, independent and family-owned restaurants are an integral part of Encinitas. They help make up our character and are a part of our local community. The California Restaurant Association (CRA) represents nearly 22,000 eating establishments throughout California. We know our members use foam foodservice containers for two key reasons: affordability and effectiveness. Foam keeps hot food and drinks hot without burning your hands and it keeps cold food and drinks cold without creating condensation. In addition, it keeps costs down so small restaurant owners can continue paying employee wages and keeping prices low for loyal customers. CRA was strongly opposed to the ban on foam foodservice containers last year. We know that bans do not work and that they only penalize momand-pop restaurants. It was discouraging when the city denied CRA’s recycling plan, Renew Encinitas, and instead moved forward with banning foam foodservice. We thank the City of Encinitas for thinking of the family-owned restaurants when they sponsored a program that reimburses restaurants up to $400 for switching from foam foodservice. And, we applaud Mayor Catherine Blakespear for encouraging restaurants to take advantage of the program. However, we feel it is important to point out

It’s time for a sane sanctuary city compromise California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


espite heavy pressure and some almost casual financial threats from President Trump, there is no need as yet for abandonment of the humane aspects in immigration “sanctuary” laws now on the books in 276 American cities, counties and states. But almost two years after the seemingly random killing of a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 14, not far from the landmark Ferry Building, there is surely a need for some compromise. While it’s true there has been no similar slaying since then by an undocumented immigrant protected by sanctuary regulations, it is entirely possible that other seven-time felons like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez lurk in some sanctuary locales, ready to kill another innocent like Kathryn Steinle, who died when a bullet from a stolen gun ricocheted off concrete pavement. But this is an unproven assumption, not evidence enough by itself to change everything humane about sanctuary city policing. Just now, Trump has officials of almost every sanctuary city, campus and other place stiff-backed, ready to resist all change. And yet, today’s policies are far from perfect. In fact, a letter written by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein just after the Steinle killing ought to be getting attention today. Feinstein, as mayor of San Francisco for most of the 1980s, accepted her city’s charitably-intended sanctuary law. Now she seems to be, as she often has been, one of the very few adults in the room. Her letter reminded that the intent of sanctuary laws is not to protect repeat crimi-

nals like Lopez-Sanchez, but to prevent splitting families via deportations and to allow otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants to live without much fear. “I strongly believe that an undocumented individual convicted of multiple felonies and with a detainer request from ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) should not have been released,” Feinstein wrote to Mayor Ed Lee, her successor four times removed. “The tragic death…could have

So the sane move now is for sanctuary jurisdictions still doing it to stop refusing ICE detainers. been avoided if the Sheriff’s Department had notified ICE prior to the release of (Lopez-Sanchez), which would have allowed ICE to remove him from the country.” Had that happened, of course, there is every likelihood Lopez-Sanchez would have returned to this country, and quickly. He did that after five prior deportations. Even so, Steinle would be alive today. Feinstein’s eminently sane solution: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Ana and other sanctuary cities like Miami; Austin, Tex.; New York City; Boston and Baltimore should join the Department of Homeland Security’s Priority Enforcement Program, set up in 2014 via an executive order from then-President Barack Obama, an action Trump shows little inclination to reverse.

Doing that, Feinstein said, would have sanctuary cities notify ICE before releasing illegals with long criminal records. She noted that Los Angeles County supervisors in 2015 asked their sheriff to join that program. This makes eminent sense. For in all the arguments at the time cities passed their sanctuary laws, no one seriously contended foreign felons should be allowed the freedom of American streets. But San Francisco and other cities have been slow to join. It’s really up to politicians like city councilmen, country supervisors and mayors to instruct their top cops to act. They often don’t make this move because of a naïve belief that doing so would in effect make them immigration agents. They don’t want ordinary cops questioning mine-run suspects on their immigration status. But Lopez-Sanchez was not a mere suspect. His prior crimes were known; he still has not performed a discernible constructive act in this country. The sane thing is for jailers to contact federal officials when folks like him are nearly ready for release so immigration officers can take them beyond the border. Would that be inhumane? Or have repeat felons given up any right to stay in this country? So the sane move now is for sanctuary jurisdictions still doing it to stop refusing ICE detainers. Keep up that practice and there may be more murders like Steinle’s, which would not only be senseless, but also provide an excuse for Trump to intensify pressure on sanctuary jurisdictions. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. For more Elias columns, go to californiafocus.net.

that switching to alternative packaging is not an easy task for many small restaurants. As pointed out by Michael Daffern, the manager of the Original Pancake House, “the alternative products cost much more, aren’t as effective as keeping food insulated.” While a $400 reimbursement may appear to

profit margins, so even the slightest cost increase is felt. I would also like to point out that the city just announced this program to restaurant owners in early February, giving them until Feb. 28 to receive up to $400, after that the reimbursement keeps lowering. It is a known fact that owners of small

Many of the family-owned restaurants here in Encinitas are already operating on razor-thin profit margins, so even the slightest cost increase is felt. be a considerable incentive, unfortunately it is only a fraction of the actual costs these restaurants are going to see moving forward. Switching to alternative packaging will cost restaurants double or triple of what they are currently paying for foam foodservice. A foam hot cup that normally costs three cents will triple in price for an alternative product. A 4-cent foam plate will increase to 9 cents for a plastic plate. While these increases may sound small, they are substantial to restaurants that buy in large quantities — in some cases adding on tens of thousands of dollars a year in extra costs. Many of the family-owned restaurants here in Encinitas are already operating on razor-thin

restaurants spend every possible minute at their restaurant. It is a 24-hour, seven days a week job. So taking the time to apply for a program doesn’t come easily and can’t just happen right away. It is important for the city to understand that it is the small family-owned restaurants who were unfairly targeted through this ban. Therefore, the California Restaurant Association encourages our city leaders to revisit the ban and rather embrace a more comprehensive recycling program that will actually reduce waste, reduce littering, and not harm small family-owned restaurants. Chris Duggan is with the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.

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Second interim Best-selling author Tom Clavin visits RSF budget discussed at RSF School District By Christina Macone-Greene

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the Rancho Santa Fe School District March monthly board meeting, Superintendent David Jaffe discussed the progress of the second interim budget report. He told the board of trustees that the next step was to begin the process of developing the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal school year. Jaffe told the board that while they had been through the budget process before, he felt how their new director of finance Bradley Johnson would bring a wealth of expertise. “We’ll have this budget in a good spot,” Jaffe said. He then opened the floor to Johnson. He started by sharing that after the second interim reports, they will start the budget process for next year. “We will also look through the next few years to make sure that whatever assumptions we make moving forward, we know the full impact of those,” John-

son said. “That could be evaluating the programs such as David’s been doing, staffing, and cost to benefits that may be increasing such as presented in the last meeting. So we’ll factor in all those assumptions.” What Johnson was referring to in the last meeting was based on a chart by Capitol Advisors, which addressed how CalSTRS and CalPERS contribution rates may increase over time. Johnson noted that another feature both he and Jaffe were looking into was in reference to including the district and site administration in the budget development. According to Johnson, the next phase of the budgeting process would be starting in the days ahead. “And we’ll start to bring back reports to the board prior to getting it adopted before the end of the year,” Johnson said. Board member Scott Kahn wanted to know if TURN TO BUDGET ON 15

RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild were in for a special treat during a private reception at the library to hear and meet best-selling author Tom Clavin. A prolific writer, Clavin is on a book tour for his most recent work, “Dodge City.” He made his stop in Rancho Santa Fe on March 13. Following a light lunch and reception, Clavin dropped in and discussed his newest work that takes readers to the legendary town of Dodge City, Kan. The story is framed around Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, two names syn- Author Tom Clavin makes a book tour stop in Rancho Santa Fe to talk onymous from the America about and sign copies of his latest book, “Dodge City.” Photo by Christina West dating back to the 1870s. Macone-Greene

Regarded for his writing style, Clavin shares a story of truths between Earp and Masterson, while highlighting their adventures. After an engaging presentation, a question and answer series followed. In addition to taking part in the event, guests also left with their owned signed copies of his book. This Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild event is in partnership with Warwick’s. This special member series is also sponsored by Donald E. Johnson, III of Wells Fargo Advisors. To learn more about upcoming events hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild or to become a guild member call (858) 756-4780 or visit rsflibraryguild.org.

RSF Tennis Club defends its guest fee policy By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s March monthly board meeting, approving the tennis club’s governing documents was on the agenda. Association board member Allen Finkelson introduced the resolution highlighting how it would cover the managerial, operational, and financial responsibilities.

“For the first time, we’ve had a resolution for establishing an independence of the tennis club as an independent body. It was operated that way, but it didn’t have the same pro forma relationship with the Association that the golf club did,” he said. During the course of agenda item, Association board member Mike Licosati questioned the variances

between the tennis club’s guest policies as opposed to those mandated by the golf club. Licosati ultimately voted against the resolution because of what he viewed as to be inconsistent. Finkelson offered various responses to Licosati. “They (clubs) are different in the respect that golf does not limit a Covenant resident from being a guest whereas tennis does

limit a Covenant member from being a guest,” Finkelson said. Finkelson also noted that both clubs do offer playing privileges to Covenant members. The tennis club limitation, he said, was based on the potential loss of membership. Licosati objected to how Covenant members inTURN TO TENNIS ON 15

Appeals granted, hearing for short-term rentals set for April 17 By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The debate over short-term rentals continued, with no decisions made, when council members at the March 20 meeting agreed to consider two appeals of a Planning Commission decision, set the public hearing for April 17 and directed staff to look into refunding the $500 each applicant paid to request the appeal. City officials for years have been trying to find a way to best deal with rentals of less than 30 days in residential areas. In 2010 they attempted to tax them with an initiative the failed at the polls. Proponents say shortterm rentals, which have increased significantly in recent years as a result of online booking sites, have historically been allowed, cause few problems and provide needed supplemental income for many residents. They say a ban would violate their property rights. Opponents say they cause an increase in traffic, parking, noise and trash problems and are changing the community character. Transient housing is referenced in the community plan, a document created in the 1970s, but shortterm or vacation rentals are not specifically identified. They are also not addressed in the municipal code. Opponents say that is another reason they should be prohibited in residential neighborhoods. According to a staff report, Del Mar has a permissive code, which means that unless a use is expressly allowed

The short-term rental discussion is scheduled to continue at a public hearing, currently scheduled for April 17, in response to two appeals of a Planning Commission decision last month. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

it is not legally permitted. However, that is not stated anywhere. While city officials are deciding whether to ban short-term rentals in residential areas or create regulations, they asked the Planning Commission earlier this year to interpret the municipal code to determine if they should be allowed. At its Feb. 14 meeting the five-member panel, in a 3-2 vote, ruled that an interpretation could not be made because short-term rentals are not defined or listed in the municipal code. An appeal was filed by a group of residents who

support vacation rentals. Headed by Ralph and Laura DeMarco, they claim the commission failed to follow the general rules of statutory construction, abused its discretion and failed to disclose a possible conflict of interest. The appeal also claims code changes that ban short-term rentals would not be clarifying existing law but writing a new one. They also cited the historical use of property for short-term rentals, primarily during the fair and horse racing seasons, and the allowance of similarly intense uses such as day-care facilities.

Another appeal, submitted by short-term rental opponents, was filed by a group led by Robin Crabtree. It, too, claims the commission failed to apply the rules of statutory construction. It also states the panel didn’t properly determine whether the community plan and municipal code allow short-term rentals in residential districts and failed to “properly consider the effect of the permissive nature of Del Mar’s zoning code in reaching a correct interpretation of the question before it.” At the March 20 meeting, council members could

not discuss the pros and cons of short-term rentals. They were only being asked if there was enough evidence to hear the appeals at a future public hearing. Only two votes were needed. At least three supported the staff recommendation to do so. So did the nearly dozen people who addressed council. “I believe the reason you should set this matter for an appeal is because it has such a large effect on so many of the residents of Del Mar, particularly a financial effect,” Carol Ozaki said. “The commercial impact, the financial impact

of the short-term rental business is massive,” David Doyle said. “You cannot open a paper today … that doesn’t have an article about cities around the globe, big and small, that are facing this impact and having to deal with it to preserve their communities. “From Barcelona to New York to Big Bear to Mammoth Lakes — whether they’re vacation areas, large cities, small cities, regular little towns — every one of them is facing this exact same problem and it needs to be dealt with,” he added. “We really need to have clarity on what the current code means, what the community plan means in order to set a baseline for determining what you want to do as a policy matter for short-term rentals,” Betty Wheeler said. “I certainly applaud the effort to get clarity and a good interpretation,” she added. “I just want to point out that two members of the community … had to pay $500 each in order to get this appeal in front of you. That clearly is a mechanism designed for people handling individual matters. This is a matter of community-wide interest. I would urge you to consider refunding those fees.” The city received nearly 100 emails in response to the agenda item. They will be added to the April 17 agenda as part of the public record for that meeting. Meanwhile, staff will look into whether council members have the authority to refund the appeal fees.


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Women and hair loss: There is good news for a remedy OCEANSIDE — When it comes to hair loss, it’s safe to say men tend to fare better than women. Male hair loss is more common and acceptable to discuss, while a level of shame and embarrassment can occur for women that prevents them from seeking help. Female hair loss can occur in a few different areas including the sides of the head, the top of the head, the front of the head and the eyebrows. While female hair loss can be the result of a medical condition, it is often due to surgery, damage from hair processing and — when it comes to eyebrows — from overplucking. “The majority of women we see have had prior surgery such as a facelift or a forehead lift,” Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD, said. “If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help.” Facial surgeries such as facelifts or forehead lifts will move back a woman’s hairline, which is

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“If a woman is experiencing thinned out hair over their entire scalp, that is something that should first be addressed medically. If the hair loss is in a distinct pattern or patch area, we can help,” says Dan Wagner, CEO of MyHairTransplantMD in Oceanside. Courtesy photo

something the specialists at MyHairTransplantMD are able to reconstruct. “It is common for us to see women who have had prior cosmetic work,” Wagner said. “While they have managed to fix one problem area, it can create another one.”

email Colleen_Vogel@msn. com. CATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, is planning to attend “Flemming” at Scripps Ranch Theatre, Scripps Ranch April 1, Dance at the Elk’s Club after happy hour at Brigantine Restaurant, Escondido April 3, and attend a concert by 1st Marine Division Band at California Center for the Arts, Escondido April 4 and April 5. Reservations are necessary. Call (858) 674-4324. HALF-PRICE BOOK SALE Friends of the Encinitas Library Bookstore are hosting a half-price book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, with books, mostly priced from 25 cents to $1. For more information, visit encinitaslibfriends.org or call (760) 944-7294.

LIFELONG LEARNING The lifelong learning group, LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, is hosting David Lewis, MCC faculty, with a presentation on “The Rodgers and Hammerstein Legacy: Golden Age of the American Musical” at 1 p.m. March 31 at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000, Oceanside. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit APRIL 2 SHRED YOUR PAmiracosta.edu/life or call PERS Pack up for the Shred(760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. a-thon Spring 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 and APRIL 1 BE A MASTER COM- April 3 at La Costa Canyon POSTER Solana Center High School. One-half of presents an Encinitas Mas- shredding services sold, and ter Composter Course run- 5 cents per pound of eWaste ning 9:30 a.m. to noon, Sat- collected, will be donated urdays, April 1 to April 29, back to LCC to support our at the Encinitas Boys & Girls wide range of academic and Club, Griset Branch, Enci- arts enrichment programs. nitas. Course fee: $50 per person, scholarship avail- APRIL 3 ENGAGING YOUTH able upon request. To register, visit solanacenter.org/ San Diego County Office of Education offers “Training events. POLITICS 101 Politics for Non-Traditional Activ101 will meet at 9:30 a.m. ities to Engage Youth” 8:30 April 1 at 1617 Mission Ave., a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 3 at Oceanside to host Mary 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Baker, a political activist, Diego. Cost is $45. To regisauthor and educator, acting ter, visit sdcoe.k12oms.org. ART CAMP Spring president of the San Diego/ Orange County Chapter for break art camps will be held Citizens’ Alliance for Prop- at Lux Art Institute 9 a.m. to erty Rights and co-founder 2 p.m. April 3 to April 14 in of Citizens for Quality Edu- the Education Pavilion for cation — San Diego. RSVP kids 4+. Cost is $350/week or to Doris at (760) 439-8148 or daily, 8:30 to 9 a.m. $10 per

In addition to cosmetic surgery, extensive hair processing is another leading cause of hair loss in women. Bleaching, perming and even excessive blow drying can result in scalp and hair follicle damage. “We see a lot of women who have experienced hair loss due to

hour and from 2 to 3 p.m., $15 per hour. To sign up, call (760) 436-6611 or visit luxartinstitute.org.


HEALTH SCREENINGS Residents can learn about risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening April 4 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge 2243 at 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff by the Sea. Packages start at $149. Register at (877) 237-1287 or visit lifelinescreening.com.

chemicals and blow drying,” Wagner said. “When they find us they are excited because they had believed their situation was hopeless. During our consultation we show them exactly how we can help them remedy their hair loss once any burns that have occurred heal. They leave our office with a plan. And once the plan has been executed, their confidence is restored.” When it comes to eyebrow thinning, tweezers are usually the culprit. “Whether trying to keep up with trends in eyebrow shaping, or just a result of aggressive plucking, many women live with thin to nearly non-existent eyebrows. Makeup and tattooing are common solutions, and many women mistakenly believe they are the only ones. “Makeup and permanent makeup in particular can be effective, but they don’t produce the most natural-looking results,” Wagner said. “At MyHairTransplantMD we are able to use the same techniques that can restore hair to the scalp and adapt them to restore the full, natural appearance of your eyebrows.” Procedures for

mar Orchid Society on “Pendulous Cymbidiums” at 6:30 p.m. April 5 at The Pavilion at The Lodge, 1105 La Bonita Drive, Lake San Marcos.


WALK WITH A DOC Children’s Primary Care Medical Group is encouraging Carlsbad residents and others join Walk with a Doc, a health program that brings doctors and patients together to walk every Thursday at 4 p.m. at Stagecoach Park. “This program has had tremendous participation and success in hundreds of cities around the country,” said Dr. Natalie Muth, a pediatrician APRIL 5 NEWCOMERS CLUB and registered dietitian with Carlsbad Newcomers will CPCMG La Costa. Learn meet at 9:45 a.m. April 5, at more at walkwithadoc.org. Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad, hosting APRIL 7 David Western, founder of SCRATCH DAY Sign African Conservation Cen- up now for the Scratch Day ter. No-host lunch will fol- event, hosted by Ada Harlow. To make reservations, ris Elementary School, 1508 call Patricia at (760) 574- Windsor Road, Cardiff-by7472 or visit carlsbadnew- the-Sea. The day offers a comers.org. free computer programming platform and online community for children to create their own video games, animated stories, and explore computer science concepts, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 13. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and no previous programming experience is required. The day event is free, but admission ticket is required. For tickets and more inforPEACE FORUM The mation, visit busylabs.org/ North County Peace Fo- scratchday rum will meet at 11:30 a.m. April 5 at St. Mark’s Golf MARK THE CALENDAR SPRINGTIME CAMPS Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, Lake San Marcos, to pro- Sign up now for Boys & Girls vide a platform to promote Clubs of Oceanside spring ideas and activities leading break camp from 7 a.m. to to peace, justice, prosperi- 6 p.m. April 10 to April 14 ty and a world without war. at 401 Country Club Lane, Lunch is available for pur- Oceanside, with separate chase. For questions, contact programs from K through northcountypeaceforum@ 5th grade and up. Register online at BGCOceanside. gmail.com. ORCHID WISDOM Or- org. Cost is $80 pre-regischid grower, hybridizer and ter, $90 day of or $25 daily. orchid judge George Hat- Scholarships and 10 percent field, will address the Palo- sibling discounts available.

eyebrow hair transplants start at $3,500, depending on the extent of the hair loss. Wagner invites anyone who is experiencing hair loss and is interested in a solution to contact MyHairTransplantMD for a free consultation. “We want you to come in and see us,” he said. “We will ask you to describe your problem, and if necessary we can do a consultation with your physician if a medical issue has created your hair loss problem.” He also urges women to let go of any humiliation they might feel associated with their hair loss. “Female hair restoration is more common than you might think,” Wagner said. “We will make you feel comfortable and when you leave our office you will have a clear vision of what your next step is. We aren’t just restoring hair here; we want to restore your confidence.” MyHairTransplantMD is located at 2103 S. El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Oceanside. Visit their website at myhairtransplantmd.com or call the office at (800) 262-2017 for more information.

Pet of the Week

At nearly 70 pounds, Balboa is out to prove that big is not only beautiful, big is bouncy and boisterous and bright. Balboa is a 2-year-old Labrador/retriever blend whose happy-go-lucky, goofy personality wins him friends wherever he goes. He loves human friends and dog buddies alike. Balboa is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. He has been altered and is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations. Her adoption fee $311 and as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, is micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday

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) 7564117, option No. 1 or visit animalcenter.org.

Red Cross looking for blood donors REGION — The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to give blood, after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and Type AB is the universal plasma type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood and only 4 percent has AB. Schedule an appointment by using the free Blood Donor App, visit-

ing redcrossblood.org or calling (800) 733-2767. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Blood donors can save time at their donation appointment by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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have an update from last week’s column about falling behind on running. This week, I did something a bit crazy (and unadvisable) — I ran three days in a row. Usually, your body needs time to recover, or your stiffness and soreness could become a pulled hamstring, shin splints, or worse. Maybe I need to make up for lost time. Maybe I know, deep down, what I’m capable of, and how unlikely I am to feel any physical repercussions from pushing myself. I’m pleased to report that my runs were successful — my finishing time was garbage, sure, but I did it, and it feels great. Runners feel this daily muscle tension, firmness, when we’re active. I love having that feeling back. My week culminated in joining a weekly run group, which I’ve frequented before. Our group leader was happy to see me again, and about 25 of us ran up and down the coast for 3 ½ miles or so. This wasn’t nearly as physically punishing as I thought it would be, though admittedly I was in perhaps the middle of the pack. It was great to see so many familiar faces again, and join them for some beers afterward. Our group leader, however, wasn’t his exuberant self. You can tell when someone is having a bad day. Surprisingly, he was sporting lots of gray hairs on his head. “I’m having the worst year of my life,” he told me. Dumbfounded, I had a hard time putting any consoling words together. Admittedly, last year was the worst year of my life. I lost my last two living grandparents, and said goodbye to other loved ones and friends I’ve known in my life. It’s never easy to say goodbye, to come across changes in our life that we’d like to avoid. Sometimes we try to look for a deeper meaning, but there usually isn’t.Running regularly last year helped me stay focused in my life, to divert the pain and loss I was feeling. My running group was some sort of therapy I suppose. I’m reminded of a line from a film, “There are no answers, only choices.” Pain, grief can paralyze you, and pin you to the floor if you let it. We can do something about it — we can live our lives and remind ourselves that there’s so much more to see, to experience, especially love and joy. It’s out there. I sent some friendly, reassuring texts to our group leader afterward. He’s a tough guy, and I know he’ll get through this — and we will be there with him through it all. My father likes to recount what his Marine Corps drill instructor used to commonly say: “And the sun will rise.” Despite all that life throws at us, there will be a tomorrow, a new day — a fresh chance. Vince Vasquez is an economist based in Torrey Pines.


NEW JUMPING FINALS The United States Hunter Jumper Association announces the USHJA 3-feet, 3-inch Jumping Seat Medal series will include finals on both the East and West coasts for the 2017 competition year. The Capital Challenge Horse Show and International Jumping Festival at Blenheim will host the respective finals. Riders may qualify for the finals by earning a minimum of 10 points in USHJA 3-feet, 3-inch Jumping Seat Medals offered across the country. For more information, visit ushja.org/jumpseatmedal. Photo by Louise Taylor/USHJA Archives

Free tire and appliance recycling offered Easter event RANCHO SANTA FE — The county is funding an event for residents of Rancho Santa Fe and those in the unincorporated pockets of North County, to recycle waste tires and appliances. Residents can make an appointment or drop in to Fallbrook Recycling & Transfer, 500 W. Aviation Road. Drop-offs can be made from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31, April 1 and April 8; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13. Residents with waste tires and appliances can make an appointment at (877) 7132784 or just drop in during business hours. Tires must be relatively clean and be from passenger vehicles. Large truck tires and tires from businesses or commercial sources will not be accepted. A limited number of tires with rims will be

accepted. Residents who want to transport loads of more than nine tires may request a waiver when they make an appointment. Fallbrook Recycling & Transfer accepts free recycling drop off, yearround, for these additional items: used motor oil, electronic waste, fats, oil and grease, and CRV glass, cans, and plastic. EDCO also accepts household batteries and sharps from EDCO waste collection customers. Find out more at edcodisposal.com/fallbrook/where-do-i-take-it/fallbrook-recycling-transfer.htm. For more information about the event or to learn how to recycle or properly dispose of just about anything, call the county’s Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Program at (877) 7132784 or visit WasteFreeSD.org.

Firefighters respond to commercial structure fire Cause of fire is still under investigation RANCHO SANTA FE — On March 26, at 6:37 a.m., firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to the report of a commercial structure fire and water flow in the 16000 block of Dove Canyon Road, according to a press release from the fire district. When they arrived on scene, firefighters could hear the water flow alarm sounding, indicating that the fire sprinkler system had been activated. Upon further inspection, they discovered one sprinkler head in a storage closet had been activated and extinguished the fire before it could spread to other parts of the facility. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

TO THE VERY LAST MILE A runner in the inaugural Encinitas Half-Marathon gets some water from a young race volunteer on Sunday. The race began at Moonlight Beach and went along Coast Highway 101. Photo by Bill Reilly

set for Village Church RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe will host its annual Eggstravaganza, from 9 to 11 a.m. April 8, at 6225 Paseo Delicias. The event is for children and families, featuring an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, face painting, balloon art and light refreshments, at the church campus. Admission is free. “Our annual Eggstravaganza event is a fun, festive time for everyone. We celebrate the reality that Jesus Christ is alive with activities that bring laughter and joy,” said the Rev. Dr. Jack Baca, senior pastor of the Village Church. “It’s become a family tradition across North County.” Community members are also welcome to attend Holy Week festivities beginning April 9 with Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. followed by a Maundy Thursday service with the Lord’s Supper and Service of Darkness from 7 to 8 p.m. April 13. There will be three services on Easter, April 16 starting at 7 a.m. with an outdoor, sunrise service followed by services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare for infants through kindergarteners will be provided on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and on Easter at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. All activities will take place on the campus of the Village Church. For more information and directions, visit villagechurch.org or call (858) 756-2441.

he days and days of rain this year set off some subconscious signal in elementary school kids. Maybe it’s the pollen count. Maybe it’s pheromones. Maybe it’s mildew on the brain. Something is different. My theory is that none of these kids have ever seen that much rain, and they feared the sun would never shine again. For a Southern California child, that’s some serious stuff. So when the sun did come out, they went right into a state of hysterical joy. I began to notice every child seemed to be almost vibrating. They are shouting, hopping, jumping, climbing on bookshelves and my desk and leaping from anything taller than six inches. If there is something on display, it gets disassembled. As they stand in line waiting for check-out, they either turn my resonant desk into a drum set, or turn their book into a percussion instrument. The strangest phenomenon was a shift in the mood of the girls. Every day for a week, I had at least one in every class, fiercely reporting that Susie or Dylan or Carrie took too many books, sat in the wrong chair, said she was going to cut in line or committed some other insufferable offence. And something had to be done about it — right now. They each seemed determined to not only rock the boat, but throw someone overboard. There was perceived injustice at every turn and these young ladies were not going to stand for it. As I asked each one why whatever Susie or Dylan may or may not have done was of any concern to them, they were flummoxed. I got a lot of dirty looks. Further signs can be seen at recess, as one child chases another, usually at a speed they are not supposed to go, in places they are not supposed to be, with crystal-shattering shrieks for sound effects. The playground monitors have been filing by with glassy-eyed stares. Every teacher agreed that there had been a definite energy/attitude spike. I remain in awe of how they just handle it and move ahead. Some admit they are spring-smitten, too. I mean, it is practically summer, right? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer whose campus brings to mind a particle accelerator. Contact her at jeanhartg@ roadrunner.com.


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For tapas & old world wines, it’s Cesar in the Ranch After mixing it up with 1970’s pop music stars like Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne and doing some Napa Valley “A� list restaurants as manager, he set out for Spain before anybody knew about tapas dining. He was doing the research in Spain to later open the first Cesar in the bay area. The Cesar bar is one of the most well stocked in San Diego County, from exotic cocktails to traditional Spanish and other European wines. Mazzera is also the wine buyer. He looks for less production and more handcrafted wines. He’s big on Spanish Sherry and has a comprehensive list of the Spanish red wine Tempranillo Richard and Terumi Mazzera are passionate, happy owners doing their all to convey the spirit of Cesar. They’re the owners, they’re at the door to meet and greet. Welcome to the party! See more at cesartapas.com.

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t took me a while to figure out tapas, the Spanish small plate Euro-style cuisine that artfully places fresh fish, meat and poultry in with creative herbs, olives and other Mediterranean delicacies. Recently I had an epiphany at Cesar in Rancho Santa Fe. Now I understand the beauty, simplicity, tastiness and authenticity of tapas. At Cesar, you have the combination of tapas and the amazing produce of Chino Farms, a nearby source of world-famous produce that coalesces naturally with chef John Heamsberger’s creations. Richard and Terumi Mazzera are the proud owners of this classic Spanish Tapas restaurant. They opened the original Cesar in the bay area in 1998 where it is still a great success. Their deepest thrill is opening so close to Chino’s, a farm they have known and purchased from in their many years up north. I hope I have dispelled the notion that tapas are

Chef John Heamsberger displays his smoked local Opah fish tapas at the go-to Tapas restaurant Cesar in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Frank It ’s T ime to Vin Diego ! Mangio

mere appetizers, as I had mistakenly thought. They are thoughtfully crafted and creatively displayed culinary delights, either à la carte or as a larger entrÊe. Mazzera’s Italian roots date back to his ancestors in the Bank of It-

aly in San Francisco in the early 1900s. It later became Bank of America. He didn’t like corporate lawyering, so his search for career inspiration took him to the restaurant business in Hollywood and he did time with Spago and Wolfgang Puck.

The fastest growing Southern California wine and food festival is Vin Diego, now in its fifth year and coming to Liberty Station in San Diego April 8. Produced by David Fraschetti, 75 award winning wineries, mostly California, and a few from Oregon and Washington, will be popping their corks

from 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Ingrid Funes has a fourcourse dinner to match the wines from Sonoma. Tickets are $65. Reservations at (858) 551-3620. On April 6, Capri Blu in Rancho Bernardo’s 4S Ranch has a Toscana Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Five delicious courses prepared by the head chef with top rated Italian wines including Brunello. Call (858) 673-5100 for an RSVP and pricing. La Costa Wine Company presents a Zaca Mesa five-course wine dinner April 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $75. A winery spokesman will be on site to tell the Zaca Mesa story. Chef Erin Sealy presides over the entrees. RSVP at (619) 823-3541. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas presents the next educational seminar, A Diverse Pinot Noir Food & Wine Experience April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., with “M.â€? Cost is $79. Seven distinct Pinots will be introduced, plus speWine Bytes Apollonia Bistro in cialty cheeses and fine the UTC Shopping Center foods. Call (858) 442-2749 San Diego will have a Pine for your place at the event. Ridge five-course wine dinner April 4 from 7 to Frank Mangio is a re9:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per nowned wine connoisseur person. These are classic certified by Wine SpecNapa Valley wines, paired tator. He is one of the with a chef-inspired enleading commentators on trĂŠe. Call (619) 823-3541 the web. View his colfor your RSVP. umns at tasteofwinetv. A Simi Wine dinner is com. And reach him at coming to CUSP Restaumangiompc@aol.com. rant in La Jolla April 5 with world-class wines and only wines. Top chefs will be serving delicious food samples from over 24 restaurants, a real plus for wine pairing. A VIP wine auction takes place during Vin Diego with proceeds to benefit the San Diego Italian Film Festival, and “It’s all about the Kids.â€? “This is the largest number of wines and restaurants we have ever had,â€? beamed Fraschetti. “Our wineries love it. They keep coming back. We don’t want to get bigger, we just get better.â€? Fraschetti is offering TASTE OF WINE readers a 20 percent discount off the General Admission price of $115 from 4 to 7 p.m., or the VIP early entry admission price of $150 from 3 to 7 p.m. Just visit vindiego.com, choose your price, and type in the promo code TASTEOFWINE (all one word) to receive $25 off the regular price.

Lick The Plate’s favorite foodie event Taste of Leucadia is back April 6


aving participated in plenty of these types of events, the one I truly look forward to every year is Taste of Leucadia. The 2-mile stretch on Coast Highway 101 from Bull to

Taco Fish 101 if you decide to go south to north is one of the most eclectic and charming in Southern California. Add in 23 of Leucadia’s amazing restaurants serving samples for ticket holders, seven Sip Stop locations including a Craft Beer Pavilion, live music and it makes for a very memorable evening. I repeat every year that Leucadia is becoming a dining destination, and it’s about time to lose the word becoming — as the quality and quantity of eateries has been reached to earn that title. The variety is enough to satisfy even the most persnickety of foodies and if you’ve not done Leucadia recently, the Taste is a great way to check out what’s new. Tickets are available now for the annual Taste of Leucadia April 6. CourWith that, let’s take a tesy image

stroll up the 101 for a sneak peak at what’s in store. The event starts on the south end at Bull Taco, the only participant on the east side of the 101 and also home to Shibari Organic Ramen. Cross the highway and the tasting begins at the iconic Captain Keno’s who always has one of the more plentiful spreads available. Next up is HapiFish and Ajito Sushi to Go then a stroll up a few blocks to The Pannikin, Vigilucci’s, Bird’s Eye Kitchen and the soon to open Bread and Barley. Next stop is Priority Public House that will be home Craft Beer Pavilion that will include lighting by Bright Ideas Lighting, garden beautification by Anderson’s La Costa Nursery and free photos for guests by Camera Camper vintage trailer photo booth. This year, Electra Bicycle Company will provide a bike valet at the Craft Beer Garden. What a brilliant idea! Leucadia Liquor is just north of the beer pavilion, then get your vegetarian on at Peace Pies. Moto Deli is a new participant this year and I think you all know by now how much I love this place. Can’t wait to see what they are sampling! Pandora’s Pizza and Kotija Jr. Taco Shop are the last stops south of Leucadia Boulevard and both worth checking out.

Solterra Winery & Kitchen can easily be included in the conversation on the topic of the restaurants that were on the forefront of Leucadia’s dining resurgence. They are the first stop north of Leucadia Boulevard. Root Cellar Catering is another new participant this year, look for more about this husband and wife operation in an upcoming LTP column. Be sure to stop by and say hi to my friends at Coffee Coffee, then Le Papagayo and Yocadia Creamery. The delightful stroll up the coast finishes up with the fabulous Lanai, Umi Restaurant, Royal Liquor and the amazing Fish 101. The event would not be complete without live music all along N. Coast Hwy 101. Some of the featured artists this year are: Jason Matkin, Johnny Tarr, Buena Vista SoCal Club, Ben Powell, Hummingbird Hotel, Heather Nation, DGTL CLR and Lindy Crandall. An exciting new addition for ticket holders this year is the Glaucus Corner Ambrosia Garden at 1114 N. Coast Hwy 101. At the Ambrosia Garden ticket holders can sample elixirs such as alcoholic kombucha, cider, gluten free beer, mead and more! Food Tasting tickets are $25 in advance ($30 the

day of, if they last!). Food and Sip Stop tickets (craft beer/wine tasting included) are $40 in advance ($45 the day of). Each ticket holder with Sip Stops will receive a commemorative taster glass for their beer, wine and elixir tasting. Tickets sell out well in advance each year so make sure to buy yours as soon as possible! Close to 1,500 people attend this event and 1,000 tickets are sold. To avoid any parking frustration, Leucadia 101 will provide an eco shuttle that runs on biofuel, which will transport attendees from the upper parking lot at City Hall (505 S. Vulcan) to Leucadia and will drop off riders in the heart of the event. The shuttle will be running throughout the night to bring guests back to City Hall. The last pick up will be at 8:55 p.m. from HapiFish so plan accordingly. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For complete event details visit leucadia101.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative an Encinitas based integrated marketing firm. He also hosts Lick the Plate Radio that airs Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. on FM94/9, Easy 98.1, and KSON. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905.

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! Spring brings out rattlesnakes following winter hibernation. Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) has compiled some rules to help you and your pet avoid snakebite. For more information, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on to sdpets.org. Courtesy photo

Springtime means rattlesnakes REGION — Spring brings out rattlesnakes following winter hibernation. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) is offering pet owners a few simple rules to help avoid snakebite. “Sunset is when you’re most likely to encounter a rattlesnake,” said RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “People need footwear that gives protection. Keep your dog on a leash and on a well-used trail. And carry a stick. Hitting the bushes can scare snakes away.” Other basic rules tips that can save pets and their people: • Don’t go places where there are likely to be snakes • Don’t put your paws, hands or feet where you can’t see (like under a log

or rock) • Look before you leap. Step on a rock or log instead of jumping over it • Take your cell phone for emergency (not to talk or text while you hike) • If you stop to rest, look before you sit • Be careful around water. Snakes can swim and they look like sticks in the water. • If you see a snake ... leave it alone. Van Zante says that a rattlesnake’s strike distance can be one-third to one-half the length of its body and it’s faster than a human eye can see. What should you do if you or your pet are bitten by a rattler? Try to remain calm. If you panic or run, it spreads the venom faster.

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Gallery brings vivid landscape oils to North County REGION — It is often hard to recapture the beauty of a perfect sunset, a calmly beautiful dusk or a serene sunrise. What we experience with the naked eye, the way the colors make us feel, becomes a memory that no photo comes close to replicating. With the recent relocation of The Erin Hanson Gallery from Los Angeles to San Diego, lovers of art and landscape are now able to experience that beauty in a new and unique way. What Hanson creates with oils is a style now known as “Open Impressionism,” and North County just became infinitely more vivid and colorful. “We are so excited to be here,” Amy Jensen, gallery manager said. “We had our grand opening here on Feb. 25 after being in Los Angeles for four years. We are artist run and operated, representing solely the works of Erin Hanson.” Hanson’s take on the contemporary impressionist style is achieved through visiting new places at different times of day With the recent relocation of The Erin Hanson Gallery from Los Angeles to San Di(primarily dawn and dusk) and ego, lovers of art and landscape are now able to experience that beauty in a new and for the past decade she been de- unique way. Courtesy photo


veloping a unique, minimalist technique of placing impasto paint strokes without layering. As other artists began emulating her painting techniques, Hanson was credited as the pioneer and originator of this contemporary style of Open Impressionism. “Her works are vivid and alive,” Jensen said. “She explores new locations and how they look as the sun starts to rise or as it is setting. The lighting is actively changing and inspiring.” Hanson visits the Colorado Plateau every year, backpacking and hiking through areas such as Zion National Park, Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. Other favorite haunts include Paso Robles, Joshua Tree National Park and the Anza-Borrego desert. Hanson recently visited the Anza-Borrego desert for the Super Bloom, which was a match made in heaven for the artist. “She has been an artist basically her whole life, save for when she attended Berkley and got her degree in bioengineering … ” Jensen said. “She started in

oils when she was about 8 years old. She is very industrious and fun, which is reflected in her works that are equally vivacious and alive.” The recently opened 6,000-square-foot art space is also home to Hanson’s studio. “On occasion visitors are able to catch a glimpse of Erin while she is painting,” Jensen said. The Erin Hanson Gallery will be hosting her newest collection release, Erin Hanson: Colors of the West, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 22. “We are extending our hours, and we will have live music and refreshments,” Jensen said. “We invite everyone to come down and meet the artist and experience her unique contemporary style in person.” The Erin Hanson Gallery is located at 9705 Carroll Centre Road. The gallery has open hours from Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (858) 324-4644, email info@erinhanson.com or visit erinhanson.com.

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Sports All-Coast News Basketball team, coach of the year selected By Aaron Burgin

REGION — Jake Gilliam’s rise up the ranks at Torrey Pines has been a lot like the 6-foot-10 senior’s game — slow and steady. He played on the JV team as a freshman and moved up to the varsity team as a sophomore, playing sparingly due to injury. As a junior, Gilliam blossomed and earned a starting role on a team that made it to the Open Division semifinals. This year, the unquestioned leader of the Falcons averaged 15.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, and led the team to the brink of the CIF Open Division championship, falling in a 48-45 heartbreak to top-seeded St. Augustine. For this reason, Gilliam is your Coast News Player of the Year. The two-time allleague first team selection is still undecided on where he will attend college, but expect him to sign during the spring signing period after his strong final campaign.

Coach of the Year Chad Bickley, Santa Fe Christian Bickley led the Eagles to the school’s first CIF Title since 2006, a 39-35 triumph over Lincoln in the CIF Division 1 championship game. Bickley, who has led the program since the 2006-07 season, accom-

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Jake Gilliam, right, is Torrey Pines High School’s basketball’s unquestioned team leader. Photo courtesy Torrey Pines High School

plished the feat with a team that does not have a single Division 1 scholarship basketball player, a rarity in today’s basketball landscape. First Team Taurus Samuels, 6-0 Jr. PG, Vista — The talented floor general averaged a team high in points (17.1) and assists (5.3) to lead the Panthers to the CIF Open Division Semifinals. Isaiah Morris, 5-11 Jr. PG, Vista- One of the most improved players in the region, Morris saw his stats jump across the board (16 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.5 spg) becoming one of the most potent scoring guards in the process. Jordan Hilstock, 6-3 So. G, Vista — A first-team All-League selection for a second straight year, Hilstock’s averages (14 points,

7 rebounds) bely his impact on the game as one of the top defenders in the region. Jalen Flanagan, 6-3 Jr. G, El Camino — The Wildcats leading scorer at 23 ppg led the team to the Division 1 Semifinals. Ethan Esposito, 6-6 Sr. F, Torrey Pines — Emerged as the Falcons’ second leading scorer (14.3 ppg) and rebounder (7.7 rpg) and was selected Avocado West Player of the Year. Warren Washington, 6-11 Jr. PF, Mission Hills — The Escondido transfer buoyed the Grizzlies in the paint averaging a double double per game. Ed Fenzi, 6-0 Sr. PG, Mission Hills — The spark plug for the Grizzlies averaged 17 points per game since becoming eligible Jan. 2 after transferring from Army Navy.

Chad Bickley, head coach of Santa Fe Christian, leads the Eagles to the school’s first CIF Title since 2006. Photo courtesy Santa Fe Christian

Richard Polanco, 6-7 Sr. PF, Army Navy — The versatile forward put up gaudy stats (26.6 ppg, 16 rpg) for an undermanned Warriors team that nearly upended the fourth-seeded team in the Division 1 playoffs. Michael Diaz, 6-2 Sr. G, Orange Glen — Stat-stuffing guard averaged 16.9 points, 6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks for the Division 2 runners up. Owen Aschieris, 6-0 Sr. PG, Santa Fe ChristianExploded his senior year, averaging 22 points per game, including a 41-point effort, to lead the Eagles to the CIF Division 1 title. Second Team Ryan Michaels, 6-1 Sr. TURN TO BASKETBALL ON A15

Athletes get ready for IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside once again By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside will host 25,000 athletes for the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside April 1. The destination race draws competitors from 42 states and 28 countries. The swim, bike, run competition begins at 6:40 a.m. with a brisk 1.2-mile swim out of Oceanside Harbor. Then contestants get on their bikes to ride a 56-mile loop through Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. The race finishes with athletes running 13.1 miles along the coast and ending at the Oceanside Pier. Best completion times are under five hours. Top male athletes to watch are last year’s winner Lionel Sanders of Canada, and previous champions Jan Frodeno of Germany and Andy Potts of U.S.A. Leading female athletes to keep an eye on include Heather Wurtele of Canada who finished first in two years. Other top contenders are Holly Lawrence of Great Britain, Heather Jackson of U.S.A. and Meredith Kessler of U.S.A. Race director Gina Thomas said every race competitor has a story. She said some of the most inspiring reasons to compete come from local military who want to put their energy toward a positive accomplishment and make a difference. Many athletes compete


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Melanie McQuaid, of Canada, crosses the finish line as the first woman finisher in the 2012 IRONMAN. This year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside takes place April 1. Photo by Promise Yee

in honor of a loved one, to celebrate overcoming an addiction or to bring awareness to a cause. The race’s motto is anything is possible crossing the finish line. During Saturday’s triathlon, spectators can get a great view of swimming and cycling transitions at the harbor. There will be shuttle service to the harbor from the Civic Center parking lot. The finish line for the final run course is at Oceanside Pier. Awards will be given at

the Oceanside Pier amphitheater. There will also be an IRONMAN festival village on The Strand, which will feature food trucks and vendors. It will be open March 30, March 31 and April 1. An IRONKIDS fun run will be held March 31, with kids ending the race across the IRONMAN finish line. Race road closures and detours will be posted. Police will assist pedestrian crossing in some locations. Roadways

will fully reopen in the evening. The local IRONMAN competition has been held for 18 years. It began as a full IRONMAN race held at Camp Pendleton its first two years. In 2002 the city of Oceanside took over hosting the race and shortened it to 70.3 total miles. The IRONMAN Foundation raises money for local charities. This year a generous $25,000 will help area nonprofits.

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erts said. The Tigers tipped their hand on their calculations. “That’s when I thought I probably wasn’t going to make it if they were sending me there,’’ Roberts said. Poof went the dream, which started when he was as a three-sport star at Rancho Buena Vista High. He eventually concentrated on baseball, forsaking football and basketball. Now the game Roberts’ couldn’t do without, was making noise it could get along without him. Roberts got the message. Time to pack up his gear and pack in his hopes. It was time for “The Talk” and Roberts might not have known it. Then again, how couldn’t he? Waymon Roberts, Dave’s father, absorbed his son’s reasoning on why he was surrendering. But Waymon Roberts suggested flipping the Tigers’ decision. Instead of making him disappointed, it should fuel his determination. Think the elder Roberts ever wanted to quit while serving in the Marines for three decades? Probably, but he didn’t. “My dad told me to stick it out,’’ Roberts said. “To give it another try.’’ Waymon Roberts urged his son to play baseball, not the pity card. “You can’t feel sorry for yourself,’’ Roberts said. “I needed a wake-up call.’’ Roberts responded and was the Dodgers starting centerfielder by 2002. Fortified by his father’s support, Roberts’ fate changed in immeasurable ways. Waymon Roberts, 68, was laid to rest on Thursday in Oceanside. He died on March 17. “I think he has a legacy, in me and my sister and his grandkids,’’ Roberts said. “He served his country for 30 years. I have some big shoes to fill.’’

Steal.” Right, Dave Roberts? Roberts nods to affirm it, and why wouldn’t he? Without “The Talk” Roberts doesn’t swipe second base for the Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. That helped Boston to its first World Series title since 1918 and Roberts hasn’t bought dinner in New England since. These days Roberts runs the Dodgers, when he’s not bouncing around Cardiff, his residence, in the offseason. Roberts enters act two in L.A. next month with the 2016 manager of the year award to show for his rookie season. But without “The Talk” Roberts isn’t the Dodgers’ first African American manager, leading them to within an eyelash of disposing the future world champion Chicago Cubs in the postseason. Minus a certain chat, Roberts wouldn’t have carved out a 10-year career in the majors. If not listening, just once, Roberts wouldn’t have worked his way through the Padres’ coaching ranks before landing with L.A. Standing tall was never Roberts’ problem as an outfielder — his shoulders were always back, his head high. But even with a protruding chin, he was a generous 5-foot-10. He had an average arm. He looked like a ballplayer, but everyone wished there was more of him. Roberts, the Detroit Tigers’ 28th-round pick in 1994, reported to camp believing he was a Single A All-Star. The Tigers, eyeing his frame again, shrugged and suggested he play on Follow Jay Paris on Twitter a Single A co-op team. at jparis_sports. Contact An expressway to the him at jparis8@aol.com. majors? Not quite. Roberts was crestfallen because, despite his size, he had produced. He realized solid numbers might not even eclipse his perceived physical limitations. “I was constantly trying to prove myself,’’ Rob-



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DEL MAR — Featuring musical entertainment from rock, rap and R&B to oldies, pop and a basketball MVP, this year’s KAABOO Del Mar has something for everyone. The lineup, announced March 23, includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pink, Muse, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Kesha, The Wallflowers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Michael McDonald, Smash Mouth, Dave Mason and Fishbone, to name a few. Also scheduled to appear at the three-day event Sept. 15-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is DJ Diesel, better known as NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Additional performers, as well as the comedy lineup, will be announced in the coming months.

ers as an “adult escape” arts and entertainment “mix-perience,” KAABOO features about 100 acts on several stages and includes an onsite pool, a sand beach complete with cabanas, massages, hair and make-up services, hot shaves, an art fair and art exhibits.

Gertrude M Johnson 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 in a very nice residential care facility. Her daughter, Diane M. Johnson visited her almost daily and was there when Gertrude took her last breath. She comforted her during her final days and was extremely saddened to lose her beloved Mother. Gertrude also has a son, Dennis L Johnson who lives in Binghamton, New

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Pink is among the 70 entertainers announced so far for the 2017 KAABOO Del Mar, which will be held Sept. 15-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Courtesy photos DJ Diesel, better known as NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, will perform Described by organiz- at the 2017 KAABOO Del Mar.

In Loving Memory Gertrude M. Johnson March 12, 2017

Culinary choices are provided by local restaurants, with fried fair food not an option. Three available passes, not including fees and shipping, are the “Hang Loose,” for $259, the “Hang 5” for $799 and the “Hang 10

York and called her often. Gertrude enjoyed relaxing in her home with her beloved Persian cat, Lexie. She and Lexie were inseparable and made Gertrude’s life extremely worth living. Gertrude lost her husband eight years ago and Lexie helped fill the void. Gertrude also enjoyed gardening and remodeling her home. She was married to her husband, Lacell Johnson for 63 years. They were childhood sweethearts. He worked for the I.B.E.W. in Binghamton till he retired and they moved

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to California to be with their daughter. Gertrude also has three grandchildren Dennis, Dawn and Lisa along with four great grandchildren, They also live in the New York area Gertrude along with her husband, Lacell, will be missed by her family and especially her daughter, Diane who spent many hours visiting and caring for her Mother. Gertrude had a private Cremation and her ashes, along with her husband’s will be buried at the families cemetery in Binghamton, NY.


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DEL MAR — Music genres from alternative rock and jazz to disco, country and classic oldies will be represented during the 2017 San Diego County Fair, which opens at 4 p.m. June 2 and runs through July 4. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, approved the first round of contracts for the summer concert series at it March 14 meeting. The grandstand stage lineup includes Patti LaBelle, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, Switchfoot, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Anjelah Johnson. Scheduled to appear in the Paddock Concert Series are The Yardbirds — the English band that launched the careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and

Country singer Toby Keith is one of the grandstand stage at this year’s San Diego County Fair, which opens June 2 through July 4. Courtesy photo

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GUITAR DUO Friends of the Encinitas Library present guitarist and vocalist, Laura Z. Flores, with her husband, Mark, in concert at 2 p.m. April 2, at the EnAPRIL 1 cinitas Library, 540 Cornish KAABOO TICKETS Drive, Encinitas. Del Sol Lions Cub is again selling KAABOO tick- APRIL 4 ets at eventbrite.com/e/ ROCKIN’ TRIBUTE kaaboo - del-mar-septem- BANDS Pala Casino Spa ber-15th-17th-2017-tickets- & Resort will continue its 27390611055?aff=DelSol- events in April, including Lions, through September. the 60+ Club at 1 p.m. on The club will receive a small Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. on fee for referring the sale, Thursdays and tribute conand return that money di- certs at 8 p.m. on Saturdays rectly to the local communi- in the Infinity Showroom at ty. 35008 Pala Temecula Road, LAST CALL FOR ART- Pala. April 1 features MasISTS Oceanside Days of Art ter of Puppets, a tribute to is still looking artists to dis- Metallica, followed by Club playCROP original artwork - paint- Infinity with DJ Shy and ings,.93 drawings, photography, April 8 presents Fools Logic, ceramics, handmade jewel- a tribute to Supertramp, fol.93 ry, glass 4.17 and mixed media at lowed by Club Infinity with its April 4.28 22 and April 23 fes- DJ Dennis Blaze. For more tival. Applications received information, visit palacasiand approved by April 6 will no.com. be listed in the ODA program. For artist applications APRIL 5 and additional information FOLK CONCERT The go to OCAF.info, call (760) Friends of the Cardiff Library will be hosting a free concert with folk songstress Sierra West from 7 to 8 p.m. April 5, at the Cardiff Library Community Room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. For more information, call (760) 635-1000. U N DE R STA N DI NG CLASSICAL MUSIC A free classical music appreciation program is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. April 5 and April 13 at the Gloria McClellan Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. No registration required. Hosted by Hank Presutti. For information, call (760) 758-1123 or email luigibeethoven@cox.net. Know something that’s going on? Send it to calendar@ coastnewsgroup.com



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bring to the county fair,” 22nd DAA Director Fred Schenk said. “This is just the beginning. We’re going to have more.” “We’re off to a great start,” President Russ Penniman added. Most concerts are free with fair admission on the third and fifth levels of the grandstand. Reserved seats are also available and some shows offer a dinner package at the Turf Club on the fourth floor. Fair admission is up $2 this year, to $18 for adults.


sion.” “It is rare to see opportunities that merge the two disciplines,” she said. “The Breeders’ Cup is a very prestigious race and the energy that surrounds it is contagious.” “This one I thought was really special,” Bush said. “It’s something that just has a little bit of a different feel to it.” He said council members could weigh in on the final design, but Dave Druker cautioned against that. “This is an excellent project,” he said. “The only thing I would suggest is that we not have any control over how the artist paints



staff required to meet customer needs and projected costs for expanding shelter hours to include Sundays, Heinze said. The budget for this fiscal year is approximately $17.6 million. Of that about $11.5 million comes from the contract cities and unincorporated areas and $3 million is from the county’s general fund. Another $2.1 million comes from license and shelter fees, which have remained low to avoid negative effects such as discouraging adoptions from shelters. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society, was the lone speaker who supported the decision to look at outsourcing. With multiple locations, two dozen “humane law enforcement officers,” a recovery and rescue group that’s mobilized during times of crisis and diversion programs to keep animals out of shelters, he said the time is “appropriate” for his organization to “assume the work” of DAS “and explore how we can benefit the county with more efficiencies and potentially lower cost.” “We feel that we would be a very viable option to assume those services in San Diego County,” Weitzman said. But four other speakers disagreed, including representatives from Service Employees Union International Local 221. David Garcias, the or-


T he R ancho S anta F e News Tickets for seniors 62 and older and children 6 to 12 are $11. Anyone 5 and younger is free. The “Best Pass Ever” is $26 and includes unlimited admission daily. With the theme “Where the West is Fun,” this year’s fair will feature a Wild West saloon, panning for gold, a stunt show and numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits. Beginning in May, 1,006 banners will be hung in 25 cities as part of a program that began in 2008. The participating cities choose who will be on the banners, said Katie Mueller, deputy general manager. The

fairgrounds sets up the photo shoot and returns the banners to the cities after the fair. The program began with 259 banners hung around the fairgrounds. In 2011 there were 15 participating cities. “It’s really a unique way for the fair to be out in the community and showcasing residents,” she added. Tickets for the fair, paid shows, dinner packages and reserved seats are available at the O’Brien Gate box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Ticketmaster or by calling (800) 745-3000. Visit sdfair.com for more information.

it. We, as a City Council, should not determine what art is. “As long as it’s within public reason then I think we should support it,” he added. “The concept is for us not to opine on that. Let the artist determine what he/she believes is best for the city.” “I think what you’re hearing is, make it really cool,” Mayor Terry Sinnott said. Although council members unanimously agreed to accept the donation, they directed staff to ensure the city would have complete control over the piece in the event that it needed repairs or had to be stored rather than displayed. City Manager Scott Huth said their concerns

would be reflected in the agreement. “We don’t want to have to follow a bunch of rules from an artist on how it needs to be used,” he said. “We have to have complete control over it.” Bush said people can contribute to the cost but he is happy to fund the project if no one steps up. However, he said he has had some interest from a few residents. While a permanent location has yet to be decided, Seagrove Park was suggested as a possible site. “I’m very enthusiastic about this,” Councilwoman Sherryl Parks said. “I think it would be a very positive thing for us as part of our efforts for the Breeders’ Cup,” Sinnott added.

ganization’s president, said outsourcing is “tantamount to getting rid of your public safety.” He said when law enforcement officers call for help they want a trained professional. “Please don’t jeopardize our public safety,” he said. “There are some things that should not be for profit and taking care of at-risk animals is certainly one of them,” resident Cynthia Jordan said. “We all pay taxes. I pay a lot of taxes. I would pay even more taxes if that’s what it takes to be able to expect that the homeless animals of San Diego County and the city will be well cared for during their shelter stays.” “Groups of people have been working together for decades to establish longterm relationships that help to improve the safety and best interests of all of the cats, dogs and other animals that come into the shelter services on a daily basis,” said Adelle Schmitt, president of Dogs Für Days, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that rescues canines from public shelters. “There is no replacement for the kinds of relationships that exist between administrators and local rescue organizers and leaders within the rescue community,” she added. “The Humane Society is unable to achieve this level of cooperation because frankly, they don’t have the long history of relationships with the rescue community that the Department of Animal Services does.” Schmitt said outsourcing is “demoralizing” and

“essentially a vote of no confidence to the Department of Animal Services.” “Not true at all,” Jacob said. “The employees in the department have done an excellent job.” Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, whose District 3 includes Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas, agreed. “Exploring outsourcing is not, by any means, a fault of the department,” she said. “I’m really proud of the services that we’re currently providing. I’m really proud of our staff members. “My concern is about the sustainability of the program that we’re currently offering,” Gaspar added. “As we’re seeing personnel costs continue to rise … it’s unclear whether we’ll be able to keep the fees low, and if we raise the adoption fees … that could have a significant impact on the ability to adopt more animals out of the shelter system, which I feel quite passionately about because all of my animals have been from the shelter system. “The increased cost can also threaten the level of service that’s being provided,” Gaspar continued. “So I think it’s a smart business decision to look at the options of outsourcing these services. But I will never be supportive of something that lowers the level of service, the quality of care, the safety component.” If there is sufficient interest, the county will issue requests for qualifications and proposals and then begin negotiations, keeping supervisors updated throughout the process.


SG, Canyon Crest Academy — Ravens leading scorer led team to a deep run in the CIF Division 2 playoffs. Logan Wazny, 6-3 Sr. SF, La Costa Canyon — Sharpshooting wing was selected to the All Avocado West First Team. Kody Clouet, 6-3 Jr. SG, San Marcos — Led the Knights in scoring at 16.1 ppg. Cameron Wager, 6-3 Sr.


County Lifeline’s Volunteer Awards event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon April 12 at Lifeline’s Vista Campus, 200 Michigan Ave., Vista. The event will include the awards ceremony, brunch, a raffle with prizes, and the Mike Cavataio Volunteer of the Year Award. RSVP by April 6 to



already bought tickets can send the confirmation code to the Lions (david@davidacain.com) so the group gets credit. Going into its third year, KAABOO has not been without past mishaps. A perfect storm of atmospheric conditions on the final day of the inaugural event in 2015 resulted in noise complaints from as far away as Carmel Valley, where residents said their windows shook and they could clearly hear song lyrics. Organizers went to great lengths to avoid a repeat the following year, including hiring a sound engineering team with members who hold doctorate degrees.



curred guest fee costs of $1,000 a year, which equated to roughly $80 per round, as opposed to non-residents that paid a fee of $12. “That to me belies logic. I mean, the Association membership owns the property that the Tennis Club is on and to discriminate against residents and charge them more than non-residents to me is unfair and unconscionable and I doubt it could survive legal scrutiny,” Licosati said. “I mean, how does that make any sense? The other issue is employees of the tennis club are allowed to bring guests for no guest fee at all.” On hand was Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club President Dave Van Den Berg who shared how this policy had been in place for a long time. “There’s a lot of things



there could be more expansion reflecting the budget regarding the fixed costs the District pays. Although their District was small, he said, there was still overhead. “It would be useful

F, Mission Hills — Versatile defender and scorer was named to the All Avo East Second Team. Hayden Helfrich, 5-9 Sr. PG, Torrey Pines — Averaged 10.9 ppg and was the emotional leader of the region’s top team. Xavier Allison, 5-11 Sr. PG, Sage Creek — Led the Bobcats to the CIF Division 3 title and averaged 11.5 points and 7.7 assists per contest. Graham Cook, 6-3 So. G, La Costa Canyon — An

All-Avo West Second Team selection, Cook was the second-leading scorer for the Mavs. Damien Miller, 5-9 PG, Orange Glen — One of the more unique players in the region, Miller led his team in rebounding at 7.9 rpg to go along with his 9 ppg and 5.2 apg averages. Charles Dudley, 6-5 Sr. PF, Santa Fe Christian — The Bryant-bound forward was the Eagles leading rebounder and second leading scorer.

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FAST FEET The first Moonlight Amphitheatre performance of the year is at 7:30 p.m. April 7, with the national touring company “Rhythmic Circus,” bringing its rapid-fire tap-dancing spectacular “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” Tickets are $10 at vis-

MARK THE CALENDAR A NEW ‘ALICE’ The Village Church Community Theater presents “Alice@ Wonderland, The Musical,” at 7 p.m. May 5, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 6 and 2 p.m. May 7 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets $10 to $17 at villagechurchcommunitytheater.com.

In 2016 they were fairly successful when it came to reducing noise, but there were parking and traffic problems and complaints about ride-sharing access and surge pricing. And when two popular concerts ended almost simultaneously and crowds from both performances tried to enter anther show one law enforcement officer ended up on the ground, which kicked off a police response that included a hovering helicopter. In response to previous issues, some of the venues and stages will be relocated for better accessibility and a new director of security with experience working at large venues has been hired. This year will feature a re-engineered traffic flow plan and improved park-

ing will include additional training for lot attendants. The drop-off and pickup area for ride-hailing services will be expanded, and KAABOO organizers are working with those companies to address surge pricing. Other improvements will include additional restrooms in centralized locations, an increased janitorial staff and more ID checkpoints, bars and bartenders in several popular areas. A total of about 50,000 people attended the inaugural event, less than half of what organizers hoped for. The average attendance last year was approximately 30,000 patrons per day. Ticket sales have always been planned to be capped at 40,000 a day.

that existed in this Association that were wrong previously that we need to correct, and this is one of them,” Licosati shot back. Van Den Berg pushed on and said how a fair percentage of the people that belong to the Tennis Club aren’t in the Ranch throughout the entire year. Even with a membership payment, they don’t use the club 12 times a year, he said. “So if we put a provision in that allowed them to just pay a guest fee of $12, we would lose a significant amount of revenue to the club, that’s one aspect,” Van Den Berg said. “The second aspect is that over half of our membership really doesn’t even use our tennis club. They support our tennis club. But the number of times they use the club, which is over 100 members that represents $100,000 to the tennis club is one-third of our entire

revenue.” Van Den Berg wanted Licosati to know that if Association members paid a $12 fee instead of $1,200 a year that would place the revenues of the tennis club in significant harm. “We would, in fact, be losing a considerable amount of money,” Van Den Berg said. “As a tennis club, and standing on our own, such as our resolution says, then I find no other way for us to proceed financially.” The last point Van Den Berg made was the club’s comparison to others in the area. While the RSF Tennis Club charged $100 a month for its members at the club, others ranged from $300 to $700. “We are charging onethird to one-seventh of what all the other tennis clubs in this area charge. That is a tremendous benefit to the people who live in the Covenant,” he said.

to get a better sense of what the costs are that we incur simply because we’re a small district,” he told Johnson. Kahn then added the idea of what the impact would be if there was a fluctuation on either spectrum in student enrollment.

“How would that impact things?” Kahn wanted to know. Kahn said having this would help the board get a better sense of how things would play out in terms of pension and other matters. Johnson agreed with Kahn.


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ere you one of the thousands of lo o k y - lo o s who visited Anza Borrego Desert State Park in the last two weeks to ogle at the much ballyhooed Big Bloom? We were. We innocently wandered into the fray (20,000 visitors, it was reported) with friends from Wisconsin who had never seen a flowering desert. We had — but not like this. Stories of the “super bloom” and the swarms who came to see it were not exaggerated. Hordes of visitors wandered mostly on the desert floor not far from Christmas Circle in the town of Borrego Springs. They marveled at the carpet of desert sunflowers, dune primroses, purplemat and sand verbena. They squatted among the foliage to examine more closely this miracle of nature. They snapped photos and selfies and panoramic pictures. They also wreaked havoc on tiny Borrego Springs (population 3,500), which normally welcomes spring and the attending visitors with relish. But this year? Restaurants ran out of food, the town’s plumbing was challenged (certainly not enough toilets), parking spaces were all but non-existent, and with temps in the mid-90s, the paramedics were kept busy treating people who didn’t bring enough (or any) water. (It’s the DESERT, people …) And except for a few ambitious early birds, there was not a chance of getting into the park’s visitors’ center. Sheriff deputies were out in force, directing traffic in front of barricades that blocked entry to the center’s parking lot. While waiting in traffic, we saw one rather timid woman approach a deputy and ask, “Could we ___?” and before she could complete the question, the dep-

Purple Mat Brown-eyed evening primrose The crowds were out in force during March to see the “super bloom” in Anza Borrego Desert, as well as the regal blossoms. The bea- slow, hot climb with a mag70 metal sculptures created by Ricardo Breceda. This is the head of a giant serpent that spans the road.

uty bellowed, “No!” We avoided most of the mayhem by driving five minutes south of Christmas Circle on Borrego Springs Road and introducing our Midwest friends to the Breceda sculptures. This was followed by an uncrowded lunch at the Borrego Springs Resort (no bare cupboards here), then we spent some time leisurely strolling the fields lining Henderson Canyon Road. Cars were parked along the road as far as you could see, but there was no problem finding an opening. You’d think after deal-

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nificent view of the Borrego Valley. I doubt we’ll see anything close to this year’s Big Bloom again in our lifetimes. For more photos, visit facebook.com /elouiseondash. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com


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