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School board seeking member


The Covenant, covering Rancho Santa Fe with help from the Association, has kept the Ranch a unique trove of value for nearly a B1 century

By Patty McCormac


A one-time Ranch resident rejoins the fold and takes the reins of the Community Center, organizing wine tastings and events for children that harken back to her days growing up here A3


The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol uses its blog to get important bulletins out to residents faster A4 than ever



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RANCHO SANTA FE — The search is on for a new school board member for the Rancho Santa Fe School District to replace Jim Cimino, who moved to Dallas for his job as an executive with Wells Fargo Bank. Cimino, whose term ends in 2012, resigned July 29 in a letter to Lindy Delaney, school district superintendent. Delaney told the school board at its Aug. 16 special meeting there were a couple of ways to go in replacing Cimino. “You can decide to appoint a replacement or go to an election,” she said. “My recommendation is to make an appointment and save the expense of an election.” The board is looking for someone just right to fill the spot. “It’s a commitment of time, energy and passion,” Delaney said. “It’s really a big job, there is no pay. We will be looking for someone who wants to put in that type of commitment.” Those interested in filling the position should pick up a packet containing an application, instructions and a list of preliminary questions at the district office. The deadline for applications will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 29. “They can drop it off at the district office or fax it over,” Delaney said. The interviews and appointment is a very public process. Each will be interviewed at a special meeting of the board Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. The interview will consist of questions about the person and about their vision of the future of the school district. At the end of the interviews, the new school board TURN TO DISTRICT ON A11



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AUG. 26, 2011

ODD Community Center exec comes back home FILES


By Patty McCormac

Arkansas Time Machine

In McGehee, a town of 4,200 in southeastern Arkansas, AfricanAmerican student Kym Wimberly, who had finished first in her senior class, was named only “co-”valedictorian after officials at McGehee High changed the rules to avoid what one called a potential “big mess.”As a result, in an ironic twist on “affirmative action,” the highest-scoring white student was elevated to share top honors. Said Kym’s mother, “We (all) know if the tables were turned, there wouldn’t be a co-valedictorian.” In July, the girl filed a lawsuit against the school and the protocol-changing principal.

Redneck Chronicles

(1) Roy Griffith, 60, John Sanborn, 53, and Douglas Ward, 55, were arrested in Deerfield Township, Mich., in July and charged with stealing a 14foot-long stuffed alligator from a barn, dragging it away with their truck, and using it to surf in the mud (“mudbogging”). When the gator’s owner tracked down the three nearby, they denied the theft and insisted that theirs is an altogether-different 14-foot-long stuffed alligator. (Ward’s blood-alcohol reading was 0.40.) (2) When deputies in Monroe County, Tenn., arrested a woman for theft in August, they learned that one of the items stolen was a 150-year-old Vatican-certified holy relic based on the Veil of Veronica (supposedly used to wipe Jesus’ face before the crucifixion). The painting had been stolen from the closet of a trailer home on a back road in the Tennessee mountains, where a local named “Frosty,” age 73, had kept it for 20 years with no idea of its significance.

Government in Action!

• Of the 1,500 judges who referee disputes as to whether someone qualifies for Social Security disability benefits, David Daugherty of West Virginia is the current soft-touch champion, finding for the claimant about 99 percent of the time (compared to judges’ overall rate of 60 percent). As The Wall Street Journal reported in May, Daugherty decided many of the cases without hearings or with the briefest of questioning, including batches of cases brought by the same lawyer. He criticized his less lenient colleagues, who “act like it’s their own damn money we’re giving away.” (A week after the Journal report, Judge Daugherty was placed on leave, pending an investigation.) • Gee, What Do We Do With All This Stimulus Money? The Omaha (Neb.) TURN TO ODD FILES ON A11

RANCHO SANTA FE — To Erin Weidner, her new job as the executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is the icing on the cake of coming home. “I grew up here,” Weidner said. “My girlfriends and I would ride our horses down to Ashley’s (grocery

By Patty McCormac


his is where I want to spend the next 50 years.” — Erin Weidner EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

store) and buy candy. I was 10 or 11. We won all the reading contests because we would sit out on the lawn between the library and the post office reading books.” Some 40 years ago when the community center was called Rancho Youth,Weidner said there was a wood shop. There were arts, crafts and games. They put on musicals and she learned to surf. She went to Rancho Santa Fe School when R. Roger Rowe was her principal and she graduated from Torrey Pines High School. When Executive Director Erin Leahy decided to leave the community center and return to school for her masters degree, the board decided who better to take the reins than someone who had taken part in the programs when it was still called Rancho Youth. It was Leahy who was the first to recognize Weidner would be perfect for the job and encouraged her to apply. “It’s (the job) a wonderful fit,” Weidner said. “It’s a well run organization with a wonderful staff.” She moved back to Rancho Santa Fe 1 1/2 years ago and is thrilled to be back.

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“This is where I want to spend the next 50 years,” she said. Weidner says her first goal, as executive director is to widen the base of membership. She said the programs for kids are vibrant and affective, but it is time to offer some more activities for teens and adults. She has already organized the wine tasting event for adults called Soiree de vin which have been well attended. She got the idea from an event she founded in Park City, Utah, where she lived after graduating from BYU. She married and had a family, but because her youngest son was born with Spina Bifida, she became involved with him in adaptive sports. To raise money for his programs, she founded a wine

and food weekend named Red, White and Snow. The event is so successful that each of its eight years in existence has raised about $750,000 in one weekend. “It’s a special weekend and my way of paying it forward because of what they have done for my son,” she said. She has other ideas for bringing the Rancho Santa Fe community together such as putting together walking or running groups. She is working on an event called Ranch Generations, which asks everyone to bring another from another generation, which would bring all different ages to the program. She said there is interest in day trips for grown ups as well. The possibilities are unlimited she said. For teens, she is forming

a leadership group and plans to hand the activities over to them to plan, such as theme dances, picnics and fundraisers. “They can have good, clean wholesome fun,” she said. She is reaching out to other clubs, groups and organizations in the community. “In this challenging economy, we need each other more,” she said. Weidner said she wants a little known fact to become common knowledge. Anyone in the 92067 and 92091 can join the community center. They do not have to live within the Covenant. To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, contact Weidner at eweidner@rsfcc.org or call (858) 756-2461

Muffy Walker is nominee for volunteer of the year By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Time is running out to vote for Muffy Walker to be Volunteer of the Year for her work with the International Bipolar Foundation (IBF). Walker is the founder of IBF. Nominated by her peers for the CLASSY Awards, which is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, Walker is listed among the 25 finalists out of more than 2,000 nominations submitted on behalf organizations, businesses and individuals. She has had to undergo several rounds of elimination and the competition is down to the public vote portion of the contest. If she wins, she will be given about $10,000 for her charity. “We are also up for the most creative fundraiser by a nonprofit,” she said. That fundraiser is a fullon game show held at the Inn

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at Rancho Santa Fe. Contestants have clickers and answer questions on screen. Walker, a 16-year Rancho Santa Fe resident, said she works 6 to 8 hours a day for the foundation, since founding it five years ago with three other women whose children have the disorder. “We have a three part mission to eliminate bipolar disorder through advancing research, promoting care and support services and erasing the stigma associated with it through public education,” she said. “I spend a lot of my time looking for grants, getting together a lecture series of famous authors and bloggers across the world. We’re coming out with a book on healthy living with bipolar disorder,” she said. “We have an international presence reaching out to other bipolar organizations across the world.”

Walker is also a consultant to movies to make sure that mental disorders are accurately p o r t raye d on screen. She most recently consulted on the movie “The B l a c k Swan.” Much MUFFY WALKER of her work, all volunteer, is concentrated on raising money for research and helping run support groups for parents with bipolar kids, putting together an annual mental health fair, a free lecture series. “We have a lot of big name speakers like Margaret Trudeau, Glen Close and coming up in October, Patrick Kennedy,” she said. Trudeau, former first lady of Canada, and Kennedy both suffer with the disorder.

Close’s sister is afflicted. When Walker first found out her son Court Reed had bipolar disorder at age 4, there was not much advice about what to do and where to turn. Even though Walker is a specialist in psychiatric nursing and her husband a medical doctor and a Ph.D, they found it hard. “We found navigating the system was pretty difficult,” she said. They decided since there are all kinds of resources, it was important to bring them to the surface for other parents with children with the disorder. Court, now 17, is doing well and attending a special school, she said. Those wishing to vote for Walker can do so from now until Aug. 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit s t a y c l a s s y. o r g / c l a s s y awards/voting and vote (once) for Walker.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Once a month a group of thinkers meets at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to discuss world issues. These 12 are members of Great Decisions, an organization that has been around since 1954 with branches all over the country. These conversations come to conclusions that are recorded and sent to the Foreign Policy Association. From there they become public opinion that are hopefully noted by national and world leaders. “This is the country’s longest standing global affairs education program. There are over 1,000 branches in the United States,” said Holly Wilson, of Rancho Santa Fe, and one of the founders of the local branch. She and Sally O’Hare had each belonged to the organization in other states and decided to get one going locally. “She gets the credit for getting the ball rolling 10 years ago,” Wilson said. The Foreign Policy Association provides materials used by discussion groups to reach informed opinions on the issues and participate in the foreign policy process, she said. Great Decisions is based on writings of experts in the field of foreign policy from all over the world like professors at major universities, the Brookings Institute, think tanks and the like. “We have eight issues to cover during the year, what is going on in the world. Each writer has several different points of view and gives you different ways to look at the issue,” she said. “It (Great Decision) is nonpartisan, but the issues are sometimes controversial and complex.” The discussion is intended to be thoughtful and bring people together to express their ideas and opinions and learn from others. It is not an organization for people who want to get into heated back-andforth arguments. It is more for the intellectual. “You want to learn. You want to discuss. You have an open mind,” she said. “There is no arguing. It is a safe environment where people give ideas and opinions and everything is welcome. There is never a hint of confrontation. “At the end of each session there is a ballot. We send in our opinions on what our government should be doing,” she said. Upcoming topics include proliferation of nuclear weapons, global TURN TO THINKERS ON A15



DR. GOTT Second Opinion

Special diets not a magic panacea Dear Dr. Gott: My 30year-old son is a hypochondriac — healthy and strong, but always taking a special supplement or treatment for something. He recently went on a candida diet just when there was a series of family events and a lot of meals out of the home. He just wanted his candida foods. It was so uncomfortable for the hostesses and restaurants we visited. Is this something to be concerned about? Dear Reader: Candida diets are designed to focus on healing yeast infections from the inside out, strengthen the immune system and eliminate Candida albicans overgrowth from one’s system. This diet recognizes that some symptoms of yeast infection can be cleared rather quickly, while the process of eliminating all Candida albicans TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A15

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AUG. 26, 2011

Blog created to better alert community community CALENDAR By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — If you have not yet checked in on the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol blogspot, now would be a good time to do so. The blogspot, created by Matt Wellhouser, the chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, is filled with up-to-date local crime information and links to other law enforcement agencies that oversee the community. The blogspot is the perfect place in which to give details of breaking news to the community in a hurry since there is no reverse 911 system in place yet. It’s also faster to alert people than a newspaper is. Wellhouser used the example of the numerous mountain lion sightings in the area during the past year, which was added to the page. “(Mountain lions) have a range of 100 miles, so putting the information on the blogspot was easier than going door-to-door,” he said. Also recently he was able to put out the word that thieves were stealing back flow prevention devices near water meters that can be sold to unscrupulous metal recyclers for their value in brass and copper. And the crime log on the

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left side of the page can keep residents up to date on what is happening in their own neighborhoods. Wellhouser launched his blogspot on Nov. 19, 2010. Already a writer, Wellhouser writes magazine articles about his hobby collecting and making military miniatures. “I write the newsletter for Rotary and of course I write a lot here at work, so I write a lot,” he said. “I thought it would be an easy way to put up a web page that members could look at and get crime information, any kind of alerts or links to help them with reporting crimes or getting information on crimes

or how to be proactive in preventing crime.” He said it was his daughter, Christina, who works in public relations, who suggested he start a blogspot for the patrol. “My daughter is very talented in social media and she suggested the idea of a blogspot. In her industry they use Twitter, Facebook and you name it. We are not quite that far yet,” he said. “We were talking about things in general when I realized building a webpage is onerous for a lot of folks, but it is easy to do with the right software,” he said. “I realized it was something that would be easy and

effective and we could update it. I don’t have to be at my desk to update it. If there is important news I can update it. The crime log on the left side of the page is usually up to date and pretty accurate,” he said. He said there are also links on the blogspot to contact the patrol office, the sheriff’s office and the CHP. Wellhouser said the link to the sheriff’s office could offer access to a lot of information such as safety tips, sex offender maps, press releases, crime mapping and information about what to do if someone is using your credit card without permission. The CHP link and help people get around traffic and much more. There are other links people can use day-to-day to which they can be referred when they call the patrol office to ask what to do about something like how to request patrol checks on their homes while on vacation. “If people are interested, they can check this once a week by typing in their browser Rancho Santa Fe Patrol blogspot,” he said. The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol blogspot may be found at rsfpatrol.blogspot.com.

Wunderkind to play violin concert at benefit RANCHO SANTA FE – Critically acclaimed Juilliard violin virtuoso, Jourdan Urbach, will play a solo concert presented by the World of Children Award and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation Sept. 10 at the home of World of Children Award cofounders, Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz. The 19-year-old Urbach has played four sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and will share a world premiere composition during his one hour concert.

In 2010, Urbach was honored with the prestigious World of Children Youth Award for his work for children through the organization he founded, Children Helping Children/Concerts for a Cure, which has raised $4.8 million to date to fight neurological disease and create groundbreaking pediatric hospital programs in music therapy. While performing in hospitals at the age of seven, Urbach discovered that music could stimulate the brain and spark healing in children with neu-

rological problems. After seeing a previously unresponsive child react to his music, Jourdan decided to dedicate his life to sharing the power of medicine and music to help heal. “The Rancho Santa Fe community has been so inspired by young philanthropist Craig Kielburger, who visited with us and was also a World of Children Award Honoree,” said Christy Wilson, executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. “Jourdan Urbach

is another young amazing World of Children Honoree who is using his talents as a major force to change the world for children in need and we are truly honored to welcome him into our community.” Rancho Santa Fe residents are welcome to attend this exclusive concert and reception and to learn more about the nonprofit organization serving vulnerable children world-wide. For more information, contact the World of Children Award Office at (925) 3996410, or e-mail contact@worldofchildren.org. Seating is limited; early RSVPs are encouraged.

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ON YOUR TOES Register now for teen/adult ballet classes for ages 14 and older starting Sept. 7 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Level I is Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit EncinitasRecReg.com or call (760) 943-2260. EWASTE


The Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside has partnered with All Green Electronics to offer an eWaste recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at its Townsite location, 401 Country Club Lane. For further questions, call Amy Caillouette at (760) 433-8920 or visit BGCOceanside.org. Bring computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, MP3 players, ink & toner cartridges, printers, microwaves, cables & wires, laptops and all electronics. FASHION SHOW The fourth annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 at Bliss 101, 687 S. Coast Highway 101. E-mail Carris Rhodes at CRhodes@encinitas101.com with any questions. FIGHT CANCER Join the American Cancer Society in Relay For Life from 9 a.m. Aug. 27 through to 9 a.m. Aug. 28 at the San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. ALOHA KIWANIS The Greater Encinitas Kiwanis Club will host a fundraiser luau from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge 1393 Windsor Road, Cardiffby-the-Sea. Enjoy a buffet dinner, drinks, and a silent auction, raffle, costume contest and Polynesian dancers. Cost is $35 per ticket. For more information, e-mail bob_chase@att.net. WAGS TO RICHES Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the second annual Wags to Riches Rummage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 in The Pavilion, 6461 El Apajo Road. Offering clothes, furniture, antiques and collectables, proceeds benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center programs. For more information, call (858) 756-4117 or visit animalcenter.org.

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Kids Korps USA, Polo For A Purpose, will be held Aug. 28, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the San Diego Polo Club, 14555 El Camino Real, Rancho Santa Fe. This event includes a live and silent auction, and halftime fashion show. Tickets are $20 or $75 VIP tickets (with reserve seats, lunch and TURN TO CALENDAR ON A11

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The Wall Street Journal ranked Laura Barry #41 in the United States in the “Top 100 Agents by Sales Volume” in 2009. Laura ranked #1 in all of San Diego County in 2009, as she has in previous years, based on the Journal’s rankings of the “Top 100 Agents”. Note: The Journal’s rankings for 2010 will be published later this year. In recent years, in support of their community, Laura, Catherine, and Jason Barry have donated $130,000 to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

If either you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling, please contact Laura by phone at (858)756-2266, email at laura@barryestates.com, or by fax at (858)756-9429. She appreciates your business, and so does Barry Estates. The information herein is deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be verified.



U.S. needs more women in sciences It’s already back-to-school time for many kids. As they again stuff their hefty backpacks, here’s what won’t be in enough of them: science, technology, engineering and math books. Girls, especially, will not be weighted down by those texts, and that's a problem for those girls and for the country. To compete in the world economy and preserve the lifestyle Americans expect, the nation needs innovative and scientifically savvy workers. And if girls want their paychecks to come close to those of the boys in their classrooms, they need to study those so-called STEM subjects. Early this month, the Commerce Department issued a report showing that women who work in fields such as computer science and engineering have more employment security and higher incomes — 33 percent higher — than women in other jobs. In STEM jobs, the gender pay gap shrinks markedly; women make almost as much as men do. But, even though a majority of college graduates are women and they’re almost half of the workforce, women

COKIE ROBERTS AND STEVEN V. ROBERTS hold only about a quarter of the positions in these lucrative fields. That number has stayed steady over the last 10 years, even as educated women have marched into the workplace in greater numbers. It’s not just that women aren’t in the jobs — they aren’t taking the courses that lead to the jobs. According to the Commerce Department: “Women hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering.” That helps explain why this country is facing a critical shortage of engineering graduates, especially when compared to the numbers that universities in China and India are turning out. “This education disparity,” Intel CEO Paul Otellini recently wrote, “threatens to slow our economic recovery, stunts our long-term competitiveness and leaves technology firms in a

skills crisis.” Intel is working with other corporations and the Obama administration to try to boost the number of teachers in STEM fields. Upward of a quarter of a million more will be needed by 2015 in secondary schools alone, and they need to be teachers who can find ways to engage girls. Too often girls, who enjoy science and math in elementary school in equal numbers to boys, are turned off in middle school and have checked out by high school, where five times as many boys as girls say they want to major in engineering. Some extracurricular organizations are trying to fill in where the schools fail. The Girl Scouts, for example, don’t just train cookie entrepreneurs. The scouts also participate in scientific fun, from Lego Leagues to programs sponsored by Lockheed Martin and NASA aimed at inspiring girls to study STEM subjects. That’s something astronaut and physicist Sally Ride has also been trying to do through her TURN TO WOMEN IN SCIENCE ON A14

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AUG. 26, 2011

In politics, passion can win a lot of the time By David M. Shribman SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

COLEBROOK, N.H. — It is in the nature of politics and of New Hampshire that things should heat up just as they cool down. Now the days are shorter, the evenings cooler, especially here in what is known as the Great North Woods. But the stakes are growing, the debates becoming hotter.There’s a new wrangler in the race, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, and he’s the talk of many of the towns — the great hope for some, the great worry for others. If you’re just an observer, you can conclude that in the great scheme of things he is a great American character one way or the other. Already he has fulfilled every fear and hope, widening the definition of treason, thinking out loud about the fault lines in the global-climate debate, crowding others off the stage and, with the help of Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, out of the Republican race. It remains to be seen whether this political cycle will be the GOP’s to claim, but right now the Republicans are dominating the conversation. They have the passion and the sense of purpose. This summer their creed is ripped straight from Bismarck: “If there is to be a revolution, we would rather make it than suffer it.” The miracle of the season isn’t that the Republicans are making a revolution, but that President Barack Obama is in the role of defender of the old order. How the president went from the leader of the crowd outside the Bastille to the personification of the ancien regime is one of the great mysteries of the age. Indeed, his determination, offered last week, to try to recapture the offensive with a September speech only underlines the urgency that is gripping the Obama camp. So even though all the talk right now is of Perry and Bachmann (and let’s not forget former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, still the putative front-runner),the election is and always will be about Obama. He’s not doing well by any reasonable and conventional measure — and that’s without considering the peculiar challenge he faces due to the erosion of electoral votes in states he took in 2008 but which, because of population changes, would provide a smaller payout in 2012. Presidents have limped toward re-election fights before and pre-

vailed. Harry Truman did that in 1948 against greater odds than Obama faced. The better example might be the Obama hero, Abraham Lincoln, who was no sure bet for re-election in 1864, with the Civil War still grinding on, vital questions about slavery still unresolved, and a former general running as a peace candidate for the Democrats. But many embattled presidents don’t make it to that second term. Two recent examples are telling.The one that makes Democrats cringe is Jimmy Carter, who lost to Reagan in 1980 in an economic environment (deficits every year, frightening energy prices, high unemployment) that is arguably less severe than the one Obama presides over. The one that gives Democrats pause is George H.W. Bush, who was defeated by Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas as the deficit soared. Obama faces another challenge, perhaps the most ironic one of all. Since the Reagan years, passion has become an important element of American politics. Obama was passionate in the 2008 campaign, and anyone who was in a room or hall with him was rendered passionate by his performance. As president he has shown grace and intelligence, but he’s leaned toward the precise and away from the passionate, and it’s a strain to recall even a sentence he has uttered in the White House that can match Oscar Wilde’s goal of having “struck one chord to reach the ear of God.” That’s why the ear of politicos twitched with fascination when, just the other day, Perry said, “I get a little bit passionate,” adding, “I think you want a president who is passionate about America — that’s in love with America.” Ironically, the Perry offensive has pushed Romney into the space that is also occupied by Obama: the cool operator acceptable to the old guard and to the very big money mandarins who are the personification of tea party resentments. Romney is no paladin of passion either — his best line from 2008 was when he playfully quoted his wife as saying that he wasn’t in her wildest dreams — and that could be a problem, both in his political profile and in his performance here and in Iowa. The question this year, not only for Romney but for Obama as well, is whether money can buy you love. And whether passion counts.

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Taste of Wine The downtown San Diego night time scene grew up exponentially when real estate developer Howard Berkson, a Chicago businessman, who grew up with first class dinner show operations, decided to open Anthology. “There’s a demographic niche in this town that wants a first class experience in food, wine and music,” he said. “That’s what we provide with our renowned chef, Todd Allison and his farmfresh menu, and three levels of unobstructed views of top musical acts, six nights a week, with two shows nightly.” The digital sound system is among the best I have heard. There are two bars and lounges for those who want just a cocktail or glass of wine. Many intimate booths and 300 seats for dining provide for the comfort of diners. From unplugged solos to large bands, there is always an exciting array of local and national artists, playing blues, jazz, pop, classic rock and Latin. On the night I was reviewing Anthology, their band featured vocalist Rebecca Jade, a sultry,

smooth jazz singer whose emotional style and resume of San Diego appearances commands attention. Her debut CD is now out. Check it out at thejadeelement.com. The menu of food and wines is second to none downtown. This night, chef chose a grilled lamb chop as the appetizer. Roasted cauliflower, herbed spaetzle and a tzatziki sauce supported it. An Asian pear and wild arugula salad followed, laced with blue cheese, cranberry and pistachio pesto. The main course was a roasted garlic-crusted tenderloin of beef, with grilled new potatoes, asparagus tips, with a black pepper bordelaise sauce. I left it up to the table manager for a wine choice and he came up with a 2007 KINGS OF POP !"##$%&'($)*+&,"%"-$+&.($&/%.(0)0-1&23**$#&4)35 Leal Meritage, perfectly bal- "%6&7066&/))8+0%&8+&$9$:3.8;$&:($<= Courtesy photo anced with 60 percent Cabernet, 23 percent Merlot, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 percent Cab Franc and 6 5:30 p.m. Find out more at percent Malbec ($50). (619) 595-0300 or visit Big time talent loves to AnthologySD.com. play this intimate venue, so reminiscent of the ‘40s and Wine Bytes ‘50s supper club scene in L.A., — San Diego Wine New York and Chicago. Company is planning a The 13,000-square-foot German Wine Tasting Aug. 27 restaurant club extends verti- from 11 to 4:30 p.m. $10. cally to three levels, including Call (858) 586-WINE. a mezzanine and VIP Dining — Grape Stomp 2011 at Room. On the upper level Orfila Winery in Escondido is there are indoor/outdoor Aug. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. $85 spaces including a Fireside admission includes wine tastLounge, outdoor Bayside ing with appetizers, dinner Balcony and a private dining buffet, grape stomping, and music by Java Sounds, tractor SIREN /%.(0)0-1>+&+3).#1&?(03+$@ room. Reservations are strongly rides and more. For details, ;0:")8+.& 8+& A$5$::"& B"6$C& " +,00.(&:0,*"%80%&<0#&68%%$#&:)35 recommended. Anthology is call (760) 738-6500, ext. 22. *".#0%+= Courtesy photo closed on Monday and open — Bacchus Wine Bar and

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La Jolla Symphony Chorus looking for local vocal gems By Tony Cagala

LA JOLLA — Every year the La Jolla Symphony Chorus holds open auditions for new singers, and every year there’s somebody who surprises, said David Chase, choral director. “But, mostly, the auditions are about finding the vocal gems that are hidden in our county,” he said. What he’s looking for in the auditions is that quality of voice, Chase explained. “We’re not only looking for trained voices but also for good natural voices that sound good in the ensemble.” A good ear is also crucial for singers, he added, saying that each singer must be able to read music because of the amount and difficulty of the material the chorus covers. Chase is also looking for any previous experience in musical ensembles the singer may have had. Having that all-around musical ability is what gives Chase the reason to call his chorus a “smart chorus.” “I often claim that we have the highest IQ in the choral business,” he said. “It’s hyperbole, of course, but it’s based in fact: We are blessed with a membership that includes students and faculty from a highly distinguished

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Chase explained. “But this season will be a bit different than most. Our concert dates, in general, are less regularly spaced, and the preparation of Britten’s ‘Spring Symphony’ is so important because it will be performed both in La Jolla and in New York,” he said. The New York performance will take place at Carnegie Hall in which they expect to be performing with a large chorus of 150 singers, which will include chorus

alumni from the past 37 years, Chase explained. In addition to performing a unique concert at the Museum of Natural History, the chorus will also perform a special concert at the St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Sept.11 attacks. Once the singer is notified that they have made the choir, it’s all about the focus on music-making, Chase explained. To bring out the best in each of his singers he strives to create a balance of hard work with good-natured fun that keeps them moving towards their musical goal. “People really need to sing and to be part of the creative process. My job is to keep them focused, but to respect their intelligence — not to badger them. It’s simply amazing how hard this group works! “Personality is very important,” Chase said. “It’s

not that everyone has to have some Pollyanna attitude, but I observe that singers with certain negative attitudes often disappear from our ranks. It’s a matter of ‘birds of the feather.’ And finding those positive people is important to me.” While not everyone may be suited to sing with choir, Chase believes there is room in the choral world for every level of singer, and he said that everybody should sing. “It’s a natural expression for every person, from singing lullabies to your baby to studying opera. “We also have members who are very active in nonsinging aspects of our group — they serve on the board or organize our social activities. Those individuals become very important to us. What I’m talking about here is the nature of the community that we’ve created.” Imagination becomes part of the music process, too, Chase explained.

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“Over the years, we’ve done a lot of music that is not the standard repertoire and calls for singers to go outside the ‘comfort zone’ of the singing that they are most used to,” he said, which is something that distinguishes the La Jolla Symphony Chorus from others. “Over that time, I’ve observed that a lot of individuals have learned to ‘go with it,’ rather than complain (or indeed drop out!), and they end up enjoying the process very much. I think that ‘imagination’ is a large part of that phenomenon, and that folks learn to expand their imagination as part of our process.” The auditions will be held at the UCSD Conrad Prebys Music Center Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A second audition will be held Sept. 10. To schedule an audition, e-mail chorus manager Mea Daum at chorus@lajollasymphony.com. For more information, visit lajollasymphony.com.

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the telecast, explained color analyst Mark “Mudcat” Grant. It’s something that comes from being on the same wavelength with Tom and Ed, he added. “That’s one of the luxuries I have. I’ll say (to Tom) ‘Hey, see those people down there?’ or (Tom) will say, ‘Hey, ‘Mud’ I’ve got these guys wearing funny hats…’ so it’s a two-way street.” Grant, serving his 15th season as an announcer, said his main objective is to inform the fans with something new every day and to keep them glued to the set whether the game’s a blowout or a pitchers’ duel. “Being a Padre announcer… I want to make the fans feel like they are actually part of our telecast,” Grant said. “That’s an important part of our telecast and I think that’s what makes people like what we do.” As a former pitcher, Grant brings a viewpoint to the game that most other position players-turned-coloranalysts don’t bring, which is a detail to the initiator of action, the pitcher. “Ninety percent of the game is pitching,” Grant said. “Although, I’ve learned through the years, like from Tony (Gwynn)


camps for kids and science academies for teachers. Ride is fighting what she says is the message sent by society: “Girls think science and engineering are not for them, and, of course, we know that's not the case.” Sally Ride is the product of the nation’s last great scientific push: the space program. It took the Cold War and the 1957 Soviet Sputnik launch to energize action then. The next year, Congress ponied up a billion dollars — a whole lot of money in 1958 -- for science and math teaching at all levels of education. And when TV cameras started showing men in cool space

about hitting, I’ve tried to soak up as much information from hitting coaches on hitting so I can bring that across on the telecast, and I’m still learning pitching nuggets…everyday talking with pitching coaches like Darren Balsley.” Working with Dick Enberg is great, too, Grant said. “For me, it’s a treat because I grew up listening to him doing all of the big games. He’s got a tremendous sense of humor, which I thought was very refreshing. He’s a stickler for a lot of details, he knows exactly what he wants to do and he wants it done right, which is great. It’s a great asset to have…if you’re going to do something, do it right.” It took Grant and playby-play announcer Mark Neely a couple of months to develop their working chemistry; Neely joked that they’re still working on, in fact. Becoming an announcer is something that Neely’s always wanted to do — after learning that he wasn’t going to play in the big leagues. He spent a lot of time announcing minor league games where he learned to develop and hone his natural style of broadcasting. “Myself, like a lot of different people in the business, usually you gravitate to a

sound of somebody you grew up listening to, for me it was Jack Buck in St. Louis, but then after a while you realize you can’t be an imitator, you have to be yourself.” He’s formed his style into a self-described laid-back one. He doesn’t have a catchphrase or homerun call, something that just isn’t his style. “I didn’t feel a catch-phrase was something I needed to do, and maybe to my detriment.” What he does have is a good sense of the game and when to rev up the excitement levels, though he’s cautious not to show too much excitement too early on in the season. The inflection, the intensity of the call, depends on where we are in the game, where we are in the season, Neely said. “A game-winning homer in the last day of the season to send you to the playoffs is going to sound different than a game-winning homer in game five of the season.” Barnes said they are all fans of the game, too. “We want to enjoy what we’re seeing just like the viewer at home does, and we hope that comes through in our shows.”

suits rocketing into orbit, kids signed up for science courses. It took awhile for women to horn in on the act. More than 20 years elapsed between Alan Shepard blasting into space as the first American and Sally Ride stepping into the shuttle as the first U.S. woman to soar above us. But women occupy a different place in America today. Not only are more than half our college graduates female, close to twothirds of our graduate students are women. We can’t prosper as a country if those students have heard “science and engineering are not for them.” And if you question whether they still hear that message in the 21st centu-

ry, you just have to remember that Larry Summers, when he was president of Harvard, glibly declared in 2005 that “issues of intrinsic aptitude” separated men and women in the hard sciences. If Intel and other technology companies want more American engineers, they’re going to have to tackle that blatant bias. It harms not only the women who are missing out on the higher pay and greater job security they would find in scientific and technological fields. It also harms America.

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disability pay despite relentless efforts of the department to fire him. He had retired in 2004 on disability, but was ordered back to work when investigators found him doing physical work inconsistent with “disability.” However, Seiferheld could not return to work because he repeatedly failed drug screening (for cocaine). Meanwhile, his appeal of the disability denial went to the state Court of Appeals, which found a procedural error and ordered that Seiferheld’s “disability” benefits continue (even though the city has proven both that he is physically able and a substance-abuser). • Unclear on the Concept:


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governance and the volatile region of the Caucasus, on the border of Europe and Asia. Already discussed and timely is what can be seen globally as the weakening of U.S. influence. Wilson said the point of the discussion group is to get



AUG. 26, 2011 In April, Robert Williams conscientiously completed his San Diego police officers’ application, answering truthfully, he said, questions 172 (yes, he had had sexual contact with a child) and 175 (yes,he had “viewed or transacted” child pornography). Three weeks later, the police had not only rejected his application but arrested him. Williams’ wife, Sunem, said the police department has “integrity” problems because “telling the truth during the hiring process brings prosecution. ...”


News of the Weird has reported on life-sized, anatomically correct dolls manufactured in fine detail with human features (e.g., the “Real Doll,” as one brand is called), which

are as different from the plastic inflatable dolls sold in adult stores as fine whiskey is to $2-abottle rotgut. An early progenitor of the dolls, according to new research by Briton Graeme Donald, was Adolf Hitler, who was worried that he was losing more soldiers to venereal disease than to battlefield injuries, and ordered his police chief, Heinrich Himmler, to oversee development of a meticulously made doll with blonde hair and blue eyes. (However, according to Donald, the project was stopped in 1942 and all the research lost in the Allies’ bombing of Dresden, Germany.) Among those who had heard of Hitler’s earlier interest, according to Donald, were the creators of what later became the Barbie doll.

being wary of plans that offer a miracle and are too good to be true because they really are. There are six- and sevenstep programs, some for women and others for men. Some come with lifetime updates; others are reported to contain faulty information. I recommend that your son eat healthful, balanced meals, exercise, get adequate

rest, and forget this so-called cure. If he truly is a hypochondriac, he may benefit from counseling.

people thinking and learning about what goes on in the world far away from their own. “The really important thing is to really invigorate our democracy and for citizens to know about world affairs, she said. “In schools they rarely teach civics. We are not bringing up citizens who will become involved in

our government. They don’t know and so they don’t care.” She said she would also be glad to help people start their own chapter of the organization. It is for anyone interested in expanding his or her knowledge of international relations. To learn more, contact Wilson at hollywilsonmail@gmail.com.

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

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For those going back to class — my sympathies I’m not sure who gets more of my sympathy on the first day of school — the new kindergarteners or the kindergarten teachers. The teachers get applause all-around for even taking on that wideeyed bunch of new recruits, but the little guys are taking a big step into a new world filled with the longest list of rules they have ever seen. One minute it’s summer and their biggest challenge has been getting the sand off their feet. The next thing they know, a grown-up they do not know is insisting that they wash their hands, sit in a special spot, sit when asked and sit still. They have to line up, walk this way, go to assemblies, find the lunch area, explore a new playground, stop talking, talk when asked, make new friends, keep their hands to themselves, put things away and get their own zippers zipped. Gee whiz. Some survived nicely, like the grandson of a friend, who, when asked what he had learned the first day, replied “Math and science.” “Like what?” mom said. “Oh, you know. The usual,” the future astrophysicist replied. I go out of my way to eavesdrop on the kindergarten teachers that first day, knowing I will collect a handful of hilarious gems. The first chuckle came during the assessment tests given to see what each child knows. The teacher was showing little Johnny shapes and asking if he knew what their names were. He put down an oval. Johnny stared at it pensively for a minute, refused any hints and then pronounced with certainty, “It’s a rectagon!” Keeping a straight face, the teacher said no, it was an oval, to which Johnny queried, “Well, then what’s a rectagon look TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B12

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RANCHO SANTA FE — In the early 1920s, Rancho Santa Fe was promoted as a place with all the urban conveniences, plus rural freedom, rich in romantic heritage of Spain, with room to grow families and orchards of fruit, with protective restrictions on architecture and landscaping as in the most exclusive metropolitan neighborhoods. About 80 years later, nothing much has changed. That is one of the reasons this rural little enclave in the middle of civilization is so unique. The founders who drafted its Protective Covenant intended to protect property owners’ investments and preserve the rural atmosphere of the area. It still works. “I believe that people understand the rules apply to everyone. I believe it is fair and we treat everyone the same,” said Peter Smith, Association manager.“We stick to the rules.

We’ve been at it a long time. I believe we are the oldest HOA still operating in the state.” The history of the housing development began after the Rancho Santa Fe Rail Road Company planted acres of eucalyptus trees for railroad ties and learning too late the wood was too soft. Undaunted, the company turned the property in estate ranches, each with its own deed restrictions. In 1927 when the idea of homeowner association began to become into focus, the way housing developments were managed changed. The developers went back to property owners asking them to become part of the HOA and to abide by uniform rules. Most agreed, but some did not. “About 15 properties out of 1,800 are still not in the HOA,” Smith said. These properties are not clustered in one area, but scattered throughout the Covenant. “When someone asks, ‘why do these (Covenant) rules

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decided. The major goal of the Art Jury is preserve the rural character of Rancho Santa Fe. Before a project reaches the Association board, it must first be approved by the Art Jury. If the project is deemed worthy and follows all the rules, the developer or prospective homeowner may ask for the approval of surrounding neighbors. That done, the project may be seen by the Association board. If the board approves the project, it may be taken to the county for another round of approvals before the project is finally approved. Somehow the process has worked for nearly a century. If a property owner wants to join the Covenant, it is possible, but it’s not an easy process. The request must go through a lengthy process and then be approved by the entire community.

Membership has its advantages. It gives property owners the right to join the exclusive golf course and club, send their children to phenomenal schools, board their horses on their own property, join the riding club, explore a world class trail system and take part in having a say about how this close knit community is run. Smith has been the manager of the HOA for the past 15 years and before that managed the golf club for five years. “My predecessor said the manger’s job was like having 5,000 chiefs and one Indian. I think I would disagree,” Smith said. His role is pretty much that of a city manager. Because Rancho Santa Fe was set up to eventually turn into a city, it is run the same way with planning, building and finance departments. “The Covenant is a pretty good sized business,” he said. It has 135 employees including those at the golf club, the landscaping crew, the patrol and the staff inside the headquarters of the Association. It has a $15 million budget. The decisions are made by a board elected by the membership called the Association. “My job is to make sure the Association has all the facts,” Smith said. “Rancho Santa Fe is not for everyone. It’s rural, more secluded and private. It has phenomenal schools, a place for people‘s horses and trails and of course the weather.”



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ALS survivor awarded $1.25 million after fall RANCHO SANTA FE – Northridge, Calif. resident Marilyn Cooper — the country’s longest survivor of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) — was awarded $1.25 million in an out-of-court settlement against defendants Troon Golf, LLC and The Crosby National Golf Club, LLC after suffering serious injuries in a fall at the exclusive Crosby Estates’ Sports Center. The defendants agreed to pay more than $1.1 million to Cooper with the remainder being paid by Summers/Murphy & Partners, Inc., a landscape architect and Masson and Associates,Inc.an engineering firm. “While driving her motorized wheelchair toward a family reunion celebration, she toppled down a two-step stairway that blended into the background and created an illusion of a flat surface,” said Cooper’s attorney Robert J. Francavilla. Francavilla said the change in elevation lacked signage, visual cues and hand rails, and as a result she was

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unable to see the steps. Francavilla said he was able to establish both ADA and building code violations in the design of the facility, as well as demonstrate absence of handicapped access. “What the defendants claimed was adequate handicapped access was actually a dirt path, much like many paths meandering through the complex and clearly not built or marked according to ADA requirements.” Cooper broke her hip in the fall, and required multiple surgeries to repair her injuries significantly impacting her already reduced mobility, Francavilla said. The settlement funds will cover medical care and expenses as well as compensate Cooper for the effect the incident will have on her quality of life. The settlement was reached after a full day of mediation. Francavilla said he hopes this settlement will compel facilities operators, architects and designers to place high importance on safe access for the handicapped.

Nicki Marcellino, manager of Prudential California Realty’s La Jolla office, is pleased to announce t h a t Gustavo De La Fuente has joined her team of sales associa t e s . “Gustavo is an accomGUSTAVO plished proDE LA FUENTE fessional with an impressive educational background,” Marcellino said. “His passion for learning, belief in the value of client service and business sense will make him one of our region’s most highly sought-after agents.” Previously a CEO for a telecommunications company, as well as a regional newspaper, De La Fuente has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Stanford University, in addition to an MBA from Harvard University. He chose to pursue a career in residential purchases and sales to combine his appreciation for architecture with his affinity for working with people. De La Fuente can be contacted through Prudential

California Realty’s La Jolla Linda@myhomesbyLinda.co office at (858) 459-0501, or at m, or myhomesbylinda.com. gdelafuente@prusd.com.

Lee to serve as vice chairperson

The California Association of REALTORS asked Broker Associate Linda Lee to serve as vice chairperson of the membership committee, in recognition of her passion for the industry a n d impressive educational background. “It was LINDA LEE a great honor for me to be asked to serve the California Association of REALTORS,” said Lee, who is based in Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office. “I believe in providing our members with the tools they need to survive and be successful in this market. We need to have a strong presence in supporting real estate issues and enhancing the image of our industry.” Lee can be contacted through Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office at (858) 720-9699, or via e-mail at

Rudiger graduates from Women’s Council of Realtors

Kelly Rudiger, of Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Bernardo office, graduated from t h e Wo m e n ’s Council of Realtors ( W C R ) Leadership Academy, in KELLY RUDIGER Chicago, Il. The Women’s Council of Realtors is a national professional development organization with 14,000 members. Through a variety of educational and business tools, the WCR works to meet and support the distinct needs of female entrepreneurs in the real estate community. Raised in San Diego, Rudiger entered the real estate business shortly after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Rudiger may be contacted through Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Bernardo office at (858) 6185765, or at Kelly@KellyRudiger.com.

DAA board discuss concerns over concert noise, drug use By Bianca Kaplanek

In addition to breaking records in everything from attendance to the number of deep-fried frog legs sold, the 2011 San Diego County Fair was, to some, the healthiest, most family-friendly experience in a long time thanks to stepped-up efforts to reduce smoking during the annual event. But as happy as folks are with the decrease in tobacco use at the fair, they are equally upset by the number of people smoking cigarettes and marijuana during the concerts following the horse races. It’s known as “the place to come to blaze out,”

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facility as “the place to be” during the race season. But being mentioned in a publication geared toward cannabis users prompted board member Ruben Barrales to question the belief that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. “It doesn’t send a good message,” director Russ Penniman said. The Seaside Stage is a nonsmoking venue. On Friday concerts, parent or legal guardian must accompany concertgoers 18 and younger. Patrons must be 18 or older to attend the Saturday and Sunday shows. President Adam Day told speakers they “have our commitment to make it better.” Joe Harper, president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said efforts to stop smoking at the concerts have TURN TO DAA ON B12


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SOLANA BEACH — Loy Chiropractic Arts, 616 Stevens Ave., Suite D, will celebrate an Open House from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, including food, a ribboncutting and raffles with prizes like a meal at The Grill at the Lodge in Torrey Pines, an iPod, a flat screen TV, subscriptions to Bike Magazine and one-hour massages. RSVP by Aug. 26 to (760) 683-5100 or josh@jpvmedia.com.

Artist of month

ENCINITAS — Amy Zoe Bekier will be the Artist of the Month for September at St.Tropez Bakery & Bistro in The Lumberyard, 947 S. Coast Highway 101. A portion of the sales will go to FSH Society, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a treatment or cure for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Bekier has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and paints with her left hand since she lost her dexterity in her right hand. Her exhibit will feature paintings of soft pastels.

Vendors wanted

CARLSBAD — Girls World Expo, a one-day event Sept. 24, is accepting applications from artisans, schools, businesses and others looking for access to the local marketplace of 11- to 18-year-old girls. The Carlsbad event will include workshops, demonstrations, an art show, a science fair, a runway fashion show, and many other events as well as the robust Expo Marketplace where the girls will shop, look, and listen. Additional information is available at exhibitors.girlsworldexpo.c om. All applications are reviewed to assure that vendor offerings will be consistent with the Girls World Expo goals.

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Event to The good life in Punta de Mita Parents go back to benefit school, too Memorial Hospital RANCHO SANTA FE — The Circle of Life 100 Celebration is featuring a wine, women and shoes fundraiser Sept. 8, showcasing fabulous fashion and exquisite wines to benefit Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The event will be hosted at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe. Shopping for shoes, food tastings from San Diego’s best chefs and wine tastings are just a part of the evening that aims to fund the purchase of the most advanced digital mammography technology for women’s health services at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Approved by the FDA in February, this new type of mammogram creates 3D-like images of the breasts, improving radiologists’ ability to detect potential breast cancers and abnormalities in its earliest stages. Expected to become the new gold standard in breast cancer screening and detection, Scripps Encinitas will be one of the first hospitals to offer this technology to women in San Diego County. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and to learn more about the event, contact Lindsay Petersen, special events manager, at (858) 678-6349. Additional information is also available at winewomenandshoes.com/ScrippsHea lth. Circle of Life 100 is a service organization that advocates for health education and philanthropy in support of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas.

New arrival in Rancho Santa Fe RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe residents Hal and Teresa White are proud grandparents following the birth of Elina Elsa Blake, born July 1, 2011 in West Newton, Mass., to Adam and Annica Kjellberg Blake. The baby’s grandparents also include Siv and Bengt Kjellberg of Brandford, Conn.

You know, I hit a pothole on the way to my new office in Punta de Mita. If you don’t know where Punta de Mita is, then you haven’t spoken to the old surfers who have gone there. You can also ask the inventor of the iPod and Palm Pilot, the owner of that 87-foot “fishing boat” (his words, not mine), the owner of the Imanda Resorts, the 12-year-old kid from Canada surfing his first waves to the little girl who sold me some chiclets at my office for one peso. It is about as close to heaven as you’re going to get. That’s one of the reasons why I expanded my Encinitas office there. As I mentioned in my article last week, Jim Kydd, owner of The Coast News, along with his son Chris, read a draft letter of mine. You know, the kind you send to the editor. They thought it would make a good column. I was thrilled.

JOE MORRIS Baby Boomer Peace

I have lots of stories to tell and I only get 500 words. So, you’ll have to stick with me for a while if your curiosity is up. Nevertheless, I said last week that I’m a boomer. I’ve been devastated by the recession as a developer and real estate broker. I’m figuring out how to retire to the dream without so much stuff. I call them golden handcuffs. Get rid of those darn things. God gives us just so much time and you may notice time seems to be ticking ever faster and faster. OK, I got sidetracked. So, I’ve bought a great seventh floor, furnished, oceanfront and one-bedroom

condo for a cool $135,000 between Old Town and the Marina in Puerto Vallarta (couple miles each way). It’s called the Sea River Tower. I hop into my used little sardine can of a car that cost me $6,500 (actually it’s a 2004 A190 Mercedes that doesn’t sell in the U.S.). I put a little gas into the mouse under the hood on his treadmill and drive the 40 kilometers to my perfect little office. I am learning the road. I am learning how to negotiate the known bumps and potholes. But, I was driving home from a perfect day of work, 100 steps from 82 degree water and a perfect little 1 to 3 foot session that took me about one minute to get ready for (another story) telling myself again that I lucked into heaven on a Social Security paycheck. And, there’s this guy standing on the road waiting for his bus. He looked beat

and now he was going to have to spend six pesos to get his ride home. I pulled over and said in my broken Spanish that I started learning three months ago from audiotapes, “Tienes un ride.” He looks at me with a bent neck and apprehension, “cuantos dinero?” He thought I wanted him to pay me to give him a ride. I said no. He smiled, got in, we had a fabulous conversation in broken Spanish and broken English about our three exwives. I dropped him off; he smiled and said “Buenas tardes.” I said “Adios.” OK, sidetracked again and running out of words. Oh, well the story of the potholes and the lady from Canada that I met who came down to have hip surgery will have to wait until next week. Hope you’re still with me. Joe Moris is the owner of Coastal Country Real Estate. He can be contacted at (760) 436-2105.

Chamber board elects new president By Bianca Kaplanek

Following the unexpected resignation of its longtime president David Carroll, the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce board of directors earlier this month elected Carolyn Cohen to lead the group. A two-year board member, Cohen was serving as vice president when Carroll announced he would not complete his fifth term. Rather than appoint Cohen, the group opted for an election. Board member Stephen Ostrow, an attorney, also ran for the position. Jason Smith was elected vice president. Attracted to Solana Beach “because of a good feel from the community and incredible schools,” Cohen moved to the county’s second smallest city from Las Vegas to raise her family nine years ago. The New Jersey native became involved in the community almost immediately as owner of several businesses, including Realty Executives — Pacific Gold, Here We Grow Inc., a real estate management company that develops and leases out private schools, and Merit Education Group, a real estate development company specializing in the construction, development and operations of new private schools. Cohen, a certified public accountant, is also working on a joint venture with Air Stream Innovations, an

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organic farming operation on South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. “I usually get entrenched in the community where I am,” she said. “The commercial community is working well, but it could be a lot better.” She said her overall goal is to redirect the focus back to the chamber’s mission statement to promote and serve Solana Beach businesses. Cohen said the current plan is to hold effective networking events during which owners can speak for about a minute about their businesses, then talk one-on-one, exchange business cards and plan for follow up. She’d also like to streamline the planning and preparation for Fiesta del Sol, the chamber’s biggest fundraiser, and ensure the event isn’t hurting businesses, an unintended consequence some owners have complained about. Cohen said she is particularly excited to be working with the city in its ongoing effort to make the Coast Highway 101 area a walkable downtown. “That will really change the face of the commercial community in Solana Beach,” she said. “People come down

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Student earns dean’s list honors RANCHO SANTA FE — Jeffrey Serra Goldhenhersh of Rancho Santa Fe was named to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Goldenhersh is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School and is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify for the dean’s list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — With students back in the classroom, parents can enjoy back to school day on campus when the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation hosts it’s annual Back to School Coffee Aug. 29. All parents are invited to attend a meet and greet with the R. Roger Rowe School Administration in the Performing Arts Center at 8:15 a.m. and learn about the year’s programs. Parents may also visit with other families and enjoy coffee and pastries donated by Caffé Positano.


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Award honors Carlsbad youth 11-year-old Charlie Dwyer received the 2011 Mitchell Thorp Sportsmanship Award for his leadership in the community, at school and with his Mustang teammates in the Carlsbad Youth Baseball League. The Mitchell Thorp Foundation was created in 2009, shortly after the death of Mitchell Thorp, an accomplished athlete and student who died of an unknown illness. The nonprofit exists to help other local families, the caregivers, with children suffering from life-threatening disorders. Founders Brad and Beth Thorp also wanted to find a way to honor the memory of their son by encouraging young boys who epitomized Mitchell’s giving character, strong abilities and love of baseball. Charlie was nominated for the Mitchell Thorp Sportsmanship Award by his coaches, who cited him as someone who inspired others on and off the field. A top performer in the game, he was described as a “quiet confident determined presence, always striving to improve and to motivate his team.” An “A” student, Charlie is known for simply doing what needs to be done. As a leadership board member of Kid Korp, he tallied 50 volunteer hours during the school year (serving dinners at Bread of Life, selling papers for Children’s Hospital, boxing and distributing food packs at Camp Pendleton, preparing lunches for the homeless, making toys and catnip for animal shelters and helping to clean up Batiquitos Lagoon). In his own neighborhood during the summer, he recruited workers and conducted several successful lemonade stands for church charities. For more information about the Mitchell Thorp Foundation and the support work they do in North County, visit mitchellthorp.com.

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You look radiant! What’s your secret? Every woman strives to look as good as she feels. However, sometimes the race against time can get the best of us. No matter how well you take care of your skin, factors such as age and sun exposure can cause serious damage to your skin in the form of wrinkles, age spots, large pores, and poor texture. This unsightly damage can make you look older than your years and leave you short of looking your best. Thankfully, there is an amazing new technology that can take up to 10 years off the way you look, leaving you with radiant new skin you are sure to love. The Mixto Micro Fractional CO2 laser is a revolutionary new treatment for skin rejuvenation that makes it possible for you to have healthy, younger looking skin with minimal post-treatment downtime. Fractional means that only a fraction of the skin surface is exposed to the laser beam, leaving untreated skin around each treated micro spot. This promotes fast natural healing and a short recovery time. The laser beam actually expands underneath the skin’s surface to stimulate new collagen production across the entire area. A single laser treatment can show significant improvement in skin texture

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Delicious, nutritious, fast, easy: good eats in Encinitas “Eat a balanced meal.” How many times have you heard this? But for a full time working person, making three meals a day is a big deal by itself — let alone making them balanced! Does that mean we can forget about eating healthy meals? Of course not. We can however, choose ingredients so meals are not only fast to make but also easy, delicious and nutritious too! “Come on, you’ve got to be kidding me!” I hear you, but it’s true that indeed you can. I recently discovered Baker & Olive, a specialty olive oil and balsamic vinegar store in Encinitas. Mind you they also have fantastic handmade breads, cheeses and all kinds of other specialty food items.Talk about making healthy meals easier, this is the place to go. By now we’ve all heard about the benefits of olive oil and its use in the Mediterranean diet. From protecting against heart disease to reducing risk of high blood pressure and stroke the benefits are seemingly endless.You don’t need to completely change your lifestyle to reap the benefits, just some ingredients. Start by using olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead of store bought salad dressings. Omit butter and cream to make sauces, use olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead. Have a hard time making vegetables tasty? You guessed it: add some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The staff at Baker &

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Olive is really into food — in a down to earth kind of way. Although Sean can tell you how to make the perfect boeuf bourguignon and Maria can give you seven ways to use the sun-dried tomatoes, they’re not the least bit intimidating. They’ll be the first to tell you that you don’t have to go to culinary school to make delicious meals. Just listen to their little tips and tricks if the kitchen isn’t your natural habitat. Some of the tips I took home are: 1. Mix equal parts of Tuscan Herb Olive Oil with Traditional Balsamic and drizzle over tomatoes (also makes a killer steak sauce!). 2. Sauté mushrooms in Mushroom & Sage Olive Oil, add sea salt and pepper to taste. Cook pasta of your choice as directed and add to the mushrooms.

Grate some Parmigianino cheese over it and serve. 3. Drain a can of white beans, add equal parts of Persian Lime Olive Oil and Honey Ginger White Balsamic, mash beans with fork, add some sea salt to taste, serve with veggie sticks or bread. Yummy! Let’s talk bread! Marion, the owner, is German and one of the things she misses most from Germany is their wonderful hearty breads. So she made sure to offer some of these tasty breads at her store — like Vollkorn Brot, Sunflower Flax and Peasant Loaf. One of my favorite summer lunches are tartines (open-faced sandwiches). Tartines are best made with rustic breads. Ideally the inside of the bread should be closely knit; otherwise the

ingredients will fall through. Baker & Olive’s Peasant Loaf is perfect for it. One piece of bread plus a topping or two and you're all set. Spread with soft goat cheese, top with strawberries and add a few drops of Cinnamon Pear balsamic vinegar — done, balanced and delicious! The fact that you’re able to try all the olive oils, balsamic vinegars and combinations of the two, plus the desire of the staff to find the products that work best for you makes shopping at Baker & Olive a fun, personalized and memorable culinary experience you’ll want to have again and again. Visit Baker & Olive at 165 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas, call them at (760) 944-7840, or visit them online at www.bakerandolive.com.

Getting in shape for the summer time fun while sporting a bikini is no easy feat, especially with balancing two jobs, being a single mom, and enjoying socializing over food and drinks. And when you throw in gaining 10 pounds over the past four months due to job and relationship stress, it becomes even more challenging. When life gets hectic and the weight creeps on, I take the following steps to take the weight off and keep from making too many bad decisions. Oddly, it seems twice as easy to fall out of shape as it is to get in shape. So, the first thing I do is get back into recording the food I eat. You see, I am a stress eater, which can lead to mindless snacking while procrastinating or contemplating big decisions. My favourite application for recording my daily food intake on my iPhone is LoseIt! By recording my food intake, I can see what percentage of protein, fat, and carbs I am getting. And I can quickly correct poor food choices by reestablishing my diet rules: three apples a day, at least one big salad, to eat every few hours to keep blood sugar levels constant, lay off alcohol during the work week, and to increase water intake to 90 to 120 ounces a day. I have a pretty severe sweet tooth. Thankfully, Promax bars put my sweet tooth to rest rather quickly. Once, my diet is in check as far as food choices go, I try to keep my caloric intake between 1,800 and 2,200 a day. When the weight creeps on, in addition to recording my food intake, I step my workouts up. I push myself a little harder, add heavier weights, and try to create a schedule. I add in outside play dates and dog walks. When my daughter and my dog get more physical exercise, it usually means that I do too, as I don’t take to sitting on the sidelines well. My motivation to keep myself in check is that I love feeling my body respond positively to how I take care of it. Here is the workout that I do that never fails to get those extra pounds off and rekindle my body, mind and spirit in time for summer time fun and trim enough to feel confident in my bikini.

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Helen Woodward Animal Center opens Financial Planning 101 with Leah new social media site

Do you have a financial blueprint for your life at retirement? Operating without one is a little like closing your eyes as you drive down the freeway.You need to know where you’re going and how you expect to get there. But a financial independence plan will help you achieve your goals only if you incorporate it into your financial life, and that won’t happen unless the plan feels comfortable. And that comes from understanding its component parts and how they’re connected. For example consider these elements:

Cash flow analysis

Your plan needs to project where your money will come from and where it will go during the rest of your life (and your spouse’s life, too, if you’re married). What will come in during retirement, from Social Security, a company pension, annuities, and from drawing down your savings? And how will that match the needs of the lifestyle you want? Several unpredictable

variables complicate these calculations. Inflation affects how far your money goes, and investment returns, based in turn on economic and market cycles and your choices, determine how much you have to spend. Taxes will also play a role.

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Investment choices

Three factors affect what should be in your investment portfolio. Your goals: What kind of return do you need, both while you’re working and during retirement, to support your lifestyle? Your risk tolerance: How much volatility in portfolio returns are you willing to accept to meet your goals? Taking greater risks may provide higher potential long-term returns, but not if you panic and sell when the market takes a turn for the worse. And your time horizon: How long do you have to save for retirement, what is your tax bracket, and how many years do you need your savings to last?

nesses, or the unexpected death of you or your spouse could put your plan off track. There could also be unforeseen expenses involving your children or parents, and the need for nursing home care during retirement could quickly drain your savings. Having a cash cushion along with life, disability, and longterm care insurance can prepare you to handle potential setbacks. Not planning for lifestyle changes is a major mistake and will put your Contingency plans Job losses, expensive ill- financial future in jeopardy.

This is crucial even if estate taxes aren’t likely to be an issue.You need a will, periodically updated, and a letter of instruction that tells heirs where to find information about financial accounts, life insurance, safe deposit boxes, and the like.It’s also important to designate beneficiaries for 401(k)s, IRAs, and other financial accounts that reflect your wishes and take into account potential tax liability. It can be complicated to weave together all of these elements. But we have the tools, expertise, and experience to help you create a financial plan that feels comfortable. Leah Stapleton, CFP, president of Stapleton Financial, is a national expert in financial planning and had been an advocate to Congress on taxation issues. Stapleton Financial has been serving clients on financial matters since 1986. To contact Leah Stapleton call (858) 458-0991 or e-mail Leah at Stapletonfinancial@me.com.

RANCHO SANTA FE – Mike Arms,president and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC), was rescued by a dog after three men savagely beat him on the streets of New York City. From that moment on he dedicated his life and career to saving all the orphaned animals he could. Forty-five years later, he continues his sacred vow to save orphaned animals worldwide, sharing his life’s passion with other animal welfare professionals by offering his advice and wisdom from that long career for free through a new online resource: whatwouldmikesay.com. “What Would Mike Say? is a place where pet bloggers, pet volunteers, kennel workers, shelter board members, or any animal advocate, can ask questions and find free advice on how to increase adoptions, how to fundraise, and even how to market dogs and cats,” said Marcie Grube, the center’s social media staffer. “Mike always reads each and every question. He is intensely serious about helping anyone who wants to make the world a bet-


ike always reads each and every question. He is intensely serious about helping anyone who wants to make the world a better place for animals.” — Marcie Grube HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER

ter place for animals.” HWAC has also created a new interactive site where animal welfare professionals can watch videos offering proven ideas for running successful animal rescues. Soon, HWAC will launch another online resource — an interactive video stream of Q & A sessions, open to anyone who wants to learn more about enhancing the quality of life for animals. For more information about Helen Woodward Animal Center, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

Tournament succeeds to benefit of wounded military such as closest to the pin and hole in one. The cost was $300 per player. Sponsorship opportunities were also available, including $1,000 that allowed four active-duty military members to play. Created in 2008, Operation Game On is available to soldiers returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The second time was a charm for Tony Perez. The golf tournament he started in 2010 to raise funds for Operation Game On, a golf rehabilitation program for combat-injured troops, sold out this year, with 144 players hitting the links Aug. 15 at Morgan Run Club & Resort. The day started at 9 a.m. with check-in, driving range practice and a putting contest. Just before the 11 a.m. shotgun start, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jacque Keeslar, who lost both legs while on a mission in Iraq in 2006, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and soprano Barbara Tobler sang the national anthem. “Thank you all for your service,” Tobler said to the troops after her performance. Perez wrapped up the opening ceremonies with a tribute to TaylorMade Golf Company “in appreciation for taking care of our troops,” he said. The Carlsbad-based company donated $50,000 to equip the soldiers with custom-fitted clubs, bags, Adidas shoes, gloves and

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Nurturing environment for Toddlers-Kindergarten Dr. Montessori founded the first Casa dei Bambini, or “Children's House” in 1907. Today Lifetime Montessori School honors her legacy as one of only four certified Association Montessori International (AMI) schools in San Diego County. Lifetime Montessori School's mission is to foster a nurturing environment that is physically and psychologically supportive of learning for toddlers through kindergartners.They offer a cooperative and enriching atmosphere where your child will develop their knowledge through self- and teacher-initiated experiences. When children graduate from Lifetime Montessori School they are confident, secure, independent and joyful learners. Lifetime Montessori School begins a child's educational experience at 18 months of age in the toddler community. The goal of the Toddler Program is to create a sense of accomplishment, pride and independence in the child. Dr. Montessori found that when children feel confident in their abil-

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Teaching Accountability and Responsibility Does your son need structure and motivation? If so, it is worth investigating a military boarding school right here in our own neighborhood. Located in Carlsbad on a 16 acre oceanfront property, Army and Navy Academy is a premier college preparatory military boarding/day school for boys, grades 7-12. Students learn to take responsibility, adhere to a daily schedule, and develop good habits. Whether it is making their bed, studying for a test or practicing for a game, students understand that they will be held accountable. Since its inception in 1910, Army and Navy Academy has sought to develop scholarship and honorable character in young men. The rigorous University of California standards are followed and put students on the path for eligibility to fine colleges and universities. The class of 2011 had a 100% matriculation rate to college, with 90% entry to a four-year college or university.

Graduates from the past few years are attending universities that include: MIT, Rutgers, Penn State, NYU, USC, Colorado University, United States Military Academy at West Point, University of California (UCLA, UCI, UCR, UCSB, UC Davis) and many other prestigious institutions of higher learning. On campus and in the dorms, students learn to set goals, adhere to the Academy's value system and gain invaluable life lessons by leading others. Specific training is provided during the academic day in the Leadership Education Training class. The LET program is based upon the JROTC program (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), and includes the following: first-aid and CPR training, time management, team building and leadership training. All students are required to develop their physical abilities as well as their personal leadership skills through the Academy's

challenging physical development program. In sports and physical training, students acquire mental strength and concentration, physical conditioning and coordination, strategic and tactical planning, and teamwork. A military school environment can be ideal for teenage boys; they thrive on the structure, motivation and discipline inherent in the program. If your son needs structure and the motivation to reach his full potential, the Academy offers a unique opportunity to excel in Academics, Athletics and Leadership. The Academy has limited spaces available for fall 2011. Fully Accredited by CAIS in Association with the Western Association of Boarding Schools and Colleges. For more information on The Army and Navy Academy, call 888762-2338 or visit their website at w w w. a r mya n d n av ya cademy.org

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Coastkeepers monitor the health of watersheds By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — One Saturday a month, volunteers head out with extension poles, filtration devices, thermometers and other data collection equipment with the intension of gathering as much information as possible on the health of San Diego County’s 11 watersheds. San Diego Coastkeeper monitors nine of the 11 watersheds in the county. Watersheds are essentially large drainage areas. All of the rain that falls on land collects into the rivers, creeks and lakes, making its way to the coast. The San Dieguito Watershed drainage area is approximately 346-squaremiles that begins in the westcentral Santa Ysabel Mountains and runs through Rancho Santa Fe, eventually pouring out into the Pacific from Del Mar and Solana

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hydrogeology,has been a volunteer with the Coastkeepers for four years. He’s the captain of a three-person team that monitors the San Dieguito Watershed. One Saturday a month, the team travels to three spots in the Rancho Santa Fe area to collect water samples and parameters around the site, including air and water temperatures, pH levels and noting any characteristics the surface of the water may show such as soapy bubbles, or growth of scum. Each of the three sites was chosen using only a Thomas Brothers Guide and driving along streets looking for access SAN DIEGUITO WATERSHED =8"& 6.7& 48#54& -8"& "1-"/-& #,& -8" points to the water. The sites tested included the San 5.-"$48")&(/&-8"&>#:/-3<&Image courtesy of sdwatersheds.org

Dieguito River at Via de Santa Fe, the Lusardi Creek on Artesian Road and along Del Dios highway. Monitoring at one of the sites began in 2008, with the remaining sites being monitored in 2010. The team also monitors any wildlife they might see. In one instance, Liddle noted the presence of dragonflys at one of the sites.“We note thoroughly everything we see,” he said. “You never know when a grad student might be studying dragonflys in the area.” “We also note invasive plant species,” explained Rexanne Dayes, who’s volunteered for the past three years. “They affect insect life and birds will stop nesting in the area once an invasive species

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Travis Pritchard is lab coordinator for San Diego Coastkeeper. The lab, which is based in Point Loma, receives all of the collection samples. Half of the testing is done on site for nutrient analysis with the second half undergoing analysis for dissolved metals at SDSU. Once all of the data has been compiled it goes into a database and can be accessed by the general public and state and regional departments. The results coming in are just now being used to be able to develop trends for the watershed, Pritchard said . “The San Dieguito watershed is in good condition relative to the rest of San Diego’s watersheds,” Pritchard said. “It shows some problems typical of urbanization such as slightly elevated concentrations of some nutrients. This is typical of irrigation of agricultural land or over watering of lawns. Our sites are downstream of ag land and golf courses, so this probably explains the nutrient levels being slightly elevated.” As for the slightly elevated levels, Pritachard added that they mostly don’t exceed the standards set in the San Diego region basin plan. Pritchard did offer some caution regarding rapid urbanization and development of the open space still found in the San Dieguito watershed, adding that it will cause more water quality TURN TO WATERSHEDS ON B12



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You have to go check out Haggo’s Organic Tacos DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate I can’t say I’ve ever had an experience quite like the one I had when I walked into the funky little patio dining area at Haggo’s in the heart of Leucadia. It felt like I was transferred into a Wes Anderson movie, more specifically, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.” Maybe it was the snorkeling mask hanging under the order window, or the framed picture of The Royal Tenenbaums, or the cool soundtrack and eclectic furnishings. Whatever it was, it’s a good thing and combined with the food, worth a visit. Haggo’s Organic Taco is one-of-a-kind and that’s what Leucadia is all about, right? No chains, just very creative proprietors of unique shops and restaurants that should be a regular part of your shopping and dining experience. So back to the subject at hand: I will admit, the first thing I thought when I saw organic taco was, “do we really need another taco shop in Encinitas?” We have a plethora of them already and they all seem to have their menu items that set them apart. Then I stepped through the magical front gate of Haggo’s and had that Wes Anderson experience and was like, OK, this is no ordinary taco shop. Yes, its organic, 95

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percent organic, and they source locally which is a great differentiator for a taco joint, but that almost seems a given with new restaurant ventures these days. Kudos to that movement, but there is much more depth to Haggo’s than being an organic and local. The proprietor, James Haggo, is a 15-year food and beverage veteran with the majority of that time spent at Rancho Valencia. He has resided in Encinitas for the past 20 years and definitely has a pulse on the local vibe, while having created one he

can call his own. Haggo’s itself is a mobile food facility entrenched at the end of a strip of eclectic businesses and right next door to local institution The Plant Lady. James wanted to make clear that this is not a mobile food truck though. They are staying put and that’s a good thing as they have created an environment that will become a destination. The next thing I noticed was the professionalism of the team behind the counter. James and his team including

sous chef April Cardenas are decked out in earthy yet stylish brown chef coats and the kitchen buzzes with a feel of confidence and at the same time they are very friendly and accessible. Of course they are making everything to order so don’t go to Haggo’s in a rush. And really, the courtyard space is so inviting I really did not want to leave it. I should also mention they have a small organic garden in the courtyard that supplies a portion of their produce. Haggo’s sources as much

locally as possible including an arrangement with Coral Tree Farms in Encinitas — the same goes for their meat, poultry and fish. Speaking of meat, the Burgundy Burrito is one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s made up of citrus soy marinated grass-fed beef, sautéed corn, poblano, onion, heirloom red cabbage slaw and fresh herbs. It’s served with a cumin-lime crema and rice and beans. I really love this burrito. It’s not cheap at $9.50 but it’s a full meal and really, given the quality of the ingredients and the portion, the

price is right. Another favorite is the Cousteau taco. Haggo’s combines sautéed local halibut with a nice little crisp to it into a red cabbage slaw, heirloom tomato and mango salsa cruda on corn tortillas with rice and beans. Wow. In fact, next time I go there with a friend, I’m going to strongly suggest we combine the Burgundy burrito and Cousteau taco and split them up for a little surf and turf action that would be amazing. It’s $9.95 but take the quality and freshness into consideration. They do have other taco selections, including the Pollo, which is delicious and the veggie garden taco on the menu is under $8. I’ve tried the Local Pollo Quesadilla served on whole wheat tortilla with citrus soy marinated free-range chicken, sharp white cheddar and fresh herbs and loved the smoky flavor and hearty portion. While Haggo’s will never take the place of my beloved Juanitas, it will compliment her and will definitely become a regular destination for me. I think there is room for both. Their menu is expanding soon along with their hours, which are now 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tuesday through Sunday. They are at 1114 N. Coast Highway 101 and can be reached at (760) 753-6000. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

Garden director saw her interests sprouting from an early age By Lillian Cox

Patricia Hammer’s whimsical topiaries have generated smiles and laughter from the Chicago Botanic Gardens to as far away as the Western Village (theme park) in the Nikko National Park, Japan. The director of operations at the San Diego Botanic Garden remembers the exact moment the seed was planted that led to a career in horticulture. “My parents owned the interior of a (city) block in Cedarville, N.J. where they grew cut flowers,” she said. “I would visit with my best friend, Carol. One day we walked away with an armful of bachelor buttons we had just picked. That was my first awareness of plants.” Like many young people, Hammer lacked direction after graduating from high school. That led to a visit to Cumberland County Community College where she discovered the word “horticulture” in the catalog. “I didn’t know what ‘horticulture’ meant,” she said. “When I learned what it was, I realized it was for me!” After graduating in 1973, opportunity didn’t exactly come knocking. It was the peak of the feminist movement, and women were fighting for equality. “I’m normally a private person, but young women need to know this today,” she said. “All the guys I graduated

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with went into middle management. Because I was a woman, I had to start at the bottom and work my way up.” Hammer got an entrylevel job as a propagator at a small nursery. After getting married, she and her husband started The Tree Farm in Little Britain, Pa. Her big break came in 1976 when she was hired as a production greenhouse worker at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., one of the largest, most celebrated public gardens in the world. “Eventually I was asked to develop children’s and topiary gardens,” she said. “The ideas came from me, then I worked with an artist and a

frame maker. I credit the artist with the ability to read my mind. The frame makers are phenomenal.” Another door opened when she was asked to propagate plants for the topiaries. “Longwood had an endless supply of plants but, in the end, ivy worked the best,” she said. In 1990, Hammer was elected president of the American Ivy Society. That was followed by publication of her book, “The New Topiary: Imaginative Techniques from Longwood Gardens.” “By that time, I was so immersed in topiaries that I had to do it all the time,” she said. “I started looking where

people were growing ivy — I needed to be where ivy was.” In the early 1990s, Hammer traveled to an “Animals in the Garden” event in San Diego where she met Evelyn Weidner of Weidner Gardens in Encinitas. “They were doing fascinating things with ivy at Weidner’s,” she said. The women forged a collaboration. Hammer started Sami Rose Topiary, leasing greenhouses on Weidner’s property and using ivy to craft topiaries. “Pat’s knowledge goes beyond ivy,” Weidner said. “When she was with the Longwood Gardens, they would do a fall event with an ivy dragon where its tail would go into the ground and come out again.” Weidner was also impressed with the authenticity of her book. “Often someone will make something look great in the photograph, but it will soon grow out of proportion,” she said. “The average person will think it’s their fault and be turned off to gardening. What Pat did is to make a topiary that honestly portrayed how the plant would grow.” During this time Hammer became a popular speaker and consultant at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, New York Botanical Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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CEO Julian Duval. “Our ability to attract top talent isn’t the same as better-endowed gardens, so we lucked out since we are still growing and establishing ourselves.” Hammer’s topiaries can be viewed throughout San Diego Botanic Garden at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 436-3036 or v i s i t sdbgarden.org.


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You’re never without something, somewhere new to find E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road The wonderful thing about living in North County is that you have only to drive an hour or less to find plenty of things to see and do. My husband and I did just that on two occasions last month. Our first day trip took us to Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla with our 4-year-old grandsons, David and Jordan, who always show us how to view the world with new eyes. What brought us to the aquarium is “Boundless Energy,” a new interactive exhibit that explores renewable energy sources — wind, waves, sun and people power. It features stationary bicycles, kinetic water and metal sculptures, teeter-totters, “wave stations” and more. We decided the exhibit was aptly named when it comes to little boys. No shortage of energy there. David and Jordan darted from station to station on the outdoor court, exploring the gadgets and machines that demonstrate alternative energy sources. Over their objections, we finally dragged them from the wave stations where they were focused intensely on creating channels and waterfalls for toy boats. “This is an aquarium, so we will see fish,” I declared. Once in the Hall of Fishes, they were enthralled by the jellyfish and the twostory, 70,000-gallon kelp forest with its sharks, eels and rays. I couldn’t miss the seahorse exhibit with its nursery and mesmerizing, continuously running video of a male seahorse giving birth. (Yes, you heard that right.) The boys also loved Tide Pool Plaza where, with supervision, they touched starfish, sea cucumbers and other creatures that live in the shallow waters just below the

aquarium. Adults can get into the act, too, and don’t miss the million-dollar view from the patio. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu. Our second trip was an adults-only day. We headed north on Interstate 15 to Temecula Valley Wine Country in Southwest Riverside County. I’ve visited Temecula’s Old Town often enough, but it’s been years since I followed Rancho California Road east, where most of the valley’s 30-some wineries and tasting rooms are located. We passed some of the 30,000 acres of grapevines that are leafy and full of clusters at this time of year. Our final destination: Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards and the Creekside Grille, reputed to have a fabulous gluten-free menu, thanks to winery owner and chief operations officer, Mick Wilson. He was diagnosed three years ago at age 45 with celiac disease. Strangely enough, his wife, Deanna, received the same diagnosis a year ago. He quickly learned the challenges of eating out that people with this autoimmune disease face. They must avoid wheat, rye and barley. “It was hard going gluten free,” Wilson said. “I was a beer, pizza and sandwich guy.” Striving to “take the fear out of eating out” for celiacs, Wilson worked with executive chef Steve Stawinski who developed the gourmet, gluten-free menu now offered at the Creekside Grille. “I don‘t want people with celiac disease to feel as if they have to settle,” Wilson said. Now all gluten-free entrees are served on black plates to distinguish them from the regular menu items, and tasty gluten-free breads replace the more common types “that you could play Frisbee with,” Wilson added. We began our meal on the patio (kept cool with misters) with artichoke rillettes

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(a creamy spread of artichoke, onion and garlic on gluten-free bread), and local organic beets and goat cheese. Stawinski uses local produce whenever possible. The entrée was a delectable sea bass with perfectly seasoned fresh vegetables and potatoes. And for dessert, the executive chef presented us with sinfully delicious gluten-free tiramisu, s’mores and chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream. I confess: I had some of each, as well as samplings of Wilson Creek’s Decadencia Chocolate Port (served in dark chocolate cups), and two new champagnes, Peach A NEW VIEW E(D"#%F+#($-C%'.G,C%(+#%@*/#(+%4(/+-(/,C%1"##'.C%<*5$"+$%G/*1%H(/'$:(#C%<(+I,%7.,%.+*57Bellini, and my favorite by a *G%,-.%,*)%:*(,$%(,%,-.%2(,./%$,(,"*+C%&(/,%*G%,-.%+.2%34*5+#'.$$%6+./7)8%.9-":",%(,%4"/<-%=>5(/"51%"+%?(%@*''(A hair, Orange Mimosa. Photo by E’Louise Ondash One more note if you visit Wilson Creek: Don’t miss tasting the 2010 White Cabernet Sauvignon, a rare white wine made from a red Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This salmon colored wine is light and sweet and worth carrying home just for its unique, deep-blue bottle. Visit wilsoncreekwinery.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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Clubs unite for a more positive place The Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito has partnered with San Diego Shores Water Polo Club at the Pardee Aquatics Center, Harper Branch to help create an even more positive place for aspiring water polo players. Shores Water Polo is a year-round team which is open to youth ages eight and up. Shores offers two practice groups based on skill level and age.

All polo players participate in a grommet league for the fall, spring and summer seasons. There is no experience necessary to join Shores Water Polo Club and many opportunities are provided for girls and boys of all ages and experience levels. The Boys & Girls Club can provide financial assistance and scholarships to eligible children.

Shores Water Polo at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito is under the direction of Coach John Riess. Riess has been involved with competitive aquatics for over 30 years and has been coaching swimming and water polo for the past 15 years. For more information on Shores Water Polo, contact Kate Nowlan at (858) 755-4904 or knowlan@positiveplacesd.org.



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Remove paint from carpet SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: I spilled some acrylic paint on my carpet while doing a craft. (I had put newspaper down, but I dropped the bottle when I went to put the cap on.) How do I get it off? The carpet is less than a year old! — Dianne, Florida Dear Dianne: First, try a wet washcloth. Set it on top of the stain. Leave it for an hour and then blot the stain. If you notice the stain is lifting, do it again. If this doesn’t work, you can use a mixture of laundry detergent and water or dish washing liquid (Dawn, for example) and water (1/2 teaspoon to a quart of water), or use rubbing alcohol. Test it on an inconspicuous area or a scrap of carpet first. Don’t pour this onto your carpet. Apply it with a cloth and blot, working from the outside of the stain into the center of the stain. Another option is to use a solution that

cleans acrylic paint brushes. Your local craft store should sell a product called EZ Air Acrylic Brush Cleaner. Mix half water and half the cleaner in a container. Blot the carpet stain. Dear Sara: I think I may want to join a diet website, but I refuse to have to pay money for it. Do you know of a good free diet website? — Shoiji Dear Shoiji: Try F i t D a y . c o m , SparkPeople.com, L i ve s t r o n g . c o m (livestrong.com/thedailyplate) or MyFitnessPal.com. I can’t tell you which will work best for you. That will be different for everyone. I’d give them each a look and decide which you prefer. You might enjoy using a combination of two websites to get community support from multiple sources. Dear Sara: What can you use instead of coffee filters? We ran out of coffee filters today and I thought I remembered there is something else that people use in lieu of real coffee filters. — Q.M., Canada Dear Q.M.: If you have a used filter in your coffee

maker, you can rinse it and use it again. You can use a paper towel in a pinch, but this tends to allow loose grounds to pass into the coffee maker and it can get messy. I have a reusable filter that I really like. You could make a cloth filter or drawstring pouch out of cheesecloth, hemp, unbleached muslin or any loose-weave cotton. Use a paper filter as your pattern or visit wikihow.com/Make-a-ReusableCoffee-Filter and instructables.com/id/Make-ReusableTeabags-and-Coffee-Filters for tutorials on both types of cloth coffee filter patterns. More expensive options are investing in a French press or Keurig coffee maker. This will allow you to make smaller individual cups of coffee without needing a filter at all, and you can enjoy your coffee made in a variety of ways. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

E-book readers and tablets improve Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of tablets and ebook readers highlight some new models that match or even beat market leaders on performance, price and portability for consumers looking to buy a gadget to go. While the iPad and Kindle still earned high scores, they now have company at the top of the Ratings. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, $600, a new 10-inch tablet from Samsung, almost matched the iPad 2, $730, 3G, Apple’s newest tablet, in screen quality. Like all Android-based tablets, it supports the Flash videos used by many websites. And a new version of Barnes and Noble’s Nook ebook reader, the Simple Touch, $140, outscored the Kindle in CR’s Ratings, offering touch-screen navigation and a lighter weight than the Amazon device. It’s the first time since the Kindle’s launch that it’s been outscored overall by another e-book reader. Other devices, sometimes dubbed “tablet readers,” offer consumers a combination of tablet and e-reader traits. These hybrids place a heavy focus on reading but also include tablet-like features such a color screen and access to a selection of apps. One such example is Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color, $250, which is the top-scoring color model in CR’s tests. (Tablets offer the option to download e-book reading apps, including those from Kindle and Nook.) For people looking to add more variety to their reading lists, on any type of device, a number of free ebook options are available for e-book readers. Hundreds of thousands of public-domain editions of many classic titles published before 1923 have been digitized by Google and

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• E-book readers are best for books. An e-book reader remains the best choice if reading books is the top priority for a new device. Its lighter weight makes it more comfortable to hold during sustained reading and the text on an e-ink screen is easier to read than the text on tablets’ LCD screens, especially if plans include reading in bright light — as, say, on the beach. • Tablets offer more reading versatility. A tablet is generally better-suited for reading e-magazines and e-newspapers. The iPad has by far the most access to magazines designed for the tablet experience. Plus, most tablets offer downloadable apps from Kindle, Nook and other digital booksellers that allow con-

sumers to read e-books with the versatility of a tablet device. • Choose a screen size and shape. Most screens on e-book readers and tablets are 6 inches to 7 inches or 10 inches. For e-book readers, CR recommends the smaller size range. With a tablet, the extra real estate of a 10-inch screen better suits such activities as Web surfing, video views and gaming. The iPad and most ebook readers have squarish screens which CR found to be better suited to more tablet uses than rectangular screens. For e-book reading, screen shape is a matter of personal preference. • Opt for Wi-Fi connectivity. All but a few low-rated devices CR tested offer Wi-Fi connectivity. Most of the higher-rated devices also come in a version that can access cellular data networks as well as Wi-Fi. • Consider apps selection for tablets. To make the most of a tablet’s capabilities, consider that there are a far greater breadth of apps available for iPads than for other tablets, though those competitors (especially those that use the Android operating system) are steadily expanding their selection.



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Let’s find a solution: Let’s find a smile and a value, America MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch I’m not one to really delve deeply into political debates. However, lately I have noticed a very nasty trend: Complaining about America. I know. Life isn’t perfect and neither is our nation. With that statement out of the way, there is something to be said about honoring our country and valuing our freedom.There is something to be said for living in such a luxurious country where we can just step into any grocery store and find miles of food stacked high for our gluttonous selves to eat as much as we please. Those individuals behind the Internet postings that keep knocking the “Big BadGovernment” seem to forget that their rantings are obtuse and meaningless if they are not backing their words with actions. Are they serving their congressman? Are they helping “be-the-change-they-wantto-see” in this next election? Meanwhile, millions are starving in Somalia as their country faces the worst famine in over 60 years. I’m tired of listening and reading endless complaints about our nation. Instead, please do something definitive and lend a hand to the solution. And, for those that just want to keep trashing the government, don’t forget to grab your Costco card and load up on aisle five for the “buy one get one free special,” or forget to sample the tasty barbecue wings before you hit the check-out line. Just remember, while you are whining and enjoying the bountiful delicious hot snacks, less than 50 miles away someone is selling their soul and risking their life just to touch American soil. I hope that you are finding a smile today and valuing America. Let’s be the solution and take action, OK? If this is too much to ask, at least vote in the next election. We are all so blessed to live here. I hope the majority of the citizens forget this obvious fact as we wake up and breathe freedom every day. Life is too short and precious

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Crosby for dinner. Imagine views of rolling mountains, purple skies and waterfalls with tropical plants surrounding you, while the sun is setting in Rancho Santa Fe. This was my view that evening as Robin mingled with the Gallaghers. Robin and I had the best time sharing stories with them. Their son Michael is a film director/producer and also has a massive following on his channel on YouTube.

Can you say 20 million views a month? After a delicious filet mignon with béarnaise followed by crème brulee for dessert, we enjoyed watching some of Michael’s impressive comedy sketches. We had so much fun that evening! Here is the link to Michael Gallagher’s channel youtube.com/user/TotallySket ch. I first met Elaine years ago here in the Ranch, when I worked in advertising for the

newspaper, too. We recently became close during some trying times I experienced after losing two close friends in 2010. I will never forget the warmth and sincere honesty from Elaine when she reached out and offered her support. On Aug. 16, I received some exciting news regarding a local young artist that attended an art school in New York. Santa Fe Christian’s high school junior Lauren Sorge spent one month attending Parson’s Art School. Originally founded in 1896 (under a different name), this academy is renowned for their progressive thinking, while developing new approaches to art and design education for more than a century. Featured here is a photo of Lauren in New York City from this summer. Congratulations Lauren on TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON B12





like?” “I don’t know,” the teacher smiled. “I haven’t learned that one yet.” Another teacher said that during number identification, she got a lot of “11teens” and “11-dseven’s and a “1-d-5” for 15.” Again, points for creativity. The teachers admit they also get a lot of “I know that one. I just can’t remember it.” That’s certainly my favorite excuse. While no one hid rather than come in from recess this year, two kinders did decide to head toward the playground rather than the assembly with the teacher and the rest of the class. They didn’t get far, but heck, it never hurts to try. Perhaps the entire day was summed up in an exchange with one teacher during that same assembly. Knowing the child was going to be a challenge, the teacher sat right next to him, with instructions to sit quietly. The youngster simply couldn’t and proceeded to poke and prod the teacher in an effort to get his attention for a conversation. The teacher ignored him for a bit, modeling quiet, assembly behavior. Finally, the teacher turned and gave him “the look” along with a shake of the head and a finger to the lips. After a deep breath, the child uttered what every kindergartener was probably thinking. “My mom’s nicer.”

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been increased. “Security’s been very active,” he said, noting that arrests are down to an average of one per concert. “It hasn’t been a major problem but we’re continuing to work on it.” Harper said he has also been taking steps to address another concert complaint. Despite knowing it would “impact our neighbors on the beach,” the stage was relocated this year to the west side of the facility for safety reasons, he said. The noise, especially during the July 30 Ziggy Marley concert, was a big concern, Harper said. Since then the sound level has been turned



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your exciting experience. I know one day I will be saying, “I knew Lauren Sorge when she was just 5 years old!” On Aug. 17, I received an e-mail from one of my favorite inspirational residents in North County. You may have seen her around town, Doris Lee McCoy? Well, I am here to tell you she has just topped down and the speakers were redirected. “If there are other measures we can take, we’ll do them,” he said. “We don’t want to be a bad neighbor.” Tom Quigley, owner of The HorsePlayer Magazine, was dining at the Del Mar Plaza during one of the concerts. He said combined with the train, fighter jets and construction, the concert noise “wasn’t overwhelming.” Director Kim Fletcher agreed. “As a perennial complainer about the noise, it was much, much better,” he said.

And they’re off

In other horse racing news, Harper said 46,588 people were on hand July 20, the highest opening-day attendance since the track opened

Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, recently became the senior pastor of Encinitasp.m. Aug. 27 with an open based Seacoast Community house at their studio, 1465 Church. Encinitas Blvd. east of El Camino Real on Encinitas Top gastropub Boulevard. The free event will OCEANSIDE — Owners feature live music, food, bever- Roddy and Aaron Browning ages, prizes, and discounts on and chef Mario Moser were fitness packages at the studio. proud to announce that The Flying Pig restaurant, 626 S. New pastor Tremont St., was named “Best ENCINITAS — Dale Gastropub in Oceanside” by Burke, author and former sen- San Diego magazine. ior pastor of the First CONTINUED FROM B2

Clean Water organization, nearly half of the vacant land area is open to future development, most being zoned for residential usage. They add that they current population in the watershed, approximately 125,000 is projected to increase to over 210,000 residents by 2015. San Diego Coastkeeper has 15 full-time biologists,

cialists and counselors at the Naval Medical Center found that golf has become an essential link to the rehabilitation process for combatwounded military personnel with extreme physical and mental disabilities.

“They’re so young,” Perez said. “And to see them just being able to walk, to swing — this is a lot more than just teaching golf. We’re giving these kids an opportunity to gain their confidence and get back into society.”

Amazon’s No. 36th spot for bestselling books on Amazon! “The Magic of Gross National Happiness” is a study of what place is the happiest place in the world. You would be surprised by these results. Her studies have lead her all over the world and she is one of our very own local authors. How wonderful! Here is a photo of one lucky night when I hung out with Doris in town at Mille

Fleurs. Thank you Doris for always being an inspiration and for spreading light and positivity in this world.

in 1937. He said the on-track handle is up 9 percent, as is daily attendance. Food and beverage sales also set a record at $1.5 million. Although the total handle is down about 3 percent, “We’re still bucking the national trend,” Harper said. “And we have the highest purses in the country.” In other 22nd DAA news, the board tentatively set the 2012 fair to run June 8 through July 4. If the event remains dark the first three Mondays, as it traditionally does, that would result in a 24day event. “Attendance indicates it’s time to expand,” Tim Fennell, general manager, said.A longer fair would spread out attendance, add jobs and help

reduce traffic, he said. Fennell is still studying whether that is a viable option. Board members also received a summary of changes made at the April meeting during which they adopted a master plan for a proposed expansion at the fairgrounds that includes new exhibit halls, lighted rooftop sports fields, parking structures, administrative offices and a 60,000square-foot health club. “The hotel has been eliminated and will stay eliminated,” Fletcher said. Other changes include adding a 100foot greenway south of the facility and a commitment to hold design workshops to garner public input for the new buildings.

El Corazon planned

OCEANSIDE — Stirling Development announced its plans for El Corazon, Oceanside’s vacant 465-acre plot. El Corazon is a mixed-use recreation and retail destination designed for year-round activities and will include a soccer park, a sport training center, an open-air produce and culinary market and a wellness resort and four-star hotels The company already has commitment letters from over

Save the date

On Sept. 22, The Art of Fashion, 56th annual Country Friends Fashion Show is coming to Rancho Santa Fe. If you aren’t attending, you are missing out on one of my favorite days of the year! Fabulous food, shopping, models and

Upcoming changes a dozen partners including Ripken Experience, Camp Woodward, Tri-City Hospital, Hilton and Hippocrates Wellness Resort.

Flowing smoothly

SAN MARCOS — Fitch Ratings recently awarded Vallecitos Water District with its AA+ affirmation — a top ranking rewarding the agency for continued operational efficiency and financial stability in the face of a challenging economy.

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Openers (10 per side), forward/sideways and backwards Kick Outs (10 for each. Alternate legs), wide leg squats with tap downs, first/second/third position. A 1 to 3 mile run: Go to MapMyRun.com and map out the distance. Even if you walk, pick up the pace every two minutes. When you feel like you have reached your max, change it up by alternating a mild to moderate pace and then increase it to a step up in regards to intensity. I love throwing in hills. I have a favorite hill next to Moonlight Beach. I try to sprint up this hill several times at least one day a week. If you want to see your backside tone, I suggest you find some hills as long as your knees and hips are up for it. Weight circuit: I love seeing definition. The arms, shoulders and back are the easiest to see results in. I do 50 push-ups three times a week. Twice a week I step it up and do 2 sets of 10 wall push ups, 2 sets of 5 single leg push-ups, 20 pikes, 10 single leg pikes per leg, two sets of 25 bicep/tricep curls on the bottom side of a BOSU with 15-pound dumbbells, and 10 lat raises per arm. Backwards lunges also work

wonders. Lunges and squats: I generally use a parking lot or hill for these. I do 100 forward lunges. To increase the intensity at the end of the execution of the lunge, I tap my finger tips to the ground bringing my back leg up. For squats, I do at least 100. I like the sideways crossovers the best because they really work to define the hip flexors. Ab workout: I do 50 straight leg crunches, 20 heel taps, 40 knee taps with a reach, 20 upside down V’s, 20 regular V’s, 10 X’s, and 20 Y’s. Lifting weights make me feel powerful and in charge. I like that. Combine this workout three times a week with a healthy diet and you are bound to see results. Nothing screams longevity like a healthy and strong body and mind. And being bikini ready is just the tip of the iceberg. If you want a little more guidance, join one of the classes that I offer: MWF 6 a.m., MTh 6:30 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.. The early MW class meets at Moonlight Beach, near the snack bar. All other classes meet at the Encinitas Fitness Studio. You will workout inside and outside at these classes. Please call (760) 889-3097 or e-mail info@EncinitasFitness.com with any questions.

designers from all over the world will be transpiring in one day, so don’t miss out. To buy your tickets now, here is their link: thecountryfriends.org. I have featured a gorgeous photo of two wonderful ladies I know very well, Melanie Cruz and Pearl Padovano. Later that evening, local celebrity singer Sacha Boutros will be performing at Anthology in Little Italy at

7:30 p.m. This evening will launch Sacha’s newest CD release. If you love jazz and a beautiful voice, don’t miss this evening out in San Diego with Sacha Boutros. Here is her link with more information on this event: sacha-boutros.com.

With the 22nd DAA contract with Premier Food Services expiring later this year, about 20 members of Unite Here, the local hotel and hospitality workers union, asked board members to consider adopting a worker retention agreement to ensure future employment at the fairgrounds if a new food contractor is selected. Day said he appreciated the workers and encouraged them to “stay engaged.” “You will find a responsive board,” he said.“You’re doing a great job.” Fennell said the workers were the site’s greatest resource. “You’re part of our team 100 percent,” he said. “I have the highest respect for you folks. “You have my personal

guarantee that you should not be worried,” Fennell said. The Aug. 9 meeting began with board members unanimously electing Day and Michael Alpert president and vice president, respectively. Barry Nussbaum, the previous president, Kelly Burt and Vivian Hardage learned in June that Gov. Jerry Brown was not reappointing them to their board positions. Replacements have not yet been named. Hardage was recognized at the meeting for her six years on the board. “It’s been my pleasure and honor to serve,” she said. Nussbaum and Bart were unable to attend the meeting but will be recognized at a later date, according to Linda Zweig, media relations director.

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by Luis Campos

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

Celebrity Cipher cryptograms are created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another. TODAY'S CLUE: T equals F

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PREVIOUS SOLUTION: “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” - Henry Rollins



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