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VOL. 7, NO. 20

School seeking art center donations

THISWEEK TEEN ON A MISSION A local teen looks to engage Mexican children through the game of A3 lacrosse.

By Patty McCormac

CHANCE TO CARE The Helen Woodward Center’s pet adoption drive has begun, encouraging residents to open their homes to a B1 furry friend.



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CHALK ART From left, students from Santa Fe Christian School, Alexandra Johnson, Kayla McGuinness and Tori Ippolito, put the finishing touches on their giant chalk canvas, one of many to grace the central quad during the school’s annual Chalk Festival. The canvases are recreated on sidewalks throughout the school. This year the students were given the task to design and create works based on a mix of traditional and contemporary images. Courtesy photo

Officer receives recognition for his hard work By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Patrol Officer Bill Hanson received his 20-year pin from Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol at the Oct. 6 Association meeting. “Thank you for all the hard work you do,” Wellhouser said. “If you want a job done, Bill gets it done.” Hanson is also a master woodworker, said Pete Smith, manager of the Association. “He has made shelves and cabinets all around the office,” he said. And he makes wooden toys for children for Christmas. “I’m getting ready to open Santa’s Workshop,” Hanson said. Hanson also served as a submariner in the Navy and as a CHP officer before coming to Rancho Santa Fe. On another note, the business chosen to be recognized at

Rancho Santa Fe because there is always someone there to help answer questions when it comes to Real Estate in the area. “Someone always answers the phone,” she said. Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, reported there are six streets in the area that are due for resurfacing. He said public works department has put the requests before the San Diego Board of Supervisors for approval. He said the work on the IN RECOGNITION Bill Hanson listens to kind words at the Rancho Santa Fe Association meeting on Oct. 6, before receiving his 20-year pin streets could begin this month in honor of his service to the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. Photo by Patty or next depending on the McCormac weather. Holler also reported that the meeting was Heritage one of the Lilian Rice homes. “Every day if feels like I’m the Rancho Santa Fe Irrigation Escrow and Stephanie Clark who has worked at the compa- coming to a home. It’s a won- District will begin work on derful community to work in,” replacing valves in the western ny since 1994. portion of the Covenant. “I’ve been here a long she said. He also told the group that Clark, who said she works time,” Clark said. “I love the with many homeowners associcommunity.” TURN TO OFFICER ON A17 The business is located in ations, really appreciates

RANCHO SANTA FE — Those wishing to be a part of the 3/24 Club to provide seating in the new performing arts center at R. Roger Rowe School, should get in touch with the school’s administration. For $1,000 a person can provide a seat and have a plaque affixed to a chair with their name, their family’s name or business name. This is a good way to help pay for the $330,000 project that will include 300 retractable chairs and can open or fold up in minutes. Seventy people have already paid for chairs for their names. The job went to Audience Systems out of the United Kingdom, said Lindy Delaney, superintendent of schools at the school board’s Oct. 6 meeting. At the meeting the board voted to get the project started by providing funds for the construction platforms for the seating and the electrical wiring required. The seats will be hard plastic with wood trim. “We are a school and we have kids who put their feet on things,” Delaney said. “Having upholstered chairs does not feel that good.” At its meeting on Oct. 6, the board of education voted to get the project started by providing funds for the platforms for the seating and the electrical wiring required. Also, to accommodate the new seating system, two of the theatre doors will have to be altered. Delaney also reported the new construction will allow for a area at the back of the theatre for follow spotlights that can be utilized by students who are studying how a theatre works behind the scene. “For kids learning about lights and sound, the follow spots are great for kids to have hands on experience,” TURN TO DONATIONS ON A17



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ODD Lacrosse clinics benefit Tijuana orphanage FILES


By Lillian Cox

GOT WHAT?! London Fashion Week usually brings forth a shock or two from cutting-edge designers, but a September creation by Rachel Freire might have raised the bar: a floor-length dress made from 3,000 cow nipples (designed to resemble roses). Initial disgust for the garment centered on implied animal abuse, but Freire deflected that issue by pointing out that the nipples had been discarded by a tannery and that her use amounted to “recycling.” The 32-year-old Freire, who has worked with mainstream entertainers such as Christina Aguilera, was kept so busy with the animal-abuse angle that she was largely spared having to explain another issue — why anyone would want to wear a dress made with cow nipples.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit! • Death is big business in Japan, with 1.2 million people a year passing away and overtaxing the country’s cemeteries and crematoriums. With the average wait for disposal at least several days, and space running short in funeral homes, “corpse hotels” have opened in many cities, with climate-controlled “guest rooms” renting for the equivalent of about $155 a night, with viewing rooms where relatives can visit the bodies daily until cremation is available. • The world’s real economy may be flagging, but not necessarily the makebelieve economy of online multiplayer games, according to reporting by The Wall Street Journal (July) and the website Singularity Hub (August). For example, entrepreneur Ailin Graef’s Anshe Chung Studios is worth “millions” of real U.S. dollars, earned mostly by managing rentals of make-believe real estate and brokering makebelieve money transactions in the game Second Life. Graef also commands top (real) dollar for her designs of make-believe fashions for players’ game characters (avatars). Two other companies are suing each other in federal court in San Francisco over the copyright to their lucrative business models of creating make-believe animals (horses, rabbits) that sell very well to players who take them on as game pets for their characters or breed them to make other make-believe animals. • No sooner had Anthony Sowell been convicted in August of murdering 11 women in Cleveland and burying their remains around his property than entrepreneur Eric Gein of Florida had hired someone to fill sandwich bags of soil from Sowell’s property so TURN TO ODD FILES ON A8

RANCHO SANTA FE — Alexander Evans-Pfeiffer thinks big. The high school senior is on a mission to engage Mexican children in the sport of lacrosse. Last Saturday he and his friend, Eddy Glazener, hosted their tenth annual lacrosse clinic at the City of Angels Children’s Home in Tijuana. Like his students, Alexander was an avid fan and participant in traditional team sports such as soccer and football before being introduced to lacrosse five years ago. “It became my passion in a way no other sport ever has,” he said. “Lacrosse has a similar strategy of scoring as soccer, contact like football, with defense very similar to that of basketball. It’s the fastest game on two legs!” Lacrosse is a variation of stickball games like baseball and hockey. The lacrosse stick is strung with netting that is designed to catch and hold the ball. The object of the game is to use the lacrosse stick to shoot the ball into the oppo-

RAISE ‘EM HIGH Alexander Evans-Pfeiffer (left, back row) and friend Eddy Glazener (right, back row) traveled to the City of Angels Children’s Home in Tijuana last Saturday where they shared their love of lacrosse by hosting their 10th clinic for the kids. Alexander and Eddy are college-bound seniors at The Bishops School, and teammates on the LaCrosse team. Photo by Lena Evans

nent’s goal. Alexander says the game has been inaccessible to many kids because it can cost up to $1,000 to equip

one player. Because of this, he donated his own equipment to the orphanage, then embarked on an ambitious fundraising drive.

Assessment issue sparks lively discussion in Ranch By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The routine task of setting Rancho Santa Fe 2011-2012 assessment sparked a lively discussion among the Association board at its Oct. 6 meeting. The board ended up voting the Open Space Program be decreased by a 1/2 cent and that amount added to general operations, but for this fiscal year only. Because of the loss of revenue from property taxes due to the economic downturn, the Finance Committee recommended that the 14 cents per $100 of property valuation be split into 11.5 cents for general services and 2.5 cents for open space, Pete Smith, Association manager told the board. For the 2010-2011 budget that number was 11 cents for general services and 3 cents to the open space program per the $100 assessed valuation of the San Diego County Assessor’s roll. “The total valuation for all Covenant properties per the July 1, 2011 edition of the San Diego County Assessor’s roll is $3.930 billion. This represents a -2.53 percent decrease over last year’s assess valuation of $4,032 billion,” Smith said. “The Finance

Committee met on Sept. 29 and recommends the assessment rate of 14 cents per $100 of property valuation, following the approved 20112012 Association budget. However due to declining assessment revenue, that the budgeted allocation of 11 cents for general services and 3 cents for Open Space be reallocated to represent 11.5 cents for general services and 2.5 cents for open space,” he said. “Any actual surplus realized at the end of the fiscal year be transferred to Open Space,” Smith said. Director Larry Spitcaufsky said loss of revenue is a common problem and the Association’s financial situation is not unique among homeowners associations, but that he would like to make a determination that this allocation last only this year. He said the Association ought to do a financial projection that would look five or 10 years into the future to

help guide the way financially. Director Dick Doughty agreed the motion should contain a time constraint, but he disagreed that the Rancho Santa Fe Association is not unique. “We are very unique,” he said. “We are in good condition and have a long history of being in good condition.” New director Eamon Callahan, who has experience running large businesses, disagreed that a financial projection would be affective. “They are not worth the paper they are written on, especially these days,” he said. Callahan also suggested that since property value has decreased, perhaps the money needed for open space is not so pressing. “Land is going down,” he said. “Maybe there are some good deals out there,” Director Roxan Foxx said.



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“Because I know just about all the players and coaches in the San Diego area, I put the word out that I was seeking donations of

equipment for my charity projects,” he said. “Everyone was very willing to donate their old gear for such a great cause. People want to help and give back. They just need a vehicle.” Alexander said he’s especially grateful to teammates Ben Preston and Christian Guinchard. “I am so happy that I can be the conduit for all the unwanted equipment from friends!” he said. Alexander got the idea for the clinics targeted to kids ages 8 to 12 after traveling to Tijuana with Morgan Hicks, another Bishop’s classmate who is a regular volunteer at the orphanage. Today, she helps plan the events. “I think the children’s favorite part of the clinic was when they all played on one team against Alexander and Eddie,” she recalls. “When they told the kids they could keep the equipment, their faces lit up! They were begging them to come back and play again and said they would practice extra hard so they could beat them the

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‘Houlihan appointment’: here’s to hoping If you invite them, they For the first time in Encinitas history, a City Council member will be selected not democratically by a vote of the people, but by a political appointment. Some say it is the latest move in a political chess match between residents seeking to protect community character and pro-development special interests seeking to increase density. The “Houlihan appointment” is being watched closely and will be the subject of this column for the next two weeks. In 2003, Houlihan supported the Encinitas Draft Community Character Implementation Plan, a body of laws that would restrict development. In two citywide elections, Houlihan got more votes than any other candidate because residents overwhelmingly supported her positions to protect Encinitas small town community character. Houlihan was opposed by special interests from the real estate, nursery and building associations who did not support the Draft Community Character Implementation Plan.They wanted the city to give them new zoning rights to increase density. A Political Action Committee (PAC) was formed to fund efforts to defeat Houlihan. In 2004, with three council seats open, it was possible the special interests could secure a council supermajority. That year Houlihan asked if the special interest agenda was about securing a 4-1 council super-majority to increase zoning and development

ANDREW AUDET Life, Liberty and Leadership opportunities without a vote of the people. The very thing Houlihan opposed. That same year, current Encinitas Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks received campaign funds from a number of development firms outside of Encinitas. In 2008, Stocks received campaign money from three Political Action Committees including the California Real Estate PAC of Los Angeles and the Associated Builders and Contractors PAC. As reported by the Encinitas Taxpayers Association, 55 percent of his campaign funds came from outside of Encinitas and nearly 70 percent came from the real estate industry. Now, Stocks and his supporters will have a vote in selecting Houlihan’s replacement, while the 13,000-plus voters who voted for Houlihan and her position to protect community character from high density zoning will not. All of this matters because the threat of a 4-1 council super-majority is real. Developers could make millions while residents could lose community character and property values. Consider the Pacific View site. Houlihan voted no to up-zoning the property calling for an independent

appraisal. Stocks and Mayor James Bond opposed Houlihan and the independent appraisal. A 4-1 super majority could up-zone the property without a vote of the people. Will Stocks and Bond appoint someone who supports Houlihan’s vote or their own? A super majority also threatens the so called “General Plan Update.” The city is rewriting zoning. The proposed land use changes could allow new high-density mixed-use residential zoning. This past week a real estate firm paid $78 million dollars to buy the Trader Joe’s property on Encinitas Boulevard. The site is within the “General Plan Update” zone and would benefit from new zoning allowing mixed use that could create 2,000 new residences along El Camino Real. A 4-1 Council super-majority could “up-zone” the plan without a vote of the people. For the first time in the city’s history the public won’t vote.The council could appoint a candidate endorsed by Houlihan, a move that would validate the votes of thousands of citizens and go a long way to ending claims of political cronyism. They could appoint a person who will honor Houlihan’s votes and who agrees not to run in 2012, a move endorsed by the League Of Women voters. Or they could thumb their noses at the public and choose instead to appoint a candidate that will support the special interests. Let’s hope they choose wisely, because you and I don’t have a vote.

will come...maybe By Robert Bonde & Sheila S. Cameron

Oct. 1 was the 25th anniversary of cityhood for Encinitas. But did we celebrate it? Well, if you call wrapping it up as an adjunct with a Lima Bean festival, I guess we did, sort of. Perhaps the city wasn’t given a proper celebration because there is no one on our City Council who participated in the incorporation of the city. There are few left in the bureaucracy that understands to whom they owe well paying jobs and benefits. Prior to the anniversary, a few of us were asked by the city to generate a list of people who were active in the incorporation of Encinitas. We were told they would receive a formal invitation from the mayor as a gesture of recognition and thanks for their efforts. Approximately 100 names and addresses were submitted of key movers and shakers in creating this city, only a fraction of those involved, but hopefully reaching most of the key participants. During the process of gathering addresses, volunteers were called and told to expect a formal invitation to the event and a schedule from the city. Not everyone was

One of the exciting things about American politics is that a single event, person or group can come out of nowhere and change the landscape. That’s what’s happening with the Occupy Wall Street protests that began with a small group of young folks, briefly became outnumbered by thrill-seekers, and now are blossoming into a nationwide movement in scores of U.S. cities, composed of all classes of ordinary Americans. For the moment, the protesters are shunning central leadership, opting instead for gatherings that give them a venue to display their anger at “business as usual” on Wall Street. Protesters range from teens to grandparents. But because they haven't published a laundry list of demands, rented a national headquarters or hired a press spokesperson, journalists have tended to dismiss the power of these people. Yet,

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expected to come to the gathering as many have moved out of the city and even out of the state. All deserved to receive an invitation in recognition of their history in the struggle to launch our city. At the “Lima Bean Festival and 25th Anniversary of the City” when asked to stand by the mayor, to our surprise only about half a dozen people stood. Why was that? Where was everyone? Ah, the disappointment of learning that a “sub-committee” made a decision to eliminate those lists. A sub-committee of two council members and bureaucrats. Only a few listed as the Steering Committee for Incorporation received an invitation. It seems those activists who built this city were not worth the printing of 100 form letters, affixing stamps, and the mayor’s signature, was too much trouble. These volunteers were people who gave hundreds of hours of their time, their money, and walked miles to every home in the five communities of Leucadia, historic Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, New Encinitas, and Olivenhain to

skilled politicians who can smell opposition voters a mile away — and who are decidedly interested in “business as usual” — are worried to the point of attacking these voters. A right-wing tabloid mocked the protesters. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor referred to them as a “mob.” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called them “unAmerican,” and fellow candidate Herman Cain told them to get a job. Media mavens are hard at work attempting to define the protesters before they can do it themselves. Now, why should so many sophisticated, important office-holders be paying so much attention to Occupy Wall Street? Two words: Wall Street. It is the client of many, many politicians. I’ve heard some of my colleagues paint Wall Street protesters TURN TO MCCOY ON A17

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A DOCENT The Encinitas Historical Society needs more docents for Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. Docents work in pairs. An orientation program is provided with a docent support handbook, and information on local history. The tours are at the 1883 Schoolhouse, the oldest building in Encinitas. Call (760) 753-5726 for more information.

OCT. 22 FRIENDLY GARDENS The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 22. Master Gardener Charlotte Getz, will discuss “Fall and Winter Blooming Plants.” Call (858) 259-9054 for the meeting location. SAVE THE OCEAN Algalita Marine Research Foundation, with support from the Encinitas Environmental Commission, is hosting Capt. Charles Moore introducing his book “Plastic Ocean” from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The event will benefit Algalita’s research and science-based education programs. Reservations guarantee a seat. E-mail JBolden@CityofEncinitas.org.




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Library highlights Native American month DEDICATED Horizon Prep celebrates the dedication of its new Lion’s Den Gym Oct. 3. From left, Horizon Prep Head of Schools Ken Kush, Prep President and CEO Pastor Bob Botsford receive an Assembly Resolution to commemorate the campus dedication from California Assemblyman Martin Garrick. Courtesy photo

Once a cowboy nightclub, Moqui Cave now favored by tourists


Celebratory Pipes, featuring organist Janice Stewart, at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 will celebrate new ranks added to the Schantz pipe organ at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. Pre-concert slide show of past music series programs begins at 6:45 p.m. Call (760) 7536582 for details.

OCT. 26 GALA DAY The Beach & Country Guild is raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego with the Día del Sol at the Grand Del Mar from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, with silent and live auctions, a luncheon, fashion boutiques, guest speakers, a children’s and designer runway fashion show. For information or tickets, go to beachandcountry.org or call (858) 663-6214. FROM THE HEART The Cardiovascular Disease Foundation is holding an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at 3088 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 202, to introduce the James G. Murray Access-to-Care program. Get your blood pressure and body fat checked and TURN TO CALENDAR ON A8

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E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Lex Chamberlain looks pretty much like you’d expect with a name like that: Tall and lanky, a shock of gray hair escaping from his black cowboy hat. His jeans are worn, and he wears a huge turquoise and silver horse that pulls together his bolo tie. Chamberlain is a fourthgeneration Utah Mormon who inherited his father’s business — a 7,000-squarefoot cave filled with dozens of multi-colored, luminescent rocks, arrowheads, plant and animal fossils, and replicas of dinosaur teeth. Moqui Cave, about five miles northwest of Kanab on Highway 89, was once a nightclub frequented by 1950s cowboy film stars who often were in the area making Westerns. (Kanab country is the backdrop for dozens of old and current films.) Now, the cave is a favorite tourist attraction for people on their way in or out of Zion National Park. The exterior of the cave is a replica of ancient area cliff dwellings, and though there is some debate about this, many believe that


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YOUR TOUR GUIDE Lex Chamberlain, a fourth generation Utah resident, greets visitors to Moqui Cave in Southern Utah near Zion National Park. He enjoys telling tourists about his pioneering family. Chamberlain is a descendent of the fourth wife. Photo by Jerry Ondash

“Moqui” is an ancient term that refers to the Hopi peoples who once inhabited the area. The interior of this sandstone cave can be 30 degrees cooler than a scorching Southern Utah day. The thermometer was well on its way to 90-plus when we visited on

a recent mid-September morning. We found the $5 admission fee worth it, and not just for the collectibles. It was Lex Chamberlain’s family history that grabbed my interest. From the moment I TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON A19

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The Friends of the Solana Beach Library are hosting a program at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in honor of November’s designation as Native American month. The program, “Native Talk,” will be presented by Luiseño storyteller and elementary school teacher, Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, and is a presentation of traditional California Indian tales and local native history. Included will be a historical display of a variety of every-

day items used long ago by native people, including clothing, tools, baskets, musical instruments, and toys. The goal of this program is to educate and promote public awareness of the rich native culture and history in San Diego County. This program will be held at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Call (858) 7551404. The program is free to the public.


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Substantial tax gifts from President Obama There are several benefits from the Obama administration that allow substantial tax savings… for example, the business tax structure benefits expire at the end of 2011 and estate and gift increased exemptions expire in 12/31/2012. A tax-free sale of a small business!!! Yes, it is true!! Obama signed a temporary amendment to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 1202 that permits an eligible corporations also known “Qualified Small Business Stock” or “QSBS” to be sold by the OSBS original issue stockholders without being taxed on stock sale. The temporary amendment only applies to certain stock acquired after the enactment date and before 1/1/2012. In general, each

LEAH STAPLETON QSBS may exclude gain in the amount of the greater of $10 million or 10 times the adjusted basis in the corporation. With the possible

100 percent exclusion from capital gains would be a very big financial windfall to business owners with QSBS.”



impending elimination of low capital gains tax, the ability to escape capital gains taxes as well as alternative minimum tax would be a very big financial windfall to business owners with a QSBS. If you are thinking of doing a short term GRAT (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust)… a very favorable way to gift highly appreciated assets, please do it sooner than later. The proposed legislation, currently stalled in Congress, is calling for a 10-year term GRAT that would dramatically decrease the benefits you can achieve. As part of the last minute tax negotiations in 2010, Obama increased the estate exemption to $5million per individual, $10 million per couple. This also applies to gifting with no GSR (generation skipping tax). He also reduced the estate tax from 45% to 35%. This is an amazing benefit in tax free gifting, allowing a family to establish a generation skipping or dynasty trust to maximize the benefits for future generations. Therefore, the future growth of the dynasty trust is not subject to estate, gift, or GST tax*, this trust can in effect be a “family endowment fund” to ensure a substantial legacy for the future generations. *the code is currently vague about future GST dis-

tributions Leah Stapleton, CFP, President of Stapleton Financial, is a national expert in financial planning and had been an advocate to Congress on taxation issues. Stapleton Financial has been serving client on financial matters since 1986. To contact Leah Stapleton call (858) 4580991 or e-mail Leah at stapletonfinancial@me.com. Web: Stapletonfinancial.com http://www.linkedin.co m/pub/leah-stapleton/40/421/668

Richard Johnson and his Kona Entertainment Vehicle. Richard is showing the Flavorwave where the kids apply their own flavors.

KONA ICE Tropical Shave Ice comes to the North County with a huge bang What does a retired corporate CEO of his own company for 32 years do after retirement, when he has no hobbies? Well, in San Diego North County, Richard Johnson and his wife, Susan, started by buying a truck and bringing authentic tropical shave ice to fund raisers, schools, athletic fields, tournaments, festivals and even your own birthday party. Nationwide, with over 200 Kona Entertainment Vehicles, Kona Ice in the past 4 years has returned over $2,000,000 to the communities that they serve in 38 states. There is even a franchise with two vehicles in Maui, Hawaii. For Richard and Susan, this seemed to be the answer to keeping their minds busy, bodies active and bring incredible happiness, excitement and fun to the kids and the adults in the North County. What is unique about this vehicle compared to any other shave ice server? How do you serve 150 kids at a school event in less than 30 minutes? The secret is the “Flavorwave” built into the side of the vehicle where each customer gets to put on their own flavors. This allows a Kona Ice vehicle to give incredibly fast service. In addition, by serving more shave ice faster, the fund raiser raises more money. There is no waiting in line while one person prepares your shave ice for you, their way. Most recently, they were invited by the Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club, the Carlsbad Wave, Rancho Santa Fe Attack and Oceanside Breakers to do fund raisers for their teams at their tournaments and an opening day event for the Breakers.

Kona Ice has done both the Four Seasons Aviara and the COBRA-Puma Group employee appreciation days, the CBRE commercial reality Tenant Appreciation Day at one of their industrial parks, the annual MADD “WALKLIKEMADD” fund raising 5K walk.The Nativity School and the Diegueno Country Day School have both used Kona Ice for various events. The North Coast Calvary Church used Kona Ice for a large fund raiser at the church. And, they are now booked to do another event with the church in November. The territory that they purchased includes Carlsbad, Vista and Rancho Santa Fe. Although, they can also service Oceanside, Escondido, 4S Ranch, Del Sur and other North County communities. Encinitas, Del Mar, Cardiff, Solana Beach and San Marcos are a part of yet another Kona Ice franchise. Finally, a snow cone is not a shave ice. The ice for a snow cone is crushed ice. The ice for a genuine shave ice is shaved ice that is tempered to get the correct consistency to make it a perfect shave ice. Shave ice is of a very fine consistency to allow the flavors to marry with the ice. That can’t be done with a snow cone and crushed ice. The crushed ice is not fine enough to marry with the flavors. North County residents should keep a close eye out for a Kona Entertainment Vehicle in your community. And, if you want a Kona Ice vehicle at your next event, phone Richard or Susan at (760) 420-8886 or visit their website at www.konaice.com/SanDiegoNorthCou nty.



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MARKETPLACE NEWS Kudos go to Clone Clone Duplicating and Printing, a woman owned business, run by Shirley Abelsohn and her husband, Rufus are proud to announce they recently received a Bravo Award from NABWO (National Association of Women Business Owners). California Legislative Assemblyman also awarded a Certificate of Recognition to Shirley Abelsohn for her stellar leadership and the continued success of her business as a role model in the community (original certificate available on file). C re a t e - A - D e s i g n , located inside Clone, won the Channel 10 News A-list for the best invitations in San Diego. One-of-a-kind invitations can be provided with-in your budget. With a rainbow of colors and hundreds of textured papers, your invitation is sure to please both you and your guests. In addition to addressing envelopes in a matching color and fontstyle, Create-A-Design offers personalized napkins, programs, place/seating cards, party favors and many other related occasion items. The Abelsohn's realized the American dream after immigrating from South Africa and are now running the mom and pop independent store, which they have owned since 1996. Having a background in accounting, Rufus manages the finances while Shirley works one on one with customers and the set-up of stationery, business cards, brochures and flyers. Together they make a wonderful team. As you step inside this quaint store, a plethoria of blank stationery, gifts and toys, greet you. There is something for everyone and you will be able to check items off your Holiday Shopping list. There is even their equivalent of a “99¢ store” outside where you will find stocking stuffers. A collection box will be placed outside the store for Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. Unwrapped toys are welcome. Clone and Create - A Design are located at 1202 Camino Del Mar in Del Mar. Phone 858.259.6789. E-mail us at clone@clonecopies.com and cadcs@createadesign.net.

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You can age…if you want to Heritage Every woman strives to look as good as she feels. However, sometimes the race against time can get the best of us. No matter how well you take care of your skin, factors such as age and sun exposure can cause serious damage to your skin in the form of wrinkles, age spots, large pores, and poor texture. This unsightly damage can make you look older than your years and leave you short of looking your best. Thankfully, there is an amazing new technology that can take up to 10 years off the way you look,

healthy, younger looking skin with minimal posttreatment downtime. Fractional means that only a fraction of the skin surface is exposed to the laser

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he treatment took years of sun damage off my face, allowing me to go without makeup and look more youthful with an even skin tone.” — Christine



leaving you with radiant new skin you are sure to love. The Mixto Micro Fractional CO2 laser is a revolutionary new treatment for skin rejuvenation that makes it possible for you to have

beam, leaving untreated skin around each treated micro spot. This promotes fast natural healing and a short recovery time.The laser beam actually expands underneath the skin’s surface to stimulate

color, while softening wrinkles and smoothing the surface of your skin. The final result is more natural than a facelift, with less downtime, and no scars. The best part is that your results will keep

getting better as more collagen is produced, and these results can last up to five years. Christine from San Diego tried this new laser procedure and she has never felt more confident about her appearance. She says, “The fractional CO2 laser not only erased my brown spots, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles, it also significantly improved the tightness and texture of my skin. The treatment took years of sun damage off my face, allowing me to go without makeup and look more youthful with an even skin tone. It also smoothed out the texture, firmed and tightened the loose, wrinkly areas under my eyes, and even minimized my crow’s feet!” This FDA-approved procedure can smooth your skin, erase age spots, shrink pores, and give you a more youthful appearance. The before and after photographs clearly speak for themselves. For more information on Mixto Micro Fractional CO2 laser treatments, you can contact Just Skin at (760) 9422991 or visit them online at www.JustSkinInc.com.

Add a new spark to your favorite fall foods October…my favorite month of the year. Just thinking about this month conjures up all sorts of culinary feasts I’ve missed. Sure, I love salads and all the great homegrown veggies from my garden and the local farmers markets, but there is definitely something to be said for the aromas and warmth that waft from one’s kitchen come fall - from soups to stews, casseroles to homemade pies. Beef Bourguignon is one of my most loved autumn dishes. Try searing the meat with a beautiful extra virgin olive oil (my current favorite is Baker & Olive’s FS17- a super fresh Frantoio from Chile) and making a reduction of the sauce with B&O’s elegant Pinot Noir Red Wine Vinegar. After this slowly cooks all day, I can hardly wait to spoon it over my buttered noodles finished with Porcini Oil and some parsley baby carrots. Be sure to grab a loaf of Peasant bread from Baker & Olive too so you can sop up all that amazing sauce you create. I am really going to enjoy

white balsamic that I am crazy about is the Cranberry Pear. Fresh, crisp and not too sweet. I mix this in with the Roasted Walnut Oil from France, a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Add some roasted pears, dried cranberries, toasted pecans and please don’t forget the

ow that I’ve found Baker & Olive, my kids are even excited about brussel sprouts.” —Maria C.



several of Baker & Olive’s new goat cheese. Pure simple seasonal balsamic vinegars on indulgence and oh so pretty some fall greens. The newest on your plate! Sometimes I

switch out the Cranberry Pear White Balsamic for the Red AppleDark Balsamic - then apples for pears, dried cherries for cranberries, apple wood smoked bacon for the goat cheese. Fabulous! Let’s not forget fall’s bounty of vegetables — sweet potatoes, fennel, parsnips, and butternut squash just to name a few. Baker & Olive can help you get your whole family begging for more roasted veggies. I just heat my oven to 400 degrees, peel, cube and toss whatever vegetable with a natural flavored olive oil. I think their Mediterranean House Blend works perfectly here. Add some sea salt and pepper and roast for 15-20 minutes or until beautifully golden and caramelized. Drizzle with Juniper Berry Dark Balsamic. It works. My

kids who never let a brussel sprout pass through their lips before, now eagerly ask for seconds. Who knew it could be so simple?! Soup is always a perfect meal on a rainy day. Cozy, comforting and filling. This is a meal I usually make in a crock-pot or slow cooker. My kids especially love a broccoli cheese soup I make. After it simmers all day, I give it a quick spin with an immersion blender to transform it into its creamy, cheesy deliciousness. Ladle into bowls and then drizzle with Baker & Olive’s Harissa Oil to give it a spicy kick. And now for dessert. How can you possibly add balsamic vinegar to dessert you ask? How can you not! Now that summer’s best berries are a distant memory, it’s time to think about fall’s finest fruit. Think apple pie, whipped cream, and Cinnamon Pear Dark Balsamic. In that order. Your apple pie will transcend to a whole new level. And your family will love it. Head over to Baker & Olive in Encinitas and discover for yourself the world’s freshest olive oils and the finest balsamic vinegars. It’s the perfect spot for foodies, professional chefs, the family cook, and anyone who wants to experience how easy and delicious culinary creativity can be. (Find Baker & Olive at 165 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas, call them at 760944-7840, visit them online at bakerandolive.com or stop in Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Escrow celebrates 15 years in the Ranch Stephanie Clarke, Branch Manager of the Rancho Santa Fe branch of The Heritage Escrow Company, has been a vital part of the branch since 1997. She has been providing escrow services in the Ranch for over 20 years and is a dedicated escrow officer with excellent technical skills and a “service first” attitude. Whether you are an agent, a broker, a buyer, or a seller, The Heritage Escrow Company is the best choice for your next real estate transaction. Escrow is our only business, and our success is measured by the thousands of successful escrow transactions we have managed throughout California. With a track record of consistent quality and service, we have earned our reputation as a premier provider of escrow services. Clients choose Heritage Escrow because of the strong caliber of our staff and the level of service we can deliver. Our employees are supported and trained by a corporate advisory team. These seasoned escrow specialists stay informed about current regulations and are able to create practical, customized solutions for a variety of escrow problems. We put our client’s interests first — every time. We understand and anticipate the needs of our customers, and our escrow experts assist in the success of your transaction. In today’s economic climate, it is more important than ever to trust an escrow company which can deliver the safety security, and professionalism that can only be learned by experience. Stephanie’s team of escrow professionals includes Catherine Marjanovich, Assistant Branch Manager; and Kristen Bramble, Escrow Officer. Visit them at 6042 El Tordo in Rancho Santa Fe and experience why they have earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy resource in the local community. For more information, call (858) 756-2010 or visit www.heritageescrow.com.





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OCT. 27 FUN IN VILLAGE The Carlsbad Village Association is seeking volunteers for the Oct. 27 Thursdays



that he could sell the souvenir dirt for $25 a gram on the Internet. (Gein follows well-publicized salesmen who have famously collected the pubic hair of New York prostitute-killer Arthur Shawcross, the crawlspace dirt from the house of John Wayne Gacy, and the “fried hair” of Ted Bundy — that fell on the floor as he was executed.)

Weird Science • In July, a surgeon from Britain’s Oxford Radcliffe Hospital announced a cure for a 57-year-old man with a rare condition that made, in his mind, audible and everlouder sounds whenever his eyeballs moved. “Superior canal dehiscence syndrome” elevates the interior sounds of the body (such as heartbeat and the “friction” of muscles moving against muscles) to disturbing levels. • Artificial meat (grown in a test tube from animal stem cells) has been theoretically planned for about 10 years, but a European Science Foundation audience in September heard predictions that lab-grown sausage might be available as soon as next

on the Coast Halloween celebration. There will be pumpkin rolling and a bean toss as well as other games and crafts for visiting children from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Plaza for the close of the season event. Come for music, art and food. Contact Cheryl Ehlers, event manager, at (760) 519-1551. CANCER TALK The city of

Carlsbad’s Senior Center will host a lecture by Rupa Subramanian of the UC San Diego Cancer Center, about breast health and breast cancer survival tools from 10 to 11:45 a.m.Oct.27 at 799 Pine Ave. For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec, or call (760) 602-4650. STUDENT ART Students of the Stardust Arts will be part of Art of

year. The meat is produced in sheets (“shmeat”) and would be prohibitively expensive at first, in that the largest specimen produced so far measures only about one inch long and a third of an inch wide. The biggest drawback facing artificial muscle tissue: that even lab-grown muscles require exercise to prevent atrophy. • Recent Alarming Headlines: (1) “Miami Invaded by Giant, HouseEating Snails” (up-to-10-inchlong snails that attach to, and slowly gnaw on, stucco walls). (2) “Scientists Develop Blood Swimming ‘Microspiders’ to Heal Injuries, Deliver Drugs” (spider-like “machines,” made of gold and silica, smaller than a red blood cell yet which can travel through veins carrying drugs and be directionally controlled by researchers). • In an art-science collaboration in August, Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi and Utah State researcher Randy Lewis produced a prototype bulletproof skin — or at least skin that would limit a .22-caliber bullet to only about 2 inches’ penetration into a simulated human body. Genetically engineered spider silk (reputed to be five times stronger than steel) was

grafted between layers of dermis and epidermis. Mused Essaidi, we “in the near future ... (may) no longer need to descend from a godly bloodline in order to have traits like invulnerability....”

Least Competent Criminals • One would think the robber of a gas station would consider filling the tank before fleeing. However, Moses Gift, 47, was arrested in September in Winston-


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We could’ve been surfing, but we got a glimpse of the future Again. If you were at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, you know that this year’s Sacred Craft was the CHRIS best surf show since the 1964 AHRENS Surf-O-Rama. If you weren’t there, you were probably Sea Notes doing what we should have all Scott Bass got it right. been doing, surfing the first

good swell in weeks. Those of us stuck indoors weren’t that bummed, however. We were looking at your future. Honoring La Jolla born surfer/shaper/designer, Carl Ekstrom, Sacred Craft peeked at one of the most significant and misunderstood

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designs of our time, the asymmetrical surfboard. Ekstrom, who learned to build surfboards before he could drive a car, was one of Windansea’s best surfers through the ‘60s and ‘70s. The idea of asymmetry occurred to him while surfing Windansea in 1964. “I realized that I liked one board for going right and another board for going left and decided to combine the two into one surfboard,” said Ekstrom, on an invention that has taken nearly half a century to catch on. Ekstrom is as unassuming as the home he lives in, tucked quietly beneath a eucalyptus grove. He is therefore not a great one for selfpromotion and, subsequently,

has not garnered the attention he deserves, until now. It would take fellow La Jolla surfer Richard Kenvin to bring Ekstrom to the forefront of the surfing world. According to Ekstrom, “Richard is one of the best surfers in La Jolla and I am so stoked to have him as my test rider. He has helped so much in the refinement of my boards and given them great exposure.” Through Richard, Carl was introduced to North County’s latest phenomenon, Ryan Burch. Burch began riding Ekstrom’s boards a few years back, but is now making his own asymmetrical surfboards, which are so radical that according to Ryan himself, “The noses sometimes resembles Gumby’s head.” While in his fifth decade as a surfboard builder and designer, Carl Ekstrom is not yesterday’s man. He’s busy tinkering in his shop, designing boards for the future. This morning he called to talk about controlling the flex in fins and tails of surfboards, something that has proven elusive since the legendary George Greenough first shaped his fiberglass spoons, and something that helped Australians Nat Young and Bob McTavish launch the “Shortboard Revolution” in the late ‘60s.

Carl and I go to lunch about once a week at La Especial. It is here he can let his creativity slump, and the waitresses know what to bring before he even orders. More days than not it’s huevos rancheros, something that, on occasion, will be followed by a large Coke. We generally outstay our welcome and discuss old friends and surfboard designs over Cokes and chips. My idea of surfboards sprouting collapsible rail fins is a recurring theme as Carl offers instruction into building them. But my hands don’t link up with my mind as they do in exceptional people like Carl Ekstrom. For now I continue mind surfing my boards while his boards materialize beneath the feet of some of our coast’s best surfers. Try asymmetry, but know this, by the time those designs hit the mainstream, Ekstrom will be on to the next thing. In the future you may see controlled flex, snapping and popping on a wave near you. If you do, you’ll know that Carl Ekstrom has been at work. Carl Ekstrom is building a few custom surfboards. He can be contacted at carl.ekstromcompany@gmail. com. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.

San Dieguito ribbon-cutting RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Oct. 26 at the County of San Diego’s San Dieguito Park to commemorate the conversion of the parks irrigation system to recycled water use. The event will be held at the lower portion of San Dieguito Park off El Camino Real, near the gazebo. The

public is invited to attend. This event will celebrate the completion of the park’s conversion and retrofit to 100percent-recycled water irrigation. Portions of the park were converted to recycled water use as part of the initial recycled water system development in 2001. Call the district office at (858) 756-2424 for more information.


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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 identi-

fy 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.

Santa Fe Christian Schools When students do well in the classroom, they receive a gold star. When a school outperforms, it gets recognized by the US Department of Education. Santa Fe Christian Lower School, a college-preparatory Christian private school in Solana Beach, was named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School, a distinction by the U.S. Department of Education that ranks it among the highest performing schools nationwide. Santa Fe Christian was one of only 49 private schools in the nation to earn the award this year and the only private school named in California. The SFC Lower School (K – 5) provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our educational philosophy is based on the core values of academic excellence, stewardship, Christ-likeness. With research-based curriculum, the experienced and skillful SFC

teacher infuses Biblical truth in all subject areas. The acquisition of knowledge and development of skills is for the purpose of better equipping our students to be effective Christian leaders. Our Middle School works to facilitate a smooth transition between the dependence of the Lower School years and the independence of the Upper School years. We call these the “bridge years”, a transition time that provides the academic and social foundations for success in high school. During these three years, we focus on developing the habits and attitudes that will help students succeed in their classes as well as their relationships. Through the core curriculum, electives and extracurricular activities, Upper School students grow to understand who they are in Christ and develop their academic skills in

preparation for college. Graduates in 2011 were awarded more than $10 million in scholarships and received acceptances from colleges such as Stanford, Duke, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Fordham, UC Berkeley, USC Film School, Harvard and Boston College. “Aside from all the valuable information I’ve learned in my AP and Honors classes, I am confident in my Christian beliefs and I know how to defend them. Not only did I take advantage of the school’s toughest classes, but I also ran on the track team, competed on the academic team, enjoyed retreats, attended dances, volunteered in the community, authored articles in the student newspaper and made some really close friends. I am equipped and ready for the next step of my life.” — Elise Wilson, Class of 2011, Attending Yale University.

VINTURI is the device that knows how to turn your wine on Rio Sabadicci isn’t an especially passionate wine drinker. Matter of fact his favorite beverage just may be a scotch. But he is one brilliant inventor. About three-and-a-half years ago I bumped into him quite by accident at La Costa Resort and Spa and after introductions, he began his story as he insisted I try an aged red wine with his new VINTURI, the first wine aerator of its kind. It eliminates the need for decanting, to bring out the best flavors in wines. I was attending a VIP


Taste of Wine tasting presented by the Tasting Panel in Orange County to unveil the top wines at the recent San Francisco International Wine Competition, and VINTURI was a partner in the event. The product amazed me how advanced it had become. Sabadicci, in addition to

his red wine VINTURI, has a white wine version, a VINTURI Travel and a VINTURI Spirit Aerator. The travel model is a slim, portable device that can fit into a vest pocket, but does all the functions of the red wine model. The Spirit VINTURI brings out the flavor of drinks like scotch, cognac, port, tequila, whiskey, even sake. “I couldn’t believe how well this works,” Sabadicci declared. It has a magnetic valve with ounce measurings, plus a button that releases TO YOU Rio Sabadicci the inventor and founder of VINTURI, with Tasting Panel Magazine Editor Anthony Dias Blue. the beverage over the appropriate glass… just the right Photo by Frank Mangio

amount, with no fu-fu flavors.” It’s well known that red wines need to breathe and when they do, they taste better after it releases the intended aromas and flavors. This design speeds up the process making it an easy act. You just hold the wine over the VINTURI, which is over the glass, and it mixes the right amount of air, for the right amount of time, allowing the wine to breathe. At the Tasting Panel’s TURN TO WINE ON A20

OCT. 21, 2011


Cafe serves as a haven to anyone named Bob By Lillian Cox

Fuller, Robert Hays, Robert Loggia, Robert Morse, Robert Pine, Bob Saget, Robert Wagner, Robert Wuhl; and television personalities Bob Goen and Bob Guiney. Last week Mirisch arrived with a signed photo of ice hockey great, Bobby Orr. Among the rows of framed, celebrity photos is a sculpture of “Bob’s Big Boy” and a movie poster of “What About Bob?” In addition to celebrity “Bobs,” Sliwa has a “Not So Famous Bobs” gallery of ordinary people. Plans are underway for a “Bob’s Other Buddies” (BOB) gallery which will be broadcast on overhead, flat-screen TVs. “It means a lot to customers to show their photos,” he said. The idea for the photos came about after Sliwa opened the business in 1995. “My family suggested that I hang photos of myself throughout the restaurant,” he recalls. “I said, ‘That’s not going to happen.’ Then we came up with the idea to hang TURN TO CAFE ON A16

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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Conner’s Cause for Children gala. Get out your party duds, strap on your spurs and saddle up for Lasso the Love, to be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Santaluz Club, 8170 Caminito Santaluz East. Tickets to the gala are $125 per person. For tickets or to contribute to the auctions, contact Karen Gliner at (619) 540-1650 or visit connerscause.org. Proceeds from this event will benefit families with the monumental task of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. The organization offers direct family assistance for out-of-pocket expenses relating to any and all life-threatening illnesses associated with children. The event will provide cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, plus music. Families being helped by Conner’s Cause include Nancy, the mother of 2-yearold Johnny and two other children under the age of 10. Johnny was born with severe congenital heart disease, shortly before his father’s third deployment as a Marine to Afghanistan. Because of Johnny’s demanding treatment schedule, Nancy was unable to go back to work and tries to make do on a service member’s income, but some months she comes up short. Conner’s Cause regularly sends her gas cards to help defray the costs of the hundreds of extra miles from Camp Pendleton to San Diego for Johnny’s treatments, as well as cover the costs of the special nutritional supplements Johnny needs to help him grow.

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Grandparents and students share the day on campus with laughter, music and fun Oct. 12. Joanne Bracalente is ready for Horizon Prep’s Grandparents Day with her granddaughter, Megan Mansukhani. Courtesy photo

WHAT ABOUT BOB? From left, Bobby Sliwa, owner of Bobby’s Hideaway Cafe, receives an autographed photo of ice hockey star Bobby Orr from customer David Mirisch. Photo by Lillian Cox

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It must have been fate last year when David Mirisch walked into Bobby’s Hideaway Café, the restaurant owned by Bobby Sliwa. Mirisch, a former Hollywood press agent known as “The Man with the Golden Rolodex,” ordered chickenfried steak with eggs up, country potatoes, sourdough toast, cold milk and coffee. “Then I saw the photos and said, ‘What’s with all of this?’” he recalls. “All of this” was a wall of photographs of celebrities with a variation of Sliwa’s first name, Bobby. Mirisch introduced himself and his wife, Sandy. He explained that years earlier he dined at the famous Brown Derby in Hollywood which was known for hundreds of autographed celebrity photos that covered the walls. He offered to use his connections to replace Sliwa’s celebrity photographs with autographed ones — like the

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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Guide-dog leader CARLSBAD — Carlsbad resident Randy Browning has been elected to Guide Dogs of the Desert Board of Directors. Browning, a partner with Tri-City Emergency Medical Group and Chairman of the Division of Occupational Medicine at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, lives in Carlsbad with his wife, Beth, and their two labrador retrievers.

Fine fundraiser SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach resident David Ferguson, a member of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club, served as co-chairman of the fifth annual Holes for Heroes golf fundraiser Oct. 14 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. Holes for Heroes has raised more than $285,000 benefitting wounded military heroes recovering at military hospitals from war injuries.

Summit wins ENCINITAS — Summit Services Landscape, Inc. recently won awards at the California Landscape Contractors Association’s Annual Beautification Awards, for home landscapes in Encinitas. One residential project in Encinitas earned Summit Services two second place awards. The first in the Landscape Renovation Large category, and the second in the Water Feature category.

Roach retiring CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent John A. Roach submitted his resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective June 30, 2012, to the Board of Trustees at its Oct. 12 meeting. The board accepted his resignation

Film debuts CARLSBAD — Oct. 6 was the Carlsbad premiere of Burton Snowboard’s new film, “Standing Sideways” at the Transworld Headquarters, 2052 Corte Del Nogal. The film features snowboarding highlights of Burton team riders Terje Haakonsen, Nicolas Müller, Jussi Oksanen, Jeremy Jones, Danny Davis, Mikey Rencz, Frederik Kalbermatten, Keegan Valaika, Mikkel Bang, Kazu Kokubo, Mark Sollors, Zak Hale, Mark McMorris, Ethan Deiss, Alex Andrews and Stephan Maurer.

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OCT. 21, 2011

Council approves pilot program By Wehtahnah Tucker

Being green just got a little easier as the City Council voted unanimously Oct. 12 to enter into an agreement for a pilot project to host a charging station for electric cars. The agreement is part of a nationwide effort,known as the EV Project, partially funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The city will work with San Francisco-based ECOtality to facilitate the construction and maintenance of a “Blink” electric vehicle charging station. The unit will be installed as soon as possible with the agreement running through April 2013. Several potential sites were identified according to Deputy City Manager Richard Phillips. However, the commuter parking lot on Vulcan Avenue and E Street was the most feasible, Phillips said.The lot is leased by the city from the North County Transit District and would require that entity’s approval before construction begins. The project assumes and aims to encourage the increased use of electric and hybrid vehicles. The availability of charging stations is often the lynchpin in deciding whether to purchase an electric vehicle.

“If I lived in a city that had at least a third of the charging stations as it did gas stations, I would consider buying an (electric vehicle),” said Leucadia resident Simone Parry. “It’s in the beta stage right now,” she said, adding that “they put (electric) cars on the market without building the infrastructure to support them.” Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks said the city of San Diego plans to build 300 charging stations within the next year. The owner of an electric car himself, Stocks was enthusiastic about the possibility of using a charging station to lure visitors to the city. “I’m glad we’re open to advertising,” he said. “I don’t want to keep this a secret. I want to market Encinitas.” Councilwoman Teresa Barth said she hoped to advertise with an emphasis on local businesses. “I would think we can advertise the city in this loop of ads that will run,” she said, referring to the ads featured on City Hall’s kiosk touch screen. The revenue-sharing agreement will yield an 8 percent return per month to the city for all ad revenue during the first 14 months. After that period,the share drops to 5 percent, up to $150 per month. The agreement will cost TURN TO COUNCIL ON A20

Sale of Solana Beach lot goes to American Assets Trust By Bianca Kaplanek

In what has been called one of the largest recent coastal commercial land transactions,American Assets Trust earlier this month purchased a 1.76-acre lot on the corner of South Coast Highway 101 and Dahlia Drive for $6.85 million. The site currently includes a former mobile home park, a duplex and two commercial buildings. Broker Steve Bruce of Carlsbadbased Lee & Associates, who represented both buyer and seller in the off-market deal, said American Assets is planning a mixed-use development for the site. Bruce said he had been tracking the property for a while but was not hired to market it. When the owner, the private Maganda Corporation, came to a fair price, Bruce said he contacted American Assets and a few other companies. “American Assets was the first to the table and it was the logical choice,” he said. “I knew it would be a great fit.” American Assets currently owns and manages Lomas Santa Fe Plaza and Solana Beach Towne Center. Bruce said Maganda bought the site in 2003 for $3.4 million. It is not the former mobile home park associated with the Perl settlement. In

the 1990s the city took action that closed a mobile home park about 1,000 feet away from this site. Affordable housing advocates threatened litigation, claiming low-income units had been eliminated. Rather than go to trial, the city entered into what is now known as the Perl settlement which, among other things, mandated the replacement of 13 affordable units. There has been no discussion with American Assets about including affordable housing but the city has implemented a set-aside fee for such units with new developments, Councilman Dave Roberts said. Before any construction begins, American Assets must first hire an architect to design a project and then complete all the required approval and permitting steps. “I am so pleased to see another successful developer, who understands and has already invested substantially within the city of Solana Beach at our two shopping centers on Lomas Santa Fe, now invest even more resources into our seaside community,” Roberts said. American Assets also received approval in 2008 to construct an approximately 13,000-square-foot retail and TURN TO TRUST ON A16


COL. ED FLETCHER, ENTREPRENEUR Col. Ed Fletcher is one of the most significant people in San Diego County history, as a land and water developer. He worked closely with Walter Hodges on Hodges Dam, Lake Hodges, and related water districts. He was given full credit for his

persistence and ultimate success at Rancho Santa Fe. Fletcher remained involved in Rancho Santa Fe as a sales agent and as an association board director. Photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at

local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadiapublishing.com. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 7569291 or e-mail rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information.

The dynamic Earth beneath our feet The story of the land beneath our feet is remarkable. It is the story of our Earth — this dynamic, majestic rock floating in space. Geology is the study of the solid earth and the processes by which it changes. Epochs pass, rock is created and mountains wash away. Tectonics rip continents apart and smash new ones together. From Earth’s geology comes wondrous beauty but also great devastation. It is a fundamental factor of all that takes place on our planet. There are three distinct geologic regions of San Diego County: The Salton Trough in the desert to the east, Peninsular Ranges running down the center and Coastal Plains to the west. The Salton Trough contains the low-lying Colorado Desert (AnzaBorrego). Movements in the San Andreas Fault system perpetuate this feature as an extension of the Gulf of California. Interestingly, this depression is partially filled with sediments from the

KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos Colorado River’s carving of the Grand Canyon! From almost anywhere on the coast, there are mountain peaks and ridgelines visible to the east. These are the Peninsular Ranges. These mountains run from Riverside County south through much of Baja. Mount San Jacinto, near Riverside is the tallest point at 10,835 feet. In San Diego, these mountains include Palomar, Hot Springs, Cuyamaca and Laguna. According to Jay Hill, geologist with the U.S.

Geological Survey, the Peninsular Ranges formed when enormous pools of magma cooled and hardened while underground, called intrusive, igneous rocks (100 million years ago). These batholiths were then forced to the surface by plate tectonics. Because they are made of tougher rock, they weather differently than adjacent rocks, creating the recognizable peaks we see to the east. The Sierra Nevada Batholith to the north is essentially one giant granite rock creating the spine of California. The San Diego Coastal Region consists of relatively young sedimentary rock. The large sea cliffs from Torrey Pines in the south to Carlsbad in the north were TURN TO COASTAL COSMOS ON A16


Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at 1580 Cannon Road. The events includes a “Hall of Horrors” and a Pet Costume Parade with a special prize for most creative. Don’t miss pumpkin bowling Call (760) 8041969 or visit aguahedionda.org.




“Halloween on Elm” is coming Oct. 29 (did you know Carlsbad Village Drive used to be called Elm Avenue?) from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29, throughout the Village, primarily on State Street and Oak Avenue. For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov, or call (760) 434-2815. BUY A BOOK Friends of the Carlsbad Library will hold a Better Books Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Georgina Cole Library Community Room, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Proceeds go to Carlsbad City Library programs. For more information, call (760) 602-2020 or visit carlsbadlibrary.org.


OCT. 21, 2011



Celebrationworks Seaside OffBroadway Theatre presents a staged reading of “Sleep Tight” by Scott Gibson with the Seaside Players. at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, call (760) 421-8406, or visit celebrationworks.org. COWBOY UP Hear Cowboy Jack and the North County Cowboys from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Drive, Cardiff. Call (760) 753-2243 for information. HARVEST FUN An Autumn Harvest Tours Family Day will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Helen Woodward

Animal Center. Visit the “Creepy Critter Cave” and be in a costume contest, enjoy craft activities, carnival games and pumpkin decorating. Tickets are $8 for children. Adults are free. For more information, visit animalcenter.org or call (858) 756-4117, ext. 318. ARTSY HOLIDAY Art a la Carte is throwing an old-fashioned Halloween party at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Cost is $15 at the door and includes games, Halloween craft, apple-bobbing, a costume contest and a treat plus crafts for sale. Call (760) 710-1633 or visit artalacarte101.com for more information.

OCT. 29 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS A Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at Rancho Guajome Adobe, 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. Admission is $2 for adults (13 & older), $1 for children (ages 4 to 12), and free for children 3 and younger. Celebrate a 3,000-year-old ritual, with offerings to remember and honor ancestors. The event will include performances by ballet folklorico, traditional music, children’s activities, food and craft vendors. COSTUME FUN The Oceanside Women’s Resource Center invites all to its “Wicked Rockin’ Costume Ball” from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Oceanside Elks Lodge, 444 Country Club Lane. Buffet dinner, no-host bar and dancing to California Elixers, psychic readings and a costume contest with $100 prize.Cost is $80. Reservations by Oct. 21. Contact Lauren Jane at (760) 757-3500. SPOOKTACULAR The San Elijo Spooktacular is a free family Halloween event from 5 to 8p.m. Oct. 29 at San Elijo State Beach. Free parking. The

event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches. Games, balloon sculptures, face-painting and a prize drawing. For more information,, go to FCCSB.org, call Bill Mahoney at (858) 603-2705 or email Bill@FCCSB.org. PETS ON THE PROWL The Leucadia 101 MainStreet Association hosts “Howl O’Ween” along the Coast Highway 101 business district, from 3 to 6 p.m., Oct. 29, featuring a pet parade and pet costume contest. $5 entrance fee for the contest, donated to Rancho Coastal Humane Society. For more information, visit leucadia101.com or call (760) 436-2320.



educate citizens and gather signatures. Henry Couglar and Walt Wallace gathered voter registrations far beyond state formulas and gave the city a major economic windfall. The Fire Department acted as the lead agency that allowed us to file to be a city. Led by Chief Robert LaMarsh, and Board members Matt Reilly, and Tom Rouse, they put up the money for fees and hired attorneys to fight legal challenges. Fred Nagy stepped forward and at no cost provided the extensive economic analyTOURNEY sis required.

Wahine beach volleyball club is hosting a Halloween Classic tournament, with check-in at 9:30 a.m. Oct 30 at Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Avenue. Entry fee is $30 per team registration. There will be prizes for the best costume. For questions, e-mail bridgetmm123@hotmail.com or sign-up at Halloweenclassic@gmail.com. HARVEST FEST Coastal Christian Center will hold a Harvest Fest at 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at 777 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, with carnival games, inflatables and food.

OCT. 31 DOWNTOWN TREAT The Downtown Encinitas Merchants Association will host a Trick or Treat night from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31, along South Coast Highway 101 from Encinitas Boulevard to the SelfRealization Fellowship Bookstore. Costume contest. Treats from merchants.



office building and parking structure at the southeast corner of Stevens Avenue and San Rodolfo Drive. A one-year extension was granted in 2010 after American Assets cited poor economic conditions leading

He worked night and day, and died of a heart attack in the process. He was 35 years old. The residents of these communities who built this town did not all give their lives, but they gave huge parts of themselves in time and Herculean effort. Marjorie Gaines, the first mayor of Encinitas, and Robert Bonde were the leaders of volunteers, strategy, and organization. There were many heroes and heroines who risked careers, reputations, insults, and even greater sacrifices on this path to cityhood. Despite everything, they accomplished their goal, and

citizens of this city today reap the benefits of their sacrifice. They deserve to be honored 25 years later for the monumental task of giving birth to a city. Not dismissed by a city sub-committee. The question remains: why would the city hold a 25th city anniversary and not invite those who made it all possible? As members of the Incorporation effort, we can only apologize to all the people who should have received invitations, been recognized for your contributions, and had a chance to celebrate creating this city of Encinitas.

to a lack of tenant demand. The company was scheduled to request another extension at the Oct. 12 council meeting. In March the city granted a similar extension for the same reason to transform Lomas Santa Fe Plaza into a lifestyles center that will feature high-end shops, pedestrian amenities such as outdoor

seating, public art, plaza areas, and a two-level underground parking structure. John Chamberlain of American Assets was out of town and unavailable for comment. A company representative said a formal announcement with more details is expected to be released on or around Nov. 9.


created 3 million years ago when North America was locked in an Ice Age. The coastline was farther west then, as ice increased, sea levels decreased. Ancient coastal wetlands laid the sediments for the Delmar Formation (50 million years ago), the greenish gray layer at the bottom of our sea cliffs. These wetlands were teeming with life; consequently this layer exposes abundant marine fossils. The Delmar Formation is also responsible for the reef systems that mark our coastline and provide the best shaped surfing waves in the county. Above the Delmar, Torrey Sandstone (20 million years ago) is a large layer of pale, yellowish sedimentary rock. Once a giant sandbar, created by the flow of sediments from inland erosion and currents along the shore, the Torrey Sandstone is now eroded by Ocean waves to create new beach sand. The Bay Point Formation (1 million years ago) is the top layer of the sea cliffs. These are the



photos of famous ‘Bobs.’” Sliwa’s new friend, David Mirisch, is a member of the Mirisch family that founded Mirisch Film Company, which produced 72 feature films and garnered Best Picture Awards for “The Apartment,” “West Side Story” and “In the Heat of the Night.” As a Hollywood press agent, Mirisch represented celebrities including Merv Griffin, Raquel Welch and Farrah Fawcett. Today, he produces celebrity fundraising events. Once a week he and Sandy return to Bobby’s for his signature chicken-fried steak. “It’s the best breakfast in the world,” Mirisch said. Sliwa began working in the restaurant industry when he was 12, at a family-owned Greek establishment in Chicago. At 19, he began working in corporate manage-

ROCK OF AGES Rocks like these at the Penninsular Range are formed over the millions of years of geological processes. Photo by Kyle Stock

youngest rocks in the county. San Diego is a very geologically active area. A menacing network of fault lines and plate boundaries crisscross the county. Including the infamous San Andres Fault in the east. The Rose Canyon Fault runs from downtown, through La Jolla then along the coast of North County. These faults form the boundary between the North American Plate to the east and the Pacific Plate to the west.As the Pacific Plate moves north

and the North American Plate grinds south, San Diego is caught in the middle: fracturing, converging, separating and uplifting. Geologic forces are all around us. We cannot stop them, but we can enjoy the process of understanding how the Earth beneath our feet came to be. San Diego did not exist 500 million years ago and it will certainly look very different 500 million years from now.

ment for Chicago restaurateur Fred Hoffman, the S&A Restaurant Group (Bennigan’s division) and Sbarro until moving to North County in 1994. The following year he launched Bobby’s Hideaway. “Our customers are locals so we have to do better,” he said. “My ‘mom and pop’ experience enables me to adapt to customers’ needs and wants while my corporate experience taught me that the most important thing is consistency.” Sliwa does most of the cooking himself, using recipes he’s collected and tweaked over the years. “Everything is made-toorder,” he said. “We run daily specials and have a call list to let our customer knows that their favorite dish will be on special the next day.” Sliwa had a brush with celebrity a year ago when Donald Trump Jr. came in for breakfast after golf. Although he’s not named Bob, his uncle

is Robert Trump, brother of “The Donald.” “Donald Jr. was very cordial,” Sliwa said. “We didn’t know who he was until he paid with a black American Express card — that’s way beyond platinum.” Sliwa says his mother named him Robert Girard, after the late singer-actor Robert Goulet. His next priority is to get an autographed photo of actor Robert Downey Jr. The autographed celebrity photos have been a hit with customers, many of whom request to be seated in “Mirisch’s corner.” Bobby’s Hideaway Cafe is located at 4901 El Camino Real next to Buffalo Brothers Guitars. Hours are Monday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit bobbyshideawaycafe.com or call (760) 729-6900.



OCT. 21, 2011

Renowned medium to share messages from the other side By Tony Cagala

He’s spoken with Oprah and with Larry King and coexecutive produced CBS’ TV series “Ghost Whisperer,” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt — but that’s not what makes James Van Praagh so interesting — it’s that he speaks with dead people. Van Praagh, a worldrenowned medium and author on sprits and the other side, will be appearing at the Halloween Psychic Festival at the La Costa Resort and Spa to demonstrate his abilities Oct. 30. Preparing for his demonstrations requires placing himself into a different state of consciousness, which is obtained through meditation. It’s also something that he will do with his audience members to help calm those with certain expectations or fears. Van Praagh has been seeing ghosts and talking with spirits since he was very young. It’s through “vibrations” that he is able to commune with the other dimensions where the ghosts and spirits reside. “Everything is energy,”

he said. “And energy (is) basically molecules that vibrate or move at a certain rate of speed, so I believe that we are in this third-dimensional world moving or vibrating at a certain level, but I believe that the other dimensions, if you will, vibrate or move at a very fast pace. “The spirit world is a very, very fast rate of vibration…and this dimension, the third dimension, is a very slow, slow moving energetic vibration. So in order for the spirits to communicate they must naturally think, ‘I must slow myself down.’ And when they do that, it lowers them down to this dimension, at which point they can send me a thought, a feeling, a vision.” Van Praagh’s understanding of the other side results from 30 years of holding these demonstrations; every time he learns something new about it, and said it was still very exciting to be receiving the paranormal messages. From the culmination of his work as a medium, Van Praagh feels an obligation to tell as much as he can and inform people about the other

side. “It’s very interesting, the reactions,” he said of his demonstrations. “Because a lot of people say to me, ‘I never thought about life like that before; I never thought about death like that before.’” The other side is a very mental world, he said. “Your thoughts are materialized right in front of you. (It’s) very much like that TV series ‘Bewitched,’ in which you think of something and there it was.” On the other side, Van Praagh said, your heart’s desires are met there, and that’s what’s called heaven. Each time someone passes on, they are met with a tunnel of light, Van Praagh explained. But added that there are some spirits who don’t go because their minds are so cluttered with thoughts of the physical things such as money and they don’t want to leave. Other spirits may not go into the light because they don’t want to abandon loved ones, or are afraid to enter the light because of fear of the kind of life they might have lived. When it comes to paranormal investigators and

catching ghosts, especially on some of the TV shows, Van Praagh said he’s very skeptical. “I always have been,” he said. “And anybody who claims to do certain things, to me, it has to be proven, it’s just my nature.” What is very real, he said, are EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). EVPs happen when ghosts’ voices are captured on an audio recording device. “A spirit will project, if you will, their voice at a certain level of the electromagnetic field of a tape recorder or radio. “Spirits can also affect electricity, they can affect lights blinking on and off, computers, cell phones, radios; they can definitely do that. I think that the spirit has to have that kind of mindset, that understanding in order to do that.” As for things like haunted houses, Van Praagh said that ghosts have the freedom to travel wherever they want, but added that it seems most will go back to the place that they are most familiar with. Time also, is irrelevant to earthbound ghosts, those that don’t go into the light.

MESSENGER Medium James Van Praagh will demonstrate his abilities Oct. 30 at the La Costa Resort and Spa. Courtesy photo

“It seems (it’s) the emotional charge for the type of death they had. If it happened very quickly, I’ve found, in my experience, that they tend to stay in that area and they relive it over and over again because they are outside of time and they don’t know where time has passed.

“If there’s something that isn’t worked out before they pass over, they tend to be pretty angry, and that feeling, that emotion of anger tends to keep them down here.” The earthbound ghosts do interact with each other, too. “I’ve gone into places and I’ve seen many-a-ghosts, whether it’s a bar or restaurant, and I’ve seen some earthbound spirits talking to each other there. It’s pretty weird,” he said. Some of the common things Van Praagh hears from the spirits, those who have entered the light, is how they would have lived very differently, if they had known then what they knew now. One of the messages Van Praagh likes to leaves his audiences with is this: “When you take away the fear of death, you really can start looking at life.” The Halloween Psychic Fair is Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the La Costa Resort and Spa. For more information, visit holisticlivingexpo.com, or call (831) 239-6835.

‘Nevermore’ is an imagining of what evening with Poe would be like By Tony Cagala

“Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe,” is returning to the North Coast Repertory Theatre for a one-night only showing with acclaimed actor Jeffrey Combs. The one man-show is an imagining of what an evening would be like to see and hear Edgar Allan Poe on one of his traveling recitals during his lifetime in the mid-1800s. “It starts out fairly typical and formal,” Combs said. “But because of Poe’s tendency to self-destruct, shall we say, the evening kind of takes some unexpected, downward turns. “But it also gives people a view of Poe in all of his colors and not just a whitewashed sort of rendition of his poem without really getting to know who the guy was or what his inner demons were…Having said that, there’s a great deal of humor.”



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as a counter-culture. Actually, they’re the opposite. They are the 99 percent of the main culture, finally awakening. In fact,the tea party movement is a counter-culture reaction to the election of 2008. Obama voters opted for an evolving nation that is moving toward greater equality, one that will undo severe income inequalities, and end America’s unpaid wars. The tea party

No stranger to the macabre, Combs has appeared in more than 40 horror films, including starring in the 1985 cult classic “Re-Animator,” directed by Stuart Gordon, who also directed the play. “Nevermore…” came out Combs’ wanting to portray an historical figure in a film. He didn’t know who he would portray, but Combs noticed there were physical resemblances between him and Poe. He and Gordon later filmed an adaptation of Poe’s short story “The Black Cat” for Showtime’s “Master of Horror” series. The script called for Poe to be the main character in the story, Combs explained. “And so while we were shooting that, (Gordon) said, ‘My God, I feel like I’m sitting here with Poe…you should do a one-man show.’ And I said,‘No, that’s not going to happen.’” After about a year of gen-

tle prodding, Combs agreed to do the show. Whenever Combs would tell somebody that he was doing a one-man show on Poe, the responses he got were people saying simply, “Oh.” That stems from people thinking of Poe as dark and spooky and sad, he said. “And certainly there’s those elements, but there’s humor, too,” Combs added. For Combs the role of playing Poe, with his transitioning from one emotion to another over the extent of the play, is one that doesn’t come cheaply. “It’s a bit of a marathon run for me,” he said. “It’s kind of cathartic and a little bit of therapy. It’s a great tool for me to sort of vent a little bit and release some of my own anxieties, and it does. It’s not easy visiting a tortured soul like that,” he added. When the show first began two years ago, it was

originally supposed to be a four-week run; it turned into a six month run instead, and as the performances became more frequent, his wife would ask him when he would be done with the show because of the toll it took on him. Now that the shows are performed on a less-regular basis, Combs said the role is a little easier to manage. “It’s not that Poe is weird,” he said. “A lot of the things that I talk about in the play, I think why it resonates so much, is because that’s how people feel, too.” The show takes place in one evening on a sparsely decorated stage, where Combs explores lost love, the unfairness of life and why some people get rewarded for mediocrity and other people who are gifted get ignored. We all can see that in our daily lives, he said. For many, there is still a

fascination with Poe. He not only wrote tales of horror, but he also was a poet who wrote with a musicality all his own and was an acerbic literary critic. “He created the mystery genre,” Combs explained. “There would be no Sherlock Holmes if there weren’t Poe, and Arthur Conan Doyle said that,” he added. “He was truly a mental giant; and he was also a truly self-destructive giant. I call him ‘America’s Van Gogh;’ he was brilliant and tortured.” Poe’s own life was as interesting and as mysterious as some of his own tales. He was born Jan. 19, 1809 in Boston, Mass. to a pair of traveling actors, but was raised in Richmond, Va. by a family of tobacco merchants. On Oct. 3, 1849, Poe was found lying in the streets of Baltimore where he died four days later of unknown causes.

His life included a series of ups-and-downs and a history of making the wrong decisions. “Poe called it the ‘Imp of the Perverse,’” said Combs. It’s that little demon inside you that just makes you screw it up, he explained, but Poe did it to the tenth power. Combs said he doesn’t have any plans to continue the play after performing at the North Coast Rep and following his first-ever performance at Lincoln Center in New York, Halloween night, where they’ll also show his film “The Black Cat” before the play. “Nevermore…An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe,” directed by Stuart Gordon and written by Dennis Paoli is Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Tickets are available at northcoastrep.org.

Feighner. Smith reported to the Association that it participated in the disaster preparedness drill at R. Roger Rowe School along with the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, CHP and sheriff’s department. “It was very, very productive,” Smith said. At the meeting, the Association also approved a boundary adjustment between

the property of Robert and Adelyn Firtel and Ronald and Monica Perlman at 17124 and 17128 Calle Corte. The adjustment will exchange equally sized areas of approximately 229-square-feet between the Firtel and Perlman properties for the purpose of eliminating the encroachment of existing improvement across the current lot line.


Delaney said. Also discussed at the meeting was the warranty work that needs to be done which goes into affect a year after construction on the school was finished. “We completed the warranty walk through and

made a list of things we feel should be fixed,” Delaney said. Among the items are trees in the courtyard, which are failing and some air conditioning units that have thermostat problems. The stairs that were installed without having been galvanized are still being fixed and the last of

them finished during winter break. Also during winter break, the track around the new athletic field is scheduled for installation. Trustee Todd Frank asked that in the future, the board think about technology and where it is going for students and how best to apply it to their education.

should welcome the company of other Americans seeking to overturn the status quo -- rather than simply trying to become the new all-powerful. So, for three years now, the people who make up the Occupy Wall Street protesters saw their “can do” dreams squashed by deliberate government dysfunction. Congressional Washington has paid attention primarily to itself. Even after the election of 2010, which was supposed to send Congress a message,

newly elected members have only added to the obstruction and gridlock that has kept the country from moving forward. After years of this hyperpartisanship,polls indicate that the majority of Americans finally have had it. No party is doing the people's business, and President Barack Obama cannot twist the Republican arms and force them to lend a helping hand to others in need. After all, Main Street and Wall Street should not be odds with each other.

Inside Zuccotti Park in New York City, protesters are remarkably well-organized. Demonstrators eat three hot meals daily from food donated by supporters, they can attend yoga relaxation classes,or alternately get a massage, hear lectures, visit a medic or even borrow from an on-site library. They police their grounds, collect trash and honor the environment. They are "having a conversation," about government, business and all its responsibilities.

Like most Americans, including members of the tea party,Wall Street protesters are profoundly disillusioned and distrustful of politicians and government. But, they differ from tea partyers in their view of government.Wall Street protesters still see government as a means to solving some of our nation's most pressing problems like rebuilding our infrastructure. But they see Wall Street as the power behind the throne that is preventing the change they want, pulling the

strings of Washington politicians. Occupy Wall Street protesters are Republicans and Democrats and Independents, men and women, the young and old. Like tea partyers who rallied for change and voted in waves, they too are America.


Donna Brazile is a political commentator on CNN, ABC and NPR, and a contributing columnist to Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill.

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Architect of soccer programs still has his goals set By Tony Cagala

The most important part of any building is its foundation. And with every foundation laid there is an architect behind it drawing up the plans. The architect behind the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Cal State San Marcos is head coach Ron Pulvers. This year marks his sixth season since laying the foundations of both programs. With just three weeks remaining in the men’s and women’s regular soccer season, Pulvers has both teams primed to once again make an appearance in the NAIA playoffs. In 2005, Cal State San Marcos announced that they would be adding men’s and women’s soccer teams. Prior to his arrival, Pulvers had for 10 seasons coached the men’s soccer team at Baker University in Kansas, and CSUSM had only had men’s and women’s soccer club sports. Pulvers was hired on to build the two programs from the ground up, coach the two teams simultaneously and do it all in just a few months. “I started in January of 2006,” Pulvers said. “And (the school) wanted men’s and women’s soccer to begin in fall of 2006, which is unusually fast.” It was a request that, with the help of his assistant

coach Bobby Renneisen, they managed to do and did so successfully with the men’s team debuting with an impressive 12-3-1 season record. The challenges of putting together two programs in so short a period were only doubled by the fact that Pulvers was going to be coaching the women’s program, too. It was something that he had never done before. “Certainly coming out here to coach one program would have been a challenge, but coaching a women’s team…was the biggest challenge of my career this far,” he said. “It was pretty exciting.” Pulvers knew that he was going to have to make adjustments to his coaching styles, especially when it came to finding out what motivated his women players and how to keep them happy and interested in pursuing a common goal. “In terms of coaching soccer — the science of it — not a lot changes,” he said. “The X’s and O’s pretty much remain the same, but the art of coaching, in terms of shaping behavior and finding those little motivational moments, is a bit different with the women than it is for the men. I’ve had to learn a lot,” he added. Pulvers still continues to work on his coaching abilities,

LAYING A FOUNDATION CSUSM head coach Ron Pulvers is setting the history and foundation of the school’s men’s and women’s soccer programs. Photo by Tony Cagala

even after six seasons. He has gone to his wife Kimberley, a clinical psychologist, as a resource and sounding board. But the biggest resource, he said, has been the girls themselves. “If you have an open ear, they will let you know. They have been the greatest teachers for me, in terms of telling me what works and what doesn’t.”

Pulvers conceded that any coach, no matter whether they’re coaching men or women, will be on a constant learning curve for finding what works each year. It was Pulvers’ college soccer coach Dave Wolf at Westmont College that instilled in him the notion to become a coach, because of the caring feelings that he put into the players.

“I want to have a similar effect on my players, and so the relationship with the players is the biggest piece to it.” Their goal going forward is to win a national championship, Pulvers said, but their most important goal is winning the game of life, he added. The coaches and players are all working together to move the programs forward.

San Dieguito Academy waterpolo team isn’t ‘squeamish’ By Patty McCormac

The water polo team at San Dieguito Academy is nimble, young and strong; full of energy and tenacity. “They are not squeamish. They don’t shy from contact,” said their new coach, Ryan Upper who came on board in July. He said it is the team’s second year in existence and first year of varsity. It is playing against teams that have played together for several years. “They are doing pretty well. It’s tough because we don’t have a measuring stick because they were playing JV last year and did well in the JV season. Coming into this season to see how they stack up against varsity, they won

TEAM PLAYERS San Dieguito Academy water polo coach Ryan Upper instructs his players. Photos by Karl Willert

their first game and lost their second,” he said. He said the team has improved with every game it has played. “I think the key is we have 12 sophomores.That will be the group moving ahead in the next couple of years. They are going to get a bunch of experience playing with a group of their peers for the next couple of years. That group is going to be really strong,” he said. Upper said the two seniors on the team provide strong leadership, helping with warm-ups and practices. “We have a fairly disciplined team. They are learning new skills and doing a really good job,” Upper said. “I give them as much information as possible and hope most of it sticks.” Upper, 31, is single and San Dieguito Academy waterpolo Varsity goalie Cooper Hoffman lives in Mission Valley. A native Californian, he played throws a ball in.

water polo in high school at Riverside Poly. The team was CIF. He is working towards his master’s degree in business at San Diego State University during the week and coaches five or six days a week. As part of the master’s program he has done some internships with San Diego Gas and Electric and when he graduates in May, he hopes to start his own small business or help other small businesses stay competitive in the marketplace, he said. Upper served four years active duty in the Navy and is currently a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. “I graduated from high school and did four years of active duty in the Navy,” he said. “I went into the Navy and didn’t know where I was going.” He said he has used the

G.I. Bill to help pay for his education. Upper first went to Riverside Community College where he played water polo and swam. “I was a junior college All American for 2005 and 2004 in swimming,” he said. He then transferred to the University of Redlands and swam competitively for the university before he start-

ed coaching for Riverside Water Polo, a nonprofit club for competitors between the ages of 10 and 18. He said he had to take time off for his National Guard military training and was then deployed to Kosovo with the National Guard in 2009. While training in Arizona he helped coach the woman’s water polo club at the University of Arizona at Tucson. At the end of June at 2010, he started coaching again and started looking for jobs at area high schools. He was hired by San Dieguito in Encinitas. He said the water polo season is over about the first week of November, but will start practicing in January a couple of times a week, working around the other sports schedules in which his players are involved. The water polo season will resume in mid-August.

Varsity goalie David Martinez makes a play for the ball.

Pulvers is quick to sing the praises of his assistant coaches, including Bobby Renneisen who has been with him since the beginning, and volunteer assistant coaches Brett Crouse and John Burson. On the women’s side, Pulvers is aided by assistant coach Courtney Drummond. The men’s team has also added former professional soccer player Johann Noetzal as volunteer goalkeeper coach. “We have worked tirelessly to this day to build and to develop and to grow this program and all of the assistants have played a major role and Bobby Renneisen has played a part in it as much as I have and deserves a lot of the credit,” Pulvers said. The relatively young program is just now building the history and the tradition of what it means to play soccer at the college. “We love the fact that these players coming in have the opportunity to lay the foundation…as we grow and develop, we’re hoping to evolve our identity.” The past six years for Pulvers have gone by in a flash. He said there’s no secret ingredient when it comes to developing and maintaining a program — all it takes is hard work.

Coaches hear advice from professionals CARLSBAD — City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation’s Youth Sports Department will welcome basketball greats Bill Walton and Steve Kerr as guest speakers at a roundtable conference for coaches from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Senior Center at 799 Pine Ave. Good sportsmanship has become the focus point in all levels of sport across the nation, and Walton and Kerr have been advocates throughout their entire lives in the basketball community by their display of proper sportsmanship both on and off the court. Both have a goal to help educate coaches on proper basketball techniques, as well as assisting in influencing our coaches in good sportsmanship. For more information, contact Steve Herrera at (760) 4342973, or by e-mail at Steve.Herrera@carlsbadca.gov.

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VISTA — Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is sad to say goodbye to Volunteer Coordinator Mimi Wright, of Vista, who is moving on to a new job opportunity. “All of the Fresh Start volunteers and staff will greatly miss the sunshine she brought to the office as well as to each Surgery Weekend.”

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entered the cave, my eyes kept wandering to the oblong picture frame on the “lobby” wall. We learned that it was a 1914 family portrait of Lex’s great-grandfather, Thomas, five of his six wives and his 55 children. The short story of the Chamberlain clan goes like this: Although Mormons became known for their “plural marriages,” Chamberlain related, only about 3 percent actually practiced polygamy. His great-grandfather, Thomas, was one of these. He also was one of several Mormons directed by church leader Brigham Young in 1875 to fan out across the West and establish towns. (Mormon is the short name for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Thomas eventually took on six wives (two were sisters), and produced several dozen offspring. Thomas’ sixth wife, Mary Howard Chamberlain, became mayor of Kanab, Utah, in late 1911 and served with an all-female town council for three years. “This was eight years before women were even allowed to vote in the U.S,” Chamberlain pointed out. “Mary was the first woman mayor in the United States.” Utah actually gave women the right to vote in 1870, “but this was revoked by Congress in 1887 as part of a national effort to rid the territory of polygamy,” according to Utah historian Jean Bickmore White. Women’s right to vote

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13th annual pet adoption drive runs through new year By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Once again this year, Iams and Helen Woodward Animal Center will team up with more than 3,500 animal organizations worldwide to encourage pet adoption during the 13th annual Home-4-theHolidays Pet Adoption Drive. “We are honored that so many organizations worldwide have partnered with us to make this program a success,” said Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “We are especially grateful to the organizations in our own backyard here in San Diego who have supported us year after year.” Among those participating are Borrego Animal Rescue, Camp Pendleton Animal Rescue, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego, Coronado Animal Care Facility, Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals, Friends of Cats, It’s the Pits Dog Rescue, Labradors and Friends, San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society and Shelter Pet Partners. From so many partners there are a wide variety of pets from which to choose. “We have big dogs, little ones and everything in between all ages, all sizes and all colors,” said Beth Chee,

spokeswoman for the Rancho Santa Fe based organization. “We have dozens of cats and kittens all ages, sizes and colors. “We have Guiness, who has been here for a while. He is a stout 1 1/2 year old black terrier blend. What is fun about him is his white facial hair and white chest. The white facial hair gives him expressions. When you play with him, he feels like a little person. Then there is Cupid the cat. “Cupid is a rather large cat, I describe him as a flour sack of a cat you throw over your shoulder. He’s 9 years old and is diabetic, which is managed with medication. He is calm and takes his medication calmly. He’s been tough to places. Another animal that stands out in my mind is Nacho, an Australian Shepard Blend, one of the cutest puppies I have ever seen,” she said. “We have brand new puppies right now,” Chee said. The program, which runs from Oct. 1 through Jan. 3, 2012, has helped 5.8 million pets find loving homes across the globe. The goal this year in this annual drive is to place 1.5 pets into loving homes this holiday season, Chee said. ‘PURR’-FECT PETS 9-year-old Cupid has seen some hard times but has a great attitude. He’s available Another interesting fact is for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Courtesy photo

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OCT. 21, 2011

Consumer Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Know signs, treatments in case of concussion By Michael Lobatz, M.D.

In the United States, more than 300,000 sportsrelated concussions occur each year, ranging from pro athletes to weekend warriors to little leaguers. Thousands more may suffer concussions stemming from car accidents, falls, playground injuries and other causes. A concussion is a type of brain injury, most often caused by a blow to the head. While they may range in severity, all concussions temporarily affect brain function to some degree. Concussions can impair speech, balance, coordination, memory, and cognitive thinking. The first symptoms of a concussion often include headache,slurred speech,difficulty thinking clearly, quickly forgetting new information, repeated nausea or vomiting. Concussion may cause balance problems, slowed movement, and sleeping more or less than usual. People who suffer a concussion do not necessarily lose consciousness, although that can occur. Often, they try to resume their usual levels of activity because they believe their injuries are not serious. However, there are potentially serious impairments or complications that can ensue. Patients with suspected concussion should be evaluated by a physician, and should not resume play without medical clearance. Physicians will usually ask questions about the injury and check strength, balance, coordination and cognitive functioning such as memory and communication. A CT scan is often ordered if the person lost consciousness or has lingering symptoms. In addition, a CT scan is recommended if there is a suspected fracture of the skull or bleeding in the brain; symptoms such as bruising of both eyes, or bruising behind the ear can indicate a skull fracture. In most cases, the concussion will resolve on its own within a few days or sometimes weeks. The physician will want to know about any new symptoms or changes in behavior. Pain medications may be recommended to relieve headache. Depending on the severity of the concussion, additional testing may be needed including MRI scanning and seeing a neurologist in consultation. A second concussion may occur before the first one has fully healed. These “second impact” concussions can cause additional trauma to the brain, including brain swelling and widespread damage. They carry a higher TURN TO HEALTH ON B13

ART IN THE PARK Presley Taylor, Erika Vargas, Isabella Chambers, Tre Grove, Ava Chambers, Luke Mitchum, Lindsay Ruh, Wiley Mossy, Emmelia Grove welcome everyone to the Horizon Prep Early Education “Art in the Park” Back to School Picnic. Courtesy photo

Political star power fights homelessness By Wehtahnah Tucker

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to a sold out crowd to benefit North County Solutions for Change and help achieve its goal to solve family homelessness in the region on Oct. 8. The star-studded event held at Rancho Bernardo Inn raised an astounding $1.3 million, far surpassing the organizers’ goals of $250,000. “An Evening to Remember” was part of the organization’s “Finding Our Way Home” initiative, whose goal is to lead 200 families and their 400 children out of homelessness within three years. More than 600 families have successfully completed the Solutions program, with several of those families present at the gala. The organization was founded on the principle that family homelessness can be solved. Executive Director Chris Megison, who founded the organization in 1999 with his wife Tammy, said the families that enter the organization’s “university” are given the tools to succeed in life rather than a temporary fix. In that time, the organization has saved taxpayers more than $28 million by helping families permanently solve their homelessness. “There is a difference between containing homelessness and solving it,” he said. While seasonal shelters

are valuable, they don’t get to the root problems that lead to homelessness, Megison said. Over a decade ago when Megison was a Marine, he was on the losing end of a bet with a consequence of service at a local soup kitchen. “It changed my life,” he said. “I met a little girl named Jessica and she asked me if I lived in the shelter,” Megison recalls. “I got done on one knee and told her that I didn’t and that I was going to do everything I could to make sure she had a house, too.” In fact, Megison and his wife made good on the promise and the child who transformed his life’s work and purpose is now in college. “No child should have to live with the uncertainty of not knowing where they are going to go next,” he said. Dr. Rice captivated an audience of 600 diverse supporters and community members with her inspirational words on the past, present and future of America. She spoke to the need for the community to support those who are weak — including the homeless, those stricken by poverty and oppressed women. One of the program’s graduates was in attendance at the gala. Liliana, 40, who prefers not to use her last name, is the mother of three boys ranging in age from 13 to 18. In 2006, she was evicted

FOR THE CAUSE Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now a professor at Stanford University, gave the keynote address at the North County Solutions for Change gala Oct. 8. Courtesy photo

again from her apartment. “I had hit rock bottom, I was using drugs for 22 years and finally my family stepped in and took my kids,” she said. Her husband had also left her because of her “lies and manipulation.” In a twist of fate, Liliana was given the number to Solutions by a welfare investigator who suspected she was attempting to defraud the government by accessing services for her children who did not live with her. “He encouraged me to get my life in order,” she said. “I had never even met this

person and he helped save me.” Liliana entered a drug rehab program while her husband and three children began the intense journey to self-sufficiency at Solutions. She eventually joined her family. Watching her children line up at a homeless shelter was a motivator to stay clean and stick with the program. “It gave me the drive to do whatever it took to get my family out of the situation,” she said. After nine months in transitional housing, she and her husband graduated from

the program. Megison has bought dozens of affordable housing units in North County so residents can move into the community. They are required to have a job and savings of $2,000 before they can graduate into one of these homes or apartments. The program doesn’t end after the move. In fact, the last 500 days are critical, as participants learn to live independently with the discipline, structure and support of the Solutions program. Liliana has worked for the organization for the past four years. “Mind you I’ve never had a job in my life,” she said. “But these people trusted me and gave me a second chance.” Her family’s success is one of many stories that Megison wants to replicate by raising $20 million in three years in order to purchase more affordable housing. “We started this last year and raised $10 million,” he said. “It’s a public, private partnership with a lot of people and entities supporting an end to homelessness.” “This place helped me find my way home. It allowed me to be the woman I’ve always wanted to be,” Liliana said. “No matter what life throws at me I’ve gained the skills to deal with it.” For more information, visit SolutionsForChange.org or call (760) 941-6545.

County creates video games to help with prevention of viruses The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has created a new website at SDSwatTeam.com, and two specially-created video games to let youngsters (and even adults) play, have fun and learn about protecting themselves and others from West Nile virus, the potentiallydeadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes. The first game, “Hazard Hunt,” asks youngsters to help Hannah and Hector, the coun-

ty vector inspectors (vectors are pests that can transmit diseases) hunt for 12 common places around the home where mosquitoes can breed. Players use their computer mouse to find breeding spots and answer multiplechoice questions about mosquito prevention. When the player answers all 12 questions correctly, they become a SWAT team member and win an official certificate or a SWAT team robot they can cut

out and put together. The second game, “Mosquito Munch Maze,” lets players use the arrow keys on their computer to help a mosquito fish swim through a maze and “gobble up” his favorite food, mosquitoes and mosquito larvae. Winners also become SWAT team members and get to print out a certificate or robot. San Diego County has not had a human case of West Nile

virus since November 2009, with help from the county’s extensive prevention measures, which have included: dropping granular larvicide on waterways to kill mosquito larvae; giving free mosquito-eating fish to residents; looking for neglected, “green” swimming pools; providing text message alerts and extensive public education. However, the disease, which is mainly spread to humans by mosquitoes who

feed on infected birds, remains a threat. There have been 88 human cases in California this year and two Kern County men became the state’s first West Nile virus fatalities recently. Nationwide, there have been 362 human cases and 18 deaths in 2011. To find the new “Swat Team” page and more information about West Nile virus and how to prevent its spread, go to SDFightTheBite.com.


OCT. 21, 2011


Teen boys make a difference Teen Volunteers in Action, a leadership development and charitable community service organization for young men in grades seven through 12, will keep a busy schedule for volunteer activities in October. In the first part of the month, the TVIA members helped set up and tear down, assisted with banners and masks, staffed tables and greeted guests at the Solana Beach Arts Fair. In addition,TVIA eighth-grade boys work with kids and decorate for Halloween youngsters receiving medical attention at Rady Children’s Hospital. On Oct. 15, TVIA eighth-grade boys will assist with the plant sale at the San Diego Botanical Garden by helping load plants into cars, move plants and assist shoppers and staff as needed. Oct. 16, VIA boys in grades 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews in sessions run by adults who will guide the young men in learning how to present themselves positively, engage the interviewer, respond to questions effectively, and highlight their outstanding strengths. This workshop will help students convey their strengths confidently in interviews for college, internships, scholarships or work. On Oct. 22, they will be part of Operation Facelift, a community housing works effort that has TVIA boys in grades seven through 12 doing a home make-over in City Heights. TVIA boys will work on one house and provide exterior painting, landscaping and debris removal.The work makes an immediate, measurable difference in the lives of senior citizens, disabled persons and low-income families. Oct. 23, boys in grades seven through 12 will assist the Solana Beach School District with its Halloween Carnival, by staffing booths and helping as needed with carnival activities. Serving the north coastal communities of Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Encinitas and Carlsbad, TVIA is an organization of young men committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal growth. For more information, visit tvia.org.

The sky’s the limit for 17-year-old pilot By Bianca Kaplanek

For most girls turning Sweet 16, the perfect present might include a gift card for a shopping spree, spa day or beauty makeover. For Carlsbad resident Waverly Giannotti, it was a certificate for five lessons at McClellan-Palomar Airport’s Grey Eagle Flight Academy. “Ever since then I’ve been flying,” she said. “I was just hooked immediately. It’s been fun and a blessing.” Giannotti has been a “space junkie,” according to her mother, ever since she was about 12. In middle school, she wanted to be an astronaut. But those plans changed during her freshman year of high school after a family friend took her up in a singleengine Cessna 172. “We weren’t even 50 feet off the runway and I knew this is what I wanted to do,” Giannotti said. “I remember texting my mom when we landed telling her this is something I really want to do.” At the time she was 15 and old enough to begin lessons. But her parents, Ron and Gayle, decided to let the desire play out. “We wanted to make sure this wasn’t some new thing she wanted to do that would make her different from everybody else,” said Gayle Giannotti, a former flight attendant who was just shy of earning her pilot license as a teenager. “But she was fascinated and wanted to learn more,” she said. “I think she almost got worn out bugging us about it.” After receiving the first five lessons from her parents, Giannotti spent the next 18 months juggling school,

FLYING HIGH Carlsbad resident Waverly Giannotti, a 17-year-old senior at Santa Fe Christian High School, earned her private pilot license in June through Grey Eagle Flight Academy at McClellanPalomar Airport. Courtesy photo

extracurricular activities and college-test practice sessions so she could log the 70 hours required for a license. She also worked two parttime jobs to cover the $15,000 price tag. In exchange for some flight time, Giannotti washed planes, cleaned offices and performed other odd jobs at Grey Eagle. She also took up modeling and has appeared in local publications such as San Diego Magazine and last winter’s Sports Authority catalog. “I ended up flying two to three times a week,” she said. “It was crazy but I managed to prioritize and get organized.” This past June 28, Giannotti became a licensed private pilot. She tries to get flight time at least once a week. While she believes it’s natural to feel somewhat afraid while flying, Giannotti said her experiences have taught her to be alert and “situationally aware” to avoid panicking.

“When you’re flying, you never really know what’s going to happen,” she said. “The control tower could tell you to do something different or something you’re not used to.” Her most anxious moment so far was during her first solo “cross-country” flight, a 150mile round trip from Palomar to Thermal Airport near Palm Springs. “When I was flying over the desert I lost communications with the tower, and I couldn’t find the airport either,” she said. “I was a little bit afraid but I put myself in an orbit to make sure I didn’t get lost. I called an emergency facility and asked them for vectors to the airport, and I was able to work through that situation. “It turned from being a really scary situation to learning a lot of skills and a lot of things about myself,” she said. “It’s really important to confess

that you’re vulnerable, that you’re lost and not think that you know everything.” In addition to school, work and flying, Giannotti is affiliated with Girls with Wings, a nonprofit, Internet-based organization that encourages young women to pursue careers in aviation. “I really want to use my license as a way to encourage kids to go after their dreams,” she said. “They can pursue their passions regardless of their age. “It was hard for me, as a 17-year-old girl, to become a pilot because of my gender and my age,” she said, adding that she was occasionally put down, mostly by her male peers. “They doubted me,” she said.“They said I couldn’t do it. But I used that as a boost to prove to myself that I can fly a plane.” “Girls have an equal opportunity to go after a career in a male-dominated field,” she said. “You can fly an airplane wearing pink nail polish. Airplanes are not just for boys.” Currently a senior at Santa Fe Christian, Giannotti is president of the high school’s French Club and a member of its Philosophy, Apologetics, Sailing and Camping clubs. She is also busy submitting college applications. She hopes to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., after graduation. Although Giannotti would eventually like to become a commercial pilot, she said she doesn’t have a set career path right now. “As long as I’m in a cockpit as a job, that’s what I would love to do,” she said.

FASHION CHIC From left to right, Hannah McKinney, Haley Fulbright, Patrick Karceski, Marc Sharman, Josh King, Allison Decker, and Erin Winters. Courtesy photo

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The night was filled with a French vibe as over 200 guests came to celebrate the new location of Headlines THE Salon. Mirza Batanovic, creative director, and his team created beautiful hair styles taken right off the runways of Paris and paired them with fashions from Swirl Boutique and Mia Bella Couture. Models walked the catwalk inside the new salon that partners Gayle Fulbright and

Letty Portilla launched just a short month ago. French culture was the theme this evening, bringing a European flair to Encinitas. Isabelle Briens of French Pastry Cafe provided all the food for the evening. Raffled off items of a trip to Big Bear, Temecula Balloon ride, a French Picnic, dinner with the Carlsbad Firemen and many other items were generously donated to help raise money for the non-

profit Childhelp. The entire event was a joint effort to promote this charity that is close to all their hearts, Childhelp.org and the grand opening of this new location in the Ralphs, CVS and Trader Joe’s Center off of El Camino Real. The event was a success, raising over $5,000 in one evening for Childhelp. This money will go directly to the charity to help prevent

and treat abused children. For more information, go to childhelp.org and donate generously. Headlines THE Salon is a full-service salon specializing in hair, skin and nails. They are located at 121 North El Camino Real, Suite C, in Encinitas. Call (760) 436-1812 or visit headlines4hair.com or facebook.com/headlinesfor hair to learn more.


Cat tale truly brings tears to my eyes You don’t mind if I whine a bit, do you? I want a cat but just can’t have one. Every time I get near them my eyes itch, swell and most of my respiratory system slams shut. But I waaaant one! OK, done now. But I am feeling thoroughly sorry for my sweet daughter and myself because neither of us can keep this very adorable cat she rescued from her dad’s office, where she works part-time. (Her apartment is “no pets.”) The office has four floors and the top floor is empty. For reasons unknown, my child decided to explore the deserted offices and roof one afternoon and, of course, found a young cat stuck up there.We will never know how it got up there or when, but doors and elevators made it impossible to escape. It tended to hide in small, inaccessible places when approached. This led to days of high drama in which she tried to get Los Angeles animal control to come rescue the cat. They waffled, and then declined. Then, during one visit to the roof to feed the cat, the door closed, locking my daughter up there for two hours, at night, in the dark. The next day, however, she was able to corner the kitten into a box. She then made calls to all our local no-kill shelters and was uniformly told they could take no more cats, thanks. In spite of my regular role as the heavy, I lacked the backbone to tell her to just drop it at the pound. By now she had named it. I knew the cat was safe but we were doomed. From there it was a fast $350 for vet check-up and spaying — malnourished but generally healthy — no medical reason to put it down. So while roof cat’s stitches heal, we debate her future and she steals our hearts. My husband insists she could live in our backyard and catch rats. He fails to factor in that this adorable black-and-whitewith-a-black-spot-on-hernose kitty needs cuddling and I would be the only cuddler readily available. The shelters are full. So if you are even a little bit tempted to take in a sweet, affectionate, now-spayed kitty, I’d love to hear from you. We will give her up to a good home, but we cannot promise not to pout for a good long time. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer whose nose, lungs and heart just can’t agree. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.



OCT. 21, 2011

Winery hosts mosaic artist in support of Haiti hospital

Hot Dog Heaven, more at the Dog House Diner

In recognition of Carruth Cellars’ one-year anniversary of operation in Solana Beach, the winery will be hosting a community art installation fundraising project through Oct. 22 at 320 S. Cedros Ave., Suite 400. The winery has commissioned New Orleans mosaic artist Laurel True to install a mural at Carruth Cellars. The public in invited to view the installation or try their hand at inlaying mosaic tiles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities include a fundraising component that will benefit the Mosaic Artwork Fund for Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti, under the public health organization Partners in Health and True’s umbrella entity, “The Global Mosaic Project.” Highlights of the event include an educational lecture by True titled, “The Power of Art: Building Creative Capital Through Community Mosaics,” with wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct.21 at the winery and culminating in a formal dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Ceramic tile for the mural has been donated by Heath Ceramic Tile and additional project sponsor is 320 South Cedros. The installation is endorsed by the Cedros Design District Association and the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, visit truemosaics.com. The cellar’s latest release, the Save the Ocean Cuvée, features work by local artist Mark Patterson creator of the “Surfing Madonna” mosaic. Visitors are encouraged to drop by the winery for a tasting and a portion of all proceeds from the sale of each bottle will be donated to the nonprofit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. For additional information, visit carruthcellars.com or call (858) 847-9463.

If there is any type of culinary related snobbery going on in my life, I will readily admit to it when it comes to hot dogs. I am also slightly obsessed with sampling as many regional variations as possible, always comparing them to my beloved Detroit Coney Islands, Skyline in Ohio, the classic dirty water street vendor dog in NYC, and the recently discovered Dodger Dog. Hot dogs are about as USA as it gets and evoke the same passions as just about any food around. I’ve had fierce debates with friends who insisted on adding anything but pure yellow mustard to their Tiger Stadium Ball Park hot dog years ago, which still ranks as the best stadium dog I’ve had. That’s why I was delighted to hear about the Dog House Diner outside of the Encinitas Home Depot. Sandy Cherman bought the former hot dog vendor out and transformed it from a decent hot dog stand into a hot dog nirvana that also has other regional specialties like Philly Cheesesteaks, BLT’s, a full-on soda fountain, and a breakfast burrito that has cracked my top 3-list. The Dog House Diner is the vision of Sandy and his family who moved to Carlsbad

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate

HOT DOGGER The Dog House Diner in Encinitas has enough “dogs” to shake a stick at. Photo by David Boylan

from New York 6 years ago after retiring from a 33-year career in the garment business. He worked as a short order cook in high school and college and began living his dream of owning a restaurant when he bought the current location in 2009. He collaborated with his son Justin, a CIA graduate, to create the menu of authentic specialty hot dogs from around the country. Sandy shares my passion for this type of food and backs it up by buying authentic ingredients found in the regional specialties on his menu. He is a hands-on owner

and you can find him there working the window and engaging his customers in an endearing manner…for a New Yorker…kidding, he really is a great guy. And I might add that he listens to his customers. I suggested he add the famous Dodger Dog served at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Two days later he called me up and said they were on the menu. I made at least five “research” trips to taste as much as I could for this column. I’ve sampled 13 of their offerings and was not disappointed by anything I tasted.

Standouts included the Chicago and New York dogs, Milwaukee brat, the B.L.T., Dodger dog, Philly Cheesesteak, breakfast burrito, chilidog, and the Wiener burger, which is a moist and tasty burger, shaped into a long sausage shape served in a French roll. The garlic fries rock and the malted shake was a delightful blast from the past. Their soda fountain serves up all kinds of regional drink specialties and also Mexican Coke, which is my beverage of choice when chowing on dogs.

I should add that the pickle served with some of my dogs and sandwiches is first rate, which is impressive as pickles are key to the hot dog experience and Sandy nailed it. In all, they offer around 25 hot dog, burger, burrito and breakfast sandwich selections along with a full selection of sides and a coffee bar. Visits to the Dog House Diner should not be limited to Home Depot trips. This is a destination unto itself and the tables outside offer plenty of room to sit down and watch the endless parade of humanity flowing in and out of that crazy busy store. I will be back on a regular basis for the breakfast burrito, the insanely good and hard to find around here malted shake, and a half dozen or so of the dogs. It’s a great place to educate your kids on the regional nuances of hot dog culture, something that should be taught at an early age. For those of you who are not enlightened to the simple pleasure a quality hot dog can evoke, I encourage you to stop by the Dog House Diner and give it a try. Sandy Cherman is the real deal and his passion for what he does is worth supporting. The Dog House Diner is at 1001 N. El Camino Real. For more information, visit thedoghousediner.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

2012 San Diego County Fair extended by 2 days By Bianca Kaplanek

The San Diego County Fair will be two days longer in 2012 than it has been for nearly the past decade. The 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors approved the extension at its Oct. 11 meeting with the understanding that staff will return in November with a report detailing efforts to promote public transit to the event and a cross-marketing plan with area businesses. Factors such as when schools end for summer break determine the schedule for the fair, which traditionally starts on a Friday and closes July 4 to provide adequate time to prepare for the horse race meet. With the upcoming leap year and continued recordbreaking attendance, Tim Fennell, chief executive officer, recommended the extra days as a way to spread out attendance and possibly reduce traffic. Del Mar City Council members doubted that logic, saying more fair dates would result in more traffic. Representatives from both sides, as well as adjacent Solana Beach, met to work out a plan that was agreeable to all sides, Fennell said. Fairgrounds officials will find ways to expand the number of free off-site parking locations and continue offering a ticketing incentive program through North County Transit District to

encourage fairgoers to use public transportation. In response to complaints from Del Mar Mayor Don Mosier about dirt and trash on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, fairgrounds officials committed to keeping the roadway clean in a plan included in the staff report. Mosier acknowledged in the meetings that a report from several years ago indicted there is a slight revenue enhancement for Del Mar. “What was not said is that the revenue does not cover the city’s expenses in dealing with fair impacts,” Mosier said. “The city of Del Mar is trying to work with the 22nd DAA and the new board members, and the first conversations have been encouraging.” “The fair is extremely popular and it’s getting more popular,” Fennell said, noting

a 5.6 percent increase in fair attendance last year and a 10 percent increase in the county’s population in the past decade. “Our fair is very successful and with any successful event there will be traffic issues,” he said. Fennell said he will also work with programming to ensure well-attended events are not scheduled on the same day. This year the International Beer Festival and Gospel Festival were both held June 25. After determining parking lots would not be able to accommodate the traffic that was on the freeway, law enforcement closed both Via de la Valle off ramps for several hours. Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner said she wasn’t happy about the addition-

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Students earn scholarship awards Several North County students were awarded scholarships to attend Lake Forest College this fall. Charlotte DeTar, of Rancho Santa Fe, was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. Presidential Scholarships are awarded based on exemplary academic achievement. DeTar is a graduate of San Diego Jewish Academy. Martha Mallory of Carlsbad, was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and a Gates Leadership Scholarship. Presidential

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Scholarships are awarded based on exemplary academic achievement. The Gates Leadership Scholarship is a Forester Scholarship. Forester Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated special ability in and dedication to art, foreign language, leadership, music, theater, writing, or science (including the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences). Mallory is a graduate of Carlsbad High School.

Organization tricks for every season ■ Each time of

year has its own ideal set of tools, gadgets By Consumer Reports

The start of fall means that it’s time to clean up the house, swap out clothes in your closets and break out the seasonal tools in the garage. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, came up with organizing tricks to keep everything tidy year-round. “The change of seasons is the perfect time for people to break the cycle of their bad organizing habits,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-inchief of ShopSmart. “If you keep your belongings organized the entire year, you’ll cut down on the amount of time reorganizing each time a new season rolls around.”

STORE IT IN THE FALL: giant plastic tubs. Cradle — Garden tools and pots. Hose off dirty gardening gear and stack pots in tiers. For pots with fragile surfaces, layer newspaper between vessels to protect from scratches and chips. Outdoor garden storage benches and cabinets are also great for storing tools and pots over the winter. — Summer clothes. To free up precious closet real estate, measure the number of feet of hanging space your clothes take up and get a garment rack wide enough to accommodate it all. Stow in a dry basement or attic. And be sure to clean clothes before putting them away — even if they look spot-free. Stains that seem invisible can oxidize over time and be hard to get out if left untreated. — Beach towels, picnic blankets, outdoor linens and tableware. Clear the linen closet of summer beach towels and outdoor tablecloths and place mats; stash in

outdoor dishes and cups on top. ShopSmart recommends parking the bin in a basement or attic.


— Boots. Stuff boots with boot forms to help them keep their shape. You can also use balled-up gym socks in a pinch. Lay each pair of boots flat in a plastic bin. — Sleds and ice skates. Most sleds have holes for a steering rope; thread heavy rope through the holes, then hang sleds in the garage. Stash disc-type sleds in a large clear contractor bag. Tie a knot at the top and hang from a hook, flat against the wall of your garage. — Bulky coats and bedding. Wash or dry-clean throws, quilts and duvets, then store in Space Bags in a linen closet. Short on closet space? ShopSmart suggests a rolling garment rack with a zippered front closure to keep out moisture and moths.

— Garden rakes. Hang long-handled rakes and garden tools from a pegboard. Affix the board to any garage or shed wall, leaving about an inch of space between the wall and the board to accommodate hooks. — Seasonal decorations. Stow jack-o-lanterns and cornucopias in opaque bins: Clear bins let in light, which can damage memorabilia. — Bikes. There are many types of bike racks; some mount into studs on the wall, others mount from a track system. Choose one that works for your space. Hang it on a wall in the STORE IT IN THE SUMMER: garage. — Backpacks and lunch STORE IT IN THE boxes. Clean backpacks and wash lunch boxes, then air SPRING: them out in the sun before putting away in storage tote labeled “Back to School.” — Artwork and school papers. “Condense and preserve” is your mantra for children’s school papers and projects. Weed out items your child is no longer attached to. Preserve especially important projects by asking your child to pick out five pieces to save. Put them in a portfolio labeled with your child’s name and school year. Store it at the back of a closet or in the attic. — Wool rugs. Roll up cleaned and vacuumed rugs to keep them free of deep creases or bends, then wrap them in large plastic bags. Store them up high on a garage shelf or in your attic. Visit the Consumer Reports website at consumerreports.org.



OCT. 21, 2011

Expo is surf source By Wehtahnah Tucker

SURF SOUNDS Ryan Brown, 13, provided some background music at Gary Young's the Surfers' Choice.com booth during the Sacred Craft Expo Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. Photos by Wehtahnah Tucker

Tribute to the Masters ShapeOff, which honored locally based veteran shaper and La Jolla native Carl Ekstrom. Known for his asymmetrical surfboard designs that allow a surfer to ride one board that works for both the front and back side,Ekstrom built his first board at age 15. “These old-school guys really had a lot of freedom to build whatever worked for them,” Patrick McKinney said. “Now we are sucked into buying what’s popular.” Kimball Taylor’s T-shirts and hats displayed at The Randominium booth showed the lighter side of commercialization. “We poke fun at it all,” he said.With slogans like “The surf industry stole my culture and all I got was this lousy T-shirt,” Taylor has his share of fans. The Sustainable Craft Showcase highlighted environmentally friendly equipment and services. Rey Banatao, cofounder of Entropy Resigns.com, showed the crowd how versatile industrial pine and non-food grade vegetable

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THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

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of another and change their world. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You don't have to achieve an understanding with everyone at work, only with those who are in a position to make your life easier. It might be the boss, or even someone who works at your side. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- When Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 exchanging ideas with someone whose New and interesting times might be in the offing for you in the next year, where mind you respect, be more of a listener your social life is concerned. Several new than a talker. Chances are he or she will offer some interesting information you relationships that start out on a casual can use. basis will develop and grow into enviable lifelong friendships. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- If confrontLIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You won't ed with a challenge by someone who have any trouble keeping up with the has opposed you previously, don't back Joneses, because to your peers you are down. Proving what you have to offer is already a stellar attraction. Putting on pre- both productive and effective. tenses to enhance your image won't be GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You've had necessary. to learn to forge order out of chaos, SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Although because you have a talent for making a at times you are inclined to think that no mess in the first place. Trust your gift and one cares about you, a situation might apply it without hesitation whenever develop that'll prove how much everyneeded. one likes you. All you have to do is just CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- There's a relax and be yourself. good chance that something you wantSAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- When ed changed will be altered, but owing to you relax, you're a charmer, impressing everyone with whom you come in con- someone else's influence, not yours. If it serves your purpose, who cares? tact. It will be one of those times when LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Because you are obvious approval will smother any feela fast thinker who possesses sound judgings of rejection. ment you should be able to come up CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- An with a solution to a problem that needs opportunity to help better your financial an instant, creative answer. Don't hesitate position will be orchestrated by someone who has a stake in your affairs. You to speak up. may not know about this person's input, VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- With your but you'll dig the results. natural resourcefulness, you'll have some AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Although ingenious concepts at your fingertips. you may never realize the impact of your Even though you may pull them out of thin air, the things you envision will be words, you'll have a faculty for saying all the right things that will uplift the spirits very doable.

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce


MONTY by Jim Meddick

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

K equals Y

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

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T G A M A PREVIOUS SOLUTION: ""When you mutilate movies for mass media, you tamper with the hearts and minds of America." -- Warren Beatty

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