The rancho santa fe news, september 18, 2015

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Leisa Tilley-Grajek is the founding president of K9 Guardians, Inc., a nonprofit that was established in January 2015. Courtesy photo

New nonprofit trains canines for a cause By Christina Macone-Greene

‘PAW’-DLING OUT After Hurricane Linda brought some fun waves for human surfers over the week, on Sunday, it was the dogs’ turn to catch waves at Del Mar’s Dog Beach during the 10th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon.The annual event helps raise funds for rescue pets at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Above: Surf dog Turbo makes it look easy riding a wave in the finals. Photo by Tony Cagala

RSF Education Foundation readies for new school year By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A new school year at R. Roger Rowe School means new opportunities for the students. Through the fundraising efforts of the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation, children are afforded enriching prospects yearround. In addition to providing children with extraordinary education, for the new school year, their 2015-16 Annual Giving Campaign is steadfast in trying to raise $1.3 million while trying to achieve the goal of having total parent participation. “Through fundraising and the coordination of parent volunteers, the Education Foundation allows the RSF School District to provide an extraordinary education to the students. The funds raised help to keep class sizes small, allow for small group focus and differentiated levels in almost every subject,” said Barbara Carson Edwards, Rancho Santa Fe District Education Foundation development director. “Parent volunteers coordinate and assist in a wide variety of enrichment programs, including award winning athletics, music and robotics, and popular activities such as Career Expo, International Festival, Ocean Week and Science Discovery Day.” According to Edwards, every R. Roger Rowe school parent is part of the Education Foundation just by being a member of the school community. On average, parent volunteers help champion or support nearly 30 foundation-sponsored annual school events. “Additional parent volunteer efforts occur throughout the year in many other extras like athletics, music, drama, robotics and lunch clubs like Chess and gardening,” she said. “We can always use more volunteers.”

Barbara Carson Edwards is development director of the Rancho Santa Fe District Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives parents and members of the community an avenue to help invest in the school district in an array of avenues such as endowment campaigns, annual giving and volunteering. Courtesy photo

The RSF Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. It gives parents and members of the community an avenue to help invest in the school district in an array of avenues such as endowment campaigns, annual giving and volunteering. Edwards explained that in 1978, the passage of California Proposition 13 capped property taxes for all pre-

1978 homeowners at one percent of full cash value at the time of acquisition. “This led to a decline in education funding, making private funding necessary to maintain the small class sizes, focused academics and robust enrichment programing that RSF TURN TO FOUNDATION ON A18

REGION — For those who are dog lovers, they know how a canine can make one feel more affectionate and loyal and can understand the therapeutic benefits they bring to someone’s life. This relationship can become deeply rooted when an animal is trained to be a service dog to help one either with mobility and/or emotional challenges. Leisa Tilley-Grajek is the founding president of K9 Guardians, Inc., a nonprofit that was established in January 2015. While her nonprofit has recently emerged, Tilley-Grajek is no stranger to canines. She has bred and raised German shepherd puppies for more than 10 years. K9 Guardians is based in Fallbrook. Before establishing her own nonprofit, she said, she was already involved with canine philanthropic efforts. Tilley-Grajek provided disabled veterans with one of her puppies and then referred them to work with organizations for service dog training, and ultimately, qualification. After all this time, her nonprofit vision has now come to fruition. “K9 Guardians is a nonprofit organization focused on reaching out to our disabled veterans that are in need. We deal with veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and physical disabilities. Our goal is to provide assistance to our veterans through the service and companionship of these magnificent K9 Guardians,” Tilley-Grajek said. “We raise our puppies from birth in a home environment performing age appropriate stimulus and tasks. As the puppy grows and matures, more tasks

and training are added.” Tilley-Grajek went on to say that during the process, they get the veteran involved as early on as possible. She has had veterans even visit puppies while they are still in the whelping box which is always a great sight to see. “We have witnessed that involving the veteran in the training process can be both a very positive, healing experience as well as help in the recovery,” she said. From all the nonprofits Tilley-Grajek could have established she was drawn to service dogs because of the great need. She described the numbers as shocking, with as many as 30 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from some form of PTSD. According to Tilley-Grajek, thousands of veterans are also struggling from TBI among other disabilities. “Most staggering is that 22 veterans commit suicide each day,” she said. “Due to such a significant backlog of veterans in need of service dogs, K9 Guardians was formed to team more service dogs with more veterans. There is no cost to the veteran.” Since the nonprofit’s inception, K9 Guardians has already placed two of its dogs with someone in need. Currently, they have five teams in training. “Our goal is to place 22 our first year to coincide with ‘22 A Day,’ the number of veterans that commit suicide every day,” she said. “Our mission is to reach out and save lives.” To learn more about K9 Guardians including volunteer opportunities, financial support and guest speaking engagements, visit, call (844) 594-8273, or email





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RSF Association readies for survey By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE —The decision to implement roundabouts or traffic signals in the Ranch is nearing. At a recent board meeting, material was reviewed for packet mailings which will accompany a survey to be mailed off following the Sept. 16 community traffic meeting at the Garden Club at 6:30 pm. The survey will be sent to all assessment paying property owners. While the Association drafted the letter and crafted the ballot card, proponents of the roundabouts and traffic signals supplied the summary sheets. Depending on the results of the survey, roundabouts or traffic signals will be constructed along the Paseo Delicias corridor at Via de la Valle, El Montevideo/La Valle Plateada, and El Camino Del Norte. According to Christy

Whalen, the Association’s communications manager, postcards have already been mailed out to residents inviting the community to the Sept. 16 meeting. “It’s a chance for residents to speak briefly about their position,” she said. “And after the meeting, within a matter of days, the packet will go out.” Whalen pointed out that the packet will include an introductory letter highlighting what is in the packet, how to proceed, and will include a survey card and then choices on whether one is in favor of traffic signals or roundabouts. “Each position paper prepared by each side will be included in the packet. So community members are asked to take their time, review the materials, and then make an informed decision,” she said. Recipients of the survey have 30 days to return it and are due by

Oct. 25. Whalen described the packet as a huge team effort. “We went through reams of material submitted by both sides and met with both sides several times,” she said. “We had a great experience, very cordial meetings, and everyone was so cooperative and professional. They were a pleasure to work with.” Whalen wants people to know that when the results are mailed back to the Association’s office, there will be an independent ballot counting firm which will be supervised by Judge Dave Moon who is a RSF resident. Once the survey results are tallied, then San Diego County will be informed. Whalen pointed out that community input regarding this survey is critical and hopes everyone will thoughtfully review the materials in the packet.

A judge sides with the Del Mar Fairgrounds in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club that allows the state-owned facility to continue using property east of Jimmy Durante Boulevard for overflow parking and events such as a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree sales. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

2016 fair theme chosen; fairgrounds prevails in lawsuit By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — The creative minds at the Del Mar Fairgrounds combined 19th century children’s novels with science fiction and fantasy inspired by the same era to come up with the theme for the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Dubbed “Mad About the Fair,” the annual event will feature exhibits and events based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” steampunk, cosplay and makers. “We are going to fuse these genres together … to create a weird, whacky and whimsical experience that will appeal to multiple generations, but especially the millennials, those who were born in the early ’80s, and the Gen Z-ers that were born in the mid to late ’90s,” exhibits director Katie Mueller said at the Sept. 8 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors meeting, when the theme and dates were announced. “The fair will be a fantasy world where the limits are only your imagination,” she added. Steampunk incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by industrial steam-powered machinery. Sometimes referred to as neo-Victorian, it can also include elements of fantasy, horror and historical fiction and can be applied to inventions, clothing and art.



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The Dragon Knights wandering entertainers at this year’s fair are an example of steampunk, Mueller said. A blend of the words costume and play, cosplay is a performance art in which participants wear costumes to represent a specific character. Early plans include croquet games with the Queen of Hearts — some may recall the mallets in “Alice in Wonderland” are flamingoes — topiaries shaped as characters from the books, deep-fried tea and crumpets, table and cupcake decorating contests, a Mad Hatter tea party, white rabbit displays in the livestock area and a nightclub tea party in the Paddock. “The weirder and crazier the better,” Mueller said, noting the focus will be on attracting younger fairgoers. “I think this is a great theme because I think people immediately identify with the story. It doesn’t need a whole lot of explanation and people have fond memories. … I think we can have a lot of fun with this.” “I’m totally impressed,” Director David Watson said. “This is going to be a lot of fun.” Board President Fred Schenk said he received positive feedback from young adults he’s talked to. “It’s unique and different but we’re trailblazers in so many ways,” Schenk said.

The 2016 fair will open at 4 p.m. June 3, 2016 and run through July 4 but be closed the first three Mondays and first two Tuesdays. In other news, a judge on Sept. 1 sided with the fairgrounds, upholding the approval of two coastal development permits and rejecting arguments by the Sierra Club that the development authorized by the permits violated the Coastal Act. The lawsuit was filed following a 2012 settlement between the 22nd DAA, which governs the fairgrounds, and the California Coastal Commission in which the seaside facility agreed to convert back to wetlands an overflow parking lot on the southern portion of its property. The permits, approved in November 2013, authorized a second thoroughbred horse racing meet in the fall and year-round parking and temporary events on an overflow lot to the east and the golf driving range. The Sierra Club objected, saying parts of the east overflow lot should also be converted. “Following a careful review of the facts and the applicable law, we are pleased that the court properly upheld the two coastal development permits approved by the California Coastal Commission, thus allowing the 22nd DAA to continue providing the citizens of San Diego with the longstanding services to which they are entitled,” Schenk said.

RSF Association president delivers water update By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent board meeting, RSF Association board president Ann Boon provided fellow directors and members a full update on the drought issue. She wanted to assure those in attendance that the board is addressing this challenge at every level. She first began with the outstanding conservation efforts. Under the Santa Fe Irrigation District’s (SFID) allocation program, residents have had to slash their water usage by 36 percent compared to its 2013 levels. “Many of us have cut our water usage by more than 40 percent including Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club which has cut their water use by 45 percent,” she said. Arnold Keene who champions the Association’s Parks and Recreation Department has indicated that the Association has also cut their water use by 45 percent. In an effort to save the trees which may be experiencing stress during the drought, Boon pointed out how Keene is currently working with arborists. Boon also shared that the RSF Golf Club has formed its own water committee. One if its respon-

sibilities are assessing different secondary water possibilities for the greens. Research has included examining well water or reclaimed water, she said. Boon went on to say that the Association’s manager, Bill Overton, is coordinating efforts with the Golf Club while being in ongoing communications with SFID so long term solutions can be developed. Boon then turned her focus to the board indicating that they have met with several state assemblymen to discuss long term infrastructure projects which include possibilities such as purple pipe to indirect potable reuse. While Boon expressed an interest to have Mike Bardin, the SFID general manager present for updates every month for their own board meeting, there was a scheduling conflict. Now, SFID is also holding a meeting the first Thursday of every month. “Bill Overton and I have frequent conversations with Mike Bardin and with Mike Hogan, the SFID board president, to make sure our efforts are coordinated,” she said. Boon said that Hogan recently reported to her how SFID is presently conducting a cost of service study which includes op-

tions for managing drought responses. “SFID board workshops are being scheduled in the near future to discuss the cost of a service study and will include the opportunity for public input,” she said. Before closing this portion of the president’s report, Boon then highlighted the water issue at a higher level. “Regional water district representatives were at a San Diego County water meeting with the governor in August, and in the direct talks with him, requested that changes be made to the allocation program to reflect the water conservation and water supply investments made by the local and regional water suppliers across San Diego County,” Boon said. “At that meeting, the governor signaled that changes would be made in the state mandates early next year. We have asked SFID to allow us to collaborate with them on any changes they might make to their allocation program.” In closing, Boon assured members that the board would they would carry on in their efforts with SFID and state representatives to find long-term solutions.



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Community Commentary

Keep strawberry farming tradition in Carlsbad By Robyn Ukegawa

Letters to the Editor 85/15 flyer Another flyer from the Caruso group, this time Jimmy Ukegawa said: “The efforts of corporate interests from outside of California and others to overturn our City Council’s approval of the 85/15 plan is an attempt to kill my family’s strawberry farm and end coastal agriculture in Carlsbad.” First we need to know who are the corporate interests from outside California, please give us the name(s). Second, if this is true, how come the drive to put the 85/15 plan on the ballot does not have money to put out flyers or TV ads like the Caruso group?

Then Jimmy asserts that this referendum will kill off his family’s strawberry farm. Let me refresh everyone’s memory. In 2006 didn’t the city of Carlsbad residents passed Proposition D to save the strawberry field? I respect the ones that support the 85/15 plan because they told me the truth and that is they would like having a mall. How come Caruso does not have the honesty to tell us that his primary interest is building a mall on our beautiful lagoon, instead of hiding behind Jimmy and others? Lillian Carrigan, Carlsbad

Federal regulators look as bad as state PUC CALIFORNIA FOCUS BY THOMAS D. ELIAS For many years before formal investigations by both state and federal authorities began, it was clear the California Public Utilities Commission consistently favored big utility companies over consumers at every opportunity. But until a court order produced tens of thousands of emails between utility commissioners and executives of the companies they regulate, no one could prove either the cronyism that has long existed or the mechanism by which it operated. Now it is gradually becoming clear that national agencies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also consistently favor big utilities over the citizens the commissions are sworn to protect. Example A involves the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, often known as SONGS. When that plant first lost power on Sept. 8, 2011, several months before it formally closed, the outage caused a blackout over an area as big as northern Europe, covering much of Southern California and northern Mexico. FERC’s

initial investigation blamed a single bungling utility worker in Arizona, letting Southern California Edison Co., the plant’s operator, off the hook. FERC’s investigation did not freeze Edison’s internal emails, allowing the utility to destroy them. Edison in effect admitted this in a Sept. 16, 2011 letter to FERC just unearthed by the San Diego law firm of Aguirre & Severson. Said the letter, “It should be noted…that certain electronic documents related to the outages, particularly electronic mail, may have been deleted… prior to the receipt of your Sept. 12 letter (demanding those emails).” In short, said ratepayer attorney Maria Severson, “Edison destroyed evidence…within days after the blackout … Evidence shows that FERC did nothing to stop them.” Of course, neither FERC nor the NRC has done anything to penalize Edison for destroying evidence, and the NRC also has done nothing to sanction Edison for its big-money purchase of new steam generators for SONGS despite the fact executives knew in advance they were faulty. Edison is now trying to get almost $1 billion back from Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for that misdeed, but even if it gets all it’s after, customers

will still be stuck with the lion’s share of the costs for decommissioning SONGS, unless the PUC does a sudden about-face and cancels a 2014 settlement with Edison. The corruption of that settlement has been well documented through emails proving the outline was agreed upon in private meetings between former PUC President Michael Peevey and Edison executives during a junket to Warsaw, Poland, the year before. The bottom line on SONGS is that only luck spared California the same sort of radiation exposure endured by Japan in the Fukushima disaster that hit about a year before SONGS closed. But federal negligence in protecting Californians goes beyond San Onofre. There’s also the NRC’s handling of potential danger from major earthquakes at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In a meeting last spring, the NRC allowed PG&E to continue a $64 million study of earthquake dangers to Diablo Canyon, saying it knows no reason to shut down or limit operations at the plant. The PG&E report, for which the company now wants consumers to pay, TURN TO ELIAS ON A18

My family is being threatened, please do not sign the petition to overturn the 85/15 Plan! Outside interests and others are trying to kill our Carlsbad strawberry farming business. I am heartbroken and fearful that their attack will kill my family’s strawberry farming business. And though I shy away from the limelight and have been quiet until now, I must speak up. Again, please do not sign the petition to overturn the 85/15 Plan. Please let me explain. In the 1950s my grandpa settled in Carlsbad and began farming strawberries and other crops. Three generations of Ukegawas have tilled the land along Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s southern shore, but it has been a real struggle lately. Economic pressures from rising water and labor costs and cheap foreign imports make farming a constant challenge. My family once farmed as many as 110 acres along the Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s south shore, but now we can farm only 30 acres, but long-term viability is uncertain. Three and a half years ago Rick Caruso met with my dad, Jimmy. Mr. Caruso shared a vision for Carlsbad that ensures that our family’s strawberry farm and our community’s coastal agricultural heritage will be preserved and made sustainable for generations to come. The 85/15 Plan — a citizen’s initiative that preserves 176 acres of open space and coastal agriculture — followed. The Plan will permit us to expand our farming


operation to 60 acres, including organic crops, and will give us direct-to-market access with a larger produce stand and sales to a farm-to-table restaurant and to a specialty market. On Aug. 27, Carlsbad’s trusted city council unanimously approved the 85/15 Plan. As Dad said that night in comments before the city council, and many times before and since then, the plan ensures that I and my very young brother and sister can continue our family’s strawberry farming tradition in Carlsbad. Now outside interests and others are threatening to overturn the city council’s vote of overwhelming support. This is devastating to me. I am a second-year university student with an interest in business. And while my studies are important, returning to Carlsbad to take over the farm for my dad is where my heart is. After the city council’s unanimous vote of approval for the 85/15 Plan, I thought the future of our small family business was secure. This is the same business where I, as a small child, remember being in the office in the field with Grandpa and Dad, drawing pictures for them. And then, when I was older, happily packing tomatoes in the shed with Dad and loving being near him. But our farm’s influence reaches far beyond me and the borders of the land; it reaches into the community. Carlsbad is close-knit place where you feel that you know everyone and everyone knows you.

As a Carlsbad High School student, many of my teachers knew Dad and affectionately referred to me as the “strawberry girl” — perhaps because I brought big gift boxes of the bright red treats to my teachers. Memories of my growing up years are beautifully entwined with family, friends, and neighbors visiting the U-Pick field and enjoying our seasonal strawberry farm traditions together. The referendum petition threatens our agricultural heritage and our sense of belonging that I and my community holds dear. Dad’s most memorable words of advice to me when things get tough are “Never give up!” And now it seems we must cling strongly to his wisdom as we face large-looming interest from outside our community and others who want to snatch this opportunity, the promises of the 85/15 project, from us and from Carlsbad residents. If I could say one thing to my fellow Carlsbad residents, it would be: Please do not sign the petition that will overturn our trusted city council’s unanimous vote in support of the 85/15 Plan and will kill my family’s strawberry business and Carlsbad’s strawberry farming traditions. Please don’t let outsiders decide what is best for Carlsbad. Please stand with me and with my family’s strawberry farming business and with your well-respected city council that unanimously support the 85/15 Plan. Robyn Ukegawa is the daughter of Jimmy Ukegawa, owner of the Carlsbad Strawberry Company.

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Miracle League kicks off 18th season By Bianca Kaplanek

Damien O’Malley, left, and RSF Toastmasters Club President Dale Sodergren at an open house recently. The Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

RSF Toastmasters Club hosts open house

SOLANA BEACH — With highfives from the Padres Swinging Friar and members of the Pad Squad, The Miracle League of San Diego kicked off its 18th season in North County on Sept. 12 at Engel Family Field at San Dieguito Park. Local sports announcer Ernie Martinez introduced the 10 teams, and former Miss USO San Diego Victoria Robinson sang the national anthem before the Diamondbacks and Storm took the field for the first game. The Miracle League, founded by Dan and Suzie Engel, provides youngsters with special needs an opportunity to play baseball in an organized league at two locations — the park on the eastern border of Solana Beach and Green Field at Coronado High School. Spring and fall seasons are held at both locations and accommodate players 5 and older. Every player is matched with a buddy for the entire season and each buddy is paired with the player based on his or her unique needs. Games last an hour and are two innings. All players bat and score to ensure a tie at the end of the game. Announcers are given information about each participant so they have ample material to highlight every player at bat.

Above: Casey Latz gets a high-five from Padres mascot the Swinging Friar introduced during The Miracle League fall season opening day Sept. 12 at Engel Family Field at San Dieguito Park. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

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Sheckler Foundation tees it up to ‘be the change’ By Tony Cagala

RANCHO SANTA FE — Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler knew from an early age that he wanted to support the community that had supported him seemingly ever since he began skating his way to the top of his sport. “I think I realized it when I was 13 years old,” Sheckler said before teeing it up for his annual golf tournament on Monday. “When I started winning contests, I just always felt the love from my fans. I felt like I was accepted. I just felt wanted and I wanted kids to feel the same way. I wanted to share that energy with them as well.” At the fundraising gala on Sunday night, Sheckler said the emotions in the room — the people hearing the stories from those that have benefitted from his Ryan Sheckler Foundation — were overwhelming. Now, the foundation is in its eighth year helping kids, and following the initiative of “Be the Change.” Sheckler explained that the foundation is trying to raise aware-

ness for less fortunate people that cannot help themselves. “And most of the time, it’s not money — they need to get their spirits uplifted. They need someone to believe in,” he said. Through his skating career and social media, Sheckler said it’s been fun for him to be able to reach out to his fans using those platforms. Over the next few years, he sees the foundation continuing on and voicing the “Be the Change” initiative even louder, with the hopes of giving more money and more grants to those in need. “The more money that we can raise, the more beautiful things we can do to enrich the lives of these children,” Sheckler said. But for the skater who has won a number of skateboard accolades and awards, including X-Games gold, what’s more frustrating: The game of golf or not landing a skate trick? “Not being able to land a trick skating, for sure,” Sheckler said. “Golf is just fun for me, so if I take that too serious, I’m out A crowd of golfers gather to watch as host and professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, far right, putts during a putting contest of my mind.” before the eighth annual Ryan Sheckler Foundation golf tournament on Monday. Photos by Tony Cagala

Pictured above: From left golfers Donovan Dresti, Brittany Wudrick, Mark Russ and Steve Kelty from Red Bull. Below: Golfers head out to their holes during the shotgun start to the Ryan Sheckler Foundation golf tournament.

The driving range is full of golfers readying to play in the Ryan Sheckler Foundation golf tournament at the Del Mar Country Club on Monday.

A golfer takes time to warm up on the driving range at the Del Mar Country Club.

Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler shows off After reading the waves during the Hurley Pro at some ink to one of the golfers. Trestles recently, surfer Kelly Slater reads a putt on the greens of the Del Mar Country Club.



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Learning how to talk to kids about dementia Anyone out there By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Alzheimer’s Association returned to the Rancho Santa Fe Library for its educational series in an effort to help families who may have a loved one with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impacts the whole family, including children. Jessica Empeno, who is the director of programs and family services at the Alzheimer’s Association, offered valuable tips. “We have seen this disease fracture and split families apart so often,” she said. Having a unified mentality builds a solid support system for the entire family. And the recent lecture topic supported this theory since it encompassed how to talk to kids about the disease. Empeno said oftentimes they hear families mention that they don’t know how to discuss de- Jessica Empeno, director of programs and family services at the Alzmentia with their children, heimer’s Association, offers tips on how to talk to children about dehow to answer their ques- mentia at a recent lecture. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

tions, and how much to share. “I think as adults, and certainly as parents, our natural instinct is to protect the children and not share with them what’s really going on perhaps with a grandparent or another family member who may have dementia,” she said. “And we developed this class with that in mind.” The Alzheimer’s Association wants to encourage adults not to forget about the children. They want to help navigate parents in how to have those conversations, what children can understand based on their age and developmental stages, and what sorts of reactions are normal in a child. Empeno said the first big tip is honestly speaking with the children. “A lot of times kids know when there is something going on. They can sense the tension and they see the changes,” she said. TURN TO DEMENTIA ON A18

Raising health and wellness awareness By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — A representative from American Medical Response (AMR) spent a recent Thursday afternoon at the Rancho Santa Fe Library in partnership with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District. Their goal was to be on hand to check blood pressure for community members as well as teaching those interested in CPR. Emergency medical technician from AMR, Wesley Jernegan, took part in the afternoon. According to Jernegan, it was a good opportunity for those to check their blood pressure including individuals who may not have checked it recently. As for the CPR portion, Jernegan taught members of the community the step-by-step process. Jernegan pointed out that AMR performs this community outreach to surrounding libraries and even retirement homes. The feedback AMR receives is highly positive. “A lot of people have had a personal experience,” Jernegan said. “Something along the lines of an emergency situation where someone needed compressions and they didn’t know what to do so I enjoy coming out and showing people what to do if that situation arises.”

AMR emergency medical technician Wesley Jernegan takes part in the health and wellness afternoon at the RSF Library. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

The best way to learn CPR, he said, is coming in with a blank slate. And one does not want to mirror what is done in the movies. “CPR is a lot different when you are actually doing it compared to what you see on television,” he said. For example, there is no mouth-to-mouth during CPR. Jernegan noted that AMR does not recommend this method, only compressions. While there, Jernegan also answered questions, distributed water safety literature, compression only CPR pamphlets, and a wallet-sized blood pressure guide and record keeper.

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I’m hoping someone can tell me where I might take a crash course in Harry Potter’s parseltongue. I very much need to chat up the snakes hereabouts. Friday night, all doors were open with the heat, although, fortunately, screen doors were closed. I answered the phone to hear my daughter, from my driveway, say, “Mom. Close the front door and open the garage, please. I think there is a snake on the porch.” Sure enough, as I peered out the screen door to verify, a small but annoyed rattlesnake shook his tail at me from my welcome mat. There is no mistaking that sound. We live near a watershed and a park, so there have been nests of baby rattlesnakes found in gardens, and general snake spottings from folks whose homes back up to the canyon, but in 24 years, I have never seen one make it across the street. To my great relief, it did not wiggle off back into the garden, but rather curled up happily in the corner of the brick porch. Having been the one to deal with every other strange creature that has dropped by our house — angry possum at the bottom of the trash can, family of raccoons, almost dead rats delivered by our dogs and various sized spiders — my first reaction was that I needed to get the shovel and dispatch the creature myself. Thank heaven and a flash of unusual wisdom,

that urge passed in about 10 seconds. It is, for future reference, the fire department that takes care of poisonous snakes, bless their hearts. They arrived shortly and it was sobering to see three burly first responders being very, very, very careful as they approached the removal task with patience and precision. I think this was not their first snake rodeo. Alas, they had to kill it, as there was no immediate wilderness to safely release it into. I want to say I was sorry, but, in truth I know it has half a dozen siblings out there ready to crawl into my flora and bite my toes. The good news is that the extended family was nowhere to be found in my yard. I checked carefully the next morning. I can’t promise I will wear boots any time soon. I will, however, be wearing heavy gloves and using a flashlight before I stick my hand into the ferns to turn on the hose. How do you say, “I come in peace and eat all the rats you can find, please” in parseltongue? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who is only afraid of snakes packing venom. Contact her at jgillette@



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Grace Potter realizes a game-changing truth By Alan Sculley

During the two years that went into making her new album, “Midnight,” Grace Potter realized a game-changing truth about herself. “I figured out that I’m here for a reason,” she said in a phone interview. “I think people show up for a certain time or space for a reason. And it’s definitely not to make other people happy and just for me to stay in my place and do my bit. I don’t ever want to run what I call, I call it a carnival essentially. “There are a lot of bands that do this, where the show is the same every night and they’re essentially the dude that pulls the lever on the roller coaster,” Potter explained. “The roller coaster always feels the same. And it’s always fun and people always get their yeah yeahs out and they always go home going ‘That was great. Totally worth the money.’ I don’t want it to be about that.” Instead, Potter was looking for something more substantial, something more rewarding — in a word, an album that might well be risky, but

Inmates draw portraits of each other in the prison art program known as Project PAINT, which currently serves 41 inmates. Photo by Promise Yee

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also more genuine. “This (album) could completely blow up in my face or it could be incredible,” Potter said. “Midnight” should fulfill that mission statement of taking a risk and challenging fans that are accustomed to the tuneful, potent and decidedly American-sounding gui-

tar rock Potter created with her long-time band, the Nocturnals, over the course of five studio albums. Some will consider “Midnight” Potter’s sellout album and her bid for pop stardom. And songs like “Delirious” (a song TURN TO POTTER ON A23

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Prison paint program gives inmate his voice back By Promise Yee

REGION — James Fox is one of 45 inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility who currently benefits from the Project PAINT program that started up again this fall. Fox has attended all three sessions since the rehabilitation program began two and half years ago. Fox said he tries to keep busy. He takes education classes, has a prison job and recently began a class to learn to play guitar. “I try to keep myself growing,” Fox said. He said Project PAINT is unique in that it provides a community for participants. “They (the instructors) treat us like people,” Fox said. “This is the best part of my life here. My life sucks, so it’s not saying much, but this is the single best part.” He added there is a mutual respect between instructors and students. “I’m a 40-year-old man, and I find myself wanting to please them (the instructors),” Fox said. “I find my-

self wanting to do a good job because they’re doing a good job.” Fox said he sees himself as an artist. Project PAINT allows him to relax, express himself and pushes him to reflect. He explained reflection is bittersweet. It’s both painful, because it reminds him of what he is missing out on, and joyful for memories he has had. Laura Pecenco founded Project PAINT as volunteer effort in 2013. The pilot project has received state grant funds for the past two years. Pecenco said her goal is to use arts instruction to further artistic expression and provide a place for discussion. “It’s also very much about atmosphere and a space where people can share and come up with ideas and collaborate,” Pecenco said. “That’s really what I hope to inculcate, a space where we can talk about things.” Classes in arts immersion and sculpting are currently held once a week in block D, which houses in-


mates with a level 3 out of 4 security level, with 4 being the highest. The class begins with a discussion of the reflection question given the prior week. Instruction on technique follows, and is put in to practice in a reflective assignment. One assignment was a metaphorical self-portrait. Pecenco said she recalls Fox refusing to do the assignment, then coming in the next week and saying he couldn’t stop thinking about it. “It turned into something amazing,” Pecenco said. Fox described the work in detail and how it included his label as an inmate, his past accomplishments, the things he enjoyed and a manifesto that spelled out the state’s responsibility to house him as an inmate. The finished drawing was featured in the Prison Art exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art in June through August 2015, along with other works by Fox and fellow inmates. This was the second local show that displayed artwork of inmates in the program. State and national studies have shown arts programs in prisons reduce institutional violence and recidivism. However, due to state budget cuts, funding for arts programs stopped and was only recently reinstated through the partnership of the William James Association, California TURN TO PROGRAM ON A23


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T HE R ANCHO S ANTA F E NEWS QUILT SHOW Celebrate the North County Quilters' Association’s 30th anniversary at its Quilt Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Williams Barn-Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. It includes food, vendors, boutique items a book sale and quilts for sale. Entry is $5. Bring a copy of this calendar for $1 off. Under 8 and over 80 are free. For more information contact Carrie Harrison at (760) 822-9977 or

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Born to Joseph and Florence Greubel on August 8, 1927 in Pittsburg, PA, Tom entered eternal life on September 8, 2015 in his home surrounded by Marge, his devoted wife of 61 years and their children. Raised in Derry, PA, he was a standout basketball and football athlete and valedictorian of his high school class. Accepted on a full academic scholarship, he attended his beloved St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA, though shortly after beginning his studies in pre-Engineering was drafted into the Army during WWII. He returned to St. Vincent following his military service switching his major to Architecture, then Chemistry and finally to Biology as a pre-Med student during his junior year. He then went on to graduate from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola Marymount University in Chicago. He interned at Los Angeles County General and then following his residency on the east coast moved west to begin a family practice in Orange County. To accommodate

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Long time Encinitas resident, he worked in the tile industry for over 30 years. Eddie, outlived most of his friends and has now joined them. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, his son James, and his daughters Cappie Geis, Lori Hauswirth, Donna Eberle and Dianna Davis. His daughter Jeannette passed away in 1990.

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a growing patient population he was instrumental in the development and building of West Anaheim Community Hospital and was a founder of Mission Hospital in south Orange County where he served on its board for 20 years. A devout servant of the Lord, Tom dedicated his entire life to serving others while instilling in his children and grandchildren the importance of working hard and giving of yourself with a compassionate heart. He emanated kindness and goodness with the warmth of his smile and gentle hand. His insights, his humor and visionary leadership as a patriarch, mentor and friend could only be matched by the profound love, passion and dedication he had for the family he knew with certainty was his greatest blessing. A lifelong photography/ car enthusiast and real estate investor, Tom always found great pleasure taking family vacations with his beloved Marge. One of the endeavors for which he was most proud was the 20 years he spent volunteering at Father Joe’s Village in San Diego where he offered medical services to the less fortunate. He is survived by his loving wife, 7 children: Susan (Glen) Turner, Thomas Jr. (Kathy), Jerome, Philip (Lisa), Lise Brick, Paul (Christine), Nancy (Kevin) Jones, 21 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, 9/15 @ Holy Family Cathedral in Orange. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent College, Office of Institutional Advancement. Homer Alton LaMotte, 83 Encinitas September 3, 2015 Frank James King, 85 Carlsbad September 2, 2015 John Y.K. Chang, 76

AUTUMN ARRIVES ON SEPTEMBER 23rd Albert Camus, Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Days get shorter, nights get longer, temperatures drop, and it’s time for apple cider, pumpkins, and football. Enjoy the crisp breeze. Let your eyes take in the bursts of color. Transformation is afoot and hope is in the air. If you have a hankering for the fall “season”, head up to Julian for apples, pies, cider & leaves galore. Or revel in autumn’s beauty with a walk through Balboa Park at 1549 El Prado in San Diego. Pecan, Fremont cottonwood and Chinese flame trees will light your way with gold and yellow foliage. Look on the corner of Quince and 6th Avenue for the American sweetgum trees with brilliant shades of red and orange. No matter how busy you are, take time to enjoy and celebrate the beginning of this new season!



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Concierge Auctions to sell renowned Primm Ranch at auction New York City-based Concierge Auctions, in cooperation with Kristen Routh-Silberman of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty, will sell the 10acre Primm Ranch in Las Vegas, owned by casino and resort developer Gary Primm, at auction. Located at 7000 Tomiyasu Lane, an exclusive enclave and celebrity-studded street just five minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the Primm Ranch compound — once desired by pop icon Michael Jackson — will sell without reserve Oct. 10. It is currently listed for $14.5 million. Built upon 10 expansive acres, the Primm Ranch is comprised of two sub-dividable parcels, extraordinary accommodations and amenities and more than 21,000 square feet of living including a total of 12 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms. Upon driving through the gates, visitors are immediately welcomed by fountains and lush

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Rancho Coastal Humane Society, are now on sale at The Know something that’s going event will be held Oct. 2 at on? Send it to calendar@ the Bahia Resort and tel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. For more information, visit kyxy.cbSEPT. 18 FOR BROTHER BEN- NO’S The San Luis Rey Rotary, Oceanside Civitan and SEPT. 19 OLDIE BUT A GOODthe Brother Benno’s Auxiliary host a joint fundraiser IE Hit the streets for Waof “Barefoot in the Park” vecrest, the largest of all with a wine and appetizer woodie meets, from 8 a.m. reception at 6:30 p.m. and to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Mooncurtain at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 light Beach, 4th and B at the Brooks Theater, 217 Streets, Encinitas. No advance registraN. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Tickets are $30 per per- tion or fee is required. son. For information or tick- Wavecrest is an extended ets, contact Mary Milew at weekend packed with many activities. For more infor(760) 433-2227. LIFELONG LEARN- mation, email wavechairING MiraCosta College ma n @ sa nd iegowood ies . LIFE Lectures offers two com. TASTE OF OCEANSspeakers starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 18, at the college’s IDE The Taste of Oceanside Oceanside campus, 1 Bar- will include Taste Trolley nard Drive, Admin. Bldg. service this year. from 2 to #1000. Lisa Bronner dis- 5 p.m. Sept. 19. Food-tastcusses her family’s third ing tickets are $25, Food generation business, Dr. and beverage-tasting tickBronner’s Magic Soaps. At ets are $35 online at Tasteo2:30 p.m., Lee Gale Gruen, at 701 Misdiscusses her memoir of a sion Ave. or the Thursday father and daughter’s jour- Sunset Market. For more ney in a senior acting class. information, call (760) 754Visit 4512. or call (760) 757-2121, ext. AAUW MEETS The 6972. Carlsbad, Oceanside, VisR E M E M B E R I N G ta branch of the American CHARLOTTE Tickets for Association of University the fundraiser for the Par- Women will meet at 9:30 ty for Charlotte’s House, a.m. Sept. 19 at the Oceansa full-service veterinary ide Women’s Club, 1606 care facility for companion Missouri, Oceanside. Afanimals at the Encinitas ter lunch, a report of the

AAUW National Conference and update on AAUW Public Policy for the year. For more information, WOMEN IN BUSINESS Helping Women Help Themselves (HWHT) with the San Diego County Libraries will be conducting a free two-hour Small Business Seminar about the important aspects of creating and owning a successful business, from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 26 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., Vista. Register at Consultation and materials are also available in Spanish. TAKE A HIKE The city of Carlsbad will offer a new activity this fall for trail enthusiasts. Adventure Trail Hikes begin Sept. 19 at Sept. 19 Golf Course/Veterans Park and take place at various trails around Carlsbad for ages 10 and up. Class meets on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon for four weeks for a fee of $70. For more information, online at parksandrec. WALK THROUGH HISTORY The Encinitas Historical Society will host a Downtown Encinitas docent-led historic walking tour at 10 a.m. Sept. 19. Meet at the 1883 Schoolhouse, 390 West F St. For more information, call docent Barbara Vilardo at (661) 992-5740.

SEPT. 20 WATER-WISE GARDENING Learn how to replace your thirsty lawn with a succulent landscape from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Cost is $36 and fee includes admission to Botanic Garden. Registration is required at

Matt Hall at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Green Dragon Tavern, 6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad. Cost is $35 for non-members. For more information, contact Niki at (760) 931-9420 or nikic@ for the Del Mar Mud Run 5K to be held Sept. 26 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. SCREAM ZONE Halloween season’s Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be open Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, Oct. 8 to Oct. 11, Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, Oct. 21 to Nov. 1. For tickets and more information, visit STEM VOLUNTEERS Civic Light Projects and Oceanside Unified School District are in need of STEM workshop presenters, expo exhibitors and conference volunteers for the Girl Tech Conference, to be held Nov. 14, targeting girls grades 5–8 in Oceanside Unified School District. This interactive conference will be from 9 2 p.m. at MiraCosta Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. For more information, contact Leticia Chavarria, at or call (951) 704-4389. SUBSTANCE AND STYLE The Oceanside-Carlsbad Soroptimist’s “Women of Substance and Style” fall fashion event is a day filled with shopping and lunch. Vendors will be selling clothing, purses, jewelry, and beauty products from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Sheraton Carlsbad. Tickets are $50 at

One in three Americans have metabolic syndrome —a cluster of conditions that can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which can be preventable or reversible through a clinically proven lifestyle medicine program. If you have three of the five following markers, you are at risk: 1) elevated waist circumference, 2) elevated triglycerides, 3) reduced


SEPT. 21 BE MINDFUL “Mindfulness” workshops will be sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections, at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 at the Del Mar Community Building, 225 Ninth St., Del Mar. The onehour workshops offer meditation and visualization techniques as well as other skills to use in times of worry and stress. For more information and reservations call Del Mar Community Connections at (858) 7927565 or email dmcc@dmcc. cc. REPUBLICANS MEET The North County Republican Coalition will host California’s Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at 83 Degrees, 660 Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 485-5178 or email

SEPT. 23 SKY HUNTERS Buena Vista Audubon Society presents a free presentation of “The Raptors of San Diego County,” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Buena Vista Audubon Society, 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside. Visit with live local hawks and owls from the Raptor Institute. For more information, call (760) 439-2473 or visit FUNDING A BUSINESS Carlsbad City Library kicks off a series of business workshops with “Business Finances: Traditional to Nontraditional Funding Options” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Carlsbad City Library Gowland Meeting Room, 1775 Dove Lane Carlsbad. TIME TO PUBLISH “Book Publishing 1-2-3” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at ArtBeat on Main Street, 330 Main, Vista. Cost is $20 (includes sample edit). RSVP not needed. For more information, call (858) 635-1233 or

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Your Photos of the Month Congratulations to Luke Wosiski, winner of The Coast News’ Instagram Photo Contest of the month for September, and a $50 gift cerfticate to Rubio’s. The winning shot, at left: a photo titled, “Handplant at home with my homies.” Contestants sent in their best pics showing how they spent the Labor Day Weekend. Notable photos included clockwise from top right: Jilldmart (Jill D Martin) —“We <3 beachy 3-day weekends!” ladyphotographic (Vanessa Hughes) — “Isabelle and “Wish Me Luck” at Del Mar Horse Park” Cardifflulu (Lucy Morse) — “Disclaimer: we do not support eating sharks. But how can you not support this piece of art.” sandi_inthecity with Floating Yogis — “How sweet to be a cloud floating in the Blue A.A. Milline.” Bearnran (Brandon Zapf) — “SUP girls.” Follow @coastnews on Instagram for details on our next photo contest in October.


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Middle and high school basketball players from around the county converge on Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad for the inaugural 3P Creme of the County showcase. Photo by Tony Cagala

3P Crème of the County Showcase a success

San Diego Chargers offense line congratulates running back Melvin Gordon after he scores a touchdown. The touchdown was negated and the Chargers settled for a field goal. Photos by Bill Reilly

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Members of the United States military support the American Flag during pre-game ceremonies prior to the San Diego Chargers 2015 home opener against the Detroit Lions.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks for an open receiver downfield during the second quarter. Overcoming a disappointing first half, Rivers led the Chargers to score on six of the last eight drives defeating the Detroit Lions 33-28.

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CARLSBAD — With the beautiful Carlsbad coastline as the backdrop and the historical Army and Navy Academy school site as the setting, more than 200 of the region’s top basketball players participated in the inaugural 3P Crème of the County basketball showcase, which organizers said was a major success. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected it to turn out the way it did,” said Aaron Burgin, a Coast News staff writer, who in his spare time is a basketball scout and operator of the Full-Time Hoops scouting service. “We are extremely excited and elated with both the turnout and the great basketball action on display.” Jim Thompson, the founder of the nonprofit 3 Point Play, the event’s title sponsor, was also impressed with the event. “It went off without a hitch,” Thompson said. “You can’t ask for more than that.” The Crème of the County gave middle- and highschool basketball players a chance to showcase their talents in front of several

college coaches and basketball scouts, as well as their families. It was held at Army Navy’s Duffield Sports Center. Burgin, who partnered with Army Navy about two months ago to host the showcase, said the gymnasium was the perfect venue. “Duffield is one of the newer basketball gyms in the county, and it’s large enough that it can house the fans, but intimate enough so that fans really get to see the action up close and personal,” Burgin said. “We’re already looking forward to next year.” Craig Matthews, the school’s facility events coordinator, echoed Burgin’s sentiments. “We were definitely pleased with the turnout and the reception to the event, all the way around,” Matthews said. “Everything ran smoothly and the basketball action was top notch.” Each player played in one showcase game- the “Crème” games were reserved for players who are considered among the top 20 players in their graduTURN TO CREME ON A18

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES For the fourth consecutive year The Rhoades School was awarded Gold Level Status by the National Math Club, the highest honor bestowed by this organization. The National Math Club recognizes and rewards math clubs that consistently demonstrate a high-level of success and complete the Gold Level Project, an annual challenge that affords students an opportunity to tackle an open-ended mathematical assignment on the national stage. The Gold Level Project for 2014-2015 tasked our students with creating and submitting an original collection of math games and puzzles, calling upon them to work with advanced concepts, analyze mathematical situations and devise problems with real world applicability.


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automaticity of math facts and mastering important core concepts. Our teachers create dynamic learning situations that enable students to actively engage in mathematics and to directly apply mathematical concepts to real-world topics and their coursework in science, technology, design and engineering. At Rhoades, the pace, depth and breadth of students’ mathematics instruction reflects their cognitive abilities; we offer students the opportunity to study Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-calculus and AP Calculus AB in our K-8 school setting.

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John Park from Fish 101 with his spear caught 153-pound Bluefin tuna. Photo courtesy John Park

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hile I did write about a fishing expedition a year ago, this summer has blown that one out of the water, so to speak. The photos I’ve been seeing for the past few months on social media of

friends with monster hauls of bluefin, yellowfin and dorado have been popping up almost daily. I had an idea to sit down with some of those folks and get some of their best fish stories from this summer and in general. I included one of my own because this type of fishing is still fairly new to me and I still find it thrilling beyond belief. I also included a very simple recipe for mahi-mahi fish tacos. My story started out at 3 a.m. on a friend’s 42-foot TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A18

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families expect for our students. For almost 20 years, RSF families and community partners have provided significant funds to supplement District budgets in order to make up the diff¬erence between insufficient public funding and an extraordinary education,” she said. Edwards wants people to know that the Endowment was established in 1997 and exists to provide long-term financial security for the Rancho Santa Fe School District.


trawler, a beauty of a boat that topped out at around 9 knots, which made for fairly slow going. That made no difference as both dorado and yellowfin had been hitting as close as 10 miles off of La Jolla. Plus the slow speed enabled us to troll on the way out. We did have plenty of live bait though and we soon spotted a boil of dorado, the colorful great eating fish also known as mahi-mahi. Our lines went over and within an hour or so we had our limit. I still had a line in and was relaxing on the front of the boat, thinking of a quick nap when I heard the sound of my line screaming out of my reel. I jumped to my feet thinking I had a large dorado but the more experienced guys on the boat quickly corrected me saying that’s a monster tuna! And so the fight was on, to me it felt like an hour and it was as tough as any Crossfit workout. I finally got it to the point where we could see flashes of color and the size estimates were flowing . . . one went upwards of 80 pounds. I was freaking out, this was the fish of a lifetime. And just like that it was over. The line snapped and the monster tuna was gone. I felt like crying but they assured me it happened all the time. There was some redemption though, within 30 minutes I had another big fish on, long fight, and we landed this yellowfin that topped out at more than 40 pounds. Cruising back to Kona Kai marina with good friends, my son Quinn and


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T HE R ANCHO S ANTA F E NEWS And all contributions are 100 percent tax deductible. This year, she hopes that parents, residents, and business owners will contribute in one way or another and become involved. By providing a robust RSF Education Foundation, families with young children will find the Ranch an attractive destination to move to. Edwards shared that she grew up in La Jolla and attended both private and public schools. “Even then, Rancho Santa Fe was known to have a top-notch School

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a boat full of fish was killer experience and a fish story I’ll have for a lifetime. That said, in the world of experienced watermen like John Park from Fish 101, my story would constitute an average day at sea. John is a true waterman, to the point where he had an experience this summer that still has me in awe. John was way offshore with a commercial fisherman friend who had told him of bluefin tuna that had been congregating at the surface, puddling as they described it. That is like a dream scenario for spearfishing and that’s what John Park was equipped to do. He had a bungee attached to a float and no scuba gear . . . if he was going under he was holding his breath. He described the sight as surreal, these monster fish swimming all around him and he got a clean shot off and hooked into a 153-pounder that took him about an hour to land. Not many people can pull that off folks and I feel lucky to even know this guy. He mentioned a 220-pounder being taken with a spear this summer also. I can’t even imagine that experience. Oh, and by the way, if you have not been, get to Fish 101, one of the best seafood experiences anywhere. Tommy Gomes, who works at Catalina Offshore, a wholesale and retail fish distributor in Bay Park is as knowledgeable on the topic of fishing as anyone in San Diego. He comes from a long line of Portuguese San Diego fishermen and knows the history of the industry like few in San Diego. He has been at sea for months

at a time and has stories that could fill a book, so fitting him in a paragraph was tough. One thing that did stick out in our conversation was the fact that it’s been about 30 years since fishing has been this good this close off the coast. It might not get this good again in some of our lifetimes so enjoy it while it’s hot! And if you have not been to Catalina Offshore, it’s worth the trip down to Bay Park as they have an amazing retail counter and you might catch Tommy Gomes giving a demonstration. Here is my recipe for mahi-mahi fish tacos. Cut your fish into either one long chunk or a couple of smaller ones. Have three bowls at the ready, one with flour, one with beaten eggs and one with panko breadcrumbs. Coat the fish in flour, then egg, then finish in the panko. I also put some Cajun seasoning in the flour for a little kick. Fry them in very hot peanut oil and until super crispy brown on both sides. For the sauce blend mayonnaise, sour cream and a half a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add more of the peppers depending on how much heat you like. I like flour tortillas charred a bit on a gas or electric burner then fill them with the crispy fish, chopped cabbage and the chipotle sauce.

gren enjoys is comparing one’s first speech to their tenth speech in where they emerge as a competent communicator. “And the difference is enormous,” he said. As members progress to their fifth and sixth speeches, they become more relaxed in front of the group and many do away with notes and speak fluidly. “Ultimately, the goal is to be able to speak in front of a crowd, with no notes, and confidently deliver the message as you’re supposed to,” he said. And in time, people minimize the use of crutch words such as “um” and “uh.”

Sodergren said he understands how hectic schedules can be, but Toastmasters can change someone’s life. “Whether it’s our club or any Toastmasters club in general, I strongly suggest you go visit a club nearest you,” he said. “Find a group that you enjoy attending every Tuesday.” To learn more about Rancho Santa Fe Toastmasters Club visit Ranchosantafetoastmastersclub. or call Sodergren at (858) 9458801. The club meets every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center.

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ating classes, and “Select” games were for other local standouts. Several of North County’s brightest basketball talents were on display, including Richard Polanco, a junior at the host school, who is being recruited by sever-



“And usually in the absence of information they will fill in the blanks and a lot of times with their imagination.” Empeno explained that this imagination is sometimes referred to as “magical thinking.” If a child is not given the truth they will fill in those blanks. The downside, she said, is that children may think they caused the illness or somehow it is their fault. “And we certainly don’t want them to think that so having those conversations and including them as much as possible is

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tions where the players were measured, weighed and had their wingspan and vertical leap measured. “It made it feel more like a combine than a showcase,” Samuels said. “It was definitely one of the best showcases I’ve attended.” The Coast News was one of the event sponsors.

important,” she said. Empeno also wanted people to know how beneficial it was for adults to look for ways to include the child and help them maintain a connection with the person who has dementia. For example, younger children and an adult who is in the middle stages of dementia can perform simple tasks together such as folding towels and sorting out items. Conversely, the person with dementia may still have the ability to teach a child something special. “An older school aged child may like to learn how to crochet and Grandma may be able to show them,” she said. According to Empeno,

they have witnessed many teens become involved in outreach, community awareness, and fundraising. “Teenagers feel like they are really making a difference by contributing and they are,” she said. Alzheimer’s and dementia affects the entire family. When a person is diagnosed, everyone is living with it. “And don’t forget that includes the kids, too,” Empeno said. Future lectures at the Rancho Santa Fe Library championed by the Alzheimer’s Association are scheduled for Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. For more information call (800) 272-3900 or visit


Winery has its Grape Stomp & Harvest Sept. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Barrel Room. Live music, hayrides, dinner, wine and a keepsake wine glass for $65 per person. Call (951) 6946699 ext. 4 for tickets. Ponte Family Estate has its 13th annual Grape Stomp Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Prices range from $86 to $95. Team competition, gourmet food stations, wine, live music. Connect at Wiens Family Cellars has a Wiensfest Sept. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m.; German traditional food, music, wine and beer. Try the Oktoberfest costume contest and grape stomping. Cost is $40. See wienscellars. com. Wine Bytes North County Wine Company in San Marcos is having its fourth annual “Bro-Down” Sept. 18 from 4 to 10 p.m. The brothers Tobin pick four wines each and you pick the best not knowing which brother picked what. Cost is $20. Call (760) 653-9032. San Diego County Restaurant week is Sept. 20 to Sept. 27. Over 180 restaurants are discounting



has been called a “scientific fraud” by area activists and allied engineers, including former Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee. Said David Jay Weisman, head of the San Luis Obispo-based Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, “The NRC seems to always accept anything PG&E tells them.” PG&E is far from unique in its favorable treatment from that commission. The NRC has

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their menus. The theme is Go Local. Check out which ones at You can also RSVP at this site. Il Fornaio in Del Mar is presenting a Hahn Family Wine Dinner Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. Hahn rep Peter Pons will lead guests on a tour of the wine portfolio. Highlight will be a Branzino Intrecciato (Mediterranean Sea bass) served with a 2013 Hahn Meritage; $55. RSVP at (858) 755-8876. Vittorio’s of Carmel

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never denied a license request for an atomic power plant from any utility. “The NRC is a rubber stamp for the utilities,” Weisman said. In fact, the commission has “accepted” PG&E’s seismic study, but also gave itself 18 months to examine the report and then issue a final ruling on Diablo Canyon’s earthquake safety. All of which means that anyone unhappy with the pattern of utility favoritism at the PUC can expect little or no comfort

and support from any federal commission. The patterns of behavior by FERC and the NRC are similar enough to what the PUC did for decades without any legal challenge that these two agencies also should get careful and constant observation to ensure against continued outright favoritism of the big utilities.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Let others know how you feel. You can’t assume LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You should someone will know what is preying on make some lifestyle changes. Realize your mind until you open up and share that circumstances will not change until your thoughts. Be diplomatic at all times. you take action. It’s time to walk away GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Love and from toxic or abusive relationships once patience will be needed. Someone close and for all. to you will want your undivided attention. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You can achieve your goals with a little effort. Fight for what you want and take the path that feels most comfortable. Mix practicality with precision and see what happens.

Keep an open mind and do whatever it takes to help without jeopardizing your position.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Own up to your mistakes, make apologies if it will SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Lis- help and put your conscience at ease. ten and observe. If you wait for someone Live in the present and look to the future. else to make the first move, you will have LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- A younger famia better idea where you fit in or how to ly member will provide a new perspective proceed. Love and romance are high- on a recent problem. Addressing a physlighted. ical or mental challenge with friends or

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ou’ll never hear me say that it’s not good to travel — with this one exception: No need for North County residents to go far to get a first-class whale watching experience. Oceanside Adventures’ new 49-passenger catamaran leaves from Oceanside Harbor twice a day (noon Oceanside Adventures now runs two trips daily out of Oceanside Harbor to see several types of whales and and 2:30 p.m.) every day and often hundreds of dolphins just off the coast. The warm Pacific current called El Nino has brought sea life there’s plenty to see, says nat- that is unusual for this area. Courtesy photos uralist Carla Mitroff. “Now is blue whale season,” she said, “and we’re seeing humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales. There are more humpback whales in the area for the last couple of years. And we’ve seen one great white shark. You can see the fin come out of the water if you approach them slowly.” Although the traditional whale-watching season is considered to be from about November to March when gray whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico, things have been different for the past two years. “Right now El Nino (a warm current in the Pacific Ocean) is bringing in animals we don’t usually see, like hammerhead sharks,”

Mitroff explained. “Some might not have been seen in this area before.” And then there are the thousands of dolphins — bottlenose, common and others — that hang off the Oceanside coast year-round. It can be a spectacular sight, watching these agile, energetic mammals race along the boat, jumping high in the air like a massive dolphin synchronized swimming event. The quiet moments are worthy of watching, too. “We saw a mother and a calf bottlenose inside the harbor the other day,” Mitroff said. Sightings and photos, taken by Mitroff, are posted every day on the website OceansideWhaleWatching.

A blue whale, the largest mammal on earth, takes a dive off the coast of Oceanside after surfacing several times to fill up on oxygen. The whales can stay submerged for as long as 90 minutes.Photo by Carla Mitroff

com. Make reservations at the website or call 888-507-1130. Also buy tickets at Helgren’s Sportfishing Center, 315 Harbor Drive South, Oceanside. Adults $39; military/seniors (55+) $34; 12 and under $29. Not recommended for children under 2. CONTEMPLATING TRAVELING TO LAS VEGAS TO TIE THE KNOT? Getting married in Sin City is taken to a new level at the town’s newest matrimonial venue, The Hangover Experience. As odd as it may seem, this chapel that has been added to the mother of all wax museums — Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Yes, the chapel is based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ massively popular film, “The Hangover,” and it comes

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Potter said she wrote to prove to her label she could write a top-40 hit), “Alive Tonight” and “Hot To The Touch,” “What We’ve Become” with their programmed dance-friendly beats, synthetic instrumentation and hook-heavy choruses certainly fit with the sound of today’s top 40. But a few other tunes seem less tailored to fit today’s pop trends and help diversify the album. “Empty Heart” is a sassy rocker with a little funk. The breakup song, “The Miner,” is a soulful pop ballad with a striking vocal melody. “Let You Go,” the standout closing track, is a stark piano-based ballad with a dramatic vocal melody. Potter admitted that to a point, “Midnight” indeed seeks to reach a top-40 audience. She said she realized if she was going to ever going to gain a presence in the pop mainstream, she’d better try to catch that bus now before the doors closed on that ride. “I think if I was going to try to stand up and be counted, I better f***ing do it soon. I’m getting f***ing old,” she said good naturedly before touching on the reality of her situation. “Just that 30 marker was a big one for me because I realized that I still had so much I wanted to do. So the answer is yes and no. I’d like to be relevant, but I don’t really care. If the songs I’m writing aren’t relevant (to mainstream pop), then I don’t really care. If I’m loving them and I’m having fun playing them and I’m out there able to play them on stage in front of an audience that’s still willing to come to the show, I’d rather do that than be on top f***ing 40 radio, because I’ve got my thing and I’ve worked really hard at my thing and it’s definitely not being a pop star. But having said that, I’d like to help peoples’ ears. I’d like to offer an alternative to what people have been listening to, something that’s going to give a bit more girth to what



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grams is to reduce violence on guard. He said he feels safer at within the prison and provide a safe environment for Donovan than he has other facilities. staff and inmates. He added he now stops and thinks beyond his initial bitter reaction to someone he does not know. “I shouldn’t be that way, Fox said. “I didn’t used to be that way, I’m a very jovial person.” Fox said Project PAINT reminds him of who he is beyond his prison sentence. He said art exhibits featuring his work and interviews James Fox with media have given him Project PAINT participant a voice and recognized him as an artist in the communiFox has served 13 years ty at large. “It’s been a long time of a life sentence. He describes himself as “broken.” since I’ve been proud of He said he has developed anything,” Fox said. “All James Fox works on a sketch. Arts programs in prisons have been shown to reduce institutional violence the habit of looking over his these things, it’s building shoulder and always being me back to being who I am.” and recidivism. Photo by Promise Yee

It’s been a long time since I’ve been proud of anything.”

Through the arts protion motto is ‘today’s inmate is tomorrow’s neighbor,’” grams they can get some Brown said. “We’re trying different perspective on to prepare these inmates to themselves.” Another goal of prore-enter society. (top 40) music can be.” Despite her top 40 ambitions, Potter said for awhile she fully intended to make “Midnight with the Nocturnals.” The band had gained considerable popularity with its two previous albums, a 2010 self-titled effort and the 2012 release, “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” and Potter didn’t want to sidetrack that momentum. But she started the project by changing up her writing process, and especially as she worked in the studio with producer Eric Valentine, and they found themselves recording most of the instruments themselves, it became clear that “Midnight” was going to be a solo album. But Potter also emphasized that “Midnight” does not mark the end of the road for the Nocturnals and

she fully intends to make more albums with her band. In fact, the band for her tour behind the “Midnight” album includes two long-time members of the Nocturnals, drummer Burr and guitarist Benny Yurco. And Potter promises that in addition to songs from “Midnight,” her set list will include plenty of songs from the albums made with the Nocturnals, including some selections fans won’t expect. “There are some really cool songs that we haven’t played in a really long time, like some of the really early, 2005, 2006 stuff that literally never saw its way to the stage ever and was only ever on a record,” she said. “We’re bringing some of that up and kicking up the dust. It’s really been a fun experience on a musical level just getting back into some of those older songs.”


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