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VOL. 5, NO. 22

OCT. 23, 2009

Village Park upgrade in store


By David Wiemers

FANDANGO FUN FOR ALL The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society’s annual Fandango event mixes food, 3 music and fun


Discover the different ways to celebrate the Halloween season with a full calendar of local 14 events



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GIDDYAP Ashlyn Haynes peeks out the window just before Mike Leslie, left, and Rod Cooper take her for a ride around town in the Wells Fargo wagon. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Block party BBQ ■ Grilled grub,

family fun at annual barbecue By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — With the Wells Fargo wagon acomin’ down the street, the good folks of Rancho Santa Fe moseyed on over to the Rancho Days barbecue Oct. 15 to rustle up some grub, bend an elbow and basically have a hog-killin’ time. The annual event, sponsored for more than 20 years by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary GRILL MASTERS Cooking up third-pound burgers are Rancho Santa Fe Rotarians, from left, Bob Vogel, Miguel Koening and Fred Judge. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek


Horse performs at Osuna Open House By David Wiemers

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Panadero XLV1, a horse that knows how to please a crowd, did just that at the recent Osuna Adobe Open House. As part of the Rancho Days celebration, the Association held an Open House on Oct. 17. Panadero, a celebrated stallion that has entertained crowds with his performance skills and intelligence, was the center of attention as he jumped barrels, rolled barrels, dropped to the ground and even rolled over, all under the gentle guidance of his trainer, Shelly Martin. “My approach with Panadero is honest and open communication. I take my cues from him,” said Martin, giving Panadero one of many deserved carrots for his performance. The horse was just one of the draws at the Osuna Open HORSING AROUND Trainer Shelly Martin with Panadero, a horse of many tricks at the recent Osuna TURN TO HORSE ON 28

Ranch Open House. Photo by David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — New Village Parks are soon to adorn the five-way intersection that meets motorists and pedestrians in front of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. After much consideration and public comments, the Association board of directors put the wheels in motion to begin final designs of the new parks, which will be installed in phases. “This is one of our top priorities,” President Bill Beckman said. Members of the community were at the Association meeting Oct. 15 to lend their ideas and support. “We want this to be a public dialogue,” Beckman said. And it was. After the public meeting regarding the Village Parks was held at the Garden Club on Sept. 22, Association staff received and reviewed comment cards. “Over the course of several weeks, we received about 40 comments,” Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler said. By a margin of 3-1, residents supported the upgrades to the parks. Alternative No. 3, which was the most expensive and required the most changes to the parks, received the highest number of votes, but the Fire Department felt that Alternative No. 3 was the least preferred as it would be difficult for fire engines and delivery trucks to get around corners. Staff put together a list of design recommendations for the park project taking into consideration the public’s and Fire Department’s comments. Their list incorporated elements of Alternatives No. 2 and Alternative No. 4, including narrowing the parks at the five-way intersection as much as possible, while maintaining the minimum radius required accommodating turning movements for the fire department apparatus. Additional benches and trees would be planted in both parks and two low walls in the northern park would be constructed. In turn, the board of directors asked staff to come back with a cost TURN TO PARK ON 33


OCT. 23, 2009

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OCT. 23, 2009

ODD Historical Society hosts annual Fandango New case opened FILES


By David Wiemers

Lead story The human brain’s 100 billion neurons may have such specific functions that a few electrically charge only upon recognition of a single celebrity, such as Oprah Winfrey or Bill Clinton. UCLA researchers, studying the healthy cells of pre-op epilepsy patients, inadvertently discovered this unusual property, which apparently varies with individuals but remains internally consistent, whether the celebrity is represented by picture, name or sound. Patients were presented “hundreds of stimuli,” one researcher told The Wall Street Journal in October, but “the neuron would respond to only one or two.” For example, neurons were found that reacted only to to Jennifer Aniston, only to “The Simpsons,” only to Mother Teresa.

The Continuing Crisis — In 2002, following an acrimonious family debate, the head of late baseball slugger Ted Williams was cryogenically frozen, in the hope that science will some day learn how to revive dead people. An employee of the Arizona lab that stores the head recently disclosed some inside shenanigans, according to a September report in the New York Daily News. According to the employee, to keep Williams’ head from sticking to the inside of its storage carton, the head was placed on an empty Bumble Bee tuna fish can inside the container, but the can itself then stuck to the head and had to be whacked off with a monkey wrench. (Since the lab’s work is secretive, only first-person reports are likely to emerge on this story.) — High-Maintenance Goddesses: In Ahmedabad District, India, in September, Ramveer Singh Baghel, 35, sliced off his tongue as an offering to the goddess Amba. His sacrifice made him an instant deity in the local temple, delaying his trip to the hospital. And two weeks later, in a village in Bargarh District, India, a 19-yearold woman cut out her tongue, hoping, she said, that the Shiva temple’s resident goddess would halt the woman’s imminent arranged marriage and allow her to pick someone closer to her age. — Adventure in the Bush: In June, after a monitored, endangered marsupial (a “woylie”) was killed in West Australia, scientists set out to recover the expensive radio collar transmitter it was wearing, but as they TURN TO ODD FILES ON 10

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society hosted the annual Fandango on Oct. 16 part of the Rancho Days celebration. A crowd of 200 showed up to enjoy the Mexican fare, margaritas and a bevy of chilis, thanks to the Chili Cook-off. Music was provided by the soft rock group Prairie Fire, and at times there was dancing in the streets. “Guests stayed longer and the feedback I’ve gotten has all been very positive,” Historical Society President John Vreeberg said. Organizing the event were Sue and Gordy Bartow. “A big thanks to them because they always get things done,” Vreeberg said. The annual Chili Cookoff was well-presented and patrons got to sample a variety of chilis from the six par- FANDANGO FEAST Rancho Santa Fe resident Sandra Schafer samples the Mexican food provided by ticipating contestants. This Rodeo’s Meat Market of San Marcos. Photo by Daniel Knighton year a panel of distinguished judges were secluded in a private area where they conducted a blind tasting, judging the chilis on their flavor, blend of spices, texture and aroma. The winner, as announced by organizer Chef Rex Havick, author of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipes,” was Donna Holcombe, who submitted her entry as Ho-Made Chili. Second prize went to Lynn Scully from High Noon Ranch. And the third-place winners were Melissa Williams and Machel Penn. As top prize winner, Holcombe won a gift certificate to Brett’s BBQ in Encinitas. The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society took the Fandango as an opportunity to showcase that their new 2010 Calendar that is available, featuring great pictures from their archives. The calendar is now available to purchase and proCHILI AND MORE Above top left, Rancho Santa Fe resident and ceeds will help pay for Association President Bill Beckman. Above, Machel Penn and San preservation of artifacts and Diego resident Melissa Williams took third place with their “Three Bean photos that the Historical Turkey Chili.” Left, San Marcos resident Raul Garciola from Rodeo’s Meat Market. Photos by Daniel Knighton Society protects.

2 Marines to stand trial for murder of auto shop owner By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — Two Marines accused of the brutal slaying of an Oceanside business owner will have to stand trial for his murder, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Oct. 15 at the defendant’s preliminary hearing in a Vista courtroom. Pfc. Xavier Akeam Adams, 19, and Lance Cpl. Raphael Roshod Ramey, 20, are charged with one count of first-degree murder with the allegation that they both used a knife as well as special circumstance allegations of lying in wait, carjacking and robbery relating to the fatal stabbing of Charles Evan Williams on Aug. 23 in the office of his automotive restoration shop, Classic Luxury Street Concepts, on South Coast Highway in Oceanside. Additionally, Ramey is charged with the special circumstance allegation of torture. If convicted, the

defendants, both from Texas, could face the death penalty; however, Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani said that decision would be made at a later date. Williams, 23, had more than 14 stab wounds on his body, with the longest laceration being nine inches long, prosecutors have said. Adams and Ramey, who were both stationed at Camp Pendleton, were arrested Aug. 24 in the 700 block of West Fallbrook Street in Fallbrook at an acquaintance’s house, Oceanside police Detective Bill Weese testified. He said authorities had been tipped off about their whereabouts and when they showed up at the residence, officers found Williams’ silver Cadillac near the house. Police apprehended Adams and Ramey approximately five hours later when they tried to enter the vehicle, Weese said.

Prior to the defendants’ arrest, the detective said Ramey made a spontaneous statement. “He said, ‘The evidence we were looking for would be in the trunk of the vehicle.”” Weese said inside the Cadillac’s trunk, police found bloody clothing, two blood-stained Winchester folding knives and bloody sneakers. In a police interview hours after the defendants’ arrest, Ramey admitted to the killing in a statement videotaped by police, which was played during the preliminary hearing. Ramey said he had bought the knives and two crowbars the previous day from a nearby Wal-Mart in preparation for his meeting with Williams. “I don’t know what I’m going to do if he lies to me again,” Ramey said he told Adams. Ramey said he was furious with Williams

because he felt he was being “punked” by the store owner, who he said continued to lie about when his restored car, which he said cost $12,500, would be finished. When Williams didn’t produce the vehicle, a 1970 Chevy Impala, that Sunday afternoon, Ramey told police: “I just did it. He tried to defend himself, but I was determined.” Ramey downplayed Adams’ role in the murder. However, in his videotaped statement, Adams told police he stabbed Williams a couple of times. He said he and Ramey had talked about robbing Williams the day before the murder. Adams said he was armed near the door of Williams’ office prepared to stop him if he tried to flee. The defendants, who remain in custody on $10 million bail, are scheduled back in court Oct. 29 for an arraignment hearing.

against ex-teacher By Randy Kalp

CARLSBAD — The San Diego County District Attorney’s office has filed another molestation case against a former Carlsbad elementary school teacher already charged with the molestation of two of his students, a prosecutor said Oct. 13. Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok said her office filed the new case last week against Raymond Firth after a third victim came forward following the preliminary hearing in May. She said the two cases would likely be joined following the new case’s preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the San Diego Superior Courthouse in Vista. Mok said the recent filing alleges two more counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 relating to one of his students from the 20062007 school year. Firth, of Carlsbad, is now charged with six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14. If convicted, the 37-year-old could be sentenced to prison and have to register as a sex offender, according to court documents. Firth, who taught at Carlsbad’s Pacific Rim Elementary School, has pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to his initial case. A call made to a phone number listed to Raymond Firth was not immediately returned. Mok said she could not comment further about the details of the new case. According to court records from Firth’s first case, the first two victims, who were in his third-grade class during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years, didn’t know each other. Their parents reported the incidents to the school and police last summer. One victim told authorities Firth would touch her when the two were alone in the classroom, while the other victim said Firth molested her while she used the classroom’s computer, Carlsbad police Detective Dennis Brunner wrote in an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant. The latter victim said Firth had his female students sit on his lap while they used the class computer, according to the arrest warrant. Another student, who is not a victim in either case, acknowledged that Firth did have girls sit on his lap, but she said she never experienced or saw him touch anyone inappropriately, according to the affidavit. Torrie Norton, an assistant superintendent for Carlsbad Unified School TURN TO TEACHER ON 39



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Maybe legalization isn’t the best plan For the longest time I convinced myself that legalizing marijuana was somehow beneficial to society. Pot smokers being the peaceful people they are, I was confident legalization would have benign effects on society at large. Having just returned from a drug and alcohol workshop that treats addiction as a disease,and the legalization of marijuana as a potential social quagmire, I can’t say I completely agree with the pro-pot camp any longer. It is important to note right away that there is plenty of scientific data to support the argument against the legalization of marijuana. It seems legalization proponents base their case solely on the physical and emotional benefits of the drug, such as we see in self-diagnosed pain management cases. Even more important to me is the social cost of legalization, especially when our children are exposed to the legislative drama. There is no denying legalization would only encourage our youth to explore their options. Much like turning 21 is a rite of passage in the drinking world, smoking your first legally obtained joint would only initiate a downward spiral. And as it turns out, marijuana is not as safe as we once thought. According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction, “in 2004, more than 298,317 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, showing they needed help to stop using.” Also, “about 6,000 people a day in 2007 used marijuana for the first time — 2.1 million Americans. Of these, 62.2 percent were under age 18.” The numbers certainly do not lie. Perhaps the most problematic notion is that pain begets the use of medicinal marijuana. A pain

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective patient can obtain proper medicinal marijuana documentation with very little proof they are actually in pain. Anybody who works in medicine understands the difficulty in attempting to diagnose pain correctly,for how is a physician to know how much pain a patient is experiencing? We would be culturally naïve to think nobody will abuse this concept. Habitual weed smokers can simply create or exacerbate a pain issue to obtain their legal justification. And just how effective will regulations on medicinal marijuana be? The recent law enforcement sweep of 14 San Diego County pot dispensaries produced 31 arrests, leading the public to rightfully believe these operations are far from legit. Plenty of nonsensical arguments exist in favor of legalization. For starters, the tax argument contains no logical rationale. How will taxing marijuana be any more effective than taxing cigarettes or alcohol? There is really no hard data to support the notion that taxing legal marijuana would dump gross sums of money into California state coffers. Another legalization argument I hear often is that ever since the Dutch normalized marijuana, there have been fewer public heath issues since the drug is so widely available. According to a report released by the Office of National Drug Control TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 31

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Leucadia streetscape creating a lotta interest Talk of the town Roundabouts, trees and a onelane highway north on 101. Whatever. Judging from the chatter in the java joints and steetscape meetings it’s the No. 1 topic of conversation in Leucadia. However, one can’t forget the dismal results of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea specific plan that is yet to see the light. In 2001 (eight years ago), council electeds shelled out 100 grand for a consultant to guide enthusiastic residents through the process. Cardiffians gave generously of their time on Saturdays and evenings and provided professional expertise. After considerable prodding the consultant delivered a shoddy boilerplate, a lot of it being contrary to the desire of the residents. 2009 soon will be history and Cardiffians are still without a plan. For how much longer? Will Leucadians experience the same results? Is there a late penalty?

Appetizing theme


and ‘60s. Confident they will be around for several years, the Derby Dolls are raising moola for a banked wood track that will enhance the action.

The County Fairgrounds is recognized for its various food creations and next summer’s event, June 11 to July 5, will be embellished with a “Taste the Fun” theme. According to Barry Nussbaum, fair operations committee chair, it will feature nationally recognized chefs and different foods daily. Plus other lip smackin’ surprises.

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Surfside City should adopt bingo ordinance

ARBALLO Eye on the Coast

Dept. of General Services, a state agency, has placed the 150-acre Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on the auction block and will accept proposals until Jan. 8. Already six members of the fair’s board of directors and several big wigs are in the process of forming a foundation that likely will toss in a Whip it You now can cheer Drew bid. Value of the fairgrounds has Barrymore’s “Whip It” epic at a the- been estimated to be a minimum of ater near you then amble over to the $40 mil. fairground’s Wyland Hall on the evening of Nov. 21 and watch the Pot legislation on national champion Derby Dolls live the ballot and in person engaging in this roller While cities are engaged in sport. Roller derby is a makeover of writing ordinances to prohibit marithe rough and tumble competition juana store fronts at least three that was in its heyday in the 1950s groups are reported to be busy gathering signatures to place legalization of the weed on the 2010 ballot. Recently, the district attorney’s Contact a Reporter department shuttered 14 alleged CARLSBAD illegal dispensaries in the county. ALYX SARIOL Vista and Escondido have ordiasariol@coastnewsgroup.com nances on the books banning the pot DEL MAR / SOLANA BEACH shops. Federal law prohibits pot sale BIANCA KAPLANEK bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com except for medical reasons but cities like San Fran are saying, “So what?” ENCINITAS

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organization when it was determined that some facets of the event did not qualify as being nonprofit.

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Paper bingo games that will be held at the fairgrounds are waiting for the Surfside City to adopt an ordinance that will allow this kind of an operation. As approved by the state of California, only nonprofit organizations can conduct these games. The city will do the document processing that will be required for which it will be compensated. No shortage of organizations that will want to participate. City should adopt an ordinance and let bingo begin sooner than later. Like right now.

Carlsbad’s park project

The long delayed Alga Norte park is moving forward again. Grading of the site is under way. Hang-up has been the $40 mil. it’s anticipated it will cost. It is projected to include a swimming pool complex, off-leash dog area, skate park and sports fields.

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Alarmed when it learned that it was bizness as usual when it comes to travel-related expenses by high Marathon event debt up employees, San Diego airport Promoters of the Rock ‘n ‘Roll authority board of directors now has Marathon that is held in the Harbor enacted a per diem travel spending City have reimbursed the city and cap. A coppla years ago directors county more than 200 grand for TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 39 services it received as a nonprofit

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OCT. 23, 2009

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BURN BENEFIT SkinAgain will present Dancing for Camp Beyond the Scars, a benefit for San Diego’s Burn Institute, from 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 23, at a private estate in La Costa. The event will include more than $10,000 in raffle prizes, live music, BBQ dinner, and a lightshow. To purchase tickets, visit http://skinagain. event brite.com/.

OCT. 24

FALL FEST Rancho Coastal

Humane Society’s Kids Community Service students will host Fall Fest 2009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24, RCHS, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. This family event will feature face painting, carnival games, pet photos and costumes, a bake sale and more. There will also be a d o p t i o n specials for the day. Call (760) 753-6413, e-mail education@ rchumanesociety.org, or visit www.rchumanesociety.org for more details. GO LEFT Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24, Carlsbad Woman’s Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Sal Magellan of Liberty One Radio will be the speaker. Contact Robin at (760) 8042754 or at rfriedheim@roadrunner.com to learn more. HOOK BROTHERS The Andrews Gallery will present the exhibition “The Hook Brothers: New Works” with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, The Andrews Gallery, 1002 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Texas-based emerging artists and brothers John and Steven Hook will be in attendance for the reception. Call (760) 230-2680 to learn more. HOW TO HOW “The Power of How,” a two-day seminar with Tom Stone, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, Hilton Garden Inn, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Stone is the founder of Great Life Technologies, and will teach the Pure Awareness Techniques, how to cultivate a state of knowing, and more. For reservations, call (888) 928-3625 or visit www.greatlifetechnologies.co m. LA DOLCE VITA WineStyles Encinitas will host an evening of Italian wine, hors d’oeuvres, photography and travel from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24, 191 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cheryl Alexander of italianexcursion.com will give a presentation about her guided tours to Italy, Tuscany, Umbria and TURN TO CALENDAR ON 35

By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Julie Ann Sherwood, founder and owner of Lucia Bella Fine Handbags and Accessories, comes by her entrepreneurial roots naturally. Great grandmother Belen Barajas sold handcrafted paper mache flowers at the foot of Chesterfield Drive in Cardiff in the 1920s and 1930s. Grandmother Lucy Guerrero used her profits from raising zucchini to purchase real estate for a family home in Cardiff. She indulged young Julie’s interest in fashion, allowing her to play dress up with her clothes as a child. It is for Lucy that Lucia Bella is named. Lucia is the Mexican interpretation of Lucy. Bella means “light” in Italian. Today, Sherwood oversees an international design business that sells to boutiques in North County, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York. She describes her style as a fusion of “rock and roll edginess” with “vintage glamour” that incorporates fine Italian leather, and designer fabric, with elements such as feathers and Swarovski rhinestones. “Everything I use has a little science to it,” she said. Sherwood’s handbags and fashion accessories have been featured in publications including Lucky, Life & Style, Beverly Hills Times, Riviera and San Diego Magazine as well as the television show “The Insider.” Her original plan, conceived in college, to be a distributor of fashion accessories shifted to design when she realized she was the best person for the job.

BAG LADY Julie Ann Sherwood is an Encinitas resident and founder of Lucia-Bella Fine Handbags. Photo by Lillian Cox

“At the beginning of 2003, I found a floral hair accessory accented with crystals but it was pricey,” she said. “I bought a similar flower from Party City and decided I could make it myself.” By the end of the year, Sherwood added designer handbags to her collection. She realized she was a success when she got an order for 400 clutches from a retail chain. “I was inspecting them, stuffing them with paper and attaching designer tags,” she said. “It was a lot of work but I thought, ‘I couldn’t do anything else and be happier than I am now.” Although the Lucia Bella line is sold in retail outlets, Sherwood recommends shop-

ping online because it offers discounted prices and an opportunity to customize orders. “I have a client in Ireland who’s petite and wanted to order a handbag with a shorter strap,” Julie said. “We communicate via instant messaging using text and photos.” Many clients want to interpret a look they’ve seen at a fashion show or worn by a celebrity.

All accessories are made in Southern California. Earlier this year, Sherwood expanded her business by hiring her mother, Linda Guerrero Sherwood, as marketing manager. Linda Sherwood retired after 24 years as a secretary at Capri Elementary School to join the company. “She’s so organized that it is a complement to my personality as a designer,”

Sherwood said. “All our vendors love her. They’ll ask, “Where’s your mother? We need to see her.” Linda Sherwood was ready to embark on a new chapter in her life. “This is my daughter and it’s something she enjoys doing,” she said. “You can retire from a job but you can’t retire from life.” For more information, visit lucia-bella.com/.

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Youngest authors honored at first tea of the year Son of RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Prep honored a select group of student authors on Oct. 13 at the first Author’s Tea of the school year. Author’s Tea is held just four times throughout the year. One student is chosen from each first- through eighth-grade class for demonstrating writing skills beyond their grade level or improving dramatically in their writing. “Since this is still the beginning of the school year, no one has had much of a chance to show dramatic improvement in their writing,” Horizon Prep Librarian Kelly Hendrickson said. “So this particular group of authors tends to be full of excellent writers!” The library was decorated in a fall theme, as the Horizon Cafe treated stu-

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dents and their families to tea and treats. The Horizon Prep Library was packed with family members as the students read their selections — ranging from poetry and descriptive writing to expository essays and futuristic magazine articles. “It’s quite an honor to be selected,” Hendrickson said. “Everyone works very hard for this.” As cameras flashed and congratulations were handed out, it was clear their efforts did not go unnoticed. Horizon Prep currently serves 440 students preschool through eighth grade and was selected “Best of” Preschool and “Best of” Private School 2009 by the readers of Ranch & Coast Magazine. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Horizon Prep Preschool.

By Randy Kalp

WINNING WRITERS Horizon Prep Author’s Tea honorees, first row from left, Hannah Elliott, Kylie Dypvik, Jade Nason, Kelsey Bay, Alex Partida, Isabella DeRosa and Sophia Lake; second row from left, Yechan Choi, Haley Kerwin, Chloe Razink, Ellen Carlander, Anastasia Armendariz and Julia Thesing. Courtesy photo

PROSE PRO Horizon Prep fourth-grader Yechan Choi reads his moving comparative poetry piece on Bravery & Cowardice. Courtesy photo



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FALLBROOK — On Oct. 16, a San Diego Superior Court judge sentenced Reginald Grigsby Jr., the son of an Oceanside police captain, to 365 days in county jail for an attack on his mother this past spring. Reginald Grigsby Jr., 25, pleaded guilty in September to a single count of an assault with a deadly weapon relating to the May 23 attack on his mother, Desirah Grigsby, that ended with his father, Reginald Grigsby, shooting the young man in the couple’s Fallbrook home. Desirah Grigsby suffered a broken nose and was choked unconscious, prosecutors have said. Reginald Grigsby Jr., who has credit for more than 200 days served in jail, will spend the majority of his remaining sentence at North Star Assertive Community Treatment in Escondido for his mental health issues, Deputy District Attorney Brenda Daly said outside the courtroom. Daly said Reginald Grigsby Jr. would be monitored by the treatment center for the next five years, which coincides with his probation. If he violates his probation, he faces up to three years in prison. Additionally, Judge Robert Kearney ordered Reginald Grigsby Jr. to complete 100 hours of community service. Prior to the incident, he had been a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club. Kearney acknowledged his past volunteer work, but reinforced that it’s even more important to take care of oneself first. Kearney called the incident “tragic” and “unacceptable,” and said Reginald Grigbsy Jr.’s mother should have never experienced it nor should his father had to make that choice. Reginald Grigsby Jr.had been originally charged with attempted murder and assault causing great bodily injury. A graduate of Oceanside’s El Camino High School, the former San Diego State football player, had faced up to 14 years in prison. After apologizing to his family and girlfriend who TURN TO SENTENCED ON 35



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Solana Beach makes some decisions on business tax members couldn’t decide on was what model to use to implement the tax. In previous discussions, several options were presented. With input from the business community, models based on gross receipts, square footage and number of employees were rejected. At the Oct. 14 meeting, staff presented a flat-rate option that was considered to be the most accurate but not necessarily the fairest method since a business that grosses $10 million would pay the same as one that makes $100,000. Of the approxi-

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SOLANA BEACH — After a two-and-a-half-hour discussion at the Oct. 14 meeting, council members agreed the city should implement a tax that would apply to all retail, service, outside and home-based businesses as well as rental properties with five or more units. Since voter approval is required, they were also unanimous in their decision to include the measure in the June 2010 primary election because a mail ballot would cost about $50,000 more. The only issue council

mately 1,600 businesses operating in the city, about half earn $500,000 or less and 70 percent gross less than $1 million. Several revenue-based tiered options were also presented. While seemingly more fair, there were concerns about administrative costs for businesses and the city. Several small-business owners, mostly from the Cedros district, said implementing a tax now, when they are already struggling, could TURN TO TAX ON 34

Senior Center plans busy end of year RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center has November filled with various activities. The ongoing Resource and Referral Program provide seniors and their families with service providers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exercise classes emphasizing balance and fall prevention are held Mondays from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. A free balance screening is available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Music Appreciation is on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. Watercolor classes are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Call (858) 756-3041 to

sign up. Oil painting classes are Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. or Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drawing for the NonArtist, a two-part class, is offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. A Video Travel series is held Thursdays at 2 p.m. and a Writer’s Workshop meets the first Friday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. You can get free blood pressure checks on the last Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Acting class meets with Monty Silverstone. Call (858) 756-3041 for details. A two-part AARP Driver

Safety course meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 . Reservations are required. Call (858) 756-3041. A Coping with Grief through the Holidays group will gather at 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Senior Medical Planning with Registered Nurse Mary Murphy of the RSF Fire Department on Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. and Senior Living Options is presented at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe at 10 a.m. Dec. 9. A day trip to the Fabulous Follies Dec. 10 in Palm Springs is on tap. Reservations and payment are required by Nov. 13. Call (858) 756-3041.

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Taste of Wine Despite the many white wine challengers to come along like Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Reisling and the like, Chardonnay continues to be the No. 1 white in sales in the

U.S. Birthed in California, the grape whose origins are imbedded in the Bordeaux district of France, gained stardom as a result of the 1976 “Judgment of Paris.” Most of us are familiar with that landmark event when the producer of what was up to then an all-French blind-taste annual event, invited selected Napa Valley wineries to enter in competition with the French as a gesture to the 200th birthday of

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp

A report for the week of Oct. 6, 2009 to Oct. 13, 2009

CAR BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked on South Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized around 4:45 p.m. Oct. 7. MUST BE A TREND Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on West Bobier Drive in Vista sometime between 7:30 and 9 p.m. Oct.8. NICE BIKE Someone reportedly stole a custom carbon fiber Serrato bicycle valued at $14,000 from Genevieve Street in Solana Beach sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Oct. 8. IRREGULAR


Two Time Warner vans were reportedly burglarized while parked in the company’s lot on El Camino in Carlsbad sometime during the early morning hours of Oct. 8. HOME BURGLARIZED A residence on Lacebark Street in San Marcos was reportedly burglarized sometime between 9:45 and 11:50 a.m. Oct. 9. BLING STING Someone reportedly burglarized a San Marcos residence on Cherry Court around 11 a.m. Oct. 9 of $1,800 in jewelry. BUBBLE BURTS Bubble Tea on South Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos was reportedly burglarized sometime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Oct. 6 of $500. HOW’D THAT HAPPEN? A computer terminal valued at

$4,199 was reportedly stolen from the Ultra Star Cinemas on Joshua Way in Vista sometime between 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 11. BUSTED! A 29-year-old male and a 19-year-old female were arrested shortly after midnight Oct. 9 for an alleged robbery on North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. TRICKERY Someone reportedly stole a Halloween decoration and $395 during the armed robbery of Michael’s Arts and Craft Store on Vista Way in Oceanside around 5:15 p.m. Oct. 7. UNPLUGGED An Oceanside residence on College Boulevard was reportedly burglarized sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 8 of $1,600 in electronics. LOOKING BACK A 26-yearold woman was arrested around 5 p.m. Oct. 10 on North Coast Highway in Oceanside for an alleged robbery last month in the 900 block of North Coast Highway.


Hazel Leota Head is wanted was issued after Head was charged for the murder of a man in Benton, with murder. A federal arrest warLa., in 1998. Head was born Dec. rant was subsequently issued in 19, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio. She is 5 the in January of 1999, after Head feet 2 inches tall and weighs 120 was charged with unlawful flight pounds. Head has a scar near her to avoid prosecution. right eye, and a gap between her In addition, Head has been front teeth. The suspect often wanted since 1991 by local law works as a waitress, hangs out at enforcement authorities in HAZEL HEAD truck stops, and likes to travel with Nebraska where she is charged truck drivers. She is a smoker, likes to drink with arson and failure to appear. She is vodka, and frequents casinos. She has been accused there of burning down a married several times, possibly to as many boyfriend’s trailer. The FBI is offering a as 10 men. reward of up to $5,000 for information leadThe victim was shot in the back of the ing to the arrest of Head. head while he sat in his trailer. In Contact the nearest FBI office if you September of 1998, a state arrest warrant know of Head’s whereabouts.

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Never attempt to arrest a fugitive yourself. These files should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. If the subject is a fugitive from our 10 Most Wanted page, e-mail San Diego Crime Stoppers or call their hot line at 888-580-TIPS 24 hours a day. For details, log on to www.sdsheriff.net/tmw. For warrant inquiries, information or to pass along a tip, use the sheriff’s online Tip Form.

Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Oct. 6, 2009 to Oct. 13, 2009

ENCINITAS Petty Theft Burglary 1, Vandalism Assault 0, Grand Theft Robbery 0 DEL MAR Petty Theft Burglary 2, Vandalism Assault 0, Grand Theft Robbery 0

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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

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

Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005

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

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 3, Burglary 6, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 1, Burglary 4, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 2, Burglary 4, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 7, Burglary 7, Vandalism 5, Assault 5, Grand Theft 6, Robbery 1 VISTA Petty Theft 9, Burglary 7, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 8, Robbery 2



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ENCINITAS — Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services increased Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s bond rating in October. On series 2006A revenue certificates of participation, the rating was increased to AA+ from AA. Additionally, a term rating of AA+ was issued to the district’s series 2009 water revenue bonds. The rating was based on projected strong debt service coverage on proposed and outstanding bonds as well as a noticed rate structure for the next five years that will allow management to promptly react to unexpected changes.

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SOLANA BEACH — Life will slow down a bit in Solana Beach after council members voted unanimously at the Oct. 14 meeting to reduce the speed limits on various streets throughout the city. The move is a result of a speed survey conducted in conformance with the California Vehicle Code, which requires surveys every five to 10 years. An updated survey was required because actions taken since the last survey in 2002 — street realignments and the adoption of a golf cart ordinance — impacted traffic

patterns on some roads. Darnell and Associates Inc., which conducted the survey using traffic and roadside conditions, actual prevailing speeds and accident records, evaluated 38 locations. The results indicated a need to reduce the speed limit on Lomas Santa Fe Drive between Interstate 5 and Highland Drive from 45 mph to 40 mph; Highland between Lomas Santa Fe and San Lucas Drive from 40 mph to 35 mph; Marine View Drive/San Andres Drive between Las Banderas Drive and Solana Drive from 40 mph to 35 mph and South

Cedros Avenue between Lomas Santa Fe and Via de la Valle from 30 mph to 25 mph. The speed limit on Santa Helena from Lomas Santa Fe to Helena Park Court was reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph last year when the golf cart ordinance was adopted, however signage was never adjusted. That will be updated as a result of the survey. A posted speed limit of 30 mph will be established on Las Banderas from Lomas Santa Fe to San Andres. Two areas that also do not currently have posted speed limits were surveyed because they were added to the federal aid

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Top haunts A rundown of where to get scared this Halloween CARNIVAL FUN A Halloween Carnival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Ada Harris Elementary, 1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-by-theSea. Families are invited to enjoy games, prizes, a scary haunted house, a costume contest, a cakewalk and pumpkin carving.

HOWLING The Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association will sponsor Leucadia Nights “Howl O’Ween,” an after-hours walkabout along Leucadia’s Highway 101 business district from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The event will include a Halloween costume contest for pets with a $5 entrance fee. This entry fee will be donated to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Pet trick-ortreat bags will be available through Oct. 24 at Leucadia 101 Main Street office, 386 N. Coast Highway 101; Grateful Dog, 802 N. Coast Highway 101, and Embellishments in the Gold Coast Plaza, 644 N. Coast Highway 101. For more details, visit www.leucadia101.com.

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STORY TIME The Oceanside Public Library will host Pumpkin Patch story times at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Civic Center Library, and SCREAMING IN THE SUBURBS Above and to the right are picat 10:30 a.m. Oct.30, Mission tures from previous Uncle Jeepers haunted houses. Visit this year at a Branch Library. These special new location, 3384 Corte Panorama in the Copperwood development holiday story times include fun, of La Costa Oaks. Visit www.carlsbadhouseofhorrors.com for more non-scary Halloween tales, songs information. Courtesy photos and treats. All Pumpkin Patch story times are free and are Johnson at (760) 687-6453 or at same as for the people’s costume contest. Bates Nut Farm geared for children 7 years old (760) 434-2553. General Store and Pumpkin and younger. Costumes are welPatch are open daily from 9 come. For more details, call the a.m. to 5 p.m. For more inforCivic Center Library Children’s mation and directions, visit Desk at (760) 435-5600 or visit www.batesnutfarm.biz or call www.oceansidepubliclibrary.org. Bates Nut Farm at 15954 (760) 749-3333. Woods Valley Road invites the entire family to compete in their best costume contest, with four separate age ranges. The Carlsbad Village Farmers The annual costume contest Market will host Harvest begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 24. After three years of mayhem Festivals with special cooking Registration begins at 11 a.m. in Pavoreal on All Hallow’s demonstrations, a pumpkin The age categories run from Eve, Uncle Jeepers has taken patch, easy apple bobbing and infant to adult. First place is a his family of miscreants to this an autumn scavenger hunt from $50 Bates gift certificate. For new haunted location in 3384 Corte 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 24, family dogs, at 11 a.m. Oct. 25, Carlsbad, 2930 Roosevelt Street Parking Bates will host its third annual Panorama in the Copperwood Lot between Carlsbad Village Doggie Costume Contest. development of La Costa Oaks Drive and Grand Avenue. For Registration is from 10 a.m. TURN TO TOP HAUNTS ON 34 more details, call Christy until 10:45 a.m. Prizes are the




Evacuation advice during annual fire season Berstein’s ‘Mass’ in RANCHO SANTA FE — When living within a wildland urban interface such as the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, planning ahead for wildfires is a necessity. Preparing for wildfires before they happen is your best defense against the flames. Even with careful preparation and preventative measures in place, wildfires can still threaten the area and necessitate evacuations. The following tips will help make the process smooth and safe should you be told to evacuate your home: Wear cotton or wool long pants, long-sleeve shirts or jackets, gloves and a damp cloth to cover your nose and mouth. Back your car into the garage (facing out) keeping the windows closed and keys

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if they are fire resistant and cover windows, attic openings, eave vents and sub-floor vents with fire resistant material such as 1/2-inch or thicker plywood. Turn porch and yard lights on and turn on a light in each room of your home. — Shut off liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or natural gas valves. — Evacuate early. Most communities within the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District have narrow roads, which can cause traffic congestion leading to panic for those evacuating. — You do not need to wait for an evacuation order. If at any time you feel threatened, leave. If you are evacuating with small children, dependent adults, or large animals, allow yourself extra time to safely evacuate.

— If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.While having your home damaged or destroyed by fire can be devastating, it is not worth risking your life or the lives of firefighters. — Evacuate in the opposite direction of the fire. — Call your out-of-town contact and let them know you are evacuating and where you are going. — Once you have left, stay out of the area until authorities permit re-entry. This may take a while as fire and safety personnel have to make sure it is safe and the infrastructure is in place for residents to repopulate the area. Large wildfires are extremely unpredictable. Planning ahead is crucial for survival. For more information, visit www.rsf-fire.org.

DEL MAR — Evacuation instructions and a large-animal intake form have been placed on the Del Mar Fairgrounds Web site at www.sdfair.com to assist animal owners in the event of a fire or other emergency. Look for the link, “In the event of a

emergency: Animal Evacuation Instructions,” under News/Noticias on the home page. Because San Diego County is often under a high alert for fire danger, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has created an easy access to the evacua-

tion instructions and the intake form for large animals. Should an emergency occur, horse owners and trainers can quickly check the Web site for instructions and the form. The fairgrounds recommend that during times of high fire danger, horse own-

ers download the form (one for each horse) and have them ready. The Del Mar Fairgrounds was the main evacuation center for large animals during the 2007 wildfires, safely sheltering more than 2,200 horses and other animals.

December concert LA JOLLA — Grab your tie-dyes and love beads and come back to the Age of Aquarius as La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents the San Diego premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” one of the icons of the 1970s. There will be three performances at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. Commissioned by Jackie Kennedy for the opening of The Kennedy Center, “Mass” follows the liturgy through the Celebrant, portrayed by UCSD Gospel Choir Director

Ken Anderson, with frequent interruption and commentary from the “congregation.” The production includes three choruses, rock and jazz bands, orchestra and pre-recorded music. Steven Schick conducts. The concert is directed by Charlie Oates of the UCSD Theater Department. Guest artists include members of the UCSD Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble. A free pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to curtain. Parking is free. Tickets are $18 to $36. Call (858) 534-4637 or visit www.la jollasymphony.com.

Get your holiday Large animal evacuation guide now on Web shopping done locally COAST CITIES — Boutiques for a Cause, which works with schools and charity organizations for fundraising, is hosting several shopping opportunities in the coming weeks. On Nov. 2, a Holiday Boutique and raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at

Santaluz Willow Grove Elementary School, 14727 Via Azul. The Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito is hosting a Holiday Shopping Spectacular from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7, at 3800 Mykonos TURN TO SHOPPING ON 34



OCT. 23, 2009

How to DOUBLE, even TRIPLE the response to the next ad you run in this newspaper Yes there are seemingly UNFAIR advertising “secrets” the most ambitious businesses successfully use to crush their competition everyday; and this article spills the beans, and reveals the top 7 ad strategies and formulas these successful newspaper advertisers use...but prefer you NOT know! By David Fowler — Guest Editor & Advertising Authority

Do you have the courage to run ads that generate a 200%, 300%, 500% downpour of new sales? First of all this article is meant for the ambitious business owner. The one who has extraordinary drive and desire -the raw courage-to make the sacrifices necessary to grow a financially successful business. It's meant for those willing to put their “opinions” about advertising aside to actually learn what proven ingredients make successful ads. It's for those uncomfortable with mediocre ads that generate sporadic leads and sales...for those who want to stop “flailing” in the dark. And finally, it's meant for those who have a business capable of tremendous growth and success and are willing to do whatever it takes to be highly successful. If you have the courage to change your future, to risk criticism of other businesses, even family and friends, by creating uniquely different ads...then read on. This article reveals the most potent ad strategies used by direct response advertisers who routinely net 4, 5, 7, even 10 times return on their ad investment. On the other hand, if you're satisfied with your business as is, and unwilling to change your ad strategies, then good luck. Because there's nothing in the rest of this article that will make a lot of sense to you.

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OCT. 23, 2009

Skip the pleasantries and tea with cucumber sandwiches MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch Recently, I have encountered some pretty shallow excuses from someone that used to be a close friend. At some point though, you must be honest with yourself. Does this friendship help or hinder my life? That’s what I have been wondering lately. Sometimes being nice just gets in the way of truth. I’m sure you had those moments, too. Placating others to keep life at an even tempo. Why discuss hard issues if we can just keep a smile on our face? Let me sum it up for you. Life is not meant to be a tea party, with pleasantries and thin cucumber sandwiches. I don’t want to get into any specifics, but this situation has compelled my inner warrior to share with you something deeper this week than my “lighter write on skinny models.” Anguish or hurt can remind us of what we lost along the way in our own personal journey, especially when you love your friend. I turn inward and become reflective, which usually affects my dreams when I am sleeping. Like last night, I dreamt of the past. I remembered how last year my Great Aunt Leota died on the same day as my Grandma Lula did. When I awoke, I thought about loved ones that I have lost. I thought about others that have lost family members recently, too. I thought about all of these deeper issues we hate to feel and touch. But life does not always turn out the way we had hoped. With that being said, I reach out to my readers and say only this: Be real to someone that matters to you! Share love. Share your heart and soul with ordinary people, like the homeless you see. Give them only a dollar, and you at least acknowledge their presence as they are human, too. I say dive into the deep blue sea, sink beneath the murky water of your subconscious and visit what you have buried there. Seek your weakness, your anger, your muse, your nemesis, you battleground. Go there and fight. Make life anything but boring. Dream of the hidden things in-between. Reach out into the darkness and seek and if there is no response keep reaching until you pull yourself through to the other side, to the place you can feel in your heart, you can see, you can touch, you can be, dare to pull yourself to the other side without the aid of anyone. What I speak of deals with the battling of will and soul and mind converging into something ... honest. I speak of real; I speak of the truth written in ”Velveteen Rabbit,” a child’s classic. I speak of soul. Do something soulful and watch your world expand and open. Be free of judg-

discovered the most spectacular site: A double rainbow over the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. I jumped out of my car immediately and photographed the inspiring moment. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for more rain during fire season! On Oct. 12, I was alerted to the fact someone had moved our Rancho Santa Fe newspaper bin in front of Willis Allen … hmmm, maybe the competitors are feeling the pressure. Anyway, great things always come from precarious situations, or at least that has been my experience in life. Brooke Hansen — the real estate assistant to Kelly Pottorff and Tammy Tidmore/Willis Allen team informed me that Tammy is participating in the “3 Day Breast Cancer Walk” in San Diego. The Around town event is Nov. 20 to Nov. 22. On Sept. 28, I attended I’m sure we all know some- FIRED UP From left, Soo Lerche, Katie Hawkes and Ron Elgart help out at the Rancho Days Rotary the weekly RSF Rotary one that has died from this Barbecue. Photo by Machel Penn luncheon at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Realtor and Ranch resident Patrick Galvin invited me as his guest for the day. Well, let me tell you, that was indeed a special day. What a wonderful group of professionals. “Service above self,” their motto, states the simplicity and sophistication of this international organization. The Rotary Club promotes and serves communities all over the world. I met Club President Maurice H. Rahimi and well-known business philanthropist Irene Valenti. They posed with Mr. Galvin for a picture, which I thought TIARA TIME Jenna Puterburgh and Katie Weisnberger at Santa Fe PERFECT SCORE! R. Roger Rowe School Superintendent Lindy captured the inspiring pro- Christian High School’s homecoming football game. Photo by Machel Delaney with Jackson Tuck on Rancho Santa Fe School Board Night. fessionalism that day. Thank Penn Photo by Machel Penn you, for the invitation Patrick, you made my day! I deadly disease. I lost a good look forward to the next friend at the beginning of meeting. For more informa- this year, too. Please show tion on this wonderful organ- your support by supporting ization, check out www.ran- Tammy Tidmore in her efforts to help find a cure chosantaferotary.org. On Oct. 1, The Rancho against breast cancer. I’m Santa Fe School Board hon- sure we all know someone ored students at Roger Rowe that has died from this deadthat received a perfect score ly disease. I lost a good friend on their MAPS scores last at the beginning of this year, year. Grades four through too. Please show your supseven were honored in a port by supporting Tammy cramped classroom filled Tidmore in her efforts to with proud parents. Each stu- help find a cure against dent was called by name for breast cancer. Please check DOING GOOD THINGS Kelly ROTARY LUNCHEON From left, Patrick Galvin, Irene Valenti, and their personal achievements out this link if you would like Pottorff with real estate partner Maurice H. Rahimi at Rotary Luncheon. Photo by Machel Penn and awarded a certificate. to help raise money to fight Tammy Tidmore, who is actively deadly disease: raising money to help find a cure Then they shook the hand of this each school board member. http://www.the3day.org/ for breast cancer. Courtesy photo You can only imagine my site/TR/Walk/SanDiegoEvent own delighted surprise when 2009?px=3217153&pg=per- Willams for our version of I found out my son, Jackson sonal&fr_id=1298. three bean turkey chili. On Oct. 15, the Rotary Coming from Missouri, you Tuck, received a perfect MAPS Math score. had their wonderful Rancho can imagine stews and big Superintendent Linda Days Barbecue. The resi- pots of yummy foods are Delaney posed with Jackson dents all came out in droves easy for this girl. for a picture. Thank you so for this festive evening. Unfortunately, I missed much to Roger Rowe School Hamburgers and hot dogs most of the festivities due to Board members for honoring were the hot ticket, along some work at the paper and these students! If you are a with a wine and beer bar. A really awful Friday night parent, that had a student deejay entertained the traffic. When I arrived I had honored that night, too, crowd, while the younger discovered that we came in please send a photo if you children enjoyed the jumpie third place for best chili. would like to share it in the castle. Wells Fargo spon- OK, I’ll take that. Donna sored the stage coach ride. I Holcombe won the Chili next paper. On Oct. 2, the sky snapped a lovely picture of Cook-off. Congrats to opened and poured buckets some of the hardworking Donna, I am just sad I didn’t of rain all over San Diego. If Rotarian’s — Soo Lerche, get to sample the winning you know me well enough, Katie Hawkes and Ron pot! I must say with David you know that rainy days are Elgart. What a wonderful Wiemers — one of the best like Christmas for me in evening for everyone that reporters around town — attended. California. spear-heading the cook-off, On Oct. 16, my favorite this year’s evening went Originally from the Midwest, I cherish cloudy Rancho Day finally arrived: much more smoothly than days and the fall season. Fandango/Chili cook-off! I last year’s “stuffing-the-balAfter picking Jackson up managed to squeeze in lot” drama. Kudos to the WAY UP HIGH Rainbow over Rancho Santa Fe. from the RSF Community some quick chili making TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 34 Photo by Machel Penn Center (they are awesome!), I with my good friend Melissa ment. Be free of what you might lose if you succeed. Be free to ask for more. Ask for more and receive. When a fire comes and destroys a neighborhood it might take two or three years to rebuild but don’t give up hope. Grab this life and do what you can. You have your very own story to write. If you don’t like the way it’s going, you can always change “plots” midstream. You can. Ask me I know. Be bold. Be vulnerable to at least one soul walking this planet. Live and spread joy everywhere. This life is in dire need of a soul to take the higher road. This world is in need of you to be … real. After all, tea parties don’t last after the hot water is gone and the plate is empty.



OCT. 23, 2009

Del Mar cracks down on smoking

RANCHO DAYS FUN The Rancho Riding Club kicked off Rancho Days on Oct. 9 with a riding demonstration and barbecue sponsored by the club. Photos by Daniel Knighton

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — After devoting time at three meetings to discuss potential new laws for tobacco use in Del Mar, City Council introduced an updated ordinance Oct. 5 that severely limits smoking in the downtown area. Smoking is already banned in public areas, places of employment, city vehicles and day care facilities, as well as at or near parks and beaches. When the amended ordinance takes effect in about a month it will also be prohibited in outside dining areas and within a reasonable distance from them, on city sidewalks and street areas adjacent to them, and at publicly owned facilities such as City Hall and the library. Mobile sales of tobacco products and tobacco vending machines will also be unlawful. Council members had discussed a provision that would ban the distribution of coupons and free samples. “After speaking with representatives of the city attorney’s office, we have not included that in this ordinance because it was felt that the state prohibitions on such activities were already strong enough,” Planning Manager Adam Birnbaum said. State laws prohibit tobacco companies from giving away free tobacco products on public grounds where minors are allowed, but do allow distribution in “adult environments.” The three people who addressed council during the Oct. 5 meeting all spoke in support of the new laws. Kathleen Sullivan, a policy manager with the American Lung Association, reported new results from two large community-based studies recently published in The Wall Street Journal. According to the studies, communities with smoking bans in public places have fewer heart attacks, and youth who live in communities with smoking restrictions are 40 percent less likely to become smokers. The city received written opposition to the new laws from Jim Donovan and David Klistoff. Both disputed some of the scientific findings regarding the negative health impacts of smoking and the effects of secondhand smoke on nonsmokers. According to Donovan, the new laws are an infringement on his rights. He included a concurring Internet report from William Campbell Douglass II, M.D. “One doesn’t have the right to kill your neighbors with second-hand smoke,” TURN TO SMOKING ON 35

Rancho Santa Fe resident Herminio Llevat helps himself to some of the delicious barbecue.

Carmel Valley resident Samantha Cash and San Diego resident Lauren Lantry have a hard time eating between laughs. Far left, Del Mar resident Elle Masri puts her best foot forward during the line dancing demonstration.Middle left, Rancho Santa Fe resident and manager of the Rancho Riding Club, Bill Milligan.

San Diego resident Nicole Johnson organized the event.

Rancho Santa Fe residents Karen and Gene Ventura celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary at the event.

Supporters gather to walk for human rights By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — More than 700 supporters held candles and signs and walked down Oceanside Pier in the 21st annual Amnesty International Walk for Human Rights on Oct. 18. “Tonight was marking the 21st anniversary of these candlelight walks in honor of those who are defending human rights, those who are protecting human rights and those who are standing for the dignity of others who are being tortured, who are being harmed, who are being held without charges, who are being executed without any judicial hearings,” Banafsheh Akhlaghi, western regional director of Amnesty USA, said. The event connected sup- RIGHTEOUS WALK More than 700 gathered for the Amnesty International Walk for Human Rights. porters with survivors of Photo by Promise Yee

human rights violations. Speakers shared firsthand accounts of gross injustices they endured. The stories were both heart-wrenching and inspiring. Marvyn Perez shared his story of how he was detained and tortured at age 14 while he was a student activist in Guatemala. Two of his classmates who were also detained died. Perez was freed due to an Amnesty International campaign for his release. “It just takes these smallest acts that we may think of, a letter writing or signing a petition or contacting our officials on behalf of someone who is being detained, but those acts don’t go unnoticed,” Akhlaghi said. “In fact, it was those acts that helped TURN TO WALK ON 31

Fall season a great time to make homemade soup JANET LITTLE Henry’s Healthy Living Tips There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of delicious soup to help warm you up on a cold winter day. Thanks to nutrient packed ingredients, fiber and volumes of H20, soup can also help to fill you up for hours, curb your hunger and help you to drop pounds! Some of the healthiest winter varieties include hearty vegetable, pumpkin,

squash, black bean, three bean, mushroom barley, lentil, chicken noodle with vegetables, vegetarian and turkey chili. If you are buying canned or packaged brands, look for “low sodium” varieties — and steer clear of artery clogging ingredients such as cream, whole milk and high-fat meats. Super soup ingredients: — Barley: high in complex carbohydrates and loaded with soluble fiber (soluble fiber has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol) — Beans: provide complex carbohydrates and protein. Most beans varieties

(black, pinto, kidney, white, navy and garbanzo) are also high in fiber, magnesium, and provide some calcium, iron, folate, and potassium — Chicken and turkey: two of the leanest sources of protein and iron — Pumpkin and winter squash: excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin C and antioxidants that help fight inflammation — Tomato-based broth: rich source of vitamin C and lycopene (lycopene is an antioxidant which has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer) —Various vegetables: provide a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber and

antioxidants. Soup shortcuts When most of us think of preparing soup, time is the first thought that come to mind. We might conjure images of spending an entire day in the kitchen, standing over a hot stove, watching the slowly simmering pot. Well, preparing and cooking soup don’t have to take very long and they still can taste sensational. There are many soups that can be cook in under an hour when you use fast-cooking ingredients. Here are some simple shortcuts that you can use: — Purchase bagged salad mixes, precut and prewashed vegetables, frozen

vegetables and shredded cheeses. — In a pinch you can use canned ingredients like tomato sauce, canned beans, jarred garlic or chicken broth. — Use grains such as quick cooking barley. — A favorite time-saver of mine is Lipton Onion Soup Mix™ to help add flavor. Slow cookers One of my favorite appliances in the kitchen is my slow cooker. Slow cookers are inexpensive and easy to use. Wonderfully convenient, most recipes can be TURN TO HEALTHY LIVING ON 32


OCT. 23, 2009


Buying and selling on eBay saves money SARA NOEL Frugal Living The auction site eBay has become a primary- and supplemental-income source for many. It’s the perfect way to sell products or simply declutter without having to create an e-commerce Web site. It’s also a great place to buy merchandise. I’ve been successful selling on eBay by making sure that I have clear photographs, offering multiple methods to receive payments, taking time to research what similar items are selling for, and being clear on my shipping and handling policy. Keep in mind when buying from eBay that you should read the listing carefully and pay close attention to shipping costs and the condition of the item, price compare, and check seller’s feedback. Today’s readers share additional tips. Buying: Get a sniping program. This way, you can enter the highest amount you are willing to pay without others seeing that you are bidding. I use Auction Sentry, $10 for a lifetime subscription. — Jskell, Connecticut I bid my highest amount, but with an odd number. For example, with an item ending soon that has a bid of $5.50, I’m willing to pay $10 and I’ll raise my high bid to $10.01 or $10.51. Sometimes that penny makes all the difference. — Deana, Georgia I wait until the last five minutes to put my bid in. — Julie, Florida With clothes, I ask for additional pictures and measurements. — Tammy, Alabama I have found I get the best deals when the item ends on a holiday. — Marcia, Missouri When buying, I try to find other things from the seller that I might be interested in. Shipping can be so expensive that I always want to combine shipping. I use Buy It Now if it is a fair price and I don’t want to wait. Often, the Buy It Now ends

up being lower than the end of the auction price. — shopgirl, e-mail Selling: I usually list my auctions on Sunday night for seven days and end them on Sunday night. If you are going to sell a bunch on eBay, I would invest in a postage scale. That way, you can figure out how much your actual shipping would be. I ship my items by priority mail and just print the label right through PayPal.com. It’s convenient, and I don’t have to wait in line at the post office. — Kim, Michigan To research what an item has sold for in the past, do an advanced search for the item and check off “completed listings. — Michelle, Massachusetts Visit eBay and click on the Answer Center and the discussion boards. If I want to sell books, I go to the completed items listings after entering the title or author of my book. I find one that has been sold recently. If there are several listed, I look for the one with the highest price and check to see what category it was listed in and what the starting price was. I also check to see if they put something in their listing that I wouldn’t have thought of. Then I pick “Sell an Item Like This” in the top of their auction and then just list mine the way I want to. You can also use the bar codes, and it will bring up the book and a stock photo of it. While you are listing, it will sometimes even give you the low and high that the book has sold for, and it will suggest a starting price. I always list my items for the very least that I want for them. — Carolyn, email As a seller, I use a template to make sure that all my auction listings are standard and have the same amount of detail. I always communicate with my sellers and ship quickly. — Jackie, Pennsylvania

HOMECOMING SPIRIT At left, homecoming princess Marie Crommett, left, enjoys the half-time parade riding with homecoming king Brett Buchanan during Santa Fe Christian School’s annual celebration and football game Oct. 17. The school team beat Coronado High School 39 to 17. Above, youngsters from the Santa Fe Christian School Class of 2022, including, from left, Matthew Chan, Faith Fredrick, Davis Foster, Charlotte Adams, Nicole Carrasca and Nina Sanchez, paraded around the field as part of the halftime celebration at the annual Homecoming football game and celebration Oct. 17. Students and parents also brought donations for the San Diego Rescue Mission as part of the event.

Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

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Celebration of Friends event features foster teens RanchoSFNews RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Pasqual Academy Celebration of Friends event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22, at the home of Rick and Shari Sapp, 5907 Via de la Cumbre. San Pasqual Academy is coming to you for this event, as graduates of San Pasqual Academy will speak to guests, sharing what is happening on campus and how Friends of San Pasqual Academy has enriched so many lives. One of the speakers at

the “Celebrate Friends” event is Amber, a graduate of San Pasqual Academy. She is currently working for the District Attorney’s office and attending a local college, full time. Amber is a very beautiful, confident young woman, and one would not know of the horrific struggles she has experienced in the past. She has spent several years in the foster care system. She was removed from a very abusive and violent environment and placed under protection

at San Pasqual Academy. “It is so wonderful how much Friends of San Pasqual Academy does for us and you know that they really care,” Amber said. “Many people do not realize that many foster teens have never had a birthday cake. Friends makes sure that holidays are positive experiences, including our birthdays. They provide a cake, a gift card and even birthday paper plates, for us to share this experience with others. When I first came to San

Pasqual Academy, I did not know how to interact with people. I did not know about etiquette or communication skills. I have learned so much and I look back and laugh about how much I did not know. I now have learned these skills and am grateful for all the time and attention Friends give us. They do so much for us, but it is not about the ‘stuff.’ It is about them coming out to San Pasqual, spending time with us, talking with us and caring about us. They have

been a stabilizing force in my life and for that, I am so grateful.” For more information on the Celebration of Friends event, e-mail Kathy Lathrum at klat5@yahoo. com or call (858) 759-3298. Friends of San Pasqual Academy is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Visit www.friendsof sanpasqualacademy.org for more information. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.


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Seasonal hot winds can make you feel just flakey Well, my sinuses have slammed shut, my lips are cracking, my contact lenses itch and I’m having a regular sneeze-fest. How about you? If anyone ever needs any verification of the arrival of a Santa Ana wind, just give me a holler. My nose always knows. I know we can usually rely on a plume of smoke from Camp Pendleton as one solid sign. At least, we always hope it’s on the base, where they have lots of resources to combat it. If the fire’s not there, then I want it to be at my house — my clothes clos-

JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk et specifically. “I can’t imagine, Fire Marshall! It seems to have been a single spark that just jumped right into the middle of all my old, crummy clothes and shoes that I am sick of. Quite a surprise to me, too. Excuse me, I have to go call my insurance company and go shopping.”

The final proof lies out to sea, as the winds push the smog into a horizon of brown air reminding us that we really need to find alternative fuels. It is always gorgeous at sunset when it turns red, but the words of my old biology professor always ring in my ears. “Those pretty red sunsets just mean scurvy air!” Meanwhile, I hear the wind howl through the eaves and I can just feel it suck all the negative ions right out of the air. In the contrary way of nature, negative ions are supposed to make you feel

good. That’s why our normal sky full of salty, negativeion-filled ocean air keeps us so darned cheerful. Positive ions, which Santa Ana winds must be full of, make you suddenly understand road rage. Living in sunny Southern California, we are bound to be happy more than the national norm. Perhaps the Santa Ana conditions might be a karmic antidote to all that outrageous good health, outdoor activity and absence of snow tires. In Southern California in the autumn, these winds

finally give you a perfectly good excuse to feel angst. You can revel in a fit of extreme Weltschmertz. You can get out of things you don’t want to do by pleading severe ennui due to unfriendly ions. You can take to your bed with a headache and have both legend and science to back it up. Besides, there are those of us who look forward to the occasional bad mood. We relish a valid excuse to snap at everyone for no good reason. It vents our spleens. I’d like to say it clears our heads, but that is the

one thing the Santa Ana wind does not do. It tends, rather, to interrupt our ability to breath, which makes us even crankier. All that can be offered, while they blow through, is caution with any flame, heavy-duty lip balm and the knowledge that it usually cools down in a few days. That gives me just enough time to prepare my apologies. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer feeling a bit like a cholla cactus. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

EAST COAST CLASSIC A classic New York slice. Photo by David Boylan

Plate-licking becomes a bicoastal pastime As I’ve mentioned in past columns, I run a marketing firm called Artichoke Creative that has been heavily involved with food and solar clients over the past six years. Both are passions of mine so it hardly seems like work marketing them sometimes. In June I was approached by a New Yorkbased solar company to head up their marketing efforts which would entail spending two weeks per month there through the end of the year. The first thought that popped into my mind was the food scene in New York and we all know how incredible that can be. I jumped at the opportunity and since then have been bicoastal as they say, enjoying

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Club, included games for the little whippersnappers, ohbe-joyful for the adults, a raffle, free rides in the Wells Fargo wagon and traditional barbecue fare including third-pound hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad and beans. “These definitely aren’t

fast-food burgers,” one volunteer said. Tickets for the Oct. 15 event were $10 for adults and $8 for children, with an additional charge for beer and wine. Proceeds benefit local community organizations supported by the Rotary Club, such as the Garden Club, community center programs and the firefighters’ appreciation dinner.

Chairwoman Heather Manion said she expected to meet or surpass last year’s attendance of 800 people. The barbecue was held at the park across from The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, which pitched in to help cook as the grub line grew. The event is part Rancho Days, a week of community events held annually to celebrate the history of Rancho Santa Fe.

DRESSED TO IMPRESS Donning their best Western apparel is the Krome family — from left, Jeremy, 4-year-old Christian, Christi, David, Julie, Barbi, 6-year-old Chloe and, center front, 2-year-old Taylor. The Kromes dress the part every year. “Any opportunity to wear boots and hats,” Christi Krome said. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Mackenzie Buchan, 3, is on hand to help her parents coordinate rides on the Wells Fargo wagon.

Nineteen-month-old Morgan Buchan patiently waits for her ride in the Wells Fargo wagon.

Two-year-old Hannah Mae Hogrewe enjoys the music with her aunt, Angelica Harwell.

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National Charity League plans day of fashion

FINAL PLANS Rancho Santa Fe Crystal Ball Gala committee members have put the final touches on the Nov. 7 event to benefit Casa de Amparo life at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Committee members include, from left, top row, Jeri Rosvek, Kay Weiss, Ronda Sedillo,Jolane Crawford, Pat Hayward, Linda Werschkul, Vivian Lee Ford, Renee Oral and Carolyn Schaer. From left, middle row, Marilynn Forrester, Cathy Lynch, Charlene Hooker, Sharon Stein, Barbara Gentzkow, Jan Reital, Dawn Leeds and Shari Lurie and from left, front row, Karen Kogut, Judy Ferrero and Judy Keys. Not shown are Linda Ault, Diane Martin, Pam Doan, Stephanie Fulton, Sheri Hallis, Dawn Mellen, Susan Parker and Penny Wing. Courtesy photo

Black-tie event benefits Casa de Amparo RANCHO SANTA FE — The 11th annual Crystal Ball Gala will spring to life at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Nov. 7 attracting hundreds of local philanthropists in support of Casa de Amparo and the shared vision of ending child abuse in San Diego County. Lou and Judy Ferrero of Rancho Santa Fe are Honorary Chairs. ProFlowers is the Title Partner.

Crystal Ball Committee members have been working since January to plan an elegant evening and secure more than 100 tempting auction items, according to committee co-chairwomen Judy Keys and Karen Kogut. “There’s something for everyone,” Live Auction Chairwoman Jan Reital said. “One item that stirs competitive bidding each year is a private hands-on cooking lesson with Jeffrey

Strauss.” Strauss, who will be preparing dinner for gala guests, is the chef/owner of the Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach. Other auction items include a fisherman’s dream Alaskan fishing expedition, a behind-the-scenes tour at the Navy SEALS training facility, a child-sized Mercedes Electric car, and an art and wine vacation experience in the famed Tuscany region of Italy. For

just $100, guests can purchase a chance to win a 1carat champagne diamond or a premium “wine cellar to go” valued at more than $6,000. Individual tickets are still available at $300 per person as well as patron and underwriting opportunities. Tickets and information are online at www.casadeamparo.org or contact Keely Tidrow at (760) 754-5500 or ktidrow@casadeamparo.org.

Golf classic gets ready for October tee off RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is calling all amateurs, pros and even first-time golfers to come and play on a great course and have fun with your friends. The Community Center is currently looking for sponsors for All Fore the Community set for Oct. 26 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Sponsors and players

are invited to register to play but the field is limited to 112 players, who can enjoy a day of fun on the exclusive RSF Golf Club course, lunch, on-course contests, massage therapy and the after-party. Available sponsorships include: — Par Sponsor (fourplayer spots) - $3,000 — Hole-In-One Sponsor - $2,500 — Two-Player/Tee

Sponsor - $1,200 — Tee/Player Sponsor $850 — Tee Sponsor - $500 — Individual Player $495 Even if you’re not a golfer, you are invited to join the All Fore Fun after-party hosted at the Rancho Santa Fe Clubhouse from 5 to 7 p.m. for $50 per person and $75 for a couple. Community support of the Golf Classic helps the

Community Center in its mission to be the heart of the community, offering programs and events of enrichment, recreation and outreach for all residents of Rancho Santa Fe. For more information on sponsoring the Golf Classic, playing in the tournament or to RSVP for the after-party, contact Erin Leahey at the Community Center at (858) 756-2461 or by e-mail at eleahey@rsfcc.org.

Bloomingdale’s offers super shopping day for theater LA JOLLA — La Jolla Playhouse is one of six local nonprofit organizations participating in Bloomingdale’s “The Shopping Benefit,” an annual fundraising extravaganza which features live music, fashion events, cooking demonstrations and more on Oct. 29, at Fashion Valley from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now but can also be purchased the day of the event. Bloomingdale’s, along with its participants, is encouraging fashion enthusiasts to contribute to their

favorite nonprofit organization by attending this shopping day. La Jolla Playhouse will distribute a set amount of invitations to their loyal patrons. For every invitation brought to the doors of Bloomingdale’s the day of the event, Bloomingdale’s will donate $5 to La Jolla Playhouse. Additionally, if patrons purchase a $10 donation coupon from the Playhouse’s in-store booth, Bloomingdale’s will donate $10 to the Playhouse. In exchange, shoppers receive 15 percent off of their pur-

chases that day. The Playhouse is extending a special invitation to Shopping Benefit attendees with an Insider’s Event featuring Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg. At noon at Bloomingdale’s, both will share information about projects under consideration for the Playhouse’s 2010/2011 season. This special engagement will also feature prizes such as tickets to the upcoming Aurélia’s Oratorio Feb. 3

through Feb. 28, a gift certificate to the Marine Room and more. If you would like to RSVP to this event, contact Jill McIntyre at (858) 550-1070, ext. 131 or e-mail her at jmcintyre@ljp.org. Other participating nonprofit organizations include the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation San Diego, UC San Diego Medical Center Bannister Family House, Vista Hill and Voices of Children.

COAST CITIES — The San Diego del Norte Chapter of National Charity League will present a luncheon and “Fashion 101 — The Essentials,” at noon Nov. 8 at the La Jolla Marriott located at 4240 La Jolla Village Drive, with members of the NCL Ticktocker Class of 2012 as models. The co-chairs of the event are Tracey Hedrick and Kerrie Lunsford. The fashion show group is comprised of 10thgraders from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Encinitas and surrounding communities. The inspiration comes from “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia’s book, “The One Hundred, A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own.” The participating Ticktockers are Jennifer Akin, Mary Ashley Arendsee, Kristina Delgado, Karly Drolson, Madeline Erdossy, Meagan Fry, Kennedy Geenen, Catherine Hedrick,Vanessa Jensen, Taylor Kenyon, Rebecca Lass, Campbell Lunsford, Courtney Massimino, Neela Mohan, Marissa Pittard, Madeline Salazar, Stephanie Sapp, Haley Stead and Stephanie Totoritis. Clothing for the fashion show has been provided by Macy’s, Tobi Blatt,

Gracie’s, Del Mar Kids-The Back Room, Mabel’s, Nicole Miller, Pink Lagoon, LF La Jolla, Betsey Johnson and Goga. National Charity League is a mother-daughter philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Participation is over a six-year period, from seventh through 12th grade. Teens spend a minimum of 50 hours per year helping in various local charities and working on charitable projects. In addition to philanthropic projects, the 10th grade year focuses on personal development training in social graces, grooming and poise, stage presence, self-esteem and personal style with the fashion show as the highlight of the year. Some of the organizations the Ticktockers serve in their six-year philanthropy program include the Blind Community Center, Casa de Amparo, Children’s Convalescent Hospital, Family Recovery Center, Glenner’s Alzheimer’s Family Center, Helen Woodward Animal Center, I Love A Clean San Diego, MADD, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, San Diego Military, San Pasqual Academy, Special Olympics and United Cerebral Palsy.

Santa Fe Christian students earn awards SOLANA BEACH — Twenty-six students at Santa Fe Christian have earned AP Scholar awards in recognition of exceptional achievement on AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program provides students with the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. Recent Santa Fe Christian graduate Keaton Hoffman qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken,

and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Hoffman is currently a freshman at Georgetown University. Six students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; seven qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award, earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams and 12 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades 3 or higher.

Magazine seeks visual, written art RANCHO SANTA FE — “Stand & Voice,” an online literary magazine, founded and edited by Joy Chang Liu, a Torrey Pines High School senior, is seeking items for its fall/winter issue. The magazine provides an online forum for visual art, poetry, short fiction,

editorials and personal essays, nonfiction pieces and book, movie and music reviews from teenagers across the country. The publication is edited entirely by teen peers. The fall-winter issue will be its third publishing. For more information or to submit work, visit www.standandvoice.org.

Duo on trial for sandwich robbery By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — An armed robbery for several chicken sandwiches could place two young men behind bars for several years. The alleged holdup only lasted five minutes, but Moses Talr Simeta and Rafael Fructoso Gonzalez could face up to five years in prison. Prosecutors allege the duo robbed the ampm on Douglas Drive in Oceanside around 4 a.m. Aug. 30. At a preliminary hearing Oct. 8, Oceanside police detective Douglas Baxter testified the night clerk told police he went to confront Simeta after he noticed the 21-year-old stealing hot food items, and that is when Gonzalez, 20, who was standing near the counter, raised his shirt to show a handgun and said, “Let him take what he wants.” The victim told authorities that as he followed the duo out to their car, Simeta pulled out a gun as they backed out of the parking lot, waved the weapon in the air and said, “Man, just go back in the store,” Baxter testified. Simeta and Gonzalez both admitted to stealing the sandwiches, but denied using any weapons. Their attorneys argued to have their charges changed to petty theft counts citing surveillance video taken from the TURN TO ROBBERY ON 33

4 accused in string of hotel hits By Randy Kalp

OCEANSIDE — A foursome accused of a string of hotel holdups this past spring will have to stand trial on robbery charges relating to the four incidents, a San Diego Superior Court judge ordered Oct. 9. During a six-day period this past May, prosecutors allege Samuel Edwards, 26; Clayton Matthew Gaunce, 19; Rashun Lavelle Mitchell, 20; and Tiffany Brown, 20, were involved in a string of armed stickups in North County, which included two robberies at the Best Western on Oceanside Boulevard. Following the Oct. 9 preliminary hearing, Deputy District Attorney Allen Brown said three of the four robberies occurred in Oceanside, the first was at the Holiday Inn Express on Vista Way around 11:30 p.m. May 24, which was followed by the holdup of the aforementioned Best Western around 2:50 a.m. May 25 and 2:30 a.m. May TURN TO HOTEL ON 29



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Dog owners demand more parks time for pooches By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — Some dog owners are still up in arms over the limited hours set aside for off-leash activity by canines at city parks. The city currently allows off-leash dogs from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Viewpoint, Orpheus and Sun Vista parks. A trail segment between Encinitas Boulevard and Mountain Vista is also available for off-leash dogs from dusk to dawn. Dog owner and activist Susie Cohen held a press conference Oct. 7 to garner attention to the plight of dog owners who she claims are treated unfairly. At least 18 dog owners received $445 tickets on July 31, when plain-clothes officers in unmarked cars entered four city parks after off-leash hours expired at 6 p.m. Cohen said many of the people who received tickets are senior citizens on fixed incomes and cannot afford to pay. “We think it (issuing tickets) was just done for the money,” she said. Cohen said she would like to see a city policy that does not restrict hours or days for off-leash dogs at parks. “If the City Council would pass

DOG PARK DRAMA Vickie Schipper and her 3-year-old service dog, Leo, enjoy time with other dogs at View Point Park. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

this it would make the tickets retroactive,” she claimed. Cohen also claimed that the City Council is delaying a vote. “It’s been four weeks (since the last public meeting discussing the issue). What

are you doing?” she asked. Cohen competed for attention with at least 40 dogs that ran around the park during her presentation. During a regular meeting Sept. 9, the council directed

city staffers and the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider adding two locations for off-leash dogs to access, including Glen Park and Hawk View Park. It also directed staff to research

whether increased hours were possible at the three current off-leash park locations. At least two councilmen indicated support for creating separate off-leash dog areas from the general park. Councilmen Dan Dalager and Jerome Stocks said off-leash dogs should have their own area if possible. Several dog owners support an all-access approach to off-leash dogs at city parks. Vickie Schipper was present at View Point park during the press conference with her service dog, Leo. “We need a place for them to play,” she said. Julie Rose, who received a ticket for having her dog, Shanti, off-leash after hours at the same park said she was granted an extension. She supports the idea of creating a separate area for dogs to play as well as extended hours and days at increased locations. “We have to go to a park every day because I don’t have a yard,” she said. Dog owner Bob Shaughnessy said he brings his 3-year-old dog, Cody, to View Point park three days a week. He supports expanding the evening hours, especially in the winter. “It gets dark so early and there aren’t any lights here,” he said.

Bedtime stories are cherished events for many children By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — “Once upon a time … ” has lulled children to sleep for years. But now, as family dynamics change and loved ones are separated by distance, divorce or deployment, children frequently fall asleep without these soothing words. Heather Hultgren knows how special it is to hear those magical words, and has vowed to never let an opportunity to do so be missed. As the creator of Cherished Voices, a personalized storytelling product, she hopes that every child will be connected to loved ones through the nostalgic process of hearing a bedtime story. Hultgren has worked one-on-one with authors, including Justin Matott and Marianne Richmond, who

write inspirational books perfect for story time. The books have beautiful illustrations that will delight children as they listen to a story read by someone special. “They’re heartwarming books that make kids feel so special and so unique,” she said. The process is simple — order a gift package, dial the toll-free number and start reading. When you finish reading, Hultgren takes over and creates a personalized CD with the recorded story to include in the gift package. With 18 books to choose from, Cherished Voices is great for birthdays, welcoming new arrivals and just reminding little ones of how great they are. Classic books like “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch, who person-

ally approved the book with Hultgren, are also available. Cherised Voices has proven to be a really special experience for deployed parents wanting to connect with their little ones at home in a special way. Capt. Rosanna Brown was stationed in Baghdad when she acted as a guinea pig for the Cherished Voices process. She read “Hooray for You” for her young daughter back in the states, a book celebrating just how great a child is. “It was the perfect message I want to send to her,” Brown said. With a simple phone call and surprisingly clear reception, Hultgren was thrilled to connect Brown with her daughter through such a unique way. She

hopes that other soldiers will hear about the product and use it as a way to comfort their children, whether they’re deployed for three months or a year. “Items that can make it a little better — a little easier — are so important,” Hultgren said. As the Christmas season rolls around, Hultgren is offering a “Donate a Gift” program so people can chip in and help a solider send a gift package to their child. People can split the cost of a gift to brighten the day of a child whose parent is serving our country during the holiday season. While children will delight in stories like “Hooray for You” and “You Are My Wish Come True,” they aren’t the only ones

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Misprint trebled dose of vitamins for psoriasis treatment Dear Dr. Gott: I recently wrote you regarding my experience with psoriasis, for which my husband (a pathologist and professor) recommended that I take fish oil and vitamin D3. I had very good results and wanted to share them with your readers. When I read my letter in the paper, it said that I was taking 1,000 milligrams of fish oil and 2,000 IU of vitamin D three times a day. This is not what I said.That means anyone who tried this remedy is taking three times as much as they should, and this is a huge amount. Please print a retraction. Dear Reader: Consider it done. There was a misprint in the original column, and “three times daily” should have been “D3.”

DR. GOTT Second Opinion I would like to mention that I don’t believe any harm will come to anyone who took the tripled dose. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, people over the age of 14 should not take more than 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily; however, several nutrition scientists have challenged this, citing recent research studies that show up to 10,000 IU of D daily is acceptable. So, in my opinion, a short-term dosage of 6,000 IU daily will not be harmful. As for the fish oil, many

physicians recommend normal, healthy people consume about 2,000 milligrams daily. That is double what you were taking and just under the misprinted triple dose. Again, a short-term treatment at the elevated dosage should not cause any harm. So, readers, please accept my apology for not catching the error and for those trying this alternative treatment, please reduce your dosages to 1,000 milligrams of fish oil and 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 to once a day only. Dear Dr. Gott: My husband is an 80-year-old man who frequently gets hiccups, which sometimes last for days. They seem to come on for no reason and leave for no reason. The doctors he has seen don’t know how to cure them.

Two years ago, he was in the hospital for five days while being treated for pneumonia. He had hiccups for four days and was seen by quite a number of doctors. No one had a cure. Finally, the hiccups just stopped. We would be so very happy if you could suggest some cure. Of course, he has tried drinking out of a glass backward, breathing in a paper bag, eating a spoonful of peanut butter and any other home remedy that has been suggested. Do you have some cure?

include eating small meals, eliminating carbonated beverages and beverages that contain alcohol, and controlling sudden temperature changes whenever possible. More extreme measures include hypnosis, acupuncture, medications such as muscle relaxants, nerve block, or the insertion of a nasogastric tube or vagus-nerve stimulation. Before you accept his fate or commit to a surgical procedure, do a little more research. Perhaps something simple will provide the answer.

Dear Reader: I’m sure that you have tried every home remedy imaginable. Have you considered having him bite on a lemon, using smelling salts, drinking iced water or scaring him? Some other minor tricks

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Is it OK to keep transferring credit-card balances? Dear Bruce: Someone told me that it's OK to transfer credit-card balances to a new card for the period of a very low promotional rate, and then BRUCE move them to another card with the same offer when the WILLIAMS rate is about to increase. Isn't it Smart Money a bad thing to have so much offering you low introductory open credit? interest rates, and you do carry J.S. a balance, then there’s nothing Pennsylvania wrong with transferring every Dear J.S.: If you can’t pay six months or so as long as you your credit-card bill off every cancel out that first credit card. month, then you can’t afford to I have no quarrel with that.I do be charging those items. quarrel heavily with people However, the majority of who spend beyond their ability Americans do carry a balance to repay. on their credit card, with high Dear Bruce: Recently, my interest rates. If your credit is good enough that banks are mother died. She always han-

dled the finances in the family, and being in his late 80s, my father is not sure what he’s doing as he goes through the bills and records. We found an insurance policy on my mom, but we don't know what it’s for. We have been trying to find out, but we keep hitting road blocks. Do you have any suggestions as to how to find out? B.H. Arizona

then your dad should be able to get from the insurance company what you need. If he is having a hard time understanding what needs to be done at his age, you might have to go to court to get appointed guardian of your father, which will allow you to have standing with the insurance company as his representative. Once that is accomplished, the insurance company will deal with you.

Dear B.H.: I’m sure that everything was left to your father in your mother's will. In addition, they both should have given the other power of attorney. If that’s the case, the insurance will require some type of validation of this, and

Dear Bruce: My friend and I got into a debate the other day, and I would like to know which one of us is right. What is better: a credit card that gives cash back, or one that offers reward miles? I say the cash back. I don’t do a lot of

traveling, so why would I need the miles? She just cannot see why I would want cash back. Frustrated via e-mail

$800, that’s a very good deal. Some mileage programs allow you to redeem them for merchandise or hotel stays and not just airline tickets. You also have to be careful because the miles may expire if you don’t use them within a period of time. Of course, for a cash-back card, the percentage that you get back is variable. I do travel a good deal, so the mileage credit card works best for me. I believe that if you use the mileage effectively by buying the more expensive tickets and hotel stays, you will get more bang for your buck.

Dear Frustrated: There is no right or wrong answer. It really depends on a person’s habits.The mileage credit card can get you a coach ticket anywhere in the country for a fixed number of miles. The question is, how much would that ticket otherwise cost? If you are cashing in 25,000 miles to get a ticket that you could have bought for $200, it’s not a very good deal. On the other hand, if you are using the same Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. 25,000 miles to get a ticket that Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail might have cost you $700 or them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .

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Hyperactive Seniors — (1) Ella Orko, 86, was arrested in Chicago in August (her 61st arrest) and charged with shoplifting $252 worth of groceries and sundries (including antiwrinkle cream). (2) Earlier this year, Richard Ramsey, 77, finally fulfilled a dream he said he’d had since age 13: He surgically became a woman. He had been living occasionally as Renee Ramsey following a 20-year military career, partly spent as a Green Beret.

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29. The final robbery happened around midnight May 30 at the Mount Vernon Inn in Escondido. Allen Brown said one victim testified she recognized Gaunce’s voice, who she knew from dating Mitchell. All four defendants have been charged with felony robbery counts. Gaunce and Edwards are charged with four robbery counts while Mitchell faces three and

Brown two. Additionally, Allen Brown said all four defendants are charged with the allegation of vicarious use of a firearm, and Edwards is also facing an additional allegation of personally using a gun. Police found a .45 caliber

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An Odd Files Classic (September 2006) — In August 2006, the St. Petersburg Times profiled Michael Wiley, 39, of Port Richey, Fla., an enthusiastic driver despite having lost both arms and half a leg in a childhood accident. Wrote the Times: “He guides the key into the ignition with his mouth. Turns it with his toes. Shifts with his knee. Bites the headlight switch. Jams his stump of a left arm into the steering wheel and whips it around.” On the minus side, his license was revoked long ago, and reckless driving charges flourish, including the latest, one day after the Times story ran. (And three weeks later, he was charged with domestic assault, using his forehead.)



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Michelin runs over tired competition By the Editors of Consumer Reports

Michelin tires took the top spots in all categories in Consumer Reports’ latest tests by providing a good overall balance of traction, ride comfort and tread life. They ranked best of the largest group CR has ever tested — 69 models. That includes all-season tires with S, T, H and V speed ratings as well as winter tires. Those tires fit most sedans, wagons, minivans and some carbased SUVs. The Michelin HydroEdge was the top-scoring model among S- and Trated all-season tires, and the Michelin Primacy MXV4 and Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S took top honors among H- and V-rated all-seasons, respectively. The Michelin XIce XI 2 topped CR’s Ratings for winter tires for passenger cars. Prices for the Michelin models ranged from $106 to $126 for a size (P)215/60R16 to fit CR’s two Chevrolet Malibu test cars. CR’s engi-



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later as I could devote an entire column to one epic meal I’ve had there recently. I’ll start with the basics and work my way up. There really is something different about the pizza in New York — thin crust, purchased by the slice, of course. I’ve heard it’s the water but whatever it is I really can’t get enough. Italian places are on every other corner and they all have slices and I’ve become addicted. It really does not matter what time of day either ... breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night, bring it on. The closest I’ve found to this style in North County is East Coast Pizza in Cardiff’s Seaside Plaza nestled among the beautiful people stores and trendy restaurants. Not quite the same but if you are craving a slice it will do the trick. Then there are the

neers expect other sizes of the same tire models to provide similar performance. The Michelin models are also among the most expensive tires tested, but drivers don’t have to pay top dollar to get good performance. Other high-scoring allseason tires with well-rounded all weather performance include the Hankook Optimo H727, Nokian WR G2, and Dunlop Signature in the all-season and H and V speed rated all-season categories, respectively. In the winter category, the General Altimax Arctic was a runnerup to the Michelin X-Ice XI 2. CR’s testers put tires through a number of objective and subjective tests in the most comprehensive tiretest program of any American magazine or Web site.Testers measure braking and lateral grip on dry and wet surfaces, handling in CR’s emergency avoidance maneuver, and hydroplaning resistance, which measures

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a tire model has asymmetrical or directional tread; those tires must be mounted in a specific way. Asymmetrical tires have different inner and outer tread, so they must be mounted with the correct side facing out. The tread pattern on directional tires requires that they be mounted so the tire rotates in the direction shown on the sidewall. In addition, directional tires can’t be switched from one side of the car to the other during tire rotations because this would cause them to turn the wrong way and might reduce traction. Don’t buy used tires, because you don’t know how they’ve been treated. If they’ve been overloaded, underinflated, or overheated, there could be internal damage that won’t be visible.

tread wear, and a comfortable ride. But they usually lack the precise handling and cornering grip of performance all-season tires. — Performance all-season. Best for improved handling and cornering grip, compared with standard allseason tires, without giving up too much comfort and wear. But many have lower treadwear warranties. — Ultra-high-performance. Best for maximum wet and dry grip and handling. But they usually provide less tread life than standard and performance all-season models. Summer versions aren’t made for snow or ice. — Winter. Best for those who need maximum traction on ice and snow, particularly where winters are severe. But fast tread wear and less wet and dry traction limit them to winter use only.

closures like this in the past,” Comstock said. “We may see one or two per year. We have six this year.” The board also approved the Audited Financial Statements for the 2008-2009 year. Members will receive the audited financial statements in the mail in the upcoming weeks. The next scheduled Association meeting will be Nov. 5.

Investing in better tires can give you a wider margin of safety when driving. A little extra grip, for example, can mean the difference between an accident and a close call. There are a lot of tire choices, and you can’t tell by looking at them which ones will perform better. When you buy replacement tires, CR recommends sticking with the same size and speed rating of your car’s original tires. You can find the specifications listed on a placard usually located Choose the right tire inside the driver’s door- type for your car jamb. — All season. Best for Visit the Consumer Reports Web site at When shopping, note if year-round traction, long www.consumerreports.org.

“The parks are unfinished jewels,” Marion Dodson, one of many members of the public there to show support said. “They need to be polished. I ask the board to ‘think creatively.’” Jim Simpson, a resident on El Tordo for the past 30 years, supported the park upgrades, but called Alternative No. 3 “irresponsible.” “Don’t use El Tordo as a

thorough-fare,” Simpson said. “It wasn’t designed for it.” In the next several weeks, staff will return with a cost analysis/benefit proposal on how to move forward in phases, giving the public the biggest bang for its buck. In other Association news, the Road and Traffic Committee and the Planning Committee merged. Both committees

recommended this merger as it would be a more effective method of organization for the current workload and tasks at hand. CFO Steve Comstock received permission to bring in an outside collection firm to help them track down delinquent assessment payments. The late payments are due to foreclosures in the Ranch. “We haven’t seen fore-

Campbell said with the train station parking lot, pedestrian traffic, school and lack of a shoulder or sidewalk, a higher speed limit doesn’t make sense. “It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” he said. Krulikowski said new rules developed by the California Department of Transportation that went into effect July 1 dictate how speed limits are set and differ from national

standards. He said under the old rules, North Cedros likely would have qualified for a 25 mph speed limit. “I don’t know what Caltrans was thinking but it doesn’t really help local conditions that much,” Krulikowski said. Council directed staff to review that area and consider implementing traffic calming measures similar to those used successfully

to lower speeds on South Cedros Avenue. When the original survey was conducted in July, a 5 mph increase was recommended on Stevens Avenue between Lomas Santa Fe and San Rodolfo Drive. When the area was resurveyed Oct. 13, the recommendation was to maintain the current 30 mph limit. Martin and council members again said that

street vendor hot dogs in Manhattan. Some magnetic force draws me to them every time I enter the city. There is nothing like it really and I’ve not found a similar, near religious type experience with a simple hot dog with mustard except for those found years ago in the bleachers of the recently demolished Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Sure there is Skyline in Cincinnati, Chicago style, Dodger Dogs, and a plethora of gourmet dog purveyors around country, but for the pure hot dog experience, nothing beats standing on the street in NY. Heading back up the Hudson to Piermont is an exclusive little community where celebs like Robert DeNiro, Bill Murray and Rosie O’Donnell have homes. I had heard great things about a place called Xavier’s and that I better plan months ahead to get in. So this past Sunday I’m walking past and wanted to

pop in and see what the space looked like. It turned out they had a table for us and we settled in for an amazing five-course tasting menu paired with wine. The courses were not listed so each was a surprise, which I loved. It was one of the most decadent dining experiences I’ve ever had. These were not typical tasting portions as each one could have been a regular size entrée unto itself. As it turns out, Chef Peter X Kelly recently defeated Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef.” I can see why. Check out his restaurant group at http://xaviars.com/ . Ok, back to Mario Batali. I can’t say I’ve been impressed by celebrity chefs who operate more than a couple restaurants. There is really no way to maintain control over multiple kitchens ... or so I thought. Batali has 15 going now but seeing at he has one so close to my Port Chester office, I had to give it a shot. That

plus Batali has long been one of my favorite TV food personalities along with Anthony Bourdain and Jamie Oliver who all have a no BS, simple, fresh approach to cooking and eating and are all guys I would love to share drinks with. So the restaurant is Tarry Lodge and from the minute I walked in I knew I was in for something special. Great minds think alike as they offer a Guanciale, black truffle and sunny side up pizza, which of course we had to start with along with my first taste of a Rose Pinot Grigio, which was a really nice mix. The rest of the meal had me in a food induced pleasure coma with an entrée of two grilled quail with black mission figs on a bed of fresh green beans. We sampled brussel sprouts with pancetta, prosciutto di Parma, and finished up with a pistachio gelato that was worth celebrating. I’m not

was too fast for the area. “As you turn the right-hand corner heading south on Stevens, it’s sort of a downhill shot and people go really fast there,” Martin said. “We ought to be thinking about trying to slow people down because you naturally want to go faster as you turn that corner.” Council directed staff to review that area as well to possibly lower the limit to 25 mph.

doing this meal justice in one paragraph but it placed immediately into my top five meals of all time if that helps. Check out the full menu at www.mariobatali.com/restau rants.cfm and forget what I said about celebrity chefs with 15 restaurants being lame. So, despite all this New York food stuff going on, it’s still a good feeling when my plane touches down in San Diego and I head directly to Juanita’s for a California burrito or fish taco, or both, my Leucadia version of surf and turf. While San Diego does not have the food variety, we have a thriving restaurant scene that continues to evolve. I think I’ll stick around. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.


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(Rancho Santa Fe Road, west on Avenida Soledad, turn left at Sitio Corazon, turn right at Corte Panorama), from 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information and directions, visit www.carlsbadhouseofhorrors. com.

MUSEUM BASH Celebrate a mystical All Hallows Eve at Oceanside Museum of Art’s Monster Mash from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31, Oceanside Elks Lodge, 444 Country Club Lane. Dance to the music of The California Rockslyde Band, and enjoy concoctions at the buffet dinner served with wine. Reservations are $85 or $75 for OMA members. Call (760) 4353720 to make your reservations.

GARDEN PARTY A Halloween party and parade will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Oct. 31, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Children ages 2 to 6 are invited


footsteps in the vineyard.” Fermentation was coaxed along for five to six weeks at lower temperatures than normal to maximize aroma and fruitiness. Some barrel aging in oak occurred and after careful cultivation and constant tasting every step of the way, the “perfect from the very beginning” 1973 Chateau Montelana Chardonnay was ready for the rest of the wine world. The rest, as they say, is history as Grgich’s Chardonnay defeated all of the French Chardonnays and entered a new age of California wine dominance. All of this leads us to the current vintage of Mike Grgich produced Chardonnay at his vineyard and winery, Grgich Hills Estate, which he established in 1977 in the Napa Valley community of Rutherford. The 2007 estategrown Chardonnay has come full circle in the most classic Grgich style of making this venerable white. It was a great year with a long, dry growing season and a heat spike at just the right time before harvest. The grapes

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to wear a costume and join the parade around the garden. Halloween crafts, plant-potting, a trick-or-treat hunt, and a small snack will be offered in Seeds of Wonder. Cost for members is $12 per child, nonmembers $17 per child. Regular admission fees apply to accompanying adults. Preregistration required. Sign up for one time slot. E-mail SOW@SDBGarden.org or call (760) 436-3036, ext. 222 to learn more.



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PUMPKIN TRAIN Fillmore & Western Railway Co., 250 Central Ave., Fillmore, will host the PumpkinLiner trains and “Search for the Headless Horseman” family dinner trains every weekend in October. Departing at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., the PumpkinLiner takes families to Ichabog, a private pumpkin patch. After a two-hour stay, the train will arrive for the return journey to Fillmore. An evening train ride to the Pumpkin Patch aboard “Search for the Headless Horseman” train features a barbecue dinner and liveaction thrills for all aboard Oct. 16, Oct. 18, Oct. 23, Oct. 25 and Oct. 30. Advance reservations are required for all dinner trains. For more information, or to make reservations, call (800) 773-8724 or visit www.fwry.com.

In the 19th century, the route to California through the desert was known as the “Journey of Death.” California Overland is offering both a 6hour day tour and 16-hour overnight ghost tour led by local historian and documented paranormalist, Charles Spratley Oct. 17 and Oct. 31, to visit the eight-foot skeleton wielding a lantern who guards the Lost Phantom Mine; the ancient burial ground; the Lady in White who haunts an old stagecoach station and mysterious ghost lights. For the overnight ghost tour, California Overland provides the camping gear and two meals cooked on an open fire. Prices are $150 per person for Alice

were smaller, holding back yield and concentrating the flavors. The vineyard is now practicing holistic farming, converting to all biodynamic practices without artificial fertilizers. Chardonnay at its best is a complex wine and in my opinion the only white which ages gracefully with delicious acidity, rich in the aromas of ripe peach, mango, tropical flowers and a hint of minerality. Its 14.3 percent alcohol content provides just enough balance to the fruit flavors. Grgich Hills is leading the parade of 2007 Chardonnays which could be the best in 3 decades, when it stripped the French of supremacy in the wine world (suggested retail $42). See more at www.grgich.com.

The latest from wines with screwcaps Apprehension is still high among consumers of wine as more wineries move away from corks and embrace the favorable features of the screwcap to seal their wines. I’m seeing more of it in the move-up, mid-price range as the public, once they try it, understands and accepts this trend.



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be the beginning of their end. “I call this business tax the nail-in-the-coffin tax,” said Patty Goldfarb, who has owned Hands on Cedros functional art gallery for six years. Christine Nottingham, who opened Moana Designs seven years ago, said she is surviving mainly from repeat customers. “Imposing this tax now is probably the worst time for us,” Nottingham said. “We’re barely making ends meet this year. We’re losing money. A tax at this time will only speed the demise of those of us who are just hanging on.” Dean Roemmich, a 25year Solana Beach resident,



Halloween to Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort in a live Halloween performance in the Open Sky Theater at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, 33750 Valley Center Road. Tickets are $40 per person for general admission or $50 to $100 per person for reserved seating and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at (800) 7453000 or at ticketmaster.com. All guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend the show.

BRICK-ORTREAT Legoland California will celebrate Halloween every October weekend with trickor-treating on the Brick-orTreat trail. On Saturdays, the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights returns from 5 to 9 p.m. featuring nighttime brick-ortreating, costume contests, a new dance contest, entertainment with the “Boo Crew” and a giant Lego pumpkin. Brickor-Treat activities are included with regular admission, which is 3 to 12 and seniors 60-plus $55; adults $65.Party Nights only tickets purchased at the park after 5 p.m. are $35 or check offers online only at www.brickortreat.com.


Ok, here’s my take on screwcaps. Not to worry, they will never replace traditional corks entirely. High-end wines with enchanting tastes and reputations will always make the ritual of opening a corked bottled part of their allure. This is especially true of bottles that should be aged to bring out the excellence of their vintage. But once opened, with a cork you have a brief window of time to finish that bottle (maybe 72 hours) before it oxidizes, gets moldy and spoils. With a screwcap, the life of that opened bottle of wine is extended because it’s airtight. Even though I have encountered some hard-toopen screwcaps, generally it’s easy to break the seal by hand and navigate open. Corks can be feisty to open without a lot of practice, especially with a straight bar corkscrew. I have had my share of crumbled, dry corks that have had pieces in the bottle, compromising the taste. Finally, quality cork is getting more expensive to deliver to the wineries. It comes from a certain type of oak tree found in very few said he’s never seen businesses closing down like they are now. “The retail sector is really hurting and it simply doesn’t make sense to add a tax burden onto businesses that are losing money,” he said. Not all speakers opposed the tax. In fact, some saw it as a necessary evil. “This is a terrible crisis that we’re in,” David Carroll, president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce said. “We’ve got to do something. … We’ve got to come up with some money. And the most fair and equitable way is a business tax.” Peter House, president of the Highway 101 Village Walk Association, said most local business owners he spoke with preferred a flat tax between $300 and $400, with

areas of the world, mostly Portugal, Spain and North Africa.The trees need to be at least 25 years old and cannot be re-stripped of its cork bark for nine years thereafter. Corks are not recyclable. So, screwcaps are going to be more the way to go. Look for more wineries to go that way.

Wine Bytes — The Hilton Anaheim and Chateau Ste Michelle Wines present a wine dinner on Fri. Oct. 23 on the 14th floor lounge at 6 p.m. Wines featured will be: Indian Wells ’07 Cabernet; Horse Heaven Hills ’08 Sauvignon Blanc; and Luxe Brut ’03 Sparkling Wine. Enjoy dessert while watching fireworks. The cost is $65 each. RSVP at (714) 740-4412. — San Diego Brain Injury Foundation hosts a wine event and auction at Friend Plaza, UCSD Campus on Sun. Oct. 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $50 in advance, $60 at the door.Wines include Silver Oak, Caymus and Chalone. Call (619) 294-6541 for details. — West Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Carlsbad has Rombauer Vineyards of Napa Valley feaa surcharge for businesses with significantly larger gross revenue. “A tiered tax is a gross receipts tax by another name,” he said, adding that if the city did adopt the tiered system, the three-tiered model would be preferred. In that model, businesses making less than $100,000 would pay $75 annually. Those making between $100,000 and $999,999 would pay $400 and those making more than $1 million would pay $775. With declining sales and property tax revenue, and the state intending to borrow $650,000, the city is seeking to raise $500,000 through the business tax. City Manager David Ott said that amount would cover less than half of

DRINK OR TREAT The Belly Up Tavern will host special Halloween entertainment with happy hour with The Brokers from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. There is a $5 general admission charge with 80s Heat and later, the Nightmare Before Halloween with Freeze Frame at 9 p.m. with $25 general admission charge. Oct. 31 will offer Halloween Heat with Blasphemous Guitars at 9 p.m. with a $25 general admission charge.

GOING SOUTH Otay Ranch Town Center will host its third annual Trick or Treat on Magic Street from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. Children in costume can trick-or-treat, participate in children’s crafts and stroll Main Street in the mall with costume contests in four categories: newborn to 3year-olds; elementary school age, adults and pets. Prizes include tickets to theme parks and gift certificates from mall retailers. The pet costume contest will be hosted by Jagger & Kristie, from radio station Magic 92.5 FM.

tured in a specially prepared menu on Mon. Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. Top wine will be the ’04 Diamond Selection Cabernet, served with a sautéed venison medallion. Cost is $90 per person. Reserve only at (760) 9309100. — Firefly Grill and Bar in Encinitas has released its wine dinner schedule: Oct. 27 is the Gundlach Bundschu event, Nov. 12 is Bangles and Bubbles champagnes, Nov. 18 is Tamayo Winery dinner and Nov. 19 is the Anglim Winery Winemaker dinner. Check times and prices at (760) 6351066. — Vigilucci’s Restaurants in La Jolla and Carlsbad have events Marchesi di Barolo comes to La Jolla at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 for a winemaker dinner with RSVP at (858) 4549664; and Carlsbad has the Dalla Terra Wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. RSVP at (760) 434-2580. Check Vigilucci’s for pricing. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

the expected shortfall. Before considering the tax, the city cut more than $1 million from its $14 million budget. While some staff positions were eliminated, furloughs aren’t an option for contracted employees. All businesses currently pay a $75 licensing fee and $16 annually after that. The business tax would replace that fee. Businesses owners, city staff and council will continue discussions at upcoming meetings and workshops. To ensure the measure is included on the June ballot, a decision must be made by February. If it passes, it would be at least a year or more before the city started collecting the tax.


Historical Society for a wonderful Friday evening. On Oct. 17, I attended Santa Fe Christian’s homecoming football game, with my good friend Jill Sorge. If you are unfamiliar with this school, start looking for more coverage of their events in my upcoming columns. This first event I attended brought me back in time to my high school days. I snapped a beautiful shot of Katie Weisenberger and Jenna Puterbaugh right before the half-time ceremony. I will reveal in my next column the winner of homecoming and some behind the scene photos, later that evening. Another important point to mention is the Santa Fe Christian’s football team is 6-0 for this season. For more information on this private school that builds moral character based on a foundation of academic excellence located just around the corner from the Ranch in Solana Beach, check out their www.sfcs.net, or call Vicki O’Rourke at (858)-755-8900 regarding upcoming events.

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On Nov. 2 at the Coyote Bar and Grill located at 300 Carlsbad Drive, help support New Haven Youth Foundation.This fun evening will be filled with wonderful food, fine drinks and dancing, including a live auction. All proceeds go to support the boys at New Haven. Founded in 1967, New Haven has been enriching the lives of youth between the ages of 12 to 17. For more about this event, check out, www.newhavenyfs.org or call (760) 630-4035. On Nov. 10, Linda Sansone invites you to join her at Plume for a fine evening of shopping, desserts and treats between 5 and 8 p.m. The Pantry will be catering the evening and part of the proceeds will be donated to the California Bipolar Foundation. If you haven’t shopped at Plume, this will be an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with one of the best boutiques in town.Their address is 6024 Paseo Delicias. Don’t miss pre-holiday fund-raising evening! For more information, contact Linda@ LindaSansone.com. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.



Lane in Carmel Valley. A second event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 for at the club to benefit the Seany Foundation, featuring lunch by Chef Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grill in Solana Beach. Solana Pacific Elementary School will be the site of a holiday boutique and teacher auction from 10 a .m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 17, at 3901 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information, visit www.boutiquesforacause.com.



OCT. 23, 2009 that second-hand smoke kills. So if you want to smoke in your private residence and light up a cigar,that’s fine.But if you want to smoke next to me, that impacts my rights and the rights of all your neighbors,” he said. “I think the arguments that have been presented here against smoking ordinances are specious and, again, ignore well-established scientific facts.”

His colleagues agreed. “There are many areas that I would like to have government not intrude on because in a lot of cases they make mistakes,” Councilman Richard Earnest said. “And in a lot of cases I’d like the market to decide what should happen and what shouldn’t. This isn’t one of them. “We do have a duty, to the best of our ability, to protect public safety. To me, that

trumps the free market and that trumps whatever government intrusion might be assumed by setting ordinances and laws in place,” Earnest said.“The science is irrefutable about the effects of first- and second-hand and third-hand smoking.” In defining smoking and tobacco products, the new laws include but are not limited to pipes, cigars, cigarettes “or any other weed or plant.”

was at the root of the attack. “I did something really bad and I’m not going to let it happen again,” Reginald Grigsby Jr. said as he stood behind the opaque glass of the courtroom holding cell wearing a blue jail jumpsuit. “I have a health condition and I’m ready to be treated

for it.” Reginald Grigsby echoed his son’s sentiments. “I have supported the law in both theory and its practical application,” he said as he held his typed speech trying to fight back the tears. “I have stood between victims and perpetrators of crime, of

this matter, the issue here is one of healing for our family and the accountability measures that will be put in place.” An investigation into whether any criminal charges could be filed against the elder Grigsby is ongoing, Daly said.

the HR Profession for a 21st Century Workforce.” RSVP at www.acteva.com/go/sdshrm or e-mail at sdshrm@ northern Lazio for small groups by of discriminating travelers. Call sdshrm.org. (760) 633-0057 for details. SCARY STUFF The Cardiff School District will host its DEFIANCE Zvi Bielski, hero of annual Halloween Carnival the movie “Defiance,” will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Ada welcomed by the Chabad Jewish Harris Elementary School, 1508 Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Windsor Road, Cardiff-by-the- Morgan Run Country Club and Sea.The event will include a cos- Resort, 5690 Cancha de Golf, tume contest, a cakewalk, a Rancho Santa Fe. Living in the scary haunted house and games Soviet Republic of Belarussia, and prizes. Call the school at Bielski’s family fled to the woods to escape the Nazis. There they (760) 632-5894 to learn more. DOWNTOWN FUN Trick-or- built an elaborate village for restreaters are invited to a host of cued Jews and saved 1,250 men, Halloween activities including a women and children. For resermagic show and costume cre- vations, visit www.jewishrsf.com ation with hair coloring and face or call (858) 756-7571. painting from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, TGIT & TOTC Thursdays on the Del Mar Plaza, downtown Del Coast will be held from 5:30 to Mar. The entertainment will 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 throughout include Pinky’s Big Top, while Carlsbad Village. Held every last the Del Mar Library will present Thursday of the month, TOTC is a free, self-guided art walk. Call Halloween arts and crafts. the Carlsbad Village Association at (760) 434-2553 or visit BE PREPARED The Encinitas www.shopcarlsbadvillage.org or Senior Citizen Commission, www.thursdaysonthecoast.com Disaster Preparedness Sub to learn more. Committee, will host a free presentation at 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Encinitas Senior Center, GET A LIFE LIFE at MiraCosta Banquet Hall B, 1140 Oakcrest College will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. Park Drive. Learn what to do 30, MiraCosta College, Room Barnard Drive, before, during and after a fire or 1068, 1 earthquake. Call the center at Oceanside. Documentary film(760) 943-2250 to reserve a seat. maker Lori Ciccarelli and her CHAT WITH FARRAH autistic son JJ will discuss their Carlsbad Republican Women film “A Journey About Autism.” will hold their final meeting for Call (760) 721-8124 to learn 2009 at 11 a.m. Oct. 27, Hilton more. Garden Inns, 6450 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Farrah Douglas BIRDS OF A FEATHER The will be the guest speaker and Buena Vista Audubon Society the election for 2010-11 club officers will be held. Call (760) 434-6478 to learn more.

will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Buena Vista Lagoon Landing on Jefferson Street in Carlsbad. Have some family fun learning to identify native birds and fall migrants at the lagoon. Buena Vista Audubon leader Tom Troy Tom will help identify birds by sight and sound with instruction on the use of binoculars and spotting scopes. Call (760) 4393649 to learn more.




Councilman Don Mosier said in response.“There’s a lot of scientific denial in some of these letters, including a column from an M.D. that was downloaded from some Web site. “One of the problems with the Web is you can … find any quack opinion you want and somebody did,” Mosier said. “But the science is hard and old



were in attendance at his sentencing, Reginald Grigsby Jr. said he would be seeking treatment for his mental health issue, which everyone involved with the case, including the judge, believed



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STREET FAIRE The Carlsbad Village Street Faire will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in Carlsbad Village along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between. The event features more than 900 vendors, a pancake breakfast, a beer and wine garden, two international food courts and a children’s area with attractions and games. Call (760) 931-8400 or visit www. carlsbad.org to learn more.

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HATS OFF De Anza Chapter and Rancho Buena Vista Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will cohost “A Salute to Wounded Warriors, Medics, Corpsmen, and their Support Staff” at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5, Rancho Santa Fe. November is veterans month and the DAR is saluting and honoring the brave men and women who have given of themselves in defense of our freedom. Call (760) 481-4434 or (760) 215-9142 for more details and directions.

APART TOGETHER The work of artists Nola Figen and Cheryl Griffiths will be on view in the Community Room of the Encinitas Library through October, 540 Cornish Drive. The exhibit, “Apart Together,” features more than 40 paintings and drawings with vibrant colors and rich textures. The exhibit is open during regular library hours. Visit www. encinitaslive.com to learn more. PICTURE PERFECT The North County Photographic Society’s annual Members’ Exhibition will be held through October, Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. The exhibition features more than 90 photographs. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13. Call (760) 633-2600 for more details. WHITE RABBITS “Alice in Wonderland” will be performed by the Off Broadway Theater through Oct. 24, 131 Main St., Vista. Randall Hickman directs the play. For tickets, call (760) 806-7905.


PET WEEK Phoebe is a 4-yearold domestic shorthaired feline. She is a talkative and perky cat who would prefer a home with no dogs or other cats. Phoebe’s adoption fee is $ 75. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open everyday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications accepted

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TELESCOPE - RACK & PINION Refurbished brass functional english early 1900’s. Variable 5 to 10 power. Measures 23” closed 27 “extended with 2” aperture. Used by surveyor and/or engineer mounted on 11”x13”x8” modular wood platform with brass hardware. $150 (760) 9422025

Fairbanks Ranch Santaluz

Del Mar Carmel Valley

Appliances COFFEE MAKER Programmable, Gevalia, good condition, $8. (760) 496-8936.



LEXMARK PRINTER print, scan, copy from pc # x1240 color, black cart. email:sunufabutch@yahoo.com or call $29 (760) 439-2996 PALERMO VA6.1 HOME THEATRE still in box digital cinema with 4 speakers (dvd video/ cd audio/ dts & digital movie system) selling for only $150 - located in oceanside -genuine buyers, please call anytime to view (760) 521-4319 STER O TURNTABLE Perfect Yamaha, new stylus, etc.., $80. (760) 439-6102

INDEX F.Y.I..................................... ..100 HEALTH & WELL BEING ....150 ITEMS FOR SALE................200 BUSINESS SERV.............. ...300 FINANCIAL SERV.................310 HOME SERVICES................325 MISC. SERVICES............. ...350 PERSONAL SERV................375

HELP WANTED....................400 JOBS WANTED....................450 BUSINESS OPPS............ ....475 ROOMMATES................... ...500 RENTALS...................... .......600 REAL ESTATE......................700 LEGAL/PUBLIC NOTICE.... 800 AUTOMOTIVE..................... 900

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Furniture BEDROOM SET Walnut, 1950’s vintage, 9-drawer dresser, large mirror, head & foot-board bed, mint condition, $150. (760) 434-3741.

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FILE CABINET 4-drawer, 50” High X 19” Deep, asking $125. (760) 431-1807 FIREWOOD firewood split & seasoned, multiple kinds of wood delivered, stacking available. (760) 9427430 FIREWOOD FOR SALE For Home or Camping. Three differant types of Wood. U-Pick -Up or We”ll Deliver. No order to small (760) 727-7404 FOOT MASSAGER foot massager, $7. Humidifier, $5. (858) 353-5245. FREE PLANT Jumbo sweet pea bush, lavender cupheas, (760) 6431945. GIRLS BICYCLE Brand name, “The Giant”, 24”, 16-speed, shifters on the handlebars, brakes, $100 OBO. (760) 942-7430 HOT box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491 MASSAGE SHOW E R H E A D N E W Earth Massage Showerhead, new, 1.5 GPM; $10 (760) 599-7219

LADIES BIKE Beach Cruiser, sky blue, big whilte wall tires, almost brand new, $125. (615) 598-6535. SNOW SKIES 190 CM or 6 ft. 4” long, $45. Also snow ski poles for 6 ft. 1” to 6 ft. 3” person, $15. (760) 942-1303 SNOWBOARDS Two boards 125.00 each (760)685-8222 WET SUITS $15 each, different sizes and styles, full & spring, 6 suits for $60. (760) 942-7430.


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Home Services 325

NORMAN ROCKWELL PLATES Over 25 beautiful Norman Rockwell plates, $8 each. Also, rare Seikohama school house clock, $85 OBO. (760) 809-4657.

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DISPLAY UNITS glass shelves, mirrored back, cabinet, pair, $150. (760) 643-1945

PATIO SWING 6 ft. long, $50. (760) 496-8936

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PELICAN BONGOS W Drum electric, $12. (760) 599-9141.

Misc. Services 350

PLANTS 15 gallon plants; loquot, macadamia nut, fan palm, jade, crown of thorns, black pines, other plants are also available, $35. each. (760) 436-6604

HANDYMAN Carpentry, painting, remodeling, 25+ years, good rates. (760) 942-3689

Miscellaneous 2 BRASS LAMPS $50. (760) 730-5575 AUTO COOL FAN, NIB As seen on tv solar powered ventilation system, $15 (760) 599-7219 AVON CHEST SET with Board, filled cologne bottles series from 19711975, $150. (949) 429-5099. BOOK “The American Hoyle” Gentleman’s Handbook of Playing Card Games, by “Trumps” 1916 - 538 pgs. hardback, $20. (760) 845-3024 BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 10-12 129 Pieces. Lots of designer and skate brand clothes. From $1 to $4 per piece. (760) 634-1420 BURMESE JADE PENDANT Heavily carved on both sides; multi-colored; 2-1/2”L x 1-1/2”W $40 (760)599-7219

CAMERA Collector type older 35mm TX Canon camera, built in light meter; electronic flash & case, $40. (760) 845-3024.

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Help Wanted 400

OCCASIONAL CABINETS Wood, Retro, 23” X 28” hand decorated pair, $130. (760) 643-1945

SWEDA RETREAT JEROMES MATTRESS box/ headboard, like new king $500 (760) 942-7054

Custom Services

Personal Svcs. 375

NIKEVISION SPORT SUNGLASSES new, cost $140, sell for $65. (760) 9425692

ORECK Lightweight vacuum, the hotel standard. Signature Series, recently serviced new brush, inc. extra belt and 4 bags. Dark Red, $65. (760) 529-0862 Oceanside

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Financial Svcs. 310

PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250

CAFTAN Retro 70’s, EL long, very special, like new, $35. (760) 643-1945


FABRIC & LACE remnants, one plus yards, large box, 10 X 15, $10. (760) 599-9141.

Misc. Services 350

RMB Cleaning Service


MANICURIST Booth rental, $120 weekly, downtown Encinitas. (760) 419-6343. SPANISH TUTOR WANTED Intermediate level, Encinitas area, must have good sense of humor. (760) 633-9737.

Rentals 600 Room For Rent LEUCADIA Female Christian Musician has Room available in Beach Condo. Fabulous location, all amenities, quiet & secluded. $750. Available now! (760) 436-6014

Condos/Twnhs (Unfurn) SAN ELIJOS - 2 bedroom, 2 bath, fireplace, granite, washer/dryer, one car garage, pool/spa $1500/mo 951-9739848 or (951) 600-8125

PLANTS free plants, lavenders, Cupheas, geraniums. (760) 643-1945 ROASTER New Ultrex pro 18/10 Stainless Steel 15” Oval Roaster with dual Server Lid and lift-out Rack. 55 yr. Excalibur nonstick surface, dishwasher safe. $55. Oceanside (760) 529-0862 RUG 9 X 12 Oriental, all over design, very nice, non-wool, $150. (760) 6431945. SHIMANO ULTEGRA 9-speed, rear derailleur, $50. (760) 942-5692 SNUFF BOTTLE COLLECTION $6 to $75: cameo, jade, clay, wood, cameo with inside painted, ceramic, carnelian. (760)599-7219 STORAGE Kitchen violet light wood outlets & cupboard storage, $120. (760) 722-0420. TIRE P2050R75, Rim size 15, nearly new, $25. (760) 496-8936.

CANON CAMCORDER $195 NEW ES65 8mm video camcorder NEW (760)599-7219

TOPPS BASEBALL CARDS A case (24 boxes in mint condition), $150 OBO. (760) 809-4657

CHILD WOOD R OCKING CHAIR $10 & baby afgan, unused, 34” W X 36” L, $8. (760) 599-9141

U. S. MAIL IRON HORSE & WAGON 11” long by 6” tall, $10. (760) 5999141

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OCT. 23, 2009



Rentals 600

Real Estate 700

Automotive 900

Houses (Unfurn)



OCEANSIDE $1,200 - 55+, 2bd, 2ba, cute, quiet, view, yard, non-smoker. (760) 631-7292.

2006 VW JETTA 48k, VW Cetified, automatic, like new, VIN #623581, stock #3489, only $15,995. (760) 7536256.

1985 NISSAN KING CAB PICKUP 5speed, stick shift, good condition, 208,000 miles, drives good, $1,600. (760) 216-7951

2007 HONDA ACCORD LX SEDAN 2.4l (33 mpg), automatic, medium blue w/ gray cloth, am/fm/cd, 6 airbags, all power, warranty. 26k miles. Only $13,950. (760)822-9418

1992 OLDSMOBILE CUTLESS SIERRA 4-dr, automatic transmission, V-6, power everything, low mileage 8,900, drives good, $1,600. (760) 216-7951

Real Estate 700 Condos/Townhouses SAN MARCOS WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN? 1 bedroom end unit with a yard, feels like a detached home! Resort living at LAKE SAN MARCOS, just steps to the lake and pool. **NO AGE RESTRICTIONS! TOTALLY REMODELED, quality! Granite countertops-kitchen and bath. AFFORDABLE, MUST SEE! Price: $265,000. to $289,000. Sue Fox, realtor, (760)917-4220 www.suefoxhomes.com (760)753-1086

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

2007 VW JETTA WOLFSBURG 34k, VW certified, automatic, like new, VIN #077243, stock #3471, only $16,995. (760) 753-6256. ELECTRIC CAR 02 Chrysler GEM bought in 2003 N. E. V. Less than 3K mi. No $4.00 gas. $6500 (760)7225625 MAZDA SPORT Miata, mx, turbo 2 seater, black soft top with cover, cd stereo, air, manual, (stick 6 speed), performance tires with spare, apprx. 38,000 miles. (760) 207-0073 san marcos (760) 207-0073, 15,950.00 0B0

Cars 1985 NISSAN 300 zx 2dr 5 spd, t-tops, new clutch, brakes, engine rebuilt. this classic will sell fast. $2995.00. Call Ted (760) 805-9247 2003 VOLVO WAGON Automatic transmission, moon roof, AM/FM CD cassette, excellent condition, service records, located in Carlsbad, $8,200. (858) 248-5757

2008 VW JETTA SE Auto, VW Certified, 16k, like new, VIN #007776, stock #3467, only $17,995. (760) 7536256

2002 VW BEETLE GLX Turbo, like new, one owner, 71k, VIN #425573, stock #25291, only $9,995. (760) 7536256

2006 TOYOTA MATRIX Automatic, 21k, like new, VIN #529379, stock #25221, only $14,995. (760) 753-6256

1996 BUICK SENTRY 4-dr, automatic transmission, ice cold A/C, power everything, low mileage, only 85,000 miles, excellent condition, $1,500. (760) 500-0772.

Trucks/SUVs 1995 IZUZU TROOPER A-1 condition, full power, like new, low miles, $3,500 OBO. (858) 792-7131. CHEV/GMC 1996 SHORTBED, pickup, V8, automatic, A/C, bed cover, bed mat, Lowered, Alum Wheels, Alarm, Low Miles, etc, Carlsbad $7900. contact, 858-248-5757 (858) 248-5757 1994 TOYOTA PICKUP King Cab, automatic, camper shell, $3,500 OBO. (760) 224-2020

Motorcycles QUAD 2005 honda atv, xlt cond, orig owner, only 15 hr use, well maint, tuned & ready, $3500 obo, 760-6139031




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WORK AT HOME. Government Jobs, data entry, clerical benefits. $12-$48 hr. FT/PT. Call 1-888-293-7370.

Business Opportunity ATTENTION READERS: Earn money from home processing mortgage assistance postcards. No advertising. Direct deposit available. References available. No gimmicks. 800-650-2090.

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ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE from home. Medical, Business, Paralegal, Accounting, Criminal Justice. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. Call 800-4943586 www.CenturaOnline.com DISH TV. $19.99/MO., $600 Sign-up Bonus! FREE 4-Room Install. FREE HDDVR! Call now. 1-800-915-9514. AIRLINE MECHANIC: Train for high paying Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified - Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 866-453-6204. ADT, FREE Home Security System! ($850 Value) Purchase Monitoring Services & $99 Activation. That's It! PLUS Remote & Panic Alert FREE. 1866-702-2076.

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2006 VW JETTA 2.5 Automatic, VW Certified, 48k, like new, VIN #623581, STOCK #3489, only $13,995. (760) 753-6256.

2005 VW JETTA 52k, VW certified, automatic, like new, VIN #610433, stock #3466, Only $13,995. (760) 7536256

1979 FORD RANCHERO 390 motor, automatic, runs & drives great, $2,795 OBO. (760) 224-2020


2005 VW JETTA 2.5 Automatic, VW Certified, 53k, like new, VIN #610433, stock #3466, only $12,995. (760) 7536256.

2007 VW JETTA WOLFSBURG Automatic, VW Certified, 11k, like new, VIN #192143, stock #3490, only $17,995. (760) 753-6256

2003 VOLVO WAGON Auto transmission, moon roof, AM/FM CD Cassette, excellent condition, service records, located in Carlsbad, $8,200. (858) 248-5757


1991 GEO PRIZM 4-door hatch-back, 5-speed stick shift, new clutch, 118,000K miles, good condition, drives good, $1,700. (760) 807-5497

2006 TOYOTA MATRIX 21k, Automatic, like new, VIN #592379, stock #25221, only $14,995. (760) 7536256.

1986 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4-door, automatic transmission, ice cold A/ C, power everything, low mileage, 85K miles, drives excellent, $1,500. (760) 500-0772.

Automotive 900

1988 TOYOTA CAMRY LE 4-door, 189K mi, drives good, all power, $1,400. (760) 216-7951

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Help Wanted

DONATE A CAR TODAY To Help Children And Their Families Suffering From Cancer. Free Towing. Tax Deductible. Children’s Cancer Fund of America, Inc. www.ccfoa.org 1-800-469-8593

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OCT. 23, 2009

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If your plans are to go to a place where you could run into someone you would like to impress, spend a little time primping beforehand. Appearances are important. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Don’t make a promise that you can’t keep merely to quiet someone’s pleas. This person will base his or her plans on you and fail miserably if you don’t come through. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Make sure that your thoughtful gestures aren’t over the line, because you could place someone in a position where the reciprocation will be far too expensive for him or her. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may not like it, but people will be paying close attention to the smallest details — so watch what you say, what you do and how you look. That bright spotlight will be shining on you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — If you have the impression that you can achieve your aims through sheer flattery, you’ll be greatly mistaken. In order to deal effectively with others, sincerity is essential. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Be more careful than usual that you don’t become involved in a romantic


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MONTY by Jim Meddick

Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another. TODAY'S CLUE:

intrigue. Give a wide berth to anyone who is off-limits, because this kind of behavior will cause severe complications. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Those who promise the most are likely to be the first ones to let you down or do the least. It’s best to be prepared to operate on your own, especially if the support you desire isn’t forthcoming. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Your responsibilities cannot be rationalized away, so roll up your sleeves and get to work early; otherwise, you’ll only waste valuable time devising elaborate excuses. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Be extremely careful not to become overly possessive of the one you cherish. Romance is smothered under that kind of weight; it needs lots of room to breathe and grow at its own pace. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — There is a strong possibility that you could make some extremely unwise concessions, all in the hopes of appeasing someone you love. Unfortunately, that will only worsen matters further. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t expect verbal promises to count for too much. If you are having some work done, get a service contract just to be sure that you get everything you expect. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your extravagant impulses could be rather pronounced, so unless you don’t care, be cognizant of your weakness and keep a handle on it. Don’t spend more than you can afford.










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ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


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cautioned officials about spending money on travel like drunken congresspersons.

EIR available A draft environmental impact report, covering a 15year span at the fairgrounds, is available for public review with comments and recommendations to be accepted until Jan. 8. Projects are divided into short- and long-term. The short term include a hotel, exhibit halls, relocation and upgrading of the fire station, electronic reader board, and health club/sports training facility. The EIR can be viewed at the fairgrounds admin office, Surfside City library and online at www.sdfaircom.

Dave Roberts who are seeking to oust Rep. Brian Bilbray in the 50th District teamed up recently to oppose a proposed power plant in C’bad ... An idea to consolidate O’side’s 24 committees and commissions into eight advisory groups was DOA during a recent council meeting ... Congrats to seventh-graders Gabi Foyle and Vanessa Green attending St. James Aademy in Solbeach for receiving the Jenna Druck Foundation’s Leadership Awards ... A coppla adults were involved in a verbal spat recently over traffic conditions at Skyline Elementary School in Solbeach and as the saying goes, grown-ups will be kids sometimes. Hasta la Vista

One-liners This is Cat Microchip Month in Solbeach in cooperation with County Dept. of Animal services. All cats in that city can get a free microchip implant at the services facility, 2481 Palomar Airport Rd. in C’bad ... Rick Griffin reports more than 2,500 bicyclists peddled from Orange County to San Diego recently in the 27th annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society bike event ... Garcias’s Mexican Cuisine, a popular eatery in C’bad for a half-century, has opened a second location at 1486 Encinitas Blvd. in the Flower Capital ... Escondido’s city-owned Performing Arts Center has been threatened with no more bail-out funds after being in the tank for 13 of the 15 years of operation ... Rival candidate Francine Busby and former Solbeach mayor and current council elected



District, said Firth resigned in October 2007 after teaching second and third grade at the school since March 2000. Firth remains out of custody on $250,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is an Oct. 16 readiness conference.

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Getting serious A Fallbrook mom has been charged with hosting a teenage party where alcohol was consumed. A Social Host ordinance under which she was cited has not been widely used until recently. On conviction, it provides for up to six months in the slammer and a fine of up to a grand. The Fallbrook matron was arrested after she took a 17-year-old girl who was quite ploughed to a hospital.



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