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Al Castro is bringing his years of experience to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club as the new general A3 manager.


The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center rocks The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for its annual gala featuring the band Atomic Groove. Guests came dressed in their best glam rock or cocktail attire for this year’s theme of “Club 92067.” The annual Gala is the center’s largest fundraising event and is strongly supported by the community. Left, Carrie Weiland, leader of Atomic Groove performs. Above, Rancho Santa Fe residents Tony and Stacy Shahri. Below, Rancho Santa Fe residents Charles and Jan Wehlage.

Above, Mt Woodson residents Andrene and Dr. Joseph Dziubinsky.Below, Rancho Santa Fe resident Scott Stratton poses with Blondie, who he later bid on and won, raising $2000 for the evening’s charity.

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Association president sums up the year, goals By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Topping off his State of the Association speech at the annual meeting of the Association, board president Jack Queen joked, “Everything is great! Everyone can go home now because you have nothing to worry about.” About 70 people attended the annual event May 10 at the Garden Club. Not only was it

an opportunity to catch up with neighbors and learn how things are going within the Covenant, it is also traditional to give out awards to outstanding residents. Helen and Steve DiZio earned the Community Service Award for their efforts in bringing the Garden Club back to vibrant life. “They took this thing, shook it by the shoulders and made it straighten up and fly

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Marion Dodson and Patrick Rose each earned a Lily Award for historic preservation of their properties. Photos by Patty McCormac

right,” Queen said before bestowing the award. “I am humbled by the award, but it was rewarding enough to be able to work with such wonderful people,” Helen DiZio said. Marion Dodson and Patrick Rose each earned the Lily Award for their efforts in historic preservation, Dodson for the Country Squire Courtyard and Rose for a beautiful home on Linea de Cielo. Dodson shared about how she and her late husband Lee purchased the courtyard by a Above, Helen and Steve DiZio fluke and the trials and tribu- were give the Community Service Award for their work in revitalizing lations of owning it. Through it all, she has the Rancho Santa Fe Garden maintained the property in its Club. Right, Dick Doughty and original state. Dodson said she Jack Queen, attend their last annual meeting as Association is happy with the award. board members. Their terms end “This is a special piece of in June. property,” she said. Rose said he and his late years getting it back to its origwife Sheila purchased the inal state. “Isn’t it wonderful that home, designed originally by famed architect Gordon the architect is still winning Kaufman, and spent 20-plus




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Board approves budget Golf Club welcomes By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association board approved the printing and mailing of the 2012-2013 preliminary budget to the membership at its May 3 meeting. “The Association Finance Committee has reviewed and approved the budget at their meeting with staff on April 25 and recommends the board approve the mailing,” said Steve Comstock, chief financial officer. Comstock said that each year the board is asked to preliminarily approve the annual budget, after which it is mailed to the voting members for review. The annual member budget hearing is set for 9 a.m. May 23 in the Association office. After receiving member input, the board will be asked to adopt the final budget at its regular meeting on June 21. “The budget reflects a conservative posture on anticipated revenues and expenses and the proposed budget provides for the proper maintenance of Association assets,” Comstock said. “The assessment rate

will remain at 14 cents per $100 of assessed property value, including open space funds portion at 2.5 cents,” Comstock said. “Fees for applications and permits have been increased at the rate of inflation to offset overhead, but remain revenue neutral.” Linda Sansone of Willis Allen Realty was chosen as the realtor to sell the singlefamily home on the Osuna Ranch property. The selling price will be set at $2 million. Requests for proposals were sent out last month. In his report, Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, told the Association that during research on the parking issue, he found something interesting from the minutes of a previous meeting discussing the issue. The minutes cited the lack of parking in the Village as an issue and noted finding a parking place was becoming more and more difficult. “I would like to point out these minute are from April 15, 1955,” he said. In other Association business, the board chose parliamentarian Bruce Bishop as

the election inspector for the June 12 ballot count. This was necessary because the board is required to select and appoint an election inspector to perform the count, which will be held this year at 9 a.m. June 12. “Bruce Bishop has been selected to serve as election inspector for over five years,” Pete Smith, Association manager, said. Al Castro was introduced as the new general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Smith said that after an exhaustive search, Castro was chosen for the spot which relieved Smith from acting as both Association manager and golf club general manager, which he has done for months. “I would like to recognize Pete for filling in at the golf club,” Director Larry Spitcausfsky said. Smith said he was glad the search was over. “I’m wearing my happy tie today,” Smith told the board. The Association meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month. To learn more, call (858) 7561174.

Plastic bag law adopted ■ City will

exempt restaurants Paper or plastic will no longer be an option in Solana Beach. At the May 9 meeting, the city became the first in the region to regulate the distribution of single-use plastic bags by adopting an ordinance introduced two weeks earlier. But to avoid a lawsuit, council members agreed to an amendment that will exempt restaurants. “We are responding to a specific litigation threat from a group that is very much in opposition of the proposed regulation,” City Attorney Johanna Canlas said. “That particular group has since threatened litigation three different times.” Stephen Joseph, an attorney representing the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, threatened to sue any city that bans or requires a charge for the use of singleuse plastic bags at restaurants. He said such a mandate is contrary to California health laws. “The law clearly states you are not pre-empting state law,” Canlas said. “The Save the Plastic Bag organization found that to be lacking and has reinstituted its threat to litigate against the city if the city adopts the ordinance as is. “While my office (and) I do not believe that the proposition — that it is in fact preempted by state law — has merit, this issue has not been litigated and is currently in litigation in Northern

California,” she said. Canlas told council members they could adopt the law as is or have her draft an amendment “that explicitly … exempts restaurants from using single-use plastic bags until such time that this issue has been resolved in the courts.” The new law will be implemented in phases. Grocery stores, food vendors, pharmacies and city facilities

I am here because I really care about this issue and you have the power to make change.” Evan Lewis Elementary School Student

must be in full compliance in three months. All remaining affected retail establishments and vendors will have six months. Businesses are encouraged to offer incentives such as a 5-cent rebate or credit for customers who shop with reusable bags. Store owners can provide recycled paper bags but they must charge at least 10 cents each. People on welfare programs will be given reusable or recycled paper bags at no cost. Anyone who can demonstrate undue hardship will be granted a one-year exemption. Violators can be fined up to $1,000. “I am here because I really care about this issue and you have the power to make change,” Evan Lewis,

an elementary school student, said before the vote. “A good decision here will have a snowball effect. “When a snowball rolls down a hill, it grows bigger and bigger,” he said. “Your decision will help save our environment and, like a snowball, it will grow in size and inspire others to take action and do the right thing.” Mark Franovich, an Encinitas resident who sells paper, plastic and reusable bags, said the law would likely help his business but he asked council members to reconsider. “A lot of the information that you’re getting now is, unfortunately, not true on both sides,” he said, noting that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling rates for single-use bags have increased from 5 percent to 12 percent in the past four years. “I sincerely can’t understand why we want plastic bags to go away,” Franovich said. “The problem is one that human beings have had trouble solving forever, and that’s human behavior. The problem’s not the bag. The problem is us.” “I don’t want to quibble with statistics,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “We have a mandate from so many of our residents and businesses around town to do this. I’m proud of our city. I think we did the ordinance right.” “This is a historic step forward,” Councilman Dave Roberts said. “The citizens of this community have begged us for years to do this and we’ve held off under threat of litigation. “We finally said we are proceeding,” he said. “It’s time to do this.”

new general manager By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Meet Al Castro, the new general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, the unanimous choice of the selection committee. Castro came to Rancho Santa Fe from The Vintage in Indian Wells, a private gated country club where he worked for 14 years. “It has been in existence for 30 years,” he said. “By coincidence, we shared a lot of members with the Rancho Santa Fe club.” Castro was found by an executive recruiter hired by the Association who brought them numerous candidates. “At first I wasn’t sure I was interested, but when they said it was Rancho Santa Fe, I told the recruiter to look into it,” he said. The decision to leave his longtime job in the desert was hard. “It was probably the most difficult decision of my professional career, a little bitter-sweet after being there for so long, but the opportunity to come to such a great club made the decision easier,” he said. “It was the right opportunity at the right time.” Since 1998 he had worked at the Vintage Club, first as director of food and beverage before being promoted to the position of

Al Castro is the new general manger of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. He most recently came from The Vintage, an upscale, gated country club in Rancho Mirage. Photo by Patty McCormac

assistant general manager where he was responsible for all club house operations. Before that he worked at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage where he was responsible for food and beverage. Prior to that he worked at clubs and hotels where he learned his business. In addition, he is a certified club manager and a Level II certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. “I actually got into the golf side of the business by working in hotels and restaurants through the early years

of my career,” he said. He was born in El Paso, Texas, the eldest of three brothers. His family moved to Orange County while he was in elementary school. He loved baseball but believed he didn’t have the talent to compete in high school. Working at private clubs has become his passion, he said. He said he loves the game of golf, but like other executives, wishes he had more time to play. As for future plans for the club, he has some ideas. “There is so much potential to do things with food and service and paying attention to detail to bring attention to them, to enhance the overall club experience,” he said. “I am thrilled to be here at the Ranch.” Castro has been married to wife Carey for almost 32 years. She is a part time Zumba instructor. They have two grown sons ages 27 and 28. They will make their home in Carlsbad.

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Try as you may, you can’t reason with crazy By Gene Lyons

RANCH HISTORY THE CIVIC CENTER HOUSE The Civic Center House was the first permanent residence built in Rancho Santa Fe in 1923 and was designed by Lillian Rice, shown on the staircase landing. It housed several families as somewhat temporary quarters until their homes were built. The first occupants were Ranch manager Sydney R. Nelson, his wife Ruth, and son Bob, who lived there until 1926. Left: The second family was the Madonalds. Pictured are Marion Macdonald, wife of Ranald Macdonald, the first president of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, their son Don and their dog Buster. Today it is called La Flecha House and is the home of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.

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

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Following the comprehensive failures of President George W. Bush, conservatives faced a hard choice: rethink or go crazy. For too many, the election of Barack Obama appears to have made it,so to speak, a no-brainer. Millions have chosen the comforts of delusion, envisioning the ordinary give-and-take of politics in a democracy as an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil. In a presidential election year, the evidence is everywhere. Two weeks ago, Florida GOP Rep. Allen West told a gathering of constituents that he knew of “78 to 81” congressional Democrats who are members of the Communist Party. Almost needless to say, West failed to name even one. Hardly anybody noticed, and certainly not the “severely conservative” presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. Crackpot pronouncements from GOP stalwarts have grown almost too commonplace to remark upon. Just the other day, Romney pretended not to hear a woman in Ohio accuse President Obama of governing outside the constitution. She wanted him tried for treason. Handed an opportunity to appear “presidential,” Romney reacted with the manic unease of a used car salesman fearful of losing a customer. Meanwhile, speaking of conspiracy theories, a right-wing “think tank” called the Heartland Institute erected a billboard along the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago featuring a portrait of the Unabomber,Ted Kaczynski. “I still believe in Global Warming,” it read. “Do you?” Elsewhere, Heartland’s deep thinkers generously conceded that “not all global warming alarmists are murderers or tyrants.” Big of them, don’t you think? Of course, Hitler loved dogs. So I don’t know what that means about dog lovers like me. Could I be a Nazi? What I do know, however, is that virtually every major scientific organization in the world — ranging from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, to the British Royal Society and the Science Council of Japan — agrees that the atmosphere is warming far in excess of natural variability, and that greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels are the cause. The Heartland Institute, funded by oil and coal interests, must have thought millions of American voters are gullible enough to be swayed by such nakedly demagogic appeals. (Widespread derision ultimately caused them to take the billboard down.) Nevertheless, the political question of the year remains: Were they right? Are Americans that scared and confused? Writing in the Washington Post, longtime congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein cautiously analyze what’s been obvious to some of us for a long time: The main cause of the dysfunction in American politics

has become the ideological extremism of the Republican Party. The title of their new book summarizes the argument: “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism.” Briefly, the argument is that uncompromising, ideologically based parties work better in a winner-take-all parliamentary system like Britain’s than under the U.S. Constitution, with its separation of powers. Absent any possibility of consensus, governance has become well-nigh impossible. Although Mann and Ornstein flirt with the idea that both parties are equally responsible for Washington gridlock, they ultimately conclude that the GOP has become “an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition ... all but declaring war on the government.” No kidding. Sometimes it seems that the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 enabled paranoid thinkers to concentrate all their energies on the internal enemy. Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” and the bombastic stylings of Rush Limbaugh began depicting Democrats as “sick,” “treasonous” and enemies of “normal Americans” under Bill Clinton. But it took the economic catastrophe caused by George W. Bush’s policies followed by the election of President Obama — not merely a black man, it’s important to note, but a black Democrat with a foreign-sounding name — to bring that paranoia to epidemic proportions. In consequence, longtime GOP congressional aide Mike Lofgren wrote last year in explaining his resignation, “the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.” In practical terms, for Obama to succeed where Bush had manifestly failed also had the potential to reduce the GOP to a powerless bloc of neo-Confederate whiners for a generation. So Obama had to fail at all costs. Sometimes it has appeared as if the president himself was the only man in Washington who didn’t grasp the irrational zeal of his GOP rivals. “Has his vision of himself as a transformative figure, his sheer narcissism,” I wrote two years ago, “made him confuse the rough-and-tumble of Washington with the genteel precincts of the Harvard Law Review?” Alas, crazy can’t be reasoned with. Only defeated. Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of the President” (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). Email Lyons at



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Proper notices, customer preparation lists, insurance certificates, sample warrantees, references and material brochures are sent with each proposal. “After the bid is accepted, your reroofing will be promptly scheduled,” Urbach said. “Material purchases will be managed to insure your reroofing will be completed without delay. We obtain all necessary city or county permits and every attempt will be made to start your reroofing on the day scheduled.” URI’s construction procedures are designed to assure

insurance certificates and are available on request. "We make an effort from start to finish to properly complete every roofing job,” Urbach said. “If it is necessary for the crew to leave for any reason, they will inform you or if you are not available to call, the office to contact you. URI’s superintendents are on site for the entire roofing completion.” “In addition, after-payment warrantees are provided for every reroofing job and we have most files back to 1987,” Urbach added. URI’s ten year workmanship war-

ranty is transferable and we offer periodic roof sections after the roof is complete to make sure our customers get the most out of their investment. “Service doesn’t stop at the completion of your roof install. We also have a year round Service Department. Our employees are trained and certified in many roofing systems. URI is a member of the BBB, we are the only Certified Contractor Network member in San Diego county, we support many of the counties chambers, a long time BNI member and has been an active member of the San Diego Roofing Contractors Association since 1986, where Urbach served on SDRCA’s board of director from 1989 through 1992, president in 1993 and 1994. He has a special interest in SDRCA’s “Build a Roof” programs where the members provide material and labor to install roofs for nonprofit and needful members of the San Diego community. URI also holds membership in the Roofing Contractors Association of California, which focuses on activity at the state level in Sacramento. Contact URI at (760) 4715065.

Taking steps towards cutting down your telecom bill Many of us love to hate our home telecom provider, according to Consumer Reports. In CR’s survey, its readers ranked telecom services as less satisfying than most other services it rates. Yet there were a few companies that managed to please subscribers for TV, Internet and home phone. Unfortunately, those companies are unlikely to serve your area. Case in point: One of the best providers in CR’s Ratings is a regional cable company you may not have heard of — WOW, which serves four Midwestern states. It was among the toprated providers for TV, Net, phone and bundles of all three services. Then there’s Verizon FiOS, another of the top services, available in portions of 12 mostly Eastern states; Washington, D.C.; southern California; and Texas. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, even in regions where Verizon already operates, it has stopped or slowed down wiring new neighborhoods for FiOS. Though you might not be able to get FiOS or one of the highly rated small cable companies, you can still deal from a position of power. CR outlined five strategies you can use to help you get the best service and biggest sav-

ings in telecom. — Get ready to bargain. Seven out of 10 readers with a triple-play package didn’t even try to bargain on their telecom bills. Yet of those who did, more than 90 percent got some accommodation. Price reductions led the list of concessions, with around 40 percent of bargainers reporting savings of up to $50 a month. — Push back when rates rise. Readers gave some companies, including Verizon FiOS and Cox, high marks for limiting price increases after a promotional rate expired. But others (notably Cablevision and Comcast) hiked rates considerably, survey respondents reported. If your provider’s rates soar after a deal ends, push back. Use competition among providers to your advantage. — Don’t overbuy on Internet. The data speed of

your Internet service limits how quickly you can send and receive files, how smoothly content (especially video) streams and at what resolution, and the ability to play interactive games on the Web. Yet eight out of 10 consumers don’t even know what speed they’re getting from their Internet service provider, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Here’s CR’s advice on what you need: Light usage: Speeds of up to 3 megabits per second (Mbps) if you typically have only one or two users at a time emailing, Web surfing, downloading standard-definition videos and playing simple online games such as Farmville. Moderate usage: 6 to 12 Mbps if one or two simultaneous users is the norm, with three online at times. Heavy usage: At least

15 Mbps service if the number of users, data demands, or both, is high. Up to four people may be online at once, with some using a tablet or smartphone. — Look to phone for savings. More than half of CR’s subscribers use Internet-based phone service instead of a traditional landline. But bundling prices are complicated, and dropping phone service from a triple-play package might not save you much. Check to see whether it’s worth it. — Downsize your TV service. Only about 9 percent of CR’s readers didn’t receive TV programming from a cable, satellite or phone-company provider. If you want such service but prefer to pay less: Go basic. The recession and the threat of online TV sources have pushed cable and satellite TV providers to offer, albeit quietly, economy TV services costing $25 to $35 for local channels and about 20 basic TV channels. That might be enough for you. Drop the DVR. Programs you often record might be available at no cost via your provider’s video-ondemand or “start over” and “view later” features, allowing you to save $6 to $20 a month. Go back to free TV from an antenna. Over-the-air signals from ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS are all digital and mostly HD.

65 this year? Understand your Medicare Options. Medicare is a great start, but it never was designed to cover everything. For example, it only pays 80% for the Medicare allowed amount of covered healthcare expenses. The rest comes out of your own pocket. So, depending on

Original Medicare coverage may not be enough.” your personal situation, you’ll want to review your choices for getting coverage beyond Original Medicare. At a minimum you will want to have Part D drug plan coverage. Even if you are still working or retired and are covered by your company’s health plan, you are probably paying something in premiums every month. Now that you are about to turn 65, you could get on a Medicare Advantage Plan where the monthly premium is $0. Another option would be a Medicare Supplemental Plan that usually has lower premiums than most company insurance plans. Selecting the right coverage can be confusing, and making the right decision might be more complex than you expect. You have a window of opportunity: 3 months before your 65th birthday month, the month of your 65th birthday, 3 months after your 65th birthday month (7 months), where you can not be denied Medicare Insurance. By planning ahead, your Medicare coverage can start on the first day of the month you turn 65. For more information and a no-cost review of your Medicare options, contact: Douglas Kerr, Secure Horizon Advisor (Lic#0G64783) at (760) 4737 7 2 1 . Doug@MedicareInsuranceS a n D i e g o . c o m MedicareInsuranceSanDieg He will make sense out of all the “stuff” you have been getting in the mail and help you make informed decisions. Doug Kerr has lived in Encinitas for 22 years, is a Board member of the Encinitas Rotary Club and a member of the Senior Network of Associated Professionals (SNAP). He regularly gives educational Medicare update presentations to groups.


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St. James Academy invites you to our

Preschool and Kindergarten

Open House Sunday, May 20 • 8:30am - 11:00am 623 South Nardo Avenue, Solana Beach The faith-based community of St. James Academy offers small class sizes, with low student to teacher ratios. Students enjoy individualized instruction, small group instruction and differentiated learning. Classrooms include SmartBoards, Technology centers and a Kindergarten outdoor garden. Spanish, music and physical education are included in the curriculum. We look forward to meeting you! For more information, please go to or call 1-858-755-1777.

Carlsbad man shares his ‘Amazing’ experience bers are married, siblings or tude.” Despite that exhausting lifelong friends, the two U.S. As Carlsbad resident J.J. Carrell recently discovered, experience, a 30-day separa- Border Patrol agents knew being a contestant on TV’s tion from their families and a each other less than a year before embarking on the race. “The Amazing Race” can be “I wanted to do it for both physically and menyears,” Carrell said. “I tally grueling. thought about “I’ve never been doing it with my so dirty in all my life,” brother but he he said. “I’ve lives in never been so Florida. Then tired in all they brought my life. And in a new guy I’ve never at work.” had so much As luck fun in all my would have life. it,Velez was a “One fan of the s e c o n d you’re high Carlsbad resident J.J. Carrell (right) and Art Velez from Temecula show as well. said, as a kite and recently placed second in the 20th season of TV's "The Amazing Race." “I ‘Dude, we the next, Photo courtesy of CBS should do you’re hanging on for dear life,” Carrell second-place finish, Carrell that,’” Carrell said. “He said, said. “It really tests your forti- and his teammate, Art Velez, ‘You’re crazy.’” Carrell completed the wouldn’t hesitate to do it application, the pair filmed a again. “We have our backpacks required two-minute video ready to go now,” Carrell said. and they were selected to The eight-time Emmy compete. Carrell and Velez proved Award-winning reality series pits 11 two-member teams to be strong contenders, finagainst each other on a ishing first or second in nearmonthlong trek around the ly all 11 episodes. In fact, world. At every destination, eventual winners Dave and each team competes in a Rachel Brown saw them as their greatest competition. “I series of challenges. When the tasks are com- thought that from the start,” pleted, they learn their next Dave said in a CBS blog. Although Carrell expectlocation. Teams are eliminated almost weekly as they vie ed the experience to be chalfor the $1 million first-place lenging, he didn’t anticipate prize. While most team memTURN TO EXPERIENCE ON A22

By Bianca Kaplanek

Stay Well with Scripps


Scripps is committed to keeping you and your family well all year long. Here are some of our upcoming events. On the Road to Good Health Saturday, June 2, gates open at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, June 7, gates open at 10:35 a.m. Scripps Mobile Medical Unit is on the road and coming to Petco Park. Whether you’re 25 or 75, your health scores—such as body mass, blood pressure and diabetes risk—are some of the most important scores in your life. So be sure to stop by the Scripps Mobile Medical Unit for free health screenings and assessments, and to learn how our 2,600 physicians can help get your health scores to optimum levels and keep them there. Free. Location: Petco Park, East Gate Entrance near the Candy Factory.

Understanding Sciatica Pain and Treatment Options Friday, June 8, 1:15–2:45 p.m. Sciatica is pain that begins in the hip and buttocks and continues all the way down the leg, which is often accompanied by lower back pain. Join pain management specialist and anesthesiologist Michael Verdolin, MD, to learn about the causes and treatment options for those suffering from sciatica pain. Cost: $4. Location: OASIS in Mission Valley at Macy’s.

Meal Planning for Diabetes

The Skin You’re In

Tuesday, June 12, 6–7:30 p.m. Learn the truth about carbohydrates and how to eat to manage diabetes or pre-diabetes. This class is taught by a registered dietitian and is free. Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Walker room.

Friday, June 15, 10:15–11:45 a.m. Join Krista Rodriquez Bruno, MD, as she discusses skin cancer recognition, self-skin exams, basic skin care and sun protection. Cost: $2.50. Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Senior Activity Room.

Healthy Summer Skin Thursday, June 14, 6–7 p.m. Summer is here and now is the time to take care of your skin. Join director of Scripps Clinic Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center, Edward Ross, MD, to learn how to protect skin from the sun’s harsh summer rays and what can be done to help reverse sun-damaged skin. Free. Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Founder’s room.

Care in Your Neighborhood Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Scripps primary care physicians will be at the Westfield Mall in UTC to answer your questions. Learn about the services offered and locations near your home, such as our Coastal Del Mar site. Knowing your health scores, such as body fat and blood pressure is the first step you can take toward a healthier life. So free health screenings and information will also be available to you and your family.

Multiple Sclerosis: Spring Seminar Series Thursday, June 14, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Join neurologist Charles Smith, MD–in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific Coast Chapter– for a series of seminars that will offer valuable information to people who want to better manage their MS symptoms and improve quality of life. Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Free. Location: Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Great Hall.

For more information about these and other events, or for physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS (1-800-727-4777).


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for Four Guitars and Orchestra along with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” and Bizet’s “Two Suites” from the opera “Carmen” at MiraCosta College Concert Hall (Bldg. 2400), 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. General admission is $10 and senior/seniors/staff are $8. Call (760) 795.6815 or visit

MAY 18 FINE ART Come find your favorites at the “My Favorite Strokes” art show at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias. Local award-winning artists’ work will remain on exhibit at the gallery through June. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about membership and purchasing art work, visit, call (858) 759-3545 or email

MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC CLUB The Democratic Club of Carlsbad/Oceanside will meet on Armed Forces Day at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Carlsbad Woman's Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Speakers will be representatives of several veterans’ activist groups helping San Diego veterans. Call (760) 8042754; email or visit MOJO WORKIN’ At 7:30 p.m., May 19 in the MiraCosta College Theatre, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. MOJO (MiraCosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra) and the MiraCosta Jazz Collective be in concert. General admission: $10; students/seniors, $8. For tickets call (760) 795-6815 or online at STOP STRESS Michael Monahan, of Monahan Chiropractic, will host a free seminar on stress relief and prevention at 1 p.m. May 19 at Pharmaca, 6985 El Camino Real, Suite 103, Carlsbad.

MAY 21 BIG BOOK SALE The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a half-price sale at the Solana Beach Library daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 21 through May 26 at the library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 755-1404. SWAMI SUPPORTERS The Swamis Surfing Association meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Road,Encinitas,and then on the fourth Monday of each month.

MAY 22 SUNSET SOIREE Adults over 21 are invited to join the Del Mar Rotary Club for the Sunset Soiree from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 22 at 1555 Camino Del Mar. It will include tastings from the area restaurants, wineries and breweries as well as silent and live auction bidding, raffle prizes, live music and a beautiful sunset over the Pacific coast. For tickets, visit WOMEN’S HISTORY North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 22 in Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. “Women in the Civil War” will be the topic by Gena Philibert Ortega For information, call (858) 509-4937.

MAY 23 ESPAÑA At 7:30 p.m. May 23, MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra will present “Viva España,” with Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Andaluz



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Hawaiian Pop star Anuhea brings her stateside, “The love & Roots Tour,” to the Belly Up Tavern May 23 at 8 p.m. A major presence on the Islands with multiple hit songs, Anuhea has received favorable critical comparison to fellow islanders Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars. She will be joined on tour by co-headliner, Mishka, an internationally renowned RootsReggae artist. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. Visit Courtesy photo

MAY 24 SUMMER READING The Rancho Santa Fe Library Youth Services will launch its summer reading program with the presentation of “Earth Dome,” using a 15-foot-high globe, at 3:30 p.m. May 24 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita. The theme of this year’s summer reading program is “Dream Big.” Sign up for the Summer Reading Program online at The library will be closed Memorial Day, May 28. FEED THE SOUL Come be a part of Feeding the Soul Foundation’s very first Volunteer’s Mixer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 24 at Jitters, 510 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside.

MAY 25 OSTOMY SUPPORT The Ostomy Support Group of North San Diego County will meet at 1 p.m. May 25 in Assembly Room 2, Lower Level of Tri City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. Call (760) 213-2501 for information.

MAY 26 BLOOMING TROPICAL The palm, cycad, bamboo and tropical plant sale is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 at the San Diego Botanical Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, featuring exotic species. For more information call Phil Bergman at (619) 291–4605.

MAY 29 MAGIC MATH Enjoy a showcase of advanced math courses at Torrey Pines High School including Calculus II, Calculus III, Linear Algebra and Advanced Topics in Mathematics II at the Advanced Math Open House at Torrey Pines High School, 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 29, in the Torrey Pines High School Gym, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley. Students from Abby Brown’s math classes will present and display projects. Contact Abby Brown at

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Artist finds balance in contradictions By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Stephanie Bell May is drawn to the yin and yang of life. The ebbs and flows; the upsand-downs. Those observations are reflected in her compelling artwork that explores those contrasts, which she calls “accidental encounters with magic.” “Through painting, living and exploring, I have realized that I am perpetually attracted and captivated by the balance between contradictions and counterparts,” she said. With that in mind, she lets her paintings lead the way in what they will turn out to be. “I would rather it dictate to me, rather than stifling it with parameters with preconceived notions,” she said. “I don’t want to decide what it should look like. Each one has its own life. They really tell me when it’s going well and when it is time to stop and what to do with it.” She said she keeps painting until something “unexpected” and “magical” happens. “I think it happens to everyone in the arts, like music,” she said. “I’m sure tons of people want to write the perfect song and they have an idea, but it comes to them by accident. Some of the best things in life come unexpectedly with a little magic and you don’t know why or how. I am surprised every time and every step of the process. I want to see what magic may happen in every little layer.” Many times in her work, she uses the forms of man and woman.

Stephanie Bell May, an artist from Fairbanks Ranch, said she likes to be surprised by her work and lets it take the lead in how it turns out. Photo by Patty McCormac

“I really like simplifying the human form to the most basic line, like a continuous line. I don’t know why I am drawn to that sort of thing, but I am very interested in the experimentation process that takes place with all the different textures and colors and all the materials and media I may use in my paintings,” she said. May said she “hates to shove the subject matter on the viewer.” “I want there to be nuances. I kind of like to hide it a little so the viewer can bring forth the importance of textures and colors,” she said. She says she likes the subject matter to be subtle and for the viewer somewhat serendipitous.

“I don’t want it to look like it came from my hand. I want it to appear that it somehow appeared by itself,” she said. She believes she was born an artist. “Forever, as long as I have memory of myself, I remember being lost in art and in myself and in my mind. I remember first taking notice of it when I was 4 years old. My mom could take me anywhere and sit me down with watercolor paints and papers and I could be lost for hours,” she said. Her mother was the first to see her talent. Later, her teachers began to take notice. One of them submitted one of her paintings to a contest. She

won. Her prize was having Hallmark putting the image on a greeting card. She said she never saw that particular card. May went to Pepperdine University on an art scholarship where she was singled out with an award that named her as leading artist of her generation. The award is not given out every year or every five years. It is bestowed sporadically. The last one bestowed on any artist before May’s was given 10 years prior. “It gave me confidence that maybe this was something I should really take notice of. I had always liked my art, but I hadn’t noticed TURN TO ARTIST ON A22


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For Tim Smith tent is whole new world Banners help keep By Tony Cagala

Creating an entire world inside a tent 66 feet high with a diameter of 167 feet may seem an improbable task. But when that space is filled with state-of-the-art technology and awe-inspiring physical feats it hardly seems there are any boundaries at all. “We’re using peoples’ bodies, images, space, to create this world that has become Cirque du Soleil and the world of ‘Totem,’” said Tim Smith, artistic director. Despite his working in a tent, Smith, who’s spent 15 years acting on Broadway where the theaters are much smaller, has the sense of being in a larger space than he’s worked in before. As the artistic director, Smith finds himself immersed in every aspect of the production; during shows he’s out in front taking notes and ensuring the quality of the show is there; when the performers are off he’s surveying the technical aspects of the show, including the music, makeup and costumes; and then he’s managing the tour, attending to the actors’ and crews’ needs. Smith, who’s from New York, began his career as an actor. It was only in the last five years that he’d decided to make the transition from appearing onstage to going behind-the-scenes as a director and producer. What was the cause for the transition? “Birthdays,” Smith said wryly. “You look up, and you’re not 20 anymore. And you’re like, ‘What’s the

Houlihan in mind We’re using peoples’ bodies, images, space, to create this world...” Tim Smith Artistic Director, Totem

Artistic director Tim Smith makes the transition from actor to director with Cirque du Soleil and their production of “Totem.” Courtesy photo

next step?’ And being an actor is an interesting way of life, and an interesting career and it was going well for me; I was successful in it, so it was better to bow out. Transitioning at 35 is easier than 45,” he said. Joining Cirque du Soleil has, in essence, signaled the start of his second act. Smith began working for Cirque two years ago and for the past six months has been at the helm of “Totem.” The show, which has been performing two shows a day since it arrived at the Del Mar fairgrounds in April and will continue through May 27, is constantly evolving from its original concept created by Robert Lapage more than a

year ago. The show’s continual changes and evolution are fitting, given the show’s theme depicting the evolution of mankind. Since taking the show over, Smith said it’s his job to do two things: keep the show fresh by creating new acts and updating the show’s technology, and to tighten the show. “We develop daily; we develop new images and the show changes daily, and we keep the show motivated. It’s a very creative job,” he said. Putting on as many shows as it does, there are always the challenges, too. Mostly, Smith explained, with the shows technologies. “‘Totem’ is state-of-the-art at

this point for the world that’s out there entertainment-wise. It does offer two things: It lets the audience see something they’ve never seen before, but then also, it adds the responsibility to us to maintain things that’ve never been used before.” Not only can the technologies used break down, but also the performers’ bodies, which are more often than not performing skills that haven’t been seen before. “You sit in the audience and you see acts from unicycle girls from Mongolia…to a static trapeze act that the images are just stunning and beautiful,” Smith said.

KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art The Arts Alive 2012 banner auction scheduled for May 20 is rapidly approaching. This year’s event has been dedicated to late Encinitas councilwoman Maggie Houlihan, who left many of us remembering her with tremendous appreciation and affection. Regardless of her physical absence this year, her spirit seemed not only present but particularly feisty, as her image on the reverse side of each banner created a community controversy. Members of the art community recently recounted personal experiences of Maggie, consistently describing her as an avid supporter of local arts. Many banner artists told of Maggie’s perennial support of the Arts Alive program by attending every unveiling ceremony and purchasing banners at all annual auctions. Lisa Roche said, “Maggie often spoke about the importance of art in the community.” Julie Ann Stricklin added, “She was a tremen-

dous advocate for Pacific View Elementary as a community cultural center.” Dody Crawford shared: “One of her last wishes was that the banner program would always continue. My current banner depicts Maggie surrounded by the animals she had cared for.” Don Doerfler, having originally met Maggie at an animal rescue meeting, said, “It was no surprise to see her working on the city council, planning and directing projects with a cause. It had to benefit people, the planet and its creatures. Maggie was always working from her heart, always promoting the Environment and the Arts.” Arts Alive director Danny Salzhandler remembers Maggie as the delightful epitome of both patron and volunteer for 101 Artist Colony, which sponsors the annual banner event. “She was there making her rounds every Easter in her fluffy bunny suit.” Fred Caldwell said, “Maggie was always a fan of the arts and endorsing local artists, on top of the myriad of other things she'd do to keep Encinitas on track.” Caldwell witnessed her compassionate support of the Surfing Madonna’s creator TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A22



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Torrey Pines student journalists shine at competition CARMEL VALLEY — Students from Torrey Pines High School’s journalism classes earned top awards in competition n the University of Washington campus. The award-winning members of the Falconer and

Yearbook staffs this year include Alex McCracken, Lauren Bickford, Cory Lomberg, Natalie Dunn, Benji Lu, Sophie You, Doreen Govan, Savannah Kelly, Rachel Auwarter, Eva Lilienfeld, Chris Rellas,

Bailey Sayin, Zoe Palenik, Jordan Siegel and James Drevno. Overall, the school newspaper, the Falconer won firstplace Best in Show for newspapers 17 pages and over. In addition, FirstFlight Literary

Torrey Pines High School award-winning journalism students on the Falconer newspaper and TPHS Yearbook staffs include, from left, Alex McCracken, Lauren Bickford, Cory Lomberg, Natalie Dunn, Benji Lu, Sophie You, Doreen Govan, Savannah Kelly, Rachel Auwarter, Eva Lilienfeld, Chris Rellas, Bailey Sayin, Zoe Palenik, Jordan Siegel and James Drevno. Courtesy photo

SCHOOL PRIDE Torrey Pines High School students donned cardinal shirts while staff members wore gold, gathering for this aerial photo that proudly proclaims, “We are TP!” Photo courtesy Scott Chodorow

RSF Golf Club to host military tribute RANCHO SANTA FE — On May 25, please attend a special non-partisan tribute to our military veterans past and present. A salute to R. Roger Rowe will be made that evening. The event’s speaker will be retired Col. Rick Powell, USMC. Col. Powell served on presidential details including Ronald Reagan’s when he won the 1980 election. This veterans’ tribute will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club (5827 Via de la Cumbre, RSF) starting at 5:30 p.m. The program and dinner

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Early summer reading and Ranch resident receives top honors MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch If you didn’t discover “Eat, Pray, Love” when it swept the literary world a few years back, do yourself a favor and pick one up at the Book Cellar here in town. I am rereading this fantastic adventure of one woman’s search for herself and meaning in her life while traipsing across Italy, India, and Indonesia. In this nonfiction memoir, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her own battles with depression and anxiety during a trying period on her journey, with a self-effacing sense of humor. After visiting a medicine man in Bali who predicts the rise and fall of her finances and future, Gilbert sets out to rectify her own shortcomings. As she deals with deconstructing her own illusions, the readers will find her at one point kneeling in prayer in the early morning hours on the cold ceramic tiles inside her bathroom. After a bitter divorce, you find yourself as the reader in Italy with Gilbert. You discover pizza with her. You eat gelato on the bench next to statues and waterfalls. You travel to Barcelona on trains and meet a friend of hers called Luca Spaghetti. Then, whether you like it or not, you find yourself thrust onto your knees in meditation in India.You meet “Richard from Texas,” a larger than life force who helps

Gilbert find deeper meaning in her search for peace and serenity. After connecting to prayer and wisdom, you finally end up on the exotic Island of Bali where she once again reconnects with the medicine man who told her fortune. A love story flourishes in Bali. The question is, will she allow herself to find love again? Do read this nonfiction memoir and discover one of the finest writers that I have had the joy of reading. You might even find bits of your own life stuck in between the pages. This is an early suggestion for your summer reading.

Around town On May 4, one of my good friends Mike Novido celebrated the grand opening of his first art show in San Diego. Many of you may know Mike in Rancho Santa Fe. He used to be head of production at one of the other papers in town and still works with The Barry Estate Team as their graphic designer. As a lover of art, I was thrilled to hear Mike has launched his own unique art consisting of bold portraits that tell a story inside each canvas. If you would like to see Mike’s art in person, you still can. Mike’s art will be on display until the end of June at the 57 Degrees Wine Bar located at 1735 Hancock Street in San Diego. For more details, e-mail Mike at A few years back, Mike and I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon together. Thanks Mike for always being a constant in my life. I am happy

for your success. On May 5, Karian Forsyth had one of her infamous spa parties in The Crosby. Unfortunately due to a busy schedule, I missed my monthly catch-up time with the girls in the Ranch. However, luckily for me, I have a fabulous photo from the perfect day in the sun sipping champagne poolside. Thanks, Karian for always including me on your guest list. I do feel privileged to receive the invite. On May 6, I had the pleasure of hosting a jewelry party for one of my closest friends in the whole wide world. Shauna Aronson and I met in more than 25 years ago in Kansas City. Shauna’s brother was my first modeling agent. Imagine me brighteyed and bushy tailed as a young girl bouncing around Kansas City. Well, her wonderful family took me in and basically fed me on the weekends. Her mother became my godmother so-to-speak, too. The bond was made and we have spanned three decades together. So needless to say, opening my home to host a party for her was a no-brainer. What fun. Some of the women who attended were Meredith MacDonald, Shannon Elle, Melissa Williams and Alicia “Firecracker,” just to name a few. I have included two lovely photos from that day. Remember in order to find happiness in life one must be selfless at times and make room for friendships, love and laughter. On May 9, I notice that Archie, the Labrador up for

Front row: Shauna Aronson, Alicia "Firecracker," Shannon Elle. Back Row: Meredith MacDonald and Melissa Williams at Machel Penn Shull's party for her good friend, Shauna Aronson. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

adoption that still needs a home, did not make the paper picture cut last week. So here he is featured one more time, just in case you are seeking a new companion to keep you safe, loved and in good shape with fantastic walks under the eucalyptus trees. He is a mature Lab and is past that pesky puppy stage if you aren’t into that sort of thing. Adopt Archie today! Please contact Beth today at (858)-673-5235 or e-mail her at On May 12, I received some exiting news. Ranch resident Matthew Sorge received top honors at the California State Fair. Matthew competed against 1,000 other students to win first place in the category of “Zoology.” A seventhgrader at Santa Fe Christian, Matthew is also the son of Jill and Tony Sorge — two wonderful people who I have been blessed to be friends with now for more than 12 years. Matthew researched how impacted olive trees are by the fruit fly. Believe it or not, the olive industry generates $90 million in profits a year for California. Matthew was also featured in the world’s leading publication “The Olive Source,” for his findings on his project. Here is a link:

Shauna Aronson with Meredith MacDonald enjoying a beautiful Sunday at Machel's home. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

fly-researcher-matthew-sorgedoes-battle-against-evil. Matthew has also been selected to compete at a national level, an achievement only awarded to 10 percent of the students that participated. Congratulations Matthew Sorge!

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Susan Jones, Karian Forsyth, Elaine Gallagher and Nancy Kidder looking gorgeous in the Sun on May 5 in the Crosby. Courtesy photo

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Concert to conclude jazz series By Lillian Cox

A full house is expected when the doors open at 3:45 p.m. May 19 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium for a jazz session by ESP honoring the electric period of Miles Davis. The concert is the fourth and final segment of a lecture/performance series titled This Is Jazz! hosted by San Diego jazz historian, author and media personality Dirk Sutro. Although there is no charge, entrance tickets are required and will be distributed starting at 3 p.m. The program begins at 4 p.m. at the auditorium, which is located at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane. Lynn Willard is cofounder of ESP, a jazz fusion group established in the early 1990s that was inspired by the music of Miles Davis. Performing with Willard will be Robert Campbell (tenor sax, soprano sax), Dave Curtis (bass player, electronic FX), Gary Nieves (drums) and John Reynolds (trumpet). Selections for the concert include “In a Silent Way/It’s About That Time,” “Black Satin” (“On the Corner” album), “Mr. Pasatorius,” “Nem Um Talve” and “U ‘n I.” “We’ve had a 20-year love affair with Miles Davis’ music and have tried to carry on in the true spirit of how he would play if he were alive today,” Willard said. “Miles played electric music because he got tired of music from the bee-bop period. He didn’t consider the genre to be old, but it was getting old for him. When he started listening to James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, the funk influence became part of his style along with the use of electronics and the wah-wah peddle.” Campbell, who was an

Lynn Willard and the group, ESP, will be honoring the electric period of jazz icon Miles Davis in the last segment of the lecture/performance series, “This is Jazz,” at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at 4 p.m. on May 19. Courtesy photo

original member of ESP, teaches jazz band at Clairemont High School. Today, he says, jazz is attracting a new generation of followers. “The main thing is that they can express themselves,” he said. “It’s about improvisation, and each person’s creativity comes into play.” Campbell added that the new wave of jazz musicians has an appreciation for the big band sound of the 1940s as well as jazz from the 1950s and 1960s. “I called a student and (John) Coltrane was playing on his ringtone,” he said. “The good stuff is still out there, and young people appreciate it. They respect older musicians who are able to play instruments as well as they can.” Willard explained that the group name, ESP, was inspired by the title track written by Wayne Shorter for Miles Davis’ 1965 album. “You have to have ESP

to improvise at the highest level,” Willard said. “It allows you to be ‘in the moment’. You’re watching each other play, looking for signals, rhythms that you hit together, beginnings and endings. You’re concentrating at the highest state of awareness.” Willard says that jazz is evolving, even today. “We continue to play music that is ‘in the moment,’” he said. “We play the music of Miles Davis because of his pervasive influence on jazz and society.” After the performance, Sutro will moderate a discussion involving the band members and audience. This Is Jazz! is made possible by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund. For more information, call (760) 434-2920 or visit rtments/cultural/performarts/Pages/this-is-jazz.aspx.

BIO BEAUTIFUL On April 20, Lydia Chen and Karen Hsu are among 45 Torrey Pines High School students at the flower-planting session in the Bio Garden (the still-developing area outside of the Biology Hall) during the Journal of Youths in Science (JOURNYS) campus-beautification event coordinated by Melodyanne Cheng for Earth Day. San Diego’s Water Conservation Program provided free California poppy and wildflower seeds. “We’ve increased awareness of Earth Day and made our campus more beautiful all at once,” said Cheng. Courtesy photo

Pharmacy closes its doors By Lillian Cox

Another Encinitas landmark is gone. Rancho Park Pharmacy, which opened its doors in November 1974, closed May 3. John and Linda Eddington were the first owners of the pharmacy, which served the region from Rancho Santa Fe to Village Park, giving it its name. Chrissy Pollard was 23 when she was hired in the spring of 1975. She remained with the store until it closed

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Staff pose for a picture before the Rancho Park Pharmacy closed May 3 after 38 years in business. From left: Owner Eric Tran, Helen Nauert, Tara Elliott, Chrissy Pollard, Will Wynn, post office manager Lorraine Goyette, Manager, Kathy Koda, Donna Skee, Barbara Nauert. Photo by Lillian Cox

last week. “It was the first business to open (in the shopping center now occupied by Sprouts), even before Alpha Beta,” she said. Back then, Pollard says there was only a stop sign at El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard. Red Richie Ford stood where Encinitas Ford is now, and the original Borrelli’s was across the street in the shopping center where Ortho Mattress is located. “The color scheme was orange, avocado and brown, which was popular in the 1970s,” she said. “There was a wooden drawer in the post office where we kept change. I weighed mail by hand. People from the racetrack would use their winnings to buy money orders worth thousands of dollars.” Pollard said an orange VW bug with a mortar and pestle on the roof was used to provide free delivery. “We sold products like Bag Balm, which was used for calluses on cows’ udders,” she said. “People would come from as far as Oceanside.

They would tell others, ‘Go to Rancho Park Pharmacy. They’ll have it!’” Many of the customers were popular stars including singer Patti Page and actors Victor Mature, Martin Milner and Michael Landon. Pollard and the others were cross-trained as postal workers and pharmacy techs. There was also the gift shop that remained popular till closing. “I’d sell presents, then wrap, package and mail them,” she said. “There was free gift wrap. During the holidays we’d have hot cider and Christmas music. Linda sang carols.” Since the announcement of the closing was made on April 13, post office manager Lorraine Goyette says there’s been a steady stream of customers dropping off bakery items and coming by to bid farewell. Others, like Stacy Foster, hadn’t heard of the closing until the last day. “I was so shocked and horrified that I couldn’t get TURN TO PHARMACY ON A22

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Social forum highlights the importance of art to Hmong culture and refugees By Jared Whitlock

Roger Harmon saw the power of art firsthand more than 25 years ago while working as an education officer in refugee camps populated by Southeast Asia’s Hmong people. Forced from their land, Hmong in Taiwanese refugee camps used story cloths to recant journeys often marked by despair. “The story cloths have universal themes,” Harmon said. “They’re about how beauty and art can come from very difficult situations.” Story cloths that Harmon collected, as well as photographs featuring Hmong life, will be on display at a free reception and forum May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. How did so many Hmong end up in refugee camps? The Hmong have a “very unique history,” Harmon said. Over the last 200 years, Hmong largely migrated from their ancestral homes in China to Southeast Asia.A large number of Hmong in the 1960s lived in Laos, an area west of Vietnam that played a critical role in the cold war. The Hmong sided with the U.S. in the fight against communism in Southeast Asia, receiving weapons and training from the CIA. A bloody, unpublicized war in Laos ended in defeat for the Hmong, and revolutionary governments sprung up shortly after in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.On the losing side of the war, the Hmong were no longer welcome on their lands. Hundreds of thousands Hmong fled across the Meking River to refugee camps in Thailand. Many drowned trying to make the long swim. Some cloths tell a multi-

A social forum May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito will feature story cloths made by Hmong refugees. Courtesy photo

paneled story, similar to a comic strip, which shows the struggle of crossing the Meking River. Harmon said the Hmong have a long-standing tradition of making tightly stitched textiles. But most textiles historically haven’t been focused on narrative. Harmon said the turn toward modern subject matter and stories could have been a way to deal with loss. “This is a new art, from what I’ve found,” Harmon said. “It was a method of coping with the tragedy,” he added. Another motif found in the cloths is the comparison between life before and after the cold war. One story cloth, for example, features a connection to animals, thriving crops and people working together. Subsequent panels of the same cloth, however, show the Hmong hiding from danger and being attacked. “They lost their homes and lives in a short period of time,” Harmon said. “It was devastating.” Harmon, who has worked in Asia and Africa to prepare refugees to come to the U.S., said many refugees in Taiwanese camps waited up to 20 years to return home to Laos — dealing with harsh living conditions on a daily basis. “They could let the world know what they were going

through with the story cloths,” said Nancy Harmon, who helped cultivate the exhibit with her husband. Some Hmong at the refugee camps came to the U.S. Recognizing the Hmong’s sacrifices during the Vietnam War, the U.S. accepted a wave of refugees from the camps in the 1970s and 1980s.And cloths from this time period depicting American cities show many Hmong were looking forward to new beginnings. According to Harmon, the Hmong population in the U.S. is roughly 200,000. Although the flow of Hmong immigrants has slowed over the years, Harmon hopes the forum highlights present minority groups that have been displaced by recent wars and economic conditions. Bob Montgomery, the director of San Diego’s International Rescue Committee (IRC), will also speak at the forum. The IRC provides assistance for new refugees by offering English classes, health screenings and employment training, among other services. Presently, Montgomery said most refugees are coming from Somalia and Iraq. After returning home from service in Vietnam, Montgomery felt he needed to help Vietnamese who were affected by the war. Now he sees an opportunity to help displaced Iraqis who aided the U.S. “I want to draw the parallels between Vietnam and Iraq,” he said. “There are groups in both cases that made sacrifices to help our country.”

The recent annual fund-raiser for Pacific Symphony at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach made $160,000 for the organization. Photos by Frank Mangio

Wine is a good fundraising ingredient FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Community organizations large and small can be grateful for the powerful draw that wine can be, to raise funds for their activities to help the needy. It seems more and more events spotlight wine to increase attendance and support for worth causes. America helps those that need help, a truly noble way to give and make a difference. Pacific Symphony in Orange County is a classic example of a memorable evening that raised $160,000 from some 300 happy attendees. Wine enthusiasts were eager to bid up some very attractive auction items, mostly well-known wines that they were able to also taste. Winemakers and Sommeliers were available for answering questions; the entertainment was by a cellist who lavished the din-

The animated Roy Yamaguchi emphasized the finer points of making Yellowtail Hamachi at the recent Food & Wine Festival in Palm Desert.

ner guests with a solo performance of moving renditions of symphonic favorites. He was a stunning example of why the guests were there. The planners of this event went to great lengths to insure that popular wine brands were on hand to satisfy the most demanding tastes. Names that stood out were: Chateau Montelena, Miner, Beaulieu, Chappellet, Foley, Seghesio, Silver Oak and Paul Hobbs. Clearly, Napa Valley wines were well represented. Tickets were $375 each and the value was there. Over in Palm Desert, another strategy, equally effective, was in place for the many hundreds that visited the recent Food & Wine Festival, held under three large, impressive tents. Here the spotlight was on the greats of the culinary world, as over 20 celebrity chefs and restaurateurs shared specialty dishes with the assembled. This event benefits scholarship funds to send student chefs to the best culinary schools in the world. This was the third annual Food & Wine Festival and it’s drawing some household names, including top drawer wine and food personalities

from San Diego: Jesse Rodriguez Wine Director from The Grand Resort Del Mar, and William Bradley, Executive Chef from 5 star restaurant Addison, also at the Grand Del Mar. The crowd saved their best energy for the legendary chef Roy Yamaguchi, highest award winner of the group and owner of Roy’s Asian flavored restaurants. He wowed everyone with a Yellowtail Fish, Hamachi style, with Sesame. The wines here were well-known quality brands, attracting crowds to taste the latest releases from: Frescobaldi, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall, Kenwood, King Estate, Lancaster, Seghesio, St Francis and Turnbull. In San Diego at a Gaslamp District hotel, a benefit wine-food event for Elder Help, an organization that helps local seniors, took another turn. Themed entertainment, namely Prohibition and the Roaring ‘20s, brought guests out mostly in costume for the music, dancing, food and wine sampling and many fun auction items. The movie Chicago played on the side of an adjaTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A22



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ODD Post judgment recovery: How to collect? FILES


Jesus Java Britain’s ITV1 television network announced plans in April to accept “prop placements” to blend into production of its new reality talent show in which actors compete for the lead role in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The network said, for example, that it was seeking coffee machines, which piqued the interest of the De’Longhi brand manager, who offered its top-of-the-line Magnifica ESAM4200 and, according to its public relations firm, suggested perhaps interrupting the play’s climactic song “The Crucifixion” while Jesus savors a cup brewed from the Magnifica. An April report in London’s The Independent noted that the opera’s composer, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was on board with the idea, but that the original lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, called it “tasteless” and “tacky.”

What Goes Around NOTE: From time to time, Odd Files reminds readers that bizarre human adventures repeat themselves again and again. Here are some choice selections of previous themes recently coming around again (plus a couple of updates on earlier stories): Each spring in Dongyang, China, the aroma of urine is in the air — specifically, the town’s specialty of eggs boiled in the discharge of young boys (under age 10, typically gathered “fresh” from toilets at local schools). Townspeople have believed for centuries that the eggs, properly cooked, bring health and prosperity. “By eating these eggs,” one shopper told a Reuters reporter in March, “we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work.” In fact, Dongyang officials have proudly proclaimed “virgin boy eggs” as an “intangible cultural heritage.” And once again this spring, the Chinese marked the Qingming holiday with celebrations honoring the dead by making offerings to their deceased relatives. At the “tomb-sweeping” festival, people present paper replicas of items their ancestors are believed to need in the afterlife. Uncreative relatives give play money, but the offerings can be elaborate, such as shoes, cars and TV sets, or this year’s hot item — paper iPads, which were selling in Hong Kong for the equivalent of about $3.

This column is the first of a two-part column on how to collect on a judgment you have obtained from the courts. Look for the conclusion in the next issue. A fellow P.I. recently referred an interesting client to me. This new client had a judgment in favor of a previously well-respected designer decorator for more than a half million dollars. The client knew there was little chance of collecting, not only because the decorator didn’t have the client’s money anymore, but because the laws that govern “post judgment recovery” are complicated and expensive. Because I started my career in Florida (and the laws vary from state to state), each new case I get is a learning experience and most have an element of law that might dictate how I approach the objective. If there’s an attorney involved, I usually prefer to take my instructions from

BRIAN SCOTT Eye Spy him or her but if not, often the client relies on my expertise to make certain legal decisions which, by the way, puts me in a precarious position as I cannot offer legal advice. Unfortunately, often the client can’t afford a lawyer so they might prefer to wait and see what I come up with. It’s a tricky situation where I can only do the best I can, but I make sure the client understands — the legal buck doesn’t stop with me. Post judgment recovery, or PJR, is complicated and is a billion-dollar industry that can be successful if done right and if the plaintiff has the resources to pay as well. That way, the client can financially afford to see

it to the end. In my case of the corrupt decorator, my client, a wealthy European businessman, wanted to see this case through to the end and there was nothing that was getting in his way. Including my fees, which were enough to feed a family of four for a year or two — and it’s not over. First of all, I could not have asked for a nicer, more understanding and generous client that may come once in a P.I.’s career. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few, but not quite like this one. We’ll call him Alex. At first, it was just me and him and about half-way through the investigation, he brought in a semi-retired lawyer who was expert at this kind of law. I learned a great deal from him and although a bit “old school,” his guidance was immeasurable. The designer decorator firm was operated by an individual we’ll call Dylan.

A ‘Paradigm Shift’ hits La Paloma I’ve known Steve Cleveland for so long now that I’m not even sure where I first met him. Maybe it was in Hermosa Beach when we were kids. More likely it was a brief encounter in Maui in that epic winter of 1969. Bu it wasn’t until the spring of ’70 when he and some friends were taking a road trip from L.A.’s South Bay and we got to know each other. Three years would pass before I again encountered Cleveland. This time he was living on Maui and making quite a name for himself during the bigger days at Honolua Bay. I was on my way to Guam, passing through Maui when I was robbed of my last cent and Steve and his lifelong friend, Allan Teigen, took me in. We bonded through my poverty as Steve helped keep me alive and loaned me boards for quick jaunts to Honolua. He saw me off at the airport, gave me eight bucks, which was the only money I had when I arrived in Guam. After a few days I settled into Guamanian life and found a house and some waves worth writing home about. Not perfection, but warm water and decent reefs without much of a crowd. I wrote to Steve and he joined me there for a few months. From Guam I flew to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Western Samoa and the next 18 months redefined my life. Years passed when in 1990 I again encountered Steve, this time living with his wife Susan and their son, Trevor. Longboarding was on its way, coming back into fashion and we decided to do a film on that subject. The result was the first new longboard video called “On Safari To Stay,” featur-


music echoes in your head. “A Paradigm Shift” premiers at 7 and 9 p.m. May 24 at La Paloma Theater in Encinitas. Lotsa surf stars, giveaways and pure stoke will be on hand. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of

ing two unknown surfers, four books on surfing. E-mail him at Joel Tudor and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver.The other surfers in the film, including Donald Takayama and Skip Frye, were well-established at the time. After that project, Steve and I went our separate ways again, me into writing about surfing and he into the surf film business. That was 22 years and four films ago. Yesterday I got a DVD in the mail. The cover was as artsy and (intentionally) misleading as the name, “A Paradigm Shift.” I won’t spoil the beginning or the ending, which are brilliantly artistic, but I will say that the surfing and the waves encountered will make anyone that stands on wax, salivate saltwater. There’s a hefty amount of longboarding. Not just any longboarding, but appearances by the world’s best including: Alex Knost, Ryan Burch, Dane Peterson, CJ Nelson, Jail Lee, Kassia Meador, Chris Del Moro, Jan Eessel,Tyler Warren and “On Safari” co-star Joel Tudor. Tudor, who was 14 when we first filmed him, is now the tribal elder of the gang. Nonetheless, he still manages the cleanest, most natural style among this or any group. While a cool wave of color all its own, the film’s driving soundtrack accentuates the stoke. “Paradigm” fulfills what the best surf movies do; it makes you want to rise early and ride waves while new

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He attempted to pass himself off as available to decorators only with exclusive clients operating with decorating budgets from six to seven figures. If you happen to own a house in Rancho Santa Fe worth $20 million, you would be expected to spend at least $2 million decorating it and that could include furniture. Dylan decided to open a showroom in an exclusive shopping center in North County and needed to stock the showroom with top-ofthe-line merchandise and all the trimmings. It sounded like a really good plan especially given that the closest similar showroom was in Laguna Beach. There was just one small detail holding it up — he had no capital. Instead of going through the proper channels, like a bank loan or using investors, he decided to use the money my client gave him as a retainer toward the cost of the expensive merchandise the

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HALL OF FAME BOUND Retired Torrey Pines High School tennis coach Anne Meigs is being inducted in the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame June 9. Courtesy photo


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Congratulations to Torrey Pines High School Girls Volleyball, who scored as CIF Division I Champions this season. The winners, from left, top row, include Head Coach Brennan Dean, Team Manager Charlie Poole, Jennie Frager, Erin Dobson, Kelsey Moore, Maddy Kerr, Reily Buechler, Gigi Cresto, Sam Trunkett, Assistant Coach Janna Stern, Assistant Coach Megan Kissel, with middle row, Ryann Chandler and Aimee Stephenson, and bottom row, Karly Drolson, Madison Dutra, Kendall Kaestner, Anne Harrington and Savannah Rennie. Senior Moore is headed for Stanford, Drolson to UCLA, Cresto to Utah and Trunkett to Oregon State. Courtesy photo



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Turner looks to rookies to help Chargers win By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — Finding players that can help the team win, not just play — that’s what the Chargers and head coach Norv Turner said they were looking for during Friday’s first rookie orientation and practice. Armed with a roster of names, Turner patrolled the practice fields at Chargers Park looking at the young players, seeing which of them could come in and help the team win. “Everyone talks about young guys playing. I don’t want guys to come in here and just play; I want them to be able to help us win,” said Turner. Turner said that for the past few years, the Chargers have played more players than any other team in the National Football League because of injuries. Rookie orientation is an opportunity for the newest draft picks and invitees to show how quickly they’re able to learn and adjust to the system, and to try and get their names noticed by the coaches for the right reasons. “We’re getting to know them and in the process we’re going to be evaluating their athleticism,” Turner said. “But it’s a lot easier to evaluate guys after they know what to do,” he added. Turner said that he’s anticipating not only the top draft picks to play all season long, but also those invitee players who make the team. First and second round draft picks outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and defensive end Kendall Reyes, respectively, both

Chargers head coach Norv Turner looks over his roster of young players during rookie orientation. Photo by Tony Cagala

were happy to be back on a football field. Reyes said that the pace of practice was pretty good, but added that the only thing that gets you in football shape is football. Coming from the University of Connecticut, Reyes said he feels like he’s starting over in the game, saying that he’s looking to earn his keep and do what he can to help the team win. Ingram, who was happy to have the off-the-field concerns gone after signing his contract, now has the opportunity to put all of his focus and efforts on understanding all of the information that the coaches give him – something he considers to be his strong suit. With some of the thoughts still on Junior Seau and the possibilities of longterm injuries and concussions resulting from the physicality of the game, it was asked if Ingram and Reyes had considered any of that. “No,” Ingram said. “If something’s going to happen

to you, it’s going to happen to you.” Reyes agreed. “If you play hard and play…with technique the chances for injury goes down a lot.” You can’t play fearful, he explained. Some notable invitees trying out for the team are safety Brandon Davis from San Diego State University and tight end Patrick Doyle from the University of San Diego. On Monday, the Chargers announced the signings of all seven of their 2012 draft picks, including third-round pick safety Brandon Taylor to a four-year contract. Taylor is expected to compete for a starting job at strong safety. The Chargers also signed defensive lineman Garrett Brown to a one-year deal and cornerback Arthur Hobbs to a three-year deal. Hobbs had spent time attending Grossmont College before transferring to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

LEADERS OF THE PACK The members of the Torrey Pines High School Girls 4x200, from left, Taylor LarchMiller, Aly Carter, Julia Skyhar, Nikki Larch-Miller with fan Matthew Stevens, celebrated the successes of the Torrey Pines High School Track Team this year. Most recently, at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21. At that event, team members recorded impressive times, including Girls 4x800 - 9:31.70, finishing third; Boys 4x800 - 8:01; Girls 4x100 49.17; and a new school record in Girls 4x200 of 1:43.10, In both Boys and Girls Distance Medley Relay – the teams brought in a fourth best all-time school record. Girls Triple Jump - Julia Wildenthaler, with 36-feet-2.25-inches, finished second. Courtesy photo

David Wells is auctioning off his 1930s game-worn Babe Ruth hat on now through May 19 Courtesy photo

Wells to auction rare Babe Ruth cap for baseball field By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — Retired Major League Baseball pitcher and Rancho Santa Fe resident David Wells has placed his rare, game-worn George Herman “Babe” Ruth baseball cap on the auction block. Ruth was Wells’ biggest idol growing up. “Anybody who didn’t know who he was or what he was, if you watched, or heard of anything, or read up on him about baseball, you’d figure out real quick what kind of a guy he was,” Wells said. “(He was) an inspiration to thousands, if not millions back in the time. (He was) bigger than life, and one hellof-a-baseball player and I just kind of took to that,” he said. Both players share some similarities, including being lefties — Ruth started his baseball career as a pitcher; both played in the Majors for two decades; both played for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, and both played the game with a distinct swagger. The cap, which is believed to be from the early 1930s, features the iconic “NY” logo embroidered over the navy blue, flannel cap, including, on the interior leather band, the script “G. Ruth” with the cap size listed as 7 3/8 inches. Wells purchased the cap in 1997. “As a collector, being a baseball player, I wanted to collect certain items about the history of the game,” he said. Wells added that he never really thought about the increase in value of those items, but was taken aback one day when someone had approached him with a substantial offer to purchase the cap. After doing a little investigating and talking to a few people, Wells figured that it was time to part with some of

his most expensive items. The cap is being auctioned by SCP Auctions now through May 19. As of May 15, there have been nine bids placed on, with the current high bid listed at $208,868. Part of the proceeds from the sale, Wells said, will go towards renovating the baseball field and updating baseball facilities at Point Loma High School, Wells’ alma mater, and where he is now the pitching coach. The renovations and upgrades will give current and future players the opportunity to play on an incredible field, Wells said. Wells also said he hopes the new facilities will help keep the talent on their field and in their district, rather than lose players to private schools around the county. To keep the cap as wellpreserved as he has, Wells kept it behind glass and out of the sun. Except for one time when he wore the cap during a game against the Cleveland Indians June 28, 1997. It was his first year with the Yankees. Before that first pitch wearing the cap in Yankees Stadium, Wells said he was pretty nervous. “I’m usually nervous at the beginning of a game anyway,” he said. “To me, just to go in there and pitch with that hat on, it’s pretty much history, if you ask me. You’re wearing a Babe Ruth cap that he played in that stadium, and wore that hat in that stadium and to me, I just thought it was pretty cool for the game, and a lot of my teammates did as well.” Wells said his teammates also probably thought that he was crazy. “But to me…I love the game of baseball; I love the history of the game, the values of the game not just the sportsmanship of it. I figured, ‘What the hell?

I’m going to wear it,’ and I did.” During that game, he wore it for only one inning — it was the only inning he didn’t give up a run, he said. “I didn’t last very long, I tell you that, but I put it on knowing that I was going to wear it. “Joe Torre told me otherwise, but I told myself ‘I’m not going to let Joe Torre tell me I can’t wear something that I think is pretty special.’ And so I did it anyways. And then he made me take it off after the first inning, and all hell broke loose.” The Indians went on to win the game 12-8. Given Wells’ own accomplishments in his career, including pitching a perfect game in 1998 as a Yankee against the Minnesota Twins, did his wearing of the cap add to the history of it? Wells said that that was for the new owner to decide. “To me it’s history because Babe Ruth wore that hat; I wore that hat, and at Yankee Stadium.” Ruth made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1914. He was later traded to the Yankees in 1919, which many fans believe was the impetus that began the mythical “Curse of the Bambino,” a curse that had prevented the Red Sox from winning the World Series since the trade. In 2005, Wells pitched for the Red Sox, but during his time there, Wells said he never brought the cap to Fenway Park. “I never would’ve thought of it,” he said. “That probably would’ve reversed the curse and then I might have been a hero in Boston, you never know,” he added. “It’s a Yankee thing,” Wells said. The “curse” was seemingly lifted in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1919.


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Evelyn Weidner will host garden workshops beginning in June Well-known garden owner Evelyn Weidner is always ready to offer her advice on good gardening. Beginner or seasoned gardeners are invited to a

“Fert, Dirt and Squirt” class in May. Cost of the classes are $10 each. The class will focus on fertilizers, soils and watering: how much to water,

when to water, about soil and amendments, how to choose a fertilizer and more. June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Weidner will


the fire department. Marketing: The marketing committee is currently making a plan of the best way to let people know about all the Ranch has to offer whether they be locals or out-of-towners. Update document management: It’s being done by converting everything to digital files and then stored electronically. Art Jury: The art jury went on a retreat to determine how to make the committee easier to deal with. Golf Club loan: The Association decided to loan the golf club $1.6 million to pay off a debt by an outside concern. Under grounding: It’s ready to go when residents are ready, but there has not been much interest at this point because the process is expensive. E-mail: The Association continues to work on a better

way to communicate with members. Open space: The Association continues the restoration of the Osuna Ranch purchased as open space six years ago. “I would like to see the Association approve funds to fully restore the adobe.” Queen said. “We need to polish that jewel.” Water reclamation: The new Committee on the Natural Environment has made it one of its goals to determine better ways to use water and reclaim what is lost. Parking: The Association has gotten the CHP involved in writing parking tickets for people who overstay their parking places. “People complained about parking, now they are complaining about parking tickets. They are the same people,” Queen said.

hour bus ride, he and Minton couldn’t sleep. “We started talking about life and he told me about his daughter (who has repertory problems) and all his financial issues and how his house was destroyed by coal dust,” Carrell said. After sharing the conversation with Velez, the guys decided if they won a leg with a monetary reward they would split it with Minton and Jackson. “We finished early that day and planned to just go back to the hotel, but the producers wanted us to come back to tell them our plan,” Carrell said. “I think that was the only week people thought, ‘They’re not that bad.’” On the last day of the race, the pair unknowingly had the lead for about an hour, but Velez struggled to complete a Hawaiian sledding challenge. “When we got there I thought we were in second,” Carrell said. “The Hawaiian woman there told me it was a woman-dominated challenge. Rachel just became the sled and made it down the second

time. “Art gave it his best,” he said. “The poor guy gave it everything he had. I wasn’t mad at him. We got there together. But it’s really hard, even to this day, to accept.” As second-place finishers, Carrell and Velez received a monetary prize. While they aren’t allowed to disclose the amount, “it doesn’t compare to $1 million,” Carrell said. Carrell said he had two aha moments during the race. The first was in Paraguay, after they were the first team to successfully build a pyramid out of watermelons. “In our minds, we felt this was our game to lose,” Carrell said. The second was in India,in a town where the names Mary and Joseph were ubiquitous. Carrell’s son, Joseph, was only 3 months old when he began the race. “Seeing that name all over the place I knew I loved my boy,” he said. “I craved giving my little dude a kiss. That gave me more fuel to keep going.”

that whenever Wal-Mart comes to town, they take the little guy down.” Rancho Park had nine owners during its history, each a pharmacist. Eric Tran was the last. “I’m disappointed by the fact that the store has been here since 1974 and that it is closing on my watch,” he said. “When I took over seven years ago, the game was relatively even. You were successful if you provided a good product at a good price. Then things changed.” Tran explained that in the past three years he has lost one-third of his business, forcing him to sell to CVS. Issues have related to an increase in big box pharmacies, insurance providers pushing patients to use online pharmacies, lower insurance reimbursements and higher business costs. In addition,

consumers are using email and eCards instead of purchasing stationery and using the mail. For now, Tran is going to take a break, then look for another job, he says, most likely for a big box pharmacy. “I’m 37 and won’t be retiring soon,” he said. “I thought I would build up this business. It looks like that’s not going to happen. I’ve been successful with other ventures before and this feels like a failure.” He added, “I want to thank everyone for their support, and I really enjoyed taking care of them over the years.” Goyette asks Encinitas business owners near El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard who might consider subletting a small space for a satellite post office to contact her at (760) 753-3653.


awards 64 years after his death?” Rose said. The Lily Award is given to people who preserve or continue the spirit of Lilian Rice, Rancho Santa Fe’s first architect. In his speech, Queen outlined the goals of the past year and the progress on each. Broadband: The first goal of the board was to get broadband into the Ranch, which he said has been difficult. There are too few homes in the area, which would prove unprofitable for most companies to make the investment. They are still working on the issue, however, Queen said. Patrol space: Mission accomplished. The patrol moved into a new space with plenty of elbow room in the offices formerly occupied by



the reaction from some of the show’s fans. The guys were accused of being arrogant and overconfident. “I was dismayed at how much people dislike us — the level of hatred and disgust,” Carrell said.“But when you put two strong, Christian, ambitious men in a game for $1 million, how do you expect us to behave? “And since when is being a strong, ambitious man considered bad?” he asked.“Art and I didn’t fight. I wasn’t yelling at my wife or calling her names. CBS depicted us exactly how we are.” While the guys may have come across to some as haughty at times, they showed another side during the fourth episode. After coming in first on that leg of the race, the guys were awarded $10,000, which they split with that day’s lastplace finishers, William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson from Kentucky. Carrell said during an 18-



money out of my wallet,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for prescriptions since my kids were young and now they are in their 40s and 50s. I just called my daughter to tell her Rancho Park Pharmacy was closing and she said, ‘You’re kidding!’ It’s so sad.” Added Kathy Hutchinson, “I’ve been supporting this business for 25 years. This is very upsetting that, again, another small business is closing.” An Encinitas native, Donna Skee was just hired in August. “It was nice because there was a ‘Help Wanted’ sign and I didn’t have to fill out an application on the Internet,” she said. “Rancho Park was like something you’d see on The Waltons. It seems

address “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: know your friends and how to get more of them, as well as know your enemies and how to negotiate a peace treaty.” A “Propagation Workshop” is next from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 16. Come home with knowledge and your own cuttings. Remember to bring two empty two-liter pop bottles. Enjoy the “Plant A Fairy Garden” workshop 10:30 a.m. to noon June 23.

Children are free as long as they believe in fairies. Reservations and prepayment are required to be sure of a spot. Sign up for “Succulent Design” 10:30 a.m. to noon June 30. Learn how to use sun and water-savvy succulents to make a design in a basket, container, or the ground. Finally, July 28 and July 29, take part in “Garden Treasures


sion for the city, the arts, animals, and life changed us all.” Mark Patterson added, “Maggie was truly remarkable. The rest of us can only hope to be as much of a blessing to our community as she was.” The inspirational Maggie Houlihan left this town with an indelible legacy. Mine is just one of many lives she touched. Support art in Encinitas by attending the Arts Alive banner auction 2 p.m. this Sunday in the Cardiff Town Center Courtyard. V i s i t


Mark Patterson during its removal from its unauthorized location. Patterson recalled the event: “She was so warm and thoughtful of me, even though she had her own huge health battle to fight.” Nancy Nelson noted, “Maggie always had a smile and uplifting spirit, even when she was in tremendous pain.” Carolyn Cope spoke pensively, “Maggie not only ‘governed’ or ‘guided’ people...she loved us all. She loved her town and it showed. She supported all things good for Encinitas.” She continued, “She’s now smiling down from her lofty perch high up on the banners.” Beverly Goodman articulated her friendship with Maggie, “I am a better person for having known Maggie. Her tremendous pas-



anyone else could like it,” she said. She earned her master’s degree in art at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City, her hometown. “It is a very historically renowned school,” she said. She said Diego Rivera trained there and the walls of the school are filled with his murals. “It was like you were stuck in a time warp, but in a good way,” she said.


cent building, while “mobsters” mixed and mingled with the guests, most of whom wound up in the “Casino Gaming Room.” This was yet another well planned, unique fun event designed around wine and food. Organizers promise a “Masquerade” night next year. For details on the Pacific Symphony’s next event, visit For the Food & Wine Festival, details are at The event website for Wine & Dine San Diego is

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Recycled.” Gather up those garden pots, baskets, stands, etc. and bring them in to Weidners. You price them. We take care of the money when they sell and we give you half the selling price to use toward Weidner’s Plants. You might go home with some great treasures from someone else's garden.

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The backs of the Arts Alive banners serve as a memorial to lateEncinitas Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan. Courtesy photo

She was taught the same techniques Rivera and his visionary contemporaries were taught. “You learn to mix your own paint,” she said. “Also, you don’t paint just to be painting. They made students paint for a cause like a political statement.” She took her artwork commercial a few years ago when an interior decorator friend of hers began commissioning paintings from her for her clients. “I’ve also been lucky enough to show them at many

charity events,” she said. “I donate my paintings to some of the charities in the area.” Her next show will be this summer at Pebble Beach. “I feel like I just started,” she said.“I’m just now trying to promote my art.” She has been married to Alberto for 15 years and they have two sons, ages 13 and 11. They make their home in Fairbanks Ranch and spend just about every weekend at the beach.To learn more about Stephanie Bell May, visit m.

tory wine from the Chianti Rufina District of Tuscany. Its deep red eyes captivate, and once consumed, display cherry, raspberry and a slight spice accent, typical of great Sangiovese. ($20.) It earned Wine Enthusiast’s “Wine of the Year.”

442-2749. The Wine, Brews and Blues Festival at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido is May 19 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., brought to you by the Rotary Club of Bonsall. General Admission $65. Two stages of entertainment, silent auction, wines from all over the world and restaurant tasting. Go to for ticket information. The next Concerts in the Vines event at Orfila Winery in Escondido is May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. with the Stoney B Blues Band. $25 includes a glass of wine. Call (800) 868-9463 for ticket info.

Wine Bytes San Diego Wine Company in the Miramar area has a Cabernet Wine Tasting May 19 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $15. Details and wines available at (858) 586-WINE. Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar has a Grgich Hills Wine Dinner May 18 at 6:30 p.m. For $95, it includes appetizers, four-courses and wines. Call (858) 535-0078 for details and an RSVP. Sbicca Del Mar presents “far from ordinary” white wines May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. for $45; $84 for two. Find out about a global assortment of different whites. Call (858)

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Removing static from laundry SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: I recently bought a new washing machine without realizing that it doesn’t have a fabric softener dispenser. Now I’m left with a whole bottle of softener. Short of running to the basement and trying to catch the rinse cycle,is there any way I can use this stuff? Is it possible to make your own dryer sheets? I tried one of the balls that you fill,but it didn’t release the softener. I wonder if it has anything to do with the way the new machines are designed to save water.Any help would be appreciated. — Beverley M., Massachusetts Dear Beverley: You can dilute liquid fabric softener or cheap hair conditioner with water and use it to fill a spray bottle or plastic container, such as a baby-wipes container. Use the spray bottle of softener and spritz a washcloth, or soak a cloth in the plastic container, wring it out and toss it into the dryer. If you miss the scent, add a few drops of essential oil.You can reuse aluminum foil by wadding it into 3-inch diameter fabric softening balls and use a few to reduce static in the dryer, too. Reuse a tennis ball, or make your own dryer balls from wool. I suggest wool over the tennis ball because the rubber from the tennis ball could

smell over time due to the high heat.To make a wool dryer ball, use 100 percent wool-felting yarn. Acrylic yarn doesn’t felt, and don’t use super-wash wool because it’s treated not to felt. Make a few small yarn balls, approximately 5 inches around. Wrap the yarn tightly. Pull the yarn end through the yarn ball to prevent unraveling. You can add drops of essential oil for scent, too. Place the balls in pantyhose, tying a knot between each ball, or tie a piece of yarn or a rubber band in between so it resembles sausage links. Place the pantyhose chain of yarn balls into a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent lint.Toss this into the washing machine and wash it in hot water. Once washed, run it through the dryer to felt the yarn balls. Remove the yarn balls from the pantyhose and you’ll notice they will have shrunk a bit. Wrap more yarn around the ball to make it larger (about eight inches around). Place in pantyhose again, wash and dry again for a second felting. It will look a bit fuzzy on the outside, but it’s now ready to use to prevent static in the dryer. I love my Downy ball, but I have read that they sometimes don’t open. I’d give their customer service line a call at (800) 688-7638 to let them know what is happening and give them a chance to make it right. Also,fabrics that are made from synthetics create a lot of static, so remove them from the

dryer before the load is completely dry, or hang them on a hanger, drying rack or line to dry. Dear Sara: How well do you paint your own fingernails? I bought new polish today (Sally Hansen XL Xtremewear in White On) and it seems every time I paint my fingernails with a thick polish, I get it all over the skin next to my nail and it streaks.Is there an easier way to do this? — Tisha, Canada Dear Tisha: I’m not really an expert on nails, but I’ll share what I do. I make sure my hands are clean and moisturized. I file and buff my nails. I make sure my polish has been shaken. Then I paint my nails, starting in the center of each nail, then doing both sides. I use small strokes, not long stripes. I don’t brush right up to my cuticles and skin; I let some of my nail show. I apply a second coat and use a top coat,too. I do paint the top coat to the edges. I think most people paint their nails too quickly,use too much polish on the brush and brush too close to the skin.

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Boys will be clean? Miracles do happen. I heard a strange sound coming from the attic. When I reached the top of the stairs, I couldn’t, for a moment, comprehend what I was seeing. It was awesome. It was inspiring. It was beyond my craziest dreams. It gave me hope where no hope had existed. Teenage boys were using the vacuum cleaner. I believe I fainted dead away.When the blood finally returned to my brain, I couldn’t decide whether to shout or cry, so great was my joy. I hadn’t felt like this since the first time I actually saw my son put down the toilet seat. Now the complete truth is that it wasn’t my son pushing the upright, but one of his friends whose mother apparently did a better job than I. I salute her. I suspect that this child is still reluctant to fire up the vacuum around his own house, but that, I believe, is normal. I have seen this occur with the table manners we work so hard to instill, but only make an appearance when our children eat at someone else’s house. My amazement grew as I came to learn that the boys had been up there for half an hour, actually making a dent in the months of detritus and schmutz they had been leaving behind after each sleepover. There was a bag of bottles and cans, and an enormous bag of trash. The sheets were pulled off to be washed and the array of comforters and sleeping bags had been shaken out the window and tidily replaced. And they had dusted. I get all teary-eyed just thinking about it. Now I must fight the temptation to think that any of this activity will ever filter down below attic level. That’s fine. My system can only take so much shock, anyway. Besides, one of the loveliest things about teenaged boys is that they neither notice nor give a darn if the majority of my house is a pigsty. As long as there is adequate food, drink and video games, they ask very little. Now, however, when I sit and reminisce about the joys of motherhood, along with my baby’s first step, his first haircut, his first day at school and his name on the honor roll, there will be the treasured vision of that almost-16TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Exceptional young scholar receives recognition By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Last October, when about 50 students at R. Roger Rowe School were recognized by the school board for perfect STAR testing scores, somehow Tiffany Zhang didn’t get the memo about the special evening. Not letting this special student go unrecognized, the school board recognized her at the May 3 meeting. She shook the hands of each of the board members and the superintendent and was given a certificate. “She is a friend to all and a delight to have in class,” said Lindy Delaney, superintendent. “We didn’t want her to go unrecognized.” Afterward, the board moved onto other business. There will be some minor changes in the middle school schedule in that 19 minutes will be taken out each day, saved up and then dedicated to electives such as Spanish, technology, robotics or other classes. This new schedule will accommodate children who need extra math tutoring who also want to do something fun. “The teachers love this and it’s great for the kids,” Delaney said. Sixth-graders will be

Tiffany Zhang (left) shakes hands with Lindy Delaney, superintendent for earning 100 percent on last year's STAR test. Somehow Tiffany did not get the memo for the special evening last October when the 50 other students who earned 100 percent on their tests were honored. Photo by Patty McCormac

eased into the concept of middle school by changing classes once or twice a day instead of staying in the same classroom with the same teacher all day. “It’s more movement for the sixth-graders,” she said. “They will have more responsibility, but they will remain under the auspices of elemen-

Fair planning to go smoke-free in 2013 By Bianca Kaplanek

Visitors to the 2013 San Diego County Fair may find the annual event is a breath of fresh air. The board of directors for the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, agreed at the May 8 meeting to prohibit smoking beginning next year, 12 months earlier than originally planned. As discussed, the ban would not apply to any of the other 300-plus events held at the approximately 340-acre site, including the annual horse races. Fairgoers who need to light up during the fair will be allowed to do so only in designated areas outside the gates but far from the entrance. For years, residents from throughout the county and representatives from organizations such as the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth have attended the board’s monthly meetings. They have presented facts and handed out literature documenting the harmful effects of smoking or shared stories of their children inhaling second-hand smoke. A committee of residents, fair staff and representatives from anti-smoking organizations was formed to create ways to reduce smoking. A few years ago fair offi-

cials began implementing smoking restrictions, with long-term plans to eventually ban the behavior. There were six designated smoking areas in 2010. Those were reduced by one last year and only four are planned for the upcoming fair that begins June 8. As in the past few years, there will be anti-smoking messages in the program and on the Paddock video board. Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik will again hold three one-hour smoking cessation seminars at 3 p.m. on Thursdays during the fair. Meeting attendees have applauded the board for those actions but continued to ask for a smoke-free event. At the April meeting Tim Fennell, fairgrounds manager, said the goal was to make that happen in 2014. He said the more than 1,000 subcontractors and vendors who work at the annual event present the greatest challenge. Director David Watson disagreed. “I just don’t see it being that difficult to implement,” he said. Judi Strang, executive director of the San Dieguito Alliance for Drug Free Youth, highlighted a report from the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids that included research done by cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris. It notes that in a smokeTURN TO FAIR ON B11

tary school.This is a good halfstep.” State STAR testing begins this week and school officials hope the majority of students continue to score very high. The goal of school officials is that every student in every grade reach a 90 percent score on the test.

“I think we saw great results last year and we hope to do better this year,” she said. Delaney said planning for next year has already begun, but she expects some pain in the financial area, one of the reasons being taxes that are expected to be

$191,000 less in the upcoming school year. “We might have to make some cuts and hopefully not too deep,” Delaney said. The Education Foundation has pledged $1 million next year to help defray the cuts, she said. “We get less money and want to do more,” she said shaking her head. Regardless of the lack of funds, she said the robotic program will be expanded. Teacher Dave Warner is excited about the expansion and is looking forward to it. The board approved the purchase of new computer equipment, including desktops, laptops and iPads. The board approved the option of a gradual rollout of placing iPads into the hands of every student. The devices will go first to all teachers, all middle school students and 10 will be designated for special education. The cost for the first 410 iPads is estimated to be $304,500. Next year, the devices will be given to the next third of students and the following year the last third. The school board meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the Performing Arts Center at the school. To learn more, visit

Committee to submit Osuna adobe for historic designation By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Osuna Ranch Committee asked for approval from the Association to submit an application to have the historic adobe considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Senior Planner Kirk Dakan, speaking on behalf of the committee, gave a presentation to the board at its May 3 meeting. “In the past, questions have been raised regarding the advisability of having the Osuna adobe listed on the National Register. At issue are the perceived advantages of such a designation versus any resulting obligation,” Dakan said.

After an investigation by staff, it has been determined there seem to be no strings attached to simply apply for and receive the designation, he said. “There is no fee for application or approval,” he said. “There would be no restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer or disposition or requirements resulting from an inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.” He said restrictions would only result from the Association accepting monies for the Osuna that came with restrictions such as grant money. “The upside is that there are no fees, no obligation, no requirements,” he said.

“There does not seem to be a downside.” “Basically, it is an honorarium that says yes, it does have national historical significance,” he said. Jack Queen, board president, said while the Covenant itself has historical significance, making the Osuna official would be good. “It just puts a stamp on a property that it has some importance,” Queen said. Dakan said there is no requirement for properties listed on the national register to be open to the public and registration does not restrict revisions to the structure nor TURN TO OSUNA ON B11

The Rancho Santa Fe Association votes to apply for special recognition for the Osuna Rancho Adobe. It could be on the list of National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Patty McCormac


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New taxi laws OK’d for Del Mar By Bianca Kaplanek


Rather than restrict the number of taxis allowed to operate in the city, as was originally proposed, council members unanimously agreed at the May 7 meeting to increase regulations and enforcement to address longterm parking issues, traffic congestion, noise, pollution and public complaints. The amended law includes all the requirements of the county code with additional conditions to improve safety, service and vehicle and operator standards. “We’re adding more regulations and we’re being very specific about it,” Theresa McBroom, the city treasurer, said. All cabs operating in the city will be required to include a GPS system, credit card reader, fire extinguisher and flashlight. They must hold at least three passengers and display the company name and phone number, vehicle identification number and rates on an outside door. In and out-of-service signs and the driver identification have to be visible. The city permit must be displayed on the back left window. All cabs must also be equipped with a communication device such as a cell phone or two-way radio. Vehicles must be attended at all times except for restroom and meal breaks lasting no longer than 30 minutes. Drivers are required to take the most direct route to the destination. Operators with more than five taxis have to have at least one that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities

Drivers must dress in a “neat and clean fashion,” the law states. Smoking isn’t allowed in the cab at any time, even if it is out of service. Operators with one of four vehicles considered environmentally friendly by the California Air Resources Board will have the $168 annual permit and sticker fee waived for two years. City and county law enforcement officers, including the park ranger, must be allowed to perform random checks to ensure compliance. “This accomplishes the goals that address the current problems that we’ve had with taxicabs,” Councilman Don Mosier said, adding that he would have liked to see more focus on environmentally friendly vehicles. “We’ve got some incentives to encourage cleaner vehicles but they don’t … increase with time,” Mosier said. “That’s unlike most other cities in California who put a timeline for increasing the percentage of the fleet that has low emissions. “I’m a little disappointed that we don’t have the timeline as part of the ordinance,” he said. He added that perhaps the city could revisit that as more clean vehicles are produced and become more affordable. Michael Ross, a Del Mar taxi driver, said he supports the new laws, but asked council members to better define dressing in a “neat and clean fashion” to avoid ambiguity. “That standard should be more specific in my view,” Ross said. “I’m one of those

people that would encourage more and more ordinance enforcement … so that we have all legal drivers in all our cities.” For example, he said, according to the city of San Diego law, drivers must wear shirts with collars and sleeves, and trouser shorts are allowed but sports shorts are not. “It would probably be better if it was spelled out,” City Attorney Leslie Devaney said. Mayor Carl Hilliard said making too many changes to the new laws could delay implementation. “Neat and clean is enforceable,” Hilliard, an attorney, said. “It has a meaning that’s generally understood. If it becomes a problem then we can become more specific.” In July 2011, council members adopted an emergency ordinance that restricts cabs from parking or waiting in any area of the city between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. It also established the four parallel parking spots in front of Jimmy O's Sports Bar on 15th Street as a dedicated taxi stand zone from 10 8 a.m. In April council rejected a proposal to limit the number of cabs that could operate in Del Mar and directed staff to establish criteria to provide good service in clean, well-maintained vehicles with professional drivers and the ability to revoke the permit of those who habitually ignore the existing code. The new laws will take effect in June. Failure to comply could result in permit revocation.

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Summer polo match helps support Prince Harry’s charity

Caitlin Bigelow, an employee with Rokenbok Toy Company, prepares for a video shoot. On the decline for years, Rokenbok has reversed course by embracing video to demonstrate its toys, receiving recognition from Google. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Solana Beach toy company on forefront of marketing trend By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — Rokenbok Toy Company in Solana Beach was in survival mode four years ago. Do or die. The problem wasn’t Rokenbok’s product. The small company’s high-tech toys have been a hit at trade shows for more than 15 years. Parents and kids praised designs that some called Nintendo-meets-Lego. The company’s woes, it was determined, were due to distribution and marketing. “Wherever we set the toys up for people to play with they were wowed,” said Paul Eichen, who founded Rokenbok in 1995 and grew up in Solana Beach. “But demonstrating what was in the box was key. Static images didn’t cut it.” In 2009, Rokenbok reinvented itself by shooting and posting videos of its toys on YouTube, joining a trend of companies that rely on online video to promote their products. For its efforts, Google recently selected Rokenbok as one of nine companies in the U.S. for its new YouTube Marketing Ambassadors program, which highlights the best of small-business video advertising. Before YouTube, Rokenbok devoted its marketing budget to display tables at toy stores across the nation. Kids and parents passing by the display tables could try Rokenbok’s unique building blocks, remote-controlled dump trucks and sophisticated railways, as well as other designs. Or better yet, sales associates gave hands on demonstrations of the company’s toys. It’s how Rokenbok gained new customers. To Eichen’s chagrin, it didn’t last. Squeezed by a tougher economy and the rise of online retailers, small toy stores started disappearing about a decade ago. Big-box stores increasingly favored less sales associates and simplified layouts that didn’t include display tables. Without a place for customers to interact with Rokenbok products, the company struggled for more than five years. Rokenbok eventu-

ally decided direct marketing and video were the answer. The new strategy, however, presented its own challenges. “We built a website that demonstrated our toys using video,” Eichen said. “We realized we had to get people there. Ads on architecture and engineering websites — we tried a lot things that didn’t work.” Rokenbok began a new chapter in 2009. The company wrote quirky, narrativedriven scripts starring its toys. Rokenbok shot the videos at its office — a madscientist lab brimming with toy parts — and put them on YouTube. After some trial and error, the new videos proved to be engaging.YouTube metrics showed high retention rates among younger viewers throughout Rokenbok’s three-minute videos. Rokenbok discovered storytelling and characters, not talking heads, were critical for its videos. Not only was Rokenbok connecting with viewers, but the company finally had another way of showing its toys in action. Rokenbok also found an easily accessible audience in YouTube, the second-largest search engine in the world.To attract specific viewers, Rokenbok bid on vetted keywords, increasing the likelihood of its videos appearing higher in relevant YouTube searches — a Google AdWords tool that’s now been extended to YouTube. As a result, Rokenbok now estimates that it gains 50 percent of new customers from its YouTube videos. Del Mar resident Daniel Burrus, a business consultant to companies like IBM and best-selling author of Flash Foresight, said online video, once an afterthought, is increasingly important for companies. “Companies use websites like Facebook and Twitter and think that’s all they have to do for a web presence,” Burrus said. “Video is the most underutilized tool. Smart companies use an integrated, all-of-theabove approach.” Video is the fastest

growing online ad category. For good reason, according to Burrus. Consumers have grown tired of slick ads that talk down to them. Businesses can use YouTube and other video services to communicate with customers in a way that’s entertaining and down to earth — more conversation than advertisement. And producing online videos is often affordable for companies. “Many grew up in an era when film was expensive,” Burrus said. “With DSLRs, that’s just not the case anymore.” The medium also allows for more range than traditional media. Online video can be a how-to, tell a story and highlight satisfied customers. Some Rokenbok fans, for example, post videos showing them playing with the toys. “Advertising is no longer a one-way street,” Burrus said. “Consumers have the power to endorse or sink companies with their online impressions.” Other San Diego companies have embraced online video as an educational tool. Take Shaper Studios, a new business that offers surfboard-making lessons. According to Chris Clark, chief executive officer and founder of Shaper Studios, video is the business’ primary vehicle to get the word out. “The concept can be a bit confusing at first for newcomers,” Clark said. “People get it when they see our videos on our website.” Shaper Studios doesn’t only use video to explain what it does. It also records customers making surfboards and sends the video to them once they’re finished, a strategy Clark compared to skydiving companies. As for the future, Clark said forthcoming Shaper Studios videos will have more of a documentary feel. “People will get to see the innovative surfers we’re working with and maybe even some of our challenges as company — it’s honest,” Clark said. “Those are types of videos that are interesting to people.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — This summer will see the launch of efforts to raise awareness for his Royal Highness Prince Harry’s personal charity, Sentebale. Over the course of a few years, Sentebale will expand its efforts across various venues, leading up to the Sentebale Cup charity match with Prince Harry playing at the San Diego Polo Club, 14555 El Camino Real, off Via de la Valle. On June 24, Sentebale invites one and all to enjoy a day at the San Diego Polo Club. The gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the event will last until 7 p.m. The schedule begins with an introductory polo match, followed by intermission featuring an African music and dance presentation. The Sentebale introduction will include the singing of its national anthem and the start of the main match. After the game, guests will enjoy live music and dancing, raffle opportunities and a silent auction.Those who opted for the VIP treatment will receive complimentary lunch, dessert, champagne, and a swag bag. For $75 for VIP tent seating or $15 per general admission, guests will enjoy a day of fun in the sun while knowing their donations are going toward aiding victims of poverty and neglect. Sentebale is a charity that helps the vulnerable orphans and children of Lesotho survive and thrive was born from the compassion and humani-

This summer will see the launch of efforts to raise awareness for his Royal Highness Prince Harry’s personal charity, Sentebale. Courtesy photo

tarianism of his royal highness Prince Harry of the British Royal Family and Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family. The name “Sentebale” means “forget me not”and was adopted for the title of the foundation as a symbol for the people of Lesotho, and in loving memory of the Princes’ mothers, who they both lost at a young age. Sentebale is more than an organization that donates money; it has taken a new approach to aiding those in need by operating on longterm goals. It works with local partners and grass roots movements in the Lesotho community to offer at risk children health and education services that will change their lives for the better. In order to ensure the ongoing success of their mission, Prince Harry’s USA

fundraising team, lead by award-winning Philanthropist, Lena Evans, has arranged a number of events in the U.S., centered around raising awareness and support for the cause. Prince Harry first saw the call for help while working as a volunteer on local welfare projects in Lesotho in 2004. Moved by the plight of the people, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso pledged a lifetime commitment to the cause.The charity works year-round directing aid to community services and entrepreneurial projects that will provide long-term services to children facing illness, disabilities, abuse, and abandonment. Sponsorships are still available for both events. To receive sponsorship or other information, direct inquiries to

Pups have prom at animal center RANCHO SANTA FE — Prom season has never seen quite so many hairy legs. Helen Woodward Animal Center invites its furry alumni to a Puppy Prom from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 that is sure to get tails wagging at 6461 El Apajo Road. The kick-off event will bring together former Helen Woodward adopters and adoptees around the punch bowl and out on the dance floor. Whether junior or senior, pooches are welcome to participate in such time-honored activities as the crowning of a prom king and queen, doggie dancing, raffle prizes and prom photos. “Helen Woodward Animal Center is celebrating its 40th year of animal rescues and adoptions,” said Ed Farrelly, Animal Services Manager. “We wanted to find a way to share our joy and gratitude with all of the wonderful families who have opened their homes to our furry friends over these many years. An alumni party seemed like just the thing.” The prom-themed party is free to all Helen Woodward Animal Center alumni. Attendees may dress their canines in prom finery for a chance to win Best Dressed King and Queen or show off their pup’s skills on the dance floor for a chance to win Smoothest Moves ($10 per entry). Opportunity drawing tickets will be available with a chance to win prizes and a prom photographer will be available to capture prom dates against a variety of classic prom backdrops. Proceeds

Helen Woodward Animal Center invites its furry alumni to a Puppy Prom from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18. Courtesy photo

from all activities support the Helen Woodward Adoptions Department. The center doesn’t want to forget its kitty alumni.To enter alumni cats in the Best Dressed King and Queen Contest, simply send a photo of your cat (dressed in their prom finery) to Photos will be posted on our social media sites and at the prom to be voted on by attending prom-goers. For more information, check out the Events Page at If you are interested in attending or would like to register your pup


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DEMOCRATS CHOOSE DELEGATES From left, Rancho Santa Fe resident Michael Gelfand, Cardiff residents Francine Busby, Rancho Santa Fe resident Carol Waldman and Solana Beach resident Maureen Sweeney and, not shown, Karippaparampil Bose, Kyle Krahel and Willie Little, were named delegates for the 49th Congressional District and will be going to North Carolina for the National Democratic Sept. 3 through Sept. 6. Courtesy photo

Passive interventions can relieve neck pain DOCTOR K Second Opinion DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m still recovering from a neck injury, but I’m scheduled to begin rehabilitation exercises with a physical therapist next week. How can I start rehab when I’m in so much pain? DEAR READER: Your question reminds me of the time I recommended rehabilitation exercises to a patient with knee pain. The patient responded: “So you’re prescribing a little pain to get rid of my pain? Don’t get mad at me,Doc, but I don’t feel so good that I can afford to feel bad.” After a little explanation and persuasion, the patient agreed to the exercise program. Ultimately, he was glad he had done so. Although it may be hard

to believe, without active exercises it is hard to relieve pain, restore function and reduce the risk of reinjury in your neck. If you’re still in too much pain to perform rehab exercises, your physical therapist can do some “passive pain-relieving interventions” to ease your pain and get you ready for active rehab. These techniques are not a substitute for necessary exercises. Instead, they make it easier for you to do them. — THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND. Also called ultrasound diathermy, this treatment converts sound waves into heat that penetrates into deep tissues. The ultrasound is delivered through a wand rubbed gently over the affected area. — TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS). In this therapy, small adhesive electrodes are placed on your skin at or near the sites of your pain.The electrodes transmit a very low electrical current to underlying

tissues.This current “distracts” your brain from paying attention to the pain messages coming from that part of your body. TENS does not have a direct impact on the underlying cause of pain. But by relieving your symptoms, it may help you participate in your rehab program. LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT). Also called phototherapy or biostimulation, it is a noninvasive therapy in which a single wavelength of light delivers energy to the site of treatment. No one is quite certain how it works. It’s possible that wavelengths of light, delivered at certain intensities, reduce inflammation and speed up tissue repair. TRACTION.To apply traction, a physical therapist uses hands, weights or special equipment to create a sustained pull on the neck. Traction may be used to reduce spasms or to relieve pinched nerves. Although traction has been used for many years, its value is still unclear. We have more information on neck pain in our Special Health Report, “Neck and Shoulder Pain.” Learn more about it at, or call 877-649-9457 toll-free to order it. If your neck pain is caused by strained muscles in the neck, here’s a remedy you can do at home. Take a small towel or large washcloth and soak it in fairly hot water. Wring it out and drape it on the sore area. When it starts to cool off,heat it up again and repeat the process. This can loosen tense muscles. Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to send questions and get additional information:

A veteran participates in a practice interview as part of the Veterans Association of North County’s new Career Transition Assistance Program, which provides free job training for veterans and their families Courtesy photo

Veterans receive job training By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — Mary Jane Fisher and her husband Steve have more than 30 years of military service between them. Mary Jane left the Navy in 1992 and Steve left the Marines in 1995; they’ve each worked in several job fields after departing from the military. Now they’re looking for new careers in a tough job market. They were initially overwhelmed by how much the job hunt has changed. “It’s a totally different environment out there,” said Steve, who has worked in the security industry and the car sales industry, among the other experiences listed on his resume. “Before I would walk through the doors of a company and ask for a application. These days it’s all about having a polished resume, websites like LinkedIn, job fairs and networking with as many people as possible.” San Diego is home to the largest veteran population in the nation. And the number of veterans is projected to increase over the next decade as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drawdown. In response, several San Diego nonprofits and businesses have sprung up in the last year to help transitioning military members and long-time veterans find jobs. Since completing the Veterans Association of North County’s new CTAP (Career Transition Assistance Program) Mary Jane said she and her husband feel more confident searching for jobs. “We have self-discipline and a lot of great skills,” Mary

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Jane said, who has experience as a real estate agent. “We learned how to market ourselves and put our best foot forward.” CTAP offers free classes to help veterans and separating military members — as well as their spouses and children — find employment. The three-hour long classes take place twice a week for nearly two months. Volunteers with business and human resources backgrounds across San Diego coach the classes, which are funded primarily by a grant from the Armed Forces Interest Group of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, as well as donations from businesses. Veterans participate in mock interviews and resume critiques.And volunteers give the veterans career advice. “The career assessment is very important,” said Janis Whitaker, CTAP’s program manager. “A lot of younger military just got out of the service and have no idea what they want to do.We want them to have direction.” Whitaker said many veterans leave the military with skills employers find desirable. But many veterans often aren’t sure how to translate their experience into a jargonfree resume tailored to the private sector.Adding to the challenge, self-promotion can seem counterintuitive for veterans because “military are taught not to brag,” she said. Ideally,Whitaker said military members would start “the reverse boot camp” months before leaving the service. The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in San Diego is 11.5 percent, and it’s 27 percent for 18 to 24 year old veterans. Statistics showing high rates of youth veteran unemployment prompted two San Diegans to create Returning Patriots. According to Dan Ward, Returning Patriots’ executive director, the nonprofit has partnered with companies to train separating military members for specialized jobs in industries like information technology. “We saw there’s a demand in IT software quality

assurance,” Ward said. “These were jobs that were getting outsourced before.” Ward said Returning Patriots, which began late last year and recently celebrated its first graduating class, is looking to work with companies in other fields to offer additional training programs. Kevin Denny, the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Veteran Work Force Development, said he’s also motivated by high youth unemployment, as well as veteran incarceration and suicide rates. Denny’s program will launch in San Diego this September. “It’s a crying shame,” Denny said. “These are kids who served our country.” His nonprofit’s solution for veterans and active duty military: Focus on finding heavy-duty jobs in industries with aging-work forces like logistics, transportation and construction. To fill a void left by retirees, he said there’s an increasing demand for young workers in the technical trades. “These are areas where there’s lots of retirement and the country just doesn’t train younger people to fill them,” Denny said. “It’s hard for veterans at first to adjust to civilian life,” he added.“But military are the most hard working and capable people out there.” On the for-profit front, Vets Pro in San Diego connects active duty military and veterans with certification programs and jobs in the oil and transportation industries. Julie Magnuson, a managing partner with Vets Pro, said these industries are often recession-proof, and some military members already have training as diesel mechanics, for example. According to Magnuson, the nomadic nature of much of the military population can often make it difficult for potential employers to stay in touch with them after they apply for a job. Despite initial difficulties, she said hiring military is more than worth it in the long term. “Hiring military is not only the right thing to do, it greatly benefits companies,” Magnuson said.

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ Best band Congratulations to Torrey Pines High School Battle of the Bands winner “Davy Crockett and the Restless Heroes,” with band members Lucas Doucette, Pranav Perimbeti and Matt Paddock.

Chemistry queen Torrey Pines High School Junior Angela Zou has been invited to the study camp for the Chemistry Olympiad. The camp is run by the American Chemical Society, and Angela is one of only 20 students from the U.S. to receive an invitation.

Cancer-free North County resident, Dave Christensen, a victim of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, has now been in remission for a decade and celebrates, in conjunction with the worldwide “Celebration of Life” on the first Sunday in June. This year he will gather with family and friends in Lake Powell.

Perfect tan Encinitas resident, Edina Forgo placed in the top three of the Miss iTAN event April 28, at Stingaree in the Gaslamp. Forgo will be one of the brand ambassadors for iTAN Sun Spray Spa and be featured in iTAN Sun Spray Spa’s advertisements.

Shop central San Diego native and entrepreneur Brad Webber has launched shop2shred, a website that connects consumers with retailers that carry action sports products showing product and comparative prices of 50 action sports retail and brand partners. While Webber was traveling and surfing with friends, he explored what products were available in different parts of the world and now offers consumers a view of all available products worldwide. Growing up in San Diego, he has lived the surfer lifestyle. Earlier he started up a sunscreen company in Solana Beach, learning sales and marketing. His new site directs consumers to the retailer to see everything available. For details, visit

New bar in Solana Beach Local North County entrepreneurs Matt Weaver, Brett Weaver, Mike Garcia and Tom van Betten have set a May 28 Memorial Day date for the grand opening of the Saddle Bar in the recently closed McCaffrey’s and former location for the Surf and



MAY 18, 2012 Saddle Bar in Solana Beach. The quartet plans to focus on live music, adding a stage and an all-new expanded audio and light system. It plans to serve craft brews and a Bloody Mary with bacon-infused vodka invented by Garcia. They hope to keep the well-known Surf and Saddle hours of 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. Weaver, a Del Mar resident, has a background in commercial real estate. Brett and Garcia have managed bars for the last 13 years in San Diego. van Betten is associated with Encinitas’ D Street Bar and Grill, and is also working in commercial real estate.

Thanks to supporters The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas received a gift of $11,000. from Club President Jim Naegeli and Past President Edgar Engert. The donation included the final payment for the preschool renovation, the Kids to Camp program, and the skateboard park renovation.

New CEO New Avenue Solutions, of Carmel Valley, which designs markets and sells movable apparatus for the wheelchair, has appointed Alex. W. Robertson as the Chief Executive Officer. Robertson formally served as president of Ecosse Business Group.

Stellar students Villanova University Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester included Holland Davey of Rancho Santa Fe in the School of Business, Angela Marrero of Encinitas in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Edward Repko of Rancho Santa Fe in the School of Business and Cameron Small, of Encinitas in the School of Business. In addition, Christopher Schafer of Encinitas, California, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Dordt College.

Outstanding care Her outstanding community service on behalf of North County Health Services, won Katherine A. Kline a $2,500 Quality of Life Grant by the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation. Kline is an 18year member of MDRT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Author and athlete Carlsbad resident and author Antonio Vianna announced the publication of his latest novel “Unordinary Love,” that tells “the story of young love with a big twist.”Vianna has also been an Ironman triathlete five times and has published 17 works of fiction.

Israeli mayor drops by On May 9, San Diego Botanic Garden welcomed the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, for lunch. The presentation from Mayor Barkat focused partly on the budding relationship between the Jerusalem Botanic Garden and the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Leibowitz receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe philanthropist Harry Leibowitz, who cofounded the nonprofit World of Children Award with his wife Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, has been chosen for an award of his own — the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This is a recognition given to remarkable Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage. This year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients include Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, actress Brooke Shields, singer Frankie Valli and other notable leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government. Past Medalists include six Presidents, numerous Nobel Prize winners and leaders such as Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta, Muhammad Ali, Bob Hope, Muriel Siebert, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Elie Wiesel. Leibowitz and his fellow

medalists were honored at the May 12 gala celebration on Ellis Island hosted by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Long before “boomers giving back” became a story, Harry Leibowitz was pioneering a new model of hands-on philanthropy. Leibowitz grew up in humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout World War II and into the early 1950s, his family lived in an old bungalow in Coney Island where 10 families shared the common bathroom facilities. He began working long hours upon becoming a teenager. Through these experiences, he developed an incredible work ethic and an appreciation for the plight of children born into challenging circumstances. Leibowitz went on to enjoy a successful business career, serving in senior executive positions at companies such as Procter & Gamble and ESMARK, as well as running his own marketing consultancy. His years of business

travels around the world gave him a firsthand taste of the plight of children in developing countries and made a lasting impression. In 1996, he had a vision for the World of Children Award when he was recovering from cancer surgery at age 55. Watching the Pulitzer Prize announcements on TV, he noted that there were no awards for those who were tirelessly serving children in need. He subsequently founded the World of Children Award with vital support from Starr Commonwealth. Leibowitz then pledged to dedicate the rest of his life to creating an awards program to support social change makers helping children in need around the world. He now devotes all his time to running the World of Children Award - serving as board chair and visiting World of Children Award Honorees around the globe. “As a child of immigrants, whose parents and grandparents walked more than 1,000 miles with barely the clothes on their backs for

the opportunity to get on a ship and come to the United States, I can think of no greater recognition for the work we all do for children in need than the Ellis Island Medal of Honor,” Leibowitz said. “I am deeply grateful to accept this honor on behalf of all those brave and selfless individuals who have devoted their lives to serving vulnerable children throughout the world.” Co-founded in 1998 by Leibowitz and his wife, Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, the World of Children Award is the only global recognition and funding non-profit that recognizes individuals who are improving the lives of vulnerable children worldwide. Since 1998, the World of Children Award has granted more than $4.8 million in cash grants and program support to 90 honorees that are the driving force behind organizations serving children in more than 100 countries. Learn more about Leibowitz and the World of Children Award at

Chef and author preps for book signing RANCHO SANTA FE — Famous for its gourmet greens, The Chino Farm will be hosting chef and author Jeanne Kelley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at 6123 Calzada del Bosque, to sign copies of her new cookbook “Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for

all Seasons just released by Rizzoli International Press. There will be an informal reception with select tastings of Jeanne’s salads using seasonal lettuces and vegetables fresh from the Chino farm, along with a sample of a virgin olive oil from 36 degrees,

to try at home. It will be held outdoors rain or shine and is free to the public. Jeanne will be signing books purchased at the event or pre-ordered by emailing The farm will also be open for regular shopping during the

event. Kelley is the third chef in the recently launched “Good Earth/Great Chefs” series, a collaboration between veteran bookseller Milane Christiansen of Vintage Works and the Chino Farm.

Arts Alive banners come down for auction ENCINITAS — The 2012 Arts Alive Encinitas will auction off its one-of-akind banners that have been on display along Coast Highway 101 since February. The auction event is set to start at 2 p.m. May 20 in the Cardiff Town Center located by the Seaside Market, 2087 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-By-The-Sea. The auction will be preceded by a reception from noon to 2 p.m. giving buyers a chance to view the whole collection draped from the balcony. Bid sheets will be available for silent bidding until 2 p.m. At 2 p.m., auc-

tioneer Rich Houk takes the podium to start the live auction. This year there are 98 painted banners along the Coast Highway from Leucadia to Cardiff. Arts Alive Encinitas is produced by the 101 Artists Colony, Cardiff 101, Leucadia 101 and Encinitas 101, with special thanks to the Cardiff Town Center. For more information and to view the art, go to To make a silent bid before the live auction day, call Encinitas 101 at (760)

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Tours of historical ship offer education and ghost stories niture and toys. (Yes, there are second-class and third-class nurseries, but apparently the ghosts are discerning.) Other stops on the tour are down, down, down in the dark cavernous rooms that once held the ship’s engines. We also see the pool in a windowless room that features a mother-of-pearl ceiling. A later tour, “Ghosts and Legends,” creates a spectral light-and-sound show that gives the illusion that there is still water in the pool. On this tour, however, we use our cell phones to illuminate our way into the changing rooms where ghosts are said to reside. With sounds echoing off the ceramic tile walls and not a ray of light, it is a bit creepy. The pool was used by all classes on the ship but not simultaneously,Lopez explains. “After second- and thirdclass passengers used the pool, it was drained completely and

E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Royalty, celebrities, power brokers, heads of state and ghosts. The Queen Mary has known them all, and some may still be hiding in the halls and walls of this venerable cruise ship, docked in Long Beach since the city bought her in 1967. The price tag: a paltry $3.45 million. On a recent visit, a friend and I took three tours that highlight the ship’s history and reputed ghostly inhabitants. I don’t claim to be a believer, but the stories were fascinating, as well as the history that was woven throughout the narratives. The Haunted Encounters tour is led by Laura Lopez, who says she’s been escorting guests through off-limits areas for some seven years. Has she ever actually seen a ghost? “No,” Lopez admits, “but I’d like to.” Nevertheless, we learn about the apparitions that others have reported. For instance, there have been multiple sightings in room B-226 (once three third-class rooms) where a passenger was found dead. “He was one of 50 or 60 that have passed away on this ship,” Lopez says. And if you want to increase your chances of a poltergeist encounter, B Deck is the place to be.

Above, Ship historian and tour guide extraordinaire, Will Kayne regularly portrays the Queen Mary’s captain. “I don’t have to come to work,” he says. “I get to.” Right, Lifeboats on the Queen Mary glow against the night sky. During World War II, the ship was painted gray, served as a troop transport, and at one time, carried nearly 16,000 men on one trip to Europe in preparation for D Day. Photos by E’Louise Ondash

“It’s the most haunted,” Lopez explains. There have been not only visions but voices. Since the Queen Mary’s arrival in Long Beach, visitors claim to have heard children’s voices emanating from the first-class nursery (playroom), which still has the original fur-

refilled before first-class passengers used it again.” If any event in the ship’s history was likely to produce spirits, it’s the horrific accident that occurred in 1942 off the Irish coast. Loaded with troops, the Queen Mary sliced in half an escort ship, the HMS Curacoa.The loss of life totaled 239 — all on the Curacoa; 99 men survived. Back in the present, we meet with tour guide extraordinaire and ship historian, Will Kayne. His spotless white uniform, complete with gloves and hat, transforms the former actor into a debonair ship’s captain who glides over decks and through salons as if he knows every nook and cranny, which he probably does. Kayne also is a treasure trove of facts; he rattles them off effortlessly as if they are a part of his being, which they probably are. For instance, he knows that the Queen: weighs 81,237 tons. carried 2,000 passengers and 1,200 crew. has 20 miles of Bakelite (an early plastic) railings in the halls. contains 56 wood veneers in its décor; six are extinct. ferried 80,000 troops across the Atlantic during World War II was the object of a $250,000 bounty offered by Hitler for the above reason. was the production site for many films and television shows, including “The Aviator,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Arrested Development,” “Cold Case” TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON B11

A simple solution to help solve our economic woes knows that It’s been a while since I save and jumpstart the economics economies do well when peobrought up the 2 percent American economy. Anyone who has studied ple spend money. People solution. A solution that will spend money when they feel confident about their lives. During this recession only a minority of the population is spending money for things that are not necessities. Americans just don’t feel confident spending money they don’t have by using credit cards and they certainly do not want to deplete what hard-earned savings they have. Countless polls and studies suggest that a large majority of Americans are not confident about their future. We Americans need a reason to wake up in peace. I don’t have the specific num-


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JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace ber, but it is pretty common knowledge that the vast majority of real estate in this country is underwater. Mortgagees wake up with that black cloud in their heads and they go to bed at night with that little black cloud. They are struggling to make big payments on something that is basically worthless. Without a silver lining on the horizon it may feel that they won’t hit breakeven

for a very long time. Peace is what is needed. Peace that leads to confidence that leads to experimentation, entrepreneurial pursuits or just a feeling of relief and a sense of renewed vigor. If the government would just sit down with the financial sector and propose that every mortgage in the United States is given the option to modify their loan to 2 percent interest-only for the next 10 years, this country would take off. Homeowners would know they have 10 years to renew and reinvigorate their lives. Those who have employment opportunities in a different place but cannot take advantage of them due to the inability to sell their homes could now keep their homes and rent them out with a slight cash flow. Under this proposal it should be offered to those who have perfect credit as well as to those one day away from foreclosure. The banks and government should not look to anyone having to qualify. If you owe $1 million on your mortgage and your home is worth $700,000, too bad. Live with it. If you owe $1 million, you owe $1 million, but hopefully at 2 percent interestonly you won’t walk. But, if you don’t pay on time then no more short sales and no more loan modifications. If you don’t pay, then four months

later it belongs to the bank. Period. I’ll let your own imaginations and intelligence calculate the benefits that this would bring to the country. Oddly enough the financial sector would become solid again with losses cut to a fraction of the current rate. But, one of the most positive jolts to the economy would be homebuilders building again as no one will want to sell their homes with such low mortgage payments. We all know that when builders are building, the economy is flying high. Rising home values are also a natural byproduct that comes with confidence and spending. And finally, once that money starts speeding up, the government starts getting a chunk of every one of those fast moving dollars. It’s a simple solution and I sure know that baby boomers, those who have been hit so hard by this recession, would go to bed at night without that little black cloud anymore. Peace and prosperity. That’s what we want, that’s what we all need and want. There has to be at least one person in a position of power that can run with this. Darrell Issa, are you listening? Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at



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Solar system geometry on display KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos The geometry of the solar system reveals itself in the coming weeks. On May 20, the Earth, sun and moon will align during the day, generating an annular solar eclipse. The straight alignment of three celestial bodies is called syzygy — pronounced “zizigee.” On June 6, a different kind of syzygy will take place as Venus passes in front of the sun for a twice-in-a-lifetime event known as a Venus Transit (detailed discussion in the next “Coastal Cosmos”). A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, partially or totally obscuring sunlight from reaching Earth. Because the moon’s orbit of the Earth is an ellipse and not a perfect circle, its distance from Earth changes. During an annular solar eclipse, the moon is farther from the Earth and hence, its apparent diameter is smaller than the sun’s. A ring or annulus appears as the sun’s edge shines around the moon’s shadow. Because the geometry is so acute, the maximum eclipse is only visible from a very small strip of the Earth’s surface. The May 20 eclipse will best viewed on an imagi-

On May 20, the Earth, sun and moon will align during the day, generating an annular solar eclipse. The straight alignment of three celestial bodies is called syzygy — pronounced “zizigee.” Image courtesy of NASA

nary line connecting Tokyo, Japan, through Northern California to Albuquerque, N.M. From San Diego, a partial solar eclipse will occur, giving the sun a crescent appearance as it sets in the west. The next total solar eclipse for the United States will take place on Aug. 21, 2017. The longest duration of totality, two minutes and 40 seconds, will arise over Sinking Fork, KY. The last total solar eclipse in the U.S occurred on Feb. 26, 1979, over parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Within a few hundred million years, total solar eclipses will no longer be possible. The moon is moving away from the Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches per year,

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Adding art to your garden nothing new Gardens can be aweinspiring, beautiful and full of color, places of quiet relaxation and meditation or just plain working areas for food production. I have seen all of these in my past 35 years as a landscape contractor but there is also something else that makes a garden unique. Plants will speak to you no matter what your persuasion. The placement of plants will also strike a chord within you whether you are a naturalist enjoying the placing of plants where they belong in terms of the environment or if you are an iconoclast, using color and specie differentiation without hesitation paying no heed to the ecology or micro climate needs, concentrating on texture rather than

KENT HORNER Local Roots function. There are so many avenues to travel when designing a garden, but there is one aspect of gardening that is rarely focused upon by most beginners when deliberating on what to do. Often this aspect of garden design doesn’t even incorporate plants. It incorporates art created by man, art that provides interest and beauty where we often find something lacking in our gardens. Gardens and the history of designing gardens go back to before Babylonian and Assyrian times. Even then, they understood the importance of incorporating water as an art form in the garden. Fountains, reflection ponds and waterfalls serve a multitude of purposes in the garden. Water, the mixer elixir that provides plants with life in a thirsty environ cools the air surrounding it and the landscape. Water and wind moving lively through the garden can be such a subtle art form yet it is literally music to the ears of the passerby and in a mysterious way it calms the spirit while piquing the curiosity of the listener. What’s over

there? A flat reflecting pond, calm except for the lazy movements of giant multi colored koi and the up and down movements of the brilliant, floating, water lilies; shimmers in the early morning sun of spring. Here and there the bouncing shadows of darkness and light can play across the faces of delighted visitors and children as they feed the hungry fish swimming in the darkness of the pool. The Japanese understood all this centuries ago and focused on the chi or ki energy of nature. Each art form in the Japanese garden represents this energy as a physical aspect of nature. Sand drawings with large stones set in the sand represent islands in the sea surrounding Japan and the lines drawn around and between them are the ever-incessant waves of energy moving through the sea. Stone carved in the form of Japanese lanterns emulate the earth reflecting light and the flame of the molten core energies found deep within the bowels of our volcanic planet. Even the bridges found spanning the ponds and water features in a Japanese garden have meaning, always being gently curved or arched representing a return of purposeful energies to the earth from which their original intent once sprang. Even more interesting TURN TO LOCAL ROOTS ON B11

Business group lends hands to clean museum The Encinitas Business Xchange, a local business networking group, lent a helping hand to the San Dieguito Heritage Museum as it prepared for its annual Deep Pit barbecue May 19. Club President Rusty Griffith, said that “the members of EBX were looking for a project where the organization could give back to the community.” The project selected was to build a 50-foot retaining wall to protect a museum exhibit and to spruce up the museum grounds. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum houses a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits that help to preserve local heritage. One farming exhibit is a display of a 1940’s era thresher that was

used by local farmers to harvest lima beans. The exhibit is next to a hillside and sand and silt had washed down and gathered around the base of the thresher. The museum had a sponsor who donated block and gravel for the retaining wall, but needed a helping hand to construct the wall. EBX came through with a dozen members to build the wall. Members also helped clear the area around the barbecue pit for fire safety, pulled weeds and spread ground cover all in preparation of the museum event. For more information about the San Dieguito Heritage Museum and its May 19 Deep Pit barbecue, visit



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Bull Taco team scores again with Pandora Pizza DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate OK, I’ll admit it, when I first heard there was going to be another pizza joint opening in Encinitas I was less than thrilled. I mean really, did we really need another option for pizza? Then I heard it was being run by the husband and wife team of Laurel Manganelli and Greg Lukasiewicz, who were part of the innovative and very successful Bull Taco concept, teaming up with Lawrence Holland of the San Diego Coffee Company to open Pandora. My skepticism quickly turned to curiosity and anticipation.There are imitators and innovators in the restaurant world and Laurel and Greg definitely do their own thing and are very good at it. One of my early “Lick the Plate” columns was on Bull Taco and their “Inauthentic Mexican” cuisine which gave them a blank canvas and no restrictions as to what they could create at their stunning Cardiff campground location. They are taking that course with pizza at Pandora and after my first visit, I’d have to say it’s working nicely. Laurel is the driving force behind Pandora and she has some solid credentials of her own prior to Bull Taco to back it up. She was raised in Encinitas where her mom ran the concessions at Moonlight Beach and San Elijo State Beach Campground. She went to college in Los Angeles where she met Greg and proceeded to start a family and open four restaurants. Needless to say, the running of multiple restaurants and rais-

including Prosciutto de Parma with melon, mint, shaved Parmesan and balsamic sauce and a bruschetta-tuna tartar in sesame soy vinaigrette topped with pea sprouts in cilantro ginger dressing. The flavor combinations all worked perfectly and quickly established this was not just another pizza place. A beet salad was also shared by our table and included red beets, orange, shaved fennel, arugula, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and a citrus-hazelnut vinaigrette The pizzas were equally impressive. The Apollo, which consists of duck confit, brie, Pandora Pizza proprietor and cranberry, mushroom duxelle menu creator Laurel Manganelli. in sage brown butter and chives was like Thanksgiving Photo courtesy of Pandora Pizza ing a family was not an easy task, especially in L.A. They decided a return to the slower pace of Encinitas was needed. Her connections at the campground led to the first Bull Taco location and that took off immediately. The concept for Pandora space began with Greg’s vision, which he’s coined “fantasy dollhouse.” I’m not sure I made that connection, but it’s a very cool interior and definitely not following some corporate chain cookie cutter plan. It’s very casual, as well it should be in the heart of Leucadia. There is a nice little bar, spacious dining area and an upstairs lounge that looked very hip and comfortable. It’s a simple concept — you place your order, take a number, grab your drinks and wait for your food. Laurel is driving the menu at Pandora and she has come up with some really interesting flavor profiles using fresh local seasonal ingredients and fresh herbs. We sampled some dishes from the upcoming bar menu

dinner on killer crust. Very rich, but something I could see sharing with a table. Note to self, this pizza would make a great addition to any holiday menu. The Hermes had chicken, gouda, mushrooms, red onions, tomato tarragon sauce and fresh thyme and was a pizza I could devour solo no problem. Same with the Jupiter, which leaned a little more on the healthy side with garlic olive oil, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, avocado, lemon zest, sea salt and fresh basil. The pizza is collaboration between Laurel, Greg, and their very talented pizza master and kitchen manager, Nitai Sanchez. Besides these “out-of-the-

box” pizzas as they call them, they do offer more traditional pies. I was not expecting much for dessert but again was blown away that they had enlisted pastry chef Gina Fowler. Gina delivered with a stunning gluten-free chocolate, pistachio and avocado cake with avocado crème anglais. She combined a salted carmel tart and a cheese board that was a very nice French touch. Look for a rotating selection of desserts from Gina. They have 10 beers on tap, mainly of the craft variety. My beer connoisseur friend said it was a very solid selection of brews.

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Gary Cantor wears his emotions on his T-shirts By Lillian Cox

The American Psychiatric Association publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which defines a spectrum of mental and personality

disorders. Artist Gary Cantor has developed a similar system, using T-shirts imprinted with cartoon characters and edgy descriptions of personality types.

Donald, who is green and wild-eyed, is neurotic. Cantor writes, “Donald was born concerned. Concerned that a sunny day is too hot and a windy day is too cold. Concerned that carbs make

him fat and protein clogs his arteries. Concerned that white is too light and black is too dark. Some think Donald can be annoying.” Cantor’s son, Dan, was the inspiration for Donald.

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“He’s a curmudgeon and nothing is ever correct,” Cantor said. “He has to check into everything. If I send him an email on a subject, any subject, he will find an opposite point of view on another side and correct it.” Then there’s Mr. Green Tea, a cyclist Cantor encountered while driving in La Jolla: “Mr.Green Tea has a bit of trouble with his anger. He starts every conversation with, ‘Hey ass — — . He scowls all the time. Mr. Green Tea may not know how to love.” Cantor was raised in East San Diego in the halcyon days of the 1940s and 2950s. His father and uncle owned Cantor Bros. Tires. His mother was a portrait artist. By the age of 7 he began

drawing constantly, a talent he said made him popular in school. He studied art at San Diego State College for two years, then transferred to USC where he graduated with a BFA. Afterward, he went to work for the family business, changing tires and pumping gas. “All my friends were wearing ties and I was wearing a uniform,” he said. “I decided to go to the library to research how to open an advertising agency.” He launched Cantor Advertising in1961 and ran it until 1977 when he sold it to his brother. He accepted a position as VP, marketing and advertising for the retail chain Fashion TURN TO CANTOR ON B11

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than static art in the garden, is garden art than moves or kinetic art. Kinetic art is unique in that it moves seemingly by itself. In reality, the artist’s imagination and creativity utilizes eat, cold, wind, water and even stored energy to move his sculptures about. These pieces of art are



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Conspiracy. When the corporation was sold in 1981, Cantor and his exwife started the Art Institute of California and sold it to a public company in 2000. After retiring, Cantor returned to painting. His worked has been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2011, an encounter with a friend who rejected the values of morality, authority and God that the two men were raised with inspired the sardonic, bitter personalities that today comprise “Cantor’s Characters.” Many personalities are portrayed sticking their tongues out at modern society. “It was a dichotomy triggered by someone I‘d met,” Cantor said looking back. “Some are myself.” He explained that the character, Bobby, is a self-portrait: “Bobby always has a challenge with crowds. Not exactly bashful, more — he just hates crowds — not people per se but people in groups. You would not call him a loner — more of an outsider — or perhaps a social anomaly. Not sure.” Cantor’s characters initially appeared in paintings until customers began requesting Tshirts. In response to demand, the character was printed on the front of the shirt with a personality description on a card-

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some of the most intriguing in that many require balancing and machining coupled with ball bearing precision in order to move quietly in the slightest breeze. Some kinetic sculptures will catch falling water from a stream in a wheel of water, moving in a circle only to return again to its true source of energy and drive. In fact, the ancient

Egyptians living near the Nile river created many such water pumps that would move the water of the river up and deposit this life source on the higher river banks thereby quenching the thirst of the nearby crops above the river. I love all these forms of garden art, but I have a special place in my heart for sculptures of copper, steel and stone. Mosaic is also a beauti-

remember watching during a sixth-grade school day in Ohio. Amazingly, the saros was developed by Babylonian astronomers 3,000 years ago and is still applicable today. It is an absolute necessity to always view the sun with extreme caution. Never look

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board tag that was attached. Soon Cantor discovered that it was the caption, more than the cartoon, that was a hit. Today, the cartoons and descriptions appear together on the front of T-shirts, fitted tees and tank tops that are sold at Leaping Lotus in Solana Beach and Julie’s Beachwear and Durante’s Menswear in Del Mar. They are also available online and at the Sanctuate! (spa) in Point Loma. “Gary’s canvas art is very unique,”said Yvonne DiChiara, owner of Durante’s. “When he said he was putting them on Tshirts I could hardly wait to

carry them. They are popular with all my guys, from teenagers to men in their 60s who read the little story, then grab the T-shirt.” In response to demand, a line of children’s T-shirts will debut within the next six months. “Some of the characters will be the same but I’m going to lighten up on the sarcasm and not be so tough,” Cantor said. For more information,visit or email


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and “Ghost Whisperer.” “Joe and Rose Kennedy were on the maiden voyage with their kids,” Kayne said, “and years later, JFK came back on the ship on a stretcher (because of his back problems).” Kayne has a story about every expansive and colorful mural on the Queen, which is why he also teaches classes on the age of Art Deco. It’s obvious he has a love affair with the Queen. “I don’t have to go to work,” he says. “I get to.” The ship has several restaurants, or hotel guests can take a free shuttle, which leaves every 15 minutes, to areas of downtown Long Beach. For information on hotel and tour reservations visit or call (562) 435-3511. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your Even in inclement weather, visitors can enjoy a stroll on the many-windowed Promenade Deck of the Queen travels at Mary, where poster-size photos of famous passengers grace the walls. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

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