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FAIRBANKS RANCH — An estimated 3,375-gallon sewage spill occurred early Dec. 27 at 14638 Camino de la Luna in the Fairbanks Ranch area. The spill, which was caused by blockage of grease and roots, started at 8:50 a.m. and ended at 9:55 a.m. when crews from the city of San Diego Waste Water Department removed the blockage. None of the sewage was recovered so an estimated 3,375 gallons of sewage flowed into Zanja Creek that leads to the San Dieguito River. Signs warning of sewage contamination are posted 600 feet north and south at San Dieguito River outlet Del Mar and will remain in place until samples Del Mar resident Izzy Grace Landis and Encinitas resident Chloe Razink walk in the marketplace as the sun sets during Horizon confirm the water is safe for Christian Fellowship’s Living Nativity. The free event was held Dec. 17 through Dec. 20. See more photos on Page B10. recreational use. For updates on beach cloPhoto by Daniel Knighton sure, call the 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073 or visit www. sdbeachinfo.com.

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WET BUT OPEN Portions of Helen Woodward Animal Center flooded Dec. 21 after the heavy rainstorms. “Even though maintenance tells me that our pumps have stopped working and we had a pipe collapse, our adoptions department has remained open,” John Van Zante, center public relations manager, said. “Also both animal hospitals on the grounds remain open.” The back parking lot (known as “Lake Helen” to the staff) was completely submerged. Staff had to evacuate some of the animals, like Sunny and Angel, the twin foals who moved back in to the Intensive Care stall from their regular enclosures to higher ground on the property, but that was done before the flooding. The scheduled Santa Paws delivery of toys for the animals was moved to the front parking lot on El Apajo Road, as the back lot and loading dock were under water. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Friends of San Pasqual recently held its holiday party with the school’s foster teens and wanted to express appreciation to everyone who has contributed to caring about the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy and made them a priority. Holidays are particularly stressful for foster teens, who are constantly reminded of not being in a traditional setting with family members. They have been placed under protective custody by the court for various reasons. Abuse, neglect and negative memories have been part of their lives. At San Pasqual Academy, many of these foster teens are TURN TO FOSTER ON A13

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DEC. 31, 2010

ODD Third-generation candle maker lights up rooms FBI offers reward for FILES

by CHUCK SHEPHERD

By Patty McCormac

LEAD STORY Biologists Studying Rare Species Have to Be Quick: Researchers learned from reports in early 2010 of a new monkey species in Myanmar, with a nose so recessed that it habitually collects rainfall and constantly sneezes. However, according to an October National Geographic dispatch, by the time scientists arrived to investigate, natives had eaten the monkey. (The sneezing makes them easy for hunters to detect.) (Researchers studying a rare species of Vietnamese lizard had an easier time in November. After learning of the species and rushing to Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, a two-man team from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., found the lizards being routinely served in several restaurants’ lunch buffets.)

Can’t Possibly Be True • Parents of the 450 pupils (aged 3 to 11) at Applecroft primary school in Welwyn Garden City, England, were given individualized yearbooks recently with all the children’s faces obscured by black bars over the eyes (except for photos of the recipient’s own children, which had no obstructions). The precautions (described by one parent as “creepy,” like kids were “prisoner(s)”) were ordered by headmistress Vicky Parsley, who feared that clear photos of children would inevitably wind up in child pornography. Last year, Parsley famously prohibited parents from taking photographs during school plays — of their kids or any others — for the same fear. • Among the few commercially successful enterprises in North Korea is its General Federation of Science and Technology’s video game unit, which has produced such popular programs as a bowling game based on the American cult classic movie “The Big Lebowski,” and another based on the “Men in Black” film series. Bloomberg News revealed in September that a major international partner of the federation’s marketing arm Nosotek is the News Corporation — the umbrella company of Rupert Murdoch’s vast enterprises that include the conservative Fox News (which is generally provocative toward the North Korean government). • Joy of Democracy! (1) The women’s group Femen is growing in popularity in Ukraine (according to a November Reuters dispatch), helped in large part by its members’ willingness, during the group’s ubiquitous street protests, to remove their tops. (2) The Socialist Party in Spain’s TURN TO ODD FILES ON A13

DEL MAR — Candles from the Candle Factory were used for special occasions at the White House beginning in the Truman Administration. The tradition continued until the Clinton Administration when a popular mail order catalog offered them for sale, saying they were the same candles used in the White House. Because the White House cannot be used for such commercial purposes, it canceled its orders. Still, to have such a hidden jewel in the area, many find to be a pleasant surprise. “People tell me they have been driving by for 30 years and never stopped in,” said owner Steve Knorr. When they finally do, they find a charming, aromatic shop filled to the brim with candles and candle accessories. Knorr, 66, is a third-generation candle maker, whose home and business is tucked into a little forest glen on Via De La Valle in Del Mar. His Polish immigrant grandfather, Ferdinand, founded the business. He purchased the 20 acres on which he built his business and home for $1,800. Originally a tool and die shop, he had a hobby of beekeeping. To speed up the production of

honey, he invented a beeswax honeycomb so close to the natural one, that bees could not tell the difference. The honeycombs he made eventually helped the business begin production of beeswax candles, Knorr said. He found that beeswax candles did not drip or smoke and lasted much longer than the paraffin variety. His first major account was The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Knorr said. “The Inn burned our candles on the dining room tables for more than 50 years,“ he said. “People who stayed at The Inn inquired about the candles and stopped by the shop for a box or two. When they got back home they would have stores in their neighborhoods request catalogs.” Knorr said the business was passed on to his father Henry in 1950, who ran it with wife Judy until 1983, when a fire destroyed it. Knorr, who had been in real estate, decided instead of letting the family business die to bring it back from the ashes and has run it ever since. He had an emotional investment in the business. He had worked there summers as a youth, earning 25 cents an hour. “I remember fruit

Geezer Bandit

By Shelli DeRobertis

WAXING POETIC Steve Knorr is a third-generation candle maker whose factory, shop and home are in Del Mar. Knorr, 66, stands in the gift shop of his candle factory where his workers turn out about 500,000 candles a year that are shipped just about everywhere. Photo by Patty McCormac

orchards, cows and chickens. You could literally live off the land,” he said. “I grew up here. I had horses. I rode all over Rancho Santa Fe. It has always been the place for family reunions. His 80-year-old father still works every day, side-byside with his son, mostly maintaining machinery, he said. “Many people buy our candles to use on their dinner tables because they don’t

smell or drip,” he said. “It’s nice to know we make a quality item.” He said it is not unusual for a customer to come in and buy $600 worth of candles for their bathroom. “I have mothers come in with their children, saying they came in when they were kids,” he said.“Our customers are nicer. We rarely get any TURN TO CANDLE ON A14

Future hazy for potential Del Mar Fairgrounds sale By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With the 2011 session under way, state Sen.Kristine Kehoe introduced new legislation Dec. 6 authorizing the sale of the Del Mar Fairgrounds to the city of Del Mar. Senate Bill 1 replaces Assembly Bill 181, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña in October and pulled almost immediately. It expired Nov. 30 when the 2010 session ended. If all goes according to the regular legislative process, AB 1 can be acted on any time after Jan. 6, once committee members are appointed. That usually happens in the middle of the month. The bill will then be assigned to a committee or committees for a first hearing, during which testimony can be presented.

“During this process ... it’s helpful for people to write letters of support,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said during the Dec. 13 City Council meeting. The bill can be amended once or several times and will then be passed, which takes a majority vote of the full committee, or defeated. If SB 1 passes through the committee, it will be heard twice in the Senate. During the third reading, Kehoe will explain the bill. It will be discussed and a roll-call vote will follow. SB 1 needs 21 votes to pass. If it is defeated,Kehoe can ask for reconsideration and another vote. If the bill passes the Senate, it must go through the same process in the Assembly, where 41 votes will be required for passage. Once both houses approve the bill it goes to the governor

for a signature or veto. If he chooses to do nothing, it becomes law and the sale is authorized. Hilliard described SB 1 as “pretty generic,” saying the previous bill was “much more specific as to the details of the transaction.” “But Gov. Schwarzenegger, we’re told, wanted to have a vanilla bill and that’s what’s there,” he said. The $120 million purchase price, the appraised value, remains the same. Assemblyman Martin Garrick, in whose district the facility is located, said he believes the price is too low because it is based solely on revenues from the fair and horse races and not the 300-plus other events held there. Some say given the coastal location and nearby wetlands,

the site could be worth up to $1 billion. Others claim the price is fair because the site can’t be developed due to the wetlands. SB 1 does not rule out a public bidding process. “The sale ... may be pursuant to a public bidding process designed to obtain the highest, most certain return for the state from a responsible bidder, and any transaction based on such a bidding process shall be deemed to be the fair market value for the property, or may be a negotiated sale to the City of Del Mar,” the bill states. Unlike AB 181, SB 1 doesn’t include language requiring Del Mar to continue the San Diego County Fair and horse racing, however, city officials have said there are no plans to change those previous TURN TO SALE ON A13

Board sets fees for Performing Arts Center By Patty McCormac

Band room (5 hour minimum)

Equipment/Supply Charges

Nonprofit: $150 For profit: $225

LCD Projector Usage per Performance Nonprofit: $50 For profit: $75

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Board adopted the special fee schedule Dec. 7 for those wishing to rent its new Performing Arts Center. It is available for many uses by nonprofit and for profit entities. All bookings require a $400 nonrefundable deposit at the time of booking.

Nonprofit: $50 For profit: $75 (The above 5-hour usage fees include a custodian and PAC supervisor)

Usage fee (5 hour minimum)

Technical Labor to be Provided by the District

Nonprofit: $800 For profit: $1,200

Additional PAC usage charge per hour Nonprofit: $150 For profit: $225

Band room usage fee per hour

Nonprofit: $30 For profit: $95

Additional Staff Custodian per hour Nonprofit: $25 For profit: $35

Microphones Usage per Performance Nonprofit: $50 For profit: $75 6’ x 3’ Tables per Table Usage Fee/performance Nonprofit: $5 For profit: $7.5 60” Round Tables Usage Fee/performance Nonprofit: $5 For profit: $7.5

Box Office Services Use of Box Office (5 hour minimum usage) NonProfit: $100 For profit: $150 Additional Box Office Use per Hour Nonprofit: $20 For profit: $30 Courtyard Reception Nonprofit: $75 For profit: $125

COAST CITIES — A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bank robber nicknamed the “Geezer Bandit,” the FBI recently announced. The elderly bank robber is suspected of robbing 10 banks in the San Diego region between August 2009 and June 2010, but his trail of targeted financial institutions has continued north and is tallied at a dozen after his latest heist at a Bank of America in Bakersfield on Nov. 12. The FBI, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies are asking the public for help in identifying the unknown white male suspect who has been armed with a revolver pistol, always wears a cap and appears to be between 60 and 70 years of age. The reward was announced on Dec. 15 and is offered by the FBI and several local banks. At about 6 p.m. Nov. 12, a suspect entered the bank in Bakersfield, armed with a handgun and demanded money from a teller, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. He received a sum of money and then left on foot. A witness described him as wearing a Halloween-style “old man” mask, a white cap, gray slacks, a black dress coat and black dress shoes. In earlier reports, the suspect has been captured by video surveillance during a robbery where he is seen with a tube near his neck area, which is believed to be a tube used for oxygen. In July, after his 10th bank robbery, according to CNN, a spokesperson for the FBI said that the suspect may wear a mask to disguise his real age and that the mask may appear to make him look older than he actually is. Other descriptive TURN TO GEEZER ON A13

Misc. Fees and Deposits Cleaning/Damage Deposit (These fees will be refunded provided there is no damage and/or clean-up necessary) Nonprofit: $600 For profit: $900

WANTED Above is the “Geezer Bandit” photographed at Bank of America, 4480 Coffee Road, in Bakersfield on Nov. 12. Courtesy photo


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COMMUNITY COMMENTARY

Teen road safety subject of meeting By Nancy Sheridan

Leading North County community outreach efforts on public health issues about prescription drug abuse and teen safety, Scripps hospital recently joined with La Costa Canyons’ Teens for Teen Safety club and San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth to sponsor the town hall meeting on distracted driving, drunk driving and prescription drug overdose Dec. 3 at La Costa Canyon High School. Teens for Teen Safety, founded by LCC mom Jennifer Riggs, is dedicated to promoting awareness of teen safety issues at the school. The panel presentation focused on the consequences of teen drinking, driving and drug abuse with the goal of raising family awareness and creating opportunities to discuss these issues among parents and teens. Dr. Andrew Accardi, a Scripps emergency room physician, spoke about the physical and emotional aspects of treating multiple victims of teen car crashes and the

long-lasting effects he sees in survivors trying to cope with depression on repeat visits to the Emergency Department. Dr. Eric Wardrip shared how his 16-year old son Will was killed in a recent deadly, reckless car crash last year in Fairbanks Ranch. Sheriff’s deputies reports indicated that Will, a passenger in the car, was the only one not wearing a seat belt. Chelsea Hill, now 19, of Pacific Grove, told how she became paralyzed last February after she was involved in a crash when riding home from a party where both she and the driver were drinking. Aaron Rubin, now a quadraplegic who uses a wheelchair and raises one finger to signify yes or no to communicate, told his story through his mother Sherrie. Aaron, a 2000 graduate of Poway High School, suffered a heart attack and stroke after overdosing on Oxycontin. Sixty percent of teens admit to risky driving, according to national surveys. “As a community

we need to model good behavior, provide safe alternatives if a driver or passenger does not feel safe to drive, and continually remind our kids that the energy and enthusiasm of youth may entice kids to make unsafe driving decisions,” Dr. Accardi said. Hundreds of students and their parents heard the presentation. “A very powerful evening,” was how one North County father of two teenage daughters described the evening. It really struck home as a parent of teenagers. The combination of advice, wisdom and unfortunate knowledge of victims’ parents and the victims themselves was educational and beneficial for me as a parent, and for my teenager daughter to hear. In affluent North County, we as parents need to do better jobs. We may not be able to keep our kids out of trouble 100 percent of the time, but we can reduce the risks. We need to learn to say no, TURN TO SAFETY ON A15

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Something feels just a little bit familiar ... These headlines lately about how Wall Street movers and shakers are throwing lavish parties for the holiday season, one featuring a performance by the hip-hop star Lil’ Kim dressed up as a black cat, reminded me to look for the article I’d heard about called “What Good is Wall Street?” The hosts are reported not to be celebrating as much about extravagant year-end bonuses, but instead about a mood of rosy optimism in the financial world that happy days, if not here again already, are surely close to returning again for the long term. To Wall Street, the late summer-early fall of 2008, when the system folded in on itself only to be rescued by government intervention, is a long time ago. Now what about the rest of us? The stories of bonhomie at the Battery also brought to mind something that has stuck since I read it more than a year ago in a column by the economist Paul Krugman, published in July 2009. The column came out just as investment banker Goldman Sachs reported record quarterly profits and gave out bonus money comparable to the heady pre-crash days of the run-up of the real estate market, hefty hedge fund profits and the lucky streaks in general of the high rollers. Adding it all up, Krugman writes that it means Goldman is good at what it does. It also means that the compensation system there that helped put us in the dog house in the first place remains pretty much intact. Further, as he notes, “ ... by rescuing the financial system without reforming it, Washington has done nothing to protect us from a new crisis, and, in fact, has made another crisis more likely.” I sure hope not, but what’s that got to do with anything? In the Cassidy article, a fulllength magazine feature, the suggestion is strong that it’s business as usual once more by the pareddown big players like Goldman and the investment arms of institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase, whose bank branches dot the North County landscape like so many In-N-Out Burger places and Jack in the Boxes. The article also gets you to wondering about the inherent

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BRUCE KAUFFMAN Not That You Asked worth of this brokerage and investment banking function; or, in other words, why are these Street people are so highly paid? One leading economist tells Cassidy that they’re basically a utility that moves capital through pipelines and channels much as a water district moves H20 around and delivers it to the customers. Someone said toll takers. At best, that makes these financial folks middle men and middle women. Here comes the money train. Switchman, hit the button and send it into creditdefault swaps. Now someone has to be the gobetween and send out the chits that come in to wherever, granted. But what social purpose beyond that is being served here by the high financiers who apparently are willing to spend as much as $400,000 to rent a big place in the Hamptons for the summer? Here’s a sample of some of the factoids generated by the New Yorker article: — The chairman of Britain’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, says a lot that happens on Wall Street, and in other financial centers around the world, is a “socially useless activity.” He says activities are engaged in that add no real economic value even though they generate revenue and profit. This is called extracting “rent” from the real economy. — Look at all the profits produced by businesses in the U.S. as a big cake. Twenty-five years, the slice cut for the financial firms, was around one-seventh. Last year, it was more than a quarter. — In 2006, pay in the financial sector was some 60 percent higher than in other sectors. At Goldman Sachs, average pay jumped last year by 27 percent, or to $340,000. — A top senior officer at the Bank of England says it’s in the interest of bank managers to “make mirages look like miracles.” — An anonymous blogger cum TURN TO ASKED ON A15

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Undercover sting targets gang member car thieves HOT OFF By Shelli DeRobertis

COAST CITIES — An eight-month undercover auto theft operation zoomed in on local gangs and resulted in a grand jury indictment of 34 defendants on Dec. 17, according to the district attorney’s office in San Diego. More than $300,000 worth of stolen vehicles were recovered, which is the value of the 38 cars seized during the operation, according to officials. Twelve guns were also seized. “Operation Gangbusters’’

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awards for his work at several other venues throughout Southern California. He enjoys traveling and photography and often paints from photos he has taken with particular interest in scenes from nature. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (858) 757-3545 or e-mail the guild at ranchoart@sbcglobal. net. For news of the guild and a listing of guild artists,visit the guild’s website at www.rancho santafeartguild.org.

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launched in March by the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, or RATT, to help combat auto thefts in North County. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and Homeland Security Investigations, or HIS, also cooperated with RATT to uncover the auto theft operation. “Dozens of gang-related car thieves have been put out of business thanks to extraordinary cooperation between RATT and ICE HSI,” said

Art exhibit keeps it ‘Cool’ RANCHO SANTA FE — Join the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild as it begins the new year with its “Cool and Collected” exhibition. The featured artist at the gallery for the show will be Bill Kromydas and the exhibition will run during January and February at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias. Kromydas has studied oil painting with Sebastian Capella and has also taken classes from Raye Anne Marks and Mark Whitney. He had a two-person show at the Rancho Santa Fe Library in 2009 and at Wells Fargo in Rancho Santa Fe in 2010. He has also exhibited and received

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Local Doctor Helps Legally Blind to Read! International Academy of Low Vision Specialists member helps macular degeneration sufferers with reading, driving, watching TV, and maintaining independence.


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A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Dec. 15, 2010, to Dec. 21, 2010

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John Brent Jones, transient, was arrested on Dec. 14 at 11:05 p.m. near I-5 freeway and Palomar Airport Road for failure to register as a sex offender. OUT FOR A WALK At the small parking lot of the Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad, a window was smashed and purses were stolen from the vehicle on Dec. 19 at about 4:30 p.m. CSI C’BAD A bone was brought in to the Carlsbad Police Department on Dec. 16 by a contractor working at Rancho Carlsbad Golf Course, who questioned whether the bone was human. Pictures of the bone were taken and phone calls and e-mails were made to the medical examiner, who determined “without a doubt it is not human.” VANDALISM REPORTED A vandalism report was made by a man who said his Chevy truck had been pelted with mud and rocks on Dec. 17 at the 700 block of North Coast Highway in Oceanside.

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VISTA — The real-life scene has ended for actor Shelley Malil after a judge sentenced him on Dec. 16 to life in prison with parole for the premeditated attempted murder and assault of his ex-girlfriend, Kendra Beebe. More than a dozen news cameras captured the final hours of the court sentencing, which was likely the end of the spotlight for Malil, 45, an Indiaborn Los Angeles actor who had a supporting role in the 2005 comedy “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” In September a jury found him guilty of the brutal attack on Beebe, in which he used two knives to separately stab her 23 times in back-to-back assaults that left the mother of two nearly dead Aug. 10, 2008, at her San Marcos home. At the Dec. 16 opening

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OCEANSIDE — The life of Jimmy Misaalefua, 44, tragically ended on Christmas after he was shot in the head during the early morning hours of Dec. 25 allegedly by a neighbor, according to Oceanside Police. Shots were heard and reported to come from the 3900 block of Brown Street, which is west of College Boulevard near MiraCosta College. When officers arrived on

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scene they found a victim who had been shot, according to Lt. Leonard Mata in a news release. Misaalefua was transported to Tri-City Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Robert Pulley, 47, was arrested for the shooting and booked for murder, Mata said. Pulley was a neighbor of Misaalefua’s. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by detectives, according to police.

LOCAL LEGEND Jack “Woody” Ekstrom, 83, looks out at the ocean from his home on Neptune Avenue in Encinitas. Ekstrom is the first local surfing legend to participate in an oral history project at the California Surf Museum. “When Woody starts to speak, we start to listen,” said Todd Quinn, store supervisor of the museum. “He teaches us, the younger generation, about a moment in time that was so good.” Photo by Lillian Cox

Legendary surfer discusses growing up on local waves By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Jack “Woody” Ekstrom, 83, is the first to admit that he wasn’t much of a student growing up in La Jolla. In fact, he describes himself as being “slow.” “I tell people that by the time I got out of elementary school the teachers were looking good,” he says today with a grin. But there was one thing he excelled at: surfing. “When I rode the waves I felt accomplished,” he said. “A wave looks huge if you don’t surf. It doesn’t look so big if you have timing.” Ekstrom was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Kewanee, Ill., the oldest child of Nellie and Oswald Ekstrom, a Swedish

immigrant. In 1930 his parents moved the family to San Diego. They settled in La Jolla on March 1, 1940, on property now occupied by the Su Casa Mexican restaurant near Windansea. “I began hanging out at La Jolla Shores, pushing off and standing up on my mother’s ironing board in a soup,” Ekstrom remembers. He’d also borrow a paddleboard from his new pal, Bill Isenhower. The following year he was on a streetcar in La Jolla when he met what would become another lifelong friend, John Blankenship. “John talked me into going sunrise surfing in April,” he recalls. “I thought I was going to freeze.”

Ekstrom earned money as a paperboy and in late 1942 bought a 13-foot paddleboard for 25 cents from Phil Barber, a local property owner. “Lee Grady, the lifeguard, would drive from the Mission Beach headquarters and stop on Gravailla Street where Bill and I would hop on

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Families fill up baskets with charity for the holidays By Wehtahnah Tucker

DEL MAR — Despite the dreary weather, the mood was bright and festive inside the Del Mar Fairgrounds building housing the annual holiday basket event. Hosted by the Community Resource Center for the 28th year, the threeday event served a record number of families from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19. For Ella Cleveland and her daughter Lydia, the opportunity to go shopping without the price tag was a blessing. “We both lost our jobs,” Ella said as she motioned to Lydia who was busy picking out clothing for her 3-year-old daughter. The Oceanside residents heard about the program through a friend. “I really am grateful for what these people are doing,” she said. “So many people are having a HOLIDAY SPIRIT Lydia Cleveland with her mother Ella Cleveland pick out gifts for her 3-year-old daughter while volunteer Lillian Carmona TURN TO BASKETS ON A14

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

DEC. 31, 2010

‘Kooky’ calendar raises money for a good cause Fees set for bingo, design review By Lillian Cox

CARDIFF — The surfer statue titled “Magic Carpet Ride” has generated smiles, ridicule and public discussion since it was installed in 2007. It has also turned heads and garnered publicity for various costumes and scenarios built around it. Now a calendar devoted to the sculpture, also known as the “Cardiff Kook,” is raising funds this holiday season for the nonprofits FillA-Belly and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The calendar is the creation of artists Fred Caldwell and Wayne Lynch. “Seems like a lot of people were brainstorming about whether or not to make a calendar,” Caldwell remembers. “Being familiar with the process, having created a calendar commemorating Encinitas’ 20th year anniversary, Wayne and I felt compelled to go forward with it.” Caldwell shot most of the photos used in the calendar. They include the most popular incarnations of the kook, “Great White Bite” being swallowed by a large shark and “Wave Rover,” where he shares a ride with a stuffed dog. There is also the kook dressed up “Pretty in Pink” and in “Kooky Camo” wearing camouflage to mark Veterans Day. The first edition debuted on Oct. 15 with 2,500 calendars. It sold out in five weeks. Seventy cents of the $14 price resulted in a $635 being presented to the nonprofit Fill-ABelly on Nov. 2. “The second edition was

released on Dec. 7 and is selling faster than the first,” Caldwell says. “So far that has raised $772 totaling $1,407.” Nick Adams is the facilitator for the weekly Fill-A-Belly dinner held at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas every Tuesday at 7 p.m. “Wayne came to us one night and said he and Fred wanted to give 10 percent to Fill-A-Belly,” he remembers.“I said, ‘That’s awesome!’” Adams estimates that the $1,367 donated so far will provide more than 400 meals to the organization, which serves meals to the homeless in Carlsbad and Encinitas. “Wayne has been friends with the Fill-A-Belly group for a long time, and as many locals know, they are a worthy charity that puts their money where people’s mouths are,” Caldwell said. “After the ‘Pretty in Pink’ kook extravaganza appeared, it seemed only natural to include the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. as another charity that the calendar proceeds might benefit. That one was my idea.” To extend donations to include the breast cancer foundation Caldwell said they increased the wholesale price by 70 cents. Caldwell, who has done bronze sculpture himself, appreciates the many works of “Magic Carpet Ride” sculptor, Matthew Antichevich. “From the surfboard to the anatomy, to the stone pilaster it stands on, the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ is a realistic, world-class sculpture,”

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KOOK FOR A CAUSE Ten percent of sales of the 2010 Magic Carpet Ride calendar are donated to the nonprofit Fill-A-Belly and another 10 percent to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The calendar is available at the Cardiff Seaside Market, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Surfy Surfy Surf Shop and Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets. They can also be ordered at www.thecardiffkook.org at $14 plus shipping and tax. Photo by Fred Caldwell

Caldwell said. “But it’s that ‘goofy-footed’ pose that made him famous.” He adds, “What at first was the object of rejection has become a cherished part of Encinitas, and a gem for Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The Wall Street Journal even had him on their cover a few months ago with an excellent story.” Caldwell reports that a third edition will be published in the new year. The calendars are available at many Encinitas businesses including the Cardiff

Seaside Market, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Surfy Surfy Surf Shop and Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets. Caldwell thanks Malcolm Williamson who helped launch the website www.thecardiffkook.org where calendars can be purchased online at a cost of $14 plus shipping and tax. For more on Fill-A-Belly visit www.fillabelly.org. For more on the National Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.nationalbreastcancer. org.

Beth Am Teen experiences persistent pain hosts family D G retreat Second Opinion CARMEL VALLEY — A special Shabbat weekend is being offered with Rabbi Kornberg and his family. “Lighting the Spark, Fanning the Flame … A Lifetime of Jewish Connection” will take place on Shabbat Vayakhel, Feb. 25 through Feb. 27, at Camp Ramah in Ojai. The weekend will feature Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, founder of Ozreinu, a network of Torah study/spiritual support groups for Jewish parents of special-needs children. She is also co-author of “A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home.” The weekend in an idyllic setting includes two nights accommodations in hotel-like rooms, five kosher meals, music, sports, crafts, separate adult and youth programming and family programming of Havdallah by a campfire and babysitting. The cost is $200 per adult and $95 per child ages 2 to 16 if you register before Jan. 1. After Jan. 1 it will be $225 and $100 per child. There is no charge for children under 2. Contact Debra at (858) 481-8454, ext. 22 or debra@betham.com for more information.

Dear Dr. Gott: I have been ill for quite some time, and no one seems able to help me. It’s frustrating that I go to all these specialists and they will give me answers like “I couldn’t find anything, therefore you’re fine and should go to school.” I am 18 now,but when I was 13,I had my gallbladder removed because it was functioning at 13 percent. I have been ill ever since. Also, when I was 5, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I have a chromic problem of vomiting almost daily and, on bad days, several times a day. As of last spring, I have had a terrible pain that accompanies the illness and is enough to cripple me. My doctors are at a loss and are now guessing at what it is. One doctor diagnosed me with GERD, another with IBS, and a third told me there was nothing wrong me with. I have been put on all sorts of medications, and nothing works or even helps with the symptoms. I have recently discovered that even though I do not test positive for celiac, I react to flour in the same way, and if things are too processed, my body will not break them down. I eat healthfully and basically do the “caveman’s diet,” but nothing seems to help and, even though I am vomiting, I gain weight like crazy.

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ing nitrate drugs have been shown to improve symptoms. Despite this, side effects occur in up to one-third of patients, and only about 75 percent of patients will experience improvement, making this a hit-or-miss option. Those with papillary stenosis are not likely to respond to medication. Surgery to remove excess tissue and/or relieve sphinctal pressure is often helpul. This provides long-term benefits for up to 70 percent of patients. A newer treatment with Botox is currently being used, but longterm effects are not fully known at this time. Symptoms may also improve slightly by following a low-fat diet. Request a referral to a gastroenterologist familiar with this disorder. This condition is fairly uncommon, so your best bet at finding a qualified physician is to contact your local teaching hospitals. You mentioned sensitivity to flour. To the best of my knowledge, gluten sensitivity is not associated with vomiting, so you may simply be responding to your extreme diet because you are reducing your fat intake. You also mention weight gain. This may be related to your Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. You should be under the care of an endocrinologist to ensure that you are being treated properly.

creatic flow into the duodenum (a short section of the small intestine attached to the stomach), preventing the contents of the duodenum from backwashing into the pancreaticobiliary tract and sending hepatic bile into the gallbladder. There are two types of dysfunction.The first, papillary stenosis, occurs when the sphincter becomes narrowed, often due to fibrosis (scarring). The second, sphincter of Oddi dyskinesia, refers to a number of pressure-related abnormalities. The primary symptom is abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may be present. Some patients may also experience acute recurrent pancreatitis. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of patients who experience continued pain after gallbladder removal and between 10 percent and 20 percent of patients with idiopathic (unknown cause) recurrent pancreatitis may have sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. There are two types of treatment: medication and surgery. Dyskinesia may respond Dear Dr. Gott: I would to muscle relaxants that work like you to give us interested on smooth muscle. Calcium channel blockers and long-act- TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A13

DEL MAR — Hoping to recuperate at least some money spent on staff time to review applications, City Council unanimously approved fees for two new services at the Dec. 13 meeting, but neither is expected to result in full-cost recovery. Council members set the application fee for bingo permits and renewals at $50 each, the maximum allowed by state law but “well below” the actual estimated cost, Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said. To process a bingo permit, staff will have to meet with the applicant to explain the law, review the application, prepare a staff report and attend a council

meeting, a three- to fourhour procedure that would cost approximately $225. The estimated fee to renew an existing application is $72. Last year the 22nd District Agricultural Association sought to conduct bingo games at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to help make up for a major decrease in satellite wagering attendance and revenue. A law allowing charitable bingo went into effect in October. So far only the 22nd DAA has requested an application. Fairgrounds officials said the game could bring TURN TO BINGO ON A13

Police chief’s wife charged with shooting at officers By Shelli DeRobertis

OCEANSIDE — Brinda McCoy, 47, the wife of Oceanside’s police chief, faces 58 years in prison if convicted of shooting a loaded gun at police officers who came to her aid after she called 9-1-1 for help at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at her house in Cypress, Calif. A standoff was initiated by McCoy after officers from the Cypress Police Department responded to the call and tried to get her to leave her residence, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors allege that McCoy refused to leave her house, pointed a gun at her own head and then at the ceiling before pointing it directly at police officers who were outside. McCoy is accused of ignoring the warnings from authorities to not fire her weapon, before firing a semiautomatic gun twice at police who were positioned behind two parked cars outside of her residence. The Special Weapons and Tactics team stopped McCoy by using a bean bag gun, according to the district attorney’s office. McCoy was initially held on $250,000 bail, but according to the San Diego Union Tribune she was released

Dec. 22. Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri, of the Orange County District Attorney’s office, is prosecuting the case. McCoy is charged with five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon on a peace officer and two other felony counts of firing a gun with gross negligence. She is also charged with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm, according to prosecutors. No details are being released yet about why McCoy called police for help, according to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the DA’s office in Orange County. As of Dec. 27, Emami said an arraignment date for McCoy had not yet been scheduled. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy has been police chief for Oceanside since January 2006, and is a former mayor of Cypress. He and Brinda McCoy have five children, according to the police department’s website. Chief McCoy was unable to be reached for comment and is on vacation until after the beginning of next year, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

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DEC. 31, 2010

‘Kooky’ calendar raises money for a good cause Fees set for bingo, design review By Lillian Cox

CARDIFF — The surfer statue titled “Magic Carpet Ride” has generated smiles, ridicule and public discussion since it was installed in 2007. It has also turned heads and garnered publicity for various costumes and scenarios built around it. Now a calendar devoted to the sculpture, also known as the “Cardiff Kook,” is raising funds this holiday season for the nonprofits FillA-Belly and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The calendar is the creation of artists Fred Caldwell and Wayne Lynch. “Seems like a lot of people were brainstorming about whether or not to make a calendar,” Caldwell remembers. “Being familiar with the process, having created a calendar commemorating Encinitas’ 20th year anniversary, Wayne and I felt compelled to go forward with it.” Caldwell shot most of the photos used in the calendar. They include the most popular incarnations of the kook, “Great White Bite” being swallowed by a large shark and “Wave Rover,” where he shares a ride with a stuffed dog. There is also the kook dressed up “Pretty in Pink” and in “Kooky Camo” wearing camouflage to mark Veterans Day. The first edition debuted on Oct. 15 with 2,500 calendars. It sold out in five weeks. Seventy cents of the $14 price resulted in a $635 being presented to the nonprofit Fill-ABelly on Nov. 2. “The second edition was

released on Dec. 7 and is selling faster than the first,” Caldwell says. “So far that has raised $772 totaling $1,407.” Nick Adams is the facilitator for the weekly Fill-A-Belly dinner held at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas every Tuesday at 7 p.m. “Wayne came to us one night and said he and Fred wanted to give 10 percent to Fill-A-Belly,” he remembers.“I said, ‘That’s awesome!’” Adams estimates that the $1,367 donated so far will provide more than 400 meals to the organization, which serves meals to the homeless in Carlsbad and Encinitas. “Wayne has been friends with the Fill-A-Belly group for a long time, and as many locals know, they are a worthy charity that puts their money where people’s mouths are,” Caldwell said. “After the ‘Pretty in Pink’ kook extravaganza appeared, it seemed only natural to include the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. as another charity that the calendar proceeds might benefit. That one was my idea.” To extend donations to include the breast cancer foundation Caldwell said they increased the wholesale price by 70 cents. Caldwell, who has done bronze sculpture himself, appreciates the many works of “Magic Carpet Ride” sculptor, Matthew Antichevich. “From the surfboard to the anatomy, to the stone pilaster it stands on, the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ is a realistic, world-class sculpture,”

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KOOK FOR A CAUSE Ten percent of sales of the 2010 Magic Carpet Ride calendar are donated to the nonprofit Fill-A-Belly and another 10 percent to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The calendar is available at the Cardiff Seaside Market, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Surfy Surfy Surf Shop and Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets. They can also be ordered at www.thecardiffkook.org at $14 plus shipping and tax. Photo by Fred Caldwell

Caldwell said. “But it’s that ‘goofy-footed’ pose that made him famous.” He adds, “What at first was the object of rejection has become a cherished part of Encinitas, and a gem for Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The Wall Street Journal even had him on their cover a few months ago with an excellent story.” Caldwell reports that a third edition will be published in the new year. The calendars are available at many Encinitas businesses including the Cardiff

Seaside Market, Hansen’s Surf Shop, Surfy Surfy Surf Shop and Queen Eileen’s Gift Baskets. Caldwell thanks Malcolm Williamson who helped launch the website www.thecardiffkook.org where calendars can be purchased online at a cost of $14 plus shipping and tax. For more on Fill-A-Belly visit www.fillabelly.org. For more on the National Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.nationalbreastcancer. org.

Beth Am Teen experiences persistent pain hosts family D G retreat Second Opinion CARMEL VALLEY — A special Shabbat weekend is being offered with Rabbi Kornberg and his family. “Lighting the Spark, Fanning the Flame … A Lifetime of Jewish Connection” will take place on Shabbat Vayakhel, Feb. 25 through Feb. 27, at Camp Ramah in Ojai. The weekend will feature Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer, founder of Ozreinu, a network of Torah study/spiritual support groups for Jewish parents of special-needs children. She is also co-author of “A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home.” The weekend in an idyllic setting includes two nights accommodations in hotel-like rooms, five kosher meals, music, sports, crafts, separate adult and youth programming and family programming of Havdallah by a campfire and babysitting. The cost is $200 per adult and $95 per child ages 2 to 16 if you register before Jan. 1. After Jan. 1 it will be $225 and $100 per child. There is no charge for children under 2. Contact Debra at (858) 481-8454, ext. 22 or debra@betham.com for more information.

Dear Dr. Gott: I have been ill for quite some time, and no one seems able to help me. It’s frustrating that I go to all these specialists and they will give me answers like “I couldn’t find anything, therefore you’re fine and should go to school.” I am 18 now,but when I was 13,I had my gallbladder removed because it was functioning at 13 percent. I have been ill ever since. Also, when I was 5, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I have a chromic problem of vomiting almost daily and, on bad days, several times a day. As of last spring, I have had a terrible pain that accompanies the illness and is enough to cripple me. My doctors are at a loss and are now guessing at what it is. One doctor diagnosed me with GERD, another with IBS, and a third told me there was nothing wrong me with. I have been put on all sorts of medications, and nothing works or even helps with the symptoms. I have recently discovered that even though I do not test positive for celiac, I react to flour in the same way, and if things are too processed, my body will not break them down. I eat healthfully and basically do the “caveman’s diet,” but nothing seems to help and, even though I am vomiting, I gain weight like crazy.

Dear Reader: My first impression is that you may have a condition known as sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. This ring of muscle is responsible for regulating bile and pan-

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ing nitrate drugs have been shown to improve symptoms. Despite this, side effects occur in up to one-third of patients, and only about 75 percent of patients will experience improvement, making this a hit-or-miss option. Those with papillary stenosis are not likely to respond to medication. Surgery to remove excess tissue and/or relieve sphinctal pressure is often helpul. This provides long-term benefits for up to 70 percent of patients. A newer treatment with Botox is currently being used, but longterm effects are not fully known at this time. Symptoms may also improve slightly by following a low-fat diet. Request a referral to a gastroenterologist familiar with this disorder. This condition is fairly uncommon, so your best bet at finding a qualified physician is to contact your local teaching hospitals. You mentioned sensitivity to flour. To the best of my knowledge, gluten sensitivity is not associated with vomiting, so you may simply be responding to your extreme diet because you are reducing your fat intake. You also mention weight gain. This may be related to your Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. You should be under the care of an endocrinologist to ensure that you are being treated properly.

creatic flow into the duodenum (a short section of the small intestine attached to the stomach), preventing the contents of the duodenum from backwashing into the pancreaticobiliary tract and sending hepatic bile into the gallbladder. There are two types of dysfunction.The first, papillary stenosis, occurs when the sphincter becomes narrowed, often due to fibrosis (scarring). The second, sphincter of Oddi dyskinesia, refers to a number of pressure-related abnormalities. The primary symptom is abdominal pain. Nausea and vomiting may be present. Some patients may also experience acute recurrent pancreatitis. It is estimated that up to 20 percent of patients who experience continued pain after gallbladder removal and between 10 percent and 20 percent of patients with idiopathic (unknown cause) recurrent pancreatitis may have sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. There are two types of treatment: medication and surgery. Dyskinesia may respond Dear Dr. Gott: I would to muscle relaxants that work like you to give us interested on smooth muscle. Calcium channel blockers and long-act- TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A13

DEL MAR — Hoping to recuperate at least some money spent on staff time to review applications, City Council unanimously approved fees for two new services at the Dec. 13 meeting, but neither is expected to result in full-cost recovery. Council members set the application fee for bingo permits and renewals at $50 each, the maximum allowed by state law but “well below” the actual estimated cost, Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said. To process a bingo permit, staff will have to meet with the applicant to explain the law, review the application, prepare a staff report and attend a council

meeting, a three- to fourhour procedure that would cost approximately $225. The estimated fee to renew an existing application is $72. Last year the 22nd District Agricultural Association sought to conduct bingo games at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to help make up for a major decrease in satellite wagering attendance and revenue. A law allowing charitable bingo went into effect in October. So far only the 22nd DAA has requested an application. Fairgrounds officials said the game could bring TURN TO BINGO ON A13

Police chief’s wife charged with shooting at officers By Shelli DeRobertis

OCEANSIDE — Brinda McCoy, 47, the wife of Oceanside’s police chief, faces 58 years in prison if convicted of shooting a loaded gun at police officers who came to her aid after she called 9-1-1 for help at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at her house in Cypress, Calif. A standoff was initiated by McCoy after officers from the Cypress Police Department responded to the call and tried to get her to leave her residence, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors allege that McCoy refused to leave her house, pointed a gun at her own head and then at the ceiling before pointing it directly at police officers who were outside. McCoy is accused of ignoring the warnings from authorities to not fire her weapon, before firing a semiautomatic gun twice at police who were positioned behind two parked cars outside of her residence. The Special Weapons and Tactics team stopped McCoy by using a bean bag gun, according to the district attorney’s office. McCoy was initially held on $250,000 bail, but according to the San Diego Union Tribune she was released

Dec. 22. Senior Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Olivieri, of the Orange County District Attorney’s office, is prosecuting the case. McCoy is charged with five felony counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon on a peace officer and two other felony counts of firing a gun with gross negligence. She is also charged with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm, according to prosecutors. No details are being released yet about why McCoy called police for help, according to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the DA’s office in Orange County. As of Dec. 27, Emami said an arraignment date for McCoy had not yet been scheduled. Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy has been police chief for Oceanside since January 2006, and is a former mayor of Cypress. He and Brinda McCoy have five children, according to the police department’s website. Chief McCoy was unable to be reached for comment and is on vacation until after the beginning of next year, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

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Reflecting on my year 2010 in Rancho Santa Fe MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch

FEBRUARY 2010 Jennifer Keslick throws a fabulous birthday party at Mille Fleurs for Julien Hug. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

SPRING 2010 My favorite hat photo from my summer hat features: Meredith MacDonald with Karian Forysth at Mille Fleurs in the spring. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

MAY 2010 Gorgeously dressed for the Kids Korp event in May are Maggie Bobeliff and Denise Hug. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

In February of the year, I had the good fortune of being invited to Julien Hug’s 35th birthday party. That evening I had never seen Julien more thrilled to celebrate his birthday with his loved ones. Jen Keslick — Julien’s girlfriend — presented the most marvelous chocolate cake that I have ever seen. After he blew out the candles, everyone cheered and clapped for our dear friend. I will never forget that night in February when we all sat under the stars enjoying each other, celebrating Julien’s birthday. Thank you Jen for inviting us that evening. It will truly always be a night to remember. In the end of springtime, I started writing a “Hat Feature,” which basically entailed me running around the Ranch looking for women wearing hats (I should have thought of that issue before I decided to do it!). However, I had some great fun stressing about the feature and managed to find some lovely women looking fabulous. I have included a photo of Ranch resident Karian Forsyth featured with one my best friends, Meredith MacDonald. We met on a Friday at Mille Fleurs and you can imagine how excited I was when I had found someone in a hat to photograph. Good times, pretty girls and a hat to feature in my column! Thanks Karian and Meredith for always looking so lovely in the photographs around town. In May, I had the great honor of being the photographer to cover the Kids Korps event in the Ranch. Believe it or not, I’m serious. I had the work camera draped over across my shoulders and I must admit I was feeling like Lois Lane while I snapped photos of the arriving guests. Maggie Bobileff and Denise Hug have appeared together more than once and mainly it’s because they are two of the best-dressed women in Rancho Santa Fe. Thank you Maggie and Denise for always being so gracious and allowing me to photograph you at the events. At the beginning of the summer, Rancho Santa Fe Little League came to a close with heavy hearts for my son’s team — The Durham Bulls. They lost in the playoffs. However, look at this photograph! Have you ever seen a happier group of boys? I felt like this photo was worth repeating because it represents the glory and the fun all young boys must feel even after not winning the game. Their spirits are alive and they do not look sad with defeat and proud to be part of a team.Thanks so much to all of the parents who lend their time and support to make Rancho Santa Fe Little League a wonderful experience for everyone. I look forward to next year’s season, too.

SUMMER 2010 This photo captures the innocence and joy of baseball on the enthusiastic faces of the Rancho Santa Fe Little League team. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Beware! I will be there with my camera. In early June, I woke up early one morning to help make 1,000 strawberries for the Spring Fling Event, Best in Show, held at Helen Woodward. If you’ve ever attended one of the Spring Fling Events, you know firsthand it’s on the “must attend” event list in Rancho Santa Fe. I had so much fun that night! I wore an apron, cleared trays, sampled food and ran into some of my favorite Ranch residents. I am sharing a photo here of myself with Katie Holcomb and her sister Rosie.They are both long-time residents who I am always thrilled to see when I am around town. I believe my smile tells the story of how much I love these two beautiful women. In August, Karian and Tom Forsyth had their first coed spa party. Let me tell you it was a great success. Hot and sunny with drinks in hand, guests mingled as they sat poolside in the Crosby. I took this group photo of some of the guests that day. One of the best hot summer days of the year! A big thank you to Tom and Karian for always being so fashionable and making Rancho Santa Fe look feel like Hollywood. But most of all, for being my good friends and always including me at your incredible parties. In September, I attended a Rancho Santa Fe Rotary meeting in late September. I had the honor of being the guest of President Patrick Galvin. He had asked me to attend so I could be privy to hear the guest speaker, the executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in San Diego, speak about her own personal fight against cancer. With heart, love and conviction, I was moved by Laura Farmer Sherman’s imploring speech urging all of us to help in the fight against breast cancer. Krista Lafferty is featured here with the guest speaker and John Farris. Krista is all smiles, too, because her mother is also a cancer survivor. A very special thanks to the editor Laurie Sutton who is always so gracious and allows me to make adjustments even past deadline.

JUNE 2010 Two of my favorite blondes in Rancho Santa Fe at Best in Show this summer, Katie and Rosie Holcombe. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

AUGUST 2010 One of my favorite memories from this summer, Karian and Tom Forsyth's co-ed spa party. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

SEPTEMBER 2010 Laura Farmer Shermen featured with Rotarians Krista Lafferty and John Farris in September.Photo by Machel Penn Shull

And, to all of The Coast News Group for including me as part of your wonderful publishing business. I feel very blessed and proud to be part

of the newspaper world. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Catalonia region offered an election video in November on the joy of voting, in which an attractive, increasingly excited woman simulates an orgasm as she fills out her ballot, climaxing at the moment she drops it into the slot. (3) The nativist Danish People’s Party called in November for an anti-immigration film that featured barebreasted women sunbathing,as one way to convince religious fundamentalists abroad not to immigrate to Denmark.

Inexplicable • Nicholas Hodge, 31, was arrested in Winona County, Minn., in November after he

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readers your opinion on the vegan diet. There are members of my family who have taken on this way of eating for well over a year now. Yes, indeed, they have lost a lot of weight on it, but my concern is what it is doing or rather not doing for the body. Their color seems pale to me, for one thing, and when they come to my house, they eat whatever I have with gusto. Dear Reader: I’m a bit confused. If they eat whatever you prepare, they are either being kind or they aren’t true vegans. This diet excludes all animal-derived ingredients such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Many vegans prefer not to eat any foods that use animal products as part of the processing, such as refined white sugar.

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able to overcome this cycle of abuse and become productive adults. A special San Pasqual Academy family is created: one that provides stability, support, love and guidance. The volunteers of Friends of San Pasqual Academy are a key part of this support system. For more than nine years, the volunteers have been dedicated to providing positive experiences to these foster students. The 150 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy celebrated the start of the holidays with a festive party for the students held at the school,which is both home and school for the foster teens of San Diego County. Many individuals and organizations donated items and most importantly, their time and resources to make this holiday special. The party began with each student receiving a special Christmas stocking that had

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requirements. Del Mar received a letter of support from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, considered a “very influential” group within the horse racing industry, Hilliard said. “These letters are not easy to get,” he said. “We hear that there will also be a similar endorsement ... coming from the Thoroughbred Trainers Association.” The mayors of San Diego,

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DEC. 31, 2010 entered the home of an acquaintance at 2:40 a.m. and refused to leave, complaining that a person who lived there owed him something. According to the deputy’s report, Hodge was cuffed while sitting on a toilet “in the kitchen.” The deputy added, “I’m not sure why they had a toilet in the kitchen.” • “Sex strikes” (the withholding of favors) are employed from time to time, especially in underdeveloped countries, to influence political leaders’ decisions. However, these almost always appear in patriarchies in which females have little influence beyond the power of sexual denial. In December, Stanley Kalembaye of Uganda’s National

Resistance Movement, battling to unseat the ruling party, publicly called for the nation’s men to withhold sex from their wives unless the wives promise to vote for the Resistance.

Unclear on the Concept • In November, outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist initiated pardon proceedings (granted in December) excusing now-deceased singer Jim Morrison of The Doors for his 1969 indecent-exposure conviction in Miami Beach. However, Crist has ignored petitions from still-living, still-incarcerated convicts who almost certainly suffered unfair prosecutions. Orlando Sentinel crusader Scott Maxwell has reported on

several dozen people convicted in part by trainer Bill Preston’s dogs, who supposedly tracked crime-scene scents through water and other obstacles, sometimes months later and despite much site contamination, directly to the defendant on trial. Judge after judge permitted Preston’s “expert” testimony until one demanded a live courtroom test, which Preston’s dog utterly failed. In 2009 two convicts were released after DNA tests proved the dog’s sniffs were erroneous, but as many as 60 similar convictions still stand. • News That Sounds Like a Joke: The good news for investigators covering the November shooting of a 53-year-old man in Fort Bend County,Texas, is that

The diet includes soy milk, tofu, peanut butter, rice, beans, fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains. Almost all foods, with the exception of alcohol, fats and sugar provide some necessary protein to the daily diet. Keep in mind that because the habit is so popular, producers are now manufacturing hot dogs, cheeses, mayonnaise, iced cream and countless other items — all without the use of animal products. People may make the decision to become vegans for a variety of reasons, such as health, weight loss or for the environment. Because the diet is relatively free of saturated fats and cholesterol, it’s an easy way to lose weight. The diet lacks vitamin D. A simple means of combating this is through exposure to sunlight. Calcium can be obtained through the inclusion of fortified orange juice, dark leafy green vegetables, tofu processed with calcium sulfate

and more. In fact, orange juice fortified with calcium will provide 300 milligrams in one 8ounce glass. The Recommended Daily Allowance for adults between the ages of 19 and 50 is 1,000 milligrams per day, an easy goal to achieve when dairy is part of the diet. The key to a successful diet is variety.Those who follow it religiously can enjoy stir-fried vegetables, whole-wheat breads, dates, apples, frozen fruit desserts, tofu lasagna, soy iced cream, veggie burgers and a great deal more. I don’t know about you,but it sounds good to me.Therefore, while it’s not my choice, I must accept that some people prefer to follow veganism. I do recommend a person check with his or her physician before making the dramatic change. People should make sure that they receive adequate vitamins and minerals daily and should undergo blood tests

periodically to determine that they are neither anemic nor vitamin deficient. If so, dietary modifications or supplements might be appropriate. A physician or nutritionist can answer any questions. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Vitamins and Minerals.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at AskDrGottMD.com.

their name on them.The stockings were filled with items that were collected and created by Ellie Cunningham and her many volunteers. Jim and Carey Cimino, through Wells Fargo Bank, purchased sweatshirts for each student that had the school logo, a dragon, on them. National Charity League members, coordinated by Teri Summerhays,collected pajama pants, sugar cookies and other items for the teens. Christmas trees for each cottage were purchased by Friends of San Pasqual Academy. In addition, each student received a $100 gift card, made possible by the supporters of Friends of San Pasqual Academy. Donna Herrick collected many beautiful items from Sidestreet Boutique, a clothing store in South Lake Tahoe.Hundreds of socks were collected by Leslie Dwachinski. During the party, it was announced that Marc and Patty Brutten purchased a iPod

Nano and an iTunes card for every student. Carole and Ken Markstein donated a “Photo Booth” where students had their picture taken with their friends. Monica Sheets coordinated a craft activity with the foster teens and created photo frames. Also adding to the fun was a cookie-decorating activity, organized, once again, by Shelby Strong. She assisted the students in creating their own special holiday treats. And of course, a favorite activity was “shopping” with each student and helping them select items that were collected by many donors. The party ended with a raffle drawing organized by Ellie Cunningham. Many lucky teens received items that included sports jerseys, bikes, a Karaoke machine, clothing, jewelry, gift cards and other wonderful prizes that were donated by Cunningham. The group would like to

offer many thanks to the volunteers who assisted with the Holiday Party, which included Teri Summerhays, Julia Schloss, Monica Sheets, Donna Schempp, Kathi Mallick, Joan Kaestner, Lindy Bowman, Shelby Strong, Heidi Farkash, Marc Brutten, Patty Brutten, Helaine Silverstein, Stacy Snyder, Andrea Reynolds, Heidi Hollen, Donna Herrick, Kathy Lathrum, Joyce Hyman. Pat Coseo, Maria, Alquerra, Ellie Cunningham, Dagmar Helgager, Lindsay Cuker, Jennifer Nelson, Debby Syverson and Joan Scott. The foster students expressed their gratitude and appreciation to all who made this possible. For more information on Friends of San Pasqual Academy, which is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, visit www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org or call (858) 759-3298. Donations can be sent to Friends of San Pasqual Academy, P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Cajon, San Marcos and Lemon Grove, county Supervisor Pam SlaterPrice and groups such as the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, San Diego Coastkeeper and Surfrider Foundation have also submitted support letters. Del Mar is still working to get a similar endorsement from Solana Beach. Council members in that adjacent jurisdiction said they are hesitant to support the sale without some guarantees they would be more involved in

solving ongoing problems with noise, traffic, parking and public safety reimbursement. On Dec. 2, Solana Beach council members unanimously adopted a resolution of intention stating, among other things, that the city would like to partner with Del Mar on the purchase and have equal representation on the governing board. While Del Mar officials said they are open to equal representation, they have not expressed support for shared ownership. “I really have trouble con-

ceiving how dual ownership ... would actually work,” Councilman Don Mosier said during a meeting last month. “I think having Solana Beach own part of the fairgrounds is a nonstarter.” “I don’t see how we can possibly accommodate their request for shared ownership and partnership,” Hilliard said. Given the legislative process, Hilliard said the earliest they expect action on the bill is late January or early February in a best-case scenario.

Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 6057176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

there were several witnesses who helped an artist sketch the shooter’s face. The bad news was that the shooter was wearing a full-face “Halloween” mask the whole time. Nonetheless, the sketch of a man’s head, with the face fully covered by the indistinct mask, was distributed to the media by the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office. • Glenn Crawley, 55, who describes himself as a “man of the water,” flipped his catamaran off the coast of Newquay, England, in September for the 13th time and had to be rescued, running the costs of attending to his miscues to the equivalent of nearly $50,000. Although officials have pleaded with him to give up sailing (terming him “Captain

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in about $200,000 annually. The city cannot profit directly from the games, however, it can recover all costs incurred for law enforcement and public safety services and a maximum of $50 to process a permit. “We’re ... really constrained by the fact that state law limits how much a local jurisdiction can charge for the review of bingo permits and bingo permit renewal applications,” Birnbaum said. Del Mar will receive increased sales tax from any food and beverages sold at bingo games. A $75 fee for staff to review and process a citizens participation program was also adopted. Hoping to streamline the design review process and reduce costs, council recently authorized the formation of a citizens participation program. The new law requires certain applicants to take part in the process so neighbors can become better informed and provide input on proposals early in the design phase. Staff estimates it will take two hours and $100 to administer the new pro-

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traits include his weight, which is estimated to be between 190 and 200 pounds, and his height of approximately 5 foot 10 to 6 feet tall. Last month, Edward Bernard Power, 58, was arrested as a suspect in three robberies that took place in

Calamity”), Crawley said: “I do what no one else is doing. So I’d appreciate it if people would get off my case and give me some support.”

Least Competent Criminals Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Bonnie Usher, 43, was arrested in Manchester,N.H.,in November and charged with robbing a Rite Aid pharmacy after being spotted in her car fleeing the store’s parking lot. The robber’s easy-to-remember license plate: “B-USHER.” (2) Walter Allen Jr. was arrested in Houston in November after attempting to purchase two Bentley cars at the Post Oak TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON A14

gram. Councilman Terry Sinnott said committing time up front for the citizens participation program should save staff time in the long run during the design review process. “Overall the process may help limit the time of review for DRB applications,” Birnbaum said. “But clearly there’s going to be some time for staff to meet with the applicant, explain the requirements of the citizens participation program and then do an analysis of the CPP.” Staff would also have to prepare a staff report and spend “a very small portion of the time ... at the DRB meeting itself,” he said. Councilwoman Lee Haydu, who recommended the program while she was a member of the Design Review Board, said she would like the initial fee set at $100, but her colleagues said they were comfortable with the lower amount. Because the program was established for a twoyear trial period, they said the fee could be raised later. Councilman Mark Filanc said the city is already adding a step to a sometimes difficult process. “I’d hate to see it become more onerous,” he said. Carlsbad and Oceanside during the same day. Witnesses said they heard Power claim to be the Geezer Bandit, according to authorities, but it was soon determined that Power was not the Geezer Bandit as he did not fit the description of the older man who is now wanted for a dozen bank robberies.

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Donna Marie Robinson restocks the toys at the annual Holiday Basket event. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

The makeshift department store served as a beacon of hope during the stormy weekend. Families filled their shopping carts with essential food items, including turkeys, blankets, outerwear, toys and bicycles. More than 200 organizations and 1,600 volunteers came together to brighten the holidays for participants in the program. Donna Marie Robinson, a member of the resource center’s board of directors, volunteered for a third year. “It’s amazing,” she said as she looked around at all of the toys and sports equipment she was busily organizing. “Look at all of these smiling faces,” she said. “I’m a happy camper.” The lack of new toys and outerwear for young children was apparent this year. However, a few “secret Santas” answered the call to help fill the gaps in donations. “A lot of people are hurting this holiday season, but this community always comes through to help their neighbors,” said the center’s Executive Director Laurin Pause. First-time volunteers Renae Greig and Alejandra Chan from the San Dieguito Unitarian Fellowship were filled with holiday cheer despite the long hours on their feet serving donated food items to families.“It’s been fantastic,” Chan said. “There are so many donations and there are so many volunteers. This is what the holiday spirit is all about.”

ing the best way to transmit public notice, those readers surveyed said newspapers like Rancho Santa Fe News remain the best way to receive such notices: — 75 percent think governments should be required to publish public notices in newspapers, with 23 percent reading public notices very often in their newspapers. — 71 percent have Internet access in the home, but 66 percent never visit a

website of a local government. — Of those with Internet access at home, 89 percent have broadband access. The local community newspaper is the primary source of information about the local community for 49.3 percent of respondents. The next best source runs a distant second: friends and relatives for 18 percent of respondents and TV, 16 percent. Readers are nearly seven times more likely to get their

local news from their community newspapers than from the Internet (7.7 percent). Less than 6 percent say their primary local news source is radio. Established in 1885, NNA is the voice of America’s community newspapers and the largest newspaper association in the country. The nation’s community papers inform, educate and entertain nearly 150 million readers every week.

Carlsbad. There is no charge for attending. For more details, CONTINUED FROM A7 contact Marilyn Deak at (760) visit EncinitasRecReg.com or 438-5890. call (760) 943-2260. GET GREEN AARP San Dieguito Chapter 239 will give a FILM FEST Chofit Hadassah presentation on recycling at 1 of North County will meet Jan. p.m. Jan. 3, Belmont Village, 5, Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony 3535 Manchester Ave., Cardiff- Road, Encinitas. Linda Levine by-the-Sea.The public is invited. from The Jewish Film Festival For more details, call Doreen at will announce the films to be (760) 944-3876. shown at the JCC in La Jolla and WORK IT Winter Pilates mat other locations throughout the classes for ages 14 and older will county. Contact rinkies@att.net run for six weeks from 6 to 7 for more details p.m. Jan. 3 thru Feb. 14, NEW YEAR Carlsbad Encinitas Community Center, Newcomers will meet at 10 a.m. 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The Jan. 5, Heritage Hall, Magee cost is $62.50 resident rate and Park, 2650 Garfield St. Sue Irey $72.50 nonresident rate. There and Carrie Scott, of the city of are also Pilates mat classes on Carlsbad, will describe opportuThursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., and nities for volunteering. For from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Jan. 6 details, call (760) 845-6339 or through Feb. 17. The cost is visit www.carlsbadnewcomers. $72.50 resident rate and $82.50 org. nonresident rate. Call (760) 943- ROAD TRIP Palomar Model A 2260 or visit www.Encinitas Ford Club will hold its first RecReg.com to learn more. meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Jan. 5, Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. The group CLAY PLAY A ceramics will discuss upcoming tours. demonstration will be offered There will be food and socializfrom 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 4, ing after the meeting. For furCarlsbad Senior Center Lobby, ther information and/or direc3096 Harding Street, Carlsbad. tions, e-mail Linda Thamer at STRONG HEARTS North thamer1@sbcglobal.net or call Coastal Womenheart welcomes (760) 729-5449. women with concerns and challenges about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 4, Glen ADOPTION Family View, 1950 Calle Barcelona, Connections Christian

Adoptions will present an information session from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 2191 S. El Camino Real, Suite 202, Oceanside. Call (760) 966-0531 or visit www.fc adoptions.org to learn more. CUT A RUG The Billy Harper Band will play from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Carlsbad Senior Center Auditorium, 3096 Harding Street, Carlsbad. The cost is $3. Refreshments are sponsored by Somerford Place.

will demonstrate working with unusual materials in floral design. For more information, call (760) 726-8737.

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his truck and go to La Jolla Shores for the day,” he said. In 1943 Ekstrom pulled a cart from La Jolla to Mission Beach where he bought a balsa redwood board for $7.50 that was shaped by Lloyd Baker. While his older friends surfed at Windansea, Ekstrom and the younger surfers went south to Big Rock. He spent that summer at San Onofre where he honed his skills gathering tips from the “senior” surfers. As his older surfing buddies went off to fight in World War II, Ekstrom was left riding the big waves alone. A favorite memory happened when they began arriving home, and a group gathered in the balcony at the Granada Theater in La Jolla to watch a movie and a Woody Woodpecker cartoon. “Someone said I had a red nose (from sunburn) like Woody Woodpecker,” he remembers. The name stuck. As life returned to normal, Ekstrom’s circle of lifelong friends would include John Blankenship, Bobby and Pete Charlton, Towny Cromwell, Andy Forshaw, Larry Gray, Buddy Hull, Bill Isenhower, Carl Knox, Dick Linville and Don Okey. On Feb. 17, 1947, friends could only watch in horror when he was caught inside a 30- to 35-foot wave at La Jolla Cove. “A lifeguard came out and I said, ‘Don’t come in!’” he remembers. “The face was like a football field and was unrideable because of the backwash. I tried to push my board through but I had to let it go.” Ekstrom got into a ball and remained in what he described as a “Mixmaster” until he could feel the energy dissipating from the water. When he put his feet down on the reef, he walked in knee deep water to safety with only a scratch. The event was so terrifying that word got back to his mother that he had been killed. “Afterwards someone asked me what I was thinking,” he remembers. “I said that I thought to myself, ‘I guess I’m going to die a virgin.’” In 1965 Ekstrom built a home on Neptune Avenue in Encinitas. Looking back, he says the best part of surfing was the learning process. “There’s something to be said about making improvements each day,” he added. Ekstrom was the first of the local legends to be interviewed for an oral history project at the California Surf Museum. It’s hard to imagine a time when he was ever considered slow. He remembers each detail of his life with precision. “When Woody starts to speak, we start to listen,” said Todd Quinn, store supervisor of the museum. “He teaches us, the younger generation, about a moment in time that was so good.”

hard time right now that this is really a great thing to have this chance to be in the program.” Volunteer Lillian Carmona helped guide the two women through the maze of toys, clothes, linens and food. Carmona, whose son Angel Flores is a social worker at Lifeline, said her entire family assists with the program. “We help because we can,” she said. “I love to see the people smile, they are so in need and they leave here smiling and happy.” This year there were more people to serve than in the history of the program. As the largest comprehensive holiday distribution program of its kind in San Diego County, holiday basket served more than 5,500 people. In the weeks leading up to the event, North County families were screened for eligibility, as hundreds of volunteers like Carmona and her family worked to transform the cavernous Grandstands building into a 20,000-square-foot shopping center complete with holiday music and decorated Christmas trees. “It doesn’t feel like a handout,” Felicity Gutierrez said.The Carlsbad resident was shopping for her two sons. “It’s very hard to not have enough to provide for your children, especially at Christmas, “ she said. “These people are really helping us to feel dignity in hard times.”

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online. — 35 percent read editorials or letters to the editor very often in their newspapers, while 74 percent (nearly three quarters) never read editorials or letters to the editor online.

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GIVING BACK First-time volunteers Renae Greig and Alejandra Chan pass out turkeys and other food during the annual Community Resource Center Holiday Basket event Dec. 19 to Dec. 21. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

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Buena Vista Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 8, Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. An “Armchair Excursion Through the DAR California State Headquarters,” will be preBEST SELF The weight-loss sented by Regent Jill Scott. For group TOPS, Chapter No. 635, reservations, contact (760) 743Oceanside will host a “Road to 3660 or e-mail info@rbvdar.org. Success” open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 7, El Corazon Senior Center, 3202 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Call (760) 804- BEACH BOOT CAMPS Encinitas Fitness at Moonlight 1702 for more information. Plaza, 345 S. Coast Highway 101, SPARKLE TIME A gem faire Suite K, Encinitas, offers Bikini will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Blast boot camps, personal trainJan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. ing, fitness makeovers and 8 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. sports nutrition. Save 25 percent 9, Del Mar Fairgrounds/Bing on personal training until the Crosby Hall, 2260 Jimmy end of May. For more informaDurante Blvd., Del Mar. tion, call (760) 889-3097 or visit Admission is $7 for a weekend www.EncinitasFitness.com. pass. Classes and demonstrations will be held throughout FOOD ISSUES Food Addicts the weekend. For more details, Anonymous (FAA) will meet call (760) 390-3599 or e-mail Mondays at 11 a.m., Room 4, St. info@gemfaire.com or visit Michael’s Church, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. The group uses www.gemfaire.com. a 12-step recovery program to TIME TO GROW The Vista change the way participants act, Garden Club will meet at noon think and feel about food. Call Jan. 7, Gloria McClellan Senior Jack (760) 433-0886 or visit Center, 1700 Vale Terrace, Vista, www.foodaddictsanonymous.org with a fingertip luncheon, a to learn more. brief business meeting and a program by George Speer who

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Motor Cars company. Allen, using his own driver’s license, presented a check for $500,000 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (which was, of course, bogus since the Federal Reserve does not bank with checks).

The Jesus and Mary World Tour (all-new) Recent Playdates: Mary, on a barbershop wall in Bakersfield, Calif. (Finder’s reaction: “like a miracle, actually”) (November). Jesus in an MRI image in Greer, S.C. (“I don’t care what anybody else thinks”) (October). Jesus in a cherry tree limb in Midway,N.C.(“(A)m I nuts or not,I don’t know”) (October). Jesus in a chicken’s feathers in Rowley Regis, England (Mom pointed out the “ring of thorns”). Jesus on a stone in the road in Granbury, Texas (“(E)ven the rocks will cry out,” Luke 19:40) (July). Jesus on a lifeguard flag in Candia, N.H. (July). Mary on spilled baby lotion in Riohacha, Colombia (July). The final date on the tour is now set for May 21, 2011, according to evangelist Harold Camping, who in July told his followers to prepare.

Update Alan Patton, 59, of Dublin, Ohio, was arrested again in November — this time under the state’s newly passed “Alan Patton” law (inspired by his earlier arrest) for hanging around men’s rooms to collect (and then consume) fresh urine from young boys.Earlier laws afforded insufficient punishment, legislators had said, leading to the new law. Explained one detective, after Patton’s 2006 arrest, “Listening to him describe (his fetish), it’s like listening to a crack or cocaine addict. He’s addicted to children’s urine.”

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complaints.” His employees number between a handful and 100 depending on the time of year. Some of his employees have been with him for 30 years, he said. There are no longer bees on the property. He buys wax from a business in New York that has been in business since 1800, which provides wax from all over the world including Brazil, Africa and New Zealand. These days the little company manufactures about a half million candles a year that are sold in stores and from catalogs. Owners of cottage industries buy the sheets of beeswax to fashion their own lines of candles. Knorr and his crew have made candles for a few movies including “Interview With A Vampire,” and “Addicted to Love.” The Candle Factory and Gift Shop are located at 14906 Via De La Valle in Del Mar. To learn more, visit www.knorrbeeswax.com or call (800) 807-2337


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court proceedings, Malil’s defense attorney, Matthew Roberts,had made a motion for a new trial, claiming the jury didn’t agree on a certain act of violence. Judge Harry Elias said that the jurors may not have agreed on what caused the willful, deliberate and premeditated acts of Malil, but that all of their verdicts were consistent beginning from the time Malil entered Beebe’s residence before the stabbings began. He denied the motion for a new trial. “I stand before the defendant today — alive,” Beebe said to the court. “I am here despite the wicked scars he left on my body from head to toe.” Judge Harry Elias imposed the maximum sentence for the charge of firstdegree attempted murder, which is state prison for life with the possibility of parole. He said that there are some crimes so egregious that they deserve the harshest punishment under the law. The soonest opportunity for parole will be after seven years, he said. Malil was given an addi-

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Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney. “RATT’s hard work continues to have a significant impact, lowering auto theft dramatically in the past few years.” “In Escondido, auto thefts are way up. That’s one of the areas they concentrated on,” said Steve Walker, spokesman for the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. During the investigations, authorities discovered drugs, illegal weapons and insurance fraud cases, which they were also able to charge individuals with, according to the district attorney’s office. The areas targeted included Escondido,Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad, according to Richard Madrigal, who is part of RATT. The defendants committed various crimes in the roles they played as part of the auto theft operation. “Some of them set up deals, negotiated with officers to purchase cars or went as lookouts,” Madrigal said. Nearly one-third of those indicted were women. Madrigal said one of the most culpable people of the 34

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tional five years for the enhancement charge of domestic violence causing great bodily injury, so after credit for time served the parole eligibility may be eight or nine years. “If he can do what he’s done to this point, there is, I think, an opportunity for parole,” Elias said. Prior to the sentencing, Malil’s niece, a friend, co-worker and two preachers addressed the court and spoke of his character, spirituality and compassionate fatherhood to his son. Malil’s niece apologized for Malil’s actions, and the preachers also let Beebe know they were sorry for what she had been through. “Kendra, we pray for you as a church. We lift you up and we lift him up.This situation is one that’s very tragic and I’m so sorry for what you’ve gone through.We all are.We are asking for leniency,” said Zachary Kintner, a preacher. There were emotional gasps and tears in the courtroom that came from family members of both Malil and Beebe. “I hope his mother never receives a call that one of her children has been stabbed 23 was a woman who sold five cars, methamphetamine and a gun. “One of the top three or four people was a woman,” Madrigal said. At the beginning of December, after the conclusion of the undercover operation, an indictment was returned for all 34 people. Some of the 34 people who were indicted were already in prison or in jail, Madrigal said. There are a few who are outstanding. The punishments are on an individual basis and vary. “People did a lot of different things. One guy sold six cars, one guy acted as a lookout.There are a lot of different levels of culpability,” Madrigal said. Prosecutors are requesting one person receive 16 years and four months prison, while another person only faces probation, he said. According to RATT, 2010 auto theft statistics for San Diego County indicate that Honda makes all the top 10 stolen vehicles. They include Honda Accords and Honda Civics produced in different years. The 1996 Honda Accord is the No. 1 most stolen vehicle. firefighter, or an infantry soldier in Afghanistan. “Good luck with that,” he blogs. As for me, I guess it’s caveat emptor, let the buyer beware, ratcheted up another notch.

Wall Street insider with the handle “The Epicurean Dealmaker,” asks his colleagues to question whether their work is “worth more to society” than that of, say, an Bruce Kauffman can be reached at elementary school teacher, a scribe.oceanside@gmail.com.

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Dieguito Alliance. Scripps recently joined community efforts in the recent countywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day, when Scripps collected 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs at several Scripps sites.

and help our kids to say no,” added Mike Polan, who attended the evening with his daughter, a senior at LCC, and a member of Teens for Teen Safety. “Scripps is deeply invested in the public safety Nancy Perry-Sheridan, MSW, is a of teens in our community,” prevention specialist with San said Judi Strang of San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth.

times and is not expected to live,” said Beebe’s mother, Laurey Manning. She said Malil was a monster and that she hoped his sentence was to the fullest amount of the law. Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe, prosecutor on the case, requested Malil be sentenced to life. “The fact that Shelley Malil took so many actions to snuff out her (Beebe’s) life — he’s worthy of a life sentence,” he said. Malil had previously testified at his trial that the night of the attack he had gone to Beebe’s house to apologize for an incident that happened the night before, which included him taking some items from Beebe’s house and sending sexually explicit photos of her to some of her employees at the business she owned. When he got to Beebe’s house, after driving from Los Angeles, she was in the backyard drinking wine with a male companion before Malil stabbed her, according to reports. Prosecutors contend that Malil was mad at Beebe and attacked her at her home before her screams drew the attention of a neighbor who

came to her rescue, according to the testimony. According to previous reports from The Coast News, Beebe’s neighbor Charlton Lee testified he and his wife came to Beebe’s aid after hearing her screams. Lee said when he looked over his retaining wall he could see someone chasing Beebe. Eventually, he said he found

Beebe lying on a couch with Malil standing over her pointing a knife near Beebe’s abdomen and moving the weapon near her face and throat. Lee said when he got a better look, he realized Beebe’s chin was “almost completely severed off” and “blood was pouring from her neck.” The actor turned himself in Aug. 11. He was arrested at

the Oceanside Amtrak station after taking a train down from Los Angeles. Also during testimony, Sheriff’s Detective Paul Lacroix said that one of the knives used to stab Beebe was the same brand as other knives found in Malil’s apartment. The second knife is believed to have come from Beebe’s kitchen.

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Waiting for the rainbow Wow. I’d like to find someone to blame for exhibiting extreme hubris, hence tempting the gods to bring on our ongoing, extremely wet smackdown. My first thought is to look suspiciously at realtors and chamber of commerce members who have been known to make calls back east when it is miserable there and temperate here. Truth be told, I know we all contributed at some point. Who among us hasn’t had a smug moment of shirtsleeves in December as the rest of the world struggled with snow, rain and real winter weather? Don’t deny it. We try to be gracious but being the envy of your friends is just one of life’s naughtiest but most delicious vices. And so we got a solid taste of what much of the country east of Las Vegas faces on an annual basis. The big difference is that they are usually equipped to deal with it. Their homes were built with roofs that are sealed for it, they install storm windows, and they learned the lore of driving in it at their Daddy’s knee. With the week between creating and printing my column, we may well have managed a couple of dry days. However, weather forecasts have me braced and ready for a lot more precipitation, with a capital P, which you know rhymes with T and that stands for Trouble. I’ve renamed my backyard River City. After two weeks of solid rain, you start to notice some odd things. My first surprise was that it turned me into a mole person. When the rain stopped, even though still thoroughly overcast, I found myself wincing and grabbing for my sunglasses. If the sun actually comes out, I’ll have to find a sunhat and dig out those dark, weird glasses they give you when you visit the ophthalmologist. Or maybe just crawl back into bed. That option always has appeal for me. The next oddity I spotted was a gorgeous crop of moss growing in a parking lot. I park in this same spot weekly and it generally sports dirt. I have a heavy suspicion that the in-yourhome mold-removers may TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Ranch resident rallies support for injured rider By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Young Motocross rider Johnny Jelderda has had a few bad breaks lately, including his pelvis, collarbone and a few ribs. He crashed his bike on Dec. 9 at the Pala Raceway and spent seven days in the hospital. He still can’t walk and needs months of rehabilitation. Rancho Santa Fe Resident Elle France is trying to rally support for the 19-yearold whose dream is to become a professional Supercross rider and who was well on his way until the recent accident. Her son, Dakota, 16 and also a rider, told her how fast Johnny was.“He is a local hero. Everyone knows him as ‘Jumpin’ Johnny,’” Dakota told her. “My son suggested I become his manager,” she said. France, who had worked for No Fear for 10 years, agreed because Jelderda needed financial backing to move onto the next phase of his career — Super Motocross. “He was digging through trash cans for money so he could save for entry fees to a race,” France said. “The day of the crash, he was traveling 40 miles per hour when his engine stopped in the middle of a jump. He flew over the top of the bike, punctured a lung, broke his collarbone and pelvis and cracked some ribs. “I haven’t seen the bills on the hospital yet,” said John Jelderda, the young rider’s father. “We don’t have insurance.” He said his son has

BAD SPILL Above, Johnny Jelderda is carried off on a stretcher on Dec. 9 when he broke his pelvis and collarbone after his engine stopped mid-jump and he flew over the handlebars. Right, Jumpin’ Johnny flies through the air. Courtesy photos

already won seven amateur titles in motocross and has been riding since the age of 4. “We got him a little bike for Christmas,” he said. Once he started riding on a little neighborhood course, there was no looking back. “That’s how he got is nickname ‘Jumpin’ Johnny,’” said his father. Before the crash, Jelderda was at the track three or four days a week, France said. He worked as a flagger, TURN TO INJURED ON B11

Popular travel experts share where to go in 2011 E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Everyone has their lists for the New Year, and Lonely Planet is no exception. The organization that brings you fabulous photo books and travel guides has complied the “10 Best Places to Go in the US for 2011.” Who decides which cities are worthy of the list? “It works something like the Olympic judges scoring the gymnastics,” explained LP’s travel editor, Robert Reid, speaking from his New York City office. “We surveyed the comments from about 250 authors about what’s new, different or relevant (in the cities they write about).” Then the staff in LP’s Oakland office voted — and that means everyone. “It’s unlike a lot of places,” Reid explained. “Even people in finance are travelers.” LP also has offices in London and Sydney, but this vote belonged exclusively to Oakland.

PLACES TO BE Above, Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah is a photographer’s paradise. Millions of years of wind, water and geologic mayhem have shaped and etched the pink cliffs at Bryce, which isn’t actually a canyon but the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau. Zion National Park, just southwest of Bryce, is known for its maze of narrow, deep sandstone canyons and striking rock towers and mesas. Right, Colorado’s mountains, a two-hour drive west of Denver, are beautiful every season. Many peaks are 12,000 feet plus and can be snowcapped year-round. Downhill and cross-country ski trails make great hiking in the summer. Photos by Jerry Ondash

If you look at a U.S. map, you’ll see that most of the favorite cities are in the West or on the East Coast — except for Austin,Texas, that is. Some might be surprised by that choice, but Reid defends the pick. “Texas is overrated by Texans and underrated by everyone else,” he explained. “Austin needs no introduction… but West Texas is very underrated. You can make a loop west and south and take in San Antonio and… if you drive maybe six hours west, you can visit Big Bend National Park. It’s the size of Rhode Island and has huge boulders. Native Americans believe that when the creator of the earth was finished, he dropped the rocks there. And I’m a fan of Fort Worth — where West Texas begins — the Chisholm Trail. It’s held on to an element of western heritage that feels real.” With discretionary income down because of the economy,“I know people are a bit gun-shy (about spending),” Reid said. “But I think travel is making a comeback. However, people still want a good value. I like to suggest TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON B10


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A new twist on the My list of top 10 wine tastings for 2010 classic burger joint DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate While I’m not a big fan of franchises, there are some that have such a cool concept and execute on that concept so well that it certainly makes sense to duplicate that for the masses to enjoy. The Counter nails it on many levels, starting with their website, www.the counterburger.com , which is a testament to the thought, style and level of technical sophistication put into this endeavor. It begins with a beer glass filling, appropriate music playing, then dozens of combinations of burgers and salads being built hands-free. It makes you want to go there,

which is what a website is supposed to accomplish and where so many restaurants fall short. The Counter was, as they say on their website, “antiestablished in 2003, ushering in a fresh era of industrial decor, today’s music, cold beer, unique wines, cocktails, and burger options that are only limited by your imagination.” That sums it up perfectly. The Carlsbad location in the Forum Shopping Center does not lend itself so much to the bar crowd, but I’m sure that’s a perfect fit in their more urban locations. I went for lunch with my friend Michael and his two children Rosemary and Mitchell. The staff was very attentive to the kids, immediately bringing them crayons and puzzles which were

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After a long and winding road, visiting wineries, vineyards, wine shops, restaurants, resorts and wine events, at times I asked myself “Are we there yet? Have we found the ten best tastes for this year?” I hope not. Tomorrow may bring yet another lovely wine that matches the list below. I will keep up the hunt for bigger, better, luscious tasting prized wines. As we go public with this list, wine lovers are getting more for their money and are seeking the highest value wines available as competition is keen with new wine shops offering ever more wines, events, wine bars and smallbites restaurant components. TURN TO LICK ON B15 My 10 include two from Napa Valley, two from Sonoma, two from Italy and one each from Monterey, Paso Robles, Washington and Spain. I attended some 300 events, tasting more than 3,000 wines from all over the world, documenting their taste characteristics, ranking them on my 1 to 5 value scale, and considering cost point versus flavor. Prices vary from discount retailers to wine shops to web site “cart” prices, so it pays to compare. The 10 are not ranked, but appear alphabetically. Websites follow the wine descriptions for your further research. — Banfi Toscana Chianti Superiore, Tuscany, Italy, 2008 for $11. Seven thousand acres at the base of the fabled town of Montalcino plus legacy vineyards in South America and other districts of Italy, Banfi makes a statement with this select Sangiovese grape vari-

TASTY TREASURE The lovely Sonoma estate of Ferrari Carano made the “Taste of Wine” top 10 with its 2006 “Tresor” blend. Courtesy photo

etal at an inexpensive price. Visit www.castellobanfi.com for details. — Cantina Zallagnina Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, Italy, 2007 for $11. Comes from the younger vineyards of the Montepulciano district in eastern Tuscany. A splash of fruit flavor complements the gritty, earthy old world taste that accentuates with hard cheese and pasta. Visit www. vivavino.com for details. — Chateau St. Michelle Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling, Washington,2008,for $18. Two of the world’s great makers of Riesling, Germany’s Dr. Loosen and Washington’s Chateau St. Michelle, make this bold and forward varietal, with tastes of mandarin orange and sweet lime. Visit www.stemichelle.com for details. — Duckhorn “The Discussion” 6 Vineyard Blend, NapaValley,2006,for $115. An artful blend of varietals from six of Duckhorn’s vineyards. It includes 53 percent Cabernet, 28 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cab Franc and 5 percent Petite Verdot. The winery’s highest acclaimed creation. Can you detect Truffle Cassis? Visit www.duckhorn.com for details. — Ferrari Carano “Tresor” Bordeaux Blend, Sonoma, 2007, for $58. Old

world classic style with new world California flavor. A closer taste finds 84 percent Cabernet, with Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc and Petite Verdot. Tresor means treasure in French. Indeed, it is. Visit www.ferraricarano.com for details. — Fog Head Reserve Pinot Noir, Monterey, 2008, for $16. Strawberry/raspberry on the nose. Silky, soft tannins are a trait of fine Pinot. Sits at the Santa Lucia Highlands, positioned to take advantage of the fog pattern that settles at Fog Head’s doorstep. Visit www.tastemonterey.com for details. — Frank Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Carneros, 2008, for $32. More than 200 acres spread over the valley to choose only the best of estate grapes. Six Frank family members plus two grandchildren pouring their hearts out. Visit www.frankfamilyvineyards.com for details. — Justin “Justification” Bordeaux Blend, Paso Robles, 2008, for $45. Reduced yields pushed up quality. Ten months barrel time dressed up flavor for an unmatched Cab Franc/Merlot marriage. Visit www.justinwine.com for details. — Lewis Chardonnay,

Russian River Valley Sonoma, 2008, for $65. A small-lot passion allows constant development with pruning at every stage, from bud break to veraison (fruit coloration) to harvest. Lewis barrel-stores their Chardonnay in French Oak for up to 15 months. Visit www.lewiscellars.com for details. — Triton Tempranillo, Douro Valley, Spain. 2008, for $24. Named after the Roman God Neptune’s son Triton, who galloped along great seasides and rivers. The Douro River and its soil components play a large role in the sophisticated, elegant flavor of this Spanish creation, with elements of chocolate and delicate spices; a discovery of RELM, the dynamic wine shop in Carlsbad. Visit www. ambassadorofwine.com for details. Wine Bytes, the segment that lists wine events and dates, will return to its regularly scheduled place next week. 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.

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ENCINITAS — Councilwoman Teresa Barth was stripped of her regional committee assignments by a council majority during a special meeting Dec. 20, after being passed over for mayor the previous week. Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks motioned to have firsttime Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar replace Barth as alternate representative on the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, and North County Transit District, or NCTD. Barth was demoted to SANDAG second alternate while Stocks remained as the city’s representative. Barth said she did not support Stocks’ nomination to the NCTD and SANDAG boards because he did not represent the city in a manner that was transparent. Gaspar said the 19-0 vote to recently appoint Stocks the chairman of SANDAG showed he represented the city well on regional boards.

He was the only name on the SANDAG ballot. Mayor James Bond said he did not speak to anyone on the council prior to the meeting except Gaspar regarding his recommendations to the various regional boards. “I would have liked to talk to everyone but it’s not appropriate under the state’s Brown Act,” he said. On Dec. 15, Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan accused Stocks, Bond and Gaspar of colluding to deny Barth a chance at mayor or deputy mayor post for the second year in a row. All three denied accusations that they violated California’s open government meeting law when they voted to appoint Bond mayor and Stocks deputy mayor. Tony Kranz, who lost his bid for council in the last election, asked the council to remember their places on the regional boards. “Council TURN TO BARTH ON B11


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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Music finalist CARDIFF-BY-THESEA — San Dieguito High School Academy student Tamzin Ferre Elliott, of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, was a finalist in Music Instrumental, chosen by YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. These students, recognized for their excellent work in nine disciplines across the visual, literary and performing arts, will visit Miami for YoungArts Week on Jan. 10.

January artist ENCINITAS — Paul Nyerges will be the Artist of the Month for January at St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro located in the PAUL NYERGES Lumberyard on South Coast Highway.

Small Image winners ENCINITAS — Maite Agahnia was named Best of Show in the San Dieguito Art Guild December Small Image Show. Other winners in different categories include Nick Chill, Elisabeth Nicholson, Cree Scudder and Jeffery Field. The OffTrack Gallery is at 937 S. Coast Highway 101, or visit www.offtrackgallery. com

Great grad ENCINITAS — Torrey Pines High School graduate and New York University sophomore James Patterson of Encinitas was named University Athletic Association Fall Sport AllAcademic. He was honored both for his accomplishments on the New York University men’s cross country team and for his work in the classroom. An acting major in the Tisch School of the Arts, Patterson competed in five events in 2010. He ran a career-best 20:36.1 in the 6K at the Monmouth Kickoff, helping NYU to a second-place finish, and a career-best 27:00 in the 8K, helping the Violets to a third-place finish out of 37 teams.

MiraCosta win OCEANSIDE — MiraCosta College’s student-focused Textbook Loan Program has earned the statewide Academic Senate Board of Governors’ 2010 Exemplary Program Award. The program lends textbooks, equipment and even regalia to students in need. The MiraCosta College Textbook Loan Program is TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON B15

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PACIFIC STATION LIVING SPACE Approximately two and a half years after breaking ground on the first new significant retail space in the downtown area since the Lumberyard shopping center in Encinitas was built in the 1970s, units are now available for sale at Pacific Station. Local developer John DeWald said Pacific Station adds significant retail and residential opportunities to the downtown area. The project consists of two three-story buildings surrounding a courtyard with a Whole Foods grocery store due to open in February or March and a two-story restaurant as the anchor. Retail spaces on the first floor are almost fully leased and two levels of underground parking will accommodate the increased traffic on the 1.39-acre lot between E and F Streets.

The Christmas decorations are packed away. You miss the festive flair for a while afterward. You want your home to have that same cozy feeling throughout the year. Maybe your budget hasn’t recovered from holiday splurging. Warming up your home decor is as simple as adding personal touches that appeal to the senses. Often, you can rearrange or bring out items you already own, or buy home accents that aren’t very expensive. How do you make your home cozy? Here are a few suggestions. Aroma: Have your home smell nice. Air out your home a bit even in the dead of winter. Clean your carpets and upholstery to remove any bad odors. Clean (using natural cleaners) and disinfect your home. Next, bring in scents through candles, essential oils, flowers or simmering pot-

SARA NOEL Frugal Living pourri. A crackling fire makes a home cozy, too. Use dried herb bundles for added scent. To make the bundles, use dry herbs and natural materials, such as rosemary, lavender, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and eucalyptus. I’ve seen some bundles made with raspberry canes and pine cones added to various dried herbs.You simply cut them to about 10 inches and bundle them together with the stems facing the center of the bundle. Tie the bundles using raffia. Place them in the fireplace as fire starter or when TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON B11

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Rancho Santa Fe golf tourney ready for player sign-ups RANCHO SANTA FE — Plans have begun for the 18th annual Golf Classic set for Jan. 31 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via de la Cumbre, benefiting the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Sign up before Jan. 7 and the cost is $395 per player or $1,500 per foursome. The event will include pre-tournament games and fun, on-course games and food, an after-party with a family barbecue and kids’ zone and a silent auction held throughout the day. This annual event is the

Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s second largest fundraiser, accounting for more than one third of the center’s fundraising budget. Community support from individuals and businesses is critical to the success of the event each year. “Involving community members of all ages embraces the mission and spirit of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center,” Executive Director Erin Leahey said. “What makes the event special is that participants don’t need to be

members of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club to participate. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a funfilled day.” The tournament will begin at noon at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The cost after Jan. 7 is $495 per player or $1,800 per foursome. All paid participants receive dinner at an after-party. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Erin Leahey, at (858) 756-2461 ext. 308 or e-mail eleahey@rsfcc.org.

Homes found for many pets RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 657,000 orphan dogs, cats and other pets woke up with their new families this morning after being adopted during the first 10 weeks of the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive. Animal shelters and rescue groups around the world are working together, pursuing a goal of 1.5 million adoptions by Jan. 3. The 12th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays drive began Oct. 1. The 3,884 participating animal shelters and pet rescue organizations in 22 countries around the world report 657,752 pet adoptions. Adoptions were made for 351,688 dogs, 291,808 cats and 14,256 assorted other animals. “We’re not sure why cats are tailing dogs this year,” Helen Woodward Animal Center and IH4TH San Diego spokesman John Van Zante said. “Usually there

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Holiday sharing in song, substance at Horizon RANCHO SANTA FE — Heavenly hosts of angels and flocks of shepherds brought the Christmas Story to life at Horizon Prep as “Sing With Us The Christmas Story” was performed by the entire first and eighth grade. “Our Christmas program has become a wonderful family tradition,” said Horizon Prep Interim Vice Principal Holly Morey. “Families plan their Christmas holiday around this program — making sure grandparents, aunts and uncles are in town and don’t miss the show.” The program was peacefully brought to life by the eighth-grade brass handbell choir, ringing “Joy to the World” and calling everyone to celebrate with “Oh Come, All ye Faithful.” Horizon Prep Headmaster Ken Kush welcomed the crowd saying, “This is the season for giving and the past Horizon Prep second-graders, from left, Jacquelyn Todd, Olivia Aschbrenner, Corey Telfer, Ryan Savoia, Madden Pearce, Camille Johnson, two weeks we’ve been collect- Champion Whitton, Julia Clark, Kylee Wetsel, Chase Herring and Lauren Flather bring the spirit of Christmas with caroling at Emeritus Retirement ing jackets for family baskets Community. Courtesy photos for the annual family basket program with the Community Resource Center. When Mrs. Morey took the jackets to the distribution center yesterday, they said they were short 100 jackets and did we have any extras. Mrs. Morey told them we collected 420 jackets. Thank you for giving during this season of Christmas.” Horizon Prep first-graders Mia Mansukhani and Judah Boone take roles in the Christmas pageant Dec. 16.

Heavenly hosts of angels and flocks of shepherds brought the Christmas Story to life at Horizon Prep’s “Sing With Us The Horizon Prep sixth-graders, from left, Kendra Checketts, Kyra Hendrickson, Noah Segoria and Brandon Misel, Christmas Story,” including fourth- gathered up the more than 400 jackets collected by the school for the Community Resource Center of grade angels Summer Lake and Encinitas family basket program. Sydney Northbrook.

Horizon Prep fourth-graders Devin McDaniel and Will Bond do their best to look angelic during this year’s Christmas pageant.

Annual auction plans have begun at Bishop’s School LA JOLLA — The Bishop’s School 2011 Auction Committee has released the theme of its annual auction scheduled for April 16, 2011. The evening will be an opportunity to offer support and “Say You Will,” according to auction Co-chairwoman Patricia Brutten. Held on the school’s campus, the annual auction supports the school’s Financial Aid and Faculty Professional Growth programs. The 2011 event will feature world-class entertainment and serve as a testament to the committee’s goal of making The Bishop’s School auction a “party with a purpose.” “Say You Will is an invitation to join the mission of the school’s annual auction, which is to preserve the fullness of a Bishop’s education,” said Maureen Gibbons, 2011 auction committee co-chair. “The financial aid program is the soul of the school’s ability to offer enrichment, diversity and growth for all students, and the faculty professional growth program is an opportunity for teachers to study and travel, returning to the classroom revitalized.”

riences, from a coach attending a strength and conditioning conference in order to bring cutting edge techniques to athletes to an Advanced Placement science teacher attending the Summer Sustainable Systems Institute in order to build a environmental/sustainability studies program for students. “We are asking the community to say you will attend the auction, say you will participate through underwriting or auction item donations, “ said Co-chairwoman Donna Walker. “Say you will support our mission by contributing to the financial aid and faculty professional growth programs.” The auction committee is currently launching its underwriting campaign and seeking auction item donations. Several opportunities are available and donors are THE GAME’S AFOOT The Bishop’s School 2011 Auction Committee Co-chairwomen, Patricia Brutten of given excellent exposure to Bishop’s community Rancho Santa Fe, Maureen Gibbons of La Jolla and Donna Walker of Rancho Santa Fe, announced the the through participation. theme for the upcoming spring event. Courtesy photo “Creating great schools Each year, the school’s grams. Twenty-one percent of last school year, 53 faculty is, actually, an act of will,” auction raises approximately the current student body is members benefited from the said Head of School $1 million in direct support of receiving close to $3 million school’s Faculty Professional Aimeclaire Roche. “They need-based Growth program by particithe financial aid and faculty through the TURN TO AUCTION ON B15 professional growth pro- financial aid program. In the pating in 63 enrichment expe-

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The new Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 subcompacts, which posted “Very Good” in Consumer Reports’ recent ratings, are both fun to drive and deliver impressive fuel economy. The vehicles were part of a recent test that featured four different types of fuel-efficient cars: Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Honda CR-Z and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The new two-seat Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback scored too low for CR to Recommend it. Despite getting 35 mpg overall and having a crisp manual transmission, its ride was stiff, visibility is lacking, and it isn’t very sporty to drive. It was the lowest ranked of the four fuel-efficient cars that CR tested this month. The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI posted an “Excellent” score, delivering impressive comfort, convenience and room. Prices ranged from $14,770 for the Mazda2 Sport with manual transmission to $27,204 for the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. Vehicles were selected for this grouping because The CR-Z, Fiesta, and Mazda2 are all recent introductions. CR previously tested a Jetta TDI diesel sedan with a manual transmission and had not tested the diesel engine in a Jetta SportWagen with a manual transmission. While the Jetta is Recommended, the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 are too new for CR to have reliability data and the CR-Z scored too low in CR’s road tests to be Recommended. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR’s Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test. CR’s other findings include: — Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is a premium compact wagon whose ride has an underlying firmness, especially at low speeds, but is supple and well controlled. The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI ($27,204 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail PriceSRP as tested) is powered by a 140-hp 2.0liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers leisurely acceleration and gets 36 mpg overall and a superb 49 mpg on the highway in CR’s own fuel economy tests.The six-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is wellfinished. Folding the 60/40split rear seatbacks TURN TO CONSUMER ON B15


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School landscape gets more edible PET OFTHE WEEK By Wehtahnah Tucker

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Longtime resident Dorothea Smith, 93, was alarmed during a recent walk as she noticed the amount of water used on inedible landscaping. Rather than just shaking her head at the waste, Smith resolved to change the water-hungry habits of her community. She began by working with Cardiff Elementary administrators, parents and staff to develop a plan to increase the amount of edible landscape on the already productive campus. On Dec. 11, dozens of volunteers planted 20 apple and tangerine trees on the school grounds. Smith’s zeal for a landscaping approach based around food was mirrored by passions already brewing on the school campus, specifically with Principal Julie

Parker and staff members Danan McNamara and Devon Azzam. The first fruit trees at the elementary school are now sinking their roots into the ground for generations to come. McNamara, a kindergarten teacher for the past 15 years, was thrilled to see the high level of participation. “There was an amazing turnout on planting day. We had such support for this,” she said. “A professional landscape architect helped guide the volunteers to get the width and depth right for planting the trees.” The trees included 10 Satsuma tangerines and 10 apples, of the Gordon, Anna and Golden Dorsett varieties, which grow well on the coast and ripen during the school year. “I want the children to have the experience

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PLANTING PARTY Soleil Falesitch and her father Serge take care to plant one of the 20 fruit trees on the Cardiff Elementary school campus in an effort to increase the edible landscape. Photo by Raymond Ellstad

of plucking a ripe fruit off the tree and eating it straight off the branch,” Smith said. “What better way to teach children about the origin of their food supply. This is especially true in Southern California where we can grow fruit year round.” “It’s huge to be able to plant 20 fruit trees on the campus,” McNamara said. “It’s exciting to expand our existing gardens into other areas. Now more of the campus has an edible landscape.” The school’s future gardens will include a pollinator garden with seasonal butterFRUITS OF THEIR LABOR Dorthea Smith shows one of the many flies, insects, flowers and children the 20 fruit trees on planting day, Dec. 11, as several generations berries, as well as more area to grow vegetables to accomparticipated at Cardiff Elementary School. Photo by Raymond Ellstad

pany the Grow Your Lunch Program funded by the Rob Machado Foundation. Through the Grow Your Lunch Program, each class will have the opportunity to grow a crop of lettuce for the school cafeteria. The students had their first harvest in November, which was served for lunch at the school salad bar. The Rob Machado Foundation has contributed to the development of the pollinator garden and has also provided garden boxes outside of each classroom. “Everything can be taught out in the garden,” McNamara said. “The more

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 3,000 toys were delivered thanks to surf dog Ricochet who has been leading the “Surfin’ Santa Paws Toy Drive for Kids & Kritters” since Dec. 1,” said owner Judy Fridono. “She raised $8,019 in cash donations. That money was used to buy toys. We also received donations from all over the world, thanks to her 16,000 Facebook FURiends and drop boxes provided by petrelated businesses. On Dec. 22, Ricochet delivered pet toys to Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road Rancho Santa Fe. “Helen Woodward Animal Center is changing the world of animal welfare,” Fridono said. “The toys that Ricochet delivers to the center will offer enrichment to orphan dogs and cats until their new families adopt them and take them home. We’ll also deliver toys for the birds,

rabbits and horses.” The 3,014 children’s toys were delivered Dec. 22 to Rady Children’s Hospital and Ricochet was greeted by hospital staff near the fountain by the Emergency Room. “Thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital each year. These toys will go a long way towards brightening each child’s stay during a stressful time,” Fridono said. At Rady Children’s Hospital, Ricochet also made a Christmas wish come true for Tamandra Michaels. Michaels spent much of her childhood there due to spina bifida. She is in need of a new wheelchair, so Ricochet contacted the TiLite Wheelchair Company. In the spirit of the Surfin’ Santa Paws Toy Drive, they donated a $5,000 custommade wheelchair for Michaels. For more information, contact Fridono at (707) 2280679, or pawinspired@ aol.com.

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RANCH HISTORY The Civic Center House Left, the Civic Center House was the first permanent residence built in Rancho Santa Fe in 1923 and was designed by Lillian Rice, shown on the staircase landing. It housed several families as somewhat temporary quarters until their homes were built. The first occupants were Ranch manager Sydney R. Nelson, his wife Ruth, and son Bob, who lived there until 1926. Below, the second family was the Madonalds. Pictured are Marion Macdonald, wife of Ranald Macdonald, the first president of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, their son Don and their dog Buster. Today it is called La Flecha House and is the home of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.

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Pala Casino to celebrate 10th anniversary with giveaways PALA — Pala Casino Spa & Resort will begin the celebration of its 10th anniversary during 2011 with a 10-month, $1.5 million giveaway promotion starting Jan. 3. The first promotion in the series, Show Me the Dough, starts Jan. 3 and all players who visit Pala through Jan. 23 can win a share of $150,000. It is free to play, but players must have a Privileges Club card to enter. Cards are free at the Privileges Center in the casino. Participants can play Show Me the Dough video machines free in the casino once every 24 hours. Nine suitcases will appear on the game screen that will contain entries into the Grand Prize Drawing on Jan. 26. One suitcase will contain a VOID character, which ends the game. Players can keep selecting suitcases until the VOID appears and they keep all entries earned. In the Grand Prize drawing, 19 winners will share $100,000. One winner will receive

$50,000, $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 each and 19 will receive $1,000 each. But, there are ways to win each day. If a player finds the Golden $ in the video game, that player instantly will win a Show Me the Dough cash award. The jackpot will start at $400 and will build as play progresses. When the jackpot is won, it will re-set to the start amount. If a player finds two Golden $ in the video game, that player will instantly win a Super Show Me the Dough cash award. That jackpot will start at $1,000 and will build as play progresses. When the jackpot is won, it will re-set to the start amount. Based on card play levels, each entry earned on the video machine game will be subject to entry multipliers. Entries won by Regular Privileges members will be multiplied by one; Gold card members by two; Platinum by three and Elite by five. Registered hotel guests who stay overnight will

receive bonus Grand Prize drawing entries at the rate of one entry per week. Those who play slot machines and table games during the promotion will receive 10 free bonus entries into the Grand Prize drawings for every Tier Point earned. Poker players will receive 25 entries for every hour of recorded play. All entries earned will roll over and accumulate for each month’s Grand Prize Drawings. Pala Casino Spa & Resort reserves the right to alter any of these promotions. Drawings will be conducted according to the rules. A complete set of rules is available at the Privileges Center in the casino. In the case of force majeure, safety factors, equipment malfunction or extenuating circumstances, Pala Casino reserves the right to modify procedures to provide fairness and protect the best interests of all participants. For more information, visit www.palacasino.com.

Local charity performers celebrate their first album COAST CITIES — More than 350 people and 11 different performers gathered Dec. 18 at the Performing Arts Program at The Neuroscience institute in La Jolla to display the true meaning of community. The Feeding the Soul Foundation, based at 510 N. Coast Highway, Suite D in Oceanside, released its first album “Feeding the Soul, Volume 1: Family Dinner” with a benefit concert hosted by San Diego Musician Bushwalla and surprise cohost Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz. The evening included performances from Raining Jane, Jessie Payo, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard, Tristan Prettyman, MC Flow, Alysse Fischer, The Makepeace Brothers, Parker Ainsworth, Bushwalla and Day Old Johnson and the Natters. Proceeds from the event will go to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, which supports sufferers of the Parkinson’s-like disease, their families and caretakers. The event raised more than $10,000 for the organization. “I’m still trying to gather

my emotions after experiencing the explosive energy of Saturday’s benefit concert,” said Vallie Gilley, founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation. “I’m moved to tears when I reflect on the fact that this event flourished from my community’s response to me seeking an outlet for healing. I’m grateful and inspired by those who surround and support me.” “Feeding the Soul, Volume 1: Family Dinner” is available for purchase at feedingthesoulfoundation.org. The CD features 13 songs, including new music from Bushwalla, Tristan Prettyman, Raining Jane, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard and more. Proceeds from Saturday’s release of the CD benefited SuperFood Drive, an organization that seeks to transform local food drives, national food banks and global humanitarian aid into providers of nutrient-dense nonperishable SuperFoods. The benefit CD also contains a cook-booklet, detailing recipes for three family-style TURN TO ALBUM ON B11

Realtor lobbies to help owners RANCHO SANTA FE — Prudential California Realty Broker Associate Polly Rogers recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak with a number of Congressional representatives about the challenges distressed homeowners are currently facing in working with the lending industry. Based out of Prudential’s Rancho Santa Fe office, Rogers is a 34-year industry veteran. “I wanted to raise awareness about the lending industry’s lack of assistance to homeowners in relation to loan modifications, and their lack of accountability in the negotiation of many short sales,” Rogers said. “The POLLY ROGERS hardships that consumers experience during the processing of loan modifications and short sales are a legitimate tragedy in our present economic reality. I feel it is my duty, as a broker who represents homeowners, to bring a greater awareness to the difficulties they are facing with the lending industry.” Rogers met with congressional representatives from four states, had lunch with Sen. John Kyl of Arizona, and established new contacts with three local representatives, Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter and Darrel Issa. Since returning home, the “letters of experience” she shared with all of the representatives have resulted in TURN TO REALTOR ON B11

Speech group elects new officers RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Toastmasters Club elected its new officers for the 20102011 year. Dec. 14, outgoing President Laura Akers announced that the new officers included President Jonathon Collopy, Vice President Muffy Walker, Secretary Patrick Crais, Treasurer Catherine East, Vice President Membership Paul Brown, Vice President Publicity Laura Akers and Sergeant at Arms Hunter Walker. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita. For more information, contact Paul Brown at PBrown@Voitco.com.


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PERFECT ANGELS Under the direction of Camille Hastings, of Horizon Prep and Leading Note Studios, 32 of Horizon Prep’s drama students lit the stage and delighted the audience with their Christmas Drama, “Star of Wonder.” Pictured are Madden Pearce, Matthew Monroy and Karsyn Pearce.” Courtesy photo

Experienced singers sought for chorus LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will hold winter auditions for its chorus from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UCSD campus. The chorus welcomes trained singers (community, university and student) of all voice types who possess excellent music-reading skills and a serious commitment to choral singing. Auditions will be conducted on a first-come,

first-served basis. Further information about the audition process is available at www.lajollasymphony.com. The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus performs masterworks of both classical and contemporary composers in Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD in a six-concert subscription series.The LJS&C is a 110-person orchestra and 130-voice chorus that performs groundbreaking orches-

tral and choral music along with traditional favorites from the classical repertoire under Music Director Steven Schick and Choral Director David Chase. Choral repertoire during the 2010-2011 season includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” J.S. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” and Franz Josef Haydn’s “Harmonie-Messe” among other works.

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READY TO DANCE From left, committee members Cindy Leonard, Sandra Den Ujil, Marlena Heckerson, Kathy Flather, Deana Ingalls and Gabrielle Oratz gathered to announce that reservations are available for the Stand Up for Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders gala, which will transform The Grand Del Mar’s Manchester Salon into a Coyote Ugly-style nightclub experience from 7 p.m. until midnight Jan. 21. Gala committee members will tend bar, serve drinks and dance with former San Diego NFL cheerleaders to raise money for the hospital. DJ Brian Matthews will provide music, and production is by Redfearn and Associates. A light fare menu will be available in the club. Cover charge is $40 per person. Reserved seating with table service for four is $100. VIP seating and cover, for four, is $250. Larger donations will be recognized in the club. Call Deana Ingalls at (858) 756-1566. Proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Courtesy photo

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WHAT A YEAR! The Horizon Prep Lions Fall Sports Teams have had their best seasons in the history of the school. Horizon Prep is part of the Independent Middle School League and brought home first place for Girls Cross Country and Girls Volleyball and a silver medal for Boys Flag Football. Above, first-place Horizon Prep Girls Volleyball team members, include, from left Andria Carpenter, Taylor Sparks, Lucy Ferrari, Chloe Burnitz, Isabella Landis, Kirsten Hilling, with second row from left, Coach Carrie Miller, Celine Bogner, Brianne Razink, Hanna Clifford, Anastasia Armendariz, Sierra Kile, Maddie Bloom, Lily Morgans, and back row, Coach Matt Roy. Courtesy photo

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San Diego residents Daniel (left) and David Chong enjoy a camel ride.

11-year old Carmel Valley resident Reiss McKinney helps feed the livestock in the petting corral before visitors arrive at the 2010 Living Nativity. Photos by Daniel Knighton

Hark, the herald angels sing! From left to right, Carlsbad resident Lori Askew, San Diego resident San Diego resident John Eric Sutton greets visitors at the gates. Michaela Landis, Carlsbad resident Jacquelyn Askew, and Carlsbad resident Gabriella Beltran.

Living Nativity 2010 Mary (San Diego resident Celina Wong) and Joseph (Carlsbad resident Fernando Beltran) tell the story of the birth of Jesus in the manger, as Pedro the donkey looks on.

that people go someplace they haven’t been before. I think visiting new places extends life.” Here are LP’s bestplaces picks for 2011, in no particular order of preference: — Southern Utah: It’s all about other-worldly Zion and Bryce national parks. — New Orleans: PostKatrina N’awlins has its party clothes on again, and will be celebrating Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday, among other anniversaries. — New York City: Come for the opening of the National September 11 Memorial, and to see the new Brooklyn Bridge Park and Coney Island’s $30 million makeover — Austin and West Texas: See above. — Savannah: Marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and pays homage to General Sherman, who spared it because of its beauty on his March to the Sea. — Denver: Celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Colorado Territory. The mountains, two hours west, are great for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. — Northern California: Think Big Sur; San Francisco; Monterey/Carmel; Napa/Sonoma; Mount Shasta; and Yosemite. — Grand Canyon National Park: If you haven’t seen it, put it on your bucket list. Each rim is a different experience. — Palm Springs: It offers outdoor adventures, hiking, spas, art galleries, excellent eating and an abundance of mid-century architecture. Not into rock climbing? Watch at popular climbing areas near well traveled roads in nearby Joshua Tree National Park. — Hawaii: The islands are affordable when compared to other South Pacific destinations, and there’s lots more than just baking in the sun: hiking, diving, snorkeling, dining and visiting historical sites.

Great gadgets for gadabouts Carlsbad resident Nathan Norman, along with Rancho Santa Fe residents Patrice and Forrest Reynolds, arrived early to be first in line.

Above, Encinitas resident Susan Ferrari (right) tells the story of how her character Danielle’s life was changed by a meeting with Jesus. San Diego resident Cody Left, Carlsbad resident Jones portrays a Roman guard Kai Kamp, as Jesus at the entrance to the Living Solana Beach resident Jeff Martin and Cardiff resident Matt during the Crucifixion. Smith as Roman Centurions. Nativity.

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which is the person who notifies other competitors that a rider is down ahead and to slow down. “He is really a good kid,” France said. “No drugs. No alcohol. He is just so gifted you are in awe watching him ride and all he can talk about is getting back into training and what he can do to pull himself out of the situation he is in. “He has months of rehab coming up,” France said. “He can’t walk. He wants to fulfill his dream … There is no

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declaration during the Candlelight Ball celebration. Scripps was also honored with a patriotic performance, including a medley sung by Danielle Tucker, The San Diego Master Chorale and marching on the colors performed by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Color Guard. Throughout the evening, guests were treated to gourmet dining, dancing to The Bob Hardwick Sound and holiday décor. The ball also included an appearance by guest-of-honor, Academy Award-winning actor and La Jolla native Cliff Robertson. In addition to Scripps’ chairmanship of the

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cause discolored water at the tap during the process. If a customer has discolored water for more than an hour, the customer should call the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 756-2424. Fire flow tests are conducted at various locations in the community based on the distribution of fire hydrants

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Semper Fi Fund and Soles 4 Souls as event beneficiaries. “The funds raised at the event have had a huge impact on our program,” Amanda Thompson, Fresh Start development coordinator, said. The run has raised more than $110,000 for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts over the past 17 years and $35,000 for Semper

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members area appointed to represent the city,” Kranz said. Last year, then-Mayor Dan Dalager reappointed each council member to their existing committees. However, this year’s appointments were greatly changed. Gaspar expressed a desire to be on the NCTD board according to Bond. He said he gave Barth similar committee assignments four years ago in order to gain experience. “I’m not doing anything different than I did with Teresa,” Bond said. Barth was bumped to second alternate on the NCTD board. He explained that his rationale was also a matter of political preferences. “For the most part, when we looked at it, we’ll call them

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DEC. 31, 2010 ‘American Idol’ for athletes with this kind of perseverance and he can’t seem to get a break. He could be any of our kids.” France said that Jelderda is a “likeable kid” and pointed out that he is out riding every day. “He wants it so badly, but the consequences did not fall in is favor.” The crash has been posted on both YouTube and www.nofear.com, she said. To learn more, visit JohnnyJelderda.bbnow.org. Contact France at (760) 7077751 or ellefrance@rocket mail.com. Candlelight Ball, her philanthropic activities are numerous on a national and international level. Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 85 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services including a Level II Trauma Center and 24-hour emergency services, intensive care, interventional cardiology and radiology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic and orthopedic services, neurology, bariatric surgery and women’s health services. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.

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become the tycoons of tomorrow. Then I noticed my car started to smell like my old high school gym locker. While I still mourn the loss of our dogs mid-October, I was able to drum up some small joy at the absence of muddy paw prints. As our backyard fills up during every rainstorm, I didn’t miss trying to get the golden retriever out of the puddles and back into the house, while simultaneously trying to convince the pointer to even risk getting her feet wet. Being Southern California shod, I used to just Jean Gillette is a freelance writer suffer damp feet for a few who can be reached at days. This year, at the 10-day jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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follow-ups from Bilbray, Issa and Kyl. “Instead of taking up a lot of time trying to explain my personal agenda, I felt it would be more powerful to provide ‘letters of experience’ from agents and homeowners who have been dealing with the inefficient handling of short sales and loan modifications,” Rogers said. “I provided everyone I met with a personalized folder full of these

ALBUM in the service area. At this time, the Santa Fe Irrigation District cannot identify the specific locations of the testing; however, the tests will only be conducted during the daytime. Customers with questions about the actual testing and inspection schedule for the fire hydrants should call the city of Solana Beach at (858) 720-2400 or the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 756-2424. Fi Fund in the last four years. “A lot of loyal supporters come back year after year,” Thompson said. “We’re pairing in this event (with Semper Fi Fund) to give exposure to each other’s charity.We cover a lot of common ground.” “It’s a great grassroots event,” Wendy Lethin, Semper Fi Fund senior director, said. To see video from the Red Nose Run, visit www.coast newsgroup.com. philosophies and interfaces, it’s better to have a likethinker as your second in command. He said Gaspar would be a better “match” for Stocks. “In all fairness, I’ve never seen a problem between alternates and representatives,” Houlihan said. Barth said that she and Stocks are required to represent the city’s interests in service on regional boards rather than their own personal benefit. Brewing conflict between Barth and Stocks became public several months ago when Stocks announced at a council meeting that Barth had filed a harassment complaint against him. A city-hired attorney advised that Barth’s claim did not have merit because she was not considered an employee.

mark, I broke down and bought some serious boots. I feel a bit like Frankenstein when I walk in them, but they do keep my tootsies nice and dry. I marvel that the rest of the country isn’t more cranky in the winter/spring. Wet weather is getting on my last nerve, no doubt about it. I am happy for the snowboarders. I am happy for the water table. I am happy for the ducks. I am happy for my plants. My hairdo and I, however, are both feeling droopy. Hang in there, North County, and keep your powder dry.

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PAINTINGS 5 or 6 - all for $100. (858) 759-2554 PAIR GLASS SHELVES Cabinet, wood, units, pine furniture, $100. (760) 643-1945 PLANTS, CACTI & SUCCULENTS 4 ft. tall Mother-In-Law Tongue, 2 at $40. (760) 944-6460. PORCELAIN DOLL 19” tall, blond curls, wearing fur coat, hat & outfit, new in box, $95. (760) 438-7577 POSTERS POSTERS POSTERS 70 era & on up, Disney, Reagan, Museum openings & travel posters, $150 OBO for all. (760) 944-6460 RADIO CONTROLLED ELECTRIC MOTOR GLIDER, never flown, equipped with full radio controls - its a beauty, $95. Call (760) 918-0468 SKATEBOARD Stick board ADA carved board, $80. (760) 753-3616. SOLAR WATER HEATER Parts, tanks, 2 pumps, controls, $150 for all. (858) 756-2255 STATIONARY EXERCISE CYCLE Like new, $75. (858) 342-1460

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Reader AdvisReader Advisory: the National Trade Association we belong to has purchased the following classifieds. Determining the value of their service or product is advised by this publication. In order to avoid misunderstandings, some advertisers do not offer “employment” but rather supply the readers with manuals, directories and other materials designed to help their clients establish mail order selling and other businesses at home. Under NO circumstance should you send any money in advance or give the client your checking, license ID, or credit card numbers. Also beware of ads that claim to guarantee loans regardless of credit and note that if a credit repair company does business only over the phone it’s illegal to request any money before delivering its service. All funds are based in US dollars. 800 numbers may or may not reach Canada.


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) What a wonderful way to end the year with two great things going for you! First is your natural ability to form amicable relationships and second is having Lady Luck in your corner. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - A number of substantial opportunities are hovering over you, regarding both tangible situations and intangible circumstances. Breaks could be happening for you in each venue. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - You are likely to be lucky when a well-calculated risk is involved, but not so much with an out-and-out gamble. When you know the difference, you can play the hand that is dealt you quite well. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - A change in conditions that you were hoping would take place is likely to show some signs of starting to do so. What occurs will be out of your hands but still quite lucky for you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - This is a good day to call it quits on stuff that you want in your rearview mirror. Conditions are stirring that you’ll want to be part of, but you’ll need to be unencumbered to do so. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - With a new year about to begin, you’ll want to be free to focus on several new meaningful objectives, so do what you

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can to clean up as many old obligations as you can. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Wherever and whenever you make an appearance, you’ll be well-received. However, if you want to have a great time, do things with persons with whom you share some special interests. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Do not put any limitations on expectations or probabilities for what you want. If you want to paint rainbows in your life, use a brush that cleans out what is old and refreshes the colors. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Get out and circulate, because good things happen when you mingle with people from all walks of life. The more you move about, the bigger your chances will be for meeting someone great. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Additional ways can be found for expanding and improving on something good that you already have going for you. You’ll find what you’re looking for when you elevate your expectations. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - If you are inclined to take a gamble, do so on your own talents and knowledge, not on someone else’s. The former is within striking distance for success; the latter isn’t. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - People in general are likely to do nice things for you, especially your relatives and friends. It’ll pay to keep track of who does what so you can return the favor later.

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kids learn where food comes from, get their hands in the dirt, then they make real life connections to things they’re learning in the classroom.” Her class just harvested its lettuce crop. “They learn that it doesn’t always happen quickly but if you work hard and be patient, nurture it, then it will produce,” she said. Azzam, the garden program coordinator for the school, is working to expand the edible landscape program. “Kids can really get in touch with the whole food production cycle,” she said. “There’s an understanding of how our habitat is connected.” The vision is evolving to

create an edible landscape so that the students are surrounded by gardens. As Azzam took students on tours of the trees just after they were planted, she said they had a lot of good ideas and questions. “They asked things like ‘How tall will they grow? How do we grow a new tangerine tree if these are seedless? How long will it take for the fruit to ripen once the flowers turn into apples?’” The historical significance of Smith’s contribution to the school is underscored by her latest project. In the 1950s, Smith Construction Company, the family business owned by Smith and her husband, built the current school. All four of their children

attended the elementary school, and she served as president of the PTA when the organization was known as the Mother’s Club. Smith was thrilled to see so many children involved in planting the fruit trees on their own school campus. “They will always remember that they helped plant that apple tree or that tangerine tree,” she said. “It will be significant in their memory of attending Cardiff School.” “Kids at the school were much more involved than we were back then in planting the trees,” said Rosemary Smith KimBal, one of Smith’s daughters. She fondly recalled planting a flowering eucalyptus tree on the campus when she graduated from the school.

explicit, dedication of families who recognize that a quality education, itself, is a truly lasting gift to their children.Saying you will not only attend, but support, the two critical missions of the auction, raising

funds for financial aid and faculty professional growth, allows Bishop’s to remain — willfully — the greatest school possible and the greatest gift we can give our children and our community at large.”

For more information on the auction, visit www.bishops. com, become a fan on the new Bishop’s School Auction Facebook fan page, e-mail auction@bishops.com or call (858) 459-6161.

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Studios open OCEANSIDE — Entertainment industry veteran Russell Whitaker and Tracy Terrell, vice president MediaTech Oceanside, have opened MediaTech Oceanside sound and film studios, at 302 Oceanside Blvd.The multi-studio facility handles any type of audio, video or film production. For a tour or more information, call (760) 231-5368 or visit www.mediatech oceanside.com.

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sion.The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Good. The interior is well-finished. The cargo area can hold one large upright suitcase and two duffel bags with the rear seats in place. — Honda CR-Z. The Honda CR-Z is a sporty-looking, two-seat hybrid that handles nimbly but is not very sporty otherwise. The ride is choppy, noise levels are high, and on-limit handling can be tricky. The Honda CR-Z EX ($21,510 MSRP as tested) is powered by a 122-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with hybrid assist that is mild and gets 35 mpg overall. The sixspeed manual transmission shifts effortlessly. Braking is Very Good. The interior materials look nice and most panels fit together nicely. A divider between the cabin and trunk folds down to reveal a large cargo area, but the 400-pound payload capacity is restrictive.

creates a spacious cargo area. — Ford Fiesta. Ford’s subcompact Fiesta is enjoyable to drive. Its agile handling, relatively quiet cabin, and composed ride are high points. The Ford Fiesta SE sedan ($16,595 MSRP as tested) is powered by a 120-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers adequate acceleration and gets 33 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts responsively. Braking is Good. The interior is well-finished. The trunk will hold three large upright suitcases and one large duffel bag. — Mazda2. The Mazda2 is fun to drive, with excellent fuel economy, responsive steering and a usable rear seat despite the car’s modest dimensions. The Mazda2 Touring $17,075 MSRP as tested) is powered by a 100hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that accelerates modestly and gets a very good 30mpg Visit the Consumer Reports website with the automatic transmis- at consumerreports.org.

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evidently up to kid cool as they went to town on them immediately. The space is very clean with a nice mix of old school diner and a modern twist on industrial design. We were also greeted with a clipboard and an extensive list of fresh ingredients that allow you to build your own gourmet burger. They claim 312,120-plus different burger combinations, which is a little overwhelming but you can just as easily go for a signature burger which they already have designed and are also available in a bowl minus the bun. If you go the build your own burger route,there are four straightforward steps to make that happen. I counted 12 cheeses available,30 toppings,21 sauces and four buns. We started with parmesan cheese fries which at $4.50 were plenty for 2 adults and 2 children and a nice mix of crispy fries and cheesy goodness. The kids went with the two mini burgers and fries and were very happy with their selection. Rosemary commented on the freshness of the buns and Mitchell liked the portion size, explaining in detail how he is full after half of a regular size adult burger but the two mini burgers are the perfect size for kids. The mini plate comes in at $4.95.

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The adults went for the Counter and Lamb burgers,the Lamb was on the daily special menu.The Counter Burger was loaded with a 1/3-pound beef patty, provolone cheese, onion strings, lettuce blend, sautéed mushrooms and tomato and sun dried tomato vinaigrette. Amazingly, all this fit on the burger and was not a sloppy mess. Contrary to the Carl’s Jr. advertising agency, I don’t want my burger all over myself. The Lamb burger was a moist burger topped with a killer combination of sun dried tomato, feta cheese, fried peperoncinis, Bermuda red onion, organic mixed greens and a tzatziki sauce. This burger was full of flavor, both from the patty and the great combination of top-

pings. By the way, if you are not familiar with tzatziki, it’s a Greek sauce made of strained yoghurt, usually from sheep or goat milk, mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil and dill. It compliments lamb perfectly and worked perfectly on this burger. It’s nice to know that the meat from The Counter is never frozen, humanely raised and hormone and antibiotic free. All their produce is also locally sourced. That’s a nice touch from a chain operation. Burgers range from $8 to $12 and are well worth it. While the burgers were fabulous and I highly recommended them, it was the malted milk shake that blew me away. It is real ice cream and malted blended together old

style and a perfect ending to a really delightful lunch. Shakes and fresh iced tea are also available. The Counter also has a full bar with a nice selection of local beer and wine. Happy hour is daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and after 8 p.m. I could see making a dinner night of it with the kids or a beer and burger night with friends. The Counter is located at the Forum, 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, 92009. Call (760) 652-5480 or visit www.thecounterburger.com for details. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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$4,995,000

This is what your clients have been waiting for! Situated on 2.24 acres in Fairbanks Ranch, this 6-bedroom, 6.5-bath home boasts many remodeled features. The gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, granite, and a walk-in pantry. The kitchen opens to a family room that is spacious and inviting with a fireplace and sliding doors to the wrap-around balcony, pool and spa – ideal for family get-togethers. Call for a private showing.

This exquisite gated estate in the Covenant is rich with designer details. Situated on 2.95 beautifully manicured acres near the horse trails, this incredible estate includes 6 bedroom suites with the master bedroom on the lower level, a gourmet kitchen, a mahogany-paneled library, 6 fireplaces, guesthouse, pool, spa, and a 4-car garage. Call for a private showing.

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Becky & June

Becky

858.481.6750 DRE #00978031

www.BeckyAndJune.com email: becky@BeckyAndJune.com

June

858.756.3060 DRE #00969762

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