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Irrigation District strongly reinforces water conservation By Christina Macone-Greene

Karen Athens, left, helps Nancy Snyder during a weekly watercolor class at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Artwork abounds at Senior Center By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF Senior Center recently launched its new watercolor painting classes. Championing the class is local artist, Karen Athens, whose artistic portfolio affords different mediums and has been described by many as inspirational. Athens, an Encinitas resident,

said both traveling and living abroad encouraged her to explore different artistic avenues through acrylics, water colors, pastels, collage and ink. Athens, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, creates both paintings and sculptures. Her work has been exhibited nationwide. And now, those at the RSF Se-

nior Center have an opportunity to work with Athens so they can unleash their own creativity. “This class is an introduction to watercolor painting and we’re exploring composition and design, the use of color, different painting techniques, and a variety of painting materials that can be TURN TO ARTWORK ON A13

Region starting to feel effects of drought By Aaron Burgin

REGION — The effects of continued drought conditions throughout the state are set to hit residents in North County in coming weeks — from homeowners to small children — as many water districts are set to make voluntary water-conservation measures mandatory. Olivenhain Water District was among the first local water authorities in the county to activate “Level 2” of its drought response plan, in the wake of the State Wa- Dilynn Whitaker plays in the splash pads ter Resources Control Board and at Sunset Park in San Marcos. Mandatothe San Diego County Water Au- ry drought conditions will force the water off. thority making similar declara- Photo by Tony Cagala

tions. Vallecitos and Vista Irrigation Districts are scheduled to vote on activating their Level 2 responses Aug. 6 ; Rincon Del Diablo Water District’s board will vote Aug. 11, the San Dieguito Water District will likely take it up at the Aug. 20 meeting; Fallbrook Public Utilities District’s board is expected to vote Aug. 25, In many water districts, Level 1 of the drought response plan includes suggested and voluntary activities ratepayers could use to reduce water usage, such as TURN TO DROUGHT ON A13

REGION — As the water drought continues to take precedence, local water agencies such as the Santa Fe Irrigation District, are amplifying the dire need for water conservation. Jessica Parks, public information officer at the Santa Fe Irrigation District, describes the drought as a serious one statewide. Water consumption needs to drop. “Northern California did not receive the normal amount of rainfall,” she said. “This is actually the third year that we’ve been in a drought situation.” Within Southern California, many projects have been built in an effort for water reserves. Parks pointed out they have had a great deal of storage. But due to the drought, this storage has been used in order to mitigate not having to go into mandatory water usage re-

strictions earlier. “So unfortunately, because we had above normal temperatures this winter and spring, and this is the third that we’ve been in a drought, we’ve used up a lot of that storage already,” she said. “So now, what’s happening is that unless we kind of put the brakes on our water usage, we might have to go actual allocation sooner than we expected.” Currently, the District is at a Level 1 water restriction. By definition, it’s voluntary water usage where customers typically cut back on their outdoor use. Customer recommendations have been watering outdoors three days a week for only 10 minutes per station. If watering needs require less than 10 minutes, customers are asked to cut back more. The District has also advised customers to be TURN TO CONSERVATION ON A13

Frank and Ritto seek another RSF District term By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF School District Board of Trustees will soon have two seats open in November. Trustees, Todd Frank and Marti Ritto, have decided to run once again for a four-year term. The deadline for candidate filing is Aug. 8. Ritto, who has already served four years, wants the honor to serve more time in this position. “My two daughters are still students in the District and I would like to continue to serve my community and further the culture of academic excellence in the District,” she said. “I believe strongly in the tradition of community service and in the ability of education to advance young peoples’ lives.”

Ritto went on to say how education was critical for her to accomplish her goals as a technologist when working at Yahoo! Inc. in its formative years and also as a professional opera singer. “It is that background in technology and music that makes me believe I am uniquely qualified to help the district achieve our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) goals,” she said. While being on the board of trustees, Ritto said, she has been proud of its many accomplishments. The first of these includes MUSE (Mastering Unique Self Expression) which has received TURN TO BOARD ON A13


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Santa Fe Irrigation District wins awards By Christina Macone-Greene

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REGION — For the eighth year in a row, the Santa Fe Irrigation District has earned a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting,” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The District received this recognition for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). In tandem, Jeanne Deaver, the District’s administrative service manager, also earned an “Award of Financial Reporting Achievement,” for preparing its CAFR. “Jeanne has worked very hard to make sure this annual report is done cor-

rectly and is within all the rules and regulations,” said Jessica Parks, public information officer for the Santa Fe Irrigation District. “Her receiving this award just shows just how much time and effort she really put into it.” According to Deaver, what the GFOA tries to accomplish for government entities is to produce a document which is transparent, understandable, and accessible to the general public. Certain elements and components need to be included in the annual financial planning in order to qualify and be rated for this award. Included with the financial statements, other

criteria include an introductory letter, demographics of the District, how it’s governed, policies and more. Essentially, the report conveys the financial stability of the agency as well as highlighting how well it’s managed. Embedded within this 74-page report, Deaver’s favorite preparation part is the statistical data. “For me, it’s pretty fun, actually,” Deaver said. “It’s a supplemental piece that is required by the GFOA that really gives a ten-year look at the agency and allows you to look at trends, for example.” Deaver went on to say that this section highlights the net position of the agency over the last ten years. It looks closely at how the assets or liabilities have changed from year to year. The statistics looks at the agency’s total net position. Other parts of being transparent, Deaver said, is including and reporting what is required by the Government Accounting Standards Board. “A lot of the changes that have come up over the past several years since I’ve been here, have been related to pension, employment benefits like retiree, healthcare, and those kinds of things that the public has become more and more interested in,” said Deaver, noting how this affects the long-term financial liability of the agency. “So this kind of financial data has been included as part of our financial statements and really represents a complete picture, not only of what we currently have going on in the present year, but also what our long-term obligations are and how that im-

Jeanne Deaver was awarded for her finacial reporting with the Santa Fe Irrigation District. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

pacts our overall financial position.” For Deaver, having the District receive acknowledgment for eight consecutive years really means they are a well-managed and financially stable organization. “A lot of what the award recognizes is that our financials are in good condition, they have been audited, and we present our financials in a very transparent way,” she said. As far as Deaver is concerned, it takes teamwork to win this award. It starts with its board of directors, the general manager, the policies set forth within the District, to the people in the field. “We feel that everybody contributes through making sure that we have the proper internal controls that are necessary as part of our financials and we have the policies in place to support those,” she said. “I think that our agency as a whole is very proud of this award.”

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Nonprofit Miracle Babies readies for San Diego Polo fundraiser By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Aug. 31, while attendees watch the two polo competitions during the USPA Rossmore Cup day at the San Diego Polo grounds, a special VIP fundraiser will be occurring, as well. Polo Pavilion ticket proceeds for a special “lounge and luncheon” will benefit Miracle Babies as it hosts its debut soiree, “White Party.” The party theme is wearing white or light colors before the Labor Day holiday. In 2009, Miracle Babies, based in San Diego County, was founded by Marjan Daneshmand, and her husband, Dr. Sean Daneshmand, a perinatologist. “The mission of Miracle Babies is to provide financial assistance to families with critically ill

newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit and to enhance the well-being of mothers, children and their families through education, prevention, and medical care,” Marjan Daneshmand said. Miracle Babies helps families across the nation. The charity understands that those who have premature or critically ill newborns may be under great financial strain. Because of this, so many mothers and fathers are unable to be with their babies on a daily basis. Miracle Babies steps in to offer financial relief and support in a variety of ways. The San Diego Polo fundraiser will help raise awareness regarding Miracle Babies, its dedication, and the work it does to help those in need. Marlena Niemann, Miracle

Superintendent relays report on gym survey District will decide over renovating old gym or building a new one By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Before the RSF School District board of trustees discussed agenda items in their last meeting, Superintendent Lindy Delaney presented a report regarding their gym survey update. According to Delaney, the history of the gym dates back to the 1960s, when it was first built. At that time, it was an open gym. “It had a roof and pillars and a concrete floor,” she said. In the early 1970s, she went on to say, the gym was then enclosed. Natural wear and tear prompted the RSF School District to first consider renovating, and then replacing it. “The cost of a renovation was coming in at about $11 million,” she said. Likewise, the court was not the standard size and items such as the hoops, did not hang at the right level. Delaney also pointed out that they really could not do anything to the building, because once construction would start, the structure itself would need multiple up-

grades. Following a renovation analysis, Delaney recommended and the board agreed to consider replacing the gym. The board granted this and waited for an update. “The cost of the twocourt was $19.2 million, and the three-court was $23.5 million,” Delaney said. “Both gym scenarios include a separate dance /wrestling facilities with changing rooms for the students on the blacktop,” she added. While the survey results are in, it was the first time the RSF School District actually presented this project. Historically, the school has had generous support from the community. With that in mind, Delaney said the price tag may have been higher than what members in the community thought it would be estimated at. Delaney pointed out while they currently have a facility, looking ahead towards possibly rebuilding a new one may occur one day in the future. “We feel like we still have some work to do in terms of looking at ways of maybe cutting the cost down and starting an organized capital campaign to offset some of our cost,” she said. At this point, Delaney said, the District is just looking into the possibility of a new gym.

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Babies Circle Founding Member, first came up with the polo fundraiser idea. She regularly attends Sunday polo matches and thought the venue would be perfect. And the response has been excellent. “I have had conversations with a lot of people that haven’t had the opportunity to attend a game or a match,” said Niemann, adding how so many people have wanted to go. The San Diego Polo Club, she went on to say, served as a creative way to do a little fundraising and community awareness within Northern San Diego. Niemann added, “I thought that this would be a great idea to take advantage of the grounds for this event and to have a precursor event to our gala at the end of September.”

This year, the annual gala, “Casino Royale Masquerade Ball,” will be held on Sept. 27 at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla. “We’re actually going to have an ‘America’s Got Talent’ aerial act at the event,” Daneshmand added. Since the gala is a masquerade event, Niemann will find ways to link this theme into its polo fundraiser. At the White Party, there will be an element of signature entertainment for its upcoming grand Masquerade Ball, which typically attracts 400 guests. While Wild Thyme Catering serves up the luncheon savories at the Polo Pavilion, fun opportunity drawings will also be part of the happenings. Following the polo match, the “7th Chukker After Party” with

music will start and last until 7 p.m. Niemann describes the day as being with friends at a beautiful table on the lawns and watching the athleticism of horses and riders race back and forth. In between the game, entertainment always emerges. Daneshmand and Niemann are thrilled about the San Diego Polo fundraiser for Miracle Babies. “We’re really excited, first of all, to get the name of our charity out and a way to promote our annual gala,” said Daneshmand. “And it’s going to be a lot of fun.” To learn more about the Miracle Babies Polo Fundraiser Aug. 31 or the Casino Royale Masquerade Ball Sept. 27, visit or call (858) 633-8540.

‘Turf course is good,’ racetrack officials say By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Although half of the deaths in the first nine days of racing at the Del Mar Racetrack have occurred on the newly installed turf course — replaced this year primarily for the safety of the riders and horses — officials maintain the track is not to blame. “The turf course is good,” C.P. “Mac” McBride, director of media relations for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said. “It’s not the cause of horses breaking down. “We have been caught here in very, very unfortunate circumstances,” he added. “Knowledgeable people understand this. There’s a thought that Del Mar is a terrible place, and we’re killing all the horses. That’s not true.” From July 17, when the current race season started, through July 27 eight horses have been put down. Four injuries occurred during races on the new $5 million turf course and one was on the Polytrack. The remaining three were not race related. For example, one horse suffered a heart attack. McBride said none of the riders sustained any great injuries, and overall they have had no complaints with the new track. “Generally speaking — and maybe there are one or two contrarians — the riders are fine with the turf,” he said. Following two deaths on the grass course July 26, all races the following day were run on the main synthetic track and no injuries occurred. Track officials used the

Crews began installing the new turf course at the Del Mar Racetrack in March. Four of the five race-related injuries in the first nine days of the season occurred during races on the track, but officials maintain the course is not to blame. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek

extra day to soften the grass with a complete watering and aeration. The inner rail was also repositioned. Work to replace the turf track, which was installed for the 1960 season, began in September. The same grass was used because of its proven ability to adapt and grow well in Del Mar and withstand the track’s use of salty reclaimed water. The grass is also said to be tough and dense, which keeps the hoof from penetrating the turf. Several factors go into determining which races will be run on turf rather than Polytrack, McBride said. “Different animals do well on certain surfaces,” he said. “Certain types of horses are trained on grass. Horses that run on grass are usually of higher caliber. They run for bigger purses. There’s stiffer competition. “Polytack is universal,” he said. “Some adapt and respond kindly. For the vast majority it proves to be kind

to almost all horses.” Horses are generally faster out of the gate on the Polytrack. Turf racing tends “to end with a great rush at the end. It’s very European,” McBride said. Each race is carded, or put together, based on several factors, including which of the 2,000 horses are available to race and their caliber. He also said several factors can contribute to accidents and injuries, including the nature of the sport. “We take as many precautions as we can,” McBride said. “You’ve got a 1,000-pound animal on thin legs going 45 mph in close quarters. Sometimes there’s bumping.” McBride noted that within the first nine days of racing hundreds of horses raced without incident. “We do everything we can to ensure safety,” he said. “Our No. 1 priority is safety. We can’t have any other priority in this business.” He said most injuries occur in the legs and there

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is usually no other choice but to put down an injured animal. “You can’t put a horse in a cast and lay it down for six weeks,” he said. At Del Mar, each horse is inspected four times before it races by three different veterinarians, one of which is appointed by the state. A vet is also at the starting gate in case a rider suddenly determines something “doesn’t feel right,” McBride said. But even with all those precautions, unknown pre-existing conditions can result in accidents and injuries during a race, McBride said. Every horse that dies at the track is mandated by the state to go through “an A to Z necropsy,” McBride said, to determine the cause of death. The results usually take months. In a press release issued following the two deaths July 26, track officials stated they are “deeply saddened by the loss” of thoroughbred lives but “have the utmost confidence in the course.” They stated they expect the course will “perform in a positive fashion” following the three days of maintenance. The 36-day meet runs through Sept. 3, with no racing scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays, except for Labor Day. Del Mar is coming off one of its safest years, with only four horses lost during the 2013 season. Its worst year was 2006, when 18 animals were lost, McBride said. Over the weekend, races were canceled on the turf track.

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What we don’t know about the drought — Plenty California Focus By Thomas Elias e know a fair amount about the W drought that has now af-

flicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback. A large seawater desalinating plant will open by 2016 in the north San Diego County city of Carlsbad. Ground has subsided in many parts of the Central Valley as aquifers have been pumped faster than they could be replenished. Weather forecasters predict next winter may be as dry as the last one. But there remains much that we don’t know, as detailed in the latest issue of Stanford Magazine article by writer Kate Galbraith. It turns out that what we don’t know may be more fundamental than what we do know. For example, because more than 255,000 homes and businesses in 42 communities lack water meters and because of the almost unlimited, unmetered ground water pumping, no one knows just how much water California uses or needs. In Sacramento, scene of the meeting where state regulators this summer decreed there be less watering of lawns all over California, about half the homes and businesses lack water meters. They can use all they like without any financial or legal consequence unless they have the temerity to hose down a walkway or

sidewalk. For another example, we have no idea how much water lies in most California underground lakes, also known as aquifers. We do know that golf courses in the Coachella Valley portion of Riverside County, including Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and the aptly-named Indian Wells, remain quite green even as the state Capitol lawn and many others go brown. Drought or not, a vast underground lake beneath most of that area has so far kept water shortages there at bay. Plus, much of the water sprayed onto that valley’s myriad greens and fairways eventually filters back down

was using and you knew what the aquifer levels are, you could sort of calculate everybody’s contribution to aquifer depletion,” Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Stanford University’s Water in the West program told the magazine. “But if you don’t know any of those things, they just become things to fight about.” So ground water regulation bills now wending their way through the Legislature could be vital to planning the state’s water future. So could expanded aerial surveys of the Central Valley’s land formations and levels, which can indicate how much of a region’s ground water has been lost over time. Every other Western

We have no idea how much water lies in most California underground lakes, also known as aquifers

to the aquifer. But it’s the extent of aquifers in the Central Valley that’s most important to know. As farmers expend tens of thousands of dollars deepening wells to reach the new, lower levels of the aquifers, no one has the foggiest notion how long this can go on. Meanwhile, state law effectively permits farmers, water districts and anyone else with a well to pump all the water they want, the presumption being that water beneath a property belongs to the property owner. Never mind that ground water has no idea who owns it or where property lines may lie. Which can mean that if one well owner pumps excessively, others in the area get left high and dry. Meters, Stanford Magazine says, could fix some of that. “If everyone had a meter on their well and you knew how much everyone

state now regulates ground water use. But California operates blindly, and could pay a heavy price if it doesn’t begin sizing up its real situation, since ground water is the usual backup when surface water supplies from aqueducts and reservoirs run low. Yes, conservation is important, but even more vital is information. Right now, California simply doesn’t have enough upon which to base vital decisions that become more urgent with every passing month of drought. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit

Fire prevention I have been a Carlsbad resident for 38 years and had the pleasure of attending a hike, which terminated immediately adjacent to the burn areas of the recent Poinsettia fire. This hike was sponsored by San Diego Canyonlands along Encinas Creek, adjacent to Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad on July 26. As part of the outing, deputy fire Marshal Greg Ryan talked with us about the different types of vegetation in the area adjacent to developments and their varying potential for fire damage. It was so informative I found it rather sad that there were only 12 to14 folks on the hike even though 1,000 flyers about the event had been distributed by volunteers to the nearby residents, none of which attended. I hope the home owner’s associations will contact the city fire marshal in the future when planning landscaping, as their decisions could have a profound impact on fire prevention. Kathy Parker, Carlsbad Sheriff Department and response times The newly appointed captain of the San Diego County Sheriff department, Encinitas branch, recently had provided the city of Del Mar’s budget and finance committee with the average response times for the four major types of 911 calls. The response times as stated by the captain appear to be consistent with our neighboring cities including Solano Beach. Priority 1 calls, extreme emergency to life such as serious accidents, airplane crashes and SWAT actions, at approximately 12 minutes. Priority 2 calls, serious felonies in process such as homicide, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, and residential burglary, at approximately 9.5 minutes.

Priority 3 calls, such as potential risk of injury that is ongoing such as reckless driving, driving under the influence, hit and run property damage, at approximately 14 minutes. Priority 4 calls, occurrences or recent events with less chance of injury or harm such as loud parties, prowler, vandalism, trespassing and burglar alarm, at approximately 42 minutes. The independent consultant hired by the city of Del Mar to evaluate the current sheriff contract reported in late 2013, that the estimated average response using our own police department would be similar to the response times of our fire department at 5 minutes. The consultant also stated that the annual estimated cost of running our own department would be comparable with the current Sheriff department contract at $2 million annually. Under this current fiveyear contract, the Sheriff department provides one deputy 24/7, one traffic officer for 40 hours per week, and one detective for 40 hours per week. Our consultants have estimated that with our own police department we would need up to 19 full and part time employees. The captain has admitted that the Sheriff department is unable to improve these response times significantly based on the way deputies are assigned to patrol. You be the judge. Our community deserves better. Your opinion matters, please contact your city council members at

However, this marathon project has likely cost dearly — both to the city coffers and to the unfortunate merchants along Mission Avenue. My biggest armchair criticism of the project is the allotment of lanes to traffic. One too few! Even the tourist town of Palm Springs, allots three lanes of one-way traffic along it’s main cruising thoroughfare, called South Palm Canyon Drive. I’ll bet Oceanside staff, planners and council fought hard and long, over the number of traffic lanes. Looks like “the lanes” lost. I predict that this shortsightedness will create traffic back-ups to the east--perhaps even to the Interstate 5, during midsummer weekends and holidays. Additionally, did O-staff, consultants, and city fathers, overlook providing three lanes of traffic (one west and two east) on Pier View, east of Coast Highway? Unlike restoring a third lane to Mission Avenue, this is something that can be enacted at any time. The changes to Seagaze Drive appear to be fairly traffic friendly, although the abrupt transition from one-way to two-way traffic at Clementine, will surprise many drivers using the Number one lane. It should be interesting to see how this all pans out for Oceanside. After some intervals of use, say six, 12, and 18 months. Staff would do well to analyze the changes and its effects.

Barry Entous, Del Mar Good luck with “That Change Thing” Being a hybrid resident-tourist to Oceanside, I just couldn’t sit back and not comment on the “Mission Avenue Re-do.” Ultimately, the changes may create a significant magnet for tourists.

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OWL and his friend TORTOISE are coming for an end-of-summer children’s program Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Solana Beach Library. This interactive experience will be presented by Living Coast Discovery Center from Chula Vista. The mission of the organization is to encourage a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages. But will owl “whoo, whoo” for us? Come and listen! The library location is 157 Stevens Ave. call (858) 755-1404 for more information. Courtesy photo

Del Mar gets high Main Street marks DEL MAR — Del Mar has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. To continue to support the village business community, the Del Mar Village Association’s new programming for 2014-15 has been very active with new planned events such as DMVA’s Pop-Up Culture (concerts planned for the village on Sundays in September), partnership with the Italian Film Festival, increased marketing efforts and new downtown design projects. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach. Only 700 programs nationally have attained this accreditation. One benchmark for the success of a Main Street program is the reinvestment ratio measuring the annual average amount of new investment in a downtown. In 2013, Del Mar village had seven new businesses open and 18 new private sector business enhancement projects. In addition, there have been seven public sector projects to enhance downtown Del Mar. In total, the public and private sector reinvestment in the downtown village of Del Mar for 2013 exceeded $3.5 million.

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“To be designated as a California Main Street community, less than a year ago and now to achieve this national recognition, is truly rare for a community of this size, said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association. “While it may be rare, Del Mar has a unique group of residents and business owners with a very supportive city council and mayor working together as partners to achieve extraordinary goals for our community. DMVA has grown into a respected community development organization in Del Mar, and has helped revitalize our historic district through special events, targeted marketing and business recruitment and retention among other programming.”

In Del Mar, Café de Colombia with Ashton Alexander earn the Top Placing Mare Perpetual Trophy at the 2014 U.S. Junior Hunter National Championship, West Coast. Photo by Captured Moments Photography

Equestrians show their best skills DEL MAR — Summer equestrian action continued at the Del Mar Equestrian Center. A Hunter-Jumper event, won by Come Monday and Tara Metzner, was held July 26. On a warm afternoon in Del Mar, a solid group of high performance hunters galloped around the grass grand prix field in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. On July 27, it was an unusual morning in Del Mar when the skies opened up with a torrential downpour early in the show day. Although classes were delayed, the footing in the Grand Prix Field was fine for the $40,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix. With a demanding course set by Argentina’s Ivan Tagle, six out of 36 horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear. The only double clean, Manuel Alvarez and

Manolito Fortuna, took the top prize. Directly after wrapping up the final jumper classes on Sunday of the Showpark Summer Festival, the striped poles were set aside to welcome a prestigious annual event. Decorated flower boxes, walls, rolltops and such were carefully set on the gorgeous grand prix field in preparation for the 2014 US Junior Hunter National Championship, West Coast, July 28. With three phases over two days, July 28 hosted a warm-up and a Classic Round followed by the

Under Saddle and Handy Round on July 29. The honorable judging panel included Scott Hofstetter, John Roper and Christina Schlusemeyer, all hailing from the East Coast. Overall Grand Champion as well as the Top Placing Mare Perpetual Trophy went to Café de Colombia with Ashton Alexander aboard for the ride. Illusion and Destry Spielberg were Reserve Overall Champions. Earning top scores in the 8-28 Classic Rounds, Spielberg and Illusion finished with a Classic Round total of 264, topping the

Small 16-17 division. Alexander and Café de Colombia were best in the Large 16-17 division, with a pair of 88s and an 87, total of 263.


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Renowned fertility specialist helps growing families have healthy babies ENCINITAS — The decision to start a family is one of the biggest you will make. For some prospective parents, it is a matter of choice. But for approximately one in 10 women, fertility is an issue. Factors such as advanced maternal age and risk for inherited genetic disorders can weigh heavily on the minds of those with these issues. Dr. Lori Arnold of California Center for Reproductive Medicine, or CACRM, has been helping parents-to-be for more than 20 years. “I believe that everyone who hopes to have a healthy family should have that opportunity,” Dr. Arnold said. Planning a family is a special time, and the ability for fertility patients to eliminate some of the added worries and stresses is paramount. Whether you are choosing to start your family later in life, or you are concerned about your family’s medical history, genetic screening can help maximize the potential to bring a healthy baby into the world. Pre-implantation genetic screening, or PGS, is one option CACRM offers. Genetic testing can be performed on the pre-implantation embryo

into the patient or surrogate,” Dr. Arnold said. In addition to genetic testing, CACRM offers a full array of infertility diagnosis and treatment options of both low- and high-tech varieties. In-vitro fertilization (IVF), intacytoplasmic sperm injection, cryoperservation of embryos, egg donation, gestational or traditional surrogacy, sex selection, and sperm and egg freezing are among the treatments offered. Patients at CACRM not only include local residents, but also travel from Asia, Europe, Australia and South America to have Dr. Arnold and her team assist them with their dream of having a family. “We have many international patients who choose our practice for their personalized and customized fertility treatments,” Dr. Arnold said. “Patients search us out due to our extraordinary patient care and superb success rates.” More than 90 percent of her patients, regardless of their prognosis, are successful. Dr. Arnold said that CACRM offers a compassionate and supportive environment to assist patients in growing their

More than 90 percent of her patients, regardless of their prognosis, are successful. to determine whether it’s affected by chromosomal abnormality. This screening greatly increases the chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Pre-implantation diagnosis, or PGD, is another option at CACRM. PGD is a technique used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to test embryos for specific hereditary disorders prior to their transfer to the uterus. A couple’s racial or ethnic background and family and medical history can be factors in the prevalence of specific genetic diseases. Patients can find peace of mind with a simple blood test to screen for their carrier status. “Genetic testing has come to the forefront to prevent such genes from being inherited,” Dr. Arnold said. Common inherited genetic disorders include cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs, Sickle Cell Disease, breast cancer and recurrent miscarriage. “For patients who test positive for any number of disorders, genetic studies can be done to screen the embryos before they are implanted

family. Dr. Arnold recognizes that there are misconceptions regarding the affordability of fertility treatments. “They can be both physically and emotionally challenging — and even more so when you count the additional stress about the cost of treatment,” she said. “At CACRM we understand and want to offer guidance. We are committed to helping you understand what financial options are available to you.” CACRM is dedicated to offering patients the highest level of quality care. “Our team takes pride in providing you with the utmost compassionate care, respect and understanding in a personal setting allowing your journey to parenthood to be successful and stress-free,” Dr. Arnold said. “Our goal is to exceed your expectations.” California Center for Reproductive Medicine is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite C-208 and Suite C-310 in Encinitas. For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit or call (760) 274-2000.

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ugust is barely here and already harvest whistles are blowing for one of the major varietals of wines in Napa Valley — the sparkling wines. Winemakers were also hearing a collective sigh of relief, as last winter was one of the driest on record. “Thanks to a long, mod- Sommelier Mitch Price and Food and Beverage Director Justin Wilson erate spring with some rains of Rancho Valencia, taste a Cabernet from Larry Ryssdal, general manand recent heat-spikes, ager of Akerman Vineyards, Napa Valley. Photo by Frank Mangio

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Owner Duffy Keys, who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, and Haitus Cellars with Mark Davidowski, who owned the Meritage Wine Cellar in Encinitas. Others included: Derenoncourt, Levendi, Malk, Peju, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap and Grandona. Justin Wilson, the Rancho Valencia Food & Beverage director, set up lawn style reception and tasting areas, and offered displays of cheese, antipasti charcuterie, salads and signature sliders, among other delicious indulgences. Live music filled the courtyard. Napa Valley now has nearly 500 wineries, but just 4 percent of the wine produced in California comes from Napa Valley. This picturesque world-renowned wine area elevation goes from sea level to 2,600 feet. Nearly all are family owned, with 65 percent producing 5,000 cases annually or less. Only 45,000 acres (9 percent) of Napa Valley is planted under vines, but supplies 1/3 of the value of all wine sold in the U.S., about $13 billion worth. Napa Valley is most proud of its: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Remaining small is a TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON A13

Tickets for the 25th installment of the Taste of MainStreet are now on sale. Photo by Lauren Milner

Take a taste of MainStreet By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Residents wanting to get a taste of the wares of Downtown Encinitas need only $35 and free time Aug. 19. Tickets are now on sale for the 25th installment of the annual “Taste of MainStreet,” one of the more region’s more popular events that annually sells out. “The big draw for the event has been our restaurants,” said Dody Crawford, executive director of the Encinitas MainStreet 101 Association, which organizes the event. “We have the most fabulous restaurants in the space of eight blocks, it is incredible.” Ticket holders can sample from the more than 33 restaurants along Coast Highway 101 between Encinitas Blvd. to K Street and sample beers from 17 “sip stops.” One restaurant making its debut at the “Taste” is the Encintas Fish Shop, a spin-off of a popular Pacific Beach restaurant with the same “Fish Shop” moniker. It is taking over St. Germain’s, a venerable breakfast and lunch café, which closed its doors in April after 25 years. The popular Pacific Beach location allows patrons to choose a fish and a marinade, and then choose whether it is served as a taco, salad, sandwich or plate. “Any time we have a new restaurant, it generates a lot of buzz,” Crawford said. Shops along Coast Highway 101 will be open late and bands will be performing at five venues as part of the festivities. Advance tickets can be purchased online at and at the Encinitas MainStreet 101 office at 818 S. Coast Highway 101.



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Weddle finds a home in North County, Chargers’ secondary sports talk jay paris he same year the Chargers’ Eric T Weddle made the cut, so

did Escondido. “It was my first rookie minicamp,’’ Weddle said. “We looked at 40 houses and my wife picked out the 10 that she thought I would like and it was the last one we looked at.’’ The choice with the “it” factor was in Escondido, and the Weddles have been there since 2007. “We love Escondido and the people have been great,’’ he said. “There’s a different feel to it. It’s not like downtown or real high-end. It’s kind of low-key.’’ Weddle is back making sweet music in the Chargers’ secondary. The ball hawk with the bushy beard is producing turnovers, directing traffic and pretty much doing the same thing since finding a place to call home. The Chargers’ training camp is turning into the backstretch with Weddle and crew rounding into shape. The preseason is nearly here with the Chargers opening Aug. 7 against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. “We’ve got a good defense, two-deep now,’’ Weddle said of the Chargers’ depth. “It puts the pressure on you every day to come in and compete. No jobs are given — you have to go out and earn it.’’ Weddle does it the old-fashioned way, an approach, which never goes out of style. Despite being among the NFL’s top free safeties, Weddle works like that rookie fresh from the University of Utah. “When you’re younger you just try to fit in, find your role and prove yourself to your teammates to get their trust and respect,’’ said Weddle, who led the Chargers in tackles last year for the second-straight season. “It’s not to be a nuisance, be quiet and focus on your job.’’ Weddle still checks off those attributes — maybe not the quiet part. He’s a chatterbox in getting people lined up correctly and sharing knowledge. “He’s one of the leaders of the football


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team and has been a captain here for a number of years,’’ Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “He plays the game the way it is suppose to be played.’’ Kind of. We’re not sure which textbook Weddle referred to when calling for a fake punt last year in the regular-season final against the Chiefs. The Chargers were 2-yards shy of a first down in overtime on their 28-yard line. But Weddle saw an opening and he did make it, right? The measurement was that close, with Weddle keeping the game-winning drive alive, along with the Chargers’ playoffs dreams. Guts, he has. Smarts usually ride along, too. “It’s what you are up in the head and how you break down,’’ said Weddle, a two-time Pro Bowler. “It’s what you see and the instincts in your heart, all those things, and breaking it down within seconds of a play is really what it’s all about. “It’s acting on what you see that separates the great ones from the average ones — it’s the cerebral part of the game.’’ Keen NFL observers took note of the Chargers filling holes. It drafted cornerback Jason Verrett with their first pick and signed free-agent cornerback Brandon Flowers before camp. A leaky pass defense just might have been plugged, and if so, Weddle welcomes the help. “The communication, especially with the young guys and different players we have coming in from other places, has been good,’’ Weddle said. “We just have to stay focused and try to continue to get better everyday.’’ There’s little rest for Weddle, despite this being his eighth season. “As you get older and play at a high level you want to continue to improve and be the best because in striving to be the best, the defense will benefit from it,’’ Weddle said. “I’m always trying to get better, to make your weaknesses your strengths.’’ It’s clear he’s had a soft spot for Escondido for years. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_ sports

READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, center, drops back to pass during FanFest 2014 at Qualcomm Stadium on Aug. 2. Fans filled a portion of the stadium to watch the team practice. The Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys Aug. 7 at home to begin preseason games. Photo by Bill Reilly

Annual longboard contest returning to Oceanside wine, beer and a silent auction of surfboards by Guy Takayama, Infinity and Donald Takayama/Hawaiian Pro Designs. The ticketed fundraiser will be held at the California Surf Museum Aug. 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On the beach during the three-day event will be live music, Tahitian dancers, vendor and food booths and a microbrew beer garden. “There will be 30 to 40 vendors of all kinds,” Harris said. “Bands will be playing all weekend.” The festival will be held

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OCEANSIDE — The annual Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club contest is a longloved summer tradition for locals. For 30 years longboard riders have gathered to compete at the Oceanside Pier. This year the contest will be held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3. In addition to the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club team competing against rival California surfing clubs, there will be pro open surfing, longboard noseride and tandem surfing competitions open to all competitors. “There will be surfing all day, every day,” Gretchen Harris, Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club team captain, said. The pro open includes men’s and women’s longboard and short board competition. The contest splits a $5,000 prize purse among the top eight overall winners. Trophies are also given to top age division winners. The noseride competition is all about time on the front 24 inches of the board. Longboards must be nine feet or longer, and are measured and taped at the 24-inch mark before competition starts. “It’s a timed event with both feet across the top 24 inches,” Harris said. “It’s all timed on the tip.” The noseride competition will also award a $5,000 prize purse among the top eight winners. Preliminary heats for the pro open and noseride competitions take place Aug. 2. Final heats will be held Aug. 3, along with an awards ceremony to close the contest. Another nostalgic com-

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Laura Littrell can help you find your perfect flooring.

Expert help finding your perfect flooring ENCINITAS — When it comes to choosing new flooring, it is becoming increasingly important to buyers to consider choices that are eco-friendly. Luckily, current trends in flooring make it possible to find the most beautiful and the most responsible choice together in one product. Littrell Flooring in Encinitas features IndoTeak, a brand of flooring that is manufactured from 100 percent reclaimed teak. With colors ranging from honey blonds to rich chocolates, this product is elegant and durable and does not contain wood from any living trees. Owner Laura Littrell is proud to offer IndoTeak. “It is absolutely beautiful!” she said. In addition to IndoTeak, they offer an impressive selection of hardwood, stone and tile and a large selection of carpet like Fabrica, Masland, Unique LTD, Cavan and many more. One of their newer offerings is from Nourison. “Nourison is an absolutely beautiful line of wool carpet beyond compare,” Littrell said. When choosing which flooring option is best, Littrell works with her customers to consider a number of factors. “I think the most important aspect is to consider how the selection fits with the style of the home and how it complements the existing finishes in the home,” Littrell said. Aesthetics are a factor, but function should also be considered. “Selecting a floor that will perform with the client’s lifestyle is very important,” Littrell said. “The floor needs to look good for the long haul, not just when it is first installed.” Littrell works with her clients to figure out what is best for them based on their lifestyle. Pets, children, heavy sun, moisture and area of installation should all be taken into account. Homeowners, designers and custom home builders alike are all customers at Littrell Flooring and enjoy a wide selection of hardwood, carpet, stone and tile materials that can be purchased alone or in conjunction with full-service installation and design services. From a small residential project all the way to com-

plete renovations, the team at Littrell Flooring takes care of its customers. “We have years of experience in residential new builds and remodels, commercial tenant improvements and hospitality. We have executed many beautiful custom designs for local country clubs.” No matter the scope of the job, the client will always receive the same service. “Our goal is to build relationships and have continued relationships with our clients and their referrals.” Laura Littrell began in flooring in 1996 and worked her way up before opening the doors of her own business earlier this year. “I have truly enjoyed working in the flooring industry,” she said. “I love helping people create a beautiful environment that makes them happy.” “Littrell Flooring want’s our clients to feel valued and welcomed. We want them to have only the very best customer service from the beginning of their experience to the end and further. They will have a wide variety of options and a professional and accurate job site measurement and estimate. The installation will be supervised and the clients will have one point of accountability for their flooring experience.” Littrell is happy to bring her business to Encinitas. “I have always loved the community,” she said. Additionally, the location is convenient. “It is easy to access from I-5 off of Manchester and easy to get to from Encinitas, La Costa, Olivenhain and Rancho Santa Fe.” Littrell Flooring offers complimentary design service and professional estimates. They offer very competitive pricing and have a “to the trade” program for designers and contractors. Littrell Flooring is currently in the Grand Opening phase and is offering special pricing through the end of August. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evening and weekend appointments are available. Join Littrell Flooring in celebrating their Grand Opening. They are located at 2210 Encinitas Blvd., Suite A. For more information, visit or call (760) 642-2332.

Don’t let pain and neuropathy hold you back from enjoying life.

Could this be your solution to neuropathy, numbness or sharp pain? Do you have any of the following symptoms? Pins and needles feeling? Numbness in the hands or feet? Tingling or burning sensations? Weakness in the arms or legs? Sharp shooting or burning pains? If so, you may have a condition called Peripheral Neuropathy. Numbness, tingling, and pain are an extremely annoying problem. It may come and go...interrupt your sleep...and even make your arms or legs feel weak at times. Maybe you’ve even been to other doctors and they claim all the tests indicate you should feel fine. More Drugs Are Not The Solution. A common treatment for many nerve problems is the ‘take some pills and wait and see’ method. While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live. Some of the more common drugs given include pain pills, anti-seizure medi-

ations, and anti-depressants — all of which can have serious side effects. My name is Dr. Jeff Listiak. I’ve been helping people with neuropathy and nerve problems for more than eight years. Neuropathy can be caused by Diabetes, Chemotherapy, Toxins, etc. It may also be compounded by poor posture or a degenerating spine stressing the nerves. The good news is that NeuropathyDR™ combination treatments have proven effective in helping patients with these health problems. Here’s what one of my patients had to say: “I had been feeling very sharp pains in my feet… they just felt like they were on fire. I just couldn’t stand it… every night for the last year or two. I’m so excited today to tell Dr. Jeff that four days in a row I have felt no pain whatsoever.” — Marilyn You could soon be enjoying life...without those aggravating and life-disrupting

problems. Don’t Miss This Limited Time Offer. It’s time for you to find out if NeuropathyDR™ treatment protocols could be your neuropathy solution. For the next 14 days only, $49 will get you a complete NeuropathyDR™ Analysis that I normally charge $197 for! What does this offer include? Everything. • An in-depth discussion about your health and wellbeing where I will listen… really listen…to the details of your case. • A posture, spine, range of motion, and nerve function examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays (if necessary) to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain and numbness free. • And, if after the thorough analysis we feel we can’t help you, we’ll tell you that right away.

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Del Mar body surfers rock surf festival DEL MAR — Briguitte Linn Wiedemeyer and David Lane, of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, won gold medals in their age/gender brackets International Bodysurfing Championship in Manhattan Beach Aug. 4. The contest was part of the annual International Surf Festival. David Lane, 58, won the men’s Grand Masters division. Briguitte Wiedemeyer won the women’s division. A resident of Brazil, Wiedemeyer comes to southern California most summers to pursue competitive bodysurfing. Member Bill “Froggy” Schildge, 62, took home a bronze medal in the men’s Legends division. Schildge is also acclaimed for his contributions and efforts

Members of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, Dave Lane, left, and Briguitte Wiedemeyer, earned Gold Medals at the Aug. 4 International Bodysurfing Championships. Courtesy photo

to the development of the sport throughout France, a country that has recently produced some of the world’s best competitors. On Aug. 16 and Aug.

17, Lane, Wiedemeyer and Schildge along with many more members of the DMBC, will compete in the Bodysurfing World Championships in Oceanside. For more

information on that event, visit The DMBC congregates every weekend at 9 a.m. on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for approximately one hour. The DMBC was formed in late 2012. The club has raised a fund to help promote the DMBC and sport of bodysurfing. Recreational and competitive bodysurfers of all ages are encouraged to participate with the DMBC. The DMBC plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, including Australia in March of 2015. To learn more about the club, email DelMarBeach@ , or visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club.

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used,” Athens said. And those who are interested can join the weekly series anytime. Athens has been an instructor at different adult and children venues such as the RSF Library, San Diego Jewish Academy, Art’ N Soul, Step Ahead Educational Services, Family Recovery Center, La Jolla Children’s Museum and many more. Athens said she likes to see the level of experience change with her students. “I like how art fulfills confidence and builds self-esteem with people; and, it doesn’t matter whether somebody’s 5 years old or 85,” she said. “There is a feeling of joy and pride when you create something and see it on paper.” Athens enjoys watching this process regardless of what level an artist is at. “It’s a great feeling to know I brought that out,” she said. Athens continued, “I believe this ability is in all of us but it just takes somebody, sometimes, to bring it out.” For student, Nancy Snyder, she’s enjoying her

weekly classes at the RSF Senior Center. She appreciates Athens’ guidance with sketching, and ultimately, painting. “She is a wonderful teacher and is so talented,” Snyder said. “She always comes around to check on us if we need

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help.” Another student in class mentioned how learning the basics of watercolor painting and a technique from painting “light to dark” elevated her skill level. Athens covers color theories and lets her students experiment with the brushstroke and gradations of blending colors. Athens said she always starts each class with a technique, lesson or tool, which provides new information. Students also have

freedom on what they want to create. Some bring in personal or vacation photos, a still life, or a picture they want to recreate in watercolor. Athens helps them “break it down” in terms of sketching and then painting it. “Whatever they want to bring in, I can help them create it and they can work on it each time if they want,” she said. Athens went on to say, “I’m just honored to have the opportunity to teach this watercolor class at the Senior Center because it’s a great group of people.” Athens pointed out she has had students who have never even picked up a paintbrush before. “I want people to know that they can accomplish anything; and, you don’t need to be afraid that it will be too hard to do,” she said. “I want everyone to know that they should be proud of themselves and just keep on learning.” The next RSF Senior Center watercolor painting series begins Sept. 2, and will be held every Tuesday afternoon until Sept. 30. To learn more about the class, visit rsfseniors. org or call the RSF Senior Center at (858) 756-3041.


constant challenge for the great winemakers who are passionate about quality. Recently, the Michael Mondavi Family sold the Winery of Napa Valley, in the Carneros District. “We are seeking to establish a boutique winemaking facility and tasting room befitting our distinguished wines and labels, ” said Mondavi. They are hoping to downsize to smalllot prestige wines. You can follow the harvest action in Michael Simpson, sommelier and manager, and Russ Rummer executhe coming weeks online at tive chef of the new Croce’s Park West Restaurant & Bar on 5th Ave. in San Diego. Photo by Frank Mangio The Legacy of Jim Croce Lives On For those of us who are long-time San Diegans who loved the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Jim Croce and his wife Ingrid were a musical duo from Philly, who in the ‘60s, traveled the country in search of fame and a name. But it wasn’t until July 1973, when they re-located to San Diego, that it all turned up for them with the hit record “Big Bad Leroy Brown.” After whirlwind tours, Europe, club dates and another smash LP, “I Got A Name,” it all came crashing down with a plane crash on takeoff in Lousiana on Sept. 20, 1973, a week after he recorded the LP. Ingrid and Jim had talked about a restaurant bearing their name in the upcoming Gaslamp District of San Diego, and in 1985, Ingrid opened the restaurant and club Croce’s, which became the standard-bearer for the hottest nighttime street scene west of New Orleans. Now the next chapter begins in the Jim Croce legacy as Ingrid has moved her


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restaurant to an attractive restaurant neighborhood on 5th Avenue near Balboa Park and named it Croce’s Park West. Already, diners have felt the presence of a brilliant young Sommelier/ Manager Michael Simpson who in a short time has caught the eye of Wine Spectator with their Award of Excellence to Croce’s. He has brought in Chandon Winemakers Collection from Napa Valley for a dinner event, and is planning a Chateau St Jean of Sonoma five-course dinner Aug. 26. Simpson strongly believes there are no set rules in wine pairing. “The main rule is not to have one element overpower the other. Wine and food must be in balance.” Learn more about Croce’s at Or call (619) 2334355. Wine Bytes PAON Restaurant and Wine Bar in Carlsbad has A Sunday of Rosé Aug. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $28. Most are from Provence, France. Includes Trio Amuse Bouche bites. RSVP

at (760) 729-7377. International winemaker Nick Goldschmidt will present a seminar and tasting at Vintana in Escondido, Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. He will take you through the tasting of 10 different wines. Cost is $35. Call (760) 745-7777. Harry’s Bar & American Grill on La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego is pleased to bring in Brunello Montalcino Banfi wines for a five-course food and wine pairing, Aug. 20 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Call Garo for an RSVP and menu information (858) 373-1252. Cost is $85. Join other wine enthusiasts at Morada in the Rancho Santa Fe Inn Aug. 21 for a wine tasting from several wineries, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Includes light appetizers. $25. RSVP at (858) 381-8212. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at Reach him at mangiompc@



watering landscaping on alternate days, washing cars with a bucket and hand-held hose with a positive shutoff nozzle, avoiding excessive irrigation runoff and not washing down paved surfaces. Level 2 makes these and other restrictions mandatory. Violations result in monetary fines up to $ 500 per day in some districts. In some cities, the restrictions will affect even the smallest of residents. San Marcos recently announced that the popular “splash pad” features at their local


certain their irrigation systems are in good working order and leak-free. If any pipes or irrigation parts are broken the District is asking that they be fixed immediately. But these recommendations could change Aug. 21. Staff is recommending to the board that water restrictions get bumped to Level 2. “We have policies and procedures where we can declare a drought situation,” said Parks, adding how mandatory water usage restriction would be



award-winning recognition for its musical educational program. Other District successes include a Technical Theatre Program and Drama Program. According to Ritto, in 2014, more than 30 percent of the student body took part in the music program. “I am also very proud that we have been able to equip the children with new technology with a school-wide iPad rollout, and with the creation of an award-winning Robotics program in conjunction with FIRST® LEGO® League & FTC; and, we have also begun to integrate programming languages and the Hour of Code National program into the curriculum.” Within San Diego County, during the 20122013 school year, the Rancho Santa Fe School District received the highest marks in Academic Performance Index. Ritto wants people to


at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. Proceeds from the event will help support Oceanside High School and El Camino High School surf teams, the Scholastic Surfing Association and the California Surf Museum. The Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club was formally established in 1983 in order for Oceanside surfers

parks would be closed until drought conditions improve. “By closing the splash pads, the city anticipates saving between 8,100 - and 12,150 gallons of water per day,” the city said in a news release. “We realize this, during the peak of summer having the splash pads turned off, is something kids aren’t looking forward to, but we also understand need to conserve as much water during this drought period,” San Marcos city spokeswoman Sarah Divan said. Water districts across the region expressed thanks to their residents for their cooperation during the

drought conditions. “We sincerely appreciate all of the efforts our customers have taken to conserve, especially after the exceptional efforts they have already implemented after the last drought,” said Vallecitos spokeswoman Lisa Urabe, who provided several suggestions to assist customers with increased conservation efforts. “There are many programs that can help ease the transition into greater water restrictions, such as rebates on rain barrels and replacing turf grass with drought tolerant plants,” she said, directing customers to the website whenindrought. org.

enforced. There are a total of 4 Levels in water restrictions. For Level 2, several restrictions are highlighted including specific days for watering, eradicating water waste, and stopping concrete overspray. In an effort to help customers, the Santa Fe Irrigation District plans to do more public outreach and education. “We’re also offering rebates, incentives and a free residential survey for our customers where someone will come out to their property and help that person become more water efficient,” said Parks, adding

how the residential survey is complimentary. Parks wants customers to know and understand that their agency is not trying to police them. Instead, they are there to help them. The statewide drought is not to be taken lightly. “We really want to make sure that all of our customers know that we’re here to help them in being water conscious and to conserve as much water as possible,” she said. “In order for us to be able to ensure water for next year, we have to go ahead and start tightening back our water usage now,” she added.

know that she looks forward to helping ensure the tradition of “superior education” continues to thrive in the District. For Frank, he wants to serve another term to give back to the community, as well. “First of all, it’s all about the kids,” he said. “Making sure they have the best and most enriching experience that they can have.” Frank went on to say that RSF is an incredible community and the District has a great deal of potential. “And the school is something that enhances the value of our community — there is still so much to be done and I want to be around to see it through.” Frank has also enjoyed working with the other board of trustees. He described them as a group with different backgrounds and interests that work very well together. Superintendent Lindy Delaney is both appreciative and thrilled that Ritto and Frank have opted to

seek re-election. Delaney commends them, along with the other board members, who step up to help a school district move forward. “I have to say that Marti and Todd have been outstanding board members in many ways. Todd is currently the vice president and he’s been very thoughtful about our programs,” she said. Delaney calls Frank’s passion for education outstanding. Delaney also praised Ritto’s strong technology background and enthusiasm for the performing arts. “She has helped us develop programs with a high focus and interest in education and how our students learn,” she said. Over the course of her term, Ritto has served as both president and vice president. Delaney went on to say how much Ritto and Frank have brought to the board calling their service wonderful.

to compete against other surf coalition teams. The goal of the club is to promote and foster amateur surfing, emphasize good sportsmanship and citizenship, support coastal conservation, and improve the public image of surfing. “The focus of the club has always been on good sportsmanship, surfing, having fun and giving back to the community,” Harris said. The club has 180 active

members. The Supergirl Pro ASP sanctioned women’s surf contest, which was previously held in conjunction with the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club contest, will be held the following week on Aug. 8 through Aug. 10. A complete schedule of Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club competitions will be posted online the days of the contest at


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With new album comes new insights for Duritz By Alan Sculley

When singer Adam Duritz started writing lyrics for the new Counting Crows album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” he expects will be out in September, he almost didn’t recognize the person or the meanings behind the words that were landing on the page. “It’s weird,” he said in a recent phone interview. “I didn’t understand these songs the way I have always understood my songs. “(Before) I had a gut feeling. I knew what they were. I knew how good they were right away. But these ones felt like much more of an impressionist stuff, like expressing stuff on a much broader level, all kinds of stories and imagery and stuff I’d never gotten to use before when I’ve just been writing about myself in a room.” It wasn’t until after the songs were recorded The Counting Crows perform at the Del Mar Racetrack Aug. 9. Photo by Danny Clinch that Duritz came to gain better insights about what writing. One day he was at the songs wrong,” Duritz zarre s*** all the time. was happening in his lyric visiting a friend and fellow said, quoting his friend. “I And like these songs are songwriter, Dave Godows- think you’ve been writing more like really what it’s ky (who often records un- these stories in this long like to spend a couple of der the name John Shade) form epic tragedy about hours inside your head. “They’re full of dumb and Duritz commented you being crazy and how it jokes and it’s full of like about feeling the songs ****s up your life. “That’s interesting really vivid, bizarre imagwere “weirdly less personal” and maybe that was and you’ve been writing ery and they still have this why he didn’t understand this long form version of emotional weight to them.” Duritz quickly realthat for years.’ But he goes them. Godowsky’s response ‘That’s not all you are. You ized Godowsky was on to startled Duritz at first. He don’t walk around all day something. “It’s really kind of found the new songs to be depressed moaning poetmuch more personal. Du- ically. That’s not who you true,” Duritz said. “It was ritz picked up the conver- are. The truth is you’re parts of myself I hadn’t funny, too, and have dumb necessarily felt comfortsation from there. “I think you’re looking jokes and you think of bi- able (before) projecting into songs.” As Godowsky’s observations suggest, Duritz, over Counting Crows’ six previous albums, became famous for writing serious autobiographical lyrics that have examined his life, his relationships and the factors that form his personality and behavior. One of the factors that influenced his life and writing was a mental illness called dissociative disorder. The condition, which was diagnosed about a decade ago, caused DuTURN TO DURITZ ON A15

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AUG. 8 REAL READERS The Rancho Santa Fe Library Book Club August book choice is “The Last Letter from Your Lover” by Jojo Moyes. The club will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 8. For more information, call (858) 756-2512. AUG. 9 JAZZ UNDER THE STARS featuring the Mike Cea Ensemble, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Courtyard, St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. Tickets $15. Call Faye Hammond at (760) 929-1571. BEST BANJO The Museum of Making Music presents “The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument” at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Hear Chinese pipa player, Wu Man; banjoist Lee Knight and African harpist James Makubuya. Tickets $22 general. Call (760) 3045844 or visit MOSAIC MAGIC Kate O’Brien will hold a twoday mosaics class from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 at Art Beat on Main St., 330 Main St.,Vista. Apply a mosaic to a terra cotta saucer to make birdbaths. The cost is $25.Bring your own 14-inch saucer. All other materials provided. To register, call (760) 7268737

The Reflexx, an ‘80s New Wave tribute band, at San Elijo Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road from 4 to 7 pm. Aug. 9. This dance party for all ages will feature a variety of food trucks. No glass or alcohol allowed in park. Beach chairs or blankets are recommended for lawn seating. For further information call (760) 744-9000 or visit ‘THE GIVER’ A special premiere of the film “The Giver” can be seen at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Regal Theater San Marcos 18, 1180 W. San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos. Tickets are available the box office and online at AUG. 13 QUILT ART As part of the Oceanside Museum of Art’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Beth Smith, executive director, Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts and Textiles, will be a guest lecturer at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at OMA, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Selections from the 18th Quilt National competition will be featured through Nov. 23. Tickets are $8 general.

AUG. 15 ‘MUSIC MAN’ Carlsbad Community Theatre is celebrating its 31st anniversary with an opening night gala Aug. 15 with light food, drink and silent auction. It will stage “The Music Man” the weekends of Aug. 15 and Aug. 24 at the Star Theatre in Oceanside. Tickets for the gala are $20. All other performances are $15. Tickets and showtimes are available at carlsbadcommuniAUG. 10 or SING OUT Carlsbad’s by calling (760) 931-8709. Cultural Arts Office will present “Songs for the AUG. 16 Road,” a free concert by The Music Men ChoCarlsbad country-western rus’ Summer Show Series group, Susanna and the invites the community to Troublemakers, at 2 p.m. “Cornucopia of Aug. 10 at the Carlsbad Harmony” at 2:30 p.m. City Library, 1775 Dove Aug. 16 at the San Marcos Lane, Carlsbad. Doors Hearth Theatre, 1 Civic open at 1:40 p.m. Center Drive, San Marcos. Tickets $10, Seniors $9. AUG. 11 To order, call Joe Quince PARTY IN THE PARK at (760) 438-3241, or visit Enjoy a free concert with

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Artist’s message lives on through visual narratives brush with art kay colvin en Trute (1960 - 2011), recognized for her enJ vironmentally conscious sur-

real paintings, had a brief but brilliant career as a fine artist as she increased awareness of the earth’s changing ecology. With technical mastery reminiscent of the Old Masters, she created superbly detailed and darkly humorous admonitions regarding the state of our society and the environment. Due to the labor-intensive nature of her process, Trute’s entire body of work consisted of a mere 35 artworks at the end of her lifetime. Most were created during her decade-long battle with cancer, to which she succumbed in 2011 at age 51. Trute’s work was featured in a retrospective solo exhibition at Oceanside Museum of Art in early 2013. According to OMA’s Executive Director Daniel Foster, “Trute was one of Oceanside’s most talented artists of all time, and was certainly deserving of applause and acclaim from national and international audiences because of her talent and a focus on content that is important to people of all ages addressing critical issues facing our global context.” Foster adds, “It was a very sad loss to our arts community when Trute passed away several years ago prematurely... but her spirit lives and breathes strong through her amazing body of art and paintings.” Enthusiasts of her work and advocates for the environment will have an opportunity to view Trute’s extraordinary paintings at L Street Fine Art from July 31 through Oct. 8. Tom Noel and Larry Baza, who hosted a memorial exhibition of her work at Noel-Baza gallery just weeks af-

ter her passing, said of Trute, “She was one of the most thoughtful, committed and technically advanced artists we have ever shown. “Jen was at the forefront of a growing group of artists doing their best, using their skills and imaginations to bring awareness to what may prove to be the most important battle our species will ever face.” Synergy Art Foundation’s Executive Director Naomi Nussbaum comments, “Jen was way ahead of her time. She saw and expressed through her painting man’s devastation of nature and its repercussions. Her subject matter was often unpalatable but a brilliant depiction of her vision of the results of our irresponsibility and abuse of our environment.” Trute came relatively late to fine art, having spent her early adult years as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. Born in Springfield, Mass., she attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston majoring in painting and graphic design. She freelanced as a graphic designer and illustrator prior to specializing in storyboard and advertising illustration for ad agencies in major markets across the country. Only after relocating to Southern California in the mid-1990s did she begin her serious pursuit of fine art. It has been said that Trute was devoted and meticulous in her craft to the point of obsession. Her art was enriched by her voracious fascination with issues such as human impact on our fragile ecosystem. San Diego Visual Arts Network coordinator Patricia Frischer notes, “Her paintings might look zany and colorful, but like Jen herself, there is a quiet and powerful message behind them.” Trute’s story would not be complete without mention of her relationship with companion and fellow artist Dennis Paul Batt, who for a decade

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was the principal champion of her work. Upon her death, Trute bequeathed her entire body of work to Batt as custodian of her legacy. However, as the result of his untimely death a mere six months after hers, the ownership of Trute’s entire body of work passed to Batt’s mother. Since that time, Zelda Batt and her daughter Laurie Aker have been eager to share Trute’s compelling legacy with the world. During the exhibition of Jen Trute’s original oil paintings at L Street Fine Art, one of her most popular paintings titled “Sunbathe Barbie at Bombay Beach” will be represented by a giclée print. For the month of October 2014, the original painting will be traveling with Oceanside Museum of Art’s California Dreaming exhibition to Italy’s Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, where Trute’s painting will make its international debut. Trute’s message of the urgent need for environmental responsibility will live on through her art, both locally and abroad. Jen Trute’s Enviroscapes will be on display at L Street Fine Art from July 31 through Oct. 8. The public is invited to attend an opening reception Aug. 9, 6 to 9 p.m. Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@



ritz to feel detached from reality and unable to feel connected with other people. A new regimen of medicine and therapy has gotten the disorder under better control. But Duritz saw the damage he had done in his life and how songwriting fit into the equation. “Even when s*** went terribly wrong in my life, I could always write a song about it,” Duritz said. “It didn’t fix it or anything, but it still was like, it gave value to those years when I was very upset about the way things were going…But I think I got very frustrated with the fact that without meaning to, without it being something I did on purpose, in a way I was trading people for songs, because I had a lot of people of great value in my life and I let them fall out of my life. And they’re

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gone.” This realization caused him to basically stop writing songs for a time — at least ones about himself or his life. What he did do was write songs for a play, “Black Sun,” which was presented in 2011 at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Meanwhile, when the Counting Crows returned from a two-year hiatus Duritz wasn’t ready to write for himself and the group and the Counting Crows made an album of cover songs, “Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On My Summer Vacation).” He thinks the covers album might have something to do with why his lyric writing shifted. “I do think like there’s something to that, seeing the way other people use words and how (many) more words they use and how much they use all this imagery I’m not using yet,” he said. “And on this re-


cord I seem to have used a lot of things I have not used before.” Songs from “Somewhere Under Wonderland” — which Duritz said reminds him of the group’s second album, “Revovering The Satellites” and “Underwater Sunshine” — will be in the Counting Crows live shows this summer. But because the band — which also includes Jim Boglos (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass), and Dan Vickrey (guitar) — changes up the selections from show to show, Duritz wasn’t getting specific about its set list. He did say, though, that the band has been sounding very good and the new songs translate well to the stage. “The new songs sounded really good,” he said. “I was really enjoying playing them.”

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fancied myself rather worldly and sophisticated. It seems, instead, I have lived a rather sheltered existence. For instance, I had no idea that James Bond wasn’t exclusively Ian Fleming’s creation. It seems Fleming somehow lost the movie rights to Bond. And he lost them to someone who wasn’t a handsome, urbane, former naval intelligence officer and clever author, which seems just wrong to me. But as James Bond films came along, I was oblivious to the enormous angst and drama, especially in the casting of the various Bond incarnations. Shameful, really. Perhaps I need a subscription to Variety to keep up on my Hollywood goings-on. This might give me a clue about some of the e-mail I keep getting. It has headlines like, “We lift the curtain on Martha Stewart's surprising pics,” and “You won’t believe these pics of Ellen without makeup.” Again, I am clueless. Why would l, or anyone, care what Martha Stewart looks like before she comes downstairs each day? My question is the same for Ellen Degeneris? There is some satisfaction in occasionally, seeing stunning actresses looking like the average girl next door, but neither Martha nor Ellen made their money on their looks. They could grow a wart on their noses or get acne and I don’t think their ratings would drop. But then, it’s been made clear, I do not have my hand on the pulse of the entertainment world. Much of my email spam is making me feel a bit lazy and out of touch. I refuse to take those jobs I’m being offered at Apple, Amazon and Google. I simply don’t get around to snagging all TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Necklace draws interest for opportunity drawing By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Legendary Marilyn Monroe said it best when singing, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” So how apropos it was when the idea of a diamond necklace surfaced to celebrate The Country Friends’ 60th anniversary. This longstanding nonprofit, considered a mainstay, is giving all the opportunity to win a spectacular diamond necklace donated by Rancho Santa Fe’s John Matty Company. The necklace is valued at $25,000. And people still have time to purchase tickets for the opportunity drawing. The winner will be announced at The County Friends annual Art of Fashion at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Sept. 18. Initially, Andrea Naversen, Art of Fashion Chair for 2014, thought of a “diamond” idea. “I really wanted to have a diamond for an opportunity drawing to commemorate The Country Fiends 60th anniversary,” said Naversen, adding how she mentioned the idea to Matty who has always been philanthropic. Naversen said she and Matty had a quick conversation and told her he would be in contact with her. And he was. “He got back to me

John Matty creating and donating a $25,000 to The Country Friends. Photo of the necklace is courtesy of John Matty Company.

a bit later and said, ‘I really want to do this and here is my idea,’” Naversen said. In typical John Matty fashion, the idea was spectacular. The anniversary necklace contains 60 diamonds in all. “The piece was designed in Paris and was manufactured here,” Matty said. “It seemed the appropriate thing to do for the 60th diamond anniversary for The Country Friends, who have done so much for their community — being able to give back to them was

special.” Naversen describes the necklace as a 3-strand, 18 karat white gold chain, with beveled set diamonds on the chains. “Then it has a large shield cut diamond pendant; and, that in turn is surrounded by 39 diamonds, so it truly has 60 diamonds in all,” said Naversen, noting how each diamond represents its years in existence. The center diamond is 1.51carats, and the remaining diamonds, are 1.93 carats in total on the chain and micro pave. Naversen wants people to know that The County Friends formed in 1954 by a group of philanthropic women, and to this day, continues to do important work on behalf of the San Diego County community. It reaches out to help women, children, and the elderly. “Its mission is healing San Diego one hand at a time,” she said. People were able to get a sneak preview of the necklace during the Opening Day Fashion Show and Luncheon earlier in the month. For the afternoon soiree, Naversen wore the showpiece. “Everyone thought it was absolutely gorgeous and thought it was the kind of piece that you could wear alTURN TO NECKLACE ON B11

An article on lists Encinitas number 8 on a list of top 10 snobby cities. The ranking was based on such criteria as the amount of performing arts venues, prices of homes and income of its residents. File photo

Encinitas a snobby city? Article says so By Aaron Burgin

ENCINITAS — Encinitas has been called many things, from a beach town to a surfer’s paradise. But, snobby? According to a recent article on, yes. The quirky real-estate blog named Encinitas No. 8 on its list of the “Ten Snobbiest Small Cities in America,” a list that includes such upper-crust communities like Palo Alto, Bethesda, MD, and Laguna Niguel. So, what does Encinitas have that would make it a “snob magnet?” According to the study, a ton of performing and visual arts venues, pricy homes and a population that earns a decent living. Encinitas ranked sixth among the 50 cities listed in terms of performing arts venues per capita

and 11th in terms of art galleries per capita and median home price. The household income rank was average, 32nd among the 50 cities included.

If snobby means lots of arts and a strong economy, then I’m proud of that designation.” Lisa Shaffer Councilwoman, Encinitas

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Solana Beach residents sue over housing project By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Two groups of residents representing hundreds of property owners filed a lawsuit against the city in late spring in response to council’s unanimous April 23 approval of a mixed-use affordable housing development on a city-owned parking lot in the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue. “This small parking lot is an important public access area for the beach,” Kiersten Turrell of Save Our Solana Beach Access stated in a July 29 press release. “This project would remove this access site, making it more difficult for members of the public to visit and enjoy this important natural resource. … The City Council has demonstrated no understanding about how peo-

Residents have filed a lawsuit against the city in response to the April 23 unanimous approval of a mixed-use affordable housing development

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Artists being sought out for center’s inaugural contest By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With “Images from Life” as its theme, the Del Mar Art Center’s inaugural competition is essentially giving San Diego artists a blank canvas to showcase their talents, with entry possibilities limited only by the imagination of the creators … and just a few guidelines. The contest is open to San Diego residents who are 18 and older. Original works in two or three dimensions can be submitted. Jewelry and photography are eligible but

film, videos and clothing are not. The cost is $20 per piece and all fees and entries must be received by Oct. 26. The Del Mar Art Center opened in 2000 to increase public exposure to quality art, foster an appreciation of the arts, present art events and demonstrations and provide space for local artists to exhibit their work. In May the gallery moved upstairs to the second level of the Del Mar Plaza. The nonprofit organi-

Not everyone who applies gets in.” Bob Coletti President, DMAC

zation traditionally gives back to the community by providing materials, scholarships and funding to area schools. “This time we wanted to give back to the 18 and older crowd,” said Bob Coletti, the center’s vice

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president, who suggested the art competition. The seven-member DMAC board of directors will serve as jurors. A list of winners will be posted on the center’s website by Nov. 15. Two $250 first-place awards, two $100 second-place awards and six $50 third-place awards will be granted. First-place winners will be shown in the DMAC gallery and works by all winners will be displayed in a 30-day online exhibition at dmacgallery. com. In addition to looking forward to the competition, Coletti said he is proud of the help the art center provides to local artists. Currently the center has about 36 members but it could handle a few more. “We are limited by wall space,” he said, adding that membership is available only to serious painters, artists and photographers. “Not everyone who applies gets in,” he said.”It’s not just about selling their work. They have to get involved in the community. That’s important to us.” Works by all members are displayed, with exhibits rotated about every three months. Pieces include everything from sculptures and jewelry to

Computer Man is the symbolic spokesman for the Del Mar Art Center’s inaugural art competition. He will be at the gallery in the Del Mar Plaza for the next few months, with a reception set for 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. Courtesy image

mixed media. “And we cover every price point,” Coletti said, from a $5 postcard to a $2,500 sculpture. He said one piece that was on display at the gallery sold for $10,000 about a week after the exhibit was taken down. A reception featuring Computer Man, the sym-

bolic spokesman for the contest who will send an email and talk to visitors, is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. He will remain at the gallery for the next few months. Visit dmacgallery. com for more information about Computer Man, the gallery and the art competition.

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Del Mar Council dissatisfied with draft survey By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — They try … and they try … and they try. But council members can’t get no satisfaction as they attempt to create a survey to find out how the city is doing when it comes to providing services on everything from street maintenance to managing finances. A draft citizen satisfaction survey will be revised for the sixth time after council members at the July 21 meeting deemed the seven-page, 23-question document lengthy and not likely to provide useful information. “This survey is way too long,” Mayor Lee Haydu said. “We need to go back to the drawing board and con-

dense this. I am not happy with going forward with this survey.” Councilman Don Mosier agreed. “If you try to get a survey that covers everything, each element gets diluted because you’re getting fewer and fewer people that are going to take the time to complete it.” Mosier said several questions, such as those focused on walking and biking trails and maintaining landscape medians, probably won’t garner enough responses to make a difference. He also had concerns that many taking the survey would be people who had complaints. “So when you get the results you are going to be

If you try to get a survey that covers everything, each element gets diluted...” Don Mosier Councilman, Del Mar

overrepresented by people who have problems with the city, and you’re going to get a very small number of respondents on a lot of the questions,” he said. For example, one section asks residents to rate

parking enforcement, a topic he said was inappropriate for the type of survey being conducted. “What you get when you ask that question will be people who have been ticketed in the last year saying, ‘I hate the system.’ People who haven’t been ticketed won’t answer,” he said. Mosier also questioned what the city would do with the information, especially if only 20 people respond to a particular question and only half are satisfied. “What do you do if 10 people are unhappy with a service?” he asked. Haydu said many questions ask about services most people don’t use, such as brush management and emergency medical services.

“When you design a survey you’re trying to get answers that inform policy, and to me some of these questions wouldn’t provide an answer that would inform … new directions,” Mosier said. We need to ask questions where the answer is somewhat unambiguous, he added. Because residents have not been asked to rate city services since 2006, a satisfaction survey was identified as a priority for the current fiscal year, with $15,000 budgeted for the effort. In February council members agreed to use a consultant and expected the questionnaire to be ready by May or June. But in May they decided

to spend half as much money and opted for a hybrid approach, with Probolsky Research and city staff working together to develop, administer and summarize the survey. Councilmen Terry Sinnott and Al Corti, who have been working with the team to create the questions, said they will take recommendations from their colleagues and try to make the survey shorter and more focused. However, they will add a section on law enforcement response times because that information was recently updated by the Sheriff’s Department. The revised survey will be presented at the next council meeting Sept. 2.

Torrey Pines infrastructure plan Service horse needs helping hand laid out at traffic group parley By Dave Schwab

La Jolla Today LA JOLLA — Sidewalks and view corridors will be improved and steep slopes will be stabilized as part of the first two phases of Torrey Pines Corridor improvements. That was the good news delivered by First District councilwoman and president pro-tem Sherri Lightner and city engineers to La Jollans at the Traffic & Transportation Committee’s July 24 meeting. The Torrey Pines Road Preliminary Project Plan will provide a series of innovative traffic-calming concepts, including a pedestrian-controlled, midblock crossing signal known as a HAWK beacon, in an effort to improve pedestrian access and streamline traffic flow while providing bicycle facilities and accessibility to enhance public safety. The project study area consists of the area of Torrey Pines Road between Prospect Place in the Village and La Jolla Shores Drive. The long-term, phased improvement project is broken down into four distinct segments. Segment 1 is located at Torrey Pines Road between Prospect Place to Coast Walk; Segment 2 runs from Torrey Pines Road between Coast Walk to Hillside Drive; Segment 3 is located at Torrey Pines Road between Hillside Drive to Little Street; and Segment 4 runs from Torrey Pines Road between Little Street to La Jolla Shores Drive. Lightner said the project’s first phase is completely designed and scheduled to go out to bid in August, with construction to begin most likely early next year. “This is the project to make the entire sidewalk on the north, ocean side of the road more pedestrian-friendly and to build a new sidewalk on the south

The Torrey Pines Road Preliminary Project Plan will provide a series of innovative traffic-calming concepts. Courtesy photo

side,” she said. The councilwoman said a separate project to stabilize slopes on the south side of Torrey Pines is scheduled to being construction next spring. Lightner said another goal of the first phase will be to “trim vegetation in the public right-of-way on the north side of the road as well as lowering some of the fencing to improve ocean views.” She added that “it could take years to secure” the estimated $25 to $30 million cost of the long-term improvement project.

City engineer David Lee said Torrey Pines Phase 1 improvements will include construction of curb ramps and replacement of existing, damaged sidewalks. “It will take three or four months to put the project out to bid and award it,” Lee said, adding that construction is estimated to take 85 working days. He noted that the summer and holiday work moratoriums will be observed. La Jollan Melinda TURN TO INFRASTRUCTURE ON B11

OCEANSIDE — Earlier this year, Pegasus, A 22-year old Quarter Horse at the Ivey Ranch, was diagnosed with glaucoma in his left eye. The Ivey Ranch facility, at 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive, provides interaction of disabled and able-bodied children, primarily with equestrian educational and recreational activities. Through regular visits with its veterinarian and medical management, the horse was treated with medications for relief and, hopefully, reversal. Unfortunately, after a visit to the equine opthalmologist, they found learned that the eye is shutting down and there is no hope for vision. In addition, now the same thing is happening in his right eye. Here’s the good news. Dr. Jamie Schorling, with the Eye Clinic for Animals, has agreed to perform laser surgery on the right eye to aid in controlling the glaucoma. Although there is no guarantee that this procedure will restore vision permanently, there is hope that it could. This type of laser surgery is performed on humans and dogs regularly; this will be the first equine case here on the West coast of the United States.

The Ranch hopes to raise $4,000 for the surgery Pegasus requires. Whereas some will argue that it is less expensive to buy a new horse, Ranch staff believes Pegasus has served the community faithfully and hopes that same community will now support the effort to save his eyesight. On July 27, Pegasus celebrated his fifth year with his Ivey Ranch family. Pegasus has devotedly served children and adults with special needs — including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and those who are blind, deaf, or live with paralysis. Because Pegasus is a slightly bigger horse, he has also assisted with our Horses for Heroes program — a program that provides equine assisted therapy to veterans and active-duty military personnel.

“He has provided love, lessons, and comfort to more than 250 individuals — more than 400 lessons and therapy sessions,” the release said. “If those he has served can donate $10 to $20, he can continue his life and his calling.” Donate through PayPal and at or drop a check in the mail with “Pegasus” in the memo section.



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OPA! Enjoy Greek food and traditional Greek dancing at this year’s Cardiff Greek Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 on the grounds of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Visit for more information. Courtesy photo

Council discusses parking solutions in Solana Beach By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Addressing a parking shortage along Coast Highway 101 and South Cedros Avenue, City Council directed staff at a July 16 special meeting to bring back more details on four proposed solutions that include valet service, shorter time limits for areas with high turnover, rooftop lots and a change in requirements. Council members generally agreed the first two could be implemented fairly easily, although they had some concerns. “I don’t think it should be used in exchange for required parking,” Councilman Mike Nichols said of the valet service. “This is just to provide supplemental parking for existing businesses.” His colleagues agreed and were also amenable to dedicating a few street spots for drop-off and pickup. But there were mixed feelings about using public lots for a private valet service and the city contracting with a provider.

Council members recently agreed to further study four proposed solutions to deal with a lack of parking on South Cedros Avenue and Coast Highway 101. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

through Saturday nights. “I’d like to avoid that as man Peter Zahn said. As long as business ownIf the idea goes forward, long as this private arrangement can really function in it was suggested that it start ers agree, council members an effective way,” Council- slowly, perhaps Thursday support shortening parking times to 20 minutes at a few spaces in front of stores such as UPS where customers are generally in and out quickly. “I think that this absolutely makes sense,” Mayor Tom Campbell said, adding that approval from the California Coastal Commission must be secured before moving forward. He also agreed

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prove standing balance. There is a $5 charge for each class. For more information call (858) 756-3041. GOLF FOR A CAUSE Take part in the UCP Golf Classic to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County with check-in at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at The Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad with an awards dinner after tournament play is finished. For more information call (858) 571-5365 or visit golf2014.

MARK THE CALENDAR FAMILY FUN A Backto-School Bash for Rancho Santa Fe youngsters is being held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita. Wristbands for the day are $30. The event will have pizza, snow cones, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, a bungee trampoline, THINK TROPICAL a clown, a cliffhanger slide and more. For more infor- When Tom Piergrossi mation, visit or moved to Hawaii in 2009, he left behind a much-adcall (858) 756-2461. mired San Diego garden and closed his Vista nursAUG. 8 PILLARS OF HOPE ery. Now, after 5 years on Get the early-bird price the Big Island of Hawaii, for tickets to the Pillars he is back and will speak of Hope fundraiser bene- about his new mail-orVintage fiting the Mitchell Thorp der nursery, Foundation, on Sept. 6 at Green Farms, at the San Ciello Village in Rancho Diego Horticultural SociSanta Fe. Before Aug. 15, ety meeting from 6 to 8:30 tickets are $75 at mitchell- p.m. Aug. 11 at the Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy ART AND JAZZ Make Durante Blvd. In his talk, reservations now for the Tom will draw on his new Rancho Santa Fe Commu- garden to illustrate basics nity Center Supper Club of inspired, sustainable Dinner, “Evening of Art garden design and plant and Jazz” from 5:30 to 8 combinations. He also will p.m. Aug. 23 in a private introduce some new tropRancho Santa Fe home. ical plants suited to garTickets are $75 for dinner, dens here. Former Vista gardener dessert, wine and live entertainment. Over-21 only. Tom Piergrossi, recently Reservations are need- back from Hawaii, $15 for ed by Aug. 16. Call (858) guests. 756-2461 or visit rsfcc. org/index.php/events/sup- AUG. 13 LAGOON EVENING per-club. Join a docent-led evening walk 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 AUG. 9 CARDIFF HONORS at San Elijo Lagoon. RecCANINES Cardiff 101 ommended Ages 9+. The Main Street presents Car- nature center is at 2710 diff Dog Days of Summer Manchester Ave., Encinifrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. tas. The walk starts at the 9 at Newcastle, Aberdeen Solana Beach side of the and Liverpool in Cardiff- lagoon. For more informaby-the-Sea. Live music, tion, call (760) 634-3026. beer garden, a dog contest, agility course, kid’s zone, AUG. 14 silent auction and more. HAPPY HOUR POLITICS Reservations are BEHIND THE needed by Aug. 14 for SCENES Race track vis- Happy Hour Politics, from itors can view morning 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 workouts, dine in the open- at The Crossings, 5800 The air restaurant and learn Crossings Drive, Carlsbad. behind-the-scenes racing District Attorney Bonnie insight from owner and for- Dumanis will speak on mer jockey, Jeff Bloom at Human Trafficking in San Daybreak at Del Mar from Diego. There is a $15 cash 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9 cover charge (includes and Aug. 10 at 2260 Jimmy appetizers). For more inDurante Blvd., Del Mar. formation, contact CoordiFor more information, call nator Melanie Burkholder (858) 755-1141 or visit del- at (307) 690-7814 or AUG. 11 SENIOR FITNESS Join the weekly fitness class at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center every Monday morning, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. that focuses on preventing falls and im-

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DINE FOR KOMEN The second annual Dine Out for the Cure will be held local restaurants, including Nothing Bundt Cakes, iFresco Trattoria & Bar and Broken Yolk Cafes on Aug. 14 to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation. For every dollar spent, from 25 to 50 percent of the restaurant’s profits for the day will go to Komen San Diego. For a list of participating restaurants, visit komensandiego. org/dineoutrestaurants/.

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A leader in the frontier of educational options For students who fall behind, AAS can help turn things around with our award winning credit recovery courses. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students receive credit for what they already know and supports them with dedicated teachers that will build mastery in the areas they need to complete their courses. Our credit recovery courses are available free of charge during the school year and as part of our free summer school as well. Credit recovery courses are available in all core subject areas (Math, English, Science and Social Studies and some elective areas). Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leader in the newest frontier of educational options: online learning. AAS, a leading free public charter school of choice for students in grades K-12, offers a blended (online and on site) customized learning program. Students engage in an exceptional learning experience that blends innovative online learning with critical face-to-face and lab time. At Academy of Arts and Sciences, students will be able to access a diverse range of Arts and Science electives. “We understand that students learn best when their education is tailored to

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their needs, which is why a key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection

can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before!

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St. James Academy - a Hidden Gem! SOLANA BEACH — (August 4, 2014) – St. James is a fully accredited, Catholic elementary school (Preschool-8) that has been serving the North San Diego Coastal community since 1952. Students at St. James are blessed with small class sizes and a dedicated teaching and support staff committed to providing a strong educational program that integrates spiritual, moral, academic, social, cultural and physical precepts. The Academy employs fully accredited and credentialed teachers. Students at St. James receive the benefit of many extras including music, science lab, Spanish, art, PE, computers and library. The Academy is also part of the vibrant St. James Catholic Community. For over 60 years, St. James Academy has exemplified a higher devotion to excellence. Many things have changed over the years: the building has been completely remodeled, technology is lightning quick, communication is global and access to information is immediate. What hasn’t changed is the goal to prepare students to live responsibly

The Academy employs fully accredited and credentialed teachers. and faithfully in an ever-changing world. St. James Academy learning is based on the teachings and philosophy of the Catholic Church and following Gospel values to make a difference in our world. As the challenges of contemporary life evolve, St. James Academy continuously evaluates the best processes to enable our students to meet the current and future needs of our community. The vision for St. James Academy is to enable students, educators, and our community to gain both the desire and the opportunity to practice Christ-centered action in everyday life. The school has also grown an outstanding preschool. This program’s goal for three and four year olds is to ensure that your child's first school experiences are filled with love, laughter, and learning.

We are entering our third year of our one to one iPad pilot program. The program includes fourth through eighth grade and the rest of the school shares a school set of iPads. This program is offering our students the opportunity to utilize new technologies and learning techniques in order to give them a greater advantage in their knowledge and future educational and career choices. Our Junior High program has been designed specifically to prepare our students for success in high school. They have a longer day, two days each week of block scheduling, a choice of electives and a flex period where they can get extra help from teachers, retake or makeup tests, or work on homework. Extra opportunities include athletics, music, performing arts, fine arts, Spanish and a surf club! St. James Academy is just minutes away from the beach, tucked away in a beautiful Solana Beach neighborhood, which gives us a great sense of privacy. If you live in North County, call us for a tour of this hidden gem at (858) 755-1777 or visit our website at www.



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Friends bring in the bucks from online book sales By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD —“Excellent service! Highly recommended seller!” and “Product was exactly as described — in excellent condition!” are phrases repeated over and over on The Dove Library’s eBay feedback profile. The Friends of the Carlsbad Library raised close to $50,000 selling donated books online during the last fiscal year. Nikki Robinson, the volunteer in charge of the online sales program lists and sells the books on eBay and Amazon. She uses Amazon to sell the majority of the books but if something will go for a higher price, she lists it on eBay. This past June, the library sold a signed edition of excerpts from “Visions of Cody” by Jack Kerouac for $1,500 on eBay, according to Robinson. The book was received like most donations — with no special care taken. “It was amazing that the (volunteers) found it because it was signed and dated at the back of the book on the last page, and usually if it’s signed by the author, it’s on the title page in the front,” said Robinson. She suspects it came from an estate liquidation. The eBay account, clf92009-2012, has 100 percent positive feedback, from more than 300 reviewers. The Carlsbad Library Friends Amazon account also has a good track record, with 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on over 300 reviews. The program has been running for 2 1/2 years. The first year the online sales raised about $30,000. Robinson said the $20,000 increase in sales this year was because she’s getting better at it and because more volunteer time is dedicated to the operation. About 80 volunteers spend an average of four hours a week volunteering



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Rotary reaches out For the seventh year in a row, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club helped make homeless veterans (and their dependents, and the volunteers that serve them) more comfortable and effective during the recent threeday Stand Down weekend, erected and then dismantled within one week each July.

Nikki Robinson, volunteer in charge of the online sales, works out of the Dove Library mailroom. When the program first started, she worked out of her dining room. Photo by Ellen Wright

for the library. Along with Robinson, 10 volunteers are dedicated to the online sales department. All of the proceeds go directly to the library, for technology upgrades, new books and programs like the Summer Reading Program and are received at the Dove location or the Georgina Cole Library in Carlsbad Village. The online sales team gets first pick of the donated books, unless a book is a particularly popular book in good condition. Those books go directly into circulation to save the library from buying new editions. The books not chosen by the online sales volunteers go to the Friends of the Library bookstores in each branch location. Volunteers use a scanner that is updated weekly with Amazon selling prices to determine whether or not the books will be

listed. The library receives about 8,000 books a month in donations, according to Patricia Roberts, president of Friends of the Carlsbad Library. The online sales aren’t restricted to books. The library has received close to $4,000 in revenue from selling bound magazines online, said Robinson. DVDs, CDs and games are also sold online. The volunteers don’t have time to watch each DVD for quality so they look for scratches. If there is no visual damage, than it will be sold online or in-store at the Friends of the Library. Donation bins are located on the south side of the Dove Library so people can donate at any time. The online sales program and the Friends of the Library Bookstore are reliant on donations for revenue.

Locals in tennis line-up Jennifer Kerr of Carlsbad and Tasia Mochernak of Del Mar will participate in the Girls’ 16s of the United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, running through Aug. 9 at the Barnes Tennis Center, in Point Loma. For latest updates, go to: ustagirlsnationals. com/. Beards & Brews for vets To honor area veterans, Eufora HERO for Men will host “Beards & Brews” from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 14 at the company’s Vista headquarters, 3215 Executive Ridge. Anyone who has served in the armed forces can receive complimentary haircuts, hair styling, professional shaves and beard trims. For more information, call (760) 431-9199. Surgery for Pegasus An outpouring of community support for the Ivey Ranch Park Association Equestrian Center, 110 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside, met its fundraising goal of $4,000 in just one week. The money was raised for its 22-year old Appendix Quarter Horse gelding, Pegasus, to finance surgery for glaucoma. Pegasus went into surgery July 31. The Ivey Ranch Web site,, will post his

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ENCINITAS — For one day a year for the past nine years, Cardiff-bythe-Sea goes to the dogs — literally. The Cardiff 101 Main Street group’s Cardiff Dog Days, set for August 9, is billed as the county’s largest canine-centric event. Between the six dog contests, pet adoptions and the Blessing of the Dogs (yes, the dogs are blessed by the Tibetan Meditation Center) it’s a must-do for four-legged friends, organizers said. “There’s no better set-

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Merriam Mountain plans receiving mixed reviews By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The developers behind the second iteration of a controversial North County development unveiled its plans to local residents this month — to mixed reviews. The San Diego-based Newland Corporation, the master-planned community developer behind 4-S Ranch, is proposing a 2,135unit project on 1,983 acres in the Merriam Mountain area north of San Marcos. The County Board of Supervisors, by a 3-2 vote in March 2010, rejected the previous plan, proposed by Orange County-based Stonegate Development Group, for a 2,600-unit subdivision, citing traffic, fire and density concerns. Officials with Newland said they hope to avoid some of the missteps that led to the previous proposal’s demise. “I believe that Newland’s approach to planning is distinctly different than the prior developer,” said Rita Brandin, Newland’s senior vice president and development director. The current proposal calls for 64 percent of the homes to be single-family units, with the rest being townhomes, and an 81,000-square-foot neighborhood-shopping plaza that will include a grocery store that would serve both the new community and neighboring areas such as Hidden Meadows and Twin Oaks. A combined 200 people attended the developer’s outreach meetings July 22 and July 23, at which time it provided the public of information about the proposed development and gave a preliminary timeline of its next steps. Newland anticipates submitting its specific plan amendment application in January 2015, and if everything went according to plan, the first residents could move in as early as 2021. Several people who attended the meeting that were opposed to the Stonegate plan said they see some positive changes in Newland’s proposal — including the outreach itself - but still see some critical issues with the current iteration. Tim Geiser is chairman of the Deer Springs Fire Protection District, which services the currently undeveloped land where the project is proposed. Geiser, who said he attended the meeting not representing the fire district, said he sees the major flaw of the project, much like the first one, is there is effectively one access point to the entire community - Twin Oaks Valley Road, which becomes Deer Springs Road on the eastern edge of the project. The two-lane road experiences serious congestion during rush hour as

commuters use it as a pass through to avoid traffic on state Route 78 and Interstate 15. Adding as many as 10,000 new residents, Geiser said, could be disastrous. “That is the choke point in the whole thing,” Geiser said. “If we get a big wind-driven fire, and this area hasn’t burned in 100 years so there is a lot of brush there, how do you get all of these people out in a hurry? “The bottom line is that they haven’t figured out how to get those people out of there,” Geiser said. Sandra Farrell, chairwoman of the Twin Oaks Community Sponsor Group, echoed Geiser’s concerns about the roads, but also expressed concerns about the project’s density, which would require an amendment to the county’s General Plan in order to proceed. “If we spent all this money on a general plan and we keep allowing developers to file specific plan amendments, we are going to be back in the same problem we have always been in,” Farrell said. “We won’t be able to mitigate the impacts, so why spend all of the millions of dollars to update the general plan in the first place.” Brandin acknowledged the traffic and access concerns and said it is something they are working on trying to find a solution. One thing they have done, she said, was make the access point for the entire development would be at the Deer Springs- Mesa Rock Road intersection, as close to the 15 freeway as possible. “This was done so that the access would be right by the freeway,” Brandin said. Brandin said Newland has also tried to address some of the density concerns by consolidating development on only about 380 of the total project acreage. She said 1,200 of the acreage will be public open space and the rest will be for a large firebreak. The open space would be roughly the size of Balboa Park, she said. One concern that Brandin said she doesn’t necessarily agree with is that of the general plan changes. She said the specific-plan process was created for specifically this purpose — to allow developers latitude with property and fill an important housing need for the county’s future growth. “I think the underlying very important thing to think about is when you look at the projected growth in this county, there could be an additional million people by 2050 and it is believed that 330,000 homes will be needed,” Brandin said. “We believe it is a value to go through the process of a Specific Plan amendment because we can meet a portion of the county’s longer-term needs.”

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message boards to protect the coastal community’s honor. “The snobs? They are the old money folks in La Jolla & Rancho Santa Fe,” one commenter said. “Encinitas folks will welcome ‘anyone’ with open arms.” “Snobbery is not how I would define any of our communities, or the people in them,” commenter Lorri Greene said. “We are a small beach town, and yes there are a lot of things to do. However, we have some of the most caring, giving people living here.”



most every day either with jeans or for a special occasion. This piece is very versatile,” Naversen said. While the necklace celebrates the 60th anniversary for The Country Friends, Naversen added



with Councilman David Zito that the limits must be strictly enforced. “This one will be fun,” Campbell said sarcastically as the rooftop parking discussion began. “I certainly have some concerns about this particular item. My primary concern is if we go down this road it’s really going to, I believe, change the character of some of these business districts. “I do not want to see big-box buildings built from lot line to lot line to facilitate rooftop parking,” he added. “I’m not saying I wouldn’t consider it but there would have to be a lot of safeguards.” His colleagues had the same concern. Council members Lesa Heebner and Mike Nichols said they would support it on the west side of South Cedros only. “I think it might help with the employee parking as well as patron parking,” Heebner said. As for allowing it on Coast Highway, she said, “There’s an opportunity for new buildings and I wouldn’t want to see them become large, boxy, bulky buildings that wouldn’t suit the pedestrian nature and scale.” Based on what some other cities have done, Nichols introduced the idea of allowing existing commercial buildings to convert to restaurants without requiring more parking spaces, as is the case now. “Most of the buildings were constructed before Solana Beach became a city, when the current parking standards did not exist,” Nichols said. “Today most buildings are underutilized because of the current restrictions. They prohibit a change in use from office building to restaurant because they


T he R ancho S anta F e News One city councilwoman also questioned the rationale of the study. “If snobby means lots of arts and a strong economy, then I’m proud to have that designation,” Councilwoman Lisa Shaffer said. “But I don’t equate arts and culture with snobbishness.” But, before residents pull out the pitchforks, the article’s author said, this might be one of the few times where being classified as snobby is a good thing. “The article should have been titled, ‘Best City for Snobs,’” Laura Allan said. “It was focused on things that snobs would like rather than fo-

cusing on the people in the town being jerks. And snobs appreciate the finer things, like art galleries and a good ballet.” “Encinitas in particular is not exactly a bad looking place, it is a gorgeous place,” Allan continued. “People have a lot of pride in their homes and where they live. People are happy to live there and very proud of it.” Councilman Tony Kranz said he is taking the article in stride — there’s no such thing as bad publicity, he said. “If that is how you define snobby,” he said of the article’s methodology, “Then I will take that definition any day.”

the strong symbolic message in the piece is how the nonprofit represents 60 years of service to the community. The necklace is on display at the John Matty Company located at 6016 La Granada, Rancho Santa Fe. Opportunity ticket prices are 1 for $100 or 6

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can’t add parking. This is a way of finding new life for those buildings. “Part of the character and the urban fabric and the architecture of Solana Beach … is that we have a lot of old buildings,” he said. “That charm has evolved over time and if you have … projects that come in that start to pick away at these and take them down, we’re going to end up with a streetscape … that may not look like Solana Beach. … I personally don’t want to see that happen.” Campbell said the concept is great but not without problems. “Something like this, in my mind, just pours fuel on the fire,” he said. “I would like to see more restaurants, too, but where are they going to park? “I’ve got some concerns about just making these exceptions and just creating a bigger problem than we have now,” he added. It was suggested that rooftop parking and requirement changes only be offered to a limited number of businesses. But council members and some residents questioned the legality. Resident Tracy Richmond, one of only a few people who spoke at the meeting, didn’t support any of the recommendations. “Solana Beach has to improve over time,” he said. “It has to upgrade. But boy, let’s keep it low key because that’s why we live here.” He said adding more restaurants is good in theory, but they will inevitably become bars. “Encinitas is a good example,” he said. “The vibe of the street is different. “It’s not a funky beach town anymore. It’s starting to become a party town. There’s bouncers at the doors of places. … It’s not what I want to see in Sola-

na Beach.” He said suggestions, including the valet service, wouldn’t add more parking. Nichols disagreed. “I think there’s some advantages to doing this because if a business is having a hard time parking … and they’re able to do tandem parking or things that you can’t do when people park themselves, you can increase your efficiencies in your existing lots.” Nichols and Heebner make up a council subcommittee that has been working with business and property owners, residents and other stakeholders to find solutions to parking concerns. About 40 suggestions came out of the first meeting, a brainstorming session in December where “no idea was a bad idea,” Nichols said. All ideas were discussed, some were eliminated and others were combined into the list of four that were presented to council. City staff will come back with more details on the feasibility of each item at future meetings. Heebner said they all warranted further exploration. “People are coming here to develop, and if we don’t do something that is maybe creative and a little out of the box what we’re going to see is a lot of boxes because people are going to buy these spaces, tear them down, build to the max as much as they can and provide underground parking for their parking requirements,” she said. “That’s what I don’t want to see up and down 101,” she added. “We have to do something. That’s why we’re here talking about these different ideas — so that we can maintain the fabric of our beach town, so that we can create incentives so that some of these old buildings won’t be torn down.”


Merryweather implored officials to “remove all the plastic all the way down” on fencing along Torrey Pines Road that is obscuring the public’s view of the ocean. She added the city also ought to look into creating a neighborhood pocket park on a vacant lot on the south side of Torrey Pines Road. Sherry Nooravi, who lives off Torrey Pines Road and was an early proponent of roadway improvements, thanked the city for its initial work on the project. It’s “a great first step,” she noted. Engineer Steven Bliss detailed conceptual plans for Phase 2 of Torrey Pines Roadway improvements, not yet funded, which is to include pedestrian and bicycling enhancements and installation of the cutting-edge HAWK beacon.



ple access the beach, the seasonal traffic and parking patterns on South Sierra.” According to the press release, Everett DeLano, an attorney representing the homeowners, notes there are 12 causes of action in the lawsuit, including a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act. The lawsuit also claims the city’s approval was an illegal use of taxpayer funds. DeLano states the site is on land given to the city with a deed restriction that it be used for public parking. Hitzke Development Corporation has been working with the city for about three years to build a 10-unit, mixed-use complex that would satisfy a decades-old legal requirement. Although all cities must provide affordable housing, Solana Beach has been subject to lawsuits since the 1990s after City Council took action that closed a mobile home park. Affordable housing advocates threatened litigation, claiming low-income units had been eliminated. Rather than go to trial, the city entered into what become known as the Perl settlement which, among other things, mandated the replacement of 13 affordable units. Since then three have been provided. The Hitzke proposal is a three-story complex on a 14,721-square-foot lot with three approximately


the discount coupons and fabulous deals offered by a host of retail stores and Internet sites. Same with the “free” lunches I could claim at various fast food joints. And I have thus far refrained from stocking up on the half-dozen exotic fruits that are guaranteed to effortlessly

rey Pines Road more safely. “It’s a very efficient way to handle both pedestrians and vehicles,” said Bliss, noting the beacon would be located midblock

between Amalfi and Princess streets. Bliss said other traffic-calming devices, like buffered bike lanes and stamped, painted asphalt pavement, will be utilized to help slow traffic down and alert vehiclists that they share the road with other users. Lightner said she was optimistic about the potential for receiving future San Diego Association of Governments grants for Torrey Pines improvements because elements of it promote “active transportation,” enhanced pedestrian and bicycling uses, which she noted are “very popular right now.” “We’re going to get it done,” said Lightner of the long-term transportation improvement project, though she noted it won’t be completed by the end of her term and will have to be carried on by her successor.

500-square-foot one-bedroom units, three two-bedroom townhomes that are 918 to 1,032 square feet, three three-bedroom units ranging from 1,002 to 1,232 square feet and a 1,383-square-foot four bedroom. The existing parking lot has 31 public spaces, all of which would be replaced. Hitzke will also provide the required 18 spaces for the residential component and another four for the commercial space, which is slated for office use. Residents said they are concerned the replacement spaces will be smaller and underground, making them difficult to access. They also fear the project will result in increased traffic, parking and noise issues and a loss of property values. According to the press release, the lawsuit alleges the city failed to prepare an environmental analysis or consider feasible alternatives with fewer impacts. “Local residents attempted to participate in the process in a meaningful way, but at every turn we were rebuffed,” stated Bill Gifford, president of Seascape Surf Estate Management Association, on whose behalf the lawsuit was filed. “Residents did not get proper notice of many of the meetings and the City made it very difficult to participate in the public process,” Gifford added. City Manager David Ott said city policy is “not to comment on the merits of litigation other than to say the city’s position will

be defended vigorously.” But at the April meeting, when the project was approved, City Attorney Johanna Canlas said she took “great issue with any allegations of illegality.” She said she and city staff went “above and beyond” city protocol for noticing, including hand delivering copies of the staff report to homeowners associations. “The lawsuit’s claims that this project will compromise existing beach and business parking simply are not true,” Marco Gonzalez, an attorney with Coast Law Group who is representing Hitzke, said. “There are currently 31 public parking spaces available, and when the development is completed, there will be 35. “Unfortunately, while the project was being processed, it became readily apparent the opposition was, in fact, more concerned about the affordable nature of the development than any impacts that might occur from the 10 units,” he added. “This is exactly the type of lawsuit that has caused legislators to push for CEQA reform in Sacramento,” Gonzalez said. “It’s an abuse of the law’s intent.” Tom Ryan, chairman of the Condominium Organization of South Sierra Avenue that represents other condominium associations on South Sierra, said his group has no plans to take action against the city. Seascape Sur, also headed by Gifford, withdrew from COOSSA the day after the project was approved.

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Hall will seek re-election By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD — Mayor Matt Hall announced he will be running for a second term this November. Hall has been in City Council since 1994. He replaced Claude “Bud” Lewis, who served for 24 years as mayor and was Carlsbad’s longest serving mayor. Hall announced his run on the site of what he hopes will become his legacy to Carlsbad. He aims to create a Carlsbad Linear Park beginning across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach near Palomar Airport Road. His vision is a seven-mile park for pedestrians and cyclists that runs all the

way to Encinitas. The city already has a Memorandum of Understanding with the state of California Parks Department, which is the first step in formal proceedings for the city to purchase the land. He also hopes to develop the land where the Encina Power Station sits into a public space to be enjoyed by all. NRG Energy owns the power plant, which it plans to retire and tear down after

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a new plant is built on the two projects themselves are same location. Negotiations probably about a billion dolbetween the city and NRG lars,” said Hall.

Summer equestrians continues Del Mar DEL MAR — Summer equestrian action continued at the Del Mar Equestrian Center. A Hunter-Jumper event, won by Come Monday and Tara Metzner, was held July 26. On a warm afternoon in Del Mar, a solid group of high performance hunters galloped around the grass grand prix field in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. On July 27, it was an unusual morning in Del Mar when the skies opened up with a torrential downpour early in the show day. Although classes were delayed, the footing in the Grand Prix Field was fine for the $40,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix. With a demanding course set by Argentina's Ivan Tagle, six out of 36 horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear. The only double clean, Manuel Alvarez and Manolito Directly after wrapping up the final jumper classes on Sunday of the Showpark Summer Festival, the striped poles were set aside to welcome a prestigious annual event. Decorated flower boxes, walls, rolltops and such were carefully set on the gorgeous grand prix field in preparation for the 2014 US Junior Hunter National Championship, West Coast, July 28. With three phases over two days, July 28 hosted a warm-up and a Classic Round followed by the

Under Saddle and Handy Round on July 29. The honorable judging panel included Scott Hofstetter, John Roper and Christina Schlusemeyer, all hailing from the East Coast. Overall Grand Champion as well as the Top Placing Mare Perpetual Trophy went to Café de Colombia with Ashton Alexander aboard for the ride. Illusion and Destry Spielberg were Reserve Overall Champions. Earning top scores in the 8-28 Classic Rounds, Spielberg and Illusion finished with a Classic Round total of 264, topping the Small 16-17 division. Alexander and Café de Colombia were best in the Large 16-17 division, with a pair of 88s and an 87, total of 263.

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He said the city would need to work with the business community and gain the support from voters and citizens to make the projects happen. Former Councilwoman Ann Kulchin endorsed the mayor and his vision. “We are so fortunate to have a mayor we all know and all respect,” said Kulchin. Along with the two park projects, Hall hopes to make Carlsbad more efficient. “My focus is to design and run the most high efficient public sector or governmental agency in the state, if not the country,” said Hall. As of July 25, nobody else has filed paperwork to run in the mayoral race.

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