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Fred Wasserman and Mike Licosati will begin their three-year terms as Rancho Santa Fe Association directors July 2. File photo by Christina Macone-Greene

From left: Outgoing Rancho Santa Fe Association Director Rochelle Putnam on her horse Valor, her trainer Paul Cook on Milo, her groom Luis Cardenas on Junior, and her husband Jim on Dreamer. The group rides the Rancho Santa Fe trails three times a week. Courtesy photo

Outgoing director remains active in RSF By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Although Rochelle Putnam has recently completed her term as director on the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board, she continues to remain closely involved in helping her community. Putnam serves on the Parks and Trails Committee, a position which means much to her, since the trails are an enjoyable part of her life. “You will see me on the trails every day on one of my horses or walking with my husband Jim and our dog Margarita,” Putnam said. While the chapter of serving as a director for the Association has come

to a close, Putnam reflects on her time there. “It has been interesting learning about how the Association serves the homeowners, what issues are important to the community, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful residents,” she said. “I’ve also gotten to know many of the full time staff that work for the Association, and I respect their dedication to serving our membership.” Putnam said her corporate background was something she relied on during her term. “Before I retired in 2007, I was a managing director for a $2.5 billion financial services firm where I man-

aged 300 customer service staff. For many years, I was involved in every major project, some of which were exceedingly complex, so I spent a lot of time in committee meetings collaborating on issues and planning changes and improvements,” Putnam said. She continued, “The valuable experience I gained working with a variety of individuals on complex issues was valuable when I was elected as a director for the RSFA.” Putnam went on to say that the adage, “Change is hard,” was even present in RSFA. An example of this TURN TO PUTNAM ON 18

Oceanside Police K-9 unit receives cheers RANCHO SANTA FE — For a second consecutive year in a row, the Oceanside Police and their K-9 unit showcased a riveting demo having the San Diego Polo crowd cheering. During halftime, the patrol cars motored on the field and the K-9 unit revealed the talent and skill of their four-legged partners. On the polo field were officer K-9 teams James Smith and Nero, Kevin Wilson and Atlas, Frank Wagner and Max, and Sam Hay and Gonzo. The K-9s, which apprehended the decoy, David Greene of Performance K-9 Training, were Nero and Atlas. Wagner was also on hand as a decoy for the demo. On the microphone, Hay navigated the crowd regarding the dogs, the work that they do on the streets, and the intense training the dogs and handlers continually undergo. Attendees also learned about the Oceanside Police Canine Officer’s Association, which is a charitable organization and subsidiary of the Oceanside Police Officer’s Association. San Diego Polo announcer, Steve Lewandowski, explained how donors Oceanside Police Officer Kevin Wilson and his K-9, Atlas during a halfand sponsors are vital to time show at the San Diego Polo fields. Photo by Susan White

this nonprofit entity of the Oceanside Police K-9 Unit. “With the support of the community, individual donors and corporate sponsors, we can all provide handlers and their K-9 partners with valuable and often life-saving equipment, training and resources that they need on the streets each and every day,” Lewandowski said. “Police K-9’s, like other animals, are not immune from medical problems and because of the nature of their work both active and retired K-9’s may require additional medical care.” This nonprofit was started when K-9, Atlas, inhaled a foxtail unbeknownst to Wilson during training a couple of years ago. Surprisingly, the foxtail became imbedded into the animal’s lung which required costly surgery and months of recovery. The nonprofit helps bridge any financial gaps to ensure that the K-9’s are healthy, well equipped and well trained as they continue, “leading the way” in law enforcement. While everyone enjoyed the demo, the Rancho Santa Fe Cup Finals also marked a time for all to meet with the Del Mar lifeguards, local fire department and first responders.

Licosati, Wasserman voted in as new Association directors By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE —The Rancho Santa Fe Association released its 2015 election results which revealed that Fred Wasserman and Mike Licosati will be serving a three-year term on the Association’s board. Outgoing directors who served their full term are Craig McAllister and Rochelle Putnam. The election results tallied 610 votes for Wasserman and 628 for Licosati. While both candidates endorsed each other, an election process was still required to formally fill the two vacant seats. Licosati and Wasserman will make their first appearance as new directors at the next July 2 RSF Association board meeting.

Spanish to be part of school’s curriculum By Christina Macone-Greene tal households with 198 re-

RANCHO SANTA FE — Following much discussion and a parent survey, the Rancho Santa Fe School District decided to implement a foreign language for its K-5 students. And Spanish is the language of choice for the new school year. According to Superintendent Lindy Delaney, students in grades K-5 are provided the opportunity to take art, music computers, drama, ocean science, and public speaking in a six-week rotation called the Elective Wheel. “We will be incorporating Ocean Science in the science program and public speaking will be incorporated to the time students spend in the school library,” she said. “Spanish will replace those subjects in the K-5 Elective Wheel.” Part of this decision-making process also included elementary school Principal Kimberly Pinkerton. At a previous school board meeting, Pinkerton told the board that she and her colleagues felt very strongly that if they were looking at an introductory program, which is how parents ultimately responded; a two-day-a-week program would offer this. The April online survey was sent to 798 paren-

sponding. While the response rate was low, the district believed that for those who did respond, offering language was important. Pinkerton told the board when new families attend a “meet and greet” the number one question asked is if the children are exposed to a foreign language. “So I know that there’s a definite interest from the families that have been coming in for the past several years is for us to offer something,” Pinkerton said. “So we want to be mindful of that, and we want to do it in a purposeful way.” Pinkerton said the district would be remiss if they removed Ocean Science or public speaking since they are valuable parts of the work that they do in school. Both would be incorporated. While almost 50 percent of parents taking the survey preferred foreign language three days a week, both Delaney and Pinkerton believed it would decrease the instructional time spent on math, science reading, and writing. Having Spanish as part of the Elective Wheel TURN TO CURRICULUM ON 18


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I-5, Route 78 widening projects slowly moving forward Next phase of the project will begin in the fall By Ellen Wright

REGION — In an effort to improve transportation throughout the region, the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, has partnered with Caltrans and many other regional groups to overhaul the freeways, railroads, bike lanes and pedestrian access points at a cost of $6 billion. The North Coast Corridor Program, as the plan is called, is a long-range plan that will stretch into the next decades. On Tuesday, the Carlsbad City Council received an update on the upcoming changes to Interstate 5 and state Route 78. First, the freeway will be widened at the San Elijo Lagoon.

a halt,” Kossup said. At the Batiquitos Lagoon, staff is still unsure whether the bridge will be removed or replaced. It can be widened by re-striping the lanes, which will be the first step. “That buys us some time,” Kossup said. The ultimate goal will be to replace the bridge at the same time as the Route 78 interchange updates are constructed, depending on consensus between officials from the Batiquitos Lagoon and Caltrans. A park and ride will also be added at Manchester Avenue. The next phase of the I-5 widening will begin next fall and that will add a carpool lane in both directions between Lomas Caltrans and SANDAG are planning to add a carpool lane between Lomas Santa Fe and state Route 78 in each direction starting Santa Fe and Route 78. next fall. Commuters often get stuck in traffic between Carlsbad and Solana Beach during rush hour. Photo by Ellen Wright Another key element that will begin next year is double Alan Kossup corridor direc- placing the bridges at the San Eli- take us upwards of four years to tracking the railroads from Ponto tor of Route 76 and the I-5 at Cal- jo and Batiquitos lagoons, which construct in order to try and keep to La Costa. The railroad bridge 270,000 people moving down the trans said the most difficult part will begin next spring. TURN TO WIDENING ON 18 “The San Elijo bridge will corridor and not bring them all to of the I-5 widening would be re-

Castro reports on water usage, financials Overton discusses By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent Rancho Santa Fe Association board of director’s meeting, RSF Golf Club Manager Al Castro, provided his monthly report. Castro told the board that the club has proactively been reducing the amount of water on the course for roughly the past 18 months. To date, the course is using 30 percent less water usage as compared to its numbers in 2013. On July 1, cutbacks will be 45 percent.

“We’ve got a ways to go, but have certainly made some substantial cutbacks in water usage,” he said. Castro wanted the board and members to know that they are currently in active discussions with the Santa Fe Irrigation District and Community Services District. They are trying to pursue alternate water for the golf course. “Ideally, the golf course would be able to get off potable water,” he said. “There’s a number of very productive conversations

that leads us to believe that we have a path to get us off the potable water in the very, very near future.” In reference to membership status, there was a slight dip. According to Castro, at the end of April they had a total of 491 members. On March 31, there was a minor loss of two memberships. Castro told the board that the gains and losses seem to be leveling out. “The net loss a year ago was 10. It looks like at the end of June, our fiscal

year, the net loss will be about six or seven members,” he said. He said he found those numbers promising. Financially, he told the board, the club is doing very well. “As of the end of April we were ahead of plan by $142,000,” said Castro, adding how May was a strong month. Castro said he anticipated a solid year-end financials by the end of June. Castro said he was encouraged by business at the club and the participation from its members.

Memberships increasing at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — President of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, Dave Van Den Berg, had the ability to ease the tension in the room at the last RSF Association meeting. While emotions were running high with discussions about roundabouts versus traffic signals and the impending closure of Stump’s Market, Van Den Berg opened his report on the tennis club with some humor. “I have a wild guess that most of you didn’t come here to hear me speak about the tremendous success of our Cinco de Mayo

party,” he said. Members found Van Den Berg’s opening quite comical. He continued, “But I am here to tell you about it. We did have a great Cinco de Mayo party with 67 people participate in it at the Tennis Club which is about 30 percent of our membership.” Van Den Berg wanted the board of directors and members to know that the activity at the club continues to grow every day. Each month, they host a major event and everyone is welcome to attend. And membership numbers continue to swell.

“We now have 67 new memberships this year which represents over 200 players at the club,” he said. “This is in contrast for the past 12 years where the membership had been in continual decline. And I am most proud of the fact that 10 percent of the people who have joined this year are people who had quit and gone to other clubs, and now are coming back to ours.” Applause erupted. Van Den Berg also pointed out that its junior program has been very instrumental in increasing their membership at the club.

He also thought that their 29th annual Skeets Dunn Pro-Am Invitational, the largest Pro-Am invitational in the county for the past 12 years, would draw in new members, as well. “We have 40 tennis professionals come to play at our club with 40 of our members,” he said. Van Den Berg also wanted to acknowledge the title sponsors for the event, which included Wells Fargo headquarters in San Francisco, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch. “But most importantly, 40 percent of our entire membership contributed to this event,” he said.

Palomar College directors choose interim superintendent By Aaron Burgin

SAN MARCOS — The Palomar Community College District board has tapped one of its own to succeed longtime superintendent Robert Deegan on an interim basis. The board has tentatively settled on Adrian Gonzales, the district’s assistant superintendent and vice president of student services, to serve as interim superintendent, pending board approval at its June 23 meeting.

Gonzales will begin in his new role on July 1. “I am greatly pleased that the Governing Board has chosen Vice President Gonzales for this role,” stated Robert P. Deegan, Palomar College superintendent/president. “I know that he will do an outstanding job helping the college move forward during this transitional phase.” Gonzales was originally hired by the district in July 2013 to his current position. He previously worked for 15

years at College of the Desert, where he served as the interim vice president of student affairs, the dean of student support programs and services, among other titles. Gonzales holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Education & Social Policy from the University of Washington, Seattle. He replaces Deegan,

who retired after 11 years at the college district, which is the largest single-college district in the county. Under Deegan’s leadership, the district saw the passage of Proposition M in 2006, the $694 million bond measure that has transformed the San Marcos campuses as well as its satellite location in Escondido. Gonzales was born and raised in Brawley, Calif. and currently lives in San Marcos with his wife and two children.

internal enhancements By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the last Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors meeting, Association manager Bill Overton discussed how they have made a distinct shift to run its operations as a business. He wanted to remind everyone in attendance that the Association is a corporate board and a nonprofit, which also makes it restrictive regarding certain issues. Overton then briefly highlighted The Davis-Stirling Act, a community association law, which implements the governance of Californians who were part of community associations. “And we have to abide by all those rules and the bylaws in running this as much as possible, like a business,” he said. “One of the things that we’ve done very recently in next year’s budget is appropriate funds to have a communications manager.” Overton told the board and its members that he believed that discussions would be facilitated much smoother in the future with the assistance of a communications manager. There are a lot of rumors out there, he said, which aren’t true. “I hope if we communicate better, we’ll keep you informed and a lot of these issues will flow more smoothly in the future,” Overton said. Overton reported how the Association has appropriated funds for a human resources director. According to Overton, it has 140 employees between the Association and the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. “I’ve basically been your manager and human resources director,” he said. “We need someone to come in and help us on a variety of levels, and

thankfully, the board approved that. I’m happy to report that we have interviewed extensively for this and have had great candidates.” Overton went on to say that he has already made offers for these future positions. Its new communications manager will begin July 1 and its human resources director will begin

These are foundational items that I think will allow us to serve you better...” Bill Overton Manager, RSF Association

at around the same timeframe. “These are foundational items that I think will allow us to serve you better in the future and I’m very pleased with that,” he said. Before coming to a close, Overton said that the RSF Fire Department had plans to speak at the meeting. However, due to the high volume of agenda items, this was not possible. Overton directed members to visit the RSF Fire Department website for extensive information regarding defensible space and steps one could take to help safeguard their homes in the event of possible Santa Ana winds and potential fires. The fire department is on hand for complimentary inspections while suggesting fire safety tips for preparations.


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Letters to the Editor

Housing now a huge, unheralded state crisis California Focus By Thomas D. Elias


n the Los Angeles area, fewer than one in four households headed by persons in their 20s or early 30s — known demographically as “millenials” — can afford to buy the median-priced home, which now goes for just over $500,000. Overall, just 34 percent of households in the L.A. metropolitan area can afford that same home. Which means that in the housing department, it only helps a little to be older and more established in a career. Things are even more restricted in the San Francisco Bay area, where the median-priced home costs about 8 percent more than around Los Angeles. Just 14 percent of all households in the city itself can afford the median-priced San Francisco home, which runs even higher than the regional median. Affordability barely rises in Marin County, where a mere 15 percent of households can afford a median-priced home. Things aren’t much looser in Sonoma, San Diego, Orange, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Alameda, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Napa counties. In the larger regions of Northern and Southern California, things loosen up as you get farther from the coast. In the Inland Empire region of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, 47 percent of households can buy the median priced home if they’d like, while half can in Solano County. The Central Valley is about the only large part of California where housing is reasonably affordable, with 56 percent able to buy the median-priced home in Madera and Tulare Counties, 49 percent in Sacramento County and 64 percent in Kings County.

By comparison, the national average is 57 percent affordability. If that’s not a crisis, it’s hard to see what qualifies. But this crisis can’t be photographed as easily as a half-empty reservoir, so it’s tough to dramatize the situation. And yet, if you’re a 28-year-old father who would like to live and work in the cooler, breezier climes near California’s coast, you can pretty much forget it unless you’re a computer programmer, lawyer, doctor or in another high-salaried job. Even young professionals pulling down salaries approaching $200,000 a year often can’t afford to buy in places like San Francisco, coastal Orange County or the West Side of Los Angeles.

Sports, Twitter, Snapchat, Hulu, TrueCar, and many more with strong presences in the so-called Silicon Beach area. They drove the price of one three-bedroom house that sold for $46,000 in 1973 to more than $1.8 million last month. Rents in the most desired areas have risen comparably, to the point where a two-bedroom apartment in much of both Los Angeles and San Francisco now goes for upwards of $3,500 per month, or more than $40,000 a year. One obvious solution might be more housing, which ordinarily could drive prices down. But with thousands of new units under construction and even more on the drawing board in the Playa Vista planned community north of the Los Angeles airport, pric-

One obvious solution might be more housing, which ordinarily could drive prices down. In part, the high pay of workers in high-tech companies drives this crisis, which for many is much more serious than the ongoing drought. There’s no sense worrying about cutting the watering time on your lawn if you can’t afford to own one. The Western Los Angeles County scene is among the most dramatic. There, realtors report large numbers of home sales now see straight cash payments. This in an area where the typical three-bedroom house goes for more than $1 million. “You’ll see scruffy-looking 20-somethings in t-shirts and jeans or cutoffs walk up and plunk down well over a million,” said one prominent realtor. This happens because of high salaries offered to creative and highly-skilled employees of companies like Google, Yahoo, YouTube, EA

es are rising, not dropping. Meanwhile, slow-growth advocates concerned about what more housing might do to already gridlocked traffic want housing growth to stop, and never mind affordability. The result is likely to be very slow growth in a state whose population increase last year amounted to just over 1 percent – far below the influxes so common in California’s high-growth 20th Century. So the state will likely lose seats in Congress after the next Census to states like Texas, Arizona and Nevada, where housing is both cheaper and more available. Mother Nature might eventually solve the drought crisis, but it’s hard to see what might solve the housing situation, fast becoming a frustrating catastrophe for many. Email Thomas Elias at

Seawall tour The front page article “Surfrider Foundation to host seawall tour” (The Coast News June 5, 2015) quotes a Surfrider news release, “Man-made seawalls diminish public coastal access, limiting residents and tourists from experiencing one of San Diego’s most fundamental draws ... the beach.” As a 33-year Leucadia resident who surfs, walks and runs these beaches I was nterested to go and take the tour “aimed at educating the public” about seawalls. The “walking tour” turned out to be a press conference where only reporters were allowed to ask questions. Only after they were done and packing up were others allowed to speak. I pointed out that if it weren’t for manmade seawalls and stairs at Grandview (which we had all just used to get to the beach), Stone Steps, D Street and Swami’s, the only public beach access from the bluffs in Encinitas would be at Beacon’s Viviana Sini, (and we will lose that if Oceanside the Coastal Commission

Downtown parking Regarding the decrease of free downtown public parking near Oceanside pier: In reducing free downtown beach parking I feel that the Oceanside City Council has very little concern for the senior citizens and the handicap. Now for access to the beach and pier for their needed exercise we have to pay for it! My husband and I are in our early 80s and have been enjoying the free parking behind Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort. We are not handicapped enough to obtain a handicap parking permit. Now if we want to get some exercise on the pier we have to park further away and walk that much further to the pier and beach. I feel the decrease of free downtown public parking will detour a lot of senior citizens from going to and enjoying the walks on the pier and beach. And all for the almighty dollar!

doesn’t approve the city’s plan to save it.) I then asked Surfrider’s Mark West if he would feel safer walking close to a seawall or an unprotected bluff. He refused to answer, saying it was a hypothetical question. It wasn’t hypothetical to the young woman who was killed a few years back when the bluff collapsed on her south of Stone Steps. Throughout human history and around the world man has built seawalls to protect himself from the sea. Would those who oppose seawalls on our bluffs also have the Netherlands get rid of their dikes ans let the North Sea flood their nation? Should we remove the levees from The Mississippi and let the cities and farms along its banks be flooded? “Letting nature take its course” isn’t always the best choice. Seawalls help protect the bluffs and beach users, and only keep a tiny amount of brown “sand” from ending up on the beach. Gerry Rahill, Leucadia

Community Commentary

Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars By Rachael Meyer

The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance premiums annually. Crop insurance guarantees income year after year, but does not require much at all in terms of good soil and water conservation. And nothing in the federal crop insurance program prevents or discourages the increased planting of marginal land or land that is unsuitable for row cropping in order to increase insured acres. And crop in-

surance policies will ultimately guarantee revenue on every acre, regardless of how large the operation grows. Congress took money out of programs that support conservation such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, all in the name of budget cuts. But, at the same time, they spent $58.7 billion (from 2003-2012) on crop insurance premium subsidies and administrative and loss reimbursements for insurance companies like Wells Fargo, which had $1.4 trillion in assets in 2013, and Ace, which had a $2.7 billion net income in 2012. It begs the question, why put money toward conserving

the soil and water we rely on for food when so much money goes into a crop insurance system that neither requires nor encourages efforts to protect and conserve our soil and water. America needs to reexamine the federal crop insurance subsidy program, and call for reforms that protect the soil and water we all depend upon. Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

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RSF Tennis Club collects praise and $107,000 for nonprofit And watching people at the club have a great time was the most memorable part. Van Den Berg said they had two-and-a-half months to prepare for an event which normally requires six months or more. Van Den Berg described Chris Finkelson as a godsend since she worked nonstop for two-and-a-half months putting it altogether. Dinner savories were prepared by Pamplemousse Grille and The Buckley

By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — On June 5, the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club hosted for the first time ever, the 29th Annual Skeets Dunn Pro-Am Invitational. The weekend event kicked off on Friday night with an impressive gala dinner which was preceded by an exhibition of 16 of the club’s best junior tennis players ranging from 5 to 20 years in age. During the competition, 40 top tennis professionals based in San Diego were paired up with 40 members of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. In the men’s division, pro winner was Xavier Smith and amateur winner was Tom Hackler. For the women, pro winner was Vilmarie Castellvi and Maria Nunez secured the amateur win. It’s estimated that 225 guests were in attendance. President of the RSF Tennis Club Dave Van Den Berg wanted to showcase the juniors before the gala. “I wanted to show everybody where all of their donations went which was towards all of our junior programs,” he said, noting how they have kids from all over San Diego and even internationally such as New Zealand, Europe, and South America. The USA Tennis Classic, a 501-C3 nonprofit, received $107,000 from this

Band provided the entertainment. While Van Den Berg thanked his title sponsors, he said how their members were also incredibly generous. “The whole event was a tremendous success and we are obviously looking forward to next year’s event,” he said, adding how those plans will start in the next few months. “I think we’ll be able to raise a lot more money for kids who probably have never seen a tennis court before.”

Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club’s Director of tennis and head pro Derek Miller, far left, speaks to guests of the 29th Annual Skeets Dunn Pro-Am Invitational. Photo courtesy Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club

event with the proceeds going to the club’s three different programs: toddler program, middle school program, and lead group program. While the toddler program is geared toward children up to 5 years of age, its middle school is for children up to 15. “We sponsor the Rancho Santa Fe R. Roger Rowe team which has about 60 to 70 kids in that program here at the school,” he said. “And they’re all coached by our pros here at

the club.” The program is four days per week. The lead group, on the other hand, has some of the best juniors in the United States. The proceeds benefit all the children. The monies are used to help fund the coaches and equipment. Additionally, these monies also support the nonprofit’s scholarship program for youth in the junior program. Both during and after the event, Van Den Berg

said that people told him that they “knocked it out of the park.” From the elegant evening gala to the day festivities, many were impressed. “It was one of the largest, if not the largest event that’s ever been held in Rancho Santa Fe,” he said. “And it was certainly the largest Pro-Am held in San Diego County.” Reflecting back, Van Den Berg admits it did exceed his personal expectations which were high to begin with.

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The laudings of youngsters is better than any Pulitzer small talk jean gillette


ou may be interested to know that I am the best librarian … in the world. I have it right here written in bright blue crayon, surrounded by butterflies and hearts, signed by second-grader Ally. And that’s not all. I am awesome, funny and, oh yes, fantastic! Heck yeah. Just ask young Emily or Tory. Who am I to question the untarnished and enthusiastic judgment of a second-grade thank-you note? I rather wish I could pin the notes to my chest and wear them everywhere I go. This lovely praise happens when, from time to time, our wonderful teachers will have their class practice their writing and

art skills with a note to me. Who needs Pulitzers or Nobel Prizes when you can be lauded by 30 cute kids? I know they were required to write them, but the youngsters’ overabundance of sweetness just jumps off the page. They are also hilarious, with jumbled spelling and “I’m trying so hard, but not quite there yet” grammar.

“Dear Mrs. Gillette, Thank you for giving me books, so my brain is best.” “To Ms. gillette. You as so funny!” “Mrs. Jeealeit. Books, books, books, books, books.” “Dear Mrs. Gillette: Thanks for being a great librarian. Sisiroly, Anna” “Mrs. Gillette: Awesome

books. You take such good care of the books.” “Miss gillette: thank you for being are libraian.” (the missing r was added later with an arrow). These are all accompanied by glorious, bright, one-of-a-kind artwork of library shelves, greenery, 3-D flowers, rainbows, unicorns and even one with tiny books on it that open. I wish I had room to frame and hang them all.

So, yes, I will enjoy summer break, but you can’t be surprised that I never have any trouble heading back to hang with the wide-eyed adorables in August. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who will always side with Miss Manners on the subject of hand-written thank-you notes. Contact her at jgillette@

Rancho Santa Fe author showcase invites rocket scientist By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild recently continued its “Local Authors Showcase” with retired scientist, Woodrow “Woody” Wilson. Now, a novelist, Wilson writes science fiction and medical fiction, affording readers a glimpse into the world of science, medicine, and technology. Susan Appleby of the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild did the introductions, calling Wilson a relapsed workaholic. “Woody is an actual rocket scientist whose work has been space and ground base, antiballistic missile systems included

tests in the laboratory and in space,” she said. She went on to say how Wilson has contributed to defense medical programs to protect the troops against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as well as against endemic diseases. “He has also contributed to the protection against nerve gas, anthrax, and malaria,” she said. Wilson, a Caltech Ph.D., has a new literary work entitled, “The Utah Flu.” It hooks readers into the story of a pandemic lethal disease. After a welcoming applause, Wilson told the crowd that his newest book

is a war story for everyone is at war and has been at war for all time. The war is against an enemy, he said, so small that it’s invisible to the naked eye. “We call these world wars epidemics, pandemics, plagues, and those battles are fought with tremendous losses of human life, and they have shaped human history since the beginning of time,” he said. Wilson first touched upon the Bible, recounting the story of a plague among the ruling Egyptians. He then moved onto the prolonged Peloponnesian War. “It dragged on and on until a plague broke out among their troops on both sides, and essentially they both lost that war.” Wilson then spoke of the Roman civilization that spread out and conquered impressive distances. However, the troops encountered diseases they had no immunity for. Retired rocket scientist, Woodrow “Woody” Wilson takes part in the “One plague ended up Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s, “Local Authors Showcase” for his killing 90 percent of the Robook, “The Utah Flu.” Photo by Christina Macone-Greene man Army,” he said, adding

how they could no longer protect the empire. Wilson briefly touched upon all the centuries that were affected by diseases and plagues. And it’s not just a European thing, he said. “The biggest killer of all time evolved at a U.S. Army Camp in Kansas where the bird flu morphed into a human flu, and about this time, the U.S. Army entered World War I bringing with it the flu,” he said. “And within one year, 100 million people had died of this. The armies on both sides took such tremendous casualties that finally the Germans had to surrender.” Wilson wanted everyone to know if 14th century technology can kill 75 million people in three years, and if World War I transportation technology can kill 100 million people in one year, what can 21st century transportation technology do? “This is why we have to be very vigilant,” he said. TURN TO AUTHOR ON 18

District board approves retroactive increase for staff By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — On June 15, the Rancho Santa Fe School District gave notice of a special afternoon meeting. Superintendent Lindy Delaney was present as were board president Todd Frank, Vice President Tyler

Selzter, and Clerk Marti Ritto. An agreement was made between the Rancho Santa Fe School District and the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association. Board members unanimously approved a 3 percent,

one-time “off-salary” schedule payment to be paid in a lump sum for the 2014-15 timeframe. According to the agreement, terms for this payment were to be, “paid as soon as reasonably possible on a regular pay day.” For 2015-16, board members agreed to a three percent “on-salary” schedule increase that would go into effect July 1. Those benefiting from the increase include classified employees, administrator-level employees, and director-level employees. Delaney said there were separate salary schedules for those positions. She told the board that many individuals working

in the District personally thanked her and the board for the negotiations. The impetus for this began during the public comment portion of a June 4 board meeting. Teachers asked the board to consider increasing their pay which mirrored nearby school districts. What followed were closed session meetings and an agreement was reached. Delaney said at some point they will want to address a brand new three year contract for the upcoming school years. “We won’t wait this long,” she said. “I’m hoping by February we start because this puts a lot of stress at the end of the year,” she said.

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permanently house 40 individuals/households in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside found mixed results; while targets for client assessments and assistance were exceeded, goals for placing clients into permanent housing fell short. Still, there are good prospects for future success; Anglea cites a “very strong partnership” with elected officials in North County, and pointed to the support from the cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside, which are allocating subsidized housing vouchers for their efforts. A regional, coordinated approach to homelessness in North County has precedent; in some respects, 25 Cities builds off the proven effectiveness of the North County winter homeless shelter system, established in 2007 by ARS, which we continue to use today. Anglea cited two challenges to making further gains: identifying more landlords who are willing to rent to the homeless, and a bigger need for funding for direct services. Monthly rents continue to increase countywide, with low vacancy rates persisting for North County (3.8 percent). While ARS received $50,000 in seed funding to launch the CAHP system, there is currently no federal funding available. Compared to the San Diego metro area, Anglea noted that North County’s need for more landlords is similar. Still, in North County there are fewer emergency shelter options, and fewer resources across a much larger area. While the homeless population is less visible here, they are more mobile, he added. For more information about the 25 Cities North County Initiative, including how you can volunteer, donate, or become a landlord participant, contact Greg Anglea at (760) 4896380 ext. 230.

hortly after I began an investigation last month into North County’s homeless epidemic, I came across a key program working to change the way we address the problem in our part of the county. At issue is the 25 Cities North County Initiative, a relatively new program. Launched in January 2015, the Initiative is managed by the Alliance for Regional Solutions (ARS), a coalition of more than 30 North County nonprofit community based organizations that all work in some aspect with the homeless population. Specifically, 25 Cities aims to end veteran and chronic homelessness by designing and implementing a coordinated entry system or “coordinated housing assessment and housing placement” (CAHP) system in North County. Interfaith Community Services, one of the ARS partner organizations, has taken the lead role in implementing the CAHP system in the City of San Diego, as well as here in North County. Greg Anglea, executive director of Interfaith Community Services, explained to me in an interview that CAHP works to break down the inefficiencies and silo mentality of service providers and agencies in our area by creating a coordinated network of charities, nonprofits, law enforcement and municipalities united towards a common goal of placing homeless individuals into homes. Said Anglea, “we’re all working together on this.” Resources are prioritized to client needs on a case-by-case basis versus a one-size-fits-all approach. Vince Vasquez is a policy anThrough 25 Cities, alyst at an economic think there are currently five tank based in Torrey Pines. homeless intake sites in He is a Carlsbad resident. North County, with walkin services available weekdays in Oceanside and Escondido. The Initiative also works proactively to identify and house homeless individuals on the streets. @TheRSFNews An evaluation this spring of a 100-day goal to

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EQUESTRIAN WINS Earning scores in the 90s from both judging panels in both rounds, derby veteran John French rode Hiller Farms’ 6-year-old Center Court to place first in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby June 13 in San Juan Capistrano. Rancho Santa Fe rider Tara Metzner on High Five placed sixth in the competition. Photo courtesy McCool Photography


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uscany is an Ital- Carlsbad’s La Costa neighian Restaurant borhood, at a busy shopping in a sweet spot in center at El Camino Real and Alga Road. Since its beginnings in the early ‘90s, it’s always had fine food, and a busy bar with an occasional piano player. A change of ownership was made recently when a Los Angeles musician with a dream of showcasing award-winning entertainment, with fine wine and food, took the musical wraps off Tuscany. Danny DiCarlo, a musician himself, has been putting the final touches on a musical program at Tuscany that’s been long overdue in North San Diego County. It starts at the piano bar where nightly, your favorite easy listening live music is heard seven nights week. The lounge area has been enlarged with lots of room for small bites and your favorite glass of wine. But if you’re like a lot

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Vegetarian Indian food and spices fill RSF library’s kitchen By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Chef Madhu Velji took part in June’s Kitchen Hack series hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild. The theme for the after-

Chef Madhu Velji fills the Rancho Santa Fe Library’s kitchen with aromas of vegetarian Indian cooking during the Kitchen Hack series event on June 18. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

noon was, “Vegetarian Indian Cooking and Spices.” Indian food, with its medley of spices, ingredients, and intoxicating fragrances, lingered at the RSF Library on June 18. Madhu took participants on a step-by-step process and tastings of her entrees, which included spinach with garbanzo beans, potato dish with five spices, curry roasted tomato soup with black eyed peas, cumin and cilantro rice, and corn salad. The usage of Indian spices continues to be a revelation regarding wellness and for the palate. Madhu educated guests on these Indian spice mainstays, their health benefits, and how they can also be used in non-Indian entrees.


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talking about wanting to get some refreshing frozen treats for the family. We were discussing how we wished there was an option closer to the beach like we have in the U.K. or in Europe and wanting to be able to buy something that we would feel good about giving our kids. Something made from all natural ingredients, something wholesome. I love to cook and we regularly make our own ice cream and sorbet at home — it just came to us there and then that “we� should do it. Our friends, and now business partners Stine Bergholtz and James Gilmore have a similar passion for food and we got together with them to create Leucadia Liscious.


f you have been in coastal Encinitas or Carlsbad or at several of our local farmers markets, there is a good chance you have seen the very cool Leucadia Liscious e-bikes around. Next time flag them as down they offer some very tasty sorbet and now gelato and it makes for a delicious summer treat. I caught up with co-founder Serena Milne recently to learn more.

You are originally from the U.K., what brought you to the U.S. and Leucadia? We came here just over four years ago due to my husband’s job requirements. We wanted to live in one of the beach communities and were lucky enough to find a house and settle in Leucadia. We love the sense of community and the creative, independent and local vibe of Leucadia. It is inspiring.

Cooking for a cause RANCHO SANTA FE — Would you like to be part of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club’s third annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe set for Oct. 11 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe? Event tickets are $75 per person at tastetofrsf. org. If you have any questions or suggestions, contact RSF Rotary is also offering corporate sponsorships and underwriting packages for this Rancho Santa Fe event. For more information, contact Beverly Robinson at Guests will have an opportunity to stroll through the historic and iconic grounds of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, while sampling gourmet bites from the kitchens of more than 20 area restaurants. There will also be complimentary signature wines from Napa and local wineries and breweries. The evening will include a live auction and silent auction that will feature all the essential in-

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Serena Milne from Leucadia Liscious at the Leucadia Farmers Market. Photo by David Boylan

Did you have favorite sweets growing up there, was sorbet a part of that mix? At the seaside we would always have ice creams — rain or shine! There would be a local ice cream truck or bike by the beach and it was very much part of the summer in the U.K. or on summer vacations in Europe.

gredients of the good life; vacations, restaurant certificates, fine jewelry, sport and show tickets and more. Guests can spice up the night by buying raffle tickets for an extra chance to win one of the grand prizes. All of the proceeds will go to eight local nonprofit organizations including children’s facilities, and the military, providing important resources for a variety of programs, equipment and technology needs. The culinary event is supported by the continued donations of Grand Vin title sponsor Valenti International. Other sponsors are the Masters of Wine: Banc of California, the Reserve: UBS Excel Wealth Management and Gallagher Levine Insurance and the Sommeliers: Rita Kosztolnik and Kordus & Associates, Inc and the gourmet and vintage sponsors. The 39 members of the RSF Rotary Foundation Taste of Rancho Santa Fe 2015 team invite the community to join in.

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However my eldest son has a number of food allergies so there were never a lot of options for him. How did Leucadia Liscious happen? Well, we were at our local beach, Beacons, on a regular family outing with some friends. It was a hot summer’s day and we were

ment and high quality fresh ingredients it is actually quite simple. The secret ingredient is really the outstanding organic fruit from local farms including Stehly Farms and Sweet Tree Farms. We are incredibly lucky to live in an area where we can source locally. Our product is handmade in small batches and we hand press all of our fruit. Stine, who was previously a microbiologist, is meticulous about the recipes and we have to measure the natural sugar content of the fruit to work out the appropriate additional ingredients for the required freezing point. There is definitely some science as well as creative flare behind making the sorbet!

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Book details 40-year history of Tracker By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — History, action sport and local legends all come together in the soon-to-be-released coffee table book “TRACKER – Forty Years of Skateboard History,” available this summer. The book is for those who lived through the history of skateboarding and younger skaters with an interest in the sport’s timeline of innovations and legends. It captures the 40-year history of the trucks that

Skateboard company Tracker is releasing a coffee table book documenting the company’s 40-year history in the industry. Courtesy photo

changed the sport with text, interviews and more than 1,000 photos. More than 40 skateboarding legends from the past four decades were interviewed, and more were photographed showing off iconic skateboarding tricks.

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Included in the book are former Tracker team skaters Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Steve Caballero, Bucky Lasek, Stacy Peralta and Chris Yandall. The 388-page book is laid out in a sequential timeline, beginning with the sport’s early link to roller skates and scooters. This bit of history is important, because skateboards used to be made with roller skate wheels and trucks. “Roller skate trucks, an inch and three-quarters wide, were stuck on skateboards,” Larry Balma, Tracker Trucks founder, said. “Tracker Trucks were designed by skateboarders for skateboarders.” It was not until Balma, a

mechanic and welder, along with co-founders Dave Dominy and Gary Dodds, built stronger, high-performance trucks that the sport of skateboarding took off. Wider trucks built with aircraft-grade aluminum, steel axels and precision ball bearings were able to maneuver for tricks, and withstand the impact of a land. The book chronicles efforts to make the trucks work. “It was a learning curve,” Balma said. “We rode ditches and pipes, guessed what would work, and said, ‘Let’s try this.’ ” Balma said the stronger, wider trucks paired with new polyurethane wheels, which provided cushion and grip, were a game changer for the sport. Aerial skateboarding tricks followed, and pushed the sport ahead of innovations in surfing. Balma said the first major notoriety for the trucks’ performance came when Alan Gelfand won the South Florida Skateboard Championships on Tracker Trucks in 1976. Gelfand invented the ollie, a trick in which you pop up and your feet stay connected to the board. Balma said the ollie is the basic move for the majority of skateboarding tricks that followed. Since Gelfand’s win, TURN TO TRACKER ON 18

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sports talk jay paris A.J. Preller is new to Encinitas, so welcome to our endless summer. Preller is somewhat new to the Padres and he’s not interested in an endless bummer. It’s been a tsunami of activity for Preller, and yep, we miss manager Bud Black, too. Preller canned Rancho Santa Fe’s Black, upset that the Padres were playing, well, like the Padres. An organization that produced four straight losing seasons was again residing on the wrong side of the ledger. So Preller, in his first full year as general manager, pulled the plug on Black last week after a heartbreaking loss to the Dodgers. So last Monday night Cardiff’s Dave Roberts was CROP the manager. Of .93 course if it’s Tuesday it must .93 be Pat Murphy and are you as confused as 4.17 this scribbler? 4.28 not, but the Probably ol’ saying about seeing something new at the ballpark every day couldn’t ring more true.

But three managers in three days? The Padres lost all three games so maybe this carousel of coaches idea won’t stick. It appears Murphy will — at least through the end of a season, which started with so much promise but morphed into the bizarre. “We want take ourselves to another level,’’ said Murphy, after making his Major League debut. “My role — it’s a collective effort — is I will try to do whatever I can to try and make a difference. I’m confident in what I saw in just the first glimpse that it will be a struggle. But I’m confident that we can move the needle.’’ If not, Preller has shown he’s not averse to moving on. If Murphy doesn’t shine in the next three months, Preller could be on his fourth manager before the curtain rises for 2016. But before getting there, let’s figure out what we got here. Murphy, 56, earned his stripes at the college level, before landing in the Padres’ organization. After stints at Notre Dame and Arizona State, he became a Padre and was the Triple-A manager the past three years. He’s never coached or managed in the majors and that obviously doesn’t bother Preller. Or Murphy. “I think it’s about people,’’ he said. “I don’t think it matters what level you’re talking about, it’s about people and being genuine. “Any time you take over you have to rely on your staff, for sure, and your players. They’re proTURN TO PRELLER ON 18

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Artists group is about to embark on another odyssey ENCINITAS — The building on Encinitas Boulevard that once used to be a bank — the vault is open but empty — and at another time a RE/MAX office is now serving as a temporary studio for artists. For the past few months, almost a dozen local artists have been sharing ideas with each other and taking advantage of having a space of their own to work. The whole of the idea was borne out of a frustration that Chris Fessenden, founder of The Artist Odyssey, a group of art lovers that share stories about artists and supports school arts programs, felt due to the lack of space available. But come August, Fessenden and the other artists will all have to vacate the site — the building is slated for demolition and, pending an application approval from the city, will become a new grocery store and consolidated parking lot. Fessenden anticipates their final day in the building being Aug. 5, and they’re hoping to host an open house-style event before that for the public to attend and see the works created and the artists that created them. “My vision for a long time has been to have art-

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Chris Fessenden, founder of The Artist Odyssey stands out front of the old RE/MAX building in Encinitas. The abandoned building has been used as an open space artist studio for the past few months, but is slated to be demolished in August. Photo by Tony Cagala

ists in residence,” Fessenden said of the goal of The Artist Odyssey. He grew up around the arts and has friends that have built careers in the arts. “To have a front row seat, to observe them going from their first exposure to the arts to them becoming really accomplished artists and all the struggle, and the failure and the perseverance required to get to where they are now, I felt really fortunate, privileged to be able to watch that,” he

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Coast Repertory Theatre’s production of “Betrayal” will run through June 28 at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D, Solana Beach Times and tickets at or call (858) 481-1055

JUNE 26 FUN ON 101 Local musicians take the stage for “Summer Fun on the 101: Leucadia’s Music Festival” at 4 p.m. June 26 and beginning at 11:30 a.m. June 27. For more information, call (760) 436-2320, visit Leucadia 101Main Street at 386 North Highway 101, or log on to ‘BETRAYAL’ North

JUNE 27 ANNIVERSARY PARTY Join Art N Soul for its eighth anniversary party with food, live music by Drums of Fire and beer tasting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 27 at 633 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. NEW EXHIBIT Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office hosts a new exhibit “Drawn: West Coast Drawing” through Aug. 16 and opening reception from 5 to

7 p.m. June 27, at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in the Carlsbad City Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Galley hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

JUNE 28 MUSICAL FOR AMERICA A free patriotic musical, “A Prayer for America” will be held at 10:15 a.m. June 28 at Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 7292331 or A BIT OF BAJA The Baja Bugs will perform an outdoor concert from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Village Faire, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. JUNE 29 SUMMER


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Summer Art Camp is being offered for ages 4 to 14+, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 21, at 2128 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, working with clay, bookmaking, jewelry, printmaking, gourds and more. Cost is $275 to $400 per week. To register, call (760) 479-0076.

JUNE 30 LIBRARY SUMMER Summer weekly programs at the Rancho Santa Fe library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, include preschool story time every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., Love on a Leash every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., Teen Kitchen Hacks -Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Book Babies story time Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., KidsCraft Thursdays at 2 p.m., Toddler story time Fridays at 10:30 a.m., FriART day Fun - Fridays at 2 p.m. and Cursive Class Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. unless preempted by a special event. JULY 1 Peter Sprague and Leonard Patton will be the free First Wednesday program at 7 p.m. July 1, at Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff sponsored by The Friends of the Library. JULY 2 INTREPID ON STAGE Intrepid Theatre presents “The Quality of Life” with show times 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays from July 2 through Aug. 2 at The Historical Carlsbad Village Theatre, 2822 State St., Carlsbad. For tickets, call (760) 2957541 or email the Box Office at JULY 3 FOUR VOICES STRONG “The Four Girls Phenomenon” starring RanTURN TO ARTS ON 18

Jerry Van Leeuwen, executive director of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido announces the 2015-16 line up to members during a preview party on June 11. Photo by Tony Cagala

Center for the Arts taking a hipper line By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The upcoming 2015-16 season at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido might look and even sound a little hipper than its traditional programming of years past. The San Diego Symphony makes its return to the Center in the new season, but this time with a twist — performing with Ben Folds. Also, Swedish indie folk singer José González will be performing with yMusic, a six-member instrumental ensemble. It’s part of the Center’s approach to try and attract a younger audience, explained Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen. The Center, which operates on 26-show season business model, is working under the guidelines of creating a mix of programming, Van Leeuwen explained, so that there would be at least one thing that everyone would say

they’d want to see. Van Leeuwen has left that to booking agent Bruce Labadie, now in his second year of solidifying the Center’s programming. It’s about putting out a lot of offers and seeing what happens, Labadie said of getting the season’s line up together. Labadie, a Santa Cruz resident is also the artistic and festival director of the San Jose Jazz Fest. “I think landing Ben Folds is good,” Labadie said. “If we can draw an audience to symphonic music and also draw a younger audience to see Ben Folds, it’s a reason for success.” Labadie found that country does well at the Center, and so they were able to bring in Vince Gill with his side project The Time Jumpers. Van Leeuwen said he was surprised that they were able to get the TEN TURN TO ART CENTER ON 18

“The United Nations of Music Comes to Encinitas.” Jim Chute, San Diego Union-Tribune

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Summer F un & L earning Cooking Classes, Brunch & More at The Curious Fork The Curious Fork has become a haven for health-conscious and food-curious eaters in Solana Beach. This summer, you’re invited to stop by for a special pop-up anniversary dinner, sharpen your culinary know-how, or enjoy a delicious new brunch. To celebrate an amazing first year, The Curious Fork is preparing an intimate, family-style pop-up anniversary dinner on June 26. Priced at $40 per person, guests will enjoy a four-

course meal that harkens to The Curious Fork’s ethos of providing fresh, sustainable and gluten-free fare. Tickets will be available on The Curious Fork’s website. For those looking to explore their culinary curiosity, The Curious Fork’s summer evening class schedule includes the popular Farmers Market Basket classes (every Thursday), Knife Skills Class (July 11) and a Croatian Cooking class (July 12). In addition to the interactive class offerings available throughout the

summer, The Curious Fork is excited to announce their new Sunday Brunch! Beginning July 19 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the cafe will be serving their signature farm-fresh dishes including Eggs Benedict, Bread Pudding French Toast, and Carnitas Hash. The Curious Fork is open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday, and is located at 512 Via de la Valle; private events and catering are available. To sign up for classes, call (858) 876-6386 or visit www.

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Learn about animals at the Woodward Center RANCHO SANTA FE — With the school year reaching its end and the sun shining, youngsters are looking for warm-weather summertime adventures. Helen Woodward Animal Center is offering an assortment of animal-focused activities from petting a giant Flemish rabbit, to giving a sheep a bath, to leading an alpaca through an obstacle course, to exploring veterinarian care. Summer Critter Camp is for ages preschool through eighth grade with a week of hands-on animal interactions, animal-themed games, songs

and crafts. Camps can be taken for a week or for a single day and run through Aug. 21. The Critter Camp Leaders in Training program is offered in five weekly sessions, June 29 through July 31. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Critter Camp Leaders in Training program is for seventh- and eighth-graders, toward the day they become a Camp instructor, work in the adoptions department or become a vet. Their days will include learning how to animal handle like a Critter Camp Instructor, how to take the

pulse of a horse, helping socialize Education Animals, exploring different a n ima l-focused- ca reers by meeting the experts in these fields and helping plan and lead Critter Camp activities. For those animal-lovers who can’t get enough of giving back to our fuzzy friends, Helen Woodward Animal Center has the Animal Lovers Club. It provides suggestions for summertime activities to help orphan pets (like lemonade stands, bake sales, cat toy craft making, dog washes and pet food and newspaper recycling drives) and

rewards its members for participating. Club members can include local high schools teens, working closely with Center’s outreach activities and creating their own fundraising events For more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Laura Goodman at (858) 756-4117, ext. 339 or laurag@animalcenter. org. For more information about the education programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center, log onto, call (858) 756-4117, ext. 361 or stop by 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Rancho Santa Fe library plans summer full of fun RANCHO SANTA FE — There has been a change to the summer schedule at the Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library. The library will host Mad Science in place of the Jr. Crew Percussion at 2 p.m. July 14. Programs for the rest of the summer will include:

• June 19 at 10:30 a.m., Superconductor: An Adventure Through Music with the Swazzle puppets. • June 23 at 10:30 a.m., musical story time with Craig Newton. • July 1 at 2 p.m., Arty Loon - comedy, magic, illusions, juggling, balloon sculptures, puppetry, and audience participation for the entire family.

• July 9 at 2 p.m., a program on endangered parrots with the Parrot Education and Adoption Center of San Diego. • July 14 at 2 p.m., Mad Science with the “Science of Rhythm.” Learn how sound moves through solids, liquids and gases and more mad science fun. • July 22 at 2 p.m., a “Frozen” story time with

princess Anna. • July 30 at 2 p.m., “Dance Around the World” where audience members will sing, clap and dance to rhythms. • Aug. 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Ice Cream Social at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita, for the final event of the 2015 summer reading program.

William Shatner to appear at San Diego gallery REGION — William Shatner, remembered for his iconic role as Capt. James T. Kirk in the television series “Star Trek,” will be the special guest of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego July 11 from 8 to 10 p.m. The gallery will be premiering artwork from Shatner’s latest creative endeavor, the Cinematic Graphic Novel™ interpretation of his science fiction novel “Man O’ War.” The

gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, across from the Hard Rock Hotel and a half-block from the San Diego Convention Center. “I’m doing something so new and so exciting, said Shatner. “We’re doing illustrated novels in an absolutely new way, something that has essentially never been done before.” The Cinematic Graphic Novel format delivers a groundbreaking form of digital comics that

combines moving panels, a new stylistic dimension in animation, in-story sound effects and a music soundtrack to usher in an enhanced reading experience. The official adaptation of William Shatner’s “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel is a 16-chapter taut, action-filled drama of a controversial ambassador sent to negotiate peace between workers at a Martian mining colony

and the corporation that owns their lives. Collectors who acquire artwork from William Shatner’s “Man O’ War” cinematic graphic novel from the Chuck Jones Gallery will be given priority access to meet Mr. Shatner on Saturday evening. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the gallery for full details (888) 2949880 or write SanDiego@

Filmmaker speaks at screening for provocative vaccine movie ENCINITAS — Writer, director and producer Eric Gladen will be speaking in a panel discussion following a screening of “Trace Amounts,” his recently released documentary film. The movie is open to the public and will be shown at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas June 27 at 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. Gladen was inspired to create his movie after he sustained a severe laceration in which he had to go to the ER where he was treated with a tetanus shot. The movie outlines his life from that episode on, his journey to recovery, as well as the

science, evidence and historically significant actions pertaining to pharmaceutical products. “Trace Amounts” features: Gladen, Shiloh Levine, co-director, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Orange County-based Dr. Bob Sears, and Los Angeles-based Dr. Jay Gordon.

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Look into her eyes and fall in love with Karma, the Pet of the Week available at Helen Woodward Animal Center. This 6-year-old Australian shepherd blend has a stunning brindle coat and loves to have scratched and petted. She’s a low-key kind of girl who enjoys lying in the sun with her people and soaking up the beauty in life. Karma has been altered and is up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. Her adoption fee is $284, and, as with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, she is micro-chipped for identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El

Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, open daily Monday through Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last application accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 7564117, option No. 1 or visit

Firework shows aplenty for July 4 REGION — San Diego will be bursting with fireworks displays in every corner of North County and beyond for Independence Day. Your choice of displays will include: • An Oceanside fireworks show at 9 p.m. July 3 at the El Corazon Site at Rancho Del Oro Road 
Bring a beach chair and the whole family. • San Marcos, all-day July 4 celebration
at Bradley Park, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos,
 with carnival games, jumpers, food with fireworks at 9 p.m. • Vista Independence Day Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m.
July 4 at Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, with live music, an honorary ceremony, family fun and fireworks at 9 p.m. • The Omni La Costa Resort, 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, will have fireworks at 9 p.m.

July 4 • Legoland California at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
 will begin its fireworks at 8:30 p.m. July 4,
set to patriotic music. • The Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,
begins its July 4 fireworks show at 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. concert by the Navy Band Southwest. • An Independence Day Festival begins at 4 p.m.
at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido with fireworks at 9 p.m.
 • July 4 fireworks at 9 p.m. at La Jolla Cove, Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1180 Coast Blvd., La Jolla
 • The Big Bay Boom July 4 fireworks show
will be along San Diego Bay
at 9 p.m., launched from four barges placed around North San Diego Bay. • The Sea to Shining Sea July 4 fireworks at SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, start at 10:30 p.m.


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Longtime furniture business bids ‘Aloha’ to North County SAN MARCOS — It’s the end of an era, and for Jeff and Cindy McGee it’s bittersweet. Their business Aspire Furniture, a staple of North County for more than 20 years, is closing its doors next month. The sweet part for the McGees is that they have finally decided to move their lives entirely to Kauai. This means they have family, friends and a Kauai-based Aspire Furniture location all in one section of paradise. The bitter part is saying goodbye to a place that they have loved and been a part of since the late 1980s. Aspire Furniture initially began as a furniture manufacturer, but since the 1990s they have been serving San Diego as a retailer and have provided quality products and service throughout the years. So why the move to Kauai? “In 2010 Cindy and I moved to Kauai to open up our current retail store and reunite with family,” Jeff said. The couple had done a lot of traveling through the Hawaiian islands and fell completely in love with the area. Their children and grandchildren are also there. “It was the height of the recession, and we decided to make this move and it has been a very positive one. The Hawaiian market has come back a little faster than most areas.” But Jeff doesn’t want his customers to get the wrong idea. The move was not about surviving, it was simply about … well, simplifying. “We are closing down the San Marcos store to simplify our lives,” Jeff said. “It was a person-

After more than 20 years in North County, Jeff and Cindy McGee with their son Tyler are closing the Aspire Furniture store next month.

al decision. It was the right time to leave. Our lease was expiring, and we had the opportunity to focus all of our energy on our Hawaiian store.” But the decision was not one the McGees made lightly. “It was such an emotional decision for us to close down,” he said. “We have incredible clients and I will truly miss our dear friend and showroom manager Shannon Mercado.” Jeff takes comfort in knowing that Shannon, too, will be moving on to an exciting new chapter with her new consulting business Lilly Mack Designs. She will continue to work

with local clients as she has for the past 10 years in addition to new clients. Aspire has undergone a major change in the last few months as they switched from a Tuscan/ Mediterranean look to a Coastal one. The McGees found it hard to walk away from the San Marcos store just as their new line was starting to take off, but there is a silver lining for North County residents. Aspire is currently offering all of its Tuscan inventory at deep discounts. But Jeff is quick to point out that this is not a typical “going-out-of-business” sale.

While the sale will take place in phases (details at end of this article), Jeff doesn’t want customers to wait until the end to get the best deals. “You don’t want to wait until the last week,” Jeff said. “I encourage you to come in quickly since we have limited stock available in each category. If you’ve been on the fence about buying some incredible Tuscan and Coastal pieces, this is the time to do it,” he added. “It’s a very exciting time in our lives,” Jeff said. “We’ve put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears into our San Marcos location over the

last 20-plus years. Now it’s time to focus on enjoying our family and making our lives easier. We are exactly where we’re supposed to be.” The McGees will miss plenty about San Marcos, but they are proud of the work they have done and the relationships they have established over the years. “We have so many friends, family and wonderful clients,” Jeff said. “I will miss interacting with all of these wonderful people.” Aspire’s closing sale will take place in three phases, but Tuscan samples will immediately be priced at 40 to 70 percent off. The first phase will take place through June 25, and will feature 20 percent off all samples in their Coastal collection. The second phase will run June 26 to July 2 and will have a 30 percent discount on all samples in the Coastal collection. The final sale will run July 3 to July 12, where 40 percent will be taken off any remaining Coastal sample pieces. On July 13, all the remaining inventory will be shipped to Kauai. “All of our special orders in house will be filled prior to us closing,” Jeff said. “We won’t be taking any new orders unless they can ship prior to our July 16 closing.” Aspire Furniture is located at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd. #103 in San Marcos. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 25. Beginning June 26 they will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (760) 744-2662.

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he great thing about Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa is that you can do everything or nothing. During our five-day stay at the resort, which has a ringside seat on Baja’s east coast, we did a combination of both. Had I had more time, I would’ve done a bit more of the latter, but it’s difficult to resist taking advantage of all the activities. Morning is a perfect time for yoga, and the beach is the perfect place. During our stay, I joined a group led by Mayo Clinic-certified yoga instructor and therapy specialist Michelle Collins of Portland. She tailored each pose for every level (I’m somewhere below beginner) and even when I couldn’t meet the challenge, it was nice to recline on the sand and let my mind drift out somewhere over the indigo Sea of Cortez. For those who want to actually get into the water, there is kayaking, paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, which we enjoyed one afternoon near one of the five Islands of Loreto. The 900 species with which we swam are the reason Jacques Cousteau called this coastal wonderland the “aquarium of

Yoga instructor Michelle Collins and her husband, Glen Collins, a former Navy SEAL, lead a yoga class on the beach. They reside in Portland and come to Villa del Palmar several times a year during Wellness Week Retreats to conduct yoga classes. All of the 181 rooms and suites at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa in Baja have ocean views and kitchens. The Sierra de la Giganta mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop, and in the other direction, the hotel has a ringside seat on the Sea of Cortez. Jacques Cousteau, who spent time in the area, called it the “aquarium of the world” because of the 900 species of fish that inhabit the waters. Photos by Jerry


the world.” He helped designate this area a marine preserve, and swimming in it was a thrill and the best snorkeling I’ve ever experienced. If you’re a foodie or have special dietary needs, you’ll find Villa del Palmar to be the Promise Land. Three restaurants on the property serve mostly local and always-fresh-and-flavorful cuisine that includes native dishes; homemade tortillas made daily (no resemblance to those we buy on this side of the border); an array of ethnic foods (Italian night

and Caribbean fare on the beach were hits); and fish cooked to perfection. The area has two delectable specialties — chocolate clams (so named because of their color) and the mild, white parrot fish. Executive Chef Alfonso Peregrina and his staff are happy to modify entrées to accommodate any dietary needs. They also provide a generous choice of gluten-free pastries, pastas and pizza every day. I devoured the gluten-free croissants that tasted very close to the real thing.

If you’re feeling a bit decadent, the Sabila Spa is there with massages, facials, body scrubs, steam room, sauna, fresh aloe vera tubs, hot and cold Jacuzzis, a gym and daily fitness classes. The spa’s 39,000 square feet means you’ll most often feel as though you are the only one there. There also are tennis courts and a 7,400-yard Rees Jones golf course that will be ready for play by Nov. 1. I’m not a drinker, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to learn the real facts about tequila. Food and Beverage Director Oscar Torres, whose family has been making tequila for years, holds a one-hour class that includes tasting. He explains what

makes the native drink good what makes it bad (even with my untrained palate, I could tell the difference in the quality); that the most expensive bottle of tequila is not necessarily the best bottle (“We clean the floors with Cuervo Gold,” he said); and how to properly taste and evaluate it. No, don’t do shots — at least not with the good stuff — and sip it slowly over an entire evening to avoid a hangover. For more information on Villa del Palmar, special packages and off-season rates, visit or call (800) 790-4187. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at

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SURF DOGS Life-vested dogs hit the waves at the Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog lessons at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The classes prep the pups for the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon set for Sept. 13. All classes cost $45 and include the required canine life vests and surf or paddleboards. Lessons are 8:30 a.m. (standup paddleboard only), 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon July 19 and July 25 and Aug. 9, Aug. 22 and Aug. 23. All proceeds from the classes and the annual competition go towards the animals and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.


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fessionals, they know how to act. This is something I think everybody will jump on board and try to keep things going in the right direction.’’ Although the Padres’ compass is hardly pointed toward greatness. Instead the Padres are closer to National League West cellar than they are to first place and you sure Murphy is the right guy, A.J.? “I don’t think it’s necessary for us to win ‘X’ amount of games or anything like that,’’ Preller said. “We just have to find a way to play better baseball and try to get the most out of everybody on this club, for us to find



hundreds of professional skaters have been team riders for Tracker. A side-by-side photo of top trucks manufactured in the 1980s illustrates that they are replicas to the original 4.25-inch wide Tracker Trucks built in the 1970s. Tracker trucks received the Icon Award from the Skateboarding Hall of Fame this May.



was the transition period when there was a vacancy in the Association manager position. The same individual held that title for two decades. According to Putnam, Bill Overton was brought onboard following a thorough search. Putnam wants people to


was a better choice since it would not remove any core educational subjects. The estimated cost for the language program has



“This is why we have the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control on the ball watching for these things.” In his opinion, these or-


Tenors, an Australian classical-crossover group. “The good surprise for me was that Bruce achieved that breadth of different artists,” Van Leeuwen said. While there might be competition in booking tal-



dy Graff, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern and Faith Prince, take the stage July 3 at the Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. Get tickets by calling VisTix at (760) 724-2110 and online at For more information, visit

T he R ancho S anta F e News out what this is team is all about.’’ We respect Preller, but the Padres’ blemishes are no mystery. Not sure how Murphy will fix issues at shortstop and second base, how he makes Wil Myers’ wrist feel better and Brandon Morrow’s shoulder to stop from revolting. He must also coax Matt Kemp into being Matt Kemp, and with Kemp slugging his first Petco Park home run this season on the first day of Murphy’s watch, that’s encouraging. Murphy is good at that, giving out “atta-boys” with vengeance. But there’s also bark in his arsenal, so like with any new critter, put your hand to his gums to see

if he bites. “We were looking for a guy who’s able to connect with young guys, somebody who’s not afraid to challenge somebody…that can hopefully get some veteran players to play as they’ve played in the past,’’ Preller said. Can Murphy lay down the law to do just that? The summer will reveal if Preller’s bold move transforms into the equivalent of a smooth ride on a forgiving wave. Of if waving bye to Black was a premature change in a season just finding its sea legs.

Fittingly the award is the final chapter in the book that has been two years in the making. Balma said writing the book was very much like writing his life’s story. He has spent the last 40 years designing, testing and improving trucks and sponsoring 450 team skateboarders. Balma said conducting days of in-depth interviews jogged memories he had forgotten. He added it was great

to hear about times gone by from the point of view of then aspiring skaters, who are now legends. In addition to the book release, a limited, signed collectors edition is available. Complete interview transcripts will also be posted online. Balma said an exact release date has not yet been set, but printing presses are rolling and preorders are being taken. For more information go to

know that she truly believes Overton will do a great job for the community. She said he has the right background and experience to be a tremendous asset to the current board as well as future ones. “The biggest challenge for any board is working with finite resources,” she said. “Over the next few years, the community will make critical decisions regarding a pool and fitness

center, broadband, and water conservation projects.” As far as Putnam is concerned, members will need to stay engaged because the Board will be making sound financial decisions on behalf of its community. “I encourage members to volunteer for one of our many committees. It is a great way to learn about our amazing community and to meet people,” Putnam said.

been tallied at $154,000. Delaney said the district had Spanish for its students in elementary school years ago. Although it wasn’t successful back then, due to the recent interest and parent survey, it

has returned. She also believes the new program will remedy the carry-over and mastery issues they had in the past. “We will re-evaluate this program throughout the year,” Delaney said.

ganizations did a good job with ebola epidemic. According to Wilson, they managed to contain the outbreak to 6,000 causalities and it could have potentially been in the millions. Circling back, Wil-

son talked about his book, “The Utah Flu,” and read excerpts. Based on medical science fiction, it’s a fight to find the source and cure for a lethal disease eruption. Afterward, Wilson was on hand to answer questions followed by a book signing.

ent against the Belly Up in Solana Beach, Humphrey’s in San Diego, to some extent and the Poway Performing Arts Center, Van Leeuwen likened it to the craft brewery industry. “We don’t compete,” he said. “The more you go, the more you enjoy it, and I hope that that’s the case for


The entry deadline for the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League’s open juried fine art show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25 and July 26. Prospectus/forms and judge information at Artists may submit up to three works for a chance to win cash awards. The COAL Gallery is at 300 Carlsbad Village Dr., Suite 101, Carlsbad.

MARK THE CALENDAR TWILIGHT CONCERTS Del Mar Foundation’s Summer Twilight Concerts continue with Hotel California, “A Salute to the Eagles.” at 7 p.m. July 7 in Powerhouse Park, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, Bring a picnic. COAL ART SHOW

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Van Leeuwen did tease that there are three or four artists, “big names,” he said, that will perform at the Center, though because of contractual constraints, they can’t announce them yet. The first of those announcements will come in August, he added.


on the Batiquitos Lagoon will be replaced. Kossup said construction on the railroad tracks will start next fall. Council also received an update on the Route 78 interchange. First, Caltrans needs an Enivronmental Impact Review, which can take up to five years. “A project of this complexity is going to take four to five years for the final environmental document for a preferred alternative,” Kossup said. Kossup said there are a few major problems along


ice cream or gelato? When you taste Leucadia Liscious, you absolutely can’t tell the difference from a high quality ice cream or gelato. It is equally creamy, smooth, flavorful and deliciously tasty. Our sorbet is also refreshing and you get all the benefits of eating organic fruit as the main ingredient. Traditionally, ice cream and gelato are dairy based desserts, however sorbet is a fruit and water based dessert. Our sorbet and gelato is dairy free (it is also egg, nut and gluten free). We do in fact make a gelato, our Choc & Roll, which we have just introduced. It is a coconut-based gelato and is rich, creamy and delicious. You have quite a variety of delicious flavors, how do you select which ones to go with? There are some flavors, which we know people love, these are our all season flavors such as Lemon and Chocolate and Strawberry, which has a very long season. After that we really work with


of friends of mine, there are plenty of reasons to make Tuscany a place to stay longer and make a night of it. The occasional showroom events are becoming a key reason for Tuscany’s success. On a given date, you might see award-winning comedy, opera, a full-house jazz band or a favorite singer. “This is a California inspired Italian restaurant,” DiCarlo said, when asked about how he would describe Tuscany. “With our piano lounge, live entertainment showroom and Sunday morning jazz, we have a wide selection of food, wine, cocktails and entertainment, in a casual, sophisticated setting.” Getting back to the new way to enjoy jazz with brunch and beverages, Tuscany’s Live Jazz Brunch, served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is shaping up to be a Sunday go-to meeting place. The smooth jazz is intimate with diners and has an uptown sound. The

JUNE 26, 2015 Route 78, one being the signal near Vista Way where the westbound freeway ends. “That’s sort of an unconventional ending to a freeway,” Kossup said. At a public meeting in February, many residents along Vista Way expressed their concerns that the ending was unsafe. In December, a young woman was killed after getting rear-ended by a driver who didn’t heed the stopping signs or signal at the end of Route 78. Another problem spot on Route 78 is in Escondido where it ends east of Interstate 15. Kossup said it’s still ear-

ly in the process on Route 78 so construction won’t likely begin for another 10 years. It’s important to first upgrade the interchanges along Route 78 before adding express lanes along the freeway because otherwise, cars will begin to queue up on each end. Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall also asked to add reclaimed water pipes along I-5 to reach the northern portion of the city. He said currently, the city is trying to put in pipes along the railroad right of way. “It might make some sense if you’re digging a ditch just to drop another pipe in it,” Hall said.

what is in season. It is very exciting at the moment, as all the summer fruits are coming into season giving us a huge variety including peach, grapefruit and various berries. We also like to explore and mix it up a bit. Mixing fruit flavors, infusing herbs and spices and playing with sweet and savory flavors.

Fun on the 101 June 26 and June 27. You have three kids in Encinitas schools, are they involved in the business? Yes they are. In fact our eldest son drew our original business plan and he gets involved in the artwork for our menu boards. Our middle one is our biggest advocate; she is very social and spreads the word to her friends. Our little one very much enjoys the product and they all love to get involved in taste testing! We offer nonprofits, schools and charitable organizations 10 percent back on sales as a donation for any events in which we participate.

I first saw you at the Leucadia Farmers Market but you are popping up all over the place now. Where else can folks find you? You are right! Check out our Facebook and follow us on Instagram to find out where we are at and our current partners. We go to the Leucadia, Solana Beach, EnciFor more information nitas and Vista Farmer’s Markets and various local on Leucadia Liscious conrestaurants carry our prod- tact Serena serena@leucauct. We also do home de- liveries and events from Lick the Plate can now be small backyard parties and heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM sports events to large celebrations where people can Monday – Friday during at hire a bike, a server and 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. Dacustomize our lids such vid Boylan is founder of as weddings, graduations, Artichoke Creative and Articorporate events. choke Apparel, an Encinitas Our Leucadia Liscious based marketing firm and riders bike along the beach clothing line. Reach him at routes on our e-bikes and david@artichoke-creative. will also be at Summer com or (858) 395-6905. menu is versatile and Italian in flavor. Diners can choose from ala carte traditional favorites, with the luxury of seven brick-oven fired pizza choices. “Now that’s Italian,” describes a unique choice of several luscious omelets like the Tuscany Traditional and the Sicilian Three Cheese. I took the advice of my favorite Italian waiter, Pino Battalico, a legend among Italian food specialists. His advice: “You have to choose the Danny D’Omelet, named after our owner Danny DiCarlo, and I want you to have it with a Banfi Chianti Classico Reserve from Italy, vintage 2011.” Ingredients include: Smoked ham, Italian sausage, salami, bacon, cheddar cheese, roasted tomatoes, wild arugula, spicy Srirachi Aioli and served with roasted potatoes. All this with Jazz music to make it perfect! Six other omelet selections await you at Tuscany. To learn more about this lovely Italian restaurant, be sure to search their web site at tuscanylacosta.

com. Tickets to the stage shows are also available at the site. For dining reservations, call (760) 929-8111. Wine Bytes RELM Wine Bar in Carlsbad is celebrating 5 years in business with the Tastes of RELM event, June 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be live music, a 40+ wine tasting, silent auction, food and wine pairing and more. Half the proceeds are going to a house building nonprofit. $40. Call (760) 434-9463. Twenty/20 restaurant in the Sheraton Carlsbad has a 4th of July American BBQ Buffet, from 5 to 9 p.m. Live music, exclusive terrace seating for viewing fireworks. Cost is $50 for adults, $25 for kids. Children under 3 years old get in free. Book now at (760) 827-2500. Falkner Winery in Temecula is celebrating their 15th Anniversary from July 3 to July 5. Free concerts, winery tours, huge discounts on wines, outdoor BBQs, lunch specials at the Pinnacle Restaurant. More details available by calling (951) 676-8231 ext. 1.

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Summer gets cooking at Del Mar Village Association event By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — As if on cue hazy, overcast skies cleared at almost exactly 5 p.m. on June 18, bringing sunshine and blue skies to Del Mar Village Association’s 20th annual Summer Solstice at Powerhouse

Park. More than 700 people were on hand for the onceagain sold-out event to sample food, wine and beer from more than a dozen area restaurants, wineries and local breweries. Tastings that seeming-

ly spanned the globe and were limited by only the chefs’ imaginations included tamales, gnocchi with Bolognese sauce, prime ribs and octopus carpaccio with charred pomegranates and crispy hominy. The most popular items

The crew from Zel’s — executive chef Saga Horner, Santiago Andrioni, Jessica Dyer and owners Greg Glassman and his wife, Jen Powers — prepare their black butte porter braised short rib poutine with handcut Kennebec fries, fontina fondue and gravy. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

were Zel’s black butte porter braised short rib poutine with hand-cut Kennebec fries, fontina fondue and gravy, Sbicca’s carnitas taco made with braised

pork, mango salsa, pickled onion and lime crema and a lobster club from Jake’s Del Mar that apparently had a winning combination. “Jake’s is always the


best,” Linda Luke said. “Anything with lobster is going to be good,” Nancy Schmall said. Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin and the Surfing Madonna red wine blend from Carruth Cellars were among the notable libations. The three-hour event also included live music, complimentary massages from the spa at L’Auberge Del Mar and a silent auction featuring vacation and spa packages, passes to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, overnight stays at area hotels, gift certificates to local restaurants, a free Powerhouse Community Center rental, a rescue boat ride with city lifeguards and a year of free parking in Del Mar. Many of the attendees said they have been coming to the beach-front party nearly every year since its inception. Some, however, TURN TO SUMMER ON 23

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*On approved above average credit through VCI. $16.66 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details. **On approved above average credit through VCI. $13.72 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details.***On approved above average credit through VCI. $13.72 per thousand financed. In lieu of factory rebates. See dealer for details.Volkswagen Credit will give you up to $1,000 in available bonuses when you purchase a new, unused 2015 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition through a participating dealer and finance through Volkswagen Credit from June 5, 2015 to June 30, 2015. Subject to credit approval. Bonus paid toward MSRP and is not available for cash.

760-438-2200 VOLKSWAGEN

5500 Paseo Del Norte Car Country Carlsbad

All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, $80 dealer document processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Expires 6-30-2015.

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For up to 72 months PLUS $1000 Volkswagen Credit Bonus Cash

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