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By David Wiemers

AA recap LOOK BACK of some of the most important Rancho Santa Fe stories covered 19 in 2009

SNOW DAY IN PALM SPRINGS? “Hit the Road” columnist E’Louise Ondash has a snow day in the desert 9



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SNOW IN THE RANCH! Above, from left, Kat Amsinger and Amy Dunn have a ball … well, perhaps a snowball, at the Winter Critter Carnival on Dec. 19. Right, Isobel Maehler gets her face painted by artist Alice Clifford. Photos by David Wiemers

Winter Critter Carnival entertains children, brings help to animals By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center hosted a Winter Critter Carnival on Dec. 19. Children of all ages were entertained with games, contests, interactive puzzles, and even fresh snow! There were artists there to draw humor-

ous caricatures of people and to paint the faces of children. Santa Claus made a rare appearance and photo ops were available with him, but many children wanted their pictures taken with the horses, sheep and other animals TURN TO CARNIVAL ON 23

Living Nativity, Fire Dept. overcome emergencies By David Wiemers

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Christian Fellowship hosted its 15th annual Living Nativity, a pageant that recreates the life of Jesus Christ, and is undoubtedly the most popular and highly-attended event in Rancho Santa Fe every year. This year the four-day event faced a unique challenge, however, as the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District moved into temporary headquarters on the same grounds where the pageant takes place. On several different occasions during the four days the Fire Station was called into action, a situation that could have been strife with conflict, but went very smoothly, thanks to good planning. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District has four stations throughout Rancho Santa Fe and the Fairbanks Ranch Station 3 is

DRESSING THE PART Rancho Santa Fe resident Sandy McElfresh as Jesus, and Carmel Valley resident Robert Wahl as one of His apostles. Photo by Daniel Knighton

about to be rebuilt. A temporary station was built on the land behind the Horizon Christian Fellowship. “We’re very happy to work with the Fire Department,” said Ray Ramage, who is chaplain for

the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and assistant pastor at the Horizon Christian Fellowship. “They needed the space and we were happy to provide it. They

help protect us, so it works well for both parties.” Timing was critical, though, as both parties needed the land behind the church at the same time — the week before Christmas. To avoid potential problems should an emergency arise, plans were coordinated and the route into the Living Nativity was altered. “We changed the ingress,” said Horizon Christian Fellowship Assistant Pastor Gary MacCartie. “We had volunteers directing traffic from the entrance to the Horizon Prep School and cars then exited in the same direction as a fire truck might have to take.” Indeed, several times during the four-day run of the Living Nativity, fire trucks were called out. “But it all went surprisingly smooth,” MacCartie said. The Living Nativity is a TURN TO NATIVITY ON 23

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has put a Collections Policy into place, establishing guidelines for documents, artifacts and photographs donated to the organization. Board members David and Peggy Brooks have spent the past year archiving artifacts and photos in the La Flecha house for the Historical Society and David put together the guideline policy. The policy states that documents, photographs, and artifacts should be “ … historic, unique, useful, and/or meaningful.” David Brooks created the guidelines after studying and researching how other museums and historical societies have solved similar problems. “There’s only so much room in La Flecha house,” he said, believing that the merits of future pieces should be weighed to see if they meet the Historical Society’s criteria. In the past year, both Brooks came across items that were questionable. “We found that golf head covers had been donated, and magazines that had nothing to do with Rancho Santa Fe,” Peggy Brooks said. “Some of the stuff was ridiculous.” The couple has now archived the majority of items donated and recorded postings in a PastPerfect program. In recent months, the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has also undertaken the enormous task of digitizing all photographs. Gijs Hanselaar has volunteered time and energy to convert hundreds of thousands of photos. The Collections Guidelines was adopted by Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society board members at their meeting Dec. 15. After the meeting, the group had a potluck dinner party at the La Flecha house. Spouses were invited and President John Vreeburg said, “It was fun. It gave the board members a chance to get to know each other a little better.” The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society board members were concerned because Administrator Sharon Fabry suffered a stroke on Dec. 10. She is currently at Scripps Hospital in TURN TO POLICY ON 23


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LEAD STORY In Somalia, which is without a central government to speak of and where very little functions beyond an Islamic resistance and individual warlords’ fiefdoms, a robust “stock market” has emerged in the city of Haradheere for “investors” in the seagoing pirate “industry,” to raise money and supplies for kidnappers in exchange for a share of the bounty once a ransom is paid. According to a December Reuters dispatch, 72 “companies” are listed on the exchange, enabling “venture capital” to fund greater piracy traffic and more sophisticated looting. There even seems to be a financial “bubble” at work, in that since the “exchange” opened, pirates’ ransoms have doubled to about $4 million per ship.

Cultural Diversity Afghanistan’s national game, buzkashi, is attempting a marketing transformation inspired by pro football’s and basketball’s growths in the United States over the last several decades, according to a November USA Today dispatch. The main hindrance is that buzkashi is often little more than violent anarchy. A team of 12 men on horseback tries to carry a goat carcass the length of a field, around a goal and back, through an opposing team “defense” that includes almost any tactic short of murder. Spectators are often trampled by riders disregarding boundaries, and horses have dropped dead on the field from abuse or fatigue. The head of the Buzkashi Federation said he aims to present the game for consideration to the International Olympic Committee.

Latest Religious Messages — Carried Away: (1) Since March 2008, the Cathedral of Christ the King in Phoenix has been ringing its bells every halfhour, 24 hours a day, enraging neighbors, and a showdown with city officials was looming at press time, according to ABC News. (2) Martina Rabess, 52, was sanctioned by Britain’s Sevenoaks Magistrates Court in October after neighbors complained about her loud, continuous recitations of the Lord’s Prayer in early morning hours around her apartment house. (3) Atlanta municipal bus driver Leroy Matthews was suspended in November for a recent incident in which he suddenly stopped the bus and refused to open the doors until the alighting passenger joined hands with him TURN TO ODD FILES ON


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JOLLY GOOD TIME A replica of Santa mingles with Bill Harmon; Ken Sobel, membership director; and Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club President Lynn Muto. Photo by David Wiemers

Ranch Democrats prepare for 2010 By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club took time out of its preparations for 2010 to celebrate the holiday season on Dec. 16. About 60 guests gathered in a private residence for cakes, cookies and other festive treats. President Lynn Muto and membership chair Ken Sobel were at the door to greet guests as they arrived. “We’re so excited about the new year,” Muto said. The new club has plenty on its agenda for the new year. On Jan. 14, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club’s annual membership meeting will take place at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Two candidates, Francine Busby and TURN TO DEMOCRATS ON 27

MERRY MINGLING Fabriela Stratton, Barbara Kubarych and Shirley Decourt Park enjoy the festivities at the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club holiday mixer. Photo by David Wiemers

Local woman’s big year ends with stint on Jeopardy By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Jennifer Montgomery will never forget this autumn. In September she got married. In October she and her groom settled in Encinitas. And in November she fulfilled another dream by winning $45,200 on Jeopardy. “It’s something I can cross off my bucket list,” she said smiling. Montgomery, a 1996 graduate of Serra High School in San Diego, admits to being a lifelong fan of the WHAT IS .... Jennifer Montgomery of Encinitas recently won more show. “I thought about compet- than $45,000 as a contestant on “Jeopardy.” Photo by Lillian Cox

Scripps Ranch Theatre presents ‘They’re Playing our Song’ SCRIPPS RANCH — “They’re Playing Our Song” opens Jan. 16 and will run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 20 in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) on Avenue of Nations in

Scripps Ranch, one-half mile east of the I-15/MiramarPomerado Road exit. A full-scale musical, this a classic Neil Simon comedy with the book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carol Bayer Sager. The production will be directed by Rick Shaffer and produced by Chad

Oakley. The production features Barron Henzel and Jennie Gray Connard in the leading roles, with an ensemble that includes Jonathan Dotson, Stephanie Hester, Dante Macatantan, Sven Salumaa, Stephanie Sullivan and Anya Tuerk. “What makes this TURN TO THEATRE ON 27

ing on ‘Teen Jeopardy,’ then ‘College Jeopardy,’ but never did it,” she said. “Last January a friend told me I could take a test online. I took it, then put it out of my mind.” In July, Montgomery was notified that she advanced to the next round of auditions. In September, nine days before her wedding, she traveled to Los Angeles for an interview and to play a mock game so she could learn how to operate the important hand signaling device. Afterward she learned she’d be in a contestant pool TURN TO JEOPARDY ON 27

CORRECTION In the Dec. 4 edition of the Rancho Santa Fe News, it was incorrectly stated that Horizon Prep students Jaden Bueno, Carly Gammel, Andrew Setili, Max Baloun, Daniel Bailey, Dominique Winfield, Natalie Paxton, and Kyra Hendrickson were ACSI spelling bee winners. In fact, the students have qualified to advance to the ACSI District Spelling Bee in January.The Coast News Group regrets the error.

OCEANSIDE — Former Oceanside Councilwoman Shari Mackin’s son and two other men will have to stand trial for the alleged drunken assault of a 63year-old woman after she confronted them about being rowdy, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Dec. 18. After a one-and-a-halfday preliminary hearing in a Vista courtroom, Judge Joel Pressman found enough evidence to bind over the three defendants, who are all in their 20s, on charges relating to the Nov. 29 assault on Marion Kyle that spilled from her front yard into the street. Tyler Mackin, 23, and Richard Vaughn, 24, are charged with a single count each of false imprisonment, assault, vandalism and making criminal threats. Twenty-three-year-old Brandin Evinger is charged with assault, vandalism and resisting arrest. Pressman dismissed the false imprisonment charge pertaining to Evinger. Mackin also faces a charge of resisting arrest. At the start of the hearing, Deputy District Attorney George Loyd filed an amended complaint, which replaced a kidnapping charge with the false imprisonment count. Loyd said his office felt the amended charges better described the trio’s actions that evening. All three men face potential prison time for their roles in the attack, the prosecutor said. Witnesses testified TURN TO ATTACK ON 27

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Local politics never cease to entertain Americans love a good end of the year list. Top 10 Albums, Top Five Performances — we are enamored with topics of this sort. There is something so agreeable about summarizing an entire year in a neat, tidy list, trimming the superfluous fat along the way. So I went ahead and compiled my own list, giving you the Top Seven Most Entertaining Moments In Local Politics. You have to admit, it has been an interesting (if not downright embarrassing at times) year in the local political arena. In fact, this could easily turn in to a Top 100 list, but we all know how publishers get with ink and space. 1. Perhaps the most convoluted and hotly contested issue we saw out of North County this year was the Oceanside recall attempt. Long story short, Councilman Jerry Kern’s seat was in jeopardy for a number of reasons. Kern and company pleaded their innocence. As it turns out, Oceanside voters don’t think Kern is too bad of a guy after all, and the Kern camp crushed the recall attempt. The most unsettling move subsequent to the recall was how Kern wasted no time going straight for Melba Bishop’s jugular, suggesting that the city rename Melba Bishop Park. The recall attempt would definitely make the Top 10 Biggest Waste of Taxpayer Money list if we had one. 2. Voters spoke, and Carlsbad City Council didn’t accommodate. Carlsbad voters overwhelmingly support the preservation of open space, as evidenced with the passage of Proposition C in 2002. The city put on a believable front for a

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective while. Now the Village H property is in serious jeopardy. The city had opportunities to purchase the land for a smoking good deal, but balked until a developer stepped forward. A fence has gone up around the property, and residents are none too pleased. 3. Remember the e-mails being exchanged by Encinitas council members during the Orpheus Park tree sitter fiasco? Here we caught a glimpse of raw emotions and honest feelings. Never mind the backdoor dealings. What a joke! 4. And speaking of Encinitas City Council, does council majority really think we believe they passed up Teresa Barth’s appointment for deputy mayor because “Maggie had cancer”? Barth summed it up best with a quote in a U-T article dated Dec. 11: “It’s like high school and picking the prom king and queen.” 5. Francine Busby knows how to party, because when she’s hosting the sheriff’s department shows up. And they bring plenty of backup just in case those crazy Busby supporters want a piece of the action. In all seriousness, Busby was hosting a political fundraiser at a private residence when the cops responded to a noise complaint. The situation quickly escalated, TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 27

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Christmas trees make great compost 25 million trees discarded According to EDCO’s Environment Times, more than 25 million “fresh cut” trees make a BILL great holiday statement then are discarded. It recommends recycling ARBALLO green garland, wreathes and trees. Eye on the Coast These can be left at recycling stations where they will be turned into valuable compost. Some communities provide pickup service. Trees is displayed in other cities. should be free of tinsels, ornaments Save the tree and cut to manageable length. Longtime Surfside City resident Alice McNally has asked counSuper volunteer Tom Lamb Jr., longtime mem- cil electeds to spare a eucalyptus ber of Solbeach VFW Post 5431, has tree in front of her home from the been named Distinguished Veteran wood chopper’s ax. Removal of the of the Year by the State Assembly old but stately tree was approved thanx to the efforts of Assemblyman last fall after a neighbor said its Martin Garrick from Solbeach. roots were encroaching on the sideLamb has volunteered more than walk and street and it was in danger 31,000 hours on behalf of veterans of falling on a residence. A Save The Tree campaign is ongoing while the since 1936. council electeds consider the issue.

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When San Dieguito Academy decides to establish a Hall of Fame for its outstanding athletes, Edith “Edie” Bollinger should be high on the list of candidates. She passed away recently. In the 1940s, Edie was a star softball pitcher. Hitting her fastball was a challenge for boys and girls as well as adult players — men or women. She always drew a big crowd when a jockey team provided the competition. They were more apt to win on a longshot then to connect with one of Edie’s pitches unless she allowed them to for fun.

Solbeach seeks volunteers

No kitty pedicures

According to an AP report, L.A. Council electeds are considering an ordinance that will prohibit feline declawing. City of Angels follows Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and San Fran with such a law.

Comment suppression

San Diego Assn. of Governments has under advisement how to limit public comments on agenda items that involve spending. With tough economic conditions, how electeds spend their tax $$$$ is of great interest to most folks.

Off-reservation casinos

Likely coming to some communities are gambling casinos that are miles from the reservations that are sponsoring them. Applications for them are already in the works and legislation to legalize them is likely becuz of cozy relations between state electeds and casino operators. The more gambling sites the higher the campaign contributions.

Landfill setback

An effort to build the country’s larget landfill two miles from Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County is still stalled. It’s been in the application process for more than two decades. A federal appeals court recently ruled the project, identified as Eagle Mtn. landfill, had submitted flawed information to the Bureau of Land Management.

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JAN. 3

ON FIRE! The band En Fuego will perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 3, Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. The performance is part of the First Sunday Music Series hosted by the Friends of the Encinitas Library. Seating is limited. Call (760) 753-7376 or visit encinitaslibfriends. org/ for more details.


AARP Chapter 239 Encinitas Project Hope will present “Confessions of a Past Grand Juror” at 1 p.m. Jan. 4, Senior Center, 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive, Encinitas. Project Hope member Shirley Bard will share the details of her year long experience serving on the San Diego County Grand Jury. E-mail mpodell@juno.com to learn more.



Acupuncturist Barbara Seymour will conduct ear acupuncture clinics at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 136 N. Acacia Ave., Solana Beach. Ear acupuncture reduces stress, anxiety and sleep problems. Patients are treated in a group setting with needles inserted only on acupuncture points of the ears. For reservations, call (858) 342-1333 or visit www.marineviewacupuncture. com.

JAN. 6

MEDICINE CHAT Chofit Hadassah will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 6 at a private home in Encinitas. Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, a professor of cellular and molecular medicine at UCSD, will be the guest speaker. E-mail rinkies@ att.net for more details. SUPPORT GROUP Cardiff North County Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 6, Belmont Village, 3535 Manchester Ave. Cardiff. The meeting will be dedicated to Care and Share. Call (760) 940-2763 to learn more. THERE’S


North County Shores chapter of ORT America will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 6, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Solana Beach. Morrris Casuto, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will speak on “A Time of Potential Peril.” Reservations must be made by TURN TO CALENDAR ON 25

ROBOTICS ROCK Jubilant from a Dec. 12 first-place victory at the 2009 Los Angeles Championship Tournament, The FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team from Canyon Crest Academy High School, includes, from left, first row, Greg Toothacre, Kyle Simmons, Karla Renschler, Iryna Ivasyk and Canyon Crest Academy Teacher-Mentor Stephen Yip, along with, from left second row, Team Coach Kathy Barton, Kristin May, Luke Irza, Lidia Maruska, Vanessa Csordas-Jenkins, Mentor Martin Renschler, Emily Pierce, Mentor Bob Barton, and, not shown, Haley Carlborg. Courtesy photo

High school robotics team takes it all at tournament CARMELVALLEY — The FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team from Canyon Crest Academy High School was awarded the first-place trophy and Winning Alliance award at the 2009 Los Angeles Championship Tournament on Dec. 12. The day was a grueling competition against 13 other area schools, with the CCA team winning every match to accumulate the highest number of points. Their robot, Mr. Roboto, successfully released the game balls, then swept them up and consistently catapulted them into the scoring basket before the buzzer ended each match. The team was also a finalist for the Think Award, which recognizes the team that best manages the design engineering process, as documented in their Engineering

Notebook. As a result of this first place win, the CCA team, named Domo Arigato,has been invited to participate in the FIRST World Championship in Atlanta in April 2010. The team is composed of 10 junior-year students at CCA who have been meeting since August to design,build and program their robot. “Learning how to do something like brainstorming and engineering a robot is an experience I will appreciate for the rest of my life,” team organizer Kristin May said.“Winning was just an added bonus.” “Winning the tournament was an incredible experience,” team member Karla Renschler, who was one of the skilled robot drivers at the tournament, said. “I never imagined that we would get this far and that everything we worked for

would pay off.The FTC experience so far has taught me to try new challenges and have the courage to tackle them and be successful.” The challenge for the team now is to raise $12,000 so they can travel to Atlanta in April and represent San Diego and their high school at the FIRST World Championship. For information on sponsorship opportunities for the CCA FTC team, contact the CCA Foundation at www.canyon-

crestfoundation.org. FIRST (parent organization of FTC) is a national robotics program whose mission is to inspire young people to be innovative science and technology leaders while adhering to the values of “gracious professionalism” including teamwork, mutual respect, the pursuit of excellence, and community outreach through the beneficial application of technology. Students from around the world design, build, and pro-

gram their team robot, then compete in regional robotics tournaments. FIRST is supported by more than 3,500 corporations, 85,000 volunteers, and includes four programs (including FTC) that involve more than 200,000 students. The team expressed its gratitude to CCA and the CCA Foundation for their support and encouragement, and was proud to present the first place trophy to Principal Brian Kohn.


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Historical Society offers Newcomers tour of Ranch Democrat By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Newcomers Club of San Dieguito visited Rancho Santa Fe on Dec. 14, and received a tour that left them impressed. “We found the history fascinating,” said Susie Anson, member of the Newcomers Club. “Many of our newcomers had never even been to Rancho Santa Fe before.” The tour was provided by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, led by historian and landscape architect Vonn Marie May. The group of 27 women met at the La Flecha house and viewed a video on the history of Rancho Santa Fe. They then toured the village, starting at The Inn and going to many points of interest, all of which were detailed by May. Two other docents from the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, Dana Wahlquist and Stephanie Trily, were on hand to answer questions and help with the tour, which lasted a little

from Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff, La Costa and south Carlsbad. Members carpooled to Rancho Santa Fe and after the tour had lunch at Pizza Nova in Solana Beach, which is also where the group meets regularly. The Newcomers Club of San Dieguito is just one of many such clubs in the area, designed to help individuals meet new people and learn about the area where they live. There are more than seven Newcomers Clubs and Moms Groups that meet in San Diego County. “Our activities include golf, tennis, hiking, bridge, mah jongg, wanderers, luncheons, cultural arts, conversation groups, dining out ON TOUR The Newcomers Club of San Dieguito gather on the steps of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for a and just about anything you photo op. Vonn Marie May, bottom left, led the tour through Rancho Santa Fe. May is one of the docents from can think of,” said Susie Anson, who has twice served the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society who leads tours through the village. Photo by David Wiemers as president of the Newcomers Club of San more than an hour. said Sharon Fabry, Rancho take the tour.” “Walking tours are part Santa Fe Historical Society The Newcomers Club of Dieguito. Men are welcome, of the services we offer here administrator. “We welcome San Dieguito currently has TURN TO NEWCOMERS ON 25 at the Historical Society,” groups who would like to about 200 members, hailing

Del Mar parents weigh in on school district proposals By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — About half of the 70 or so people who attended a Dec. 10 public hearing signed up to provide input to a Del Mar Union School District advisory committee on six proposals the group is considering to help the district address declining revenue and enrollment. Some were angry, a few presented facts and others were emotional. Although the tone of delivery may have varied, the message was the same. Nearly everyone said school closure should be considered only as a last resort or, better yet, removed as an option. Speakers ranged from parents whose first child was just starting kindergarten to those whose children have long since completed elementary school. “I’m losing sleep over this and I don’t even have kids here,” Larry Shank

said.The father of an 18- and 22-year-old, Shank said he donated trees, time and money to Del Mar Hills Academy when his children were students there. “The value of a neighborhood school is inestimable,” he said. “To consider closing a school and taking away that experience … is really off the charts,” he told committee members. “You do everything you can to keep this school open.” The group, known as the 7/11 committee, was formed earlier this year to review projected school enrollment and other data to determine the amount and use of any surplus space in the district. Four of the district’s eight schools were listed for possible closure in some early proposals. Currently, only one scenario being considered would close a school — Del Mar Hills. The remaining proposals suggest configurations that would require remodeling four

schools to accommodate the district offices, which must relocate by 2011. The offices are now located on the campus of the former Shores Elementary School, which was purchased by the city. Citing safety, traffic and loss of space, many speakers — mostly parents of Torrey Hills students — opposed placing the district offices on a school campus. Those objections are among a variety of opinions that seem to have pitted one school community against another. “Del Mar Hills has apparently become a target for closure simply because it is a small school,” said Bill Morris, the father of two Del Mar Hills students. “I see that Torrey Hills parents have had a letterwriting campaign to close the Hills,” he said, likening the move to bullying. “We all teach our children not to bully others, but as parents it is apparently accepted behavior to solve the dis-

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trict’s financial woes on the back of one school.” Morris encouraged Torrey Hills parents to visit Del Mar Hills. “They might realize that the children whose lives would be disrupted by this closure are identical to their own children,” he said. Morris said he supports locating the district offices on school campuses. “We all give up a little of our blacktop, and in return we get to sleep at night knowing we did not try to throw our neighbors under the bus,” he said. “I can see it’s already tearing apart the community,” said Jeff Harasha, whose first child is a kindergartner at Del Mar Hills. Harasha blamed the current state of the economy for many of the district’s financial woes. “The money will return to the schools,” he said. “But if you close a school, it’s gone for good.” Qun Wei, a Torrey Hills parent, said students in her

neighborhood attended Del Mar Hills and Del Mar Heights before Torrey Hills was built. She said as far as she knew, the transition was easy. She said students also transferred from Torrey Hills to Ocean Air when that school opened. “I’m not aware of any kids shedding tears when they went from Torrey Hills to Ocean Air,” she said. “They adapt.” Wei told committee members they need “to make a decision based on logic.” “All our schools are good,” she said. “You need to look at the big picture that benefits all (schools).” The board of trustees asked the 7/11 committee to submit no more than five proposals in January. The recommendations are advisory only. The board can choose one proposal, a combination of proposals or none at all, Superintendent Sharon McClain said.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Two candidates running for the Democratic Party primary election for the 50th Congressional District, Francine Busby and Tracy Emblem, will appear in a political forum at the annual membership meeting of the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via De La Cumbre. Admission will be $15. For reservations, visit www. rsfdemclub.org.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Canadian Tenors will return to the U.S. in January to tour and are scheduled to perform March 10 at Fellowship Hall at the Village Community Presbyterian Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The Canadian Tenors recently won over fans during their tour with Grammy Award winning producer David Foster during Foster’s Hitman Tour. The Tenors performed alongside many other artists including Peter Cetera, Charice, Philip Bailey and Deborah Cox. The Hitman North American tour ended in Vancouver with Grammy Award winner Sarah McLachlan joining the Tenors on stage for a special performance. The Tenors combine the sounds of Clifton Murray, Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters. The Tenors have toured the globe from the Tel Aviv Opera house where they shared the stage with Andrea Bocelli to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre where they headlined at One Night Live with Sting and Sheryl Crow. They have opened many times for Bill Clinton in cities across Canada and have shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, John Legend, Neil Young and many others. The Tenors recently performed on the CBS Early show and will film a PBS special early in the new year.



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Horizon Prep offers ‘The Wondrous Gift’

Del Mar tourism district moves forward another step

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DEL MAR — Del Mar hoteliers may soon be allowed to charge guests an additional fee that would be used to attract more visitors to the beachside city. Council members voted unanimously at the Dec. 14 meeting to move forward with the creation of a Tourism Business Improvement District, setting dates for three required public meetings on Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and a final hearing on March 22. Hotel operators first approached council about forming such a district last year. Three months ago, John Lambeth, president of Sacramento-based Civitas Advisors Inc., made a formal presentation to council members and the public. At the time, Lambeth said he hoped to begin the process in December so hotels could start collecting the fee in February. However, council members requested more details, specifically those concerning administration of the plan. The district will include the six motels, hotels and inns currently located in Del Mar. All future lodging businesses will be subject to the assessments. Money will be collected by the city with the transient occupancy tax, although it will be completely unrelated to the TOT. “The idea is to keep the administrative burden on the city as low as we can,” Lambeth said. The city will receive a fee for its

RANCHO SANTA FE — Students at Horizon Prep Academy donned costumes, played musical instruments and showed off their singing skills with a Christmas performance titled “The Wondrous Gift.” Under the supervision of Musical Director Camille Hastings, the students performed on Dec. 18 at the Horizon Christian Fellowship Sanctuary, which was filled to the rafters with proud parents and grandparents. “The show is not your typical school singing performance,” said Hastings, who began working with students on the program in early November. “This is a performance that included first- and second-graders singing and banging on drums and thirdand fourth-graders showing off their recorder skills with jingle bells and triangles.” The program included songs sung in Spanish and seventh-graders used sign language to sing “Silent Night.” “It’s the big show on the last day of school before the break and it’s always a great way to end the year and celebrate the true reason for Christmas,” Hastings said. Judging from the applause and the numerous photos being taken by parents, the program was a wondrous gift, indeed.

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collection efforts. The proposed assessment would be 1 percent of gross room rental revenue — or approximately $130,000 annually — for stays less than 30 days. It will not apply to government employees on government business, bed-andbreakfast establishments or short-term vacation rentals. The management structure changed slightly since the plan was presented in September. “There was talk that the Del Mar Village Association would manage the district, but DMVA and the hoteliers agreed it would make more sense to have the management be separate,” Lambeth said. The current plan is to create a separate, nonprofit corporation with a volunteer board of directors comprising hotel operators. “This is a very common management structure for organizations like this,” Lambeth said. The board would be subject to the Brown and Public Records acts. “There’s a lot of sunshine here — a lot of transparency,” Lambeth said. City Council would also receive an annual report. Councilman Richard Earnest asked Lambeth to include a provision that prohibits any member of the DMVA from serving on the board and vice versa. About $97,500, or 75 percent of the money raised, will be spent directly on marketing, such as advertising, special event

promotions and branding or name recognition. “The idea here is to drive more business, drive more visitors,” Lambeth said. Another 10 percent each would go toward streetscape and capital improvements and the DMVA main street program. Only 5 percent, or $6,500, would be used for administrative costs. In the original plan, 75 percent of the fee was targeted for tourism promotion and the remaining 25 percent was to be split evenly between commercial zone improvements and administrative support. Lambeth said there are currently 41 tourism business districts in California. He said Del Mar should see results within 18 to 24 months. Unless the city opts to continue the district, it will automatically cease to exist after five years. Council members were supportive of the more detailed proposal. “I, for one, am happy to see a more flushed-out business plan,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “We certainly do need to invest in promoting our city,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “We have an awesome place to come. We need to get the word out there.” Filanc said the only downside he found with the plan was “competing dollars.” “How much will the tourism dollar bear in taxation before they start going TURN TO TOURISM ON 25

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Plenty to see in wintertime in Palm Springs Got snow? Palm Springs does. More precisely, the mountains above this desert city do, and the best thing about it is that you don’t need chains to get there. You can glide up to the white stuff on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway — all the way up to 8,526 feet where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Coachella Valley, as well as dining, shopping, hiking and playing in the snow. In this case, getting there is as much fun as the destination, and you actually start ascending before you step on to the tram. The drive to the Valley Station where you board the tram takes you up more than 2,000 feet. Our host told us that the many acres on either side of the canyon road have been targeted by developers for a golf course and other amenities, but so far, that hasn’t happened. I first rode the tram in 1966, three years after it opened and a time when Palm Springs was still the hideaway for Hollywood’s elite, who would come to escape the public eye. My first tram ride was a thrill, especially for a teen from the Midwest. The old rectangular cars held only 17 people and didn’t rotate like today’s state-of-the-art, 80passenger cars. (There are only three rotating Tramcars in the world; Palm Springs’ is the only one in North America.) The tram cars may have changed over the years, but the sites on the way up haven’t. Within the 10-minute

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road ride, you pass through the same flora and fauna you’d see if you drove from the Sonora Desert of Mexico to the Transitional Zone of Alaska. Every 1,500 feet to 2,000 feet of elevation showcase plants, trees and animals of a different climate zone. On a recent ride to the top, there was plenty of the white stuff, courtesy of a couple of recent storms that had blanketed Mount San Jacinto. Those of us who were bundled up and wearing heavy shoes enjoyed a brisk hike down the shoveled walkway that took us into the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. We gave equal time to the sun-warmed patches between the trees and the shady spots kept cold by the occasional gust of brisk wind. Our companions from the San Francisco Bay Area couldn’t believe that a short tram trip could result in a 30-degree temperature drop. (At this writing, the daytime temperatures are in the mid40s and there is still plenty of snow.) After our walk, we headed inside for a bit of warming, then strolled onto the deck that provided an unhurried, panoramic view of Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley towns. Our host told us that when sum-

LET IT SNOW A visitor from the Bay Area enjoys a recent snowfall at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

mer and 100-plus degree temperatures arrive, the tram is filled with locals using season passes to escape the sizzling heat. They also come to hike some of the 54 miles of trails in the 14,000-acre state park and wilderness area.Visitors also hike the 5.5 miles to the peak of Mount San Jacinto (second highest Southern California), or just sit on the deck and enjoy the cooler clime. On your way to or from the tram, stop in at the Palm Springs Visitors Center, at the corner of Tram Way and Highway 111 (North Palm TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 25

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Pioneer Players take to the stage to celebrate holidays By Bianca Kaplanek

ENCINITAS — Holiday songs, Greek dancing and Christmas carols performed by the hand-bell choir under the direction of Sun Choi were all part of the Pioneer Players holiday celebration. The Dec. 20 event, held at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, also included a raffle, an enactment of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Christmas on the Beach,” a play directed by Antonio “TJ” Johnson, formerly with North Coast Repertory Theatre. The Pioneer Players are part of The Pioneers Club, which is sponsored by Project Turnaround, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young adults with developmental challenges by providing hands-on experiences that awaken their latent potential and present opportunities for self-expression. The Pioneers Club meets

CENTER STAGE Dressed in full costumes to perform Disney’s “It’s a Small World” are Pioneer Players, from left, Phillip Schmid, Shunt Manoushakiam, Michael DeGraw, Karen Elliot, Leslie Norcroft and Kristin Rompf. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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You’d think that after more than 80 years on the market, toasters would finally serve up perfect toast. While Consumer Reports still hasn’t found one that hits that culinary height, its latest tests yield several that come close for about the price of a good dinner. Haier’s $30 TST850DS, one of six CR Best Buys in its recent report, turned out the best toast in this test, browning evenly from light to dark with almost every batch. It includes a sleek, stainlesssteel housing and a bagel set-

ting, which toasts only one side. Willing to trade stainless and the bagel setting for a lower price? The Proctor Silex Cool-Touch 22203 toasted nearly as well for just $15. You’ll also find smarter controls and displays, infrared elements and even sandwich grilling as toasters fight for counter space. The Cuisinart CPT-170, $80, has a digital display that counts the seconds until toast is ready. TFal’s Digital TT6604002, $40, uses flashing bars and, like many models such as the $40 Hamilton Beach Digital 22502, has a defrost option for frozen bagels and a bread lift


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City joins with club to offer programs By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — In an effort to increase recreational programs for residents, especially teenagers, City Council unanimously approved a joint-use agreement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito as part of its consent calendar at the Dec. 9 meeting. The agreement will also help the city with its employee wellness program by allowing workers to use the facility on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. With limited staff and resources, according to the staff report, the city “is constantly looking for new and innovative partnerships to further recreational opportunities and optimize facility use.” The city currently partners with the Solana Beach School District to offer an after-school enrichment program and with the San Dieguito Union High School District to provide adult classes.These programs are held at Solana Beach community centers but are coordinated and managed by outside agencies with city support. The newest agreement with the Boys & Girls Clubs creates a win-win situation in which both organizations can expand their programs, the staff report states. The fields at La Colonia Park will be available to the club, which will also be allowed limited use at Fletcher Cove. In turn, the club offered the use of its facilities for city meetings and events. It will also waive the summer day camp pool fee, resulting in an annual savings. The pool cost for the 2009 summer camp was $495. Both groups will collaborate to provide ongoing programs that won’t conflict with current facility use, the staff reports states. Activities and events will require prior approval from the city and the club to ensure the expanded use won’t interfere with the public’s use of city facilities. The Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously supported the agreement with the understanding that public use of the facilities will not be negatively impacted or eliminated. City staff will “ensure that portions of the fields and parks remain open at all times for use by the public,” the staff report states. The $2.50 pool fee will be removed, “however, this may not be readily visible due to modifications in programs and services that occur on a yearly basis,” according to the staff report. Gymnastics, yoga, music and sports camps are some of the new programs the Boys & Girls Clubs plans to offer initially. Items on the consent calendar are approved in a single action unless removed for discussion by council members or members of the public.



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Carlsbad couple named city’s ‘Citizens of the Year’ By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — When Pat Hansen met her husband, Jim, at San Diego State in February 1951, she was smitten. “I thought he was cute and very smart,” she said.“He was a football player so he looked kind of grand.” The couple married eight months later when Jim was drafted into the U.S. Army. Afterward they completed their education and worked as teachers. Jim pursued a lifelong career as a coach and high school teacher while supporting Pat’s passion for the arts. Their relationship, which has endured 58 years, culminated with the recent honor of Carlsbad’s 2008 Citizens of the Year. They shared the award with Bobbie Hoder. Jim noted modestly that this is the first time Citizens of the Year were all artists. Among other contributions, the couple is acknowledged as the force for many years behind Carlsbad’s transformation to a center for the arts. The Hansens moved to Carlsbad in 1958. Jim found his niche in education. In the 1960s they left for three years so that he could teach school at Camp Zama, an air force base in Japan. The couple threw themselves into acting, performing in plays for Special Services Theater in Japan and later Baumholder Air Force Base in Germany. When they returned, Jim

TWO OF A KIND Pat and Jim Hansen were honored Dec. 22 by Mayor Bud Lewis as Carlsbad’s 2008 Citizens of the Year along with Bobbie Hoder. Photo by Lillian Cox

coached football and taught at Oceanside and El Camino high schools. He instituted programs promoting communications, peer counseling

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and cross-age tutoring. He also became a volunteer for Lifeline’s drug counseling programs. Meanwhile Pat raised

their two children, Robin and David, working as a staff artist for the new Cole Library. She directed “Twice Told Tales,” children performing in dramatizations of fairy tales. In 1975, she was hired full time as coordinator of the library’s programs and exhibits. The Hansens retired from their respective careers on the same day — July 1, 1990. Jim began retirement as a tutor for the Carlsbad Library’s literacy program for adults. Pat joined the San Diego Actors Alliance where she performed all over San Diego at venues including Palomar College, Moonlight Amphitheater, Starmakers, Divisionary Theater and Lamplights Theater. In 1995, Pat received approval for a city, and later, a state grant to present play readings. This was an activity they enjoyed with college friends, acting out works from playwrights such as Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams. The Carlsbad Playreaders began in the senior center and later moved to the Carlsbad Dove Library on Monday night, a time when many professional actors were available to participate. They named their nonprofit Carlsbad Playhouse to leave room for further development, and expanded their offerings to include children’s

plays, short play productions from San Diego Actors Festivals and finally an evening of original play readings to introduce New Village Arts Theatre. In 2004, the Hansens decided to turn their vision for Carlsbad Playhouse over to Kristianne Kurner, executive artistic director, New Village Arts. “Kristianne came to town and said this is what we want to do,” Pat said.“We supported her. It was time for younger people to take over.” Kurner applauds Pat’s efforts. “Pat Hansen has been a tireless supporter of the arts in Carlsbad, as well as a talented artist and poet herself,’ she said. “NVA Theatre would not be in the city of Carlsbad without Pat’s assistance and ideals. She gives so much of herself to everything that she does — whether that be designing props for an upcoming show, passing out information to local hotels and businesses or bringing new faces and donors to New Village Arts.” Today, Pat coordinates the 21st annual Magee Park Poets Anthology. She also takes Spanish classes at the library with the goal of one day working as a volunteer interpreter. Jim sells rare and out of print books and donates a portion of the profits to support the New Village Arts Theatre.

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Detective sheds light FBI’s on Encinitas gang MOST WANTED By Randy Kalp

SOLANA BEACH — After having dinner at Fidel’s Little Mexico in Solana Beach, a couple came out to find the windows of their pickup truck busted up in what was an alleged misdirected retaliatory attack by an Encinitas gang, police said. Prosecutors allege six young men, one of whom is a documented gang member, surrounded a Ford Ranger on Dec. 6 and shattered its windshield and side windows with rocks and a tire iron because they wrongly believed the vehicle belonged to a rival Solana Beach gang member. Five men were charged in the crime. Prior to the Dec. 22 preliminary hearing, two defendants — Gervin Chavez, 19, and Arturo Cuevas, 21 — pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vandalism charge. Following testimony at the hearing, Judge Aaron Katz found enough evidence to order Armando Palacios, 21, and Jesus Novoa Jr., 23, to stand trial on a felony vandalism charge, and Gerardo Palacios, 19, on a misdemeanor vandalism charge. Armando Palacios, who’s not a documented gang member, also has a gang allegation — which means the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang — attached to his charge. He was the driver of the vehicle and is thought to have some ties with the Varrio Encinitas street gang, according to courtroom testimony. Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens declined to comment on why his office didn’t also charge Novoa with the gang enhancement.

The trio’s next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 15. All five defendants remain out of custody. In order for prosecutors to prove the gang allegation, they had to establish that Varrio Encinitas is a criminal street gang, which they did through testimony by San Diego Sheriff’s Detective Lauren McAllister. McAllister testified gang members who claim Varrio Encinitas are broken into two subsets — Tortilla Flats and Southsiders — and like to wear clothing labeled with “Encinitas Surfboards.” Varrio Encinitas was established in the early 1970s and now has 28 members and 15 associates; their members are predominately Latino, the detective said. One of their main rivals is a Solana Beach gang known as Eden Gardens. Additionally, McAllister said its not uncommon for Varrio Encinitas gang members to live outside the city due to the cost of living associated with the beach community. For example, Novoa resides in Oceanside, McAllister said. In April, three members of Varrio Encinitas were arrested for the accidental shooting of one of their 21year-old friends during a skirmish in Carlsbad with a rival gang. Victor Lopez, 21, has pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter relating to the shooting, while Javier Lopez, 20, and Jose Angel Barraza, 27, are being tried for the of fellow gang member Juan Carlos Balderas. The trio remains in custody on $5 million bail each. Barraza and Lopez’s preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 3.

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COAST CITIES — Nancy Hurley, a former theater teacher at Diegueño Middle School in Encinitas, has authored a theater games book, that was published in October by Meriwether Publishing Ltd. The book, “175 Theatre Games: Warm-up Exercises for Actors,” is filled with games and exercises and is divided into 12 sections which include Clowning, Cooperation and Teamwork, Focus and Concentration, Getting Ready, Improvisation, Listening, Name Games, Observation, Pantomime, Stretching and Relaxation, Stage Movement and Voice. The games, compiled for middle school students, can be adapted for use with any age. To purchase a copy, call (800) 937-5297 or e-mail customerservice@ meriwether.com.

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ENCINITAS — Richard B. (Dick) Stevens, a 17-year member of the Encinitas Rotary Club, has successfully been nominated to be Rotary District Governor for 2012 and 2013. This district encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties and numbers some 60 Rotary clubs with 3400 members. In 2009, along with club member Paul Peirce, Stevens secured a Rotary matching grant that will, for the first time, provide clean drinking water to a rural village in Ghana of 1,500 persons.

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Man given life sentence for ‘terrifying’ attack on wife By Randy Kalp

ESCONDIDO — Tommy Lee Williams spent this Christmas and will spend every other holiday for the rest of his life behind bars. “Nobody did this to you but you,” Jeanette Lawrence, the victim, wrote in a letter read by the prosecutor at Williams’ sentencing Dec. 18. “You may have beat me up but you didn’t beat me down.” Superior Court Judge Joan Weber sentenced Williams to life in prison for the violent assault on his now ex-wife two years ago in her Escondido apartment in which he dove through her bedroom window, and then beat and assaulted her with his fists, a dinner fork and barbecue fork. Weber said she couldn’t think of a more “terrifying” scenario for a woman. In April, a panel of six

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Wishing all of Rancho Santa Fe a very happy New Year! MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I thought I would write to you, dear reader, from my perspective of what it is like to work for a family-run newspaper. Most of you might have heard recently about the merging of other papers in town. The Rancho Santa Fe Record and Rancho Santa Fe Review are now one newspaper, which leaves one other one in town: Us! More than two years ago, I met Jim Kydd at his office in Leucadia. At the time, I had no idea how becoming a columnist with the Rancho Santa Fe News would become such a wonderful part of my life. We sat together in his office two years ago during a rainstorm and discussed different names and story ideas for what has now become the title of my column, “Machel’s Ranch.” I had envisioned sharing stories about Rancho Santa Fe in an “Around Town” section, including one special feature for that week. Since that meeting, I have had the pleasure of meeting many Ranch residents. What I discovered under the eucalyptus trees is diversity and excitement in a seemingly quiet town. One of my first columns created quite a stir when I featured my own personal opinion on “renters in the Ranch.” I ended up attending a board meeting at one of the homeowner association meetings and took quite a beating from the committee.I guess renters don’t count in Rancho. They actually asked my husband if he was the little boy featured playing on the dirt lot (don’t ask). Now as I approach my two-year mark with “Machel’s Ranch,” I want to share with you why our newspaper is so special to Rancho Santa Fe. You might not know this, but my publisher actually helped launch the Rancho Santa Fe Review with Bob Page. With his experience there, Jim launched his own publication on the coast more than 23 years ago, which is now known as The Coast News. After Bob sold the paper in 2004, my publisher decided to push into Rancho Santa Fe. Now going on more than five years as a leading newspaper in the Ranch, the Rancho Santa Fe News has become a vital source of community news to the residents. As a columnist covering social events, I have heard firsthand from residents how much they like our paper and love to read every issue. As the other two papers merge, we are now left as one of the main resources for businesses and residents to turn to as another option for local news, marketing and any other media opportunities. Our editorial staff that won first place last year in the Association of Free Community Newspapers awards beating out 3,000 other community newspapers. With one less paper off

the street, the RSF News is proud to serve you and we are thrilled by your continued loyal readership that has built up over the last five years. As I sit here writing this right before Christmas, there is a sweet place in my heart for all of those I work with here and have been privileged to meet because of this paper I am proud to represent.What is the back story on my paper? Family-owned and locally operated by Jim, there is an intimate quality you get as a reader here in North County. This newspaper is not by owned by investors or outside bankers, but by residents in North County working hard to give this community local news they might have missed in the other papers. There is no coincidence that I made my way to this paper two years ago. I feel very blessed as I sit here in the twilight hours before I head home for the holidays. So happy New Year beloved Ranch residents. Your stories have touched upon my own soul, and has inspired me to keep finding more exciting happenings under the beautiful eucalyptus grove in Rancho Santa Fe.

Around Town On the morning of Dec. 4, Vicki O’Rourke shared with me this great story on Santa Fe Christian: “SFC Middle and Upper School students gathered in the gym for what was arguably the most spirited pep rally in SFC history in anticipation of the football team’s semi-final game that evening. The event was facilitated by KUSI’s Prep Pigskin Report, a popular TV show that covers high school football in San Diego on Friday nights. The show sends a host and camera crew to one county high school each week to film the “Sonic Pep Rally,” which airs live on Friday mornings on the KUSI morning news and is edited into a segment for the Friday night show. Students arrived as early as 5:30 a.m. to decorate the gym and film segments for the show. Faculty, staff and parents all helped organize the event, and the men of SFC were on hand to provide donuts to students. The pep rally featured performances by the cheerleaders, the middle school boys singing the fight song, and head football coach Nick Ruscetta being “bowled” on a skateboard into giant, makeshift bowling pins. The event culminated with SFC students screaming for the “Sonic Sound Meter” and registering an amazing 124.9 decibels – third highest in the county!” Thanks Vicki for always keeping me in the loop with your fabulous school. For more information on Santa Fe Christian, please call (858) 755-8900. On Dec. 12, Karian Forsyth hosted one of her spectacular spa parties. This was the third one I attended in 2009. On one of the rainiest days of the year, The Crosby has never looked more spectacular under the gray dangling clouds marking the

Cielo mountains just outside Karian’s home. Guests enjoyed their spa treatments from Oxygen Spa in Solana Beach at discounted prices. I had my eyebrows waxed and tinted. OK, maybe I do try to hit that “Marilyn look” on occasion. Afterward, I indulged in a homemade chili served with cilantro, and that fabulous salad Karian always prepares with the blueberries. If you haven’t noticed, I do have a thing for salads. I have included a gorgeous shot of Karian with her friends! Thanks again for including me on your guestlist, Mrs. Forsyth. On Dec. 15, I stopped by the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and snapped a festive photo of Glen Preston, Carre Ridgway, Dottie McCrink, Ruth Preston and Sandy Somerville enjoying their Holiday Bridge party. Cookies, cakes and other won- CHRISTMAS KIDS Holden MacDonald, Jackson Tuck, Reese MacDonald, Miles and Chloe Temple at derful assortments were their Christmas party. Photo by Machel Penn enjoyed by all of the members there, while everyone played at their designated tables with their friends at the Garden Club. These lovely ladies were so sweet to me. They informed me they love reading the column, which made my week! Thanks so much for sharing your time and letting capture this holiday moment at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. On Dec. 17, my son Jackson Tuck celebrated Christmas with all of his best friends. This was his third year on the $10 and under gift exchange party. Let’s just say these children love to have fun just like the moms do! They played bingo, the latest Wii games and enjoyed pizza and Christmas cupcakes, while we sat on the patio and escaped the madness! Seven HOLIDAY PARTY FUN Tracy and Joel Levine at ALL SMILES Katie and Robin Shull at the Willams’ TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 24

the holiday party in the Crosby on Dec. 18. Photo by Machel Penn

Christmas Party. Photo by Machel Penn

GARDEN PARTY Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club party: Glen LOVELY LADIES Sandy Temple, Meredith Macdonald and Bianca Preston, Carre Ridgway, Dottie McCrink, Ruth Preston and Sandy Kam Smith this holiday season. Photo by Machel Penn Somerville. Photo by Machel Penn

THEY’VE GOT SPIRIT Santa Fe Christian was featured on KUSI on SPA DAY Karian Forsyth’s spa party in the Crosby. Photo by Machel Dec. 4. Courtesy photo


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The smart operators did what they had to as 50 percent discounts were in evidence for high-end premium wines and restaurant menus. Small-bite menus and small portion wine pairings were the new buzz words. Argentina and Chile kept the pressure on the establishment wine countries, with lovely tasting native wines like Malbec and Camanere. The mantra of the health benefits of red wine continued to impress as the anti-oxidant resveratrol and its cardiovascular benefits were reported by medical experts. More than 20 of the top 100 wines of the world, reported by the respected Wine Spectator, were under $20 suggested retail, a symptom of the times. I attended more than 270 wine events at wineries, restaurants, hotels and special events, tasting thou-

sands of wines, and documenting their tasting characteristics. The list contains wines that impressed me with price to value. Prices can vary and are generally what I have observed on their Web sites and in retail stores. All are equal in consideration and are not ranked 1 to 10, but are listed by alphabetical order. Web sites are listed for your further information. — Amavi Les Collines Syrah, Walla Walla, Wash., 2007. Cost is $34. The essence of great Rhone Syrah. Fantastic intensity of fruit with the right balance of acidity. Sixteen months in French oak. Farmed sustainably. Visit www.amavi cellars.com for details. — Banfi Vintners Casillero del Diablo Camenere, Rapel Valley,Chile. Cost is $11. A touch of Cab and Syrah add to this native grape, with its

dark, crimson look and taste. Toasty American oak gives it depth and structure. A true Chilean wine. Visit www.banfivintners.com for details. — Brolio Ricasoli Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy, 2003. Cost is $11. An incredible value for a sixyear-old Italian classic from a winery that dates back to the 12th century. One hundred percent Sangiovese. This is a family created modern-day Chianti. Visit www.ricasoli.it for details. — Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2007. Cost is $85. A hallmark name in Bordeauxstyle Napa winemaking. The estate only grows this varietal. Historic brand in a peak performance. Visit www.caymus.com for details. — Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir,

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News anchor to begin house arrest By Randy Kalp

CARLSBAD — Santa Claus wasn’t not be the only one watching Don Cannon this Christmas. Cannon, a longtime Pittsburgh news anchor, was ordered Dec. 18 by a Pennsylvania judge to begin approximately three months of electronic monitoring in connection with two DUI convictions out of Allegheny County.

Carlsbad Police arrested Cannon, 69, in November on two outstanding bench warrants out of Pennsylvania relating to failing to comply with his house arrest sentence when he moved to Carlsbad in 2008. In addition to his Pennsylvania case, Cannon, whose real name is Donald Clark, is still awaiting sentencing in San Diego relating to two drunken-driving

charges, one of which is a felony because it was his fourth DUI in less than three years. Under California law, a fourth DUI arrest within 10

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2009: A look back at the year ruled by the economy By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Another year has come to an end, one that will be remembered as the Year of the Great Recession. Not even the high-end community of Rancho Santa Fe escaped the effects of the economic turmoil pervading the country. House prices dropped in Rancho Santa Fe and real estate sales slowed to a crawl. In a village populated primarily by real estate offices, this was not insignificant. Several foreclosures occurred, something that rarely happens in the Ranch, and the Association saw a rise in delinquent payments on assessments.

Despite the troubled real estate market, construction of new buildings dominated the scene in 2009. The $37 million R. Roger Rowe School renovation that began in the summer was 40 percent complete by year’s end. The new school is on schedule to be ready by October 2010. There is a big push to include a state-ofthe-art Performing Arts Center and a committee was formed to collect contributions during this economically difficult period. Also this year the Village Church saw the skeletal frame of a new place of worship TURN TO 2009 ON 20

GOING DOWN The Dacus Property was the center of much controversy during ’09. Photo by David Wiemers CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES The new R. Roger Rowe School began in earnest in ’09. Photo by David Wiemers

BLAME THE ECONOMY Jakki’s Closet closed its doors during the GRAND MARSHAL Kerman Beriker of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe NO BOOKS, JUST PAINT The Rancho Santa Fe Library received a economic downtown of ’09. Photo by David Wiemers

was named Grand Marshal of the 4th of July parade. Photo by David facelift in early ’09. Photo by David Wiemers Wiemers

CELEBRITY CLASSIC Celebrities like former pro football player and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Jerry Rice helped make Celebrity GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY The R. Roger Rowe School Renovation got an official kickoff in ’09. Photo by David Wiemers Classic at Morgan Run a success. Photo by David Wiemers


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Wake me up when life gets less interesting JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk Nearly dropping from lack of REM, I have worked out my epitaph. Currently, the winning entry is, “Life was always interesting. Now let me sleep.” Besides living in the proverbial “interesting times,” the past week has been one for the memoirs. I was pretty much ready and organized for Christmas and feeling smug. The gods

grinned and thanked me for my hubris. That very night, I heard a quiet dripping noise, which I optimistically and sleepily attributed to the shower. Oh no, no, no. Had I my wits and some daylight about me, I would have realized my daughter’s waterbed in the attic had sprung a leak and was now dripping into the master bathroom. The next hour found me in my pajamas and soggy slippers as I dragged the garden hose and most of the garden up the stairs. I then scrambled to remember how to empty a water bed, to find the attachments to do it, hook up the hose to the washing

machine faucet (bad idea, but the hose wouldn’t reach the outside faucet), wrenching open very frozen faucet washers, overflowing the washing machine (it has to be on to drain), flinging water in every direction and finally, with some help from equally sleepy housemates, getting the wounded mattress drained and dragged outside. Later I would laugh, but at 6 a.m., I wanted to crawl into a hole and pull it in after me. Four days, three blowers, two humidifiers, a new rug pad and a hefty check later, life is calm and dry again. As I continue to live my life as a lesson to others, I offer this

moral. Spend the $500 for a waterbed frame. It will cost you thrice that to fix things later. OK, so everybody else already knew that. Just shut up. Carrying on the theme of sleep deprivation and unexpected morning adventures, yesterday at 4 a.m., I awoke to odd thumpings and bonkings under my bed. Puzzled, I finally heard the pitter-patter I have come to know as a chinchilla on the loose. This very fuzzy creature, given to my daughter by a lucky-to-stillbe-alive ex-boyfriend, is the master of midnight escapes. This doe-eyed, puffball has teeth like a chainsaw. She can

eventually chew through absolutely everything, including the wire that secures her cage door. I did roust my daughter and no sleep was had until we had chased the pet through several rooms and finally cornered her. I strive for serenity. I try for a simple, predictable life. I am clearly wasting my time. Instead, I get interesting. Let’s raise those glasses in a toast to the absence of boredom, except maybe between 10 p.m. and noon. Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer expecting her artificial Christmas tree to catch fire. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewgroup.com.

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Quit smoking with research and a plan By Liliana Sandoval

The current debate over national healthcare and the increasing price of cigarettes has many people thinking about their health and the benefits of quitting smoking. According to the 2008 National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21 percent of Americans 18 or older are smokers. Taking all of this into consideration, quitting smoking will likely be a popular resolution this year. Setting a goal to quit smoking is a good first step, as studies have shown that people are 10 times more likely to follow through with goals when they explicitly set

them for themselves. Figuring out what to do after making the decision to quit smoking is often more difficult and this is where people tend to get lost. The most important step to take (after deciding to quit) is to do some research and make a plan. Whether you are considering cessation classes, using nicotine replacement therapy, or going “cold turkey,” it is best to have a plan that is as specific to your needs as possible. Talk to your family and friends; let them know what you are doing and lean on them for support. If possible, try finding a buddy who is also trying to or who has recently quit smoking. Next you must set a plausible quit

date. You don’t want to quit on a date that will only cause you extra stress. Make a specific list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Instead of saying “I want to quit smoking for my family’s health,” say “I want to quit smoking because my son has asthma.” Keep this list with you so that you can refer to it when you feel the urge to smoke. Also make a list of rewards that you will give yourself for every milestone. Maybe you will use the money you would have spent on a week’s worth of cigarettes to buy a CD or lunch. Once your quit date approaches, you must get rid of every cigarette you have in your house, car, desk, etc. Don’t hide any for emergen-

cies because you will only be setting yourself up for failure. Have your patches ready or your first smoking cessation class scheduled before your quit date. Once you have all your tools in place you will have to follow through with the hardest part, actually quitting smoking. Remember that you are taking the first step in improving your life and the lives of others, because smoking harms the health of everyone around you. Finally, there are many resources available to you, especially living in the state considered to be “America’s non-smoking section.” A great resource is the California Smoker’s Helpline, which is based out

of UCSD. The helpline is a free resource to anyone who wants more information on quitting smoking and they have counselors available in six different languages, as well as TDD/TTY for the deaf and hearing impaired. Counselors at the helpline can help you find a smoking cessation class near you or you can get free over the phone counseling through them. Whether you are ready to quit or just thinking about it, call 1-800-No-Butts. Give yourself the gift of better health for the New Year. Liliana Sandoval is a cessation facilitator at Vista Community Clinic. For more information, call (760) 631-5000, ext. 7142 or visit www.vistacommunityclinic.org.

Fire station relocates to temporary facility to a temporary facility to the rear of Horizon Christian Fellowship Church’s property. The new street address is 6365A El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe. The mailing

address will remain P.O. Box 410, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. To access the facility, enter the Horizon Christian Fellowship parking lot via the south entrance and pro-

ceed straight back behind the facilities. “This is an exciting time for our district,” Fire Chief Nick Pavone. “On behalf of the Fire District, I would like to thank

ed the village. The Lilian Project is an ambitious renovation of the downtown area blossom as workers strive for that had its supporters and its completion next year. opponents. Scaled back by It was plans for another its developers on several construction job that divid- occasions, when the project

came to a vote by the Association, it divided its board of directors. President Lois Jones and Director Steve Shillington agreed with many vociferous residents that the project was simply too large in scale. Still, the project moved forward, subject to county approval. In the end, however, it still may boil down to the economy. Since the vote, the developer has put the property up for sale and/or is looking for other investors to minimize its risk. The Dacus Property also divided the community. The land adjacent to the school was owned by the

Association, but in 2009 both the Fire Department and the school felt the need to acquire the property. A battle ensued concerning access and parking, and soon The Inn stepped forward to help resolve the dilemma. The school district ended up with the property and a solution for parking for the school, the Association, the Fire Department and The Inn is still being hammered out. In the fall of 2009, two teenagers were tragically and recklessly killed in two separate vehicle accidents. Grief counselors helped students and family members cope with the losses. An infestation of eucalyptus trees continued in 2009 with the lerp psyllid taking its toll on the Ranch’s beloved landmark trees. Due to fire regulations, many residents were forced to remove dead or diseased

RANCHO SANTA FE — In preparation to begin the process of rebuilding the Fire District’s Fairbanks Ranch Station 3, the firefighters and equipment have been relocated




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Horizon Christian Fellowship for allowing us to use their property while we are in transition and constructing a new facility to better serve our community.” trees. The Forest Task Force was reinstated and there is now a push to re-beautify Rancho Santa Fe. An arboretum is under development near the Golf Club that will feature numerous trees and shrubs that residents can plant to help make the area the forest showcase it once was. A top priority of the Association’s board of directors was to reinvent the parks in the village. Four different plans were discussed and presented to the public to enhance and improve the parks. In the end, despite support from the public, the improvements will proceed on a scale far less than even the first minimal proposal offered. The board of directors slashed the budget on the project. That’s the kind of year it was. Blame 2009 on the economy.

DR. GOTT Second Opinion

Can bee stings help MS patients?

Dear Dr. Gott: I have had multiple sclerosis (MS) since I was in my late 20s. I’m now in my early 50s and have been in remission for a while. What can you tell me about MS and bee stings? I got stung a couple of days ago, and I started walking much better and feeling perkier. I have energy that I haven’t had in years. One of my daughters told me about bee-sting therapy.

Dear Reader: The medical use of honeybee products is known as apitherapy. Bees have played a role in alternative health care since the Egyptians used their byproducts to cure arthritis. Those byproducts have since been used to treat chronic pain, a number of skin conditions, burns of the skin, coughs and a great deal more. Researchers have found that specific compounds in the venom, namely melittin and adolapin, can work toward reducing pain and inflammation through a process that allows the body to release natural healing compounds in its own defense. It is rumored that thousands of multiple-sclerosis patients in the United States appear to be using bee venom as an alternative to interferon, corticosteroids and other drugs. I don’t know how so many have tapped into this approach, because there are only about 50 physicians nationwide who use beevenom therapy to relieve the symptoms of MS. There certainly is a great deal to be said about alternative approaches to almost any condition. In this instance, though, there is always the risk of potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, so any undertaking should be under the strict guidance of a qualified physician. Your daughter is cutting edge on the information circuit. Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has begun a preliminary one-year study funded by the Multiple Sclerosis Association to research apitherapy as a potential treatment. I don’t know whether any clinical trials are under way, but you might want to follow that road to determine whether you meet their guidelines.

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SARA NOEL Frugal Living

What is normal, anyway?

Dear Sara: How often do you vacuum your home? My friends and family think I am insane because I vacuum darn near every day. It just got me wondering, how often is normal? Lisa, Virginia Dear Lisa: Although I’m frugal, I want my home to be tidy. I typically vacuum daily. If you don’t have young children or pets, you might not need to vacuum on a daily basis. “Normal” to me is simply keeping the floors clean and free from crumbs, dirt, fur, etc. If you would like to be more frugal in this area, you can purchase a manual carpet sweeper. I like ours a lot, and we paid less than $20 for it. Dear Sara: Remember the saying, “When it’s yellow, let it mellow. When it’s brown, flush it down”? Do you practice this water/money-saving tip? — Debby, Minnesota

Dear Debby: A common misconception about our family is that we are extreme tightwads who practice all aspects of frugality. This is completely false. I don’t practice that particular frugal tip. I prefer to have a low-flow toilet instead and conserve water in other ways, by using faucet aerators, running appliances when full, taking shorter showers and not simply letting water run.

Dear Sara: Do you boycott any brands or companies? — Sari, Florida

Dear Sari: Yes, I do. I don’t rally others to share my personal boycotts, and I’m not an extremist for a specific cause, but if I discover a product that is harmful, unethical or unprofessional — or a company that won’t correct an issue or where I’ve simply had a bad experience — I let my feet do the talking, and I take my wallet elsewhere.

Dear Sara: You often mention thrift-store shopping. Do you go there just to browse, or with particular items in mind? I understand the lower prices, but do you go just to shop or to buy something specific? — Amy, New Jersey

Dear Amy: I sometimes go simply for “me time.” I have a list of items I am looking for, but I will TURN TO FRUGAL ON 24

IT’S TRADITION Low & Slow Running Club members Ross Stephens, left, of Del Mar and Scripps Ranch resident Norm Bornstein said they participate in the Red Nose Run every year. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Red Nose Runners hit beach for charity By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Donning their best holiday cheer gear, more than 150 people hit the beach in Del Mar on Dec. 18 for the 18th annual Red Nose Run, a 3K and 5K run/walk hosted by The Low & Slow Running Club to benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. In addition to helping a worthy cause, most participants said they were there to have a good time. “We always read about it and wanted to come because it sounded fun, but we always missed it,” said Del Mar resident Patti Roberts, who was running for the first time with Shirley Rogozienski of Rancho Santa Fe. Dana Mendoza and Gina Wilimek from Frog’s Fitness were participating for the second consecutive year. “We had enough fun last year to come back,”Wilimek said. Karen Haas and Sara Stiglich were second-time attendees, but first-time runners. “We were having lunch TURN TO RUNNERS ON 25

GO! Brent Pritchett, 10, vies for position as the 18th annual Red Nose Run gets under way. His friend, Paul Gaukel, is close behind. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

New learning center opens its doors in North County ENCINITAS — Huntington Learning Center of Encinitas, 121 North El Camino Real, Suite C, recently opened its doors to students struggling with basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, spelling, phonics, study skills, as well as other factors that play a role in academic

achievement. Michael Kary, operator of the center, and staff, will offer personalized instruction by certified teachers to Encinitas students, from kindergarten through 12th grade. “The entire team of educators at the Encinitas Huntington Learning Center is

dedicated to helping every one of our students unlock his or her full potential for academic achievement,” Kary said. “With personalized instruction targeted to each student’s learning needs, we help students build the confidence, knowledge and skills that are vital for success in school.”

In addition to providing on-site instruction, Huntington Learning Center of Encinitas will also work with local schools to ensure that area educators and guidance counselors are aware of the services that are offered to struggling students. The center will also offer individual-

ized one-to-one instruction to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT. For more information about Huntington Learning Center, call (760) 632-7007, or visit www.huntingtonlearning.com. To learn more or to locate a center near you, call 1800-CAN-LEARN.



massive undertaking for the church, which accommodates close to 12,000 visitors every season. More than 900 volunteers, including 100 members of staff, work together to stage the pageant. “We hit the ground running during the month of November,” MacCartie said. Props and sets are removed from storage units, costumes are brought out and made presentable and a carnival-type setting is created from scratch every year. More than 800 church members volunteer to pull off the incredible feat. “It’s truly a


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labor of love,” MacCartie said. Mother Nature cooperated with this year’s event — no rain or cold weather damped the spirits of those attending. The economy, however, took its toll on the festivities this year. “We cut costs where we could,” MacCartie said. Food services, in particular, were cut. Meals were reduced to cookies and hot drinks. “We quickly came to realize that people were here for the pageant, not the food,” MacCartie said. From the smiling faces on the children riding live camels and interacting with donkeys and sheep, they certainly did- LIVING IT UP Left, Carlsbad resident Georgie Wentz as Mary, and San Diego resident Mark Young. Right, Roman Centurions, from left, n’t seem to mind at all. Encinitas resident Kim Healy, Carlsbad resident Jay Wentz, and Rancho Santa Fe resident Edward Hayes. Photos by Daniel Knighton



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find that it is more confining. Before you make any serious decisions, I would invest the money to rent one that you would consider buying and see how it fits.

Dear Bruce: What do you think of collectibles as investments? I spend a lot of time at garage sales, estate sales, auctions, etc., buying items that I think have value. I have been able to sell many of these for a profit. I have found some of these have increased in value. I am seriously considering taking some of my savings and doing this on a regular basis (with profit in mind). Do you think I’m crazy or should I continue doing this? — Reader, via email

Dear Reader: You are going into an area where there is a great deal of competition. I know that there is a show on television that has become quite popular over the years. It shows people bringing in their belongings for an appraisal. Many of these items, despite their appearance, are worth a lot of money. If you are going into this for an eye for real

profit, then you might be wise to consider some type of niche investing. In other words, don’t just go out with the idea that you are going to buy “stuff.” Get knowledgeable about the narrow area you’re looking into. Good Luck! Dear Bruce: I know that you have commented on this, and I’m still unsure why you think this is a bad idea. In the past, we have made life a lot easier for ourselves — and maybe for some of the people that we give presents to — by buying gift certificates. You pick out the card with a chosen or pre-set amount and then the recipients can get what they want. Why is that such a terrible idea? — Reader in Missouri Dear Reader: Yes it does make things a little easier, but it’s my contention that you are far better off to give cash. You may think it’s crass to give cash, but what difference does it make? The cards can get lost or stolen, and, many times,

there have been glitches in the system and it was never credited with the dollar amount. I, like you, find it much easier to let family members pick out their own gifts. Green money is a far better way to go. Dear Bruce: My brother and I co-own my grandparents’ home, for which they have lifetime tenancy. My brother recently approached me and asked to buy me out of my share. He would give me $50,000 cash and I would sign a quitclaim document. What do you think? — Reader, via e-mail

Dear Reader: You have not shared with me how much the house is worth. If the house is worth $100,000, you got a good deal offered to you. If the house is worth $200,000, you are giving up your half-interest in the house for a very modest sum of money. Is that money more important to you now or will you be able to hang Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. on? Is this going to cause Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail some kind of a family rift if them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .


Encinitas undergoing rehabilitation. According to Fabry’s daughter, Kim, Sharon is making progress. “She has her good days and her bad days, but she’s making great progress.” For the past three years, Fabry has run the day-to-day operations of the Rancho Santa



at the shelter. Proceeds from the carnival help to care for animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Helen Woodward Center also hosted Winter Critter Camps for children in kindergarten through

Fe Historical Society. “We wish Sharon a speedy recovery,” Vreeburg said, speaking on behalf of the group. On Feb. 7, the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will host a special 25th Anniversary Celebration Event at the La Flecha house. A program at the event will honor those who helped establish the Historical Society in 1984. fifth grades and camps with shorter hours for younger kids. The interactive camp gave children the opportunity to have hands on animal encounters, fun activities and crafts. The camps are designed to help children learn how to provide a lifetime of care for animals.

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in prayer. — The Scranton (Pa.) Diocese, Needing Confession: Father Edward Lyman of the diocese was removed as a parish administrator in November after he inadvertently (using his personal computer during early Mass) clicked on photos of four barechested young men in provocative poses. Also in November, the diocese disavowed Father Virgil Tetherow’s behavior for offering Mass at a breakaway church in York, Pa., and tooaggressively protesting at a Planned Parenthood clinic (incidents on top of Tetherow’s 2005 conviction on a charge that was originally child porn possession but downgraded in a plea agreement). And yet another diocese priest, Father Robert Timchak, waived a preliminary hearing in November on charges of having child porn on his computer. — Aggressive Christianity: (1) Rev. Marc Grizzard, pastor of the Amazing Grace Baptist


children and five adults in my townhome was pushing the maximum capacity. However, the party was a success. Just a quick tip for other moms out there looking to find goody bags for a future celebration, try the Dollar Tree in Encinitas, it’s wonderful, and close to Rancho Santa Fe. I captured a cute shot of Jackson with all of his friends in front of the Christmas tree, plus a photo of the mothers. This is my favorite party of the season. On Dec. 18, I made another trip back to the Crosby to attend Joel and Tracy Levine’s holiday party with my husband Robin

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS Church in Canton, N.C., staged an October bookburning of “Satan’s” literature, including works by Mother Teresa and Rev. Billy Graham and any Bible besides the original King James version. (2) In October, Mikey Weinstein, a former military lawyer who served in the Reagan White House, filed a lawsuit against Gordon Klingenschmitt, head of a Dallas chaplains’ association, to stop Klingenschmitt from publicly reciting Bible verses implying a smiting of Weinstein, along with Weinstein’s family and descendants for 10 generations. Said Klingenschmitt: “I never prayed for anyone’s death. All I did was quote the Scriptures.”

inflicted). (2) Recently, at the Abergele Hospital in North Wales, Geraint Woolford, 52, was moved into a room to await a partial knee replacement and discovered that his roommate was Geraint Woolford, 77, who was awaiting a hip replacement. According to a December report in the Daily Mail, they are not related, but both are retired police officers.

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(1) Shannon Broome, 15, of Jacksonville, Fla., with her leg in a cast and still laid up from a June rollover accident in an SUV, was hit again in December when another out-of-control SUV came through her bedroom wall and re-broke the leg (among other injuries

Rajeev Kumar of Calcutta, India, is well-known locally for playing the harmonica, specifically, using only his right nostril. For added show, Kumar plays two harmonicas simultaneously, with nostril and mouth. A BBC News reporter watching him (for a December dispatch) said Kumar’s strain was obvious. “(T)he veins running through his nose and neck bulge, his eyes pop out, and his face looks red and stretched.” And at Britain’s West Midland Safari Park, the African elephant “Five” spends portions of almost every day puffing away at a

Shull. More than one year ago, Robin and I felt privileged to be invited to their beautiful wedding at the Crosby Country Club. Their beautiful home is set at the top of the Crosby with a beautiful view of the golf course with the hill tops lining the sky, which is just beautiful at night time.Thirty to 40 guests mingled mainly in the kitchen around all of the amazing food Tracy spent all day preparing. My favorite dish had to be her homemade spaghetti sauce, which Joel told me had been simmering on the stove all day before the party. Joel and Tracy made a holiday toast to all of their guests and then asked the “newlyweds” to come up (um, that would be us!) He

asked Robin to make a toast, which he did, “We love you guys.” This drew a welcoming response from everyone. I have included a picture of Joel and Tracy, looking cozy in front of their Christmas tree. Thanks for thinking of Mr. and Mrs. Levine. On Dec. 19, Matt and Lisa Williams hosted their annual Christmas party in Torrey Hills. Their daughter is Melissa Williams. She is known “around town” as one of the premier party planners for charities and she is one of my best friends. You might recall, she hosted my bridal shower this summer at Mille Fleurs. More than 30 guests enjoyed succulent sushi, homemade spinach and artichoke dips and an assortment


harmonica she found in her enclosure. Said a park spokesperson, “Five was making tunes within a few weeks.” (The talented Five also paints on canvas.)

Questionable Judgments — Michael Sampson, who was in court in Salina, Kan., in November merely on charges of littering and driving with a suspended license, was arrested after a judge spotted him at the defense table, making threatening gestures to witnesses. Sampson was seen holding his thumb and fingers in the shape of a gun, “firing” at a witness, and making a slashing motion across his neck. — In November, Father Joe Vetter, head of Duke University’s Catholic Center, criticized a research team seeking student volunteers on female attitudes toward sex toys and paraphernalia. Father Vetter said the project would affect students “in this development phase (of their lives), and I don’t think it’s a good developmental practice to just tell someof homemade cookies and cakes. With a disco ball in the main room, Matt cranked out the Lady Gaga, and other fabulous dance music, which had everyone dancing until midnight. I have included a gorgeous shot of Robin and Katie Shull from that evening. Let’s just say, I’ve never been happier this Christmas season! Thank you to all of my friends and co-workers for bringing joy and inspiration to my life. If you have any fun events you would like me to cover this New Year, please email me at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

body to just sit around and Criminals masturbate.” Not Ready for Prime Time: (1) Andre Stoltzfus, People With Issues 17, was arrested in Sara Foss, 39, the moth- Saugerties, N.Y., in October er of 13 in Derby, England, after he allegedly counterwho is scheduled to deliver feited a $1 bill that a family No. 14 in March, told the member later used toward Daily Mail in November of the purchase of a pack of her vow to continue getting cigarettes. (2) Bandannapregnant until she fulfills clad Jason Zacchi, 27, was her desire to have twins. Her arrested in Dearborn longtime, live-in boyfriend Heights, Mich., in November works as a boat-builder, but after, according to police, their main income is govern- pointing a shotgun at a ment benefits worth the Wendy’s employee at the equivalent of about $80,000 drive-in window and annually. (Foss, apparently demanding money. Moments also a fan of literature later, the shift manager and movies, has kids angrily approached the winnamed Artemus, Morpheus, dow and yelled at Zacchi, Voorhees, Baudelaire, “What the hell are you Blackbird, Echo, Malachai doing?” (The manager had and Frodo.) recognized Zacchi through his bandanna. Zacchi is her Least Competent son.)



not pass up a good deal on a useful item that isn’t on my list. As an example, I have a good time browsing the book section. I might not “need” a book, but if I come across a book that I think I or my family would enjoy, I won’t debate whether the purchase is a want or a need. One could argue that this isn’t frugal, but we love to read. When there is a practical item on sale for a dime, I’m not going to play a game of mental ping-pong over it. Sometimes you have to consider your “happy factor.” I shop often to increase my chances of locating items on my list, but I don’t splurge on unnecessary


I will be getting my third injection this week. The first two helped to some degree, but my pain continues. Will I ever find relief? They have ruled out neuropathy; however, I continue to be miserable and hurt all the time. What else can they look for? Is it possible to improve the pain situation? I also have type II diabetes.

items just for kicks or because they’re cheap. Our thrift stores are less than five minutes from our home, so popping in doesn’t require a special trip. I have great restraint and often do browse and window-shop without purchasing. Most often, it’s the thrill of the hunt and “alone time” that draws me to visit, but it’s enjoyable to discover an unexpected surprise, too. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

ate to excruciating, numbness and a tingling feeling in the foot and/or toes. One risk factor is diabetes, which increases the possibility of nerve damage. Sciatica responds well to stretching, hot or cold packs, over-the-counter medications, physical therapy and prescription drugs. As you have already experienced, epidural corticosteroid injections follow, but their effectiveness may only be short term. In fact, the guideline is three per year. Chiropractic manipulation, massage, acupuncture and ultimately surgery are additional options you might wish to discuss with your physician.

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elsewhere?” he asked. The fee, although collected with the TOT, would be a separate charge. However, it still increases the amount of additional money visitors pay beyond quoted room rates. Del Mar’s TOT is currently 11.5 percent. Neighboring Solana Beach is at 13 percent. “As far as I know, it has-

tributed more than $84,000 to Fresh Start, a nonprofit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery for disadvantaged children and young adults with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease. as well as today’s glitterati. The center also is a super place to pick up useful area maps, original vintage photo postcards from the 1950s, and other fun mid-century memorabilia. For more, visit www. pstramway.com and www. visitpalmsprings.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

n’t hurt them a bit,” said Councilman Carl Hilliard, who didn’t see the additional 1 percent as a problem. “From my point of view, I don’t think we’re pushing the barrier at all,” he said. “I think there’s a premium for being on the beach or near the beach. “We could go higher than we’re authorized to go and I don’t think it would make a wit of difference. But that’s my personal opinion.”

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Streetscape project According to Diane Langager, principal planner for the Flower Capital’s North Coast Hwy. 101 Streetscape, the project will be on the Jan. 13 Flower Capital City Council agenda. A video of community workshop No. 4 is now available for viewing on the city’s Web site.



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One-liners Bids to construct a quiet zone in the Harbor City involving federal, state, city and railroad participation are due out this month ... San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has enacted tougher spending regs for outof-town junkets by members of the nine-member board and staff as the result of previous lavish spending ... Community Resource Center has celebrated three decades of helping folks who need help the most ...Virginia is the latest state to prohibit smoking in restaurants and public tact (760) 736-0178 or e-mail rbvdar@gmail.com. TOUCHING UP A beginning and refresher genealogy class will be presented by North San Diego County Genealogical Society from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9, Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. The class is free, and all materials are provided. Call (760) 434-2931 to learn more.

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Tracy Emblem, are each vying to be in the Democratic Party primary election for the 50th Congressional District. “I realize this is a staunchly Republican district, so we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Busby said at the social mixer. Busby, a native Californian, was elected to serve as president of the Cardiff School District board where she guided the district through a major transition involving a multimillion dollar budget and union negotiations. In 2004 she ran as a grassroots candidate against Randy “Duke” Cunningham and ran again in 2006 to replace him. Tracy Emblem is a lawyer in Escondido who specializes in constitutional law and civil rights. She



wonderful comedy especially unique are the memorable, hummable songs written by Marvin Hamlisch at the peak of his songwriting career,” director Rick Shaffer said. An Academy Awardwinner and multi-Grammyaward-winner, Hamlisch is the current conductor of the San Diego Pops. Among his most popular works are the scores for such hit films as “The Way We Were,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “The Sting.” Scripps Ranch Theatre is currently offering a three-show package for the



they were at the Kyle’s house on South Tremont Street for dinner and to watch the San Diego Chargers football game on the day of the incident. Around 7 p.m., Krista MacFarlane said she heard bottles breaking in the alley and when she asked the defendants to respect the neighborhood she was showered with obscenities from the young men. Soon after, MacFarlane, who only identified Mackin and Vaughn at the proceeding, said she saw the trio kick Kyle’s fence and then aggressively confront her as she came out to speak with them. “They were like monsters,” MacFarlane said.





JAN. 1, 2010 has served on the board of the League of Women Voters for Escondido and has also served as president of the Escondido Child Care Development Center. According to Margaret Gooding, who serves as the club’s publicity chair, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club was formed 18 months ago by several people in Fairbanks Ranch who learned that there were more than 1,000 registered Democrats in Rancho Santa Fe. “They established a club and we now have 130 members,” Gooding said. The club plans to have some vigorous membership campaigns in 2010 to prepare for upcoming elections. Membership dues are currently $50 per year. For more information or to join the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club, visit www.rsfdemclub.org. remainder of the 2009-10 season. The three productions are “They’re Playing Our Song” and the comedies, “Over the River and Through the Woods “and “Now Now, Darling.” The price for this package is $55 for adults, or $50 for seniors, students and active military. Seats for individual shows are available for $20 for adults, or $18 for students, seniors and active military. The musical is $2 more for each. Previewnight tickets for Jan. 15 are available as well. Visit www.scrippsranchtheatre. org or call (858) 578-7728 for information and reservations. Kyle said Evinger, who she at first misidentified in court, tapped her chest, as she stood toe-to-toe with the defendants at her property line. Then, after Mackin kicked her gate, he and Vaughn assaulted her and dragged her off her property. She said she suffered scrapes and bruising to her arms and hands, as well as had a welt on her lower back from where she said she was kicked and stomped. Kyle said two of her fence gates had been broken, which she testified cost nearly $800 to replace. The trio’s next scheduled court appearance is a Feb. 18 readiness conference. Their trial was set for May 4. All three men remain out of custody on bail. refreshing to see a man just wanting to be a good dad. 7. Carlsbad City Council agreed to fork over even more cash to The Crossings golf course, to the tune of $150,000. Meanwhile, Carlsbad is still without a public pool or skate park. Let’s hope 2010 brings just as many entertaining political tales as 2009. Happy New Year!

tempers flared, people were pepper sprayed and even handcuffed. This one will be in court for some time. 6. Dave “Family Man” Roberts withdrew his bid for the 50th Congressional District. Many are calling Roberts’ decision honorable, including his opponents. And I agree. In a year marred with political Eric Murtaugh isn’t much of a list sex scandals and general maker himself, really. E-mail him at politician sleaze, it is so emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.


advice be for anyone who is thinking about a career in the culinary arts? A. Get some experience before committing to a career in food. It doesn’t have to be in fine dining. It doesn’t matter if you bus tables, wash dishes, cook breakfast at a neighborhood greasy spoon, as long as you get a taste of what it is like to be in that type of environment. You work weekends, holidays, and the pay is not great when you start out. I think you really need to love it to justify working that hard. Thankfully, it can also be a very creative and satisfying way to make a living. Q. Tell me about the culinary degree programs offered, are there several to choose from? A. We offer associate’s degrees in culinary arts and management or baking and pastry. These programs are two years and consist of culinary labs and lectures as well as general education courses. Many students choose to get their bachelor’s degree in food and beverage management, which takes about three years. A diploma program is also in the works for the San Diego campus. Having an


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for 18 months. A month later she was scheduled for tapings Nov. 3 and Nov. 4. “That night my husband and I had dinner with friends,” she said.“I said,‘I’ve got big news. I’m not pregnant . . . I’m on ‘Jeopardy.’’” Montgomery traveled to Culver City with her family, staying at the Radisson. After drawing names from a hat, she learned she’d compete in the final of five tapings on Nov. 3. She won. “I had a blowout afterward with my parents — and husband and sister who took turns toasting,” she said. “All

advanced degree is becoming increasingly necessary in upper levels of our industry. Q. Given the popularity of the Food Network and the celebrity status that many chefs have attained over the past few years, have you seen any of that have an affect on incoming students and what are your methods of grounding them in the reality of the business? A. The school just completed construction on a brand new kitchen to accommodate the numbers of students coming in, thanks in part to food media and celebrity chefs. Even though we appreciate the success of the program, our instructors are quick to dispel the myths of quick fame, stressing that years of hard work and dedication lie ahead. You are not necessarily a chef when you get out of culinary school, but just better prepared to get there. It is obvious that the role and perception of chef has really changed in the last decade. My grandmother worked in restaurants for 40 years and cried when I told her I was going to culinary school after getting a degree in English. She couldn’t understand why it was becoming the desirable

career choice that it is today. Q. Having spent some time with you and your students during their final exams where I sampled dishes that ranged from inspired to pedestrian at best, do you feel that, like good athletes, certain people are more naturally gifted with the talent and creativity to succeed as chefs? A. Nature versus nurture. Art versus craft. Some people are gifted cooks and some are not. Even with this gift, it takes great time and effort to refine your techniques and learn about our vast food world. We teach the skills, discipline and professionalism needed to be successful, regardless of natural talent. Not everyone has to be the best chef in the finest restaurant. Q. You have been on both sides now, working as a chef in some of San Diego’s finest restaurants and now as a chef instructor. What elements of being in the restaurant do you miss and others maybe not so much? A. Leaving restaurants was a bit like leaving a cult. The lifestyle really gets in your blood. I still feel funny sitting on my back porch relaxing on a Friday night. Oddly, I miss the daily challenges of the

mation or a schedule of holding free acupuncture speakers, visit www.lacosta. clinics at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 com. at 136 N. Acacia Ave. For Free acupuncture reservations or information, SOLANA BEACH — phone (858) 342-1333 or visit Solana Beach acupuncturist marineviewacupuncture. com. Barbara Seymour is again

industry, as painful as they could be at times. I also really miss creating and sending out plates that I am proud of and seeing the satisfaction on faces as they take the first bite. On the other hand, I love teaching and my schedule allows me much more time with my family, although I do still cook in private homes and with a few different caterers on the weekends. Q. Having been a frequent guest on my Lick the Plate adventures, what restaurants have really stuck out in your mind and why? A. I get excited about trying foods that are not in my usual repertoire. The adventurous Peruvian food at Qero or the udon noodles and undulating octopus balls at Yo-Me-Ya still linger in my memory. I feel like the food scene in San Diego is really improving. For more information on the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California, visit www.artinstitutes. edu/culinary-arts.aspx.

David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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Calphalon XL HE650CO toaster oven promises even heating. But several delivered better baking and broiling for far less. The $220 Dualit Vario 2029 toaster made it hard to get predictably browned toast batch after batch. And while George Foreman was heavyweight champ in the ring, his GRV660 toaster oven was only middling at toasting and baking.

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night long we’d say, ‘Did this really happen?’ It was a dream come true.” Montgomery’s run ended the fourth game, taped the second day of competition, when she lost to Ryan Chaffee, a tutor from Los Angeles. “It was frustrating because I knew all the answers but I couldn’t ring the signaling device fast enough,” she said. “Most of the time it’s a timing issue. If you ring it too early you are locked out for a quarter of a second.” Earlier Chaffee complimented Montgomery on her knowledge of the works of author Kurt Vonnegut.

“Ryan seemed like a very cool guy,” she said. “I’ve been cheering for him.” Montgomery is development director for KSDS – Jazz 88.3, operated by San Diego City College. She said the real excitement began after the shows aired in December. “It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life,” she said. “There was a great outpouring from old friends who found me on Facebook. The chancellor from the San Diego Community College District wrote me a gracious e-mail as well as the president of San Diego City College.” She offers these tips to

Jeopardy devotees interested in trying out. “It helps to be a good reader,” she said. “Pop culture is important.” Reviewing Shakespeare, the Bible and American presidents and vice presidents are also key. “I knew a lot of answers because of my high school art history and English classes,” she said. “A friend told my English teacher, Jane Gabay, who was National Teacher of the Year in 1990. I want to find her.” Montgomery plans to use a portion of her winnings for a trip. The rest will be used as a down payment on a home in Encinitas.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A number of happy experiences await you, both socially and personally. If this day is any example of what the rest of the year will be like, you’re apt to have one fun surprise after another. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Don’t be reluctant to voice your thinking if you believe you have an interesting notion to impart.You have the ability to take an idea of another and make something more of it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Having a wonderful imagination and plenty of resourcefulness will come as natural to you as breathing. Use these two magnificent assets to your benefit. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’re fortunate to have friends or family who will engage in some worthwhile activities. Round them up, and have a fun time enjoying one another’s company. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Although something beneficial is hovering about you, it will be up to you to identify it in the first place. Once you do, in order to reap its benefits, you must engage in it. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — There’s a good chance you’ll get invited to someplace where new people could be present. You’ll find one person in particular extremely interesting and exciting. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Although some changes over which you’ll have no control might occur, your ability to pivot seamlessly will accomplish something previously difficult to complete.

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