The rancho santa fe news, august 21, 2015

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OH MY! Former Rancho Santa Fe resident and San Diego Padres broadcaster Dick Enberg receives honors on Aug.7 at Petco Park before the Padres played the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Enberg, who’s spent 20 years broadcasting Major League Baseball games, was chosen as this year’s Ford C. Frick Award winner. The award is given out every year for excellence in broadcasting. In July, Enberg was recognized during the 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY. Photo by Bill Reilly

Assemblyman Brian Jones speaks to RSF Association By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the last Aug. 6 Rancho Santa Fe Association board meeting, Assemblyman Brian Jones of the 71st District spoke to members about drought issues. After Jones introduced himself, he mentioned that he would be running for Senator Joel Anderson’s seat, which does include Rancho Santa Fe territory. Once Jones touched upon his political background, he delved into the lawsuit between the San Diego County Water Authority at the Metropolitan Water District (MET), who is Southern California’s wholesaler of water. They get most of their water, he said, from Northern California and then it is disbursed to other local wholesalers such as the San Diego County Water Authority. According to Jones, the legal battle has been ongoing for the past several years. “So the Water Authority, a couple of years ago, discovered that the MET was overcharging the Water Authority on their rates,” he said. Jones called the lawsuit groundbreaking. The San Diego County Water Authority is due back around $180 million, plus interest, he said. “The County Water Authority has promised that that money is going to be returned to the local

Assemblyman Brian Jones of the 71st District speaks to members of the RSF Association about drought issues and announcing he will be running for Senator Joel Anderson’s seat, which does include Rancho Santa Fe territory. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

districts, and then the local districts will disburse that, and use it how they think is appropriated based on their each individual board,” Jones said. “I don’t know when the monies are going to change hands but the good news is we won the lawsuit.” The board of directors at the RSF Association then asked Jones if he could convey what was happening in Sacramento in terms of water issues and any upcoming legislature. Jones told everyone

that unfortunately not much has happened this year. “Last year at this time we were working on the water bond which is a $7 billion water bond,” he said. “The disappointing thing about it is the state hasn’t really started spending very much of that money yet. The main thing that Sacramento could do to help with water is reform CEQA, the California Environmental Quality Act.” Jones stated that through the majority party

and leadership through the governor’s office, their focus on CEQA is project by project. He added, “Rather than a statewide reform that we could all take advantage of, the way they want to mange CEQA reform is you have a project, you come to the legislature, hire a lobbyist and spend a lot of money to get your waiver from CEQA to special favors to the legislature.” Jones said a few CEQA waivers were for the highspeed rail authority, and the two stadiums being proposed in Los Angeles County. Jones believed a complete reform of CEQA was needed. According to Jones, 2,300 bills were introduced this year, which is a normal amount. He went on to say that about 1,100 of them die in committee while 1,100 of them may get to the governor’s desk. The governor typically signs 600 to 900. “This year, there was only a handful that dealt with the drought and the water,” he said. Jones pointed out that the governor called two special sessions: Medi-Cal funding and sustainable funding for highways and roads. “But no discussion about the drought and building reservoirs to make sure that we’re prepared for the next drought,” he said.

Laura Mabee Boswell, a representative of the Mabee Trust and Golden Eagle Management, which is proposing an age-restricted development in the Ranch, hosts a community meeting to provide more information about it. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Rancho Librado project’s proposed plans heard By Christina Macone-Greene vide people with an op-

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was the venue for a community meeting to hear proposed plans for Rancho Librado. The project is an age-restricted development with a total of 50 single story casitas and four custom estates. The projected location is on 28-acres at Calzada del Bosque and Via de la Valle. The casitas will range from 3,200 to 4,800 square feet, whereas the luxury homes are expected to be at 6,500 square feet. What triggered the presentation was opposition from Neighbors for San Dieguito River Valley Preservation, who gathered hundreds of signatures against the development project. Laura Mabee Boswell, a representative of the Mabee Trust and Golden Eagle Management, which is proposing the project, hosted the meeting to provide more information about it. According to Boswell, from the more than 850 signatures against the project, about 20 of those individuals have actually seen the presentation. “And given that disparity, we thought it was really important to pro-

portunity to hear about our concept and then be able to make an informed opinion,” said Boswell, adding how they are presently working on a very long and technical process. Boswell conveyed how her family had been part of the Rancho Santa Fe community for the past 25 years. She was not a developer, but had a background in public health which had been the driving factor for this project. “It’s well known that being able to maintain your friendships and your sense of community and your sense of place is vital to healthy aging,” she said. “There’s one saying in the Ranch that you can ‘do anything but grow old.’ And I for one would like to help change that.” Boswell pointed out that Rancho Librado is intended to provide homes for members of the community who can no longer maintain their large estates but wish to stay in the Ranch. On a personal level, Boswell said that when her grandfather passed away, she remembered how the home became a burden to her grandmother. When she imagTURN TO LIBRADO ON 19





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Boon addresses water and Village Planning Task Force By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent Rancho Santa Fe Association board meeting, president Ann Boon addressed her fellow directors and Covenant members regarding two key points. In her president’s report, she touched upon water updates as well as the new task force to help revitalize the Village. She began, stating that water continues to be a concern for all. She assured members that both the board and staff are continuing to work with the Santa Fe Irrigation District and other avenues to help conserve water. In tandem, they are also helping Covenant members with their own conservation efforts. Boon also wanted everyone to know that the Golf Club has recently created their own water committee. “The water committee is re-

searching the viability of obtaining secondary water from several sources in addition to their own well,” she said. She went on to say that because the Association is deemed as a gov-

The water committee is researching the viability of obtaining secondary water from several sources in addition to their own well” Ann Boon President, Rancho Santa Fe Association

erning body and the Golf Club belongs to all Association members, they are seeking funding opportunities in the event the golf course

Wellhouser reports RSF burglaries on the decline By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Compared to last year, burglaries in the Ranch have experienced a sharp decrease, that’s according to Chief Matt Wellhouser of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol during his semi-annual report presentation to the RSF Association and its board of directors. The semi-annual report stretches from January to June. Wellhouser told the board and Covenant members that they have been very fortunate in the last six

We’ve only recorded about four burglaries...” Matt Wellhouser Chief, Rancho Santa Fe Patrol

months. “We’ve only recorded about four burglaries, a couple of those were construction site thefts where they broke into storage containers for tools or maybe into the house to take equipment,” he said. Compared to last year, Wellhouser said, they had close to 18 burglaries in a sixmonth period. “So knock on wood because we don’t want it ever to go up,” he said. Wellhouser went on to say that for the first six months of 2015, the RSF Patrol had 2,169 calls for service. For last year, the total annual calls were more than 4,600 so Wellhouser anticipated the annual numbers for 2015 to be around the same. “Our response time for the community, for every call we have is an average of 6.43 minutes which is a very good response time,” he said. In the audience, Wellhouser pointed out lead representatives from the Oceanside-based California

locates a viable secondary water source. “So we’re going after the local, state, and even federal funding that might be available to us,” Boon said. In the audience was Assembly-

Highway Patrol and North Coastal Station, which represent the Sheriff’s department. “We work with both of these organizations hand in hand,” Wellhouser said. “As a matter of fact, last year we exchanged pleasantries about 181 times with the sheriff and about 100 times with the CHP.” Wellhouser stated that the good relationship they have with these law enforcement agencies enhances the Ranch. As for vehicle collisions, those numbers had increased for the six-month timeframe compared to last year’s report. The collision number was 17. Wellhouser attributed the increase in collisions to speed and distracted driving. “Unfortunately we had a fatal accident in May over on Via De La Valle,” he said. In June, on El Camino Real, he said, there was a rollover crash. One person was able to get out of the vehicle while another was trapped inside but was safely extricated. RSF Patrol officers found the vehicle and put out the fire. “We were commended by the fire district for that,” he said, noting how they saved the person’s life. With the many cars passing through the Ranch in the mornings and afternoons, Wellhouser wants to make sure that proper law enforcement is in place on the roads. Over the six-month period Wellhouser’s officers performed more than 15,000 vacation/security checks. He encouraged members to call and schedule these security checks for both short-term and longterm vacations. “In a nutshell, we’ve done a very good job I think in the first six months,” he said. coastnewsgroup

man Brian Jones, who earlier gave a presentation regarding the water challenges in the state of California. Boon pointed out that he was not the

only state representative that the Association had engaged regarding this topic. “So we’ll keep you posted,” she said. While the board has been readying for its annual Strategic Planning Meeting in early August, Boon said, board members have also been taking part in current projects while looking ahead toward new ones. A handful of these current projects include researching fiber-optic cable, enhancing cell phone coverage, Covenant Club research and design, and review governing documents to confirm they are aligned with Davis Sterling laws. Boon then addressed the worrisome member input from a couple months ago. “Earlier this summer we heard

from many, many covenant members of their concern in the declining vitality of our Village,” she said. “I’m happy to tell you that the steering committee was newly formed and the Village Planning Task Force convened in July.” Boon explained that the steering committee encompasses its members who have in-depth experience in development and community planning. “We’re very fortunate that they have shared their expertise with us,” she said. She conveyed to members in the audience that more information about the committee and their goals will be unveiled in the weeks ahead. Boon invited Covenant members to join in on the “important work ahead” for future meetings which would be announced.



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Community Commentary

Many facts missed or misstated in Rancho Librado community meeting By Dave Allred, Rick Nicholas & Saiid Zarrabian

Donald Trump as the new Pete Wilson CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS As Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV star and Republican presidential candidate, made a whirlwind mid-July trip around the West in his private, blue-painted Boeing 767 jet, it almost seemed like he was trying to sabotage his own party. This was before he went off on the military record of the GOP icon, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. It’s been 21 years since Trump’s party mate, ex-Gov. Pete Wilson, campaigned for reelection against illegal immigrants, his TV commercials incessantly showing illegal immigrants streaming across the Mexican border at San Ysidro and all but endorsing the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187. Wilson was reelected, Proposition 187 passed with a 65 percent vote and California has been solidly Democratic ever since, the difference-maker being 2.5 million legal immigrants who gained citizenship as a self-defense tactic over the next three years. Every poll since then has found immigration is the key issue keeping Latinos in the Democratic column and this state solidly blue. But the last decade or so has seen some slippage in Latino loyalty to Democrats. Republican ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger twice took more than 40 percent of their vote and surveys have shown Wilson — once complete anathema to Latinos of all ages — is all but forgotten. But now comes Trump to blare the same sort of prejudices Wilson only voiced by implication. He’s essentially renewed the anti-Latino label Wilson hung on the GOP. When Trump formally announced his candidacy in mid-June, he said he was running to stop illegal immigrant “criminals, drug

dealers and rapists” from entering America. He was aided by the untimely, seemingly random murder of new California resident Kathryn Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal on San Francisco’s Pier 14. But her murder was an aberration. It turns out the illegal immigrant crime so decried by Trump and others who like to lambaste the almost defenseless undocumented is largely a myth. The newest U.S. Census and FBI statistics (dating

law-abiding than many of their neighbors, whatever the reason. Trump’s blathering, then, is completely untrue. But where the damage Wilson did to the Republican brand among Latinos was largely confined to California, Trump could harm the party far more widely. That’s because as he swung through the West during July, he visited states like Arizona and Nevada, with large numbers of legal Latino residents who have not

If his party doesn’t resoundingly reject Trump’s views, “we will have lost our way,” said Graham. from 2013) show crime rates among Hispanics, citizens or not, are lower than for any other major ethnic group. One reason may be that Latinos fear deportation more than other ethnics, many of whom have legal status because of when forebears arrived here. Ron Unz, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who in the 1990s came closer than anyone else to knocking off Wilson in a Republican primary, classically compared two cities with very different ethnic makeups in a lengthy article in “The American Conservative” magazine. Matching Seattle, one of America’s whitest cities at 70 percent Anglo, with San Jose, 50 percent larger but one-third Latino, he came to this conclusion: “Seattle’s crime rate is indeed low, but the crime rate in San Jose is actually much lower: One third lower for homicide or violent crime in general, with less than half the robbery rate. In fact, none of the most heavily white major cities in America have crime rates anywhere near as low as one-third Hispanic San Jose.” The evidence, thus, is that Latinos, including the undocumented, are more

yet been galvanized into applying for citizenship en masse. Trump’s rhetoric — which drew huge, enthusiastic crowds, much as Wilson did in 1994 — has the potential to get them started, which could convert not merely those in Arizona and Nevada into registered (Democratic) voters, but also about 3 million latent potential Latino voters in the dead-red Republican stronghold of Texas, last won by a presidential Democrat when Jimmy Carter ran in 1976. That’s why GOP figures like South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham call Trump a “wrecking ball” for the GOP, one that he plainly hopes will go away. If his party doesn’t resoundingly reject Trump’s views, “we will have lost our way,” said Graham. But Trump won’t quietly disappear, and if he makes a respectable run in the GOP’s primary elections next spring, he could produce an epic, lasting disaster for his party. Just like Wilson. Email Thomas Elias at For more Elias columns, visit

The developer proposing the 400 percent density increase on the old C. Arnholt Smith property at Via de la Valle and Calzada Del Bosque held a meeting at the Garden Club on Aug. 6, ostensibly to discuss the pros and cons of the development. Unfortunately, only one side was told — Theirs. Nearly 50 opponents attended and submitted written questions. Few were used. To set the record straight, we are pleased to present the facts and the major reasons why more than 900 residents and neighbors have signed a petition against the density increase, and why Fairbanks Ranch and Whispering Palms community leaders oppose it. The developers also misrepresented comments at an informational session of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, claiming they received “the green light” when none was given.

development must also meet County of San Diego Development Standards.” So clearly, County zoning trumps the old Covenant Use Classifications Because of these issues, we need your support and input now: Before the County approves the density increase, after which it will be too late to impact this, or other follow on density increase projects. Please visit neighborsforsandieguitorivervalley. org to provide your opposition signature.

Claim 2:“Established need” (for Step Down / Age Restricted housing): This claim is based on a flawed survey conducted by another developer in 2003. The survey was very general in nature, designed to get the desired answers, and received only a limited response from residents. It fell far short of respected survey standards and did not include specifics regarding desired home sizes, pricing, location, and access to community faciliClaim 1: Developer ties and services. wants to bring the “CounClaim 3: “There will ty entitlements in line with The Covenant entitle- be no further densification, and Chino Farms won’t sell ments”: The County General or develop”. The developer Plan governs the land use stated this is the only parof all surrounding commu- cel allowing this density nities; the Covenant may increase, and it will not add further restrictions, cause others to try to inbut cannot supersede the crease density, and added General Plan by permit- “Chino Farm’s lawyer told ting a project that is incon- us their client “does not insistent with the County. To tend to sell or develop their be very clear, County des- property”. Only three years ago, ignates this site SR-2, allowing a maximum of one then owner Larry Mabee openly shared his plans for unit per 2+ acres. The developer’s pro- a world- class equestrian posed ~400 percent den- farm at this site. He passed sity increase to allow 54 away, and his heirs have new casitas added to the a different idea. Things existing residence repre- change. In fact, many other sent a disastrous, precedent-setting change to the large parcels in the San DiCounty’s General Plan. eguito River Valley could Such amendments are rare be in line for dense develbecause of their potential opments if the precedent consequences leading to setting Rancho Librado further high-density de- project is approved. velopments. Current CovClaim 4: This project enant Use Classifications specifically state “The will improve the entry to


the Ranch Sadly, the current owners stopped maintaining the property some time ago and the site has definitely become an eyesore. It doesn’t require a high-density development to remove the tumbleweeds and dying trees and make the site beautiful. Simply maintaining the property and matching the quality of landscaping on neighboring Covenant home sites on Via De La Valle and Calzada Del Bosque, such as Tres Palomas & the Nicholas’ home will vastly improve the street view. Most importantly, 900plus neighbors oppose the project and think a gated community of 54 duplexes, Condos and single family units will change the rare and desirable rural character of our community for the worse. The Rancho Librado proposal is 100 percent inconsistent with surrounding neighbors and a bad concept for a major gateway to the Covenant Claim 5: “There will be no significant/material increase in traffic” Common sense dictates this high-density development will increase traffic at already congested intersections, including one rated “F” by the county. It is no surprise that the applicant’s traffic study concludes no significant increase in traffic. However their own numbers indicate 432 car trips per day with 54 homes, versus only 168 if just 14 estate homes were built, more than double the impact. Claim 6: “We have positive input from the surrounding communities”, and “got the green light from RSFA in May, 2014” This is another misleading claim. The facts are that both the Whispering Palms Community Council and Fairbanks Ranch HOA Board voted to oppose this TURN TO COMMENTARY ON 19

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Del Mar man awarded Bronze Star 70 years later By Bianca Kaplanek

VISTA — Capt. Robert A. Sulit was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Aug. 17, 30 years after his military retirement and 70 years after earning it for his meritorious and heroic service during World War II. Surrounded by family, the 89-year-old Del Mar resident was presented the fourth highest individual award in the U.S. military by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa in the congressman’s Vista office. Sulit, a retired Navy captain, was 18 years old when he was drafted out of high school into the U.S. Army and sent to fight in the European Campaign during his service from 1944 to 1946. His first job as a member of Company A, 69th Armored Infantry Battalion, 16th Armored Division was to dig out and clear mines on top of the cliffs at the Atlantic Wall. He said one member was selected from each squadron for mine clearance. They spent the first two days learning to identify and clear the mines. The third day was spent with the chaplain, praying, going to confession and receiving Communion, Sulit said. They blew up the mines on the fifth day. He said he used his regular trench knife to dig them up. “I didn’t like that,” he said. “I had it hone sharp and (the digging) dulled it. … But I did what I was told. I was just a private at the time.” He next traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, where he had his first combat experience driving through a village on a half track. “People were shooting at us,” he said. Sulit, who served as a machine

Retired Navy Capt. Robert A. Sulit, second from right, receives the Bronze Star Medal during an Aug. 17 ceremony at the Vista office of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, far left. Also on hand are Sulit’s granddaughters, Michelle and Melissa Pelowski, and his niece, Myra Sulit Pelowski. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

gunner on a half track, said he aimed his weapon up and engaged the enemy. “I think I got somebody,” he said. Following the war Sulit took advantage of the G.I Bill and attended college. In 1957 he was commissioned as an officer with the Navy, where he worked as a nuclear physicist until his retirement in 1985. Shelly Sulit, his wife of more than six years, said her husband reads quite a bit of war history. While doing so recently he learned

he could be eligible for the Bronze Star, which is awarded to any person who, while serving in the U.S. Army after Dec. 6, 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic service. She wrote to the Army Personnel Office but four weeks went by without a response. Someone suggested she contact Issa, her congressman. Within two weeks she received confirmation her husband was due the honor. “He’s a very quiet man,” Shelly Sulit said. “I haven’t seen him this excited in a while. I’m happy to see

that he’ll be getting this while he’s able to enjoy it. He’s very proud to have served his country.” “He’s such a humble person,” his niece, Myra Sulit Pelowski, said. “He wasn’t expecting anything but he was really happy to be eligible. I think it’s a huge honor for him to be recognized.” Issa said Sulit waited a lifetime for something he had earned and thanked him for “clearing successfully.” He also said the events leading up to the ceremony were a result of no small effort by Sulit’s wife.

“Never give up when someone has earned something,” Issa said. “I was really surprised when we got the call for this award,” Sulit said. “I didn’t expect it.” In addition to the Bronze Star Medal Sulit also received the Army of Occupation Medal, which was created after World War II to recognize those who performed occupation service in Germany, Italy, Austria or Japan. Issa also presented him with his first Challenge Coin, a small medallion symbolizing unit identity.


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‘New money’ earmarked for track projects RSF Association By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Thanks to a bond refinance that was completed on Aug. 13, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has about $25 million of “new money.” But it won’t be used to replace the aging main exhibit halls, considered by many to be the most-needed project on the 340-acre site and according to one report estimated to cost about $150 million. “This doesn’t get us there,” said Russ Penniman, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board member who spearheaded the bond refinance effort. “The preponderance Thanks to a bond refinance that was completed on Aug. 13, the Del Mar Fairgrounds has about $25 million of of funds are earmarked for “new money” that will be primarily used for maintenance and renovations. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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RANCHO SANTA FE — At the latest board meeting, the RSF Association unanimously approved the Covenant Club’s architectural contract for $275,000. While the board of directors offered their approval, a group of Covenant members shared their concerns. Some thought it was too premature to spend $275,000 on an architectural contract when a number of feasibility questions still loomed. The proposed Covenant Club will house a pool and fitness center. According to Association Manager, Bill Overton, the contract addresses various stages, work requirements from the consultants, and can be canceled at any time. “Quite frankly, I think it’s an excellent document to protect the Association’s interests,” Overton said. Director Jerry Yahr, who is also the Covenant Club design committee chair, reminded members that the community approved in their vote to spend $350,000 on the planning phase of this project. The questions to answer subjects such as square footage, parking, soil issues and more remains unanswered and this is the reason for the


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“It’s a process and this contract is what allows us to answer the questions,” Yahr said. He added, “I’m sure some of you have been in real estate and have developed things. You need to follow through a very formal process that analyze site conditions, analyze the program, and come up with a preliminary design.” Yahr went on to say that according to the outline which was crafted, they will keep members informed in stages and they are not deviating from that. Yahr said he was hoping that either at the end of the year or beginning of next year, they would be able to present the community with a full package. “It’s going to include the site plan, the program, the architecture, and the financing,” he said. “If you guys don’t like it, you’ll vote no. And that’s fine. If you like what we present, you’ll have an opportunity to vote yes.” And the cost to get that point is $350,000. While Yahr appreciated everyone’s passion, he said, this was the current path the committee was on and the process needed to follow through. Yahr stated while he welcomes people to voice their views, at the end of the day, their committee has been tasked to deliver a consensus plan. “This is a process with this contract today which was really approved back in January when we approved this project. This is making sure the Association is protected,” he said. “It’s gone through multiple reviews, attorneys, and it’s ready to be approved, and I would call for a vote.” Before the unanimous vote, President Ann Boon chimed in explaining how Yahr was not merely a random selection but was chosen as the Covenant Club design committee chair because he was a consummate professional. She told members that Yahr has decades of experience in managing projects exactly like this one. She then turned to Yahr and said, “I just want to thank you again for your commitment and the huge amount of time that you have put into this because you could have sped it up. You really stuck to our promises, and I really appreciate it.”

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Anticipated Art of Fashion 2015 applies finishing touches By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The much-anticipated 60th annual Art of Fashion hosted by The Country Friends is approaching quickly. Its historical backdrop venue, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, will be the fashionista hub Sept. 17. For this special milestone year, The Country Friends unanimously decided that its special theme would be a tribute to Sally B. Thornton who was a life member of the nonprofit since 1970. Donna Ahlstrom, event manager at The Country Friends, shared that in the early years, Thornton hosted an “Art of Fashion” runway show and luncheon at Mille Fleurs. A savvy businesswoman and who was one of the owners of Thornton Winery in Temecula, was regarded for her philanthropic efforts. Last year, Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared April 12, 2014 as “Sally B. Thornton Day.” This proclamation recognized and celebrated her volunteerism and humanitarian achievements. Celebrating Thornton’s life at the 60th annual Art of Fashion will be a heartfelt day.

The Art of Fashion Committee makes the final preparations for the 60th annual event hosted by The Country Friends. Photo by Jody Pinchin Photography

Chairing the event this year is Pat O’Connor. She has played a huge role in the San Diego fashion industry since 1969. O’Connor is the founder of Fashion Careers College which was established in 1979. She has also chaired numerous fashion events for charity. “I look forward to working with such an admi-

rable charity, The Country attributed to teaming up the West Coast,” she said. venue is the “Avant Affair.” “And we are expecting 400 When guests arrive, they with South Coast Plaza. Friends,” O’Connor said. will be directed to the lower “This is the largest guests.” The Country Friends Something new to the supports more than 35 hu- outdoor fashion show on TURN TO FASHION ON 19 man care agencies in San Diego County. Proceeds from the Art of Fashion will be filtered back to these agencies. According to Ahlstrom, she believes the ongoing popularity of the event is

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still wince as I watch “Sex In The City” reruns and one of the girls spends $200 to $400 on a pair of shoes. But there is a part of me that truly does understand, and that part had a good week. Never mind that I will never be a Rodeo Drive shoe shopper. I am a sucker for red shoes. I can be equally moved by an inexpensive pair, if they turn out to be exactly what I want. My new red sandals are just that. Wearing them just makes me feel more fashionable. I don’t know why I’m surprised. My first memory of a favorite outfit was as I walked to school in the fifth grade. My mom had sewn me a fabulous, black-andwhite skirt under which I wore multiple, fluffy petticoats. I wore that skirt paired with a crisp, white blouse and red sweater and what may have been my first pair of red tennies. I felt like a million bucks. My memory hops to college when I had a glorious pair of red patent leather high-heeled sandals that made me very popular in the sorority house. The motto back then was, “The first one up is the best one dressed.” These days I love my red shoes even more if

they are comfortable and I have gotten them for a great price. There are few delights equal to browsing the discount-store shoe shelves and coming upon a perfect pair. I still mourn a pair of clog-style red tennis shoes I got for a steal. They were not only supremely comfortable, but they drew compliments every time I wore them. I hated it when they finally wore out. I always keep my eyes open but hadn’t hit that magic combination of right fit, the right price and the right color for quite a while. After all, there is red and then there is rose, persimmon, cardinal, cherry, claret, crimson, maroon, ruby, russet, scarlet, vermilion, wine and brick. This week, I was actually being selfless, buying shoes for my daughter at a BOGO store. As we browsed, I spotted some cute sandals in Navy blue. I held my breath, hoped she’d only find one pair she liked, so I could grab mine for half price. But as I went to grab them in my size, I realized they also came in red. Oh, the agonizing decision. Go-with-everything shoes or But-they’re-red shoes. Red won, as always. C h a n ge -y ou r- mo o d shoes don’t have to be red, but they often are. When you put on those special kicks, it just makes your day. You feel better, even prettier, pulled together, stylish and smart. Once you get that first compliment, the deal is sealed. You can’t wipe the grin off your face for hours.

For some, it takes $400 to accomplish that. In my world, it can be done with $25 and simple red canvas. As my dad used to say, “With these shoes I can run faster, jump higher, stop on a dime and give you nine cents change.” Oh yeah. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with happy feet. Contact her at jgillette@



Healy Vigderson, executive director of Olivewood Garden and Learning Center, attends the benefit at the Encinitas home of Larry and Jolee Pink.

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SOUTH COUNTIES TOGETHER ENCINITAS — The home garden of Larry and Jolee Pink was opened up to the public on Aug. 16 to help fundraise for National City’s Olivewood Garden and Learning Center. Patrons had the rare opportunity to visit the Pink’s Triton Garden Gallery see works from Jolee and Larry, as well as the hanging fish hurricane

pieces, which adorn one of the property’s fichus trees from Rick Hartner of Sitting Duck Studios. Encinitas artist Donna Butnik also showcasing her paintings. As a nonprofit, Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center offers free programs for classes, children and adults in cooking and gardening. Musicians Jimmy Patton and Enrique Platas perform in the Triton Garden Gallery.



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Downtown Encinitas is hub for classic cars Encinitas — The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association announces its lineup for the Aug. 20 edition of its Classic Car Cruise Nights, which are held on the third Thursdays of May through September, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The featured theme for cars in the central SMOG Test lot is “Heels and Wheels.� “For our August Cruise Night we’re excited to showcase women owners of classic cars,� said Encinitas 101 Executive Director Thora Guthrie. “Lots of women are clas-

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Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ CYCLE CENTER OPENS Rhythm + Power indoor cycling center, at 161 S. Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach, hosted its grand opening and ribbon-cutting Aug. 19, with free cycling classes and live music. HALL JOINS SKYLINE Encinitas resident Kevin Hall has joined Skyline Financial Corporation, a nationwide mortgage lender with branch offices throughout the United States, as its Branch Manager in San Diego. Hall is focusing on opening new offices in San Diego and currently opening and staffing Skyline’s new Mission Valley office.

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Jacque Keeslar takes a few practice putts before the tournament gets under way. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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structors, a fitting session at TaylorMade’s The Kingdom, a new set of clubs and golf bag and Adidas golf apparel for soldiers with physical and mental challenges. Everything is provided at no cost to them or the military. They also receive free or reduced playing opportunities throughout the county at partnering golf courses. Operation Game On is open to all troops undergoing treatment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, as well as Vietnam War veterans. Experts at the Naval Medical Center found golf is an essential link to the rehabilitation process for combat-wounded military personnel CROP with extreme physical and mental dis.93 abilities. .93 Since founding Oper4.17Game On in 2008, ation 4.28has expanded it to Perez include a Wives of Warriors program so spouses can learn the game and Home Town Veterans, which provides the same opportunities to troops who were dis-

charged before they started lessons. He and his two sons, professional golfers Pat and Mike Perez, are working to establish Operation Game On Golf Classic Scottsdale in Arizona. For the second consecutive year Rizk Ventures was the title sponsor for the San Diego event. Co-founder Linda Rizk said she learned about the program after reading “Tear in the Desert” by Father Ron Camarda, who aided nearly 1,600 injured or fatally wounded warriors while on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. The Afterward was written by Col. Mike Shupp. “I was so impressed by the book that I flew to Washington to meet Mike,” Rizk said. “He said this was the program you want to support. “I really do value living in this country and so many people fail to recognize the cost of our freedom,” she added. “I figure if I can help even one person it’s energy and money well-spent. I do what I can.” This year’s tournament once again sold out, with 148 players. Twenty-two of them were Operation Game On participants. As always it included food and grog throughout the day, which ended with cocktails, a dinner buffet, a silent auction, a raffle and awards. New this year was a 15inch cup challenge, mini bocce ball tournament, corn toss event and $10,000 cash prize for the first holein-one on a specified hole. No one won that prize but Matt Schwarzmann did sink a hole-in-one. Other winners were Ted Norby, Perry Dickey, Jacque Keeslar and Mark Dastrup.



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Temecula Valley wines revisited and there are no openings in our premium wine club. It is a huge success.” Other significant Rennie achievements include the Temecula Valley Collective, a “crush facility” where many wineries in this area got their start and continue to use its vital equipment to get their brands going without huge capital expenses. Now Rennie is collaborating on the purchase of the Van Roekel Winery also recently known as La Cereza. It will open in December as Avensole, with emphasis on French wines. Leoness will hold a Harvest Celebration Aug. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m., with dinner and dancing. Tickets are $95; less for club members. Call (951) 302-7601.

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t’s always been a source of pride for me that I have been on the smart side of planning my week or my month and being where I want to be at any given event. For the past seven years, I have annually been at the Temecula Valley Winegrowers’ CRUSH event. But this year I will miss it, due to the dreaded double booking that we, who are in the business of attending events, fear. CRUSH is the best gathering of wineries in one location you can ever attend, with an almost 100 percent winery attendance record. This year it’s at Wiens Family Cellars and their expansive lawn, Sept. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. It promises 100-plus wines to taste with food samplings provided by local wineries, restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $85 each; with VIP special benefit tickets $110. The number to call for advance RSVP is (800) 801-9463. If there was a Temecula Valley Vintners Hall of Fame, Michael Rennie of Leoness Cellars might easily be at the top. A long-time farmer of produce in the valley, Rennie turned to growing wine grapes in the early ‘90s and supplied a lot of the wineries in that decade. He and partner Gary Winder created Leoness Cellars in 2002.

ROBERT RENZONI HAS TEMECULA’S LITTLE ITALY he aroma and taste of our beloved Italy is in every corner of Robert Renzoni Winery and Mama Rosa’s Trattoria, on the De Portola Trail in Temecula Wine Country, a six-mile collection of 10 wineries. You must discover this slice of Italy, for Italian wines and Italian food specialties. Fred and Robert Renzoni are a rare combination of father and son carrying on the family tradition of wine and food since 1886. Robert examined every square foot of this authentic Italian villa, night and day, while it was built And he’s the same way with his Mama Rosa’s restaurant. His bread is delivered daily from New Jersey. The Tre Salami Pizza is a piece of culinary art-


Michael Rennie operates the premium winery Leoness in Temecula Valley. Photo by Frank Mangio

The name means, “Village of Dreams.” Rennie’s dream was to create nothing less than world-class wines. “We were making more grapes than we could sell, so we set up Leoness and eventually hired winemaker Tim Kramer to put more focus on our Rhone Valley wines,” he said. “Most of our good quality scores in competition have been with the Rhone varietals like Syrah and Viognier. This is a great grow-

ing area and can stand up to any in the state. Leoness has 125,000 visitors come through. “We keep our wines handcrafted with small, high quality production and the best French oak barrels. No supermarket sales; only high end restaurants and direct sales at the winery.” Rennie continued, “I was told I was crazy to place a premium price on our best wines. Now, we are selling out of vintages





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AUG. 22 FEED THE SOUL Feeding the Soul Foundation is hosting its last O’side Outside Summer Concert Series from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at Goat Hill Park, 2323 Goat Hill Drive, Oceanside, with Bushwalla and Tolan Shaw & Friends. Proceeds support Outdoor Outreach, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring youth through the great outdoors. ART OF SUMMER An exhibit at the Gallery Book features illustrations from “Anytime Nursery Rhymes” by Susan Gesell, running through Aug. 31 at the Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information contact Michelle Hauserworth at AUG. 23 SONG OF GYPSIES La Jolla Symphony Chorus will reprise its “Romancero Gitano” (“Gypsy Romance”) concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628 Santa Isabel St., Carlsbad. For tickets, call (858) 534-4637. Admission is $10. Tickets will also be available at the door. CELEBRATE THE CRT The city of Solana Beach will present “Music’s Alive on the CRT” (Coastal Rail Trail),

a free, family-friendly event from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 23. Enjoy “Arts Alive on the Rail Trail” and music by Todo Mundo at the view platform on the north end of the Coastal Rail Trail on Highway 101. Visit for more information AUG. 24 MYSTERY AUDITIONS The San Marcos Players are holding open auditions for the murder mystery, “Par for the Corpse,” at 6:30 pm Aug. 24 at the Lake San Marcos Conference Center, 1105 La Bonita Drive. Send inquiries to AUG. 25 MUSIC FOR LIFE Local non-profit, Save Our Sound, offers a free music and parenting education course to new parents and their babies located at the Carlsbad Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad. Registration is required. To find out more or to register, go to AUG. 26 MOVIE NIGHT The city of Carlsbad’s Film Series is screening the free feature film “Big Fish” Aug. 26 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. Special features begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the film at 6 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. NOON TUNES Pianist Michael Sanders will play at the free Wednesdays@Noon concert Aug. 26 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit or

AUG. 27 MEET THE ARTIST See oil paintings by Connie McCoy through Sept. 3, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center Gallery, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. AUG. 28 MUSIC FEST FLOWS The three-day Carlsbad Music Festival will be held Aug. 28 through Aug. 30 in the Village of Carlsbad, with Mainstage concerts by violinist and electronics wizard Todd Reynolds; contemporary pianist Vicki Ray and Encinitas-based master Indian sitarist Kartik Seshadri. There will be the free music at the Village Music Walk on Aug. 29, Concerts in the Park Aug. 30; and the “New Currents” stage both Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. Mainstage tickets: $30 reserved, $15 general plus weekend passes available. Learn more at carlsbadmusicfestival. org/2015festival SUMMER MUSINGS An opening reception is being held from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at 6764 La Valle Plateada, #239, Rancho Santa Fe, for The Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance “Summer Musings” featuring new works by San Diego artists including paintings, sculptures, and installations. There will also be Artist Talks & Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 29. The gallery stays open until 4 p.m. For more information, email

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From back row left characters from the Star Wars Steam Punk Universe, Orion’s Originals, Loki Hates You that will be appearing at the inaugural Nerd Con. In front from left, Nerd Con founders: Rachel Yauch, Joel Jones, Trisha Murphy. Not pictured is co-founder Stephanie Pandes. Photo by Thomas Oed

One-day convention caters to full nerd spectrum By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — It started with four friends just talking about an idea — not unlike the way another convention of a similar kind got its start — an idea where people passionate about what they were doing could come together and interact with each other. Parallels are already being drawn between Comic-Con, the convention that began in the 1970s by a niche of comic book fans and which has since exploded into a behemoth three-day event in San Diego that garners international attention, to Nerd Con, a one-day convention celebrating all things nerd, that hasn’t yet happened. The comparison is something that Joel Jones, executive director of Nerd Con, finds really strange, he said. But the humble beginnings of the conventions might be where the similarities between the two end. “The difference is that we want to do things different from the beginning so that we don’t end up getting to a point where things are just out of control and it gets taken over by the media moguls and…then

it becomes all about just advertising everywhere in your face,” Jones said. The idea for the convention came to Jones a couple of years ago. But it was only in the last few months that the idea — to strengthen and unite the nerd community — has become a reality. On Aug. 22 thousands from all aspects of nerdom are anticipated to fill the grounds of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for the inaugural Nerd Con.

What a lot of nerds are searching for is acceptance.” Joel Jones Co-Founder, Nerd Con

“We don’t want to limit ourselves to just one thing, and that’s why we chose Nerd Con rather than comics or Cosplay Con or anything like that,” Jones said. The one-day convention is catering to an entire nerd spectrum from gaming (video and table top) to cosplay, comics and technology. Jones, who grew up in North County, said his background in organizing

events came from time spent helping his father put on bridal conventions. Though, he added, it’s been nothing quite like organizing Nerd Con with his girlfriend Trisha Murphy and two otherfriends Stephanie Pandes and Rachel Yauch — the “four nerds” that have come together and formed 4 Nerds by Nerds, LLC. “It’s cool to be a nerd now,” said Murphy. She liked the idea of Nerd Con because, she said, “we love going to conventions and we wanted to put on ourselves something that we love doing.” Even as nerd culture is becoming the norm in society, something Jones thinks is happening all thanks to the surge in comic book movies lately, they’ve become aware of divisions within the community. Divisions over what game console is best, even that someone wasn’t nerdy enough or not a “real nerd,” which Jones never thought he’d ever hear someone say. “What a lot of nerds are searching for is acceptance,” said Jones. “It’s something, that I think, has been a big problem over the last two decades for nerds is that they’re not accepted in society. So now all of sudden, now that it’s cool to be a nerd, they’re looking for that thing they can belong to.” What Nerd Con is hoping to do is take the focus off of how nerds are different and change it to show how similar they are, Jones explained. “Taking all these pieces and forming a mosaic of ‘Hey, this is what we are as a whole.’ We’re all nerds. That’s what brings us together,” he said. For a full schedule of events and for tickets, visit


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RSF Garden Club prepares for Art Expo By Christina Macone-Greene

The third annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event is Oct. 11 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary is gearing up for its 3rd annual “Taste of Rancho Santa Fe.” For the second year in a row, the historical Inn at Rancho Santa Fe will be the venue for the Oct. 11 event. Co-chairing the food and wine festival this year is RSF Rotary Club co-president Jamie Palizban and Uschi Crouch. Palizban said the annual event has grown because everyone has responded so well to the top-tier restaurants, wineries, and breweries, which have participated. “The popularity has been phenomenal,” she said. Palizban admits three years ago, they thought it would just be a one-time fundraiser. But following their success, they decided to continue onward. When their Rotary approached the Inn, she said, it was a mutual agreement to bring restaurants and wineries together to make it more of a Ranch soiree rather than just a wine tasting affair. And The Inn is offering the venue at no cost. According to Palizban, they tripled their proceeds at their second event. “And every year we have been sold out,” she said. The first year the Rotary welcomed 200 guests, the second year had 300 guests, and Palizban is expecting 400 guests this October. These numbers also mean that the Rotary’s eight local charities it supports will be impacted in a positive way. Palizban wants everyone to know that all of its proceeds will go to the charities which support children, the military and more. At the event, foodies will have the opportunity to enjoy savories from more than 20 restaurants, including award-winning establishments. Those taking part in the event can also experience delectable wine pairings. Participating wineries are local, as far north as Napa

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is readying for its third annual Art Expo which will unveil unique works of art Sept. 13. Like before, the venue will take place at The Garden Club serving as a perfect creative platform. “Our Art Expo features the talented members of our organization who create beautiful art that is not usually publicly displayed,” said Erin Browne, executive director at the RSF Garden Club. “This event provides an opportunity for our community to enjoy some amazing pieces they would not otherwise see.” The event offers a feast for the visual senses, with a dazzling display of paintings, sculpture, carvings, needlework and jewelry will be on hand. Visitors can walk away with an unexpected new treasure. While the Garden Club’s Art Expo has grown in popularity due to the support of its community and surrounding neighbors, Browne said they decided to add an exciting component to this annual event. “The community will have the opportunity to win some of the artwork that is displayed in a raffle,” she said. “Tickets will be available for purchase

The annual Art Expo offers a feast for the visual senses, including original artwork from Rancho Santa Fe residents as Bill Schlosser, who will be displaying his art again this year at the expo. Courtesy photo

at the event.” Attendees are also reminded that the event is a fundraising opportunity. Browne said that proceeds from the Art Expo help the RSF Garden Club continue its mission of providing activities and programs that promote charitable horticulture and charitable conservation. “The members of our organiza-

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AUG. 21 DIVE-IN MOVIE The last Float n’ Flick of the summer will take place for all ages at sundown from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Carlsbad Alga Norte Aquatic Center, 6565 Alicante Road. Bring an air mattress and enjoy “Jungle Book” (rated PG) under the stars in the heated pool. Tickets are $8 per person. One child, age 3 and under, may be admitted free with a paying adult. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit carlsbadconnect. org or call (760) 268-4777. GOOD GOLFING Take advantage of an early entry fee of $135 for registration for the 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament Optimist Club of Carlsbad “The Achievers” set for Sept. 12 at the El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside. For information and tickets, call (760) 4585222 or visit AUG. 22 MOVIE ON THE SAND Solana Beach’s Parks and Recreation Commission will show “Step into Liquid “ at the family-friendly Beach Blanket Movie Night at Fletcher Cove Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22, 111 S. Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. The evening begins with live music by Austin Burns. Raffle and refreshment

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AUG. 21, 2015 Search of the Baby Boomer Generation.” For more information, call (858) 7551666. AUG. 27 PAVILION ART The community is invited to view the 29 original installations consisting of paintings, mosaics, carvings and sculptures that will decorate the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Meet the artists, from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27, at MAKE, (formerly the Floral Trade Center), 5600 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad. Advance registration is required by calling (760) 633-7772, or visiting: scrippshealingarts. com/rsvp.

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Rancho Santa Fe’s Grady Lyman medals at California Professional Horseman’s Association REGION — Equestrian Medal Finals season began at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano with the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Medal Finals, Aug. 12 through Aug. 16 for juniors and amateurs, in the Indoor Arena at the Blenheim Summer Classic. Rancho Santa Fe’s Grady Lyman and Sinatra’s Ruhm earned the CPHA Medal Finals win. After two rounds, one on Friday and the second on Saturday afternoon, the top

10-scoring Juniors and Amateurs returned to compete for the top prize Aug. 15. Jayme Omand of Sacramento aboard Pumpkin Ridge Equestrian Center’s Zilveren earned the top call in the Amateur Division and Grady Lyman of Rancho Santa Fe, riding Christy Clarkson’s Sinatra’s Ruhm, brought home the blue in the Juniors. Beginning with an entry list of 50, the competitive Junior Division included a strong group of California’s best. Joe

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Tandem surfers seeking out the Duke LCC’s Moniak is making his mark off the diamond, too

By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Ahlia Hoffman flew through the air with seemingly the greatest of ease. Though she wasn’t on any flying trapeze. Instead Hoffman was hoisted some several feet into the air, held there by the strength and raised arms of Travis Long, a pair of tandem surfers riding along a small, crumbling wave on an 11-foot, 6-inch surfboard near the Oceanside Pier on Aug. 9. The word Hoffman would use to describe that experience: “Exhilarating.” “There’s no feeling like it — being able to see the wave behind or underneath me, the wind in my hair and on my face,” she said. “To fly at that speed upside down or whatever down a wave, there’s nothing like it. It’s a total adrenaline rush.” Long’s experience of riding the wave is a little bit different, though.

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Encinitas residents and tandem surfers Travis Long and Ahlia Hoffman perform a lift in the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s annual surf competition on Aug. 9. The pair is heading to Hawaii to compete in the Duke’s OceanFest competition later this month. Photo by Tony Cagala

“For me, I’m thinking about a lot of different things — I’m thinking most often of keeping her safe,” said Long. And as the anchor of sorts, once Long has caught the wave and raised Hoffman into one of the lifts, he’s then able to steer the board and surf just as though he was alone. The duo competed in the professional tandem surf heat of the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club’s annual, placing second and earning the Encinitas residents a qualifying spot in the Duke’s OceanFest competition in Hawaii later this month. Long, a member of the Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club, who is with Hoffman, ranked fifth in the world by the International Tandem Surfing Association, has been tandem surfing for about 15 years. A little less than two of those years have been surf-

ing with Hoffman, and in the 10 or 12 events they’ve competed in so far they’ve done “quite well,” Long said. “She’s a great partner, she’s very dedicated,” he said of working with Hoffman. “The way I gauge a good tandem girl, they don’t have to know how to surf, it’s kind of how a woman deals with fear,” Long said. “And there are some women that are just fearless. Ahlia is definitely one of them.” As someone who admits growing up being afraid of everything, Hoffman, a yoga teacher and author, said it was only by luck and chance that she discovered tandem surfing. “I grew up being afraid of everything,” she said. “And as an adult, I wanted to be fearless. It was first a conscious decision to pursue the things that I used to be afraid of.” To do this, she began traveling on her own, going skydiving and checking other adrenaline-fueled adventures off her list. “For surfing, I don’t really think about anything that’s going to promote any kind of fear. I just take a deep breath and smile and have fun. Really there’s no fear involved,” she said. The sport can be rough

on its participants where bumps and bruises from falling can be a common occurrence. And half of the time they’re out there, Hoffman said, she’s yelling at Long. “Get away from the pier.” “Don’t throw me down so hard.” “Don’t get my hair wet.” Those were just some of the things she yelled out to Long about during Sunday’s competition. But Hoffman has a lot of trust in Long. “He’s a really strong waterman,” she said. “He knows what waves to go for. We have strong communication. And number one, he keeps me safe.” Hoffman and Long have five sequences and can choose between 10 to 12 different lifts that they’ve learned. In all, the ITSA recognizes more than 60 different lifts. While surfing is a major component in contests, Long said what really matters is how good the girl is. “And I truly mean that as a compliment to women because the women in our sport are really one-of-akind,” Long said. The popularity of the sport, which saw Duke Kahanamoku bring it to the forefront in Hawaii during the 1920s, does seem to be growing, Long said. “We’re lucky enough to have a pro tour these days,” he said. “It’s not like we’re quitting our day jobs, but we have a little bit of sponsors,” he said. For more information about tandem surfing or with sponsorship help contact Hoffman at ahlia@ or Long at

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case that Moniak’s future is bright. He’s nearing a roster spot on the US under-18 team, which will tour the Pacific Rim. He has a scholarship in his hip pocket to UCLA. He’s been touted as a top-15 pick and if he’s still on the board at No. 15, we’ll be surprised. That’s all great and LCC couldn’t be prouder. But his coach knows there’s more to Moniak than him setting Mavericks hitting records. “He’s such a down-toearth kid,’’ said LCC coach Justin Machado. “He wants to win games with his baseball buddies and that is what he takes pride in. He sets the tone for every practice. He is just a great kid.’’ That’s obvious when watching him glide around a diamond. Coaches and scouts are still raving about the overthe-shoulder catch he made at the recent Area Code Games. UCLA coach John Salvage later took Moniak and his parents to dinner, then commented: “That was probably a waste of money.’’ It’s unlikely Moniak becomes a Bruin with major-league teams beating a path to his Encinitas door with a rich contract. Then again... “You never know,’’ Moniak said. “I definitely want to go pro, that has always been a dream. But having UCLA is not a bad option, either. “Either way, it’s got to be an easy decision. I’m just looking forward to playing baseball the next few months and we’ll see.’’ Look at his background and it screams baseball and why not when he started playing at age 2. Bill Moniak, his grandfather and biggest fan, played in the Red Sox organization where a certain Bostonian, and San Diego native, took a liking to him. “Ted Williams was his hitting coach,’’ Moniak said. Moniak’s father, Matt, played at San Diego State before waves trumped wiping out pitchers. “He likes to surf,’’ Moniak said. It’s a tsunami of baseball chatter when the three generations meet. But the heck with their past, what does Moniak’s crystal ball reveal in 10 years? “Hopefully I’ll be in the big leagues playing for the Padres,’’ he said. “But any team works. I just want to be in the big leagues, establishing myself and living my dream.’’ Those kids at Rady dream, too. Theirs is to get out of that dang bed and, well, be a kid again. Moniak is doing is part. That’s why you can’t help but root for him, on and off the field.

It’s all about baseball for Mickey Moniak and with skills like his, why not? Then again, there’s more to the La Costa Canyon High star than bats, balls and bubble gum. Moniak, who’s among the nation’s top prep players, is playing in Sunday’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. The game matches the best of the best and it’s easy to see why Moniak is involved. He’s All-State, All-CIF, All-Everything. But the contest is more than a top-shelf exhibition of high school baseball. Along with the horsehide is the participants getting alongside kids who’ve been thrown a curveball of the worst kind. Cancer is a scrooge at any level. But these words are always tough to type: pediatric cancer. “This is more than a game,’’ Moniak said. “There’s a bigger picture here.’’ The contest’s meaning finds focus before the first pitch. The Perfect Game players visit Rady Children’s Hospital to hang with patients who should be chasing butterflies, throwing rocks or sneaking an extra cookie when Mom acts like she isn’t looking. In watching Moniak play it’s easy to be impressed. His left-handed swing is ripped from a textbook. His breaks on fly balls in center field are quick and decisive. He hustles everywhere like his hair is on fire and you sure Moniak can’t help the struggling Padres? Maybe some day. Now he’s zeroed in on tykes needing an assist more than the fading Friars. Before this week’s official Perfect Game appearance, Moniak made a trek to Rady. All on his own. “I just wanted to go down there so I would at least know my way around,’’ he said. He made the rounds as smoothly as he circles the bases. The kids grinned and they gave Moniak as much, if not more, than he received. “That’s the main thing about this game,’’ said Moniak, who’s heading into his senior year. “Raising money.’’ Each player, through donations from friends and family, are asked to collect $2,000. Many surpass that and is there a better way to spend your dough? “It’s really humbling,’’ Moniak said. “The main issue is to raise money to fund the research because going Contact Jay Paris at jparis8@ there is a real eye-opener.’’ Follow him on Twitter It’s an open-and-shut at jparis_sports.

higher density for residential development,” he said. However, under the current county General Plan, there is a minimum of a two-acre lot size for this property, which calculates to 14 homes. And the Rancho Librado project is proposing 50 casitas and four luxury homes. This is what Neighbors for San Dieguito River Valley Preservation are opposing.

“When Larry Mabee purchased the C. Arnold Smith property, he stated numerous times to his neighbors that RSF should have a world-class equestrian property at the entrance to the covenant, and pledged to transform this property into such a facility,” said members of the Neighbors for San Dieguito River Valley Preservation in a statement. “Nearly 900 members of the community who have signed a petition to stop the high-density development proposed by Mabee’s heirs think Larry had it about right. “While we acknowledge the heirs’ right not to follow Larry’s vision, and to subdivide the property to accommodate multiple homes, we also think that the currently allowed alternative of up to 14 estates on minimum 2-acre lots, as currently allowed by the county General Plan, is a great compromise,” the members continued. Yet, Shapouri maintains that they are not asking for a rezone from the Covenant or the County of San Diego. “This project is consistent with the current use classification of the Covenant and it’s consistent with the County zone,” Shapouri said. “We are asking the County to change the general plan to bring it into compliance with the Covenant classification.”

will also be abundant. While The Inn has generously offered their venue, Palizban pointed out that countless people have also stepped forward to help such as their sponsors, marketing team, website designer, and professional printer. And the dedication

is year round to host an event of this magnitude. One way the Rotary is giving recognition to those helping is by listing them on their website so visitors can recognize who is giving back to a great cause. “We really could not be doing this without the support of our Rotary Club and partners,” she said.

“We’re just so appreciative of all of the people who really want to bring something special to Rancho Santa Fe and raise money for all these wonderful charities that we are supporting.” To learn more about the RSF Rotary Club’s “Taste of Rancho Santa Fe” including purchasing tickets, please visit


istry. Three types of salami are shipped from Italy: Calabrase Picante, Margarita Pepperoni and Soppresata Parmigiano. Ah, perfetto! Also, I want you to try the Short Rib Tortelacci al Gorganzola with a Super Tuscan Fiori di Fano wine, 2012. It’s a Brunello Sangiovese clone and was my TASTE OF WINE Wine of the month for August. With four kinds of pizza, three salads, five sandwiches and three pastas, figure a week’s worth of eating, at least. See robertren-

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WINE BYTES Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo is hosting a beer vs. wine event Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. Check it out at the The wines of Australia are at Winesellar and Brasserie Aug. 26 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Sorrento Valley. Cost is $15. Call (858) 538- Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by 5884. Vittorio’s in Carmel Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commenValley presents its monthly wine dinner; this time tators on the web. View and link up with his columns it’s Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. with at and Starmont wines from Napa reach him at mangiompc@ Valley. Call (858) 538-5884. Follow him Steve Tyrell comes to on Facebook. the Fairmont Grand Del



SUMMER PARTY Del Sol Lions Treasurer John Page receives honors as “Lion of the Year” for his instrumental work on the club’s finances, countless hours of community service and managing many of the club’s fundraising efforts. Pictured from left to right: Del Sol Lions President David Cain and Lion of the Year John Page, Bill Walton, Del Sol Lions 1st Vice President Mark Olson and his son George. The Del Sol Lions meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. Visit for more information. Courtesy photo


development, and have sent letters confirming their opposition. The RSF Association Board sent a letter to the County in May 2015 to confirm their support for the County’s current minimum 2-acre density of the property. In addition 900-plus


drink and an appetizer and soaking in the atmosphere. It should be noted that they host live music seven nights a week. Le Papagayo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers something for everyone and they describe it as a unique fusion of Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine. Breakfast has a full list of omelets, scrambles, waffles, pancakes, Benedicts, acai bowls, juevos rancheros, shrimp and grits, oatmeal and a hearty breakfast burrito. The lunch menu is extensive and the salads and basic burgers I’ve tried have all been solid. They have a large selec-



multipurpose exhibit halls and to install the mandated Polytrack synthetic horse racing course. About half of that debt was paid off. The earliest any of those bonds could have been called was this month. “Because rates were down it made sense to go back to the market,” Penniman said. “The timing worked out really well for us.” The total new bond sale was for about $47.4 million, but about half will be used for the previous issuance. Approximately $5 million of the remaining money will pay for the conversion of the synthetic track back to dirt, a project that was completed before the start of the current race season because the Poly-



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local residents have signed a petition opposing the Rancho Librado development. We invite all concerned residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, and Whispering Palms, to help us preserve the existing and increasingly rare rural character of the San Dieguito River Valley.

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tion of sandwiches including a Cuban that I will have to try soon. Another item on my list is what they call the Luxury California Burrito with filet mignon, avocado, truffle fries, salsa fresca and crème fraiche — a post surf burrito if there ever was one. Happy hour is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and features some great food and drink specials. A recent dinner there started with their classic Carlsbad mussels with a garlic and chardonnay broth, chicken wings, and the Shanghai style ribs. I would recommend all of those along with a wet nap. The lamb chops and herb-crusted halibut did not disappoint and the banana bread pudding was solid. Le Papagayo recent-

ly changed ownership and while they have made some subtle menu changes and upgraded the service a bit, they have kept all that have made it a fun night out intact. Darren Campbell and his son Darren Jr. are the new owners now with manager Jose Forgiarini still on board running the day to day. Find them at 1002 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, (760) 944-8252 or

track reached its end life. More than $9 million is earmarked for grandstand improvements, including $5 million to replace or renovate suites, boxes and seating and about $1.3 million to upgrade elevators and escalators. Another $3 million will go toward heating, air conditioning, roof and deck coating in that facility. “About $2 million is anticipated for improvements to the racing backstretch, including the replacement of adobe barns and living quarters,” Penniman said. Video boards in the paddock and on the main track will be replaced at an estimated cost of $1.3 million. Other projects include infrastructure improvements such as sewer system, storm water and electrical upgrades. “Not real exciting stuff,” Penniman said, add-

ing that there are certain restrictions as to how the tax-free bonds can be spent. “We’re not in any gray area.” The 22nd DAA was previously paying about $4.7 million annually on the bond debt. The new minimum payment will be approximately $3.3 million a year, but Penniman said a higher amount will likely be paid. Profits from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, as well as up to $4 million from food and beverage sales, will be used to make the payment. The refinance will save the fairgrounds about $1.6 million overall in interest. The new series of bonds goes out to 2038, but Penniman said he expects to have them paid off at least two or three years earlier, or sooner “if we have some really great years.”

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ines the Rancho Librado homes, she thinks of her grandmother and how she could have benefited from it. “When my father purchased this property he had a grand vision but unfortunately he was not able to see it through,” she said, with her voice cracking. “I, more than anyone, wished my father could have fulfilled his dreams. But I know he would support me in my decision to pursue this project.” Larry Mabee, Boswell’s father, acquired the property in 2008 with the intent to have a horse farm at his estate but passed away a few years later. The goal of Rancho Librado, Boswell said, is to provide a burden free lifestyle, where people can focus on their own well-being, families and friendships. The existing home on the property would be converted into a clubhouse with two luxury suites on the top level for extended family stays. Boswell said she also had a vision for a concierge service, miles of walking trails, and designate four acres of open space. Also with Boswell at the presentation was former Rancho Santa Fe Association Manager Pete Smith, representing his






lawn area of The Inn. While there, they can sip champagne, enjoy petite sweet savories, and buy tickets for opportunity drawings for wins such as a Maui getaway, Oscar de la Renta gift certificate, John Matty Amethyst Pendant, Sycuan golf package and more. A boutique retail area will also be available for those must-have items. Ahlstrom said the run-

new consulting firm Ekard Smith and Associates, which are part of the project. On hand was Ali Shapouri of Shapouri & Associates, a planning, civil engineering and architecture firm. Shapouri said that the Mabee property has a different classification than most residential properties in the Covenant. “It actually allows for

This project is consistent with the current use classification of the Covenant...” Ali Shapouri, Architect

way fashion show will begin at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will see the latest fashions from Barbara Bui, Donna Karan, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, M Missoni, Max Mara, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace. Following the show, guests will be escorted to “Luncheon on the Lawn.” Another anticipated segment of the Art of Fashion is the live auction series. This year, it will take place during the luncheon.

A handful of auction items include The Grand Del Mar golf package, Rancho la Puerta, Four Seasons Costa Rica getaway, Calistoga Ranch Resort, and more. “Every year we strive to give our guests the best experience by adding something new and different,” Ahlstrom said. For more information about the 2015 Art of Fashion or to register, please log onto thecountryfriends. org or call (858) 756-1192 at extension 4.



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AUG. 21, 2015

Mural commemorates Cecil the lion By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD — When speaking to restaurateur Mayur Pavagadhi about seeing wild animals in his birth country of Kenya, his eyes light up. “If you really have seen a lion in the wild, it’s so magnificent,” he said. “It’s like seeing a polar bear.” His passion for animals is infectious and when he heard about Cecil the lion having been killed in Zimbabwe by a dentist from Minnesota last month, he was crushed. The lion’s death has since sparked an international outcry against big game hunting. Pavagadhi had been planning a mural to paint on the side of his restaurant, 83 Degrees, for some time and after hearing about Cecil, he knew he wanted a tribute to the lion. Studio 2 artists Ron Juncal and Phyllis Swanson painted the mural commemorating the lion on the western wall of the restaurant. The mural took about five days to complete and 30 man-hours. Juncal said the type of mural was new to him. “We haven’t done anything that was a tribute in the past, but it was special and unique,” Juncal said. He said conservation of the species was important to everyone involved. The majority of the feedback has been positive. Juncal said they were finishing the mural during Art in the Village, which draws thousands of art enthusiasts to Carlsbad Village once a year.

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He said the experience was one-of-a-kind. “There was lots of people looking at it, cheering us on and giving us encouragement and telling us how nice it looked,” Juncal said. “It was one of the easiest and most pleasant pieces we’ve done and at the same time probably one of the most poignant pieces because of its meaning.” Not all have been supportive of the mural, according to Juncal and 83 Degree Manager Nick Wheeler. Some have criticized it because they believe there are more serious issues plaguing the world. “People are saying, ‘why would you choose a lion when there’s military personnel and tragedies overseas’ but it’s just kind of one those things where everybody has their opinion and it was the owner’s choice and it’s something that means a great deal to (Pavagadhi),” Wheeler TURN TO MURAL ON 27

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ODD FILES Actors sought to bring classic comedy to life BY CHUCK SHEPHERD

Cecil Speaks The distress across the Western world in July over the big-game killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe was apparently misdirected, according to veteran “animal communicator” Karen Anderson of Elk, Wash., who told Facebook and Internet visitors (AnimalCommunicating. com) that Cecil and she had discussed his demise and that he was over it. Also, Cecil apparently speaks in formal, graceful English, as Anderson quoted him (according to London’s The Independent): “Let not the actions of these few men defeat us,” said Cecil, “or allow darkness to enter our hearts.” “I am,” he added, “grander than before as no one can take our purity, our truth or our soul.” (Anderson’s usual fee to speak with deceased pets is $75 for 15 minutes, but she did not disclose whether she had a client for Cecil’s tab.) Chutzpah! In May, three Santa Ana, Calif., police officers who had just raided the unlicensed Sky High Holistic medical marijuana dispensary were caught on the facility’s surveillance video eating supposedly seized cannabis-infused chocolate bars, and an “internal affairs” investigation was opened. However, in August, the Orange County Register reported that the cops went to court to have the video suppressed. Their familiar legal argument is that the video violates their right to privacy — in that they had purposely disabled the cameras before they began munching the contraband and thus had the requisite “expectation of privacy” that triggers the right. (Possibly, they had missed a camera.) The Continuing Crisis On Aug. 1, one of the world’s weirdest border disputes came to an end, as India and Bangladesh exchanged more than 160 “enclaves” — sovereign territory completely surrounded by the other country’s sovereign territory (in principle, making travel out of the enclaves impossible unless the enclave had an embassy or another office that issues visas). In fact, there was one Indian enclave (Dahala Khagrabari) completely within a Bangladeshi enclave that is completely inside an Indian enclave inside Bangladesh. The Litigious Society Who gets badly hurt playing musical chairs? Robin Earnest, 46, told an Arkansas claims hearing that she broke two fingers and was forced into “years” of surgery and physical therapy over a game that was part of a class at the College of the Ouachitas in 2011 and demanded at least $75,000 from the state. The July hearing was dominated by a discussion of the proper way to play musical chairs because the instructor had ordered three students to contest one chair — with Earnest asserting that everyone knows it would be two chairs for three people.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater announces auditions for a variety of roles, for eight men and 10 women, to perform skits from the original comedy scripts featured on the Carol Burnett TV Show. Auditions for “The Carol Burnett Comedy Buffet” will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Village Community Church, 6225

Paseo Delicias. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. For an audition appointment, contact Margie Wood at: margiew@ or call (858) 756-2441, ext. 128 or visit “Actors will be challenged to bring to the stage, comedy characters from the Carol Burnett show played

originally by Burnett, Tim Conway, Lyle Waggoner, Harvey Korman and Vicki Lawrence plus additional guest artist actors,” said Program Director Margie Wood. “The comedy writers for this show were some of

the best during the 1960s — every scene has been well crafted. Carol Burnett shared this: ‘I think we have the finest comedy writers in television and am pleased that their efforts can now be enjoyed

again and again, instead of just one night on national television. It is particularly gratifying to announce that all six writers are donating their royalties to the Navajo Children’s Foundation in Arizona.’ ”

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Locals Surf Club gives back CARLSBAD — Local surfers gave the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad $2,800 after raising the money from The State Beach Classic — a Tribute to Banning Capps, an annual surf contest at Tamarack. The June event was put on by the State Beach Locals Surf Club, and attracted surfers and non-surfers alike to watch competitors, enjoy music and raffles to win surfboards, wetsuits and clothing. Nine divisions allow all ages, genders, and skill levels to compete. The 2015 State Beach Cup was awarded to Carlsbad’s own professional surfer, Gabe Garcia. For the past four years, the State Beach Locals Surf Club has selected the Boys & Girls Club to be one of the beneficiaries of the event. “The club is nearly 100 percent funded by local donors,” said CEO Brad Holland. “It’s cool to see local surfers giving back to their community in such a significant way.” “We are always excited to produce this annual event — it’s a blast,” said Event Organizer Phil Antonopoulos. “But the best part is knowing that the money we raise goes to such a good local cause.” The contest was created not only to give back to Carlsbad, but as a tribute to local professional surfer

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Banning Capps, who died in 2000. Like many Carlsbad surfers, Capps grew up in a town filled with talent, ranging from pros like Paul and David Barr, Sean Dominguez, Mark Sharpe and Taylor Knox, to a younger generation like Chris and Brett Strother, Jake Blackburn and Donovan Stapleton. The torch continues to be carried by such surfers as Brent Reilly, Duran Barr, Gabe Garcia and Ricky Whitlock. “Reuniting local surfers from Carlsbad is a major part of this event, but it’s geared toward everyone,” Event Coordinator Ulises Thomas said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s your first surf contest or you’re the average Joe from Wisconsin, you’re going to have fun and experience the California lifestyle,” Antonopoulos said.

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Chargers beat Cowboys in preseason opener San Diego Chargers running back Brandon Oliver scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game. Photos by Bill Reilly

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