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Volume XV, Issue 41

Oct. 6, 2011 Published Weekly

SB denies condo project ■ Local student spends memorable summer in Paraguay. Page 9

BY CLAIRE HARLIN STAFF WRITER The Solana Beach City Council voted 4-1 on Sept. 28 to deny a building permit for a proposed four-unit, 10,413-square-foot Eden Gardens condo project, a controversial plan that could prompt the council to revisit the city code altogether as it relates to condominiums. The detached condo project, which would be built at

823 Vera St. and shared between four owners, previously came before the council in October 2009 and was denied, without prejudice, based in part on a building height that exceeded the maximum 25foot City allowance. Since then, architects have reduced the size and tweaked the design of the two-story project, which contains a subterranean garage basement. The proposed

building height is 25 feet, down from 30 feet, and the square footage was reduced by about 1,300. “It just doesn’t seem like it’s enough,” said Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner. “There’s only one house larger in the neighborhood still … I find that the bulk and mass is still too large.” A number of residents at-



SB firefighters publicly apologize to city manager

Rail Trail comes Alive ■ Sacred Craft expo celebrates surfboard builders. Page B17

■ Etiquette consultant minds her manners. Page 10

This boarded-up 784-square-foot house on Vera Street has been condemned since the 1990s.

Isabelle DiLiberti hangs with Steam Powered Giraffe, a group of singing robots, Oct. 2 during the Arts Alive on the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail event. See page B16 for more. PHOTO: JON CLARK

BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer About 15 uniformed firefighters accompanied Solana Beach Firefighters Union President Eric Phillips on Sept. 28 at the city’s regular council meeting to publicly apologize to City Manager David Ott for circulating a letter accusing Ott of endangering the public by trying to reduce fire staffing. Concern arose over discussions between city officials and firefighters, who were asked to come up with possible reductions to help meet an $800,000 shortfall. A plan to decrease firefighters’ overtime pay — which accounts for nearly $400,000 in annual expenses — by

not sending in replacements when an officer is on leave or out sick was brought up but never proposed. The firefighters’ “hit piece,” as Mayor Lesa Heebner described it in a public response, was sent to community members and press on Aug. 17, a day after the fire department ratified a budget agreement with the City that in no way included staffing reductions, Heebner said. Meanwhile, another letter was circulated by an anonymous “retired employee,” who alleged Ott was trying to spike his own retirement package — a claim Heebner said was “preposterous.”


Del Mar welcomes chicanes as traffic-calming measure

■ Local man among the world’s most-traveled. Page B1

BY CLAIRE HARLIN STAFF WRITER If you aren’t familiar with chicanes, you soon will be if you travel through Crest Road, between 15th Street and Amphitheatre Drive. But if you drive that route to bypass traffic on Camino del Mar, these traffic-calming structures may make you think otherwise. The Del Mar City Council voted on Oct. 3 to ap-



prove an encroachment permit application that would allow Crest Road residents to build three chicanes, which look like half-circle or triangular pop-outs in the road. Built of stone and filled with foliage, the chicanes create extra turns in the road, narrowing it and forcing drivers to give way to opposing traffic. Some residents say the chicanes have been a topic

of discussion for 34 years, but it wasn’t until 2008 when the council approved a traffic-calming plan for Crest Road, which included the four chicanes. One has

SEE CHICANES, PAGE 6 The chicane on Crest Road between 15th Street and Amphitheatre Drive PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN

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SB school board member working for education law firm BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Writer Solana Beach School District board member and attorney Art Palkowitz is providing general legal advice to school districts as Senior Counsel at Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, a San Diego County law firm specializing in education law. Formerly Assistant General Counsel at San Diego Unified School District where he worked for nine years, Palkowitz joined Stutz Artiano in March 2010. Palkowitz, whose second four-year term on the SBSD school board expires in November 2012, has been a practicing attorney for over 28 years, with background in public education and civil litigation. Since Palkowitz joined Stutz Artiano, the Solana Beach School District has continued to have the law firm represent the district on two cases. SBSD superintendent Leslie Fausset said there is no conflict of interest. “Art has nothing to do with any of the cases that the firm represents,” she said. Also, she said he recuses himself from voting on all decisions involving Stutz Artiano cases that involve expenses with

‘We took all of the appropriate precautions.’ LESLIE FAUSSET Superintendent, Solana Beach School District the firm. “We’ve taken probably a more cautious approach, but that’s how we’ve handled it,” Fausset said. She said Palkowitz shared with her his intent to join the law firm in advance, and she said she had “no misgivings at all.” “We took all of the appropriate precautions,” she said, adding that “it’s very beneficial to a district” to have attorneys on school boards who understand education issues. Palkowitz’s professional experience, according to his profile on the Stutz Artiano Web site, includes an understanding of the California Education Code, certificated and classified employee suspension and termination proceedings,

strategy and compliance in collective bargaining, employment-related litigation, wrongful termination, the Brown Act, Public Records Act, California Tort Claims Act, preparation and review of district policies and administrative procedures, and charter school petitions, operations, renewals and appeals. One of the two cases Stutz Artiano has handled for the SBSD since Palkowitz was hired began in September 2010 and was concluded earlier this year. The district paid about $6,300 to the law firm for the case. The other case, concerning a preschool special education student, is continuing through the court system and is on appeal at the Ninth Circuit, Fausset said. To date, the district has paid Stutz Artiano about $11,600, and the Special Education Legal Alliance has paid the firm about $40,000 on this case. With miscellaneous fees of $823 for opinions on Public Records Act requests and student fees, the total paid to Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz by the district from 2010 to the present is about $18,745.

Special Education Legal Alliance BY MARSHA SUTTON Senior Education Writer A legal case involving a Solana Beach School District special education preschool student, begun in August 2010, is now with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case is being handled by Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz lawyer Dan Shinoff. The case has been paid in large part by the Special Education Legal Alliance, formed seven or eight years ago to support potentially precedent-setting cases where the outcome could impact other districts and other cases, said SBSD superintendent Leslie Fausset. “What happens in so many of these cases is that even if you are right, you have a tendency to settle because it’s often less expensive to settle than it is to go through the full court process,” Fausset said. She said there is a tendency for districts to settle even when they may not agree because “it is expeditious to do so financially for the district.” The purpose of the alliance, she said, was for school districts to contribute to a fund to provide resources that would

support districts “when they were in the midst of a case that potentially was precedent-setting.” “Laws get written, and there’s a lot of interpretation with any written law,” Fausset said. “When you settle, you don’t have the opportunity of getting full, clear definition of the intent of the law.” The Special Education Legal Alliance provides a way for districts to pursue a case through the courts to receive more comprehensive interpretation of the law. “The lack of definition is not helpful,” she said. The alliance is county-run, Fausset said, and is voluntary for districts. She said her district makes an annual contribution of about $.50 per student, for a projected cost for 20112012 of approximately $1,418.50. “I’ve been very supportive of it,” Fausset said of the legal alliance. The case to date has cost about $51,650 — about $11,600 from the district and about $40,000 from the legal alliance.


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Major step in restoration to bring nutrients, wildlife to lagoon BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer Contractors removed an earthen dam on Sept. 29 near Del Mar Dog Beach, allowing tidal flows to make contact with the San Dieguito wetlands for the first time in many decades. A number of community leaders and environmental experts joined together to see the ocean and river connect, bringing nutrients and fish to the wetlands and attracting birds. This almost final step in construction of the 150-acre preserve is part of a project to mitigate impacts caused by San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations 2 and 3. Many fish are killed due to the fact that the plant uses the ocean as a cooling mechanism. Jacqueline Winrerer, president of Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, said she has been in Del Mar for 46 years and remembers the original mitigation around 1970. “This is so terrific,� she said. “It’s many years in the making, and it’s not entirely the final element of the restoration, but it’s a more special one.� Project Manager David Kay, of Southern California Edison,

said he has dedicated 15 years to this project, which was agreed upon in 1991. “You want to get it right the first time,� he said of the many years put into this project. “You have to do a number of studies and engineering to know it will work as designed.� A five-month dredging project began in mid-February to remove 80,000 cubic yards of sand from the San Dieguito River channel to allow for better exchange of water from the ocean and the newly restored ecosystem. During the weeks leading up to the dam removal, excavating crews and equipment visible from Highway 101 have been working to place 50,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach for replenishment. The beach will have to be dredged again within a few years, said Kay, and the trench will also naturally shift. Jointly funded by San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, the project totaled about $9 million over the past 20 years. As a giant backhoe removed the final pieces of the sandy damn around sunset, onlookers reveled as the tide flowed into

Above: A backhoe removes the last pieces of a sand-comprised dam, allowing the Pacific Ocean to flow into the wetlands. Right: County Supervisor Pam SlaterPrice shares enthusiasm with project manager David Kay, who has dedicated 15 years to the project. PHOTOS: CLAIRE HARLIN

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CHICANES continued from page 1 already been built at the south end of Crest Road, and budget constraints have kept the others from being built. To keep the plan in motion, residents on Crest Road have dipped into their own pockets to cover the cost of the remaining four chicanes — a move that was wel-

CONDO continued from page 1 tended the Sept. 28 meeting to voice both support and opposition to the project, some saying it would add value to a community that has experienced problems in the past, and others saying it would set a negative development precedent and not complement the character of one of the oldest residential communities in the city. Some neighbors have

comed by the City but sparked discussion about liability at Monday’s council meeting. Residents begged the question: If we fund the project and find the contractor, does that make us liable if the structure is at the heart of a vehicular accident? Del Mar City Attorney Leslie Devaney said that once the City’s engineer

signs off on the project, assuring it is up to code, the City assumes responsibility. To second that notion, the council approved a resolution along with the encroachment permit approval that would release the property owners of liability upon project completion. “This is an important milestone, a serious step in the right direction,� said resident Henry Abarbanel.

“The teenager driving to Torrey Pines High School at 7 a.m. is not concerned with traffic problems, but the residents are.� Several residents spoke in support of the project, and about a handful sent letters in opposition, some wanting the current chicane moved or removed and others saying the chicanes do not help the traffic situation.

The proposed chicanes meet the standards of the planning, public works, engineering and fire departments, and they would maintain a 20-foot-wide, unobstructed drivable lane for emergency vehicles. Proposed vegetation is lowgrowing and non-woody, so each chicane is “mountable� by emergency apparatus. Resident Marnie Maloney wrote a letter to the

council expressing concern that the chicanes heighten potential for accidents. “People traveling south from 15th Street see only the chicane on their left,� she said. “By the time they reach the ‘straight-away,’ which is in front of my house, they face a car heading north on the wrong side of the street having swerved to avoid the chicane on their right.�

expressed concern about safety, gang activity and wildlife at the half-acre lot, which currently contains a boarded-up 784-square-foot house that has been condemned since the 1990s. Parking was another concern of residents and the council. “Parking your car in front of your house is one thing, but this is four houses stacked,� said Councilman Mike Nicols. “You can’t park four cars in front of the front house.� Nichols called the issue

a “special circumstance.â€? “Technically, I think they meet the minimum requirements because that’s what staff tells them is in the code,â€? he said. “But maybe we need to look at the code ‌ I don’t feel comfortable about adding to a problem that’s already identified as a problem.â€? City Manager David Ott said the project is in compliance with the code, and although staff doesn’t have discretion to deny it, the council does. The council then came to the finding that the code itself may be up for discretion, and Heebner suggested the condominium ordinance return to the table for a separate discussion. Because about 600 square feet was reduced from the first unit, decreasing the bulkiness of the property as seen from Vera Street, Councilman Joe Killegian said he supports the project. He also pointed out that the proposed development is nearly 5,000 square feet under the floor-area ra-

tio that is mandated by the City. “If we have qualifications and we have criteria and people meet the criteria, I feel it’s unfair for us to do something different,� said Killegian, the sole vote in favor of the project. Applicant Robyn Kettering, CEO of Kettering Rose Insurance Agents and Brokers, stressed that the project is being built by Solana Beach residents who intend to live in the community. “We’re not big city developers coming in and building a project we don’t care anything about and trying to reap big profits and leave,� she said. Kettering and co-applicant Andres Davis said they plan on finding two other families to occupy the other two units. She said she hopes to “bring the neighborhood up,� by building the condos. “It’s, by design, different from the rest of the neighborhood, but in a good way,� Kettering said. “This has been known as

one of the less desirable neighborhoods in Solana Beach and we’re hoping to help transition that to a positive.� In an effort to “be good neighbors,� said Kettering, the applicants hosted a community meeting. Resident Teresa Correa was the only community member who attended the meeting. “We keep getting told how this project will improve the community,� said Correa. “The improvement doesn’t always happen because someone can come in with money. When you smell beans being cooked at 5 a.m. when you walk your dog next to Tony’s Jacal, you have community. Tony’s Jacal may not a beautiful building, but it’s rich in itself for the heritage and the family and the community that it has created in Solana Beach. Putting down pavement does not give you community if you don’t live in it and take care of it.� Councilman David Roberts brought up a reso-

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Man arrested in freeway shootings BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A man possibly responsible for a shooting spree on two San Diego freeways that left one motorist wounded was taken into custody Oct. 3 in the Lake View Terrace area of Los Angeles, authorities said. The man, labeled a ``person of interest’’ in the shootings, was taken into custody during a traffic stop about 10 a.m. at the Foothill (210) Freeway near Osborne Street, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Udovich. The car he was driving had the same license number as the one wanted in connection

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‘Casablanca’ gala to benefit new program sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections An Evening in Casablanca, a benefit gala for Del Mar Community Connections, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, in St. Peter’s Parish Hall, with all the elements of “Rick’s Café Americain” from the iconic 1942 movie in evidence. The 6 to 10 p.m. event will begin with cocktails, followed by a Moroccan-inspired dinner by Sbicca, a live auction, and dancing to the ‘40s-era music of Randy Fontaine & the Swingers. Cocktail or ‘40s attire is suggested. Tickets are $125 per person and, notes Julie Iantorno, chair, space is limited. “It’s not too late to become a member of the Honorary Committee, at $1,000, which includes two tickets,” she adds. Rosanne Holliday and Linda Katz, Honorary Committee chairs, have recruited more than 36 community leaders to serve on the Honorary Committee, each con-

Akram “AK” Mansour, owner of Mirabella Home, consults with members of the Del Mar Community Connections Casablanca Benefit Gala decoration committee in choosing chandeliers and other items to create a Moroccan environment. Pictured are Chris Engelbrecht, Myriam Ouddou, AK Mansour, and Julie Iantorno. Mirabella Home is located at 437 S. Hwy 101 in Solana Beach. For more information about the Gala, call DMCC at 858-792-7565.

tributing $1,000 or greater. Funds raised from this year’s gala will benefit Del Mar Community Connections’s “In-Home Connections,” a unique program designed to help seniors remain safe and healthy in their homes. Individual client needs are met by providing friendly visits, transportation to medical appointments, prescription pick-up, grocery shopping, social events and more. For more information, contact Julie Iantorno at 858 245-7178.

‘The Gourmet Experience’ at the DM Fairgrounds to feature celebrity chefs, great food and more The Gourmet Experience will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 8-9, from 11 a.m.5 p.m. The event features “everything from mouthwatering macaroons to savory olive oils, an action-packed line-up of culinary demonstrations, wine, craft beer, the hottest trends in kitchen design, celebrity book signings, art, and endless lifestyle products for the home gourmet.” For more information, visit or

CCA’s Envision Cinema to hold filmmaking contest Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Cinema is holding its first “48-Hours” filmmaking competition, open to all students in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Students who enter will write, film, and edit a short film on the weekend of Oct. 14, then see their film on the big screen at 6 p.m. on Oct. 22. Entry fee is $30 for teams of onefour members. Participants will receive a promotional 2011 MiniCine Fest gift, and two teams will win Cinepolis movie tickets for Best Overall Film and Audience Choice. Competitors can attend the showing on Oct. 22 for free. Friends and family are encouraged to attend for $5. Proceeds from CCA’s MiniCine Fest will help pay for supplies and equipment for the CCA Envision Cinema club. All forms and information about the event are on the main CCA website at

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Helping people in Paraguay just the beginning for student BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Del Mar teenager Trey Hahn spent a life-changing six weeks in Paraguay this summer. For the Canyon Crest junior, the experience was more than just building stoves, planting trees and running educational camps for children. It was valuable work for sure, but Trey returned to the U.S. armed with a whole new perspective and a renewed focus on service. “It was the best summer of my life,” Trey said. Trey traveled to Paraguay with Amigos de las Americas, an international nonprofit that empowers young high school and college students to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural understanding through service projects in Latin America. Not only does Trey want to volunteer with the Amigos again next summer, he hopes to stay involved and move up the ranks to become a program supervisor by the time he’s in college and someday become a program director, in charge of managing an entire project in a Latin American country. “I feel like he can do anything now,” said his mother Eileen. “He had to go out there and get a community’s support on his own. He was completely comfortable as a leader. I’m so proud he was successful and knew he would be.” This summer the Amigos’ San Diego Chapter sent 18 high school students to seven different countries in

Amigos de las Americas: front row: Naomi Maisel, Nikki Cohen, Nan Hokkanen, Marla Villar, Perri Callaway, Erika Symczak; middle row: Matt Hummel, Jordan Verga, Trey Hahn, Fletcher Holst, Sabrina Ruediger, Jenai Machhi, Eric Rumble, Molly Spitters, Kianna Eberle; and back row: Cameron Gurley, Joey Kobara, Jesse Ostroff Latin America, including Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. Trey was one of four local students to go, the others were: Del Mar’s Erika Symczak, a senior at Torrey Pines High, and Canyon Crest juniors Molly Spitters and Jesse Ostroff. To participate in the program, Trey underwent more than 140 hours of training in the months leading up to the trip, in addition to fundraising $3,000 to pay for the charitable works he would complete in Paraguay. The San Diego chapter fundraised by selling coffee and poinsettias and writing letters to possible donors. Individual families were then responsible to pay for airfare. With his partner Diego Bravo, Trey spent six weeks living and working in the community of San Felipe

from June 27-Aug. 10. “Everything there is really different. Life is more simple than it is here,” Trey said. “The people were the nicest people, all of the community was family. If you were hungry you would just walk to the nearest house, everyone was so welcoming.” Trey’s “family” was one of the younger ones in the community; the mother was 25 years old and the father 32. In a three-room house (kitchen, patio and bedroom), the parents lived with the father’s 6 year old, the mother’s 3 year old and another 10-year-old child who was not related to the family. The home had dirt floors and there were no luxuries, such as a shower or toilet. Before Trey built the family a new stove, they cooked all their meals on an


indoor campfire on the ground. Smoke would always be in the home as there was always a fire burning. A sample menu included armadillo (“Really good, my favorite”), cow brain (“not very good”), cow kidney (“squishy and a little bit weird”), pig heart and pig lungs. “I didn’t expect him to encounter this type of adventure,” said mom Eileen. “It’s just phenomenal.” Trey and his partner held a lottery to decide which homes would receive a new stove, The stove was comprised of bricks and a mortar mix, a stovetop, box for an oven and a cement chimney. Trey had never constricted anything like these stoves before but grew to love the work. “(The families) were really happy when we were done, they would thank us and invite us to come back anytime and eat with them,” said Trey. One elderly woman in the community was really hoping for a stove but wasn’t selected in the lottery. Amigos was able to get a grant for a seventh stove from an organization called Plan International and the woman received her stove. “She was very excited. She told us she’d kill a chicken for us,” Trey said. The trees Trey planted served many purposes for the community. They were valuable sources of shade, seeds, fruit, a place for animals to live (poles were set against trees so chickens could climb

Trey Hahn with his host family in Paraguay on an Amigos de las Americas service trip into them to be protected from coyotes and wild dogs) and a source of wood, which was used to built houses, beds, chairs, and more. “We would say that without trees there is no life there,” Trey said. Each home that received a stove would also receive 10 trees. Amigos had 100 trees to begin with so the leftover 30 trees were planted for the entire community — they planted fruit trees around the schoolyard for the children to eat from. Trey also assisted in running camps for the children, helping them learn Spanish and playing games. Trey said he is now essentially fluent in Spanish but they also speak Guaraní in Paraguay—he estimates he was able to learn nearly 100 words of Guaraní. Trey hopes to establish an Amigos Club at Canyon Crest Academy this year in addition to playing varsity tennis in the spring and balancing “really hard classes.” He is interested in study-

ing linguistics and international studies. The experience has changed Trey. He can’t stand to be inside for too long now and prefers being outside. Food has also changed for him after living with a family that depended only on themselves and their land for what they consumed. Since returning to Del Mar, Trey has started a vegetable garden in his backyard to grow corn, radishes, squash and tomatoes. Trey especially noticed how different things are in San Diego than in Paraguay during the blackout, when people didn’t have power for several hours and “everyone freaked out.” After the way he lived for six months, going to bed with the sunset and rising with sunrise, he thought not having power was nothing to stress about. “There’s a lot bigger world out there and people live a whole different way outside this bubble. I was happier there then I have been anywhere and it shows that money isn’t everything,” Trey said. “Everyone should make an effort to see how good things can be somewhere else.” Amigos has had an overwhelming response for summer 2012 projects. Anyone who missed the cut-off date can request to go on the waitlist for summer 2013 by contacting Joyce Mizock, San Diego chapter president, of the at (760) 632-1177 or joyce@ Learn more about Amigos at amigoslink. org.


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Irish-born international etiquette consultant devotes career to creating a more thoughtful and courteous approach to life BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor When it comes to etiquette and protocol, local resident Marie Betts-Johnson doesn’t carry a big stick, as Teddy Roosevelt once advised, but she does speak softly, with authority and aided and abetted by a charming Irish brogue. Based in San Diego since 1989, Betts-Johnson is an Irish-born, internationally-recognized etiquette consultant, speaker and columnist who is the founder and president of the International Protocol Institute of California. We interviewed BettsJohnson in The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Blond with dark-green eyes and a model-like demeanor, she was dressed impeccably in a black pant suit accented with a pearland-diamond style brooch and a single strand of freshwater pearls. Dressing appropriately for an occasion, she believes, is an essential aspect of etiquette and protocol. “Whether we like it or not, the person we are on

the inside is judged by what we wear on the outside.” Nor do you have to be wealthy to dress well, she says. “Good taste is what’s important.” Her choice of a career, she said, came naturally to her. “The Irish are very hospitable. We entertain a lot in our home. And then I was in a convent boarding school and the nuns were tough. The strict rules became engrained in me and, even though I did not see the benefit at the time, they stood me in good stead when called upon. “Etiquette is not about snobbishness,” she insists. “It’s the opposite. It’s all about being confident in one’s self, knowing what to do and when to do it. And then putting other people at ease and respecting other people. It’s that simple. But you have to know what the rules or guidelines are. I like the word ‘guidelines’ better than ‘rules’.” The true meaning of etiquette, she believes, is kindness. She loves the story

about the dinner guest who, when presented a finger bowl of water “with that nice slice of lemon it,” mistakenly took a sip. The hostess, not wanting to embarrass her guest, followed his example. “You see, that’s the essence of etiquette,” BettsJohnson said. “It’s not about putting anyone down.” But she also agrees with Mark Twain who said: “A person should be allowed a few redeeming vices, but never bad manners.” And when it comes to common courtesy these days, sadly, she said, the frustrations are many and great. “Courtesy and thoughtfulness have become endangered practices.” On the highways, that lack of courtesy or kindness too often results in incidents of road rage, and in supermarket check-out lines (and in restaurants), “we are doomed to listen to feckless cell phone abusers who share the most intimate details of their per-

sonal lives. Then, most recently, there is the emergence of deadly cyber-bullying by “people hiding behind screens.” But, she still remains optimistic. “If you don’t have hope, what’s the point. And I hope there’ll be more of us going out there and creating the awareness, if nothing more. “And the good news is that anyone can learn the accepted codes of etiquette and protocol.” She was born Marie Betts in County Tipperary, Ireland, and grew up as the youngest of three children. Her family’s 300-acre working farm is located about 10 miles from the town of Tipperary. She was educated in convent boarding schools and later went on to Dublin to work in the trusts and wills department of a bank. Wanting to “see the world,” she joined ALIA, the Royal Jordanian Airline, as a flight attendant.


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Del Mar City Council member Terry Sinnot, Deputy Mayor Carl Hilliard, Friends of the Powerhouse President Barbara Harper, city council member Lee Haydu, and city council member Mark Filanc join Del Mar Mayor Don Moiser to bury Chief Lifeguard Pat Vergne at the lifeguard tower groundbreaking.

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CERT program helps prepare residents for emergencies BY DIANE Y. WELCH Contributor The recent power outage that caused over five million residents regionally to be kept in the dark for 12 hours brought to light an increased awareness about emergency preparedness. For several citizens in the coastal communities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe, thanks to their training to be certified members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), they were more than ready to handle the situation. CERT Academy is a program that educates people about disaster preparedness in their area. It trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. According to the City of Solana Beach website, by using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT graduates are equipped to assist others following an emergency event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. On Sunday, Oct. 2, CERT graduates and their families gathered for a picnic at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. It was an opportunity for team members to meet

Solana Beach and Del Mar CERT members with chopper with, and to get to know, other CERT members from neighboring coastal cities, and to strengthen cross-community team awareness, which helps when local major disasters occur– such as the 2007 fires that caused mass evacuations. The CERT program offers hands-on training held at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station #2. Since the program’s inception in January, 2005, there have been 240 citizens trained, said Dr. Bernhard


Geierstanger, co-chair of the CERT Operations Committee. A new class of about 16 trainees just got underway. The program is free. It is offered locally to those 18 years of age and above through the fire departments of the three cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas, and the community of Rancho Santa Fe. It comprises a total of 24 hours of training over about four weeks. The curriculum includes such topics as CPR

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Thursday, October 6th Artist Bio John Asaro’s recent paintings capture the life force behind dance, his main focus of the series 100 Dancers. With brilliant fauve colors, his admiration for dancers and their dedication is reflected in his own dedication to capturing the lines and forms of the graceful ballerinas. He follows them from classroom to stage in various poses of relaxation, performance, contemplation, and even the pain that comes with such passion. On stage or in the classroom, the costumes and lighting are constantly shifting, creating delicate tension between the artists and their environment. Always listening to the orchestral arrangements as he paints, Asaro’s inspired works are imbued with music. He occasionally finds himself of the same ilk, and dances around his studio, paintbrush in hand with his patient cat as a partner. It’s easy to give yourself up to the captivating essence of dance; John Asaro certainly has.

instruction, psychology and terrorism, as well as fire safety and life-saving skills with an emphasis on decision making, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the highest number of people. “We learn how to take care of ourselves, our family and our neighborhood,” said CERT graduate Vickie Driver, a Solana Beach resident, who is also an Operations Commissioner. Along with Linette Page, also a CERT Operations Commissioner, Driver is a presenter of “Are You Ready Solana Beach?”, a program which educates neighbors, in their own home about disaster preparedness in a single one-hour presentation. Commissioners Carol Kerridge – who was instrumental in establishing the program – and Mike Mosakowski conduct the same program for Del Mar residents. For Driver, the CERT training has been invaluable on a community and a personal level. “What it is has trained me to do personally is how to be prepared for any emergency, whether it is a fire disaster, an earthquake or a blackout. I have a go-bag filled with vital papers, survival equipment and water. I can throw it in the car and be ready to go at a mo-

ment’s notice.” She understands the importance of stocking supplies like a first-aid kit, a radio and batteries, candles and matches, bottled water and non-perishable food that doesn’t need cooking, items critical when there is a power outage. A goal of each city is to train 1 percent of the community to be prepared for any major disaster, said Driver. The training sessions include emergency re-enactments with hands-on use of fire extinguishers, the search of a three or four-story building and the jacking up of a cement wall to simulate realistic disaster rescue scenarios. Training continues even after graduation to maintain team skills and the working partnership. “Once a quarter we do activities to get to know other CERT members in our own communities. We are able to practice with who we will be working with in an actual emergency,” said Driver. New trainees are always welcome to enroll in this volunteer program. The CERT Academy runs twice a year. To sign up for next year’s training session or to schedule an “Are You Ready?” presentation, call the CERT hotline at (858) 720 4412

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‘Style re-di-find’ at National Charity League fashion show

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igh school sophomores from eight local schools participated in the National Charity League fashion show “STYLE re-di-find” Oct. 2 at the La Costa Resort & Spa. In addition to the show, the girls recently posed for a photo shoot at San Dieguito County Park. The mission of the National Charity League is to foster the mother-daughter relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The purpose of the annual fashion show is to provide the 10th graders with training in poise, stage presence, self esteem and personal style. This year’s event served as a collection point for the “WE CAN” drive of canned goods for San Diego Food Bank and Military Outreach. PHOTOS: ROB MCKENZIE

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SB Schools fundraiser Four couples hosted a fundraiser in Solana Beach Oct. 1, with all proceeds going to the Solana Beach public schools (Solana Vista and Skyline Elementary School). About 100 guests paid to attend the party, raising $10,000 for the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning.

(l-r) Dave Fazio and Kenny Patrick; Host Brad Beyer with Matt Lewry, Mike Cassiano, and Ryan Dinsmore

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ETIQUETTE continued from page 10 “My plan was to stay for a year, travel and explore as much of the world as possible. Fortunately, I was in the right place at the right time and met a member of the Royal Staff and was offered a job with the Royal Crew on board the 727 Royal Jet of King Hussein and his [Americanborn] wife Queen Noor.” As a Royal Crew member from 1982 to 1984, she flew exclusively with the royal couple. On board she had the opportunity to meet with dignitaries and royalty from all over the world, including the 19-year-old newly-married Princess Diana, her husband Prince Charles, the King and Queen of Spain, King Constantine of Greece, Yasser Arafat, and U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz. In all the time she worked as part of the Royal Crew, she recalled, “There wasn’t one person of high rank who was not gracious.” “I really learned early in life that ‘the people who

mind, don’t matter; and the people who matter, don’t mind.’” “We interacted with the family when their children accompanied them on trips and, occasionally, the crew joined them for dinners and other outings,” she said. “Both King Hussein and Queen Noor were devoted to bringing peace to the Middle East and it was my impression that the trappings of royalty were secondary to them,” she once told an Irish magazine. “This experience was the catalyst for my interest in etiquette. Everything was done perfectly and attention to detail was mandatory. It gave me insight into what it takes to make things run smoothly and the behind-the-scenes effort required in hosting international guests and dignitaries.” Coming to the U.S., she earned an associates degree in marketing and merchandising at the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion, San Francisco, 1985-87; followed by courses in business etiquette and protocol at The Protocol

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Quick Facts Name: Marie Betts-Johnson Distinction: Marie Betts-Johnson is an internationallyrecognized etiquette consultant, speaker and columnist. Based in San Diego since 1989, she is the founder and president of the International Protocol Institute of California. Resident of: Carmel Valley since 1996 Born: County Tipperary, Ireland Education: Convent school and business school in Ireland; associates degree in marketing and merchandising at the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion, San Francisco, 1985-87; and studied business etiquette and protocol at The Protocol School of Washington, 1989. Family: Son, Neil, 20, a student at Mira Costa College Interests: Tennis, reading, walking and playing American folk music on her guitar. Recent reading: “The Help,” a first novel (now a movie), by Amy Einhorn, about black women in Jackson, Mississippi, who were entrusted to raise white children during the early civil rights era. Favorite TV: “Mad Men” Favorite getaway: Ireland Philosophy: “Do the best you can and I think what goes around comes around for sure.”

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Dominique Nielander, Michele Jaffee, Alex Magin, Theresa Hill School of Washington. In 1989, settling in San Diego, she founded the International Protocol Institute of California. Her experience, training and hands-on expertise enabled her to develop an extensive range of training sessions and seminars in etiquette and protocol customized for individuals, groups, and corporations. Her corporate clients included IBM, Sony, Gucci Timepieces, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, UCSD, The Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the International Bankers’ Association of California. Asked what are some of biggest “mistakes” people make in etiquette and protocol, she said, in the corporate world, it’s “not knowing how to make introductions that put people at ease and make you look good too” and “not taking the time to study the culture” before going on a business trip to a foreign country. “It’s too late when you’re there.” “Dining etiquette is also extremely important… We’re judged by how we dine. We really are judged…There are different

styles of dining too — American, Continental, Asian — but, whatever style you have, do it right,” she advises. “Hold the knife and fork correctly. And when the meal is over, know where to place the utensils.” Also, she said, etiquette changes with the times. “It’s not a static thing.” In addition to programs covering international corporate business diplomacy, protocol, and cultural awareness, she also offers group etiquette training and individual coaching, including dining etiquette, for teenagers and young adults “because that’s where it all starts” and job interview protocol for college students about to enter the tough, competitive job market. For more information on Marie Betts-Johnson, you’re invited to visit her International Protocol Institute of California web page on the Internet. The Website also offers a questionnaire that you can use to test your Etiquette IQ. Good luck.


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Resolution sought in Del Mar Shores property dispute BY JOE TASH CONTRIBUTOR A 5.3-acre parcel with sweeping ocean views purchased by the city of Del Mar in 2007 for $8.5 million was intended to provide residents and visitors with a tranquil, scenic spot for exercise and relaxation. But a dispute between the Del Mar Little League and a group of local dog lovers over the Shores property has been anything but peaceful — after clashes between the two groups earlier this year, the Little League stopped using the Shores ballfield for games or practices for the first time in more than 50 years. Representatives of the ballplayers and other recreational users of the park, dog lovers and Friends of the Del Mar Parks have been working on a compromise to solve the dispute, and appear close to a resolution. “I do think the solution is in reach,” said Warren Spieker, of the friends of the parks group. The dispute centers around conflicts between dog lovers — who exercise their pets off-leash — and ballplayers, who use the field several times a week during the spring baseball season. During the last Little League season, practices and games were interrupted when dogs crossed over a temporary fence between the ballfield and an open, asphalt area where the dog lovers congregate, said Chris Underwood, a Little League coach who has been working with the other groups to try to come up with a solution to the dispute. Over the past year, Underwood said, it seemed that more and more people started bringing their dogs to the park. “They kind of more or less took it over, for lack of better word, a land grab. They made it uncomfortable for Little League,” said Underwood. In April, Underwood said, the Little League decided to pull out of the Shores property, because of dogs running through games and practices and “heated arguments” between dog owners and parents. Parents didn’t feel the situation was safe for their children, he said. Wade Walker, a spokesman for the dog lovers, said the animosity between the groups was unfortunate. Dog lovers contributed to the campaign to raise money to buy the Shores property, he said, and they wanted to be able to share it with the Little

League. In September, the two sides attended a meeting of the city Parks and Recreation Committee, which advises the City Council. Since then, Walker said, he, Underwood and Spieker have been trying to work out a compromise. Walker said the most promising plan would be to divide the upper field of the Shores property, where the ballfield now takes up one side, with a fence, and install turf and sprinklers on the other side, which is now covered with asphalt. That way, each group could enjoy a roughly equivalent section of the upper field and its fabulous views. “All the stars are aligned. The people in the city want resolution on this. The dog people do and so does the Little League,” said Walker. The proposed solution would restore the equilibrium that existed two years ago between dog lovers and ballplayers, before the city removed a fence around the ballfield because it was in disrepair and posed a safety hazard, said Spieker. The next step would be to bring the compromise back to the parks and recreation committee, and ultimately, to the City Council for approval. “This is classic Del Mar, we’ve got to work through things,” said Spieker. If the plan is approved by the city, the friends group would work to raise money for the project, which would include installation of the fence, replacing asphalt with turf and extending the existing sprinkler system, at an estimated cost of $35,000, said Walker. Mayor Don Mosier said he is “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement between the groups can be worked out. “The whole thing has been too protracted. I hope they get there very quickly.” He stressed that whatever is worked out between the groups, everyone must realize this would be a temporary solution for the next two or three years, until the city completes a master plan that establishes permanent uses for the property. What is clear, Mosier said, is that when the city bought the property from the Del Mar Union School District, the idea was to make it available to a broad cross-section of the population. “It is intended to serve all residents of the community, no particular group has a vested right to use the park,” Mosier said.

Solana Beach Annual Bulky Item Clean-Up Day is Oct. 22 This year’s Annual Bulky Item Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the La Colonia Community Center parking lot at the Valley Avenue entrance. Waste Management will provide roll-off containers for easy drop off items such as furniture, scrap metal, mattresses and yard waste. (Hazardous Waste or E-Waste not included in this collection event). In addition, Solana Beach residents can call WM at 1-800-DUMPSTER on Monday, Oct. 3, through Monday, Oct. 17, to schedule a curbside pickup of up to three items on Saturday, Oct. 22. Items must be curbside by 7 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. “The City Council and city manager put its trust in its firefighters, and its trust that we hold to the highest regard. During last month, our actions damaged this trust. “David Ott is a man who has dedicated his life to public service, and he is a man who truly has a ser-

vant’s heart. Our membership displayed a lack of judgment by questioning his character, and in the process, hurt him to the core. So for this, we are truly sorry. “The Solana Beach firefighters hope to move forward, improve relationships, and regain the trust

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Del Mar Foundation offers Dogs of Del Mar Calendar at Halloween Pet Parade

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Del Sol Lions support Red Shoe Day On Tuesday, Sept. 28, the Del Sol Lions joined 1,000 local volunteers at 250 intersections countywide to collect donations for the Ronald McDonald House in giant, size 14, yellow-laced, red rubber Ronald McDonald shoes. First time participants, Del Sol Lions staffed two of those intersections in Solana Beach raising nearly $1,000 at each location during the three-hour fundraiser between the hours of 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. Volunteers countywide raised over $85,000 for the Ronald McDonald House which provides a “home away from home” for families with a hospitalized, seriously ill, or injured child. At the Sept. 14 Solana Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Lesa Heebner proclaimed Sept. 28 as “Red Shoe Day” in Solana Beach. If you would like to donate, please go to: html.

St. Peter’s Del Mar seeks clothes for annual fashion show St. Peter’s Thrift Shop needs donations of gently used designer, formal and resort wear for the annual Fashion Show fundraiser. Set to happen in late November, the fashion show and luncheon will benefit the local Community Resource Center, Mission Namibia, Episcopal Relief and Development, and Tijuana’s Esperanza International. Tax receipts are available for donations. You may bring donations to St Peter’s Thrift Shop, located at 334 14th St. in Del Mar Village, one block east of the 101. Or, for more information, call Chris Miller at 858-481-1945.

Can you imagine getting more than 100 dogs to cooperate for various photo shots ranging from the cliffs of Del Mar to dog beach? Or what it would be like to coordinate dogs with the ferris wheel at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, flags flying just the right way in Seagrove Park, or just getting four dogs to look at the camera at the same time! What a project Susan Schelling undertook gratis when she said “yes” to the Del Mar Foundation’s idea to raise funds with a Dogs of Del Mar Calendar. The calendar is ready for its big debut at Powerhouse Park on Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. when the Foundation will hold a Halloween Pet Parade. All pets must be on a leash. Only 500 calendars are being printed so if you would like to ensure your copy, go to www. for a copy to be held. They will make wonderful holiday gifts. The calendars include week by week pages plus tide charts. In addition, there will be a ribboncutting ceremony for a dog fountain donated by Richard and Sharon Bockoff. Refreshments for all! Mark your calendars now for this really fun afternoon of “Canines, Costumes, and Calendars.” Any questions, contact (858) 635-1363 or

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Pride of Del Mar Fall Awards coming soon Rotary Corner Last May, several Del Mar Garden Club members could be seen walking around the village checking out the vegetation adorning the store fronts along Camino del Mar. This was the beginning of a project previously announced by the Club giving recognition to business owners who have beautified the front of One of the award winners in May. their shops or offices. The Club members viewed a variety of plantings including succulents, native plants, perennial and seasonal flowers. Also considered was the maintenance of the flower boxes, lack of weeds and condition of the plants and surrounding walkways. The result of that springtime walk was the presentation of certificates to four businesses: The “Best Succulents Containers” went to Bella Villa, a full service beauty salon. Their window boxes contained a good variety of succulents, some even flowering during the spring season. Willis Allen brokerage firm had the “Most Colorful” containers. Their window boxes contained beautiful pink begonias that looked especially colorful against the white framed windows of the business. A special honorable mention goes to newcomer to Del Mar, Ranch & Coast Plastic Surgery Center. They have added water features, beautiful hardscape and plants to highlight the entrance to their business. Davidson/Design Line Interiors was awarded “Best All Around” recognition for the outstanding planter boxes containing a combination of seasonal flowers and perennial plants. They have consistently done an outstanding job of beautifying their office entrance. The Garden Club plans to continue to recognize village business owners and will award the certificates again in several weeks. Announcement of the awards will appear in this paper. Any questions regarding the project, contact

Don’t miss Annual Chili and Quackers event BY EMILY FIGUEIREDO, PUBLICITY CHAIR FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF DEL MAR What do ducks, chili, face painting, the ocean, prizes and charity have in common? The 3rd Annual Chili and Quackers Challenge of course! The Del Mar Rotary Club is at it again, hoping to raise over $20,000 for local and international charitable efforts. This event is one of the most unique and fun events you can attend with the whole family! Join in on the fun on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. There is no fee to come have a good time, soak up the sun and participate in family activities like face painting donated by Pinky’s Big Top Circus and wild hair designs by Vickie Lavanty Hair Salon. Plus, there will be a fabulous chili cook-off with some of the most creative and delicious stews around. From Foxy Turkey Chili to vegetarian delights or buffalo meat concoctions, you will want to taste these chili entries from individuals and local restaurants. For the adults, a beer and wine garden will be roped off for sipping and socializing along the beautiful Del Mar coastline. Perhaps the most exciting portion of the Chili and Quackers Challenge is the Ducky Derby! Over 2,000 rubber ducks will

ride the waves and be captured up by the Del Mar Lifeguards in a buoyed area of the ocean. The first “quackers” to swim to shore will win a prize for their owner. Prizes include a state of the art flat screen television, iPods, the ever popular iPad, a gift certificate for Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and more. Also, Rob Machado, local legend pro surfer, has signed a surfboard for the event! A Hurley Stacey board shaped by father and son team Bob and Jeff Hurley was signed by Rob Machado specifically for this event and the Del Mar Rotary Club’s charitable efforts. Rob is one of the best-known surfers in the world today. “Mr. Smoothy” has won many of pro surfing’s most prestigious competitions including Hawaii’s Pipeline Masters (Triple Crown of Surfing), the U.S. Open of Surfing, and the Monster Energy Pro on Oahu’s North Shore. His custom shaped and signed surfboard could be yours! To bid on the surfboard, please email or for more information on the event, please check out! Make sure to join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar!

Mud Run set for Oct. 15 at DM Fairgrounds Mud Run set for Oct. 15. The Del Mar Mud Run is coming back to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Oct. 15, and organizers say it’s going to be muddier than ever. In it’s second year, the course is going to be “bigger and badder” — and so is the after party. The 5K course runs through the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and all participants get a free beer and T-shirt. A costume contest will also be held 15 minutes before each race. The course will include running, wading, crawling, jumping, climbing and balancing. So far, 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. slots are sold out, and others are filling up fast. To sign up or for more information, visit

Sockers announce third annual open tryout camp The 12-time indoor champion San Diego Sockers will hold an open tryout camp on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Sportsplex USA in Poway, led by Sockers head coach Phil Salvagio. Participants will have the opportunity to train in front of the Sockers coaches, learn from the staff and ultimately try to earn a place on the Sockers Reserves. Sign-ups will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the tryouts starting promptly at 12:30 p.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. There is a participation fee of $30, payable prior to the camp by credit card. On the day of camp, the participation fee will be accepted in cash only. Registrants should call the Sockers’ office at 866-799-GOAL, or they can e-mail to reserve a space at the tryout camp. Ages 18 and up will be accepted.


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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN CONTRIBUTOR Football: Two weeks removed from its most lopsided loss in more than five years, Cathedral Catholic was back to its normal, dominant self again for a second straight week. In a final tuning for Eastern League play, the Dons defeated Eastlake 26-7 in a nonleague game on Sept. 30. After a humbling 48-14 loss to Helix on Sept. 16, the Dons, who defeated Olympian 31-0 on Sept. 23, have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 577. The Dons had scored 57 unanswered points against the two teams until Eastlake scored in the fourth quarter of a game in which the outcome was no longer in question. Dons quarterback Garrett Bogart completed five of eight pass attempts for 117 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Dons broke a scoreless deadlock early in the second quarter on J.J. Stavola’s scoring run from the 1. The Dons special teams set the tone for a decisive third quarter, when Jake Terzoli blocked a punt that

bounced out of the end zone for a safety that made it 9-0. Chris Molinga scored on a 3-yard run to make it 16-0, and Bogart completed a 43-yard scoring pass to Brian Heinz to make it 23-0. The Dons stretched their lead to 26-0 in the fourth quarter on Christian Fanning’s 28-yard field goal. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 4-1. • • • • • Santa Fe Christian remained red-hot as the Eagles defeated La Jolla 38-23 in a nonleague game on Sept. 30 for their fourth straight win. Eagles quarterback Connor Moore was involved in four touchdowns, leading an offense that rolled up 367 total yards. Moore rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, and threw for 86 yards and one touchdown. He completed five of 12 pass attempts. Jarrod Watson-Lewis rushed for 63 yards on seven carries, and Tony Miro rushed for 58 yards on 13 carries. Moore scored on a 20yard run early in the first quarter that set the tone for the victory. Drew Shields kicked a

33-yard field goal early in the second quarter to make it 10-0, and WatsonLewis scored on a 38-yard Eagles a 17-0 lead. The Eagles broke open a 17-7 game when Moore started a decisive stretch in which they scored 21 unanswered points with a scoring run from the 1 late in the second quarter. Moore scored on a 72-yard run early in the third quarter, and he completed a 40-yard scoring pass to Nathan Ross that stretched the Eagles lead to 38-7. Nathaniel Fredricks led the Eagles defensively with 11 tackles, and Moore and Graham Gomez each contributed nine tackles. The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 4-1. • • • • • Torrey Pines lost to Carlsbad 14-10 in a nonleague game on Sept. 30. Falcons quarterback Andrew Perkins was 10-for-16 passing for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception. David Bagby led the Falcons with 76 rushing yards on 14 carries and Andrew Perkins rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries. The Falcons trailed 7-0 late in the second quarter when they finally got on the scoreboard on Jack Mitchell’s 30-yard field goal. They trailed 14-3 midway through the third quarter when Perkins completed a 70-yard scoring pass to Jack Mitchell. The Falcons fell to 1-3 overall for the season, losing their last three games since a season-opening 35-7 victory over Colton. Volleyball: Canyon Crest Academy defeated

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Former SD Mayor pens new book Dick Murphy, 33rd mayor of San Diego, 20002005, graduated from the University of Illinois and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. After serving as a U.S. Army officer in the Pentagon and the White House, he became an attorney in San Diego. He was on the City Council, 1981-1985. In 1985, he was appointed a San Diego Municipal Court Judge and elevated to the San Diego Superior Court in 1989. Dick Murphy Murphy was elected mayor in a come-from-behind election in November 2000 and was reelected in 2004. His accomplishments include establishing San Diego’s first ethics commission, creating the San Diego River Conservancy, and building a new downtown ballpark for the San Diego Padres baseball team. During his second term, Murphy chose to resign amidst the chaos of the pension-fund crisis that was stressing city governments. He and wife Jan have been married for more than 40 years and have three children and two grandchildren. Murphy is the author of the new book “San Diego’s Judge Mayor: How Murphy’s Law Blindsided Leadership With 2020 Vision.” The book is available on Who or what inspires you? Good music. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? My guest list would include George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, my wife and three children. What are your five favorite movies of all time? Star Wars Episode IV, Hoosiers, Sleepless in Seattle, The Graduate and Back to the Future What is your most-prized possession? My children: Brian, Shannon, and Kelly. What do you do for fun? I enjoy outdoor recreation with my wife at our Lake Tahoe cabin. Describe your greatest accomplishment. That would be being elected mayor of San Diego. What is your motto or philosophy of life? You need to be willing to take chances in life if you want to make a difference.

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BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer One of the world’s most traveled people, Bill Altaffer, is content to call Carmel Valley his home base. Altaffer holds the world record for visiting the most UNESCO World Heritage sites (732 of 936), as well as being the second most-traveled person in the world. (World Heritage sites are natural and cultural places that are considered to have “outstanding universal value.”) He’s visited all 192 UN countries, plus 300 island groups, exhausted 12 passports and 130 visas, surfed on every continent and skied on six of them, visited both the North and South Poles and has been to Siberia 15 times. “It’s a big world out there, you don’t really know about a place until you go to it,” said Altaffer, on this day wearing a Dubai Hilton shirt. Altaffer runs his own travel company, Expedition Photo Travel, and serves as a guide for various tour groups. His next trip through Valour Tours will be in May 2012, a western Russia military history tour. Russia is Altaffer’s favorite place to visit—he’s been to all 92 states. He said Siberia is a “real jewel”— he often visits during seasons other than winter as he’s heard one ski resort there hits 65 below and the only way to survive is by wearing fur. The most beautiful locales on the globe he’s seen are the turquoise-blue waters of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the paradise of the rock islands of Palau in the Pacific Ocean, and the jagged mountains of Torres del Paine in Chile. “I have a list of 14 countries that I could live in,” he said. “I could live in Thailand but not Europe, it’s too expensive and too boring. Most of the places I’d live are in the

Bill Altaffer at the statues of NogornoKarabakh in the South Caucasus, an independent piece of Armenia called an ‘exclave.’ South Pacific.” He was among the first Americans to get a tourist visa to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “I really liked North Korea, it’s one of the most exotic countries in the world in that you’re completely cut off for the duration of your trip. They take your cell phone, your computer,” Altaffer said. “But it isn’t sinister, it feels very safe…it’s just a different society.” His least favorite places to visit were Equatorial, Guinea in Middle Africa and Nigeria, both of which he said are ruled by corrupt dictators and it is very difficult to travel there. He also doesn’t enjoy traveling in West Africa because the airports and planes are extremely dangerous, he said —as are the SEE ROAD, PAGE B23



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Jazz legends headline Athenaeum’s fall series FROM MUSEUM REPORTS The Athenaeum’s jazz program returns to auditorium at The Neurosciences Institute for its annual, three-concert fall series, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. • The series opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 with the New Gary Burton Quartet, featuring Athenaeum debuts by vibraphone legend Gary Burton and rising star guitarist Julian Lage, along with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Peter Erskine. One of the premiere vibraphonists in the history of jazz, Burton’s career stretches back to the mid1960s, when he toured nationally in the bands of George Shearing and Stan Getz. He soon was leading his own ensembles and in 1968 was named the youngest-ever Jazz Artist of the Year by DownBeat magazine. Burton’s recordings have earned him multiple Grammy awards and have featured collaborations


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with artists like Pat Matheny, and most notably, Chick Corea, with whom he has shared four Grammys. In addition to performing, Burton has trained generations of jazz artists through his 33 years as an educator at Boston’s Berk-

lee College of Music. • Concert two, at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, features a return visit by the groundbreaking jazz quartet, Oregon, which this year is celebrating its 40th year as an ensemble with Ralph Towner on guitars, piano, and keyboards; Paul

McCandless on woodwinds; Glen Moore on bass; and Mark Walker on drums and percussion. • The series concludes at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, with a special CD release event by the Mike Wofford/ Holly Hofmann Quintet, featuring Terell Stafford on trumpet, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Richard Sellers on drums. Recognized by DownBeat as “one of the outstanding pianists of our time,” Wofford’s first performances date to the 1960s with the Lighthouse All-Stars and the bands of Shelly Manne, Teddy Edwards, Chet Baker, Bud Shank and Shorty Rogers. From the ’70s to the ’90s, Wofford toured with artists like Lee Konitz, Benny Carter, and Zoot Sims, and as pianist and music director for Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. His wife and co-leader in the quintet, Holly Hofmann, is one of the Athenaeum’s favorite performers.

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BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer There’s an artistic revolution going on in China, a phenomenon that has sprung from a rapidly changing political, social and cultural climate. “Information there is getting harder and harder for the government to control,” said Lenny Schas, who became involved in this art explosion by opening a gallery in Beijing to collect, trade and educate. “The art scene in China is similar to what happened here in the 1960s.” After 12 successful years of running the Beijing gallery, Schas decided he wanted to share this moment in Chinese history with America — particularly this area — and he consulted with owner Marc Baza to open a second gallery at 2690 Via de la Valle in the Flower Hill Promenade. The Gallery of Chinese Cultural Arts opened almost a year ago in an unofficial capacity, and celebrated a grand opening on Sept. 17.

The gallery is a blend of academic and commercial efforts, both doing exhibitions and providing education. “It’s not about selling to anyone who walks in the door, but also about being able to teach and encourage people to think and challenge them,” said Schas, adding that the gallery works a lot with prominent collectors and museums. “A lot of collectors are in San Diego, but generally you have to go to New York or L.A. to find work at this level,” he said. “We hope to keep those people here in San Diego and help develop a sophisticated croup of collectors and viewers.” China is home to the fastest growing art community in the world, said Schas, with art by Chinese artists often appreciating at auctions by 500 percent. Financial problems that have plagued the United States have only been a “bump in the road” for China, and Chinese artists — even novices — are at “the top of their game,”

he said. The galleries in Beijing and Del Mar have featured the art of some of the most notable subversives, such as Ai Weiwei, who made headlines when he was arrested in April and held for two months with no official charges being filed. “These are the people who are really affecting change and documenting it,” said Schas. “We’ve had works of his but the few we get will sell within a day or two.” Ai Weiei is just one of many artists at the forefront of the cultural and political change going on in China, Schas said. “The art is so vital and so alive and so relevant,” he said. “It’s going to have a very strong historical context. Now will be the most important time in the Chinese art community.” More information about the gallery is available at

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Athenaeum Jazz at The Neurosciences Institute Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 8 p.m. New Gary Burton Quartet Monday, October 24, 2011, 8 p.m. - Oregon Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8 p.m Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quintet Feat. Terell Stafford New Gary Burton Quartet opens the Fall 2011 series featuring Grammy Award-winning vibraphone legend Gary Burton and rising star guitarist Julian Lage, along with top-flight bassist Scott Colley and master drummer Peter Erskine. Hailed by All About Jazz as “a giant in the making,” the 23 year-old Lage has already garnered his own Grammy nomination and has collaborated with artists such as Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, and Chris Thile. The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., San Diego, CA 92121 Call 858.454.5872 to reserve Series: $75 member/$90 nonmember Individual: $27 member/$32 nonmember

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Nicolo Becucci, co-owner and chef at Crêpes & Corks, prepares a crêpe in the kitchen. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

Crêpes & Corks ■ 1328 Camino del Mar, Del Mar ■ (858) 847-3382 ■ www.crê ■ The Vibe: Casual, relaxed ■ Signature Dishes: Parisienne Crêpes, Lox & Brie Crêpes, The Del Mar Crêpes, Nutella Delight Crêpes ■ Open Since: 2007 ■ Reservations: Recommended for parties of four or more

Pesto Chicken Crêpe features grilled chicken breast, oven-roasted red pepper, baby leaf spinach, vine-ripe tomatoes and a melted cheddar/Jack blend of cheese and pesto sauce.

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BY KELLEY CARLSON t Crêpes & Corks in Del Mar, guests get a taste of Europe — delicately thin pancakes from France, Italian paninis, the occasional offering of Spain’s classic paella dish, and wines from all over the world. Chef Nicolo Becucci — who is also coowner, along with Lana Blackwell — is instrumental in providing the international flavor. Everything is made in-house, Becucci said; patrons can observe him preparing crêpes in the kitchen, just behind the front counter, or catch a glimpse of Blackwell baking Red Velvet Cupcakes or another culinary delight. There are a number of crêpes to choose from, savory to sweet, and they can even be made gluten-free upon request. One of the lighter entree choices is asparagus, which also includes prosciutto, Brie and romaine lettuce, with a drizzling of rosemary olive oil. A more filling option is C3: grilled chicken breast, artichoke hearts, smoked bacon, sweet red onion over mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil with pesto mayo. Got a sweet tooth to satisfy? Coco-ChocoNut features Nutella, banana, coconut and whipped cream. Paninis are also a mainstay, there are selections ranging from Black Forest Ham and Prosciutto & Brie to Veggie Delight. Every couple of months, the Paella Valenciana rice dish and Spanish wine are served during the restaurant’s popular Paella Night. Although there is no specific children’s menu, all items are customizable, Becucci said. The most popular entree for kids is the


Bruschetta served with Chimay, a traditional Belgium beer. grilled cheese-and-chicken crêpe, with a Jack-and-cheddar blend. Not only can patrons enjoy a meal at Crêpes & Corks, but they can also sample wines and order a glass to complement their meals. At the bar (part of the restaurant’s recent expansion into the former RE/MAX space) a flight of three wines is offered daily for tasting, featuring different labels each day and discounts on Thirsty Thursdays. Becucci emphasized that he and Blackwell showcase area vintages as much as possible. “It’s good for locals to know wines from this area that they may not know about,” he said. Labels represented include Wiens Family Cellars from Temecula, Orfila Vineyards & Winery of Escondido, and Carruth Cellars in Solana Beach. More than 45 labels are for sale in the establishment’s wine shop (resting on racks just inside the entrance) with more than 40

offered by the glass. Patrons who order bottles are welcome to leave the corks on the table and sign them; Becucci and Blackwell glue them on a red brick wall at the front of the restaurant. Along with the food and beverages, the atmosphere of the restaurant itself is decidedly European. “We’re all about relaxing and enjoying what we have,” said Becucci, who hails from Switzerland and speaks several languages. On the dog-friendly sidewalk patio, which allows for people-watching along Camino del Mar, a chocolate-brown umbrella shades each wrought-iron table. Tiny white lights twinkle on the railing around the area’s perimeter. Inside, paintings and photos of such subjects as wine bottles, actors, the ocean and racehorses, hang along golden and red brick-hued walls. Patrons may engage in conversation with friends and family or enjoy the benefits of free WiFi while seated at a table, or relax at the bar with a glass of wine or a beer on tap. A private room in the back seats eight to 10 people. Reservations at Crêpes & Corks are highly recommended for special events and monthly wine pairing dinners, but are not needed as much during the week, Becucci said. Whenever a guest chooses to visit, Becucci recommends starting with a glass of wine and asking for recommendations; then order a light appetizer to share. Next, select one of the savory crêpes for the main course. But be sure to save room for dessert.



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‘Cheers! South Crossing’ to feature music, wine, food and more BY DIANE Y. WELCH Contributor Neighbors may have noticed some changes that have been made to the southern corridor of South Cedros Avenue. Newly planted palm trees and Mexican Seagrass along with bright, spring floral baskets now enhance the hardscape creating a colorful palette. This is the newly formed South Crossing, where Rosa Avenue meets South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. While South Crossing is new to the neighborhood, it harkens back to a forgotten local history, said Sean McLeod, who is the creative mind behind the enhanced street corner. “This area is where neighbors used to pass to cross the tracks to get to Highway 101 and to the beach, before the railroad tracks were laid below street level,” he said. The Rosa Street bridge now spans that spot. An inaugural evening event, Cheers! South Crossing, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will commemorate South Crossing as the official gateway to the southern end of South Cedros Ave. and will bring together the

South Crossing, where Rosa Avenue meets South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach community through jazz music, wine, food and friendship, said McLeod. This is a ticketed wine tasting event for adults, which costs $25 in advance, payable online or at the store of a participating merchant, or $30 at the door on the evening of the event. The ticket price purchases a wristband which allows access to food, wine tasting and entry into the music area. Attendees should check in at the parking lot where Ordover Gallery and Cokas

Diko are located. At that location attendees will pick up a wristband and a name tag. “Then they will go to the next check point where they will get a program and a unique, stemless Govino wine tasting glass, that is theirs to keep,” said McLeod. The space will be transformed into a candlelit gathering area with tables, chairs, and colorful umbrellas. Four vintners will have their respective tastings in tented booths creating a European-style ambiance.

Club Django Gypsy Jazz Guitars will perform live, and tasty bites of Onolicious Hawaiian pulled pork with pineapple salsa sliders, chicken kabobs, gyros pita and more will be available. The event is co-hosted by Nature and Cultural International, a Del Mar-based charity that plays a central role in assisting indigenous, local, regional and national governments in Latin America protect more than 7.7 million acres of imperiled tropical forest ecosystems, areas of exceptional biodiversity and many threatened species. This is the first of what will be once-a-month events starting next spring, and each will have a charity tiein, said McLeod. “Looking ahead we will have a film

festival, poetry readings, and lots of interesting activities centered around meeting with friends, making new friends and enjoying good food, fine wine and live music,” he added. The Shops at South Crossing include Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, Cokas Diko, Cowgirl Trading Post, La Femme Chic, Ordover Gallery, Weeds, Passion Fine Jewelry, Curve Couture, Ocean Art By Koniakowsky, Lockwood Table, Sala Joya, and Coast Highway Photography. Tickets may be purchased in advance at any of these merchants’ stores. The four vintners at the tasting include Carruth Cellars, 12 Signs Winery, Tempus Alba, and Ancient Peaks Winery. There will also be spe-

cial event discounts and opportunity drawing prizes. Passion Fine Jewelry will offer a 10 percent discount on items purchased from the Alex Sepkus line of jewelry. Sticks and Stones Earrings by Alex Sepkus will be donated for an opportunity drawing, a $3,850 value. Weeds will donate two $250 gift certificates for the drawing and will also offer 25 percent off its full line of merchandise. Cheers! South Crossing will take place at 412 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, on Saturday, Oc. 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets online visit www.cedrossouthcrossing. com or call (858) 755 0444 for more information.

The Nativity School hosts state-of-the-art Tech Expo The Nativity School teamed up with CCS Presentation Systems to host a free Technology Expo for public, private, and faith-based pre-schools, elementary, and middle schools in San Diego County on Sept. 23. The event was held at The Nativity School, located in Rancho Santa Fe, in the school’s Holy Family Activity Center. Attendees included principals, directors, technology coordinators, business managers, and teachers across San Diego County from public, private, and faith-based schools. Among the attendees were Kelly Smith and Lisa Campillo, leaders of the Technology Educators Coalition of San Diego County (TEC of SDC), a dedicated group of technology teachers, directors, support staff, and administrators who meet regularly to collaborate and share knowledge and resources on technology integration in the school setting. Smith and Campillo are also members of the Technology Committee at The Nativity School to ensure the school is at the forefront of technology. Kelly Smith, sixth grade teacher at The Nativity School, is an expert in infusing technology devices to support curriculum. She holds a M.A. in educational technology from SDSU, and is also a “Smart Exemplary Educator.” She stated, “We wanted to provide an experience for local educators to see a variety of innovative technologies in one place. We worked closely with CCS Presentations to contact a wide assortment of vendors, and invited schools throughout the county. With the success of this Technology Expo, we will definitely do this again!” Lisa Campillo agreed. “We are grateful for the relationships we have made through the event, and plan to cultivate and make

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La Jolla Writers Conference to be held Nov. 4-6 World-famous exotic Savannah Cat Shoppe opens at Flower Hill Promenade Conference features top authors, agents, editors, publishers and publicists Flower Hill recently welcomed one of the most unique shops to ever be a part of the shopping center — the Savannah Cat Shoppe. The shop is the first of its kind to feature the exotic Savannah cats, the world’s largest domestic house cat. It’s the only shop in the world with a Savannah habitat and gives the public the ability to interact with these spectacular cats. They say that pets are a manifestation of their owners. If that’s true, Savannah cats reflect a cultured spirit: an unrivaled mix of haute couture and savage superiority. The Savannah cat is likely the most unique cat you will ever find: an exSavannah cats can be found at the Savannah Cat tremely rare hybrid breed derived Shoppe at Flower Hill Promenade. from a domestic cat mated with a serval, an African wildcat. They are known for their playful, dog-like personalities. So much like dogs in fact, that they love to play in water, and are often even seen walked on a leash or playing fetch with their owners! Although partially wildcat, Savannahs have fully domesticated personalities, are incredibly loving, and great with children and other animals, making them wonderful pets. The Savannah Cat Shoppe opened its doors for business on Sept. 24 and is located in the lower level of Flower Hill Promenade, across from Paradise Grille’s outdoor patio. The shop features a large, enclosed glass habitat where cat lovers can come in and watch the kittens play. Usually, a fully-grown adult cat can also be found sprawled across the desk for visitors to pet and interact with. In October, the shop will hold a grand opening celebration where “Scarlett’s Magic,” a Savannah cat, and Guinness Book of World Records “World’s Tallest Cat”, will make a celebrity appearance. Check’s event calendar to stay updated on the date of the grand opening. The shop is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. More information can be found on their website at and the shop can be reached at (800) 881-0006.

Are you a writer who sets aside time each day to write? An aspiring author who has not yet found your writing groove? Someone with a manuscript you want in front of agents instead of in the slush pile? Or an author strongly considering which avenue of publication suits you and your book? Are you confused by all the publishing options offered to you and looking to learn more about the publishing industry? Wonder how to get the word out once your book is published. Then the La Jolla Writers Conference is for you. The number of books published each year has grown dramatically; the number of publishing options has expanded; and writers need to know more than ever about the publishing industry. Kicking off its second decade Nov. 4-6 at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, the La Jolla Writers Conference of San Diego provides that knowledge. Covering the art, craft, and business of writing, the LJWC focuses equally on fiction

and non-fiction, carefully choosing its faculty for their success in their fields, the depth of their knowledge, their ability to impart that knowledge, and their generosity in doing so. With multiple New York Times bestselling authors, literary agents, noted editors, creative experts and industry experts, the LJWC faculty is renowned for its accessibility. Limited to 200 attendees, the conference offers a 1 to 6 faculty/attendee ratio. With more than 75 classes offered during the three-day event. Rather than sit on panels, the keynote speakers and agents teach classes in which your work gets directly exposed to them. Editors and publishers do the same. If you are serious about your writing, want to hone your craft while learning about the publishing industry and the options open to you, and if you want to become part of an ongoing writing community, check out the La Jolla Writers Conference at or call 858-467-1978.

Fundraiser to be held Oct. 15 to help fund cancer research, assist patients A fundraiser will be held on Oct. 15 for, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to families with stage 4 cancer who are in financial hardship. In addition, the organization helps fund gastrointestinal cancer research at UCSD. The event will be held at Tommy V’s restaurant in Del Mar. Cocktail hour will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Price is $100 per person, which includes passed appetizers during the cocktail hour; and a three-course meal and bottle of wine per couple. The event will also include live music and an auction. People can register at and conveniently pay on the website through paypal.


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Artist Uve Hamilton’s ‘Compositions Vice-Admiral Harold Koenig, Variety of ethnic celebrations in Stone’ comes to Re-Gallery music, folk dancers, ethnic food, beer, arts and M.D. to speak on ‘Why Health crafts,• Polka and much more 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7; from noon in Solana Beach Oct. 14 on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9, St. Maximillian Kolbe Care Reform Is So Difficult’ Roman Catholic Polish Mission, 1735 Grand Ave. Pacific She has created hundreds of Re-Gallery will present the first Southern California solo exhibition for visiting Minnesota artist Uve Hamilton. Collecting stones is an exercise in chance, but for Uve it is a treasure hunt filled with a sense of discovery and magic. What once was a childhood hobby has become a form of artistic expression for Uve. Since her childhood along the banks of Lake Carnelian she has been collecting rocks, but over the years those rocks have transcended their earthy beginnings to become Zen-like works of art.

stone compositions, and each deals with the harmony she feels among nature. Her process reflects this harmony. Uve Hamilton’s exhibition will be opening at ReGallery on Oct. 14 from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition will run from October 14 through Dec. 1, 2011. Since June 2010, ReGallery has been opened for business at 348H S. Cedros Avenue in the Solana Beach Design District. For more information visit

Fall Bridal Expo returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 23

La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste is Oct. 20

Guided hike offered Oct. 22 Join the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for a challenging guided hike at Santa Ysabel Gorge on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This private property is an undisturbed natural treasure in the backcountry and not accessible to the public. Space is limited and reservations required. Contact (858) 674-2275, x12 or, or register securely at

Beach. Admission $3. (858) 272-7655. festival. • Little Italy Festa, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. (619) 233-3898. • Armenian Food Festival, Oct. 15-16, St. John Garabed Church, 4473 30th St. (619) 284-7179. • House of Czech & Slovak Republics, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, Balboa Park, (619) 287-9071. • Serbian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct.16, St. George Orthodox Church, 3025 Denver St. Admission $3. (619) 2765827,


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The Bridal Bazaar, San Diego’s ultimate wedding planning event, returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Bridal Bazaar also features the area’s largest runway fashion show, showcasing the latest wedding day designs from top national designers and local shops. Visit

The Eighth Annual La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5-9 p.m., welcomes attendees to the most culturally enriching evening of the year where they can enjoy a lively night out in La Jolla. Soak in the rich history of the area, while sampling world class cuisine, phenomenal wines and some of the most exquisite artwork available on the planet. Tickets to the La Jolla Gallery, Wine Walk & Taste are only $40 in advance and $45 at the door. All proceeds will benefit La Jolla Village Merchants Association. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lajollabythesea. com or call 619-233-5008.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the Solana Beach Library group is hosting a program by Vice-Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D. on “Why Health Care Reform Is So Difficult.� Dr. Koenig is a former Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. As Surgeon General, he was responsible for oversight and management of the Department of Navy’s medical policies, programs, and activities. Prior to serving in this position, he served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, is a Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was awarded the Federal Health Care Executive Award for Excellence from the American Hospital Association in 1994. This program will be held at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach, (858-755-1404). The event is free to the public.

All hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians are invited to the opening ceremony of a new trail segment. Jim Cunningham, City of Poway Council member and San Dieguito River Park board member will lead a 10-mile hike from the Trans-County trail south of Poway, through the Poway trail system to the Old Coach North staging area in the San Dieguito River Park where the hikers will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the new trail connection. The ceremony will be held at the Old Coach North staging area at 12460 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025 at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, including trail maps and activities, visit



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The fruits of his labor Carruth’s philanthropic efforts highlighted by upcoming community mosaic event

BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer Adam Carruth has pretty well mastered the art of making wine. Now he’s added a new achievement to his repertoire — making change. The owner of Carruth

Cellars Winery on Cedros is constantly giving — holding fundraisers, contributing auction items, donating proceeds — you name it. “I can’t even keep track of all the organizations we give to,” he said, adding jok-

Left: From left, associate winemakers Andy Wilson and Austin Harmon with Adam Carruth. PHOTOS: CLAIRE HARLIN ingly that there’s luckily a legal limit on how much he can donate from his business. Carruth’s “Save the Ocean” wines, labeled with artist Mark Patterson’s iconic Surfing Madonna, have been a hit. He’s held events to promote the cause, and he even donates $1.75 from each bottle sale to the Surfing Madonna. At least every month it seems like there’s something charitable happening at the cellars. Last September, he gave 25 percent of sales one day to Community Interface Services, which assists people with developmental disabilities. In February, he donated a portion to the Lois Merrill Foundation, which assists carcinoid cancer patients, and in March, he donated 20 percent from a similar event to the Lymphoma Society. These are only a few events on the long list of causes Carruth has become involved in.

Owner Adam Carruth works on winemaking while Andy Wilson gives guests Jackie Campos and Ro Hall a tasting. Coming up later this month, Carruth has a new fundraising idea up his sleeve, and it’s interactive. From Oct. 18 to 22, Carruth will be making a special blend of art, music, wine and inspiration. Carruth will be welcoming internationally recognized mosaic artist Laurel True, of New Orleans, to the cellar to create an installation on the winery’s exterior, and guests will be able get their hands on cement and tiles too. The five-day project will feature a guest artist lecture and wine tasting on Oct. 21. The installation with be

the first of True’s many-tocome works in the “The Global Mosaic Project.” Carruth described the event as “Tom Sawyer-esque” (think: painting fences). “Things should be like that more often,” he said. “Winemaking is like that too. Everyone’s into wine and a lot of people want to learn and get involved.” Toni Tschann, development director for the North Coast Repertory Theatre, can attest to Carruth’s charitable virtues — the Rep is one of his biggest donation recipients. He gives at least two cases of

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La Jolla Music Society adds some spice to its new season

tion with a Venetian baroque chamber music ensemble, but I promise you that Interpreti Veneziani is as thrilling as Kings of Salsa is hot.� For Beach, a highlight of Season 43 is the opportunity to present three great American orchestras: The Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. “It’s very rare that these orchestras will tour to the West Coast, much less all three of them,� Beach said. “We traditionally present European and Asian orchestras, but to have these three orchestras all in one season was irresistible.� This season, the society adds new energy to its lineup with performances by Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, and the Kings of Salsa. “Herb Alpert is popular

music, and Kings of Salsa is world music and dance, and this is expanding the La Jolla Music Society’s bringing the world to San Diego,� Beach said. “That’s the very essence of what we do.� Beach found it challenging to name his three “don’t miss� performances for the season. “Which of your three children do you love the most?� he asked. “I love Riccardo Muti, the music director and conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, so that’s pretty exciting,� Beach said. “I’m of an age where if you say Herb Alpert to me, I remember those Tijuana Brass songs, and although this won’t be Tijuana Brass, this will be Herb Alpert with his wife Lani Hall and a quartet, and I think that’s going to be a great show.� A highlight of every

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New Bronowski forum offers ‘music and science at the margins’ BY RON NEWBY Contributor An evening of improvisational conversation between David Borgo, jazz musician (and much more) and James Fowler, expert on social networks (and much more), will take place at the fall Bronowski Art & Science Forum, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at The Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. The two UCSD professors will weigh-in on the

topic “Sync or Swarm: The Complex Dynamics of Improvisation and Influence.� In 1994, Borgo won first prize at the International David Borgo John Coltrane Competition, and since that time has re-

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dio and video processing and free improvisation, and with his sextet Kronomorfic, which explores polymetric time. He will perform a short Jazz composition on his saxophone at the event. Fowler’s areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political be-


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Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary to hold ‘Tropical Sunset Fundraiser’ Oct. 22 Del Mar’s one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary will be having its annual “Tropical Sunset Fundraiser� on Saturday, Oct. 22. Please come and support Dr. Bob Stonebreaker’s lifelong passion and vision for these beautiful exotic birds. All are welcome. The event will feature many great silent auction items, a raffle for a PlasmaScreen TV donated by MurrayDES, dinner served by Sabor De Vida, drinks and live music performed by the Stateside Islander Crew, well known fixtures at Seau’s and much more. All Free Flight Birds will be out and about to visit with all the attendees! All proceeds support Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the nurturing, rehabilitation, and placement of companion birds. This event will be held at Free Flight, 2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar 92014, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 each or $50 each for VIP which includes unlimited drinks. Order tickets online via Tickets may also be purchased at the door; however, door prices are $40 each or $60 for VIP seating which includes unlimited drinks.

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October 6, 2011

Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll


el Mar Village Association, with support from the City of Del Mar, presented the annual Taste & Art Stroll in downtown Del Mar. Talented, local and regional juried artists exhibited their work, and musicians performed throughout the day. Restaurants offered irresistible culinary creations, while California wineries and breweries provided drinks. Visit www.delmarmainstreet. com. PHOTOS: JON CLARK

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October 6, 2011


North Coast Rep honors donors


orth Coast Repertory Theatre held its Donor Appreciation Night on Oct. 2 at The David Alan Collection in Solana Beach. North Coast Rep honored Leadership Circle-level supporters Jere and Joyce Oren of Rancho Santa Fe, AT&T and the Nordson Corporation Foundation. The Joe Satz Trio performed, Pacific Coast Grill served food, and Stone Brewing Co, Carruth Cellars and St. Petersburg Vodka supplied beverages. PHOTOS: JON CLARK

Joe Kellejian, Artistic Director David Ellenstein, Denise Young, Mary Kellejian

Joe Kellejian, Marion Dodson, David Roberts, John Osborne

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Del Mar kitchen featured on ASID Kitchen Tour Oct. 22 The American Society of Interior Designers’ selfguided Kitchen Tour, set for Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will showcase 14 beautifully remodeled kitchens in San Diego County designed by some of the region’s own Design Stars. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to tour 14 astonishingly different kitchens and meet the ASID designers who created these magical transformations,” said Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Allied Member ASID, event chair. “These kitchens represent the entire gamut of up-to-theminute design: European minimalism, nostalgic Arts & Crafts, authentic Tuscan, sleek Mid-Century and opulent Country, plus plenty of transitional and contemporary styles. Colors range from cool neutrals to eyepopping brights,” she said. “And, since kitchens


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L Canyon Crest Academy dancers perform. Photo/Claire Harlin

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ive musicians, modern dance troupes, stilt theater walkers and visual artwork filled the Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) on Oct. 2. during “Arts Alive.” The City of Solana Beach and the Public Arts Advisory Commission sponsored the free art and cultural event. PHOTOS: JON CLARK

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Sacred Craft surf expo at fairgrounds taking shape BY STEVEN MIHAILOVICH Contributor Surfers and the people who love them as well as anyone curious about the whole romance with the sport can flock to the Del Mar Fairgrounds this weekend for the Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo. The expo is unique as a surfing tradeshow in California open to the public and dedicated solely to the manufacturing, design and art of the surfboard. For Scott Bass, executive director of Sacred Craft and a Del Mar native son, the show’s exclusive focus is logical. Strip the fashion, fads and frivolity from surfing and you’re left with one item: the surfboard. Remove the board from surfing and you’re left with swimming. “You’re not a surfer unless you care about the surfboard,” he said. “We want to create a place where the surfboard can be celebrated. Surfers only care about two things: waves and the equipment they ride them with. Everything else is BS and secondary.” Sacred Craft will include 145 exhibitors, the most ever, Bass noted. Of those, about 70 percent are board manufacturers and shapers, with the remaining portion offering supporting goods such as wetsuits, fin manufacturers and such. Attendees can stroll among the booths to see the latest designs and innovations, and of course, purchase a custom-built surfboard, Bass said. In addition, they can watch presentations of surfboard shaping by the area’s top professionals. What people won’t be able to do is find cheap, mass-produced boards or the innumerable racks of merchandise and other extraneous accessories that dominate, not only most of today’s surf shops, but the entire $40 billion surfing industry, he added. “Sacred Craft was started in 2007 as a way for local shapers to have a place to show their wares, because a lot of surf shops weren’t car-

If you go What: Sacred Craft Consumer Surfboard Expo Where: Exhibition Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, Cost: $10 (includes free subscription to Surfer Magazine); Free to ages 12 and younger Schedule and more:

rying boards by the local shaper, which in my opinion, is the lifeblood of the (surf) culture,” Bass said. “I wanted to create a situation where people could talk to the shaper and manufacturer one-on-one as opposed to going to a surf shop and talking to an 18-year-old girl who wants to sell you sandals.” Among the highlights of the two-day expo will be an Art of Shaping auction, an Art Grotto of about 20 top surfboard artists, an eco-friendly Sustainable Craft showcase and demo rides on the cutting edge surfboards. In addition, attendees can bring in their old surfboards on Saturday, Oct. 8, to be appraised by experts in a manner similar to television’s “Antique Road Show.” “[The appraisers] give insight on it and some history,” Bass said. “A lot of people are sitting on buried treasures. It’s a lot of fun.” The food, beer and music that are indispensable to surf culture will also be plentiful, he added. The event is designed to be family-friendly and will offer items such as concerts, Korduroy TV short videos lounge, and a longboard skate zone as well as competition that kids can enjoy. “Any 10-year-old would be stoked,” he said. “Next door will be another exposition on gourmet food and wine. So the husband can check out the boards while the wife goes to that, or vice versa.”

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The expo’s coup de grace is the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off, in which six shapers have an hour and a half to create their own surfboard based on the design of an acknowledged master for a grand prize of $1,000. This year’s honoree is Carl Ekstrom, who invented and patented the asymmetrical surfboard in 1967 and will also be one of the three judges. Currently residing in Rancho Santa Fe, the 70-year-old Ekstrom was raised in La Jolla and was an integral part of the WindanSea Surf Club. Based on his expertise using the specific materials in surfboards, Ekstrom also helped design automobile components, medical machines and military helmets, as well as the surf wave machine. “In the Shape-off, the shapers are all bringing their own concepts of asymmetry,” Ekstrom said. “It’s a whole new way to express their passions. I’ve always viewed shapers as fine artists.” Tim Bessell of La Jolla is one of the six competitors in the Shape-off and said he has shaped about 48,000,

Carl Ekstrom mostly high-end, surfboards since he started in 1971 at age 13. Owner of 100 Percent, a surfboard company and art gallery in La Jolla for the past 25 years, Bessell will also have a booth for his new company Nomad Mobily Furniture, which fabricates furniture out of surfboard material. “I eat, dream, sleep and sweat surfboards,” Bessell said. “Surfboards are either art forms or commodities. China came in and destroyed surfboard manufacturing in the U.S. Now, 80 percent of the surfboard market is some cheap ripoff.” Ekstrom agrees and relishes that Sacred Craft focuses on shapers and manufacturers from San Diego and Southern California. To Ekstrom and those involved with the show, surfing in Southern California on a surfboard made elsewhere is akin to driving a Korean car in Detroit or drinking Argentine wine in Napa Valley. It might not be bad, but it just doesn’t seem right. Ekstrom believes the time is ripe for a renaissance in the local industry and that Sacred Craft is paving the way. “This show is looking more toward the future than the past,” he said. “You think you’ve seen it all but you haven’t. It just keeps going. They’re doing new things on waves and they should have new equipment to do what they want to do.”













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to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, Del Mar Times. Date: Sept 21, 2011. Aaron H. Katz Judge of the Superior Court DM555, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00058185-CU-PT-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA., 92081 PETITION OF: Ashley Braxton Rivard for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Ashley Braxton Rivard ďŹ led a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Ashley Braxton Rivard to Proposed Name Ashur Braxton Rivard. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must ďŹ le a written objection that

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NORTH COAST PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONSULT A LAWYER. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on OCTOBER 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at Community Legal Advisors, Inc., 1155 Sportfisher Drive, Suite 120, Oceanside, California 92054, COMMUNITY LEGAL ADVISORS, INC., on behalf of Pell Place Homeowners Association, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK OR CERTIFIED CHECK (payable at the time of sale in lawful money of the United States) all rights, title and interest created by the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions, and by the Notice of Delinquent Assessment Lien was recorded on March 3, 2010, as Document No. 2010-0105088 of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of San Diego County, State of California, and pursuant to that certain Notice of Default and Election to Sell recorded on December 27, 2010 Document No. 2010-0717475 of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of San Diego County, State of California. Legal description: Parcel 1l: An undivided 1/128th fee simple interest as a tenant in common to the residential module in which the residential unit is located as shown and defined on that certain condominium plan of Pell Place, phase 3, recorded in the Office of the County Recorder of San Diego on August 1,2005, as document no. 2005-0652237 (“Condominium Plan”), which is situated within Lot 7 of Carmel Valley neighborhood 9, unit no. 1, according to Map thereof 13318, filed in the Office of the County Recorder of San Diego County on April 11, 1996, as corrected by that certain certificate of correction recorded in the County of San Diego, State of California on December 8, 2003, as Instrument No. 2003-1450929, all in the City of San Diego County, of San


October 6, 2011 Diego, State of California. Parcel 2: Residential Unit No. 211 as shown and defined on the Condominium Plan. The recorded owner of which is SANG KON CHOI, A MARRIED MAN AS HIS SOLE AND SEPARATE PROPERTY (“Owner”). Street address or other common designation Property to be sold: 3887 Pell Place, Unit 211, San Diego, CA 92130 Name and Address of Trustee conducting the sale: Community Legal Advisors, Inc. 1155 Sportfisher Drive, Suite 120 Oceanside, California 92054 (760) 529-5211 Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances to for the delinquent assessments, late fees and interest currently due and owing under the afore said Notice of Delinquent Assessment Lien, and/or late fees, costs of collection (including attorney’s fees), and interest, which said Owners are obligated to pay Creditor Association. Under Civil Code Sections 1367.4(3)(c)(4), “a nonjudicial foreclosure by an association to collect upon a debt for delinquent assessments shall be subject to a right of redemption. The redemption period within which the separate interest may be redeemed from a foreclosure sale under this paragraph ends uinety (90) days after the sale.” The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the Property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs of collection, expenses and advances at the time of initial publication of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale is $12,263.38. Date: September 14, 2011 By: COMMUNITY LEGAL ADVISORS INC. Mark T. Guitheus, Esq.; President, Trustee and Authorized Representative of Pell Place Homeowners Association CV276, Sept. 26, Oct. 6, 13, 2011

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-025659 Fictitious Business Name(s): Route 56 Realty Located at: 7890 Via Belfiore #2, San Diego, CA., 92129, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was August 1, 2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Susan J. Thomas, 7890 Via Belfiore #2, San Diego, CA., 92129. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/12/2011. Susan J. Thomas, CV275, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-026509 Fictitious Business Name(s): Sunlight Scape Located at: 11110 Sagittarius Rd., San Diego, CA., 92126, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Thoai Huynh, 11110 Sagittarius Rd., San Diego, CA., 92126. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/20/2011. Thoai Huynh, DM554, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-026621 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Evan Marks b. Shapmark Music Located at: 445 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA., 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2591, Del Mar, CA., 92014. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 11/14/96. This business is hereby registered by the following: Mark Shapiro, 445 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA., 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/

County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/21/2011. Mark Shapiro, DM553, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-026170 Fictitious Business Name(s): The West Group Located at: 855 Softwind Road #6, Vista, CA., 92081, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Lindsay O’Connor, 855 Softwind Road #6, Vista, CA., 92081, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/15/2011. Lindsay O’Connor, DM552, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00097785-CU-PT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. Mailing Address: Same. Branch Name: Hall of Justice Courthouse. PETITION OF: Edward Mark Carlile and Wendyl Dawn Ramirez for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Edward Mark Carlile and Wendy Dawn Ramirez filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Quincy Mekenna Sudik to Proposed Name Quincy Mekenna Carlile. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not

be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: Nov. 01, 2011 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 8. The address of the court is. A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, Carmel Valley News. Date: Sept 13, 2011. Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court CV274, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 2011

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-025453 Fictitious Business Name(s): Semperfi Cycle Supply Located at: 13088 Caminito Del Rocio, Del Mar, CA., 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 174, Solana Beach, CA., 92075. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 09/07/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Sandra E. Lewis, 13088 Caminito Del Rocio, Del Mar, CA., 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 09/08/2011. Sandra E. Lewis, DM551, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 2011

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ROAD continued from page B1 planes in Russia where he’s flown on planes with patches and no tread on the wheels. The longest he’s ever been on a vacation was an entire year in 1978—he spent six months in Asia and six in Africa, his two favorite continents. Altaffer’s love of travel started young, inherited from his parents. He grew up in Hollywood and his dentist father had a passion for taking family trips every summer. They took every possible cruise ship until they ran out of cruise ships to take. In the 1970s, he was hired by Hemphill-Harris Travel and led trips around the world. “Every time I took a tour to a place I hadn’t been, I’d take the money from the trip and stay overseas a month or more and see more places,” he said. Altaffer has been a longtime level 3 Alpine ski instructor and worked as a ski instructor on Mammoth Mountain for many years. He also taught history and geography at Mammoth High and can authoritatively say that Mammoth has the best snow in the world as he’s skied 120 areas around the globe (St. Moritz in Switzerland has the best ski area, he said). He had joined the Traveler’s Century Club in 1974 when there were only 130 countries in the world and he’d been to 100—he completed the list of 320 countries a year ago. Altaffer travels a bit less now, down to about three trips a year as his children are 10 and 14 years old. He met his wife on one of his travels to China 20 years ago—she “Shanghaied me,” he jokes. “I chose to live in San Diego because it’s a great place to live, it has terrific schools for my kids and it’s a nice place to come home to,” said Altaffer. Last September he took what he considers one of his very best trips ever to “the five Stans”: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. The overland trip was not one for “inexperienced wimps,” as he and his traveling companions were often roughing it in extreme conditions. “We are not a crowd that goes from Four Seasons to Four Seasons,” said Altaffer, who described the conditions as “often uncomfortable, the food was occasionally inadequate, the conditions extremely basic, but it was magical.” At one point they traveled with seven people crammed into a four-person Russian jeep with all their luggage. Altaffer described this part of the trip, along the Pamir Highway, as breathtaking and impossible to describe.

October 6, 2011 Altaffer remains at the top of the list for the person who has visited the most World Heritage sites. Altaffer has visited Heritage sites such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, churches in Bulgaria, the rainforest in Madagascar, national parks in Iceland and Tunisia, and ruins in Nicaragua. Some countries don’t have any World Heritage sites and some, Altaffer feels, are given to countries for political purposes, as they aren’t terribly interesting, like a cave he saw in Kyrgyzstan. “I’m 100 sites ahead of the closest person, some of these sites, I think, have more value than just visiting countries,” Altaffer said. Altaffer’s latest World Heritage visit was in September to Mount Athos in Greece, an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054, that is home to 20 monasteries and inhabited by some 1,400 monks. Altaffer had been trying to get to Mount Athos for several years—it takes a few months to get permission to visit and women are not allowed in. It is “majestic” with its medieval castle-like exteriors and wall paintings, icons and illuminated manuscripts inside, but Altaffer said it is a very rough experience. There are no mirrors, no showers and you travel on dusty pathways by van and truck between monasteries. “It’s very quiet and restful, very little noise,” said Altaffer who noted he was one of about 30 people there on a pilgrimage. Many come for religious purposes, others are travelers—the spot is said to be a favorite spiritual retreat of Prince Charles’. The trip to Mount Athos was part of a month-long journey where Altaffer also visited Caucasus, Belarus and Crimea. People have encouraged Altaffer to become rivals with the world’s most traveled man, Charles Veley, who has visited 822, or 94 percent, of the 872 distinct territories of the world. They have different traveling styles, he said. While Veley went to Socotra, an archipelago off Somalia that belongs to Yemen, for about two hours and then was back on a plane the same day, Altaffer spent two weeks camping in the “unreal” spot, home to dragon trees, which grow upside down. Becoming a “Ticker” or “Touch and Go” person is not why Altaffer travels. He doesn’t do it to check off places on the list, he wants to learn about cultures and see all there is to see. Altaffer said he greatly respects Veley for creating and its list of 872 territories. Altaffer is just six places behind Veley and, of his 56 remaining spots, he would like to visit the Torres Strait Islands near Australia and Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific but admits there are some on the list he has no desire to go to. He is much more interested in completing the World Heritage Site list—just 204 sites left. Of course, there’s always the list that includes all the states in every country in the world, one that includes every county in the world, one with places only accessible by submarine and the possibility of space travel—but there are some borders Altaffer will not cross. “I have my limits,” he said.



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