Rancho Santa Fe News, Jan. 14, 2011

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VOL. 7, NO. 1

JAN. 14, 2011

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association granted a developer a six-month extension on gathering enough signatures supporting its project from its neighbors, but at least four of the directors told him they had problems with the proposed development. At their meeting held Jan. 6, the directors said their vote to extend the time-line should not be misconstrued as a vote of support for the project. Director Jack Queen said

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Canyon Crest Academy’s Festival of the Arts was held on the school’s campus on Jan. 8. The event was presented by Envision, the Arts at CCA and the CCA Foundation and featured student produced art, film, music, theater and food. Above,Carmel Valley residents Jasmin Aguilar, Paige Devries and Mandy Wirt. The trio are students at Carmel Valley Middle School and plan to attend Canyon Crest Academy. Photo by Daniel Knighton

Del Mar seeks to jointly own fairgrounds

Members express concerns

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By Patty McCormac

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach is “95 percent in agreement” with Del Mar in its efforts to purchase the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner said during a Jan. 4 press conference at the top of Solana Circle Drive with the famed 340-acre facility as a backdrop. She thanked Del Mar “for creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local control” of the site but said she and her colleagues differ with their southern neighbors in the ownership and governance model that has been proposed. They started on the right path, she said, but work still needs to be done.The crowd of approximately 100 people applauded when Heebner said there should be regional control. Ownership and governance should be shared by those who are most impacted, Heebner said, noting that the site is not “just in our back yard — it’s in our back room.” Heebner said Solana

RANCHO SANTA FE — The first Association meeting of the new year brought out three members to speak to the board about a variety of concerns. Jack Dodds, who lives about 500 feet from the Osuna Ranch, told the board he objects to proposed zone change for the ranch that would allow it to be used for commercial reasons, including becoming the new home for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. “We are very much opposed to rezoning the ranch,” he said. “We feel it is important for the ranch not to be used for an office building.” He said doing so does not “live up,” to the opens space concept, it would decrease the property values of surrounding homes and sets a dangerous precedent that would let others change zoning and build commercial buildings in open space areas. “We paid $12 million in

REGIONAL CONTROL With the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the background, Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner said during a Jan. 4 press conference that the city has asked legislation authorizing the sale of the site be amended to allow for joint ownership. On hand are, from left, City Manager David Ott and Councilmen Mike Nichols, Joe Kellejian and Tom Campbell. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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LEAD STORY A now-10-year-old church in Denver ministers to (as contemplated by 1 Corinthians 4:11-13) the homeless, the reviled, and the persecuted and formally named itself after the actual words in verse 13, the “Scum of the Earth” Church. The congregation touts nonjudgmental Christianity; owns an elegant, aging building (but holds services elsewhere because of fire code violations); and is a rough mix of anarchists, punk rockers, environmentalists and disaffected teens perhaps mainly keen on angering their parents. “Scum” (as church members matterof-factly call themselves) tilt mildly philosophically conservative (though not nearly evangelical), connected only by the common belief that “God is love,” according to a December report in Denver’s Westword.

Great Art! • Among the recent works funded by Arts Council England was a “painting” consisting of a blank canvas, for which artist Agnieszka Kurant was paid the equivalent of about $2,300 and on which she intends to paint something in the future. Rounding out her exhibition were a “sculpture” that was not really present and a “movie” that had been shot with no film in the camera. • In October, borrowing from the U.S. Air Guitar Championship (which honors self-made guitar “heroes” playing wild rock ‘n’ roll as if they were holding real guitars), the second annual Air Sex Championship was held in the Music Hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., and eventually won by Lady C. (whose performance could not easily be described). Each contestant (solo only) had two minutes to cover “all the bases”: “meeting, seduction, foreplay, intercourse, and, if successful, afterglow,” and exposing body parts was not allowed.

Fine Points of the Law • Questionable Judgments: (1) The New Jersey Government Record Council ruled in December that the town of Somerset had overcharged Tom Coulter in 2008 by $4.04 on the $5 it collected for a compact disc of a council meeting and must issue a refund. The town estimates that it spent about $17,000 fighting Coulter’s appeals (and paying his attorney’s fees). (2) Brandi Jo Winkelman, 17, was charged in September in Juneau, Wis., with violating the state’s child abuse law after a schoolyard fight and risks a maximum of six years in prison. Authorities charged Winkelman even though her “victim” was a classmate older than Winkelman. • Police in Hyderabad, Pakistan, recently arrested TURN TO ODD FILES ON A10

RANCHO SANTA FE — The holidays are over and most everyone has eased back into their everyday lives. But to the active military, some who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, their everyday lives are far from routine. Still, some at least have a bright spot to remember, the visit by St. Nick 1, filled with representatives from Operation Christmas Spirit: Believe in Santa, who distributed gifts and support to them while they are far away from home. They were not only armed with gifts, they brought first run movies and live entertainment for the troops. It was the fifth year for the Christmas trip, sponsored by the Spirit of Liberty Foundation. Rancho Santa Fe resident Gary Bobileff, a private pilot, arranged for air transport around the country until they left the U.S. and needed to take a commercial airline. He got the FAA to issue him call sign St. Nick 1. “That is not normally done unless it is an extraordinary event of some kind,” he said. The group left on Dec. 13, flying to San Antonio where they visited patients at Brooke Army Hospital. “These were mainly kids of the warriors, most of which were terminal with cancer, leukemia or other kinds of illnesses. There was not a lot of hope for them,” he said. Then on the same day they flew on to Washington, D.C., to visit wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital. “We saw a lot of men and

women as well who did not have arms or legs,” he said. “Incredibly, you visit these troops in the hospital and they said 22 percent of everyone who comes in wants to get their prosthetic and go back. That is astounding to me. I’m not sure I would be sitting there saying, ‘I can’t wait to go back and fight.’ I was so enlightened and my eyes were so opened.” He said one of the young men he saw was so badly injured that it was gut wrenching. “I went into the next room and cried my eyes out,” he said. On Dec. 15 they flew from New York to Kuwait City where they were met by SLOW RIDE Gary Bobileff sits inside the lumbering C-130 that Secret Service agents and transported them during the tour. Courtesy photo taken to Base Camp A.J. at about 10 p.m. They were pointed toward barracks and told to sleep for a few hours because at 2:30 a.m. they were being transported to Command Headquarters in Iraq. Once at Camp Speicher outside Baghdad, they spent two and a half days visiting and living with the troops, sleeping in the barracks and eating their meals with them, he said. Bobileff said he found the troops to be “amazing people.” The main topic of conversation and concern of the troops is what will happen to Iraq when American forces pull out in 2011, he said. They hope what has been done by American troops will stand, but that is the big question, whether or not it’s going to happen, he said. They THE REAL DEAL Dave Jordan of South Carolina makes a perfect TURN TO CHEER ON A12

Santa while visiting wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Garden club gets some special green RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club has received a generous commitment of $100,000 by longtime Rancho Santa Fe residents Jere and Joyce Orens. A check in the amount of $25,000, representing the first installment, was received in December. “I knew we wanted to help in a big way when Joyce and I heard that important financial support of the Garden Club comes from significant donations. We want the Garden Club to know how much they are valued in the community and we look forward to seeing their good mission continued by the next generation of leaders,” said Jere Oren at the Garden club where President Helen DiZio expressed appreciation for the family’s generosity. “The Garden Club is a very unique venue; not affiliated with the RSF Association,” she said. “It’s wonderful to have its interesting social and cultural events right here in our own neighborhood, run by our own members.” Jere Oren, originally from Boston, spent his early years in New England and Hawaii. In 1979, he discovered the perfect life in Rancho Santa Fe and made it his home.

GARDEN CLUB GETS SUPPORT From left, Helen DiZio, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, offers thanks to generous donors Jere and Joyce Orens. Courtesy photo

“This gift is in the memory of Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Sanger and Helen Gordon Dudley, two wonderful women who were an integral part of my life, and were involved in so many events held at the Garden Club,” Oren said. “It is a source of joy to think of the many friends we made here. A plaque will be installed at the Garden Club in memory of these women and in recognition of this generous gift.” “We are delighted to receive this check and signifi-

cant commitment from the Oren family. Their generosity assures us the cost of keeping our lovely building running is well underwritten,” said Helen DiZio. “This way, our day-to-day focus can be on planning fun, interesting and productive activities. We have a great facility and can do so many interesting programs and events. We are only limited by the imagination of our members.” While the Garden Club has many horticultural activities, as a social club, it offers

more. In June 2010, the Garden Club came under new management and since then the club has hosted The Harvest Dinner, Dining by Design, Cures from the Kitchen, Gifts from the Kitchen, a jazz concert, bridge, mahjong, Great Decisions, Petals and Prose, Hypertufa Making, Coffees in the Garden, Holiday Wreath Making, Cal State Educational Series, Scripps Health Lectures, Water TURN TO GARDEN CLUB ON A12

Police seek public’s help finding shooter By Shelli DeRobertis

OCEANSIDE — Edgar Luna’s killer is still unknown, and a reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to an arrest in the Dec. 3, 2010, drive-by shooting that claimed the life of the 18-year-old who was at the 200 block of Lustrosos in Oceanside when a bullet struck his head. On Jan. 8, a meeting was held at the site of the shooting, where San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Luna’s parents and Oceanside investigators were present to seek help from the public in identifying Luna’s killer. At just after 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3, a gunfight that was apparently gang-related broke out between several people when the teenager was struck, according to the Oceanside Police Department. The shooting took place in the north east section of the city, toward the back gate of Camp Pendleton and near Libby Lake Park. Luna was taken to a local hospital for treatment but died of his injuries on Dec. 8. Police said there was a Christmas posada taking place at the park when the TURN TO POLICE ON A12

Children’s mental health topic of seminar COAST CITIES — The Mental Health Committee of Jewish Family Service will present a free seminar with the Resource Fair for parents and caregivers from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Jan. 26 on Children and Mental Health at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive. The event will be moderated by physician David Feifel. Featured speakers include experts Eric Courchesne and Karen Pierce on Causes and Early Detection of Abnormal Brain and Behavior in Autism; Bonny Forrest, on Early Social Interaction and the Impact on Brain Development, and physician Jeff Rowe on Early Childhood Mental Health: Issues of Diagnosis and Treatment. The event is free but registration is required. Register online at www.jfssd.org/mentalhealth or call (858) 637-3231.



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Expanding immigration, trade will boost prosperity By Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts

George W. Bush’s new book, “Decision Points,” has been widely panned as dull and defensive, but on at least one subject he makes a strong argument worth hearing. The former president connects the failure to reform immigration laws and remove trade barriers and places the blame exactly where it belongs: on unthinking and uninformed xenophobia. During the last election, both parties were guilty of willful ignorance in pursuit of cynical political gain. Democrats opposed trade expansion to please their backers in organized labor; Republicans used the immigration issue to stir up the law-and-order crowd. So both have something to learn from a man who knows what he’s talking about. “The failure of immigration reform points out larger concerns about the direction of our politics,”

Bush writes. “The blend of isolationism, protectionism and nativism that affected the immigration debate also led Congress to block free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. I recognize the genuine anxiety that people feel about foreign competition. But our economy, our security and our culture would all be weakened by an attempt to wall ourselves off from the world.” Start with immigration. Every study shows that newcomers help the economy far more than they hurt it. Whether it’s the Mexican family who runs the neighborhood restaurant or the Indian computer scientist who’s working on the next iPad, immigrants are job-creating engines. America is only 12 percent foreign born, but 30 percent of Microsoft’s patents are based on the work of immigrant inventors. Yet in many states, particularly in the West, Republican candi-

dates decided to demonize newcomers. And many of them paid a heavy price. Nationally, Hispanics favored Democrats 64 percent to 34 percent, but in three states — Nevada, Colorado and California — they clearly made the difference in critical Senate contests. In Nevada, the GOP’s Senate candidate, Sharron Angle, ran an ad depicting Sen. Harry Reid as “the best friend an illegal immigrant ever had.” She didn’t mean it as a compliment, but the ad backfired. Hispanics came out in large numbers and backed Reid by more than two to one — the biggest reason that he survived Angle’s challenge. “I wouldn’t have been surprised if Harry Reid gave his victory speech in Spanish,” political consultant Fernand Amandi told Bloomberg.com. “The Democrats ... owe their majority in the Senate to the Hispanic vote.” In Colorado, Democrat Michael Bennet rode a tide of

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Hispanic votes to a narrow edge over Republican Ken Buck. In California, it was a similar story. Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, who took a sharp stance against immigration, actually won the white vote by nine points. But 22 percent of the voters were Hispanic, and they backed the Democrat, Sen. Barbara Boxer, by two to one, providing her margin of victory. Bush and his political adviser Karl Rove have always understood the rising power of the Hispanic vote, and a few Republicans shared their insight. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American, won a majority of Latinos — and a Senate seat — in Florida. But most GOPers continue to alienate the country’s fastestgrowing minority, an act of sheer political suicide. On trade, it was the Democrats who played politics while ignoring reality. In many states, they blamed foreign competition and “outsourcing” for the loss of manufacturing

jobs. They knew the argument was false but they made it anyway. As business professor Alberto Salvo of Northwestern told UPI: “We will not create jobs if we shut ourselves out of the global market.” Free-trade pacts that the Bush administration negotiated with Colombia, Panama and South Korea languish in the Senate, while other countries are racing to conclude agreements that will open markets and reduce unemployment. “We are falling behind,” warned economist Thomas Duesterberg. President Obama finally seems to be grasping that fact. Faced with an intractable economy that is recovering far too slowly, he focused on trade as a job-creating mechanism during his recent trip to Asia. And Ohio voters chose a new Republican senator, Rob Portman, TURN TO EXPANDING ON A14

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JAN. 14 FEELING ITALIAN Italiano With Jodina will host the third film of the winter series of North County Italian Movie Nights at 7 p.m. Jan. 14, Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. The film “Il Tigre e la Neve” will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. Wine will be served by donation. Visit www.italianowithjo dina.com/press/ to learn more.


LANE The Encinitas Historical Society will lead a history walk from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 15. Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse at F and Fourth streets. Stories are told about the people and the places that changed Encinitas through the years. Call (760) 753-5726 to learn more.

JAN. 16 PETER RABBIT Classic Youth Theatre will present “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” along with “Jemima Puddle Duck” at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 263 S. Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach. Peter Rabbit is the story of a young bunny that has to deal with life’s consequences when he disobeys his mother and Jemima Puddle Duck is the cautionary tale of a duck. Call the box office at (858) 7949447 or visit www.classic youththeatre.org for tickets. POWER VISION Learn to create a “Power Vision Board” for 2011 with Sharon DeLeon from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. Discover how to effectively create, communicate and energize your visual life masterpiece. Visit www.SeasideCenter.org to learn more.

JAN. 17 REWRITE The San MarcosVista Christian Women’s Club will host a luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17, Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Speaker Vivian Eifenecher will share how to rewrite the script of your life. Visit www.stonecroft.org to learn more or call Donna at (760) 432-0772 for reservations.

JAN. 19 ALL ORCHID San Diego County Cymbidium Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, San Diego Botanic Garden, Ecke Building, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Orchid enthusiast Ron Kaufman, PhD, will speak about his most recent trip to explore orchids in Ecuador. Email orchldy2@mac.com or call (760) 732-0055 to learn more. TGIW The 3rd Wednesday Lecture Series will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive. Mike Torrey, an accomplished architectural photographer, will share his collection of Machu Picchu photographs. Visit www.encinitaslibfriend.org or call (760) 753-7376.

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Humane Society helps push pet-friendly local businesses By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — Ever wonder what businesses allow you to take Fido along when you are out running errands around town? Now the Rancho Coastal Humane Society website posts an online list of Pet Alliance Applications accepted Club businesses that welcome until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El pets. Apajo Road in Rancho The list also includes petSanta Fe. friendly businesses that proFor more informavide animal services and suption, call (858) 756-4117, port animal causes. The fees option No. 1 or log on to businesses pay to be listed on the website help support the www.animalcenter.org. Rancho Coastal Humane Society. So far about two dozen businesses are signed up. “They really are excited that they will now have a structured way to show their support of needy animals in our community,” Nick Winfrey, community liaison director for Rancho Coastal Humane Society, said. “We are initially starting with coastal cities, all the way “Science was able to solve that with DNA evi- PETS WELCOME Alan Dalziel, Rancho Coastal Humane Society vol- east to Escondido,” Simran dence. We were able to iden- unteer, takes Manny, a basset hound mix, and Daisy, a Bernese moun- Noon, spokesperson for tify him in both cases,” said tain dog mix, to Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach, one of 20 businesses TURN TO PET-FRIENDLY ON A15 Chief Deputy District that displays the pet-friendly plaque. Photo by Promise Yee Attorney Jeff B. Dusek of the San Diego County District Attorney’s office. But Fernandez had fled to Mexico, and Dusek said it took until March to extradite him back to the United States. “We were very thankful that Mexico cooperated in returning their citizen to the United States for this case,” he said. I Sage Grill in Conrad was sexually assaulted in her Carlsbad-by- Encinitas is celebrating the-Sea retirement home res2011 with a $20.11 idence on Sept. 1, 2001. A friend of Conrad’s Lobster Dinner found her body the next Sage Grill is offering a afternoon. Police said she had been complete lobster dinner feastrangled by a man who turing two 5 oz. Maine lobapparently got into her home ster tails, sushi rice, and through an unlocked window. roasted vegetables for just The attempted rape vic- $20.11. The lobster dinner is tim testified last June that available Saturday, January she was walking home after 15th through Saturday, leaving her work at a conva- January 22nd by mentioning lescent home when she was this editorial (sorry no splitYUMMY! Two succulent 5 oz. lobster tails per meal. attacked at about 11 p.m. ting and other discounts or Photo courtesy of Sage Grill She was able to fight promotions will not be Fernandez off by biting his accepted with this offer). In or less, and truly have the many great offers that aren't hand. addition to this great deal, best wine prices in town. available to the public, Sage Grill continues to offer Reservations are highly rec- including a Free entrée on hundreds of outstanding bot- ommended at Sage Grill 760- their birthday. To join the tles of wine, both for take-out 943-7243. They are located Sage Grill email club, visit www.sagegrill.com and click and dining at the restaurant. at 1506 Encinitas Blvd. Members of Sage Grill's on newsletter or sign-up at They have over a hundred different bottles of wine, $20 private email club enjoy Sage Grill.

Man who raped and killed elderly woman gets heavy sentence By Shelli DeRobertis

CARLSBAD — A prison sentence of 34 years to life was delivered on Jan. 6 in a Vista courtroom to a man from Mexico who raped and murdered a Carlsbad retired psychiatrist in 2001, and tried to rape another woman three years later in Los Angeles. Alejandro Avalos Fernandez, now 34, pleaded guilty last October to the first-degree murder and rape of 84-year-old Gladys Conrad and also to the assault and intended rape of a 64-yearold woman who escaped his attack in April 2004. According to reports, there were no solid leads of who Conrad’s killer was, until late 2004 when DNA from the attempted rape on the 64-year-old woman was matched to the genetic profile of Conrad’s killer. The Coast News previously reported that the suspect remained unidentified until 2007 when Fernandez was arrested on a narcotics charge in Los Angeles. He had been released from custody before his DNA was entered into a database and matched to the two crimes.

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Foreign, indie films coming to North County with series OCEANSIDE — The North County Film Club begins its second year Jan. 23, offering a 10-film series running through June, bringing limited-release independent and foreign-language films to North County. The films are shown Sundays, beginning at 4 p.m. All 10 films will be presented at the UltraStar Mission Market Place, 431 College Blvd. The North County Film Club’s Winter-Spring series

begins with three foreign language films, “Summer Hours” and two films based on the international bestselling books by Steig Larson, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” The fourth movie in the series brings the Sundance Film Festival's Science Fiction selection, “Moon.” The series continues TURN TO FILMS ON A15

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Dec. 28, 2010, to Jan. 4, 2011

STATUS UPDATE An argument between a couple led a woman to call Carlsbad Police because her boyfriend “hacked” into her Facebook account, the woman reported on Dec. 30 at 10:32 p.m. It was discovered, however, that the boyfriend had unplugged her wireless Internet connection card while she was online. SCHOOL BULLY The San Dieguito Union High School District was burglarized, and a call came to the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department at 6:34 a.m. on Jan. 3, to report missing hand and power tools. THE RETIRED LIFE A 66year-old female retiree was arrested for shoplifting four miscellaneous items from the Home Goods store at North El Camino Real in Encinitas on Dec. 30. CONFIDENTIAL CASE A person listed as “confidential” was arrested after a foot pursuit by law enforcement on Dec. 30 at North Coast

Highway, Encinitas, in which a bike and portable music player were both recovered and marijuana also found on the arrestee. SLASHER Someone’s tires were slashed on Jan. 2 around 3:30 p.m. at Tamarack Avenue and Jefferson Street in Carlsbad. There was no suspect information reported. NEVER A GOOD IDEA A 33year-old man at a convenient store was arrested on Glen Avenue in Carlsbad for making terrorist threats on Dec. 31. HOT DOGGED A robber demanded money from an 18year-old man who was working at the Weinerschnitzel on North Coast Highway on Dec. 29 just before 9 p.m. NO MORE! A pub on Airport Road in Oceanside called “One More That’s it” was vandalized; a person reported that graffiti was written on the ceiling on Dec. 30.

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the Barrio Azteca criminal enterEduardo Ravelo was indicted prise and is allegedly responsible in Texas in 2008 for his involvefor issuing orders to the Barrio ment in racketeering activities, Azteca members residing in conspiracy to launder monetary Juarez, Mexico. Allegedly, Ravelo instruments, and conspiracy to posand the Barrio Azteca members sess heroin, cocaine and marijuana act as “hitmen” for the Vicente with the intent to distribute. Carrillo Fuentes Drug Trafficking Ravelo was born Oct. 13, Organization and are responsible 1968, in Mexico. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 EDUARDO RAVELO for numerous murders. He may have had plastic surgery and pounds. He has many aliases, including Tablas,T-Blas, 2x4, Lumberman, and altered his fingerprints. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leadBoards. Ravelo is known to be a captain within ing directly to Ravelo’s arrest.

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SOLANA BEACH — The city is seeking 17 volunteers to serve two-year terms on its five citizen commissions. Applicants must live in Solana Beach and be at least 18 years old. Members of the View Assessment and Budget and Finance commissions must also own property within the city. Each group has seven members, except Budget and Finance, which has five. All positions expire in January 2013. There will be three vacancies each on the Budget and Finance, View Assessment and Public Arts Advisory commissions. Budget and Finance meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. View Assessment meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday. Public Arts meets at 4:30 p.m. every second Tuesday. Four volunteers are needed to serve on the Public Safety Commission, which meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. There will also be four vacancies on Parks and Recreation, which meets at 4 p.m. every second Thursday. Volunteers are also needed for the Parks and Recreation and Public Arts

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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

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Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

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

Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005

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

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PET PROJECTS Heather Kinch gives voice to German shepherds, poodles, pit bulls and other dogs through her sassy Opinionated Pets art, which is currently on display at the Encinitas Library through Jan. 13. In 2011 she will be drawing attention to the plight of rescue dogs. “We want to get people refocused on the fact that shelters are full of mutts and purebreeds who need loving, responsible homes,” she said. Photo by Lillian Cox

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ing to give them a wide berth,” she said. “So I took a well-known comedienne’s (Joan Rivers) equally terrifying interview question, ‘Can we talk?’ and put it in the mouth of the AmStaff, who, unaware of her ferocious reputation, simply wants to be friendly and start up a conversation.” In creating a limerick for the Doberman, Kinch said she utilized their less desirable traits and turned them upside down to express why they have been misunderstood in a matter-of-fact way: “It is said that I’m mean and malicious. Neurotic, unstable and capricious. These lies are uncouth. For the pure simple truth is the human rear-end is delicious.” “By adding a slightly naughty hook to the last line, I achieved my goal of making people laugh, which they never fail to do when reading that limerick,” she said. “Illustratively, I punctuated the verse with a showing of teeth and a toothpick.” Kinch says she often layers verses with multiple meanings and expressions. Some of the layers are invisible but intuitively imparted and received. “In this case, I’m also letting people know in an underlying, unwritten statement that the Doberman is truly a wonderful breed that deserves to be recognized as such.” Developing a verse for the Yorkie was less complicated: “The way I figure it, ounce for ounce, big dogs got nothin’ on me.” “If ever there was a dog who didn’t know its true size and weight, it is the mighty, leviathan Yorkie,” she said. Kinch and her partner, Celesd Willoughby, began the business at specialty dog shows, targeting a single breed. Today, they are moving in the direction of rescue dogs, whether mixed- or purebreds. They recently adopted an 11-year-old miniature poodle, Charlie, from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. They also have a cat, Luna. “I’m putting the TURN TO DOGS ON A15



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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Best local flavors CARDIFF-BY-THESEA — Seaside Market in Cardiff will host an open house, Taste Local Flavor, a sample showcase of more than 20 local San Diego products, from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at 2087 San Elijo Ave. Featured vendors include Go Green Agriculture, Sunfood, Homegrown Meat, Hotdogs, Gringo Bandito, Carlsbad Gourmet, Karmic Krunch, Mayesa, Ballist Point, Sambazon, Evolution Juice, GoodOnYa Bar, Ki’s Restaurant, Smart Chicken, Howie’s Lemons, Bread & Cie, Mama Chia, Stehly Farms, Foodie Amor, Good Heavens!, Baja Flowers, Oscar Salsa, Mary’s Lumpia and Nana’s Cookies.

Top students CAMP PENDLETON — Park University’s Fall 2010 Dean’s List from the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Campus Center included Gabriele Amato; Robert E. Bartnicki; Anthony C. Brown; Alynthia Christmas; Sarah Therese Cox; Alice Dang; Maria Elena DeSoto; Christopher Lee Fields; Jessica C. Fields; Marcus D. Gilmore; Anthony M. Gomez; Mark Kenneth Haller; Illiana Ysabel Hernandez; RonaldV. Hetu; Lyndon Sherwin Jagroop; Jim T. Joint; Timothy Daniel Kelly; Douglas M. Kenner; Samantha N. Loopstra; Mary Lindsay Lucas; Veronica Malfavon; Mark Douglas; Malogrino Jennifer Mertz; Tyrus Charles Moulder; Alexandra R. Nye; Scott A. Ogden; Sherryl J. Ogden; Joshua Pagliaroli; Miguel A. Pares; Marvin Antonio Pena; Ewa Malgorzata Rajski; Andrew Martin Schultz; Jaymie L. Spector; Keith B. Stephens; Darrelle Spree Stiles; Zachary Randall Tucker; Gregory D. VanDeVoort; Haley Hardin West; Warren Lee Wright; and Curtis Robert Yoder.

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ON THE WALL Katherine Darby, of San Diego, enjoys the photographs of Imogen Cunningham. Photo by Promise Yee

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OCEANSIDE — Photographs by pivotal photographer Imogen Cunningham are on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art in “Botanicals: The Photography of Imogen Cunningham,” which opened Jan. 8. If the name Imogen Cunningham does not ring a bell, her close-up images of plants and flowers probably will. Cunningham’s photographs are recognized as a breakthrough in photography because she stepped outside of the box of traditional docu-

mentary photography practiced in the early 1900s and expressed the art of photography in her shots. Her contemporaries were landscape photographers Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. “She was a really important artist,” Ed Fosmire, museum executive director, said. “One of the first recognized female photographers.” The exhibit is a collection of about 40 of Cunningham’s black and white photographs from the 1920s to1930s. Vintage Calumet Monorail, Kodax and Rolleiflex cameras

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he was not sure about having such a large project in such a rural place. “This is not to be seen as encouragement,” Queen said. Board President Tom Lang agreed. “I have concerns about the project. I want to voice those concerns now,” Lang said. Director Dick Doughty called the project “grossly inappropriate.” “I want to make certain this is not misconstrued that the board approves,” Director Deb Plummer said, adding that signature gatherers should not make it appear that it does. Only Director Jack Dorsee said he is not sure the


open space funds (for Osuna) and the return on open space is having it as open space,” he said. Dodds suggested doing away with open space funds or using them in a different way. “If the open space funds were eliminated, maybe they could be used for a long-range lease agreement for a more appropriate space for the patrol,” he said. Greg Gruzdowick was next, telling the board he is unhappy with the rate increase by the Santa Fe Irrigation District. He said he believes district officials were not telling the whole story when they told rate-payers the increase was due to the cost of imported water rising and that 70 percent of its budget in the next three years was just to buy water. “What they didn’t tell us is that they had a pension time bomb,” he said. Gruzdowick said that the pension program is way too liberal and allows workers to retire at age 55 and receive almost their whole paycheck.


drive-by shooting happened. A posada is a Mexican tradition that includes a nativity scene and events that are held in recognition of the birth of Jesus. A large number of adults


Conservation classes, The Sassy Santa Holiday Boutique, and its annual Christmas Dinner. Upcoming events include Mainly Mozart Concert; Basket-Weaving and StoryTelling Traditions; a tour of Huntington Gardens; a dupli-

“You hit 55 and there is not incentive to stay,” he said. In addition, he said that salaries, benefits and perks are way too lavish and that reserves are being used to take up the slack. He also said it sets up the lucrative double dip for work-

ers who move on to other careers. He added that water district officials delay and stall when he tries to get the subject on their agenda for public discussion. Water district officials said the rate increase approved by the board Nov. 18 was necessary because of sky-rocketing costs of imported water and that it was also necessary to

provide safe, reliable water, water for fire flow and the implementation of maintenance and replacing of infrastructure. Approved were a 12 percent rise in January and a 12 percent raise for the next two years. Finally John Venekamp had technology on his mind. He said the lack of access to high-speed Internet in the area is causing some people to regret ever having bought property in Rancho Santa Fe. “I think we need to address this as a community,” he said. Tom Lang, president of the Association board, said the board realizes it is a very pressing problem and is working on it through moving ahead with its under-grounding of utilities. He said a survey is going out to the membership at the end of this month to get a feel about how many people are ready to get started in their own neighborhoods. In other Association news, the software for the new Record Storage program has been installed and staff is beginning to sort through what needs to stay and what can be tossed out like chits from the snack bar from 30 years ago.

and children were in attendance at the posada, and authorities are seeking information from witnesses who may have seen the crime. No one has come forward with any information yet, according to authorities. Anyone with information on the identity and/or location

of the person or people responsible for the murder of Edgar Luna should call Detective Mark LaVake at the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4872 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Anonymous text messages and e-mails can be sent in via www.sdcrimestoppers.com.

cate bridge class with Paul Foster; How to Organize Your Life; Decoupage Revival; Cal State Osher Series; and the annual RSF Garden Tour. The Garden Club is the frequent site of weddings, bar mitzvah, parties and other receptions by members and nonmembers. The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was founded in 1926 to further the advance-

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Above Fred and Maxine, two high school sweethearts in 1928, are seated on the running board of his car. They would marry soon after and start a family. Maxine operated the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course concession and was quite an accomplished golfer herself. Right, Francisco’s Market was the first in the village, and Fred Ashley used to be a delivery person in the area. When Francisco’s closed, Ashley reopened it as Ashley’s market. Pictured with Ashely is Connie Clotfelter. Ashley was carrying her groceries to her car, a very familiar sight.


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project is so undesirable. “Everyone seems down on retirement projects. On the other side of the coin, we are going to need some senior facilities down here,” Dorsee said. On July 27, 2010, George McGill, president of Quantum Estates II, Inc., approached the board with a proposed 38-casita project that would be used for senior housing. McGill said these units were to be lower maintenance and homeowners could simply “lock and leave,” them when they wanted to go away. Located on Del Dios Highway, nearly adjacent to Paseo Delicias, which is considered a gateway into the community, the project requires a covenant modification. As a part of the process,

there must be notification of property owners within 500 feet of the project. Six months, in this case until Dec. 15, was given to get the signatures of consent from the neighbors. McGill said his company has had a little difficulty contacting all the neighbors, partly because of the holidays with many people traveling. “It is sort of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge,” he said. “You get to one end and have to start painting again on the other end.” According to Association policy, if the developer cannot meet the deadline, a onetime six-month extension may be granted by the Association. The board granted Quantum the extension until July 11, 2011.

worry that the remaining powers will not be able to work together to run the government. “American troops are saying we are not sure this is going to work out. They hope it does. They are optimistic and hopeful for a peaceful exit,” Bobileff said. Anytime the visitors were out in the open, they were required to wear protective vests and helmets.The 14hour trip in a lumbering C130 was not exactly flying in first class. There are no individual seats. The trip was organized by Richard Rovesk, founder of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation headquartered in Solana Beach. “He orchestrated the whole trip,” Bobileff said. “He master planned the whole thing. He gets all the credit spending countless hours preparing.” Bobileff said they all have been invited back, but next year to Afghanistan. He is not sure he wants to travel to such a hot spot of hostilities. “It makes you appreciate and thank the Lord. I’ve got my arms. I’ve got my legs, I’m vertical,” he said.

FOR THE TROOPS Santa, played by Dave Jordan of South Carolina, poses with troops at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

THUMBS UP SANTA Dave Jordan, who was the perfect Santa, travels in a C-130 along with the rest of the group including Corliss Lewin, of Sony Pictures. She brought first run movies for the troops in Iraq to enjoy. Courtesy photo



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Wrapping up holidays and looking to the new year in the Ranch Happy New Year Rancho Santa Fe! With New Year’s resolutions in full swing, don’t expect to read my thoughts on what to do this year. Instead, look forward to those offbeat stories the other papers might miss, plus photos that capture the smiles of residents around town that have their own story to reveal this year in “Machel’s Ranch.” Since I was out of town for the last two weeks, luckily I have Ranch residents that were kind enough to share their stories and photos with me in this issue. 2011 will be exciting for all of us! Thanks so much for continuing to support our paper by picking it up and reading our pages. The Rancho Santa Fe News is a family-owned and operated business that has been here in North County for more than 24 years.

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MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch California has been my home for 22 years and I’ve grown used to the sunny weather here in San Diego. Here is a photo of my sister with her husband and my son, and nieces and nephews from the day we unwrapped gifts. This photo felt sort of “Norman Rockwellish” to me. On Jan. 3, The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary held their first Rotarian meeting of the year at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. President-elect Alan Balfour was introduced by President Patrick Galvin and Michael Taylor was named Rotarian of the Week. A rummage sale is coming up at the Community Center on Jan. 22. Please drop off items for donation on Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. I have featured two photos from that first meeting of the year.Thank you to Chief Matt Wellhouser for always keeping me up to date on the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary. On Jan. 5, I met with Byron Spratt, one of the owners of one of the coolest new workout places near Rancho Santa Fe — The Greenasium. Located just right off of Encinitas Boulevard, this is an accessible, upscale alternative for Ranch residents to get in shape for the New Year. The owner’s philosophy is to “provide the best customer service in an environmentally friendly fitness studio setting has ahs human-powered electricity generating equipment.” Sound futuristic? It’s not. It’s contemporary with a relaxing spa appeal with first class personal attention, The Greenasium is located at 1465 Encinitas Blvd. right by Brett’s BBQ. For more information, visit www.the greenasium.com. Thanks for the tour Byron! Get in shape for 2011. Save the date: Jason Barry shared some exciting news with me right before Christmas regarding The Celebrity Poker Tournament he is hosting at Rancho Valencia on Jan. 29. Here are some the exciting celebrities that will be there: Mike Sweeney, Bud Black, Bruce Bochy, Trevor Hoffman and Bret Boone, just to name a few. Featured here is Jason Barry last year with the owner of La Jolla’s CJ Charles. First prize will be a $10,000 men’s watch, second prize is a trip to Cabo San Lucas. For inquiries, please call Jason at (858)-7564024. Save the date: One of the biggest events of the year, Helen Woodward’s Broadway Tails, will be the 23rd annual Spring Fling held on the Helen Woodward Animal Center Campus. Black tie is optional, but take my advice and look fabulous. It’s one night this year New York Broadway meets Rancho Santa Fe. Buy your tickets now, or if you are looking to sponsor this event, call Kerry Appleby Payne at (858) 204-7920.

On Dec. 13, Ranch resident Gary Bobileff embarked on an amazing journey called, “Operation Christmas Spirit: The 2010 Believe in Santa Tour.” Departing from Carlsbad, Gary flew to Washington, D.C., first to visit “Wounded Warriors” at Walter Reed. Then on to New York City to connect on a flight to Kuwait City. In Kuwait, Gary was met by representatives of our Armed Forces, then transported to Command Headquarters located at Camp Speicher just outside of Bagdad. Make sure you don’t miss a more in-depth look at Gary’s trip in Rancho Santa Fe News reporter Patty McCormac’s featured story this issue.Thanks Gary for the photos, and I look forward to seeing both you and Maggie in the New Year (Maggie is his wife, who I feature quite often in my column). Also, In case you are looking for a Ferrari this year, Gary sells them! His website is www.bobileff.com. On Dec. 27, Elaine Gallagher shared some exciting news about her son Michael Gallagher — a YouTube sensation with his Totally Sketch Channel — who was spreading the word this holiday season about some good news on cancer research. Elaine asked in her e-mail, “Please take 8 minutes of your time to see this video ... you’ll be glad you watched this. It’s about hope and second chances in life.” That sounds absolutely wonderful to me. Since I just lost a good friend to cancer last year, I just had to share this with my readers. Here is the link: youtube.com/watch?v=IaOyY1 NAVLQ . I have also featured a photo of Elaine with her son Michael last summer at the Del Mar Turf Club. Don’t they look picture perfect? On Dec. 28, while Rancho Santa Fe was being drenched in rain storms, I was stuck back in zero degree weather in ice and snow with my family for seven days. Cabin fever and lots of movies and too much food basically sums up the trip, with of course the wonderful fact my entire family was under one roof for seven days. Grandparents, parents, teenagers, young babies, you name it, 17 in one house, stuck If you have a fun event you would like in the snow. Let’s just say, luck- Machel Penn to cover, contact her at ily I love my family. However, mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

SHAPE UP Get in shape in 2011 with The Greenasium team. Courtesy photo

OPERATION CHRISTMAS SPIRIT Ranch resident Gary Bobileff with Dave Jordan from South Carolina on the Operations Christmas Spirit: The 2010 Believe in Santa Tour. Courtesy photo FAMILY FUN A Norman Rockwell moment back in Spirit Lake, Iowa for Christmas with my family. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

SUPER STUDENTS Superintendent Lindy Delany and RSF Rotary President Patrick Galvin with 12-grader Michael Mezzino of Cathedral Catholic and eighth-grader Peter Lillian of Rancho Santa Fe School. Courtesy photo SAVE THE DATE Don’t miss out on Celebrity Poker Tournament at Rancho Valencia on Jan. 29. Courtesy photo

ROTARY Frankie Owens, Patrick Galvin and Erin Lewis of the San SPRING FLING Helen Woodward's Mike Arms with Katie Shull at last Diego Musical Theater, who gave a presentation about the theater at a year’s Spring Fling Event. Courtesy photo

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Above, Carmel Valley residents and CCA students Dani Shapiro and Emily Lubomirsky. Below, Del Mar resident Katie Above, Encinitas senior Griffin McDowell examines a ceramic Boyd plays guitar with the CCA art piece by fellow student Jazz Band. Below, Encinitas David Walter. Carmel Valley resident Leslie Trikha examines artwork created by her daughter’s friend. resident Jennifer Koett and her mother, San Diego resident Rita Koett. Jennifer is an art teacher at Canyon Crest Academy.

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Defendant pleads guilty to string of ‘geezer’ robberies By Shelli DeRobertis

CARLSBAD — A bank robber awaiting trial whom witnesses said claimed to be the Geezer Bandit — but who is not — has changed his plea to guilty and faces 10 years in prison after admitting to several charges in a Vista courthouse Jan. 6. Edward Bernard Power, 58, was arrested as a suspect in three robberies that all took place within 18 minutes on Nov. 1 in Carlsbad and Oceanside. One was an attempt to rob a medical office and the other two were robberies that targeted banks. Deputy District Attorney Anne Richardson said that at


protect the site forever because it doesn’t provide a “fail safe” for overdevelopment, Heebner said. For true regional control, she proposed the formation of a joint powers authority made up of all public entities impacted by the site, including the cities of San Diego, Del Mar and Solana Beach, the county of San Diego and the San Dieguito River Valley. Heebner said Solana Beach officials believe a JPA is a “very reasonable proposal” that would “guarantee no development.” A JPA is a sovereign entity made up of two or more public authorities, such as local



to extensive gang suppression efforts, the percent of overall homicides in the region (in which motive could be determined) that was attributed to gangs dropped from 31 percent in 2008 to 26 percent in 2009.

the trial call Power changed his plea to guilty. Records show that he admitted to the robbery charge and two charges of attempted robbery, and accepted a 10-year prison sentence. The plea saved him a little more than five years behind bars. “His exposure was 15 years four months, so 10 years (time) was good,” Richardson said at a later date. At the time of Power’s arrest, he was on probation for resisting a peace officer, according to records. An employee at one of the locations Power entered to rob identified his vehicle governments, that operate collectively. When asked about a response from Del Mar, Heebner said, “We haven’t had any meaningful dialogue.” “I would beg to differ on that,” Del Mar Councilman Mark Filanc said. “We set up a subcommittee that met six or eight times for a couple of hours each time and had very substantive discussions. “To say anything less would not be appropriate,” Filanc said. Filanc and Carl Hilliard make up the Del Mar subcommittee. Heebner, who recently replaced former Mayor Tom Campbell, and Dave Roberts sit on the Solana Beach subcommittee. Filanc said the notion of a During 2009, more than 930 male and female, adult, and juvenile arrestees were interviewed as part of the Substance Abuse Monitoring program at San Diego County detention facilities. Of those, about a quarter reported some gang affiliation in the present or the past. All the juveniles,

and license plate, which led to his arrest that same day, police said. The first two robbery attempts were unsuccessful, according to police. He used a demand note in all three attempts, but only showed his weapon at the third attempt. Power entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Vista Way in Oceanside and presented a demand note to a bank teller, and then revealed the handle of a dark-colored semi-automatic pistol hidden underneath his shirt, according to Lt. Kelly Cain of the Carlsbad Police Department. Power received an unknown amount of cash. JPA has not been formally presented or discussed in subcommittee meetings, and he’s not sure if it will work or not. “It’s a very complex negotiation with a public-private partnership but we will look at it,” he said. Del Mar officials support equal representation from the two cities on the governing board. Both sides agree issues such as traffic, noise and public safety reimbursement need to be addressed. Neither city supports an expansion plan for the site that includes a convention center, a condominium hotel and rooftop athletic fields. But Del Mar council members have said in the past they don’t believe joint ownership would work. along with the adults who were affiliated with a gang within five years, were asked additional questions about their gang involvement, with 113 agreeing to participate. The results are compiled in the SANDAG Criminal Justice Division’s Gang Involvement Among San Diego County Arrestees in

Authorities determined that Power was not the Geezer Bandit, which was originally reported by witnesses who heard the robber identify himself as such. “The Geezer Bandit,” is an elderly appearing man who was spotted with an oxygen tube in his jacket while he was robbing a bank. He is wanted by the FBI as a suspect in 10 bank robberies that took place in the San Diego region between August 2009 and June 2010. On the day of Power’s robberies, an Oceanside teller heard him say, “I am that guy,” and a supervisor heard him say “I am the Geezer Bandit,” according to Cain.

But authorities ruled out any such claims that Power was the Geezer Bandit. “If we could hammer this guy as the Geezer Bandit, we would have done it,” Cain said. Besides differences in Power and the Geezer Bandit’s age appearance, the way the robberies were conducted was not similar. “The Geezer went up and down the coast,” Cain said of the Geezer’s bank robberies. Power went door-to-door, he said. His sentencing is set for Feb. 15 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein.

“For the past year and a half we’ve been looking at ways to make this (purchase) happen,” Filanc said. “We felt we were on the right track. It’s doable financially and it meets the needs of the region. “The ownership issue is really not as important as minimizing the impacts,” he said. “Joint ownership is not a solution because we have one that will work. What’s the point of changing this? Why disrupt something we worked a year and a half for?” Del Mar is proposing to purchase the fairgrounds from the state for $120 million. Heebner said Solana Beach has asked state Sen. Kristine Kehoe to amend legislation she introduced authorizing the sale to allow for joint ownership. 2009 report. Additional findings in the report include: — Almost two-thirds of these arrestees reported that other family members were also in a gang, but not necessarily the same one. — Males were more likely to say they joined a gang for



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— Almost half of these gang-affiliated arrestees report having carried a gun and most report it was easy to obtain. — Sixty percent of those interviewed envisioned that at some point they would end their affiliation with the gang. To see the complete report, visit www.sandag.org/cj.


company, on Dec. 29, 2010. By purchasing the property, the DMUSD will be able to relocate its district office from the current location at 225 Ninth Street in Del Mar to a centrally located office building on El Camino Real. The estimated completion of tenant improvements and move-in is July 2011. For further information, contact Jim Peabody at (858) 523-6198.

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new website Jan. 14 at www.miracosta.edu and will host kick-off parties from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at the college’s Community Learning Center, 1831 Mission Ave.; Jan. 27 at the San Elijo Campus bookstore, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff; and Jan. 28 at the Oceanside Campus Bookstore, in the Student Center, 1 Barnard Drive. For more information, contact Cheryl Broom at cbroom@miracosta.edu or call (760) 795-6612.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney have formed the Allen Monteath Consulting Group. Allen is vice president and branch manager. Monteath is associate vice president and has been a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley for 11 years. Allen and his wife Darla live in CarmelValley.Monteath and her husband Gordon reside in Leucadia. For more information, call (858) 756-3765.

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will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 21, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. Children will get the opportunity to dine with the animals, make crafts and take a behind the scenes tour of the shelter. Food provided by local restaurant Noodles and Company. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.rchumanesociety.org or call (760) 753-6413 to learn more.



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pass to view all 10 films is $40 and includes a free 24-ounce popcorn at each show. A $25 five-film pass allows the holder to watch any five films in the series but does not include popcorn Winter-Spring film passes may be purchased from the North County Film Club, P.O. Box 56, San Luis Rey, CA 92068. For more information, email ncfilmclub@gmail.com or visit www.ncfilmclub.org.


LA JOLLA — The winter quarterly public meeting of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom will be held Jan. 22 in the Community Room at La Jolla Village Square. Current issues of peace and justice will be discussed and actions considered. For more information, call Ruth at (858) 279-0192 or Frieda at (858) 453-8434.


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also available at City Hall, 635 S. Coast Highway 101. Current members who plan to reapply for their positions may use the resubmittal form. The application deadline is 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Adult appointments are scheduled to be made by City Council members at the Jan. 26 meeting.

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“They are restaurants with pet-friendly patios, a bakery that sells dog biscuits, and a real estate office that donates proceeds to pet organizations,” Noon said. The online list will also alert pet owners to pet-friendly events sponsored by local businesses. While the list guarantees that the businesses are petfriendly, it is still the responsibility of pet owners to make sure their pets are on a leash and well-behaved. Pets that have a difficult time with other animals are best left at home, Noon said. For a list of pet friendly businesses or to find out how to sign up your business to be a member of the Pet Alliance Club, see www.rchumane society.org. Proceeds from the program benefit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, a non profit organization.


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Editor’s Note: Proposition 215, also called the Compassionate Use Act, was passed in 1996. Since then, there seems to be a lot of confusion from people on all sides of the issue about exactly what is and isn’t legal concerning medical marijuana. This is the first in a two-part series on medical marijuana in San Diego County and attempts to clear up some of the misconceptions regarding buying medical marijuana. The second part of the series, which will run next week, will focus on medical marijuana dispensaries and feature some prominent local legal battles addressing the issue. uke is 10 pounds heavier than he was several months ago, and he couldn’t be happier. For the last decade, Luke, who asked that his real name not be published, has suffered from a debilitating genetic back disorder. In order to relieve the pain, he takes a daily dose of pain relievers, including the powerful narcotic Oxycontin. While the pharmaceutical medication helps with his pain, it also causes him severe nausea.


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Halifax full of history, attractions and great food On any day, you can visit the Fairview Cemetery in north Halifax where 121 victims of the tragedy rest and you won’t be alone. Though E’LOUISE it’s been nearly 100 years ONDASH since the RMS Titanic went down in the North Atlantic, Hit the Road still the visitors come — by September morning, a motorthe busloads. Shortly after we arrived coach unloaded about 50 at the cemetery one tourists with British accents.

They gingerly walked between the granite headstones that marked the resting place of the Titanic passengers, then listened as their tour guide provided a narration laced with some false facts. We knew they were incorrect because the day before we had visited the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax water-

front. Among so many excellent exhibits it features one dedicated to the events of April 15, 1912. A story board provides an excellent time line of that night’s fateful events, and artifacts from the ship bring the story more alive than is comfortable. On display is the only deck chair to be recovered from the Titanic, a cribbage board, a tiny child’s shoe and more. Having seen these made our cemetery visit all the more poignant. My husband, Jerry, and I had arrived in Halifax a few days earlier after exploring Prince Edward Island and much of coastal Nova Scotia. After the many picturesque seaside towns and villages, my expectations for Halifax were not high. I was glad to be wrong. The provincial capital is full of history, attractions and really good food. The waterfront offers multiple places to dine, but walk a half dozen blocks west of the harbor to The Five Fishermen Restaurant and Grill on historic Argyle Street and you’ll find superb dining. I confess: I’m not a fan of mussels. However, this restaurant changed my mind about these mollusks. Served with fabulous flavored butters, the mussels melt in your mouth. I stopped eating them only because we had to move on to the pork loin with apples and white beans, and the grilled ALEXANDER KEITH’S BREWERY Visitors can take a tour of the Alexander Keith’s Brewery on the leg of lamb with rosemary waterfront in downtown Halifax. The actors give superb performances, but the tour gets less than shining spaetzle & chevre cheese. We reviews. In general, it’s too short, not that informative and pretty pricey. It’s disappointing to learn that the finished with homemade apriCanadian brewery, founded in 1820, is now owned by Anheuser Busch. Photo by Jerry Ondash cot ice cream, blueberry sor-

CITADEL A visitor at the Citadel National Historic Site chats with a student portraying a member of the 78th Highland Regiment, which was stationed at the impressive fort in the mid-1800s. Military re-enactments are staged during living history programs in the summer months. Photo by Jerry Ondash

bet and a French apple puff pastry that was so light it almost levitated. The Five Fishermen also offers a new prix fixe menu every month (three courses for $42) that features entrees like peach brandy-glazed pheasant breast and seafood

strudel. Nearly as fun is the restaurant’s history. The building originally served as a school — the first in Canada to offer a free education. Eventually Anna TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON B10



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RSF Little League offers clinics Golf tournament to benefit Rady’s RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Little League is offering free preseason clinics for all players registered for the 2011 season. A fielding clinic will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. for all players 8-years-old and younger and from 3 to 5 p.m. for 9- to 12-year-olds Jan. 15 at Richardson Field, 16950 Rambla de las Flores. A batting clinic will be held Jan. 21 at the Frozen Ropes facility, 10710 Thornmint Road, San Diego. Times are to be determined

and will be posted on the league’s website at www.RSFLL.com. Player evaluations will be held the weekend of Jan. 22 and Jan. 23. All players, age 7 and older (as of April 20, 2011), should attend the evaluations, which will allow coaches to place players in the appropriate league and to make the teams equitable. You may attend either day. There are no evaluations for players under 7 years old. Evaluation times are as follows:

— 9 to 10 a.m. for 11and 12-year-olds — 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. for 10-year-olds — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 9-year-olds — 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for 8year-olds — 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. for 7year-olds Makeups will take place at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 for all ages. Remember to bring your glove and wear cleats. You may still register for spring baseball or T-ball through Jan. 21. Register online at www.RSFLL.com.

Introducing: My son, the doctor JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk I can’t seem to stop thinking in adjectives and exclamation points. Absolutely wonderful! Glorious! Thrilling! Exciting! Amazing! Over the moon! While it sounds like I’m describing the latest blockbuster film, I’m actually trying to put into words how I felt when my son was accepted to medical school last week. I’m not quite prepared to say the news canceled out all the worrying and anxiety. I won’t leap off the “It can’t get

better than this” bridge yet. But I am certainly standing near the railing, gazing happily down at the water. First I cried, then I laughed and then I threw in a little shouting from the rooftops to round it out. I still feel like somebody slipped me some serious whoopee serum. And I have had way too much fun with it. Every mother knows that every mother deserves the feeling I got to savor this week. It really, really helps blot out those memories of, well, normal child-raising moments. We tend to work at forgetting those anyway, but times like this just give that selective memory a big booster shot. Everyone has been so

incredibly gracious, reacting as if a) this was as much my triumph as his and b) as if this news was as important to them as it was to me. I will be forever grateful for that. One of my favorite responses was “Congratulations to the woman who is now practicing dropping the phrase ‘My son, the doctor … ’ into her conversation.” Of course, I never doubted my child would get into medical school, but it was absolutely my job to worry … a lot. It is something so much more ambitious than anything that has ever strolled through my own goal-free brain. I suspect I feel rather like the mother of the first astronaut. You know your TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

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SOLANA BEACH — Golfers and sponsors are being sought for the inaugural Do It Fore the Kids Foundation charity golf tournament, scheduled for March 7 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. The event, which will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital, is being coordinated by 26-year-old Dale Houts, a Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident and graduate of San Dieguito Academy High School. Houts, who said he practically grew up at the Solana Beach golf club, began putting the tournament together

after playing in a charity golf tournament last summer. “I had so much fun playing the game I love and helping a good cause,” he said. “I wanted to do something good for the community.” The cost for a foursome is $550 and includes lunch, dinner, a gift bag and the contributor’s name on the scorecard. Hole sponsorships are $1,000 and include a 10-by-10 tent for marketing, a sign on the tee box, an item for the gift bag, signage in the clubhouse for the dinner and the company logo on the Facebook event page and

flier. A combination hole sponsorship and foursome is available for $1,250. Donations are also being sought for a raffle and silent auction. Houts said he is trying to create a relaxed environment for golfers. The event will include contests such as longest drive and closest to the pin. For more information, contact Houts at doitforethekidsfoundation@gmail.co m or at (760) 815-6586. “I’m just trying to do something really cool,” he said.

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Man pleads not guilty to Christmas murder By Shelli DeRobertis

OCEANSIDE — The shackles that Robert Glenn Pulley, 47, wore to a San Diego courtroom on Dec. 29 may stay with him for 50 years to life if he is convicted of charges that include murdering his neighbor on Christmas morning, just after police left his house. Pulley pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jimmy Misaalefua, 44, and to additional felony charges of mak-

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Every so often I am granted an interview with a winery owner and personality that I really look forward to unwrapping. Such was the opportunity to spend some time with Cameron Hughes of Cameron Hughes Wine at the San Diego Press Club holiday party in Point Loma. “We buy grapes on the spot market and got the company going in 2007,” he began. “We really began to make a lot of wine with various partnerships like Costco and that enabled us to grow quickly and flexibly, by focusing on vineyard districts with an established reputation that were having quality harvests. The identities of the vineyards selected are a closely guarded secret to protect their price points.” Cameron Hughes bottles and sells the wine at significant discounts. He rightly chose Napa Valley Cabernet to establish a name and early success. “The focus is on fantastic pricing and staying true to the business model. We move quickly to buy at the right wholesale price to fuel growth,” he declared. “We don’t own vineyards.We store, process and bottle at large warehouses, or partner up

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with a leading winery for in sales.” their facilities. We look at Cameron Hughes’ pricappellations that have excess ing sweet spot is the $10 to capacity and that can take off $25 range. This is a good spot to be in. The low end with a similar model is owned by Fred Franzia and his Bronco Wines of Modesto, founder of boxed wines and the famous Charles (Two Buck Chuck) Shaw with wines at Trader Joes for $2. A small amount of grapes in this brand come from Napa Valley but most are from the San Joaquin Valley, never a quality choice. (Hughes is also from Modesto, but that’s where the similarity ends) Recently Hughes has applied his formula for success to other districts in California like the Santa Ynez Valley, Sonoma, and now Oregon and Chile. “We want to bridge the gap between the producer and retail seller,” he revealed. “We provide cash flow to the venture for a percentage and take the wine up the ladder of success. Our goal is always to provide the best high-end wines for a very reasonable price point.I am watching the wine grape market MAN WITH A PLAN Cameron Hughes chooses the vineyards to TURN TO MURDER ON B15 purchase wine grapes at deep discounts which he passes on to the public. Courtesy photo


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VISTA — A readiness hearing set for early next month was postponed for several more months because a prosecutor needs more time to prepare for the case against a woman charged with grand theft and felony vandalism of her repossessed Olivenhain mansion. May 17 will be the next day in court for Suzy Brown, who allegedly stole more than $1 million in elaborate fixtures from a $13 million house she

purchased with investors and fixed up as a luxury rehab facility. The house was dubbed the “Monster House” and received opposition from neighbors and community members because of its nonresidential use. The case against Brown was dropped last July due to a technicality. But then it was re-filed and in September and Brown entered a not guilty plea. At the Jan. 7 felony readiness hearing, Robert Eacret,

San Diego County district attorney on the case, said that since the case was a re-file he needed more time. “There’s mountains of discovery,” he said. Brown previously admitted to the theft of the items, which had been returned, according to reports. Brown said that she removed the doors and light fixtures from the house to protect them from vandalism, and had also prepared a detailed map of how to replace each item.

For many consumers the economic recovery isn’t so much crawling as stalling, but now is a good time to begin planning a future that’s secure. It may also mean creating a lifestyle that doesn’t place money at its core, according to Consumer Reports. When the Consumer Reports National Research Center recently surveyed 24,270 online subscribers age 55 and up about their finances and satisfaction with their lives, it found some common keys to peace of mind that had little to do with big salaries or high living. While 75 percent of retirees who had $1 million were highly satisfied in retirement, satisfaction didn’t change much more as net worth rose beyond that. And half of those with less than $250,000 in net worth were highly satisfied in retirement. Notably, retirees with regrets about past actions, opportunities missed, or misfortune, were less likely to be highly satisfied than those with no regrets. Fiftyseven percent of retirees in CR’s survey said they have regrets about financial decisions they made. Twentyone percent of retirees wished they had taken better care of their health, and nearly as many (19 percent) regret not developing lasting interests and friendships. CR offers ways to ensure folks don’t run out of money on their way to personal satisfaction, while they work and after they retire. They include: — Live modestly. Even when times improve, living within your means has its benefits. Retirees in CR’s survey who were most satisfied with their situation credited living modestly as among the best steps they’d made earlier in life. — Keep to a budget. At its simplest, a budget involves splitting your expenses into have-tos and want-tos, and paying the have-tos first. Setting some short- and long-term spending goals may make it easier to stick to your plan. — Start saving early. The survey found that retirees who began saving and planning early — say, in their 30s — had a greater net worth: $1.1 million on average, compared with $868,000 for those who waited until their 40s, and $651,000 for those who started later. Thirty-nine percent of retirees said they regretted waiting to save. — Diversify your holdings. Having a variety of investments — stocks, bonds, and real estate, among others — correlated TURN TO MONEY ON B15



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Twenty good local food things of 2010 DR. GOTT Second Opinion

Hard to find cause of watery eye Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 65-year-old female in good health, other than the type 2 diabetes I’ve had since 1992. I have used insulin since 2002, and my diabetes is in good control with an A1C of 6.5. I have had a watery eye for four months now. Initially, I threw away two tubes of mascara, thinking they may be causing my eye to be infected. The water is clear, and there is no pain in my eye. I used allergy eyedrops and took an allergy pill with an antihistamine in it. Neither helped my eye. I visited my dentist and learned I needed some dental work done on the upper right side of my mouth. I asked if this could cause my eye to water, and he didn’t think so. I later had the dental work completed, and my eye still watered. I visited my ophthalmologist, and he gave me a thorough eye exam, including irrigation of the tear duct. The water flowed through to my throat. He could not find a reason for my eye to be watering. So I visited my family doctor, and she referred me to another ophthalmologist for a second opinion. The second one did a thorough eye exam, including irrigating the tear duct again. The second irrigation was VERY painful, leading me to believe that the needle was not placed in the proper position. When the doctor released the water, it ran down my cheek so the second doctor believes there may be a tear-duct blockage. She wanted to refer me to a surgeon. I don’t believe the second procedure was done correctly so I don’t wish to see a surgeon. She further suggested I use eyedrops up to four times a day and hold hot compresses to that eye twice a day. After a week, the eye is still watering. Do you have any suggestions? Or is this just a part of the aging process and something I am going to have to live with? Dear Reader: I certainly hope not. Tearing occurs when the body makes more tears than are lost through natural drainage or evaporation. Obvious causes include exposure to cold, wind, allergies and infection or, as both ophthalmologists attempted to determine, a blocked tear duct. Other less common possibilities include irritation, an ingrown eyelash, dry eye, eyelid abnormalities, eyestrain and blepharitis (overTURN TO SECOND OPINION ON B9

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate This was tough to narrow down to 20 as the area has given me so many good things to write about in the past year. With that, let’s get down on it. I’ll start with the addictive Blue Ribbon Artisanal Pizzeria in the Lumberyard. I raved about it in September and that rave is stronger than ever. It’s full every night, has a great soundtrack, and just completely rocks the pizza. I go in for a craft beer and order a pizza to go quite often now. The smell of the pie next to me on the drive home is crazy good and almost unbearable. My Father’s pizza is still my favorite with the homemade everything and amazing fennel sausage. Kristi runs the front of the house effortlessly while Wade stokes the fire and bakes the magical pies. Go there now. Next up big national shout out for Juanita’s in a recent New York Times Wednesday food section. Sam Siftons best of 2010 included this line about the fish tacos. “And the fish tacos I crushed on the sidewalk in front of Juanita’s Taco Shop in Encinitas, Calif.Them, too.” Juanita’s was my favorite story to write last year as she has just been so much a part of my life over the years. Then to see a mention by the best food writer in the country made me smile.

BLUE RIBBON Wade and Kristi Hageman’s Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria was a “Lick the Plate” favorite in 2010. Photo by David Boylan

Market in Del Mar blew me away. I expected greatness and was not disappointed. I did not write about Seaside Market in 2010 but rediscovered their deli, which is all-time and now my most desired lunch destination. Julie’s organic ice cream sandwiches are best in class, by far, and the Basiltops pesto … OK, I could go on and on and I will in a column soon. On top of the food, their new solar system on the front awning is stunning. Finally made it to Kim’s and wondered why I had not been there to that point. Lotus Café reminded me that healthy can be delicious.

Loved the freshness about everything there. Yu me Ya Saki House was a delight to write about. The intimate space, attractive crowd and world class udon noodles make it a good place to be. East Village gave me renewed faith in the Asian fusion concept as they pull it off on many levels. Paon in Carlsbad served up the best pheasant risotto combo I’ve ever had. I’m a big fan of game and with pheasant, duck, and venison on the menu, I was quite happy. The pan roasted pheasant and risotto with wild mushrooms,

Swiss chard and truffle killed it. Annel and Drew’s kitchen catered an event I produced at Peder and Julie Norby’s Carlsbad home and vineyard and wowed their guests with their Cuban sandwiches and uber fresh salads. They are doing great things at the Leucadia and Oceanside farmers markets with local ingredients given their magic touch. The Encinitas Café got its long overdue shout out and continues to serve up solid old school diner food. Besides their stellar TURN TO LICK ON B11

Local woman’s adventures in the Peace Corps, part 1 By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — It was a substitute teacher at Oak Crest Junior High who would make a difference in Jenna Houts’ life when she invited a returning Peace Corps volunteer to speak to her seventh grade honors English class in 1996. Now a Peace Corps volunteer herself, Houts says she was transfixed as the

speaker shared stories of his experiences in a Third World country that were documented with photos that included an indigenous ceremony in which he removed a queen bee from her hive and placed her in a box tied around his neck. “As he walked away from the hive the drone bees slowly followed and landed all over his body,” she

remembers. “He was completely covered in bees, like he was wearing a bee suit.” This made a dramatic impression on Houts, who had been terrified of bees since being stung at age 5. “This image resonated with me and I had visions of joining the Peace Corps ever since,” she said. “I wanted to have outrageous adventures like that man in the bee

suit.” After graduating from the San Dieguito Academy in 2002, Houts went on to UC Davis where she earned a bachelor’s in international relations in 2006. Two years later she graduated from UCSD with a master’s in international relations, and an emphasis in nonprofit management and international development. On May 28, 2009, Houts’ dream of joining the Peace Corps was realized when she left her friends and family in Cardiff-by-the-Sea to travel to Miami where she joined up with a group of other volunteers and went on to TURN TO ADVENTURES ON B11

Suspect arrested in New Year’s homicide ST. LOUIS, MO. — At 11:15 a.m. Jan. 4, murder suspect Dontaye Henderson was arrested by the St. Louis Police Department’s Violent Offender Unit at the Greyhound bus terminal in St. Louis, Mo. Henderson was arrested without incident and he is being held pending extradition to Oceanside. Henderson was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest. Henderson was being tracked by Oceanside Police Department detectives as he traveled on a Greyhound bus en route to St. Louis. Local police worked with St. Louis authorities to coordinate the safe DONTAYE arrest of Henderson HENDERSON as he changed buses at the terminal. Henderson is being held on a warrant for his arrest that was issued for kidnapping and murder. The kidnapping charge was added when Henderson allegedly forced Consuelo Ramirez to drive him out of the TURN TO ARRESTED ON B15

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Rancho Santa Fe Little League set for 57th season By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — This year the opening day of the Rancho Santa Fe Little League will be bigger and better, said its president Dave Thatcher. There will be an Opening Day Parade, with players in their uniforms,passing through the village. Mark Loretta, a retired local big leaguer will be the guest speaker. In addition, some members of the Chula Vista team that won the 2009 Little League World Series will be on hand. Rounding out the day will be a carnival for the community to enjoy. “It’s sort of like old town America. Last year we got more people on opening day than in the last 10 to 15 years,” Thatcher said. “This year it is on Sunday (March 6), so there will be less conflict. We’re trying to get the community out here. I want to make this a community event.” One of the things that makes the Rancho Santa Fe Little League so unique is the fact there are a lot of ex-major league players living in the area who are willing to help. How many Little Leaguers are lucky enough to have their skills clinics taught by the likes of baseball greats Trevor Hoffman,former Padre and future Hall of Famer, and

LITTLE SLUGGERS The Rancho Santa Fe Little League will be kicking off its 57th season on March 6 with a parade, speakers and a carnival for the community. The league is comprised of 300 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 15 and many volunteers who make the whole thing happen. Photo by Patty McCormac

the legendary Kirk McCaskill who has played for the White Sox and the Angels? “There are others, but the whole idea is to help the kids develop their skills,” he said.“Baseball is a chess game compared to other sports. It takes a lot of mental ability and also a good amount of

physical skill. Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports.” And baseball is not the only sport available to area youths. “The fact is that baseball is in competition with a lot of other sports like soccer and lacrosse, which are turning

into year-round sports,” he said.“We need to keep getting kids’ attention and keep it and make it fun for them.” The Rancho Santa Fe Little League, going into its 57th season, is made up of 300 to 350 players between the ages of 5 and 15. It is an all-volunteer organization.

Actor hosts bi-coastal civics discussion ENCINITAS — The Grauer School will be one of the organizations taking part in a partnership of organizations, led by American activist and actor Richard Dreyfuss, as he hosts live simultaneous events on the East and West coasts to open a National Conversation in cyberspace regarding America’s civics crisis. The event will be held Jan. 17 titled, “It’s Time for a Talk; The National Conversation on Revitalizing America’s Civic Culture.” The discussion will address the mood by U.S. citizens regarding our nation’s future, accompanied by the lack of comprehension surrounding the cultural meaning and heritage of America. The West Coast event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of San Diego. The East Coast event will be held at the


TO TALK Richard Dreyfuss will host “It’s Time for a Talk; The National Conversation on Revitalizing America’s Civic Culture” discussion to be broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 17 to address the mood of U.S. citizens regarding the nation’s future. Representatives of The Grauer School in Encinitas will participate. Courtesy photo

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., from 1 to 3 p.m. Panelists will include North County resident Dreyfuss, Roy Romer, John Fund, Diane Ravitch, Richard Shenkman and Navy Adm. Bruce Boland. The public is encouraged to participate by attending the events in person or logging onto www.timeforatalk.org. It can also be watched in real-time simulcast covered by CSPAN. The two-way discussion open to public participation via Internet will pose the question: “Are you comfortable, confident and at ease, or uncomfortable and uneasy, when you think of the future of the nation in 30 years?” The organizations participating include The American Bar Association, the National PTA, AARP, The Dreyfuss Initiative, The

Grauer School, San Diego Rotary and Vote iQ. “We believe that remaining ignorant of the ethical values that permeate our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights is ultimately catastrophic for the America that we were born into,” Dreyfuss said. “As a nation, we’ve become so complacent to the disconnect where no one is willing to take responsibility, that our children and grandchildren won’t know how to cope with problems we leave behind for them to sort out. This global discussion provides a forum for citizens to weigh in on the subject so that we may create a collective solution.” To learn more about The Dreyfuss Initiative, or TDI, or reserve complimentary tickets to attend the events, visit TURN TO ACTOR ON B15

‘Uninsured motorist’ coverage: why we need it I recently sat down with a prospective client who had been injured in a car crash. One of the things I routinely do is to look at the person’s own automobile insurance policy just as a courtesy. I noticed this elderly man had more than a million dollars in liability coverage to protect his personal assets if he hurt someone else. But he had only $30,000 of “uninsured coverage” (UM) to protect him if he was hurt by someone else who had very little or even no insurance. We

J MICHAEL VALLEE The Law and You had a long talk about this difference and why he needed to increase his UM limits. Here’s what I told him: Buy as much uninsured automobile insurance coverage as you can get. It’s cheap. It can be a life-savor. Don’t ever assume

that your agent has given you enough uninsured motorist coverage (UM coverage) simply because your company or agent told you that you have “full coverage.” Go grab your declaration page or your last auto insurance bill and take a look.You may be surprised like my client was. UM coverage works in two ways. First, it acts as primary insurance if the other driver has no insurance whatsoever. So, for example, if a person with no insurance blows

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“I’m a big believer in the benefits of Little League,” McCaskill said. “Learning life lessons, success and failure, how to work as a team and learning to try your best all of the time. Everything corny about Little League, I actually believe,” he said. Thatcher said this will be

his last year as president. Last year he and the board instituted some changes and he wanted to stay on for one more year to make sure the vision from last year was carried out. “We did a different opening. We had skills clinics. We wanted to make it fun for kids and to be something they remember for the rest of their lives,” he said.“It goes back to having fun. A lot of fun to a kid may be getting a hit and not being embarrassed in front of their buddies.” The board of directors has also planned a fundraising Celebrity Poker Tournament, which is almost sold out and scheduled for Jan. 29. For a $500 donation, a player buys into the game and chips. First prize is a Rolex watch, second is a Mexican vacation and third is flying time in a private jet. Baseball great Bruce Bochy is expected to play in the tourney, as well as other celebrity athletes, Thatcher said. “It will raise a substantial amount that will be put back into the field and players,” Thatcher said. To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Little League, contact Thatcher at dthatcher@sbcglobal.net or call him at (858) 525-5899.

Fast growing plants quick, but inefficient With all the rain that we have been having this year (and it was supposed to be a dry year in San Diego!), designing your landscape with good drainage is a definite must to protect your home. Living in the desert near the coast like we do, dry and wet years will come and go. When they do, your plantscape must be able to tolerate the extremities of heavy rain and drought conditions sometimes in the same year. Most good designers will create outdoor “rooms” in the back and front yards. These are spaces that draw you to them, where interest and mystery is created by hiding a “room” behind a panel of vertical plants or a mounding of soil, rock or low wall. They also usually have a function and serve as the locale for the wet bar, barbecue, pool, fire pit and so on. When these places are installed, nothing helps the overall impact of the design more than incorporating an overhead or upper story canopy placed strategically in a dividing planter or to create some precious shade for the understory plants and people utilizing the space. One of my favorite tricks is to use trees that have good movement in a light wind because of the beauty of the interplay

KENT HORNER Local Roots between light and shadow; however, the more important design application here is to know the root structure of your larger trees and to know how they will be affected during heavy rains and high winds. When rain comes, it is usually in many forms. Light, sporadic, continuous and torrential. Most soils can tolerate a quick inch or two, but after that, absorption slows down dramatically. Most tree failures I see on a common basis are large surface rooted trees placed on 2 to 1 slopes or steep banks. Herein lies the problem, most homeowners recognizing the need, find a tree on sale at Home Depot, plant it on the back bank and forget about it. Typically a fast growing tree, like a eucalyptus or Melaleuca leucadendron, is chosen because it is cost effective. The tree grows quickly to the delight of the homeowner (who hates the lack of privacy from his neighbor up above) and is good for a TURN TO ROOTS ON B11



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uncovered by a small team of federal investigators and not CONTINUED FROM A16 by the press unless, as the $350, but Medicare cannot Wall Street Journal did, they reimburse patients who buy investigate patient by the chairs; it can only pay patient.) for rentals (for up to 13 months), for $40 to $135 a An Odd Files Classic month. (A 2009 audit found (December 2000) that Medicare allowed up to London’s The $7,215 for oxygen dis- Independent reported pensers that were available from Tokyo in December for sale for $587 and $4,018 on the prolonged, even for a power wheelchair that “epic” sulk (a state of funk cost suppliers $1,048.) called “hikikomori”) that • A December Wall Street afflicts a million young proJournal investigation turned fessionals, who simply up instances of physical-ther- withdraw from their apy doctors earning millions careers and hole up nearly of dollars a year in Medicare 24 hours a day in their payments by “treating” non- apartments (or rooms in existent patients or by their parents’ homes) for overtreating real patients or months at a time, emerging by providing controversial only to gather food before “treatments” that other ther- retreating inside for TV or apists say are useless. video games. Many psychiDescribing the work of hard- atrists call it merely an partying, spike-haired Miami extreme reaction to parBeach doctor Christopher ents who have pressured Wayne, one former physical- their sons to succeed. (In therapy association official July 2008, the Japanese likened Wayne’s expensive software company Avex “treatment” to “back rubs.” produced a video to help (Medicare law requires those men, simply featurprompt payment to doctors ing a series of young but prevents the public women staring into the release of doctors’ billing lens, occasionally saying records — even if all patient “Good morning,” so that identification is hidden — hikikomori sufferers can thus ensuring that any practice feeling the gazes Medicare abuses can only be of strangers.)


NATURE’S RAINBOW “Songs About Color: Still Lifes and Close-ups of Flowers,” is the focus for artists from the San Dieguito Art Guild, in a show through Feb. 14 of 50 framed pieces of artwork at the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery, 635 S. Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach. The City Hall Gallery is open to the public during regular business hours, as well as during special events and receptions to view the art and meet the artists. For more information about the guild, go to www.OffTrackGallery.com. Above, Harvey Korfin helps to hang two digitallized photos by artist Carolina Van Leeuwen including, above, clematis in “Openness,” the photo of pink cyclamen titled “Sisters.” Courtesy photo



obtain the recommendation. And just like the physician’s recommendation, the card needs to be renewed yearly. Curt Moore, who operates Canna Care Consultants, a medical marijuana referral service in Oceanside, said first-time patients pay $89, while renewals cost $80. If the physician approves the patient for medical marijuana, they are then given a paper recommendation, which he advises patients to keep in their glove compartment, as well as a wallet-sized medical marijuana card. Additionally, Moore said his office also uses a third-party verification company that is available 24 hours a day for medical marijuana providers, such as collectives, or law enforcement to utilize so they can check the validity of the patient’s recommendation. However, Moore said the state card is the only card that law enforcement agencies have to recognize on the spot. “Basically, the card that all doctors give out are fluff; they hold no legal value,” he said. “We shrink down the original recommendation to card size with the hope that law

enforcement will see it and call the number.” Despite the cost of the state card, Moore, who has operated his referral service on South Coast Highway for more than six months, recommended that patients who travel with their medication or cultivate their own marijuana under Proposition 215/SB Bill 420 get the state card. Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, also agreed that if a patient can afford the state card it is a good idea to apply for it. Often, Hermes said, patients shy away from the state card or medical marijuana as a whole because they believe that their information is going to end up in the hands of local or federal law enforcement. Though Yancey said when asked, state law requires the county’s records and information regarding medicinal marijuana patients to be kept confidential; however, if the records are subpoenaed then it’s handled on a case-by-case basis relating to the facts and circumstances of each particular case and subpoena. Throughout the state, Hermes said his organization


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has seen better compliance from law enforcement agencies as key court cases are won regarding Proposition 215/SB Bill 420, including the 2009 ruling in which the California Supreme Court ruled that San Diego and San Bernardino County could not use federal law as an excuse to avoid implementing the state MMIC program. However, he said there are still instances where local authorities want to ignore state law even though the courts have “flatly” ruled that federal law does not pre-empt state law.

A quick trip to the doctor’s office When Luke decided to get his evaluation for medicinal marijuana, his two friends, who also suffer from their own set of ailments — arthritis, a rotator cuff injury, back pain — decided they would also get evaluated. One of Luke’s friends, Ken — a North County business owner who also asked to remain anonymous — said the trio drove to downtown San Diego for their doctor’s visit. Inside the waiting room, the three men — all in

their 60s — were handed paperwork to fill out about their medical history, ailments and experience with marijuana. Ken said the waiting room looked just like any other physician’s office. Besides his group, he said there were four other people, who appeared to range in age from 30 to 60, waiting to be seen by the doctor. “We totally didn’t feel nervous because it was a friendly place,” Ken said. “It’s not dark or seedy or anything, but we were still a little apprehensive.”

Because the three men were together, their evaluation was performed at the same time. After taking their blood pressure, the physician then conducted her evaluation by talking to the men about their ailments and medical history; 20 minutes later the trio left the referral office each with a recommendation to legally use, possess and cultivate marijuana. “It didn’t seem like a slimy atmosphere,” Luke said. “I felt pretty at ease.” At Canna Care TURN TO DOCTOR ON B11

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One more time: Time-shares bad — bad time-shares Dear Bruce: Please help! I have been trying to sell my time-share for the past five years. I have given a huge amount of money to a company that will list my time-share in magazines, etc. Obviously, they failed to sell my timeshare. Like everyone else stuck with this big mistake, I have lowered the price three times. I am done with all this aggravation. My question is; if I decide not to pay the maintenance costs and other fees, will I be

taken to court? — Dan, via email Dear Dan: I have been preaching this on the radio and in my columns for more than two decades! The problem with these companies is that they will promise you the world but never deliver. If you decided not to pay the maintenance fees and other costs, you will most likely be sued. Can you really afford to be sued? There are many other companies out

to make a new will because of our change of location? It seems to be a simple will stating that if either spouse dies all assets go to the surviving BRUCE spouse. Also, if both of us die, WILLIAMS our assets will be divided amongst our five children. Smart Money Please let us know. — J.K., via there that might have a better e-mail history of selling more timeDear J.K.: If nothing has shares than others. Through the years there have been changed in your lives other many debates on buying and than your move, then I don’t selling time-shares, so this think it is necessary to make question comes as no surprise. another will. The only thing that would concern me is the Dear Bruce: My wife and I way the will is written. Certain recently moved to New York. language that was once in the We have a will that we made will at one time can mean many years ago when we lived something different now. If it in Las Vegas, Nev. Do we need would make you feel better,

spend the money and have an attorney in your new home state take a look at it. If he feels that something needed to be changed, he can make the change for you. Dear Bruce: I am in the process of putting my mother into a nursing home. The deposit fee is quite large.They are asking $300,000 for a deposit,which can be refunded if we decide to take her out. I am very skeptical about giving this much money to the nursing home.They claim it will be in good hands, but that doesn’t satisfy my feelings. Can you tell me if there are more other precautions I should be taking before I make a mistake? I also

consulted with an attorney and he said the money wouldn’t be in an escrow account like the nursing home previously stated. Please help. — Sam, via email Dear Sam: You did the right thing by consulting with an attorney, but you are leaving some major details out of this story. Did the attorney mention what kind of an account the nursing home would put the money into? It is worth it to pay an attorney to investigate the nursing home before you lay out a very large sum of money. I would rather be safe than sorry. Please consider all options TURN TO SMART MONEY ON B9

Teen’s efforts to raise awareness earn special title CARLSBAD — Tiffany Brock recognizes the small Brock, a 16-year-old Carlsbad window of time when deciresident, was named the Miss sions made by youth can be California Teen USA’s offi- so devastating for them and cial 2012 North their families. County San Diego Brock plans to representative. help raise awareness Brock has choto students of the sen to address bullycause and effect of ing and alcohol/ alcohol and drug drug abuse, as two abuse. Her efforts of the great coninclude educating cerns among teens and providing today. As a prior resources available recipient of bullyfor teens to reach ing, the La Costa TIFFANY BROCK out, before peer Canyon High School pressure, bullying, sophomore is committed to depression and ultimately, having her voice heard addiction become a driving nationwide, through her force. movement NO-B.A.D. (No “I will take a stand,” Bullying, Alcohol, or Drugs). Brock said. “I will be the

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voice.” “We need to stop addressing these issues with ‘No’ and ‘Stop’, but rather ask ‘Why?’ I feel North County San Diego is home to some of the best high schools in the nation. We have top athletes, high academic honors and resources, incredibly spirited student bodies; staff that rocks, and administrators who not only earn our respect, but respect us as young adults, who struggle everyday with our individuality and being accepted amongst our peers. So, as North County San Diego’s Miss California Teen USA’s representative I am proud to be a positive voice in our

community.” Keith Lewis, Miss California USA’s co-executive director, said “this exceptional young lady is working hard to set a positive example for young people today.” “This child rallied me, gave me fight and will to live every day,” said her mother, Jacqui Brock, a recent Stage 3 breast cancer survivor. “Now that I am healthy and strong again, I would like to take a moment to rally her.” As the local titleholder, she will be reaching out to her local businesses, community organizations, as well as, government and school districts to support her efforts.

economy, the company has been forced to downsize. CONTINUED FROM B8 Many of the employees, including myself, have been before jumping right in. hit with a major pay cut. I am Dear Bruce: I have been finding it very hard to pay working for a company for even the minimum payments many years. Due to the slow on my any credit cards.

Before I get into a position where I can’t make any payments to all of my credit cards, I would like to know how I should go about this. I was hoping you can guide me in the right direction. — F.J., via e-mail

hypotension and episodic primary hypertension. There are instances where high-bloodpressure readings appear to have no known cause; however, with the capability of 24-hour monitoring, it stands a better chance of identification. Primary hypertension, as indicated above, is defined as that which occurs with no known cause. It occurs in up to 95 percent of people with high blood pressure. Secondary hypertension with a known cause occurs in up to 15 percent of people with high blood pressure. and may result from a kidney or hormonal disorder, the use of specific drugs, hyperthyroidism and other conditions. Blood pressures vary and increase with age.Systolic pressure (the first number) increase until about the age of 80. Diastolic (the second number) increases until the age of 55 or 60. Then these levels stabilize or perhaps decrease. Smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, eating too much salt, obesity and numerous other conditions can aggravate the condition. My guess is that your physician is attempting to zero in on whether you have whitecoat syndrome, whether your readings are consistently lower at home, or whether extenuating undefined circumstances cause the problem. The monitoring device is harmless and should provide the answers the doctor is seeking. Go with it, and get to the bottom of the problem. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Hypertension.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 4409-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com.

ing a pedicure, and it’s now on two of my fingernails.



growth of normal skin bacteria). Keep in mind that some medications such as antihistamines, diuretics, pain relievers, sleeping pills and beta-blockers might be the culprit.As we age, we commonly have dry eyes (decreased production of tears) and a relaxation of the muscles that hold the inner portion of the eyelid tightly against the eye. Treatment will obviously depend on the cause. Blocked ducts can be repaired by creating a new channel from the sac to the inside of the nose. Narrowed (but not blocked) drainage channels can be widened with the use of a probe. Allergic conjunctivitis will respond to antihistamines. Infective conjunctivitis might ultimately require an antibiotic. Perhaps you are unknowingly on a medication that could be causing the tearing. I cannot comment on the second irrigation treatment, but I can recommend you make an appointment with your primary-care physician so he or she can ask relevant questions, perform some simple testing, and zero in on or rule out some of the possibilities I mentioned. Good luck. Dear Dr. Gott: My doctor has indicated that he wants a 24-hour blood-pressure reading on me. I just returned from my ophthalmologist’s office for a routine visit and asked him about this. I am uninformed but was surprised a specialist would not have heard of it, either. Can you fill in the blanks?



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Dear Reader: The use of ambulatory blood-pressure monitoring (ABPM) for 24 hours has gained greater acceptance for several reasons. A situation known as whitecoat hypertension occurs in up to 32 percent of patients, and this particular testing unit can Dear Dr. Gott: How do I monitor the condition. It can also delineate circadian varia- get rid of nail fungus? Is there a tions in readings and pick up on home remedy? I have had it on drug-induced orthostatic my big toenail for years, follow-


Dear Reader: Home remedies include soaking the toes or fingers in warm water to make the nails softer and easier to cut. Trim the nails, and remove as much of the debris as possible. Apply a petrolatum/menthol salve around the top and under the tip of the nail twice daily. The process may take a month or more but is worth a try. Apply decolorized iodine to affected dry nails twice daily. Again, this will take some time but offers another option. Oregano oil applied to affected clean,dry nails once or twice daily with a cotton swab has been purported to work. Consider purchasing overthe-counter Miranel, an antifungal remedy that permeates nails and promotes faster eradication of the fungus. To provide related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Compelling Home Remedies” and “More Compelling Home Remedies.” Other readers who would like copies should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order for each report to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title(s) or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 6057176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

Dear F.J.: I am assuming you have very high balances on these credit cards, and I am assuming that there are many of them. My best advice would be to contact each credit card company in writing explaining the situation you are in.

The credit card companies are equipped to react to these certain situations. I would ask them to reduce your payments and hopefully they will work with you on this matter. If they don’t help you, I would contact Consumer Credit Counseling

Service. They are a nonprofit organization that helps people resolve their credit problems. Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .



PEGGY’S COVE The lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove is the most photographed in Atlantic Canada because of its dramatic setting. Visitors of all ages love to roam across the granite boulders and watch the ocean crash into the cliffs. Nearby is the memorial to the victims of the 1998 Swissair jetliner crash that killed 229 when it fell into the shallow waters just off the coast. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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Leonowens opened an art school there. Before coming to Halifax, Leonowens was governess to the children of the king of Siam. She later wrote a book called “Anna and the King of Siam,” which became the well-known Broadway musical and movie, “The King and I.” During the next incarnation, the building served as a mortuary where several wealthy victims of the Titanic disaster were brought. Today the staff claims that ghosts inhabit the restaurant, as demonstrated by shifting

cutlery, jumping glasses and self-opening doors. Ask any of the servers and they are likely to recount one or two ghost tales. Another not-to-be-missed attraction is the historic starshaped Citadel, a British fortification completed in 1856 that affords a spectacular view of the city and harbor. Such a formidable defense, the fort was never attacked. Visitors to this national historic site see and experience some of a soldier’s life in the mid-19th century. Our docent led a 90-minute tour that included walks to the defensive ditch, the ramparts, musketry gallery, powder magazine and signal masts. As luck would have it, our tour ended with the firing of the Noon Gun, a reverberating experience created by a reproduction of a 12-pound, muzzle-loading cannon used in the 18th century. Except for Christmas, the gun has fired every day for 148 years. To every photographer’s delight, most summer days include a historic re-enactment of the colorful pageantry of the 78th Highlanders Regiment. Students portray the soldiers in full dress — kilts, feather bonnets and bright red doublets. Don’t be afraid to chat with them; they love to give impromptu history lessons. Plan to take most of the day to see all the Citadel has to offer. For more information on Halifax and environs, visit www.novascotia.com; www. destinationhalifax.com;



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PHOTO OPS Above, scenes like this at Peggy’s Cove, which sits on a tiny peninsula 40 minutes southwest of Halifax, are a magnate for photographers and artists. Right, though it’s been nearly a century since the Titanic sank, visitors still come to the cemetery in Halifax where dozens of the victims who were plucked from the cold North Atlantic are buried. The graves include those of the crew and a few unidentified bodies, including children. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, on the city’s waterfront, features a Titanic exhibit that includes artifacts from the cruise ship. Photo by Jerry Ondash

www.pc.gc.ca; and www.museum.gov.ns.ca. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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ry Burgundy-style glass. For tickets and other options, go to www.pinotdays.com, or call Pinot Days comes to (415) 246-2967 for further Southern California with a information. Grand Festival on Jan. 15 at Barker Hangar in Santa Wine Bytes Monica from 2 to 6 p.m. — Bacchus Wine Market January 14, a Table Hop downtown San Diego presents dinner and a Meet the Wines from Spain from 4 to Winemakers dinner, both in 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14. Seven wines Los Angeles, will complete the from regions like Rioja, extended weekend of Pinot Jumilla, Rueda and more. Noir entertainment, food and The cost is $15 per person. world-class wines. Call (619) 236-0005 for details. Pinot Noir is a — Scott’s Restaurant in Burgundy-inspired wine of Orange County hosts the French birth. It thrives in the eighth annual Wine Stars of coastal elevations of California Santa Barbara produced by and Oregon. Most are hand- Learn About Wine from 7 to crafted with great care. I am a 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Forty-plus huge lover of great Pinot. Two wineries will be pouring. California brands showed up Advance tickets are $89. Call in my Top 10 Tastes for 2010 (310) 451-7600 for details. and Oregon Pinots have made — Meritage Wine the list in the past. Market hosts a Burgundy tastJim Bernau purchased ing from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21. what is now Willamette Valley Cost is $20. Call (760) 479Vineyards in the fertile 2500 for details. Willamette Valley of Oregon in — Callaway Vineyard & 1983. Now the vineyard has Winery in Temecula kicks off expanded to 250 acres of rich, a series of winemaker semired soil and sits on slopes with nars from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. about 2 tons per acre picked Jan. 22. Winemaker Craig for highest quality. Their 2008 Larson will begin with A Taste new release Pinot Noir will be of Winter. A bottle of wine is a spotlight wine at the Pinot included. Cost is $88.50 per Days Grand Festival. The pro- seminar, with a discount for ducers have kept the price at a club members. Call (951) 676very reasonable $60 per per- 4001 for details. son base, plus a complimenta— Vigilucci’s Ristorante in La Jolla has a North to South Wine at 6 p.m. Jan. 22. The cost is $65 each for a three-course dinner paired with regional Italian wines. For an RSVP and details, call (858) 454-9664. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.


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What would you do with the money if you won the Mega Millions lottery?




I’d probably give about a third to charity, the rest for myself and kind of spread it out amongst some friends.

Oh my Lord I have so many ministries I’d give it to. I would love to do that.

I would take a great trip around the world.

Brett’s BBQ continues to be my local go to source for smoked goodness done right. I just really like what they do there. No cutting corners and it shows. Besides the meaty delights the bread pudding, which is the sole dessert choice, is the best I’ve had and worthy enough to stand proudly solo on the menu. I went out on a limb and proclaimed my favorite San Diego restaurant to be Café Chloe and it totally deserves it but that is being seriously challenged by Kitchen 1540

at L’Auberge in Del Mar. Dinner with surf writer Chris Ahrens at La Especial Norte was memorable on many fronts. Great stories flowed and the food as always was so good. Great burgers everywhere including D Street, Encinitas Ale House, Lumberyard Bar & Grill and The Counter. Raul’s Shack continued to serve up the best valuepriced soup that is delicious and healing with its big chunks of avocado, chicken,



beers, Stone Brewing Company’s World Café did just about everything right. The all-natural 13-ounce buffalo ribeye steak finished with chipotle butter and served with Cheswick aged white cheddar organic mashed sweet potatoes and fresh local greens was my choice of entrée. I’m a big fan of “tatonka” as the Lakota Sioux call it and Chef Alex Carballo did it perfectly.



Consultants, Moore said his office gets a lot of cancer patients with nausea and joint pain. Recently, he said he had an 83-year-old patient who had never used marijuana before come in for a recommendation. “Every year they keep proving the medicinal benefits are great,” Moore said. “Of course it’s not snake venom though; it’s not a miracle cure, but it does have a lot of benefits for a lot of patients.” Unfortunately, for North County residents who would like to get an evaluation close to home, Canna Care Consultants is only one of three in the area; the other two are in Vista and Carlsbad. “The North County has a real need for more services,” Moore said. City officials in Oceanside, Vista and Carlsbad have said that med-



year or three. Then, the tree starts to grow exponentially because the riser at the top of the bank is either broken or it hits nothing but tree trunk on a daily basis. Now, here comes an unseasonably wet winter. The tree in question on the bank hasn’t been trimmed and is topping 30 feet. The rain comes mercifully and arrives gently with a weeklong soak. All the plants are loving it but the underlying soils are becoming heavier and



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ical marijuana referral offices are legal to open; it’s just dispensaries — collectives that operate nonprofit storefronts to sell medicinal marijuana products to patients — that are currently barred in those cities. “We would treat that as a kind of like medical office,” Carlsbad City Attorney Paul Edmundson. “If there was a doctor who gave a referral for medical marijuana that would be under the ethical practices as opposed to a dispensary.” Moore said doctors who are conducting evaluations just for the money are a large reason why referral services have gotten a bad name. “Without denials, it’s not a real doctor’s office, because not everybody coming through the door is legitimate,” he said. Since opening in April, Moore said his office has rejected a lot of people, some of whom he said looked to be only 15 or 16 years old. One safeguard Moore and his docsoftening with the deep saturation they are receiving. At this point, heavy shallow-rooted trees reaching for the sun on the south side of the yard will begin to move and lift the ground on the opposite side of the lean. This is a dead giveaway for future problems. As the rain continues, each leaf is coated with water as well as the branches and will increase the weight of the tree dramatically. Have you ever tried to pick up a large fallen branch in the rain? Good Luck. And so, as the storm moves in, or moves out, the atmospheric pressure variant changes and we have



I’d buy my mom a house, I’d buy my friend a house, I’d buy me a house, and the rest for charity. rice and fresh tortillas. OK, that’s 20, and it really is tough to stop writing.The food scene in North County is getting better daily. There is so much going on in the culinary world around us and so many more plates to lick. I’m looking forward to more of it in 2011. Bon appetite. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

asically, the card that all doctors give out are fluff; they hold no legal value.”



tor have established is to only issue one-month recommendations for patients who don’t have their medical records or prescription bottles with them during the evaluation to justify their medical condition; the patient would then be required to bring in their records after the month is up. “It’s a little inconvenient for the patient, but it helps protect the office and the doctor,” Moore said. In addition to physician evaluations, Moore said his office is focused on providing each patient with the infor-

mation they need to fully benefit from the use of medicinal marijuana. For instance, he said his elderly patients — his oldest is 90 — often do not like to smoke it, so his office informs them about other ways marijuana can be ingested and still be effective. Further, Moore said his office also instructs patients on how to cultivate their own marijuana, which is highly beneficial for users on a fixed income. “We try to be full-service and help them in anyway we can,” Moore said.

wind. The taller the tree, the more leverage it applies to the root ball and the easier it is for the tree to topple. I once had a client pressure me about triple staking some newly planted 36-inch box trees. They lived on top of a hill and sure enough the wind came with the fires blowing away a large party tent. How were the trees? No problem, they weren’t tall enough. When you design your upper story canopy, keep in mind these principles. It will save you a lot of expense and heartache. Put smaller patio trees

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Paraguay. “We were a hodgepodge group to say the least, not the typical just-out-ofcollege-hippies I expected,” she said. “We were a variety of skin colors, ethnicities and ages including a retired married couple, and many of us had grad degrees.” Upon arrival in Asunción, Paraguay they were greeted by Peace Corps officials wearing surgical masks for protection against swine flu. After going through immigration and customs the group was whisked off in the cold rain to a training center where they would spend the next three months. Following a Q&A session, Houts and the others were taken to meet their host families. “We were told to dress nicely for the occasion so I changed into nice pants and flats at the airport,” she said. “But it was freezing outside and with no access to my luggage I only had my ugly, oversized UCSD sweatshirt to wear. My outfit was mismatched to say the least.” Houts was among eight volunteers driven to a satellite training center in the outskirts where eight women were lined up to greet them, some with young children. “My host mom was named Delia,” Houts remembers. “She brought along her 9-year-old daughter, Diana, who was terrified of me and would remain that way for the next three months.” Houts took an immediate liking to Delia, and learned that the family lived in a small house on a dirt road. The front room was converted into a store. Delia and Diana took Houts to her room, which was furnished with a twin bed, a closet and

e were … not the typical just-out-ofcollege hippies I expected.”



a small table. “I was absolutely exhausted after the long trip but I did my best to be grateful for the meal they prepared for me and answered their questions,” she said. “They complimented me on my Spanish. They said their last volunteer could hardly communicate with them.” The next few days Houts would return to her new home after training, exhausted and suffering from chronic back pain, which had plagued her for the last three years. “I wanted to join the Peace Corps for so long … and it made dealing with the pain worth it,” she said. “My host mom rubbed cream on my back for me at night. After two weeks my body eventually adjusted to my new surroundings as I settled in.” This is the first of a 3part series. Houts hopes that by sharing her story, her hometown community might be moved to help provide financial support for her community library project in Jose Fassardi, Guaira, Paraguay. To learn more, visit www.jennahouts.blog spot.com or e-mail jenna houts@gmail.com. To make a tax deductible donation, visit www.peacecorps.gov/index. cfm?shell=donate. contribute.donatenow&keyword=Paraguay.



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says they are supposed to have it. Second, it provides additional coverage if the other driver only has a small liability policy; it kicks in after that amount has been used up. So, it can be tapped into to supplement a lesser amount from the other driver’s small insurance limits. Years ago, I had a tragic case come to my offices. Three young people were driving home from a party when a drunk driver with no insurance crossed into their lane and hit them head-on. Their injuries were horrible. Broken bones. Collapsed lungs. Large lacerations and scarring.They all sur-



for medical help after his mother had somehow ended up on the ground during a fight between Pulley and his son. A violent altercation happened while Pulley’s son was playing cards, according to the report, and ended with Pulley punching his son in the face and threatening to “shoot, stab and kill him,” Prior said. Firefighters arrived, and it took four of them to subdue Pulley, who told them that his wife was OK and tried to reenter the house where his wife and at least one gun was located. Then, Oceanside Police immediately responded to the domestic dispute and transported the son to a separate location, according to the report.



JAN. 14, 2011 vived but had to spend months in the hospital. As you can imagine, the medical bills went through the roof. They had health insurance but they were still saddled with huge bills. They couldn’t work.They couldn’t pay their bills and rent. Because the drunk driver had no insurance, the UM coverage became the only source of money available to them. It kicks in when the driver who causes the collision has no insurance, or only a little bit of insurance. They each had UM coverage of the minimum amount of $15,000 each, which, as you can imagine, was used up quickly. We sued the drunk driver and got a million dollar award, but he went to prison

and has no money; we haven’t Hopefully, you’ll never need it. collected a penny from him and But you never know. probably never will. If only these kids had a million dollars Michael Vallee is a practicing trial of UM coverage instead of attorney whose firm focuses on con$15,000, their lives would have sumer law, personal injury and wrongmade easier and their medical ful death cases. He is a consumer legal care would have been taken contributor for The Coast News. care of. Contact him at info@valleelaw.com. I generally fight against insurance companies every day in my job. That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe having the right type of insurance isn’t important. It is. Extremely. It can mean a lot if you are unfortunate, as my three young clients were that fateful evening. Go check your insurance policy and make sure you have at least $500,000 of UM coverage at a minimum.

There were no charges filed for the incident, and police left the scene at about 2:40 a.m. Less than five minutes later a fatal bullet entered the chest of Misaalefua, a husband, father and Oceanside PopWarner football coach who lived across the street from Pulley at their Brown Street cul-de-sac. Oceanside Police responded to the call for shots fired from the garage of the same location they had just left. They found Misaalefua on the ground, suffering from a gunshot wound that claimed his life shortly after he arrived at the hospital. Prior said that Pulley had walked to Misaalefua’s residence and began talking with him just after police had left, and that witnesses said the talking between the men

seemed friendly. “The facts are that these two neighbors had no bad-beef in the past,” Prior said. They walked to the cul-desac together, which is between their houses, and neighbors heard Pulley say to Misaalefua, “I’ve got something for you.” The defendant then walked to his own house and Misaalefua followed him, according to Prior. “He (Pulley) went to his home, retrieved a .25 Caliber, turned the safety off and fired two shots at Jimmy,” Prior told the court. Prior said after court that Pulley has shown he has the ingredients for murder,which is alcohol fueled with violence and a loaded weapon. “Many who knew him said that a murder for him wasn’t a question of if, but of when,” she said.


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very likely to happen again. Good news. You have four years to prepare for it. It does not take a child getting into medical school to make me proud of my babies. I have learned to celebrate the small joys when they come around, as well. But this time … Whew! Dang! Wow! And did I mention, awesome?

child is going to do something very challenging, and there is nothing in your past life you can even compare it to.It’s a foreign landscape for me. Not so foreign, however, that I can’t roll around in a big, sloppy puddle of shameless pride about it. I’m a little afraid some of my readers may be a little weary of this theme. I may I have already written about my Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and children’s accomplishments freelance writer. Contact her at a time or two. Bad news. It is jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.



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On Jan. 1, 2011, 25-yearold Tamara Henderson was shot and killed in her apartment. Her husband, Dontaye Henderson, was identified as the suspect. Henderson had been at large until his Jan. 4 arrest.

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