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Memorial Day program planned Monday BY MICHAEL BOWER
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ith Fatherâ€™s Day coming up on Sunday, June 15, weâ€™re devoting part of our June 12 issue to stories from you, our readers, about the impact your father has had on you. What is it about him that has made you a better person? What lessons did he pass on that make a difference in your life? Essays must be limited to 300 words. Please include a highresolution digital photo of yourself with your father. Email both to editor@pomeradonews. com. Weâ€™ll use the best stories in the paper and post all responses on our web site. The deadline to submit is June 6.
The annual Memorial Day ceremony honoring Americaâ€™s veterans killed while serving their country will be held Monday at Rancho Bernardoâ€™s Webb Park. U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego) will be the guest speaker at the ceremony, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial near the Webb Park lake. It can be accessed via Avena Place off Bernardo Center Drive, but attendees are asked to park in areas other than the lot reserved for patrons of the Pearl Restaurant.
Seating is not provided and it is suggested you bring a lawn chair. Admission is free. A pre-recorded patriotic musical prelude will be played from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. That will be followed by the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals, directed by Lisa Friedrichs. The formal ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Cattolico serving as master of ceremonies. After a moment of silence, the invocation will be given by Maj. Dave Korinek from the California Military Reserves Chaplain Corps. The Westview High School NJROTC Color Guard will present and retire the colors, while
members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7766 and the General J.P. Holland Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars will post the service flags along with POW/MIA, MOWW and VFW flags. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by retired Army Col. David Epstein. Peters, who serves Californiaâ€™s 52nd Congressional District, will speak after the national anthem is played by the Rancho Bernardo High School Madrigals. Peters was first elected in 2012 and currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee SEE MEMORIAL, Page A2
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(CNS) â€“ Authorities this week released a more detailed description of a car involved in a hit-and-run crash that killed a UC San Diego professor on a Rancho Bernardo roadside over the weekend. Anouchka Mihaylova, 62, was walking on a sidewalk in the 11800 block of Rancho Bernardo Road with her husband when a westbound silver- or pewtercolored 2005 or 2006 Nissan Altima jumped the curb and hit her shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police. She died at the scene, according to the county Medical Examinerâ€™s Office. The driver fled following the crash, leaving behind a broken-of f, side-view mirror. The car also was believed to have sustained front-end damage, including a dislodged passenger-side spoiler. Mihaylova worked for the universityâ€™s Depar tment of Bioengineering. The Bulgarian native had
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been studying the artificial hear t, among other subjects, according to her son, Boian Spassov. He said that his mother was credited in more than 80 scientific publications. â€œShe dedicated her life to helping other people,â€? he said. Anyone with information about the fatality was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. -- Lyndsay Winkley contributed to this story.
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San Diego North Chamber of Commerce announced its new name on Tuesday night during a launch party at Northrop Grumman in Rancho Bernardo. Its new name â€” North San Diego Business Chamber â€” is part of a rebranding that also includes a new logo and tagline. The latter is â€œConnections start here.â€? According to chamber officials, the tagline reflects an important benefit for members in the Rancho Bernardo-based regional business organization. It is based on members recently saying in a survey that their most relevant connections were made through the chamber. The logo reflects the chamberâ€™s commitment to work with and support
all businesses, large and small. â€œOur new and exciting brand is the final step of a strategic transformation weâ€™ve undertaken over the last five years,â€? said Angelo Damante, board chairman. â€œWith our management team effectively executing our five-year strategic plan, weâ€™re now positioned as a â€˜connectorâ€™ and true regional advocate for our business community.â€? Last December, the chamber announced it was beginning a rebranding process so it could have a name that better reflects its geographical boundaries. Bottom Line Marketing was retained to survey members and non-members before presenting name suggestions to the board last February. Debra Rosen, chamber president and CEO, said the cost would not be paid with membersâ€™ dues. According to a chamber press release, â€œThe old
name and logo no longer defined our mission or membership and was not representative of the area we serve. It appeared as though we focused on the northern most part of San Diego.â€? While one of three regional chambers in San Diego, the majority of members are north of Interstate 8 and as far north as Temecula. Its east-west boundaries are from the coast to east of Interstate 15. As for calling itself a â€œbusiness chamberâ€? instead of a â€œchamber of commerce,â€? officials said the new name will â€œbetter reflect our value proposition to members ... demonstrate that we mean business and that weâ€™re proactive.â€? â€œWhen we went through the process, we understood that a great brand has to be different and stand for something, thatâ€™s uniquely reflected in SEE CHAMBER, Page A7
RB High grad preps for exhausting adventure BY MICHAEL BOWER
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ALOHA SPIRIT â€” Several of the estimated 150 people who attended Saturday's luau at the Ed Brown Senior Center participated in Hawaiian dance lessons. The event raised more than $2,000 for the center. More photos on Page A6 Photo by Criselda Yee
Erwin Castillo at the top of Mt. Soledad during a training session on Sunday.
Most participants who will run in the San Diego Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll Half Marathon on June 1 will stop once they cross the finish line. But thatâ€™s where the fun will just be getting started for Erwin Castillo. The 1993 graduate of Rancho Bernardo High will not have time to celebrate or relax after the 13.1-mile trek through and around downtown San Diego. Instead, the 39-year-old will be racing to the airport to catch a plane that will take him to Northern California, where he will cycle the first leg of a 545-mile bike ride to Los Angeles to raise money for HIV and AIDS charities. â€œI know itâ€™s pretty crazy,â€? Castillo said with a chuckle. â€œPeople are saying that I am mad. But it is a goal and it is not about me. It is
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about the charity.â€? There will be no cruising along in the halfmarathon for Castillo, who works for Bank of America and resides in Carmel Mountain Ranch. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and his flight to San Jose leaves at 11 a.m. He will have to finish in about two hours in order to get to the airport on time. â€œI am an â€˜Aâ€™ List passenger so I can go right through the lines at the airport,â€? said Castillo, who ran 13 half marathons and one full marathon in 2013. He hopes to do 14 events in 2014. The Rock â€˜nâ€™ Roll Half Marathon will be No. 4 and the 545-mile AID/ LifeCycle event will be No. 5. Castilloâ€™s day will cover about 600 miles combined through foot, plane and bike. The AID/LifeCycle event will cover 545 miles over a span of seven days. It starts in San SEE ADVENTURE, Page A7
PAGE A2 THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
PUSD urged to end ties with SeaWorld BY EMILY SORENSEN
Sophia del Toro is the 4S Ranch Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year.
Several Poway Unified School District students and members of the community spoke up at Monday night’s school board meeting, asking the board to ban any future events or trips to SeaWorld. The eight speakers cited alleged animal cruelty and a lack of educational value to the visits as reasons why the district should sever any ties it has with the theme park. One of the speakers was Zach Affolter, an 11th grade student at Westview High School, who recently started a petition that garnered 2,000 votes to move Mt. Carmel High School’s prom away from SeaWorld. Ana Little-Sana asked the district not to hold events at SeaWorld any longer, saying that students can feel pressured to attend them, even if they are morally opposed to SeaWorld’s practices. Numerous speakers gave detailed information about the alleged abuse of
orcas and dolphins by SeaWorld, citing too small tanks, poor physical and mental health and a vastly shortened lifespan caused by being kept in captivity. Heather Heffenan, who said she was part of Sea Shephard, a conservation group that works to protect marine life, and an elementary school teacher in San Diego, said that trips to SeaWorld held no educational value. Heffenan suggested that the district use alternate venues for educational field trips and events, like whale watching tours or visits to the tide pools. As none of the speakers were on the agenda, the board was unable to directly respond, due to the Brown Act. Later on in the meeting, during the suggestions for new business, board member Kimberley Beatty suggested that a discussion about SeaWorld be put on the agenda at a future meeting, due to the public interest. Board president Todd Gutschow said that he didn’t think that this was an issue
for the board to address. “It’s reasonable for [each school’s] ASB to make decisions about where events are held,” said Gutschow. “It should be up to the individual groups to decide.” Board vice president Penny Ranftle said she was “quite sure” that the issue of whether events were held at SeaWorld didn’t fall under the board’s jurisdiction. “I’m against putting it on the agenda,” said Ranftle. The board did not vote to put the issue on a future agenda for discussion. Mt. Carmel High School’s prom will be held at SeaWorld, despite the petition. The selection of the location was made by the student body, said district spokeswoman Jessica Wakefield in an email. “Each Spring, the Junior Class Council and Commissioners select the location for the following year’s prom. Therefore, the location is not a matter involving the school site or district administration,” said Wakefield.
Boys & Girls Club picks ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 'Youth of the Year' Penasquitos doctor honored as 'local hero' BY EMILY SORENSEN Bernardo Heights Middle School sixth grader Sophia del Toro is the 4S Ranch Boys and Girls Club’s Youth of the Year. “I was really surprised,” said Sophia. “I didn’t really know people paid attention to me like that.” Sophia, 11, has been attending the program for three years and continues to attend during the summer and on school breaks. “I was kind of speechless when I found out,” said Sophia. “I didn’t know what to say. It’s a huge honor. It made me feel really good about myself that I’d been a good person to people.” “Sophia’s smile lights up the room, and she is a very positive, outgoing young lady,” said Kathi Morris of the 4S Ranch Boys and Girls Club in an email. “She is a great role model, not only for younger kids at the club, but also her peers. While attending the club, Sophia is active on the dance team and participates in summer camp activities. She has been attending the club for three years, and has been a great asset to our Club. Her brother Steven also attends the club and is in the second grade at Westwood Elementary.” As 4S Ranch’s Youth of the Year, Sophia will get to go to a Padres game and will also be entered into the state competition. If she wins at the state level, she will get a $1,000 scholarship and will be able to compete on the national level for a $10,000 scholarship. The recognition “makes me feel good about myself,” she said. Sophia is an avid reader and loves to dance. “I recently joined a spin club,” she said. “Sophia reads several hours every week for fun. She has read Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight Series several times,” said Morris in the email. Morris also said that Sophia was one of the fastest runners in her physical education class at Bernardo Heights Middle School, is on the honor roll and plays the violin. “I guess they selected me because I never got in trouble. I’m always nice and I always participate,” said Sophia.
A doctor in Rancho Penasquitos is being honored as a local hero. Union Bank and KPBS have named Dr. Allen W. Chan, doctor of chiropractic medicine at Chan Chiropractic, as one of two local hero honorees for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Chan, who is also the founder and owner of Jasmine Seafood Restaurant in Kearny Mesa, will be recognized later this month at a private dinner celebration with his family and executives from KPBS and Union Bank. The other honoree is Dr. M.C. Madhavan, a professor emeritus of economics and Asian studies at San Diego State University. “(The Local Heroes program) pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large,” a press release from Union Bank and KPBS stated. “The 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in today’s changing world.”
Cambodian communities in San Diego. Chan received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Utah
Dr. Allen W. Chan According to the release, Chan was the 2011 charter president for the San Diego United Lions Club and was the co-convener of the Asian Pacific American Coalition, uniting Asian and Pacific Americans for fair redistricting. Chan also is in charge of census outreach for the U.S. Census Bureau and the organization of Complete Count Committees for the Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Laotian and
and his doctorate in chiropractic medicine from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, according to the release.
NORTH IN RB — Retired Col. Oliver North will speak at services planned for June 7 and 8 at The Church at Rancho Bernardo, 11740 Bernardo Plaza Court. He will be sharing the story of his faith and will sign copies of his new book. Services are planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7 (Military appreciation service) and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8. Call 858592-2434 x304 for more information.
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and on the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Others participating in the ceremony will beArmy veteran Andre LeCault, who will present the memorial wreath and retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Thomas O’Leary and Sgt. Kenneth Dunn, who will perform “Taps.” There are a limited number of 4-by-6-inch bronze plaques available for installation at the Veterans Memorial site for recognition of individual veterans. For more information, contact David Olivet at 858-735-6121.
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County water agency proposing rate hikes
WILDFIRE SUNSET — Photographer Sherri Cortez captured this wildfire-smoke enhanced sunset from the top of Welton Lane in Poway on the evening of May 15.
Report: Backhoe started Bernardo Fire (CNS) – A backhoe in use at a housing construction project near Rancho Bernardo sparked the first large wildfire to erupt in San Diego County this week, authorities reported Friday. Investigators determined that the fire began as a crew was excavating trenches to test soil at the work site near Del Norte High School. After
digging and then covering one of the troughs, they started moving to the next excavation location, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. They then noticed flames spreading rapidly through dry brush and tried in vain to extinguish them before fleeing for their own safety, officials said.
The Bernardo Fire erupted about 11 a.m. Tuesday amid hot, dry and gusty conditions. Pushed to the west and north by stiff Santa Ana winds, the flames blackened nearly 1,600 acres between Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Santa Fe, prompting thousands of evacuations but not causing structural damage.
ing, under supervision, to certified dogs from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.
skills with a certified dog. Free sessions are 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24.
Crafts for kids
Toddler yoga and story time for those 18 months to 5 years will be 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 29.
LIBRARY PROGRAMS Rancho Bernardo Library 17110 Bernardo Center Drive — 858-538-8163
Computer class Adults can master skills to navigate different web sites and learn how to use e-mail at a free computer class from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28. Sign-up at the Information Desk.
Paws for Reading Children ages 5-12 can practice read-
Toddlers through age 12 can make fun crafts for free from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.
Help with reading Ms. Judy and her dog Buddy provide a relaxed and dog-friendly atmosphere for children to practice their reading
Fun for toddlers
Music fun “Let’s Make Music School” offers free creative activities through music and movement for children at 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 23.
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Water Authority announced this week that it is preparing to raise water rates as high as 3.8 percent for next year. The proposal was to go before the agency’s board of directors today (Thursday) but won’t be voted on until after a public hearing scheduled for June 26. The SDCWA receives water from the primary wholesaler for the region — the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — and distributes it to local agencies like the city of San Diego and Poway. It’s those local agencies that deliver water to residential and commercial customers. The increases proposed by staff would be 2.9 percent or 3.8 percent for untreated water, and 2.6 percent or 3.3 percent for treated water. The actual figures would vary between member agencies. The water authority, which is fighting the MWD in court over its wholesale rate structure, said the proposed rate increases would be among the smallest in the past decade. The agency said the MWD is responsible for 74 percent of its water costs. “These proposed rates reflect the cost of investing in a safe and reliable water supply for San Diego County,’’ said Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the SDCWA. “That strategy has worked well to help us avoid the worst impacts of the current drought, and it will continue to protect our region’s economic health and quality of life.’’ The SDCWA has been working to diversify its sources, increase storage capacity at area reservoirs, and plans to take water from a huge desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad.
'Golden Idol' contestants sought Are you a talented adult 60 years of age or older? The “Golden Idol Talent Contest,” a part to Rancho Bernardo’s Spirit of the Fourth, is looking for you. Applications are being accepted for the third annual talent contest to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Casa de las Campanas, 18655 W. Bernardo Drive, Rancho Bernardo. Auditions will be held on June 14. Call 858-5921870 to schedule a time. The contest is seeking adults over 60 who can sing or play an instrument. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, who will be invited to appear in the Spirit of the Fourth Parade and to perform at the fireworks show that night. The event on June 28 will be in Casa’s dinner theater and will include a silent auction. Money raised will help defray to the costs of Spirit of the Fourth activities. For more information, including contest rules and an entry form, visit www.spiritofthefourth.org, then click on “Golden Idol Contest.” Alice Dodd may be reached at 858472-8266 for more information as well.
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ART FOR A CAUSE â€” The Poway Unit of Rady Childrenâ€™s Hospital Auxiliary held its 11th annual â€œTabletops and Teaâ€? on Sunday, in the Aragon Ballroom at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. This yearâ€™s theme, â€œThe Art of Tea,â€? featured tables designed around famous artistsâ€™ masterpieces. Proceeds from the event will benefit â€œThe Healing Environmentâ€? program at the hospital. More than 350 people attended the fundraiser. Photos by Heather Skale Poway Auxiliary Unit Chair Karen McPartland with emcee Jim Cunningham.
Laura Ciruzzi with her table, "Sunflowers" by Vincent Van Gough.
Cori Lombardi with her table, "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Karen Morrison with her table," Garden of Grace," by Thomas Kinkade.
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