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RSF Town Hall Meeting draws crowd By Christina Macone-Greene
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STORY ON PAGE A13: At the 62nd annual runway show Sept. 14 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, guests could shop designer boutiques with a percentage of the proceeds going to local charities. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Covenant residents wanting to learn more about RSF Connect, a fiber-optic network which will bring fast high-speed internet to the Rancho Santa Fe, attended a Sept. 14 Town Hall Meeting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. RSF Association President Fred Wasserman greeted members and shared how delighted he was with the high attendance. The cost to build and own RSF Connect is $13 million to $14 million. It will provide high-speed 1-Gigabit-per-second internet service to every house in the Covenant. As this would be a community investment, residents were encouraged to attend to help in their decision-making process. A project to bring dependable internet service to the Covenant has been in the works for many years, Wasserman said. The goal of the Town Hall meeting was to explain RSF Connect and the community vote on the project. The RSF Association mailed off ballots on Sept. 11 that are due back to the Association on Oct. 4. Every household will receive one TURN TO CONNECT ON A14
President of RSF Faculty wants Ritto steps down from school board to know what the district values By Christina Macone-Greene
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RANCHO SANTA FE — During the public comment portion of the Rancho Santa Fe School District board’s monthly meeting, Amanda Valentine, who serves as the president of the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association, spoke on behalf of the association. At the Sept. 7 meeting, she shared the organization’s opinions about contract negotiations and district goals. The next scheduled meeting for negotiations was Sept. 20.
Valentine shared how she began teaching at the school district in 2005. Early on, she said she was unfamiliar with some of the contract details as well as salary schedules and how those were determined. Over time, she said became more adept at learning about contract negotiations between the faculty association and district. “I have seen years with steady increases, said to be given to offset the climbing cost of living,” Valentine said. “During the recession, I saw many years of stag-
nant negotiations.” Valentine said she believed currently there is a more positive financial situation regarding annual salaries and benefit negotiations. While there were changes over the years, Valentine told the board what always stayed the same was the high level of education the teachers brought to R. Roger Rowe students. Valentine went on to say how the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association TURN TO FACULTY ON A18
RANCHO SANTA FE — After serving on the Rancho Santa Fe School District board since 2010, Marti Ritto officially resigned at the district’s monthly board meeting on Sept. 7. Ritto was not present, but she asked board President Todd Frank to read a letter she prepared for the trustees, administrators, educators and parents of the district. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the community for the last seven years as Trustee on the school board, and I consider it to be one of the most influential learning experiences
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in both my work career and personal life,” she wrote. “Unfortunately, as many of you know, I have had several health challenges after nine surgeries in the past seven years. I face yet another set of surgeries this next year.”
Ritto wrote that her upcoming surgeries were nothing that could not be overcome with a combination of time, healing and rehab. Despite the positive outcome, Ritto said she believed she would be unable to dedicate the appropriate time the board warranted. “I do feel I wouldn’t be able to bring my whole self to the position of Trustee in the coming year, and I feel deeply that the community deserves someone who can give 100 percent to the position,” she said. On Sept. 15, the RSF School District announced a special board meeting reTURN TO RITTO ON A7
Publisher Jim Kydd reflects on 30 years of The Coast News By Aaron Burgin
Jim Kydd first published the Beach News, as The Coast News was then called, on Sept. 17, 1987. File photo
Thirty years ago, Jim Kydd stood in the garage of his home overlooking Moonlight Beach, carefully looking over pages of newsprint, his 4-year-old son sleeping on the floor wrapped up with the family cat, Hazel. The pages were filled with stories about his new hometown, with pictures of bikini-clad women scattered throughout. Kydd called it “The Beach News.” Three decades later, Kydd’s creation is now The Coast News,
and has become one of the most read weekly newspapers in California and the publication of record for North San Diego County. When asked about reaching the 30-year milestone, Kydd answered as only he could. “Aside from the fact of being hit by the old-age truck, I don’t know, that’s the most obvious thing,” Kydd said. “Who would’ve known?” Kydd, a transplant from the Northeast, had helped launch two publications in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, before
leaving with his then 2-year-old son, Chris, for warmer weather and opportunity in California. He first landed in Pacific Beach, where he lived for a year while commuting to work in Oceanside. He learned about Encinitas from friends in San Diego. “People from downtown said it was a cool North County city that had a good vibe,” Kydd said. “I’ve been here for 30 years now.” After bouncing around TURN TO COAST NEWS ON A6
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Garden Club hosts weekend of opera and art By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is preparing a special art and opera treat during the month of October. In addition to hosting its weekend Art Expo, it’s hosting an opera concert on the evening of Oct. 7. The weekend will provide event-goers with an array of artistic talent. The Garden Club is calling all artists, of differing mediums, to take part in the weekend. According to Shelly Hart, the executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, the Art Expo is a perfect opportunity for community members to display their work. It’s not a competition, but a venue for visitors to peruse the exhibition. Committee members also mentioned to Hart The Hart Twins are scheduled to perform at an in-opera concert at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club during the Art Expo weekend in October. Courtesy photo
that they wanted to make the weekend event more than just an expo. So, the idea of an in-opera concert emerged. Committee members insisted that Hart perform. Hart and her twin sister, Shauna Hart Bulthaup, are trained opera singers. “Both my sister and I have our bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music,” Hart said. “We’ve been performing together since we were kids and pretty much on every musical theatre and opera stage here in San Di-
ego.” She added that in the theater world people know them as the Hart Twins. Hart then decided to invite her other musically talented friends to take part in the evening. Also performing with the Hart Twins in the 45-minute in-opera concert are Enrique Toral, Barbara Tobler and Walter Dumelle. Hart said guests will recognize the pieces the performers will sing that evening. As for the Art Expo, Hart explained that in the
past it was dedicated to mostly Garden Club members. However, this has now changed. “I’m opening the Art Expo up to nonmembers as well this year,” she said. The weekend event venue is the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. For more information about the Art Expo weekend taking place on Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 and in-opera concert tickets the evening of Oct. 7, contact Hart at (858) 756-1554 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONCERTS IN RANCHO SANTA FE Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe will kick off its 18th season Sept. 29 with the 3 Redneck Tenors. Tickets are $75 for adults and $15 for youth ages 13 to 18. Children age 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Season ticket price of $225 for all four concerts is available. Evening includes heavy appetizers and a wine bar. More information is available at ccrsf.org. The next Community Concert will be Nov. 10, with The Side Street Strutters and vocalist Meloney Collins. OPERA ARIAS Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. $10 at the door Concert: Soprano Kasondra Kazanjian, soprano, Reid Bruton, piano. The gifted soloist will perform famous arias from operas ranging from La Boheme to Turandot to Carmen. She will also mix in jazz tunes and Armenian folk songs. She has performed for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and can be heard in the film Hail Caesar. Info: www.kasondrakazanjian.com BARRIO ART A reception will be held for artist Susan Snyder’s show,
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Disclose Act: For his legacy, Brown must sign this bill California Focus By Thomas D. Elias
Most attention given putative new laws passed in the waning moments of this year’s legislative session in Sacramento has gone to items like a “sanctuary state” compromise making California safer for noncriminal undocumented immigrants and measures to move the state’s next presidential primary up into early March. But the one bill with the most potential to improve this state’s politics is the long-sought “Disclose Act,” which — if Gov. Brown signs it before an Oct. 15 deadline — could do more than any modern measure to clean up California’s money-dominated initiative process. This bill “will fundamentally change how campaign financing is disclosed,” said its latest sponsor, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, the No. 2-ranking Democrat in the Legislature’s lower house. It just might do that. The bill requires ads for ballot propositions and independent expenditure ads for and against candidates to identify their top three funders, with no one able to hide behind phony names like “Californians for Purity,” or anything of that sort. The idea is to identify people and organizations actually trying to exert influence, possibly causing some to downsize their contributions if they don’t want to be exposed as leading donors. If Brown signs it, this will let voters know exactly who is trying to influence their decisions. From the “who,” it’s usually only a short distance to discern the “why,” which could then see voters cast their most educated ballots ever. In short, this proposed law could make California politics not only more transparent than ever before, but also might go far toward cleaning up the state’s special-interest-driven politics. Voters will know, for example, when industrialist Eli Broad, who has financed many charter school backers in local elections, is at work. They’ll also know when teachers unions — which often oppose charter schools — are the biggest supEmail Thomas Elias at porters of candidates aiming to feather email@example.com. His book, the nests of their members. "The Burzynski Breakthrough, Brown has long claimed to favor transThe Most Promising Cancer Treatment parency in politics and government, but and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch has not always acted accordingly. Yes, he It" is now available in a soft cover fourth helped write the state’s Political Reform edition. For more Elias columns, visit Act, passed as an initiative in 1974 while www.californiafocus.net he ran for governor for the first time.
RSF Connect could shape future of the Covenant of RSF By Christy Whalen
Homeowners who live in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe are voting on the RSF Connect 1-Gigabit internet project, an initiative that could shape the future of the community. This is an important vote that could have a substantial impact on the quality of life in the Covenant — it would allow members to work more efficiently from home offices, help students complete online homework, enable the operation of smart homes, provide entertainment such as rapid streaming of movies and TV Christy Whalen shows and lead to increased property values. At 1-Gigabit speed, RSF Connect internet service would be among the fastest in the country and would make the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe even more desirable for current and future residents. The RSF Connect project, if approved, will include the construction of a 65- to 70mile underground fiber-optic network that will pass every home and business in the
Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. The Association will fund the construction of the network and homeowners will be responsible for bringing a fiber cable from their property line to their home, working with an internet service provider (to be selected by the Association) or another contractor. Why fiber optics? Fiber is great for low-density areas like the Ranch because it can carry signals long distances — about 35 miles compared to about 300 feet with copper cable. Fiber is also much more reliable than copper cable. Fiber, especially underground, is rugged and weather-proof and it costs less to operate. Finally, fiber is future-proof, meaning it is good for 50 years once installed. However, none of the benefits of RSF Connect will be realized if homeowners don’t vote. Ballots were mailed to households in the Covenant on Sept. 11, and voters have until Oct. 4 to return ballots. The RSF Association board of directors is recommending approval of the RSF Connect 1-Gigabit project, and the ultimate decision on whether the project moves forward is now in the hands of voters. We urge property owners vote on this important project for the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. Christy Whalen is Covenant Administrator and Assistant Manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association
If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu By Mark Muir
A friend once told me, that if you're not at the table, you’re on the menu. I was disappointed my colleagues supported the bill designed to restructure SANDAG (AB805). This bill has little to do with fixing internal issues, which is currently being addressed by their board. But, it does have everything to do with jurisdictional control and power. The bill is currently waiting for the governor’s signature or veto. If this bill becomes law, control over SANDAG’s related items, and particularly transportation, shifts to the hands of the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista. There is no other coun-
ty in California where this much power has been consolidated in the hands of the larger entities. The smaller cities will lose meaningful input and their basic reason for existence on SANDAG. This would be like smaller states giving all of its power to the bigger states. Should the U.S. Senate be reduced to only New York and California? The whole idea of a bicameral legislature is that the House is weighted by population, while the Senate is equal vote for all states. NO other city in the county except those that benefit, Chula Vista and San Diego, supports this bill. The current dual voting methodology at SANDAG was effected by SANDAG
member agencies in the early 2000s to balance the influence of the larger and smaller jurisdictions and recognize the population differences between local municipalities. The new bill will make the smaller agencies irrelevant on countywide transportation planning and funding. This is a massive overreach from Sacramento modifying local, regional decision-making. Most people will agree that this bill was driven by partisan politics. The problem is that every partisan person within Encinitas and other small cities loses their place at the table. Mark Muir is on the Encinitas City Council
That measure not only created the Fair Political Practices Commission, which polices campaign spending, but also imposed spending limits (later tossed by the courts), restricted what lobbyists can give to officials and banned anonymous campaign donations of more than $100. But lately Brown has been secretive about some of his communications with state officials on utility rate cases and other big-money issues. With only about a year left in office, if he wants to be remembered as a good-government advocate, rather than a transparency obstacle, he must sign the Disclose Act. Unlike his handling of the sanctuary state bill, Brown has not yet indicated whether he’ll sign or veto this one. His decision here will reveal a lot about his true priorities — whether he favors voters and consumers or the big donors who often want anonymity. It’s true the measure could have been better than it is. It could have demanded that disclosures of donors be made in print equal in size to the largest anywhere else in an ad. Instead, the meaning of the vague words “clearly and prominently,” will no doubt be litigated for years if Brown signs. Similarly, the original goals of this plan were to expose the largest contributors to candidates. That went by the boards during the legislative process, but plenty of major improvements remain. What’s more, legislative passage of the Disclose Act was pretty bipartisan, with every Assembly Democrat who voted saying yes and five Republicans from swing districts joining them. Said Trent Lange, president of the California Clean Money Campaign, who has pushed the Disclose Act for almost a decade, “We’ve never been closer, anywhere in the country, to shining a light on dark money by making it illegal for voters to be misled about who is truly paying for ballot measure ads ... ” It’s up to Brown now, and what he does on arguably the most important bill to pass the Legislature in years will go a long way toward defining how he’ll be remembered.
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RSF Junior League throws gala RANCHO SANTA FE —On Nov. 4, Junior League of San Diego will host its second annual gala to support youth transitioning out of foster care, combat human trafficking in San Diego and empower women to become strong volunteer leaders in the community. The Mad Hatter Tea Party-themed gala will also honor three community leaders with awards during a fundraising evening for the women’s volunteer organization. Dressed in black-tie attire and Mad Hatter costumes, guests will venture down the rabbit hole to enjoy champagne and cocktails, gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions. All are invited to kick up their dancing shoes to live music from the CalPhonics. The evening will recognize community heroes Dairrick Hodges, Ann Hill and Sen. Toni Atkins. Hodges was formerly in foster care himself and now leads several local programs to empower transition-age youth with mentorship, professional development and exposure to the arts. He is the founder and creative force behind The SOULcial Workers, a troupe of musicians, poets, spoken word performers and fine artists who empower transition-age through sharing and teaching their talents. Guests can join the gala at Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available online at JLSD.org/gala for $125 per person or tables for 10 beginning at $1,000. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact email@example.com. For more information on Junior League, visit jlsd.org
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Weeklong events lead up to Cup By Bianca Kaplanek
Red-light cameras on Lomas Santa Fe at Coast Highway 101 and Solana Hills Drive could remain in Solana Beach for another eight years. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Red-light camera program extended in Solana Beach By Bianca Kaplanek
SOLANA BEACH — Red-light cameras got the green light for potentially eight more years after council members, with no discussion at the Sept. 12 meeting, awarded another contract to Redflex Traffic Systems for the program that last year brought approximately $315,000 to the city from tickets issued mostly to nonresidents. Solana Beach pays about $86,000 annually for three cameras at two intersections on Lomas Santa Fe Drive: southbound Coast Highway 101 and north- and eastbound Solana Hills Drive. According to the staff report, about 10 percent of drivers ticketed in those locations in the last 18 months live in Solana Beach. Prior to the 4-1 vote, with Mayor Mike Nichols absent, council members Dave Zito and Jewel Edson asked for a future report on the efficacy of the program. Zito said the request was prompted by emails from three opponents, none of whom are Solana Beach residents. “The modified staff report included some information on the effectiveness of the cameras but we didn’t have anyone from the Sheriff’s Department present that could speak and respond to the points raised, so I felt it would be good to have the topic brought back to ensure that we’re all informed as to the effectiveness of the program,” he said. “The number one concern I get from residents is about unsafe driving on our streets,” Zito added. “This was further emphasized by all of the residents and children that came last night to (the Sept. 12 meeting to) discuss the issues with walking to school this year.” Whether the cameras have improved safety depends on which analysis is considered and how it’s interpreted. City and local and federal law enforcement officials
say they are effective in reducing accidents. According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, from 2000 to the time the cameras were installed in 2004, there were 21 accidents at the Coast Highway intersection. Between 2012 and 2016 that number dropped 29 percent, to 15. At the Solana Hills location during those same time periods, the numbers went from 18 to seven, representing a 61 percent decrease in reported accidents. The report noted traffic volume during the past two years at both intersections has increased, so total reported traffic accidents as a percentage of total traffic volume since 2004 has likely decreased even more significantly since the cameras were installed. Redflex data shows about 10,800 total alleged violations that resulted in approximately 8,700 citations issued at the three locations between 2013 and 2016. Of those, a little more than 900 — or less than 10 percent — were dismissed. Jim Lissner, a redlight camera opponent since receiving a ticket in 2002, said only injury accidents should be included. Fender benders should be excluded, he said, because “reporting of them varies with the sheriff’s willingness to respond to a minor accident.” He also said of the nearly 2,850 citations issued last year, 1,465 were for right-on-red turns. In response, the city staff report notes another 1,191 right-on-red violations captured were rejected. Jay Beeber, executive director of Safer Streets L.A., said that organization conducted a before-and-after analysis of collisions citywide and at the two photo-enforced intersections. Data was compiled from the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.
According to that research, the rate of redlight related collisions at Highway 101 remained the same, rear-end collisions increased slightly after the cameras were installed, and the severity of collisions may have increased slightly. At Solana Hills Drive, the change in the rate of red-light related collisions was not statistically significant, Beeber added. The northbound-enforced approach had no red-light related collisions before or after the cameras were installed, so it is unclear why this intersection approach was chosen for automated enforcement. Safer Streets L.A., described as a public policy and research organization dedicated to adopting scientifically sound and sensible traffic and transportation practices, concluded the program, while likely well-intended, “has not achieved the intended results.” “There is no clear evidence that the program has made any difference in the number of red light related collisions that have occurred at enforced locations or citywide,” Beeber wrote. “Citywide, the rate of red light related collisions has remained unchanged before and after the cameras were installed,” he added. “Based on our analysis, the red light camera program appears to have had no positive effect on traffic safety in the city.” The approved contract is for five years, with three one-year extensions possible after that. The monthly fee of $2,386 can increase once a year based on the consumer price index but not by more than 3 percent. Solana Beach can cancel the agreement with no penalties with a 30-day notice. The contract was part of the consent calendar, which includes several items that are passed together with a single vote and no discussion unless removed by a member of the council or public.
DEL MAR — The Breeders’ Cup may feature only two days of horseracing, but North County is celebrating with a variety of happenings the week before the 34th annual event makes its debut at the Del Mar Racetrack. Designed to showcase the best of San Diego’s local culture, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival kicks off Oct. 28 with the Jake’s Del Mar 35th Annual Beach Fun Run and Breeders’ Cup Breeze. The 3.2-mile beach race begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends with a party on the sand in front of the oceanfront restaurant. The deadline to enter is Oct. 23. Barn at the Beach Not far from the Del Mar Racetrack, on the grass at Powerhouse Park, is a 7,000-square-foot temporary tent, being called the “Barn at the Beach,” that will be home to the following events. Del Mar Schools Education Foundation Celebration Oct. 29 A luncheon will feature acts by Del Mar students and an evening reception will include live musical entertainment, a plated dinner and a cash bar. Rood & Riddle Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw Oct. 30 Attendees at this event, named for the equine hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, will watch as the starting gate positions, or numbers, are determined for each horse in the 13 Breeders’ Cup races. Bourbon, Blue Grass & Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1 The Del Mar Foundation will host this community party with live music and bourbon and whiskey tastings. Best at the Barn Nov. 2 This upscale tasting event from the Del Mar Village Association will bring together some of the county’s top chefs, specialty cocktails and live entertainment. Bash at the Beach Nov. 3 After the first full day of championship races, fans can enjoy a cocktail, take in the sunset, listen to the music of Haute Chile and participate in a live auction of racing memorabilia while raising funds to benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. Viewing Party Nov. 4 Fans can watch the final day of racing. Elsewhere in the beach city, well-known jockeys and racing personalities will craft cocktails during Jocktails at the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar Plaza on Nov. 1. Proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Tournaments are scheduled at Torrey Pines Golf Course an Oct. 31 and Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on Nov. 2. Other multiday activities include Ponies & Poker from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside. Amateur and professional poker players will join thoroughbred horseracing luminaries, fans, athletes and celebrities for a Texas Hold ’em-style tournament with a $100,000 prize. In Solana Beach, Belly Up’s Breeders’ Cup four-day concert series begins Nov. 1 with Bret Michaels onstage. Thoroughbred racing will take place Nov. 1-2 to mark the start of Del Mar Racetrack’s Bing Crosby fall meet, which resumes after the Breeders’ Cup and continues through Nov. 26. The Racing Excellence Award will honor sportscaster Dick Enberg on Nov. 1 during a gala to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Enberg’s colleagues and friends, sports enthusiasts, business leaders and members of the local and national horseracing community will celebrate Del Mar’s inaugural hosting of the Breeders’ Cup at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Tickets for the events are available at http://breederscupfestival.com/upcoming. For those who would like to see thoroughbred racing, limited tickets are still available. General admission in the stretch run/grandstand is available on Nov. 3 only. Visit http://www.breederscup.com/vip-tickets/admission-passes/stretch-run-admission. Infield general admission tickets for “Taste of the Breeders’ Cup” on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 range from $35 to $80. Go to http://www. breederscup.com/vip-tickets/infield-experiences/infield-general-admission. Infield dining seats are available in the Pacific Pavilion on Friday only for $100. Visit http://www. breederscup.com/vip-tickets/infield-experiences/pacific-pavilion. Two-day dining seating in the Trackside Chalet and Seabiscuit Sky Room, overlooking the racetrack and Pacific Ocean, are $1,600 at https://breederscupexper iences.com / breeders-cup-2017/trackside-chalet or http://www. breederscup.com/vip-tickets/dining-options/stretchrun/seabiscuit-skyroom. Onsite parking at the racetrack is sold out. Only ticketholders with prepaid parking credentials will be allowed entry. All others will be turned away at the gates and directed to one of three park-and-ride facilities: Del Mar Horse Park, MiraCosta College in Cardiff and Kilroy Realty Parking Garage in San Diego. The latter two have a handicap accessible lot.
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several newspaper jobs in Oceanside, Vista and Clairemont Mesa — admittedly fired from a few — Kydd said he decided to get into business for himself. “I couldn’t seem to find a decent job, so I got to the point where I said, ‘I can’t find a job, I might as well start a paper of my own,’” he said. “I know how to do it, so I might as well.” And so Kydd did. He spent $2,000 of his $3,000 credit card limit to clean out his garage that was full of motorcycle parts, oil pans and other items. “I would always say that if anyone asked me if I became successful, what was the hardest part of becoming successful, I would tell them that it was cleaning out my garage,” Kydd said. Then, with only a black and white Mac Plus computer, Kydd started to put together his dream — a dream that included a lot of skin. Kydd said he wanted to put together a paper that reflected the beautiful coastal community the people of Encinitas called home. What better way to portray it than with beautiful women, men and children in their bathing suits — on every other page, he said. The paper’s debut edition, for example, featured a 20-year-old Escondido waitress, Stephanie Mackno, in her bikini at Moonlight Beach. “It’s the same way the coast itself connects with people,” Kydd said. “I figured if I like the thing they are coming to enjoy, they would like the paper too. I wanted to create a paper that people would pick up and look at.” Mackno, who the Coast News was able to locate, said she thought it was a great idea to feature beach bodies in the paper, and loved being a part of the paper’s first edition. “I was enjoying that
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EWWWWW! Forget the horrifying clown from "It." The newest inhabitant of your nightmares is a giant "fatberg" in the sewer system beneath the streets of London. A fatberg is created by a buildup of fat and grease combined with used diapers, sanitary napkins and wipes. This one is almost the length of three football fields and weighs more than 140 tons. Matt Rimmer with London's Thames Water said the current glob is "a total monster and is taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove, as it's set hard." He said it's basically like trying to break up concrete. [Metro News, 9/12/2017]
Started in a garage on a shoestring budget, The Coast News is celebrating 30 years of providing hometown news. ABOVE: Publisher Jim Kydd and General Manager Shelly Medearis in 1990. INSET: The first edition, published Sept. 17, 1987. File photos
time of the season, it was great, and the paper brings back lots of great memories of summer,” Mackno said. “I thought it was a great experience, and the paper is great, I’m glad to hear that it’s still around.” Mackno wasn’t the only one at the time who thought the paper was a great idea. It became an immediate hit with the locals, and save for the second week, Kydd has published the paper every week for 30 years. “Without getting into the whole ‘God’ thing, some force in the universe looked down on me and blessed me for trying all the time and working until 4 in the morning,” Kydd said. “People would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, the Beach News, I
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love that paper!’ It just connected with people.” And as the years passed, the paper continued to grow — and grow up. He grew the paper until it became too big to publish from his garage, and moved it into an office on Second Street. He prides himself on being able to say he has always paid his employees and his obligations on time. In 1997, 10 years after the first issue, Kydd announced the paper would be rebranded as “The Coast News,” its name today. Kydd said he changed the name around the same time that Stuart Grauer changed the name of his private academy along El Camino Real to The Grauer School. In 2004 Kydd kicked off a second newspaper, The Rancho Santa Fe News. He followed that in 2014, expanding circulation with The Coast News Inland Edition to serve the communities of Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. And over time, the pictures of girls in bathing suits disappeared and the paper began to cover serious issues in the community, from the location of the new library in 2002 to the fate of Proposition A in 2013. “I think one of the things about Encinitas is that it doesn’t change too
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much, and it has kept its nice, seaside sort of vibe and I know that people have fought hard to keep it,” Kydd said. “And I think that is something we have helped out with.” Teresa Barth, a former Encinitas councilwoman who has lived in coastal North County her entire life, said The Coast News has reflected the region and played a vital role as a vehicle to give people a better understanding of the issues. “When it started it was more easygoing, and it has absolutely evolved to become an important part of our community and issues of importance, such as incorporation and other major political issues throughout our history,” Barth said. “As the community has matured, so has the paper.” Barth said she believes the reason the paper continues to exist and be successful is the local ownership. “The paper has kept its local roots, we know the publisher, Jim Kydd, and his son Chris, they are members of this community,” Barth said. “It is not run by some faraway corporate headquarters in Chicago, it is someone we know and see around town. Keeping it local is where the success has been.” Kydd has ceded much of the day-to-day operations to the boy who was sleeping on the garage floor in those early years, Chris, The Coast News’ associate publisher. Even with the success the paper has seen over the three decades — including dozens of local, state and regional awards — he counts Chris as his biggest success. “He is my proudest achievement,” Kydd said of his son.
WAIT, WHAT? Entrepreneur Miki Argawal, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, was a hit at this year's Burning Man gathering in Nevada, where she pumped breast milk and offered it to fellow attendees to help with hangovers or use in lattes. She even tried some herself, saying it tasted a bit like coconut milk. She estimated that 30 to 40 people tried her milk. "The fact that any part of that could be seen as taboo ... it's time that conversation changes," Argawal said. [United Press International, 9/7/2017] LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Terror suspect and Uber driver Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, of Luton, England, was detained in London on Aug. 25 after using his navigation program to direct him to Windsor Castle. But the technology led him astray, and he pulled up outside The Windsor Castle pub in Windsor. After realizing his mistake, Chowdhury headed for London, where he parked his car next to a marked police van outside Buckingham Palace, brandished a 4-foot-long sword and yelled "Allahu Akbar." Chowdhury was charged in the Westminster Magistrates Court with one count of preparing to commit an act or acts of terrorism. [The Telegraph, 8/31/2017] BRIGHT IDEAS An unnamed man in Plymouth, Minnesota, went to extraordinary lengths and wasted two days of police investigators' time just to get a few days away from his wife, police Sgt. Keith Bird said. The woman reported her 34-year-old husband missing on Aug. 28 and showed police a text from him saying he had been kidnapped. The kidnapper demanded a paltry $140 for his return, and the wife agreed, but the kidnapper said she could wait for the husband to receive his paycheck. Eventually police caught up with the husband, who insisted he had indeed been kidnapped but asked officers to stop investigating. "He's fine,"
said Sgt. Bird. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/2/2017] LIFE IMITATES TV Paul J. Newman of Rensselaer, New York, was sentenced on Sept. 6 to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison after pretending to be a licensed and registered architect, after an investigation the New York attorney general's office dubbed "Operation Vandelay Industries" in a nod to "Seinfeld." Newman's charges included larceny, forgery, fraud and unlicensed practice of architecture. He will also have to pay more than $115,000 in restitution to his victims. [Albany Business Review, 9/6/2017] SWEET REVENGE After arguing with a security guard about the high price of parking, a woman in Benxi, Liaoning Province, China, left her car in front of the entrance gate to a housing community on Aug. 22. But people have to get in and out, so a crane was employed to lift the car onto the roof of the security building next to the gate. Onlookers can be heard laughing in a video of the incident. The car was later lowered to the ground using the crane. [United Press International, 8/23/2017] THE PRICE OF VANITY Neven Ciganovic, 45, of Croatia was undergoing the latest in a series of plastic surgeries (this one a rhinoplasty) in Iran when he "reacted badly" to the general anesthesia and developed a painful, long-lasting erection, known as priapism. As he recovered in a Serbian hospital, Ciganovic was denied painkillers and was only relieved of the condition after another surgery, although he says it will be months before he is fully recovered. The tattoo-covered Ciganovic is hoping his latest nose operation will improve his looks enough to launch him to international stardom. [Metro News, 9/8/2017] UNUSUAL HOBBIES -- British tree surgeon Gary Blackburn, 53, moved to Germany 32 years ago but holds a soft spot for Britain. So when the Brexit vote passed last year, "I decided to make my own little Britain here in Germany," Blackburn said from his home in Kretzhaus. His exhibition includes a demilitarized Centurion tank (decorated with poppies and white doves, to symbolize peace), red telephone boxes and a life-size model of Queen Elizabeth. Neighbors have complained about the tank parked on his lawn, but so far officials have not demanded that Blackburn remove it. [Reuters, 9/5/2017] -- Farmer Jeremy Goebel of Evansville, Indiana, has honored the late actress Carrie Fisher with a corn maze planted in the shape of her iconic character, Princess Leia from "Star Wars." He planted TURN TO WEIRD ON A14
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Fair board certifies master plan EIR Sweeney, great as a pinch hitter, By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — The Del Mar Fairgrounds is a few steps away from having a certified environmental impact report for expansion and improvement plans that have been in the works for nearly 20 years. At the Sept. 12 meeting the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which oversees the state-owned facility, approved a 2008 master plan and, for the second time, certified the accompanying environmental document that at this point seems symbolic. Director David Watson said he wondered why the board was taking action since the master plan is “technically out of date.” However, he acknowledged it is valuable to have a finalized EIR for the property. “We’ve never had such a document before,” he said, adding that it gives the 22nd DAA “flexibility to do things ... without having to jump through all these hoops again.” “If we were ever to update or amend our master plan, this EIR would be our baseline,” said Watson, a land-use attorney. “We wouldn’t have to start from scratch. We would just have to analyze the differences between an amendment and what we have today.” The 22nd DAA began soliciting public input in 2000 to update and expand the fairgrounds, which hosts more than 300 events annually. Plans went through several iterations before the board settled on a scaled-back version that eliminated a controversial 330-room hotel. It was considered the environmentally superior alternative because it had fewer impacts. Near-term projects included replacing older exhibit halls with a building featuring lighted rooftop sports fields, realigning the Solana Gate entrance and paving the east parking lot. Plans also called for a 60,000-square-foot health club, a three-story administrative office and a 48-foot-tall, 192-squarefoot, two-sided electronic sign along Interstate 5 that was eventually eliminated as well. Long-term projects include a permanent seasonal train platform, a multilevel parking structure that could accommodate about 1,300 vehicles and rebuilding stables and living quarters.
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garding Ritto’s vacant seat relating to a timeline and process for filling it. According to Superintendent David Jaffe, the information for applying as well as learning about the process selection would be emailed to parents on Sept. 18. The information was also posted publicly on the very same day. Oct. 9 is the deadline for those interested in filling Ritto’s seat followed by interviews on Oct. 16. In her letter, Ritto shared
After 90 minutes of public testimony at an April 2011 meeting, during which two-thirds of the speakers requested a delay in action, directors voted unanimously to certify the final EIR. “It was a brutal day,” said current President Russ Penniman, the only sitting director who was on the nine-member panel at the time. But the project stalled, partly because funding hadn’t been identified. Meanwhile, the adjacent cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority and the Sierra Club filed lawsuits. The cities and JPA, which combined to sue the fairgrounds, reached a settlement in 2012 that included returning an overflow parking lot to the south of the facility back to wetlands. Later that year a San Diego Superior Court judge dismissed all but three of the nearly 20 issues cited in the Sierra Club lawsuit. Ronald Prager ruled the 22nd DAA failed to adequately analyze traffic impacts and mitigation, identify an adequate water supply for the project in the short term and describe existing greenhouse gas emissions from fairgrounds operations. A revised EIR limited to those concerns was released for public comment earlier this year. None of the 11 letters received were from the Sierra Club. Solana Beach submitted comments, but the 22nd DAA determined they were not relative to the three areas. Bill Chopyk, the city’s community development director, said the Solana Beach comments were based on the introduction of new activities that will have additional impacts on traffic, greenhouse gas emissions and water supply, such as the three-day KAABOO Del Mar music festival and a proposal to turn part of Surfside Race Place into a concert venue. Chopyk said traffic counts in the EIR are outdated and the district engaged in “improper piecemeal environmental review” by failing to include the Surfside project for analysis. Watson said the action being taken was to correct the impacts in the original EIR subject to the court order. “It is not intended to how she and her family had been part of the community for more than 15 years. Her daughters also attended R. Roger Rowe. “I am so proud of what we have accomplished over the past seven years in all areas: academics, technology integration, robotics, and especially in the arts, which is closest to my heart,” Ritto wrote. “I feel confident that our superintendent David Jaffe in conjunction with my fellow board members will chart a clear path toward continued success and improvement in our history.”
identify and analyze anything that has happened since then,” Watson said. “The only purpose of this revision is to respond to the court’s order and we have done that. I don’t think there’s any problems with this document because it’s done what it’s supposed to do.” To complete the certification process, a document will be filed explaining the district’s responses to the court. “Theoretically there’s an option to challenge that but given the lack of comments from the Sierra Club and their attorney we don’t expect that,” Hayley Peterson, deputy attorney general, said. Once the court signs an order discharging the writ, the litigation will be resolved, she added. According to the settlement with the cities, the 22nd DAA could reintroduce a hotel to the plans next year but Penniman said that’s not likely. “What was maybe financially viable in 2008 ... is not financially viable today,” he said. “So I think the practical probability of this body moving in that direction is slim to none.” Penniman also said other than a few ongoing improvements there are no plans or funds to move forward with any projects in the master plan. “I think we ended up in the right place,” he added. “It’s good to finally get it to this point. It’s nice to finally wrap this up after multiple years.” A draft EIR released in 2009 received 127 letters with 2,500 comments during the extended fourmonth public review period.
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t’s the middle innings of a Padres TV telecast and isn’t Mark Sweeney a tad early? “Hopefully I can inject something without being the third guy that is stuffed in there,” Sweeney said. There’s always room for the knowledgeable Sweeney, especially when the Rancho Santa Fe resident is preaching baseball on Fox Sports. “This is a blessing,” he said. Sweeney was a godsend as a pinch-hitter, making numerous managers look smart over a 14year career in the majors. It was late in games where Sweeney shined when he delivered countless clutch at-bats. His 102 RBIs as a pinch-hitter are tops in baseball history. His 175 pinch-hits are No. 2 alltime. With those credentials, Fox colleagues Mark Grant and Don Orsillo can always slide over. If Sweeney’s in the booth — or chatting before and after Padres games — he’s always worth a listen. Instead of having all the answers, Sweeney shares the challenges all players face. “I want to bring the everyday realization of how hard this game,” said Sweeney, who played for seven teams that included
two stints with the Padres. “The game was so hard for me.” But the sweet-swinging lefty who started with the 1991 Boise Hawks in Single-A stuck around. The ninth-round pick of the California Angels started a journey that required him to do the little things in order to make a big impression. “I had to figure out a way, day-to-day, how to stay in it,” Sweeney said. That meant paying attention while watching Tony Gwynn punish thousands of baseballs from a tee. That meant listening when veterans and coaches distributed lessons of a game in which no one has all the answers. “I really do like talking about baseball and the strategy that goes into a three-hour game,” Sweeney said. “And I would love to get better and better at doing it.” Sweeney, 48, spelled Grant five times this year in handling nine innings and he worked two nationally televised FOX games this season. He’s wrapping up his sixth season putting his discerning eye on the rebuilding Padres and just what does he see? “A lot of people thought they would be right around 100 losses this season and that didn’t happen,” Sweeney said. “And you got to see who was going to step up as big leaguers.” Manuel Margot in center field gets two thumbs up from Sweeney. Same goes for catcher Austin Hedges. Both are considered integral building blocks for an organization
that is sinking to its seventh straight losing season. “Manny is the guy that sticks out to me as legitimate,” he said. “And with Austin, it’s the work that he puts in with the pitchers that is just incredible. Both of them are every day players that are trying to get better, every day.” Sweeney, though, points to Jose Pirela as the team’s MVP. An outfielder thought to be a descending player after a poor season last year has established himself as part of the mix going forward. Hunter Renfroe’s rise and fall? While he hit 20 home runs, he was also demoted to Triple-A last month. He hit his 21st homer on Monday, the day he was recalled. “He does have some stuff he has to clean up,” Sweeney said. “Defensively we know he has a strong arm but sometimes you just don’t know where it is going. And in trying to hit the 500-foot homers instead of the 375-foot ones consistently, he’s going to have to make that adjustment. But if he puts in the work, I think there is a lot of upside there.” Sweeney, as usual, is on the up-and-up. That rings true no matter the inning. Contact Jay Paris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @jparis_sports
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2017 KAABOO Del Mar impacts ‘minimal’ By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — Bigger seems to have proven better when it comes to community impacts from KAABOO Del Mar. According to preliminary reports, the three-day entertainment and arts festival held Sept. 15-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds had the largest attendance numbers but the fewest complaints since it began in 2015. “It was nothing like previous years,” event spokesman Joshua Goodman said. “Saturday there was not a single noise complaint. At one point I called the hotline myself to make sure it was working.” He said of the approximately two dozen calls received, some were from people seeking general event information and a few were about noise from an aerial advertising plane not associated with KAABOO. He said organizers made calls anyway to ask that it stop flying over the fairgrounds. Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth confirmed Goodman’s assessment during preliminary comments at the Sept. 18 council meeting. He said there were fears about noise from a stage that had to be relocated this year to the main parking lot. “The noise concerns associated with that did not play out quite the way we thought,” Huth said. “The number of complaints we’ve received were minimal.” He said the new stage location also changed the traffic flow pattern and where people parked. “So the impact that we were anticipating was far less in Del Mar,” he added. “Still an impact ... but far less than what we had seen in the prior two years.” A designated area for ride-hailing services “was fairly problematic” Friday night, Huth said. “We learned some lessons from that. I think Saturday went a little bit better.”
Pink was the headlining act at KAABOO Del Mar on Sept. 16, when record-high attendance for the third annual event was unofficially 47,000 people. Courtesy photo
Goodman said some drivers got impatient and went into the surrounding residential neighborhoods. He said the no drop-off and pickup areas were extended Saturday and Sunday and signs prohibiting it were posted in lawns in front of homes. But given the number of people who used services such as Uber and Lyft, “it was pretty incredible how quickly and smoothly everyone got out.” In 2015 there were 123 calls to the hotline, mostly complaining about noise. Organizers successfully reduced that but traffic complaints increased the following year, during which 56 calls were received. Before the third annual KAABOO kicked off, the major issue centered on hospitality workers. Premier Food Services usually provides bartenders and other food-service employees for the 300-plus events at the fairgrounds. This year KAABOO, as it is allowed to do, bought out the Premier contract for $150,000 and used Spectrum Staffing Services instead. According to the agreement, however, KAABOO was required to give Premier employees first rights to those jobs. Goodman said only 14 of the 204 workers who submitted applications were not offered positions.
Some Premier employees who worked the event were disappointed with the conditions. “No mats were provided,” said a bartender who asked to remain anonymous. “We all suffered from leg and back pain. ... Bartenders who have 20 years of experience were put in places where they were lucky to make one drink. Other bars had long lines and limited things to sell. “The bottom line was, they had way too many bartenders working,” the server added. “On the first day, some people didn’t even have a bar so they just took off and watched the concerts, which means they did not work but got paid.” Another employee enjoyed working the event but agreed the pay system was unfair. “All credit card tips were split evenly by all bartenders and bar backs,” the employee said. “My pay was only $17 per hour for credit card tips. I worked much harder than that. If Premier had the job I would have kept my own credit card tips.” Another Premier server said volunteers worked at some bars and the wait to get to off-site employee parking at the end of the night was two hours after the last act. “On this suggestion of too many bartenders hired, obviously KAABOO is not going to apologize for creating too many jobs,” Goodman said. Some workers said they plan to attend the Oct. 17 meeting of the board of directors that governs the fairgrounds. Huth said according to his estimates, peak attendance for KAABOO this year was 47,000 people on Saturday. Goodman said the organizers don’t release attendance figures so he couldn’t confirm or deny that number. Huth said he will provide a full report at the Oct. 2 council meeting. Solana Beach officials did not return multiple requests for input.
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SIMRIT IN CONCERT Simrit with her chant and world music, will perform a live concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Center Theater, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/ event/simrit-live-in-escondido/tag/AwakeningHearts.
John Morgan, a Solana Beach firefighter, rescues a poodle from the bluffs near the 300 block of Pacific Avenue. Courtesy photo
Firefighters rescue dog from cliff By Bianca Kaplanek
put a harness on the poodle, which was approximately 2 feet tall and weighed about 50 pounds, and hauled it safely to the top, where it was reunited with its owner. “The dog was pretty cool about it,” Ford said. He added that it appeared there was no negligence on the part of the owner. The dog likely slipped through a wood rail fence on the property above. Ford said it took about an hour to rescue to canine. “It’s what we do,” he said. “The risk is the same for a dog or a human.” Ford also said lifeguards were stationed on the beach to keep people below safe from falling debris.
JAZZ TIME Friends of the Encinitas Library present the High Society Jazz Band at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 7537376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org.
works by Sara Parent-Ramos, “Helper, Hunter, Freeloader” will run through Oct. 29 at the Encinitas Library Gallery, 540 Cornish Drive. The artwork explores new research and the influence of gut bacteria on our health. For more information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit saraparentramos. com.
SOLANA BEACH — When it comes to saving animals, local firefighters recently demonstrated they aren’t limited to rescuing cats from trees. A beachgoer called first responders around 6 p.m. Sept. 23 to report a dog was stranded on the steep bluff near the 300 block of Pacific Avenue. Two units from Solana Beach and one from Encinitas responded, Robert Ford, the battalion chief, said. “He was about 20 feet over the side, trying unsuccessfully to climb up,” he added. John Morgan, a Solana Beach firefighter, was lowered down the cliff. He
GARDEN SCULPTURES Sculpture in the Garden VIII continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This exhibition showcases 50 sculptures from 32 artists. All sculptures are for sale. Naomi Nussbaum is curator. Entry to gardens is adults $14, seniors, students, active military $10, children ages 3-12 $8. ART FROM THE GUT Ceramic mixed media
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MUSIC AT NOON Enjoy a free Wednesdays@ Noon concert at noon Oct. 4 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, featuring Pierre Joubert and the San Diego Baroque Soloists. SPRAGUE AND FRIENDS Encinitas jazz guitarist Peter Sprague and lead singer Leonard Patton, will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff.
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n Lodi Wine Country, every winemaker has a story, and it’s worth listening. You might even say that it adds a dimension to the wine that might not be available up north in — um — you know, Napa or Sonoma. Take the tale of Allen Lombardi and Thomas Michael Stokes. They met on the internet and it was a match made in heaven. Their relationship began in 1999 when Lombardi was making wine in his New Jersey home and searching for “good grapes.” The internet turned up Stokes, who had been growing the fruit for years in Lodi. “Mike sent me grapes and eventually I started marketing and promoting grapes for home winemakers and commercial wineries all over the country,” said Lombardi, a former telecomm employee. The two began buying acreage, and five years ago, bought an abandoned winery. Today they are Thomas Allen Selections and this year’s harvest is their 17th. Lombardi, who has commuted from New Jersey to Lodi since 2000, will move his family to this Central Valley town of 65,000 next June. Both owners have children involved in the business, which makes proprietary blends for volume clients and a $5.99 cabernet (Thomas Allen label) for Trader Joe’s. Thomas Allen is just one of Lodi’s diverse wineries and they want to get the word out: Come up and discover the 85 wineries, 70 tasting rooms, historic downtown, the sustainable farm-to-table restaurants, destination resorts like the graciously rustic Wine & Roses, a scenic lake, a gentle river and all the outdoor fun that goes with them. “People ask us to define Lodi and we say that it’s like Napa was in the 1960s,” Lombardi explained. Translation: Family-owned farms and vineyards that produce relatively small lots of produce and wine; a laid-back atmosphere; minimal traffic; and accessible winemakers who just might be the person behind the tasting-room counter. And did I mention minimal traffic? If you’ve visited Napa/Sonoma on a weekend, you’ll appreciate this factor. Low-profile Lodi has actually been cultivating vineyards since the mid19th century, but growers mostly shipped their grapes to points north. Oddly, Prohibition was a boon for Lodi. The Volstead Act allowed for home winemaking and Lodi’s industry
Recently picked Barbera grapes at Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi await the next steps on the way to becoming wine. The fruit will be sorted, de-stemmed, then transferred to a tank where they’ll ferment. Nearly 47,000 pounds of grapes were harvested on this day; each bin holds 1,000 pounds. Photo by Dan Panella A gigantic pan of paella is prepared for an outdoor dinner party at St. Jorge Winery in Lodi, which harvests grapes from one of the oldest vineyards (108 years old) in the area. Owner Vern Vierra grew up making wine with his father and grandfather, then opened St. Jorge in 2009. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
thrived by shipping grapes nationwide. When Prohibition ended in 1933, Lodi farmers began making their own wine and tasting rooms soon followed. For its unique soil and grape-perfect climate, Lodi earned its American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation in 1986, which today offers about 450 labels. This is Lodi Wine Country by the numbers: • 110,000 — number of acres of premium winegrapes • 750-plus — number of growers • 100-plus — number of varietals • 671,000 — tons of grapes produced in 2015 • $413 million — value of annual grape production • 18 — percentage of California’s total wine grape production. And it must be noted that in 2015, Lodi beat out
Marlborough, New Zealand; Sicily, Italy; Walla Walla, Wash.; and Russian River Valley, Calif., for WineEnthusiast magazine’s Wine Region of the Year award. On a recent hot September afternoon in historic downtown Lodi, Jeremy Trettavik offered visitors a taste from a jug holding some sweet smelling, guava-colored juice. “This will eventually become a Grenache,” explained Trettavik, owner of Jeremy Wine Co. I was the only taker and I loved it. Why not sell this juicewith-a-kick just as it is? Trettavik smiles broadly and suggests that drinking this highly immature Grenache may play havoc with the GI tract. Along with its reputation for good wine, Lodi’s culinary scene also is ex-
panding. Many restaurants dot the historic downtown and nearby countryside. One-star Michelin Chef Bradley Ogden directs the show at the Towne House Restaurant at Wine & Roses, a boutique hotel and spa just west of Lodi Lake. Its wine collection includes 70 Lodi labels and he keeps the food local. “I try to source food within a 100-mile radius,” he said. For a free visitor’s guide to Lodi, visit www. visitlodi.com. For more commentary and additional photos of Lodi, wineries and the Central Valley countryside, visit www.facebook.com/elouiseondash. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
Winemaker Jeremy Trettavik, whose tasting room is in a beautifully restored early-1900s building near the Lodi Arch, offers visitors a chance to sample some Grenache-in-progress. At this stage, it resembles guava juice with a kick. Trettavik estimates he worked 40,000 hours in various aspects of the wine industry before becoming a winemaker – a fact that is cleverly included on his wine labels. Photo by E’Louise Ondash
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Wood-burning fireplaces going up in smoke War stories What’s coming out of from the garden fireplaces is worse than By Bianca Kaplanek
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ith the arrival of the autumnal equinox, and the nip of fall in the air, I was called to be one with nature and do some gardening. Actually, I was called by another nasty-gram from the homeowner’s association, chastising me for a particularly unkempt corner of my yard. It’s a small area off the driveway, where my husband planted an olive tree. That is thriving, but all around it are the ghosts of landscapers past. When our homes were built, they threw in what I believe are wild irises. They are nice and green and they spread like hot peanut butter. There are about three days in the spring when this plant is blooming and attractive. By fall, it gets pretty stringy looking. I believe our original plants went dormant during the long drought, because I haven’t even thought about them for years. But once those rains came and we could water again, they crept up and ran amok. I prepared thoughtfully for battle. I hydrated with iced tea. I took a nap. I stretched. I put on sunscreen and I gathered my weapons/tools. I had easily dug up some smaller versions of the iris plant, as their roots are fairly shal-
low. This, however, was incomplete information, sucking me into a false sense of military dominance. That is, I thought I could just dig up the bigger plants around the olive tree. About 30 minutes into that attack, finding the roots unmoved by my shovel and drenched in my own sweat, I realized it was time to break out the big guns, my hedge trimmer. I went after the top twothirds of the plants like a madwoman, leaving piles of fauna six inches deep. As I cleared around a cute little volunteer palm tree, I whispered, “Don’t worry, little tree. I’m here to save you,” at which point it stabbed me with several of its hard-tosee thorns. “Medic,” I screamed. My husband just laughed at me. Clearly the palm is an enemy sympathizer and is not to be trusted. Once the tall iris leaves were shorn, I grabbed my heavy-duty pruners and tidied up the battlefield. I could now see that when enough of the irises grow together, they are as thick as a tree trunk. I may have won today’s battle, but it looks like major digging and possibly detonation may be called for, before the war of the wild irises is over. I could use a little napalm or maybe weed killer. I’d have to lift my arms to dig again and I’m not sure that will happen anytime soon. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer taking back her garden, a day late and a dollar short. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEL MAR — Anyone building a new home or remodeling more than half of an existing one will not be allowed to install a wood-burning fireplace. To ensure the prohibition is not time consuming to create, council members at the Sept. 18 meeting directed staff to craft an ordinance based on what other cities have done. For simplicity, they also opted to limit the ban to residential construction so if won’t affect businesses that want to use smokers or wood-burning pizza ovens. Interest in the topic began in December 2016 when the Design Review Board received an application to install two wood-burning chimneys that would feature pollutant mitigation technology to reduce particulate matter and carbon monoxide emissions. The project was approved with the condition that the fireplaces associated with the chimneys be gas-burning only to avoid adversely affecting the health or safety of the neighborhood or creating a private or public nuisance. The decision was appealed by City Council three months later. But the issue sparked concern among council and DRB members, who decided to review studies of purification technologies. According to the staff report, their research cited
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evidence that catalytic technologies “may not provide the expected mitigation for potential negative impacts of wood combustion.” Under current guidelines, property owners are encouraged but not required to use gas-burning devices only. In April the DRB voted 6-1 to recommend City Council consider prohibiting wood-burning fireplaces and stoves in new construction. To make a point, resident Rich Ehrenfeld showed a video featuring a house with a burning cigarette where the chimney should be. He said the analogy may be extreme but it makes sense. If I’m sitting next to someone smoking a cigarette, I don’t care about the overall air quality, he said. It’s the same for sensitive receptors. They can’t work in their yards if someone is using a wood-burning fireplace. “A lot of data points to ... maybe gas is better for the environment,” he added. “Gas is not great. It’s not the ultimate thing to burn gas. But it’s a
whole lot better and the C02 that’s given off by burning gas in a fireplace is about half what the C02 that’s given up in a wood-burning fireplace.” He said the prohibition should result in wood-burners phasing themselves out over time. “I’m not going to somebody’s house and being the fireplace police but I sure think we owe it to the citizens to make a town where they can breathe,” Ehrenfeld said. “The health impacts are really profound here,” Councilman Dwight Worden said. “I came at this thinking they probably were not that significant but they really are significant. What’s coming out of fireplaces is worse than cigarette smoking on the streets, which we don’t allow.” Worden said catalytic converters could actually make things worse. The ban was approved in two motions. Council voted 4-1 move forward with preparing an ordinance to disallow wood-burning fireplaces in new residential construction.
“I don’t see the urgency and I’m really concerned about us doing something that isn’t well-thought out,” said Mayor Terry Sinnott, who opposed the action. Calling the motive and goal reasonable, he wasn’t sure how the action could be enforced. “I don’t know how you ban wood fireplaces,” he said. “Somebody’s got to convince me you can do that.” Rather than restrict or prohibit wood-burning devices, he said he would prefer to incentivize and promote conversion to gas. In a separate motion, council voted 3-2 to require homeowners to convert existing wood-burning fireplaces to gas if they are remodeling more than 50 percent of their house. Sinnott and Dave Druker were opposed. Druker said it wouldn’t be right to force people to convert a fireplace if the room in which it was located wasn’t part of the remodel plans. He also stressed that the new rule will not affect existing wood-burning fireplaces or stoves. Ehrenfeld, who is part of the DRB subcommittee tasked with researching the issue, said his group will look into providing incentives for homeowners who may be considering conversion. Druker said the concept was interesting but perhaps not the best use of city funds.
SDUHSD exploring district elections By Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — The San Dieguito Union High School District has pre-emptively opened discussions about transitioning from its current at-large elections to elections by trustee district. The school board at its Sept. 14 agreed to explore the concept of changing its election system after hearing a report from Superintendent Eric Dill and the district’s contract law firm about recent challenges faced by adjacent jurisdic-
tions over how their officials are elected. Trustees will now host a special meeting Sept. 27 to continue the discussion. Kevin Shenkman, an attorney with the Malibu-based law firm Shenkman & Hughes, has targeted several cities and school districts across the region, arguing that their current electoral process — where voters select their representatives in citywide elections — disenfranchises Latino voters.
Encinitas is among the cities that has started the process of changing their electoral systems. SDUHSD has not received any legal threats, Dill wrote in the staff report, “but since neighboring cities and districts have been subject to these threats, it may be more beneficial to begin the process to consider converting to sub-districts to have more control over the timing of the process prior to the next election.” The rest of the presen-
tation was prepared by the district’s law firm, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, and outlines the process for the district to create a “by-trustee area” election system. The big difference between cities and school districts is that a school district would have to put the new electoral proposal and map up to a public vote unless the state grants a waiver. In the case of a city or county, the elected council makes the decision.
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Designers set the mood at Art of Fashion 2017 By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — As guests checked in at the 62nd annual Art of Fashion Runway Show 2017, servers holding trays of chilled flutes with champagne awaited them as they entered the lawn area at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Before the Sept. 14 runway show, attendees perused designer boutiques knowing that a percentage of those purchase proceeds went to help support the more than 40 nonprofits The Country Friends supports. Runway designers at the show included Bally, Brunello Cucinelli, M Missoni, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo, The Webster and Versace. Longtime event-goers were there for the day as well as first-timers such as local estate planning attorney Sara Tasch. “This is an incredible event,” she said. “The list of charities was endless, with so many of them close to my heart. I cannot wait to attend next year.” Before the runway show, mistress of ceremonies Kathleen Bade of Fox 5 News, shared how honored and thrilled she was to return this year. She explained how the Art of Fashion Runway Show and Luncheon was presented by The Country Friends in partnership with South Coast Plaza. “If that is not a winning combo, I don’t know what is,” Bade said. While Bade announced an extensive list of people who assisted in the event, she also highlighted longtime partner, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “This is a spectacular venue at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe,” she said. “And it is a historical setting for the Art of Fashion.” Next up was president of The Country Friends, Deborah Cross, who explained how their organization had been helping San Diegans one hand at a time since 1954. “Over the years, we’ve raised more than 13 million dollars for San Diego-based charities with a special emphasis on women, children, the elderly and those with disabilities,” Cross said. “These charities provide crucial care and support for those in need.” Event co-chairs Maggie Bobileff and Denise Hug also said a few words. Bobileff thanked everyone who offered their help and generosity, noting that this year’s event surpassed their goals. Hug thanked everyone and then placed special at-
Art of Fashion co-chairs Denise Hug and Maggie Bobileff flank event honoree Jenny Craig.
Mistress of Ceremonies Kathleen Bade and The Country Friends President Deborah Cross.
A model graces the runway at the 62nd annual Art of Fashion on Sept. 14. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene
tention to honoree of Art of Fashion 2017, Jenny Craig. “Thank you, Jenny,” Hug said. “You’re so deserving to be our honoree and you are a friend to everybody. You make the world a better place.” Craig then said a few words before the runway show. She gave high praise to her community of Rancho Santa Fe. “I really do appreciate this community, because
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vote. If a Covenant member did not get a ballot, Wasserman asked them to please contact the Association. A tabulated count is scheduled for Oct. 5, which lands on the next RSF Association board meeting. Wasserman was hopeful that they would receive 1,000 ballots in return. The votes
NEW DIRECTOR AT CSUSM Cal State San Marcos has hired Stacy Slagor as its director of development for the College of Business Administration. Slagor began her new position on Sept. 11. Slagor previously worked for the Community Resource Center in Encinitas, where she served as the director of development and guided multiple successful fundraising campaigns. She has also worked as the director of corporate relations and development for the International Society for Computational Biology. DIVERSITY AWARD TO CSUSM Cal State San Marcos has received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the fourth straight year that CSUSM has been named a HEED Award recipient. As a recipient of the national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, CSUSM will be featured in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s November 2017 issue. LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP Palomar College student Alan Badel is one of only two students nationwide selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa and the cast will be the decision the board will follow regarding moving forward with RSF Connect. “This is a project that is very important to this community,” Wasserman said. Wasserman went on to say that the Ranch needs a reliable internet service. RSF Connect will provide high-speed 1-Gigabit-per-second internet ser-
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tural and interior design field, Vavrunek will lead the interior design teams on corporate tenant improvement projects, as well as maintain and grow existing client relationships by providing high-quality design solutions and customer service. DEMS ENDORSE CLIMATE ACTION Climate Action Campaign announced that the San Diego County Democratic Party has unanimously endorsed Community Choice Energy in the city of San Diego, hoping to help offer families the freedom of energy choice, reduce energy costs, increase the use of local clean energy, support local jobs and economic development, and meet our Climate Action Plan goal of 100-percent renewable energy by 2035. Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization working to stop climate change and protect quality of life. For more information, visit climateactioncampaign.org
ARCHIE IN RANCHO SANTA FE Jack Archie, of The Schreiber Team, has associated with the Rancho Santa Fe office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliated agent. Archie comes to the office with more than six years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Archie was the sales manager, buyer and seller specialist at Shay Realtors where he educated agents as well as helped buyers and sellers across the county. Archie holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from Point Loma NazNAACP DEVELOPS arene University where he NEW CHAPTER Solana also played baseball. Beach resident and longNEW SPOT FOR time NAACP member BarVAVRUNEK Carlsbad res- bara Binns would like to ident Laura Vavrunek has establish a chapter of the been appointed director NAACP in Solana Beach of interiors at SCA Archi- serving North County comtecture, announced Cheryl munities of Solana Beach, “Dennie” Smith, president Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho and founder of the San Santa Fe and other commuDiego-based architectur- nities that would like to paral firm. Bringing to SCA ticipate. Anyone interested Architecture 13 years of contact her at naacpinnorthexperience in the architec- email@example.com. vice to Covenant residents. “We need it (internet service) like a utility,” Wasserman said. According to Wasserman, a need for reliable internet service was recognized in 2011. Poor connection gave members, including those working from home and children needing to do homework, a serious challenge.
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er listened in as Bookstaver talked with two other people about how little he works. The court system's inspector general is working with the district attorney's office on an inquiry, and two county officials are calling for Bookstaver to repay $149,900 of the "ill-gotten" taxpayer money. [New York Post, 9/7/2017] DUMB LUCK Forklift driver Arron Hughes, 28, of Ruthin, Wales, England, has claimed the distinction of being the first person to successfully swim across the Hoover Dam reservoir on the border between Nevada and Arizona. The dam, which provides electricity and water to Las Vegas, has sucked in and killed 275 other swimmers. But Hughes, on a 37-hour bender during a bachelor party with 10 friends on Aug. 10, jumped in on a day when nine of the 10 hydroelectric turbines were not operating. "I just thought, let's do it ... so told the lads I was off. Got sucked in, well pushed by, the flow of the dam, so had to swim hard," Hughes noted. "It's a hell of a sight to see the dam from underneath." He credits his fearlessness to his Welsh upbringing. "I'm a bit of an adrenaline junkie really," he said. Still, he couldn't escape the police waiting on the other side when he pulled himself out of the water. They fined him and sent him on his way. [Daily Post, 9/11/2017] gineering of RSF Connect. He described them as one of the best teams in the country to provide a design. And San Diego County has approved the concept of the project. At this point, an ISP has not been chosen, but Hall suspects they will have one in November. RSF Connect will cost $13 to $14 million. Hall said that $8 million would be drawn from the Covenant Enhancement Fund while the remainder would be a bank loan with the intent to pay it off in 10 years. Hall was quick to say that the financing strategy will not affect member assessments. “There will be no new or special assessments,” he said. If the community decides that they want RSF Connect, Hall said they would submit plans to the county in October. It will undergo a 90-day permitting process. Construction of RSF Connect would likely start in the first quarter of 2018 and would take 18 to 24 months to complete.
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LEFT: The Napa mountain man, Michael Keenan, left, at a San Diego tasting with columnist Frank Mangio, with a 2013 Keenan Cabernet Franc. RIGHT: Dustin Cano and Michele Graber from Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas introduced Taste of Wine to La Bastide Saint-Dominique Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the south of France. Photos by Frank Mangio
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or the past week and a half my wine engine has been on idle while I re-charged on the beaches and slopes of Kauai, where all you can find to drink is a Mai Tai, some local craft beers and Kauai coffee. But from the end of June to here in the last full week of September, the wine’s been flowing and I’ve been taking notes. The restaurants cranked up during the summer visitor season in San Diego with PAON Carlsbad, Il Fornaio Del Mar and Pala Casino pouring some super wines. The 10 I have for you are diverse and delicious with price points that will fit all budgets. With fall and cooler weather upon us, all are lush and red that will warm up any palate. You’ll see two Italian, one French, one Washington and six from California including
four from Napa Valley. All wines are available in the market, rated equally excellent and are shown alphabetically. Pricing is the best I could locate including the wineries. Argiano Brunello di Montalcino, Italy 2012, $43. Brunellos have been featured recently in Taste of Wine as one of the premier wines in all of Italy. Argiano is highly rated and available, sourced from the finest Sangiovese grapes available in Tuscany, with a five-year aging cycle. Visit Argiano.net. Cafaggio Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy 2013, $19. One of several on this list that has a price point that should be way more than it is. More bang for the buck for you and I. This is so good I recommend you open it hours before you intend to consume it. Coat the inside of your glass with a slow but sure swirl and savor that bouquet. Truly Italian wine heaven. Visit Cafaggio. wine. Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington 2014, $7. No misprint, it’s $7 at your nearby Costco. It’s cheaper than some water! It’s good,
and it’s good for you and your wallet. Best value on the planet. Visit Columbiacrest.com. Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley, 2014, $44.99. One of the iconic Merlots in Napa Valley since the winery was founded in 1976. Sixteen months in oak and a year in the bottle before release. The texture is pure satin supporting layers of raspberry and black cherry. Visit Duckhornvineyards.com. Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2014, $13. Here’s still another value wine that gets its best juice from estates in California, Oregon and Washington, blended for an elegance that tastes way more than its price. This one’s an all-California combo from Napa, Lake county, Santa Ynez, Happy Canyon, Paso Robles and Monterey. Visit Gotwines.com. Keenan Cabernet Franc, Spring Mt. Napa Valley, 2013, $67.95. Estate grapes in the Spring Mt. district at 2,000 feet. After fermentation in steel tanks, the wine was aged for 20 months in French and American oak barrels. Blueberry and raspberry flavor with a rich body and a very
different elegance than the “Cab” you are accustomed to. Visit Keenanwinery.com. Laird Phantom Ranch Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, 2013, $55. In 1970, with the help of Robert Mondavi, the Laird family began and prospered into a major provider of wine grapes to other more well-known wineries in Napa Valley. That all changed when Laird put his name on his best wines and became a best seller. This Pinot Noir is handpicked from their Carneros Phantom Ranch vineyard under the direction of the great Paul Hobbs, a consulting winemaker. Visit Lairdfamilyestate.com La Bastide Saint-Dominique Chateauneuf–duPape, France, $38. Produced by the Bonnet family near Beaucaastel in the southern Rhone Valley of France, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault. The du Pape style is well documented as the elite blend in the south of France. The stony surface of the soil makes for retained heat for soil concentration, a harvest of intense grape flavor and a sweetness that resembles jam. Much of this wine varietal offers over 15
percent alcohol intensity. Visit Europvin.com. Pedroncelli Old Vine Zinfandel Mother Clone, Sonoma, 2015, $19. A traditional favorite, this classic Zin has plenty of berry and spice flavor with toasty oak, pepper and nutmeg notes. This Dry Creek locale in northern Sonoma typifies the zesty acidity the appellation provides. All Zins are measured by this historic style. Visit Pedroncelli.com. Vina Robles Estate Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, 2014, $29. Luscious black color displays an intense, juicy dark fruit complexion and a supple finish. Aged for 20 months in oak barrels. Smaller, more intense grape, held longer in the harvest for greater raisin-like concentration. Visit Vinarobles.com. Wine Bytes will return next week. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading commentators on the web. View his columns at http://thecoastnews. com. Go to menu then columns. Reach him at mangiompc@ aol.com.
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wants to bridge a gap. “Even after the lengthy contract negotiations of 2015-2016, Rancho Santa Fe continues to fall drastically behind neighboring districts like Del Mar and Solana Beach in terms of district contribution to cover health benefits,” she said. “San Dieguito, the district that includes the high schools that our school feeds into, made the promise to their teachers that they will maintain the highest salaries in the county. Their goal is to attain and maintain the highest level of educators, and compensate them respectfully.” She then wanted to know the goals of the district. Valentine said that while negotiations are about coming to a compromise, they also should be punctuated with mutual respect and collaboration. “These are the values that we, as teachers, model for and instill in our students every day,” she said. “However, the district continues to use an attorney who negotiates in a manner and style that in no way reflects any attempt to cooperate or compromise.” Valentine said the faculty association’s proposals to contract terms and conditions were, “met with resistance to any discussion of their merit.” Another item the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association wanted to discuss is renewing R. Roger enrollment of the children of teachers. “Many of the terms and conditions we have proposed cost little or nothing in monetary terms,” Valentine said. “The lack of even simple dialogue about these items does not speak to a desire on the district’s part to find any common ground. We (Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association) think it’s time to know what this district really values.” After Valentine’s comment, many teachers in the audience erupted into applause.
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TAKE A SWING Register now for the 24th annual All Fore the Community Golf Classic at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course Oct. 23. The fundraiser for the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center begins at 10 a.m., players will be welcomed with tee prizes, a full buffet lunch, chair massages, free range balls and more. Play begins at noon with a shotgun start and the format is a four-person scramble. Afterward, enjoy a hosted bar, dinner, silent/live auctions and more at the “All Fore Fun” After Party. For more information or to register, visit rsfcc.org or call (858) 756-2461. LIFELONG LEARNING “Caravaggio - Influences and Legacy and “Healthy Hearts at Any Age,” will be the lecture topics for the lifelong learning group, LIFE at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 29, at the Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in this lot. Visit miracosta. edu/life or call (760) 7572121, ext. 6972. BOOSTERS GOLF TOURNEY Carlsbad High School’s Dance Team Boosters are seeking sponsors and golfers for its Oct. 16 golf tournament at The Crossings at Carlsbad. The tournament is a four-person scramble, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon. Foursome entry fee of $600 includes green fees, golf cart with color GPS, range balls, baggage handling, lunch and awards buffet dinner. Prices will increase after Oct. 1. For registration and donations, visit lancerdancers.com. BOOKS HALF-PRICE The Friends of the Cardiff Library Book Nook is having a half-price sale for all the items in The Book Nook through Sept. 30, at 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff. A LOOK AT CUBA The San Elijo Campus, MiraCosta College features a free documentary film, “Cuba’s Secret Side,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in Room 204 at 3333 Manchester Ave. Adventure filmmaker Karin Muller spent months hitchhiking around Cuba. For more information, visit email@example.com. LATINO FAMILY DAY Tarde de Familia will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Student Union, Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. A complimentary dinner will be served. Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 2 without a permit during the hours of the event. For more information, call (760) 7441150, ext. 2262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP BACK IN HISTORY Oceanside Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Oceanside Parks will host the “Grand Spanish Amer-
ican War Reenactment” at Heritage Park in Oceanside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at 220 Peyri Drive, Oceanside. The reenactment will consist of a military parade, volunteers such as the Rough Riders, Buffalo Soldiers and the “1898” mayor of Oceanside along with music, horsedrawn carriage, and tours of historical buildings. RESTORE PACIFIC VIEW A work party will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 30, Pacific View, 390 West F St., Encinitas. Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance continues work on rehabbing the buildings and remodeling the landscape. Bring work gloves and closed toe shoes. For more information, visit eacea.org/. CLEAN UP PUBLIC LANDS Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail cleanup at Calavera Preserve Sept. 30, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit carlsbadca. gov/trails and publiclandsday.org. City staff will provide tools, water and light snacks. Bring gloves and wear long pants, hats, sunscreen and closed-toe shoes. No registration required. Check-in at Lake Calavera Dam/pump station. HEART WALK The American Heart Association North County Heart Walk will be held Sept. 30 at the Oceanside Pier. For more details, visit heart. org/ncsdheartwalk. 800-MILE TREK Join Oceanside Public Library for a program with travel journalist and author Maggie Espinosa at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Mission Branch Library Community Room, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside. For more information, call (760) 435-5600 or visit oceansidepubliclibrary.org. FUN-A-THON 2017 Vista Boys & Girls Club Fun-AThon will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30, at the club, 410 W. California Ave, Vista. Registration is $15 at funatbgcvista. myevent.com/3/events.htm. Contact Ellen Clark at email@example.com or (760) 724-6606, ext.12, or bgcvista.org for more details.
TASTE OF RANCHO SANTA FE The Vision of Children Foundation has been chosen as this year’s beneficiary for Taste of Rancho Santa Fe set from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. Funds will be raised as guests purchase raffle tickets prior to the event. You do not need to be present at the event to win any of the five baskets. Raffle tickets are $20 for one, $50 for three or $100 for six, and may be purchased by contacting Kara Griffin at (858) 314-7927, firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting visionofchildren.org. LEAP TALL BUILDINGS! Adventure seeking families can dress up like super heroes and come out to the fourth annual Super Hero Obstacle Race from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Alga Norte Community Park, 6565 Alicante Road. Parents and children will run
together through a super hero themed 2K obstacle course while dressed in costumes. Everyone is a winner and each participant will receive a free super hero cape, bib and finishing medal. Registration is $25 per participant who must be 4 years old or over to participate. For more information, visit active.com and search “super hero” or contact Rachael Shay, recreation supervisor, (760) 521-0741 or rachael.shay@ carlsbadca.gov. WUNDERBAR It’s time for the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce 22nd annual Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at El Camino Real and Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas. Authentic German food, craft beer, live entertainment with the Bluebird band, the Gemuetlichkeit Alpine dancers and a street craft faire. ARTISTS NEEDED City of Encinitas Cultural Arts Division is seeking artists to mount 55 exhibits in the city's art galleries in 2018. Applications for 2018 deadline is Oct. 15. There is no gallery commission, the artist receives 100 percent of all art sales. Email up to 10 jpg high resolution images. The application and instructions are at encinitasca.gov/visualart. For more information, email Cheryl Ehlers, arts program assistant, at email@example.com or call (760) 6332748.
EVERY CHILD CAN DANCE Carlsbad High School’s Varsity dance team, the Lancer Dancers, will be offering scholarships to qualified families to attend their Junior Lancer Dancer kids dances classes. Scholarships will be awarded to up to five families for the 10-week dance class session. Classes are after school and run through Nov. 29. The application and more information can be found at lancerdancers. com or e-mail to JrLancerDancers@gmail. REPUBLICAN WOMEN Lake San Marcos Re-
publican Women Federated will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2 at the St. Marks Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Shirley Mark, president of the California Federation of Republican Women, will be the guest speaker. RSVP to Elizabeth Laister at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $27 per person. For information, call (760) 7440953.
WOMENHEART San Diego North Coastal WomenHeart Support Group welcomes women with interests and concerns about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood at its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Road, Carlsbad in the Executive Board Room. For more information, contact Betty at (760) 803-2762 or Sandra at (760) 436-6695. CALLING ALL WRITERS Escondido Writers Group meets at Escondido Public Library on from 1to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido.
BINGO AT ELK’S LODGE The Encinitas Elks Lodge #2243, hosts Bingo every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiff. The games are open to anyone over the age of eighteen. There are cash prizes and the games raise money for local charities and organizations. Volunteers Olive Street, Cheryl Fleming, David Dodd, Terri Fletcher, Frank Holgate, Pat Holgate, Barbara Dodd, Richard Street, Jim Roach, Renee Southwell and Elinor Southwell see that everyone has fun. For more information, visit elks. org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=2243. MEDITATION CLASS Del Mar Library is hosting a new meditation class led by Tanya Barach, E-RYT, on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at 1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. For more information, call the library at (858) 7551666.
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BE A MASTER COMPOSTER A five-week Encinitas Master Composter Course, presented by Solana Center, every Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. from Oct. 5 through Nov. 2 will be held at Cardiff Elementary School, 1888 Montgomery Ave., Cardiff. Cost is $50. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration required at solanacenter.org or (760) 436-7986, ext. 700. OCTOBER BREAK BARGAINS This October, San Diego is offering children free admission to its harbor cruises, sailing, attractions, meals, hotel stays and other great perks for youngsters, including Legoland, Sea World, Safari Park and Belmont Park. Visit sandiego.org/ members /attractions / legoland-california /offers / k id s - go - f re e -w it h - pa id adult-ticket-to-legoland-california-and-sea-life-aquarium.aspx and enter and enter code 17025.
BE AN ADVOCATE The Community Resource Center is offering a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct.7 and again on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. Register at: surveymonkey. com/R/40HRDV. The Community Resource Center is asking for volunteers to provide lunch for its monthly Dialogs. Sign up with Kathy Reese at (760) 803-8970 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. RUMMAGE SALE The San Dieguito United Methodist Church will be having its annual rummage sale all day Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 at 170
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