Rancho Sata Fe News, Nov. 19, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 24

NOV. 19, 2010

Increased water rates reflect rising cost


Speaker reminds locals to keep veterans’ stories alive during Veterans B1 Day ceremony

ON THE GREENS Get an inside look at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and learn B4 about its history

By Patty McCormac

through the completion of the new school. Cheatham said he learned a lot during the four years of his term, but mostly how to listen. “I have learned how to listen to others’ opinions,” he said. He said when he first came onto the board he thought the building of a new school seemed impossible. Cheatham said he too was grateful he had the opportunity of seeing the new school to

RANCHO SANTA FE — Mike Bardin, general manager of the Santa Fe Irrigation District, went before the Association at its Nov. 4 meeting to explain its decision to raise water rates. “The cost of water is going through the roof,” he said. “The cost of wholesale water has gone up 65 percent in the last three years.” He said every other water district in the area is facing the same dilemma. “The cost of water we buy, which is 70 percent of what we use, is coming from somewhere else and the cost is passed on to customers,” Bardin said. The irrigation district buys water wholesale from the San Diego Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water Authority. The cost to the member agencies, including the Santa Fe Irrigation District, will increase more than 12 percent. In 2005 the cost per acre foot was $485. By January 2013, the cost will be $1,170 per acre foot, he said. “Availability is an issue,” he said. “We get most of our water from the Colorado River and the Bay Delta,” he said. In the past, California has used a portion of Arizona’s water to meet its needs. “Arizona has grown and wants their share as does Nevada,” he said. Because the wholesale water rates are rising, so will the rate to Rancho Santa Fe consumers. He said local water officials plan to raise the rates 12 percent in 2011, 2012 and 2013, unless the district’s water suppliers raise the rates more, then local water officials will pass on that rate to the consumers, whatever it is, he said. The average water user’s




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BURGER BRILLIANCE Left, Rancho Santa Fe first-grader Colton Lehberg is the winner of the Red Robin Restaurant 2010 Local Kid’s Cook-Off, thanks to his Stadium Burger recipe. Colton’s name and burger is now posted at the restaurant. Above, Colton Lehberg’s proud sister, Randie, sips her lemonade and begins dreaming up her burger concoction for next year’s contest, now that she’s 6 years old and eligible to enter. Photos by Lisa Sullivan

CHOW DOWN SHOWDOWN RANCHO SANTA FE — Colton Lehberg is a 7-year-old burger king.The young Rancho Santa Fe resident is the restaurant winner for the 2010 Local Kid’s Cook-Off, in an “Invent a Burger” contest sponsored by Red Robin. Colton’s name and burger is currently posted at the 12865 El Camino Real Red Robin location where he entered. He also won a $25 gift

card to use at Red Robin plus major bragging rights for his winning burger creation. Colton was also selected as the Red Robin Kid’s CookOff Top 50 Cookbook winners nationally. Colton’s “Stadium Burger” recipe will be featured on the Red Robin website and in the Red Robin printed cookbook, available for free download online at Red Robin.com.

School board bids outgoing trustees farewell By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District said goodbye to two of its school board members whose four-year terms ended at the Nov. 4 meeting. Outgoing trustees Carlie Headapohl and Scot Cheatham were given carved glass trophies and hugs from superintendent Lindy Delaney. The two came on the board at the time when the community was divided about building a new school and two bond issues had already failed,

Delaney said. “You signed up when it wasn’t easy,” she said. Despite the differences, the board was able to unite the community and get them to pass a bond to build the new school. Along with the awards, each was given fortunes from Delaney’s fortune cookies. “While I don’t have Chinese food that often, I got these two,” she said. She gave the one that warned “be careful not to overspend,” to Headapohl and one that pre-

dicted Cheatham would “soon be surrounded by elegance.” The fortunes were fitting because Headaphol worried about the purse strings during the construction and Cheatham was quoted in a newspaper when after a tour, he called the new school, “a palace.” “I’ve had an incredible experience and have grown as a person along the way,” Headapohl said. She said she is glad she is “leaving on a high note,” and that she had a part in passing a bond and seeing

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Surreal Estate: Sixty-two percent of the 12 million people of Mumbai, India, live in slums, but the city is also home to Mukesh Ambani’s 27-story private residence (37,000 square feet, 600 employees serving a family of five), reported to cost about $1 billion. According to an October New York Times dispatch, there are “terraces upon terraces,” “four-story hanging gardens,” “airborne swimming pools,” and a room where “artificial weather” can be created. Ambani and his brother inherited their father’s textile-exporting juggernaut but notoriously spend much of their time in intra-family feuding. A local domestic worker told the Times (after noting that both she and Ambani are “human being(s)”) that she has difficulty understanding why the Ambanis have so much while she struggles on the equivalent of $90 a month.

SOLANA BEACH — On the same day the United States Marine Corps celebrated its 235th birthday, Santa Fe Christian Schools paid tribute Nov. 10 to the more than 24 million men and women who have served this country. The 13th annual Veterans Day celebration was held to “instill national pride in our students and ... to say thank you for your years of service,” Headmaster Tom Bennett said to the nearly 100 area veterans and their guests who attended. “It’s a privilege to be in the presence of those who sacrificed for our country,” Kevin Changaris, associated student body president, said in his opening remarks. During the invocation, Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Darrell Enderlin, a Santa Fe Christian staff member, became emotional as he acknowledged those who are currently serv-

left note By Shelli DeRobertis

GLORY DAYS Complete with hand gestures to go along with the lyrics, the first-grade choir, directed by Gail Nicholson, performs “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

ing overseas and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. “These veterans are our heroes,” he said. It was a special day for Navy Capt. Mike Jennings, the keynote speaker.The eldest of his seven children was returning from service in Iraq the

following day, which was Veterans Day. “We owe our freedom to those who serve with common and uncommon valor,” he said. The millions of men and women “who have volunteered to lay it on the line

halfway around the world so we have freedom and liberty back here are examples of the good that can come from war,” he said. Jennings offered students four ways to honor TURN TO HONOR ON A17

Can’t Possibly Be True • Stacey Herald, 36, of Dry Ridge, Ky., is 28 inches tall, with a rare condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta, which causes brittle bones and underdeveloped organs — provoking doctors’ warnings that childbirth could cause the fetus to crush Stacey’s lungs and heart (and produce a baby susceptible for life to broken legs and arms).However,to the delight of husband Wil, 27 (and 69 inches tall), Stacey recently gave birth to baby No. 3 and promised more. The middle child, 2, without OI, is already a foot taller than Stacey, but the other two are afflicted, with the recent one (according to a July ABC News report) 5 inches long at birth, weighing 2 pounds, 10 ounces. • Prolific: (1) In October, police arrested a man arriving at the Madras, India, airport from Sri Lanka, bringing precious stones into the country in his stomach. After employing laxatives, police recovered 2,080 diamonds.(2) William Wright, 54, was arrested in St. Petersburg, Fla., in October and charged with using a hidden camera in a ladies’ room to photograph a young girl. Charges are still pending from 2009 when police said Wright had taken “upskirt” photos of more than 2,300 women. • Safari World, the wellknown and controversial zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok, has previously stupefied the world (and Odd Files readers) by training orangutans to play basketball, ride motorbikes and kickbox (while outfitted in martial-arts trunks). In a photo essay in November, London’s Daily Mail showcased the park’s most recent success — training elephants to tightrope-walk (where they prance on a reinforced cable for 15 meters and then, displaying astonishing balance, turn around on the wire).

Last Words (1) Ms. Rajini Narayan’s TURN TO ODD FILES ON A16

ALL IN THE FAMILY Mary Trotta chats with H.J. Chuck, a retired Marine, during the 13th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 10 at Santa Fe Christian Schools. Trotta’s grandson, Encinitas resident Isaac Trotta, is a freshman at the school and a member of the band that performed during the event. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

ARMY TALK Army veteran Jim Comstock, right, shares stories with current servicemen Andrew Blanch, left, and Gabriel Torres. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Few new faces in Ranch following election By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — While other political candidates have spent months slugging it out for their positions, it is sometimes difficult to know when Rancho Santa Fe has an election. The only new faces are at the Rancho Santa Fe School District where Marti Ritto and Todd Frank will sit on the board of trustees, replacing Carlie Headapohl and Scot Cheatham whose terms expired.

Ritto and Frank did run for the position, but they were unopposed, so they technically won and the Registrar of Voters did not include them on the ballot, said Lindy Delaney, superintendent of schools. Over at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services District three of the board members were up for re-election. All three were re-elected said Paula Melendrez, the district administrator.

Keeping their positions are Donna Ferrier, Dale Nelson and John Tanner who were challenged by only one candidate, Laurel LeMarie. Not up for re-election at the CSD were Douglas Moul and Ron McMahon. The RSF Community Services District provides sewer collection, water treatment and disposal services. It also contracts with the Association to maintain landscape of about 60 miles of unin-

corporated county roads within the Covenant. No new faces at the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District either. Tom Hickerson and John Tanner were re-elected to their positions. They were challenged by only one candidate, John Ramirez. Their fellow board members Randy Malin and Nancy Hillgren will face reelection in 2012, said Karlena Rannals, administrative manager for the district.

Association goes digital with its record keeping By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association keeps records and documents dating back to the 1920s, some of which are getting old and very delicate. At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Association board voted to bring record-keeping into the 21st century by approving $27,000 to install an electronic document management system. The change has been several years coming to fruition. “More than eight years ago, the Association began looking at a system to electronically store property and building files, but the cost was prohibitive,” said Liz Avalon, who gave the presentation at the meeting. “As technology has changed and improved, a document management sys-

tem is more affordable.” She said several companies were invited to give presentations of their programs. Of those companies, two of them were asked for bids and one company was selected. “We are very happy with them,” she said. When finished the new system would replace all of the Association’s paper property and building files containing each property’s entitlements and approval. In the current system property and building files are maintained for each individual parcel in the Covenant. One copy is kept in fire resistant files in the office and the other off site. The board became concerned about the security of the files. Many of the files contain changes where a word

or phrase in the typed document was crossed out with handwritten information in the place. It is impossible to determine if the handwritten changes made in the past were simply to correct typographical errors or if the changes were added in an unauthorized manner, she said. In addition, there were handwritten changes on the documents that had been made on one copy of the paper that did not appear on the copy kept off site, she said. Also, many of the files are more than 80 years old. “Many of the documents were handwritten and are beginning to disintegrate,” she said. At this year’s Association board retreat held in early

September, the board established as a high priority the implementation of an electronic document management system for property and building files. The new system provides much better security in that a copy will be maintained off site as a back up in case of fire or other disaster. Also no changes can be made to a file without the proper procedures, Avalon said. If a document is needed, it can simply be printed out. Transferring all the information into electronic files will be a huge job. “It’s a pretty good task, but its end result will be worth it,” she said “There was lots of duplication and we will be able to clean out the files as we do this,” she said.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY — Julien Hug left a note to his parents that said he was suffering from acute depression and felt it was his only way out, according to Bertrand and Denise Hug. The body of the 35-year-old, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette”and son of local restaurateurs, was found Nov. 3 off of Highway 74 at the bottom of rugged terrain in a remote location of Santa Rosa Mountain, which is east of Anza and the “back way” from San Diego to Palm Springs. Hug was reported as a missing person on Nov. 1 at 3:15 p.m., said Jan Caldwell, public affairs officer of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly afterward, the case was handed to Riverside County, she said. According to the North County Times, Hugs was driving to Palm Desert to help manage his family’s newest restaurant, which is when he was last heard from. The Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau in Perris has determined the cause of death to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hug’s parents have released this statement, which is posted on the website for Mille Fleurs, the award-winning European cuisine restaurant owned by Bertrand Hug, at which Julien Hug was a host: “We feel it is necessary at this time to address the media as we are devastated by some of the comments that are coming out. No one close to the family has spoken of yet. “Our son meant the world to us and this came as a complete shock. We are beyond devastated and completely distraught. In his letter to us he stated that he was suffering from acute depression and he felt it was his only way out. While publicly outgoing he was an extremely private person TURN TO NOTE ON A17

MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch In light of recent events, columnist Machel Penn Shull is dedicating a moment of silence in “Machel’s Ranch” to pay her respects to Denise and Bertrand Hug with the passing of their son Julien Hug. Her thoughts and prayers are with them. He was a close friend. “Machel’s Ranch” will appear again in the next issue.



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Fueling research at great universities The rain had scrubbed the skies the other day and I was taking another good gulp of fresh air, looking forward to continuing this practice well into 2012 when a state law takes effect aimed at curbing greenhouse gases, slowing global warming and, presumably, enabling for eminently breathable air. Were it not for the defeat of Proposition 23 on Nov. 2, that law would have been suspended until our admittedly unconscionable unemployment rate of more than 12 percent sunk by better than half. How bracing to have so soundly rejected a measure so ardently backed by the oil industry ... and to note that voters were more clear about Prop. 23 — more than 4.4 million of them, or 61 percent, said no — than in any position on any other question on the ballot. The opponents collected three times as much money as the oil interests. You wonder if anything would be left in the well if the Texans decide to try it again. How many times can you count on a $5.1 million contribution, like the one philanthropists Thomas Steyer and Kathryn Taylor chipped in to topple Prop. 23? In the meantime, we could relax for a while and appreciate how fortunate we are that our state is blessed with folks with both money and enlightenment to beat back the petrol-industrial complex. The semblance of a self-satisfied smile on my face, though, did not last all that long once I got tipped to a study out of Washington, D.C., from the Center for American Progress that aimed to show anew how the sinews of big oil are rooted strong and deep. To read between that study’s lines, it looks as if the oil industry stacks the deck when it directs dollars to great universities, including Stanford and the University of California, for what we would like to hope is “pure” scientific research. No, it seems that academia becomes a mere sub-contractor in the face of Big Oil money, with all sorts of strings attached to what to be looking for. You want to buy the universities’ side of the story that outside pressures do not compromise the over-arching principles involved in


BRUCE KAUFFMAN Not That You Asked the hallowed search for knowledge and truth. But what about how Big Pharma paid medical school professors to promote certain brands in the guise of science and healing? And how to dismiss the center’s acute examination of the specific contracts that govern projects at the academy? Looking at major contracts at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Stanford University,the center said the universities had ceded their independence and objectivity by failing to require impartial scientific peer review of research proposals; by giving up majority control on the panels that direct the research (at Berkeley, BP has veto power over the major governance and research decisions); by failing to root out conflicts of interest wherein companies in which academic scientists hold big financial stakes would profit from the research); and by allowing the oil companies to corner the market on products that emerge from university research. Note that Steven Chu secured $500 million from BP for biofuels research at Berkeley and went on to become U.S. Secretary of Energy.Ask if the focus at Berkeley then results from a bias on the part of BP, which has invested so much in liquid fuels. To the Center for American Progress, Big Oil “bankrolls research bias” at our major universities. To Big Oil, I suppose, all this is just another gnat’s endeavor to penetrate a hide grown thick on power and wealth. Argue all you want about the need to develop power using the wind, sun and the waves, what have you, and cry shame at the hint of corruption in academia by the big money of Big Oil, but right now our country can’t possibly run without the fuel. Bruce Kauffman can be reached at scribe.oceanside@gmail.com.


Protect coast from freeway expansion By Mindy Martin

I recently attended a meeting organized by citizens and the Sierra Club regarding proposed expansions to the 5 freeway. I am embarrassed to say that, before this meeting, I was largely unaware of this project. It was no secret. This publication has run a few stories. The city councils have been mulling it over for a while now. And, of course, citizens groups have already organized an opposition! Yet, even though I live less than a mile west of the freeway in Oceanside, I had no idea about the monstronsity Caltrans is planning. A recent transplant from the East Coast, I like to joke that the state of California finds itself in such a mess because the weather and the views are so lovely that people just don’t care about politics. I’m beginning to see that there is some truth to that, and I fell into the trap. I volunteer, but it occurs to me now that I only get involved with feel-good projects. Like so many people, I’m turned off by the tenor of local politics and exhausted by what seems to be a wildly inefficient process. Like so many

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we have a fantastic train that is almost entirely useless, and prohibitively expensive, for commuting. Perhaps, we could use a fraction of these dollars to work on that? Finally, we cannot rely on our elected officials to handle this for us. Since the meeting took place in Carlsbad, two Carlsbad mayoral candidates, both of whom presently serve as councilmen, attended. Keith Blackburn said he had yet to take a position on the expansion. There is a lot of information, he said, and he just hadn’t made up his mind. Initially, Matt Hall was similarly noncommittal. But, as he explained that this was very complicated, that council had been reviewing this for years, I leapt to my feet with the obvious follow-up. “How, then, can you have no position?” Ultimately, he said he supported some expansion, though not the whole enchilada. I wondered if he held back because the election was so close or because he sensed that it was a tough room. I’m sure these are good men. But their job is to juggle interests, and the citizens’ are just one among many. The bottom line is that we cannot assume that our representatives know what we want or share our views. We have to tell them, demand action and go around them when necessary. Join your neighbors Citizens Against Freeway Expansion on Facebook and I-5 Plague website at www.i-5plague.com/. Both have instructions to submit comments/questions. The deadline in Nov. 22. Mindy Martin is an Oceanside resident.

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Business network helps prevent youth violence community CALENDAR By Wehtahnah Tucker

RANCHO SANTA FE — The power of one group to make a difference in society was evident Nov. 13 as The PEERS Network hosted a black-tie gala to benefit The Tariq Khamisa Foundation. The star-studded event held at Casa Contenta, a private home in the Covenant, was well-attended. The gala featured cocktails and catering by Giuseppe of La Jolla, music and live and silent auctions. Attendees bid generously on items ranging from vacation homes in Spain, Canada and Mammoth to an antique mini-piano and everything in between. The PEERS Network is a nonprofit comprised of 12 entrepreneurs whose aim is to give back to the San Diego community in five different areas including philanthropy, entrepreneurship, the environment, relationships and social causes. The PEERS mission is to give back to the San Diego community by helping enhance and improve philanthropic pursuits while providing a network to encour-

WHAT’S COOKING? Giuseppe Ciuffa (middle) is flanked by his wife Salem (left) and chef John Williams. The owner of several restaurants and a successful catering company, Ciuffa is also on the PEERS board of directors. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

age entrepreneurship according to its founders Trevor Callan. What started out as an informal gathering of young entrepreneurs just last year quickly grew into a full-fledged organization. The group soon got to work making good on their mission to help the community. The group’s second annu-

al black-tie gala benefited The Tariq Khamisa Foundation, or TKF, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth violence. The group is named in memory of Tariq Khamisa, who was killed by 14-year-old Tony Hicks during a gang initiation in 1995. Khamisa’s

father Azim Khamisa reached out to Hicks’ grandfather, Ples Felix, after the murder in a sign of reconciliation. Together the two have worked to spread a message of nonviolence to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. They have spoken to thousands of youth about the “power of forgiveness,”

according to Khamisa. “From the onset, I saw victims on both ends of the gun,” he said. While Khamisa said he will mourn the loss of his son forever, he said his grief has been transformed into a commitment to change a society where children kill each other. The foundation provides leadership programs to at-risk youth, fosters coalitions between youth and parents and facilitates forums that include former gang members. PEERS was founded in March 2009 by a group of 12 local male entrepreneurs, ranging in age from 30 to 40 years old and from various industries. The members have experienced individual success in business but wanted to find a way to make a difference in the larger society by supporting the work of existing charities. “The idea was we wanted to give back and contribute to the community locally and at the same time encourage growth and develop a peer network to lean on TURN TO BUSINESS ON A18

Life’s a walk in the park for Cottonwood Creek host By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Terry Sisson has a life anyone would envy. At 76, he’s free and unencumbered with retirement benefits he collects from three sources: the U.S. Navy, Caltrans and the city of

Encinitas. He also has nine children, 35 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and another on the way, scattered across the globe who, no doubt, would love to see him. Instead, Sisson has cho-

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Robbery Locals’ invention teaches old surfboards new tricks suspect sought by FBI By Lillian Cox

VISTA — At closing time on Nov. 4, a man with long, stringy hair robbed a Wells Fargo Bank located inside of the Food 4 Less grocery store at 500 Hacienda Drive, according to the FBI. About 7 p.m., the suspect entered the in-store bank and used a demand note to rob the bank, said Darrell Foxworth, special agent with the San Diego County Federal Bureau of Investigations. The note TURN TO ROBBERY ON A17

DISGUISE? This image was caputured during a bank robbery Nov. 4 at a Wells Fargo Bank in Vista. Courtesy photo

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RANCHO SANTA FE — R. Roger Rowe eighthgraders Connor Bailey, Noah Diamont, Meghan Harrington and Torrey Pines High School student Lindsay Dale were honored as Students of the Month for November by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary. Bailey is student council treasurer for a second year and plays lacrosse, soccer, tennis and runs crosscounty. Diamont also runs cross-country and track and is on the wrestling team, a Boy Scout and plays guitar. Harrington plays volleyball, soccer and is an artist, who designed a school TURN TO STUDENTS ON A17

ENCINITAS — The coast is home to sports entrepreneur superstars including Bob Haro, who revolutionized BMX biking, and Tony Hawk, who did the same for skateboarding. Now partners Ed Lewis of Encinitas and Kipp Denslow of Carlsbad are turning body surfing upside down with their handplanes made of recycled fiberglass surfboards. Their company is called Enjoy Handplanes. A handplane is an 8-inchby-14-and-3/4-inch miniature surfboard with a cross strap that is used as a handle. “Handplanes were invented in 1950 in Hawaii,” Lewis explains. “Not everyone could afford a surfboard so they cut them out of wood, and used surgical tubing for the handle.” Unlike conventional body surfing where the surface area is measured between the chest and knees, Lewis says using a handplane elongates the area from the top of the handplane to the tip of the fins. “The main factor is surface area,” he added. “You’re extending the surface area so the more pressure you place on the handplane, the faster you go. It’s like a gas pedal.” Lewis said he was overcome with exhilaration the first time he bodysurfed with

IT’S A (HAND)PLANE Ed Lewis bodysurfing at George’s with an Enjoy Handplane and GoPro camera attached. See the video at enjoyhandplanes.com/video. Photo by David Gray

RE-USED Enjoy Handplane co-founder Ed Lewis with handplanes made by his partner, Kipp Denslow. Their handplanes are made of 100 percent recyclable materials including the handle and board bag. Followers of Lewis’ blog, the Leucadia Project, played an instrumental role in donating damaged surfboards and wetsuits and spreading the word about the product. Photo by Lillian Cox

a handplane. “I started laughing and felt like I was 12 years old again,” he said. “Swimming under the water opened my eyes. I saw the cloud when the wave broke above me. It was a new, freeing experience.” Another bonus is that handplaning makes it easier to catch more waves, even for beginners.

“I had never taken one out before and went out on a mushy, marginal day,” he said. “Short boarders were catching maybe three to five waves. I caught 15 to 20 which is really common (with the handplanes).” The idea for Enjoy Handplanes was hatched one afternoon last February when Lewis and Denslow were

doing “daddy daycare” with their three young daughters at the beach. Denslow is a surfboard shaper. Lewis is a photographer and website designer who was becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of broken surfboards he saw in trashcans. “We were talking about doing something together and

I said, ‘Can you make handplanes out of old surfboards?’” Lewis remembers. Denslow said he could and built a prototype. “I tried it out and ended up having so much fun that I kept making them,” he said. On March 22 Lewis began chronicling the experience on his community blog, the Leucadia Project. Immediately, local residents got caught up in the excitement and began donating their damaged TURN TO SURFBOARDS ON A18

Building finished on new site for Ranch’s Rowe School RANCHO SANTA FE — C.W. Driver builders has completed construction of the $33 million R. Roger Rowe Elementary and Middle School, a 76,000-square-foot school at 5927 La Granada. Construction replaced the majority of the pre-existing campus. The additions, designed by San Marcosbased Trittipo Architecture & Planning, include six new buildings with connected sky bridges, large amounts of new landscape and hardscape and an outdoor learn-

Wagging tails and winter fun at carnival RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center will hold a Winter Critter Carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at 6461 El Apajo Road. The event will include animal presentations, carnival games/prizes, winter crafts, photo opportunities with Santa and more. Bring a pet toy or pet food donation and receive free tickets for the premium activities. General admission is $15 at the door for children up to age 18, with a 20 percent discount for advance purchase, and $5 for adults. For more information, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Education Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 318 or log onto www.animalcenter.org.

ing center. Students moved into the new buildings in September. “This has been a challenging and satisfying project for the C.W. Driver team,” said C.W. Driver Senior Project Manager David Christensen. “We’ve been working in an occupied school campus environment with extremely tight site logistics, and we’ve been able

to do so while keeping the safety of the students and staff members as our utmost concern.” The project consisted of C.W. Driver crews demolishing the majority of the existing R. Roger Rowe campus, providing interim housing of 38 classrooms and reconstructing the site to new elevations in order to provide infrastructure for the six new

buildings. The buildings consist of a new kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, administration offices, science classroom and performing arts building. C.W. Driver built the campus in three phases. The first involved the demolition of a portion of the campus to accommodate the 38 portable classrooms. Also

included were support utilities access pathways, created in a manner so that school life would not be interrupted. Boundaries and travel paths also were created to separate school operations and construction. The second phase required the demolition of what remained of the to-be-replaced campus TURN TO SCHOOL ON A18

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DEL MAR — Using a Sharpie and tractor key rather than traditional hard hats and shovels, Del Mar City Council members held a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 9 to retrofit and rehabilitate the North Torrey Pines Bridge. Mayor Richard Earnest called the 77-year-old structure “an iconic entryway” into the city. “It is, indeed, a local treasure,” he said. The 49-foot-wide bridge, which is nearly six stories tall and the length of about two football fields, was completed in 1933. During its construction, Earnest said, legendary racing horse Seabiscuit was born, the Hoover Dam was completed, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge and Balboa Park was designated. “Clearly, at that time, things were built to last,” Earnest said. In the 1980s, the bridge was deemed one of the worst in the state as far as its ability to withstand an earthquake. “This bridge has been

neglected for so long,” Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said. “But it stands here today sturdy as ever.” Crawford said there were many skeptics who thought the bridge should be torn down. “This is going to look better than ever when it’s done,” she said. “We should all be proud of the effort that went into this.” Built in 1933, the bridge connects Camino del Mar with North Torrey Pines Road and borders the city of San Diego, which sold the structure to Del Mar for $1 in 2000 when the two cities couldn’t agree on whether to replace or restore it. “We are preserving a piece of history,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “Many bridges had to be crossed to get here.” Filanc said those bridges included understanding, communication, negotiation, solutions, trust and respect. “It’s been a long and challenging road to get where we are today,” he said.

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Elderly woman gets scammed in O’side By Shelli DeRobertis

OCEANSIDE — A trip to the grocery store cost $5,000 for a 72-year-old woman who was scammed for that amount on Nov. 2 when two women approached her and promised her a large return if she would invest the cash, said an Oceanside police lieutenant. The elderly victim, who remains unnamed, was at the Stater Bros. store at 2170 Vista Way when two female suspects approached her and asked for help, said Lt. Leonard Mata of the

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road I was probably the only adolescent girl who never read the “Anne of Green Gables” series, so when my husband and I scheduled a trip to Prince Edward Island, the capital of All Things Anne, I knew I’d better bone up. I considered Cliffs Notes, but discovered the movie series, which encompasses most of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books about the pigtailed, precocious pixie who won the hearts and minds of millions of readers. I confess; I enjoyed the three turn-of-the-century films, which feature lovely vistas of Canada’s smallest province, and felt prepared for our September trip. After visiting, I concluded that PEI has a love-hate relationship with Anne. Between spring and autumn each year, she brings thousands of visitors and dollars, but when the first frost arrives and the last tourist leaves, I think there is a collective sigh of relief. For a few months, anyway, Islanders can forget about Anne of Green Gables dolls, books, dresses, stationery, jelly, chocolates, theme parks and straw hats with red-pigtail appendages etc. etc. etc. But to visitors, I say go ahead; dive into Anne Country. It really is nothing less than delightful. We arrived on PEI via the Confederation Bridge, which has a shockingly high toll — $42 per car — but thankfully

LAND OF ANNE A pigtailed guide chats with visitors at the farm that belonged to the cousins of author Lucy Maud Montgomery. This National Historic Site is in Cavendish, on Prince Edward Island’s north coast. The “Ann of Green Gables” books were inspired by the cousins’ green-gabled home, which Montgomery often visited. Photo by Jerry Ondash

LIGHTHOUSE This lighthouse, like the half-dozen historic lighthouses on the north shore of Prince Edward Island, is well maintained and draws thousands of visitors each year. Even in high season, however, the coast is relatively uncrowded. Photo by Jerry Ondash

you pay only when leaving. Canadians, however, feel it’s a deal. Before the bridge 8-mile bridge opened in 1997, (“the longest in the world over icecovered water”), Islanders had only the ferry to carry them away for $68 per car. We headquartered at Cavendish on the north shore and stayed at (what else?) the Shining Waters Country Inn & Cottages. It is a yellow Victorian with a wide covered porch, rimmed with utterly charming flower baskets that still bloomed. (We also could have stayed at the Anne Shirley Motel; Avonlea Cottages; Green Gables Bungalow Court; Windy Poplars; Bosom Buddies Cottages … well, you get the idea.) Cavendish is Anne Central. Author Montgomery lived here for years and is buried across the street from Shining Waters. Just down the

street in the other direction is the famed green-gabled home of her cousins, the inspiration for her book series. Now a National Historic Site, it buzzes with visitors, even in September, “but it’s not a crush,” one pigtailed docent told me. We toured the lovely grounds and the fully furnished farm home, which closely resembles the movie set.We also walked a beautiful trail through the adjacent woods where autumn color was just making an appearance. Two other Anne-related sites are a nearby post office/museum in what was a private home where Montgomery worked for a time for the postal service. It’s small museum contains a first edition of “Anne of Green Gables. You can also visit the site of the

Harmony Grove area was arrested for violating Jessica’s Law, and was located in an unauthorized house within 2,000 feet of a school, he said. “We made contact at the residence, and no children were present and the lights were out, but the home was not a compliant location and the parolee cannot be there,” Lewis said. The sex offenders must comply with strict limitations year-round, but the operation places special limits on them during Halloween to prevent families from coming into contact with them, according to Cassandra Hockenson, spokeswoman with CDCR. The rules include a curfew between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Halloween night when parolees must remain indoors. The houses parolees are in cannot be decorated for Halloween or have any lights on, and candy cannot be handed out from the residence. The offenders can only open the door to law enforcement, according to CDCR. About 600 sex offenders in the county each wear a global positioning system, or GPS, unit, which is a rubber strap with fiber optic lines

that are electronically monitored by the state parole, Lewis said. The Halloween night operation included help from the Escondido Police Department, and about 40 contacts were made with registered sex offenders who underwent surveillance and were then searched for any violations, he said. The CDCR reported that 92 arrests were made on Oct. 31 that stemmed from 900 parolee sex offender visits statewide. The GPS parole supervision division has permanent exclusion zones in place that alert authorities if an offender enters the zone. Lewis said the GPS tool uses software that can identify whether any parolees are at certain locations, and works as a deterrent “to be able to eliminate this population of 600 from being at a location.” The zones are monitored for any alerts. “We respond to zone alerts,” he said. Permanent exclusion zones in the county include popular family and tourist attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and Legoland, Lewis said. But on Halloween, new exclusion zones were created

to include locations that attract children, such as school carnivals, he said. “What we did is create virtual zones,” Lewis said. Along with using the GPS zone deterrent, state parole and Escondido law enforcement drove by and personally checked on about 80 recorded addresses, he said. None of the zones were violated this year, but last year during Halloween night operation there were two arrests for zone violations, he said. Hockenson said statistics on the number of arrests during Operation Boo were not recorded in the past, but Lewis recalls between four and five arrests in the county from last year’s operation. “One (arrest) was in Oceanside. We used GPS and found him in possession of children’s toys,” Lewis said. “The other individual had his home decorated for Halloween,” he said. Sex offenders who have violated a condition of their parole are subject to a hearing that takes place within 35 days of their arrest, Lewis said. Arrestees face up to one year in state prison for violating a condition of their parole, he said.

Oceanside Police Department. The suspects told the victim that they found $100,000 in a purse, and then offered the victim $25,000 if she could give them $5,000 they needed to pay the taxes on the found money, he said. The victim agreed to the proposal and returned with $5,000 cash. The two women took the money and told her they would come back after they “scanned” the money, TURN TO SCAMMED ON A16

Local merchants host holiday food, toy drive SOLANA BEACH — Beachwalk Retail Center, a Solana Beach neighborhood mainstay, invites North County to get into the holiday spirit by collecting toys and food to donate during a holiday weekend event Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 on the west side of South Coast Highway 101 between Loma Santa Fe Drive and Via de la Valle with Beachwalk Retail Center at 437 S. Coast Highway 101. Beachwalk is asking residents to help “Pack the Present” by donating new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable foods at Beachwalk to benefit the San Diego Food Bank & Rady Children’s Hospital through the end of the year. All items collected during the toy and food drive will be given to needy children and families

here in San Diego County. There will be an Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 that will include Santa’s arrival at 2 p.m. and pictures until 4 p.m. Live entertainment by Synchronicity will be provided as well as sweets, hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee, cupcakeand cookie-decorating, as well as trunk shows and complimentary massages and pampering. Events on Dec. 12 run from 9 a.m. to noon, with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving by a shiny red fire truck driven by Solana Beach Fire Dept No. 42 at 9:30 a.m., followed by breakfast with Santa sponsored by Pacific Coast Grill at a cost of $7 per person. A photographer TURN TO MERCHANTS ON A16

Many lessons to take Area sex offenders targeted during Halloween patrol from the mortgage mess By Shelli DeRobertis

COAST CITIES — On Halloween night a parolee sex offender in Escondido was caught possessing child pornography and was one of three sex offenders who were arrested and sent back to jail for violating the conditions of their parole. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or CDCR, completed its 18th year of Operation Boo, which is conducted annually to ensure that sex offenders comply with the strict limitations set for them on Halloween. In San Diego County, 23 state parole agents worked the special operation to help keep trick-or-treaters safe from sexual predators. Two arrests took place in Escondido, and one in Harmony Grove, an unincorporated area near Escondido, said Lindon Lewis, a state parole administrator of GPS supervision, the Escondidobased San Diego County division. One sex offender parolee was arrested for the use of alcohol, he said. “Another parolee we had contact with had possession of child pornography,” Lewis said. The sex offender in the


You’d think we would have learned something from the Enron and WorldCom debacles. Rampant fraud, fueled by greed, equals meltdown and consumers getting defrauded. We need to closely regulate large corporations or they’ll cut corners, pull shenanigans, or just flat out commit fraud in order to make more money as quickly as possible. That’s what the latest mortgage scandal is all about. By way of background, we all remember the crazy housing boom and the fly-bynight mortgages that were given to anyone who could fog a mirror. These mortgages were sold off to “trusts,” which, in turn, sliced and diced them into mortgagebacked securities.These trusts were legally required to obtain and account for the original mortgage notes that specified the borrower’s obligations. But now it’s obvious that these legalities were frequently neglected. And this means that many of the foreclosures that are now taking place are, in fact, illegal. It’s almost certain that many borrowers are, or have already been, defrauded by the nation’s largest banks and mortgage companies. Their officers have sworn under oath that they have these original notes, when, in fact, they do not. Perjury is the tip of the

J MICHAEL VALLEE The Law and You iceberg. What should you do? If you are being foreclosed upon, hire a lawyer to review the documents that the bank is relying upon to insist that they have the right to take back the home. If you are not in default but behind on the payments, now might be a good opportunity to look for that mortgage modification, even a substantial principal reduction, with the banks facing massive litigation. They might be willing to actually be reasonable and work with you. You never know. If anyone ever tells you that we have too much regulation and business needs fewer controls, let’s remember what happens when we trust large corporations to regulate themselves; the consumer gets the shaft! Michael Vallee is a practicing trial attorney whose firm focuses on consumer law, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a consumer legal contributor for The Coast News. Contact him at info@valleelaw.com.



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E-tailers OFF top ratings HOT THE BLOCK for selling electronics

By Promise Yee Visit www.ranchosfnews.com to see video footage of this week’s Hot off the Block


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By the Editors of Consumer Reports

Electronics items are now as likely to be bought online as in walk-in stores, according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Electronics Buying Survey. And for the third year in a row, websites received many of the top scores in CR’s Ratings of electronics retailers. High-scoring sites included BHPhotoVideo.com, Crutchfield.com, Amazon.com and Newegg.com. The top-scoring websites in the survey stood out mostly for their price and product selection. Amazon.com and Newegg.com were noted for how easy their websites were to use. The latter also received a top score on price, but charges a 15 percent restocking fee on all returned major purchases if the box is opened. BHPhotoVideo.com is worth considering for price, but it has one of the shortest return periods of any site in CR’s Ratings. Though Crutchfield.com was only average for price, it received top marks for selection and offered a strong combination of customer service and buying ease. Independent retailers out-scored most national and regional chain stores and had especially high marks for inperson service. Among retailer chains, Apple, Ultimate Electronics and HHGregg all received top marks for customer service but were undistinguished at best when it came to price. Whether buying online or in-store, here are tips for buying electronics items this holiday season: — Discounting may start early. Although seasonal price-cutting on gear may have already begun, the deepest price cuts may be still to come. Last year’s best sales were on the weekend after Black Friday. If you do buy early, check return and pricematching policies in case the price drops further or if they see something better for less later. And if you dread the crush in stores, look for deals TURN TO CONSUMER ON A17


Rotary Club delivered dictionaries to third-grade classes in the Encinitas Union School District in October as part of the SoCal Dictionary Project. The giveaway was started 10 years ago by Don White of the Vista Rotary Club.



Anything my wife cooks.


Dessert, my friend Jody’s. It is gingerbread and whip cream and pumpkin all put together.


Pumpkin pie.


I like chocolate pie.

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Don’t fall victim to low-cost tree care Unexpectedly, tropical storm Sasha regained intensity. Sucked inland by a coastal low pressure system, her arms began to swing tighter and tighter like a figure skater. Hitting the north San Diego beaches, with wind-whipped sheets of water, the storm created a water funnel, a miniature tornado condensed with moving torrents of evaporated ocean. Touching down lightly at first in an open field, the spout skipped and hopped erratically. The inner core winds slowed slightly with the drag of friction upon the earth; the funnel, heedless of direction, slammed into the coastal condominium complex with heavy momentum. High above the complex, the eucalyptus trees began to dance. Their tops, unaccustomed to the added weight of the water and wind, began to pirouette crazily. Twisting and turning, moving in random fashion. One by one, the long slender shafts began to break away. Some were carried mercifully away into the open parking lot by the viciously clawing winds, but the heavier trunks became heavy spears thrown toward the Spanish tile far below the broken tree tops. Disintegrating the tile upon impact, several long


HORNER Local Roots pole-like branches punctured the plywood like wet tissue paper.The immense weight of the trunks tore through the joicing to reveal large gaping holes and continued downward onto the slab until the butt of each branch had either come to rest on a solid surface or had crushed and intertwined with the furniture and debris within. Riveting? Real? Frightening? Yes to all these questions. “But how?” you may ask. Or more importantly, “Why?” Trees are unusual and wonderful living things. They provide shade when we are hot, oxygen for us to breathe and great beauty for us to admire. As such, these giants among the plant kingdom are extremely complex. Their growth patterns are varied and yet to the ordinary child the simplicity of a tree growing up is commonplace. Here lies the crux of the problem. A true arborist would have insisted that the trees involved on this property

were never truncated or topped. If it were absolutely necessary, a technique called drop crotching would have been employed in order to reduce the overall height of the tree. This technique allows the arborist to reduce the height of the tree while maintaining a new central stalk or leader. This prevents the formation of weak and bushy sucker growth …… often the cause of falling branches. Most arborists will advise you, tip and lace the tree. Remove not more than 20 to 30 percent of the foliage and structure the overall shape in the form of a vase. This helps the tree overcome the constant pull of gravity and minimizes the amount of new juvenile growth from the latent buds circling each individual trunk or stem. “All this sounds great,” you might say, “but what about cost?” Well, like the vaudevillian acts of old, you might say there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that cost-wise it’s about the same to lace and tip a tree as it is to top one. However, light pruning should be done annually or the foliage becomes heavy with growth and the same problem involving limb loss can occur.

Trees that have been topped have a tendency to grow very quickly. Drawing from an already established root system that once fed a large tree top, long straight sucker growth climbs vertically with a weak union at the site of the old truncation. This kind of growth is far more dangerous in the long run and can be much more expensive to remove by the arborist because of this inherent weakness. Classically, most homeowners or associations will come in, whack their trees back for the lowest bid and wait a few years until a storm brings down a few branches as a reminder that their trees need pruning before the checkbook gets pulled out again. Don’t let this vicious circle catch up to you. The guy with the pickup truck and a ladder isn’t going to help you in the long run. Trees are meant to enhance your environment and increase the value of your home. Plan ahead and spend your money wisely. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, e-mail him at Kent@plantch.com.

Man arrested for string of robberies not Geezer Bandit By Shelli DeRobertis

VISTA — Authorities have determined that the man arrested Nov. 1 for a set of robberies is not the Geezer Bandit, which was originally reported by witnesses who heard the robber identify himself as such. Edward Bernard Power, 58, was arrested as a suspect in three robberies that took place in Carlsbad and Oceanside, during the same day. The Geezer Bandit has been captured on numerous surveillance photos, and is estimated to be about 60 to 70 years of age, about 6 feet tall and between 160 and 180 pounds. The FBI reports that the bandit is wanted for 10 bank robberies in San Diego County

and one in Temecula, the earliest dating back to August 2009. Power was arrested Nov.1 after allegedly entering three locations within minutes of each other and demanding cash with a note, and in one instance he revealed a handle of a gun after he lifted his shirt, according to Lt. Kelly Cain, investigator with the Carlsbad Police Department. “An Oceanside teller heard him say, ‘I am that guy,’ and a supervisor heard him say ‘I am the Geezer Bandit,’” Cain said. But authorities do not believe Power is the Geezer Bandit. “If we could hammer this guy as the Geezer Bandit, we would have done it,” Cain said.

CARLSBAD — Marilyn Shea of Carlsbad Newcomers welcomed Debra S. Jamison who presented WWI and the history of Veteran’s Day in honor of service members and veterans at a recent Newcomers meeting. Jamison is California state vice regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Besides differences in Power’s age appearance and the Geezer Bandit’s, the way the robberies were conducted was not similar. “The Geezer went up and down the coast,” Cain said of the Geezer’s bank robberies. Power went door-to-door, he said. According to the Carlsbad Police Department, at shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 1, Power entered a medical office at 2626 El Camino Real and presented a receptionist with a demand note for cash. Power left the office after the receptionist told him there wasn’t any cash on hand, police said. Minutes later, Power then entered a Bank of America,

which was one block north of the medical office, and was unsuccessful at his attempt to rob the bank with a demand note, according to police. At his final robbery attempt, Power entered the Wells Fargo Bank on Vista Way in Oceanside, where he presented a demand note to a bank teller and revealed the handle of a dark-colored semiautomatic pistol, Cain said. He received an unknown amount of cash according to a release on Nov.1. An employee at one of the locations he entered was able to identify his vehicle and license plate, which led to his arrest that same day, police TURN TO GEEZER ON A16

OCEANSIDE — Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside celebrated the unveiling of the new 16-passenger, wheelchair-accessible minibus and 14 passenger van.Along with transporting members between school and the clubhouse, the bus will also be used to take the children to outside events.

Holiday made easy ENCINITAS — Savory Restaurant, 267 N. El Camino Real, Suite A, is offering gourmet Thanksgiving dinners both at the restaurant and ready to take home to serve yourself. Visit www.savorycasual fare.com for menu and more details.

New salon at Forum ENCINITAS — Co-owners Leigh and Gary and Brittany Adamson announced the opening of Quattra Via Salon Spa Nov. 26 at The Forum in Carlsbad. Encinitas-based Alba Design designed the salon and spa. Solana Beachbased Chevalier Inc., created the reception and retail areas, interior and styling rooms. For more information, visit www.quattravia.com or call (619) 414-5444.

Health and spa DEL MAR — Place360 health+spa hosted an open house Nov. 10 for its new Del Mar treatment center, 1349 Camino Del Mar, Suite F, offering services ranging from holistic medicine and life coaching to facials and massages.

School open house ENCINITAS — Innerlight Preschool, 1171 Stratford Drive, will be having open house from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 20 and 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 21. Call (760) 753-2815 for details.

Classroom mentors COAST CITIES — XciteSteps is offering a Classroom Mentor service for children with high functioning autism.The service is a one-on-one social and academic coach who supports the child for two to three hours every day in the classroom. To find out more, visit www.excitesteps.com or call (858) 764-2956.


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shouting (according to witnesses), “Next time you pull out a pistol, why don’t you use lawyer told the court in it.” Adelaide, Australia, in September that she killed her Inexplicable husband by accident after • More than 4,450 activities intending only to torch his are federal crimes, and 300,000 penis for alleged infidelities. federal regulations carry The lawyer said she might potential criminal penalties, have lost control of the gaso- according to an October fealine she was holding when her ture by McClatchy husband said, “No, you won’t Newspapers, and to illustrate (burn me), you fat dumb its point that Congress has bitch.” (2) In May, when a fox gone overboard in creating terrier answered a call of “crimes,” McClatchy pointed nature in the yard of notori- to a Miami seafood importer. ously lawn-fastidious Charles Abner Schoenwetter, 64, just Clements, 69, in Chicago, finished a six-year stretch in Clements confronted the dog’s prison for the crime of con23-year-old owner. That led to tracting to purchase lobster mutual bravado, which contin- tails from a Honduran seller ued even after Clements whom federal authorities pulled a gun. The dog-walker learned was violating lobsterwas killed immediately after harvest regulations.





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Mata said. But, the suspects never returned. Both suspects are described to be about 45 years of age. One suspect is described as a heavyset Caucasian female with brown hair.

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GREAT GOLF First-grade mothers, from left, Kelley Bruce of Encinitas, Maritxu Basson of Encinitas, Janna Hill of Solana Beach and Tina Donaldson of Carmel Valley celebrated at the St. James Academy annual golf tournament Oct.18 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. The event raised $10,000 for St. James Academy, and was chaired by Debra Brady of Solana Beach. Chuck Nagy of Rancho Santa Fe, Bob Mueller of Solana Beach, Shawn Pynes of Cardiff, and Todd Gabriel of Sorrento Valley, extended their winning streak to three years, taking home the top spot in the tournament. Courtesy photo


online. Also note that respondents to CR’s Black Friday poll last year said they were just as likely to shop throughout the weekend as on the Friday. — Weigh Web and walk-in stores. According to CR’s Annual Electronics Buying Survey, electronics items are now as likely to be bought online as in walk-in stores. Websites dominated the highscoring retailers in its Ratings of places to buy major electronics and computers. But the main advantage of many of the higher-rated walk-in stores — fine customer service — may be more important than ever this holiday season. The hottest products include relatively new

and unfamiliar categories (tablets, smart phones, e-book readers) and technologies (3D images, touch screens) that cry out to be seen and used before purchase, preferably with some expert guidance. Retailers are ramping up demos of 3D TV displays and expanding their selection of smart phones, including models once found only in the wireless carriers’ own stores, and of devices like the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad, once available only directly from their respective manufacturers. — Haggling works, even online. Hagglers may have a better chance of getting a break at an independent store or at a regional chain than they would at a national retailer. In CR’s survey, of those customers who asked for a better

price, more than half were successful overall. Average savings were $165 for TVs and $105 for computers. Though only 2 percent of respondents dickered online, those who did were just as successful overall as the in-store negotiators. — Warranty pitches continue. As a rule, CR thinks extended warranties are poor buys. Two of every three in-store shoppers reported efforts by sales staff to sell them an extended warranty. Overall, about one in eight in-store shoppers actually bought a warranty. However, a computer plan that extends tech support and coverage for repairs beyond the standard factory warranty may be worth considering; 30 percent of respondents who bought a computer said they also bought the extended warranty.



meals a day, free legal advice, resume help, a haircut and shower, and new used clothing.” Sisson falls back on his experience as a dad in dealing with teens. “You have to go into a situation with respect,” he said. “I’ll say, ‘C’mon guys. You can see the sign. Now go on.’ They’ll say, ‘Just one more?’” On rare occasions Sisson has had to summon the sheriff’s department. He’s on a first name basis with most of the deputies, from his years maintaining Encinitas streets. John Blenkle is a community service officer with the Encinitas Sheriff’s Department who stops by to say “hi” to Sisson whenever he cruises through the park in his patrol car. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, Blenkle holds great respect for Sisson as a retired SeaBee, the construction and maintenance wing of the Navy. “Terry shows the city of Encinitas how to do things right the first time — the SeaBees way,” he said with a smile. “Whenever I had a

us,” he said. The water district held a public hearing about the raise at its Oct. 21 meeting. The board took 12 comments from community members who were concerned of another increase during the current economy. No action was taken at the meeting and the issue was tabled until the next meeting of the board set for Nov. 18. The raises would be implemented by 12 percent increases for three years and the first could go into effect on Jan. 1. Despite the difficulties, he said the water district is still doing a great job for the citizens of Rancho Santa Fe, Bardin said. The public is welcome to attend the Nov. 18 meeting, but the public comment portion of the issue is closed. To learn more about the irrigation district, call (858) 756-2424.



home where the author penned her books. The house is gone, but the grounds and gardens are worthy of photos. In the All-Things-NotAnne category, there is food and the scenery. Being surrounded by water means lots of seafood in local restaurants. As you drive the island, signs beckon residents and visitors alike into weekly lobster feeds at local churches. Our schedule didn’t mesh with theirs, but we consumed a lot of other seafood — clams, haddock, salmon and mussels — sometimes in cozy restaurants sheltered from blustery winds and cacophonous rain. For a couple of Southern Californians, it was a real show. Lighthouse hunters will want to drive east and west of Cavendish on the north shore where you’ll find beautiful coastline and a half-dozen lighthouses, all retired but well-preserved. The beaches are stunning, too, even if it’s too cold to swim. We also drove south a few miles to New Glasgow, a scenic little burg that hugs an inlet of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is home to the PEI Preserve Company, famous for gourmet jellies, jams, marmalades, coffees, mustards, maple syrup, honey and sauces. If you’re just window shopping, don’t miss the guys in kilts. Nearby is the serene Gardens of Hope, replete with blossoms even in midSeptember. We dodged the raindrops to enjoy the expansive grounds and view, and the sun made a few quick appearances just in time for photos.

bill of about $200 will increase by about $66 at the end of three years. In comparison to other water districts in the area, he said Rancho Santa Fe has fallen on the low side of the middle, he said. He said the district has already tightened its belt considerably by putting off $6 million capital improvements, eliminating some positions and not filling others. The raise in rates will help the district maintain a balance between buying water and maintaining and upgrading its infrastructure, he said. He said many of its pipes are getting quite old and he wants to avoid pipe breaks. He said it is important to maintain a healthy balance in its accounts because it is a stand-alone agency. “There is no safety net for

claimed that the suspect had a handgun, although a weapon was not seen, Foxworth said. The bank robber walked out of the store after he received a sum of money, and is wanted by the FBI. Witnesses describe him E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer liv- as a white male, age ing in North County. Tell her about your unknown, who has a slim travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com. build and is about 5 feet 7

inches tall. The suspect’s hair is described as stringy, long and blonde, and may be a wig. The robber wore a red ball cap, white T-shirt and a brown colored jacket. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 5808477. Callers may remain anonymous.


close to Julien is receiving an extreme outpouring of concern via text, email and messages.This is an honored tribute to what an amazing person he was and we thank everyone for their love, prayers and continued support. “To us Julien was as

beautiful inside as he was outside and we wish to have him remembered in this way, a way he deserves and would appreciate, not by false comments from people outside the family. No one he has touched will ever forget him, most of all us. Bertrand and Denise”





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who internalized everything. What we saw were his thirst for life with fast cars, motorcycles and his love of skydiving. “What we see now is the immense amount of love that everyone has for him.Anyone




logo that is used on the school T-shirts. Dale, a graduate of R. Roger Rowe, is now editor of the Torrey Pines High School newspaper, a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Best Buddies, a



club that pairs teens with special needs students. Also at its Nov. 1 meeting, The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary donated checks of $10,000 each to the beneficiaries of the club’s October golf tournament. Recipients of the checks were ProKids and the Armed Service YMCA.



HOST WITH THE MOST Terry Sisson, 76, has been the park host at Cottonwood Creek Park since it opened in 2004. He recently bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which he says he can finally cross off his bucket list. Photo by Lillian Cox

Marine outfit on a beach somewhere I would always set up next to the SeaBees because they had the best chow, the best beer and the best showers.” Sisson walks through the park at least twice a day, sometimes four times, making sure the lighting system is working and there’s no need for extra cleanup after a picnic or birthday party. “I’m the eyes and ears of the park,” he said. “I probably save the city $250,000 to

$350,000 annually.” Sisson is not sure how much longer he’ll hang around. He just bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which he says he can finally cross off his bucket list. He’s eager to put the vehicle to use so he can tend to other items on the list — like traveling. “I’m the kind of person who has to see what’s on the other side of the hill,” he said. “I want to see the tulip festival in Holland, Mich. I saw it once and I want to see it again.”

veterans if they are inspired by their example. “Make it personal,” he said. “Say thank you to a veteran for his service and tell him you appreciate what they did for this country. Respect the flag, the symbol of our freedom. “It means a lot to us vets,” he said. “It really does.” Jennings also encouraged students to volunteer their time and resources to the many veteran organizations and to “seek whatever opportunity you have to promote peace, prosperity and your fellow citizen.” “It starts from the heart,” he said.“You may have to step out of your comfort zone to think of others more highly than yourself.” Jennings said when he joined ROTC in college, it was for selfish reasons. “I believed that if I put ‘me’ first I would get ahead,”

MAKING MUSIC Leah Salvagio, Michelle Chan and Conner Smith provide accompaniment on xylophones as the fifth-grade choir, directed by Cheri Nielsen, performs “Stand by Me.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

he said. “I was way too cool and way too independent for the stuff the military was throwing at me. “But I learned I was called to serve for the benefit of others, not myself,” he said. The event also included songs and poems presented by students from the upper and lower schools, a veterans video produced by students

Patrick Hawkey, Kyle Doan and Will Wardrip and military music by the Eagle Regiment Band. Military Outreach Ministry was presented with pajamas collected during PJs for Pendleton Kids, a schoolwide campaign to collect sleepwear for newborns to 12-year-olds at Camp Pendleton.



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NOV. 22 JEWISH STUDIES The Agency for Jewish Education will host a scholar lectures on Jewish studies at 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad Dove Library. Professor Oren Meyers of the University of Haifa will lecture on “Israel’s Memory Wars.” Call (858) 2689200, ext.102 or visit www.ajesd.org for more details. ROTARY MEETING Hi-Noon Rotary will meet at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 22, Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Carlsbad. Jane Lorenz will present a program on financial protection.

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS Visit www.carlsbadhinoon Center at (760) 435-5250. rotary.org to learn more. TURKEY TIME Calvary Chapel Carlsbad will host a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 25, KIWANIS MEETING The 6355 Corte Del Abeto, Carlsbad. Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad will This is not a food line but an actumeet at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 23, The al restaurant setting with tables, Canyons Restaurant, The centerpieces, entertainment and Crossings Golf Course, 5800 The servers. Call (760) 603-9777 or Crossings Rd., Carlsbad. Jeremy visit www.calvary carlsbad.com to Metts, a project director for learn more. Outside the Bowl, will be in attendance. Call Susie Almond at (760) 473-6926 for details. TEA TIME North Coast Women’s Connection will host A Christmas Luncheon & Tea from CHOW DOWN A free 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30, Lomas Thanksgiving meal will be served Santa Fe Country Club, Solana from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 25, Beach. Guest speaker Barbara Salvation Army, 3935 Lake Blvd. Brown will discuss the ups and in Oceanside. The meal is free to downs of Christmas. Reservations all seniors and non-seniors and must be received by Nov. 19. Call reservations are not necessary. Cindy Luce at (760) 436-5713 to Call the Country Club Senior learn more.

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buildings and the construction of the six new buildings, all within a very limited area surrounded on three sides by occupied campus life.


surfboards. The first handplane was made from a surfboard donated by Anne Fagergren. Lewis and Denslow invited friends to take their prototypes for a ride. Soon friends let friends demo theirs and orders started pouring in from as far away as Australia and Sweden. “People would scream, ‘I’ve never gone that fast,’” Lewis said. “One guy said, ‘This is not a fad.This is really legitimate.’” Today, Denslow devotes his working day exclusively to manufacturing handplanes. He can make 11 handplanes from one 9-foot short board, and estimates that he makes between 10 and 15 per week. About 90 percent of the

Phase three encompassed the removal of the 38 portable classrooms and the construction of the new parking lots (with 90 spaces) and play fields, plus the modernization of the existing classroom building and gymnasium.

“C.W. Driver has been a great firm to work with,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent of the Rancho Santa Fe School District. “Throughout the life of this project they always looked out for our best interests.”

broken surfboards come from private individuals. They receive a $20 discount off the purchase of a handplane. “Going forward, we are going to buy surfboards from Rerip to supplement the donations,” Denslow said. Rerip is a Solana Beach-based organization that buys and sells used surfboards. Lewis and Denslow get tips as well. “Two weeks ago a surf shop told us someone had to quickly empty their storage shed,” Denslow said. “We went out and found five surfboards that were thrown out.” In addition, Rip Curl is donating old wetsuits, which are recycled into handles for the handplanes. Lisa Hetman, owner of Cinch Sac, donates fabric scraps that Lewis uses to make board bags.

Artist Rodney McCoubrey is even making art from leftovers. Another artist, J.P. St. Pierre, is partnering with Lewis and Denslow in a collaborative model. In turn, Enjoy Handplanes is “paying it forward” by donating handplanes at their cost to nonprofits such as Surfers Healing, Save the Waves Coalition, Surfing Heritage Foundation and the Ocean Discovery Institute. Handplanes are priced at $149, $159 for models that include a plug for a waterproof camera. Lewis and Denslow recommend GoPro cameras, which cost between $100 and $300. For more information , visit www.enjoyhandplanes. com or www.the leucadia project.com.



Former board of directors member Lorise Maynard and Ernest Maynard. Photos by Wehtahnah Tucker



each other and provide guidance in responsible business practices,” said Malcolm Davies, a founding member. According to Davies the group has made great strides in a short amount of time. The members contribute donations monthly into a fund and have supported groups such as Father Joe’s Village, Junior Achievement BizTown and Equinox Center, the beneficiaries of Linda Sanner and Tariq Khamisa Foundation founder Azim Khamisa. last year’s gala that advocates smart growth policies for San Diego. PEERS’ goal is to contribute $3.8 million over five years. What began as a casual experience of monthly networking meetings has become a mission-driven organization. “It’s just been really amazing experience,” Davies said. New members are welcome and the organization has plans to create separate PEERS groups throughout the city.

fruition. “We (the school board) came together as a group and brought the community together,” he said. While saying goodbye to board members, the new members of the student council were introduced to the board along with their advisor Paul Coco. They include Kennedy Erdossy; Ciara Reiter,vice president; Kate Swanson, secretary; Connor Bailey,treasurer; Chase Rippy, environmental consultant; Kristin Butler, activities director; and Tess Cimino, philanthropy commissioner. In other school board news, Marti Ritto and Carol Warren gave an update on the fundraising activities that will eventually finish the inside construction of the performing arts center at the new R. Roger Rowe school. They reported its fundraiser featuring country singer Billy Dean on Oct. 20 had been successful. “I thought it was a phenomenal evening,” said Warren, who added that Dean was not only a wonderful performer, but kept mentioning to the audience the importance of having and funding a performing arts center for the community. Ritto told the board a fundraising gala for the center was postponed until next fall, which will give the committee more time to bring it together.

FOND FAREWELL Outgoing board members Carlie Headapohl and Scot Cheatham are honored by the board and those attending the meeting. Photo by Patty McCormac

BIG HUG New student council member Connor Bailey hugs outgoing school board member Carlie Headapohl. Photo by Patty McCormac

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STUDENT COUNCIL New student council members from left are Tess Cimino, Kristin Butler, Ciara Reiter, Chase Rippy and Kate Swanson. Not pictured is Kennedy Erdossy. Photo by Patty McCormac

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The joys of raising teen boys I think I have figured out why teenage boys are so darned adorable. It’s a self-preservation thing. Kind of like why babies are cute and look like their fathers for the first day or so. The hardest part of my empty-nest challenge is the absence of teenagers, especially those goofy, hilarious, energy-charged boys. Of course, I dearly love my daughter and all the young women who are friends of both my children, but anyone who has children knows that during the teen years, girls can be just scary. And boys are just hilarious. I was at the local thrift store recently when a halfdozen tall, grinning, teenage boys blew through the door. It was glorious to behold. I swear they sucked all the oxygen out of the room with their uber presence. They ricocheted around the store, searching for costume ideas, and I found myself just standing their grinning and watching them. I started to just laugh, and continue to chuckle even now. They walked around with silly hats on their heads, tried on oversized jackets, teased each other relentlessly and, to the amazement of the staff, did not break anything. It was better than any anti-depressant and I was sorry to see them roll back out the door in about five minutes, moving on to their next diversion. I try to spend as much time as I can around the under-25 set, where I absorb any excess “youth” they simply radiate. I swear I get a boost through osmosis just from being in the same house and hearing them laugh. I just heard some great “raising boys” stories from an acquaintance who raised three of them. Like the time one walked down to the shopping center, which has a “shortcut” across a very marshy area on the way. He came home with mud up to his armpits and one shoe. He probably didn’t take that shortcut the next time … but then again, he’s a boy, so he might have. Another great story came after son No. 2 cut himself badly on a gardening TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

WINNING DAY For the first time in the seven-year history of the Horizon Prep Spirit Bowl, the Horizon Prep Lions made it to the championship round. It was a hard-fought battle on the gridiron that resulted in a 7-0 loss as next-door neighbors, The Nativity School, took home first place. “We are so proud of our Lions,” said Horizon Prep Athletic Director Matt Roy. “They managed to best our school record, bringing home the second-place trophy in relentless heat, and they did it with good attitudes.” Six schools competed in the annual Spirit Bowl all-day flag football tournament that raises funds for Julian Oaks. The Horizon Prep Lions football team and coaches, with former Charger Marlon McCree, brought home a silver trophy. Courtesy photo

‘Keep alive the stories of our vets,’ speaker says By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Being the guest speaker at this year’s Veterans Day ceremony was as much a learning experience for Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Hall as it was for those who gathered Nov. 11 at La Colonia Park to honor the men and women who serve our nation. In writing his speech, Hall said he discovered information about his family’s military service he had never known. While serving in Vietnam his father, retired Air Force Col. Johnnie Hall, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. “How did I, his son for 44 years and an Air Force pilot myself, not know that?” asked Hall, a Carlsbad resident who earned nearly a dozen medals while serving in Operation Desert Storm. He said one reason is that his father, like many veterans, is modest and keeps his service to himself. “The second is, I never asked,” he said. “I should have.” That discovery prompted Hall to ask his son, Peter, about the two tours he served with the Army in Iraq. “I’ve got some scars,” Peter, 26, told his father. “Some you

can see. Others you can’t. “But I helped change the world and destroy evil,” Peter said. “I’ll take the scars.” Hall said Veterans Day is as much about paying tribute to the men and women of the military as it is learning about their service. “Today’s young people need to remember and learn from our trials and experiences,” he said. “They need to learn that bravery is not the lack of fear but being able to act in the face of fear.” Hall encouraged attendees to ask family members, neighbors, doctors and pastors if they have served. If the answer is yes, ask them to tell a story, he said. “We need to keep alive the stories of our vets,” he said. “Our children and grandchildren need to hear those stories. It will foster their love for this great nation.” In a brief “soapbox moment,” Hall said he planned to use the word great more often when talking about his country. “Our past and present veterans have given their lives, put themselves in harm’s way, sacrificed time away from their families, friends and loved ones for this nation,” he said. “It is great because of them.”

TEN-HUT Above, the Camp Pendleton Young Marines stand at attention as the annual Veterans Day ceremony begins Nov. 11 at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. Right, 11-year-old Stephanie Gonzalez from the Camp Pendleton Young Marines releases the doves at the conclusion of the ceremony. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

The event also included a presentation of the colors by the Camp Pendleton Young Marines, military music by the Santa Fe Christian Band and a TURN TO VETS ON B15

Agencies test to make sure Ranch’s fire hydrants work RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District will collaborate efforts in the month of November for fire flow testing of fire hydrants throughout the Rancho Santa Fe area. Several fire hydrants in the Rancho Santa Fe community will be tested, which will result in minor water loss and possible short traffic delays.

The testing will involve increased flow of water from fire hydrants, which may cause discolored water in area taps during the process. If a customer has discolored water for more than an hour, they may call the Santa Fe Irrigation District at (858) 756-2424. The testing is required by the Insurance Services Office to evaluate the fire suppression

delivery system. The result of this review is a classification ranking that ISO distributes to insurers, helping in establishing fair premiums for fire insurance. The ISO rating goes from one to 10 with one being the best.The ISO rates fire districts approximately every eight to 15 years unless the water or fire district can show they have made major changes that will

affect the rating. The last ISO testing for the Rancho Santa Fe area was 15 years ago in which the RSF Fire Protection District received a ranking of four. Generally, a lower ISO ranking would result in more favorable insurance premiums for a community. Fifty percent of the rating is derived by the quality of the fire department, 40 percent is based on the water supply and

10 percent by the dispatch services. The ISO staff examines a fire department’s engine companies and the amount of water needed to fight a fire in a particular community for 50 percent weight for the ISO. For the water supply component, ISO checks whether the community has a sufficient water supply for the fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption.



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Del Mar still seeks letter of support

SARA NOEL Frugal Living

Use up leftover mashed potatoes

By Bianca Kaplanek

Nick Pavone and Connie Balignasay

By Sara Noel

Make potato patties from leftover mashed potatoes. Simply add an egg to 2 cups mashed potatoes, form into patties and fry in a pan with a little oil.You can add meat, seasoned breadcrumbs, cheese or onion for extra flavor. The first reader tip shares another way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. Use for leftover mashed potatoes: We use leftover mashed potatoes to make potato soup. Simply thin it down with milk or water until it is the consistency you want, bring to a gentle boil and then top with bacon, cheese, chives and sour cream.An absolute favorite in our house. If you don’t have quite enough, add a can of creamed corn to stretch the recipe. — Daisy, Canada Reuse paper towel tubes: I store my shoes on a shoe rack on the closet wall. I noticed that the U-shaped wire made indentations on the leather of the shoes. I now stuff TP cardboard rolls into my shoes first, then slide the tube onto the Ushaped wire support. It keeps the shoe from resting against the wire of the rack. I adjust the length of the tube to suit the shoe; sandals get a paper-towel tube. — Sandra N., e-mail I use the tubes from paper towels, the few I get, to roll linens in so they don’t crease and wrinkle. Works well for me. — Liz, e-mail Re-create: It can be hard to see the potential in thrift-store or recycled items, so I like to approach the problem from the other direction. I browse the highend stores to find ideas that I like, then search for ways to re-create them. A $200 feather trimmed chenille throw was re-created with a $20 Target chenille throw and $40 of feather trim from my local upholstery shop. Granted, it’s still a major splurge. But when company is over, it makes my beat-up, cracked leather love seat look lux. — W. Herdman, e-mail Reuse a cereal box: You can cut apart cereal boxes and make templates for measuring quilting pieces or make stars, bells, etc., and cover them with foil for Christmas decorations. The lightweight pasteboard is useful for many crafts. — Pat, e-mail Another man’s trash: I remember my neighbors looking at me oddly when I picked two sets of draperies TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON B15

Nick Pavone, Dallas Neville, Kandace Neville and Karen Pavone.

San Diego County Firefighters pipes and drums.

Renee Hill, Roy Balignasay, and Randy Hill. Gary Snavely, Karen Pavone, Nick Pavone and Cindy Snavely.

Marc Revere and Jim Baker.

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District hosted a party for retiring Fire Chief Nick Pavone on Oct. 30 at The Inn in Rancho Santa Fe. Pavone served for nearly 35 years.

Karlena Rannals and Karen Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chiefs Tony Michel, Nick Pavone, Courtesy photos Pavone. Erwin Willis and Pete Pedersen.

New fire chief sworn in at reception RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District hosted a reception Nov. 10 during which Tony Michel was sworn in as the district’s new fire chief. He is filling the role vacated when Chief Nick Pavone retired at the end of

October. “I am very honored and excited to be presented with this opportunity,” Michel said. “I am humbled by the confidence the Board of Directors has shown in me and, while I know the position comes with many challenges, I am looking forward to serv-

ing the fire district in this capacity.” As the Fire Chief, Michel will be responsible for managing the fire protection and life safety resources for the RSFFPD. He will also provide recommendations and technical staff assistance to the Board of Directors. Chief

Michel’s other duties will include implementing and enforcing the rules and regulations governing the fire district, continuing the implementation of the district’s Strategic Plan, and coordinating activities with other fire and governmental agencies.

Kids Korps, SDG&E plan winter projects COAST CITIES — Kids Korps and SDG&E have teamed up to present a series of creative service events promoting energy efficiency and conservation. The SmART Meter program will take old power meters and repurpose them as a youth volunteer activity that will promote the energy efficiency and the new smart meter program countywide.

Participants will work with a variety of artistic mediums (paint, mosaic, recycled items) to create educational works of art from the old meters to be showcased at a variety of public locations countywide. Contact Brian@kidskorps.org for information on scheduling an event for your chapter. North Coast residents can also let Kids Korps plan your holiday party with a volunteer

twist. Parents, let your companies or fellow staff know that Kids Korps can plan a volunteer project as an element to holiday parties. Parties can also benefit foster care centers with Make-A-Blanket, assist in youth diversion with StarPals and Build-A-Bike, benefit a senior center with trees and ornaments through Trees of Hope, sponsor a Head Start pre-school Reading and Book

Donation, support military members and families with handmade greeting cards and supplies or bring cheer to seniors or children in shelters through the Recycled WreathMaking program.

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COAST CITIES — The volley continues in Del Mar’s quest to obtain a letter from Solana Beach supporting its purchase of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. At the Nov. 8 meeting, Del Mar council members opted to continue discussions with its northern neighbor rather than provide a direct response to Solana Beach’s request for equal representation and ownership. They said it is too early in the process to make any commitments. “I think it’s important to keep this conversation alive,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “Working out the details of everything is premature if we don’t get to the purchase.” “It just seems like we’re getting the cart before the horse,” Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said. “We need to get over the hurdles of ownership.” Shortly after the news broke in early October that the county’s smallest city was planning to buy the 340-acre site, Del Mar asked Solana Beach for a letter supporting the purchase. Solana Beach council members said they support local control of the fairgrounds, but deferred the request until some of their questions and concerns were addressed. During a special Del Mar meeting Oct. 25, Solana Beach City Manager David Ott said council members in that city would like some assurance that noise, parking, traffic and light impacts would be mitigated. As a first responder to the fairgrounds, he said Solana Beach is also seeking reimbursement for the public safety services it provides. Del Mar responded with a letter dated two days later highlighting the benefits of local control of the state-owned facility. In the letter, Del Mar also states that it “is committed to working with” Solana Beach on the key issues of traffic, parking, noise and public safety calls. Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest described the Solana Beach response to the letter as “nice but not sufficient.” Earnest and Del Mar Councilman Carl Hilliard also made a presentation at the Oct. 27 Solana Beach council meeting. No issues were resolved but both council members from both cities agreed to meet and continue the discussion. If the purchase is successful, Del Mar is proposing that the facility be run by an 11-member board made up of five appointees from Del Mar, one each from Solana Beach and the TURN TO LETTER ON B11


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The restaurant’s dinning room is dressed up for fall. Photos by Patty McCormac

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The lobby offers comfy furniture and a fireplace to warm up chilly days and evenings.

Gorgeous greens, luxurious accommodations define Golf Club By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild is looking for its 100th member. To join this vibrant group a prospective member does not have to be an artist at all. “You just have to love art,”said guild President Carol Curtis.

The mission of the guild is “to embrace the visual arts, provide exhibit space, enhance community awareness and foster artistic skills.” The exhibits are changed every two months at the gallery tucked in behind Union Bank of California, which provides the space for a very nominal fee.

The Ranch Clubhouse was remodeled in 2007.

The work is gorgeous and rivals any exhibit of fine art in much larger exhibit spaces, probably because its members are serious, fine artists who constantly work at their skills. Artist Cindy Klong has recently returned from two weeks in France where she took oil painting classes. “It was a fantasy dream come true,” Klong said. She said she learned a lot, including how to travel internationally with paints and flammable liquids, which can be tricky. Still, she was able to get home with several pieces, including a stunning sunflower painting. The group calls Pat Beck, “Our most famous member.” Beck is renowned for her paintings of cats, which have appeared on the cover of “All Cats,” magazine and on the inside and outside of several books. She regularly brings home awards for her work. Marileigh Schulte, a

nationally award-winning artist in her own right, was recently invited to be a jury member in a national show, the kind that it is an honor just to be chosen as a juror. “It’s bigger than big,” Curtis said. “It’s huge.” The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild was founded 13 years ago with a mission to encourage the visual arts in Rancho Santa Fe. It is comprised of artists in all fine art mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and art jewelry. Here artists can exhibit and sell their work and work at perfecting their craft. “We are all here to get better,” Curtis said. “An artist never gets there,” Klong added. The group is currently preparing for its annual Children’s Art Show. As items were brought in by Raye Anne Marks, who is heading the show, the group “oohed” and “ahed” over the pieces.

Shanon McCarthy, administrative assistant, welcomes guests as one of her many jobs. Steve Nordstrom has been general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club for more than a decade.

The artwork from R. Roger Rowe School included papier-mâché figures, oil paintings and clay and ceramic work. The show opened Nov. 2 and runs through 1 p.m. Nov. 6. During the upcoming year, the group plans a series of monthly workshops, geared for beginners or advanced stu-

dents, for members and the public, which will cover figure painting, portraits, water color and landscape painting. They also go on field trips and in the past have visited and painted at Leo Carrillo State Park, the Osuna Adobe and Torrey Pines. “Come join us, we have a lot of fun while doing something constructive,” Beck said. The board of directors are TURN TO GUILD ON B11

Wining and dining: the latest from Temecula County takes aim at

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Taste of Wine A short time ago, I was cruising my way through a lifestyle expo in Del Mar when I noticed a strikingly attractive hardcover book at a booth, “Temecula Wine Country — Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Wineries in Temecula.” It contained vivid pictures and text of the appellation, its estates, maps, wines and annual events. Gia Lucy, the author, is a passionate travel writer from nearby San Clemente who fell in love with the rolling hills of Temecula Wine Country. This wine area is undergoing a surge in interest and growth, yet it retains the country-cool of family owned hospitality. I recommend you look in local bookshops and access the web at gialucy.com or call (949) 3952878. The recent Temecula 20th annual Harvest Celebration was a superb collaboration of

HANGING LOOSE Above, Mt. Palomar’s hostess offers a sample of her barrel-stored Sangiovese to Scott Hagner, Nancine Hagner and Joe Zazzaro of the Sons of Italy Lodge of Encinitas. Right, “Taste of Wine” columnist Frank Mangio with “Survivor” TV producer Bruce Kanegai and Briar Rose owner and winemaker Les Linkogle. Courtesy photos

the Winegrowers Association and member wineries that uncorked sample barrels for visitors to taste, as well as new release bottles. At Mt. Palomar Winery, a location that will soon expand and renovate its facilities, the “barrel tender” was pouring

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COAST CIITES — “Don’t do it. Don’t tolerate it. Report it,” is the slogan used by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office in a new movie ad campaign that aims to prevent people from committing insurance fraud, which costs the state’s consumers an estimated $15 billion annually. That figure amounts to a hidden tax of about $700 per family each year on the price of goods and services, according to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis. “During difficult economic times, insurance fraud has been shown to increase,” Dumanis said. The 15-second ads are showing on more than 340 movie screens in theaters across the county, and began Oct. 22 and are running through Dec. 3. Approximately 37,000 people each day are expected to view the message, she said. Sarah Ingersoll, an artist and sculptor, was at UltraStar La Costa 6 in Carlsbad on Nov. 8, and said she watches movies

at the theater all the time. She said that she must have missed seeing the DA’s fraud warning ad after the campaign was explained to her. She said that seeing a commercial of a person actually committing insurance fraud would be something that she might have remembered. For an automobile insurance fraud ad, Ingersoll said that an ad that shows a person driving, such as “a face looking into the rearview mirror like they’re planning something” would have more of an impact than an ad of someone in a jumpsuit. “It’s all about visual when you’re in the theater,” she said. But the brief movie ads are the latest public awareness campaign in a series of grantfunded anti-fraud messages that have made their way around the county with the same images through various media since the first campaign launched October 2008. With the initial campaign, the DA’s office made and TURN TO INSURANCE ON B11



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Miracle League spring sign-ups announced TOP TOURNAMENT From left, physician Gary Williams, chairman of the 42nd Scripps Clinic golf tournament, was joined by golf legend Jim Colbert, physician Hugh Greenway and Gordon Cooke at the two-day event Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, which raised more than $180,000 benefiting the Radiation Oncology Research and Treatment Center at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. More than 260 golf enthusiasts and guests participated in this year’s event. For more information, visit www.scrippshealthfoundation.org. Courtesy photo

Celebration held for academy supporters RANCHO SANTA FE — The Celebration of Friends event was held recently at the home of Ellie and Michael Cunningham to acknowledge the many successes of Friends of San Pasqual Academy for more than 130 supporters. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a volunteer organization that was started by a small group of individuals in 2002 to support the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. For the past nine years, numerous individuals and organizations have since joined efforts in caring for these foster teens and many successes have been realized. Recognition was given to supporters of Friends of San Pasqual Academy that have been a key part of Friend’s success. Joan Scott recognized the board members for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year, including Teri Summerhays, Kathy Lathrum, Lois Jones,

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tured pitchers and Miracle League sluggers. “The San Diego Padres are pleased to participate in this event and showcase our players’ and club’s involvement in the community,” Sue Botos, director of the Padres Foundation, said. “We have a strong partnership with the Miracle League of San Diego, and we are proud of the work they do to ensure special needs children can enjoy and excel at America’s favorite past time.” “This is also a great way to call attention to our ‘Buy-aBrick’ fundraiser which allows individuals and families to have a personalized brick placed in the Miracle League Walk of Champions with all proceeds supporting the maintenance of our special field,” Miracle League Founder and President Dan Engel said. “It is a chance to have a personal link to this site where the dreams of these terrific athletes are fulfilled.” Bricks can be purchased online, beginning at $75, at www.bricksrus.com/order/ miracleleague/index.php. All Miracle League games are played at Engel Family Field, adjacent to the hilltop picnic and playground area in San Dieguito Park, at the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Highland Drive. Parking is available at San Dieguito Park for the event and the Miracle League concession stand will be serving traditional ballpark fare during the day.


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Seaside Market goes solar CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA — Funded in part by a facade grant from Cardiff 101 MainStreet, Seaside Market has installed a 3.8kW system by Stellar Solar on its front awning to help offset their electricity consumption. The system is the first solar installation on an Encinitas grocery store. Seaside Market has made the system the first step toward a planned rooftop installation that will generate significantly more power. Cardiff 101 MainStreet provides funds for the improvement of area storefront facades. Besides the electricity generated, the system, which is considered one of the most visually appealing anywhere, will expose Seaside’s customers to solar every time they shop. It will be supplemented by an interactive kiosk that will enable customers to learn more about going solar.

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“I am thrilled to be taking this small, but highly visible first step towards reducing our electricity consumption,” said Seaside Market owner John Najjar. “The exposure this will provide to the local community is sure to increase awareness and adoption of solar energy. We are a local, independent market that has worked with local growers and vendors far before that movement came into fashion.

Hopefully this inspires area residents and businesses to follow our lead.” “This is by far the most beautiful display of solar we have ever been a part of,” Kent Harle, founder and president of Stellar Solar, said. “Seaside has an amazing location and a great looking building, so the addition of the elegant black SunPower panels makes it even more impressive.”

BIG THANK YOU The Horizon Prep Veterans Day Commemoration honored recently Veterans and their families with a special Patriotic Chapel Service. Sixth-grader Madison Hansmeyer sang the National Anthem, with the posting of the colors by the Westview High School Jr. Navy ROTC. Courtesy photo

Art Guild hosts season-starting reception RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild welcomes the holiday season with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at its gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias, highlighting the Rancho Santa Fe Art Walk and its Holiday Miniatures exhibition. Artist Toni Williams will

be the featured artist in the gallery. Joli Beal will be featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida De Acacias, and Nancy McTigue will be showcased at Morgan Stanley, 6006 El Tordo. The Wells Fargo Mortgage office, 6008 Paseo Delicias, will exhibit the art of Bill Kromydas and Raye

Anne Marks will be showing at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. The receptions will be held at Wells Fargo and the library. The gallery is open Tuesday through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (858) 759-3545.

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DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate And I’ve not even mentioned the food yet. Breakfast rocks at the café, especially on the weekends. It’s a full-service breakfast menu with 13 omelets options, egg and pancake combo specials, scrambles, eggs Benedict and cereals. They have added a few options lately with a machaca and eggs special; Irish special with steel cut oats, walnuts, raisins, brown sugar and milk; and an acai bowl special in case you have a noneater in tow. Sorry, no offense to the TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B11

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European. Other wines taste-tested were the ’07 Petite Sirah, a “sock it to me” peppery style wine, and an ’07 Cinsaut, a lit-

tle known French Rhone varietal of strawberry and cinnamon flavors that I thought was the best of Mt. Palomar’s offerings. On to Briar Rose with proprietors Dorian and Les Linkogle. I can always expect

a surprise or two from these two hosts, and sure enough, library wines came out, including a 100-year-old Port. But the most fun was reserved for the appearance of Bruce Kanegai, who is one of the producers of the hit TV

show “Survivor.” Briar Rose is known for sudden arrivals of Hollywood celebrities and Bruce and his entourage were no exception. The “blew-meaway” favorite wine here was the ’04 Cabernet Franc. Cougar Winery was next with Rick Buffington with his handcrafted, small lots of Italian style wine. Rick was offering a barrel-selected ’08 Full Monte, a Montepulciano di Abruzzo and his latest Sangiovese, the ’08. His Italian meatballs were a perfect soul food companion to the Italian lineup of reds. In case you are wondering about Full Monte, it’s the name of his 8-week-old Labrador retriever wine puppy!

Danza Del Sol is the latest name on the growing list of Temecula wineries. It was formerly known as Filsinger. Bob Olson, the new owner, hired Mike Tingley from Keyways and the lineup has already won gold for its ’09 Chardonnay. He was also pouring some Rhone style reds: the ’08 Syrah (not yet released) and the ’08 Grenache with a strawberry/licorice flavor. Speaking of things Mediterranean, try the new menu at the Pinnacle Restaurant, part of Falkner Winery. Ray and Loretta Falkner, working with Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot, have an “eat healthy” selection that uses extensive

olive oil, fruits and vegetables to enhance the entrees. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.falknerwinery.com.

Wine Bytes — Baker & Olive in Encinitas is at Dolce Pane e Vino of Rancho Santa Fe at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 for an Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Pairing dinner. It’s a five-course dinner with five great wines to accompany. Cost is $65 per person. Reserve at (858) 8321518. — Bacchus Wine Market presents the latest Pinot Noir from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in San Diego’s Gaslamp district. Cost is $20. For more information, call (619) 236-0005. — San Diego Wine Company has a Sparkling Wine and Champagne Tasting on Nov. 27 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Fee is $25. RSVP which time you want by calling (858) 586WINE. — Looking ahead, if you are heading up to Napa Valley, the city of Yountville is decking the halls and getting jolly with its Winterscape Celebration starting Dec. 1. Twinkling lights, carriage rides, public art and night hours for tasting rooms, for starters. Get the full story at www.yountville.com.

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ON PAPER Edward White was an early resident and orchardist who also served on the Rancho Santa Fe Fruit Association. Lilian Rice designed his home in an eclectic miss of cross gables, gable ends, and a bit of pueblo. This rendering is in her hand and can be detected by her printing, in particular her stylized letters F, E and S.



Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or e-mail rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

WHITE HOUSE COMPLETED From drawing to reality, the Edward White house and orchards are in place. The projects undertaken by Lilian Rice were going at a fast rate. She worked and lived on the ranch from 1922 to 1938 and provided designs for more than 50 homes, not counting the village core buildings.

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in the San Diego region, with speaker, consultant and author, Nathan Dungan. The groups sponsored “Generation … Give? Inspiring Future Donors and

Doers” Nov. 16. youth and adults link their For more than 20 years, money decisions to their valDungan, founder and presi- ues. dent of Share Save Spend, He is one of the national has been an industry TURN TO PHILANTHROPY ON B15 thought-leader on helping


should have equal representation at best, but at least more than one appointee. The recent request for equal ownership was unexpected. “I, for one, was a little surprised with the latest proposal that we received,” said Hilliard, who doesn’t appear to support either proposal. “I don’t see how we can possibly accommodate their request for shared ownership and partnership,” he said.

While his colleagues didn’t comment much on equal representation, most did not support divided ownership. “I really have trouble conceiving how dual ownership ... would actually work,” Mosier said. “I, for one, don’t contemplate that as a reasonable solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist. “The control of what happens at the fairgrounds is what impacts Solana Beach,

not who owns it,” he said. “I think having Solana Beach own part of the fairgrounds is a nonstarter.” Councilman Mark Filanc said it could cause logistic problems with future projects at the site. “Whose codes would we use?” he asked. A bill authorizing the $120 million sale was introduced last month as a trailer to the budget, however, it was pulled within days. If the gov-

Workers’ Comp? It’s the Law!” The other billboard was a picture of a man behind bars with a warning against workers’ comp fraud. Rebecca Thomas, of Carlsbad, was also at the UltraStar on Nov. 8, and after several minutes of thinking about the movie previews, she did remember seeing an ad that had a man in handcuffs. “It was super fast,” she said. “I don’t know what it was about.” The ads shown on theaters scattered across the county depict the same slogan and images as the billboards. Dugo said that anti-fraud posters were also distributed in 2009 for employers to hang in the workplace. “When there’s an economic downturn, people that tend to be financially stressed may commit fraud,” Dugo said. “We’re seeing an explosion in real estate and insurance fraud.” Dugo said the anti-fraud messages are geared toward the people who may commit

insurance fraud for the very first time due to financial stress. Some examples of insurance fraud include employees faking injuries or employers denying claims, he said. “For auto insurance, it’s typically someone who sells their vehicle to (someone in) Mexico and reports it stolen to the insurance company,” he said. Another way people commit automobile insurance fraud is when they let their car insurance policy lapse. Dugo said that for the past one to two years there has been an increase in this particular crime, and that it has become quite common. “In California, if you drive a car you are required by law to have car insurance,” he said. But people are letting their policy lapse in order to save money, yet they continue to drive, he said. The fraud occurs when an uninsured vehicle is stolen or damaged, such as in an acci-

dent, and the owner then buys a new policy and lies about the date of the theft or damage and makes a claim, he said. An entire division of the district attorney’s office is dedicated to reducing insurance fraud, which includes working with the California Department of Insurance on public awareness, deterring potential defrauders, prosecuting and proactively investigating insurance fraud. The grant-funded movie ads were funded by the California Workers’ Compensation Fraud Assessment Commission and the California Department of insurance. To view the ads, follow this link: www.facebook.com/ video/video.php?v=155647648 4617. To report insurance fraud or workers’ compensation fraud, or for any questions about suspected fraud, the public can call the Insurance Fraud Division of the DA’s office at (800) 315-7672.


city of San Diego and two from the county, one of which would represent agriculture. It will also include the directors of the San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority and the San Diego Association of Governments. Solana Beach council members have consistently said they believe the city



delivered pamphlets to local businesses that defined workers’ compensation fraud, how to report it and what the penalties are. Employees who lie to get workers’ compensation benefits are subject to a felony charge for “applicant fraud,” and can face up to five years in prison and a $150,000 fine, according to the pamphlet. Provider fraud, which is false billing by a medical service, is also a felony and another example of what the brochure described. The next campaign was in the form of freeway billboards that were in both English and Spanish and remained up for one month in January 2009, according to said San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Dominic Dugo. One of the billboards featured a man working with a hammer with words that read: “Does Your Employer Have

ernor called a special meeting, the bill could have been taken up before the end of the year. Anticipating that, Del Mar was hoping to have a support letter from Solana Beach sooner rather than later. Since it now seems likely the bill will be reintroduced next year, the mayors of both cities, Hilliard and Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts will continue discussions.



Carol Curtis, president; Judianne Shannon, first vice president; Cindy Klong, second vice president; Anne von Benckendorff, co-secretary; Ruth Todd Evans, co-secretary; Teresa White, treasurer; Suzy Schaefer, co-publicity director; Laurenn Barker, co-publicity director; Connie McCoy, parliamentarian; and Adam Styborski, newsletter director. Co-gallery directors are Pat Beck, Pat Marci and Marileigh Schulte. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the Union Bank building on the corner of Paseo Delicias and Avenida De Acacias. To learn more about the guild or gallery, call (858) 759-3545 or visit www. ranchosantafeartguild.org.



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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

from a strong position. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Friends who need a lot of pats on the back could be difficult for many to handle, but not you.You have the ability to make them feel special without being phony in any way whatsoever. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Everyone gets a day when people treat them in the same manner they have treated others, and today could be yours. I hope your remuneration is made up of lots of good happenings. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Lots of fun happenings shared with good co-workers, friends and associates are likely to make up most of your day. It could be just the lift you’ve needed and have been looking for. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Any barriers or obstacles shouldn’t bar you one bit from doing what you want. You’re the type of person who sees roadblocks but never lets them affect you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Although you won’t deliberately seek out competitive situations in either your business or social affairs, they could serve to encourage you to achieve what you want. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Provided you don’t leave anything up to chance, there are strong indications that you will collect what is owed you, even if that means calling in a marker on something that is long overdue.

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - One of the qualities of your sign is that there is nothing wishy-washy about you. When events call for a strong character, you’ll be the first one to stand up and be noticed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - You are likely to team up again with someone with whom you’ve been successful in the past. You’ll most likely use similar means to achieve another collective goal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) That protective nature of yours won’t hesitate to go to bat for someone who is near and dear to you, when you see s/he is in trouble and could use your help. Good for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - It might not be obvious to you, but your strength of character and determination come into play the moment you believe you or someone you love is in trouble. This may happen today. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - That wonderful optimism of yours, with its positive expectations, is what contributes to your successes. When it is coupled with practicality, as it is likely to be today, its power is awesome. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - It is best not to see yourself as the underdog when negotiating an important deal, because it could cause you to get in a begging mode instead of acting


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media’s go-to experts on personal finances and the effects of mass marketing on money habits. As Bill Gates and Warren Buffet try to persuade the world’s billionaires to donate their fortunes to charity with The Giving Pledge, Dungan seeks to teach the rest of us how our HI! HI! HEY! Army veteran Dale Schreiber stands to salute as the Santa Fe Christian band plays "The Army Goes Rolling Along," the official song for his branch of the military. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

HONOR Roy Warden pays tribute during “Anchors Aweigh,” the Navy march. During a medley of military music performed by the Santa Fe Christian band, veterans stand and salute as the official song from their branch is played. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

WAR STORIES Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Hall, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, recalls his first tactical aircraft, the A-10 Warthog. "It had no two-seat models, so the first time you flew it you were by yourself," he said. "As I walked out for that first time I said to myself, 'Surely they aren't going to let this 23-year-old 2nd lieutenant fly this thing.' But they did, and a quick six months later I was in Iraq." Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

they did, without a whimper. It’s can be a crazy, dangerous world out there, but I sustool. Blood shot all over the pect those boy-types wouldn’t nearest wall, dripped across have it any other way. the patio and through the house. As mom packed him in ice and hustled him off, her Jean Gillette is a freelance writer parting words to her other two breathing in that youth-soaked air boys were, “Clean up the whenever possible. Contact her at blood, guys!” And, of course, jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com. CONTINUED FROM B1

families looking to do the same. “Our organizations promote philanthropy as a way of life,” said Nancy Jamison, executive director of San Diego Grantmakers, one of the event sponsors. “But

instilling that among young people needs to begin at the family level. The changed economic landscape provides an opportunity for families to reassess their own giving and motivate a new generation of philanthropists.”

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money-management choices can also have a significant impact. At the “Generation … Give?” presentation, Dungan shared stories of families who have successfully built a new generation of givers, and offer advice for



welcome message from City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner, who said the annual ceremony honors “our true heroes.” “They have endured countless struggles for our freedom,” Heebner said. “We are indebted to each and every one of you.” The hour-long celebration ended with the release of white doves, the symbol of peace.



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