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FEB. 12, 2010


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 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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