Rancho Santa Fe News, Jan. 15, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 2

JAN. 15, 2010

Flooding prompts upgrades

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SOCK IT TO ’EM The revitalized San Diego Sockers team is hitting its stride as it reaches the 3 end of the season


When the district had to cut its grade school art programs, a Torrey Pines High student took matters into her 6 own hands

Gone golfing

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The New Year brought an unexpected surprise to the staff of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center when it was discovered Jan. 4 that several rooms were flooded. The sub pumps, located off a meeting room on the upper level of the center, failed sometime Jan. 3, when the Community Center was closed. “We found about 3 inches of water in the sub pump room, and over an inch of water in the meeting room,” said Erin Leahey, interim executive director of the center. The water also leaked downstairs and damaged the Marie Cleary room, a room used for after school programs for children. Consequently, several of the

Right, Rancho Santa Fe resident Devon Brown tees off at the Rancho Santa Fe Country Club for the recent Rancho Santa Fe Open. The event was open to all affiliates of the club, members and employees alike. See more photos on Page 22. Photo by Daniel Knighton



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Association honors committee members By David Wiemers

The arboretum site is located south of San Elijo near the intersection of Via de Fortuna, just off the golf course. The site was chosen for because there is easy access provided by a hiking trail and because water for irrigation is readily available. “People can park their

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors took time at its first meeting of the new year to honor those who have served the community. Seven members who have served on committees during the past year were honored Jan. 7, many of them retiring after several years of service on committees. Two members were committee chairs. “What we have this year are several members of committees who are retiring,” Manager Pete Smith said. “They’ve been doing what’s fair for the community and we want to thank them.” Association President Bill Beckman agreed. “We have an exceptional community and I want to thank all that served,” he said. “We need to recognize the work that is being done and this is a start. I’m hoping, of course, that many of these people will move from one committee to another or perhaps the board.” One of the honorees was Gerry Block, a member of the Planning Committee from 2007 to 2009, who served as chair in 2008 and 2009. John Ingalls was a member of the



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New arboretum receives groundbreaking ceremony By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 7 for a new arboretum located near the golf course. The arboretum showcases many different types of trees that could be used to replace the red gum eucalyptus trees that have been damaged by the red gum

lerp psyllid infestation. “This is a new era in Rancho Santa Fe,” Association President Bill Beckman said at the ceremony. “This arboretum provides the residents with other options — viable trees that can be used to reforest Rancho Santa Fe. It will assure the beauty of the area for many years to come.”

The trees in the arboretum include different varieties of eucalyptus that are not susceptible to the red gum lerp psyllid, as well as other species such as oaks, pines and olives. All of the trees were selected based on their suitability for planning in the Rancho Santa Fe area and are considered drought resistant.


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Man found guilty of supplying prostitutes

LEAD STORY Big-time traffickers who smuggle illegal immigrants into the U.S. from Mexico rely on GPS devices to evade the Border Patrol, but starting in June, borderjumpers who travel on their own can have protection, too. Three University of California, San Diego faculty members have designed inexpensive cell phones with special software to locate water, churches and medical facilities in the treacherous Southwest desert (while avoiding law enforcement) and will give the devices to Mexican charities. The phones, which will also feature “welcome to the U.S.” poetry, are expected to save the lives of many of the hundreds who die each year on their dangerous journeys, but illegalimmigration protesters are demanding that the academics be arrested for assisting in crimes.

The Continuing Crisis — A man identified in China’s Chongqing Evening News in November as Mr. Zhang, 32, admitted he is competitive with his wife and “never wants to lose an argument,” but inevitably his contentiousness leaves him with “bruises and scars all over” because Mrs. Zhang is a kung fu master. After negotiations led by Mrs. Zhang’s parents, she agreed by contract to limit any beatings to no more than once a week, with a parent-administered penalty for exceeding that. — The Kirklees (West Yorkshire, England) Environmental Health department cited farmer Ronald Norcliffe, 65, in 2008 for inadequate lighting in his barn, which inspectors said failed to meet the “psychological needs” of his one cow and her calf. In his formal appeal, heard in October 2009, Norcliffe noted (unsuccessfully) that he has had a clean record as a farmer for 30 years and that in fact, he still lives fine without electricity in his own house. After his defeat, Norcliffe’s lawyer sighed. “I still have no idea how much lighting is appropriate for a cow.” — In December, a court in Istanbul,Turkey, found 39 people guilty of trying to overthrow the government after a trial that lasted, on and off, for 28 years. More than 1,000 defendants had been rounded up after challenging a 1980 military coup. The original trial lasted 10 years, but the case languished in an appeals court for 13 years while judges awaited 100 folders of evidence that had somehow gone missing. The 39 were given life sentences, but were immediately released based on time already served. The European Union has urged that Turkey upgrade its judicial system TURN TO ODD FILES ON 7

By Randy Kalp

size of the document and the scope of the project, fairgrounds officials opted to double that. So far, public discussions about the project have been less than favorable. Opponents say the expansion will create more noise, traffic and pollution than the area can handle. They claim plans to mitigate those problems are not adequately addressed in the

A San Diego jury on Jan. 7 found an illegal immigrant guilty of federal charges relating to supplying prostitutes to North County migrant camps. Adrian ZitlapopocaHernandez was convicted of two counts each of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and nine other charges relating to a prostitution ring he started in 2008. The charges carry a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison. Prosecutors allege Zitlapopoca manipulated two women he had relationships with in Mexico into prostitution. Both victims are at least 10 years younger than him. Anabel De la CruzRamirez and Florencia Calixto-Velasco both admitted to police that they both worked as prostitutes for Zitlapopoca, court documents state. De la Cruz said she began dating the defendant in 2006 when she was 18, according to court documents. Over the course of their relationship, she said she was assaulted physically and mentally by Zitlapopoca. She told police she worked as a prostitute in North County at various canyons, apartments and ranches, court records state. De la Cruz said she was paid by the defendant $10 for each night she worked as a prostitute. Calixto, who was 17, when she met the defendant in 2004 at a bus station in Oaxaca, Mexico, described a similar set of circumstances relating to her relationship with Zitlapopoca. She said she worked every night and made $200 to $1,000 an evening, which she gave to Zitlapopoca, according to court records. Prior to coming to America, both girls said they worked as prostitutes in Mexico under the defendant, court records state. They said their careers as prostitutes started shortly after they met the defendant and he coerced them into it. He had told the women he had planned on marrying them. De la Cruz told authorities she kept working as a prostitute because she thought she was in love, didn’t have anywhere else to go, and didn’t want to face the shame associated with a failed relationship, according to court documents. Authorities arrested Zitlapopoca on Nov. 20, 2008, in an area in Valley Center known for prostitution activity. De la Cruz



SUPER SOCKERS Midfielder Miguel “Chiky” Luna and defender Guadalupe “El Lupillo” Castaneda, of the Stars of Mexico, battle for the ball during the San Diego Sockers’ Nov. 7 exhibition game. Luna scored two goals, the first and last, in the Sockers 9-5 win. Photo by Bethany Salvon

Sockers kick into high gear at season’s end By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — It took 11 games and a trip to Canada for the revived San Diego Sockers to be handed the first loss of their inaugural season, but the region’s professional indoor soccer team is still in great shape to make the playoffs for the U.S. Open Arena Soccer Championship. The 28-member team of mostly North County natives lost to Calgary United 6-4 on Jan. 9, but a Miguel “Chiky” Luna goal 20 seconds into overtime the following night

against the Edmonton Drillers allowed the team to return home from the twoday road trip with an impressive 11-1 record. Coach Phil Salvagio said a playoff appearance is guaranteed if the team wins four of the remaining six games against teams the Sockers have already defeated this season. The Sockers began in 1974 as the Baltimore Comets. Within a year, they moved to Southern California, where they were renamed San Diego Jaws.

The team relocated to Las Vegas in 1977, but a year later returned to San Diego and became known as the Sockers. During the next two decades, the team won eight championships between 1983 and 1992 and switched leagues a handful of times before folding for the first time after the 1996 season. The team was revived in 2001 but folded again three years later. Salvagio said he and his partners structured the current team so “it can survive

for many years” by cutting the previous $2 million budget in half. Most of the cost savings come from Salvagio’s salary since he serves as general manager as well as head coach. He said the key to the team’s success on the field is age. “In the rest of the league, the average age is 22 or 23,” Salvagio said. “Ours is 30.” Normally youth is an advantage in professional sports. “Not on this team,” TURN TO SOCKERS ON 23

Money management problems solved By David Wiemers

tain online money manageRANCHO SANTA FE — ment systems, transfer During these economically money, prepare financial challenging times, many peo- reports and organize tax docple find it difficult to pay uments. “I have a wide variety of clients,” their bills. Some are Odmark said. short of money, “From couples in while others simply their 40s who are find the task of paytoo busy to pay ing their bills and bills, to retirees in keeping their money their 80s who are in order a challenge. ready to turn those Bills go unpaid, late re s p o n s i b i l i t i e s fees are charged, over to someone and overdraft else.” charges kick in. Odmark has Enter Roz ROZ ODMARK been a resident of Odmark. A daily money manager, Odmark Rancho Santa Fe for the past provides a service to Rancho 10 years and is passionate Santa Fe residents to pay about the work she does. “I their bills, set up and main- sleep well at night knowing

I’ve helped others get their bills paid,” she said. She gained experience working in the finance departments of companies for 30 years, so 10 years ago she decided it was time to go into business for herself. “I don’t advertise, my clients are strictly referrals — word-of-mouth. All of my clients are in the Rancho Santa Fe area so I can travel to them easily.” Odmark clearly enjoys doing what others find challenging. “Some people are very disorganized and they’re apologizing from the time I walk in the door.” She puts the pieces of their financial puzzle together. “It’s like I’m a detective,”

she said. “And it feels great to help close a chapter on a book.” For the past several years, Odmark has provided pro bono accounting services to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. “It’s a chance to give back to the community,” she said. When she’s not paying someone’s bills, Odmark is an avid golfer, scuba diver and loves to cycle. “And I love doing a good Sudoku puzzle just before I go to bed.” For more information on the daily money management services that Roz Odmark provides, she can be contacted at Rox.dmm@ cox.net.

More time given for input on fairgrounds changes By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — The 22nd District Agricultural Association spread some last-minute holiday cheer when it announced on its Web site a few days before Christmas that comments on the master plan and draft environmental impact report for an expansion project at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will now be accepted through Feb. 8. The extension gives area legislators, jurisdic-

tions, residents and organizations an additional 30 days to submit written comments on the 4,500-page document. The 22nd DAA, which manages and operates the fairgrounds, is proposing several improvements to the 340-acre site that would be completed during the next 15 years. Near-term plans include a 330-room condominium hotel with an 18,000-squarefoot ballroom and parking facilities for 58 RVs, new

exhibit halls with underground parking and three rooftop sports fields, a health club and administrative offices. The east parking lot would be paved and the existing fire station relocated. Long-term projects call for a multilevel parking structure and a seasonal train platform. The public review period, which began Oct. 9, was required to remain open for at least 45 days. Given the



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Status update: I love you, but I must depart My secret love affair with Facebook began in the spring of 2008. I was coy and cautious at the start, not knowing how the rules of social networking engagement played out. It was a curious voyage into unknown territory, not unlike my most recent experiences with wedding planning (shoot me). To be fair, I wasn’t exactly unfamiliar with social networking. I dabbled briefly with MySpace, before the pleading garage bands and humanlike robots completely took over. And it’s true I rather enjoyed my short stay on MySpace, but something bigger was calling; something far more engaging. “Nobody is on MySpace anymore, Eric,” I was told. “Facebook is far better!” So I took an apprehensive peek. You have to understand, I hold out on all things technology until they’re rendered nonessential. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what technology can do for me, or even that I’m too “hip” or “indie” to latch on like everyone else. I retain this underlying fear of becoming totally infatuated with my new gadget, be it a cell phone (honestly, I bought one only a few years ago) or a flat screen television (again, just picked one up a few months ago). To get started on Facebook, you are asked to create a profile. I took a few minutes to jot down high school and college information, former residences, previous jobs — things of that nature. Facebook staffers then informed me I needed a profile picture to really get things rolling. Slight problem. I’m not exactly the most photogenic man on the planet. I poured over several old albums hoping

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective to find a few good photos, until finally I was satisfied with a handful of long distance, side angle shots. At that very moment, another Facebooker was born. Oh my, they weren’t kidding. Nobody is on MySpace because everyone is on Facebook. I found old buddies, old buddies found me. Family members came across my profile, and I was truly jazzed to be linked up again. Classmates I never had interest in submitted a friend request, and I figured, sure. Why the hell not? We’re all just one big happy Facebook family anyway. Just about everyone left this message on my “wall” in the beginning: “Welcome to Facebook. It’s about time.” I was having so much fun being a part of the grandest social networking experiment the world has ever known that it didn’t dawn on me until after the fact: I’m shamefully hooked. Hooked on the constantly evolving updates. Hooked on the old photos from our awkward stage (the first one). Hooked on reconnections and the sheer pleasure of being nosey. Hooked on Facebook. Facebook has its appealing qualities, many of which I’m sure my fellow FBers (if you don’t mind the label) are aware TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 27

Seeking guest editorials As a community newspaper, our readers are our news. We would like to open the opportunity for you to write a Community Commentary to run on our Op Ed pages. We are looking for submissions 500 to 700 words, in a first person voice, that explore an issue or idea relevant to you as a North

County resident. Submissions longer than 700 words will not be considered. Not all submissions will be published. Send finished editorials to lsutton@coastnewsgroup.com.You will be contacted if your piece is chosen for publication.

Why not license bikes for streets & highways? Bike numbers grow daily How come the Governator hasn’t decided to levy a tax on bikes that are used on highways and byways in increasing numbers? It would certainly benefit the state’s cash-poor till. Bike riders enjoy benefits not available to car operators like buzzing past stop signs without stopping and turning without signaling. The Governator sez the state needs capital to maintain roads. Bicyclists who use ‘em should be anxious to contribute their share for at least putting in bike lanes. This could develop a good piece of change for roads before the state electeds found a way to squander it for other things. Decades ago the Harbor City issued mini license plates for a small fee administered by the police department. The Governator need not worry about his approval rating. It was already in the tank at 27 percent last month.

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast pany and record energy use daily. This info is relayed to the computer data center for operations, billing and customer service and power outages can be detected immediately. Pretty smart meters.

Fairgrounds EIR deadline extended

To accommodate folks who were busy with holiday responsibilities and not able to complete commenting in writing on the fairgrounds’ EIR for proposed improvements, management has extended the comment deadline to Feb. 8. Not likely there will be another extenSmart meters sion since there are no other distracMost areas, if not all in these tions before then. parts served by the gas & electric company, have been equipped with Colorado state clips smart meters that are reported to minimum wage save energy and dough. These allow Associated Press has reported for two-way communication between the consumer and the com- the state of Colorado is the first in the country to reduce its minimum wage a wee bit from $7.28 to $7.25 in keeping with the federal minimum. Meanwhile, Alaska has raised its Contact a Reporter minimum wage by 50 cents to $7.75. CARLSBAD ALYX SARIOL asariol@coastnewsgroup.com


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Community Center fundraiser

Standard operating procedure?

In a recent commentary in The Coast News, Cardiffian Mark McNaughton wrote that he was disappointed with the treatment he received from the Flower Capital’s traffic department. A Summit Avenue taxpayer sez he wrote to the traffic engineer last June regarding a possible stop sign at the end of his street and never received the courtesy of a reply. This would indicate the traffic department lacks procedures for acknowledging taxpayers’ concerns or has received so many communications on various traffic issues that it is running behind with its correspondence.

Business showcase

Solbeach Chamber Executive Director Frida Silveira notes that area chambers are actively involved in promoting the San Diego Business Showcase Expo scheduled March 11 at the fairgrounds. She has all the skinny for participating on fsilveira@solanabeachchamber.com.

Ashley Falls School stays

The possibility of closing Del Mar School District’s Ashley Falls School resulted in a flurry among concerned parents and prompted a review committee to scrub the idea. The board of trustees appointed committee has devoted months of study and held public meetings on the issue as well as where to locate its admin building currently at Ninth Street in old Del Mar.

What was once a Camp Callan military barracks used by artillery service personnel and is now a much-used activity center is the object of an enthusiastic fund campaign by Fletcher Cove Community State laws Center. Money raised is earmarked If you thought your state electfor improvements, which include eds weren’t looking out for you bringing the facility up to required TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 27 Americans With Disabilities Act

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JAN. 15 TOUGH CLIMB LIFE at MiraCosta will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 15, MiraCosta College, Room 1068, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Bill Burke will recount his successful trek to the top of Mt. Everest last May. Call (760) 721-8124 for more details.

JAN. 16

BE THRIFTY MiraCosta Horticulture Club will meet at 12:45 on Jan. 16, Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Gardener and author Aenne Carver will present a program on “The Thrifty Gardener.” Call (760) 729-8172 to learn more. PRUNING 101 A free fruit tree pruning and care demonstration will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 16, Weidners Gardens, 695 Normandy Road, Encinitas. Topics include training the young fruit tree, taming the old fruit tree, blueberries, and more. Call (760) 436-2194 or visit www. weidners.com to learn more.

JAN. 17

WATERCOLORS San Diego Botanic Garden will hold a watercolor workshop with Helen Shafer Garcia from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Helen will teach a contemporary approach to watercolor focusing on the sculptural design of succulents. Advanced registration and payment are required for all classes. Call (760) 436-3036, ext. 206 to learn more.

JAN. 18

ONE MAN’S TRASH San Marcos-Vista Christian Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18, Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Motivational speaker C.J. Rapp will share how to turn trash into treasure. Call Donna at (760) 432-0772 for details.


IT RIGHT The California Coastal Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Heritage Hall, 2650 Garfield, Carlsbad. Dr. Roger English who will discuss soil, irrigation and fertilizer. Visit www.californiacoastalrose. com for more details. SAVE WATER Olivenhain Municipal Water District will hold a free irrigation workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 19, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Topics include how to save water and keep a green lawn during the drought. Call (760) 632-4236 or e-mail watersaver@ olivenhain.com for more details. VERDI’S LIFE The Encinitas Library will host Dr. Nicolas Reveles for the second part of a three-part series of lectures and operatic performances at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive. Reveles will speak on the early career and works of Giuseppe Verdi and how he changed the world of opera. Call (760) 753-7376 for TURN TO CALENDAR ON 27

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Presented with a to-do list of 31 projects and not nearly enough money or staff to complete them all, City Council spent more than four hours discussing its priorities for the current and upcoming fiscal years during a Jan. 8 retreat with department heads at Sbicca Bistro. City Manager Karen Brust said trying to complete all projects in the next year is unrealistic, while Mayor Richard Earnest said the community would be better served if the city focused on completing a few projects well. In the end, council members directed staff to continue moving forward with half of the projects, deferring the others for at least six to 12 months. Most of the projects that will receive immediate attention are already under way, important to the city’s financial solvency, crucial to public safety or public service delivery or mandated by local, state or federal laws. The 15 projects staff will be devoting time to are construction of the Torrey Pines Bridge and 21st Street pump station, revenue

recovery from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the housing element update, a pedestrian and bicycle circulation element plan, utility undergrounding in the North Hills and Sunset neighborhoods, retiring the Shores property debt, renewing the Winston School lease, creating an ordinance that would broaden the transient occupancy tax to include short-term vacation rentals, reviewing the fairgrounds master plan and environmental impact report, fire safety, the 17th Street beach safety center, adopting form-based code for downtown revitalization, developing a model landscape ordinance and the Southern California Edison beach access. Council members also want to push forward with a request for proposals to replace City Hall, which Councilman Mark Filanc described as “embarrassing,” although they acknowledged staff time and funding for the project are not available. The Finance Committee will be directed to continue its work on that project until staff can focus more attention on it at the end of the year. “I’m not for deferring it,

period,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said, adding that the city should increase its use of citizen advisory committees. “Ask not what your city can do for you, but what you can do for your city,” he said. Council did, however, defer action on a pilot program that would narrow Camino del Mar to one southbound lane and add angled parking between 12th and 15th streets. Brian Mooney, interim planning director, will still present updated details on that project next month. Brust said the number of projects council opted to move forward with “is a work plan (staff) can handle.” “It’s ambitious but it’s doable,” Brust said. “We need staff to be focused so we can have success this year.” Brust cautioned against adding any more projects because with the bridge, utility undergrounding, beach safety center, pump station and downtown streetscape improvements it will look like the entire city is under construction. “We may have to go to boats to get people in and out of here,” she joked.

Council members said they would also like to see form-based code, which requires voter approval, on the ballot this November. But before that can happen, the project will require a certified environmental impact report, which was estimated to cost between $125,000 and $150,000. The ballot measure is due to the registrar of voters by Aug. 6, which means the EIR would have to be completed by June. With no current funding and only $50,000 available in the 2010-2011 fiscal year budget, it seems likely that project will not move forward this year. Council also opted to defer its decision on a Tourism Business Improvement District that is being developed by the city’s hoteliers. The district would add a 1 percent fee to all hotel room stays. The money would be used to, among other things, promote tourism within the city. Overall, Earnest said he was pleased with the results of the meeting. “Nobody likes to say no to things people want, but we have to deliver services within our means,” he said.

Beth Am offers new and ongoing classes CARMEL VALLEY — Congregation Beth Am’s Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, sponsored by the Mizel Family Foundation, has several new classes starting in February. To Cry Laughing: Jewish Comedy will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 16 to March 16. In this multimedia class, Rabbi David

Kornberg will lead the group through the many avenues of Jewish comedy. He will use stories, video clips and listen to well-known comics to see how the Jewish experience is expressed in this genre. The cost is $35 per person. Fine Wine and Refined Rabbis will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. from Feb. 3 to Feb. 24. Rabbi

Matthew Earne, along with one of Beth Am’s premier sommeliers, Steve Hochberg, will host the class that combines wine tasting and meaningful Jewish learning. A kosher wine will be introduced in each session with a commentary written by a rabbi. This class is $15 per session and each session can be attended separately.

Basic Judaism, Beit Midrash Program, Intermediate Conversation Hebrew, Book Club and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Earne are ongoing classes. For more information about the entire schedule of classes, visit www.betham.com and click on education, or call Bonnie at (858) 481-8454 or email to bonnie@betham.com.

Fire department urges seat belt use in 2010 RANCHO SANTA FE — The importance of wearing seat belts when driving or in a vehicle has long been the focus of safety messages by emergency responders. They see firsthand just how devastating traffic accidents can be, especially when the occupants have chosen to not use their seat belts. Yet not everyone appears to be heeding the warnings. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one out of every five Americans does not use a seat belt on a regular basis. While seat

belts appear to have saved more than 15,000 lives in 2007, it is estimated that another 5,024 lives could have been saved if seat belts had been worn. The problem is especially great among young people. Nearly 7,570 15- to 20-year-olds were killed in car accidents in 2007. Of those individuals, 2,762 were driving the vehicle and 58 percent were not wearing their seat belts. The communities of Rancho Santa Fe and

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Torrey Pines student keeps arts education alive

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CARMEL VALLEY — As a flutist, Michelle Zhang can appreciate the positive impact visual and performing arts can have on education. So when she learned last spring that massive cuts to the education budget would nearly eliminate music and art classes in elementary schools, she knew she had to act. “I thought that was a huge shame,” she said. This past September, with the help of about two dozen volunteers, she launched a free after-school arts program at Logan Elementary School. What makes her effort unlike most is that not too long ago, Michelle was an elementary school student herself at Torrey Hills. Currently a junior at Torrey Pines High School, she developed StARTS, or Students for MICHELLE the Arts, at the ZHANG end of her sophomore year to create a program that would ensure the continuation of arts education in public schools. She purposefully chose to look beyond her fairly upscale Carmel Valley neighborhood. Michelle sent e-mails describing her program to about 30 schools in the least affluent areas of the San Diego Unified School District. She ended up at Logan because “they were really welcoming and they moved the fastest,” she said. “From the very first e-mail from Michelle, I have been very impressed by her energy, organization and follow through,” Logan Elementary Principal Antonio Villar said. Michelle recruited her 25 volunteer instructors by talking to friends and posting fliers at her high school. Mostly juniors

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Green Chamber takes root By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — “It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the Frog lamented. Hoping to change that, a group of San Diego business professionals recently launched the Green Chamber of San Diego County, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to create business opportunities and encourage environmentally friendly business practices,” according to Peter Zahn, chamber president. To do so, the organization will connect businesses, investors and governmental and nonprofit agencies; create partnerships to grow businesses; educate members and stakeholders; and promote public awareness about sustainability and clean technology. “We see an exploding green economy,” Zahn said. “We want to enable businesses to learn about and benefit from that while doing a good thing for the environment and the planet at the same time.” The Green Chamber was created this past November so membership is currently small, but the group has been tracking “tremendous interest” via its Web site, Zahn said. Plans for a kick-off event in early March are currently under way. The chamber is financed by membership dues, which Zahn described as “reasonable compared to other chambers.” Annual fees range from $25 for students, $75 for nonprofit organizations and between $150 and $2,000 for businesses

MAKING MUSIC Above, Kay Lin, a sophomore at Torrey Pines High School, teaches violin to students at Logan Elementary. The classes are part of a free afterschool arts program that offers one-hour lessons once a week in piano, guitar, violin, singing, dancing and art. RIght, senior Julianne Manalo, center, teaches singing. Courtesy photos

and seniors, nearly all participate in their field of expertise at and outside of school. “They’re all really good at what they do,” Michelle, 16, said. Once a week, with the help of parent drivers, they carpool 25 miles south to Logan Elementary to teach one-hour classes in either piano, guitar, violin, dance, art or singing to about 70 students in kindergarten TURN TO ARTS ON 22

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you feel good about your life RANCHO SANTA FE — so that if it were all over The experience surrounding tomorrow, you’d be content the passing of her father-in- with yourself.” Brehm was busy as an law a few years ago ignited something within Kristy interior designer and general contractor whose Brehm that would, participation with in turn, improve the hospice was limitthe lives of ed to providing finanpatients and famicial support until her lies at San Diego father-in-law Hospice and Instirequired their servictute for Palliative es in 2003. Care for years to “I called San come. Diego Hospice,” she Her efforts said. “Their involveled to being named United KRISTY BREHM ment allowed my mother-in-law to be a Way/Chad’s Volunspouse and not a 24-hour teer of the Year in 2009. At the beginning of a caregiver. She was able to new year, Brehm calls on talk and grieve.” After being approached others to connect with a to be a board member, she cause and act on it. “It’s about doing what’s toured the facility and right to help another person, noticed people sleeping on or pet, or organization that’s the floor in the family in need of volunteers, or lounge area of the 24-bed funds or even a voice in the Inpatient Care Center. “I was told the sleeper community,” she said. “You have to count on sofa wasn’t working,” she living every single day in a said. “I didn’t want sick way you believe will make patients worrying about

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where their family was sleeping so I said I could get sofas with my contacts as an interior designer. That’s when I decided to join the board.” Brehm was able to get buy-in from manufacturers who offered to donate sleeper sofas for each room at their cost. She also began to solicit donations from friends. “Board members started writing checks and they passed on the need to their friends and contacts,” she said. “It was like paying it forward. More money came in.” When she discovered she had more money than she needed, she developed a wish list. “Then someone gave $125,000,” Brehm said. “She said, ‘Why don’t you do something else on your wish list?’” The additional money was used to purchase swivel TURN TO VOLUNTEER ON 27

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For example, banks used to reject a purchase that exceeded the balance in an account. But many will now process the transaction and then charge customers an overdraft fee. Those charges range from $22 to $39 at 16 of the largest banks, according to Consumer Reports Money Adviser. In addition, more than 60 percent of the big banks impose additional “sustained overdraft” fees if the amount you owe is not repaid within a certain time period. How to avoid it. Use a credit card for large purchases, especially if you pay your balance in full each month. Use a debit card for small purchases if you’re relatively certain you won’t Debit overdraft fees need the extra protection a As convenient as debit credit card provides, and cards can be, you may have you’re sure you won’t paid more than you expected TURN TO CONSUMER ON 26 when you shopped with one. The shopping season is over. But even the most carefully built budget may have crumbled if you fell for the tricks grinchy companies used to get you to spend more. Paying more than you planned to on gifts may have damaged your finances more than you think. A poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center in October 2008 found that about 12 million Americans had not paid off their previous year’s holiday shopping bills.The experts at Consumer Reports Money Adviser recommend that, next time, you watch out for these traps:

LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Art Association, 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, presents “Starting Fresh in 2010,” running through Jan. 17. This show will feature some of the newest members, and some of the veteran exhibitors of the La Jolla Art Association. The community is invited to an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 17. The event will feature Tony Cuban, Jeff Brosbe, Sharon Ford, Aimee Jo Fahrner, Susan Kaufman, Roberta Henson, Mike Morse, Doreen Di Pasquale, Helena Liu, Judy Judy Judy, Margot Wallace and Nancy Modlin Katz.



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New pain treatments help old pets feel young again By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Dr. John Harrison has been treating the aches and pains of North County residents for more than 25 years through his chiropractic practice, Pacific Healing Arts in San Marcos. Now he is improving the quality of life for their pets as well. Harrison is certified in veterinary orthopedic manipulation, or VOM, a noninvasive treatment to correct spinal muscle-skeletal conditions known as subluxations in animals. Symptoms include pain, inflammation, sprains, strains, muscle

spasms, hip dysplasia, mobility problems and neurologic defects. The technique was developed by Dr. William Inman, a veterinary surgeon RELAXED Left, Dr. John Harrison uses veterinary orthopedic manipulation, or VOM, to treat subluxations in Winter’s body which cause pain and lameness. Harrison does a lot of work through the San Diego House Rabbit Society. Far right, Dr. Harrison uses veterinary orthopedic manipulation to treat a degenerative disk problem in Cecilia, an 11-year-old standard poodle. Photos by Lillian Cox

Local art gallery sets shows through Feb. LA JOLLA —Sally HagyBoyer is well-established as a book artist, but in her upcoming Athenaeum exhibition through Feb. 13, she reports a progression into new territory. It will include new works in encaustic, oil, incised and graphite lines, and found objects, which explore the concept of Phase Space. The gallery is located at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Phase Space, according to mathematics and physics, is a space where all possible states of a system are represented, where each of these states correspond to one specific point. In the exhibition Sally will explore collected and deconstructed elements of her childhood memories and daily life as Phase Space image diagrams. In the artist’s book “Slow, Children at Play,” Sally deconstructs her childhood memories by playfully reenacting some of the not-so-playful moments. Children are represented as tokens in a board game. Each token, just like a childhood friend, has its own personality. These are printed on vellum and lay on top of an encaustic and oil painting.

Further early 2010 exhibitions include the Rotunda Exhibition featuring Neda Miranda BlaÏevic-Krietzman’s “Venezia in Las Vegas” on display through Feb. 13. In her latest exhibition, renowned artist BlaÏevic-Krietzman will exhibit photographs of Venice, Italy side by side with photographs of the Venezia hotel in Las Vegas. A North Reading Room exhibition will feature selections from the Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri artists’ books collection by Ian Hamilton Finlay, running through Feb. 13. The late Scottish artist Finlay published books of photographs through his Wild Hawthorn Press. In the Rotunda Gallery Feb. 27 through April 3, will be “Charlie Miller: Anything but Rehab” with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Los Angelesbased artist Miller will exhibit “Anything but Rehab,” a new series of paintings. Miller is currently working on these in his Sherman Heights studio, a former pharmacy which came replete with two decades of medical ephemera from the 1950s and 1960s. He uses acrylics, collaged with vintage prescriptions and modern advertisements.

level in its giant aquarium for Christmas because the big turtles (which are herbivores) as a pre-condition for mem- were scheduled to receive bership. their annual holiday treat of brussels sprouts. Officials News That Sounds know from experience that if they fail to lower the water Like a Joke — Plastic surgeon Mark TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 22 Weinberger, who skipped town in Merrillville, Ind., in 2004 to avoid mounting malpractice lawsuits and Medicare fraud charges, was finally cornered living in a tent on the southern slopes of Italy’s Mont Blanc in December. As authorities approached to arrest him, Dr. Weinberger grabbed a knife and plunged it into his neck, but perhaps owing to his rusty skills (or incompetence, if the malpractice claims are accurate), missed the major artery and was captured. — The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England, lowered the water



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prosper among other residents and the large local following of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda. Yogananda, a Hindu monk from India, founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 in an effort to share the value of meditation and Kriya yoga — a scientific approach to quieting the body and mind in order to experience inner peace and God’s presence. The international headquarters was opened five years later in Los Angeles and has grown to include more than 600 temples, meditation centers and retreats in 60 countries. After coming to Encinitas in 1937, Yogananda was taken by the vast beauty where the temple now sits. He wrote “Autobiography of a Yogi,” while living there. He died in 1952, after a lifetime of writing about the links between Christianity and yoga. The swami’s image — serene, soft brown eyes framed by black flowing hair — can be seen throughout

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the retreat center of the fellowship and the bookstore next door on South Coast Highway 101. While many are familiar with the gardens, what people may not know is that the religious nonprofit organization also owns some of the city’s most prime coastal real estate, most of which it uses for purely agricultural purposes. Brother Anilananda made it clear that none of the holdings are for sale. “We get a few calls from developers inquiring about the property but I think most of them have gotten the message by now,” he said. “We aren’t selling.” Anilananda said he had no idea what the monetary value of the 14 acres is but that it serves a higher purpose to the organization. “We grow 20 different kinds of fruits and vegetables for our monastic on the Summit and Vulcan (Avenues) fields,” he said. “Tending the gardens is a part of who we are.” The annual pumpkin harvest also yields benefits to the entire community. Until 2001, the fellowship hosted a TURN TO MEDITATION ON 21


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Want to learn to ski? No snow necessary By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — The revolving, carpeted ramp tucked away in the parking lot behind Hansen’s on Highway 101 provides more than a novel approach to learning to ski and snowboard. According to Kent Bry, owner of Adventure Ski and Snowboard School, the “carpet” — as he refers to it — helps save people time and money and create more efficient techniques in practicing popular mountain sports. “On

the mountain, you can get down but on the carpet you see the inefficiencies and can learn how to correct them,” he said. Like most would-be skiers and snowboarders, Hunter Haggard, 15, was prepared to learn on the mountain. But his parents caught sight of the school after renting a board at Hansen’s the day before a trip to Mountain High and decided to enroll him in two back-to-back lessons. Hunter’s father, Stuart,

said he’s been snowboarding since 1979, long before the sport became acceptable to resorts. He likens the carpet to a “rotating hamster wheel,” but said it has proven successful in teaching his son the basics. Max Salmonsen, 5, hasn’t made it to the snow just yet. Strapped in a pair of miniature skis, he learns the fundamentals of stopping and balancing. His father, Dan, skis and snowboards and is looking forward to enjoying the sports

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with Max. “He had a lot of fun at his first lesson,” Dan Salmonsen said. “He keeps asking when the carpet is going to move.” Bry said many of his students come to the school after giving up on snowboarding. “I would say at least onethird of them start in the snow and give up,” he said. “You spend most of the day freezing and falling and not enjoying yourself very much,” Bry said. “The carpet is warmer, drier and closer to home.” Students come from as far away as Los Angeles to take advantage of the unique revolving carpeted slope and individual lessons, according to Bry. After 30 years as an instructor, he said he has seen remarkable progress in numerous students, including his 18-year-old daughter, Mieu. After moving to Encinitas from Thailand at age 9, Mieu began learning to ski. She is now one of the school’s instructors. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do when she goes to college,” Bry said with a smile. One of Bry’s youngest students, Poway resident Leila Baclig, was already on her second lesson at age 2 1/2. Her parents are planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in a couple of weeks and wanted Leila to feel comfortable on the slopes. “We recommend five lessons before going to the snow,” Bry said. “The repetition helps

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Instructor Ken West teaches Carlsbad resident Max Salmonsen, 5, proper stopping technique. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

to create good habits and that translates to having a more enjoyable experience.” Saving time and money makes sense Bry said. “I can’t tell you how many of my students tell me they had a lot

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School committee arrives at impasse By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — After eight months, 19 meetings and three public hearings, a Del Mar Union School District advisory committee concluded that it could not make one specific recommendation to the board of trustees regarding the use of surplus space and real property. The group did, however, present the board with a 50-plus-page summary of its work that includes six proposals developed by the seven members. To be submitted as a recommendation, a proposal required approval by 80 percent of the committee, or six of the seven members. That did not happen with any proposal. The committee was formed last May when the district was facing uneven enrollment at its eight schools, budget cuts at the state level and the need to relocate its administrative offices. The state education code requires school boards to appoint a 7/11 advisory committee, which must be made up of between seven and 11 people, to secure community involvement and assist in making the best possible judgment regarding every situation involving property or space. The Del Mar committee was directed by the board to review data such as projected school enrollment to determine the amount of surplus space and real property. The group was asked to prioritize that list and recommend which school or schools should be closed. The committee was told not to consider the sale of school property — a common consideration for other 7/11 committees. Members were also asked to submit several recommendations rather than just one or two. The committee eventually developed six proposals, two of which would have closed Del Mar Hills Academy. That site was selected as a likely candidate because of declining enrollment, its small size and no planned developments in the area that would result in future enrollment growth. At several meetings, many parents said the prospects of closing a school or reconfiguring one to house the district offices were dividing the district. Bob Shopes, the committee chairman, said he was not surprised by the community’s reactions to the proposals. “I knew going in how contentious and emotional this could get,” he said. “It TURN TO SCHOOL ON 22



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Daily grind for local pro skateboarder E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road

By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Bucky Lasek’s workplace isn’t a cubicle. It’s a concrete bowl at his Olivenhain home where he spends three to four hours each weekday perfecting his game. When the weekend arrives, Bucky’s like any other dad, devoting quality time to his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters. Recognized as the No. 1 vert skater in the U.S., he considers his greatest accomplishment to be his girls — who prefer riding horses to skateboards. Raised in Baltimore, Md., Bucky was 12 when he decided to take up skateboarding after his bicycle was stolen. “I would run behind my buddy and shared his board until I got my own at Christmas,” he said. It wasn’t long before he was competing in amateur contests and joining the ranks as a professional. Bucky moved to Encinitas in 1999, a year that was a turning point both personally and professionally. “I got married, moved to Encinitas, had a baby and blew out my knee,” he said. “If I could, I would have moved here a long time before because Encinitas is a mecca for skateboarding.” Today Bucky is considered one of the world’s most consistent vert skateboarders. He’s won 11 X Games medals, seven of which have been gold. In 2000, he became the first skateboarder in the history of X Games to win gold two consecutive years with back-to-back wins in 1999 and 2000. He repeated the feat in 2003 and 2004. Bucky gives crowds their money’s worth with tricks such as his Frontside Cab heelfish, Nollieflip stalefish, Nollieflip Madonna and McKenzie (720, forward to fakie). Routinely, his schedule is packed with appearances, charity events, autograph signings and managing his day-to-day business. He has signature trading cards, action figures and

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shoes with Vans. He also has pro model skateboard with Element, a pro model helmet with Pro-Tec, and is a character in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1- 4 and Tony Hawk’s Underground video games. Bucky has been featured on the cover of Dub

Magazine and ESPN the Magazine as the first action sport athlete to hold this honor. Now 37, Bucky plans to continue as long as he remains competitive. “When skating slows down I’ll keep my products going,” he said. “I’m gradu-

ally rotating towards car racing without taking away anything from skating.” Whenever he can, Bucky slips out of town in his 911 Twin Turbo Porsche en route to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah or TURN TO SKATEBOARDER ON 26

Don’t stash house keys on front doorstep It’s always useful to have a spare set of keys. Don’t try to hide keys on a doorframe or underneath a doormat, garden rock or the body of your car. The first tip has a good suggestion for spare keys. Spare keys: My husband and I each have one to my van and an extra key to his truck in a safety box in our house. I have a key to my best friend’s house, and she has one to mine. Plus, we have keyless entry into our garage. It makes it easy if my teen comes home before I do. He just puts in the code. He used to lose his key every so often. — Kim, Oklahoma Creative reuse: Those plastic produce bags are a godsend. I use them reli-

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clear plastic bags. What we do is cut them in half, tie a knot in the open half and use the halves for picking up dog doo. We do have a small Yorkie, so others may need to use the whole bag. Speaking of dogs, we buy bed liners and use for them wee-wee pads. They are a lot cheaper than the pet wee-wee pads. We also purchased cloth wee-wee pads and simply wash them out when it isn’t suitable to walk our pet. — Hank G., email Watch prices: Beware of the dollar stores. I know that we all love them, but I learned early on just how dangerous these places can be. You need to make sure to check the prices and sizes. Sure, I can get 18

ounces of juice for $1, but is it worth it when I can get a gallon for $1.75? No, but we have a natural tendency to think that it’s a good deal because it’s only a dollar. There is also a huge danger of overshopping when things are only a buck. You go in for two or three items and come out with $35 worth of stuff. So before you start spending the singles, check yourself. The dollar stores aren’t always worth it. — Ryan, Illinois Make suggestions:: If your public library has a “suggest a purchase” option, go ahead and suggest books you would like to read. If they decide it’s of value to the community, TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON 25

Airport security has been the recent topic of conversation among the traveling public, thanks to a Nigerian passenger with explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas day. Fortunately, the only person that was harmed was the alleged terrorist — at least physically. What this 23-year-old would-be terrorist did do was shake our faith in the Transportation Security Administration and make air travel more inconvenient. Sure, this fanatic is sitting in a jail cell somewhere, but he stole our peace of mind — or what little we had left — and his actions will probably make navigating the airport security gauntlet even more daunting. I can’t imagine underwear searches as some have suggested, but who knows what additional barriers the TSA will come up with in the coming months. Yes, I feel sorry for the traveling public, but I also have sympathy for TSA employees. The regulations aren’t their fault; they just have to enforce them — and deal with ever increasingly agitated passengers who feel their personal spaces are being violated. When you’ve been treated remarkably shabby by the TSA, or on the rare occasion exceptionally well, what do you want to do? Call someone and complain (or praise), of course. Well, now there’s an app for that. You can tell the TSA just how its employees are measuring up immediately after passing through the security checkpoint by downloading and completing a survey (it’s free) via your cell phone, and the results will go directly to the TSA. “The survey also allows travelers to add photos and comments that they feel will help the TSA improve the national security system,” said Ken Kimmel, president of On The Spot Systems, a Boston-based company that developed the application originally to track customer satisfaction with restaurants, hotels and retailers. “The survey is used by the TSA to rate screening procedures and gauge consumer confidence in the security of air travel,” explained Lori Moretti, spokeswoman for On the TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 24


Teacher arrested on multiple sex assault charges By Randy Kalp

of Edley at health care SAN MARCOS — A 40- facilities around the county year-old man arrested on or were his students during sexual assault charges his time as a teacher at Kaplan College in stemming from Vista. three separate Edley is charged law enforcement with two counts each investigations of assault with the may have more intent to commit victims, police rape, sexual battery said Dec. 29. and false imprisonAuthorities ment, according to arrested Kelley court documents. Edward Edley on He has pleaded Dec. 21 on a warrant based on KELLEY EDLEY not guilty to the charges. investigations by the Edley is being held in Carlsbad Police Department, and the San custody on $350,000 bail. Marcos and Vista sheriff’s His next scheduled court patrol stations in connec- appearance is Jan. 12. Authorities believe tion to incidents where Edley held a position of there may be more victims “trust” over the victims or and have urged the public to contact Detective Dave was a co-worker. According to police, the Brannan at the Vista victims, who are all females Sheriff’s Station at (760) or Crime ranging in age from 20 to 940-4551, 35, were either co-workers Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Area drunk driving rate nearly doubles By Randy Kalp

COAST CITIES — Arrests for drunken driving over the holiday season rose significantly in San Diego County when compared to the previous year, according to authorities. Officers from 14 San Diego law enforcement agencies arrested 887 drivers during the Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown, which ran from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3. In 2008, police arrested 496 drivers

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during the same period. The mobilization — which is part of the state’s AVOID Anti-DUI Campaign that brings law enforcement agencies together to enforce sober driving — consisted of sobriety check points, saturation and routine patrols, San Diego Sheriff’s Sergeant Jason Rothlein said. Five deaths have been attributed to drivers under the influence this holiday

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Claudio Gutierrez-Cruz is wanted many collectors. Due to the demanding for his alleged involvement in the murmarket and the price of pine straw, der of 44-year-old Francisco Lopezpoaching has become lucrative. Bautista. Gutierrez-Cruz was born Dec. Gutierrez-Cruz was charged federally 3, 1967, in Mexico. He is 5 feet 4 inchwith the unlawful killing of Francisco es tall and weighs 135 pounds. He is Lopez-Bautista with malice aforebelieved to be in Mexico. thought within the special maritime and On June 14, 2005, Lopez-Bautista territorial jurisdiction of Fort Bragg, by was shot while raking and collecting the use of a shotgun and perpetrated CLAUDIO pine straw on the Fort Bragg, N.C., mil- GUTIERREZ-CRUZ from a premeditated design constitutitary reservation. The suspect and his girlfriend ing murder in the first degree. On June 22, 2005, own rights to collect the pine straw on the tract of a federal warrant was issued for Gutierrez-Cruz’s land from which the victim was allegedly poach- arrest. If you know of this man’s whereabouts, ing. Collecting and selling pine straw is a thriving contact the nearest FBI office or American enterprise that yields a significant income for Embassy.

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OCEANSIDE — Palmquist Elementary School’s second annual reading challenge “Ticket to Read,” fundraiser was held Jan. 11 and included T.J. Ticket, reading mascot for Voyager Program. The Reada-Thon lasted through Jan. 15 and raised funds for both Palmquist Elementary and the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside Afterschool Program. Last year, Palmquist students earned $5,000 for the school.

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ENCINITAS — Jamroc 101 Caribbean Grill has been selected for the 2009 Best of Encinitas Award in the Caribbean Restaurants category by the U.S. Commerce Association. The USCA Best of Local Business Award program recognizes outstanding local businesses that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

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Restaurant Week fires up starting Jan. 17 FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine This month, some 200 restaurants in San Diego County cooperate in multicourse meals of their best specialties at prices far less than the usual menu numbers in a “Restaurant Week” event Jan. 17 to Jan. 22. This was kicked off last year with great success. Tables filled up so fast, the participating restaurants repeated it later in the year. Jim Barrasso, the affable owner of Firefly Grill and Winebar on El Camino Real in Encinitas, loves this promotion. “We get an opportunity to get a lot of new customers through the door at a price point that is very attractive. Once they have one of our personally prepared entrees, we have a customer that will come back,” he said. It worked so well for Barrasso last year, that this year he is extending the date. At Firefly, Restaurant Week is Jan. 17 to Jan. 31, with a choice of entrée to include: Monkfish Picatta, Chili Rubbed Skirtsteak or a Chicken Medley. Appetizer and dessert are included, all

for $30. Carefully chosen wines are suggested for each menu item and wine pairings are packaged for a nominal extra charge. Firefly is always the innovator with its special Weekend Tasting Menu, an exciting fourcourse pre fixe offering that changes every weekend. Optional wine packages accent each course. Barrasso and Executive Chef Aaron Dailey personally craft each wine to a menu item that weaves in beautifully with the food. A recent wine list started with a Monterey Chardonnay, moved into a Pinot Noir for the fish course, continued with a Cabernet for the beef and climaxed with a 10-year-old Tawny Port from Portugal to enhance the Almond Sponge Cake. Truly a wine lover’s delight! Late last year, Firefly hosted a Caymus Napa Valley Wine Dinner that saw Chef Aaron do a Salmon Roulade that paired with a Caymus ’07 Cab. The main course was a Roasted Lamb Loin capped with the Caymus “Special Selection” ’07 Cab that made my Top 10 Tastes for 2009. Find out more about Restaurant Week by visiting w w w. s a n d i e g o r e s t a u rantweek.com, and check out what else is new with Firefly at www.fireflygrillandwinebar.com.

International products have shifted important dollars over to “social media” on the Internet for easy-toprove documented exposure to this audience. Twitter, a social media site, was last reported to be “home” to some 30 million registered users and is growing by millions per month.

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TEAM FIREFLY Firefly Grill & Winebar owner Jim Barrasso with Executive Chef Aaron Dailey at a recent Caymus Vineyard Wine Dinner. Photo by Frank Mangio

The millennial keting strategy to educate this vast market, estimated market for wine Consumers 21 to 30 years old are a huge force in moving products these days. Traditional media has lost this generation to such newage media as Twitter, Facebook and text messaging. This has not fallen through the cracks for vineyards, wineries, wine shops and special events. In Paso Robles Wine Country, their association has created CRAVE, a mar-

to be 40 million people. This market comprises about 19 percent of the wine buying public as we speak. Upbeat, friendly, to-thepoint information at specially crafted events, focused on college towns, have paid off for Paso. “Word-of-mouth” has taken on a new meaning with this millennial generation of networkers who are connected socially every minute of the day.

— Pinot Days comes to Los Angeles, an all Pinot Noir Grand Tasting and an important event for this varietal, from Jan. 14 through Jan. 17. The Sunday show is public and at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from 1 to 5 p.m. For ticket info, visit www.pinotdays.com. — A Flora Springs Vineyard Wine Dinner is being presented by West Steak, Seafood and Spirits in Carlsbad, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 18. This premier winery will have its owner, John Komes, in attendance. Five delicious courses for $75 per person. RSVP at (760) 930-9100. — The Wine Loft at the Forum in Carlsbad is kicking off this year’s $10 Tuesdays all this month from 5 to 7 p.m. Your choice of any four wines off the tasting list for just $10. Call (760) 944-1412. — La Costa Wine Company has a wine/cheese pairing from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 25

Former Navy SEAL continues to seek adventure By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — Tom Clardy is a paraplegic who does not let his disability stop him. A “brag wall” in his home in Encinitas shows awards and photos of his accomplishments. Clardy is especially proud of the photo of him as a young man in the Navy. Clardy was a Navy SEAL and then a police officer before a drunk driver hit him in 1972. The crash caused him to lose one leg and left his other leg paralyzed. After the accident Clardy set new goals for himself. He worked as a movie stuntman, attended college and competed in sports. “Life goes on,” Clardy said. At age 64, Clardy said he likes to challenge himself. “My perspective is, ‘What am I here for? Where am I SET TO SWIM Tom Clardy before the 2009 Labor Day Pier Swim in Oceanside. Photo by Promise Yee going?’” Clardy said.

The wall in his home also holds photos of his recent accomplishments. There is a poster from the movie “Alligator.” In the movie, Clardy was a stuntman in a scene where a robotic alligator gnawed off a prosthetic leg he wore. Another accomplishment is that he competed in the Labor Day Pier Swim. Clardy swam the race by attaching a fin to his paralyzed leg and thrusting his body in a wavelike motion. He came close to finishing the rough water swim around the pier, but cramped up and had to be helped to shore. Undiscouraged, Clardy said he plans to practice and compete again next year. In addition to swimming, Clardy is also an active skier. He uses a sit-down ski to whiz down snowy slopes.

“I need to move,” Clardy said. Clardy said he enjoys sports, but physical activity is taxing. “I’m in major pain all the time,” Clardy said. “I love life experiences, but some are a little painful.” He relies on the practices of kinetic body movement, physical therapy and determination to work past his pain. He said setting goals also helps him push past his limits. An educational goal that Clardy set for himself is to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice. He is studying at San Diego State. “I’m still learning,” Clardy said. Clardy said through his wide range of life experiences one of the most important lessons he has leaned is self-acceptance. “I’m more than my frailties, I have my strengths too,” he said.

Start the new year with some inspiring furry friends RANCHO SANTA FE — Keep your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise, relieve stress, and find the love of your life. Your personal trainer, round-theclock psychiatrist, and soulmate are ready to start 2010 with you. They’re waiting for you right now at Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. “We’ve heard all the excuses,” spokesman John Van Zante said. “‘I want to start an exercise program

but I need encouragement. When I get home at night I crash on the couch with knots in my stomach. I wish someone would love me as much as I love them.’ We can help you get a leg up on your New Year’s resolutions by adopting a pet.” Van Zante speaks from experience. “When my alarm goes off I may not feel like getting up. But my dog is standing next to the bed and ready to go for a walk. He’s like a four-pawed per-

sonal trainer. No excuses.” Adoptions Manager Brian Simpson pointed out that a pet can help relieve stress. “Your dog or cat doesn’t care if you’ve had a bad day. They’ll be right there with you and they’re great listeners. Studies show that petting a dog or cat lowers blood pressure and helps you relax. It’s like having your own psychiatrist living in your home, 24 hours per day and seven days per week.”

And nothing beats the unconditional love that you get from a dog or cat. “If you made a resolution to find your soul mate in 2010, start at an animal shelter,” Simpson said. “People come and go, but a dog or cat will give its love 100 percent with no strings attached. No matter how much you love them they’ll love you more.” “Animal shelters and pet rescue groups work hard to find the right match between people and their

pets,” Van Zante said. “You’re making a lifetime commitment to each other so we want to make sure it’s the right pet for you, your home, and your lifestyle. It’s an important decision. And it’s a great way to begin the New Year.” Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, call (858) 7564117 or visit www.animal center.org.


Do you think they’d let a 60year-old join the military? As an Air Force brat, I have always been pretty aware of the importance of America’s military and I remain a big fan of all branches. Still, when you are up to your neck in the general goings-on of life, it’s easy to lose touch. I have recently had my military consciousness raised. My renewed awareness began when The Coast News started circulating on Camp Pendleton. As part of that, we now create a page dedicated specifically to news of our local Marines and I am involved in gathering it. This task came on the heels of the death of the niece of close friends, who had been serving in Afghanistan. Like so many, this soldier wasn’t even on patrol. She was only there to teach, in an armored convoy that fell to roadside bombs. Cranking my awareness up another notch, my church has become very involved with the Wounded Warriors Center on Pendleton. That is something to touch the hardest heart. Coming home with wounds both physical and mental, is a war unto itself, and these Marines are in the thick of it. But in truth, for me, it takes little more than a stroll through the local mall. Everywhere you look are those sweet, so-young faces with the buzz cuts, looking just a little lost and at loose ends, even as they train to be tough and mature. I find myself moved with a fierce pride in them. I then fight the urge to invite them all home, so I can mother the heck out of them. With them weighing on my mind, I then got word of the recent death of a 21year-old in a Pendleton parachute training exercise. I happen to know a lot of 21-year-olds just now, including my son. These Marines and sailors are all someone’s still-soyoung children and I can barely stand it. I often rejoice that I live each day free of war, and I thank these kids for that. The more I read of what our servicemen and women are doing and have done as they get out of Iraq and into Afghanistan, the prouder I become and the heavier my heart gets. I do believe the job they are trying to do in Afghanistan is important and worthy. I can’t speak TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 25


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The dirty secret no one tells you after you say ‘I Do’ MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch After writing about my trip to the marital altar last summer, I thought I would let my single Rancho readers in on a dirty little secret I learned. Getting married does change your life, so be prepared. All that you have known will change the moment you say “I do.” I feel like telling the truth about some recent issues. Like?how those that I love have omitted major days on my calendar because it might overshadow their own current news.When did life become such a competition? I remember entering the dating world more than six years ago, frightened by the aggressive behavior and mating habits of my older and younger friends. Prior to my first marriage, there were no cell phones. You checked your answering machine when you got home. When you would meet your friends out, no one could text message, watch movies, twitter or Blackberry their life away. You were there until the party ended and then you went home to your answering machine. My analysis is that technology preys upon the vulnerability of my gender. This has left all of us fighting for the next best picture post on Facebook, or who has the better life. What is this world coming to? On a side note, why does everyone send out these bragging Christmas card rants? The words humble and sincere have turned into dirty words, while bragging is all the rage. Don’t pity me. I’m the “girl around town.” I still have friends. However, my relationships have changed with the addition of the second ring added to my left hand. In retrospect, somehow being engaged was a better bitter pill to swallow for my girlfriends. When I was single, I had more friends than you could count on 12 fingers (obvious joke). How are things now you might ask? Well, you could say I’ve developed a thing for male one-hour dramas on television. I watch a lot of “CSI New York” and “CSI Miami” since my unit of “Sex and The City” dismantled as soon as the honeymoon ended.Who knew your dating status carried so much power in your friendship circle? The dirty little secret no one wants to tell you is the reason why married couples suddenly develop relationships with other married couples is because all of your single friends actually dump you due to reasons you will never understand. Instead of hanging out at your favorite places, you now drive to North County suburbs on the weekends to be with new inviting faces because they wear wedding rings, too. The only way anyone can weather this inevitable dumping after the betrothal is to

actually love the person you marry. Otherwise, you could blame them subconsciously for the fact that your number of invites to parties has suddenly dimmed like the lights on Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard.” In order to survive this transition, you must develop new rituals. Start going to different places so you won’t be constantly reminded of that huge void that now exists due to the vanishing act of all the singletons that once so dearly loved you as the party girl. This is my warning to those playing the dating game: Make sure the person you marry can be your best friend, too (i.e. Robin). That way, you won’t be upset by the mass exodus after the reception is over. Come to think of it, that must be what the reception is, a fairwell to old friends. Because trust me, you will never see them again. The good news? I am in love. Don’t worry. I still love my single friends. I just miss them on occasion.

Around town On Dec. 28, just after Christmas, Robin and I headed out of town to La Paz, Mexico. What better way to start a trip than taking a luxurious ride to the airport? I was thrilled when MIB Transportation offered us a ride in high style. I have included a photo of my arrival to the last exit before entering Mexico. What was so wonderful about Men in Black Transportation is they are affordable and less than a yellow cab. I don’t know about you, but I personally would prefer to ride in Lincoln Towne Car with plush leather interior over the alternative. The men are professional, and you can book them for any kind of transportation services in town. Thank you for making our exit out of the states worry-free. To find out more about MIB Transportation, check out their Web site at www.mibtransportation.com. On Dec. 31st, The Coast News Group cohorts were celebrated New Year’s Eve all over the southern region of United States and Mexico. While I was ringing in the New Year with the Shulls in La Paz, Mexico’s Three Virgin’s Restaurant, some of my other colleagues were celebrating first-class, too. Encinitas Territory Manager Krista Lafferty had made reservations at Yogi’s in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. She informed me that even though you might think beach style here, everyone that booked reservations showed up in tuxes and black-tie style. Greeted at the door with a complimentary flute of bubbly, guests also enjoyed their own bottle of champagne at each table. I must say that sounds rather grand for Yogi’s! Everyone there brought in the New Year dancing the night away until they counted down to 2010 according to Ms. Lafferty. Rumors are circulating around the office that she might be next for marital bliss. Let’s hope she’s ready to kiss those single friends good-

FAMILY AFFAIR Celebrating New Year’s Eve in La Paz, Mexico, with Robin’s family and friends. Courtesy photo

bye because we know she will never see them again. Thanks for sharing your photo and story. Over the mountains and across the desert, Associate Publisher Chris Kydd and his girlfriend Jonica Willams celebrated New Year’s Eve in Sin City — Las Vegas. Chris informed me the streets were overflowing for one of the biggest New Year’s Eve bashes ever. They checked into the Sahara Casino, then made their way to join in the party on Freemont Street, where visitors from all over enjoyed top cover bands like “Guns and Roses.” The beer overflowed and in this photo featured, notice the cups are actually football glassware. Now that’s just about as patriotic as it gets.Thanks Chris. Meanwhile, the Shulls rang in the New Year near Papas and Beers with their own tequila in hand, while living it up near the miraculous water in Baja California. And if you are wondering, yes, we did visit the famous Hotel California. On Jan. 1, Territory Manager Tony Barrymore took an amazing hike with his beautiful wife Dianne on Mount Palomar Mountain. You might be wondering from his last name, and yes he is related to the famous Barrymores from Hollywood. His great grandfather was the famous movie actor John Barrymore. No wonder he takes regal pictures.Tony doesn’t like to brag, but I will for him. He has been the top account advertising representative for The Coast News for almost two years. That is definitely worth celebrating. On Jan. 4, I crossed the border back into the states and spoke with one of my clients, Cokas Diko. Where “Frugal meets Fabulous” on interior decoration, this is a wonderful furniture and gift shop located on Cedros you won’t want to miss. Here is the back story on the business: They first opened in 1998 in Santa Rosa, Calif. When success came almost instantly, a second store opened in Solana Beach in 2000. Rancho Santa Fe residents don’t have to drive far to find “vibrant styles” for their home decor or

GOODBYE ’09 Above, Krista Lafferty with boyfriend Mike Confer celebrating New Year’s Eve in North County. Right, Tony and Dianne Barrymore on New Year’s Day at Mount Palomar. Courtesy photos

TRAVEL IN STYLE Arriving in style with MIB Transportation. Photo by Robin Shull

unique gift ideas for their loved ones. You can even access their online catalog at www.cokasdiko.com, or take a fantastic journey back in time inside their unique store. I just loved all of the eclectic pieces. But most of all, they are at prices that won’t break your wallet right after the holidays. Back to Rancho Santa Fe. Sorry, but my coverage ventured off the map for this holiday season. If you have any fun stories you would like to share, I’m back in the Ranch and looking forward to meeting you, so e-mail at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com SIN CITY Jonica Williams with Associate Publisher Chris Kydd celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas. Courtesy photo



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and their families. This university-like campus will be an internationally recognized resource for research, education, training and life quality — something that simply doesn’t exist today.” Guests of the event enjoyed fresh Italian dishes donated by Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group and Chef Mario Gutierrez from Bellagio Ristorante & Bakery; as well as wine tasting with sommelier Derek Alten and pouring by Leonesse Cellars. Live music was performed by the Rey Vinole Big Band, with a special performance by the San Diego Master Chorale.

There was also a client art exhibition and sale, with all proceeds benefiting the center, as well as the world premiere of the “I am TERI” video, which highlights experiences of TERI clients, parents, staff and volunteers. Other major donors and attendees included parent and donor Salah Hassanein with his guest, international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes; Capital Campaign Committee Chairwoman Dawn Hummel; Maj. Jim Desmond of San Marcos and his wife Keri Desmond; Capital Campaign committee member Cathe Burnham of

the Burnham Foundation; Tom Tomlinson of the Tomlinson Foundation; Roberto Vigilucci of Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group and Pablo Rios, owner of Bellagio Ristorante. Cuvee event sponsors included Vigilucci’s, Bellagio Ristorante, Leonesse Cellars, Local Focus Photography, Sommelier and owner of Signature Wine Services, Derek Alten; Allie’s Party Rentals, San Diego Master Chorale, Crystal Catering, artwork of Steve Barton of Barton Studios, Briggs Tree TURN TO TERI ON 26



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Grazin’ at Beach Grass is a gas, baby — can you dig it? I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, you can dig it oh, let’s dig it … Can you dig it, baby? OK, I must credit the group Friends of Distinction who covered Hugh Masekela’s hit in 1969 for this random culinary music interlude. For some reason it popped into my head while I was enjoying sublime Kailua Pork tostados with caramelized red onion and cilantro with a jalapeno cream sauce, one of my favorites at the Beach Grass in Solana Beach. It’s been a while since I’ve been to restaurant entrepreneur Jaime Osuna’s flagship restaurant which has since expanded to three locations. Osuna also owns Encinitas mainstays Honey’s and Swami’s Café. I’ve enjoyed breakfast and lunch as many have at Beach Grass and until recently was unaware they even served dinner. Note to San Diego: Beach Grass Solana Beach serves dinner and it’s fabulous. First off, it’s just such a cool space. It is a little hard to see from the street, but



depending on the number of employees. Applicants are also required to make a “green commitment” by implementing five sustainability measures. When applying, a business must designate a company coordinator to organize sustainability efforts. Within the first 60 days, members must implement at least three waste-reduction programs. They must also commit to at least four energyreducing measures within 90 days, three water-conservation measures within 120 days and one pollution-prevention program in the first six months. Most of the requirements are fairly simple steps. They include posting signs in restrooms and kitchen areas encouraging water conservation, using energy-efficient light bulbs when replacement is necessary, recycling or donating old electronic equipment and purchasing recycled paper products. Monitoring efforts are still being developed but there are no plans to create a “green police force,” Zahn said. “It’s very doable,” Zahn said. “It’s not going to cost the businesses a lot of money. In general, it’s the opposite. Adopting these



prosecutor said. He added that he would be asking the judge to require Thompson to fully reimburse the district. While Eichler said he couldn’t comment about what Thompson used the money for, he said that information would likely come

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate once inside, the open, airy space with exposed ventilation is clean, contemporary and inviting with a nice mix of tables and booths. As mentioned we started with the Kailua Pork tostados and I can’t say enough about these. The pork is moist, the caramelized red onion compliments it perfectly, and the jalapeno sauce on the side gives it a nice little kick. The term Kailua pork is frequently used to describe any pork shoulder butt which is rubbed with salt, wrapped in leaves, and slow smoked. However Beach Grass cooks it they do it right and I will be back for more. We also sampled the grilled pizzetta with buffalo mozzarella and sliced tomato served with a chilled caponata. The buffalo mozzarella was perfectly moist,

firm, and full of that subtle flavor that works so well with a fresh, ripe tomato. Caponata is a Sicilian dish usually comprised of a cooked vegetable salad traditionally made from chopped peppers and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar, and capers in a sweet and sour sauce. As usual, Beach Grass put their signature on it and it worked perfectly. Starters at Beach Grass range from $5.95 for hand cut fries to $12.95 for the crab cakes with most falling in the $7 to $9 range. Next up were the spicy ahi noodle rolls which are just that, a roll filled with ahi and thin noodles. These were as good as any rolls I’ve had at a sushi joint and I really enjoyed having them available to mix into our sampling of dishes. They also offer a veggie roll, a BGC roll which includes shrimp, spinach and avocado and a salmon roll. These all come in at $11.95. For entrées we went with the BBQ beef ribs with grilled corn on the cob and TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 22

measures can result in a tremendous savings. “We want members to walk the walk,” he said. “The idea isn’t to burden businesses, but to get them to join in and make this a contagious situation where members are serving as models of a sustainable business.” The kick-off event will likely be in or near Solana Beach, a city that seems a natural choice because it already has “a cluster of sustainable businesses,” Zahn said. The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Green Chamber have also developed several ties. Zahn is vice president of the Solana Beach Chamber and the Green Chamber’s seven-member board of directors includes three Solana Beach business owners and the current Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce president. Solana Beach offers the Green Chamber use of some of its facilities. The Green Chamber is a co-sponsor of this year’s Fiesta del Sol, the Solana Beach Chamber’s main fundraiser. Current plans are for Green Chamber members to provide additional manpower and attract sustainable businesses. Zahn said the Green Chamber has not yet provided funding for the event and there are currently no plans

for it to benefit financially. The two groups also offer reciprocal membership, but Zahn said they will remain independent agencies. “We see a benefit to separate chambers,” Zahn said. “Local chambers can focus on their towns.” Green Chamber membership is open to all San Diego businesses and organizations to provide a regional benefit by allowing participants to network countywide. So far, Zahn said, the response has been positive. “I’m a big proponent of it,” said Bryan Fuller, a member of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce and owner of Java Depot. “The Green Chamber seems to be gaining traction, and it’s kind of a natural here in Solana Beach for us since we already have a number of green businesses.” Fuller said he likes the idea that “we can reach out beyond our borders to a bigger geographic area around the county on this growing industry.” “I think the Solana Beach Chamber would benefit greatly from it,” he said. Following the March kick-off, education events featuring guest speakers will be held throughout the county. “There are a lot of neat things happening and a lot of opportunities,” Zahn said.

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out at her sentencing. Last August, criminal charges were filed against Thompson after the PTO at Reynolds Elementary came across discrepancies in their books, Steve Lombard, a spokesman for Oceanside Unified School District, said after Thompson’s September arraignment hearing. Thompson has been on administrative leave from

her duties as principal at Reynolds Elementary since February while her case was being investigated, Lombard has said. During her tenure with the district, Thompson was also the principal at San Luis Rey Elementary and worked as a teacher, Lombard said. She remains out of custody on her own recognizance, Eichler said.

and the feeling isn’t so bad. I now drink about four ounces 12 times a day and have no more problems. How could this be — more water curing me of both afflictions? I need to know the reason this works, because people don’t believe me when I tell them. Dear Reader: Diarrhea is typically caused by an infection or functional bowel disor-

FUNNY MAN Comedian/actor Tim Allen will return to his stand-up comedy roots at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Northern San Diego County’s Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76. Tickets are $85, $75, $65 and $45 with no service charge at the Pala Privileges Booth in the casino, or call (877) 946-7252. Tickets also are available at Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737, or at www. startickets.com. From San Diego/Riverside, take I-15 to Highway 76 east five miles; Pala is 15 miles north of Escondido. The recently expanded Pala Casino Spa & Resort includes a Las Vegas-style casino and hotel, a full-service spa and salon, fitness center and swimming pool. Pala also offers 10 restaurants. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is hosting a day trip to the Getty Villa in Los Angeles on Jan. 27. The trip by motor coach will visit the Villa, led by Ginger Bord, leaving the Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. and returning about 5:30 p.m. Lunch will be no-host at The

Villa. Cost of the trip is $40 per person and your payment is your reservation. The Getty Villa reopened in 2006, after a decade of renovation, with the entrance given the “drama of an archeological dig.” The Villa features a copy of a first-century Roman country house with

Roman style gardens, reflecting pools, bronze sculptures, colonnades and grapevine arbors, along with Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. For more information, call (858) 756-1554. Reservations must be made by Jan. 21.

Drinking water has many benefits Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 65year-old female. For about five years, I suffered from unpredictable fecal incontinence and diarrhea. Both afflictions were unpleasant and caused me considerable anxiety. My 84-year-old aunt was not a bit shocked when I confided this to her. She simply told me to drink more water. Of course, my reaction was “Huh?” to which she said, “You’re dehydrated. Just do it!” I can tell you that it really did work. Although I disdain the heaviness of so much water, I changed from iced water to room temperature,

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der, such as irritable bowel syndrome. It can lead to dehydration, so it is important to take in additional fluids during an episode. Constipation often responds well to increased fluid intake. I am just as baffled as you are, but I am printing your letter with the request that if any of my readers have heard of or have had experience with this, they should write to me with their results. As a matter of interest, I will briefly discuss dehydration. This condition occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in.This can TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 22


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Jewish teen group looks for altruistic, young adherents

NEW FRIENDS From left, the San Dieguito Woman’s Club Membership Chairman Lorraine Harman and CoPresident Laverne Jones, welcome new members Lana Tipton and Connie Louis, along with Co-President Kathleen Warren. The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at the San Diego National Bank in Community Room, 131 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 632-9768. Courtesy photo

COAST CITIES — California’s Jewish youth have an opportunity to be recognized for their good works and be rewarded with $36,000 through the The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam awards. Nominations must be received by the Feb. 19 deadline. The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognize young Jewish Californians who have distinguished themselves as leaders and have initiated community service projects that impact their communities in meaningful ways. Any teacher, civic leader, or nonfamily member may nominate a young California resident who is

between 13 and 19 years old for the award. The $36,000 award can be used however the recipient wishes. Most have used the funds for furthering their educations, developing their projects, or starting new endeavors. Teens must self-identify as Jewish, though their community service projects can benefit the general community. Teens can nominate themselves, or be nominated by teachers, rabbis, community leaders, or anyone who knows the value of the their volunteer service and commitment — family members excluded. Teens must be residents of

California, age 13 through 19 years old at the time of nomination. Tikkun olam is the Hebrew phrase that literally means “repair the world.” The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award was established by Bay Area philanthropist Helen Diller, to help identify, reward and encourage the next generation of leaders to follow their visions for improving the world around them and giving back to their communities. The awards are funded by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.

2 injured in head-on collision Sempra Energy to aid Cardiff Reef between pick-up truck, Lexus

conservation with big donations CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes “As a longtime surfer and full-time environmentalist, local resident Kelly Sarber has been working for better surf and a more vibrant ocean. As she reports below, the fight to improve our way of life has just been given a nice gift for the new year.” — Chris Ahrens By Kelly Sarber

The surfing community’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship got a shot of adrenalin from the Sempra Energy Foundation’s recent grants to several local, grassroots, environmental organizations which will use the proceeds for environmental education, outreach, and water quality monitoring to benefit North County coastal communities. Helping local kids learn about unique, coastal watersheds and their impact on ocean quality is important to improving how our society manages impacts from human sources. And, the surfing population is one of the most affected by water quality, since we are typically the first to be exposed to ocean run-off at the many river mouths in North County. The Sempra Energy Foundation recently awarded more than $1 million to several regional, nonprofit organizations. This includes more than $100,000 to three nonprofits that have successful grassroots programs, scientific analysis and educational outreach in our area. The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, San Diego

Coastkeeper and San Diego Audubon Society were selected to receive grants because of their dedication to protecting and conserving natural resources, increasing environmental education and improving environmental health and safety. The San Elijo Conservancy plans to use their award to expand its wetlands curriculum to include third-, fourth- and fifth-graders, building on field trips to the visitor center and wetlands by Encinitas and Solana Beach students. The conservancy also aims to expand its educational outreach to include Escondido schools due to the city’s geographic positioning as the headwaters for The San Elijo Lagoon. “This is a great opportunity for us to expand our blossoming education program into a geographic area that hasn’t been that engaged, but which actually plays an important role in the overall health of Escondido Creek and ultimately, the San Elijo Lagoon, Cardiff Reef and our ocean,” said Doug Gibson, executive director/principal scientist of the conservancy. “The Sempra Energy Foundation can take pride in helping create a platform whereby the community, industry and schools can work together to raise educational standards that create young environmentalists.” San Diego Coastkeeper will use its Environmental Champions award to help fund its countywide water quality sampling and public information program that has become a necessary tool for any surfer that demands up-to-date information about water quality at their favorite surf break. Currently, 400 volunteers are monitoring water

quality in our bays and shoreline to protect the public’s health and provide a baseline of scientific data for water quality. “With the Sempra Energy Foundation’s generous donation, we can continue to facilitate this volunteer-based program and share the results with all of the county’s residents, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, businesses and nonprofits,” said Jamie Ortiz, communications director of San Diego Coastkeeper. Surfers can get information at www.sdwatersheds.org. The San Diego Audubon society plans to use the grant to provide resources to assist the newly formed San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative to expanding access to the outdoors for families from low-income and diverse backgrounds. The Audubon Society has been a champion of protecting the coastal region’s unique environment as well as increasing the community’s understanding and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitats. “We have learned that creating a deep connection between kids and nature cements a lifelong commitment to the environment,” said Chris Redfern, executive director for the Audubon Society. The nonprofit will create a Web portal to allow people to go on line and quickly identify nature locations in their specific neighborhood to help make the outdoors easily accessible for everyone. For more information about the Environmental Champions Awards, visit sempra.com/sommunity/ foundation/champions.htm. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.

RANCHO SANTA FE — A head-on collision Jan. 6 added to the growing number of serious car accidents on rural Rancho Santa Fe roads. Reports indicate that at 10:25 a.m., a Ford F-150 pick-up and a Lexus sedan, each with one passenger, collided in the 3000 block of El Camino Del Norte, near where Olivenhain links to Rancho Santa Fe. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, with the assistance of

Encinitas Fire Department, responded to the collision. When units arrived on scene, firefighters found the engine compartment of the truck had caught fire. The driver of the truck, while injured, was able to exit the vehicle on his own, but the woman in the Lexus was trapped and needed to be extricated. Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, one as a major trauma and the other as a

minor trauma. El Camino del Norte was closed in both directions for 90 minutes while crews worked to extinguish the fire, treat the victims and clear the roadway. The emergency response included three fire engines, two San Diego Medical Services Enterprise ambulances, and a battalion chief. California Highway Patrol also responded and is investigating the cause of the accident.

New laws help out consumers during times of bad credit, faulty mortgages A slew of new laws hit the books on New Year’s Day. Some of these new laws help consumers. The sub-prime mortgage mess continues to plague Southern California in particular. Careless lending coupled with lax standards and crooked mortgage companies led to people qualifying for high cost loans with really no hope of keeping up with the payments. We saw foreclosures spike and are still feeling the effects of these practices. A group of laws tightens up the mortgage procedures and provides more oversight. One I particularly like prohibits mortgage brokers from putting folks in higher priced, riskier loans when they qualify for a fixed rate loan. Mortgage brokers and banks will be required to notify clients about all the loans they offer, not just the ones that make the broker the most in fees. Loans that get larger the longer a borrower holds them — known as negative amortization loans — will be banned in most cases.

J MICHAEL VALLEE The Law and You Caps also will be placed on the penalties loan providers levy when mortgage holders pay off their loans early. Another new law really has some teeth. A law by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, will make it a crime for mortgage brokers to deliberately misrepresent or omit information to get loans for borrowers. Potential penalties include up to a year in prison. Lawmakers also boosted protections for Californians who already own a home. One such law looks to protect the growing number of senior citizens pursuing reverse mortgages. It will require lenders to give customers a list of independent counseling agencies and a checklist about the risks and alternatives to reverse mortgages, a special type of home loan that converts a

portion of a home’s equity into cash. Other laws that I believe will help consumers: — AB 470 removes a current obstacle that prevents insurance companies from directly releasing accident information to the attorney of an insured person. — Car dealers will have to prove they have paid off vehicle liens before trading or selling them. This bill was in response to a growing problem nationwide triggered by the recession. Dealers often promise to pay off outstanding loans when car buyers still owe money on their trade-in vehicle. But if the dealer goes out of business without paying off the loan, lenders can go after the previous owner or repossess the resold car. Hopefully, California’s new laws will give consumers more protection in 2010 and the years to follow. Michael Vallee is a practicing trial attorney whose firm focuses on consumer law, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a consumer legal contributor for The Coast News. Contact him at info@valleelaw.com.



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Above, John Ingalls, chairman of the Road and Traffic Committee, receives special thanks from President Bill Beckman and the Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors. Below, Gerry Block, chairman of the Planning Committee, receives special thanks from Beckman. Photos by David Wiemers


Halloween festival that featured intricately carved pumpkins as a highlight of the evening. “It just became too big of an event for us to handle,” Anilananda said. “What started out as a few hundred people decades ago turned into 10,000.” The organization has been donating carved pumpkins to the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association’s Halloween celebration. Postulant, or beginning, monks are responsible for carving the pumpkins each year in addition to their spiritual studies and meditation. “We leave it up to the postulants and their own creativity what they want to carve,” Anilananda said. The fellowship has 50 monks, nuns and postulants, who are not recognizable as monastics when walking around town without their orange robes. With the exception of 2006, the fellowship has taken pumpkins from its own garden to supply the monks. According to Anilananda sev-

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eral changes were made two years ago to the agriculture systems that necessitated a break in planting. “We set up permanent beds and added a new irrigation system,” he said. “With the addition of worms to enrich the soil we are hoping to increase the nutrients in the soil.” The monks managed to use pumpkins from the fellowship’s Escondido location to create unique carvings for the city’s downtown event. “I think we might have bought a few, too,” Anilananda said with a laugh. While the fellowship doesn’t invite visitors into the vegetable gardens, Anilananda said he understands the draw that they have on people. “I love to see people enjoying the garden as much as we do,” he said. In

Road and Traffic Committee for two terms from 2004 to 2009 and served as chair during 2008 and 2009. “It’s a great town,” said Block, who received a plaque and shirt complete with a Rancho Santa Fe logo. “I’ll be glad to serve again.” Other committee members honored were Foxanna Foxx, Murray Hutchinson, Henry Ingersoll, Patty Queen and Bill Schlosser. Vice President Kim Higgins made if official when she made a motion “ … to thank Gerry Block, Roxanna Foxx, Murray Hutchinson, John Ingalls, Henry Ingersoll, Patty Queen, and Bill Schlosser for their service to the Association, and to present Gerry Block and John Ingalls with awards for leadership as the Planning and Road and Traffic Committee Chairs.” The motion passed unanimously. In other Association news, the annual Board Retreat is scheduled for Jan. 19 at the Golf Club. At the retreat, the board outlines its goals for the upcoming year and establishes priorities. The meeting is open to the public. Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler said that the board would receive the Osuna Master Plan, the new plan for the Village Parks and an update on the plan for 2005, an estimated two-thirds of the pumpkin harvest was stolen just before monks began working on the carvings. The experience has not deterred the organization from continuing the growing season in the same relatively unconfined way. Two benches along Summit Avenue provide a sitting area for those not willing to venture past the fence into the garden. With a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, the fellowship’s gardens are an obvious attraction for locals and visitors alike. “You don’t have to call in advance, just come and enjoy the paradise,” said Brother Ramananda, a senior monk, whose youth and vigor belie his mid-70s age. Photographer John Westing said he visits the “inner sanc-


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Above, Bill Schlosser receives recognition from Association President Bill Beckman at the awards ceremony. Right, Roxanna Foxx is honored. Photos by David Wiemers

underground utilities. Resident Ann Boone asked the board to reconsider art jury requirements for playground equipment.The installation of playground equipment is considered “minor construction,” and Boone suggested that it be amended to “major construction.” She also asked that setbacks for playground equipment be more rigorously enforced. Manager Pete Smith said that matter would be referred to the art jury. The next Association meeting is the retreat on Jan. 19 followed by a regular meeting on Jan. 21. tum” on a regular basis. “I take photos of the same scenery but there is a difference in the final image depending on how I am feeling and the spiritual energy of the place on any given day,” he said. Others come to meditate or practice the teachings of Yogananda that are offered through a home study course for a fee. Cynthia Callum admitted she was self-con-

scious about sitting crosslegged to meditate on a bench in the fellowship gardens. “I’m new at this (meditating) and I thought coming to this place would help me concentrate,” she said. “Yogananada’s teachings make a lot of common sense but I feel like I’m just taking baby steps right now.” Callum lost her job as a human resources director early last year and has been unable to

find work. “I came here very desparate and not much has changed in my life except the way I deal with it, how much energy I give to the negative,” she said. After two hours of focused meditation, Callum said she felt better. “The point is to maintain this great feeling I have right now,” she said. “I’ll get there, I’m glad this space is here to help me feel the presence of God.”


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PET WEEK Hazelnut is a 1- yearold, spayed, female, domestic short-haired blend feline, at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Hazelnut is quiet yet very playful with the simplest of toys. She also plays well with other cats, has litter box manners and uses her scratching post. Her adoption fee is $75. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and



through sixth grade. “There’s a huge demand,” Michelle said. “The kids were apprehensive at first, but they are so amazingly enthusiastic and really respectful. “ The music classes are semiprivate lessons in which two to three students at a time learn on instruments donated by the volunteers, who also raised money to buy used equipment for the program. Two of the instructors teach group dance classes, mostly to the younger elementary students. Michelle said the biggest challenge is “planning really great classes.” She said she spends about three hours a week preparing. “I want to make sure the kids are moving along well and learning at a good pace,” she said. “I want to make sure that hour is the most fruitful hour. “We focus on technique and rhythm. We teach them how to read notes and the proper way to hold their hands,” she said. “We really want to make sure they learn it. We give them study notes. We give quizzes, worksheets and all kinds of activities. We want to give them the chance to excel properly.” Her efforts appear to be


cars along the road and enter, too,” Manager Pete Smith said. Parking is also available at the Golf Club and residents can walk the trail and observe the trees along the way. “About 27 trees have been planted so far,” said Dick Brockett, director of field operations. That is approximately half the trees that will be planted; the remaining will be planted within the next 30 to 45 days. Each tree will have a label at its base showing the botanical and common name along with other characteristics such as drought tolerance and height at maturity. “We began this process

microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

paying off. Michelle said some of the students are already composing their own songs, despite not having instruments at home. “They come in and tell us they practice with a stick or at their desk,” she said. “They remember what we’ve taught them and that’s really gratifying.” As dedicated as she is to keeping arts alive in public schools, Michelle said the purpose of her program is actually twofold. “This arts program is crucial in not only inspiring artistic creativity in young children and giving them a chance to excel in the arts, but also as a mentoring program to let children just be with successful high school students whom they can look up to,” she said. “Our students enjoy the music, art and dance lessons,” Villar said. “They are eager to participate and are acquiring new skills every week. It is heartwarming to see both groups spending time together, forgetting any language or cultural differences, and just enjoying each other’s company and learning new things.” Michelle is hoping to culminate her program with a year-end recital for parents, teachers and other students. She would also like to expand StARTS to other schools in the district. To donate used instruments or money, e-mail tpstudents4thearts@gmail.com.

nine years ago,” said Christie Wilson, who serves on both the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and on the newly reformed Forest Health Task Force. “It wasn’t as easy as we thought. But this is a chance for a new forest for a special rural community.” Manager Pete Smith encouraged residents to come take a look. “It’s a nice walk, a nice trail,” he said. “We were surprised at how much foot traffic there is here when we planted the trees.” For more information about responses to frequently asked questions for removal of dead or diseased trees, go to the Forest Health Task Force page located on the Association’s Web site at www.RSFAssociation.org.

OPEN TO ALL Above, Rancho Santa Fe resident Laura Drummond tees off at the Rancho Santa Fe Open. Top-right, Rancho Santa Fe resident Rich Marr tees off. Bottom-right, Rancho Santa Fe residents Patti Dahlgaard and Susan Muha watch from their golf cart as their husbands play in the Rancho Santa Fe Open. Photos by Daniel Knighton


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occur for a number of reasons, including diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, decreased water intake and the use of certain medications. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include thirst, decreased sweating and urination, reduced skin elasticity, dry mouth, low blood pressure, shock, severe damage to internal organs, confusion, coma and death. Treatment is simple: hydrate. This can often be accomplished by simply cooling down and drinking more fluids. In severe cases, IV flu-


mashed potatoes.Mashed potatoes seemed to be the starch of choice on most of the entrées which does not show a lot of creativity but they were delicious I’ll give them that. My dining companion Gabriella went for the fish & chips with the mashed potato cake and



was a tremendous amount of work and an emotional burden, but I’m glad I participated and I’m proud of what our committee did. “It was a positive experience and it needed to be done,” he said. “Not all things worthwhile are easy.” Meanwhile, the district continues to look for new

store Valentina Inc. announced a settlement of Just Can’t Stop the latter’s lawsuit over Lee’s $155,547 outstanding tab. Myself! — In November, Oprah On a previous tab of Winfrey’s mother, Vernita $174,285 in 2002, Lee had Lee, and the luxury fashion agreed to make periodic

repayments, but the store apparently allowed her to open another account, and as the new balance swelled, Lee sued, claiming the store should not have re-extended credit to her.

ids may be needed to replace not only lost water but also lost electrolytes. If vomiting or diarrhea occurs for more than three days, a physician should be seen to determine the cause and ensure that dehydration has not resulted. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Constipation and Diarrhea.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 U.S. check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

Dear Dr. Gott: I suffered from plantar fasciitis until my doctor told me about a simple home remedy. Simply place your hands against a wall, step back an arm’s length, and then bend your arms and learn forward while going up and down on your toes. It should be done several times a day. It stretches the heels. It does hurt a bit, but, with time, the pain from stretching and the pain from the fasciitis both go away.

remedies, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Dr. Gott’s Compelling Home Remedies” and “More Compelling Home Remedies.” Other readers who would like copies should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 U.S. check or money order per report to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s).

homemade tartar sauce and yam chips. The fish was moist and flaky inside and perfectly crispy outside. I’ve also heard great things about the lamb burger, the fat pork chop as they call it,and the Beach Grass Café clam bake which consists of grilled shrimp, crab claw, steamed clams and mussels and spicy Louisiana sausage. Entrées range from $16 on the

low end to $24 on the high end, which is all reasonable given the service, atmosphere, and food quality which are all top notch. We had our server pair wine with our choices which went all over the map and she did so expertly. Dessert was a mixed berry cobbler ala mode that was served with a Hogue Riesling, a perfect way to finish of a really

nice meal. Beach Grass is located at 159 South Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Call (858) 5090632 or visit www.beachgrasscafe.com for details.

space for its administrative offices, which are currently located on Ninth Street at the former home of Del Mar Shores Elementary. That school closed in 1975. The 5.3acre site was purchased by the city in 2008. The city has allowed the district to remain until May 15, 2011. Officials are looking at two possible sites in the eastern part of the district. Another option is to house the offices at schools in

the district with surplus space. Part of the 7/11 Committee’s report includes recommendations that would place the offices at various school sites. At the 7/11 meetings, parents expressed concerns about traffic and safety should that happen. The 7/11 Committee’s role was strictly advisory. The board must make a final decision on what to do with information provided by the com-

mittee. Board members can choose one of the options presented in the report, combine options or present new ones. The board will discuss the report at a special meeting Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at Sage Canyon Elementary School, 5290 Harvest Run Drive. If no decision is made the discussion will continue at the regular board meeting Jan. 27, Superintendent Sharon McClain said.

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Dear Reader: Thank you for sharing your simple remedy. Readers, give it a try and then send me your results. To provide related information about other home

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.

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Salvagio said. “We have a great mix of a lot of older players so we have experience and good chemistry. They’re fighting for each other and willing to play defense. They’ve got each other’s backs on and off the field.” This season’s lineup includes players who range in age from 22 to 42 and eight who wore a Sockers jersey in previous seasons. As a former Socker himself, Salvagio said he brings a slightly different


coaching style. “These guys know their bodies better than I do so we have optional practices for the older players,” he said. “Actually, they seem to practice more that way. It’s a fun atmosphere.” The players seem to agree.

“It’s exciting,” said Aaron Susi, a returning forward who scored the winning goal in an overtime game against the Cougars, the defending champions, earlier this month. “There’s a good mixture of veterans, guys playing together for a lot of years. “It’s good to be back

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H2 OH-NO Erin Leahey, interim executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, in the sub pump room where the flood occurred. Photo by David Wiemers



programs were held nearby at the school. “The school has been very accommodating, allowing us to relocate programs over there,” Leahey said. However, a Toastmasters meeting had to be cancelled. “The problem with water and the pumps is an ongoing battle,” Leahey said. Water from rainfall drains and collects directly under the Community Center. “The water drains from the top of the hill and over from the school area and deposits right here.” When the pumps failed, the collected water had nowhere to go but spill out into the Community Center. Carpets are being replaced; walls are being replastered and freshly painted.

“It’s kind of a blessing in disguise,” Leahey said. She explained that there had been discussion of repainting and doing repairs but it was all still in the planning stage. “We’re going to spend the extra money to cover what the insurance doesn’t to get these repairs done.” Drywall was replaced on Jan. 8 and new carpet was laid on Jan. 9. Fortunately, the disruption came at a time when little was going on at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. “The majority of our programs were scheduled to start on Monday (Jan. 11),” Leahey said. By that time the repairs will have been completed and all programs will begin as originally scheduled. For more information about the upcoming programs at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, visit www.rsfcc.org.


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HOME AT THE INN Kerman Beriker, managing director at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, announced The Inn’s new residential long-term stays program at . The new program at 5951 Linea del Cielo will support and aid the community and village residents, offering a minimum one-year lease program. Beriker calls the plan a cozy, homey, comfortable and secure alternative for many individuals. The goal of the program is to help members of Rancho Santa Fe’s community to continue their lifestyle without leaving The Ranch. The concept of this program is to offer The Inn’s potential long-term stay clientele an opportunity to design their individual accommodations and tailor them to their specific needs from one to two to three bedrooms. Part of the plan includes a schedule of meals, maid and room service, along with the same amenities as the Inn’s hotel guests, including concierge services, spa services, use of the fitness center, tennis court, heated pool and jacuzzi. Pricing has yet to be established and will vary with the accommodations created with a year’s agreement. For additional information, contact Kerman Beriker at (858) 756-1131. Courtesy photo

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I can remember sending my kids cross-country on a plane in the 1980s with nothing more than a note that contained my phone number and the phone number of a relative on the other end. But those days are gone. Traveling with a minor, even if the child is yours, can prompt a lot of questions from the airlines and security. One single attorney/mother in New York City has come up with a set of prepared legal documents that contain all the answers and then some. “My goal was to create really great documents that provide protection for children when they travel without us,” said Linda Kagan, founder of Forms4Travel, a service that provides multiple documents for various travel situations: the single parent who must have a notarized document to take a child out of the country; the grandparent or baby sitter who travels with a child; the child traveling alone; and parents who leave their children

in the care of others when they travel. The forms, about $17 each, include travel authorizations, medical authorizations, temporary custodial authority information, emergency and insurance information and more. The company also provides three-document travel packages called Travel Stix ($28.95 each), flash drives that resemble credit cards. For example, the Child Traveling Alone Package contains authorization for travel alone (within the United States); authorization for medical emergency care and doctor appointments; and authorization for custodial care and school/camp decisions. For more details, visit www.forms4travel.com. Also see the U.S. State Department site: http://travel.state.gov/family/family_1732.html

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Relations between the United States and other countries of the world are constantly changing. For up-to-date information on international travel, visit http://travel. state. gov/travel/travel_1744.html.For the latest security information on traveling abroad, check these U.S. Department of State sites: http://travel.state.gov/; http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis _pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html; and http://travel.state.gov/ travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.ht ml. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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clients are Pedro, an older black Lab and Aussie-shepherd mix. “Three years ago I couldn’t take him on a walk anymore because he was completely locked up in the hind,” Trish Padfield said. “Today his mobility has been restored. It’s amazing the difference.” Cecilia, an 11-year-old standard poodle, began showing signs of lameness in June. Her vet put her on muscle relaxants. “Once we were able to mobilize the joint, it took pressure off her spinal cord and nerve root,” Harrison said. “Her function has




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the Encinitas Library will host author Bette Blaydes Pegas as part of the Third Wednesday Meet the Author Series at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Encinitas Library Community Room 540 Cornish Drive. Pegas is the author of “Chasing a Dream in the Galápagos: A Personal Evolution.” Visit encinitaslib friends.org/ or call (760) 7537376 to learn more. ORCHID CHAT The San Diego County Cymbidium Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, Carlsbad Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St. Orchid hobbyist Christopher Croom will discuss orchid species. Call (760) 732-0055 or e-mail psp112@ mac.com to learn more.


between junkets consider they passed or adjusted in the neighborhood of 700 laws. However, this was not a record. In 1984 they enacted or adjusted 1,760 laws. Among the new regs is one that allows 17-year-old teenagers to preregister to vote so they will be ready when they are 18. Another one requires pet stores to implement methods for killing rodents before they are used as food for another animal. It duzn’t require they be read their Miranda rights. March 31 has been decreed as Welcome Home Vietnam Vets Day and May 22 is now Harvey Milk Day in commemoration of the gay



JAN. 15, 2010 believer in first impressions,” she said. Deborah Dunne, chief administrative officer of the hospice, cited research proving how building and workplace design can improve clinical outcomes for patients and families and offered a personal anecdote. “During a meeting with one of our hospice patients, I asked what they thought of the redesign and the patient exclaimed, ‘I have never been in a place that is so peaceful and caring. I never want to go home,’“ Dunne said. “Without Kristy’s talent and knowledge, as well as

her connections in the building and design industry, the dramatic transformation of our Inpatient Care Center could not have happened.” Brehm said she is motivated by the fact that the hospice, which serves 1,000 clients a day, never turns anyone down. She continues to have the Midas touch. In addition to renovating the ICC with financial donations that are still coming in, she co-chaired the hospice’s Invitational Golf Tournament which underwrites bereavement programs such as Camp Erin San Diego, a free three-

day fun camp, with grief support and counseling for children. The tournament raised $50,000 in 2008 and $80,000 in 2009. Brehm encourages others to connect with a cause that touches them personally. “You might read a story in the newspaper,” she said. “You have to find what someone is needing and fill that need.”? To learn more about local volunteer opportunities visit volunteersandiego.org, volunteermatch.org or sdcounty.ca.gov/cob/volunteer /top.html.

returned and she is able to resume her doggie activities.” Cecilia now walks three miles a day. “And she no longer uses muscle relaxants,” owner Ann Smith said. Harrison also does a lot of work through the San Diego House Rabbit Society treating common conditions such as spondylosis, head tilt and gastrointestinal issues. One of his patients is Winter, a large, 8-year-old rabbit owned by president Judith Pierce who is getting relief for arthritis with VOM. “Big rabbits are similar to big dogs who have hip and spine issues,” she said. “Winter’s been exhibiting some problems of a rabbit that is getting stiff and sore

and not being able to jump into the litter box.” Harrison tends to human patients through his chiropractic practice during the week. Saturdays he provides VOM treatments to his fourlegged patients at the Acacia Animal Health Center in Escondido. He works in conjunction with Dr. Carmine Bausone, director of integrative medicine who is also certified in VOM. “VOM is an adjunct therapy for conditions being treated by a veterinarian,” Harrison said. Each pet expresses relief differently. Dogs will shake and relax after treatment. Cats push into the Vibracussor instrument

because the vibration reminds them of purring. Rabbits start grooming themselves. Harrison says his VOM practice complements a lifelong love of animals. “There was never a time when I didn’t have a dog or cat,” he said. “They are living creatures who decide to be associated with humans. Words can’t describe.” For more information about VOM treatment, call Dr. Harrison at (760) 510-8345. To view videos of Dr. Harrison practicing VOM, visit The Coast News Web site at www.thecoastnews.com. To schedule a VOM appointment, contact the Acacia Animal Health Center at (760) 745-8115.

LET’S READ The Oceanside Public Library book club will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, Mission Branch community rooms, 3861 Mission Ave. The club will be designed by the readers and focus on bringing together community members that are interested in discussing the books they are reading. For details, call (760) 435-5600 and ask for CJ.

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ate my relationship with Facebook, and for good reason. None of us want to become the distracted parent or zoned out colleague, more concerned with an online fantasy world than reality. At least I hope we don’t. Besides, things are starting to get a little weird for me. I recently received a friend request from somebody I thought I should recognize. I asked where I knew her from. “I was the girl who threw up on Ron’s porch that one night, remember?” Nothing like a classic reconnection.

of. For starters, I’m there in Internet spirit when kids are born, knots are tied, and when epic overseas vacations are had. We reminisce on days gone by, how fast the time has passed, how big our beer bellies have become. We’re simply there for each other. Kind of. But when does too much “catching up” become an obsession? CNN health writer Elizabeth Cohen asked this very question in her article “Five clues that you are addicted to Facebook.” For the record, I didn’t meet any of Eric Murtaugh is giving it a rest. E-mail him at the five criteria. Whew. I’ve begun to re-evalu- emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.


EIR. There are also concerns the project will negatively impact the $86 million restoration of the adjacent San Dieguito Lagoon. In Del Mar, where most of the facility is located, city officials assigned portions of the document to various departments. Based on their expertise, staff members are reviewing and commenting on different sections. The city also created a nine-member citizens ad hoc committee to review the plans. In neighboring Solana Beach, a technical team comprising in-house staff was formed and a mailer was sent to residents encouraging them to submit comments. Council members also authorized a $75,000 expenditure for additional technical expertise to review the report. Fairgrounds officials decided to extend the deadline after receiving written requests to do so from state Sen. Christine Kehoe, San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner and Del Mar. Del Mar Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said the city had previously been denied an extension. He said he learned of the new deadline from the Web site and via a letter from the 22nd DAA. “The extension does

allow the city more time to review and prepare comments on this lengthy document,” Birnbaum said. The revised schedule also gives the citizens ad hoc committee a greater opportunity to prepare its recommendation letter to City Council, he said. Solana Beach City Manager David Ott said he received a phone message from a fairgrounds representative notifying him about the new deadline, which he called helpful but not necessary. “We were ready, but (we) will use the additional time to further refine our comments,” he said. The extension is good news for smaller groups with limited resources, such as the local chapter of The Sierra Club. A representative from that organization, seeking support for an extension from Del Mar City Council, told council members last month that one person would have to read and comment on 50 pages per day, seven days a week throughout the holiday season to get through the entire document. Input will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. The 22nd DAA is required to respond to every written comment before it certifies the EIR. Funding for the massive project is not yet secured. Visit www.sdfair.com for more information and to view the document.


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HOOVER STEAM ALL TERRAIN carpet and floor cleaner, never used. Sears price, $239, my price, $149. (760) 729-6044. HOT box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491 MASSAGE SHOW E R H E A D N E W Earth Massage Showerhead, new, 1.5 GPM; $10 (760) 599-7219 NEW DOMINO SET Brown - stored in unique simulated oak log, $40. (760) 436-9933 OLD RECORDS & 8-TRACK TAPES & cassette tapes, approximately 50 or more, $100. (760) 433-2321 PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250

2 PORCELAIN DOLLS In boxes, 19” tall each, Southern Bell, $15, Wedding girl, $15. Beautiful, unused. (760) 599-9141

RAINCOAT London fog, chocolate brown, long, faux fur lined, size 8, $30. (760) 599-9141

3 SILVER DOLLARS 24K gold electroplated, $45. (760) 435-9408

REVO SUNGLASSES Made in Italy, frame #973/007, like new, excellent condition, selection of various cases, $100. (760) 944-6460

5 TEA CUPS/SAUCERS American, German & Japanese, porcelain, beautiful, $8. each. (760) 599-9141

STAINLESS STEEL TANK Heavy duty, $10. (760) 729-6044.

BIRD CAGE Silver cage for small parrot or cockatiel. 19” sq. X 29”h, (comp. $160 new model# 125 ), oceanside $25/ best offer, cash only. (760) 529-0862

TURKEY/HAM ROASTER New Ultrex pro 18/10 Stainless Steel 15” Oval Roaster with dual Server Lid and lift-out Rack. 55 yr. Excalibur nonstick surface, dishwasher safe. $45/ best offer, Cash Only. Oceanside (760) 529-0862 VINTAGE BOARD GAMES Great assortment, only $7 each or two for $10. (760) 809-4657

Sporting Goods

BOOK Yeoman’s “Red Coin Book” edition, $8. (760) 845-3024

2 MOUNTAIN BIKES One woman’s, 24” with rims & tires, one boy’s, 20”, $40 each, both have front suspension. (760) 942-7430

BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 10-12 129 Pieces. Lots of designer and skate brand clothes. From $1 to $4 per piece. (760) 634-1420

BICYCLE PAR TS Accessories & tools for road & mountain bicycles. (760) 942-5692

BRONZE FLATWARE with Rosewood handles from Thailand, large & small serving pieces (14), $30. (760) 944-6460. COATS White faux fur, waist length, size 6, $35. (760) 599-9141. COFFEE MAKER 18 cup green Gevalia, great condition, $8. (760) 599-9141. CRATE CDTI Auto guitar/bass electronic tuner, $15. (760) 942-5692. DOD FX25B Envelope filter. Mind condition, $25. (760) 942-5692 DUVET COVER King size, custom made, pale rose with extra bolted material, $100, mint condition, like new. (760) 944-6460. EXTERIOR DOORMATS with galvanized wire - SHEDLESS, 1/2 moon shape new, unused, $20 ea. (760) 9446460 FIREWOOD Quality pine, eucalyptus, avocado & oak, high quality wood, delivered & stacked, any size load available. (760) 942-7430. FIREWOOD FOR SALE For Home or Camping. Three differant types of Wood. U-Pick -Up or We”ll Deliver. No order to small (760) 727-7404

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HEEL SUPPORTS Boxed & new, 3/4” in length, size for men (6-7), size for women (7-8), $10. (760) 944-6460

PLASTIC POTS Various sizes, good condition, all for $12 OBO. (760) 9446460

BED SKIRT Brand new, Queen size, navy blue, tailored boxed pleated, $18. (760) 944-6460.

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GARDENING ITEMS Hose reels, one wall hung & one mobile, Rainbird controller, terracotta poots & saucers, rescalloped stone borders, garden butterflies, all for $30. (760) 944-6460

15 GALLON PLANTS Loquot, black pines, jade, crown-of-thorns, fan palm, $35. each. (760) 436-6604

ANDIAMO LUGGAGE 27” black nylon on wheels, meets travel requirements, good condition, $65. (760) 944-6460.

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Mobilehomes SAN MARCOS JUST LISTED! MOUNTAIN VIEW in resort-style Age 55/35 senior park. Walk-in closets, CALIFORNIA room. Eat-in kitchen, patio. RENT CONTROL. MUST SEE. Active park, walk to stores. Only $72,900. Financing available. BRING OFFER. Call Sue Fox, realtor-cell 760-917-4220 or (760)7531086 SAN MARCOS WANT A CALIFORNIA ROOM? YOU’LL LOVE LIVING HERE! Seniors 55/35. RARE 3BR, 2BA PLUS family room. MUST SEE! Nice & sunny, lots of windows. Large kitchen, some mountain view. Double wide. Beautiful & desirable park w/resort amenities. Quiet friendly neighbors. RENT CONTROL. Only $72,000. Call Sue Fox, realtor. 760917-4220 or 760-753-1086. Web:www.suefoxhomes.com

Automotive 900 Cars 1985 NISSAN 300 zx 2dr 5 spd, t-tops, new clutch, brakes, engine rebuilt. this classic will sell fast. $2995.00. Call Ted (760) 805-9247 1995 TOYOTA AVALON White, sunroof, brand new tires, new cooler, CD joints & tags, very good condition, $4,250 OBO. (760) 435-9408 ELECTRIC CAR 02 Chrysler GEM bought in 2003 N. E. V. Less than 3K mi. No $4.00 gas. $6500 (760)722-5625 MAZDA SPORT Miata, mx, turbo 2 seater, black soft top with cover, cd stereo, air, manual, (stick 6 speed), performance tires with spare, apprx. 38,000 miles. (760) 207-0073 san marcos (760) 207-0073, 15,950.00 0B0

EXERCISE BALL Professional, Blue, Theraband, made in Germany, excellent condition, $15. (760) 599-9141 GOLF BALLS name brand, top condition, 25 cents each. Purchase 50 or more, 20 cents each. (760) 436-9933 LADIES SNOWBOARDER JACKET Zero Xposure, size L 14-16, has a hood & element protector, nearly new, excellent condition, blue with black on shoulder, $50. (760) 4968936. OSIN SNOWBOARD 58” excellent condition with step-in bindings & black Dakine travel bag, lightly used, $125. (760) 753-4412 ROSSIGNOL 180 SNOW SKI’S Salomon bindings with bag, $50 OBO. (760) 753-7932 SNOWBOARDS Two snow boards w/boots 150.00 each (760)685-8222 ELLIPTICAL Life Fitness Natural Runner 95XI with Polar Heart Rate Monitor best offer (951) 202-2948

Items Wanted JACK DANIELS Collector looking for old jd or lem motlow bottles and advertising items. Up to $149 each (760) 630-2480

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Automotive WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES KAWASAKI,1970-1980, Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, H2-750, H1-500, S1-250, S2-250, S2-350, S3-400. CASH PAID. 1-800-7721142. 1-310-721-0726.

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Help Wanted ASSEMBLE MAGNETS & CRAFTS at home! Year-round work! Great pay! Call toll free 1-866-844-5091

Business Opportunity ALL CASH VENDING! Do you earn $800/day? Local Vending route. 25 machines + candy. $9,995. 1-800-807-6485. (Void/SD/CT) WEEKLY PAYCHECK from home possible processing mortgage assistance postcards. No advertising required.All materials provided. No Gimmicks. References available. 800-599-0650. GOVERNMENT - FEDERAL CAREERS. Hiring Nationwide Now. Pay range $23,000 - $86,000+. Executive- Midline Management - Entry level. New Year. New Career. Great Benefits. Non -Gov affil. 800-537-1642

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Electronics * REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! * - Get a 4-room, all-digital satellite system installed for FREE and programming starting under $20. Free Digital Video Recorders to new callers. So call now, 1800-795-3579.

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Miscellaneous GET A FREE VACATION! Donate vehicles, boats, property. Help teens in crisis. IRS recognized. 1-800-338-6724 ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-4943586 www.CenturaOnline.com DISH TV. $19.99/MO., $600 Sign-up Bonus! FREE 4-Room Install. FREE HDDVR! Call now. 1-800-915-9514. AIRLINE MECHANIC: Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 866-453-6204.

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2009 VW JETTA Automatic, Sunroof, VW Certified, VIN#031724, stock #2377, only $14,995. (760) 753-6256.

2005 VW GOLF GLS 4door, automatic, sunroof, one owner, 67K, VW certified, VIN #037218, only $10,995. (760) 753-6256

2008 VW RABBIT 2DR VW Certified, Mint condition, VIN #139166, stock #3521, only $13500. (760) 753-6256.

2006 VW JETTA SEDAN Manual, 65k, mint condition, VW certified, VIN #671105, stock #3522, only $11,500. (760) 753-6256.

2005 VW GOLF 4 DR VW Certified, Mint condition, VIN #037218, stock #27881, only $9995. (760) 753-6256

2005 VW JETTA Automatic, VW Certified, 35K, one owner, VIN #634521, stock #3488, only $12,995. (760) 753-6256 2003 VW JETTA GLS TURBO WAGON Automatic, Sunroof, leather, 71K, Excellent condition, one owner, VIN #537730, stock #3519, only $9995. (760) 753-6256.

2006 VW JETTA SEDAN Automatic, VW Certified, VIN #645219, Stock #3510, only $14,500. (760) 753-6256 2006 VW PASSAT SEDAN VW Certified, Mint condition, VIN #125432, stock #3524, only $13995. (760) 753-6256

2007 VW RABBIT 4door, automatic, one owner, 28K, VW certified, VIN #079483, stock #3511, only $13,995. (760) 753-6256

2007 VW GTI 2dr, Manual, VW certified, low mileage, one owner, VIN #043534, stock #27501, only $17,995. (760) 753-6256.

Trucks/SUVs WANTED 89-99 ford ranger or nissan truck failed smog ok, running or not. (858) 831-1750

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$$$ START NOW $$$ Earn Extra Income Assembling CD Cases from home! No Experience Necessary. Call our Live Operators for more information! 1-800-405-7619 Ext 2181 www.easywork-greatpay.com

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OLD GUITARS WANTED! Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, D’Angelico, Stromberg, Rickenbacker, and Mosrite. Gibson Mandolins/Banjos. 1930’s thru 1970’s TOP CASH PAID! These brands only please. 1-800401-0440

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

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BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Obstacles or challenges aren’t likely to keep you from accomplishing something close to your heart. Instead, any problems that occur are likely to help you focus like a laser beam. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The thoughtful way you correct an associate will be greatly appreciated. Your purpose is not to punish or embarrass but to help the individual do a better job. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Do not underestimate the impact of doing small, considerate deeds for others. Little things will mean more to people than you realize. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Although you like fun and games, you’re likely to derive greater satisfaction participating in serious undertakings. There will be plenty of time later for your playful pals. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — The pluses you have going for you are likely to be an effective blend of imagination and determination. Apply these abilities, and tackle some tough problems or projects. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) —


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Most of the difficult situations that confront you will be similar to past problems. Your extraordinary skill will save the day. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Most colleagues or associates might not be endowed with your staying power, so don’t depend on anyone but yourself to handle matters that require great patience. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — An assignment might not be accomplished without help and input from co-workers, so be sure to have proper backup available. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Adjustments can be made for something recently accomplished for which you weren’t properly compensated. It won’t be that you were forgotten; it merely took time to get the funds together. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — An important endeavor upon which many are depending isn’t likely to realize success under its present management. You may be asked to step up to the plate and direct the game. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your unselfish attitude toward those who work at your side or who are important in your life is commendable. You’ll prove no sacrifice is too much to make on their behalf. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — You are likely to have the best ideas that will produce the greatest good for the largest numbers of your peer group. Don’t hesitate to speak up when needed.

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