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Recycled water project underway By Ellen Wright

The sculpture garden has been closed for more than a year and Jay Petrek, assistant planning director for the city, said the public’s interest in the re-opening has been steadily increasing. Photo by Ellen Wright

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle set to re-open By Ellen Wright

ESCONDIDO — Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park is set to re-open Oct. 11 after being closed for more than a year. The sculpture garden will be open to the public on set days, or by docent-led tours which must be booked two weeks in advance. Jay Petrek, assistant planning director for the city, said groups of five or more are required to book a free tour. The city is still looking for volunteers to become docents. The set days of operation will likely be finalized at the Public Art Commission’s next meeting, Oct. 13, said Petrek. It can’t re-open fully yet because

it is still being restored, which is expected to last another year. “We’ve got to manage expectations because there’s still a lot of work to be done to bring it to its full glory of when it first opened 11 years ago,” said Petrek. He said that over the years, the tiles have deteriorated. The whimsical statues are popular with children and adults. Past visitors may be surprised to learn that the sculptures are not meant to be climbed on. The garden was closed when the broken floor tiles became a safety hazard to visitors. Phase one of restoration has been complete. Mirrored, black and white

tiles have been replaced on the floor. More work still needs to be done on the wall tiles. The next phase includes restoring the ground floor tiles around the multiple totems sprinkled throughout the garden. Travertine benches will also be restored, according to Petrek. The garden is remotely situated in Kit Carson Park, which adds to the mysticism of it, but also makes it a target for vandals. French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created the garden. The artist lived in La Jolla and passed away before the project was complete TURN TO CALIFIA ON 14

ESCONDIDO—In an attempt to lessen the cost of water for agriculture, the Utilities Water Division is expanding its recycled water pipeline to the intersection between Mountain View Drive and Cloverdale Road. City Council approved the project on Sept. 24. The project is part of the Agricultural Recycled Water and Potable Reuse Program, which was approved in February. Recycled water is cheaper than potable water and the project will generate revenue in the long term in both recycled water sales and hopefully potable water sales, according to Christopher McKinney, director of Utilities. McKinney hopes the infrastructure to produce potable water eventually goes into place, although it won’t be in the plans for years. The recycled water pipeline will be extended along the Escondido Creek between North Broadway and Citrus Avenue. Eventually the line will be extended to the Hogback recycled water tank, near Mountain View Drive, which is mostly used for agriculture. The tank currently houses potable water but will be repurposed to hold recycled water and a smaller potable water tank will be built. Officials budgeted $6.276 million for the 24inch pipeline and awarded the contract to MNR Construction, Inc. The funds come out of the Capital

Improvements Projects reserves and income the utilities department expects to get over the next four years. McKinney also said the utilities department plans to take out Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans to pay for the project. The timing is right, said McKinney, because the interest rate for recycled water projects is extremely low. The rate is one percent. “It’d be financially beneficial to the fund to borrow money cheaply now and save our cash for

If the interest rate is low, it should not encourage us to just borrow and borrow.” Sam Abed Mayor, Escondido

later, when we might need to reduce the amount we borrowed because the borrowing is more expensive, rather than spend our cash now and be stuck borrowing at a higher rate later,” said McKinney. Currently the division has $24.5 million in cash on hand. City Council approved the application for a loan but Mayor Sam Abed cautioned the city not to take TURN TO WATER ON 14

Postmaster General says Postal Service issues ‘very fixable’ By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — In a late August visit to San Diego, The Postmaster General of the United States Patrick Donahoe described the situation the Postal Service is in as “very fixable,” but only through legislation. The financial situation that has seen the Postal Service lose billions due to flattening first class mail volume with the advent of online bill paying over the past 10 years. “We have lost about 60 percent of our single piece volume — mail in the blue mailboxes — in the past 10 years,” said Donahoe. “That equates to 30 billion pieces, and if you put it in terms of a 49-cent stamp, it’s $14.5 billion in yearly revenue that’s disappeared.”

The Postmaster General of the United States Patrick Donahoe says that the problems plaguing the Postal Service are “very fixable” but only through government legislation. Photo by Tony Cagala

And then there was the 2006 government mandate that required the mail service to pre-

fund $5.5 billion a year into a retirement health benefits fund for future retirees. The Postal Service has defaulted on making those payments in the past, and will default again this month, said Donahoe. Right now the Postal Service is on the hook for about $21 billion — with a default on this month’s payment that will make the amount they’ve defaulted on $26 billion. But Donahoe is certain that by changing the law in integrating Medicare and requiring office personnel management to provide a lower cost health care system for retirees, something not within the powers of the Postmaster General, will fix the problems of the Postal Service. And when asked how quickly that problem would be fixed if

those changes were implemented: “Immediately,” he said. “Our problem is a lack of legislation (that’s) left us standing there holding the bag. We need to address health care, we need to address six day to five day delivery, we need to address some pricing issues that need to be put to rest,” Donahoe said. In terms of what happens with any legislation passing, Donahoe, who said he was probably one of the more optimistic people you’d meet, didn’t express any optimism that that would get done. “I’ve been in this job for four years, I’ve been pressing both the House and the Senate and they don’t have anything to show for it.” While the Postal Service continues to lose money, the latest

figures released show However, the Postal Service did see an increase in revenue during the same quarter that Donahoe credits to two things: “We raised prices this year 5.9 percent and we have a nice increase, about 7 or 8 percent increase, in package revenue.” But Donahoe wasn’t convinced that the increase was a signal of things changing for the Postal Service, saying that every year their costs go up a minimum of $1.5 billion and even if they did nothing different, the costs will still go up. “Because you have an increase in a million new deliveries, you have wage and health benefits that go up, even if it’s the TURN TO POST MASTER ON 14


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The Tri-City Healthcare District exercises its eminent-domain authority to seize a 57,000-square-foot medical office building that has sat vacant for almost a year on its Oceanside campus. File photo

Tri-City ‘takes possession’ of vacant building office By Aaron Burgin

OCEANSIDE — The Tri-City Healthcare District has exercised its eminent-domain authority to seize a 57,000-square-foot medical office building from the Carlsbad insurance underwriter with which it had partnered to develop it. The hospital announced in a news release that it had “taken possession” of the three-story building on the southern edge of campus and plans to use it for office space for local doctors. “We will move forward immediately with our plans to provide to our excellent physician partners the quality office space they need for their practices to be able to continue enhancing their

services to our community,” Tri-City Healthcare District Board Chair Larry Schallock said. The 57,000-square-foot building has sat vacant for almost a year, the result of an estranged partnership between the healthcare district and Medical Acquisition Co. (MAC), a vestige of the tenure of former Tri-City CEO Larry Anderson that has resulted in at least two lawsuits between the parties. MAC’s attorney Duane Horning confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the hospital had taken control of the property, effective immediately. Under the state’s eminent domain law, a public agency has a right to force

the sale of private property for public good for fair market value. If the parties cannot agree on a purchase price, a jury trial will determine the property’s value. Horning said MAC and the healthcare district have not negotiated a sale price, but are still negotiating. The parties will have a final opportunity to come to an outof-court settlement within 120 days of the trial date, Horning said. Officials with the hospital and MAC had been negotiating a purchase price since July, when the district filed the eminent domain lawsuit. The parties were at that time far off on what they believed was a fair price, with Tri-City offering $4.7 million and MAC countering with a $20 million asking price. At the same time, the hospital sued MAC (in response to the company’s lawsuit against the district filed in April) seeking to void the development arrangement between the parties based on accusations that Anderson and board member RoseMarie Reno had illegal conflicts of interest when they pressed for the district to enter into the arrangement. Both Anderson and Reno have flatly denied the accusations. Those lawsuits are still active.

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Council grants convenient store’s request for alcohol permit By Sandy Coronilla

VISTA — Patrons of a 7-Eleven in Vista will soon be able to buy beer along with their Butterfinger. Last night the Vista City Council voted 3-2 to grant a special use permit for the off-site sale of beer and wine at the convenience store located at 902 S. Santa Fe Ave. It’s operated by Harpreet “Happy” Singh. Councilmembers Cody Campbell and Dave Cowles cast dissenting votes. “I wish they had (granted the permit) in the first place,” Singh said. The request was brought before the city’s planning commission twice this year and was denied both times. In February, Cadence Development, on behalf of 7-Eleven, appealed to the Council and was also shot down, in part, due to

concerns about vagrancy and loitering on the site. In July, Cadence representative Robert Beery expressed that the economic viability of Singh’s store was in jeopardy in a letter to the Council. He also suggested Singh’s 7-Eleven needed alcohol sales to get in the black. “The store is currently unprofitable and 7-Eleven Corp has notified the Landlord that it will close the store if sales do not improve,” Beery wrote. In an attempt to quell council concerns, 7-Eleven installed flood lights, security cameras and installed fencing to reducing access from the front to the back of the store. Beery said the loitering and vagrancy is a long-standing issue that pre-dates 7-Eleven’s arrival a year ago and is due in part

Students listen to Vista City Council members discuss whether to approve a permit for a 7-Eleven to sell alcohol. The Council voted 3-2 to approve the permit. Photo by Sandy Coronilla

to adjacent retail properties that “aren’t managed well.” “The introduction of a convenience market was neither the cause of nor a deterrent for the systemic homeless problem at the

property,” he wrote. The site improvements were enough to sway the vote of deputy Mayor John J. Aguilera who had previously voted to deny the alcohol permit.

Longer runway still up in the air for Carlsbad By Ellen Wright

ESCON DI DO — Lu is Ibarra was named the new Escondido Unified School District Superintendent for the 2014-15 school year. He started in July. Ibarra was a teacher for eight years and worked various roles for five additional years at the Oceanside Unified School District. He attended the City Council meeting on Sept. 24 to ask for an endorsement on Proposition E. “The average age of our schools is 41 years old,” Ibarra told the Council. He aims to modernize and repair the schools throughout the district. He also hopes to improve security and increase

The airport isn’t striving to become Lindbergh Field...” Pete Drinkwater Director, San Diego County Airports The proposed extension of the runway at Palomar Airport would infuse $163.2 million into the local economy, according to a feasibility study published by the County of San Diego. Photo by Ellen Wright

far the runway would be extended. Olivier Brackett, airport manager at Palomar Airport said the most cost effective runway extension would be 900 feet since a 200 feet extension doesn’t make much of a difference and a 1,200 feet extension is too expensive for the benefits. The sizes of the planes using the airport wouldn’t change but they’d be able to carry more fuel, which means they could travel farther, said Drinkwater. “The airport isn’t striving to become Lindbergh Field, it’s not striving to become John Wayne, it’s striving to become the best airport it can be within the footprint of what we have for space and to serve the communities in North County,” said Drinkwater. Planes would be able to take off sooner, which would mean quieter takeoffs and landings.

The airport serves 50,000 passengers a year, according to Brackett. Currently, the county is creating alternative plans, which take into account Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards, community concerns and interests of the airline companies that operate out of the airport. “It’s very complex and it is taking a little bit longer than our schedule had originally anticipated,” Lardy said of the alternative development plans. The county is midway through finishing the development process and is following FAA regulation guides to be eligible to receive federal funding. Once that is complete, the county will seek approval from the state. State approval will hinge on regulations set forth by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

As part of the process, the county has taken steps to engage the community. Public workshops have been held and the next one is set for an unspecified date in November. Lardy also encourages community members to sign up to receive email updates and direct mailers. After the Master Plan gets environmental approval from the state, it will go in front of the County Board of Supervisors for approval, likely in summer 2016. The Master Plan deals with the airport as a whole but each proposed project would need to get additional CEQA approval on a project-by-project basis, which could be years down the line, said Drinkwater. The public will have a chance to speak during each step of the Master Plan Update and when particular projects go in front of the board.

not located in a high-crime area but there are already three off-site sales licenses, the maximum allowed for that tract by the California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control. Last night’s vote will result in too many stores in the area selling alcohol for consumption off-site, a fact echoed by many of public speakers concerned about youth access to alcohol. In a council chambers nearly filled to capacity with ethnically diverse students trying to fulfill a school requirement, Singh told his own story of a search for the quintessential American dream through hard work and education. “Singh shouldn’t be the poster-child for alcohol abuse,” Beery said. “We want Happy to have a chance to succeed.”

New school superintendent asks for funding support By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD— The Palomar Airport Advisory Committee met on Sept. 18 to receive a progress report on the airport’s Master Plan update. The current Master Plan is set to expire this year and was drafted in 1997. The new plan will create the blueprint for the airport for the next 20 years, said Lee Ann Lardy, project manager for the

County of San Diego. Whether or not the runway will be extended is still undecided. “The county is not committed to any particular result and at this point can’t predict what will ultimately be approved, whether it’ll be a runway extension or not,” said Lardy. Any updates to the Master Plan will not guarantee results. Instead, it paves the way for the possibility, said Peter Drinkwater, director of airports for the county of San Diego. Each particular project will still need additional approval and funding. In a feasibility study published by the county, officials estimated a $163.2 million increase to the local economy over the next 20 years if airport improvements, including a runway extension, are approved. The cost estimate of the proposed expansion varied from $22.5 to $69.7 million, depending on how

“Every business owner should have the opportunity to thrive,” Aguilera said. He said the 7-Eleven is better than a vacant building. But Campbell disagreed. “Adding another liquor store to Vista is foolish,” he said, before moving to dismiss 7-Eleven’s appeal. “Where does it stop?” Cowles seconded his unsuccessful motion and added that he had received a letter from a student asking why the city allowed areas to become “overconcentrated” with alcohol licenses. Primary criteria for deciding whether to grant a license for off-site sales of alcohol are an analysis of the concentration of existing licenses in the affected Census tract, and crime statistics. The 7-Eleven store is

safety at the schools. “When many of our schools were built, they were designed with an open campus policy to make them more inviting to the public,” said Ibarra. “As we all know, the world changed post-Sandy Hook.” Finally, he told the Council that technology and infrastructure in the schools need to be updated. “If we are to truly prepare our students for the 21st century, the world of college and career, technology needs to be a viable part of the instruction program,” said Ibarra. Ibarra has a three-year contract as superintendent, making $210,000 a year.


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Ground water rules: Too late and far too little California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Never mind the hosannas that followed immediately after state legislators passed a last minute package of bills purported to impose California’s first-ever statewide regulations on ground water use. The bottom line is that those laws will change nothing for decades, while today’s reality cries out for fast action. Ground water accounts for about 35 percent of the state’s fresh water in normal years and a much higher percentage in dry ones like the last three. This year, as cities and farmers invest millions of dollars in drilling wells ever deeper, usage is likely higher than ever, because so little water is coming from the state’s big surface water projects and reservoirs. Because ground water use is generally not metered, no one knows exactly how much is being taken, but one report from the California Water Foundation indicated as much as 65 percent of the state’s water might come from wells this year. Meanwhile, the water table drops lower and lower, forcing wells to go ever farther underground or risk going dry. In some areas, this has already led to significant land subsidence, topping 20 feet in some parts of the Central Valley where passing motorists can see instruments and wellheads that once were on the surface perched on pipes now high above ground level. The problem with the new ground water laws is that it will be many years before they can affect any of that. The basics of what they call for are somewhat com-

plicated, leaving plenty of room for local politicking, bickering and delay. The rules do sound just fine – until you look at the time limits. They will force local water agencies covering more than 100 aquifers to design regulations preventing further overdrafts, an overdraft occurring when more water is pumped from underground than percolates down to replace it. The state would review all such plans and could

The problem with the new ground water laws is that it will be many years before they can affect any of that.

the same kind of unanimity achieved when the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown combined to place a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot – another measure that won’t have much impact on the current scene. This is all quite ludicrous and worthy of satire, since it will accomplish nothing during the lifetimes of at least one-third of today’s Californians. For when the new rules – whatever they turn out to be – take effect, there might be no more ground water to fight about. Most ludicrous have been the consistent claims of many farmers and their advocates that any rules at all on ground water constitute a violation of private property rights. Their theory: Any water under anyone’s property belongs to that property owner. This belief essentially contends that water knows where property lines lie. In fact, when any property owner pumps excessively, he or she frequently causes the water level in most neighbors’ wells to drop, too. The answer to all this should have been a crash program with usage limits and installation of meters on every water well in California. Given the strength of the agriculture lobby, that wasn’t about to happen. Instead, legislators went home happy, the governor gets to grandstand a bit about allegedly doing something about the drought, and reality changes not one iota.

take over regulation when locals don’t enforce their own rules. This all sounds fine, and might improve matters about 25 years from now, it there’s any ground water left. But it will have absolutely no effect during the current drought or anytime soon after it ends. For local water authorities will have two years to decide who controls ground water in each area. They’ll get five to seven more years to design plans creating a balance between pumping and replenishment. Then they will have 20 years to put those plans into action. The trouble is that no one knows how much ground water will be left 25 Elias is author of the current or so years from now if the book “The Burzynski Breakcurrent drought goes on. through: The Most Promising Even so, legislators Cancer Treatment and the from farm areas stood uniGovernment’s Campaign to fied against the new, exSquelch It,” now available tremely weak and untimely in an updated third edition. system. His email address is tdelias@ They said they wanted

An Open Letter to Plan- Encinitas formed 28 years ning Director Jeff Murphy ago because residents wanted to decide the type Dear Director Mur- of place we want our city to be. phy, The sensitive treatI am writing regard- ment and protection of aning CASE #13-227 MIN/ imals is part of our shared CDP, Coast Animal Hos- identity. I ask that Planning pital in Leucadia, which will be unstaffed during Department decisions support common beliefs of evening hours. I am really concerned Encinitas residents so that about sick and recovering we can remain the condogs and cats left on their scious place that we wish own without someone car- to preserve. ing for them at night. If left unattended, dogs will Sincerely, start to howl and bark, and Julie Graboi , may cause other animals Encinitas to join in or to become traumatized. I personally can’t School board vote Voting for local school stand the thought of this. People who live in the board trustees is one of proximity will have to lis- the most important tasks ten to this every night if that we citizens have in our control. this plan moves forward. As our elected leadI can’t imagine anything worse for those of ers in Congress appear to us who love animals. If be divided over issues, we I lived close by, I would are privileged to choose have to consider moving. the best leaders for our Just knowing that our children’s future. In this pets will be left unattend- regard, I am writing to ed for a better financial suggest voting for Simereturn is unacceptable to on Greenstein as a board member for the San Dieme. Pet owners deserve guito Union High School assurances that their best District Governing Board. In the interest of full friends are being attended for all the time they are in disclosure, I am currently working on Mr. Greenthe hospital. Also, I am concerned stein’s campaign. I have known him for that this added stress and lack of attention could im- over 40 years, and I have pact the medical outcomes full confidence in his abilof our pets if they are left ity to be an excellent advocate for students, parents, unsupervised. The love and appreci- and taxpayers. ation of pets and the huHis experience, startmane treatment of all ani- ing as a campus supervisor mals is an important, core at Oak Crest Junior High value of most Encinitas School and then including residents. teaching, opening La CosAs I have said about ta Canyon High School, our General Plan and the being the principal of Housing Element update, Torrey Pines High School planning policies need to as well as a foray into the reflect the values of the educational, private busipeople who live in our city. ness gives him the insight Please listen to residents. and vision needed to guide

our district through the next four years. For over 26 years, I was a governing board member for a local community college. This experience leads me to endorse Mr. Greenstein. He is not running for the trustee position with a personal agenda although he knows the schools from a personal basis; not only has he been a teacher, but also his three children successfully matriculated in the district. His integrity has been tested and the public can trust that he wants nothing but the best for all involved in local education. Mr. Greenstein is rather self-effacing, but his students speak loudly about him and it is in glowing terms for the influence his teaching made in their lives. One can read for herself what they have to say by looking at his website: A vote for Simeon Greenstein is a step into ensuring that students in the San Dieguito District schools will continue to receive an excellent education. Sincerely,

Jean Moreno, Carlsbad

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Financing bonds to bring savings on property tax bills By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Homeowners in several San Marcos neighborhoods are going to see savings on their future property tax bills, as the City Council unanimously approved refinancing bonds for the community facilities districts in those communities. The Council voted 3-0 to approve the refinancing for the bonds in special tax districts encompassing the Twin Oaks Valley

Ranch neighborhood and several communities in the northern edge of San Elijo Hills. Council member Chris Orlando and Mayor Jim Desmond recused themselves because they live in or near the areas affected by the vote. “Anytime we can save public money we like to make sure that happens,” Vice Mayor Rebecca Jenkins said. Community facilities districts are taxing districts set up to pay

for public improvements and services, such as new schools and community parks. Homeowners within the district pay a special property tax commonly known as a Mello-Roos tax, which is not subject to the rules of traditional property taxes governed by Proposition 13, California’s landmark property tax-limiting constitutional amendment. City finance staff said by refinancing now they can take advantage of in-

terest rates more than a percent lower than the current 5 percent rate they are paying on the $38.5 million in bonds. This would result in an $8 million savings over the 30-year life of the debt, in current dollars. For about 1,500 residents in San Elijo Hills, and about 215 homes and the Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course in the Twin Oaks Ranch community, the savings could be anywhere between $200 to $300 a

year on their tax bills, which range from $1,100 to $4,600 for the areas affected, and $5,300 in savings fo the golf course, city staff said. While the news was well received by the council and community members in the audience, a couple of speakers criticized the city for not holding a public hearing on the topic. It was originally on the consent calendar, which requires no discussion and a simple “yes” or

“no” vote by the council. “It is a good time to refinance, interest rates are low, and we appreciate it,” said John Signorino, a Questhaven resident who recently spearheaded opposition to the city’s recently revised wireless tower ordinance. “However, I do think this should hav come forward in a public meeting prior to this ... I’m just trying to make sure we get honest and open government, but this looks to be a good deal.”

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer comments during a Sept. 24 press conference to announce the theme of the 2015 San Diego County Fair. Looking on are Del Mar Fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell, left, and 22nd District Agricultural Association President Fred Schenk. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

2015 fair to celebrate 1915 Balboa Park expo By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition held in Balboa Park, the city of San Diego and Del Mar Fairgrounds are partnering for the first time to present the 2015 San Diego County Fair. The theme, A Fair to Remember — A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park, was announced during a Sept. 24 press conference at the fairgrounds by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 22nd District Agricultural Association President Fred Schenk and fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell. Schenk said the 2015 theme exhibit would include displays that showcase the 1915 exposition and Balboa Park as it stands today. It will also highlight inventions introduced at a World’s Fair during the last century, such as the Ferris wheel, mustard, air condi-

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tioning, the telephone, the bicycle and the Ford Mustang. Fennell said one thing that sets the San Diego County Fair apart from other such events is its annual theme. “It’s not just a catchy slogan,” he said. “We live and breathe our theme.” Everything from the entrance area to the uniforms is tied into the theme, he added. “We want it to be fun, entertaining, educational, popular and to tie into the community. That’s very important to us.” The 2015 emphasis will be on the food, culture and inventions, but other ideas “are still in development,” Schenk said. “This is going to be a new territory that we’re creating.” “This truly pairs two iconic San Diego treasures,” Faulconer said. “This partnership … is a perfect fit for the community-focused

centennial. It celebrates Balboa Park’s history, elevates the centennial to a regional event and promotes San Diego’s crown jewel on a whole new level.” To celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, San Diego held the Panama-California Exposition because the city would be the first American port of call north of the canal on the Pacific coast. The goal was to strengthen the economy that was still fragile from the Wall Street panic of 1907. With a population at the time of barely 40,000 people, San Diego was the smallest city to hold an international exposition. This is the first collaboration between the city of San Diego and state-owned fairgrounds, which is governed by the 22nd DAA. “My friend, it’s been a long time coming,” Schenk said to Faulconer.


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“Mr. Mayor, I believe this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship,” Fennell added. The 2015 fair will be held from June 5, beginning at 4 p.m., through July 5. It will be closed Mondays and the first two Tuesdays, running for 24-and-a-half days. The late afternoon opening on a Friday is considered a “sneak peek,” with planned surprises for early fairgoers. Officials said it is also a convenient time for parents since youngsters will still be in school.

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Public Library will host a series of three monthly Super Smash Bros. tournaments for teens, ages 13- to 18 yearsold, at the 239 S. Kalmia St. branch. Tournament schedules include: • Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Register Sept. 19 through Oct. 3) • Nov. 1 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
(Register Oct. 17 through Oct. 31) • Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Register Nov. 21 through Dec. 5) The tournaments will take place in the library’s Turrentine Room. Participation is free but space may be limited and requires confirmed pre-registration for each event. Registration for each event begins two weeks prior to each tournament and ends the day before the tournament. To register, call (760) 839-4283. Contestants are required to bring their own controller. Each event includes

both single and team competitions. The tournaments are double elimination with each match-up following a best two-outof-three victory to advance to the next round. Extra stations will be provided so those eliminated early in the tournament can continue to play. The grand finals will be accompanied by live gameplay commentary. Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz, said, “We are especially fortunate to have Christian Martinez, a local Super Smash Bros. player and enthusiast, lend his expertise to conduct the tournaments. The tournaments bring teens together to promote interaction, healthy competition and they also provide an opportunity to showcase library services available for this age group.” For information about the Super Smash Bros. Tournament for Teens, contact Janovitz at (760) 839-4283 or cjanovitz@

Hike the hills of San Marcos SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos Community Services will sponsor a Discover San Marcos hike to the San Elijo area with registration at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4. The hike begins at 9 a.m. Hikers will meet at the parking lot of San Eli-

jo Park Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, near the corner of Elfin Forest Road and San Elijo Road. For information on any of hikes or the city trails, visit san-marcos. net or call (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.


Hospice gains funding SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos Community Foundation presented The Elizabeth Hospice with a $3,000 grant to provide hospice care to uninsured patients and bereavement support to individuals and families that reside in San Marcos. “This donation will directly impact The Elizabeth Hospice mission to provide comprehensive services for children and adults in need of hospice care in our community,” said Jan Jones, CEO and president of The Elizabeth Hospice. “The Elizabeth Hospice ensures patients receive compassionate care and the support they need as they cope with the challenges of a serious illness regardless of their ability to pay.” “At some point, everyone loses a loved one, and often benefit from caring and supportive assistance. The members of the San Marcos Community Foundation appreciate having such a service provider for San Marcos families, and are pleased to make this grant to The Elizabeth Hospice,” said Colleen Lukoff, San Marcos Community Foundation President. The San Marcos Community Foundation works to find opportunities to strengthen its community, and the nonprofit organizations serving it. The Elizabeth Hospice is A nonprofit hospice program and provider of medical, emotional and spiritual support to the seriously ill and their families. To learn more, call (760) 737-2050 or visit

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View from the Vista Library By Kris Jorgensen, Librarian Live It Up! Health and Wellness Fair – Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library is proud to announce the second annual Live It Up! Health and Wellness Fair that will take place Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vista Branch. Over 30 community organizations and businesses will be attending featuring bounce house and activities for kids, free health screenings, cooking and fitness demonstrations and more. The health fair is presented by the library, the San Diego County Latino Association, and the County of San Diego Filipino-American Employees’ Association along with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the Vista Com-

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munity Clinic and many other community organizations. During October and November we will be collecting baby clothing for Gently Hugged, a local nonprofit organization and non-perishable food items for the North County Food Bank. People bringing these items Oct. 11 can deduct $1 off per item on any overdue fines up to $50 per account (billed items are not eligible). Gently Hugged collects new and gently used baby clothing that is re-packaged and given to nurses and social workers for distribution to needy babies in military and low income families. Baby-sized quilts are greatly appreciated! There is a special need for nine and 12 month sleepers for boys and girls! Please visit their web site at

Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The Oceanwavers Square Dance Group will be there at 11 a.m. to kick up their heels, followed by a dinner buffet. Call (760) 639-6160 for reservations. FIX YOUR SOIL Find out what’s wrong with your soil at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Alta Vista Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace, Vista. Entry fee is $3 and another $10 includes all class materials. To register contact TOAST M AST ERS Make reservations now for the Vista Sunrise Toastmasters dinner marking its 50th anniversary, from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cucina di Zuccero, 721 S Santa Fe Ave, Vista. For more information or to RSVP, contact VPPR Thom Holland at (760) 659-3801.

MARK THE CALENDAR NEED FOR FOOD The Angel’s Depot, 1495 Poinsettia Ave., Vista, is gathering food now for its October Meal Box Packing set for Oct. 13. The food is collected now so volunteers have time to check expiration dates, sort, stamp and crate items before the packing. The group also needs volunteers who can pick up or deliver during its food drive Sept. 22. For more information, visit HARVEST BUFFET An Autumn Harvest Buffet will be cooking at noon Sept. 24 at the McClellan Senior Center, 1400 SEPT. 12 R.E.A.D. TIME Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for students 9 through 12 years old, kicks off this fall with a discussion of Raina Telgemeier’s “Sis-

Upcoming events Booktalks and treats – Oct. 1 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Are you looking for something new to read? Join us to learn about new books and get recommendations. First Wednesday Book Club – Oct 1, 2 to 3 p.m. This book club meets the 1st Wednesday of each month. October’s book is “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor. The books for November and December are Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz and And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini. All are welcomed. Horror Film Fest – Thursdays in October, 6 p.m. Join us every Thursday in October for our first ever Horror film event. Please note that R Rated films are for patrons 17 years of age and older, minors must be accompanied by an

ters,” the companion novel to “Smile.” The Book Club meets in the Library’s Turrentine Room from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at 239 S. Kalmia St. KIDS CARNIVAL Boys & Girls Club of Vista will hold a Day for Kids Carnival from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at 410 W. California, Vista. Admission is free with complimentary game tickets. For more information, call (760) 724-6606 or visit SEPT. 13 FAMILY ART DAY The second Saturday of every month, the California Center for the Arts Education Department offers free arts activities for the whole family. The one- to two-hour classes, are in Studio One and Two Theater at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. The center provides the materials. To register, visit Artcenter. org/education or call (800) 988-4253. DEMOCRATS MEET Escondido Democrats will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 13, at 431 N. Escondido Blvd. host-

adult. 1st Sunday Concert Series – Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m . The Friends of the Vista Library organize and sponsor this concert series on the 1st Sunday of every month. October’s concert will feature the Old Town Road bluegrass band. Infant Massage Class – Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to noon. A Certified infant massage specialist will be demonstrating and guiding parents in ways to enhance communication between baby and parent through touch. Homework Help, Monday-Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children in grades K-6 are welcome to get help from volunteer tutors at the library. Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library | 700 Eucalyptus Ave. / Vista, CA 92084 | (760) 643-5100

Interest Group, sponsored by North San Diego Genealogical County, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Community Room at Carlsbad Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. For further information, contact Kathleen Cooper at SEPT. 15 The Catholic Widows or (760) 542-8112. and Widowers of North County support group for SEPT. 19 Boys & Girls Club of those who desire to foster friendships through var- Vista hosts a Kids Carnival ious social activities will from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at meet for dinner at St. Mark 410 W. California, Vista. Golf Club, San Marcos For more information, call Sept. 15, and dinner at St. (760) 724-6606. Or visit bgMark Golf Club, San Mar- cos Sept. 17 and bowling at the Vista Entertainment SEPT. 20 MAD SCIENCE The Center, Vista, Sept. 18. Reservations at (858) 674-4324. Escondido Public Library invites children ages 8 to 11 to attend Mad Science SatSEPT. 17 The Cymbidium Soci- urdays from 10:30 to 11:30 ety of San Diego County a.m. The Sept. 20 event will will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. include salt painting, ice 17 in the Pavillion Room sculptures in the library’s Lake San Marcos, 1105 Bo- Turrentine Room, 239 S. nita Dr. San Marcos, featur- Kalmia St., Escondido. To register, call Senior ing Lady Slipper Orchids. Librarian Cindi Bouvier SEPT. 18 at (760) 839-4827 or email The DNA Genealogy ing candidates for Escondido elementary and high school boards of trustee. at the Democratic Party campaign office. For additional information, call (760) 7408595, email or visit

Book signing at California Surf Museum OCEANSIDE — An icon of modern-day surf culture, John Severson, will visit the California Surf Museum at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at 312 Pier View Way, to promote his latest book “SURF.” Founder of Surfer Magazine and a top surfer himself, Severson was encouraged by friends and family to “tell it his way” and he has, with this collector’s volume filled with photos and

many reproductions of his finest art. Years in the making, it is the story of the nascent surfing culture from the man who pretty much got it rolling. His skills as a photographer, filmmaker, and artist speak for themselves in this must-have book. During the evening, Severson will provide a retrospective of his life in clips, and highlights of the film “Pacific Vibration,”


playing during the signing event. Along with the $45 book, Severson’s artwork, photography and movie posters will be available for purchase. Severson has made the trip from his home in Hawaii for this appearance. Only books and other items purchased at the museum will be available for Severson to autograph. The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and

resource center for the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. For more information, phone (760) 721-6876 or email csm@surfmuseum. org or visit surfmuseum. org. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed major holidays and for special events.

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Odd Files With cooking, I’m just this side of take-out By Chuck Shepherd

Frontiers of Flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when Pepeijn Bruins, 13, called on them to help him grieve over his pet rat, Ratjetoe, who had to be put down because of cancer. Having heard of the inventors’ work, Pepeijn asked if they could please have Ratjetoe stuffed and turned into a radio-controlled drone. Jansen and Beltman, who had previously created an “ostrichcopter” and are now working on a “turbo shark,” created Pepeijn’s rat-copter, but remain best noted for their epic taxidermied cat, “Orvillecopter,” created in 2012 (which readers can view at Updates How to Confuse an Arizonan: In August, a state appeals court overruled a lower court and decided that Thomas and Nancy Beatie could divorce, after all. The first judge had determined that their outof-state marriage was not valid in Arizona because they were both women, but Thomas has had extensive surgery and hormone therapy and become a man — although he is also the spouse who bore the couple’s three children, since he made it a point to retain his reproductive organs. • Regulatory filings revealed in August that AOL still has 2.3 million dial-up subscribers (down from 21 million 15 years ago) paying, on average, about $20 monthly. Industry analysts, far from rolling on the floor laughing at the company’s continued success with 20th-century technology, estimate that AOL’s dial-up business constitutes a hefty portion of its quarterly “operating profit” of about $122 million. • Commentators have had fun with the new system of medical diagnostic codes (denominated in from four to 10 digits each) scheduled to take effect in October 2015, and the “Healthcare Dive” blog had its laughs in a July post. The codes for “problems in relationship with in-laws” and “bizarre personal appearance” are quixotic enough, but the most “absurd” codes are “subsequent encounters” (that is, at least the second time the same thing happened to a patient) for events like walking into a lamppost, or getting sucked into a jet engine, or receiving burns from onfire water skis, or having contact with a cow beyond being bitten or kicked (since those contacts have separate codes). Also notable was S10.87XA, “Other superficial bite of other specified part of neck, initial encounter,” which seems to describe a “hickey.”

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’m going to start my own cooking show. When I say a recipe is simple, lazy cooks everywhere will know I mean — four steps or less. In other words, just this side of takeout. I was in hysterics after reading a recent cooking article that started out saying, “If you just don’t have time for breakfast, then try making yourself a smoothie.” Making a smoothie is not a solution to my morn-

ing time crunch. Having a wife to prepare my breakfast would work. If I had time to make a smoothie, I’d have time to pour a bowl of cereal, microwave instant oatmeal or maybe even scramble an egg. Whoever thought a smoothie is easy has forgotten a few things. You need to find a ripe banana, dig berries out of the fridge that haven’t molded yet, make sure your husband hasn’t left just an 1/8 of a cup of milk in the carton, get down the protein powder and find the blender after the last Margarita party. All I can imagine is that this cook must daily prepare eggs, bacon, toast, grits, gravy, hand-squeezed juice, waffles with fresh

fruit and maybe homechurned butter. Another health column suggested you “add vegetables to your dinner.” My first thought was maybe this writer had based her research on four college students in their first apartment. I can’t really think of anyone I know who doesn’t generally serve vegetables with every dinner. I can’t guarantee they get eaten by anyone but the dog, but the idea of including them isn’t really all that revolutionary. This kind of “helpful” advice ranks right up there with those cheery women in magazines who want to show you how to “Make holiday decorating cheap and simple.” These women

clearly don’t sleep. “Just take a fresh pumpkin and hollow it out.” They’ve already lost me. “Then dry it inside and out, spray it with fixative, stripe it purple and green and then using this simple template, carve the Mona Lisa into its roundest side.” Of course. Christmas is just as threatening. Beware the headline, “Quick and easy cookie recipes.” They invariably require that first you make the dough from scratch. That means sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, shortening, vanilla, 10 sticks of butter and several cups of well-chopped nuts. This has exceeded my acceptable ingredient amount

by about six items. But if just mixing up a dough was all it needed, I might manage. Oh no. The three-page recipe then goes on to say, “Roll out the dough into ¼ inch sheets, wrap them in waxed paper and chill the dough for 24 hours.” I have never successfully rolled out dough. I have tried. I have failed. And if I have to plan my cookie-making 24 hours in advance, my holiday will be cookie free. Moreover, when I’m ready for homemade cookies, I have no intention of waiting another day to eat them. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer still searching for the simple life. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup. com.

Carlsbad couple finds relief through charity BY Ellen Wright

C A R L S B A D — G r ie f can be debilitating, and nobody knows this more than Dr. Hai Le, who practices internal medicine at Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Vista and his wife, Loann. They lost their 15-year-old son Ansel two years ago in an accident at their home in Carlsbad. However, the two are finding a way to heal by honoring his memory through “A Bridge to School,” a charity program benefitting school children in their homeland of Vietnam. The couple started the Ansel Foundation to raise funds to build bridges for poor villages in Vietnam. During monsoon season, children get stuck at home because poorly constructed bridges collapse or wash away, leaving them without a route to school. The two find solace in helping others with the bridges they build on the Mekong Delta. The bridges are built under the umbrella of Compassionate Service Society, a larger charity based out of Orange County. If there is a surplus of donations after the bridges are constructed, the Le’s use the money to construct much-needed wells in the village. The couple chose the project because the dollars go farther in the country. “We want to be able

dation. Their son dreamed of becoming a doctor, like his father, as his way to help people. His parents described him as an extremely studious child who was an old soul. Ansel volunteered his lunch hour to help tutor other students, which Dr. Le was completely unaware of until Ansel’s friends spoke at his funeral. He was active in school, getting straight A’s, taking mostly AP classes and competing in speech and debate at The bridges constructed in Ansel’s memory cost about $3,000 to $4,000 and allow students to attend school Carlsbad High School. year-round. Courtesy photo Trophies from his time on the speech and to use the limited money world that is so comfort- but hope to visit the debate team still dot his for a lot of people,” said able, come to this remote bridges they’ve funded TURN TO COUPLE ON 14 island, Pulau Bidong, Ma- through the Ansel FounDr. Le. The couple is from laysia and do far more Vietnam but left in the than we could’ve asked late 1970’s, after the fall him to do,” Dr. Le said DAILY PRESSURE! about Dr. Martin. of Saigon. About 43,000 refuDr. Le spent time in We are all under some sort of PRESSURE as Malaysia while waiting gees were housed on a we go though life. to come to America. It square mile island, said But important decisions like making a prewas there his inspiration Dr. Le. “I look back now and to become a doctor solidarranged funeral for yourself or your loved ones ified after witnessing the it’s really lucky that we should be your decision and not a PRESSURE good two doctors did for survived that,” he said. pitch from a salesman knocking at your door to He came to Long Doctors Without Borders. sell you a funeral plan. “They truly inspired Beach as a teenager, me as a teenager,” said which is where he met his We at Allen Brothers Mortuary want you to wife six years later. Dr. Le. feel you can call us as your PROFESSIONAL The two haven’t been One doctor, who he FUNERAL COUNSELORS to assist you in called Dr. Martin, would back to Vietnam since, your decisions about PRE-ARRANGING your work all day with the refFree Consultation funeral arrangements. The selection of your ugees on a hospital boat. FUNERAL HOME and funeral wishes should be Afterwards, he would A KIND, CARING boat to shore to clean up your choice and not be based on a door-to-door the beaches, to keep cholsales pitch. era from spreading. You can be assured we will Whether you are a new resident to this area or take your case seriously, return “I was so amazed your phone calls in a timely and shocked to see somehave lived here for years, call for a no-obligation manner and strive to provide quality, honest and affordable one so different from us, appointment to discuss any QUESTIONS you representation. come from a part of the have regarding FUNERAL EXPENSES, WILLS & TRUSTS


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Pendleton energy conservation tour Marines By Sgt. Christoher Duncan

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton Marines got the chance to show off the base’s many energy-saving mission and various support functions, to visiting commissioners with the California Energy Commission Sept. 17. The commissioners observed some of Camp Pendleton’s initiatives and successes in the employment of alternative energy vehicles and fuel usage, several of the ongoing and developing renewable energy projects, and some of the tactical expeditionary energy equipment here. “It’s a great opportunity for us to educate them on what the Marine Corps is doing from an energy efficiency stand-point and also to identify opportunities in which the state and their commission can partner with the Marine Corps to improve those projects and initiatives,” said Col. John Gamelin, director of governmental external affairs for Marine Corps Installations-West. “We started off showing them our hydrogen dispersion plant, alternative fuel vehicles, and we’re also showing them how the Marine Corps has an energy ethos that goes far beyond this base and we’re demonstrating some of the energy initiatives and capabilities that we have through the

Camp Pendleton Marines are ready to share the base initiatives and successes in the employment of Alternative Energy Vehicles and Fuel usage, several of the ongoing and developing renewable energy projects and some of the tactical expeditionary energy equipment, with members of the California Energy Commission. Photo by Sgt. Christopher Duncan

solar panels and kinetic energy generation devices,” said Gamelin. The CEC is California’s primary energy policy and planning agency, established by the state legisla-

ture in 1974. It consists of five commissioners, who serve in staggered five-year terms, are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. The commissioners also represent legal, environmental, economic, science/engineering expertise and the public at large. “We’re working on things like energy efficiency, transportation, what Pendleton is doing with hydrogen and if there are places we can work together,” said Janea Scott, a commissioner with the California Energy Commission. “We can collaborate with the base on energy efficiency projects like fleet vehicles or day-lighting projects for buildings.” During a meeting held here for the commissioners, base officials explained that the Marine Corps is developing and aligning its

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expeditionary energy posture with the future force called for in the Marine Corps Vision and Strategy 2025. While here, the commissioners sat with base leadership to learn more about the various ways Pendleton is reducing usage with solar and kinetic power generating devices. “What I’d like most is for them to get a good education on what the Marine Corps, in the region as well as Camp Pendleton, is doing to improve our energy efficiency, reducing our energy intensity and increase our renewable energy generation opportunities,” said Gamelin. The CEC representatives also traveled to various locations on base to see the base’s efforts to efficiently use water and fuel. “I think the efforts Pendleton is making are very interesting,” said Scott. “We got to see the hydrogen fueling station and, the photovoltaic facility in Camp Pendleton’s Box Canyon. It was really neat to see the two different phases and solar panels the base is using and how they are working to help its power efficiency.” The CEC members

were also able to learn more about Camp Pendleton’s intent to reduce its energy consumption as a whole. “I didn’t realize that there was a goal for the Marine Corps to be totally independent of fossil fuels by 2025,” said David Hochschild, also a commissioner with the California Energy Commission. “That’s a bold goal and we want to do everything we can to support the Marines and the rest of the services in achieving it, especially since it is priority for the State of California to make real progress toward our clean energy goals.” Marines with 9th Communications Battalion and other units on base presented the CEC representatives with a static display of equipment like the Solar Portable Alternative Communications Energy System, which was developed to increase energy efficiency for Marines on the battlefield. “I’ve never seen the portable solar panels before,” said Scott. “It was good to see how light they were; the amount of capability it will allow users to have is phenomenal. I didn’t know that kind of technology, research and transfer was taking place.” According to Hochschild, the CEC has a program where they’re giving away about 140-million dollars a year to research and development to military installations, and has funded several initiatives with different services, including electric vehicles and other alternative energy sources like bio-fuel. “It’s very encouraging to see all of the progress being made in energy conservation here like the solar array in Camp Pendleton’s Box Canyon and the alternative fuel vehicles,” said Hochschild. “As we reduce our emissions and become more reliant on clean energy we also become more energy independent and that’s a good thing for our national security as well as our environment.”

salute cultural diversity By Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON — Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Today's start of National Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while independence days for Mexico and Chile are observed, respectively, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18. In an interview with The Pentagon Channel, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala, Marine Corps Installations Command facilities service division commander, noted history shows Hispanics have made an impact in all walks of the military, government and industry. Diversity is an asset “It's an important time of the year to highlight the contributions Hispanics have made not only to the military but to the nation as a whole,” he said. “If you look at the last 12 years of war and . the contributions of Hispanics, you'll see they've participated in every operation and they've done so with distinction . with honor and they'll continue to do so.” Ayala emphasized the importance of diversity within the Marine Corps and beyond not only as a reflection of the country, but as an impetus to increase military efficiency and readiness. “Only 1 percent of the population of the United States is in the military,” Ayala said.

1st Marine Division Sailor earns Silver Star CAMP PENDLETON — Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Kong has been awarded the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony on base Sept. 19. Kong was recognized for actions while deployed to Sangin District, Afghanistan, as a hospital corpsman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. The Silver Star Medal is the United States'

third highest award for combat valor. Kong enlisted in the Navy in September of 2007. In addition to the Silver Star, his awards include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Kong, from San Jose, has since separated from active duty and is currently a pre-medicine student at Stanford University.

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Two events mark end of Chicken Parade SAN MARCOS — Sept. 30 is the official close of San Marcos Art Council’s first annual Chicken Parade, but it is not the end of the festivities. The uniquely artist-adorned chicken sculptures will be migrating to the San Marcos Historical Society’s great hall for two grand events — the Horse Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and again at the monthly San Marcos Chamber Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Walnut Grove Park will be jumping as the chicken finale takes flight. A silent auction for the one-of-a-kind chicken art will open with the Horse Heritage Festival. Four days later, at the chamber mixer, SMAC will close the auction and announce winning bidders, along with photo contest and scavenger hunt win-

Attendees to San Marcos summer concerts show off some of the chicken art from the summer-long Chicken Parade. The art of the Chicken Parade will be migrating to the San Marcos Historical Society’s great hall for the Horse Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 and the monthly San Marcos Chamber Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Courtesy photo

ners, chicken artist awards and recognition of all the business support given the event throughout the summer.



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Make some art for Day of the Dead said ASV Founder and Chairwoman Tania Yager. Yager, a native Vistan and owner of Twisted Heart Puppetworks, said “We encourage our multicultural community to join in celebrating All Souls Vista as a communal opportunity to accept death as a part of life, and to feel a strong kinship with the living while honoring the deceased we continue to love and remember. The event marks the first of an ‘annual family reunion’ with those who have passed on; made more significant and special by sharing the occasion with others.” Workshop creations can be brought and worn at the Nov. 1 Festival, which will feature an art show, music, puppetry, drum circle, healing ceremony, Roya Tribal Belly Dance performance. Artists are being sought to display their art, volunteers are needed to coordinate activities and anyone who wants to get involved in this community event is encouraged to visit, allsoulsvista or contact

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Santos Orellana stands in front of his largest mural yet. He started with the infinity symbol, or the figure eight, in the upper left corner and worked from there. Photo by Ellen Wright

Artist exhibits Mayan Pop art By Ellen Wright

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REGION — Santos Orellana is getting back to his Mayan roots through his distinct brand of art, Mayan Pop. His murals can be found all over town, from the side of Café Ipe in Leucadia to Terminal 2 in the San Diego Airport. Santos feels the need to do a mural every few months. He recently traveled to Santa Barbara, Honduras, the most violent country per capita in the world, to paint a mural on the elementary school he attended as a child. The mural, titled Yo También Puedo, or I can too, opened his eyes to the type of art he was creating. After doing an interview with the local news station in Honduras, he realized he was creating a language similar to hieroglyphics. “I argued that these are reminiscent of the lines in Copán (Mayan ruins), and that maybe perhaps we lost it as a culture,” said Santos. “Maybe we’ve lost the symbolism in this way when it comes to lines.” He said after painting for eight years, he’s realized that his art comes from something he considers bigger than himself. “Little by little I started to see

that the story is a lot bigger than it is and now I’m convinced that it’s a journal of my life,” said Santos. He is close to completing his biggest mural yet, a 4,000 square feet large piece covering the entire side of an industrial warehouse as part of his collaboration with True Honor apparel. He doesn’t get paid for the murals but he still feels rewarded after completing a project. “For anyone to do this much, you have to get constant rewards,” said Santos. His reward is personal insights. After painting a mural in Mission Middle School in Escondido, he wound up talking to a student about his work. He was forced to explain his artistic process and learned more about his work. When a girl asked what he was painting, he said messages. “I receive messages from wherever and then I put them down in lines except I don’t necessarily know what the message is,” said Santos. He never erases a line because he doesn’t feel that it’s his place to alter the work. “I don’t feel like I’m the creator, I feel like I’m a vector,” he said.

His largest exhibit yet, Lost and Found, will be held Oct. 26 at 2350 Camino Vida Roble in True Honor’s industrial warehouse. He’s curated his life works for the event and feels he’s finally ready to share it with the world. The collaboration came about because he shares a warehouse wall with the company. He offered to paint a mural and the CEO accepted. Another project he does to make fine art more accessible to the public is “Free Beans.” When traveling, he’ll leave his signature Beans print all over and post pictures. Whoever finds it, is welcome to keep it. When presenting to the Encinitas City Council, Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz realized he was the recipient of one of his Beans prints, said Lina Echeverria, gallery assistant at Santos’ Leucadia gallery. The print is a riff on a self-portrait he did years ago of a can of beans watching television. His choice of writing the word “Beans” on the can instead of “Frijoles” reflects his history of growing up in Honduras and becoming a man in New York. He hopes the exhibition will elevate San Diego’s art scene and bring artists from across the globe.



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Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade AVID students from Rancho Minerva Middle School, including, from left, Alberto Lopez and Karla Juarez, will be working on a Community Service Grant this year with their teacher Rebekka Kinder and “Farmer Jones” from the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. The grant from the Vista Education Foundation will provide bus transportation for field trips to the gardens for monthly lessons about composting, soils, nutrition, water conservation, and medicinal herbs. Students will also provide community service hours for garden maintenance and as volunteers at Earth Day 2015. Photo courtesy Nancy B. Jones




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You can have your Cakebread and drink it too

taste of wine frank mangio ine royalty came to Coronado a few W weeks ago when Il Fornaio’s

General Manager lit up the island by bringing in Cakebread Cellars of Napa Valley for a wine dinner that packed the restaurant. Luca Allieri has ramped up Il Fornaio’s dinner events and called in some name wineries, many from Napa Valley’s finest, to present the wine side of the occasion. The Cakebread distributor, Alex Daniels, put together five great wines to mate up with Executive Chef Giorgio Loverde and that night’s family-style recipes.

The hosts for the Il Fornaio/Cakebread wine dinner from left to right: Reza Mahallaty, Alex Daniels of Cakebread and Luca Allieri. Photo by Frank Mangio

Daniels chose Cake- chef’s roasted veal loin with bread’s new vintage 2011 linger-berry sauce, a house Cabernet to enhance the favorite.

Another popular Cakebread favorite was the Chardonnay from Napa Valley’s Carneros District ($36.50), from the class of 2012 that received the highest marks in a decade. “Carneros is the coolest part of the valley with lots of fog,” Daniels pointed out. Carneros is one of nine vineyards now owned by Cakebread including the respected Howell Mountain“Dancing Bear Ranch.” Here they make the sought-after Reserve Cabernet. This is classic Bordeauxwith backbone and an earthy spice and pepper ($61.50). Rich and smooth on the palate, with integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Maybe you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but with Cakebread, you can have it all. Visit at Temecula’s CRUSH Brings Out the Syrahs and Sangioveses In my rounds of events and meet-and-greets, the wine conversation almost always touches on Temecula, its wineries and wines. Last weekend the Wine Growers Association got all of its members together at Wiens Family Cellars for what they call CRUSH, a guest walk-around tasting that also featured supreme cuisine sampling and live music. Good timing because September is California Wine Month. This year, I tasted far more Syrahs and Sangioveses than I ever have before in an event like this. This answers the most asked question about Temecula and its 30-plus winerTURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 19

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The promotional gurus behind the Belly Up from left Meryl Klemow, Chad Waldorf, Beth Bennett and Chris Goldsmith.

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Where the Belly Up team eats and drinks around town

The Belly Up in Solana Beach is one of those classic concert venues that is intimate enough that there is not a bad seat in the house but large enough to draw an eclectic mix of big name talent. While the big names tend to sell out quickly, it’s a also great place to see an old favorite that is still touring and a venue that many local bands aspire to on their way up. Picking my top five concerts there was tough but I had to give it a shot. I’d have to go with Wilco, Gogol Bordello, Jens Lekman, OK Go and any one of the many Dave Wakeling/English Beat shows I’ve seen there over the years. I caught up with the team that books and promotes the shows at the Belly Up recently to discover some of their favorite places to eat around town. Beth Bennett handles marketing and special events for the Belly Up, Pacific Coast Grill and Wild Note Café. So Beth is a bit partial when it comes to PCG and it led off her list. “When it comes to Pacific coastal dining, nobody beats Pacific Coast Grill. In addition to having the best views around, the seafood is second to none, and Miguel’s fresh mixed cocktails get me feeling fine every time. I usually gravitate toward the sushi and love the seafood pasta most of all! The dish is a seafood lovers delight boasting generous portions of shrimp, lobster, scallops and mahi mahi in a smoky tomato sauce.” When it comes to breakfast, Beach Grass Cafe holds a fond spot in Beth’s heart as she was hired there by the Belly Up team 8.5 years ago.

“They serve breakfast all day and always have interesting omelet/scramble combos.” I’m with you Beth; I’d say Beach Grass is my favorite North County breakfast spot.

For drinks, I should have known that Beth would be a fan of Captain Keno’s. And she elaborated on in perfectly. “For a nice, stiff cheap drink in North County, the captain rules, Cap’n Kenos that is! From 80-year-olds to hipsters, you’ll fit right in whether you’re sporting

an ironic mustache or just bombing around in your flip flops. As for their food menu, I cannot vouch for the $3.99 spaghetti plate.” Well I can Beth … and the chicken fried steak for $3.49! One of my favorite places ever, good stuff. I must say, Chris Goldsmith from the Belly Up has one of those gigs that those of us passionate about music are quite jealous of. Chris is the musical guidance counselor, so basically he oversees talent and marketing. Chris kept it very local with his picks. “My favorite Mexican dinner is at Tony’s Jacal in Eden Gardens/Solana Beach. They’ve been around for 50 years and roast their own turkeys so I almost always get the turkey burrito with sauce and cheese. They also have the best nachos I have ever had in my entire life and a very old school family vibe.” I did not know that about the turkeys, very nice! For breakfast, Chris went for T’s Café. “T’s Café for the homemade Bloody Mary’s that are almost a meal by themselves and the ‘Country Bennie’ with biscuits, sausage and gravy instead of the usual English muffin/Canadian Bacon/Hollandaise sauce.” So Chris, do you schedule a nap after that breakfast? Meryl Klemow handles show promotions and social media so she is very


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Bolts ready to add to quick Chargers waiting for the ‘next man up’ start with a run of victories By Tony Cagala

sports talk jay paris The Chargers reach their showdown with the Denver Broncos at 7-1 and won’t this be fun? Everyone knows the path to the AFC West title — and maybe the AFC crown — goes through the Rocky Mountains. So on tab for this Denver trip is the Chargers winning there for the second straight time in the regular season. It won’t be easy — it never is at Sports Authority Field. Just like it’s no slam dunk being an authority in my field trying to predict the Chargers’ fate. But here we go again and no, I’m not reading the schedule wrong. It’s correct that the Chargers are 2-1, and look at this month of Sundays: host the dreadful Jaguars, the Jets the following week, then remember when heading to Oakland was scary and it’s the visiting, and fading, Chiefs at home. That gets the Chargers to the Colorado date Oct. 23 and it’s easy to see why they’ll be 7-1. OK, so we’re putting the Bolts before the cart or however that goes. But really, why shouldn’t the Chargers arrive in Denver with but one blemish? And blowing an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead in the season opener at Arizona still stings. The Chargers will be among the NFL’s buzz teams when landing in Denver. So what if we’ve fast-forwarded the process? The Jaguars? They stink. They’ve lost fourstraight games by double digits and their rookie quarterback is making his first NFL start Sunday — good luck with that. The Jets? Really? Their quarterback is a sketchy Geno Smith and do they really pine for the good ol’ days of Tim Tebow? Unlikely, but this is another gift from the NFL and the Chargers will win by two touchdowns. The Raiders? OK, now we’re chuckling because Lord knows who’ll be their coach by then. Rookie Derek Carr might be a find at quar-

terback but there’s little around him. The running game is tougher to find than a Black Hole resident not needing his mouth rinsed. The defense’s best player is Charles Woodson, and if he’s not eligible for AARP, he’s closing in. The Chiefs, the bunch that got beat by Tennessee? With New England and San Francisco on their plate, they could be a four-loss team when putting their heads down in San Diego. So put those four victories alongside the trio already in the bank. It’s out there, 7-1. The Chargers know it, just like we know they won’t say it. Of course coaches always seek a wet blanket when someone suggests such a run. It’s one-gameat-a-time and coach Mike McCoy spouts that cliché as regularly as he does “next man up” and “position flexibility.” We get it. And we get that there’s more than a smidgen of truth in McCoy pumping the brakes. Sunday’s season-ending injury to running back Danny Woodhead, on the heels of losing Ryan Mathews for a month, is significant. General manager Tom Telesco’s signing of Donald Brown to a position with two standouts was a keen move. But Brown will need help. The pass rush has shown a pulse, and when did we last type that? Dwight Freeney is supplying heat and there’s some fire from the line as well from Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes. But Melvin Ingram is out until Week 11, and with his hip ailment, there’s no guarantee he’ll be fit then. Rookie Jerry Attaochu, a camp project that has produced since the season started, is wrestling with a barking hamstring. It’s not good he aggravated it on Sunday, after resting much of the week. So the trek to 7-1 won’t be stroll. But it’s a destination that’s obtainable before reaching Denver, when the Chargers’ mark will match — if not trump — the Broncos. Don’t believe it? See you at the showdown. Contact Jay Paris at Follow on Twitter at jparis_sports.

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SAN DIEGO — As of Wednesday afternoon, the Chargers hadn’t yet named anyone or announced any decision on how to replace running back Danny Woodhead. Woodhead was placed on the injured reserve list and will be done for the rest of the season following a broken fibula during the first few plays of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Mike McCoy said he and general manager Tom Telesco would be discussing decisions over the roster in regards to replacing Woodhead. McCoy said they’ll be losing a lot with Woodhead out for the season. “It’s not just on the field we’re going to miss, we’re going him off the field,” McCoy said. “It’s a brutal business, and it’s tough and injuries are part of the game unfortunately, but, it means so much to him. “That’s the toughest thing. When you see a guy like Danny that works so hard and puts so much time in his craft and what it means to him to play in the NFL…it’s because of the way he works.” A couple of guys will have to step up for Woodhead, Chargers defensive back Eric Weddle said on Monday. “Next man up,” that’s been the message emanating from the Chargers locker room since then and since the beginning of the season in regards to injuries. That message is coming from the

“Next man up,” is the message Chargers head coach Mike McCoy repeats in regards to the string of injuries the team has sustained this year, including the loss of running back Danny Woodhead in Sunday’s win against the Buffalo Bills. Photo by Tony Cagala

top down, Weddle said. “Everyone’s got to be ready. When you made this team it’s an eye on the future and an eye on being able to play, and you wouldn’t have been here if they don’t think you can step in and play at a high level and play where the starter is,” Weddle said. “We feel comfortable at our depth – the guys that need to come in and play, they’re going to have to. If they don’t then the next guy will be up.” You’ll never run out of “next guys up,” McCoy said. “No one’s going to feel sorry for us on Sunday. So we’re

going to play the best 46 guys we have and it’s your job as coaches to put players in a position to be successful,” he said. McCoy said he was pleased with the team’s overall performance in the 22-10 win over the Bills. “But we’ve got a lot of little things we can clean up to even play better this week coming up,” McCoy said. The team is preparing for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. This may be the first home game blacked out on local TV. At press time the team still had about 5,000 tickets yet to be sold.

Torrey Pines’ frosh football wins over Westview By Walter Bays

Special to The Coast News REGION — Torrey Pines freshmen Falcons won 35-14 win over the Westview Wolverines bringing their season record to 4-0. Both teams entered the game undefeated, Torrey Pines having beaten Sweetwater 41-0, Mission Hills 5621, and Cathedral Catholic 10-0. Westview had bested Rancho Buena Vista 28-20, and Del Norte 28-7. On Sept. 25 Westview Torrey Pines’ Sully O’Brien ran for one touchdown and a reception for faced San Marcos on the another touchdown in the Falcons’ 35-14 win against Westview. Photos road while Torrey Pines by Claudia Perrone played Poway at home. Scores were not available before press time. coastnewsgroup


Torrey Pines’ Spencer Grant sacks Westview’s Beau Nelson on a fourth down play.

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Medicare meetings set for seniors REGION — Tri-City Medical Center has scheduled five meetings to inform seniors of their Medicare options. Representatives from healthcare plans will be available to answer questions on Oct. 4, Oct. 17, Nov. 1, Nov. 19 and Dec. 3 Tri-City Medical Center will host the five educational open houses to help seniors understand their Medicare choices and offer the chance to directly ask questions to representatives of the leading healthcare plans. The sessions will be conducted in English and Spanish:

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integrated bench seating, and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter,“ said Kristina Owens, associate planner for the city. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only sculpture garden in the U.S. by Saint Phalle.

Individual sculptures can also be seen throughout the city, including Balboa Park and the University of California San Diego. People interested in scheduling a docent-led tour can contact Kristina Owens at (760) 839-4519.


in 2003. “Inspired by California’s mythic, historic and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine largescale sculptures, a circular ‘snake wall’ and maze entryway, sculpturally



Cannon Road and Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. Parking and admission are free. See professional chalk paintings on the pavement, child-sized chalk art, recycled paper hat-making and other interactive arts activities, nonstop live music and sand sculpture by Gerry Kirk and cheese sculpture by Sarah Kaufmann. Tickets are $20 for the Sept. 28 Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to CarlsbadArtSplash. org ART AND LUNCH Bring your lunch at noon Sept. 27, and explore the mysteries of the Olmec, one of the earliest civilization in the Americas. The lecture/slide-show will be presented by Solana Beach resident Carole Melum, Museum of Man docent. TIME TO SWING The Gypsy Swing Cats bring the beat from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at Cardiff Library with swing, jazz and blues, at 2081 Newcastle Ave. Cardiff by-the-Sea, sponsored by Cardiff Friends of the Library. TROLLEY DANCES Hop on board and see the 16th annual Trolley Dances Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 and Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 by members of the San Diego Dance Theater, at six stops along the MTS line. Tours begin at the City College/Smart Corner stop and end at Market Creek Plaza. New work to be performed by 50 of San Diego’s most adventurous dancers!

To qualify for coverage, you must be a U.S citizen or permanent legal resident age 65 or older and eligible for Social Security benefits. Individuals under the age of 65 who have received Social Security benefits for 24 months, pension from the Railroad Retirement Board, or suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease or permanent kidney failure may also qualify. More information about eligibility and frequently asked questions about coverage can be found at medicare. gov or call (855) 222-8262.

For more information, visit 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. drew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas. Harpist Elena MashSEPT. 30 TOUR AT LUX Join the kovtseva joins the octet of Lux Studio Series Wine re- strings for works by Ravel ception & studio tour from and Mahler. For more information, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Artist Pavilion and from visit 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. hear an artist talk with Ye Hongx- OCT. 4 ing at 1550 S. El Camino OCEAN ART Bob CraReal, Encinitas. The event dic, former coach and local is $10 for non-members. artist, will be at the SolaDARK STAR Dark Star na Beach library at 2 p.m. Orchestra will be playing Sept. 27, 157 Stevens Ave; at 8 p.m. Sep 30 at Belly Up to discuss and demonstrate Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave. his art. Solana Beach. For tickets His work can also be and more information, call viewed at the Del Mar Art (858) 481-8140. Center, 1555 Camino Del Mar, #314, Del Mar. OCT. 1 SEASON OPENER ART CENTER CON- MiraCosta College’s TheCERT Wow Wednesdays, atre Department begins its the free community con- 2014-15 season with “The cert series at the California Graduate” at 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts, Escon- Sept. 26, Sept. 27 and Oct. dido, will feature Mojalet 2 through Oct. 4 with 2 p.m. Dance & Rhythm Talk at 4 matinees Saturdays and p.m. and 7 p.m., 340 N. Es- Sundays, at the MiraCosta condido Blvd., Escondido. College Theatre, 1 Barnard For reserve seats call (800) Drive, Oceanside. Tickets 988-4253 or visit artcenter. online at org. buytix or by calling the MiraCosta College Box OfOCT. 3 fice at (760) 795-6815. MUSICAL SPOOF MARK THE CALENDAR “The Musical of Musicals” COPS 4 KIDS Pala is on stage with the Oceans- Casino Spa & Resort and ide Theatre Company. A Cops 4 Kids & Communiparody about musicals, it ties will sponsor a Battle of will play Fridays and Satur- the Badges charity boxing days at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at event at 6 p.m. Oct. 18, in 2 p.m. Oct. 3 though Oct. 19 the Pala Events Center to at the Brooks Theatre, 217 benefit at-risk and underN. Coast Highway, Oceans- privileged youth in Southide. Tickets from $16 to $24 ern California. Doors will online at oceansidetheatre. open at 5:15 p.m. Tickets, org. $30 for reserved seats and CONSORT IN CON- $20 for general admission, CERT The Hutchinson Con- at the Pala box office in sort begins its season with the casino or by calling “By Popular Demand,” at (877) 946-7252.

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out too many loans simply because the city’s bond rating is low. “If the interest rate is low, it should not encourage us to just borrow and borrow. I understand the timing is good for this particular project and I think we need to move carefully in not adding too much debt,” said Abed. As a part of the pipeline expansion, a brine line will also be added. Since


minimum, our people get a 1 percent raise — it’s not like some big fancy raise — and health care costs, which we’re estimating will go up 5 percent, those three things will go cost $1.5 billion.” And on top of that, he said the Postal Service is expected to lose approximately 4 billion pieces of mail next year. High point of mail volume was in 2006 when they delivered 213 billion pieces of mail. This year, Donahoe expects to deliver about 152 billion pieces of mail. Yet it seems the Postal Service is done with the closures of brick and mortar Post Offices. Donahoe said they’ve already reduced the retail presence, some in San Diego County, by about 2,500 facilities. A couple of locations in North County, the Post Office in Escondido on Escondido Boulevard and the Post Office in Leucadia were slated for closure studies to determine whether those locations could be closed down. And at this point, Donahoe said the Postal Service was more interested in raising revenues with packages and expanding into the Internet, he cited that 48 percent of their revenues comes outside of the four walls of the Postal Ser-



room, which his mother said, she still has a hard time passing. He also was one of the youngest tutors at the Carlsbad City Library Learning Center, volunteering his free time after school to help students with math. Organizers of the program were so impressed with his tutelage, they were willing to pay him for his work, which would’ve been his first paying job. Loann said two years may seem like a long time

SEPT. 26, 2014 the public utilities are going to be constructing a pipeline, it’s cost effective to add the brine line at the same time, according to McKinney. A brine line serves to dispose of spent salt. Council also approved the design of a micro-filtration and reverse osmosis facility. The contract was awarded to Black and Veatch Corporation for $1.2 million. The facility will be built between El Norte Parkway and Washington

Avenue on a piece of land the Utilities department already owns. The facility will filter re-usable water so it can be used for avocado growing. Avocados are sensitive to salt so the water produced at the facility will need to have a low salt content, said McKinney. It will also serve as a potable reuse pilot test site in the future. More filtration infrastructure would be needed down the road and the facility provides the space for it.

vice the retail revenue. A yearlong pilot program that ended on Aug.1 with Staples was described as “great,” Donahoe said. The partnership, which included Staples stores in North County, will transition into the Postal Service’s long time Approved Shipper Program. Today, the Postal Service is now trying to link mail in, making it more relevant to people. “And it’s working because people look at their mail every day,” Donahue said. “The Postal Service is trying to help mailers make their mail pieces more relevant to their customers by leveraging data and analytics to give mail a personal connection,” said Eva Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service. “If customers get something in their mailbox that they’re looking for of have some interest in, they’ll act on that. But if they get something in their mailbox that they don’t like, they’ll throw it away.” “The Postal Service is a very critical part of the American economy in today’s world, and will also continue to be. There’s a lot of change in the digital systems and that’s good…but we’re not too much unlike (newspapers) — that people like hardcopy, they like to be able to manage hardcopy, they use us the same way as they use (newspa-

pers) — to get to websites, and with that, combined with the package delivery, we still think there’s a nice future for the Postal Service,” Donahue said. Deliver packages on Sundays. Trying to innovate based on what the customers want and need, but that doesn’t mean the Postal Service will be turning to drones, like other companies as “I don’t know what’ll happen with drones,” he said. “Drones are such an interesting thing. Drones are quickly becoming an annoyance. I think there’s a lot of people who might not like a whole sky full of drones.” Donahoe, who has been accused of wanting to privatize the Postal Service, has repeatedly stated, “there’s no interest.” He said when you privatize the Postal Service you do that out of desperation. “There’s no other upside,” he said. Donahoe acknowledged that other countries have privatized their mail systems (the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia wants to), but that it’s not necessary here. “We have plenty of volume, we have plenty of package volume and managing the costs the right way will keep for a very healthy Postal Service,” he said.

since losing Ansel, but it’s still extremely difficult, as if it happened yesterday. Loann also finds relief in reaching out to an online community. She said she never used Facebook but after Ansel’s passing, a friend suggested she start an online foundation. Her page, Loving Wellness — Mind and Body, combines her knowledge as a dietician with inspirational and encouraging phrases. She started the page to honor Ansel and it now has close to 100,000 followers. It has helped her con-

nect with people as far away as the Netherlands and Brazil, who she believes she never would have met otherwise. Ansel used to help her do anything online so she feels he would be proud of her efforts managing such a popular Facebook page. The couple said it’s difficult for people to relate to their loss, so seeing words online from others who have experienced similar pain “is like a hug,” said Dr. Le. The couple plans to continue the program in honor of their son, who would have been 17 in May.

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

The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” Sean McManus CEO

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

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

Local charter school is now enrolling for the new school year San Marcos — Taylion San Diego Academy is now enrolling for the new school year, with programs in home school, independent study and a virtual program serving North County. With locations in San Marcos and Vista, the charter school has a program to meet the needs of students in need of a more personalized education. The charter school opened in 2013, and has since grown to be a partner in the North County community. During its first year of existence, the school was granted accreditation by the Western Association of Schools (WASC), and has now expanded into Vista. The Taylion program is an option for students K-12, who find that a traditional school setting just isn’t a fit for them, academically or otherwise (bullies, etc.). A large number of their student population is high school students. “Kids that come to us, are for whatever reason, not thriving in a traditional public school setting,” said Taylion San Diego Academy’s Director of Business Development, Shannon Smith. “It can be for a variety of reasons: academics, socially, and they come to us where they find

We are able to take each student, assess where they are at, determine what would best help them and design a program for them individually.” Shannon Smith Director

a place where they can academically and socially thrive.” Taylion offers three separate learning environments for students: online education programs, a home-school program, and an independent study program. Programs are often blended to meet the needs of students. Some additional learning opportunities include small group instruction and online learning programs. School officials say the program offers individualized learning, a safe environment with less distraction, higher parent involvement, credit recovery, credit acceleration, greater access to new educational resources, and unparalleled flexibility in utilizing var-

ious instructional delivery methods based on the particular student’s learning style. When asked what parents should look for in a choice for education, Smith said, “I think, first of all, parents consider what their kid’s needs are. What is it that they think can help their kid to be successful, and then go look at what the options are, and that’s what is wonderful about charter schools. At Taylion San Diego Academy, we are able to customize their learning program. We offer independent study, online classes, homeschooling and a blended model. We are able to take each student, assess where they are at, determine what would best help them and design a program for them individually.” The San Marcos campus is located at 100 N. Rancho Santa Fe Rd. #110, San Marcos, CA 92069, while the Vista site is located at 1661-B South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA 92081. For more information regarding enrollment and upcoming parent information sessions, call (855) 77-LEARN or (760) 295-5564, or visit



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ies: What wines do best in this growing Southern California wine country that sits in the middle of a population of millions in five counties? Syrah is the varietal from the Rhone Valley in Southeast France and is a bold, spicy red that loves warm inland areas. Sangiovese hails from Tuscany and is a smooth red wine with balanced acidity and earthy minerality. It thrives in the warm hill country of mid-Italy that looks remarkably similar to Temecula’s hill country. South Coast Winery has long advocated Sangiovese. Through the skills of Master Winemaker Jon McPherson and Winemaker Javier Flores, who have been together since South Coast began in 2003, Sangiovese has flourished.


connected to what’s happening in the area dining and drinking scene. Meryl kept even closer to the office, right next door at Wild Note. “The Wild Note is also owned by Steve and Phil who own the Belly Up, and I eat there almost every day for lunch and most certainly gained the infamous ‘Belly Up 20’ because of it! My favorite dishes at the Wild Note are the Mac and Cheese, the Lobster Dumplings and the Rad Thai. Wow I eat a lot of carbs. I also love the Yu Me Ya


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Encinitas has been a 20year staple for me. I think their carne asada and hot sauce are the best and are what I compare all other carne asada and hot sauces to. Chick’s Chicken in Encinitas and Fish 101 and Mozy’s in Leucadia are regular cravings when I want something good, quick and healthy. I’m really excited that Bagby Beer has opened up in Oceanside just in time for the ‘local summer.’ They have a lot of shaded outdoor seating and is great place to spend a few hours with a wood fired pizza and a drink. Lastly, I’m looking forward to checking out the new Carnitas Snack Shack

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Major home transformation through one easy upgrade REGION — Throughout the day, it’s likely you open and shut every door inside your home. You’ve probably become used to the doors, and possibly even resigned to the fact that you’re stuck with the flat white model or even the six-panel variety that your home is filled with. If you’ve considered replacing your home’s interior doors, the thought of disruptive construction and considerable expense might have put you off. Dave Winter, president and CEO of HomeStory San Diego, has found a way to change all of that. The vision for HomeStory came about through Winter’s personal experience with replacing the doors in his home. When he decided he wanted to get an estimate, he had someone come out to his home. “The guy came in and told me it would probably take three days or maybe four,” Winter said. The contractor didn’t have a written quote for Winter, and also suggested that he find somewhere else for his wife and triplet 2-year-old daughters to stay during construction. Winter knew there had to be a better way. With a background in the tech industry, he developed a revolutionary device that enables measuring of doorways with 100 percent accuracy, allowing for custom fitting of doors with no construction necessary.

Additionally, the cost of replacing a door is reduced by about 30 percent as the need for high-cost laborers and construction permits is eliminated and work that would traditionally take days is reduced to two or three hours.

We come out and do a free consultation and estimate and measure all of the door openings in the home.” Dave Winter CEO of HomeStory

Realizing the industry needed such an affordable and reliable alternative for replacing interior home doors, Winter founded HomeStory and his customers couldn’t be happier. The process is simple. “We come out and do a free consultation and estimate and measure all of the door openings in the home,” Winter said. “We send the measurement data to our factory, which customizes the doors to fit, including

the painting of the doors with a high-quality finish. When we come out to your home to install the doors we are in and out in two to three hours because of the customization. There is no demo, no tearing apart door jams. The whole experience is unheard of in the industry. It’s really the best customer experience somebody can have.” Replacing your doors with HomeStory is not just quick and affordable — it’s transformational. “Doors touch every room in the house,” Winter said. “When you update the doors, it refreshes your house and brightens everything up. My customers tell me there is no other home improvement that can do this.” HomeStory offers a one-stop home improvement experience. “We sell the doors, we paint the doors at our factory and then we install them,” Winter said. “We have all kinds of doors — bedroom and bathroom swing doors, closet doors, glass and French doors and our most popular product — a new mirror reflections door that replaces the old aluminum sliding mirror doors. It’s a big upgrade and looks much more highend and sturdy.” To learn more about HomeStory San Diego or to schedule a consultation and free estimate, visit San DiegoI nter iorDoors. com or call (619) 373-1965.


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San Diego’s Master Gardeners are a valued resource By Scott Parker

Struggling with ways to control all those ants crawling on your vegetables? What about the aphids and powdery mildew wreaking havoc in your flower beds? Have any idea how to replace your lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping? There are hundreds of garden experts ready to help you at no cost thanks to the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners program ( Here in San Diego, nearly 300 Master Gardeners volunteer thousands of hours each year to provide home gardening and pest control information throughout the county, free to the public. Master Gardeners are trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the County of San Diego Farm and Home Advisor experts in all aspects of home gardening with special emphasis on new pests and issues affecting the county. Their advice is based on UCbased research that includes the innovative Pest Notes — more than 150 helpful guides to pest-related problems and plant diseases. All Pest Notes can be downloaded from the Master Gardeners’ website or by visiting the state’s comprehensive website for home gardeners at You can also pick up printed versions by visiting the UCCE office at 9335 Hazard Way, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92123. The Master Gardener program attracts volunteers who have a passion for gardening, and

Master Gardeners throughout San Diego County offer valuable resources on a variety of gardening questions, including offering a hotline (858) 822-6910 that is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help educate and answer home gardening and pest management questions.

it is the county’s responsibility to make sure these trainees are given accurate, up-to-date information on home horticulture issues and taught how to properly research and respond to questions they get from local residents. In San Diego, the next Master Gar-

dener training course will be offered in 2016. Each class is popular, with only 48 students accepted from an applicant pool of 200. Master Gardeners receive six months of classroom training and educational field trips.

Instructors include experts in turf grasses, citrus, insects, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Students are certified as UCCE Master Gardeners after they successfully complete the training course and pass the final exam. The newly minted garden

experts must volunteer at least 50 hours/year in public outreach activities, helping to educate the public and answering questions on home gardening and pest management especially through the hotline (858) 822-6910, staffed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Inquires also can be emailed to Master Gardeners give advice at more than 100 annual events in the county, including the San Diego County Fair, in addition to speaking at local garden clubs, serving as consultants for more than 400 school gardens and 80 community gardens, and providing horticultural classes at local juvenile detention facilities. Their demonstration garden was on display this past spring at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. This weekend, the Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Open House will be held at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thousands of plants will be up for sale along with garden art, tools and books. And 15 different exhibits and demonstrations will cover myriad topics including water-wise plants, earth-friendly gardens, pest management, composting and gardening in small spaces. Plans are already underway for next year’s annual Spring Gardening Seminar March 21, 2015 because Master Gardeners are committed to helping other gardeners grow. Scott Parker is the UCCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator for San Diego County.

Family-owned Aspire Furniture transforms to coastal living SAN MARCOS — Aspire Furniture embraces its North County atmosphere by trading its predominantly Tuscan look for an exciting new Coastal style. Aspire, a family-owned retail furniture business in the San Diego marketplace, is highly regarded for emphasizing personal service, which helps its customers to unlock countless possibilities in terms of home furnishings. As a result of the continued success of the new coastal look in their Kauai showroom, the mainland business has decided to follow in its footsteps transitioning from Tuscan to Coastal. “We are emphasizing a fun, fresh, sophisticated coastal look that embodies multiple styles,” said Shannon Mercado, manager of the San Marcos location. “We

will feature more transitional furniture that includes plantation, cottage, and beachy as well as lots of

We are emphasizing a fun, fresh, sophisticated look that embodies multiple styles.” Shannon Mercado Manager, Aspire Furniture

great new accessories that include whales, sea glass beads and lamps in an array of sea blues and greens.” Since its origins in the 1990s, Aspire’s showroom

has satisfied its customers with quality furniture possessing a Tuscan flair. It wasn’t until four years ago when business owners Jeff and Cindy McGee headed for Kauai to open up a Coastal-oriented showroom. That vivacious style caught the attention of the mainland showroom, which hopes to have completed its Coastal transformation by Thanksgiving. All Tuscan furniture, art, and accessories are currently being sold at liquidated prices to facilitate the ongoing changes. Creating beautiful home environments for individual customers is the core principle of Aspire; according to Shannon Mercado. Going Coastal is the perfect way to embrace that philosophy. It’s a huge, stylish change for the company, and one that will match the vibrant, lively spirit of the San Diego region it serves. “It (Coastal) allows us to present a new element of excitement and gives us a fun, new direction to work with,” said Shannon. “San Diego is a coastal city and I want to bring that same refreshing level of comfort to our San Marcos showroom.” Aspire Furniture is located at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Ste. 103, San Marcos; call (760) 744-2662.

The 20th Annual International Orchid Fair starts Oct. 5 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Orchid growers can still register to showcase their flowers. Courtesy photo

Annual international orchid fair starts Oct. 5 DEL MAR — The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the orchid, takes center stage at the 20th Annual San Diego International Orchid Fair Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Thousands of varieties of these rare, exotic and graceful plants will be on display and on sale in the Garden’s Ecke Building from specialty orchid vendors from around the world. Orchid related products such as pottery, paintings, and books will also be available for purchase. In addition, orchid care lectures will be con-

ducted throughout the day for participants to learn how to care, grow, and nurture these delicate plants. All presentations are free with paid admission or membership to the Garden. The Orchid Fair is an official American Orchid Society (AOS) event, where these magnificent flowers will be shown and judged. Local orchid growers are encouraged to participate in the AOS event. To register, growers should bring plants to be judged to the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Ecke Building Oct. 2, from 4 to 7

p.m. or Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Orchids traditionally represent love, luxury, beauty, and strength. Different cultures throughout history have believed in the healing, disease-fighting, and protective properties of the orchid. The 20th Annual San Diego International Orchid Fair is free with paid admission or membership to the Garden. For more information on the Orchid Fair, visit the San Diego Botanic Garden’s website at: SDBGa / orch id. htm.

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Drought Tolerant Plants for the San Diego garden — Think native By Lucy Warren

Garden with California native plants. Photos by Lucy Warren


Want a beautiful green landscape year round? Easy care and easy on water, as well? It may be time to consider what Mother Nature has to offer. California has the greatest number of indigenous plants in North America! And, they are adapted to the environment that surrounds us. In the past few years, more growers are experimenting with native plants and expanding the availability and diversity for gardeners. The natural variety is seemingly endless. There are stately trees from oaks to cypress to desert olives-from gigantic to patio size for small gardens. California native shrubs abound in all sizes, shapes and leaf colors. The manzanitas have multiple varieties which range from tall trees to groundcovers — as do the California lilacs, which provide beautiful blooms in springtime from deepest indigo to pure white. Brilliant seasonal and perennial flowering plants abound in springtime, such as Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’ or the perky monkey flowers. Some shrubs bloom for months on end, such as the Island Bush Poppy with its large gray-green foliage and yellow poppy flowers. Or, perhaps you prefer some of the many sages. Native plants can be substituted for ornamental plants in any style of landscape. At the 2013 San Diego County Fair, San Diego Botanic Garden challenged local native plant landscaper, Greg Rubin, to design a Japanese-style garden utilizing exclusively drought tolerant native plants. The result was spectacular! Most homeowners now have a typical grass lawn, which uses a lot of water and amendments and requires frequent mowing. You can save from 60 to 90 percent of your landscape water by installing a more interesting and attractive native plant landscape. As an additional benefit, a lightly hydrated native landscape also has high fire resistance. So why don’t more homeowners use native landscaping to save water, money and maintenance? Primarily because they do not understand the plants. They may have even bought a few to put in their garden and watched them decline. It can be very difficult to mix natives with non-natives. Here’s why. Because native plants evolved in a demanding ecology, they developed survival patterns that are different from the ornamental plants we buy from most nurseries. For one thing, California natives grow in communities rather than competing for resources. If you take a drive outside of developed areas, you can easily see rocky hillsides filled with a mix of thriving native plants without irrigation or fertilizer.



Island Bush Poppy (Dendromecon harfordii)

Plus, the native plant ecology is more than just the plants. Native species grow in community with soil microorganisms to mutual benefit. These organisms help to feed and hydrate the natives with minimal interference on our part. The organisms are all around, they don’t need to be added to the soil. The two best ways to kill natives are to over water and to fertilize. This “special attention” breaks the bond between the plants and their soil benefactors, leaving them open to pathogens and disease. Drought tolerant means less water or low water, not NO water. Even natives benefit from a periodic light overhead spray—think coastal mists—to dust off the leaves and lightly rehydrate the mulch under the plants. The Master Gardener Plant Sale at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will have informational displays on natives and other drought tolerant plants, with experts to answer questions. Lucy Warren, UCCE Master Gardener is the co-author with Greg Rubin of “The California Native Landscape: Homeowner’s Guide to Restoring its Balance and Beauty.”


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Anderson’s La Costa Nursery gains new owners Gardeners across Southern California breathed a sigh of relief this August when it was announced that Anderson’s La Costa nursery had been acquired by a family intent on preserving the garden’s rich legacy. Anderson’s, premier nursery located two blocks west of Interstate 5 on La Costa Avenue, has been a favorite among nursery goers for nearly 60 years. “Anderson’s La Costa Nursery in an institution. It’s a place everyone needs The Lahaye residence n Olivenhain will be featured on the annual Modern Home Tour Sept. 27. The Modern-style home was designed by architect and former Encinitas resident Soheil Nakhshab. Courtesy photos

Tour to feature homes with a Modern style By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Things are developing in the right way for architect Soheil Nakhshab. The 33-year-old, who grew up in Encinitas with a passion for art and mathematics, has been fortunate enough to combine the two subjects and turn them into a successful career. As CEO/principal of Nakhshab Development Design, Inc. Nakhshab has 10 new contracts for projects in San Diego, including one slated for Cape Town, South Africa later this year. Four of his homes will be part of the 2014 Modern Home Tour Sept. 27. The tour, hosted by the Texas-based Modern Home Tours, LLC, will be showcasing Modern architecture-influenced homes in San Diego County, including the Lahaye house in Olivenhain, which Nakhshab designed. Nakhshab said the Modern concepts he employs have all existed since the 1950s and ‘60s. But for people in the industry — the designers, the developers — it’s their responsibility to make sure they show people what true living is, he said. “At the end of the day, we’re still animals. We need to have that connection with nature. It gives us a better lifestyle,” he said.

We spent 10 years waiting for the perfect nursery and it was well worth the wait” Marc Smith General Manager, Anderson’s La Costa Nursery

Some of the features to look for is the beauty in minimalism, says architecht Soheil Nakhshab. The Modern Home Tour will highlight four of his designed homes in the county.

ceptable in today’s society.

What does that mean for home design in the 21st century? I think people are going to start being more conscientious about the First off, what makes modern, initial thoughts on how the home should be designed and it should be modern? Lifestyles play a big factor as far set up. as lifestyle is concerned. But aesthetically, my style is based on aesthetics How do you see the environment and that were established 50 or 60 years home design interacting together? We really take into consideration ago, which were far superior to what you see in today’s marketplace. It was our surroundings, our neighborhoods a shame a lot of those styles and ideas — where the wind is coming in, where were kind of forgotten after the late the sun is rising, where it’s setting in ‘70s and ‘80s just as the industry went order to make the home as passively downhill and you started seeing more functioning as possible where we’re mass production and it was about the not running our air conditioning sysbottom line versus putting something tem or turning on the lights 24/7. out there that would last the test of We’re creating a space where we still time and would actually be a piece of feel like we’re blending with the existart – that was not just a piece of art ing environment. that was form, but also function. For people touring the residences, Have you noticed if how people use what should they be looking for? I think some of the key features their homes has changed as times in the home are just the minimalist change? Absolutely. Let’s just look back in details. People have this tendency to time a little bit where things were a think more is better, but I think beaulot more compartmentalized. Society ty is minimalism. So it’s key for people has evolved where women before were to see the natural materials that were looked at playing the homemaker role, used, the flow of the floor plan, the where ‘Hey you just stay in the kitch- natural light of the space. Every time en and do the cooking and then come I go there, when I visit my clients, I sit out here and serve me,’ versus today, back and I just watch them live in the home life has changed where people space, and it’s just really fascinating. want to interact. It’s not just a household where it’s a husband and a wife. When a home, say not cut from the It could be a husband and a husband, same cloth, is built, what kind of imor a wife and a wife. And it’s more ac- pact can that have on the surrounding

Taking the environment and surroundings into consideration was key to designing the Lahaye residence in the Encinitas community of Olivenhain.

neighborhood and community? It’s like the old idea of keeping up with the Joneses. Most people are visual, they have to physically see something to understand it. When you can put something out there for people to physically experience and see and understand, I think it opens their minds and creates the level of expectations for themselves. So, for the future, whoever that mass producing developer is, they’ll have expectations from the consumer that they have to factor in.

to experience,” says Solana Beach gardening guru Sharon McCarty. “It’s one of the few nurseries where you can talk with people who have a deep knowledge of plants and how to care for them. They carry a great selection of plants from around the world that are locally grown. If I need something special, they’ll have it or they’ll find it for me.” Anderson’s new owners, Mariah and Marc Smiths, purchased the nursery in August. They plan to retain all of the garden center’s current employees and make significant investments to build upon the previous owner’s success. “We feel really lucky,” says manager Marc Smith. “Anderson’s has great customers and we love its peaceful and beautiful setting near the ocean. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and super talented. We spent 10 years waiting for the perfect nursery and it was well worth the wait.” According to award-winning designer Shad Bruce of Concept 45, Anderson’s style and approach set it apart from the competition. “It’s not a generic “big box” garden center,” says Bruce. “When I’m designing a custom outdoor environment or furniture,

I often collaborate with the people at Anderson’s. They have great designers whose fingers are on the pulse of style. They help you avoid costly landscaping mistakes and create beautiful outdoor spaces. I also appreciate their focus on sustainability and buying from local growers and artisans.” Stepping into Anderson’s is like stepping back into time. The boutique nursery and design center has deep roots in the gardening and horticultural community dating back to 1956 when Horace and Mary Anderson first opened their doors. Its location, just five blocks from the ocean in Leucadia, is a reminder of a bygone era for Southern California nurseries. Inside the nursery, visitors find more than an acre of plants, pottery, fountains and garden décor. The nursery stocks an abundance of plants from every continent, including: succulents, edibles, ornamentals, native and drought-tolerant, cactus, shrubs, and ornamental trees. Visitors can explore a charming gift shop, a secret garden filled with herbs, veggies and playhouse. They can also browse a greenhouse filled with a spectacular array of tropical indoor plants. The nursery carries organic fertilizers, soil amendments and pest control products, including beneficial organisms used for natural pest control. In additions to plants, Anderson’s carries a beautiful selection of pottery, and one of the largest selections of garden fountains in the area. Should you find more than fits in your car, no problem — Anderson’s can deliver. Anderson’s designers have helped hundreds of Southern California gardens beautify their yards and gardens. From vision to completion, Anderson’s designers make it easy to build a dream garden. “We can help homeowners enhance their yards and avoid costly mistakes. Through every step of the process from plant selections to placement,” says Marc Smith, manager at Anderson’s. “Our mission is simple: We help create unique, useful and beautiful outdoor living spaces.”

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Family fun, quality tables are a tradition at Billiards & Barstools You may have heard the best way to keep families together is to gather around the table. For Darrell Meddings, owner of Billiards & Barstools, that means gathering around the pool table or game table. Billiards & Barstools sells and services pool tables, games and entertainment room furnishings. “It’s all about family fun,” Meddings said. The staff at Billiards & Barstools has a full knowledge of pool tables and antiques. Services include sales, restoration and moving tables. “Our strong points are a knowledgeable and able staff,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools has two locations — one in Valencia and one in San Marcos — with large, newly remodeled showrooms. “We carry the best brands,” Meddings said, “We have a complete line of pool tables, furniture and accessories.” Billiards & Barstools carries Brunswick tables, made by the No. 1 pool table manufacturer. The handcrafted Brunswick pool tables are something people can pass on for generations, Meddings said. Brunswick has been making pool tables since 1845. The complete selection of pool tables at Billiards & Barstools includes a range of table

prices from top of the line to beginner tables. “From the low end up we have a variety of brands,” said Meddings. “There’s a starting price point for everyone’s budget.”

We’re selected and called to do this because of our knowledgeable staff” Darell Meddings Owner, Billiards & Barstools

No matter what your skill level at the game, the benefit of family fun can always be enjoyed. Pool tables bring the family together. When families play pool, they talk, laugh, and joke. “That doesn’t happen looking at a picture tube,” Meddings said. Even customers who do not expect to enjoy the family purchase find themselves playing. A customer recently called to say how much his wife enjoys the pool table. “She’s out there playing pool with our son.” Meddings enjoys plain pool

with his family and friends and now plays with his grandchildren. Pool is a universal game everyone can enjoy. Families aren’t the only people visiting Billiards & Barstools. The company has serviced and installed tables for the women’s professional pool tournament at Viejas for the last 10 years. Billiards & Barstools also serviced and installed tables for the men’s pool tournament in Los Angeles. “We’re selected and called to do this because of our knowledgeable staff,” Meddings said. “Customers say when we install the tables they never have to worry, they know they’re done right.” Professional service is key. Pool tables need to be moved and set up the right way. It’s essential tables are torn apart, levels are reset, and felt is recovered correctly. There is a lot that goes into putting a table together. Tables need to be professionally leveled. The difference in the level of a table is precise — less than the thickness of a business card. “Customer service is one thing we pride ourselves in. Our guys are professionals who are trained in setup and have knowledge of antiques. I have over 40 years experience. It’s very important to have a full knowledge

of pool tables when you’re putting one together,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools offers full services to move, recover and restore tables in Southern California. “I hear horror stories of people trying to move tables themselves, even if it’s to have new carpet put in,” Meddings said. They mess them up, pop a slate, or snap an apron.” Pool tables should be handled by an experienced service person. They even move tables out of state. “We deliver all over, as far as Tahoe and Mammoth,” Meddings said. “We have customers coming inform 300 miles. We just delivered a professional high end table to Lake Havasu,” Meddings said. They also do in home consultation. “We will go out to the home, measure, we’ll do whatever’s necessary to provide service to customers,” Meddings said. Consultations include helping customers select game room furnishings. They carry high-end custom-made Darafeev furniture, dining game tables, chairs and barstools, said Meddings. Billiards and Barstools carries a large selection of wood furniture, leather and designer fabrics. They also carry metal and wood bar stools, “We have a huge selection with prices starting very

low,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools also carries kits to convert a pool table to a dining table, or ping-pong table. In addition to pool, Billiards & Barstools carries lots of other games for family fun. They carry a full line of games, foosball, air hockey, shuffleboard, ping-pong and pinball machines and a large selection of darts for professional dart players and dart leagues. “Our selection of pool cues ranges from $20 to $5,000,” Meddings said. Billiard & Barstools carries family video games, like Pac Man and Megatouch Gametime. Gameroom accessories include popcorn machines and table lights. “We’re the most exciting store around,” said Meddings. “It’s all about fun.” In today’s competitive market, Meddings said Billiards & Barstools offers 12-month financing to help customers get the game room they have always dreamed of. The San Marcos store is located at 330 Rancheros Drive, Suite 120. For more information call (760) 471-9208. The Valencia store is located at 25420 The Old Road. For more information, call (661) 799-7564. Visit for directions.

Groundwater, a vital part of our water supply By Marie Waldron

Seaside living is attainable with the new Carlsbad community SummerHouse overlooking the Buena Vista Lagoon. Courtesy photo

Carlsbad’s SummerHouse makes second-home living a seaside experience With direct access to surf and sand, and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Buena Vista Lagoon, Zephyr Partners’ Carlsbad community SummerHouse is the perfect place for second-home buyers to find a new home away from home. The enclave of 35 luxury beach condos being built in the heart of Carlsbad is just steps from the beach and a short stroll to the village. Homeowners will enjoy an ideal seaside living experience with a full range of recreational options nearby, including the ocean for fishing, hiking, paddle boarding and water skiing, and Calaveras Park for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Living the beach lifestyle is all about comfort and ease, which is why SummerHouse is offering a luxurious concierge service that will cut down on planning time and maximize fun in the sun. An onsite concierge service will be on hand to perform a range of helpful tasks such as scheduling a surf lesson or walking the dog. The concierge attendant will also be able to provide kayaks, paddle boards, beach chairs, bicycles, tents and any other equipment beach-living residents might need for their daily adventures. “SummerHouse is an oasis perfect for second-home buyers looking for a vacation home to relax and enjoy their favorite hobbies,” said Brad Termini, Zephyr Partners’ co-CEO.

More extensive at-home services such as personal grocery shopping, cooking and dry cleaning — services typically found only in a high-end resort or highrise – may also be available. These beach condos are located at 2303 Ocean St., a half-mile from the Coaster Station and a short ride to downtown San Diego, the Zoo and SeaWorld. It is also in close proximity to Palomar Airport, which offers private and commercial flights. On-site amenities include a pool, fire pits and cabanas, and a fitness center. As part of Zephyr’s unique building nature, each of the 35 floors plans, featuring California Coastal architecture, vary from building to building, with eight general styles. The single-story condominiums range from 1,800 to 2,700-square-feet with two and three bedrooms, plus a den, and 2.5 or three bathrooms. Other fine touches include disappearing cantina doors on to the large lanais, a wide kitchen island, top of the line appliances, designer cabinets and detailed interior finishes. Prices range from $1.3 million to $2.4 million. The first SummerHouse homes will be ready for move in late 2014. The sales center is open Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, visit

Water deliveries throughout California have been seriously impacted by the long drought. The resulting shortfall has forced many agricultural regions to draw excessive amounts of water from groundwater basins, which in dry years can provide up to 46 percent of the state’s total water supply. In response, the Legislature hastily passed three bills in the closing weeks of the 2014 session governing water management policies for groundwater basins. Senate Bills 1168, 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739 have all been forwarded to Governor Brown for his signature. The need to update

the state’s groundwater regulations is readily apparent. Indeed, many groundwater basins have been critically overdrawn for decades, long before the current drought. However, this legislation infringes on private property rights and punishes groundwater users in basins that have had little or no overdraft or already enforce effective management policies. Furthermore, these bills were rushed through with little time for public review. It took nearly ten years to pass the water bond being submitted to voters in November; surely we can take a few more months before enacting permanent and sweeping changes to California’s

groundwater policies. Unlike the water bond, which passed with wide bi-partisan support, this legislation has generated bi-partisan criticism. The agricultural community, an industry directly impacted by these proposals, has been conspicuous in its opposition. Consequently, I have joined legislators from both parties to ask Governor Brown to veto these bills. Given time, legislation can be drafted next session that respects local control and private property rights while avoiding overreaching state interference over this irreplaceable resource. Marie Waldron is the state Assemblymember for District 75.


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Rats or gophers destroying your yard?


‘Sick building syndrome’ topic of conference By Aaron Burgin

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REGION — If you find yourself constantly with the sniffles and sneezes, it might not be the family pet — your home could be making you sick, advocates for environmentally friendly buildings said. Officials with the San Diego Green Building Council gave the phenomena a nickname, “sick building syndrome,” and according to US Environmental Protection Agency Statistics, it contributes to everything from absenteeism at work to headaches, migraines and asthma attacks.

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“It is a general term to describe the impacts that buildings have on us physiologically and biologically, and those impacts are 100 percent real,” said Ravi Bajaj, the education manager of the San Diego Green Building Council. “There are impacts from how we respond from a productivity standpoint to how we biologically respond to the lack of fresh air in a space, or the amount of toxins increase in a space, or with respect to ventilation, since we breathe out carbon dioxide, without proper ventilation those higher concentrations of CO2 can lead to exhaustion, and in higher concentrations, very extreme health impacts as well.” Advocates of “green” building practices said that sick building syndrome will only be curtailed if builders change the way they build, including increasing access to natural light, using socalled healthy building materials and creating more energy efficient structures. Many of these topics will be discussed Sept. 23 at the Council’s second annual Healthy Buildings and Communities Conference, at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center in Kearny Mesa. The eight-hour event will feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Baca from Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research will discuss the impacts of community and building design on health and well-being. Peter Rumsey from Point Energy Innovations will speak on the passive and “timeless” strategies that can be used to optimize building performance. It will also include breakout sessions on topics such as zero waste, watershed management and green infrastructure, healthy building materials and energy efficiency for existing buildings. Proponents of green building said events like this are crucial, as on average Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, much of it in traditional buildings that expose them to higher concentration of pollutants than found outdoors. An infographic created by the Council, which cites statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other sources, says that green building leads to fewer absences and better performance at work and school, and fewer episodes of asthma, allergies and headaches. San Diego is one of the leaders in the green building movement. Countywide, more than 400 projects — about 48 million square feet of building space — have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” or LEED certification. The rating system is considered the stamp of approval for energy efficient and environmentally friendly standards in building con-

struction. San Diego is also home to the nation’s first “Energy Star” certified building, the Ridgehaven project, which is home to the city’s Environmental Services Department. Still, the county lags behind many of the cities that have really taken hold of the green movement, such as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. “We have roots in the beginning of the green building movement,” Bajaj said. “Where we have room for improvement is spreading from those few isolated projects to general sustainability across the board.” Ergo, the theme of the conference emphasizes communities, Bajaj said, focusing on how builders can spread those green principles from one building to an entire cluster of buildings and ultimately, create communities that are green. In addition to the environmental benefits, builders benefit financially because the green upgrades ultimately lower operating costs, Bajaj said. “We don’t know with certainty when gas, fuel or water costs will rise, but we do know with certainty that they are rising,” Bajaj said. “Sustainability puts you in a place where you reducing those operating costs and saving money.” The conference costs $40 to attend for council members, $50 for non-members and $60 at the door. Members can bring one free guest. To register, visit the website at: event-868747

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Stellar Sales of Luxury Homes at Alta Del Mar San Diego’s Best New Home Community REGION — Success comes in many forms, from awards to buyer satisfaction, but stellar sales really tells the story, especially in the case of a high-end, luxury new home community like Alta Del Mar by Pardee Homes. With pricing starting at $2.5 million, this unique neighborhood, located in coastal North San Diego’s Del Mar Mesa area, has experienced stellar sales. Pardee Homes has sold 48 estate homes in just 18 months. In addition, 21 of the available 29 custom lots within the community have also been sold. “Traffic and sales have been amazing since we quietly introduced Alta Del Mar to the public in 2013,” said Matt Sauls, regional marketing director for Pardee Homes. “We are proud that the excellence we pursued in developing this community has been matched by resounding buyer response. We are committed to developing this spectacular plateau in a way that preserves the natural topography and sweeping view corridors as we provide our homebuyers with a one-of-a-kind address. The elevated site and picturesque setting are coastal North County’s last, best opportunity for an exceptional lifestyle, with the location being one of the top reasons for our sales success. Buyers have also cited the beautiful floor plan designs and availability of

morning rooms or nooks feature state-of-the art design and appliances. When you purchase a home at Alta Del Mar, you can select the exceptional design elements and features that reflect your lifestyle.” From Wolf gourmet appliance packages to Sub-Zero built-in refrigerators and dual Bosch dishwashers, the choices for the kitchen are extensive, as are those for luxurious bathrooms and master bedroom suites. Each home occupies a generous homesite that provides ample opportunity for private interior and side courtyards as well as generous backyards suitable for pools, gardens and entertaining. Alta Del Mar is served by schools in the Del Mar Award-winning Alta Del Mar Plan 3 by Pardee Homes was the recipient of the SoCal Award for Best Union School District for Architectural Design for a house 4,000 square feet and above. Courtesy photo elementary grades and it is anticipated Carmel Vallarge single-story homes al firm of Bassenian/Lagoni as compelling reasons why of Newport Beach, Alta Del they have purchased a Mar embraces California’s rich architectural heritage home at Alta Del Mar.” In addition to a success- by incorporating elements ful sales rate, Alta Del Mar of Spanish and Monterey has been the recipient of design such as exterior 22 industry awards includ- gated porticos, charming ing “Best Residential Com- interior courtyards, grand munity of the Year” des- entries, outdoor rooms and ignation in three separate classic brick and wood decompetitions—Gold Nugget tailing; authentic wrought Awards, BIA Icon Awards iron detail, stone facades, and SoCal Awards. In ad- vestibules and formal halldition, Alta Del Mar was ways evoke French Country honored with a Gold Award and Tuscan architectural for Residence Two at BALA styling. “Each of the four floor and at the Professional Builder Design Awards and plans offers a haven for ina Gold Award for Residence door and outdoor living,” Three and Silver Award for added Sauls. “Large side Community of the Year at and interior courtyards, expansive family rooms, and The Nationals–2014. The Prestige Collection club rooms are suitable for a of Alta Del Mar is gated en- large art or exercise studio, clave of 4,151 to 6,235-squre game room or home theater, foot Estate Homes on lots and are among the many averaging a half acre, and exciting floor plan features. Custom Home sites up to Sun drenched kitchens with one acre. Pricing is from $1.85 to $2.4 million. Designed by the award-winning architectur-

Hosts may want to consider gluten-free foods at dinner parties When hosting a dinner party, hosts might be asked to provide some gluten-free foods. Gluten is a general name for proteins found in wheat that help foods maintain their shape. But gluten also can be found in cereal grains such as rye and barley as well as a variety of crossbreeds. Gluten is not unhealthy, but many people are gluten-intolerant. When such people, who may suffer from celiac disease, consume gluten, they may be triggering an immune system response that damages their intestines and prevents them from absorbing nutrients they need to stay healthy. Some gluten-intolerant people may be suffer-

ing from a wheat allergy that can produce various reactions to wheat allergens. Party hosts concerned about guests with a gluten intolerance may want to consult those guests about which foods they can and cannot eat. A gluten-free diet typically forbids gluten-intolerant men, women and children from consuming bread, beer, french fries, pasta, salad dressing, soy sauce, and certain soups. However, many food manufacturers have begun to produce gluten-free alternatives to popular foods and beverages, making it easier than ever for dinner party hosts to cater to gluten-intolerant guests.

ley Middle School, Torrey Pines High School or Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District will serve older children. Pardee Homes is celebrating its 60th anniversary in the San Diego market this year. Recognized for superior master-planning concepts, quality construction, energy-efficient building practices, responsive customer service and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds, Pardee Homes was one of the first builders in San Diego to embrace sustainable building practices and continues to build consideration for the planet into every home and community. For more information visit For more information visit or call (858) 461-0109.


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Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce (BPT) — Warm weather months bring an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty? Chef Daniel Reyes, culinary faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, believes that it’s important to know the difference between buzzwords common at markets. “If you have questions about how farmers do something, they are more than happy to talk to

you and educate you about sustainable and organic farming,” he says. Reyes explains that while some produce may look unfamiliar, a good market salesperson will provide tips on how to use the items. Farmers markets are not just great places to buy, they’re also great places to learn new culinary techniques and food pairings. Another tip? Shop early — that’s when chefs at are the markets. “Chefs are usually there early in the morning. See what they are buying,” says Reyes. And remember to bring bags to carry your items home — cooler bags are especially Touring your local farmers markets can help you connect with your community and the neighborhood agrihelpful when you’re buying culture. Courtesy photo delicate goods such as lo- share a passion for locally cally made cheeses, eggs or grown food. The markets build a meats. sense of community, according to Reyes, that conA sense of community Farmers markets allow tributes to a stronger local people to gather in a com- economy and smaller envimon place to meet neigh- ronmental footprint. “Get to know your bors and make friends who

purveyors. See where they come from,” Reyes advocates. This sentiment is shared by Chef Elizabeth Thompson, culinary arts faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire. Thompson

recommends asking farmers what’s best to buy right now. “They grow whatever they sell, which makes them experts. Ask to put be put on their email list. They may send out information about what is in season and what to do with it,” she adds. Thompson makes it a point to try something new each time she visits a farmers market. “Sample everything! That is how the farmers sell their products, and you will know what you like.” CSA - Community Supported Agriculture In addition to visiting the farmers market, many people are choosing to become CSA shareholders, paying in advance for weekly boxes of produce. CSAs create a direct relationship between farmer and consumer, according to Thompson. CSAs allow busy people to pick up their share boxes at a convenient location, and teach them how to use what’s inside. For those interested in supporting local farmers, CSAs provide a critical influx of cash to farmers during the off-season, helping them to better prepare for the planting season ahead. Whether shopping weekly at the farmers market or picking up a CSA box of fresh produce, buying local allows consumers to taste fruit and vegetables at their peak flavor. From striped heirloom tomatoes to strawberries picked fresh just hours before, farm fresh foods provide a burst of flavor and a connection to the community that cannot be found within a large supermarket.

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These plants can help to Black Whale Lighting shines new light on industry improve indoor air quality Indoor air quality is not often an issue in the warmer months, when many homeowners open their windows to let the fresh air of the great outdoors enter their homes in abundance. But once the temperatures begin to dip and windows start to close, indoor air quality can suffer. Musty air is not only uncomfortable, it’s also unhealthy. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can build up inside a home, especially when windows are kept shut for long stretches of time, which is often the case in winter. Indoor plants can counter such stale air, in some cases filtering out VOCs to make the air inside a home more breathable and healthy. The following are a handful of houseplants that can improve indoor air quality. • Aloe: Many of us know aloe for its restorative properties with regard to treating burns and cuts, but aloe also improves indoor air quality by helping to clear a home of the byproducts, including formaldehyde, of chemical-based household cleaners. Aloe loves the sun, so if you hope to keep an aloe plant healthy through the winter, be sure to place the plant in a window that gets lots of sun exposure throughout the day. • Gerber daisy: Like aloe, a gerber daisy needs ample sunlight, and tends to only withstand winters in warmer climates. But homeown-

ers who live in such climates may still keep their windows closed in winter, and those that do can use these colorful, low-maintenance flowers to remove trichloroethylene, a chemical that clothes may be exposed to during the dry cleaning process. • Golden pothos: The golden pothos can survive a winter, but homeowners should be careful not to let the plant dry out, which can happen if they are directly exposed to sunlight. A golden pothos vine will grow quickly, so a hanging basket is a great way to keep one inside a home, where the plant can help fight formaldehyde. • Ficus benjamina: Also known as a weeping fig, the ficus benjamina can be difficult to overwinter. But that does not mean your ficus benjamina, which can filter pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from a home, won’t make it through the winter. You just need to figure out the right watering and light conditions for the plant. Such conditions can be discussed with a gardening professional. • Warneck dracaena: The warneck dracaena, or dracaena deremensis, fights pollutants created by varnishes and oils. The warneck dracaena is a sturdy houseplant that is difficult to kill, but it still thrives in temperatures that are between 70 F and 80 F.

On Carlsbad Boulevard in North County, two pioneering women named Louise Adams and Lorraine Lane opened shop in downtown Carlsbad selling lighting fixtures, lamps shades and providing lamp repair. They enjoyed much success, but wanted to travel and be closer to family so they decided to sell the store in 1982. Paul Schaeffer took over as the charismatic designer and made his main focus lampshades, repairs and custom lamps. Paul collected, amassed, acquired, stockpiled, and salvaged some of Southern California’s most unusual lamps. During his ownership he also brought the store back to Carlsbad from Oceanside. When current owners Kirsten and Alan Recce passed by an antique store in downtown Carlsbad. With her background in antiques and personal property appraising, Kirsten was intrigued to discover a small area set aside featuring Paul’s unique business of lamps. A small wooden sign with a carved black whale hung over the small repair area. A friendship resulted between Kirsten and Paul, and three months later Kirsten purchased his business. This year, the company is celebrating the milestone achievement of 20 years in business.

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Our industry and services are changing daily right now.” Kirsten Recce Owner, Black Whale Lighting

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in Encinitas, they are proud to call the new 7,500 square foot showroom home. Settling in, Black Whale Lighting is developing many new features and interactive lighting labs to further educate and stimulate our customers’ passion for lighting technology and design. “Our industry and services are changing daily right now,” said Kirsten, “New technology is coming from everywhere.” Black Whale Lighting has established itself as the largest independent lighting showroom in San Diego County — showcasing the most diverse selection of decorative and technical

lighting for your residential interiors and outdoor living spaces. Contractors and designers alike seek their services and products out, meeting their discriminating taste in commercial spaces, new custom homes and remodels. Black Whale Lighting has created an outstanding team of employees who have vast lighting knowledge and a passion for what they do — serving your every lighting need. In-home consultations with their excellent lighting-certified trained staff are available for those who need additional assistance with larger projects.


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Bird feeding faux pas? Five easy, no-fret fixes

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you

committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and they won’t soon forget if you serve the

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Faux pas No. 5 - Paper plates Would you invest time and money in preparing a gourmet meal only to serve it on paper plates? Of course not! Yet that’s comparable to how birds feel about a single feeder, a dirty feeder or one that doesn’t feature their preferred style of perch. The fix: Offer multiple styles of feeders to appeal to the


able just the same. The fix: Place a birdbath or a few smaller ones at different heights throughout your garden. Birds need water to drink and bathe in order to keep their feathers in top flight condition. Faux pas No. 3 - Tolerating uninvited guests. Birds aren’t the only ones who love bird food; squirrels are big fans of seeds and no-melt dough as well, and they’re experts at stealing seed from bird feeders. Left unchallenged, squirrels can drain feeders quickly, leaving nothing for the birds. They can also cause damage to feeders and frighten away more timid bird species. Black birds can also be a problem. The fix: You wouldn’t attack a pesky neighbor who showed up uninvited at your backyard barbecue, and you don’t want to harm squirrels either - just dissuade them from bothering bird feeders. One option is to stock your no-melt dough feeders with Hot Pepper No-Melt Dough. Birds can’t taste the heat, but squirrels sure hate it. Also, squirrels do not like Safflower Seed, but birds sure do. Black birds don’t like Safflower Seed either and won’t bother your feeders if you offer it. Faux pas No. 4 - Overlooking the importance of ambiance. You hang streamers and balloons for a birthday party, and light graceful tapers for an intimate dinner


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THREE PETALS. Designed by Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac. The New School of Architecture, San Diego

Finalists chosen for Sukkah Design Competition REGION — Three in- sen as finalists by a panel of spired and imaginative judges for the Sukkot at the Sukkah designs were cho- Ranch Design Competition. The three finalists are: Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac, students of the New School of Architecture in San Diego, Calif.; Yoshi Silverstein, founder and lead designer-educator of Mitsui Design, based in Washington D.C. who previously served as Education Director of Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center and as Jewish Environmental Educator at the Teva Learning Center; and Chris and Sasha Verone, a husband and wife architecture team, also based in San Diego. Volunteers will construct the designs on the Ranch at 441 Saxony Road in Encinitas Oct. 5. The winning design will be chosen by people’s choice and awarded $3,600 at the Sukkot at the Ranch Festival Oct. 12. The Sukkah Design Competition invited designers to reimagine the ancient temporary structure known as a Sukkah, which has been built during the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot since biblical times. A Sukkah is traditionally erected for one week each autumn to commemorate the holiday of Sukkot in celebration and gratitude of the harvest. It is customary, within the temporary walls of the Sukkah, to share meals, entertain, and rejoice. Judges chose the designs from a pool of 17 submissions from California, New York and Washington D.C. The Judges included: Rob Quigley, San Diego architect most known for the New Central Library; Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic; Davidson Norris, New York-based architect and daylighting designer; Mia Lehrer, Los Angeles architect; and Jessica Lee Vences, one of last year’s winning designers from a team at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. “The selected finalists (mostly) reveal a bias on the part of the jury for Sukkahs…that were physically delicate, visually light and potentially nomadic, whose skins were photonically translucent and that confused the perceived boundaries between inside and out, sky and earth. They were composed of materials that were resolutely of and

in the organic world, all to suggest that the Sukkah is as much a creation of the mind as it is a dwelling on the ground,” said Davidson Norris. This year’s themes are release and renewal and the three dimensional canvas to express these themes is the Sukkah. Each Sukkah is required to adhere to the following guidelines: the structure must be temporary; it must have at least two-and-a-half walls; it must be big enough to contain a table and most of a person’s body; and it must have a roof made of shade-providing organic materials through which a person can see the stars. Three Petals Designed by Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac The New School of Architecture, San Diego From the designers: “Three Petals formally resembles and is homage to the tipi – the temporary shelter used by many of America’s nomadic natives…and is a remembrance of the 40 years Jews existed in their own nomadic state. The festival of Sukkot is a time for spiritual reflection, so the upwardly sloping walls…direct the eyes of the visitor toward the heavens.” From Jessica Lee Vences, judge “The use of three petals is very symbolic because the number three is significant in spirituality. The lightness of the structure contributes to the temporary feeling of the Sukkah. Humbleness of the materials, waterproof cardboard tubes, goes back to the original shelter in using what they had available.” Tension Release Designed by Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Designs, Washington D.C. From the designer: “Release is not possible without tension…(this sukkah) is held together by tension. Metaphorically the tension of an impermanent shelter that both shades from the sun and…asks us to physically experience this liminal state of vulnerability. Physically this Sukkah’s structure is held toTURN TO SUKKAH ON B15

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gether by tension — hemp cordage pulled taut around a central hub made from a reclaimed bicycle wheel and strung around angled bamboo posts dug into the ground. “ From Rob Quigley, AIA, judge “There is something magical about this space. It gives a quality of depth that provokes thought and makes you want to visit over and over again. The structure is contained and disciplined, yet fluid, organic and free. “ Designed by Chris and Sasha Verone San Diego, Calif. From the designers: “The seven sides of this sukkah structure represent the seven days of the week and the seven year cycle. Once inside the Sukkah, one’s awareness of the outside world is diminished. The base of the Sukkah structure tapers inwards to harvest one’s thoughts, wishes and concerns. The top tapers outwards to release them to

TENSION RELEASE. Designed by Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Designs, Washington D.C. the sky.” From Christopher Hawthorne, judge “Both vulnerable and protected, delicate and well-built, this proposal stood out for its ability to translate the themes of the competition — most notably the seven-day and seven-year cycles of rest — into architectural space. A seven-sided Sukkah completely open on one side, it both invites visitors to come inside and makes

clear, once they get there, that ultimately no building can take the place of community or tradition in protecting us or making us whole.”

Designed by Chris and Sasha Verone San Diego, Calif. Courtesy photos

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Home projects perfect for ‘staycationers’ The “staycation” was a concept many first acquainted themselves with when the economy started to struggle and men and women were forced to tighten their belts. In lieu of trips overseas or family trips to popular tourist destinations, many men and women opted to stay home and save their money. While the idea of a staycation makes practical sense, many found that idling away a week of hardearned vacation at home could grow somewhat boring after a few days. But whether a staycation is a week-long escape from the office or a three-day weekend, homeowners can tackle a few projects around the house to turn their time at home into one marked by productivity instead of boredom. • Add a splash of color. One of the easiest and most effective ways to give a home a new look is to repaint the home’s interior. Such a project can be a small-scale undertaking focusing on one or two rooms in the house or a more ambitious exercise in which more lived-in rooms like a family room and/or kitchen are given an entirely new color scheme. When removing old paint, consider using sanding pads to make the task easier than the days or yore, when paint was often tediously scraped off of walls with a putty knife. Parents on staycation can even involve the whole family in their painting project, allowing youngsters to choose new colors for their rooms and do a little work with the paintbrush as well. • Say farewell to old faucets. Faucets have a unique way of making bathrooms appear dated. But vanity faucets can quickly and easily be replaced so long as the main problem is appearance and not plumbing. Homeowners who suspect potential plumbing problems with sinks should seek a consultation with a professional before replacing vanity faucets. Once the go-ahead has been granted, homeowners can spend a weekend or a day or two during their staycation replacing vanity faucets around the home. Though the project might seem small, it can yield dramatic and aesthetically appealing results. Staycations have grown increasingly popular over the last half decade, as many homeowners are opting to forgo costly vacations in favor of staying home to pad their nest eggs. While it’s important for staycationers to squeeze in some rest and relaxation, it also can be beneficial to tackle a few projects around the house during time away from the office.

Make home projects a family affair ackling home improvement projects T with kids in tow can be chal-

Ladybugs in the garden may be fine. However, ladybugs in the house are not always welcome. Courtesy photo

Some bugs will overwinter in the indoors Winter weather may not be enticing to some people, but many people enjoy the absence of insects when the mercury drops. When temperatures dip, insects that do not have the benefit of body fat need to find different methods to riding out the chilly weather. Like bears and groundhogs, some insects hibernate, while others move to warmer locations for survival. Although insects may be less prevalent outdoors, homeowners often see an increase of insect activity indoors during the winter, when bugs seek out more cozy accommodations. The following are some of the insects homeowners may see more frequently as colder weather arrives.

ware, scientists have observed high numbers of stink bugs found piled six inches deep in some traps. To keep stink bugs out, seal any cracks around the windows and doors with caulk. Patch any tiny holes in the walls and use foam sprays to patch up holes around outdoor electrical outlets.

Ladybugs (Ladybird beetles) Ladybugs, with their vivid redand-black markings, may not cause concern when found in gardens. But when found in large numbers inside of the house, ladybugs should cause concern. They do not pose any health or infestation risks, but they can be pests in large numbers indoors. Many ladybugs will leave the home in the spring when they’re done hibernating. Otherwise, you Stink bugs As the autumn air turns cold, can sweep them outdoors or remove brown marmorated stink bugs move them another way. indoors. According to Mike Raupp, a Box elder bugs professor of entomology at the UniThese insects can enter the versity of Maryland, data points to high numbers of stink bug popula- home through tiny cracks or under tions in 2013. Home invasions may doors. They also can sneak in on be greater than in years past thanks clothing or bags from outside. Box to favorable conditions this summer. elder bugs are largely harmless, as Stink bugs, which are native to they will not eat anything in the areas of China and Japan, have a home or reproduce. But many peosustained presence in North Amer- ple are put off by any black insects ica, having been observed in 41 running around their homes. As with many other insects, states, including Hawaii. In parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Dela- finding the point of entry and seal-

ing it up is the key to keeping them out. Camelback crickets The camelback cricket, also known as the camel cricket or spider cricket, is a strange-looking bug. It has the body of a cricket, but the long, arched legs of a spider. They are brown or striped, but unlike other types of crickets, these insects do not have wings, so they are silent and will not alert you to their presence with the familiar chirping noise. Furthermore, camelback crickets have spectacular jumping abilities. They have poor eyesight and usually jump toward a predator attempting to scare it away. This can make the cricket seem aggressive. It will not harm people, but because they are omnivores, camelback crickets can eat just about anything in your home and also will eat their own. They like dark, warm, damp environments, so removing these conditions can reduce the number of crickets you find indoors. To further prevent indoor insect populations, take preemptive measures in the fall. Spray the exterior of the home with an insecticide and keep mulch or damp leaves away from the perimeter. If insects become troublesome, consult with an exterminator.

What are you keeping in your 21st-century survival kit? Of the 1,272 federal disaster declarations issued in the last decade, more than half were classified as major disasters. These include calamities such as floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, winter storms, and others. “Most major disasters displaced hundreds or thousands of people from home and work, and nearly all involved a temporary or prolonged loss of major services and necessities, including power, communications, and running water,” said Jonathan Bacon, director of marketing at Wilson Electronics, a maker of communications equipment in St. George, Utah. “We began thinking about what has changed in technology and society, and how that would affect what we would want to have in an emergency ‘go-pack’,” Ba-

con said. “A lot of what we would take with us hasn’t changed, but some of what we’d desire today had not been invented 10 years ago. We came up with six items that were either invented or radically improved in the last 10 years. We call it the 21st Century Survival Kit.” 1. Cell phone signal booster: “We’re all extremely dependent on smartphones for voice and data communications. Already widely used by first responders and news crews when initially entering disaster zones, the Sleek 4G, a portable cell phone signal booster from Wilson Electronics, helps to transmit and receive calls and data via cell towers unaffected by a disaster. In a severe situation like Hurricane Sandy where all communications were compromised for several days,

having a cell booster could save precious hours of driving time to find a strong cell signal.” 2. Batteries: Two portable lithium-ion batteries, each with a minimum capacity of 10,000mAh, is enough for one battery to fully charge at least three smartphones or to power a tablet, netbook, or cell booster for several hours. 3. Portable solar panel: “These solar panels weigh only about a pound and are very practical for charging portable batteries and devices,” said Bacon. He recommended a panel capable of producing at least 10 Watts of power and one amp of current. 4. LED headlamp: Also powered by rechargeable batteries, the latest generation of these types of lamps have adjustable brightness to maximize battery life

and can be made bright enough to cast light more than 100 feet. 5. Two-way FRS/GMRS radios: “When even a Wilson booster can’t find a cell signal, these radios provide a communications range up to 30 miles,” said Bacon. 6. Microbial filter straw: This is used for drinking water that may be contaminated with bacteria, organic and waterborne chemicals, and other harmful elements. One filter straw can filter 30 gallons of water. “A lot has happened just in the last 10 years to make keeping in contact and avoiding health risks easier under adverse conditions,” said Bacon. All of these products are readily available, weigh less than five pounds total and take up little room in a backpack.

lenging. But if kids are old enough, moms and dads can enlist their youngsters’ help when working on projects around the house. Not only can adults keep closer tabs on kids’ activities, but involving kids in home projects also lets parents instill important and practical lessons at the same time. When asked to pitch in on home projects, young kids may feel proud they can lend a hand with such a “grown-up” task. • Include children from the start. When beginning a project, parents can make their kids a part of the design and planning process, welcoming the input of younger members of the family, especially if renovations will impact spaces they use directly. Draft a list of supplies and ask questions of the kids regarding what supplies they think will have to go into completing the project. • Shop as a family. Although it may slow you down, take children along to the home improvement store so you can purchase supplies together. Let youngsters help you as you choose materials for the project. This way they can see how the raw materials will turn into the finished renovation. • Emphasize safety. Children should understand that tools serve a distinct purpose and that they are not toys. Identify and explain the dangerous pieces of equipment and instruct children that they should not touch or turn on tools without an adult nearby. Go over the proper ways to handle the tools and explain the purposes of each device. Make sure everyone is wearing safety equipment, including eye protection, gloves and ear protection, while handing the tools. • Demonstrate and then let kids try. Children will not have the skills to perform more intricate tasks, but older kids can hammer some nails, mix paint or even cut wood with supervision. Assign tasks based on the child’s age. For example, a preteen may be able to saw wood, while a kindergartener can hand over nails and tools. Illustrate the correct way to get things done and then have children mirror your actions. • Attempt an easy project first. Painting a room, building a planter box, or another less complicated project can help parents gauge their kids’ abilities. Involving children in home improvement projects can teach then new skills, give them a greater appreciation of the work that goes into maintaining a house, instill a sense of pride in youngsters, and provide a great chance for kids and their parents to spend quality together.

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TRAIL CLEAN UP The city of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Hosp Grove off Jefferson Street and Marron Road. Volunteer work will include tree planting in the East Grove. Overflow parking is available at Westfield Carlsbad Mall at the end of Monroe Street. For more information, visit carlsbadca. gov/trails and Courtesy photo

Glamorous camping, or “Glamping” is becoming a growing trend for some campers. Courtesy photo

What happens when camping and glamour collide? (BPT) — You love the great outdoors, you really do but you were somehow gifted with that sweet blood mosquitoes crave. Not only that but your body simply doesn’t do well sleeping on the ground and, let’s be honest, it takes no small amount of lighter fluid and matches for you to warm your hands over an open fire. Travel inspiration website DreamPlanGo suggests you go “glamping” instead. Short for glamorous camping, glamping gives travelers the best of both indoor and outdoor worlds. As in, explore the majesty of Yellowstone, but return to a down bed and gourmet meal at the end of the day. Sound alright? Keep reading. Choosing your glampsite — Unlike traditional camping where pitching a tent and maybe inflating an air mattress are your only accommodation options, glamping offers you much more to choose from. Does a treetop abode with running water and goose-down comforters speak to you? What about a yurt or villa? Regardless of your budget, country preference or sleeping needs, you’re bound to find a glampsite that speaks to you.

No need to pack — You’ll still need to bring clothes, of course, and hiking gear, but no need to do the heavy lifting. Leave the cookware, lanterns, sleeping bags and clumsy tent at home. What you’ll be doing — The beauty of glamping is that you can still enjoy the rush of fly fishing and reinvigorating hikes, you just won’t have to worry about meals or getting a poor night’s sleep. Depending on where you glamp, you may even have access to more activities and excursions than you would camping. Many hosts are extremely knowledgeable and will go to great lengths to ensure you have memorable experiences to write home about. coastnewsgroup



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A private beach and dock is available to guests at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, which uses the private lake with permission of the owners. Fishing and tour boats schedule their activities at guests’ convenience. Photos by Jerry Ondash

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troll around the lobby and hallways of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and you’ll find photos on the walls of just about every notable movie star from the 1940s and 1950s that you can think of. They all had one thing in common beyond their celebrity: they appeared in well known films shot in and around Lake Arrowhead. The film titles reach as far back as the 1930s and continue to the present. According to the IMBd website, more than 140 movies were made with the lake and surrounding wooded hills as backdrops. Even some television series like “House M.D.” were filmed in Lake Arrowhead. One locale holds a heap of Hollywood history. It’s the 23,000-square-foot Tudor House complex, built in 1928 by mobster Bugsy Siegel who entertained the film industry’s elite. Originally called Club Arrowhead of the Pines, the complex offered gambling, illegal booze and a brothel, and featured secret tunnels and its own well for making moonshine. Lake Arrowhead was the perfect place for fun and illegal play, explained tour guide and native resident John Richardson, “because Bugsy knew it would take the cops all day to get up here. That gave him plenty of time to hide everything and everybody.” Richardson gave up plenty of stories and gossip as he piloted the resort’s boat around the lake late one afternoon. He pointed out many lakeshore mansions and told of their past and current, rich-and-famous owners: actor Nicholas Cage; comedian Roseanne Barr; radio personality Dr. Laura; author John Grisham; actor John Candy; the Hilton and Doheny families; the owner of Trader

The spacious lobby of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is at once contemporary, “Captain” John Richardson pilots a tour boat on Lake Arrowhead where he grew up. warm and welcoming. The resort recently underwent a $12 million renovation and is His high-energy narrations include local gossip and stories of the rich-and-famous open year-round. who reside in the lakefront the mansions, mostly part-time.

Joe’s; Liberace; singer Celine Dion; sportscaster Vince Scully; karate master and actor Jackie Chan; and Van Halen’s lead singer Sammy Hagar. The list goes on, and for most of these owners, their Arrowhead properties are second and third homes. And in case you are in the market, the choice is wide. There is always a bunch for sale, and with the property comes ownership of the lake. But there are people like Richardson whose primary (and only) homes are in Lake Arrowhead. “I grew up here, then left. I’ve been all over the world and I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” he declared, as he pointed out the trees, towers and bridges from which he used to jump – including a tree on a small island in the lake. “Every time I put up my rope swing, the (homeowners) association took it down. After the seventh time, they cut down the tree. See? There’s the stump.” The area’s second industry, of course, is tourism, because visitors know that Lake Arrowhead offers plenty for the perfect weekend getaway. A 90-minute drive puts you in the San Bernardino Mountains and National Forest, and on the aptly named Rim of the World

Highway, an amazing feat of engineering that yields breathtaking views. The welcoming and comfortable Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa makes an ideal base from which to explore the area. Enjoy the Mountain (ETM) offers many ways to do this – via four-wheeled ATVs, side-by-side ATVs or mountain bikes. We chose a two-hour Jeep tour with guide Tiffani Ice (yes, her real name). She took us up, down and around the nearby backcountry to vantage points and places where three eco-zones are visible. Ice also pointed out areas burned by the 2003 fire, which took six lives, 994 homes and 91,000 acres. Once back at the resort, it was time for a massage at the Spa of the Pines, conveniently located in the hotel building, a feature fully appreciated during the winter months. Coming after our Jeep tour, the massage and the quiet were well timed and appreciated. Other hotel amenities and activities are well suited to families and groups: a pool and hot tub, fishing (Richardson will take you out), and a private beach perfect for evening parties. Bin 189, the restaurant just off the lobby, is popular not only

A tree trunk with hundreds of holes is evidence the area above Lake Arrowhead is a favorite habitat of woodpeckers. The birds store nuts in the openings, usually one to a hole.

Signs on Lake Arrowhead’s hilly, rocky and sometimes rutted dirt roads indicate the difficulty of the ride for various all-terrain vehicles, which are not allowed to ride off-road.

with guests but with locals. My husband-the-meat-eater praised the virtues of the vegan Quinoa and Portabella Stack (with shitake mushrooms, pecans and red pepper coulis). The prime rib and the grilled salmon with mango chutney were excellent. Perhaps best of all was the large number of gluten-free choices that were clearly marked on the menu. Breakfast even included gluten-free toast.

For shopping, Lake Arrowhead Village is a three-to-fourminute walk from the resort. It offers some outlet stores, sweet shops, casual restaurants and a farmers market on Fridays. Visit lakearrowheadresort. com for specials and discounts, or call (855) 580-8210. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces (BPT) — Let’s face it — life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they’ll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.

Owls in your yard can help keep voles and other pests from snatching your vegetation from below. Courtesy photos

Why you want barn owl buddies Tired of voles gnawing on your fruit trees, gophers snatching your vegetation from below, or rats scuttling up your downspouts? Invite a couple of barn owls over and they’ll gobble up the vermin at a rate of 2,000 a year. The universal party invite they all recognize is a nest box. “Barn owls are incredibly widespread

Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons.”

Tom Stephan, a master falconer, is the owner of Barn Owl Boxes.

Tom Stephan “Molly’s Box” in a yard in Owner, Barn Owl Boxes San Marcos and it’s live-

in America, so when you put up your nest box, you’ll start seeing barn owls take roost in them in short order, and then they’ll start going to work for you,” said Tom Stephan, master falconer, raptor expert, and owner of Barn Owl Boxes in Ramona. “Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons, it’s economical, eco-friendly, and protects local wildlife,” he added. Tom and his team of craftsmen hand make every owl box out of Mahogany plywood panels made from recycled materials. For as little as $350 installed, you can get the party started with a basic owl box. And buying a box is a one-time investment, as they cost nothing to maintain and the owls are very good at keeping their nest boxes clean. If you have more to spend, the Hoo’s Hoo box with installed camera is one of their best sellers. Just connect the camera to your TV or computer and enjoy the best reality show you’ll ever watch. In fact, Tom installed

streamed footage became an Internet phenomenon. Tom’s lifelong passion for birds of prey began in 1962 while doing research for a wild animal report in second grade. This led to much climbing of trees to better observe birds, which led to a career as a tree trimmer (and later a certified arborist.) While bidding a job, he noticed an improperly hung owl box in a potential client’s yard. He offered to install it at the proper height and angle needed to attract owls, and three days later the lady was thrilled to report that a pair of barn owls had begun nesting in it. “This was the first owl nest box I installed.” said Tom. “Now, nearly 25 years later I have over 36,000 under my belt. I’m so grateful that my passionate hobby has led me to such a fulfilling career. I spend my days sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of nature and its inhabitants with people around the world. This is my definition of success.” Learn more at or call (760) 445-2023.

Making the most of small spaces Lisa Godsey, a registered interior designer for nearly 20 years and an instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago, recommends that people start looking at interior spaces in a new way — up. Utilizing a room’s vertical space along the walls takes the heavy lifting off floor space as a catch-all for clutter. “Consolidating objects in some kind of containment, whether with shelves, cubes, wall-hung baskets or other organizational options cleans up visual clutter,” she says. This technique is especially beneficial in small living areas. In these situations, adding vertical modular storage units opens up space for tables and couches, while adding utility and keeping potentially harmful items away from small hands. Family-friendly furniture Marissa Alexander, academic director at The Art Institutes International Minnesota advises families to think toward the future when choosing furniture items. “Durability, easy maintenance and flexibility of the fabric are essential,” she says. Children will grow up quickly so choosing materials that meet the family’s needs now and in the future is highly advisable. Both Alexander and Godsey suggest nylon upholstery and durable, low-sheen furniture finishes, fiber seal textiles and individual lounge chairs sharing an ottoman instead of a loveseat. These combinations offer form, function, and style, as well as the opportunity to fit in alongside new furniture purchases. “Selecting furniture with clean lines, in subdued patterns in a medium value range — not too light or dark — can work in a variety of settings,” Godsey adds. To add pops of color, change the wall paint. Adam B. Nash, LEED certified designer and interior design instructor at The Art Institute of San

Consolidating objects in some kind of containment helps clean up the visual clutter says Lisa Godsey, a registered interior designer. Courtesy photo

Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, suggests choosing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) free products — because they are very eco- and child-friendly. These paints don’t emit any toxic fumes and are completely odorless making it possible to literally paint a bedroom and have the kids sleep in it that same evening. “It also allows for flexibility of changing things around without huge costs, especially when transitioning from a nursery to a preschooler to a preteen, etc.,” shares Nash. Keeping peace in shared spaces It’s hard enough to convince siblings to share a tablet; what happens when they have to share closet space? “Sharing a closet is best accomplished when it is clear who controls which space,” asserts Godsey. She recommends defining areas based on age — for example, placing an older child’s clothing on the top level of a double-hung closet. The area can be accessed via a stepstool — out of a younger sibling’s reach. Another option is to hang two bars extending into the depth of the closet, rather than one utilizing the width of the closet.

“Two bars on each side, in double-hung fashion, gives each child four feet of hanging space,” she says. And it may help to keep the peace when it’s time to choose an outfit. A time and place for individual style While parents show off their acquired style through furniture choices, artwork and decor, children’s style can be a bit more — changeable. Alexander suggests that parents provide children with flexible display systems that show off their creativity in a simple, neat and contained package. “Magnetic paint gives children direct control over what they display, allowing them to change displays whenever they want. A large frame with a plexi shield is a lightweight way to display a variety of flat work like children’s custom artwork.” Creating a functional living space - where parents and children coexist harmoniously — doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By choosing durable but stylish furniture, practical storage solutions, and allowing everyone the chance to express their style in defined places, your home can become a haven for all ages.

Green options for helping to consume less energy Private residences consume lots of energy. The Energy Information Administration says that Americans are increasing their electricity consumption at home, with some homes even using more energy than small businesses. The EIA says that on average a home uses between 936 and 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month. There is also a heavy reliance on natural gas, one of the primary fuels used to heat homes. On average homes use 100 million BTU for heating and cooking needs per year. Thousands of dollars are spent every year on home heating, cooling and electricity needs, but there are many different ways to conserve energy.

This includes using alternative energy sources that may be better for the planet and more cost-effective for the average homeowner. When considering green energy, many homeowners think of solar panels, which currently account for .01 percent of all electricity used in homes across the United States. However, solar power could provide as much as 10 percent of that electricity by 2025. California leads the nation with the most solar projects to date, but homeowners across the country are considering solar panel additions to their homes. While the initial cost of solar panel installation can be considerable, the panels generally pay for themselves in energy sav-

ings within a few years of installation. Also, some solar power companies now allow homeowners to rent the photovoltaic panels, which can cut down on the cost of installation. Choosing green energy may not involve any effort on the part of the homeowner. In fact, there are many different companies that work in conjunction with traditional energy suppliers so that a portion of the energy supplied to homes comes via an alternative energy source. Homeowners interested in making any other changes for energy savings can sign up to have an energy audit. Conducted through a utility provider or a third-party organization,

energy audits assess many things in the home. Appliances are examined, as are insulation and the types of windows and doors used in the home and an inspector will check the home for drafts. A report is generated, and homeowners are provided recommendations as to how they can improve their home’s energy efficiency. Making such changes may make homeowners eligible for tax breaks or even rebate incentives while reducing the cost of their monthly utility bills. Homeowners hoping to embrace green energy have many options at their disposal. It’s just a matter of researching those options and taking the initiative to make changes.


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Cost: Free with paid admission or Garden membership. Free for AOS members (must show card)

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Carlsbad Village to host inaugural autumn harvest fest CARLSBAD — Carve out some quality time with seasonal festivities and family-friendly activities during the Carlsbad Village Association’s inaugural Harvest Fest. Starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 29, guests will be greeted with fall-focused artisan products and entertainment, including themed games, crafts and face painting. The free event will take place near the fountain at State Street and Grand Avenue and adjacent to the State Street Farmers’ Market. Event goers can

browse through products by local artisans and indulge in autumn goods like pies, jams and kettle corn. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad will be hosting a variety of games, including bobbing for apples, fall fling corn hole, pumpkin relays and more. A hosted arts station will give kids the chance to create seasonal crafts, as well as get their faces painted. As a special addition to the event, Harvest Fest will offer the opportunity to purchase rare Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkins. Proceeds


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from each sale will go to breast cancer research through the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. The Harvest Fest will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 in an event space adjacent to the State Street Farmers’ Market at the intersection of State Street and Grand Avenue. Attendance is free. For more information and updates about Carlsbad Village and the Carlsbad Village Association’s events, please visit the website at

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The Assistance League of North Coast needs your clothes It is that time of year again! Clean out the closets, clear the clutter, and fall clean your home. Assistance League of North Coast® Thrift Store is the perfect place for you to donate your used and unwanted household items, tools, clothes and furniture. Located at 1830A Oceanside Blvd. near the soon -to -open Frazier Farms Grocery in Oceanside, ALNC will put your donated items to work helping your community. ALNC Thrift Store will use your clutter and clothes to put new clothes and shoes on local students, purchase new books and equipment for schools, provide uniforms for students in need, and offer safety programs for all 4th grade students in Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside schools. Assistance League of North Coast® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs, primarily of children, in the community with the goal of providing a positive starting point for academic success. The Thrift Store is run entirely by volunteers and all proceeds go into Operation School Bell which supports programs for students. Once your clutter is cleared and your donations made to ALNC Thrift

The Assistance of North Coast Thrift Store is seeking your used and unwanted household items, clothes and furntinure. Bring your items to to their Oceanside location at 1830A Oceanside Blvd.

For more information Business hours are new tee shirts for summer. Store, take a trip to the ers like yourself. We have many trea- Tuesday through Saturday about how you can help, It is a great place to Thrift Store to purchase “new to you” items for find a new picture to hang, sures to be found among 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Mon- donate or join ALNC, visit our website days 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. your home donated by oth- a lamp for your bedroom or our donations.


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Fun fall fashions for the entire family (BPT) — Fall fashions for the entire family are top of mind as the cooler weather has you thinking about school bus schedules and steaming cups of hot chocolate. This year’s fall styles feature denim for every member of the family, and they all come in some fun colors as well. Check out the latest and get every member of your family decked out for school, work and all the fun activities in between. • Dads - Denim jackets will never go out of style for men, and the Trucker Jacket by DENIZEN from the Levi’s brand gives the dad in your family the option to dress it up for the office with a shirt and tie, or keep it casual with a T-shirt for a fall hike with the family. Men will also love the Straight Fit jean from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. These laid-back jeans sit slightly below the waist and are relaxed through the seat and thigh making them great for the cooler weather of fall. • Moms - When mom doesn’t want to look like a mom, the Super Soft Essential Stretch Modern Skinny jeans by DENIZEN are the way to go. Pair them with heels and a dress shirt in fun patterns, or relax a bit with ankle boots and a soft sweater - they’re the perfect jean for dressing up

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with flats and long-sleeved shirts, as well as layers to keep her warm and stylish all season - perfect for school and hanging out



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the rebound no doubt benefitted homeowners looking to recoup as much of their home improvement investment at resale as possible, other factors likely contributed as well. Among the upscale projects surveyed, none recouped more of a homeowner’s investment than replacing existing siding with fiber-cement siding. Homeowners who financed such a project recouped 79.3 percent of the project’s cost, placing it just ahead of a garage door replacement, which recouped an average of 75.2 percent of its cost. After years of many home improvement projects recouping little of their initial costs at resale, the tide finally seems to be turning for homeowners. More information about the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report is available at

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Home improvement projects recouping more at resale In its annual Cost vs. Value Report that compares the cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale, Remodeling magazine found that the overall average cost-value ratio has improved for the first time in six years. Cost-recouped percentages increased for all 35 projects examined for the 2013 survey, a remarkable turnaround from just a year earlier, when only three of the 35 projects saw an increase in cost-recouped percentage. Replacement projects proved especially beneficial for homeowners, who likely also benefitted from a real estate market that finally started to stabilize after an extended period of economic uncertainty that heavily influenced both buyers and sellers. While an economy on

Denim jackets can give plenty of options for the office or for keeping it casual. Courtesy photos

from day to night. • Boys - When it comes to clothes, boys want to be comfortable so they can keep up with the rest of the gang, while moms want their sons to look good. The new DENIZEN Ollie Cuff jean makes it easy for both to be happy. Available in dark denim colors to hide stains, these pants are the go-to jeans boys can run, jump and play in all day long. Pair them with fun T-shirts and sweatshirts to ward off the cooler temps, as well as fun tennis shoes for comfort while running around. • Girls - Orchid or purple are the colors standing out this season. The Purple Denim Skinnies from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. will give the girl in your family style she craves. They pair well

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with friends. With these fashions for everyone in the family, everyone will be decked out for fall!


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How to inspect your furnace before winter arrives It is almost time to bid adieu to the warm days of summer. Chilly afternoons followed by continually dropping temperatures are on the horizon, and fall is the perfect time to service the home furnace to ensure it is ready to withstand the demands of winter. Furnace maintenance should be done on a regular basis. The best time to do so is in late summer or early fall, when you still have enough time to address any problems before it gets too cold outside. HVAC systems malfunctions are typically caused by one of a handful of common problems. Inspecting certain components can help to guarantee a furnace is in working order when the first cold days arrive. Filter and air intakes After several months of running the air conditioning, the filter on the heating and cooling system may need to be changed. Check

the condition of the filter to see if it is heavily soiled. Furnace filters are relatively inexpensive. Since this thin barrier will be responsible for cleaning the air you breathe, it is important to keep a fresh filter in the unit. A clogged, dirty filter will reduce the efficiency of the HVAC system and may contribute to poor indoor air and allergies. Check the air intakes around the house for obstructions. Do not place furniture directly in front of intakes or venting that delivers air to the home, as this can compromise air flow and force the unit to work harder. Without adequate air flow through the system, the furnace may not turn on. Many systems also have some sort of external vent or exhaust pipe. Check that the area is free of leaves, debris and animal nests. Again, any blockages can impede the efficiency of the unit or cause it to fail.

Thermostat Very often a furnace may not turn over because the thermostat is faulty. Many a homeowner has spent money to have a service person come out to examine the furnace, only to learn they only need a new thermostat or battery in the thermostat. Check the thermostat against a separate thermometer to ensure that it is reading the right temperature in the house. Raise the setting a few degrees to test if the heat kicks on. Fuel Furnaces are powered by various energy sources. Electricity, gas or oil may be involved in the process. If fuel is not being delivered to the furnace, the pilot will not light and warm the air to be blown through the house. Some systems have an emergency shutoff switch that will halt fuel delivery to the unit. It’s easy for these switches to be flipped accidentally

Installing a fresh furnace filter is one way to ensure the furnace runs smoothly through the winter. Courtesy photo

Water wise workshop planned ENCINITAS — As part of its continued efforts to increase awareness of outdoor water use efficiency, Olivenhain Municipal Water District — in partnership with San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — is hosting a workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Sept. 23. Attendance is free, although reservations are required. For more information or to register for this WaterSmart workshop, visit or call (760) 632-4641. The workshop intends to assist residents in saving money on their water bills while maintaining a healthy landscape. Participants will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in San Diego’s climate, including how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate effi-

ciently and select the best plants for each yard. The instructor will also discuss composting, worm castings, rain harvesting, mulching, soil health, water pressure’s effects on irrigation, and tips and incentives to reduce outdoor water use. “Our customers have done a very good job reducing overall water consumption over the last several years, and in light of current water supply challenges, we need to continue to strive for water-efficient landscapes at our homes and businesses,” stated Christy Guerin, Vice President on OMWD’s board of directors. “The workshops that we offer throughout the year provide customers with the tools and understanding to reduce irrigation runoff and water waste.” coastnewsgroup

if a furnace is located in a high-traffic area. Make sure the switch is in the “on” position before reporting a problem. In addition to these steps, you may want to vacuum the vent screens around

the house. This will reduce the amount of dust blown around. Also, if the furnace exhausts into a flue, be sure that the exhaust route is clear so that carbon monoxide does not back up into the home.

Many homeowners are fully capable of inspecting their furnaces to ensure they are ready for winter. If anything seems out of place or malfunctions, consult with an HVAC professional to make repairs.


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