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Volume 31 Number 19
New superintendent selected for Solana Santa Fe school’s district
The Solana Beach School District Board of Education recently announced Dr. Nancy Lynch as the finalist for the superintendent position. Rancho Santa Fe’s Solana Santa Fe School is in the Solana Beach School District. Lynch comes to the district from Placerville Union School District where she has served as superintendent since 2007. With more than 24 years of education experience, she has served as an elementary teacher, principal, and district office administrator in Palm Springs and Beverly Hills. Ratification of the contract is scheduled for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education on Feb. 9. Lynch brings a range of experience and expertise that matches the needs and demands of Solana Beach. Her teaching and administrative leadership will support Solana Beach School District’s continuous improvement efforts and commitment to enhancing and enriching learning for
Jan. 26, 2012
Progress made on plans for Rancho Osuna, committee chair reports
Irrigation district supports water authority’s lawsuit against Metropolitan Water District BY JOE TASH Santa Fe Irrigation District directors voted Thursday, Jan. 19, to support a lawsuit against the agency that supplies water to millions of Southern California residents, contending the water wholesaler’s pricing structure is unfair to San Diego County. The irrigation district’s board of directors voted unanimously to support the lawsuit filed in 2010 by the San Diego County Water Authority against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. At issue is a complex formula for how the giant water agency — which serves an area of 5,200 square miles in six counties, with 19 million residents — charges for transporting water through its pipelines from the Imperial Valley to San Diego County. Dennis Cushman, the county water authority’s general manager, told the irrigation district board that between $1.3 billion and $2.1 billion in disputed charges by Metropolitan is at stake for San Diego County residents over the next 45 years. “This is the battle of a lifetime, of a generation… and we’re asking you to stand with us,” Cushman said. Metropolitan is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides water to parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The San Diego County Water Authority buys water from Metropolitan, and also uses Met’s pipelines to transport water that it purchases from the Imperial Irrigation District. See WATER, page 19
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RSF Community Center benefit features Celebrity Poker tournament The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center held its inaugural No-Limit Texas Hold ‘em Celebrity Poker Tournament Jan. 21 at the RSF Garden Club. The event included a cocktail reception and live music by Jazz Club; a fourhour tournament with poker celebrities and local sports, television and film luminaries; and a silent auction. (Above) Monica Sylvester, Tim Histreet, Don and Nicole Fryer. See pages 20 and 21 for more photos. Photos: Jon Clark
BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe Osuna Committee Chair Ron McMahon gave the RSF Association board an update Jan. 19 on his group’s progress. The committee has been busy, having completed a historic structural report; guiding principles; archeological studies; developed a master plan; received a local historic designation; and created plans for an Amigos de Osuna group, intended to be stewards and docents for the adobe. The master plan for Osuna includes the restoration of the adobe and the potential re-location of some of the horse ranch buildings and the possible addition of visitor parking and restroom facilities. McMahon said he is very passionate about the Osuna. “It’s a unique property that bears a lot of attention,” said McMahon of the Rancho Osuna that the Association purchased in 2006. The Osuna adobe was built in 1831 and is one of the oldest in California. The land was formerly known as Rancho San Dieguito and was originally operated as “rancheria” by the padres of the San Diego mission for the grazing of cattle. The adobe was built by Leandro Silva and in 1836 became the home of Juan Maria Osuna, the first mayor of the pueblo of San Diego. See OSUNA, page 19
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RSF Patrol to present report to Association, ‘Rattlesnake’ view platform on the Del Dios Gorge Trail complete continues to urge residents to take precautions The San Dieguito River Park recently announced that the “Rattlesnake” view platform on the Del Dios Gorge Trail has been completed. This project was to construct a viewing platform on the Del Dios Gorge Trail with views of the Lake Hodges Dam and the San Dieguito River down below in the gorge. The viewing platform was funded by the River Parkway (Proposition 84) grant funds from the State Resources Agency and constructed by architect Scott Stevenson. The grant is also funding a major eucalyptus removal and replanting with native sycamores and cottonwoods in Del Dios Gorge and trail improvements, including several covered picnic tables and benches. Dick Bobertz, executive director noted that “The project is one of the largest habitat restoration projects currently under way in Southern California.” The viewing platform is for trail users to sit and enjoy the views of the dam and the river below. It is called the “Rattlesnake” view platform because it is made from native rock in the shape of a rattlesnake. An interpretive panel explains the place of rattlesnakes in our ecosystem. Another feature is a burned and dead tree, which provides information about the impacts of wildfires. In the center of the view platform sculpture (at the apex of the snake’s tail) is a pipe scope through which one can look and line up with another feature, marked A, B or C, which point one’s view toward a particular sight, the spillway, the bullwarks of the dam, and the river below. The viewing platform is located just south of Del Dios Highway, downstream of
The “Rattlesnake” view platform on the Del Dios Gorge Trail has been completed. Lake Hodges Dam. Please note that the view platform is only accessible from the trail, and requires a two-mile walk or ride on the trail before it can be reached. There are two ways to access the viewing platform. If headed east on Del Dios Highway make a right just after Calle Ambiente at the Lemon Twist Fruit Stand to the Del Dios Gorge Trailhead and Staging Area; head east on the trail for approximately 2 miles. If headed west on Del Dios Highway make a left on Rancho Drive and park at the trailhead at the bottom of the hill; head west on the trail towards the dam for approximately 2 miles. For more information or maps visit www. sdrp.org. Established in 1989, the San Dieguito River Park is a 94,000-acre open space greenway of regional significance in San Diego’s North County. For more information, including trail maps and activities, visit www.sdrp.org.
The number of burglaries in RSF rose from 17 in 2010 to 28 in 2011, according to RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser. The Patrol Chief said he will present a report on crime in RSF to the RSF Association board at its Feb 2 meeting. The burglary total number includes commercial, residential and vehicle burglaries (mostly residential). While crime in Rancho Santa Fe is still very low compared to other communities, Wellhouser said the Patrol is working with the Sheriff’s department on burglary prevention to keep crime in RSF as low as possible. “Burglaries tend to come in waves,” Wellhouser said. “We are trying to make people aware of the crime potential and to take precautions. Even if you are just leaving the house for a short period of time, lock everything up.” Wellhouser offers the following crime prevention tips: •Locks all doors and windows. •Turn on alarms •Don’t leave valuables out — lock them up. Put the jewelry in the safe. • Don’t leave valuables in your car. •It is a good idea to have serial numbers and descriptions of your electronics, cameras and other items kept in a safe place. •The Sheriff offers a free home crime prevention inspection. Call them if you are interested at (760) 966-3500. If you have any questions, call (858) 756-4372; http://rsfpatrol. blogspot.com.”
RSF Association board briefs; Jan. 19 meeting Preliminary street paving work begins The first phase of a road re-sealing project for several Rancho Santa Fe roads began last week with some structural repairs on Las Planideras. Work on resealing Planideras and other roads is expected to begin after the rainy season. Streets scheduled for resealing are Rambla de las Flores, Via Fortuna, Mimulus, Lago Lindo and Los Morros. Member Input During member input at the Jan. 19 Rancho Santa Fe Association meeting, RSF resident Lisa Bartlett warned the board about a man who is riding a dark horse at a full gallop on the Ranch trails. She said riding a horse that fast is very dangerous and could cause a serious injury. “There was almost a major, major accident a couple of weeks ago,” Bartlett said. To report a sighting, call the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol at (858) 756-4372. — Karen Billing
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RSF student chosen as National Youth RSF student brings music to Correspondent, will travel to Washington D.C. underprivileged students RSF’s Harrison Schneider, a student at Torrey Pines High School, has been selected to represent California as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2012 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. Harrison joins a select group of students from all over the country for an intensive study of journalism and media. Schneider was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies. With distinguished faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to elite D.C. practitioners, The Washington Journalism and Media conference offers aspiring journalists
and student leaders an unparalleled experience. The weeklong program, held at George Mason University’s state-ofthe-art campus, will encourage and inspire young leaders Harrison Schneider from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry. The Washington Journalism and Media Conference will be held July 8-July 13.
RSF resident Olivia Goldenhersh named to University of Wisconsin-Madison Dean’s List The University of Wisconsin-Madison has recognized students named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 20112012 academic year. Among the students recognized was RSF’s Olivia Goldenhersh, College of Letters and Science. Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the
close of each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the honor. To view an online listing, visit http:// registrar.wisc.edu/deans_list.htm.
RSF’s Meredith Brewster makes the Dean’s List at Wake Forest U Meredith Brewster, a resident of Rancho Santa Fe, was among over 1,800 students from Wake Forest University who made the Fall Dean’s List. Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a top-25 university located in Winston-Salem, NC. Wake Forest combines the best tradition of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a national research university. For more information, visit www.wfu.edu.
Spencer Wong, a RSF resident and a junior at Santa Fe Christian High School, heard the call one day when he read in the newspaper that the music programs have been cut from public elementary schools due to California school budget cuts. Spencer, an advanced clarinet and saxophone player, is the lead clarinetist of his school band and has been a member of the band since 4th grade. Under the direction of Mr. David Hall, SFC’s band director, Spencer is the steady force in the school’s Eagle marching band, Pep band, and Concert band. Realizing that he is fortunate enough to have his own instruments and the benefit of weekly private music lessons, Spencer decided to do something to give back to the community. Spencer contacted the Education and Community Program Manager of the Community Opus Project, Lauren Widney, and offered to volunteer his time to give free music lessons to the underprivileged, lowincome students in various elementary schools in Chula Vista. The Community Opus Project is launched by the San Diego Youth Symphony with the goal of bridging the gap between those who have access to music education and those who will have to see their musical aspirations unfulfilled. The Community Opus Project provides communitybased music programs for at-risk youth in San Diego County. The programs take place in local Chula Vista elementary schools and community centers close to those underserved communities and are completely free. Students receive new instruments to begin their musical journey one note at a time, as well as regular expert instructions and men-
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Condoleezza Rice visits, offers inspiration to Bishop’s students BY PAT SHERMAN Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered words of inspiration and encouragement to students at the Bishop’s School on Jan. 19, urging them to follow their passion and make the most of their education. Rice addressed students during the school’s Endowed Leadership Lecture Series assembly. The annual event brings to the school individuals whose leadership achievements make them role models for Bishop’s students. Prior to the presentation, Rice was awarded the Bishop’s Medal — the school’s highest honor. During her address, Rice encouraged students not to coast along with a sense of entitlement. “There are many, many people just as smart, just as intelligent, just as capable, who will never get the chances and the opportunities that you’re getting,” she said. “It’s a privilege to get a great education. Never take it for granted.” Rice spoke of her youthful ambition to become a concert pianist, a dream she abandoned in college after attending the Aspen Music Festival and School training camp, where she discovered there were students more advanced than she. “I thought, uh-oh. … I’m about to end up teaching 13-year-olds … or maybe I’m going to play piano bars or at Nordstrom,” she quipped. As a student at the University of Denver, Rice took a course in international politics and became smitten with Russia. “There was no Earthly reason that a black girl from Birmingham, Alabama ought to want to be a Soviet specialist,” she said. “It was just what I was passionate about. … Don’t let somebody else define your passion by your gender or your race or where you come from.” In order to be on top of their game, Rice advised students not to burn the candle at both ends, taking time to get rest and exercise. “When I was the Secretary of State … I told my staff, ‘You do not want me making decisions on behalf of the United States of America on four hours sleep,’” she said. “Take care of yourself now. Your body will take care of you when you are older.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accepts the Bishop’s Medal from Head of School Aimeclaire Roche during a presentation at the Bishop’s School, Jan. 19, 2012. Photo/Pat Sherman Following her presentation, Rice fielded questions from students. Sophomore Alejandra Gallegos asked Rice for her definition of success. “Financial success can go away just like that,” Rice cautioned. “To me the most successful people are people who find meaning in their lives. They believe that they are having an impact on issues or causes that they care about.” Seventh-grader Andres Worstell asked, “How do you argue against a president when you disagree with their action, statement or decision?” Rice said the key is to have an “open and honest” relationship with the president. “If the president ultimately disagrees with you and takes another course, if it is something that somehow violates your values, then you have one
choice, which is to resign,” she said. “Then you can say whatever you want. “I never faced that situation with President Bush. I never felt that a decision — if it was a decision that I didn’t agree with — had violated my principles.” In regard to the Bush Administration’s decision to enter into war with Iraq, sophomore Hanna Bourne asked, “Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?” Rice answered, “Where we really didn’t succeed was in quelling the violence in Iraq among the insurgents. We probably didn’t have enough troops on the ground. ... We put too much focus on Baghdad, and not enough focus on what was a very big country. Yes, there are several things that I would do differently, but the one thing I would not do differently? I would not leave Saddam Hussein in power.” Freshman Adeline Shin asked what it was like to experience the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 as a member of the Bush Administration. Rice said the worst moment of that day was “15 awful minutes” in which she and other White House officials believed that the Pentagon had ordered the military to shoot down United Airlines Flight 93, which she said they later learned had been “driven into the ground by passengers to prevent another attack.” “What happens to you if you’re in a position of authority on that day is you resolve that can never let it happen again,” Rice said. “I’ve often said that after September 11, every day after that was September 12.” Following the presentation, Rice lunched with eight people who won the honor through a school auction. “Collectively, the people who bought this opportunity raised the equivalent of two full scholarships to Bishop’s,” said the school’s director of marketing and communications, Suzanne Weiner. “It goes to our financial aid program, which speaks to Condoleezza’s passion for children and education.”
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January 26, 2012
Ready to ‘get down’ — The Bishop’s School announces 2012 auction
(Above) The 2012 Bishop’s School auction co-chairs Kelly Dorvillier of La Jolla (left), Melissa Swanson of Rancho Santa Fe (center) and Bridget Musante of La Jolla (right) are ready to get down and boogie with the announcement of the school’s annual auction theme, “Disco Knights,” to be held on campus April 21. All proceeds of the auction benefit the school’s “Need-based Student Financial Aid and Faculty Professional Growth” programs.
858 Tea Party comes to local communities •Fi rst public meeting to be held Jan. 31 BY JOE TASH Graham Ledger is convinced the United States is moving away from its founding Constitutional principles, and individual rights and liberties are under fire. But it was thinking about the future of his teenage daughter that spurred him to action. Concerned the country was headed toward fiscal disaster, he decided, “I couldn’t live with myself, knowing that I didn’t at least lift a finger to try and prevent that from happening.” So late last year, he began to organize the 858 Tea Party, the newest entry onto San Diego County’s political stage. Ledger, a resident of coastal North County, said the county already had Tea Party groups in central San Diego, East County and North County. But no similar group existed for La Jolla, Del Mar east, Mira Mesa, Rancho Santa Fe, and other communities in the 858 area code. “It got my mind working, if there is a gap, maybe I can help fill it,” said Ledger, who is well-known to many San Diegans as an anchor for 14 years on KFMB Channel 8’s news broadcasts. He now anchors a news program on the San Diego-based Wealth TV cable network. The demand for a new Tea Party group in the 858 area code will become more apparent on Tuesday, Jan. 31, when the group holds its first public meeting at Chevys restaurant, 2730 Via De La Valle in Del Mar. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and candidates for local, state and federal offices have been invited to speak to the group. According to Ledger and other supporters of the Tea Party movement, the key issues include government spending and the mandate to buy health insurance contained in the new federal healthcare reform law. “Most people who study the Constitution find nowhere in that document that the federal government has the authority to compel an American citizen to enter into a private transaction,” Ledger said. “That one seems to have galvanized millions of Americans around what has gone wrong with the U.S. government.” Craig Wood, a Carmel Valley resident who works as a software and technology consultant, said he has known Ledger for several years, and shares many of his concerns. Wood said he considers himself a fiscal conservative, a supporter of a small, limited
government and of a strong national defense. He advocates cuts in government spending and regulation of businesses to spur economic growth. “The best way to create jobs is to create entrepreneurship. Allow people to go out there and set up businesses. Take the yoke off and let them go. Be pro-business,” he said. “Let the people go, let them be who they are.” Maggie Acerra, an organizer of the San Diego County Tea Party Forum, a website and related Facebook page for Tea Party enthusiasts, said the creation of a new Tea Party group for the 858 area code is a positive step, because it offers another place for people to connect and debate issues. “We have Independents and Libertarians and Republicans and some Democrats in there. We’re all individuals, we all have our own thoughts and opinions. That’s why the debate part of it is so important,” she said. “This isn’t about combat. We’re all trying to find a way to put the country on the right track,” she said. Tea Party activists saw a similar sentiment arise at the very beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, Acerra said. “Their instincts were telling them something was very wrong with this country just like we had felt.” Occupiers and Tea Partiers disagree on the source of the problem, according to Acerra, with Occupiers believing that government and more spending offer the best solution. Del Mar resident John Stahl, who is running against incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray in the newly reconfigured 52nd District — a race that also includes Democrats Scott Peters and Lori Saldana — said he gravitated toward the Tea Party because it offered him a venue to express his conservative message of Judeo-Christian principles, the Constitution and common sense. A friend of Ledger’s. Stahl said he plans to speak at next week’s 858 Tea Party meeting. “I’m running as a Republican and they won’t let me speak at their meetings. I need another avenue to get my message out,” Stahl said. For more information about the 858 Tea Party, visit www.858TeaParty.tk.
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Local author’s new book shows how computers can be used to make a difference BY KATHY DAY Lisa Kaczmarczyk figured out how to combine her interests in social issues with her expertise in computer science by writing a book, “Computers and Society – Computing for Good.” “I wanted to write about societal issues in a way that hadn’t been done before,” the local resident said last week. “So often we hear about problems with computers – hacking, privacy issues – but I wanted to show how people can make a difference using computers and make a living doing it.” Kaczmarczyk didn’t take a direct route into a career in computer science. Her undergraduate degrees are in drama and Spanish, but she said she always had an interest in computers so she took lots of classes as an undergrad. “I talked my way into a lot of classes,” she said, adding that when she graduated she had enough training that she was able to get a job in the computer industry before going back to school for a master’s degree. When she got back into school, she said, she really liked graduate school and completed two graduate degrees, including a Ph.D., along with extensive course work in Intercultural Communication studies and Systems Science. Then she got two job offers: One in Silicon Valley, one to teach at a community college. She took the teaching job and “never looked back.” It was then she started doing research and tried to get papers published. Following a pattern of “school-work-school-work,” she eventually returned to a computer industry job “that didn’t turn out to be what it was supposed to be.” Today, she is an evaluation and assessment consultant,
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Lisa Kaczmarczyk (right) with a friend in the Colorado Rockies. working with faculty who have National Science Foundation grants in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – research. She serves as an external evaluator on their projects. Settling in Carmel Valley about two and a half years ago, she decided to pursue her interest in writing a book that “puts a human spin on what people in the computer industry do.” It’s not all about “sitting in a cubicle in a dark office or being a code monkey,” she said, adding that computers frequently come into play for the good of our society, and
that’s where she chose to put her focus. Her book is designed as a textbook, with case studies looking at Internet voting, efforts to alleviate poverty in the Peruvian Andes, and marrying digital imaging technology with a state-of-the-art computing system to improve patient care in a children’s hospital. It wraps up with a chapter on starting a business. Written primarily for upper division or graduate level students with some technical expertise, it can be used in a wide range of majors, her website notes, including “computer engineering, computer science, computer information science, information technology, health information science, business management and political science.” Each chapter includes questions to promote discussion and ideas for class and individual projects, as well as technical information in what Kazmarczyk calls “sidebars.” Even if you’re not technically inclined, she said, “you can still get everything important out of it. … it’s very human.” Conceding her own bias about it, she added, “I think it’s fun to read. It’s about people who are passionate about what they do and are making a difference.” Her sense of the book’s readability was evident, she said, when her mother — “being a good mom” — took a copy to her book club and someone described it as “a book about computers being used for something good.” For more information about Kazmarczyk and her book go to http://www.computers-and-society.com. The book, published by CRC Press, can be purchased through the publisher or at amazon.com.
Fabulous lineup of auction items await gala Headliner attendees at ‘Stand Up for Rady Children’s Lucie Arnaz to sing at Hospital, A Night With Dennis Miller’ North Coast Rep Gala
On March 3, the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary has an evening of fabulous cuisine, amazing silent and live auctions, the comedy of Dennis Miller, and Dennis Miller dancing until midnight in store for its 16th annual gala attendees — all in support of Rady Children’s Hospital, Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Along with many other trips, treasures, and fantastic auction offerings from generous area boutiques, restaurants, salons, event and service providers, gala auction highlights include: •Grand Del Mar Private Wine Dinner and Accommodations for 8: Four deluxe rooms, champagne reception, 7 course dinner with wine pairings in the Amaya wine cellar, and golf for 4. •Holland America Line: Luxurious 10Day Cruise for 2 to any destination, extraordinary dining, spacious staterooms, elegant surroundings, and pampering by an awardwining crew. •Historic HF Bar Ranch, Wyoming: 5-Night Adventure for 4, situated in a pristine valley on 9,000 acres bordering Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest, includes room and board, horseback riding, swimming, hiking and other family-friendly activities. All proceeds will benefit the Peckham Center providing funding for the research,
treatment and care of childhood cancer and blood disorders. Cancer and life-threatening blood disorders such as hemophilia are indiscriminate, affecting children and their families across San Diego County in unfortunately increasing numbers. The number of children afflicted with cancer and blood disorders is greater than that of any other disease and more than that of asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. It is the generosity of the community that makes these fundraising events possible, and the Rancho Santa Fe Unit extends its sincere gratitude to the following individuals leading the way in support of the Peckham Center: Gala Title Sponsors: Mr. & Mrs. Leo Spiegel – Henry’s Fund along with Mr. & Mrs. Jere Oren; Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Whitworth – Relational Investors LLC; Mr. & Mrs. Steve Sourapas – Crest Beverage; Bridgepoint Education; Ranch & Coast Magazine; Mr. & Mrs. Steve Rosetta – Cushman & Wakefield; Vertical Printing & Graphics; Redfearn & Associates; Mr. & Mrs. William Ayyad;;Mr. & Mrs. Scott Kahn; The Simon Strauss Foundation; Mr. & Mrs. Ken Polk; Dr. Judith Posnikoff; Mr. & Mrs. John Sundt – Altegris; Mr. & Mrs. Henny den Uijl; Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Lysaught - United Capital of San Diego. Tickets are now on sale. Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and event tickets are tax deduction eligible! Reserve yours now at www.rcha-rsf.org or by calling 858/4146296. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RCHARSFU.
North Coast Rep is celebrating its history with a “30th Anniversary Gala,” a fundraiser on April 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, honoring the history of the theatre and raising funds to support the artistic excellence the theatre has achieved. Artistic Director David Ellenstein has secured Emmy Award-winning Broadway veteran Lucie Arnaz to provide entertainment at the gala. The “30th Anniversary Gala” is being chaired by Justin Tipp and his wife, Leslie, of Del Mar. Located in Solana Beach, North Coast Rep currently is presenting “The Lion in Winter,” which runs through Feb. 5. Tickets are $225 per person; Champagne tables of 10: $2,750; Tables of 10: $2,250. For tickets call: Kathryn Byrd, development officer: 858-481-2155, ext. 211.
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Eddie Kisfaludy Biological collector uses his expertise to create a unique undersea laboratory with the remains of a dead fin whale BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN When a dead 67-foot fin whale recently washed up on a Point Loma beach, city authorities and lifeguards realized they had a huge problem — how to dispose of the 30-ton carcass. But Eddie Kisfaludy, 34, a former Scripps Institution of Oceanography biological collector, and SIO professor/ curator Greg Rouse saw it as a unique opportunity to create an undersea “whale fall” laboratory by sinking the remains of the whale in the ocean off La Jolla — instead of standing idly by as city crews carried out a plan to somehow haul the whale’s remains to the Miramar landfill for disposal. “Sinking a whale offshore in the ocean,” Kisfaludy said, “is the more ecological and environmentally responsible thing to do because we don’t want to fill our landfills with whale and it’s more of a natural process…We are just adding one more whale to the millions who have died and sank throughout the oceans.”
The purpose of a scientific “whale fall” operation, Kisfaludy said, was to return the whale to the sea while creating an accessible site that researchers could revisit in the months and years ahead to monitor the biology of the “whale fall” as it provides an ongoing feast for countless sea creatures and sustains a complex local undersea ecosystem. “This is the largest whale ever sunk by science,” he reckoned. “You could consider this the largest fishfeeding that man has ever done. It’s an incredible organic input to the sea floor.” The successful sinking of the fin whale climaxed a multi-agency coordinated effort by SIO, Virgin Oceanic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and SeaWorld. We interviewed Kisfaludy mid-morning last week on the sunlit patio of Caroline’s Seaside Café on the SIO campus. While we talked, dolphins could be seen leaping just beyond the breakers. The story of the ill-fated
Quick Facts Name: Eddie Kisfaludy Distinction: Kisfaludy was the offshore operations manager of a recent multi-agency collaboration to tow and sink a dead 67-foot, 30-ton fin whale 12 nautical miles offshore of La Jolla for a burial at sea, with the scientific goal of creating an accessible site that researchers can revisit to monitor the biology of the “whale fall” as it provides sustenance for countless sea creatures and a complex localized ecosystem. Kisfaludy is the San Diegobased operations manager of Richard Branson’s Virgin Oceanic company. Born: La Jolla at Scripps Memorial Hospital 34 years ago. Education: B.S. degree in biology, San Diego State University, 2000. Interests: Flying and natural history filmmaking. Favorite books: “Cannery Row” and “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” by John Steinbeck Favorite getaway: “My most favorite on the planet is Baja California. I’m an airplane pilot and I think I became a pilot so that I could access Baja much easier.” Favorite TV: BBC Earth series documentaries and National Geographic natural history documentaries. Philosophy: “Do good things for the world and if you don’t like what you’re doing, change; and try to live life as much on your own schedule as you can.”
fin whale and its contribution to science began last November shortly before Thanksgiving when the whale’s carcass was spotted by a Coast Guard helicopter as it floated toward shore and eventually washed up in a cove just north of the Point Loma sewerage plant. Fin whales, Kisfaludy said, are much larger than the average gray whales that occasionally wash up on San Diego beaches and that are routinely transported by dump trucks for disposal in the local landfill. “But you couldn’t put a whale this size in the back of a dump truck,” he said. “You’d have to cut it up into three pieces which would have been a daunting task. The logical thing was to tow it offshore.” Kisfaludy and Greg Rouse actually devised a plan to create scientific whale falls using gray whales three years ago, but they were unable to raise funds for the project estimated at a cost of $15,000 per whale. When the fin whale washed up on shore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approached Kisfaludy and Rouse for help. “This was two days before Thanksgiving and everybody was on holiday,” Kisfaludy recalled. “So I got on the horn and called as many people as I could; and in six hours we had the Virgin Oceanic catamaran lined up, we located 14,000 pounds of steel that would be needed to weigh down the whale in order to sink it, and we secured the cooperation of the lifeguards and SeaWorld.” Rouse directed the overall operation for the whale fall and Kisfaludy oversaw the offshore details as operations manager. The operation was three-phased, Kisfaludy said. “First was to tow the whale 6.5 miles from Point Loma to Fiesta Island. That was the lifeguards. The second phase was to do a necropsy to determine the cause of death. That was SeaWorld and NOAA fisheries. And the third phase was to sink the whale offshore. That was me.” Kisfaludy, in his current role as San Diego-based operations manager of Richard
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Branson’s Virgin Oceanic company, arranged for Virgin Oceanic’s 125-foot ultracatamaran to be dispatched from Newport Harbor to tow the whale from Fiesta Island to the selected burial site 12 nautical miles off La Jolla. The necropsy determined that the fin whale was a pregnant female that died after she was struck by a ship. Numerous fractured vertebrae and large areas of hemorrhage indicated that the whale was alive when she was struck. Fin whales are considered the “greyhounds of the sea” because of their aerodynamic lines and their dangerous habit of racing in front of the bows of large ships. “This particular fin whale might have been doing just that when she was struck or she may have been on the surface because she was experiencing trouble due to her pregnancy,” Kisfaludy ventured. The whale was buried at sea on the morning of Nov. 25. It took 3,000 pounds of large shackles, 1,000 pounds of large ship chain and 10,200 pounds of rusty steel mooring — totaling more than 14,000 pounds, at-
tached to the whale’s flippers, to sink it 850 meters to the sea floor. “We chose that depth,” Kisfaludy explained, “because we wanted to put it deep enough where it would be interesting biologically, but shallow enough to where the Scripps’ remotely operated vehicle (ROV) could access it.” Kisfaludy was raised in Pacific Beach a couple of blocks from Mission Bay. His father, an auto mechanic, now retired, specialized in European cars. “My father emigrated from Hungary to New York with his family aboard a refugee ship when he was 10.” Kisfaludy’s mother is a dental hygienist. Asked what attracted him to a career in marine biology, he said, “That’s easy. All my time when I wasn’t in school, I spent at the beach, snorkeling or spearfishing or jumping off cliffs or doing something in the ocean.” While attending Mission Bay High School, he realized eventually he would have to get a job, “but I wanted to do what I was doing for fun.” “The difficult part was to figure out how you get
paid for having fun. I went over to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. I thought it would be fun to be a diver in their kelp tank and get paid to do that. Turns out they only gave volunteers the opportunity to do that.” So he volunteered and kept at it while studying for his degree in biology at SDSU. Then when the marine collector at Scripps needed help acquiring living specimens in support the research and educational requests of faculty, staff and students at SIO, Kisfaludy was offered the position, again as a volunteer. He took it, without hesitation. “It was a dream come true,” he said. “So I started working with my predecessor. I was at Scripps two to three days a week. It was hard to keep my grades up at SDSU. But that’s what I did. Then after about four years volunteering with him, when my predecessor retired, I was graduating at the same time, and, for some strange reason, Scripps wanted me to do his job.” One of his heroes and an inspiration during his career at Scripps, he said, was biologist/collector Ed Ricketts, a friend of novelist John Steinbeck, who was featured in Steinbeck’s nonfiction book “The Log from the Sea of Cortez,” and who served as the model for the fictional character of “Doc” in Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. Kisfaludy was employed at SIO for 10 years as a biological collector, marine technician, experimental aquarium manager, animal welfare curator, and boating safety manager and pilot. As a “jack of all seas,” at Scripps, he logged more than 2,000 days at sea and led 800 oceanographic excursions around the world. He even had a new species of salt-water rotifer, a near-microscopic multicellular parasitic scavenger, named after him, Paraseison kisfaludyi. Rotifers are important participants in aquatic food chain, consuming various microorganisms and detritus, and, in turn, being eaten by tiny crustaceans. KisSee COLLECTOR, page 17
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ITF tennis event at Morgan Run needs volunteers Morgan Run Resort and Club is one of the venues for the International Tennis Federation’s World Individual Seniors Championship, Feb. 12-19, and they are in need of volunteers to help run the competition. La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and the San Diego Sports Commission have helped organize the event, which has not been held in the United States for 10 years and has never been held in Southern California. Morgan Run will host the men’s 45 division for the team event and the men’s 45 and women’s 40 for the individual champi-
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Patriot Profiles: ‘My husband’s gone. I don’t know what I’m doing – Help.’ This column presents soldier stories to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes. BY JEANNE MCKINNEY Being married to a warrior is no easy task. Beyond the military theatre or training ground is a wife managing her own battlefronts, learning and living the term “selflessness.” With her husband dedicated to a dangerous job that takes him away from family for months on end, she keeps the home fires burning, and her tears and concerns to herself. A vital ally in a career of sacrifice and service to country, she follows him around the globe – supporting the “mission.” I first heard about Mary Jean Hall and the way she spends her time when I met her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Howard F. Hall, the Commanding Officer of the 3D Assault Amphibian Battalion – 1st Marine Division. We were engaged in conversation on Red Beach, Camp Pendleton, after filming a massive launch of amphibious assault vehicles during Dawn Blitz, a ship to shore joint Marine Corps/Navy training exercise. I found it impressive while chatting with this charismatic high-ranking officer that he found his wife’s
work as important as his. Growing up in Dearborn, Michigan, MJ (as she likes to be called) graduated from Eastern Michigan University and worked her way into the world of Information Technology (IT) and mergers and acquisitions. Here, she honed project management skills she could transfer to a future role. That role would change from working with highly-trained professionals and overseeing satellite offices to working with volunteers supporting a looselyformed organization, with no budget or direction and unfulfilled needs – all within the confines of a military setting. MJ met Lieutenant Colonel Hall online, who was then a Major with an established 15-year Marine Corps career. She had to consult with a girlfriend about the rank of “Major,” asking “Is that good?” They dated briefly before he was deployed to Iraq and grew their romance through emails and internet video chat. She eventually signed up “to share every joy and hardship to an equal degree right alongside of Chip” (as she affectionately calls her husband). Lt. Col. Hall, MJ, and their daughter, Remington, arrived at Camp Pendleton in June 2011, and were challenged with a low level of family participation in the
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Mary Jean (MJ) and Lieutenant Colonel Howard F. Hall – Camp Pendleton seven companies that comprise the 3rd AABN. In over 1,600 Marines and 1,400 dependents, there were only six active and dedicated volunteers to carry the huge load of helping one another. “I was amazed,” recalls MJ. In addition, military rules constrained her husband’s allocation of government funds for Unit Personal and Family Readiness Programs (UP & FRP). These funds (green dollars) could only be used for battalion group events. To use such monies on individuals would be a violation and come with stiff consequences. Creative solutions were required to meet individual and family needs. Facing this pretty and blonde CO’s wife was the daunting task of
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filling the gaps the battalion couldn’t. A working system was yet to be devised to help the young Marine’s wife who moves in, feeling scared, alone and unsure how to navigate through thousands of resource/instructional documents, or how to lend a hand to a family with an emergency. A way to help kids cope with the challenges of constant moves and deployments was needed, along with creating a network to connect moms learning how to be independent and fight loneliness. For this and more, MJ quit her corporate job of 24 years. “I truly am his partner in command”, MJ remarks. She and her husband decided “to bring my skill set into a setting like this and plow forward for the next two years setting policies, programs, and procedures in place that would endure long after we have gone.” MJ stepped up, ready to implement the “Left of Blast” philosophy, which is preventing an
event from happening, rather than just re-enforcing or trying to mitigate the effects of an event once it happens. Both she and her husband share this outlook with the goal of “harnessing energy and ideas correctly to create efficiency,” as explained by LtCol. Hall. With ideas and energy harnessed, this former IT whiz took charge, revamping The Spouse Club, an idea started by former CO spouse Candice McLean. “She had great foresight, but we’ve taken it 10 steps further.” MJ is clear: “The Spouse Club was developed to build a sense of belonging and camaraderie and develop assets and resources to commit to family needs through volunteering and fund raising.” Donated funds (pink dollars) can go directly to “Gator Families in Need” (The “Gator” is the mascot of their amphibious battalion). With “pink dollars” filling gaps left by spending restrictions on “green dollars,” the Halls began to effectively address both unit and individual needs across the battalion. “Within the first 90 days, volunteers increased from six to 60,” claims MJ. Also within that time, a charter and bylaws were created, a board of directors put in place, corporate-style meetings were introduced, and a website was launched dedicated to battalion families and SEE PATRIOT, PAGE 15
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Becker’s Hospital Review has named Scripps Health’s President and CEO Chris Van Gorder one of the 40 of the most powerful people in health care in its January-February edition. This list recognizes leaders who have shaped the health Chris Van Gorder care industry with their policy work, clinical research, company leadership and commentary, among other contributions. This recognition follows Van Gorder’s listing as No. 18 on Modern Healthcare’s annual ranking of the nation’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, published last year. “As president and CEO of San Diegobased Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has led the nonprofit health system through a series of financial and culture changes, positioning the system as one of the nation’s leading health providers,” the Becker’s Hospital Review listing states. “When Mr. Van Gorder was appointed CEO in 1999, Scripps Health was losing $15 million a year, and the management had recently received a ‘no-confidence’ vote from its medical staff. Mr. Van Gorder responded to the crisis by implementing a physician leadership cabinet, building strategic alliances and pushing a more transparent management style. Through a joint venture with North American Medical Management California, Scripps Health recently formed an integrated delivery network with seven physician groups in San Diego County that is or-
San Diegans can learn practical ways that integrative medicine can help strengthen their heart health and overall well-being at a free public seminar led by Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The seminar, titled “Your Heart, Your Life, Your Dreams,” will be presented from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr Mimi Guarneri, medical director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, will lead the program. The event will offer practical strategies to help each attendee chart an individualized path to optimal heart health. Topics to be addressed will include proper nutrition, sleep, fitness and resiliency to stress. The program will be held in the Schaetzel Center at Scripps La Jolla, located at 9890 Genesee Ave., La Jolla 92037. For more information or to register to attend, call 1-800-SCRIPPS.
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parents. “We have the people involved and excited.” MJ beams talking about the Children’s Book Exchange, a program she started, that gives kids a chance to check out books from the Gator Library, get a book bag to decorate, eat ice cream and socialize. MJ can hand a [free] program like this over to volunteer Family Readiness Assistants (FRAs) to implement in their own companies. “We give them everything they need, except the ice cream.” The Spouse Club doesn’t advertise the people they assist. MJ states, “It’s
just what we do.” It could be helping a family buy gas to visit a sick baby in a faraway hospital, finding someone to fix a lawnmower or another to bring in meals. How many people are helped or problems averted is hard to tally. “You know it’s really working when you have a new spouse log on to our Spouse Club Facebook page saying, ‘My husband’s gone. I don’t know what I’m doing — help.’ That means the word’s getting out and she feels comfortable posting that information.” “If our Marines and sailors can train in the field or deploy overseas knowing in the bottom of their hearts
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he Jan. 17 installment of Viewpoints featured Dr. John Reed, scientist and leader at the SanfordBurnham, a research institute that seeks to understand the underlying biological mechanisms that generate good health or, when they go awry, cause disease. Reed and the Rev. Jack Baca discussed such topics as the coming era of personalized medicine and advances in stem cell technologies which involve recreating “disease in a dish.” The event was co-presented by the Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. PHOTOS: JON CLARK Rev. Jack Baca, Paige Vanosky, Ken Ravazzolo
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Scripps researcher showcases the restoration of marine park in Baja BY CHRIS PALMER A decade-log ban on fishing in a marine park in southern Baja has resulted in a dramatic resurgence of ocean life, according to Scripps Institution of Oceanography Postdoctoral Researcher Octavio Aburto-Oropeza. Aburto-Oropeza showcased the success of Cabo Pulmo National Park to a near-capacity audience at January’s Jeffrey B. Graham ‘PerspecOctavio tives on Ocean Science’ lecture hostAburto-Oropeza ed by the Birch Aquarium. Aburto-Oropeza’s lecture, ‘Marine Protected Areas: A Success Story’, detailed the restoration of Cabo Pulmo since it became a marine protected area in 1995 and featured stunning photography of the region. Aburto-Oropeza cited Cabo Pulmo, a now-thriving undersea park near the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, as an example of how marine reserves can flourish given the proper protection. “For me, this area is like a time machine. I am now able to see all of these species that I only read about in the literature,” he said. Over the course of hundreds of scuba dives in 1999 and 2009, Aburto-Oropeza and a team of Scripps researchers inventoried the amount of fish biomass (a measure that reflects the number of fish and their individual sizes) in the waters near Cabo Pulmo, as well as several nearby marine protected areas. To the researchers’ surprise, fish biomass in Cabo Pulmo increased by 463 percent over the decade, the largest such increase ever recorded in a marine protected area. In contrast, the neighboring protected areas showed almost no increase in fish biomass over the same period of time. In addition, the number of predators in Cabo Pulmo increased by nearly 1,000 percent from the initial 1999 count, which is significant given that research has shown that eco-
Fish swim in roots of mangrove in Cabo Pulmo. Octavio Aburto-Oropeza systems top-heavy in predators tend to be the most sustainable. The average size of individual predators also increased. “The largest predators in the Gulf of California are now in Cabo Pulmo,” said Aburto-Oropeza. The difference between Cabo Pulmo and the other protected areas in the Gulf? The entire area of Cabo Pulmo has been declared a “no-take” area where fishing has been banned, whereas considerably smaller portions (close to 1 percent) of the nearby areas have been designated as notake. Such small no-take zones are the norm for the vast majority of the world’s 5,000 or so marine protected areas. “Cabo Pulmo confirms that by using no-take marine preserves we can protect endangered species,” said AburtoOropeza, who hopes that conservationists can apply the lessons learned in Cabo Pulmo to the broad network of marine reserves that went into effect in last fall in Southern California amid criticism that such areas do not produce a significant amount of marine life.
Initially, only one-third of Cabo Pulmo was no-take. Credit goes to the local population of Cabo Pulmo for initiating the expansion of the area to 100 percent no-take, making it, at a mere 71 km2, 70 times larger than the average no-take protected area. “The local people changed their lifestyle. They left their nets and fishing boats and decided to protect the reefs,” said Aburto-Oropeza, adding that the economic benefits of embracing tourism over fishing have been significant. The locals still fish, but only outside the borders of the national park. “They know the beauty of the land and the ocean will attract more and more visitors in the coming years and will generate enough work to sustain their community in the long term.” In spite of the success of Cabo Pulmo, Aburto-Oropeza sees worldwide ocean productivity collapsing at an everquickening rate due to pressure from fishing as well as from coastal development. For example, in Cancun estuaries, mangrove forests, which are spawning grounds for some fish species, have been cleared for development, devastating those fish species. Even Cabo Pulmo could be in danger. A 30,000-room hotel development is planned for Cabo Pulmo, but for now, financial difficulties for the developers have given the region, and its inhabitants, a reprieve.
Up Next • Aburto-Oropeza’s lecture can be viewed online at ucsd.tv/oceanscience/ • On Feb. 13, marine biologist Heidi Dewar will discuss how high-tech tools used to track the complex behaviors of fish advance conservation, 6:30-8 p.m. $8$5. • RSVP: (858) 534-5771
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Letters to the Editor/Opinion
A big ‘thank you’ to RSF community for support of ‘The Military Care Package’ project Thank you, thank you Rancho Santa Fe! The Military Care Package project sponsored by The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club was a huge success, made possible by good oldfashioned community support and endeavor! Thanks to all the people who generously donated bags of the requested items at the drop-off locations around the village. Items requested by the troops included candy, granola bars, crackers, drink mixes, toiletries, wipes, games, bug repellent, magazines, gum, Chap Stick and much more. They say it is the “little things” that make the difference when you are out in the middle of nowhere, in the desert, and thousands of miles away from home. The Rancho Santa Fe Library had two collection boxes, upstairs and in The Book Cellar, and also donated paperback books, one for each box. The Community Center was a “drop off” site for donations and a group of children wrote messages and beautifully decorated 20 shipping boxes. An abundance of items were placed in the decorated drop off boxes at The Village Market. The Pharmacy and the office of James Jam. Matt, Jason and James were all enthusiastic and pleased to be part of this community effort. An anonymous couple left a $1,000 check with a clerk at The Village Market to “shop and fill the basket” — thank you! Funds to pay for the cost of mailing the packages came from the community at
large, including The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and The Rancho Santa Fe Republican Woman. With these generous donations the size of the boxes changed from the medium size to the larger size Flat-Rate box. The boxes were filled by volunteers from the community on Nov. 11 at The Garden Club, the atmosphere was energetic with patriotism and a sense of “being able to do something.” Before closing a box, a handwritten note was included, notes and drawings from students at Canyon Crest Academy and pictures drawn by children. When the day was over and the 106 boxes were sealed, stacked and sorted by AFO address, we were physically drained but the wall of boxes gave us such a sense of fulfillment. It was a very personal experience as each box in the stack represented one of our finest, a link to an individual, a Unit that is serving, fighting for our country. The Military Packages were sent to three different Units of Marines in Afghanistan in time for the holidays. From 1st Sgt. Adam Bala, “Everything the Marines of Golf Company receive is of great use and appreciated by the Marines. We are located in small patrol bases and do not have access to buy everyday items, what people like you send us is an absolute blessing.” Thank you Rancho Santa Fe for your generosity and love of country. With Appreciation, The Horticultural Committee, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club
Bringing ‘sunlight’ to fair board should be lauded Concerning the potential conflict of interest involving the Del Mar Fair board’s Tom Chino, I was dismayed that the proponent of open meetings was the recipient of such harsh and focused criticism. Mr. Chino’s reasonable suggestion that all committee meetings and meetings with state and federal representatives be noticed and open to the public certainly seemed worthy of discussion. Instead, Mr. Chino came under attack by his fellow board members and
the Deputy Attorney General, all of whom seem more interested in castigating Mr. Chino rather than debate his proposal to open meetings to the public. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once opined that “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Mr. Chino, a renowned local farmer, deserves the support of the community for trying to bring a little “sunlight” to the fair board. Thomas L. Gotfredson
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Fairbanks GOP Women meet The Fairbanks GOP Women held its annual Membership Luncheon & San Diego Mayoral Candidate Forum on Jan. 20 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. City Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher were among those on hand. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
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In 1924, it underwent a renovation by renown architect Lilian Rice, adding an interior fireplace and an enclosed open-air kitchen. The restoration will include removing the Rice features to bring it back to the period of historical significance, the late 1800s. McMahon said that while there are many examples of Rice architecture in the area, the early days of the Ranch are not as represented. A conceptual master plan (any changes to the Osuna require a Covenant modification) includes moving some of the horse structures away from the restored adobe to really set it off on its own area, McMahon said. The plans also include parking areas, a new structure with a restroom and small utility kitchen for events with a caretaker’s residence and a passive use park area. The Association pledged $170,000 toward work for the Osuna lot split—splitting off the 3.3 acres with a single-family home from the Ranch area. Work for the lot split included the installation fire line, re-aligning the road and removing trees. The funds were also for removing electrical wiring off the side of the adobe, which
can’t be done until the split is complete. The removal of six pepper trees along the roadside, required by the county to provide a better line of sight from the driveway of the single family home, is the last thing to be completed and is expected to be done in the next two weeks. The trees will be replaced with new pepper trees set farther back from the road. “The thought is to keep the same look of a tree-lined street,” RSF Association Manager Pete Smith said. McMahon said they are operating under budget on the work and expect to spend $157,000. Once the sale of the home is complete, the main issue will become getting funding for the adobe restoration. Initial funding sources could be partial proceeds from the sale of the house, open space funds, private grants from RSF Foundation funds, community fundraising or historic restoration grants. McMahon said phase one of the master plan, just the adobe preservation and restoration, could cost $380,000. Board director Larry Spitcaufsky questioned whether a study had been done to see how much Association members would visit the adobe or Osuna Ranch. “If I had guests, my first
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thought wouldn’t be ‘Let’s go visit the adobe’,” Spitcaufsky said. McMahon said they had not done such a study but reiterated the adobe’s importance to the community. “There is a significant interest in preserving the adobe as a historical reference to our beginnings,” McMahon said. “When you see the adobe, it is absolutely
charming. I would take friends that are visiting from out of town to the adobe, it’s really where our Ranch began.” Board president Jack Queen said he also brings people to the adobe when they come to visit and looks forward to the “fantastic” things that might be able to happen on the property as soon as it’s finished.
Spitcaufsky also inquired about the possibility of moving the adobe to a more visible location where more people could access it. McMahon said that it would be “nearly impossible” to move and the structure would likely fall apart. Board vice president Dick Doughty said that the location of the adobe is almost as valuable as the adobe it-
self. “To have one without the other is hard to imagine,” Doughty said. Residents can visit the adobe by walking onto the ranch site or calling the Association for the gate code at (858) 756-1174. Rancho Osuna (and the Hap Hansen Stables) is located at 16332 Via De Santa Fe, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091.
said. “That’s not lawful.” The county water authority is asking all of its member agencies to pass a resolution in support of the lawsuit, said Cushman, and so far, the city of San Diego and several other local water agencies have done so. The vote by the Santa Fe Irrigation District board will not cost the district additional money, because it is already helping to pay for the litigation as a member agency of the county water authority, Cushman said. Along with passing a resolution in support of the lawsuit, the county water authority is asking its member agencies to testify at Metropolitan’s rate-setting hearing on March 12, publish commentaries and letters to the editor supporting the water authority’s position, and feature the litigation in agency publications, on websites and in social media comments. A number of Metropol-
itan’s member agencies have sided with Met on the lawsuit, said Cushman, which he attributed to their desire to continue to have San Diego County residents subsidize their water costs “to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year.” “They want to preserve the status quo. Why? Because it works very well for them,” Cushman said. After listening to Cushman’s presentation, the Santa Fe board voted to support the water authority lawsuit with little discussion. The irrigation district purchases about 60 percent of the water it supplies to customers from the county water authority. Cushman said the improper charges by Metropolitan are one factor in a series of steep rate increases imposed on San Diego County water customers in recent years. On its website, Metropolitan contends that the
San Diego County Water Authority is seeking to avoid paying its fair share of the costs of transporting water from Imperial Valley to San Diego County. “SDCWA’s lawsuit seeks to avoid paying its share of maintaining this transportation system – at the expense of the system’s other users,” said a statement about the lawsuit on Metropolitan’s website. “Outside of San Diego, there is overwhelming support for Metropolitan’s current rate structure which reflects an equitable and regional approach,” concluded the statement. The lawsuit will be heard by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, and a decision by the trial court is expected by the end of this year. Cushman said an appeal of the verdict is likely, no matter which side wins at the trial court level.
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The county water authority itself is composed of 24 member agencies, including the Santa Fe Irrigation District, other water districts and local cities. The San Diego County Water Authority is the largest single source of revenue for Metropolitan, accounting for more than 25 percent of Met’s income, according to Cushman, and serving as Met’s “cash cow.” When the county water authority decided to buy some of its water from Imperial, that move threatened Met’s revenue base, so the agency unfairly changed its pricing structure to make San Diego pay a disproportionately high cost for transporting Imperial Valley water through its pipelines, Cushman said. “They concocted a rate structure to keep the cash cow in the barn,” Cushman
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Celebrity poker on hand in Rancho Santa Fe
he Rancho Santa Fe Community Center held its inaugural No-Limit Texas Hold â€™em Celebrity Poker Tournament on Jan. 21 at the RSF Garden Club. The event included a cocktail reception, live music by Jazz Club, and the four-hour tournament at 7 p.m. Poker celebrities and local sports, television and film luminaries competed with poker fans for an array of prizes. PHOTOS: JON CLARK For more information call the RSF Community Center at 858756-2461 or visit www.rsfcc.org/ page/poker.
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GOP women host barbecue
he RSF Republican Women, Fed. held a “Kick Off for 2012” western barbecue Jan. 21 at the home of Doyleen and Bob Pace. Guested talked with candidates and listened to party updates.
PHOTOS: JON CLARK
State Assembly candidate Marie Waldron, Barbara Fullwood, Rosemary Colliander
Alex Oberschmidt, Roger Williams, Rocky Chavez
Rosemary Nauert, judge candidate Garland Peed, Jeanette Webb
Tom and Gerda Snell, Steve Lewandowski
Vearl and Mary Ann Smith, Bob Pace
Assembly candidate Robert Peterson, U.S. Senate hopeful John Boruff
Phillip and Valley Reilly
Gerda Snell, Brett Dieterich
Marianne and Eric Wolf
Barbara Sumner, Marta Hoyt
Barbara Fullwood, Mary Humphries
Nick Popaditch, Congress hopeful John Stahl
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Garden Club honors members, volunteers
he Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club kicked off 2012 on Jan. 19 with its annual Member Recognition Evening. The club recognized members and supporters for their service and dedication during 2011. Awards were presented for Volunteer of the Year, Corporate Sponsor of the Year and Donor of the Year. Club President Helen DiZio gave a “State of the Club Address,” and a slide show offered a look back at 2011. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
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Betty Ford Center’s ‘Young Adult Track’ program created in response to growing drug problem among youth BY DIANE Y. WELCH It’s a sobering thought that for the past century car crashes have been the nation’s leading cause of accidental death. Yet today, more Americans are dying from prescription drug overdose than from any other accidental cause, according to a recently published statistical report by the Center for Disease Control. And it’s not just adults who are abusing. A report published in 2011 by the Partnership at Drugfree.org indicates a recent sharp rise in prescription substance abuse among adolescents, following a prior decade of continuous decline in other substance abuse. “What’s happening today is kids are becoming chemically dependent on prescription pain medication like Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin, and often they are getting the drugs from the medicine cabinet at home,” said John T. Schwarzlose, CEO of the Betty Ford Center, a residential rehabilitation facility in Rancho Mirage. “If kids get caught with heroin or cocaine they are arrested and placed in the legal system; kids who get caught with Vicodin that came from their parents may not get arrested at all. They learn very quickly, ‘Why take illegal drugs when I can take prescribed medications and get just as good a high.’ This is truly an epidemic across the nation,” Schwarzlose said. Founded by former first lady Betty Ford and Leonard Firestone in 1982, the Betty Ford Center has focused on a singular mission: To provide effective treatment services for alcoholism and other drug dependencies. One of its most recent programs is the Young Adult Track (YAT) created for 18-25 year-olds. The youth program was established in response to a marked increase in phone calls to the center from parents with similar stories: Their college-aged children, well-educated and intelligent, had dropped out because of drug abuse. “Now they are back home, hanging out on the couch, when they are not doing drugs they are playing video games or watching TV, and their parents are wondering what to do, they are desperate,” said Schwarzlose. Unlike other rehabilitation programs, the Betty Ford
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ation was out of hand. Online research and referrals from friends led the mother to the Betty Ford Center. “I gave my daughter the choice of leaving our home for good or going into a treatment program at Betty Ford,” she said. The daughter chose treatment. The center’s program, based on the Twelve Steps of spiritual and character development central to Alcoholics Anonymous, was excellent for the teenager and gave her valuable coping tools, said her mother. Being kept busy all day, the daughter had productive therapy sessions with certified professionals trained in drug counseling, a strong structure, daily exercise and emotional support. Graduating last month, she volunteered for a continuous year of monitoring, was placed in a sober-living facility and continues to be drugfree. “I now see a smile on her face I haven’t seen for years,” said the mother. The YAT program is designed to meet the unique treatment needs of young female and male adults who are financially dependent upon their parents or other family members. Patients receive enhanced treatment activities to meet their unique development and gender needs. A minimum length of stay is 90 days, with the recommended length of stay 120 days at a cost of less than $500 a day, inclusive of everything: The medical care, the family program, the psychiatric care, room and board and followup. For those with an inability to pay there are scholarship programs available, said Schwarzlose. And advice is given for alternative programs. “We are here to help,” he said. Visit www.BettyFordCenter.org for more information about programs. The website has a toll free 24 hour hotline, 800-434-7365, that people may call for immediate advice.
Rancho Santa Fe Review
January 26, 2012
Playhouse presents irreverent comedy about history across a trans-border landscape
La Jolla Cultural Partners
BY DIANA SAENGER San Diego native René Millán returns to take the lead in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José,” Jan. 27-Feb 26 in the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre on the campus of USCD. Directed by Jo Bonney and written by Richard Montoya with Culture Clash, “American Night,” a comedic satire, is a co-production with Center Theatre Group and was originally commissioned and produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” is about a young family man hoping to become a U.S. citizen until the pressures of accomplishing that feat make him think twice. Millán (“Don Quixote,” Broadway’s “The Wild Party”), who has performed at OSF since 2005, said he found everything about the script appealing and grabbed
If you go What: “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” from When: Matinees, evenings Jan. 27–Feb. 26 Where: La Jolla Playhouse’s Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, USCD Tickets: From $35 Box Office: (858) 5501010 Web: lajollaplayhouse. org
the role of Juan in the original production. “When I heard this play was the first play of the ‘American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle’ by the OSF, I was excited,” Millán said. “I’m a huge fan of history; it was my major at the University of Redlands. I was also thrilled that it was part of Culture Clash, as I’ve always wanted to work with Richard, Rick and Herb.” Millán feels this is his story, too. He grew up in the Barrio area of San Diego, and his parents and two brothers still live here. He attended Union High School, waited tables at Brockton Villa at the Cove, and began acting at the San Diego REP Theatre and in two San Diego Opera productions. He did his undergrad work at U or R and then earned his master’s degree in acting at the University of Washington. “I went to that school to focus on the Tadashi Su-
zuki actor training program, but I always thought, if acting didn’t work out I could teach,” Millán said. “I had a real sense of pride to earn a master’s degree as a Latino. The role of Juan touches my heart because I’m a first-generation American and grew up with emigrants in Logan Heights. I heard their stories, and like Juan in this play, they were just trying to better themselves and make things better for their families.” As the script moves along, the night before Juan must take the U.S. nationalization test he’s pouring over the 100 flash cards and the citizen almanac booklet given him to study. He’s under pressure to get his wife and child out of the dangerous situations in Mexico. “He’s feverishly cramming and nervous about not passing the exam and he falls asleep,” Millán said. “Then he begins to dream and finds himself caught up in different events in Ameri-
(Above) Richard Montoya, Rene Millán and Stephanie Beatriz star in La Jolla Playhouse’s production of ‘American Night: The Ballad of Juan José.’ Photo/Jenny Graham. can history. Some are good, but others are quite ugly. He begins to question if he wants to even become a citizen and if he should go back to Mexico.” The cast includes: Stephanie Beatriz (Lydia/Ensemble); Rodney Gardiner (Ben Pettus/Ensemble); David Kelly (Harry Bridges/Ensemble); Terri McMahon (Mrs. Finney/Ensemble); Culture Clash founder/member Richard Montoya (Juan José the First/Ensemble); Kimberly Scott (Viola Pettus/Ensemble); Culture Clash founder/member Herbert Siguenza (Neil Diamante/Ensemble) and Daisuke Tsuji (Johnny/Ensemble).
CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING The Sacred and the Profane in Art: From the Greeks to the Renaissance Tuesdays, January 31 and February 7, 14, 2012 The lectures will contrast the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and the Greek emphasis on humanism and secularism with the Byzantine Christian world, an age marked by art of great, glittering beauty and insubstantial otherworldliness. This will then yield to the Renaissance and the resurrection of the humanism of ancient Greece after a thousand-year interregnum.
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Written by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash Developed by Culture Clash & Jo Bonney Directed by Jo Bonney As Juan José feverishly studies for his U.S. citizenship exam, he becomes ensnared in a tumultuous, whirlwind journey through pivotal moments in American history. “Rollicking, irreverent political commentary AT ITS BEST!” - Ashland Daily Tidings
January 26, 2012
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The Tuna Crisp is topped with red onion, shiso and white truffle oil.
Flavor Del Mar ■ 1555 Camino del Mar, third floor of Del Mar Plaza, Del Mar ■ (858) 755-3663 ■ www.flavordelmar.com ■ The Vibe: Romantic, upscale casual, chic ■ Happy Hour: • 4-6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday ■ Signature Dishes: Tuna Crisp, • 2:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Butterscotch Budino • All day Sunday ■ Open Since: 2010
■ Hours: • 4 p.m. to close, Monday and Tuesday • 11:30 a.m. to close, Wednesday-Friday • 11 a.m. to close, Saturday and Sunday
■ Reservations: Yes ■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: No
Hawaiian Mahi Mahi with parsnip puree, melted leeks, spinach, pearl vegetables, and vanilla beurre blanc.
The patio provides views of the ocean and Del Mar Village.
Feast on fantastic fare with an ocean view at Flavor Del Mar BY KELLEY CARLSON visit to Flavor Del Mar serves as a feast for the senses. For starters, the California contemporary cuisine is uncomplicated, yet is concocted to delight the taste buds. “The chef uses few ingredients on the plate, but creates innovative combinations that are delicious,” Assistant General Manager Gabrielle Clift said. “They’re not fussy and not over sauced; they’re simple, clean and fresh.” The restaurant’s interior, and its views from the third floor of the Del Mar Plaza, are certainly easy on the eyes. The ocean can be seen from every table. “There isn’t one bad seat in the house,” Clift said. “The sunset views here are amazing.” The marine theme is reflected in Flavor’s decor, featuring varying shades of white, green and blue. At the bar, there is cerulean-hued glass simulating waves. While guests can’t hear the crashing surf, they can tune in to sounds from the ’80s and today’s Top 40 hits during the lunch hour. The tempo picks up at dinner, becoming more “clubby” and electronic, and a disc jockey plays dance music from 8 p.m. to close Fridays with no cover charge. For the ultimate Flavor experience, Clift recommends arriving during happy hour and munching on Pickled Potatoes, a play on salt-and-vinegar chips that is served with a side of crème fraiche and chives. “It’s the perfect thing to snack on with a cocktail in hand at the bar,” Clift said. Make sure to have an early reservation on the glass-enclosed, temperaturecontrolled patio in order to watch the sun
Prime Flat Iron Steak includes shallot jam, potato-arugula salad and soy-garlic sauce.
Sip at Flavor features community tables and more than 40 selections of wine. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON
On The Menu Recipe Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at delmartimes.net. Just click ‘Get The Recipe’ at the bottom of the story. ■ This week:
Flavor Del Mar’s Pickled Potatoes
Pickled Potatoes, with crème fraiche and chives, can be enjoyed with a cocktail.
dip below the horizon — the dinner rush usually picks up around 6 p.m. and quiets back down at 8 p.m. Whether you’re sitting by a window or the cozy fireplace, arrive with enough of an appetite to sample several courses. Share a Tuna Crisp topped with red onion, shiso and white truffle oil. Or open the meal with Scallop Ceviche, a Pear Salad or a Foie Gras Doughnut. For the main course, try the Maine Diver Scallops with potato two ways, cauliflower, wild mushrooms and Meyer lemon. For a “meatier” entree, there’s Braised Prime Beef Short Rib, with potato puree, quail egg ravioli, gingered carrots, onion chip and natural jus. Children may select from items such as beef sliders and pasta with butter and cheese. Next, savor the Butterscotch Budino, an Italian pudding with crème fraiche,
caramel and Maldon sea salt. Finish the night off around the corner at Flavor’s wine bar, Sip, with a glass of port and a cheese platter, sampling from up to 25 artisanal varieties. There are more than 40 wines by the glass to choose from and two large community tables designed for interaction with other guests. Sip is open from 4:30 p.m. to close Sunday through Friday and from noon to close Saturday. Wine tastings are held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, with different regions and producers highlighted each week; it’s $10 for eight selections. The same bar menu is served at Sip as Flavor, and all specials apply to both sites. On Mondays, a trio of Niman Ranch Beef Sliders and any beer is offered for $15; Wednesdays is half-off suggested wines by the bottle; and Sparkling Sundays features 50-percent off sparkling wine by the bottle.
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Rancho Santa Fe Review
January 26, 2012
SALOME By Richard Strauss
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January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
Adventurer from St. Louis ends 2,500-mile walk in Del Mar BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
On Aug. 8, Anthony Lambing set off walking in Charleston, S.C., and he had no intention of stopping until he reached Del Mar. At three miles an hour, the 26-year-old from St. Louis made his way across America, and on Jan. 20 around 2 p.m., he arrived on the beach at Powerhouse Park — rugged and sunburned — to meet his anxiously waiting family. “I’m so relieved and I wasn’t even the one walking,” said his mom, Sherry, as he strolled in. “I knew this was something he really wanted to do, and it went so much better than I could have imagined.” So why did Lambing make the 2,500-mile, five-month trek across the states? Simply put, he wanted to quench his thirst for adventure. “The idea of traveling across America crossed my mind, and I just couldn’t get it out of my head,” said Lambing. “I decided to walk because I hadn’t been on a bike in forever and running seemed like a lot of work.” Lambing carried a bicycle trailer with him along the way. On it, he fixed a sign with his blog address, www.anthonywalksamerica.com. He mainly camped and stayed with acquaintances along the way, but some cities he passed through were kind enough to make accommodations for him. “The morning I’d be going into a town, I would call the City Hall and tell them my website and tell them what I was doing and ask if I could put up a tent overnight,” he said. “A lot of times they would pick the fire department as a place to stay … One Town Hall directed me to a local who loved travelers, and a couple hooked me up with a free hotel room.” Lambing has amassed quite a following and befriended many throughout his travels. He has well over 1,000 followers on his Facebook page, “Anthony Walks America,” and his blog has a total of about 28,000 views. But those aren’t all unique views, he said.
Anthony Lambing stands on the beach in Del Mar with his brother, Nick, and his parents, Patrick and Sherry, after finishing a five-month trek across the United States. Photo/Claire Harlin “I can probably tell you that my mom checks it three times a day,” he said. And Sherry confirmed that. “I checked it obsessively,” she said. Sherry and Lambing’s father, Patrick, were very much a part of their son’s travels throughout the entire trek. Lambing talked to his mother on the phone several times a day, and both Sherry and Patrick tuned in on speaker phone at night. Sherry said she followed him on Google Earth, examine the terrain and surroundings of all his locations, and Patrick said he would often go back and look through all the photos on his son’s blog, start to finish. Lambing said the experience never got old, however, he did at one point feel fed up with walking. “Halfway through New Mexico, I decided I was tired of
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walking. I wasn’t tired of traveling, but I was tired of walking,” he said. “It became completely normal and it was what I was doing for so long that the fact that there would be an end didn’t really register.” Lambing said he strategically plotted his course in order to see areas he was interested in — namely the South — and he ended his travels in Del Mar because he has a great aunt, whom he had never met, who lives in the area. It’s hard to say what place along the way was his favorite, he said, but he found Georgia to be surprisingly interesting because there were so many small towns where movies and TV shows had been filmed. “If you were to drive across America, you would just get off the highway for gas. But I got to see the places that you would only see if you lived there. Places that nobody would go except the locals,” he said. One striking feature of the small towns, he said, was the fact that people congregated and made a hangout of the local gas stations. “I also couldn’t believe it when I saw people in the South buy a 20-ounce soda and pour a bag of peanuts in it,” he said. “I’m from Missouri and you just don’t see those kinds of things there.” The biggest challenge Lambing said he ran into was running out of money, but his followers, acquaintances and family helped sustain him financially during the last half of his trip. He said he spent about $5,000 over the course of his travels. Not only did his supporters help him along the way, but he said he’s made lifelong friends. He said a number of people checked in frequently to support him on his blog and Facebook page, and some acquaintances even called to check in on him occasionally. “I can probably take a vacation to every state I went through for sure and have places to stay for free,” said Lambing, who now plans to return to his job at Target. To read more about Lambing’s voyage, visit www.anthonywalksamerica.com.
Rancho Santa Fe Review
January 26, 2012
Friendships take an unexpected turn in ‘The Recommendation’ BY DIANA SAENGER “The Recommendation,” an upfront look at real friendship, began its world premiere in The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre on Jan. 21. In the script written by Jonathan Caren (“Friends in Transient Places,” “Catch the Fish”) and directed by Jonathan Munby (“The Winter’s Tale,” “The Canterbury Tales”) two young men — one of upper-class, the other middle class — must re-examine their friendship when a third person becomes involved. The cast includes Jimonn Cole (Dwight Barnes), Brandon Gill (Iskinder Iudoku), and Evan Todd (Aaron Feldman). Todd (“The Seagull,” “A Raisin in the Sun”) and playwright Caren were attending the same school when Todd approached Caren to see if he had written any plays with a
If you go What: ‘The Recommendation’ When: Matinees, evenings, Jan. 21–Feb. 26 Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park Tickets: From $29 Box Office: (619) 23-GLOBE Web: www.TheOldGlobe.org
20-year-old character in mind. He discovered Caren had just finished his first draft of “The Recommendation,” and later Todd auditioned for the role of Aaron. “I found the play funny, but at the same time, serious,” Todd said. “It’s smart, but not overly intellectualized and touches on a lot of issues — class, friendship, and to an extent, race. The play has depth and is contemporary. The writing is very good, and the characters are fun to portray.” The smart and charming Aaron comes from a privileged background, but
his new college roommate, Iskinder (Gill “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” “Neighbors”), hails from a middle-class immigrant family. “Aaron is a guy that every one knows or has in their lives,” Todd said. “He’s charming, has family connections and knows how to work the system … through his own ambitions, drive and determination ends up on top.” At first Aaron becomes a mentor to Iskinder and opens new doors for him. Then Dwight (Cole – “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “Taming of the Shrew”), an
accused felon, enters the picture and everything changes for the three men. Aaron discovers it will take more than his clout or money to solve sudden problems. All three actors attended The Julliard School, and Todd previously worked with Gill. “I think this benefited us in working together here, and gave us a bit of insight into the way we became these characters,” Todd said. “The play is so relatable to situations that take place today and raises a question about giving something to someone: Is it really selfless or does that giver expect something in return? ‘The Recommendation’ is interesting and lively, and audience members will find some of the circumstances funny because they have been in those exact situations.”
Brandon Gill (Iskinder), Evan Todd (Aaron) and Jimonn Cole (Dwight) mix up the drama in ‘The Recommendation.’ Photo/Henry DiRocco.
Year of the Dragon Chinese New Year Fair runs Jan. 28-29 The 30th annual Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair will take place this weekend, Jan. 28-29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District at Third Avenue and J Street in San Diego. The Fair, an event of the San Diego Chinese Center, celebrates 2012, the Year
of the Dragon. People born in Dragon years (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, and 2000) are said to be powerful, artistic, intuitive, and even lucky. Featured both days are lion dancers; entertainment, including traditional Chinese dancing, theater and music; a
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January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis visits local school • Wife, Kitty, tells parents how shock therapy helped her cope with severe depression BY PAT SHERMAN Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, visited La Jolla Country Day School Jan. 20, speaking with parents and students as they toured the campus. Their day began as Kitty met with a group of parents to discuss her book, “Shock: The Healing Power of Electroconvulsive Therapy.” In 2001, Mrs. Dukakis began undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock, a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients. The treatments are used to manage the symptoms of catatonia and chronic depression, which Mrs. Dukakis formerly treated with a heavy regimen of antidepressants. The controversial treatment received attention when actress and author Carrie Fisher discussed her success using ECT to treat bipolar disorder, which she recounts in her recent memoir, “Shockaholic.” “She brought it to the public in a way that, frankly, left me horrified,” Mrs. Dukakis said. Seated in the room with his wife, Michael Dukakis told how ECT treatments have mellowed during the decades. He said the practice has come a long way since its depiction in the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” in which Jack Nicholson’s character receives vicious jolts of current in a “shock shop.” “It’s a very different treatment today,” Mr. Dukakis said, noting that the patient is anesthetized and less electricity is used. Mrs. Dukakis said she received her first ECT treatment on her and her husband’s wedding anniversary. With ECT treatments, she was able to stop taking antidepressants. “Look at her, folks,” Michael Dukakis said. “Here she is, 75 year of age. I keep introducing her as the best-looking social security recipient in the country.”
(Right) Former Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis and his wife, Kitty, greet a parent at La Jolla Country Day School. However, he noted, his wife’s depression is chronic and must be constantly managed. She receives ECT treatments once per month at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mr. Dukakis said the procedures have caused some memory loss in his wife. After undergoing one of her first ECT treatments, Kitty Dukakis had no recollection of a trip to Paris. When the couple returned, it was as if she were experiencing the city for the first time. “That’s kind of become a model for us,” Mrs. Dukakis said. “You just forget.” Following the discussion, Mr. Dukakis visited several classrooms to speak with students and field questions about his two terms as governor of Massachusetts, as well as his stint as the 1998 Democratic presidential nominee. Addressing students in Robert Grasso’s eighth grade American History class, Mr. Dukakis said his positive impetus to seek public office was John F. Kennedy, and his nega-
tive impetus, former Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He recalled his time in the early 1950s as a student at Pennsylvania’s Swarthmore College, where he helped organize a boycott of the town’s barbershops (in response to their policy of refusing service to black customers). Mr. Dukakis wound up starting an integrated barber service on campus, he recalled. “All of this progress that we’ve made (in this country) was because good people got involved,” he said, urging students to become “actively engaged” in their community and perhaps consider a future in politics. “It’s not only important,” he said. “It’s fun. It makes life a lot more interesting.” Fielding questions about the current crop of GOP presidential contenders from students and parents, Mr. Dukakis did not hold back, reserving harsh criticism for frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. “We are experts on Mitt Romney,” he said of his successor to the Massachusetts governorship. “Before you ever think of voting for that guy, talk to us. … He was a lousy governor.” Of the GOP contenders, Dukakis said he preferred Jon Huntsman, who dropped out of the race following the New Hampshire primary. Huntsman was “head and shoulders” over the other Republican candidates and “has a very responsible worldview,” but “he’s not a Tea Party guy,” he said. During a mid-day assembly, Mr. Dukakis received the school’s inaugural “Friend of Country Day Award.” This is the third year Mr. Dukakis has visited with students at the school, in concert with the City Club of San Diego. On Jan. 21 he delivered his annual “State of American Politics” address to City Club members in the school’s community room.
Hands United for Children to host art-inspired gala in RSF to foster education programs in Africa and San Diego On Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6-10 p.m., Hands United For Children will host a fundraising gala at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Though much of the proceeds will be designated toward the organization’s current preschool building project in Burkina Faso, West Africa, Hands United For Children will also be presenting its first U.S. project, building a charter high school for underprivileged teens in the southeast San Diego neighborhood of Skyline. The commitment will also assist in sustaining specific programs such as free meals, free uniforms, free after-school activities and free bus tickets to alleviate obstacles in the way of under-served teens. The organization has a new force behind them to rejuvenate its mission with a team of champions led by Ex-
ecutive Director Agnes Barrelet. She and her energetic, passionate board have the gumption to show the public how education can create an exit out of the cycle of poverty, from Africa to the United States to Latin America and beyond. “I finally spend my days doing what I believe I was brought to earth to achieve; bringing education to children lacking the opportunity, creating a difference and making the world a better place. By educating the youth, we reduce the crimes and the wars we see around the globe. I introduced the art because I strongly believe art helps bring beauty into the lives of all. Our event encourages young artists to be engaged as part of a solution to educate. This is the key to our success. At Hands United
for Children, we mean what we say and we do what we promise,” stated Barrelet about her purpose and position at the organization. The evening will consist of a cocktail reception, a gourmet three-course dinner designed by Executive Chef Jesse Frost, a live auction, a raffle for an eight-day safari and an art showcase of West African and local artists. Tickets: $200 per person or $1,600 per table (8). For more information or tickets, please contact Executive Director Agnes Barrelet at firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.handsunited4children.org.
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January 26, 2012
A romantic storm is brewing… Brahms, Verdi, John Adams, and a premiere The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) presents its third concert of the 57th season with music director Steven Schick leading the orchestra and guest soloists in a program of stark and very beautiful drama: Verdi’s overture to La Forza del Destino, Nicholas Deyoe’s still getting rid of (20112012 Thomas Nee Commission), John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, and Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, La Forza del Destino (The Force of Destiny), was based on a Spanish drama, Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino (1835), by Ángel de Saavedra, Duke of Rivas. The story is a classic one of love and bloody revenge featuring a young nobleman who has fallen in love with a
TPHS visual artists’ work honored at Del Mar Highlands event About 14 years ago, Del Mar Highlands Town Center and its merchants wanted to reach out and support their local schools and their young community members. With pressure emanating for funding of school art programs and classes jeopardized, the Be True To Your School-Save the Arts program was born. The program has evolved over the years with multiple formats inviting the schools to participate in various ways to receive a share of the donation allotment to support their school’s art programs. In 2002, the program transformed to a center-wide art walk for a two-week period. Each year since then an average of 600-900 pieces of student art has been displayed in merchants’ store-front windows for the community to view. Due to construction and renovations of Del Mar Highlands that took place this last year, the format was changed to offer a contest for local school students to create holiday cards for soldiers. The best were selected to be reproduced into packets which were then sold to help fund The Vision of Children, a foundation which funds the cure of genetically-caused childhood blindness. (Above) The two Torrey Pines High School visual artists’ exceptional entries chosen for reproduction were created by Junior Hannah Buechler (left) and Senior Anna Grace Irwin (right).
La Jolla Music Society presents Chicago Symphony Orchestra La Jolla Music Society opens this season’s Celebrity American Orchestra Series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. at Copley Symphony Hall. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. In September 2010, renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti became the CSO’s 10th music director. For the first time in over two decades the CSO will return to San Diego to perform a program including Schubert’s Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde, Symphony No. 9 in C Major, and
Anna Clyne will bring her new work Night Ferry, commissioned specifically for the CSO. La Jolla Music Society enhances the concert-going experience by presenting “Preludes” – pre-concert chats and performances – prior to each performance and free to ticket-holders. Nuvi Mehta, artistic director of the Ventura Music Festival, delivers a lecture, “Points of Departure — The Life and Work of Franz Schubert,” at 7 p.m. followed by an interview with composer Anna Clyne. Tickets are $27-$97 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society box office, (858) 459-3728 or online at www.LJMS.org.
woman whose father prohibits her from marrying him. The opera was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1862. The overture is part of the standard orchestral repertoire and a favored concert opener. The performances take place Feb. 11–12 in Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Individual tickets are $29 general, $26 senior, and $15 student. Group discounts are available. Parking is free. A pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to concert times. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637 or visit www.lajollasymphony.com.
January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
RSF Democrats’ candidate forum
Dave Roberts, Maureen Sweeney, Michael Hetz
he Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club presented a candidate forum for the 52nd Congressional District on Jan. 18 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. The race for the 52nd District seat is expected be among the most competitive in the county. As a result of redistricting, the 52nd District is almost evenly split between Democrat, Republican, and decline-to-state voters, with Republicans holding a slight advantage. Two Democratic candidates running to unseat incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray — Scott Peters and Lori Saldana — attended the Jan. 18 event.
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Regional events: Concerts, literary events, planetarium shows and more offered Art on Wheels “Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels,” a display of more than 2,277,000 glass beads arranged on a classic Volkswagen Bug, continues the first stop on its international tour through March 10 at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. “Vochol” integrates the Huichol artistic tradition with an icon of pop culture. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $12. (619) 232-7931. TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt.org Dancing with Bach Bach Collegium San Diego and IMAGOmoves will present the dance collaboration, “J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 and 4 at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building on UCSD campus. Rodolfo Richter of Britain’s Academy of Ancient Music is guest director and Yolande Snaith, head of UCSD Graduate Dance Theatre, the choreographer. Solo alto Angela Young Smucker will be joined by eight musicians and five dancers. A discussion of the work begins 6.45 p.m. Tickets $20-$40 at bachcollegiumsd.org. Sacred Music Performing on period instruments in keeping with historical practice, the San Diego Early Music Society presents a program of sacred music, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at St. James by-the-Sea. Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and countertenor Daniel Taylor, accompanied by Musica Angelica and led by Thomas Haselböck, will perform works by Handel, and Bach’s setting of Psalm 51, “Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden,“ based on the Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Tickets $18-$35. sdems.org. Up in the Planetarium Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park reignites its first Wednesday planetarium shows on Feb. 1 and launches a daily show on Feb. 4. At 7 or 8:15 p.m. Feb. 1, an astronomer will talk about “The Sky Tonight.” If conditions are right, the San Di-
ego County Astronomy Association will provide free telescope viewing. Three days later, the Fleet is set to debut “Black Hole, the Other Side of Infinity,” narrated by Liam Neeson. (Date subject to change.) Details at tinyurl.com/7mrkar3. ‘Salome’ in San Diego Richard Strauss’s “Salome,” renowned for the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” launches the 2012 International Season for the San Diego Opera on Saturday, Jan. 28, with additional performances on Jan. 31, Feb. 3 and 5. Lise Lindstrom returns in the lead role with Greer Grimsley as Jochanaan and Alan Glassman singing Herod; Irina Mishura makes her company debut as Herodias. Tickets from $130, some balcony $50. (619) 5337000. sdopera.com Your Zen Moment Poet and Zen Buddhist priest Norman Fischer will read from his newest work, “Conflict,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. Known for his interest in how Zen relates to Western culture and everyday life, the book-length poem explores conflict within one’s self and between friends, lovers, communities, nations, war and torture. Free. (858) 456-1800. dgwillsbooks.com Author Visits Join best-selling author and investigative journalist Caitlin Rother, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the La Jolla Riford Library as she talks about her new crime novel, “Naked Addiction,” and the updated version of her story of the Kristin Rossum case, “Poisoned Love.” Free. 7555 Draper. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary.org Library Screening “Midnight in Paris,” Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy, is the Jan. 31 installment of the La Jolla Riford Library’s Last Tuesday series. It screens at 2 p.m. Free. 7555 Draper. (858) 552-1657. lajollalibrary. org
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Local youth to perform in ACT San Diego’s ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Actors’ Conservatory Theatre (ACT- San Diego) will present Once Upon a Mattress, from Jan. 27-Feb. 4, a hilarious musical story of romance in a fantasy kingdom. Once upon a Mattress will bring back the joy of bedtime stories and take the audience back to their childhood. ACT- San Diego’s production comes to life through a promising local cast of rising young stars. Propelled by a score from Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer, this fantastically entertaining and enchanting production is filled with music and dance, making it perfect for the whole family. Two different casts will perform this musical. The production will be held at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre (6611 University Ave., San Diego, 92115). For tickets and more information, visit www.actsandiego.com.
January 26, 2012
January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
The Michael Ta Sales Activity: The total number of MLS reported sales in 2011 was 214. This compares to 215 in 2010. 4 sales have closed this year through January 15th. 38 homes are in escrow Of those 38 escrows 16 are contingent sales, the majority of which are â€œshort sales.â€? Inventory levels: The number of homes listed for sale is the same from the previous month, at 215. The current listing inventory has dropped to a 1 year supply across all price points but remains over a 2.5 year supply over 3 million and nearly a 5 year supply over 5 million. While we have a high level of inventory over 3 million, the inventory levels under 3 million are down to a stable 6 month supply. Good news for those selling their home with an asking price below 3 million.
The Silver Lining: With the number of listings decreasing, we are continuing to move toward a more stabilized marketplace. Those Sellers whose homes are priced below 3 million can take comfort in this stabilization of pricing and those priced above can take comfort that as the lower priced inventory declines, buyers may will be willing to spend more money on a great home.
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Rancho Santa Fe Review
Students encouraged to participate in Del MarSolana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest
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The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club is holding an oratorical contest, encouraging area students to speak their minds on the topic: “How my Optimism Helps me Overcome Obstacles.” The Optimist Oratorial Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak before an audience. Winners at the club level win $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Club winners will be sent to the zone level and zone level winners to the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships. The deadline to hand in speeches is Feb. 10. Students wishing to participate can pick up an entry form at the Solana Beach Library at 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. Students can also download the entry form at www.optimist.org/form/oratorical_rules_pade_11-12.pdf. Completed forms can be dropped off at the library. For more information, contact Pat Tirona at (760) 717-7093.
Jonah Levine, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, and 13 other classmates from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad have created a service learning group, The Phoenix Foundation, to help college students who have had cancer. The students recognize that cancer is devastating not only for the individual, but also for his or her loved ones, and that chemotherapy is costly and can quickly deplete a college fund. As part of the service learning experience, Levine and his classmates will learn about the different types of cancer that inflict teenagers and the ways that cancer can change lives.
To take this knowledge and put it to use for the good of the community, the group will work with the charity Cancer For College, which awards scholarships to cancer survivors. The students will advocate for the charity’s efforts and volunteer their time during service learning class periods and after school hours. The students’ goal: to meet a scholarship recipient that they’ve helped and to have that student come to Pacific Ridge School to talk about his or her experience. To learn more about Pacific Ridge School, visit www.pacificridge.org.
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Tour the campus, meet our students, and learn how Bishop’s may be the right place for your child. Application deadline is February 1. Founded in 1909 and afﬁliated with the Episcopal Church, The Bishop’s School offers the highest quality education to a diverse student body in grades 6-12; fostering integrity, imagination, moral responsibility, and commitment to serving the larger community. 7607 La Jolla Blvd · La Jolla, CA 92037 (858) 459-4021, Extension 744 · www.bishops.com
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January 26, 2012
St. James Academy to hold Open House for prospective students and their families St. James Academy will be hosting an Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The school will provide student-led tours of the facility, as well as the opportunity to meet teachers, staff, and students and their parents. Refreshments will be served. Also, there will be â€œSee Us in Actionâ€? tours led by current Academy parents between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 8 and March 8. St. James is now accepting applications for the academic year 2012-2013. St. James Academy is a preschool-8 elementary school serving the North County communities of Solana Beach, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad and San Marcos. St. James Academy is part of the St. James Catholic community, which includes St. James Church and St. Leoâ€™s Mission. The Catholic Faith Community of St. James Academy weaves Christâ€™s message into the fabric of each school day so that the whole child can develop in body, mind and spirit. Working within an educational program that integrates spiritual, moral, academic, social, cultural and physical precepts, the faculty and staff assist parents in the education of each child. For more information, go to www.saintjamesacademy.com or call 1-858-755-1777.
Puppy Love 5K run and 1 mile walk to benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center A little bit of, â€œPuppy Loveâ€? can go a long way to help make 2012 your healthiest and happiest year ever. Grab a leash and your running shoes for the third annual Puppy Love 5k run and 1 mile walk benefitting Helen Woodward Animal Center on Feb. 12. This year there are two separate courses for runners and walkers (and their four-legged friends) along scenic Highway 101 in Solana Beach. The event, sponsored by Iams and Roadrunner Sports, also features the Wagging Wellness Village with vendors, food, prizes and activities. â€œThis is such a fun event â€“ itâ€™s not often that people can run or walk a race with their
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January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
‘My Recycled Valentine’ class to be offered at Re-Gallery Feb. 11 What could be more thoughtful on Valentine’s Day than a homemade gift from the heart? Re-Gallery invites all artists to its latest class, “My Recycled Valentine,” to create pop-up Valentines from recycled materials. All re-claimed supplies will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own materials to personalize their cards. Gallery founder and instructor Les Corral will provide hands-on instruction, creative ideas, and guidance. Students may create as many cards as they choose during the session. This class is designed for artists of all skills and
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To Your Health: Improvements in cataract treatment BY DANIEL CODEN, MD, SCRIPPS HEALTH It’s inevitable: If you live long enough, you will develop cataracts. The eye condition affects nearly 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older, and by age 80, more than half of all Americans have them. Think of your eye like a camera. When light lens hits your eye, it transmits the light rays to the retina, which sends a visual image to the optic nerve and on to the brain. Cataracts are caused by a build-up of protein in the lens, which clouds the lens and prevents light from passing clearly though it. As a result, vision is affected. As the eye generates new lens cells, the older, damaged ones are pushed into the center of the lens, where over time they create a cataract. There are few symptoms until the cataract becomes large enough to interfere with the light rays passing through the lens. At this point, you may experience symptoms such as cloudy, blurry or filmy vision, problems with glare, double vision, or changes in color perception. If you wear glasses, you may have a change in your prescription. Ironically, if you are nearsighted and develop cataracts, you may find that you no longer need your glasses. In the early stages, such changes may be more annoying that anything else. However, when vision becomes impaired enough to interfere with activities of daily living such as driving, working or reading, it may be time to get treatment. For years, cataract surgery has been performed to replace the cloudy lens with an implant and restore normal vision. As with most surgeries, advancements in research and technology have improved the precision and safety of this procedure, resulting in faster surgeries, easier and shorter recoveries and improved outcomes. One example is the type of implant used. For decades, the standard monofocal implant was the only option. Because the monofocal implant focused light only at a single distance—either near or far—patient would require glasses to obtain a full range of vision. Recently, a new multifocal im-
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January 26, 2012
San Dieguito River Park Trail Patrol training to be held; Trail Patrol volunteers needed
A champagne toast with Nuvi Mehta, Lorenzo Palomo, Audrey Geisel, Jessie Chang, and Pam Slater-Price. Photo/Susan DeMaggio
Unique premiere of ‘The Sneetches’ is Symphony tribute to Audrey Geisel The San Diego Symphony honored Audrey Geisel for her long-time support of the arts at the West Coast premiere of “The Sneetches,” a work for narrator and orchestra by Spanish composer Lorenzo Palomo, Jan. 17 at the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium. The Sneetch story, by her husband, the late Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), explores the folly of prejudice — some Sneetches have a green star on their bellies, and some of them don’t — and the narrow-mindedness that results, inviting more foolishness. The composition was commissioned for the Rochester (New York) Philharmonic by physician Sid Sobel, and will have its “official” premiere there in the spring of 2012. Some 350 friends and associates attended the special event in La Jolla, which included a family-friendly reception and a performance by the Symphony’s brass quintet followed by “The Sneetches” for two pianos (performed by Jessie Chang and Bryan Verhoye, with narration by Nuvi Mehta), and a post-concert Champagne toast. Celebrity guests filled the audience, including Lorenzo Palomo, who attended the premiere along with North County’s musical Romero family, Symphony board members, Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling (husband of pianist Jessie Chang), and San Diego County Supervisor of District 3, Pam Slater-Price.
Trail Patrol volunteers assist the San Dieguito River Park Rangers with patrolling established trails within the River Park, meet park visitors and answer questions, provide information, and identify trail problems and maintenance needs. Train to become a San Dieguito River Park Volunteer Trail Patrol Member. Protect the natural and cultural resources of the River Park and provide information and assistance to River Park patrons while you exercise in the fresh air and sunshine! Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one 3 or 4-hour patrol shift per month. The Trail Patrol training will be held in Escondido area on Jan. 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Trail Patrol volunteers will be trained in natural resources identification, visitor relations, equipment procedures, and emergency situations.
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January 26, 2012
Rancho Santa Fe Review
Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Boys basketball: Cathedral Catholic opened its season with an 11-game winning streak, and now the Dons have another one going. A decisive 81-64 Western League victory over Lincoln on Jan. 20 was the Dons eighth straight win since experiencing their only loss to perennial Orange County power Brea Olinda in a nonleague ESPN Holiday Classic tournament game on Dec. 27. Niksha Federico scored 24 points to lead a balanced Dons offense, with four players reaching double figures and all seven scorers contributing at least seven points. Xavier Williams and Brendan Reh each contributed 12 points, and Nick Prunty added 10. Williams led the team with seven rebounds. Brandon Michel and Michael Rosenburg each contributed eight points. Michel also had nine steals, and Rosenburg contributed eight assists. The Dons improved to 5-0 in league and 19-1 overall for the season. ***** Canyon Crest Academy left nothing to chance as the Ravens snapped a four-game skid with a 72-30 shellacking of Mission Vista in a League game on Jan. 20. J.P. Chenevey scored 21 points to lead the Ravens, and Akira Tachiwana and Riley Adams each added 12 points. Dylan Osetkowski pulled down 20 rebounds and also contributed 11 points for the Ravens, who improved to 1-1 in league and 7-12 overall for the season. Torrey Pines lost to Westview 67-54 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Jan. 17. The loss followed a 55-43 win against Bishop’s in a nonleague game a day earlier. Joe Rahon scored 18 points and had nine rebounds and three steals to lead the Falcons in the Westview game. Garrett Galvin contributed 15 points, and Sean Murray added 14. Galvin scored 20 points and Sam Worman added 14 points to lead the Falcons in the Bishop’s game. The Falcons fell to 0-1 in league and 10-8 overall for the season. ***** Santa Fe Christian lost to Army-Navy 59-57 in a Coastal League game on Jan. 20.
The loss followed an 85-71 loss to La Jolla Country Day two days earlier. Justin Byrd scored 21 points and Grant Corsi added 17 points to lead the Eagles in the Army-Navy game. Byrd scored 23 points and Corsi added 20 in defeat for the Eagles against LJCD. The Eagles fell to 0-3 in league an 11-7 overall for the season. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Escondido Charter 53-48 in a Pacific League game on Jan.TPHS Garrett Galvin had 15 points in a Jan. 17 loss against Westview. 18. Jacob Katz and Photo/Anna Scipione Ryan Marchetti each scored 15 points in defeat for the Lions. Katz also had six rebounds and three steals. The Lions fell to 1-1 in league and 6-8 overall for the season. **** Girls basketball: A balanced offense and a dominant defense were more than enough for Canyon Crest Academy, which trounced Mission Vista 53-10 in a Valley League game on Jan. 20 despite no individual Ravens player reaching double figures in scoring. Julia Brew and Carly Sherman each scored nine points to lead the Ravens, who had 11 players get into the scoring column. Brew also had six rebounds, and Sherman contributed five assists.
Powerhouse 10U team Wins SD Blues Baseball League Championship.
Powerhouse Team wins SD Blues Baseball League Championship and advances to Championship in Triple Crown Winter Classic Within the course of 48 hours, the Del Mar Powerhouse 10U team recently won the SD Blues Baseball League Championship by defeating their opponent in a 10-0 mercy. Less than 48 hours later, after three additional games, the team advanced to the championship game in the Triple Crown Winter Classic. The team is comprised of the following players and coaches: Players: Nick Baum, Brent Peluso, Alex Chachas, Johnny Mcgoldrick, Jake Pearlman, Grant Anderson, Zack Wiygul, Cole Colleran, Karenna Wurl, Luke Evans, Tyler Simmons Coaches: Brian Belew, Brandon Belew, Gary Anderson Powerhouse offers competitive baseball programs for children ages 7-13 in the Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Rancho Santa Fe area. Tryouts for the 2012-2013 season will be held during the third week of June. For more information, contact Powerhouse at powerhousebb@ gmail.com
The Ravens improved to 1-1 league and 9-9 overall for the season. After taking their lumps playing a tough nonleague schedule, Santa Fe Christian’s girls’ basketball team seems to have turned things around just in time for the start of their Coastal League North campaign. The Eagles are 3-0 in league and are making it look easy. Their 68-8 trouncing of San Diego Jewish Academy on Jan. 19 followed a 67-23 shellacking of Pacific Ridge the previous day. After a 4-9 start, the Eagles have outscored their three league opponents by a combined 196-63. Erin Moody and Makenna White each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles in the SDJA game. Lindsey Almquist scored 11 points to lead the Eagles in the Pacific Ridge game and White added 10 points. The Eagles improved to 7-10 overall for the season. ***** Torrey Pines lost to Poway 57-44 in a Palomar League game on Jan. 20. Sarah Lawrence scored 21 points to lead the Falcons. The Falcons fell to 0-2 in league and 9-10 overall for the season. Girls soccer: Santa Fe Christian defeated Escondido Charter 3-1 in a Coastal League South game on Jan. 20. Paige Stehly scored two goals to lead the Eagles and Kayla McGuiness had two assists. Eagles goalie Madalyn Tschantz had 18 saves. ***** Canyon Crest Academy defeated Mission Vista 6-0 in a Valley League game on Jan. 20. Kate Spitters scored two goals to lead the Ravens and Meredith Rauch had contributed two assists. The Ravens improved to 2-0 in league and 5-6-4 overall for the season. Boys soccer: Canyon Crest Academy defeated Mission Vista 6-0 in a Valley League game on Jan. 20. Brady Seitz and Colin Seitz each scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Ravens. The Ravens improved to 1-0-1 in league and 12-2-3 overall for the season.
Surf Boys U10 White Team: Coach Dave Currie; Back Row: Kai Haseyama, Kian Hogan, Trevor Lyons, Michael Scavuzzo, Derrik Stephenson, Henrique Bueno; Front Row: Ish Uno, Carlos Zuniga, Francisco Gomez, Chase Marion, Eitan Breziner, Chris Hegardt.
2012 Legends Cup Champs Surf Boys U10 White 2011 State Champions, Surf Boys U10 recently went north to the Legends Tournament in Chino Hills to prepare for the 2012 State Championships, which will begin in a few weeks. The team faced off in the finals against their rival, last year’s State Championship game opponent FC Golden State Academy (previously LA Cosmos). As always, the game was a hard-fought battle between the two determined teams. Identical to the 2011 match up in this same tournament, the game went to overtime. The score was 1-1, when the whistle blew in regulation. In the second period of golden goal, with about 30 seconds left before penalty kicks the Surf team scored the winning goal. Coach Dave Currie couldn’t have been happier with the consistent strong play of his team throughout the tournament. The championship was truly a team effort. He felt the boys played their four best games of the season. The team now prepares for their first round of the state tournament, which begins on Feb. 11.
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January 26, 2012
Kids Korps launches its new innovative youth empowerment program ‘Hugs 4 Kids’ Kids Korps is happy to announce the launch of its latest program – Hugs 4 Kids, honoring the life of Julien Hug. Thanks to the financial support of many individuals, Kids Korps was able to dedicate resources to develop this innovative youth empowerment program. While Kids Korps members routinely give OF themselves to help others, Hugs 4 Kids is about giving TO yourself. Kids Korps staff, with the assistance of the Hugs 4 Kids Advisory Board (Denise Hug, Jennifer Keslik-Bell, Maggie Bobileff, Andrea Carrier, Dana Knees, Marie Daniels, Joanne Wolf, and Eric Iantorno), developed the program’s mission, which is to “ignite healthy inner growth and support the positive identity of young people by engaging youth, families, and communities in educational programs, hands-on activities, and awareness campaigns.” The program’s vision is for youth to accept themselves and honor their self-worth, conquer their fears and challenges, and achieve a sense of purpose empowering their lives. The program is centered around four core themes: self leadership, character development, health & wellness, and empowerment. One key element of this program is the Hugs 4 Kids website which provides resources and information for kids, teens, parents and educators related to the core themes and key topics affecting youth today. The Hugs 4 Kids website is just the starting point for this important program! Kids Korps has dedicated the entire month of February to Hugs 4 Kids. Events have been scheduled that will introduce Kids Korps members and the community to this new program. For more information on these events or the program, please visit us at www.hugs4kids.info or www.kidskorps.org/ hugs4kids, or become a fan on Facebook (Hugs 4 Kids – a program of Kids Korps USA). KIDS KORPS GIVE 12 CHALLENGE It’s 2012! Many people are busy making self-improvement resolutions (lose 10 pounds, start eating better, quit smoking…) all focused on our own lives, and many of which will last only a few weeks. Kids Korps challenges you to do something different this year! Make it a year of outwardly focused resolutions. Pledge to share kindness and perform acts of service for those around you, and then challenge your friends and family to do the same. Choose YOUR cause. Tell us how you can make this world a better place. You have 12 months to make a big dif-
City Heights Kids Korps volunteers make friendship bracelets focused on Dr. Martin Luther King’s teachings of “Love, Freedom, Equality, and Service to Others.” ference! Make a public pledge today. Start by filling out this Give 12 Pledge Form and mailing it to the Kids Korps Office (2210 Encinitas Blvd. Suite N, Encinitas, CA 92024). You can also fill one out on our website: http://www.kidskorps.org/ programs/give12/. Give12 and turn your New Year’s resolutions into positive change for our community! FEDERAL HOLIDAY BECOMES KIDS KORPS DAY OF SERVICE “He inspired us in words, but he led us in DEEDS. To honor him, let’s do the same!” Kids Korps USA challenged community members to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16) by continuing Dr. King’s legacy of service to others. Several volunteer projects throughout the holiday weekend were promoted on the Kids Korps project calendar encouraging families to “Make it a day ON, not a day off,” the main slogan of the federal holiday. Additionally, Kids Korps volunteers in City Heights participated in special service projects, provided through Kids Korps Urban Outreach program, focused on learning about Dr. King’s extraordinary life, his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and his teachings of equality, love, and service to others. Kids Korps members had a chance to make friend-
ship bracelets for their peers focused on these main themes, along with answering questions about their own dreams: Husseini, Age 9 My Dream for myself is…to be a great person. My Dream for my country is…for people to stop doing bad things. My Dream for my world is…for it to always be a beautiful world. Asiah, Age 13 My Dream for myself is…to be successful and have a big happy, healthy family. My Dream for my country is…to have peace, happiness, and no homeless. My Dream for my world is…is to have peace and happiness. Miguel, Age 10 My Dream for myself is…to graduate from college. My Dream for my country is…for it to be a safe country. My Dream for my world is…for there to be no more war. The Corporation for National and Community Service describes this Day of Service as one that “empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.” Kids Korps was honored to act as a community resource helping members find meaningful volunteer projects for this important Day of Service (and throughout the year!). Visit our website to learn more: www.kidskorps.org UPCOMING PROJECTS WHAT: Rancho Coastal Humane Society WHEN: Sat. Jan. 27 (3:30 - 5 p.m.) WHERE: Encinitas WHAT: St. Vincent de Paul WHEN: Sun. Jan. 29 (4 – 7 p.m.) WHERE: San Diego WHAT: Habitat for Humanity Youth Hostel WHEN: Sat. Feb. 4 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) WHERE: San Diego
January 26, 2012
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Your Family Matters: Anxious parents = Anxious children BY DR. KEITH KANNER When parents get anxious, children get anxious. It’s really that simple. That old adage of “take care of yourself, before trying to take care of others” applies to parenting, as well. After all, most invested parents will state that parenting is the most important, rewarding, yet most stressful “job” in the world, and it is! Perhaps the most common trait of any good parent is “worry.” This is a good thing, for worry equals caring and protection which are necessary to raise healthy children. But, as with anything, too much or too little of something usually has shortcomings. A parent who is too anxious is going to be both stressed out and stress out their child, while a parent who is not “concerned
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enough” may not be helping their child enough and the child then internalizes this experience and responds to themselves and others in the same manner. Regarding children, especially young ones, they perceive how things are going not only from their own experiences, but from the observation of how their parents both manage their
own stress, and how the parent responds to the them during times of conflict. Take 10-year- old Bradley, for example. He is a very good student, but has some particular difficulty in math. He is very discouraged that he does very well in most of his other subjects, but tends to struggle in various concepts that he has been learning this year. His mother is a very loving and well-intended person, but becomes upset and anxious when Bradley gets stuck on certain math facts and will, in fact, make comments to him such as “if you don’t get this stuff, you may never be that scientist that you want to be when you grow up.” One could reason that her comment was an attempt to moSee KANNER, page B23
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By Wendell Smoot, MD, Reza Sadrian, MD, Carol Hollan, MD and John Smoot, MD Q. I recently learned of a statistic that patients under 50 get best long-term results from facelift surgery. Can you explain the reason for this? A. According to a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), younger patients with “early or minimal signs of aging” tend to achieve better results and higher satisfaction rates after a period of time proceeding facelift surgery. Due to their exceptional long-term results, patients below the age of 50 who undergo “maintenance facelifts” tend to be preferable candidates for facelifts. In a previous study, researchers found that patients who underwent facelift surgery at older ages had lower satisfaction scores and a wider range of results compared to younger patients. In the new study, physicians compared the short-term and long-term patient satisfaction ratings with expert analysis of follow-up photographs. Consistent with the previous study, younger patients rated higher satisfaction scores during both short and long-term follow-up. In comparison, patients in the 50-60 age group had intermediate results. The study appears to support the notion expressed by experienced plastic surgeons that younger patients who have facelifts (less than 50 years old) have the longest lasting results with less noticeable postoperative changes. Younger patients who are interested in facial rejuvenation often delay surgical procedures by opting for less invasive procedures. The new study suggests that these are the same patients who could benefit most from surgical facelifts. Not only will the results of a facelift last longer, but the initial change is predominately less dramatic and noticeable than in older patients. There are several factors that may contribute to satisfaction results in this study. Younger patients have greater elasticity in their facial skin and therefore the skin responds more readily to the post-surgical healing process. Additionally, the facial skin of those studied at a younger age who engaged in a professional consultation to ad-
Wendell Smoot, MD, Reza Sadrian, MD, Carol Hollan, MD and John Smoot, MD dress surgical options for the aging process had fewer issues (wrinkles, sagging of the skin, drooping eyelids) to begin with compared to those of their older counterparts. The signs of regression in older patients are more pronounced because the severities of the conditions were greater. As a result, patients who defer facial plastic surgery often desire more extreme procedures that may alter the appearance of their facial features, therefore affecting their overall satisfaction. Consequently, patients under 50 who catch the effects of aging sooner on the surface of this skin, tend to counteract the non-apparent aging that takes place underneath the skin. John Smoot, MD, is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla and Wendell Smoot, MD, has been voted by his peers as Top Doctor in San Diego for five consecutive years. Carol Hollan, MD, is San Diego’s first female board-certified plastic surgeon while Reza Sadrian, MD, is one of very few plastic surgeons dually certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery. The practice has over 20 years of tenure in the industry and each is individually board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Any of the physicians can provide consultations on plastic surgery procedures and/or laser and skincare treatments at their Laser and Skincare Center and can be reached at their offices on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla in the Ximed Medical Building by calling (858) 587-9850 or via the web at sandiegoplastiscurgeryclinic.com.
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