Rancho Santa Fe News, Dec. 3, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 25

Riding Club’s lease upped



Tasked with catching rowdy horses, members of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol brush up on their B4 wrangling skills

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The San Diego Surf Soccer Club’s Thanksgiving Tournament took place at the Polo Fields from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28. Above, Brittany Doan of the San Diego Surf Soccer Club battles a Livermore defender for the ball. See more photos on Page A14. Photo by Daniel Knighton

Ranch water district approves rate increase By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Nov. 18 water rate increase approved by the board of the Santa Fe Irrigation District was expected, said General Manager Michael Bardin. “At our October meeting we held a public hearing just on that subject,” he said. “There were about 50 people and 13 public comments,” he said. After that meeting, the

board members took into consideration the public comments, studied the staff reports and voted in favor 3-2 to raise the rates. Voting for the raise were board President Michael Hogan, Vice President Ken Dunford and Director Bud Irvin.Voting against the raise were directors John Ingalls and Auggie Daddi. The “pass through,” component of the issue was not passed. “They did not take

action on that,” Bardin said. The board believes the raise is necessary because the cost of water continues to rise. “About 70 percent of our budget in the next three years is just to buy water,” he said. The increase will be 12 percent in January and 12 percent for the next two years. The proposal to “pass through,” additional costs the water authority imposes

was not OK’d. “The rate proposal approved by the board represents responsible public policy,” he said. “It is the financial plan that is necessary to provide safe reliable water and fire flow and implement the maintenance and replacing of infrastructure. “It is a well-run and maintained water system and we want to keep it that way. We don’t want to do crisis management of a public water system.”

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association voted unanimously to extend the ground lease to the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club for 10 years to Sept. 1, 2022, with an option to extend an additional 10 years to September 2032. “We have been trying to do improvements and put some long-range planning in place to improve the property. We will need a loan or some other financing to do that,” said Sharon Engel who represented the riding club at the Association’s Nov. 18 meeting. The current lease expires in September 2012, but the riding club wishes the extension so they can demonstrate stability to garner financing to proceed on their remodel and upgrading plans. “We need to show the county (and potential lenders) that we will use the property for the next 10 years,” she said. Association Manager Peter Smith told the Association that the riding club has leased the grounds from the Association for many years. “Over the last 55 years, we have had a series of leases with them,” Smith said. He said the relationship over the years has been stellar. “Anything we asked them to do, they have done,” he said. The riding club agreed to pay all costs associated with the lease extension including $1,200 for member notification and if it came to a community meeting and vote, $3,000 for that. The riding club was established in 1946 when a group of friends and neighbors came together to build it. In her 1985 book “Echoes of Rancho Santa Fe,” Connie Clotfelter wrote John TURN TO LEASE ON A19

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DEC. 3, 2010


Citations given out for phone use in cars


Lead story The collapse of the economy in 2008 might have reached the far corners of Earth, but evidently not to Planet Calypso, the makebelieve asteroid containing make-believe real estate in the multiplayer online game Entropia Universe, where resort entrepreneur Jon Jacobs recently cashed out his properties for $635,000 — in real (not make-believe) U.S. dollars. Since Jacobs’ original 2005 investment was $100,000 (a record at that time), he thus has earned an average 35 percent annual return. As players landed on Jacobs’ properties, to hunt or to mine precious substances, they paid fees, and Jacobs’ buyers are obviously optimistic they can maintain that income stream. A recent study by the marketing firm In-Stat estimated that online players will spend $7 billion in 2010 on makebelieve property and goods.

Government in Action • In September, the U.K.’s coalition government announced the imminent consolidation of anti-discrimination laws known as the Equality Act — despite critics’ warnings that it could stunt economic growth by tying up the workplace in a morass of lawsuits in which workers could sue for almost any perceived offense. Under the new concept of “thirdparty harassment,” for example, an employee who merely overhears another person — even a customer of his employer — say something he finds offensive could sue the employer. Critics also complained that the law adds to the traditional group of specially protected, oppressed people the minorities vegans, teetotalers, Gypsies and “travelers” (grifters). • In October, Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored but privately owned home mortgage financier — whose massive debts have been assumed in a federal “bailout” administered by the Treasury Department) filed a claim in Tax Court against the Internal Revenue Service, denying IRS’s claim that it owes $3 billion in back taxes from 1998-2005. Should taxpayers care? If Freddie Mac wins, IRS (which is also housed in the Treasury Department) loses out on the $3 billion in alleged back taxes. If IRS wins, it gets its $3 billion, which will undoubtedly be paid with taxpayer bailout money. Lawyers for both sides seem to think that pursuing the lawsuit is important. • In November, patrons using rest rooms at City Hall in Chandler, Ariz., were stunned to see wall signs warning users not to drink out of the urinals and toilets. (Actually, as officials TURN TO ODD FILES ON A15

By Shelli DeRobertis

DON’T BE A VICTIM Al Beiner, a senior patrol volunteer with the San Marcos Sheriff's Department, peers into the window of a vehicle to look for valuables that provide an opportunity for theft or burglary on Nov. 17 at the Grand Plaza shopping center on Las Posas Road. Photo by Shelli DeRobertis

Volunteers warn of vehicle break-ins By Shelli DeRobertis

SAN MARCOS — In just more than a half-hour, a team of two senior patrol officers placed 45 “next victim” notices on the windshields of vehicles parked at the Grand Plaza shopping mall at Las Posas Road on Nov. 17, after spotting valuables left inside that could possibly result in a vehicle break-in. For the past five years, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s senior patrol in San Marcos has devoted time each weekday to stopping at local retail

centers as part of the Next Victim Program, according to Al Schmitt, acting administrator and 12-year senior patrol officer with the San Marcos department. “We call it the Next Victim Program and we’re trying to prevent people from becoming the next victim of a crime,” he said. It is also referred to as holiday watch during the busy Christmas season, and the program relates specifically to helping prevent burglaries or theft from vehicles. “Vehicle break-ins are a

problem,” Schmitt said. The popularity of electronic portable devices, music players, DVD players and navigation systems also seem to add to the lure. “People are now breaking in for a GPS,” he said. Other items, such as cell phones, briefcases and packages also make the list of goods stolen from vehicles, Schmitt said. “It’s a crime of opportunity if there are valuables visible and windows are open,” he said. But even locked cars can

become targets. When people leave valuables inside, they are leaving themselves vulnerable to a break-in, Schmitt said. “Even though a car is locked, a crook with a Slim Jim can probably get inside in a couple of seconds,” he said. On Nov. 17, Schmitt led the team of two senior volunteers as they walked through rows of cars parked at stores including Nordstrom Rack, Ulta, Bed Bath & Beyond and

CARLSBAD — Nearly 50 people had to be reminded that it’s prohibited to use a hand-held cell phone while driving, and those reminders were tickets from Carlsbad police officers as they concentrated on giving out cell phone citations as part of a countywide zero-tolerance campaign for violators of the hands free law on Nov. 17. The goal of the joint enforcement effort was to send a strong message of Hands Free — It’s the Law, said Sgt. Paul Reyes of the traffic division of Carlsbad Police Department. Another goal was to increase the safety of drivers on the roads by reminding them to focus on driving and to leave the dialing and texting for later, he said. Forty-nine citations were given out during the zero-tolerance campaign, along with one ticket for TURN TO PHONE ON A17

11groups seek city Church opens its doors to everyone for Thanksgiving funding By Alyx Sariol


from Tip Top Meats stayed piping hot on the grill and everyone was encouraged to grab a second helping. “It’s a feeling like no other to serve people and see the smile on their face,” Oceanside resident Cynthia Salas said. Her husband and two children also pitched in to serve food along the assembly line. “It’s awesome.” Calvary Chapel’s leaders coordinated with nearby homeless shelter, La Posada de Guadalupe, to ensure that those who wanted to attend could be at the event. Several homeless people also gathered at Holiday Park to catch a shuttle to the church’s facility.They typically gather at the park on Saturdays for a meal served by members of the congregaHOT OFF THE GRILL Steve Salas, Bob Orozco and Scott Orozco tion, but met a few days early

CARLSBAD — In keeping with tradition, Cavalry Chapel Carlsbad opened its doors to the community on Thanksgiving and served up a traditional holiday meal to anyone looking for warm food and good company. Hundreds of residents — including members of the congregation and those lodging at nearby homeless shelters — gathered at the church, located at 6355 Corte Del Abeto, to give thanks and chow down on Nov. 25. “It’s a great opportunity for people to get together and share what they’re thankful for,” Pastor Roger Moyer said. “We’ve invited anybody and everybody.” Congregation members devoted hours to crafting the meal, which included Thanksgiving standards like mashed potatoes, stuffing manned the grill on Thanksgiving so everyone could enjoy a hot meal. and pumpkin pie. Turkeys Photo by Alyx Sariol


D-Box motion seats enhance Harry Potter movie magic By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The UltraStar Mission Marketplace 13 theater is giving Harry Potter fans an extra thrill by offering the D-Box motion seat experience for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” which premiered Nov. 19. D-Box motion seats keep you keenly engaged in the Harry Potter movie by climbing, turning and vibrating in

sync with onscreen action.The key to the D-Box success is the seamless relationship of seat movement to onscreen sights and sounds. The bucket seats surround your body and leave your feet just off the ground. As you see vaporous spirits twist across the screen or hear magic wand bolts spark and crash around Harry and his friends, you rise, twist, and jolt in sync with onscreen action. “It’s an added thrill for

a couple of extra dollars,” Angelique Donnay, the theater manager, said. If the ride proves too much, an intensity controller on the armrest allows you to adjust your experience. “You can lower the level if the intensity is too much or turn it off if you need to,” Donnay said. “The majority of people like it.” The fantasy-based, action-packed Harry Potter

movie is a perfect fit for the motion seat experience. UltraStar Mission Marketplace 13 theater offers 26 reserved D-Box seats. Other D-Box movies that have played are “The Expendables” and “Inception.” The next D-Box movie will be “Tron Legacy,” which comes out in December. Moviegoers also have the option to view the same movies in standard seats.

By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With slightly modified criteria for the 2010-2011 Community Grant Program, the city received about half as many applications, but council members didn’t expect that to make the selection process any easier. Representatives from 11 groups seeking a combined total of $50,200 had three minutes each at the Nov. 17 meeting to explain how their group would use the money. Councilwoman Lesa Heebner asked them to address how they planned to serve groups or individuals with special economic needs not being met in the current economic environment, an added stipulation in this year’s criteria. Heebner said listening to the presentations “is always the fun part.” “We get to hear about all these wonderful programs,” she said. “The difficult, nonenviable part is Dec. 8, when we have to winnow that down.” All but three of the groups seeking funding — Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Reality Changer and the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning — submitted applications last year. Five of those — the Solana Beach Little TURN TO FUNDING ON A17





Tragedies provide catalyst for change By Pam Slater-Price, Bill Gore and Nick Macchione

In October 2009, a Torrey Pines High School student was driving while drunk. He crashed his car in Rancho Santa Fe, killing one passenger. Months later, a 17-year-old cheerleader from Poway High School drove her SUV while intoxicated, lost control and the car flipped over many times. She died 90 minutes after texting her friend, “I’m hammered.” These sad and devastating examples provide an all-too familiar reminder that teen drinking and driving is destroying lives in San Diego communities. The rate of alcohol and drugrelated accidents among drivers ages 16-20 is at the same level as in 1996, according to the 2009 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families. Young people continue to use alcohol while operating motor vehicles. The California Highway Patrol’s 2008 statistics for San Diego County show that 10 teen drivers and 12 teen passengers

(ages 15 to 19) were killed, and another 1,949 were injured and treated. With nationwide advertising flaunting the virtues of alcohol, the county’s battle against drinking and driving is like fighting Godzilla armed with a fly swatter. The top U.S. beer maker spent $1.36 billion on advertising in 2007. The county of San Diego is making a push to address this regionwide problem of unsafe driving by teens. The county has been aggressively pursuing DUI enforcement grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Recently our Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department were awarded $975,000 for DUI checkpoints and monitoring efforts. In recent months, we have been developing a plan to promote safe driving and reduce teen drinking and driving. With the help of prevention coalitions, law enforcement, schools, families and businesses, we are making headway. We will closely evaluate the effectiveness of regional policies

related to the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. We will explore more avenues to acquire additional state, and federal dollars, deploy a teen safe driving awareness marketing campaign closely in sync with high schools and area businesses, and we are working with community groups to better educate teens and parents about safe and responsible driving. Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors allocated $30,000 toward a teen driving control clinic at Qualcomm Stadium. More than 100 teens and their parents participated in an interactive program designed to teach defensive, safe driving practices. In May the Sheriff’s Department began training deputies and teaching driver’s education and safety courses for new teenage drivers. Titled “Start Smart,” this free two-hour driver’s safety course provides teens and their parents with an array of important messages about avoiding collisions, safe driving habits and

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You call that news? I’m guessing we all feel better now that Pat Sajak has apologized for once having boosted the then-fledgling career of Keith Olbermann. Maybe it’s just me, but had holding it in for so long caused facial tics each spin of the wheel? On Nov. 10, Pat Sajak, host as we know of the popular TV game show “Wheel of Fortune,” took to his blog to issue a mea culpa over having exposed thenmustachioed local L.A. sportscaster Olbermann to a national audience on a CBS talk show that Sajak hosted in 1989. “I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did,” Sajak blogged. “ ... I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned, Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regrets it.” How many long, dark nights of the soul must Sajak have endured to come at last to recognize the error of his ways, decide to reveal them so starkly and candidly and, by inference, ask that we, the people upon whom Olbermann has with Sajak’s help been inflicted, put this outrage behind us and continue to tune in and enjoy the “Wheel”? (Have those facial muscles not relaxed?) And what about Olbermann, whose own rage — albeit fueled by facts, as he’s wont to insist — threatens not only to be about to blow a gasket in his head on MSNBC’s “Countdown,” but also a fuse in my own TV, or for that matter my own cerebral cortex? He told the Hollywood Reporter — what with it all having become news — that if Sajak has to apologize for anything, it needs to be for that lame talk show he used to host. (Check on Olbermann’s credibility: He contributed to the campaigns of three Democrats, one of whom was given the money the day he appeared on the show). Such is the stuff that makes the news lately, a tongue-wag-osphere that passes itself off as a 24-hour “cycle.” This is show business about show business, bringing to mind the classic definition of celebrity; to wit, some-


BRUCE KAUFFMAN Not That You Asked one known for their own wellknownness. The air of urgency and importance about it all makes it wondrously absurd and comic, to me anyway, as I actually stop to give some serious consideration to the second thoughts of game show host and former TV weatherman Pat Sajak. But the Sajak-Olbermann dust-up arrives amid turmoil of a similar ilk involving the immediate past occupant of the White House. For how crazy is it that former President George W., who has been beating the bushes lately to hype sales of his newlyreleased memoir, “Decision Points,” would find the “all-time low” point of his eight years in office to be rapper Kanye West’s saying in Katrina’s aftermath that Bush doesn’t care about black people? He didn’t seem to at the time, certainly, the city of New Orleans gasping for air and thirsting for water amid a tepid and tardy relief response from Washington. But of all the things that occurred during that administration, W. should look at Kanye mouthing off as the lowest point? Now we’re into absurdity beyond imagination. Shrug it off, W., please. Kanye is an impulsive showboat anyway. Forgive him his intemperance in the passion of the moment. While we’re at it, let’s join in forgiving Pat Sajak, not for introducing the nation to Keith Olbermann, but for parading his guilt over it before us in all its hand-wringing anguish. Now Sajak tossed off a blog, but the former president wrote his memoir. He had all sorts of time to reflect on things. And so to come up with the nadir of his two terms in office being a swipe from a musician? Call out the National Guard. We’re caught up in a fabulous TURN TO ASKED ON A19


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TaylorMade Golf donates $1 million CARLSBAD — Carlsbadbased TaylorMade Golf Company has made a $1 million gift to Solutions for Change to help combat family homelessness in North County. The gift was announced by TaylorMade Chief Executive Officer Mark King at the recent North County Solutions for Change Finding Our Way Home benefit concert. The $1 million pledge, to be paid over three years, more than tripled TaylorMade’s prior commitment of $300,000 to Solutions for Change, a not-for-profit organization that offers a comprehensive program which breaks the cycle of homelessness for families. “We are making this gift because we are not just a for-

By Promise Yee

Rancho Santa Fe author Walter Green wrote about his yearlong travel to thank the people who made a difference in his life.

profit business. We are an integral part of this community,” King said. “We wanted to do something that would inspire others to contribute time, talent and money to help solve a terrible, tragic problem. “Solutions for Change has a plan that works. It’s not just an idea; it’s a functioning program that has already helped more than 500 families move permanently from homelessness to being stable, productive members of the community. “The net result reflects the care and compassion of the community. It’s also a solution that results in far lower costs as people go from being a financial burden on society to being productive


Hanukkah Library Hour will be held at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Rancho Santa Fe Public Library, 17040 Avenida De Acacias. Children will learn hands on about the miracles of Hanukkah.





I have so many people to thank, obviously Jesus, God. I’m so blessed — my business, a lot of business friends.

I think the inspiration comes from a lot of different places. Some of them are people I know and some of them are people I never met, but aspire to be like them, risk takers.

Discover Tesoro in Temecula You might call them the new kids on the block but Buzz and Kimberly Olson grew up fast and now they are among the innovators of Temecula Valley winery owners. Their Tesoro Winery is really three attractions: the Old Town Tasting Room with new release treats and gifts for the holiday; the Club House & Urban Barrel Room, a private center where music and special events take place; and the crowing achievement, a vineyard/winery and bed


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rooms for a bed and breakfast. The Olsons recently purchased the adjoining property, the well-known “Castle,” which will be the new Tasting Room and Winery. Veteran Temecula winemaker Etienne Cowper loves to work with smart, small, hands-on wineries that put the wines first. “We lack a distinct identity in Temecula,” he declared. “We must narrow our focus to Mediterranean varietals that suit our terroir. I make some blends that harmonize and gain interest in wines. I bring out the flavors with a longer season.” Cowper believes in less intervention. “You can tweek a little bit and add a grape for synergy but I don’t believe in covering a wine with barrel manipulation,” he declared. At Tesoro, look for the 2006 Sangiovese, the 2006 Trinita Super Tuscan and 2007 Elio Doro Rhone Blend for great examples of this wine-making style. The Olsons have old friend and former NFL Rams star Vince Ferragamo coming in for a “Guys Night Out” event at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Club House and Barrel Room to benefit the Pure Aveda

TESORO WINERY Buzz and Kimberly Olson have big plans for Tesoro Winery in Temecula Wine Country. Photo by Frank Mangio




Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League will offer a one-day painting workshop with artist Jim Millard from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Calavera Hills Community Center, Carlsbad. The cost is $45. Call (858) 5219131 or e-mail jqm33@att.net to learn more. CHRISTMAS PARADE The Vista Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual Christmas Parade will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 along South Santa Fe Street and Main Street. HOLIDAY PARADE The 2010 Encinitas Holiday Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and will travel south along South Coast Highway 101 beginning at the corner of D Street and finishing at J Street. This year’s parade will celebrate community service and giving to others. Visit www.encinitas recreg.com or call (760) 6332740 to learn more. RANCHO HOLIDAY The Holiday at the Rancho event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad. The holiday celebration will include a performance by the San Diego Harmony Ringers, a tree lighting ceremony, crafts, cookie decorating, and a special visit from Santa.Visit www.carlsbad ca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 434-2843 to learn more.

DEC. 5 BIBLICAL DAYS Calvary Lutheran Church will recreate a marketplace in Biblical Bethlehem on Dec. 5, 424 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach. Booths at A Night in Bethlehem will feature Middle Eastern food, arts, crafts and other goods of the era when Jesus was born. Call (858) 755-2855 or visit www. calvarylutheranchurch.org to learn more. CELEBRATION Celebrate Hanukkah at the fifth annual Rancho Santa Fe Hanukkah Celebration at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Del Rayo Village Shopping Center. Activities include a TURN TO CALENDAR ON A18


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December’s free family music program sponsored by The Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will feature Semi-Sweet, a group of local musical moms with a program of holiday songs, at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the library’s community room, 3919 Townsgate Drive. Semi-Sweet was formed 11 years ago with members Linda Bessey, Christine Francis, Elizabeth Ingersoll, Carolyn Johnson, Raquel Lonas, Mary Beth Rane and Karen Schooley. The program will last 45 minutes. For further information, call (858) 552-1668. Courtesy photo



DEC. 3, 2010

Local man documents his battle with Alzheimer’s By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — Joe Potocny doesn’t mince words. In fact, his language can get quite salty at times. He and his wife, Lynn, say he was this way long before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at 61. If Potocny looks familiar, it’s because he was profiled last year on the HBO documentary, “The Alzheimer’s Project.” Today, Potocny, an Oceanside resident, is angry about what he perceives is apathy toward the disease, and is on a mission to spread the word that it can strike any one at any age. “People say it’s an old people’s disease,” he said. “Bulls---! I have known a number of people with it who are younger than me. One man was diagnosed at 23 and died at 27.” He contrasts fundraising efforts and media attention on Alzheimer’s with that given to breast cancer. “You will never see a walk for Alzheimer’s,” he said. “But you’ll see it for

breast cancer. I’m not against helping people with breast cancer. What pisses me off is that we don’t have a voice. We have to stop people from dying.” Potocny takes aim specifically at the Baby Boomer generation for not doing more to find a cure for the disease. “We know at least half of them are going to join us and I can hardly wait,” he said. “As mean as it sounds, I can hardly wait because they are the biggest problem because they don’t vote. And how many well-known people do you hear say, ‘My relative died of Alzheimer’s?’ We need to do something.” Specifically, Potocny is disappointed that California First Lady Maria Shriver hasn’t done more to put the spotlight on her father, Sargent Shriver, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2003. “She helped get the HBO documentary together,” he said. “But if I had a father who started the Peace Corps, and has done all he has done, I would make it so much

What to get the person who has everything No, I haven’t finished my holiday shopping yet either. I tend to hide under the bed during Black Fridays and midnight madness. What I must do is give my children a make-up-yourmind deadline. This year I’m shooting for midnight on Dec. 15. As the clock chimes, they will be required to hand over their lists, written in ink and winnowed down to a single page with no more changes, nothing more than $50 and no substitutions. Still, I know there are those of you out there who have already whipped through two-thirds of your list and are standing poised and frustrated, trying to find that one-of-a-kind gift for that ultimate challenge who just seems to have everything. If you live in North County, look no further. This may be the year to forego the bubble baths and bad ties that only address the outer self. In this northern portion of our fair county, we tend to eschew the gathering of tawdry possessions. Here we focus on feeding the inner self, and the inner self is in


more public with commercials so people could see what Alzheimer’s does.” Potocny took matters in his own hands after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2006 by starting a blog at living-withalzhiemers.blogspot.com. “We thought it would be a good idea to write things down about how Joe was feeling,” Lynn said. “Then we decided it was a good idea to put it in a blog whether anyone reads it or not. He thought of shutting it down, then people started writing posts.” Although the blog has existed for four years, Potocny only installed the counter two years ago. To date, there have been almost 47,000 hits from more than 60 countries including the United States, China, France, Latvia and Argentina. There is a large following from Russia and Canada including caregivers, friends and medHIS STORY Joe Potocny began experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in his 50s and was diag- ical professionals. “I have four nursing nosed at 61. He is angry about what he perceives is apathy toward the disease, and is on a mission to spread the word that it can strike any one at any age. “People say it’s an old people’s disease,” he said. “Bulls---! I facilities in Canada who use have known a number of people with it who are younger than me. One man was diagnosed at 23 and died at 27.” Photo by Lillian Cox


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Sewing Machine leader ‘gives back’ with 4H donation

SAN MARCOS, CA— December 3, 2010. When Ron Martin got into the sewing machine business over 40 years ago, he understood his products and services would always be in demand by a niche clientele. He never envisioned that Sewing Machines Plus would someday play a much bigger role of improving lives through positive change. “Sewing machines are so much more than a means to an end for hobbyists”, explains Martin. “These amazing machines can literally provide a livelihood for families”. Recognizing this, Martin regularly seeks out organizations that may benefit from donated sewing equipment. “It's our way of helping to empower the less fortunate and assist young people in developing an interest for productive activities”. A dramatic example of changing lives may be found in Sewing Machines Plus's donation of several dozen machines to a South American non-profit responsible for helping young women become self sufficient. “Our latest San Diego effort is a partnership with the local 4 H TURN TO SMALL TALK ON A19 Club”, Martin explains.

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Nov. 16, 2010 to Nov. 23, 2010

LOOK TO THE WATER A kayak was stolen from South Helix Avenue in Solana Beach at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. DINE AND DASH A 35-yearold male was arrested for not paying his dinner check of $26.05 at Bangkok Bay Thai Cuisine in Solana Beach on Nov. 21. He was arrested for a petty theft but because he had a prior jail term, the act landed him back in jail. RAPE REPORTED A victim reported that she was drugged and raped on Stevens Avenue in Solana Beach on April 1, 2010, between 11:30 a.m. and noon. The report was made on Nov. 20.



Two men each became victims of theft when their motorcycles were both stolen from Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido, sometime between Nov. 16 and Nov. 20. One dirt bike was a blue YZ25 and the other a red CRF450. Both bikes were valued at $3,500. UP IN SMOKE A man and woman were arrested and were each charged with a felony for cultivating marijuana or hashish on Oak Tree Lane in San Marcos on Nov. 21.

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CRIME LOG Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Nov. 16, 2010 to Nov. 23, 2010.

SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 9, Vandalism 2, Assault 1, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 3 ENCINITAS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 9, Vandalism 5, Assault 2, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 2 VISTA Petty Theft 9, Burglary 13, Vandalism 11, Assault 1, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 2 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 0, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 1 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0





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The redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee midsized SUV earned a Very Good road test score and outscored its traditional rival, the Toyota 4Runner, which earned a Good score, in a recent face-off between the two vehicles conducted by Consumer Reports. The Jeep’s ride, quietness and interior won it points, though it was hampered by its emergency handling. By contrast, the 4Runner, redesigned for 2010, fell short on the road (though it showed terrific offroad prowess) and scored at the bottom of its class. The Grand Cherokee is the first new model that Chrysler has released postbankruptcy, and it’s based on the next generation Mercedes-Benz ML. “The Grand Cherokee is a big improvement over the previous model, with refinement on par with models that cost a lot more,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn. “The 4Runner, which still uses a body-on-frame design, is disappointing on the road. The 4Runner doesn’t let you forget you’re driving a truck.” Prices for the vehicles were $39,010 for the Grand Cherokee and $37,425 for the 4Runner. The Grand Cherokee is too new to have reliability data and the 4Runner scored too low in CR’s testing to Recommend it. 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 7 million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test. The Grand Cherokee rides well and is quiet and steady on the highway. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X 4WD ($39,010 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price as tested), is powered by a 290-hp 3.6- liter V6 engine that is smooth and gets 18 mpg overall in CR’s own fuel economy tests. During CR’s emergency TURN TO CONSUMER ON A19

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Fairgrounds’ purchase debate continues By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest and Councilman Carl Hilliard asked Solan Beach City Council at its Oct. 27 meeting to support its purchase of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tim Fennell, the facility’s general manager, was given equal time at the Nov. 17 meeting to explain why he thought the acquisition was a bad idea. Following that presentation, Solan Beach City

Councilman Dave Roberts, who along with Mayor Tom Campbell makes up a subcommittee that has been discussing the sale with Del Mar, was still unclear about Fennell’s comment that the current fair board supports “true regional control.” “I think our subcommittee would like to understand what those three words really mean,” Roberts said. “Also we’d like to discuss the historical challenges (both cities) have had over known impacts

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In the game of life, time heals what reason cannot Sometimes there are those individuals who exist on this earth who make us feel better just knowing they are here with us. Julien Hug was one of those individuals. His fabulous charming looks and broad smile alone would have been enough, but what really set him apart was his good nature and kind heart. His spirit had this kind of glow to it, that just made you want to know more about him and make you want to call him “one of your own.” His memorial service was a testament to that. Everyone who knew him felt like they were his friend because Julien had this way of making you feel special in his presence, which is a true gift. I just want to say that this is not my tribute. That will come in a few months when time can heal more of what my heart would like to say. But for those of us in Rancho Santa Fe who were lucky enough to know Julien, let us show our love and support by going to Mille Fleurs this holiday season. Let us reach out and keep Julien’s memory alive in Rancho Santa Fe. As Roman philosopher Seneca once stated, “Time heals what reason cannot.” This holiday season, let us remember a family that has been an integral part of Rancho Santa Fe’s community for more than 25 years by stopping in at Mille Fleurs Restaurant.

Around Town On Nov. 8, I met Dr. Amanda Ward at Bloom Natural Health in Encinitas. I found out some amazing things are going on there to

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FUNDS FOR FURRY FRIENDS Diane Keaton accepting a check for $15,000 from HOPE Telethon presenting sponsor Henry's Farmers Market a the Helen Woodward Animal Center on Nov. 13. Courtesy photo



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say city ownership would also provide better means to mitigate negative impacts. The city also opposes current expansion plans that include a convention center, rooftop sports fields and a hotel condominium. Fennell touted the facility’s positive impacts, calling it the “most financially successful fairgrounds in the country.” “I don’t want you to take my word for it,” he said. “Please do your due diligence and I think you’ll come to the same conclusion.” The fairgrounds hosts the fifth largest fair in the United States as well as more than 300 other annual events, including home, animal and sporting goods shows, weddings, corporate meetings, business expos, cotillion and holiday celebrations. It serves as an emergency training facility and is an official evacuation site for the county Office of Emergency Services, with onsite supplies for 1,000 people. It housed more than 6,000 animals and people during wildfires in 2003 and 2007. “We were three days up and running (in 2007) before the Red Cross or county services were able to get to our facility because of their commitments,” Fennell said. It also hosts the “most successful (horse) race meet on a day-to-day basis in the nation,” he said. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was awarded a 20-year contract, there have been $191 million in race-related capital improvements and plans are in the works to host the Breeders Cup by 2013 or 2014. “And that, by the way, has been in our master plan for a number of years,” Fennell said. “So if someone tells you that we’re phasing out horse racing or that we’re not investing in horse racing, that is not an accurate state-



DEC. 3, 2010 Congress underwrote $7.9 billion in tax-free bonds that Louisiana could sell in order to rehabilitate the area. According to an August status report in Newsweek, $5.9 billion in bonds have been sold by the state, but only $55 million of that (1 percent) is for projects inside New Orleans (and none in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward). By contrast, $1.7 billion (about 29 percent) is TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON A16

ment.” In addition to providing 5,000 jobs and $425 million in economic impact to the region, “we feel that we are a community asset to the city of Solana Beach,” Fennell said. He said Solana Beach receives hotel and sales tax revenue from those who attend fairgrounds events, as well as money from off-track betting. The facility provides jobs and other business opportunities for residents. It provides storage space and loans equipment to the city at no cost and sponsors local coastal clean-up programs annually, Fennell said. He said he opposes the sale for several reasons. “The city will control the oversight board,” he said, adding that the Del Mar’s vision “is different than what our mission is.” “They basically want to keep the city of Del Mar their quiet village,” he said.“I don’t think it’s any secret that the city of Del Mar has created stumbling blocks for virtually every improvement on the fairgrounds for the last 18 years.” TWO CITIES COME TO AGREEMENT

Del Mar has been seeking a letter from its northern neighbor supporting it purchase. While Solana Beach favors local control, officials were hesitant to submit a letter without some guarantees they would be more involved in solving ongoing problems with noise, traffic, parking and public safety reimbursement. They also sought increased or equal representation on the governing board. Following a Nov. 17 closed session meeting, the city attorney announced that the council gave unanimous direction to the city manager, Campbell and Roberts “to finalize a proposal based on many discussions with the city of Del Mar’s ad hoc committee regarding the acquisition and operations of the Del Mar Fairgrounds that includes general goals, acquisition of the property, benefits of working together, organizational structures, land use control and sharing expenses.” Exactly what is stated in the letter “unfortunately ... is not available to the public at this time,” Roberts said. Campbell and Roberts were scheduled to provide an update on discussions with Del Mar regarding the potential sale at the Nov. 17 meeting. That item was adjourned to the special meeting on Nov. 18, at which time it was moved to an unspecified date. On Nov. 22, the city scheduled it to be heard at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.


detachment saved my sight. I had the symptoms described in the article and have had two reattachment surgeries. I also will have cataract surgeries on both eyes and cannot thank you enough. Dear Reader: I have always felt that if I can help just one person through what could be a difficult situation, then I have accomplished something good. I am glad that you had the foresight to associate your symptoms with a problem that required the services of a doctor. There isn’t much of a second chance when it comes to our eyes. It’s not like losing baby teeth and having new ones appear. Eyes are precious and should be protected and cared for in the same way as the rest of the body. Thank you for taking the time to write. Good luck with your upcoming cataract repair. Dear Dr. Gott: I have heard that surgeons are using Super Glue to close wounds in the operating room. Is this true? If it is, could I use it to close painful cracks in my heels and hands? Dear Reader: This is a common practice that has been used for a number of years; however, the product is not Super Glue. DermaBond contains a variety of components found in Super Glue and is approved for medical use. This clear epoxy resin sets in about three minutes and lasts up to 10 days. It cannot take the place of sutures or staples in all cases and its uses are relatively restricted. Complicated closures still require traditional

stitches. DermaBond is noninvasive, painless, will not leave a scar, minimizes the risk of infection, and doesn’t require a follow-up visit to a doctor for suture removal. I think sometimes we are in something resembling a time warp, because surgeons now use surgical paste, sealants made from human blood proteins and fibrin bandages. Aren’t research and necessity phenomenal? Home-use tissue-adhesive products are available but should only be used on small lacerations once all contamination has been removed from a wound to prevent infection. I urge anyone with an open wound to consult a physician before taking matters (or glues) into their own hands. Dear Dr. Gott: I’ve had a sinus infection for the past eight years. I’ve had two unsuccessful sinus operations. I use a nasal steroid twice a day and a saline solution wash up my nose every day. I’ve had numerous antibiotics and still have the infection. I quit alcohol because my sinuses became more inflamed and swollen after drinking. A medical professional recently told me that the alcohol causes a rise of white blood cells into the infected sinuses, and that is what causes the uncomfortable inflammation. If white blood cells fight infection, should I drink some liquor moderately as a possible tool to fight this chronic infection? Dear Reader: Alcohol prevents nutrients from feeding the immune system. Once in the blood, it will reduce the number and impair the function of the

white blood cells (WBC) in the body. The lower the whiteblood-cell count, the more difficult it becomes to fight off disease. Low white blood counts can occur with acute bacterial or viral infection, in cases of pernicious anemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, hormonal imbalances and alcoholism. Given the fact that alcohol decreases WBC, it would be futile for you to ingest any amount of alcohol in an attempt to raise your count and fight the sinusitis. Because of the duration of your illness, you should be under the care of an earnose-and-throat (ENT) specialist who can determine whether it is caused by tooth infection, allergies, nasal polyps, a deviated septum or other medical condition. Perhaps you are unknowingly exposed to pollutants, such as tobacco smoke, cleaning solvents or chemical fumes. If necessary, imaging studies such as CT or MRI might be appropriate. You might undergo allergy testing or nasal endoscopy. Get to the bottom of the problem. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Medical Specialists.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed 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.

explain. Her pediatrician suggested keeping track of what she ate to see if there was a pattern with certain foods, because there was no abdominal pain and it was not consistent with motion sickness. We discovered that the vomiting often occurred after she consumed dairy products, so after another doctor visit, we limited dairy and used Lactaid tablets. The vomiting did not occur as often; however, we noticed it was still a problem in restaurants. Then our daughter revealed something: She got nervous in restaurants. She was afraid she would vomit and be embarrassed and got herself so worked up she got sick. Back to the doctor we went. The doctor said kids usually grow out of lactose intolerance as she probably had but “some kids just barf a lot.” He said she would grow out of that, too. She still has the problem. It does not happen at home or school, or in the homes of others. We are at a loss. Eating out is not enjoyable because everyone is on edge wondering if she will get sick. We have had her talk with our pastor. We have tried rewards, praying, breathing exercises and distractions. Some things work for a little while, maybe even months, but then it will suddenly and unexpectedly happen again. Could a medical issue be the cause? Please, Dr. Gott, any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are desperate to help our daughter get Dear Dr. Gott: My over this. Thank you! healthy and smart 8-year-old Dear Reader: You cerdaughter vomits in restaurants. tainly appear to have covWhen she was 3, she ered many of the bases but had a spell of vomiting over still have not hit a home run the course of a couple of TURN TO MORE GOTT ON A16 weeks that we could not

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in resolving the problem. I do not believe the stress and anxiety your daughter undergoes is related to an underlying medical condition, nor do I feel she does it for attention, but I don’t know her. Speak

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tively easy to rule out with the assistance of laboratory work and X-rays. Again, because she doesn’t complain of pain, fever, diarrhea, headache and other common symptoms, my guess is that her testing will be normal. However, her pediatrician would be remiss if he or she did not consider the big picture. If her tests fail to reveal anything and she is an otherwise normal, physically healthy child, request a referral to a child therapist with whom she feels comfortable and can see regularly. While you might give the therapist a heads-up, she should be allowed to speak freely without a parent sitting nearby coaching her. Then back off as much as possible when an 8-year-old is involved.Allow your daughter

to establish a relationship with the therapist, one she feels will help her now and in the future when other issues could come to light. Everything may be stress related, but it may be difficult to understand why she only reaches her limit when in a restaurant. This should be investigated and dealt with. You have indicated that you are on edge when dining out, expecting a repeat of her normal pattern. Whether you express it outwardly or not, I am sure she is perceptive enough to sense how you feel. And she picks up on that, no matter how well you think you are concealing your feelings. A step you may or may not have considered is to stay away from restaurants. From

my perspective, it doesn’t appear worth putting your daughter through the trauma of public embarrassment. If there are compelling reasons for eating out, perhaps you can pick a corner table away from the hub of activity. Consider allowing her to bring a friend along so they can talk and giggle to reduce the tension level. Select a “restaurant” that has outdoor tables, and weather permitting, eat out of doors. Allow her and her friend to bring a hand-held game board to divert her attention away from her surroundings. Rule out potential medical conditions, assure her that she can speak frankly with a professional therapist and see what transpires. To provide related infor-


dling.” (The Times also noted that “(a)t the Botero” is a less-popular meet-up suggestion than “(u)nderneath the penis.”) • Artist Noam Braslavsky’s life-size sculpture honoring the great Israeli army general and prime minister Ariel Sharon went on display in Tel Aviv in October. However, Braslavsky chose to depict Sharon (who he said is “kind of an open nerve in Israeli society”) not in battle nor as a international statesman — but in his hospital bed, where he has been confined, in a medically induced coma, since suffering a massive stroke in January 2006.

Evans, Patterson had had an Leonardo Zoppa, 34, was summoned to a meeting with affair with Godbee, also. the hospital’s security direcRecurring Themes tor but arrived noticeably (1) “Service” Animals: nervous, inquired about the In July, Wayne Short’s iguana agenda, and eventually volwas certified by the National unteered that it was he who Service Animal Registry and had set up that secret surveilthus allowed to attend to him lance camera in a men’s rest on the Boardwalk in Ocean room — and that he has “a City, Md., where she had pre- problem.” The security direcviously been barred. Mayor tor said he was taken aback Rick Meehan, eyeing the because the only purpose of NSAR card, asked Short the meeting was to advise what sort of “service” Hillary Zoppa of routine security provided, but Short declined code changes. to answer. (2) Wandering Kids: In October, firefighters An Odd Files Classic were once again called to a (February 2006) claw-toy vending machine to Dave “The Dragon” extract a boy who had Lockwood and his tournacrawled up the toy-release ment-tested sons Max, 16, chute — this time at a Jon, 13, and Ben, 10, of Silver Walmart in Sun Prairie, Wis. Spring, Md., might become to As is often the case, the boy competitive tiddlywinks what appeared to be joyously in the Manning family of quarhis element among the toys terbacks is to football, accordand not immediately recep- ing to a January (2006) tive to coaxing from firefight- Washington Post story. Dave ers or his parents. was previously ranked No. 1 in the English Tiddlywinks Guilt-Ridden New Association (and is currently Jersey No. 8, with Max No. 52). When law enforcement “Tiddlywinks doesn’t sound officials staged a “Safe very serious,” said Max, but Surrender” program in “(t)here’s so much strategy.” Franklin, N.J., in November (For the uninformed: You (inviting fugitives to give up mash a “squidger” down on a in exchange for lighter pun- “wink” to propel it either into ishment), 3,900 came in over the “pot” or to “squop” it onto four days, but it turned out an opponent’s wink to temthat 550 of them were not porarily disable it.) Dave said wanted on any warrant. Said he plans to get Britain’s a parole officer, “For some Prince Philip, a winker, to sugpeople, this seemed to be a gest tiddlywinks as a demonway to check.” A few days stration “sport” at London’s later, in Wayne, N.J., hospital 2012 Summer Olympics. pharmacy manager


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DEC. 3, 2010 what happens when they litter after picking up trash at CONTINUED FROM A3 Fletcher Cove and in their League, Community Resource neighborhood. The Community Resource Center, Kids Korps USA, North Coast Repertory Theatre and Center requested money to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San purchase food for its annual Dieguito — received funding. Holiday Baskets program at Girls on the Run, a nation- the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Sun Choi, from Project wide program that fosters healthy lifestyle choices, posi- Turnaround, said lack of city tive body images and self- funding last year put that esteem for girls between the organization in a “financially ages of 8 and 12, was once difficult situation.” She said again seeking scholarship the group, which serves develmoney for its Solana Beach opmentally challenged adults, currently has $334 in its budgchapter. Three organizations et. Councilman Dave requested funding for programs that target underserved Roberts read a statement from youngsters in Eden Gardens. Reality Changers,whose repreThe Boys & Girls Clubs would sentative had to leave the meeting early. That organization provides training to help at-risk youth apply to college. One recent program participant highlighted in the letter spent a decade — Marshall Weinreb nearly homeless but RANCHO COASTAL HUMANE SOCIETY maintained a B average in school use the grant money to once and is working as an intern. The Foundation for again offer free summer swimming lessons, something par- Learning was asking for fundents requested last year, to 30 ing for an instructional coach children from that community. to implement the new lanThe Egoscue Foundation guage arts curriculum. Bill plans to donate obstacle Banning, Solana Beach School course equipment to La District assistant superintendColonia Community Center ent of administrative services, but needs money to pay an said the grant money will be instructor for the pilot pro- helpful given that students in the district speak 31 langram. Kids Korps was seeking guages and close to 15 percent funding to continue its hands- are learning English as a secon summer volunteer camps, a ond language. North Coast Rep sought program it started for Eden Garden children and teenagers funding that will allow disadfive years ago with help from vantaged youth to attend the theater, and Solana Beach the city. Last year’s camp had a Little League was asking for “green” theme. The mostly money to help replace a kidSpanish-speaking participants pitch infield with either grass visited agencies such as the or artificial turf. Marshall Weinreb said Audubon Society and San Diego Wildlife Institute. Rancho Coastal Humane Working with the Surfrider Society submitted an applicaFoundation and San Diego tion because the organization Coastkeeper, they learned is celebrating its 50th anniver-


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he said. “I looked at all the other applicants. It’s hard to turn anybody down.” At the Dec. 8 meeting, council members will announce the grant recipients and decide how much money will be allocated. Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program. In the past, the city provided another $15,000 from the general fund. Because the city declared a fiscal emergency, that amount was reduced to $12,500 this year. The $10,000 from the waste haulers must be granted, but council members have not yet decided whether the city will contribute to the program this year.

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Sports Chalet. The volunteers were armed with notices that read: Attention, are you the next victim? The notices included a list of observations that could present an opportunity to a criminal, such as valuables left in plain sight, vehicle left unlocked, keys left in vehicle, vehicle left running and unattended, children or animals left in vehicle, vehicle left in poorly lighted area and window left open. If an observation was made, the box next to it was marked and the notice was placed on the vehicle. “I found another purse,” said Al Biener, senior volunteer, as he peered inside a vehicle’s window. He put a Next Victim notice on that car and said it was the fourth purse he had spotted so far that day.



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He said that one time after he found a purse inside of a car and placed a notice, that the woman who owned the purse had approached her car as he was nearby. He said he reminded the woman that it wasn’t a good idea to leave her purse in the car, but she didn’t think it was a big deal because she had her wallet with her. “I told her that the bad guys don’t know that,” Beiner said. Julie Fitzpatrick, senior volunteer, was also observing vehicles’ contents, and found a Kia left unlocked in the parking lot. She also found a large bag full of makeup left inside of one car, and golf clubs in another. A planner, iPod, sunglasses, keys, backpacks, purses and filled shopping bags are some other things she located in cars and left notices for. “During the holidays people have more stuff in the


Medical Center will host a breast cancer support group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 4002 Vista Way, Classroom 7, Oceanside.This support group is for community members who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Call (760) 9403632 to learn more. WOMAN’S CLUB The Woman’s Club of Carlsbad will meet at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Entertainment will be provided by acoustic guitarist Robert BOOK BOUTIQUE The Hardaway III. Reservations are Holiday Book Boutique will be required by calling Bev (760) held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 433-5515. 6 and Dec. 7, Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. The boutique will feature new and like-new books for everyone. DEEPER O’Neill will present Call (760) 602-2020 or visit Jeremy Jones’ “Deeper” at 8 www.carlsbadlibrary.org. p.m. Dec. 9, La Paloma Theatre, PLAYREADERS Carlsbad Encinitas. “Deeper” is a snowPlayreaders will present Dylan board adventure film by Teton Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” at Gravity Research that ventures 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Ruby G. past the boundaries of helicopSchulman Auditorium, Carlsbad ters, snowmobiles, and lifts to City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, explore untouched realms. Carlsbad. “Under Milk Wood” is Tickets are available in advance a moving account of a spring day at www.tgrtix.com/tickets/deepin a small Welsh coastal town. er. Everyone in attendance will For details, visit www.carlsbad- receive a 2 for 1 lift ticket to playreaders.org or call (760) 602- Mammoth Mountain. 2012.

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backseat. “It just has books in it and just a binder,” she said. But she said the noticeprogram was a good idea. She also said that once her mother’s car had been burglarized in her own driveway, and that a car cell phone charger and some coins were stolen from it. By the end of the parking lot shift, Fitzpatrick and Beiner had placed 45 notices on vehicles. Schmitt said that was a high number, and that the last time the notices were handed out on his shift they only counted 12. Alfred Stumpfhauser, crime analyst at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Department, said that theft from vehicles and vehicle burglaries have been a focus for the department throughout this past year. “Early on we were looking at three or four different locations that seem to be hot

spots for vehicle burglaries,” he said. The locations were identified during the first half of the year, and the senior volunteers were sent to those hot spots to put the potential victim notices out there, he said. The program has proved to be valuable in reducing the number of thefts or vehicle break-ins from those areas. “I looked at those same hot spots — they’re not hot spots any longer the second half of this year,” Stumpfhauser said. The three areas the senior patrol visit regularly include the Grand Plaza, Old California Restaurant Row and the Best Buy shopping center, both of which are located on San Marcos Boulevard. “The burglaries are there because the opportunity is there. If there was nothing to be gained by casing cars they (burglars) wouldn’t do it,” Schmitt said.


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Last week we revealed Wine Spectator’s number 10 to six top 10 wines. Here are the rest of the 10: —5: Altamura, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Red, 2007, $85. 4: Revana, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Red, 2007, $125. 3: Peter Michael, Chardonnay, Sonoma Ma Belle-Fille, White 2008, $85. —2: Two Hands, Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia, Red 2008, $55. —1: Saxum, GrenacheMourvedre-Syrah Blend, Paso Robles, 2007, $67.

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In the last two months up to Nov. 1, after some 70 events and many more tastings, I recommend these wines. Most are widely available. Check Google or Bing for others. — Banfi, Chianti S u p e r i o r e , Sangiovese/Cabernet Blend, Tuscany Italy, 2008, $11. — Chateau St. Michelle/Dr. Loosen, Eroica Riesling, Washington, 2008, $18. — Grgich Hills Estate, Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, 2009, $30. Justin, Justification Cab Franc/Merlot Blend, Paso Robles, 2008, $45. —Starmont, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2006, $18. Taste Of Wine is excited to now be linked in with Dining Out San Diego, the area’s leading glossy magazine on fine dining, available now in the great restaurants and wine shops in San Diego County. Look for our first column on Winemakers To Know. Learn more at www.diningout.com/sandiego.

Party at Bacchus Wine Market downtown San Diego from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3. Karin pours her faves including Bordeaux, Barolo, Cabernet … only the good stuff with gourmet appetizers. Cost is $25 per person. Call (619) 236-0005 for more information. — Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas pours a blind Napa Face-Off from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. There is a $20 fee. Call (760) 479-2500 for details. — Falkner Winery in Temecula hosts a Holiday Winemaker Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 with a reception before a five-course meal and Falkner’s best wines. Cost is $85. RSVP at (951) 676-8231, ext. 109. — Old Town Temecula Theatre has the beloved “Nutcracker” Dec. 14 through Dec. 24. Cost and details available at (888) 363-2852.

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had a fancy wrapping area set up in the checkout area with gift wrappers available to wrap your choice gifts from that evening. Thanks Michele for including me on this must attend party in Rancho Santa Fe. On Nov. 20, Tom and Karian Forsyth held their annual Christmas party in the Crosby. My husband Robin and I are always thrilled to attend one of their parties because they are always so much fun. With catered food, servers, Veuve Clicquot being generously poured throughout the evening, it’s no wonder the party went on into the early hours in the morning. Tad Sisler, pianist from Mille Fleurs, was playing Lady Gaga, and Black Eyed Peas songs, which had the entire guest roster dancing in the kitchen. The rain did not dampen this fantastic evening in The Crosby. Thanks Karian and Tom! You are always the most exquisite hosts. I have included their photo here. Since my column is in black and white, you cannot tell how absolutely stunning they both looked in red that evening. Maggie Bobileff is also featured. I couldn’t resist this a photo of her featured here in this issue. On Nov. 22, I stopped by Ellie’s Formal Wear in Encinitas to meet my very first client ever at her lovely store in Encinitas, right next to L.A. Fitness. Sheila Malek is celebrating 25 years in business, and it’s no wonder with her genteel nature and caring way with all of her clients. I watched her help out a few people, while I was waiting to talk to her in her store. Her business not only has three master tailors, but her kind and fun energy, which makes this business a must on your tailoring list for the holidays. Sheila also has a wonderful selection of fun costume jewelry, which make perfect gifts for your friends, or can accent your favorite cocktail dress for that special event this season. Sales and rental tuxedos are available, too. For more information, check out besttux.com, or elliestailoringshop.com for more details. Sheila also informed me that she has almost completed her doctrine in natural health this year. Thanks Sheila for being a sweetheart to me always. Call (760) 944-0539 for store hours this season. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.



develop the professional efforts of its members. The association seeks to provide a platform of education in the form of exhibitions, lectures and activities emphasizing the importance of art in personal and community life.



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Robertson, a well-known Hollywood director and resident of Rancho Santa Fe, spearheaded the campaign to provide a riding club for families and youth of the area. Clotfelter’s book said that the first meetings of the club were held at the golf club where they had barbecues, moonlight rides, costume parties and breakfasts to raise money. The fundraisers attracted so many people that organizers began to look into finding a permanent home for the club. In 1946, the riding club acquired 10 acres on Rambla Del Las Flores from the Santa Fe

doubt that we must act immediately to take out Osama bin Laden, for he’s about to launch an attack on our shores ... and the administration ignoring the alarm, letting weeks go by until at last issuing a national security directive, dated Sept. 10, 2001; too little too late, 24 hours before the brazen assault. Kanye West? With all due respect, what a joke.

sideshow. Behold how history, show business and book promotion meld into news. Oh, that Kanye West, he can sure be impertinent. And what is it about the ex-president that he deems an illtempered remark by a showboat to be the ultimate calumny? Here’s a low point for you: In July 2001, the nation’s top intelligence officers vetted a ream of Bruce Kauffman can be reached at traffic to conclude beyond scribe.oceanside@gmail.com.

SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAY Isaiah, 15, and Cynthia Salas of Oceanside helped serve those who stopped by Calvary Chapel Carlsbad’s Thanksgiving meal. Photo by Alyx Sariol




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handling tests the Jeep was difficult to control in the avoidance maneuver. The five-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. Braking is Very Good. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks. The 4Runner’s ride has constant body motions and body lean is pronounced in corners, even at a leisurely pace. Its overly light steering is slow to respond.The Toyota 4Runner SR5 4X4 ($37,425 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 270-hp, 4.0-liter, V6


my blog for teaching,” Potocny adds. In 2008 Beckey Bright posted a story about Potocny in her column “Blog Watch” on the Wall Street Journal Online. She suggested that the best insight into



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tragedies. But we must do better in San Diego to keep our communities safe. Get involved and talk to your teen now, rather than later, about the perils of drinking and driving.

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engine that is punchy and gets 18 mpg overall. The fivespeed automatic transmission is responsive. Braking is Very Good. Cargo room can be increased by folding the rear seatbacks.

for the holiday, Moyer said. “The people from the church have been wonderful,” Michael Allen said. He arrived with others from La Posada to share a meal and conversation at Calvary Chapel that afternoon.“It’s fantastic that they’re lending a helping hand to help the less fortunate.” Calvary Chapel has transformed its sanctuary into an inviting dining room on Thanksgiving for nearly two decades, first at its location in Cardiff and in Carlsbad for the past 11 years. The event has become a

The Jeep has the more upscale interior of the two SUVs, with soft-touch panels and nicely detailed leather seats. The Toyota is more utilitarian, with hard, cheaplooking plastics. The leather seats look like vinyl. Drivers sit up high in the Jeep and have plenty of room. The tilt-and-telescope steering wheel helps most

drivers to find a good position. The front seats are supportive but firm and have full power adjustments. You sit close to the floor in the Toyota, and the seat’s short cushion compromises thigh support. There is ample room, and the tilt-and-telescope wheel and driver’s power, lumbar-support adjustment were appreciated. Headroom is tight even for average-sized drivers. The cabin’s low roof and high dash encroach on visibility and make you feel a bit claustrophobic. The rear seats of the Jeep and Toyota are roomy

Alzheimer’s disease comes from those who “suffer in silence” from the disease. “I didn’t know anything about her piece until I opened my e-mail and started receiving comments,” he said. Positive response to his blog has fueled a passion in Potocny to continue. Lynn

Potocny encourages him by hanging a Post-It note next to his computer as a reminder. “He tries to write a post every few days, but sometimes is only able to do it once a week,” she said. “It depends what he has to say. He’ll sit and forget and say, ‘What was I doing here?’ and get up and walk away.”

$145 to spend on a single present, I would already have resources and would consider my life nicely on track. For others of you who subscribe to the F.A.O. Schwartz catalog and tend to consider buying the his and hers, gold-embossed, jewelencrusted foot warmers, you might consider the discovery, beauty and spiritual nourishment promised by an “offthe-beaten-path” trip to France. It offers quality time in small, mountain villages

and close interaction with French natives. If they will cook for me, I’m in. You could sign a friend up for a class to turn a squash into art, or perhaps give the gift of a breathing mudra in a yoga class. The recipient may not really like it, but I bet she’ll be too relaxed to complain.

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haven not just for North County’s less fortunate, but also for those without relatives nearby on the family-oriented holiday. Moyer noted that a family visiting the area from Northern California also joined in the festivities to share in the traditional Thanksgiving meal while on vacation. “We always have a mix of people stop by; it’s good for them to come together and love each other on this holiday,” Moyer said. “In Cardiff, we had guys come in wearing suits and ties sit next to another man who always dressed up in trash bags.”

Irrigation District. Club members cleared and prepared the land, Clotfelter’s book said. “They did it themselves,” Clotfelter said. “They cut down eucalyptus trees and dragged them over to make fences and jumps.” Now 65 years later, the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club is still going strong with 140 members and its stables filled with 110 horses, which are boarded there. “We are family-oriented and kid-friendly,” said Bill Milligan, who has managed the club for the past 17 years. It offers training in all disciplines to riders of all ages.

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BREAKTHROUGH TO INDEPENDENCE Benefiting the World Stem Cell Foundation, guests gathered at Ira and Melissa Falk’s Fairbanks Ranch home for the Breakthrough to Independence reception in November. Kaye Hentschke and Maureen Pechacek explained that the mission of Breakthrough to Spinal cord injury survivors Garrett Tanner, Ashley Sisti and Jhoonar Barrera each spoke about their struggles Independence, a pilot project and triumphs. for the WSCF, was to support spinal cord injury survivors in achieving greater independence through the combination of multiple therapy techniques and innovative technologies. Sharing the vision of the Breakthrough to Independence were three extraordinary spinal cord injury survivors, Garrett Tanner, Ashley Sisti and Jhoonar Barrera. Guests were inspired by each spinal cord injury survivor’s personal story. Learn how WSCF plans to support SCI survivors achieve greater independence at www.worldscf.org. Mitch Golub, Ira Falk, Kaye Hentschke and Beth Golub.

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RANCH HISTORY Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or e-mail rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

OSUNA ADOBE BEFORE AND AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT During the Osuna ownership, two adobes were built. Pictured here is Osuna 1, which was a remodel of the 1831 Librado Silvas adobe. It was situated near what is now Via de Santa Fe. It is believed that a living room and a sleeping porch were added between 1865 and 1906. A second adobe was built, Osuna 2, on what is now known as Via de la Valle and became the home of Juan and Juliana Osuna.

RESTORATION COMPLETE The rehabilitation of Osuna 1 was completed around 1924. It was paid for by prominent La Jolla real estate investor A.H. Barlow. Barlow is credited for having the foresight to bring this significant artifact from the Spanish-Mexican period back to life.

‘Sea Notes’ and ‘Lick the Plate’ talk food, surfing DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I’ve now had the opportunity to break bread and talk surf with two of San Diego’s iconic surf writers, the late Gary Taylor and Chris Ahrens, acclaimed author and writer of The Coast News’ “Sea Notes” column. Gary became a good friend and writing muse who hooked me up with my first food column for the Surf City Times. His sudden death at a young 45 was a shock and was a big loss in my life. As a Michigan native and former Great Lakes surfer, both Gary and Chris were and are celebrities in my world, with stories that could fill books, as they have for Chris. I found both men to be warm, engaging story-

WRITERS DINE The Coast News columnists David Boylan and Chris Ahrens talk food and surfing at La Especial Norte. Courtesy photo

tellers with a curiosity and from surfers and writers of genuine appreciation of my their stature. Great Lakes surfing and I had not met Chris until food that meant a lot coming recently, when he agreed to

meet me for dinner and con- North County over the years. versation to discuss how food I let Chris pick the spot and and surfing coexist and the TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B15 changing food scene in

Art stars celebrated at Guild’s Holiday Miniatures art show RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild announced the winners of its current Holiday Miniatures juried show. The coveted Best of Show prize was given to Marileigh Schulte for her “A Walk In The Park.” This year’s artists shined,

with a host of Honorable Mentions going to Toni Williams for “Still Life;” Pat Beck for “Expressive Landscape;” Suzy Schaefer for “Gas Station;” and Marileigh Schulte for “Between Takes.” The third-place ribbon was awarded to Pat

Dispenziere for her unnamed entry. Suzy Scheafer, earned second place for “Teapot” and first place went to artist Toni Williams’ unnamed entry. Peggy Rocle Hugenberger served as jurist for the show. The daughter of well-known painters Marius

and Marche Rocle, Hugenberger has built up her own career and has an extensive following of collectors. The Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias, 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. The current show will run through December. For more information, call (858) 757-3545 or e-mail the guild at ranchoart@sbc global.net. For news and a listing of guild artists, visit www.rancho santafeartguild.org.

SARA NOEL Frugal Living

In a pinch, you can use clothespins Clothespins have multiple uses. They’re long-lasting and cheap to buy. Most people use them to hang their laundry to dry or as a chip clip. Do you have a creative way to use them? If you have a few stashed away, bring them out and put them to good use. Here are a few ideas. Pair ‘em up: Use to pair mittens, rubber gloves, slippers, children’s shoes and socks. Or clip pillowcases to sheets, cloth napkins to place mats or tablecloths, or clip a trash bag to the trash bin to have a spare handy or to secure the bag that’s being used and prevent it from falling into the bin. A clothespin can be used to match a shirt to a pair of pants, too. It makes it easier for young kids to get dressed by themselves. Halloween costumes with accessories or craft instructions and projects can be clipped together, too. Magnets: Glue a magnet to one side. Hang from your refrigerator to clip reminders, photos, comics, lists, recipe cards, coupons or artwork. Hang one on the side of your washer to clip a lone sock (or two) until you find the match. In the car: Clip one to your visor to hold a parking pass, notes, driving directions, a photo, reminders, spare bank deposit envelopes, business cards, etc. Glue ribbon streamers to a clothespin and use to attach to your car antenna so you can find your car easily in a packed parking lot. Reminder: They can be clipped to a purse, place mat, lunch bag, backpack, etc., to serve as a reminder to do something. When kids have multiple activities that require gear, colored clothespins can be clipped as reminders (until they learn their schedule) for them to pack that particular day’s gear or have it ready after school. For example, on Tuesdays, a green clothespin means don’t forget your musical instrument today, or a red clothespin can mean they have a doctor’s appointment. You can always write a word or two on the clothespin with permanent marker. You can mark stains on dirty clothing so you don’t forget to treat the stain, too. Labeling: If you have a lot of cords, you can use labeled clothespins to mark what each cord goes to. This is handy for under your desk or the mass of cords behind an entertainment/game center. You can clip to snacks, bath towels and lunches so family members can identify who they belong to. They can be used at casual parties as TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON B15

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Pala offers support PALA — The Pala Band of Mission Indians through its Pala Community Giving Program has provided more than $2.2 million to charities such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Valley Center History Museum, The Angel’s Depot, the American Diabetes Association and numerous sports programs. “We are not a tribe alone. The Pala Band is proud to be a part of our community,” said Pala Chairman Robert Smith. For more information or to apply for funding, contact Ana Venegas at (760) 891-3539, or at avenegas @pala tribe.com.

Holiday giving RANCHO SANTA FE — On Dec. 3 members of the Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women Federated will fill gift bags with toiletries, clothes and toys gathered throughout the year to be given to the San Diego Rescue Mission women and children.

Koniakowsky show SOLANA BEACH — Artist Wade Koniakowsky is hosting a Holiday Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Studio, 415 S. Cedros, featuring new art and great gift ideas. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit partner Nourish the Children. Relm, a new wine spot at 2917 State St. in Carlsbad, will be hosting Koniakowsky’s show on Paintings of Carlsbad, opening Dec. 6 at his studio, 346A S. Cedros Ave.

DAR school visit COAST CITIES — Adele Lancaster, a member of the local Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, visited the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama to provide educational opportunities to the children of rural Appalachia. Santa Margarita Chapter has adopted a fourth grade class at the school, providing materials and assistance as needed. KDS is one of six schools supported by the DAR.

Taste of the grape SAN MARCOS — Jim and Bill Tobin have purchased North County Wine Company, 1099 West San Marcos Blvd., and will host a Grand Opening on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, offering $1 tasting flights, 10 percent off wine, and raffle prizes and a free wine opener and souvenir glass for the first 100 visitors. From a family of San Diego businessmen, the Tobins’ father managed TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON B11



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Thousands participate in annual 3-day walk By Wehtahnah Tucker

DEL MAR — More than 4,000 participants gathered at the fairgrounds in the predawn hours of Nov. 19 for the kick-off of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Another 1,500 supporters and crewmembers bustled about as the crowd swelled and the enthusiasm mounted despite looming clouds. Several participants have made the annual 60mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in the past. Since 2008, the Hakuna Ma Ta-Tas team has walked 20 miles for three consecutive days. Amber Taylor said the reasons were simple. “We walk for research to eradicate cancer from the planet,” she said. One of the team’s members, Carol Otjens, is a four-year cancer survivor. “We walk so other people don’t go through the crap our families went through,” she declared. Her husband, Mark, was walking with the team for the first time. Aimee Patten, who has participated in seven walks, and two newcomers, joined Sarah Simpson, a nine-year veteran of the walk to round out the Cruisin’ 4 Cupcakes team. “I walk so my nieces won’t have to deal with it (breast cancer),” Patten said emphatically. Other participants gave similarly determined reasons for joining the walk. “We’ve all been personally affected by cancer in some way,” Roseana Espinoza said. “We walk so our kids won’t have to.” Gary Hillquist traveled from Elgin, Ill., to walk with his daughters, Jennifer and Laurie, in memory of his wife Nancy who was one of the 465,000 people to die of breast cancer last year. “It’s an emotionally charged day,” Hillquist said as he held back tears. While the crowd was upbeat during the opening ceremony, the facts about breast cancer remain sobering. According to the organization’s own statistics, incidence rates of the disease are increasing 5 percent

THINKING PINK During the early morning hours on Nov. 19, the Hakuna Ma Ta-Tatas team prepares to walk the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

TEAM SPIRIT Veteran walkers in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Deana Quinn, Joann Espinoza and Roseana Robbins prepare for their fifth walk together. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

annually in developing countries; a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds; and more than 1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year. Yet, survivors of breast

cancer stood humbly amongst the crowd and proclaimed that the walk was about the people behind the statistics. “I’m not a number,” said Beverly Combs, a POWERED BY OPTIMISM Martin Heflin gets set to walk his secTURN TO WALK ON B15

ond Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

Groups join together to raise level of giving RANCHO SANTA FE — For the first time, the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, San Diego Grantmakers, San Diego Women’s Foundation, San Diego Social Venture Partners, The San Diego Foundation and UCSD Extension teamed up to increase philanthropy in the San Diego region. The recent event, underwritten by The Duddingston Sylvester Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, invited families to hear national speaker, consultant and author Nathan Dungan offer advice about linking financial decisions with personal values. For more than 20 years, Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend, ALL FOR CHARITY Josh Knopman and Susan Knopman chatted with Chuck Duddingston of Duddingston has been an industry Sylvester Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney at the recent gathering. Courtesy photo thought-leader on helping

youth and adults link their money decisions to their values. He is one of the national media’s go-to experts on personal finances and the effects of mass marketing on money habits. As Bill Gates and Warren Buffet try to persuade the world’s billionaires to donate their fortunes to charity with The Giving Pledge, Dungan seeks to teach the rest of us how our money-management choices can also have a significant impact. Several philanthropic, financial, and educational organizations teamed up to present “Generation … Give? Inspiring Future Donors and Doers,” at which Dungan shared stories of families who have successfully built a new generation of TURN TO GIVING ON B15


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Rancho Santa Fe Patrol keeping residents safe for nearly 35 years By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Matt Wellhouser was a parttime sheriff’s deputy when he decided to go to work for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol for a very short time. That was 30 years ago. Now he is the patrol chief who oversees the patrol staff of 10 who guard the Covenant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He came to the patrol when it was barely five years old from when it was founded in 1976, when a deputy position for the area was eliminated by the sheriff’s office. Needing some law enforcement presence, the Association formed the patrol to act as a security service for the membership. Over the past 35 years, the patrol has responded to thousands of calls and assisted Ranch residents with a variety of problems, he said. Wellhouser said most of the crimes he and his officers face are burglaries, thefts, vandalism and sometimes robberies and assaults along with the occasional homicide. Along with the variety of crimes comes a variety of

different people and personalities with which they must deal. “People are people,” he said. “We try to deal with everyone fairly and I think all the officers here do a good job interacting with people. Our officers are well-trained and have excellent people skills. “The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol is not affiliated with any other security service or alarm company,” he said. “Everyone is a former police officer or has law enforcement training.” “Over the years we have improved our working relationship and are continually fine-tuning our procedures and policies,” Wellhouser said. They continually take training in first aid, CPR, tactics, report writing and anything that has to do with their jobs.They recently took training on how to catch horses that sometimes throw their riders or break out of their stables or corrals (see story below). The patrol works very closely with the Sheriff’s Department and the

OUT AND ABOUT In a photo taken on July 4, Patrol Officer Joe Brown poses with Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser and an unidentified woman during the celebration. Photo by Patty McCormac

California Highway Patrol. “In 1997, the California Highway Patrol established a ‘storefront’ office within the patrol office. The sheriff also uses our office as a ‘storefront’ as well,” he said.

The patrol office is located at 17056 El Fuego and is dispatched from a joint powers dispatch agency located next door. If all goes according to the plan of most of the Association members, a new

home for the patrol will be built on the Osuna Ranch property. “It is a very good place to work and we have excellent leadership from our board and our general man-

Nativity Patrol brushes up on horse handling skills School offers robotics By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Beginning this past September, The Nativity School introduced the after-school Mechanical Builder’s enrichment program put on by ClubXcite. The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe continues to be a leader in offering unique after-school enrichment programs by teaming up with ClubXcite, a local youth mentoring organization providing a variety of different after school services. ClubXcite provides opportunities for kids and teens to enrich their after school hours through fun and social, small group activities. One reason The Nativity School chose ClubXcite to host their after-school program is the unique nature of their approach. They provide a 4-to-1 child to instructor ratio with experienced social coaches facilitating a positive group dynamic. Instructors have many years of personal and academic experience in areas specific to the program and know how to engage and build confidence in students of all ages, abilities, TURN TO ROBOTICS ON B15

RANCHO SANTA FE — “Whoa! Hold your horses!” is a familiar refrain urging a person to slow down and take control. The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol knows all too well about holding horses because one of their duties is rounding up horses that have thrown their rider or escaped their stalls or corrals, especially if the horse is spooked and running blinding toward a major traffic artery. “It’s a danger to everyone out there and to the horse,” Wellhouser said. He can tell horror stories about what can happen when horses and vehicles collide. Dealing with loose horses happens so often that patrol members are prepared by carrying halters and lead lines in their patrol vehicle, and a bit of what Wellhouser calls “horse bait,” which is a few alfalfa pellets that will HORSING AROUND Patrol Officer Olen Bradshaw gets his turn practicing haltering a horse. attract reluctant horses. Still they needed to brush up on their skills. “It has been a while since our last training,” Wellhouser said. They turned to Debbie Rocha, Western Riding expert at the Rancho Santa Fe Riding Club, who gave them tips on how to stop a horse, approach it and get a halter on its head during an hour-long session on Nov. 17. “I just want to answer questions and point out something they might not be familiar with,” Rocha said. She said when it comes to dealing with horses TURN TO HORSE ON B11

STEADY NOW Debbie Rocha demonstrates how to approach a horse. Photos by Patty McCormac

ager,” Wellhouser said. ”We don’t have much turnover.We have people who have been here 20 years or approaching 20 years.” As with any good law enforcement officer, Wellhouser never misses the opportunity to remind people there are things they can do to avoid becoming victims of a crime. “Residents are always encouraged to use their security systems, and lock doors and windows. Many of our ‘crimes’ involve ‘opportunistic’ criminals. By taking simple security measures, you reduce the chances of becoming a victim,” Wellhouser said. “Because of the topography of the Ranch, homes are spread apart on large parcels of property. Keeping an ‘eye’ on your neighbor’s house can be difficult,” he said. “One very effective tip is to keep your eyes open for any type of suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in the area.” He said residents should pay attention to people and vehicles when they leave or arrive home and report TURN TO PATROL ON B15

Ranch resident lauded for her efforts COAST CITIES — Following a fundraising campaign at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad that garnered an unprecedented 100 percent participation from a community of trustees, staff, faculty and families, Rancho Santa Fe resident Lee Ann Allman was celebrated as Volunteer of the Year at the North County Philanthropy Council luncheon Nov. 12, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. Allman is the mother of a senior at Pacific Ridge School, and has served as the co-chairwoman for the schools annual fund for three consecutive years. Allman was a key driver in helping the school achieve 100 percent participation, in addition to managing its corporate matching program. Allman has stayed extremely active in the community over the years, donating her time, talents and resources to a wide variety of organizations, including her children’s elementary school; Teen Volunteers in Action; National Charity League, where she’s held a board position for the past two years; Parents Association at Pacific Ridge School, TURN TO LAUDED ON B15



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Holidays at the library RANCHO SANTA FE — The Martha Glasgow Youth Services wing of the Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library, 17040 Avenida De Acacias, has lots of activities scheduled for a bright holiday. The season begins with a holiday music event with Adrienne Nims at 3 p.m. Dec. 3. The annual Christmas Tea and Tree Raffle is again set for 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Everyone is welcome to donate a tree, wreath and any other holiday decoration for the raffle. As always, there will be refreshments, the school choir, and raffle. This year, for the first time, there will also be a TURN TO LIBRARY ON B11

Community Center brings the fun in December RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita, will be a hub of holiday activities. From 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, it will host a Holiday Teen Dance. A deejay will provide the music for dancing, food and fun. Winter Break Camp will be available in two sessions with Winter Camp I from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 through Dec. 23 for kindergarten through fifthgrade. The cost is $60 per day and additional siblings are $45. Youngsters will visit a mini-holiday workshop, the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, a rock-climbing wall and the Miramar Speed Circuit. Winter Camp II will be TURN TO CENTER ON B11

NEW HOME Hospice of the North Coast has relocated to a new, larger facility at 2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 301. Courtesy photo

FOR THE KIDS Tony Carr, co-founder of San Diego Self Storage, said his company was one of the first to participate in the Toys for Tots program in the late 1990s. “It is a fantastic program that works,” he said. “It goes right to the core of what I like to think our company stands for which is community involvement. We are hoping the message to kids is, ‘As others give to you, you will grow up and be productive members of society.’” Photo by Lillian Cox

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FAIRBANKS RANCH — On Nov. 20 Santa and his elves launched the 2010 holiday season aboard the USS Midway with Toys for Tots Family Day. The toy program, run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, has provided happiness to disadvantaged children for 63 years. San Diego Self Storage, or SDSS, employees were on hand for the celebration

dressed as elves and reindeer. “This is our 12th annual Toys for Tots toy drive and we’re proud to sponsor this effort on behalf of the children within the communities we serve,” said managing partner J. Terry Aston. Fairbanks Ranch resident Tony Carr said SDSS

Hospice expands into new digs CARLSBAD — Hospice of the North Coast, or HNC, has celebrated 30 years of serving the community by purchasing a permanent home at 2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 301. HNC moved to the three-story, 9,000-squarefoot facility from its former 5,000-square-foot location at 5441 Avenida Encinas in mid-November.

HNC Executive Director Nerice Kaufman said she and her staff are excited to move forward to serve the community better. “Previously, our three dozen employees worked out of rather cramped surroundings,” Kaufman said. “Our new facility boasts an education center, three conference rooms and a lovely outdoor garden with soothing water

features in an enclosed courtyard. The location’s proximity to I-5 and Highway 78 will be very convenient for our staff and volunteers, who often visit clients at their North County homes. Our new facility will be very welcoming for people attending on-site bereavement groups. The building TURN TO HOSPICE ON B15

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Take a walking tour of inns in Palm Springs E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Last year at this time, I was huddled in a borrowed winter coat, making the rounds at the annual Palm Springs Walk of the Inns. It was particularly cold all week, breaking low temperature records both day and night. But the frigid, dry air didn’t stop anyone from coming out of their warm homes for this holiday celebration. The free event takes participants on a self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’ unique boutique hotels and historic inns. We began our walk at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where volunteers distributed free flashlights, then followed the map to the various hotels in the neighborhoods between Ramon Road and Tahquitz Canyon Way. Many of the establishments welcomed visitors with hot libations and cookies in between all the holiday chatter. I stayed at the historic Casa Cody, the city’s oldest operating hotel and a Class I Historic Site. It was founded in 1920 by Harriet Cody, cousin by marriage of Buffalo Bill Cody, and the hotel’s warm and inviting Southwest décor couldn’t be more perfect for a chilly desert night. The owners of the 28room hotel focus on details and aesthetics; the pool and patio are a quiet retreat cocooned in well tended landscaping, and beautifully accented rooms are meticu-

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DEL MAR — Plans to construct a temporary train platform south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds have been placed on hold, and possibly abandoned, according to officials from North County Transit District. Matt Tucker, NCTD executive director, said he directed his staff on Nov. 18 “to focus 100 (percent) of our attention on advancing the downtown platform based on our ability to move that proj-

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“We are hopeful that SANDAG will receive additional funding to advance the bridge replacement and station construction after completing the environmental and planning process,” Tucker stated in a recent email. NCTD was proposing to build a temporary train stop east of the beach colony community at 21st through 24th streets to provide more direct access to the fairgrounds during its two main events — the county fair and horse races. NCTD hoped to increase ridership and revenue and decrease traffic and pollution by getting cars off the road. About 300 Del Mar residents signed a petition opposing the stop, saying it would, among other things, increase noise and pollution because more trains would be idling there. They also feared it would become the “beach train,” resulting in more people crossing the tracks illegally and trespassing through their neighborhood. “Obviously we’re really pleased it’s been put on hold,” said Jeff Weitzen on

COAST CITIES — On behalf of the entire Kids Korps family, its members, chapter leaders and all those the organization supports, they send their hopes and prayers to the Hug family. Longtime supporters, dear friends and recipients of Kids Korps’ 2010 National Leadership Awards, the Hug family has been a primary supporter and been champion of Kids Korps USA and other community nonprofits such as JULIEN HUG Rady Children’s Hospital, The Epilepsy Foundation and The Old Globe. “Death is not extinguishing the light … it is turning off the lamp at the dawn of a new day.” In memory of their son Julien, Denise and Bertrand Hug have created The Julien Hug Memorial Fund. Donations may be made to The Julien Hug Memorial Fund, c/o The Village Presbyterian Community Church, P.O. Box 704, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.

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behalf of Neighbors for a Transit Solution, a group of residents opposed to the temporary stop. “We hope it will be dropped entirely.” Weitzen said he didn’t believe NCTD had conducted sufficient research to determine if the temporary stop would attract more riders. From a business standpoint, he said the plan was flawed, partially because the stop would have meant a longer walk to get to the fairgrounds. He said he believes Tucker “came to the same conclusion after he saw the opposition and the difficulty.” “It makes more sense having something on the fairgrounds,” he said. “I think as they dug in they realized it’s something they can’t make work.” Weitzen said there were two groups of residents — those who opposed the project and those who didn’t know about it. Once the second group became aware, they opposed it, he said. Carl Hilliard, the City Council liaison to NCTD, had

COAST CITIES — The Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive is collecting gifts for foster kids for the holidays. The gift drive started Nov. 22 and will run through Dec. 13. Promises2Kids asks for help from San Diegans to donate a new, unwrapped gift at one of the collection bins at the following North County locations: — Wendy’s, 102 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas — Wendy’s, 1002 Mission Ave., Oceanside — Wendy’s, 3705 Plaza Drive, Oceanside — Wendy’s, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102608, Oceanside — California Coast Credit Union, 3485 Marron Road, Oceanside — California Coast Credit Union, 5814 Van Allen Way, Suite 190, Carlsbad — Wendy’s, 567 W. Vista Way, Vista — California Coast Credit Union, 140 Knoll Road, San Marcos Suggested gifts include toys, board games, dolls, books, sporting equipment, bikes, skateboards, age-appropriate DVDs, arts and crafts supplies and gift cards and electronics for teens ages



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SANDY CLAWS Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Education Manager, Sumrall Rees, takes a break from her elf duties during the Nov. 19 Holiday Critter Carnival, to sit on Santa's lap and give him her Christmas list. Families came with pets to get a special photo with Santa Claus and youngsters enjoyed activities including a hill of fake snow. Courtesy photo

Pala again wins Four-Diamond Award PALA — Pala Casino Spa & Resort has earned the 2011 AAA Four Diamond Award marking the seventh consecutive year it has received that top recognition from the Automobile Club of Southern California. It is presented to hotel and restaurant general managers and executive chefs to recognize the award-winning

properties, which rank among the top 3.4 percent of more than 2,600 Southern California hotels, motels and restaurants inspected by the Auto Club, the nation’s largest AAA affiliate. “Recognition from the Auto Club with this top award for the seventh consecutive year is an ongoing tribute to every team member at

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LEUCADIA — Ask anyone who knows her and you’ll learn that there’s something about Mary Fleener. Her distinctive outof-box thinking is reflected in her body of work from music to ceramics, paintings — and comic strips. “Mary’s life is a work of art,” said Jerry Waddle, owner of Ducky Waddle’s Emporium. “Her artistic voice is a modern derivative of Cubism but she has made it her own, Cubismo, and she is its master.” Fleener and husband Paul Therrio left Los Angeles around 1980 and used $28,000 she inherited from her grandmother’s estate to buy a home in Leucadia. She still considers herself a flower child. A visit to her home bears that out with a vintage landline telephone sitting on a table and no television. “I killed it five years ago,” she said. “I get Netflix and free movies from the library.” She has no interest in any mind-altering substances. Instead, she’d rather tend to her organic garden, hang out with Paul and their family of rescued pets, practice with her band The Wigbillies, or do her art. Fleener says she’s “selftaught” and inherited her abilities from her mother, an

CUBISMO Musician and artist Mary Fleener holding an illustration, which was printed in Guitar Playing Magazine in 1999. “It was small but I decided to turn it into a painting,” she said. “"I call my style ‘Cubismo.’” Photo by Lillian Cox

artist with Disney in the 1940s who worked on Donald Duck classics such as “Victory through Airpower” and “Three Caballeros.” Fleener became a working artist herself as a teenager,

Helping hands feed 40 families SOLANA BEACH — The Solana Beach Child Development Center organized a food drive providing turkey dinners to more than 40 families that have children in Harmonium’s Prime Time programs at Chavez, Baker, Marshall and Perkins elementary schools in south San Diego. The program was started up by Kelly Johnston of the Solana Beach CDC who in the mid 1990s managed one of Harmonium’s Child Care Centers. Johnston created a Day Care to Day Care relationship where a Solana Beach School is matched with a Harmonium Prime Time site.

They then collect food items for 10 families or more at that school. For 11 years, beginning Nov. 1, collection boxes are set out at Solana Beach school sites. The week before Thanksgiving, Johnston’s team, along with Harmonium staff headed by Miguel Ortega, consolidate all the donations and sort them for even distribution. This year Harmonium reached out to its Klassic Kids Child Care parents and agency staff. The families are selected in consultation with the principals of the schools to determine families who have the greatest need. Arrangements are then made

to personally present the food boxes to the selected families. In addition to this annual Turkey Drive, Solana Beach CDC also conducts a toy drive to the same schools and every child in all four schools receives a gift from Santa in person just before the children take their holiday vacations. Harmonium, a nonprofit agency that has been serving children and families in San Diego County since 1975, offered thanks to Kelly Johnston and her helpers Angelo Dentoni, Beth Hendershot, and Diana Escalera and all the Solana Beach contributors.

COAST CITIES — Ricochet is very excited about this second annual project, as it combines her

love of helping both children and animals. The beneficiaries of this year’s toy drive are Rady Children’s Hospital and Helen Woodward Animal Center. Last year, her toy drive generated donations from all over the world in connection with her inspirational video “From Service dog to SURFice dog,” that went viral on YouTube. As a result, more than $3,550 in donations were raised, and 638 children received toys for the holidays. Each year, thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital facilities and a donation of a toy, game, or arts and crafts supplies can go a long way toward brightening a child’s

stay in the hospital or a visit to a clinic. Helen Woodward Animal Center is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. They use toys for their animals as a way to offer enrichment while they journey to find their forever homes. Donors can choose if they’d like to make a donation for a kid toy, or a critter toy... or both. Ricochet is accepting tax-deductible online donations toward toys through Dec. 17. She will then go shopping to purchase toys for the kids and critters. In addition, local drop


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that does this for a living. It’s very likely they won’t charge you directly, but instead charge a buyer’s premium. That means in addition to the bidding price, the buyer would be responsible for the company’s fee. Bear in mind that if the buyers’ premium is high, it is going to reduce the amount of money that people bid. There is no free lunch but this is a profesDear N.J.: Your grandDear A.T.: I have no sional undertaking, and I daughter is a lucky young problem with the idea of get- believe you would be foolish lady. However, leaving this ting involved in a bidding to do it yourself. amount of money to someprocess. However, this is not one who turns 18 was an Dear Bruce: I thought incredible exercise in poor an amateur proceeding. I have no problem with the that you might have some judgment — nobody knows general idea, but I would sound advice without dollar early on how a kid is going to like you to be guided by an signs in your eyes as you recTURN TO SMART MONEY ON B10 attorney, even a company ommend a solution. My

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS income is based on commission from sales. The value of my home has dropped at least $75,000. The value is about $300,000, and I owe $270,000. I am also in the middle of remodeling. Homes are not selling here so putting it on the market may not bring results. I had a credit card that I have not used for at least two years. I have been unable to make payments on it ($17,000) and it has now been sent to collection. Should I file bankruptcy to erase that credit card? My credit is totally shot. If I filed for bankruptcy, I will be eliminating that monthly payment and the account going into collection will help with the loan modification. However, filing bankruptcy will cost $1,300, which I don’t have at the moment. It is obvious that I must earn more income to

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modification you might be way ahead of the game. As to filing bankruptcy, that is not a step to be taken lightly because you have little income and no assets. Starting over at 64 might be very difficult but going through this constant aggravation and not making things any better would appear to me even more destructive. None of the things I said I am comfortable with, but, unhappily, there is no easy or comfortable response. I certainly wish you well.

your suggestions for profitable short-term investing? I am a 79-year-old retired businessman with a substantial net worth and I do not want to enter into any long-term investments at this stage of life. I have a large surplus of cash and no debts. I have invested in Illinois farmland extensively in the past, but farmland values are now in excess of $7,000 per acre so this precludes further investments in this area. Normal investment avenues offer very small returns. I will appreciate your viewpoint. Dear Bruce: My wife — C.D., via e-mail and I are 78 and do not have Dear C.D.: I am wonderwills. If we both die without a will, will our children have ing why you are so concerned any problem getting our about your investments. I home and our bank account? don’t want to give things We don’t have any bills and away but you mentioned you our home and automobiles have a large surplus of cash, are paid for. — S.W., via e- no debts and wisely you are mail not getting involved in more farmland, which is a very, Dear S.W.: Will your chil- very illiquid investment. You dren have any problem get- have more than enough to ting your home, etc. without live comfortably. Suppose wills? Yes! You should have you settle for a small return; simple reciprocal wills — one is this such a tragedy? There to the other and one to your are many large companies in surviving children. My very the United States that are well-defined point of view is paying decent dividends and that there should be a per- they are going to be around sonal rep or administrator for a lot longer than you or I. (which you currently don’t There is a degree of shorthave) and instructions to term risk. If you are not them in a will that the home amenable to this, then by all should be disposed of and means invest for the shortthe monies divided. Not hav- term in money markets, goving a will is a huge disservice ernment instruments (which to the people you leave effectively are paying nothbehind. ing but they do maintain your principle values).You’re Dear Bruce: What are comfortable, hopefully in

good health, and have not a financial worry in the world. There are a lot of folks that would love to change places with you. Dear Bruce: My home has been in a trust for about 10 years. My husband passed away, and it was put in my name. Do I need to keep it in a trust, and what are the benefits of me doing so? — Elizabeth, via e-mail Dear Elizabeth: Your question is do I “need” to keep it in a trust? I don’t know, no one could know without a lot more information. Why was your name put on the trust a decade ago? Was that part of your husband’s directions in a will or did he do it prior to his passing away? Without details about your financial life, no one can give you a straight answer. In general, I don’t see any reason for a home to be in a trust, but there maybe some very substantial reasons in your life that would make this a good move. Before I do anything I would sit down with competent counsel and find out exactly what would happen in terms of taxes, etc., and perhaps effects of other obligations in your life. Then you can make an intelligent judgment.

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TVs, she didn’t completely turn her back on technology. “I love the Internet,” she said. “If you want to promote your book, start a blog. More people know what I’m doing now than the pre-Internet days. I have 923 friends on my Facebook.” Fleener’s first solo comic was “Hoodoo,” a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, who has influenced such writers as Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. “Her folk tales gave me the idea to illustrate my own ‘party stories,’ and the best of these were collected in the book, ‘Life of the Party’ in 1994,” she said. The Internet helped Fleener reach an international audience. Today the book is published in English, Spanish and German. Fleener says she draws upon her own life experience, contemplating a plot for years. “You write about what you know,” she said. “There’s a lot of weirdness in the mundane.” Fleener’s next book is a

graphic novel about a musician meeting other famous and not-so-famous musicians. “I had my ‘Susan Boyle moment’ in high school when a kid that everyone snickered at stood up and sang ‘Try to Remember’ from the musical, ‘The Fantasticks,’” she said. “He had people wrapped around his finger in 20 seconds. You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Fred Caldwell is an artist and owner of Caldwell Antiques in Leucadia. A year ago Fleener asked him to create a portrait of her for the “Artists by Artists” show at the Encinitas Library. “Mary’s amazing and she’s prolific,” he said. “She’s done the Comic-Con on a semi-regular basis. Her friends down there are some of the most well-known cartoonists in the world.” He added, “She’s recently painted ukeleles that go for a lot of money. I sold her a piano a few years ago and in two weeks she had written 10 songs that she recorded so I could listen to them.” For more information, visit www.maryfleener.com.

rent ones, such as trespassing across the tracks and through the beach community. “I think Carl has turned on the project,” Weitzen said. “In the end his view was that the town doesn’t want this and it won’t play out. It appears he stood up and listened to the community.”

Hilliard and Mark Filanc, the city’s other NCTD liaison, were unable to be reached for comment. “We are excited about the prospect of better serving the downtown market and hopefully the Fairgrounds in the future,” Tucker stated in his e-mail.




velvet, and pen and ink drawings. Her favorite medium from the beginning was comic strips. “A high school proficiency test I took said I would be a writer,” she said. “Comics helped me to do that. I wanted to say something about the human condition. People need to tell the truth.” In 1984 she reached a turning point after reading an article by “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening about how the invention of the Xerox machine made it possible for ordinary people to publish their own comic strips. Fleener remembers producing her first one using the state-of-the art Xerox machine at Anderson’s Stationers on Second Street in Encinitas. “Then I would go down to the post office and there would be envelopes with 25 cents inside from people buying my comics!” she adds. While she might have eschewed cell phones and



been working to educate residents about the temporary stop, which at one point was considered a high priority. Part of the plan was to mitigate future negative impacts as well as some cur-



held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. Scheduled trips include laser tag, movie day, New Children’s Museum and iceskating. There will also be as special paintball day held at Camp Pendleton for chil-



gift boutique. The Tuesday Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. will feature Colors on Dec. 7, Winter on Dec. 14 and there will be no story time Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. Thursday Craft Afternoons are held at 3:30 p.m. and will feature a Hanukkah Craft on Dec. 2 and a Holiday Craft on Dec. 16. The branch also



became one of the first businesses to participate in the Toys to Tots program shortly after he and his partners established the company in the mid-1990s. “It seemed like a good fit because we have highly visible locations, there are lots of people coming and going, and we have extra space for boxes and toys,” he explained. Today, the number of sites has expanded to 19 locations in San Diego and one in Temecula. Donations peaked in 2007 when a record 12,000 toys were collected. The number stabilized in 2008, then decreased to 8,000 last year. “I was concerned that numbers went down,” Carr admits. “This was partially due to the economy. Then I saw that there were many more companies serving as drop-off sites.That made me feel good.” Carr says SDSS provides boxes, trucks and drivers to pick up toys, then transport them to a central facility at the Miramar Naval Air Station. The Marine Corps makes the decision where they go from there. In addition to the official drop-off sites, he adds that this year SDSS will pick up and deliver approximately 106,000 toys collected at Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Carr adds that SDSS managers look forward to the holiday season every year. “They aren’t shy about reaching out to tenants,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘Don’t know if you noticed but we have a box again. Now come on down.’” As an incentive, drawings are held at individual SDSS drop-off sites for new and existing customers. Winners receive a $100



held in his honor at the campus from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15. The event is free and open to the public. At the reception, some of Rosenstein’s unique



DEC. 3, 2010 dren 10 years and older from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20. The cost is $75 and includes paintball, transportation and rental equipment. Moms and Tots playdates are being arranged through the center as well. For more information, call (858) 756-2461. announced it will be switching to e-newsletters in 2011. Send an e-mail to rsf libraryguildbookmark@ gmail.com to join the list. There will be no meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe Book Club in December but it will resume from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 to discuss “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon. For more information or directions, call (858) 7562512. credit toward rent. This year’s drawing will take place on Dec. 20. He adds that often individual employers will send out a flyer to staff asking them to bring gifts to annual holiday parties. Afterward SDSS will get a call asking them to pick the box up. Some of the most valuable presents donated over the years have included motorized erector sets, computer games, high-end bicycles and oversized stuffed animals. Carrs adds that the largest single contribution they received was in 2007 when a small company delivered 250 toys. The largest donation from a single individual was 100 toys. “It’s a nice feeling to go into our sites and see them brimming with toys,” he said. “It means the program is working.” Carr adds that one thing that has stood out since the beginning of the program is that San Diego continues to be a giving community, even in difficult economic times. “San Diego has always been supportive of the military, even in poorer neighborhoods,” he said. “The toys may not be as expensive but there are just as many of them.” Carr explains that in addition to spreading a happy holiday season, he anticipates that the Toys for Tots program has a “pay it forward” effect. “We are hoping the message to kids is, ‘As others give to you, you will grow up and be productive members of society,’” he said. The final pickup for Toys for Tots will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. All donations should be new, unwrapped toys. For information about hours and locations, visit sandiegoselfstorage.com. works of art will be exhibited. For more information or to RSVP for the reception, contact Debbie Kornberg at (858) 704-3785 or at dkornberg@sdja.com. To view Rosenstein’s art, visit www.emeseditions. com.

HORSE PLAY Patrol Officer Rick Petoscia takes his turn practicing how to put a halter on a horse. Photo by Patty McCormac



anything is possible. “If you can imagine it, it can happen,” she said. Rocha said that a few horses are escape artists no matter where they are confined. “A lot are pretty good at opening latches,” she said. She said she once knew


a roller rink in Escondido and their great-grandfather ran the Poway stagecoach stop around the turn of the 19th century.

Go agave ENCINITAS — Stew Duncan and Jeff Vance, both Encinitas residents and surfers, have launched Nature’s Agave, an organic agave nectar company which launched in 2010. The products, three varieties of agave nectars, are now at Whole Foods, Henry’s and Cardiff Seaside Market. The products are also available online at www.naturesagave.com.

Second location ENCINITAS — Fitness Mart Inc., has opened its second location at 282 El Camino Real, in the Camino Village Shopping Center, next to HomeGoods. Call (858) 581-3398 or (760) 6971450 for more information.

New home CARLSBAD — The North County Coastal region of The San Diego Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting for its new office at 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Palomar Airport Road, Suite 150, Carlsbad. The new office was underwritten by Tom Applegate and CEA, LLP. Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation is to help individuals, families and organizations carry out their charitable plans.

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a horse that had to be locked in and the key hidden from it. Rocha said it is important not to try to hide the halter from the horse. “Show him the halter. Walk up to him like he’s your best friend,” she said. After a demonstration, she let each patrol officer try the procedure until they were comfortable with it.

Then she taught them how to get a horse going in the desired direction. “Horses are herd animals, so if you chase them, they are going to run,” she said. Instead, she taught the officers how to walk up to the horse and pull its lead line in the right direction for the right results. She also taught them

basic safety and how to avoid being kicked. “We have a lot of horse ranches and a lot of people keep horses,” Wellhouser said. “If you if you did not grow up around horses you probably don’t know how to deal with them. It’s the same thing with dogs. If you didn’t grow up with a dog you probably don’t know how to work with a dog.”

Quest, also in Oceanside, is now at 1465 Encinitas Blvd., offering fitness classes including but not limited to boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kettlebells, Xfit and circuit training. Call (760) 633-1993 for more information or visit www.TQencinitas.com.


the 2010-2011 school year to an incoming freshman. To apply, submit a student admission and scholarship application to the Admissions Office by Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, visit sfcs.net/ admissions/aspx.

Masquerade event CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Azzaria’s Denim Lounge + Boutique is throwing a Holiday Masquerade from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at 2021 San Elijo Ave. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Jenesse Center, a foundation dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence. For more information, call (760) 753-7572, ext.303.

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Newcomers & Friends recently celebrated birthdays for Jean Kennedy, Mary Anderson, Carol Elsasser, Mary Seikle, Frankie McHenry, Anita Beach, Margo Dukleth and Helen Webb. Newcomers meet the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2001 El Camino Real, Oceanside. For more information, call (760) 438-4885 or visit www.easysite.com/oceanside newcomers.

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OCEANSIDE — The San Luis Rey Trojans football league scores Nov. 20: — Freshmen, Trojans (Coach So’oto, 8-1) 28 Riverside Braves 0 — Sophomore, Fallbrook Warriors (Coach Morgan, 6-3) 22 Riverside Braves 0 — Juniors, Fallbrook Warriors (Coach Nakamoto, Full scholarship SOLANA BEACH — 6-3) 32 Riverside Braves 0 — Seniors, Trojans Santa Fe Christian Schools will offer a full scholarship for (Coach Turnage, 2-7) 12 Riverside Braves 0.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - If you expect your friends to do things that you won’t, you’re likely to be sadly mistaken.You need to be prepared to set an example if you want to play the leadership role. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Be extremely careful not to inadvertently disregard the trust of another and talk out of turn.You would violate the confidence s/he placed in you if you run off at the mouth. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Don’t be unduly influenced by materialistic things or think others will be measuring your worth by what you have. They will be weighing your worth by who you are. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Think very carefully before you act, because a lack of self-discipline could cause you problems and put your successes in jeopardy. Be neither impulsive nor erratic. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Try to figure things out for yourself, because even though others may be well-intentioned, it doesn’t mean they know what is best for you. In fact, they might even make things worse. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Before you submit yourself to a joint endeavor, check out the advantages versus the disadvantages. If negative features outweigh the positive, you


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might want to pass on it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Your quick mind has a tendency at times to jump to conclusions before you’ve studied everything at hand. Wait until you have all the facts before making a judgment call. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Even though you may be extremely industrious, you still might not be able to accomplish all of the jobs you intended to complete. The culprit could simply be poor planning. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - When you want to be, you are pretty easy to get along with, yet the very same people whom you usually accept might rub you the wrong way. You may forgive and forget, but they won’t. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It only makes you look bad if you are too proud to make changes when someone else’s ideas are better. Place the importance on the final product and not on who authored what. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - You are asking for trouble if you can’t wait for an experienced person to show you how to operate some unfamiliar equipment. The end results could be bad if you attempt to work in the dark. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - A pleasant day with friends could quickly turn into a nasty time if you allow money to become an issue. Let each pay his/her own way rather than allow a misunderstanding arise over who foots the bill.






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also offers room to expand our services and value to the community.” Filling a need and a niche was the original impetus for the establishment of HNC, which was started by volunteers from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Encinitas in 1980. Today, HNC is one of only three free-standing nonprofit hospices operating in San Diego County. “2010 has been an exhilarating year of growth for HNC,” Kaufman added. “We have amassed a great team of highly respected, committed board members; experienced, caring staff; and extremely dedicated volunteers. We have brought activities such as Camp H.O.P.E. back to the community. We are strengthening and expanding our outreach and education programs. We are renovating our website and pursuing other communication efforts that enhance our benefit to clients and our value to the community. Our renewed dedication and breadth of services are highlighted in a video that airs on our website at www.hospicenorthcoast. org.” HNC was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County. Since its inception, it has grown in services, staff and clients; it currently provides a full spectrum of programs to terminally ill clients and their families, including bereavement support. To fulfill its mission of maintaining dignity, comfort and the highest quality of life for those it serves, regardless of ability to pay, HNC hosts fundraising events, operates a family support camp and resale shop and maintains a cadre of volunteers.

including serving as the director of School Program Support; and the Pacific Ridge School Book Group, where she serves as the chairwoman. The Philanthropy Council is an association of professionals, board members and volunteers of nonprofit organizations serving North County communities. It provides education and training in fundraising and leadership development, “promoting the values of philanthropy, fostering communication among those in the nonprofit sector, and recognizing individuals whose efforts have made a difference in our communities.”



place card holders or write guest’s names on them for clip on name tags. Hammering: Afraid of hammering your fingers? Use a clothespin to grip a nail in place while you hammer it. Bookmark: Use a clothespin as an easy way to mark your page when reading a book or magazine. It helps keep a book page open when reading, too. This can be especially helpful when using a cookbook. Makeshift paper clip: A clothespin works well to keep takeout food menus organized together so they’re all easy to find in a drawer. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.




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givers, and offered advice for families looking to do the same. “Our organizations promote philanthropy as a way of

life,”said Nancy Jamison,executive director of San Diego Grantmakers, one of the event sponsors. “But instilling that among young people needs to begin at the family level. The changed economic landscape provides an opportunity for

families to reassess their own giving and motivate a new generation of philanthropists.” The recent recession has made many Americans more conscientious of how they spend their money and how much they save. This event

demonstrated that in addition to that balance, sharing wealth is important and can be equally rewarding. All of the partners of the event shared the same value of promoting philanthropy and altruism throughout San Diego.



six-year breast-cancer survivor. “My family, my friends helped me to see that I could beat this (cancer) and I will walk every walk to show them how grateful I am for their support,” she said. Combs, like many of the participants, trained for months in preparation for the walk. Each of the three days during the event, participants walked 20 miles culminating at Petco Park in San Diego on Nov. 21. The rain soaked many walkers on the second and third days but did not deter their spirits. “I don’t care if it floods,” said Sheila Price as she discussed the weather report with her teammates. “We’ve been through worse than a few rain drops, honey. This will be a piece of cake com- READY, SET, WALK Kevin Smith, Vicky Kulicke and Stephanie Kern enthusiastically start their walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure on Nov. 19. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker pared to chemo.”


was very happy when he requested La Especial Norte, home of what many, including Saveur Magazine, consider some of the best soup anywhere. That’s another column though; let’s just say the food and vibe were a perfect setting for the interview and that I could fill three or four of these columns with what we covered. Chris moved to Encinitas in 1969 at age 21 from Los Angeles where he grew up and honed his surfing skills and knew all the places for cheap eats between Montebello and Huntington Beach. Cheap eats included burger joints, city markets and taco shacks where a filling meal could be had for a dollar. Baked bean sandwiches were also a staple. Encinitas in 1969 was a far cry from today’s semi-gen-

trified city and was considered more of a no-man’s land and mecca for shapers, hippies, and peaceful easy types. Vegetarian eateries were everywhere and Chris, being an early entrepreneur, started a vegetarian food truck that fed hungry surfers at Beacons and other local surf spots. He would surf until it was blown out then head up to the parking lot and feed the surfers. The truck also serviced the local shapers including legends in the making Velzy, Takayama and Hinson. Little did Chris know he was pioneering a gourmet food truck movement that, 40 years later, has spread across the country. Those early days in Encinitas also included a stint living with big wave surfer and waterman Ken Bradshaw who was a staunch vegetarian who would berate

Chris for his occasional forays into less than healthy cuisine. When I asked Chris to recall places he frequented after surfing in those early days, he mentioned a place called the Fish House West, where Los Olas resides today, that served Abalone sandwiches for $1.25. There was an A&W where the current Leucadia Pizzeria stands, and a place called Frank’s Burgers where five burgers for $1 drew hungry surfers. The Encinitas Café was and still is part of the surfers mix along with a variety of Mexican food joints. Chris commented that Encinitas is truly “blessed with Mex,” which is oh so true. His current top three Mexican restaurants is La Especial Norte, Juanita’s and Jorge’s. Chris traveled the world surfing and writing and his travels exposed him to some high-end fare as well. He talked his way into a job as a

waiter in Guam and Australia at a place called the French Revolution. They were short stints that enabled him to continue his travels but opened his eyes to the world of haute cuisine. That world did not arrive in Encinitas until the Chart House showed up on the scene, which caused a minor uproar at the time as highend vehicles that came in from other parts of town for dinner there weren’t as commonplace as they are now. Of course times have changed in coastal North County and over the years Chris’ appreciation for quality food has evolved along with the culinary scene. It didn’t hurt that he married a foodie whose passion for food has rubbed off on him as well. He has tagged along with his wife Tracy to appearances by Anthony Bourdain and they attend inhome, chef-hosted dinners

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around town whenever possible. His current, yet constantly evolving Encinitas top three includes Trattoria i Trulli, upstairs at the Beach House and newcomer Zenbu in Cardiff. The plethora of options for an after-surf chow down are almost overwhelming these days, which is why a lot of surfers still gravitate toward the simple, low-key, low-budget but high-quality places that have stood the test of time around town. Sharing a meal with Chris Ahrens gave me an appreciation of the rich surfing heritage in the area and the people like him who helped shape it. 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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