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THISWEEK Science teacher earns Crystal Apple Award By Patty McCormac


RSF Patrol Officer Joe Brown retires after more than 20 years on the job.




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RANCHO SANTA FE — The April 4 Rancho Santa Fe School Board meeting was short and to the point on a number of subjects. Arguably the most captivating subject was the idea that the school’s new seating for the performing arts center is on a ship and headed this way. “We got word that it was going through the Panama Canal,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent. The seating was set to be installed during spring break. Science teacher Dave Warner earned the Crystal Apple Award from the Church of Latter-day Saints, which is given annually to an inspirational teacher. Another of the subjects of business was the elevators at the school that are now a year old and in need of servicing, which was set to cost $800 a month. “It’s painful,” Delaney said. So staff went looking for a more reasonable price. R. Roger Rowe School Science Teacher Dave Warner earns a Crystal Apple Award. Each year, the Church of They found a company called Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints award the apple to an inspirational teacher. Photo by Patty McCormac

24-Hour Elevator that will keep the elevators working for no more than $300 a month. “We have two main elevators and two lifts in the PAC,” Delaney said. The oversight committee that was active during the construction and renovation of the school was disbanded. “That’s a milestone right there,” said Jim Depolo, president of the board. George Shortley, head of the committee got a special thank you from the board. “I was incredibly impressed with the work George did on this,” Delaney said. “He saw every bill and read every invoice.” Pink slips were given to 10 temporary teachers. This early notification is required by the state. It is possible, after the state presents its own budget, the teachers will get their jobs back. There was also a public hearing at the meeting, involving the new contract for the Rancho Santa Fe TURN TO TEACHER ON A21

New policy looks to streamline athletic field usage By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Who will use the athletic fields in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant and when will they use them? “Boards have struggled with this since the beginning of time,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. Once again the subject was up for consideration at the April 5 meeting of the Association. The heavy demand is causing damage and maintenance issues on the fields, including the baseball diamond and field areas of both Richardson Park and the Rancho Santa Fe Sports Field. A growing community seems to be the culprit. “With the tremendous growth of covenant youths sports programs in the last 10 years, it was becoming increasingly apparent that a new permit policy was needed to accommodate the various interests including the fields themselves,” said Jerry Yahr, chairman of the Trails and Recreation Committee.

The current policy has not been working. “The current method of issuing field use permits for RSFA facilities has proven to be insufficient in the light of the community demand, playing time, number of sports and the year-around nature of play and maintenance requirements to keep the fields in good playing condition,” Yahr said. He said the committee has reviewed the current permit policy and has met with all interested parties, including the Little League, Youth Soccer, Men’s Soccer and Youth Lacrosse in order to develop a new policy that would accommodate the needs of each group. Yahr said the traditional user priorities were maintained in the new policy and new users included in the schedule. “One of the things the Covenant does is make sure 30 percent of the organization are Covenant members,” Smith said. Smith said he is in talks

The Rancho Santa Fe Association has come to an agreement with various clubs and groups on who and when the athletic fields within the Covenant may be used. Photo by Patty McCormac

with the school to see if the Sports Park Sundays, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. field there could be used as — Rancho Riding Club: Thursdays March to October. well. — RSF Youth Soccer: Parking lot use for horse The new schedule will shows and events Mondays to Saturdays Aug. 1 become effective immediately: — RSF Men’s Soccer: TURN TO FIELD ON A21


APRIL 20, 2012


Association settles loan terms for golf club By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The discussion of loan restructuring for the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club continued from the March 15 Association meeting to the meeting on April 5, which resulted in an agreement after much debate. The terms finally settled upon are that the $1,650,000 loan will be for 10 years at a 2 percent fixed rate, with a monthly payment of $15,182, financed by the Association’s own investment group. Also, any surplus debt service funds will be applied at the discretion of the golf club. After last month’s meeting, golf club officials were concerned with the terms of the approval and restrictions

placed on the club in that it included a balloon payment after five years and that the allocation of any surplus debt service funds would be applied at the discretion of the Association board. “The golf club strongly supports refinancing the $1,650,000, to fund the debt internally, but is concerned with the board’s action (on March 15) that takes away some of their authority in regards to their administration of the loan,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. “As the golf club is fully responsible for the repayment of the loan and for collecting the payments from their members, the club feels they The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club agrees with the Rancho Santa Fe Association on loan terms after should continue to have the much debate. Photo by Patty McCormac Pacific Highlands Ranch Rec Center & Pool

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Executive Women’s Golf group invites new members RANCHO SANTA FE — The Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) is hosting the Expand Your Fairway of Friends membership campaign kickoff April 29, hosted by the Morgan Run Club & Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf. An 11 a.m. barbecue buffet lunch will be served with opportunity drawings for prizes and goody bags for all. The 2


discretion to apply any additional debt service reduction.” Not everyone was in favor of the terms. “This is not so simple as we are led to believe,” Director Ann Boon said. She said she and other board members had not been provided with numbers in regard to the proposal. Director Dick Doughty said he was not sure he understands the terms. “I think we should proceed very cautiously,” Doughty said. Director Larry Spitcausfsky said the terms should be put before others. “Let’s put it before a com-

p.m. shotgun for nine holes of golf follows,completing the day with awards at the “19th hole.” The cost of the event is $45. Tickets for the Opportunity Drawing may also be purchased at registration for 20 tickets for $20. Any registrant who brings a friend will receive one free entry for each guest into the special drawing. For reservations and information, call (858) 756-2471. EWGA means different things to different people. Some join to learn the game. Some join to improve or learn how to use golf for business. Some seek social golf and the camaraderie of local group of close friends. Some seek competitive play opportunities. Some seek to expand their networks for business reasons. Some because they've moved to a new community and want the instant network of friends. People can be members of multiple chapters or just visit a chapter and join in its activities when traveling.

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How my cows explain ‘centrist’ journalism By Gene Lyons


ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS In this photograph are, from left to right, Walter E. Hodges, Santa Fe Railway vice president; E.P. Ripley, president; E.J. Engle, secretary; an unidentified man; and Leone G. Sinnard, ranch engineer.

This photograph, taken in 1923, shows that the first few buildings of Rancho Santa Fe had been completed. This structure was a residential portion of the garage block.

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Sometimes I think that the more time I spend on the farm, the better I understand Washington journalists. Among cows, for example, virtually all decisions are group decisions, although it’s often impossible to tell where a given idea originates. Sometimes the bull leads; sometimes he follows. So was it Trudy’s idea for everybody to amble to the pine thicket for a group nap? She’s often in the lead, but then she has no calf to worry over this year. In her book “Animals in Translation,”Temple Grandin says it’s a mistake to think that the lead cow is the boss cow.The safest, and therefore most prestigious place, she writes, is the middle of the herd. Just so among judicious Washington pundits, where the “centrist” position is always safest, marking one as what passes in journalism for a serious thinker. Consider New York Times columnist James B. Stewart’s recent apologia for Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the latest GOP heartthrob. Because President Obama attacked Ryan’s “Trojan Horse” budget, the right-wing Club for Growth had reservations, and Rep. Ron Paul found his tax cuts too small, Stewart deduced that “he must be doing something right.” Of course, it would be equally logical to suspect that a plan disliked by Democrats and Libertarians alike might be a lousy plan, but that’s not how the centrist mind works. Because when Stewart spoke with Ryan, the handsome congressman with the basset hound eyes “seemed anything but the polarizing figure that many of his most vocal critics have tried to turn him into.” Nice guy, nice plan. Never mind the arithmetic. One thing Stewart thinks is great about Ryan’s tax plan, which calls for lowering top rates to 25 percent and 10 percent, is that it “could actually raise taxes on the ultrarich, since on average they, like the wealthy presidential candidate Mitt Romney, pay substantially less than an effective tax rate of 25 percent, and nowhere near the current tax code’s top marginal rate of 35 percent.” Indeed, Romney, who has fully endorsed Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future,” paid approximately 14 percent of his $42 million income in federal taxes in 2010 — the only year for which he’s released his tax return. “The question,” Stewart judiciously asks, “is what would happen to the big break that the wealthy now get — the lower rate on capital gains.” To find out, let’s click “tax reforms” on the Roadmap for America’s Future website, shall we? ( Immediately below a flattering photo of Rep. Ryan, we find a brief introductory paragraph with five bullet points. The fourth says the plan “[p]romotes saving by

eliminating taxes on interest, capital gains, and dividends; also eliminates the death tax.” Got that? As written, Ryan’s plan would practically eliminate income taxes altogether for somebody like Romney, whose income is almost entirely derived from capital gains, interest and dividends. Not to mention Romney’s children, who could inherit hundreds of millions without paying a dime, largely on money that had never been taxed. That’s not pro-jobs; it’s proaristocracy. But back to the herd mind. Does it shock you that the New York Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist evidently neglected to read even the first paragraph of a GOP tax plan he was praising? Well, it shouldn’t, because this is James B. Stewart’s signature technique. When it comes to failing upward, the man has few peers. I first became acquainted with his methods in 1996, when Stewart published a tendentious work of pseudo-journalism called “Blood Sport.” Back then, Washington herdpundits were obsessed with the socalled “Whitewater” scandal. Everybody just knew that Bill and Hillary Clinton’s failed Arkansas real estate investment hid dark secrets and terrible crimes Stewart’s brilliant sleuthing was expected to uncover. To anybody who knew the score, the book was a joke. Filled with dramatized scenes and imaginary dialogue between people he’d never met, “Blood Sport” had so many telltale howlers it was hard to imagine Simon and Schuster had editors at all. Some were trivial, like his depiction of Hillary Clinton visiting her sick father months after his death. Others less so, such as Bill Clinton’s supposedly appointing a thieving judge actually installed by his GOP predecessor. All the errors ran in the same direction. Needless to say, Stewart found no crimes. He did, however, make an unintentionally hilarious promotional appearance on “Nightline” charging that Hillary Clinton had filed a fraudulent financial statement. Alas, it turned out that Stewart had missed a line on the document he was waving around that said “BOTH SIDES OF THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE COMPLETED,” and failed to notice the allegedly missing data on page two — a classic journalistic blunder that cost its well-connected author nothing. The standard, see, is herd membership. There is no other. Cows, by comparison, are skeptical and inquisitive by nature. Easy to fool, yes. Abuse their trust, however, and you’ve lost it forever.

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APRIL 20, 2012

The MarDels Boys to perform at Senior Center dance By Lillian Cox

Doug Allen and The MarDels Boys will get the party started at the Encinitas Senior Center at 2 p.m. April 20. The monthly dance is held in the banquet hall and continues until 4 p.m. It will begin immediately following the 2012 Senior Information Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be the first time The MarDels Boys have performed at the venue. “I checked out the acoustics and they were fantastic,” Allen said. “I’m looking forward to seeing some of our old fans who have been with us for 30 years.” The dance attracts some of the best hoofers in North County, who prove they’ve still got the right moves whether it is the West Coast swing or the cha-cha. “They all know how to dance,” Allen said. “We do a lot of songs from Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly and also play some instrumentals from the ‘40s like ‘Take the “A” Train’ and ‘Satin Doll.’” Jeanae Bosco is a former professional dancer who studied with Martha

Peter De Girolamo and former professional dancer Jeanae Bosco are regulars at the monthly dances at the Encinitas Senior Center. The couple met through their mutual interest in ballroom dancing in 2007. Courtesy photo

Graham, the icon of modern dance. Bosco belonged to a professional dance company at New York University where she majored in dance/theater arts, and went on to earn a master’s degree

in kinesiology at Stanford. Later, she taught dance and kinesiology at California Lutheran University. Now retired, and recuperating from major surgery, Bosco touts the benefits of

dance throughout life. “All my doctors said, ‘We want you to start dancing,’” she said. “It keeps your body in shape because you are using your heart muscles and legs. It keeps your brain

in shape because you have to memorize patterns.” “Once you learn how to dance, it’s not difficult. It builds up energy and, oh my god, I have so many friends.” One of those friends is Peter De Girolamo, who is her partner on and off the dance floor. “My wife passed away in 2003,” he said. “While she was in hospice I was encouraged to get involved in something. I saw that dance classes were being offered at the Oceanside Senior Center and started taking them. De Girolamo met Bosco in 2007. “I had two left feet when I started,” he said. “Now I feel like I accomplished something in my life. I’m pretty good, not great, but I’m always improving.” Because there is a shortage of men at dances, Bosco is generous in sharing De Girolamo with other women dancers. “It’s a wonderful life to have dance,” she said. “You are in a group and you become like a family.” She and De Girolamo travel from Oceanside to Escondido to attend monthly

dances. “There are certain places that we go to all the time,” she said. “The Encinitas Senior Center is one of the best venues we have in the whole county. The (portable) dance floor is wonderful because it’s wood, and has an open space beneath it so you don’t get back aches.” The senior dance is for adults ages 50 and older and is held the third Friday of the month. Couples and singles are welcome. Light refreshments and a free raffle drawing are offered at each event. Admission is $5 at the door. A reduced rate for the dance is available to attendees of the Senior Information Fair who present a discount card initialed by exhibitors. The Senior Information Fair is free and features more than 60 exhibitors offering information about healthcare, transportation, housing, recreation and other services. The Encinitas Senior Center is located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. For more information, call (760) 943-2250.

Tickets on sale for Helen Woodward Animal Center grand gala RANCHO SANTA FE — Planning is well underway for the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling. The planning committee, headed by Co-chairs Charlene Hooker and Deborah Reynolds-Frank, is busy putting together the 24th annual black-tie fundraiser June 2 with a Kit Kat Club theme at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road. The night of food, music, dancing, high style and bow-“wow” worthy auction items benefit the center’s programs for animals and people in need. The Great “Catsby,” roaring-20s theme provides the perfect backdrop for designer Joel Gareljo’s artful eye. Ritzy elegance will set the stage for an evening of Art Deco décor and a step-back-in-time soundtrack by the Sensations Showband. The event will be

hosted by KUSI’s Dave Scott and Kerri Lane. Tickets to the “Kit Kat Club” begin at $250 per person. Middle level seating is $350 per person or $2,925 to host a table of 10. These seats include table service, a complimentary bottle of wine and admission to the Patron Party at the Del Mar Country Club May 20. Upper level seating is $750 per person. Upper level seats include a personal wait staff, express check in and check out, admission to the Patron Party and complimentary wine bottle service for the evening. Both Middle and Upper level tickets include exclusive seating, all amenities and a commemorative gift. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Melissa Alvarado at (858) 7564117, ext. 550. Come enjoy tastings from

restaurants throughout the city with a celebrity judge to determine both the Best Food and Best Décor category. Spring Fling Restaurant Chairwoman Anne Dizney has secured tastings from Piatti, Pacifica Del Mar and The Fish Market. Chef, critic and writer Maria Desiderata Montana of San Diego Food Finds will select the top awards. If the food, music and the décor don’t get you “panting” for a ticket, the auction items will. “Each day we receive another amazing auction item,” said Nedra Abramson, Helen Woodward Animal Center Special Events Manager. “The generosity of our donors is really touching. The silent and live auctions bring in such a large portion of the funding needed for the center’s programs each year.”

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Spring Fling Committee Co-chairwomen, from left, Deborah Reynolds Frank and Charlene Hooker set the Kit Kat Club mood for the June 2 event in a vintage convertible provided courtesy of Bill Habeger. Courtesy photo

The biddable items include such once-in-lifetime experiences as an opportunity to Ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (hotel and airfare included); a

Firehouse Dinner Party (cooked and served by firemen, of course) and a Ryan Newman Foundation auction package that includes two,‘Pit Seats’ at the Auto Club

Speedway in Fontana and a signed bumper from Ryan Newman’s race car. Sponsorship and auction opportunities are still available.


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Rancho Santa Fe resident Melissa Swanson, along with Bridget Musante and Kelly Dorvillier, co-chaired this year’s The Bishop’s School April 21 auction, “Disco Knights� to raise money for student needbased financial aid and faculty professional growth.

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President’s scholar The Georgia Institute of Technology named Missy Pittard, of Rancho Santa Fe, a President’s Scholar and one of 10 Stamps Leadership Scholarship recipients. A Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering major, Pittard represents the top one percent of early applicants to Georgia Tech.

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David Perkins, a resident of Fairbanks Ranch, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Coast Steel has recently been appointed to the Board of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. Carlsbad High School Woodshop teacher Rick Brown was named the Carlsbad Unified School District’s 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year.

MARKETPLACE NEWS Terra Bella brings high-fashion to gardens From commodities broker to landscape designer, Jason Jarvis created Terra Bella Landscape in 2004. Since then Terra Bella Landscape has grown into a $20 million company. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Jarvis chose landscaping, or perhaps it chose him, stemming from a passion of his grandfather. Growing up in a family of developers, it’s how he became acquainted with gardening and it soon became a passion for him, too. “As a money manager, I’d get off work or on the weekends, go to nurseries and look at trees and plants,� Jarvis said. For Jarvis gardening is serenity. “It’s therapy,� he said. “It’s nurturing; you can watch something grow, and how to manicure and till the soil and seed it. It’s kind of like a child.� It’s from Jarvis’ passion, along with the expertise of business partner and landscape architect David Neault, transforming any piece of land into its utmost potential that earned Terra Bella Landscaping the 2012 Readers’ Choice award for Best Landscaper in “Ranch & Coast Magazine.�

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Terra Bella is a full service design, build landscape firm, Jarvis explained. “Anything from a small courtyard to a multi-million dollar job; we build it and then we maintain them,� Jarvis said. Their maintenance routes include more than 100 homes, servicing the communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and La Jolla. Terra Bella Landscaping can literally fashion any garden into whatever might be

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Biological father’s age may be a factor causing Autism

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around them and, of course, their parents. They were in worlds of their own. They often appeared happy in those worlds. But in failing to connect with people around them, from my perspective they were missing one of the most important parts of being alive — in particular, the ability to receive love. What was even more distressing was that theories about autism placed a lot of blame on the parents. How the parents interacted with the child was thought to have caused the autism.As a result, parents often had a layer of guilt placed on top of the unimaginable suffering of feeling that their child was lost to them. In contrast, it seemed to me that these children were probably born different, and how their parents treated them had nothing to do with it. I am not an expert on autism. I have learned what I know from experts here at Harvard Medical School. No one knows the causes of autism, but today the apparent consensus is that they are biological — something a child is born with. As to your question, I’m told that some research has shown that a child’s risk of developing autism does rise as the age of the child’s biological father rises. One study found that the risk was smallest for children of fathers younger than 20 and greatest for children of fathers older than 50. A man in his 40s, for example, was almost six times as likely to have an autistic child as a man age 20. In this autism study,

boys were more likely to develop autism than girls. But the risk for girls also increased as fathers got older. Why would this be? One theory is that the genetic material in the sperm of older fathers has somehow become altered in harmful ways by mutations. Mutations change the shape of a gene — and of the protein the gene makes. A newer theory doesn’t focus on the shape of genes. Instead, it speculates that the genes in the sperm of older fathers are shaped normally, but are inappropriately turned on or off. Don’t misunderstand: The great majority of children born to older fathers are not autistic, or unhealthy in other ways. Nevertheless, since you already have one autistic child, you and your husband should discuss your concerns about another pregnancy with your doctor and a genetic counselor. Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to send questions and get additional information:

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MARKETPLACE NEWS Local gun shop makes big impact In the last year, firearm sales have grown to staggering numbers. Ruger, one of the largest firearm manufacturers in the United States, took over 1 million orders during the first three months of this year. This means that even with great advancements in manufacturing, the citizens of our great nation are buying guns faster than we can produce them. Everyone, at one point in their lives, has thought about owning a firearm. The decision to actually go out and purchase one is where most people have drawn the line. Not anymore! Firearms are becoming more popular than ever with the help of television shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and “American Guns.” Whether you have now made the choice to purchase your first firearm, or you have been collecting them for years, Direct Action Solutions in Solana Beach is the place to go. DAS opened their doors in 2010 and has seen sales rise at a staggering pace. They entered the community of Solana Beach,

Everyone is buying guns these days. Our clientele has grown immensely over the past few months. We see new customers that range from single moms to military personnel.” Shawn Stahl Manager,Direct Action Solutions

knowing that they could fill a void that our beach communities have been lacking for some time. With all this in mind, you might wonder who is buying all these guns, and where are they buying them from. Well, the who is easy, “Everyone is buying guns these days,” says Shawn Stahl who manages Direct Action Solutions “our clientele has grown immensely over the past few months. We see new customers that range from single moms to military personnel every day.” More and more women are coming into Direct Action Solutions to learn about firearms and make a purchase for self-defense and



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target shooting. Women in fact are the fastest growing segment of the firearms community. The stigma of who owns a firearm is quickly going by the wayside. Direct Action Solutions also offers what most gun shops do not. They have taken the traditional gun shop atmosphere and re-invented it. Their staff is young, enthusiastic, and has a very deep knowledge of their industry. You are welcomed with a smile and feel at ease right away, but most of all there is comfort in knowing that you are dealing with quality products and an experienced staff. The new challenge for gun buyers is to find a local shop that has what they are looking for in stock. With gun buying numbers growing and growing, there are less products available for gun shops to stock. Shawn knows what his customers want and strives to keep the popular firearms in stock. Direct Action Solutions is a local gun shop that caters to everyone. When you walk in to the shop you will notice a large selection of shotguns and rifles as well as handguns that range from $400 to $4,000. D.A.S is also a great place to find accessories such as ammunition, knives, survival equipment, and the latest tactical gear. D.A.S also offers a wide range of training activities for new gun owners or those looking for advanced tactics. You can always count on finding a large selection and a wealth of knowledge. Direct Action Solutions takes the time to help educate the public in how the gun laws in California may affect their purchase of a firearm. While they cannot give legal advice, they do guide their customers through the requirements for legal gun ownership in California. Their staff can also advise customers on experienced firearm trainers for an education in firearm safety and responsible gun ownership as well as broadening one’s skills at every level. Direct Action Solutions is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They welcome new customers and are willing to answer any questions a new or experienced buyer may have. If you want more information you can visit their website at, or give them a call at (858) 436-7088.

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Making this the last diet you’ll ever need What if... • you could lose unwanted, unhealthy weight fast, safely and easily? • there was a diet that actually gave you energy instead of depleting it? • you found a diet that was affordable, accessible and actually allowed you to eat food you would not think you could eat on a diet? • there were no pills,no shots and no cravings involved? • a diet that truly fit your life AND your lifestyle? No, you’re not in wonderland. This program actually exists and is offered and supervised by the accredited healthcare professionals at Just Skin in Encinitas. The weight loss method offered at Just Skin Medical Spa is a quick and healthy protocol with proven, long-lasting results. Their pre-packaged gourmet protein foods — originally created by a team of doctors, scientists and a French Chef — taste as good as they are good for you. Unlike other programs and yo-yo diets where you lose muscle mass as well as fat, Just Skin’s program actually protects your muscle mass. This alkaline diet is designed to allow your body to absorb the nutrients it needs to boost your metabolism, regulate insulin levels and set you up for success in maintaining your goal weight once you’ve achieved it. The body has three sources of energy: (1) carbohydrates are always burned first followed by (2) protein and (3) lipids (fats). Once the body has depleted its carbohydrate

reserves, it will simultaneously draw on its protein and fat reserves for energy. Just Skin’s weight loss system will help maintain lean muscle mass and force the body to turn its fat reserves into energy. And that’s not all! This program’s fat-targeting

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approach supports cellulite reduction. It’s designed to locate and shrink fat cells all over the body. Your cellulite is easily isolated and is just one of the areas you’ll experience rapid improvement. Your skin will benefit too. Proteins are

ever struggled with their weight due to injury, illness, poor nutrition, depression or the countless other reasons that contribute to the problem knows how difficult it is to find a diet that actually works. And if you do find one that “works”,

it’s too stringent, too limiting or just tastes too bad to maintain consistently. You feel deprived and run down when you’re on them, and worse when you find yourself cheating. Worst of all, most of these “miracle diets” just put you right back on that relentless roller coaster of plumping up again as soon as you quit. There’s a better way! Isn’t it time to try a healthy, nutritious, great-tasting weight loss solution that will get you the results you need and make it easy for you to sustain them? Just Skin’s diet program can help you feel better, stronger and lighter than you have in years. It WILL be the best, last and only diet you’ll ever need. For more information on this proven diet program, please contact Just Skin at (760) 942-2991 or visit them online at

Keys to learning help unlock potential Developmental Therapist Delina Robair looking to help unlock the true potentials of students ages 4 to 12 by offering keys to learning through a developmental program aimed at concentrating on the communications of the brain and the body. Robair has spent more than 25 years as a teacher and, along with other doctors, helped to develop “The Pyramid of Learning,” to which she has earned the exclusive rights of teaching and administering on the West Coast. The Pyramid of Learning demonstrates how a child’s thinking grows. At the base of the pyramid are the motor skills — the foundation from

Developmental Therapist DelinaRobair M. Ed. uses “The Pyramid of Learning,” which she helped to develop. The pyramid demonstrates how a child’s thinking grows.

problems such as ego, self- to label the child as having esteem, self-confidence and Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or even as being Dyslexic. Robair has observed through her years of experience that children’s learning is closely tied to how their bodies develop in conjunction with Kelly Zamora their brains. “My research, Mother of two sons enrolled in the program based on assessing more than 2,000 children, shows specific which all skill development trouble interacting socially relationships between motor derives. If this base is weak- among peers. skill performance and academened because of body/brain If left untreated, the child ic performance,” Robair miscommunications, it can could fall behind in school, explained. result in learning problems in resulting in frustrated stuWhat Robair and her proone or more areas, including dents, parents and teachers gram can offer to children and academics, or developmental who have no other solution but adolescents is a solution — a

Delina Robair has an amazing heart for children; her ability to reach their potential is unsurpassed by anyone I know.”

solution that is both fun and unique. It seeks to improve motor skill integration based on the 13 developmental milestones, often resulting in improved coordination, improved reading and writing; improved regulation of behavior, focus and ability to follow instructions. The program has also shown an improvement in selfesteem and confidence. If a child or student is displaying a performance that doesn’t match their potential, even though there are no recognized learning difficulties, the program could be beneficial. The program could also be beneficial to those students with high potential and who are eager to enhance or refine their skills; even children with diagnosed learning abilities and who exhibit lagging motor skills can benefit. By creating an environment where a child’s brain and body work to make connections in an orderly and systematic developmental program, the results can maximize their learning potential and enhance the quality of their school and life experiences. For more information or a free consultation, call Delina Robair at (760) 753-7860, or email



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APRIL 20 CLIMATE CARE An Earth Day Forum on “The Church and the State Confront Climate Change: as Allies or Adversaries” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 22, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Debin Hall, 120 Stevens Ave., with Dave Pierce, from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, environmental science professor April Maskiewicz, Solana Beach city councilwoman Lesa Heebner and SBPC theologian Thia Hobson. Register online at

APRIL 21 EARTH DAY In celebration of Earth Day, the Buena Vista Audubon Society and Preserve Calvera host an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. April 21 at the Buena Vista Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Refreshments, games, native garden tours, recycled art, short films about the lagoon and bats from Project Wildlife's Bat Rescue Team.



Candidates for U.S. Congress, county board of supervisors, city councils and judgeships will be on hand for a meet and greet 10 a.m. to noon April 21, at the Woman’s Club of Carlsbad, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Also an update on the Oceanside Rent ballot measure. For reservations, call (760) 804-2754 or e-mail SAVVY SCOUTS Members of Girl Scout Troop 1228, for their Bronze leadership award, are working with Second Chance Dog Rescue, making dog beds for foster homes and will work adoption events 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Sports Arena Petco and May 26 at Poway Petco.For more information, visit





Leucadia singer/songwriter Cleopatra Degher is hosting a CD release party from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 21 at the E Street Cafe, 128 West E St., Encinitas.


DEBATES ON JUDAISM The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s Scholar Lectures on Jewish Studies hosts Professor Alyssa Sepinwall at 7 p.m. April 23 in the Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, La Costa on “Should a Kipa be Worn on the Champs Élysées? Jews & French Debates about Diversity.” For more information, contact (858) 362-1327 or VIEJAS, BABY North Coast ORT America ia hosting a trip to the Viejas Casino for $10. The bus leaves the Park and Ride parking lot at El Camino Real and La Costa Avenue at 9 a.m. April 23. The day offers a lunch buffet, shopping and gambling. Contact Mitzi at (760) 721-1416.


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think it’s perfect. I know I have a long way to go to improve. You always get better.” She said young people facing the loss of a loved one should “stop worrying about what you can’t change and focus on what you can control,” such as death or divorce. “Life is unfair,” she said. “But you can control how you deal with it. Don’t run away from problems or make bad decisions. Develop a hobby and look to family and friends.” As for adults who may want to help those teenagers in need, “Sometimes we just want to talk,” she said. “We don’t always want advice. We’re not looking for answers — just support.”

By Bianca Kaplanek

The loss of a child is an incomprehensible tragedy for parents. As Emily Beaver discovered, it is an especially difficult experience with its own set of challenges for a younger sibling. At age 11, Matthew Beaver was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Emily was 8 at the time. Through the next several years she watched her brother experience the amputation of his lower right leg, chemotherapy, radiation, relapses and failed stem cell therapy. She missed a month of school during her freshman year of high school. “All the family was at home except me,” she said. “I didn’t want to risk missing his passing.” Matthew lost his battle with the disease when he was 17. “It’s devastating to lose a sibling, whether you get along or not,” said Emily, who describes her relationship with her brother as “remarkably close, even before he was sick.” “I want to make it clear, out of respect for my family, I didn’t want to put blame on anyone for ignoring me,” she said. “People often asked my parents how they were doing, but they didn’t ask me directly.That was upsetting. I would have liked to talk about it.”

17-year-old author Emily Beaver will talk about her novel “Slipping Reality,” April 23 at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel Valley. Courtesy photo

Emily had always kept a journal, but about a month before Matthew passed away she decided to turn it into a book. Writing the novel, which she completed at 14, was partly a coping mechanism, she said. It was also to honor Matthew, who had encouraged her to follow her dream to become an author. She said it took about six months to write “Slipping Reality,” which was published

two years later in July 2011. In the book the main character is Katelyn Emerson, a 14-year-old who uses her imagination to deal with her emotional trauma. The 270-page novel is a coming-of-age story that addresses the trials of young grief, insight and growth. “It’s about the things I wish I could have done, but doing them would have been running away from the problem,” she said.

Now 17 and a senior at Poway High School, Emily will be at Barnes & Noble at 12835 El Camino Real in Carmel Valley at 7 p.m. April 23 to celebrate World Book Night. Her advice to other young authors is to keep writing. “It sounds cliché, but write every day,” she said. “It “Slipping Reality” is about a 14may be painful and horrible, year-old girl who uses her imaginabut it’s worth it. I wrote my tion to deal with emotional trauma. book 13 times and I still don’t Courtesy photo

Art exhibit proves old adage on trash and treasures By Lillian Cox

Sculptor Joe Brubaker has proven again that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The Bay Area artist, accompanied by a group of visiting artists, traveled to La Costa at the end of March in a 26-foot truck full of fine art and junque to install “The Exquisite Garden” in the William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library. The exhibit will be on display through June 24. “The garden itself has hundreds of different components — bottle caps, four trees made of recycled materials and 31 of Joe’s sculptures,” curator Karen McGuire said. “It’s not just recycling, it’s repurposing. The artists look at ordinary things and give it new life.” This is the fourth installation of its kind created by Brubaker and his team, which consists of a core group of 10 artists who have worked with him on previous projects, as well as experienced artists and tradesmen recruited from the local community. Brubaker explains that 80 percent of the installation is kept in a storage container that is transported to the site. “I call it a creative highwire act,” he said. “We have a broad plan, but it is at least 60 percent improvisation. It’s not what most artists are accustomed to. We only have five or

Sculptor Joe Brubaker is displaying “The Exquisite Garden” at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the Dove Library in Carlsbad through June 24. Photo by Lillian Cox

six days to install it, so we can’t afford to have a down day. Part of it is having a team that works well together that will make good decisions creatively.” Local collage artist Ron Juncal was invited to participate in the latest project. “We unloaded a giant truck full of junk like nails, bedsprings, car parts, an old boat – and stuff that washed up on the beach,” he said.“We

dumped it into the center of the gallery and separated it.” He added, “Each artist took an area and made their art. A yarn artist created a spider web. Another artist created trees from old driftwood that were screwed together. We were hanging fishline tumbleweed from the ceiling.” Afterward, Juncal invited the team to his studio for a barbecue. “It was a great group of

people,” he said. “It was a camaraderie of friends and artists who enjoy working together.” McGuire says the exhibit has been received well by the community. “It has been just terrific, and seems to appeal to every age,” she said. “My grandchild came to the opening and spent 40 minutes looking for new discoveries. There’s a sense of familiarity and nos-

talgia about the show.” Brubaker will be returning to Carlsbad to load up when the show closes at the end of June. “We’ll rent our truck and it’s kind of like the genie goes back into the bottle,” he said. “We try to do at least one installation a year and it’s obviously not a for-profit thing. We make enough to cover our expenses.” One of the reasons he goes through all the work is for people to realize that there is art everywhere, in the everyday world. “I hope when they walk out that they’ll experience the world with fresh eyes,” he said. “It’s the friend you know who dresses strangely, comes to dinner too late, and talks too much, too loudly and sometimes incomprehensibly. But at the end of the night, as people get to know him, they love him and can’t stop thinking the next day about some of the things he talked about.” Brubaker’s next installation is titled, “Ghost Ship.” For information, including how to be a sponsor, visit The Cannon Art Gallery is located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (760) 602-2021.


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A RTS&E NTERTAINMENT GOT THE TIME? The three-time Grammy nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will play (and generally throw a Cuban music party) April 21 at 8:00 pm at Birch North Park Theatre. Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 and are available by calling (619) 239-8836 or visiting The La Jolla Music Society is presenting. Courtesy photo

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Artists prove to be as varied as the artworks they create KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The task of getting to know Arts Alive banner artists in order to represent them to the public is proving to be an extreme pleasure.

“Trampoline” by artist Humeyra “Maze” by artist RasimKonyar. Konyar. Courtesy photos

Their stories never fail to fascinate, as was confirmed by a recent meeting with Arts Alive banner artists Rasim and Humeyra Konyar. Natives of Istanbul, Turkey, the Oceanside couple were drawn to participate in the Encinitas banner project by the inclusive nature of the community event. With a degree in graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul, Rasim initially came to the U.S. to attend film school at the School of Visual Arts in New York, later transferring to San Diego State’s masters program. As his graduating project he wrote a screenplay telling the story of a fictional Turkish migrant family in Germany, which the German Film Board

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chose to finance as a featurelength film. He directed the production of the film in Berlin, which was subsequently shown in the Cannes, Hoff, and Berlin film festivals. Rasim’s sculptures and paintings have been shown at distinguished venues such as the New York Consulate, as well as exotic locations including Athens, Izmir, Ankara, and Istanbul. He has produced major commissions and his works are in the collections of the Turkish Presidential Residence, Akbank, Garanti Bank and the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Rasim returned to live in Turkey from 1992 to 2009, where he met and married his talented wife Humeyra, who TURN TO BRUSH WITH ARTON A21

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Lecture on gospel hosted Party to save oceans RANCHO SANTA FE — A free,non-denominational lecture on the Bible will be offered by Madelon Maupin, on “Challenging Texts of Mark” 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 28 at the Christian Science Church, 6165 La Flecha. For information and reservations, call (858) 756-1691. This talk is geared toward both new Bible students and those who have read it for years. Maupin will dive into some of the more perplexing texts in this first Gospel written, discussing such things as, what Jesus had against fig trees, how Mark’s portrait of Jesus differs from the other Gospels and what do they have in common? “The goal is learning how

to look at a Scriptural passage from many angles: historical, contextual, geographical, political and of course, spiritual,” Maupin writes. “We’ll examine the abrupt ending of the oldest and most reliable scrolls of Mark, which differ from what eventually made the Canon. Mark, as the first gospel, offers a treasured window into early Christianity. Please come and bring your own questions, as well as your Bible.” Maupin has a masters in theological studies from San Francisco Theological Seminary, was cultural historian for Princess Cruise trips to Biblical Lands, and a recent trustee of The Crisler Library in Ephesos,Turkey.

Tickets are on sale for Surfrider San Diego’s Art Gala May 17. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd. Tickets are $75 and are available at the Events page at or at /art-gala/. The event celebrates the theme of “Keep Our Oceans Blue.” From an ocean-view setting, attendees will enjoy a silent auction with ocean-themed pieces of art from local and national artists. The event will tie in with Surfrider’s national

Rise Above Plastics campaign. “Rise Above Plastics helps educate the public on the serious threat plastics pose to our oceans, waves and beaches,” said Olivia Bui, the Art Gala Coordinator for the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, All proceeds benefit the chapter’s local initiatives, including education, outreach and advocacy efforts aimed at protecting San Diego beaches and waterways. Contact Chapter Coordinator Haley Jain Haggerstone at (858) 7929940.

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Take a stroll to old Encinitas The Encinitas Preservation Association is sharing a trip to the first days of the city with the Boathouse Plus Architectural Tour, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22. Beginning at the Bumann Ranch, a 10-acre homestead built in 1886, the tour will step back into Encinitas history, as the Architectural Tour visits the Self-Realization Hermitage and Gardens, the Derby The Encinitas Preservation Association will host the Boathouse Plus House, the School House, La Architectural Tour starting at the historic Bumann Ranch, first built in Paloma Theatre and the 1886. Courtesy photo Boathouses. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available to purchase at the School House, 390 West F St.; the Boathouses on Third Street near F Street and Coast Hwy. Traders, 530 S. Coast Highway 101. Tickets are $25 and children under 12.




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It’s easy to find fun under the sun in the Ranch MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch When one chapter ends, another begins. As I write that statement, I find that I am rather nostalgic when changing scenery in my journey. Sometimes it would be lovely to hang out where you are when life keeps pushing you forward. Growing pains can be hard. Why all of the change? Why is change necessary? Do you ever ask yourself these questions? I do. For whatever reason, my life has been filled by many changes, many chapters, many beginnings and endings. I am sure most are due to my own wandering nature, my own need for expansion and growth. Yet, dealing with making the leap of faith is still a challenge when the current view is already warm and cozy. Now in the midst of a massive project, one part of me thinks, “How did you get yourself into this?” And then my logical side will remember, “You asked for it, so now it’s show-time as they say in Hollywood.” Is there a limit to dreams or do they just keep marching on until you can no longer think of something else to do? I am being flippant. Really, do push on. Do keep visualizing your future. Just remember to have some fun, too. Listen to George Strait and as you are driving to work. Don’t become too preoccupied with your project. Find time to dance and do make that coffee with a friend. Don’t get lost in your to-do-lists. Do watch episodes of “Seinfeld.” Remember these three little words by Dr. Seuss, “fun is good.” As we achieve our goals, it’s important to remind ourselves to kick back and find a heartwarming smile with some friends.

AROUND TOWN On March 31, Karian Forsyth hosted one of the first spa parties for 2012. The clouds hung low across the Crosby and the sky could not be seen that day.That did not dampen the spirits of these lovely gals who enjoyed some much needed pampering and girl-time together. I had fabulous oxygen facial by Kimberly Running, the manager of Oxygen

Medical Spa in San Diego. Can you say refreshing, rejuvenating and nonevasive? As an advocate against face fillers, plastic surgery and other new fads that the media would have us believe we need, I am here to let you know that that isn’t so. True beauty is about aging gracefully the natural way, without alterations. A light facial is an excellent way to maintain your skin’s natural health without changing your true appearance. If need a recommendation for your facial, check out Oxygen Medical Spa and ask for Kimberly. Visit On April 7, the day before Easter Sunday, Matt Baker stopped in at Lemon Twist’s gift and produce shop in Rancho Santa Fe to buy a bouquet of flowers for his family. Matt also happens to be close friends with the manager of Lemon Twist, Robin Shull. Well, if you follow my column you may recognize Matt from some earlier pictures when I first started writing for the Rancho Santa Fe News four years ago. When you reunite with your friends over the holiday weekends it just makes life even more wonderful, doesn’t it? This picture definitely captured that moment. If you would like more information on Lemon Twist, visit On April 9, my son Jackson celebrated his birthday with a few great friends of his from Rancho Santa Fe. What better way to celebrate your 12th birthday if you are a boy than playing paintball under the hot sun? That’s exactly what these boys did that day — had some fun! This awesome spot located in Escondido up by Lake Wohlford. The drive is under 30 minutes. What is also wonderful when you arrive, you can check in and rent your equipment, and your child or party will soon be enjoying the strategic courses situated on a rugged hillside amongst the eucalyptus trees. I have included a photo from that day that reminds me of that classic movie, “Stand By Me.” For more information, visit On April 10, I received some more information on the 23rd annual spring fling event “The Kit Kat Club” at Helen Woodward on June 2. Mark your calendars. Make sure to reserve your ticket to one of the must-attend events in Rancho Santa Fe this summer. Renee Resko

sent some amazing photos of the spring fling committee that meets monthly to make sure this evening goes off without a hitch. I have included a photo of the team that is responsible for making this gala incredible. If you would like to reserve your tickets today, and for more information about all of the important details, visit g/. On April 12, my husband and I stopped in at the Petco in La Costa to buy muchneeded pet supplies when I found Zorro the cat, along with Chip and Ernie, two other cats all looking for a home. Well, they just all looked at me like “Please take me home!” I wish I could, but because I am unable to, I am hoping someone might read this and adopt some of the kitties at this Petco. Contact Nancy The Rancho Santa Fe boys out playing paintball: Paul, Michael, Matthew, and in the back is Brett, James and Sherman on how to adopt Jackson.Photo by Machel Penn Shull these cats at (760) 717-0739 or e-mail her at Adopt Zorro! He needs a home.

SAVE THE DATE: Nationally-recognized physician and legislative advocate Dr. Robert Hertzka will lead an informational discussion on the new multitrillion-dollar health care law and how it will affect your life. It is the most far-reaching and controversial health legislation since the introduction of the Medicare and Dr. Robert Hertzka will be at the Medicaid programs. To learn Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on about the new health care May 17th to discuss health care. Good friends Matt Baker and Robin Shull at Lemon Twist in The Ranch law, join Dr. Hertzka and Courtesy photo over Easter weekend. Photo by Machel Penn Shull Carter Financial from 8 to 9 a.m. May 17 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. There is no charge to attend the event. The Coffee and Conversation series is sponsored by financial advisor Deana Carter. To attend, RSVP to Deana Carter at (858) 756-1566 or The Carter Financial office is located in the village, at 6013 La Granada.

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Hostess, Karian Forsyth surrounded by her friends at her spa party in The Crosby. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Adopt Zorro the cat at La Costa Pet Co. There are other kittens available Meet the Spring Fling Committee responsible for the 23rd Annual "Kit Kat Club" at Helen Woodward this June.Courtesy photo there, too. Photo by Machel Penn Shull



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Holy baba ghanoush! Bird House Grill serves up a great time First off, yes, I know that baba ghanoush is more of a Middle Eastern term for an eggplant-like dip, but it is also eaten in Turkey where it is more commonly called patl›can salatas›. It’s just a fun word that I love to say and one that was brought up recently at dinner at the Bird House in Leucadia. And by the way, they have a fabulous version of it. If you have not been to the Bird House on a Friday or Saturday night, you are really missing out on not only some really good Turkish food, but an entertainment experience like nothing else around. We heard that reservations were suggested and it was key to make them for 7 or 7:30 p.m. as the show starts around 7:45 p.m. and it’s best to get seated and place your order before that happens as it can get a little crazy and service can slow down. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve experienced belly dancing, but it’s crazy fun to watch for everyone involved. The music is a wild mix of traditional Middle Eastern styles with some modern influences. The staff is engaged completely and you will hear frequent Turkish warrior-like yelps coming from otherwise mildmannered looking servers. The owner Julie is exceptionally good at this and throws them out like she is riding into battle. I researched Turkish belly dance a bit and found that it may have been influenced by Arabs even before the Ottoman Empire as much as by the Egyptian and Syrian/Lebanese forms. I read where Egyptian belly dance is

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Get ready to break out your inner rock star as the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center puts the finishing touches on the bash of the year with a “Club 92067” theme. This event supports a vital part of the 92067 village - the Community Center. Join your neighbors or come meet new friends and rock the night away to the sounds of Atomic Groove from 5 to 11 p.m. May 12 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. Tickets are $275 for nonmembers and include champagne, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner and incredible live and silent auction items. Make your reservations by calling (858) 756-2461 or online at Gala sponsorships, ranging from $500-$5,000, are available and include business advertisement, preferred seating and more. The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is a nonprofit organization that provides more than 100 afterschool programs, events and summer camps during the year. From toddlers to seniors, there’s something for everyone at the RFSCC.

skewers, pita bread, pilav salad, dolma, (stuffed grape leaves), and tzadziki sauce. At $16.99, this should have been included in my value column. The veggie plate had similar portions and was only $11.99. There is a nice selection of sides available including skewers, rice, dolma, pita and tzadike basket, Turkish salad, spinach pie, feta spread, hummas, baklava, and a feta, olive and tomato plate. Sides ranged from $1.50 to $6. The whole experience was like a big neighborhood party with some really good dancers and music that was different, fun, and exciting. The Bird House Grill brings some international flair and some solid Turkish food to Leucadia and that’s a good thing. They have been around since 1997, which is saying something also. They are open for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday. Check them out at

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate noted for its restraint and elegance, whereas Turkish belly dance is playful and uninhibited. That’s a nice way to put it. The dancers I saw at the Bird House were very seductive, but in PG-13 kind of way. Turkish dancers are known for their energetic, athletic or even gymnastic style. People of all ages, including an adorable little girl were clapping and dancing along. It’s all very interactive as the dancers take tips, which you tactfully slip into their waistband. They also invited diners to step up and join them, which proved to be equally entertaining. I’d leave those moves to the trained professionals. I mean really, how often are we shaking our hips around like that? One woman went all out trying to imitate the dancer and I overheard her after say something along the lines of “that’s the toughest workout I’ve had in years.” This was after a two- to threeminute dance. Now that I’ve established that the entertainment value is stellar on the weekends, let’s talk about the food. We

The Bird House Grill in Leucadia serves great Turkish fare and a fun atmosphere complete with Belly Dancing. Courtesy photoHoly baba ghanoush

started with a delightful pureed lentil soup that had a very hearty, of the earth flaor. A fava bean with dill and yogurt sauce and the smoky eggplant dip (that baba ghanoush-like thing) rounded

out our starters. It was all great spread on pita bread and layered on top of each other. All of these starters were on the specials menu, which they change up frequently.

For dinner I went with the super combo plate, which could have easily been split by two hungry people or saved for lunch leftovers for the next couple of days. It’s made up of gyro meat, kofte, chicken

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at or (858) 395-6905.


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Racer takes fourth in 2012 Grand Prix of Long Beach By Tony Cagala

Nick Esayian, the 44-yearold champion racer and Encinitas resident placed fourth in the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 15. “I was really surprised we went the full race without a yellow flag, especially on a street circuit,” Esayian said in a statement following the race. “After the hectic opening laps, I just put my head down and starting picking off cars left and right. By the end I had second and third place in my sights, but the Porsche had checked out. I think if we’d had a couple more laps or a yellow flag, a podium was in the cards for us today, but it didn’t work out that way.” Esayian, who races for RealTime Racing, a Hondafunded team, took an interest in driving after attending race driving schools while in college. “While I was going to the race schools, it appeared that I had some talent in that area,” Esayian said. “The (race) schools had kind of pushed me to quit school and start to drive, and that wasn’t in the deck of cards for me. I knew that wasn’t a good decision.” After finishing college Esayian began competing in amateur races and was successful, winning his first eight

or nine events. It wasn’t long after the wins that he received an opportunity to race professionally. “It was a little bit different lifestyle,” Esayian said. “I was working a regular job. I worked for…Bain Capital, and I was racing cars with people that that’s all they did.So it was an interesting duplicitous life.I would race on the weekends and then I’d have to scramble back someway or other, get to work; work my four or five days and then back to the track. So it was difficult in the beginning.” Esayian’s interest in racing stemmed from his own natural inclinations; as a kid from the mid-West he had always liked cars and motorcycles, but while growing up, no one in his family had any affinity for racing. Being the first in his family to learn how to become a racer, he said he made all of the mistakes that racers who come from racing families like the Andretti family, all of the mistakes he’d make, made for some interesting comedy at times. Since becoming a professional driver, Esayian also runs his own marketing business, he’s been able to learn a lot about himself, and especially how he reacts to things.“I’m an

After the hectic opening laps, I just put my head down and started picking off cars left and right. ” Nick Esayian Professional Racer

impatient guy,” he said. “I like to fix things right away. And when you’re in a race and…a competitor puts you in a bad position or endangers you at a point, you can’t immediately react to that. You need to box that up and put it away.Things are happening very fast and your ability to multi-task is critical.”

Nick Esayian places fourth in the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 15. Photos by Bill Reilly

During a race there’s a conflict between the physiological and the psychological. “Developing patience, controlled patience is one part of it; the second aspect of it is you can’t be too hard on yourself.” It was a lesson he had to rely on while racing in the Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla. in March, where he finished fifth in the second race. During the first race, Esayian was passing for third place when he got hit. “I knew that you can allow that to affect your next race, so you need to be able to compartmentalize.” Esayian, who’s raced in the event four or five times before, considers this track to be his home course. Last year he crashed out early, but finished the race to earn points. When it comes to racing in any of the street circuits, Esayian explained that any error you make, you’re in the concrete, which could lead to disastrous results. Still, with the jets flying

over and a crowd of 125,000 people in the stands, it is exciting, Esayian said. “When you’re sitting in the car, they sing the National Anthem, the plane goes over…you step out of it for a second and say,‘Wow, this is pretty cool that I’m getting to do this.’” Despite his excitement about the races, Esayian keeps what he does on the track in perspective to what may be happening to members of the military. Living in San Diego, where the military presence is high, and his father being a retired Marine and Korean War veteran, Esayian contributes his race winnings to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides grants for college and counseling to the children of fallen Special Operations members. “When something is bad that’s happened to me at the racetrack and you think ‘Oh, boy, this might be my last millisecond here,’ the thing that pops into your mind is your kid

and certainly when these guys are fighting the bad guys, I don’t want them to worry about at least where their kids are going to be going to school or are they going to be taken care of.” Last year, when the Chargers ownership opted to keep head coach Norv Turner and general manager AJ Smith, Esayian took out an ad in the North County Times in the form of an open letter,venting his frustrations at the mediocrity of the team and the organization’s lack of commitment to the community. It’s still a sore spot with him, he said, and something that remains a concern about the team staying in town. “I don’t necessarily like the moves,” he said. “I think that, normally, professional sports participants will not comment on other professional sports; owners are participants, but I know that the Chargers mean a lot to the community and my gut is, that being a business-guy, and… being involved in professional sports…with no new stadium and not bringing in blue-chip players, the commitment doesn’t seem to be there to remain in San Diego.” When it comes to committing to his own goals, both personally and professionally, Esayian takes a realistic approach. It’s an approach he arrived at in part, after reading the book, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” “My expectation is to win some races, but it’s a long season and in the end, it’s the accumulation of points at the end of the season. So you don’t want to make short-term decisions and take a lot of risk to win a race as opposed to finishing second,” he said. “And you make these goals while you’re sitting comfortably at your desk at home, but you’re executing all the actions in the heat of battle out on the track, and it goes back to that emotional control.”

YMCAs host Healthy Kids Day Joining YMCAs across the country, the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, 200 Saxony Road, will take part in a national effort to “put play in our day” April 28. More than 1,900 YMCAs across America invite families to get out and get active on this day.

More than half-a-million children and parents are anticipated to play together on April 28. The community is invited to the YMCA in Encinitas for a day of free activities in the spirit of living a life of wellness at any age. The event will have

games, circuit exercises for kids, a rock-climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, face-painting and arts and crafts. For more information, contact Emily Figueiredo at (760) 9429622, ext. 1014, or email

Facility offers combine experience STRONG SUMMER From left, Bobby Zarubin joins Josh Estill, spotted by Coach Ryan Flaherty at the Iron Eagle Strength and Conditioning camp, one of Santa Fe Christian Schools summer camp athletic, academic and enrichment programs. There are camps for youth from pre-K to 12th grade. The Iron Eagle program is a seven-week, multi-sport course focusing on strength and conditioning. For more information, visit Courtesy photo

Activ8 Athleticism, a sports performance training facility based in Carlsbad, is offering a High School Football Combine as an opportunity for players to showcase their skills through a series of skill stations to test athletic skill.

The event also provides an objective comparative between athletes, standard that can potentially be used for college and university scouts. A 7-on-7 scrimmage game will be included The event is open to

all high school football players and takes place April 22 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School. Cost is $99. For more information call (760) 476-1532 or v i s i t



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Along Sonoma Coast sits a fortress for Pinot Noir FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Along the Sonoma Coast, high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and barely accessible, sits Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery, home of the finest Pinot Noirs in California. It meets all the demands of this “queen” of the wine grapes: high elevation, a coastal strip with plenty of sun and nighttime fog blanketing the vineyard during growing season. The Sonoma CoastSeaview is the region’s newest AVA covering 27,500 acres due to its distinctive identity, a zone that has a maritime flavor to it. The area is teeming with history of a different sort. Fort Ross was a Russian outpost in the western world and two hundred years ago they established the enclave. The Russians thought they were in the Caribbean and liked the area so much they brought in grapestock from Peru. Shortly after, the American government purchased the land from the Russians, along with Alaska, but the Russians fondness for the area carries over to this day. “We are bottling a special 200th Anniversary of Fort Ross Pinot Noir for the occasion and helping to plan fes-

tivities,” said owner Linda Schwartz. The only funding for the celebration is coming from the Russians due to their part in the history of the area.” Linda and her husband Lester came from Cape Town South Africa and immigrated to San Francisco, he as a practicing attorney. Yearning for a farming life, they purchased the land that is now their vineyard of some 50 acres and found that Pinot Noir flourished along with Chardonnay. All grapes are estate grown. The land gets more rainfall than the Amazon Jungle, averaging 75 inches per year on the 1,800-foot high ridges. All harvesting is done by hand. It is the closest winery to the Pacific Ocean. You will find vibrant, black colors in Fort Ross Pinot kept in French Oak barrels. The Pinot Noir production is on 40 acres with 24 blocks. Total production is 4,000 cases per year. My favorite of the four current Pinot releases was the 2007 Reserve, that proved to me that Pinot could be aged gracefully and mature with a beautiful intensity. This one had high scores with its black currant and orange pekoe tea complexity. It had mineral notes with a velvet cast. 344 cases were made with barrel aging of 10 months. ($49 at the winery.) Other Pinot Noirs to look for include: 2008 with dark plum and vanilla flavors; 2,064 cases made ($37), and the 2010 Sea Slopes with boy-

$10. Call (760) 744-2119 for more information. Callaway Vineyard and Winery in Temecula has a Taste of Spring Seminar with the Winemaker April 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mimosa, continental breakfast and a walk through the vineyard are included, for $88.50. Call (951) 676-4001 for an RSVP. Pacifica Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza presents Terlato Family Vineyards wines with a multi course dinner April 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $85. Call (858) 792-0476. Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas offers a “Cab” Ride Around the World April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. $20. Learn more at (760) 479-2500. Ron James (left) hosts Wine & Dine Radio, with commentary by show regulars David Nelson, Frank Mangio, Mike Bragg and Caron Golden. Photos by Frank Mangio

senberry and raspberry notes; 973 cases ($26). Learn more about this fascinating winery at

makers with trendy ideas. Food and wine enthusiasts in San Diego and anywhere can hear the show on their computers and smart phones as it Wine & Dine RADIO Has Food/Drink News is streamed live and available on-demand anytime. Now into its second Wine Bytes month on the air at KFSD Jazz is back at the 1450 AM on the dial in San Diego, each Saturday from 1 Bernardo Winery in Rancho to 2 p.m., Wine & Wine Bernardo on Sundays from 2 RADIO is truly a feast for lis- to 5 p.m. Brunch is also served on Sundays at their Café tener’s ears. Ron James, long-time Merlot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. industry professional moder- RSVP at (858) 592-7785. 19 Chefs from Del Mar’s ates a panel of experts of the wine and dine scene that are best restaurants will be winpassionate about food and ing and dining guests April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hilton drink. The show is lively and Del Mar. It’s a benefit to supleans on guest appearances port the fight against child by executive chefs and wine- abuse. Sample signature

How to make the most of a doctor’s appointment Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

The average length of a doctor's appointment these days clocking in at a mere 13 minutes, which means patients may find themselves running out of time before all of their concerns are addressed. Being prepared and communicating clearly are two of the keys to making the most of face time with the physician. Following are a few recommendations to help patients have satisfying, productive appointments. Gather Facts — Prior to the visit, grab an index card and jot down details about all health symptoms, medications and supplements. List allergies, chronic health problems and illnesses that “run in the family,” such as cancer or heart disease. If appropriate, bring lab test results and the names of other physicians seen for the problem. Be Clear — When scheduling an appointment, be clear about all reasons for the visit. This enables the office staff to allot a sufficient amount of time to address all issues. If the staff

knows the patient is seeing the doctor for multiple problems or a condition that may require more than a quick physical exam, a longer appointment may be scheduled. Arrive early to fill out any forms that may be required and keep in mind that wait times tend to be shorter first thing in the morning or straight after lunch. Set Priorities — Determine the goal for your appointment, whether it be a diagnosis, specialist referral or other outcome. And don’t wait until the visit to develop questions – create a list, with the most important ones at the top. The doctor may review the questions and answer the most pressing immediately, offer to get back to the patient later in the day, or suggest scheduling another appointment. Never hesitate to let the physician know if answers or instructions are unclear, or if more details are needed. Be Honest — Physicians need complete, accurate information to provide the best possible medical care. Patients who are too embarrassed or uncomfortable to admit drinking, smoking or sexual habits may potentially put their own health at risk. For example, some prescription medications can be ineffective or even potentially dangerous when taken with

alcohol, supplements or herbal medications. In addition, withholding information may result in unnecessary tests or incorrect diagnoses. Be Realistic — Patients have a right to participate in decisions about their care. If a physician’s recommendation doesn’t sound realistic, say so. The most effective medication in the world won’t work if the patient can’t ingest the pills or is forgetful about taking them. Make sure to communicate potential roadblocks to recommended treatment plans and ensure that both patient and physician are on board with a realistic course of treatment. Lean on Staff. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses can be excellent resources for less-pressing health issues when the physician isn’t available. These medical professionals are highly trained and can often handle most routine questions and problems. In addition, they meet with the physician regularly to review patient cases, so anything that they can’t address will ultimately be referred to the physician. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

dishes. Tickets are $150. Call (760) 754-5500. North County Wine Company in San Marcos has a Keenan Wine Tasting event April 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. Just

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at

Fort Ross Vineyard and Winery on the Sonoma Coast of California makes excellent Pinot Noir and is owned by Linda (above) and Lester Schwartz.


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Sometimes you can’t help the ones you love Freeze packaged BRIAN SCOTT Eye Spy It’s been more than 15 years since the divorce from my wife, Lynn. She was also a licensed P.I. and held an especially unique talent when operating in an undercover capacity. Often, the cover doesn’t require a particular identity or occupation so she was able to operate as herself and when not on assignment for the agency, she was constantly traveling abroad to many popular resort hotels for a timeshare resale company with a primary objective of acquiring an owners list for that particular property. Naturally, her sales staff would contact the owners to offer them a listing to sell their week that they grossly overpaid for — for a fee of course. Surely some of you have taken that tour where they give you the breakfast of a lifetime after dropping you off in a stretch limo and allowing you to spend the day at their 4star resort. Before the ether wore off, you had paid $15,000 or $20,000 for one week a year where you and your family can spend the week basking in the sun in Orlando or at some popu-

lar resort in the Caribbean. What they didn’t tell you about was the monthly maintenance fees, taxes and of course the exorbitant monthly mortgage payments at an interest rate that would make you think you borrowed money from Tony “Two Fingers” Scarfano. He was known for taking two fingers when you couldn’t pay. These highpowered sales people are known as “Master Closers” and if you recall, you would never get the free perks unless you had a credit card and your spouse was present. By the time you realized what hit you, you couldn’t wait to sell and that’s where my wife came in. She would find out who owns weeks at a particular resort usually by flirting with some employee who had access to the list. Then they would solicit the owners and convince them to sell their week — for a fraction of the original purchase price of course. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that is legal so all the bug-name hotels jumped on board, even though the whole unconventional real estate scheme is a borderline scam. So much so that the authorities are starting to lobby for its demise and

have already outlawed some facets of it. For the last six months, my wife and I were working toward getting back together until I recently learned that she had been arrested for dealing in stolen property. Guess what the alleged property was? A list of people who owned property — timeshare property. The very same thing she has been acquiring from the resorts for 15 years only this time, the manager who sold it to her stole it from the resort’s files without their permission. He got caught and his e-mailed reveal complicity from Lynn, my ex, so they arrested her too. And get this, they call it “trafficking in stolen property.” Wasn’t that law meant for, say, stolen televisions or truckloads of counterfeit perfume? The prosecutor has absolutely no idea what it is she actually did but nevertheless, it’s a first-degree felony and with absolutely no prior record they were so hungry for a conviction in this backwoods court where Mickey Mouse is being impersonated by a young girl in a very sweaty costume, they sent her to prison for two years and threw in 20 years probation. I’ve never even heard of a crime that warrants that long of probation. She’ll be in supervision

longer than any probation officer who has held that job. Now you tell me, is there something wrong with this picture or am I just upset that I’ll be alone for another two years? She went to court with her lawyer on Feb. 23 and never came home. The other defendant came forward first offering his testimony and walked out with four years probation. Lynn purchased a list of property owners from someone with a real estate license, which is public information anyone can obtain from the tax assessor’s office. There’s something clearly wrong with this picture and the hard part is, that had I known, I probably could have helped her. The same as I do for paying clients. NORTH COUNTY P.I. is a fully operational California licensed #27187 detective agency and process servers equipped to handle any matter that readers may currently be facing. You may contact Brian for a free lawfully confidential consultation by calling (619)202-6000, or email @, or visit their site at Law firms welcome.

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coconut for later use SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: I have access to about a dozen bags of coconut. I’ll be using some for an Easter treat, but I wondered if I can freeze the rest without it clumping or drying out. — Kim, Alabama Dear Kim: I’ll assume this is a brand such as Baker’s Angel Flake. Angel Flake and premium shreds can be frozen successfully before they reach their expiration date. Place the product in a freezer-safe bag. Thaw in the refrigerator when ready to use. If it dries out, you can restore moisture to it. According to Kraft, to restore moisture to your coconut you should place the coconut in a sieve or strainer and steam over boiling water. Be sure the coconut does not come in contact with the boiling water. An alternative to steaming the coconut is to soak it in milk for a short period of time in a cool place. Dear Sara: I inherited some wonderful Bundt cake pans from my grandmother. Besides the great sentimental value, they also make the best cakes! But now the nonstick coating is wearing away. Is it possible to get them recoated with Teflon? — Lisa, email Dear Lisa: You should look for replacements for baking purposes. Even if you happen to find any spray-on coating repair products, I would not use them for bakeware. Most of these products seem to have been discontinued, for good reason. Even Teflon’s manufacturer,

DuPont, doesn’t offer recoating services, and they don’t recommend it. I understand the sentimental value. You could use them in your home decor and get new or new-to-you Bundt pans for baking.You might enjoy The Pampered Chef stoneware fluted pan. Dear Sara: I have a twoyear-old Kenmore refrigerator with a shiny black crinkled surface (it seems to be a hard plastic), which I find very hard to keep clean. When the late afternoon sun comes into the kitchen, all the streaks and swirls from cleaning it show up. Soap and water is not effective for hard-to-remove spots. The refrigerator came with no instructions for exterior care. What can I use that won’t harm the shine? — Rose, Pennsylvania Dear Rose: You can call the manufacturer and ask them for their recommendation. I wouldn’t use any harsh or abrasive products. Soap and water or vinegar and water mix is a good idea, but I would use a damp microfiber cleaning cloth and then dry with a dry cloth. This will remove any soap residue and the microfiber cloth will give you a bit of scrubbing action. Drying is the key to a streakfree appearance. Dear Sara: Do you have any tips for removing grease/oil off walls and surfaces? I have tried dish soap, Magic Erasers, spray cleaners, etc. to no avail. — Stacia, Maine Dear Stacia: Try PineSol, Simple Green, Greased Lightning or a vinegar and hot water mixture. Dear Sara: I recently purchased fabric at the flea market and found some small rust stains on it. I have attempted to remove the stains using a lemon juice and salt scrub, but they still just won’t come out. Do you have any other suggestions? — Nancy S., email Dear Nancy: Lemon juice and salt is usually a good way to remove rust.You can try a salt and vinegar paste, salt and lemon juice paste or a cream of tartar and hot water paste. Allow it to dry and then pour boiling water over the stains. If none of the homemade pastes work, you can try harsher products such as Barkeeper’s Friend or Whink, too. Be sure to read product directions and try to test on an inconspicuous area first. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (, a website that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, or e-mail

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Faculty Association for the next three years. In the proposed contract, there are no changes, but law requires the subject to be put before the public. It is the district’s initial proposal, which puts it up for negotiation. “We just need to move the process along,” said Richard Currier, the district’s attorney and labor negotiator. In other district news, soon the technology at the school will get a onceover to determine where it can be improved. “It’s like looking under the hood of a car,” Delaney said. “You have to look at everything.” Trustee Marti Ritto said



to Jan. 31 — RSF Youth Baseball: Mondays to Saturdays Feb. 1 to June 30

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every Wednesday, rain or shine from 4 to 7 p.m. through April and 5 to 8 p.m. May through September in Parking Lot B; 600 S. Vulcan Ave., corner of E Street. MAC FANS The Oceanside Macintosh User Group holds monthly meetings with expert presentations and questionand-answer sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Oceana Clubhouse, 550 Vista Bella, Oceanside, on the last Wednesday of each month. No charge for visitors. Visit or call (760) 6961239 for information. MEET THE ARTIST A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held noon to 1 p.m. April 25 at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside. Members of the OMA Artist Alliance will greet visitors and discuss their art. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork. For additional information, call (760) 435-5302. CD CONCERT Vocalist/songwriter and harmonicist Curtis Salgado will celebrate the release of his debut CD “Soul Shot” at 8 p.m. April 25 at the Belly Up Tavern 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Tickets are $16 advance / $18 day of show.



mittee and let it get straightened out,” he said. This loan in question was the smaller of two taken out to finance the remodeling of the golf club. The project that began in 2005 had an original loan of $6 million, which financed the bulk of the project. The second loan, the one currently under consideration, was taken out in May 2009 to cover the rest of project. Until the recession, golf club officials believed the entire debt could be retired six or seven years after the project was completed. Since the economic downturn, fewer members have joined the golf



APRIL 20, 2012 the school’s website needs a facelift. “A website is a living, breathing thing, not a signpost you plant and leave,” Ritto said. Trustee Tyler Seltzer suggested the board determine a way to keep the focus on R. Roger Rowe and what he means to the school. Rowe died in February. He was at the school district for more than 40 years, the last years as its superintendent. The school was named after him when he retired. “They need to know who he was and what he did when they drive by the building,” Seltzer said. The Rancho Santa Fe School Board meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Mondays to Saturdays Feb. 1 to June 30 — RSF Youth Lacrosse can reserve a field and a time up to a year in advance. “Most of the use is for practice,” said Association Director Larry Spitcaufsky. The committee has scheduled an annual closing of both fiends during the month of July for restoration work. Visit


BRAGGIN’ ON ’WAGENS Join Bob Baker Volkswagen April 29 for the 19th Annual Bob Baker Vintage Volkswagen Festival. The festivities will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, which is free to the public, will have plenty of free food, live music and plenty of cool, vintage VWs on display. Courtesy photo


was an accomplished art director, writer and journalist living and working in Istanbul. Humeyra had received her journalism degree at the University of Journalism and Telecommunication in Istanbul, where she was born and raised. As an Oceanside resident, Humeyra has continued to publish cultural books and

monthly magazines in Turkey by returning to their Istanbul home frequently as well as sending files electronically. Each year the couple collaborates on the production of exquisite books of their homeland for the Turkish association of tourism. Humeyra designs the layout and writes all of the text, while Rasim photographs and edits all of the images. They strike a perfect balance in the collaboration. Rasim’s serious art

career motivated Humeyra to begin painting in 2009, and her work has been juried into shows at the San Diego Art Department. Of her Arts Alive banner entitled “MAZE,” on display in front of Solace on E Street, Humeyra muses, “Each maze contains a voyage within. Reflections and reality hide in the voyager’s memories.” Rasim’s banner “TRAMPOLINE” can be seen in front of Lotus Cafe in the Lumberyard. Of its message

motivated through robust com. benefits, opportunities for development and a strong Scholarship lunch Bruner & Rosi Management sense of community. California Retired Inc. in Carlsbad, has received Teachers Association, North the statewide designation of Add your touch San Diego County Certified Community Sponsor a message and Scholarship awarded a $1,000 Association Manager from memory at Carpentier scholarship to Gabrielle the California Association of Parkway's Inspirational Abramson from Canyon Crest Community Managers. Terrace for Cardiff’s Academy, who will attend Happy workers Centennial Celebration. CSU Channel Islands. It will Tri-City Medical Center, Cardiff Botanical Society and be awarded at the was named one of the “100 Cardiff 101 Main Street are Scholarship Luncheon May 16 Great Places to Work in offering inspirational flag- at the Escondido Country Healthcare” by Becker’s stone pavers or a personalized Club. Make reservations with Hospital Review and Becker’s brick engraved with your a check for $20 to Tom ASC Review. message. The pavers will be Humphrey, 1914 Esplendido The award recognizes placed in the Centennial Ave, Vista CA 92084. The APRIL 27 workplaces that go “above Terrace and will be artistical- deadline for reservations is TOP TRIO From 8:30 to 10:30 and beyond” to keep their ly arranged. Contact May 1. p.m., guitarist Peter Pupping employees happy, healthy and cardiff101mainstreet@gmail. will be joined by Allan Phillips GYPSY JAZZ Joef, of The

Gypsy Kings, will be playing flamenco at 8 p.m. April 26 at Le Papagayo restaurant, 1002 N. Coast Highway 101 in Leucadia. There is no cover change, but reservations are required. Visit for more information. ANTIQUES VALUED Cardiff Road Show antique appraisal fair 2012 will be from 2 to 6 p.m. April 26 at Belmont Village Senior Living, 3535 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea. Call (760) 436-8900 to book a free appraisal time.

on keyboards and Jeff Basile on jazz bass at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (760) 4365236. DANCE FUN Teen/Adult ballet classes start at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive April 28. Level I on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and Level II on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and/or Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. For more information visit or call (760) 943-2260.

club, people have dropped their memberships and fewer homes have been purchased within the Covenant, which provides new members. Golf club official Mike Irvine told the Association that new enrollments 10 years prior averaged about 45 per year. During the last three years the club has averaged 15 new members. The club’s membership base has also dipped, which means fewer golfers to pay the $1,100 yearly assessment toward the loans.

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he states sympathetically, “As a nation, we are going through some tough economic times. Many individuals and families are experiencing it as if they are in a free-fall. As an artist, I felt like visualizing their plight.” A collection of Rasim’s dynamic bronze sculptures will be on exhibit at the Civic Center Gallery of the Encinitas City Hall from April 19 to May 30. His additional work may be seen on his website at

Junior Art Board Lux Art Institute is looking for 12- to 14-year-old art lovers to form its inaugural Junior Art Board during the 2012-2013 school year. Selected students will meet weekly after school at Lux to get to know Lux resident artists, create a portfolio of artwork, and plan museum programming for their peers. Applications are due May 1. This program is free of charge, and is sponsored by a grant from The Thomas C. Ackerman Foundation. For more info email, or call (760) 436-6611.


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San Diego Bank & Trust records another strong year COAST CITIES — San Diego Trust Bank reported a record 30th consecutive quarterly profit today. Net Income for the recently completed quarter totaled $484,000 compared to $302,000 for the same period last year, representing a 60-percent increase in earnings. The bank’s earnings were 100 percent “core earnings” and did not include any release of loan loss reserves back into income. San Diego Trust Bank is the only community bank in the county to post a profit each and every quarter for the past 7 ? years. Total Assets reached $218.4 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to $202.2 million as of March 31, 2011, representing an 8-percent increase from the prior year’s figures. Total Deposits

increased 6 percent from a year ago and stood at $173.5 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to $163.6 million as of March 31, 2011. Core deposits (non-interest bearing DDA and MM accounts) represented 95 percent of all deposits as of March 31, 2012. The bank has never held any “brokered” deposits. “We are thrilled to once again report such strong results to our loyal shareholders, despite the many challenges brought on by the tepid economic recovery and historically low interest rates,” said President Michael Perry. “The tremendous efforts of our entire team combined with our proven ability to adapt to the economic realities of today’s marketplace has enabled our organization to continue to

outperform. Our consistently strong earnings, exceptional capital base, and tremendous liquidity have positioned us to capitalize on opportunities in the local market and gain valuable market share as more and more community banks in San Diego sell or are merged out of existence.” In April, The Findley Reports designated San Diego Trust Bank a “Premier Performing Bank” based on its analysis of 2011 financial results. This rating places San Diego Trust amongst the best in its industry relative to “safety, strength, and performance,” according to Findley. This marks the seventh consecutive year that San Diego Trust has been recognized by the Findley Companies for its exceptional performance. Asset quality at the bank remains exceptional with zero past due or non-accrual loans reported as of March 31, 2012. Liquidity, defined as cash, due from banks, and investment securities, was a record $171.4 Million as of March 31, 2012.

DEMA to host street fair It’s time again for the Encinitas April Street Fair April 28 and April 29 sponsored by the Downtown Encinitas Merchant’s Association (DEMA). The fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be something for everyone with 450 vendors selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, environmental products, art, antiques, home décor, and a variety of food. For more information visit


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I will never love an early alarm Since I can’t and actually don’t want to stop working, it appears I may have to stop taking vacations. I’m enjoying them far too much. Somehow, sometime when I wasn’t paying attention, my time off stopped making me refreshed and ready to get back to it. Instead I’m getting way too comfortable with a life of leisure. I enjoy my work, more than most, I suspect. Besides, it’s not like I am breaking up rocks with a sledgehammer in the noonday sun for a living. But it became very clear to me this past spring break that work is rather getting in the way of things I have come to value. Do you ever notice that during a normal workweek, it’s darned difficult to squeeze in a trip to the local spa? When exactly is a girl supposed to get her massage? Work tends to get in the way of fine dining and spontaneous happy hours, as well, and definitely cramps my ability to change time zones. I might be able to live with that if work didn’t require my rising with the sun. It is stunning how quickly a person can get used to no morning alarm. The symptoms are clear. By the end of spring break, I had found my preferred lifestyle; the way water finds its own level. I found myself humming the chorus to “Margaritaville” and planning my activities around my afternoon nap. My stove remained untouched for days and my refrigerator started to fill up with leftovers from my favorite restaurants. I sort of forgot to do my sit ups every morning. I stopped setting my alarm and got very cranky about anything that required me to reset it. I suddenly ran out of jeans to wear and noticed I need a pedicure. The only thing to do was gird my loins with some pantyhose, slap on those closed-toed shoes and button up some clothes that fit well but binded. I will never love a morning alarm clock but if I get back to my situps, I might be able to look in a mirror again in just four to six weeks — just in time for summer vacation. Sweet. Jean Gillette is a Jean Gillette is a freelance writer loving la dolce vita. Contact her at

By Patty McCormac

ONE ON ONE Jason Lewis and his son Quinn, 5, take advantage of a beautiful Sunday morning to get in a little guy time at the soccer field next to Richardson Field. Photo by Patty McCormac

After more than two decades on the job, patrol officer readies for retirement By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — On his last day of work, Caffe Positano roasted a special blend of coffee for Joe Brown. They called it “A Cup of Joe.” Brown retired from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol last month after 22 1/2 years of service to the community. “He was one of three patrol employees to work here over 20 years,” Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. “Joe had a good rapport with everyone in the community.” A retirement luncheon was held for him March 15 where people from all the Ranch’s services attended. Looking back at his career, Brown is satisfied. “I enjoyed it and the people in Rancho Santa Fe,” he said. “Like everyplace else, 99 percent are nice and there is one grouch. The people are great. It’s a nice place to work.” Brown said he decided to retire because his 70th birthday was on March 3 and his car insurance was due again. He would have to pay the higher rates because he was still working and driving from Temecula. “It was time,” he said. Brown started his law enforcement career at the San Diego Police Department in 1989, but the stress of the job was causing health problems for him. When the opportunity to work for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol came up, he took it. The job allowed him to work in law enforcement,

Rancho Santa Fe patrol officer Joe Brown retires after serving the community for 22 1/2 years. Courtesy photo

but it gave him the freedom to coach high school football, which was his passion. “There was less danger job-wise,” he said. “You weren’t out on the street all the time, although Rancho Santa Fe is the only place I’ve been shot at,” he said. Brown said it was a local man who had mental issues. “At one point Chief Wellhouser was able to stop him from buying a weapon, but he went to Arizona or

New Mexico or somewhere and bought a rifle,” he said. “I went on a call of ‘shots fired.’ You rarely find the shooter. “They fire a couple of rounds and leave or it could be a backfire.” He said he went on the call alone and saw someone crouching and he heard the “ping” of a bullet hitting his car. Brown called for backup and the shooter was arrested and convicted. “Joe was, of all things,

the second to be shot at in the line of duty,” Wellhouser said. Most of the times, Brown’s duty was more calm. “In the early years, Matt and I used to coral cows almost daily,” he said. “We rescued horses and llamas. There were a lot of animal rescues. Then the serious part was auto accidents.” Brown said when he TURN TO OFFICER ON B15

RANCHO SANTA FE — A year ago, the Association considered and approved a special category for people who have been forced by circumstance to sell their property and move out of the Covenant, but wish to retain their membership in the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. One of the conditions of the approval is that it be reviewed each year. Everyone agreed at the April 5 meeting that it couldn’t possibly have been a year since the Association approved the category for nonresident, associate memberships, but it has. So far, the special membership seems to be a success. “There are currently 15 members that hold memberships as a Former Resident,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. “The group averages about 15 years as regular members of the club. Also included in the group are two past presidents of the golf club and one past Association board member.” And it has been somewhat profitable. “During the past year, there has been $103,000 in dues alone,” said Jim Boyce, membership chairman. Boyce said the special members generate about $10,000 a month to the club. Not counted, he said, was the amount generated by these members’ use of the restaurant or items purchased at the golf shop. When the category was proposed, it was hotly debated by about 100 people who attended the Feb. 17, 2011, Association meeting. Not everyone supported the new category, but when the former members came back on board, there was no further outcry. “It was quite a nonevent,” Boyce said. “We got 11 right away.” Those considered for the special membership have lived and owned property in the Covenant for at least 10 years. They have the same privileges as regular members to use the golf club facilities, but are unable to vote, hold office or use any other Rancho Santa Fe facility. Boyce said generally people leave the TURN TO PROGRAM ON B15


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Wastewater treatment facility considers turning phosphorous into fertilizer By Jared Whitlock

For the last several years, Encina Wastewater Authority has collaborated with several private companies to dispose of biosolids in a way that’s both environmentally friendly and profitable. And now the wastewater treatment facility is eyeing another green venture. Encina, which serves more than 350,000 North County residents, is considering a project that would transform phosphorus and other harmful chemicals from biosolids into an environmentally friendly fertilizer to be sold commercially. Phosphorus, a nonrenewable resource that’s increasingly in short supply, is an important ingredient in fertil-

izer. Consequently, it’s critical for farmers. “The goal is to find a renewable source of phosphorus from our local facility that’s marketed to the food industry,” said Kevin Hardy, general manager of Encina. Hardy said the technology is part of a growing trend of wastewater treatment facilities finding value in biosolids. “Wastewater facilities are starting to see their purpose can go beyond treating wastewater,” Hardy said. “Environmental benefits that are profitable can be extracted onsite.” Phosphorus and other chemicals from biosolids build Encina Wastewater Authority is looking at whether it’s financially sound up in pipes and valves at to turn phosphorous, a dwindling resource found in its pipes, into fertilEncina, reducing flow and izer. Courtesy photo

occasionally causing blockages. This increases maintenance costs. Last year, Encina partnered with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, a private company, for a one-month trial study to investigate whether it’s cost effective to remove the chemicals from the pipes and convert them into fertilizer. The process involves running part of Encina’s waste stream through a holding tank, dousing it with magnesium chloride and passing it through a special type of reactor. Then the chemicals are transformed into fertilizer pellets for crops, plants and trees. “The value proposition for ratepayers is reduced maintenance on the pipes, the money from Ostara to operate our facility and the sales from the fertilizer pellets that go back into the facility,” Hardy said. “For us, those three things have to add up to at least be cost neutral.” “I’ll have to temper my enthusiasm because I can’t say definitively what we will do,” he added. “We have to look at the numbers closely. The test pilot program has been encouraging, though. We’ve proven we can do what we set out to do.” Under the previous policy, most phosphorus-filled

water would go through Encina’s wastewater treatment process several times instead of once, adding to costs. Another advantage of recovering phosphorus for fertilizer: It’s less likely to end up in the ocean and surrounding environment, according to Hardy. Hardy said it’s becoming more common for wastewater treatment facilities, which are generally publically owned and operated, to work with private companies. “Funding from government sources are slowly going away,” Hardy said. “We can’t be so sure about the future. That’s why we’ll work with private companies to stay ahead of the curve and bring down costs.” To fight rising costs, Hardy said Encina started experimenting with additional methods to dispose of biosolids about five years ago. One way that’s been successful: converting biosolids into biofuel. Cemex, a private cement producer, uses biofuel pellets from Encina as an alternative energy. Encina produces about 7,200 tons per year of biosolid pellets. “The cement industry has diversified its fuel portfolio with alternative fuels,” Hardy said. Encina also made producing its own power a major goal. Thanks to large investments in a cogeneration facility, Encina generates 70 percent of its power onsite by using biogas byproduct from the facility’s wastewater treatment process, which earned it a spot alongside national companies on the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Top 20 Onsite Generation” list (there are two other wastewater treatment facilities in the U.S. on the list.) For more information, visit



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A Continental Cuisine, With Sliders Fast-Food Culture Shock: Since December, the White Castle restaurant in Lafayette, Ind., has provided diners with a stylish experience that includes table service and a wine selection to go with its iconic “slider” hamburgers. A state wine industry expert told The Wall Street Journal in February, after a tasting, that she would recommend the Merlot, although the Moscato was “fun” and the Chardonnay passable (though all wines come in $4.50, screw-off-top bottles and is served in clear plastic glasses). (As for the sliders, said the wine expert, eyeing the burgers on her plate, “At some point, that was a cow, I guess.”)

Leading Economic Indicators When workers at the Carlsberg Beer plant in Vilnius, Lithuania, decided to walk out over poor pay and conditions, the company went to court to block them, and in March, a judge ruled for the company, temporarily halting a strike as not in the national interest because Carlsberg Beer is “vitally essential,” thus placing the brew in the same legal category as medical supplies. (Said a British labor union official, “This is probably the most ridiculous decision in the world.”) [Daily Telegraph, 3-5-2012] Recurring Theme: In March, a new peak was reached in New York City’s ongoing search for the most preposterously underpriced (because of rent control) apartment in the city. The Gothamist website identified a one-bedroom apartment at 5 Spring Street in Manhattan’s SoHo district renting for $55 a month even though, according to a real estate agent, it should be drawing $2,500. The tenant’s parents moved in upon immigrating from Italy in the 1940s, and since the tenant, now in his 70s, has a TURN TO ODD FILES ON B15

Some of the most iconic aircraft from World War II and the men who flew in them will be visiting McClellan Palomar Airport as part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour starting April 27. One of those men is San Diego resident Ed Davidson, a pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress that was shot down in the war. “We were young,” Davidson said. “I was about 20-years-old. I got shot down on my 7th combat mission over Bordeaux, France. We were attacked by a swarm of Messerschmitt 109s and they shot down my airplane, and I think four others from the squadron that day.” He and four other crew members bailed out of the burning bomber over the Bay of Biscay, where they spent almost five hours in a life raft before a French flying boat landed on the water near them. To their surprise, Davidson explained, a couple of Germans emerged from the plane, and pointing pistols at the five airmen said, “For you, the war is over.” “Just like the movies,” Davidson said. Davidson remembers the very day he was shot down — Jan. 5, 1944. When the Collings Foundation returns to Palomar Airport April 27, Davidson anticipates being there, along with other World

War II veterans and American ex-POWs, to tour the planes and talk about their experiences during the war and their time flying in these iconic planes. “It’s great. Anytime there’s a B-17 in San Diego, I’m out there to look at it,” Davidson said. “I just love flying.” Davidson said his love of flying came at an early age; working on a farm since he was 12 in New York State, he had saved $75 by the time he graduated high school in 1941. Because he couldn’t afford college, he took that money and “blew it all on flying lessons,” he said. He had amassed about 20 hours of flight time before the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, he explained. After that, he enlisted in the Aviation Cadet program. Seeing the airplanes, and hearing the stories about the men who flew them give generations the chance to learn about that specific time. “It’s amazing how many people come up to find out the true story of what happened to their dad, or to their granddad or brother during the war,” Davidson said. “Because when we got back to the States, so many of us never talked about it all; I didn’t really until into the mid-90s when I started talking to people about this,” he said. Alan Cutsinger, volunteer coordinator with the Collings

Some of the most iconic World War II planes and the men who flew them will be a part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour at McClellan Palomar Airport April 27. Courtesy photo

Foundation, said that over the weekend retired Maj. Robert Sternfels, who piloted a B-24 in the Ploesti mission and coauthored a book about the mission over Romania to blow up Hitler’s oil fields, will be on hand to talk about it and the horrific losses they sustained. “There were over 13 million American men in uniform in every theater of the world; the entire country was joined together and we defeated totalitarian governments that had a mindset of taking over the world. “And the people of this country really pulled together in that time, and the World War II generation is called the ‘Greatest Generation,’ and The B-24 Liberator will be on display at McClellan Palomar personally, I think there’s a Airport. Retired Maj. Robert Sternfels who was a B-24 pilot in very good reason for that,” he Ploesti mission will talk about his experiences at the event. said. Courtesy photo

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Horizon Prep students took to the track with enthusiasm to support the school’s mission work. The total amount raised will be announced May 2. This year, students are raising money for Grace Babies Home in Tijuana, Mexico; Compassion International, Chamadenga Village, Malawi (African Bible College) and a Medical Clinic in Tonj, Sudan. Courtesy photos

From left, Horizon Prep students Faith Rogers, Mia Mansukhani, Olivia Crosbie, Tasha Kanoa, and McKenna Leasure join the Horizon Prep Lion mascot at the Spirit Run Pep Rally.

From left, Abby Shaull and Becca Bartolotta gear up for Horizon Prep’s Spirit Run 2012.

Horizon Prep preschooler Ryan Kang gets “high-fives” full of encouragement from members of the fifth-grade class.

From left, Victoria Hoven and Rachel Oberst make the many laps of Spirit Run 2012 look easy.

Horizon Prep’s Spirit Run 2012 gets two-thumbs-up from Jacen Pezzi.

Horizon Prep seventh graders, Bennett Baptista and Caleb Armendariz, are all smiles at Spirit Run 2012.

Artist teams with kids for mural project By Lillian Cox

Fifteen pairs of little hands recently came together to paint the first of four brilliantly-colored tile murals that welcome visitors to the Encinitas Boys & Girls Club. The community is invited to view the mural at Art Exhibit 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. April 27 at the Boys & Girls Club, Griset Branch, 1221 Encinitas Blvd. Also on display will be student work

completed at the club under the guidance of painter Cheryl Ehlers and ceramic artist Alex Long. The reception is free and includes refreshments and a “Drum Jam” performed by Christie Johnson and her troupe. The mural, painted by fourth- to seventh-grade students, is part of the Artist Outreach Project funded by a Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation, which awards

grants to accomplished visual, performing and literary artists, age 55 and older, in their efforts to give back to their community. “Lynn Adams was awarded the Artist Outreach grant to work with the Boys & Girls Club because of her talent as an artist, her ability to teach children and her entrepreneurial spirit,” said Victor Nelson, executive director of the Picerne Foundation. “Lynn’s proposal reflected a clear opportunity for children to develop artistic skills and gain experience working as a team. Her project also provides the children a unique opportunity to use these skills and give back to the club in the form of some very impressive murals.” The design for the tile project is a replica of a mural painted by artist Kevin Anderson inside the Leucadia Mobil station on Highway 101 near La Costa Avenue. The first panel depicts South Cardiff Beach in stunning color and detail of beach

Artist and instructor Lynn Adams with a tile mural of South Cardiff Beach made by 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders outside the entrance to the Encinitas Boys & Girls Club. The mural is the first of four tile murals depicting the local coastline funded by the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. Photo by Lillian Cox

goers and local flora and fauna. The next panel celebrates Cardiff and San Elijo State Park, and is followed by a third panel showing the area from the Self-Realization Fellowship north through Moonlight Beach. The final

panel portrays the Coast Highway in Leucadia north to Ponto with the Coaster train in the foreground. As each of the last three panels are completed, they will be mounted in order along the wall adjacent to the entrance to the Encinitas Boys & Girls Club. The project started in February and will be completed by December. Adams is a native of Cardiff who earned a B.A. in art from San Diego State with a triple major in art, home economics/fashion design and industrial arts. She conducted a business, Lynn Adams Designs, for more than 25 years. She became interested in tile painting several years ago while living part-time in Sayulita near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico where she painted house numbers on oval tiles. When Adams returned to Cardiff, she continued mak-

ing the tiles and gave them away as gifts to her real estate clients. Eventually, her business grew to include painting house numbers on tiles for homes in Rancho Santa Fe and new residential and commercial projects in Mission Valley. Later, she studied china painting under La Jolla tile artist Theresa Yianilos. “I taught myself a bolder, thicker, denser style that looks like Malibu and Catalina tile,” Adams said. This led to an opportunity to paint production tile for Home Depot and, subsequently, custom tile for Encinitas Tile. Since 1992 she has painted tiles with thousands of children from Laguna Niguel to San Diego for school wall beautification and fundraising projects and to strengthen the community connection. Adams’ philosophy is to let children learn at their own pace, without pressure. She first teaches them how to paint using a squeeze bottle on individual tiles, which they are able to take home. When they’ve reached a level of proficiency, they are ready to begin work on a tile incorporated into the mural project. “I like the fact that lots of different children can work on it who may not feel very artistic,” she said. “Once they see the finished product they know they contributed to a great piece of art.” Since 2007, the Picerne Foundation has invested $177,000 in local artists like Adams through the Artist Outreach Project. For more information, visit or



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Annual festival takes art outdoors New chef stirs things By Lillian Cox

TORREY PINES STATE NATURAL RESERVE — More than 100 plein-air painters, and other artists, will dot the trails and overlooks at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve the weekend of May 5 and May 6 to capture images of the magnificent panorama. The public is invited to share in the third annual Art in the Pines festival sponsored by the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve Docent Society and the Torrey Pines Association. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m. each day, ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. “Plein air” is a French term meaning “open air,” a method of painting that became popular in the 19th century in Europe and the United States with the introduction of pre-mixed oil pigments and Pochade boxes, which made it easy for artists to carry compact easels, palettes and paint boxes outdoors. The method also allowed artists to take advantage of natural light. California plein-air became popular in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California at the beginning of the 20th century. Del Mar resident Joan Grine became interested in plein air 30 years ago, and today is a teacher. “The French impressionists painted many of their beautiful landscapes ‘en plein air,’” she said. “I like it because it is much more effective than painting from a photo because you can see more detail when you are out on location, particularly in darker areas.” Architect Jeffrey Field took up plein-air painting about five years ago. This is his third year at Art in the Pines. “It’s a treat to be included in the juried event, and a

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Architect Jeffrey Field took up plein-air painting about five years ago. This is his third year as a participant in Art in the Pines. Photo by Herb Knufken

great venue,” he said. “It’s very challenging, almost a contest, to see if you can capture the light, or remember it, before it changes. I move around from the cliffs and scrub oak to the lagoon and beach.” Some artists, like Grine, will be painting while manning their booths. “People ask questions about the process and how I use pastels,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll do a demonstration.” Art in the Pines features fine, juried original art and an awards ceremony. Plein-art paintings, pastels, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and photography will be available for sale in a broad price range. Other attractions include

Artist and teacher Joan Grine will be on hand to answer questions about plein-air art at Art in the Pines the weekend of May 5 and 6 at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Photo by Karin Wilson

artist booths, expert demonstrations in several artistic mediums, children’s nature and art activities, guided nature walks and tours of the historic Torrey Pines Lodge. Live music will be provided by Joe Marillo (mellow saxophone), Minerva String Quartet (classical) and Endangered Speciez (contemporary jazz). Espresso Urbano will offer coffee, smoothies and brownies. Lucy’s Party Time Taco will serve up tacos, salads, hamburgers and hot dogs. “Last year Art in the Pines was only for one day,” co-organizer Cindy Wollaeger said. “It was so successful that we decided to double the opportunity to see the Torrey Pines Reserve.” Proceeds from the festival will benefit Children’s Nature Education, a model program that serves 4,000 children in San Diego County every year with an outdoor experience that is tied to the school curriculum. “We hike and talk to the children about the reserve,” said Wollaeger, a docent with the children’s program. “Topics include the Kumeyaay Indians, whales, the ecosystem, the food chain and the habitat. Art in the Pines also benefits the Junior Ranger program.” A free shuttle will run from the reserve’s north beach and south beach parking lots. Lot parking is available at $10 per car or with a valid annual pass. Guests are

encouraged to walk to the event, which takes approximately 15 minutes uphill from the south parking lot. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located at 12600 North Torrey Pines Road. From I-5, exit on Carmel Valley Road and drive west for about 1.5 miles till Highway 101. Turn left and proceed along the beach for about a mile. The park entrance is on the right just before the highway begins to climb the Torrey Pines grade. For more information, visit, email or call (858) 755-2063. For information about Joan Grine’s plein air classes, visit, email or call (858) 481-8783. Jeffrey Field’s art can be viewed at

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The kitchen at L’Auberge Del Mar recently welcomed a new executive chef who decided to stir things up earlier this month with the menu. “I changed the whole thing,” Scott Dolbee said. “I increased the menu, which puts more pressure on the kitchen, but it’s an experience for the cooks. “They’re learning and thriving, which creates a better experience in the dining room,” he said. “I’m trying to create an excitement about food. The key is to have fun.” Although Dolbee may be new to Kitchen 1540, he’s no stranger to North County. A 1989 graduate of what is now known as San Dieguito Academy High School, he started his 25year culinary career when he was 17 as line cook at the Del Mar Hilton across from the fairgrounds. Learning on the job, mostly at hotels, Dolbee’s training took him to across the country and back, to Colorado, Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, Nantucket and Hawaii. In 2008 he was named executive chef at Four Seasons Resort Whistler, where he earned Canada’s only FiveDiamond distinction. He also managed the resort’s culinary operations during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. He said he’s happy to be back in Southern California with his wife and three children. When he’s home with them, he rarely leaves work at the office. “My wife won’t cook for me,” he said. “She says I’m too critical. She cooks for the kids, and I started teaching them to cook.” Fans of the previous

New L’Auberge Del Mar chef Scott Dolbee is shaking things up with a new menu to create a better dining experience Courtesy photo

Kitchen 1540 may be surprised with the new menu but they likely won’t be disappointed. Dolbee said his cooking is influenced by everywhere he’s traveled, and when it comes to new dishes he’s always thinking local. Oysters used in two items on the raw menu come from Carlsbad. Julian apples are featured in a scallop dish. Other area produce is included in nearly every menu item. And the “animal” prime tenderloin, served with onion and grilled romaine, is based on the In-N-Out Burger of the same name. “My goal is to have explosive flavors in every dish,” he said. “I also like to use modern techniques. Right now I’m into curing. It’s the new salt and pepper. The smoker gets a lot of work here.” Dolbee’s creations are available throughout the resort and for room service. As with the previous menu, entrees prices do not exceed $32. Kitchen 1540 opened in November 2008 as part of a $26 million, two-year renovation at L’Auberge. Paul McCabe, who launched the resort’s signature restaurant, recently took the helm at Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe.


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Spring full of trophies and kudos for TPHS

BOT VICTORY The Torrey Pines High School Botball team, from left, Ben Lawson, Keefer Bibby, Tyler Bauer, Madhu Krishnan, Jesse Vismonte, Nick Guo, John Wu, Tommy Rutten, Kyle Joyner and Josh Send, took first place overall at the Greater San Diego Regional Botball Tournament March 10 after weeks of hard work leading up to the competition. In addition, the team took home several awards including Outstanding Documentation, first place in Double Elimination and the Judges’ Choice trophy. The competition was held at the Sports Center Gym at USD. Courtesy photo

Many medical implants aren’t tested for safety A new investigation by Consumer Reports revealed that while tens of millions of American consumers live with medical devices implanted in their bodies, many of these implants have never been tested for safety. Manufacturers are often required to do nothing more than file paperwork and pay a user fee before bringing products to market. In fact, because of our broken regulatory system, in such cases the only safety “testing” that occurs is in the bodies of unsuspecting patients. In 2011, a panel from the prestigious Institute of Medicine said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should overhaul its device

regulatory system because it fails to ensure patient safety before and after products go on the market. Instead, Congress is now debating legislation that would keep the present system virtually intact and ratify an agreement between the FDA and the industry to get devices on the market even faster. The CR investigation detailed the risks associated with four common devices: — Surgical mesh: No testing. Tens of thousands of women have been implanted with transvaginal mesh for prolapse repair and bladder support. Despite thousands of reports of adverse events, repeated alarms by women’shealth and consumer-health advocates, and multiple lawsuits, these products are still being sold and are still classified as “moderate risk”

devices. Manufacturers got their products into the marketplace by taking advantage of a loophole in the law that allowed them to grandfather their products onto the market without any advance safety testing. — Lap-Band: Minimal testing. More than 650,000 have been sold worldwide, according to the 2010 annual report from its manufacturer, Allergan. Approval for LapBand was based on a lone study of 299 people. Of those participants, 51 percent reported nausea, vomiting or both, and 25 percent had their bands removed before the end of the three-year study because of complications or failure to lose enough weight. — Metal hips: Missed alarms. The artificial hip was introduced in 2005 by DePuy, Johnson and Johnson’s orthopedic division, and it was cleared by the FDA without clinical testing. Instead, it went to market based on “substantial equivalence” to earlier devices, though metalon-metal hips like this one had long been on the agency’s high-priority list for requiring advance clinical trials. DePuy recalled all 93,000 of these hips worldwide in 2010. Evidence suggests that metalon-metal hips fail far more often than average and can cause metal poisoning and tissue destruction, leading to a litany of medical problems. — Cardiac devices: Significant problems. Implantable cardioverterdefibrillators are just one of three types of cardiac devices described in the CR investiga-

tion that have had significant problems. Since 2009, the FDA has received reports of close to 29,000 deaths or injuries from these devices, by far the most for any device type, according to CR’s analysis of a federal database. The most troublesome aspect of the device is the lead wires that connect it to the heart. CR recommends that consumers research devices by using the FDA’s website,, which contains a wealth of information about warnings, complaints and recalls. Consumers can also search the Internet for patient forums. Consumers Union, CR’s advocacy arm, agrees with the Institute of Medicine that the current system of medical device regulation doesn’t protect patients from harm. CU recommends that Congress strengthen the medical device law so that the FDA must take the following steps: — Require that implants and other “life-sustaining” devices be tested at least as rigorously as drugs. — End the practice of “grandfathering” high-risk new implants and life-sustaining devices. — Create a “unique identifier system” for implants, so patients can be notified quickly about recalls and safety problems. — Create national registries so problems can be spotted quickly and patients notified. — Increase user fees paid by manufacturers for regulatory review so the FDA has enough money to do its job.

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Torrey Pines High School students and staff have been busy bringing home victories and trophies in a variety of disciplines this spring. Congratulations to AP History Teacher Simeon Greenstein for winning the Crystal Apple Award. He will be honored on May 10, along with teachers from around the district. The TPHS Band and Jazz Combo competed in the 18th annual Irvine Jazz Festival. Cindy Choe and Donnie Laudicina received Outstanding Soloist awards and Laudicina won Overall Best Soloist for the entire division. Next, the bands head for the Fullerton College Jazz Festival. With 66 groups participating this year, the TPHS Jazz Bands received a superior rating and fourth place. The TPHS Jazz Combo A made up of Kurtis Shaffer, Francisco Jo, Zach Siegel, Donnie Laudicina, David Laudicina, Owen Chen, Cindy Choe and Sean Elliott, scored a third place and a superior rating and supporters noted there were only three points difference between first and third place. At the 2012 San Diego Regional Japanese Speech Contest held on March 24, TPHS Junior Dacoda Strack won first place. Dacoda is a multi-language student who has studied Spanish, French and Japanese at TPHS. He talked about his own language learning experience in Japanese and received the highest score from the judges. He will be competing at the

National Speech Contest in June, and if he wins, he will represent the USA to compete at the International Speech Contest in Tokyo in July. TPHS Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students reached out to Carmel Valley Middle School AVID students for vertical team-building by providing activities, question-andanswer panels by grade level, classroom visitations, and a tour of our school. The CVMS AVID students enjoyed seeing the campus and look forward to becoming Falcons. AVID students also recently held a luncheon to raise money for college visits and an end-ofyear celebration. A group of 18 TPHS theater students converged on the Fullerton College campus to compete in the annual Theatre Festival. After two days of competition, TPHS students placed as follows: — Senior Ryan Hook was a finalist in Contemporary Dramatic Monologue — Junior Maya Pilevesky took first place in Lighting Design for “The Pier Glass” — Junior Charlie Yang earned first place in Scenic Design for “Man of La Mancha” — Sophomore Meghan Pickwell and junior Bridget Bergman brought home a first-place in make-up and hair design — Junior Merle Jeromin earned third place in Costume Design.

Golf for the children RANCHO SANTA FE — Golfers and supporters are invited to register now to be part of the 15th annual Golf Classic in support of Conner’s Cause for Children. The event begins at 11 a.m. May 14 with a 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start at Morgan Run Resort & Club, 5690 Cancha de Golf. The entry fee of $175 per golfer includes greens fees with cart, a box lunch, the awards dinner, tee prizes, contests and more, Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds go to Conner’s Cause for Children, which helps with non-medical expenses for families already burdened by the stress of caring for a very sick child. Entry fee is and advance registration is required. Conner’s Cause for Children is the only non-profit organization in the San Diego region that offers direct family assistance for out-of-pocket expenses relating to any and

all life threatening illnesses associated with children. Through Connor’ Cause, families have: — purchased an IPad with text to speech application so that 13-year old Jerry, who lost his ability to speak after a brain injury, could go back to school. — repaired the family car of 15- year old Xavier so his single mother could drive him to Los Angeles to meet with his kidney transplant team. — paid for bus passes each month so that the single mother of baby Jared, born prematurely, can visit him and participate in providing the care he needs to go home. — Covered the costs of copayments and other out of pocket medical costs for 8-year old Omar’s family while he is undergoing chemotherapy. For more information, call Tina Egge at (760) 8045948 or Karen Gliner at (858) 794-4071 or register online at


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CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes It’s just occurred to me that I don’t know Bird Huffman’s real first name. I have no idea what his parents called him, but I’ve always known him as “Bird” and that’s what everyone I know has called him for more than 30 years now. I first met him either at Windansea through some of the local boys there, or at Phil Castagnola’s Select Surf Shop in Pacific Beach. Either way, in the surf or in the shop, he seemed to have an elevated view of everything around him. And he always had the best surfboards mostly Caster’s as I recall with coolly airbrushed channel bottoms created by master shaper Bill Caster. It seemed like Bird always had a full quiver of Casters that moved smoothly and effortless into deep pockets beneath his feet. Time passed and I saw Bird less in the lineup and more in the shop he co-owned, South Coast, in Pacific Beach. The place was a super market of surf stuff, cool and wellstocked, but it never did seem like a good fit for Bird. I’d walk in and someone would be pestering him for a new set of rubber sandals. He would pause to politely fill the order and then walk me back to show me an old board he had purchased. Surfboards have always been a huge passion for him. We didn’t see each other often, but whenever we did we’d talk about surfboards. But I had no idea how his surfboard collection was growing. Then somebody showed me a photo and I couldn’t believe how vast and deep his oneman museum was as it took me back to my early days as a surfer. I recently explored Bird’s Surf Shed, where I expected to see some of the Casters I foolishly sold years ago. No such luck. I did, however, see various blue-railed deep channels like the ones I rode at Windansea in the mid ‘70s. The Brewer semi guns remind me of the boards my brother shaped for Dick Brewer in the Islands. The coveted Frye collection made me ponder California’s best Fish and Egg maker and my favorite surfer on this coast for the last 40 years, Skip Frye. There are boards for sale, boards you can ride and boards you look at and wonder at the waves they have



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dropped into. There’s a shaping room in the back and a library filled with early volumes of the Australia surf magazine, Tracks and Breakout, California’s Surf Magazine. I had the pleasure of working for both publications in years past. There are also classic surf films and book signings scheduled from writers and photographers like legendary surf photographer Art Brewer and surf photographer turned writer Kirk Ader, whose recently completed book on Chris O’Rourke will be available through the Shed. Above and beyond all that are a man and his dreams. Bird is a walking encyclopedia of surfing and a surfer who loves his chosen sport so much he displays decades of its heritage on the walls for the world to see. Every surfer needs to visit Bird’s Shed.Your education as a surfer won’t be complete until you do. Bird’s Surf Shed is located at 1091 W. Morena Blvd in San Diego. It’s worth the trip,

but get there early, because parking sucks. To learn more about Bird’s Surf Shed and get a calendar of coming events there, visit Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. Email him at

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The Monster in the Hero The following story is the 5th/6th grade winner of the Solana Santa Fe Elementary School Science Fiction Writing Contest. The judging criteria included creativity, originality, scientific accuracy and writing mechanics. Twenty-five students submitted stories and they were all fantastic! Next week will include the winner of the 2nd/3rd/4th grade contest. Coastal Cosmos columnist Kyle Stock is a teacher at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School. By Cooper Mortimer

My name’s Shizumi Izuru. I was born in Tokyo, Japan. When I turned 10, my ordinary life was twisted into a miraculous adventure. I love sushi, so for my birthday dinner my family took me to Hiriko’s Sushi, the most famous sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Another added treat was the fact that Hiriko’s was right next to nuclear power plant and I loved learning about nuclear physics. Halfway through my birthday meal I needed a nature break. Someone had left a comic in the bathroom and I started reading “The X-Men.” I hadn’t realized how long I had been in there until I finished the comic. As I washed my hands, I noticed the water had an eerie green tint. I ignored it and dried my hands. Once I came out, I discovered Hiriko’s abandoned. Sirens were blaring ear-screeching warnings, but the area was deserted. When I reached home, my two sisters and brother where screaming “Nuclear reactor leak!” My parents were franti-

cally packing their bags. I asked my mom what was happening. Without looking up she says, “The nuclear plant had a leak!” My mom turned and looked at me, screamed and passed out. I looked in the mirror and screamed myself. I looked like I was dipped in a vat of green paint. Then the doorbell rang. A man in a Hazmat suit, holding a Geiger counter madly beeping, stepped in. In a stern tone he announced, “Your son is radioactive.” I was isolated, stuck in a room with only a bed, a toilet, a sink, and a TV. After a month of being in the room, I realized my radiation poisoning had given me the power to release radiation, but I couldn’t control it. I felt like a monster. I’d have no human contact ever again. One day an

announcement came on the TV. A meteor was headed for Tokyo, guaranteeing certain destruction for all. I had an idea of how to stop it — if I could get to the core, I could maximize my radiation powers and explode the meteorite. But I was scared. I’d probably die. I thought about my two sisters and brother and my parents and something inside of me made an automatic decision. Saving my family and friends was more important than my life. The day after the news report, I escaped isolation. I raced to the Tokyo Space center where I hijacked a rocket. I blasted myself straight into the meteor. I meditated, spreading the burning sensation from my head into my stomach. I thought of all the memo-

ries I had of my friends and family and said good-bye to them in my mind and let out all the radiation I could. I awoke in a hospital bed. I couldn’t believe I had lived. After vaporizing the meteor, a protective shell cooled around me as I hit the earth. Even better, my body had blown out all the radiation. It’s funny how being a monster helped me be a better human.



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Gather your antiques, treasures Find out what your treasures are worth at the Cardiff Road Show appraisal fair 2012, courtesy of certified antique appraisal experts Carol Edwards, Carol McAndrew and Paul McConnell of Life Transitions Inc. The event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. April 26 at Belmont Village Senior Living, 3535 Manchester Ave. Call (760)

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Rotary Clubs spruce up lagoon COAST CITIES — On a recent Saturday in March, members of the Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary could be found working their plot in the Los Penasquitos Lagoon Natural Preserve along Carmel Valley Road. More than five years ago, the members committed to clearing a 100-foot-long block near the Via Aprilia intersection, as part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve program to remove non-indigenous plants, and restore the area to its natural habitat. The group reminisced that the hardest part of this project was in the early years when they spent

many Saturdays removing large quantities of Carpobrotus edulis (pickle weed) that had taken over the area. Easier was the planting of indigenous plants, helping set up an irrigation system, and weeding to remove unwanted plants such as black mustard, dandelion and reemerging pickle weed. Their most recent work day in March, organized by Community Service Chairman Ken Barrett, focused in the drainage area, pulling out the stinging nettle and asylum. It was here Mark Hennenfent was surprised by one of the

native inhabitants, a large rattlesnake who, happily, decided not to rattle or strike. “This encounter is not typical,” Hennenfent said, “so don’t let it discourage you from coming out and helping the California State Parks system with this important program.” To learn more about projects, join the weekly meetings Fridays from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Carmel Valley. For more information, contact President Kirk Collins at (619) 254-8234, or visit

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On any day of the week locals and vistors head to Tarpy’s E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Before us on our table, bedecked with fresh flowers, sits a magnificent Grand Marnier soufflé — airy and sweet-smelling — a delicacy, to be sure. My husband, Jerry, takes a spoonful and his eyes roll. And then suddenly, the soufflé is gone! Fandango Restaurant owner Pierre Bain, a native of Provence, has swooped in and snatched it away when he realizes that I had not finished my entrée. He was adamant that my spouse and I enjoy dessert together. Despite our protests about wasting a culinary work of art, Bain insists that I be allowed to finish my tasty Petrale sole, one of tonight’s specials at this favorite Pacific Grove eatery, just a few minutes from both Monterey and Carmel. It’s a Monday evening and there isn’t an empty chair. Fandango patrons are enjoying Mediterranean and European cuisine in an World environment as appealing as its menu. “I came to this country via (hotel) school in Bermuda,” says Bain who speaks three languages and whose family has operated a

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Provencal inn since 1737. He and a partner purchased Fandango in 1986 after Bain had managed the famed Club XIX at The Lodge at Pebble Beach for many years. “We never even thought of changing the name,” he explains, because the fandango is a “lively and passionate dance” that reflects the kind of restaurant he wanted to own. The soufflé is a fitting end to a perfect day. From the Hofsas House in Carmel, we drove a few minutes east to Tarpy’s Roadhouse in Monterey. A century-and-ahalf ago, it’s doubtful that anyone could’ve predicted that a popular restaurant would carry the name of a convicted murderer. But today, locals and visitors alike make their way to Tarpy’s for cuisine that ranges from hearty meat dishes to flavorful vegetarian fare. We read about the restaurant’s history while enjoying a fire-roasted artichoke drizzled with a basil-pesto aioli, Tarpy’s take on classic meatloaf (a la Marsala-mushroom gravy), and perfectly grilled salmon topped with a tropical fruit salsa. The short-version of the saga is that Matt Tarpy, an otherwise reputable Monterey businessman, had a real estate dispute with another businessman, which led to the shooting of a Mrs. Nicholson. Tarpy claimed it was self defense, but the community didn’t buy it. He surrendered, was jailed, and the next day, an angry mob extricated Tarpy from his

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cell. Within the hour, he was hanging from a tree in what became known as Tarpy Flats. Today, the impressive stone building that is Tarpy’s grew from the former homestead of the Ryan family, who came to the area in the early 1900s. The property has enjoyed many incarnations, and today it is bright and open — the perfect place for dining after wine-tasting at Ventana Winery next door. Fortified with Tarpy’s olallieberry pie, we head south a few minutes to Point Lobos State Reserve on Highway 1, a spectacular piece of California coastline that is sometimes as elusive as it is beautiful. We’ve tried more than once to see Point Lobos, but the fog always thwarted our attempts. This, however, is our lucky day. There are only enough clouds to make our photos look great. This wild and rugged coastline is nothing less than breathtaking, and the trails are not difficult. We follow the Cypress Grove Trail (.8 miles) that takes us along a bluff that affords stunning views of ocean, mist and black rock. The Pacific’s multi-hues of greens and blues are mesmerizing and always changing, depending on the playfulness of the sun. The trail also skirts “one of two naturally growing stands of Monterey Cypress trees remaining in the world, which draw sustenance from the cracks and crevices in the rocks,” according to the

The Cypress Grove Trail at Point Lobos State Reserve affords this view of the coast, which is often obscured by fog. The trail takes hikers through one of only two naturally growing stands of Monterey Cypress trees remaining on the planet. Photos by Jerry Ondash

brochure. The trees seem to mimic dark figures with their backs to wind and spray, trying to protect themselves from the fury. We next take the Sea Lion Point and Sand Hill trails (.6 miles) which give visitors an inkling of the natural forces at work shaping rock and creating beaches. We can see and hear sea lions playing in the surf and sunning themselves on the offshore outcroppings, and another visitor shares his telescope. Through it, we watch a sea otter enjoying lunch on a rocky perch, oblivious to all the excited lookie-loos. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at

Other-worldly rock formations, 55 million years old, dot the beaches and trails at Point Lobos State Reserve. The formations are composed of water-rounded rocks that were deposited by ancient avalanches that occurred in an underwater canyon, then were pushed to the earth’s surface.



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THE BIG REVEAL After City Council OK’d the removal of the blue tape that had been covering the image of late councilwoman Maggie Houlihan on the backsides of the Arts Alive banners hanging through the city, event organizer Danny Salzhandler was able to unmask the image. The banners will remain up for several more weeks before being auctioned off in May. Courtesy photo

Bliss 101 art gallery, home décor, furniture studio and gift shop will host an artistic evening of fundraising from 6 to 9 p.m. April 21, at 687 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite 151, to support Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization providing reconstructive services to youth with physical deformities. The evening reception will feature the paintings and sculptures of local Encinitas artist Sholeh Ashtiani. Ten percent of all sales made at Bliss 101 throughout this day, including all Ashtiani’s artwork sold during the event, will go to benefit this San Diegobased non-profit. This event will feature

artist Ashtiani’s “Flame the Artist” work while offering attendees the chance to partake in raffles for items such as a matted painting from Ashtiani and gift certificates to Bliss 101. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, founded in 1991, provides reconstructive dental and plastic surgeries to infants, children and young adults free of charge. Over $21 million worth of free medical services have been dispersed to over 5,600 children across the United States. Common services include surgeries, dental procedures, laser treatments and speech therapy, and 100 percent of contributions are put toward Fresh Start’s medical programs.

Living in paradise on a pauper’s budget JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace Today is my 26th day of being in Puerto Vallarta. The first day I stood in my condo and asked myself, “What am I doing here?” The second day I ran around doing errands, getting my grocery shopping done at Costco, and buying a few things for my condo to make it feel more like home. The third day I decided to play retired and be on vacation by grabbing my new novel and stretching out in front of the Bay of Banderas while sitting adjacent to the bay front pool. As the 82-degree day went on and after taking a walk in the soft white sand along the water’s edge, I looked around at all the beauty and I said to God, “Thank you.” By the fourth day I was dreading coming back home. There is something about living life day in and day out and accepting it for what it is. Just doing the daily grind to pay the bills and put food on the table. You have that gnawing feeling that you have to break free and go enjoy life but then that little voice keeps saying, “No, you have to work. You have to pay those bills. You have to keep the lifestyle intact.” The next thing you know you haven’t taken a real vacation in five years or more. You’ve almost forgotten what it is like. So to imagine being able to semiretire and buy a condo in paradise somewhere is a dream that you know will remain unfulfilled. Something like that is only for the rich. I’m living testament that you don’t have to be rich to find someplace nice to live either full time or part time. I sat down last night and tallied up my

receipts for the last 26 days. I’ve spent just short of $200 for food. My gas, because premium is only $2.75 a gallon here, has come to $35 so far. I’m sure I’ll fill up once more before leaving for about $25. I drive every day in my used A-190 Elegance Mercedes, which I bought for $6,500 that gets about 40 miles to the gallon (and is not sold in the U.S). My driving includes the 40km ride up the coast to Punta Mita three times a week where my Mexican office is. I’ve bought a bunch of stuff for my condo totaling about $150 and then the petty cash incidentals have come to about $100 for the yummy street tacos or the occasional margaritas at a beachside café or a good Cuban cigar or a BBQ rib special at Toritos. Oh yes, and the almost daily Starbucks fix which I need to break. I’ve been to Calvary Church a few times tithing $140. I know, I shouldn’t have admitted this but I’m making a point. Oh, and I paid my annual property taxes of $75. Yes, $75. My condo fee, which includes electricity, cable television, water and security, comes to $440 per month. I don’t need to add this to my monthly expenses because I average $450 per month in rentals during the year. I basically live here in paradise for free. So, if I add everything up and prorate a bit for the next five days, my total out of pocket for a month in paradise is around $700. My airfare was $300 round-trip from Tijuana, which included my Coaster, trolley and shuttle rides to and from TJ. Add it all up and it comes to $1,000, including travel. So, with my $1,406 monthly Social Security I have lived in paradise for a month with about $400 left over. That I can put away for golf in San Diego and medical expenses as needed. So, it can be done. I’m a testa-

ment to living a rich lifestyle on a pauper’s income. Also, look for my ad here in the paper over the next few issues. Our second contest winners are Debbie and Ervin Ducommun from Missouri. The Ducommuns entered our one-week vacation giveaway while visiting their son in January who was completing Cobra Pilot training at Camp Pendleton. They read my column, entered the contest and are thrilled to be coming in on the April 23 to spend not one week, but two weeks at my place. I threw in the extra week because it was going to be vacant anyway. We had more than 100 entrants on this go around and our next contest winners will be announced at the end of the summer for a

fall getaway. I’ll be home to write my next column as I’m leaving here on April 23. The adventure continues but now in Encinitas. Ah, what a life. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at

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ANTIQUE WORK DESK Large hardwood desk with side and center drawers. Great for hobby and crafts. $65. (760) 845-3024 AREA RUGS 1 octagon run for $50. 2 rectangular rugs for $75 and $100. (760) 295-9184 ASSORTMENT COLLECTOR BADGES Metal clip. Legoland, jazz festival, etc. $15 for all. (760) 722-7652 BATTLE STAR series, carriers, amphibious, & battleships. 1941 - present day.

SAW HORSE KIT Strong / solid saw horse kit. Easy to assemble $10 (760) 419-9044 SEARS KENMORE SEWING MACHINE Good condition. $80. (760) 758-8958. SILVER PLATED ICE BUCKET with lid and tongs. Includes plastic inside liner. 1960ís. 7” wide by 7” tall. Perfect for parties. Excellent condition. $14. (760) 5999141 SOLID WOODEN BASE 36 in all. 5” across. Grooved to hold 4x7 glass dome. Felt feet. $85 for all. (760) 722-7652

TAPE Central reinforced water tape. 3 rolls available. 3” x 375/450í. $40 for all 3. (760) 722-7652

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Appliances MICROWAVE Works great. Older. $15. (760) 295-9184 WHIRLPOOL WASHER Top loader. Almost new. $350. Leucadia. Val. (760) 753-4412

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FEATHER MATTRESS TOP Single. Brand new. Never used. $25. (760) 2959184

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FILING CABINET No lock. Wheels. Holds about 100 files. One large drawer. Bottom shelf. $15. (760) 295-9184

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FOR SALE Unusual collectibles. Old books. Plants. Call Joe (760) 757-6788

ODYSSEY WHITE HOT Two-ball putter. $65. (760) 942-5692

HOT WHEELS box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491

OMNI KNEE BRACE $65. (760) 9425692

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WANTED Wanted Used Saxophones, flutes, clairnets, any condition, will pay cash. 760-346-9931 (760) 705-0215.

THREE EGYPTIAN BRASS PYRAMIDS 5”, 3”, 2” tall. With hieroglyphics and drawings. Black/ black and gold. $15 for all 3. (760) 599-9141

WHEEL BARREL $15. (760) 295-9184

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OLYOíS PIZZA MEMORABILIA Anything considered but would love any pictures or t-shirts (adult size). Wanted for my nephew’s Christmas present! (760) 994-7265

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CHICKEN COOP 4í x 6í and 5í tall with latching entry gate. Used but in good condition. Needs simple roof or tarp (we used lattice and tarp). $35 (760) 4199044

CHINESE PRINT FRAMED Budda/Monk praying in garden. Matted/glass. 1940ís. 15”x18”. Blue/gold/brown colors. $22. (760) 5999141

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

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Awesome ship designs onto apparel, mugs, posters,& steins. Honorable gifts.

FOR SALE 2 antique metal steamer trunks. Both $95. (760) 845-3024


15 GALLON PLANTS $35 each. Fan palm, Jade, Black pine, Loquat, Macadamia nut, crown-of-thorns. An extra large crown-of-thorns available, but much higher price. Please call (760) 436-6604

ROOM DOOR Standard room door.With hinges and knob. $15. (760) 295-9184

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AFRICAN TRIBAL CONTAINER Was made by Turkana tribe of northern Kenya. Made of wood, leather, and beading. Similar extremely rare water vessels priced at galleries between $350-$500. Yours for only $149 obo. Please call Shelley (760) 809-4657

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5’ ORIENTAL TIENTSAN Blue-gray round rug. $50. (760) 295-6061 92024

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

A couple of major changes could be in store for you in the year ahead. One could pertain to an excellent career shift, while the other might have to do with a change of residence. Both could be rather unexpected. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- It's OK to take on a new project as long as it doesn't interfere with what you already have on your plate and you can devote quality time to both. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You may feel you're ably taking care of something that you promised friends you'd handle, but if it doesn't look that way to them, your pals will feel manipulated. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- In order to achieve an important assignment, you must give the powers that be the impression that you are totally dedicated to doing the job right. Anything less will not go over too well. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Your associates are likely to have a strong influence on your attitude and performance. If they tend to be negative thinkers, you will be one too. Try to hang out with positive types. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- It doesn't matter if you're managing an important financial matter for another or for yourself, in both instances it must be skillfully handled. Anything less won't suffice.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Be supportive of your mate instead of locking horns. A lack of allegiance may cause your spouse to behave in a poor manner when you need bolstering at a later date. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Nothing constructive will result if you attempt to get others to handle certain responsibilities that are exclusively yours. If you don't want to do these tasks, why should your friends feel differently? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- It might prove wise to reject being treasurer for your club or a group activity. If you have trouble collecting the funds, you could get blamed for the venture falling apart. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Be as tactful and diplomatic as you can when it comes to handling things for your club. If you're not, you'll catch a lot of heat for being too pushy and assertive. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- No matter how hard you try to be purposeful and methodical, certain of your projects might still look like they were handled in a slipshod fashion. Let others do some of the work. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Try to make some kind of arrangement to clear up an obligation you have to a friend. Not only will small tokens have a way of adding up, they'll make your pal feel appreciated. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Someone who is usually agreeable might do an about-face and could handle things in a manner that would cause problems, just to get even with you for ignoring him or her lately.


Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition

MONTY by Jim Meddick

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much younger wife, the apartment could remain under rent control for decades. (New York City rent controls were imposed to meet an “emergency” in housing during World War II, but the law gets routinely renewed.)

Trail-Blazing Science The Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia recently won a $36,000 grant to study the genetic basis of Trimethylaminuria, otherwise known as the disorder that causes sufferers to smell like dead fish. The first case reported in medical literature was in the 1970s, but according to a Science News report, “an ancient Hindu tale describes a maiden who ‘grew to be comely and fair, but a fishy odor ever clung to her.’“

Animal Tales Eight to Go: (1) After the year-old house cat Sugar survived a 19-floor fall at a Boston high-rise in March, an Animal Rescue League official explained to MSNBC that extra fur where the legs attach to the body enables cats to “glide” and partially “control” their landing. Research suggests that steep falls are thus easier to survive, as cats have time to spread themselves out. (2) The 5-yearold cat Demi survived a 40-minute tumble-dry (temperature up to 104 F) in Whitchurch, England, in March (although she needed oxygen, fluids and steroids to recover). Jennifer Parker, 45, had tossed a load of clothes in, unaware that Demi was in the pile.

Something Else to Worry About: A computer science professor working with the Bonobo Hope Great Ape Trust Sanctuary in Des Moines, Iowa, has developed a bonobo robot that can be controlled by live bonobos. Among the first applications of the robot, said Dr. Ken Schweller in March, is a water cannon that bonobos will be taught to operate via an iPad app in order to “play chase games” with each other — “or to squirt guests.” In January, Kentucky state Sen. Katie Stine, presiding over a ceremony in the state capitol honoring the Newport Aquarium, posed with aquarium officials and with Paula, a blackfooted penguin brought in for the warm-and-cuddly photo opportunity. It fell to Senate President David Williams to gently interrupt Stine’s speech and inform her that Paula was in the process of soiling the floor of the august chamber.



APRIL 20, 2012

Ecke Ranch is sold to Carlsbad nonprofit group By Tony Cagala

The Carlsbad-based nonprofit Leichtag Foundation signed an option agreement April 6 to acquire the 67-acre Paul Ecke Ranch facility at 441 Saxony Road. President and CEO of the Leichtag Foundation James Farley said that the foundation had been interested in that neighborhood for quite a while.



started in the patrol, it was upstairs in the old fire station. It had a office and dressing room. He said he has watched the community change and grow. Through it all, he coached. “I was driving from Rancho Bernardo for 20something years. I was coaching high school football at Rancho Bernardo for 10 years, mainly at the freshman level and then the junior varsity,” he said. He also coached at Mount Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos. “I was going to transfer to the new high school, Great Oaks,” he said. “We had been talking about taking a cruise. You can’t coach football and take a cruise.” He said he didn’t coach in the 2005 school year.



Covenant because of physical, economic or personal reasons that require they move to another area. Perhaps they are aging and need to downsize or a spouse is put in a convalescent hospital, or they moved

Farley said that he had approached members of the ranch, including owner Paul Ecke III to explore the possibilities in acquiring the land, with the decision resulting from direct conversations between Farley and primarily Ecke. “It’s a big idea. It’s a large piece of land. When you consider the footprint and the adjacencies to the public gardens, it is my Then he went back to work on the patrol on the day shift from graveyards, and just didn’t go back to coaching. Now that Brown is retired, he is looking for someplace to put his energy. “I’m contacting habitat for Humanity,” he said. “I’m going to do some volunteer work for them and build some houses out here in the Temecula, Hemet area. I’m going to take a computer class, which Matt (Wellhouser) always wanted me to do. I had the least knowledge of computers as anyone out there,” he said. He said he is also going to get his woodworking shop in order and catch up on his “honey do” list. “It’s been a long time since I’ve not had to get up at 4:30 in the morning,” he said. “It’s a nice change of pace, I guarantee you.” for any number of reasons, he said “Many wish to continue their long association with the golf club they have enjoyed and supported for many years,” he said. “With the new category they are able to do that,” he said. “Plus, we get back some of our friends,” he said.

belief this is an iconic opportunity,” Farley said. The agreement reached does contemplate the idea that the foundation may be able to use the Paul Ecke Ranch name in the new project. “Paul Ecke Ranch has commercial value,” Farley said. “They’re very sensitive about how that name gets licensed and used, so they’re very much in the driver’s seat when it comes to use of the name,” he said. “The larger question might be the extent to which we foresee the project honoring the legacy that not only the Ecke family has in this community, but the Paul Ecke Ranch as a corporate citizen, and I think in both instances, we are very interested in making sure that that legacy is honored in a powerful way,” he added. With the transformation process still in the very early stages, the foundation is just beginning to envision some of the ideas and uses for the land. “We have some ideas…that we want to pursue in a shorter term scenario…but ultimately, we’re going to have to develop a plan that demonstrates continuing public use,” Farley said. “I’m sure development of this parcel is going to take many, many years.” Some of the early ideas considered for use on the property include urban

The Paul Ecke Ranch at 441 Saxony Road is being sold to the Carlsbadbased nonprofit Leichtag Foundation. Photo by Tony Cagala

farming, service learning and community engagement. “It’s iconic space; it’s potentially very powerful space in the community,” Farley said. The Paul Ecke Ranch has become a source for public scrutiny after Ecke had initially tried to rezone 38-acres in 2005 from agricultural use to residential use. The rezoning became known as Proposition A and was subsequently rejected by voters fearful the land would fall to commercial developers. Ecke submitted a proposal in 2011 that would

split 36-acres of the ranch into three smaller parcels, allowing for unused space to be leased out and easier for the ranch to obtain bank loans. According to a statement issued by The Paul Ecke Ranch, Ecke will hold a three-year lease to transition to an existing facility or to a new property, while continuing to use the current location for its poinsettia research and development. The Leichtag Foundation is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1991.



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