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Network communication with Golf Club unfolds By Christina Macone-Greene

William “Bill” Overton is looking forward to the tasks at hand and those on the administrative horizon as the new Rancho Santa Fe Association manager. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

New RSF Association manager takes the reins By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — As William “Bill” Overton settles into his new position as manager of the RSF Association, he’s looking forward to the tasks at hand and those on the administrative horizon. Overton took the reins as manager officially on Jan. 28. He’s also quick to point out that he’s excited to represent the community and its volunteers because the Ranch is such a “beautiful, historical place.” “We have so many great projects

It’s hard not to be energized trying to improve such an incredible, historic community...”

to keep Rancho Santa Fe historic, but also modernize it and bring it into the 21st century,” Overton said. “I’m excited to help them be a part of that.” Overton said he was intrigued with the position after meeting with the Association’s board of directors. He found their current and future projects sensational. “It’s hard not to be energized trying to improve such an incredible, historic community. And when I say

William “Bill” Overton Manager, RSF Association


Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild hosts winter author talk By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild hosted an exclusive member event featuring regarded author, Kristin Hannah. The afternoon affair began with a light lunch followed by an introduction of Hannah by Susan Appleby of the RSF Library Guild. Hannah was both charming and interesting during the course of her talk while she spoke of her newest published work, “The Nightingale.” Appleby promised Hannah she wouldn’t give her a huge introduction but she did note that Hannah was a prolific author with more than 20 titles published to her name. Kristin Hannah, Winter Author Talk guest speaker at the RSF Library “The Nightingale takes Guild event signing her book, “The Nightingale,” for RSF resident and place in France during children’s author Adrienne Falzon. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

World War II. I’ve read more than a several books in the last year within the same time period and place,” Appleby said. She then turned to Hannah and said, “I’m not flattering you by saying this, but yours was by far the best.” Appleby also pointed out to the Guild members that Hannah’s book was People Magazine’s book of the week. Hannah thanked the crowd for a warm welcome and then started by explaining why she wrote “The Nightingale,” while shedding more light on the genres she has chosen over the years. “I’ve been really focusing on books about women’s relationships,” Hannah TURN TO AUTHOR ON 23

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent board meeting the topic regarding network communication between the Rancho Santa Fe Association and Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club was discussed. During the heavy 2014 December rains phone communication between both had failed. Both the board and golf club manager, Al Castro, were able to shed some technical explanation on the topic. The new RSF Association manager, Bill Overton, pointed out that acting manager Ivan Holler worked on this agenda item along with their chief financial officer, Steve Comstock. Both had vetted the numbers and negotiated with the fire department to use their facility. Use of the facility, Overton said, would help solve the solutions to first address the most important technical matters. “Ivan has been working on this diligently. He’s comfortable with this program,” Overton said. “And the fire department is on board.”

Overton estimated the cost would be around $17,500 to solve the immediate issue so the next time it rains the Association is still able to communicate point-to-point real time with the Golf Club. Castro pointed out that the Golf Club realized there were gaps in its system before the December rains when they lost all communication, including phones. “We realized that we have a fairly weak system at the Club,” he said, adding how he had an upcoming meeting with another vendor to discuss networks. Castro mentioned the goal is to replace the phone system at the Club, which enables them to transfer calls back and forth to the Association. Currently, they have to hang up and call the Association directly. “We’re in the dark ages as far as telecommunications is concerned,” he said. For Overton, it was important to meet with CasTURN TO NETWORK ON 23

Superintendent updates board By Christina Macone-Greene presentation on solar and a

RANCHO SANTA FE — Since students have returned from their winter break, a great deal of focus has been on academics. Rancho Santa Fe School District Superintendent Lindy Delaney shared with the board that in the midst of studies, they also had Week of the Ocean, Great Kindness Challenge, a variety show and International Festival. “Everything went really well and the kids enjoyed all of those activities,” Delaney said. Looking ahead, the FLL and FTC robotics teams are gearing up for competition at LEGOLAND Feb. 21. Delaney said they had a lot of good things coming up. “We also have a unique opportunity to have the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus come on Feb. 20 for 100 students to participate in,” Delaney said. “We basically do a music and video production.” From these 100 students, roughly 10 of them will have the opportunity to take part in a special video. In March, Delaney has forecasted the District’s

Proposition 39 update. In regards to addressing foreign language programs between the grades of K to 5, about 20 parents were in attendance at the last board meeting conveying their support. A few spoke and the board listened. Delaney did recap the information she shared at a previous board meeting regarding time constraints and the challenge of how adding a new language program may require taking something that’s already in the curriculum out. On Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Delaney is championing a meeting with parents interested in foreign language for their children attending K to 5 grades. Delaney said although the topic was addressed at the board meeting, it really doesn’t afford the opportunity for a discussion among the parents. The point of this meeting, Delaney said, is to hear more from the parents and also from the school district in terms of time challenges with the current schedule. The TURN TO UPDATE ON 23


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Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Street, sidewalk and drainage improvements along a southeast portion of Jimmy Durante Boulevard are expected to begin in about a week after City Council awarded a $1.6 million contract to PAL General Engineering Inc. at the Feb. 2 meeting. The project starts approximately 150 feet south of San Dieguito Drive and ends on Camino del Mar at the Del Mar Plaza/L’Auberge traffic signal. It includes construction of about 2,500 feet of new curbs and gutters, 16,000 square feet of sidewalks, 2,200 square feet of retaining walls, seven pedestrian ramps and 87,300 square

feet of pavement rehabilitation. Wastewater and water main pipelines will also be replaced and new underground storm drain infrastructure will be added. The project initially included the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito. In response to concerns raised by several residents, the traffic-calming device was severed from the improvements. However it is still being studied and could be added in the future. Because the roundabout could be added later, the potentially affected sidewalks will stop 100 feet short of the intersection. The city received only

by PAL. The improvements are part of a more than $4 million citywide street, sidewalk and drainage project that is being implemented in phases. Most funding is coming from a financing plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments. The city is using the money it receives annually in TransNet funds — about $200,000 — to pay the debt. TransNet is a voter-approved half-cent sales tax given to cities for use on transportation projects. Joe Bride, project engineer for the Public Works said work Work to upgrade the street, sidewalks and drainage along an approximately three-quarter-mile stretch of Department, Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Camino del Mar is slated to begin the week of Feb. 16. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek should begin the week of Feb. 16 and the goal is to two bids when it advertised Weir Construction Corp. posal was about $300,000 complete the project by Mefor the scaled-down project. also responded but its pro- more than the one submitted morial Day.

Tennis Club introduces new membership category RSF Golf Club By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Before David Vandenberg, a Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club board member discussed the possibility of adding an additional membership category he shared how the membership at the Tennis Club was climbing steadily. According to his numbers, they have already exceeded its annual quota in new memberships in a half year. Vandenberg commended the board for allowing the Tennis Club to expand its membership categories. “We are making money which is great,” he said. Director Craig McAllister wanted to know what the membership numbers were a year ago in comparison to now. Although he didn’t have the numbers with him, Vandenberg believed last year the membership was at around 189, and today, at about 230. “That’s amazing,” McAllister said. Vandenberg added, “And last night we added another one. So I mean we have programs that are attracting people.” He went on to say that while their pre-reserve

We’ve had 20 people in that age range quit the club within the past year because they have nobody to play with.” David Vandenberg Board Member, RSF Tennis Club

numbers are climbing, what he’s really excited about is that everyone is helping to make the Tennis Club a true asset to the community, which will attract more people to it. McAllister commended Vandenberg on a job well done because more than a decade ago, membership numbers were at around 340 and has been declining ever since. Things have turned around. “It’s phenomenal, what you’ve done,” McAllister

said. And Vandenberg appreciated his enthusiasm. “I’m here today to ask for even more help and that is for our Sponsor Membership,” he said, adding how it would be a new category. Vandenberg explained that tennis is a different sport than most others. Unlike golf, one has to have a partner. And a good game also means having a partner which has similar skill sets so a match can be enjoyed, he said. Vandenberg sidestepped talking about how this changes in the game of golf using Jack Nicklaus as an example. “I can play in the same foursome with him. It doesn’t make a difference. I’m shooting 100, and he’s shooting 70,” he said. “The four of us can still go play together and have a good day. You can’t do that in tennis. You got to have people who have similar capabilities.” Vandenberg told the board that the number one reason that people join tennis clubs and conversely, the number one reason they quit is that they don’t have somebody to play with which have the same skills. Vandenberg said he

was on a mission not only to increase just members but certain kinds of members. They are trying to get younger members between the ages of 20 to 45 which has remained a void. “And what I’m proposing today will help us fill that void. I have people who have threatened to quit our club, because they have nobody to play with. And I say, hang on, and let me see what I can do,” Vandenberg said. He continued, “I’ve got to get those people. We’ve had 20 people in that age range quit the club within the past year because they have nobody to play with.” A Sponsorship Membership, he explained was allowing a member of the Tennis Club in good standing that could sponsor a friend to join,” he said. The rationale behind this was keeping members while attracting new players. “I think I can get a lot of the people who left to go to other clubs back into the Covenant,” he said. Following a long discussion among the directors with Vandenberg on hand to answer questions, the board unanimously agreed with the new Sponsorship Membership category.

RSF Board of Directors appoints nominating committee By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a previous board meeting, candidate names were drawn to determine

who would be part of the 2015 Nominating Committee. Over the course of the following weeks, the committee confirmed and formed. President Ann Boon addressed her fellow directors and members in the audience at a recent board meeting. “Amazingly enough it is February, and that means that the process has begun to nominate candidates for the board election this spring,” she said. Including Boon, other members of the nominating committee are Director Craig McAllister and former Directors Ken Bien, Larry Spitcaufsky and Bill Beckman. According to Boon, the committee has already met

The committee has decided to have a more inclusive policy this year.” Ann Boon Committee President

and several members have already submitted their names. “The committee has decided to have a more inclusive policy this year,” she said. “We will not be eliminating anyone who volunteers unless they clearly cannot fulfill the time com-

mitments or are technically not qualified.” The definition of technically qualified underscores a member in good standing and has lived in the Covenant for three or more years. “We will be interviewing the candidates as usual to explain the campaign process and the job as serving as a Director. The nominating committee will be presenting a list of nominees to the board by March the 16,” Boon said. For more information on how to become a board candidate for the 2015 Regular Annual Election, please contact the RSF Association at (858) 756-1174 or visit

Manager reports promising numbers

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent RSF Association Board of Directors meeting, Al Castro, RSF Golf Club Manager delivered favorable information. While membership numbers stood at 500 and dropped to 498, its July 1 fiscal year reflects a new membership gain of 15 and a budget allowing for 22. According to Castro, the enrollment numbers at the end of December when compared to the budget was minus one. However, January proved to be a strong month. “In January we enrolled five new members compared to a budget of two. We made up the deficit from December plus a couple more,” he said. “So we’re encouraged by that.” Castro also reported that in terms of financials, year to date, the Club was in the positive column of $94,000. Its year-end budget is $80,000. Castro wanted the board and members to know that the months of Jan., Feb., and March tend to be “up and down months” due to slower business in the Ranch, including its restaurant. “Golf declined slightly during the fourth quarter of the year. But we anticipate that by the end of the year we will make our budget at $80,000, a positive, for the fiscal year,” he said. The rains in December saved the Golf Club a considerable amount of money totaling a savings of $34,000 in their water bill. A little bit of rain, he said, makes a world of difference in keeping the course vibrant and alive. “We continue to knock on wood for a little more rain over the next two or three months,” he said. An addition to the monthly happenings at the Club its upcoming “Get Smart” educational series slated for Feb. 26 with a

guest speaker covering a topic entitled, “Learning to Harness the Power of Perspective.” Castro also wanted to remind all about the upcoming “Meet and Greet” event taking place at the club on Feb. 18 for all in the covenant to meet the new association manager, Bill Overton. Another item Castro mentioned took many by a pleasant surprise. “We’ve had a major rollout of our new bridge program just this last month in January. We filled up both classes, both intermediate and beginners immediately with a waiting list,” he said, adding how hugely popular it has become. On Fridays, the club has an extra boost of energy because many are enjoying this new activity. Castro called it a great opportunity for those interested in learning to play bridge and sharpen their bridge skills. Director Craig McAllister commented on the activity at the Golf Club the day before and it was confirmed the additional people there participated in social bridge session. McAllister was impressed. Bridge is quickly becoming a mainstay with activities occurring two to three days a week. “I also want to remind everyone our first ever social bridge dinner is happening on Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.,” he said. “This will be an ongoing series again to encourage those that are not necessarily golfers, but those around the community that would like to use the facility to come out and socialize, play a little bridge, and have dinner with us.” The bridge and dinner is an all-inclusive package. “I encourage you to come by and use the facilities and see the many fun events taking place,” Castro said.


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Counter OPEC’s power by boosting American crude oil exports By J. Michael Barrett

Doubling H1-B visas via an end run California Focus By Thomas D. Elias Green cards for spouses – that’s the latest quiet Obama Administration move to please and appease the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere who constantly clamor for more H1-B visas to bring in cheap, skilled foreign labor. The ploy sounds extremely humanitarian, but might really be little more than an end run around the current limit of 85,000 visas granted to immigrants whose skills are allegedly not matched by any talent available in America, including about 20,000 slots for people with advanced degrees earned at American universities. Without consulting Congress and with little notice other than a routine press release, Obama and his aides may essentially now be doubling that 85,000 number. As of now, spouses of H1-B visa holders being sponsored for a green card by their employers will be allowed to work in this country. Since the great bulk of H1-Bs who perform adequately and show up regularly for work receive such sponsorship in the interest of maintaining a stable work force, there will now be about 60,000 to 70,000 new foreign workers eligible to take jobs for which some U.S. engineering groups say there are plenty of trained, competent Americans. No one knows precisely how many H1-B workers are married, but it’s for certain that many who would previously have left their spouses behind in home countries like India and the Philippines will now bring them along. It’s true, as the administration noted when publishing the new rule in the

Federal Register, that not all spouses of imported tech workers will be allowed to work. They become eligible only when employers petition for full immigrant visas for them. But since many couples in India, Singapore and other countries from which H1-B workers often stem are about equally educated, the change will probably sideline even more American workers whose salaries now average considerably higher than those paid to the imports. Was it a coincidence that this change came within a week of an autumn Obama excursion to Silicon Valley and other California points, where he pitched for more high-tech development and raked in a few million campaign dollars for last year’s Democratic congressional and Senate candidates? With companies along and just off the Bayshore Freeway corridor between San Jose and Redwood City constantly yammering for more immigrant workers (including the likes of Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Google and Hewlett-Packard), it’s apparent campaign money talks – loudly. Fully 16 percent of H1-B visas go to California companies and their immigrant workers, many of whom stay in the areas to which they were brought. When visas expire and they can’t legally get high-tech jobs anymore, some become off-the-books motel clerks or freelance computer instructors paid in cash or personal checks. The H1-B program also often exceeds its formal limits. While only 85,000 permits are supposed to be issued this year, the total of imported workers often exceeds 90,000 and in 2010 came to 117,409. This happens in part through side agreements. Examples: Chileans get 1,400 visas under a trade agreement,

while 5,400 go annually to citizens of Singapore, under another pact. These workers don’t count toward the formal limit. Those are failings, for sure. But the main problem with H1-B visas is that there has never been a test to determine if U.S. workers are available before foreigners are hired and visas issued. “Do not confuse H1-B demand with labor demand; they are not the same thing,” Jared Bernstein, author of a Brookings Institution report on H1-B use, told a reporter last year. A lot of employers, he suggested, seek visas even when unemployment is high and extends to skilled workers. Bernstein said he found some evidence of employers using H1-Bs to force down wages. In short, American workers know that if they demand too much, they can be replaced by foreign labor. Yes, there is some justification for the category of 20,000 workers with advanced degrees obtained in this country; it keeps persons trained here contributing to the American economy. But adding spouses to the equation seems to give the companies too much leeway in hiring and setting wages, especially since most H1-Bs are not high-level scientists, but rather work in laboratories or on assembly lines. The bottom line: The new spousal visa rule is one executive action that deserves far more congressional scrutiny than it has yet gotten. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is quickly approaching just $2. Drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — over 9 million barrels per day — for these low prices. With American energy production booming and gas prices plummeting, it’s difficult to imagine a return to the shortages that characterized the 1973 Arab oil embargo. But Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the rest of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have recently launched a price war to force Americans back to a dependency on foreign energy. They are being aided by an outdated U.S. policy prohibiting the export of domestic crude oil. The best way for American legislators to combat OPEC’s aggression is to lift this ban. Scrapping this outdated policy will secure American progress towards energy independence. It’s easy to see why OPEC is scared. Innovative extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have boosted U.S. oil production by 4 million barrels per day in just the last six years. Consequently, U.S. demand for OPEC oil has dropped to its lowest level since the Reagan administration. OPEC can’t stand to see one of its biggest customers move toward energy independence. But the cartel might not be able to endure the self-inflicted wounds caused by rock bottom oil prices for very long. Of OPEC’s 12 member countries, only Qatar can balance its budget with prices at $60 per barrel. Six OPEC members need the price to stay above $100 to avoid fiscal ruin. By contrast, most U.S. producers still make a profit below $60 per barrel. That’s why, in late November, the governing board of OPEC decided not to cut oil production despite a global surplus of 2 million barrels per day. Instead, OPEC maintained its pro-


duction levels to push prices down in hopes of driving American firms bankrupt. The cartel believes that American energy firms will break under pressure. Congress can strengthen our domestic economy while countering these plans. It should lift the ban on crude oil exports. Domestic firms could then sell oil to the many overseas buyers eager to reduce their own energy dependence, thus reducing the power of OPEC to maintain a throttle on U.S. and global oil supplies. What’s more, if U.S. producers are allowed to expand to foreign markets, they’ll be able to compensate for lower oil prices with greater total sales. Fortunately, the effort to repeal the ban is gaining traction. Texas congressman Joe Barton has introduced bipartisan legislation to lift it. However, some lawmakers argue that permitting crude exports might contract local oil supplies and push up the price paid by domestic drivers at the pump. They needn’t worry. In a new report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office finds that allowing U.S. crude exports will actually save American drivers up to 10 cents per gallon of gasoline. The CBO explains that the price of gas depends “primarily on the world price of crude oil, which would decline slightly once lower-priced U.S. crudes were available in the international market.” If Congress lifts the ban, crude exports could add 300,000 jobs and $38 billion to the U.S. economy by 2020. Congress should lift the ban on U.S. crude exports. Repealing this outdated law will lower energy prices, jumpstart the economy, and cement America’s role in the global oil market while furthering collective independence from OPEC’s oil-based price manipulations. J. Michael Barrett is former director of strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council. He is a principal with Diligent Innovations.

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Childhelp’s Southern California Auxiliary readies for fundraiser By Christina Macone-Greene

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with the Stars” will be available as well as an unforgettable trip to Prague and much more. While it takes effort and determination to host a gala of this magnitude, community support is welcomed. “We always appreciate monetary donations and items to be included in the silent, live or opportunity categories such as restaurants, airlines, hotels, golfing and more,” Teran said. “We have had support from so many companies such as Euphora, Lexus, Sea Coast Exclusive Properties, Headlines Salon, La Costa Spa, Del Coronado and so many other kind and generous companies.” And for any other companies who want to take part in this special night and purpose are encouraged to do so. Honorary chairs for the event include Esther Nahama, Reinette and Marvin Levine, John and Tara Richards, and Mona & Jack Ratelle. Its co-chairs consist of Arlene and Richard Esgate, Ron McMillan, and David Linde. “I promise all who attend will walk away having had the best night ever,” she said. For ticket information contact Ron McMillan at (619) 957-1162. For sponsorships or donations please contact David Linde at (858) 945-5800 or Michelle Teran at (858) 212-7021. Due Date: 01-29-15

Tree stump to be carved into public art By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — When Del Mar resident David Arnold was on his way home one day last month he saw a city crew removing a beetle-damaged Torrey pine on the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve on a patch of land with an ocean view. “I couldn’t help but think that this tree is really old,” Arnold said at the Feb. 2 City Council meeting. “There’s been countless weddings and parties and everything else under it and so somehow it needed to get saved.” He asked the trimmers to stop work for an hour to give him time to make a few phone calls. He contacted city staff and received some support to turn what was left of the dead tree into a piece of public art. On Jan. 14, Arnold, an artist who helped design the city logo about five years ago, presented two clay models of a bench to the Parks and Recreation Department, which selected one that was presented for approval at the Feb. 2 meeting. There was some concern that the sculpture would encourage climbing and be a liability, so staff did not recommend going forward with the project as presented. “People will climb on it, there’s no question about it,” Arnold said. “It’s a nice place to sit.” So he agreed to work with the city to tweak the

Council members recently agreed to allow resident David Arnold to carve this stump of a dead Torrey pine into a piece of public art that can be used as a bench. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

design to reduce the desire to climb on the final piece. Warning signs will be installed and mulch will be added to the base and sides. “I think we think it’s a good idea,” City Manager Scott Huth said. “We’re trying to figure out how not to fully bureaucratize it and … protect the public because there are people that are going to want to climb on this. We’re trying to avoid that. “If people do that at their own risk then that’s like climbing on any of our other trees that we have,” he added. Councilman Terry Sinnott said there is also a financial benefit to transforming the stump into a seat post. “I think this is a great opportunity to use something that has been around for quite a while,” he said. “People climb on this thing

all the time. … It’s not like we’re creating a new climbing attraction. “If we don’t do something with it we’d be grinding it up at a cost of quite a bit so this is kind of a little money-saving experiment,” he added. Arnold has enlisted the help of a professional carver to assist him. The design on the side will feature a red-tailed hawk, which he said is the official bird of the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Arnold said it will take about three weeks to complete the carving. “We want to create something that’s good,” Huth said. “It’s a benefit to the public and we’ll work with (Arnold) to try to create an environment that reduces the desire to climb all over it but still has a usefulness of how he’s trying to envision it.”




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RANCHO SANTA FE — When it comes to making a difference in the lives of children, Childhelp has helped many in need. Over the last 55 years, this organization has assisted more than 4 million children. It’s a staggering amount which pulls on heartstrings. Childhelp’s Southern California Auxiliary is preparing for its April 18 annual gala, “Life is a Cabaret.” Guests will be sporting vintage Cabaret and will be whisked away into nostalgic sophistication at Hotel Del Coronado, while supporting an incredible cause. “We fundraise to create a brighter future for the abused and neglected children throughout our community of San Diego and Southern California as well as across the country,” said Michelle Teran, publicity board member for Childhelp, Southern Auxiliary. “Five children die a day from child abuse in the United States. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.” Teran pointed out that from every dollar donated to Childhelp, 90 cents goes directly to the children and its programs. While Hotel Del will afford a memorable backdrop to the evening, Teran said it will be a special gala for all who attend. “The evening begins with a VIP reception followed with dinner and dancing to NRG, one of San Diego’s hottest bands. Our Masters of Ceremonies are KUSI’s David Davis and Staci Ortiz-Davis,” she said. Celebrity guests will include Childhelp co-founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson. Teran shared that they have been nominated a to-


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FEB. 20, 2015

Integrative Endocrinology: Hormones Make the World Go Round By Danielle Weiss, M.D.

If you do not know what an endocrinologist is you are not alone. Endocrinology is a young field, with hormones having been first discovered in 1905. Each hormone plays a critical role in health and wellness. Examples of endocrine organs are thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, ovary, testicle, pancreas, fat cells and parathyroid. Did you know the number one hormone producing system is the gastrointestinal system or that the number one cause of under active thyroid is an autoimmune condition? The interplay be-

and the hallmark sign is irregular periods. Men also go through a hormonal transition. Andro-pause is more gradual but just as health altering. What one does not feel is the slow deterioration in bone health that can progress to osteoporosis or the change in one’s cholesterol that can increase risk of cardiovascular disease. This is where the beauty of Western medicine can be harnessed with the right touch. There are state of the art genetic and metabolic tests available that can identify individuals

Too often we fail to appreciate this complexity and our health is taken for granted until an ailment makes us take stock of our health.” Daniell Weiss, M.D.

tween these hormones and the rest of the body is an intricate dance of the utmost complexity. Too often we fail to appreciate this complexity and our health is taken for granted until an ailment makes us take stock of our health. Sometimes it is a subtle tug for attention… a few extra pounds that keep hanging around well after the holidays year after year. Other times it can be dramatic…the literal “flash” of a hotflash. If you are one of the minority that are proactive about your health, kudos to you and those lucky enough to call you their friend, family and health champion. Even those who are proactive can benefit from a health advocate. Hopefully you find this advocate in your doctor. If that is not the case, it is time to make your health your most valuable asset and highest priority. Often times it takes a dramatic event to have someone see a doctor yet you wouldn’t wait for your car’s gas tank to be completely empty before rolling yourself to the gas pump. I like to use the menopausal transition as an example. Each person is truly an individual and some women do not notice any symptoms while for others life has come to a pause. There is a “pause” in “menoPAUSE” for a reason. The average age of menopause is 51 years old. Peri-menopause occurs several years before this

at risk for various diseases and I will personally tailor one’s treatment accordingly. I feel fortunate to call myself a San Diego native. I have had the privilege of being trained at top-notch institutions including UCSD, New York University, Scripps and Stanford University. I remain on the faculty of UCSD School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. As an endocrinologist I look at the whole person, including their environment and behavior, and tailor the best diagnostic and treatment tools we have to be their ultimate health advocate. From high tech devices such diabetes pumps, continuous glucose sensors and interactive fitness companions, I integrate the best that Western medicine has to offer with complimentary approaches that are thousands of years old. One of the most memorable essays in medicine on the care of patients was written by Dr. Francis Peabody, at about the same time that hormones were first discovered over one hundred years ago. He said, “The secret in the care of the patient, is in ‘caring for the patient.’” His words are timeless, and we at Center for Hormonal Health and Well-Being subscribe to this philosophy. If you’d like to learn more about endocrinology and hormonal health, visit, or call (760) 753-ENDO (3636) to schedule an appointment with my office.

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The construction is in Phase II of a three-phase project to build new eco-friendly homes for the sisters at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. Photo by Tony Cagala

Nuns getting new eco-friendly homes By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The certain stillness and peacefulness that permeates throughout the Deer Park Monastery has lately been displaced by the sounds of chainsaws and new construction. The chainsaws have been cutting into straw bales being shaped to fill the wooden frames and become the walls of new housing for the sisters that live at Zen Buddhist monastery. The new housing structures will be replacing the dilapidated structures that the 20 sisters currently at the grounds are living in. The facilities the sisters are living in now have been a part of the property since before the site was bought in 2000, according to Sister Kinh Nghiem, who has lived at Deer Park for almost four years. But the deteriorating structures are poorly insulated and drafty and more room is needed for the increasing number of sisters coming to live there. “Personally, in my room right now, I have carpenter ants living in the room,” Nghiem said. “We live in harmony with each other. Every time I come into the room they sort of disappear. When I leave they all come out into the floor,” she said. The construction is in Phase II of a three-phase process, in which the planning and permitting process began in 2013. The sisters are hopeful to have the project completed by June, before an August visit from their teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The new buildings, Nghiem said, will allow the sisters to live as a community and communicate more and to embody what they teach as a monastic community. “It means that we can actually all live together as a community of sisters,” she said. At a cost of about $2

million, all of which has been raised through donations, the sisters are using straw bales to build their new structures, making it environmentally friendly. Rebecca Tasker, co-owner of Simple Construct, has been overseeing the straw bale construction and the dozens of volunteers helping to build the structures along with the sisters. There’s something so obvious in working with the straw bales, Tasker said as volunteers wheeled bales of straw into position or stuffed them into the empty frames of the homes. “Here’s this big brick and you take it straight out of the field and you stack it up and wah-lah you have a house.” Though in her 10 years of working with the product, Tasker admits that it’s quite a bit more complicated than that. The biggest challenge of working with straw bales, Tasker said, was the unfamiliarity of it. “You need to make sure that the person who is designing the building understands how to design for straw,” she said. But the benefits of straw bale homes range from being using non-toxic materials to being fire resistant and providing good sound insulation, to name a few. For Drew Hubbell, architect and principal of Hubbell and Hubbell Architects, designing these

structures was definitely familiar to him, having completed over 30 straw bale projects. Hubbell described the housing as a nice blend of privacy and community. Nghiem said they just wanted something simple to match their lifestyle as monastics, but also to give them their space. A native San Diegan, Nghiem was ordained at the age of 14. “Before that, I had no idea what meditation was, no idea what peace was,” she said. “I was just a teenager going to school, focusing on getting my grades and going to college.” Her mother, who was a practitioner, took her to a retreat and it was there that she learned there was a different way to live a life. She had had friends at that age that were on the wrong path of society, getting involved with drugs and sex, she explained. It’s been 17 years that Nghiem has been ordained. Over that time, she was asked whether there was anything she missed about life before entering the monastery: “I don’t know what I’m missing out on, but I have a feeling I’m not missing out on much,” she said. Having been working with the sisters on the construction, Tasker said that this has been a “truly unique” project. “I didn’t know much about the monastery before this project, and I had

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no idea how just happy and silly the sisters are,” Tasker said. “They bring a liveliness, a joy and a genuineness to the project that’s just amazing.” Despite the buildings not being done yet, Nghiem said she feels like she’s moved in and that she’s already at home. With the volunteers and the contractors working together with the sisters, Nghiem said that the home has already been realized — not just as a physical building— but where there’s a community of understanding and collaborating together. But when she physically moves in to the new housing, Nghiem said she plans in the future to just sit down and have a cup of tea and “feel the love and the energy that has been put into building these buildings.” The monastery is still accepting donations to complete their housing project, which may be online at More information about Deer Park Monastery can be found at

s Russia rattles its saber in Eastern Europe, I was reminded of one of my favorite stories that came from where I least expected it. It came from a neighborhood mom, a friend whose kids went to my school. One day in fall 2003, she mentioned that she and her family had gone to Latvia that summer. Her husband, she explained, is half Latvian and his mother – we’ll call her Sonia – was born there. That alone is interesting, but the tale has just begun. Because Latvia was part of the Soviet Union until 1993, the trip that summer was only the second time Sonia had been back since her family escaped in 1944. For almost 50 years, Sonia kept her papers and her memories intact. When she finally returned, she was able to prove ownership of a country house that had been confiscated by the Communists so many decades ago. On this second trip back, her sons came along. While she was just a child in 1944, Sonia clearly remembered seeing her father bury a box next to the house just before the family fled. She had no idea what was in it.


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“Sonia walked up to the house, pointed and said, ‘He buried it right there,’” my friend explained. To everyone’s amazement, a foot or two beneath the ground was a box that had gone undiscovered by Germans, Russians or renters for 60 years. And inside, like the climax of a blockbuster Hollywood movie, was treasure. Loose gemstones – diamonds, rubies and more – various pieces of gold jewelry and even a bar of bullion. Now that’s a summer vacation to remember. The family returned the next summer and excavated the basement. That time they unearthed bottles of 1940 Martel brandy and cases of champagne. I was on the edge of my seat asking her a dozen questions, all showing my sad ignorance of Eastern Europe, World War II and Latvia. For those of you equally unaware, the Red Army invaded Latvia in 1939 and stripped citizens like Sonia’s family of their wealth and property. When the Germans arrived in 1941, driving the Russians out, her family was able to recover the country home and restore her father’s business somewhat, but when World War II ended, the Russians marched back in. The family quickly left for Germany, the safest place for them at that time. Sonia’s father died there. She and TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 18



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FEB. 20, 2015

How well do you know your home state? hit the road e’louise ondash


’ve traveled a lot of California and feel as though I know a fair amount about the state’s unique and diverse history, peoples and natural wonders. But someone recently handed me a copy The chapel on the grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano is the oldest building in California still in use. Photo by Jerry Ondash

During the Civil War, Union Army soldiers were stationed on Catalina Island to prevent Southern sympathizers from establishing a base for pirate activities against the North. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

of “California Trivia,” compiled by Lucy Poshek & Roger Naylor, and I discovered all kinds of facts that are new to me. The book is not new — my copy was published in 1998 — but most of the facts still hold. For instance: Did you know that Walt Disney founded the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia? Who remembers that Florence Chadwick, the first woman to swim the English Channel (both ways), was a native San Diegan? And did you know that Father Junipero Serra referred to himself as the Gray Ox? (The book didn’t say why. I searched but came up empty-handed. Do you know the answer?) Here are a few more California-related trivia questions from the book. Try these out on someone who thinks

he/she knows everything about the Golden State, which by the way, made the official State Nickname List in 1968. Answers at the bottom. In terms of attendance, what is the most popular state park in California? What two large California lakes extend into other states? In what state is there a town named California? California’s highest point (Mount Whitney, 14.495 feet) and lowest point (Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level) are how far apart? By 1920, most Los Angeles residents lived within what distance of a trolley line? What is the oldest California building still in use? Who built his own railroad rather than pay the

rising rates of the Southern Pacific? What San Diego athlete was drafted by two teams in the same city on the same day? Where was the first Super Bowl played? What desert ghost town, restored by Walter Knott, features 30 miles of tunnels? The Mount Shasta Ski bowl was the site of what U.S. meteorological record and when? How fast do migrating gray whales swim? Where and when was the Internet first conceived? Most states have one climatic zone. How many does California have? How many lakes are there in California? What town holds the nation’s record for the longest period without rain? How many plants are native to California? Who changed from an unsuccessful career of gold mining to candy making during the Gold Rush? Who were California’s first winemakers? Why were Union Army troops stationed on Catalina Island during the Civil War?

If attendance is the measure, San Diego’s Old Town State Historic Park is the most popular state park. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

ANSWERS: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Lake Tahoe (shared with Nevada) and Goose Lake (shared with Oregon). Pennsylvania Less than 100 miles. Four blocks. The chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano. John D. “Smokestack” Spreckels built the San Diego and Arizona Railroad in 1919. Tony Gwynn, in 1981. by the Padres baseball team and the San Diego Clippers basketball team. Los Angeles Coliseum in 1967. Green Bay Packers beat Kansas City 35-10. Calico, north of Barstow.

The most snow in a single storm – 189 inches – fell Feb. 13-19, 1959. About 27 miles per hour. At UCLA, about 1970. Twenty-four. About 8,000. Bagdad, in the Mojave Desert (767 days). More than 5,000. Domingo Ghirardelli. The Spanish missionaries (padres). To prevent Southern sympathizers from using the island as a base for pirate activities against the North. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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FEB. 20, 2015

Haynes touts CSUSM accomplishments By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — Constant changes in the region, nation and globe have put pressures on universities across the nation to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape. California State University San Marcos is ready for that, university President Karen Haynes proclaimed on Feb. 5 to a sold out crowd of about 500 people at the annual report to the community. Haynes credited the university’s relative youth — 2015 marks the university’s 25th year anniversary — for allowing it to stay ahead of the curve of these changes. “Our nation and our world are changing every day and will certainly become a very different place in the next 25 years,” Haynes said. “But, together we are ready for that.” Haynes’ 45-minute-long speech touted a number of accomplishments the university has made in the areas of educational accessibility, community engagement, healthcare, service to veterans and active duty

CSUSM President Karen Haynes, right, speaks with Temecula City Councilmember Maryann Edwards following her report to the community address. Photo by Aaron Burgin

military and the environment. One of the accomplishments she is most proud of is the creation of the Division of Community Engagement in 2011, six years after the idea was conceived. The division helps design service projects that help the region’s most pressing needs through volunteerism. “We are the only university in the Cal State system who has this,” Haynes said after her speech. “I

think that is an incredible feat.” Haynes also highlighted advances in the university’s expanded offerings: a recently added certificate program in water leadership and management, a forthcoming certificate program for fire sciences, a new environmental science bachelor’s program and the university’s landmark CSU Institute for Palliative care, which has educated more than 600 healthcare pro-

fessionals, launched 15 online programs and provided programs to 2,000 people throughout the region. In addition, she discussed the accomplishments of partnerships both within the university and between the university and neighboring cities and regions, including with Palomar Hospital, from which the university’s School of Nursing was created, and in Southwest Riverside County, where a satellite campus in Temecula is thriving and boasts a 95 percent graduation rate. One of the most significant highlights of the partnerships, Haynes said, is between the school’s nursing and computer science departments, which have created a patent-pending mobile app that will allow children with chronic illnesses to manage appointments and medications. “Since day one, I have been committed to assuring that CSUSM does not just reside in this region,” Haynes said. “But is deeply embedded in it. I believe TURN TO CSUSM ON 18

The women of the McAllister Institute and nonprofit FOCUS tour the daycare center which FOCUS helped make a reality. From left Marisa Varond, Lynda Willkie, Embrie Tapia, Bettina Rausa, Ethel Kallsen and Lorna Perez-Caster. Photo by Ellen Wright

Treatment center helps mothers get sober By Ellen Wright

SAN MARCOS — After only five months, the McAlister Institute is helping more than 30 women in North County get sober, most who are mothers or pregnant. Many of the institute’s


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patients are teen mothers, said McAlister Therapist Embrie Tapia. The six-to-nine month program is funded by San Diego County, she said, although the drug treatment program was still in need once they began accepting

patients. “We opened and had very little notice from the county about when we were supposed to start services and then we opened and we had nothing for our women,” said McAlister Institute Director of De-

velopment Marisa Varond. “Women were bringing in their own high chairs to lend to other women while they were in treatment.” That’s where nonprofit FOCUS stepped in. FOCUS TURN TO FOCUS ON 18

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FEB. 20 FRIENDS OF JUNG The Del Mar Friends of Jung host a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Winston School, 215 9th St., Del Mar, with Frank Dowling on “Alchemy - The Coniunctio of Jung and Shakespeare.” STILL LEARNING MiraCosta College, the lifelong learning group, LIFE, meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Bldg. #1000, Room 1068. Purchase a $1 parking permit in parking lot 1A near the Campus Police Bldg. #1100. Check speaker schedule at miracosta. edu/life. FEB. 21 PREHISTORIC PLANTS Palomar College Friends of the Arboretum present “Ancient Plants – Plants that Lived with Dinosaurs” by botanist and biologist Wayne Armstrong from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 in Room NS-139, on campus, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos. RSVP to Tony Rangel at or (760) 744-1150, ext. 2133. Free parking for attendees in Lot 5. SPOT A WHALE Whale watching from Helgren’s, Oceanside Harbor is offered Feb. 21 through Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2020 Chestnut Ave., Carlsbad. This twohour trip is $22, $18 for children and is wheelchair friendly. Contact Cathy at (760) 214-0569, or Diane at (760) 803-1637 by text or phone. GROOM THE LAGOON Batiquitos Lagoon trail maintenance and restoration is held every first and third Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center, 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad. No pre-registration required. Wear closed shoes, long pants, hat, sun block and sunglasses and bring water. Help maintain trails, restore habitat, water plants, clear debris and other needed chores. For more information, visit batiqui- FEB. 22 NEW FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County, a support group for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will gather for Mass at St. James Catholic Church and brunch at Sea and Smoke, Del Mar on Feb. 22 and for Happy Hour at Oceanside Broiler, Oceanside on Feb. 24.For reservations, call (858) 674-4324. FEB. 23 TRAVEL WITH ROAD SCHOLAR The Rancho Santa Fe Library “Road Scholar: Adventures in Lifelong Learning” will celebrate 40 years of learning and friendship with Ambassador, Jill Swaim at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. FEB. 24 MUSIC AND MORE For Black History Month, MiraCosta College hosts “Hip-Hop and the Academy,” at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Little Theater, Room 3601, and “Soul Fusion” jazz and gospel 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Concert Hall, Bldg. 2400, with tickets for $10at, on campus at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. FEB. 25 TOASTMASTERS North Coast Toastmasters meets Wednesdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St. in Del Mar. Toastmasters offers a “learn by doing” approach to help people develop public speaking and leadership skills. Visit hnorthcoast. to learn more. YOUTH PARTNERSHIP The North County Youth Partnership Biannual Training Symposium will from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Women's Center at Vista Community Clinic, 1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. The symposium will feature Andy Carey, Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, who will lead an interactive workshop on The PowTURN TO CALENDAR ON 18


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FEB. 20, 2015

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The low interest rates and slow economic growth that have gripped the U.S. since the onset of the Great Recession have made it difficult for investors to find yield and prudent risk/reward in the capital markets. Returns on corporate and government bonds have plummeted to all-time lows while the equity markets have become a perilous venture mainly suited to speculators. Increasingly, investors are seeking alternatives. For many, investing in single-tenant, triple-net (or “NNN”) leased commercial property may be a superior alternative. A triple-net lease means the tenant pays all of the real estate taxes, building insurance, and maintenance on the property, just as if they owned it. Leases are usually long term, 10 to 25 years, guaranteed by a financially strong corporate entity. Starbucks, McDonald’s, Walgreens, 7-Eleven are examples of typical NNN tenants. This is tailor-made for those that are not interested in, or tired of, management-intensive real estate (rental houses, multi-family, multi-tenant commercial property). Because net-leased assets are fundamentally



Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ KUDOS FOR TENNIS CLUB The Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, 5829 Via de la Cumbre, Rancho Santa Fe, was recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) San Diego Division as the 2014 Outstanding Facility of The Year. The club hosts numerous USPTA tournaments and USTA league play and donates courts for the USPTA Professional Singles Tournament. The club also hosts the Rancho Santa Fe Middle School tennis team, the Eagles, which is coached by four of the club’s professionals four days per week. GOLD DESIGN AWARD Del Mar-based Design Line Interiors has been honored with a Gold Award for excellence in interior design at La Vita at Orchard Hills, built by Brookfield Residential in Irvine. Design Line President Dawn Davidson accepted the award during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Honored in the category of Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Home from 3,001 to 3,500 square feet, Design Line was recognized for its work on Residence Four, a

hard-assets, they provide investors with the inherent appreciation and long-term protection against inflation that comes with ownership of very well located property, along with the very significant tax benefits unique to real estate. NNN investments stand to become increasingly popular in coming years, as the enormous Baby Boomer population moves toward retirement with their need for secure, passive retirement income. And, due to their relative simplicity, these are superior generational assets. IRS Code 1031 effectively allows investors to exchange less ideal investment property for NNN property without triggering capital gains tax. I specialize in real estate transactions of single-tenant retail properties and can work with you to locate a property, structure a transaction and ensure that your specific objectives are achieved. If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact me today: Paul Marsteller/SoCal Properties, Inc. CalBRE license# 01944875 Direct: (760) 889-4372

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Santaluz resident and radiation oncologist Ray Lin, M.D., knows busy. His days begin early, leaving his home at 6:30 a.m. to drop his son off at school. Then it’s off to work as director of the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center, a state-of-the-art radiation oncology facility on Torrey Pines mesa. He sees patients, manages day-today operations and conducts clinical research to improve cancer care. When was the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center opened? The center opened in late 2012. Previously, we were across the street, in the basement at Scripps Green Hospital. However, radiation delivery technologies change fast, and we needed to upgrade our equipment. The same was true at our sister hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. We’re only about a mile apart, so it made sense to pool our resources and create one outstanding center, with the best technology, a specially designed healing environment and highly experienced medical team.

During February, everyone who adopts a cat from San Diego Humane Society, will be entered to win a signed copy. Branches are at 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside NEW HOMEGOODS HomeGoods home and 3450 E. Valley Parkway, fashions will open a new Escondido. 25,000-square-foot store in Solana Beach from 8 a.m. to PENDLETON RULES Camp Pendleton Dom8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza at Interstate ino’s Pizza raised $7,526.11 5 and Lomas Santa Fe Drive. for children at St. Jude ChilThe new Solana Beach loca- dren’s Research Hospital as tion will be the fifth store part of the Thanks and Givin the San Diego market. ing campaign. The amount HomeGoods expects to fill raised was in the top 10 for all approximately 60 full- and Domino’s stores. Nationwide, part-time positions. Regular stores asked for a dollar or store hours will be Monday more to be added to customthrough Saturday 9:30 a.m. ers’ orders for the charity. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. ENCUENTROS HOSTED to 8 p.m. MiraCosta College will host Carlsbad area high NEW TASTE SETTERS L’Auberge Del Mar is school Latino boys at the starting off 2015 in good taste Encuentros Education & with new additions to its food STEM Career Exploration and beverage team. The new Conference Feb. 21 at the team, Director of Restau- college’s Oceanside Campus, rants Kurtis Hurt, Restaurant 1 Barnard Drive. This year’s Manager Greg Bringardner breakout workshops will foand Food & Beverage Manag- cus on careers in science, er Clyde Stewart, will debut a technology, engineering and new outlet in the spring, craft math (STEM), and is aimed beer dinners, music program- at increasing the number ming showcasing up-and- of Latinos in higher educacoming artists in the Living tion. For more information, Room Bar and seasonal menu contact Lisa Montes at lmonrotations at KITCHEN 1540. or call 760.757.2121 x6396. SPEAK CAT San Diego Humane So- CONSTRUCTION NEWS ciety President and CEO, Dr. Dempsey Construction Gary Weitzman, has released is handling the renovation “How to Speak Cat: A Guide of Pacific Gateway Towers, a to Decoding Cat Language,” two-building, 68,000-squarewhich educates pet owners foot, multi-tenant medical ofon how to decipher feline fice project at 3142 and 3156 body language and behavior. Vista Way, Oceanside.

How has radiation technology changed over the past 10 years? The changes have been enormous, even in the past three years. The biggest improvements have been in imaging. We can get more precise information on where a tumor is and how it moves— for example, when the patient breathes. Think of irradiating a ping pong ball bouncing on a table. With the older technology, we had to hit a larger vertical area where it bounced up and down. Now we can focus on the ball and allow the beam to follow it and treat a smaller area. This precision means we can direct radiation to the tumor and mostly avoid healthy tissue. We can give higher doses, which means faster treatments. Instead of being on the table for 30 minutes, patients can often be done in five. Even better, patients can be treated in fewer visits.

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concerned they will get quite sick or lose their hair, and usually neither of those are the case with radiation. Unless the radiation is being directed at the head, to treat a brain tumor for example, there should be no hair loss. Also, with the newer, more Is there anything you’d precise machines, side eflike people to know about fects have been reduced. radiation therapy? People often lump How has research imradiation in with chemo- proved care? We have multiple retherapy, which can sometimes be a more difficult search protocols in radiatreatment for some to tol- tion oncology. A few years erate. Patients are often ago, I participated in

breast brachytherapy trials. In brachytherapy, we place radioactive seeds in the cavity after the tumor is removed. This kills remaining cancer cells and improves prognosis, as well as treatment times. We have also been studying intraoperative radiotherapy, where we deliver radiation during surgery. Rather than having to undergo several weeks of treatments, some patients can get it done in one session. But it’s more than cancer. Scripps Clinic helped pioneer the use of radiation to prevent stent restenosis, which is the narrowing in a blood vessel or heart valve after apparently successful treatment. Cardiologists use radiation to prevent scar tissue from growing around a stent, which can help prevent future blockages. Our work is truly multidisciplinary. We work with medical oncology, surgery, pathology, radiology. It’s a team effort to help patients get better. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or for a physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit

3,942-square-foot home with four bedrooms, four-and-ahalf baths and an oversized two-car garage.

Among the amenities at Casa Del Sol, are a resort-style pool and cabana, a kitchen, fire pit, Buddha bar and lounge. The property will be auctioned Feb. 26. Courtesy photo

Casa del Sol compound to be auctioned RANCHO SANTA FE — Casa Del Sol, a master-planned family compound on more than eight pristine acres, will sell at auction Feb. 26 through Concierge Auctions Previously listed for $36.5 million — the estate­ comprised of four home structures, including a full Roman spa — will be sold to the highest bidder without reserve in cooperation with K. Ann Brizolis of Pacific Sotheby’s International and Markus Canter and Cristie St. James of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

The auction of Casa Del Sol, 15651 Puerta Del Sol Road, will be held live Feb. 26. A 2 percent commission is offered to the buyer’s representing broker. The property will be open for preview daily from 2 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call (212) 2575018. The compound was built to accommodate large parties, as evidenced by its live outdoor performance stage. The palm court lawn, which is surrounded by a rose garden,

seats up to 500 guests, and, when tented, the northsouth facing tennis court seats an additional 500, if needed. All of this in addition to elaborate gardens, lagoons, waterfalls and walking paths that can be found throughout the property. For those who prefer participating, Casa Del Sol is part of The Covenant, a private community within Rancho Santa Fe that has access to a riding club, garden club and 60 miles of horse trails that weave throughout the rolling hills of this community.

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ere in the San Diego area, not much is said or done about two kinds of wine that are household words on the East Coast, where it’s cold and sometimes snowy. Mulled wine and Ice wine will always spice up a gathering and warm up a conversation. The two are very different wine-based beverages, so let’s take a look at both and see if it fits into your party plans. Mulled wine is really the perfect drink for a cold winter night.  Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in Rome Italy during the 2nd century. In their conquering of most of Europe, they brought wine and viticulture with them up the Rhine and Danube rivers to the Scottish border bringing their recipes with them. It became popular in England and is to this day, which would account for the drink’s lively interest in the Eastern states. It’s also big in Germany and Austria, where it’s called Gluhwein (glow-wine). I liked this recipe so I’ll share it with you in hopes you’ll get that glow throughout in your first taste. Heat up (don’t boil) a bottle of red wine in a pot and spice it with cinnamon sticks, cloves, sliced orange, sugar to taste and some vanilla pods. Use cheesecloth or a filter to catch seeds and twigs.  It is at times consumed with an added “Schuss,â€? a shot of rum or something like it. Usually about a cup of water is added to the 750 milliliter of wine, but that of course is also to your taste preference. Serve hot in mugs, with about 26 servings.  Mulled wine “leftoversâ€? can be saved in the refrigerator for re-use up to about a week. Just re-heat it before serving. The longer it stays before serving, the more concentrated flavor you will get, similar to a good bottle of wine. Thanks to my friends at the International Wine & Spirits Guild, some facts about Ice wine are available. Ice wine is similar to other dessert wines, widely sold in places that sell traditional wines. Its popularity appears limited to wine retailers in the East. The secret of

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Ice wine lies in its time on the vine in cold climates such as Canada, New York, Germany and Austria. Canada is the world’s largest producer of Ice wine and it has strict rules of production. Temperature at harvest to make their wine must be colder than minus eight degrees and the brix (measure of sugar content) must be over 35. The average grape wine sugar measure is 23. That combination guarantees a sweet, rich concentrated wine. There are many producers who use artificial means to achieve these features, but they cannot use the term “Ice Wine.â€? Look only for that term and no other. The Germans are famous for their Eiswein, discovered in the 19th century when farmers left grapes on the vines in the coldest of winters to feed their livestock. Commercial production began in the 1960s and the government began rules prohibiting use of any sort of artificial freezing in production. So the ice wine lover needs to check to see if there was no harvest during a given year due to a warmer than usual winter. Remember, ice wine is wine that is made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine, intensifying the flavor of the wine due to the absence of water when pressed and fermented. The best grapes used for ice wines are: Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Cabernet Franc with higher levels of acidity. Be prepared to pay $50 to $100 per 375 ml bottle of authentic ice wine, from such names as:  Inniskillin, Riverview Cellars Estate and Chateau Ste. Michelle.

 Wine Bytes WineSellar & Brasserie has a Sleight of Hand Cellars winemaker dinner Feb. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Sorrento Valley district of San Diego. Owners from Washington State are Jerry and Sandy Solomon. Enjoy a Rose, Chardonnay and three blends. Cost is $80. Call (858) 450-9557. Croce’s Park West is presenting a five-ourse dinner with Zaca Mesa wines from San Luis Obispo. Five tastings with winemaker Eric Mohseni is Feb. 24. Cost is $80. RSVP and time of the event by calling (619) 2324338. Solare Ristorante at Liberty Station in Point Loma has a Meyer Family Cellars dinner Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Matt Meyer the winemaker will walk you through the wines. His family founded the famous Silver Oak vineyard in Napa Valley. Meyer is known for cabs, syrah and port. $85. RSVP at (619) 2709670. Shorehouse Kitchen in La Jolla has an all-Pinot Noir dinner Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a five-course pairing dinner for $59. Call (858) 459-3300.  Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of the leading wine commentators on the web. View and link up with his columns at TasteofWineTV. com. Reach him at and follow him on Facebook.

K, I’ll admit, as someone hyper aware and probably a little overly sensitive to the local dining scene, I was bit skeptical when a new seafood place came to Encinitas. After all, we already had the fabulous Fish 101 in Leucadia and Lobster West in downtown Encinitas plus Off The Hook on El Camino Real. That said, I decided to give the newcomer some time, let it get its legs so to speak, then dive in and give it a try. The Fish Shop opened last August and every time I’ve been by they have been consistently busy, that’s always a good sign for a fish joint. They did a nice job with the interior and it has a beachy/nautical feel without being over-the-top about it. Its indoor-outdoor seating with a small outdoor bar is perfect for it’s Coast Highway location. There is no table service so you wait in line to order your meal and it’s pretty much a custom, made-to-order menu. You start by picking the fish, the marinade the fish is cooked in, and then the style it’s served. They do have other hot and cold options, but I’ve gone mainly with the custom fish plates when I’ve eaten there along with a couple of hot sides. They claim over 2,000 combinations to choose from so there is definitely something for everyone. Let’s start with the fish options as they have a nice selection. Ahi is seared rare, local halibut, albacore, jumbo shrimp, diver scallops, mahi-mahi, red snapper, salmon, sea bass, swordfish, yellowtail and lobster for the taco option only. Next up you pick your marinade/seasoning and those options include blackened, chipotle glaze, fish shop seasoning, garlic

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butter, lemon butter, salt and pepper, teriyaki sauce or plain if you want to keep it simple. Once you have your fish and your seasoning, you have four options to create your meal. The salad with greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onions and capers and avocado optional. I had a nice piece of local halibut served up this way and it made for a perfect lunch. Very satisfying and flavorful but did not weigh me down. A fish sandwich is also an option and I tried that with a piece of red snapper on their very nice bun with house cut fries. Snapper is the perfect fish for a sandwich and this one was really good. You can also create a fish plate with your fish grilled with a choice of two sides including seaweed salad, six grain rice, jasmine rice, house cut fries or onion rings, cole slaw, seasonal veggies or macaroni salad. You can also create a taco with the same side options.

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Banner art reflects life in the community By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — The more than 100 banner artworks that line the street lampposts along Coast Highway 101 right around this time each year have come to reflect what it’s like to live here and quite possibly inspire those driving past them. This year, the Arts Alive banner project has also come to inspire a San Francisco neighborhood to begin its own version of hanging artwork. As this year’s banners were unveiled on Saturday, Richard Kurylo, project manager with San Fransisco’s office of economic and workforce development, was on hand to learn all about the project, from the materials of the banners to the paints used. Kurylo, who previously worked with the North Park MainStreet in San Diego, knew of the Encinitas art project well. The banner project, he said, was always in the back of his mind as something he wanted to do. Undergoing revitalization for the past several years, Ingleside, a neighborhood about 7 miles from downtown San Francisco, will soon be bringing the program to its own street lampposts. “I visualize this project emphasizing arts, culture and entertainment that would form the backbone of the revitalization for the eastside neighborhood,” Kurylo said. Taking cues from Danny Salzhandler, president of the 101 Artists’ Colony, which helps to host the banner event, Kurylo said they’re basically copying the whole project — everything from the unveiling event to the auction and splitting the auction funds with the artists. This year marks the event’s 16th

People wander through the former Cabo Grill restaurant in Cardiff on Saturday to view the unveiled art banners that will be hung from the street lampposts along Coast Highway 101. Photo

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year, which Salzhandler describes as an “art exhibit that goes (for) about 6 miles.” Every year, a mixed bag of about 100 amateur and professional artists create original works, he explained, which are then displayed after the unveiling from La Costa Avenue down to the Cardiff Town Center. Though the event isn’t sponsored by the city, Councilman Tony Kranz said the event brings an enthusiasm for the arts. “It’s just always been exciting to see all the energy around the beautiful paintings. It’s what I love about Encinitas,” he said. “One of the things about Encinitas is that we’ve always had a rich

group of artists, and the 101 lends itself to this sort of event,” Kranz said. What Kranz said he’d like to see happen with the event in the future is to expand it to the El Camino Real corridor and to have more school kids get involved. “But we’re very fortunate, I think, to have the work here hanging on the light poles on the 101 corridor,” Kranz said. Much of the art appearing on the banners has come to reflect what it’s like living in the coastal community. Don Doerfler’s banner “Endless Encinitas” shows the silhouettes of three surfers in front of palm trees with the instantly recognizable domes TURN TO BANNERS ON 18

Christopher Law reveals his “Angel of Hope” and the young girl who inspired the painting at the Arts Alive unveiling. Photo by Greg Nico-

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Inspired to Inspire When Christopher Law received an invitation to paint an Arts Alive banner for the 2014 season, he had no idea what he was getting into. The daunting blank sheet of kay colvin vinyl measuring 7 feet in height was the largest artistic challenge he had ever taken on. As director of the nonprofit San Diego Beach Volleyball Club, Law had worked with youth to approach sports holistically through nutrition, physical training, yoga and meditation. Until relatively recently, however, painting and drawing were things he had done in his

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FEB. 20 PIANO CONCERTO Hear Music by the Sea with pianist Hayk Arsenyan at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Tickets: $13 FEB. 21 CABARET NIGHT San Dieguito Academy’s music and theater departments present their eighth annual Cabaret Night fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at San Dieguito Academy’s Clayton E. Liggett Theater 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, with entertainment by Theater and Band classes, food by students in the Culinary Arts Program, a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $30 at ART AT COLLEGE MiraCosta College presents “A Murmur in the Trees,” featuring the recent paintings of artist Gail Roberts through Feb. 26 in the college’s Kruglak Gallery in the Oceanside Campus Student Center, Bldg. 3400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Gallery hours are Mondays/Tuesdays, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesdays/ Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed Feb. 16. FEB. 22 SALON DANCES From 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective presents “Salon Dances” inspired by Isadora Duncan’s salon dances of the 1900s, with choreographer/dancer Erin Tracy and live piano by composer Ryan Welsh in collaboration with playwright Kristin Idaszak. Afterward, a talk-back session between audience members and artists. Cost is a suggested donation of $10. CONCERT BAND Coastal Communities Concert Band presents “Coming Home” at 2 p.m. Feb. 22, the great music of this country, at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad. Tickets: $15, $12. at cccband. com/ or call (760) 436-6137. FEB. 23 SING OUT As part of the Museum of Making Music’s “Learn to …” workshop series, the Music Men Chorus from the Palomar-Pacific Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, is offering a six-week vocal training clinic for men and women from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays Feb. 23 through March 30 at 5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad. Register on-line at Registration fee of $15. For more information, visit ALL ABOUT COLOR Join an “All About Color‚ Any Media” Osher lifelong learning class beginning Mondays 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Lake San Marcos Resort Pavilion. For non-artists and artists alike. For information, visit To

register, call (800) 500-9377 or visit FEB. 25 OPERA SOIREE The Wednesdays@Noon concert Feb. 25 will be a North County Opera Soiree with Caroline Nelms, soprano; Ellen Rabiner, contralto; Lupe Rios, tenor; and Patrick Anderson, bass-baritone; accompanied by John Danke, piano, at Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. For more information, visit (Encinitas Arts Division) or call (760) 633-2746. FEB. 27 LATINO FILMS MiraCosta College’s Oceanside Campus will host a free screening in the Latino Film series of “A Sacred Journey” at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Little Theatre, Room 3601, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. The evening will also feature the film’s executive producer/ director, Ernesto Quintero. For more information, contact Lisa Montes at lmontes@ or call (760) 757-2121, Ext. 6396. FEB. 28 SOUL FUSION MiraCosta College’s Umoja Community will hold its second annual fundraiser, Soul Fusion, a concert combining jazz, gospel, and R & B. Performers with a silent auction at 4 p.m., and concert at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the college’s Concert Hall, Building 2400, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Tickets are $10 at For more information, call Kate Coleman at (760) 795-6933. PAINT ENCINITAS Paint Encinitas is raffling off an original, 12-inch-by-16-inch oil painting (Mixed Swell, a $1,300 value) in its fundraising efforts for the new 40-foot mural by Micaiah Hardison at the 7/11 on D Street and Coast Highway 101. E-mail Jax Meyers at author/jax-meyers to make a donation. A tax deductible $50 donation gets you one entry ticket. DEGHER AND DAUGHTERS Leucadia 101 presents Darius Degher and Daughters with Tim Flood & Friends at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Encinitas’ own family of singer-songwriters, the Deghers, will trade songs in an acoustic showcase including Dad Darius, daughter Cleopatra, just back from a tour and 15 yearold Cordelia, a freshman at San Dieguito Academy. MARK THE CALENDAR VILLAGE CHURCH THEATER The Village Church Community Theater presents “The Curious Savage,” a comic tale, which will challenge you to discover again the values of kindness and affection lost in a world that seems motivated at times by greed and dishonesty. Tickets are $18 for 7:30 p.m. March 20, 7:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 21 and 2 p.m. March 22 at the Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Purchase tickets online at


Being miserable doesn’t always lead to great art By Dave Gil de Rubio

The idea that suffering makes for great art is one of those time-honored rock ‘n’ roll tropes that even made its way into the title of a 1982 Todd Rundgren album (“The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect”). And while Lucinda Williams has had her share of personal trauma that’s informed her work over the past few decades, the happily married musician isn’t buying it. For her, happiness is rather underrated when it comes to the creative process, even if the name of her fine new double-CD, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone,” might suggest otherwise. “(Being miserable in order to create great art) is a big myth,” she said with laugh on the phone at her L.A. home. “Not that suffering doesn’t help your writing, but I can’t write when I’m in the middle of feeling like crap. That’s the last thing I want to do. Tom Petty said the exact same thing in an interview. There’s this whole myth that you’re sitting on the side of your bed drinking Jack Daniels while your tears fall onto your guitar and you’re writing away. That’s not how it works (laughs).” “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” marks something of a new phase for the respected 61-yearold singer-songwriter. She left her former label, Lost Highway, following the release of 2011’s “Blessed,” and has signed with the artist-friendly Nashville-based imprint Thirty Tigers, which signed off on Williams’ request for her new album to be a two-CD set. “I wanted to do this back when the “West” album came out (in 2007),” she explained. “I actually had enough songs for a double album then but [label head] Luke [Lewis] didn’t want to do it at the time for business reasons. He was concerned that they’d have to charge more for it and that the fans wouldn’t want to pay that much. So a lot of the songs that came out on “Little Honey” (in 2008) were supposed to come out on “West.” That was frustrating for me because once you have a batch of songs that kind of all fit together, you want to put them together.” It would be easy to worry that “Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” could go down a slippery slope of creative over-indulgence. But Williams managed to deftly sidestep that with a collection of songs that are all killer and no filler. The opening cut, “Compassion,” is a piece by her father and renowned poet Miller Williams that the singer-songwriter put to music. Stripped down to vocal and acoustic guitar, it has the cadence of a murder ballad that has a

Lucinda Williams performs at the North Park Theatre Feb. 21. Photo by Michael Wilson

world-weary aura hanging over it and includes the line Williams chose for the album title. (Miller Williams passed away on New Years Day at age 84.) From there, the Louisiana native drawls her way through swamp rock that would do Tony Joe White proud (the twang-soaked “Protection”), endearingly pledging her love (the “Harvest”-like “Stowaway in Your Heart”) and even

gives a girlfriend an emotional hand up (the upbeat “Walk On”). Elsewhere, she goes from railing over the trio of teens framed in the 1993 murders of three Arkansas boys (a laconic “West Memphis”) to serving up classic tear-in-yourbeer sentiment (the honkytonk ballad “This Old Heartache”). Best of all is a near-10 minute reading of TURN TO WILLIAMS ON 16



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Parking management plan drives forward By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Councilmen Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden, tasked at the Jan. 5 meeting to bring back within 30 days an analysis of the parking user groups, presented their summary at the Feb. 2 meeting. Last month city staff provided a draft downtown parking management plan. Council members deemed the 85-page report a bit overwhelming and created the ad hoc committee of Sinnott and Worden to help guide implementation. The goal is to organize the information in the report so it can be presented in a manageable way to the city’s advisory committees. Worden said the first step is to identify the goals, which are included in the report he and Sinnott created. In defining overall success, the councilmen noted Del Mar would have a citywide, integrated parking management plan that would allow residents and

In a report presented at the Feb. 2 meeting, Councilmen Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden outlined the goals and measures of success for a parking management plan. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

their guests to park near their homes. Business customers and recreational users such as beachgoers will be accommodated, as would destination visitors going to places such as the library without “poaching” on residential or business parking. The costs would be shared in a fair proportion between businesses, residents, visitors and the city.

“I was troubled by this concept that the residents should pay an equal amount,” Councilwoman Sherry Parks said. “My belief is that a resident sort of is entitled to parking in some place.” Worden noted the goal is to pay in fair proportion. “Maybe the residents’ fair share is zero,” he said. To accommodate business parking goals, the ad


hoc report noted that business customers would have convenient parking options and a shuttle service would be available. A target maximum walking distance from parking to shopping should be established. Parking occupancy should not exceed 85 percent. Programs would be tailored to the neighborhood and time of year. As for residents and their guests, they should be able to park within a specific distance from their homes, although a number was not identified in the report. Realistic goals for accommodating resident and guest parking will be set by each neighborhood. To keep on-street employee parking out of residential areas — currently on ongoing issue — a specified number of workers will be required to park in designated employee lots. On-street parking for residents would not be time-limited, but it could be for their guests. Permit parking programs will only be considered if there is a benefit to residents. Estimates for major visitor destination users other than the beach will be prepared to accommodate their needs. These destinations include the Shores property, City Hall, the post office and library, Powerhouse Park and Community Center and Seagrove Park, to name a few. Beach parking will

be addressed so beachgoers have a variety of options that include parking, transit and shuttles. A specific percentage of residential and commercial parking that could be used by beachgoers will be established. A certain percentage of estimated employee parking needs that will be accommodated in the areas generating the employment must also be set. Workers will be discouraged from parking in residential and visitor areas by a variety of yet-to-be named strategies. Worden said the next step, which will be a bit more difficult, is to create a spreadsheet or graph that shows where the city is now in terms of parking, where it wants to be and incentives and disincentives that can be used to get from one to the other. After that, specific questions that will be presented to the city’s advisory committees will be created. “We can’t just go to any committee and ask them what the solution is to the parking problem,” Sinnott said. “We’re going to try to do a little bit more structured facilitation.” “I think this is a good first start,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “Historically the committees have not been able to deal with this so I think you’re going to have to ask some very specific questions … and the council is going to have to distill that and take action.”



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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd Weird News You Can Use It turns out that a person having a heart attack is usually safer to be in an ambulance headed to a hospital than to already be a patient in a hospital, according to a study by University of North Carolina researchers. It takes longer, on average, for non-ER hospital staff to comply with hospital protocols in ordering and evaluating tests (nearly three hours, according to the study) than it does for ER (and ambulance) staff, who treat every case of cardiac symptoms as life-threatening. Overall, according to a February Wall Street Journal report, the study found the mortality rate for heart-attack victims treated in emergency rooms is 4 percent, compared to 40 percent for patients already admitted for other reasons and then suffering heart attacks. The Continuing Crisis Uh-Oh: The man hospitalized in fair condition in January after being rammed from behind by a car while on his bicycle happened to be Darryl Isaacs, 50, one of the most ubiquitously advertising personal-injury lawyers in Louisville, Kentucky. Isaacs calls himself the “Heavy Hitter” and the “Kentucky Hammer” for his aggressiveness on behalf of, among other clients, victims of traffic collisions. The (soon-to-bepoorer) driver told police the sun got in his eyes. nothing less than stellar, including her 1988 self-titled release, 1992’s “Sweet Old World” and 1998’s “Car Wheels On a Gravel Road,” the latter of which was a commercial breakthrough that landed her a Grammy. Since 2007’s “West,” Williams has released four records. It was around this time that she met, fell in love with and eventually married music executive Tom Overby. It doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence that this newfound tranquility coincided with this prolific (for Williams) run of records. “I’m not really sure [where this creative burst] has come from. It’s this period in my life and being in this place where I feel where I’m comfortable. It’s given me more freedom being happily married and in that kind of situation that’s forcing me to push myself to find other things to write about besides unrequited love,” she said. “I have to be in a certain state of mind to feel like writing. The other side of it all is that you can draw on those things that created the pain. I just look at it like an endless well where I dip into it and pull stuff out that goes all the way back into my childhood and not just my own life. It’s really been liberating to be in that place as a writer.”

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Shields has had a big-time presence at La Costa Canyon sports talk jay paris Big Game James doesn’t big time the teenagers and that’s always a plus. “Not at all,” La Costa Canyon baseball coach Justin Machado said. “That isn’t in his repertoire. He is a class act.” How would Machado know? For the past three offseasons James Shields, the newest Padres pitcher, has trained with the Mavericks. “We have a few guys that come out and stretch and throw,” Machado said.

“Then once they get closer to spring training, they start throwing the bullpens and pushing the needle.’’ Over the years an impressive collection of local major-leaguers beat a path to Machado’s diamond: Stephen Strasburgh, Brandon League, Clay Hensley, Heath Bell, Justin Germano and Kevin Correia. “I could manage those guys and win some games,’’ said Machado, who seldom scrambles for victories regardless of his personnel. But it’s Shields that Padres fans are ecstatic about, the latest piece in the team’s amazing offseason run. Machado said the Padres are getting not only a workhorse, but a clubhouse gem.

“He’s probably one of the greatest guys I have ever met,’’ said Machado, and he’s not prone to blow smoke. “He is just so nice and down to earth. “You can sit down with him and talk baseball, surfing, golf...he is just always having as great of a time as anyone.’’ But those hours on the field aren’t for idle chitchat as Machado’s players mimic the pros. Everyone is there to get their work in, regardless of what level they play. “They don’t pay much attention to them and they leave them alone,’’ Machado said. “There’s been times when James, and the other guys talk to the kids, but for the most part they are going about their daily jobs and grinding through.

“My guys aren’t awestruck because we’ve been doing this for years. They don’t look at James and say, ‘Hey, there’s the guy that just signed for $75 million!’’’ Shields is the latest San Diego addition as the culture of Padres baseball has flipped after four straight seasons of flopping. When Shields takes the mound on Opening Day, he’ll be throwing to a new catcher in Derek Norris and backed by an outfield of fresh faces, which include Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers. With all those players trying to mesh, the key is coming together quickly. Machado said Shields will benefit the Padres in that way almost as much as him

consuming 200-plus innings. Shields’ reputation in Tampa Bay and Kansas City, his previous two stops, was that he formed a bond with teammates in their quest of winning a championship. “I can see that,’’ Machado said, and if he can decipher teenagers, Shields must be a snap. “You can just tell how he would be good in the clubhouse. “It’s because you can tell how much he loves his craft and how hard he works at it. That is going to rub off on others in the Padres’ organization.’’ It’s a franchise that’s made plenty of noise since December. “Now we get to go to some good games,’’ Macha-

do said. Although tickets will be tougher to obtain, Machado has a pretty good connection. “When James used to come through with his other teams,’’ Machado said, “ he would always reach out to see if I needed anything.’’ Shields found the Padres and they’ve become his second squad in these parts. Machado had him first and is happy he can share Shields with Padres manager Bud Black. “We are super excited,’’ Machado said. Big time. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports and at

February marks Opening Day for five Oceanside ball leagues if it will be this season, or a future one, but the league will get there. Opening Day ceremonies will introduce volunteer coaches, and last season’s winning teams. “We’ve done fairly well for such a small league,” Diaz said. “We have a great bunch of volunteers.” Another Opening Day highlight will be a motivational talk by a past league coach about the importance of honesty and fair play to win. Diaz said this year a record number of 20 scholarships were granted to players who otherwise could not afford to join the league. Financing needed gear, catcher equipment

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OCEANSIDE — Feb. 14 through Feb. 28 marks five Opening Days for Oceanside ball leagues. Oceanside Girls Softball kicked off the season with Opening Day at Lake Park Feb. 14. Oceanside National Little League is next to celebrate the start of the season for its 300 players with ceremonies at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Feb. 21. “I can smell baseball in the air,” league Presi-

I can smell baseball in the air.” Tina Uriarte President, ONLL

dent Tina Uriarte said. Opening Day ceremonies will introduce teams, and celebrate last year’s championship teams and homerun players. League board members and city council members will be introduced and share words of encouragement for players. Two former players, who now play high school ball, will lead the traditional recitation of the Little League pledge. “It has a hero aspect,” Uriarte said. “It helps players see themselves at the next level.” This year recognition will be given to a league empire, coach and parent who passed away. A banner and dedication will celebrate their lives. Following opening ceremonies 105-year-old Oceanside resident Agnes McKee will throw out the first pitch. She also threw a ceremonial pitch at a Padres game in July. Uriarte said the upcoming Little League season has some significant rule changes that allow

A volunteer coach helps first time hitter strike the ball at previous year’s Opening Day games. Opening Day celebrations for Oceanside leagues will include introducing teams, fundraising booths, and first games. Photo by Promise Yee

players more time to play. She added as first year president her goal is to expand parents’ involvement and membership in the league board. “I look forward to getting to know parents, and helping them understand we’re here for them,” Uriarte said. Vista American Little League, which serves Oceanside and Vista youth, will hold its Opening Day at Ron Ortega Park Feb. 27 Both Oceanside American Little League and Oceanside Valley Little League will hold Opening Day ceremonies on Feb. 28 at Ron Ortega Park and Melba Bishop Park respectively. The small and mighty Oceanside American Little League starts the season with 210 players. League president Cesar Diaz said he has his sights set on getting to the Little League World Series. He said he is not sure


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and shade tents still remain a challenge. The league is seeking additional sponsors to help with costs. A reduction in charges for city field lights has helped the league’s operating budget. The city reduced the cost of field lights from $26 an hour to $20 an hour for all youth sports leagues. More good news is city ball fields have been improved to ensure a better, safer game for players. “We have a good partnership with the city,” Diaz said. He added neighborhood police officers help ensure city parks where the league plays are drug and alcohol free.



improve, I mean add to the already beautiful historic Rancho Santa Fe,” he said. These additions Overton is referring to have to do with working together to improve broadband, high speed Internet, cell phone service, and more. While Rancho Santa Fe is known for its dedicated volunteers, Overton would like to see that number increase, too. While a new position affords its own set of goals and missions, Overton said his goals are indeed the goals of the board. “Taking on a job this large and complex, one of my goals obviously is to learn and I have a great staff here led by Ivan Holler who’s been here seven years



members, which stands for The Friends of Children United Society, answered a plea from McAllister for ne w daycare furniture. When McAlister got the first donation from FOCUS, she said, she and Benita Rausa were in tears. “The fact that we had such responsive funders step up and be there right when we needed them was just incredible,” Varond said. FOCUS donated all of the highchairs, toys, cribs and children furniture to McAllister. According to FOCUS President Ethel Kallsen, the nonprofit doesn’t give out cash, but instead donates actual items. She said this cuts down on administrative costs because the organizations receiving the donations don’t have to use staff hours to go shopping. It also helps FOCUS



that public institutions are ‘stewards of place.’” Haynes said the university has accomplished several major milestones during her 11 years as president, none more important, she said, than making higher educational not only more accessible to minorities, veterans, the socioeconomically disadvantaged an atrisk populations, but helping those students graduate from school. Hispanic and Latino students comprise 40 percent of the university’s population, and the university has been able to close the gap between minority stu-


her mother eventually immigrated to America, where half a century passed before the Berlin Wall fell and Soviet Russia crumbled. I was particularly moved by an anecdote my friend shared at the end her amazing tale. In the box of treasures was a handful of

T he R ancho S anta F e News and he has been the interim acting manager,” he said. Overton continued, “And he and I are off to a good start together and he’s teaching me a lot.” Another important facet as manager is his strong view on process, teamwork, and collaboration. According to Overton, these things are already in place but he wants to build on top of this foundation. For Overton, it’s all about making Rancho Santa Fe even better. “I view the community manager’s role sort of as a conduit to just keep everything moving forward collaboratively, and diplomacy, being that conduit to help people come together is a constant job,” Overton said. “You see it in city government, national government and even at a grassroots level in homeowners’

associations.” Overton said his job is to diligently work with everybody, because each person is a customer. He wants residents to know that he wants to continue to improve the Association as a service organization. Overton admits both he and his wife have thoroughly appreciated how the board, committee, volunteers and residents have been incredibly gracious. Currently, Overton and his family are renting a downtown home in the Ranch so living in the area will give him a deeper perspective and appreciation about the community. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms. So I just want to say thank you and I can’t wait to get to know everybody, learn about any issues and help,” he said.

members ensure the money stays locally in San Diego. The daycare at McAlister gives women a safe place for their children to be watched while they receive outpatient treatment. Tapia said volunteering at the daycare is also part of the women’s treatment. They are taught parenting skills and practice them at the daycare. After volunteering at the daycare for a week, the women are given a Lead Teacher certificate, Tapia said. For women who are separated from their children, it can be a useful step towards getting their kids back. “They can show their social worker that they’re participating in child care. They’re making progress and practicing what they’re learning,” said Tapia. Currently McAllister is serving 37 women in the North County area but has the capacity to help up to 90, said Tapia. She said it’s inspiring to watch the life transfor-

mation the women in the program make. Varond said she was thankful to have advocates at FOCUS. “Members of FOCUS have so much passion and want to hear about what children are going through,” said FOCUS member Lorna Perez-Caster. “Everybody just wants to jump in and help.” Perez-Caster said it’s easy for them to help out quickly because donations under $250 just need board approval instead of larger donations which require a vote from all of the members, which total more than 200. FOCUS members pay dues and also hold fundraisers for their philanthropic efforts. Tapia said the drug treatment institute is always accepting donations, including cash, goods or volunteer hours. McAlister has 27 treatment centers and has been operating for nearly 40 years in San Diego.

dents and White students, one of the few state universities to do so. Haynes credits mandatory time management courses, strong advisement policies, the creation of seven first-year learning communities and other practices as the primary driver of the successes in this area. The result: 80 percent of students return to school for their sophomore years, a 20 percent increase in just 10 years, Haynes said. Haynes said she wants the university and its community to continue to set big goals and accomplish them, and urged those in attendance to continue their partnerships with the university. “We are rich in achieve-

ment and possibility, and this forward-focused, regional university has much to teach the nation,” she said. Local officials in attendance said the partnerships the university has forged within the region has allowed the region to flourish, and will continue to do so. “It is a cornerstone of our city,” San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond said. “The fact that Cal State San Marcos has been able to engrain itself into the fabric of the community, and make themselves open to all of the pivots and adjustments in the needs of the business community and community at large is very vital to our region’s growth.”

gold wedding bands. When Sonia saw them, she was beside herself with distress, demanding they be thrown into the nearest river. They were, she said, rings that her fellow townspeople had been forced to sell to her father in desperation, when all else was gone. Even after 60 years, she wanted no part of those

rings or the pain they represented. The story ends with one son planning to renovate the home in Latvia. With the rise of freedom across the world, three generations were able to go home, find their roots and experience their rich heritage. That, of course, is the treasure beyond price.



of the Self Realization Fellowship in the background. “It’s basically Swami’s, where you can meditate, do yoga and ride world class waves all from one parking lot,” Doerfler said, when describing his banner. Julie Ann Stricklin, a commercial artist by trade, said unveiling her banner was fun, because it’s the first time any of her friends get to see it. Her banner, which she


spare time with the “other side of his brain.” The challenge of painting an Arts Alive banner inspired him. According to Law, his 2014 painting titled “Little Angel” represented the small daughter of close friends as “faith in the eyes of the beholder”. The work of this firsttime banner artist was so enchanting that it brought the highest bid of the entire collection of 101 artworks in the auction last June. Law explains that his new painting for the 2015 season titled “Angel of Hope” depicts the same small girl praying to her “mother earth child”. It will be displayed on the light standard at the corner of Coast Highway 101 and K Street (in front of the SRF bookstore) through the end of May. It will be one of 99 banners to be auctioned June 7 in the Cardiff Town Center courtyard. Law will continue to create a three-part series titled “Faith, Hope, and


tion of oysters that they feature during a daily happy hour. Sides include all the ones that I mentioned above that can be ordered individually as well. A full kids menu is available with half size fish and chips, popcorn shrimp, quesadilla, chicken fingers, grilled cheese sandwich and a kind of random corndog as an option. As far as beverages go, you can enjoy one of the many local and California microbrew beers they offer


er of Collaborations. FEB. 27 ETIQUETTE IN BUSINESS A Business of Etiquette seminar will teach Business Etiquette for Professionals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at Hera Hub Carlsbad, 5205 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad. Cost is $100. To register, visit business-etiquette-seminar-feb-2015. MARK THE CALENDAR GOLF FOR VOLLEYBALL Be part of the golf tournament to raise funds for the Coast Youth Foundation that offers financial support for underserved youth who would like to play club volleyball. The

FEB. 20, 2015 titled, “Nature’s Sermon Through Abandoned Bones” depicts a scene of nature seen through the bones of an abandoned building. “I always think of nature as like a church because all of our answers, in my opinion, you can find in nature, and that’s kind of like a sermon,” she said. Casey Gomez said of his first banner, that it was a good opportunity to do art in the community and share it with his neighborhood. The banners show all of the creative individuals here,

he added. “It shows that art is something that you can really do, it’s not just a hobby. And I think it beautifies the community. It’s a great representation of all of the people that live here and how they feel about things visually.” All of the banners are available for sale, with a live auction scheduled for June 7. The banners will be displayed from February through May and bids may be placed by calling Lecuadia 101 at (760) 436-2320. Visit for more information.

Love” featuring the same small girl as the subject of each painting. Growing up in La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Solana Beach, Chris Law has been in and around the ocean since before he could swim. He had a natural love for surfing and beach volleyball, but also showed an early talent in art. He says of moving to Encinitas in early 2014, “The vibrational frequency of this beautiful place called me here. Encinitas might be the reason my art has begun to flourish.” Having enjoyed drawing in charcoal for many years, Law says, “The evolvement of my art throughout the course of the years has been more by circumstance than my own choosing.” He continues, “My breakthrough in color came after reading the Anastasia series. The words literally inspired me to use the full rainbow of colors.” At age 31, Chris Law’s professional background is in Kinesiology with a science degree from Cal State San Marcos. His love of

sports science and mechanics of the body led him to work as a personal trainer for five years prior to becoming a professional volleyball coach. Director of the San Diego Beach Volleyball Club, Law says, “Through sports we are able to teach aspects of life often untouched by traditional schooling systems. We started with about 24 kids and have grown to over a hundred.” In a recent interview he described the club’s less structured weekend activities, “Just today our girls hiked Torrey Pines Preserve and then participated in ‘Spreading Smiles,’ a day of handing out flowers in Encinitas. We also visited SRF gardens and Yogananda’s house. Pretty amazing day!” Whether it’s through physical training, spiritual growth, or creating images that touch the hearts of viewers, Chris Law gives others hope for the future. He says, “I’m inspired to inspire. When I am moved to allow art to flow through me, I paint.”

along with a nice selection of moderately priced wines. If you’ve never had a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with oysters it’s one of those food and wine combinations that work perfectly together. Another cool feature is their $5 corkage fee, so you can bring in your own bottle of wine. So luckily, all of our seafood options in Encinitas have their own distinct personality and strong points. Encinitas Fish Shop is a welcome addition to the mix. Check it out at 1010 S. Coast Highway 101, Encin-

itas. Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Carryout available at (760) 436-4665 or thefishshopencinitas. com.

event includes a barbecue and talent show (with coaches participating in the show) beginning at 11 a.m. March 16 at Santaluz Golf Club, 8170 Caminito Santaluz East. Register at C oastYouth Fou ndat ion. org. MICRO SOCCER Encinitas Express Soccer League will be holding walk-in Recreational Soccer registration for its Micro (kindergarten and first grade) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 25 at the Encinitas Sports Authority, 1050 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Cost is $115. This program needs volunteer coaches, given receive training, all equipment and practices and games planned around your schedule. Financial

aid is available. For more information visit CLUB REUNION Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is inviting all alumni to “Come Back to the Club!” for an Alumni Picnic and Basketball Tournament from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. To RSVP, call (760) 4338920, ext. 115, email, HIGH TEA FOR CRC Tickets are available now for the Community Resource Center 20th annual Traditional English Tea at 1:30 p.m. April 11, including the tea and an auction at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Get a picture with the queen. Tickets are $75 at

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@ or (858) 395-6905.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A partnership will be on shaky ground if you don’t make an effort to share your thoughts. Networking and promotion will bring you Schedule time to discuss your plans for rewards this year. The time and effort the future or to re-establish responsibilyou put into increasing your stature in ities. the workplace and community will en- LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Impress sure that you keep the momentum going. your superiors by putting in more effort Love will play a role in the success you at work. Prove how seriously you take achieve. your position by presenting your ideas for PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Your a more efficient workplace. Success will warmth and compassion will be an as- follow assertiveness. set to a benevolent or charitable cause. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Cultural Assisting elderly people or ailing family differences and philosophies will intrigue members will intensify your sympathetic you. There is plenty of knowledge availnature and understanding. able on the Internet. Don’t limit yourself to ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- An oppor- the same old routines and ideas; broaden tunity to make money or raise your earn- your horizons. ing potential is within reach. Keep track SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -of your expenditures and leave enough Don’t get upset about things you cannot leeway in your budget for an unexpected change. Traffic woes or unanticipated home repair or medical bill. weather changes are unpleasant, but TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Be a par- emotional outbursts will not help you get ticipant. Once you get involved in com- along with others or mend a negative sitmunity affairs, you will be surprised at the uation. number of interesting people you meet CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Someand how full your social calendar will be- one you consider a casual acquaintance come. may have a more romantic motive in GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you have mind. Be honest about your feelings. If been exaggerating or spreading rumors, handled properly, you will end up with a you will be accused of meddling. Keep lifelong friendship. busy doing something that is beneficial to AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Finanyou and those around you. cial gains lie ahead. An opportunity to CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Get involved in things that you enjoy doing. You will meet someone who will prompt you to think differently or will spark your imag-

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Hashbrown, a giant Flemish rabbit, joined the celebration at Helen Woodward Animal Center Feb. 11 with some help from the students of La Jolla Country Day School’s Classroom Without Walls program. The center was transformed into Mardi Gras and traditions were celebrated with a Doggie Gras parade on the Helen Woodward Animal Center grounds. Attendees sipped on non-alcoholic Purr-icanes, snacked on BARK-King cake, took pictures against New Orleans style-backgrounds and voted for their favorite float. Courtesy photo

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BEN VEREEN AT NORTH COAST REP Actor and song and dance man Ben Vereen, winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for “Pippin,” will headline North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Spotlight Gala on April 26 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets begin at $300 per person and also are available at the patron level for $500 and $1,000 per person. For further information, contact Neville Engelbrecht at neville@ or (858) 2155, ext. 211. Courtesy photo

Kindergarten registration begins in RSF RANCHO SANTA FE — Do you have a child that will be 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 2015? Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger Rowe School, 5927 La Granada, will begin enrolling kindergarten and new students through eighth grade starting March 2, for the 2015-2016 school year. The K-5 Principal Kim Pinkerton will be hosting kin-

dergarten orientation at 9 a.m. on Feb. 25 and again on April 22 at R. Roger Rowe School. Parents are asked to attend one of these orientations to find out what a kindergarten day is like at R. Roger Rowe School. If you are enrolling a new student in grades 1 through 8, call Marsha Portugal at (858) 756-1141 extension 102 to set

up an appointment for a Prospective Parent Meet and Greet with one of our principals. Parents may also email to make an appointment to start the enrollment process. Bring your Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN#) to verify your residency in order to receive a packet.


also addressed full-time employment for Linda Erickson, an additional special education aide. This month, the school wants to remind parents of the Robotics Showcase Feb. 24 starting at 2:40 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center for second and third graders; kindergarten orientation Feb. 25 at room 203;

coffee with school board members President Todd Frank and Vice President Tyler Seltzer in room 203; the dance concert Feb. 27 beginning at 3:30 p.m.; and, kindergarten and new student enrollment March 2. For additional information on school happenings visit or call (858) 756-114.

Director Kim Eggleston wanted more information on the current structure, how it was intended to be fixed, or whether a new system would be purchased and fed into a poor infrastructure. He needed more clarification. “We’re hoping to do a little bit of both,” Castro said. Potential vendors have researched the current software and hardware. “As we talk to more and

more vendors, they’re recommending that we bring in some additional lines more into the infrastructure,” he said. For Overton, it was important to have a secure system. But at the same time, the board wants to be mindful of the current costs of fixing the immediate problem while taking into consideration implementing a new network communication system in the months ahead.

Russia, but I filed that story away. And the next thing I knew I was reading more stories about the woman of the French resistance,” she said. Hannah continued, “And it’s there, they were like action heroes, you know, they were couriers and spies and they put themselves in incredibly dangerous situations to deliver messages and then to help the airmen get out of France.” The memoirs she found touched her. From there, Hannah started collecting these types of stories because she was amazed by them and delved deeper into the French resistance and wartime. It also led her to the stories of the women who hid Jewish children and families in their homes. “I’m a mother and drawn to women’s issues,” she said. Hannah continued, “To read these stories by these women who had done exactly that, who had risked their lives, who had risked their children’s lives who had to a large extent paid an unimaginable price, a lot of them, for doing

this.” Hannah wanted those in attendance to know that in general women stories are not told enough in history. And they made many sacrifices, she said, putting themselves in dangerous situations. And when wartime is over, seemingly, no words are ever spoken of these fearless women. “One of themes of the book, ‘The Nightingale,’ you’ll see is to ask your parents and your grandparents for these stories and to pass them down because too often they are just forgotten,” she said. “And so that is really the ‘The Nightingale’ in a nutshell.” While Hannah is promoting “The Nightingale,” she said she is working on her next novel. This special event was sponsored by Donald E. Johnson, III of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. To learn more about the RSF Library Guild and its upcoming author talks please call (858) 756-4780 or visit


meeting is meant to promote more thoughtful dialogue. Also on the agenda was approving full-time employment for Jacqueline Johnson, a special education aide for the remainder of the school year. The board


tro next week. “If we’re going to have an integrated phone system, I’d like to know more about that, and report back to the Board as well,” Overton. He then addressed the Board, “Perhaps we can piggyback on Al’s efforts to have one integrated program for transferring calls and all those things that we really should have.”



said. She described this topic on the complexities of relationships between mothers, sisters, daughters and even friends. Hannah said she really explores these issues a lot because she finds them fascinating. “A few years ago, I was writing a book called ‘Winter Garden’ that was set in World War II Russia about the siege of Leningrad. And in researching that book I came across this memoir written about a 19-year-old Belgian woman who created and ran the escape route over the Pyrenees Mountains out of France for downed airmen when France was occupied during the war,” she said. Hannah shared with the crowd how fascinated she was that this woman had the fortitude and the strength to take on this kind of risk and danger. “I couldn’t use that story, of course, in the book I was writing because it was set in

Maribel Arroyo helps Osvaldo Arroyo try on a pair of Converse All-Stars, while Carlos Arroyo checks out his brother’s new Spider-Man sneakers. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Solana Beach Marshalls shows it’s got ‘sole’ By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — About 40 youngsters descended upon the Solana Beach Marshalls on Feb. 12 for a shoe shopping extravaganza as part of the Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito’s Operation School Bell Clothing Children. The organization was granted $3,000 from the city’s annual Community Grants Program with the condition that the money be spent in Solana Beach. Board members reached out to Marshalls to set up two shopping dates

— another one is planned for Feb. 19 — for mostly 3- to 5-year-olds enrolled in the St. Leo’s Head Start program. Each of the 80 youngsters can spend up to $30 to buy shoes. For some it is their first new pair. Popular choices were anything in pink, those with sparkles and ones that light up. “This company is all about neighborhood choice,” store manager Carmen McDade said. “When they brought up that it was going to be about kids it was terrific. We were more than willing to participate.

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“My personal motto is to give back so I was glad we could do this as a store as well,” she added. “But we were just the shell. The Assistance League did all the work.” Mayor Lesa Heebner and Councilwoman Ginger Marshall were on hand for the event.


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