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RSF Garden Club readies for botanical gardens day trip tour By Christina Macone-Greene

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack. Stock photo

Recent shark attack, sightings: Should they be a cause for alarm? By Adam Sullivan

REGION — As swimmers, surfers and beach enthusiasts flock to our local shores, so do the sharks. News outlets and social media platforms have been filled with sightings, spottings, close calls and even an attack in recent months, begging the question: Why? Are there more sharks than usual, or are we just better at noticing them? And if there is a population surge, then why? A shark bit a Vista woman April 29 at San Onofre – sending her to a hospital in critical condition. The very next day, eight more sharks were spotted at Capistrano Beach. Oceanside lifeguard officials closed down the city’s beaches north of the pier and harbor following a shark

sighting three weeks ago. And on May 10, swimmers and paddle boarders in Dana Point were fortunate to have an Orange County Sherriff’s Department helicopter overhead, because they spotted 15 great white sharks only yards away from the group. We are well over the statistical average of shark sightings and attacks, so what gives? Experts have hypotheses that could explain the surge in shark population. One theory posits that, because great whites have been a protected species for years, their population is growing. Another theory is that, like humans, sharks prefer shallow “hot spots” because that’s where the easy meals come from. Seals and sea lions — breakfast and lunch, to a shark — have

been protected as well, so their populations have been similarly thriving. Die-hard surfers are generally the last to leave the water, for any reason. “They’ve been there forever,” said Oceanside resident Jamey Stone, who has been surfing North County San Diego for the past three decades and said he is undaunted by the recent sightings. “It’s just that now, because of cellphones and drones, we just see them more often — not to mention over-fishing.” The other obvious question is what to do if you’re caught in the water, and you spot that telltale dorsal fin? Ralph Collier, form the Shark Research Committee tells us the main thing to do is also the most difficult: don’t panic. “Try

to keep sight of the shark at all times,” cautions Collier, “so you can determine if the shark’s movements are smooth and leisurely, or erratic and agitated.” Collier’s information comes from a handy Q&A on Surfline.com : “If the latter,” he says, “move swiftly to shore, a rock, or even a floating kelp canopy. Adult white sharks tend to avoid kelp forests and canopy’s [SIC], and in fact several divers during the Twentieth Century escaped aggressive white sharks by using these two natural barriers.” Even with the recent increase in apex predator appearances, it’s still unlikely that the average swimmer will have an incident. Just remember to keep your wits about you, and one eye on the environment.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club recently announced its field trip to the Huntington Library. The famous Pasadena venue is known for its art collections and stunning botanical gardens. According to RSF Garden Club Executive Director Shelly Breneman, there are a few spots available for the June 1 day trip tour. “It’s going to be fantastic,” she said. “We’ve rented a charter bus, and we are driving up to the Huntington Gardens.” At the Huntington, guests will have a couple of hours to tour the expansive grounds followed by a high tea at noon. Breneman shared that the tea is a full-service experience. After the tea, attendees will be able to spend a couple more hours in the garden, or if they so choose, at the museum. Guests can devote their time wherever they want at the Huntington. Breneman wants people to know that she kept the cost at a competitive price point of $95 for garden club members and $105 for nonmembers. In addition to preparing for the field trip, Breneman is also gearing up for the Garden Club’s annual meeting on May 24.

“Our annual meeting serves two parts,” she said. “It’s when we vote on our new board of directors.” She added that the ballots were mailed off a few weeks ago. The other portion of the meeting is when grants are awarded. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is celebrating its third consecutive year of “grant-giving” tradition. “The official announcement went out on Feb. 1, and the deadline was March 17,” Breneman said. “So it was a condensed period for them to get their grants in to us, but we did get 27, and we have narrowed it down quite a bit.” Since that time, site visits have taken place. Breneman admits she has enjoyed the process. “I have worked in nonprofits for a long time, and I’ve usually been on the other side of writing the grants and asking for the money,” Breneman said. “It has been a fascinating time, and I have seen so many great projects.” Those interested in the Garden Club’s upcoming Huntington Library field trip, club membership or future events, can call (858) 756-1554 or visit www.RSFGardenClub. org.

Rancho Santa Fe Covenant residents meet the candidates By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A large number of Covenant residents attended the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s May 11 Annual Meeting held at the Garden Club. While Association members listened to various updates, the evening also served as a platform to learn more about the two candidates wanting the two available seats on the board: Rick Sapp and Stephen Dunn. During the evening, Covenant residents were told that even though it is an “uncontested election,” voting was imperative to meet the quorum conditions. According to Association Assistant Manager Christy Whalen, nearly 600 households need to participate in this election. After business matters were discussed, members

had the opportunity to hear the candidates. First up was Dunn, who shared that he moved to Rancho Santa Fe with his family 21 years ago from Kansas City. While Dunn and his wife enrolled their children in R. Roger Rowe School, Dunn signed himself up at the RSF Golf Club. Dunn’s educational background is in engineering. His career spanned in areas of real estate development where he learned the vital roles between cities, counties and the community. When elected officials and staff got along well, Dunn said, it made for a highly efficient area. He then praised the RSF Association. “I commend the board and staff for moving forward,” he said.

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One issue that Dunn raised related to the cost of water at the Golf Club. The club pays a high price

a big proponent of looking into solving those cost issues and making water more affordable at all levels. Sapp was next up. He and his family moved to the Ranch 12 years ago from London following his retirement from Goldman Sachs. Since then, Sapp has dedicated his time volunteering in various dimensions including, but not limited to, serving as the Pacific Ridge School board chair, serving on the RSF Foundation investment committee and as a Stanford University trustee for five years. He was appointed to the board when Ann Boon resigned in July 2016. Since his appointment, Sapp has served in a variety of capactag for keeping the fairways ities such as being co-chair of the Technology Commitgreen. Dunn wanted members tee and member of the Auto know that he would be dit and Finance Commit-

tee. Most recently, he has become a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on water rates. “Many good things are going on in those committees,” Sapp said. “I believe in the process of continuous improvement in any organization.” Sapp pointed out that he wanted to deliver more error-free services to members. “Finally, I believe we owe members timely communications in what we are doing,” he said, noting that communication is currently done via letters and email blasts. “Look to us for the first source of news.” Sapp ended his commentary by conveying the urgent need for voter participation in the upcoming election. “We need for you to vote,” he said.


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Eagle Scout gathers fun for seniors Cannabis festival discussion delayed By Bianca Kaplanek

Rancho Santa Fe Boy Scout Jacob Reinhart was thinking of his great-grandmother, Wilma Brummett, a resident at Aviara Healthcare Center in Encinitas, when he created his Eagle Scout project, gathering games and activities for seniors at the facility. Reinhart is asking the community to donate items May 26 at the R. Roger Rowe School, 5927 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Boy Scout Jacob Reinhart, at the age of 14, is inviting the community to be part of his project to earn his Eagle rank. Reinhart’s Eagle project has been in process since January, and its purpose is to provide a wide variety of activities appropriate for the seniors at Aviara Healthcare Center in Encinitas. A large part of the Eagle project is to display leadership abilities, to organize a project, recruit helpers and devise a plan to serve others. Jacob learned that games and diversions help the elderly to keep their mental functions at a higher level. As a result, on May 26, at the R. Roger Rowe School’s annual field day/ career day, there will be collection boxes in the office, to gather items to supply this project. Bring any of the following: puzzles, adult coloring books and markers, stuffed animals, word searches, card and board games, nail polish, sculpting clay, water colors and books, origami kits, stress balls, fidget spinners, cozy socks, any art supplies and DVD movies of appropriate subjects for the elderly. All the games and activities will be presented during a completion celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. May 27 at Aviara Health Care Center, 103 Regal Road, Encinitas.

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DEL MAR — The discussion about a cannabis festival slated for September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has been postponed for a week. The board of directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the state-owned facility, was scheduled to address proposed policies for The Goodlife Festival at the May 23 meeting, which was already being held two weeks later than normal because of the upcoming San Diego County Fair. Expecting controversy and lengthy public testimony, the item was pulled from that meeting’s agenda and moved to a special meeting that will begin at 4 p.m. on May 30. The new agenda includes an informational report from the San Diego County Farm Bureau on the commercial production of cannabis and a discussion and the establishment of a 22nd DAA policy on hosting cannabis-related events at the fairgrounds. Directors are also scheduled to discuss and possibly take action on the Goodlife contract. The Sept. 23 festival, billed as an educational and informational event about medical marijuana, is being organized by Westward Expos, a Del Mar-based company headed by Lawrence Bame that has been producing home and garden

shows at the seaside venue for more than 30 years. According to fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell, Bame has been pitching the cannabis idea for several years. He said a “change in the climate” surrounding marijuana use, especially the November passage of a statewide initiative that legalizes recreational use, is one reason he finally decided to allow the festival to be held at the fairgrounds. But Fennell insists Bame’s show has “nothing to do with Proposition 64.” “It’s going to celebrate the legal use of cannabis — everything from medical cannabis appreciation to its various health benefits,” he said. The contract was signed in March without authorization from the nine-member fair board, although approval from directors is rarely sought when booking the more than 350 events held at the fairgrounds annually. And while board members were aware there was interest to host a cannabis event that would focus on medical usage and education, most heard about Goodlife through the media or a 12:40 a.m. email sent by Fennell before the announcement was made public. “Hosting a cannabis event is a policy decision which needs approval of the board,” Director Stephen

Shewmaker said. According to a press release from Bame, The Goodlife Festival is “Where Cannabis, Great Food, Live Music and More Come Together By The Surf and Sand” to make the “good life” even better. Exhibitions and informative seminars will help attendees, who must be 21 and older, appreciate and learn more about how cannabis, when used in a safe, legal and healthful way, “can enhance a creative, spirited, relaxed (and painfree!) lifestyle,” the document states. “It’s a revolutionary new festival for anyone interested in ‘the good life!’ Nowhere else can you learn more about the emerging cannabis scene, (from) the growers and business owners of your favorite cannabis products all in one place,” according to the press release, which one fair board member said makes the event appear “a little light on the education and medicinal focus.”



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Are developer lawsuits about affordable housing? By Brian Burke

‘Calexit’ movement still alive, but evolving California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


or months, the small but growing movement for California to secede from the United States was stalled in part because its nominal leader lives (for now) in Russia and attended at least one Kremlin-approved event for separatist movements around the globe. But the movement is now changing. The Yes California organization is gone, along with its nominal head, Louis Marinelli (a former San Diego candidate for the state Assembly who teaches English in Russia); so is the putative proposition they hoped to put on the ballot next year. But the idea lives on with a new name and the same on-the-ground leader. Yes California has morphed into the California Freedom Coalition, which announced plans to file a reworded secession initiative petition in Sacramento May 19. At its center remains Marcus Ruiz Evans, whose 2013 book “California’s Next Century 2.10” suggested a kind of semi-independent status for the state. Later, he began advocating complete independence. Evans’ biography reports he worked 10 years as a liaison between California and the federal government. He says the experience taught him this state is fundamentally different from the rest of America. At first, he pushed for a California status akin to Scotland’s within the United Kingdom, both areas at considerable variance with the rest of their countries. (The UK overall voted for Brexit, for example, while Scotland voted strongly to stay in the European Union.)

Evans worked with Marinelli on this cause for more than three years. He says its evolution now teams him with a high-ranking Silicon Valley executive, a top sales counselor and a longtime activist protestor best known for campaigning outside the Texas ranch of then-President George W. Bush. Those individuals did not return emails asking them to confirm their involvement. But the activist, Cindy Sheehan, was due to lead a march to submit the new separation initiative. Evans promised the new petition would have a “better text” than the one he pulled back.If it passes with a large majority, the measure could put California on a course toward independence. Evans believes sovereignty would work out fine. He pooh-poohs the idea of a new Civil War, with the rest of America fighting to hang onto California. Part of his reasoning: A recent poll conducted for a television network and an online business publication found 40 percent of those surveyed in the rest of the nation would like to be rid of California. Evans also claims the Reconstruction-era Supreme Court decision Texas v. White would permit other states to vote to let California go peacefully. But that view was expressed in a dissent, not by the court majority. Which means there is no more of a mechanism for a state to leave now than there was before the Civil War. Of course, there was also no legal way for any colony to leave the British Empire, but it happened. Nevertheless, Evans maintains secession would be both peaceful and fiscally sound. “I don’t believe the rest of America would go to war with us,”

he says. “Unlike the old Confederacy, California doesn’t talk about shooting federal troops and attacking federal forts and bases. California has a culture of non-violence and anti-war activity.” As for finances, while secession skeptics worry about losing federal grants and other spending, Evans notes that California gets back far less in federal spending than it pays in federal taxes. That’s unlike other states, including West Virginia and Mississippi, which get back as much as 50 percent more than they put in. If Californians paid the same taxes they do now, but sent all of it to Sacramento and none to Washington, D.C., he says, all those grants, salaries and Social Security payments would be covered, with plenty to spare. Meanwhile, poll support for the Calexit idea climbed from about 3 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in one springtime survey, the biggest jump coming when Donald Trump became President. That’s major growth, and the longer Trump remains in office despite decisively losing the popular vote, the more it may increase. Right now, this still looks like an extreme longshot, but less so than three years ago. And no one can safely predict where popular sentiment might go in the next 15 months, when secession could come to its first-ever vote. Email Thomas Elias at tdelias@aol.com. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit www.californiafocus.net

When the city of Encinitas proposed to update its General Plan in 2008, the Housing Element became contentious because El Camino Real, Encinitas Boulevard and Coast Highway 101 would have been upzoned for three-story and high-density mixed-use buildings. The city justified the upzoning on the grounds that otherwise it would be sued by the state, developers or affordable housing advocates. In 2010, in support of its claim that lawsuits would come, the city distributed a March 24, 2009 Marin County memo that summarized lawsuits against cities that failed to adopt a Housing Element. The study found that cities that settled lawsuits contributed land and funds to support low income housing, something Encinitas has said it won’t do. The city continued to use the threat of lawsuits when it supported Measure T. If voters had approved Measure T, upzoning could have allowed 3,500 new housing units, thus seeming to greatly exceed the Housing and Community Development (HCD) mandate of 1,093 low income units. But in reality, only 10 percent of housing built per Measure T would have been set aside for low income residents. No lawsuits against the city materialized until the Building Industry Association (BIA), in October 2014, and DCM Properties (David C. Myer), in January 2016, challenged the city’s interpretation of the state Density Bonus Law, not the Housing Element. Application of the Density Bonus Law can increase a project’s number of housing units by 35 percent. The conflict was whether to round fractions up or down when the number of units the zoning allows is calculated. When DCM amended its complaint four months after filing, it argued that the city did not have the authority to adopt Proposition A (it does), that the Prop A density and height limits made it impossible to comply with HCD low income housing requirements (Prop A has no density restriction) and that Prop A violated the state constitution’s prohibition against cities passing ordinances that conflict with state law (housing, in this case). The claims by DCM contained no supportive argument or case history. In July 2016, the city settled and paid both plaintiffs’ legal fees — $200,00 to the BIA and $125,000 to DCM. At $400 an hour, that’s 813 hours of legal work. The

city promised its best efforts to pass Measure T, but the DCM settlement required that Measure T be passed. Litigation to nullify Proposition A (a citizen initiative) and to adopt Measure T (a city initiative) has not been pursued in court. Why? Because many cities and counties have slow growth initiatives, and litigation is more complex, expensive and time consuming than arguing about how to round fractions. Timeline: 10/10/14 The BIA files lawsuit. 1/25/16 DCM files similar lawsuit. 2/19/16 AB 2501 is introduced, requires density bonus fractions be rounded up. 4/16/16 DCM files amendment, adds claims per Proposition A and Measure T. 7/6/16 The city settles with DCM. 7/22/16 The city settles with the BIA. 8/25/16 AB 2501 is signed into law. 11/7/16 Ballot initiative Measure T fails. 1/10/17 The BIA wants city to adopt a Housing Element. 1/14/17 DCM alleges breach of settlement. Questions: 1. Why did DCM file suit when the BIA had already sued regarding the Density Bonus Law, and AB 2501 was about to be introduced? 2. Why did DCM add broad complaints about Prop A? 3. Why did the city settle with DCM, requiring adoption of Measure T? 4. Did the city question the BIA and DCM legal bills? Conclusion: In Encinitas, only 0.02 percent of residences are considered affordable by HCD standards, whereas in Santa Barbara the figure is 8 percent. To meet the state mandate for low income housing, Encinitas should follow the example of Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Carlsbad. Those cities partnered with nonprofits to build 100 percent low income rental housing, rather than setting aside only 10 percent of new housing for low income residents. Brian Burke is an Encinitas resident.

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CHANT TEAM AT CENTER Chant masters Deva Premal & Miten with musicians Manose, Joby Baker and Rishi will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 26 at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido. Tickets at artcenter.org.

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UPLIFTING MUSICAL “The Spitfire Grill, a Musical,” will be staged from May 31 through June 25 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach, For tickets, call the box office at (858) 4811055. CREATIVE KIDS The Oceanside Museum of Art presents a Creative Kids class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 31. Cost is $10 or $15 for two or more. Parents explore the exhibitions while kids ages 2 to 5 experience art, music, and stories. Prices are for children’s registration, no fee for the parent. ORCHESTRA BAROQUE Wednesdays@Noon presents the Kensington Baroque Orchestra at noon May 31 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr. For more information, visit Encinitasca.gov/WedNoon.

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R. Roger Rowe teachers’ plea to board By Christina Macone-Greene

Girl Scout Troop 4503 members Rhedis Dickens, Mattea Battenfield, Emma Hannah and Alexis Quesnell were recognized by Del Mar City Council members Ellie Haviland, Sherryl Parks, Dave Druker and Dwight Worden and Mayor Terry Sinnott for their efforts to discourage residents from using plastic bags. Troop members Sheila Menon and Alondra Rivera were unable to attend the May 15 meeting. Courtesy photo

Council honors Girl Scout Troop 4503 By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — A local Girl Scout troop completed the first step in earning the organization’s highest award, and in doing so was recognized by city leaders at the May 15 meeting. For their Bronze Award project, Emma Hannah said she and the other members of Troop 4503 — Mattea Battenfield, Rhedis Dickens, Sheila Menon, Alondra Rivera and Alexis Quesnell — decided to learn how plastic bags negatively affect the environment and “how we can help fix this.” “Doing research at school, we found that many Americans find plastic bags convenient to use but they don’t understand what they do to the environment,” Mattea said. “Paper bags have problems, too, and aren’t any better.” “Paper bags are surprisingly harmful to the

environment,” Alexis said, noting that millions of trees are needed to make them. “If we keep doing this there might not be any trees.” Mattea said the girls concluded that only reusable bags should be used and “Californians should lead the rest of the country in doing this.” “Reusable bags are easy to use and better for our world,” Alexis said, adding that they are “inexpensive and … simple to use and you can always stash one in your car.” “To show how we can conserve and not waste, the troop used plastic bags to make a small rug,” Rhedis said. “It took about 80 bags to do only this, showing that we can easily reuse things like plastic that can be recycled for a good purpose. “This helps because it prevents plastic from remaining in the environ-

ment and teaches people in Del Mar at events we’ve gone to that you can reuse and how it helps,” she added. “Making the world a better place starts with small things like this.” “These girls are definitely making the world a better place and we thank them very much for their service to the city of Del Mar,” Assistant City Manager Kristen Crane said. “They were great assistants to the city of Del Mar in spreading the word to the community about the plastic bag ban.” The Bronze Award, given only to Girl Scouts at the junior level, is the first step in earning the Gold Award, the equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award. Only 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. The girls must spend a minimum of 20 hours exploring their community.

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the public comment portion of the monthly R. Roger Rowe school board meeting, teachers passionately asked the board of trustees to reconsider a policy amendment so that their children could be R. Roger Rowe students. The Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association is negotiating with the district to reverse an amendment made to Board Policy 4111, which now marginalizes student attendance in this category. Last year, teachers whose children were already enrolled (as well as their siblings) could remain students at R. Roger Rowe. However, the amendment precludes any children of teachers who are new and not currently registered. Rowe middle school teacher and drama instructor, Heidi Moreno, was the first to make her plea. “This is a unique community of invested administrators, teachers and parents who work tirelessly to bring out the best in each of our students,” she said. Moreno knew after her job interview at R. Roger Rowe that she wanted to be part of the dynamic community. Now, she wants her daughter to be part of it, too, when she starts kindergarten next year. If that were to happen, Moreno knows how she and her husband would be more invested in R. Roger Rowe as parents. Moreno said if her daughter attended the school, it would allow her to stay on campus longer and the opportunity to place additional effort into the curriculum. A large part of the school curricula, she said, was about their visual performing arts program.

“If our daughter is able to be walked over to the Community Center after school, right next door to my work, that means that I’m able to put more time and effort into our theater program, special assemblies and events that occur throughout the year,” Moreno said. “As many of you also may know, I really love being here.” Middle school teacher Kristen Gerding spoke to the board next. Her children would be starting kindergarten in the years ahead, and she wanted them with her at R. Roger Rowe. While Gerding had many memories at the school, a standout for her was an annual tradition since they reconfigured the district. The memory also included former Superintendent Lindy Delaney. “Every June at both the fifth-grade promotion and eighth-grade promotion, Lindy Delaney would invite the teacher who just happened to be the graduate’s mom or dad to come up on the stage and hand his or her son or daughter their promotion certificate,” she

said. “The exchange is always preceded by an emotional hug not just between child and parents but also between the superintendent and teacher.” Gerding said that it wasn’t until she became a parent four years ago that this moment brought tears to her eyes year after year. Since becoming a mother, Gerding pointed out that she always envisioned her children spending nine years of their childhood at R. Roger Rowe. “I’ve seen how strong the RSF community bond is between some of my colleagues whose children are currently attending our school,” she said. Gerding described her plea to the board as a truly life-changing decision. “I love being a teacher at this school and facilitating student growth,” she said. Gerding told the board she was wholeheartedly committed to being involved in her children’s educational experiences. “I can only hope and pray that I’ll get to hand my son and my daughter with a fifth-grade promotion certificate … ,” she said.

Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters lauded at appreciation dinner RANCHO SANTA FE — At its recent Employee Appreciation Dinner, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District recognized two firefighters for outstanding service to the organization and the community. Engineer Cole Thompson was named the recipient of this year’s David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. Engineer Thompson was nominated for the award by his peers, for his professionalism, work ethic, leadership skills and being a strong representative of the fire district. Additionally, Engineer Thompson serves as an instructor at the Palomar College Fire Academy where he was named Instructor of the Year by the 50th fire academy class. In addition to the annual Firefighter of the Year Award, this year fire district also recognized Firefighter Paramedic Scott Young with the Phoenix Award, a meritorious

award given to those who go above and beyond in the line of duty. Young was nominated for his efforts on a medical emergency incident in which directed CPR and related life-saving efforts continue for nearly an hour. The patient regained pulses, was transported to the hospital and is expected to recover. Twelve district employees also were recognized at the event for their years of service, including Administrative Manager Karlena Rannals, who has served the fire district for 35 years. Honored for five years of service were Eng. Nathan Sanford, FF/PM John Carey, FF/PM Cory Ender, Fire Prevention Specialist Conor Lenehan, and Eng. Cole Thompson. Those recognized for 10 years of service included Eng. Brian Schmid, Eng. Abel Martinez, Eng. Joe Carter, Battalion Chief Bret Davidson, and Eng. Nathan Fritchle. Eng. Tim Wood was applauded for his 15 years of service.

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Local Postal Annex offers Rancho Santa Fe special services How long have you been in business here in RSF? We have been serving Rancho Santa Fe for 2 years. After my wife Cindy left Corporate America, we researched the franchise industries and decided to open a Postal Annex in Rancho Santa Fe Plaza next to Harvest Ranch Market. A year later, we had the opportunity to buy existing Cardiff location next to Seaside Market and are enjoying getting to know both communities and the needs of our customers.

so we ensure their cases of wine, art, or equestrian supplies get delivered to a safe & secure location; we are our customer’s “personal doorstep” away from home. We spend a portion of our day resolving lost shipments and attempted deliveries and get them redirected to our store for easy pickup. We also file insurance claims for damaged shipments, we support the online sellers in the community by providing estimated shipping costs over the phone. And for our private mailbox holders we What would you say are offer convenient, secure 24 the special services that hour access for picking up mail and packages with an your location offers? Everyone knows that access code. we ship packages just like Are you able to work the Post Office, UPS and FedEx stores but what a with FedEx, UPS, DHL as lot of people don’t know is well as the US Mail? Yes, we provide the custhat we receive and hold shipments for our travelers tomer facing services for all in the community. Many of of the carriers which allows our customers travel exten- us to get the best national sively or may only live here and international value in for a portion of the year shipping and receiving op-

tions across; FedEX, UPS, DHL, and the Post Office. You would be surprised the variance in pricing for the same destination. We know the weight and size limitations and policies across carriers and save you time and money helping you choose the right way to ship anything from the saddle to your next equestrian event or the golf clubs you are selling on Ebay. In addition, we are the authorized drop off location for FEDEX and UPS when you are not home to receive your package. You can call in your inquiry and we’ll have your package ready when you arrive, bring in your door tag for verification. Since UPS, DHL and FedEx cannot ship to your regular PO box in Rancho Santa Fe, we make it easy to receive your shipments by using our store address as your home address. . What services do you offer for local businesses

Chuck Datte, owner of Postal Annex in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. Photo by Leslie Talley

and organizations? We bring many of the higher end graphics and printing services to the neighborhood in support of; local churches, restaurants, schools, libraries, and clubs; bound presentations, event flyers, banners, menus,

business cards, custom greeting cards, real estate brochures and open house materials. We support local artists by selling their greeting cards and artwork. We offer everything from passport photos, secure shredding, notary services,

online fulfillment support, to a wide selection of cards and last minute gifts. We have matured in knowing our clients’ needs like shipping a Western Saddle to a horse show out of state, or receiving and holding the special wine you bought on your trip to Napa (even if you are still there). Our parking lot has easy access and you can even drive through with a large vehicle or horse trailer to pick up your mail while grabbing some groceries at Harvest Ranch. We will also be offering Live scan in the coming weeks. Postal Annex is located at 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, suite E70,Encinitas, 92024. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (760) 230-2135. You can follow us on Facebook or visit our website at http:// www.postalannex.com/ranchosantafe

New natural therapy bringing hope for PTSD and substance abuse survivors Scott, a local San Diego veteran, was struggling with severe anxiety after having served multiple tours in the Middle East. At the point of living out of his car two years ago, Scott suffered from an intense panic attack triggered by a school bus filled with children. Scott realized something had to change and consulted his friend, Tom Ingoglia, about intravenous nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (IV NAD+). At the time, Tom was recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome resulting in an addiction to opiate painkillers, and neither Tom nor Scott could have predicted the effectiveness of IV NAD+ for reducing the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But after ten days of IV NAD+ therapy, Scott experienced a sudden reduction in anxiety and shortly thereafter was able to finish law school and move on with his life.

Roughly eight million adults in the United States suffer from PTSD, often resulting in addiction and substance abuse as a means of self-medication. According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, one in three veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse has suffered from PTSD as well. Most centers offering support for PTSD and substance abuse use prescription drugs to help minimize the side effects of withdrawal and anxiety. This is similar to placing a band-aid over a wound without applying ointment to prevent scarring. The wound creates scar tissue for a temporary repair, but the cells are not as strong and healthy as they were before the damage. Intravenous NAD+ therapy addresses the issue at the source by regenerating cells and re-balancing neurotransmitters within the

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By Chuck Shepherd Pedestrian Calming Officials in charge of a Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal heritage site recently installed "speed bumps," similar to those familiar to Americans driving residential streets -- but on a pedestrian walkway, with row upon row of risers to resemble a washboard. A Western travel writer, along with editors of People's Daily China, suggested that officials were irked that "disorderly" tourists had been walking past the ancient grounds too rapidly to appreciate its beauty or context.

well as relieving drug and alcohol cravings with an impressive 90-percent success rate. After witnessing how NAD+ helped Scott get his life back, Tom made it his mission to help spread this therapy to those who are in desperate need of an effec-

tive solution for PTSD and substance abuse. Tom has since started a non-profit organization, the Center of Research for Addiction and Brain Health (CRABH), to research the effects of NAD+ therapy. CRABH is collaborating with the NAD Treatment Center, a local outpatient facility administering IV NAD+ therapy in San Diego, to help innovate for addiction recovery and other chronic conditions, such as PTSD. “The public is unaware of the efficacy of NAD+ therapy, which is indubitably able to free people from their debilitating symptoms,” said Tom Ingoglia, “The NAD Treatment Center is the only outpatient facility combining intravenous NAD+ with other complimentary therapies, such as neurofeedback, which has shown promising results in reducing PTSD symptoms. Our goal is to help those

suffering from PTSD and addiction move from hopelessness to health by regenerating the brain.” Neurofeedback is a type of self-regulation training that allows the brain to reorganize itself. It is non-invasive, and has little to no adverse side effects. Many patients notice a dramatic reduction in pain and anxiety, as well as improved quality of sleep within the first few sessions. Neurofeedback has been adopted at Camp Pendleton to help their veterans, and now is being offered at the NAD Treatment Center. In observance of military appreciation month, the NAD Treatment Center is offering 10 free sessions of neurofeedback, as well as a special discount of $1000 off of service as a special offer thru June 16th. Please visit www.nadtreatmentcenter.com for more information, or call 1-866-NAD-PLUS.

available to combat the heart arrhythmia "atrial fibrillation," but all require medical supervision, which John Griffin, 69, said he tried to acquire at the emergency room at New Zealand's Waikato Hospital in April, only to be met with delay and frustration. Griffin went home that day, took notice of his neighbor's 8,000-volt electric security fence and, with boots off, in a fit of do-it-yourself desperation, nudged it with his arm. He got quite a jolt, he said, but he walked away, and his heart returned to natural rhythm. The medical director of the Heart Foundation of New Zealand said that Griffin was lucky and sternly warned against the "procedure." Several treatments are

Weird Science Medical researchers have been frustrated for years at failures in getting certain cancer-fighting drugs to reach targeted areas in women's reproductive tracts, but doctors in Germany announced in April a bold technique that appeared to work: sending the drugs via sperm cells, which seem to roam without obstruction as they search for an egg. The process involves coating active sperm cells with an iron adhesive and magnetically steering them to their internal targets. News That Sounds Like a Joke Sean Clemens, now awaiting trial in Liberty, Ohio, in the death of an 84-year-old woman, al-

legedly confessed his guilt to a co-worker after telling the man that something was bothering him that he needed to tell someone about -- but only if the co-worker would "pinkie-swear" not to tell anyone else. (The co-worker broke the code.)

An estimated eight million adults in the U.S. suffer from PTSD and NAD Treatment Center offers a unique and groundbreaking treatment approach for local veterans. Courtesy photo

brain that were disturbed from substance abuse. Intravenous NAD+ is a derivative of a common B vitamin known as niacin, which is used by nearly every cell in our body for energy production. This holistic therapy offers a powerful tool that relieves anxiety, as Bright Ideas Compared to busy coastal metropolises, Indiana may evoke repose, and entrepreneur Tom Battista is suggesting the state's largest city capitalize on the sentiment by reserving a destination site on a low-lying hill overlooking the chaotic merge lanes of two interstate highways -affording visitors leisurely moments watching the frantic motorists scrambling below. He plans three rows of seats and a sunshade for the relaxed gawkers to take in the "ocean"-like roar and imagine overwrought drivers' rising blood pressure (while their own remains soothingly calm).

In the course of pursuing claims against Alaskan dentist Seth Lookhart for Medicaid fraud, government investigators found a video on his phone of him extracting a sedated patient's tooth -- while riding on a hoverboard. (He had apparently sent the video to his office manager under the title "New Standard of Care.") Lookhart had been indicted in 2016 for billing Medicaid $1.8 million for TURN TO ODD FILES ON 16


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RSF Association ballots mailed to Covenant members By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association mailed off its ballots, which contain two items, to Covenant residents on May 11. The first pertains to the proposed

bylaw changes, while the other references filling two vacant seats on the Association’s board. The Association mailed the ballots the same day it held its annual meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Gar-

den Club. Residents had the opportunity to hear Association updates and meet the candidates wanting a board seat at the gathering. According to RSF Association Assistant Manager Christy Whalen, the pro-

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posed bylaw changes will require a “yes or no” vote. The two individuals running for the board of directors election are Rick Sapp and Stephen Dunn. Already serving the board, Sapp was appointed following Ann Boon’s resignation in July 2016. The term Sapp took on last year had nearly a year left. Now, Sapp is officially running to serve a threeyear term. Regarding the bylaws, Whalen said Association members would receive a full set of the changes indicated in red. Members can review the changes and submit their vote. “It’s critical that members return their ballots for this election,” Whalen said. “We have a fairly substantial quorum requirement

in that we have to receive ballots from nearly 600 households in order for the election to be valid. If the election is not valid, that means we would be facing the tremendous expense, time delay and hassle of having to hold a whole other election with a whole other set of materials being mailed to members.” Whalen noted that one of the bylaw amendments would lower the current quorum number. The deadline for ballot return is June 12. However, Whalen said that the Association is asking members to return their ballots as soon as possible so they can gauge the numbers and assess how close they are to achieving the needed quorum. “Votes will be counted

at a future special board meeting,” she said. For Covenant members who have not yet received their ballots, Whalen asks that they contact the Association. During the monthly May RSF Association meeting, Bruce Bishop was approved to serve as the election inspector once again. Whalen reiterated how important it is for members to take part in this year’s election. “Regardless of whether members are voting yes or no for the bylaw amendments or however they vote for the directors, it’s important that they just vote, period,” Whalen said. “It’s critical that we receive a quorum and it’s everyone’s responsibility to return the ballots that they receive.”

CDRC sees an uptick in projects By Christina Macone-Greene RANCHO SANTA FE — Numerous projects continue to funnel through the Covenant Design Review Committee (CDRC). According to Tom Farrar, Rancho Santa Fe Association building commissioner, 450 projects are forecasted this fiscal year. This estimate was up by 20 when compared to his monthly report numbers in April. During the May monthly board meeting, Farrar told the board and covenant residents that in addition to new construction and remodels, one commercial project coming through was the relocation of the RSF Pharmacy, which would allow for a larger footprint at the corner of El Tordo and La Granada. “It’s kitty-corner to the existing pharmacy,” he said, adding how the project had

undergone two CDRC workshops. Farrar also encouraged members to come by the Association office to learn more about it. Parking for the new pharmacy is expected to have 12 spaces, and Farrar indicated that the site would be pedestrian friendly. However, Farrar said the proposed rooftop parking for the business was an item that the CDRC was assessing closely. The committee wants to make certain the parking would not be visible at the street level. “We’re pretty excited about the pharmacy,” he said. Farrar told the board and covenant residents how the CDRC was also looking into regulatory code amendments. Certain sections need more refinement such as grading, parking, major and minor construction definitions, water features, outdoor lighting and animal horse keeping. For example, new water feature projects should utilize reclaimed water and have a form of vector control. Farrar said that these amendments were by no means to overregulate but to merely address the issues. During the April board meeting, Farrar was asked to look into the issue of noise. Raised concerns in-

cluded gas versus electric leaf blowers to decrease disturbances. Other matters included running lawn mowers or doing construction on Sundays. It was President Fred Wasserman’s belief that most associations prohibited these things and he wanted Farrar to look into it. Farrar told the board he discovered that San Diego County has a noise ordinance that is 90 pages in length. He said he believed the Association could use the document as a gauge for enforcement. “And we could work directly with the county,” Farrar said.

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WIT’s annual event triggers reflection By Christina Macone-Greene

RSFEF Community Partners Chair Lea Park, Inn at RSF General Manager Jerome Strack, Inn at RSF Marketing Manager Morgan Howitt. Courtesy photo

Local Business Community Supports the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation By Barbara Edwards, RSFEF development director

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation (RSFEF) is pleased to announce that it will be continuing its Community Partners Program this year! Launched in the fall of 2017, the program was built on the success of long-standing partnerships with The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe and Wells Fargo and was expanded to include 23 local businesses in its inaugural year. Revenue received from community partners offsets event expenses during the year and allows parent funds to support the Rancho Santa Fe School District directly through the Education Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign. Annual contributions from the RSFEF are over $1 million and represent 12 percent of the district’s annual operating budget this year. “The school and the local business community are important to each other and we wanted to develop a program that was beneficial to both,” said RSFEF Community Partners Chair Lea Park, parent volunteer at R. Roger Rowe School. “Many of our school families own or are involved with local businesses so it makes sense to work together to support the school.” The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is one of the pillars of the Community Partners Program, providing the venue and underwriting for many RSFEF events throughout the years. “We value our relationship with the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation and are happy we can help the school, which is a unique and important part of the community,” General Manager Jerome Strack said. Community Partners purchase full-page ads in the annual R. Roger Rowe School Family Directory and receive additional brand exposure

throughout the school year through event attendance and signage, logo and website links and social media presence. Exposure and event invitations vary by level. The entry price for a full-page directory ad is $1,500 (Supporter) and the top level (Platinum) is $15,000-plus. Local businesses participating this year include three Platinum sponsors: RSF Covenant Partners (Janet Lawless Christ and Co., Rancho Santa Fe Insurance, Guaranteed Rate and Jackey/ Robinson Group), Latitude 33 Aviation and the Inn at RSF. Gold level sponsors include Frank Financial Advisors, Cesar Restaurant, Union Bank — The Private Bank, and Wells Fargo — The Private Bank. Silver level sponsors are RSF Attack Soccer, The Rancho Santa Fe Group at Morgan Stanley, and Charco Design & Build and UBS. Supporters who purchased full-page directory ads are Davis Pediatric Dentistry, Schubach Aviation, Yoshikane Orthodontics, Oasis MD Lifestyle Healthcare, Moon Valley Nurseries, Rancho Car Wash, Brett’s BBQ, Wealth Preservation LLC, Hyperikon, Rancho Santa Fe Orthodontics, Image Spa MD and Connie Pittard, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. The deadline for inclusion in the 2017-2018 annual directory is Sept. 29. The RSFEF will hold a reception in September 2017 for current and prospective local community partners, providing a great opportunity to network with local businesses, learn more about the program and connect with school administration. For more information about the RSFEF and the Community Partners Program, please contact Lea Park at (949) 922-8310. The RSFEF is a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit organization started by RSF School parents 20 years ago to support small class sizes and enrichment programs not covered by public funding.

REGION — As Whatever It Takes (WIT) gears up for its annual Showcase Event, it’s also a time when the organization looks back on its progress throughout the years. While 32 San Diego WIT teens from 15 area high schools share their unique entrepreneurial experiences at the Downtown Central Library on May 18 with community members, the day also serves as a milestone to see how far WIT has come. Sarah Hernholm, founder and president of WIT, explained how the event day is an opportunity for people to witness social enterprises from WIT teens who are helping to create community solutions to address issues such as the environment, homelessness, STEM, the military and much more. The event is a springboard into innovation. “In the past, we have had attendees hire teens they have heard present, or partner with teen enterprises,” Hernholm said. “It’s pretty awesome to see how many adults and organizations come out in support of this next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.” Established in 2009, the unwavering mission for WIT, a nine-month program, has been providing a platform for teens where creativity blooms. Headquartered in San Diego, WIT has locations based in St. Louis, Austin and New York City. Each WIT site hosts a Showcase Event commemorating its entrepreneurial journey over the course of nine months. Hernholm pointed out that the evening is also an opportunity for teens to recognize the people and organizations who

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have supported their enterprises. “Since the launch of WIT, the mission has become revolutionizing the high school experience for all teens by providing real-world entrepreneur education and access to the tools needed to live with an entrepreneurial mindset,” Hernholm said. “WIT is the place where you can learn how to navigate failure, step outside your comfort zone, utilize your talents for good, meet people outside your school, realize and live into your potential — and make the world a better place along the way.” Hernholm extends a huge thanks to its event sponsors Ashford University, Mission Federal, Moxie Foundation, KIND, UCSD Extension, Fieldstone Foundation, and most recently Downtown Works (DW). “DW has been a great partner to WIT, not only as a sponsor for this event, but it hosts our Downtown WIT Class and the teens love working out of such a cool co-work space alongside adult entrepreneurs,” she said. According to Hernholm, WIT was recognized by INC. Magazine as one of the “top nine” teen entrepreneur programs in the nation. WIT raises the bar by affording high school teens with the opportunity to earn six transferable credits from UCSD Extension. Additionally, since the organization’s inception eight years ago, the natural cycle of time is enabling them to hire some of their WIT alumni following college graduation. “In WIT, we aim to empower teens to combine the thing they are passionate about with a cause they care

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about — and launch a social enterprise around those two things,” Hernholm said. “I have always felt that if people were doing the thing they loved — which was also making a positive impact — we would all walk in the world differently. We would be living, what I call, “on purpose,” which makes us show up in the world a little kinder, happier and fulfilled.” While the current WIT group moves onto the next chapter of their lives, a new door opens. For those interested in pursuing a future WIT admission, application season is open and teens are encouraged to apply. Following application submittal, a personal interview or one conducted via Skype takes place. Accepted teens are then navigated to their designated cohort. “WIT is looking for teens who feel a hunger for making a difference and a desire for real-world business and leadership experience,” Hernholm said. Hernholm pointed out that WIT provides financial VOLUNTEER

aid for tuition. “WIT doesn’t provide ‘full ride’ aid — we think it’s important that each teen contributes and invests in their WIT experience since they will be asking others to invest in their future enterprise,” she said. The program kicks off in September and ends in May. On a weekly basis, teens meet with their cohort. The first round of preparations is for “Pitch Night” in October. This evening is best described as an opportunity for the teens to pitch their groundbreaking ideas to attendees, including individuals such as educators, city officials, chief executive officers and entrepreneurs. “Based on the feedback they receive, teens either pivot or move full steam ahead to launching their enterprise,” Hernholm said. To learn more about WIT, visit doingwit.org. “The expectation is that all enterprises are launched by December. We push for this launch because we want our teens to get market feedback as soon as possible.”


The Senior Volunteer Patrol of the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station performs home vacation security checks, assists with traffic control, enforces disabled parking regulations, patrols neighborhoods, schools, parks and shopping centers and visits homebound seniors who live alone for the communities of Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar.& portions of the county’s unincorporated areas. Volunteers must be at least age 50, be in good health, pass a background check, have auto insurance & a valid California driver’s license. Training includes a two week academy plus training patrols. The minimum commitment is 24 hours per month, & attendance at a monthly meeting. Interested parties should call (760) 966-3579 to arrange an information meeting.

Ahhh, another three-day weekend; time for a family BBQ or a quick get-away. But, while we’re all busy having fun, it is important to remember the true meaning of this holiday. It is a day for remembering the men & women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, this holiday originated after the American Civil War to honor soldiers from both sides. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. Many volunteers will place American flags in cemeteries to honor our fallen. Check with your local American Legion, VFW, or scout troop if you would like to participate in this special tribute. Plan your weekend of fun but please be sure to take a moment to honor those who gave all for our freedom to enjoy this weekend.


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PET OF THE WEEK Elizabeth doesn’t ask for much … just some belly rubs, more belly rubs… and maybe hours of belly rubs. At just 6 months old, she’s all-puppy. She’s a terrier blend with a goofy personality, friendly demeanor and an athletic spirit. A humble girl, she doesn’t need to be queen of the castle, but she does want to be queen of your heart. Elizabeth is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. She has been altered and is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $269 and as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, she 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) 756-4117, option No. 1 or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.animalcenter.org/” animalcenter. org. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — At its recent Employee Appreciation Dinner, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District recognized two firefighters for outstanding service to the organization and the community. Engineer Cole Thompson was named the recipient of this year’s David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. Engineer Thompson was nominated for the award by his peers, for his professionalism, work ethic, leadership skills and being a strong representative of the fire district. Additionally, Engineer Thompson serves as an instructor at the Palomar College Fire Academy where he was named Instructor of the Year by the 50th fire academy class. In addition to the annual Firefighter of the Year Award, this year fire district also recognized Firefighter Paramedic Scott Young with the Phoenix Award, a meritorious award given to those who go above and beyond in the line of duty. Young was nominated for his efforts on a medical emergency incident in which directed CPR and related life-saving efforts continue for nearly an hour. The patient regained pulses, was transported to the hospital and is expected to

recover. Twelve district employees also were recognized at the event for their years of service, including Administrative Manager Karlena Rannals, who has served the fire district for 35 years. Honored for five years of service were Eng. Nathan Sanford, FF/PM John Carey, FF/PM Cory Ender, Fire Prevention Specialist Conor Lenehan, and Eng. Cole Thompson. Those recognized for 10 years of service included Eng. Brian Schmid, Eng. Abel Martinez, Eng. Joe Carter, Battalion Chief Bret Davidson, and Eng. Nathan Fritchle. Eng. Tim Wood was applauded for his 15 years of service.

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from left to right: Intern Sean Shelton, Intern Sarah Hsu, Grant Coordinator Patty Mendez, Event Coordinator Rachel Rothstein, Executive Director Brooke Haggerty, Program Development Director Lucie Berreby, Board President Cini Robb, Operations and Gifts Administrator Stacie Campbell, Humane Educator Annie Peterson, Grant Writer Aimee Jeffries. Photo by Johann Milos

nell always sell out within the first hour of the event. Headquartered in San Diego, the FACE Foundation is a nonprofit organization, which depends on its fundraising efforts to raise community awareness. “We rely 100 percent on donations made through

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Production dates are July 28 and July 30 (with a possibility of adding a second weekend Aug. 4 through Aug. 6). For show information, contact Chelsea at (760) 473-3000.

GUITAR ORCHESTRA The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of 35 local professional and amateur guitarists, will present their latest program at 7:30 p.m. June 2 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. For more information, including information about upcoming summer guitar workshops, visit encinitasguitarorchestra.com.

MARK THE CALENDAR CHILDREN’S CHOIR The San Diego Children’s Choir will perform its annual spring concert “The Rhythm of Life” at 3 p.m. June 3 at the Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. Tickets at eventbrite.com. Exhibition Reception, June 3 6 to 8 p.m. Cost $10. Sip, nosh, and mingle with artists and fellow art lovers as OMA celebrates Healing Journeys: Veterans And Artists Unite,” a special exhibition series.

YOUTH SUMMIT From left, Katie Wimsatt, Claire Pupping, Bianca Allende Boyd, Alonda Zamora and Joey Pearson gather to plan facilitating small group discussions as part of the Wagon Circle’s Youth Summit. On May 6, 32 children, ages 5 to 13, participated in the Wagon Circle’s first Youth Summit in Encinitas at the Village Park Recreation Center. The event provided children with a forum to discuss current news topics, ask questions about our government and share their concerns. The Wagon Circle plans to hold the next Youth Summit Aug. 19, location not yet determined. For more information, see thewagoncircle.org/. Courtesy photo

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A News of the Weird Classic (October 2013) Imminent Swirling Vortex of Damnation: Land developers for the iconic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (the inspiration for the hotel in Stephen King’s “The Shining”) announced recently (2013) that they need more space and thus will dig up and move the hotel’s 12-gravesite pet cemetery (another Stephen King trope). Neighbors told the Fort Collins Coloradoan in September (2013) that they feared the construction noise more than the potential release of departed spirits (though an “Animal Planet” “dog psychic” who lives in Estes Park volunteered her services to calm the pets’ souls). (Update: Apparently, it worked.)

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ometimes it just takes some patience and a little faith that your reward will come. This is the case on a recent Saturday afternoon off the coast of San Clemente as we bob in the 58-degree water looking for great white sharks. Fortunately, we are safely aboard the OCeanAdventures catamaran piloted by Captain Frank Brennan of Dana Wharf Whale Watching out of Dana Point Harbor. The company recently began offering twohour “shark searches” every Saturday because of the unusual number of great white sharks — mostly juveniles up to 12 feet — that are populating local waters. Our time window for finding the sharks is just about up when someone spots one sliding through the clear, shallow water between the boat and the shore. Its fin breaks the surface again and again to the

Passengers aboard the OCeanAdventures catamaran out of Dana Point Harbor are on the lookout for great white sharks that have been seen in numbers up to 15 in the shallow waters off the beaches from Dana Point Deckhand Brent Aycock prepares to launch a drone off the deck of the to San Clemente. Photo by E’Louise Ondash OCeanAdventures catamaran to help locate great white sharks off the coast of Orange County. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

the people hanging over the sides. We stay for another 45 minutes watching these really big fish that have no known predator except for killer whales, and there aren’t any of these in the neighborhood. Why so many great whites off our coast all of a sudden? “They’ve actually always been there,” says naturalist and shark expert Todd Mansur. “If you’ve swum in these waters, you’ve swum with sharks.” But the story of these great whites in our current-day ocean actually begins with the 1975 Steven Spielberg film that we all simultaneously love and hate. “‘Jaws’ had an amazing impact on great whites,” Mansur explains. The film portrayed great whites as ferocious people eaters, “and it scared people to Photographer Eric Frigger captured a close-up of the fin of a juvenile death. As a result, we killed great white shark, one of a dozen swimming off the Orange County as many as we could.” coast recently. Long-time residents say they haven’t seen such high Then there was the gill numbers of sharks in the area during their lifetime. Photo by Eric Frigger net factor. These were used cheers of the passengers and the rapid-fire clicks of the Nikons and Canons. Within a few minutes, there are about a dozen great whites circling the boat and darting underneath it, apparently unbothered by the catamaran or

Green thumb leads to dirty toes small talk jean gillette


y mother may well haunt me tonight. I went to church with dirty feet, in sandals. The whole world might have seen that my toenails were stained the color of potting soil. I would never have allowed my own child to present dirty toes to the world, which shows just how far my standards have fallen. I suppose my grandchildren will reap the benefits. It isn’t that I was proud of my dirty toes. I was briefly mortified, as I dressed for church. I had picked out

and ironed an outfit, then put on closed shoes with it. Somehow it just didn’t work. (So now I’m a fashion maven, too?) Since the day boded fair, I opted for sandals, and then noticed my renegade toes. Rest assured, I scrubbed my hands and feet after potting a dozen yard plants yesterday, but something in that soil is a permanent dye. It took bleach to make my fingernails passable but I didn’t look closely at my feet. Tut-tut. The toe episode reminded me of how things have changed since I went to church with my grandparents. Right up through the ‘60s, I wore hats to church. There were actually hat shops in the mall and I loved them. Hats let you get away with bad-hair days. My mom always made sure that she had that small

lace mini-veil in her purse, should we suddenly need some sort of head cover. This came in handy, sight-seeing in Europe with a cathedral on every corner. I also went with the veil when my hair was working. No one wants to waste a good-hair day. I occasionally slip into old habits, bothering to make sure things match and are ironed. I’ve even been known to put away my white shoes on Labor Day. Meanwhile, I am hoping no one looked down at my tootsies this morning and wondered about my personal hygiene. I also forgot to shave my underarms, but they were cleverly hidden beneath my jacket. Tuttut, indeed. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer heading for a pedicure. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup. com.

by fisherman to catch halibut before the 1980s, but it wasn’t that unusual for a week’s catch to include five or six juvenile great whites, as well as dolphins and other non-fish sea life. These animals were never thrown back. Eventually gill nets were banned completely in 1989, then killing great whites became illegal in 1994, so the population of these sharks began ballooning. Add to that the perfect conditions of our coastal waters between Dana Point and San Clemente. “We have the topography (a sandy bottom), the climate and the forage (food supply),” Mansur says. “Not in my lifetime have I seen so many great whites so

close to shore. My parents don’t remember seeing this many sharks. They’ll probably be around for some time. They have no reason to go anywhere.” The buffet is especially bountiful lately because of the abundance of grunion, which are swimming in the shallow waters close to shore on their way to spawn (lay eggs) in the sand. “You won’t find them at Laguna Beach,” Mansur adds, “It’s too rocky.” While the ocean off the Orange County coast is perfect for juvenile great whites, the adults usually head north where the waters are cooler and buffet is more generous. Adult great whites prefer to eat mammals like sea lions, seals,

small whales, otters and sea turtles. And by the way, they bite, but they don’t chew their food. Adult female great whites can grow to 20 feet and weigh up to 4,300 pounds. They are more likely to be 15 feet to 16 feet and live up to 70 years. Two-hour Shark Search trips run Saturdays. The cost is $45 for adults; $29 for children. Visit https:// danawharf.com/ or call (949) 496-5794. For more photos, visit www.facebook.com/elouise. ondash E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com

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