The rancho santa fe news, january 23, 2015

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After a lengthy debate at a recent school board meeting, RSF School Superintendent Lindy Delaney and the school board agree to take “no action” for the moment regarding a foreign language program. File photo

RSF School District discusses language program By Christina Macone-Greene “And that herein lies the Paula Besset, a Torrey Pines High School alum and Encinitas resident is helping train California Chrome. The horse was recently named 2014’s Horse of the Year Courtesy photo

Trainer’s career takes an unexpected turn By Jay Paris

It was a stretch drive, the likes not seen even in horse racing. That didn’t deter Paula Besset. Besset, of Encinitas, had a hankering to work for Sherman Racing Stables. But the local horse trainer didn’t know anyone associated with the crew. She didn’t have a formal interview, but informally, presented herself to California Chrome’s handlers. She did have gumption, motivation and a resume which revealed she knew her way around ponies. Still it was stretch in November when Besset climbed in her car and

drove to the Los Alamitos Race Track. She was determined to join the Sherman stable and if it didn’t happen, so be it. “I wasn’t sure where anything was,” Besset said, about roaming the Orange County oval where the Sherman bunch hangs its shingle. She sniffed a trail to the right area and found Art Sherman. Besset’s story was quick and to the point. “I told him I just wasn’t a California Chrome follower trying to get in,” she said. “I was a true, dedicated person that has a passion for thoroughbred race horses. I just introduced myself and that is kind of how it started.’’

It’s a start without a finish, and why would Besset want it to end? “They just scooped me up,’’ Besset said. That has Besset, 50, at the Sherman table in Florida for Saturday’s Eclipse Awards. California Chrome, a 3-year-old colt and winner of two legs of the Triple Crown, was named the 2014 Horse of the Year. Is this the spot Besset pinches herself? If Al Michaels wasn’t busy peddling his new book, he could deliver a nifty, “Do you believe in miracles?” “I had no expectations,” said BesTURN TO TRAINER ON 18

RSF Board resolution for golf club postponed By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF Board of Directors heard and discussed at length a resolution for the RSF Golf Club. Acting manager, Ivan Holler, brought up the agenda item. From there, many stated their input. Holler first began by telling the board that it has adopted a resolution. And in the past years, one was related to the management of the golf club. “That resolution has been amended a couple of times over the years,” he said, adding how one agenda item was more of a clarification. “It would clarify the reporting relationship with the golf club manager and that the golf manager report goes to the board of governors and to the association manager. And that’s TURN TO GOLF CLUB ON 3

The RSF Board of Directors postpone adopting a resolution over the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. File photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — At length, Superintendent Lindy Delaney discussed her research for the potential of adding a foreign language curriculum to next year’s school year for grades K through 5. Parent, Linda Leong, had brought this topic to the school board’s attention last year. She gathered numerous signatures from parents who thought implementing foreign language to the younger children would be beneficial. Delaney told the board that over the years, the District has spent a lot of time discussing this. She mentioned there are pros such as stimulating academic achievement, offering cognitive benefits, and changing the way students view different languages and cultures. In her research, Delaney said, those were the three high points. “But we’re in a situation though, where our days are full,” she said, adding how she asked the K-5 teachers for feedback. In order to devise this program, Delaney assessed for grades K – 2 the program would take place 4 days a week for 30 minutes. For grades 3 – 5, it would increase to 40 minutes at four days per week. From Delaney’s research, this would be the minimum for foreign language retention. The estimated cost for the program was $200,000 to $250,000. “When I posed the question to the teachers about the benefit, I think there was a consensus that they thought it would be good for students. My next question was what would you take out of the schedule?” Delaney continued,

big dilemma for the teachers.” Delaney went on to say that the teachers feel as if they’re cast so hard with reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other electives. The teachers conveyed to Delaney that they thought foreign language was valuable, but they also didn’t feel as if they should remove anything from their current curriculum. “When you start pulling away, what do you pull away from?” Delaney asked the board. “We feel like we could take a look at the schedule for next year, and see if it’s possible, but there is something that’s going to have to come out.” As far as the approximate $250,000 program cost, it would be pulled from next year’s operating budget. One way, Delaney suggested, could come from the Education Foundation which raised 1.3 million. Additionally, Delaney asked the teachers if foreign language could be detrimental to any of their current students. Some teachers admitted it would affect a few students who may already be struggling with their set of courses. Delaney said with the boards’ direction, she could research the topic more and bring back other proposals. Board of trustee, Richard Burdge, said this topic has come up for years and stated that the academic wheel is quite full. “It’d be great if there was more time in the day and could offer more things,” Burdge said. He also wanted the other trustees to know TURN TO LANGUAGE ON 3


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Inaugural celebration welcomes new MCC superintendent By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — College pride filled the packed concert hall as trustees, students, faculty, administration and community members welcomed MiraCosta College superintendent and president Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke on Jan. 16. “She has proven in her previous posts that she is a visionary and an effective leader,” David Broad, board of trustees president, said. Cooke is the sixth superintendent since the 80-year-old institution became a college in 1964. During the inaugural celebration Cooke talked about her background. She was born in India, and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in order to escape the caste system there when she was 5. Her family of five was allowed to enter the country with $8 per person. She said her parents’ hard

At the inaugural celebration Dr. “Sunny” Cooke shares her experience and vision for the college. The celebration Jan. 16 celebrated her taking over the helm on Jan. 2. Photo by Promise Yee

work and gratitude during her early years taught her humility and resilience. Cooke said her childhood also helped her ap-

Superintendent informs district of New Year kickoff By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — With classes recently resuming at the Rancho Santa Fe School District following the holiday break, Superintendent Lindy Delaney, reported to the board that they are at a nice place with the start of a new year. Delaney reminded the board in the days and weeks ahead, programs such as Kindness Week, Ocean Week and their upcoming Variety Show will afford students some fun engagement. “The classrooms have been calm,” she told the board. “We have made some great progress in professional development this year.” According to Delaney, she believed this was accredited to Principals Garrett Corduan and Kimberly Pinkerton for their leadership. They have distinct, targeted way in encouraging all to work together particular in the math, reading and writing programs. The science teachers have been meeting and there appears to be more flexibility for teens, she said. Discussions are already being initiated about the ensuing generation of science standards due to come out next year. Those materials will be available in 2018. Delaney advised the board that the standards will come out before the materials. “I think the quality of our teaching staff and the hard work that they’ve put in is really paying off,” she said, adding how the K5 math program has taken huge steps this year. Delaney has heard feedback from a few parents commenting how there is too much homework. “And I think that it’s always hard to strike that bal-

ance for the students. To get them prepared and make sure they’re ready to move on and yet not work them too hard,” she said. Delaney continued, “But I think our teachers are doing a great job.” Board President, Todd Frank, asked Delaney if there were any schools which have a “no homework” policy. Delaney’s response was that there might be a few, but was unaware if whether they were private or public schools. She said she did know of a policy where a student could actually finish homework at school; and, the classroom departing time was later in the day, at around 4:30 pm. “I really don’t know of any other school that does not have homework,” she said. Delaney informed the board of trustees that they could expect a technology update in Feb. As well, she was meeting with various solar companies to garner more information and is on a good learning curve at this point in time. In March, it’s expected for the board to hear a solar presentation after more facts are gathered. In reference to personnel, the board approved two changes. Two employees in its special education department resigned. Delaney said they were great employees but left for a variety of personal reasons. “But we found two great people so we can do this in one motion,” she said. The board agreed and unanimously voted in favor of the personnel changes. The two new full time employees, both who are special education aides are Jacqueline Johnson and Linda Erickson.

preciate the opportunities for education and betterment in the U.S. She went on to earn a doctorate in biology at Georgetown

University and complete a postdoctoral program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Huston, Texas. Cooke has taught for

13 years, and served as president of Grossmont College from 2007 to 2014. She said she feels she has come full circle from

where she started, and appreciates that she can make a difference in others’ lives as a college superintendent. “I could not be happier about joining the fine faculty, staff and administrators of MiraCosta College as we continue to build on the 80-year tradition of excellence in service to students and our community,” Cooke said. Cooke also spoke about her vision for the college and said she will focus on accountability and matrixes that matter as she looks ahead to the upcoming 2016 accreditation process. She added serving students who conquer academic and life challenges to complete an associate degree is equally as important as educating students who transfer with honors to a university. Cooke was hired as MiraCosta College superintendent on Jan. 2.

Parent speaks up over language program eign languages in the K to 5 grades,” Leong said. She acknowledged that some Mandarin and Spanish was being taught in the middle school grades but wanted to address what she believed to be a need in the younger grade levels. When she first approached the board months ago, she had 60 signatures from other parents who were in favor of implementing a foreign language program for the K to 5 students. “Since then, just from conversation with other parents in the school, I was

able to collect more so now I have a total of 117,” she said, handing copies to the board of trustees. Leong also distributed some backup material to the board of trustees. One particular piece included a worksheet she had devised for the school district’s Maze Runners. The Maze Runners are a 5th grade robotic team. During the course of the meeting, the board had plans to visit the Maze Runners classroom to watch a presentation and receive awards. “The worksheet was incorporated into one of our

lunch clubs and we made it a fun, Minecraft activity. I included a little translation sheet for them where they had certain phrases in Minecraft, the computer game, that they would repeat in Mandarin,” she said. Leong added, “That was one of the testing activities that we did, it was a lot of fun for the team, and they did well.” It was Leong’s hope that sharing this worksheet would compel the board to think of different ways to integrate foreign language for the younger students at the RSF School District.

early age, they’ll find a way to do it. CONTINUED FROM 1 “The school can’t do evthat if a parent desperate- erything,” he said. ly wants a child to be imWhile the board dismersed in language from an cussed the issue, board

clerk, Marti Ritto asked Delaney if she could do more research on implementing a more cohesive before and after school program dedicated to foreign language.

Delaney said she could. In conclusion, the board agreed on “no action” at the moment until Delaney provides more research and data.


point of membership, its budget and its goals. While the budget was discussed earlier in the meeting, Dunn thought for transparency and communication sake, it was important to meet to talk about some of the challenges they faced and how they were addressed. Their request for a January meeting would allow them the time to receive and review the golf club’s December calculations. “So I think it would be very effective if you allowed for us, us meaning our board, and you all, to get together and discuss the state of the club,” said Dunn, noting that afterward they could take what they said under advisement for this resolution. Dunn continued, “We would respect and request that you put this issue off and wait until after we’ve had the opportunity to all meet together. And then we’ll put together the resolution at that time.”

The board of directors verbally volleyed as to whether to vote on the two resolutions or wait. In the crowd was the Association’s future manager, Bill Overton, who would take is official role at the end of January. He was compelled to give his viewpoint. “As the new manager, my job is to build relationships and to be a diplomat. I’m an emissary, and I agree with a lot of things. Overton added, “My thoughts listening to all this is that nothing would be lost by waiting 30 days.” Overton could clearly see that all sides wanted a conversation. If the board decided to make their vote on that day, he would make it work. At the end of the day, he said, if the golf club succeeds, the community succeeds. Following more discussion, it was decided to postpone the resolution until all sides could meet and talk things through.

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — During a recent RSF School District board meeting, a parent whose children attend the district addressed the board about implementing a foreign language program for children in grades K-5. When the meeting opened for members of the public, Linda Leong, presented information to the school board. “I have come before you at the beginning of the school year with the request for the school to look at incorporating for-



consistent with the association bylaws.” The second item was to clarify how the board could authorize an officer or an agent from the Association to attend meetings conducted by the board of governors. Those were the two items to be proposed and were recommended by staff for an immediate vote. In the audience was RSF Golf Club President Steve Dunn and he shared his thoughts and comments regarding the agenda item. Also there were other members of the golf club. Dunn described this agreement, established since 1987, as their bible on how the golf club and the Association interact. He went on to say that the agreement specifically states that every 10 years the document should be reviewed. In 2007, Dunn pointed out amendments were made

for clarification, addition, or modification purposes. However, the way this resolution came about took the Dunn and others at the golf club by surprise. “Typically in the past what’s happened is that the golf club board and the members of the association board have discussed this agreement ahead of time before the resolution is modified. And while the association board believes that these are nothing more than clarifications and a couple of minor additions, we feel that there are some inconsistencies with our mutual bylaws and that this agreement and our bylaws aren’t exactly consistent especially as it relates to our general manager,” Dunn said. Dunn pointed out to the board that a couple months ago a letter was sent to them requesting that they meet toward the end of January. The reason, he said, was to give the Association a complete update on where the golf club stands from the


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Community Commentary

Pace of infrastructure planning for coastal flooding a countdown to disaster By Jeffrey Meyer

Red light camera plague abating a bit California Focus By Thomas D. Elias or many California drivers, there have F been few worse plagues

than the red light cameras that once operated in more than 70 cities across the state. At their peak, red light cameras featured tickets costing upwards of $450 for “offenses” like stopping for a red light, but with the front bumper a foot over a painted restraining line, or stopping before making a right turn, but having the camera “see” it as not a stop. Judges never allowed cross-examination of camera operators to be certain their machines were not running faster than life speed. But things are getting steadily more sane on the red light camera front, where only about 50 California cities still run such systems, operated by outfits like Redflex Traffic Systems and American Traffic Solutions, both based in Arizona. Over the last few years, more than 40 cities around this state have given up on photo-tickets, from Belmont and Cupertino in the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles and Poway in Southern California, plus Fresno in the Central Valley. Also, voters in Anaheim, Murietta and Newport Beach all nixed red light cameras when the question appeared on their ballots. Results were the same from votes in 24 other cities. There may be few law enforcement tactics more widely detested than red light cameras. But cities like Beverly Hills, San Francisco and Culver City still have them. Now the crucial, related issue of how long yellow lights should stay on has

been resolved in favor of motorists. Relatively short yellowor amber-light intervals at intersections can amount to traps for unsuspecting drivers if they are traveling too fast to stop when a light turns yellow, but not so fast they can make it across the intersection before the light goes red. For many years, yellow lights have been set to correspond with speed limits, but prevailing traffic speeds in many places are higher than the posted limits. So Caltrans, spurred in part by legislation intro-

Over the last few years, more than 40 cities around this state have given up on photo-tickets...

second, violations fell by 76 percent. A full second more yellow time in Loma Linda brought a 92 percent reduction in tickets. There are also the questions of whether red light cameras make streets safer or even make much money for the cities than authorize them. In Oakland last year, city officials claimed to have netted just $280,000, while Redflex said the city got just over $1 million. Either way, the take was so paltry, Oakland doesn’t bother anymore. As for safety, there are claims — never substantiated — that because red light cameras can inspire to drivers to slam on their brakes while traveling at fairly high speed, they lead to more rear-end collisions. Longer yellows should reduce that danger as well as the peril of getting a ticket that can cost well over $500, when all expenses are done. None of this, of course, speaks to the serious constitutional issue of whether any legal proceeding can be valid when defendants can’t cross-examine the people responsible for maintaining the red light cameras. The bottom line: All signs point to the eventual expulsion of red light cameras from this state. They’ve been demonstrably unfair for years, which has led to their phenomenal unpopularity. Add that to the questions about reliability and increased safety, and you have a program that probably won’t last many more years.

duced last year by Democratic state Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, from the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, has changed the rules, demanding that from now on all yellows must be set according to the prevailing speeds of traffic, not the speed limits. This may amount to a change of less than half a second, but it’s enough to make an enormous difference in the number of tickets issued. For example, reported the Safer Streets Los Angeles organization, when the city of West Hollywood Email Thomas Elias at tdeincreased its yellow-light in- His book, “The terval by just three-tenths Burzynski Breakthrough: The of a second, violations at its Most Promising Cancer Treatred light cameras dropped ment and the Government’s by at least 40 percent. Campaign to Squelch It,” is In Fremont, Safer now available in a soft cover Streets said, when Caltrans fourth edition. increased yellow signal For more Elias columns, go to time by seven-tenths of a

A few weeks ago, San Diego coastal cities were given a stark reminder of the threat to public safety and our $15 billion a year tourism industry by increasing tides and coastal flooding. With this problem becoming more severe, year after year, the lack of substantive coastal infrastructure planning can become a countdown to disaster. The latest combination of high astronomical tides and elevated surf caused strong rip currents and some flooding at low-lying areas along beaches. Known as king tides, they are expected to return to our coastline Jan. 19 through Jan. 21 and Feb. 17 through Feb. 19. They have become a harbinger of damage to our coastline as we confront increasing sea levels during this century. The warnings have been clear and consistent. There have been numerous local studies that show anticipated damage, but the only new infrastructure proposals to deal with rising sea levels in San Diego came from the U.S. Navy. Last year it submitted a draft proposal to the EPA for 24 military construction projects on Coronado Island that would be constructed over 10 years at a cost of $700 million. Although it was kicked back for a better assessment of environmental impacts it is an effort not seen in city halls lining our coast. Although scientists have been reporting increasing sea levels for years, we have only one city, Imperial Beach, currently conducting a beach sea lev-

el rise study. Del Mar has applied for a grant for a similar study, but there is not a combined coastal effort to move beyond studies to actually planning anything. A 2013 report by the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability clearly outlined what must be done to prepare the San Diego coastline for increasing sea levels. In their report, however, they noted that many cities in our region lack

What seems to be lacking is a synergy of purpose between San Diego communities and public pressure for action. “even broad-brush qualitative sea level rise vulnerability assessments.” Without those assessments, we are unable to fully explore what is needed to avoid damage to ecosystems, existing infrastructures and our economy. Still, we seem to have enough data to initiate some infrastructure planning. City politicians on our coastline need only read “Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay” or the San Diego Foundation’s “Regional Wakeup Call.” These reports say our coastline TURN TO FLOODING ON 18

Tips for finding the right school for your child By Andrew Campanella

If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options. As California prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week later this month at 990 events across the state, and nearly 11,000 events nationwide, many parents will begin evaluating the educational opportunities that are available for their children. Believe it or not, seats in schools are already beginning to fill up for the 201516 school year. Interest in school choice — the process of actively choosing a public, charter, magnet, private, or online school — is high. That means that waiting until the spring or the summer to begin researching schools for your children could restrict your options. No handbook or tip sheet can truly guide parents through the entire process of selecting a school, because choosing


schools is an individual experience that will be unique to every family. However, parents can start by making a list of the attributes that they hope to find in an ideal school. Ask yourself: what’s most important to you and to the academic, social, and emotional well-being of your child? Is it the academic performance of a school, school safety, the instructional methods, the qualifications of teachers, the school’s educational theme, a school’s shared values, or other factors? Once you’ve identified what matters most, start looking into the options available to you. In addition to the local public school, you may be eligible to send your child to a school outside of your ZIP code, or in a different school district. Look into nearby charter schools and magnet schools. Don’t leave private and faith based schools off your list! You TURN TO SCHOOL CHOICE ON 18

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The multi-million dollar home in Rancho Santa Fe that is available to win through the 11th annual Dream House raffle. The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Courtesy photo

RSF home chosen for Dream House Raffle By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego is causing a stir of excitement with its 11th annual “Dream House Raffle.” This special annual event encompasses prizes galore, while benefitting the great work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Chuck Day, president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego said this annual event has netted more than 1,300 prizes, including a spectacular, multimillion-dollar home or up to $2.1 million cash as the grand prize. “Raffle ticket sales provide unmatched support for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House allowing us to provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children,” he said. Day continued, “The Dream House Raffle is a win-win opportunity for everyone, including the 12,500 family members we serve each year.” The Dream House listed this year is a sprawling estate in Rancho Santa Fe. The home affords six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and is more than 7,000 square feet nestled on 2.4 acres. At this impressive property, there is a private guest house, infinity pool, breathtaking views, chef’s kitchen, grand master suite, limestone flooring and much more. Securing this home was a team effort. “Some generous supporters of Ronald McDonald House made this house available to us for the raffle. We feel lucky to have such great supporters, but I bet the winner of this raffle will feel even luckier,” Day said. While many supporters have already purchased tickets for the Dream House Raffle, Day shared, they are still very early in the raffle period and are counting on

The Dream House Raffle and its more than 1,300 prizes is a very exciting prospect for ticket purchasers.” Chuck Day President/CEO , Ronald McDonald House Charities

support from the San Diego community to continue to make this its biggest fundraiser of the year. “In fact, if participants purchase their tickets by Feb. 6 they’ll be entered into our first early bird drawing for a choice between an Acura ILX, BMW 320i, Ford Mustang or $30,000 cash,” he said. According to Day, he believes this Rancho Santa Fe home is one of the grandest properties they have ever offered. “The home’s architecture is incredibly tasteful and welcoming, and the property’s location is exclusive and private, while offering views of the mountains and ocean. This house is a tantalizing prize, which will generate support for our organization through ticket sales,” he said. Day wants people to know that the important thing to remember is that each raffle ticket purchased helps them provide support and care for families going through a medical crisis. “Every day at the Ronald McDonald House, I see families whose lives have been turned upside down by their child’s serious illness, and every day I see funds

from the Dream House Raffle ticket sales helping these families,” he said, adding how this funding aids families with lodging so they can focus solely on their hospitalized child. According to Day, the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego offers a total of 47 overnight suites. Additionally, they have a Family Care Center which serves and helps daytime guests. Meals, showers, laundry facilities, computer rooms, napping areas and more are on hand for the families. “Our youngest family members even have a play area and access to a San Diego Unified School District teacher right in our facilities. The Ronald McDonald House was built on the proven idea that children heal faster when families are near,” he said. Day added, “The Dream House Raffle and its more than 1,300 prizes is a very exciting prospect for ticket purchasers, and we’re so thankful to the community for supporting the families we serve during an unthinkably difficult time.” Ticket prices are $150 each, but discounts are given for multiple ticket purchases. For more information in purchasing tickets, please call (888) 824-9939 or visit for more information. Early bird drawings for multiple prizes will be held in Feb., March, and April. The Dream House drawing will be in May and last day of ticket sales will be May 1.




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RSF Association on track MWD approves RSF turf rebate By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent RSF Association board of directors meeting, its chief financial officer, Steve Comstock reported an array of updates including the status of 990 filings and budget. Comstock first explained that due to the size and scope of financial subjects within the Association, he’d welcome any individual or collective questions ahead of time so he could gather detailed information for them in addition to his regular reporting. “I have a couple newsworthy items for you,” began Comstock, “the 990 drafts for the information of tax filing have been completed.” These drafts were in final review with AKT CPAs and Business Consultants and Comstock noted he expected to have an official copy by next week. Once in his possession,

he would send each board member a copy. Comstock addressed the board, “If you would certainly review that document, and again, it’s an informational tax filing and really not open for necessary finance committee and board approval because it is factual.” He described it to the board as a restatement of a financial statement. Comstock continued he would need a receipt of review from each board member, because without one, he’d be unable to file. The filing date is Feb. 17. “We are now officially in the budget process. Before month end, I will have completed all the budgetary work papers that are submitted along with the department heads; and, I am ahead of schedule with that,” Comstock said. “So that being said I expect the department heads to be working within their managerial budgets sooner.” Comstock pointed out that this data usually isn’t received until the first week of February. According to his calculations, he expects his figures to be ready before the end of the third week of January. Every year, he said, there is a request to get the budget done earlier and it is being done so this

year. Comstock also noted that AKT’s business study and conducting their efficiency audit for the Association was still underway. The Finance Committee, Comstock wanted the board to know, sent out a banking Request for Proposal (RFP) not only to Union Bank, which is their current financial provider, but also to Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Torrey Pines Bank. Comstock said the banks have been working diligently on preparing the presentations. “For the February meeting, the finance committee will hear the presentations and pass the recommendations onto your board,” he said. RSF Association board member, Kim Eggleston, said what prompted this RFP was when assessing the bank fees, it was believed the current fees appeared to be excessive. “The Finance Committee would like to see your side by side comparison of these proposals between the banks so we can make a more informed decision,” Eggleston told Comstock. The goal of the RFP was to give the other banks an opportunity to compete for the business and go with the most attractive offer.In February, the RFP numbers will roll in.

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — General manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Al Castro, reported promising news for the directors at the RSF Association. From its turf removal project, membership, to special events, the verbal report was punctuated with good news. Castro received kudos from the directors regarding the turf removal project and rebate program. As of Jan. 7, Castro told the board, their turf removal project was officially approved by the Municipal Water District (MWD). “We have an email indicating that they (management at MWD) have approved all but about $800 of our rebate. There’s one particular plant that they did not approve of which they’ve added to about $800,” he said. “We expect to get our rebate check within 90 days is what the e-mail indicates.” The turf removal project involved uprooting 18.5 acres of turf and substituting it with water wise native plants. The same occurred with trees. The rebate offered a cost of $2 per square feet of turf removed. The board voiced how great the updated news from MWD was and also wanted to confirm the rebate amount.

We dropped one from November, but as of yesterday, we actually picked up 2 so we’re back up to 500 and that’s just in the first few days of January.” Al Castro General Manager

According to Castro, it was around $1.6 million. In regards to golf membership, the count for the end of Dec. 2014 was 498. “We dropped one from November, but as of yesterday, we actually picked up 2 so we’re back up to 500 and that’s just in the first few days of January,” Castro said. “We do tend to have a number of members going active or cancel their membership but we will also pick up a couple here and there in the month of January being that it’s a new enrollment cycle.” As for its financials, Castro told the board

they had a strong period through November but December also proved to be a good month. Castro said he was anxious to see the finalized financials for December. “On the event side, New Year’s Eve was a hugely popular event,” he said, adding how it was sold out with a short waiting list until the morning of the event. The attendance was split 50/50 among golf members and association members. Castro said they sold out with 153 guests. “The band did a great job keeping everybody on the dance floor,” he said. Castro wanted the board to know that they will continue to promote events like this to the entire community. The RSF Golf Club is also initiating a new regular series called Get Smart. Castro described it as an educational series. Seminars will range from medical, financial to much more. Castro foresees this educational reception to take place every four to six weeks for the whole community. The first event tooktake place on Jan. 15 highlighting a lung cancer awareness lecture. When Castro finished, President Ann Boon circled back to the turf rebate project congratulating Castro and his team on a job well done.

Golf tournament supports Navy SEALs RANCHO SANTA FE — Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, Event Co-Chairwoman Dominique Plewes and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual fundraiser to benefit the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation March 21. This year’s fundraiser will thank Navy SEALs and their families for

their military service, and honor fallen heroes. For more information about the fundraiser, visit, or contact Carol Tuller at (619) 344-0344, ext. 715 or The Del Mar Country Club fundraiser, at 6001 Clubhouse Drive, will feature a scramble golf tournament, a cocktail reception, dinner gala with speakers and entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event begins with breakfast and registration from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the Scramble Golf Tournament at 10:30 a.m. A cocktail reception and silent auction will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with dinner and the evening program and live auction at 6:30 p.m. Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and the NSA. As head of the country’s intelligence-gathering agencies, he was on the frontline of

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geopolitical strife and the war on terrorism. He will discuss the dangers, risks, and potential rewards of the political, economic and security situations facing the planet. He currently speaks about political situations in hot spots around the world, analyzing the tumultuous global environment and what it all means for the American people and America’s interests. He has highlighted the delicate balance between liberty and security in intelligence work, as well the potential benefits and dangers associated with the cyber domain. As the former head of two multi-billion dollar enterprises, he also addresses the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and the need to develop effective internal and external communications. For more information about both properties, visit and mustangmonument. com. The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments.

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Association establishes Nominating Committee Proposal made to have new manager draw names By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Annually, the RSF Association’s board of directors establishes a Nominating Committee which is mandated by its bylaws. Starting this process was Ivan Holler, acting manager of the Association. He explained to the board that the bylaws describe the makeup of the nominating committee. “The president and vice-president of the board are automatically two members of the nominating committee,” said Holler, acknowledging President Ann Boon and Vice-President Craig McCallister sitting nearby. “The remaining three positions are drawn by lot, from past board members who have not previously served.” Holler then asked the board of directors to look at their documentation so they could see a list of all the past eligible board members. The list totaled 11. “What we’ve historically done is we’ve asked actually a member of the press to come up and draw the names out of the bowl; however, I’m going to propose that we mediate from that very slightly this year and ask the new association manager Bill Overton to come up and draw the names out of the bowl.” Holler asked that staff keep record of the names drawn in order. If one or more of the first three individuals are unable to


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serve on the Nominating Committee, staff will work their way down the list. Holler wanted to clarify that Overton’s position begins later in the month. Overton was in attendance and pleased to take part in the nominating process. Prior to drawing names, he wanted to speak to both the directors and members. “Before I do this I just want to say it’s great to be here. What a fabulous community,” said Overton, noting how everyone has been welcoming and gracious. New to the area, Overton also added how he is currently house hunting. “I’ve been around the office a lot. It feels like I’m already getting started, but it’s officially on Jan. 28,” he said. President Boon thanked Overton after he picked the names. She told the board and members that once people have accepted, then the Nominating Committee will convene. “And sometime before March 16, they’ll come up with some recommendations,” she said. Boon continued, “We need volunteers, and at the end of the day, when March 16 comes around, if you want to run for the board and you haven’t been nominated by the committee, you may still run in the election. That’s very important.” Boon confirmed that March 16 was the last day for entering a name for the election, while April 24 was the final day a person could withdraw their nomination. The board also conveyed that residents have until May 1 to register to vote for the upcoming election.


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RSF Foundation has new directors RANCHO SANTA FE —Since 1981, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation has been helping people put their charitable vision into action through charitable funds and strategic, collaborative philanthropy. As the RSF Foundation continues to expand its community impact, building on the $53 million dollars of grants it has made in the past 15 years alone, it welED BLODGETT comes new Directors Ed Blodgett, Kevin Crawford also serves on the board of directors of LEAD San Diand Robert Stine. ego and 2-1-1 San Diego. ED BLODGETT has ROBERT STINE reover 30 years of experience in securities trading at sev- cently retired from Tejon eral firms, including Shear- Ranch Company, where son Lehman American Ex- he had been President and press and Morgan Stanley CEO since 1996. Prior to Dean Witter. He has just joining the Tejon Ranch retired as a Partner and Di- Company, Mr. Stine served rector of the Private Client with the Collins CompaGroup at Brandes Invest- nies in San Diego as CFO, ment Partners. He is a grad- COO, and then CEO during uate of Cornell University. his 17 years at the compaMr. Blodgett serves on the ny. He holds an MBA from boards of the View Commu- the Wharton School and a nity Center in Old Forge, bachelor’s degree from St. New York and the Coastal Community Foundation in Encinitas. KEVIN CRAWFORD is currently the President & CEO of United Way of San Diego County, where he served on the board from 2008 - 20014. Prior to the United Way, he was Interim City Manager for the City of Carlsbad and the Fire Chief for the City of Carlsbad. Mr. Crawford’s leadership and management experience include some of the largest wildland fires in California’s history as well as command responsibilities during the 9/11 attack in New York City and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He holds a JD degree from Western Sierra Law School, and his undergraduate degree is from Santa Ana College. Mr. Crawford



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Skunk kitten is stinking cute: HWAC puzzles over striped feline RANCHO SANTA FE — The adoption staff at Helen Woodward Animal Center received quite a start Jan. 16, when an orphan baby clambered across the medical table. With a distinct white

stripe down its back, the new resident looked more like a smelly backyard prowler than a domestic cuddler — making workers wonder whether a new kind of adoptable was being made available.

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The two-month-old domestic short-haired kitten had been pulled from an overburdened shelter in the San Bernardino Area by a rescue partner and had arrived with his siblings for check-in and a routine medical exam by Center veterinary technicians. “I thought that a baby skunk had accidentally climbed into the carrier with the other kittens,” said Adoption Services Assistant Manager Amy Barnes. “It wasn’t until he turned around to look at me that I realized he was part of the litter. From the front he looks like a completely different critter.” Due to his striking stripe, the Helen Woodward Animal Center staff named him Pepe LeMew (after the Looney

Tunes cartoon skunk, Pepe LePew, who romanced every female cat he met.) “Pepe LeMew has a romantic streak as well,” Barnes said. “He loves to purr and snuggle and is a total lap kitten. This is a guy you’d definitely want in your home.” Pepe will start looking for that home Jan. 23, when his vaccinations are confirmed up-to-date. Helen Woodward Animal Center is a “dog and cat only” adoption facility, making exceptions for skunk-look-alike kittens. To adopt Pepe LeMew or for more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center, go to, call (858) 756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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M arketplace News Expand and enhance your job search with social media (BPT) — If social media isn’t at the top of your list when starting your job-searching endeavors, you might find the process slow and tedious. That’s because social networks are the way nearly all U.S. companies are finding new employees, according to Jobvite. As you finalize your resume and create drafts for cover letters, be sure to plan your social media strategy as well. • Brand consistency. Make sure your profile is professional and reflects the job you’re looking for across all social media platforms. Ensure your privacy settings are secure (especially on Facebook). On LinkedIn, make sure your profile is complete with skills and recommendations. On Twitter, link to your website, blog or online resume. And don’t forget Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and Foursquare. * Know your audience. Your audience on Facebook is different from your audience on Twitter or LinkedIn, so make sure your updates reflect that. On LinkedIn, share articles and blogs on industry-related topics. On Facebook, post more personal (but not too detailed) updates to remind your friends that you’re in the job market. • Be proactive. Use social media to connect with recruiters, employers and employees of companies you’d like to work for. Join — and participate in — organizations, groups and blogs in your industry or alumni groups. Become an industry expert or thought leader. • Research. Use social media to create your target list of companies, then research those companies and their employees. Use hashtags on Twitter to find jobs. For example, if you are interested in fashion, search #fashionjobs. Sites like Twellow let you search people’s bios and the URLs in their bios; you can easily find, follow and engage key employees of those companies so they get to know you before you approach them for a job. Prepare for a job interview by using social media to research the interviewer and find common topics to break the ice. • Know your online profile. Google yourself and make sure what you see is what you want it to be. Go to so you can see your “klout” score, which reports how influential and engaged you are across platforms. Another great site is wefollow. com, a Twitter directory organized by shared interests or categories. Users can add themselves to the categories that best fit their interests.


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How you can make the most on your home sale REGION — You’ve heard the expression, “It’s the little things in life that count.” The same is true when it comes to selling your home, according to Realtors Paul and Emily Hervieux of Keller Williams. The husband and wife duo has an innovative take on home selling. Their methodology is built on a threestep process combining “intelligent fix-ups,” staging and a local and global marketing campaign. The first step is intelligent fix-ups, which are small — but smart — changes a seller can make to a home prior to listing that can have a great impact on the home’s value. “We define intelligent fix-ups as things a seller can do to get a 3:1 return,” Emily Hervieux said. “Every $1 spent will yield a $3 higher sales price.” “We do a room-by-room review of the client’s home,” Emily Hervieux said. “We find that sellers have an amazing opportunity to build equity in their home in every room of the house.” “It is very home-specific,” Paul Hervieux said. While some homes may benefit from several intelligent fix-ups, others might only need one or two. “It’s all about the return for the client,” Emily Hervieux added. “We don’t recommend any changes that they don’t need.” The second step is stag-

Paul and Emily Hervieux of Keller Williams have an innovative take on home selling. Their methodology is built on a three-step process that includes “intelligent fix-ups,” staging and a local and global marketing campaign.

ing, which the Hervieuxs provide free of charge to their clients. According to the National Association of Realtors, staging typically costs from 1 to 3 percent of the list price and increases the value of a home by 8 to 10 percent. “This is a great return, but most agents don’t stage because it is very costly,” Emily Hervieux said. The Hervieuxs believe in staging so much that they have their own inventory of pieces ranging from furniture to accessories. “We have a warehouse with basically everything we need right there,” Paul Hervieux said. “Staging helps distract from any imperfections and helps the home with both

Audition for production of ‘The Curious Savage’ RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater announces auditions for “The Curious Savage,” by John Patrick, a drama with comedy and mystery elements. Auditions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 at The Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. Performances will be March 20, March 21 and March 22. There are roles for five men and six women, ages 18 and up. The drama tells a comic tale of greed, generosity and sanity. Ethel Savage, a new widow, has been left with a substantial fortune for which her three grown children; a senator, a judge and a gold-digger of a daughter, are intent on keeping from disposing in any way she chooses. So they conspire to have her committed to a private sanatorium known

as “The Cloisters.” There, Ethel is left to work out how she will deal with her spiteful offspring, while getting to know the colorful characters who live in the facility. “The Curious Savage” is a feel-good play in which the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times by greed and dishonesty.

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in-person showings and advertising.” Once a home is ready to be seen, the Hervieuxs set to work on the third step in their process — finding prospective buyers. And they set their sights on both local and global markets — a smart move considering last year 10 percent of homes sold in San Diego were to international buyers. “Through Keller Williams we have a program called Buyers Without Borders,” Emily Hervieux said. “Our listings are advertised through 84 MLS systems outside of the U.S, reaching 500,000 international agents in 100 countries.” When it comes to mar-

keting, the Hervieuxs cover all of the bases. “We have professional photos, a virtual tour, an aerial tour and a unique property website,” Emily Hervieux said. “We’ve been doing aerial videos in the last year,” she said. “We use state-ofthe-art equipment and we’re able to video the house from the air. It allows you to gain perspective. And it’s one thing to say there are beautiful canyon views, but it’s another thing to actually see it.” Each property is given its own website, which is listed above the sign. “The website offers a virtual tour, the aerial videos, a calendar of open houses and you can

even schedule a showing,” Paul Hervieux said. The Hervieuxs also hold weekly home selling events, free to anyone who wants to become more educated about maximizing their sales price. The meetings cover topics such as intelligent fix-ups, staging, marketing and negotiating. The next two workshops will be held at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. The first will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and the second will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. To contact Paul and Emily Hervieux, visit or call (858) 210-5241.


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LACROSSE FOR AUTISM Pacific Ridge School Sports Force student leaders Andrew Poole of Rancho Santa Fe, Alderik Van der Heyde of Carmel Valley and Borhan Rafiq of Encinitas organize more than 100 North County young lacrosse players who were part of the December Carlsbad Classic at Pacific Ridge School. Participants included players from Cathedral Catholic High School, La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad High School, Torrey Pines High School and San Marcos High School. Additional divisions included elementary school, middle school, and post-graduate players. Proceeds from the event, more than $2,000, were donated to the San Diego Autism Research Institute. Courtesy photo


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bout two hour’s drive time from the hustle and bustle of the San Diego coast, spread out like a canvas panorama at the base of Highway 74, lies a group of desert communities that includes: Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta. In winter hues of pastel greens, reds, shades of brown, and blue skies that seem to be everywhere, the solace of the desert beckons. Three restaurants and their attractive wine lists deserve star ratings. All three have set a new table recently and are worthy of the excitement that fine wine and food brings to diners that demand a memorable experience. Morgan’s in the La Quinta Resort and Club is an important piece of a bouquet of features at La Quinta. The Waldorf Astoria property has a resume of stunning features after its multi-million dollar res-

Brian Recor is Chef de Cuisine, who, along with Executive Chef Jimmy Schmidt, has artistically created the farm-to-table menus at Morgan’s in La Quinta.

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ESCONDIDO — Khyber “Khy” Kabellis heard it his entire life — you’re not a Division 1 basketball player. You’re too slow. You’re too short. You’re too skinny. “Skinny” was the one that stuck. Kabellis heard it from scouts, opponents and coaches. But he didn’t let it deter him. This month, Kabellis finally got to prove them wrong. The 6-foot-3, 165-pound Escondido High point guard verbally committed to play basketball at North Dakota State University, becoming the fifth North County basketball player from the 2015 class to commit to a Division 1 school. “It’s unreal, it’s such a great opportunity for me,” Kabellis told The Coast News this week. “I had been hearing ‘You’re too skinny’ my entire life. It’s a blessing to be in this position.” But it wasn’t easy. Entering into his sophomore year, when he transferred to Escondido from La Jolla Country Day, Kabellis stood 5-foot-10 and weighed less than 140 pounds. The left-handed guard, who said he knew he wanted to play college ball since he was in the 6th grade, knew he had his work cut out for him. He began to train every day during the offseason, lifting, working on his explosiveness, hoping to add weight and pop to his slight frame.

At the same time, Kabellis started to grow physically. By the end of his sophomore year, he was 6-feet. By the start of his junior year, he was nearly 6-foot-2. He currently hovers just under 6-foot-4. Still, even with the growth spurt, colleges weren’t convinced Kabellis could withstand the beating that a point guard takes in the paint at the Division 1 level. Schools would show interest, but it would be fleeting. By the start of his senior year, Boston University, the one school seriously recruiting him at the time and the school he called “his dream school,” opted to offer another guard, again because of concerns about his frame. This was the one time, Kabellis said, that he started to doubt if he would every realize his dream. “I didn’t have any Division 1 interest, so I really started to think about Point Loma Nazarene seriously,” Kabellis said about the local Division 2 university, which had recruited him since his junior year. Then, one day in October, his varsity coach, Paul Baldwin, approached him after nutrition and told him that a coach from North Dakota State called and sounded interested in him. Kabellis called back, and the conversation lasted for 20 minutes, and he and the coach texted each other back and forth for another hour. A few weeks later, Bison Assis-

tant Coach Jayden Olson was at Kabellis’ practice to watch him work out. The school quickly scheduled Kabellis to visit the campus January 2 and 3, the day of a big home game against Summit League rival Oral Roberts University. Kabellis, who maintains a 3.8 grade-point average, toured the school’s academic and athletic facilities and got to check out some of Fargo, where the university is located. “The trip was amazing,” Kabellis said. “Before I visited, I thought Fargo was just some town in the middle of nowhere, but it was a very nice city. “The biggest thing that stood out to me was their tremendous fan support. They were able to practically sell out a large arena on winter break when most of the students were away,” Kabellis added. Shortly after he returned from the trip, Kabellis made his pledge, completing the Bison’s four player class. Kabellis said committing has taken a huge weight off of his shoulders, and has allowed him to turn his full attention to his senior year and leading his Cougars team to a CIF championship, a year after falling short in the Division 1 semifinals. “I can finally kind of relax now that I am committed,” Kabellis said. “I just really want to win league, beat San Marcos and beat Mission Hills (Escondido’s chief rivals) and make a run and possibly be in the (CIF) Open Division or Division 1 and win CIF.

The Florida State chant could be heard from outside Torrey Pines High’s gym. You sure we got the right place? Oh, it’s correct, and the packed stands proved it. Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon renewed their spirited basketball rivalry and why wouldn’t Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston be there? Winston, in Carlsbad prepping for the NFL draft, was among the capacity crowd, which made Monday night more special. “Is that really Winston?’’ one parent asked. It was and for his sake, let’s hope he was cheering for the Falcons. Never mind it was the Mustangs’ faithful that greeted him with the cheer Seminole boosters made famous. To put it in jargon that Winston can embrace in how the game relates to the College Football Playoff semifinal: Torrey Pines was Oregon and La Costa Canyon was Florida State. The Falcons shellacked the Mustangs, 68-42, and now we know why Winston switched sides at halftime. Although he didn’t stay with the TP fans when the third quarter started. But a tip of the helmet to the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner for making the cross-court trek for a selfie with his new, best friends. The Winston sighting — although with ex-NBA players Jud Buechler (Poway High) and Chris Dudley (TP) — only added to a night that illustrated what

makes North County basketball so special. Sure Friday night lights and football dominates the prep sports scene. But don’t discount a bustling gym with spectators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder no matter where you looked; or the sound of squeaky sneakers, boisterous student bodies and the fragrance of buttery popcorn, which tickles the senses. We’re trying to make sense of co-No. 1 LCC getting pushed around by No. 3 TP. The Falcons’ stifling defense was a riddle the Mustangs never did solve. That LCC star Brady Twombly had 13

The cheers and jeers from the students were of the “A” caliber points, but was the only Mustang to reach double figures, tells you much. TP (17-2) proved why it was keen on Monday and why it’ll be a force moving forward. It has a balanced attack, is hard-nosed on defense and if players don’t get the proper position for rebounds, the next voice they hear is from coach John Olive. “You have to block out!’’ Olive stressed during a time out. The Falcons’ avenged last year’s loss on LCC’s Tommy McCarthy’s late shot thanks to Dominic Hovasse and Marek Sullivan each scoring 14 points. Jackson Strong added 12 points and to reveal the strength of TP’s TURN TO PARIS ON 18

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Pop music, ballet intersect to yield new portraits ESCONDIDO — In ballet, most of the composers today’s artistic directors and dance choreographers have to work with have been dead for more than 200 years. But for Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of the Alberta Ballet, he’s found a pulse. Lately, he’s been talking to some of the composers for his newest productions — and they’ve been talking back. That’s because they’re still alive. As well known as say Tchaikovsky or Rimsky-Korsakov, these composers are just as eager to see their works come alive through dance. “To be able to meet the composer is exceptional when you’re working on a dance creation,” GrandMaître said. As of late, he’s turned the music of such pop icons as Joni Mitchell, Elton John and K.D. Lang into intimate dance portraits. And his current production, “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,” which features the music of Sarah McLachlan, comes to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Jan. 25. “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” is the story of a woman’s life as seen through 14 of McLachlan’s songs, he explained. “Women today somehow have to find a spiritual balance between family, marriage, work, career and children and so it’s much more challenging for them to find that balance,” he said. “And I think that Sarah, in her entire career, somehow seems to express what women are feeling today — modern women — and that’s what we wanted to capture with the ballet.” Grand-Maître talked with The Rancho Santa Fe News about mixing new and old in what many are calling “portrait ballets,” which are attracting younger crowds and more importantly, he said, introducing a new audience to the ballet.

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trying to tell in “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy?” Being a man, I had to ask women — Sarah and the dancers, the female ballerinas, and I asked a lot of the women that I knew on staff and friends — what was important in a woman’s life. From these discussions, I created a narrative. And what came out of those discussions was a lot of talk about first love, first betrayal was very big, first child, loss — the themes that women go through in their lives that either make them stronger or weaker, but certainly that are very important moments in their lives.

In using pop music as the score for the production, what do you find shapes the choreography the most? Is the choreography based more on progressing the story forwards, the song lyrics or the music itself? It’s a really wonderful process. Being a classical ballet choreographer I work with a lot of classical composers. And one thing we notice right away is the lyrics are very important. If you’re choreographing Mozart’s “Requiem” it’s all in Latin, so you don’t always have to worry about the lyrics as much as the context. But with pop singers…and Pop music tends to speak to these very famous songs our time, was there a mes- and famous lyrics, we have sage that you were looking to really inhabit that place. to send using Sarah McLachlan’s music with this Do you find that dancers production? today need to be more diWith Joni it was about versely trained to be able the environment and war, to perform in ballet compawith Elton it was about sex- nies? ual repression, it was about Oh yeah. What’s excepaddiction. He wanted us to tional is how open-minded use his life to educate peo- (the dancers) are. Because ple. But with Sarah, she in my duration, you have sings a lot about and writes the ballet dancers and songs about the female epochs and what women go through in their modern days. It’s changed a lot since their old grandparents lives. And so it was really about trying to create a portrait of her music and also of women’s rise today in these times and how it’s changed and how they can find spiritual balance in this change. What story is it that you’re

to 30 percent of the audi- that they are pleased with ences who come to these it. And so far it’s been a productions have never very good run. seen dance before. So if we’re lucky, they’ll keep coming back, it’s amazing When: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. outreach. But it’s also a way to bring these people clos- Where: California Cener to the music. We can’t ter for the Arts, Esconportray the entire catalog dido of Elton John or Sarah McLachlan…but what we try Tickets: $20 - $65; to capture, we want it to be honest and to portray their music in a very sincere way

singer/songwriter. And I think that’s the key to the success…The mix of pop and fine arts is an old story. You can think of Freddy Mercury singing with the opera singer Montserrat Caballé, and then you think of the whole Andy Warhol movement and how pop art and fine arts came together. There’s so much to learn from each other, especially because there’s so much immediacy in pop art. There’s something that captures its time unlike any other art form, and then the fine arts, they tend to create works that will last for centuries.

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the modern dancers, and they all hated each other — ballet dancers thought modern dancers were not as good and modern dancers thought ballet dancers were old fashioned and smelled like mothballs or something…But young people today, there’s so much going on in their lives, they’re stimulated by so many different things all the time that they love the idea of doing “Swan Lake” and then the next day of working a contemporary ballet to Sarah McLachlan and maybe the day after really avant garde work. So they’re open to everything and I think that makes them all the richer for it. Are portrait ballets becoming a growing trend with ballet companies? We’re not the first to do them, that’s for sure. We’ve been very successful at it because we’ve had close collaborations with every

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he little painted houses sit close to the ground, shaded by the alder and birch trees, fresh with new growth. The tiny houses, some nearly enveloped by early summer grass, sit atop mostly unmarked graves of Dena’ina Athabascans who lived in Eklutna, a historic village 24 miles northeast of Anchorage. Those flying by on Alaska’s Highway 1 will miss this cemetery, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Fortunately, my cousin Panu, and her husband, Mark, want to show it to me and my husband, Jerry. We are so glad they did. Eklutna is a microcosm of Alaska’s history — a meeting of the native population and the Russians settlers who arrived in the early- to mid-19th century. The pioneers and missionaries brought the Russian Orthodox religion, and when a smallpox epidemic killed half of the Dena’ina, they converted. Prior to conversion, it was the custom to cremate the dead. After all, it was difficult to bury people in a place where you hit solid rock 3 inches below the topsoil. The Native Alaskans also believed that cremation released the spirits of the dead, but Russian orthodoxy forbade cremation. As a compromise, the Dena’ina built spirit houses

After the Dena’ina Athabascan Indians of Eklutna, Alaska, converted to Russian Orthodoxy in the mid-1800s, they were no longer allowed to cremate the bodies of their dead. Instead, they built “spirit houses” over the graves so the spirits of the dead had someplace to reside before making their final journey. Each color represents a different family.

One of the most elaborate spirit houses in this cemetery of about 100 houses, this one marks the grave of Native Alaskan Marie Ondola (died 2003), who held status in the community. She had married Gilbert Rosenberg who died 2012. His nearby grave stone features a photo of the couple. Ondola’s spirit house is a replica of the Eklutna Vocational School’s girl’s dormitory and is built on a welded steel frame, according to her grandson and anthropologist Aaron Leggett. Photos by Jerry Ondash

over the graves as a place for the spirits to reside until the little houses deteriorated and the spirits were set free. Some of the graves display Russian Orthodox crosses next to their spirit houses, and our guide explains that each color on the spirit houses denotes a certain Eklutna family. While these colors substituted for tombstones, it makes family identification today difficult. According to the guide, there is a current attempt to find out who is buried and where in the historic cemetery. Visitors to Eklutna Historical Park can also see the site’s two Russian Orthodox churches. The Old St. Nicholas Church was


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The interior of the new St. Nicholas Church on the grounds of the Eklutna Village Historic Park is replete with Russian icons. Painted on wood, they are said to be a mixture of Russian stylization and Western European realism.

St. Nicholas Church, a Russian Orthodox church, was built by Eklutna residents in 1962. It replaced the first church built sometime in the mid1880s after Russians began to settle Alaska. The old church still stands and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Weekly services are still held in the new church. The origin of the typically Russian onion domes is disputed, though some say they make it difficult for the snow to stick.

constructed in the town of Knik (17 miles northeast of Anchorage), possibly as early as 1830. In 1900, the building was moved to Eklutna, then replaced by the New St. Nicholas Church in 1962. This more modern church features the characteristic onion domes. (No one seems to be able to explain the shape;

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some think it discourages snow from sticking.) Further north and off the beaten path is the Independence Mine State Historic Park. Set against a spectacular backdrop of grandiose Alaska mountains, the grounds of the mine operation give a fascinating look into the life of the miners and their families who lived and worked there, even in the deadest of winter. We get a good workout climbing up and down the walkways and trails that wind all over the landscape, stopping to take photos of the dramatic peaks and valleys that lay before us. Today there are tiny white blossoms on the low-growing blueberry bushes, but visit in late summer and you’ll find shrubs heavy with fruit.

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The once-bustling Independence Mine sits 35 miles north of Anchorage in the stunning Mat-Su Valley. Today the 271 acres is a state park that includes some restored structures and hiking trails that follow the hilly terrain and provide spectacular views. Visitors get a sense of what life was like for the 200 miners who lived and worked here, even in the winter.

Disintegrating track that once carried ore out of the earth still stands at the Independence Mine in the Mat-Su Valley north of Anchorage. The mine closed in 1943 after the federal government declared gold mining a non-essential industry for wartime. Postwar, the price of gold was fixed at $35 an ounce, so mining was not profitable.

Eklutna and the Independence Mine State Historic Park are just two reasons not to take a cruise to Alaska. You just can’t see people, places and things like this from a boat or a quick tour. Best to base in Anchorage and venture out on one-

and two-day trips. For information on all things Anchorage and Alaska, visit or call (907) 257-2363. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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JAN. 23 TASTE IT ALL The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association invites the community to take a taste of its first annual Restaurant Week, through Jan. 24. Visit, for a complete list of participating member restaurants and their offers featuring prix fixe menus and other limited-time offers from North County restaurants. FUTURE FOR PARKS Preserve Calavera hosts a discussion on “The Future of Carlsbad’s Parks & Open Space” 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad. For more information, contact or call (760) 724-3886 CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BENEFIT Tickets are available now for the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary Circus Nights Gala Jan. 31, at the Grand Del Mar to benefit the Emergency Care Center Resuscitation Room Project. To register, go to for tickets, VIP tables, sponsorships, underwriting and donations. LIFE at MiraCosta offers college lectures “A Geological Tour Mongolia” at 1 p.m. and “Cuba in 2014: Es Complica” at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23 on Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Administration Bldg. #1000, Room 1068. Visit life for more information. JAN. 24 CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Author Kennedy Bleu will introduce “Cotter Otter in Treasure Water,” her new children’s book at 2 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Solana Beach library 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. BEER FEST The 2015 North County Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. For tickets, visit A Military Order of the World Wars luncheon will be at held at 11 a.m. Jan. 24, in the VANC building, 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside. Lunch is $13. To RSVP, call Chuck Palmer at (760) 726-4075 home or Howard Lewis (818) 434-4551. DEL MAR GARDENERS The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar meet the fourth Saturday of each month. Newcomers are welcome to the 1 p.m. Jan. 24 meeting. Call (858) 7556570 for meeting location


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at (858) 756-4459 or by e-mail to COFFEE WITH DEPUTIES Chat with the Station's Captain, Lieutenant and Crime Prevention Specialist at the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station Community Coffee from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Del Mar City Hall Annex Building, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. JAN. 27 PARENT WORKSHOP Register now at forms/SDPbgKxHhv, for the Del Mar Parent Workshop Series “Operation Well-Balanced Kids” with “How to Best Support your Child's Emotional Journey,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Del Mar Heights Elementary, 13555 Boquita Drive, Del Mar. Learn how to inspire happy, curious,

self-reliant, responsible and cooperative children. The cooperative, parent-participation Friendship Preschool will host an open house 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27 and Jan. 29 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. For more information, visit, call (858) 792-7894 or visit START A BUSINESS Learn how to start and build a successful business with free workshops offered monthly from January through April beginning from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad. For more information visit GENEALOGY North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet at

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depth, nine players scored. That’s the on-court stuff and really only half the fun. The cheers and jeers from the students were of the “A” caliber. When a player made a turnover, he was greeted with: “You can’t do that!” Of course a shot not touching rim got the “Air Ball” chant. The Mustangs (12-6) were down by 13 points in the first half before cutting the deficit to four


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But really this season is just starting. TP begins Palomar League play with three road games, including Friday’s contest at Mt. Carmel. LCC, which has lost two of its last three, revs up Avocado West League action at El Camino Friday. Two more great Friday night match ups bring with them one question: Think Winston will be at either one? Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_ sports and at

chains doing that in San Di- different types of cuisines combined and spices and ego? flavors combined. Feel Good takes the It is a lot more feasible to get all of the produce lo- place of better-for-you, our cally in California, than it consumers are adding foods might be in Illinois in the to their diets instead of rewinter, but at Souplanta- moving them in an effort tion/Sweet Tomatoes we to increase the nutrients do our best to pick season- and health benefits. Ranch al items for our menus and dressing — I see this makto use the produce that is ing a come back as it is available locally. something our consumers Consumers want to have loved, but now in a know where their food is new way like our Sriracha coming from and Souplan- Ranch Cole Slaw. tation is has made a tremendous effort to work with our Let’s finish this off by givlocal farmers. I have been ing me your top five, nonto our mushroom grower in chain restaurants in San DiEscondido and it is amaz- ego at any price point…and ing to me that the same day your favorite dish there. they are picked they are beJuniper and Ivy for the ing cut for use in our kitch- Carne Asada Cruda. The ens so our restaurants can Culotte Steak at Cucina put them on the bar as well Enoteca . Vintana for the as being made into our de- Macadamia and Coconut licious Cream of Mushroom Crusted Sea Bass. The Slow Soup. Broccoli Bob is an- Braised Beef Cheeks at Urother one of our great local ban Solace. And I’ll round farmers, where he times his out my list with the Triple harvest for maximum fresh- Threat at Carnitas Snack ness and quality and then is Shack. hand cut in our kitchens for I’ve eaten at all those our Broccoli Cheese soup places and can second her and our Broccoli Madness picks. I’d like to thank Kim salad. Menzies for her insightful thoughts and observations What other food and restau- and look forward to seeing rant trends can we expect some of them take shape in to see in 2015? 2015. I think that we will continue to see a move towards Lick the Plate can now be locally sourced ingredi- heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monents in 2015 as consumers day - Friday during at 4:10 increasingly require this. and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is Other trends I see are founder of Artichoke Creative brunch — a move toward a and Artichoke Apparel, an Enmore hip and trendy brunch cinitas based marketing firm for a more adventurous conand clothing line. Reach him sumer. Fusion continues at david@artichoke-creative. to be on trend both with com or ( 858) 395-6905. steaks. My choice was the Filet garnished with plump grilled asparagus. My choice of sauce topping was the cured sweet onions that made for a dinner to remember. The wine was a Grgich Hills Merlot with cherry, blackberry notes, aged to resemble a Grgich Cabernet. Savor the details at Wine Bytes San Diego Restaurant Week is Jan. 18 thru Jan. 24, and most will have discounts well beyond those dates. Best way to find your favorite deal at the restaurant of your choice is to access Marina Kitchen at the Marriott Marquis Hotel brings back Wine Wednesdays with Sommelier Josh Orr presiding. Next up, the Food and Wine Pair-

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set, a Torrey Pines High graduate. “This is more than I could ever dream of.’’ Before getting too far ahead — it’s easy when California Chrome is the subject — let’s retreat to last fall. Besset’s training pitch was enough to intrigue Art and Alan Sherman, the owners of Sherman Racing Stables. So they invited her to Del Mar to watch California Chrome run in November’s Hollywood Derby. Although when she RSVP’d, it wasn’t just for the race. Besset was among trainers helping in the week-long Del Mar lead-up and that’s where her bond with California Chrome became clear. “Whoa,’’ Art Sherman said when spotting California Chrome nuzzling Besset. “You guys really have a connection.” It’s not surprising considering Besset’s background. She was training offtrack horses for their new life at Grindstone Farms before


faces a litany of threats, including not only smaller beaches but some that will completely disappear. This should be enough to inspire limited plans that can be initiated without vulnerability assessments. What seems to be lacking is a synergy of purpose between San Diego communities and public pressure for action. To get some traction on this issue it might help to ask our political leaders to join a local effort to raise awareness about increasing sea levels in our area. There is an upcoming art project in Mis-


might be able to find scholarships to cover the costs of tuition. And for some families, online learning and homeschooling work best. To find the options available to you, look at information from the California Department of Education, as well as information on state-based education reform or school choice organization websites. For a directory of most schools in your area, along with parent rankings and some performance metrics, parents can visit this website: With your list of requirements and your list of schools in hand, start making appointments to visit the schools. Ask to sit in



Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $50. Contact Michelle Kinney at (760) 436– 3036, ext. 206 or mkinney@ to begin. MARK THE CALENDAR BAGS AND BAUBLES Get tickets now for the FACE Foundation’s Bags & Baubles, from 1 to 5 p.m. April 26 at a private Rancho Santa Fe estate - ad-

JAN. 23, 2015 finding the Shermans. She rode and competed on horses as a youth. She’s a self-described “tom boy” and doesn’t mind getting dirt under her finger nails or boots. “I can definitely hold my ground,” Besset said, and if you doubt her, that’s on you. “And I’m definitely confident around horses.” That’s obvious when she’s sharing space with the high-strung California Chrome. “Most people can’t get close to him and not that many people are even allowed to get close,” Besset said. “He’s pretty aggressive and if you get too close, he’ll bite you.’’ That same is true with Besset, but California Chrome nibbles instead of chomps. “He’s very sweet and almost romantic with me,” Besset said. “He gives me these tiny little love bites and is very gentle. “I think horses have a sixth sense on things, as all animals do really. He’s leery about people but we have a

connection.’’ So for the week before the Hollywood Derby, Besset was hands-on. “I even walked with him to the race that day,’’ she said. “I was with him every moment.’’ The same is true today. Besset is in Los Alamitos by 5:30 most mornings, helping with all 20 of the horses in the Sherman Racing Stables. Who says long shots don’t hit? Besset is among the two-legged variety to find her own winner’s circle. Kudos to Besset for shooting for the moon. Kudos to the Shermans for letting her help train their sport’s biggest star. “They just took me under their wing,’’ she said. Proving that California Chrome had nothing on the Shermans. “I think,” Besset said, “they had a sixth sense about me, too.”

sion Beach near the roller coaster at Belmont Park to show the high tide flood line that is anticipated for the year 2050. We need to look into the necessity of structures like bridging berms, as part of an overall flood protection system from increased sea levels. Our community has to figure out how to pay for it, perhaps looking at New York City’s “Green Bonds,” which are issued to fund environmental mitigation and sustainability capital projects. We might also look at catastrophe bonds that cover storm-surge risk. Lots of projects to keep politicians busy but they need to get to work.

It is well past time for action on this issue. Climate action plans being produced throughout the county need to more fully address sea level rise, with specific plans for vulnerability assessments. We need to urge coastal city leaders to begin serious infrastructure planning for increased sea levels to mitigate what can be a formidable disaster for our community.

on classes, and make sure to ask as many questions as possible of teachers, the administration, and support staff. You’ll want to find out what motivates the adults in the building, while also seeing how the students in the classes respond to their teachers. Ask yourself: is this a place where I’d want to send my child for most of his or her weekday waking hours? Finally, make sure to talk with other parents — and to your own children. Ask parents how the schools’ administrators treat parents, and whether they welcome, or discourage, parental involvement. And most importantly, ask your children about their perceptions of the schools

that you’ve visited. Find out what excites and motivates your child at school, but also ask about their worries, concerns and apprehensions. Making the decision to change schools certainly isn’t easy. And switching schools isn’t a piece of cake, either. But if you start now, and plan out the journey, you’ll find that the destination — a great school for your child — is well worth the diligence and effort.

dress provided upon registration. Tickets are $10 for early registration at or call (858) 450-3223. RUN FOR THORP Sign up now for The Mitchell Thorp Foundation annual 5K Run/Walk Feb. 7 at Poinsettia Park in Carlsbad. A new course and a chip-timed race and a Kid Ventures Kids Zone. Information and registration forms for individuals and teams can be found at RADY GALA The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary will hold its Circus Nights Gala Jan. 31 at the Grand Del Mar. Proceeds benefit the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center in support of its Resuscitation Room Project. For registration, visit for tickets, VIP tables, sponsorships, underwriting and donations.

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Jeffrey Meyer is a SanDiego350 volunteer. SanDiego350 is an all-volunteer team of San Diegans dedicated to raising awareness, developing leaders, and advocating for climate change action.

Andrew R. Campanella is the president of National School Choice Week. National School Choice Week, which runs from Jan. 25 Jan. 31, is America’s largest-ever celebration of opportunity in education. Andrew lives in Miramar Beach, Fla.

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Pet of the Week Meet Mindy, Pet of the Week at Helen Woodward Animal Center, a 5-year old fabulous feline with charm and a sweet meow. She has been altered and is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $106, and includes up-to-date vaccinations and micro-chipped for identification and passes to Sea World. Kennels, at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, are open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays

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‘Diggers’ raise help, hope for veterans REGION — Tickets are on sale now for the Gold Diggers’ “Hats Off to San Diego: America the Beautiful” for the 10:30 a.m. Champagne Reception and silent auction, March 6 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The GOLD (Gifts Of Loving Donors) Diggers’ event will honor individuals that have at one time dedicated themselves to keeping “America the Beautiful” safe, but have run into difficulties upon returning to the home country. This year The Veterans Village of San Diego - Welcome Home Family Program will receive $5,000. Homeless single female veterans

and homeless female and male veterans with a family who have substance abuse issues receive tools necessary to gain and maintain their independence through the Welcome Home Family Program. The event co-chairwomen are Charlotte Perry and Gerri Teyssier. Kristi Pieper is the Honorary chairwoman. Tickets are $100 at The centerpiece of this annual event is the Betty Mabee Hat Parade. This year, 15 local charities will be competing for $500 to $2,500. Intriguing and/or whim-

sical headgear are created by each group reflecting the goals of their own non-profits merged and blended this year with the patriotic theme. The contestants for 2015 will be Angels of Aseltine, B.A.B.E.S., A Bridge for Kids, ElderHelp, Classics for Kids, Employment and Community Options, Friends of Braille, I’m My Own Blessing, Mount Soledad Memorial Association. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution — La Jolla Chapter, Playwrights Project, San Diego Youth Ballet, San Diego Floral Association and Social Services League of La Jolla.

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REGION — A team of students from both Canyon Crest Academy High School and Torrey Pines High School will be participating in an upcoming competition to determine who will represent in the high school National Finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl (NSB). The teams will pit their math and science knowledge, and their reflexes, against one another in January, with four students from each team facing off in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format. The winner of the regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Office of Science’s National Science Bowl in late April in Washington, D.C. At the Finals, winning teams can score trips to Alaska and national parks across the country to learn first-hand about science in the field; as well as trophies, medals, and supplies for their schools’ science departments. But to many, the ultimate prize simply is the prestige of winning the National Championship.

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Cannot be combined with any other incentive. Financing for well-qualified applicants only. $20.83 thousand financed. Subject to credit approval, vehicle insurance approval and vehicle availability. No down payment required. See participating dealers for details. Must take delivery from dealer stock by January 31, 2015.

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8549 Mapleton Court


Del Sur

Offered At $3,595,000

Offered At $1,599,000

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0000 Artesian Rd 07,

You must see this magnificent single-level custom estate located on the 13th fairway. This one of a kind home features a flagstone covered interior courtyard, gorgeous hardwood & travertine flooring, finely detailed finishes, gourmet Chef’s Kitchen w/ a light & bright breakfast room, wood-paneled office, temperature-controlled 500 bottle wine cellar, Creston home audio sound system.

7775 Sendero Angelica

Santa Fe Hills


Offered At $1,329,000

John Cabral, Broker/Owner

Another spectacular home, and they’re going all out! Features include: home adjacent to open space preserve, high efficiency HVAC HERS home, 4 car garage w/ motor court, 950 sq ft loggia, private attached casita, grand master suite w/ huge walk-in shower, steam room function, jacuzzi tub & exterior private patio/ spa.

Offered At $2,995,000

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