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By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School District has received a $6.44 million grant it has been expecting from the state for modernization, new construction and relief from overcrowding. “This is cause for celebration,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said. The money is earmarked for restoring projects de-

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Survey reveals residents’ priorities By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community survey is in and the results were presented to the Association at its April 21 meeting. While the results revealed opinions about what is most important to residents in the Covenant, an impressive 86 percent said they believed the Association staff and board are doing a terrific job. “That is like saying Peter (Smith), you are a rock star,” said Claire Booth of Lux Insights, the marketing firmed hired to put together the survey. Smith, Association manager, just minutes earlier had been given the U-Rock Award from the community center in the form of a rock, for being supportive of the facility and its work.

The survey was sent to residents in January by the Long Range Planning Committee, asking them to look 10 years into the future and decide how Rancho Santa Fe should be. Of the 1,768 four-page surveys sent out, 805 were returned. “That is pretty amazing in this day and age,” Booth said. “That’s pretty good and is representative of your community at large.” The survey revealed, in order, what residents believe to be most important — Preserving the character of Rancho Santa Fe — Maintaining the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol — Controlling traffic — Providing high speed Internet — Undergrounding utilities

— Continuing to provide open space Booth said the survey showed the longer a person has lived in the area and the more their homes cost had a direct correlation with the importance they placed on preserving the character and continuing to provide buffers of open space. “Preserving the rural character is more important than the historical character,” she said. She said because the survey is broken down by age, how long a person has been a resident, if they have children and how much they paid for their home, responses varied. People who are newer residents under 55 years of age, especially those with children, said having high speed Internet was very

important to them. “Safety is most important for people over 75,” she said. About 30 percent made undergrounding utilities a top priority and 75 percent of those believe the Association should provide some financial assistance,” she said. As for dealing with the Art Jury, the survey said 50 percent of the respondents said it had been a positive experience and 50 percent said their experience had been negative in projects during the past five years. Many said they would like it if they could pay their Association bills online and they would like to receive general communications and urgent communications such as mountain lion sightings, TURN TO SURVEY ON A23

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scoped from the final construction budget of the Rowe renovation project, to repay loans covering the completion of the project and to put in reserve for future purchases to expand the school’s site. Delaney said the district had borrowed from its general fund, developer fees and special reserve to complete the Rowe renovation project. “Repayment of money owned from developer fees and the general fund will fully restore these funds,” Delaney said. “Even with this borrowing, we were also forced to scale-back the project,” she said. She said $1.8 million of items that were de-scoped from the $39.5 million project last year such as classroom furniture, equipment, access control security equipment and a science discovery pond can now be completed. Also because of the grant, the soccer field and track can be completed this summer. It had been TURN TO GRANT ON A23

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By Wehtahnah Tucker


Equal justice under the law might just depend simply on whether a judge’s stomach is growling when he pronounces sentence, according to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University for an April journal article. The students found that, day after day, judges were increasingly stingy with parole as a morning or afternoon session wore on, but that dramatic spikes in generosity took effect immediately following lunch or a snack break. The lead researcher, Columbia professor Jonathan Levav, expressed satisfaction with the scholarship but disappointment “as a citizen” with the findings. 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 recurring: • “Man’s best friend” sometimes isn’t, as when a playful dog hops onto a gun on the ground, causing it to fire a round. John Daniels, 28, took a bullet in the knee from his dog, for example, in Raleigh, N.C., in January. Dogs betray in other ways, too. Motorist Joel Dobrin, 32, was pulled over in a traffic stop in February in Moro, Ore., and rushed to hide his alleged drug stash, which was in a sock. However, his dog intercepted the sock for an impromptu game of dog-tug-of-war in the car. Dobrin won but lost his grip, and the sock flew out the driver’s window, right in front of the officer. Dobrin was cited, and later indicted, for drug possession. • At least three jihadist groups in recent years have published full-color Arabic magazines lauding the Islamist struggle, with articles and essays to recruit fighters and offer personal advice for women on the importance of raising proper families and catering to mujahedeens’ needs. The latest, Al-Shamikha (“The Majestic Woman”), which surfaced in March, featured interviews with martyrs’ wives and advised women to stay indoors, both for modesty and a “clear complexion” (advice that earned the magazine its nickname “Jihad Cosmo”). • Prevailing medical authority 20 years ago warned that few humans could survive blood-alcohol readings above .40 (percent), but in recent years, drivers have rather easily survived higher numbers (curiously, many from Wisconsin, such as the man in February in Madison, Wis., with a .559). (In 2007, an Oregon driver was found TURN TO ODD FILES ON A18

RANCHO SANTA FE — As the end of the school year draws near, one organization took the time to recognize its senior members who have contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service to the community. Teen Volunteers in Action is a Del Mar-based organization comprised of young men between seventh and 12th grades who, together with their families, participate in structured programs of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development. “It is through these programs that we believe these young men will grow up to become strong community leaders,” said Susan Lyon, the group’s president. The volunteer opportunities for the teens involve active, hands-on service in the immediate San Diego County community. For more than a decade, the organization’s volunteers have been sprucing up dilapidated homes, feeding the homeless, cleaning beaches as well as other philanthropic endeavors. The senior class of volunteers was honored with a “send-off” ceremony that included world-renowned motivational speaker John Assaraf. As he gave the

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keynote address, Assaraf, a highly successful entrepreneur and two-time New York Times best-selling author whose tips for success were featured in “The Secret,” imparted his wisdom to the 28 graduating seniors after

breaking the ice with the younger audience. “You become what you think about most,” he told the attendees. “When I was young I thought I was going to become a young woman,” he joked, adding that he

thought mostly about girls in his youth. As his tone become more focused and serious, the seniors and their families took note of his message. “People who write down their goals are more likely to

Water district meeting addresses budget shortfalls By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The board of the Rancho Santa Fe Irrigation District held a workshop recently in an effort to hammer out the 2012 budget amid rising water prices, lower operating revenues and trying to keep up the maintenance of an aging water system. At the April 25 meeting, the staff was asked to consider an operating budget reduction of 6.1 percent or $520,000, not including depreciation, debt service or water purchases and treatment. It will consider not filling three vacation positions, a significant cut in water conservation programs, additional CalPERS contributions by employees and the deferral of preventive maintenance.

“At the workshop, the board also requested that we take out funding for the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) trust, which will further reduce the budget by about $300,000,” said Jeanne Deaver, administrative service manager for the irrigation district. Board member Ken Dunford said one of the main issues with which the board has to deal is the skyrocketing cost of imported water, which accounts for between half and two-thirds of water used by its customers. To help reduce the cost of its imported water consumptions, it plans to provide a higher mix of 50 percent of water from Lake Hodges and 50 percent imported for at least the next two years.

In the past it has used about one-third of the lake’s water, he said. And ironically, the public has done a too good job of saving water. “We have asked everyone to conserve because we are in a water shortage,” Dunford said. “On the flip side, operating costs don’t change.” He said because of that, revenues are down between 20 and 25 percent. The board is also considering deferring maintenance, which has cost about $5 million a year. “We don’t want our kids and grandchildren to have to deal with an aging system. It’s a pay me today or play me tomorrow situation,” he said. To help defray expenses,

district officials can look forward to an already approved rate increase of 12 percent in January and up to 12 percent for the next two years to help defray expenses and to keep up with the replacement of the water system. “If they choose to, we work the budget out so they can lower the rate increases. It’s under discussion. It’s one of the things that can minimize the rate impact on customers,” Deaver said. The district expects a $33.7 million budget this year. Dunford said the public is always welcome at its meetings, the next of which will be at 8:30 a.m. May 19 at the district office at 5920 Linea de Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe.The office can also be reached by calling (858) 756-2424.

Realty group supports Guide Dogs of the Desert By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — During the past several years, Pottorff/Tidmore — Willis Allen Realty in Rancho Santa Fe has been involved in The Guide Dogs of the Desert organization in Palm Springs. The group first became aware of this organization when a client became a puppy-raiser to a golden retriever named Jake. “Puppy raisers take a pup home at 8 weeks of age and hand raise them with basic commands in a 24/7 atmosphere,” Tammy Tidmore said. At 18 months, the dog goes back to the facility and goes through intensive training.

“Some make it, others don’t,” Tidmore said. “After training, the sight-impaired individual and the dog do training together at the facility where the person stays and trains for several weeks to get the dog used to his person and the person used to the dog. Graduation is a huge day of celebration, when the dog, paired with its sight-impaired person, goes to its new home and new life’s work.” One of the ways the group raised money was to invite the public to name a guide dog. However, the pup Pottorff/Tidmore — Willis Allen Realty wanted to name for a holiday gift to its clients TIME TO TRAIN E0"6*%I(#&%(: was not born until almost -$*%I*&*,-%202%J"))"&<%+(5%K%5**D& February. The little yellow ()6<% "&% ,*367% -(% L*#"+% $"&% -,3"+"+#? lab pup is now ready to be Courtesy photo

assigned to a puppy raiser. “We never waivered on what to name the little guy,” Tidmore said. It was Willis, a reflection of the man who supported many San Diego animal and humane causes and the founder of their company, Willis Allen Real Estate. “Willis actually means protector, and we believe that is the perfect description of what a guide dog truly does,” Tidmore said. “Our loyal clients will be getting regular pictures and updates of what this little guy is learning; the adventures he is having with his puppy raiser, the paces he will go through with his trainer and the eventual story of his new life with his forever person.”

achieve it,” he told the standing-room only crowd at Nativity School. “Surround yourself with people who are good at the things you want TURN TO SENIORS ON A21

Masks donated to save lives of animals RANCHO SANTA FE — “Mouth-to-snout” resuscitation has been the only hope for animals suffering smoke inhalation … until now. On April 19 at Helen Woodward Animal Center, animal respirator kits were donated to a dozen fire rescue crews serving coastal North County. Each of the crews will receive a kit with respirator masks designed to fit small, medium, and large pets. “We saw a report about a dog in Long Beach that had been trapped in a burning building,” said HWAC spokesman John TURN TO MASKS ON A20

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North County cities say no to marijuana dispensaries — and courts have upheld By Kenneth Hansen

Mom, my truest friend My mom is a part of me. She is a big part of any success I have enjoyed. Mom taught me to move confidently in the direction of my dreams. Each moment of each day requires my active participation. Mom stirs me to right actions. Mom’s been there for the failures. She helped me get up to try a 10th time when I’d fallen the previous nine. The long rides home after losing games. Not getting that bonus or commission.When the girl I had a crush on had other ideas. I can hear her saying our favorite Seinfeld line spoken by Jerry’s mom, “Who wouldn’t like Jerry?” Mom made sure our childhood was filled with songs, laughter and adventure. She not only encouraged our exploration and imagination, she required it! When she said “go outside and play,” it meant go outside and play. Whether it was building forts, snowmen or putting on the “neighborhood circus,” Mom was encouraging us. These were lessons in self-reliance.We were responsible for creating our own happiness. As a kid, Mom would drive us to the lake or ocean. We didn’t need a radio. Rollicking over country roads Mom led us in songs requiring our wit and creativity in sing-song verse

ANDREW AUDET Life, Liberty and Leadership like “A my name is Andrew, my wife’s name is Anna we come from Alabama and we sell Apples” where the four of us kids would go through the alphabet from A to Z with a different story for each letter. We were part salesman and part geographers all in one. Try the letter Z or Q. It was amazing how time flew by before someone yelled out “I see the water!” When we were older, Mom would have the four of us and any neighborhood kids who wanted to sit in a circle and read. Each kid would read a couple of paragraphs from a book. The exercise taught us confidence and public speaking skills along with reading and improved vocabulary. It prepared us for college and future careers. It taught us to speak up. Living in a small town, Mom went to lengths to expose us to “the

arts,” bringing us to local summer theater. On hot summer nights there would be the four kids sucking on Lifesavers watching in fascination small time productions of “The King and I”, “Man of Le Mancha,” “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” where when the ghost scene played out I attempted to flee the building in fear. In addition to making sure we made it to practice, scout meetings and 4-H, Mom took us to church on


om made sure our childhood was filled with songs, laughter and adventure. Sunday and altar boy training. During the season of Lent, Mom brought us to Stations of the Cross where my brother and I would serve as assistants to Father Kelso. One year there was a blizzard and we could not make it to church TURN TO LIBERTY ON A20

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All of our North County cities prohibit marijuana dispensaries, yet we see them opening up more and more all over. North County cities have enacted legislation similar to that of over 200-plus cities in California to prohibit marijuana dispensaries. So why do we still see them in our retail centers? Good question. Marijuana dispensaries are basically thumbing their noses at our cities’ municipals codes and operating illegally. This hardly seems fair to an honest business owner who wants to sell flowers or shoes, and who has opened and operated their business within the law. Cities that prohibit marijuana dispensaries have had to resort to filing lawsuits in order to close down the illegal use. Thankfully our courts here locally and across Southern California have repeatedly and consistently sided with cities against illegally operating marijuana dispensaries. Cities exercise nearly exclusive control over land use. They regularly use their land use authority to limit or prohibit the location of various types of businesses and operations within their communities. They do this to protect our health, safety and welfare. Marijuana dispensaries are not expressly mentioned in either the Compassionate Use Act, or CUA, or in the Medical Marijuana Program Act, or MMP; and in the recent City of Claremont v. Kruse case the court confirmed that these laws do not pre-empt a city’s enactment or enforcement of land use, zoning or business license laws as they apply to marijuana dispensaries. The courts understand that the voters did not enact legisla-

tion to allow businesses to sell marijuana. Proposition 215 allows cooperatives or collectives to operate in a closed circuit network, but not for profit in a retail setting. Additionally, Proposition 215 did not “legalize” marijuana, instead it provides for an affirmative defense against prosecution for those patients who are authorized through a doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, or for a caregiver who meets the definition. A caregiver is defined by then-Attorney General Jerry Brown as “a person who is designated by a qualified patient and has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of the patient.” It is not possible the typical 20year-old you see behind the counter at your local marijuana dispensary fits this definition of a caregiver to every person entering the dispensary to buy marijuana. If you read Proposition 215 and SB 420, there is no mention of marijuana dispensary storefronts. And if you look at thenAttorney General Jerry Brown’s guidelines on this issue he states, “Although marijuana dispensaries have been operating in California for years, dispensaries, as such, are not recognized under the law.” He goes on to say “dispensaries that merely require patients to complete a form summarily designating the business owner as their primarily caregiver — and then offering marijuana in exchange for cash ‘donations’ — are likely unlawful.” Prop. 215 passed because the electorate felt compassion toward the truly sick, those with HIV/AIDS and cancer, to allow them to smoke marijuana. But TURN TO DISPENSARIES ON A20

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HAPPENING HERE From left, Zion Yohannes, owner of Z Private Post, welcomes Cielo resident and regular customer Joe Tuma during a recent event at the Z Private Post & Caffe. The store has been in Cielo Village, 18055 Calle Ambiente, for almost three years with postal service for area residents and businesses, plus free WiFi in a friendly, social hub setting offering espresso and coffee drinks. The location is also available to hold events and meetings free of charge from HOA meetings, to business group meetings, private art events and even baby showers. Some of the upcoming events that will be taking place at Z Private Post include the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 17. Also the La Jolla Art Institute will have its annual event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 30. Courtesy photo

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Crest Academy Athletics Department will host the CCA Inaugural Golf Tournament on May 6, Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the athletic program at CCA. Registration for the tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is at 12:30 p.m. Call Athletic Director Brian Baum at (858) 350-0253, ext. 4144 or by e-mail at brian.baum



Peter Pupping Band Concert for Charity will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 7, Church of the Nativity Auditorium, 6309 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe. This concert is a benefit for the Restorative Justice Mediation Program. Call Jim Walsh at (858) 367-0114 or e-mail to learn more. CHOCOLATE! San Diego Botanic Garden will have its Chocolate Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. The event will include dozens of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more.Visit chocolate.htm to learn more. FEELING FIT The 2011 Encinitas Sports Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7, The Greenasium Fitness Studio, 1465 Encinitas Blvd. The festival will include demonstrations, interactive sessions and displays all aimed to help you prepare for your next event. Call (760) 944-1235 or visit to learn more. GARDEN TOUR The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of AAUW will host its 15th annual garden tour, Through Garden Gates, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7. The tour will feature five North County gardens of various sizes and style. For more details and tickets, call (760) 603-9287 or e-mail throughgardengates2011@ MOM’S DAY The San Dieguito Art Guild will host its annual Mother’s Day Weekend Art and Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 and May 8. The tour will feature eight homes and gardens along the coast from Del Mar to Encinitas. Tickets are available at The Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite C103, Encinitas. PUG PARTY Pug Rescue of San Diego will host its annual May Pug Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7, Del Mar Fairground, Infield Pavilion. The Pug Party is the organization’s biggest fundraising event of the year and the largest gathering of pugs on the West Coast. Visit to learn more. RAMBLE ON The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s garden tour, Rambling through the Ranch — Garden Tour and Open Air Market, will be held May 7. This year there are six estate-sized home gardens for participants to experience. New this year is an Open Air Market on the grounds of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Purchase tickets in TURN TO CALENDAR ON A21



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Realtor honored as top in field RANCHO SANTA FE — her business sense and real K. Ann Brizolis, a leader in estate market knowledge to the sale of fine homes and earn numerous professional and sales estate properties, was ranked distinctions awards. She graduatNo. 1 out of all real ed from California estate agents State Polytechnic throughout San University with a Diego County for degree in business sales volume during administration and the first quarter of marketing, and is cur2011. The data was rently serving as a based on a countydirector of wide ranking perPrudential’s Luxury formed by the K. ANN Division. Multiple Listing BRIZOLIS “Real estate has Service, which is subscribed to by all real estate always been a dynamic agencies. Brizolis, who industry, but the past few recently celebrated her 22nd years have been particularly year in real estate, handles challenging and eventful,” the purchase and sale of resi- said Brizolis, who is based in California dential properties through- Prudential out Rancho Santa Fe and the Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe surrounding coastal commu- office. “I am especially grateful to be working with such a nities. A California Real Estate TURN TO REALTOR ON A23 Broker, Brizolis has leveraged

Troubled fairgrounds purchase put on hold By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The potential purchase of the Del Mar Fairgrounds will likely not occur until at least next year. Sen. Christine Kehoe, who introduced legislation in December that would authorize the sale of the state-owned facility to the city of Del Mar, decided not to call for a hearing of the bill until 2012. “We’ve parked it for now,” Deanna Spehn, Kehoe’s policy director, said. “It now becomes a two-year bill.” Spehn said Gov. Jerry Brown is still focused on the budget and has yet to be briefed by his senior staff on Senate Bill 1, Kehoe’s legislation, and myriad other state issues. According to the Senate calendar, legislators have

until early May to act on SB 1. While that could still happen, it is unlikely, Spehn said. A new bill authorizing the sale could also be introduced, she added. “As soon as the budget is passed things will move forward in the Capitol on other issues,” Spehn said. While the bill is on hold, neighboring Solana Beach is continuing its effort to better understand the governance model proposed by Del Mar should that city be successful in its purchase. At the April 27 meeting Solana Beach council members approved an agreement with Miller, Owen & Trost for legal assistance in analyzing the public trust indenture proposed by Del Mar that would govern the site. The firm has been participating in meetings with

stakeholders and helping to draft a comparison of different governing models. The agreement is expected to exceed $15,000. According to the proposed governance model, a nonprofit corporation with a nine-member board will operate the fair and other activities. That board will include appointed representatives from Del Mar, Solana Beach, the city and county of San Diego, the San Diego Farm Bureau, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority and three members from other San Diego cities on a rotating basis. Horse racing would be operated according to a different lease by a private group of horsemen who are expected to provide about $30 million for the $120 million purchase.

As Del Mar continues its negotiations with the horse owners, Solana Beach plans to initiate discussions on a countywide basis by possibly organizing a roundtable workshop with city and county representatives. “I’d like to see us move forward independent of Del Mar in terms of regional discussions on the ... different approaches as to ownership and management structure,” Councilman Tom Campbell said. City Manager David Ott said he is currently working with staff members in the county “to gauge any interest that there is.” “We can invite Del Mar to the table,” Campbell said. “If they want to come, fine. ... I don’t think that we should park this from our point of view. I think that we need to move it forward.”

Pala begins free outdoor tribute concerts and events PALA — Pala Casino Spa & Resort will continue its free events series in May featuring Video Dance Parties on Fridays and tribute bands on Saturdays. The opening of its new Infinity showroom May 6 will increase the number of events offered to guests. New events offered for the first time in May will include the 60+ Club each Tuesday; Service Industry Nights each Thursday and the Infinity Sports Experience each Sunday. At 7 p.m. May 14, Pala will hold its first free out-

door tribute concert at the Starlight Theater. The Joshua Tree, a tribute to U-2, and Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, will perform. Following at 9:30 p.m., Infinity will host a free Rock-and-Roll After-Party featuring the band Old School. Club Infinity will follow the Rock and Roll Party from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The schedule includes: — May 6, 9:30 p.m.: Gabriel Iglesias After Party by Infinity, featuring Back in the Day

— May 7, 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.: Club Infinity — May 8, 10 a.m.: Sports Experience 8 — May 10, 11 a.m.: 60+ Club by Infinity — May 10, 1 to 2 p.m.: Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe Tribute Show — May 12, 7 p.m.: Service IndustryNight, or S.I.N. hosted by Infinity — May 13, 9 p.m.: Video Dance Party hosted by Infinity — May 14, 7 p.m.: The Joshua Tree, a tribute to U2; Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, Starlight Theater.

— May 14, 9:30 p.m.: Tribute Concert After-Party hosted by Infinity — May 14, 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.: Club Infinity — May 15, 10 a.m.: Infinity Sports Experience — live TV — May 17, 11 a.m.: 60+ Club hosted by Infinity — May 17, 1 to 2 p.m.: Red Skelton Tribute Show, Service Industry Night — May 20, 9 p.m.: Video Dance Party, Infinity — May 21, 7 p.m. PBR After-Party hosted by Infinity with Hill Country, Ranch Rockers

Rady hospital auxiliary hosts annual blood drive RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary sponsored its annual blood drive and Celebration of Health Day on May 4 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Blood donors were able to

meet with members of the Cenergy Medical Group, a conventional and alternative based healthcare group, to learn more about its approach to comprehensive and holistic wellness. Throughout the afternoon, donors received complimenta-

ry culinary treats provided by Delicias, and freshly brewed coffee and homemade pastries from Cafe Positano. Donors also received organic produce provided by the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. The annual donation of a pint of blood provides supple-

mental coverage for the immediate family of the donor for the processing costs of basic blood components. Donors also had the opportunity to sign up on the national bone marrow registry. To donate blood anytime, visit


No such thing as ‘safe’ in investing Dear Bruce: I have $40,000, which I would like to set aside in a reasonably safe investment for three to five years, where it would hopefully grow. Do you have any recommendations? — Greg, via email Dear Greg: Here we go again. In today’s world, a saver such as yourself who wants to be “reasonably safe” has very little in the way of alternatives available. In terms of interest, there is nothing even worth considering. There are parking places, but that’s about all. There are however, very strong U.S. companies that pay decent dividends that should be able to take growth into account, yielding a reasonably 5 percent TURN TO SMART MONEY ON A21



crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of April 20, 2011, to April 26, 2011


sheriff’s detail in Solana Beach resulted in the arrest of a 26year-old male parolee who was subsequently charged with three felonies: possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm for sale and a parole violation. The arrest took place at Valley Avenue at 7:43 a.m. on April 21. SCARY! An anonymous person reported to Carlsbad Police on April 25 that during the previous week a customer at a dental office became irate and stated that he was going to kill everybody. The suspect then left the office and returned from his vehicle carrying a black bag, at which time employees locked the doors and would not allow him back inside. TOPLESS A “Jeep rag top” was reported stolen from a 1994 Jeep Wrangler on the night of April 25, at Embarcadero Lane in Carlsbad. The canvas top was valued at $425. Other items stolen from the Jeep were reported, which include a garage door opener and a window frame. 3-2-1... A Carlsbad resident called police at 2:50 p.m. on

April 25 to report that a group of about five juveniles (and a dog) were lighting off fireworks in the canyon across from the reporting party’s residence. Police determined that the kids were just playing with a plastic toy rocket that was fueled by baking soda and vinegar. EXPLOSIVE Someone called the Vista Sheriff’s Station to report that they had found an ammunition case and explosives at the 900 block of Phillips Street on April 21. PURSE SNATCHER A “purse snatch” was reported to authorities in Vista on April 25, which happened at the 600 block of Sycamore Avenue. The contents of the purse included $38 cash and food stamps. RAPE REPORTED A staff sergeant was arrested and charged with a rape by force at 1:55 p.m. on April 24, at Pomelo Drive in Vista.

CRIME LOG Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis

The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of April 20, 2011 to April 26, 2011. SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 5, Burglary 5, Vandalism 6, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 2,Vehicle Theft 6 ENCINITAS Petty Theft 5, Burglary 4, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 1 VISTA Petty Theft 6, Burglary 6, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 2,Vehicle Theft 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 14, Burglary 18,Vandalism 4, Assault 0, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 6,Vehicle Theft 1 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 1, Burglary 4, Vandalism 1, Assault 1, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0,




Petty Theft 1, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0, Vehicle Theft 0

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Gerald Berke is wanted for his for manufacturing and to finance alleged involvement in a ponzi accounts receivables. scheme that defrauded approxiInvestors allegedly were told mately 500 investors out of more that factoring business does better than $81 million. in a bad economy and were promBerke was born Sept. 30, 1931, ised an 18 percent return on investin Canada. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall ments. However, Berke allegedly and weighs 200 pounds. used investors’ money to make payFrom approximately 2003 ments to earlier investors and GERALD BERKE until 2009, Berke allegedly used a eventually stopped. Also, Berke is company, GJB Enterprises based in alleged to have paid for personal Los Angeles, to solicit investors under the pre- and business expenses using investors’ money. tense he was operating a factoring business — Berke has been charged federally with loaning businesses money that they needed mail fraud.

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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ramiro Lizarraga Murder November 2007

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

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Changes coming to Mozart festival COAST CITIES — The Mainly Mozart Festival, historically taking place over two to three weeks each June, will expand to two months, with renowned pianist and chamber musician Anne-Marie McDermott joining Maestro David Atherton in artistic leadership. Atherton, founding artistic director, will continue to lead the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra, comprised of concertmasters and principal players from the nation’s leading orchestras, while McDermott will program all chamber music concerts as curator of chamber music. The Mainly Mozart Festival began in 1989, with Atherton conducting the Festival Orchestra on the stage of the Old Globe Theatre. Since 1996, Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight (chamber music) Series has taken place from January to May at The Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla, and in more recent years at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad, and The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe as well. In 2012, the La Jolla series will merge with the orchestral concerts to form a late April to late-June Festival. Spotlight Series concerts held in Rancho Santa Fe and Carlsbad will continue to occur from January through May, with McDermott programming those as well. New for 2012, programming for the La Jolla Spotlight Series concerts will not be repeated in Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe. Program details for both venues will be announced shortly. Club Amadeus, Mainly Mozart’s music aficionado group since 1993, and Club Amadeus North, formed in 2008 in response to Mainly Mozart’s growing presence in Rancho Santa Fe and other North County regions, will be consolidated into one group beginning in July 2011. Club Amadeus members receive invitations to private concert events in residences and exclusive locations, as well as a five-concert subscription series with preferred seating, exclusive travel opportunities, and recognition as donors. Membership starts at $1,000, with a deluxe membership available for $1,500. Deluxe members receive additional concert tickets and an additional in-home concert. Many of the changes planned for the organization come as a result of a threeyear capacity building grant awarded to the organization by The James Irvine Foundation, which has allowed the organization to undertake an intense strategic development process.



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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ Rising star COAST CITIES — Torrey Mercer has been chosen to be part of a national tour called the No Bully Tour. Her latest music video can be seen at y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=kdsbq18A7y8. Mercer also has another new original song that will be released in May. She will be attending UC Irvine musical theatre program next year. Visit

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ENCINITAS — Stephanie Tina Yee of Encinitas made the Seattle Pacific University 2011 Winter Quarter Dean’s List.

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COAST CITIES — Mike Gleich, president of Chronic Tacos, announced the opening of two San Diego County locations at 127 N. El Camino R e a l , Encinitas, and in Solana Beach at 919 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The RICHARD casual NIEVES restaurant offers fresh Mexican food from third generation recipes and offers largescreen TVs, custom artwork and music. The restaurants will also serve breakfast all day everyday. For more information, visit

Green heroes

CARLSBAD — The Agua Hedionda Lagoon F o u n d a t i o n presented Local Environmental Heroes awards at the Lagoon Discovery Center’s Earth Day on April 23. The honorees were the Carlsbad Garden Club, H2O Trash Patrol, and Carlsbad City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin. The recipients were honored for their commitment to the health and well-being of our planet.

Fine fair

OCEANSIDE — The Cardiovascular Disease Foundation of North County announced that its annual 5K Run/Walk for Life and Free Community Health Fair on April 10 attracted more than 600 participants and raised close to $15,000 for the foundation. Donations are still being accepted at

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Revitalization effort moving forward again By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With five meetings planned to allow for public input, the city is once again moving forward with plans to revitalize the downtown commercial zone. In an attempt to accommodate varying schedules, community conversations are planned on weekends and weekdays at different times at homes throughout the city and at the City Hall Annex. At each discussion, members of the Planning Department will use display boards to introduce goals, objectives and policies to revitalize the village area. Planning Director Kathleen Garcia said she is starting with the goals of the community plan that was developed in 1976 and amended in 1985 to create retail and office uses that serve residents and visitors in an attractive, economically viable village. Plans include a pedestrian-oriented downtown with facilities for civic and community activities and a

pedestrian network that links downtown and reduces traffic. Issues include creating a cooperative parking program, adding mixed-use residential development, maintaining the village characteristics and regulating building heights. Council liaisons Don Mosier and Lee Haydu will facilitate each presentation, which will be followed by a series of questions for attendees. “This is to prompt the participants to provide their opinion of what needs to be changed within the village area to achieve the goals and objectives,” Garcia said. “We’re hoping to actually do very little talking and almost all listening.” The community conversations are one part of a three-phase outreach program. Input will also be sought from business and property owners, the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board. During the second

Tix on sale for upcoming HeadNorth golf tourney RANCHO SANTA FE — Tickets are now available for the sixth annual HeadNorth Golf Invitational at the Crosby in Rancho Santa Fe, 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd. on June 12 and June 13. The dinner and auction will be held at 5 p.m. June 12. For the June 13 golf tournament, player registration will be 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start and 6 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Awards event. Register at The event will feature a golf-ball drop, with a heli-

copter dropping 1,000 golf balls on the 18th green. The participant whose numbered golf ball falls closest to the bull’s eye will win $50,000. Balls are available for $20 per ball or $100 for six balls. Golf entry is $2,500 per foursome or $650 per player fees include pre-game lunch, 18 holes of golf at the exclusive Crosby Golf Club, a topof-the-line golf goodie bag, post-tournament cocktail reception and tickets for each player and a guest to the dinner and auction.

phase, community members will have an opportunity to review and react to revitalization proposals and incentives. This is slated to take place during the preparation of the draft revitalization plan and environmental impact report in fall 2011. Community education is intended to provide information about the plan prior to a public vote. This final phase of the outreach program is expected to occur in late summer or early fall 2012, in time for the general election that year. Throughout the process, council will receive updates and have opportunities for input. Revitalization planning will run parallel with plans to modify parking rations in the central commercial zone to be consistent with the San Diego Association of Governments smart-growth parking standards. The plans, presented by Garcia at the March 25 City Council meeting, received a lukewarm reception from at

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Luncheon congratulates and thanks De Anza DAR RANCHO SANTA FE — On April 15, Joanne Dudek, cochairwoman of Daughters of the American Revolution De Anza Chapter’s American History Essay Contest committee, hosted a thank-you, wrap-

up luncheon at her Fairbanks Ranch home to celebrate the committee’s success. Her co-chairwomen were Debbie Giese and Kathleen Loftman of Rancho Santa Fe. De Anza Chapter received

first-place among chapters of its size at the California State Society DAR March State Conference for its American History Essay Contest, awards ceremony and Colonial Tea. The 2011-2012 committee

co-chairwomen will be Joanne Dudek, Martha Gresham of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and RSF’s Loftman. Nineteen women have signed up to work on the upcoming contest. In honor of the 200th anniversary of the

War of 1812, the next topic will be “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” For further information, contact Joanne Dudek at or visit

‘Three-ring’ fun to be found at academy’s fundraiser COAST CITIES — Canyon Crest Academy families, friends and the community will gather for Canyon Crest Academy’s sixth annual fundraising event, Cirque du CCA, from 6 to 10 p.m.

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was in the kitchen that Mama taught Lloyd about good soul food cooking. Mama Daisy found joy in the kitchen and passed on her recipes, stories and her love for cooking to Lloyd. Over the years, Lloyd continued to cook for friends and family. Lloyd received continuous praise from others of how much they loved his gumbo, smothered cabbage and his famous Cajun rice to name a few. Three years ago, Lloyd really started to take his cooking more seriously realizing the joy that preparing good food for others brought to him. The result was Lloyd and Tonya starting Daisy’s Cajun Catering and Restaurant. When Lloyd was asked what makes his Creole dishes different from anyone else’s, he said, “It’s all in the seasoning my friend. It’s all in the seasoning.” Amen Lloyd, you nailed TURN TO LICK ON A22

Dear Dr. Gott: I read your column every day in my local Arkansas paper. Your recent column talked about the antioxidant vitamins C and E; however, nothing was mentioned about the most powerful one of all — glutathione — that we were born with and decreases with age. Can you discuss this little-talked-about antioxidant? Dear Reader: Glutathione is reported to be the body’s master antioxidant. It is produced in the liver and plays an important role in metabolism. It is composed of cysteine, glutamic acid and glyceine, and is purported to help human cells function normally. It is found naturally in numerous meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, avocado and spinach, unprocessed whey protein and milk thistle; however, the absorption rate of glutathione from all food sources in the gastrointestinal tract of humans is apparently low. It has been used for the treatment of heavy-metal poisoning, to increase the effectiveness of drugs for chemotherapy given for breast cancer, in lowering blood pressure in patients diagnosed with diabetes, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and a great deal more. Research projects for ALS, cancer, cystic fibrosis, asthma and a number of other conditions are under way with this antioxidant to investigate its potential for boosting the immune system, improving longevity, reduce chances for developing cancer, improving mental, heart and lung function, and increasing energy. While marketed as a nutritional supplement, there is little documentation to support the theory it actually increases levels within cells. In fact, in human studies, oral doses had minimal effect in raising blood levels. Supplemental vitamin C is reported more effective in increasing intracellular glutathione than the supplement is. Levels within the human body decrease with age, presumably at a rate of 1 percent per year after the age of 20. I’m not sure that I will rush out to my local pharmacy in the rain today for a bottle of glutathione, but never say never. Dear Dr. Gott: I’m an 87-year-old woman with TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A14



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By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — A few residents urged City Council on April 27 to grant amnesty to a surfing Madonna mosaic secretly installed under a railroad trestle along one of the town’s busiest roadways. The speakers requested that the piece of art be left alone to adorn the city’s main entrance. While the council is not allowed to address speakers’ questions during the session, city officials have said that the mural must be removed and wondered how much damage will be done to the existing structure in the process. “It fits the definition of graffiti,” said Richard Phillips, assistant city manager. The city’s anti-graffiti ordinance is broad enough to include more than just someone spray-painting a wall. Rather, it is written to cover everything from advertising stickers to messages scratched into surfaces, he added. The eclectic mosaic, which features Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard with the words “Save the Ocean,” is attached to a concrete structure under the railroad bridge that crosses Encinitas Boulevard just west of Vulcan Avenue. Several people asked the council to let it remain in place for at least 90 days and urged the city to grant amnesty to the mosaic’s creators if they step forward and admit that they made it. City officials said they were considering whether to file a complaint with law enforcement and seek removal costs from the artist or artists. “As vandals go, we are dealing with a highly evolved species here,” Leucadia resi-

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Ex-Marine gets life without parole for murder of Oceanside auto shop owner By Shelli DeRobertis

SAN DIEGO — Xavier Akeem Adams, 20, the second former Camp Pendleton Marine who helped stab to death an Oceanside auto shop owner in a dispute over a refurbished car was sentenced April 22 to life in prison without parole, plus one year. Adams was convicted last month of murder for the

summer 2009 slaying of 23year-old Charles Evan Williams. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of murder during a carjacking and murder during a robbery. Williams was stabbed more than 50 times after an elaborate plot to kill him was planned by the main perpetrator, Raphael Roshod

Ramey, 21, also a former Marine. The victim, a father, was attacked in his auto shop after Ramey became upset because a classic red 1970 Chevrolet Impala that Williams sold him for $12,000 was not ready for delivery. Ramey was convicted in TURN TO MARINE ON


5 treasures that foster spirit of frugality Behind every frugal person is an item or two that boosts their frugality. Spending money to enhance frugal living might seem like backward thinking, but there are many free or low-cost items that can help you save time or money. Many pay for themselves in very little time, too. Some items that top the list are coupon organizers, food storage containers, cookbooks, sewing machine and hair clippers. What’s your favorite frugal treasure? Here are a few more examples: Library card: If you haven’t visited your library

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sales. One reader, Darlene B., from New York, says: “I love my library card and would be lost without it. It’s definitely the good plastic to have in your wallet.” Appliances: Some households have fancy cooking gadgets and no one actually cooks in the kitchen. Frugal kitchens contain practical, money-saving appliances such as a dehydrator, freezer, slow cooker, wok, toaster oven, grain mill and meat slicer, to name a few. Thrift in the kitchen isn’t a lost art for many families. Another TURN TO FRUGAL ON A23

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I’d say a little success as far as an accomplishment. We’ve been looking for him for 10 years and it’s a little hurdle.

I don’t really feel like it’s peace. So I’m just scared as to what the retaliation will be.

Del Sol Lions elect new officers By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — The Del Sol Lions Club board of directors unanimously approved its second slate of officers at the April 26 meeting, during which two new members were also added to bring club membership to 73 in the first year. New officers and directors will be installed at the June 28 member meeting at La Colonia Community Center. Outgoing charter offi-

cers will also be recognized. The 2011-2012 officers and directors are: President: Bulent Erol 1st Vice President: Linette Page 2nd Vice President: Maria McEneany 3rd Vice President: Jason Smith Secretary: Robin Kemp Corresponding Secretary: Rena Monge Treasurer: John Page

Tail Twister: Becky Bartling Lion Tamer: David Cain Immediate Past President: Dave Roberts Director-at-large: Brian Sciutto Tara Gordon will be serving the second year of her twoyear term, and Dave Roberts will continue to serve as immediate past president for TURN TO LIONS ON A22

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One year later — still missing a dear friend who died too young Last year my good friend died in April. Heidi Cruz was only 37 when pancreatic cancer ended her beautiful life. I want to remember her this month and send warm wishes to all of Heidi’s sisters and family members. I had met Heidi from the newspaper business a few years before. Her spirit was fun, exotic and intoxicating to be around.Watching her leave this earth last spring was one of the hardest things I have witnessed during my life thus far. She didn’t deserve to die

MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch young. So why did she? I don’t know about you, but I try to find reasons to understand that which we cannot. I try and dig deep to face those hard issues that don’t make sense. The answers are not always there, but sometimes from

searching you can find solace. At least that’s how it can be for me. My wish for Heidi is she is now finally free from pain. I hope that she is smiling and watching over all of us that cling to her memory. I hope that the sunshine has found her permanently. She was a “good egg” as they say. She may not be here with us in the flesh, but her spirit is alive and remembered by all of those that loved her. I have included a photo of my good friend

Denny Fallon with Heidi, which was taken a few months before she became ill. I felt this photo truly captured the Heidi I will always remember and love. I still miss you my friend.

Around town

What better way to go out and celebrate life but on tax day? On April 15 my husband and I ended up in the heart of town at Mille Fleurs that Friday night. How wonderful to see the restaurant crowded with patrons and residents again. I ran into Stan and his lovely girlfriend, Oxana, hanging out at the piano bar, while Randy Beecher was singing some familiar tunes. I asked them if they would pose for a quick photo for the column that night. Luckily for me, they said yes! Stan and Oxana looked fabulous together on their night out on the town. Thanks for the lovely photo. On April 18, I received some wonderful news from the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary. Torrey Pines High School senior Charlie Reed, was presented with one of Rotary International’s highest honors, a Paul Harris Fellow. Her hard

work fundraising toward the Water for Sudan nonprofit drilling wells is definitely worth sharing. Each year Charlie has organized a theater workshop in which she has raised more than $10,000 dollars.The money also goes to El Faro Orphanage, ShelterBox, Sr. Ethel’s work in Missionvale, South Africa and Lance Armstrong’s charity, Livestrong. I must add that Charlie Reed was also Torrey Pines High School’s homecoming queen this year! She will be attending Berkeley College this fall. Congratulations Charlie.You definitely deserve to have the spotlight on you for all of your amazing achievements. On April 21,the SMARTY San Diego organization held their event at the Madison Gallery in La Jolla. SMARTY is a networking group for women in business. Local Ranch real estate agent Priscilla Wood is one of the leaders here in San Diego. I have included a couple of photos from that evening in La Jolla. Elise Muhawi was also there, and Lorna York, the founder and CEO of Madison Gallery. On the top of their

website, the logo reads, “We Mean Business.” I like that. If you are a female and run your own business, this definitely would be a group to check out. Visit Amy Swift Crosby is the founder of this wonderful organization, which promotes women to succeed. Thank you, Priscilla for letting me know about this exciting night. On April 23, I was at Lemon Twist Fruit stand, which is located right across Cielo, helping my husband with his customers. Two lovely longtime residents of the Ranch — Janice Rosenbranz and Pat Storm — stopped by and bought some strawberries and some other organic produce. When Janice found out that Robin and I were married, she exclaimed, “You are really lucky you know to marry this guy!” I said, “I know, I feel the same way,” with a huge smile across my face. How sweet Janice and Pat were that day. They shared their recollections on Lemon Twist and all of the years they had been going there. They were so happy to see it back finally after the Witch Creek Fire in 2007. I took a photo of them with my husband, Robin. Sometimes life reminds you in simple ways of your own blessings.

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The Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar is having their half-off book sale on May 5 and May 6. This wonderful jewel of a bookstore is one of my favorite highlights of my Saturday mornings. Every Saturday I find a new book to read for that week, while browsing peacefully among the many shelves in the Book Cellar. Recently, I found “The Ice Queen,” by Alice Hoffman, which was a sublime novel. Take my advice, make sure you support Rancho Santa Fe’s only local bookstore by donating any used or new books that could be cluttering your shelves. The Book Cellar and the RSF Library will benefit from the half-off sale. For more information, call (858) 7564780. You can bet I will be there.

DEARLY MISSED My tribute photo of my dear friend Heidi Cruz with her good friend Denny Fallon. Heidi passed away last year in April. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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Plenty more to see and do while visiting Denver Sam Kornblatt hasn’t lost his Brooklyn accent despite having lived in Denver for more than seven decades. He migrated westward in 1939 after his doctor told him that Colorado’s rarified air would be good for his health. At 91, Kornblatt still works a couple of days a week at Rockmount Ranch Wear in Denver’s historic LoDo district. You don’t have to ask the nonagenarian twice to expound on all things Rockmount. “This is a family business — three generations,” he says, gliding through the racks of colorful cowboy shirts and all manner of west-

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Another Easter Sunday gift in the water Alzheimer’s We had been up early for a sunrise Easter morning service. I’m not certain of the year, but it was sometime in the early 1970s and the entire coast was flat. I always carried a board with me and now I had a 6-foot-10-inch egg shaped by Rusty Prisendorfer, several years before he rocketed to fame under his own Rusty label. More famous even than people whose first names say it all, he would soon be known simply by the big capitol “R.” The board was magic, a Skip Frye-inspired double ender that carved the best tracks ever on North County waves. With nothing to do, I decided to take a walk. My board didn’t fit in my car so I would have to take it with me, down the Swami’s stairs — maybe there would be a little something to the cliff and around the corner, to the beach breaks. Dabbers was flat and thick with dead kelp. So were all the sandbars from Swami’s to Pipes. It had been

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A group calling themselves “Friends of the Library� pose for a picture during brunch.

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Models show off the latest fashion designs from the Lilly Pulitzer collection during the Fashion Show & Brunch held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club.


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Models show off the latest fashion designs from the Lilly Pulitzer collection during the Fashion Rancho Santa Fe resident Robin Parker and Carmel Valley resident Louarn Sorkin. Show & Brunch held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club.

Carmel Valley resident Louarn Fashion Show committee members, from left to right, Rancho Santa Fe residents Mary Liu, Beth Nelson, Susan Applebee, Nora Kaiser, Carlsbad resident Maddie Sorkin. Pearson, Encinitas resident Debbie Wilson, and Rancho Santa Fe resident Suzanne Johnson.



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en the cultural environment,” Sally Foster, dean of the San Elijo campus, said. “Our students are not that globally culturally aware.” The monks who performed were carefully selected by Gaden Shartse Monastery leaders to make the 18-month tour throughout the United States. Their six-day stop in Encinitas marked the 10th month of their tour. In addition to their performance at MiraCosta College, the monks also performed dances and chants at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living on April 22 and a ritual dissolution ceremony at the center on April 24. At home in the monastery their duties are to chant, study and debate. They spend 17 hours a day six days a week honoring these practices. Contrary to popular belief, the Gaden Shartse

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Formerly obscure fennel is celery with attitude MARIALISA CALTA Kiss the Cook It’s funny how foods become trendy. A few years ago, no one except maybe Chinese cooks and fans of a Scottish breakfast had ever heard of pork belly (uncured bacon), and now it’s practically a menu staple. Celeriac — that vegetable that looks like “E.T.” — seemed to have its 15 minutes of fame sometime in the 1990s. But what really tickled me was when fennel became the veggie du jour. Fennel was a staple of my childhood. Being Italian, my parents called it “finocchio,” and I celebrated its arrival on the table with a silly chorus of the Neapolitan song “Finiculi, Finicula” with the words “finocchio, finocchia” substituted. Apparently, I was a strange child. But a well-nourished one. If you are still a stranger to fennel, here’s what you need to know. There are three types of fennel: bitter fennel (the original, wild form, which dates back to Greece, in the centuries B.C.); sweet fennel (from around the ninth century); and Florence fennel, developed in Italy in the 17th century.This is the fennel that we eat today. It looks, in the words of cookbook author Allison Fishman, “like pregnant celery” — a large, whitish-greenish bulb with beautiful, long, feathery green fronds, resembling dill. The fronds are sometimes chopped and used sparingly as garnish, and I have seen recipes for “fennelfrond pesto,” but they are usually discarded; the bulb is the part that is used. The taste of the raw fennel bulb is fresh, crunchy, “green” and somewhat licorice-y. Think of it as celery with attitude. The licorice flavor has led to fennel being incorrect-

ON THE SIDE Fennel baked with cheese has a nutty, fresh, sweet flavor that makes it a wonderful side dish for meat, poultry or fish. Photo by Lucy Schaeffer

ly sold in some supermarkets as “anise.” The anise plant is, like fennel, from the parsley family. But we only use the seeds from the anise plant, while we use the bulb and the seeds from the fennel plant. Anise seeds — which, like fennel, contain the essential oil anethole — are stronger tasting than fennel seeds; they are used in such licorice-y liqueurs as French pastis, Greek ouzo and Turkish arak. (Star anise is another plant altogether but also contains anethole; it’s used in the Italian liqueur Sambucca.) Fennel has, since ancient times, been a legendary plant. It was in a hollow stalk of fennel that the mythical hero Prometheus was said to have hidden fire, which he stole from the gods to give to man. From ancient times, it was praised for almost mystical medicinal properties. Today, scientists explain that it is high in antioxidants, in vita-

min C and fiber. Florence fennel (or just plain “fennel”) appears on most menus braised, roasted or steamed. Cooking, in fact, mellows the flavor and brings out the nuttiness and sweetness of the plant. Fishman, in her new book, “You Can Trust a Skinny Cook” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), bakes it with cheese. Her fennel gratin is — like almost every recipe in this bright, lively, come-hither book — easy to make, beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. I don’t remember my mother ever cooking fennel. She served it as a side salad, chopped and mixed with a bit of red onion and tossed with vinaigrette, which she made from a packet of Good Seasons salad-dressing mix. Sliced, raw fennel also appeared on the rare occasions when she served bagna cauda, that delicious Italian fondue of garlic, anchovies,



unconscious, but survived, with a .72 reading.) The plethora of high numbers might indicate mistaken medical teaching, or nonstandard machine measurements — or an evolutionary hardiness in American drinkers. • Snowmobilers fall through thin ice every season because the ice’s thickness is difficult to estimate, especially at night. Less understandable is that every season, when other snowmobilers come to rescue the downed snowmobiler, they drive their vehicles as close as they can to the spot of the fall — which, of course, is right at the lip of thin-ice-break, thus virtually assuring that their vehicle, too, will fall in, such as the four people who fell through the ice in a pond near Holyrood, Newfoundland, in February. • Young girls “grow up” prematurely, often aided by

butter and oil into which one dips raw sliced vegetables and pieces of bread. Fennel is a classic accompaniment. Perhaps you too will soon be singing a rousing chorus of “finocchio, finocchia!” Stranger things have happened. FENNEL GRATIN 2 medium bulbs fennel, cut into 1/3-inch wedges (5-1/2 cups) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt pinch of freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (about 1-1/2 ounces) 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Preheat the oven to 425 F. Cut off and discard the fennel fronds. Cut the bulb in half lengthwise and place it flat side down, then cut into thin wedges. By incorporating the core into your slices, you’ll keep the pieces together. Fennel has a lovely shape; show it off. Place the fennel in a nine-by-13-inch gratin dish, a nine-inch pie plate or an eight-inch square baking dish. Toss with the olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil, and cook until the fennel has softened, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the foil, return to the oven, and cook until the edges are golden brown and crisp, another 15 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven, and preheat the broiler. Sprinkle fennel with the cheeses, and cook until the cheeses have melted and are bubbling, three to five minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 4 (1-cup) servings Recipe from “You Can Trust a Skinny Cook” by Allison Fishman (John Wiley & Sons, 2011)

that the time of year when maple syrup can be made has ended. Making maple syrup (“sugaring”) is a somewhat involved process. First, the weather must cooperate. Cold nights and warm days are optimal. Once it’s warm enough for the maple trees to bud, sugaring is over. The trees must be tapped, the sap collected and then boiled ... and boiled ... and boiled. This is mostly done in small cabins sporting cupolas from which the steam from all that boiling escapes. These are called “sugar houses” or sometimes “sugar shacks,” and if you drive around, say, Vermont or New Hampshire during sugaring season, you will see these cheery-looking little outposts dotting the countryside, industriously bellowing steam. It takes 40 gallons of sap to boil down into one gallon of maple syrup. If you are a maple-syrup producer (“sugarmaker”), you have to pay close attention so that, at the last stages, the stuff doesn’t scorch. It is a labor-intensive process, which explains why syrup — real maple syrup, not the cloying stuff sold as “pancake syrup” — is relatively expensive. But to those who know the real thing, it is imminently worth it. Maple syrup is graded by density, which affects flavor and color. Canada (which produces 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup) has one set of standards and grades, the United States another. Further complicating the matter is the fact that Vermont (the largest U.S. producer) employs a different (and slightly higher) standard. But generally speaking, the lighter, more delicate, more translucent (and more expensive) syrups will be called something like “AA,” “Fancy” or “Light Amber.” The darkest syrup available in stores is Grade B, and is Maple syrup now on usually the one you want for tap cooking. It can be found in “Sugaring season” is health and natural-food over. If you live in the north stores, in some supermarkets country, you know that means and online.

If your budget for real maple syrup is limited, buy a jug and save it for your pancakes, crepes, waffles and as a topping for ice cream — all uses that showcase the delicate, nutty, warm flavor. If you consider maple syrup a staple, you can branch out into using it more widely in cooking. Glazes for pork and chicken come to mind, as does all manner of baked goods, custards and frozen confections. Try it in vinaigrette, in barbecue sauce or, in small quantities, to “mellow” a tomato ragout or stew. Leave it to a New York baker to come up with a recipe for Maple Muffins that rivals any I have tried in Vermont. In her new book, “Sarabeth’s Bakery: From My Hands to Yours” (Rizzoli, 2011), Sarabeth Levine offers this recipe that she says was “forced” upon her by “a customer who said her family had made these muffins for more than a hundred years.” Bet that customer was from Vermont. At any rate, she knows her muffins. And her maple syrup. MAPLE MUFFINS 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts softened unsalted butter, for the pan 2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 1-1/2 cups pure maple syrup, preferably Grade B 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup whole milk 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature Position a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the nuts in an ovenproof skillet or baking pan with sides, and bake until toasty, eight to 12 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, and remove

players compete to drive a pickup truck full of illegals over rocky terrain from Mexico into the U.S. without too many passengers bouncing out (and with in-game “additions” consisting of pregnant women giving birth enroute). Special “green cards” are awarded to winners. (Update: At presstime, Apple rejected the app, and Owlchemy said it would alter the game to one of animals escaping from a forest.) • Chutzpah! Thieves usually pick out easy jobs, but occasionally they go bold — for example, breaking into the prison at New Plymouth, New Zealand’s North Island, in March (carrying off a large TV set) or breaking into a police station in Uddingston, Scotland, in April (carrying off uniforms and radios). • Local councils that govern life in the United Kingdom seem overly frightened of liability lawsuits — even from criminals who might get hurt while commit-

ting crimes. London’s Daily Telegraph and the Surrey Mirror reported in February that police in the counties of Kent and Surrey had been advising homeowners and merchants to avoid using wire mesh on windows because burglars could seriously gouge themselves while climbing through. Also, electrical engineer David Bishop said police seemed especially concerned that burglars could be electrocuted if they broke into his workshop and thus advised him to post a warning sign outside that could be seen in the dark. • Carelessness sometimes begets tragedy, as when motorists survive terrible accidents but then, while awaiting help, they are hit and killed by emergency vehicles. In December, near Ocala, Fla., a 39-year-old driver survived a rollover but was accidentally run over and killed by a responding

hungry retailers such as the U.S.’s Abercrombie & Fitch and the British clothiers Primark and Matalan, each of which this spring began offering lines of padded bras for girls as young as 7 (8 at Abercrombie & Fitch for the “Ashley Push-Up Triangle”), with Matalan offering one in size “28aa.” Child advocates were predictably disgusted, with one Los Angeles psychologist opining that permissive mothers were trying to compensate through their daughters for their own lack of sexual appeal. • In 2002 Odd Files mentioned a theme park near Mexico City in which potential emigrants to the U.S. could test their survival skills in an obstacle course mimicking the rigors one would endure sneaking across the border. Recently, Owlchemy Labs, a Massachusetts technology company, announced plans to release an iPhone/iPad app, “Smuggle Truck,” a video game in which





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of public servants our cities LIBERTY are winning this important CONTINUED FROM A4 battle against those who abuse to the original intent of think our city’s municipal for Stations. We kids thought the voters has been rampant, codes and laws don’t apply to fate had shined on us. Then Father Kelso pulled into our spiraling out of control by them. driveway. We did not know he unethical business owners had prearranged to pick seeing an opportunity to Nancy Perry-Sheridan, MSW, is with something up from my Mom make large profits on the the SDAlliance for Drug Free Youth, before his next emergency backs perfectly healthy and which serves the cities of Del Mar, generally naïve young people. Encinitas, Solana Beach and the com- stop. My Mom, who likes a good joke, told us all he was Our cities have an obligamunities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar coming to the house to do tion to project our municipal codes and quality of life. Heights, Elfin Forest, La Costa, Rancho Stations.We all groaned. I can still hear my then teenaged Thanks to a dedicated group Santa Fe and Sorrento Valley.

sister saying “Are you kidding me?” I am grateful for the roots of faith Mom showed me. Mom taught us values, to work hard, to be kind. She is active in her faith and community. She takes great joy in her life. I have great fun with her. She is my friend. Washington Irving said it best: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon

us, when adversity takes the place of prosperity, when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us, when trouble thickens around us, still she will cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return in our hearts.”

respirator kit.” HWAC will donate dog respiration masks to fire rescue crews serving Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Each kit will include three masks manufactured by Pets America allowing firefighters to administer life-saving oxygen.

“Helen Woodward Animal Center is in the business of saving lives,” said HWAC President Mike Arms. Eighty percent of the pets adopted from the center are transferred from shelters and rescue groups that are overcrowded, can’t afford to keep them, or have just run out of time. Providing these

kits for the firefighters is an extension of the work that we’re already doing.” For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center, call (858) 756-4117, visit, or visit the center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Her project involved the power of the sun’s rays and light refraction, with a vision for a solar-powered future. Liu was awarded a scholarship of $500 by Keith Blackburn of the Blackburn Foundation. Her project will Science winner be displayed at the Lagoon CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Discovery Center, 1580 High School student Kristina Cannon Road. Liu was named the winner of the Lagoon Discovery Center Sports festival Science Project Contest ENCINITAS — Check announced at the center’s out vendors, sponsors and Earth Day Event. supporters at the 2011

Encinitas Sports Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 at an open house at The Greenasium, 1465 Encinitas Blvd. Demonstrations, interactive sessions and displays are aimed to prepare visitors for a 5K, 1K, paddleboard race, or Sprint Tri. Dawn Liu will give 10-minute top of the hour talks on “Tips To Maximize Your Race Day Performance.”

civic, business and health care leaders celebrated the completion April 29 of a new parking structure at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, the first step in a $200 million expansion of the hospital. The three-story parking structure includes 884 vehicle spaces on five levels (including underground and rooftop) and replaces a flat lot that previously occupied the space.




Van Zante. “The firefighters attached a pet respirator mask to their oxygen tank and administered treatment right there at the fire scene, saving the dog’s life.” Van Zante said that the news report touched the


Village Academy, has been named Carlsbad Unified School District’s April 2011 Classified Employee of the Month. Nieves joined the district in 1997.

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spaces “and the kind of ambiance we wanted,” he said. The project, which Hilliard said got the community excited about downtown revitalization, was expected to be complete by 2009. “It didn’t happen and I’m not quite sure why,” Hilliard said. “It just seemed to have gotten hijacked.” He said dis-



because it can remain dormant in the system for years. Transmission of HSV-2 occurs during sexual contact with someone who has the infection, who may not have a visible outbreak and who may be completely unaware he or she is infected. You are correct in that the herpes virus can be contracted in a hospital setting. The most common site is the delivery room, where an infected mother may transmit the virus to her infant at the time of delivery. Treatment, as you were likely prescribed, consists of antiviral medication. I must admit that you have opened up another avenue with the use of clear nail polish. My guess is, it acts as an occlusive dressing and keeps the air and moisture from reaching the open-wound site. I have never had anyone else tell me that HSV can be controlled through this method, but if it works for you without unwanted side effects, I guess you should stick with it! Thank you for sharing the information. DEAR DR. GOTT: Does a patient have the right to question his or her medical

heart of HWAC Sponsorship Manager Nedra Abramson so much that she investigated whether the masks were being used in San Diego County. “Nedra learned that most of the fire department officials she spoke with had pets at home, but she couldn’t find one single fire crew in the county that had a pet Life Rolls On is a local subsidiary of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury.

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putes over the role of the Design Review Board contributed to the failure. “It seemed to have died a slow and painful death, and I’m not sure we’ve got much to show for that,” he said.“I hope we do.” Hilliard suggested taking what was learned previously and using that as a starting point. He said it would be a “waste of time to go back and start with blank piece of

paper.” “You wind up with confusion,” he said. “I have no intention of starting over,” Garcia said. “There’s been a tremendous amount of work done and that is extremely valuable.” The plan does, however, need to be updated with a stronger commitment to sustainability, she said. Other council members said they thought there

should be more than five community conversations and most, if not all, council members should be present. The first community conversation was scheduled for April 28. Additional meetings are set for: — May 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the hills south of 15th Street — May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the 15th Street and Crest areas

— June 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the City Hall Annex RSVP at or by calling (858) 755-9313, ext. 160. Include a name, address, e-mail, number of people attending and a preferred location. The exact location will be e-mailed upon receipt of the RSVP.

records without retribution? I questioned my records after finding errors in them with the doctor’s head nurse. She corrected some of them but said she would have the office manager contact me in regards to other errors. The office manager refused to call to discuss my concerns. For example, I got turned down twice for longterm-care insurance because my records were not up-todate and accurate. As a matter of fact, the head nurse told me that my records had not been updated in three or four years. My records indicated at one time I had congestive heart failure, which I never did. They coded my wife’s blood work with my identity. These are only a few examples that I discovered. I am sure there were more that I was unaware of. I sent several emails and made a phone call to the doctor’s office to follow up with me to talk about correcting my records. No correspondence back, so I requested the doctor call me and even set up a one-on-one appointment to resolve the issues at hand. WOW! What did I do that was wrong? Was I not supposed to question my records and have then updated and accurate? Apparently not. I did finally receive an

email from the office manager, stating, “It appears from your concerns and multiple emails that the patient/provider relationship has been damaged and that an issue of distrust has now been established, and that this notice will serve as termination of our patient/doctor relationship for both you and your wife.”They will provide emergency medical care and prescription refills for 30 days. We need to find a new physician, and they will forward our records to them. I was content with the service the doctor provided my wife and me. I was not questioning his ability and knowledge, nor did I distrust him as a doctor. I was concerned that my medical records were not accurate and were outdated. I was not happy with his staff that my records were inaccurate. What is your expert opinion and advice on all of this?

had an office visit, or was some other method of documentation instituted? From where did the congestive heart failure originate? Were your records mixed up with someone else’s who might share your name? Really, where can you honestly put the blame? Do you think you are the only person in his practice who has this problem, or are other charts lacking current information and full of errors as well? My guess is that you have opened a can of worms that truly requires immediate follow-up. If your doctor is relying on his staff to record vital information, someone has fallen down on the job, and it’s critical he be advised; after all, the ultimate responsibility falls on him. Perhaps he is completely unaware of the situation and just gave his staff a big pay raise when a more appropriate course of action might have been to investigate and, if justified, fire the person responsible. Medical records are serious business. The only way to be prepared for an incoming patient is to review the record to determine why he or she was last in, what the situation was, what medications were prescribed and the reason for the present

appointment. If a seemingly young man is reported as having a bad ticker without justification, steps must be taken to correct all misinformation. What if a cardiac medication was prescribed to you and you didn’t take the time to question it? Talk about scary! Perhaps somebody simply wrote notes in your chart that should have been included in someone else’s notes. Errors occur and accidents happen, but plain stupidity is unacceptable! For your own well-being, I would find a new physician immediately and have him or her (with your signature for documentation) request your records. Then write to the physician via certified mail, return receipt requesting his signature, that you found it necessary to leave a practice you enjoyed because of his inept staff. Then inform your state medical board in writing of the situation. Keep it civil, but outline everything. Hopefully an investigation will follow. Good luck.

DEAR READER: To begin with, I am appalled. How on earth can records be outdated by three or four years? Was everything recorded on a machine and the staff simply hasn’t had sufficient time to transcribe the information? Did your doctor write notes every time you

Dr. Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of several books, including "Live Longer, Live Better," "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet" and "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook," which are available at most bookstores or online. His website is


Marion County sheriff’s deputy, and in April in Baldwin Park, Calif., an arriving ambulance fatally struck a 22-year-old accident victim who was, until that moment, not seriously hurt.


• In 2007, Australian Wayne Scullino, then 30, quit his job in Sydney and somehow convinced his wife they should sell their house and move to Wisconsin for the sole purpose of rooting for the Green Bay Packers, about which he had enjoyed an inexplicable fascination since age 15. Said Scullino, “At some point, you’ve got to ... start living the life you want to.” After one season, the Scullinos returned home, but in February 2011, he was of course back in the U.S., on hand in Dallas for the Packers’ victory in Super Bowl XLV. Scullino says his Australian friends are still bewildered. “I try to talk to them about it,” he said, “but they just don’t get it.” • In January 2010, shortly after Odd Files’ report, the U.K. government admitted that the Britishmade “magic wand” bombdetector its own Department of Trade and Industry was promoting for export to police in Mexico and the Philippines was useless (no better than a Ouija board). Earlier, several British firms had sold thousands to Iraqi police at dollar equivalents of $16,000 to $60,000 (from a manufacturing cost of about $20 each). Furthermore, according to City of London police, “hundreds” of Iraqis had died in Baghdad after suicide bombers were mistakenly allowed into secure areas after being “cleared” by the wands. In January 2011, BBC News reported that a new British company, Unival, featuring a respected retired Army colonel as spokesman, had resumed selling the wands, to Bulgarian police. • Sigurdur Hjartarson’s life’s work is his Phallological Museum in the fishing town of Husavik, Iceland. As the world’s only all-penis attraction, it draws tourists by the thousands, eager to see the 276-specimen collection of desiccated or stuffed organs from a wide range of animals. However, only in April (15 years after it opened) did the museum acquire a human penis, donated by the late Pall Arason, an acquaintance who, said Hjartarson, “liked to be in the limelight ... to be provocative.” To an Associated Press reporter inquiring of the “size” of Arason’s donation, Hjartarson said only, “You will just have to come and see it.”

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to do,” he said. “Have a clarity to your goals.” Assaraf’s goal-oriented message resonated with the young, high achievers in the room. High schools students from area schools make up the senior class of the organization. All of the young men have plans for either college or a promising career and travel. Michael Witous is no exception. The Torrey Pines High School senior has an internship at a production company lined up for the summer before his freshman year at UCLA. “I want to explore all of my interests in college and pinpoint the area of focus that I am most passionate about,” he said. Witous also plans to study abroad. Involvement with TVIA and the philanthropies we serve helps boys grow into leadership roles throughout their high school years,” said the organization’s president Susan Lyon. “Many of our graduates also find their service here inspires a real passion for service as they move forward into their adult lives.” After logging in 2,000 hours of community service, each senior was congratulated not only by the organization, but also by the people they helped. “I have heard only high praise for the outstanding job that the teens and their parents accomplished,” wrote Linda Pennington, project manager for C o m m u n i t y H o u s i n g Wo r k s ’ Operation Facelift. A group of TVIA volunteers “definitely rose to the occasion,” according to Pennington while rehabilitating an aging residence in San Diego. Her remarks reflected the gratitude that others share with the young men and their parents after a volunteer project is complete.

acts and street entertainment produced and performed by CCA’s Envision & Conservatory students. Accompanying the “threering” entertainment will be a




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advance for $30 by sending a check to the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, PO box 483 Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067. Visit or call (858) 756-1554 to learn more. SHRED IT St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church will hold a posttax-season document shredding event from 9 to 11 a.m. May 7, upper parking lot at 6628 Santa Isabel, Carlsbad. Proshred will destroy old tax returns and any other confidential documents onsite. Proceeds will benefit the capital campaign for St. Elizabeth Seton’s new parish center. Call (760) 419-9243 to learn more.

silent auction, “FairBites” cuisine, and dancing to the Eve Selis Band. Winners of the $50K for CCA College Fund raffle drawing will be announced from the “center ring.” Tickets are $50 per person, plus limited reserved VIP

tables at $450 per table, and can be purchased online at All profits from this event will directly benefit the students at Canyon Crest Academy. Auction items and underwriters are still needed for this event. Contact

members Kim Cyr and Kathy Mason will present two workshops at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. May 7, Alta Vista Gardens, Brengle Terrace Park, 1270 Vale Terrace Drive,Vista. At 10 a.m., learn how to make a worm composting bin. At 11 a.m., learn to create a lava rock succulent garden. Call (760) 643-0177 to learn more. YUM! Paul Ecke Central Elementary School and the Encinitas Firefighters will serve up a Pancake Breakfast Carnival with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and carnival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 185 Union St., Encinitas. The cost is $6.

annual Sunset Soiree Fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 10, top level of the Del Mar Plaza. The Sunset Soiree is a wine and cuisine tasting event. Visit to learn more.

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lic is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the L. John Simons Twin Inns Gazebo at 10:30 a.m. May 10, Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad. Members of the Carlsbad City Council and city staff will join Rotary leaders and community members for the ceremony.Visit or SUNSET SOIREE The Rotary call (760) 434-2826 to learn WORM FRIENDLY Club of Del Mar will host the 7th more. MiraCosta Horticulture club


or more a year. With that being observed, you should understand completely that these types of investments can and have gone down in value in many cases. A knowledgeable stockbroker should be able to recommend solid companies and diversify your investments in case one or a group goes down, the others don’t suffer. You didn’t mention your age, but unless you are an elderly person, this is the route that I would follow. DEAR BRUCE: I am an employee who benefits from a 5 percent match by my employer toward my retirement fund. At the moment, I am contributing $277 a month and could increase it by $100 a month. I owe $165,000 on one of my real estate properties and $62,000 on the other ($227,000). It is estimated that for 2011, I will be paying $7,000 in taxes on the first property. In seven years, I will have to pay around $46,456 on this property alone if I do not pay towards the principal. What do you think is best for me to do? Increase my retirement contributions by $100.00 a month (earning about 4.50 percent steady), or pay $100 monthly toward the principal of the property? — Martha, via email DEAR MARTHA: Thank you for your fact-filled letter. One variable that you didn’t mention is the interest rates on the loans.You have a 4-1/2percent return, which is decent by any standards. They will be tax sheltered and working for you for a good many years. You also failed to indicate your age. Furthermore, there are likely tax benefits in the real estate investment. All things considered, I would take the extra $100 and put it into the retirement fund. Also you are getting an additional 5 percent invested in the account, which is another substantial benefit. On balance, unless there seems to be something missing, it seems to be an easy call.


DEAR BRUCE: My husband and I are in our 50s. I will retire in five to 10 years. My husband is a retired teacher currently working part time. We have been renting for over 20 years, and we are considering purchasing a home. We don’t have children and we are not sure if we want to stay in this state or move out West when I’m retired. Since we have been saving, a 20-percent down payment will be no problem. We would buy something where the payments are around what we now pay for rent. My fear is that the economy will still be bad, and we may be stuck with a house we can’t get rid off and want to move. Also, if we do get a house, a 30-year loan would put us into our 80s by the time it’s paid off, although by keeping our payments close to what we are used to, we will pay extra as often as possible but we don’t want to do a 15-year mortgage. We’d rather leave it up to us to make extra payments. What do you advise at our ages? — Betty via email DEAR BETTY: For two decades you have been renting. That would be the time when most folks decide if they are able to purchase a home.Why would you want to change that now? You rightfully point out that you may get stuck with a house you can’t get rid of and you might want to move. Further, you’re concerned about a 30-year loan. On the face of that it might be a concern, but the reality is that your loan will be paid by your heirs not by you and your husband. You adopted a lifestyle that you’re comfortable with, you are saving money and you are still not sure what you want to do with the remainder of your life. Given the terrible real estate market, I think you will be very unwise to change your lifestyle. The only argument that you made against what I have to say is that the real estate prices are seriously depressed in many parts of the country and there are some good bargains. It can also be observed that as “low” as real estate

Loraine Dyson at (619) 7081821 or e-mail for more information on tickets or how you can help with your tax-deductible donation. The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation is a

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prices are, they may very like- ble this situation.That maybe ly get even softer. I would very difficult. Good Luck. continue to rent. DEAR BRUCE: I DEAR BRUCE: I had a thought I was an informed friend recently pass away individual when my wife and without a will. She was single, I made our family trust.To my with no children, and has a surprise, after she passed sister who is estranged from away, I went ahead and the family and a father who is revised the trust with my incompetent and in a nursing attorney. He explained that home. He was the owner of her portion of the trust is now the family house, a car and a irrevocable and, even though small business. I have known I have removed my errant son him for a number of years from the trust, he will still and worked for him for the receive his mother’s portion. last year managing his busi- I’ve also been informed that I ness since he was unable to owe taxes on my wife’s pordo so. I have been contacted tion. If my attorney advised by an attorney and asked to me of these facts at the time be his estate executor. I am of our initial meeting, I had pretty savvy with paperwork, forgotten them. — J.R. etc., and think I would proba- Thousand Oaks, Calif. bly be up to the challenge DEAR J.R.: It would that this would present. Living in the same town, I appear from what you are would help simplify matters. telling me that either you What might I need to be have forgotten a great deal or aware of to handle this situa- your attorney did a very poor tion? I realize that there will job at advising you when you be inventories, sales of goods, set up the family trust. I must titles, tax filings (probably assume that you discussed both business and personal). the “errant son,” but I might Is there anything else that I assume that this behavior may not be thinking of? — problem happened after you and your wife wrote the trust. Jim via e-mail If that was the case then it DEAR JIM: You pointed should have been completely out that you maybe getting revised during her lifetime. I am afraid that you are into a very difficult situation. That being observed, if you stuck with whatever it is you are willing, let’s get on with it. did. You could, of course, go The attorney, who has con- back to your attorney and tell tacted you, asked you to be him you are very disappointan administrator, not an ed in the advice or lack of executor. An executor can that he was paid for and you only be named on a will as are looking to him to have administrator by the probate some relief from this very court in your area. You didn’t serious and avoidable circummention the size of the estate stance. There is a message and how much the adminis- here for all of us that trusts, trator fee is. You are entitled wills, etc., often times require a fee, and you should find out a revision because of the if there’s a limitation by law changing landscape of ciror in some way guided by the cumstances. It is clear that it size of the estate. You are is so much easier to do during doing a good job of getting the lifetime of the individuals the laundry list of the things involved rather then find out you will have to handle.There the problems that have maybe others, including dis- resulted because of a death. agreements amongst the DEAR BRUCE: My heirs. I assume that the attorney discussed this with them daughter is always getting and they all are agreeable to laid-off from social work. you being appointed the Because of her “out of work” administrator given the fact status so often, I have been that you are outside the fami- helping her financially so she ly. Without that agreement, will not lose her home. I there will very likely not be a thought of a “green” busideal. You’re a good man to ness, and we began setting up consider trying to unscram- for it. She and I have done a

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GRASP Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, or GRASP, will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month including May 12, Tri City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside. GRASP was created to help provide sources of help, compassion, and understanding for those who have lost a loved one to substance abuse. To pre-register, call Jody Daitchman at (847) 494-4991.

couple of art fairs to try and to sell of our art. We purchase slightly used blazers, clean them, embellish them, and resell them for a very low price. Now, here’s the glitch! Neither of us knows how much money we can earn before we need a business license, or if we even need one for art fairs. Secondly, a friend has offered us to set up in her store. I’m not sure what has to be done as far as licenses, etc. I have searched the Internet for answers, but could not find anything that would apply to our situation. — Reader, via email DEAR READER: The questions you ask have no specific answers unless asked of someone in your jurisdiction, county, city, etc. Right now, nobody’s going to bother you for going to an art fair — in some places called flea markets. You must ask an accountant how much you can earn before you need a license or if you need to report it on your income tax. The Internet is not the place for these answers. You should go to the licensing parties in your community and perhaps your county to find out specifically what licenses, if any, apply. Same thing is true with the monies that you earn, whether or not they must be reported. There is no question that it would be to your advantage to keep very good records such as: how much you pay, expenses, etc. Let me leave you with one final word of caution. Amateurs (and that’s how you described yourself) have a very unfortunate habit of underestimating the costs involved, time, space, product, etc. As a consequence, they dramatically underprice their services for merchandise. The problem is, if you don’t take in enough to cover your costs you can quickly go broke. Just beware: If you can sell something for a great deal less then anybody else, the likelihood is there are flaws in your plan. Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail them to .



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the next year. All other terms begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2012, except the director-elect, whose term goes until June 30, 2013 The Del Sol Lions Club was chartered Feb. 15, 2010. It is part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club organiza-

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steered far from its original form. We started with a cold Dixie beer and some of the best cornbread I’ve ever had. Dixie is a New Orleans brand going way back to 1907. It proved to be a perfect pairing to the feast we were about to embark on. As a fan of Cajun food, it was very difficult for two of us to pick dishes to split as there are so many that look amazing. My suggestion would be to go with a group and share. The seafood gumbo, jambalaya and Christina’s smothered cabbage were our picks to start and they did not

disappoint. I’d never had smothered cabbage before and it was a cabbage and collard green mix with bacon that was out of this world. I could imagine it as a topping to any type of meat sandwich also. The seafood gumbo is a spicy New Orleans classic soup kicked up another level filled with shrimp,crab,lobster,clams and Louisiana spicy sausage served over rice in a dark roux that is a meal in itself with big chunks of seafood. Both of us were fans of Po’ Boy Sandwiches so we went with the sausage Po’ Boy and fish Po’ Boy which was a red

snapper. The fish was fried in cornmeal batter, which gave it a crispy outer layer. Both were served on a soft French baguette dressed with Creole mayonnaise spread, with choice of cheese and topped with lettuce and tomatoes. We cut them in half for our own surf and turf Po’ Boy extravaganza with a side of Tonya’s baked beans slow cooked with beef and bacon. After this feast, there was no room for dessert but the selection looks fabulous and again, everything is made onpremise.They also have barbecued ribs, chicken and week-

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the city controls. Phillips emphasized that the city has a standard public art review process in which the city’s Arts Commission vets proposals. But some residents did

not know the origin of the art and were unconcerned about its lack of confirmation by the city. “I think that anyone who spent this much time and energy and made such a

beautiful piece of art for everyone to enjoy should be thanked, not demonized,” said Paul Francis, an Escondido resident who came to Encinitas specifically to view the mural.

“I think the city should let this one go (and keep it in place),” Francis said. Officials are meeting with the city attorney early next week to determine how best to proceed

tion with more than 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs worldwide. Lions serve those less fortunate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Within its first year Del Sol members completed a variety of projects. They included providing Thanksgiving dinner for Solana Beach residents in need, preparing items for the annual Holiday Basket Program at the Del Mar

Fairgrounds, providing partial funding for an audible crosswalk signal on Lomas Santa Fe Drive just east of Vons and escorting members of the Blind Community Center to the Del Mar horse races. In addition, they helped create the Lions Clubs International float for this year'’s Tournament of Roses in Pasadena. The club also adopted the Solana Beach train station. A

ceremony commemorating this first-of-its kind partnership will be held at 4 p.m. May 11 at the station. Members are currently preparing for the club’s first fundraiser, set for May 14 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Money raised will help fund upcoming service projects. The board meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Member meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. on the

fourth Tuesday of every month. Annual dues is $85 per person or $150 per couple. Additional family members are $65 each. Pending city approval, Del Sol Lions will begin meeting at the renovated Fletcher Cove Community Center in July. For more information about the Del Sol Lions or its upcoming fundraiser, visit

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especially liked the early morning when they would grab a donut and cup of coffee and pause to savor the moment before the arrival of visitors at 7 a.m. His advice for young people contemplating a career: “Part of enjoying your life is doing what you love.Whatever career you want to be as a kid — think seriously about that.” Miller’s global travels also inspired an interest in poetry. Every year, including this year, he pens a poem about flowers that he presents at the closing

party at the Flower Fields. Afterward he’ll begin work pulling out the rose garden and transforming the area into a new wedding garden. He’ll also have more time to tend to his koi pond and native and tropical gardens at his home in Solana Beach. For fellow gardening enthusiasts, Miller recommends planting corn in the summer in multiple rows as a means of containing the pollen. “Plant beans and squash (zucchini) nearby and they’ll

grow up the stalk,” he adds. During the winter, he recommends snap peas and kale. “Kale has a rainbow color — it’s a purple, leafy plant that’s especially good in lentil and lamb soup,” he advises.“It looks pretty and tastes good. It’s also good for you.” The Flower Fields are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 15. They are located at 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad off the Palomar Airport Road exit. For more information, visit

on wheels, it’s hard to ignore the plethora of public art scattered about Denver. This progressive city decided in 1998 that 1 percent of any capital improvement project of $1 million or more be set aside for art. As a result, 150 pieces have been installed around the city. A favorite is the 40-foot-tall blue bear (officially named “I See What You Mean,”) that peers through the glass walls of the Convention Center.We had a bird’s eye view of this giant, cornflower colored creature from our room at the Hyatt Regency, and watched as visitors delighted in discovering this whimsical sculpture and posing for playful photos. For more information, see

furniture makers are putting down roots; the Art District on Santa Fe, with the largest concentration of art galleries (40) in the state and home to “authentic Mexican culture;” and Larimer Square,the first of Denver’s renovated neighborhoods. Tiny white lights illuminate this unique shopping and dining area year round. For an excellent roundup of Denver neighborhoods, visit Getting around also can be easy using Denver’s B Cycles — a bike sharing plan with dozens of stations throughout the city. There is no fee for using the bicycles as long as you keep each one no longer than 30 minutes. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer liv- LARIMER SQUARE One of Denver’s unique neighborhoods, Larimer Square was the first in the area to ( ing in North County. Tell her about your be renovated. Its historic brick buildings are home to unique shops and restaurants, and the streets are perWhether you’re on foot or travels at petually lit with tiny white lights. Photo by Jerry Ondash



water we have become used to. That wave was a full foot bigger than the others, nearly chest high. I spun around, no paddle, ducked and was quickly floating in a clear blue bubble, far away from the sounds and cares of the world, locked into a time capsule that everyone knows lasts forever when you are in it. Nobody ever saw that wave and I’m glad for that. It is a memory best savored in solitude. The waves built a little as the day progressed, but their magic faded with their size. The tide was filling in and turning the crisp little tubes into fat, lazy rollers. We’d had enough and so exited the water, happy with our little secret. For years I would walk down to see if that little spot was firing on some nonexistent swell. I never did catch it that good again. Rick and I talked on the beach and wished each other a “Happy Easter,” a very special day for both of us, made all the more so by a gift from a Savior that loved saltwater and reefs enough to make them come together perfectly for two friends, a long time ago. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at



February of first-degree murder and was also sentenced to life in prison without parole. His conviction included a special circumstance allegation of torture. During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani said that Adams told detectives that he stood armed outside the door of Williams’ shop and was prepared to stop Williams if he tried to escape from Ramey. Adams also said he stabbed the victim a couple of times, according to Bhayani. The victim’s mother, Deborah Thornton Williams, addressed Adams during his sentencing hearing at the courtroom of San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber. According to City News Service, Williams’ mother told Adams that he must have had evil inside of his soul. She also said she wished District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had sought the death penalty.



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Workout chic not my strong suit No matter what you might hear or see, I have not suddenly become a bag lady. Never mind that I look that way, if you have seen me wandering, possibly limping, around the local grocery store in the afternoon. The simple truth is I started a regular workout regime, and not a moment too soon. But, when it comes to workout clothes,I’m a slob. I am loath to pay much for stylish exercise togs I’m just going to sweat all over. That wouldn’t matter so much if I didn’t always find some errand I have to run after class. I convince myself that if I keep my head down and hurry in and out of the store, I might go unnoticed. Clearly there are no mirrors around TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B6

Rotarians devote work day to senior center By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 100 Rotarians converged on the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center recently where they spent the day raking, cleaning, planting, scrubbing and washing during Rotarians At Work Day. “This is a joy to behold,” said Rancho Santa Fe Rotary President Patrick Galvin watching club members hard at work. “It’s important to reach out to the senior citizens of our community and enhance the beauty of the senior center where they spend many hours.” That sentiment was a thread that ran through the event. “I’m doing this to give back to the community and Rancho Santa Fe is a wonderful community,” Rotarian Robin Chappelow said. Gary Mayers was also hard at work. “He is a Rotarian and a landscape architect, so this is right up his alley,” said his father Edward,also a Rotarian. Gene Taylor had another reason for taking part in the event. “My girlfriend told me to,” he said with a chuckle. Among the jobs provided

COMMON CAUSE About 100 Rotarians and their friends and families converged on the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center for the day to enhance the beauty of the grounds. Photos by Patty McCormac

at the senior center during the April 30 event were cleaning up dry leaves and dead branches; cleaning up all the walkways, entries to doors and patios; and scrubing them down with Simple Green or Clorox. The outdoor furniture and umbrellas were cleaned with soap and water.

All three fountains on the property were cleaned as were all the light fixtures. Mulch was distributed and flowers planted throughout the site. The project kept the Rotarians busy the better part of the day. Galvin said this year’s

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work day is the eighth or ninth year the Rancho Santa Fe club has taken part and that the San Diego District of the club began the “day of service,” tradition that has since been adopted across the country. The project actually started in December when senior center officials approached the

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Some of my favorite plants are poisonous. With so many attractive qualities, many look and smell so intoxicating it is difficult to understand why they have evolved to be so deadly to humans. The oleander shrub comes in many varieties. The petite Nerium oleander is a dwarf cultivar that comes in salmon, red or hot pink. Originally from Europe, this plant tolerates the heat of the desert and blooms almost six months of the year from May to October. Not being a bush lover, mainly because of what happens to shrubs when pruned with the power shears, these small shrubs are colorful, low maintenance and easy to take care of. This plant is also deadly to anyone ingesting it. All parts are poisonous and one leaf is enough to cause death in an adult human. The oleander contains the toxic glycoside oleandrin. This chemical is considered a cardiac glycoside and is very similar to that found in digitalis. There is much data on the oleander and man has known about its toxicity for centuries. It was even used against Napoleon to poison the food of his troops during one of their campaigns. Brugmansia Aurea, or Angel Trumpet, is another poisonous plant. One of my favorites, this particular small shrub or tree can live quite a while. An easy identification of this plant can be made from the tell-tale hanging flowers or Angel Trumpets. These flowers do not have much of a fragrance during the day while trying to conserve moisture but look out early evening and into the night. This prolific plant exudes a fragrance so intoxicating, the fragrance can be detected 30 to 40 feet away in the cool of the evening. Originating from South America, there are some cultivars of this plant that can tolerate the cold and others that need dry warmth to flourish. The Brugmansia is a direct descendant or relative to the Jimson weed and has the same psyco-tropic effects upon humans. Jimson weed (or Datura stramonium) is an annual that produces a white bell shaped flower similar to the Brugmansia. Originating in Asia, this plant can be found in the open fields above Swami’s from time to time as well as the open canyons along the coast. It was cultivated TURN TO LOCAL ROOTS ON B11

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The Horizon Prep Lions laced up their tennis shoes and took off for their annual Spirit Run on April 21. In the past five years, students have raised more $263,000 for missions around the world. Through Spirit Run, Horizon Prep supports a Medical Clinic in Tonj, Sudan, providing medicine and funding for a doctor. This year Spirit Run will also support Compassion International and Grace Children’s Home in Tijuana. Courtesy photos

Child car seat safety target of event By Shelli DeRobertis

ENCINITAS — More than 25 car seats were confiscated and replaced with new seats from the Pacific Safety Council on April 21 at a car seat safety inspection from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., hosted by the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station at 191 N. El Camino Real. Several certified child safety seat technicians were on site from various agencies, and helped properly buckle car seats as well as inspect them and make sure they were located in the best location in the vehicle. Kristina Nehls, a crime prevention specialist for San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, helped parents at the Child Passenger Safety Day event. She said she has installed more than 300 car seats, and that 97 percent of child seats are improperly installed. Amanda Yax, of San Marcos, took her 13-monthold son’s car seat to the inspection because she said she recently got him a nicer car seat, but it was also more complicated. “I had a heck of a time installing it. It’s nice to have help,” she said. Nehls inspected the seat while Yax’s baby was in it and said that she noticed right away that the harness was too loose. “It needs to be snug against the shoulders. One

KID CAR CARE A display provided by the Pacific Safety Council of San Diego was set up at the April 21 Child Passenger Safety Day in Encinitas to show parents and caregivers of babies and small children the different types of car seats recommended for ages and weights of children who are, by law, required to travel inside of vehicles, properly secured in child safety seats. From left, a doll sits in a forward-facing child seat suitable for children up to age 6 who weigh up to 46 pounds and are 48 inches tall; the infant doll, center, is buckled into a rear-facing infant car seat for babies up to at least one-year in age and 20 pounds (although some say requirements have been changed to that which include keeping children up to 2 years old in a rear facing seat; however, this information has yet to be verified). Far right, a doll sits in a car seat designed for children who are up to 3 years old, weigh up to 30 pounds and are 38 inches tall. Photos by Shelli DeRobertis

thing I tell parents is that if they (kids) complain or cry, then it’s perfect,” she said, and jokingly added, “as long as he’s breathing.” But it’s no joke that car crashes are the top causes of death for children between the ages of 3 and 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration, or NHTSA. The NHTSA reports that nearly 9,000 lives were saved by the use of child car seats from 1975 to 2008. Their website, nhtsa. gov/Safety/CPS, provides detailed safety seat information for parents, including a place online to register a car seat and sign up for notifica-

tion of any recalls or defects. It also has an “ease of use” rating system for various car seat manufacturers. “Car seats are (each) very, very different,” said Loralee Olejnik, an emergency medical technician for San Diego Medical Services. “Our goal is to teach

them how to put a car seat in. We do a mini lesson with each parent, as well as check for a recall,” she said. She had helped Anne Emfinger of Oceanside, who attended the event with her new 13-pound baby and her 29-pound daughter, who both travel in rear-facing seats. She said she learned that she shouldn’t have had the bigger seat buckled next to the infant carrier because if a crash occurred, the larger seat’s close proximity to the smaller one would impede the smaller seat’s ability to rock forward as it’s designed to do. Specialists were on site from the Pacific Safety Council based in San Diego, which offers car seat safety classes and free car seats to qualifying families. But on April 21, car seats that were found to be out of code or recalled were taken out of cars and tossed into a large dumpster. In return, parents were provided with a new, in-thebox replacement. Mirna Varela was a technician at the event from the safety council and said that there are several reasons a car seat may no longer be safe, one of which includes it being expired. She said several seats were confiscated and replaced because they were too old, and that seats should TURN TO SAFETY ON B11



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TWO YEARS IN A ROW Rancho Santa Fe residents Jerry Morris (pictured) and Karson Kupiec recently embarked on a 50-mile, 20-hour “ultra marathon hike” through the Grand Canyon. The men started the trek at 10 p.m. on April 14 and hiked continuously until 7 p.m. the next day, traveling through every biosphere as they scaled and descended all three rims of the park. Morris is pictured after making the same trip May 1, 2010. Photo courtesy of Jerry Morris

Ranch hikers tackle Grand Canyon By Lillian Cox

RANCHO SANTA FE — While most people were getting ready to go to bed the night of April 14, businessman Jerry Morris and orthodontist Karson Kupiec were making final preparations for what would be an “ultra marathon hike” through the Grand Canyon. The men first finished up a dinner of plain pasta, then left at 10 p.m. and hiked continuously until 7 p.m. the next day, traveling 50 miles on foot through every biosphere as they scaled and descended all three rims of the park. “We started among pine trees, in temperatures of 20 degrees with snow and ice, and descended into what would be the equivalent of the Sonora Desert floor with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s,” Morris said, adding that it would have been easier to walk 100 miles than this 50-mile hike, because of 24,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, and temperature changes. One of the most challenging aspects of the trek was navigating 1,000-foot precipices in pitch black darkness, particularly between the period when the moon sets and the sun rises. “It was like a bottomless pit, like in the

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movies when a kid throws a rock and you never hear it land,” Kupiec explained. Morris was experienced, having made the trip last year. “You try to keep your mind in the happy place,” he said. “You can’t go negative or it could be terrifying.” The adventurers came across deer, rabbits, bats and owls along the way. At one point Morris thought he saw a mountain lion, but calmed his nerves telling himself it was probably just a fox. They kept each other within eyesight, no more than 100 yards apart. At times they’d talk, but mostly they used the time to absorb nature, cleanse their mind and think about the purposeful things in life such as their families. Both men are 41, and were adamant that their age was an advantage. They agreed that they couldn’t have survived the trip in their 20s. “You need to be more mature because of technical aspects of this,” Morris said. “When you are younger you rely on pure physical strength and you think you can conquer anything. The canyon will conquer you unless you respect what you are doing.” Morris, who runs a hiking clinic at the

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Jerry Morris is a businessman whose success has made it possible for him to enjoy the good life with his family in the Ranch. Looking out at the horizon, some of his fondest memories are of his youth when he hiked these hills with his dad. This is an indulgence he continues

today. Neighbors can’t help but notice Morris traversing the Ranch with his strangelooking hiking poles. Karson Kupiec, a local orthodontist, became intrigued when he saw Morris while playing at the Crosby National Golf Club. “I said to Jerry, ‘Hey, I saw you with walking sticks — what are you doing?’”

Crosby Ranch called “Gate Escape,” trained Kupiec for four months. “Jerry knew I was involved in physical activities,” Kupiec said. “I was well above average shape for hiking, but not for this.” Training included 40-mile hikes in the local backcountry, hitting four different mountain peaks per hike, as well as instruction on fueling, foot preparation and proper hiking gear. Morris explained that the key to survival is proper hydration and fueling which they did by consuming electrolyte and caffeine supplements, protein and energy bars, and GU, which is a mixture of complex carbohydrates. “Everybody is different and you have to know your body,” Morris explained. “Karson was our time keeper and put us on 45-minute intervals to fuel regardless of whether we were hungry or not. Fueling early and often is critical to get out of the canyon without ‘bonking.’” Bonking is a term to describe stomach cramping which subsequently can lead to the body crashing. Morris and Kupiec came across

Kupiec remembers. Morris’ response was to invite Kupiec to join him early Saturday morning for the Gate Escape, an informal clinic he started for novice and experienced hikers. “I put together the Gate Escape because there was so much interest in hiking,” he explained. “I’d take people’s information and,


additionally, put up a flyer near the (Crosby Ranch) mailbox. Friends started telling friends.” Morris said many of the participants are those who were apprehensive about venturing outside the gate, for fear of snakes and other unknowns. The group meets every TURN TO LANDSCAPE ON B11

Solana Beach adds weeds to list of nuisances By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach will soon be allowed to declare overgrown vegetation a public nuisance and remove it if property owners fail to do so. The current municipal code provides minimum standards for property maintenance and procedures for the

city to remove certain public nuisances, including accumulated junk and inoperative vehicles. At the April 27 meeting, council members adopted the first reading of an ordinance that adds to that list dangerous, noxious, overgrown vegetation such as weeds, shrubs, dead or dying trees or dry grasses that

can pose a fire hazard. According to state law, overgrown weeds and other flammable material can be considered fire hazards that endanger public safety. “Typically we don’t like to use the word weeds,” Fire Marshal Robert Scott said. “It’s very generic, but the code provides a definition for the word

‘weed’ and provides direction for notifying property owners to clear weeds and other vegetation that present a hazard.” Cities have the authority to enact ordinances to have these hazards removed and recover any costs associated with forced abatement. The new law will not apply to ornamental grasses and

shrubs, pasture or other cultivated or useful plant material. The city will use the same methods for removal as it does for other rubbish abatement. Property owners will receive warnings before any action is taken. The ordinance will take effect 30 days after its final adoption at a future council meeting.

COAST CITIES — Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter is committed to clean water and coastal preservation from the beaches in Camp Pendleton in the north to the border across the Tijuana Sloughs in the south. To fund its programs, the organization is hosting its annual Art Gala fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. May 19 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1600 Coast Blvd. Tickets are on sale now at artgala. As part of its Know Your H2O program, Surfrider Foundation seeks to help prevent all forms of water pollution and Ocean Friendly Gardens are a great way to involve the community in the process. Everyone can design and maintain their gardens so as to reduce urban runoff — and the pollutants that go with it. “The Ocean Friendly Gardens program offers a creative solution to a very real pollution problem,”said Julia Chunn, with the Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter. “By educating the community about how to prevent urban runoff, we empower residents of San Diego to help promote healthy coasts and oceans. Individuals can literally make a difference in their own backyards.” In attempt to curb runoff of pesticides, sediment and debris from residential landscapes, Ocean Friendly Gardens promote Conservation, Permeability and Retention, or CPR, to eliminate harmful pollutants from entering our waterways. Runoff from our lawns and backyards affects the quality of our oceans in various ways: sediment reduces clarity, nutrients and fertilizers increase algae populations, debris suffocates aquatic species, and pesticide chemicals poison fish. Surfrider Foundation works to help people realize that simple day-to-day activities like watering their lawn can cause harm to the ocean and the natural systems it sustains. The next Ocean Friendly Gardens workshops are scheduled for early summer 2011 in San Diego. For more information, visit



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prior to each store’s visit, and an ABC investigator also worked in an undercover capacity at the locations that the test was conducted at. Ten establishments were visited, and of those, eight individuals sold alcohol to the decoy deputy, according to Giannantonio. Citations were not issued because the decoy deputy was only pretending to be intoxicated, but immediate on-site training was provided to the involved clerks, and a follow-up ABC presentation

was offered to employees at a later date. “We used it as a training tool,” said John Carr, spokesman for California ABC. “They made those businesses aware that they need to be careful.” Carr said that if someone sells alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person, the penalties range from a fine, to suspension, to complete revocation of the alcohol beverage license depending on the track record of the business.

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RANCH HISTORY SHAPED THE RANCH AS WE KNOW IT Two people who deserve much of the credit for the character of Rancho Santa Fe are Leone G. Sinnard, left, and Lilian J. Rice, right. Both were talented and dedicated professionals in their respective fields. Sinnard was a consummate land engineer with a healthy respect for the natural features of the Ranch. Lilian Rice had university training and possessed an innate talent. Her affinity for her native land helped to develop a hybrid style of Spanish Revival architecture that appeared as though it indeed came from the land. The two worked together brilliantly from 1922 to 1927. Lilian maintained a deep regard for Sinnard, even including him in her will.

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LOYAL EMPLOYEE Trish Siscom, assistant manager of Jimbo’s Naturally in Carlsbad, has been with the company for about 20 years. Recently, Siscon was among 115 employees to receive a retroactive bonus from owner Jimbo Someck. Photo by Lillian Cox

Local grocer pays it forward — and back — to his employees By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — On the evening of April 13, about 300 Jimbo’s … Naturally employees gathered at the Del Mar Marriott for a short meeting with the boss. It was one of those, “You are invited, and you will attend” events — except that no one knew what it was all about. Any anxiety was soon allayed when Jimbo Someck, the founder/owner of the chain of organic markets, took center stage to announce that he was expanding the company’s existing benefit and bonus package to include a new Happy Hour Bonus Program. The plan provided for a $500 bonus after certain tiers of hours worked were crossed. What’s more, it was retroactive. If someone accumulated 10,000 work hours, they’d receive $500 for that tier as well as an additional TURN TO GROCER ON B8



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when I make this decision. And even I know, if you go out in public looking like death on a cracker, you are going to run into at least three people you know well, and probably your old boyfriend. This will be especially true if you are a disheveled old broad slouching about in baggy grey sweatpants and a huge red T-shirt I stole from my son. It doesn’t improve when I cover it all up in my oldest, biggest, warmest sweatshirt. I know it is Southern California and that sometimes looking shabby can be considered chic. I also know that both my pre- and postworkout look misses chic by a mile. All around me, during class, are bodies clad in snug yoga pants and little tank tops, looking adorable. I applaud their youth and style, but I prefer to stick with

DOING THE RIGHT THING After realizing that Jimbo’s Naturally had a good year in 2010, founder Jimbo Someck passed on his success by giving additional bonuses to about 300 employees. “When I started the company I had a strong belief that at the end of the day I wanted to be a success and feel good about myself and know that I was doing the right thing,” he said. Courtesy photo

saggy, baggy duds rather than anything body-hugging. On some of us, it just accentuates the negative. Let’s leave it at that. So why, when I strongly resemble the crazy lady from the corner of 5th and Broadway, don’t I just high tail it home, wearing my darkest sunglasses? Because no matter when I last went to the store, I always forget at least one “gotta-have” item. In my semi-exhausted state, if I go home, I will never get back out that door. So be kind. Spotting me with sticking-up hair and running makeup, draped in shapeless jersey may be odd, but remember I’m being ecologically wise by combining my errands on every car trip. Maybe I could wear a bag over my head. Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer longing to wear sandals again. Contact her at



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Input sought for Lomas Santa Fe, Highland improvements By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The city is seeking public input on plans to improve the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe and Highland drives after preliminary plans presented at the April 27 meeting received a less-than-enthusiastic response from council members. Residents of the area, considered a gateway to the city, had expressed concerns about speeding along the roads and a lack of sidewalks. Community and council members also shared a desire to introduce a streetscape and traffic calming project to improve safety in the area. Following a limited investigation, staff developed

conceptual plans to address those issues, and in October a contract was awarded to Project Design Consultant for design alternatives. Project elements include improvements to the intersection as well as on Highland from Lomas Santa Fe to 240 feet north of Sun Valley Road and between Lomas Santa Fe and Uno Verde Court. Plans also call for the addition of a sidewalk along the west side of Highland between Lomas Santa Fe and Sun Valley and bike lanes. To slow traffic on Lomas Santa Fe, the proposed project would also include temporarily restriping that road to reduce it from four lanes to

two from Las Banderas Drive to Highland. If that proved to slow traffic, improvements could be made permanent subject to available funding. Mo Sammak, the city engineer, said traffic studies showed favorable results with the reduced lanes. Council members supported the idea, but said the change would likely cause concerns at first. “Once we do this the phone’s going to ring off the hook for a while,” Councilman Tom Campbell said. Modifications to the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe and Highland included curb pop-outs, curb ramps and a raised median. A proposed realignment

on Highland Drive north of Lomas Santa Fe would feature a midblock pedestrian crossing by the entrance to the county park, bike lanes, a 12-foot through lane, two left-turn lanes and elimination of the dedicated rightturn lane. Campbell, who lives in the area, said removing the right-turn lane could be a problem. “You’re potentially creating a bottleneck,” he said. Mayor Lesa Heebner also had problems with the proposal. “There’s absolutely no aesthetic improvement that I can see,” she said. “This is just looking very stark to me. I’m a little disappointed ...

that I don’t see something that’s attractive in this.” City Manager David Ott said because the consultants were working on a “lean” budget, design improvements weren’t included in the preliminary plans but there could be opportunities to add those elements in a later phase. “I understand we have very limited funds and we’re doing what we can,” Heebner said. “I think it’s going to be an improvement but I sure had something different in my mind.” The project is currently estimated to cost slightly more than $600,000. The city

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New board of directors for library RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild elected its new board of directors at its April 5 meeting, hosting guest speaker and silver expert Connie McNally of the McNally Company Antiques. The new board of direc-

tors includes President Mary Liu; Harry Bord, buildings and grounds; Don Laufer, assistant buildings and grounds; Janie Scallon, Book Cellar; Marianne Witmeyer, youth services; Susan Appleby, membership; Nora Kaiser, membership; Beth Nelson, special events;

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evenings I’ve had,” Someck reported. “A lot of people thanked me, but the reality was that I have been very appreciative. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful group of people working at Jimbo’s and they deserve it.” He said he got the idea for the new bonus program after realizing what a good year he had in 2010. Jimbo’s mission statement, “We Do the Right Thing,” pertains not only to how he treats his employees and customers, but also what he does for the community. The company is involved in community outreach at all four of its locations. Someck is a former New Yorker who arrived in San Diego in 1973 after a year at Cornell University. He started working at Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market and stayed there for 11 years. “I was tired of politics and said to myself, ‘If that’s the reality, I want to open my own store,’” he remembers. In 1984 he opened the North Park store. When that was sold in 1987, he used the money to open a store in Escondido. The Del Mar, Carlsbad and 4S Ranch stores followed. “We built a strong foundation,” Someck explained. “Our senior management team has been here for between five and 20 plus years. Trish Siscon, assistant manager of the Carlsbad

store, was one of the employees to benefit from the retroactive nature of the bonus plan. She met Someck when he came into The Prophet vegetarian restaurant where she was a server in the early 1990s. After training, she opened the Del Mar store in 1992, advancing from cashier to assistant store manager of the Carlsbad store when it opened in 2003. “I love my job for three reasons,” she explained. “It’s my lifestyle since I’ve been a vegetarian since 14. It’s also nice to work for someone who is passionate about what they are doing.” Siscon said the third reason is because Someck is simply “a nice guy.” “Over the years I’ve seen him do things that people don’t know about,” she said. “I appreciate working for him, and with him.” Despite being a great place to work, Siscon reports that there is some cyclical turnover that creates job openings. For those who are curious, “Jimbo” really is Someck’s first name. “I was known as James when I arrived in San Diego,” he explained. “One of the first people I met had a daughter who started calling me ‘Jimbo Bimbo.’ Thankfully the B dropped, but the J stuck. The mom has worked for me since day one. I have been to the wedding of the daughter, and she and her husband are also friends.”


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some triathletes on their hike that bonked. “This (an ultra marathon hike) is not sanctioned by National Forest system,” Morris warned. “It’s incredibly dangerous if you don’t do it right. People die every year doing it.” Although Kupiec admits to indulging in fantasies about enjoying a juicy hamburger, when the expedition was over that was the further thing from his mind. “It’s just not palatable,” he said. “Your stomach can’t expand after drinking all that liquid.” Morris adds, “Having something heavy can put your body into shock. The meal after is not what you think it would be.” In the end, Kupiec was exhilarated by the experience. He’s contemplating taking on the challenge of the Cactus to Clouds hike to San Jacinto Peak, at almost 11,000 feet in elevation, within the month.

earned a master sommelier certification and was wine director at the world-renowned Ritz-Carlton Resort in Laguna Niguel, before resuming wine making in Washington prior to coming to Callaway. “I want all grapes to be estate grapes,” he declared. “We have harvested and bottled Mouvedre and will be planting Grenache, Cincault and Rousanne. We need to get to know what this soil can do. We have produced less, so the quality can be the best.” In a recent column,I wrote about the beautiful 2008 Viognier coming out of Callaway, with its tropical, sensuous pleasures. It’s what you can expect from the new Callaway. Learn more at FINE POINTS OF WINE MAKING Marcelo Doffo makes a



HALFWAY THERE “Boy, I’m tired,” Karson Kupiec said after reaching the North Rim of Kaibab Trail at the Grand Canyon. “Now I have to go all the way back!” This marked the halfway point of what was a 50-mile “ultra marathon hike” Kupiec made with Jerry Morris that began at 10 p.m. April 14 and ended at 7 p.m. April 15. Photo courtesy Karson Kupiec

Sniffing around the Temecula wine scene

point on making wine next to his 2006 Tiarella Blend at Doffo Winery An old seafaring phrase is in Temecula. Courtesy photo

that a higher tide raises all boats; and so it is that Temecula Wine Country is producing much better wine from many wineries these days. I first met Marcelo Doffo more than a month ago at the most recent wine country event, the World of Wine Barrel Tasting. I like a lot of things about my job but right up there on top is the private tastings of



offered on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fletcher Cove, 111 Sierra in Solana Beach, on Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at

ultra premium varietals that are “under the table.” Doffo had some real treasures. His Italian-Argentinian heritage oozed Old World. His outdoor courtyard, part of the 15 acres tucked away in wine country, has a wood-burning oven and grill for gatherings, while classical music plays in the vineyard to The Greenasium, 1465 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas and on Saturdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Shadowridge Dance Center, 2055 Thibido Road in Vista. This year’s zombies will

“soothe the grapes.” Wines to try at Doffo include 2009 Malbec, 2009 Zinfandel, 2006 Tiarella Blend and a vintage Merlot that goes for $300.if there are any bottles left. See The new Europa Village has opened its doors, opening a new era in wineries in Temecula. The owners envision a muti-cultural French, Spanish and Italian setting with buildings for shops, wine tasting, events and gracious service. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located near Callaway. Visit for details. A guided walking tour of Old Town Temecula Tasting Rooms is now available through an Apple iPhone application. It offers narrated accurate turning directions and insights to wine tasting in Old Town. It’s offered though For details, contact Linda Kissam at (951) 526-4540

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— The Wine Rave, scheduled for April 28, has been moved forward to June 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. at FLUXX nightclub downtown San Diego. Call (619) 312-1212 for details. — Il Fornaio in the Del Mar Plaza has the next Festa Regionale now to Wed. May 15. include Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of San Diego as well as local Marines. “Anyone can learn the dance,” Estrella said. “It doesn’t matter what age or dance experience.”



GATE ESCAPE GIRLS From left, Gate Escape participants Lisa Sullivan, Ali Geise, Holly Bauer, Susie Mikolajewski, Lisa Morris and Lisa Allen train for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Gate Escape is an informal group of local hikers led by Jerry Morris who gather for bimonthly treks in the Crosby Ranch-Lake Hodges area, usually about 15 to 20 miles in duration. Courtesy photo



other month in the main driveway of the clubhouse at 7 a.m. The goal is to finish up in two hours, although it can sometimes go longer.There is no charge for the hike, which is open to anyone, including those who live outside the Ranch. Susie Mikolajewski is a friend of Morris’ wife, Lisa. Although she is an experienced leisure hiker, she turned to Morris for help in preparing for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure last year. “Jerry’s a pro who knows everything about long hikes,” she said. “He invited us to his house where he talked about blister management and nutrition — everything we needed to know.” Mikolajewski says the Saturday morning hikes can occasionally go beyond two hours. Once they hiked to Del Mar and had breakfast at L’Auberge before returning home. “A lot of people live in the Crosby Ranch and may not know each other until after the hike,” she explained. “You get a lot of time to chat. Jerry does everything so you don’t have to worry about taking a map. I

love the way I feel after completing one of these hikes.” As for Karson Kupiec, he’s hooked. Kupiec just completed a 50-mile “ultra marathon hike” through the Grand Canyon in less than 24 hours with Morris. “Every time I looked up it was one of those picture moments,” he said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t sit long enough to fully appreciate it.” Kupiec added that he savors the opportunities during the hikes for reflection. “It redirects your core values and what’s important to you,” he explained. “Definitely, it makes you realize that material is ridiculous when you put your shoes on and have a great experience. What’s important is my wife and children.” Morris has also developed a new appreciation for hiking the peaks and valleys from Lake Hodges to Black Mountain. “I grew up in this area and I’ve always enjoyed going outdoors,” he said. “Not until the last several years have I figured that I loved it.” For information about participating in the Gate Escape, e-mail Jerry Morris at jerrym@nextlevelinternet. com.

only still be in use up to six years after the manufactured date. Most car seats’ manufactured dates are on a sticker or imprinted onto the back or sides of the seat, she said. In all, Pacific Safety Council gave about 27 seats away, and Varela said some of the other reasons were that parents “didn’t know the history or they washed the harness.” She said if the actual car seat straps (harness) are laundered, they lose their effectiveness because they stretch from their original size. So knowing the history of a used car seat is important, as well, such as knowing whether or not the straps have been washed, she said. A large box of colorful swimming pool noodles were also on site, and Heather Clark, crime prevention specialist from the Encinitas


throughout Europe and spread by wandering gypsies who would use this plants seeds to intoxicate their clients before defrauding them. During the middle ages, Jimson weed was very popular among professional murderers who would mix parts of the plant with a victim’s food or wine to achieve an easy kill. The symptoms of this poisonous plant are very similar to the effects of the Bella Donna plant or Atropa belladonna.

STAYING SAFE Amanda Yax of San Marcos brought her 13-monthold son, Michael, and his car seat to the Child Passenger Safety Day in Encinitas, where personnel from the sheriff's station and other agencies were inspecting car seats and helping ensure they were properly buckled. Photo by Shelli DeRobertis

Sheriff’s Station, had cut about a footlong piece off of a noodle and permanently propped it under a seat. Scott Duchow, of Vista, was one of the last attendees of the day, of about 40 vehicles that received car seat inspections. He said he rushed to get

to the event, and even came alone without his wife or 6month-old son so that he could get there before it had ended. He said that he and his wife had purchased a larger car seat because his baby had begun leaning forward and sitting up in his rear facing infant carrier.

Hallucinations, dilation of the pupils, loss of memory and speech, convulsions and finally death are the resulting effects of an overdose from these plants. Many homeopathic potions have been created using very small parts of these plants to create the “look of love” in a woman’s eyes. In days past, women would take these remedies to seem more alluring to their courtiers because of the dilation effect this plant has upon the pupils of the eye. If your girlfriend has deep dark eyes looking at you over dinner, it may not be just because she loves you …

Two of my least favorite poisonous plants, poison oak and poison ivy, are definitely nothing to laugh at. As a kid I came in contact with the poison oak in the local mountains. It wasn’t any fun. Both plants secrete an oil that causes everything from slight swelling of the skin to rashes, blisters and open wounds on the surface of the skin. The biggest fallacy about these two plants is that this toxin can spread through your blood stream and pop up anywhere on the body. Some people believe that you can keep spreading the poison even after you have

This time the region of Abruzzo is saluted. Entrees from this district are presented, along with native wines. For an RSVP, call 1-888-ITALIAN. — Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido is doing a Mothers Day Champagne and Cupcakes event from 2 to 4 p.m. May 7, including Blanc de Blanc and Rose’ for $10 per person. Call (760) 745-1200 for details. — Opolo Wines from Paso Robles are the featured varietals at the Wine Encounter in Hillcrest 7 to 9 p.m. May 10. Light appetizers included. Cost is $18. Call (619) 543-WINE. — SAGE Grill in Encinitas has a Franciscan wine dinner May 16 starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP and get details call (760) 943-7243. — The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas is the site for Wine Spectator’s Grand Wine Tour 2011 from 7 to 10 p.m. May 14. More than 200 of the world’s finest wines will be poured. Light buffet and free Riedel glass included. See Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at

Estrella will also be posting “Thriller” dance lessons on his website at, to practice at home. An added bonus is each performer is given free entrance into the fair. “We looked at it and were going to put it in a few weeks ago, and didn’t know how,” he said. Both Clark and Nehls worked to install Duchow’s new seat, and the pool noodle became necessary to level the seat at a 45-degree angle, which is the proper angle for infants from newborn to 1 year old. Clark said that parents who want a car seat inspection or installation can schedule a free appointment at the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station, at (760) 966-3587. The event was held in the parking lot below the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station, and several storefront retailers also participated by donating items such as refreshments or activities for children. Participants included Cute as a Bug Resale, Art Soup drop in art studio, Insurance Women of North County San Diego County and State Farm Insurance. washed the affected body part. This is not the case. Most victims walk through the plants or brush the oils on themselves after contact with the plant. If the oils have not been washed off, you can literally spread it anywhere you touch yourself. Be careful, plants really do have power. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, e-mail him at



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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

Friday, April 29, 2011 A number of material involvements that you've nurtured for some time will start to manifest themselves in the coming months. Don't give up on your dreams or the things you've worked so hard to achieve. Time is on your side. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You're likely to be gifted with a more personable, dramatic flair than usual. Let the actor within you emerge if you're so inclined, and use this asset for salesmanship or public speaking. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Although it might take some patience, benefits will come to you when you least expect, so let life unfold its way. It's the end result that counts, and yours look pretty good. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Although it is going to take some effort on your part, something you seek will come through several people who like you and want to see you get what you deserve and desire. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don't treat indifferently any of your hunches about things that could transpire in the near future. Act on them; your perceptions are likely to be significant and right on the money. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your hopes and the things you envision are actually achievable. It's OK to elevate your expectations, as well as ignore those people who want to throw a wet blan-


by Luis Campos

MONTY by Jim Meddick

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

G equals B

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

ket on them. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If you believe you can operate with greater efficacy on your own, by all means don't hesitate to disengage yourself from somebody who is negative and tends to throw you off-course. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- It'll be worthwhile to maintain harmonious, civil relationships with co-workers, even if you have to keep your opinions and methods to yourself. Placate them with what they want to hear. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Don't be hesitant to take a calculated risk on something you have thoroughly thought out, because conditions that have a direct effect on your career and earnings look quite good. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If your mate seems to be a bit testy, pamper him or her a bit more than you usually do. It'll calm down your soul mate and let things get back to normal once again. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- If you take plenty of time to analyze and carefully study an important issue, all of its ramifications will eventually become clear. Act on it only after you've done your homework. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Your optimism allows you to see the brighter side of people and the involvements you have with them. Your attitude can help dissipate what others find so serious and overwhelming. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Go ahead and depend on your perceptions. Your mind is even more creative than usual, and will find workable ways to add to your resources. Give them a try.

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