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BATMAN AND SPINAL ELEMENTS DELIVER MAKE-A-WISH Make-a-Wish kid Aidden Whisett, 9, gets a ride from Batman in the Batmobile after defeating the Joker to save Spinal Elements in Carlsbad. Whisett and his family were presented with a trip to Atlantis resort to swim with the dolphins at the superhero-themed ceremony through Make-a-Wish. Spinal Elements, which produces allograft products made from donated human tissue, gives all of the profits to charity, and donated the funds to the San Diego Make-a-Wish chapter needed to make Whisett’s wish come true. Whisett has hereditary progressive muscular distrophy, and his mother Stacey White said that he is blessed to be granted this wish while he is still able to walk. Photo by Rachel Stine

Nancarrow bench removed from Dog Beach


Local students check out a compost bin at Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. With the real estate market picking up and the county looking to sell more of its properties, the nonprofit could be displaced. Photo courtesy of Solana Center

Land sale could uproot nonprofit By Jared Whitlock

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — An unauthorized memorial bench installed in memory of local journalist Loren Nancarrow at Dog Beach has been removed. But city officials would like to find its creator to discuss long-term placement of the dog-bone shaped structure. Andrew Potter, Del Mar’s administrative director, said no one knows who installed the bench or when, but city officials believe it was during the week of Jan. 19. The city placed a sign on the bench in hopes of finding the owner but no one had come forward with any information at press time. The bench was removed Jan. 28 — exactly one year after doctors discovered Nancarrow’s brain tumor, one month after his passing and the day The unauthorized bench in honor of local journalist Loren Nancarrow was removed by the city TURN TO BENCH ON A15

of Del Mar. The city is seeking to find the artist in order to install the bench through proper channels. Photo by Jim Grant

Free Library A mini-library pops up in an Encinitas neighborhood and it’s generating excitement. B1 Seriously Kooky The costume contest for the Cardiff Kook 10k/5k run can be as serious as the race. B3


Pen pals as children, a Norwegian man and California woman meet in Encinitas. B1

A&E..................... A12 Classifieds.......... B17 Food & Wine....... B10 Legals.................. A16 Opinion............... A4 Sports.................. A18


(760) 436-9737 Calendar Community News Letters Note: The legal notices in the B section of this issue were mistakenly printed with the date of Jan. 14, 2014 at the top of the page. They are, however, the current legal notices for this week.

ENCINITAS — Jessica Toth, managing director of Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, motioned toward a compost bin while walking through the nonprofit’s property last week. “This is my favorite part,” Toth said. “I love when the kids come and they want to play with the worms.” From composting to tree planting, Solana Center educates the region about a number of environmental causes. The nonprofit’s home base is on Via Molena, just east of the Encinitas Sheriff’s substation. But recently, the county announced the Solana Center would likely have to relocate, a prospect that worries Toth. “If we have to move to an expensive location, we’re in danger of not being able to provide services we’re known for,” Toth said. “As a nonprofit with a small budget, we can’t afford it.” Solana Center takes up part of a 10.4-acre parcel owned by the county. With

its 10-year lease set to expire in March, the nonprofit hoped to lock in another long-term agreement. However, county staff members stated that there are plans to sell or lease the 10.4 acres, and in the meantime offered the Solana Center only a monthto-month lease option. “We don’t want to lock this up in a long-term lease, because we feel like in the not-too-distant future, there’s a strong possibility we will want to lease or sell the entire property,” said April Heinze, director of General Services with the county. Heinze explained that county policy dictates that staff should try and get as much money for surplus land as possible — what’s known as “highest and best use” — since revenue streams go into county reserves. Currently, only Solana Center and Encinitas Ford lease a portion of the Via Molena property. “The county is looking for the highest and best use,” TURN TO NONPROFITON A15



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Carlsbad grants pay raise for city attorney Council also sets aside building for possible higher-ed institute

Removal of Botanic Garden members’ voting rights approved By Jared Whitlock

By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — City Council approved a raise for Carlsbad’s city attorney and designated a building for a future higher education institute at its Jan. 28 meeting. Just over one year after Celia Brewer was hired as Carlsbad’s new city attorney, her performance was evaluated by council in a closed session special meeting on Jan. 21. Based on that review, council members amended her salary as a consent item at Tuesday’s meeting. Brewer received a 13 percent raise, bumping her annual salary to $237,300. The city will also be contributing $11,865 annually to her retirement plan. Also via consent calendar at the meeting, council designated a city-owned facility for a potential higher education institute. Located at 5815 El Camino Real, the building used to belong to the Farmers Insurance Group. The building was originally bought by the city in 2001 to build a new civic center, but voters halted those plans by passing Proposition D in



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City attorney Celia Brewer listens to public comment at the Jan. 28 City Council meeting, after being granted a raise earlier in the meeting via consent item. Photo by Rachel Stine

2006. The city has not earned any revenue on the empty building for over a decade. In 2012, the city set a goal to establish a higher education institute within Carlsbad to offer graduate-level courses to supplement its local businesses with an educated, skilled workforce. The city’s consultant on the matter, K. Backus & Associates, recommended that offering available real estate at a low cost would entice potential offers from education institutes looking to set up a satellite branch. The available building is 128,846 square feet and three stories. The facility is on the same property as the city-backed Bio, Tech and Beyond community life sciences incubator and biotechnology research lab.

ENCINITAS — The San Diego Botanic Garden’s 6,000 members can no longer vote on trustee elections or other issues. Instead of direct democracy, the Botanic Garden’s board of trustees will have the final say on matters. On Saturday, members were invited to vote on the amendment, which ultimately passed with 75 in favor and 10 against. Julian Duval, president and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden, said on Monday that the amendment came about because only a small fraction of members showed up to annual meetings. That left the door open for a special interest group to hijack the process and vote in trustees whose goals run contrary to the nonprofit’s mission. While that never happened, the fear of a faction takeover remained, Duval said. He added that most local nonprofits, like the San Diego Zoo, have non-voting members. “It wasn’t a good model for us,� said Duval. “We want to follow best practices.� Duval said the Botanic Gardens had its eye on the new governance model for some time, but it was kicked into gear by a chance to ex-


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A decision this past Saturday means members of the San Diego Botanic Garden aren’t able to vote directly on board of trustee elections or certain issues. A potential land gift contributed to the change. File photo

pand its grounds. “With all the surrounding development in the area, this is our last chance to expand,� Duval said. The Leichtag Foundation, located just north, has proposed gifting 10 to 12 of its adjacent acres to the 37-acre Botanic Garden, but only if certain requirements are met. The change to voting rights, one of the condiTURN TO VOTING ON A15


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Make your voice heard Inside Oceanside By Ken Leighton If you ever felt guilty about not participating in your own city government, please let me humbly suggest that this Tuesday you can make up for all those missed city council meetings by showing up at the South Oceanside Elementary auditorium. This is one meeting that matters. It’s a community get together to address the “Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan.” It was a well intentioned initiative first presented in 2009 that basically says we can make your legendary 3.1mile stretch of Coast Highway better by reducing its utility by 50 percent. Those of us who live near it know this major thoroughfare is always packed with cars during daylight hours. It’s there for locals who prefer to use Highway 101 rather than Interstate 5. It’s always chock full of cars. And now your city controllers want to reduce its ability to carry traffic by 50 percent. That’s right. Instead of two lanes northbound and two lanes southbound, the plan is cut its primary utility in half. Instead of four lanes there will be two: one northbound, one southbound. This is preposterous on its face. Just as we hear that homes and businesses near

I-5 may be eminently domained out of existence so we can have more lanes on our busy freeway, we are told that its a good idea to reduce the utility of this other major road, in the name of quaint and charm. Look, I’m all for upgrading Coast Highway’s aesthetics. But not if it means we have to cut the ability of this thoroughfare to deliver its major function. Many businesses on Mission Avenue and Seagaze Drive are currently not happy with the restriction on their ability to do business because the city wants to beautify its street and make it a one way boulevard with diagonal parking, lovely landscaping and bike trails. There is strong unhappiness with this plan as many see it as a wasteful, money-draining folly. It does seem silly, but hey, at least it won’t restrict the ultimate ability of each street to carry traffic since they will be one way, and the traffic flow impact will be a net zero decrease. Its different with Coast Highway. We need all four lanes of Coast Highway and we use them all day long. This “Vision and Strategic” thing as it was initially conceived, calls for diagonal parking, nice fat sidewalks and a bike lane. Oh, and two lanes instead of four. Are we so inept, so hapless as a city, that the only way we can upgrade 101 is to cut its usefulness in half?

As stated, the plan says it seeks to “transform Coast Highway from an auto oriented thoroughfare into a complete street that serves all modes of transportation.” That concept means well. But this is not Carmel. This is a city of 175,000 and this road needs all its vehicular capacity. The cops are here to protect us. The firefighters are here help us when we need help. By using this logic, it says we should demand our police spend half of their time on crime prevention and the other half on getting to be friendly with us at supermarkets. That the EMT’s should only spend half their time in ambulances and fire trucks and the other half hanging out at elementary schools. Are you kidding me? On what planet do we sell out our basic needs in the name of quaint and lovely? Are we so quick to trash our economic profile with four Walmarts but then turn around and try to fabricate civic prettiness at the direct expense of public mobility. Please speak your mind at this Tuesday’s meeting, from 5 to 7 p.m. at South Oceanside Elementary. But wait. I have an idea. Since Oceanside is now apparently flush with money that it can spend all this cash to “upgrade” Mission, Seagaze and Coast Highway, may I please introduce Plan B. TURN TO OCEANSIDE ON A14

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Letters to the Editor Prop B lawsuits? Is it true that Prop B exposes Solana Beach to significant liability for expensive lawsuits? You betcha. A few minutes of homework leads to our city attorney’s written comments regarding this very issue. In a formal response to the Elections Code Section 9212 Report, our city attorney lists several legal challenges that the city anticipates could occur, including Equal Protection, Administration of the Permit, Land Use and Vagueness of Nominal Fee, to name just a few. The city attorney then clearly states, “Any legal challenges to the Measure… would have to be defended and paid for by the city” and concludes by saying that there could be significant impacts if Prop B is enacted. The important thing for Solana Beach voters to remember is that the Vote NO on Prop B position is supported by facts and documentation, not rhetoric. Kelly Harless, Solana Beach Yes on B We have been residents of Solana Beach since 1958 and have watched our community grow into a fine city. We were instrumental in supporting the reconstruction of the Fletcher Cove Community Center. We remember when it was used for the community events such as weddings and other gatherings. We are disappointed that the City Council has put severe restrictions on the use of the building. It has been designed so that it can be used for indoor and outdoor events, but the Council has adopted a policy that no portion of the patio and lawn area can be set aside for special events. We also feel that the requirement of a security guard and trained bartender is an unneeded expense. We would hope that our children and grandchildren would have access to the building for wedding receptions and family gatherings. We also feel that not allowing a D.J. or musical band to play is also not a needed restriction. A vote yes for Prop B would protect our community rights. Monte and Janice DeGraw, Solana Beach

vote by the people. But is this really a problem? With Prop B, there is only one issue that could require a subsequent vote; that is if the Solana Beach City Council were to decide to once again close the facility for private events. Look at the provisions of Prop B. Is there really a person or group who will require a vote to change the 10 p.m. closing time? Or the provision for “nominal fees”? Or the limit to NOT MORE than two of three weekend days that the Council has the ability to further reduce? Or that noise control and occupancy shall be determined by the existing Solana Beach Municipal Code and Fire Marshal limits? Or that behavior that violates ABC, State or city rules and regulations will result in closure of the event and possible fines? It is not realistic to think any of these five issues would prompt a campaign for another vote. Thus it is only the one issue — total closure for private events — that would prompt the need for another election. Should the City Council propose to close the facility for private events, it would be entirely appropriate to submit this question to a vote of the people. Thus, Prop B is totally reasonable and deserves your “Yes” vote. Rena C. Monge, Solana Beach

SB Council claims Our City Council claims that we Solana Beach residents can now use our Fletcher Cove Community Center. This decision was decided after they realized the amount of residents who wanted the opportunity to use this Center by signing a Voter Initiative. The City Council then enacted a USE policy with such absurd restrictions that few residents would want to use FCCC. These restrictions indicate that we residents are drunks, loud and not law abiding. This City Council also made the decision to spend our tax money to have this expensive election, rather than approve the Voter Imitative of Solana Beach residents. We residents who support Prop B simply want to use and enjoy our tax funded FCCC for special occasions as it was intended to be used. Another vote? Vote Yes on Prop B. Much has been written about the fact Dianna Jordan, that California State Code mandates that Solana Beach changes to an Initiative require another

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Panel strives to spark discussion on mental illness post, her son has received better medical care and because of that has at last has been given an official diagnosis and medication that works. She said today he is doing well in school and is participating in lessons two mainstream classrooms, something she never thought would be possible. The gathering also featured a resource fair of mental health services available throughout San Diego County, including 2-1-1 San Diego, Aging and Independence Services, Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, and Mental Health America.

By Rachel Stine

REGION — “This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.” Reading from her now viral blog post, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” Liza Long took a deep breath to control her shaking voice before continuing. “I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.” Long wrote these words in the wake of the murder of 20 children and six adults by Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. She is not in fact Lanza’s mother. Rather, her blog post details her experiences caring for her son who does have a mental illness and is at times violent. Long incorporated the quote while speaking in front of more than 200 people at a behavioral health panel sponsored by Jewish Family Services at San Diego’s Congregation Beth Israel on Jan. 29. She said that the wave of public comment on her piece made her decide to speak out rather than hide her reality that she sometimes is afraid of the child she loves so much. “If we can’t talk about (mental illness), how can we solve it?” she asked the crowd. Long was joined by Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW, MSW, director of Behavioral Health Services County of San Diego. Together the two provided both a personal and informative perspective

Liza Long, author of “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” speaks as part of a behavioral health panel on Jan. 29 in San Diego. Photo by Rachel Stine

about the challenges of caring for someone with mental illness and accessing treatment. Aguirre highlighted

out to people with serious mental illness who do not want to participate in treatment. “No matter how

When your child has a mental illness and is in the hospital, people don’t want to make you a casserole.” Liza Long Blogger

the county’s recently expanded IHOT (In Home Outreach Team) among other programs offered in the region. IHOT consists of three mobile teams that provide outreach to adults with mental illness who are resistant to treatment in their homes. He expressed that often the biggest challenge for mental health services in the county is reaching

well-resourced your system is, no matter what options you have, public and private, that sometimes people just don’t connect,” he said. Both Long and Aguirre emphasized the importance of eliminating the stigma of mental illness to instead support members of the community to seek treatment. Long said that even after her piece received mil-

Arrest made in cyber threat By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Samuel Ruiz, 18, was arrested on Jan. 21 for sending life-threatening text messages to El Camino High School students. In March 2013, following the shooting at Libby Lake Park that killed two juveniles and injured two others, several students at El Camino High School received threatening text messages from sender “Bart Cheng.” The text messages essentially said the sender would kill the students if they did not stop talking about the shooting. Oceanside police detectives identified Ruiz as a possible suspect, but Ruiz denied being Bart Cheng. Then in late December 2013 a student at El Camino High School received a life -threatening text from

“Cheng.” The text said “187 when you return from winter break.” The term “187” refers to Section 187 of the California Penal Code, which defines the crime of murder. The student responded asking the sender to identify himself. To which the sender replied, “Blood drop. You’ll see.” Detectives traced the texts to Ruiz’s phone and secured a warrant. In January Oceanside detectives and MiraCosta College police arrested Ruiz while he was in class at the college. Ruiz was charged with making criminal threats, cyber bullying and possession of an illegal weapon on campus. During an interview with Detective Mark LaVake, Ruiz admitted that he

is Bart Cheng and he sent the text messages. Ruiz was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility. Lt. Leonard Cosby, of Oceanside field operations division community policing, said Ruiz has no connection with the Libby Lake shooting and no gang affiliation. Ruiz’s first cyber bullying messages were sent days after the shooting while police were still investigating the incident and asking for community assistance in solving the crime. By March 30, 2013, three men and one 17-yearold male were arrested and charged with murder for the March 13 shooting. All four are identified gang members. Ruiz also had no relationships with the victims he bullied.

lions of views online, much of her community failed to offer her and her family support. She said that unlike when other children have a serious physical ailment, “When your child has a mental illness and is in the hospital, people don’t want to make you casserole.” Though she did highlight that thanks to the attention garnered by her


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Councilmen send open letter to businesses, mayor follows up with apology to city By Promise Yee

Ray Zlomke of Encinitas browses the liquor aisle. Walmart is enacting several measures to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth. Photo by Promise Yee

Sales of alcohol near school draws concerns By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in the Mission Plaza Shopping Center on Wednesday and received happy responses from most customers. But one group still has questions for the grocery store that sells alcohol within 500 feet of a school. Members of NCPS (North Coastal Prevention Coalition) asked city council to help them arrange a meeting with Walmart store management on Jan. 22, a week prior to the store’s opening. Speakers expressed concern that alcohol sales occur across the street from Oceanside High School and in a high crime area. “We have reached out to Walmart, but unfortunately they haven’t returned our calls or emails,” Aaron Byzak, NCPC board president, said at a recent meeting. “We’re asking if you can use your influence to help us meet with them, not in animosity, but to protect the community at large.” Mayor Jim Wood assured the group City Manager Steve Jepsen, who was in attendance at the Council meeting, would help them contact Walmart, but the store’s opening day has come and gone and no meeting has been set up. Jepsen said he did not know if the parties had scheduled a meeting. “I don’t have any information on that meeting,” Jepsen said. “It probably hasn’t happened. That’s not saying it won’t in the future.” To curtail problems related to alcohol sales, the police department took measures in November to add ABC conditions to the store’s liquor license. Police Capt. Tom Aguigui said the police department requested sales of alcohol be limited to the hours from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a certified, uniformed security guard be on duty, and no single serving size of alcohol be sold individually. Aguigui said the store manager was very cooperative and agreed to several requests beyond the ABC condiTURN TO ALCOHOL ON A15

OCEANSIDE — Councilmen Jerry Kern and Gary Felien sent an open letter to San Diego businesses on Jan. 14 urging them to consider relocating to Oceanside and emphasizing that Oceanside does not have a commercial linkage fee. The letter opens with “San Diego is working hard to establish its reputation as an anti-business, anti-taxpayer city. Nothing demonstrates this better than the linkage fee.” Felien said the letter was sent to publicize Oceanside and take advantage of businesses’ objection to the fee increase. San Diego businesses that want to build or expand will pay a higher linkage fee or “jobs tax” to help support affordable housing for low-income workers. The fee is also referred to as the Workforce Housing Offset and was last adjusted in 1996. Felien said the increase to the fee raises costs 100 to 600 percent for some businesses. The letter states the tax “attacks your business and the jobs you create.” The letter goes on to ask businesses if they are “tired of the city

of San Diego treating you like a target or cash cow to fund their special interest pet projects.” “If businesses feel they are not being treated right they can take a look at Oceanside,” Felien said. Felien added the letter has drawn attention to Oceanside. “We have one (business that has responded) already. It looks pretty serious we’ll see where it goes. “We’re not expecting instantaneous response. We’re hoping over time they’ll remember Oceanside and take a look.” Mayor Jim Wood said he had no knowledge the letter had been written or sent when he was first contacted by media and asked for his response to it. After reviewing the letter Wood said it is inappropriate. He called the office of interim Mayor Todd Gloria to state an apology and assure the mayor the letter was not sent by the entire City Council. Wood said he feels the letter went too far by openly criticizing San Diego’s policy. “They’re blasting San Diego for not being business taxpayer-friendly,” Wood said. “It’s poorly worded and not very

nice.” He added the letter might have an ill effect on city relations and trigger negative consequences when it comes to regional decisions like SANDAG votes, in which San Diego has 40 percent of the vote count. “If they weren’t happy with the letter it could impact anything happening in Oceanside and North County traffic wise,” Wood said. Wood said he does not object to the second half of the letter that informs businesses of state incentives Oceanside can assist them with, and includes a list of available sites and buildings. He added that he wished the councilmen had asked the city attorney or manager to review the letter before they sent it. In response to Wood’s concerns about the letter having a negative effect on city relations, Felien said it was written in fair competition for county businesses. “Cities are competing all the time,” Felien said. “It’s an opportunity to point out they have a tax we don’t have and for them to defend it.” Felien added the letter might cause San Diego to rethinking their linkage fee.

Proposed equestrian park plan trots towards council By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — After months of community resistance against the city’s plan for a facility site and advocacy for an equestrian park, the draft master plan for the proposed El Caballo Park is trotting towards City Council for official authorization. But without any municipal funds set aside for the project, council’s approval would ensure the start of fundraising, not construction. Located at 3410 Valley Center Rd., the proposed park site is surrounded by Daley Ranch, the Escondido Humane Society, Eureka Springs housing development, and East Valley Parkway. The Escondido Water Treatment plant is adjacent to the site as well. For over 40 years, the undeveloped land has been used by the Asociacion de Charros de Escondido to host Mexican-style rodeos

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and choreographed horse shows. In 2011, the city revoked the equestrian group’s lease and set forth plans to tear down the arena and park utility trucks on the site. But community groups and nearby homeowners came out in droves to oppose the project. “It was going to be kind of an ugly blight,” said Rick Paul, who is on the board of directors for the Friends of Daley Ranch. Citizen groups including Friends of Daley Ranch, Save the Caballo Trail, Eureka Springs Homeowners Association, Charros de Escondido, and Friends of the Escondido Humane Society joined forced as what eventually became the El Caballo Park Conservancy to propose a new city park instead. “Bottom line, I think it’s a more valuable piece of property for the city as a park than a maintenance facility,” said Steve Berrol, the president of the nonprofit Conservancy. City Council eventually acquiesced to the community’s request and designated $50,000 in 2013 to develop a draft master plan for the park. The selected firm, Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc., recently

The draft master plan for the unfunded El Caballo Park includes new corrals (14), bull corrals (18), pens (19), bleachers (2), ticket booth and restrooms (4), announcer’s stage (10), and band stand (11). Image courtesy of the city of Escondido and Wynn-Smith Landscape Architecture, Inc.

completed the draft master plan, incorporating community input collected at three workshops. The resulting proposal maintains an equestrian focus and includes improvements to the existing arena, new pens and arenas, grass play and picnic areas, community hall building, and a connection to the Escondido Creek Trail. The plans also make use of native plants to enhance the surrounding natural habitat. All of the facilities can be rented so to offer potential cost-recovery options for the city. Estimated costs of the proposed project total over $9.7 million. The proposal was unveiled at the Escondido Community Services Commission meeting on Jan.

23 to the praise of commissioners and the public. “I’m very happy with the result. I think it does a great job of blending the community’s different requests into one plan,” Paul said. Members of the El Caballo Park Conservancy stated that they weren’t fazed by the price tag that comes with the proposed park design. Both Berrol and Paul mentioned that the great amount of community interest in the project has already led to multiple offers of donated materials and services to construct the park. The draft master plan is scheduled to come before the Escondido Planning Commission in February and subsequently will go to City Council for a final vote.

Officer named in shooting event By Rachel Stine

ESCONDIDO — Holding the driver hostage, a San Diego resident led police on a multi-city car chase early in the morning of Jan. 26. The pursuit ended in Escondido when the kidnapper was fatally shot by a San Diego Police officer. Just before 7 a.m., a San Diego Police officer attempted to pull a pick-up truck over for an expired registration near Interstate 15 and Aero Drive in San Diego, according to information from the Escondido Police Department. The passenger in the truck, now identified as 27-year-old Aaron Devenere, forced the driver to flee from police by threatening to harm her. The female driver, who was reportedly an acquaintance of Devenere, had initially agreed to drive him somewhere that morning. After being stopped by po-

lice, she followed Devenere’s orders for fear of her safety. During the pursuit, Devenere called 911 and told dispatchers that he had a gun and was holding the driver hostage. He allegedly said to dispatchers, “I have this girl... I told her not to pull over... I have a gun in the car that am I pointing at her.” He also told them he had an explosive device in the car. As they drove, Devenere grabbed the driver’s hands and claimed he would break her fingers. He threatened her with an unknown object that he had pushed against her side. She was convinced that Devenere had a handgun. The truck came to a stop with two flat tires from spike strips deployed during the pursuit on Centre City Parkway, north of Country Club Lane, in Escondido.

Believing that the driver was in imminent danger of being killed, San Diego Police officer Richard Butera fired a single shot at Devenere, according to San Diego Police homicide Lt. Mike Hastings. The shot hit Devenere and killed him at the scene. Butera is an 11-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department. Hastings declined to say whether Butera had been placed on leave after the incident. The driver was taken to Palomar Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries inflicted by Devenere. A search of the truck revealed that there were no firearms or explosives inside. Law enforcement officials found multiple knives in the bed of the truck. Escondido Police Department is conducting the ongoing investigation, and considers the situation a kidnapping.

Farmers’ market takes some criticism By Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — After months of grumbling to city officials, business owners had the opportunity to air their grievances about the Carlsbad farmers’ market at the Jan. 28 City Council meeting. No one voiced objection to the bright strawberries, freshly baked breads, or seasonal flowers that are a staple sight at the Wednesday event. Instead, the source of businesses’ complaints was the market’s new location on State Street. “That Wednesday market closes my business from about 1 to 5 p.m.,” said Phil Milloy, who owns nine shops along the corner of State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive. The farmers’ market has operated in the downtown Village area for nearly 10 years. To attract more business, council approved for the market to move from a parking lot off of Roosevelt Street to State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue in June 2013. In its new spot, the farmers’ market has increased its number of vendors, visibility, and, most importantly, customers. The net income of the market has increased from $310 to $878 since the move, according to city staff. But some nearby business owners have claimed that the market has negatively impacted their sales and customers because of the new location. “It’s overwhelming the number of complaints I received,” Council member Farrah Douglas said. She said that since the change, shop and restaurant owners have contacted her about issues with parking, vehicle towing and reduced sales issues caused by the market. In December, a consultant hired by the city conducted a survey of surrounding business owners and managers to gauge the full impact of the market.



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Twenty-eight percent of the 50 business owners and managers surveyed indicated that they have an unfavorable opinion of the new location. Twenty-two percent of them stated that their business saw a decrease in sales when the farmers’ market was held. Some speakers at the meeting said that parking is hard to find and the city is towing too many cars to clear State Street for the market each week. Others noted that market attendees will use businesses’ restrooms without buying anything from that shop. Though a number of commenters at the meeting disagreed, some were praising the market’s new location for the vitality it has brought to the market and the Village as a whole. Christine Davis pointed out that the farmers’ market has brought in more people to her store than any of her advertising endeavors. “I have more people in my store, and I didn’t have to pay a penny to get them there,” she said. “It has a very positive effect on our bottom line,” stated Richard Zoll, who owns three businesses in the Village. Douglas said that in spite of the positive influence the market has had on some businesses, she could not ignore those that were being hurt by the weekly event. “You cannot dismiss 22 percent of people,” she said. “Those shop owners need help.” But the other council members disagreed, saying that there will never be a market location that makes 100 percent of customers, vendors and businesses completely satisfied. “It doesn’t matter what we decide. We are always going to have people who are unhappy,” said council member Keith Blackburn. Rather than hosting a public hearing to modify or revoke the farmers’ market’s

permit, or directing staff to monitor the market and later report back to council, the members voted three-to-one in favor of accepting staff’s report about the market and taking no action. Douglas provided the opposing vote. Mayor Matt Hall recused himself from the matter since he and his wife own property near the farmers’ market. Mayor pro tem Mark Packard said he was confident that even without official direction from the council, city staff would continue to work with business owners to remedy issues with the market’s location. The farmers’ market’s permit will expire June 2015 and will be up for council review at that time.

north county kirk effinger “Because I said so.” I think it’s safe to say nearly everyone has heard, and possibly used, this common parental pronouncement when asked to explain an action or request. When it comes to his renewed zeal for a city charter Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, has been saying essentially the same thing when questioned about why it will be good for the city. Abed, with the support of three of his council colleagues, has gone on record as saying the charter they have ordered city staff to draft without citizen input will go forward. His effort falls woefully short when asked to explain exactly how this good will be achieved. Effective leadership comes from convincing those you are trying to lead buy into your vision. Accomplishing that requires a clear articulation of what that vision is, and how the goals you are trying to reach will be met. Merely saying, “Trust me, I know best” is not leadership. There is no better way to get the necessary buyin from those you would lead than to include them in the process of mapping out and articulating the desired result. Conversely, exclusion of constructive input is a recipe for suspicion and ultimate disaster. There were two proposals with potentially far-reaching results for the city of Escondido on

Because I said so the ballot in the 2012 General Election. One was the overdue and contentious General Plan Update for the city. Another was a plan to make Escondido a charter city. While both initiatives had strong opposition from forces hostile to Abed’s council majority, one — the General Plan Update — won voter approval, while the other did not. Admittedly there were probably a host of factors that contributed to this seemingly contradictory outcome. But probably the biggest influence on the vote was the fact that, unlike the charter proposal, the plan update had extensive, detailed citizen participation and input. It’s no secret I am a believer in charter cities. I have lived in one since San Marcos voters approved theirs in 1994. To me the logic of a city exercising the maximum control of its own destiny rather than being dictated to by a distant legislative body is overwhelming. For example, had the San Marcos been legally able to protect its redevelopment funds from Gov. Brown’s seizure and dissolution of redevelopment agencies, long anticipated infrastructure improvements that would pave the way for the Creek District to begin development — something its residents have been eagerly waiting for. While redevelopment was an area over which the city had no control, there are many others that give the city and its voters

the flexibility to address their community’s unique needs, including how it generates revenue. Many people in Escondido are asking questions about the sudden re-emergence of this charter idea. Perhaps the most common question has been, “What’s the rush?” If the charter is a good idea today, it will be a good idea next week or next year, too. I would add another question of Abed and company. When it comes to crafting a charter, what’s wrong with citizen input? Kirk Effinger was born in San Diego and raised in Southern California. He and his family have been residents of San Marcos for the past 30 years. His opinion columns have appeared regularly in the North County Times and, later, the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1995. He can be reached at or follow him on Twitter at @ kirkeffinger

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Botanic Garden looks to build pavilion By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — San Diego Botanic Garden would like to build an ambitious pavilion that’s a hub for community education and events, it announced at its annual membership meeting on Jan. 25. The 9,300-square-foot pavilion, complete with classrooms, an amphitheater and a kitchen, would hold 400 people. Tracie Barham, director of development with the Botanic Garden, said most of the 37-acre property is made up of outdoor plants and flowers. Yet, it also boasts an indoor meeting space that often hosts well-

A rendering depicts a planned 9,300-square-foot pavilion for education and events. The San Diego Botanic Garden kickstarted fundraising efforts this past weekend. Image courtesy of San Diego Botanic Garden

known speakers and other activities. “The space has served us well, but it’s often bursting at the seams,” Barham said, noting its capacity is 100 people. That sometimes resulted in having to turn people away. The Botanic Garden had 203,000 visitors last year, an increase of more than 83 percent from a decade ago. “To accommodate more people and diverse interests, we want a larger community meeting spot,” she said. She said the pavilion could feature an array of educational classes — with

cooking and catering being key ones. “That’s one area we’re excited about,” Barham said. “Locally grown food, the slow food movement — those things are really at the forefront of the public’s mind. “Right next to where the pavilion would go, we have edible plants growing right now,” she added. “We could actually walk right out there, grab some plants, bring it in the kitchen and do something with it.” The space would also likely feature seminars on topics like gardening with TURN TO PAVILION ON A15

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Del Mar librarian receives honors following her retirement By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Gretchen Schmidt was honored with a proclamation from City Council at the Jan. 21 meeting for more than 15 years as a librarian with the Del Mar branch of the San Diego County Library. Schmidt started with the county library system in 1996. Two years later she was assigned to Del Mar as head librarian, a position now known as branch manager. During her tenure she

led outreach programming with the Winston School, Del Mar Foundation children’s program, Del Mar Montessori School and Del Mar Community Connections. She also mentored other librarians who now run their own branches. Schmidt was there in 2008 when the aging patio was enclosed and remodeled into an indoor community meeting room, a project that led to the removal of a Torrey pine and a new roof.

She used matching funds to personalize the news and magazine sections and continued fostering new programming for a broad community of library users. “When I started there was a very active Friends of the Del Mar Library group,” she said. “They started a number of children’s programs and were ahead of their time for the county in programming.” Schmidt said some of her fondest memories are of packed events at the Powerhouse Community Center, including Lisa See, a Los Angeles fiction author, and Lynne Cox, a long-distance open-water swimmer and writer. “That was really a special event, especially for people interested in ocean swimming,” she said. In addition to the surviving the 2008 construction project, Schmidt was on hand during recent upgrades that include more comfortable seating, lower shelves and natural

Mayor Lee Haydu, left, reads from a proclamation honoring recently retired head librarian Gretchen Schmidt for nearly 20 years of service to the San Diego County Library system, more than 15 of them at the Del Mar branch. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

light. “It’s more suitable for people who want to read or work on their laptop,” she said. “We also remod-

eled the teen room and children’s and young adult rooms. For the facility, I’m proud of that.” In terms of programs,

Schmidt said she is proud of a recent addition called Sunday Salon. County residents are invited to speak at 2 p.m. on a Sunday about anything that is educational, informative or entertaining that meets the mission statement of the library. The proclamation urges Schmidt to “enjoy her life in new, wondrous ways” and to “sleep in if you can.” “I have been,” said Schmidt, who officially retired Jan. 16. “We really thank you,” Mayor Lee Haydu said. “You’re going to be missed greatly.” “It’s been a lot of fun,” Schmidt said. “It’s been a pleasure to be able to work at Del Mar, so thank you very much for the opportunity.” Schmidt, an Encinitas resident, said she will spend her time babysitting for her first grandchild, born Jan. 4, volunteering and attending programs at the library. Polly Cipparrone is the new branch manager.

Film series set to screen at MiraCosta College COAST CITIES — MiraCosta hosts an International Film Series with screenings of seven films from around the world.

There are two screenings of each film: Fridays at 1 p.m. in Room 204 at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff; and Fridays at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Room 3601, at MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. All films are presented in the original language with English subtitles. Admission is free. Films scheduled this semester are: — Jan. 31: “Where Do We Go Now?” France. A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious ten-

sions between Christians and Muslims in their small village. — Feb. 7: “A Simple Life” Hong Kong. A study of the relationship between Roger and Ah Tao, a woman who has worked for four generations of Roger’s family. — Feb. 21: “Under the Same Moon” México/USA. Carlitos must sneak across the border and find his mother. — March 21: “Early Summer” Japan. Noriko, promised an arranged marriage, determines her own course. — April 4: “The White

Ribbon” Germany. Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany before World War I. — April 18: “His Secret Life” Italy. Antonia’s life is dramatically transformed when her husband Massimo is killed. — May 2: “The Intouchables” France. After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. For additional information about the International Film Series, call MiraCosta College at (760) 757-2121 ext. 7737 or 7806.

Atkins named to speaker position COAST CITIES — State Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins of San Diego has been chosen by her Assembly Democratic colleagues to succeed Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez as the next Speaker of the Assembly. Atkins’ 78th District includes Solana Beach and Del Mar. “I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to

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Raye Clendening honored with MLK award By Promise Yee

William Rawlings, D.D.S., provides dental care to a young patient. During his weeklong stay, Rawlings mostly extracted teeth or applied a fluoride varnish. He said he gave most of his patients their first toothbrush. Courtesy photo

Dentist provides free care in Cambodia By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Vacations are great for discovering new places and meeting new people while leaving behind, at least for a while, the stress of everyday life, especially work. That was easier said than done for Solana Beach resident and pediatric dentist William Rawlings during a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia last April. “I knew I had to turn my dentist eye off but I can’t,” he said. While in Cambodia, Rawlings said he couldn’t help but notice the many children with poor or no teeth and facial abscesses. “They weren’t crying,” he said. “They were just living with infections. I thought I might like to do a dental mission there.” When he returned home he serendipitously discovered Project Angkor through the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. “The opportunity just fell in our laps,” Rawlings said of the nonprofit that serves the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia by providing free health care to the underserved. About eight months later he and his wife, Mary, were on a plane heading to Battambang in northwest Cambodia, where they would meet up with 70 other doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, assistants and lay people. Upon their arrival they were joined by 30 Cambodian medical students who

acted as assistants and translators. An opening ceremony was followed by five full days of providing care to about 4,000 patients of all ages. Rawlings said the mission was very well-organized, with patients triaged daily to serve their needs. However, some people waited overnight. Rawlings saw between 16 and 20 children a day and mostly extracted “the remnants of teeth.” “Most of them were so far gone they weren’t worth saving,” he said, attributing the problems to a poor diet and lack of dental hygiene and education. “Many of the people, we gave them their first toothbrush,” he said. He said few were scared and all were cooperative and appreciative. His most memorable patient was a 10-year-old monk. “I haven’t had too many Buddhist monks come into my practice in the past 32 years,” he said. “His teeth were in the best shape of anyone I examined. “In Cambodia, the poorest send their sons to the monastery because it’s the only way they get an education,” he added. “This child’s teeth were so good because his family is so poor.” Rawlings said many of the people wore good-luck charms and arrived in their best clothing for the apTURN TO DENTIST ON A14

OCEANSIDE — Civic leader and educator Raye Clendening was honored on Jan. 20 with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service award for her years of impactful community service. She received the award at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Clendening, who is black, grew up in the South in the 1940s and 1950s. She heard King speak after her family moved to Pasadena in 1957. The experience had a lasting effect on her. Clendening was 11 years old when she heard King speak at the Friendship Baptist Church. King spoke about the travesties people faced in the South and described experiences that Clendening and her family had lived. King’s speech changed her outlook and helped her come to terms with what she had faced without bitterness. “As a child growing up in the segregated South I truly do understand what

it means to live Dr. King’s dream,” Clendening said. “I was very privileged to hear Dr. King speak. “I have tried to live my life in a way that would be reflective of the kind of person that he would want me to be.” Friends of Clendening said she experienced the strength of community activism and black and white individuals coming together for a greater good while she was in high school. She went on to become a community leader. Clendening worked as a K-12 educator for 35 years, and served as principal in Fallbrook Union Elementary School District and Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD). As an educator she worked to create pathways for success for underserved students and inspire excellence in teachers, including championing programs that raised students grades and guided students and

their parents through the college application process. Clendening continues to work for OUSD as a consultant for their parent outreach programs that work to increase parent involvement in their child’s education. Clendening’s accomplishments also include being a founding member of the North County African American Women’s Association, which brings women together to serve as mentors and role models.

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Musician Wu Man carries with her a sense of responsibility By Tony Cagala

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he work of Cardiff artist Gerrit Greve has been well regarded throughout the San Diego area for more than four decades, in addition to receiving international recognition. With a special “Hearts for Healing” reception and art auction of his students’ work to be held on Feb. 9, selections from Greve’s Water Series will be on display at L Street Fine Art through February 2014. According to one art critic, Greve’s Water Series is “decidedly one of his most deeply contemplated and expansive investigations of pure painting in his career as an artist.” In addition to his prolific creation of paintings during the last two decades, Greve has increasingly turned his attention towards giving back to the community. Collaborating with Ralyn and Nate Wolfstein, in 1993 Greve co-founded Arts for Healing at Scripps

Cardiff artist Gerrit Greve finds satisfaction in sharing the Hearts for Healing program.

Memorial Hospital La Jolla, a program that promotes healing through an aesthetically enhanced hospital environment. In 2003 Greve was the driving force in establishing the Arts for Healing Program on the Encinitas campus of Scripps Hospital, and later expanded the program to include additional hospitals and medical clinics with his “Hearts for Healing” programs. As founder and director of the Hearts for Healing Foundation, a nonprofit

community outreach now in its sixth year, Greve shares with youth the healing power of art. With the help of personally trained assistants, Greve works with youth in local schools and community centers not only to impart artistic skills, but also to explore students’ self-expression and ability to communicate feelings through art. As a result, participating students gain a sense of empowerment by making a difference in people’s lives and in the enhancement of the community and healing environments. Greve describes Hearts for Healing students, “They are excited about how their work will help others; how they are going to be giving up their artwork and this is a unique concept for kids. They are doing something in order to give it away. Not only that, but they are creating something in order to make someone else feel good.” Regarding his own experience of the Hearts for Healing program during the past five years, Greve reflects, “This is one of the most heart-warming and rewarding experiences of my life. Again and again, I am TURN TO ARTIST ON A13

CARLSBAD — The instrument she plays has a history of more than 2,000 years. But for Wu Man, the preeminent pipa musician, she believes that there must be a reason why the old instrument still exists today. The pipa, a lute-like instrument from ancient China, has a long neck with four strings. Using finger picks on one hand, the player plucks or strums the strings, while the other hand is darting up and down the neck, depressing the strings to make notes or form chords. Wu Man, who was voted Musical America’s 2013 instrumentalist of the year, started playing the pipa at age 9 at the urging of her parents. As a 9-year-old, she admitted learning to play it wasn’t easy. “It’s very demanding. So, the first few years were difficult for me to spend time,” she said from her Carlsbad home. She had recently returned from a nearly sold out solo performance in Berkeley, Calif. But when she turned 13, she started to get into the music more, and that’s when she started to fall in love with the pipa. The history of the pipa is extensive. “It is through this instrument I learned a lot of Chinese history, not only music history, but also the whole Chinese culture history,” Wu Man said. As a young musician just graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in China, she was looking for things to do. In 1990, she came to the U.S. She didn’t speak English, and no one knew what a pipa was let alone what Chinese music was. Yet, the culture shock she experienced once in the U.S., and with the amount of opportunities she had to do so many different things, changed the way she understood her instrument and also what it was to be a musician. Twenty years ago, nobody understood what a pipa was, she said. “And also nobody understands what Chinese music (was), or Chinese art, Chinese culture. They only know probably Bruce

Wu Man will perform on the pipa, an ancient Chinese instrument Feb. 4 at the fundraiser for the Carlsbad Music Festival. Photo by Stephen Kahn

Lee’s films, kung fu films, martial arts. But now when I carry my instrument at airports, or walk down a New York street, people, they surprise me; they’ll come up to me and say, ‘Is that a Chinese pipa?’” That much tells her how tremendously things have changed since first arrived in the U.S. Though bringing the instrument into the mainstream wasn’t necessarily her intention from the start. But after these past 20 years of hard work, Wu Man said she does now feel like she has a responsibility to introduce her Chinese instrument to the West. Despite the instrument’s thousands of years of history, Wu Man doesn’t think about what it means to be traditional or what it means to be contemporary, when she plays. “To me, the big picture is just the music,” she said. Whether she’s playing the music of her oral traditions, which have been passed down through generations, or the music written

by someone recently, she said to her it’s just a different kind of music language. Wu Man has worked with several composers, including Philip Glass, who has created pieces specifically for her to play. “For this instrument, the pipa, right now, a lot of composers write for this instrument, because they think it’s (a) different color…they can use that special color in their music language.” On Feb. 4 she’ll be performing at the 11th Anniversary Benefit fundraiser for the Carlsbad Music Festival. Her intentions for the evening? That the people who attend will hear the value of the music the instrument makes and that it opens minds for people to enjoy it.

When: Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Where: Carlsbad Inn Village Terrace Tickets and info:


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BOOK ART Showing through Feb. 25, see artist Su Lund, “Cosmic Weather” at the Encinitas Library Lobby, 540 Cornish Drive. Book Arts combining archival structures with as many art processes. SOOTHING SOUNDS Come for a Tibetan Bowl & Gong Concert by Sound Energy Healing, at 6 p.m. Jan. 31, at the Encinitas Library Lobby, 540 Cornish Drive. FEB. 1 REMEMBER THE GREATS Pala Casino Spa & Resort offers free tribute concerts at 8 p.m. on Saturdays in the Infinity Showroom. The tribute concert schedule will include: Feb. 1, The Long Run: a tribute to The Eagles; Feb. 15, For more information, visit READERS TALK Join the Book Talk on “The Vesuvius Isotope,” 10 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Encinitas branch library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit “Events & Classes” or call (760) 753-7376. FEB. 2 SWINGIN’ SUNDAY Enjoy the First Sunday Music Series with Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Encinitas branch library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, For more information, visit



JAN. 31, 2014 “Events & Classes” or call (760) 753-7376. FAMILY ART day In February, Oceanside Museum of Art is opening two solo exhibitions, and a Free Family Art Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and an Art After Dark event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb.14 at 704 Pier View Way Oceanside. FEB. 3 READER THEATER North Coast Repertory Theatre presents a free New Works Reading Series with Thornton Wilder’s “Theophilus North,” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach.

FEB. 7 ART OF OILS The Carlsbad-Oceanside Arts League demonstrator will be oil painter Terry Chacon, 1:30 to 3:30p.m. Feb 7 at Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. For more information call (760) 434-8497, or visit,

FEB. 8 ART OPENING Del Mar Art Center is opening its first season of 2014 with a Grand Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar Plaza. New work from all gallery members will be displayed. For more information, call FEB. 5 (858) 481-1678 or visit dmacRUBY BLUESDAY Ruby Blue, a classic jazz acoustic group, will perform Got an item for Arts calat 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Cardiff Li- endar? Send the details via brary, 2081 Newcastle Ave., email to calendar@ Cardiff by-the-Sea. For more information, call (760) 635-1000. HOT HARMONY An Andrews Sisters tribute trio, the “Sweethearts of Swing,” is the February act for the Center’s WOW First Wednesdays concert series. Three free shows are offered at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets at (800) 988-4253 or



able to witness real change in many of these students. They gain a new confidence in themselves and their abilities. “Knowing that their art can possibly make a difference in someone else’s life and health gives them a rare excitement that many of them have never experienced before.” The Hearts for Healing exhibition and auction will feature more than 90 heartfelt artworks created by 36 students from R. Roger Rowe Middle School in Rancho Santa Fe under the direction of Gerrit Greve. The event will benefit Family Health Centers of San Diego and the Hearts for Healing Foundation. Also on exhibit through February 2014 is a breathtaking selection of

works from Gerrit Greve’s Water Series. The public is cordially invited to attend the Hearts for Healing reception and art auction at L Street Fine Art, 628 L Street, San Diego, Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m. To attend, please RSVP to gerritgreve@cox.

net or Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart. com coastnewsgroup

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Encinitas cancer expert urges new patients to answer key questions Health Watch By the physicians and staff of Scripps Health

Oceanside Troop 1793 members, Aliyah Anderson in back, with, from left, middle row, Leah Brunson and Kyah Joris and from left, front row, Sabrina Rawlings, Madison Vanesler and Mary Maddison, get enthusiastic at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, for this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season. Courtesy photo

Girl Scouts break out the cookies COAST CITIES — Thin Mints, anyone? Or how about Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos or Savannah Smiles? If you crave ‘em, your neighborhood Girl Scouts have ‘em! More than 500 girls, troop leaders, volunteers and family members gathered at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum Jan. 26 for the North Coastal Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff in Vista. Attendees hailed from Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside and Vista. The price of $4 a box has not since 2004. For more information, visit The event featured dancing cookie characters and a guest appearance by Miss Vista, Helen Rigby. She was joined by her mother, former Troop 4185 leader Amanda Rigby of the Vista City Council. At an Operation Thin Mint booth, attendees cre-


ated “notes to show we care” for deployed military troops. Girls also worked toward badges by learning about the life skills they’ll develop by selling cookies: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. “My girls had a blast. They especially enjoyed the activities they did to earn Financial Literacy and Cookie CEO badges,” said Jessica Charvat-Brunson, leader of Oceanside’s Junior Troop 1793. Locally, Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. They will also have booth sales outside local stores Feb. 7 — just in time for National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. San Diego-based Extraordinary Desserts will feature Thin Mint Crème Brulee, Samoas Chocolate Pots de Créme and a Hot Fudge Sundae with Tagalongs Ice Cream. All cookie proceeds stay local to fund troop activities ranging from camp to community service projects — and to provide relevant programs for 30,000 girls and train 13,500 adults.

Encinitas resident Michael Kosty, M.D. is medical director of Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla. He is course director of Scripps’ upcoming 34th annual Clinical Hematology & Oncology Conference, the oldest cancer conference in San Diego County. The mid-February conference will bring together many of the nation’s leading cancer physicians and researchers to discuss the latest advances in cancer care — and how to put them into practice for patients. While scientists and doctors are important, Dr. Kosty says cancer patients must also play a major role in their own treatment. He urges newly diagnosed patients to start by getting answers to five key questions. 1. What’s the Cancer Type & Stage? Cancers are identified by the organ where they originate. In other words, breast cancer that spreads to the lungs is still breast cancer. This is very important, as breast and lung cancers, for example, have different root causes and are treated differently. Cancers are staged one through four, one being the earliest stage. However, the consequences of a more advanced cancer vary with the can-


If we must spend all this money in our townsite area on streetscape grooming, what do you say we direct this beautification to, say Tremont or Cleveland Streets which are parallel to and just to the west of Coast Highway. This way, we can get a real cool, manicured street without taking away from Coast Highway’s major reason for being. Both streets have come a

cer. Testicular cancer can spread to transform cancer from a deadly to throughout the body and be complete- a chronic disease. Clinical trials are often available, ly cured. Stage four pancreatic cancer however eligibility criteria vary, and has a very poor prognosis. not every patient will qualify. Nevertheless, patients should ask their phy2. How was the Cancer Diagnosed? Most often, cancer is diagnosed sician about clinical trial availability. with a biopsy, which is interpreted by pathologists. Patients should get the 4. How Will it Affect Quality of Life? Cancer treatments may have pathology report. This will help them better under- debilitating side effects. However, stand the type of cancer, whether it newer treatments can be less toxic. has spread to lymph nodes, and other Patients should understand the conimportant information. They should sequences of treatment: the long and also obtain copies of their diagnostic short-term side effects, whether home tests and ask about molecular tests. care will be needed, how much mediKnowing the genetic underpinnings cal leave might be required. Will treatments be covered by inof the tumor can influence treatment. It never hurts to get a second opin- surance? What will the out-of-pocket ion — but patients should proceed expenses be? A caseworker or busiquickly. Once treatment has begun, ness office staffer can help with these it’s often difficult to take a different and other financial issues. course. 5. Who’s on the Treatment Team? Cancer patients should know 3. What are the Treatment Goals & their medical team: medical oncolOptions? There are three basic forms of ogist, surgeon, radiation oncologist, treatment: surgery, radiation and che- nurses, caseworkers and others. And motherapy. Depending on the type who will be the quarterback, coordiand stage, an oncologist may recom- nating care, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks and providing mend one or more. Patients should know the treat- long-term monitoring? ment goals. Is the team working to “Health Watch” is brought to you cure the cancer or slow it down? Someby the physicians and staff of Scripps times treatment may prolong life but Health. For more information or for a will not eradicate the disease. Also, some treatments, such as Gleevec for physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit chronic myelogenous leukemia, work

long way from their ghetto pasts, but could really stand more improvement. I spoke with Parker Darland who, along with Ben Ambrosini, launched the Silver Cloud Lounge at 821 South Tremont. Once a month they host a community get together called “Qualified To Satisfy” where they invite local chefs, artists and musicians to share their music and food with neighbors. Guests are asked to give what they want at the door, and they

come together for culinary creations, artwork and musicians and DJs. “There are a lot of underground creative types around here. This is a place where they can show people what they do.” Darland says he likes my idea that it would be better to retool Tremont instead of Coast Highway. “There’s a lot of vacancies around here.” He notes that there was a next door art gallery called Craftlab that recently folded. “I

guess it wasn’t financially viable for them.” But imagine what would happen to either Tremont or Cleveland with a face lift. The third Qualified to Satisfy at the Silver Cloud Lounge get together is Valentines Day. Oceanside born and raised, Ken Leighton is an Oceanside business owner. He may be reached at oogumboogum@earthlink. net.



pointments. He said the greatest challenge was working in “primitive conditions.” “It was laborious, physical and pretty challenging,” he said. “But I’m really sold on this nonprofit and the enthusiasm of the volunteers. They were amazing having to work under somewhat trying conditions In five days, volunteers triaged about 4,000 patients, who wait patiently to be seen by one of the many doctors, dentists, nurses and pharmacists. Courtesy photo

to deliver health care.” Rawlings was part of Project Angkor’s fourth humanitarian mission to Cambodia. Volunteers must pay for their own expenses. All money raised through donations and corporate sponsors is used to buy medicine and supplies and provide education and training to local health care professionals and students. “I truly believe that this is the best experience yet,” Norannsy Chieuchin, board president, wrote in an email to the volunteers when they returned home. “You alleviated some discomfort or pain for a lot of people, perhaps made some life-changing affect

in others but, mainly, you showed the Cambodian people that they do not suffer in silence or alone,” he wrote. “You showed them that there is compassion and humanity in the world.” Rawlings is no stranger to charity work. He has volunteered at the St. James Dental Clinic in Solana Beach. Donning an elf cap, he was also part of a team that provided $1.62 million in care to 2,203 patients during a two-day event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this past holiday season. Rawlings spent the weekend providing free dental care — from cleanings and fillings to ex-

tractions and dentures — mostly to pediatric patients. He said he would like to return to Cambodia but is not sure time will allow it in 2015 as he is slated to be installed in July as the next Del Mar Rotary Club president. “I would like to thank Bahr Investment Group, the Rotary Club of Del Mar and Practice Enhancement Group for their generous donations,” Rawlings said. He said he also appreciates his wife accompanying him to help in the clinic. “I think she enjoyed it more than I did,” he said. For more information or to donate or volunteer, visit



tions, including not allowing more than five students in the store at a time, providing cubbies so students do not take backpacks inside the store, and installing surveillance cameras. Further measures promised by Walmart include keeping liquor in the back area of the store, putting sensor tags on liquor, and implementing a pull tag system for high-end liquor that requires store employees to bring the liquor to the checkout line. Aguigui said the store manager also agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting before the store opened to address community concerns. Some promised measures were in place on opening day. There was a uniformed guard and undercover security guard on duty, no alcohol advertisements were placed in the front of the



that was declared Loren Nancarrow Day in San Diego. The bench is being kept at the Public Works Department until the owner is identified, Potter said. “Although we share the sentiment of those … wanting to honor the life of Mr. Nancarrow, the City of Del Mar is responsible for the placement and maintenance of memorial benches on City property and is unable to allow unauthorized installations for many reasons, including ensuring the safety of the public,” City



tions, represented the first hurdle. “They shared concerns over the vulnerability to a takeover,” Duval said. Now, other requirements await. For instance, the Leichtag Foundation has also said the Botanic Garden needs a plan for staying on the property over the long term. The Botanic Garden leases the property from San Diego County and the city of Encinitas. Both leases expire at different times, creating the possibility of a legal fight. “A number of scenarios could resolve that situation,” Duval said, adding



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store, and youth entering the store were only allowed in, a few at a time. Store manager Joe Cisneros said the store is in the process of implementing additional safeguards including placing lock caps on hard liquor, and storing high-end liquor in a locked display case. Cisneros said the delay in having these measures in place is due to the store’s ordering and delivery schedule, and measures would be implemented next month. Erica Leary, NCPC program manager, said she visited the grocery store on opening day just after high school dismissal and had some concerns. She said she observed students being restricted to entering the store a few at a time as promised. She also spotted cases of beer on display in aisles other than the designated liquor aisle. “We had been informed that Walmart agreed to

keep alcohol in a distinct area of the store, but that is not what I observed,” Leary said. “I was disappointed to see stacks of beer in different areas of the store.” Leary added she had not heard back about a meeting with store management. Cisneros said he was not aware a meeting had been requested. Leary said she is still hopeful for a meeting to share NCPC concerns, hear the store’s plan to keep alcohol away from youth, and maintain an ongoing dialogue with management. “We still believe it is not the ideal location for alcohol to be sold,” Leary said. She added that NCPC staff would also like to share information on alcohol prevention with parents and students at the high school. Leary stressed it’s not about Walmart selling alcohol; it’s about selling alcohol at that location.

Manager Scott Huth wrote in his weekly update on the city website. Potter said the bench, installed north of the bridge next to the on-street parking, was in a location used as a secondary emergency access point. Del Mar’s process for installing memorial benches includes evaluating suitable locations and ensuring they are installed according to city standards, Huth wrote. There are also specific criteria for placement and ongoing maintenance. There is currently a waiting list of more than 10 parties interested in installing memorial benches, Pot-

ter said. “There are no approved locations so it could be a number of years until a location is identified.” On her blog, Nancarrow’s daughter Hannah describes her father as “an avid collector of walking sticks, beach glass and beautiful (G)erman shepherds.” During his more than 30-year career, Nancarrow worked for ABC 10, CBS 8 and Fox 5 News. Anyone with information about the bench or its owner should contact Kristen Crane at (858) 755-9313, ext. 132, so the city can work “on a long-term plan for the bench,” Huth said.

that a deed restriction — limitations on the use of a property — is one potential solution. Duval said it was decided that all members should have a vote in the late 1960s, before the gardens opened to the public. Back then, people signed up to be members if they wanted to shape the direction of the property. These days, many members are only interested in frequently visiting. “A lot of people just don’t go to the meetings,” Duval said, noting that attendance ranges from 25 to 100 people at annual meetings. Duval said the 10 members opposed to the new governance model feared being unable to vote at

some point, even though some hadn’t exercised that power in the past. Some members wanted to have the power just in case, Duval said. “I’m proud the vast majority supported the change,” he added. Currently, there are 17 members on the board of trustees, with a maximum of 35 allowed. Going forward, the board will elect future trustees. Duval said the board will look into widening the trustee nomination process so those who aren’t on the board can participate. Members previously had the power to vote directly on certain issues, but that’s now reserved for the board.

Solana Center for Environmental Research provides a host of educational workshops for the region. Because the county intends to sell the land its on, the nonprofit is looking for a new home, ideally in Encinitas. Photo courtesy of Solana Center


Heinze said. “It’s certainly not for a small car lot and nonprofit.” And with the real estate market improving, the county is looking to sell. “A few years ago, there was interest expressed by a big-box retailer, but that didn’t go anywhere,” Heinze said. “Of course, the economy and real estate tanked in the last couple of years, and there hasn’t been a lot of interest until recently.” She added that staff members continuously evaluate all the properties the county owns to look for the right timing for a deal. Heinze noted the county doesn’t have a timeline in place for when the land could be leased or sold, and it has yet to request project proposals for the site. The site had once hosted a county landfill that incinerated trash more than 40 years ago. The 10.4-acre parcel is zoned for public facilities or semi-public buildings like hospitals, according to Jeff Murphy, Encinitas’ planning director. If the county sells the land to a developer who wants to build housing there, that would trigger Encinitas’ zoning rule Proposition A, which requires that rezone requests go to a public vote. However, there’s uncertainty over whether leasing to a developer who wants to build outside the zoning would be subject to Prop A, because it’s county land, Murphy said. Mark Wheeler, president of Encinitas Ford, said the business uses the site for surplus storage due to its proximity to the dealer-



children and conservation. To provide an open atmosphere, the pavilion’s main hall would be made of retractable glass. “It could also be closed up if the weather isn’t great,” Barham said. Plans call for placing the new facility just north of Hamilton Children’s Garden. And a portion of the pavilion would be dedicated to a greenhouse for growing plants that might not thrive in San Diego’s climate. Plus, an amphitheater would play host to concerts and plays.

ship. Seeing as how it’s convenient for the dealership to move cars back and forth, he’d like to retain the lease. “We’ve been a good tenant, and they’ve been a good landlord,” Wheeler said, adding that Encinitas Ford is a strong contributor to the local economy. Back at Solana Center, Toth said the nonprofit is on the lookout for a new space, ideally in Encinitas. Even though Solana Center might not have to move for a little while, it faces another pressing issue in the short term: a rent increase. Solana Center currently pays $1,300 a month for its 1,800-square-foot space, a reduced rate guaranteed in its current lease. The new lease being proposed, however, states the land will be reassessed at market rate. “We either try and stay here at an increased rental rate or we have to move out of the community,” Toth said. “And neither of those (options) are really sustainable. Because the heart of the community that we actually serve is Encinitas.” On top of public outreach and classes, the Solana Center contracts with the county, cities and school districts to provide environmental workshops and services. All told, it’s estimated that the Solana Center reaches 10,000 people annually. “We’re constantly meeting people who come up here and say, ‘I bought my first compost bin here 10 years ago,’ or ‘we learned about community gardening from your class,’” Toth said. “They associate us with being here.” The new lease agree-

ment will go before the County Board of Supervisors this spring. Supervisor Dave Roberts said Solana Center previously received a discounted rate reserved for county tenants that specialize in recycling. But with the nonprofit shifting its focus toward community education, county staff didn’t offer the same reduction in the new lease. A plan for the site would have to eventually go before the Board of Supervisors for approval. Should a proposal come forward, Roberts said making a determination on what to do with the property would be challenging. “I’m a huge supporter of their mission,” Roberts said. “The challenge is that…we have thousands of nonprofits in San Diego County that all do really great work. And I have to be really careful that I make sure the county weighs the best public good for this property.” In some circumstances, Roberts said selling surplus land represents the public good because money from the transaction goes into county reserves and benefits taxpayers across the region. For instance, he noted the Board of Supervisors recently decided to auction two parcels, totaling 36 acres in Santee, earning $36 million — much more than expected, which Roberts attributes to the housing market taking off. “It’s the board’s job to make sure that any time we have excess assets that we don’t need, as stewards of the taxpayers’ money, we have to do what’s in the best interests of the taxpayer,” he said.

Barham noted that Encinitas Union School District officials have expressed excitement about the pavilion. That’s because the district is currently at work on a 10-acre farm across from the Botanic Garden. “They’ve said they would love to take advantage of the space,” Barham said. “And we’re looking at not just having a space that they can come into, but how we can work together to provide programming.” She added that there’s also opportunity for collaboration with the neighboring San Dieguito Heritage Museum and Leichtag Founda-

tion related to the the pavilion. The Botanic Garden is holding a fundraising challenge in hopes of garnering financial support for the $4 million project. The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation has tentatively pledged $1 million toward the facility. To earn the gift, the Botanic Garden must raise the remaining $3 million from private philanthropy and grants by the end of this year. Once the funds are raised, construction would likely take about a year to complete.



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Torrey continues to yield new winners By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — “There’s not many lists on the PGA Tour where your name is as close to Tiger Woods, is ever a bad thing,” said Scott Stallings not long after his name was etched onto the Farmers Insurance Open trophy. Stallings won the tournament held at Torrey Pines on Sunday. Sure Tiger wasn’t around on Sunday, and local favorite Phil Mickelson had to withdraw due to a bad back, but Stallings said the tournament was the best field he’s played in so far. And even with Tiger and Phil out early, Peter Ripa, the Farmers Insurance Open tournament director, said attendance still wasn’t really affected by their absences. Some of that, Ripa said, was because of the great weather throughout the event, and how the tournament has grown over the

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Tiger Woods tees off on hole 14 while participating in the Farmers Insurance Pro Golf Tournament on Saturday. Woods didn’t finish the tournament, which he’s won seven times. Scott Stallings ended up winning the event for the first time on Sunday. Photo by Bill Reilly

years. “There was a time probably when our event and other events would hang their hat on a player or a team to build attendance, but there’s so much for the fan to enjoy beyond the players in the field,” he said.

Despite a string of wins by Tiger Woods from 2005 to 2008, back when it was called the Buick Invitational, there’s been a different winner since 2009. That’s OK by Ripa. “Obviously having the world’s best players come to

San Diego and play Torrey Pines, which, as residents, we can all play, is pretty awesome,” Ripa said. But he said the players on the leaderboard all had established careers globally TURN TO TORREY ON A19

Past basketball champions gather to honor Oceanside High coach Bill Wagner By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Members of the Oceanside High School boys basketball team who commanded a remarkable three-year Avocado League championship win in 1968, 1969 and 1970, gathered at the high school gym to honor their coach Bill Wagner on Jan 24. Former basketball players who attended included Willie Buchanon, NFL cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers, and Bill Sandifer, defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. High school basketball teammates shared their memories of the game and thanked Wagner for his coaching. In an interview prior to

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Coach Bill Wagner, second from left, and OHS basketball teammates gather to remember their threeyear league-winning streak. Many credit the diversity of players for giving the team its strength. Photo by Promise Yee

the reunion, Tom Waddell, a consecutive three-year the 1970 league MVP, said championship. “I believe it was someno other basketball team in the league had ever won thing that never occurred before,” Waddell said. He added that up until 1968 the team was good, but had not won the league


championship. “He (Wagner) was a great motivator,” Waddell said. “He challenged us and set high standards. He never made an exception. TURN TO COACH ON A19

While here in New York-New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII, we aren’t new to Super Bowls. This scribbler’s first game rocking a Roman Numeral capped the MCMLXXIX NFL season, and if also rooting for the 1979 Rams over the Steelers, you know of the heartbreak. But each contest comes with heartburn and heartfelt angst. We’re not talking about the winners and losers, but those ill-informed viewers watching on TV sets around America. Those with limited football knowledge are easy to spot at Super Bowl parties. While hard-core fans discuss the nuances of the 3-4 defense, others are reduced to making guacamole. While some talk of establishing the run, others are marginalized, yapping about the commercials instead of the game. But we’re here to help. Don’t fret if not knowing the difference between a first down and a first-stringer; a blitzing linebacker from a spy linebacker; a pocket passer from an agile one. Follow along and you do can’t mix it up at your Super Bowl shindig. Watch the unsuspecting attendees mouths’ fall agape when you deliver the inside scoop. And it has nothing to do with your neighbor double-dipping in the salsa.

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That means his running comes with a thump, as he lets other tiptoe around the line of scrimmage in seeking an inviting hole. Lynch — you’ll score extra points in mentioning his love for Skittles — seeks contact instead of avoiding it. And when doing so with his muscular 5-foot-11, 215 -pound frame, snatching the football from Lynch isn’t like taking candy from a baby.


Some wise guy at the Farmers Insurance Open said Phil Mickelson’s back locked up when he flinched during his swing, after some yahoo yelled, “Omaha!” Of course that was the phrase Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning used often when bouncing the Chargers — Phil’s favorite team — from the playoffs. Manning is a master of the cerebral game, dissecting defenses like a seasoned finger-food diner ravages a tangy chicken wing. If wanting to sound savvy, explain that Omaha is code for Manning getting his players in the right spot at the right time — it’s as good a guess as any. If you’re really sharp, humor the masses by saying Peyton, Eli’s brother and quarterback for the New York Giants, would never shout, “San Diego!” before the snap.

Legion of Boom

The Seahawks are big on No. 12, but don’t try finding him on the roster. It’s 11 players per side, but Seattle’s caffeine-fueled, crazed boosters — think Venti, Venti, Venti — create such a ruckus that an earthquake was triggered when Lynch went Beast Mode (see above) after scoring a touchdown. But the Legion of Boom will mostly be parked in Seattle, as not everyone cheering for the Seahawks is a Microsoft Millionaire and can afford the Super Bowl tickets. Instead charm your crew by suggesting that the Seahawks’ 12th man is really Sunday’s elements, even if you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. If the New Jersey breeze picks up speed, that’s a bad sign for the pass-happy Broncos and good news for the ground-oriented Seahawks.

Sherman is at ease with trash

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or were like a Stallings, who had won two times previously on tour, is currently No. 4 among 20 year olds with most wins as a PGA Tour member, Ripa said. “It adds some excitement and drama to the fact that, especially (Sunday) you had 17 players, I think the count was, within one shot of the lead, and the tournament wasn’t really determined until the 17th hole,” Ripa said. Stallings, the 29-yearold Massachusetts native won with a score of 9-under-par. Stallings admitted that he never played well at Torrey Pines, in fact, he said, he’d never made the cut. When beginning to assemble the tournament field, it starts with looking at the top 50 players in the world, Ripa said. “This year we had 21 of those top 50, and saw probably eight to 10 players from Europe,” he said. The field also featured a number of players that

“We worked hard in practice. It was all about the team. “No one was more important than the other four players on the court.” Fellow player and brother Steve Waddell, who played on the 1968 team, credited Wagner with teaching him life lessons that he still relies on today. “Bill instilled in me and the rest of the individuals an unflagging will to succeed, which would supercede the will to win. “We expected to win. We expected to be successful and do it the right way.” He added he took the belief that he can always do things better on to his career as a school superintendent. During the reunion hugs were exchanged as Wagner called players onto

the basketball court and recalled their performance on the team and post-high school athletic and professional accomplishments. Past and present cheerleaders also joined the celebration to perform cheers and sing the school anthem. Championship banners


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A United States Marine holds the flag on the 14th hole during the Farmers Insurance Open held at Torrey Pines on Saturday. Photo by Bill Reilly

have been climbing through the ranks of the Tour, including local golfer Michael Kim, a graduate of Torrey Pines High School. Ripa said he keeps his eye out for the younger players, watching as they play through the high school and college ranks, and also through the smaller amateur and professional fields. The tournament this year issued an exemption to golfer Justin Thomas.

Ripa said Thomas has been working his way up the tour, trying to secure his PGA Tour card. He finished the tournament shooting a 6-under par and tied in the top-10, which earned him an opportunity to play in this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona. “It’s a big stage,” Ripa said of the Farmers Insurance Open. “You think about just a year ago Jordan Spieth got his first exemption and (made) his professional debut here in Torrey Pines, and played 36-holes better than Tiger Woods, being paired with him Thursday, Friday.” To be able to feel like Spieth belongs and play on a course like Torrey Pines on a big stage, it can help build a young player’s career, he added. Famers Insurance has extended their sponsorship of the tournament through 2019.


banter, which goes on between players in the heat of competition. Sherman got plenty of blow back as the social media, among others platforms, ran his name through the mud. But when someone spouts off about Sherman being a thug, remind them that he rose from the streets of Compton to be a Stanford graduate. That his mom works with disabled children in the inner city. And his hard-working father, yep, drives a trash truck.

Former cheerleader Laurie Nelson Boone recalls high school memories. “All of us had so much to cheer about.” Photo by Promise Yee

for the 1968, 1969 and 1970 wins were hung up that evening on the wall of the gymnasium. The banners had been misplaced during the school’s renovation and were replaced that night. “We’re still cheering for Oceanside High School,” Laurie Nelson Boone, a former cheerleader said. “All of us had so much to cheer about.” For many who attended, this was their first reunion since high school. “Oceanside High School has a rich heritage in athletics,” Tom Waddell said. “It’s a big part of our heritage and culture. “It was a diverse student body of Hispanic, black, Caucasian, Samoan all melded together. “We all fought together. It was a perfect mix of ethnicity that created a lot of success along with great leadership.” corps, he’s like a Super Bowl bash minus engaging guests. After consuming these five Super Bowl talking points, you too will sound like those experts on the pregame show. Have fun, and remember not to wipe the BBQ sauce on the white tablecloth.

While others focus on Denver’s Big No. 18 (Peyton Manning) bring their attention to his Big 2 (Demaryius and Julius Thomas). They aren’t siblings, but brother, are they prime targets for Manning. DeMaryius scored three touchdowns when the Broncos beat the Chargers Jay Paris can be heard this season; Julius added talking Chargers football on a 74-yard touchdown. For 1090 AM on Monday and the year DeMaryius, a wide Friday mornings. He’s also the receiver, had 14 scoring reThursday morning co-host of ceptions; Julius, a tight end, “Hacksaw and Company.” He added 12. It’s easy putting Peyton in his place as among can be reached at jparis8@aol. the game’s all-time greats, com and followed on Twitter @ jparis_sports. but without a solid receiving



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United in Encinitas, Suellen Rowlison, left, and Egil Nilsen meet for the first time ever. The two had become pen pals during their childhood. Photo by Tony Cagala


They’ve got mail Pen pals as children, friends meet for the first time in Encinitas after 66 years By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — It’s amazing what — or who — you can find online these days. Over the years, during visits to his daughter Anne’s Encinitas home, Egil Nilsen would wonder about a childhood friend he’d made some more than 60 years ago. Egil, who grew up and continues to live on a southern Norwegian island, about an hour’s drive from the country’s capital of Oslo with his wife Wenche, decided last December, while visiting that he would seek to look up his friend. He knew her only as Suellen Skinner. At that time Suellen was a 9-year-old elementary school student living in Downy, Calif. Egil was 13 and in the sixth grade. All that he was given from his thenteacher was a name and an address. The letters were part of a school assignment for Egil and his class to improve their English. TURN TO PEN PALS ON B4

While a student in Norway, Egil Nilsen sent this photo of himself, at around 12 years old, as part of a pen pal class assignment to Suellen Rowlison. Below: Suellen Skinner, as she was known then, at approximately 9 years old, about the time when she received her first pen pal letter from Egil Nilsen. Courtesy photos

Mini-library builds excitement in neighborhood By Jared Whitlock

ENCINITAS — Sometimes, she hears the excitement of kids. In other instances, her ears pick up on the patter of footsteps or rummaging. When Mary Jo Preti is inside her home, the trees and shrubs block her view of the custom-built library box that’s perched in front of her yard. Nonetheless, sounds from outside let her know the neighborhood appreciates the new amenity. At no cost, residents can borrow books from Preti’s ever-evolving library at the corner of Village Run and Woodshadow Lane. In turn, frequent users are encouraged to donate books of their own to the collection, which runs the gamut from children’s titles to thick novels. “What led to this is that we have 11 kids under the age of 8 in this cul-de-sac,” Preti said. “We were thinking about something unique we could do for all of them.” Inspiration struck when Preti and her husband John Moring read about Little Free Library. The nonprofit promotes literacy throughout the world via the book boxes.

Later, Moring set out to build a Little Free Library as a Christmas present to Preti. “I think it’s so great,” Preti said of the blue, wooden box that can hold up to 100 books (it’s three times the size of most mini-libraries due to the high number of kids in the area.) And it’s safe to say the neighborhood, too, has welcomed the gift since it made its debut at the beginning of the year. “Some kids walk by and get really excited and say, ‘oh, it’s the book house! It’s the book house!’” Preti said. “I see a lot of little kids looking for books in there, and it’s awesome that it’s catching on,” said neighbor Dale Marie Perkins, whose home affords a better sightline of the box. Preti, who passes out books with candy during Halloween, has always been a big believer in reading. But she emphasized that a book exchange also brings a sense of community. “It’s a nice thing to do to make a neighborhood special,” Preti said, noting it will hopefully lead to resTURN TO LIBRARY ON B4



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ODD FILES Kook costume contest is a serious matter BY CHUCK SHEPHERD Going Postal America’s returning warriors continue to experience inexplicable difficulty after putting their lives at risk for their country. It took 13 years for Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson to get his job back from his civilian employer after he took leave in 2000 to serve in the National Guard special forces. The employer soon fired him for taking “excessive military leave.” The employer? The U.S. Postal Service, for which Erickson worked as a window clerk (and which was forced to reinstate him after a January 2014 ruling awarding him $2 million in back pay). Erickson had won several interim victories, but USPS fought each one, extending the case, and said in January that it might even appeal the latest ruling.

Recurring Themes Happy New Year: (1) Once again, celebrants in France marked Jan. 1 by setting fire to 1,067 cars nationwide (down from 1,193 the previous Jan. 1). (2) In the Hillbrow neighborhood of Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrants apparently decided to abandon a 20-year-old tradition and not hurl furniture from high-rise apartments. (The Hillbrow custom was highlighted on one social-networking website, along with the New Year’s graveyard gathering of relatives in Chile and Ireland’s banging bread on walls to dispel evil spirits.) Holy Mutations: Deformed animals born in developing countries often attract streams of pilgrims, seeking to touch a creature considered divinely blessed. In December, a five-legged cow in Raipur, India, had supposedly “caused” the last 30 women who touched it to give birth to boys. And a day after that report came one from Phuket, Thailand, in which a newborn gecko with six legs and two heads has become a magnet for visitors seeking clues to winning lottery numbers. In November the Journal-News of Hamilton, Ohio, examining various police union contracts in the state, learned that in several jurisdictions, officers are allowed to work their shifts even when less sober than some drivers whom they ticket for DUI. In Lebanon, Ohio, for instance, cops can work with a .04 blood-alcohol reading. In Butler County, a .04 reading triggers legal protections for officers that are unavailable to ordinary drivers. (However, in Lebanon, an officer’s right to suck on a breath mint before taking the test was recently removed from the contract.)

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ENCINITAS — Before the race even begins, a completely different, yet equally serious competition has gotten underway. After months of preparing, participants in the Cardiff Koon 10k/5k run costume contest emerge, dressed in their best depictions of the Kook and the countless concoctions the statue has been dressed up as. The Cardiff Kook statue (its official name is “Magic Carpet Ride”), has been dressed up as a caveman being taken away in the clutches of pterodactyl, it’s been swallowed by a giant shark and has even been a wise man during the holiday seasons. Kristie Lebherz, whose husband Steve co-founded The Cardiff Kook 10k/5k run costume contest has seen several individuals and teams dress up as the many number of ways the Kook statue has the run, came up with the been dressed as, including a caveman. Courtesy photos idea to host a costume contest. “I think that the whole seen it (the statue) and She’s served as judge community loves coming to- heard of it. So he’s popular,” in some of the competitions. gether and doing something she said. As a judge, she said she Kristie’s never dressed like this, it’s all in such good looks for costumes that the fun,” she said. “It includes up the Kook, but she admitstatue has been dressed up the kids, families and in- ted it’s something that she’s as. dividuals and I just think been wanting to do. But now that the Kook, that everybody just likes to he doesn’t seem to be getcome together and have a ting dressed up as much, good time.” she said, she tends to look And Kristie has seen for originality in the costhe costume contest idea tumes. catch on with other participating runners from outside THE JUDGING CRITERIA of the community, too. ARE AS FOLLOWS: “I just think people like 40 percent authenticity Dressing up during the race is part of the fun of the annual event. to do that. I really personal20 percent originality ly can’t believe how much 20 percent detail effort they put into it.” 20 percent presentation A lot of that speaks to how popular the Kook has become around the world. There are two cateShe said that when it gories for the costume enwas first dressed up, she trants to participate in, the was in Hawaii and it made individual and the group, the front page of the newsand there is the “Spirit paper. Award,” given to the run“I’ve had people send ners up. me papers from all over, in“You can tell if someternationally, and they’ve one has done a lot or done nothing,” Kristie said. “A lot of people can just do average, but there’s a few that go all out.” She said she’s looking forward to what “Kooky” The Cardiff Kook statue has been dressed as Cupid around Valentine’s ideas the participants will Day. Racers copy the look during the Kook run. come up with for 2014. During the first year maybe we would have a came dressed. of the race, Kristie said she handful of people, but we “And so yeah, I think didn’t think the costume had hundreds that dressed it’s getting more serious. contest was going to be tak- up, and I was shocked. And They put a lot of work into en so seriously. “I thought then next year, even more it,” she added.



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HELPING MOTHERS In celebration of National Catholic School Week, St. Patrick Catholic School in Carlsbad is hosting a baby shower for local mothers in need of help via the Birth Choice organizations in San Marcos and Oceanside. Students at the school are collecting diapers and clothes to help support mothers of unexpected pregnancies. Pictured from left: Seventh graders Caitlin Connolly, William Hammond, Tyler Arcaris, Carson Daybell, Grace Elmore, Tess Dufour, Holly Ceja, Alexis Freidman. Courtesy photo



Handwritten in cursive lettering, the first of several letters arrived to Suellen in 1949. The very first letter served as an introduction, telling all about his family and where he lived. “I learn some English each day. I hope I have learned more English next time,” Egil wrote in that first letter. Several years and letters would follow, and during the holidays, they would exchange gifts. The last of the letters between


the two came in 1956. Last Friday, Suellen and Egil met for the first time in Encinitas. And when Egil went to pick her up from the airport, (she flew in from Chico, Calif. for the day) the two recognized each other right away. “It’s fun,” Suellen said. “I recognized him right away, and he recognized me.” Suellen kept many of the letters in a scrapbook, even some of the gifts she received. She brought with her a pair of mittens and an embroidered doily that read “Greetings from Norway” in Norwegian that Egil had sent her. “It was kind of fun to have a pen pal from Norway,” she said. In trying to find Suellen, Egil was able to locate


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a census from 1940. He then asked a genealogy website company for help to find her. “I’m pretty easy to Google,” she said. “There aren’t too many Suellens in the world.” With some information in hand, Egil sent her an email. It took about a week before he received any reply. Suellen had been in Texas, visiting family. When she got back, she began going through all of her emails and there she saw it. She knew who he was right away, she said. “I was glad,” Egil said when he received the reply. “We had never seen each other before.” The two pen pals, whose friendship began 66 years ago said they hoped to continue to correspond with each other, especially now because they still share many things in common. But this time, instead of receiving handwritten letters in the mail, their correspondence would be through email.


cellent source of calcium, after all. I remember with amazement that I bought a candy bar at the college bookstore every single day and ate it on the way home … before dinner. To my great delight, the cook at the sorority house also baked like a madwoman and we never lacked for her famous brownies. Our

ENCINITAS — Zombie fans and mystery lovers will gather to hear two homegrown authors introduce their most recent publications. Local thriller writer, Encinitas resident Evan Ramspott, hosts a book-signing for his latest book, “Plagued: The Mid-America Zombie HalfBreed Experiment,” recently published by Better Hero Army. Ramspott will sign books and greet fans from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at Mysterious Galaxy Books, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302, San Diego. His novella offers a new twist on “What to do with all those zombies after you’ve won the war.” Better Hero Army is the pen name and publishing label that produces exciting, short books in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. The next book in Ramspott’s “Plagued States” series will be released in March. Other titles include the zombie western “Nine Hours ‘Till Sunrise.” Mystery fans will want

Author Susan Union, debuting her book “Rode to Death” is an equestrian and Encinitas resident. Courtesy photo

to meet Encinitas author, Susan Union, who has published her first book, “Rode to Death,” and will host a book-signing on 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Swami’s Café, 1476 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. “Rode to Death” is part of the Randi Sterling

mystery series and is set on a horse ranch in a wealthy enclave of San Diego County. The evening will include music by the Todd Pyke along with guitarist Lynn Hedegard. Copies will be available for sale.

idents getting to know each other better. “We had one family up the street who just moved in,” she said. “It was like their vindication that they chose the right neighborhood.” Preti added with a laugh: “Who knows, maybe we’ll make the real estate values go up.” Starting the library required an initial investment of 30 books and then later an addition of children’s titles because the library is mostly used by kids. But for the most part, the collection has been self-sustaining. And so far, no one seems to have taken more than their fair share of books. “People are definitely bringing stuff back and

contributing some titles,” Preti said, adding that one man happened upon a rare book, the name of which she couldn’t recall, that he’d been trying to find for years. She assumes only immediate neighbors grab books from the box. But because they don’t see most of the visitors, it’s possible they’re walking or even driving there. “We’ve had people ask if they can take a photo and share it on Facebook,” Preti said. “So the word could be getting out.” To that end, Preti is in the process of registering her box at Once completed, her mini-library will be displayed on a website map showing where local branches are located. The idea for Little Free Libraries was born when a

Wisconsin man built a miniature schoolhouse in 2009 as a tribute to his mother, a former teacher who loved reading. He filled it with books and placed it on a post in his yard, and friends and neighbors loved it. Not long after, a community organizer caught wind of the concept and teamed up to spread the word. Now, there are an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Little Free Libraries across the world. For those interested in creating their own, the website contains a howto guide. In coastal North County, the map shows there are three mini-libraries in Carlsbad and one in Oceanside. Yet Preti and her family can lay claim to being the first in Encinitas. “Hopefully the network expands even more,” Preti said.

“freshman 15” could have lasted four years. Ah, youth. I’d like to say I simmered down as I became a grown up, but I’d be fibbing. It wasn’t until a good bit past 50 that I finally realized I could no longer eat whatever my little heart desired. I don’t recall anything being quite so annoying as that cold discovery. I have now become a calorie connoisseur. I can easily pass up any fattening item that I don’t absolute-

ly crave. If it isn’t going to make me weak in the knees with dancing taste buds, I can and will pass. Nothing as mundane as a candy bar ever passes my lips. And if it isn’t homemade or from a top-drawer bakery, don’t even offer it to me. And don’t even start with me about chocolate. I won’t say I am picky, but I don’t even like Godiva’s. Thank God. My intake may be limited but I have joy in my heart anytime I am faced

with some fattening treat that doesn’t even tempt me. I think it makes up for the complete lack of control I demonstrate when I get my hands on the short list of sweet things I adore. Kind of. Whatever shall I do with the upcoming annual chocolate-centric holiday? Yummm.



Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who should probably stick with Chinese New Year as her February holiday.

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1st ANGLICO, JGSDF begins training for Iron Fist es and using the Deployable Virtual Training Environment. “The DVTE is basically the simulator that we use for artillery, mortars, naval guns and close air support in a classroom setting,� Nygard said. The instructors paint a scenario and show the soldier or Marine where the targets are in the simulator. Nygard explained that someone plots what he thinks is the target location on his map, generates the data for call-for-fire, and requests the fire mission through the artillery unit. The scenario then plays through the effects of the mission based on that request. Soldiers from the JGSDF caught on quickly, doing all of their radio calls in English. “They all understood the concept,� said Cpl. Luke Nyenhuis, fire support man, 1st ANGLICO. “They knew how to do it. Maybe not precisely how 1st ANGLICO does it, but really close.� The JGSDF will continue to work and refine their skills with 1st ANGLICO throughout Exercise Iron Fist.

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CAMP PENDLETON — Gunfire Liaison Company and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force began training for Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 23. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. “We’re out here working with the Japanese to improve their fire support capabilities,� said Capt. Clayton Nygard, team leader, firepower control team 4, 1st ANGLICO. “What we’re doing, essentially, is training their (forward operating) teams tactics, techniques and procedures in order to employ surface and air support.� The soldiers working with 1st ANGLICO have similar jobs to the Marines they are working with. “Essentially, this is their job, period,� Nygard

U.S. Marines from 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force circle up after physical training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. Photo by Lance Cpl. Anna K. Albrecht

said. “They’re just refining apply that to what they do when it comes to training with the JGSDF. their skills based on the at home.� The first few days of ANGLICO is using the doctrine we already have in method training consisted of classplace and seeing if they can ‘crawl-walk-run’

Awarded Top Honors at 70th Annual ASYMCA Dinner In addition to the dinner, Ingo Hentschel handed off the installation board chair gavel to Jose Perez, relinquishing the chair title and responsibilities to Perez. Hentschel’s held the position from 2009 to 2013.

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CAMP PENDLETON— The Camp Pendleton Armed Forces YMCA hosted its 70th annual Board Installation and Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Pacific Views Event Center on Jan. 24. The dinner honors Camp Pendleton’s volunteers, and awards civilian volunteer of the Year, event volunteer of the year, program volunteer of the year and employee of the year. The event’s guest speaker, Brig. Gen John W. Bullard, the commanding general for the Marine Corps Installations West, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, conveyed his gratitude for the contributions and efforts of the civilians and service members on Camp Pendleton. He said all the volunteer efforts, outstanding donations and contributions resonate in the lives of thousands of military families throughout the surrounding community. Especially during joyous yet financially straining times of the year. “Seeing the eyes of the children light up during Christmas after getting those gifts is such a wonderful sight,� Brig. Gen. Bullard explained to the volunteers and organizations that were in attendance. “We can’t thank you enough for all you have done.� Awards were presented to individuals and organization in honor of their support and contributions in the following categories:

Discounted garden membership for military ENCINITAS — A generous San Diego Botanic Garden donor has offered to underwrite the cost of two-thirds of each annual basic membership sold to active duty military families. Active duty military members may visit the Garden with their military I.D. to participate in this offer. This special membership discount that recognizes and thanks our active duty military is available until June 30. With this offer, an annual Family/Dual membership which is regularly priced $85 is offered at $28, and an annual Individual Membership regularly priced $55 will be offered at $18. Active duty military members, stop by San Diego Botanic Garden with your military I.D. to participate in this special offer. Members can visit the 37 acres of yearround blooms and beauty as often as they like. This special discount is not available online. Membership must be purchased at the Garden. Call (760) 4363036, ext. 214, with any questions.

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2013 Program Volunteer of the Year – American Friends of our Armed Forces 2013 Event Volunteer of the Year — Fluor Corp. 2013 Civilian Volunteer of the Year — George Young 2013 Employee of the Year — Jamie Buchannan According to the Pendleton ASYMCA website more than 200 individuals provided 4,000 hours of

volunteer time annually, in volunteers come from all support of service members walks of life and are reflective of all ages.� and their families. “We would not have been able to improve the military family’s quality of life without the support and dedication of our volunteers,� the website read. “Every day, members of our local community stand with us in support of programs and services designed to assist our military members and their families. Our

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OCEANSIDE — City Manager Steve Jepsen asked the Harbor and Beaches Advisory Committee for its input in hiring a new harbor marina manager Jan. 23. Harbor Marine Manager Frank Quan will retire on Feb. 13. Jepsen said some qualities to look for in candidates are an individual who can help the harbor marina reach long-range goals and deal with day-to-day operations. He added that some current harbor positions, such as a full-time electrician, might be contracted out down the road in order to run the harbor more efficiently. He also mentioned the possibility that the hotel may be torn down. “I want someone who

wakes up every day and this is what they think about,” Jepsen said. Committee member Jim Jenkins said the marina manager should be someone who wants to serve long term. He added, the candidate needs to be a person who can communicate well with boat owners, slip renters and harbor shop owners. Jenkins also suggested that the position be elected instead of appointed. “We really need to have a good manager — someone who thinks outside the box,” Jenkins said. Committee member Les George said it would be prudent to hire someone who does not currently work for the city and can bring in fresh ideas. “Slip renters and boat owners are not the customers anymore,” George said. “New blood can provide public service. That has gone away and needs to be brought back.’ All agreed the position is an important hire. Committee chair Kevin Byne said he would like to include all committee members’ input. Due to the short hiring

timeline a subcommittee will likely be formed and meet with Jepsen to discuss job qualifications. City staff said a decision on who will fill the position would be made within three weeks.

I want someone who wakes up every day and this is what they think about.” Steve Jepsen City Manager, Oceanside

This includes the option of appointing an interim marina manager to fill the position while a candidate search continues. The committee also discussed the end of the dock safety ladders pilot test. In May 2013 six retractable safety ladders were installed along the docks to aid boaters who fall into the water at a cost of $2,724.

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Four ladders were removed because they were installed incorrectly. A lift was added to a least one of the remaining two ladders to enable it to extend into the water more smoothly. Signage was also installed to point out where safety ladders are located and identify them for emergency use only. George said there is no maintenance plan for the remaining ladders, which will stay in place until worn or damaged. He asked Jepsen what the city’s next steps will be and suggested that additional safety ladders be installed and a monthly maintenance plan be adopted. Committee member Steven Derganc said the pilot test showed there was an issue with swimmers and paddleboarders accessing ladders for recreational use instead of emergency use. He added that more importantly ladders do improve safety and suggested 10 to 15 new ladders be installed. Jepsen said the committee could determine next steps without bringing the item to City Council. He said he would meet with the subcommittee that has been working on the item. As of now, there are no plans to add additional ladders or adopt a maintenance plan. George stressed the importance of moving forward with the item because safety ladders can only be installed by the city. The committee’s next scheduled meeting is April 24.

ready and set to go By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — The race is on. Solana Beach approved a special events permit at the Jan. 22 meeting, the final authorization needed for the U-T California 10/20, a 10-mile race featuring 20 bands that will take runners from the Del Mar Fairgrounds through Solana Beach and Encinitas and back. Del Mar and Encinitas approved permits in 2012 for the Feb. 16 event, which has been in the works for about a year and a half. Peter Douglass, a former Encinitas resident and president of Turnkey Operations, originally planned the event for February 2013, but Solana Beach council members asked him to put it off for a year until a major renovation project on a 2-mile stretch of Coast Highway 101 was complete. Because of the race, which will begin at 7:30 a.m., parts of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Via de la Valle and Coast Highway 101 will be completely shut down from 6:30 a.m. to no later than 11 a.m. Feb. 16, although Jimmy Durante should be fully reopened by 8:30 a.m. Initial plans called for partial reopening of the roadways but the Sheriff’s Department expressed concerns. Streets will be closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles. The course will take runners onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard going south. They’ll turn around at the fire station, head west on Via de la Valle and go north on Coast Highway into Encinitas. They’ll turn around about one-quarter mile north of Chesterfield Drive and return along the same route, entering the fairgrounds at the Solana Gate on Via de la Valle. Music will start at each stage, placed at halfmile intervals, as the runners approach and end when the last runner passes. Bands are expected to play music at each stage for about an hour, although some will be longer. Seven stages are planned in Del Mar, primarily on or adjacent to the fairgrounds. Four will feature bands playing at the start of the race. Two will have music at the end. The final headline band will feature former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. Seven stages will also be set up in Solana Beach. On the west side of Coast Highway they will be in the grassy area in front of Mercado del Sol, at the corner of Dahlia Drive and in front of Java Depot. On the return route on the east side of Coast Highway stages will be on the north end of the Coastal Rail Trail, at the Cliff Street bridge, at Dahlia Drive and across from Holiday Inn.

The remaining stages will be along Coast Highway in Encinitas, including one near the turnaround point. The music will be amplified but only out about 200 feet, or the length of half a football field, Douglass said. Most bands are local. Douglass said he planned to cap the event at 12,000 runners but so far only about 5,000 have registered. “I had some sort of grander visions of bigger numbers,” he said, noting some of his other races debuted with more than 10,000 participants. “We’re not going to get to that number this year. I do believe we have potential to do that in future years.” Douglass said about 30 percent of the runners are from outside the immediate area. He said he expects everything from average participants to “a stellar elite athlete field.” There is an $18,000 prize purse and the winner should finish in about 47 minutes, he said. All participants were told they must complete the race in three hours. Douglass has committed to donating at least $50,000 to the American Cancer Society and $30,000 to charities in the three host cities, with one third of the money going to each city. So far beneficiaries are Del Mar Community Connections, Del Mar Village Association, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and Cardiff 101 Main Street. Douglass said he is still working with Solana Beach nonprofits and expects to donate more than $10,000 to organizations in that city since the bulk of the impacts will be felt there. Overall, Solana Beach council members support the event but had a few concerns. They asked Douglass to send notices to everyone in the city, not just those near the event, as was originally planned. “It sounds to me in some places it’s going to be a traffic nightmare,” Mayor Tom Campbell said. “I hope I’m wrong. … We want this noticed citywide.” “This is a very exciting event,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “Thank you for bringing it to this area. … I think it is going to be a nice showcase for our city.” “I think the event’s going to be outstanding,” Councilman Mike Nichols said. “I hope that it’s very successful for everyone’s who’s involved and that it becomes a regular thing here in Solana Beach. We just want to make sure it gets done right because if it doesn’t get done right we probably won’t be talking about this again because people will be upset.”



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Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner, a multiple award-winning chef, restaurateur, Bravo and Food Network personality who currently serves as executive chef of Corvo Bianco in New York City, points to these top food trends to watch in 2014: Bolder fusions — Earlier iterations of the fusion trend focused on combining ethnic styles of cuisine. In 2014, the trend will focus on unique flavor combinations that transcend ethnic themes. Falkner points to Good Earth Tea’s bold new flavors — with their whimsical names like Starry Chai, Matcha Maker, Cocoa Tango and Tropical Rush Organic — as examples of the trend done right. The teas blend diverse but complimentary flavors such as chai spices and cherry or lemongrass coupled with bright pops of pineapple to create fusions that surprise and please at the same time. By incorporating the tea-maker’s Sweet & Spicy fusion tea into bread pud-

Chef Elizabeth Falkner points to several new trends to watch for in the world of cuisine. Courtesy photo

ding, Falkner pumps up a traditional bread pudding recipe with the tea’s signature sweet bursts of orange and exotic notes of cinnamon. Last year, multi-flavored fruit and herbal beverage fusions made their way onto menus. This year, it gets fizzier, with restaurants crafting sodas using unique infusions of flavor. Falkner demonstrates this trend with a selection of gourmet sodas combining

ingredients like espresso, fennel and lemon zest or blueberry and cilantro. A fresh take on tea — Falkner also predicts the culinary world will continue to explore creative ways to use tea as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Not just for sipping anymore, tea is a natural ingredient that’s finding its way into rubs, broths and marinades. In celebration of this trend, Falkner has created six unique recipes inspired by Good Earth’s bold tea flavors. The recipes are available at as well as the brand’s Pinterest, Facebook and YouTube channels. Upscale comfort food — Grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, tomato soup, franks and beans — foods we grow up with have taken root in the American psyche as comfort foods that warm our souls as much as they fill our bellies. This year, comfort food will continue to go upscale as chefs take basics like mac and cheese and update them by adding high-end ingredients like sauteed salami, peppers, onions and sun-dried tomatoes. One of Falkner’s favorite takes on the trend is Grilled Cheese Caprese made with several different cheeses, such as fior di latte and fontina, basil and pickled tomato jam. Super seaweed — A nutritional powerhouse, seaweed will make its way into more recipes this year, Falkner predicts. Look for varieties like dulse, kelp, combu, hijiki and nori to appear as ingredients in dishes from desserts to main courses. Falkner uses hijiki seaweed to create an Asian-style coleslaw that’s super-healthy, easy to make and a great accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Dried seaweed also makes a nutritious gelatin and thickener, without a hint of fishiness, so look for it to appear in desserts. Beyond beef — Bored by beef? Tired of chicken and turkey? Does duck do nothing for you? Chefs are stepping up to meet Americans’ taste for alternative proteins by incorporating a variety of options into their menus. In 2014, you’ll find goat (widely eaten in the Middle and Far East), rabbit, quail, sweetbreads and pigeon on restaurant menus.



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MOTHER AND BABY Sumatran orangutan Indah gave her 3-month-old daughter, Aisha, an up-close-and-personal tutorial on how to fashion a stick into a spoon this morning as they hung out over breakfast. Aisha is the newest member of the orangutan group that calls the San Diego Zoo home, but the number of places these apes can call home in the wild is quickly dwindling due, in part, to unsustainable palm tree oil production. There are less than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans in the wild, making them a critically endangered species. Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

COAST CITIES — Philanthropist and Rancho Santa Fe resident Madeleine Pickens and The Del Mar Country Club will host Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Jr. as the keynote speaker at the March 22 fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation. This fundraiser thanks Navy SEALs and their families for their military service, and honor fallen heroes. Last year’s event raised $850,000. Harward is a Navy SEAL and former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command. He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the Destroyer USS Scott (DDG995), and then transferred to the Naval Special Warfare community. He was the “Honor Man” of Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD)/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) class 128 and has served in both the east and west coast SEAL teams. Harward will lead a contingent of speakers that also includes Dorothy Woods, whose husband, Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL, was killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi in September 2012; Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and

Kimberly Dozier, author of “Breathing Fire: Fighting to Report - and Survive - the War in Iraq.” The fundraiser will feature a golf tournament, a cocktail reception, dinner and live and silent auctions. The event begins with breakfast and registration from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the Scramble Golf Tournament at 10:30 a.m. A cocktail reception and silent auction will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the evening program and live auction at 6:30 p.m. The event will welcome distinguished guests such as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, and professional golf coach Hank Haney, among others. TaylorMade will also provide other oncourse and tournament offerings. The Del Mar Country Club is owned and managed by Madeleine Ann Pickens, a golf enthusiast, businesswoman and philanthropist. For more information about the event visit supportourwarriors. org, or call Dayna Klock at (619) 818-5968 or email




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Fresh art in garden CARLSBAD — Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents a new installation in its outdoor Sculpture Garden, 2955 Elmwood St., north of the city’s Cole Library. “Steel and Glass: the Sculptures of Jeffrey Laudenslager and Deanne Sabeck” features seven works by these Encinitas artists. The Sculpture Garden is open to the public Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Laudenslager creates slender, elegant sculptures of steel and titanium that gently spin and turn in the wind. His kinetic creations have earned him accolades and awards and are included in public and private collections internationally. Fellow Encinitas artist Deanne Sabeck creates equally graceful works in metal and dichroic glass that also attract major commissions worldwide. Sabeck’s sculptural glass designs continually divide the light spectrum, transmitting one color while reflecting its opposite, combining tensile strength and delicate whimsy. The Sculpture Garden

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