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Association drafts rules to ban short-term rentals

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — During a Nov. 2 board meeting, the Rancho Santa Fe Association addressed the short-term rental phenomenon by unveiling draft vacation rental rules essentially prohibiting them within the Covenant. Like other major cities across the nation, San Diego County remains an epicenter for travelers who seek short-term residential rentals.

The Association proposed the guidelines to help stop the practice of renting out rooms, guest homes or homes for short stays. It’s a topic many towns are grappling with since short-term rentals, being offered on sites such as Airbnb, are within residential neighborhoods and are largely unregulated. “The board of directors approved posting of approved rules regarding short-term rentals,” Chris-

ty Whalen, Association assistant manager and Covenant administrator, said. “The rules have been sent to members and have been posted on the website and community bulletin boards. We encourage our members to review the rules and provide written comments to us by Dec. 2, 2017.” Currently on Airbnb, a variety of short-term stay options in Rancho Santa Fe range from rooms and guest-

house quarters to entire residences. Under the draft Association vacation rental rules, new regulations would drastically change these options. According to the draft, vacation rentals are not allowed for a stay less than 30 consecutive days. “The Lease must be for the entire dwelling and not merely for a portion of a dwelling. A sublease of a dwelling subject to this

regulation is strictly prohibited,” as stated in the proposed regulations. Single-room rentals, as well as guest homes on an estate, will be prohibited in the Covenant if approved. If adopted, advertising a short-term vacation rental on the internet and rental sites will be forbidden. Covenant members will also need to notify the Association on their intent of a short-term rental and supply

the names of the occupants, their vehicle information and contact information while there. Pet information would also be required. When creating the draft rules, the Association also considered how Del Mar is handling the issue as well as the city of San Diego. During the 30-day timeframe, the draft proposal on vacation rentals is subject to revision based on Covenant resident comments.

Deck the halls RSF Garden Club announces holiday wreath making By Christina Macone-Greene

Adrienne Falzon takes part in the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s wreath-making event last year. The annual tradition will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s longtime tradition of holiday wreath making is around the corner. Creative minds will gather together at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center to arrange their masterpieces. The day is a united effort in that every year, the Rancho Santa Fe Association has access to clippings and donates them to the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club on this day. These trimmings include evergreens ranging from holly berries to eucalyptus. In addition to what’s provided such as greenery and rings to create the wreaths, participants are also invited to bring their own clippings and adornments. Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Shelly Hart said both members of the club and members of the community take part in the festive fun. “People who want to make an extra wreath are encouraged to do so because we take the extras to the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center,” Hart said. “Our wreath making event is open to the public, and it’s a lot of fun — it’s the perfect time to get everyone in the holiday spirit and bring something home that they can decorate their house with.” This event attracts 30 to 40 participants. While this day is a special one for all

who attend, it is especially so for Hart. The 2016 wreath making activity was Hart’s first official day working with Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center as its new executive director. Hart said it had been a year filled with memories. “My first year was just getting the hang of things, meeting people, getting to know the community and understanding what members wanted to be involved in,” Hart said. “I was planning events that were already set in place and put on the calendar for me.” Hart is excited about 2018. She and the activities committee recently had a meeting mapping out all its events in the year ahead. “What I’m planning to do differently this year is to put up the entire calendar at the beginning of the year versus doing it a quarter at a time,” said Hart, adding she hopes this will help members and they will like the change. TURN TO WREATHS ON 6

Kressley inspires Rancho audience By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — While the Emmy-award-winning Carson Kressley dished out fashion advice during a special event hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, he reminded women to embrace their silhouette, no matter their shape or size. On Nov. 14, guests attending the membership meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club first enjoyed libations and appetizers before Kressley took center stage.

New York Times bestselling author Kressley talked about fashion tidbits from his newest book, “Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?” While the evening overflowed with humor, Kressley delivered poignant advice on how women can find their personal style. And it starts with closet cleansing, he said. “There are so many bad things in your closet,” Kressley said. “When you are getting ready in

the morning, that is the most important experience, because it sets the tone for everything else you do.” Kressley went on to say that items in a closet that are not “positive” can trigger a terrible rest of the day. Examples that the fashion guru provided were pieces of clothing from five years ago with the price tags still attached or apparel intended to be worn after a TURN TO KRESSLEY ON 9

Emmy award winner and best-selling author Carson Kressley makes his first book tour stop at a Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund meeting. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene


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Canyon Crest student up for $250,000 prize in Zuckerberg’s science contest By Aaron Burgin

CARMEL VALLEY — Science has always been a big part of Melissa Wang’s life. The Canyon Crest Academy senior’s father is a plant biology professor at a university and her mother performs bioinformatics at a medical research institute. So, when Wang in September learned about a science contest in which students were asked to create a three-minute video that effectively communicates a science concept — with the winner re- Wang ceiving a scholarship that could pay for their entire education — she jumped at the chance. Fast forward two months later, and the 17-year-old Wang is one of 15 finalists across the globe in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. “I honestly was really surprised, but I am really happy that I got this far,” Wang said. “I put a lot of time and effort into this, and I’m really busy as a senior with college applications, so I sacrificed a lot of time for this, so I am really glad with the outcome so far.”

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is in its third year. Funded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, the contest aims at fostering excitement for physical or life sciences among teens. Students ages 13 to 18 were invited to create original videos (up to three minutes in length) that illustrated a concept or theory in the physical or life sciences. The subm issions were evaluated on the students’ ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating and imag inat ive ways. More than 11,000 students from 178 countries registered for this year’s competition, of which 3,200 submitted videos. The field was whittled down to 29 semifinalists after a round of peer review and a review by a judges panel. A lot is at stake for the winner, their teachers and their school. The winner, who will be announced Dec. 3 on the Breakthrough Facebook page, receives a $250,000 college scholarship, the teacher who inspired the winner receives a $50,000 prize and the win-

ning school receives a stateof-the-art science lab valued at $100,000. Wang did her video — a mix of narration, stop-motion and traditional animation — on quorum sensing. “Basically, it is how bac-

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The hypocrisy in California votes for GOP tax ‘reform’ California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Hypocrisy is nothing new in politics – or anywhere else in human activity, for that matter. But it’s become a lot more visible lately as women expose more and more sexual harassment episodes in the pasts of prominent men. There’s Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, now exposed as a groper and a purveyor of unfunny innuendo in his former career as a comedian, who’s also been a champion of women’s rights and a prominent accuser of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. There’s President Trump blasting Franken, despite bragging about serial groping in a video released during his 2016 campaign and despite at least a dozen harassment accusations. There’s also his daughter and adviser Ivanka, who insisted “there’s a special place in hell” for men like Moore, who reportedly often got involved with high school girls in past decades. Ms. Trump, of course, said nothing about her daddy’s alleged past. But sex and sexual imbroglios are far from the only subjects for hypocrisy in politics today. There are also taxes. Among the great majority of California Republican congressmen, inconsistent words and behavior can be less obvious than in the current wave of newly exposed sexual predators. Eleven of the 14 Republicans in California’s House delegation just voted for the GOP’s tax “reform” bill (one person’s reform can often be disastrous for others). Add the fact that every prominent California Republican now inveighs against the state’s new 12-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, which the GOP holds responsible for pump price increases averaging almost 30 cents per gallon over the last month. Republicans have yet to address the other 18 cents, the majority of the price rise, but consumer advocates maintain it’s from oil company price gouging timed to coincide with the tax increase. Very soon, every Republican member of Congress from California will have endorsed a proposed proposition (now in the signature-gathering stage) to overturn the gas tax increase. GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen of Orange County makes that planned measure the centerpiece of his run for governor. The state GOP organization sends out fund-raising pitches asking voters

My plan for economic development in North County By Jerry Kern

Recently, I released “A Blueprint for Prosperity,” my plan for economic development in North County. Should I be fortunate enough to serve as your next County Supervisor, it’s my goal to hit the ground running and immediately begin working to strengthen our regional economy. As an Oceanside Councilmember for more than a decade, I’ve had the opportunity to play an important role in the economic boom that Oceanside is now experiencing. Not only have we been able to bring new shops, residences and restaurants to Oceanside, but we did so with community buy-in and support. When it comes to North County as a whole, the challenges are much more unique and of greater scale. Accordingly, it’s important we develop a regional, collaborative approach among our numerous and diverse communities. My plan for economic development has several facets, but together form a unifying vision for the region. First, I believe we must strengthen and grow our regional relationships. North County is home to multiple cities, communities, and tribal governments. We have a wide array of industries in-

Why pardon a turkey? President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates. This week, he planned to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so lucky. They were raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes were clipped to

cluding manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, biotechnology, green technology, health care, education and many others. By working together and ensuring we’re on the same page, we can identify opportunities, avoid duplicated efforts and leverage our resources to better serve the local economy. Second, we must do what we can to recruit and retain businesses, both large and small. Part of this process includes finding ways to reduce the cost of living, to make North County a more appealing place to relocate or expand. We should also be using county grant funding to invest in the next generation of workers to ensure North County nurtures a healthy pool of workers. Third, we need to do what we can to support agriculture and tourism throughout North County. Our region has more small farms than any other county in the nation, and it’s important we have policies that make it easier -- not harder -- for family farms to succeed. A strong agricultural economy means a strong North County economy. In addition, North County is home to countless tourism opportunities, including Legoland, the Flower Fields, Bates Nut Farm, dozens of ••• prevent stress-induced aggression. At 16 weeks of age, slaughterhouse workers cut their throats and dumped them in boiling water to remove their feathers. Consumers pay a heavy price too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic killer diseases. Intense prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside. Now, for the good news: Per capita consumption of turkeys is down by a whopping 34 percent from a 1996

wineries, pristine beaches, scenic hiking, and countless other attractions. We need to support these local attractions and continue promoting North County as a destination for visitors. Finally, we need to cut red tape at the County and make it easier to start and grow a business. One of the most significant steps we can take is to remove costly and burdensome regulations, which cost time and money, putting an extra strain on young businesses. Part of this process includes allowing residents to “flag” any regulations they believe are unnecessary or overly costly. Should a regulation receive a sufficient number of flags, it should go through a required review by the county to determine if it should be modified or eliminated. We have tremendous opportunity for long-term, sustained economic growth in North County. By working toward a collaborative vision, focusing on our strongest industries and getting government out of the way, we can ensure that opportunity becomes a reality.

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Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern is running to represent the 5th District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors high of 303 million, as one third of our population is actively reducing meat consumption; our supermarkets carry a rich variety of convenient, delicious, healthful plant-based meat products, including several oven-ready roasts. This Thanksgiving holiday, as we give thanks for life and good fortune, let’s also skip the gratuitous violence and grant our own pardon to an innocent animal.

to “condemn the Democrats for their massive gas tax increase!” “We need to hold Democrats responsible,” the emails add, never mentioning that the tax could not have passed without votes from a few Republican legislators. While they and their party blast the gas tax, though, the vast majority of California Republicans in Congress voted for the GOP tax bill that, if it becomes law, will trigger an annual tax hike of about $114 billion on Californians – compared with a yearly tab of about $5.2 billion for the gas tax hike. The exceptions in this vote were Placer County’s Tom McClintock, Orange County’s Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa, whose district covers parts of both San Diego Orange counties. Rohrabacher and Issa are both among national Democrats’ top 2018 targets. Had the other 11 California Republicans voted to nix the tax bill, which passed by a 227-206 margin, it could have been defeated by one vote, 217-216. The proposed measure would cost 6 million Californians who deduct from their federal taxes what they pay in state and local levies at least $101 billion yearly, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That deduction would disappear. So would deductions for property taxes over $10,000 and write-offs for mortgage interest, which together now save Californians about $2 billion. Student loan interest would also no longer be deductible, adding about $1.1 billion to the tab, and the medical expense deduction would disappear too, the average beneficiary now writing off $9,951, or about $10 billion total. Not even a higher standard deduction and tweaked tax brackets can approach making up for these huge losses. In short, California’s 11 GOP yes voters vehemently oppose a $5.2 billion gasoline tax for long-overdue road and bridge repairs, but back a “reform” that would cost Californians 22 times as much. That’s the very definition of hypocrisy, especially coming from folks subscribing to the GOP’s “no new taxes” mantra. Some of the yes voters tried to excuse themselves by saying the bill will change before it passes. That’s a little like sexual predators saying they never meant to harm anyone The joke here is on anyone who continues to believe these are principled politicians.

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Activists sue Caltrans over freeway flyovers By Aaron Burgin

Visions co-founders Greg Buie and Dr. Meera Pathmarajah. Both spoke at the Nov. 5 event at a Rancho Santa Fe home. Courtesy photo

Community learns about global mission for empowerment By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A recent event raised both awareness and funds as guests learned about Visions Global Empowerment and its efforts to bridge the gap between education and gender equality around the world. The event theme of “Her Story Matters” attracted guest speakers and community members in Rancho Santa Fe. Visions board member and Rancho Santa Fe resident Tamara Lafarga-Joseph, along with her husband Roger Joseph, hosted the event at their residence on Nov. 5. “Our goal was to educate guests to the daily hardships of children in numerous countries and invite them to travel with a cause when we visit these countries,” Lafarga-Joseph said. “The plight of the most impoverished children in India, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Nicaragua.” Visions assists in various ways including its educational reach into these countries by offering tools to overcome challenges. “We can all play a part in uplifting these children,” Lafarga-Joseph said. Founded in 2003, Visions is headquartered in Los Angeles. Along with guests, many board members and advisory board members were also in attendance. Musical entertainment was provided, as well as libations, appetizers and desserts. Guest speakers at the event included Visions founder Dr. Meera Pathmarajah, whose parents traveled from Northern Sri Lanka. She provided guests with a deep insight into the fractured educational opportunities for youth in this area. Also speaking was Visions advisory board member Dr. Catherine Clark, who specializes in audiology. She talked about her work to launch a hearing as-

sessment center in Ethiopia. On hand was Robert Friedman, who talked about the founding of a residential school for disadvantaged girls in Nicaragua. And Visions Executive Director Gregory Buie explained to guests the goal of Visions and how it works with communities in need. “Worldwide, millions of children face immense daily hardships that prevent them from accessing a quality education or living to their full potential,” Buie said. “Girls in particular, especially in developing countries, often face greater exclusion and hardship due to cultural and social factors that prioritize the well-being of boys and encourage girls to play more traditional roles of homemaker, mother and day laborer.” Buie went on to say that the root to breaking the cycle of hardship and poverty lies in educating women. It’s all about empowering them with the tools that Visions can provide. Buie said these different tools include providing low-caste youth in India with an after-school program or assisting displaced and orphaned youth in Sri Lanka through leadership and life skills training. He also pointed out that through Visions deaf women in Ethiopia are being afforded a livelihoods training and development initiative, while children of migrant coffee workers in Nicaragua are gaining access to an e-learning program platform. “Visions is driven by an army of volunteers who are working hard to do their part of creating opportunities and ensure a brighter future for women and girls globally,” Buie said. “We all have something to offer. We can all make a difference. We invite you to get involved.” To learn more about Visions Global Empowerment, visit www.VisionsGlobalEmpowerment.org.

REGION — Two community groups have sued the California Department of Transportation for its approval of two flyovers connecting ramps between Interstate 5 and State Route 56 in Carmel Valley that have been in the works for 15 years. Citizens for Sensible Traffic Planning and Citizens for a Responsible Caltrans are targeting the agency’s analysis of the project’s environmental impacts, which they said was flawed, as well as the project itself, which they said will dramatically increase noise and air pollution. “Caltrans chose the loudest, tallest, most noxious and visually damaging plan it considered for this interchange very near the Torrey Pines Preserve and admits that the impacts to the public are significant,” said Brian Farmer of Citizens for Sensible Traffic Planning. “After getting input on the draft plan five years ago and hearing that the community strongly objects to the enormous concrete 100-foot-plus flyovers, Caltrans is rushing to approve its plan without addressing the legitimate concerns of the community.” The lawsuits ask the court to order Caltrans to vacate its approval of the project and to stop any work toward completing the project. It also seeks to have Caltrans complete a full environmental review under the state environmental quality act in order to minimize environmental impacts, including impacts on noise, air quality and climate change. Caltrans officials said a change in state law exempted the project from the state’s environmental quality act, but did not stop officials from thor-

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NOV. 25 LET IT SNOW! You’re invited to the free 15th annual Lighting of The Forum, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25, at 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, with a live Holiday Stage Show, a magical snowfall and Santa’s grand arrival in a horse-drawn sleigh, led by the La Costa Canyon High School Mustang Band. The lighting of the Holiday Tree will be followed by a Holiday Light Show choreographed to music, with raffle prizes by the merchants at The Forum, along with visits with Santa for the children, and complimentary refreshments. See all events at eventsforumcarlsbad.com.

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oughly examining the project’s impacts before approving it. The state’s transportation agency has decided to defend itself against the claims. At the heart of the group’s claims is a decision by Caltrans to declare the projects exempt from the state environmental quality act. Caltrans said that while it was conducting the environmental impact report on the project, state lawmakers passed legislation that required a project known as the North Coastal Corridor Public Works Plan — which includes the connector ramps — be analyzed under the policies and framework of the California Coastal Act rather than the state’s environmental quality act. In practical terms, Caltrans officials said, the agency did not have to continue what is known as the “CEQA process.” “Since Caltrans had already started the CEQA process, we felt that keeping the common format of the EIR was useful for a public disclosure and an overall environmental analysis standpoint,” Caltrans spokesman Hayden Manning said. “In essence we wanted to demonstrate to the public that even though CEQA no longer technically applied, we put the same level of effort, analysis and public disclosure into the decision making process as we would for any major project. That effort was in addition to the process required under the Coastal Act and the federally required (environmental) process.” Caltrans, according to the lawsuits, has argued that the statute of limitations to contest the exemption came and went without any formal protest. The environmental groups, through their attorneys, have contested Caltion of Old Mission San Luis Rey.

DEC. 2 SONGS OF THE SEASON The Carlsbad High School Jazz Ensemble, along with the Carlsbad High School Orchestra, will delight with their Holiday Music Program at 430 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Carlsbad High School Singers will be caroling downtown in full Dickensian costume from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., pianist Robert Parker will play holiday jazz, classical and more, at the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. Businesses will be staying open late on Dec. 2 HOLIDAYS ON PARADE The 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. The parade theme for 2017 is “Celebrating the Arts!” Coast Highway closes at 4 p.m. with Santa and the tree-lighting, at 5 p.m. at the Lumberyard shops courtyard (near Starbucks). At 5:30 p.m., Parade Grand Marshall Danny Salzhandler will lead the parade. Free parking and ADA accessible shuttle busses from 4 to 8:30 p.m. from Scripps Hospital Encinitas on Santa Fe Drive, and from the M agda le na Ecke Y M C A parking lot, 200 Saxony Road, Encinitas. Find information at EncinitasParksandRec.com or Facebook.com/cityofencinitas.

CHRISTMAS GUITARS The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra performs holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. There is a $12 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit EncinitasGuitarOrchestra.com, or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 943-0755 or peter@ guitarsounds.com. CAROLS AT THE MISSION Hear your favorite Christmas Carols by the San Luis Rey Chorale accompanied by a chamber orchestra at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the San Luis Rey Mission, 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside. Tickets including a dessert reception, front section: $60; middle section: $50; back section: $40. There will be an Encore Perfor- DEC. 3 mance at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 with no desKRINGLE MINGLE The 10th sert reception. All seats $30, first annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle will come first seated. Proceeds will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in benefit the preservation & opera- the North Courtyard of Cardiff

trans’ assertion that the state environmental quality act doesn’t apply, and that the agency did not adequately notify the public of the exemption. “Even in the face of widespread community concern that the project will dramatically increase air and noise pollution, Caltrans now claims that CEQA does not apply,” the groups said in a news release. “Instead, it asserts, erroneously, that the project is exempt from CEQA because of 2012 legislation that streamlined transportation projects along the North Coast Corridor in San Diego County. But that streamlining legislation applied to actions by the Coastal Commission, not Caltrans. No legislation authorizes Caltrans to approve this project without a thorough environmental review.” “It’s hard to draw any conclusion other than that Caltrans was trying to hide the ball from community members in how it approved this project,” noted Winter King, attorney with Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, LLP, who represents Citizens for Sensible Traffic Planning. “The agency changed its approval process mid-stream and then conveniently neglected to inform concerned community groups that it had dispensed with the environmental review process and was relying on an exemption from CEQA. It took a fair amount of detective work for my clients to figure out that the project had even been approved.” The city of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments and Caltrans have been studying the I-5/ SR 56 Interchange for more than 15 years, evaluating 22 different project alternatives since 2002. Town Center, 2033 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Santa is coming in his vintage Camera Camper sleigh. Pictures with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m., live music by Hullabaloo, Bucket Ruckus and Back to Rock Encinitas. Warm soup from Rimel’s, holiday treats from Yummy Cupcakes, and Sambazon, coffee from Pappalecco, hot chocolate from Cardiff 101, a special holiday beer by Lost Abbey Confessional and more. Bring reusable mugs and bottles. San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar will be lighting the tree at 5 p.m. joined by Teresa and Don Barth. LIGHTS AND SANTA The city of Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting the annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa visit from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. There will be sweets, treats, cider and hot cocoa. Santa arrives by fire-truck at 5:20 p.m. SANTA BY THE SEA The city of Del Mar celebrates its Santa by the Sea Holiday Tree Lighting from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the northwest corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th Street, Del Mar. Bring a packaged gift to benefit the children of the Ronald McDonald House and make your own Rad Hatter Holiday hat. Bring the whole family for free photos of Santa and Mrs. Claus in Del Mar Village, plus treats, live music, kids’ activities, and more. RIDE & SHINE! Join the Carlsbad Community Bike Ride and the “Light Up Your Bike” challenge to the holiday tree-lighting at 1:45 p.m. for Ride #1 and 3 p.m. for Ride #2 Dec. 3, starting from Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad. For more information, e-mail kristine@sdbikecoalition.org.


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Adopt a Family Foundation hosts Holiday Boutique fundraiser By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Adopt a Family Foundation is celebrating its eighth annual Holiday Boutique at the Morgan Run Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Every dollar spent on Nov. 30 will go to help those in need. Established in 2012, the Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit works hard to raise awareness about the plight of Israeli families who have been victims of terrorism. The organization provides financial and emotional support. “The Adopt a Family Foundation adopts a family a year through a careful process that allows for the strongest bond between the Israeli victims and their American support. The relationships which are built are long-lasting, real connections with no end-point,” CEO and co-founder Carine Chitayat

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DAY AT THE RACES Del Mar Racetrack will host a Craft Beer & Cider Fest Nov. 25. Attendees can choose from more than 100 selections of brews, ciders, wine and cocktails while DJs play in the seaside concert area. Entry is free with racetrack admission. MORNING PONIES Join Daybreak at Del Mar from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 25. Early-risers can watch morning workouts. Jeff Bloom will answer questions and share his own racing tips. Post time will be 12:30 p.m. all days with the exception of Thanksgiving Day (11 a.m. first post). Admission at all gates will be $6. For more information, call (858) 755-1141 or visit delmarracing.com.

NOV. 26

MUSEUM FUN In November, San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates life’s blessings and abundance, every Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Using willow, paper, felt, beads, feathers, pine cones, and, of course, your imagination, you



Hart said more than anything, 2018 will be a “shakeup year” in that some activities will be unique to the club. For example, there will be workshops at the Santaluz Golf Club. A proposed three-part workshop includes an herb garden, teacup arrangements for Mother’s Day and a flower arrangement session. “We’re reaching out to different communities and letting everyone know that they are welcome to join the Garden Club,” Hart said. To learn more about the holiday wreath making event on Dec. 7 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, contact Hart at (858) 756-1554 or shelly@rsfgardenclub.org.

Yael & Vlady will provide musical entertainment once again for the annual Holiday Boutique on Nov. 30. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Chitayat said that in addition said. “All of our families benefit from a trip to San Diego to meet to supporting its adopted families, their contact, our organization and the foundation helps fund care for PTSD. The nonprofit also places an the community at large.”

can create wreaths with leaves and words that represent the people, places, and things in your life for which you are grateful. It’s free. For more information, call (760) 632-9711. SUNDAYS ARE FREE It’s another Free & Fun Sunday, Nov. 26. On closing day of the season, attendees can receive free Stretch Run admission, a free program and a free seat. In addition, Del Mar signature drinks will be half-off all day long. Fall racing at Del Mar will take place Thursday through Sunday. Post time will be 12:30 p.m. all days with the exception of Thanksgiving Day (11 a.m. first post). For more information, call (858) 755-1141 or visit delmarracing.com. FINDING FRIENDS The Catholic Widower and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will attend Mass at St. Mark Catholic Church and have brunch at Old California Mining Company, San Marcos. On Nov. 30, the group will have Happy Hour and dinner at Miguel's Cocina, Carlsbad. Reservations are necessary. Call (858) 674-4324.

to sign your name to a StopTheGasTax! petition at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Veterans Association of North County Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside. There is no charge to attend. RSVP to Ben at bensullivan@outlook.com or call (760) 583-3579.

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LOOKING AT ENERGY What is Community Choice Energy? Join the discussion at 6 p.m. Nov. 28, in the USU Ballroom A, on the CSU San Marcos campus, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, presented by the Environmental Studies and Ocean Conservation Clubs at CSUSM. Panelists from city of Encinitas Environmental Commission, Sierra Club and Campus Energy Director Lindsey Rowell will provide perspectives and answer questions. GENEALOGY SOCIETY North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers,1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, to hear genealogist K. C. Reid speak on “Ask Why: Getting More from Research.” For more information, email jtempke@ roadrunner.com, call (760) 632-0416, or visit http://nsNOV. 27 PETITION AGAINST dcgs.org. GAS TAX You can join the North County Republican Coalition and Carl DeMaio TURN TO CALENDAR ON 7

Pet of the Week Topaz is a lively 3-monthold, 6-pound terrier blend, whose curious spirit and glittery personality keep everyone around her entertained. Topaz is waiting to meet you at Helen Woodward Animal Center. His adoption fee is $457. He has been altered and is upto-date on all of his vaccinations. As with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, he 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 For more information, call p.m. (last application accept- (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 ed 15 minutes before closing). or visit animalcenter.org.

emphasis on children. While guests will have the opportunity to find must-have items and gifts for the holiday season, it’s also a chance to support the mission of Adopt a Family Foundation. Vendors will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to support the nonprofit. “This year, in addition to these vendors, Adopt a Family Foundation will have a book signing with Jake Heilbrunn for his book entitled, ‘Off the Beaten Trail,’” she said. Heilbrunn is a local author. “Off the Beaten Trail” is best described as an inspirational, coming-of-age book. Again this year, musical entertainment will be provided by Yael & Vlady. Chitayat also wants people to know Adopt a Family Foundation will offer guests the chance to pur-

chase a gift from a vendor and then donate it as a Hanukkah present to one of its adopted families. Adopt a Family Foundation organizes a few events each year. Just last month, six teenage soccer players and their coach from the city of Sderot in Israel visited San Diego for the annual soccer tournament at the San Diego Jewish Academy on Oct. 22. “Thanks to Adopt a Family Foundation’s community partners and community at large, these teens obtained a lot of support, while building and strengthening strong bonds and friendships with Adopt a Family Foundation and the local community,” Chitayat said. For more information about the Holiday Boutique on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Morgan Run Club and Resort, visit adoptafamilyfoundation.org.

Father, son partner on book for kids By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — When Udo Wahn sat down to color with his 2-year-old son Paolo, little did he know they were creating a children’s book and the two would collaborate more than a decade later on the fifth installment in what would become a series. “At the time he was taking swimming lessons so we drew a picture of him and a girl in his swim class surfing on a wave with a dolphin,” the Del Mar resident and lifelong surfer said. “We kept drawing and the thought came to me that I wanted him to learn about ocean safety, surfing etiquette, living the aloha spirit. “At the end of the day we had a stack of drawings with different images with the different messages related to that,” Wahn added. “I showed them to some friends and they said it would make an amazing children’s book.” His wife, Aleida, helped create the characters. She came up with the name Coral for the girl. They chose Cabo because that is where they first vacationed together, and it is their son’s middle name. “We thought that was pretty beachy,” Wahn said. “Cabo & Coral Go Surfing” was born, but the retired physician still had a hurdle to clear. “It’s one thing to create a book,” he said. “The big challenge is to get it out there and market it.” As a longtime volunteer on the San Diego Surfrider Foundation’s executive committee, Wahn thought the organization might be able to help. “The book was surfing-related and had good, sound messages for kids about surf etiquette, living aloha and environmental messages so it tied in pretty well,” he said. Surfrider helps promote Wahn’s books and receives $1 for each one sold, except the fourth in the series, “Cabo & Coral Dog Days of Summer.” For that he partnered with the Helen Woodward Animal Center. In addition to raising money for local nonprofits, all five books — the others are “Cabo & Coral’s Secret Surf Spot!,” “Cabo & Coral Reef Explorers” and the most recent, “Cabo & Coral Meet a

Del Mar residents Udo and Paolo Wahn teamed up to write “Cabo & Coral Meet a Kelp Hugger,” a children’s book about understanding climate change. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Kelp Hugger” — offer lessons about topics from the environment to overcoming disabilities. Although the messages can sometimes be sad, such as the negative effects human behavior can have on the planet, each story ends with a message of hope and actions people can take. “And the aloha spirt permeates all the books,” Wahn said. The father-and-son team decided to collaborate on the latest Cabo & Coral adventure after watching the climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” together. Wahn had also heard a story about an octopus that escaped from a New Zealand aquarium. “I thought maybe we could tie both into a story somehow,” Wahn said. “My dad asked me spontaneously if I wanted to help,” Paolo added. “We both had different ideas so we modified them a little bit to make the story work.” During a 2016 camping trip in the Cuyamaca Mountains, which Wahn described as “a writers’ retreat,” they hammered out details and made some sketches for their illustrator. Back at home they shared ideas through Google docs so Paolo could provide input

while doing schoolwork. “Mostly we agreed on everything except for some fine tuning that needed to be worked out,” Paolo said. “Cabo & Coral Meet a Kelp Hugger” took about nine months to complete and was a positive experience for the writers. “I enjoyed doing it,” Paolo, an eighth-grader at Earl Warren Middle School, said, adding that he would consider collaborating again if his school and extra-curricular activity schedules permit. “I didn’t realize it would take as long as it did. I didn’t think about how I would have to work it in with school.” “It was something that bonded us together,” his father added. “When you have an opportunity to do something together, especially with a teenager who’s looking for independence, it’s very special.” Wahn and his son said they would partner again, however, there are currently no plans for the next Cabo & Coral adventure. “But I was really planning on doing this one,” Wahn added. Paolo said he is considering writing a book with an underlying message about climate change geared toward fourth- through sixth-graders. But his long-term goal is to become an engineer.

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Shortfall in funds for needed dam repairs By Bill Peterson

ESCONDIDO — Ten years after learning of the need to replace or repair the dam at Lake Wohlford, officials at the city of Escondido are still trying to raise the money. It’s a substantial sum — $45 million to $50 million — and they’re about halfway to it. Completion of the project would enable the city to store about twice as much water as it now can in the man-made reservoir and still prevent flooding from the structure in the event of a big earthquake. The dam is located east of the city. Because it also is about 900 feet higher than the city, a failure of the upper portion could flood the city if the reservoir were filled to capacity. But it isn’t. In 2007, a seismic analysis indicated that the upper portion of the dam could be unstable in the event of a major earthquake. “The risk comes if there is a greater than 7.5 magnitude earthquake in close proximity to the dam,” city Utilities Director Chris

McKinney said. The city quickly drew down the reservoir to about 40 percent of its full capacity, which is 6,500 acre feet (an acre foot equals 325,851 U.S. gallons). City officials say this is not an optimal solution. “There are a couple of reasons why it’s better to run it at full capacity,” McKinney said. “The first is that when there is more water in storage, it allows us to ride out a period of drought. Second, water quality is improved. It’s better to have a deeper reservoir than a shallow reservoir. Operation at our water treatment plant is more efficient if we have a deeper reservoir ... And it’s our storage not just for water, in general, but for our local supply. It allows us to have some water independence.” The original earthen dam was built in 1895 to create a reservoir for the city’s water supply. It was a rock-fill structure, 76 feet high. In 1924, attempting to increase the reservoir’s capacity, the city added 24 feet of hydraulic fill to the top of the dam.

That’s the portion where the seismic analysis found potential instability. City officials thought they had the final piece of the funding for a new dam in early 2016, a $25 million loan from the state’s revolving fund program for water. But that went by the boards when it was discovered that an obscure regulation prohibits money from that fund to be used for dams. Once the City Council approves an environmental impact report, the city will apply for another loan from another state source, along with the permits needed to finish the project. The city already has set aside $8.5 million for the new dam. The state has provided a $15 million matching grant, which originally came with a deadline that has been extended. So, the city still is $25 million short, give or take, depending on the final construction bids. McKinney said there are a couple of places to look for the additional money. One possibility is federal funding for infrastructure programs. More certainly,

A vintage postcard, printed between 1930 and 1945, plugs Kuebler’s Camp on Lake Wohlford. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library

the city could go to the State Infrastructure Bank. McKinney said the water utility has good credit and ought to be able to borrow the money at 3.5 to 4 percent interest from the infrastructure bank. He said that would be better than paying 4.5 to 5 percent on the bond market, but it still would have been better if the money could have come from the revolving fund program, which would have charged 1.5 to 2 percent interest. McKinney said that as of about 2012, it was thought that the project would cost $30 million. But that was before the design process got rolling and planners went into the unforgiving details. Among those details is the need for a southward re-alignment of Oakvale Road, which runs along the dam. “As we finished the design, it was clear there was going to be a lot more done in terms of preparation and excavation of the bedrock, which is expensive,” McKinney said. “ ... You have to dig Originally built in 1895, Lake Wohlford Dam was expanded in 1924 to add to the reservoir’s capacity. The to the point of finding good 93-year-old addition is now in need of reconstruction. Photo courtesy Escondido Public Library stable bedrock. The realignBREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM returns 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. The holiday tradition features drama, crafts, music and a breakfast buffet. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased at the Village Church or its website.


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MEDICARE ANSWERS A Medicare Open Enrollment information session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 29 at the Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. For more information, visit tricitymed. org/choices. BOOKS AND BURRITOS Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido. The selected title is “Firstlife” by Gena Showalter. For more information, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at (760) 839-4283. NAIL THAT COLLEGE ESSAY The Oceanside Public Library is hosting a College Application Essay Workshop at 3 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. This workshop is geared toward

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students who are preparing for college who want to learn how to write a stellar college application essay. The event is free but registration is required for this workshop at the library or call (760) 435-5600. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library. For more information, visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org.

NOV. 30

JUMP INTO HOOP SHOOT Sign up now for the Elk’s National Hoop Shoot Free-Throw contest, for children ages 8 to 13

held at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Boys & Girls Club, 910 Melba Road, Encinitas. For more information, contact ElksHoopShootEncinitas@ gmail.com. For free registration forms, visit elks. org/SharedElksOrg/HoopShoot/files/2017-18HSRegistrationForm.pdf.

DEC. 1

CARDIFF CLEAN-UP Join Cardiff 101for its annual community cleanup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at Lost Abbey Confessional, 2007 San Elijo Ave., and get a ticket for your work to win free prizes at Kringle

Mingle. Avoid parking issues, ride your bike and valet it for free at the Electra Bike Valet and get a free ticket. STAR WATCHERS The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation invites the public to its free Astronomy Night, sponsored by ViaSat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. The evening will include fun crafts and activities. For more information, visit aguahedionda. org. For more information, call (760) 804-1969 or visit aguahedionda.org.

ment of Oakvale is about $8 (million) or $9 million. As we’re moving the road, we’re excavating that part of the dam abutment.” City officials now hope the project can begin next summer. Escondido Director of Community Development Bill Martin said an environmental impact report will go before the City Council for approval next month. “Once we start building a new dam, we have to take down some of the trees,” Martin said. “ ... There has been habitat that has grown during the draw-down period.” The city’s Notice of Preparation for the project said the construction will involve building a new dam that will crest about 200 feet west and downstream from the existing dam. Hydraulic fill composing the upper part of the existing dam will be removed and the new dam will be constructed from roller-compacted concrete. Once the new dam is complete, the reservoir can be filled to its historic capacity, which would submerge what remains of the existing dam.

To establish a suitable foundation and solid surfaces for the abutments, material would be excavated from the downstream canyon floor and rocky slopes, perhaps by blasting and hydraulic drilling to remove rock. The new dam would rise to about 125 feet above its foundation grade, which would be 1,490 feet above mean sea level. The crest would span about 650 feet from its north abutment to its south abutment. The dam crest would feature an access path to accommodate vehicles and pedestrians for maintenance purposes only. The portion of the existing outlet tower that’s more than 1,442 feet above mean sea level would be demolished and the rest of that tower would be filled and abandoned. A new outlet tower will be built in its place. Before any of that can happen, the city will first have to do the Oakvale Road adjustment. That will involve excavation into the existing hillside to make room for the re-alignment.


everything together.” Wang said win or lose she plans on continuing her research into quorum sensing — and other sciences — in college, where she wants to major in biology, chemistry or biochemical engineering. “I am thinking of going to med school, but I also think that drug research will be really interesting,” Wang said. “My whole life I knew I wanted to go into science for my career.” Her dream school? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which she called a “reach.” But if this contest has taught her anything, she said, it is to reach for the impossible. “I didn’t think I would make it this far in the contest, yet here I am,” she said.


“Now that we know that, we can find ways to disrupt that signal and create new antibiotic medication,” she said. She learned about the contest in September, and said she spent the month watching videos and reading materials on topic, as well as writing a script, which was easier said than done. “That took a long time, because the video can only be three minutes, and there was lot I wanted to say, so it was hard to narrow down the focus,” Wang said. “After I got the script done, I did a lot of animating on the computer and stop motion, and once I got that, I filmed myself talking and edited

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Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund membership meeting draws crowd By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Nov. 14 membership meeting for the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club attracted more than 70 guests. It was a special meeting in that their celebrity guest speaker was fashion expert Carson Kressley. Dr. Sandra Coufal, the advisory chair for the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund, welcomed guests after they took their seats. Since the evening was all about fashion, she started Ellie Cunningham and Maureen McMahon at the Santa Fe Women’s Fund’s membership meeting on Nov. with a quote from fashioni14, a program that featured celebrity stylist Carson Kressley. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene sta Coco Chanel.



weight loss. “Just get rid of those things and only wear those things that fit and inspire you right now,” he said. Kressley gave kudos to those who have plans to lose weight. But in the meantime, he said, let go of the clothes that don’t fit. “If you reach for them and try those things on, it’s going to be a buzz kill for your entire day,” he said. “Get rid of the things that do not work right now and only have your closet filled with things that work for you at this moment in time because it will create a successful morning when you get ready.” Another piece of sage Kressley advice was regular fashion checkups for makeup, hair, and wardrobe. Dental checkups are twice a year, and the same holds true for fashion, he said. For makeup, Kressley said the best resource is going to your favorite makeup counter and asking for

“Coco said nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50,” Coufal said. At the beginning of the meeting, Coufal pinned longtime members with a hummingbird brooch. Members who received a 10-year pin included Donna Walker and Paige Vanosky. Those who received a fiveyear and beyond pin were Elizabeth MacLeod, Marian Benassi, Pat Newmark, Mindi Butterfield and K. Ann Brizolis. The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund was founded in 2004 by Rancho Santa Fe

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Need a holiday gift for the traveler in your life? Read on. By E’Louise Ondash

Oh yes, it’s that time of year — or almost — when we must begin to think about holiday gifts for those we love. For the travelers — armchair or otherwise — on your list, consider these great reads (prices may vary): ‘Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter’ If you are of a certain age, you may remember those see-Europe-on-$5-aday books. Well, those days are gone, but traveling the

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Crisis at home leads to Vietnam and a lesson in living simply hit the road e’louise ondash


ive simply. Be thankful for the little things. Keep life events in perspec-

tive. Good thoughts for this Thanksgiving weekend, but likely few of us actually are challenged to live by these platitudes. Karin Esterhammer, husband Robin and 8-year-old son Kai (who is “on the autistic spectrum”) did face such a challenge and say they have come through it for the better. Their crisis arose with the arrival of the Great Recession in 2008. Karin lost her 15-year job as an editor/writer at the Los Angeles Times with no other job prospects, and Robin’s home-based business dried up. Suddenly they couldn’t afford their mortgage or pay off credit card debt. What to do? The family sold their possessions, rented their home, said tearful goodbyes to Karin’s young-adult daughters and moved to Vietnam. Their life’s Plan B was to remain a year — enough time, they figured, to rebuild their savings and return to Los Angeles. But unexpected and costly events loomed again and they turned to Plan C: remaining in Vietnam for an additional two years. So it wasn’t until 2011 that the Esterhammers said tearful goodbyes to their Vietnamese friends and adopted family members. “It was a pretty quick decision to move because we were pretty desperate,” Karin said during a phone interview from her home in Burbank. They chose Vietnam because they had visited in

ABOVE: While living in Ho Chi Minh City for three years, author Karin Esterhammer made weekly visits to a nearby orphanage to provide hugs for children in need. RIGHT: Doan Van Bo Street is “so narrow I feared we’d sideswipe a house and knock its many occupants out,” writes Esterhammer of the street her family called home. “People lived cheek by jowl in two- to five-story houses with balconies only a couple of arms’ length apart.” Photos courtesy Karin Esterhammer

2006, and “my recollection of the trip was that it was a place of friendly people and prices so low that tightwads could spend lavishly,” she writes in her recently published memoir “So Happiness to Meet You; Foolishly, Blissfully Stranded in Vietnam” (Prospect Park Books; $16). “Unlike any other place on earth — and I’d been to some 40 countries — Vietnam had left me in the choke hold of infatuation.” And unlike the United States, Vietnam in 2008 was prospering with a GDP growth rate of 6.5 percent and a need for people who could teach English. “Learning English and working for a foreign (American) company was the best way out of poverty for the Vietnamese,” Karin explained. And so, on a sweltering mid-September day, the blond-haired, blue-eyed family of three arrived at the door of their tiny apartment (four stories, each 9

feet wide, 20 feet long) in District 4 of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). For their Vietnamese neighbors, it was an exciting doorstep circus. They quickly invaded the American family’s new home, a difficult initiation into Vietnamese culture. “Obviously, privacy was not the cultural imperative that it was for Americans,” she writes. Over the next 30-some months, the Esterhammers learned that poverty is measured differently in Vietnam. Their neighbors marveled that this American family had only three people to occupy their apartment, for which they paid $400 a month. (Karin later learned that previous Vietnamese occupants had paid $200.) Schooling is not free, so Vietnamese often work 16 hours a day, seven days a week to pay tuition and keep their families afloat. Sanitation standards are far from U.S. standards, and despite stifling heat and humidity,

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The Esterhammers have carried the lessons of Vietnam to their present-day life. Karin is an editor at Outlook Newspapers in La Cañada, Robin rekindled his home business and drives for Uber, and Kai, 15, attends high school with the help of special education classes. They rent their home and live in a small, one-bedroom backhouse where an oversized closet with a window serves as Kai’s bedroom. “Living in Vietnam

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hope you are relaxing somewhere comfortable, munching a turkey sandwich from leftovers, as you read this. Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and I feel reasonably triumphant. It was my first time hosting the whole shebang. No laughing. It wasn’t that I wasn’t willing. My mom simply loved to cook and bake and have holidays at her house, so we always did. Yes, I would have helped. Nope, she and my dad did not want help. They knew what they wanted on that table, and how it should taste, thank you very much. Now get out of the kitchen. I admit I never fought their edict very hard. We loved going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. When I wasn’t looking though, I became the matriarch of the family, and I’m still getting over the shock. Let’s just gently say I am not the cook my mom was and don’t find her level of joy in the kitchen. So how did it all turn out? Well, no one was laid low with food poisoning and nothing burned. I call that a win. The preparation began, unknowingly, a week ago, when my daughter asked if I would help her make scratch mashed potatoes for a “Friendsgiving” party she was going to. “Well, sure,” I said, not having a clue what I was signing up for. At least I managed to boil the potatoes the night before


— all 10 pounds of them. By now, my child had pointed out that she was making potatoes for 14. The next morning began with rubbing peels off the spuds and cutting them up. At this point, I had a vision of my mother putting the potatoes through her big, silver ricer, which I chose not to keep a few decades ago. So, first we tried to mash them in the food processor, which proved inefficient. We then switched to hand mashing and I realized why true cooks have the arms of a Green Bay Packer. Then we began adding the butter, the cream cheese, the halfand-half and the salt — and we mashed some more. I then went after them with an electric hand mixer, which usually will take the lumps out of gravel. Finally I pointed out to my adorable girl-child that these potatoes were not going to be fluffy and lumpfree. To my great relief, she came back with, “Oh, that’s fine! The lumps are how you can tell they are made from real potatoes.” That worked for me. The potatoes were delicious, and two large pans went out the door. To my delight, one large pan came home again. I swiftly looked up how to freeze mashed potatoes for future use, made them into small patties and — bingo — one Thanksgiving dish finished. I did my happy dance, and had the kids help with the green beans, turkey, stuffing, ham, sweet potatoes and pies. Leftovers are a wonderful thing. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and, finally, a holiday cook. Contact her at jgillette@ coastnewsgroup.com.

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uestions still linger about Napa Valley and the impact of the horrific fires that swept through several districts and caused billions of dollars of damage, and worse, took many lives and put many workers out of work. The Napa Valley Vint-

ners, the official voice of some 450 wineries that have made and are making this land the finest wine producers on the planet, have a simple message: “Plan a visit, enjoy a bottle of Napa Valley wine and consider a donation to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund. We are open for business.” Napa Valley is a scenic wonderland and is really a rural area, producing only about 4 percent of the wine made in California, yet approximately 80 percent of wine sales in California are from Napa Valley. This is an impressive premium to

all other wine countries in the state. The Mediterranean climate, the hills, the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean, elevation and a palette of soil all nourish this perfectly suited wine appellation. Most wineries are family owned and operated, producing an average of about five to 10,000 cases a year. There are 16 official viticultural areas in the valley. The most well-known are Rutherford, St. Helena and Oakville. The newest is Coombsville near the city of Napa, which eventually could turn out to be one of the most exciting, rising to 1,800 feet in elevation. It is a source of grapes for outstanding wineries like Joseph Phelps, Paul Hobbs, Pahlmeyer, Quintessa and others. Last year’s Wine Spectator Wine of the Year was Lewis Cellars Cabernet from the Coombsville area. The most exciting news out of Coombsville is the announcement that Paul Hobbs, one of the most visible wine personalities in Napa Valley and whom I profiled in a recent edition of Taste of wine, plans to build the Nathan Coombs Winery. He was the founder of the city of Napa. “What we’d like to do is built a small jewel winery on this special site, very dis-

The welcome sign on Highway 29, just north of the city of Napa, with the Mondavi quote about wine as “bottled poetry.” Napa Valley accounts for about 4 percent of the wine made in California — and 80 percent of wine sales. Photo by Frank Mangio

creet and high end,” he was quoted as saying. The 2014s are out and Napa Valley is showing high excellence for this vintage, as good or better than the previous two years with Cabernets picked at ideal ripeness. Top Cabs include: Colgin, Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon, Lewis, Pahlmeyer and Chaulk Hill. Value wines include: Raymond, Girard, The Prisoner and Beringer Knights Valley Reserve. For more, see napavalleyvintners.com.

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Pro golfers Jeff Sluman, left, and Corey Pavin are greeted by Rags and Honey at the Nov. 13 fundraiser for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta S



5 at this payment. Lease a 2017 Jetta 1.4T S with automatic transmission for $179* a month. 36-month lease. $0 due at signing. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit. *Closed end lease financing available through Nov 30, 2017 for a new, unused 2017 Jetta 1.4T S with automatic transmission, on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $20,135 and destination charges, excluding title, tax, options, accessories, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction, and acquisition fee of $625. Monthly payments total $6265. Your payment will vary based on dealer contribution and the final negotiated price. Lessee responsible for insurance, maintenance and repairs. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $350, $0.20/mile over for miles driven in excess of 30,000 miles and excessive wear and use. Purchase option at lease end for $9463.45 excludes taxes, title and other government fees.

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad


All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 11-26-2017. CoastNews_11_24_17.indd 1

11/20/17 12:31 PM

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