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Inn at RSF takes part in Chanukah celebration By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe created the perfect destination for those who wanted to partake in a Chanukah Celebration. Hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, this year’s theme was Frozen Chanukah, “Let it Glow.” “We are very blessed that this year, the Inn partnered with us for our annual RSF Chanukah Celebration,” Rabbi Levi Raskin said. “We give special thanks to the general manager, Jerome, and director of sales, Rob, and their incredible staff for helping make the event run so smoothly.” Overall, Rabbi Raskin said the feedback was immense and so many families were thrilled. The celebration started with hot latkes and traditional jelly doughnuts called, “sufganiyot.” Rabbi Raskin went on to say how the ice skating at the Inn was a big hit for both children and adults. He described it as bringing an authentic east coast effect to the holiday. “Children were entertained by a Human Dreidel and Chanukah clowns who did face painting and gave out Chanukah balloons,”

Rancho Santa Fe resident Greta Sybert, pictured, is co-chairing the 2015 Circus Nights Gala with Sandra den Uijl. Courtesy photo

Gala to support medical center By Christina Macone-Greene Rabbi Levi Raskin presents a plaque to event sponsors Dr. Bob Shilman and Mao Shillman. Photo by Lauren


he said. Rabbi Raskin went on to say how profound words were delivered by psychologist, Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a local holocaust survivor

and adopted member to the Rancho Santa Fe Hebrew School family. Standing before the crowd, 70 years after being liberated from Auschwitz, Rabbi Raskin

said, Dr. Edith Eva Egers’ heartfelt words of encouragement and pride brought people new meaning to TURN TO CHABAD ON 15

RSF Foundation looks ahead to senior program By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation helped fund its North County Senior Connections (NCSC) pilot program last November and in a relatively short amount of time, it’s receiving much praise as it shifts gears into 2015. Sue Pyke, donor services director, at the RSF Foundation explained how NCSC has been a collaborative program among other nonprofits such as Interfaith Community Services and Dreams for Change. The core of the program is to provide nutritional meals and social activities to vulnerable seniors living in North County. “We can take nutritional meals to the seniors where they are located, and that’s important because we found in doing the feasibility study and research for this program, that transportation for seniors is a big issue. It’s a challenge for them to get to a central location,” Pyke said. “The idea of actually taking the food to the seniors was an innovative part of this program and

RANCHO SANTA FE — For those who want to embark on an evening of extravaganza, the annual Circus Nights Gala hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is the premier destination. On Jan. 31, those participating in this magical evening at the Grand Del Mar will ultimately benefit the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center to support its Resuscitation Room Project. In the San Diego County Region, the Center is the only one of its kind selected as pediatric trauma care, Level 1. The need to support this cause is immense. Annually, there are roughly 70,000 patients who require these emergency care visits. Marking the 18th annual gala, co-chairs of the 2015 Circus Nights Gala are Rancho Santa Fe residents Greta Sybert and Sandra den Uijl. Sybert shared its Auxiliary is a unit that is dediTURN TO GALA ON 15

RSF Association approves marketing funds By Christina Macone-Greene the club.

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation is collaborating with other North County nonprofits to help provide nutritional meals to vulnerable seniors. Courtesy photo

that’s where the food truck came in as the idea in providing nutritional meals.” According to Pyke the study was conducted by the Nonprofit Research Center at the University of San Diego and meals are being prepared by the Thyme Together food truck. Pyke wanted to make it clear that the Foundation was not providing the program, but helping with funds to organizations to

they can help execute the program. “We are looking at about a $750,000 total cost of the multi-year threeyear program, and we are covering about half of that amount,” Pyke said. “And we are looking to other funders, individuals, foundations, and organizations to come together to provide the other half of that funding.” The RSF Foundation

is searching for broad community support to even help augment the funding that it’s providing. While the program is brand new, Pyke said, it received a stronger response than it was anticipating. In its early estimations, they were hoping to provide meals to 200 seniors within the first 6 months of the pilot program. To date, TURN TO FOUNDATION ON 15

RANCHO SANTA FE — The RSF Association approved $6,000 to go toward marketing funds for the RSF Tennis club in an effort to promote its new membership and program efforts. Dave Vandenberg, board member of the tennis club, approached the Association for this request to help with its marketing and promotional materials. “We have no budget,” said Vandenberg, referring to producing these resources. Vandenberg said he and other volunteers have been putting them together themselves. He went on to tell the board that club members who wanted to help have added on an additional task to enhance

He and other volunteers are creating an entirely new website for the tennis club, Vandenberg said, because what they have now is atrocious. Board president Ann Boon commented on the new site noting how she knows how much time was spent personally on it. “They really put a lot into it,” she said. Acting manager, Ivan Holler, then chimed in. “What we can do is if your board approves it, we would just expense this request and then if need be, if at the end of the year, we can come back and retrieve reserves,” he said. The Association unanimously voted to approve the $6,000 funding for marketing and Vandenberg thanked them.


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RSF Association approves Tennis Club’s membership proposals By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Dave Vandenberg, a RSF Tennis Club board member, spoke to directors of the Rancho Santa Fe Association to update its plan of operation which had to do with implementing four new membership enrollments. The Association approved them all in an effort to produce more revenue and keep the momentum going at the club. “Before I get into this, I want to report that in fact as of this week we have met our annual quota in the first three months in membership,” Vandenberg said. “I think too, with the addition of these memberships that we’ll probably be at least at 150% over our quotas by the end of the year.” The directors commended Vandenberg. He went on to say that this update should make the club break “cash even” and remarked how they do not carry any debt.

“So what has been a trend of us losing members and therefore our revenue was going down and making the place less attractive for people, we’ve at least reversed that and it’s going back up again,” he said. “And that’s through a tremendous amount of work I think with my board since we don’t even have a manager at our club. So our board is actually acting as the managers.” Vandenberg told the Directors that his board should be given a lot of kudos for the efforts that they’re putting in. With that said, his board looked at ideas on ways to increase membership even further. The first proposal he called a “no-brainer,” in where anyone who is a golf member should automatically be a tennis member. “Why aren’t we?” he asked the RSF board of Directors. Doing research, Vandenberg discovered how

golf club members are going to other tennis clubs. Rather than having RSF golf club members pay $3,750 to have a RSF tennis club membership, the new enrollment fee would be $500. He said he expected to see a great deal of golf members take part in the tennis club. “We decided to make it at least a value that we put a number of $500 on it because a lot of people, if they see that it is free, they won’t value it at anything,” he said. Vandenberg said he expects to see a number of people come over from the RSF Golf Club with this new membership twist. Another proposal was former tennis club member reinstatements. “We’ve been going through a list of over 50 people who have quit the club over the past dozen years, some of which would join back in, except that we had this policy that said TURN TO PROPOSALS ON 15

Silver Tea raises $120,000 for child abuse prevention LA JOLLA — Dec. 9, St. Germaine Children’s Charity hosted the 31st annual Silver Tea at a private estate in La Jolla. Ticket sales, donations and the auction raised almost $120,000. During the three hours, members welcomed 430 volunteers and guests to tour the traditional California-style home decorated in holiday trim, enjoyed tea sandwiches, cookies and refreshments and bid on more than 70 auction items. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local Child Abuse Prevention Programs selected as St. Germaine’s 2015 Grant Recipients. “We are really pleased with the turn out,” said Wendy Neri, president of St. Germaine Children’s Charity. “More guests attended and we raised more than we have in the past two years. I think our success this year is mainly due to our lovely featured home and the dedication of our Silver Tea committee.” This year’s Silver Tea Co-chairs, Nicole Brown and Stephanie LaBruche-

Del Mar to consider additional stabling By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — With an expected shortage of stables within the next five years, the 22nd District Agricultural Association is preparing to conduct a feasibility study for stabling 1,000 horses at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, a move that could determine the future of racing in Southern California. In an informational report at the Dec. 16 meeting of the 22nd DAA board, which governs the fairgrounds, Director Russ Penniman presented an overview of upcoming stabling needs following the closure of Hollywood Park and an expected loss of about 850 stalls at Santa Anita by 2020. An estimated 3,400 thoroughbred horses are needed in Southern California to generate a field size large enough to sustain the sport successfully, according to the report. It is generally accepted that stabling should equal 110 percent of the horse inventory, resulting in a need for 3,700 stalls. Currently 4,050 are available, but there is an anticipated overall loss of about 1,400. During the eight months that Santa Anita is open for live racing, the venue has 1,850 stalls available. The facility is also used for off-site stabling for 12 weeks annually during the Los Alamitos season and Del Mar’s fall meet. Due to water quality regulations, it is unlikely Santa Anita’s existing stable area will be viable in five years, the report states. While the owner has not released plans for future stabling, it is believed only about 850 to 1,200 replacement stalls will be built, at a cost of approximately $20


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Co-chairwomen of this year’s Siler Tea, Nicole Brown and Stephanie LaBrucherie, celebrated raising $120,000, joined by Wendy Neri, president of St. Germaine Children’s Charity. Courtesy photo

rie, were joined by a committee of more than 40 local women who oversaw the planning and contributed monetarily to the event. Committee members coordinated every element of the Tea including designing the invitation, making tea sandwiches and cook-

RSF School Board approves first interim budget report By Christina Macone-Greene

Horses leave the gate for the first race of Del Mar’s fall meet this past November. Officials at the seaside venue will soon look into providing stabling on an almost-year-round basis to make up for an anticipated loss of about 1,400 stalls in Southern California in the next few years. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

million. “Who pays for construction … is unclear and under negotiation,” the report states. Los Alamitos has 700 stalls available year round and is expected to build 100 more, however, it’s possible the privately owned track could eventually be sold for development not related to racing. Racing operations ended at Fairplex Park in 2013 and stabling will not be available there after March, resulting in a loss of 500 stalls. San Luis Rey Downs, with its 500 stalls, is two hours from Santa Anita, creating a challenge for some horsemen, according

to Penniman’s report. The owner tried to build additional stalls but was denied because of federal regulations. The 500 stalls at Galway Downs are not considered top-tier facilities for thoroughbred horses, the report states. “Del Mar is being looked at to make up a 1,000-stall deficiency,” Penniman said. The seaside venue currently houses 2,000 stalls — more than nearly any track in the country. But they were not included in Penniman’s counts because they are only used during the summer and fall meets. “Horses come in to race, and then they leave,”

Penniman said. Del Mar’s stables could only be used for approximately 10 to 11 months of the year because of the myriad other events that take place there, including the Del Mar National, numerous other horse shows and the annual Scream Zone. Stabling would be prohibited during the San Diego County Fair. “When you look at it, Del Mar would be the most capable track but we do other things,” Penniman said. “All the other tracks are exclusively horse racing facilities.” Stabling revenues would at least have to offset TURN TO STABLING ON 15

ies, coordinating refreshments and home décor and securing donations. Beginning in March 2015, dozens of local child abuse prevention programs will be evaluated by St. Germaine’s Philanthropy Committee to determine the 2015 Grant Recipients.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The board of trustees unanimously approved the 2014-15 First Interim Budget Report for the period ending date of Oct. 31, 2014. New board president, Todd Frank, asked Superintendent Lindy Delaney if she had anything to add. Delaney wanted the board to know that its new finance director, Roya Saadat was doing a great job. Its former finance director, who recently retired, Denise Stevenson, was still helping with the transition, when needed. Delaney described Saadat’s on-the-job training as impressive. Also addressed were some upcoming changed at the county level for school district. “The person that works with us at the county is retiring so we’ve got some transition coming up,” she said, adding how they will monitor that situation closely. Delaney went on to say that the district hired a math specialist, an additional third grade teacher, and a literacy support teacher. They will continue to monitor expenses throughout the months. “And it looks as if for property taxes we’re going to come in a little higher,” said Delaney, adding how they were going to take a revenue adjustment. “The good news is we’re turning in a very positive direction. Last year our gain in property taxes was .046, very small, so this year could be higher.” Delaney told the board that this speaks well to the whole community and the district.

Property value appears to be bouncing back since the economic storm. She ended her brief rundown asking the board to approve the 2014-15 First Interim Budget Report, noting how they have done a nice job. She told the board that she added parts of the audit into her update since it consists of the whole procedure. The board made its motion, there was a second, and all approved the report unanimously, 5-0.

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Community Commentary

2015 — Deciding between good and best for the year ahead By Glenn Mollette

PUC chief departs, but bad decisions live on California Focus By Thomas D. Elias After 12 years of favoring big utility companies over individual consumers, Michael Peevey has at last left the California Public Utilities Commission. But many of his ill considered, some say corrupt, decisions will linger on. Peevey departed in a carefully stage-managed mid-December commission meeting, forced by scandal to abandon previous plans to seek reappointment by Gov. Jerry Brown for another six-year term. Just how problematic was the Peevey reign (in many ways, he really did rule over the commission like some kind of potentate)? The scandal that finished his tenure involved buddy-buddy email, in-person and voice exchanges with executives of big companies he regulated, especially Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The notes contained assurances PG&E would do just fine in whatever proceeding was current at the moment that its solid profits would not be cut. So when the commission last fall fined PG&E for its conduct after the 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight persons and destroyed 38 homes, Peevey could not vote. But his influence was clearly felt when remaining commissioners levied a paltry $1 million fine, a pittance for PG&E, less than most of the blown-up homes were worth. In the same session, Peevey took part in the unanimous vote to approve a settlement awarding Southern California Edison more than three billion consumer dollars over 10 years to pay for its colossal error that caused the premature retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Gener-

ating Station. Also voting for the settlement was Michael Picker, later named by Brown as commission president. Emails have shown that Edison executives knew beforehand that steam generators they installed at SONGS were fatally flawed. When executive misdeeds are so egregious, why should customers pay anything? Why not force the company to foot the entire bill for its irresponsibility? One reason might be that Peevey is a former president of that company. Another might be that the administrative law judge presiding over that case spoke privately with an Edison executive before recommending the settlement. That’s the very definition of judicial misconduct. All this is in keeping with the revolving door that’s been allowed by governors from Brown (in his first two terms) to Gray Davis (who first made Peevey the PUC president) to Arnold Schwarzenegger (who reappointed him). The revolving door goes the other way, too: an early Brown choice as PUC president was John Bryson, later Edison’s chief executive for decades. Was that plush job a reward for previous favors? The PUC has never addressed any of these questions, and a former San Diego city attorney is now suing to get the SONGS settlement reversed. Other lousy Peevey decisions also live on. There’s the state’s big emphasis on solar thermal energy rather than rooftop solar, which assures not only high costs for gigantic, inefficient solar arrays in desert locales, but also guarantees 20 years of high utility company profit margins on the costs for power lines needed to bring the solar power to its eventual users. One such develop-

ment, being built by Spain’s Abengoa S.A. near Boron in the Mojave Desert to supply PG&E customers, will be so expensive the PUC has not yet dared reveal its actual price. When the cost is revealed, it will be too late for consumers to do anything. Another is a “peaker” power plant in San Diego which local consumer advocates insist is completely unneeded. Voted down the first time the PUC considered it, this project was later approved after some Peevey bullying. Meanwhile, Californians can be glad another Peevey move was frustrated. That was his attempt to abandon much of the state’s reserved space on pipelines bringing natural gas from Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado and instead import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Indonesia and Australia. This would have left California without any of the price benefits of the recent gas production boom that dropped prices radically in the last year. Peevey was thwarted when the state Lands Commission refused to allow an LNG importing plant offshore near Oxnard in Ventura County. The way Peevey left drew more attention and heat than the commission has seen in the last half century. Consumers can hope the spotlight stays on and pressures successor Picker and his colleagues into a new sense of fairness. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For ‘more Elias columns, go to

2015 will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year! Just look how fast 2014 sped by us all. Time rarely feels as if it’s standing still unless we are waiting on something to happen. Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to open or a relative to come home from 
the Middle East. When time drags we make the mistake of wishing it away. We only have a little bit of time. We all have the same in a day, a week or a year. Every year that we live we are extended the same number of days and minutes. We do all kinds of things with time. We waste time, kill time, try to make up time, lose track of time or don’t pay attention to time. Regardless of how we treat time it’s only doing one thing moving swiftly through the hourglass one grain or second at a time. I’m thankful for time. I’m grateful for time with my wife and each family member. I’m grateful for this moment to sit here and peck a few words out on my keyboard. I suppose one of my problems is how do I fit all I want to do into my time. I guess I enjoy doing too much. If I only enjoyed doing one or two things then my time spent might be a little easier. Each day and moment I would simply devote my full attention to one particular aspect of life. Actually, that might not be a bad idea. But could I really do it? Could I devote 24 hours a day to my family? I could, but they really don’t want me in their hair 24/7. I could devote 24 hours a day to


prayer and reading the Bible or reading other good books. But then, I don’t want to be an isolated religious person who never enjoys this incredible world or people. I could devote 24 hours a day to the school I serve and do a lot of the work that many others do. However, institutions are stronger and better when the work is spread around to others. I could spend more time simply writing books, visiting family and friends and pursuing other hobbies I enjoy. Some how we have to determine what is best. I heard about this farmer who hired a man to sort potatoes. The man’s job was to put the bad potatoes in one pile, the good potatoes in another pile and the best potatoes in another pile. The man agreed to the job. At the end of the day the farmer came to see how his new employee was doing and he had not done anything. He was simply standing looking back and forth at two potatoes. The farmer bewildered asked? “Why haven’t you done what I asked you to do?” The hired man responded, “I just can’t decide between the good and the best potatoes.” Our dilemma in 2015 may not be in deciding between good and bad but between good and best. There are a lot of good things we can do with our time in 2015. Using our time to do the best things may be our toughest decision. Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.

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MCC board members sworn in By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — The four recently elected MiraCosta College board members were sworn in Dec. 10 during the last meeting of 2014. Incumbents Jeanne Shannon, David Broad and William Fischer were re-elected, and Rick Cassar was voted in to his first term. Cassar thanked voters for their support on his election website, “I want to thank everyone who donated their hard-earned time or money, who voted, walked a precinct, waved a sign, sent an email or helped spread the word

I believe in the California Community College system.” Rick Cassar Board Member, MiraCosta College

in any manner,” Cassar said. “I am not only dedicated to making MiraCosta College the best community college in California, but I am also committed to raising the bar for all community colleges, because we serve a diverse body of students who put their future in our hands.” Cassar comes from a hardworking family, and was the first one to graduate from college. He has worked as a professor and counselor for San Diego Miramar College and San Diego City College for 30 years, and served on the Cardiff School District board of trustees, and San Diego Community College District Budget and Planning Committee. He also served on the San Diego Community College Academic Senate, District Budget Committee and AcademTURN TO MEMBERS ON 15


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RSF Library readies for this year’s programs By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library has aplenty of youth programs in 2015. In addition to its regular weekly and monthly series, new events are flowing through the doors. According to Emily Bruce, youth services manager of the RSF Library Guild, fun programs for the kiddos are on the way. “Buster Balloon will be returning to the RSF Library for another performance of his highly entertaining balloon show that will have the audience in awe with his amazing balloon twisting tricks and laughing throughout the entire experience,” she said, adding how it’s on the afternoon schedule for Jan. 8. “We also have some fun activities planned for our Knights’ Academy program including a chance to practice jousting and archery along with other fun activities.” Bruce wants residents to know that the Guild really enjoys tying programs to special holidays and celebrations. In January, they will

host an afterschool program focusing on puzzles of all different types Jan. 29 in recognition of National Puzzle Day. “We also come up with fun and unique program ideas thanks to all of the creative individuals we have working in the library,” she said. The library’s regular, popular storytime programs will remain such as Preschool Storytime on Tuesday mornings and Toddler Storytimes on Friday mornings. The only one experiencing a minor shift is Book Babies which will be moved a half hour earlier at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Bruce said. With an eye to the months ahead, Bruce pointed out special celebrations and programs include Read Across America in March, National Library Week in April, Dia de los Ninos in April and the 2015 Summer Reading Program. “This year’s summer reading program will be centered around the theme, ‘Read to the Rhythm,’ so we will have lots of fun pro-

RSF Foundation awards grants By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A few months ago, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation began receiving its grant applications. Following a rigorous protocol, it recently chose its recipients. Grants for 2014 were awarded to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild and the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Debbie Anderson, programs director at the RSF Foundation, pointed out that all Rancho Santa Fe community-based nonprofits were invited to participate in the 2014 Community Grants Program. “The Grants and Projects Committee selected these three organizations primarily for their emphasis on connecting with the community through the programs that received funding,” Anderson said. The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society received $5,000. According to Anderson, this grant will help fund the digitization of the

archival collection and create an educational program for third grade students. “This project supports the Historical Society’s goal to provide for both the preservation and accessibility of the collections to the Rancho Santa Fe community and to connect residents to Rancho Santa Fe and its past.” A total of $2,100 was awarded to the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. The Library Guild raises funds to provide services to the Rancho Santa Fe Branch Library, Anderson said, beyond the budget of the San Diego County Library. Anderson wants people to know that this particular grant will completely fund the Guild’s 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Program. The last grant recipient was the Helen Woodward Animal Center in the amount of $5,000 which was geared toward its Therapeutic Riding program. Anderson shared that the Helen Woodward Animal Center TURN TO GRANTS ON 15

grams relating to music, books, and more,” she said. Continuing in 2015 is the library’s Love on Leash program which takes place every first Tues-

We also come up with fun and unique program ideas thanks to all of the creative individuls we have working in the library.” Emily Bruce Youth Services Manager

day of the month precisely at 3:15 p.m. For those unfamiliar with this branch of Love on a Leash, it provides children the opportunity to read to well-trained therapy dogs. “Love on a Leash handlers and their dogs visit libraries, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and more

to spread joy and stress-relieving fun. Reading to therapy dogs at the library offers kids a chance to improve their reading skills in a fun and non-intimidating way,” Bruce said. And Teen Craft for a Cause is returning in 2015. It’s slated for both the first and third Saturdays of the month for two hours beginning at 10 a.m. Parents are also encouraged to take part, as well. “The teens spend this time at the library making handmade items to donate to various charitable organizations and nonprofits,” Bruce said. She continued, “In January, we will be knitting and crocheting scarves to donate to ‘Knit with Love’ which provides handmade knitted and crocheted items to individuals in need.” The RSF Library has a program for every children, teenagers, and people of all ages. For more information, Bruce invites residents to call (858) 756-2512 or visit

Delaney updates RSF School Board By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Superintendent Lindy Delaney provided the RSF School Board of Trustees with a quick update on where the District was as it neared the end of 2014. Currently, the school year is passing one-third of its schedule. “It seems to be going very, very quickly,” she said. “The students are doing very well.” She described its recent “Grandparents and Special Friends Day” at the Roger Rowe School as phenomenal. Delaney commended the great performances by its kindergarten thru fifth graders in their choir and band presentations. The day went wonderfully due to the efforts of the Education Foundation. “It’s nice to let our grandparents and special friends get a glimpse into the lives of our children,” she said. Likewise, the children’s recent theatrical production of The Wizard of Oz received much praise. “I have to say I think this might have been the best one ever. They always seem to get better and

better, but this was well done,” Delaney said. “It was fun to see the students’ just love doing it.” Delaney pointed out that a production of this type takes work. She also shared with the board that a parent approached her saying how she had paid for different productions in junior theaters, and told Delaney that their school’s production was the best she has seen. “That was a very nice compliment,” said Delaney, adding how the holiday concerts were around the corner, too. On the business side of things, Delaney said, they were in the process of taking the steps to spend its Prop 39 monies. Currently,

they were going to issue a request for proposal (RFP) in terms of an architect and any others in needs for new construction and modernization of the school. These upgrades would include items such as chillers and pumps to help deliver the air. “We’ll do walkthroughs in February of the site so whoever we select as the group of people who come into the bid will take them on a walk. Then they’ll submit their formal bid and hopefully by March 5, we’ll have a proposal for the board to approve,” she said. “We want to get in the queue early because they build chillers to fit TURN TO SCHOOL BOARD ON 15

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MiraCosta College hopes to offer 4-year bachelor’s degrees By Ellen Wright

REGION— Sometimes colleges have to fill out applications too. MiraCosta Community College submitted an application to be one of the 15 community colleges to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree, as part of a pilot program being launched by the state. State Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) sponsored Senate Bill 850, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Of the 72 community college districts, only 15 will be chosen for the program. So far, 36 districts have applied. The biomanufacturing program will launch by 2017, if selected. “The baccalaureate program will provide a tremendous opportunity for the students at MiraCosta College and our feeder high schools,” said Dr. Mary Benard, Vice President of Instructional Services. MiraCosta already has a biotech program. If approved, it will be expanded. “The proposed program builds on an exemplary Biotechnology Program already present at the college and is responsive to the growing need for baccalaureate trained manufacturing and production technicians in

North County,” Benard said. San Diego County is the third largest biotechnology and life sciences hub in the nation, behind Boston and San Francisco. “Objectively, this is a remarkably worthy degree program that is industry-responsive with well-paid, in-demand career paths within an industry segment that is one of the largest in the nation,” Mike Fino, MiraCosta College biological sciences instructor said. The state Chancellor’s Office, along with help from officials in the University of California and California State University programs, will decide which districts are awarded the degree certificate based on geographic distribution, diversity, the ability for the district to provide rigorous courses and that the program would solve a local or statewide workforce need. Biotechnology companies, like Thermo Fisher Scientific and Genentech, have expressed the need for a skilled workforce to MiraCosta officials. “North San Diego County has several excellent biotechnology initiatives underway and TURN TO DEGREES ON 15

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Carlsbad’s Gemological Institute trains gem experts, federal agents By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD — Just over the hill from LEGOLAND, behind security gates, lays the headquarters of the Gemological Institute of America, the nation’s leading expert on gem quality. The nonprofit institute trains thousands of aspiring gem experts, educates the public and even federal agents about gems. Along with the educational courses, the GIA is a research institute. Larnie Antrim, guest services manager, said the majority of the institute’s funding comes from laboratory services. Commercial businesses and people send in their diamonds, gems and jewelry to find out the quality of each gem and whether or not it’s real. She said sometimes, people send in family heirlooms and get an unpleasant surprise. “There are a lot of fakes out there. There was no GIA out there (in the 1920’s) to be able to test and tell the difference,” Antrim said. The institute was founded in 1931 by Robert and Beatrice Shipley after the two realized the need for a comprehensive approach to sharing gem knowledge. It is the birthplace of the modern diamond grading system, the four c’s, which grades diamond color, carat weight, clarity and cut. Before that system had been invented, jewelers had different grading systems that weren’t translatable from jeweler to jeweler. However, there is one thing the GIA doesn’t do and that is gem appraisal. Antrim said it would be unethical

A football-sized citrine is among the displays at the Gemological Institute of America. Free tours are offered to the public daily. Photo by Ellen Wright

to determine the quality of a gem and also determine its worth. “We identify it, we tell you what it is but it would be a conflict of interest if we also put a price on it,” Antrim said. The institute serves as an unofficial watchdog to the gem industry, Antrim said. About 10 years ago, officials from the GIA noticed a large influx of padparadscha sapphires at trade shows. The gems are very rare and valuable so it was suspicious more of these gems were turning up, yet no new source had been discovered, according to Antrim. The GIA purchased a half million-dollar machine, which does laser

ablation and discovered that the gems were frauds. “Our researchers are constantly trying to stay on top,” Antrim said. The GIA also has a junior gemologist program for students through fourth and sixth grade. About 20,000 children throughout the region have come through the program, Antrim said. Since the kids are learning about life sciences, the tour aids their learning. The children use different tools, like microscopes and lights, to look at different stones. The program has been so popular TURN TO GIA ON 15

Course helps to navigate parenthood RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present The Art of Parenting, the institute’s new six-session spring 2015 course that will begin

during the week of Jan. 19. Rabbi Levi Raskin of Chabad Jewish Center of RSF will conduct the six course sessions at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Morgan Run.

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Like all previous JLI programs, The Art of Parenting is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may call (858) 756-7571 or visit for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in RSF in conjunction with Chabad Jewish Center of RSF.

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New travel site a one-stop shop for vacation rentals

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omeone finally did it — created the mother-of-all-accommodations sites. It’s called and it’s a one-stop shop for the best deals in everything from five-star hotels to vacation rentals to couch-surfing. The concept is simple: create one site that aggregates all other accommodation sites. It features listings from the more widely known booking sites like,,, and, as well lesser-knowns such as sleeping. com, and “There are 12 million rooms in the world and part of my job is to go out and aggregate every room on the planet,” explained Joseph DiTomaso, co-founder and CEO of, during a phone interview from his Manhattan office. “My goal is to give consumers access to everything.” Easy to say; not so easy to do. Yes, the idea is basic, but until recently, the technology to execute the idea was unavailable. “You have to plan right,” DiTomaso said. “Pull together the right team, make the right choices.” Then he explained a few technical things about, most of which I sort of understood but can’t repeat. But suffice it to say that 39-yearold DiTomaso (a Morgan Stanley man for many years) and his business partner William Beckler (formerly of Travelocity) have gone where no man or woman has gone before. went live earlier this year. I tested it and found that searching for a place to stay was pretty easy and more efficient than ever before. The site offers five categories of places to stay: hotels; homes and apartments; rooms and hostels; B&Bs; and “amazing,” which lists the-best-of-the-best deals. I searched for one-night stays in early September near the city center in Oslo, Norway. The choices were both wide and deep. offers a three-star hotel room for $78; has a room with a kitchen for $113; features a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps three for $336; offers a two-bedroom apartment for $370; and for $1,000 a week on airbnb.

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David Ondash, right, of Carlsbad visits with a Cuban baseball player in Havana in 2000. The player wanted news about teammates who had defected to the United States. He said ball players never hear about fellow players after they leave Cuba. Courtesy photo’s arrival is timely if you’re considering visiting Cuba. It’s still difficult to travel to the island country on your own — and expensive. Group tours range from $3,000 to $6,000, so it might be worth waiting for the rules to change. Booking your own flights and lodging could save you hundreds. AllTheRooms. com has nearly 300 listings in Cuba, ranging from rooms in private homes to luxury hotels. Here are some things to consider when traveling to Cuba, according to DiTomaso: • Americans have always been embraced by Cubans. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens visit the country (illegally) ever year. Joseph DiTomaso, CEO of AllTheRooms. com, co-founded the site in 2013 with his former physics lab partner at Colgate University, William Beckler. “Think of as the Google of accommodations sites,” he says. Courtesy photo

• There are no major hotel and resort chains in Cuba. • There are no airlines flying directly to Cuba yet. Americans must go via Canada or Mexico.

• Credit cards from U.S. com, I can rent a bright, mid-century banks don’t work. Bring cash or modern apartment that sleeps four. American Express traveler’s checks. Four-star hotel rooms in Oslo start at $350. • The exchange rate is good; “As I’ve told others,” DiTomaso the U.S. dollar is widely accepted. said, “If there’s a hammock in the Caribbean, a couch in New York E’Louise Ondash is a freelance City, or a five-star hotel in Las Vegas, writer living in North County. Tell it will be on our site. Think of it as her about your travels at eondash@ the Google of accommodations.”

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Well, it was back to school on Monday for many of us. “Did I enjoy my holiday break?” everyone thoughtfully asks. Let me sum it up this way: I have a pair of slippers that almost look like regular boots. I wore them wherever I went almost every day. They went nicely with my comfortable jeans. My big decision every morning was whether to put in my contact lenses or not. I didn’t bother putting in earrings for days at a time. I read six books, mostly in bed. I only set an alarm three times. I watched a goodly number of “Castle” reruns and all my taped “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.” I even watched a “Twilight Zone” marathon. It was awesome. I listened to days of public radio and I think I actually felt my brain expand. I baked cookies, I broke out my Panini maker and even used my oldschool juicer to make fresh tangerine juice. I ate nothing but leftover dips, bread and cheese, washed down with cocoa, for several days. I listened to the rain by a roaring fire. I have to add here, however, that I

also drove to the ends of the earth (north Oceanside) and back, to retrieve my daughter’s cat from the vet, during that same wild rainstorm. The bright side was I didn’t have to rush then or most any other day. When I have extra free hours and no set schedule, it’s astounding how patient I can become. I spent time with girlfriends and almost solved all the world’s problems. I actually sent out a Christmas letter this year and I even vacuumed … twice. I only made it to exercise class twice. I’m blaming it on their holiday schedule cutbacks, and will never admit otherwise. I also made the dangerous discovery that there is such a thing as chocolate whipped cream. And did I mention I read six books, mostly in bed? It’s a very good thing I love my work. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer with a crick in her neck from reading six books, mostly in bed. Contact her at jgillette@

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A wine couple and their twin loves — wine & animals taste of wine frank mangio


t’s not often you find someone who can tell you flat out what he loves about life beside his family, and then go about putting those choices together to make the world a better place.

Skip Coomber and his wife Maureen established Coomber Family Ranch in 2009 after a long love affair with California style Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. A life-long love of animals also enriched their lives as they built a family together that included a house full of cats and dogs. “At first we thought it would be fun to include our animals on the label,” Skip said. “We chose our cats on the Chardonnay, horses on the Pinot Noir and dogs on the Cabernet. The idea shifted focus to our favorite animal rescue and care facilities that we contribute to with time and money, so we came up with helping these organizations through

Maureen and Skip Coomber enjoy a glass of their 2010 Private Reserve Rutherford Cabernet with Maggie, their tennis ball-loving bulldog. Photo courtesy Maureen and Skip Coomber

restaurant sales and consumer sales on our web site. Five percent of all sales revenue goes to animal welfare organizations. Buyers can name their favorite animal charities, or we provide a name.” Coomber combs all of California for the finest grapes he can find. The Central coast has provided him with a central location in Buellton for a custom crush winemaking facility where his wines are produced, plus he provides this facility for others to make their wines, a very effi-

cient way to do business for a smaller operation. However, the jackpot opportunity for Coomber Family Ranch is his relationship with Andy Beckstoffer, part owner of the To Kalon Vineyards of Oakville in the Napa Valley, considered the crown jewel of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Beckstoffer’s To Kalon Cab grapes have been described in Wine Spectator as “opulent.” The Coomber 2010 Private Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvginon ($149.), made from To Kalon grapes,

was awarded a gold medal at the recent Los Angeles International Wine Competition. To top it off, Wine Enthusiast reviewed this wine and awarded it 95 points, a classic score. The price range for Coomber wines starts at the 2011 Vintners Collection Chardonnay ($17.99). It has a natural Chardonnay flavor with a refreshing mouth-feel of golden apple with a mild lemon aroma — definitely new world. For a limited time, Skip Coomber is offering a 10 percent discount on any of the wines for sale on his web site Just use the code “MANGIO” at purchase. The 5 percent to animal organizations will still apply. Storing and Serving Wines Storing wines is selective at best. Most buyers want to buy and consume a bottle of wine all in one magic moment. With white wines, no need to think twice

— keep them in the fridge. However, with reds, aging will bring out the flavor and body for peak performance. Cabernets, Syrahs, Malbecs and other French and Italian style reds will blossom in flavor with up to five years of age in storage. Some other tips include: store all bottles on their sides so the corks remain moist. Fifty-five degrees is a perfect cellar temperature at the wineries. The wines will feel at home with this temperature selection. Keep temperature swings to a minimum and dark if possible. I like a closet or garage for my wine storage coolers. Sunshine is not wanted in the wine world, when the wines are bottled. When serving wines, most wine tasters are surprised when I serve my reds at 60 to 64 degrees for brightness and less alcoholic flavor. Serve white wine at 45 to 50 degrees to bring out the grape flavors and appetizing acidity. Wine Bytes Il Fornaio, with locations in Del Mar and Coronado, begins a new series of Festa Regionale featuring a new dinner menu from a special district of Italy. Starting Jan. 5 through Jan. 25 brings the diner the food and wines of Friuli, a rustic, peasant style of cooking, deliciously presented. Try the Filetto di Branzino alla Greca, a grilled filet of wild seabass with olives, capers and tomatoes. For Del Mar, call (858) 755-8876, and in Coronado, phone (619) 437-4911. San Diego State University is planning a wine immersion trip to Spain, in the Catalonia, Riojo and Basque regions, Oct. 9 to Oct. 17, as part of its Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program. This is a private, guided experience in some of Spain’s historic, traditional wine and food regions and a hands-on experience. There will also be private wine classes daily. Dining included, everywhere from ancient wine cave to medieval village to modern wine bars. For more information, email wine@ or visit 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 Reach him at and follow him on Facebook.

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special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ NEW HOME FOR BLISS Bliss101 has moved to a new location AT 553 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, from its previous location next to Whole Foods in Pacific Station. The store offers art, reclaimed repurposed furniture, home goods, fair trade products, locally made gifts, jewelry and clothing. Visit bliss101. com or call (760) 487-1900. FOR COMFORTABLE KID TRAVEL Two North County dads, Cardiff Products co-founders Jason Arriola and Will Regan, put their heads together and created a way to keep kids comfortable while sleeping on long car trips, the Travel Headrest. The Travel Headrest is an easy-to-use, uniquely designed product that attaches to your vehicle’s existing headrest and can accommodate users of all sizes. With the push of a button, the headrest can be adjusted to one of 14 different positions and it’s so easy that children can do it all by themselves. It then flips up and out of the way for stowage when not in use. The Cardiff Travel Headrest is available online for $49.99 at and at Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy Baby and Buy Buy Baby. WOODWARD BREAKS RECORD Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrated breaking its own adoption record and adopted out more than 3,000 animals in 2014. Each one of those pets, which would have otherwise lost their lives, now has a loving family of their own. MIRACOSTA CELEBRATES COOK MiraCosta College will host an Inaugural Celebration for Superintendent/President Dr. Sunny Cooke, at 10 a.m. Jan. 16 in the college’s Concert Hall, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. RSVP online at


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Prebys, Turner increase support for ‘Masterpiece’ REGION — Local philanthropists and drama lovers Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner have increased their support for KPBS and the Masterpiece Trust to $1 million. The gift is the couple’s fourth and largest since 2012. The announcement comes as audiences nationwide enjoy the season five debut of “Downton Abbey.” Prebys’ first gift to the Trust was made in 2012 in the amount of $500,000. Two additional gifts of $500,000 were made in 2013 and 2014. This most recent gift of $1 million brings their total giving to $2.5 million. Half of the funds will go directly to the Trust while the other half will remain in San Diego, where it will support the production and presentation of local programming across KPBS’ multimedia platforms. “KPBS is a favorite place for me and Debbie,” said Prebys. “And ‘Masterpiece’ is one of our longtime favorite programs. We are delighted to support their future both locally and nationally, so that everyone can enjoy its superior storytelling.”

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tinue to push and expand its numbers. While following a fundraising plan, Wilson hopes they will be able to roll out a second food truck in 2015. “That will only happen if the need is out there and the funding is there to do it,” Wilson said. We believe the need is there and we believe the interest is there.” On a personal level, Wilson shared how this program has profoundly affected her. She was the one who brought this concept to the board a couple years ago. “It’s very gratifying to see that the Foundation’s board has embraced this. It’s a new way for us to do business and the community has come alongside us to help,” Wilson said. When Wilson personally witnesses seniors eating healthy meals and taking part in social activities, she can’t help but feel a strong sense of fulfillment. “With the support of my board and staff, we’ve brought it to fruition. It’s really exciting,” she said. To learn more, please visit

this category as much a cleanup situation as it was a way to get new members. He told the Directors that people were playing at the club illegally. “But there are rules and regulations that say we can’t do this on an ongoing basis forever. “And we kind of had a blindfold over our eyes saying, ‘Let’s not cause any waves,’” he said, adding how it was time to clean things up and adhere to the rules. An extended family membership for those who have family living in the Covenant can buy a membership and start paying dues. The Directors agreed, adding a cap of 25 members

in this category to begin with which would be assessed every year. The last membership item was offering a social membership of $500 per year, for its aging members to remain active. Vandenberg explained a community like RSF as cyclical in terms of a link between tennis and golf. “As the community gets older and ages, the amount of tennis players tend to drop off,” he said, adding how then they turn to golf which is easier on the joints. “I’ve run clubs in communities such as this before and that will reverse because the younger people will come in and we will have more tennis players.”

She also wanted the board to know that its enerCONTINUED FROM 5 gy bills dropped a little in your school.” the month of December like Delaney also touched she thought it would. upon the LED lighting proj“It was $13,000 someect in the 400 building and thing as opposed to $19,000 looking into solar energy. but it’s still pretty high,”

said Delaney, noting how they wanted to see if it was feasible to install solar. Finalizing her report, Delaney thanked the board and those in attendance while wishing everyone an enjoyable holiday season.


ion shows are on exhibit. However, since the bras aren’t actually purchased by anyone, the jewelers who designed them usually take out the natural gems and diamonds for individual sale. The replicas of two bras from 2002 and 2003 are on display. Heidi Klum wore one of the originals. Along with educating the public, the institute also helps domestic FBI agents with diamond grading classes. Since jewels are an

easy way to transport wealth, they’re often used for criminal activity, according to Antrim. “If they’re going to go undercover, they need to look like they know how to hold a jewelers loupe and how to fold (a diamond) into parcel paper and they need to know if they’re dealing with the real deal,” Antrim said. The services are offered to the FBI for free since the GIA is a nonprofit institute.

exciting,” Dr. Richard Robertson, Interim president/ superintendent said. Officials estimate the cost for the degrees to be $10,000. The community colleges are not allowed to offer the same degrees as CSUs or UCs.

The 15 schools will be chosen by Jan. 21. MiraCosta was approved earlier this year to open a technology center on Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad. The North San Diego Technology Career Institute should open in the coming weeks.


it’s served 182 lunches to seniors at the following locations: Vista Village Mobile Home Park, Vista San Marcos Lutheran Church, San Marcos St. Francis of Assisi, Vista El Dorado Mobile Home Park, San Marcos The Thyme Truck is out four days a week, visiting one of the above locations on a specific day. Lunches are $2 and it’s estimated that the lunches cost $3.50 each. Pyke pointed out that CalFresh is also accepted so seniors can use it to pay for the meal as well. Mealtime also extends to social programs and seniors get to interact with others. Following lunch, Interfaith Community Services sometimes provides other social activities such as line dancing, yoga, or tips to write a memoir. Christy Wilson, executive director at the RSF Foundation shared her positive response received from the NCSC pilot program.


they had to pay thousands of dollars to get back in,” he said. “If we just drop those fees, we might get them back into the club and get the recurring revenue from those members.” Vandenberg pointed out that they had a number of people that were considering doing that if the tennis club initiated this type of membership. The third membership which was up for consideration was extended family membership. It will continue to welcome these members but paying dues. Vandenberg described

The first, she said, was the actual feedback they are getting from seniors who are receiving meals. A couple of weeks ago, Wilson was at one of the lunch sites and a senior asked her why they were doing this. She told the woman, “This program provides us an opportunity to do two things: give you access to

We believe the need is there and we believe the interest is there.” Christy Wilson Executive Director, RSF Foundation



that the GIA purchased a van so Antrim could bring the program to schools with no transportation budget. Part of the institute’s mission is to educate the public, so free tours are offered daily. People wishing to take a tour must schedule it 24 hours in advance. The museum has rotating exhibits. Currently, the Dream Fantasy Bras from past Victoria’s Secret fash-



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their Chanukah celebrations. “After the inspirational menorah lighting and festive spirited dancing, guests were treated to a Chanukah fire show, the warmth and spirit of the community celebration was extremely palpable,” he said. “Chanukah is a time when families and communities around the globe unite by the menorah to celebrate the holiday bringing warmth and light into their life and what



cated to helping those who are at a disadvantage; and, seeking donations to improve the quality of the hospital and get funding to be able to help alleviate or lessen the suffering of the less fortunate. “At the Rancho Santa Fe unit we are fully aware that help is not a merit but a privilege of those who have a little more, because we feel it is a way to give back to life a little of what it has already given so much of,” Sybert said. “The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is the largest Rady Auxiliary Unit and the second oldest, founded in 1968.” Over the past 17 years, Sybert pointed out, the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary Unit has raised more than $9 million dollars for Rady Children’s Hospital. Sybert went on to say that the theme of the gala was inspired by Erin Mor-



money lost from activities that are canceled. “For every event that we potentially lose, we have to be made whole,” Penniman said. “We can’t be in the charity business to supply the industry with stables. We get no state money. Financially we can’t go backwards.” The 22nd DAA board



has afforded this therapy to both children and adults with special challenges and needs. “The program of riding lessons and care of a therapy horse is provided at minimal cost or full scholarship to participants. The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation grant of $5,000 helps to underwrite the Center’s cost for over 40 lessons,” she said. Anderson continued, “The program is based on the belief that all individuals, regardless of physical


ic Affairs Committee, and held the position of department chair for nine years. Through his three decades as a teacher and counselor said he has observed the positive im-

better way to celebrate together as a Rancho Santa Fe family. We at Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe are here to help keep the flame burning throughout the year.” Event sponsors were Dr. Bob and Mao Shillman. All programs, Rabbi Raskin said, are funded by its local supporters. And it’s through this support; special events can be hosted and remembered. “We owe tremendous gratitude to our annual Rancho Santa Fe Chanukah Celebration Sponsors Dr.

Bob and Mao Shillman, who, like our menorah, are a ray of light to our community and world,” he said. “I want to wish the Rancho Santa Fe community a very happy and healthy New Year. May 2015 bring our community together for many more celebrations. To learn more about the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, including its Hebrew School, clubs, educational receptions, monthly Shabbat dinners and upcoming six-week course on the Art of Parenting please visit

genstern’s book entitled, “Night Circus.” “Circus Nights will feature a Cirque du Soleil style show extravaganza. The internationally acclaimed group ‘Il Circo’ will share their dream as they present, ‘Viaggio,’” she said, noting how this word translates into journey. She continued, “Viaggio presents modern day acrobatics into a rich tapestry of song, dance, and fantasy in a brilliant choreographed journey.” While all attendees will be mesmerized by the show, they also have the opportunity to take part in live and silent auctions, and a sophisticated sitdown dinner. Sybert said the evening won’t stop there. More festivities will continue with the “after party” with dancing to DJ’s topshelf handpicks. As mentioned earlier, all proceeds will be filtered to the Resuscitation Room Project at the Emergency

Department at the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center. Sybert wants people to know that the Rady Children’s Resuscitation Room will transform emergency healthcare education and advance patient care through the availability and upgrading of high-tech equipment for both simulation training, and rapid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of critically ill children. The Gala Committee is comprised of 14 volunteers. Sybert describes this group of women as working hard to create an amazing atmosphere to entice guests into a fairytale setting. “I’m looking forward to what promises to be an event full of surprises,” she said. To learn more about the Gala including tickets, auction donors, or financial contributions, please contact Sybert at gretasybert@ or visit the event site at

is expected to formally authorize the study, which will be conducted in partnership with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Race Track Authority, within the next few months, basically to determine “if we can do this and what it’s going to cost,” Penniman said. “I’d rather be in front of events than pushed by events,” he said, referring to the possible loss of stalls

at other venues. “It’s a challenge but I think we’re up to it,” fairgrounds General Manager Tim Fennell said. “As stabling is critical to California horse racing, industry stakeholders are prepared to provide the necessary funding and a long-term commitment in order to secure the needed facilities to preserve their industry,” Penniman’s report states.

or mental challenges, deserve to feel welcomed and connected to their community.” Grant opportunities were provided up to $5,000 each; and, a total of five applications were filed with the Foundation. According to Anderson, its Grants and Projects Committee reviewed the proposals for specifics such as program details, community impact, number of people it would serve and financial viability. “Grants were awarded to the programs that best connected with and served the community,” she said.

“The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and its donors have given nearly $6 million in the last 15 years alone to support organizations in Rancho Santa Fe.” Anderson pointed out that the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation focuses on supporting the community and helping to facilitate a collaboration which may require financial leverage. And the three nonprofits awarded in 2014 were a crystal clear example of this mission. “We continue to strive for collaborative projects that enhance and connect the community,” she said.

pacts of higher education firsthand. “I believe in the California Community College system,” Cassar said. “We can take a late bloomer who may have dropped out of high school and give him or her basic skills classes that open the door to a world of pos-

sibilities. “We build good citizens. We influence creative thinkers. We create a workforce that makes businesses successful,” he said. Cassar represents Trustee Area 2, which includes Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Rancho Santa Fe.


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with an elderly relative will be trying but rewarding if you step up and take care of matters swiftly.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Don’t hesitate to take on a challenge. If someone is trying to make you look bad, TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Promote your adaptability and resiliency will help your ideas every chance you get in or- you demonstrate what you are capable der to make progress. Potential partners of doing.

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