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OCT. 7, 2011

Foundation prepares for its 30th birthday

THISWEEK NOBLE WORK

The volunteers at Pegasus Rising raise funds to help military veterans heal B1 with horses.

ROTARY FOCUS

By Patty McCormac

The president of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club sees its role as one of making the community better.

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ARTFUL WOMEN The chairwoman for the event was Mia Stefanko. She was helped by mistress of ceremonies Andrea Naversen and Melanie Cruz, vice president of the Friends. Photos by Patty McCormac

Inn at Rancho Santa Fe hosts Art of Fashion By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — It was a gorgeous Rancho Santa Fe afternoon at the beautiful Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for the 56th annual Art of Fashion Runway Show, the single largest fundraiser for the Country Friends that supports human care agencies throughout San Diego County. The luncheon was sold out at 300, as was the runway show with 400. The exact profit from the event will not be determined for several weeks, but the organization will be giving more than $100,000 this year. Chairing this year’s event was Mia Stefanko and included in the committee were mistress of ceremonies Andrea Naversen and Melanie Cruz, first vice president of the organization. The Country Friends, modern day fairy godmothers, fund agencies such as Rady Children’s Heart Institute, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Promise2Kids, the burn institute and many, many others. They make money by fundraisers such as this and through their resale shop in Rancho Santa Fe that sells gently used and rare items. ‘They have supported me for 20 years,” said Debbie Shinner, of Reins, a therapeutic riding program outside Fallbrook. “They have

TO YOU Chris Ebstein, Rebecca Franks, Christine Gootee and Katherine Haslam offer hard cider to guests as they enter.

believed in me and our cause.” Volunteers Molly Santistevan, Jan Fitzpatrick, Devin Lucia and Amber Persia Hodges were busy checking people in to the event. “We love doing this. We love the organization. We love to preview all the attire,” Hodges said. In charge of one of the auction booths were

Claudine Van Gonka and Heather Finlay, from the YMCA. “We are one of the agencies funded by them,” she said. Standing by, waiting to seat guests at the fashion show were Marine Sgt. Robert Soto and Navy personnel Justine Pennel and Don Baird. Passing out hard cider to guests as they arrived were

Chris Ebstein, Rebecca Franks, Christine Gootee and Katherine Haslam who had all been there early in the morning helping set up the event. They all looked as fresh and fashionable as if they had just stepped out of the salon. The guests then walked up the Inn’s pathway to a large tent on the lawn where TURN TO FASHION ON A16

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is coming of age as it celebrates its 30th birthday at an event set for Oct. 20 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. What began as an effort by a dozen community members to help people in Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding areas has grown into an international organization that helps peoCHRISTY WILSON ple around the world. “They could not have envisioned what it has become today,” said Christy Wilson, the organization’s executive director. “We have become successful and now are becoming significant.” But the mission has not changed. “It is taking what we have been blessed with and helping people who have not had the same opportunity,” she said. Wilson said when she started 14 years ago there were $1 million in assets. Now it is $30 million and growing. Over the last 30 years, almost $100 million have flowed through the fund. “We have a 30 member board comprised of people who volunteer their time. They live throughout San Diego County, not just Rancho Santa Fe. Over the years 136 different people have served on our board.” The office of the foundation is in the Union Bank building.“The Art Guild is my lobby,” she said. Wilson said the first 20 years of the life of the organization focused on Rancho Santa Fe and a few nonprofits outside it. “In 2000 we began to change our focus and leverage the assets of the wealth of TURN TO FOUNDATION ON A20


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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

OCT. 7, 2011

ODD Rancho Santa Fe Rotary is all about doing good FILES

by CHUCK SHEPHERD

By Patty McCormac

Fat for Sale Risky Business Models: (1) Orlando-area cosmetic surgeon Jeffrey Hartog inaugurated Liquid Gold, a storehouse for patients’ frozen liposuctioned fat, charging $900 to safekeep a coffee-cup-sized portion and $200 per year storage (in case the fat is needed later, as for smoothing facial wrinkles). A Massachusetts General Hospital physician shook his head, telling the Orlando Sentinel, “(F)rozen fat doesn’t hold up as well as fresh fat.” (2) German biochemist Peer Bork told the journal Nature in September that he and his partners built the not-for-profit MyMicrobes.com social network so that people with similar stomach bacteria can commiserate over diet and gastrointestinal woes. The $2,100 signup fee includes a full gut-bacteria sequencing.

The Continuing Crisis • Wild Things: Motorist Clyde White of Corbin, Ky., was charged with attempted murder in August after police finally collared him following a road-rage chase that reached speeds of over 100 mph. White, who had repeatedly rammed his two siblings in their vehicle, is 78 years old, and in that other vehicle were his brother, 82, and his sister, 83. • According to a recent report from Britain’s Office of National Statistics, there are 297,000 households in the country in which no adult has ever held any kind of job. The number of individuals who thus may never have developed the “habit of work,” and who instead have grown accustomed to the country’s generous welfare payments, might total 700,000. (In an example cited by the Daily Mail, one such couple in their late 30s, and their children, “earn” the equivalent of almost $1,100 per week in income support and disability payments.) • Chicago massage therapist Liudmyla Ksenych, testifying for the prosecution in August in a sex-trafficking trial, happened to notice from the witness stand that the defense lawyer, Douglas Rathe, was formerly a client of hers. The judge immediately declared a mistrial. Rathe later said he visited Ksenych four times in 2009 but that “nothing inappropriate” happened.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary is not the place to sell your widgets, said new President Alan Balfour. It is also not the place to just pal around with friends, he said. “It is an organization for people who want to do good for the community and the world,” said Balfour, who took the helm in July. “I love it,” he said. “It let’s you know what is going on in the community and be involved in the community. It’s all a plus.” A 10-year-member, he follows Patrick Galvin heading the club that boasts about 90 members. “It is a honor to be asked to serve,” he said. But he acknowledges that it is a great deal of work. The minute he took over, he said his “in” box started to overflow. “Three fourths of it is Rotary stuff,” he said. “I’ve always been a worker bee, working behind the scenes,” he said. Balfour is reluctant to talk about himself and is more comfortable plugging the activities of the local club. An upcoming fundraiser is the Fall Festival on the

DO-GOODER Alan Balfour is the new president of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, an organization for the good of the community. Photo by Patty McCormac

evening of Oct. 6 on the grounds of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “It is a big barbecue and the Inn is very involved in helping us,” he said. “There is food, a D.J., games and a wine and beer garden.”

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Sassy Santa is another fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at the Garden Club, a sort of arts and crafts show, he expects about 50 vendors, he said. The club’s Christmas party raises funds for such

Unofficial social club is literally going to the birds By Lillian Cox

On Oct. 1 the unofficial Encinitas Exotic Bird Social Club gathered on the patio adjacent to the Champagne Bakery in the West Village Shopping Center for their monthly get together. Cockatoos and a variety of parrots including eclectus, conures, amazons and macaws have flocked to these events for years. The tradition started in the 1990s by Barbara Bailey and her friends Jeanne Bennett, Janis Uriarte,Wanda Belcher, Mary Elliot and Leslie Gunn. In those days they’d meet on the patio of Marie Callenders before it became Bentley’s. “Sometimes we would meet regularly, sometimes it was a pick-up thing, depending on how busy our schedules were,” remembers Gunn who eventually moved out of the area. The club was resurrected two years ago when Robin Hermann was visiting Staples

with her umbrella cockatoo, Benji, and was approached by one of the former members. Soon, the two got together and the group began to grow via word of mouth. Over the summer, they had their largest gathering with about 25 birds and their owners. “Birds are more intelligent than dogs and they have more interactive personalities,” Hermann said. “It’s a good way to meet people.” Hermann became fast friends with Le and Rick Baker who joined the group about the same time. “We have found that birds need a play date and that they can learn very fast by participating in these events,” explained Rick Baker. “We’ve seen birds break bad habits and lose phobias simply by being around other birds, and bird owners, and just having fun.” Among the bird enthusiasts at last week’s lunch was sisters, Hanna Faulstitch, 9,

PRETTY BIRD April Faulstitch visiting with Asia, a goffin cockatoo, at the Encinitas Exotic Bird Social Club which meets monthly. "I enjoy playing with birds I've never met before," April said. Photos by Lillian Cox

Fine Points of the Law (1) What Year Is This? In August in Lubbock, Texas, Carl Wade Curry, 44, was sentenced to 99 years in prison for cattle rustling. (Said one of the victims, Curry tried to be a smoothtalking, handshake-dealing cattle seller, but “he wasn’t

This year, he has invited community organizations to have a table at the event and let residents learn about their particular group or cause, he said. “We’re expecting 1,000 people,” he said.

charities as the Woman’s Resource Center, a domestic violence shelter in Oceanside, and other human care agencies. Coming up in April is Rotarians At Work Day, founded the by San Diego District of Rotary. The fundraiser has spread across the nation and is a day when Rotarians do hands-on work. The local group last year relandscaped the grounds of the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. In the past it has painted and repaired the shelter of the Woman’s Resource Center and has provided manpower to other charitable organizations. Many times, a single member is involved in a cause and brings it to the club for support, he said. An example of that is the Reins Theraputic Riding in Fallbrook that allows special needs children and adults to ride horses as part of their therapy, he said. And just in time for the holiday shopping season, be on the lookout for the Rotary’s own cookbook which will offer 500 recipes, mostly from club members, but there are many from the community at large, he said. The cost of the cookbook will be about $30, but worth every dollar, he said.

BEST BUDS Cockatoos and a variety of parrots including eclectus, conures, amazons and these macaws have flocked to the unofficial Encinitas Exotic Bird Social Club which has met in the Harvest Ranch Market shopping center since the 1990s.

and April, 11. They brought their green cheek conure, Antonio. “I like coming to the bird lunches a lot because I can see other birds,” Hanna said. April adds, “I enjoy playing with birds I never met before.” One of the newer members credited with the surge in growth of the organization is Lauren Haggerty, a former vet tech who is active in bird rescue and education today. In addition to her two parrots, she fosters and provides medical rehabilitation to several more birds. She doesn’t mind the work.

“In the bird world we tell people it’s 90 percent work and 10 percent fun,” Haggerty said. “To us, it’s not work because it becomes a passion.” Haggerty and Hermann are also involved as volunteers at San Diego Botanic Gardens. “We started doing outreach at major events with the idea of the getting visitors interested in birds,” Hermann explained. “Now our birds are a marketing tool to generate memberships.” Alyse Johnson came to the bird club last week after meeting Michael Ross and his cockatoo, Louis, who are

familiar faces at the Carlsbad Outlet Center. When she mentioned that she was having behavioral problems with her own cockatoo, Ziggy, Ross recommended the bird lunch. Johnson invited her son, Brian Bruno, to join her. He brought Ozzy, his nine-yearold African grey. Before losing his job as an electronics technician during the recession, Bruno said he’d take Ozzy to work. “She’d hang out in the break room, and they even had a name tag for her,” he remembers. Today Bruno and Ozzy are making new friends at the bird club, both with other bird owners — and bystanders. “A man sitting at another table said seeing the birds made him sad because he had a cockatoo 25 years ago,” Bruno said. “It wasn’t long before he joined us and had one sitting on his shoulder.” Haggerty and Gretchen Hauser and their birds will be at the 29th Annual Fall Plant Sale at San Diego Botanic Gardens Oct. 15 and Oct.16. For more information about the event, or the monthly bird lunch, contact Lauren Haggarty at lhaggerty001@san.rr.com. In the Sept. 23 issue of the Rancho Santa Fe News, we incorrectly stated in the story “Councilwoman succumbs to cancer” that the Cultural Tourism Committee puts on the annual garden tour and festival. The Rancho Santa Fe News regrets the error.


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OPINION&EDITORIAL

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS OCT. 7, 2011

‘Update’ plan is more Extreme Makeover My final interview Encinitas is rewriting city zoning calling it the “General Plan Update.” Residents who went to city workshops call it the “General Plan Up-Zone,” saying land use changes threaten property values by allowing high density, destroying small town character, and increasing traffic. When government calls things what they are, we notice. It usually means taxpayers are about to lose something of value, and someone else, let’s say a developer or campaign contributor, is about to strike it rich with a government handout. It looks like Encinitas is calling things what they aren’t. For 25 years the Encinitas General Plan has protected property values. The General Plan is referred to as the Constitution and sets the standards for community development. Because of the current General Plan we have a small town.That may soon change. Will the city allow the Henry’s-Sprouts Market on El Camino Real to become a threestory-parking garage next to a five to seven story building? Residents call it “The Irvinization” of Encinitas. El Camino Real could increase in density by 400 percent.Where will the cars go? Any homeowner can tell you that “updating” a house means keeping the things you love, while adding some new paint or a few fixtures. What the city is proposing isn’t an “Update,” it’s an “Extreme

ANDREW AUDET Life, Liberty and Leadership Makeover.” City Hall wants to scrap the current General Plan that protects residents and replace it with a New General Plan that promotes urban density like Oakland. When the city updated zoning in other parts of the city they made a copy of the original current zoning document, along with the proposed changes, available to the public. Residents were able to update the zoning line by line. Those with an interest can learn more at savecardiff.com. The city and Encinitas Planning Director Patrick Murphy must make a copy of the current General Plan, with any proposed changes, available to the public. This lets the public go through the current General Plan, with the proposed changes, word by word, so the current General Plan is “updated” not scrapped. The council must demand this. So far, Murphy has refused. Failing to release the current plan with the proposed changes keeps the public in the dark.We need to see the current zoning to compare with the proposed updates. We need to know

that Henry’s is currently zoned for say a one-story building before it is approved to become a seven-story tower that increases traffic and reduces property values. Much is at stake. Councilmembers like Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks, who the Encinitas Taxpayers Association reports received some 70 percent of his campaign contributions from the real estate and development industry, may find themselves between a rock and hard place. Bureaucrats in Sacramento and SANDAG tell us what to do, calling it a “housing element,” but if they are such great planners why is the state in such a mess? We don’t have to follow their direction. Developers want loose language and “loopholes,” while residents want tightly worded language, like the U.S. Constitution that protect property rights. It is time the city comes clean with the public. If their intent is to write a New General Plan, they should tell us, and should stop calling it the “General Plan Update.” If that’s the case, then a new General Plan that threatens property values and quality of life needs to be voted on by all 60,000 residents of the city, not just a few councilmembers who might happen to get campaign money and support from developers.

with Maggie Houlihan By Lillian Cox

Last May I was privileged when publisher Jim Kydd asked me to interview Encinitas councilmember, and former mayor, Maggie Houlihan for an article that was to be published the day before her Celebration of Life. That experience led to yet another honor when Maggie asked me to serve as her oral historian three weeks prior to her death on Sept. 16. Because of her rapidly deteriorating health, we knew we needed to work fast.We worked throughout the subsequent week as she felt up to it. On Friday night, Sept. 9 she said, “This is it.We need to get it done.” When I arrived the next morning, we both knew it was her final interview. I shared the contents of that interview at a special council meeting Sept. 26 when I presented a video I taped of Maggie endorsing Lisa Shaffer. I am sharing it again here: What is your proudest achievement? 1. Twenty-seven years serving students at UCSD. 2. Serving the city of Encinitas as a councilmember. 3. Building a rich life based on friends, family and living here in

A DIFFERENCE MAKER In her final interview the late Maggie Houlihan said she wanted to be remember this way: “That I was a mentor, that I saved animals, that I cared for people, that I made a difference. I shared such a richness of experience with family, friends and residents.” Courtesy photo

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Tax preparing isn’t necessarily tax planning By Bob Fagan, financial advisor

In my financial planning practice I have the opportunity to look at many people’s tax returns. Most of these people are very happy with their tax preparers, but many are missing tax savings opportunities because there is no tax planning. Typically in February or March we take our tax information to our “tax guy” who asks a few questions to make sure we have given him everything, and then a week or so later our tax return is done. We’re glad its over and we don’t have to see the “tax guy” again until next year. This is a mistake. We should be meeting with a professional every October/November to determine what, if anything, could/should be done this year to affect our next tax return. That professional could be a CPA or a financial advisor. There are changes you can make Contact a Reporter CARLSBAD CHRISTINA MACONE-GREENE cmaconegreene@coastnewsgroup.com

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OCT. 7, 2011

‘Field of Hope’ brings true home field advantage community CALENDAR By Tony Cagala

The San Pasqual Academy Dragons now have the ability to enjoy what so many other high school football and other sports teams have had — home field advantage. It’s an advantage that not only builds momentum for a team, but helps to build a community, which permeates throughout the school. The San Pasqual Academy, a one-of-a-kind school built especially for foster youths, held a dedication ceremony Sept. 26 for the “Field of Hope,” their brand new football field, which was established by the efforts of San Diego Chargers Quentin Jammer, his wife Alicia and the Jammer Foundation, along with fellow Charger Philip Rivers, his wife Tiffany and the Rivers of Hope Foundation. “When we think of our high school years, we think back at the role sports played and really in who we were as a school,” Ron Roberts said. “Our identity was all tied up in it. And our friends were participating and we were participating; it seemed like just a normal, important part of going to school. Studies were important, no question about it, but I think the role of sports and creating a real community is extremely important.” Roberts, with Judge Mike Milliken and District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox began, before there was any academy, to formulate an idea about how they should be

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A NEW HOME From left, Alicia Jammer, Philip Rivers, Quentin Jammer and Ron Roberts cut the inaugural ribbon during the dedication ceremony of the “Field of Hope” football field at the San Pasqual Academy, Sept. 26. Photo by Tony Cagala

doing something different for the foster kids of San Diego. What they came up with was a residential center where the kids would live and attend a first-class school, Roberts explained. “And let’s see if we can make a difference in the lives of foster kids. There is nothing in this whole country that works any better for foster kids today,” he added.

The whole reason we do this is to help get kids on the right track, Jammer explained. “All it takes is somebody to care and to motivate somebody.” Jammer is hopeful the field will do for the kids what it did for him, he said. “Where I grew up it wasn’t the best of towns, so (football) definitely kept me out of trouble, kept me off the streets and defi-

Firefighters apologize to city manager By Bianca Kaplanek

Joined at the podium by more than a dozen firefighters at the Sept. 28 City Council meeting, the local union president issued an apology to interim City Manager David Ott after the group accused him a month earlier of trying to reduce staffing and jeopardize public safety. “David Ott is a man who has dedicated his life to public service and he is a man who truly has a servant’s heart,” Eric Phillips read from a statement. “Our membership displayed a lack of judgment by questioning his character, and in the process hurt him to the core,” Phillips said. “Sir, for this we are truly sorry.” An August posting on the firefighters association website claimed Ott was proposing a staff reduction that would decrease “the level of service being provided to the community” and place “the community’s safety at risk.” The posting claimed the move would result in increased response times, longer on-scene times and fewer first responders for emergencies. It urged residents to attend the Aug. 24 meeting, and nearly a dozen speakers addressed council, asking them not to cut services. However, Ott, who began his public service career as a firefighter, never proposed cutting staff or services. In fact, Mayor Lesa

Heebner said she received the posting by e-mail the day after firefighters voted to accept the council’s “status quo” on their upcoming contract. Ott had been directed by council members at earlier meetings to close a projected $700,000 budget deficit, which included reviewing almost $400,000 in overtime and workers compensation in the Fire Department. He eventually presented a balanced budget without any layoffs, major changes to service or adjustments in Fire Department overtime. Ott had called the accusations “a character assassination that’s beyond hurtful,” but said he is not vindictive and holds no animosity toward the association. “We’re here to serve the

community,” he said. “Professionally this holds no bearing at all. We’ll get on with the business of the city to be as affective an organization as possible.” “We have a road ahead of us ... and we have gotten your communication,” Heebner said after Phillips read the statement. Carlsbad resident Ace Hoffman, who was attending the Sept. 28 meeting for another agenda item, commented on the firefighters’ actions. “It takes a pretty big man to make an apology like that,” he said. You must have deserved it (the apology),” he said to Ott. The firefighters association website had been unavailable for at least a week.

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nitely taught me a lot about life, teamwork and how to be a great person.” “The field of hope is just that, from Quentin and Philip, it’s absolutely a field of hope and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Debby Syverson of the San Pasqual Academy. For Philip Rivers, playing high school football still has an impact on him even after

playing four years of college football and eight seasons in the NFL, he said. “I still have those great memories and those are some the friendships and the things that you have forever. Playing at home on a Friday night in Alabama was special. Having a home game, having a pep rally and having your TURN TO FIELD ON A20

CARE FAIR Cal State San Marcos and San Marcos will present the Because I Care Community Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. The event is cosponsored by Cal State San Marcos, city of San Marcos, Visiting Angels and The Elizabeth Hospice. For more information, call (760) 7445535. CONCERT TIME Faculty members Dan Siegel and Steve Torok, The Siegel/Torok Project, will give a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the MiraCosta College Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400. General admission, $10; students/seniors $8. GOURMET TIMES The Gourmet Experience cooking and home entertaining showcase features over 100 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Pat O’Brien Hall, Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar.

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PRO-AM Rancho Santa Fe residents Dana and Barbara Linett attend the pro-am event. Dana is an historical document guest expert on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” series. Photos by Daniel Knighton

Ranch residents host Pro-Am party RANCHO SANTA FE — Jamie and Tony Carr hosted the 7th annual Pro-Am Sponsor Party at their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe on the evening of Sept. 16. The fundraising event was a highlight of the two-day Pro-Am tennis tournament to support the SES Tennis Center in Tecate, Mexico and

the Empty Cradle in San Diego. Event sponsors included Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa; Geyser Holdings; Gerald Parsky; San Diego Self Storage; Jamie and Tony Carr; Coffee Ambassador; Carruth Cellars; Hansen’s Surfboards and Schubach Aviation. Visit sestenniscenter.org or call (858) 832-8297.

SHAPED THE RANCH AS WE KNOW IT The two people who deserve the most credit for the character of Rancho Santa Fe are Leone G. Sinnard and Lilian J. Rice. Both were talented and dedicated professionals in their respective fields. Sinnard was a consummate land engineer with a healthy respect for the natural features of the Ranch.

Lilian Rice had university training and possessed an innate talent. Her affinity for her native land helped to develop a hybrid style of Spanish Revival architecture that appeared as though it indeed came from the land. The two worked together brilliantly from 1922 to 1927. Lilian maintained a deep regard for

Sinnard, even including him in her will. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing.com. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or email rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Tasty benefit CARLSBAD — To benefit Make A Wish Foundation, Chef Eugenio Martignago and his chefs from Bistro West and West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad will prepare seven tastes at West’s Oktoberfest event from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 under the tents at 4960 Avenida Encinas. Cost is $50 per person For more information and tickets, call (760) 930-8008.

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WELCOME Event host and hostess Tony and Jamie Carr.

Kayakers get rare opportunity to clean up lagoon By Tony Cagala

A virtual armada of kayakers and volunteers stormed the beaches of the Batiquitos Lagoon Saturday to take part in a rare opportunity to paddle out for the sixth annual Kayak Cleanup hosted by the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF). More than 200 participants came out Saturday and Sunday to help pick up trash along the lagoon’s coastline with skimmers, grabbers and anything else that could reach pieces of trash from their kayaks. BLF Board President Fred Sandquist said the event is about two things: Picking up trash and public education. “We try and educate them as to why this is important and have a fun event so that they get out and see an area that is normally off limits.” The 610 acres comprising the Batiquitos Lagoon, which runs under Interstate 5, is fed mostly by the San Marcos Creek and the Encinitas Creek. The lagoon’s main function serves as a breeding ground, Sandquist explained. “It’s the third largest eel grass bed habitat in the county,” said Anne Spacie, science advisor for the foundation. “The other two are San Diego Bay and Mission Bay and you can’t protect those the way you can protect this one.”

DEL MAR — On Sept. 21, Italian jewelry brand, Pomellato, and the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE Foundation) hosted a luncheon at the Del Mar Country Club and presentation on the foundation. A portion of jewelry purchases went to FACE along with direct donations, raising more than $10,000 for the FACE Foundation. These donations will give more family pets a second chance at life. For more information or to donate, visit face4pets.org, or call (858) 450-3223.

ENCINITAS — Proprietor Debra Skinner announced that Perspectives...at Moonlight Beach Art, Jewelry, Gifts and Inspiration, in The Lofts at 90 N. Coast Highway 101, Suite 213, celebrated its first birthday Sept. 30. The store is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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ROW, ROW, ROW Edah Shuttleworth, front, and Brett Smith share a tandem kayak Saturday at the Kayak Cleanup event at the Batiquitos Lagoon. Photos by Tony Cagala

Edah Shuttleworth, a BLF member, was participating in the cleanup event for her second time. “There’s so few pristine areas like this left anywhere in the world, it seems like, so to support one that’s just almost in your backyard seems like a good thing to do,” she said. Shuttleworth has lived in the area for a couple of years. Her husband Bill is a volunteer at the Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center. “It was great; I loved it,” Shuttleworth said after returning to shore. “I had to do all of the paddling though,” she added. Shuttleworth went out with a second group of volunteers,

sharing a tandem kayak with Brett Smith of Utah. “We didn’t get a lot of trash, so that was a good thing,” Smith said. “Because it’s nice that people are taking care of the lagoon and not littering. It was certainly beautiful out there.” The kayakers were part of second group that went out to collect trash. Each group was able to spend two hours on the water, which allowed Shuttleworth, Smith and the rest of the volunteers to paddle all the way to the end of the lagoon east of the I-5. Smith enjoyed the experience so much he said he might even try to plan his next vacation around it.

PACK IT OUT Joe Decamp and his son Nate show some of the garbage they collected during the 6th annual Kayak Cleanup at the Batiquitos Lagoon Saturday.

The lagoon is under the control of California Department of Fish and Game. But the special two-day event also allows Spacie access to the site. She works with the foundation to try and keep track of things that are going on in the lagoon, or things that would impact the lagoon in a positive or negative way, she explained. “We try to evaluate them from the point of view of the best available science; we

don’t have an axe to grind of any kind,” she said. One of the things Spacie has been able to do with the foundation is to provide CalTrans with extra data and information regarding the widening of I-5, a project which would have dramatically impacted the lagoon and the habitat of rare birds in the area. “I just try to get the best TURN TO LAGOON ON A20

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Professional Firefighters Association (RSFFPA) and Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) are hosting an Open House and Pancake Breakfast Oct. 16, from 7 to 11 a.m., at Station 1. District firefighters will be on hand to serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a requested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. In addition to breakfast, the open house will include station tours, photos with the firefighters, and fire engine displays. For more information, visit rsf-fire.org or call (858) 756-6008. Station 1 is at 16936 El Fuego.


A RTS&E NTERTAINMENT OMfest tunes up its acts The 10th annual Oceanside Music Festival, OMFest, offers six concerts this year boasting a variety of music genre, showcasing both student and professional musicians from throughout Southern California. This year’s OMFest series opens with the Scholarship Gala at Oceanside Museum of Art on Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 23, featuring a wide range of concerts including multicultural, Broadway, choral and classical music. The scheduled concerts include: — A Gala Scholarship Fundraiser begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 12 at Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, with performances from the youth, music professionals and recognition of North County’s activists Joni Harris, Kathleen O’Brien, and Tom Brault for outstanding performance and lasting contribution in promoting music and the arts in North San Diego County. Tickets for this event are $30. — “It’s Broadway, Baby!” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Quantum Learning Network Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro. This is a music and dance spectacular, featuring Carlsbad Choraleers, Damsels in Distress, as well as local favorite singers, dancers, and talents student performers. The concert covers the history of the Tony Awards with familiar and new Broadway tunes. — Classical Kaleidescope, 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at First Christian Church, 204 S. Freeman St. The concert will offer light classical music featuring New Ground Chamber Music. The goal of this concert is “to do away with the formality and elitism and convention of classical concerts and make the experience of attending our concerts something that may deeply inspire and enrich the lives of our audiences.” — World Rhythms, 7 p.m. Oct. 21, at New Song Community Church, 3985 Mission Ave. This concert of international flavor features MiraCosta College’s Frequency Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Celtic music of Raggle Taggle complemented onstage with dancing from San Diego County’s finest schools of Irish dance. — High School Choral Showcase, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at MiraCosta Concert Hall, Building 2400, 1 Barnard Drive. It’s the annual high school showcase of choirs and chamber singers. — Global Spirit, 2 p.m. Oct 23 at St. Mary’s Star of The Sea Catholic Church, TURN TO OMFEST ON A20

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Air Show still a place of fascination By Tony Cagala

A convoy of a different sort rolled through Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, with hazard lights on all vehicles flashing in the pre-dawn hours under the haze of a marine layer, running red lights and stop signs so as not to fall behind and out of sight of the lead Marine van. The convoy was rife with members of the media; the lead van taking us to an area just outside the base’s tarmac that had on it some of aviation history’s most iconic airplanes. The Marines had opened up their base for the 2011 MCAS Miramar Air Show media day. “It’s an opportunity we give to our media partners to come out…and get up and actually fly with some of our civilian performers,” said Sgt. Sean P. McGinty, an MCAS spokesperson. Before taking to the skies we all had to sign release waivers — what drew a nervous laugh from those selected few to fly the Russian AN-2 Colt, a rare, single-engine biplane, was the fact that they had to sign a second release waiver. I was one of those who received the opportunity to fly on the Colt. The plane is still in production today; new models can be purchased in China, but Colts can only be flown in the U.S. under the exhibition/experimental license. The Colt is the world’s largest single-engine biplane with a top speed of 100 miles per hour, carrying 1,000 horsepower. It does have the ability to take off and land on a very short runway, needing only

THE BIG PANDA The Russian AN-2Colt is rare to be flying in the United States. This single-engine biplane is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and is flown throughout the country, appearing in numerous air shows with pilot sponsor Bob Cable. Photo by Phil Makanna/GHOSTS

500 feet to take off. “It is taking a MAC truck and putting wings on it and saying, ‘fly,’” said the Colt’s devil-may-care pilot Bob Cable. “It’s proof that if you put enough power behind anything, you’ll get it in the air.” Cable went on to assure us passengers that smoke in the cockpit and fuselage was normal, even cool, at the beginning of each flight and that the loud noises and squealing brakes were perfectly fine. “It is like a megaphone,” he said. “It’s actually louder inside the plane than outside COME FLY WITH ME Bob Cable, pilot sponsor of the Russian AN- the plane.” 2 Colt, flies members of the media and 2011 MCAS Air Show sponsors The plane is a part of the over MCAS Miramar during media day Sept. 29. Photo by Tony Cagala Commemorative Air Force, an

organization dedicated to restoring, preserving and flying aircraft to educate and to present to generations interested in aviation and its history. Cable is the pilot sponsor of the plane. He and a crew are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the plane. Cable and his wife Suzanne do about 15 air shows per year with the plane; this is his fifth time at the MCAS air show. Learning to fly this plane wasn’t difficult, Cable said, just different. It took him about 8 to 10 hours to get the handle of the plane, adding that there’s a lot of using your feet to fly this plane. The inside of the plane spared no expense to retain its authenticity: A framed photo of Joseph Stalin was mounted near the cockpit and underneath, at the ready, was a replica AK-47 rifle. A number of aircraft took off before us, including the exciting Red Bull Helo, but there was a feeling, ours being the biggest and brightest on the tarmac, that this was the one to watch. As we prepared for takeoff aboard the Colt, the engine roared to life; the plane began to rattle and hum, it was all perfectly normal, Cable reassured. In a matter of moments we were airborne. Each passenger was able to take a turn sitting in the co-pilot’s seat during the flight, which cruised at an altitude of 1,000 feet and hit top speeds of approximately 80 miles per hour. It wasn’t breaking the TURN TO AIR SHOW ON A20

October filled with art and activities at OMA The Oceanside Museum of Art, at 704 Pier View Way, has a calendar full to bursting for the month of October. An exhibit by San Diegobased artist Becky Guttin will transform the OMA lobby with a playful installation inspired by memories of her childhood growing up in Mexico City. The exhibit, titled “We Can Work It Out: Becky Guttin,” opened Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 5, 2012. It will launch with an artist’s reception from noon to 2 p.m.

JA-MAKIN’ ME HUNGRY Sean Paul visited Jamroc 101 Caribbean Grill Sept. 27 as part of radio station Jammin’ Z90’s Jamacain Me Lunch event. Winners and their guests were awarded the patio luncheon with the reggae/dancehall artist. Pictured from left, David DaCosta, Sean Paul, David’s daughter Rachael and wife and owner of Jamroc 101 Tina. Courtesy photo

Oct. 22 In keeping with the Halloween season, the museum presents “Memento Mori: Remember your Mortality from Oct. 15 through Oct. 30 in the Groves Gallery. Organized in conjunction with “Art After (Dark) Death” Oct. 28, this special two-week exhibition is a visual complement to the dark tableaux. The exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of media from painting and photography to sculpture and

fiber art from more than 15 regional artists. Beginning Oct. 22, running through Feb. 12 will be “A Matter of Space: Cathy Breslaw.” You can meet the artist, at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 and hear her discuss the process involved in and the meaning behind her work. Informed by the boundless concept of space, local artist Breslaw will create a site-specific installation in the TURN TO ART ON A20


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San Diego Sockers select first-ever dance team the inaugural season, where way for the community to conthey will debut at the Sockers nect with the team. It’s also a great opportunity for the girls home opener Nov. 19. Angela Pagano audi- who dream and aspire to tioned for the team because become professional dancers. Each of the girls audishe missed dancing. “I want to be on a team tioning had to showcase their with a bunch of girls and individual talents and their ability to learn and perform a make friends,” Pagano said. Pagano had been a routine quickly. “We just want to make dancer for several years before stopping to attend col- sure they all have a good dance ability, they are adding lege. “I feel like the skill set I to the game day experience learned through being a and so, we want to make sure Charger Girl over the seven they can dance and look uniyears definitely has made it to form as a team,” Wayman where I feel I’m strong said. The type of dancing that enough to run the team,” she the Socker Girls will be doing said. “Since it’s such a new is mainly a jazz-style,Wayman team, I don’t want to create added. “If somebody was interthe same intensity the Chargers have. I want whoev- ested in trying out for the er wants to come and tryout team…I would say take a balto come and feel comfort- let class and a jazz class,” she able…but my goal is definite- said. The team will be audily to make the team classy, dynamic and very respected tioning new girls every year. The San Diego Sockers in the community like the Chargers Girls are,” Wayman are part of the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASLsaid. the largest “As an organization, Premier), we’re always trying to do indoor/arena soccer league, something a little bit better,” which hosts 32 teams in six said Sockers General divisions across the U.S. The Sockers home stadiManager John Kentera. Kentera hopes the new um is the The Del Mar Arena for the team. Leah Sewitch of dance team will not only add at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. For more information, Escondido was one of the girls some extra entertainment to auditioning for a chance to be Sockers games but as another visit sdsockers.com. a part of the first-ever Sockers dance team. “I love to dance and perform,” she said. She’s been dancing for about 15 years, and was a little bit nervous, she said, because of learning about the audition on such short notice. But she said she was also looking to just have fun. “Obviously, I would like to make it, but if I don’t, that’s OK, I’ll keep trying. I’m persistent.” After the auditions, Sewitch learned she had made the team. Summer Alvarez, center, instructs dancers Janelle Garcia, left, and Judges watch with a discerning eye at the girls auditioning for the Socker Girls Dance Team. From left, Sarah Wayman and her team of Angela Pagano on a routine during the Socker Girl Dance Team audiChavez, Kellie Mose, Socker Girls Director and Coach Robin Wayman and Sara Jordan. judges selected six girls for tions. Both girls will be on the team when it debuts Nov. 19. By Tony Cagala

For Robin Wayman there wasn’t any nerves at all.There was nothing for her to be nervous about — she didn’t have to audition. Wayman is the director and coach of the newly inaugurated Socker Girls Dance Team. A former Charger Girl, Wayman knew all-too-well the nerves that accompanied auditions. She had spent seven seasons with the Chargers, and now she’s directing her first dance team. “Going through seven years of the Charger process, I…know start to finish what a season looks like,” Wayman said. Wayman is using all of her experiences as a Charger Girl to put together the dance team. She’s also receiving a lot of help from former Charger Girls, from uniform design to creating dance routines. Wayman’s had only eight short weeks to build the team from the ground up, including designing uniforms, coming THE SOCKER GIRLS Elise Wittner, left, and Leah Sewitch audition for the new San Diego Sockers Dance up with dance routines and, Team at the Marriott Del Mar Oct. 2. Both girls will be part of the first-ever Socker Girls Team. of course, selecting the girls Photos by Tony Cagala

CSUSM men’s loss serves as warning to team Tournament to benefit By Tony Cagala

A slew of yellow cards issued in the 2-1 loss to Bethesda Christian University signaled a glaring caution to the Cal State San Marcos men’s soccer program. A combined nine yellow cards were issued during the match that saw one of the largest crowds this season. “A chippy game’s going to be a chippy game.That’s all a part of soccer. In the end…it’s all mental as well as physical,” said sophomore forward Warren Ashcroft. “You’ve got to be smart enough soccer-wise and have soccer-intelligence to realize how to play, not get involved in something.” Still, head coach Ron Pulvers attributed the amount of penalties to laziness and a lack of focus on the Cougars’ part. “It was a competitive game,” Pulvers said. “I have to give (Bethesda) a lot of credit, that’s a good team and a team that really want to win.”

AT A LOSS Sophomore forward Warren Ashford walks off the field after being substituted for late in the match during the Cougar’s loss to Bethesda Christian University. Photo by Tony Cagala

Pulvers was critical of the way his team played in the second half and from a perceived lack of leadership from his players. “Yeah, we have captains,” Ashford said. “We gen-

erally don’t have that person that is going to put the words into people’s heads and get them fired up,” he said. “We need to be back to the grinding team that we were last season.”

Ashford said the team didn’t lack motivation, but a lack of buy-in. “There just needs to be more of, ‘Hey, we’re all here, we all need to give 110 percent 90 minutes out of the game,’” he said. Overall, Pulvers was pleased with the first half play; the Cougars took a 1-0 lead into the half on a Jake Kaiser goal from an assist by Alex Brunsell in the 40th minute. “That was as close to a complete 45 minutes we’ve had all season and then 16 seconds into the (second) half we give the penalty away, and then we’re in a bad spot.” “It’s just disappointing,” said Ashcroft after the loss. “We’ve got the talent on this team that could really, really go far…that’s a team that I felt we had in the bag and that we should’ve beaten; we just didn’t have a buy-in 100 percent from everyone. There wasn’t that intent, or will to TURN TO LOSS ON A9

CSUSM scholarships RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diego Padres Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Jones will be playing in the fourth annual CSUSM Cougar Scramble Golf Tournament, and registration for the limited spots remaining in the field is now open to the public. Hosted by Cal State San Marcos Athletics and the CSUSM Alumni Association, the Cougar Scramble will be played Nov. 8 at beautiful The Crosby Golf Course. All proceeds from the event will go towards student-athlete scholarships and Alumni Association endowed scholarships. “This is the second year that we will hold the tournament at The Crosby, which is an unbelievable course and the reason we sold out last year,” noted CSUSM Athletic Director Tom Seitz. “With the addition of Randy Jones

this year we expect the field to be full very soon. This is our major fund raiser for the year and we need everyone’s support to provide studentathlete scholarships for our expanding athletic program.” Participants will enjoy fun on-course games and contests, a raffle with terrific prizes, and of course 18 holes of great golf at one of the most scenic courses in Southern California. A dinner and live auction will follow the round. Randy Jones will be joining the field for the round and the festivities. The 1976 NL Cy Young Award winner is excited to be a part of the Cougar Scramble. Registration is $295 per player or $1,100 per foursome. For more information, v i s i t csusmcougars.com/cougarscr amble.


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FOR YOUR SCORE Dave Stockton Sr. and his family-run Stockton Golf program is now available to the public at The Grand Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Stockton Golf brings game to Grand Del Mar By Tony Cagala

Putting guru Dave Stockton Sr., a PGA champion and acclaimed instructor known for working with prosas Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Annika Sorenstam, is now offering his family-run Stockton Golf operations at The Grand Del Mar. Dave Stockton, Jr., a PGA tour veteran, is heading the program on a weekly basis, when not competing in tour events, said the resort’s Director of Golf Shawn Cox. Stockton Golf is widely known for their individual attentions to players’ needs in the short game. “Because of their methods, (they) are very good at the mental side of things,” Cox said.“They’re very much about trying to get the routine; much less technique and much more about seeing the line and making a confident stroke.” Stockton Sr. has also released a new book on putting called “Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton’s Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke” (Gotham Books). Cox explained that the short game, putting especially, often goes overlooked because everybody wants to hit it further. “If you want to help your score immediately, if you can save two putts a round, that’s going to have the most effect. You have the putter about 40 percent of the time in your hand, and why not focus in on something that’s 40 percent of your score?” Stockton Golf is available to the public. For more information, visit thegranddelmar.com.

TORRERO TIME The USD Torreros earned a decisive victory over the Davidson College Wildcats, winning 42-0 during the homecoming game Oct. 1. Clockwise from top, Kenny James makes a strong run downfield. Sam Hoekstra weaves his way through defenders. Levor Ross pursues a Davidson player. Photos by Bill Reilly

son Sept. 21 against Concordia University, Irvine. “The women are playing to win every time, they have what it takes,” Pulvers added. The men will next play Oct. 14 against SOKA University.

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really grind out and do what we needed to get done.” Since the team’s rocky start to the season, going 0-3, the Cougars managed a 5game winning streak to get their record to 6-5-1. “They’re good wins,” Pulvers said. “They’re grinding it out, they’re getting a taste of it, but…we’re going to have to revisit this team a little bit and talk a lot about where we’re at and what we want to do. And if these guys really want to make a playoff run, they’re going to have to be more disciplined and focused and tougher,” he said. The Cougars will have the next two weeks off, but Pulvers said they’ll be practicing very hard. “As far as preparing for the next two weeks we going to try and learn how to win; we’re going to learn how to close games out, try to play 1-

TIME TO REGROUP CSUSM’s soccer coach Ron Pulvers looks to get to his team to respond. Photo by Tony Cagala

0 soccer and be able to shut walloping, winning 11-0 to folteams out. We’re just bleed- low their first loss of the seaing too many goals. And it’s just a lack of concentration and being lazy.” Prior to the men’s match, the women’s team gave a weakened Bethesda Christian University women’s team a

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Mathnasium of Solana Beach Makes Math Make Sense Mathnasium of Solana Beach provides high-quality math instruction for students in 2nd-12th grade. Whether a student needs to be challenged in math, wants some help with homework and test prep to be sure to get an A, or has fallen behind and is frustrated and angry about Math Mathnasium can help. Mathnasium specializes in teaching math in a way students can understand. The program begins with an assessment of the student's math skills and comprehension. The assessment is designed to identify what

the child needs to learn to go to the next level of understanding in math. Based upon the results an individualized program is designed for the student. Highly trained instructors then direct the child through their program. Students who need to be challenged will be excited about Math again. Students who want an A will have the confidence they need to succeed. And struggling students will see a dramatic improvement in attitude within three months and an improvement in grades within six months.

Math Fairs are also a specialty of Mathnasium. Mathnasium of Solana Beach has sponsored dozens of Math Fairs with the help of local Parent organizations to get their schools excited about Math. When school is out Mathnasium operates a Summer Camp. Mathnasium is located at 981-E Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach. For more information, please call (858) 755-MATH (6284) or visit www.mathnasium.com/sola nabeach.

Eclectic art hits Solana Beach’s Coastal Rail Trail By Bianca Kaplanek

An eclectic assortment of visual and performing arts took over a one-mile stretch of Coast Highway 101 during the city’s annual Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail, which was voted the Best Event in San Diego County in 2010. The event, which took place from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 east of Coast Highway 101 between Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Via de la Valle, included everything from banners, masks and musical pantomimes to a living statue, stilt walkers and a trio of fashion-savvy swines. Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail allows participants to celebrate the arts, enjoy the trail, bid on artwork, create masks or just enjoy the ARTS ALIVE Bonsall resident Gina McKee attended the Arts Alive fessights and sounds. Rory Price, 7, of tival with fellow performers from the North Coast Repertory Theater to promote their upcoming performance of “Charlotte’s Web.” Encinitas said her favorite Photos by Daniel Knighton display was the three pigs adorned with jewelry, high heels and eyelashes. Solana Beach resident Ava Burger, 8, enjoyed dancing with a stilt walker. Nick and Jake Morago, also from Solana Beach, were attending the event for the first time with their parents. NEW LIFE Several pieces of recycled art were on display along the Coastal Rail Trail during the Arts Alive They said the swanky swines festival. were pretty funny.

PUNKS! Members of the “Steampunk” group Steam Powered Giraffe drew the largest crowds during the Arts Alive festival.

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Having arrived at my destination, I begin my second life It’s Friday, Sept. 23. I got here on Wednesday. I sit alone but content in my new second life. This is quite an adventure. I still feel the guilt and pull of work and yes I take care of it electronically at two hours ahead of San Diego time. My daughter Marisa, one of the finest Reiki Healers (and more) that you’ll ever meet, is my boots on the ground if needed. As in most adventures the constant pull is the discovery. I went over to Nuevo Vallarta yesterday. The last time I was there was in 2005. Nuevo Vallarta is just north around the airport from Puerto Vallarta proper. There has been some serious construction in there. They have all these great all inclusive resort places you can buy into. You own it. You use it 3 months out of the year and put it in a rental pool. A one-bedroom condo returns about $12,000 per year. Based upon a $250,000 cash purchase that is a return of 4.5 percent plus an all inclusive three months for free. All-inclusive means that. Everything is paid for including but not limited to dinner and drinks at classy restaurants, maid service and

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Big box store approval receives chilly reception at meeting By Wehtahnah Tucker

Dozens of residents turned out during the regular City Council meeting Sept. 28 to show their dissatisfaction with the city’s process of issuing Walmart a building permit. The retail giant was given the green light to convert the former Home Depot Expo Sept. 6 this year after

negotiating space issues and parking requirements with the city since July 2010. No changes to the exterior of the building except for signage are expected. However, because of the city code’s parking requirements for commercial occupants, Walmart will have to leave 8,664 square feet of the 104,759-square-foot building

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vacant. Sensing a hostile crowd, the city’s planning and building staff told the council that there was little it could do to prohibit Walmart from moving into the space still leased by Home Depot. “The city has very limited permitting authority in tenant changes,” said planner J. Dichoso. In fact, several residents derided the process of issuing the permit without public input. Joann Hoffman called it the “Walmart sneak in” and told the council she was troubled that the applicant did the parking study. “I feel like it’s a conflict

of interest,” she said. Typically the applicant is required by code to prepare a traffic study according to city staff. Hoffman, who has been a vocal opponent of the Walmart move, said she was never told about her right to appeal the permit issuance or that the ability to do so expired 15 days after the issuance of the permit. She asked that the time length to appeal be extended in this case, given the delay in bringing the issue to the public’s attention during a council meeting. City Attorney Glen Sabine said a civil code provision at the state level sets the appeal process at 90 days, but that municipalities have the ability to change the timeframe.

“It’s the rule we have in place right now and with that rule we have to follow it,” Sabine said. Hoffman also expressed a concern that such a large retailer would bring additional traffic to the already crowded Leucadia Boulevard intersection. “The major thing for me is the traffic,” she said. “I just think it’s good for us to know how all these things roll out.” James Cowles lives within walking distance to the intersection. He predicted that traffic would increase dramatically. “Home Expo parking is not going to be the same as Walmart use,” he told the council. He said the number of cars in the parking lot could be counted on one hand when the specialty, interior design store owned by Home Depot was operating in the space. “That won’t be the

case with Walmart,” he warned. “It’s telling that Encinitas gets 15 days and the rest of the world gets 90 (to appeal),” he said. “You owe it to the citizens to let that happen.” Cowles said the council and the city should have advertised the permitting process with Walmart. “To carry it under the radar is really disingenuous,” he said. The city requires a minimum of 627 parking spaces in the existing retail center according to planning director Patrick Murphy. Those spaces will be shared with REI and a few restaurants currently in the center. Rachelle Collier, a Leucadia resident, was frustrated with the process. “You’ve given them a permit and now we’re here telling you we don’t want Walmart,” she told the council. Sheila Cameron, a former mayor and councilwoman, said that maintaining community character was one of the reasons the city was incorporated 25 years ago, adding that Walmart didn’t fit that criteria. She also warned that Walmart allowed overnight RV parking. “We don’t have a clear regulation,” Murphy said when asked about overnight RV parking on commercial property by Councilwoman Teresa Barth. He said the formula of five parking stalls TURN TO BIG BOX ON A23


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Solving the case of the secret leak KENT HORNER Local Roots Nothing can be more frustrating to a pool owner than having a beautiful pool that loses water, chlorine, salt and Cyanuric Acid. Now, most people know a pool must have chlorine to keep it clear and prevent algae and other biologics from growing in the water, but few know what a salt water pool does and even less people have heard about Cyanuric Acid. When my pool’s Jacuzzi began to lose water, I was really frustrated. I had spent quite a bit on the best plaster at the time (Sunstone, Black Pearl) and the plumber had pressure checked all the plumbing. My greatest fear was that my pool was leaking from somewhere underground, or in the Gunite shell itself. That would have been bad. Most new pools have auto fills so if you have a raised Jacuzzi above the pool the pool itself will continue to stay full. This was the case with mine and yet my Jacuzzi was halfway empty in the mornings until the circulation pump filled it from the pool and it began to spill over again. As a result, my chlorine and salt were being depleted and diffused by the auto fill

trying to make up the difference for the lost water. I knew there was a leak somewhere, but I didn’t know where or why. I called in Ken Howard, a pool builder friend of mine, and we tried the bucket test. The bucket test is where you place a bucket on the top step of the stairs in the pool and fill it with pool water to match the level of the water in the pool. The theory here is that the evaporation rate of the water in the bucket will match the evaporation rate in the pool. With the auto fill turned off, a leak in the pool would become evident from a much faster drop in the pool water than in the bucket. From our observations, there looked to be no leak in the pool itself, but it was difficult to be sure. Could the leak be in the plumbing? We then proceeded to Step Two and plugged all the inlets, jets, drains in the bottom of the pool and skimmers. I then dove into the pool and the Jacuzzi with scuba and a weight belt (man, was the water cold). I took with me a small syringe full of purple dye. When you are near a leak under water and you squirt some dye into it, it will flow away and disappear into the opening as if being sucked away by a vacuum. I squirted dye at all the penetrations of the plaster but still no luck. The plaster was not leaking around the piping. By this time, I was total-

ly stumped. No leak in the pool, no leaks around the pipe penetrations or skimmers and the Jacuzzi was still low every morning before the pump turned on to cycle water through the filters and into the spillways from the Jacuzzi. I turned off the power to the pool pumps and shut off the auto fill valve. Sure enough, the Jacuzzi water level dropped and dropped. By the second day, it was hovering just below the seat top in the lower well of the Jacuzzi. By the third day, as the plaster began to dry out, the water level was relatively unchanged, but you could see a long wet uneven line in the plaster about two inches down from the seat top that ran parallel with the seat almost all the way around the Jacuzzi. There was the crack! What a weird place for the plaster to separate I thought. Why would it do that? As it turns out, Gunite, when shot in a large pool, creates re-bound or dry nonsticking material that must be shoveled out of the pool and discarded. Here the Gunite contractor shoveled it up and used it to build the tops of my benches in the Jacuzzi where it eventually separated and cracked the plaster. The moral of the story here is, use shot-crete — a mixture of concrete and gravel to build your pool shell. You always get what you pay for.

Interstate 5 express lanes proposed After more than six years of deliberation, feedback from the public, numerous technical and environmental studies, and coordination with local, state and federal agencies, the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration recently outlined a plan to add two express lanes in each direction on Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside. The proposed I-5 Express Lanes Project would add two express lanes to the highway in each direction separated from the existing general purpose lanes by a painted, striped buffer between La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego and Harbor Drive in Oceanside. The new express lanes will accommodate carpools, vanpools, buses and single occupancy vehicles using FasTrak. The freeway already has one express lane in each direction from the I5/Interstate 805 merge to Manchester Avenue. “Since the initial review process began in 2004, hundreds of public meetings have been held, more than 3,000 comments received and five project alternatives studied,” said Caltrans’ I-5 Corridor Director Allan Kosup. “At the end of that effort, the project that offered the best balance of benefits, impacts and costs emerged.” Caltrans officials said the Express Lanes Only option best meets the purpose and need of the overarching North

Coast Corridor Program; has the least overall environmental impacts; requires fewer acquisitions of right of way; requires fewer property relocations; and has the lowest construction costs — estimated at $3.4 billion. According to Kosup, the project will not only help reduce traffic congestion in North County, but it also offers transportation flexibility for the future. “It achieves this with the smallest footprint of all the options studied, minimizing the impact on our communities and the environment,” Kosup said, adding that it is “more than just a freeway project.” The North Coast Corridor Program includes not only improvements to the highway, but also $400 million for coastal rail and transit improvements over the next five years, according to Caltrans. Approximately nine miles of the coastal rail system will be double tracked over the next 10 years, and most of the corridor from Oceanside to downtown San Diego will be double tracked over the next 20 years.The project will allow for additional commuter and intercity train service and expand opportunities for freight rail. Additionally, more than $200 million will be allocated in conjunction with the North Coast Corridor Program to enhance the environment and improve coastal access, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments will now finalize the project’s Public Works Plan. This document essentially serves as the blueprint for implementing rail, highway, transit and bike and pedestrian projects, while providing a framework to ensure the protection of environmental resources, water quality and coastal access. Pending consideration and approval of the plan by the California Coastal Commission, Caltrans anticipates beginning work on the first phase of the project in 2013. The first phase of the project would extend the existing high occupancy vehicle lanes, one in each direction from Manchester Avenue to State Route 78. For more information about the North Coast Corridor Program or to sign up to receive project updates, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com or contact the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670.

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ART AND FASHION More than 300 people signed up for the luncheon, which was held under a tent on the lawn of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Photos by Patty McCormac

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From left, Marine Sgt. Robert Soto and Navy personnel Justine Pennel and Don Baird, prepare to seat guests at the fashion show.

they ate a terrific luncheon with Heidi Fleischbein providing lovely harp music during the meal. This year’s event honored the late Luba Johnston and Pricilla Webb, who is longtime

This was the 56th annual Art of Fashion event benefiting the Country Friends who bestow about $100,000 a year on deserving charitable organizations.

member and supporter of The Country Friends. The Country Friends partnered with South Coast Plaza for the fashion show that was held in a separate tent on the grounds of the Inn. Fashions shown were from the fall/winter collections of international designers including CH Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, TOD’S and Versace. “What better place is

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capable.”) (2) In Jackson, Minn., in March, Andrew Espey was sentenced to 90 days in jail for improperly shingling the roof of his house. Complained Espey, “(A) drunk can drive down the highway and get a lot less (of a sentence).” (He had affixed new shingles without first removing the old ones.)

Oops! • Larry Stone, jailed on property crimes in Tavares, Fla., because he could not make the $1,250 bail, posted the bond in July by earning $1,300 in telephone-company money after discovering a

Harpist Heidi Fleischbein plays lovely music for the diners.

there to showcase the world’s most stylish designers than at the Country Friends Art of Fashion fundraiser in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe,” said Debra Gunn Downing, executive director of marketing for South Coast Plaza. “South Coast Plaza is honored to help support the many philanthropic

efforts of the Country Friends.” During the event, there were boutique-shopping opportunities offered by South Coast Plaza with the latest trends in clothing, handbags, jewelry eyewear and other accessories. The event concluded with the “Apres Affaire” wine tast- Back row from left, Molly Santistevan with Jan Fitzpatrick. Front row, from left, Devin Lucia and Amber Persia Hodges sign people into the Country Friends Art of Fashion event. ing.

management error that credited his jail account $46 for every international call he pretended to make. (The company figured out the problem a day later and recovered all the payouts from the accounts of Stone and 250 other prisoners who had learned of the glitch. Stone's bond was revoked, of course, and he was returned to lockup.) • “Sorry, Honey. I Was Aiming at the Dog”: (1) Betty Walker, allegedly firing at the pit bull that she saw lunging at some children, hit the dog with one shot and her husband, 53, with a second shot, killing him (Jackson, Miss., July). (2) Brent Bader, allegedly firing at the family dog, instead hit his wife once in

the head, killing her (Twin Peaks, Calif., February). (3) Samuel Campos, 46, allegedly firing to put away the family Chihuahua after having inadvertently wounded it the day before, instead hit his girlfriend, 41, killing her (Willits, Calif., March).

News of the SelfIndulgent While too many children in Third World countries die from starvation or lack of basic medicines, the preschoolers of the TLC TV channel's “Outrageous Kid Parties” reality show celebrate birthdays and “graduation” (from or to kindergarten) with spectacular events that may cost their

parents $30,000 or more. Typical features, according to an August ABC News report, included a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a dunking booth, animal rides and a cotton candy machine, as well as the obligatory live music and limo or horseback (for grand entrances).

Maeda Corp. ordered its 2,700 employees to adopt standard, short hairstyles (a “bob” for women with a longer fringe that could be swept to the side, and a routine short-backand-sides cut for men with a slightly longer cut on top). Maeda said it was responding to the government's plea to reduce energy usage (less water, less hair dryer time).

experience, “when he comes to Walmart, he gets aroused.” (2) William Falkingham, 34, was warned by police in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in August that he'd better stop wearing his large, black bunny-rabbit suit in public. One resident complained that his son had been frightened and that others were “greatly disturbed,” and Bright Ideas besides, Falkingham sometimes wore a tutu with the Strategies: (1) Alicia Bouchard, 41, was arrested in People Different From bunny outfit. Jackson County, Fla., in Us August, accused of hatching a (1) Travis Keen, 28, was Redneck Chronicles plot with her husband to arrested in Ouachita Parish, (1) Lon Groves, 40, was impregnate a 12-year-old girl La., in August and charged arrested in Fort Walton for the purpose of producing with indecent exposure while Beach, Fla., after a brief a baby that would eventually driving around the parking standoff with police in July earn an additional welfare lot at a Walmart. According to following an incident in which check. (2) In August, the the police report, Keen Japanese construction firm explained that, based on TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON A21


City won’t fund access ramp study By Bianca Kaplanek

Plans to share funding for a study that would determine whether a direct access ramp from Interstate 5 to the Del Mar Fairgrounds should be included in an upcoming freeway widening project received a blow after a San Diego official recently indicated that city could not participate financially. When the California Department of Transportation widens I-5 during the next several years, it is expected to remove the overpass at Via de la Valle and reconfigure the off ramps to handle an increase in traffic expected from the Flower Hill Mall expansion and more events at the fairgrounds. Caltrans officials suggested Del Mar and other stakeholders, including Solana Beach, the city of San Diego, the Flower Hill developers and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, discuss adding a direct access ramp to the fairgrounds as part of that project. The ramp would go over the east overflow lot,which is located in the city of San Diego. Del Mar City Councilmen Carl Hilliard and Mark Filanc met with San Diego City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, in whose district the ramp would be included. “We told her that the study necessary to establish the direct access ramp will cost approximately $1 million and we were trying to find out from the effective parties whether or not they would contribute to the cost,” Hilliard said. “Her response was, ‘San Diego doesn’t have any money.’” Lightner also said since the problem is caused by the fairgrounds it should be paid for by the fairgrounds, Hilliard said. Mark Ochenduszko, Del Mar’s interim city manager, said the report would involve conceptual design, an environmental analysis and preliminary engineering to determine feasibility. “It’s a useful, important and necessary step to advance a project of this scope,” he said. Hilliard said Del Mar officials will continue to “explore the possibilities” for funding from the other stakeholders. Caltrans’ original informal estimate for the study was about $500,000, but in subsequent meetings it was discovered the cost would likely be closer to $1 million, Hilliard said.

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DSTRESS program to go global in 2012 By Tony Cagala

The DSTRESS Line pilot program, a program that provides anonymous counseling services to Marines from Marines received the OK from the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps to expand the line Corps-wide, reaching a global presence by early 2012. The pilot program, which began in April 2010, was developed in part by TriWest Healthcare Alliance based in Arizona, in conjunction with the Marine Corps. Col. Grant Olbrich is a part of the behavior health branch that helped to develop the contact center for Marines after seeing there was a gap in care for Marines and their families. “We find that we do a really good job of taking care of ourselves; taking care of our own Marines and families…that’s what we wanted to do,” Olbrich said. He said the gap in care was created out of the fact that Marines weren’t using other aid programs because they weren’t specifically geared to Marines. Too many times, when

Marines would attempt to use existing services, they found they were understood as a service member, but not as a Marine, Olbrich explained. “But a Marine doesn’t like to be called a service member,” Olbrich added. “And doesn’t like to be called soldier, they like to be recognized as a Marine.” The DSTRESS Line allows Marines to speak, or chat online with one of their own. Prior to upcoming expansion, the program was available only to Marines in the TriWest coverage areas, including California. “DSTRESS offers a 24/7/365 outlet for Marines and their families to talk about everything from common, everyday stressors of life to post-traumatic stress issues, before they become a crisis,” said David J. McIntyre, Jr., president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance. “There’s obviously a social stigma for a lot of us…to talk about behavioral health, to ask for help and we are more comfortable doing that sometimes with a fellow Marine,” Olbrich said. “And

we’re very comfortable doing it, if we can do it anonymously. “It’s no secret we feel we’re the best. We are very proud of our heritage, very proud of our culture and ethos. And when you have that sense of pride, a lot of us…are not going to be real quick to go to somebody who’s outside of that family and admit what many perceive to be a weakness.” A lot of the calls that the centers have been receiving fall under the general category of stress, with anger management, with substance abuse, Olbrich explained. “It goes from the spectrum of mild agitation to suicide,” he added. The contact center is staffed by licensed behavioral health counselors, and retired Marines; there are also two Navy Corpsmen who have spent 13 years in the Corps. In the future, the DSTRESS Line will also be staffed by Marine spouses. “When we say, ‘Call in today to speak with one of your own,’ we mean it. We want that one of your own to be one of your own fellow

spouses, fellow Marines,” Olbrich said. TriWest Healthcare Alliance is operating the pilot program at their cost. TriWest brought in the veterans to staff the center and have provided the training to their standard. Each of the veterans received training in counseling skills, listening skills, and crisis management and crisis referrals. The Marines have in turn, provided training to the TriWest licensed counselors. “The licensed behavioral health counselors most likely aren’t going to be retired Marines, they’re going to be straight civilians, maybe with no military history, but we have provided Marine acculturation training to them,” Olbrich said. “We have given them specific classes in the way a Marine thinks and feels; the way the Marine Corps operates. We’ve given them our culture in a class,” he said. They work side-by-side with Marines and the retired Marines answering the calls. “It was our goal, in partnering with Marine Corps leaders, to help them provide

a connection for Marines and their families to people who understand them the best — and that’s former Marines or people who are trained and well-versed in Marine culture. We learned that that common bond is a very important connection point,” McIntyre said. The contact center receives close to 1,000 calls or contacts per month, Olbrich said. The most popular form has been the chat service available online. “These burdens and these behavioral health challenges that our Marines and families face, they’re pretty much equally shared by combat veterans as well as first term Marines that have never deployed,” Olbrich said. “Marines are working very hard. And Marine families are having long separations from their Marine…I can’t directly point it at combat operations, but we can directly point the stress level at operational tempo.” The DSTRESS Line can be reached by calling 1 (877) 476-7734, or at dstressline.com.

Benefit concert aids sailor’s adventure By Tony Cagala

Dennis Howard has been sailing for decades. He’s got thousands of miles of experience sailing the ocean by himself. But he’s never attempted anything like this before. “I don’t know anybody that has,” he said. “That’s not to say it’s spectacular, it’s just bizarre.” What he’s planning to do is sail from San Diego to France solo on a 20-foot Flicka boat named the Avalo. And what makes this trip so bizarre is that Howard is legally blind. Howard has been legally blind for four years. He lost his sight to Glaucoma. Over the years, pressure had built up in his right eye, destroying the optic nerve, causing it to go completely blind. His left eye began to shut down not long after. “I tried to get help at a number of centers up and down the west coast…nobody would touch me,” he said. “The reason was that when you have high pressures like this, nobody wants to do surgery because you might end up blind.” Howard was able to connect with a specialist in New York. His right eye was so far damaged that it was removed, but he was able to have a surgery to save some of the sight in his left eye. He has only 5 percent to 7 percent vision

WITHOUT LIMITS Dennis Howard is legally blind, and preparing to sail from San Diego to France. He recently performed at a fundraising concert Oct. 1 at Humphreys Backstage. Photo by Brad Oliver

total in his left eye, but it’s something he’s grateful for. “It’s not a sadness; I’m so lucky to have that,” he said. “It’s not a small thing to me.” Howard explained his vision: “If you cover your one eye with a hand, and you imagine looking through a drinking straw with the other, that’s what I see, but I see it perfectly…my joke is, is that I can read a license plate from

across the street, I just can’t see the truck.” Howard is based in Half Moon Marina, which is just outside of Humphreys Backstage where he performed in a fundraising concert that was set up by the people of the marina. “I play music regularly,” Howard said. “My music style is more along the lines of popblues, a little bit of jazz, but

not really…mostly acoustic.” When Howard took to the stage, Encinitas mandolin player Jay Philips joined him. Headliners of the concert included violinist Jamie Shadowlight and jazz musician Daniel Jackson to name a few. The concert also featured a wide variety of styles with other bands as Bogota’s Toto Mundo. The event hosted a silent

auction and a raffle with prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses. Nobody had to participate in anything, Howard said. They could come and hear the music. The money raised is going towards his trip, in a way, Howard explained. The money will help to defer some of the medical costs accrued by his recent eye procedures. Howard has spent almost two years working to refit his boat the Avalo, which is the diminutive of the Buddhist word for compassion, to not only prepare it for the voyage, but to also accommodate for his sight. “I have every confidence it’s all going to work out, and I’m really looking forward to it.” The Flicka is legendary for ocean travel, Howard explained. “They’re very small boats, but they’re extraordinarily well designed and built,” he said. Howard is expecting to embark on his voyage at the end of October or early November, depending on the hurricane season. The benefit concert was held Oct. 1 at Humphreys Backstage. More information may be found at insightsailing.com. The site will also allow visitors to follow and monitor Howard’s voyage.

MiraCosta College continues its lifelong learning program LIFE is a lifelong learning program affiliated with MiraCosta College that meets weekly on Fridays at 1 p.m., Room 201, with international films shown in Room 204 on the San

Elijo campus at 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. All presentations are free and a parking permit is not required. For more information and details, call

(760) 944-4449, ext. 7782 or visit MiraCosta.edu/Instructio n/CommunityEducation/ LIFE/. Upcoming topics being presented include:

Oct. 14 - Get Connected! with Susan Estrada, San Diego Aging & Technology Coalition Oct. 21 - Movie: “The North Face” (“Nordwand”) German

with English subtitles Oct. 28 – “Silk Road” book-signing with author Julie Hill Nov. 4 - Movie: “Together,” Chinese with English subtitles Nov. 18 - Civil

Discourse: Essential to Democracy - Speakers Mary Thompson and Martha Cox Dec. 2 - Movie: “Baaria,” Italian with English subtitles.


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Top pros bestow high praise upon young up-and-comer By Wehtahnah Tucker

Skateboarding, like most sports, has its own crop of coming of age stories. One local skater, Mitchie Brusco, 14, is making the transition from phenom, pint-size skater to full-blown athlete and competitor. The evolution of the sport is mirrored in Brusco’s career thus far. Despite his amateur status, Brusco’s peers include the most well known figures in skateboarding. Bucky Lasek, 39, started skating when he was 12. He turned pro in 1990 and has been a consistent presence on the winner’s platform at numerous competitions over the decades. Lasek, a local resident, has known Brusco since he was 7 years old. “He’s a pleasure to be around and I enjoy watching him skate,” Lasek said. The two often skate together during demos and competitions and practices. “He’s always learned tricks pretty quickly,” Lasek said.

ON THE RISE Mitchie Brusco and his brother Mikey (far left) hang out with Tony Hawk and his brother Steve. Courtesy photo

“He’s always been pretty consistent.” Lasek has observed Brusco’s growth as both a skater and as a person over the years. “Now he’s going bigger and higher and skating with more power,” he said. “He’s one of the most gifted skaters; he’s got the natural

charisma about him.” His personality has helped him weather the barrage of attention over the last year. In December of last year, Tony Hawk chose Brusco to join a crew of big named skaters for an exhibition tour of Australia. “He got out of his com-

fort zone and with that much of a crowd, I think it got him set up for what was to come,” Hawk said. “The next year he just blew up.” The two met on the set of a Disney show when Brusco was just 8 years old. “I had heard his name before but hadn’t seen him skate,” Hawk said. “I’ve watched him progress and evolve at a rapid pace. He’s not just good for his age anymore, he’s just plain good.” Brusco said the opportunity to travel and skate at such a high level was lifealtering. “It’s amazing, there’s really no other way to explain it,” he said. Both Hawk and Lasek understand what it’s like to hit growth spurts in longtime skateboarding careers and the potential pitfalls that come with exposure at an early age. However, both are confident that Brusco will succeed. “He’s pure, wholesome and humble,” Lasek said in describing Brusco’s personal-

ity. “He’s such a good kid and he’s so talented.” “So much has been offered to him at such an early age but he’s got a really solid foundation,” Hawk said. “He’s going to only get better and make a career for himself.” Much of Brusco’s foundation is rooted in his strong familial support. “He’s got nice parents who have raised him properly,” Lasek said. Brusco thrives on the new experiences skateboarding brings that he shares with his family. “The biggest change is the places I’m going,” he said. “The amount of travel we have now with my mom and the family.” Brusco and his mother, Jen, recently traveled to Brazil for a whirlwind skateboarding odyssey. “ I enjoyed the food and scenery but mostly the people,” he said. “They’re so passionate.” No matter what trick Brusco performed the crowd cheered. “It’s cool when all of those people are yelling for

you and supporting you,” he said. Brusco recently surpassed a milestone set by Hawk as he landed the 900one of only six people to do so. “It’s not really a surprise that he did it,” Hawk said. “But I think the shocking part is the sense of ease he had it when he did it. Anyone else that’s done it, it was a monumental event, but it was more of an afterthought to him.” “He’s the real deal. He’s focused and he knows what he wants; he reaches his goals and then some,” Lasek said. Brusco has no plans to relax into his current level of success. “I just want to keep skating. I don’t ever want to stop for as long as I possibly can,” he said. As for future plans beyond skating Brusco is ambivalent. “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said.

Heavy machinery clears the way for final lagoon clearing By Bianca Kaplanek

Contractors restoring the San Dieguito Wetlands opened the river inlet for the last time Sept. 29, reconnecting the lagoon to the ocean and marking the near completion of a 15-year project. About 100 people, including residents, city officials, project representatives and passers-by, gathered at 5 p.m. on Dog Beach to watch as heavy equipment cleared sand from a dam that has isolated the wetlands from the ocean for the past three weeks. “This is the last time we’ll do this,” Kelly Sarber, media director for the project, said. “Then we turn it over to Mother Nature.” The $86 million restoration project is funded and managed by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to offset negative impacts to ocean ecosystems caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Since construction began in fall 2006, the inlet has been cleared at least twice because of the natural build up of sand. This time workers constructed the barrier so the restoration team could move the river channel 150 feet north. The clearing will allow about 80 million gallons of water to fill the river during each high tide, Sarber said.

Approximately 40,000 cubic yards of sand have been used for beach replenishment in Del Mar. As part of this final phase of the project, which ultimately will restore more than 150 acres of natural preserve in the San Dieguito River Valley, rock will be added to armor the riverbank east of Jimmy Durante Bridge. The project team must return indefinitely to dredge a sand trap built under water to ensure the inlet doesn’t clog. “We’ll continue to monitor the hole in perpetuity and clear it as it fills with sand,” said David Kay, Southern California Edison manager of environmental projects. “That could happen anywhere from 18 months to three years. It BIRD’S EYE VIEW Eighteendepends on nature.” month-old Alex Foley watches from Onlookers watch as heavy equipment clears the final pile of sand to reconnect the San Dieguito Lagoon to dad Kevin’s shoulders.

the ocean. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Del Mar City Councilman Carl Hilliard, left, chats with said David Kay, Southern California Edison manager of environmental projects, about Heavy equipment removes a man-made dam on Dog Beach Sept. 29, reconnecting the San Dieguito Lagoon to the ocean as the final phase of the San Dieguito Wetlands restoration project. the San Dieguito Wetlands restoration project.

Construction is underway on a $13.3 million child development center By Promise Yee

Construction is underway on a $13.3 million child development center that will soon serve 250 Camp Pendleton infants, toddlers and school age kids. San Raphael Child Development Center is being built on the south end of Camp Pendleton near the Main Gate. Construction began in January and is expected to be completed by February 2012. When completed San

Raphael Child Development Center will be a 25,000 squarefoot school with 18 classrooms, a 1,100 square-foot kitchen, lobby and administrative offices. Classrooms and offices will open into a central 500 square-foot piazza and atelier. The piazza and atelier provide a multipurpose room and artists studio for children to practice self-expression. “Children are allowed and encouraged to express themselves with art, easels,

tables and display areas,” John Pyjar, principal-in-charge for domusstudio architecture, said. “Interaction between children, sense of community and parental involvement are encouraged in the piazza.” The child development center will be built with environmental friendly recycled tile, carpet and wall finishes, solar panels and low water landscaping. The playground will have natural vegetation, artificial

turf and playground equipment made from recycled materials. There will also be shade structures and nature pathways that will allow children to connection to the environment and explore nature. The design of the child development center supports the Reggio Emilia Approach that will be used for instruction. The Reggio Emilia teaching method focuses on the principals of child self-mastery, responsibility and discov-

ery through teacher reinforcement. “The layout of the school’s administration and classroom buildings is designed to open into a central, secure gathering piazza,” Pyjar said. “The design and massing break down the large child development center building into smaller residential scale masses and forms to create spaces familiar and emotionally safe to the children while providing

rich and varied experiential spaces.” The new child development center will help serve the 45,000 Camp Pendleton families who live on and off base. Currently there are six child development centers on base. All child development centers located on Camp Pendleton are run by the Family Care department of Marine Corps Community Services.


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TOPPING OUT Celebrating the “topping out” of the new Casa de Amparo facility, from left, is Jim Grant, chief executive officer of Grant General Contractors, joined by Casa de Amparo Executive Director Sharon Delphenich and Project Manager John Sandahl. Courtesy photo

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the community to addressing needs outside Rancho Santa Fe nationally and internationally,” she said. As the foundation grew, it began to recognize donors had causes outside the community about which they were passionate, so the foundation began to support the idea of donor advisory funds, which allowed a giver to select his or her own charity to fund. Toward the end of the 1990s, the community foundation began to market this to donors. “That kind of jump-started us. Now we have 80 donor advisory funds and over the past 11 years we have made

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS an impressive $11.4 million of our $16 million goal.,” said Delphenich. Casa de Amparo offers five integrated programs focused on the treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Hayward Child Development Center pre-

school for at-risk children and families and the Family Visitation Center will remain in Oceanside as will New Directions, a transitional housing program for former foster youth. For more information, visit casadeamparo.org or

call (760) 754-5500. For naming opportunities at the new campus, contact Katherine M. Karpé at kkarpe@casadeamparo.org. For in-kind donations, contact Keely Tidrow at ktidrow@casadeamparo.org.

grants of $40 million out of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.” The foundation also gives international grants to such organizations as Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and aid to natural disasters such as the tsunami in Japan, earthquakes and storms around the world. “We don’t pretend to know everything that is going on in another country. We do the due diligence behind it, but then allow the organization to use the money as needed,” she said. Still, she said, 90 percent of the money given stays locally. The cranky economy has not affected the foundation much. “I think the downturn in

the economy has simply made people a little bit more cognizant about where they where they are putting their money. Grants have decreased a little, but by the same token some of the organizations are making larger grants as opposed to a little bit to everybody,” she said. “Impacting an organization with a large grant has become very meaningful to our donors.” They are maintaining the level of their funds to address the needs of our community and continue to step up to the plate. Of the 12 founders of the foundation, six still live in the community. “We are hoping they can be with us on our anniversary,” she said.

One of them, Paul Thomas, is the honorary chairman of the event. The celebration is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. There will be a short program and then the social portion. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made. “We want to get out our message that we are a grant maker, that we are trying to do our best to work with donors and the nonprofits in San Diego County to address the needs of the community. We are here to help and a resource and vehicle for donors.” To learn more about the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, call (858) 756-6557.

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site-specific installation in the OMA Parker Gallery that uses industrial materials to investigate her interest in how people relate to changing physical and intangible environments. The month will wrap up with dueling graffiti artists, D.E. Mad Doctor Crew vs. Aero Zombies, battling it out on the museum’s terrace from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28. Costumed guests can enjoy drinks, food plus DJ Noel and Aaron Benedict Sison, a student at CSU San Marcos, debuting the video piece he created for the event. M.C. Sacita Duffy will showcase a costume contest with prizes. Fred Astaire Dance Studio will entertain the crowd as members conduct a stylized version of “Thriller” in a flash mob that will fill the museum with more than 50 zombie dancers. To top it all off, OMA will unveil its first digital mapping art element, spon-

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sound barrier, though it was still fascinating. “The pilot’s a little loony, but it was a good flight,” said C.A. Brooks of the Del Mar Historical Society once back on the ground.“I’ve done an awful lot of flying and that’s quite a

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students come and now they can have that here. It’s more than a field, it’s never about just the field itself, but it’s all

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machine…It’s amazing the short take off, you feel like you’re going to fall out of the sky,you’re going so damn slow.” Cable and his plane are on standby to fly in this year’s air show, but his Colt is always open to climb through and he’s more than happy to talk all about the unique plane before moving on to the next air show.

“People are fascinated with flying,” Cable said. “And really, if you can parallel park a station wagon, you have more than enough talent to fly an airplane.And that’s the honestto-God truth. It’s not that difficult, it’s just one of those things that fascinates people because most people can’t imagine themselves flying.”

This year’s air show theme is the celebration of the centennial of Naval Aviation. “We’re highlighting the fact that San Diego is one of the crucial areas and has been for the past 100 years and it was…the birthplace of Naval Aviation with Naval Air Station North Island,” McGinty said.

turing The Goliards as well as Tri City Christian School Praise Singers, and Through the Storm, a local gospel group. Admission to this concert is on a free-will-offering basis. Tickets are $30 for the

Gala Scholarship Fundraiser and $15 for general admission to all other individual concerts; $12 for military, students, and seniors; $10 for children. Reservations may be made online.

For additional info about OMFest and its parent organization, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundatio, visit ocaf.info/OMF or facebook.com/omfest, or call (760) 433-3632 and e-mail OMF@ocaf.info.

the things that football, for me, the life lessons it teaches you, and now these kids can have a sense of pride and ownership and have a field to call their own.” “Excellent, excellent,”

said Chris, a student and football team player, in response to what it was like playing at home for the first time. “It’s amazing to come out here and have the whole team pumped and finally take on a

team at our field instead of traveling a distance to get to theirs,” he added. “It gave us the benefit of home field advantage,” he said.

in the Vista Business Park. “Business is Brewing” will feature 10 local micro and craft breweries, providing tastes of their micro brews. HOME COOKING The Woman’s Club of Carlsbad will host a home-cooked luncheon at noon Oct. 12, at 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad. Cost is $10/person. After-lunch entertainment, accordianist Diane Polinski, with a selection of Octoberfest music. Reservations required. Call Bev at (760) 433-5515 or vljahan@womansclubofcarlsbad.com.

MiraCosta meets at 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Room 1068, MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside with Bob Germann on sailing solo from Nova Scotia to Oceanside and Martha Cox, League of Women Voters, on current civil discourse. For more information, call (760) 721-8124.

to noon Oct. 10 at√Trinity Episcopal Church, 845 Chestnut St., Escondido. The guild includes spinners, knitters, weavers, basketmakers, or anyone interested in fiber arts. Contact Judy Maddox, (760) 598-7240 for information. GET GOLFING Hospice of the North Coast will hold its 11th annual Golf Tournament Oct. 10 at Shadowridge Country Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista. Registration for the Tournament and dinner is $195; dinner only is $50. Information and pre-registration are at hospicenorth- ANIMAL FRIENDS Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts coast.org. First Friends Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 16 for ages HISTORY BUFFS The 3 to 6 with crafts and a variety of Computer-Oriented Group of animals from hissing cockroachNorth San Diego County es to cockatiels. Sessions are $17 Genealogical Society will meet per child. Parents are free. For at 10 a.m. in the Carlsbad City more information or to register, Council Chambers, 1200 visit animalcenter.org or call Carlsbad Village Drive, (858) 756-4117 ext. 318. Carlsbad. For more information, SURF’S UP The annual call (760) 967-8635 or e-mail California Surf Festival will be paulineb@cox.net. held Oct. 13 through Oct. 16 at 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside, to benefit for the California Surf BUSINESS IS BREWING Museum. For tickets or more San Diego North County’s busi- information, call (760) 721-6876 nesses will be displaying their or visit surfmuseum.org. goods and services at the 2011 Vista Business Expo from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 2560 Progress St. THAT’S LIFE LIFE at

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tion, go to san-marcos.net or call (760) 744-9000. GET POETIC The monthly reading of Sunset Poets will be held at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista. It will feature L.A. poets Ashaki M. Jackson and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, followed by an open mike reading. It is free and open to the public. GREAT GREENS The San Call (760) 758-2410 for more Diego Botanic Garden will host information. its annual fall plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 with California natives, cacti, KIDS AND INTERNET Oct. succulents, bromeliads, fruit 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 30 at trees and sub-tropicals. Botanic North Coast Presbyterian Attic for garden-related items. Church, 1831 S. El Camino Real, Used books and the Bakery Encinitas, will host Fred Becker Shoppe. Call (760) 436–3036, on “Power Struggles, Internet ext. 217 for more information. and Social Networking, NEW ON CEDROS E n t i t l e m e n t s , Koniakowsky Fine Art is hosting Kids and Drugs, a Cheers! South Crossing party Pre-Teen through High School,” to introduce a new array of cre- and Vickie Switzer on ative merchants from 5:30 to “Parenting with Love and Logic, 7:30 p.m. Oct 15, at 412 S. Cedros Pre-school through Pre-Teen.” Ave., where Cedros Avenue Cost is $65 for all four sessions, meets Rosa Street in Solana $20 single session. Childcare for Beach. fifth- to eighth-grade.Visit ncpcOH BABY! A Family Swap family.org/family/foundations or Meet is being held from 8 a.m. call (760) 753-2535, ext. 14. to 1 p.m. Oct. 15 in the San Elijo LIFELINE MEETS The North Town Square, 1215 Elfin Forest County Lifeline will hold its Road, San Marcos. This event is 2011 annual board of directors free to the public and will fea- meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17, ture the resale of items geared 200 Michigan Ave., Vista. Visit toward expectant parents, nclifeline.org or call (760) 726babies and children. For vendor 4900 for more information. applications or more informa-

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information that is available…and present that to people in a factual way so that they know what the issues are and what they might decide to do about it,” Spacie said. The foundation has been received very well by agencies, said Spacie. “They know that we’re not an advocacy group, other than sustaining the resource here. We’ve generally been viewed as helping the debate by providing information…We don’t have any real agenda other than keeping this beautiful system going. That’s the main goal, sustainability.” Volunteering and becoming educated about the basics of the lagoon and its trail are just some of the ways that people can help the foundation’s efforts, Spacie said. “People don’t realize that this is not a city trail. The city of Carlsbad does cooperate on certain aspects of infrastructure and maintenance work,” she added. “We’ve noticed that the kids, the younger generation, are just not getting out in nature the way they used to, and it’s because they have all these interesting things to do

sored by Nelson Photo Supplies, where Center of Mass Creation will showcase an original projected animation on the façade of the building. Tickets are $25 or $20 for OMA members. Call (760) 435-3721 for reservations or get your tickets at the door the night of the event. OMA invites guest 21 years and older to attend Art After Dark. Reservations are recommended. Additional exhibits at OMA on view during October include: — “Transitions: Works by Francoise Gilot,” through Nov. 13 — “It’s Not My Fault: The Art of Everett Peck,” through Jan. 29 — “Touching the Surface: Vicki Walsh,” through Oct. 23 — “Metamorphores: Marianela de la Hoz,” through Oct. 9 — “Image: David Gough, Theothanatos XII-Legend,” a 30-inch-by-40-inch oil on canvas. on their computers,” Spacie said. “Just the effort to get kids out in nature is really important these days, because they’re not learning about it.” Joe Decamp and his son Nate went out with the first group of the morning. “We found all sorts of things – beer cans from the ‘70s, lots of plastic bags, Ziploc bags…probably about 50 pounds of trash, and it’s all over the place,” he said. This is his third year coming to the event, the first for his son Nate. “It was really fun,” Nate said. When asked if he would do this again he said: “Oh, yeah.” Brady Mears, 16, heard about the event through his environmental club at San Dieguito Academy. He had seen kayakers taking part in the event in years’ past and it was something that he wanted to do. “I really wanted to do that because it looked like a lot of fun to be able to go out into the lagoon, which is something you don’t get to do the whole year. When I heard about it, I said, ‘Oh, definitely, sign me up.’” For more information on the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, visit batiquitosfoundation.org.

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health spa, is partnering up with iS Clinical to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness from Oct. 17 to Oct. 31. The spa offers 10 percent of all proceeds from iS Clinical skincare products sold to cancer research through the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Author published CARLSBAD — North County author Isolde Ulrich has recently published “The Romance of Kilimanjaro,” the first in memoirs of her Anatomy of a Midlife Crisis series. For more information, visit isoldeulrich.com.

nership with Palomar Community College, a $1.95 million grant to develop a five-year program aimed at increasing the number of undergraduates, transfer students and graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The project will streamline services to better facilitate preparation and transfer of students between the community college and the state university.

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OCEANSIDE — Grace Anglican Church will host its grand opening Oct. 9, at 4055 Oceanside Blvd. A celebration service starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by a barbecue, music Support for science and entertainment. Visit SAN MARCOS — The graceanglicanchurch.com or National Science Foundation call (760) 730-9900 for more has awarded CSUSM, in part- information.


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he allegedly held a handgun to the head of his wife in an argument over which of their granddaughters was the wife's favorite. (2) Pastor Daryl Riley of the New Welcome Baptist Church in St. Elmo, Ala., was tased, allegedly by the church's music minister, whom Riley had just fired in August (which led another parishioner to pull a knife and begin stabbing wildly in a melee). Said the music minister’s mother, “He done cut (me) before anything started.”

I have had a wonderful career as a crisis negotiator, working in emergency management, and many other roles and hats over the years. Yep, it was a good fit for me. My question is about some pension options. A few years ago, the state of Kansas allowed a lump-sum option — partial up to 50 percent —for our retirement plan. I have done the math six ways to Sunday, and it doesn’t appear a lump sum is the best way to go, but I’m sure there is a much better way to look at this than just “doing the math.” If I did take the lump sum, I would roll all of it into an IRA. I also contribute faithfully to my 457 plan, as I have almost since the start. So here is a rough estimate of the data. for benefits, according to a March dispatch from Tokyo in The Times of London. Since organized gangs avoid paper trails, ex-mobsters must supply a letter acknowledging retirement from their crime boss in order to sign up, although local governments are expected to accept as provisional proof criminal records, gang tattoos and demonstrations of missing fingertips (traditional Yakuza punishment for mistakes).

Please note that both these charts will apply to my retirement when I leave. The first 12 years were under a system giving me 1.75 percent per year, and the second is 2.5 percent per year. They both apply to my final average salary. So what would Bruce do? And would this make any difference toward Social Security way down the road at 70? The only debt I have is a mortgage and a small car payment. After our marriage, I will move to my fiance’s home and rent my house out until the market comes back. Bruce, you are an amazing man and one whom I really admire. I hope to somewhat mirror your life in terms of never stopping in terms of work, personal growth and learning. You have impacted many lives. — D.P., via email DEAR D.P.: I had to edit your letter down somewhat. You were so generous with all the nice things you said, and it really pleases me to know that I have had a positive influence on folks like your-

self. You have included a long list of options for your pension. This is a very important judgment, and I wouldn’t presume to offer advice without sitting down with you personally, asking a lot of questions and getting a feel for what you want to do, which you have tried to do in your lengthy letter. If I were you, before making a decision I would sit down with an estate planner who will undoubtedly have many more questions and the data in front of him or her. It’s a very important decision, and although there may be some expense involved, I would seek that outside one-on-one advice. Once again, you are very, very generous with your comments, and I am so pleased that you wrote. I do wish you well with a long life and second career.

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Surf was up and tails were wagging for Surf-Dog-A-Thon By Lillian Cox

Dog Beach lived up to its name on Sept. 25 when thousands of canine athletes, spectator dogs, owners, celebrities and the media from around the world converged on the sand for the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon presented by Eukanuba. This was the largest surf dog competition in the nation. More than $100,000 was raised for homeless pets and programs of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. “I had no idea when we came up with this idea six years ago that it would grow to this size,” said Mike Arms, president, Helen Woodward. “Where else can you have this but in Southern California?” Arms explained that while the event draws visitors from around the world, his dream is that international guests will also begin to travel with their dogs to San Diego for the competition. “But we think American dogs are the best surfers in the world,” he said. “It’s all about people and their pets.” The day began with a tribute to service dogs, featuring police and surf and rescue dogs, followed by surfing heats in four weight classes. The competition was judged by world champion tandem surfer Guy Takayama, Alex Gray from Volcom, Mike Emerson and Pat McGriff from the Swami’s Surfing Association and pro surfers Sunshine Makrow and Kristy Murphy. Surfers raised money by first deciding whether they wanted to surf with their pooch in the surf dog heat, or in a team for Doo the Dah, a dog-human surfing costume contest. Then they pledged to catch a set number of waves, in a 15-minute period, and solicit friends and neighbors for financial support. Mike Munoz and Mark Munoz from CBS’s “Amazing Race” judged Doo the Dah. Other celebrity judges included Tyana Alvarado from NBC’s “The Apprentice,” Craig Silke from ABC’s “The Mole,” Dennis Luciani from NBC’s “Average Joe” and Gillian Larson from CBS’s “Survivor.”

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would say. 4. Co-founding Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP), rescuing and fostering animals and working with the community. 5. Helping animals on factory farms. The pain and suffering humans inflict on each other is only exceeded by the pain and suffering they inflict on animals. What more would you like to have done to help animals? 1. (Continue to advocate for

RUH-OH Moo, owned by San Diego resident Doug D’Pete, bails out as her board gets sideways. Photos by Daniel Knighton

ON THE DOGWALK? Carlsbad residents Fiona and Katherine Burns walk the “Green Carpet” during the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, which helps to raise funds for the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

TWINKIE Vista resident Alan De Figarelli and his pup, Twinkie.

Husband and wife DJs Jagger & Kristi, from Magic Mornings on 92.5 FM, emceed the “Beach Bum and Bikini Babe Canine Costume Contest.” They brought their Australian shepherd, Bodie, who is a regular at Dog Beach. “We come down the path, release the leash, and say ‘sit,’ Kristi said. “Then he takes off and heads for the beach.” Jagger added,“I take him out and he’s better than me.” Eighty dogs competed but only one was named “top dog” — Surf Dog Buddy from Ventura. Buddy, who has won five of the six Surf Dog Surf-AThons, also became the first inductee into the Surf Dog Hall of Fame during the event. He won a “Best in Surf” trophy, a year’s supply of Eukanuba pet food and Tagg, the Pet Tracker (GPS system for pets)

for his first place finish. Bruce Hooker, Buddy’s owner, spoke during the Hall of Fame ceremony stating that it was most likely the last race for the 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier. “That last heat was probably the best of Buddy’s life,” Hooker said. “Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the best Surf Dog Competition and we are so proud to be represented.” Other standout surf dogs included second place finisher, Nani, and third place finisher, Dozer, both from San Diego. Each dog took home tro-

phies and gift baskets full of toys and treats. Nani’s owner, Peter Noll, is also the founder of Southern California Surf Dogs, which promotes the sport. “We kept running into people who were dog lovers at these competitions who would say, ‘We need to teach our dog how to surf,’ so we started organizing them,” he said.“We teach them how to surf safely with their dog, and we also do what we can to help these charities and help dogs.” Surf Dog Ricochet was also honored as the top fundraiser for this year’s Surf

Dog Surf-A-Thon, raising more than $6,000 for Helen Woodward. The center also received a $6,500 donation from Snap Tracks, makers of Tagg, which was one of 70 vendors participating in the event. The competition, originally set for Sept. 11, was rescheduled to Sept. 25 follow-

ing a major power outage and sewage spill. Dog owners interested in training their pooches for next year’s competition can do so by participating in surf clinics held at Dog Beach by Helen Woodward beginning next spring. For more information, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

should be considered when deciding to put money into an IRA vs. a Roth IRA. If you’re older, your marginal rate should be considered to decide whether to take money out of your IRA (to spend or for Roth conver-

sions). For those looking towards estate planning, your marginal rate and your heir’s marginal rate should be considered when determining estate transfer options. There is much value to

tax planning. I get frustrated when I see tax returns of people who have missed out on tax opportunities because no one did any planning with them. Each year in October or

November most people should sit down, do a review of their year and have a planning session with their CPA or financial advisor. As a financial advisor it is my responsibility to help my clients achieve their goals

and avoid potential problems, and tax planning is an important element of this responsibility. Bob Fagan has 42 years of financial services experience helping people find creative solutions to difficult problems.

reforms in) factory farming. 2. Spaying and neutering. 3. Fighting for sea life, through organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and Coast Keeper, by cleaning the ocean, their habitat. What more would you like to have done for the city? 1. Save the Pacific View Elementary School site as a cultural arts center. 2. Continue to work with the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) to create a vibrant, cultural economic base to bring

visitors. 3. Bring accountability to city hall. We have a new city manager to help us do that. 4. Make sure the Encinitas Garden Festival continues to thrive, as well as the Pet Health Expo and Cardiff Dog Days of Summer. 5. Our dog park legacy is too important to let go. We have the expertise. 6. Skateboard parks are too important to lose sight of. There are thousands and thousands of skateboarders in our community. Everyday skaters and (skateboarding) stars deserve that asset. 7. E n c i n i t a s

Community Park. 8. Preserving the character of our community that is in our general plan.We need to stick to those tenets. There is a lot of magic in Encinitas. 9. Arts community in Encinitas.Art will promote economic vibrance even better. How do you want to be remembered? By what was said at the Celebration of Life in May. That I was a mentor, that I saved animals, that I cared for people, that I made a difference. I shared such a richness of experience with family, friends and residents.

I was chilled last week when news broke that Walmart would be moving into the former site of HomeExpo. There was a lot of buzz in May about the prospect when I interviewed Maggie for The Coast News. I asked for her thoughts. She looked down, then up and said, “I can’t do it myself.” The afternoon of Sept. 8 I called first to make sure Maggie was feeling well enough to be interviewed that evening. She greeted me by saying, “Did you hear about my friend, Pam (Slater-Price) She announced that she will not run for re-election?”

She added, in a foreboding tone, “It’s over.” Then she quickly turned positive. “I was shocked but not surprised,” she said. “Pam’s my friend and I supported her when she ran, and I support her now. It gives plenty of very truly, ethical, honest leaders a chance to step up and run in her space.” For me, Maggie was an authentic California girl, a cosmic earth mother, and a free spirit who was true to herself. We were the beneficiaries of her dreams. I can think of no better way to honor Maggie’s life than to do the hard work and continue her legacy.

DETERMINED Ventura resident Bruce Hooker’s dog Buddy shows the determination that won him first place.

WITHOUT A WORRY Kona, owned by Escondido resident Deb Spoonhour, takes her wave all the way to shore.


Local couples co-chair fundraiser By Christina Macone-Greene

Carlsbad residents Michelle and Brendan Ozanne and Dawn and Randy Grossman have stepped forward to co-chair the much-anticipated Oct. 12 fundraiser for Walden Family Services at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego. The eighth annual Wine D’ Vine evening event promises to deliver delectable savories, unparalleled wine pairings, and impressive entertainment. Founded in 1976, Walden Family Services is a treatment-level foster family and adoption agency for children with special needs in Southern California. Fundraiser proceeds support an array of programs such as children faced with mental or physical challenges, have specific medical needs, or those over 18 years of age, which still require guidance. “There is not a better organization out there that I know of that provides children with a loving home,” Michelle Ozanne said. “I have seen firsthand the amazing difference in a child’s life when you put a child who has been through so much abuse and neglect into a really safe, loving foster home with either one or two parents.” Ozanne has been involved with Walden Family Services for more than a decade. Starting as a social worker, she moved her way through the organization. After 13 years, she left the nonprofit as its interim chief executive officer but accepted a Walden Family Services Governance Board seat. Over time, Ozanne’s husband Brendan became involved in various efforts to support the organization, as well. And that includes cochairing the upcoming 2011 Wine D’ Vine soiree. Culinary delights will be

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sponsors include Barney & Barney, LLC, Dowling and Yahnke, LLC, Lindsay and Brownell, CPAs, San Diego Business Journal, Harley K. Sefton, Hal and Hilary Dunning, Focus Group, and Union Bank. Ozanne hopes the event raises $300,000. Although the organization receives monies from the county, Ozanne said, it doesn’t meet the actual amount required for their programs and services. The proceeds will bridge that gap. “Our motto is that we do whatever it takes for our children,” she said. “We will go above and beyond to make sure that our children get the services that they need to be successful.” For Wine D’ Vine ticket information call (619) 7275887 or visit WaldenFamily.org.

prepared by Bull Taco, Manhattan of La Jolla, Pamplemouse Grille, Red Tracton’s, The Grand Del Mar, Truluck’s, and Union Kitchen Featured wineries and breweries are Duckhorn Vineyards, Maddalena Vineyards, Orin Swift, Pacific Beach AleHouse, Ramey Wine Cellars, Rombauer Vineyards, Tantara Winery, and Vineyard 29. Ozanne said guests will be entertained by jazz guitarist, Peter Sprague. And former San Diego Padre player Mark Grant will serve as master of ceremonies. “In addition to the food and wine we have fabulous auction items,” said Ozanne, adding how more than 60 silent auction items will be on hand. Co-host of the “Scott and BR Show” on XX1090 AM,

Scott Kaplan, will serve as live auctioneer for items such as private dinners and golf packages. Dawn and Randy Grossman became involved with Walden Family Services through Ozanne. “It’s going to be a fabulous event with top notch California vineyards who generously donated to the event to pair their wine for some of our best-known chefs in San Diego County,” Dawn Grossman said. While financial times are still challenging for so many, Grossman said, nonprofit organizations like Walden Family Services are also being affected by it. “We are so incredibly appreciative of our sponsors, donors and attendees support,” she said. “Every little bit adds up and truly makes a difference in the lives of children.” Some of its generous

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per 1,000 square feet is the parking standard the city uses to determine the required number of spaces needed in a commercial setting. Barth questioned whether there were any options to extend the appeal time period. “There’s not,” answered Sabine. “The city doesn’t choose in this type of free market zoning,” said Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar. She conceded she’d like to see a movie theater in the space, but said that’s not a decision for the council to make. “We have to remain fair,

we do have to remain consistent,” she said in creating policy. “We all know Walmart is divisive wherever it goes,” Barth said. “There’s nothing we can do unfortunately at this point.” Barth said the general plan speaks more often to new development rather than the “repurposing” of existing developments. She urged the public to get involved in thinking about making those changes to the general plan update that is currently in draft form. “I am extremely frustrated,” Barth said. “There is no action unfortunately for us to take tonight.”


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Fundraiser builds relationships with vets and horses JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk

The key word here is ‘fudge’ My multi-tasking just isn’t what it used to be, but lowering my standards and expectations has just made a world of difference.The guys on the cooking shows make it look so easy. The mildly disturbing thing is that I have clever, real-life friends who make it look easy, too. I can sit at their kitchen table and solve the world’s problems with them, while they blithely whip up a gourmet meal. If I am wielding the mixing spoon, the world will either remain a mess, or I may poison some innocent bystander. There are a few things I can create in the kitchen without too much thought — scrambled eggs, peanut butter toast. Sure, those things will keep you alive, but my mother’s chocolate fudge frosting requires the focus of an Olympic athlete. It is well worth it, I promise, but you just don’t want to make it in a hurry or when distracted. As I tossed out the first batch Saturday, I remembered that little detail. The key word here is fudge. If making candy doesn’t give you pause, just keep it to yourself…and whip me up a batch in silence. I have made this frosting many times. It still amazes me when it turns out right. First, it requires not just cooking, but boiling (and stirring), just long enough. Then you need to beat it until it is the right consistency. This requires electric beaters, so you cannot do anything else, as the noise drowns out conversation, television and possibly rational thought. How long do you need to beat it? Every batch is different. You beat, you taste.You beat, you taste some more. You beat twice as long and, again, you must taste. OK, so that’s not really a bad thing, but it can take a while. Here it is. I recommend you make a double recipe. My mom liked to put it on devil’s food cake. I like it on any cake, but tend to eat it straight from the pan. In a heavy saucepan, combine 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, 1/4 tsp. salt. Melt, stir and bring slowly to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for three minutes, still stirring.Take off heat and add 1 tsp. vanilla. Beat with electric mixer until it gains fudge-like texture. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer licking the beaters and wishing you a bon appetit. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — There are few charitable organizations that have such dedicated volunteers as Pegasus Rising, especially considering what they do when they show up for duty. “I muck and feed,” said Paula Hegedus who was attending a fundraiser for the cause Oct. 1 in the barn at the Valenti Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe. “I interact with the horses, give them human contact and brush them.” About 80 people turned out for the event. They sipped wine, nibbled appetizers and bid on silent auction items while the horses milled around outside in their corral on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The mission of the organization is to help veterans, returning from the war, to reintegrate into civilian life.The troops may suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or have suffered a brain injury. They come to the ranch just to be with the horses, a very calming influence. “I think it is a very good cause,” Janeane Manker said. “I grew up on a cattle ranch with horses in Northern California. I had my own horse when I was 6 or 7.” The herd of 20 horses was rescued from a ranch in Sacramento about three years ago when the family that owned them could no longer care for them. Gary Adler, now president and CEO, agreed to run the program and with help from former Marine Carla J. McGirr, a worker at Veteran’s Village at the time, got the ball rolling by putting Adler in touch with the proper authorities. All the volunteers marvel at how the horses and veterans relate to each other. “The horses seemed very sensitive to people’s feelings and emotions,” said Hegedus, who has been a volun-

President and CEO of Pegasus Rising, Gary Adler

A HEALING TOUCH Paula Delnegro and Karen Darrin pose with Lady Avalon. Photos by Patty McCormac

teer for two years. “They are very in tune with injury and seem to know when someone is suffering.” Heidi Lerner runs a brain injury support group and has written a book titled “Gray Matters.” She brings some of her clients to the ranch to be near the horses, to pet them, comb them or even put on a harness. “It that kind of interaction that is so relaxing for someone with a brain injury,” she said. Volunteer Diana Remer, who has been working at the ranch for about a year, said she got involved because she loves animals, especially horses. “When I learned they were working with returning vets from the war, I was really interested,” she said. “It is a calm, peaceful atmosphere out here.

The vets with PTSD can come and be in an unthreatening atmosphere.” And it’s good for her, as well. “No matter how bad a day you had, you come up that driveway. It’s so peaceful and the horses are happy to see you,” Remer said. Kerry and Carol Williams, who were guests at the event, said they heard about the organization and came to see what it was all about. “We love horses and we are interested in helping in some way,” Kerry said. Volunteer Grace Kalina said her shift of mucking and feeding is usually on Sunday. “This is like my church,” she said. “It’s so peaceful.” To learn more about Pegasus Rising, visit pegasusrising.org.

Carla J. McGirr, left, and her mother Sandra Jurczynski

Grace Kalina and Teresa Peterson, coordinators of the event, pose inside the barn.

Young teens set out to rid hunger with campaign By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — While their peers are busy keeping up with celebrities, Gabrielle (“Gabri”) Posard and older sister, Camille, are focused on a more serious issue — hunger in the United States. Camille, 17, is a senior at Carlsbad High School. While producing a story for her broadcast journalism class, CHSTV, she became aware of the food crisis in the United States, especially among military families. Her documentary dealing with the issue, titled “One in Seven,The New Face of Hunger,” debuted at the Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando last weekend and will screen Sept. 30 at the San Diego Film Festival. Two years ago Gabri, who was 12 at the time, accompanied Camille to Camp Pendleton where she was filming. She was taken aback when she saw military families waiting in long lines for free food. Shortly after that she, too, had an “ah, ha” moment. “My mom, dad and I were at lunch, talking about the issue of hunger,” she said. “I was shocked at statistics and surprised to learn that most stores and restaurants don’t know about the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.” The act, signed by President Clinton on Oct. 1,

1996, encourages restaurants and grocery stores to donate food to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and churches by limiting their liability. Gabri did her research and found that while more than one in four children go hungry in the United States each year, more than 96 billion pounds of good food is dumped into landfills where it breaks down into methane gas which, in turn, contributes to global warming. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane gas remains in the atmosphere for approximately 9 to 15 years. It is more than 20 times more effective in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. Gabri came up with a concept, representing the next generation of recycling, that alleviates hunger while saving the planet. Gabri’s mother, Lisa, remembers the moment when Gabri’s idea was born. “Gabri said, ‘Why don’t stores have a logo at the entrance like the recycling one? If consumers knew that stores donated their surplus food, it would encourage them to shop there.’ Lisa was amazed at her daughter’s wisdom. “It was ‘out of the mouth of babes,’” she said. Gabri took a pen and

DONATE FOR A CAUSE Gabri Posard, a freshman at San Dieguito Academy, with a logo she designed for her new nonprofit, Donate Don't Dump. The organization, which encourages restaurants and grocery stores to donate “soon-to-be-expired food" to food banks, has more than 10 chapters throughout the United States and is growing. Photo by Lillian Cox

sketched out a simple but clever logo.Then she came up with the name “Donate Don’t Dump.” She was relieved to find that the domain hadn’t been taken, and quickly registered it. She also started a Facebook page for her new organization. As a result, today there are 10 chapters of Donate Don’t Dump throughout the United States and growing. Gabri’s godmother,

Michelle Glasser, is an attorney at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in Carlsbad. She began the paperwork to make Donate Don’t Dump a tax-exempt nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Meanwhile, Gabri was able to secure a grant for $9,250 from the Leichtag Family Foundation in Carlsbad for startup costs and

production of banners bearing the nonprofit’s new logo. “The Donate Don’t Dump project now creates an urgent call to action,” explained James S. Farley, Esq., president and CEO of the foundation. Gabri also started volunteering locally with the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. “Gabri has been one of the very youngest volunteers in our client-centered food pantry,” said executive director Laurin Pause. “Based on her experience with the film, ‘One in Seven, The New Face of Hunger,’ she fully understood what our organization is trying to accomplish at such a young age — better than most adults who are volunteers.” Today, Gabri routinely collects food from local restaurants and stores for her nonprofit. She said the most effective program is Albertson’s “Fresh Rescue” which donates those food items that have reached their “sell by” date, but have not yet expired and continue to be safe to consume. “Albertson’s has a corporate policy of not dumping food,” Gabri explained. “They have donated $275,000 in soon-to-be-expired food in San Diego County. This helps by eliminating the dumpster fee, and making it TURN TO DONATE ON B11


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Applicants Encinitas celebrates 25 years of incorporation sought for local grant program By Wehtahnah Tucker

By Bianca Kaplanek

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011-2012 Community Grant Program, which helps funds nonprofit, nongovernmental groups that serve Solana Beach and its residents. Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program that began in 2004. The city had been providing an additional $15,000, but last year reduced its funding because of the sluggish economy and a projected budget deficit. Council also revised the guidelines to give priority to organizations that provide services and goods to Solana Beach groups or individuals with special economic needs not being met in the current economic environment. In 2010, council members initially cut the city’s portion by $2,500 and planned to provide $12,500. Ultimately, they limited the city’s contribution to only $1,200 and awarded a total of $11,200 to four of 11 groups that applied. The city is required to allocate the $10,000 from the two waste haulers. This year $5,000 is budgeted for the program. A maximum of two grant applications may be submitted per community organization. No more than $5,000 will be awarded to one group. New programs or those that provide a new or unique aspect to an existing program are preferred. When possible, applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with other funding organizations. Projects for which grants are given must be completed between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2012. Exceptions will be allowed with proof of good cause. Financial reports and receipts will be required. Last year’s recipients were the Community Resource Center, Kids Korps, Reality Changers and Girls on the Run San Diego. Applications are due by 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at City Hall, 635 S. Coast Highway 101. Council members will begin the review process at the Nov. 16 meeting and announce grant recipients Dec. 14. For a list of other criteria, including guidelines, procedures and objectives, visit ci.solana-beach.ca.us, or call Dan King at (858) 720-2477.

Thousands of residents celebrated the city’s 25-year anniversary Oct. 1 with a party that recalled the past, spoke to the present and looked to the future. The event theme Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow was evident as the city’s pioneering history was on display at the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. The grounds surrounding the museum were filled with local organization and business booths touting information about upcoming events and programs. The San Diego Botanic Gardens, adjacent to the museum, offered free admission throughout the day. “This is great to be able to come to the gardens for free with the entire family,” said Patricia Sunhil, as she watched her four children scamper up the tree house in the children’s garden. “I’ve never brought them all at once because the cost just adds up,” she said. In addition to live entertainment and assortment of food vendors, the third annual Lima Bean Festival was part of the celebration. The cook-off featured a cornucopia of unique dishes made from a legume that was grown in abundance in the region. Two varieties of lima bean hummus were a hit with many of the tasters who paid a small fee for the opportunity to have a sampling. “By far my favorite is the Indian lima bean dish,” Cynthia Peterson said. “I really had no idea you could do all of this with a lima bean,” she exclaimed. Her son, Connor, 4, was partial to the lima bean infused cookies,

HIMA-LIMA Jessica Vance, 9, serves up a “Hima-Lima Tuna Salad Wrap” during the city’s 25th incorporation anniversary party that also

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES Bob Bonde (second from right) and his included a lima bean cook-off Oct. 1. wife Joanne, who served as the chairman of the North Coast applesauce and chocolate cake. more cumbersome. By all accounts, county Incorporation Coalition, which spearheaded the effort to incorporate the “He has no idea there’s somecity 25 years ago, is joined by Sheila Cameron (far right) who also took thing good for him in there,” run government was unbearan active role in the effort. Photos By Wehtahnah Tucker able for the residents of the Peterson said with a smile. Local resident Bob Bonde area collectively known as was on hand with others who Northern San Dieguito prior to helped the city gain control incorporation. According to over its affairs from county offi- Bonde’s spiral-bound historical cials in 1986. Bonde was presi- account of the effort, “October dent of the North Coast 1, 1986: Independence Day for Incorporation Coalition, which the Communities of Cardiff-byspearheaded the movement. the-Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Previous efforts to extract con- Olivenhain,” the county failed trol from the county of San to fairly represent the citizens Diego failed in 1959, 1974 and of the area, allowed developers 1982. In 1986, however, an over- unfettered access to land to whelming majority of voters facilitate a construction boom, agreed to create a city of five collected millions of tax dollars communities: Cardiff-by-the- only to spend the money elseSea, Old Encinitas, New where and skimped on sewer Encinitas, Leucadia and and fire services to the residents. Olivenhain. By 1986, Bonde said resiMichael Ott, Director of the Local Agency Formation dents of the unincorporated Commission, a state agency area were ready to form their that oversees incorporations, own government. “They were said that the difficulty in cognizant of the advantages of achieving cityhood could not incorporation by then,” Bonde be underestimated. “This went said. Nearly 70 percent of votall the way to the Supreme Court,” he said. Legislation ers agreed to the ballot measTAKING SHAPE Doug Long explains the concept behind a commu- enacted shortly after 1986 ure that created the city of made incorporation much Encinitas. nity garden that is slowly taking shape.

Local bar supports breast cancer awareness month By Wehtahnah Tucker

Over the past 60 years, the building that houses the Bar Leucadian has undergone many changes, but none as stark as the current display of pink outer walls and ribbons. In a sign of solidarity for those who have been impacted by breast cancer and in support of one of his employees who is participating in this year’s Walk for the Cure, owner Martin VanRoosendal said he agreed to paint the bar pink. The move is a symbolic commemoration of International Cancer Awareness month-October. For many at the bar, cancer is a familiar foe, VanRoosendal’s mother Ann died of breast cancer in 1993. Hansen’s grandmother underwent a double mastectomy. “We’ve had lots of other family members and friends affected by breast cancer,” Hansen said. “This (walk) is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it really helps that I’ve got so much support,” she said referring to regular customers and her boss. “We’re like a little family.” Last year over 4,000 participants gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the predawn hours for the kick-off of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Cure. Another 1,500 support-

ers and crewmembers bustled about as the crowd swelled and the enthusiasm mounted despite looming clouds. This year the event is slated for Nov. 6 and promises to bring out an even larger crowd according to organizers. “I’m excited to do it finally,” Hansen said. “Having the bar painted is a constant reminder of me doing this.” VanRoosendal said the majority of the bar’s clientele likes the new color. “Every once in awhile you get a grump, but most of them like it,” he said. “In fact, there are a ton of walkers who stop and take pictures of the bar.” Several Susan G. Komen 3-Day Cure participants have made the annual 60-mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in the past. However, Hansen, along with her sister and cousin will be walking for the first time. “I’ve been training,” she said with a smile, as she prepared to hike 12 miles the following day. “It’s a challenge but it’s worth it. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time.” While the bright pink building is upbeat, the facts about breast cancer remain sobering. According to the organization’s own statistics,

incidence rates of the disease are increasing 5 percent annually in developing countries; a woman dies from breast cancer every 69 seconds; and more than 1.3 million women are diagnosed

with breast cancer globally each year. Hansen hopes to rally the community to support her efforts to find a cure. The bar is hosting a fundraiser Oct.15 from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“We’re going to have back to back live bands all day and raffles,” VanRoosendal said. “It’s just a $5 donation but we’ll take more if you want to give it.”

PRETTY IN PINK Bar Leucadian owner Martin VanRoosendal and longtime employee Stacy Hansen show off the new pink exterior painted in honor of cancer awareness month at the neighborhood watering hole. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker


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Cooking, home entertainment showcase is Oct. 8 FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine A two-day extravaganza for lovers of gourmet fresh foods, wine and spirits, desserts, oils and vinegars, cheeses, spices and much more will be showcased at the Gourmet Experience, set for Oct.8 and Oct.9 from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Over 250 exhibitors offer the best in culinary trends, as well as travel and home products and specialty foods. There will be 12 specialty pavilions, focused on the latest trends, with “That’s The Spirit Beer and Wine Pavilion” catching the most interest for Taste Of Wine readers. You’ll be able

to taste and explore fine wines, craft beer and spirits, with award-winning producers. John Alonge, who runs the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center will be a key speaker on “5 Steps to Truly Enjoy Wine.” Other pavilions you’ll want to check out include: Gourmet Meats, Spice Alley, Grilling and Outdoor Entertainment, Bounty of the County, and the Gourmet In Action Stage. A number of well-known chefs from restaurants with superior reputations will keep you asking for samples. These include personal favorites Bernard Guillas from the Marine Room in La Jolla with a fun book on the shelves called “Flying Pans-2 Chefs, One World.” He’ll be walking you through his Stout Beer-Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs. Another chef with an original delicacy is Jeff Rossman from Terra Restaurant and his book “From Terra’s Table.” He

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COOKIN’ NOW Celebrity chefs will light up the stage at the Gourmet Experience in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

WINE IS A GIFT Eric Dudley loves to talk about and offer small will be cooking Fritters and production wines at his neighborPlating with Avocado Mango hood wine bar in Murrieta. Courtesy photo Sauce.

It’s two action filled days kitchen, culinary instruction, for testing and tasting in the meeting and greeting and sip-

Eric Dudley grew up in the ethnic neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York and the close-knit feeling of camaraderie, especially in the neighborhood pubs that the TV series “Cheers” made famous, stuck with him as he carved a future in wine in Southern California. Three years ago, he opened Dudley’s Wine & Gifts in Murrieta. Why gifts? “Because wine is a gift,” is his quick and accurate answer. “I always wanted to open a place where you don’t have to know the name and descrip-

tion of the wine and come dressed up, and where it’s comfortable and relaxed. Mission accomplished,” he said. I asked him how he presented his wines at his tasting events which are every Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 5:30 p.m. He said “I want to humanize the wine experience. There’s just too much techy talk about sugar levels, oak vs. steel. I stay with aroma, flavor and the vine to wine relationship. I tell stories about the wine.” And that Dudley is very good at. He’s been to 20 countries, most of them romantic wine countries and he is a history and geography expert. He loves to find and discover small production wines and give them a chance. As they begin to grow in popularity, he feels Dudley’s will grow with them. “Price, although still a TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B14

Performance brings history to life By Wehtahnah Tucker

History came alive through music during a performance that paid homage to the composers whose names mark streets in the so-called “Composer District.” On Sept. 21, as part of the Cardiff Centennial celebration, the performance included a multimedia historical presentation to benefit the Cardiff School District music programs. An eclectic mix of children, parents and community elders attended the event. The namesakes of the winding roads in the town are an insight into the earliest development of what was a sleepy outpost by the Pacific Ocean in the early part of the 1900s. Victor Kremer, a German-born music publisher and composer found his way to Cardiff and laid claim to the Composer District, north of Birmingham Drive. Current resident Billy Stern said his experience walking through his neighborhood with his old-

est son in 2004, and noticing all of the street names designated as great composers was intriguing. Stern set out on a journey of discovery to uncover the origins of the neighborhood street names. “It was just a great story of Victor Kremer and his passion for music and the arts,” Stern said. Given his own deep love of music, Stern, who is on the board of directors of the nonprofit Guitars in the Classroom and an accomplished guitarist, the process of learning about the roots of his neighborhood, came naturally. “I definitely care about the community and I definitely care about music,” he said. A self described “knowledge navigator,” Stern said he was aptly prepared to find out why Kremer chose the composers such as Mozart and Verdi and others to put a stamp on the area. “Each composer was a brilliant character,” Stern

said. He said there are so many interesting people that still live here today and are attracted to the area that the existence of the composer district serves as a metaphor. “When he (Kremer) put a street sign up it was meant to inspire people,” Stern said he believes. Perhaps his most obvious legacy is the addition of “bythe-Sea” to Cardiff, taken from the popular 1914 song “By the Beautiful Sea.” “This was an opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of the Cardiff Composer District and the 12 composer-named streets and enjoy a musical performance of the composers’ pieces by one of San Diego’s finest guitar duos,” Stern said. He narrated a multimedia history followed by a musical performance by classically trained guitarists Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda. The musicians wowed the audience by playing pieces from various composers from Mozart to

Gershwin. “It’s a story about someone following their passion and really caring about the community they live in,” Stern said. “Kremer planted seeds that would benefit generations to come. These composers were bigger than rock stars. They were virtuosos appreciated by royalty and common people alike. “The 12 composers are each amazing stories, and some of them weren’t appreciated fully during their life,” he said. “For the younger audience there’s an interesting depth to what you see on the surface of things,” Stern said. “I think one of the lessons is to take the time to learn some of the history of the community, of your own life. “It’s really about appreciating history, the music and making your community a really wonderful place to live,” he said. That’s exactly what TURN TO PERFORMANCE ON B11

City awards contract for new lifeguard tower By Bianca Kaplanek

Work should begin soon to replace the deteriorating lifeguard headquarters with the new 17th Street beach safety center after council members awarded a construction contract to EC Constructors Inc. at a Sept. 19 meeting. In response to a request for proposals issued in August, City Engineer Tim Thiele said the city received six “very competitive” bids that were about 17 percent lower than the architect’s estimate. They ranged from $2,071,958 from EC Contractors to $2,803.983. Work will include demolishing the existing building and public restrooms, constructing the new safety center, sea wall and drainage culvert and parking lot improvements. The total estimated cost for the project is almost $2.67 million. The bid from EC Contractors doesn’t include a

10 percent contingency or funds for inspection services and mobilization for temporarily relocating lifeguards during construction. It also doesn’t include $210,000 already spent for design development, construction documents and a soils report, as well as $66,000 for administration costs and a redesign for the drainage gutter. The project is being paid for with a windfall from the sale of a city-owned lot on Balboa Avenue, a Coastal Conservancy grant, city funds and donations from Friends of the Powerhouse. “We’re very excited about this moving forward,” Barbara Harper, president of Friends of the Powerhouse, said. “We still have ongoing fundraising. We’re selling bricks and still have naming opportunities.” The group has pledged to provide $700,000, which repre-

sents about one-third of the construction cost, as well as one-third of the 10 percent contingency, or around $70,000. Friends of the Powerhouse gave the city $160,000 in January and $180,000 at the Sept. 19 meeting. Additional payments will be made in January and April 2012. Funding from the group was listed inaccurately in the Sept. 19 meeting staff report. It is scheduled for clarification at the Oct. 3 meeting, Mark Delin, assistant city manager, said. “The Friends have crafted an agreement that basically pledges the money to come forth,” Delin said. “Should it for some reason not come forth the city would be responsible for the remaining funding of the project.” Harper said she didn’t want people to think fundraising efforts were complete

“and we didn’t need any more money or that they didn’t have a chance to still give some and get their name on a building, on a brick, on anything.” “Now that we’re so close I’m sure there are a lot of people who would like to do this final push and be represented on the new building,” she said. The current lifeguard facility, built in 1964, has structural cracks, a cramped room that serves as both an administrative meeting room and first aid station and a ladder that provides access to the second floor. The shower and locker room are used by men and women and the restroom does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new 2,644square-foot facility is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 3. The project is expected to be complete by June 2012.


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These products can help make traveling a lot easier E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road As a travel writer,I’m occasionally asked to evaluate products for travelers, and I’ve found some great gadgets for gadabouts among the latest group. Katie Grove of Columbus, Ohio, got tired of hassling with her winter coat on her frequent trips to New York City and came up with this solution — the Abrigo Bag. “Abrigo” is Spanish for “coat,” and this

jacquard fabric, water-resistant, carry-on bag is plenty large enough to store that bulky coat — the one you’ll need when visiting the East Coast in January. There is plenty of room for your laptop, cosmetics or an extra pair of shoes, too.The bag has a zippered outside pocket that slips over your suitcase handle and provides even more space. Perhaps best of all, Grove says that your coat can stay in the 19-inch by 22-inch bag while traversing the airport-security gauntlet. Comes in two colors. $200. abrigobag.com. Sometimes all you need is your cell phone, some gum and lip gloss — maybe a credit card and iPod, too.That’s when

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Woodward Center saves pups twice RANCHO SANTA FE — Three very lucky newborn puppies and their mom are safely in the hands of foster parents thanks to an animal shelter employee who reached out to Helen Woodward Animal Center for help. The puppies were not even born yet when their very pregnant mom was abandoned at an animal shelter without adequate resources to care for a dog about to give birth. Helen Woodward Animal Center found a foster family for the mom, a 3.5-

year-old Queensland Heeler named Hannah, and paid for an emergency C-section when complications made a natural birth impossible. Though one puppy was stillborn, three healthy puppies and mom are thriving in the care of foster parents Dave and Barbara Johnson from Fallbrook. “We saved their lives not once, but twice — first when we placed their mom with a foster family and again when Hannah was unable to deliver the pups naturally and surgery was required. These are some very lucky

dogs,” said LaBeth Thompson, Adoptions Manager of Helen Woodward Animal Center. The puppies are now six days old and are thriving at just over one pound each. In about eight weeks, mom and babies will be back at Helen Woodward Animal Center where they will be spayed or neutered before looking for their forever families. For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center and all of its adoptable animals, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117.

Ranch resident is named to head the Board of Management at YMCA RANCHO SANTA FE — Dr. Michele Drake, Rancho Santa Fe resident and owner of The Drake Center for Veterinary Care in Encinitas, has been selected as the new chairman of the Board of Management at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. The board is made up of local business and community leaders who are asked to donate their time, effort and resources to the YMCA throughout the year. The leadership position — which includes overseeing

the management and direction of the facility, including planning, policy decisions and financial development — is a two-year commitment. During that time, Drake said, “I will devote my time and energies to help our Y grow to continue to serve its members.” Drake joined the YMCA when she moved to Encinitas after buying her first practice, Westlake Veterinary Hospital, in 1992. A year later, one of her clients, and executive director of the YMCA at the time

Cathy Riggins, asked her to join the board. “I believe our YMCA is one of the most active grassroots community organizations in North County,” Drake said. “I was attracted by the unique environment of our Y, which includes young children, tri-athletes and an amazing older adult group. I am proud to serve on the board and be a part of such a vibrant YMCA.” The Drake Center is located at 195 N. El Camino Real. For more information, call (760) 753-9393 or visit thedrakecenter.com.

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Charity events, smart women and an inspirational story MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Do you believe in angels? I do. I have never seen one in person, but have often thought, in retrospect, after meeting someone under an odd circumstance, that that person could have been an angel. Recently, I watched a show called “Angels Among Us,” which is a television series based on those individuals that believe their lives were altered or saved by their guardian angel. This particular episode focused on the 9/11 attacks. It told of the surreal accounts of victims trapped inside the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. The most amazing account was by the last victim to be pulled from Ground Zero, Genelle McMillan. Genelle McMillan was buried alive under 110 stories, trapped beneath the rubble for more than 27 hours. Originally, Genelle said prayers, asking that she would die quickly because rescue seemed impossible. However, as she recounted this horrific event, she said she then began thinking of her family over and over, and she decided to pray for a miracle. Within a few hours of that prayer someone grabbed her one free hand that was stretched out between the rubble and debris. “Don’t worry Genelle, I’ve got you.” He said his name was Paul. Genelle recounted how she held onto Paul’s hand for hours until suddenly she heard voices close by, and that was when he let go. Genelle McMillan became known as the last survivor pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. While the rescue teams all wore gloves, Paul did not. No one had seen Paul when they dug beneath the rubble and there was no feasible way someone could be there. Who was Paul? One may never know, but Genelle believes it was her guardian angel. How inspiring it was to hear her recount and share her story. Just remember,while life sometimes can feel bleak or difficult,take comfort in the unseen angels that I feel definitely walk amongst us.

AROUND TOWN On Sept. 17 and Sept. 18, Krista Laffety and fiancé Mike Confer competed in an event in Northern California touted as the toughest event on the planet: the “Tough Mudder.” If you are around town much during the day or happen to be in the Rotarian circle here in Rancho Santa Fe, there is a good chance you know Krista. One of my best friends over the last few years, we have shared many fun times working together in the newspaper publishing business. The course was 12 miles long with 19 obstacles, including an elevation gain of 3,000 feet! Wow. Mike came in fifth place with a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.Then he competed again alongside his future bride, which sounds like true love to me. Here is a photo of the dynamic duo soonto-be-betrothed. Congrats on finishing and participating in

TOUGH DUO Rancho Santa Fe Rotarian Krista Lafferty competed with her fiance, Mike Confer, in "Tough Mudder NorCal" in Squaw Valley, California. Courtesy photo

FASHION GALS Good friends Amber, Wendi Kirbey, Melanie Cruz and Loretta look lovely under the sun at Country Friends Fashion Show. Courtesy photo

SOCCER STARS Violet MacDonald's granddaughter Reese MacDonald plays on the Del Mar Sharks Soccer

SMARTY TRIO From left, Elise Muhawi, Cassie Weiner Piasecki and Priscilla Wood at the SMARTY event in La Jolla, "So You Want To Be an their lives over again. There Interesting fact: I met my hus- Entrepreneur." Courtesy photo

team. Featured here with her are Alexi Aloni and Stephanie Fuller. Courtesy photo

this event! In Southern California on those same two days, “Fresh Start Surgical Gifts” had a successful Surgery weekend. Thirteen patients received reconstructive surgery from this charity dedicated to helping disfigured children start

were over 70 volunteers over the course of this special weekend. Featured here is Doug Davis from Kearny Person Ford with Amanda Thompson. Amanda is the development manager at Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Site SoCal, San Diego Count Ford, and The Parker Foundation were also sponsors for the surgeries that weekend. For more information on this wonderful charity, here is the website: Freshstart.org. On Sept. 22, Fashion Week came to Rancho Santa Fe at the 54th Annual Country Friends Fashion Show.This was 7th consecutive year that Country Friends has partnered with South Coast Plaza. Did you know that in the last 55 years this amazing organization has raised over $12 million for charities and worthy causes for the San Diego County? How amazing! This year the streets in the Ranch shut down, traffic was diverted, while many beautiful women decked out in their elegant hats and dresses and chic fashions filled the greenbelt area adjacent to the Inn. Featured here in this beautiful MODEL CHIC Fashion model photo from that day is Co-Chair wearing the latest fall styles on the Melanie Cruz with friends, plus runway in Rancho Santa Fe. a gorgeous snap shot of one of Courtesy photo the models on the runway.

band for the first time in 2006 at this event and still remember the pinned striped shirt he was wearing, white slacks with Louis Vuitton black loafers. Due to a heavy writing schedule, this was my first year to miss the event since 2005. Luckily, Melanie was kind enough to share this photo. My girlfriend, Bianca Macaluso snapped the photo of the model for me, too. Thanks! I must add Lemon Twist Fruit Stand was also a proud sponsor that day. They donated chocolate covered strawberries for the afternoon dessert. Later that evening, just around the corner in La Jolla, Priscilla Wood joined fellow members of SMARTY at Symbolic Motor for the “So you Want to be An Entrepreneur” event. This group isn’t just about being smart or looking good, this group creates an environment for businesswomen to mingle, find more opportunity by encouraging one another and in the meantime having, fun, too. Each event photo always looks like something off the red carpet from a Hollywood movie premier, just like this photo for example. Priscilla is featured with Elise Muhawi and Cassie Weiner Piasecki. For more

NOTABLE ACTS Doug Davis, right, from Kearny Pearson Ford, with Amanda Thompson, make it out to Fresh Start's Surgery Weekend and meet some of the patients. San Diego County Ford is a proud sponsor of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. Courtesy photo

information on this savvy group of together women, please check out their website at smartypeople.com. On Sept. 28, I received some exciting news about one Ranch resident, Violet MacDonald’s granddaughters, Reese MacDonald. Reese is playing soccer this fall for the Del Mar Sharks team. Reese is featured here with her best friend Alexi Aloni and teammate Stephanie Fuller. Doesn’t this photo capture the inno-

cence of youth and the exuberance of friendship? A must share for this week’s column for sure...I know Violet must be a very proud grandmother! Violet is active in the Rancho Santa Fe Garden and can be seen around town enjoying fabulous lunches with friends. She is also the mother-in-law of Meredith MacDonald. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Contemporary Greek served with a twist at Taverna Blu DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

I’ll just say it up front, I really liked this place and would highly suggest you check it out if you are a fan of Greek cuisine; or, for those of you who are not, this would be a perfect place to become familiar with it.

GET YOUR GREEK ON Part of the Cavana Blu crew from left Aggie, Joel, George and Leslie. Photo by David Boylan

Bird sanctuary hosts fundraiser Tickets are on sale now for Free Flight bird sanctuary’s annual Tropical Sunset Fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m.Oct. 22 at Free Flight, 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The event will honor the memory of veterinarian Bob Stonebreaker’s lifelong passion and vision for his beautiful exotic birds. Tickets are $30 each or $50 each for VIP, which includes unlimited drinks. Order tickets online via freeflightbirds.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $40 or $60 for VIP seating. The evening will feature a silent auction, a raffle for a plasma screen TV, dinner, drinks and live music performed by the Stateside Islander Crew. All Free Flight birds will be out and about to visit with all the attendees. All proceeds support Free Flight

Exotic Bird Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the nurturing, rehabilitation, and placement of companion birds. Free Flight was established in 1981 and has evolved into an exotic bird sanctuary thanks to Stonebreaker’s dream and vision. He wanted to create a perfect sanctuary that would also create awareness and encourage public interaction with exotic birds. Many birds have come to Free Flight and have been given a chance to find a new life and a special home. Free Flight suffered a big loss when Stonebreaker died in January after a car accident, at the age of 53. In 1990, he began working at the Del Mar Veterinary Hospital and acquired Free Flight.

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Councilwoman Douglas announces run for Assembly By Christina Macone-Greene

Carlsbad City Councilwoman Farrah Douglas understands the adversities life can bring. Her toughest, was fleeing Iran in 1979 during the dangerous Islamic Revolution with her American husband and child. They arrived in the United States without money or employment waiting for them. Douglas, an Iranian immigrant, rebuilt her new life in an American culture. Douglas, 62, has embraced opportunities to take on strategic positions in her community, chamber of commerce, civic, and political

endeavors. A Republican, Douglas recently announced her candidacy for the 76th State Assembly. The district includes Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, Encinitas and Camp Pendleton. Assemblyman Martin Garrick’s term is up in 2012 and he’s representing her. Douglas’ personal footprint is in majority of the 76th Assembly Districts. She has resided in both Carlsbad and Oceanside, her son attended school in Vista, and at one time she worked in Encinitas. Although Douglas has only served nine months on the

City Council, a run for State Assembly is something she just can’t pass up. Douglas said serving the citizens in the district is her way of giving back to the communities who have been good to her over the years. “I know I am capable and I know that I can FARRAH make a differDOUGLAS ence,” she said. Even though the City Council has made positive changes, Douglas said, she realizes there’s a lack of authority to do bigger things. This has

fueled her desire to run. “I love doing good for people and that’s what energizes me,” Douglas said. “The magnitude of what I can accomplish up in Sacramento interests me.” Some items which punctuate Douglas’ campaign address employment and small businesses, fiscal responsibility in government, state worker pension reform, immigration, education, transportation and infrastructure, and water supply. Douglas, and her spouse, Rick, have owned their Carlsbad business for more than 20 years. Following their printing franchise investment, they established their own company, CDS Printing. Firsthand, Douglas recognizes the hurdles small businesses are facing. “I believe the job of the

legislature is to make peoples’ lives easier and make good laws for businesses,” she said. “We need to make sure that businesses have enough freedom to do what they do best which is creating jobs, creating an income, and creating profits.” Douglas describes herself as a council member who reads the whole agenda. She must understand all the issues, the costs, and how it benefits the citizens. If all her questions aren’t answered she won’t vote on it. Douglas is puzzled by the bills, which are currently passed in Sacramento. “I believe if our legislatures read the bills that they were passing they wouldn’t pass them,” she said, adding how some hinder small businesses. “Farrah is very deter-

mined, she really does her homework and then some, and she throws herself into whatever she is doing,” said Carlsbad Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin. Douglas believes her business and leadership involvement could offer unique leverage in the State Assembly.This includes her experience as a Carlsbad Councilwoman, Board of Directors for the San Diego Water Authority Board, Board of Directors for SANDAG, Board of Directors for League of California Cities, Carlsbad Planning Commission, and many more. “I think Farrah has a lot to offer and she will be sorely missed in Carlsbad if she wins,” said Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. “Farrah is someone who can build a consensus and someone that can truly make a difference.”

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The four remaining members of the City Council met Sept. 26 during a special session to discuss the process of filling the seat left vacant by the death of Maggie Houlihan, who succumbed to cancer on Sept. 16. In the city’s 25 year history, the issue has never been addressed. However, state law requires the vacancy to be filled either by appointment or a special election within 60 days of the time the council is notified. The chamber was

packed with Houlihan’s constituents, most of whom called for an appointment of a either Tony Kranz, who placed third in the last election, or Lisa Shaffer. In a surprising and emotional video (see sidebar) shown during the meeting, Houlihan endorsed Shaffer for council in 2012. Houlihan’s remarks were made close to the end of her life. Many in the crowd were moved to tears as Houlihan’s voice was heard one last time in the council chamber she served in for 11 years.

Several speakers addressed the council urging that the criteria for a replacement be someone who would represent the entire city. Lisa Leslie, a local resident said that the person’s “values should closely resemble those of Maggie. You have an ethical duty to honor her wishes.” Dadla Ponzil told the council that since no clear and “fair” process existed for replacing Houlihan, “picking the subcommittee is of TURN TO SEAT ON B11

Woman hosts charity paddle Encinitas resident Pamela Strom will host the “Stand Up to Parkinson’s” paddle-board racing event, at Back Bay in Newport Beach at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 This event will

benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Strom decided to become involved in the cause because her mother-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several

years ago. Around the same time, Strom was becoming an active paddle-board racer. She decided to use her new hobby to organize an event that would benefit her mother-inlaw and the local Parkinson’s community. To get her fundraising event rolling, Strom joined forces with the “PDF Champions” program, which assists grassroots fundraisers around the country. “Stand Up to Parkinson’s” will include three paddle-board races: one for children, one for adults new to stand-up paddle boarding, and one for pros, as well as foot races. The day’s event will also feature refreshments, music and prizes. Educational materials will be available. Those interested in donating to Strom’s fundraiser can do so by contacting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, e-mailing info@pdf.org or visiting support.pdf.org/standuptoparkinsonsrace. Those interested in racing during “Stand Up to Parkinson’s,” should visit active.com under Standup to Parkinson’s Race, for more information. There is a $40 race fee for adult racers. Children race for $15. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.


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Can drinking soda harm your bones? tired of drinking plain water.So I reach for club soda, seltzer water or sparkling mineral water. But I’ve heard that carbonated drinks could be bad for my bones. Is this true? DOCTOR K Dear Reader: Several of Second Opinion my patients have asked the Dear Doctor K: I know I same question. Sometimes should drink plenty of water they are not asking about carevery day, but sometimes I get bonated water, but carbonated beverages that contain caffeine (like colas) and sugar or sweetener. I’ll tell you what I tell them. There is a theory that phosphoric acid (phosphate), Specializing in found in some carbonated bevhistoric home restoration erages, can interfere with calci-

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Program for injured warriors expands By Bianca Kaplanek

In golf, the second round of play is called the back nine. At Operation Game On, a golf program for combat-injured soldiers, it’s known as WoW. Rancho Santa Fe resident Tony Perez, founder of Operation Game On, created Wives of Warriors to help the spouses of troops who have returned from Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with severe physical and mental injuries and are undergoing rehabilitation at Naval Medical Center San Diego. “The wives of our combat injured also suffer, especially when they say goodbye to their loved ones never knowing if they will ever see them again,” Perez said. “Then they suffer even more when they see their once strong and healthy young man return with severe mental and physical injuries.” Participants in Operation Game On, which began in 2008, receive 10

one-hour golf lessons from PGA-certified instructors at Del Mar Golf Center, followed by a professional fitting session at The Kingdom at TaylorMade Golf. They also get golf equipment that includes custom-fitted TaylorMade clubs, bags, Adidas shoes, gloves and balls, as well as playing opportunities throughout the county. Through WoW, which started in September, their spouses will now also receive all necessary equipment and lessons from Michelle Mackall, a former LPGA player. “The troops are very happy about this and the wives are so looking forward to learning, experiencing and enjoying the game of golf with their husbands for many years to come,” Perez said. For more information or to donate to either program, contact Perez at pgapop@gmail.com or (858) 832-1836.


‘Check timers’ says Irrigation District RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District is asking its customers to reset their automatic irrigation systems. Following the countywide power outage, many customers’ automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems may have reverted to their default setting once the power was restored. Most irrigation timers have a battery that will store watering settings in case of a power outage and download the settings when the power is restored. However, if the battery is old or no battery is installed, your controller could default to a schedule of 10 minutes a day — every day — for every station. This may affect customers’ water bill, and result in water waste. The district suggests customers check their automatic irrigation timers to find out if theirs has defaulted, which will be demonstrated by a “blinking” controller. Customers should check the controller’s day and time settings, and reset them to the normal irrigation settings. In addition, Santa Fe Irrigation District suggests that customers replace the back-up batteries as a precaution. As a reminder, October is a good time to inspect your irrigation controller and decrease the amount of water use as the autumn days become shorter and temperatures cooler. For additional information on water conservation, visit the district’s website at sfidwater.org or call the district office at (858) 7562424.

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utmost importance.” “Frankly, I’m insulted that you thought it wasn’t important enough to televise,” he admonished the council. Mayor James Bond said the meeting was merely a formality in creating a subcommittee that would discuss the options, “legal and otherwise,” that were available to the council and come back with a recommendation. He nominated Councilwomen Teresa Barth and Kristin Gaspar to the subcommittee. “I think both can work out a reasonable thing,” he said. Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks supported Bond’s recommendation. “I think this is the right way to do it,” he said, adding that the subcommittee could hammer out the details of an appointment process. “I would be honored to serve on a committee but it seems Deputy Mayor Stocks just told us what to do,” Barth said. The crowd jeered and hissed as Bond said no one had any intention of swaying the subcommittee’s recommendation.

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Safely clean rhinestone jewelry Waking up to caffeine SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: I got an old rhinestone necklace at the thrift store yesterday. It’s looking a little dull, and I was wondering how I can clean it. The lady said not to use toothpaste, as it is gritty.That would have been my first choice. If not that, then what can I use? — Tracy, Canada Dear Tracy: I’d use a Qtip and alcohol, dishwashing liquid and water and a soft toothbrush or soft cloth, or window cleaner and a soft cloth. Don’t immerse the necklace in any of these solutions. Apply any of the above solutions to the cloth, Q-tip or toothbrush, so it’s damp and not soaking wet, and then clean the necklace. Either hang the necklace upside down to make sure it dries quickly or use a hairdryer to dry it. Dear Sara: I am moving and working on the new kitchen. I was thinking about

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“California-Greek” as it combines design and color elements from both, a cool little bar, outside seating area, and clean, contemporary lines while keeping a warmth about it. We tried a nice sampling from the menu that has small plates ranging from $3 to $6. The yogurt tzatzi was light and flavorful and the traditional flaming Sa-ga-naki was also a fun and delicious way to start the meal. They put their own twists on most of these dishes, which makes them even more appealing. A salad selection is available for $7 or $11, if you add chicken, Gyro, shrimp or calamari. We split the mixed green salad, which was plenty for two and added the lamb Gyro, which made it even heartier. I’ll mention now that the feta cheese that accompanies most of these dishes is as rich and creamy as I’ve had. We skipped over the pita and burger section but they looked fabulous and, at $7, is a value. We moved on to the garlic pesto-cine from the pasta section and added calamari, which brought it up to $13, but there was more than enough for two on this plate. We had to

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using newspaper as shelf paper and wanted to see what you think? Do you think the newsprint will rub off on the shelf? — Joseph, North Carolina Dear Joseph: I wouldn’t use it. It’s not absorbent enough, is unsightly (and will look even worse over time), isn’t clean and can rub off. Try giving your shelves a good cleaning, then line with actual shelf liner (vinyl cloth or contact paper), cloth napkins, oilcloth, wallpaper or non-adhesive grip mesh liner. I suppose you could use wax paper, too. Many people rave about cork liner. I’ve never used it and am uncertain how well it would hold up. Dear Sara: I’ve heard baby oil does the same job (if not better) of removing waterproof eye make-up than the brand name products. How do you remove it and what do you use? — Libby, Canada Dear Libby: Most of the time, I use a wet, soft washcloth and soap and water, or a baby wipe. I gently wipe it off. It doesn’t require any scrubbing at all. I don’t use baby oil or Vaseline. These

simply aren’t products I want near my eyes. I haven’t tried much else because this works perfectly fine for me. I moisturize my face afterward. Dear Sara: One of the local stores is running a special this week on cereal. The deal is really good, but my boyfriend said it would do no good to buy it because you can’t freeze it and we won’t eat it fast enough. Can I freeze cereal without it being mushy when it thaws? — B.R., Maine Dear B.R.: Cereal has a long shelf life. Check the date on the box. It typically has a best-used-by date that’s about nine to 12 months from the purchase date. You have plenty of time to store it and eat it. You can freeze cereal, but the amount of space it takes up might be a problem. You need to know how much cereal you normally consume and whether or not you have space to store it. Then you can decide how many boxes are worth buying. Keep in mind that cereal goes on sale often and there are coupons for it regularly, too.

try a couple of the house specials, so we went for the slow braised lamb shank with Taverna rice and one of the Blue Plate chef specials of the day which was a half-chicken with horta (boiled or sautéed greens such as escarole and a staple in any Greek household). They are dressed with a bit of olive oil and lemon and have a clean, pure taste that compliments most proteins. The chicken was also served with potato wedges and feta cheese and was wonderful.The lamb shank was also moist and flavorful and the rice that accompanied it was cooked perfectly.There is nothing over $19 on the house special portion of the menu. Dessert was delightful as well, as we sampled the baklava vanilla ice cream sundae and the coppa mascarpone. I’d order both again but next time I’m also going to try the Greek yogurt with peaches and honey. All desserts are $5. There is a wide selection of beer and wine, including some very interesting Greek wines. I’ll also add in a little teaser as George is in the process of reconstructing and putting his own touches on the Greek classic Mousaka. That may even be on the menu by the time this goes to print, so keep an eye out for it. Taverna

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Caffeine is complicated. On one hand, moderate coffee drinking can reduce the risk of gallstones, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and other health problems. Caffeine helps relieve pain when combined with acetaminophen or other painkillers, and modest amounts of the stimulant can improve alertness and cognitive performance. On the other hand, too much caffeine can cause jitters, difficulty concentrating and sleep problems. It’s not easy to know how much caffeine you’re getting. CR recently looked at 27 beverages, snacks and over-thecounter drugs that contain caffeine. Caffeine levels varied widely, from 12 milligrams in a

1.55-ounce bar of Hershey’s milk chocolate to a pulserevving 415 milligrams in a 20 fluid-ounce Venti Starbucks Bold Pick of the Day. Diet Coke had more than Diet Pepsi (47 milligrams compared with 35 milligrams per 12-fluid-ounce serving), and that Venti Starbucks had 70 percent more caffeine than the same-size cup of Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee. Dark chocolate had more caffeine than milk chocolate, and a 6-ounce container of Dannon coffee-flavored yogurt had the same caffeine content — 30 milligrams — as just 4 ounces of Haagen-Dazs coffee frozen yogurt. Bottom line: Check labels or brand websites for actual quantities.

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

OCT. 7, 2011

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City website offers information Join the Fall 2011 Golf Clinics hosted by the city of Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department. Come out and learn how to play or improve your skills in golf this fall with the fall golf programs that feature a variety of options including adult, teen, youth and ladies-only clinics.The various clinics will cover everything from swing and chipping to golfer etiquette. All clinics will be held at the Encinitas Ranch Golf, 1275 Quail Gardens Drive, at the Pro Shop,

September through October. For more information, schedules and registration, visit EncinitasParksandRec.com. The fall issue of Encinitas NOW!, the official quarterly enewsletter produced by the city of Encinitas, is available at CityofEncinitas.org and via e-subscription at C i t yo f E n c i n i t a s . o r g / C E / E SubscriptionsLogin/. The latest edition introduces readers to Encinitas’ upcoming city projects.

HIT THE ROAD CONTINUED FROM B5

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schorr

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SMART SNACKER My Smart Snacker makes eating and drinking on the go a bit safer and a lot cleaner. It fits right into your car’s cup holder. Courtesy photo

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