Rancho Santa Fe News, Feb. 12, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 4

FEB. 12, 2010

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CELEBRATING A QUARTER CENTURY The Historical Society took a look back at its own history after 25 years in the Ranch 3



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By David Wiemers

The first Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk was held Feb. 6. It started at the corner of Via de la Valle and Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach and locals celebrated their love of animals by running or walking in the event. After completing the course, participants could join in the Furry Valentine Canine Costume Contest, Doga Yoga, doggie boot camp, agility courses and many more fun activities. Proceeds from the event benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center and orphaned pets all over the country. At right, Solana Beach resident Kristy Heidenberger, right shows her love for puppies. Below, Carlsbad resident Kelly Luong helped sell doggie treats for Girl Scout Troop 1902, with all proceeds being donated to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

been raised ($692,000 in cash and $171,000 in pledges). “This is a strong performance in the face of this economy,” McKinney said. “And we’re pleased to say that we have 21 in the Scholar Circle. That’s up eight over last year.” The Scholar Circle includes those individuals or families that pledge at least $30,000 over five years. Performing Arts Center fundraising co-chairs Bibbi Conner and Carol Warren reported that additional

RANCHO SANTA FE — There was a significant increase in home burglaries in Rancho Santa Fe in 2009. According to Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser, there were 18 residential burglaries in 2009 compared to only seven in 2008. Commercial burglaries decreased slightly, to 15 in 2009 compared to 17 in 2008. “All these crimes tend to be opportunistic in nature,” said Wellhouser during his annual report to the Association’s board of directors Feb. 4. “During these difficult times, is the economy a factor?” Association President Bill Beckman asked. Wellhouser said that it was, and that forced entry had also increased. “There were 20 forced entries last year and only 13 the year before. People are more desperate. We saw that with commercial burglaries, too. There was a bank robbery (at Bank of America) and they tried to take the ATM machine at Stumps. We normally don’t see that.” Last year there were eight crimes involving vehicles. “If the car is locked it’s burglary, if it’s open it’s grand theft,” Wellhouser explained. The good news in the annual report was that traffic collisions remained steady — there were 22 in 2009 versus 21 in 2008. Both years showed a significant decrease, as there were 158 in 2004. “Speed is the main factor in collisions and we’re focused on that,” Wellhouser said. If a call is made to the Patrol, the response time is 5 minutes and 37 seconds. According to Wellhouser’s report, there were 29,000 security checks made during 2009 and the patrol drove more than 100,000 miles patrolling the community. Beckman thanked the Patrol. “We’re working diligently to get permanent offices for the Patrol,” he added. The Patrol has been in existence since 1976; it grew out of the Country Deputy Program. All patrol officers hired have a police background. “We go through background checks, the same as



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School board honors art students By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the monthly school board meeting Feb. 4, the board of trustees took time out to honor 18 seventh- and eighth-graders who had artwork auctioned off to help support the Hearts for Healing Project. For the second year, students at R. Roger Rowe School worked with teacher Janis Reeser and local artist Gerrit Greve creating paintings on canvas with acrylics that depicted expressions of the heart. The artwork was displayed again this year at

Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. In addition, this year the artwork is also displayed at the Flower Hill Mall. The auctioned artwork helps raise funds for the Family Health Centers of San Diego. “The art on the walls helps patients, family and staff,” Greve said. “The impact is phenomenal.” The students honored were Olivia Berger, Shea Botkiss, Lilly Budano, Alexandra Carter, Michel DeLaRosa, Will Edwards, Jackson Fiser, Chris Gibson, Ashley Goetz, Jordyn Klein,

Chanel Leavitt, Scott Melbourne, Katie Michel, Eunice Montes, Sabrina Sahney, Liza Schoelen, Alexi Stein and Renzo Vajda. At the meeting, the board received several updates, including one from the Performing Arts Center Fundraising Committee, the RSF Education Foundation, a Rowe facilities update and a school year update from Principals Kim Pinkerton and Suzanne Roy. Rancho Santa Fe Foundation co-chairs Carey Cimino and Todd McKinney reported that $863,000 had


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Lead story White People in Turmoil: (1) April Gaede, who four years ago guided her teenage daughters, Lynx and Lamb (performing as “Prussian Blue”), to a brief music career singing neo-Nazi songs, announced a new project recently on the white nationalist Web site Stormfront.org. She offers a no-fee matchmaking service to fertile Aryans, hoping to encourage marriage and baby-making — to help white people keep up with rapidly procreating minorities. (2) Don “Moose” Lewis announced plans in January for a 12-city pro basketball league composed only of white players (natural-born U.S. citizens, whose parents are both Caucasian). Lewis denied any “racism,” explaining to the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle that whites simply like “fundamental” basketball and not “street ball” (“flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch”).

By Randy Kalp

HAPPY 25TH! From left, President John Vreeburg, volunteer Stephanie Trily and Vice President Chaco Clotfelter celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Photo by David Wiemers

Historical Society honors its founders

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By David Wiemers

— Computer-obsessed Japanese nerds’ latest fancy is Love Plus, a Nintendo DS dating simulation that allows them a young, attractive, mouthy, teenage digital “girlfriend” who begs for attention. The touch-screen lover demands hand-holding, kissing and having sweet nothings whispered in her ear. How can men so easily become addicted to such vicarious experiences? Said one reluctant player, “Koh,” to the BoingBoing blog, “(It) comes down to the fact that men are simple.” (In December, Reuters reported that Japanese player SAL9000 had eloped to the Philippines with his Love Plus girlfriend, had himself photographed with her at romantic sites — clutching the screen showing her image — and then took her through a marriage ceremony.) — As vultures approach extinction in South Africa, they grow in value among local “traditional” communities for their magical abilities. Specks of a vulture’s brain, sprinkled on mud and smoked, can supposedly ward off evil and bring winning lottery numbers. One Johannesburg vendor told Agence France-Presse in December that the specks even work when daubed on dogs’ noses, enabling them to extend their already formidable scenting power.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society held a 25th anniversary celebration at La Flecha House on Feb. 7. Approximately 100 people attended the open house and shared memories of time spent in the Ranch. Light refreshments were served under the guidance of Sue Bartow, who chaired the event. “We planned this anniversary event several months ago, but learned that the Super Bowl was scheduled for the same day only after we had already sent out the invitations.” The event was rescheduled at an earlier time as to not conflict with the Super Bowl. Bartow and other volunteers personally called everyone who had been sent an invitation to tell WELCOME BACK From left, administrator Sharon Fabry returns to of the time change. celebrate the festivities and is joined by board member Sharrie Woods . At a ceremony held to Photo by David Wiemers

Latest Religious Messages — A Montana-based sect is fighting to remain viable, six months after the death of its “Mother,” the Jesus-channeling Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Several aspirants have tried to claim her mantle, but the sect’s council of elders found them all to be charlatans, TURN TO ODD FILES ON 24

commemorate the Historical Society and it’s founding members, President John Vreeburg greeted guests gathered on the patio of La Flecha House, the first residential home designed by architect Lilian Rice. One of the original founders, Marcia Van Liew, then gave a presentation on the history of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Vreeburg then gave plaques to honor the founding members who could attend the ceremonies — Pat Cologne, Sandy Somerville and Marcia Van Liew. Founders Eleanor Shefte and Gwen Whitehead are now deceased. The 25th anniversary event was also the first opportunity for the membership to purchase the Historical TURN TO HISTORICAL ON 24

Local woman returns from Haiti disaster By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — The sights and smells of a devastated country are still fresh in the mind of Dotty Valdez who returned to her Encinitas home from Haiti less than two weeks ago. Valdez, a longtime Encinitas resident and former owner of The Outgrown Shop on South Coast Highway 101, was on her second trip to

Haiti as part of a small contingent of volunteers bringing supplies to the elderly living at St. Stephen’s Home outside of the capital city when the powerful earthquake rocked the country Jan. 12. A soft-spoken woman, Valdez recalled her journey out of Haiti. “It took three days to get enough gas for our driver to make the 10-hour roundtrip from Les Cayes to

the airport,” she said. Fuel was scarce and banks were closed, making the most routine activities, such as filling up a gas tank, almost impossible. As Valdez set out with her travel companion, Wilma Tibbitts of San Ysidro, and three others for Port-AuPrince, the car crept along the cracked roads at 10 miles per hour. “Once we were in the

capital we slowed down to a crawl,” she said. Valdez described the scene as “chaos” and “death.” There were no traffic signals in the capital city, no police to facilitate order in the streets. There was only despair according to Valdez. “People were holding up signs that said ‘help us’ written in TURN TO HAITI ON 24

Ranch woman honored for charity activities RANCHO SANTA FE — Jeri Rovsek of Rancho Santa Fe was one of 15 women honored this year by the Salvation Army. The award goes to women who exemplify the selfless volunteers who donate their time or resources to help others in need. Rovsek and others will be honored at “The Many Profiles of Community Spirit,” the Salvation Army Women’s

Auxiliary Women of Dedication Luncheon on Feb. 24. When Rovsek arrived in Rancho Santa Fe, she immediately began to participate in volunteer activities, friends noted. She founded the Girls Incorporated annual One Hundred Committee luncheon 25 years ago and that event has raised more than $7.5 million.

Girls Incorporated, with roots dating back to 1864, is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Rovsek has worked with the group for 12 years, serving on the national board. Rovsek’s commitment to her community is also shown by her involvement as a fundraiser and her work as a

board member for Casa de Amparo, on committees for the Old Globe Theater and currently, as president of Patrons of the Prado. She has also been involved with the Fairbanks Republican Women Federated and the North Coast Repertory Theatre. For more information, contact Val Sachs at (619) 446-0273 or val.sachs@usw. salvationarmy.org.

CARLSBAD — A man walking his pack of Yorkshire terriers off the leash on a Carlsbad trail will have to stand trial for allegedly assaulting another dog walker after the two got into an altercation about his leash-less canines, a Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 4. Patrick Farner, 62, is charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with the allegation that he caused great bodily injury. The charge stems from an incident last September in Hosp Grove Park. Prosecutors allege Farner instigated the attack and then swung his 6-foot walking stick at Christopher Tripp. Farner pleaded not guilty to the assault. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison, Deputy District Attorney Aimee McLeod said outside the courtroom. Tripp, 39, testified Farner’s pack of 10 “Yorkies” charged him as he walked his boxer puppy on a trail in the park. As he told Farner to put a leash on his animals, Tripp testified, “He said he was going to teach me a lesson — Marine Corps-style.”’ As the two men began to fight, Tripp said they slipped and rolled down a hill. He said he suffered a 10- to 12-inch laceration on his leg that required stitches. Carlsbad police Officer Trevor Winters testified when he arrived on the scene, a bloodstained Farner flagged him down. The officer said the defendant was bleeding from his head. Winters testified that Farner told him that he only swung at Tripp because he felt threatened as the younger man came up the hill at him. While he admitted swinging at Trip, Farner said he wasn’t sure if he connected with him. Later, the officer testified Farner spontaneously blurted out at the hospital that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had a flashback to the Vietnam War as Tripp came at him. Judge Aaron Katz said his decision to bind Farner over was based in part on an independent witness’ testimony who also cited Farner as the aggressor. Farner, who remains out of custody, is scheduled to be back in court March 4 for a readiness conference.



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Something stinks in our neighborhood parks Dogs are cool. In fact, I have one myself. He’s a pain in the rear end sometimes, yet I love him, so I’ll keep him around for now. But one problem I continuously run into around here is finding a decent place to let the little guy run like the wind offleash, which is the only reason why I’ll soon be paying another $100 a month in rent for a huge yard. As you might know, dog owners scored a significant victory in Encinitas when council agreed to expand off-leash hours at several city parks. Since then, a great rift has divided those who step in dog poo at the park and those whose dogs leave the stinky surprise, thus creating a classic Us vs. Them situation. It seems since council ruled on expanding off-leash hours that dog owners have taken the haughty high ground, leaving their irritated neighbors wondering how to remedy it all. The only way to make both parties happy is to establish several dedicated, fenced-in dog parks throughout the city. It makes perfect sense, but the dog folks don’t want to be inconvenienced with having to load the pooch in the car and drive all the way to the dog park. They prefer something within walking distance, such as a neighborhood park. While this scenario would certainly work in a perfect world, most neighborhood parks around town aren’t large enough to support packs of off-leash dogs for several hours per week. Parks are for humans, not dogs. I’m sure famous landscape designers such as Frederick Law Olmsted would agree with me. I’ve been apathetically following this Encinitas dog drama

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective on the Leucadia Blog. Mr. Steve Mieche lives near Orpheus Park and has gathered enough evidence to convince even a dog lover that off-leash hours at his neighborhood park aren’t the best idea. While I personally find it amusing that someone would have enough time to count piles of poo poo all day, I applaud what Mr. Mieche is attempting to do. He’s showing the community tangible evidence to support his cause, when oftentimes we let our emotions guide city policy. I don’t personally know the guy, but I’d like to think Mr. Mieche isn’t attempting to discourage use of the park by somehow driving off the nonlocals with propaganda. He’s simply documenting the degradation of his park, hoping the city will take his evidence into consideration. And if you’ve seen any of Mr. Mieche’s evidence, you know that one of the biggest problems with off-leash hours at public parks is that the poo isn’t being picked up. Parks such as Orpheus will deteriorate with excessive off-leash dog use. If you’ve ever had a backyard and a dog, you know exactly what I’m getting at. In fact, the EPA defines dog poop as a “nonpoint source of pollution,” placing it in the same TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 30

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Look beyond borders to improve Medicare By Brad Burnett

I was watching television the other day and I saw an ad for electric scooters. The thrust of the ad was that if you were enrolled in Medicare and needed assisted mobility, this company would get Medicare to pay for your scooter — no cost to you! It would be nice if every senior had a power scooter to zip around house and town,but is an electric power scooter essential health care? Medicare has been a big success

Worth a study San Diego East Visitors Bureau has cast its lot with San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau because of its advantages for calling attention to the many attractions in the East County. It raises the question whether the Flower Capital should expand its relation with San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau. It has a complete staff of professional folks in marketing, sales and media relations. The Flower Capital could save a bundle

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that accepting limits need not detract from the quality of care. Our focus should be on optimizing the quality of care while staying within the limits of available funds. Maybe some services are unnecessary costs. Does everyone need an electric scooter? Are there cheaper alternatives? We could take a tip from the British. The British National Health Service, or NHS, has an agency that TURN TO MEDICARE ON 24

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with most people, even though it is a government-sponsored program. It would be tough to get most seniors to give up their Medicare benefits because it is big government intruding in their lives. In fact, Medicare is so popular that it will soon run out of money. Medicare spends more than it takes in. We need to realize that services and costs cannot be unlimited. Staying within budget is imperative. But accepting limits is not a characteristic of our society. Let me assure you

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast of taxpayers’ cash. With budget deliberations coming up soon, such an idea is worth a looksee. Local fire departments are now united and early reports are significant lucre is being saved.

dents are generally satisfied with services for police, fire, library and growth management. A recent related report noted that crime, except for violent incidents, was down 15 percent, the lowest since 2001. With budget deliberations ongoing throughout the state it is one of the few cities that is not on the shorts financially.

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Community Connections in the Surfside City notes that door-to-door magazine sellers are showing up in some areas peddling magazine subscriptions and in lieu of that are askSurfside City Olympic ing for cash donations for the milimedal winner? tary or a school project. They are Rachael Platt, 17, who lists the said to be pushy and rude. Best to Surfside City as her home but is now just say “no” and shut the door. living in Colorado Springs where she is a straight-A student at Cheyenne Salaries keep going up Mountain High, is ranked as a leadSan Diego Association of ing medal contender in figure skat- Governments Executive Director ing at next month’s Winter Olympics Gary Gallegos is one of the folks in in Vancouver. The comely skater cur- the high echelons to receive a pay rently is U. S. Champion in that class. increase while other folks are taking a pay cut or enduring mandatory

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Twenty-four students representing five schools were honored Feb. 6 during the annual American history essay contest sponsored by the De Anza chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With this year’s essay topic, the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, students were asked to place themselves in a historical mindset and describe how they would have felt when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit in Utah on May 10, 1869. Fourteen readers evaluated entries from fifth- and eighth-grade students at Mission Estancia Elementary School, The Nativity School, The Rhoades School, St. James Academy and St. John School. “The most fascinating aspect of this contest is that the students could choose from three unique perspectives — a westbound settler, an Irish or Chinese railroad laborer or a Native American impacted by the railroad,” said Jennifer Anklesaria, chairwoman of the essay committee. “This demonstrates that there were multiple nationalities that make up the historical fabric of our nation.” First-, second- and third-

WINNING WRITERS Twenty-four students were honored Feb. 6 during the annual American history essay contest sponsored by the De Anza chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mission Estancia Elementary fifth-grader Jonny Baham, center left, and Lauren Hughes, center right, an eighth-grader from St. John School, also won the district competition. If successful at the state level, their essays will be judged at the national competition this summer in Washington, D.C. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

place awards, as well as an honorable mention, were given to students in each grade level from the participating schools. New to the contest this year were cash awards for the top two winners in each grade level. Lauren Hughes, an eighth-grader in Jamie Schlehuber’s class at St. John, won $100. From The Rhoades School, Anna Shuster from Paul Ruppert’s class was awarded $50. Jonny Baham and Julia Wagner, students in Marilyn Bieck’s fifth grade class at

DOUBLE WINNER Jonny Baham from Marilyn Bieck’s class at Mission Estancia Elementary is the first-place fifth-grade winner. She was awarded $100 as the chapter finalist for her grade level. Her essay also won at the district level. If she wins at the state competition, her essay will be judged at the national competition in July in Washington, D.C. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Mission Estancia, were awarded $100 and $50, respectively. Lauren and Jonny were TURN TO CONTEST ON 30

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is offering two days of camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 12 and Feb. 15. On Feb. 12 the staff will be staying local at the Community Center to prepare skits to perform at the end of the day. They have also planned their own “Project Runway” as the children will be challenged to make their own costumes for a final competition. On Feb. 15 the center is going to Mission Bay, so bring your wheels and helmets. Price is $60 for members, $45 per additional child, $75 for nonmembers, and $50 per additional child. Extended hours are available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.The cost for extended hours is $7 for members per hour per child and $10 for nonmembers per hour per child. Family Camp Week will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 to Feb. 19. On Feb. 16 enjoy a day of miniature golf at Peli’s Golf in Del Mar. On Feb. 17 visit the Miramar Speed Racing Circuit for Go Kart racing for children above 4 feet 10 inches and for the little ones there will be lots of tokens for the arcade. On Feb. 18 get your hiking shoes on for an adventure at Torrey Pines

State Park. On Feb. 19, take a trip to Renee Miller’s Art studio in Solana Beach for a day of painting on canvas as well as tree climbing, shuffleboard and ping-pong. The cost is $60 for members; $45 per additional child; $75 for nonmembers; and $50 per additional child. Extended hours are available from 8 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The cost for extended hours is $7 for members per hour per child and $10 for nonmembers per hour per child. The third annual Family Ping Pong Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 27. There are three brackets of play — under 10 years old, 11 to 16 years old and 17 and older. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Start stretching and practicing now because the competition will be hot! Space is limited so sign up early to reserve your spot by calling (858) 7562461 or e-mailing cseery@rsfcc.org. The community is invited to attend the fourth annual Rancho Santa Fe Business Leader Sundowner on Feb. 18 at the Golf Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event hopes to bring a who’s who of business and local leaders TURN TO EVENTS ON 29

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LEAGUE HITS 90 From left, Anne Patton, Peggy Dornish, Roni Seay, Nancy Telford and Suzanne Carneiro of the League of Women Voters of North Coast San Diego County, toast to the league’s 90th birthday in 2010. Known for their voter education efforts, this nonpartisan, government watchdog group has been an institution in San Diego for decades. “This year we’ll celebrate our milestone anniversary in several ways,” League Co-President Seay said. “But most importantly, we’ll be doing what we always do — discussing the important issues, asking the difficult questions and demanding accountability from our local government.” Courtesy photo

Group discusses bag ban alternatives By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — The Environmental Commission held a public meeting on Feb. 3 aimed at updating the local business community on the status of the city’s single-use plastic bag ban ordinance that has yet to go into effect. In a surprising 3-2 vote, City Council voted Sept. 10, 2008, to direct staff to draft an ordinance banning plastic bags. Councilman James Bond

joined then-Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan and Councilwoman Teresa Barth in supporting a phased-in process to eliminate the use of all point-of-purchase singleuse plastic shopping bags within the city. However, the city was targeted along with several other municipalities by a San Francisco group called “Save the Plastic Bag” in an effort to prohibit the enactment of the

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Gala Chairpersons John and Phyllis Parrish are well-known philanthropists in San Diego. They have put together an honorary committee who are supporting the event which includes Honorary Chairpersons Pete and Gayle Wilson as well as Honorary Committee Members Jenny Craig, Jeanne Jones and Don Breitenberg, Jessie J. Knight, Jr. and Joyce Blount, Pam Slater-Price and Herschel Price, Dean and Susie Spanos, and John and Sally B. Thornton. Tickets are $200 per person for Gold Seating, and $300 per person for Platinum

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Broker changes firm name to ‘Sea Coast Exclusive Properties’ By Jason Land

ENCINITAS — On Feb. 4, Bentley’s Steak and Chop House was overrun with local real estate agents and their clients and friends celebrating their new business name — Sea Coast Exclusive Properties. They gathered with their Broker, Mike Evans, to toast the new firm which originally was founded in 1985. Sea Coast Exclusive Properties had previously ended its relationship with a major real estate franchise organization. Why the big change? “There are two reasons,” Evans said. “One is the Internet — it’s changing everything. We can now reach a global market through the net, where before we needed a large corporate name to reach distant markets.

As temperamental as the real “Two is the business model for estate industry has been, Evans has the real estate brokerage industry decades of experience and has surhas changed; where before you rounded himself with a skilled staff needed a big name brokerage to of brokers. bring credibility, now agents are marketing themselves, creating “I originally got my salesman buzz and exposure for themselves license in ’74, and opened my first rather than relying on a larger corbrokerage in 1985, which was basiporate structure. I don’t think the cally this company,” Evans said. “So end product is clearly defined, but this has been a business continualI don’t think it’s going to be busily since March 1, 1985. This March ness as usual.” we’ll celebrate our 25th anniver“There’s a subtle third element sary. I have a number of agents who — a lot of people are tired of big have been with me more than 20 corporate America,” Evans added. years. I have probably 40 agents “They want to go back to dealing who have been with us for over 10 with individuals on a personal years. We have a lot of stability.” basis. The customer seems to want Sea Coast Exclusive Properties more local control over the busihas three offices — two in ness. They want to know their Encinitas and one in La Costa — homes are being marketed locally, and more than 110 agents. they want to know their advertising Anne Heyligers of Sea Coast Exclusive Properties and Mike Evans, owner/broker of For more information, call dollars are being spent locally.” (760) 944-1112. Sea Coast Exclusive Properties. Photos by Jason Land

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City offers citizens extraordinary health care By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Since incorporation in 1986, the city of Encinitas has distinguished itself as a model community offering top-tier services in the areas of education, parks and recreation and public works. Few would argue that most relevant to individual lives is healthcare delivery. “Everybody’s worrying about the economy but at the end of the day there is nothing more important than your health,” said Marshall Weinreb, CEO of the Encinitas Chamber. “The funny thing is that inside this beautiful city, regardless of your medical needs, it’s all here. You don’t have to travel 20 or 30 miles away.” Weinreb emphasizes that those with top medical insurance are also choosing to seek treatment locally. “Dean Sally Foster of MiraCosta College, a breast cancer survivor,received all her care in Encinitas,” he said. “This is the point. People who can afford to go elsewhere like UCLA and Mt. Sinai don’t have to. Everything is represented in town at the highest level.”

Community Clinics Encinitas residents who are uninsured or underinsured, or are burdened with high deductibles and co-pays, have a safety net with North County Health Services. The nonprofit operates two clinics in town staffed by physicians (some double-board certified), physician assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives. The Encinitas Health Center located at 629 2nd St. operates much like a family practice offering medical, dental, mental health and vision screening and treatment. The Women’s and Children’s Health Center in the former post office at 1130 2nd St. provides complete OB/GYN, prenatal and pediatric care. The clinic enjoys relationships with local hospitals that enable them to also offer labor and delivery services. Health screenings and services are provided on a sliding scale. “An overwhelming number of patients want to pay something for their healthcare and they do,” said Dana Withall, fund development director. “Self-pay has increased in the past 18 months because of so many job losses.” Case managers are able to connect patients needing follow-up care with specialists and hospitals through state assistance. “We are serving those who are most vulnerable and who may not have other choices in their health care,”Withall said. “There is a safety net in place in the community and it is wellsupported. There should be no concerns or questions as to who can access NCHS services.”

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ing, outpatient surgery, laboratory and pharmacy. “North Coast Health Center is unique in that the vast majority of these services are located in one campus setting,” said Greg Petree, president and COO of AmeriCare Medical Properties. “Patients benefit by having access to the most reputable primary care and pediatric groups in North County as well as to some of the most cutting-edge specialty care anywhere in San Diego.” Two years ago, the center added a fourth medical building which substantially grew its cancer treatment capabilities and other medical specialties. The expansion included the addition of CyberKnife Centers of San Diego offering the first CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery system to North County. The expansion also included medical oncology and pediatric specialty care as well as orthopedics, plastic surgery and an overnight sleep center. This month North Coast Health Center completed construction of the first in vitro fertilization clinic and lab in North County. Later this year the center will open a new hyperbaric wound care center boasting the nation's largest outpatient hyperbaric chamber. “Over the last 20 years, more and more medical services have migrated to an outpatient environment in Encinitas creating enormous patient convenience as well as cost savings,” Petree said. “When combined with the local clinic and hospital,Encinitas offers its residents the entire spectrum of medical care close to home.” Located in the same block is the San Diego Cancer Center which uses a multidisciplinary approach to wellness. This includes physical, emotional and psychological guidance combined with a wide variety of clinical trials using new combinations of medicine, new molecules, immunotherapy, gene therapy and anti-angiogenesis which go hand-in-hand

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We have it all. with research on the effects of complementary medicine therapies. Therapies such as yoga meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, reiki and support groups are free to any cancer patient in San Diego County through the center’s nonprofit, the San Diego Cancer Research Institute. The center also houses the first satellite of the UCSD Department of Radiation Oncology. The facility offers patients state-of-the-art treatment that includes a Varian Trilogy linear accelerator, the most sophisticated technology available today in radiotherapy. Patients have access to all the latest treatments for every disease site including stereotactic brain/body radiosurgery, intensity modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. Deputy Mayor Maggie Houlihan has benefited from care at the center for treatment

of endometrial cancer. “Encinitas residents are extremely lucky to have the wide array of medical, mental health, dental and specialty medicine that we enjoy both through UCSD and Scripps Encinitas Health, and its corresponding offices, and also through practitioners located along the El Camino corridor near Garden View and in individual neighborhoods throughout the city,” she said. “We have a long history of healing arts and we are living up to that history.It’s very fortunate that a city this size has this variety and level of sophistication in their health choices to include traditional medicine as well as complementary offerings such as chiropractic and eastern medicine, most notably acupuncture, qi gong and Chinese herbs. I look forward to working with the chamber and other community groups in educating the public about all


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Hospital Since 1978, Scripps Encinitas has served the growing communities of North County with 142 beds and more than 650 physicians. The hospital’s 1,400 employees have a personal stake in the community with about 54 percent living within a 10-mile radius of the city and more than 20 percent residing in Encinitas itself. Despite having the busiest emergency room per bed, per capita in California, Scripps Encinitas’ ER has one of the top patient satisfaction scores in the nation. To keep up with growth, Scripps Encinitas is about to launch a major expansion that will include a new parking structure and critical care building which will house stateof-the-art emergency and inpatient nursing departments. Building is contingent on the success of fundraising efforts.Of the $65 million needed through philanthropy, $10 million was given by the Leichtag Foundation in December.

The donation is a welcomed gift. “Coastal North County has grown dramatically in recent years, but our hospital has not expanded in nearly 20 years,” said Carl Etter, chief executive of Scripps Health Encinitas. “Despite that, we have managed to care for our patients at the highest level possible that ranks us in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation. The $10 million Leichtag Family Foundation gift to Scripps Encinitas will afford us the opportunity to expand our facility to meet the current and future needs of our community.” A $7.5 million gift was donated earlier by the Leichtag Foundation. “Past gifts have been very impactful,” said Dr. Michael Lobatz, immediate past chief of staff at Scripps Encinitas. “The gifts to the emergency department and the women’s birth pavilion have affected the lives of tens of thousands of people.” Lobatz reports that the latest donation will be used to purchase an MRI breast coil, digital mammagram, anesthesia machine, cardiac echo machine, laprascopic video tower, EEG, Fluroscan C-arm xray used during surgery and wireless monitors for the emergency room. Funds are also earmarked for renovations of the women’s imagining and outpatient lab areas. “Virtually every part of the hospital is being touched by these gifts,” he said. “Hospitals today can’t exist without philanthropy.” Scripps Encinitas’ parking structure is set to break ground in the spring, followed by the critical care building in 2011. Other upcoming projects include expansion of the main hospital building, a new outpatient services and medical office building, and an acute care building. This article is the first of a four-part series dealing with Encinitas as a health care destination. The next story will explore services available to uninsured and underinsured residents through community clinics operated by North County Health Services.

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A report for the week of Jan. 26, 2010 to Feb. 2, 2010

DECONSTRUCT Someone reportedly stole a power tool valued at $1,200 from a business on Via a La Casa in Rancho Santa Fe sometime between 4 p.m. Jan. 29 and 7 a.m. Feb. 1. CAR BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked on Chapalita Drive in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and 6:30 a.m. Feb. 1. BIKE STOLEN Someone reportedly stole a red Kestrel Talon bicycle valued at $2,000 from North Willowspring Drive in Encinitas sometime between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 7 a.m. Jan. 27. HOME BURGLARIZED A residence on La Noria in Rancho Santa Fe was reportedly burglarized sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. Jan. 30. SUCH A TOOL Someone reportedly stole $7,550 in power tools from a Rancho Santa Fe residence on El Mirar sometime between 5:15 p.m. Jan. 29 and 6:45 a.m. Jan. 30. COMPUTER STOLEN An Encinitas residence on Arden Drive was reportedly burglarized of a computer and jewelry sometime between 6 a.m. And 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28. UNPLUGGED Someone reportedly burglarized a Rancho Santa Fe residence on Rancho Real of approximately $2,700 in electronics. SOUNDS BAD A vehicle parked on West Solana Circle in Solana Beach was reportedly burglarized around 2 a.m. Jan. 26 of its stereo. GRAB ‘N’ GO Someone reportedly robbed a jewelry

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store on Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad of a $120,000 piece of jewelry around 5:45 p.m. Jan. 27. PLANNING A TRIP? A Carlsbad residence on Quebrada Court was reportedly burglarized sometime between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Jan. 26 of jewelry, passports, credit cards and medication. AFTER MIDNIGHT Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on Paseo Tienda in Carlsbad sometime after midnight Feb. 1. CALL ME A 36-year-old man was reportedly robbed of his $500 cell phone around 11:45 p.m. Jan. 30 on Nordahl Road in San Marcos. HAD IT THEIR WAY The Subway on Sycamore Avenue in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime after 10:30 p.m. Jan. 30 of $500.

CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Jan. 26, 2010 to Feb. 2, 2010

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 3, Burglary 8, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 RANCHO



Petty Theft 0, Burglary 3, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft , Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 4, Burglary 11, Vandalism 10, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 1 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 0, Burglary 4, Vandalism 6, Assault 0, Grand Theft 9, Robbery 1 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 6, Burglary 19, Vandalism 7, Assault 1, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0

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Warren Stern is wanted for his The two exchanged words, alleged involvement in the murder Stern left, and the victim followed. a man in Los Angeles on April 21, The victim was found lying in an alley with a stab wound to one of 1996. Stern was born Nov. 17, 1970, in South Africa. He is 5 feet 11 inchhis lungs. He died before reaching es tall and weighs 170 pounds. the hospital. Stern has a tattoo of a skull on his On Sept. 5, 1996, Stern was left rear shoulder, the word “Joey” charged with murder and an arrest on his left arm, and the letters warrant was issued by the Los “WS” on his right arm. Authorities WARREN STERN Angeles County Court. A federal believe Stern has fled the United States. arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 30, 1996, Stern is alleged to have arrived uninvit- after Stern was charged with unlawful flight ed to a party and attempted to pick fights to avoid prosecution. Stern should be considwith partygoers. Stern was thrown out of the ered armed and dangerous. If you know of party, but allegedly returned later and con- his whereabouts, contact the nearest FBI office or American Embassy. fronted the victim.

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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Stuart Rickerson, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, was elected to the board of directors for the U.S.-based arm of the Foundation Aide et Recherche en Cancerologie Digestive, or ARCAD, a France-based international research foundation seeking cures for cancers of the digestive tract. Rickerson was one of the founding directors of ARCAD/US. His new role will be to represent the interests of patients and their families.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — A fine dining and entertainment benefit, hosted by Fairbanks Ranch residents Randy Woods and Wendy Walker, is set for April 17 in Rancho Santa Fe. It will help answer the question, “How do you mend a child’s broken heart?” Proceeds from the event will benefit UCSD’s pediatric cardiology research. For more information, contact Pati Zimmer at (858) 523-4508 or pzimmer@sequel pharma.com.

Save the date Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

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

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Accidental singer/songwriter on her way up LACY OTTENSON Scene & Heard

sing and write songs, and in 2005 she moved back to San Diego, enrolled in college and began pursuing music. “October 2005 was actually the first time I picked up a guitar,” said Jacey. However this guitar was a gift from the classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Ramero, who also happens to be a good friend of her father’s. Jacey wasted no time teaching herself how to play and immediately began writing songs. Today Jacey has more than 200 songs and more than 400 shows under her belt. In the less than five years since she started singing and writing, she has accomplished more than most musicians do in twice as long. She’s self-released four recordings including her first full-length album “Here’s to Change,” which just dropped Jan 2. One of the first gigs she got was an eight show/two-hour set for the Del Mar Fair back in 2005, and she even sang the National Anthem during a Padres game. 2009 however proved to be Jacey’s most accomplished year so far when she set some 60 goals for herself and reached nearly all of them. “I am so proud of 2009!” gushed a bubbly Jacey. “It was such a gigantic leap for me from ‘05, ‘06, ‘07 and ‘08.” Indeed, one of the singer/songwriter’s main ON THE RISE Local singer/songwriter Alyssa Jacey’s hard work and goals last year was to open

It takes more than talent to make it as a successful artist (or anything for that matter). You have to be strong, ambitious, determined and undeterred by everyone else’s doubt or else you won’t make it. More than anything, you’ve got to believe that what you’re doing is something truly great, and that you yourself are great, otherwise no one else will believe it either. I can think of no better example than San Diego’s own rising star Alyssa Jacey. Jacey, 28, a San Diego native and aspiring singer/songwriter, is a double threat because she is as determined and as talented as they come. Her story got its unusual start several years ago when Jacey moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in professional dancing, and was encouraged one night to sing karaoke in a club. Although it was her first time singing in front of a crowd, once she finished, people came up to her complimenting her voice and asking where they could buy her CD. It wasn’t long after that Jacey found herself with determination are paying off as her career begins to skyrocket. an overwhelming desire to Photo by John Hancock


City weighs in on fairgrounds expansion By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Like many other cities, agencies and residents, Solana Beach had plenty of comments — 474 to be exact — about the master plan and draft environmental report for expansion plans at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Staff members and a team of experts hired by the city for $7,500 concluded, like others, that the report is inconsistent and inadequate in addressing everything from air and water quality, land use and traffic to economics, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. When presenting the report to council members for approval during a Feb. 4 special meeting, City Manager

David Ott was very specific about the project’s impact on Solana Beach. “It really has no benefit to the city,” Ott said.The project has “significant and cumulative adverse impacts to Solana Beach” that are not disclosed in the EIR, he said. The report provides only one mitigation measure — painting a striped line at Highway 101 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive that will supposedly reduce delays by more than one minute. “As proof they didn’t do their homework,” Ott said, “we actually did that three years ago and we certainly didn’t get a minute. “The traffic impacts alone are going to pose real issues for people trying to get

into the community,” he said. “Our intersections will probably go to a very poor level. That could even hinder future development within the city.” Ott said the project will also affect public safety resources, which are already impacted by the fairgrounds. He said Solana Beach provides first-responder resources to the fairgrounds and back-up to Del Mar when that city is responding to calls at the site. More than 10 percent of Solana Beach’s fire responses are to the fairgrounds, he said. Solana Beach also provides sewer services to a portion of the fairgrounds. Impacts to that were not addressed in the EIR, he said. During the notice of

preparation, Solana Beach submitted 26 general questions. Ott said only one was partially responded to. According to the California Environmental Quality Act, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which manages and operates the fairgrounds, was required to consult with the Solana Beach because it is an adjacent city. To say there was inadequate communication would be misleading, Ott said. “There was no communication with the city of Solana Beach — none,” he said. “We’ve never had any discussions with the fairgrounds on the proposed project.” Ott said he believes city TURN TO EXPANSION ON 25

Suspect in robbery-turned-murder claims insanity By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — A convicted felon accused of murdering a tourist during a robbery claims that he was out of his mind at the time of last April’s attack. Eric Andreasen, 37, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Jan. 27 to the fatal stabbing of Katherine Parker, 56, at a shopping center parking lot in the 2400 block of East Vista Way in Oceanside on April 2. Following the attack, witnesses said Andreasen threw the knife into the air and then laid on the ground until the police arrived. Parker, of Lincoln County, suffered eight stab wounds to



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her lower torso, stomach and left side. She had been on vacation in San Diego County with her family. Prosecutors have charged Andreasen with a capital offense because they allege the murder took place during the commission of a robbery. Because of this special circumstance allegation, Andreasen faces up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty; a decision on his potential sentence will be made at a later date by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. Andreasen’s attorney, Daniel Segura, has argued that his client’s intent was not to rob the victim. In court documents,

Segura stated his client “simply lashed out at a woman who had refused his requests for money as many others had done.” Several witnesses testified Andreasen pan-handled in the shopping center’s parking lot, according to court records. Authorities believe Andreasen had been living with his parents in Oceanside at the time of the attack. Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said by entering an insanity plea, Andreasen’s case would consist of two phases if a jury found him guilty. In the second phase, jurors would be tasked with determining if Andreasen was insane at the time of the crime, he said.

If a jury finds Andreasen insane, he would be committed to a state mental hospital indefinitely or until a doctor finds him competent to serve his sentence, Lai said. In August, a Superior Court judge ordered Andreasen’s case to go forward after a physician found him competent to stand trial. Andreasen’s past criminal history includes convictions for robbery, thefts and battery. In 2005,he spent 78 days in Patton State Hospital during a criminal case. A trial date for the case was set for Oct. 18. Andreasen remains in custody without bail.

Duo to stand trial for New Year’s Day assault By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — Two men accused of an armed attack and attempted robbery on a Marine and his brother got more than they bargained for when they picked the fight, a judge said Feb. 4. Moments before ordering Andy Flores and Victor Resendiz Hernandez to stand trial for a New Year’s Day attack, Superior Court Judge Joan Weber said the incident was a “classic case” of picking the wrong victims. Flores, 25, and Hernandez, 23, pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon as well as a brandishing a knife, a misdemeanor. The duo faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, Deputy District

Attorney Laurie Hauf said outside the courtroom. Mark Reynolds testified the defendants started the altercation around 9 p.m. Jan. 1 near the basketball courts at Washington Park. Eventually, he said, the two men cornered him and his brother near the park’s bathrooms. At that point, he said Flores pulled out a folding knife and demanded one of their mp3 players. Mark Reynolds said Hernandez took the knife off of Flores, who was intoxicated. Under cross-examination by Hernandez’s attorney, Matt Roberts, Mark Reynolds testified Hernandez tried to get Flores to leave multiple times. He said he believed when Hernandez got the TURN TO ASSAULT ON 31

Monthlong shows planned at Athenaeum LA JOLLA — The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., will host the David Adey: John Henry exhibit in its Main Gallery Feb. 27 through April 3 with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission is free. “All art is made out of things,” rising artist Adey said. “All things are made out of stuff. All stuff is made from other stuff.” Adey will transform the Main Gallery space, in a tribute to some of the Athenaeum’s favorite “stuff” books. In the Athenaeum’s Rotunda Gallery will be Charlie Miller: Anything but Rehab Feb. 27 through April 3 with the opening reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission is free. Los Angeles-based artist Charlie Miller will exhibit Anything but Rehab, a new series of paintings. Miller is

currently working on these in his Sherman Heights studio, a former pharmacy which came replete with two decades of medical ephemera from the 1950s and ‘60s. He uses acrylics, collaged with vintage prescriptions and modern advertisements. In the North Reading Room will be selections from the Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri Artists’ Books Collection: Mary Ellen Long books Feb. 27 through April 3, with the opening reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Admission is free. Long is an artist and bookmaker from Durango, Colo., who has exhibited previously in the Main Gallery, in 1993 and 1997. She has created a prolific body of work including limited-edition books, maps with text, installations, and sculptural interventions inspired by her forest environment in Durango.


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An exclusive interview with Irene Valenti for Valentine’s Day MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch For this Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be absolutely perfect to interview a worldrenowned matchmaking service.You may already know this, but there is one right here in Rancho Santa Fe. I have the pleasure of sharing with you my personal interview with Irene Valenti, founder of Valenti International. Sometimes, I just hit the jackpot with these interviews!

Q. How long ago did you start Valenti International, and how did you choose Rancho Santa Fe as your city? A. I was invited to the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe 20 years ago to have lunch with a girlfriend. I immediately fell in love with the Ranch. That’s why I decided to start my business here. After all, I am a country girl at heart, and it so beautiful here. Q. Why is Valenti International sought out by professionals over other matchmaking companies? A. The caliber of our clients is what attracts business professionals to Valenti. As the leader of the company, I am extremely involved with my business. We have highly skilled staff and psychologists that give the personal touch needed to be successful for our clientele’s needs. Q. Are matchmaking services more accepted than they were 10 years ago? A. Yes. However, we are not a dating service like an Internet service. We are a matchmaking company in the European tradition, with a personal, private feeling for our clientele. Q. What would you consider the key ingredients to running a successful business? A. Huge commitment. You must have a solid business plan and do something you really love.You must have passion for your dream and believed that what you are doing is making a difference in the world. Q. Are you selective in choosing the individuals that would like to sign up for Valenti’s services? A. Yes, absolutely. All pay a pre-screening fee, and then they speak to one of our psychologists on staff. We assess whether they are compatible with Valenti and that we are also compatible with them. Q. If you wanted to encourage those that are hesitant in using a matchmaking service, what advice would you give them to change their mind? A. I would give them this analogy: Most successful people have experts advise them on their business relationships, such as financial advisers. So, do your due diligence and seek advice and invest for your most important relationship — your own. Q. Where do you see your company in the next five years? A. Definitely recognized as a relationship expert in the world. We are already on that

path. I also I want to encourage our clients to be more thoughtful and to grow in the area of their relationships with others. I haven’t mentioned this yet, but Valenti already has more individuals interested in our service than we can actually take as clients, even during the recession. Q. What has been the most rewarding aspect as a business owner in Rancho Santa Fe? A. Being welcomed with open arms from the first day. I am excited to give back to the community in return for all that the Ranch has already done for me. I was welcomed with open arms. Q. What words of wisdom could you share with couples over Valentine’s Day this year? A. Never give up on finding true love.There is someone for everyone in this life. After interviewing Irene over the phone, I felt moved by her passion and decisive words. Her final words actually took my breath away. “Never give up on true love.” Now that’s the best advice I’ve heard from anyone in along time — refreshing, inspirational and dripping with pure romance. Thank you, Irene for your interview for “Machel’s Ranch.” Your interview truly touched my heart this Valentine’s season. Check out www.ValentiInternational.co m for more information on Irene’s successful business.

Around town On Jan. 23, Ranch resident Violet MacDonald and her very best friend from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Carol MacDonald celebrated their 40 years of friendship at Firenze Trattoria with their closest loved ones. The two friends met in Bloomfield Hills, while living and raising their families together in the same neighborhood. A photo taken the night of their celebration, during restaurant week is featured in this column. Violet took her entire family out to dinner including her children and grandchildren, which included her favorite daughter-in-law, Meredith MacDonald. The guests enjoyed red wine and feasted on yummy Italian food, as they were enchanted with some fascinating stories when these two lovely ladies’ children were growing up together. Best friends are the best, and I just love Violet. She is truly a “class act” in the Ranch. On Jan. 25, I snuggled up under my blanket to watch this season’s “The Bachelor.” Steve Pavelka, I must say, is just about the meanest bachelor I’ve ever seen on ABC. Normally, they only send two girls home during the reality show, while Mr. Pavelka happily sent four girls packing with a smirk on his face.At the beginning of the episode, he informed one of the girls he was “Mr. Dateless in the ninth grade.” Maybe he should’ve stayed that way. I don’t know ow he landed this role, it must have been one of the networks biggest casting catastrophes. I’ve never seen a more disturbing season. He even burned a rose that night, although I’m sure some of it’s

encouraged by the producers. However, as a woman, I personally felt insulted by his inability to be classy with the ladies that didn’t turn his head. My advice? Skip the last few shows of this season and wait for “The Bachelorette.” I’m incredibly bored on “Marry Me Monday Nights.” However, I do love that campaign slogan ... On Jan. 28, Suzanne Felando invited me to a fabulous party at her newly opened salon in Rancho Santa Fe. Located right by The Rancho Santa Fe Sandwich shop, residents in town now have another option in their beautifying routine. Suzanne was an excellent hostess. She gave me the grand tour of the party, which stretched around the corner from her shop into the courtyard by the Barry Estates office. Singer Ellen Cusac and guitarist Jeff Shultz were on deck, also filling the event with their acoustic style music. I also ran into Ranch resident Anna Waite with local author Sage Breslin. Guests enjoyed gourmet sandwiches, desserts and champagne, while they were introduced to the fantastic products inside the salon. I managed to snap a cute photo of Audrey and Christian Mattson, Jonathan Ford and Andre Nordan.They were busy passing our raffle tickets for a drawing later that evening. Thanks so much for including me, Suzanne. For more information, please check out www.studiofelando.com or call (858)756-5602. On the evening of Jan. 31, the Grammy’s were televised. Nothing excites me more than uncovering a local celebrity to brag about in my column. North County resident Becky Riedy was the announcer at the Grammy’s. How cool is that? If you watched that evening, you heard Becky announcing the guests as they strolled on stage in their outlandish rock star outfits to hand out the golden awards. Becky is married to John Riedy. You may not know this, but John is the nephew of Cathy and John Lynch here in the Ranch. I have been the lucky enough to know their family through mutual friends over the last 20 years. Becky has also announced the 2007 Prime-time Emmy Awards, the 50th annual Grammy Awards in 2008, and the Grammy Nomination Concert in November 2009. I have included a gorgeous picture, which was taken by her husband, John Riedy. If you are looking for an excellent photographer, check out his Web site at www.Johnriedy.com, and Becky’s at www.Beckyriedy. com. Thanks so much for letting me share this exciting news. Becky and John are also the proud parents of two gorgeous boys. On Feb. 1, I attended the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary luncheon, which was held at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. What I love about the Rotary Club is their wonderful way of just making you feel right at home with everyone else in the room. As a newcomer, you would think meeting highlevel professionals might be intimidating. However, not at their meeting. So many wonderful Rotarians introduce

themselves to you, which immediately puts you at ease. That day two new members were inducted: Irene Valenti and Dr. Bridget Cantwell McDonald. I have included their photos here. After their induction, Ranch resident

Kelly Michael’s son-in-law, Commander Paul Bieraugel of the destroyer USN Kidd, gave an insightful presentation of what it’s like to be on the front lines in the Navy for more than 19 years. On a side note, Heather Manion was also pre-

sented a cake and we all sang “Happy Birthday” to her.What an amazing way to enjoy your lunchtime on Mondays in the Ranch. If you would like more information on this incredible organization, please visit www.ranchosantaferotary.org.

ROTARY CLUB Katie Hawkes, Bridget Cantwell-McDonald, Jill King, and Maurice H. Rahimi, president of the Rotary Club. Courtesy photo

GRAMMY GAL Local resident Becky Riedy announced this MORE ROTARY Katie Hawkes, Maurice H. Rahimi, Irene Valenti and year’s Grammy’s on Jan. 31st. Don Vogal. Courtesy photo Photo by John Riedy

ALL SMILES Anna Waite and Sage GUEST SPEAKER Guest speaker Commander Bieraugel and

Breslin at Studio Felando. Photo by Machel his wife Michelle, with fellow Rotarian Frankie Owens at the Rotary Club meeting. Courtesy photo Penn

BFF Violet MacDonald and Carol FAMILY AFFAIR Suzanne MacDonald celebrate 40 years of Felando with her daughter and friendship. Courtesy photo husband at Studio Felando’s Party. Photo by Machel Penn

DYNAMIC DUO Ellen Cusac with Jeff Shultz, performing at the Studio Felando party. Photo by Machel Penn



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Principal gets jail Authentic, slow smoked barbecue at Brett’s for stealing funds By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — A Superior Court judge on Feb. 4 sentenced a former Oceanside elementary school principal to 90 days in jail for stealing approximately $70,000 from the district and two Parent Teacher Organizations. Paulette Thompson, 59, pleaded guilty in January to one count each of grand theft and misappropriation of public funds in connection to stealing more than $50,000 between 2005 and 2008 from the Oceanside Unified School District and San Luis Rey and Reynolds elementary schools’ Parent Teacher Organization. Prosecutors allege

Thompson wired the stolen funds to herself and family members as well as wrote herself personal checks. Thompson was placed on administrative leave from her duties as principal at Reynolds in February 2009, Steve Lombard, a spokesman for Oceanside Unified School District, has said. During her 20-year tenure with the district,she worked as a principal at San Luis Rey and was a teacher. In addition to her jail time, Thompson will have to complete 400 hours of community service and will be on probation for the next five years, according to court records. A restitution hearing was set for April 5.

Undergrounding in Del Mar goes to a vote By Bianca Kaplanek DEL MAR — With an overflow crowd watching from the city annex, nearly 50 residents provided input during a Feb. 2 special meeting to discuss undergrounding utility lines in the North Hills area of the city. Many said they were shocked when they received their assessment notices last month. Those on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens and single parents, said they feared losing their homes and asked council to stop the project immediately. With only about 15 speakers supporting the proposal, council nonetheless voted 3-0, with Don Mosier recused and Carl Hilliard absent, to move the project forward. A public hearing is set for April 19, and mail ballots will be sent out 45 days prior to that. “I do think it is good to let it go to a vote … so that you all know what everybody thinks about this,” Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said. “You’re a very strong sampling, of course, from the community but you’re not everybody in the neighborhood.”

Undergrounding utility wires was identified as a high priority in 2002 as part of Del Mar Vision 2020, a long-range planning and integration plan created with public input. Based on methods used for 10 years in Laguna Beach, an area with a topography similar to Del Mar, the city spent 18 months developing an assessment formula. According to state laws, assessment district costs must be allocated based on special benefits rather than divided equally among parcels. Del Mar’s first undergrounding project, completed in 2006, buried utility poles and wires at 83 parcels in the Ocean View/Pines area. That project received 76 percent approval from voters. North Hills was originally formed as three districts in March 2007 with the majority of property owners in favor of undergrounding.The areas were combined last April into one district comprising 321 parcels. Assessments range from TURN TO UNDERGROUNDING ON 26

Ranch resident joins Solekai Systems RANCHO SANTA FE — Solekai Systems Corporation has named Marco Thompson its new chief technology officer. A familiar face in the boardrooms of a number of innovative San Diego concerns, MARCO Thompson THOMPSON will call on 30 years of engineering services management experience and a vast network of technology contacts and affiliations to direct the tech-

nology focus for the Sorrento Valley engineering services company. Thompson has designed and managed his way to entrepreneurial success. In 1984 he founded Doctor Design, an embedded engineering services firm that contracted for such companies as AMD, Intel, Samsung, Mitsubishi, DIRECTV, Philips,Thomson, Sony and IBM. Thompson would later sell the $50 million firm to Integrated Systems, which merged with Wind River in 2000, and then merged with Intel in 2009. Thompson stayed with the TURN TO SOLEKAI ON 29

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I love authentic barbecue and Brett’s BBQ is overflowing with authenticity, passion and the unbridled enthusiasm of its proprietors Brett Nicholson and Bruce Weisman. Everything about this place makes me happy. Their motto “If It’s Not Smoked, It’s Not Barbeque” should also be a lesson to those who think barbecue is throwing a steak on the grill or those restaurants who offer “barbecue ribs” that are no more than pre-cooked, prepackaged ribs that they warm up in the oven. A smoker is required for barbecue and Brett’s has two massive units that made me smile. To achieve their authentic southern barbeque flavor, they have hickory wood shipped in from out of state and all of their meats are

BBQ HEAVEN Pure barbecue goodness slow-cooking in the smoker at Brett’s BBQ in Encinitas. Photo by David Boylan

hand-rubbed with a special blend of spices, then slowcooked in the smoker for up to 16 hours. To finish it off they add their all-original Brett’s BBQ sauce which they make daily from scratch. Most of the menu is made from scratch onsite at the restaurant. Not a lot of restaurants in this area can make that claim and it speaks again to

the passion and dedication these guys have to doing things the right way. OK, on to the menu. I could just skip this and say everything on it is out of this world, and it is, but some details are in order because some of this stuff is really spectacular. All the starters are solid including the barbecue and

Cajun chicken wings, and the onion rings are a real treat. I can’t say I’ve tried the salads as I’m not really in a salad mode when going for barbecue but they are a nice option and the pit master salad sounds great with your choice of meat on mixed greens with smoked gouda, roasted sweet corn, black beans, jicama, tomato and sweet onion served with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. All the sandwiches are really, really good. The pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken sandwiches are perfect and even better when you pile some cole slaw on top. The Texas rope sausage is topped with sautéed onions, peppers and jack cheese. Now to the barbecue promised land — Brett’s entrées. One note of interest, all of these dishes are smoked between four and 14 hours. The baby back ribs are the most tender and succulent I’ve had. Barbecue spare ribs TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 26

DAY FOR DADS Top right, Horizon Prep father Victor Mena, is “shown the ropes” of recess by his second-grade daughter Emilie at the school’s special Dads Day on Jan. 28. The school held games and lunch, giving youngsters special time with their fathers. Top left, students from Horizon Prep, 6233 El Apajo, serve up all smiles for lunch. Bottom left, fourth-grader Lily-Grace MacIntosh is happy to share lunch with her dad, David. Bottom right, fifth-grader Noah Irving and his dad, Shawn, take time out for tetherball. Courtesy photos

Battle over evidence continues in 3-strikes case By Randy Kalp

VISTA — Evidence, or the lack thereof, in a North County criminal case has created quite a stir between the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and a Superior Court judge. Prosecutors had demanded Judge Harry Elias remove himself from a three-strikes case in which he must decide if evidence was improperly withheld from the defense; however, at a motions hearing Jan. 27, the judge said he reviewed the law pertaining to a judicial disqualification and that none of the factors, including personal bias or

prejudice concerning a party, applied to this case. In a motion filed in January, Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty called for Elias to step down from the case citing that he has demonstrated a bias against her office in this criminal matter. The prosecutor pointed to comments Elias made during a hearing in December in which he said the District Attorney’s Office should be concerned about their reputation among judges and attorneys with regard to turning over evidence in light of two recent North County criminal

cases in which discovery obligations were violated. “You’ve got lawyers here who believe there’s a conspiracy concocted,” Elias said at that hearing. “Now that’s sort of their mindset at times, but it’s not good amongst judicial officers.” The rift revolves around a piece of evidence in the criminal case against Kenneth Bowles, a convicted felon with two strikes who was convicted in December of several more thefts and now faces his third strike. Following his conviction, a brief trial was held to verify the evidence supporting his two strike priors. At that

hearing, Bowles’ attorney questioned the prosecution about not properly disclosing information regarding an inconclusive fingerprint result in an evidence report. At the heart of the matter is a pawnshop slip marked with the findings of the evidence technician, which was properly placed into court’s evidence. In her motion, Stone said it cannot be the policy of the people to report inconclusive results through the print examiner’s raw notes scribbled on an actual exhibit and TURN TO JUDGE ON 26


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Visitor tax expands to vacation rentals By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Hoping to add $175,000 or more annually to city coffers, council members voted unanimously at the Jan. 25 meeting to expeditiously move forward with an ordinance that will expand the transient occupancy tax to include shortterm vacation rentals. The tax currently applies to stays less than 30 days in hotel rooms and time shares, but not in single-family residences or duplexes, a practice that violates zoning laws in most areas of the city. According to initial research by staff and the Finance Committee, there

GUILD GEARS UP The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild announced its new board of directors for the incoming 2010 year at the first guild board meeting of the year Feb. 2. Board members include, from left, front row, Second Vice President Cindy Klong, President Carol Curtis and Co-Gallery Director Pat Beck, with, from left, back row, Treasurer Teresa Wright, First Vice President Judianne Shannon, Co-Publicity Director Laurenn Barker, Co-Publicity Director Suzy Schaefer, Co-Secretary Anne von Benckendorff, Co-Gallery Director Pat Macri and Co-Gallery Director Marileigh Schulte. Not pictured are Parliamentarian Connie McCoy, Co-Secretary Ruth Todd Evans and Newsletter Coordinator Adam Styborski. Anyone wishing to apply to be an exhibiting member or to contribute on a sponsorship level can contact the guild at (858) 759-3545 or visit at 6004 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. Visit www.ranchosantafeartguild.org for current news and exhibits of the guild. Courtesy photo

Local author leaves no genre untouched By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — “I enjoyed killing people,” chuckled Taffy Cannon, president of the board of trustees of the city of Carlsbad’s Friends of the Library. Cannon is the author of 13 mystery novels, all of which are available at the Dove Library where she manages the Friend’s bookstore. Four were published under the pseudonym Emily Tolle. “I’ve enjoyed being part of the mystery community,” she said. “I have fabulous friends all over the world. It’s a very kind, gentle group of people — I think that’s because they get their aggression out on the page.” Cannon was a child of the 1960s, raised in Chicago before earning a bachelor’s degree in political science

from Duke University. “I always loved to write and was a voracious reader,” she said. “I thought writers were anointed at birth and didn’t realize regular people could do it. I was in my 20s when I realized writers were people who just sat down and wrote.” She began to write while an inner-city teacher in Chicago. “I loved the process of sitting down at the typewriter and thinking the plot through and writing and rewriting,” she said. “For me, that’s what it has always been about.” When she moved to Dallas in the early 1970s with THE WRITE STUFF Mystery author Taffy Cannon still enjoys seeing her husband who was a law her books on the shelves of the Dove Library where she volunteers with student, she began selling the Friends of the Library Bookstore. “I love it,” she said. “I especially like articles to magazines such as


Parker students work to raise funds for Haiti aid SAN DIEGO — Seniors in the Social Justice class at Francis Parker School spent a week raising money to assist the ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. The 33 students in Philip Trotter’s class, including Carmel Valley residents Alexa Frantz and Nick King, diligently used their time talking to Parker parents in the dropoff line at both the Mission Hills and Linda Vista campuses, while money was also raised each day during the lunch hour at the Upper School. The seniors raised $1,075 between the two campuses

Jan. 29 morning alone, bringing the weekly total to $2,300. That amount will be doubled through the generosity of another benefactor, for a grand total of $4,600 that will be given to Partners in Health. Additionally, the student council at the Lower School has raised $500 that will be given to the American Red Cross in support of their relief efforts in Haiti. That money was generated through sales of hot chocolate and other various events on campus, inspiring an anonymous Parker family to donate $5,000 to the same charity on behalf of the Lower School students.

Record growth at SD Trust Bank

COAST CITIES — San Diego Trust Bank reported positive audited results for the fourth quarter as well as the full year ending Dec. 31, 2009. when a whole collection is gone because I know someone has taken it The bank reported its TURN TO AUTHOR ON 25 out.” Photo by Lillian Cox 21st consecutive quarterly profit with record Q4 earnings up 77 percent from the comparable period of a year ago. Net earnings after-tax totaled $198,000 for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, 2009 compared to $112,000 for the same period last year. For the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2009, the bank reported pre-tax income of $1.02 million compared to $849,000 last year despite having to absorb more than a four-fold increase in FDIC insurance premiums and a special assessment levied against the entire industry earlier in the year. The bank’s FDIC Insurance premium expense/assessment was $231,000 for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2009 compared to just $56,000 in the Chairman Robert Smith, center, of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and, center right, Bill Bembenek, chief executive officer prior year. Net income afterof Pala Casino Spa & Resort, present a check for $11,000 to Rick Hinrichs, center left, director of emergency operations for tax increased more than 21 the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties to benefit the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund as Pala Casino managepercent compared to the ment and team members and tribal members participate. Pala Casino team members and the tribe held a two-week fundraisprior year and totaled ing campaign in January at the casino to help the Haitian relief effort. Courtesy photo $632,000 for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009. This marks the


are 75 to 125 units in Del Mar that are rented approximately nine weeks a year for a conservatively low estimate of $2,500 per week. City Planner Adam Birnbaum said the original revenue estimate of $175,000, based on 75 units, is likely on the low side because it was calculated using the city’s previous TOT, which was recently increased by 1 percent to 11.5 percent. “I’m very fond of this proposal and I’d like to keep it moving forward,” Councilman Don Mosier said, adding that he felt the

fifth consecutive yearly profit for San Diego Trust Bank going back to 2005. “We are thrilled to be able to report to our loyal shareholders a meaningful increase in earnings this past year despite operating in the most challenging economic environment since the Great Depression,” said President and CEO Michael Perry. “This past year proved to be one of our strongest to date as individuals and businesses alike recognized the strength and stability of our institution and sought a ‘safe-haven’ amidst all the turmoil in the banking industry. That momentum continues to build as we head into 2010 and we are excited about the opportunities ahead.” Total assets climbed to a record $152 million, up almost 36 percent from the prior year’s figures of $112 million. Total deposits also reached a new all-time high of $117 million as of Dec. 31, 2009, up 33 percent compared to $88 million a year ago. Core deposits (DDA and money market accounts) represented 84 percent of all deposits as of Dec. 31, 2009. The bank has never held any OTURN TO GROWTH ON 20



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Commission appointments result in rare failed vote By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — As council members made their final appointments to the city’s citizen advisory commissions during the Jan. 27 meeting, what should have been a routine item resulted in a failed vote — an almost unprecedented occurrence in Solana Beach — and further action scheduled for the Feb.10 meeting.

The city’s municipal code governs how residents are appointed — either by individual council members or the council at large. The View Assessment Commission consists of seven members. Each council member is entitled to appoint one resident. The other two are nominated by the council at large. This year the commis-

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sion had five applicants for four vacancies — one to be filled by Mayor Tom Campbell, one by Councilman Joe Kellejian and two by the council at large. Three of the five applicants — David Zito, Reed Philips and John Scales — were reapplying. Campbell selected Zito. Kellejian chose to appoint Paul Bishop.

When asked to nominate a candidate, Lesa Heebner, the council ad hoc member for the View Assessment Commission, suggested a slate of Zito, Philips, Scales and Pat Coad. Heebner said Coad applied for the position previously and her husband has been working with the group as it develops a view

assessment ordinance. “She is very knowledgeable about this ordinance and I think that her family experience ... would be very valuable,” Heebner said. She appealed to Kellejian to reconsider his choice, but he said he felt strongly about his appointment. “This gentleman has 37 years of architectural experience and would be

just invaluable to the process,” Kellejian said. Dave Roberts supported Kellejian’s appointment, but the vote failed 2-3. Heebner’s slate passed 4-1. “I’ve been on this council for 18 years now and this is the first time that an individual has ever recommended somebody and had it


due to the deteriorating macroeconomic environment. Asset quality continues to remain very strong with just one loan reported as “nonaccrual” as of Dec. 31, 2009. This particular credit is wellsecured and as such, the bank does not foresee any meaning-

ful loss potential. As of Dec. 31, 2009, the bank’s total risk based capital of 20.13 percent was among the highest in the nation and more than twice the amount needed to be considered “wellcapitalized” by regulatory definition. The bank has never

invested in preferred stock of any entity, including Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae, and as such its capital position is not impaired in any way. The bank’s actual capital ratios as of Dec. 31, 2009 are summarized as follows:


“brokered” deposits. Gross loans totaled $54.9 million as of Dec.31,2009,compared to $60.8 million as of the same date in 2008, as demand for credit slowed noticeably


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Tier 1 Risk-Based Well-Capitalized Standards: 6.00 percent San Diego Trust Bank: 18.87 percent

Total Risk-Based Well-Capitalized Standards: 10.00 percent

San Diego Trust Bank: 20.13 percent San Diego Trust Bank did not apply for any taxpayer funded bailout funds under the much maligned TARP program.The bank’s liquidity position has never been stronger with more than $89.4 million in cash and securities available for sale as of Dec. 31, 2009. For more information, visit www.sandiegotrust.com or call (619) 525-1700.

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Update on district’s search for office space By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Real estate agents working to find a location for the Del Mar Union School District administrative offices and maintenance facilities were given additional direction from the board of trustees at the Jan. 27 meeting. It was the fifth time since contracting with Chuck Wasker of Colliers International and Mark Kagan of MarkJen Corporation a year ago that the board adjusted its specifications. When they began working with the district last February, the agents were asked to find office space between 15,000 and 25,000 square feet to buy or lease or land on which to build. “In subsequent meetings, it was determined that the purchase of an existing building or vacant land would be preferable to the lease option,”Wasker said. In November, Wasker and Kagan began following “a parallel path” with an advisory committee formed to, among other things, review surplus space within the district that could potentially be used to house the offices. At a Jan. 20 meeting, the lease option was put back on the table and the agents received legal clearance to look at sites outside of, but adjacent to, the district boundaries,Wasker said. Meanwhile, the agents had been told to expand the parameters of their search to include properties with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.At the most recent meeting, the maximum building requirement was increased to 30,000 square feet. Wasker said they began their search by sending emails listing the specifications to all office, industrial and land brokers in the county. They also contacted 36 owners, many with more than one property, by e-mail, postal mail or phone. Wasker said no buildings with the district’s requirements were found on CoStar,the commercial equivalent to the multiple listing service used by residential agents. “Nor did any broker present a prospect to us,” he said. “I was very surprised.” Wasker said he and his partner eventually identified 16 properties within the district boundaries that fit their criteria, however, none were for sale. Most recently, the search was narrowed to three properties in or adjacent to the district. One is on the market and the owners of the other two said they may be interested in selling. In December, the board of trustees, Superintendent Sharon McClain, community members and district staff toured the three properties, which are located at the corner of Jimmy Durante TURN TO SEARCH ON 29



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UCSD players share the field with TERI LA JOLLA — Igniting a feeling of camaraderie and friendly competition, the USCD Triton baseball players teamed Jan. 30 with special needs children and adults from the Training, Education & Research Institute, or TERI, based in Oceanside. The day was its third annual “Play Ball” baseball scrimmage with players from TERI partnered throughout the field with Triton players. Triton Head Coach Dan O’Brian and TERI CEO and founder Cheryl Kilmer brought together their respective players for an afternoon of community outreach, fitness and fun. The festivities included an announcement of all players, the traditional playing of the National Anthem and ceremonial first pitch as families and friends cheered from the bleachers. Following the game, everyone enjoyed a late afternoon barbecue, provided by Hungry Hunter. Founded in 1980 in San Diego, TERI, a private, nonprofit 501(C)(3)corporation, is dedicated to offering a wide range of services and programs supporting individuals of all ages with developmental SPRING FUN UCSD baseball team member Jimmy Aykroid heads for home during the annual “Play and learning disabilities and their families. Ball” baseball scrimmage with youngsters from TERI. Courtesy photo

Paso Robles tasting tour hits San Diego FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine All of Southern California is expected to stop what they are doing and flock to the several venues that make up the Paso Robles Grand Tasting Tour Tuesday from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25. Eleven events are being staged from Cardiff to Point Loma in a regional showcase of more than 40 winemakers, including wine dinners, trade and public tastings and a unique nighttime, ultra-chic club lounge music experience. “Wineries from Paso Robles have seen increased demand from Southern California wine enthusiasts,” said Paso Robles Wine Alliance Executive Director Stacey Jacobs. “Across the landscape, you will find 26,000 vineyard acres produc-

GRAND TASTING Paso Robles wines come to San Diego Feb. 22 through Feb. 25 with more than 40 wineries participating. Photo by Frank Mangio

ing more than 40 different grape varieties.” One hundred and eighty wineries dot Paso’s Wine Country, including names like Adelaida, Ancient Peaks, Eberle, Four Vines, Halter Ranch, J Lohr, Niner, Opolo, Silver Horse and Tablas Creek. The beauty of these

events is that more often than not, you will be able to catch a conversation with the owners/winemakers in one place and one event. OK, here are the restaurants and wine shops that will feature Paso wines in dinners and taste events. — Feb. 23: Wine Steals in

Cardiff and Point Loma, Flemings Prime Steakhouse, Alchemy, Phil’s BBQ, and Linkery in San Diego. — Feb. 24: Urban Solace, WineSellar & Brasserie in San Diego, a trade and media tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. at TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 31

Scripps Encinitas artwork up for Orchid Award ENCINITAS — San Diego artist Jeffrey Laudenslager has been nominated for an Orchid Award for his sculpture “Mikoshi” featured at the main entrance of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The hospital features two Laudenslager pieces throughout the campus as part of the Arts for Healing Program, an initiative launched in 2003 to

enhance the course of healing for patients, their families, visitors and staff by integrating art with the healing environment. The program also provides local artists with a taxdeductible opportunity to support Scripps Encinitas by contributing a percentage of proceeds from the sale of their artwork. Laudenslager is an

Encinitas resident and a longtime supporter of the hospital. His two Scripps Encinitas featured sculptures were installed through the generosity of Nate and Ralyn Wolfstein, long-term Scripps supporters and close colleagues of Laudenslager. The Wolfsteins have supported Scripps through the years by sponsoring the installation of more than 40 sculptures on the

campuses of Scripps La Jolla and Scripps Encinitas. Laudenslager won the 1999 Orchid Award in the Fine Art category for his 34-foot high kinetic sculpture “Archimage,” featured in the Torrey Reserve complex in Del Mar. The Orchid Award highlights San Diego’s best in architecture, design and fine art each year.


Survival of the fittest for my plants

I am a woman of the world. I have coped with rain and weather, but in truth, I’m out of the habit. Still, it’s not me I’m concerned about. It’s the very confused plants in my yard. They are in a quandary, a tizzy, a thorough puzzlement. They have, during the past several years, become accustomed to a particular sort of neglect. They know I will ignore them for weeks at a time until I notice one or more are wilted and about to expire from dehydration. Then I drop everything and water them thoroughly. Between times, if the wind is right, they sometimes catch a little moisture from the not-very-wellplaced sprinkler system. That was our understanding and they have generally thrived. Suddenly this year, we are soaked. Drenched. So much water, I discovered I had some pots and some beds that don’t actually drain that well. Who knew? Suddenly, the smell of stagnant water and mildew has popped up and neither my plants nor I know quite what to do. That is, on a short list of things I am willing to do, none seem quite right. The list only includes: 1. Water 2. Prune 3. Ignore plant for another couple of weeks. I did have a lovely moment venting some irritation, when I got to fiercely jab and punch holes in the bottom of several planters with a sharp object to aid drainage. That’s always refreshing when it’s something you are supposed to do, rather than simply done in a fit of pique. Not that this ever stops me. Meanwhile, my plants are exhibiting symptoms new to both of us. How do you make a plant less wet? Heretofore, that has been the sun’s job and I’m just a bit peeved it is so obviously slacking. And if my plants have any thoughts of being hauled under the overhang or, heaven forfend, brought inside, they’d best get over it. I suppose I ought to give them the bad news that the initial contract is still in place. It goes something like this. First, I go to the store and buy them and lug them home. I add lovely bagged soil, fertilizer and, generally, a fetching pot. I try to place them in a spot that will give them the sun called for on the magic tag attached. Then they are pretty much TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 31


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Stop before you toss those class action settlement notices

CERT TRAINING From left, Simon Holt of Froots Encinitas, Josh Gordon of the Encinitas Fire Department and Doug Jones, president and cofounder of the Encinitas Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, were on hand for a recent event at Encinitas Fire House No. 5. All CERT team members received free smoothies. CERT cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and AED training will be held Feb. 20 at the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department. For more information, call (760) 633-2815. Academy graduates are registered with FEMA and the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services. For more information or registration check encinitas.cert-central.com. The Encinitas CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Courtesy photo

We’ve all gotten them in the mail. Usually it’s a postcard with a bunch of small print and confusing instructions. Those notices saying there’s a class action settlement and somehow they got your name. My secretary just told me she just tosses them in the garbage! “What?” I said. “You could be throwing away a lot of money!” “No, I was just going to get a coupon for a buck off my next purchase of dog food,” she said. I don’t blame her. I used to toss them away, too, until I really started to examine them as a consumer attorney. Don’t get me wrong: class action lawsuits keep big corporate wrongdoers honest and provide justice to a big group of consumers who each only suffer a little bit of harm. If we had to sue individually for each person who bought a tainted bag of

J MICHAEL VALLEE The Law and You dog food, for example, no lawyer in America would take the case where, if you win, you get back the cost of the dog food. It allows lawyers to represent a whole group of folks at one time and makes it economically viable to do so. But ... There’s always a “but,” and that leads me back to the point of this article. Sometimes, the proposed settlement isn’t fair to the consumers who got rippedoff in the first place. Sometimes, the settlement doesn’t give each person enough, doesn’t make the wrongdoer pay enough, or gives the lead attorneys too

much in fees. If you get one of the notices, have it examined for free by a qualified consumer attorney to look at the specifics of the proposed class action settlement. If you don’t agree with the terms, you may be able to object. If your objection is warranted, you may be entitled to extra compensation for helping the class get a better deal! So, next time you get one of the annoying notices in the mail, have it looked at by a qualified attorney before you toss it. You could not only earn extra money, but you could help out a lot of other folks as well. That’s one of the ways that justice works in America. Michael Vallee is a practicing trial attorney whose firm focuses on consumer law, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a consumer legal contributor for The Coast News. Contact him at info@valleelaw.com.

Streaming online movies to television easier than ever By Consumer Reports

Getting online content on television is easier than ever. A growing number of Internet-capable televisions and Blu-ray players allow consumers to stream video from the Web to the big screen via a broadband connection. Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of televisions and Blu-ray players that can stream movies online included more than 20 sets from $1,000 and four players from $150. Lab tests also revealed that set up and access to online content was easy and picture quality was decent if not quite up to the claimed resolution. CR’s tests also found another dozen or so televisions that can stream other types of content aside from movies; however, Internet browser capabilities on Webenabled televisions and Bluray players are limited. Viewers can watch videos from YouTube; news, sports and more from Yahoo!; digital photos stored on Picasa and

Flickr; and music from Internet radio stations such as Pandora and Slacker. Some of the content is free. Movies and TV episodes are pay-perview or, with Netflix, included with a subscription. Other online streaming services include Amazon Video on Demand, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu. Aside from Web-enabled televisions and Blu-ray players, there are other devices available that offer access to streaming movies and online content, including the TiVo HD DVR, $250, and two game consoles: Microsoft’s Xbox 360, $200 and up, and Sony’s PlayStation 3, $300, which includes a Blu-ray player and a Web browser. There are also dedicated boxes that connect to an existing broadband service via a wired or wireless (Wi-Fi) hookup. Some of the streaming services, such as Vudu, also offer their own boxes for a fee.

Things to consider

worth of Blockbuster movie rentals.Apple TV, $229, allows access to the iTunes video library, and Vudu has a box for $149. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 can stream content from Netflix — Which brand? Each hardware brand has partnered with specific services; content may vary for different players or televisions within a brand. Just because a TV or Blu-ray player is Internetcapable, it may not be able to stream content from a desired service. For example, Samsung televisions and Bluray players that are Webenabled can stream content from all the service providers CR looked at; however, Panasonic enabled devices can only stream content from Amazon Video on Demand from among the streaming services CR looked at. — Which movie services? The major streaming movie services offer immediate access to tens of thousands of titles and most are available on demand. The vast majority of offerings are standard-definition, but there are some HD videos. Vudu’s HDX movie format was the only movie stream that looked like real HD but required the high end of most broadband providers’ standard service (4.5 to 9Mbps). Most charge per rental except for Netflix, which offers unlimited streaming which is included with monthly plans starting at $9.

— Which Net-cable gear? Each hardware brand has partnered with specific services; content may vary for different players or televisions within a brand. CR recommends that consumers who are upgrading from a standard DVD player to a Blu-ray player should consider an Internet-enabled model as it costs much less than upgrading to a television that can receive the Web and gets the same content. Boxes dedicated to streaming video are available from Roku HD, $80, Visit the Consumer Reports Web site at and MediaPoint, free with $99 www.consumerreports.org.

POKER WINNER Poker pro Annie Duke, right, and George Arsenis, left, the poker room manager at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, present $8,000 in winning chips to Greg “Grumpy” Heslip of San Diego for his first-place finish in the $25,000 Annie Duke Free Roll Poker Tournament Jan. 30 at Pala. Courtesy photo

Texas Hold’em tourney winners celebrate PALA — Greg “Grumpy” Heslip’s 10-8 topped Shawn Delargy’s 6-4 in the final hand and the San Diego quality engineer pocketed the $8,000 first prize in the $25,000 Annie Duke Free Roll Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Jan. 30 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Heslip beat 66 players, including Duke, for his first tournament victory. Duke, a top poker professional and a

star of “Celebrity Apprentice,” hosted Pala’s first major tournament in its new 15-table poker room that was part of the casino’s $100 million renovation. “It was competitive,” Heslip said. “There were a lot of good players here today. Annie was terrific as the host and it really feels good to finish first against this field. I play here two or three times a week and will definitely be back.”

Delargy, a control operator for a major utility in Rancho Cucamonga, took home $5,900. He won $4,900 for second place but also earned a $1,000 bonus for knocking Duke out of the tournament in the fifth round with pocket jacks over her ace-10 of diamonds. “I played against Annie in Las Vegas several times,” Delargy said. “It always TURN TO WINNERS ON 25

Garden festival ready to bloom ELFIN FOREST — The Town Council of Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove is wrapping up plans for it 2010 Garden Festival, “Gardens Within Gardens” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3. Tickets and maps to the gardens can be picked up

the day of the event at the Elfin Valley Nursery, 20110 Elfin Forest Lane. Five outstanding gardens will be presented. Several have never been open to the public and a few have been glimpsed in features in San Diego Home and Garden. All represent

the diversity of artistic flair and style found in Elfin Forest. The festival will also feature author and America in Bloom judge Evelyn Alemanni, who will be available to sign copies of her TURN TO GARDEN ON 27


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HELP FOR HEROES Dave Moreno, owner of Dave’s Auto Service and Repair in Carlsbad, assists wounded warriors’ transition to normal life through San Diego’s Heroes to Hometowns, a coalition of community resources. Photo Lillian Cox

Veterans get help from local auto shop owner By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Since buying Dave’s Auto Service and Repair 18 months ago, David Moreno has been showing his appreciation to veterans through an organization called San Diego Heroes to Hometowns. The nonprofit is a coalition of community resources that assists severely injured service members and veterans who are either stationed in San Diego or passing through town. The group also helps their relatives. Recently Moreno was asked to come to the aid of the mother of a soldier who was a patient at the Army Water Transition Unit at Balboa Hospital. “Her transmission broke and it was just out of warranty,” he said. “I called Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. and was able to get them to agree to honor it.” Moreno went a step further by arranging to have the work done at Perry Ford in Poway. Moreno helps in other ways. Sunny Farrand is state chairman of Heroes to Hometowns and founder of

the San Diego chapter. “Dave does an awesome job by giving discounted rates on repair and parts,” he said. “He does as much as he can, making costs as minimal as possible.” Farrand said his organization supports all veterans regardless of the branch of military service. “If they served our country I don’t care if they fought in the Civil War — we’ll help them,” he said. Moreno comes from a military family himself. “My father was a master chief in the Navy and I was raised in Navy housing,” he said. “I do this because at the time I tried to get into the military myself I had two children which they considered to be a financial burden.” Moreno said he actually began assisting veterans 15 years ago when he managed an auto repair business in National City. “I helped mostly Vietnam veterans,” he said. “They never got credit for what they did.” Moreno said he’d fix TURN TO OWNER ON 30

Scholarships ready for future teachers COAST CITIES — California Retired Teachers North County Scholarship Foundation, Palomar Division 63, North San Diego County Division 45 and Avocado Division 81 have joined together in an effort to provide scholarships for deserving future teachers graduating from North County high schools. Students wishing to apply to the California Retired Teachers North County Scholarship Foundation can obtain an application through the appropriate office in their high school. The deadline for applications is March 15. The scholarships are available for students who

wish to attend Cal State San Marcos State University, MiraCosta Community College and Palomar Community Collage. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, scholastic record, community service, work experience, and letters of recommendation. Applications are now available at all North County high schools. Retired teachers, members of California Retired Teachers Association and the general public fund these scholarships. Donations may be made by check to Martha Bozulich, treasurer, California Retired Teachers North County Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 1636, Valley Center Ca 92082-1636.

ROCKIN’ VALENTINE Things will get rocking with The Romantics with Gregory Wolfe and their tribute to Rod Stewart in a special Valentine’s Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala. Just take I-15 to Highway 76 east five miles. This year, the romantic holiday is followed by national holiday President’s Day, making it a perfect time for a special getaway. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased with no service charge at the Pala Privileges Booth in the casino, or by calling (877) 946-7252. Tickets also are available at Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737, or at www.startickets.com. Concert ticket and hotel room packages are available by calling (877) 725-2766 or at www.palacasino.com. Courtesy photo

School kicks back with casual fundraiser SOLANA BEACH — Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Torrey Pines High School 17th annual spring fundraiser Pump Up the Volume, planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27 at the Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave. A reception is being held for special supporters and planners Feb. 21 at a home in Rancho Santa Fe. Contact the TPHS Foundation for ticket price and information at (858) 793-3551 or e-mail bobbi.karlson@sduhsd.net. Jackie Busch and Denise Small are the veteran cochairwomen of this year’s HARD AT WORK Hard at work wrapping up the upcoming Torrey Pines High School spring fundraiser, set event. March 27 at the Belly Up Tavern, are committee members, from left, Andrea Mundy, Helen McCabe-Young, This year, the planners for Lynn Hyder, co-chairwomen Jackie Busch and Denise Small, foundation Executive Director Bobbi Karlson, TURN TO CASUAL ON 25

Sophia Alsadek (standing behind),Vicki Minteer, Julie Henry, Holly Coughlin, Stefanie Mullen, Karin Miller and Connie Cannon. Courtesy photo

Ronald McDonald benefit raffles local home

ENCINITAS — It’s time again for the Ronald McDonald Dream House raffle to benefit the Ronald McDonald House at San Diego’s Rady’s Childrens Hospital. The $1.8 million grand prize home is again located in Encinitas and tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by calling (888) 433-0331 or by downloading an entry form at www.sdraffle.com. Entries are accepted through the mail or in person at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego at 2929 Children’s Way, San Diego, CA 92123. The grand prize will be drawn June 12. As incentive to purchase tickets early, Early Bird drawings for cash or prizes ranging from $25,000 to $1,000 take place three times during the DREAM HOME The $1.8 million home being raffled off as the grand prize in the 2010 benefit for Ronald raffle campaign. Prize opportuMcDonald House at San Diego’s Rady’s Childrens Hospital is again located in Encinitas and tickets are on nities have been expanded this sale now. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased by calling (888) 433-0331 or by downloading an entry form at www.sdraffle.com. Courtesy photo



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New sommelier joins staff at The Grand Del Mar CARMEL VALLEY — Angelo Ingrati has joined the sommelier staff at Addison,the fine dining venue at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. Under the direction of The Grand Del Mar’s wine director Jesse Rodriguez, Addison has achieved national recognition for its wine pro-

gram, recently garnering the Wine Spectator’s “ G r a n d Award.” “We are thrilled to have Angelo on our team, and are confi-


dent he will help us achieve even further recognition,” Rodriguez said. Certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Ingrati most recently served as a lobby lounge manager/sommelier during the reopening of New York City’s The Pierre Hotel. A native of Brooklyn,

Ingrati holds a holds a Bachelor of Science in culinary arts, as well as associate’s degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also studied at The German Wine School in Koblenz, Germany, earning a European Wine Certificate. Additionally,

he holds several certificates from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), including an advanced certificate in wine. Dinner is served Tuesdays through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call (858) 314-1900, or visit www.AddisonDelMar. com.

Gull sculpture dedicated in Solana Beach By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — About 50 people gathered at Fletcher Cove Park on Jan. 27 for the dedication ceremony for a seagull sculpture that ruffled a few feathers after being donated to the city’s permanent art collection. “This is a perfect place for this bird to land,” Councilman Joe Kellejian said. “Isn’t it beautiful?” asked resident Mary Jane Boyd. “It changes the entire area of this park. Wherever you stand, you see it differently. It just fits.” “This is an example of art inspired by nature,” said Alli Dixon, a member of the Public Arts Advisory Commission, which worked to find a location for the 400-pound piece. “It was a long process and we learned a lot. We listened to what the community had to say and tailored it to fit in with nature and not obstruct any views. The result is just beautiful. It’s a nice complement to the area.” But as Allen Moffson, chairman of the arts commis-



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English,” she said. “We saw dead bodies everywhere,” Valdez recalled. Next to an open air market where food was being sold sat a field of dead bodies, rotting under the blazing sun. “They were igniting the bodies with kerosene,” she said. “The smells were the



focuses on health care cost and quality. It is called the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE. NICE studies medical therapies and determines if they are worthwhile. NICE then suggests the most costeffective care based on hard evidence. Some treatments actually make the patient worse. The NHS then decides if these recommendations should be included in their benefits. The idea is to find which devices, drugs, and therapies provide the best care for the lowest cost. If two

sion, pointed out, the comments “weren’t always kind words.” The sculpture, created around 1940, was crafted from molded sheet metal with a dark patina finish to mimic a bird in flight. At its widest,the gull has a 6-foot wingspan, with 3 feet between its beak and the tip of its tail feathers. Donors Carol Childs and Peter House bought the piece on the East Coast. After moving to Solana Beach, they shipped it west and donated it to the city. Council members accepted the gift in 2008 and directed the arts commission to find an appropriate location. After an extensive public review period, about 70 comments were received. Slightly more than half opposed either the gull, the proposed locations or both. “The sculpture itself suggests the heavy hand of an NESTING PLACE Fifteen months after the city accepted this 400- unperceptive amateur and the pound gull sculpture into its permanent art collection, a dedication cere- newly proposed substructure mony was held Jan. 27 at the entrance to Fletcher Cove. Photo by wrestles, visually, with the majestic pines behind it,” one Bianca Kaplanek

resident wrote, while another called it a “nicer looking vulture.” Some of the positive comments described the piece as “classy” and “magnificent.” Council members were also split at the time and directed staff to create a full-scale, on-site mock-up to accurately illustrate its visual impact. Childs said she wasn’t offended by the negative input. “It cannot be taken personally,” she said. “No two people like the same music, books or food, so if people have different visions of art, it’s just not surprising.” Childs said the base, created by Solana Beach resident Dennis Higgins, is designed to mimic the waves and pick up the “flows, curves and shapes” of the surrounding Torrey pines. Childs and House fully funded the base and installation with no cost to the city. “This was a hassle, but public art is like that,” Moffson said. “It wasn’t easy but all in all, it was fun — when it was over.”

November and has since been in rehabilitation. The anniversary event was her first visit back to the Historical Society and she was welcomed with open arms by all those who attended. “It’s so good to see everyone again,” Fabry said. The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting Feb. 16 at La Flecha House.


and membership rolls have dwindled. The church was similarly challenged in 1990, when Mother forecast nuclear doomsday and financed the construction of large underground bunkers on a mountainside north of Yellowstone National Park (which are still available).

The council is having trouble, especially, finding volunteers to transcribe the 22,000 hours of video and audio in which Mother set out the justifications for the sect. — Televangelist Rod Parsley informed his flock in December that he urgently needed several million dollars because of financial problems attributed directly to Satan. According to a

report in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Parsley’s World Harvest Church was facing a $3 million deficit for the quarter ending in December after earlier in the year paying $3.1 million to settle a lawsuit over its daycare center’s having too brutally spanked a boy. Wrote Parsley, “Will you help me take back what the devil stole?”

worst, but maybe the sights, too.” In contrast to her previous visit to Haiti, Valdez said the difference between not only the country but the people themselves was painfully evident. “The Haitian people are beautiful people,” she said. “They’re very hardworking. But there was such a sense of despair.” Upon arriving at the air-

port, Valdez and Tibbitts waited five more hours until they were told to board a United Airlines plane. “We had no idea where we were going, nobody did except the pilot,” Valdez said. The plane landed in Chicago and the passengers were bussed to a shelter where the Red Cross provided them with food, cell phones and computer access. “It was very well-organized,”

Valdez said. Finally, after days of uncertainty,Valdez arrived in California. “My daughter and my grandchildren met me at the airport,” she said with a smile. “The welcome home reception has been overwhelming.” She said her presence in the country during the earthquake created a personal connection for many people. In fact, a

fundraiser will be held at Cordova Gardens on April 18 to benefit the people of Haiti. Valdez said she witnessed a universally “crushed spirit” in Haiti but holds out hope for the future of the country and its people. “I know they’ll rebuild.” “I hope the whole world continues to watch Haiti and doesn’t forget,” she said.

drugs have similar benefits, the cheaper drug is offered. Exceptions can be made if unique evidence can be provided. The British public is happy with this system. The United States has a similar government agency, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, or AHRQ. It already does a good job in making objective recommendations. Perhaps AHRQ should have more authority in deciding what services and products are best, and which should be abandoned. A little money invested in AHRQ may save a lot, and provide a higher level of care.

A second idea is to shift away from our fee-for-service provider payment system. Most health care economists have agreed that paying a doctor a fee for each and every service just encourages the doctor to provide more services. More, in this case, is not necessarily better. Monthly or annual payment to doctors and hospitals for all provided care proves to be more cost-effective. There are medical providers who accept comprehensive global payment for services because they have learned how to provide good care within budget. Kaiser and the Scripps Clinic come to mind, but there are

many other doctor-hospital organizations that may be even better. Where these organizations exist, Medicare could directly contract with them for fixed monthly costs to cover all needed care. Quality care can be assured with regular audits by Medicare. Consumer groups can add their voice as watchdogs of government performance. If your region does not have such an experienced provider, perhaps one can be created. Doctors and hospitals will welcome Medicare’s business if they can make a decent profit. These are just two ideas that can be employed to con-

tain costs without sacrificing quality.There are others (such as competitive bidding for pharmaceuticals), but let me just summarize by saying that better management is possible and profitable. After we have pared away unnecessary costs we can then decide if we need to raise or lower our insurance premiums. We always have the opportunity to vote for richer benefits through higher taxes. I do not think that we have the right to spend more than we pay for.


Brad Burnett, M.D., MBA, is a retired health care executive who lives in Rancho Santa Fe.

SARA NOEL Frugal Living

Movie theater popcorn at home

Dear Sara: We used to have a hot-air popcorn maker back in the day, and it’s long since been history. Now I’m looking around for hot-air popcorn makers, and they’re kind of overpriced, around $50. I’m trying to make popcorn without the oils/butter, etc. Some of the reviews I’ve read have said the units are too hot to touch after you’ve popped the corn or it shoots scalding hot kernels out of the machine at you. Just wondered how you pop your popcorn, not the microwave bag kind, and if you could recommend a popcorn maker. — Libby, Canada

Dear Libby: Popcorn poppers are very easy to find secondhand. Look in garage sales, thrift stores or online on Freecycle, Kijiji.com or eBay.com. If you’re looking to buy new, I’d continue to watch sales. Most air poppers are going to shoot a kernel or two. West Bend makes great air poppers. Their older model, Poppery II (found secondhand), can double as a coffee-bean roaster, too. You can read more about it on my Web site at www.frugalvillage.com/2007/12/27/g ourmet-coffee-on-the-cheap. But if you want a recommendation, I’d buy a Whirly Pop stovetop popper. It does use a little oil to prevent sticking, but is cheap to buy ($20 or so new). You’ll love the taste (like movie theater popcorn), every kernel pops, it’s long-lasting and the experience is just more fun.

Dear Sara: What’s the best place to order new checks? I need new checks, and I know I can find them cheaper than through my bank. Any suggestions for specific companies? There’s about a million and a half of them online. I would like to find one that has a debit register too, the little register that fits with your debit card. Thanks. — Akolb, Louisiana

Dear Akolb: I’d call your bank and see if they offer any discounts or if there’s any way to get free checks. You can also buy them through Wal-Mart (www.walmartchecks.com) or Costco at a discount. You’re right: There are a ton of online sources. Places such as checksunlimited. com, 4checks.com and bestvaluechecks.com all offer discount checks. You can also print your own checks using software such as Checksoft Personal Deluxe, TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON 30



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the county,” Manager Pete Smith said. In other Association news, 100 copies of the new book “Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built” were purchased from the Rancho Santa Historical Society. The new book will be given as a gift to



year, with a multi-ticket drawingalso planned. To enter, individuals must be 18 years of age or older and be a U.S. resident. For complete rules and regulations, go to www.sd raffle.com. The home is 4,292 square feet, with six bedrooms, sixand-a-half-baths, panoramic ocean views, a gourmet kitchen, a lush tropical backyard with a pool, swim-up bar



were determined to move away from the usual stuffy gala and make it comfortable. The dress code is casual so you can throw on some jeans and drop in to enjoy great food and music by local band Atomic Groove. Ticket prices are $75 or $150 for VIP reserved seating. Ticket holders may designate a portion of



helps your game to play top people like her.” All 10 final-table players earned cash prizes. Kyle Perez from Pala finished third and earned $3,500; fourth was Robert Butler of Escondido, $2,000; fifth was Robert Muehlberg of Wildomar, $1,700; sixth was Glen Connolly of Temecula, $1,500; seventh was Chris Ciremele of Valley Center, $1,200; eighth was Joseph Simms of Fallbrook, $1,000; ninth was Gary Benton of Fallbrook, $700; and 10th was Peggy Diaz of Vista, $500. Southern California poker players can qualify until midnight March 3 to win a $10,000 entry into the 2010 World Series of Poker in Pala’s WSOP Free Roll Poker Tournament that will be played March 6. The first 120 players who accumulate a minimum 40 hours of live play will qualify for a seat and will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 entry into the 2010 World Series of Poker that starts July 5 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.



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com/watch?v=hqNzzpH2QQ. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. new homeowners in the Covenant. Staff plans to develop a program of sending new members a welcome letter from the Association president on behalf of the board and the book.“It will be a nice addition to the pile of paperwork that is handed to them,” Smith said. The next Association meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18. and spa. All proceeds will help Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provide a “home away from home” and Family Care Center to families of seriously ill children in all area hospitals. The luxurious home features a dramatic living room, custom tile, cabinetry and finishing work, a movie room and solar heating. The outside space is built for entertaining with a stone fire pit, built in barbecue, dramatic pool and tropical landscaping. each ticket toward the TPHS sports team or club of their choice. Many families will sponsor the ticket for a coach or teacher. Auction items and underwriters are still being gathered. Steve Hamann is set to be master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the evening,in addition to the silent auction full of prizes, which will also be available online. Those who qualify with 40 to 59.99 hours of live play will receive $3,000 in chips to start the WSOP Free Roll Tournament. Those who play 60 to 79.99 hours will receive $5,000 in starting chips and those who play 80 or more hours will start with $7,000 in chips. During the qualification period, players can accumulate double hours if they play between 3 a.m.and 11 a.m. daily. The WSOP Free Roll qualifying tournament will start at 10:30 a.m. March 6. In addition to their starting chips, players also will be able to take advantage of a $10 optional staff fee for $1,000 in additional chips; a $25 optional re-buy for $2,500 in chips and a $50 single add-on for $5,000 in additional chips. Qualification and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than 120 players enter, the tournament could expand to three days. The tournament would start at 10:30 a.m. on March 6 and March 7 and play would end when five players remain in each event. play would start at 2:30 p.m. March 8 and would host the final table.

Savvy and Texas Monthly. In 1976 she was nominated for an Academy Award for a short comedy film titled “Doubletalk” she wrote for a friend with the American Film Institute. “It was unusual because it made money,” she said. “I made money.” Cannon had another success with “Convictions: A Novel of the Sixties” published in 1985 by William Morrow. Afterward she wrote mainstream novels that didn’t get published. She decided to turn to



resources that were committed to reviewing the 4,500page document may not have been necessary had the 22nd DAA met with city officials. Linda Zweig, fairgrounds information and media relations officer, said she believes meetings did take place. “There was communication with Solana



events and have been working closely with grocers and other businesses to gather their input on the ordinance,” she said before the meeting.“This is another way to reach out to businesses.” “I was happy to see the number of community members as well as the business community participating,” Barth said. “I think we’ve taken the right approach to educate and partner with our businesses.” Representatives from Target, Cardiff Seaside Market, California Grocers Association, American Chemistry Council, Surfrider, Coastkeeper and Solana Center for Recycling joined residents, environmental commission members and city staff to get up to speed on the current legal decisions


furloughs. Gallegos will receive 10 grand more each year for five years. He currently receives $240 grand. In L.A. the pay for the like position is $229,000 and in San Fran it’s $210,000. Not to worry, SANDAG has a $1.1 bil. budget of mostly taxpayers’ dough. It has been reported he might go elsewhere. Good idea?

Another recall effort? Some Vistans will soon be out collecting in the neighborhood of 9,600 names of registered voters on petitions to recall three members of the school board of trustees. If they are successful, pro and con mud slinging will get underway and an election will occur in November.

Polytrack stays Santa Anita now running through April 17 has announced it will rip out the synthetic track after the meet and return to a dirt surface. Drainage problems that caused cancellation of some racing days is the reason given

writing mysteries.Her first was “Pocketful of Karma” published in 1993 about the adventures of Los Angeles attorney and investigator Nan Robinson. She followed that with two other books that were so popular that they went into reprint. “None of my books have been enormously successful but they have all been wellreceived,” she said. “I have been able to continue publishing.” Her advice to budding writers? “Read everything and write, write, write,” she said. “I write because I can’t not write. The people who feel that way

are the ones who can overcome the obstacles. Right now it’s the toughest time to break in because the publishing industry is in freefall.” Cannon adds that it also helps to be independently wealthy. To underwrite her writing career she works as a professional organizer through her business Blue Skies Clutter Control. Currently, Cannon is working on a nonfiction book, tentatively titled “He Ain’t Heavy” which deals with providing care to ailing siblings. It was inspired by her experience caring for her brother in Chicago. “The baby boomers are

getting old and a lot of us moved away and didn’t come back,” she said. “When you are sick and all alone, it’s your siblings who take care of you. Distance makes it more complicated. My sister is in Seattle, my brother is in Chicago and I’m in San Diego.” Cannon is upbeat about her prospects for selling the book since it would be the first of its kind, and her agent is enthusiastic about the project. “My feeling is that anything that gets published is a success,” she said. “If you’re not paying to publish your book, you are a success.” For more information, visit taffycannon.com.

Beach,” she said. “We did everything in compliance with CEQA.” The 22nd DAA is proposing several improvements that would be completed in two phases during the next 15 years. Major components of the near-term projects include new exhibit halls, a four-story 330-room condominium hotel with associated facilities, new administra-

tion offices and maintenance facilities, three rooftop sports fields and a health club. The east parking lot would be paved and the Solana Gate entrance graded and expanded from two to three lanes. Long-term plans call for a seasonal train platform and additional parking. Attorney Mike Hogan said one goal of the project is to make the site more economically self-sustaining,

which means it could actually hurt businesses in the surrounding communities because plans call for onsite restaurants and a hotel. Like officials in Del Mar, Solana Beach recommended that the EIR be rewritten and redistributed for public review. The deadline to submit written comments, which must be responded to, was Feb. 8, however, residents can still provide input.

and discuss what efforts outside of enacting an ordinance can be effective in increasing reusable bags. John Najjar, owner of Cardiff Seaside Market, said retailers are always interested in ways to decrease packaging. He addressed three main topics at the meeting — providing reusable bags, getting shoppers to use them and using them correctly. “The biggest issue that retailers have is that there are plenty of reusable bags but people aren’t using them,” Najjar said. Elizabeth Taylor, chair of the Environmental Advisory Commission, said the ongoing outreach efforts have yielded positive feedback. “I think we had some great ideas come out of the meeting.” Attendees also discussed the possibility of imposing a fee for single-use bags. This year, after Washington, D.C.,

began charging shoppers for single-use bags, the district saw a dramatic increase in the use of reusable bags. “I think charging for bags is definitely a way to encourage people to bring their bags,” Taylor said. “Everyone’s on board with the concept (of using reusable bags),” she said. “But those who bring their bags are effectively subsidizing those who don’t. I think it’s an issue of fairness.” Najjar said he is opposed to authorizing any kind of fee for single-use bags. “I think we can solve this problem without a mandate (for fees),” he said. “We’d like to do as much as possible to educate our customers and help promote remembering to use the bags.” Larry Seinz, a shopper at Henry’s, said he has several reusable bags but doesn’t always use them. “I get halfway through with shop-

ping and it hits me that I left the bags in the car,” he said.“I guess it’s just not a habit yet, I still have to make myself think about bringing the bags into the store.” Grocers are using signage at their doors to remind shoppers to bring reusable bags and financial incentives to reward those who do. “Get your kids to help you remember,” Barth said, recalling one of the suggestions during the meeting. “Besides the positive impact on the environment, bringing a bag will save you some dough in the long run,” Najjar said. Taylor said the commission is open to suggestions from the community. “If anyone wants to give us their feedback we’d love to hear it.” Contact the Environmental Commission at greeningourcommunity@cityof encinitas.org.

for the action. At first, Santa Anita installed a Cushion brand surface and when that didn’t work it put in Pro Ride. Cost for the effort was in the neighborhood of $50 mil. give or take a few mil. At Del Mar, chief exec Joe Harper says he is satisfied with a Polytrack surface, believes it is safer for horses and jocks, and it stays. Major tracks in the state were mandated by the California Horse Racing Board to switch to synthetic surface in order to qualify for dates.They invested millions of bux (Del Mar $15 mil.) to make the changeover.

its 10,000th second-grader in its child photo and finger print ID project that it started in 1970 on a small scale. Now it uses a digital database. A great community public service project now in its 40th year. Kudos to present and past members.

exhibition of painting and silk scarves created by Tina Christiansen is on display at Solbeach City Hall gallery until Feb. 14 ... Community Gardens Council of San Diego will have its first meeting Feb. 20 at 5555 Overland Drive, Bldg. 4, starting at 2 p.m. ... Lux Art Institute on El Camino Real in the Flower Capital will have open house with music Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ... Supe Pam Slater Price chair of the County Board of Supes will be dishing out 50 thousand bux in cash to community organizations from her share of Reinvestment Funds previously referred to as community grants ... Francine Busby, 50th Congressional District candidate, was selected from eight other highly qualified aspirants seeking a short-term seat on the Cardiffby-the Sea School District ... Is the Surfside City satellite wagering facility exiting?

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Solbeach has received a B (best in the area) by the American Lung Association for its efforts in tobacco use supression.The panel that did the grading was tougher than a schoolteacher past retireBroke again ment. Most other cities According to State received Cs or worse. Controller John Chiang, the cash till will be empty by April One-liners 1 and that’s no April Fool’s Day The half-dozen hotels joke. The state will be in the and motels in Surfside City tank by $l97 mil.The probable are inching toward forming a solution? IOUs like those visitor assessment district issued last year. However, with funds collected going some money institutions aren’t to visitor promotion ... accepting them anymore. Escondido is looking to slash $4 mil. in operating costs that Kiwanis project will affect all departments ... hits 10K Former Surfside City educaO’side Pacific Kiwanis tor popular Gary Wilson is Club reached a significant now supervisor at San Pasqual milestone when it registered Union School District ... An

Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.



funds are still required to meet their goal of $2 million. They plan to place ads in local media to remind the commu-


a low of $2,590 to a high of $117,221, with the average at $23,397. If the project receives voter approval, property owners will have 50 days to prepay all or a portion of their assessment. The remaining balance of the $7.5 million project will be funded through bond sales, which will be paid with property taxes.The interest rate will be determined after the prepayment period ends. The two special benefits identified are an increase in fire safety and improved aesthetics. Some speakers questioned the fire safety issue,


University with a GPA above 3.5. Clayton Bassford, Class of 2010 at Skidmore College, earned honors for the fall semester. He is the son of Mellany Hanson of Rancho Santa Fe. Katherine Mann, of Del Mar, was named to the Dean’s List at Fairfield University for the fall 2009 semester. Katherine is a senior studying in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Kaplan University awarded Tzadda Carpenter of Oceanside an Associate of Applied Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and Elizabeth A. Ferguson, of Oceanside, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Stars turn out CARLSBAD — North County locals braved the wind and rain Jan. 18 for frozen yogurt, music and autographs from professional



available. Visit www.batiquitos foundation.org for details. OFFICERS MEET The Pendleton chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at 11 a.m. Feb. 13, Hunters’ Steak House, 1221 Vista Way, Oceanside. Guest speaker Gordon Crest will discuss ejection seats and escape systems used by astronauts. Cost of lunch is $13 per person.All active duty, retired or former officers, and their guests are invited. Call (760) 720-9917 for reservations. PUPPY LOVE Enjoy baked goods, face painting, pet photos, and a doggie kissing booth while searching for your furry valentine at 11 a.m. Feb. 13, Rancho Coastal Human Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. The event is hosted by local teens from the shelter’s Kid’s Community Service program. Visit www.rchumansociety.org for details.


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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS nity that money is still needed. “The Youth Symphony of San Diego is very interested in working with us and want to have their opening performance here,” Conner said. Another fundraiser is

scheduled for next month titled “Hard Hats for Top Hats.” “We keep pushing,” said Warren, who is determined to meet the financial goal required to complete the

Performing Arts Center. Tim Ireland, project manager for the R. Roger Rowe School Renovation, prepared a budget summary for the board of trustees.The school is being built on a tight budget

and there are budget concerns at every turn. “Things are going well despite these challenges,” Ireland said. The next school board meeting is scheduled for March 4.

noting that downed power lines haven’t caused any major fires in the city. Fire Marshal Bob Scott said a fire caused by downed power lines is “not an event that occurs frequently,” however, it does hinder the ability to control a blaze because firefighters won’t drive over a downed line until the electric company deems it safe. During the recent storms a Torrey pine fell on a power line, causing a fire in front of Pete Smith’s house, so Smith said he does believe there is a safety benefit. But he said he thinks the assessments are unfair and he “has a hard time supporting the current proposal.”

Others residents agreed, sympathizing with their neighbors and saying they supported the project initially, but now is not the time to continue given the poor economy. “It is unconscionable to place huge economic burdens on so many of your residents during these, the most dismal of economic times,” resident Brooke Eisenberg-Pike said. “How can I vote for something that’s going to hurt my neighbors, even if I had the money?” Charlie Khoury asked. Del Mar Community Connections developed a support fund to help those on fixed incomes.

Dolores Davis Jamison agreed now may not be the best time financially to underground the wires, “but in a good economy construction costs would be higher,” she said. She described the project as “an investment in our community ... we really need to make.” Citing a 2007 computer analysis by David Ott, the fire chief at the time, Laura DeMarco said if a large fire swept through the area, more than 60 homes — or one every 15 seconds — could burn in less than 15 minutes, quicker than it would take firefighters to reach the home. Mayor Richard Earnest said the city also received 66

letters and e-mails, some from residents who spoke at the meeting. Of those, 26 opposed the project and 35 supported it. Ballots will be due by the end of the April 19 hearing. Those postmarked before the meeting, but received after it, will not be counted. The city has seven parcels within the district, however, it could abstain from voting. Council members said they will discuss that before April. Although the project can continue with 50 percent support, council members can still halt it after the vote. All three said they may be inclined to do so if it passes with only a slight majority.

Maximum Martial Arts Fighter Corey Grant and Bucky Lasek, professional skateboarding champion, hosted by Jim Jones, owner of Xtreme Frozen Yogurt in Carlsbad to thank the community for donating 180 toys to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Time in Haiti

administrative officer. She will be responsible for management of the bank’s operations, compliance and risk management for corporate headquarters and the bank’s three offices in Del Mar, Carlsbad and Ramona.

plete the curriculum required to achieve the designation.

ENCINITAS — A group of Scripps physicians and nurses served a one-week medical mission at Hospital Saint Francois de Sales in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The 10-person Scripps Medical Response Team included trauma surgeons and trauma nurses, orthopeKids help kids dic surgeons, anesthesioloOCEANSIDE — Students gists and support personnel – at Chavez Middle School all with disaster experience. collected lunch change in just one day and raised $200 to Named president help youngsters in an orphanCARMEL VALLEY — age in Haiti through Carmel Valley resident Gordon FreeTheKids.org. L. Gerson, president and chief executive officer of the Gerson Top fair law firm, has been named presDEL MAR — The 2009 ident of the San Diego San Diego County Fair was Receivers Forum, a nonprofit the top award winner at both organization formed to address the 2009 International the needs and concerns of all Association of Fairs and parties involved in the receiverExpositions Convention and ship practice. Trade Show 2009 in Las Vegas, and the Western Fairs Promotion Association Convention and DEL MAR — First Trade Show held in January Business Bank promoted 2010 in Reno. Pamela Isaacson to executive vice president and chief Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The winning couple will receive New Balance shoes and apparel, and a 90-day training program with personal trainers. Pre-registration and a $30 fee are required. Call (760) 635-1200 to register. LOVE SONGS Spend a romantic day with your loved ones at Oceanside Museum of Art’s concert “More That’s Amoré!” at 4 p.m. Feb. 14, 704 Pier Way, Oceanside. Listen to classic love songs from operatic arias to Broadway show tunes while sipping on champagne and enjoying chocolate confections. Reservations are $25 per person. To RSVP, call (760) 4353720.



Guitarists Peter Pupping and Roy Gonzales will provide the music for a romantic Valentine’s Day interlude from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 14, Winestyles, 191 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. There will be wine, appetizers and music for $22. For reservations, call (760) 633-0057.

FEB. 15 AWARDS DINNER COMPETE Reservations are due Feb. 15 for

Complete alongside your sweetheart during a 3-mile run and 12-mile bike ride at 8 a.m. Feb. 14 starting at the EZIA HP fitness facilities, 230 Birminghan

the Carlsbad business owners and the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce annual Business Awards dinner, to be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Four Seasons

Aviara, 7100 Four Season Point, Carlsbad. Festivities will include a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony. Registration and sponsorship opportunities for the event end Feb. 15. For details, call (760) 931-8400 or visit www.carlsbad.org.

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everyday women is being offered every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 18, Indigo Energy and Fitness, 1839 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite 100, Oceanside. The class is taught by Kelly Jean Dammeyer and the cost is $85. Call (760) 6967084 or e-mail Kelly@ IndigoEnergyandFitness.com to learn more.

FEB. 19 NIGHT OUT Enjoy a Parents Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 sponsored by Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 6066 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad. Youngsters can enjoy a pizza dinner, create cool crafts, play games, and watch a movie – popcorn included. Cost is $10 for first child, $5 for each additional child. For details, call (760) 930-1270 or visit www.holy-cross-church.org.


College Community Services will offer West African dance classes from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Master dancer Ayo Sharpe-Mouzon will teach African dance movements. Visit www.miracosta. SHAKE IT UP A four-part edu/community or call (760) Erotic Dance Workshop for 795-6820.

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CARLSBAD — PropertyADVANTAGE, in Oceanside and Carlsbad, has launched a special Military Discount program, offering active military being deployed who want to rent out their property to receive their first month’s management fee for free, with PropertyADVANTAGE. For more information, call (760) 585-1751 or visit www.propadvantage.com.

CARLSBAD — The Surf City USA Marathon has been selected by Runner’s World as its Race of the Month for the magazine’s 2010 February issue, race director Kathy Kinane of Carlsbad-based Kinane Events announced. The Marathon/Half Marathon was held Feb. 7 in Seminar set Huntington Beach. CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — A half-day workshop for Realtor honor business managers and entreCARLSBAD — Patti preneurs, “An Introduction to Phillips, a Realtor with the the Change Works System,” Richard Realty Group in will be held Feb. 24 by Carlsbad, recently earned the Intelligent Leader Solutions designation of Short Sale at Belmont Village. The fee is and Foreclosure Resource $25. To register, contact through the National Belinda Hunter at (760) 436Association of Realtors. 8900 or contact Michael Phillips is one of the first Jenkins at (888) 846-2897 or Realtors in the area to com- www.intelligentleader.com.

DRAW THE LINE The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will present “Drawing the Line — Conservation and Wildlife in San Diego” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. The presentation will offer a sobering look at the effects of urban development on one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems and how it still might be saved. Call (760) 804-1969 or e-mail info@agua hedionda.org to learn more. NATIVES ONLY The Buena Vista Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 17, BV Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Greg Rubin, owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, will unravel the mysteries of native plant gardening. Call (760) 439-2473 to learn more.

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rently located. “You, the board, have created a huge mess,” she said. In 2005 the district declared the Shores site, on Ninth Street and Camino del Mar, surplus. The city bought the property in 2008 for $8.5 million. The purchase agreement allows the administrative offices and employee child care to remain at the site until May 2011; however, the board directed McClain to meet with the city to discuss a

lease extension. Proceeds from the sale, now estimated at $8.3 million after expenses, can be used to buy or build new facilities, but the state education code prohibits them from being spent on lease payments.That money must come from the general fund, which pays teachers’ salaries. Wasker said the district would have more alternatives if it chose to lease, but McClain is not recommending

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knife from Flores, it was an attempt to diffuse the situation. However Raymond Reynolds, a Camp Pendleton Marine, testified that after Hernandez acquired the knife, he moved toward him with the blade out. As the victims walked away from the duo, a fight broke out between Flores and Raymond Reynolds. During their skirmish, Flores stabbed the Marine multiple times; however, the stab wounds were only


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superficial and didn’t require any stitches, Raymond Reynolds said. Roberts argued that his client had the unfortunate luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time with someone who was intoxicated and being a “jerk.” Weber cited Raymond Reynolds’ testimony about Hernandez’s actions with the knife as one of the reasons why she held him accountable on the aforementioned criminal charges. Both men remain in custody. Their trial is scheduled for March 25. a time-waster.) Problem: You hate to toss all those oh-so-beautiful admission tickets to museums, castles and other historic attractions. Solution: Laminate these tiny works of art and use as bookmarks or gifts. Problem: You have wrinkled clothes and no travel iron. Solution: A hair dryer or a flat iron (for hair) held to the wrinkles will do very nice job of dewrinkling. Problem: You’re afraid of losing the ID tag on your luggage. Solution: As a backup, place identification information on the inside of your luggage. Use an 8 ?-by-11-inch piece of paper in a plastic sleeve. Include your name, cell phone number and/or email address, and the same information of a family member or friend, but don’t include your address or any other information. Problem: You have nightmares about losing your passport. Solution: For $12 a year, you can scan your passport and store it at Passport Support (www.passportsupport.co m). If you can prove your identity (keep your driver’s license separate from your passport), you can get a new passport from a U.S. embassy on the same day. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy your trip! E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.


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estimates presented were extremely low. He said he recently conducted a search and found about 100 short-term units in the city with weekly rents that ranged from $995 to $18,000. “All those numbers suggest that this plan is quite conservative,” he said. Del Mar is currently the only North County coastal city that does not have an ordinance regulating and collecting TOT for short-term rentals. D’Marie Simon, a Finance Committee member, said cities that have implemented such ordinances report no problems, however, they feel they aren’t doing the best job they can to collect the tax from individual property owners.


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have brought San Diego County an amazing array of prime-flavor dining in their 11 restaurants. Well-deserved honors have been bestowed upon the Cohn “obsession with hospitality,” from the original Corvette Diner to the upscale steak and seafood operations 333 Pacific in Oceanside and Island Prime on Harbor Island in San Diego. We have raved over the menu and wine list at 333 Pacific as being original and

uniquely flavorful, so we jumped at the opportunity to meet the staff and sample the offerings at Island Prime. Deborah Scott is the executive chef, a top shelf talent with a sense of the “wow” factor. Her resume is impressive, but it’s in the food that she sets the bar high with flavor that can’t be beat. I would recommend starting with the crab-stuffed artichoke, then the baby beets salad with walnuts and goat cheese. You have to order the Island Prime Filet Trio if you’re a beef lover like I am. Toppings are different on each and include gorgonzola, wild mushrooms and blue crab. Three different culinary experiences in one entrée — brilliant! Side options include truffled-creamed corn, green beans, wild mushrooms and lots more. The wine list and operations are run by Maurice DiMarino who is always on the floor, making certain that the Cohn’s obsession with hospitality is in full bloom. For more see islandprime.com or dinecrg.com.

and dinner event starting at 6:30 p.m.Feb.22.Delicious food will match up with wines like Riesling, Chardonnay, Red Blends and Port. Rack of Australian Lamb is the main entrée of this four-course dinner. Cost is $75 each. RSVP at (760) 930-9100. — La Costa Wine Company in Carlsbad has a limited-space Justin Tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. This will sell out fast, as Justin from Paso Robles is well-known around the wine world. New releases only. The cost is $30 per person. RSVP at (760) 431-8455. — The 3rd Corner in Encinitas hosts an Ojai Wine Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. A four-course dinner with four different wines from Riesling to a lovely Viognier Dessert wine. The cost is $65. Reserve at (760) 942-2104. — The Argyle Steakhouse at the Four Seasons in the Aviara Carlsbad now has a Happy Hour. It starts at 4 p.m. with $4 drinks, 5 p.m. has $5 drinks and 6 p.m.has $6 drinks. Details at (760) 603-3773.

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or nullify the Jan. 27 appointments and, if necessary, appoint four new members. Council appointed residents to the other four commissions without discussion. Kelly Harless and incumbents Geri Retman-Opper and Christine Antonelli were appointed to Parks and Recreation, which had three applicants for three

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While Mayor Richard Earnest agreed it may be difficult for most cities to monitor and enforce the regulations, he said Del Mar has an advantage as a small city.“It’s much easier to count noses,” he said. No one spoke during the public comment period, but four residents sent e-mails — two supported the plan and two opposed it. Because it is a tax, voter approval is required. A draft ordinance is expected to be introduced at the Feb. 8 meeting. A ballot initiative, which will cost the city about $7,000, must be ready by mid-March to be included in the June election. Staff members said they didn’t anticipate any legal or timing issues that would prevent them from meeting those deadlines. The law, which would go

into effect 60 days after it passes, will require homeowners to obtain a permit and register their properties as short-term rentals. A business license will also be required. Fees collected will help defer administrative costs. The new law will also specify where in the city shortterm rentals will be allowed. Mosier wanted to ensure there was minimal negative impact on residents who depend on short-term rental income. Because the TOT doesn’t apply to stays longer than 30 days, properties rented for the entire Del Mar race season will be exempt. The Finance Committee originally sought to capture additional race track rentals but learned that was not an option as it is governed at the state level. The tax, which will be col-

lected with the rental fee by the agency or owner, is paid by the renter, not the property owner. In addition to raising additional money to pay for city services, Councilman Mark Filanc said implementing the tax is also a matter of fairness. “Our hotels are subject to the transient occupancy tax and they’re in direct competition with these rentals,” Filanc said. “When you start talking about the costs ... it’s driving people into those rentals and that’s really kind of unfair to the hotels because they are paying the tax. “I think it’s appropriate that we keep all of our businesses in town on a level playing field.I think it’d be unfair to just ignore this, bury our head in the sand and let it continue happening.”

each significant in its own way, yet still very different from another. “I try to touch on as many subjects as I can because I like to diversify and not be held to just one genre,” she said. Her new album, “Here’s to Change,” is a great example of her genre-defying sound. Her major female influences still shine through clearly (she lists Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson, and Sarah McLachlan as her favorites) on the tracks, although her own personal twist and style makes it all her own. The album’s first single “Fall Out of Love” is already getting airplay on local radio stations although she confesses her personal favorite off the album is an emotional song

called “Feel Like This.” “I wrote that song when I was up crying one night and that emotion really comes through in the song,” she said. “I still get choked up when I play it live even now.” Her top priority right now is to find a manager, someone who can use their connections to take her to the next level she wants to reach. And with her fearless and unrelenting attitude combined with her natural ability, she is no doubt bound for a major breakthrough. Although she’s had her share of hard lessons and bad experiences along the way, Jacey still insists it’s all worth it. “It’s not something that’s easier said that done. You have to work for it and believe in your-

self and no matter how hard it gets, you can’t let it stop you. You have to have a take-no-prisoners attitude but most importantly, don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t.“ Watch her open with a solo acoustic set for Shawn Colvin at the Coachouse Feb. 13 and on March 25 at Lestat’s (both are all-age sshows). Tickets, tour info, CDs and more can be purchased on her Web site at www.alyssa jacey.com.You can also find her on Facebook, MySpace, and iTunes.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — One of your greatest assets will be improving upon the good ideas and suggestions of others and making them even better when something critical is at stake. Everyone will be glad you’re involved. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You are likely to be the recipient of a little hero worship from those you helped survive a difficult situation. Your ingenuity won’t be forgotten. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — An important person — someone usually difficult to reach — will suddenly become available. Once you make the breakthrough, make something of it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Success is indicated even with some of the more difficult people in your life. Something important will come of it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Mix the right dose of logic with the correct amount of hard-core dealing, and you should be a winner regardless of whom you haggle with. It’ll work with people from all walks of life. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Although a little emotion is usually needed to successfully present some hard-core logic, your striving will go


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