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Sharing a vision The Rancho Santa Fe community gets a special opportunity to listen and meet with Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, the Consul General of India at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
RSF Senior Center enjoys humorous presentation By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Recently, the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center had the opportunity to listen in on a presentation by Joseph Weiss, M.D. Also a clinical professor of medicine at UCSD, Weiss is the author of a few lighthearted medical books. His most recent is entitled, “To ‘Air’ is Human.” He greeted the crowd, introducing himself as a gastroenterologist, admitting it was a strange field of medicine. He explained that “gastro” goes back to its Greek and Latin roots for the meaning of stomach, and entero, for intestine. Weiss has a penchant for language. One undergraduate major was medieval English while the other was in astrophysics. “I have an interest in everything. My interests are very, very wide, but probably about an inch deep,” he said. Weiss went on to tell the attendees
Joseph Weiss, M.D. presents his book, “To ‘Air’ is Human” at the RSF Senior Center. Photo by
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Rita Garcia-Szczotka and designer Paige McCready Boer, wearing the 2015 spring collection at a recent launch party. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Couture launch party benefits nonprofits By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — An afternoon of beauty captivated those who attended a private shopping event in celebration of the Paige California 2015 Spring Collection. The two-day soiree was hosted at a historic La Jolla villa designed by regarded architect, Carleton Winslow. The backdrop to this exquisite outdoor venue had an obstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. A percentage of the proceeds from the 2015 Paige California Spring Collection and accessories from LFR Designs were gifted to Miracle Babies and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Miracle Babies was founded by Rancho Santa Fe residents Dr. Sean
Daneshmand and his wife Marjan Daneshmand. The host committee for this one-of-a-kind event included Susan McClellan, Rita Garcia-Szczotka, Paige McCready Boer, and Leslie Fastlicht Russo. “Today is so special because it is the official California launch of Paige California,” said Rita Garcia-Szczotka. “It is truly a day of entrepreneurship of women coming together and paying it forward for the greater good. And I love that.” For Garcia-Szczotka, the two-day event was about bringing women together in a collaborative effort by launching a vibrant fashion business and also helping two local nonprofits. Garcia-Szczotka serves TURN TO NONPROFITS ON 7
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RSF Garden Club holds quarterly meeting By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the RSF Garden club were diverted to the former clubhouse to the RSF Golf Club for their quarterly meeting. As everyone checked in, they had the opportunity to meet and greet their new executive director, Erin Browne. First up at the podium was co-president of the RSF Garden Club, Fred Wasserman. He started by telling the group he was delighted to see such a great turnout. “One of the items that I want to talk to you about is we do have new executive director, Erin Browne and she comes to us from the Community Center,” he said. “You can talk to her any time.” Wasserman went on to say that if a member has a friend who doesn’t belong to the Garden Club, now was the time to bring them to a meeting or a special event such as “Coffee in the Garden.” Wasserman then addressed how he knew that some members were concerned about membership after the Garden Club property sale. “We’re over 75 percent retention which is phenomenal, and we’re still getting renewals. So we’re going to be up probably around 80 percent,” he said. Wasserman continued, “And then
RSF Garden Club Executive Director Erin Browne, left, and RSF Garden Club Board Secretary Pam Wasserman. Photo by
we’re going to be adding new members so we’re really not sure of the numbers. But we want to really try over the next couple years to increase the size of the club.” He also wanted the members to know that they plan to increase the number of activities including taking part in more community involvement. Wasserman then turned the microphone over to Browne. She told everyone how excited she was to meet all the members. Additionally, she said she wanted to help create an organization that members would all really want to participate in. What she needed in return were ideas on what
types of events members would like. “If there’s a particular workshop that you’re interested in having or you want to learn more about, I just need to know what you want to learn so I can make it happen,” she said. “The second thing that I wanted to mention is one of the things that I’ve really pushed since I’ve been here is reactivating our Facebook page.” She wanted everyone to know that that if someone had a Facebook account they could start following not only the Garden Club, but also the Upscale Resale Shop since they had one, too. She encouraged everyone to “like” the pages so
the Garden Club and shop could have more exposure. Susan Glass, co-president of the RSF Garden Club, was next up sharing events which were already marked on the calendar. “On April 15, we have a wonderful ‘Coffee in the Garden’ coming up,” she said, adding how it will take place in a fantastic garden located in the Ranch. She also noted in midMay, a floral arrangement class with a “Fresh Young Vibe” would be taking place. A new floral director from a noted La Jolla floral shop was going to champion this. Glass said this gentleman is creating “new arrangements” in interesting containers, while mixing different plants and foliage that people don’t usually mix. Also on the schedule is another “Coffee in the Garden” May 20. And this residence will have a lovely succulent garden. A week later, May 28 is the club’s annual meeting. Glass also told members that she wanted them to let their new executive director, Browne, know what their interests were in potential programs so she could see it to fruition. “Erin will get it going,” said Glass, “that’s what she wants to do and I’m very comfortable with her abilities.”
Alzheimer’s Association visits RSF Library By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Alzheimer’s disease affects patients, family members and friends. For caregivers who take care of someone afflicted with Alzheimer’s, effective communication strategies can be helpful on a day-today basis. Kelly Rein, MSW from a local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association visited the Rancho Santa Fe Library to discuss caregiver strategies. Her goal, she told attendees, was to explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease, how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person, and to identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage. One example in the early stages of the disease is when they may ask a caregiver for that “thing” on the table. That “thing” may be the remote control but they may communicate that need in a nonspecific way. “They may talk around that word until they get to it or they’re offering up a suggestion,” she said, adding how the caregiver can help fill in the blank for that word. “What you may find is the conversations are taking longer because that person is trying to ask us that word or that
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Kelly Rein, MSW of the Alzheimer’s Association gives a lecture about effective communication strategies between caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
thought that they were talking about.” An effective way to give a person the extra time they need is to wait 30 seconds and count to three, afterward. Rein also noted that a caregiver might want to start speaking more slowly and concisely. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, Rein said, a person may feel a sense of shame. They may also be wary of making a mistake. “Oftentimes in their early stage, that person may be choosing to withdraw from a conversation because it’s difficult for them,” she said, noting how it’s important to involve them and draw them into a discussion. Rein wanted everyone to know that caregivers should keep their sentences, questions, and stories
straightforward and as concise as possible. “You want to offer choices if necessary such as, ‘Would you like coffee or tea?’” she said, adding how being a caregiver can be a rollercoaster ride at times. Rein went on to say that Alzheimer’s is a slow and progressive disease. There will be good days and bad days. When someone is impaired by this disease, she said, it’s everyone’s responsibility to help make that person as successful as possible. This means allowing them the time they need and including them in conversations as much as possible. “Never talk as if the person is not in the room; and, always allow dignity and respect for that per-
son,” she said. Rein also acknowledged how important it is for a caregiver to take care of themselves first. Caregivers must have an outlet such as a friend’s night out, helpline, or support. “You cannot do this alone. No one anticipates developing this disease. No one really plans for it,” she said. It’s estimated that more than 60,000 individuals are living with Alzheimer’s in San Diego County and there are roughly 150,000 caregivers. Rein pointed out that the Alzheimer’s Association is there for caregivers every day of the week, 24 hours a day. Their Helpline is (800) 272-3900 and caregivers and family members can learn more about their programs and services at ALZ.org.
Council upset with Kaaboo planning process By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — After receiving an update from the organizers of a three-day music event scheduled for September at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar City Council members are still concerned about noise and traffic impacts, and some remain upset at the way fairgrounds officials handled the planning process. “We weren’t happy with the fact that we were learning about this through the media,” Mayor Al Corti said. “Part of what we’re looking for is just trying to understand what these events are, understanding the impacts and how we’re going to deal with them.” Knowledge about the events when they are in the planning process would be helpful, he added. Corti likened the situation to planning a large party. “You kind of tell your neighbor and you plan for it,” he said. “To the extent we could know in advance it would be helpful. I didn’t get a sense that they (fairgrounds officials) had an obligation or thought that they needed to do that.” Officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach learned about Kaaboo in January 2014, although it was unnamed at the time and scheduled to take place in September of that year. The announcement was made during a meeting of the Community Relations Committee, a group that includes representatives from the two cities and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the fairgrounds. Although those meetings are not open to the public or media, the chairman provides a report during the monthly 22nd DAA meetings. According to the minutes of the January 2014 meeting “the three-day music festival was also discussed. The city representatives all seemed receptive to the idea.” The 22nd DAA board of directors approved a $950,000 contract for the event at that January meeting. “And now it’s a big surprise?” fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell asked. The festival, including its postponement, was not mentioned again in meeting minutes. An article about the event — this time mentioned by name — appeared in a Jan. 6, 2015, article in a local daily newspaper. Fennell said Kaboo was brought up during the Community Relations Committee meeting that day but there is no mention of a discussion in the minutes. Fennell said he asked the organizers — HorsePower Entertainment led by Bryan Gordon — to make a presentation to the Community Relations Committee during the February meeting but because
of scheduling conflicts that didn’t happen until March. Meanwhile, the Kaaboo website launched announcing, among other things, that the gates would close at 3 a.m., leaving many to incorrectly assume that’s when the outdoor concerts would end. During their presentation the organizers said outdoor music would end at 10 p.m. Comedy shows and a dance venue will be available inside after that. Kaaboo is described as an arts and entertainment “mix-perience” and an “adult escape” geared toward an older crowd. It will include 100 bands on seven stages — the lineup features a variety of music genres with acts such as No Doubt, Killers, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People and Counting Crows — upscale dining, an art fair, massages and hair and nail services. Expected attendance is 40,000 people each of the three days. That would be considered a slow day at the San Diego County fair, which attracts about 66,000 daily, Fennell said. Approximately 45,000 attend opening day of the horse races. Fairgrounds officials noted they all come and go at pretty much the same time so staggered attendance at Kaaboo could ease impacts. Del Mar officials didn’t see it that way. “This event is three days in a row of 40,000 people and it’s not just from noon to 5 p.m.,” Corti said. “This is starting at 10 in the morning and there (is) going to be traffic going in and out of the fairgrounds at 2:30 in the morning. … It’s a magnitude of opening day at the races three days in a row.” The situation has created tension in what was an improving relationship between Del Mar and the 22nd DAA. “At least in the last few years we’ve been working hard to try to improve our relationship with the fairgrounds and identify ways we can work together,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said. “This is kind of a disappointment. “They had an opportunity to get this coordinated well,” he added. “And I’m hoping it will get coordinated well. Both groups and Solana Beach … we need to focus better on the impacts that the local community has.” “We used to have a problem where the board was not very active and didn’t support Del Mar,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “We’ve made some real progress on getting the board to listen to us, but we still have problems with the management. “The management should listen to the board, get board direction,” he added. “That hasn’t happened. It’s the other way around and until we can TURN TO KAABOO ON 22
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Disappointed over building heights By Madeleine Szabo
Will lawyer hiring lead to lower utility rates? California Focus By Thomas D. Elias t’s now possible that mid-February will I be remembered years from
now as a fateful time in the century-long history of the California Public Utilities Commission. That’s when, without offering any legal justification, the five commissioners spent public money to hire a criminal lawyer. If courts find this move was as blatantly illegal as it looks to some, they may soon cease treating this powerful but disgraced body that sets power and natural prices for most Californians with the extreme deference they traditionally have evinced. Should judges reverse this possibly illegal PUC decision, how long before they begin looking askance at some of the commission’s other dicey rulings favoring giant utility companies over their customers. Right now, state and federal authorities are investigating the commission and its immediate past president Michael Peevey. Among tens of thousands of released emails are some showing inappropriate, potentially illegal, contacts between Peevey, at least one present commissioner, and high officials of regulated companies like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison Co. This was predictable from the moment Peevey joined the commission more than 12 years ago, first appointed by then-Gov. Gray Davis and later reappointed by ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. No one could reasonably expect Peevey, a former Edison president, to deal objectively with his friends and former colleagues. It was a classic case,
first noted here in 2004, of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse. The lawyer-hiring decision shows that despite pious declarations from Peevey successor Michael Picker about how “decisions should be based on the record developed in public,” things may not have changed much since Peevey departed as 2014 ended. With criminal investigations in full swing, commissioners signed a $49,000 contract with the Los Angeles law firm Sheppard Mullin, defense attorney Raymond C. Marshall of the firm’s San Francisco office in the lead role. Marshall is charging a “discounted” rate of $882 per hour. The $49,000 won’t go far at that rate. The commission has also used Walnut Creek lawyer Katherine Alberts to stonewall requests for records of PUC communications about a 2014 settlement forcing customers to pay $3.3 billion of the $4.7 billion cost for retiring the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station, owned by Edison and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. But California Government Code section 995.8 says that a “public entity is not required to provide for the defense of a criminal action…” It adds that before hiring defense lawyers, an agency like the PUC must formally determine such a defense “would be in the best interests of the public entity and that (employees involved) acted...in good faith…and in the apparent interests of the public entity.” The PUC made no such determination and held no public hearings on hiring attorneys. Nor has it said whom its criminal lawyers will defend. This spurred a lawsuit from former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre and
his partner Maria Severson. They want the commission to reveal whom its new lawyer will defend and hold hearings on whether that’s in the public interest. Aguirre said other commission decisions may have been made improperly, even criminally, including the San Onofre settlement. Another he cited was a ruling last November assessing a measly $1 million fine against multi-billion-dollar PG&E, also cutting its natural gas rates by $400 million a year as penalties for its conduct around the aftermath of the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons. Even new commission president Picker, who voted for those penalties, now says the company should pay much more. Aguirre also questioned a $14 million settlement with SDG&E after a 2007 fire ignited by power lines downed because of poor maintenance. That blaze destroyed 1,500 homes in northern San Diego County. The courts’ traditional deference to the utilities commission has never before encountered criminality in commission conduct of its business. Meanwhile, the commission refuses to answer questions about its legal authority for hiring outside criminal lawyers. All of which means utility regulation in California has moved into a state of high flux. Who knows? It might soon be open season on those other questionable decisions and more and that could lead to rolling back some of California’s sky-high utility rates, which are at just as onerous and compulsory as high taxes. Email Thomas Elias at email@example.com. For more Elias columns, visit californiafocus.net
Many residents are disappointed by the vote at the March 18 Carlsbad Planning Commission Meeting that recommends to the City Council an amendment to allow taller buildings in Carlsbad. Two hotels have requested permission to add a 4th floor (the Carlsbad standard is three floors) in a building with a 45-foot height (a height approval is also needed). By offering ocean view rooms on the fourth floor, the two hotel chains stated that they would then be able to obtain more revenue from these rooms. We hope, when the final vote goes before the City Council, that the Council Members advocate for the residents of Carlsbad, not for the profit of the hotels. We hope they will uphold the scenic and uncluttered beauty of our city and Envision Carlsbad’s defining attribute, “small-town feel of our beach-side community,” for all residents and visitors to Carlsbad. With this amendment, Carlsbad will have FOUR floors of bright lights at night instead of three; thus, the resort will appear much larger and more noticeable than any other hotel in Carlsbad. The residents were well served when Commissioner Scully (who cast the lone vote against the amendment) rightfully pointed out that, without the amendment, the two hotels can still build a beautiful quality hotel within three floors as all the other hotels in Carlsbad have done. Now, with the approved additional floor, the resort will obviously impact the countryside. At the meeting, the hotels claimed that four floors “will give more open space”. Regardless, the resort will be larger. The argument of “more open space” could support requests to add floors to any commercial building in the city. Thank
goodness, the buildings in Carlsbad are only three stories, wider rather than higher and thus less obtrusive. Thank you Carlsbad Council for generally, in the past, not approving more floors, more lights, more obstruction of the panoramic views. Each Commissioner mentioned a concern for setting a bad precedent, yet five Commissioners voted for the precedent-setting amendment. Other hotels (and commercial developers) will justifiably say that, if the Commission granted approval to these two hotels, then they too want to “improve their amenities” and gain “a view of the ocean” with more floors. They will capitalize on this new amendment and could rightfully call it favoritism to specific hotel chains if they too don’t get amendments to achieve “better resort amenities.” In fact, at the meeting on March 18, the hotel management company also pointed out a precedent that was set years ago. These two hotel chains want similar treatment given to another hotel in Aviara that exceeds the standard height and number of floors. When will it stop? It won’t. The Commissioners frequently said that they will be more vigilant in the future about more floors in tall buildings — why not now? The fight for the residents isn’t over. Only the Planning Commission voted to approve the additional floor within the additional height. It still needs to be approved by the Council Members who must continue to stand firm against the push for taller buildings.... that have more floors to light up the sky. Madeleine Szabo is a Carlsbad resident.
Letters to the Editor Boardwalk relocation As part of the ongoing restoration of the San Dieguito Lagoon the time has come to restore the South Overflow Lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to its natural (or as natural as feasible) state. Bisecting this site is a boardwalk. While supporters of this boardwalk are well intentioned, the original Coastal Development Permit considered the future restoration project in issuing the placement of the boardwalk as an interim location until restoration takes place. It was a Special Condition granted temporarily until the restoration work started. There has been much misinformation about the
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relocation of the boardwalk. Claims have been made that the boardwalk will not be relocated, yet it is stated in the original Coastal Development Permit that it will be moved to the periphery of the restoration area. The relocation of the boardwalk is the fiscal responsibility of the 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA). While the environmentally sensitive habitat areas are currently disturbed, restoration can only take place if the area is returned to a natural state. The boardwalk splits the area most in need of restoration and should be moved to the inland edge of the restoration site to assure the res-
toration is effective. The importance of preserving and restoring as much environmentally sensitive habitats as possible must be a priority before it is all gone. While there may be a push to support the present location of the boardwalk the Coastal Act (the California Coastal Act is the one that assures you access to the beach, sand on the beach, protection of sensitive habitats and coastal views to enjoy) does not support permanent placement of the boardwalk in an environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA). Pamela Heatherington, San Diego
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Supporters walk the planks to save the boardwalk By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — More than 150 people attended a March 21 rally in an effort to convince the California Coastal Commission to change a March 11 decision to move a boardwalk currently located on the perimeter of an ongoing wetlands restoration project along the San Dieguito River. “The Coastal Commission, in my humble opinion, got it wrong,” County Supervisor Dave Roberts told the crowd. “And I have asked that they reconsider their decision. Factual information was not provided to the full Coastal Commission and they need to relook at this issue.” The 1,200-foot structure was built in 2007 by volunteers at a cost of about $354,000. Funding came from donations and San Dieguito River Valley Coastal Conservancy and transportation grants. Officials from Del Mar, Solana Beach, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds, want the boardwalk to remain where it is. They say it is an educational and the meeting.”
Boaz said “ideas for mitigation are being negotiated” but she declined to comment further. The request for a new hearing must be submitted by April 11. “We are ready to do that,” Boaz said. “We’re going to pull out all the stops to appeal this bad decision,” Del Mar Councilman and JPA Chairman Don Mosier said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll get back to the commission and we’ll have a full commission with all 11 members, and instead of a 5-5 tie vote we’ll get a 6-5 winning vote. “The JPA felt that the commission totally ignored the years of contributions the JPA has made to restoring wetlands,” Mosier added. “This is like we’re a victim of friendly fire. … This is going to be a real fight. It’s a long shot but sometimes the little guy wins.” “There is no day that I come by here and do not see people using this trail,” former Supervisor Pam Slater-Price said. “This trail is very, very much a part of the community fabric. “There’s no reason to undo such a beautiful construct that was put here by the citizens,” she added. “This is built by the community. It serves the com-
Rachel, Rylan, Delaney and Dylan Goddard, along with their dad, Andy, show they support leaving the boardwalk where it is. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
munity. It needs to be made available to the community because how can we get people and children to appreciate the environment if we do not expose them at an early age?”
“Boardwalks are a great way for human beings to interact with nature without disturbing nature,” Eric Lodge, vice president of the River Valley Conservancy said. “It’s absolutely no det-
riment to the wetlands, the wildlife or the vegetation. It’s a great way for people to enjoy it.” “It would be an injustice to take this out,” Boaz said.”It’s a public board-
walk paid for by the people. It gives them an opportunity to get close to nature.” “These wetlands are the Yosemite of Southern TURN TO BOARDWALK ON 22
Water conservation discussed at ‘Get Smart’ series By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — The incessant drought is compelling people to rethink how they view their water consumption, including their residential landscaping. The Rancho Santa Fe’s monthly Get Smart Series, a complimentary event, invited Kelly Fore Dixon ASLA, who is a local resident and landscape designer at Nature Designs in San Diego County. Dixon provided a wealth of information including tips to reduce one’s water bill, how to pick and plant climate fitting plants, and more. “We’re getting to our fourth year of drought, and the last two years have been record breaking high
make sure that one doesn’t irrigate during a rain when they are out of town or asleep. If possible, Dixon said, it may be advisable to turn off the whole irrigation system and commit to watching the plants and foliage every single day. “What’s going to happen is when you walk around your yard, there’s going to be a type of plant that’s going to be your thirstiest plant. Sometimes it’s a tropical. Sometimes it’s a hydrangea,” she said, adding how that is one’s cue on how often to water a particular zone. More mature landscapes don’t require as much water. Dixon recommends walking the property Nature Designs takes part in the “Get Smart” lecture series. Dixon gave monthly to assess the needs information on how to reduce water bills and landscaping tips. Photo by of the yard and garden.
temperatures,” she said, noting the Stage 2 water restriction. While there are two more levels of 3 and 4, she said, if the community ever got to Stage 4, there would be no water for irrigation. “So the call to action is now to pay attention,” said Dixon, adding how the more scarce water become, the pricing will continue to rise. She continued on, explaining that 66 percent of potable water is for residential use; and, of that amount, about 53 percent is used for landscape. A sobering statistic is that it takes about 35,000 gallons of water a year to keep a 1,000 square foot area of lawn looking green. This is why a shift in higher water bills has oc- Kelly Fore Dixon, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and project manager for Christina Macone-Greene
curred. Landscaping doesn’t have to be all about lawns. There are options to redesign a property, such as a desert landscape, that can still be lovely without using too much water. A tip Dixon shared was when setting the irrigation timer, do so after midnight when the soils are cooler. “You’re going to have less chance for mold growth and sometimes the winds have died down a little bit more in the evenings,” she said. Another tidbit she had was to set the timers for five minutes of watering, wait an hour for the water to absorb, and set it again for another immediate water-
ing to avoid run off and enhance optimal saturation. A landscaped area should also have irrigation zones indicating what types of watering is necessary in certain areas such as native plants, succulents, shady areas or direct sunlight. “And if we are going to have rain, turn your irrigation system off for three days prior to that,” she said. “Let’s take advantage of rain, and if you can turn your gutter spouts down towards your planting beds as opposed towards your paving, you’re going to take advantage of every single drop.” Dixon also recommended investing in a rain sensor as an inexpensive way to
During the assessment, it’s important to check for leaks, broken sprinklers and spray heads. When those irrigation heads start to wear out, she said, especially the rotary heads, they will start to just lose that grab before they turn. “So oftentimes you’ll start to see spray on the driveway you didn’t have the night before. That’s an indication that you might need to change that head,” she said. Dixon said the Ranch is paradise, so it’s important to use the land wisely while taking into consideration the natural resources, which are afforded, to everyone.
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From left, Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar chairman Terry Weaver, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Executive Director Erin Browne and The Country Friends Shop Manager Yvette Letourneau, gather to announce the tri-store Spring Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2, making room for new donation and consignment items. Courtesy photo
Combined consignment stores want to give back RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, The Country Friends and The Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar join together to give the community “reasons to give back.” From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2, these organizations will all be making room for new donation and consignment items by having a Spring Sale where shoppers can find markdowns up to 50 percent off already affordable prices. The sales from these local stores benefit many worthy causes locally. You can be part of the difference in giving back to Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego when you donate, consign, or shop at The RSF Book Cellar, The Country Friends Consignment Store and the RSF Garden Club’s Resale Shoppe. The Book Cellar is
the only used bookstore in town, with a large variety of books. The Country Friends Consignment Shop offers treasures of silver, crystal, objects d’art, china and upscale furnishings (classic and traditional). There are deals at The Garden Club’s Upscale Resale Shoppe where you can find gently used designer clothing and jewelry, household items, furniture, tools, art, music and toys. All three shops are located in Rancho Santa Fe Village between La Granada and El Tordo, all within walking distance from each other. For details on specific sale offers, visit rsfgardenclub.org, t he cou nt r y f r iend s .org or rsflibraryguild.org/ book-cellar/. Call Erin at (858) 756-1554 for more information.
ames. Shakespeare pondered them. Spoiled heiresses make the most of them. But surnames aren’t the problem. The real challenges are the given names — first names, rather than last. I suppose they are our personal mark in a crowded world, but I can’t shake the feeling that the search for individuality through one’s first name has spun wildly out of control. Every time I see a new class roster or edit a story on a high school sports team, I get more and more puzzled. The minute that test stick turns blue, potential parents seem to lose all sense of logic. I strongly suggest you take an extra moment to consider the following things before you name your offspring. Firstly, if a rude nickname can be made from a name, some child will shout it loudly across the playground. Remember that teachers, future bosses and
co-workers will have to be able to pronounce that name without any help from a phonetic guide. Consider whether your child will want to go through life bearing some pretentious version of a perfectly pleasant, common moniker. Remember people really do need to know if your child is a girl or a boy without major research being done. Remember that while you are a teenager, and sometimes well beyond, what you want most in the world is to blend in, not stand out, and certainly not because your name is “spelled weird.” If you still choose to go forward with something different, please coach you child from an early age to be gracious when it is misspelled or mispronounced. I know youngsters who get downright abusive if you garble their strange names. I tend to remind them that having a defensive attitude will not make anyone
try harder to spell or say a name correctly. If you name your child Courtney, it is going to sound just like the other 12 Kort-nees in her homeroom class. It won’t matter if you spell it Koortney, Quartknee, or, as I most recently saw it, Courtnae. And absolutely no one is ever going to spell it right. Ever. The same goes for Mikaela, Michaela, Mikhaila, Mekeyla, Makayla or Mekaila. And then there’s Alyc. I’d like to blame it on population growth or possibly too much morphine during labor, but it seems there were renegades more than 60 years ago, going for that one-of-a-kind name. I had a high school, Gere, who was frequently pronounced “gurrr,” but was actually Jerry. And there was my husband’s family. The woman didn’t even drink, but my mother-in-law — an otherwise lovely lady — took great pride in the fact that each of her four children
had names that were “unlike all others.” She meant well, but my husband, Lon (short for Lonel which he loathes), is frequently called Ron, Don and Lom. His twin was Landa and was assigned to a girl’s gym class almost every year. (He didn’t actually mind that so much.) If you consider nothing else, consider the odds that your child’s name will be misspelled in the newspaper. There’s that front-page photo showing your prideand-joy making that winning shot, and that clever name you constructed is spelled the old-fashioned way. If you have any plans of future fame for your kids, just name them Bob or Ann. Or is it Bawb, Bobb or Rob, Anne or Ayn? Oh, never mind. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer longing for a few common spellings. Contact her at jeanhartg@coastnewsgroup. com.
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Stem Cell therapy revolutionizes arthritis treatment during this ‘Human Age’ This article is the third in a series of educational pieces by Alexandra R. Bunyak, MD; she is the founder of the innovative regenerative medicine practice BOUNDLESS, a sports, spine, and arthritis care clinic in Encinitas. We are in the midst of a stem cell revolution. The media is flooded with news of the latest advances — a 3-D-printed liver; stem cells from our own skin used to generate other tissue for our bodies; and promises of cures for many currently incurable diseases, from type 1 diabetes to ALS. Professional athletes publicize their return from injuries following stem cell therapies. Closer to home, stem cell therapies are offering sufferers of arthritis an alternative to joint replacement, and a return to the activities they love. What follows are answers to questions patients are asking in my clinic.
licate themselves and differentiate into many different specialized cell types. As embryos, our stem cells were capable of creating any cell of the fetus. As we matured, the cells differentiated into adult-type stem cells, each of which can become several, but not all, of our cell types. Stem cells exist throughout our body, ready to assist in healing injuries, replacing aging cells, and helping adapt our tissues to new stresses. It is these adult stem cells that are currently available in the clinic for regenerative medical uses.
What stem cells are used at BOUNDLESS and where do we get them? At BOUNDLESS, we use adult stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells. These cells can create cartilage, bone, muscle, tendon, and nerve; control excessive inflammation; assist in circulation; control scarring; and act as a beacon, What are stem cells? Stem cells calling additional stem cells and are self-renewing cells that can rep- supportive cells to the area in need.
They can be collected from your fat (through a mini liposuction) or bone marrow (through a bone marrow aspiration). We can also buy these cells from a company that collects them from donors. There are benefits and downsides to each of these sources and collection methods, and we work with each patient to create an optimal, personalized plan. Does it matter where the stem cells come from? Although mesenchymal stem cells from your fat are very similar to those from your bone marrow and from donor sources in terms of how they look and the types of cells they can become, there are significant differences in the number of cells we can collect and how well the treatments work. Fat offers 500 to 2,500 times more mesenchymal cells than bone marrow from a similar volume, and we are less limited in how much fat we can collect. Fat-derived stem cells have been shown to proliferate (grow
and divide) better than those from bone marrow, and although stem cells in bone marrow decrease dramatically with age, those in fat stay stable. Since you need high numbers of high quality cells in stem cell therapy, fat-derived stem cell therapies (adipose) have the best results.
placement after the treatment. Recent bone marrow-derived stem cell studies also show improvement, although less dramatic, with approximately 70 percent of patients improving by 25 percent or more. Regardless, the numbers are remarkable compared to those for other treatment options.
Do stem cell therapies work? Stem cell therapies, particularly fat-derived stem cell treatments, work suprisingly well for moderate to severe arthritis. The most recent study on fat-derived stem cells looked at 1,128 patients with moderate to severe (including “bone-on-bone”) arthritis at the hip and knee. Ninety-one percent of patients improved by over 50 percent in symptoms and function at one year. Patient X-rays and MRIs showed increased amounts of cartilage. Of the 503 patients who were candidates for joint replacement, only four chose to pursue a joint re-
Are stem cell treatments safe? Stem cell treatments have been shown to be extremely safe in over 17,000 studies involving 2,700 clinical trials, 300,000 patients, and 600,000 units of stem cells. How can I learn more? Join Dr. Bunyak at 7 p.m. April 9, at the Georgina Cole branch library in Carlsbad as she discusses scientific advancements in regenerative medicine as they relate to Diane Ackerman’s bestselling book “The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us.” For more information, visit feelboundless.com or call (760) 632-1090.
Ambassador talks vision in US, India relations By Christina Macone-Greene
Jeff Moore, owner of Solana Succulents, talks about his book, “Under the Spell of Succulents,” to Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. He said that collecting succulents actually began as a hobby for him. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
Succulent expert speaks at Garden Club By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — When the owner of Solana Succulents asked members of the RSF Garden Club how many visited his shop, which has been in existence for more than 20 years, many people raised their hand. Everyone was thrilled to have Jeff Moore as the guest speaker for their quarterly meeting since he has won numerous awards for his gardens at Home Shows and the San Diego County Fair. His “under the sea” themed succulent and cacti gardens continually receive rave reviews. Moore told everyone that collecting succulents actually began as a hobby. And the hobby not only
turned into Moore opening a successful business but it also catapulted into the creation of his book, “Under the Spell of Succulents.” Much of Moore’s presentation was parallel to his book because succulents are quite comprehensive. One of the most common questions Moore gets asked at his nursery is, “What is the difference between succulents and cacti?” It’s a simple question but has layers of answers. “The difference between a cactus and succulents is if it’s real spiny, it’s probably a cactus and then there are succulents that are not cactus that are spiny. So you can’t go by that,” he said. “Think of
it as a world of succulent plants, plants that store water in their tissues and the leaves, and the roots or stems from desert to the dry climates.” Moore said that this is a world of cactus within the world of succulent plants. “So all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti; and, succulents are a description,” he said. With a PowerPoint presentation, Moore took attendees through a journey of his book, which showcased impressive and vibrant pictures of succulent and cacti variations, gardens, and spoke about the plant’s history and cultivation. Afterward, Moore was on hand for a Q&A series and a book signing.
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe community had a special opportunity to listen and meet with Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, the Consul General of India. Local resident, Linda Leong, hosted the event at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Before introducing the ambassador, Leong told guests that she wanted to thank the new owners of the Garden Club, Bruce and Brenda Kleege, for their generosity in making the venue so affordable, Robert Kenyon of First Cabin for the donation of an antique vase, and Coomber Family Ranch Wines for tastings before the event. Leong also mentioned that any remaining proceeds from the event would go directly to the Scuba Family Memorial Fund. Ashok received a warm welcome and discussed the relations between the United States and India and how these collaborations were providing an inspiration to his country. “We have a vision and we need to push that vision,” Ashok said. According to Ashok, the India-U.S. relations have graduated to a global partnership since they share similar democratic values, which reach both regionally and nationally.
The alliance Ashok was speaking of was multifaceted which included defense, counter-terrorism and internal security, education, sustainable power and resources, economic trade, science and technology, health and more. He also spoke of India taking part in more manufacturing. In tandem was the implementation of freight and passenger corridors, infrastructure, clean water, sewage facilities, renewable energy sources, sanitation, and better public transportation. The United States, he said, is showing interest their Smart City Project. “In fact, I attended a session in Berkley where students have been competing with each other to design suggested Smart City ideas,” he said. India plans to start with five of these cities scattered in northern India, south central India and west India. The cities would be poised where the employment is and offer affordable and attractive housing. “We are trying to increase these five cities slowly in stages to a hundred cities so that we have a mesh of these Smart Cities all across the land,” he said, noting how renewable energy would be utilized.
In reference to healthcare, this spanned from the profession, medical diagnostics, medical therapies, and to medical devices made available to people. He went on to say that healthcare is a very critical area where they see a benefit coming. “Today, the infant mortality rate which is the chance that a child will live beyond the age of five in India is not very good when you compare that to the world’s standard. We need to change this because this is one of the reasons why our population is so high because people are never sure how many of their children will outlive them,” Ashok said. “In improving health standards, we’ll still see a significant drop in population when people realize the economic value of smaller families which will live longer.” And this will tie into the Smart City Project which focuses on hygiene, sanitation, clean water supply and sewage treatment facilities. As well, these areas would be addressed in the rural parts of India. By improving these standards, Ashok said, the country would see an automatic reduction in disease, while improving longevity and quality of life. “We sense a feeling of great optimism and will take it forward,” he said.
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“Miracle” twin foals, Sunny and Angel celebrated their fifth birthday on March 28 with Mom Lena at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6525 Helen Woodward Way Rancho Santa Fe. The duo and their mother Lena gained worldwide attention through streaming video nearly five years ago when mother Lena, a 9-year-old maiden registered Quarter Horse, went into labor with what was expected to be her first foal. Instead, Lena surprised everyone by giving birth to twins. The extremely rare twin birth signaled concern for doctors who knew that twins’ chances of survival were onein-10,000. Courtesy photo
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t’s spring in Palm Springs and I couldn’t help thinking about all those folks who spent the winter in Buffalo, Boston and Bemidji battling blizzards, braving subzero temps and laying claim to snow-packed parking places with lawn chairs that won’t see better use for a long while yet. Should I feel guilty or gloat? I think of our mortgage payments and the cost of gas in Southern Cal and I decide to gloat. Ha! Just another day in paradise … We are visiting friends Denny and Maureen, Wisconsinites lucky enough to be able to flee Midwest
Residents of Vista Las Palmas like to get creative with their mailboxes. This mid-century modern home at 1350 Ladera Circle in “upper” Old Las Palmas was Elvis’ home for a year Courtesy photo (rent: $21,000). He and Priscilla honeymooned here after their May 1967 wedding. The 5,000-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and is built in “four perfect circles on three levels,” according to the real estate listing. As of late 2014, the house was for sale for $8.5 million, marked down from $9.5 million. Tours are held on the weekends by guides dressed as Elvis and Priscilla. Courtesy photo
winters and live six months a year in their pristine mid-century modern condo complex in the heart of Palm Springs. They are leading us through the beautifully manicured neighborhoods of Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas, where a multitude of past and present A-List celebs, authors, singers, musicians, entrepreneurs and movie moguls have lived/live. The list is long and spans several generations. It includes Jackie Cooper, Cyd Charisse, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Carol Lom-
bard, Liberace, Sidney Sheldon, George Hamilton, Jay Leno, Mary Martin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Tomlin, Donna Reed, Barbra Streisand, Alan Ladd, William Powell, Rona Barrett, Kenny Rogers, Rudy Vallee, George Randolph Hearst, Kirk Douglas and Jack Warner. Old Las Palmas and Vista Las Palmas, which sit in the shadow of the San Jacinto Mountains, are distinguished by architecture and age. Old Las Palmas features older, mostly expansive mansions fortified by ornate gates and/or exceed-
ingly tall, dense shrubs. “This neighborhood fascinates me because it is so diverse,” explains guide Kirk Bridgman, who with his poodle Patrick, has been giving walking tours of Old Las Palmas since 2011. “The first home was built in 1925, and the last one to be built on virgin land was in 2008. The smallest house is 1,400 square feet — it has one bedroom — and the largest is 15,000 square feet and it’s just around the corner from the smallest one.” What do visitors like about Old Las Palmas? “Most of my customers are boomers,” he says, “but I do get younger guests who love old movies and so know a lot of old celebrities. They are interested in the celebrities, the architecture, and then they become fascinated by history of Palm Springs.” Just west of Old Las Palmas is the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, about 375 homes developed in the late 1950s and 1960s; hence, the plethora of mid-century modern homes, most built by the Alexander brothers, known for this style. The neighborhood has experienced a recent renaissance, starting in the 1990s. Prior to this, Vista Las Palmas deteriorated as Palm Springs lost residents and business to areas of new growth in Rancho Mirage and other
Jay Leno, in a nod to his long-time employer, NBC, had this peacock gate installed at his home in Old Las Palmas. The current owners decorate it for every season, according to local guide Kirk Bridgman. Photo by E’Louise Ondas
desert cities. Then in the 1990s, the popularity of the mid-century modern style exploded, homes were restored to their original architecture, and their prices skyrocketed. Today Vista Las Palmas is a main destination during Modernism Week, held each February. (It has become so popular that it has expanded to 10 days, plus a second event later in the year). Open-air tour buses with hundreds of visitors aboard cruise through Vista Las Palmas and commercial areas where mid-century architecture dominates. Bridgman prefers the Old Las Palmas neighborhood and he likes to see it on foot. When you’re on a bus,
“You don’t get to see between the gates and you don’t hear the silence,” he says. “We’re only two blocks off the main drag, but it’s so quiet. No wonder all these celebrities wanted to live here.” Walking tours (maximum four people) with Kirk Bridgman by appointment only. Visit ps-research.com/. For van tours (maximum six people) of mid-century modern homes and commercial buildings in Palm Springs, visit palmspringsmoderntours. com/ E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@ coastnewsgroup.com
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special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. ‘DAILY NEWS’ TURNS 25 Daily News Café, on the corner of Carlsbad Blvd and Carlsbad Village Drive, celebrated its 25th anniversary March 19. They still serve some of the original menu like the California Omelet and the Rancho Grande Greek Omelet. The owner, Bob Ruane, still has several of the original staff, as well. Both Bob and his wife Linda work there as well as their two daughters. Originally, the restaurant was called the Deli News and changed to The Daily News Cafe after their first six months of ownership. MUSIC OF BRAZIL The community is invited to a free performance of Brazilian music and story telling at 7 p.m. April 11, at Fair Trade Décor in Del Mar, the 100-percent fair trade store at 1412 Camino Del Mar. The performers will be Nós de Chita, “we who wear Chita,” referring to a fabric used in the clothes, accessories and home decor of the working-class people of Brazil. SCRIPPS IN 4S RANCH Scripps Health has purchased a 131,000-squarefoot office building that will centralize several business services in one place. The three-story building at 10790 Rancho Bernardo Road one mile west of Interstate 15. The building has been renamed Scripps Business Services, 4S Ranch, and will house about 675 staff members from Scripps Health Plan Services, patient financial services and medical foundation business services. These services are currently in leased buildings in Sorrento Valley. LPGA STAR IS AMBASSADOR The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation announced that professional golfer and Carlsb a d ' s Jen n i fer Joh n s on , one of the top ranked American players on the LPGA t o u r , will become an ambassador and spokesperson for the 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. RUSTIC ROOSTER CLOSES Mother and daughter team, Sally and Alexandra, creators and operators of the family-run Rustic Rooster Interiors, 930 S. Coast Highway 101, Enci-
T he R ancho S anta F e News nitas, announced they are closing their doors after 15 “fabulous” years. They will still be keeping the re-painting business and interior design services. EARTH DAY PADDLE OUT L'Auberge Del Mar's third annual Earth Day Paddle Out, in honor of ocean preservation, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. April 22 at Powerhouse Park and will include the sunset and “chef tasting” snacks on the beach afterward. bring their own boards or have the hotel concierge arrange for a board rental from Del Mar's Fulcrum Surf. ATKINS TO CUBA Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, who represents Solana Beach, and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) led a trade delegation of legislators, academics, and representatives of the state’s agricultural industry to Cuba from March 30 to April 3, during the legislative recess. PROFESSORS HONORED Del Mar resident and UC San Diego Professor of Economics James Hamilton will be honored for excellence in research in humanities and social sciences, along with Del Mar resident and UC San Diego Professor of Music Roger Reynolds will be honored for excellence in the performing and visual arts the 41st Annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards on April 2. NEW GOLF COURSE OWNERSHIP The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a grand reopening ribbon-cutting from noon to 1 p.m. April 10 at Emerald Isle Golf Course, 660 S. El Camino Real, Oceanside, with drawings, T-shirt giveaways, raffles and more. April 11 will be a guest tournament shotgun at 8 a.m., a putting contest with a winner per hour, food and beverages throughout the day, "Neighborhood Golf" and Swing Tips hosted by SCPGA Professionals. April 12 will be The
RSF Senior Center inspired by memoirs By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — Attendees had a treat chatting with Sid Shapira of “Stories Be Told,” a memoir writing service. The goal for Shapira was inspiring those in attendance to start working on their own memoir because everyone has a unique story to share. He started the talk with one of his favorite quotes: “Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story.” Following this “ice breaker” people in the room took turns sharing a little bit about where they were born and what brought them to San Diego County. Afterward, Shapira wanted everyone to know that he was a San Diego based writer and corporate communications professional. He graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and began his career as a reporter. While living in San Diego for more than 20 years, he worked in corporate communications with Qualcomm and the U-T San Diego. He got the memoir-writing bug shortly after moving to San Diego. “I met a gentleman named Jack Leonard who lived in La Jolla and he was an executive with Time Inc. for many years. He was with Life Magazines, Sports Illustrated, and a really colorful guy with wonderful stories,” said Shapira, adding how
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Leonard knew just about everybody. Shapira went on to say how Leonard was a business partner with the Olympic great Jesse Owens, friends with the Kennedy family, Arnold Palmer and many more. “It seemed like people gravitated to Jack,” he said. Shapira continued, “He grew up in a place called Paterson, New Jersey and one of his of good friends growing up was a guy named Lou Cristillo who was a Golden Gloves Boxer. You might not know the name Lou Cristillo, but when he got a little older he changed his name and become half of a top of the line quality comedy team of Abbott and Costello.” Yes, it was Lou Costello.
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As luck would have it, with so many stories to share, Leonard asked Shapira to help him write his life story. And he did. The memoir is entitled, “The Time of my Life.” Since then, while Shapira has been helping many people craft their memoirs he managed to sneak some time into writing a children’s book called, “Danny Dog.” It also recently received the 2015 Family Choice Award. While Shapira told his story, it naturally inspired many in the room wanting to learn more about memoir writing. The most poignant piece of information he shared came from the expression that a picture tells a thousand words. The first step was finding photos for a memoir. So many people, he said, have a stack of photos buried away in a closet, cupboard, shoe box or even a photo album. “And the thing is you want to put that into some
sort of story,” said Shapira, noting how adding words to pictures is a way to preserve those memories. While some grandparents from past generations may have never wrote any “historical stories” about themselves or their families, it’s never too late to start with the current generation. Shapira said the best place to begin is with one’s childhood. Collect the oldest pictures and start there working one’s way to the most current. The oldest pictures will generate childhood memories, recollections of the old neighborhood, unique and funny family members and much more. The old pictures, working up the newer ones will trigger anecdotes. “You have this chance to share this with your families and with future generations by putting your stories down on paper,” he said. “Future generations may not be able to touch you, but they can be touched by you.”
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APRIL 3 FOREIGN FILMS MiraCosta continues its free International Film Series with a screening of “Hannah Arendt” Germany, 2012, at 7 p.m. April 3 in the MiraCosta College Little Theatre (Room 3601) at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. English subtitles.
Filmmaker Philippe Carillo, pictured, and his wife Maxine will be at the Seaside Center in Encinitas to screen their documentary, “Inside the Garbage of the World” April 3. Admittance is free but a $10 donation is welcomed. Courtesy photo
Plastic in the oceans inspires documentary By Tony Cagala
ENCINITAS — While on a walk on the beach with his wife Maxine a couple of years ago, Philippe Carillo came across a plastic bag on the shore. By the end of their walk, they had filled the bag full with more plastic and trash. Wondering where it was all coming from, the couple had decided to do some research. It was then they learned about a mass of floating garbage in the Pacific Ocean. A short video clip from Capt. Charles Moore, who had discovered the floating garbage (what is now known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”) inspired the couple to make their first film, a documentary called “Inside the Garbage of the World,” to help make the issue more known than it is now. The two filmmakers will screen the film and hold a Q&A session at the Seaside Center at 1613 Lake Dr. April 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Carillo, who was born in France and now lives in the U.S., spoke with The Coast News about his experience making the film.
Was there anything that you learned during the filming that particularly alarmed you about the situation? Yeah. When we started to work (on the film) the scientists…oceanographers and doctors and medical doctors, it became very alarming that there were other things that we didn’t know about, for instance, the leaking of the chemicals from the plastic. Also, we went to a…beach in Hawaii…just to videotape what we can over there. So we get there, and the sand was not sand there anymore. It was plastic. What message does the film ultimately leave the viewer with? Well, the message is, if we don’t do anything about it, the human race is gone. And just with one thing, and there are other things as well, of course, like radiation, global warming. But just think — plastic — as a human race, we are killing ourselves. Already in a garbage patch in the middle of the ocean, 36 percent of the fish have plastic in their stomach compared to 10 years ago, only 6 percent… And nobody really realizes it because the ocean is
far away. It’s like, ‘Oh, OK well, you know, blah, blah, blah,’ but actually it’s a real concern because when it is going to come to the shore, it will be too late. How fixable do experts see this situation to be? To be honest with you, we have to stop using plastics now — yesterday. You say change begins on the shore. What kind of change will be necessary to help stop this problem? The thing is everybody realizing that we are killing ourselves. We have to stop using plastic. The big companies are not going to do anything. Changing the law is going to take too long. We have only 10 years before something is going to happen very bad…When people see this film, they change their habits. They say, ‘Oh my God, wow. I didn’t know about that. I didn’t know that my plastic is going in Hawaii and it’s going to be killing animals.’ People are changing; they’re changing their minds…People have power. They can just vote with their pocket book, say no to plastic anymore. And then that will be the change.
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APRIL 4 LUTE AND MORE Lutist Dominic Schaner and vocalist Amy Michele White will perform music of the early 16th and 17th centuries, at Del Mar Library at 2 p.m. April 4, 1309 Camino Del Mar. A past recipient of the Del Mar Farmers Market Scholarship, Schaner studied at Boston University. For more information, call the Del Mar Branch Library at (858) 755-1666. For information about San Diego County Library and other events visit sdcl.org. ART FAIR Oceanside Days of Art committee continues its call to visual artists and artisans to participate in the 23nd annual Oceanside Days of Art, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and April 19. Download the 2015 Artist Application Form, at ocaf.info/ or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. NEW ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Lux Art Institute will host Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson April 4 through May 2. Visitors are welcome during Artist Studio hours: Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1550 El Camino Real, Encinitas. Patterson’s work incorporates glitter, fabric silk flowers, jewelry, and more. MEET THE ARTISTS Members of the San Dieguito Art Guild invite the public to an artists’ reception from 1-4 pm, April 4, at the Encinitas Community
Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Meet the plein air artists whose work is included in the “Capturing Reflections” exhibition. This exhibit is free and runs through May 13. For more information, call (760) 942-3636, or visit offtrackgallery.com. THEATER PREVIEWS New Village Arts Theater presents “Lord of the Flies” with pay-whatyou-can previews April 3 through April 10. The show runs through May 3. Tickets $23 -$42, at newvillagearts.org/tickets/plays/. APRIL 7 SWEET SOUNDS The Quartetto Gelato will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 7 at the Center Theater, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. Tickets are $10 to $35 at (800) 988-4253 or online at artcenter.org. APRIL 9 JACKSON BROWNE Jackson Browne and friends Jack Tempchin and Joel Rafael will host a benefit at 8 p.m. April 9, at the California Center For the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, to assist the recovery of North County resident Cheyne Johnston. Tickets are through the California Center For the Arts, Escondido at artcenter.org. APRIL 10 FOREIGN FILMS The city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents “Volver” (Spain, 2006,) as part of the free “Foreign Film Fridays” at 4 and 7 p.m. April 3 in Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. MARK THE CALENDAR SDA ON STAGE San Dieguito Academy Theater students and alum perform “Pain,” with a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the Clayton E. Liggett Theater. General admission is $35 at seatyourself.biz/sandieguito. As a fundraiser for SDA drama department, the evening includes an After-the-Performance gathering at 3rd Corner Wine and Bistro. Late night menu and drink pricing will begin at 10 p.m.
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ncinitas 101 MainStreet follows its mission and mantra: “Downtown Encinitas — a place to Live, Work, and Play,” in presenting First Thursdays, a free monthly community evening of food, art and entertainment along Coast Highway 101. Originating a few years ago as a means of drawing residents and visitors to eat, drink and shop on Highway 101 on week nights, First Thursdays have been evenings when shops and restaurants along the 101 strip stay open late to offer entertainment and special discounts. Beginning April 2, Encinitas 101 MainStreet’s new Executive Director Thora Guthrie shakes things up with an explosion of visual and performing arts. With an infusion of fresh vitality, the reenergized monthly event is not to be missed. Guthrie, who just weeks ago took the reins at Encinitas 101 MainStreet, comes from a strong artistic perspective. An artist in her own right, the recent member of the Encinitas Commission for the Arts brings her extensive background in design as well as communications, marketing and public relations. With First Thursdays, Guthrie focuses on local artists and performers gaining exposure. She has assembled an exciting lineup of visual artists and musicians paired with local businesses to kick off the new and improved series of events. Guthrie says enthusiastically, “Connecting our prolific art community with the public in a family-friendly atmosphere will be dynamic, valuable for everyone and make this an event that people will look forward to every month.” On April 2 at the Encinitas 101 MainStreet office, located at 818 S. Coast Highway, Marvin Free and his Jazz Trio “Endangered Speciez” perform, while the E101 Gallery hosts a reception for artist Cathy Carey whose bright paintings are on exhibit. In the nearby Lumberyard’s central plaza, original indie rock band Triceratropical entertains the crowd, while attendees visit with artists such as Judy Salinsky at the Off Track Gallery, and other artists at Movin’ On Shoes. Ballet Folklorico de San Dieguito performs in the same plaza at 6 p.m.
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In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we welcome the entire community to our campus. We’ve planned a day long schedule of events and activities for attendees of all ages! Wade Koniakowsky’s “Light Waves” (18x36” oil on canvas). The world famous artist appears at Hansen’s during First Thursday on April 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. Image courtesy Wade Koniakowsky
Ironsmith Coffee, newcomer to the 400 block of the Coast Highway, collaborates with Arnette Eyewear to host printmaker Jason Markow and live music by folk rock duo "Professional Friend," rotating with creative acoustic guitarist
Katya Brown from Fine Tune Academy. The Roxy Restaurant features renowned local jazz musician Peter Sprague, while Art N Soul (633 S. Coast Highway 101) hosts an artist reception featuring refreshments.
Bliss hosts a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception for local photographer/mixed media artist Laura Cunningham. Artists will guide youth in painting a mural on the TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON 22
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CSUSM celebrates ceremonial groundbreaking of its sports complex By Aaron Burgin
From left: Christian Groh, Kalman Boyd, Erik Elliot, Shauna Morgan, Frankie Van Den Berg, and Derek Miller of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
RSF Tennis Club junior programs excels By Christina Macone-Greene
RANCHO SANTA FE — While the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club turns heads with its recent recognition from the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club as “2014 Outstanding Facility of the Year,” by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), it’s also receiving kudos for its various Junior Programs. The RSF Tennis Club Junior Programs are championed by its tennis director and head pro, Derek Miller, a three time USDSHS CIF Champion and USDHS Hall of Famer. Under the umbrella of the Junior Programs are the toddler, middle school and junior club levels. According to RSF Tennis Club Board President, Dave Van Den Berg, the junior club boasts 53 graduates who moved on to play in NCAA collegiate tennis. Currently, they have more than 18 players ranked in the top 40 in the nation. A closer look shows that 9 of these players are ranked as top 10 in the nation and 5 are the top 50 players worldwide. “There is a lot of liveliness and fun here,” Miller said. “It’s intense from the first warm-up ball to the last ball struck. Everybody is competing, working their tails off, and more importantly, working with each other.” Van Den Berg said their junior club program is one of the most heavily attended in the country. With that said, in whatever way it can, the RSF Tennis Club gives back to promote kids and the sport. “The Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club donates courts for the training of these high performance tennis athletes and highly ranked junior competitors so they can be the stars of the future,” Van Den Berg said. Miller pointed out how their Rancho Santa Fe Middle School Program, with
its team moniker, “The Eagles,” has been highly successful. From four years ago, they have grown from 12 participants to 63. In addition to tennis, the kids take part in other social activities such as gymnastics at Sky High, Laser Tag, beach parties and more. The Middle School Program is complimentary through its foundation for kids attending the RSF school district. It gives private lessons to children after school on Mondays through Thursdays. “I don’t know if there’s any other program like that in the country where kids can get that level of tennis from this level of professionals four days a week,” he said. Van Den Berg is quick to point out that Miller has the type of energy and personality which is magnetic to children. “The kids all love to be around Derek,” he said. “He’s taught my son how to be disciplined, work hard and have fun at the same TURN TO TENNIS ON 22
SAN MARCOS — Cal State San Marcos celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of its 2,200-seat on-campus arena last week. Athletics officials, school administrators and students hailed the forthcoming $11.4 million Cougar Sports Center as a huge achievement for the campus as it transitions from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the NCAA. Crews will complete construction by August 2016, in time for the 2016-17 women’s volleyball season. “The Sports Center is a game changer, literally, for all of our 300-plus student-athletes, coaches, the department of athletics, and mostly our university,” athletic director Jennifer Milo said. “The impact will be felt immediately.” Cal State San Marcos’ court sport programs — volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball — have had a successful run in their four years of existence, including nine conference championships and an undefeated “home” record for the highly-touted men’s basketball team over the past two seasons. This success, however, has come with sacrifices for the nomadic teams, which play most of their games in front of sparsely attended crowds at local gymnasiums, including Pacific Ridge and Escondido high schools and MiraCosta College. “I don’t think people understand how hard it is not having a home gym,” said MacKenzie Harnett, a senior on the women’s basketball team. “We play mostly in front of family and friends, but it is hard to get students out there.” Andrea Leonard, the
Cal State University San Marcos officials make the ceremonial groundbreaking on their new sports complex last week. Photo courtesy Cal State San Marcos
head women’s volleyball coach, said the new arena would be transformative for the entire university community, both for morale and from a recruiting standpoint. “This will be our true home court advantage where our student population can easily arrive from class to cheer on their team, parents and families arriving with ease and our teams raising those championship banners to the sea of blue,” Leonard said. The arena is also a necessary step for the university to complete its transition to NCAA Division II athletics. The athletic programs will begin playing NCAA Division 2 schedule and are expected to fully transition to Division II by the 2017-18 school year. The 25,000-squarefoot arena, which is being paid for primarily through student fees, will seat 1,400 for athletic events, but has a maximum capacity of 2,200 for other events. Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes
likened the arena’s impact to the student community to that of the university student union and the health and counseling student services center, which have helped boost the school’s profile. The Sports Center, she said, has the potential to be a huge regional draw. “The Sports Center will tie our university closer to the region we serve, as a new destination for, not just exciting sports action, but also large-scale entertainment and educational programming,” she said. “Indeed, this will be a new rallying point of pride for our region.” For Harnett and other seniors, the new arena will arrive well after their departure from campus, but they plan on returning for its opening, and many other games to come. “I’m pretty bummed I’ll be gone long before
it’s done,” Harnett said. “But I will be back for alumni games and things like that. I am just glad they are taking this step, because it shows that the university is really taking athletics seriously.”
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Summer Day Camp at Del Mar Pines classes that create a fun and enriching exSchool is open to all school age children perience for your child. You can design a stimulating, creative summer that accom(grades K-6) in our community. modates your schedule and your child’s SESSION I: JUNE 22 — JULY 9 unique needs. SESSION II: JULY 13 — JULY 30 We offer morning and afternoon proOur program offers a wide selection of grams Monday through Thursday. COURSES INCLUDE: • Theater/ Broadway • Monart Mixed Media • Clay & Ceramics • Understanding Science Through Art • Math Games • Math Problem Solving • Engaging Math
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Junior Lifeguards open to all levels of athletic abilities DEL MAR — With summer fast approaching, beach and ocean safety are on the minds of parents everywhere. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard and Little Turtle programs offer peace of mind for parents and fun and useful skills for children ages 7 to 17. Programs take place at 29th Street in Del Mar and include a variety of age-appropriate activities and education including CPR, First Aid, sun safety, surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding and body surfing. Some of the skills taught include teamwork, leadership, self-esteem building, physical fitness, and lifesav-
The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard instructors are all ocean lifeguards. ing and rescue techniques with lifeguard equipment. Additionally, participants learn appreciation of the beach and ocean environment. Amidst all of the learning are plenty of fun and games. The Del Mar Junior Lifeguard instructors are all ocean lifeguards. Many of the instructors are Junior Lifeguard alumni. Each instructor strives to pass on
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Get ready for Fall ATTACK Recreational Soccer Online Registration is now open for those wishing to sign up for Fall Recreational Soccer through the Attack Recreational program at www.rsfsoccer. com. The program has been developed for children ages 4 to 18 and is uniquely designed to build upon individual skills so that each player can grow and improve throughout the season. The program emphasizes fun while learning the game of soccer and the meaning of sportsmanship. Attack annually serves close to 500 children in their Recreational program. Players who register by May 2nd online or at our Walk-In Registration will be able to request a certain coach or team and will be guaranteed the opportunity to play. The Attack Rec teams play against each other and the other local clubs (such as Solana Beach, Cardiff and Encinitas). Games are held on local fields on Saturday’s during the fall with practices during the week. Registration for fall soccer can be completed online or the forms can be downloaded from the website. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their
Online Registration for the Fall Rec Program is now OPEN! birth certificate or passport. Walk-in Registration is being held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Rancho Santa Fe/R. Roger Rowe Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coach and Team Requests will only be accepted through May 2nd. Forms will be available at the walk-in registration or you will need to bring the signed forms that you can download from the online registration. This year we are offering a $25 discount to volunteer coaches that sign up to coach by May 2nd. The Attack Recreation program is volunteer driven and relies on parents and other adults to coach and sponsor the different teams. This program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is committed to providing a high quality youth soccer program for all children. Over the years we have strived to keep the registration fees afford-
able for all players through our Sponsorship Program. These tax deductible sponsorships go towards the cost of running our quality program by helping with uniforms, fields, referee fees and in providing assistance to children who want to play but do not have the financial resources to do so. We offer different levels of sponsorship starting at $500. To review our Sponsorship options, check out our Rec Sponsorship Package on our website. Registration for our Summer Camps is now available online, as well. You can sign up for the camps at the time you register for the Fall program, or register separately by going to the Camps and Clinics page under the Recreational program on the website. All campers will receive a customized ball and t-shirt and we do take walk-ins. Attack also has a Youth Soccer Referee program for children 10 and older. Training is provided and these young referees are used in the fall to referee games on Saturdays. You can find more information about the Attack Recreational Program or the Youth Referee Program on the club website at www. rsfsoccer.com or by calling the office at 760-479-1500.
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By Tony Cagala
ENCINITAS — Vulcan Avenue: The notso-final frontier. Fans of Leonard Nimoy had the chance to voyage a block of the avenue — between D and E streets — during a weeklong mission to celebrate the life of the actor — the most prominent of Vulcans. Encinitas Councilman Tony Kranz introduced the idea of a “Spock Block” to honor Nimoy for a week, which wrapped up April 1, on the avenue and to encourage more visitors to downtown Encinitas. The idea for the Spock Block was approved unanimously by the City Council on March 18. On Thursday, (Nimoy’s birthday), Mayor Kristin Gaspar, dressed in her best Star Trek regalia and a jet-black wig, issued a special Trekkie proclamation, declaring the area “Spock Block” for the week. “Creativity and having fun is the main objective. Something that would appeal to the human side of Mr. Spock,” Gaspar said. Nimoy, who passed away in February, portrayed the character of Spock from the planet Vulcan in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies. Several businesses and restaurants in the area offered discounts during the week.
Encinitas Councilman Tony Kranz and Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar don their best “Star Trek” outfits in front of City Hall on Thursday for the proclamation of Spock Block week.. Photos by Tony Cagala
Jim Wang and Patricia Williams turn out for the Spock Block proclamation on Thursday.
fers an Easter egg Treasure Hunt from noon to 3 p.m. April 4. Get a picture with the Easter Bunny Know something that’s going on? Send from noon to 2 p.m., and hear live it to email@example.com music from Clint Perry of The Boo Hoo Crew. Check in at Geppetto's Toys. APRIL 3 WHAT’S NEWS? The LIFE Club @ San Elijo presents “The Future of Journalism in San Diego” at 1 p.m., # 201 MiraCosta College, 3333 Manchester Ave, Cardiff. Kent Davy, former editor of the North County Times, will outline the state of the local press, talk about the UT takeover of the North County Times and the proTREASURE HUNT Join the posal by Malin Burnham to turn the UT into a non-profit entity. Easter Egg Treasure Hunt at the Parking is $1. For information vis- Carlsbad Premium Outlets from it, mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org 12:30 to 4 p.m. April 4 at 5620 LIFE LECTURES MiraCosta Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, Meet College LIFE Lectures features the Easter bunny from 1 to 4 p.m. SPRING FESTIVAL SolaMiraCosta faculty member Steve Torok discusses the jazz music of na Beach will host a Children’s Horace Silver, at 1 Barnard Drive, Spring Festival and Egg Hunt Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a from 10 a.m. to noon April 4 at $1 parking permit in lot 1A. Check La Colonia Community Park, 715 speaker schedule at miracosta. Valley Ave., with an egg hunt for edu/life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. third-grade or younger. Bring your own basket. For more infor6972 with any questions. mation, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (858) 720- 2453. CARDIFF EGG HUNT The community is invited to an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 4 at Glen Park, 2149 Orinda Drive, Cardiffby-the-Sea. FIND THOSE EGGS The city of Encinitas Easter Egg Hunt Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Encinitas Community APRIL 4 CARDIFF EGG HUNT The Park, 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinicommunity is invited to an Easter tas. Egg hunt times are 10:15 a.m. egg hunt at 10 a.m. April 4 at Glen for 2 years & under, 10:45 a.m. for Park. 2149 Orinda Drive, Cardiff- 3-year-olds, 11:15 a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 6 & by-the-Sea. HOP ON OVER Easter week- up. Bring your own basket or bag. BIG BOOK SALE Friends of end at Flower Hill Promenade of-
Marcia Mercurio with her stuffed Spock teddy bear at the proclama- Nori Nakajima gives the Vulcan salute. tion event for Spock Block on Vulcan Avenue in Encinitas.
Carlsbad Drive, is seeking volunteers to meet and greet visitors three to four hours per week. The hours are flexible and duties include sharing knowledge of the area, answering phones and other light projects. Call Lee at :760434-6093 HELP FOR CAREGIVERS Reservations are needed by April 6 for the seminar on “Finding the Balance in Caregiving” held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 8 at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave. RSVP by April 6 to (800) 827-4277 or sharp.com/ classes. Free onsite respite care provided with previous registraAPRIL 5 EASTER WORSHIP Holy tion. Cross Episcopal Church and Spirit Harbor Lutheran Church, in Bres- APRIL 7 San Diego North Coastal si Ranch will hold a 9 a.m. traditional Episcopal communion wor- WomenHeart Support Group ship and a children’s Easter Egg meets at 10 a.m. April 7 at Tri-City hunt, childcare provided. There Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino will be a Contemporary Commu- Road, Carlsbad, in the Executive nion worship and Easter egg hunt Board Room. For more informaat 6 p.m. with Spirit Harbor Lu- tion, contact Marilyn at (760) 438theran Church, also at 2510 Gate- 5890. way Road, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 930-1270 or APRIL 8 visit holy-cross-church.org. NEW FRIENDS The Catholic IN THE VILLAGE The Vil- Widows and Widowers of North lage Community Presbyterian County is a support group for laChurch will hold Easter services dies and gentlemen who desire to with sunrise worship at 7 a.m. and foster friendships through various traditional worship with a Chil- social activities, will meet for hapdren’s Jubilee at 9 a.m. and 11 py hour at Firefly Grill and Wine a.m., 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Bar, Encinitas April 8. Members Santa Fe. Call (858) 756-2441 for will play golf at Reidy Creek Golf more information. Course, Escondido. April 9. New EASTER SERVES Carlsbad members are welcome. For reserCommunity Church will have a vations, call (858) 674-4324. 10:15 a.m. service Easter Sunday, April 5 at 3175 Harding St., Carls- APRIL 9 bad. For more information, visit COLLEGE AND CAREER Local high school students are 3c.org. invited to the Vista College & Career Expo from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. APRIL 6 GREET CARLSBAD The April 9 at the North County ReCarlsbad Visitors Center, 400 gional Education Center 255 Pico the Encinitas Library Bookstore will host its “Big ½-Price” sale 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit encinitaslibfriends.org EASTER CELEBRATION Lighthouse Christian Church invites the community to a free Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon April 4 at 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, for ages 2 through fifth grade, April 4. Enjoy age-graded egg hunts, crafts, jumpers and food. For more information call (760) 726-0590 or visit lightcc.org.
Ave. San Marcos. This event will provide college options, STEM careers, financial literacy, soft skills training, professional communication skills and more. STRANGE SURFBOARDS The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente, showcases the exhibit, "What Box? Thinking Outside Traditional Lines of Surfboard Design," through midApril at 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente. For more information, visit surfingheritage.org WALK & BIKE The city of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition host a Walk + Bike Carlsbad at 5 p.m. April 9 from Coolest Shoes, 2984 State St., Carlsbad to the lagoon and back. For more information, visit meetup.com/Carlsbad-Walks. MARK THE CALENDAR PUT ON YOUR DANCIN’ BOOTS The Oceanside Department of Parks and Recreation is holding a senior dance from 2 to 4 p.m. April 12 at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Center Drive, Oceanside. Billy Harper’s Dance Band will provide live music. Seating is at round tables so you can join or make new friends. Refreshments served at the table. For more information call El Corazon Senior Center at (760) 435-5300. Admission is $5 at the door. HORSES GALORE The Del Mar National Horse Show runs April 16, through May 3, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena. The three weeks feature: Western Week - April 16 through April 19; Dressage Week - April 23 through April 26 and Hunter/ Jumper Week - April 28 through May 3. For more detailed information go to delmarnational.com.
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Facebook gives Carlsbad parents tips on good ‘digital citizenship’ By Ellen Wright
CARLSBAD — Nearly 200 parents attended a Facebook safety seminar Thursday evening, hosted by Pat Bates, the California Senator from District 36, the Carlsbad Unified School District and the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. The event was held in response to a safety threat that was posted to Instagram in early January.
Carlsbad High School was closed for a day and a half because a 15-year-old girl posted a picture stating she was going to “shoot up” the school. “Sadly social media has become the latest vehicle of choice for delivering those threats. Nine out of every 10 threats made on school campuses are a hoax. No school in America wants to experience the real one,”
Senator Bates said. The girl was arrested but because she is a minor, the punitive measures have not been made available. Carlsbad Unified Superintendent Dr. Suzette Lovely said the school and law enforcement were able to respond quickly to the threat and learned the identity of the anonymous Instagram user through GPS tracking.
Lovely said an officer spoke to students after the incident to caution about the serious ramifications of posting threatening content to social media. The most severe punishment the school district can administer is expulsion, and in some cases, can ask for financial restitution. The seminar was held to educate parents on monitoring their children’s online activity and to deter other possible hoaxes. It’s the responsibility of both the schools and the parents to educate children on Internet use, Lovely told the crowd. “As parents, I would say we are responsible for all of our children’s behavior until they turn 18. We are responsible for monitoring what they do online,” Lovely said. Juan Salazar, associate manager of state policy at Facebook, gave tips on monitoring teen’s use. Children younger than 13 years old are not allowed to sign up for Facebook or Instagram, so Salazar said, it’s important to discuss digital citizenship before that age. “Having that conversation early really sets them up for understanding what they’re going to use social media for,” Salazar said. He advised parents to teach their children that what is said online should be reflective of who they are offline and parents should help them understand possible ramifications of their online activity. He advised helping young teens set up accounts and discussing who they’ll interact with online. “That conversation is about building trust with them. You want to communicate with them where they feel like they trust you and are willing to share this information with you,” Salazar said. He said it’s helpful for parents to join the sites, if they haven’t already, to keep tabs on their kids.
Juan Salazar, associate manager of state policy at Facebook, spoke to a crowd of nearly 200 parents about online safety practices. Photo
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Tiffany Herndon, a teacher at Fusion Academy in Solana Beach wasn’t impressed with the advice. She said she’s seen kids set up fake accounts to show their parents and then make a duplicate account with a similar name so they can use Facebook without parental monitoring. This is against Facebook policy and Salazar said users should flag fake or imposter accounts so staff can take them down. Herndon also said students will leave their phone at a location so the GPS on their phone shows they are where they’re supposed to be. “Really for parents, none of this, no putting GPS on your kid’s phone,
no blocking things, no requiring them to give their passwords is going to take the place of solid parenting and open communication,” Herndon said. Lovely told the crowd that often times parents hear about things before school staff and urged parents to always call district officials if they become aware of a threat or suicidal post. In the January incident, a student alerted a parent of the Instagram threat and that parent called the district. The school was put on lockdown before break to give law enforcement the opportunity to interview students and learn the identity of the poster.
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Food &Wine Top 10 Tastes:
The first three months of 2015 equal in excellence and value.Â The list is alphabetical and does not indicate any ranking. Â â&#x20AC;˘ Castello Banfi Bel Nero Tuscany, Italy, 2011. frank mangio $24.Â A significant member of the royal wine family of Banfi, created in the his year my Montalcino Hills of Tuswine journey cany.Â Mostly Sangiovese began like grape whose homeland is most, signifi- Tuscany, flavored with a cucant discoveries at venues vee of Cabernet Sauvignon both new and familiar.Â and Merlot. Bel Nero is an There was the memorable intensely flavoredÂ cherry/ meeting with Napa wine plum palate-pleaser with pioneer, now in his 90s, hints of coffee and vanil- The Castello Banfi estate in Montalcino, Italy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s globally recognized Mike Grgich; and a road la.Â The rich, red wine then as the quintessential leader of Italian style wines. Photo courtesy Castello show get-together with the is barreled 14 months in Banfi wineries in the Monterey French oak. Mourvedre should be Rhone Valley of France.Â and Santa Lucia Highlands Â wine country. â&#x20AC;˘ Cline Ancient Vines a wider produced grape va- This Cline Mourvedre But dominating my Mourvedre, Contra Cos- rietal:Â smooth, mild, very pleasant.Â Origin is the time were the doctors and taÂ Calif., 2013. $17. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 22 surgeons of Scripps Hospital, who reconstructed my left shoulder and arm, promising that I would again be able to hold a full glass of wine with that arm soon.Â Thank heavens we Easter Bunny will be at the market with toys, not candy, in his basket! have two arms and I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed much of my daily wine tasting.Â One thing I did discover though, doctors enjoy their wine, lots of aged premium wine, perhaps that only they can afford. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still in recovery, so it will be awhile before resuming my wine travels. Our top 10 wines feature many from the highest quality wineries known.Â The wines chosen are not their most expensive, but are from their value brands, similar in taste and structure but much less in cost.Â All 10 selections are
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A Taste of Leucadia A sampling of the Taste of Leucadia through the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own musical performers. Photos by David Boylan
celebrates food & music! guitar and various percussion instruments and sang a beautiful song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Down at the Pannikinâ&#x20AC;? that truly captured the essence of our local treasure. I could seriously see this
song as a full-length track on their next album. Leucadia local and immensely talented Cleopatra Degher showed up with her acoustic guitar in hand and a song she had penned a song about Fish 101 that just about brought a tear to my eye. Not so much because it was a sad song, she was singing about the joys of fresh
fish, but because her delivery was so heartfelt and passionate. A line that stuck out went: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come with me honâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, to Fish 101.â&#x20AC;? You will have to check out the full version as she totally kills it. So, one of requests as the originator of this concept was that I wanted to collaborate on a song with one of the bands about a participating restaurant. And not just any restaurant, but one with plenty of soul, character, and funk, because remember folks, Keep Leucadia Funky is a tagline that goes way back and that must be included in any plans for beautification and gentrification. Well Captain Kenoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure fit that bill and I was teamed up with Tim Flood and we began out collaboration. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the beauty of working with really talented musicians, you can throw a very loose concept their way and they run with it. My initial email to Tim was along the lines of, OK, here are the elements that come to mind to me for Kenos. Chicken fried steak, $2.99 spaghetti, cheap drinks, hipsters and locals, the song Ride Captain Ride, can you work with that? Well work with that he did and the result was outstanding. Those sessions were what Taste of Leucadia is all about. An eclectic group of folks coming together over music, food, the ocean and our little slice of paradise. You can check out all the songs at lick-the-plate.com. So on to the details of the event. A wide array of Leucadia restaurants, San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best craft breweries, wineries and local musicians make up the Taste this year. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m., with many attendees
few months back, I met up with Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Executive Program Director Carris Rhodes to talk about how we could work together to promote this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event outside of the standard interview listing of participat or ing restaurants. The brainstorming began and the topic of participating bands came up and that made me think of the music episode of Lick the Plate on KPRI where I talk music with my guests including their first concert, dream concert lineup, and memorable shows through the years. Somewhere out of that the idea hatched to get bands that are performing in the Taste to perform songs about performing restaurants. A great idea but the task of selecting, contacting and coordinating bands to participate seemed a daunting task given both of our busy schedules. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have a Leucadia 101 board member like Michael Schmidt, who is a concert promoter extraordinaire and very connected to the participating bands. Michael made a few calls and the next thing we knew we were good to go. Next thing I know we had four bands lined up to record over the course of an afternoon at my home studio and I was about to be blown away by what was coming my way. First up was local icon Semisi from Semisi and FulaBula and also accomplished solo performer. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Semisi perform dozens of times over the years, most notably at the old Calypso CafĂŠ and it was always a joyful performance that got people dancing immediately. Semisi arrived with his guitar and launched into his ditty about Le Papagayo that is still stuck in my headâ&#x20AC;Śin a good way. You will notice thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common theme among these songs. The wildly talented Sister Speak that consists of Sherri-Anne and Lisa Viegas who hail from Vancouver, British Columbia but have made San Diego their home. They arrived with a
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that as a child he failed second grade and never did graduate from high school. He made a beeline for the university at 15 and went onto medical school at an early age and has been in the field of medicine for more than 40 years. His book, “To ‘Air’ is Human,” was also his presentation describing it as a play of words. “The way I’m interpreting it is that people pass gas,” he said. “People burp, belch, have bloating and pass gas and no one ever talks about it in a formal, intelligent way.” As a physician going through medical school, internship, residency, and fellowship in his specialty of gastrointestinal disorders, he said, there was not one single talk about intestinal gas. “It was not spoken about.
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California,” Roberts said. “A lot of money went into the restoration. This boardwalk is critical for people to see what true working wetlands look like.” “It’s a no-brainer to me,” Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner said. “The boardwalk needs to stay where it is.”
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continuing the merriment at our local bars and restaurants once the event is over. They have a record number of tastes and beverage sips available to ticket holders, with 18 local restaurants participating and 13 San Diego craft breweries and wineries sampling the finest of what they have to offer. Those without tickets are welcome to come down and enjoy the live music, which is free at several locations along the culinary trail,
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paper-clad south-facing wall of Detour Salon at the corner of E Street and Coast Highway, which will also be the site of future First Thursday live paintings and graffiti paintouts. Across the street in the Small Mall, artist Michelle Gonzales performs face painting and displays her artwork, accompanied by acoustic guitar/singer songwriters Nicole Burns and Jacob Mobley, both from Fine Tune Music Academy. In front of Bier Garden (641 S. Coast Highway), artist Jolee Pink of Wabisabi Green displays her coastal themed creations including textiles, ceramics and tiles,
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T he R ancho S anta F e News But I’ll share with you,” Weiss said. And he did. He spoke of Le Pétomane, the French flatulist who appeared on stage in the 1890s. The audience at the senior center laughed from one anecdote to the next. Toward the end of an enthusiastic presentation and reaction from the crowd, Weiss switched to a more serious tone: colon cancer awareness. “Excuse me for bringing this up, but I’m a gastroenterologist, and it is critically important that you pay attention. Colon cancer is out there. It is one of the most common cancers in this country,” he said. “Guess what, ladies? It affects women more than men, slightly more about 52 percent of cases of colon cancer are women, not men. Women are just as much at risk.” While a colonoscopy is recommended as the primary
screening, Weiss added there is also a virtual colonoscopy and new advances being made in the months and years ahead. Weiss said the one warning sign of colon cancer is a family history. But it’s preventable, he said, when a polyp is found before it becomes cancerous. Other high risk factors include inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis syndromes, and lynch syndrome. There are genetic markers, which also help indicate a high risk factor. “But unfortunately there are no warning signs or symptoms until late,” he said. “It’s one of those diseases which are a silent killer, and unfortunately, it is a killer. But remember, it is absolutely preventable.” Following Weiss’ presentation, he was on hand for a book signing.
Not everyone agrees. Four San Diego residents attended the rally, holding signs that support moving the boardwalk. “You can’t fully restore the wetlands with this (boardwalk) here,” John Heatherington said. “This is paradise. We want to restore as much as we can.” “We want them to keep the boardwalk and just move it,” Pam Heather-
ington said. “There needs to be a full restoration.” Geo Heatherington said the structure was “well-intended but ill-engineered.” The next Coastal Commission meeting is April 15, 16 and 17. Visit the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy website for updates, more information and a QR code to sign a petition to keep the boardwalk.
plus live poetry in Leucadia Roadside Park. Taste of Leucadia Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 event day), and tickets with Sip Stops (craft beer/wine tasting included) are $33 in advance ($40 event day). This year the event will be eliminating waste by giving each Sip Stop tickets holder a commemorative tasting cup that they can take home as a souvenir. Additional green elements include an eco shuttle that runs on biofuel, which will transport attendees from the upper parking lot of the En-
cinitas City Hall (505 S. Vulcan) to the heart of the event. The shuttle also eliminates a parking hassle, and they highly recommend taking advantage of it! Call (760) 436-2320; buy tickets at Leucadia101.com.
which are for sale along with her recently published Living Coastal book, featuring table décor and recipes by local artists and chefs. At the northern end of the Lumberyard, Lobster West offers complimentary snacks while Hula hoopers perform at Soulscape. The SAID Space Gallery features an artist reception and “Lazy Left” exhibit preview, featuring art by noted designer and edgy artist Dustyn Peterman (aka “Dusty Dirtweed”). Wade Koniakowsky, one of the nation’s leading ocean-inspired artists, demos his painting techniques while displaying his artwork at Hansen’s (1105 S. Coast Hwy 101), accompanied by Norbert Wild and friends
playing folk and Hawaiian slack key guitar. Additional artists and musicians will be added to the roster for this and future First Thursday events throughout the year. Happy Hour prices and discounts are available during the event at Union, Roxy, the Lumberyard Tavern, and Blue Ribbon Pizza when guests mention First Thursdays. Come downtown Encinitas April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. for an evening full of art, entertainment, food, drinks and special offers not to be missed. For more information on First Thursdays and an updated guide of participating artists and merchants call their office at (760) 943-1950 or go to encinitas101.com/events/ first-thursdays/
vision in San Diego. Devaney will service title and escrow transactions across the country for investors, commercial brokers, lenders, attorneys, owners, and developers, with a focus on the hospitality sector. SURGEON HONORED Scripps Clinic orthopedic surgeon William Bugbee, M.D., was honored
at the 2015 meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, by the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation for outstanding clinical research related directly to musculoskeletal disease or injury, with the ultimate goal of advancing patient treatment and care.
Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative. com or (858) 395-6905
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time. And that’s really the key to his success.” Van Den Berg said their co-junior program director, Christian Groh, is an ATP coach who has trained many of the top professionals on tour including Tommy Haas and other pros who are ranked the top 100 in the world. Groh played college tennis at San Diego State and was named their number one player and earned
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get a stronger board in place we’re not going to be able to change this kind of behavior. It’s pretty ingrained.” “What’s the point of a Community Relations Committee if they work on something this major for a year and don’t bother to tell us about it until these level of commitments are already made?” Councilman Dwight Worden asked. He said Kaaboo will be very different from the fair, where people leave at 11 p.m. or midnight. During Kaaboo they will be “coming and going all night long,” he said. “They’re partying in the facility. That will have profound impacts on us.
APRIL 3, 2015 a top 10 spot in Europe in his junior year. Between Miller and Groh, Van Den Berg said, they are attracting great players. “The kids are enthusiastic, they are having fun, and are very serious about the game,” he said. Van Den Berg also noted how appreciative he was that the coaches instill in the kids not just the sport but what it means to be a good citizen. The kids must be polite and kind.
The toddler program is to show the kids the “fun” of tennis so they can enjoy really themselves. For Van Den Berg, the primary goal of all their Junior Programs is to help build character through tennis and social activities. To learn more about the Junior Programs, including its complimentary Middle School Program for kids in the RSF District, call the club at (858) 756-4459 or Miller direct at (619) 889-1469.
“I don’t know what the fairgrounds was thinking,” Worden said. “Tim Fennell just decided, ‘Wow, we’re going net a million bucks so I sign here and let’s just run with it.’” “I just decided,” Fennell said sarcastically. “That’s how we work. “It’s unfortunate that some people have those views,” he added more seriously. “That’s not how it works. I work for the board of directors. I have a fiduciary responsibility to the people of San Diego, and I take that very seriously. “There are always some folks who would prefer there were no events here but that’s not the mission of the ag district,” Fennell said. “I understand the
regional benefit,” Corti said. “We’re very in favor of a lot of these events. It brings a lot of benefit to the community at large, but we’re trying to deal with what the specific impacts are in our community. “The message that I tried to get across to the committee was that I hope we can do a better job of communicating this stuff in advance,” he added. Del Mar council members said they are hopeful their former colleague, Lee Haydu, who was appointed to the fair board Feb. 27, will be added to the Community Relations Committee. “That will help,” Mosier said. Haydu was appointed to the committee on March 25.
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CARLSBAD — At 9:30 a.m. every morning for nearly a decade, Perry Carr led stretches in his office at the 24 Hour Fitness on Palomar Airport Road. He also made sure to greet each one of the 30 employees every morning. After 24 years at 24
Hour Fitness, Carr has retired. His tenure there represents a successful pairing for Partnerships With Industry (PWI), a nonprofit that teams with local businesses to offer employment to people with developmental and other disabilities. Since 1985, PWI has matched more than 12,000 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities with jobs throughout San Diego. They partner with businesses like Home Depot, the Omni Hotel, Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, as well as cities like Vista and Solana Beach. PWI President and CEO Mark Berger said since many of the jobs are entry level they usually have a high turnover rate. Clients of PWI tend to stick with jobs for an average of four-and-a-half years, which helps businesses. “They want reliable people that will be there and that they can count on,” Berger said. “We’ve met that need.” He said they often partner with the hospitality sector and some of the jobs include, hotel porters, cleaning jobs, food service and administrative work. Nora Conner, supervisor at 24 Hour Fitness, said that while Carr did administrative work for the company, he meant a lot more. When the company
After spending 24 years in the offices at 24 Hour Fitness, Perry Carr retired two weeks ago. Staff at Partnerships With Industry worked alongside Carr throughout his career to ensure his success. Courtesy photo
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One Paseo opponents submit petition for referendum By Bianca Kaplanek
REGION — With the developer of a proposed Carmel Valley project and its opponents accusing each other of misrepresentation and deceptive tactics, a group trying to overturn a San Diego City Council decision approving the complex submitted a petition March 25 to the Registrar of Voters with what they believe are more than enough signatures for a referendum. City Council President Sherri Lightner, whose district includes Carmel Valley, and Councilwoman Marti Emerald opposed One Paseo in a 7-2 vote on Feb. 23 that changes the zoning to allow Kilroy Realty Corporation to build an approximately 1.4-millionsquare-foot mixed-use project on the 23.6-acre lot. Previous zoning allowed 510,000 square feet of office space on the site, located on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. Lightner was on hand to turn in the petition with more than 61,000 signatures. For a referendum, 33,224 signatures representing 5 percent of registered voters were needed. In a separate campaign, Kilroy reported that nearly 30,000 people submitted requests to have their names removed from the petition. All signatures must be verified by April 24 before any action can be taken. If enough are valid, the project will again be presented to the City Council. Members can reconsider the issue and either overturn the approval or let voters decide the project’s fate during a special election or the June 2016 primary. Following the February City Council vote a neighborhood coalition of residents, community planners, taxpayers and small businesses known as Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods began gathering signatures for a referendum. They accused Kilroy of trying to thwart their efforts by circulating a phony Chargers‐related petition outside of San Diego city limits to draw signature gatherers away from locations in the city and deploying signature blockers to intimidate and harass circulators and signers. They also said Kilroy
launched a rescission campaign intended to trick voters into removing their names from the referendum petition. “Kilroy’s attempts to torpedo our efforts and manipulate San Diego voters are despicable,” Jeff Powers, spokesman for Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods, said. “More importantly, however, these extreme actions show that Kilroy is desperate. The company knows that if our efforts succeed and One Paseo is placed before voters, it will be soundly defeated.” According to a press release, there are documented abuses that include blockers spitting in the face of referendum circulators, cursing at petition signers, surrounding petitioners’ tables to separate them from the public and verbally harassing and intimidating shoppers at stores where circulators are located. Two cease-and-desist orders were presented to Kilroy. “It’s been unprecedented,” Powers said. “I’d be sur-
prised if we ever see something like this in San Diego again.” Powers stressed that his group is not opposed to development. “Our group is not about killing growth,” he said. “We support and advocated for an 800,000-square-foot development on the site. We are for responsible growth.” In a press release Kilroy accuses Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods of using a “highly deceptive referendum signature-gathering effort to overturn the City Council approval.” They said the effort was bankrolled by Orange County-based Donahue Schriber, the owner of an adjacent retail center. Kilroy claims Donahue Schriber’s referendum signature-gatherers made false statements such as One Paseo being built with taxpayer dollars on a wetland or that it threatens endangered species.
Other untrue statements include that the project will destroy an existing park and prevent the city from being able to afford a Chargers stadium. “The irony in these misrepresentations is that One Paseo will be the most environmentally sustainable project ever built in San Diego,” Rachel Laing, spokeswoman for One Paseo, said. “This project will transform a vacant graded lot into acres of public open space, provide affordable housing, create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity — all via private investment. “Clearly, San Diegans in large numbers felt compelled to withdraw their signatures from the referendum petition once they learned more
about One Paseo,” Laing said. “We’re thankful so many San Diegans chose to listen to and consider the facts about this important and iconic smartgrowth project and took the time to rescind their signatures if they felt they’d been misled. “The fact is, the more people know about One
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NewStyle® hybrid shutters blend the look of a real wood shutter with the strength, stability and straightness of modern-day materials to create design in perfect harmony. Available in a range of popular colors, frame types and options to fit any décor.
Jim & Joanie Burton Coastal Country Real Estate
760-729-6400 BRE #’s 01950583 • 00624604
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APRIL 3, 2015
OR Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. Limited Terms Available. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval & vehicle availability. No down payment required. See participating dealers for details. Must take delivery from dealer stock by April 5, 2015.
$0 due at lease signing 36 month lease 2 at this payment #FH493789 #FH513885 (Premium 2.5i Automatic model, code FFF-13) $0 Down payment plus tax, title & license due at lease signing. $0 security deposit. Cannot be combined with any other incentives. Special lease rates extended to well-qualified buyers and are subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. Lessee pays personal property and ad valorem taxes (where applicable), insurance, maintenance repairs not covered by warranty, excessive wear and tear and a mileage charge of 15¢ per mile for mileage over 10,000 miles per year. Must take delivery from retailer stock by 4/5/15.
Purchase or lease any new (previously untitled) Subaru and receive a complimentary factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 24,000 miles (whichever comes first.) See Subaru Added Security Maintenance Plan for intervals, coverages and limitations. Customer must take delivery before 12-31-2015 and reside within the promotional area. At participating dealers only. See dealer for program details and eligibility.
Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. Limited Terms Available. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. No down payment required. See participating dealers for details. Must take delivery from dealer stock by April 5, 2015. Car Country Drive
5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad
Car Country Drive
www.bobbakersubaru.com ** EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary. Subaru Tribeca, Forester, Impreza & Outback are registered trademarks. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 4/5/2015.
ar Country Drive
Car Country Drive
2015 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition 1.8T
Turbocharged, Automatic Transmission, Bluetooth & More!
JEEP • CHRYSLER • MITSUBISHI
for 36 months
1 at this payment # FC019618. On approved above average credit. $1999 Due at Signing. $0 security deposit required. Payments plus tax & license, 36mo. closed end lease with purchase option. Excess mileage fees of 20¢ per mile based on 10,000 miles per year. Offer Expires 4/5/15
5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad
All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 4-5-2015.
ar Country Drive
ar Country Drive