Rancho Santa Fe News, Dec. 18, 2009

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VOL. 5, NO. 26

DEC. 18, 2009

Ranch readies for new leaders

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By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association began preparations to nominate candidates to serve on the board of directors at the Dec. 3 meeting. A nominating committee is being formed consisting of President Bill Beckman and Vice President Tim Sullivan plus three positions from former board members who still live in the Covenant and are in good standing. Currently three seats will be available on the board next year and the current board of directors hopes to have at least five nominees to fill those vacancies. Again, the question was

The LPGA chooses to host a full field event at La Costa Resort & 3 Spa in 2010

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Teen in fatal Ranch Icy menorah highlights Hanukkah event DUI crash sentenced MELTING MENORAH “As we light our menorah, we remember the souls above looking down on us,” Rabbi Levi Raskin tells members of

the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe as he prepares to light the giant menorah that was carved on-site from several blocks of ice. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — The second time was a charm for the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe as members celebrated Hanukkah on Dec. 14 with traditional food and music, candle- and dreidel-making,

and the lighting of a giant menorah that was carved from ice while attendees watched and enjoyed latkes, doughnuts and live entertainment. The fourth annual event, hosted by Gary and Bella Sanfir, was planned for Dec.

12, but it was rescheduled due to heavy rain. Activities took place outside GSB Men’s Clothier, the Sanfir’s store in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center. Before the menorah was lit, Rabbi Levi Raskin told the crowd that similar events

were taking place throughout the world, including in front of the White House and Eiffel Tower. “So why not in Rancho Santa Fe?” Raskin asked. After sharing some thoughts

At the same meeting, Project Manager Tim Ireland gave an update on the new school renovation. “We’re now 40 percent complete,” Ireland said. “All slabs have been poured.” This was welcome news to the board as heavy rains have occurred recently and had the slabs not been poured, the project could have been put behind schedule. The biggest concern to Ireland was

RANCHO SANTA FE — A 17-year-old Torrey Pines High School senior was sentenced to probation and up to 547 days in a juvenile camp relating to a drunken driving accident, which killed one classmate and left another seriously injured. Judge George “Woody” Clarke ordered the teen to serve a minimum of 283 days at Camp Barrett in connection to an early morning Oct. 4 single-car crash on a winding section of La Granada near the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The 17-year-old driver, whose name has been withheld because he is a minor, is expected to receive treatment for alcohol abuse during his confinement. He




School board elects new officers for 2010 By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Scot Cheatham will serve as president of the Rancho Santa Fe School District for 2010 with Jim Depolo serving as vice president. Richard Burdge was elected clerk and Superintendent Lindy Delaney will continue to serve as secretary to the board of trustees. Before assuming his duties as president, Cheatham had kind words for Carlie Headapohl, who stepped

down as president. “Carlie has done a great job. She’s provided good community service and good leadership.” “It’s been a huge year,” Delaney said. “Carlie has been a great leader of the board.” At the board of trustees meeting held Dec. 7 at the R. Roger Rowe School, the chairs of the Performing Arts Center Fundraising Committee, Allison Stratton and Bibbi Conner, gave an update to the board. More than 50 people

will attend a special fundraiser to be held Dec. 16 at a private residence. “There have been substantial commitment pledges,” Conner said. “People are calling us.” The committee is reaching out in the community to receive pledges and commitments for the $2 million facility. According to Conner, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Executive Director Christie Wilson has acknowledged that contributions are being received.

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DEC. 18, 2009

ODD LPGA to host full field event at La Costa Teen wins lawsuit FILES


By Alyx Sariol

LEAD STORY — Spare the Rod: In September,engaging in a 300year tradition of the Dussera holiday in India’s Tamil Nadu state, Hindu priests ritually whipped 2,000 young women and girls over a five-hour period as penance for a range of sins, from insufficient studying to moral impurity. Said one sobbing yet inspired lash recipient, to an NDTV reporter, “(W)hen we are whipped, we will get rid of our mental and physical ailments and evil spirits.” (And in November, Pope John Paul II was revealed to have periodically atoned for sins by privately whipping himself, according to a nun who worked with him and who was cited in the Vatican’s ongoing consideration of John Paul II for sainthood. The nun said she heard him distinctly several times from an adjacent room.)

Compelling Explanations — From a police report in the North Bay (Ontario) Nugget (Nov. 7): An officer in line at a traffic light, realizing that cars had not moved through two light changes, walked up to the lead car to investigate. The driver said she was not able to move on the green lights because she was still on the phone and thus driving off would be illegal. The officer said a brief lecture improved the woman’s understanding of the law. — The inspector general of the National Science Foundation revealed that onthe-job viewing of pornography Web sites was so widespread at the agency that the resultant ethics investigations hindered his primary mission of investigating fraud on grant contracts. The agency report, obtained by the Washington Times in September, said the heaviest user was a senior executive who logged on to pornography at least 331 days in 2008. He subsequently retired, but before leaving defended his habit, claiming that his Web site visits actually helped impoverished women in Third World countries to earn a decent living (by posing for pornography). — Fine Lawyering: Jacob Christine, 21, acting as his own lawyer at an October hearing, denying charges that he severely slashed a fellow inmate at an Easton, Pa., prison, offered his own view of whoever the perpetrator was: “Whoever attacked (the victim) had a high regard for life,” said Christine, because the cut “isn’t deep at all. It’s on his neck. It’s not on his face.”

Ironies — When Minnesota’s Riverview Community Bank opened for business in 2004, founder Chuck Ripka claimed divine inspiration — that God had told him to “pastor the bank” and, in TURN TO ODD FILES ON 25

CARLSBAD — The Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA, announced that it will host its first full field domestic event of the season at Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort and Spa in 2010. The LPGA Classic presented by J Golf will showcase the talent of the association’s players from March 22 to March 28. More than 140 players will compete on the resort’s 72 par course for a chance at a purse of $1.7 million. “If you’ve never been to an LPGA event, it will only take you one to become a lifelong fan,” incoming LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said. As the first big domestic event of the season, Whan stressed that it will be a prime time to glimpse what the LPGA has to offer. All of the big names are expected to attend, as “no player misses the first major and no one misses the first full field event,” he said. “These players are going to be on go.” The association has partnered with J Golf to host the event through 2014.The game will be broadcasted by the Golf Channel and four live rounds will be aired in prime time on their network. Whan cited several aspects of the tour that set it apart from others, most notably the constant surprises in the game and the player interaction with fans. Each

One of the 2009 season’s rookies, 20-year-old Mina Harigae of Monterey, will be making her tour debut at the LPGA tournament. She has already earned a name for herself in the golf world as the Duramed Futures Tour’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year of 2009 and is looking forward to succeeding in the upcoming season. “A lot of the rookies did well and it motivates me,” TURN TO LPGA ON 28

OFF TO A GOOD START Rookie of the Year Mina Harigae will be making her debut at the tournament in March. Photo by Alyx Sariol

day offers another chance for players to advance or fall behind in the game, which often leaves fans guessing. “If you try and pick who’s going to win, I’m not sure you could,” Whan said. The LPGA players easily attract fans because they are so willing to snap a picture or sign an autograph on the

green,Whan said. Players also interact online writing blogs and participating in live chats to post updates and answer questions for fans. Whan notes that he is often “overwhelmed at how interactive our players are with the fans.” “You’ll be amazed at how much you feel a part of the action,” Whan said.

GOOD GOLFING Incoming commissioner Michael Whan speaks enthusiastically about the sport and the players that will be showcased at La Costa Resort in March 2010. Photo by Alyx Sariol

Winter shelter demand outpaces capacity By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — Despite the festive atmosphere of bustling commerce, twinkling lights and Christmas tree shopping, many families are struggling to keep a roof over their heads this holiday season. In fact, those along the coastal cities who have no place to turn might be lucky enough to land a spot in the Interfaith Shelter Network North Coast’s temporary shelter. Linda, who asked that her real name not be used, is one of the lucky ones who is participating in the shelter’s rotational. The divorced mother keeps herself busy looking for a second job and trying to secure a

permanent home in the area where she has seen most homes, even small apartments, priced out of her reach. “I had a good job, but like a lot of people I got laid off due to budget cuts and wasn’t able to keep up with my bills,” she said in a matter of fact tone.“It all happens so fast, one day your bank account is reasonably full and then it’s all gone; there wasn’t enough savings to last more than a few months.” Someday soon, she hopes, they will move out of the seasonal shelter for the homeless operated by a group of North County coastal churches. “I’m so blessed that these people are willing to help,” Linda said.

“Without them I don’t know where we would be.” The network involves 120 congregations of all denominations countywide in a rotational shelter program. About 60 of the congregations host the pro-

the council for 11 years. She used her time to make remarks as outgoing mayor to highlight the city’s accomplishments during the past year, including the creation of a two-year budget that cuts expenditures by nearly 10 percent without cutting services or staff. She also looked toward the future. “We have to move forward with community revitalization,” Crawford said. “The investment in our downtown is critical to the long-term health and well-being of our community. “We can’t do nothing,” she said. “Inaction is, of course, the enemy of our community’s long-term success.” In a resolution of commendation, Earnest praised Crawford for her “indefatiga-

ble energy,” “limitless talents” and enthusiasm, which, “if properly harnessed would light up the city, saving thousands on our electric bill and totally offset our carbon footprint.” Earnest, who was first elected to the council in 1996, is up for re-election in 2010. Crawford’s term is also up next year, but she said she will not seek re-election. A Democrat, she is running against Republican Martin Garrick for the 74th District seat in the state Assembly. “You took the challenge and you’ve done an outstanding job,” Solana Beach City Manager David Ott told Nichols, who received a framed copy of the city’s new map signed by the artist, a jacket, an engraved letter

For more information Interfaith Shelter, Inland Dec. 21-April 10 (760) 489-6380 Hosted by local churches. For men, women and families.

Interfaith Shelter, Coast Sept. 28-March 14 (760) 753-8300 Hosted by local churches. For men, women and families.

gram in their facilities for two or four weeks a year and the remainder serve in a valuable support role, providing volunteers for meals and overnight hosting, transportation and donations. Through neighborhood congregations linking with others, guests are sheltered where there are no shelters and receive the understanding and support of congregations when previously all they knew was fear and uncertainty. Guests are placed in coastal congregations within the network after being screened by the Community

over bus accident By Randy Kalp

SAN MARCOS — A teenage girl hit by a North County Transit District bus in San Marcos won a lawsuit Dec. 9 she filed against the transit district relating to a brain injury she said resulted from the accident. A Vista jury awarded Cecilia Ruiz $40,000 for the head injuries she suffered in connection to the April 26, 2006, incident in which she was struck by a slow moving transit bus after exiting the vehicle and then walking in front of it. The speed of the bus was estimated to be between less than 1 mph and 7 mph, according to the attorneys on the case. NCTD bus driver Barry McCown admitted he was at fault for the accident, court records state. In the hours after the accident, Ruiz, then 15, was treated at an area hospital for a minor head injury and released, her attorney Michael Goldstein said in a phone interview. Still, the monetary award is a far cry from the approximately $2.1 million Ruiz was seeking for her injuries. Goldstein said he respects the jury’s judgment, but was “disappointed” with the amount they rewarded his client. The attorney said $1.4 million was for emotional stress and loss of enjoyment for life, while the other $700,000 centered on a lifecare plan that provided future-care cost for medication and brain injury rehabilitation. Going into the trial, TURN TO BUS ON 25

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COAST CITIES — The county’s two smallest cities had their annual change in leadership last week. Richard Earnest began his third term as mayor of Del Mar at the Dec. 7 meeting, taking over for Crystal Crawford, who was completing her third term in the position. In Solana Beach, Tom Campbell began his fourth mayoral term on Dec. 9. He replaces Mike Nichols, who was serving as City Council leader for the first time. Ceremonies in both cities included cake, gifts and words of thanks and appreciation. “It has been a pleasure, of course, to serve again as the mayor of the wonderful community of Del Mar,” said Crawford, who has served on


opener and a skateboard with the city seal. “You did an incredible job,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “You’re just a natural at this.” “I do truly appreciate the honor of being the representative of the city,” Nichols said. “I really enjoyed the work.” Campbell has served on the Solana Beach City Council since 1996. Nichols is currently serving his first term. Both are up for re-election next year. Don Mosier and Heebner take over as deputy mayors in Del Mar and Solana Beach, respectively. As general law cities, Del Mar and Solana Beach appoint council members to serve as mayor on a one-year rotating basis.

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A little danger can work wonders for your mind I’m staring down a steep, vertical drop, straddling a narrow ridgeline with my snowboard strapped to my feet. My buddies and I have hiked a ways to ride a secluded backcountry section of a ski area, and it’s freezing. I’m having second thoughts as the wind howls up the mountain, whooshing over the ridge with a resolute intensity. I ratchet my binding straps tighter and anxiously watch my buddies drop in, one after the other, until I’m the last one left up there. There is no backing out at this point. Deep breath. Focus on the line. You can do this. I nudge my toeside over the edge and I’m fully committed. I barely make the critical section on skiers left, my body readjusting automatically. Then a hollow “whump” — the precursor to an avalanche. You’re hearing things. Focus your fear. And just like that it’s over, my heart racing, my lungs gasping for air, as we head for another steep pinestudded section. What a rush! A wise friend of mine argues that going big and taking risks is a simple form of dementia. She reasons that animals instinctively understand the difference between jumping off a cliff and not jumping off a cliff. Animals wouldn’t float a Class V river or scale a granite wall without ropes or paddle for a 30-foot wave. Humans, the ultimate thinking creature, disregard this instinctual behavior in an effort to satisfy an urge or a goal. And this is just plain stupid, she contends. Psychologists seem to generally agree with my friend’s observations, applying the straightforward stance that extreme sport athletes and calculated risk tak-

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective ers are troubled in a sense. Hailing from the sensation-seeking theory school of thought, this body of science has found similarities between the brains of drug addicts and the brains of people who jump out of planes. Interesting stuff, really. And then several years ago, writer Brian Handwerk poised the all-important question in a National Geographic News article: “What is it that drives some to embrace extreme risks, while the rest of us scurry for the safety of the sidelines?” They’re putting too much thought into this conundrum. I’ll tell you what drives some to embrace extreme risks: your adrenaline gland working in overdrive. Facing your fear. Accomplishing a daring challenge. Feeling the progression. The moment when we all “feel alive.” In extreme sports, pushing your limits is the name of the game. It is a condition some experts might call the law of diminishing returns, where achieving the same goal time and time again will no longer induce the same rush. It’s why I dropped in off that narrow ridge, for it represented a bigger challenge, and hence a bigger return. It’s why anyone who skis, snowboards, skates, surfs, whitewater kayaks, or whatever can’t wait to TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 25

Sometimes ‘freebies’ not as free as they seem Sad local situation When you win a car, a lotta cash or receive an Extreme Makeover of your house, there are indirect costs involved. In a home remodel the property value goes up. And if you win cash or upscale merchandise, Uncle Sam expects a piece of the action. Barbara Cobb forwarded a Channel 10 report on the plight of a Flower Capital widower and his children who are facing foreclosure becuz their manse was remodeled on a TV program and the tax collector reassessed it making it necessary for the family to redo the mortgage. Now the family is having difficulty making the payments creating an extreme hardship. Sad.

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course in the country to build until recently when one opened in New York that cost more. Hizzoner Bud Lewis sez it was never intended to pay for itself in the short term. Kinda like the federal spend packages that the kids of the future are saddled with. The Crossings has a $1.76 mil. budget next year.

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The Harbor City redevelopment agency recently committed $160 thousand clams for a feasibility study for building a stadium adjacent to Petco Park. A part of the site is occupied by San Diego Metro Transit System, which uses it as a bus storage and maintenance yard. Now it develops there is a lotta soil contamination that will cost thousands of bux to clean up. Now what?

Solbeach voters will decide next June whether businesses will pay a tax on their gross receipts in addition to their standard license fee. Council electeds played it wisely. Before springing the tax proposal on the merchants, as politicians are prone to do, businessmen were involved in a sub-committee. If the proposal is approved, it will help to bridge a $1.5 mil budget gap.

Napping nixed

Homeless shelters

Federal Aviation Administration is prohibiting pilots from napping in the cockpit with some exceptions for long flights but was silent on brief catnaps as the one that occurred in Hawaii when pilots overflew a flight from Honolulu to Hiloby miles.The pilots were getting a little shuteye caused by the balmy Hawaiian weather. More recently, a flight from San Diego bound for Minneapolis overshot its destination by 150 miles causing considerable concern at the tower that it might have been grabbed by terrorists. Pilots explained they were consumed going over new regs. Current ones limit pilots to eight wide awake hours of flying in a 24-hour period except on longer hauls.

No one can say local residents are indifferent to the plight of the homeless now with the cold Winter months at hand. Regional Solutions, a coalition of nine participating cities that includes the Surfside City, Solbeach, Flower Capital, C’bad, O’side, Poway, San Marcos,Vista, and Escondido, is subsidizing a shelter program for the third year. Interfaith Community Services has been providing shelter for men, women and families since September. Area shelters are operating by Bread of Life Rescue Mission in O’side, Operation Hope Vista; Salvation Army Escondido and Catholic Charities La Posada de Guadalupe in C’bad.

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Rocky Chavez, whose last day as an O’side councilman was Dec. 18, is now undersecretary for the Cal The Crossings to Dept. of Vets Affairs in Sacto. He’ll receive bailout The Crossings posh golf course earn $122,424 annually, a mite more in C’bad will receive an addition than he was receiving in O’side. $l50,000 to cover expenses to year’s Chavez delayed his resignation to end. It cost $71 mil. to build in 2007 TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 35 and was ranked the most expensive

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DEC. 18, 2009

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GUITAR HEROES The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra will present a Christmas concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 18, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas. The concert will include traditional and lesser known gems of music along with an excerpt of Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major. Visit www. encinitasguitarorchestra.com to learn more. FOR CASA A concert benefiting Casa De Amparo will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Carlsbad Women’s Club, 3320 Monroe St. Local singers and musicians Joni Harris, Bill Ims, Carolyn Mickelson, Eliane Weidauer, Vicki Hamilton, and Dmitriy Demidov will perform. For reservations, call Eliane at (760) 945-1162 or e-mail meliane@cox.net. SAVING LIVES Local artists will present the Art S.A.L.E (Saving A Life Everyday) & Silent Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18, North Coast Calvary Chapel Fireside Room,1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. Proceeds from the event support Pregnancy Resource Center and Casa Bernarbe Orphanage in Nicaragua. Email Ruth at ruthr12@cox.net.



Shabbat morning services will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 19, Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley.The service will include a dedication to the temple’s stained-glass windows, recently installed in the sanctuary. Contact Debra at (858) 481-8454 or at debra@betham.com to learn more. SANTA INC Sunshine Brooks Theatre will perform the original interactive holiday show “Santa Inc” at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, 217 N. Coast Highway 101. Children will be taken on an adventure to the North Pole and encounter the crew that operates it. Call (760) 5299140 to learn more.



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By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Prep School held two performances of “The ‘S’ Files,” their Christmas Music Pageant, on Dec. 4. Under the musical supervision of Camille Hastings, 40 students sang and danced and recited lines that tested their memory skills. As much as their fellow students enjoyed the performances, parents and grandparents enjoyed it even more. “We started working on this in September,” said Hastings, who has put together 15 similar productions for the school since 2002. “It’s an after school program and leads are selected through the audition process.” Three students with leading roles also happened to share the same name, Madison. “But having the name Maddy isn’t a requirement for getting a lead,” teased Hastings. Participating in a show is always great fun, but Hastings feels it presents other opportunities, too. “I believe this is a great way for kids to learn presence and confidence for speaking in front of others your entire life.” On Dec. 9, veteran Disney animator Davy Liu made a special appearance at the Chapel and offered to

MOSTLY MADDIES Madison Gilbert, Abby Gammel, Alana Becer, Madison Hansmeyer and Madison Mansukhani all participate in “The ‘S’ Files.” Photo by David Wiemers

sign his books. Horizon Prep librarian Kelly Hendrickson said, “We were so excited that Davy was able to schedule this Chapel event.”

Next week begins Horizon’s Living Nativity, which includes scenes and dramatic re-enactments of the life of Jesus Christ and

those who were with him during his life, death, and resurrection. The nightly tours begin Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. and the fol-

lowing week on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information about the Living Nativity, visit www.horizon.org.

Jury recommends death penalty for ex-Marine By Randy Kalp

VISTA — Derlyn Ray Threats should be executed for the brutal murder of a 24-year-old housewife in her Vista home, a Vista jury recommended Dec. 4. After six days of deliberation, the panel returned on the morning of Dec. 4 with their final verdict in Threats’ case, in which they found that the 28-year-old man should be sentenced to death for the murder of Carolyn Rebecca Neville four years ago in her Vista home. “Yes, yes, yes … yes,” each of the 12 jurors answered as Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman pulled the jury. As the panel answered,

Threats sat motionless with his head cocked to the left side and looked away from the jury. Unlike other times when the jury entered and exited the courtroom, Threats who wore a khaki pants with a white button down shirt and a tie, didn’t stand. Threats also denied a request by Kirkman to have his sentencing hearing scheduled outside the threeweek window defendants are granted as their right to speedy proceedings. Kirkman set a sentencing date for Jan. 5. Threats was convicted in November of one count each of murder in the first degree with special circumstance allegations, residen-

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tial robbery and residential burglary. The panel, eight men and four women, also found true the two special circumstance allegations — the murder was committed during the robbery or burglary, and the murder involved torture. Outside the courtroom, Stephen Neville, the victim’s husband, said he was pleased with the jury’s decision. “It’s finally come to a closure and I think Mr. Threats got what he deserved,” Stephen Neville, 30, said. He said his family and friends have offered a great deal of support throughout the five-year case.

After the murder, the city changed Diablo Place to Via Angelica at the request of Steven Neville and his neighbors. Prosecutors allege the murder was a result of a burglary interrupted that escalated into a robbery when Carolyn Neville returned home after dropping her son off at elementary school. Police found Carolyn Neville’s body in the living room of her home on Diablo Place around 9 a.m. Sept. 1, 2005. Shortly after their arrival on the scene, Threats was found a few houses away with a pair of bloody socks, a stun gun and hammer handle. Still, defense attorneys’ argued throughout the case

that Threats wasn’t alone in the house when the murder occurred. Attorney James Weintre said his client entered the house with a next-door neighbor of the Nevilles, and it was that gentleman, a convicted felon, who committed the gruesome murder. Threats’ wife, Isabel, said she was disappointed with the evidence, including information about the neighbor’s alleged role in the crime, which was omitted from her husband’s case. “It’s really hard when you’re sitting there watching someone you love being put through so much and you can’t even defend it,” Isabel TURN TO DEATH ON 31


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The Country Friends host annual holiday tea By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends hosted their 14th annual Holiday Tea on Dec. 9, a chance for locals to luncheon together during this festive time of year, but most importantly, to help benefit Voices for Children. Voices for Children is a local nonprofit organization which aims to assist abused, neglected and abandoned children who have become dependents of the San Diego County Court System. Voices for Children ensures that these children will have a safe and permanent home. The money was raised during last fall’s Art of Fashion show in the park, but the check was presented at the recent tea. Co-chairs for the event were Heidi Timlake and Devin Lucia, who said, “We’re very pleased with the turnout today. It’s an honor to be able to help Voices for IN THE SPIRIT Above, Debra Tenhoff, better known as one of the Children.” In addition to the “Handbag Hags” and Lauren Mitchell, of “Toffee Divine” are just two of Holiday Tea, it was also an many vendors who came to support the Country Friends. Right, Heidi TURN TO FRIENDS ON 31

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Timlake and Devin Lucia co-chaired this season’s Holiday Tea. Photos by David Wiemers

Encinitas family brings poinsettia to new heights By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Ecke poinsettias are everywhere this holiday season including “The Tonight Show,” “The Jay Leno Show” and many American homes. In 1923, Paul Ecke put Encinitas on the map when he relocated his poinsettia ranch from Hollywood to North County. Native to the jungles of Mexico, the plant was introduced into the United States in the early 1800s by Joel Roberts Poinsett. But it was Ecke who made the poinsettia as synonymous with the Christmas season as pine trees. “Poinsettias bloom when the nights are long and the days are short which is why my grandfather turned them into the Christmas flower,” explained Paul Ecke III. “He said, ‘Wow, look at this plant! It blooms in the winter!’” Today the younger Ecke continues to take the company to new heights. “The poinsettia has become the living symbol of Christmas,” he said. “It’s the No. 1 one flowering potted plant in America, even though it’s only sold six weeks out of the year.” He added that Ecke poinsettias corner 70 percent of the market. For most of its history, poinsettias were raised locally contributing to Encinitas’ reputation as “the flower capital of the world.” In 1997, Paul III moved part of

POPULAR PLANT Almost 90 years after Paul Ecke introduced poinsettias to the world, the family’s poinsettias still have 70 percent of the market. “The poinsettia has become the living symbol of Christmas,” said Paul Ecke III. “It’s the No. 1 flowering potted plant in America, even though it’s only sold six weeks out of the year.” Ecke holds “Ice Punch,” one of about 65 varieties that have been developed at the Ecke Ranch in Encinitas. Photo by Lillian Cox

the operation to Guatemala where they produce cuttings for growers. In 2007, he licensed Armstrong Growers to produce Ecke-brand poinsettias. Today the Ecke Ranch is exclusively a research and development operation that

has produced about 65 varieties of poinsettias to date. “We have the best genetics for growing,” Ecke said. “It’s not enough that they look pretty in the greenhouse, they have to be pretty in the consumer’s home.”

Ecke boasts about an onsite torture chamber where new varieties of poinsettias are tested. “The leaves fall off most varieties,” he said. “The ones that look good we grow commercially. Our poinsettias are the toughest. We also

think they are the prettiest.” Recently the company introduced a line of fuel-efficient poinsettias that can grow in cold weather, saving growers thousands — even millions — of dollars in energy costs. Last week Ecke traveled to the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas where he launched the new Polar Bear variety, touted as the whitest poinsettia available. A percentage of sales will benefit Polar Bears International, a nonprofit dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research and education. Ecke claims to have about 10 poinsettias in his Encinitas home during the holidays. He offers these tips for maintaining their beauty: 1. Place the pot where you are comfortable, avoiding extremes. “If you need to wear sunglasses, it’s too bright,” he said. “If you need to turn on a light, it’s too dark. If you need to wear a sweater, it’s too cold.” 2. Water the plant when it’s dry to the touch. “My dad would say that poinsettias like dry feet,” Ecke said. “Too many people water them too much — they love them too much.” Most importantly, Ecke wants consumers to enjoy the holidays with the knowledge that poinsettias aren’t poisonous to either people or their pets.

Two firefighters retire, two welcomed to the district RANCHO SANTA FE — On Dec. 9, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District Board of Directors recognized two retiring firefighters and introduce two new firefighters joining the Fire District.

Retiring Capt. Bill Lutz has spent his entire 31-year career serving the communities within the RSFFPD. Retiring Driver/Operator Rich Foster has been with the fire district for 19-and-a-half

years. Both will work their last shift Dec. 23. “It has been a pleasure working with both Bill and Rich over the years,” said Fire Chief Nick Pavone. “I appreciate their service to the com-

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munity and to our district and I wish them well in this new phase of their lives.” Joining the Fire District are Kyle Carranza and Grant Smith. Carranza, whose first shift will be Dec. 25, had been

with Valley Center Fire Protection District prior to being hired at RSFFPD. Smith previously worked at Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Protection District. His first shift will be Dec. 27.

DEL MAR — Sometimes time is on your side. Sometimes it’s not. With the deadline only a month away, Del Mar city officials found the latter to be true as they discussed plans at the Dec. 7 City Council meeting to submit comments on the environmental impact report for expansion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the site, is proposing to renovate the 340-acre facility by adding a hotel, new exhibit halls, rooftop sports facilities, a health club, a parking structure and office buildings. Immediately after the draft EIR and master plan were released for public review on Oct. 9, portions of the 4,500-plus-page document were given to various city departments for review based on each one’s area of expertise. Officials are also seeking input by working with other agencies and organizations focusing on the environmental effects as they relate to the issues they oversee. A nine-member ad hoc citizen advisory committee is reviewing the two-volume document as well. That group wants to see the city’s comments before drafting and voting on its letter. But once the city releases information to the advisory group, it becomes public and city officials don’t want to release comments based on incomplete data. City staff plans to present its draft comment letter to council members at a special meeting Jan. 5, three days before the deadline, when City Council would be expected to approve the letter for submission. Staff said it would plan to get its draft letter to the advisory committee by Dec. 23 and to council members prior to the Jan. 5 meeting. All groups were concerned with the tight deadlines, especially after interim Planning Director Brian Mooney highlighted about a dozen problem areas with the document. For starters, he said, the draft EIR provides an insufficient description of the project. “If they haven’t given us adequate information … how can you analyze the effects of that?” Mooney asked. He said comments submitted by the city and other agencies during the notice of preparation that was released last year were not responded to adequately or at all. Mitigation measures also “appear to be problematic,” Mooney said. For example, traffic and transportation are deferred to other agencies, TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON 31



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FESTIVE TREES NEED HOMES Librarian Debbie Wilson with grandson Grant Faris, who hopes to win the purple “Star Wars” tree. These were just a few of the selection of trees being raffled off at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Proceeds benefit library programs. Photo by David Wiemers

Library guild raffles trees and treats for the holidays By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild held it’s annual Christmas Tea and Tree Raffle on Dec. 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Library.The library was chock full of books and children, all eager to win the Christmas tree of their choice. Small decorative trees were donated to be raffled off. The trees were cleverly put together and were a feast for the eye. Boys, in particu-

lar, seemed to be stuffing the box with raffle tickets hoping to win the “Star Wars Tree.” Girls appeared to gravitate toward a tall pink tree while football fans wanted the “Charger Tree.” After indulging in cookies and soft drinks, everyone settled into the children’s corner, with seats for about 100 people. Vivien U, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, welcomed everyone and got right to the tree raffle.

Proceeds from the raffle help support programs provided by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, programs which primarily benefit children in the community. The guild was established in 1963 by a group of Rancho Santa Fe residents who saw a need to enhance library services beyond anything the county’s funds could provide. The library will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.


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Man to be tried for mistaken identity attack with hatchet By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — A former Border Patrol agent accused of attacking two people with a hatchet in what prosecutors say was a “sadistic” and “premeditated” attack will have to stand trial for attempted murder, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Dec. 14. After a day of testimony in a Vista courtroom, Judge Joan Weber said she found enough evidence to support the handful of charges, which include attempted murder and torture, filed against Gamalier Reyes Rivera relating to a July 9 assault on two sleeping victims, who prosecutors believe he mistook for his estranged wife and her boyfriend, because the room was dark. Weber pointed toward a 2005 letter Rivera, of Imperial Beach, wrote to his ex-wife detailing how he was going to kill her and incidents of stalking as indicators that Rivera had in fact attacked the wrong couple in the house. “His intent was to go up there and kill those two people in the bedroom,” Weber said. Further, she added Rivera had purposely left his television on inside his residence and took a cab to

the crime scene to make it look like he never left his home that evening. “He clearly had a plan in mind to do a stealth attack on his exwife and her boyfriend.” Rivera, 33, and his wife divorced in 2005 after three years of marriage, but then reconciled in 2007 only to divorce again in 2008, according to court testimony. A judge ordered Rivera’s wages to be garnished of $2,200 a month for child and spousal support the day before the attack. Escondido Police responded to the crime scene in the 800 block of South Upas Street around 1:15 a.m. July 9, where they found two hand hatchets. Witnesses identified Rivera, who was arrested shortly after the incident

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near 9th and Pine streets in Escondido, as the sole attacker. The two victims suffered significant injuries from the multiple hacks to their body from the hatchet. Christopher Anguiano, then 29, was slashed in the head, back and torso. He now suffers from brain damage and is partially blind due to the attack. Samantha Shaffer, then 21, lost part of her toe from the attack to her legs and foot. Rivera’s attorney, Charles Luckman, didn’t dispute his client attacked the two victims; however, he said he believed the case should only be filed as an assault with a deadly weapon, because the victims TURN TO HATCHET ON 25

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Jewels and Jammies event helps to save pets By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was filled with goodies Dec. 7 to help shoppers prepare for the upcoming holidays and, at the same time, help pets in need of expensive veteri-

nary care. The Foundation for Animal Care and Education, or FACE, held a “Jewels and Jammies” shopping extravaganza and people filled the Garden Club despite the rainy weather outdoors.

“We’ve had a very good turnout,” Cini Robb, one of the co-chairs for the event, said. “We’re so glad people took the time despite this rain.” Late in the afternoon professional golfer Corey Pavin and baseball Hall of

Famer Fred Lynn helped by keeping the gents entertained while their wives shopped. There was also a raffle and silent auction, with the proceeds benefiting the FACE Foundation. FACE is the only organ-

ization in San Diego County that helps pets that are already in loving homes, but whose families cannot pay for emergency or critical care pets may need to survive. This helps prevent “economic euthanasia”

where pets are being put down because families cannot afford the treatment to save their pet’s life. FACE has been in operation since 2006. For more information or to donate, go to www.face4pets.org.


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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp

A report for the week of Dec. 1, 2009 to Dec. 8, 2009 CAR BURGLARIZED A vehi-

cle parked on Edinburg Avenue in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 9 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4:30 a.m. Dec. 4. HIGH TIDE Tidewater Tavern on North Highway 101 in Solana Beach was reportedly burglarized sometime between 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 4 of $4,267.58. WALLET STOLEN Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on South Highway 101 in Cardiff-by-the-Sea sometime between 4:45 and 6 p.m. Dec. 4 of a wallet and $500 ring. BLING STING An Encinitas residence on Regal Drive was reportedly burglarized sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 2 of nearly $5,000 in jewelry and miscellaneous electronics. C’BAD BURGLARY Someone reportedly burglarized a residence on La Nevasca Lane in Carlsbad sometime between 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 of a laptop, jewelry and watches. GANG RELATED Three men reportedly robbed a ninth-grade Oceanside student around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 on Oceanside Boulevard in Oceanside. Police believe the suspects followed or stalked the victim and that the attack was gang related. GAS STATION ROBBED The Chevron on Vista Way in Oceanside was reportedly robbed around 2:15 p.m. Dec. 2. KEEPING CLEAN A vehicle parked on Alta Mesa Drive in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime after 9 p.m. Dec. 2 of hygiene articles. FIVE IN A ROW Five businesses on La Miranda Drive in

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Vista — Protech Imaging, CMS, Symbient, West Coast Saunas and Logo Expressions, Inc. — were reportedly burglarized around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 4. UNPLUGGED A computer and other miscellaneous electronic equipment were stolen from a Vista Residence on Bonsa Place on Dec. 4. CLEANED OUT A residence on Shadowridge Drive in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 4 of $1,500 and $3,000 worth of jewelry. YAMAHA STOLEN A black Yamaha R1000 motorcycle valued at $17,000 was stolen from Grapevine Road sometime between 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 5 a.m. Dec. 2. NO RESPECT Two men were arrested after their armed robbery of a 50-year-old man on Osborne Street in Vista around 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1.

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ton, Larry instructed everyone to get on Marlon J. Larry is wanted for the floor. It is alleged he told two tellers armed bank robbery. Larry was born to open the cash vault. Their attempts March 15, 1974, in Kansas. He is 6 feet failed and Larry settled for money from 2 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. the teller’s drawer. The money was On June 27, 2007, at approximateplaced in a black plastic garbage bag ly 8:05 a.m., a bank teller was working Larry had brought into the bank. After at her bank in Kansas City, Mo., when allegedly retrieving the money, Larry she observed the bank manager had three bank employees crawl to an approaching the outside front door.The teller observed a man, later identified MARLON LARRY office and stay on the floor. Before leavas Larry, running toward the bank manager. The ing the bank, Larry asked for and received car manager pushed him away and attempted to keys from a bank employee. He then exited the enter the bank. Then, Larry allegedly struck the bank. If you know of Larry’s whereabouts, contact bank manager in the head with a handgun. After a teller attempted to move toward the alarm but- the nearest FBI office.

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ENCINITAS Petty Theft 1, Burglary 3, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 9, Burglary 7, Vandalism 9, Assault 1, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 4, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 9, Burglary 2, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 2 VISTA Petty Theft 6, Burglary 12, Vandalism 1, Assault 4, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 2

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SOLANA BEACH — St. James Academy and Cathedral Catholic High graduate Brian Stahovich, sophomore punter at San Diego State, is a candidate for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter. In addition, he was named Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week recently. He currently ranks fourth nationally and first in the league in punting average with 45.81 yards per kick.

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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

Ricardo Persona Rape, Child Molestation San Diego, Jan. 1997

Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005

Arturo G. Gomez Rape with Force San Diego, May 2007


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’Tis the season for sniffles and such The season of random viruses is upon us. People are coming to blows to be poked with sharp needles and zinc is your new best friend. But if you still have doubts, just drop by your nearest elementary school. Wear your helmet. It is the front lines. Last week, I was about to jump on the line to the CDC. There was some discussion about how to prevent catching the swine flu and one kindergartener announced, with eyes wide, “My brother has Swine Nose!” It turns out that neither a virus or a curse by a wicked witch was turning the stricken brother’s face into a pig. There was just a panicky mishearing when the mother remarked that her son had a “swollen nose,” which is certainly indignity enough. And a loss of dignity seems to be one big side affect of this unhealthy season. One third-grader was mortified when she threw up in the library checkout line Friday. Far above any distress from her nausea, chills, fever and such, was the embarrassment of tossing your lunch in front of the entire class. And the class wasn’t terribly sympathetic, either. They scattered like marbles, with shrieks and groans, as the debacle began. I was marvelously useless, vaulting over my desk with a small handful of tissues. We got the poor little critter to the nurse’s office, but not without thorough damage to the rug, her socks, shoes, legs, hands and hair. It is not a great time to be a school custodian or a school nurse. The only good idea I had was to swiftly cover the area with butcher paper, in a heroic out-ofsight, out-of-mind effort, just to get the rest of the class checked out and gone. It seemed to work, but my spray bottle of lavender water was just too little, too late. I am now prepared for the return of the black plague, armed with rolls of towels, a box to catch flying whatever, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 31



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CARMEL VALLEY — Music, dance, art, food and holiday shopping combined for Canyon Crest Academy’s annual Festival of the Arts on Dec. 12 at the Carmel

Valley campus. The six-hour event showcased the talents of students in the high school’s visual, performing and digital arts program known as Envision.

SCREEN QUEEN Jane Brotherton, a senior at Canyon Crest, silk screens an Envision logo onto an apron. Made-to-order aprons and T-shirts were sold to raise funds for the high school’s visual, performing and digital arts program. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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About 25 vendors were also on hand selling jewelry, clothing and other assorted gifts. About 270 works of art created by students were available for purchase, as were made-to-order silkscreened T-shirts and aprons. The art was produced under the direction of Jessi Matthes, an art teacher in Canyon Crest’s digital and fine arts department. Running all day in the cinema were original productions and five film

screenings by students directed by Mark Raines, the multimedia teacher. Led by Amy Villanova and Anne Whattoff, music performances included concerts by the jazz ensembles, choirs, orchestra, bands and conservatory students. Canyon Crest dance students performed under the leadership of Rayna Stohl, interim dance coordinator. There were also excerpts from recent theater shows led by Michael Schwartz, the theater program coordinator.

SEASONAL SONG Soren Price gets into the spirit of the season as he and fellow orchestra member Kevin Li perform “Sleigh Ride” during Canyon Crest Academy’s annual Festival of the Arts. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek


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‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ my family tradition With the onslaught of the holiday madness upon us, I am reflecting back on my own childhood memories of the holidays. Do you seem to do that, too? I don’t know what it is about this time of year. It makes me unbearably reminiscent for times gone by. Maybe it’s the hectic fever that engulfs all of us as time winds down to the beginning of another year. This holiday season I want to share with you my family’s favorite Christmas tradition. I am remembering a more simple life, memories of my childhood back in Southern Missouri. How the wind blew hard across the south 40 acres of my parent’s farm during the winter. But most of all, that one special evening I so dearly loved. My favorite family tradition would begin with my sister, brother, mom, dad and myself curling up near the television, while we waited for “It’s a Wonderful Life” to begin. This movie didn’t win any awards in Hollywood. However, with time it developed a following, which led to networks airing the film — originally made in black and white back in 1946 — during Christmas time. Frank Capra directed Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in two of their most memorable roles. I’m sure they had no idea at the time the power this film would impact on views for many decades later. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey — a man destined to never leave his hometown of Bedford Falls. Through a series of flashbacks we find out that George really had much larger aspirations. However,fate had a bigger plan for this man’s life. When George’s father dies, he makes the noble choice to carry on the family business. If he doesn’t many humble people in his hometown will no longer have the means to afford to buy their own homes, due to Mr. Potter — the sinister

MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch greedy man that runs the bank. If George leaves,he realizes the disastrous ramifications of fulfilling his own dreams. Instead, he stays in Bedford Falls, marries his childhood sweetheart and doesn’t venture farther than the town square, while all of his friends go on to bigger things.As years pass, we see time taking its toll on George’s soul as he grapples with reality of living in a small town and never following his own dreams. The film begins with George standing on a bridge during a snowstorm with one last prayer to his guarding angel. Finding out that he is worth more “dead than alive” because of a life insurance policy, George decides the world would be better without his debts and failure and decides to jump off the bridge during a blistering snowstorm. Luckily for George, his prayers have been heard.After plunging into the cold water below, he is saved by his guardian angel. Then he is given the chance to see what the world would be like if he were never born. What you discover as you take the journey with George Bailey and Clarance the angel is that sometimes we are destined for smaller things that serve the much larger picture in our lives. If there is some improbable way that you have not seen this film, please take two hours this holiday season to join in my family tradition. Discover the secrets to happiness and why money does not always equal the true definition of success. Find out why I still remember clips to this classic during my own quiet trying times. We often measure our

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON A group shot of my luncheon table, including the hostess, Denise Hug and Chef Martin Woesle. Courtesy photo prosperity by our bank accounts and material possessions. “It’s a Wonderful Life” touches upon the universal truths that we easily forget, while we are trying to up our “curb appeal” in San Diego. So don’t forget to squeeze in this classic movie that reminds us of what really counts this Christmas season.

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On Nov. 26, many Californians woke up on Thanksgiving Day to participate in the Turkey Trot 5k in Oceanside. The Coast News Group, which is the publishing group for the Rancho Santa Fe News, was proud to be one of the sponsors. I had no idea what a huge event this would be or that so many enthusiastic Californians were up at the crack of dawn on their first day off of a long holiday weekend. At 7 a.m., you can only imagine how chilly the ocean air felt while we all waited for the final whistle. I took a group shot of The Coast News Group team, with some of their family members, on that glorious sunny day. Also, I have included a cute shot of Jean Gillette, our community news editor, with publisher and owner Jim Kydd. If you are looking for a more invigorating way to start your Thanksgiving next year, sign up for the Oceanside Turkey Trot so you can enjoy more turkey later that day. On Dec. 2, I was thrilled MEET THE PRESS Jean Gillette, our community news editor, with to be invited to Denise Hug’s

Publisher Jim Kydd at the Turkey Trot in Oceanside on Thanksgiving. Photo by Machel Penn

MOVE YOUR FEET BEFORE YOU EAT The Coast News Group at the Turkey Trot 5k in Oceanside on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Machel Penn

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‘Angels’ at St. James on CD SOLANA BEACH — In the words of St. Augustine, “To sing is to pray twice.” Just in time for the holidays, the St. James youth Spirit and Inspire Choirs have gotten the rare opportunity to release a CD, titled “Listen to the Angels Sing,” a Christmas CD featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary Christmas music and other songs of praise. St. James Spirit and Inspire Choir Musical Director Anne Marie Oldham and Grammy Award-winning record engineer and producer Steve Churchyard assembled more than 40 young singers and musicians from the school and parish community to perform on the CD. Proceeds will benefit St. James Church, St. James Academy, and the St. James youth music ministry program. The Inspire Choir, for grades four through six, and the Spirit Choir for grades seven and above, provide music for the 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. masses the first and TURN TO ST. JAMES ON 30

Firefighters team up with Toys for Tots RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters are once again hosting an annual holiday toy drive in hopes of making the season a bit brighter for local children. This year they have teamed up with the Toys for Tots Program. “We look forward to this event every year,” said Dave McQuead, toy drive coordinator. “It’s a simple gesture, but it can make such a difference for these kids. We hope that partnering with Toys for Tots will allow us to reach even more children this Christmas.” Donations of new, unwrapped toys are now being accepted through Dec. 23. While toys for all ages will be accepted, there is an increased demand this year for donations for boys and girls ages 10 through 14. Please drop toys off at any one of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s fire stations: — Fire Station No. 1: 16936 El Fuego in Rancho Santa Fe — Fire Station No. 2: 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch — Fire Station No. 3: 6424 El Apajo in Fairbanks Ranch — Fire Station No. 4: 18040 Calle Ambiente in Cielo Directions to fire stations can be found at www.rsf-fire.org.

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CHOCOLATE DREAMS A colorful 52-inch-high by 73-inch-wide rendition of Santa’s Workshop will be on display through Dec. 31 at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. Weighing in at more than 100 pounds, this scrumptious sculpture is comprised of chocolate and other sweet delectables. Entirely edible — don’t even think about the calorie count — the fanciful display depicts 11 cheerful elves engaged in various activities, from hanging holiday lights to distributing gifts to decorating cookies. The brainchild of pastry chef Melissa Logan and the resort’s pastry team, the whimsical creation took more than 240 hours and three weeks to design and assemble. The chefs used 50 pounds of fondant, 100 pounds of chocolate, 10 pounds of icing, one box of parchment paper, three pounds of chocolate velvet spray, 12 ounces of food color and 27 ounces of food lacquer. Courtesy photo

Tips on avoiding waste of the holidays COAST CITIES — From Thanksgiving through the New Year’s holiday, the average San Diego household generates between three and 10 extra bags of trash. However, not all this material is considered waste. Mixed into the trash are many recyclable materials, such as food and packaging.Too often these recyclables end up buried in the city’s landfill, taking up valuable space. “The landfill is a finite resource and has a limited number of years of useable life left to bury trash,” said Chris Gonaver, director of the city of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department. Wrapping materials such as ribbon and wrapping paper are one of the largest quantities of materials that end up in the trash during the holiday season. In fact, each year 38,000 miles of ribbon alone is thrown out nationwide; which is enough to tie a bow around the Earth. Instead, consider the following ideas that will help reduce,reuse and recycle mate-

rials used when wrapping packages: — Decorate with holly, cedar, berries, fruits and nuts, all of which can be composted after use. Use popcorn and cranberries to decorate the tree. — Create gift tags from last year’s holiday cards or wrapping paper. — If you use traditional gift-wrapping or send holiday cards, buy paper products made from recycled paper that can also be recycled. — Design your own wrapping paper using paper shopping bags: decorate them with paints, crayons or art. You can also use blueprint paper, newspaper or the Sunday comics. — Drop off extra packaging materials at local private mailing centers.Call the Plastic Loosefill Council Peanuts hot line at (800) 828-2214 for the names of local businesses that reuse packing peanuts. — Recycle nonmetallic wrapping paper and boxes if you do not plan to use them again.

— Save wrapping paper and ribbons to reuse next year. Ribbons made from paper can be recycled. Ribbon made from plastic or fabric is not recyclable but can be reused on other packages. — Cardboard boxes can be recycled. It’s also suggested that when selecting gifts, consider the following ideas that can help reduce the amount of waste generated: — Give nonmaterial gifts such as gift certificates for balloon rides, bay/whale watching cruises, music lessons, transit passes and gym or museum memberships. Buy tickets to a local theme park, sporting event, movies or concerts. — Give two gifts in one by using baskets, fabric bags, scarves or pillowcases to wrap gifts. — Make home-baked goodies such as cookies, brownies or fudge and place in a reusable tin box, a kitchen container or a decorated box with minimal packaging. — Give services such as making dinner or helping with

home improvements. — When selecting your gift, consider how long it will last. Often, a cheaper item will wear out long before its more durable equivalent. — If you are giving electronics, give rechargeable batteries and a battery charger with it. — Always remember to look for items made from recycled content. The following items that are used to package food and gifts can be recycled in your blue recycling bins: aluminum pie and baking tins, and foil; cardboard and paper packaging; gift wrapping; plastic juice bottles and soda, plastic milk and water jugs; cider, wine, champagne, beer and other alcohol bottles; wine-in-a-box boxes (remove the inside plastic bladder), and empty aerosol cans. For more information on holiday waste reduction ideas, recycling, composting and other related topics, call (858) 694-7000 or visit www.recyclingworks.com.


committee is formed, nominations will be announced on March 12, 2010. On April 26, 2010, the election materials will be mailed to residents. May 13 will be the annual meeting, usually held at the Garden Club, where the public can meet the candidates, who prepare short speeches for their campaign. That same day, May 13, ballots will be mailed to members of the community and June 14 is the deadline for ballot returns. Election inspectors will count ballots and on June 15 the results are posted.

In other Association news, Smith recently received 93 letters from students at the R. Roger Rowe School. “These are thank you letters from students, part of Appreciation Day.” Students handwrote letters, many with illustrations, thanking the Association for their help during the construction of the new school. Matt Wellhouser, chief of patrol, said that he, too, had received 58 letters of appreciation. Smith read several letters to the board of directors and everyone was amused. “It’s

great that these kids realize we’re all part of the same community,” Beckman said. Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler reported that more equestrian warning signs are forthcoming. He also stated that 20 different trees have been sourced for the new arboretum and will be planted soon. Beckman suggested that a kickoff for the new arboretum be scheduled. Due to the upcoming holiday season, the next Association meeting is schedule for Jan. 7


asked: How do we get people to serve these positions? “Talk to friends and talk enthusiastically,” Sullivan said. “I talk to people at the golf club and on the horse trails.” Manager Pete Smith reminded those present at the Association meeting that former board directors could serve again. “There are no restrictions on how many times people can serve,” he said. Once the nominating

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach is looking for a few good men and women — 16, to be exact — to fill vacancies on the city’s five citizen commissions. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and Solana Beach residents. Members of the View Assessment and Budget and Finance commissions must also own property within the city. Each group has seven members, except Budget and Finance, which has five. The volunteer positions expire in January 2012. There will be two vacancies on the Budget and Finance Commission, which meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Public Safety and Parks and Recreation will each have three positions available. Public Safety meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Parks and Recreation meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday. Four positions will be vacant on Public Arts Advisory and View TURN TO VOLUNTEERS ON 30

Teen girl accused of torture of other teen By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — After attacking a 14-year-old girl with a knife, Jovana Gudino, also 14, went shopping with her mother, while the victim was life-flighted to an area hospital, a prosecutor said Dec. 2 at the teenager’s arraignment hearing. The new details surrounding the afternoon knife attack came out as part of Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich’s bail request, in which she asked Gudino be held on $500,000 bail. Gudino is charged with attempted murder, torture, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, residential burglary and dissuading a witness relating to the May 3 attack on the teenager in her Escondido home on Goldenrod Street. The torture charge alone carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Two allegations — causing great bodily injury and personal use of a knife — are attached to all the charges, except for the charge of dissuading a witness. In November, a Superior Court Judge ruled TURN TO TEEN ON 25


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E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Let’s face it, we all have too much stuff in our closets and drawers. So this holiday season, perhaps giving an experience is the way to go. I’ve been watching for special deals because getting the most for your money is important. That means that traveling offseason can be a good idea. You’ll get real value and have a good time, too. The crowds are gone, the pace is more leisurely and hotel/motel/B&B rates are down. You’ll get all this if you visit Mendocino County between now and April 1. You won’t find prettier coastline or inland scenery, and if you enjoy vineyard hopping, Mendocino County has some of the best wineries in the state. Here are a couple of the area’s deals: — Fort Bragg: The Country Inn offers two nights, two passes to the Candlelight Inn Tour and dinner for two at the Mendo Bistro for $265 (that’s for two).Without dinner and tour: $55 per night through February. (800) 8315327 or visit www.be ourguests.com.

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Marybeth Bond offers her itineraries in 10 categories (included are Exotic Escapes, Glorious Gardens, Expand Your Mind and Castles Fit for a Queen). “I have tossed out the average places, accommodation and experiences,” Bond said. “I have selected what is truly worthy, in my opinion, of your money and limited time.” And when you return

Here’s a unique experience as close as your computer: Travel to our nation’s Capitol and see the Lincoln Memorial through a new interactive Web site developed by the National Park Service. The site is a first of its kind and provides some experiences that you couldn’t get even if you were there — like listening to the stories of park rangers who have personal connections with the memorial.You also can take a virtual, 360-degree interactive tour, get a view of the Lincoln Memorial visitor-free, and observe littleseen features like the stained glass skylights and the murals above the inscription of the Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address. Visit www.nps.gov/linc/ index.htm.

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Solana Beach grants $25K to eight organizations By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With a 4-1 vote at the Dec. 9 meeting, City Council allocated $25,000 to eight of 17 organizations that requested funding through the Community Grant Program. Mayor Tom Campbell said he could not support the distribution because two of the groups — North Coast Repertory Theatre and Buddy Bowl Inc. — were seeking funds for programs that will not help those who are less fortunate. “I feel that there are programs in here that are far more needy,” Campbell said. “I’m not suggesting (NCRT and Buddy Bowl) are not good, worthy programs. I just think

Solana Beach Community Grant Distribution Boys & Girls Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Buddy Bowl Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000 Community Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Kids Korps USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500 North Coast Repertory Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000 Solana Beach Community Sing-along . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,000 Solana Beach Little League . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500 Solana Beach Soccer Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500

that there are greater needs right now.” Last month representatives from organizations seeking funds were given an opportunity to explain to City Council how the money would be used. Since then, council members each compiled a list of the groups they felt were most deserving. Their choices

were assembled into a chart that was presented during the Dec. 9 meeting. For the most part, organizations that received recommendations from a majority of council members were funded (see chart). Receiving unanimous support were Solana Beach Little League and Soccer Club, which

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sought funding for field improvements, and the Community Resource Center, which plans to use the money for Holiday Baskets, an annual program that provides food, clothing and toys for lowincome families. Receiving three nods each were Buddy Bowl, which was looking for funds to build a community garden at Skyline Elementary; NCRT, which is planning to produce a theater school play about the history of Solana Beach; and the Solana Beach Community Sing-Along, which sought money for new song books. Campbell’s colleagues said they could appreciate his logic in not wanting to fund the NCRT request, but they also wanted to support the arts. “(The play) is really community oriented,” Councilman Joe Kellejian said. “There’s hundreds of

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DEL MAR — A Dec. 2 special meeting called by the Del Mar Union School District board of trustees turned out to be an example of some of the issues board members hoped to settle. Katherine White, board president, said she called the meeting to address rumors and misinformation that surfaced during previous meetings and in newspapers, including a lack of textbooks to start the school year and the allocation of school improvement program, or SIP, funds. White said she planned to speak to those issues during an agenda item listed as “discussion regarding state of the district and communications with the community to avoid perceived lack of confidence in current goals and objectives for the district.” But without a clearly defined focus, the discussion topics were sporadic and varied. They included everything from the ones White planned to address to the strategic plan, using solar energy as a cost-saving measure and replacing Ocean Air Principal Gary Wilson, who recently resigned to become superintendent of a nearby district. Other than the textbook issue, few things were resolved, and frustration grew during the public comment period. “I’m angry you wasted my family’s time today,” parent Heidi Niehart said, adding that she attended the meeting because she thought the board was going to address rumors and unauthorized meetings, “not SIP money and textbooks.” “I am concerned about a lack of confidence in the district,” Amy Caterina said. “We have become so fractured we’re not functioning.” Caterina, who voted for the current board members, said she now regrets her vote and would initiate a recall if she could. Charles Thorpe said he was offended by the wording of the agenda item, which White said was crafted with help from the attorney. “It suggests it’s the community’s perceptions that are the problem,”Thorpe said. Liz Shopes blamed the board for creating a district that is “at war with each other.” She accused the administration and the board of using scare tactics such as presenting inaccurate data and conflicting reports. “You’ve encouraged a mob mentality,” she said. “We want a school board and an administration that presents honest facts and real data. … Bring us out of the angry mosh pit this school district has become.” Shopes was referring to TURN TO SCHOOL ON 30



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Family Foundation in honor of Lee and Toni Leichtag. “There is no greater gift than to save a life, and through the generosity of Lee and Toni Leichtag and the

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legacy of caring that will benefit our patients and our community for years to come. We are very grateful for their commitment to the Encinitas community and the health care we provide at Scripps.” The Leichtag Family Foundation’s $10 million gift to The Campaign for Scripps Encinitas supports construction of a new two-story, 60,000-square-foot critical care building with a new 27station emergency department, twice the number on today’s unit. It will double the capacity of the emergency department and allow for new, state-of-the-art technology and services.This project is part of the nonprofit hospital’s most extensive expansion effort in several decades,

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The luxury real estate market around San Diego, especially in areas like Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla and Del Mar, has seen limited attention over the past year. However, November represented a slight shift in the luxury market as high-end properties are beginning to see more offers from potential buyers. Lucy Kelts of Windermere Exclusive Properties, a Rancho Santa Fe specialist, reports success, especially in November in the very high-end luxury real estate market. Kelts said she has seen some marked improvements in an otherwise sluggish market. According to Kelts, the past six to eight weeks have shown the market for homes in the over $4 million range has picked up and realtors are slowly beginning to see an increase in luxury property sales. In addition to engaging

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DEC. 18, 2009


Del Mar Shores Beach stairway to be replaced How safe is that chicken? By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Surfers, swimmers and sun worshippers will soon be able to coexist when going to and from the beach via the access stairs on Del Mar Shores Terrace. At the Nov. 18 meeting, City Council unanimously approved preliminary designs to replace the aging stairway. Project plans include widening the stairs and eliminating some 90-degree bends so a person carrying a 6-foot board can more easily pass a fellow surfer with a 10-foot board. The aging structure, which was built in the mid1970s, is in an “advanced stage of deterioration,” Mo Sammak, the city engineer, said. The stairs are cracking and spalling in numerous locations. The rebar, handrails and guardrails are exposed, rusted and badly damaged. In some places, the corroded reinforced steel is completely exposed. “Some areas of the damage are almost beyond repair,” Sammak said, adding that his staff has spent a lot of time on patch-

STAIR REPAIR City Council recently approved a $1.2 million plan to replace the aging access stairway on Del Mar Shores Terrace. Concrete is falling off in chunks and rust has taken over large areas of the 35-yearold structure. In some places, railings that have eroded away have been replaced with PVC pipe that is taped in place. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

work fixes. “We basically react to emergencies,” he said. “When pieces of concrete fall we just jump in there and clean it.” Sammak described the city’s efforts as Band-Aids. “They are not what we con-

sider a state-of-the art repair project, but we do as best as we can to make the stairs safe for the public to use.” The structure does not comply with current building codes. City Council began dis-

cussing the replacement in November 2007. At that time, council members directed staff to research some questions they had about stair width, concrete color and the types of materials that would be used.

Earlier this year, council asked staff to meet with the adjacent Del Mar Shores Terrace homeowners so they could review the plans and provide input. The new stairs will be slightly more than 11 inches wide, similar to those at Seascape Sur and Tide Beach Park. “They seem to be working fine,” Sammak said. Preservatives that will be used to treat the wood are water-based and do not contain arsenic or chromium so they will not be harmful. A main concern of the homeowners was potential view blockage from a lifeguard observation station that was included in the project at the request of the Marine Safety Department. The facility, which will be similar to the one at Tide Beach Park, will be 8 feet by 8 feet, the minimum dimensions needed to perform lifeguard duties. It will also be constructed as parallel to the shoreline as possible. Homeowners also asked if the city could restack the riprap at the bottom of the TURN TO STAIRWAY ON 29

Trees auctioned to raise funds for injured Marines CARLSBAD — In the giving spirit of the holiday season, the Four Seasons Resort Aviara is hosting its annual Festival of Trees event to raise money for injured Marines. The event features 11 professionally decorated Christmas trees that are up for auction. The trees are displayed in the Four Seasons’ lobby, 7100 Four Seasons Point, for guests to wander through and bid on their favorite. “People have a good time coming to see it,” said Four Seasons Resort Aviara Executive Assistant Leslie Laurer.

The proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which was founded in 2004 at the Camp Pendleton base in Oceanside. The donations are used to provide financial support to injured and critically ill Marines and their families as they face daily challenges in recovery. “Because of the war, they just need it so badly,” Laurer said. With support from local companies that sponsor the display, local Carlsbad designer Ingrid Anderson DeOrlow decorated the trees featured in this year’s event, and has done so for the last three.

While the trees are slightly more traditional than they have been in the past, they go far beyond white lights and standard ball ornaments. Flowers and shells were just some of the extra elements incorporated into the display by DeOrlow. “She doesn’t have a theme that she sticks with — she just uses her creativity,” Laurer said. The resort wastes no time in getting the display up for the holiday season.

I find it interesting that while most adults may not believe in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny, they’re quick to believe — as the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31 — that the “I Will Forever Eat Healthy Fairy” or the “I Will Go the Gym Five Times a Week Leprechaun” will wave his or her magic wand and forevermore they’ll be happy, lean and fit. It truly amazes me that smart, intelligent and rational people put their healthy goals in the hands of these fantasies, year after year. Especially when just a few months or weeks into the New Year, they’ve returned to their old ways of unhealthy eating and little physical activity. The most disturbing part of all these fantastical beliefs is that I’m not the only one who knows they exist. It’s me and every manufacturer selling miracle weight loss products or services. Did you know that consumers spend more than 30

billion dollars each year on weight loss products and services? In addition, the amount of monies spent on advertising weight loss products has doubled over the last decade, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2002 report. From broadcast and cable television, to infomercials, newspapers, magazines, supermarket tabloids, Internet advertising and Web sites, many of these companies and products promise immediate weight loss success without the need to reduce caloric intake and/or increase physical activity. To make matters even worse, advertisers are becoming more deceptive in how they advertise. For example, I came across a Web-link that looked like an authentic report called, “Acai Berry Diet Exposed: Miracle Diet or Scam?” The site even posted CNN, ABC, CNBC, and Consumer Reports logos to increase validity. The reporter’s picture was next to the article

along with the caption, “Julia Estevez investigates the top diet trends of 2009 to find out for herself if these new diets work.” The article started with a thought-provoking question, “Have you seen any real evidence to support the claims of weight loss? And, do you really think that people are losing weight with this so called Super Food?” “Hum,” I wondered to myself, “real evidence supporting weight-loss products, let me read more.” My suspicions peaked when the reporter only mentioned one product and talked about a free trial, explaining that it was unlike “other free trials” that lead you into buying more products. By the time I read about her “experience,” I knew I’d been duped. Supposedly she lost three pounds in the first week, another three pounds in her second week, and by the fourth week, she purportedly lost 20 pounds — effortlessly.

By Alyx Sariol

Employees work through the night of Thanksgiving so the trees will greet guests as they venture out on the biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday. “We love the trees!” said Nancy Anderson, who was staying at the resort with husband Don to celebrate their 31st anniversary. “To help our service, or to help whoever, I think it’s a great idea.” The Festival of Trees has been going on since the hotel first opened in 1997, said Tony Postillo, the resort’s director of public relations. The event is open to the public and the trees will remain on display until the auction ends on Dec. 29.


By the Editors of Consumer Reports

You would think that after years of alarms about food safety — outbreaks of illness followed by renewed efforts at cleanup — a staple like chicken would be a lot safer to eat. But in Consumer Reports’ latest analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought at stores nationwide, two-thirds harbored salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease. That’s a modest improvement since January 2007, when CR found that eight of 10 broilers harbored those pathogens. But the numbers are still far too high, especially for campylobacter. Though the government has been talking about regulating it for years, it has yet to do so. The message is clear: Consumers still can’t let down their guard. They must cook chicken to at least 165 degrees F and prevent raw chicken or its juices from touching any other food. For its latest analysis, CR had an outside lab test 382 chickens bought last spring from more than 100 supermarkets, gourmetand natural-food stores, and mass merchandisers in 22 states. Among the findings: — Campylobacter was in 62 percent of the chickens, salmonella was in 14 percent, and both bacteria were in 9 percent. Only 34 percent of the birds were TURN TO CONSUMER ON 26

Ravens hockey Watch out for sneaky scams disguised as New Year’s diets takes title One of the 11 professionally decorated trees up for auction at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara. Photo by Alyx Sariol

After much scrutiny, I finally found the Web site disclaimer stating, “This site is not affiliated with any news publication.” Well, they sure had me fooled. It looked like a legitimate news site. The Web address included the word news and it looked like an authentic report with an authentic reporter. Listen up folks, there is no miracle diet pill, product or service. Losing weight takes patience and a permanent change in your current lifestyle. Yes, some products can help boost your weight loss goals, but in the end it takes dedication, perseverance and commitment to decreasing caloric intake and increasing in physical activity. The magic is what happens during the process, when you start reaching your goals and feeling healthier and looking better.

Turning resolutions into reality Be realistic

Goals that are too lofty spell disaster. Set realistic goals and aim low. Rather than trying to lose 20 pounds, how about losing five? Or instead of promising a trip to the gym each day, how about joining a weekly yoga class? Make your goals attainable and livable. Become accountable The hardest promises to keep are those we make to ourselves. Make your goals stick by holding yourself accountable. Find a club, organization or a friend that can help you attain your goals. Sign up for a doable race and stick to a training plan. Find people and programs that will help you be accountable. Break it down Break your resolution into smaller digestible pieces. For instance, start with a 10week run-walk program on your journey to running without walking. Small achievable goals build confidence and TURN TO SCAMS ON 29

CARMEL VALLEY — The Canyon Crest Academy Raven varsity field hockey team, led by a 10-senior contingent, battled its way to a Valley League co-championship to earn the first CIF field hockey banner for the young program. Led by new coach Analia Carlsson, the team completed its first full season schedule with a 13-91 record against opponents including Division 1 powers Westview and Rancho Bernardo, as well as avenging last year’s first round CIF loss to La Jolla High with a 3-1 victory. The Ravens finished league play at 6-2 and defeated Helix High in sudden death overtime in the first round of CIF championships, before losing a tight second round battle to eventual Division II chapion Serra. The CCA JV field hockey team also played well under first year coach Rebecca Cathcart, also the school’s head coach of the girl’s varsity lacrosse team.



DEC. 18, 2009

SARA NOEL Frugal Living

Save your cleaners and paper towels

Dear Sara: I’m trying to use more natural cleaners around the house, including homemade cleaners (so much cheaper!). I read somewhere that microfiber towels are the best for cleaning glass and are great to use on floors with a Swiffer. Do you have a source where I can get these cheaply? I’ve done a Google search and looked on eBay, but I’ll bet you know a way to get them for a lower price. Thanks so much! — Christy, Texas

Dear Christy: You can get them in the automotive department at discount department stores. They’re often available at dollar stores, too. To make them last longer, don’t use bleach or fabric softener when washing and drying them. They also attract lint, so avoid washing and drying them with items such as towels. But they’re not for everyone. Many people don’t like how they feel.

Dear Sara: I need a paper-towel intervention! I am trying to be more “green” in our home. Not only because it’s better for the earth but mainly because I can’t stand choking on chemical fumes when I’m cleaning and because it isn’t frugal to spend $10 a month on paper towels. I’ve done small things here and there. Switched to CFL bulbs, we use cloth shopping bags, and I use allnatural cleaners. My next big step is trying to eliminate the use of paper towels. I’ll admit, I love them. I use them for everything. Wiping the counters, cleaning the sink, spot mopping the floor. But I do feel guilty about going through so much paper, so I’m thinking of switching to rags or cloths that I can easily wash when they’re soiled. Do you recommend any particular products? Do you think it would be sufficient if I just picked up a few packages of dishcloths? — Kim, Florida

Dear Kim: You’ll have to find what you like to use. I place a stack of cheap white washcloths on the countertop in the kitchen. I use them for cleaning and drying hands. I use microfiber cloths, too. Bar-mop towels are cheap. You can cut your older towels into small rags or start looking for cloth diapers at garage sales. White cloths work well because they can be TURN TO FRUGAL ON 29

DAR DECORATES The Rancho Buena Vista Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a hand again this year in decorating the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. Each December, the adobe is decorated by various civic organizations and is a part of the Home Tour sponsored by the Vista Community Clinic. This year’s DAR decorating took place in the dining room and since the adobe was built in 1850, the decorations reflected the time period up to 1930s. Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is the best-preserved of the famed land-grant ranchos. Rancho Buena Vista Chapter is proud to take its name from this historic adobe located in Vista. The entire area imparts a sense of history and an aura of the romance of Early California. The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe is a historic treasure for the residents to share with the world and protect for further generations. For additional information, contact (760) 736-0178 or e-mail rbvdar@gmail.com. Courtesy photo

Wine country a good place to ring in new year Temecula Valley’s wine country is a “Camelot” experience anytime, but when New Year’s Eve celebrating is right around the corner, the wineries that can orchestrate the event do an especially exciting production as the vineyards ring out the old year and bring in the new. Seasoned chefs prepare their best and the winemakers pair up each course to match the flavors, from appetizers to desserts. Themed entertainment captures the moment with fun, fun and more fun. Let’s take a tour of Temecula wineries that are planning some festive New Year’s Eve parties to make your evening memorable. Thornton Winery has a Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Gala. Come in costume or evening wear as the fun starts at 7:30 p.m. with a champagne toast and dancing to the live band Faultline. Cuisine includes Lobster Napeleon and Tournedos of Beef. Wines include Brut Reserve, Viognier, Merlot and Zinfandel. Cost is $125 each. RSVP at (951) 699-0099. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has the Spirit of Carnivale. Rio music and merriment abound with great food and wines, colorful celebrations and gourmet dinners paired with top quality local


Taste of Wine wines make up the New Year’s Eve attractions in Temecula Wine Country in an array of venues throughout the winery. Pricing averages $209 per person. Call (951) 587-9463 for more information. Wiens Family Cellars is presenting a Vintage Hollywood Soiree, celebrating the golden age of Hollywood. Amazing food, wine and high-energy music and dancing. “Old Hollywood glamour” attire is encouraged. Cost is $100 each, with an RSVP by calling (951) 6949892. Wilson Creek Winery has a Mardi Gras Celebration with masks and beads provided by the winery. A fourcourse New Orleans style gourmet dinner will be served featuring filet mignon. Dance to the sounds of Audiocast. Ticket price is $160 each. RSVP at (951) 699-WINE. Keyways Winery turns the clock ahead for a New Year’s celebration, New York time. This event goes from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with unique

“family style” food service. Entertainment with comedian Ron Ruhman and dancing to Joey P and the Hats. ickets start at $95 each. RSVP at (951) 302-7888. If you want a lift to one of these events, call Going Grape Transportation Service, at (951) 852-1923. Raise that toast to the New Year with champagne and wine at the source — one of the many memorable events in Temecula Wine Country.

Is Merlot the forgotten red? The Top 100 Wine Spectator wine selections are out and as we pointed out, some surprises were woven in, starting with the No. 1 selection: a 2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon. (If you are looking for that vintage, chances are you won’t find it. Try the 2006 which is available.) Not one Merlot is listed in the 100 best. This is a varietal that was a household name recently. Two things happened that sunk the brand: too many vineyards growing inferior Merlot, chasing the bubbled market, and the near-fatal blow of a campy movie about saintly Pinot Noir wine called “Sideways.” Some unkind remarks about Merlot came out of the movie, and sales dropped more than

25 percent. Merlot still remains in the cellar. At its best, Merlot is a soft, round and fruitful grape with origins in the Bordeaux area of France. Other appellations that do well are Washington State, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Chile and Italy. In Escondido, the Orfila Winery has established a reputation for its “Futures” where customers come from many parts of the country for a November event and the opportunity to purchase the following year’s Merlot release. I tasted the 2007 “futures” wine and I feel it has more going for it, but ’06 is what you will find on most shelves and that is enough to please. Orfila’s Ambassador’s Estate Reserve Merlot is as good as it gets with a price of $28. Merlot is quirky in that it tastes more refined at cellar temperatures of 55 to 60 degrees than at room temperature, and most are best without aging. Up in Washington State, try the St. Michelle Indian Wells 2005. It sells at retail for about $14 and is a great value at that price.

Wine Bytes — Il Fornaio in Del Mar has kicked off its last of a series of “Festa Regionale” Wine and Food Pairing

events. This time it’s Sicily, now through Dec. 20. Roberto Gerbino, from Catania, prepares the local Sicilian cuisine, paired with such wines as Nero d’Avola and Scurati Bianco. Call (858) 755-8876 for details. — Wine Styles in Encinitas has a six-pack wine tasting from 10 choices on Dec. 19 from 1 to 7 p.m. The tasting is free with any wine purchase or $10 without purchase. Paninis and four cheese plates will be available. For more information, call (760) 633-0057. — Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido presents the “Year’s Best Wine Tasting” from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19. Bubblies, big reds and dessert wines. Cost is $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door. Call (760) 7451200 for more information. — Belle Marie Winery in Escondido has a “pre-release” party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Preview their finest just-bottled wines, including six new reds. Admission is free. Open house format. Get more info at (760) 796-7557. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

Torrey Pines school puts on holiday soccer camps CARMEL VALLEY — Soccer camps with Torrey Pines High School Head Coach Andy Hargreaves, Assistant Coach Loren Henry and Speed and Agility Coach Paul Wright, have been schedule during winter break. There will also be guest coaches and a selection of last season’s senior class San Diego Section CIF champion play-

ers. Camp 1 will run from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 and Camp 2 will be from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 at the Torrey Pines High School stadium. Camp cost is $179 and scholarships are available. Make checks payable to TPHSF Soccer. The Camp 1 training schedule will be:

— 9 to 9:45 a.m.: Technical training — 9:50 to 11 a.m.: Attacking in the final third crossing and finishing — 11 to 11:45 a.m.: Game situations — 11:45 a.m. to noon: Cool down and stretch The Camp 2 training schedule will be: — 9 to 9:45 a.m.: Technical Training

— 9:50 to 11 a.m.: Game situations —11 to 11:30 a.m.: Speed and agility/strength training —11:45 to noon: 1-on-1 skills — how to beat defenders Applications can be mailed with the fee to Torrey Pines High School Foundation, P.O. Box 2489, Del Mar, CA 92014-1789

The coaches ask that participants arrive at least 15 minutes early to give athletes time to warm and stretch. All sessions will start on time every day, so it is important to be ready. Water will be provided but participants may bring sports drinks and a small snack. For more information, call (858) 212-7996.


DEC. 18, 2009


Ornament collection chronicles more than 5 decades By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — June Krisher’s Christmas ornament collection chronicles her 55year marriage to husband, Ed. The couple owns The Printery on Roosevelt Street. Krisher bought her first ornament, a clown made of Italian glass, at the Denver Dry Goods Company in Denver, Colo., shortly after their wedding in 1955. “I thought any ornament with arms and legs was cute,” she said.“I referred to them as ‘people’ and knew I needed to get more of them.” Today, her collection has swelled to 1,500 pieces, which she puts away after the holidays in cardboard boxes in a storage unit. It takes three days for her to take them out and carefully arrange on her two trees. Krisher keeps her eye out for ornaments year-round, including when she’s on vaca- QUITE A COLLECTION June Krisher has 1,500 ornaments in her tion. collection, which she keeps in a storage unit. She is selling her entire “All my glass ornaments Barbie ornament collection. Photo by Lillian Cox come from Macy’s, Bullocks, Broadway and May Co.,” she

said.“There’s also a Christmas ornament store in L.A. and another one in Solvang that I like.” One of her favorites is an astronaut she purchased at the May Co. in San Bernardino in 1969 to mark the moon landing on July 20. Another is of a model wearing an evening gown her daughter gave her in 2007 to mark the 100th anniversary of Neiman-Marcus. Each year Krisher continues a tradition of presenting her two children, now adults, with ornaments on Thanksgiving Day. “My daughter gets ponies, dolls, birds and fairies,” she said. “She’s got a 9-foot tree. It’s loaded.” Her son drives racecars in his spare time. “His first word after ‘Mama’ and “Dada’ was ‘Chevy,’” she said. “He’s got every truck, car, fire truck, Harley-Davidson and plane Hallmark ever made.” Krisher’s favorite ornaments are those made of glass.

She has a collection of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made by artist Christopher Radko from Gastonia, N.C., but says they don’t measure up to Italian glass. “Italian-made glass is more delicate,” she said. “If I was younger I’d learn how to blow glass myself.” One of Krisher’s greatest accomplishments is a complete set of about 150 Hallmark Barbie doll ornaments she’s collected since they debuted in 1993. “I bought the first one on sale for $5 after the holidays at a local drug store,” she said. “It was valued at $350 at one time but is now worth about $150.” Many of the ornaments are replicas of the Barbie line of dolls which was launched in 1963. Some are dressed in couture. Her favorite is Barbie and Ken as bride and groom. This holiday season Krisher’s is selling her entire TURN TO ORNAMENT ON 25

Movie food scenes can be downright delicious I have to start this column with an experience I had more than 10 years ago that involved the movie “Big Night” and a restaurant that was recreating a portion of the menu from the movie to experience after the movie. It was in Seattle and the theater was called Seven Gables and the participating eatery was Ristorante Mama Melina, which just so happened to be directly below the theater. Seven Gables is often described as “that house above the Italian restaurant” because of its cozy exterior of dark, shingled sides and the notorious gabled roof. It’s also set up more like an intimate screening room so I knew when I walked in I was in for a treat. What I did not realize was that while we were watching the movie, the aroma from the food being cooked below would be wafting through the theater. And not just any food, but much of what was being cooked in the movie. It was like experiencing smell-ovision and it was at times, insanely pleasurable and frustrating as I literally wanted to

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate jump on to the stage and scream “feed me now.” Finally, at the end of the movie, we bolted down the stairs to have our own Big Night feast ready for us to indulge in. The movie itself was about Primo and Secondo, two brothers who have emigrated from Italy to open an Italian restaurant in New Jersey. Primo is the irascible and gifted chef, brilliant in his culinary genius, but determined not to squander his talent on making the routine dishes that customers expect. Secondo is the smooth frontman, trying to keep the restaurant financially afloat, despite few patrons. The owner of the nearby Pascal’s restaurant, enormously successful (despite its mediocre fare of American Italian staples like

spaghetti and meatballs), offers a solution — he will call his friend, big-time jazz musician Louis Prima, to play a special benefit at their restaurant.The meal, a feast of a lifetime includes spaghetti alla carbonara, orzo tre colore, timballa, pollo arrosto catanzaro and Italian pastries. A lavish buffet of appetizers was served before the family-style main meal, and the wine flowed. There are some amazing scenes in this movie from the opening where Segundo refuses to serve a side of spaghetti with risotto, “perhaps she would like a side of potatoes?” or when Primo explains the timpana over the montage of them assembling it, to the final scene where Primo makes a simple frittata, a long, single shot that is a classic. Many of these dishes were served to us after the movie which made it one of the most memorable evenings of cinema and food I’ve ever experienced. While “Goodfellas” was a far cry from a food movie, Martin Scorsese continued his

tradition of sneaking in scenes that convey his love of food. The prison scene where some hungry wise guys with prison contraband pull together a meal is one of the tastiest meals ever played out on film. From Paulie slicing the garlic paper-thin with a razor to Vinnie overseasoning the sauce with three large onions, the crew whips up a meal that makes you ponder doing time in the joint just to get in on some smuggled bread, salami, and prosciutto. Rats in the kitchen used to be a bad thing ... and then came “Ratatouille.”The verve and efficiency of Remy’s pals in cooking his signature dish proves that every chef could use a few vermin as sous chefs, as long as they wash their hands. There are several amazing scenes in this movie but the one that brought a tear of happiness to my eye was the reaction of the critic Anton Ego taking that bite of ratatouille. It is probably one of the most touching character transformations I’ve ever seen. My critical mind tells me I don’t believe that a person

could change so much from taking a single bite of a dish they ate as a child, but at the same time I so desperately want to believe it. It was just so magical as Ego was transported back to his youth in the French countryside. I love watching this movie again and again with kids who have not seen it as it not only entertains, but turns them on to food and cooking in ways they may not have been exposed to. Damn, here I am again at the end of the column. I’ll quickly round it out with five more must see food movies. “Waitress,” “Chocolat,” “Eat Drink Man Woman,” “Like Water for Chocolate,” and of course this year’s favorite, “Julie & Julia.” Of course there are dozens more food movies and food scenes, so shoot me and e-mail describing your favorites and I’ll include them in an upcoming column. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

The Kurners make up Carlsbad’s royal family of acting By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — The Kurners are rapidly distinguishing themselves as a royal family of acting, much like the Barrymores before them. Kristianne Kurner is executive artistic director of the award-winning New Village Arts Theatre. She founded the theater in 2001 with former husband Francis Gercke who is currently associate artistic director of the Cygnet Theatre in San Diego. Kristianne also teaches the “Study of Filmed Plays” and runs the Actors Academy at MiraCosta College. Kristianne’s mother, Laura Kurner, also an actor, manages the new Art Foundry. It is a complex of artist studios with public access in the New Village Arts Theater building, which is owned by the city of

Carlsbad. “My mom is one of the most important advocates for artists in Carlsbad,” Kristianne says. “New Village Arts Theater is a catalyst for artists in the village. We’re also producing the best theater in San Diego.” Kristianne’s son Jonah Gercke, 11, has already made a name for himself, garnering rave reviews for his performance in “Distracted” at MiraCosta College, a role Kristianne explains he was cast in on his own merit. The matriarch of the family is Louise Crane, who turned 100 on July 10. After graduating from the drama department at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon), Crane worked for Universal Producing Co. where she traveled from town to town via

train, producing plays for small community theaters during the Great Depression. “I’d arrive with a trunk of costumes and props and spend two weeks teaching locals how to memorize their lines,” she said. “I also sold tickets.” Afterward, Crane packed up, boarded a train and moved on to the next town. She also worked in community theater in Wilmington, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and hosted a popular radio show in Miami. Crane began fostering an appreciation for the theater in young Laura when she took her to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Later Laura and her husband, Dave, served on the board of nearby Orange Park Community Theater and acted as well. Laura also

served as director. Kristianne is carrying on what has become a family tradition of community theater, even though she could have achieved success on a larger stage. After graduating from William and Mary College, Kristianne was in the first graduating class of the prestigious masters program at the Actor’s Studio,The New School University in New York. “Norman Mailer said, ‘She’s the best thing I’ve seen in New York — and I was sober,’” beams Laura. Actor’s Studio host James Lipton predicted that Kristianne’s career would “skyrocket.” “And ‘she’ skyrocketed here to Carlsbad where she wanted to be,” Kristianne said laughing. “I always wanted to

run a community theater. I lived in Hollywood but it didn’t agree with my soul.” This month Kristianne’s sister, Susanna, who is an actor and classically-trained opera singer, is relocating to Carlsbad from the East Coast so she can join her family on stage. “Next year will be our 10th season,” Kristianne said. “It will be a celebratory year.” Currently, the comedy “The SantaLand Diaries” is playing through Dec. 23. Written by the great American humorist David Sedaris, the play follows one out of work actor who decides to become a Macy’s elf to pay the holiday bills. The New Village Arts Theater is located at 2787 State Street. Call (760) 433-3245 or visit www.newvillagearts.org for more information.

DR. GOTT Second Opinion

Empty sella syndrome causes headaches

Dear Dr. Gott: My 45year-old daughter has had a headache every day for the past six months and is now being treated for migraines. She recently had an MRI of her brain, which showed that her pituitary gland is empty. What in the world does that mean? Please help me to understand. Dear Reader: I believe your daughter is suffering from empty sella syndrome. This is a condition in which the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened and does not show up on MRI scans. The pituitary gland produces several important hormones that control other glands within the body. It is vital to the maintaining normal function of the ovaries, testicles, thyroid and adrenal glands. The ovaries produce the female hormone estrogen. The testicles produce the male hormone testosterone. The thyroid gland produces several hormones that aid metabolism. The adrenal glands also produce several life-sustaining hormones, such as cortisol, which aid stress responses and have many other functions. There are two forms of empty sella syndrome: primary and secondary. Primary occurs when a hole develops in the pituitary gland covering. This allows fluid to get in and press on the gland. Secondary occurs when the gland has become damaged. This is often the result of radiation therapy, a tumor or surgery. It may also be the result of a condition known as pseudotumor cerebri, which causes intracranial pressure to increase, such as is seen with a tumor but without the actual tumor. This form is most commonly seen in obese women. Primary empty sella syndrome often has no symptoms and doesn’t cause a loss of pituitary function. If symptoms are present, they may include erectile dysfunction, low libido, irregular or absent menstruation and occasional symptoms owing to high prolactin levels. Prolactin is a hormone responsible for milk production and breast development in women; there is no known function in men. High levels can cause impotence and enlarged breasts in men, and infertility, irregular menstrual periods and breast-milk production unrelated to childbirth in women. Secondary sella syndrome may cause symptoms TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 26



Barbie collection. The asking price is $2,700 including the tree. Each ornament has its own box. “All of Barbie’s shoe boxes have shoes in them, wrapped in tissue,” she said. Krisher collected the ornaments through membership in the National Hallmark Ornament Club. Put simply, she is overwhelmed. “Membership is about $31, but you get more than that in ornaments they send you,” she said. “Hallmark comes out with so many of them now, it’s hard to keep up.” For information call (760) 729-5698.



DEC. 18, 2009

Del Mar residents go walkin’ in a winter wonderland By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Horsedrawn carriage rides, a fun zone, arts and crafts, the muchanticipated cake walk and holiday songs performed by Del Mar Heights Elementary students were all part of the Dec. 6 winter wonderland celebration in downtown Del Mar.The annual event, which culminated with a tree lighting ceremony, also included the big guy in red, who listened attentively as little ones shared their seasonal wish lists.



get back out there. Taking big risks may seem silly to the outsider, but the feeling is transcendental. In fact, psychologist who interviewed a group of whitewater kayakers found that their subjects experienced a heightened sense of awareness when under intense pressure, as if in a meditative state. But where do we draw the line between finding Zen and death? Every so often you’ll hear about the ride that went wrong, when even the pros die. The extreme sports world is put in check, if only for a moment. We lament the loss and contemplate the dicey situations we’ve faced, but the first word of clean surf or deep pow and it’s on. Oftentimes what death represents for extreme sports is an athlete whose bar was raised too high. Which is why it’s crucial, to me at least, that you know your limits. And shred like there’s no tomorrow. Spoken like a true madman.

FESTIVE FUN Above, left, sporting her new Christmas hat, 15-month-old Patsy Hellmann and her dad, John, check out the holiday entertainment provided by students from Del Mar Heights Elementary School. Above, right, with Colleen Finch at the reins, Marine Staff Sgts. Anita Lopez and Dennis Kramsky take a short break from their Toys for Tots table to enjoy a horse and carriage ride. Right, Santa’s helpers, better known as Sue Goodell, left, and Vicki Lewis, turn pictures taken with their boss into tree ornaments during Del Mar’s Dec. 6 winter wonderland celebration. Below, 4-year-old Tayler Peterson, left, and Claire Bickett, 6, decorate an ornament at one of the many arts and crafts stations available for children. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

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uphill battle because a key piece of evidence, an imaging scan of Ruiz’s brain that showed an abnormality, was excluded from the case. Despite being used for nearly two decades in the medical field, Goldstein said the court ruled the imaging technique known as Magnetoencephalography could not be admitted as evidence because it is still considered experimental. Magnetoencephalograp hy is a technique used to measure the magnetic fields in the brain produced by electrical activity. Attorney Tracy Richmond, who represented McCown and the transit district, agreed that the motion to exclude the imaging scan was a key factor in the case. Ultimately, he said the jury adopted the defense’s position that Ruiz had documented memory and learning issues prior to the accident. “We didn’t cause her brain damages,” he said. “She has some tough life issues, but it’s not because this bus accident happened.”



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Gudino was unfit for juvenile court, which paved the way for the district attorney’s office to file the charges in adult court. If Gudino had been convicted of the aforementioned charges in juvenile court, she would have been held in custody until she was 25. Two other 14-year-old suspects, a girl and boy, were also arrested in connection with the crime. While they face the same charges as Gudino, their cases are cur-

— Dr. Hulda Clark, 80, passed away in September of multiple myeloma, an advanced cancer of the plasma cells. Before she was stricken, she had authored three books touting her eccentric remedies as cures,first,for “all diseases,” and then, especially, cancer. In her books “The Cure for All Cancers”and “The Cure for All Advanced Cancers,” she urged those diagnosed to immediately stop chemotherapy and embrace her quixotic regi-

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rently being handled in juvenile court. As Nikoletich detailed Gudino’s alleged actions, the teenage girl — clad in an orange juvenile hall jumpsuit — sat nonchalantly in the courtroom. Nikoletich said Gudino “engaged in a premeditated attack in which she beat, tortured and stabbed” the victim. The prosecutor said the defendant and another suspect rushed and punched the victim when she opened her back door to let her dog inside. “The force of those blows

pushed her through the living room and into her bedroom,” Nikoletich said. Inside the victim’s bedroom, she was forced to her knees and Gudino pulled out a knife, which was then dragged along her thigh; the girl’s back was also carved with the knife, the prosecutor said. During the attack, the teenage girl was stabbed five times, Nikoletich said. Then, she was dragged into the bathroom, pushed into the shower where she was told to wash off all the evidence, and threatened to not “snitch.” Immediately following

the attack, the victim called 911 and was life-flighted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where doctors said the injuries could have been fatal if not for the immediacy of the surgery, Nikoletich said. After hearing the details of the case, Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett set Gudino’s bail at $2 million. Following the hearing, Gudino’s family and friends declined a request to comment on the case. Gudino’s next scheduled court appearance is Jan .15. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 3.



were not his intended targets. In his argument for the attempted murder charges, Deputy District Attorney George Loyd said it didn’t matter if Rivera mistakenly attacked the wrong people, because he stood directly in front of the victims and swung numerous times at them with a hatchet. “You can’t swing a hatchet at another person without expecting to injure or kill someone,” Loyd said. Rivera, 33, is charged with two counts each of torture and aggravated mayhem as well as one count each of attempted murder, burglary and assault. When he is arraigned Dec. 30, prosecutors will replace the aforementioned assault charge with another attempted murder count. If convicted, Rivera, who remains in custody, faces up to life in prison, Loyd said.


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CELEBRATION Above, Hana Lustig, 9, her 7-year-old brother, Aaron, and fellow fourth-grader Isabelle Zagara, right, make menorah candles and dreidels at the children’s craft table. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek



and a story that symbolized the holiday, Raskin reminded members that “a little light can dispel much, much darkness.”

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CARLSBAD — Bressi Retail has leased a combined total of approximately 6,700 square feet at Bressi Village Shopping Center, at the intersection of Gateway Road and El Fuerte in Carlsbad. The new tenants include Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen & Bar with 4,500 square feet for a 10-year term, Froots Smoothies & Wraps with 1,100 square feet for five years and Postal Annex at 1,110 square feet for a six-year term.The combined leases total $2.4 million. Stewart Keith and Bill Thaxton of Flocke & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate are the exclusive leasing agents for Bressi Village Shopping Center and represented the Lessor in these transactions. Froots was represented by Randee Stratton of Grubb & Ellis/BRE Commercial.

Animal Sanctuary, Fallbrook, recently have joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on Petfinder.com. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the ZIP code entered.

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clear of both pathogens. That’s double the percentage of clean birds CR found in its 2007 report but far less than the 51 percent in the 2003 report. — Among the cleanest overall were organic “airchilled” broilers (a process in which carcasses are refrigerated and may be misted, rather than dunked in cold chlorinated water). About 60 percent were free of the two pathogens. — Perdue was found to be the cleanest of the brandname chicken: 56 percent were free of both pathogens.



This is the first time since CR began testing chicken that one major brand has fared significantly better than others across the board. — Tyson and Foster Farms chickens were found to be the most contaminated; less than 20 percent were free of either pathogens. — Store-brand organic chickens had no salmonella at all, but only 43 percent of those birds were also free of campylobacter. Although Perdue chickens were cleaner than other big brands in the tests, and most “air-chilled” organic birds were especially clean, CR tests are a snapshot in time and no type has been


changes being made by a consultant on the Performing Arts Center. The structural changes must be put past the Division of State Architect, which can be a lengthy process. Also of concern to Ireland was an access gate shared on El Fuego with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department. The Fire Department requested an automatic gate with a manual override. “The school is not obliged to pay for an automatic gate,” Superintendent Delaney said. “We want to go the least expensive route,” Ireland confirmed. The next school board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

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Spitzer honored CARMEL VALLEY — Jewish Family Service celebrated Jill Borg Spitzer on her 25th anniversary with JFS and 23 years as chief executive officer of the organization. “Jill’s deep commitment to helping people in need has been instrumental in JFS’s phenomenal growth during the last 25 years,” said Steven Levine, president, JFS board of directors. Spitzer is active with a number of organizations, including the Downtown Rotary Club, Senior Women’s Basketball Association, and the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies.

Build a robot ENCINITAS — In January, Rancho Encinitas Academy will add a Robotics and Mechanical Builders After-School Enrichment Program put on by ClubXcite. The Mechanical Builders and Robotics Class is a one-of-akind, technical class for children and teens of all levels who are interested in building and deconstruction. For details, visit rancho encinitasacademy.com.

owing to partial or complete loss of pituitary-gland function (hypopituitarism). These symptoms vary depending on which hormones have been affected but may include fatigue, thirst, excess urination, low blood pressure, loss of appetite, constipation, muscle weakness, headaches, nausea, weight gain or loss, hoarseness, visual disturbances, a low tolerance for stress, abdominal discomfort, loss of pubic and underarm hair, sensitivity to cold/difficulty staying warm, facial puffiness, joint stiffness and more. Primary has no specific treatment. If prolactin levels are high and interfering with the function of the ovaries or testes, medication may be prescribed to bring the levels back within range. Treatment of secondary empty sella syndrome involves replacing the hormones that are deficient and, if possible, treating the condition that caused the destruction of the gland. If your daughter has been suffering from chronic headaches, it may be a sign that her pituitary gland has been damaged, leading to hypopituitarism. If this is the case, she should undergo testing to determine what caused the damage. She might benefit from hormone-replacement therapy. She should be under the care of an endocrinologist (gland specialist) who can order any necessary testing and provide appropriate treatment options. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Medical Specialists.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 605-7176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.



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information being given to a district advisory group, known as a 7/11 Committee, that was formed earlier this year to review projected school enrollment and other data to determine the amount and use of any surplus space in the district. Some proposals being discussed include possible school closures, which has angered many parents. Not all board members totally disagreed with the comments, acknowledging that misinformation has created much of the anger, frustration

and mistrust. To some degree, trustee Comischell Rodriguez said, “what we’re seeing is the reaping of what we’ve sown.” “I know that we all want the same thing,” trustee Annette Easton said. “(Rumors and innuendos) are not healthy for the children … or anyone in the community.” When asked by White for a solution, Superintendent Sharon McClain said she didn’t know how to avoid people talking about things that aren’t true. She suggested reviewing the communications plan developed by a district task force to see where it may be falling short and to discuss pos-

sible improvements. She said parents can also read the minutes of the board meetings, listen to the audio tapes or call the district with questions. Karen Holty, an administrative assistant at Ocean Air School, said some of the problems may stem from an understaffed district office and the board’s apparent lack of support for its superintendent. “You hired her (McClain), but sometimes it seems like you don’t treat her like you hired her,” Holty said. “I know there is tension between these five (board members) and that one (superintendent). “We know it. We feel it

today. … You’re making to really difficult for us to trust you,” Holty said to a round of applause. Board members agreed to revisit the communications plan and research ways to create more open public dialogue to address rumors and misinformation. The 7/11 Committee is expected to make its recommendations, which are advisory only and nonbinding, next month. About 30 people attended the special meeting. The district serves approximately 4,200 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.


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opportunity to do some shopping. Joining The Country Friends Consignment Shop were other vendors, with products ranging from stationary to clothing, jewelry and even candy. The Westminster Carolers were also on hand, dressed in Victorian garb straight out of Dickens’ Christmas Carol. The quartet sang Christmas favorites and entertained throughout the tea service. The Country Friends is a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting human care agencies with an emphasis on those providing services to women, children and the elderly throughout San Diego County. For more information on this organization and ways to become involved, visit their website at www.thecountryfriends.org




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the years continue to grow to serve North County residents for many years to come.” Prior to this gift, the Leichtags donated more than $7 million to Scripps Encinitas. Toni Leichtag, who passed away last month, and Lee



Resource Center to assure there will be no active drug, alcohol or mental health problems. The center works closely with the guests to resolve the problems leading to their homelessness. Only 12 guests at a time generally stay in the congregation facilities.At the end of two weeks, the entire operation rotates to another area congregation. Guests can stay up to eight weeks in the network. Children at the shelters are enrolled in schools. Most of the clients in the shelter are “situationally

Leichtag, who passed away in November 2007, made their first donation to the hospital in 1979. Since then, the family has made gifts to the emergency department,neonatal intensive care unit and the Leichtag Women’s Health and Birth Pavilion, which was dedicated in their honor in 1993.Toni was a founding member of Circle of

Life 100, a women’s service organization that supports the hospital, and she also served on the Scripps Encinitas Community Advisory Board for more than two decades. For more information on ways to support The Campaign for Scripps Encinitas, call (760) 633-7722 or visit www.campaignforscrippsencinitas.org.

homeless.” With jobs and homes, the clients found themselves on the edge of an economic cliff after changes beyond their control such as extended illnesses and job loss. The need for services and temporary housing has far outpaced the capacity for the network to meet the need. While the shelter had empty beds at the start of the season last year, there is now a waiting list. “We’ve been full since the day we opened,” Community Resource Center Executive Director Laurin Pause said. The resource center offers shelter guests free case management for up to six months,

providing counseling, parenting classes, financial literacy, life-skills classes and access to food. “Last year, we had a 75 percent success rate in getting people employed and permanently housed,” Pause said. Lynne Calkins, who is serving her second year as coordinator of the network at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas, said the program is beneficial for both the guests and the participating congregations. “We are a Christian church and part of the mission of our church is to minister to the hopes and hurts of a troubled world,” she said. “It dovetails so well with the mission of

news about his son, Patrick Galvin Jr. He was recently named by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club as Student of the are still looking for Mr. Right. Month. With a 4.5 grade point After we were seated, I average and editor in chief of noticed my own cute Santa the Torrey Pines newspaper, name card. I just love those The Falconer, he already has special details that make an an impressive resume for his event splendid. I was also college admissions. The impressed with how Denise Falconer was also voted the No. managed to cater to all of her 1 high school newspaper in the friends; she was the perfect United States. I have to add, hostess. Little did I know, that Patrick Galvin Jr. was an there would also be an intiintern here at The Coast News, mate fashion show with gorand wrote for our very own geous women modeling the newspapers. Congrats on such one and only famous jewelry amazing achievements, and designer John Matty. At one thank you for including me in point, my table played a on the news. guessing game with one of On Dec. 5, I received a the skinny models of ”How phone call from one of my very many carats?” Would you best friends, Meredith believe the ring size was 25 MacDonald, asking me to join carats? Now that’s what I call her for a “Mother’s luncheon high society. Denise actually at Mille Fleurs” with our good mentioned, “Machel, your friend Jill Sorge. I must say neck looks bare, you could use eating leafy green salads with something right there.” I was two of my best friends was a actually having the same fabulous way to wind down thought, imagining those fat the week (especially after the luncheon with Denise). Jill, Meredith and I have been fast friends for the last 10 years here in San Diego. I met Jill at party when I was pregnant with Jackson, then Meredith at a Gymboree when our boys were just babies. Now, 10 years later, we still find some time to ourselves to enjoy our friendship. I took a sweet shot of Jill and Meredith together that day. I am lucky to have them in my life. Take my advice busy holiday moms, make some girl time for yourself and your friends. Leave the kids with dad.You deserve it. Later that day, I received some information from one of my favorite advertising clients, MOTHER’S LUNCH My BFFs, Meredith MacDonald and Jill Sorge. Ed Greene, who owns E. Photo by Machel Penn Greene Gallery in Solana



PET WEEK Hugs is a 1-year-old, spayed, female, orange marmalade shorthaired cat. She enjoys other kitties but would be best in a home with humans 18 years or older. She has good manners. “Orange” you smart for adopting your new best friend from Helen Woodward Animal Center? Hugs’s adoption fee is $75.All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward the Interfaith Shelter Network, how can we not participate?” Calkins emphasized the precarious nature of humanity through the lens of the shelter

Animal Center kennels are open everyday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or log on to www. animalcenter.org.

guests. “It can be anybody down on their luck,” she said. “These are people who are feeling helpless. They want to improve their situation and this is a way we can help.”

jewels dangling off my neck. I’ll keep that as secret wish in the future. I managed to take a few candid shots that day, which I have included. Some of the other guests there were Jennifer Bell, Maggie Bobileff, Suzie Robinson, Cathy Lynch, Margo Schwab Connie McNally, Nancy Bello and many more. There is a group shot of my table luncheon of ladies with Chef Martin Woesle. The women clapped for the chef as he entered the room, after enjoying his delicious parsley soup, Maine lobster with avocado and papaya salad, followed up by chocolate mousse with berries. Only first class at Mille Fleurs. OK, I might have broken my diet on this one special occasion. Thank you to one of the loveliest women in the Ranch, Denise Hug, for including me on your guest list this year! On Dec. 4, I received a phone call from Patrick Galvin informing of some exciting

TOP OF THE CLASS Ranch resident Patrick Galvin Jr. earns Student of the Month from the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. Courtesy photo

Beach. He shared with me some exciting news regarding a huge moving sale he is having before the holidays are out. You can receive drastic price reduction on antique botanicals, other frames and framed art before Christmas. If you are looking for something with soul and the “heart of an artists,” you can find that special gift you haven’t thought here at E. Greene Gallery. Some of his clients have included Robert de Niro, Kevin Spacey and Whitney

Houston. I hate to name drop, but I actually left a few out. For more details, check out www.egreenegallery.com or call Ed at (858) 481-8312 to take advantage of his moving sale during the holiday madness. His gallery is located just around the corner in Solana Beach in The Steven’s Design Center. Thanks Ed for always being the best to me.

evaluate the environmental effects of a project. In this case, that is the 22nd DAA. “I wanted to make sure expectations were realistic,” Hilliard said. “We’re dealing with the state of California as a lead agency for its own project, and that puts you in an uphill position from the getgo.” Prescilla Dugard, assistant city attorney, said the 22nd DAA does have an

advantage, but that doesn’t mean the EIR can’t be challenged. “Our case books are full of cases in which the courts have said (an) EIR was inadequate,” she said. A representative from The Sierra Club, with support from the city, asked the 22nd DAA for an extension during that agency’s monthly meeting Dec. 8 but was told any requests must be submitted in writing.

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Threats said. Despite the outcome, Isabel Threats, who held a box of her husband’s ties that he wore throughout the trial, said she would continue to work to clear her husband’s name. “Of course we’re going to fight, Derlyn’s innocent, he didn’t commit that murder and it’s unfortunate the judge didn’t let that evidence in,” she said.


including the city of Del Mar. Mooney, who has more than 30 years of experience reviewing EIRs, said there also appears to be an inappropriate use of state-owned property, which the fairgrounds is. He said the document does not address potential impacts on the lagoon, restoration of the wetlands

and a dedicated ramp for direct freeway access to the facility. He also said there is a failure to address the substance of the Del Mar community plan, “even though they clearly state there that they’re in total conformance with the Del Mar community plan.And I’m sure the city of Solana Beach will say the same thing.” After the Jan. 8 deadline,

the 22nd DAA is legally required to respond to every comment submitted. Once it has done so, the EIR can be certified. Anyone who commented during the process who feels the response may have violated the California Environmental Quality Act can file a lawsuit. Councilman Carl Hilliard said the law may not necessarily be on the city’s side. CEQA requires the lead agency to


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Dec. 18, 2009

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Use your powers of persuasion to bargain for something you really want but can’t afford. In another week or so the merchant is likely to reduce the price anyway, so try to get him/her to do so now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Should you find that very person you need to promote something for you in a good mood today, take advantage of it and make your pitch now. Chances are s/he will be agreeable. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Conditions are stirring in ways that could produce unique types of material benefits for you. Be alert and on your toes to take advantage of anything unusual that pops up. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Give full reign to your imagination and resourcefulness, and you will be able to succeed at something that everyone else has tried and failed. It’ll be a surprise development for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Shoot for something different today, even if it is a bit grander than anything you’ve ever gone for previously. You’ll not only have fun, but you’ll also produce what you envision. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -


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Closely observe another whose mode of operation you admire, and chances are you’ll pick up on something that you’ll be able to successfully incorporate in your own manner of doing things. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) There’s money out there to be made. Give priority to whatever it is you can do to at least try to increase your present earnings. You might actually come up with a permanent second source of income. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Contact that associate who has been a bit standoffish lately. Constructive measures can be taken to shore up the relationship using a little holiday spirit to restore cheer into the relationship. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - While working on a project you’ve taken on, chances are you’ll think of a unique new way of putting it all together. Follow the instruction your imagination is producing for you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Take advantage of the holiday’s festivities that are likely to bring you in close contact with someone you’d like to get to know better.You may never get a better chance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Follow your impulses if they are directing you to purchase something different for someone on your holiday gift list. Chances are it will be the biggest hit among all the gifts this person receives. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) You’re presently in a hopeful cycle where your fondest wishes have wonderful chances of being gratified. Remain positive in your outlook and about what the future holds for you.

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and Community Services Department will host a Santa’s Workshop at 9 a.m. Dec. 19, Brengle Terrace Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive. This event will give children ages 1 to 9 a chance to create holiday gifts for their friends and family. Call Robert Rhoades at (760) 726-1340, ext 1501, or e-mail rrhoades@city ofvista.com. TAKE A RIDE The city of San Marcos Community Services will host a free bike tour at 9 a.m. Dec. 19, Discovery Lake, 650 Foxhall Drive, San Marcos. This tour is geared towards the casual rider who is interested in exploring some of the parks and trails in San Marcos. For more details, visit www.san-marcos.net or contact Ron Vinluan at (760) 7449000, ext. 3535.



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Charitable season

This is the time of the year folks and organizations are generous with their bankrolls and are in a giving mood. Del Mar Kiwanis Club recently handed out $17 grand to three charities including Phoenix House that provides in and out patient care; La Jolla Mejica that tutors underprivileged children; and Friends of Del Mar that sometime in the near future will build a community park on Ninth street.

DOCUMENTARY Harvard Professor Vincent Brown will screen his award-winning documentary on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits at 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Herskovits was a controversial intellectual and a pioneering American anthropologist of African and African-American studies. Visit www.newsreel.com or call (760) 753-7376 to learn more. PIONEERING SPIRIT The Pioneer Players will perform “Christmas on the Beach” at 3 p.m. Dec. 20, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. The celebration will also include music, singing, and a hand bell choir. Call (858) 350-6002 or visit www.pioneers-club.org.

Rancho parks A coppla of parks fronting the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe are due for up to $65 grand in enhancements that will be subsidized by Rancho Santa Fe Association. Included are a walking path, landscaping, concrete street pop-outs and benches.

One-liners C’bad Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a Teen Scene Talent Competition at Calavera Hills Community Center on Jan. 30 and is now accepting entries ... Best to keep umbrellas on hand cuz if predictions are accurate this winter will be a really wet one ... Torrey Hills


CAMP! The city of

Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department will operate the Seaside Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 during winter vacation, Scout House, Glen Park, Cardiff-bythe-Sea. Camp activities are offered for youth ages 6 to 12 years old and will include arts and crafts, cooking, afternoon snack, games, special events, sports, and tournaments. Call the Parks and Recreation Department at (760) 633-2740 or visit www.EncinitasRecReg.com for registration details.




or visit www.lifewaychurchvista. overseas at Christmas, will air com for more details. during the month of December on Del Mar TV.The event will air Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. BIRD COUNT Buena Vista and Saturdays from 7 to 7:30 Audubon Society will host its p.m. on TW South, Channel 19 annual Christmas Bird Count in and KOCT in Oceanside. and around Oceanside at 8 a.m. Dec. 26.Volunteers will fan out in a 15-mile diameter area that includes Oceanside, Vista, and portions of Carlsbad and Camp Pendleton to count birds, and will reconvene to tally their results at the Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside, where their results will be tallied. To volunteer, e-mail Terry Hunefeld at thunefeld@gmail.com.

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ONGOING HOLIDAY TV In the spirit of Christmas, a show honoring the late Bob Hope, who spent over 25 years entertaining the troops

Elementary School sixthgraders are building robots using Lego Mindstorm kits ... Billionaire Madeleine Perkins and the Surfside City are involved in a court spat regarding the city’s view ordinance as it relates to the Perkins’ surfside manse ... O’side’s Cal Welcome Center has issued a report showing it generated $21 mil. in visitor spending and was responsible for creating 400 jobs at various businesses throughout the city ... Cardiffian Chuck Kruse, veteran horseshoe chucker, has been inducted into the So Cal Horseshoe Assn. Hall of Fame ... Next November voters may be asked if they favor ponying up $18 bux for

state parks as part of the vehicle registration fee ... San Marcos Skatepark users recently caused a brief shut down of operations becuz they refused to wear helmets. Hasta la Vista & Merry Christmas


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