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Fairgrounds OKs medical pot event

Fire safety project underway

By Lexy Brodt

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A grant-funded project for $83,300 awarded to the Rancho Santa Fe Association to help minimize fire hazards in the Arroyo Preserve has officially begun. Endowed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the grant allows for the removal of flammable invasive species in the preserve. It’s a three-year project awarded in August 2018 with the grant processes lasting about a year. The Arroyo Preserve is 68 acres running alongside the San Dieguito River. According to the Caitlin Kreutz, the Association’s Parks and Recreation Department assistant manager and staff horticulturist, this grant may open the door to future ones. The work has already begun. The first year will concentrate on the removal of eucalyptus and tamarisk. “In subsequent years, we’re getting out the other invasive species such as pampas grass, Arundo and various other invasive species,” Kreutz said. “The


Professional skateboarders Tony Hawk, left, and Chris Cole performed for students at San Dieguito Academy on Nov. 9 during the SDA Ramp Up Skate Demo, which provided an opportunity for pros and students alike to display their skills while also raising money for Rollin’ From the Heart, a foundation dedicated to getting at-risk youth involved in skateboarding and other positive activities. STORY ON PAGE 5. Photo by Francesca Finley


DEL MAR — A Del Mar Fairgrounds event aimed at educating attendees on the use of cannabis as an “alternative medicine” has been approved. After several residents spoke against the event at the Nov. 14 22nd District Agricultural Association meeting, the board voted 7-1 to approve its revised contract. The daylong event, termed the “GoodLife Seminar Series,” will occur on May 11, 2019. It will feature seminars on the difference between CBD and THC, the various strains of marijuana, and how cannabis topicals can be used to treat pain — to name a few. An “Exhibitors Fair” will reveal new products and “innovations” in alternative medicine. The event is expected to draw about 1,000 people. The series specifically bars the sale or on-site use of any “psychoactive cannabis products,” and prohibits drug paraphernalia — which is in line with the city of Del Mar’s code, as well as the Fairground’s more recent policy prohibiting the sale, distribution, consumption or possession of the drug on its property. Board Director Lisa TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON 5

$50,000 worth of toys ‘Blue Wave’ washes over North County donated anonymously By Aaron Burgin

By Lexy Brodt

CARMEL VALLEY — A 26-foot-long U-Haul truck sat in front of Geppetto’s toy store in Carmel Valley on the morning of Nov. 12, full to the brim. Its bounty? Over $50,000 worth of toys to be donated to Toys for Tots, a program coordinated by the U.S. Marine Corps to collect and distribute new toys for less fortunate children at Christmastime. The toys were purchased from the local toy store and donated by an anonymous, San Diego-based donor. According to Sgt. Leti-

cia Williams, a coordinator for the San Diego Toys for Tots program, it’s the largest donation she has seen. “How amazing that someone has that much generosity to give,” Williams said, calling the donor’s choice to remain anonymous “honorable.” A “representative” of the anonymous donor showed up at the Del Mar Highlands Geppetto’s toy store — the largest location of the company, which has 1- stores throughout San Diego County — at about 6 a.m. in order to hand-pick TURN TO TOYS ON 5

REGION — For a long time, most of North County was a reliable bastion of support for the Republican Party at all levels of government. The rosters of council members and mayors, state Assembly members, county supervisors and representatives in Congress would read like the Republican Party of San Diego County’s endorsement list. But a look across the region following the 2018 midterm elections shows that a change has definitely taken hold of the region, including areas that are still considered reliable Republican bastions. From the potential

change in the majority on the Carlsbad City Council, a sweep of the Encinitas City Council, and a tooclose-to-call showing in the Escondido Mayor’s race, to the Democrat takeover of the 49th Congressional District and the 76th State Assembly District, Democrats continue to make substantial gains throughout North County. Experts and candidates agreed that the socalled “Blue Wave” — the term being used to describe the Democrat midterm surge that led the party’s regaining control of the House of Representatives and other key races — crashed ashore throughout the region, particularly in

coastal North County. UC San Diego political science professor Thad Kousser said that the surge was historic along the coast. “Clearly, this is a watershed election in which the entire coastal part of Southern California has gone blue on the congressional side,” Kousser said. “Orange County will not have a single Republican member of Congress and in San Diego, Democrats have added the 49th District after Scott Peters’ historic election six years ago. “This is a generational moment in California politics that completes this transformation for this state that has a clear east-

west divide,” Kousser said. “My take on this since the day after the election and the subsequent counts is that this really was a big wave, this was not a split decision.” Democrats make gains in federal, state, local races

Changes in demographics, combined with a deeply unpopular president, have made the Republican ticket less reliable throughout the region than in years past. In 2016, North County voters favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by 16 percent. This unpopularity played itself out in TURN TO BLUE WAVE ON 7


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Ranch resident releases Country Friends holds Legacy Brick Unveiling fourth children’s book By Christina Macone-Greene

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Managing how to overcome challenges tossed your way is the lesson taught in Adrienne Falzon’s newest children’s book titled, “It’s Not Fair!” Falzon, who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, said the book’s message is something readers of all ages can relate to. “I am really excited about this book because I think those three words, ‘It’s not fair,’ has probably been said by everyone at some point in their lives,” she said. “It starts from when you have that age of reasoning. I dedicated this book to all the people who have said, “It’s not fair.’” The main character in Falzon’s fourth children’s book is Frankie, a young baseball player in elementary school. He thought he was safe when he reached home base but was called out by the umpire — it was a championship game and a massive upset to the school and Frankie. On the bus ride back home after the game, Frankie starts thinking about all the other things happening in his life that aren’t fair. The very next day at school, Frankie faces more “unfair happenings” at the cafeteria. Patiently waiting his turn in line, a group of kids cut in and by the time Frankie gets to the food the chili dogs are gone. And that’s the tipping point for Frankie. Everything bubbles up to the surface, and Frankie breaks down until his guidance counselor talks him through things. “The counselor starts telling Frankie that sometimes you just have to let it go — because if you

ADRIENNE FALZON with her new book, “It’s Not Fair!” which teaches people of all ages that upsets can turn into positives. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

don’t, whatever is happening is going to take away your peace,” Falzon said. She added, “You can make lemonade out of lemons. In other words, somehow life does have a way of evening the score — it does work out.” It’s all a part of life. Over the years, Falzon learned that the sooner she realized that “life isn’t fair,” the easier time she had moving forward. If too much concentration is put on all the unfair circumstances that happen, people run the risk of missing out on the fair things. TURN TO CHILDREN’S BOOK ON 18

RANCHO SANTA FE — Each engraved brick leading into the entry of The Country Friends’ Consignment Shop in Rancho Santa Fe shares how the nonprofit has touched people. On Nov. 10, supporters of The Country Friends gathered to celebrate its second annual Legacy Brick Unveiling. According to Deborah Cross, board president of The Country Friends, the gathering was a time to present bricks to honor those who have contributed funds, time and talent to its Legacy Campaign. “This unveiling is a very important part of our Legacy Campaign. We launched the campaign a few years ago to raise $1 million,” Deborah Cross said. “The first half of a million is to pay off our construction loan that was used to remodel this entire facility. The other $500,000 is to start an Endowment Fund so that we don’t have to reach into our operating capital to maintain this beautiful building.” To date, the Legacy Campaign has reached a quarter of its goal. Cross said The Country Friends paid down its construction loan by about 50 percent. “This just frees up more money for us to donate to our funded agencies,” she said, adding how the bricks represent those who have taken part in the campaign in one way or another. Along with donors, other bricks have honored past board presidents of The County Friends as well as chairs for their annual Art of Fashion event. Other recent bricks recognized a couple of local businesses who have supported the nonprofit’s endeavors such as jeweler John Matty Co. and Mille

THE COUNTRY FRIENDS President Deborah Cross cuts the ribbon Nov. 10 marking the second annual Legacy Brick Unveiling at the group’s Consignment Shop. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Fleurs Restaurant. The Country Friends was established in 1954 and has funded nearly $14 million for local human care agencies. Deborah Cross was also quick to point out that thousands of bricks are still available for purchase. Next year, on Feb. 16, The Country Friends will be hosting its Giving Hearts Dinner and Dance at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. While the 2019 funded agencies will be announced, there will also be plenty of opportunities to purchase the bricks to benefit the Legacy Campaign. Deborah Cross said her husband, Les, has also been instrumental in the Legacy Campaign serving as chair. Every year, he said, there are more requests for

grants. In essence, reaching the goals of the Legacy Campaign will enable The Country Friends to fund more organizations. “When we pull this off, it will free up around another estimated $100,000 a year — this increase is what we can give out to local charities just by raising $1 million,” Les Cross said. The Endowment Fund will help pay for the costs of running the Consignment Shop in addition to as-needed repairs. The nonprofit won’t need to dip into its operating budget. “This building was donated to us. It’s a beautiful old lady here in the Ranch, and we’ve got to keep it looking nice,” he said. To learn more about The Country Friends and its events, visit thecountryfriends.org.






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Opinion & Editorial

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Newsom: Income equality is state’s biggest problem


Eco Minute: New life for old idea By James Wang

How would you like to save energy, save money, get some fresh air, and help save the world, all at the same time? You do all of the above using an old invention: a clothesline. But aren’t clotheslines obsolete now that we have clothes dryers? Maybe … when dryers were invented, convenience was the only consideration. It seemed so easy to throw your wet clothes in the dryer and press the button. But now we’re more environmentally conscious: We know that dryers have a few drawbacks, too. A dryer is a power hog: they use about 4,000 watts

Wildlife extinction can’t be undone There is a saying that, “everything that government can do, government can un-do.” This is mostly true, except when it comes to environmental protection. Then the saying is, “extinction is forever” — once done, it can never be undone. The Endangered Species Act is one of the greatest and most effective pieces of legislation ever passed. Because of the ESA we can still enjoy the bald eagle, clapper rails, peregrine falcons, brown pelicans, and other amazing animals in our region. Unfortunately, the ESA is under attack. The current Administration is attempt-

(or the equivalent if you use gas) of power — that’s like 40 incandescent lightbulbs, or 400 CFLs! There goes your utility bill, and your carbon footprint just grew a few sizes.

Now look at a clothesline: It uses only sunshine and air. It’s nocost, clean, silent, and carbon-free. It’s gentler than the gentlest dryer setting. Your clothes won’t shrink, ing to weaken the Endangered Species Act with nine proposed regulatory changes. The ESA’s track record has been so successful, it is difficult to understand why the current Administration would try to weaken its authority by turning the ESA into more of an extinction plan for species already threatened, rather than making concerted efforts to save them. In a nutshell these regulatory changes make it more difficult to protect species, to add new species to the list, easier to remove species currently on the list, to reduce protections for imperiled species, to make it more difficult to protect critical habitat, and to bias listing decisions based on unreliable economic analyses rather than on scientific

and they’ll get a fresh scent. Is it a chore to use a clothesline? Not really: Most of us should get outside more often, and hanging your clothes is a good reason to do so. Clotheslines come in many shapes and sizes, they can be indoors or outdoors, wall-mounted or freestanding, or made from rope, wire, or wood. Some even fold for storage. Just pick the one that suits you best. Clotheslines used to be considered eyesores. But now they demonstrate your environmental responsibility. James Wang is an Encinitas resident data. Incorrectly skewed at all angles, it is a shame to watch our country’s priorities shift to devalue wildlife on every level. As a senior now and resident of the 50th Congressional District, it is very clear that our generation, those of us who grew up appreciating and respecting wildlife, must take a stand for conservation and oppose all nine of these regulatory changes. If implemented, these changes will tie the hands of the ESA, making it next to impossible to prevent species from disappearing forever. I hope you’ll join me in taking a stand for the ESA and opposing all new changes that will in any way weaken the ESA. Christine Nava Escondido

ore than a year before he won election as California’s next governor, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom did not hesitate for a moment when asked what’s California’s biggest problem. “Income inequality,” he said in an interview then. He repeated that evaluation in subsequent sit-downs during the campaign. “Take Los Angeles,” he said. “It’s America’s richest city, with Bel Air, Brentwood, Beverly Hills. But it’s also America’s poorest city, with South Central and more. The remarkable thing is they are only a few miles apart.” Then he added that, “You can’t live a good life in an unjust society.” And went on to quote the ancient Greek statesman and orator Pericles, who said, “The issue of wealth and income distribution is the oldest and most fatal of all issues in a republic.” Newsom left no doubt about his deep conviction on this, despite his longstanding friendships with plutocrats like Gordon Getty. He offered some immediate ideas on how to ease situations where families with annual incomes barely topping $20,000 per year live not far from others whose incomes are more than 100 times that. During his campaign, Newsom pledged to hire a statewide director to coordinate services he hopes will treat each homeless person from a “whole person care” perspective. He promised to push for more affordable housing aiming to take homeless off the streets, but — mindful of controversies in places like Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco — will leave it up to local authorities to decide where that housing

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tax”), saying that “serves as a curb on dynastic wealth.” In short, if you’ve built a valuable business, you’d better pass it on to your kids before you die, if estate taxes rise precipthomas d. elias itously, as they might with should go. two-thirds Democratic Newsom isn’t the majorities in both houses first to note the inequalof the Legislature. But the ity problem. California’s Legislature and governor tax-collecting Franchise couldn’t act alone on this: Tax Board has reported It would need to be okayed that in 2016, the top 1 by voters because the 1982 percent in overall wealth Proposition 6 repealed received 23 percent of all state inheritance taxes. It income in the state, while can only be reversed via the bottom 90 percent another popular vote. received 49.6 percent. The CBP also suggests White families on avereliminating or cutting tax age earned more than 1.5 deductions that primarily times what Latino and benefit well-off homeownblack families got. Even ers, including deductions more startling are netfor mortgage interest and worth figures reported by property taxes. Do that, the U.S. Census, which of course, and the value found white families in of much California real California had a net worth estate would immediately (assets minus debt and oth- fall, which would tend to er liabilities) of $171,000, even out the wealth held more than eight times the by whites, Latinos and $20,700 belonging to the blacks. average Latino family and But that would surely nearly 10 times the $17,600 spur a massive political of African-American backlash, so don’t bet on it families. Those numbers happening soon. include home equity, value Another way to boost of vehicles, furniture and low-wealth families is to almost every other type of expand child care and material goods. renters’ tax credits, which There will be no help the poor while not immediate help from harming others. This one the federal government, is the most likely of the either, on evening things CBP recommendations to out: President Trump’s become reality. tax “reform” bill of last But one thing is for year will benefit whites sure: Newsom will evalfar more than Latinos or uate many proposed new blacks, and the richer you laws that land on his desk already are, the more you from the perspective of stand to benefit. what they’ll do to help So what can a new alleviate income inequalCalifornia governor do ity and boost low-income about this inequality, families. Which will be a which grew more imbalvery different perspective anced than ever during than any recent governor Jerry Brown’s latest two has brought to the office. terms as governor? The California Budget Email Thomas Elias at Project (CBP) suggests tdelias@aol.com. For more starting with an estate tax Elias columns, go to www. (sometimes called a “death californiafocus.net

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Barkett — the sole opposing vote — said that renting out space for an event at the fairgrounds is tantamount to promoting it. “I don’t know why we want to go down this road,” she said. Barkett’s concerns were reflective of the nine public speakers who weighed in on the issue — all opposed to the contract’s approval. Becky Rapp, a mother of six, said the fairgrounds will be sending a “message of normalization” by hosting the event. “It’s hard to imagine anyone needs that type of education with YouTube and social media,” she said. The event has prompted widespread, and often mixed community feedback since the fairgrounds general manager first signed a contract with Lawrence Bame, president of the series, in 2017 — a contract which the board rescinded several months later. But after the state of California legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 and up — the board has changed its tune, forming a subcommittee of Directors David Watson and Pierre Sleiman to create an interim policy specifically regulating cannabis-related events. The policy, approved at the Aug. 14 Board meeting, allows for an “interim event with the purpose of education, advocacy, and promotion only of medical uses of cannabis.” Judi Strang, executive director of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug-Free Youth, is primarily concerned with the latter two objectives. At a Oct. 29 Del Mar City Council meeting — where council members debated whether to send the 22nd DAA board a let-

ter opposing the event — Strang asserted that the activities described by the event’s contract are commercial in nature. “We think once you merge over to ‘advocate and promote,’ you definitely are supporting a commercial activity,” Strang said. The event’s stated goal is to “advocate for the responsible use of all different alternatives to traditional pharmacology products,” according to a press release. The Del Mar City Council, which previously sent a letter to the board in February opposing any event that would involve on-site smoking, consumption and sale of cannabis products, voted 3-2 against sending another letter to the board. The letter would have reiterated the city’s prior concerns, and expressed a disapproval of any commercial activity. However, council members differed on their definitions of “commercial.” Councilman Terry Sinnott, who drafted the letter, sees the event as promotional rather than educational. “I’m concerned what they’re really doing is allowing marijuana business to flourish for a limited period of time on a stateowned piece of property,” he said. Mayor Dwight Worden reiterated the city’s code, which allows for medical use of marijuana and makes it illegal to engage in any marijuana-related commercial activity. He disagreed with Strang’s interpretation of commercial activity. “I don’t think that’s what we had in mind when we adopted our code. We meant commercial sales and production are disallowed,” Worden said, mentioning that he would be open to revisiting the city’s code.

Skate Demo: Good times, good cause By Carey Blakely



an assortment of items from the shelves. The result was a truck-full of toys stacked high in cardboard boxes — items for all ages, encompassing everything from dolls and karaoke stereos to “build-a-drone” sets. At 9 a.m., the seven Marines at the site packed up the last of the boxes, and spread out the 30-foot-


CAITLIN KREUTZ, RSF Association Parks and Recreation Department assistant manager and staff horticulturist, with Jonathan Snapp-Cook from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Arroyo Preserve. Courtesy photo

money is going towards revegetation,” she said. “We’re already starting to take cuttings of native plants like little oak seedlings in our nursery.” Once the invasive vegetation is out, the new, young plants such as willow trees, sycamore trees, cottonwoods and other indigenous shrubs will be planted. Kreutz said this project

ENCINITAS — San Dieguito Academy launched its inaugural Ramp Up Skate Demo on Nov. 9, which provided a platform for skateboarding students and professionals — including legend Tony Hawk — to showcase their skills live on campus. The lead student organizer, sophomore Olivia Alcantar, said a main goal of the demo was to make student skateboarders feel more connected to the San Dieguito Academy campus community. Unlike more traditional student activities such as football games and plays, Alcantar said, “The school doesn’t get to see the talents of its skateboarders.” She elaborated, “My teacher Mr. Norris pointed out how kids can walk around campus dribbling a basketball and not get in trouble, but students are not allowed to skate on school grounds.” Hawk, whose planned appearance was kept a secret until demo day, and fellow professional Chris Cole dazzled the crowd as they launched off a ramp at the same time and flawlessly stuck the landing. Two female phenoms also displayed their talents: Jordyn Barratt and Bryce Wettstein, who placed first and second, respectively, in the recent Exposure Bowl Pro event in Encinitas, which was part of the largest skateboarding event for women in the world. Barratt graduated from San Dieguito Academy, while

A LARGE U-HAUL truck stands ready to take thousands of toys to a Toys for Tots center for redistribution. The toys were purchased and donated by an anonymous, San Diego-based donor. Photo by Lexy Brodt

FIRE SAFETY whole reason we’re doing this is for fire safety.” Kreutz noted how the Witch Creek fire in 2007 and the Bernardo fire in 2014 came down through the River Valley Corridor straight through the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. The removal of invasive species means less fire fuel. “The eucalyptus (trees) have a very flammable oil in them,” she said. “They’re from Australia where wildfires are common, so they don’t die during the fire — they stay standing. These trees go up in flames and causes what’s called a ladder fuel effect.” Embers from this “fuel effect” cause other vegetation to catch on fire. And Arundo, despite how green it looks, is also a fire risk. Kreutz is quick to point out that not only are these invasive species incredibly flammable but they are taking away resources from native vegetation. A portion of the grant money will go toward revegetation, which will be a focus in year three. “About half of the grant


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isn't year-round. Work dates are in non-bird nesting season, which starts on Sept. 1 and ends on March 15. There’s a small window of time in addition to any winter weather challenges. Kreutz shared that the Arroyo Preserve project is a component of other efforts happening within the entire River Valley. She called it a partner collaboration be-

long receipt that listed the innumerable toys purchased on behalf of the charity effort. “Geez, it’s a lot,” Williams said, as the Marines shut the truck door and prepared to take the toys to their distribution center. From there, the toys are sorted and redistributed to various nonprofits in San Diego and Riverside counties. Brian Miller, the owner of Geppetto’s Toys, said tween the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, US Fish & Wildlife, California Native Plant Society, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. While reducing fire risk is the main reason for this grant, Kreutz said a beautification process will also take place. Currently, many of the eucalypti have been attacked by the lerp psyllid, so the trees look unhealthy. Also, sensitive plant and animal specials that call the Arroyo Preserve home will have a better habitat when the project is completed. “Covenant residents can also enjoy the park-like area,” she said. Kreutz also commended the Park and Recreations Department’s administrative assistant, Samantha Kramer, for all her help in the grant process. “Sam just graduated from Cal State San Marcos in environmental studies, so she’s a perfect fit — she’s just been great,” Kreutz said. Kramer said she is looking forward to the Arroyo Preserve Project. “I’m excited to restore it to its natural habitat and reduce the risk of fires coming through this area,” Kramer said.

the company hosts different toy drives every year. Yet he, like Williams, has not seen a donation of this magnitude “ever,” he said. Miller lauded the donor for “the fact that they wanted to go local and have the dollars stay local.” “I think it’s a great way to kick off the (holiday) season,” he said. “I feel so thankful. That’s a big part of the holiday … you want to inspire gratitude, and this certainly does it.”


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Adopt a Family Foundation honors Israeli artist If reading were a sport RANCHO SANTA FE — On Nov. 1, supporters of the Rancho Santa Fe-based nonprofit Adopt a Family Foundation had the opportunity to meet Israeli artist Yaron Bob. The event was held at a private estate in the Ranch where donors gathered to learn more about his artwork. Bob showcased pieces of his artwork sharing how his artistic journey was a darkness-into-light transformation. The molded metal used in his artwork originally came from rockets and mortars fired into Israel. The foundation, which assists families affected by terrorism, recognized Bob for his continued support and inspiration. For more information about Adopt a Family, visit adoptafamilyfoundation.org.

ADOPT A FAMILY CEO and co-founder Carine Chitayat is ARTIST YARON BOB showed pieces of his artwork, which flanked by foundation board members Claude Benchimol, uses metal that originally came from rockets and mortars and Doron Malka at the Nov. 1 event. fired into Israel. Photos courtesy of Ruth Adam

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used to think that pure happiness would be working in a bookstore. With a few jobs under my belt, I realized I don’t want to work in a bookstore. I want to live in one. I tried to walk past a bookstore this week, and I knew the agony of the sailors following the irresistible call of the Sirens. If I could just pop in, doing my best power-shop stride and efficiently depart, all would be well. I cannot. If I could even browse, without being desperately tempted to purchase several books I don’t have time to read, all might be acceptable. Sometimes

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I resist. More often I crumble. I have my suspicions that these booksellers slip something into the air-conditioning. I walk in, take one deep breath and I am lost. I can forget that I have 10 other errands to run in an hour’s time. I can set aside that my family is at home hungry for the groceries that are thawing in the back seat of my car. I drift from display to display, mentally salivating. Few things get my undivided attention like that except a bleeding child or a pound of See’s chocolate. I have always envied the wild passion so many folks have for sports and hobbies. I can’t get absorbed in cars or computers or woodworking. Until now, I never put my adoration of the printed word in that same category, and yet I would happily spend four hours every Sunday lost in a book, the way others spend four hours cheering on their favorite team. Unfortunately, people presume that reading is a refined pastime and that those of us who pursue it are refined and demure. With a little work, I think it could gain a more roughand-tumble reputation. I am the kind of book fan who would paint my face in team colors and run around the stadium shrieking. I would put on the mangy animal suit of the team mascot and dance on the sidelines. I might even overindulge in junk food and spill soda on the guy in front of me. I would attend conventions. My inclination to rack up a penalty for unnecessary roughness was confirmed as I stood in line waiting to buy books as Christmas presents. Two women behind me were admiring the bookmarks on display. They remarked with delight over one that was elastic and would fit any size book. Then I heard, “She just bends the edges down!” followed by a gasp of dismay from Woman No. 2. “Doesn’t that just drive you crazy?” she responded. I winced. I had just been thinking how those bookmarks were adorable but overpriced and always lost in the shuffle at my house. I had been thinking how I love it when I can dogear a page in a book with a clear conscience. Worse, I like to write in the margins and circle words I need to look up later. Now, I’m not without manners. I wouldn’t reach out and intercept that fly ball that decides the game. I won’t let my teacup near a book’s pages. Likewise, I would never, ever intentionally abuse a book I did not own. Nor would I hesitate to pass it along to a friend. When it’s time for my Super Bowl, give me a wellthumbed paperback, some seven-layer dip and I’ll cheer until I’m hoarse. Go Big Book! Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who struggles to see the point of pristine books collecting dust on shelves.

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Tickets are selling quickly for the Coaster Holiday Express train, offering festive rides at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. both Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased online at GoNCTD.com /HolidayExpress. The family-friendly Coaster Holiday Express departs from the Oceanside Transit Center and takes passengers on a 65-minute non-stop round-trip tour down the coast and back. During the event, passengers will experience a decorated train complete with Victorian carolers singing Christmas classics, a visit from Santa Claus and his elves. PIEDRAS PINTADAS HIKE

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and REI #OptOutside, will lead a hike on the Piedras Pintadas (painted rocks) trail from 10

a.m. to noon Nov. 23. This free, 4.4-mile walk is moderately difficult. Register at https://sdrvc2018optoutside. eventbrite.com.

stage show featuring “Upstream,” Caribbean holiday music from 6 to 7 p.m., Santa’s Grand Arrival at 7:20 p.m. and a Holiday Light Show and Magical Snowfall just after Santa lights the tree. Santa will be welSMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY comed in style with an escort Small Business Satur- by members of the La Costa day will be from 10 a.m. to Canyon High School March5 p.m. Nov. 24 in downtown ing Band. Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas and Leucadia, with discounts, shop specials, a limited edition art print FREEWAY CLOSURES chosen from San Dieguito Running through Nov. High School student artist 29, a series of temporary submissions and surprise overnight closures are giveaways. scheduled to take place on the northbound and southMAKE YOUR OWN WREATH bound lanes of I-5. The last Sign up for the Christ- scheduled overnight clomas Wreath workshop Nov. sures will be from 9:30 p.m. 24 at Weidner’s Gardens, to 5 a.m. each night Nov. 26, 695 Normandy Road, Enci- through Nov. 29, and include nitas with Sabine and Barb, I-5 southbound lanes from using fresh holiday greenery the Interstate 5/Interstate and decorations. Call in res- 805 Interchange to La Jolla ervations to (760) 436-2194. Village Drive, unless noted otherwise. To learn more, LIGHT IT UP! visit KeepSanDiegoMoving. The holiday season gets com/MidCoast. underway with “The Lighting of the Forum” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 at The Forum Carlsbad, 1923 Cal- START A SMALL BUSINESS le Barcelona, Carlsbad. The Join the “Small Busievening will include a live ness 101” workshop from

3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 27 at Encinitas City Hall, Poinsettia Room, 505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas. Register at (760) 753-7376. The workshop is geared toward both the beginning and the experienced professional. Learn about certain aspects of small business, plus get a chance to sit down one on one with the experts to discuss your specific questions.


Governing Board, by nearly 1,000 votes at the time of publication, as the race has steadily narrowed since election night. (According to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, 112,000 ballots countywide remained to be counted as of Nov. 19.) John Dadian, a San Diego-based political consultant, said that Abed’s likely loss was the shock of the local election for him. “Well, he was a longtime incumbent and considered a (party) insider, and sometimes you tend to look too much inside, and everyone thought he had been doing well,” Dadian said. “And with the power of incumbency, you really didn’t see the challenger as a real threat. Everyone will certainly be holding their breath to the final outcome.” Dadian and Kousser agreed that Escondido’s demographic shift from a white to a split electorate with Latinos is playing a role in the outcome. “That area has been conservative and elected Sam Abed largely because of those demographic changes, out of concerns about whether Escondido had changed too quickly,” Kousser said. “But this election might be that tipping point where first you see the politics of reaction, but gradually you see the politics of acceptance and immigration. You see an issue like immigration spurring a Trump-like candidate like Abed, but at some point the demographic transformation is going to make it impossible to lead from the right forever.”

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the region’s marquee race, the 49th Congressional District, where Mike Levin defeated Diane Harkey for control of a seat held by Republican Darrell Issa for 20 years. It also showed up during the 2018 primary election in the 76th State Assembly District, which had been reliably Republican since its creation after the 2010 Census. This year, however, a Republican did not advance to the runoff, where Encinitas City Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath defeated Oceanside activist and former journalist Elizabeth Warren to claim the seat, padding Democrats’ comfortable majority in the State Assembly. In Encinitas, a nonpartisan community, but one where Democrats had made inroads over the past three election cycles, there were concerns that thousands of dollars from developer-funded political action committees could split the council, and in the event of a Boerner Horvath victory, could put the fate of the council majority in the balance. Instead, it appears that Democrats in Encinitas could control all five council seats, as Catherine Blakespear coasted to a victory in the mayor’s race, and the candidates she supported — District 4 incumbent Joe Mosca and District 3 challenger Jody Hubbard — appear headed for victory in their respective races. This would give them a super-majority on the council as they appoint a replacement for Boerner Horvath’s final two years. In Carlsbad, Matt Hall scored a victory for Republicans by defeating Cori Schumacher in a very contentious race for the city’s mayor. But Schumacher’s allies Barbara Hamilton and Priya Bhat-Patel, after trailing on


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VOTE PCT. 150,512 56.0% 118,343 44.0%

Mike Levin (D) Diane Harkey (R)


VOTE PCT. 173,114 53.7% 149,243 46.3%

Brian W. Jones (R) Jeff Griffith (D)

Ben B. Brown Dan A. Dufresne Glen Griffin

1,029 23.3% 462 10.5% 433 9.8%


Melisse C. Mossy Rhea A. Stewart

VOTE PCT. 6,769 52.2% 6,194 47.8%


VOTE PCT. Brian Maienschein (R) 92,908 50.7% Sunday Gover (D) 90,345 49.3%


Jim Desmond Michelle Gomez

VOTE PCT. 104,023 56.8% 79,073 43.2%

Kristin Gibson Cheryl James-Ward Lea Wolf

VOTE PCT. 4,833 41.1% 4,513 38.4% 2,414 20.5%


VOTE PCT. 1,353 30.7% 1,138 25.8%

VOTE PCT. John C. Tanner 7,264 45.3% Tucker Stine 6,208 38.7% Douglas S. Dill 2,579 16.1% ­NOTE: Results as of Nov. 20

election night, have assumed the lead in their respective council district races. With Schumacher still having two years remaining in her council term, Carlsbad’s City Council will have a 3-2 Democratic majority for at least the next two years. “This was your grandfather’s San Diego,” Kousser said of Carlsbad’s previous Republican unanimity and Encinitas’ moderate Republican lean. “But when Encinitas will wind up with a stronger Democratic majority than the city of San Diego, that is a huge transition.” Kousser said that Carlsbad and Encinitas’ move toward the center-left is directly correlated to the unpopularity of President Donald Trump in the region, especially in those cities’ suburbs, which are the areas where Trump’s unpopularity resonates. “Those eastern suburbs, those are the types of areas where Donald Trump has brought the biggest losses, those affluent white suburbs that are socially moderate and pro-immigration,”

Kousser said. “These are parts of California where Trump is losing for the Republican Party.” A similar phenomenon occurred in San Marcos, where Rebecca Jones — the city’s vice mayor who was endorsed by the Republican Party and all of the region’s Republican mayors — defeated outgoing Councilman Chris Orlando in the city’s mayoral election. But the candidates Orlando supported in the city’s two council district races — longtime school board member Randy Walton and attorney Maria Nunez — are headed to victories. While still in the minority, San Marcos now has a 3-2 ideological split on its board, the closest in the city’s history. And in Escondido, a usually reliably “red” city, incumbent Councilman Ed Gallo was soundly defeated by Consuelo Martinez and Mayor Sam Abed is in the fight of his political life, trailing challenger Paul “Mac” McNamara, the president of the Palomar College


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Diego Botanic Garden Encinitas, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland – Southern California style. More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora on 37 acres. Tickets for Garden of Lights are available at the Welcome Center at the SD Botanic Garden on the evening of visitation. There are no advance ticket sales available. HOLIDAY AT THE RANCHO


Encinitas Friends of the Library Bookstore will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Community members can join the Friends group at the door. Visit encinitaslibfriends.org. HELP WITH INVASIVE FLORA

Volunteers are needed to help from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 to help the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy restore wildlife habitat in the Brigantine Basin of the San Dieguito Lagoon. Register at sdrvc.org. Workers will help remove invasive ice plant. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. Meet at the Brigantine Basin, 3193 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Street parking available on South Cedros Avenue. For more information, call (858) 344-6654.

The city of Carlsbad will celebrate the season at its Holiday at the Rancho event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying L.C. Lane, Carlsbad. Enjoy a tree-lighting, train rides, games, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, cookie decorating and “The Muppet Christmas Carol” under the star. Tickets $10, children under 3 free at carlsbadconnect.org, activity number 28992. WINTER WONDERLAND The Winter Wonderland ONE-OF-A-KIND Festival at the California The Crafter’s Showcase, Center for the Arts, Esconwith handcrafted items by dido begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 local artisans, hosted by the at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., GARDEN OF LIGHTS Carlsbad Village Associa- Escondido, for pictures with From 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. tion, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 1 through Dec. 23, the San in Downtown Carlsbad. TURN TO CALENDAR ON 12 HOLIDAY FUN IN RSF

Register now at eventbrite.com/e/olde-fashione d - c h r i s t m a s - t ic kets-52024541805 for the Rancho Santa Fe Inn’s “Olde-Fashioned Christmas” event from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30 at 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. See the tree-lighting at 6 p.m. and the arrival of Santa at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy s’mores and holiday beverages for purchase, holiday carols, a bounce house, hot chocolate and Santa’s Workshop.

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Republicans make a stand

Republicans were able to control some of the key races in the region. In Vista, San Marcos and Carlsbad, Judy Ritter, Jones and Hall all won their mayoral races. In Oceanside’s District 2 council race, Republican-backed Chris Rodriguez took advantage of three

Democrat-backed candidates splitting votes to win the seat. Two of the three Democratic and teachers’ union backed candidates in the San Dieguito Union High School District race were defeated as well, as incumbent Maureen “Mo” Muir narrowly defeated challenger Amy Flicker, and Melissa Mossy appears headed to a win over Rhea Stewart. Outgoing San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond soundly won election to the District 5 supervisor seat that was left vacant by longtime Supervisor Bill Horn, who termed out of office. In a state Senate win for Republicans, Assembly-

man Brian Jones cruised to victory in the 38th District, filling the seat vacated by fellow Republican Joel Anderson (who is trailing in his bid for the 4th District seat on the state Board of Equalization).

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World Religions teacher, Clayton Payne, a member of The Grauer School faculty, spoke at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s oldest and largest interfaith event, in Toronto on Nov. 6. Payne led a group of 12 Grauer high school students to the weeklong Parliament. He addressed the convention about the teaching methods he uses in his high school course, such as inviting local religious leaders into the classroom to answer questions from students. “I believe that our method of bringing in interfaith leaders and community members to talk about their faith traditions is a model that can be used in non-denominational private and public schools,” Payne said. NEW FACE AT COLDWELL


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Lisa M. Lane has been teaching history at MiraCosta College both on-site and online for many years. As part of her sabbatical work this semester, Lane has just published a peer-reviewed academic article in “The Wellsian,” the journal of the H.G. Wells Society in England. “Cram and Criticism: H.G. Wells and Late Victorian Education” is a study of H.G. Wells as a student and teacher in the years before he wrote “The Time Machine.” NONPROFIT HONORS OWN

The North County Philanthropy Council, a local group that brings nonprofits, volunteers, donors and businesses together, recently hosted their annual “Volunteer of the Year” luncheon awards where two of VCC’s own Board of Trustee members were recognized. Matt Johnson and James Hedgecock who both volunteer their time to sit on VCC’s Board of Trustees, were each awarded a plaque to commemorate their efforts. As members of VCC’s Board of Trustees, both men bring with them skillsets and community connections that can be used to bring positive change to the clinic.

Kathy Williams has associated with the Carlsbad office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as an affiliate agent. She comes to the office with 15 years of real estate experience. Prior to affiliating with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, she was an agent with Berkshire Hathaway. “I decided to affiliate with Coldwell Banker because of the great marketing support, name recognition and global reach of the company.” SSA OFFICE EXPANSION The extensive renovaSDA TEAM LENDS A HAND tion of Oceanside’s 13,500 The San Dieguito High square-foot Social SecuriSchool Academy Boy’s ty Administration offices Water Polo Team held a at 2160 El Camino Real, successful Personal Care has been completed. The Drive Sept, 17 to Oct. 26, project, done by Dempsey collecting everything from Construction, began with shampoo and toothbrush- the interior demolition of es, to Kleenex and diapers, existing space, followed to be part of the Encini- by extensive interior imtas Community Resource provements including the Center. The drive brought construction of new ceiltogether teammates, team ings, flooring, and wall parents, and students for coverings throughout. In a great cause. The drive addition, significant enwas spearheaded by Tam- hancements included new my Glenn, San Dieguito electrical and HVAC sysAcademy Boys’ Water Polo tems, and data and securiTeam Community Service ty upgrades.

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DEAR DOCTOR: We’re often told we can consume alcohol, sweets, or burgers and fries “in moderation.” My sister and I had a conversation about that sort of recommendation just the other day. What does moderation actually mean? Is it one beer a day? One burger a month? Ten french fries once a week? DEAR READER: You’re right — moderation is a term that makes a lot of sense in theory but turns out to be somewhat slippery when it comes to actual practice. That’s because moderation is relative and varies from


Wettstein is currently a student there. Both are championship surfers, too. The demo also provided a way of collecting donations for Rollin’ From The Heart, a foundation dedicated to the mission of “providing disadvantaged and at-risk youth the opportunity to participate in skateboarding, surfing and camping in an effort to promote a more active lifestyle and encourage positive choices.” Encinitas couple John and Alison Barry launched Rollin’ From The Heart as a tribute to their son, who died at age 22 after an accidental fall from a beach cliff in Leucadia. Ian has been described as a kind and unique person who was in constant motion; he was a passionate skateboarder who taught kids how to skate at the Encinitas YMCA, he surfed competitively, loved to hike and camp, and enjoyed building and riding vintage Harleys. San Dieguito students sold T-shirts they had made and donated clothing and skateboarding gear to the organization, while Rollin’

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person to person. What amounts to a moderate amount of a certain food or beverage for one person may actually be a binge for someone else. And moderation isn't only about the amount or the type of food or beverage — it’s linked to an individual’s patterns of consumption as well. Let’s look at alcohol, for example. The current guidelines, put forth by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, define low-risk drinking for women as no more than seven drinks per week, with no more than three drinks on any single day. For men, that number is no more than 14 drinks per week, and no more than four on any one day. (One drink is further defined as 5 ounces of wine, one 12-ounce bottle or can of beer, and 1 ounce of hard liquor.) A man who abstains from drinking during the week, but then downs four drinks per night over the

weekend, is technically within the safe drinking guidelines. However, that pattern, which goes from zero to the edge of a binge, doesn't exactly say moderation. When it comes to sweets, snacks and splurge foods like the burger and fries you mention in your letter, things get a bit murkier. For patients in our practices, we start with the advice to set a baseline with a healthful, balanced diet. In our opinion, that’s lean proteins and fish, whole grains and legumes, and a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. When it comes to sweets and treats, whether it’s a foray into the potato chip aisle of the grocery store, a visit to the ice cream shop or dinner at your favorite burger joint, make them a fraction of your weekly — or monthly — calories. For our patients who are in ideal health, we advise a split of 80 percent being

good about diet, and 20 percent “cheat.” For those with diabetes, hypertension or any cardiac issues, the ratio changes to 90 percent good and 10 percent cheat. One of the best guides to figuring out moderation is how the cheat or binge made you feel after it was over. A hangover after a few cocktails or a headache the morning after a chocolate spree, and your body may be asking you to please take a step back and reconsider. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on splurges. Indulge in your pleasures, but in quantities and at a frequency that don't require the word “guilty.”

From The Heart provided raffle prizes. A confluence of students and community members made the inaugural skate demo possible. Student Merrick McGill secured a ramp for the event via her father’s business, McGill’s Skateshop. Teacher Kelly Baggins got Chris Cole to come, while teacher Ollie Norris was instrumental in helping the students get the demo off the ground and organized.

A student band called The Elements performed. Sam Daitch, Toni Billante, Troy Zevin and Hudson Weesner from Alcantar’s ASB class — which was where the idea for the demo came from — also played crucial roles. When asked what she learned from coordinating an event for the first time, Alcantar said, “I found out that people will wait until the last minute to turn things in. I also learned

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From Oporto to Pape A wine journey through Europe

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ood news! Taste of Wine & Food has heard from our good friends and travel writers, Scott and Nancine Hagner. Every once in a while, they’re on the open road with their motor home, as long as it winds up next to a “yummy winery.” They have discovered tucked away wineries in the Northwest, Sonoma and Mexico with an eye toward less traveled destinations. In exchange, I turned Scott on to a wine shop that he simply can’t resist here in San Diego County. So much so, he has called it “The Candy Store.” Their latest adventure took a different turn this time. They left their motor home behind in San Diego and crossed the “big pond” to explore wine countries of Portugal and France. My traveler friends tend to think like I do. When they pack up and leave town for faraway places with many types of wineries, they do as I do and go for the opposite to the norm and pick the best for first! On this trip, they headed straight for the Douro Valley of Portugal and the legendary Oporto, home of the best ports in

the world. The Douro River translates to “River of Gold.” Port, it must be told, is a dense concentrated wine, mostly red (although the Hagners found some whites) and is a blend of local grapes, zapped with a generous dose of Brandy, an after-dinner spirit, that brings the alcohol content up to about 20 percent. They also observed that a number of ports had some very proper British names on the labels. The Sandeman 2015 got a big nod as a very flavorful port ($55). You may also be familiar with Graham, Dow, Churchill and Taylor Fladgate. All are British. These companies and other Brits introduced Port to the known world some centuries ago and still produce more than the locals. The Hagners next went through Northern Spain to get to the Rhone River in France, boarding on a seven-night trip from Lyon south of Burgundy, to just north of the southern coast at Arles. This cruise by AMA Waterways is called “The Colors of Provence” with culinary kitchens and legendary vineyards that feature Beaujolais and Cotes du Rhone. The ship holds an intimate 160 or guests with restaurants, massage, a sundeck pool and shore excursions to wineries and vineyards. “Southern France provided many wine tasting experiences both on board and on shore,” Nancine said.

“We learned about local wines from Marie and J. Pierre of Domaine Du Bois Pothier winery. The harvesting and de-stemming is all done manually. No irrigation is permitted (called dry farming) as rain is plentiful in this part of the world.” Beaujolais grapes are picked and bottled inexpensively in the same year, and a lot of this wine is sent to the U.S. for Thanksgiving and the holiday seasons. It’s a light bodied red made from the Gamay grape in the province of Beaujolais just north of Lyon. Scott added that “we had several favorites on board from the famous Cote du Rhone region. They were primarily Syrah and Chardonnay in the northern district. We spent some time at the equally famous Hermitage region, mostly reds from the Syrah grape, with small quantities of white grapes like Rousanne and Marsanne, grown on very steep slopes.” At Chapoutier winery, one of the largest in the area, Nancine and Scott were presented a tasting of special red wines from Chateauneuf Du Pape (translates to “new castle of the pope” located off the right bank of the Rhone and north of Avignon. “Wines from this region are fuller bodied and are mostly red blends of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, said Nancine. “The rocky terrain provides structure and power. And they are delicious!”

TASTE OF WINE & FOOD travel writers Nancine and Scott Hagner this time stored their motor home and wound up on a Rhone River cruise in the southern heart of France. Courtesy photo

The Rhone wine country along the river’s length is long and winding, and 250 miles in length. By comparison, Napa Valley is just 30 miles in length. Our thanks to Nancine and Scott Hagner for their love of wine, so present in their stories of wine and travel.

Wine Bytes

• La Gran Terraza at University of San Diego has a wine dinner on from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 featuring Beaujolais wines from France. This is a multi-course sit down dinner on the university campus. Cost is $60 each. Call (619) 849-8205 for an RSVP. • Seasalt Seafood & Steak in Del Mar presents a Ruffino Estates wine dinner

at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Ruffino reflects the Italian wine heritage of Tuscany, including a Super Tuscan and a Brunello to pair with Seasalt cuisine. Cost is $66 per guest. Contact is (858) 755-7100. • Vittorio’s Trattoria in Carmel Valley San Diego is planning an Italy evening of wine and food starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 29. Main entrée is a duck confit with wild mushroom risotto, washed down with a Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco from Piemonte. Cost is $55 per person. RSVP at (858) 538-5884. • Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse across from the Pacific ocean in Carlsbad is hosting a winemaker dinner featuring Daniel Daou from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29. Meet Daou from the high country of Paso Robles with a top menu of his wines

to pair with Vigilucci’s entrees. Cost is $95 each. Call (760) 434-2580 for a reservation. • The North County Wine Company in San Marcos has a “Debate” Tasting Event starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 28. The Debate is a three bottle set of extreme quality. Cabernet wines from Napa Valley with the same vintage, grape and winemaker. Only the vineyards are different. Vintage is the legendary 2014. The bar will be closed except for the wine lovers who have RSVP’d for this event. Cost for the event is $50. This will be waived if you purchase a three-bottle set for $550. To guarantee a spot, call (760) 653-9032.


le Mingle, from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the North Courtyard of Cardiff Town Center, 2033 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The free holiday community event features Santa, children’s crafts, photos, food, drink, song, dance and a 5 P.M. tree-lighting ceremony, supported by Teresa and Don Barth and the county of San Diego Community Enhancement funding.


Santa, Santa’s reindeer, performances in the Lyric Court, snow play, free arts workshops, train rides and a holiday light show. In the Concert Hall at 7 p.m. see “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Tickets at (800) 988-4253 or online at artcenter.org.

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A Hanukkah Menorah Lighting will begin the Jewish holiday from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Westfield North County mall, 272 E. Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. Enjoy warm festivities around the lighting of the first menorah candle in honor of Hanukkah, in partnership with Chabad of Poway. Following this celebration, the menorah will continue to light an additional candle everyday of Hanukkah. TIME FOR KRINGLE MINGLE

Santa’s surfing into Cardiff for Kringle Mingle and so should you. Cardiff 101 hosts its annual Kring-

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Pop Warner enrollment down, but spirits remain high By Lexy Brodt

CARMEL VALLEY — Once a thriving local sports program with as many as 650 kids participating in its football and cheer teams, Torrey Pines Pop Warner football has seen a major decline in enrollment over the past decade. Catering to youngsters in the Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Carmel Valley areas, the association supported 14 tackle teams and three flag football teams in 2009. And today? Just two Falcon Pop Warner football teams grace the program’s home field at Torrey Pines High School. Parent, volunteer and former Torrey Pines Pop Warner board member Chris Hendrickson worries that the decrease in enrollment spells the end for the local football program, which was established in 2002. His son, Benjamin, has participated in Pop Warner football for six years — he is currently one of 20 players on the Junior Varsity team. Benjamin plans to play Torrey Pines High School football next year — along with several of his current teammates. For the Hendricksons, moving on from the program will be an emotional experience. “It’s been awesome,” Hendrickson said. “I could probably cry thinking that it’s coming to an end.” The experience has allowed the Hendricksons to form close ties with a number of other local families. He calls game-day Saturdays “so joyful.” “We’ve really built up a good bond with several families over the years, and hopefully my son has some lifelong friends from the experience,” Hendrickson said. Benjamin, who qualified as a Pop Warner Little Scholar in 2018, wrote in his application essay that Pop Warner helped him “overcome (his) communication and self-confidence struggles,” showing him the meaning of determination.

JOSH SAIER, NO. 55, leads a group of Falcons teammates. Pop Warner football is considered by many as “a family affair,” but there are growing concerns about having enough players to field future teams. Photo via Facebook

Rene Flohr, president of the Torrey Pines Pop Warner program, said that despite decreased enrollment, current participants are “really engaged.” And their commitment shows — the Junior Varsity team won every game save one in the 2018 fall season, and is headed to the “Best of the West” championship in Northern California in mid-November. Flohr, as well as the Junior Varsity team’s coach, Adrian Monteiro, mentioned a few possible reasons for why the program has seen a downturn in popularity. They attribute the change to an increase in competition from local flag football leagues and football organizations such as American Youth Football & Cheer, as well as a wider gauntlet of activities available to kids in the area. “With so many options, traditional football and cheer — like having only three channels on TV in the ‘70s – don’t get much market share,” Flohr said. Monteiro said safety concerns among parents play a prominent role in de-

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creased enrollment. These concerns are reflective of the nationwide debate regarding the potential dangers of the sport. Numerous studies across the country have documented the link between high-impact sports such as full-contact football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to have contributed to the death of Oceanside native and Los Angeles Chargers Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau. Citing the risk faced by youth football players in their critical years of brain development, two California State Assembly members introduced the “Safe Youth Football Act” in early 2018, a proposal that would ban players under the age of 12 from participating in tackle football. The bill has since been shelved.

Torrey Pines Pop Warner is far from the only association taking a hit. In 2013, ESPN reported that nationwide Pop Warner participation dropped 9.5 percent between 2010 and 2012, after a record height of 248,899 players participated in the program in 2010. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, American Youth Football and Pop Warner are estimated to have

seen as much as a 30 percent decrease in the number of teams in the last decade, in San Diego and southern Riverside counties. Flohr, who has been on the board for four years and has two children in Pop Warner, said the program is “highly regulated,” with rules being reviewed and updated every year to ensure safety. Players are required to recertify their helmets every two seasons, and coaches are responsible for attaining concussion training and certification with USA Football. Coaches also instruct on specific methods of blocking and tackling to mitigate the risks of collisions at high speeds. “We want to curtail anything that’s going to be more egregious,” Flohr said. Torrey Pines Pop Warner participates in the Palomar Conference with 15 other associations from San Diego and Riverside counties. The nonprofit currently has 40 kids on its two football teams — Pee Wee and Junior Varsity — with 50 in the cheer program. The program once had seven divisions with one or two teams in each division — from Junior Mitey Mite (ages 8-9) to Varsity (ages 13-14). Although the Pop Warner program has often provided a direct conduit to the Torrey Pines High School

program, Monteiro said that many kids are now waiting to start playing football until their freshman year of high school. Ron Gladnick, the head coach for Torrey Pines High School Football, said the school’s program, which currently attracts roughly 150 student athletes, markets to the younger flag football community through programs like Friday Night Lights and NFL Quarterback Drew Brees’ new local league, Football ‘N’ America. As a result, the program hasn’t seen a decline in enrollment in the same way Pop Warner has, according to Gladnick. Coach Monteiro, who calls the organization “a family affair,” said he is sad to see the drop in participation, and has concerns about having enough players to field a team in the coming years. According to Flohr, the board is starting to look at ways of ensuring the future survival of the program, whether that means considering a combination of nearby associations, making Pop Warner more attractive to a multicultural audience, or “spread(ing) the word with more vigor.” “We’re here to serve the community, if there’s an interest,” Flohr said. “We won’t simply walk away.”





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CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t feel you must make changes or offer your SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- help, skills or services just because Someone will use emotional tactics to someone else does. Do your own thing and be open to starting a creative entake advantage of your good nature. deavor. Don’t be gullible or allow yourself to be taken for granted. Personal change is LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Make time for friends and family. A social event will enencouraged. courage you to make a positive change CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t in your lifestyle. Romance is highlighted. get down about the things you cannot change. Focus on what you can do and VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Emotional give it your all. Don’t wait for someone differences will surface if you or someone else to initiate change and disrupt your else isn’t honest about feelings and motivations. Be careful whom you confide in. plans. Meddling will pose a problem. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- A positive change to how you earn your money LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Communiwill develop. Talk over new possibilities cation will help resolve an issue that has with a loved one. Altering where or how been hanging over your head. Say what’s on your mind and offer solutions that are you live will result in benefits. beneficial to everyone involved. Personal PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Take a improvements can be made. moment to adjust to emotional matters SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You won’t that are out of control. Anger won’t solve be surprised by others’ actions if you problems, but common sense and pa- check the facts and use your intuition to tience will help you deal with the situation. figure out if someone is being legitimate ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Go over with you. Trust has to be earned.

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he note was simple and straight to the point: “To my friends: my work is done. Why wait?” That was the last communication from George Eastman, a billionaire in today’s dollars who spent most of his 77 years giving away his fortune. After penning this farewell, an ailing Eastman put a bullet through his heart. We are looking at this note, written on March 14, 1932, and resting under glass, and recalling what our docent had told us a bit earlier. “We like to think that (ending his life) was George Eastman’s last gift to us,” she said. She didn’t elaborate, so I had to think about this. We learned that Eastman suffered greatly from several maladies, including severe spinal problems. He endured unrelenting pain, the last two years of his life and perhaps he wanted to spare his friends seeing him suffer. You may not recognize Eastman’s name – partly because he was an intensely private man who made his enormous donations on

AT THE GEORGE EASTMAN MUSEUM in Rochester, N.Y., the entry fee covers several tours, including one through the beautiful grounds of the philanthropist’s estate. Built in 1905, the estate has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Eastman made millions with Kodak cameras and film, and gave away millions, usually anonymously. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

the condition of anonymity — but you know the name Kodak, the company and empire that he founded. Eastman was the Steve Jobs of his day. Until he came along and made cameras relatively cheap and easy to use, cameras were bulky, complex and outrageously expensive. Eastman also devised a way to provide relatively

easy access to film and developing, which those of a certain age will remember required money and patience; you had to pay for every print (even the bad ones) and wait at least a week to see them. (Side note: You might be surprised to learn that it was a Kodak employee who invented the first digital camera, which, for obvious reasons, never saw the light

of day, but that’s another story.) Eastman also was the Bill Gates of his day, giving away large chunks of money to worthy causes — charitable, cultural and educational. At the time of his suicide, he was worth more than $1.5 billion in 2017 dollars. Though Eastman died long before I was born (let’s just say that it was sometime in the last millennium), he

and his legacy loomed large in my life while growing up in Rochester, New York. My father didn’t work at Kodak, but the fathers of many friends did, and it was a great place to work. Kodak was a generous employer when it came to benefits, bonuses and stock. We had a brief look into Eastman’s life as we toured the George Eastman Museum in Rochester.

The centerpiece is his Georgian Revival style mansion, 35,000 square feet of opulence that includes a sweeping grand stairway, works of art, book collections, hunting trophies and expansive grounds with fountains, lush floral gardens and century-old trees. The estate, built in 1905, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Eastman also had a passion for music and discovered that acoustics are better in a rectangular room as compared to a square one, as was his. To correct the problem, Eastman had his entire mansion sawed in half to add a few feet to his music room. The museum also is a leader in film preservation and photo conservation, and stages both permanent and changing exhibits on the art and history of photography. Visitors of a certain age will recognize trade names, camera models and equipment on display in one of the galleries. They include such trademarks as Brownie, Carousel, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Instamatic, Hawk-Eye, Super 8 and others. For more, visit https:// www.eastman.org/. For more photos and commentary, visit www. facebook.com /elouiseondash. Share your travels. Email eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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ENCINITAS — Forget about “When Harry Met Sally,” how about when Huda met Hadi? In the new memoir, “First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story” written by Encinitas author Huda Al-Marashi, you will learn more about this non-traditional love story. Al-Marashi met her husband Hadi, when she was 6 years old; they’ve now been married for 20 years and have three children between the ages of 15 and 7. Both are the American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California and who ensued a litany of ups and downs. “Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he’s ever loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi’s mother has chosen for her son. She wants what the American girls have — the entertainment culture’s almost singular tale of chance meetings, defying the odds, and falling in love. She wants stolen kisses, romantic dates, and a surprise proposal. As long as she has a grand love story, Huda believes no one will


“If we go through life constantly saying ‘it’s not fair’ then we become what I call a victim,” she said. “But really, it’s those unfair moments that can become opportunities to get us stronger. Don’t let those unfair circumstances get us down but instead use them when we deal with those bumps in the road.” Falzon described the illustrator for her newest book, Debbie Waldorf John-

question if her marriage has been arranged,” according to the book. The couple’s conservative Muslim families forbid them to go out alone before their wedding let alone steal any kisses or even hold hands. As we learn in the book, AlMarashi must navigate her way through the despair of unmet expectations and dashed happily-ever-after ideals. “Eventually she comes to understand the toll of st radd l i ng two cultures in a marriage and the importance of reconciling what you dreamed of with the life you eventually live,” according to the book.” And so, the story goes but “First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story” didn’t come to fruition in a timely manner; it took Al-Marashi more than 10 years from start to finish to get the book off her desk and finally published. “This has been a long journey for me,” she said. “I had several drafts of a memoir with a different focus that I worked on from around 2007 to 2010 and then put aside. I started working on this book next,

and I’ve spent the last eight years drafting, revising, finding and agent, and then in finding a publisher and preparing the book for publication.”

son, as fabulous. The characters came to life with vibrant colors and great facial expressions, she said. She also credits her family, and her husband, Manny, for their continued support in the world of writing. “Manny is one of my biggest supporters — he’s always there to encourage me in every way,” she said. With the recent release of “It’s Not Fair!,” Falzon is appearing at various book readings and signings including The Rancho Santa Fe Library on Nov. 27, and

holiday shopping events at The Santaluz Club on Dec. 1, and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on Dec. 7. During mid-December, Falzon will be making a beeline to Vero Beach, Florida, for a book tour and radio show with Rhett Palmer. Falzon will also have an area dedicated to her books at the Hibiscus Children’s Center in Florida where sale proceeds will go to help support its programs. Books by Falzon can be purchased on Amazon and BlueNoteBooks.com.

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Her audience, she said is two-fold; however, anyone with an interest in marriage and learning about different cultures should pick it up “I had two audiences in mind with this story,” AlMarashi said. “I wanted to offer something to non-Muslim audiences who might not know a Muslim family closely and offer up a story that shows a Muslim-American family in their everyday lives, at a complete remove from rhetoric in the news.” She also wanted her Muslim readers to see themselves reflected in a love story. “Muslim artists have been under so much pressure to respond and speak to the post 9-11 experience in their work, but Muslim audiences are hungry to see themselves in ordinary, everyday stories that speak to love and heartbreak,” AlMarashi said. “That was something that I never had growing up, and growing up, I made the leap that nobody was telling those kinds of stories about Muslims because we simply didn’t have any relationship stories worthy of telling,” she said. “I really wanted to change that misperception for my children’s generation,

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HUDA AL-MARASHI spent the last 10 years writing her memoir, “First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story.” Al-Marashi and her husband are both American-born to Iraqi immigrants, raised in conservative Muslim households. Courtesy photo

and I wanted to do so from within a story that upheld our traditions because, all too often, when you see the story of an immigrant child in television or movies, they are rebelling against their parents in order to fit in with mainstream society.”

might wonder how closely it mirrors her life’s journey with her husband. “One thing that is so important to acknowledge in any conversation about memoir is that no matter how closely you stick to a memory of a moment, you are still shaping the truth True to life with what you choose to inAnd while “First Comes clude and what you choose to Marriage: My Not-So-Typi- exclude,” Al-Marashi said. cal American Love Story” is TURN TO MEMOIR ON 19 meant to be a memoir, one

Local photographer, Greg Cali, invites the community to the grand-opening party for his recently opened art gallery from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 24 on the 101 at 694 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. The Cali Life Gallery hosts four other artists. Come by and support your local artists.

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“No life has the narrow focus that a memoir requires, and during those same years that I’ve covered in this book, so many other things were happening in my life with other characters.” There were other conflicts and other joys, too. In that way, a memoir will always have a bit of an element of fiction to it, she said. “When you take your life experience and shape it into a story that is organized around a theme, you are creating meaning that, most likely, was not there in the ordinary passage of time,” she said. “I could take the same set of years and write it through the lens of my relationship with my mother, or my siblings, or a friend, and it would be a completely different story with a different message.” Writing a book is difficult enough, as most authors and writers will attest, but writing one about your own life is twice as hard, she adds. “The most difficult part was being really honest about things I did not want to share but I knew the story required,” Al-Marashi said. “It was extremely difficult for me to write through some of the more private moments of my life, but I knew it would be disingenuous to tell a story about a newlywed couple without acknowledging physical intimacy. “It’s too big a part of a marriage to ignore, and I knew I had to push past that

the impulse to hide on the page.” But on the flipside, the best moments were the true moments of self-discovery, she said. “What I love about the work of memoir is that it forces you to challenge that shorthand narratives that we all have stored in our minds,” Al-Marashi said. “Our memories are full of stories where we assign causes and blame, but when you sit down to write through a moment, you have to stand back and interrogate that memory. “You have to ask yourself, was that really what happened? Was that really what I thought back then? And, then you have to do the same work on the behalf of your other characters in that scene, too,” she said. Main message

As for the memoir’s main message. she said she hopes readers will take away something of value once they turn the last page. “Most memoirs answer the question of, ‘How did I get here?’ and in order to do that, the writer has to unravel this tight little knot of identity and see the way culture, religion, family, socio-economics and education intersected in his or her life,” Al-Marashi said. In her story, she was trying to look at the way all those influences, particularly coming from a bi-cultural identity, shaped her expectations of what it means to be in love. “In my book, I call it the ‘journey to reconcile what you dreamed of with what you got,’” she said. “I think

expectations can poison a relationship, and the most important thing we can do is parse out when we are really in conflict with our partners and when we are in conflict with our ideas of how we think things are supposed to be.” Hadi’s thoughts

So, what does her husband Hadi have to say about his wife’s book and sharing their private life? “This has been a journey for him, too,” AlMarashi said. “When I first started this project, I shared with him my intentions and hopes for the book. I warned him that he would read about thoughts that no spouse should ever have to read, and I think, back then he would have been more than happy if the book never got published. But he didn’t discourage me, and I kept writing.” She shared with him a later draft, when she felt like she was confident enough in the work that his reaction would not derail her creative process, and then they talked a lot. “We talked about areas where our memories differed, and I gave him veto power over things he was really not comfortable with having in the book,” she said. “And, I did what I could to build in a buffer, to change his name and those he was related to. But now that we are here, he’s been overwhelmingly supportive and surprisingly proud. He’s inviting all his co-workers to my events and telling all his friends, and I really thought he was going to want to keep this as quiet as possible.”

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The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, a group of 35 local amateur and professional guitarists, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour, Encinitas. A suggested donation of $12 will be accepted at the door. For more information, including upcoming guitar workshops, visit encinitasguitarorchestra.com or contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 8155616 or peter@guitarsounds. com.

NORTH COUNTY YOUNGSTERS featured in North Coast Repertory Theatre School’s production of “The Snow Queen,” include Silke Brandrup, Sofia Kahn and Ella Lombardi of Rancho Santa Fe; Ella Darlington and Rachel Weir of Encinitas; Luna Espinosa and Arianna Trette of Solana Beach; Jake Feldman, Hailey Irwin and Isabel White of Carmel Valley; Kayla Kamani and Lily Tanghe ‘CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’ of Del Mar; and Nadiia Sas of Santee. Phillip Korth is the group’s mentor. Shows are Nov. 29-Dec. 2. For tickets, call (858) 481-1055 Village Church Com- or visit northcoastrep.org. Courtesy photo

munity Theater presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets and information at villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

DEC. 1


San Dieguito Art Guild invites art lovers to its annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Enjoy a silent auction, raffle and refreshments.


Coastal Artists will exhibit artworks at La Vida Del Mar from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31, titled “Winter ArtWhirl ‘18.” A free reception for the artists will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 850 Del Mar Downs Road, Solana Beach. For more information visit coastal-artists.org.

DEC. 2


Don’t miss this year’s Encinitas Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Tickets and more information at encinitasballet.com.


Friends of the Encinitas Library present pianist, composer, educator Chase Morrin for its
 free First Sunday Music Series at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Encinitas Library Community Room
540 Cornish Drive. For information, call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends.org.


Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents “The Natural World, Inside and Outside” paintings through Dec. 12 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

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Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 15, 2018, through January 2, 2019, to four national charities designated by the purchaser or lessee. Pre-approved Hometown Charities may be selected for donation depending on retailer participation. Certain participating retailers may make an additional donation to the Hometown Charities selected. Purchasers/lessees must make their charity designations by January 31, 2019. The four national charities will receive a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 each. See your local Subaru retailer for details, or visit subaru.com/share. All donations made by Subaru of America, Inc.

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