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SB schools Board eyes open space parkland dedication chief is Del Mar Mesa planners urged to participate in canyon lands public review process retiring Solana Beach School District Superintendent Leslie Fausset is retiring after nearly 40 years in the education field and six years leading the district. The board has Leslie Fausset hired Richard Whitmore from WestEd to assist with the transition and conduct a superintendent search. The Solana Beach School District includes schools in Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. Fausset said they plan to interview in early December and her departure date is totally dependent on the timing of the new superintendent’s availability. In Fausset’s long career in education, she has done everything from teaching first grade in the Poway Unified School District to serving as the chief deputy superintendent for policy and programs for the California Department of Education. She joined SBSD as a superintendent in 2005. Moving from her superintendent post at San Diego Unified School District, she has said it felt like coming home, as she has been a Solana Beach resident for more than 30 years and her two children went to Solana Beach schools. — Karen Billing

BY SUZANNE EVANS Hundreds of canyons all over the city are prime for dedication as parkland open space, Eric Bowlby, executive director of the nonprofit San Diego Canyonlands organization, told the Del Mar Mesa planning board Nov. 10. Bowlby urged

the board to participate in a countywide canyon lands public review process and add their choice of Del Mar Mesa lands to be dedicated as open space. “Adhering to its community plan, the city can preserve canyon lands by dedicating them as open

space,” Bowlby said. Funding is through the San Diego Foundation, run by Canyonlands and state grants. Canyonlands organization in San Diego includes planning professionals, landscape architects and other urban planning visionaries

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committed to blending the county’s natural open spaces with the urban environment. Among the organization’s goals are canyon access, restoration, preservation, and providing “ecologically sensitive

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County fair ‘deficiencies’ discussed BY JOE TASH A state report released earlier this month identified what it called eight management “deficiencies” in the operation of the San Diego County Fair, including improper payouts to employees for accumulated leave time and failure to adequately document free meals, fair and concert tickets given to fair board members. The report was issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s audit office, regarding the operations of the 22nd District Agriculture Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds. The report looked at fairgrounds operations during 2008 and 2009.

(Above) Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Bernardo 3-0 (2513, 25-13, 25-11) in a Division I playoff game on Nov. 10. Savannah Rennie guards the net for TPHS. (Right) Canyon Crest Academy extended its winning streak to eight games as the Ravens defeated Point Loma 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-22) in a Division III playoff game on Nov. 11. CCA’s Katie McAllister hits in CCA’s win over Point Loma in the Division III quarterfinals. Photos/Anna Scipione

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Ag. board looking to mitigate effects of longer fair run BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET Del Mar city officials are exploring mitigation measures with the 22nd District Agricultural Association (DAA) board in response to the board’s recent decision to add two more days to the fair run. The Del Mar City Council reported Nov. 14 on a re-

cent meeting with the five newly-appointed DAA board members to discuss ways to mitigate impacts on traffic and businesses. The City of Solana Beach is also involved in the conversation. The council reported that the Ag. board has agreed to push for a shuttle running back and forth between com-

munities and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Another mitigation measure Del Mar officials said the board agreed to involves improving public transportation routes to and from the fair, as well as promotions to get people to use mass transit rather than driving. The council pointed out that there is a clear deadline

in sight — the next fair season — so the process has already started and is moving quickly. Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko has a meeting with the fair officials this week in regard to the shuttle. Deputy Mayor Carl Hilliard said the shuttle idea has been brought up in the past, but did not come to fruition

because the City of Solana Beach pulled out of the project after finding another sponsor. “Because of that it came to a stop,” said Hilliard. Mayor Don Mosier said he senses that there is a “willingness to have funding come from the fairgrounds.”












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Research Report: Wireless demand threatens capacity BY LYNNE FRIEDMANN U.S. wireless use is growing rapidly and if present trends continue, will outstrip capacity, causing congestion. This is the conclusion of a new report from the Global Information In- Lynne dustry Center at UCSD that Friedmann examined the projected disconnect between U.S. wireless infrastructure capacity and consumer demand. According to the report, “Point of View: Wireless Point of Disconnect,” even with advanced wireless technology, the capacity available to all network users in a given cell can be less than 1/000th the capacity of a wired connection. The report highlights several strategies to address the disconnect between wireless demand and capacity such as increasing and optimizing available spectrum (could take decades to achieve), managing traffic and developing triage and prioritization protocols (price-based mechanisms could come into play), and increasing industry investment in more infrastructure, including cell towers and “backhaul” cables (would require community support). “Point of View: Wireless Point of Disconnect” is available as a PDF download at Nanoparticles seek, destroy Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that often infiltrates surrounding brain tissue, making it extremely difficult to treat surgically or with chemotherapy or radiation. To overcome this hurdle, Sanford-Burnham scientists and their collaborators at the Salk Institute have developed a method to combine a cell-killing peptide and a nanoparticle that both enhances tumor cell

death and allows researchers to image the tumors. The linkage made it possible to specifically target tumors, virtually eliminating the killer peptide’s toxicity to normal tissues. When used to treat mice with glioblastoma, this new nanosystem eradicates most tumors in one model and significantly delays tumor development in another. The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. News release at Mysterious, deep-sea life forms A research expedition organized by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCsd has led to the sighting of gigantic amoebas at one of the deepest locations on Earth. During a July voyage to the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, the deepest region on the planet, Scripps researchers and National Geographic engineers deployed “Dropcams” — versatile, autonomous underwater cameras containing a high-definition camera and lighting inside of a thick-wall glass bubble sphere capable of withstanding more than eight tons per-square-inch pressure at extreme depth. The device documented the deepest known existence of xenophyophores, the largest single-celled animals known to science — often exceeding 10 centimeters (4 inches) in size — at depths up to 10,641 meters (6.6 miles). Well suited to a life of darkness, low temperature, and high pressure in the deep sea, xenophyophores play host to diverse multicellular organisms. Finding these gigantic cells, in one of the deepest marine environments on the planet, opens up a new habitat for the study of biodiversity and extreme-environment adaptation. Visit Lynne Friedmann is a science writer based in Solana Beach.

County Supervisor Pam Slater Price (center, in red) was among the officials who attended the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project dedication. Photo/Jon Clark

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station co-owners dedicate the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project On Nov. 7, Southern California Edison, SDG&E, and the City of Riverside’s Public Utilities Department hosted an official dedication ceremony on Via de la Valle in honor of all the hard work and dedication by its partner agencies in completing the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration Project. The Restoration Project is one of the largest coastal restoration projects on the West Coast and is part of the 55-mile San Dieguito River Park. The estuary will now serve as a fish hatchery and home to migratory waterfowl and endangered species as well as open space, including hiking trails, for the community to enjoy for generations to come. Many San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and San Dieguito River Park supporters and staff have been involved from the very beginning, and support will continue for years to come as part of the ongoing

stewardship of this sensitive lagoon habitat and in continued efforts to extend the San Dieguito Lagoon Trail eastward past I-5. Although many consider the project 14 years in the making (research, permitting and construction), this $90 million project actually began over 20 years ago, and the Conservancy and its members have been actively involved from the beginning. On Nov. 7, about 200 guests were invited to walk around a recreational trail surrounding a portion of the San Dieguito Wetlands featuring educational stations, including a touch tank of sea life pulled out of the lagoon early that morning, a host of animals, including a hawk, kestrel, raven, raccoon, kingbird and hummingbird, bird watching, and local environmentalist giving a historical account of the development. 30 fifth graders were also on hand.




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PARKLAND continued from page 1 recreation within communities.” Nearly 75 percent of Del Mar Mesa is already designated (as opposed to dedicated) Multiple Habitat Protection Area (MHPA), having core habitat value to the Multiple Species Conservation Plan. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated critical habitat for the San Diego fairy shrimp under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Flowering California wild lilac, fairy shrimp in vernal pools, black-tailed jackrabbits, horned lizards, Southern Maritime Chaparral, deer, bobcats and, every few years, a mountain lion or two are only some of the fragile, endangered species that flourish in the Del Mar Mesa critical habitat. Dedication itself does

Carmel Valley not result in any changes or additional cost in maintenance to the city. Lands that are dedicated and preserved as natural open space would require a twothirds approval of San Diego voters to override dedication and be converted for non-park uses. Land that is merely “designated” as open space can be converted, transferred or sold with five votes of the City Council. Dedicated lands are preserved as natural open space or developed for active outdoor recreation. “There are only 2,000 to 3,000 acres of critical habitat left in the world,” board member and Del Mar Mesa trails committee member Lisa Ross previously said of preserves in Deer Canyon and Del Mar Mesa. “We have until December 2012, but the target date for public input on lands the public wants to dedicate is August 2012,”

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Bowlby said. He hoped the Del Mar Mesa Planning board would at least decide now that the idea of dedicating canyon lands is important enough to proceed. After the public vetting process, City Council can approve parcels for dedicated open space. City Council retains the authority to grant easements for utility purposes across dedicated property, including roads, sewer lines, drainage channels etc. “It is better to put our Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) lands into dedication,” Ross said, urging a board subcommittee meet soon to consider and target which Del Mar Mesa lands they want to dedicate. The board unanimously approved a motion to support the Canyonlands organization and the effort they are making for the community, and asked for a detailed review in subcommittee.

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“During our analysis of the internal control structures of the 22nd DAA and compliance with state laws and regulations, we identified eight areas with reportable conditions that are considered weaknesses in the Fair’s operations,” said the report. Other areas of deficiency highlighted in the report included a lack of compliance with a furlough program for state employees, a lack of “accountability and transparency” for an employee recognition program and inadequate tracking of hours and days for temporary employees. Fair board members discussed the state report at their Nov. 8 meeting, focusing primarily on the issue of leave buyback for district employees. “Since 2005, the Fair has improperly allowed its employees to cash out compensated leave hours, such as vacation, annual leave and personal leave without receiving the proper approvals from the Department of Personnel Administration,” the report said. The report noted that between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan. 14 of this year, the fair allowed employees to cash out $354,161 of compensated leave. Of that amount, managers and supervisors cashed out $312,893 worth

Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Briefs Nov. 10, 2011 meeting BY SUZANNE EVANS Drug Take Back Day County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price’s representative Sachiko Kohatsu said the supervisor’s October campaign for returning drugs “no questions asked” was “very successful,” with 34 sites such as police stations participating and 7,000 lbs. of pills turned in. “So, people are not flushing drugs into landfills.” Placing a stop sign at Rancho Toyon Place and Del Vino Court in eastern Del Mar was discussed. Board members complained of cars constantly not stopping, screeching tires, and honking horns. The board agreed to alert area residents, and then vote to bring the dangerous situation to the city’s attention. Board member Trey Nolan said it was more a matter of people not paying attention and speeding rather than needing a three-way stop sign. The board agreed to do further research and discuss the item at its next meeting.

CV lawyers named ‘Outstanding Trial Lawyers’ A trio of longtime Casey Gerry partners — Frederick Schenk, Gayle M. Blatt and Robert J. Francavilla — were honored as “Outstanding Trial Lawyers” by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD), during a special “Evening with the Trial Stars” dinner held recently at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. Every year, CASD, a local organization of trial lawyers dedicated to preserving and protecting the legal rights of consumers, celebrates the accomplishments of San Diego attorneys who have obtained outstanding results for their clients.

Boy Scout Troop 765 to hold Open House on Dec. 6 Are you interested in learning outdoor skills? Leadership skills? Taking part in high adventure treks? Taking part in community service projects? And just having fun? For boys in 6th to 12th grade, the Boy Scout program may be the path for you. Troop 765 is having their annual Open House where they will showcase their various activities over this past year. Come join them and discover what you have been missing. The Open House will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Rd. For more information, go to

of leave, while rank-and-file workers cashed out $41,268. From 2005 to 2007, the fair allowed employees to cash out an additional $244,000 in leave. The report called for 22nd DAA to comply with state payroll regulations, and collect back from employees the unauthorized payouts they received. Adam Day, board president, noted that the district is already in compliance the first part of the state’s demand, since he instructed fairgrounds CEO and General Manager Tim Fennell to suspend the leave buyback program when he learned of the state’s concerns. In a prepared statement, director Tom Chino said most of the leave was cashed out for management and supervisorial personnel, rather than lower-paid employees. “So, I presume, we can set up a payback program that is not a hardship,” he said. But director Russ Penniman objected to making the employees pay back the money. “I will be on the opposite side of the fence from today till Hell freezes over on this,” Penniman said. He and Day said the district is legally required to pay out the leave time if the employees leave the district. “It’s their money, they’ve earned it,” Day said. In its official written response to the state, the district said, “Most cash-outs

were made due to financial hardships of the employees, and each cash-out was approved only after confirmation that sufficient leave balances remained.” The response said leave buy-backs are common in both public and private employment, and that “staff was not aware of any governmental code or (personnel department) rule that prohibited this practice.” “We are that round peg trying to fit in a square hole,” said Fennell. “We’re asked to run a business like a business, but frankly some of the regulations prevent us from doing that.” Several board members, including Chino and David Watson, questioned whether the district’s response to the state report was adequate. “Right now we have a document that says we’re in violation of several different rules and regulations. I just don’t like that,” Watson said. At the Nov. 8 meeting, board members Watson, Chino and David Lizerbram agreed to work with district counsel on a draft of a supplemental letter responding to the state report, which will come back to the full board next month for consideration. Among items the trio will research is what penalties the district might face if it does not fully comply with the state’s requests, such as forcing employees to pay back the money they received in leave cash-outs.

The report also takes the 22nd DAA to task for providing $72,000 worth of meals to board members and their guests during the 2008 and 2009 county fairs, without completing proper documentation to determine whether the dinners qualify as allowable promotional or public relations expenses. Also, the report stated that district officials did not fully comply with either state regulations or the district’s own ticket policy regarding fair admission and concert tickets. The report said the district only reported on some of the concert and fair admission tickets received by board members, and failed to report 92 admission tickets and 537 concert tickets. In addition, the report noted that the district reported giving out $12,500 worth of $25 gift cards to employees in 2008 and 2009 through two employee recognition programs, the “Hats Off” and safety awards. Because of a lack of documentation, “awarding the gift cards to employees can be deemed as a gifting of state funds.” The district’s response noted that log sheets were kept of who received the gift cards, but the logs were discarded after the district’s financial audits for 2008 and 2009, before state agriculture department auditors conducted their review.

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Holiday Shopping Boutique and Kids Fun CV’s Debbie Kornberg appointed planning officer for Jewish Federation of SD County at Congregation Beth Am Dec. 4 Congregation Beth Am will hold its annual Holiday Shopping Boutique and Kids Fun Day on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130. Everyone is invited to attend this event. Available for sale will be jewelry, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, active wear, Judaica, succulent plant arrangements, teen gifts, handbags, housewears, candles, gift-wrapping and much, much more! Each of our hand chosen vendors has also offered up an item for their wares for raffle. The event will also feature a free jumpy for preschool age children, face painting and a game truck. Pizza, doughnuts and coffee, Jamba Juice will all be available after you have worked up an appetite shopping. The Shopping Boutique will be held on Sunday, December 4, from 9. a.m. to 2 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130. For more information please call 858-481-8454.

Winter Wonderland, Lighting of the Menorah coming to Piazza Carmel NewMark Merrill Companies, a retail development and full-service property management firm, will host a free holiday celebration, featuring a real snow play area, from noon to 3 p.m. at Carmel Valley’s Piazza Carmel on Saturday, Dec. 3. The afternoon will also include carnival games, a petting zoo and performances by the Royal Dance Academy and Church’s Martial Arts Studio. Kids who enjoy arts and crafts can participate in a free kids craft project and also visit a balloon artist and a face painter. All attendees will be eligible to win raffle prizes. Photos with Santa will be available for $8 or free of charge with a $50 minimum purchase from Carmel Piazza vendors. On Dec. 22, NewMark Merrill and Piazza Carmel will host a ceremonial lighting of the menorah at 3 p.m. Attendees will enjoy music and raffle prizes, as well as a face painter, balloon artist and a free kids craft project. Free food and drinks will include potato latkes, jelly donuts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Piazza Carmel is located at 3810-3890 Valley Centre Drive in Carmel Valley. For more information, call (760) 630-6687 or visit

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County recently announced the appointment of Carmel Valley resident Debbie Kornberg as Planning Officer for the Community Planning & Innovation (CP&I) Center. Debbie is charged with facilitating community-wide planning in Jewish education throughout San Diego County, and implementing innovation grant planning and funding. The CP&I Center assesses needs and opportunities to empower Jewish people, provides planning support to community partners, and invests each year in Jewish education, caring and innovation locally, nationally, in Israel and overseas communities. Kornberg provides professional leadership for the Jewish Education Services Council, a new community advisory council that will identify education priorities, increase access to Jewish education, and support a new framework for planning communitywide Jewish education. Kornberg will work with the plethora of Jewish organizations in San Diego that provide educational entry points in Jewish life, to stimulate coordination and collaboration in order to increase participation and improve overall outcomes. “The San Diego Jewish community is fortunate to count Debbie Kornberg among our treasured planning professionals,” said Lisa Haney, director, Community

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Dane M. Shipp, M.D., joins Sharp ReesStealy Obstetrics and Gynecology in CV Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group recently announced that Dane M. Shipp, M.D., has joined the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy Carmel Valley/Del Mar, located at 12710 Carmel Country Road, and Sharp Rees-Stealy Mira Mesa, located at 8933 Activity Road, and is accepting new patients. Dr. Shipp received his medical degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. After medical school, he completed his residency at University of California in San Francisco/Fresno. He specializes in a variety of health issues for women of all ages. Dr. Shipp’s mission is to, “improve women’s health on an individual and national level.” In his free time, Dr. Shipp enjoys scuba diving, spending time at the beach, enjoying great food and quality time with his family. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shipp, patients may call (858) 499-2708.

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BY KAREN BILLING The Ashley Falls Kid Power group gathered up their hard-earned Halloween candy to send in 26 care packages to troops overseas. The group met after school on Nov. 8 to put together the boxes and write letters of gratitude. Rose Perkins, a Santee resident, helped the children in their efforts. Since 2004, Perkins has mailed more than 2,000 care packages to the troops overseas, which equals a box a day for the last seven years. It started with sending packages to her El Cajon beauty shop’s co-owner’s relative. When his deployment ended, she found another troop to support and then another. “It all just kind of escalated from there,” said Perkins, decked out in patriotic red, white and blue. Whenever she runs out of people who know someone serving overseas, she finds more to support at An Ashley Falls parent heard about her amazing care package operation and contacted her to help the school, which she has been doing since 2006. Students drew pictures and penned nice letters to the soldiers. In his letter, Max Biedel advised not to “eat too much candy” and to maybe try some “bad broccoli.” “Thank you for serving our country in harsh environments, risking your life and braving enemy fire,” wrote fifth grader Andrew Park in his note. “Your courage surpasses most others in your attempt to protect your country.”

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Student interns are rewarded for a summer of science In August, 2011, the Human BioMolecular Research Institute (HBRI) granted four eminent San Diego students scholarship awards, as a reward for their efforts over the 2011 summer as student interns at the HBRI labs. The four students came from disparate backgrounds but all had a common characteristic — they excel in the classroom and in the lab. The HBRI is a non-profit research institute doing fundamental and practical research for the common good. The interns for this past summer join an eminent group of 71 fellow interns from San Diego high schools and colleges that have done cutting edge research at HBRI over the past 13 years. Alyssa Morgosh is a recent graduate of Bishop’s School of La Jolla, and is attending Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. At Bishop’s School, Alyssa was involved, with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a Community Service Representative for ASBC, among other activities. Alyssa will also bring her success as captain of Bishop’s soccer and track teams to Bates College, and is already in intensive training for her fall soccer season. She intends to major in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry at Bates College. Emily Smith is a recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (SLO), and an alumna of Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley. She received her bachelor degree in biological sciences at SLO, with a concentration in molecular and cell biology. As a student at SLO, Emily was very involved with college activities and helped with student orientation during the 2009 and 2010 school years. She was also a member of the SLO University Union Advisory Board, representing the students of the College of Science and Math. She also did extensive undergraduate biochemical research while at SLO and hopes to embark in a career related to molecular science in the future. Hursuong Vongsachang is currently a senior at San Marcos High School. Hursuong is a member of the San Marcos City Council Youth Commission, and co-founded the San Marcos Youth Orchestra. When she wasn’t working at HBRI doing research, she taught orchestra to 24 beginning students. Hursuong is actually the second member of her family to receive a coveted Summer Internship at HBRI. Her sister, Hurnan, was an intern with HBRI during the summer of 2008. Hursuong hopes to study Biology in college after her graduation from high school in 2012. Ingrid Zyserman is an alumna of Torrey Pines High School in Carmel Valley. After high school she spent three years at Mira Costa College as a student and also taught a semester of

evolutionary biology. She is currently at UCSD this fall to complete an undergraduate degree in biochemistry/cell biology. Ingrid moved to the U.S. with her family from Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2005, and has volunteered at the Carmel Valley Pet Clinic, the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, and at a Christian Community Theater in San Diego. The HBRI summer internship focuses on research. For a period of eight to 10 weeks the four student interns were mentored in the lab by HBRI scientists participating in actual experiments, learning hands-on about the research done at HBRI, and what life is like working in a lab environment. Each student chose to specialize in one of three areas of focus: Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or Molecular Biology. The interns ran experiments, took part in ongoing projects and helped write manuscripts that will be published in peer-reviewed journals. Some of the students are majoring or plan to major in the sciences in college, and will be able to use this internship to further their education toward a future degree in science or medicine. Hurnan Vongsachang, one of HBRI’s former interns currently at Harvard University, said “I liked working at HBRI because of the exposure to the scientific experiments and procedures conducted in a real world environment. The internship introduced me to the daily practices occurring in a professional working environment, which consequently further motivated me to continue pursuing my interests in biology. Being able to engage in detailed scientific procedures and associate myself with reputable scientists definitely fueled my enthusiasm”. Other graduates of the summer internship program have also listed the “hands on experience” and “friendly work environment” as highlights of their program. John Cashman is president of HBRI. Cashman recently commented on his passion for student education: “When I think about our responsibility for the future, I immediately think of our children and young students. I think it is our critical duty as a society to make sure children and students have the resources and support to excel in life and prosper in science education. HBRI is trying to do its part to contribute to this ongoing process.” HBRI is a non-profit research institute in San Diego, CA, focused on basic research to help find solutions for diseases of the brain including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative diseases as well as heart disease and cancer. For more information, visit www.HBRI. org.

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Kids at Ocean Air Recreation Center complete Halloween Challenge A select group of children accepted a special Halloween Challenge this year. Ocean Air Recreation Center students of the martial art class Coastal Canyon Tang Soo Do were challenged to eat no more than three pieces of candy. Seven special students completed the challenge. Congratulations to the winners: Gup students (colored belts) Kenri Grisham (age 8), Ha-Thi Nguyen (age 8), Jeremiah Liao (age 7) and Christina Wooden (age 9), Little Dragon Ethan Woelbern (age 6), and Tiny Tigers Nolan Chang and Jaden Liao (both age 4). Students received a Special Achievement trophy to commemorate their success. To earn the prize, the rest of the candy had to be thrown out or donated to overseas military. This requirement indirectly pulled parents in to the challenge — spreading the sugar and artificial colors by taking the candy to work was not allowed! Said one student, “I did it because it was healthier.” See photo at left.

Sage Brownies enjoy ‘Thanksgiving Bingo’ with seniors Members of Brownie Troop #1739 from Sage Canyon Elementary School donned handmade Thanksgiving Pilgrim and Indian hats to play some Thanksgiving Bingo with the seniors form the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego last Sunday. The girls collected prizes and decorated gift bags for the bingo winners before the event and then ran some very lively and competitive bingo rounds for 60 seniors. They called the numbers, served snacks, and handed out their prizes. It was great start to the holiday season with some community service! (Left) Back row, l-r: Berdie Pime, Casady Spencer, Claire Sefkow, Elena Lugo, Rachel Bermudez; Front row, l-r: Bettina Zhang, Nicole Gross, Brooke London, Caitlin Tresse.

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Local man places second in Breeders’ Cup betting challenge Hellmers’ wagering success dates back to teen years at Torrey Pines BY CLAIRE HARLIN When Christian Hellmers grew out of baseball cards in his early teens, he found a new game of passion, one that meant sneaking into the Del Mar horse races in high school to place $2 bets and spending late nights at the track in college studying race playbacks. Since the moment he had money to gamble, he was ready to bet on horses. “My dad took me once or twice when I was 14 and I loved it,” said Hellmers, a Del Mar area resident and Torrey Pines High School alumnus. “When I got a car, I would drive over there and I was underage, so I’d have to pretend people were my parents to get in … I used to take $20. I’ll never forget the first time I won $120 and it seemed like so much.” It would be an understatement to say Hellmers, 34, has increased his wagers — and his winnings — since then. On Nov. 4, he brought

home the silver medal at the Breeders’ Cup — “the Super Bowl of horse racing,” as he calls it — winning more than $120,000. He became the youngest person to ever finish in the top two of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge World Series of Horse Betting, which took place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The invite-only competition also happened to be a record-breaking one, with wagerers earning some of the highest payouts in Breeders’ Cup history. The tournament lasted two long days and involved 115 of the country’s best horseplayers, who each bought in with $10,000 to compete for the gold. According to figures released by the Breeders’ Cup, the betting pool totaled at least $183 million. Hellmers finished in fifth place on the first day, after calling a perfect win on a long shot named Perfect Shirl. After betting on horses that had run against her in

weeks prior, Hellmers ignored her projected 3 percent chance of winning and put his money on the patterns that told him Perfect Shirl was going to run a much-improved race. It was another soundly taken risk — betting $6,500 on a 7-1 shot — that won Hellmers the exacta and put him in a safe first place on the second day for the last four races. That was until the last race, when Patrick McGoey of New Orleans bet everything he had on a long shot, pulling him up dozens of spots to take the gold. Hellmers said, “The only way you can ever be great is if you take huge, calculated risks,” and that’s a sentiment he lives by to the fullest. Hellmers earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and has job experience developing businesses, lobbying and working at internet startups, but he made some risky

Christian Hellmers stands with his check from the Breeders’ Cup Challenge World Series of Horse Betting in front of the Del Mar racetrack, where he learned the ropes of wagering at an early age. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN changes about 10 years into his career when he dropped everything and started his own health, wellness and relationship-coaching business (www.thefirsttenminutes. com). He also took the risk of leaving behind his obligations in San Diego to travel to Kentucky on a whim to compete in the recent betting challenge. Selling off stock and finding two silent

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I’ll take care of your son or daughter that is underneath me’ This column presents soldier stories to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes.

BY JEANNE MCKINNEY It’s awe-inspiring to see United States Marine Corps aircraft flying solo, side-byside, or in a squadron. These sleek and technologicallyadvanced combat machines are piloted by highly-trained professionals. As they zip across the azure blue, they fire-up the senses with vapor trails and engine noise and leave us with a feeling of “being watched over.’ To our troops under enemy fire in foreign lands, the sight of these American flying bombers can mean “The first night of sleep in a long time…” “Every Marine is a rifleman first…and has to lead Marines up the hill if necessary” was a distant call when Philip Kendro attended Herndon High School in Reston, Virginia. Graduating with a four-year Navy Junior ROTC scholarship, he was accepted to Penn State University. Kendro heard the call when he met the Marine Corps, and switched from the Navy to the Marine

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Cold War, the Marine Corps looked upon the British idea of creating a short take-off and landing vertical aircraft as “something good for us.” Imagine a war plane going at jet speed, yet able to take off, hover, and land on a postage stamp, like a helicopter. In the mid-’70s and ‘80s, Kendro timelines that “We brought the first A and then B model Harrier on board to fit the needs of an expeditionary warfare unit.” The AV-8B Harrier is a one-seater and can take off and land five different ways from amphibious ships. Its solo pilot paints the picture, “Most are short takeoffs (STO). We can take-off and land anywhere from zero (like a helicopter) to 160 knots (jet speed) and can even do a rolling vertical landing (RVL). Being able to come in at a much higher glide slope got us into not runways, but highways or staging out of soccer stadiums” (as in the 1990s Persian Gulf War). “When we press forward upon the shore, we can carry heavier bombs and missiles, put more gas in, and destroy targets close as possible.” He adds, “It’s about sup-

Philip Kendro porting the grunts. Ninetyfive percent of what we do is close air support and that’s why we’re so good at it.” In 2003, Kendro was on the ground, as a Company Commander of 200 Marines and Sailors in Iraq. “We were part of the invasion by C-130 transport planes doing a low level route — inserted at night — dropped off in the middle of the desert. Took these guys, took

our vehicles up and switched Iraqi airfields to American airfields” while fighting Iraqi rebels. “We were unsure how the people would react to us,” Phil recounts, “even though most were glad to get rid of Saddam Hussein. We had to transport fuel. Travelling roads for hundreds of miles with our fuel tanks, the tension was high we would get shot on the

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Local survivor pushes bill designed to help fight pancreatic cancer BY KAREN BILLING November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is promoting its campaign to “Know it. Fight it. End it.” Some grim facts to know: Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but it gets less than 2 percent of the research budget from the National Cancer Institute. It’s the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits— while breast cancer has a five-year survival rate of 91 percent, pancreatic cancer’s is 6 percent. But there can be hope, if people keep fighting. One of the initiatives of the Action Network is to get a bill passed before the next election that calls on the National Cancer Institute to develop a strategic plan and invest more in pancreatic cancer research. Both Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer are co-sponsors of the bill, as well as local representatives Congressman Brian Bilbray of the 50th district and Congressman Bob Fil-

Events Nov. 17: Free educational lecture to learn about new treatment approaches for pancreatic cancer at UCSD Moores Cancer Center, 6-8 p.m. The center is located at 3855 Health Sciences Drive in La Jolla. Nov. 20: Purple Vigil at the County Administration Building, 5:30 p.m. The building is located at 1600 Pacific Highway. For more information, e-mail ner of the 51st district. Helping lead the charge for passage of the bill is local resident Stuart Rickerson, a five-year pancreatic cancer survivor and member of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s national board of directors. Survival rates haven’t changed in 40 years, since President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971. Rickerson said tremendous strides have been made in a lot of diseases — an archetype is AIDS, where

30 years ago a diagnosis was a death sentence and now, for many people, it’s more a chronic disease. “A lot of families of pancreatic cancer victims would like to see this become a chronic disease and not a death sentence,” said Rickerson. “Forty years of no results is long enough.” Rickerson said there are many factors that contribute to making pancreatic cancer so deadly: Not much is known about what causes pancreatic cancer, the symptoms are indistinct, there’s no genetic predisposition and there’s no diagnostic test. “This disease is an equal opportunity destroyer of families because, unlike some other diseases, it affects women and men, older folks and those in the prime of their lives, those who are disadvantaged and those who are fabulously wealthy,” Rickerson said, noting Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who had unlimited resources and could’ve gone to any place in the world for treatments but couldn’t beat it, losing his battle with the disease on Oct. 5 at age 56.

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Participants in the “Purple Strides” fundraising walk. “50 percent of us are dead within six months of being diagnosed, another 75 percent within a year. That’s just tragic in the 21st century, in one of the most medically advanced countries in the world. That’s what the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is trying to address,” Rickerson said. There are 62 affiliate Action Networks across the country and San Diego is one of the fastest growing. Mike Gau became the San Diego affiliate coordinator this year, wanting to join the fight against pancreatic cancer as his mother lost a short battle with the disease in 2008. “Watching pancreatic cancer slowly kill my mom, a woman who was as close as it comes to a real-world saint, in front of my eyes, was my main reason for wanting to take action against pancreatic cancer,” Gau said. “On top of that, the more I learned about pancreatic cancer, the more I realized how much of an underdog the disease is compared to other cancers and diseases.” Gau has been amazed at the level of support there has been in San Diego. The Action Networks’ signature fundraising event, the PurpleStride, had about 800 people participate this year, raising $75,000. Participation was up from 250 people and $25,000 in 2010. “There are few pancreatic survivors because of how deadly the disease is and, as such, it’s up to us as volunteers to raise public awareness of the terror of this disease and to raise money to fund much-needed research,” Gau said. Rickerson was one of the lucky ones. He was lucky that he decided to go to a doctor and lucky that his doctor was smart enough to keep asking questions and lucky that his disease was detected early enough to act. It was New Year’s Eve in 2004 and Rickerson, then 55 years old, was feeling some mild indigestion. He decided to go to his doctor, who prescribed an antibiotic and did some blood work. That weekend, Rickerson and his wife noticed that his skin was yellowish (jaundice, one symptom of pancreatic cancer), so he reported back to his doctor to run more tests. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 12, 2005. Rickerson said for many people, by the time they present with symptoms and are diagnosed, they are not candidates for surgery because their tumor is too far advanced. Thankfully, his cancer was caught early enough that he was a candidate for surgery and went in for the intense, seven-hour procedure four days after his diagnosis. He additionally underwent chemotherapy and a course of radiation treatment.

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“I’m lucky because I’m here, not like so many people whose families can only remember them,” Rickerson said. “I’m thankful for every day I’ve been given” As he could no longer work, Rickerson made it a priority to try get involved in PCAN, an organization he believes has the most comprehensive and strategic plan to provide hope for patients, generate research and advocate for a cure. He has been involved with PCAN for the last four years on a local and national level and has served on the national board since 2010. He attends scientific symposiums, events and Purple Strides (the organization’s fundraising walk) all over the country. With more than 550 other volunteers and survivors from all over the country, Rickerson lobbied for pancreatic cancer at Congressional Advocacy Day last year. He said it was incredibly moving, as empowered volunteers and survivors who had been through so much visited almost every office on Capitol Hill for their cause. He believes strongly that people can make a difference to change the world, that they can get a bill passed and reach PCAN’s goal of doubling the five-year survival rate by the year 2020. “I’m very encouraged that this year will be the year,” Rickerson said. “I hope that next Advocacy Day our job will be to thank senators and congress people for getting something done in this challenging climate for the hundreds of thousands Americans who will be affected by this disease.” For more information, visit

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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS Local resident offers two Eastern beauty practices under one roof Eyebrow threading, henna tattoo specialties at Raanya Salon in DM BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET

Growing up in India, Carmel Valley resident Shahin Pirani remembers how women would decorate themselves in elaborate henna body art for special events, and how people used nothing but a single thread as a hair removal device. “I came to the United States and everyone was waxing,” said Pirani, 47. “I was only used to threading but nobody here was doing it. In India it was just a basic need.” A few years back, Pirani came up with the goal of combining threading and henna body art into one business, and her idea of bringing those customs to the community came to fruition just over a month ago

when she opened Raanya Henna & Threading Studio at 1105A Camino Del Mar (corner of 11th Street). The word “raanya” is Arabic for “queen.” So how exactly does this ancient Eastern hair removal practice work? The practitioner stabilizes one end of a twisted cotton thread in the mouth, rolling it over unwanted hair. Either individual hairs or a whole row of hair, depending one what the threader is aiming for, gets caught in the thread and can then be removed at the follicle by lifting the thread upward. There are two eyebrow artists at Rannya, one of whom is Pirani’s sister, Gull, who has been practicing threading for more than 15 years. “This is her passion,” Pirani said. Gull is also traveling

to Vancouver, Canada, next month to take a special course in henna under Ash Kumar, one of the world’s leading henna and makeup artists. Pirani said she specializes in henna for weddings — It is a tradition for brides in India to get elaborate henna designed tattooed on the hands and feet. Women also get henna done for showers and pregnancies, and young girls often do henna on one another. It is completely safe and natural, Pirani said. The body art washes off in about two weeks. Pirani, a former fashion photographer who still practices as a hobby, has an eye for art — one of the reasons she was compelled to specialize in henna at her salon. She said she also overcame two

Shahin Pirani stands inside her business, Raanya Salon, which opened six weeks ago and offers henna tattoo and eyebrow threading, two traditional Eastern practices. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN

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Letters to the Editor/Opinion Taking the right precautions key to preventing residential burglary

As most of you know, Northwestern Division has been encing a series of residential burglaries. Most of these burglaries have occurred west of the I-5 freeway between 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Most of the The Del Mar Times (USPS 1980) is published homes that are being broken into every Friday by San Diego Suburban News,a are “Vacation homes” and are not division of MainStreet Communications. Adju- occupied year round. Usually the dicated as a newspaper of general cir-culation home is dark inside and no exterior by Superior Court No.GIC 748533,December lighting is visible. The suspect(s) are stealing high21,2000.Copyright © 2010 MainStreet end jewelry, precious metals and imCommunications. All rightsreserved. No part portant documents from the homes. of the contents of this publication may be reThe suspect(s) are removing small produced in any medi-um,including print and safes that are not bolted down as electronic media,without the express written well. The point of entry is usually a consent of MainStreet Communications.. rear or side window on the ground level. A screen is forced off and then the window is forced open with a pry tool. Once inside, the suspect selects items to steal and does not ranPHYLLIS PFEIFFER sack the house. In fact, other than Publisher the removed screen or forced open LORINE WRIGHT Executive Editor KAREN BILLING

Poor teachers should certainly be transitioned out MARSHA SUTTON of the classroom. We Senior Education Reporter shouldn’t tolerate bad teachers. However, why stop with CLAIRE HARLIN rating teachers? Why not Associate Editor also rate parents and stuDON PARKS dents in an online, public Vice President of Advertising forum as Marsha Sutton recROBERT LANE, ANNA MITCHELL, ommends rating teachers? TERRIE DRAGO, CLAIRE OTTE, COLLEEN GRAY, ASHLEY GOODIN, Use very specific language, per her suggestion. For exTERI WESTOVER, KELLY MATYN ample, post, “This is the Advertising worst parent, ever.” “This DARA ELSTEIN parent is all talk and no acBusiness Manager tion.” Teachers could rate BEAU BROWN their students online so that Graphics Manager other teachers, parents and students can identify the JENNIFER MIKAELI “problem families and stuLead Graphic Artist dents” and students who are SCOTT REEDER a “poor influence.” “This Page Designer student is a lazy, failing student.” Or, “This family is Suzanne Evans, Joe Tash, Diane dysfunctional.” Or, “This Welch, Susan DeMaggio, Jon parent is self centered and Clark, Kelley Carlson, Julie Sarno, has an unrealistic view of Gideon Rubin, Gordon Clanton,

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emergency #858-484-3154) even if you don’t see something. Pay attention to noises like breaking glass, barking dogs, scratching sounds that sound man-made, a ladder being opened or placed against the side of a house. If you hear an alarm activated at a nearby neighbor’s house, look out your windows. If you see the same car circling your block, someone just sitting in a parked vehicle or even someone walking in your neighborhood who appears to be out of place we would like to know about it. Trust your instincts, you live in your neighborhood so you know what cars belong, who’s out of town, what kids belongs to the area, what dogs bark when someone alerts them etc. Please spread the word to your neighbors, to be aware of their surroundings. If you don’t know your neighbors, this is a good opportuni-

ty to meet them and talk about how you can help us protect your neighborhood. Here are a few tips that will help reduce your chances of becoming a burglary victim. Set your alarm when you leave your house. Use exterior motion activated lights, place your interior lights on timers, serialize your valuables, have an emergency contact list with a trusted neighbor, fill out a Vacation House Check form with Northwestern Division if you are going out of town for a extended period of time. Have your mail and newspapers collected by a neighbor or have the Post Office stop delivery while you are gone. Together we can win the fight against crime. Adrian Lee, San Diego Police Department Northwestern Community Relations Officer

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window, there is little to no sign that the suspect was inside the home. In ONLY ONE case was an alarm set to the victim’s home! In this case the suspect removed the rear screen and began to pry open the window, when the alarm was activated, the noise of the alarm frightened off the suspect. There was no loss to this residence. The SDPD is asking for any assistance with the identification of this burglar. Quite often a tip from the public is the missing key to solving these types of crimes. In another, a neighbor observed a subject looking into a dark home with a flashlight but, unfortunately, the police were not called so it did not give us the opportunity to respond and investigate. Please call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is committing a crime in your neighborhood. Call it in (non-

his/her child’s abilities.” In fact, we can all go to an “educational site” and rate all, parents, students and their teachers in the name of better education. Everyone could wear their rating badge with their letter grade a la Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter. It might be an eye opener! Simply go to: (Not real.) Why not let teachers refuse students, whose parents do not provide a supportive, stable, structured and entertaining home environment? Citations could be issued for watching TV and using electronic devices before finishing assignments. Heck, put students on a three strikes law regarding their behavior and grades. On the first strike get a reprimand. On

the second strike have the parent leave work and take their student home. On the third infraction require a parent to leave work, get their child and home school them until they can test back into the learning environment. Wow think of the savings in tax payer dollars! I wonder if slow learners, learners with disabilities, unpopular kids and behavior problems would face ejection from this system. (Loud beep!) We could not only require mandatory, ongoing, teacher training, but, also classes for parents and tests to determine parent’s knowledge and preparedness for having a child in the public schools. Woo hoo! Of course, the whole issue could be solved if all parents were responsible for education and preparing their

own kids. We could dismantle public schools and require parents to educate their own children and prepare them for the work force saving taxpayers billions! However, this might not work. Wait! Perhaps adults could be role models, taking responsibility, providing leadership, setting expectations and showing respect. (Rocky theme song, if you please!) We can help teachers unsuited to teaching, transition to another career. We can create assistance teams for parents and students who are struggling. We can recognize exemplary teachers, parents and students among us and honor them. We can appreciate teachers with tough assignments. We can encourage children who struggle. We can drive the child in our

neighborhood, who has a single, working, mother or dad. We can deal with poor teachers, parents and students, without gossiping negatively about them in front of other parents, students or teachers. We most certainly should not resort to online defamation of character. Children learn what they experience. Teachers, parents and students all had, are, or were, teachers, parents and students! Let’s gift our children with an educational system that prepares them for a work force that not only requires skills and performance measures but, communication, cooperation and respect for others. All else is busy work. Brenda Wilde Hubbs

New California law penalizes employers By Tim Binder A new California law penalizes employers who willfully misclassify employees as independent contractors. Penalties can be as high as $25,000 per violation for employers who commit a pattern and practice of willfully misclassifying such employees. The new law is Labor Code Section 226.8 that becomes effective January 1, 2012. In addition to the monetary penalties, contractors licensed under the California Contractors License Law will be subject to disciplinary action by the Contractors State License Board. A paid consultant

who knowingly advises an employer to treat an individual as an independent contractor to avoid employee status will be held jointly liable with the employer if the individual is found not to be an independent contractor. According to some commentators, the law will discourage companies from using California service providers who are doing business as sole proprietorships. Larger companies, who are likely targets of the law, will be unwilling to risk the harsh penalties. Rather than engage the service provider as employees, with all the additional tax and regu-

latory burdens applicable to employees, companies will look to out-of-state service providers. Consultants and other service providers may find that they have to incorporate, with all the additional tax and regulatory burdens applicable to corporations, if they want to provide services to other businesses in California. Willful violators will also have to post a “Scarlet Letter” on their website informing the world that the employer has committed a serious violation of the law by engaging in the willful misclassification of employees, that the employer has changed its business practic-

es, and that any employee who believes he is being misclassified may contact the Labor and Workforce Development Agency. So how does a company know whether a person is an independent contractor or an employee? You would think that if the state were going to impose penalties for willfully misclassifying employees, the state would provide clear, “bright-line” guidelines. If you thought that, you would be wrong. Here is what the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement says on its website: “There is no set definition of the term “indepen-

dent contractor” and as such, one must look to the interpretations of the courts and enforcement agencies to decide if in a particular situation a worker is an employee or independent contractor.” So there you have it. Clear as mud, right? To make matters worse, there are numerous “enforcement agencies,” each with its own set of rules. The Internal Revenue Service applies a 20 factor test. The California Employment Development Department uses a 10 factor test, and the Labor Commissioner relies primarily upon See LAW, page 19

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LAW continued from page 18 an “economic realities” test. Then there is the Franchise Tax Board, the Division of Worker’s Compensation, and the Unemployment Insurance Board each with their own interpretations of who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. And don’t forget Labor Code Section 2750.5 that provides that if you hire an unlicensed contractor, that person is automatically your employee. So you may be responsible for withholding taxes and providing worker’s compensation insurance, among other things. With this new law, California establishes potentially harsh penalties while failing to establish clear standards for employers to distinguish between who is an employee and who is legitimately an independent contractor. Businesses may be required to defend themselves under all the various tests, and the Labor Commissioner may use its own test to the exclusion of others. So companies may find themselves in the position of having properly classified a service provider as an independent contractor for federal and state income tax purposes, but having the Labor Commissioner or other state agency classifying that provider as an employee! Companies that engage independent contractors should exercise caution in continuing to use such persons. To defend against a claim under the new law, companies should consider obtaining a legal opinion that supports the classification of the service provider as an independent contractor. Such an opinion will likely negate the “willful” misclassification and avoid the monetary penalties under the new law. Tim Binder is the former General Counsel for the Hotel del Coronado. He resides in Del Mar Heights.

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Rancho Santa Fe thief gets unexpected loot Where did my package go? I asked my husband and no, he had not picked it up. Nor had my parents. Hmmm….could it have gone missing? It had been there the prior day as I opened the front door while holding my 10-month-old baby in my arms and decided it was too heavy to try to pick up while also juggling my son. No worries, I’ll get it tomorrow. Tomorrow, it was gone. After a few days, I became convinced that it was missing. Initially, I found that hard to believe as we live at the end of a cul-de-sac in sleepy Rancho Santa Fe. And we have two large German Shepherds who regularly roam the property. But, our entry gate was down and in the process of repair. I started to wonder. Could someone have stolen it? A few years ago, there were a series of acts of vandalism on our street involving street and entry lights. Our house was a victim. I decided then to install security cameras as I was angry and wanted to know who did this – or at least catch them in the act next time. I couldn’t let go of the thought that we’d been robbed. I started the rather painful process of reviewing the video footage from the time I knew the package was there until it disappeared. Slowly, tediously, images of the mundane passed before me. I never knew quite how much activity there was on the property. People came and went. Dogs roamed around. But then, I noticed something odd. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 2:58 p.m., a truck pulled in front of our front door, slowly turned

his oversized vehicle around and stopped. It was a newer truck – quite fancy, in fact, but no obvious markings other than what looked like a “V8” symbol above his left wheel well. I watched as the German Shepherds approached. “Good dogs, they are on it,” I thought. I watched as the man lowered his window (clearly power) and poked his head out of the cab. The dogs circle his truck and then go out of frame. He is concerned about them and proceeds to drop something on the ground. A treat? Several minutes pass as he assesses the situation. He then proceeds to lower himself from his super-high perch. This is no small truck and it is clearly some lifted version. I notice the wheels are quite nice – chrome, see-through and oversized. He has no running boards so it’s a long drop and he braces himself and lands awkwardly. He is not a young man. He apprehensively looks around. The dogs are still out of frame. He approaches the front door and looks inside. He does not ring the bell. I am inside the house working, completely oblivious to the man’s presence on the other side of my front door. My 10- month-old son is napping in a room not far away from the scene. I become increasingly uncomfortable watching the video. He looks into the windows by the front door several times and then down at the package. He even bends over to get a closer look before proceeding over to my husband’s office to peer into the windows there. He is not home. After looking back towards the dogs again

and assessing no credible threat (note to self, “fire the dogs”), he hastily scurries back to the front door and picks up the package, waddles off with it (wow, must be heavy, I was right!) throws it into his cab, climbs back in and drives away. All of this happens in 4-and-a-half minutes. I’m in disbelief. I had suspected theft but to see it hap“Who stole my pen in real-time is unnerving. milk?” I become angry. This man not Our son, only stole from me, but violatcelebrating his ed my personal property and first Halloween. threatened my family. What was in the box? I begin the machinations to track shipments to our address. After several attempts, I successfully persuade a UPS agent to reverse engineer and track recent deliveries to our address without a tracking number – a veritable feat. Amazon! Aha! — mystery solved. I immediately go through our order history and realize the contents of the box. I daydream about the moment this thief scurries into his private place to learn of the contents of his loot and try to picture his face when he discovers two cases of Similac Advanced baby formula. Surely, he must pause. He has done the unthinkable – stolen food from a baby. Nice. (See more below) — Kimberly Alexi

Have you seen this man or his truck? Suspect: caucasian male, 35-55 years, under 6 feet tall, grey or blonde hair, beard, glasses and was wearing baseball cap, jeans and short-sleeve striped shirt. Vehicle: possibly driving a 2004 NISSAN TITAN King Cab. It may be grey, green or blue. The truck is “lifted” at least six inches, possibly 10. It has a single entry cab, no running boards, large chrome or white see-through wheels and a “V8” symbol above the left front wheel well. This is a very nice, newer and reasonably expensive truck and is not that common. Below are images of the crime and an image of the suspect’s likely vehicle. If you have any information about this man, his truck or this case, please call the Encinitas Sheriff’s Dept. at (760) 966-3500 and reference case #11155679. Thank you for your help! — Kimberly Alexi

County Pet of the Week Dijon is a 6-year-old neutered Bichon Frise mix who arrived matted, dirty, and unloved at the shelter. Look at this handsome guy now! With plenty of love from shelter staff and volunteers, this gentle lap dog has been cleaned and groomed to reveal a happy pooch who enjoys hanging out with his human pals. He is a mellow guy with still plenty of energy for playtime. To meet Dijon, ask for ID#A1430053 Tag#C249. Dijon is at the Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. Visit www.; 619-767-2611 for more information.

The Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley was recently named San Diego’s first Forbes Five-Star Hotel: For more, see page B6. For more stories and events, see pages B1-B32.


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ENGINEER continued from page 4 ting them hooked on computer science and computer programming,” Wintriss said. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful career. It’s well paying, of course, but more importantly, I tell my kids, money is nice to have, but the most important thing really is to do something you enjoy, that’s satisfying, that you love.” Like the act of writing itself, Wintriss said, “You get the satisfaction of not only having written something, but it works; and it’s on a computer. And that’s a very heady experience.” Since 2006, WTS has taught some 100 students; some are now studying computer science at universities. “All of our teachers are volunteers and we use only Java professional programmers for teachers.” Wintriss personally “reprograms” all his teachers to talk in plain, non-technical English, so students, especially the younger ones, can easily grasp the Java computer language. “We have nine teachers and right now about 30 students and a waiting list. To reduce the waiting list, we’re looking for more Java pro-

BETTING continued from page 11 calculated decision-making, he said. Horses racing at the level of the Breeders’ Cup are professionals, he said, meaning that they are consistent in their performance. “There’s a lot more consistency than chance,” he said. “I analyze every horse’s history, I create probabilities and I check those probabilities based on what the market is offering.” Hellmers has spent 20 years mastering the art of betting. He started reading books on horse racing in high school and he even took a class at the Del Mar racetrack when he was 17. Working as a waiter at the Turf Club and hot walker also allowed Hellmers to stick around the track after hours watching replays until they kicked him out. “I was learning from the best at the time,” he said. “I even gave presentations in Calculus class on the ponies.” At the age of 20, Hellmers won three tournaments and more than $30,000 with his good friends, Nisan Gabbay and Kevin McFarland. The three also garnered international attention when they turned $500 into $23,000 — winning a tournament against 270 of the best gamblers — and also when they

Carmel Valley fessionals to volunteer as teachers or, perhaps more accurately, as mentors.” Class times are flexible. Home school students generally come during the day and regular school students after school; also on weekends. “Our big days are Saturdays and Sundays,” Wintriss says. The tuition is $30 per hour. Tuition assistance can be arranged, as well as transportation assistance, “We recommend a twohour class per week,” Wintriss said. “A lot of parents ask when does it end? It never ends because there is always more to learn. “In the first class,” Wintriss said, “we start writing computer games. We write a ‘high-low’ game, a guessing game where the computer says, ‘I’m thinking of a number between 1 and 100, can you guess what it is? “You guess a number and the computer says ‘Too high” or ‘Too low’ and so forth. We encourage the kids to be creative. For instance, the computer can make wise remarks, like ‘Too high, dummy.’ They love things like that. The idea is to make it fun and they hardly know they’re learning.” The next game they program is a Pong game, hit a pick six for $45,000. Not even old enough to drink alcohol at the track, the three became known as the “Pick6 Boys” and were featured on horse racing network TVG (Television Games Network) in a special about how to bet the pick six. On the show, the boys revealed their betting techniques and further validated their skills by bringing in $15,000 that day on live television. Hellmers’ betting skills even landed him a position with Betfair, the British-based company that bought TVG for $50 million and developed it into one of largest online betting platforms in the world. As the company’s U.S. director of business development, Hellmers was a leader in the $50 million acquisition. “I often reflect that I could be an amazing guitarist, snowboarder or surfer if I hadn’t gotten hooked on the intellectual challenge,” Hellmers said. While he’ll tell you that luck has nothing to do with being a good horseplayer, Hellmers does believe karma has something to do with it. Maybe that’s why he gave randomly gave away a $250 ticket to a young Canadian he met outside the track, or why he tipped the bathroom attendant $20 during one of the final races. “In order to receive, you gotta give,” he said, adding

then a Tic-Tack-Toe game, an Asteroids game, and onward and upward to programming robots. Students are encouraged to enter their programmed robots into the WTS-sponsored international Autonomous Robot Competition held each summer at the San Diego County Fairgrounds. His goal for the future of WTS? To obtain a substantial grant so he can replicate his teaching system with small classes and campuses in San Diego County, up into Orange County “and then out from there.” The formula, he says, is small classrooms and lots of them. “I want this to continue when I’m not here,” he said. For more information, visit

SOLDIER continued from page 12 Sailors he took to Australia for training. “I was a pilot taking care of myself. Now, I’m taking care of hundreds of warriors, making sure they’re on task and staying out of trouble. That forced me to grow.” Phil reflects on his career, “The decisions I that he was selective in choosing investors because he wanted every penny he wagered to carry good karma. There may be a hint of superstition in his ways as well — he didn’t shower or change his clothes during the entire tournament, and he wore a headband that seldom leaves his forehead, a necklace that he said is a source of energy and a shirt that’s a winning shade of blue. “When I used to watch football with my dad and the Chargers were doing well he’d say ‘Don’t move,’ like they’d keep doing well if we stayed still and didn’t change what we were doing,” he reminisced of his father, Don, who passed away five years ago after a six-year battle with cancer. “Maybe not changing my clothes has something to do with that.” Hellmers said the spirit of his father, who first introduced him to racing, was with him throughout the tournament, as were a few other things that kept him grounded. A devout vegan, Hellmers brought raw snacks from the Rancho Santa Fe farmer’s market, like kale and organic almonds, to eat in the betting room. He also took B Vitamins and drank a lot of water, while other betters were drinking soda or booze. He said he inhaled essential oils like peppermint and thieves after each race to help him reset his thoughts.

made were always to keep my Marines and sailors safe and to complete a mission.” Being able to take people to different lands, to be part of combat history — to experience such camaraderie — these are amazing opportunities and rewards for Kendro. He is a proud husband and father of an active 2-year-old who carries his name, with a daughter on the way. His wife was the only one who showed up for her Navy Nurse interview on Sept. 12, 2001 and joined the Navy that same day. Kendro offers, “The majority now in the Marine Corps signed up after 2001,” and “that says something about her and about a lot of people I’m associated with.” Mothers have called this leader of Marines, saying, “I’m a single mom – he’s my only child. I can’t have him deploy.” With great empathy, Phil would reply, “Ma’am, I’m an only child. My mother is a single mom and, understandably, she knows it’s going to be difficult for her, but she also understands that is what I signed up to do.” He was able to reassure, “I will take care of your son or daughter that is underneath me.”

“One of the reasons people lose is because they are trying to catch up. You can’t think about the previous race,” he said. “If I make a mistake on one race, I smell the oils and it’s healing. It makes me forget about the past.” He said being in the betting arena is “almost as if you’re in war and you’re trying to do everything you can to survive. “One mistake could be fatal and could cost you thousands in earnings and lost sleep,” he said. Hellmers couldn’t sleep the night after his big winnings, perhaps because he had a new outlook on life. The experience inspired a new venture — to create a syndicate for big racing days in order to increase winnings with the help of other stakeholders. The syndicate would operate similarly to a hedge fund, he said. He also wants to advise amateur betters on who not to bet on, because he said so many bets are a waste of money. “Hopefully this gives me the credibility to convince investors,” he said. Hellmers is also researching and communicating with organizations to whom he will donate a percentage of winnings, and he particularly wants to help retired racehorses. For more information, visit www.christianhellmers. com.

Cast and crew of “13: A New Musical”

CVMS Advanced Drama Program presents ‘13: A New Musical’ and ‘Get Smart’ The Advanced Acting Class and Drama Program at Carmel Valley Middle School presents “13: A New Musical,” with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, based on the book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn and presented with the permission of Music Theatre International, NY, NY. 10019. Performances will be held at CVMS’s Performing Arts Center, Nov. 15 and 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 16 and 18, the play “Get Smart” will perform in the same theatre. Advance tickets are $10 at the door or $7 from the school, located at 3800 Mykonos Lane, San Diego.

The CV Library Corner BY JULIE WONG All public libraries will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans’ Day Holiday. Every Tuesday @ 4 p.m. AFTERNOON STORY TIME Mr. Ted will entertain with stories, songs, and music. Every Wednesday @ 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. YOGA CLASS FOR SENIORS This is a program for seniors only that is held in the Community Room of the Carmel Valley Branch Library. Instructors are from Silver Age Yoga. Every class utilizes chairs but please bring your own exercise mat if desired. No reservations required. Every Thursday @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS OF TOMORROW (SET) This is a program for 4th - 8th graders with fun science/math games and building projects. No registration required. For questions, contact Michelle @ (858) 248-2167 or by e-mail ccasetclub@gmail. com<mailto:ccasetclub@> Every Friday @ 10 a.m. INFANT /TODDLER STORY TIME (Infants – Toddlers) Every Friday @ 11 a.m. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME (3 – 5 years old) Story time lasts for about 30 minutes and it includes stories, songs, music, fingerplays and a coloring page. Every Saturday @ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

TUTORING FOR K6TH GRADERS — High school students will provide “Homework Help” to K-6th graders in the Young Adult Area. No registration required. Nov. 18 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. LEGO BUILDER CLUB This is a program for ages 6-12 and will be held in Community Room of the Carmel Valley Branch Library. No registration required and limit of 40 participants. Legos contain small objects and parent’s supervision is recommended. **New date this month due to Thanksgiving Holiday Tuesday, Nov. 22 @ 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. TEEN BOOK CLUB New members welcome and should register at the discussion. For children in grades, 6, 7 and 8. The group will discuss “The Name of This Book is Secret,” by Pseudonymous Bosch Nov. 23 @ 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. AFTERNOON CRAFT TIME FOR PREK-6TH GRADERS This program is for PreK-6th graders and no registration is required. The class will be limited to 40 participants. The Carmel Valley Library is a branch of the San Diego Public Library. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive, directly behind the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Plaza. Our phone number is (858) 5521668 and our Web Catalog address is http://sandiego. gov/public-library/

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CV Dons 5th grade team off to 6-1 start

Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN For the first time in nearly two months, Cathedral Catholic actually trailed in a game, and for the first time in longer than that, the Dons were involved in a game that was still competitive in the fourth quarter. But the Dons broke open a tie game with two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat St. Augustine 17-3 in an Eastern League finale for both teams on Nov. 11. The Dons extended their winning streak to seven games. The Dons snapped a 3-3 tie with less than five minutes left in the game on Xavier Ulutu‘s scoring run from the 3. Alex Edwards returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown that extended the Dons lead to 17-3. J.J. Stavola rushed for 120 yards on 28 carries to lead the Dons. The Dons trailed early on a St. Augustine field goal early in the first quarter, but they tied the game late in the quarter on Christian Fanning’s 30-yard field. The Dons hadn’t trailed in any game since a 48-14 loss to Helix on Sept. 16 and had outscored their opponents by a combined 170-19. They were involved in a game that was competitive in the fourth quarter for the first time since they defeated Torrey Pines 13-7 in a nonleague game on Sept. 9. The Dons improved to 5-0 in league and 9-1 overall for the season. ***** Santa Fe Christian trounced Horizon 48-14 in a Coast League game on Nov. 11 as the Eagles extended their winning streak to nine games in their regular season finale. Tony Miro rushed for 133 yards on 12 carries to lead the Eagles. Eagles quarterback Connor Moore was three-for-five passing for 117 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Moore also rushed for 57 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Grant Lucier rushed for two touchdowns for the Eagles. The Eagles improved to 5-0 in league and 9-1 overall for the season. ***** Torrey Pines lost to La Costa Canyon 28-7 in a nonleague game on Nov. 11. The Falcons trailed 7-0 late in the first quarter when Brandon Williams scored on a 46-yard pass from quarterback Andre Perkins. Falcons running back David Bagby rushed for 47 yards on seven carries, and Andre Fargo gained 39 yards on 12 carries. The Falcons fell to 2-2 in league and 4-6 overall for the season. San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Escondido Charter 57-14 in a Pacific League game on Nov. 9. Lions quarterback Micah Weinstein completed 15 of 34 pass attempts for 217 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Adam Sloane had seven receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown and Ethan Laser caught seven passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. SDJA had trouble moving the ball on the ground, however. The Lions were limited to 80 rushing yards, with Weinstein leading the team in that department with 52 yards on nine carries. Jake Posnock led the Lions with 14 tackles, and Zach Smith had three tackles and two sacks.

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The Lions fell to 2-3 in league and 4-3 overall for the season. ***** Golf: Torrey Pines standout Hee Wook Choi took first place in the Southern California Regionals, leading the Falcons to a second place finish overall. Choi shot a two-under par 70 on an 18hole course at The Golf Club in Rancho California on Nov. 10. Minjia Luo shot a 78 for the Falcons and Sarah Cho added an 81 score. Shiyang Fan contributed an 82 score, and Jennifer Peng added an 84. The Falcons were among three teams from the South who advanced to the state finals, which were scheduled for Nov. 15 at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach. ***** Volleyball: Canyon Crest Academy extended its winning streak to eight games as the Ravens defeated Point Loma 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 2522) in a Division III playoff game on Nov. 11. Delaney Sullivan led the Ravens with 10 kills and Julia Bragado added eight kills. Setter Kyana Miller contributed 14 assists. The Ravens improved to 9-1 in league and 23-12 overall for the season. ***** Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Bernardo 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-11) in a Division I playoff game on Nov. 10. Savannah Rennie had 13 kills to lead the Falcons, who improved their overall record for the season to 25-8. ***** Cathedral Catholic defeated Santana 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-13) in a Div. III playoff game on Nov. 10. Morgan Cormier had 13 kills to lead the Dons and Krissy Witous added 10 kills. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 29-14. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy defeated Lutheran 3-0 in a Division V playoff game on Nov. 9. Gabi Rothman had 14 kills to lead the Lions and setter Savi Lurie had 26 assists. The Lions improved to 7-10 overall for the season. ***** Field hockey: Torrey Pines defeated Otay Ranch 4-0 in a first-round Divison I playoff game on Nov. 12. Argery Stapakis scored two goals to lead the Falcons, and Hannah Bettencourt and Shaina Edlin each added one goal. ***** Water polo: Cathedral Catholic defeated Santa Fe Christian 18-7 in a Division V second round playoff game on Nov. 12. Robert Beck led the Dons with four goals and Jordan Colina had three goals and three assists. Cody Smith contributed three goals and two assists, and Austin Rone had one goal and five assists. Joe Cleary had five saves for the Dons, and Dylan Smith added one save. SFC advanced to the second round after defeating El Capitan 16-5 in the first round. Bennett Royce scored four goals to lead the Eagles, and Kade Shoemaker added three goals.

The Carmel Valley Dons Tackle Football 5th grade team has started its season with an impressive six-game winning streak tied with the Balboa Raiders for 1st place in the NFC West Division. In a recent game against the Santee Ravens, the Dons players demonstrated a strong offensive show by putting up 36 points against the Ravens. Outstanding line play by Grant Anderson (5), Justin Vilchis (34), Logan Berzins (11), Cole Shearson (22), and Raymond Sanchez (9) proved too powerful. Crew Fritsch (56) ran for a Touchdown and Leo Silverman (55) caught a 40 yard touchdown from quarterback Jack Foate(20). Not to be outdone, the defense dominated the line of scrimmage aided by outstanding secondary coverage from William Alter (15), Edin Gonzalez (32) and Chaz Talman (1). The Carmel Valley Dons Youth Football League was formed in 2010 to create a highly competitive Division 1 Youth Football Program in the Carmel Valley area to prepare top athletes for high school football. The League’s home stadium is Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) and players proudly wear the colors of CCHS. Informally nicknamed “Little Dons” by the Cathedral High football players, much of the

CV Dons running back Chaz Talman on the move. team’s first year success can be attributed to the support of Cathedral’s Varsity Head Coach, Sean Doyle and Athletic Director, David Smola. For information about the League, visit

Former Coast Volleyball Club player picked for the AVCA National Player of the Week Lauren Plum, former Coast Volleyball player at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (BGCSDTO), was just chosen as American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Player of the Week. “Congratulations to the players, Ozhan who is Coast’s executive director, and his staff for their hard work and dedication to their sport, said Keith Padgett, president & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “Coast has shown that the three principles of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito — academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles can lead to a great future.” Plum, who is a sophomore at the University of Oregon, is the latest in what is becoming a long line of former Coast Volleyball Club and Boys & Girls Clubs of San Die-

guito Middle School Sports players who have been National Player of the Week. Past Coast players earning AVCA National Player of the Week are: Lauren Plum, University of Oregon, honored Oct. 25; Jennifer Saleaumua, University of Nebraska, honored Nov. 13, 2004; Katie Wilkins, Pepperdine University, honored Oct. 5, 2003; and Juliann Faucette, honored twice on Sept. 27,2007 and Oct. 10, 2009. In the last four years, over 40 Coast players are receiving a college education because of the volleyball skills they developed at Coast and in some cases BGCSDTO’s middle school sports program. Seven young women from Coast in 2012 will be attending some of the best colleges in the country such as Virginia, Nebraska and USD on volleyball scholarships.

Love to Dance, Inc. seeking donations for Donation Drive Love to Dance, Inc., in Carmel Valley, is holding a dance donation drive through Nov. 19. They are collecting used dance shoes, apparel and costumes to send to underprivileged dancers who cannot afford costumes or dance apparel. Love to Dance, Inc. wants to enrich the lives of these children and encourage them to have the opportunity to perform and take classes with appropriate dance attire. Items can be dropped off at the studio at 11120 E. Ocean Air Drive between the hours of 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information:; (858)229-0120.

Ocean Air Rec. Center holding pancake breakfast, toy/food drive The Ocean Air Recreation Center is holding its 2nd annual Toy/Food Drive Pancake Breakfast at the Ocean Air Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. The event will support San Diego Toys for Tots and the San Diego Food Bank. Bring an unwrapped toy or nonperishable food between now and Dec. 3 and receive four tickets to the pancake breakfast. The breakfast will include arts and crafts, face painting, music, games, and a visit from Santa. Tickets for $5 can be purchased the day of the event. Questions? Call 858-552-1687. Ocean Air Recreation Center is located at 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, 92130.


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Scholarship signing held at Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA’s Gymnastics Center

Madison Ross and Otilia Popa

Nicole Gereaux, Amanda Presar, Christina Krasnikova, and Megan Nguyen (Left) Coaches Christopher Black and Larry Belinsky

CCA Girls Tennis Team wins Valley League Championship and finishes runner-up in CIF Division II Not only did CCA’s Girls Varsity Tennis Team repeat as Valley League Champions, for the first time in school history, they reached the finals of the CIF All-County Division II Team Championships. CCA lost to defending champion, Cathedral Catholic in the final. In the Valley League Individual tournament, CCA freshman Otilia Popa won the Singles title over Remy Littrell of Valley Center (VC). Madison Ross of CCA finished third. In the doubles final, Kylie Haviland and Yolanda Pham of Del Norte (DN) defeated Jenai Machhi and Sammy Hodges of San Dieguito Academy (SDA). In an all CCA play-off for third, Nicole Gereaux and Amanda Presar defeated Christina Krasnikova and Megan Nguyen

Michelle Yasukochi, a senior gymnast who has trained at the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Gymnastics Center for her entire competitive gymnastics career, signed a letter of intent Nov. 9 to compete at Utah State University on a full athletic scholarship. Utah State University is a NCAA Division 1 university which underscores the talent and promising future Michelle has with a full ride scholarship. Michelle, a senior attending Carlsbad High School, is the daughter of Kerry and Sally Yasukochi and is one of four children. Michelle holds a 4.2 accumulative GPA. Michelle serves as the president of the Vista Buddhist Temple Young Buddhist Association, is also a member of the Shokenji Taiko Youth Drumming Group at her church and participates in many community service programs and clubs through her school. In her free time, Michelle is an intern at a Carlsbad elementary school and teaches gymnastics to youth at the Carlsbad Community Center. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and going shopping. Michelle’s outstanding achievements will surely align with Utah State University’s accomplished athletic department and academic culture. The Aggies Women’s Gymnastics team left their mark in several spots in the USU record books in 2011, with one individual event high, three individual season averages and two team season averages marks. The Aggies were fourth in the West-

Michelle Yasukochi ern Athletic Conference and eighth in the North Central final rankings. The team sent five individuals to the 2011 NCAA Regionals, sweeping the individual events and two of the all-around spots. The team will also be a perfect fit for Michelle due to their academic achievements. Nine Utah State gymnasts, as well as the Aggie team were recently recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women for their scholastic accomplishments last season, earning a collective grade point average of 3.78 while performing as a student athlete.

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728 Castro Street, Olde Solana Beach

Gorgeous, contemporary craftsman, architecturally designed and newly built in 2006. 4 bedroom floor plan. Lush, tropical gardens. Quiet street, West of I-5. NEW LISTING $1,250,000

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1095 Klish Way, Olde Del Mar

Charming single level, beautifully remodeled, on a quiet, tree line street close to the village. Lovely hardwood floors, French doors, wood beam ceilings and skylights. Top of the line kitchen. REDUCED $1,495,000

152 8th Street, Del Mar

Great development opportunity only 5 houses from ocean bluff! 8000 sq ft lot with cute 2bd/2ba beach house- have plans to build 2 new ocean view homes or your dream home w/guest house. REDUCED $1,990,000


Olde Del Mar

15852 Caminito Cantaras, Del Mar

Seller paid $1,032,000! Beautiful home on 10,237 sq ft lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac location. Features include hardwood floors, granite slab counters in kitchen and bathrooms, Subzero refrigerator, crown molding, fireplaces in master bedroom and family room. Private, park like back yard. Close to shopping, restaurants, golf courses and Del Mar Race Track. REDUCED $855,000

Secluded, unique 1/2 acre site located in the heart of the Village of Olde Del Mar. Currently there are 4 rental units, potential to build estate home upto 5000+sq ft above grade. $2,500,000

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2081 Gatun

SOLD 1102 Klish Way

13280 Evening Sky Court

SOLD 14006 Crest Way


2142 Del Mar Heights Road

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SOLD 13753 Mar Scenic

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Local performer thrilled to be part of Old Globe’s “Grinch” Page B2

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011



Sailing ace has the eye of the wind as she now helms events JJ Fetter started sailing at age 7 in the junior program at the San Diego Yacht Club. Since then, Fetter has won three world championships and is the only American female to have won two Olympic medals in sailing (Bronze in ‘92 and Silver in ‘00). Fetter has been named “Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year” four times, and last year she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the San Diego Hall of Champions. In 1995, she was the tactician and starting helmsman for the America3 Women’s America’s Cup team. Nowadays, Fetter is the event coordinator for SEA SD JJ Fetter (Sailing Events Association San Diego), whose mission is to bring high-profile sailing events to town for the benefit of the local economy. SEA SD is the local organizing committee for the America’s Cup World Series currently in downtown San Diego, through Nov. 20. For more information on the races, go to What brought you to this area? My parents, Tom and Jane Fetter, or I guess, technically, my mom’s obstetrician because I was born at Scripps. I’ve lived [locally] my entire life except for four years back at Yale and then several six-month stints in various parts of the world for the America’s Cup races — Perth, Australia in 1986-’87 and Auckland, New Zealand in 2000 and 2003. What makes this area special to you? Thanks to all the sailboat racing I’ve done around the world, I’ve had a chance to sail in gorgeous places like Portofino, St. Tropez, Buzios, Sydney, Auckland — and I’m never disappointed by my hometown when I get back. Who or what inspires you I seem to be most inspired these days by deadlines. If you hosted a dinner party for eight,


TPHS workouts stick with Seau Soon-to-be Chargers Hall of Famer says time on wooden course lengthened his career BY KAREN BILLING Up above the Torrey Pines High School football field is a cluster of wooden obstacles. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much but that collection of humble, worn wood once helped support the career of Junior Seau, 12-time Pro Bowler, member of the NFL’s 1990s AllDecade Team and San Diego sports legend. On Sunday, Nov. 27, Seau will again take the field at Qualcomm Stadium to officially join the ranks of fellow Charger greats in the Chargers Hall of Fame. “It’s something that I’ll treasure forever,” Seau said of becoming part of the special football fraternity, a moment he will share with his family on the field. Seau, called “the heart and soul” of the Chargers by President Dean Spanos for his 13 years as a Bolt, was able to play 20 seasons in the punishing NFL. He credits a lot of that lasting power to his workouts on the Torrey Pines High School “Patch” and believes strongly in the physical, mental and unique challenges that the course offers. Developed by Pete Egoscue of Carmel Valley-based Egoscue Inc., The Patch is a physical training course inspired by those used by the United States Military. The Egoscue Method is a series of stretches and exercises designed to restore full natural function to muscles and joints without drugs or surgery, and the Patch course was designed to focus on proper alignment, posture and muscle engagement. Egoscue built the Torrey Pines Patch 12 years ago with help from John Lynch, the TPHS grad who was a Super Bowlwinning safety and nine-time Pro Bowler in his 15 NFL seasons. Participants get their workout performing various exercises on, around and under the system of logs. Trainer Liba Placek starting working out with Seau for the last six years of his career, near daily

Junior Seau with students at Oceanside High School, where his Junior Seau Foundation helped build a Patch facility. PHOTO: MIKE NORRIS during the off-season at Torrey Pines. “You can do everything, cardio, stamina, agility, using all the different positions your body gets into playing football,” Placek said. “Not just like the weight room where you’re only using one position. That’s not what happens in the game, that’s why it’s so popular for football players, as well as volleyball players, who like it for the jumping.” Seau said the workout loosened his hips and kept him aligned, from his hips down to his knees and to his ankles. He said everyone’s body naturally has a dominant side and a weak side and people rarely strengthen their weak side. The Patch workout helped him strengthen that weak side and continue to dominate on the football field for years longer. “It helped keep everything balanced, giving me a better chance to stay healthy,” Seau said. Helping prevent injury is very important for athletes looking to boost their longevity. While the humble Placek won’t say the only reason why athletes she’s trained have had long careers is because of the Patch workouts, it has certainly played its part: she also helped train Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman, who played 18 seasons in the MLB, and Chris Dudley, who had a 16-year career


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in the NBA. “John Lynch and Junior Seau have said they believe that’s what kept them playing at a very high level in a late stage of their careers,” Placek said. Through his Junior Seau Foundation, Seau provided a $25,000 grant to his alma mater, Oceanside High School, to build a Patch training facility on campus—they celebrated a ribbon cutting on Sept. 13. “When you find something that works, you hope to pass it on,” Seau said. He wanted to give Oceanside football players a chance to use a system that he knows can get results and hopefully those players will find their way into a long NFL career of their own someday. The linebacker, who recorded 1,526 tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions in his career, still firmly remembers his Bolt beginnings, that first NFL home game in The Murph. They were playing the Cincinnati Bengals. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” Seau said. “I was going up against Anthony Munoz, one of the better linemen in the history of the game, so I was really excited— he also went to USC. Of course, DRE #0146672

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November 17, 2011

Young actors thrilled to be part of Old Globe’s ‘Grinch’ BY DIANA SAENGER The Old Globe Theatre’s holiday season begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, with the sixth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Globe’s Copley Plaza and the opening of a San Diego treasured tradition —– the delightful run of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” This year’s show is directed by James Vásquez, has a new Grinch star, and a sleigh full of local children singing and dancing their hearts out. Steve Blanchard will get his grump on as the Grinch. He has appeared on Broadway in “Beauty and the Beast,” “Camelot,” “The Three Musketeers” and “A Christmas Carol.” Other lead roles belong to Logan Lipton (Young Max), Steve Gunderson (Old Max), Remy Margaret Corbin and Caitlin McAuliffe (Cindy Lou Who), and Geno Carr (Papa Who). Along with a magical set (John Lee Beatty, Pat Collins), hilariously marvelous costumes (Robert Morgan), zany songs (Albert Hague, Joshua Rosenblum, Ron Colvard) and fanciful dance numbers (John DeLuca, James Vásquez, David Krane, Bob Richard) kids tall and small, from all over San Di-

Liam James Brandt ego deck the stage to tell the timeless tale based on Theodor S. Geisel’s classic about a grumpy green Grinch who steals a town’s presents. Two talented young cast members were eager to talk about the production. Liam James Brandt, 11, of Del Mar, is back for year two. He attends The Nativity School in Rancho Santa Fe and has appeared locally in “Jungle Book,” “The Music Man,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Princess and the Pea,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Annie,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Little Red Hen.” “I love the Grinch show and had so much fun last year,” he said. “It’s fun to jump out from the stage in those funny costumes and sing joyful songs.” Brandt said he’s taken voice lessons from Courtney Coy, and acting workshops at North Coast Repertory

Theatre, in Point Loma, and at summer camps. Supportive parents, and a school principal making sure Brandt keeps up his academic work when he misses school for performances, are reasons Brandt can do what he Blue Schroeder loves. He says kids who want to try out for the theater absolutely should. “The shows are so fun, and you get to meet so many different people, it’s a great experience.” Blue Schroeder, 11, of La Jolla is making her debut in the Grinch ensemble, but is not new to performing. She’s had roles in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (San Diego Musical Theatre); “Les Misérables,” “Seussical the Musical” and “High School Musical” (Actors’ Conservatory Theatre); and “Willy Wonka,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Annie,” “Aladdin” and “Narnia” (Peninsula Youth Theatre). Schroeder has had some training in camp classes, but said she’s honed her craft more on her own. “I love singing and

dancing, and I watch and learn from artists in those fields. I tried out for Grinch because it’s a show that’s challenging and one that would show my personality,” she said. “For me it’s not about the money, but the happy feeling I get when performing.” With only a few years of stage experience under her belt, Schroeder, who hopes to make performing her career, has learned some important lessons about the theater. “If you really want this, you have to push, but not get upset if you don’t get something you try out for,” she said. “It’s a lot about your own personality and how you respond. If you don’t make an audition then find something in yourself you didn’t know was there and keep going.” The Globe’s Grinch has been successful year after year, and the young actors have ideas why. “It’s a popular fun show with new people every year and is a tradition for families to come and see every season,” Brandt said. Adds Schroeder, “It has zany characters, is great for kids and parents or grandparents, and has some very good lessons for everyone.”

The annual ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ at The Old Globe will dazzle audiences of all ages. PHOTO: MICHAEL LAMONT.

If you go What: “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” When: Matinees/evenings, Nov. 19–Dec. 31 Where: The Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park Tickets: From $39 for adults; $24 for ages 17 and younger Box Office: (619) 23-GLOBE Website: Note: Performances restricted to ages 3 and older, except 11 a.m. shows Tree lighting: 6 p.m. Nov. 20, Globe Plaza, free vouchers at Geppetto’s Toys, Birch Aquarium, and The Prado Restaurant. Features performances by Grinch cast members, a snowfall, and songs from the new Burt Bacharach musical at The Globe, “Some Lovers.”


November 17, 2011


LOCAL FLAVOR After a year, Del Mar hot spot still keeping it stylish and simple

La Jolla Cultural Partners

BY CLAIRE HARLIN There’s an indescribably happy feeling Flavor Del Mar owner Jeff Hunter got the first time he raised the motorized blinds in his Del Mar Plaza restaurant to reveal a panoramic view of the ocean as the sun set into it, prompting every guest in the full dining room to applaud and cheer. That scene played out at Flavor’s opening exactly a year ago, and it’s never gotten old as Hunter has relived it over and over again. It also hasn’t gotten old to the solid base of locals who have not only made Flavor a success but have shaped its identity over the last year, Hunter said. “It’s been great seeing people come through and smile and compliment us on what we’re doing,” said Hunter, a Rancho Santa Fe resident. “Locals in Del Mar, they want to feel like it’s their own.” But after a year, Hunter also

Left to right: General manager Jerome Astolfi, owner Jeff Hunter and new executive chef Brian Redzikowski. PHOTOS: CLAIRE HARLIN Above: Every seat in Flavor Del Mar’s dining room provides ocean views.

said he’s learned a few things and isn’t afraid to make changes. For example, a month or two after the restaurant opened, Hunter decided he didn’t like the chairs and invested in cozier seating. What might possibly be Flavor’s biggest change happened less than a month ago when Flavor’s team brought in a new chef — former “Iron Chef America” contestant Brian Redzikowski — to totally revamped the menu and reorganize the kitchen. Though the theme of the menu hasn’t changed from

being “simple yet sophisticated” California coastal cuisine, Hunter said, guests will notice a few new names and items on the menu. Instead of burgers, Flavor will be offering sliders, and another highlight is the small, pickled potatoes — Hunter’s fave — an original recipe fashioned after salt-and-vinegar chips. “The food was good before but people can really tell a difference, definitely for the better,” said Hunter, adding that one of the best things about the menu is that it’s not an intimidating read.

“There’s no need to have a five-word description of a cheese or a bun,” he said. “It’s just simple food done well.” Redzikowski said his menu is simple, with dishes generally not exceeding three ingredients, and he played it safe when choosing items. “Nobody’s going to be our guinea pigs,” said Redzikowski, who recently worked as executive chef at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills. “I want to stick with what I know works.” He said “everything’s good,” but some features of

the menu include a tuna tart, deep fried catfish and a pork chop. Jerome Astolfi, Flavor’s general manager, said the lobster tempura, tuna tacos and the lobster cavatelli pasta are a few of his favorite items on the menu. He said in the restaurant’s next year, he looks forward to catering more toward the loyal local clientele, and he’s exploring the idea of implementing a VIP program in which regulars can accrue credit in accordance with how much they spend at the

restaurant. He has also implemented a few weekly specials that he said have been well received. On Wednesdays, guests get half off most wines, on Mondays guest can enjoys gourmet sliders and a beer for $15, and on Sundays Flavor offers half off champagne. The adjoining Sip wine bar also offers occasional wine tastings, and has what Hunter described as a “serious” selection of wine. Astolfi is also getting ready for what he anticipates to be a popular New Year’s celebration. Flavor is featuring a live DJ and no cover on Dec. 31. For more information, visit


Ocean Author Presentation

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m.

THE WAVE with Susan Casey

Balboa Theatre

Tonight, Nov. 17: 6:30-8 p.m.

Tickets: $77, $57, $27

For legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, hundred foot waves represent the ultimate challenge. Author Susan Casey witnessed this first-hand when she traveled the globe with Hamilton and his crew, hunting these monsters of the sea. In THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean, Casey also explores the science behind the waves, which represent something truly scary brewing in the planet's waters.

Legendary trumpeter from the Tijuana Brass and his wife, a Grammy® Award winning vocalist, perform hits off their new album “I Feel You” together with Brazilian-inspired jazz and songs from The Beatles to Cole Porter.

Members: Free Public: $5 (858) 459-3728

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Film > Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Work of Eric ORr

Athenaeum Jazz at The Studio presents

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 7 PM MCASD La Jolla 700 Prospect Street

Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m.

Free to Members; $5 Students; $10 General Admission This documentary features interviews with artists Larry Bell and Judy Chicago, curator Maurice Tuchman, and art theorist Thomas McEvilley, as it follows the story of an artist who refused conventional limitations of space and the physical qualities of materials by seeking the freedom of ideas. A Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Orr, the artist’s daughter, will follow the screening. For more information visit

Peter Sprague’s String Consort San Diego-based Peter Sprague’s String Consort, will perform the world premiere of Sprague’s original composition "Dr. Einstein’s Spin”. If you have never heard the sound of jazz dancing with classical, then come and open your ears to this new aural experience!

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library School of the Arts Studio 4441 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92116 $21 member/$26 nonmember To reserve, call (858) 454-5872 or visit



November 17, 2011

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Vigilucci’s Ristorante La Jolla ■ 909 Prospect St., Suite 290, La Jolla ■ (858) 454-9664 ■ ■ The Vibe: Casually elegant, sophisticated ■ Signature Dishes: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese, Lasagna Pugliese, Cioppino, Piccata di Vitello (veal), Agnello del Colorado (lamb chop), Capesante ai Pomodorini Secchi (diver scallops) ■ Open Since: 2007 ■ Reservations: Yes

■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes ■ Happy Hour: 4 p.m. to close SundayThursday; 4-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday ■ Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Cioppino: Mussels, Manila clams, jumbo prawns, calamari, fresh fish, and diver scallops sautéed with roasted garlic in a zesty and thick tomato sauce

Agnello del Colorado: 10-ounce Colorado lamb chop, port wine reduction and mushroomsaffron risotto Capesante ai Pomodorini Secchi: Pan-seared diver scallops with minced red onion, pancetta, cherry and sundried tomatoes, cream and Cajun seasoning; served atop risotto cakes and sweet corn PHOTOS BY DANIEL K. LEW

With recipes from Milan and Village views, Vigilucci’s is a local favorite BY DANIEL K. LEW hen classic Italian cuisine meets the modern sophistication of La Jolla, one is likely to end up at Vigilucci’s Ristorante La Jolla. Roberto Vigilucci’s family of seven restaurants carrying his last name are spread throughout San Diego County with each location offering traditional recipes taken from his upbringing in Milan, Italy, along with slight modifications to suit each locale. Perched on a second-floor overlooking La Jolla’s bustling Village area, Vigilucci’s Ristorante serves a well-rounded menu of Italian favorites, and also adds contemporary dishes fit for San Diego’s modern-dining scene. “These dishes appeal to our customers who come from all over, whether it’s locals or tourists,” said Dana Sills, executive chef of the La Jolla location. “People want the classic Italian dishes and they also like the newer dishes.” Sills adds: “Roberto Vigilucci simply has a love for food, and you can see it in his eyes lighting up whenever we bring out a dish — and he reflects that at his restaurants, based on the premise of very good food, high-quality preparation and fresh ingredients.” Vigilucci and his chefs “pay attention to the details” in the preparation of ingredients complimented with a consistent cooking process. “In cooking, everything you do matters,” Sills said. “We make our own pastas, and we make our sauces and soup stock fresh, every day — it’s what helps


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■ This week: Vigilucci’s Seared Scallop and Fennel Risotto us stand out. Some people take shortcuts, but we take the time. When you’re using recipes handed down from Roberto’s grandmother and family, it’s very important to us to take the time and do the work. It makes a difference; you can taste it.” If it’s all about the sauce, Sills recommends the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese: Fresh homemade pasta tossed in a classic bolognese-style ragout. “The fresh ragout is cooked for hours with beef, chicken and veal; and simmered down,” Sills said. “The recipe came from Roberto’s family — it has not been altered and it’s still a favorite.” Even with some popular dishes like lasagna, Vigilucci’s find ways to improve upon some classics. During a recent trip back to Italy, Vigilucci tasted a local lasagna so irresistible he brought back its recipe. His restaurants now serve Lasagna Pugliese: Fresh homemade pasta sheets filled with mortadella, Parmigiano, fresh mozzarella and besciamella sauce.

The dining room opens to a patio overlooking La Jolla Village. “This lasagna has mortadella (a style of Italian sausage) making it different, and other ingredients like a creamy búchamel sauce and aged mozzarella,” Sills said. Seafood lovers will want to try the cioppino. Unlike many places that serve cioppino in watery stock, Vigilucci’s uses a family recipe and prepares it like a thick seafood stew — also arriving in a large, steel serving dish at one’s table. The generously-sized dish is filled with mussels, Manila clams, jumbo prawns, calamari, fresh fish, and diver scallops sautéed with roasted garlic in a zesty — and thick — tomato sauce. “The seafood is simmered in a spicy tomato sauce that thickens itself with fresh seafood stock that we make fresh every day,” Sills said. “The marinara makes a difference; the stock you use makes a difference — all these things add consistency, texture and flavor to your dish. When all the seafood and ingredients simmer together, you get a nice, thick soup — it’s

superb,” Sills said. Traditional Italian entrees like veal are also prepared with extra care, said Sills, who recommends Piccata di Vitello: Pan-seared veal scaloppine in a lemon caper sauce, served with spaghetti tossed in garlic and olive oil, and a side of seasonal vegetables. The veal is seared and simmered in a lemon, white wine and caper sauce with butter. Sills said “the veal is tender and juicy because it’s thin-sliced across the grain, gets pounded out, and soaks up all that flavor cooking in the sauce.” Another popular meat dish is Agnello del Colorado, which uses highly regarded Colorado lamb — touted for its flavor and texture. The dish serves a 10-ounce seared Colorado lamb chop, with a port wine reduction, and laid upon a bed of mushroom-saffron risotto. “Risotto is something we really love to do here,” Sills said. “Timing is so important; it has to be baby sat, constantly stirred, and watched until it’s done.” Vigiluc-

ci’s makes its risotto with Carnaroli rice — considered “the king of rices” — instead of the more common arborio rice. Coming up with contemporary dishes allow Vigilucci’s chefs like Sills to express their creativity in offerings like Capesante ai Pomodorini Secchi. Pan-seared diver scallops with cherry and sundried tomatoes, cream and Cajun seasoning are served atop risotto cakes and sweet corn. “Where we especially let our creativity flow is in the cooking-demonstration events and wine dinners,” which are held periodically with special, off-menu dishes paired with wines, Sills said. Vigilucci La Jolla’s floor layout gives patrons options to either enjoy fine-dining table service, step into a lounge/bar area next to the main dining room, or soak up SoCal weather on the spacious, outdoor patio with views of La Jolla Village below. Soft, Italian pop music playing on speakers, along with live music nightly, add to the restaurant’s relaxing atmosphere. In the back, a private banquet and meeting area — called the Wine Cellar Room — offers a glimpse into the establishment’s extensive wine selection. “We want everyone who comes here to feel welcome and special — to get to know you by name,” said general manager Maurizio Carbone. “All our servers are very knowledgeable and originally from Italy, so you get an authentic experience that goes with our good, flavorful food.”


November 17, 2011


Actor Richard Dreyfuss introduces civics initiative BY WILL BOWEN Contributor Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss made a powerful, impassionate and provocative plea for a return to accountability and personal involvement in government at a recent morning meeting of the Golden Triangle Rotary Club at the La Jolla Marriott Hotel. Dreyfuss, who now lives in North County, proposed that we re-establish civics, the study of the rights and duties of citizenship, in the curriculum of our schools, so that our children will learn the skills and tools needed to be more politically involved in society, and thus become better citizens. Dreyfuss said he has retired from the acting profession to devote himself wholeheartedly to historical scholarship and this cause. To further his aim, he has founded the nonprofit www. Dreyfuss was introduced by T. J. O’Hara, a political commentator, author and columnist, known as the “Common Sense Czar.” O’Hara

Rotarians Kathleen Roche-Tansey and Dory BeatriceGriffin with Richard Dreyfuss. PHOTO: WILL BOWEN hailed Dreyfuss as “one of the finest Americans we have, whose knowledge of American history is profound.” Dreyfuss said he became interested in civics during the George W. Bush administration. At that time, he sensed there was an eroding of individual rights, due to such legislation as the Patriot Act. But the straw that broke the camel’s back for Dreyfuss and propelled him into action was the lack of an appropriate government response to Hurricane Katrina. He said this was the first time in U.S. history that the government had let the people down during a crisis.

Dreyfuss said he is motivated by “a love of my country and a love for my children.” He feels that America has gone off course and has abandoned its founding values. Dreyfuss further warned that we are not preparing adequately for the future by educating our children properly in democratic government. He stressed that we must do this if we want our democracy to survive and because, “Our progeny are more important than our ancestry.” Dreyfuss noted that the American public is actually the fourth branch of government. The public, as a whole, must be included in the

checks and balances that govern the relationship of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. He said each individual must stand up and become more engaged through a return to “reason, logic, dialogue, dissent, and critical analysis.” Dreyfuss wants to see an American history play competition throughout the country and has already received commitments from some 31 theaters. He is also is hoping to generate enough funds to buy a parcel of George Washington’s ancestral land from his descendents in order to start a research institute to further his cause. Dreyfuss said he decided to speak to the Rotary Club,

which is the largest service organization in the world, with over a million members and 55 service projects locally, because he needed its “thoughts, brains, and money-generating skills.” Kathleen Roche-Tansey, wife of the founder of UTC Rotary and state coordinator of Sister Cities International, said Dreyfuss was welcomed to speak because he exemplified the message and concerns of Rotary and was an embodiment of the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” Dory Beatrice-Griffin, immediate past president of UTC Rotary, agreed. “In Rotary, we have a deep concern about civics and ethics and

changing the world for the better. Our goals overlap with those of Mr. Dreyfuss,” Griffin said. Brett Morey, president elect of the club, who works as director of sales for Total Power, Inc., said Dreyfuss was a model of what Rotarians are all about — “being a better person who is involved and engaged in bettering society, making connections between the generations, and putting others above oneself.” Dreyfuss ended his presentation with a warning: “America is the finest form of government that mankind has ever created. Don’t blow it!”


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Happy Thanksgiving! ‘Old Fashioned Holiday Wonderland Event’ to be held in Del Mar Dec. 4 Del Mar’s Annual “Old Fashioned Holiday Wonderland Event” will be held in downtown Del Mar on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2- 5 p.m. A tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. at the L’Auberge amphitheater. The event will feature a snow play area; horse-drawn carriage rides; restaurant tastes; cake walk; choir, band and dance performances; holiday crafts and fun zone for kids; and a special visit from Santa for pictures followed by the annual tree lighting at the L’Auberge Amphitheater. The event will benefit local schools and city revitalization.

Art & Gift Store Opening Nov. 21st (in the old Earth Song bookstore location)

Local artisans offering a huge array of art & gifts. All art mediums showcased. New Art Arriving Weekly

A great opportunity to find that special/unique gift for someone special.


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The Grand Del Mar named San Diego’s first Forbes Five-Star Hotel Marking an unprecedented coup for San Diego’s hospitality industry, The Grand Del Mar has achieved a Forbes Travel Guide FiveStar award, making it the first and only hotel in San Diego to ever attain Five Stars and the only property in California to earn three 2012 Five-Star awards for Lodging, Spa and Dining. The Five-Star Lodging award places the resort in the elite company of only 57 highend hotels and resorts throughout the world to hold this designation. Receiving these prestigious recognitions from the Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide), which has defined the industry’s highest standard for excellence in hospitality for over 50 years, is testament to the continuing mission of The Grand Del Mar to raise the bar for luxury and quality in the region. It is now one of just five properties in the nation with three Forbes Five-Star awards. Other U.S. properties include The Clois-

ter at Sea Island in Georgia; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; The Umstead Hotel & Spa in North Carolina; and The Broadmoor in Colorado. The 2012 Forbes Five-Star recognition marks The Grand Del Mar pool area. the second year “The Forbes Five-Star that The Spa at The Grand and AAA Five Diamond Del Mar – a masterfully derankings are extraordinary signed 21,000-square-foot, achievements, and we are Renaissance-inspired resort immensely proud to receive showpiece – has received the them and be recognized as award; and it is the third one of the world’s most exyear that its highly acceptional establishments,” claimed signature dining said Tom Voss, president of venue, Addison, has earned The Grand Del Mar. “Both the coveted Five-Star desigdesignations have tremennation. There are just 30 dous cachet worldwide, and spas and 25 restaurants in are very important in recogthe U.S. with these ratings. nizing the hard work and Additionally, The Grand dedication of our staff and Del Mar retained its AAA executive team.” Five Diamond hotel rating For reservations, please for the third straight year, call, toll-free, 1-877-814while Addison has earned 8472; or book online at the AAA Five Diamond tinction for the fourth consecutive year.


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Ham Whole Ham Half (7 lbs or more) Local residents to perform in rock musical ‘The Who’s Tommy’ The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, recently announced its original partnering with La Jolla Playhouse for its 19th season of family entertainment. J*Company will present the classic rock musical “The Who’s Tommy,” running from Dec. 2-11 (produced with classic J*Company family values). In photos above are cast members from Carmel Valley, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348 or visit for tickets and more information.

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November 17, 2011

The Del Mar Antique Show and Sale is Nov. 18-20

CyMo Foundation holding Christmas toy drive

Now in its 51st year, Calendar Antique Shows will present thousands of square feet of antiques, vintage collectibles and decorator items at the Del Mar Antique Show and Sale from Nov. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The show hours are: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The admission of $8 is good for the entire run of the show, with free return privileges. For more information, visit

CyMo Foundation is holding its annual Christmas toy drive, in an effort to collect toys for children whose parents are recovering from drugs and alcohol. Each year, CyMo collects wish lists from children the charity sponsors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; asking donors to fill their wishes, which range from socks to skateboards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; while parents work to change their lives. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a growing problem in the San Diego community: prescription drug abuse. Recently, deaths related to prescription overdoses among young people have continued to increase. And CyMo Foundation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a small group of concerned people, including mothers who lost their children to the problem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is working to bring awareness to the community. Parents of five children who died of substance abuse came together, in an effort to educate the public about this epidemic. Kiyan Yazdani-Zafar formed CyMo in 2008, three months after her son, Cyrus, overdosed on pain pills. The previous year, according to DEA statistics, within a 10-mile radius near Yazdani-Zafarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carmel Valley home, 54 deaths were prescription drug related.

Toy Drive highlights Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals Car Show Nov. 25-27 The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association with assistance from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wounded Warriorsâ&#x20AC;? and US Marine Corp. San Diego will conduct a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toys for Totsâ&#x20AC;? toy drop during the upcoming Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals Car Show, which runs Nov. 25-27 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Attendees who bring a new, unwrapped toy will get a coupon good for $3 off admission! The Goodguys 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals presented by Meguiarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will feature over 1,500 souped up American cars of all years, makes and models sprawled throughout the scenic Del Mar Fairgrounds. More than just a car show, the event includes the popular Goodguys AutoCross (electronically timed vehicle agility course), a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surf Cultureâ&#x20AC;? display with over 40 woodie wagons, surf board shaping and vintage surf music, a Super Sunday Get-Together featuring all years, makes and models of American powered cars and trucks on Sunday the 27th, a swap meet and car corral, vendor exhibits and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nitro Thunderfestâ&#x20AC;? with vintage top fuel dragsters from the 1960s. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wounded Warriorsâ&#x20AC;? of San Diego, who will assist in collection of the toys at the Fall Del Mar Nationals is a non-profit organization that takes care of the needs of wounded soldiers. For more on the Goodguys 1st Fall Del Mar Nationals, visit; (925) 838-9876.

Holiday of Lights opens at Fairgrounds Nov. 24 The popular annual Holiday of Lights will opens Thanksgiving night, Nov. 24, and continues through Jan. 1. Closed Mondays except Dec. 19 and 26. The Holiday of Lights features thousands of colorful lights, illuminating hundreds of fun holiday scenes, set up around the Del Mar Racetrack. For more information, visit

Friends of the Solana Beach Library to hold used book sale The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from Dec. 1-3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The address is, Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. Solana Beach, phone, 755-1404. The sale will be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shop till you dropâ&#x20AC;?, $5 a bag sale.

Currently, CyMo reaches out at least twice yearly, in an effort to help underprivileged children and those whose parents are in recovery â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at Christmastime and September before school. The charity donates new backpacks and toys. People can help raise money and donate toys this year several ways including: giving tax-deductible donations, visiting Target (, Walmart (, or the storesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; websites where CyMo registers the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish lists. The CyMo mission includes teaching drug awareness, educating San Diego youth and their parents, and providing funds for those who need recovery. And CyMo sponsors the Youth Ventures program, which keeps kids away from drugs and violence. The foundation also makes donations to several other San Diego area charities. Donations can be dropped off every Sunday now through Dec. 4 at the Fairbanks Ranch Farmers Market (Del Rayo Village, 16079 San Dieguito Road Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091). For more information please call 619277-2781.

Free computer aid offered to seniors A free weekly program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Computer Tutors for Seniors,â&#x20AC;? is being offered on Mondays under the auspices of Del Mar Community Connections at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, corner of Stevens and San Rudolfo. The program is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and held in the computer lab in the lower building at the church. Lucy Zizka and Alan Gootgeld, instructors, said the class offers help to anyone from absolute beginners to those who have specific questions. Assistance is given in setting up mail accounts, internet browsing or using Microsoft Office. No reservations are necessary. Del Mar Community Connections is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to enriching community life by promoting independence and well-being among seniors and those with special needs, and making connections through social, health, educational, cultural and intergenerational programs. No advance notice required.

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Special events to commemorate local artist David Graham Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work San Diego artist David Graham Webb passed away on Sept. 11, 2011. He was 56. Relatively unknown until his death, he left behind two storage rooms in Solana Beach filled to the rafters with his paintings on canvas, cardboard and on paper, as well as sketchbooks, journals and poetry. He lived a solitary life, having few friends and time only for his art. Painting through intermittent poverty and homelessness, he sometimes had little money for materials but still managed to leave hundreds of works on cardboard in addition to his main body of work on canvas. He did not own a car and was seen often on Highway 101 in North County walking or riding the bus carrying his canvasses to Del Marâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seagrove Park to paint. If he was lucky, sometimes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d sell one. There are many similarities between Webb and Van Gogh. Both were supported by their brothers, painted out of necessity, died relatively unknown and both suffered from bouts with mental illness and substance abuse. There will be two events to commemorate his work: Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Academy Awardwinning author/screenwriter Michael Blake (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dances With Wolvesâ&#x20AC;?) will share through film and verse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boy In The Rain,â&#x20AC;? a reminiscence of his late brother, David. A selection of Webbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings will be on view at both events and includes a hosted reception and book signing by Author Michael Blake. The event will be held: â&#x20AC;˘Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., A Memorial Gathering at Martha Pace Swift Gallery at NTC Promenade, 2820 Roosevelt Road, Suite 204, San Diego, CA. 92106. â&#x20AC;˘Dec. 4, from 1-4 p.m., David Webb Memorial, The Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 92014. For information contact: Madeline Sherry 858-205-7558




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The Hutchins Consort will mix traditional baroque music with real-time computer animation and a world premiere at their Nov. 19 concert. Artistic director Joe McNalley is in the center of the photo, with his ‘giant.’

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BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT The Hutchins Consort is an unusual assemblage of local musicians, all of whom play violins. The instruments are actually a family of eight violins, each one pitched a half-octave from the next, ranging from an 11-inch treble to a 7-foot contrabass, all created by a single violinmaker, the late Carleen Hutchins. Hutchins, who died two years ago at age 98, revolutionized the making of violins in the 1960s, and was rewarded with a Guggenheim Fellowship and legions of fans and disciples. In her long lifetime, she built only six full sets of instruments, one of which is in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Two of them belong to the Hutchins Consort, founded in 1999 by Joe McNalley, who first fell in love with one of Hutchins’ contrabass violins when he was a music student at UCSD and Hutchins was keynote speaker at the 1983 convention of the Acoustical Society of America in San Diego. McNalley, who has had a long and varied career in jazz and orchestral music, said he immediately “got hooked on the instrument.” “I tried to design one myself, but I couldn’t figure out the physics,” he said. “Dr. Hutchins gave me lessons over the phone, and we talked about getting a group together.” It wasn’t until 1998 that McNalley’s group coalesced, and bought a set of violins from Hutchins. The following year, they gave their first public concert,

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and they’ve been going strong ever since. An added blessing: the violinmaker left them another set when she died. McNalley, the Consort’s artistic director, does most of the octet’s arrangements, about 200 of the 250 pieces in their repertoire. It takes a pool of 18 musicians to make an octet, and ultimately the plan is to have a whole string orchestra. “It would be the first orchestra since the French kings with all instruments by the same maker,” said McNalley. That would put Hutchins on a par with the great 17th century luthier, Nicolo Amati. In performance, besides their high level of musical talent, the Consort also displays a wacky sense of humor. “I always thought classical music should be more fun,” McNalley said. “After all, we have fun doing it. We take the music seriously, but not ourselves.” If you’ve never seen them at play, their upcoming concert at the Neurosciences Institute would be a great time to start.

They’re featuring Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” not exactly an unusual choice. But the piece will include “Spontaneous Fantasia,” a live video show by multimedia artist J-Walt who will be creating real-time computer animation to accompany the music. The Consort will add some of their own improvisations, in true baroque tradition, and a few non-traditional instruments, like accordion and guitar. Also on the program is Bach’s “Concerto in E Major.” And for something completely different, there’s a world premiere: Jeff Harrington’s “Song of R’lyeh,” which mixes microtonal music with rockand-roll rhythms in a work inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, grandmaster of cosmic horror stories. R’lyeh is a lost underwater city where an evil deity is imprisoned in one of Lovecraft’s weird tales. McNalley said he met the Mississippi-born composer, who now lives in France, on Facebook. “I asked him if he’d be interested in writing something for the Consort, and three weeks later, the piece arrived! He uses an extended scale to evoke a weird, alien world. And he actually lived in a Brooklyn building that Lovecraft once lived in!” This month, after a successful East Coast tour, the Consort performed at the Acoustical Society of America convention, where McNalley first met Hutchins and her instruments. “A great privilege!” said McNalley. “We’ve come full circle!”


November 17, 2011

Le Dimora and Jimmy Choo host holiday event to benefit Jammer Family Foundation A holiday Open House hosted by Le Dimora and Jimmy Choo will be held at the Le Dimora interior design boutique located at 16089 San Dieguito Road in Rancho Santa Fe (Del Rayo Village Shopping Center) on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to launch the Jimmy Choo Cruise 2012 Collection and raise funds for the Jammer Family Foundation. Guests will savor appetizers provided by Sushi on the Rock and sip champagne while shopping for shoes, handbags and interior dĂŠcor items in a festive holiday atmosphere. A percentage of all sales from the event are being donated back from Jimmy Choo and Le Dimora to benefit the Jammer Family Foundation and each participant will receive a special parting gift. Additional support is provided by the plastic surgery practice/laser and skincare center of Smoot, Sadrian and Hollan. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required and must be received by Nov. 28 by responding to or calling 619-295-0303. San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer and his wife Alicia Jammer devote much of their time and talent to their nonprofit organization that empower youth to excel in athletics Maria Barry and Cindy Cerenzie, coas well as academics, regardless of their resources. owners of Le Dimora. Additional information may be located at www. Photo/Jeff Corrigan

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Highlighting the great stylesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and incredible dealsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from its ever-changing inventory, the St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thrift Shop will hold its annual Luncheon and Fashion show on Monday, Nov. 21, from 12 to 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. Afterward, you can buy outfits that were modeled during the show or browse the shop, including this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas market of holiday fashions, decorations and tabletop accessories. The proceeds from the luncheon and fashion show will benefit both the Joy to the World Kindergarten, in Namibia, and the Episcopal Refugee Network. St. Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is located at 334 14th St. in Del Mar Village, one block east of the 101. For more information, call Chris Miller at 858-481-1945.


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Cooking class with ‘Opera Singing Chef’ Enjoy a cooking class with the “Opera Singing Chef” at San Diego Botanic Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1:30-4 p.m. This year, Chef Elizabeth has found some wonderful and beautiful kitchen gifts. Cherry Swiss Cheese Bread, Coffee-Can Panettone, Oatmeal Drums, and paper towel tubes filled with seasoned nuts and cookies and wrapped to look like colorful drums and beautiful candies. There is always a number of different gift ideas displayed to inspire your creative gift-giving. Register by Nov. 30. Recipes and tastings provided for each dish taught. For more information, visit

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There are just 20 remaining 2012 Dogs of Del Mar calendars for sale at Dexter’s Deli so hurry to get your copy. They make wonderful gifts for that special dog lover in your life. The calendars also include tide charts and emergency Del Mar telephone numbers. Dexter’s Deli is located at 1229 Camino del Mar in Del Mar.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Pledge your support for ‘Small Business Saturday’ Nov. 26 Festival is Nov. 16-20 The second annual “Small Business Saturday” is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On Nov. 26, Thanksgiving weekend, millions of Americans are being asked to shop small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. Some of the world’s online pioneers are uniting around a common goal: driving more business to local, independent shops for Small Business Saturday 2011. Facebook, Google, Twitter and other innovators are joining with American Express to offer a toolkit designed to help small business owners get the cash registers ringing this holiday season. The business owner toolkit is available at In 2010, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express to help address small businesses’ greatest need: driving sales. It was also an occasion to recognize the importance of small business and their vital contributions to the economy, job creation, and local communities. For more information, visit

Birch Aquarium at Scripps announces Winter Evening Lecture Series The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from and connected to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring Earth’s mysteries in hundreds of research projects underway on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery. The lectures will be held Dec. 12, Jan. 9 and Feb. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. RSVP requested: 858-534-5771 or at aquarium. For more information, visit www.aquarium.ucsd. edu.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Concert to reflect ‘Ancient Noises’ The second concert of the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (LJS&C) “Stravinsky Circus!’ season highlights a choreographed version of Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces on Dec. 3-4 in Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD. The program begins with the local premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang’s Grind to a Halt, followed by Béla Bartók’s magical Cantata Profana. The second half leads off with György Ligeti’s daring work for 100 metronomes, Poème Symphonique followed by Les Noces. Music Director Steven Schick and Choral Director David Chase share the podium in this concert. Guest artists include pianist Aleck Karis, red fish blue fish, Allyson Green and Lux Boreal dancers, soprano Jessica Aszodi (2011 LJS&C Young Artists’ Competition vocal winner), mezzo-soprano Martha Jane Weaver, tenor Chad Frisque, and bass-baritone Phil Larson. Concert times are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Individual tickets are $29 general, $26 senior, and $15 student. Group discounts are available. Parking is free. A pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to concert times. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the LJS&C office at (858) 534-4637 or visit

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November 17, 2011

The ‘Fallen Star’ house is a three-quarter-sized version of a small house in Providence, Rhode Island. It will be erected on the seventh-floor roof of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Building 1 (Jacobs Hall). The entire sculpture consists of the house, cantilevered at an angle from the corner of the building, integrated to a structural concrete slab, with a roof garden on the existing building. Access to the artwork will be via Jacobs Hall sometime in January 2012. ARTIST PHOTOS COURTESY OF DO HO SUH STUDIO

Art builds on architecture in ‘Fallen Star’ exhibit BY WILL BOWEN If all has gone according to plan and the weather has cooperated, by the time you read this a very large crane will have slowly and carefully lifted a small, 15-foot by 18-foot New England-style house (painted baby blue with white window trim and weighing 70,000 pounds) over 100 feet into the air and placed it on the edge of the seven-story roof at the Jacobs engineering building at UCSD where it will hang precariously over the quad, far below. This precise, complex, and costly feat of engineering is not undertaken for utilitarian purposes — no one is going to live in the little house or take university classes there — it is all being done purely for the sake of art. The house, modeled after a real home in Providence, Rhode Island and built by artist Do-Ho Suh, is the 18th and latest edition to the 30-year-old Stuart Collection of site specific sculptures that dot the UCSD campus. It is the most complex project to date. The work is called “Fallen Star,” and the name is meant to convey the notion that the little house was uprooted by some natural or supernatural force or disaster (perhaps a tornado), whirled through the air, and fallen to rest on the top of the stern and modern Jacobs Engineering Building. It’s a lot like Dorothy’s house in the

movie “The Wizard Oz,” which was spun all the way from Kansas to Munchkin City in the merry old land of Oz. The artist, Do-Ho Suh, was born in Korea and earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Seoul National University. He received additional training in America at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. He says “Fallen House” is about “displacement” – his personal experience of being uprooted and displaced from Korea to America, and on a larger scale, how university students are displaced from their homes in communities all across the country and the world, and brought to the sometimes impersonal and highly competitive atmosphere of UCSD, where there is nothing like a “home” anywhere in sight. Suh’s “house” will be positioned dangling over the edge of the rooftop with the floor set at an angle. It will be a startling and odd sight seen from afar. Art viewers brave enough will actually be able to go up to a rooftop garden – to ponder the house and the grand views of the campus and surrounding communities. Suh says he likes the marriage of the two diverse architectural traditions of the house and the building, “I like the idea that the art becomes an actual part of the architecture.” The project, directed by Mary Beebe and managed

by Mathieu Gregoire, was funded from private donations, as well as a $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Not a penny of university money was used to build the design. Suh, who divides his time between Seoul and New York City, is a highly sensitive and intelligent master craftsman. He is a visionary who pays great attention to detail and thoroughness. Some of his other projects hang in places, like the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. They include a large cloth model of his traditional Korean home that can be transported in a suitcase; a samurailike standing cloak statue made entirely of Korean army dog tags; and a monument and a floor piece held up by thousands of tiny figurines with faces created from a composite of all the faces from his graduating class. Suh’s greatness seems to be his ability to take the artifacts from a personal experience and craft them into an art project that has a universal appeal. Beebe concurs, stating that, “Fallen Star was built to create a memorable experience for everyone to think about.” If you can muster the nerve to enter the house, which is more than halfway over the edge of the rooftop, you will no doubt have a breathtaking experience!




November 17, 2011

Breast Cancer stories: Eternal gratitude to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pink sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This newspaper has been sharing several stories throughout last month and this month about people who have survived the disease, as well as those working to improve their odds. Today we profile Joanna Baker. to surgery. The hope was to shrink the tumor spoiled, just unconditionally loved). My wish and detach it from my lung and ribcage. I was was granted and I received my sisterhood, A conversation with the breast care specialist. I followed my diagnosed with advanced â&#x20AC;&#x153;ductile carcinomaâ&#x20AC;? with my diagnosis of breast cancer. It was not with Joanna Baker: â&#x20AC;&#x153;marching ordersâ&#x20AC;? and not only had a mamof the left breast. really the way I would have planned this opmogram (my first mammogram), but I also What type of treatment did you receive? portunity to gain sisters, but, after all, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not When were you had an ultra sound, as well. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;teamâ&#x20AC;? (medI received four chemotherapy infusion â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Charge.â&#x20AC;? I have a strong faith in Christ diagnosed and what ical) was not able to perform a needle biopsy (IV) treatments over a span of eight weeks of and boy did I ever seek His love, guidance type of diagnosis did that day as was recommended because of the ACâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Adramyocin Citoxin (the RED killer and support and healing touch during my you receive? risk of puncturing my lung. I instead had a dye), followed by 12 weeks of weekly Taxol â&#x20AC;&#x153;journey.â&#x20AC;? I never felt that I was â&#x20AC;&#x153;travelingâ&#x20AC;? I was diagnosed painful punch biopsy with a surgeon the very chemotherapy infusion treatments. the â&#x20AC;&#x153;journeyâ&#x20AC;? alone. I had Christ as my leader at my routine physinext day. On Feb. 24, 2009, my complicated and and my many â&#x20AC;&#x153;pink sistersâ&#x20AC;? in my pack. cal appointment, in The following week I had a consult with major surgery was performed with a team of How did this diagnosis impact your filate August 2008, an oncologist. I, knowing nothing about cantwo doctors: a general surgeon and a plastic nances? Did you have any insurance strugJoanna Baker with my primary cer and wondering why I was put on such a surgeon. I had a left radical mastectomy with gles? physician. I was diagâ&#x20AC;&#x153;fast trackâ&#x20AC;? for all the scans and treatment, several positive lymph nodes removed. The I was fortunate to have insurance nosed with a very questioned the â&#x20AC;&#x153;important meetingâ&#x20AC;? with yet latisimus dorsiback flap was used to fill the through my occupation, which covered my late stage, left â&#x20AC;&#x153;necroticâ&#x20AC;? breast. The cancer â&#x20AC;&#x153;another doctor,â&#x20AC;? my oncologist. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel chest cavity hole (from the mass) and skin entire medical treatments. had spread through the breast tissue and skin that I had a â&#x20AC;&#x153;major healthy problemâ&#x20AC;? (despite grafted from my abdomen was transferred to Did this diagnosis impact your work? and the majority of the breast was gone. This the physical changes in my breast appearsecure the closure of the chest wall. My generUnfortunately, my metastatic cancer illcondition did not occur suddenly; the visible ance. I was working full time, care taking for al surgeon was unable to close my chest with ness interfered with my career in special eduphysical changes appeared with time and I an elderly family member and living what I â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean marginsâ&#x20AC;? (no evidence of cancer) and cation and I needed to apply for disability. As was dealing with many critical issues, includconsidered to be an active 40-year-old life. I so my â&#x20AC;&#x153;caseâ&#x20AC;? went before a â&#x20AC;&#x153;tumor board time passed, it became obvious that I was not ing multiple family grief in March and then engaged in many fun hobbies: dance, clogpanelâ&#x20AC;? and the outcome agreed upon was to going to be able to resume my job duties and again on May 2008. I also had the dreaded ging (a type of Irish tap dance), walking, perform aggressive post surgical radiation so, in 2010, I went on permanent disability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;white coat syndrome.â&#x20AC;? The fear of doctors swimming, not to mention gardening and therapy and continue with one year of chemo Is there anything about this experience and hospitals. many social activities and outings with my infusions of Herceptin (a fairly new â&#x20AC;&#x153;miracleâ&#x20AC;? you want people to know? However, my faith is strong and I prayed church and friends. I had lots of energy, drug for HER2 positive cases). I am very grateful for the many positive for guidance and, in August 2008, I went for a friends, ambitions and goals that I set for my My radiation therapy was delayed slightprayers and energy that have been extended complete physical with a newly- assigned prilong future; after all, I was 45 years old, single ly as I needed more skin grafting on my chest. to me during this time, by my family, church mary female internal medicine physician. I and with no children. I had a life to live and This additional surgery was performed on family, many special friends and â&#x20AC;&#x153;chosen knew that I had some type of â&#x20AC;&#x153;abnormalityâ&#x20AC;? my plans did not include cancer. May 5 by my plastic surgeon. family,â&#x20AC;? as well as my pack of â&#x20AC;&#x153;pink sisters.â&#x20AC;? with my breast, but I never suspected cancer I quickly learned in just a few short days On June 2009, I was ready for radiation I am also grateful to all those survivors as there is no other family member in my bio- that cancer was a serious and terminal distherapy, which I endured for five days per who have gone before me; whose strength, logical family with a cancer diagnosis. ease/illness and that it had aggressively â&#x20AC;&#x153;atweek for three long months: June, July and courage and inspiration touched my heart My primary physician upon examining tackedâ&#x20AC;? me. Upon hearing those dreaded August. This was a very exhausting and faand life in a unique and very special way; I me said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This does not look goodâ&#x20AC;? as she three words, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have cancer,â&#x20AC;? I knew that I tiguing period for me and I had my own sumwill remember them forever. pulled the gown down to listen to my chest. I needed to deal with it if I wanted to live. mer sunburn â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and not from the California I hope that there will be a cure for cancer could tell by her expression and tone that my My oncologist explained to me that the very soon and that no one will have to enâ&#x20AC;&#x153;problemâ&#x20AC;? was a bigger concern than I biopsy indicated that I had an extremely large beaches. I continued with the Herceptin infusions every three weeks and celebrated my dure the pain and suffering connected with thought. My primary physician immediately mass on my left breast/chest wall, which had last infusion in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;chemo suiteâ&#x20AC;? on Nov. 11, this terrible disease. sent me to the Breast Care Center in La Mesa metastasized/spread through my skin, and 2009 (just in time for Thanksgiving). I wish that everyone â&#x20AC;&#x153;take responsibilityâ&#x20AC;? for a STAT mammogram and appointment that I required aggressive chemotherapy prior I SURVIVED and I AM ALIVE! of their precious and priceless life, and seek Was there any one person that served as intervention through routine and necessary your rock during this time? screenings used for early detection to prevent My â&#x20AC;&#x153;journey was not complete without this terrible disease of cancer from absorbing the strength of my faith and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sisters.â&#x20AC;? I waitthe right to enjoy and live a quality and priceed until I was 45 years old to have one speless gift of life. cial, childhood wish granted and that wish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Positively and pretty in pink but not perwas to have a sister. I was raised an only child, fect, Joanna Baker. by a single parent (and no, I was never


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Concert benefits the Ariana Fund


ozens of talented young musicians and dancers from around the county performed Nov. 12 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach. Money raised at the second annual Heart Of A Child concert will benefit the Ariana Fund, a nonprofit organization formed in 2008 in memory of Ariana Miller, a 13-year-old Encinitas girl who died from complex congenital heart disease while waiting for a heart transplant. Visit PHOTOS: ROB MCKENZIE

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Reflections at Skyline Elementary


kyline Elementary School held its Reflections Reception at the campus Nov. 9. Reflections artists, their families, and staff enjoyed refreshments while admiring the students’ artistic talents. This year’s theme was “Diversity means ...” Reflections is a PTA national program with the focus on promoting arts with the students.

Kristen Pope, Jenn Levy, Leslie Fausset

Sofia Fischel with her story ‘Animals are Different Too’

Kate Spencer with her story ‘Diversity is What Makes Our World’

Siena Fischel’s photographs express the theme of diversity

Ava Burger with her picture ‘Friends’

Susie Spencer, Shannon Jordan-Burger

Annalise Fox with her picture ‘The Fruits’


Natalie Franke with her picture ‘Colorful Flowers’

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November 17, 2011


DM painters show their talent at ‘Art Gallery for a Day’ Del Mar Community Connections sponsored an ”Art Gallery for a Day” on Nov. 9 at the Del Mar home of Nancy Fisher and Mike Salt. Local artists such as Harry Cary, Bob McMillan, Annie Hutchins and John Lee displayed their work at the event. PHOTOS: JON CLARK

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Some fowl Thanksgiving gaffes … and how to avoid them! phy’s Law in the kitchen, especially when neophyte cooks come out of the pantry to try their hand at preparing a homemade feast. Here are some timeless disaster stories to provide a teachable moment. Gobble, gobble!

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November 17, 2011


Craft beer brewers will gather to launch guide book In response to San Diego becoming known as “The Napa Valley of Beer,” an ultimate SoCal craft beer lover’s guide is hot off the presses. This 208-page book takes readers on a personal, behind-the-scenes tour of 18 of the best breweries, some of San Diego’s hottest craft beer bars, and introduces key players in the beer community. “San Diego’s Top Brewers: Inside America’s Craft Beer Capital,” also features tasting notes from all the brewers, links to video tastings, and pages of essential resources for any craft beer fan or homebrewer. To promote the book, some of the town’s top brewers and chefs will be

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Pat Cranor’s “A Tree for All Seasons,” stands at the corner of Highland Drive and Sun Valley Road. Cranor originally designed his sculpture for the San Diego Port Authority’s “Urban Trees” project. His piece is 12 feet high and represents a tree’s seasonal changes through colorful leaf pattern repeats painted onto square wooden tiles fixed to a four-sided column. In concert with the recent award-winning Arts Alive on the Coastal Rail Trail event, two local teens were commissioned to transform a faded utility box, and each had a unique interpretation to the city’s mask design prompt. “I looked to the organic cyclicality of nature, hinting at a Native American ideology,” said Juliana Welch, a Canyon Crest Academy senior, and a student in the school’s fine art conservatory program. Her grouping of five different wild animals, each wearing the same skull mask, symbolizes the unity of nature’s elemental force. Human hand and foot prints and green turtle necks were added to the design for whimsy and fun. Isa Beniston painted the opposing side of the utility box, which is located on the east side of South Coast Highway 101, in close proximity to Amber Irwin’s glass sunburst sculpture, just south of the Rosa Street bridge, and north of Betsy Schulz’s rail trail mosaic arches. “My design was in-

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Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. presents ‘Autism & Animals, An Evening with Temple Grandin’ On Monday, Dec. 5, from 6-9 p.m., Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD) presents “Autism & Animals, An Evening With Temple Grandin” to benefit a designated TLCAD fund to provide service dogs to TERI, Inc. and ACT Today! The benefit will take place at L’Auberge Del Mar and will feature hosted heavy hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail, no-host bar, opportunity prizes, and a special presentation by keynote speaker Temple Grandin, Ph.D., arguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Karen Shultz, president of TLCAD, notes, “It is an honor for TLCAD to have Temple Grandin, an advisory board member, speak for the second time on animals and autism — two subjects paramount in TLCAD’s Leash-On-Life Program for placing service dogs for children on the autism spectrum. TLCAD is known for its customized training to each client’s needs and places the dogs at no cost to the recipient. We are very grateful for Ms. Grandin’s ongoing support.” Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Temple Grandin obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College in 1970. In 1975 she earned her M.S. in animal science at Arizona State University for her work on the behavior of cattle in different squeeze chutes, and in 1989 Grandin was awarded her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois. She is currently a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, where she continues her research while teaching courses on livestock handling and facility design. Her book “Animals in Translation” was a New York Times bestseller, and

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continued from page whom (living or deceased) would you invite? Could I have several private dinners with just one or two guests instead? Because I’d really like to talk with my great aunts, Lydia and Dodie, who were the first of my family to move [locally] in the 1930s. And I know it’s a cliché, but it would be really interesting to get the straight scoop from Jesus. The others on my list (in no particular order) would be Cleopatra, a Mayan high priest, Benjamin Franklin, Hillary Clinton and the Dalai Lama. It’s tempting to substitute George Clooney, Daniel Craig or Bradley Cooper, but it’s not worth the chance that they would be disap-

What are your five favorite movies of all time? “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “The Princess Bride,” “Toy Story,” “The Hangover,” and the PG parts of almost all of Will Ferrell’s movies, except “Land of the Lost,” and the last couple ones. What is your mostprized possession? That would be the Cal 48 sailboat that has been in my family since I was 12. My daughters and I spend as much time as possible on it in the summers and have a great family trip to Catalina every August. What do you do for fun? I’m a single mom and I’ve been working so hard lately on two big projects

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Dr. He Said, She Said: What is ‘fair fighting’? By Hanalei begin with. Vierra, Ph.D. We assume and M’Lissa that couples Trent, Ph.D. who talk “at” I need each other in your help to a loud, aggresunderstand sive, and dewhat fair fightrogatory maning is. My husner are probaHanalei Vierra, Ph.D. band and I bly lacking the (Dr. He) and M’Lissa completely distrust and reTrent, Ph.D. (Dr. She) agree on this spect needed to matter. He “fight fair” in thinks it is perthe first place. fectly acceptable to use In other words, if either you raised voices and derogatory or your husband harbor unlanguage when we disagree, resolved anger, resentment, and he doesn’t even care if and mistrust toward each we use this style of arguing other, then it is no wonder in front of the children. He that your communication always says that it is just the style is one that is loud, way he grew up, and he blaming, and name-calling. thinks I shouldn’t expect And by the way, just because him to be any different. He your husband might be feels that I am being way more used to this kind of agtoo sensitive. I feel that gressive style doesn’t mean each time we fight a little he is still not being disrepart of me shuts down, and spectful toward you. You I don’t know how much can’t change your husband. more of me there is left to He has to want to change be in this relationship. We and grow for himself and tend to always fight about the relationship. But you money and the kids. I have have every right to expect to admit that when he gets your husband to talk to you louder, I eventually join him in a respectful way! And, by there to keep him from the way, even if you didn’t overpowering me. When originally raise your voice we first started dating he with your husband—yet had a bit of a temper, but we talked to him by putting could still talk things him down, raising your eyethrough. Now—ten years brows, or scoffing when he later with two kids—we just made a comment—you are can’t seem to get onto the also showing disrespect, but same page. I grew up in a in a different way. family that never fought, so In case you haven’t getting into this pattern read this column before, with him has been surreal Amy, we always talk about for me. Do you have any couples who say they “never advice about how to deal fight” as being just as inefwith all this? — Amy fective and unproductive as couples that are always verDear Amy, bally smacking each other Before we get specific around. Couples who don’t with offering some fair fight don’t build up the kind fighting strategies, let’s start of respect that comes from by talking about respect and learning how to work out respectful communication. conflict and how to honor None of the communication each other’s differences. If skills we teach are effective if you had learned how to do there is a basic lack of rethis when you were growing spect in the relationship to up, you would not feel like

you have to match your husband’s volume level in order to feel heard by him. It is no wonder that you question how much tolerance you have left for this relationship. However, if you can start by making an agreement with him that all communication between you two must be respectful, then you will have a much better chance of working out your disagreements. So before we can talk about tips for fair fighting, you need to make sure you have your resentments and mistrust in check. This means that, even if you feel highly resentful or mistrustful, try to speak from a place of respect, keeping in mind that this is someone you care about—even if you are not feeling it in the moment! (We don’t even need to mention that physical abuse is off the table, right?) Here are some tips: 1. Forewarn your partner that you have something you want to talk to them about and to ask them when a good time to talk would be. Make an agreed upon date and time and show up in the right frame of mind. This will give you some time to breathe and think about what you want to say from a respectful place. Try your best not to fight in front of your children. You can have calm discussions in which your children witness conflict resolution modeled, but if you know you have a lot of built up intensity around an issue, make sure you do it away from the children, and ideally, when they are not in the house at all. Kids who witness disrespectful communication between their parents grow up doing the same thing in their future relationships. 2. Remember that the point of the conversation is

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to understand each other and not to be right. It is also about taking accountability and coming up with an agreement about how to deal with the issue and what is needed to resolve it. Remember that you are looking for a “win-win”, “we’reon-the-same-team” solution. Make an agreement that you will each have your turn to state your case. Take time to discuss the pros and cons of different proposals and remember that you will need to compromise. 3. Do not speak from a place of attack. Commenting on your husband’s behavior is much different and better than commenting on who he is as a person. No character assassination or verbal abuse allowed! Let your husband know how his behavior makes you feel. When you are in the position of listening, try to put yourself in the his shoes and see his perspective of the situation. Pay attention to listening versus building your defensive rebuttal. Let your husband know that you’ve heard what he said. This does not mean that you agree with his position, but that you heard what he said


and that it makes sense in his world given who he is. Then take your turn helping your husband to understand your side. Give each other equal time in the conversation, yet don’t let the argument go on for too long. 4. Don’t use black and white terms like “you always” or “you never”. This only intensifies the other’s reactions and is usually not true. Also, using ultimatums or threats— like threatening divorce—as a way to get your partner’s attention is not productive and precisely what we call “un-fair fighting”. 5. Deal with one subject at a time. Don’t bring up a lot from the past unless you are talking specifically about the past and trying to heal that. Stick to the current issue at hand rather than pulling out the laundry list of past misdeeds. When you start to blend issues then it does start to feel like an attack. 6. If the fight gets too intense and you cannot manage your emotions, call for a time out and make an agreement about when you will resume the conversation. Never try to force your partner to stay in the argument. This makes your partner feel trapped like a caged animal, and he/ she will act like one by fighting and clawing to get their way out. When either or both of you feel you have too much resentment or mistrust to have a fair fight, it is probably time to find a couples therapist. Remember that conflict in a relationship is very normal, inevitable, and an important part of any healthy relationship. Differences and disagreements usually lead people to feel hurt and misunderstood. When people feel hurt, they usually get angry as a way to protect themselves. Feeling angry is not a problem if that anger is handled constructively and when you are each getting to what is underneath the anger. If you can learn to fight fairly you will have a great opportunity to enhance your relationship! Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. (Dr. He) and M’Lissa Trent, Ph.D. (Dr. She) are a married couple who have worked together for over 14 years coaching troubled relationships to clearer communication, deeper intimacy, and healthier partnership. See their web site at Please email any questions to: or . For more information on Relationship Advice for Men, go to on the web.

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U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, participates in the Community Resource Center food drive.

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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: Oct. 28, 2011. Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court CV284, Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00100431-CU-PT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. Branch Name: Civil Court. PETITION OF: Olga Avergun, Mikhail Avergun on behalf of minor Olexandr Solovkh for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Olga Avergun, Mikhail Avergun on behalf of minor Olexandr Solovkh filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Oleksandr Solovykh to Proposed Name Alex Avergun. 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: Dec. 15, 2011 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 8. The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. 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, Del Mar Times. Date: Nov. 02, 2011. Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court DM574, Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-031531 Fictitious Business Name(s): Comfort Excellence Solutions HVAC Located at: 5624 Dream St., San Diego, CA., 92114, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 6-15-11. This business is hereby registered by the following: Nicholas Sandoval, 5624 Dream St., San Diego, CA., 92114. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/10/2011. Nicholas Sandoval, DM573, Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030500 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. New Home Buyer Rebate Program b. New Home Buyer Realty Located at: 14485 Caminito Lazanja, San Diego, CA., 92127, San Diego

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November 17, 2011 Diego County on 11/04/2011. Roman S. Koenig, DM571, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030661 Fictitious Business Name(s): Belly of Jonah Located at: 235 S Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA., 92075, 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: Gity Monsef, 1760 Seadew Ave, Del Mar, CA., 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/01/2011. Gity Monsef, DM570, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030893 Fictitious Business Name(s): AeroHydroPLUS Located at: 2311 Via Aprillia, Del Mar, CA., 92014, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 883, Del Mar, CA., 92014. This business is


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Division, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101 PETITION OF: So Fong Cai for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: So Fong Cai filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name So Fong Cai to Proposed Name Constance Cai. 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: Dec. 14, 2011 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 8. The address of the court is 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. 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: Nov. 01, 2011. Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court CV282, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030054 Fictitious Business Name(s): Kaia F.I.T. San Diego Located at: 570 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA., 92075, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 13783 Mango Dr., Del Mar, CA., 92014. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Tara Jincks, 13783 Mango Dr., Del Mar, CA., 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on

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La Rosa’s Garden Plant detectives BY FRANK LA ROSA Curiosity and a true passion for living creatures and plants go a long way in creating a Garden. My gardening friends and I always check out the “green trash cans” to make sure that no viable plants have been tossed out. After all, no living plant should be left behind—it deserves a life too. It is really amazing what can be discovered right there on top of the “green trash” Frank La Rosa or sitting on the curb. I’ve found orchids, palms, and lots of other plants. Recently, a friend found a very rare and lovely Justicia of the Acanthaceae family. Where? In the trash! It turns out after much research that it is a Justicia secunda Vahl from South America and the West Indies. It is so rare that there aren’t good photos of it in the books or on the internet. But Kew does cite it. I discovered its name by going around with a cutting to the plant experts at various nurseries. This is a great experience in itself because I get to talk with those who truly known their stuff, and they are always helpful and friendly. And, they say that they also love to go around finding and resurrecting abused and derelict plants. Justicias include the Shrimp Plant and other tropical plants of the same genus. Outdoors they need warmth, sun, loamy soil, and regular watering to get them established. Indoors, they are terrific house plants with a cast of beauty that makes us forget wintry moods.

10/25/2011. Tara Jincks, DM567, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030308 Fictitious Business Name(s): Solana Beach Dental Group Located at: 530 Lomas Santa Fe Rd., #A, Solana Beach, CA., 92075, San Diego County. Mailing Address: Same as above. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business: was 10/12/2009. This business is hereby registered by the following: Keshav Professional Dental Corporation, 530 Lomas Santa Fe Rd., #A, Solana Beach, CA., 92075, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/27/2011. Rohit Keshav, DM565, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011

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10910 Evening Creek Dr., E #26, San Diego, CA., 92128. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/28/2011. Odilia McLeod, DM564, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030128 Fictitious Business Name(s): Ocean Pacific Wellness Center Located at: 3257 Camino Del Los Coaches Suite 203, Carlsbad, CA., 92009, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 10-26-11. This business is hereby registered by the following: Abida Z. Wali, 23812 Meadowgate Ct., Murrieta, CA., 92562. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/26/2011. Abida Z. Wali, CV281, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-029665 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. The French Cowgirl b. Pinky’s Bridal Boutique Located at: 427 S. Cedros Ave., #101, Solana Beach, CA., 92075, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 9/20/11. This business is hereby registered by the following: Elizabeth McClain, 141 S. Granados Ave., Solana Beach, CA., 92075. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/20/2011. Elizabeth McClain, DM563, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-029595 Fictitious Business Name(s): Accounting On Demand Located at: 3876 Rockfield Ct.,

The beauty of Justicias comes from the green, fleshy leaves, but also from spectacular bracts that surround their very small flowers. Bracts are modified leaves near the blossoms. You’ve seen them for sure: bougainvilleas, poinsettias, and even the bract “leaves” that shield the fingerling bananas on banana trees. Of course, the most dramatically flagrant bracts are those of the Anthuriums with their brilliantly colored, enameled shields. The pencil thin column of flowers, the spadix, protrudes from the shield/bract. Both bract and spadix give Anthuriums their attractive presence to the imaginative mind. These flamboyantly colored bracts also incite imaginative insect “minds” to fertilize the flowers that reproduce the plants by seeds. So, Justicias. There over 400 species. Just take a look in FLORA and you will see what I mean. They are tropically beautiful. Justicia brandegeeana aka Shrimp Plant is best known and most grown here. Justicia aurea has tufts of golden yellow “flowers”. It grows well in our zone. Justicia carnea has bright red “flowers”. I’m sure you have noticed that I put “flowers” in quotation marks because we are talking about bracts here. What would life be without a passion for plants, or for anything else? An ethos of caring for living things (with patience and work) to resurrect abused plants from the trash will sometimes lead to a rare plant winner. So, it’s best to ignore the critical observers as we look for good, viable plants, in the so-called “green” trash.

Carlsbad, CA., 92010, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was March 1, 2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Sandra J. Umphreyville, 3876 Rockfield Ct., Carlsbad, CA., 92010. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/20/2011. Sandra J. Umphreyville, CV283, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-029576 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. New Homebuyer Refund Program b. New Homebuyer Realty Located at: 14485 Caminito Lazanja, San Diego, CA., 92127, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 10/01/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Shawn Heyl, 14485 Caminito Lazanja, San Diego, CA., 92127. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/20/2011. Shawn Heyl, DM562, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-028425 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. SMRT b. SMRT Accessories Located at: 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA., 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business: was 10/1/11. This business is hereby registered by the following: 33rd Parallel Marketing, Corp., 2020 Christy Lane, Del Mar, CA., 92014, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 10/10/2011. Jim Benedict, DM560, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 2011

Santaluz Club members take the reigns from developer DMB The Santaluz Club is embarking on a new era of leadership as developer DMB prepares to transition all club governance, operations and financial responsibility to the membership. But the prospect of managing a world-class $43 million facility doesn’t faze board member Robert Proulx. “For the past four years, we’ve methodically worked with DMB to transition the club from a developer-run operation to a member-run organization,” said Proulx. “Each year, we’ve gotten more members involved with governance and financial issues through the board and committees. With the help of DMB, the group has matured and is ready to be responsible for the future of the club.” Evidence of their commitment is on the scoreboard: existing members have brought in one new golf member each week during 2011. “I have to give DMB a lot of credit for taking their time and guiding us with the transition,” continued Proulx, who noted that the original timetable for the transition was 2009. The new changeover date is Jan. 1, 2012. “It would have been a huge burden for us if they had left then, but they stuck it out for an additional three years. As a result, the club is in a position where it’s not only going to survive, but it’s going to thrive.” During the recent “Just One” membership campaign, club leadership enlisted the support of its 675-plus golf, spa and social members. As a result, over 100 friends and associates were nominated and are in discussion about potential golf, spa or social membership. The Santaluz Club showcases a private, 300-acre championship course designed by renowned architect Rees Jones. Director of Golf John McCook and Santaluz Golf Ambassador Tina Mickelson oversee an extensive array of programs and clinics, including a year-round junior golf program. For more information, contact Director of Membership Kelly Collins at 858-759-3109; — Submission


November 17, 2011

RE/MAX agent Amy Cook earns Hall of Fame Award Amy Cook, with RE/MAX Ranch & Beach, has recently been presented with the RE/ MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have reached top milestones during their careers with the company. Amy Cook In 2010, only 20 percent of all RE/MAX Affiliates earned this prestigious award. With an engineering degree, Cook focuses on her clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; diverse needs with a meticulous eye for detail. Complimentary professional staging combined with market savvy underline her commitment to excel-

lence in representing both buyers and sellers in a volatile market. Among Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements are RE/MAX Platinum Member, 2010 FIVE STAR AWARD WINNING AGENT, and #1 Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent for 92129. She is also one of the top three agents for RE/MAX Ranch & Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amy Cook has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,â&#x20AC;? said Al Haragely, owner and broker of RE/MAX Ranch & Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment. Amy continues to raise the bar in real estate, making us, and this community proud.â&#x20AC;? Amy Cook can be reached at 858-4147962;;; DRE #01723190

Coldwell Bankerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maria Weiss hosts Charity Holiday House Luxury real estate specialist Maria Weiss of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Del Mar will be hosting the 2011 Holiday House charity drive in coordination with the San Diego Association of Realtors and the San Diego professional real estate community to benefit local charities including: Adopt a Classroom, Beckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House, Homefront San Diego, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All About Kids, Marine Toys for Tots, San Diego Armed Services-YMCA, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Food Bank, Second Chance and the West Senior Wellness Center. Unwrapped toys, gift cards, clothes, baby supplies, non-perishable packaged and canned food are all welcome and can be dropped off from now until December 14th at Coldwell Banker Del Mar, located at

2651 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. The goal is to fill every square foot of Maria Weissâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Irene McCannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $7.5 million La Jolla oceanfront listing with donated goods. A Holiday House fund raising finale event will be held at the oceanfront home on Dec. 6, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food will be provided by Flemings, Sushi on the Rocks, La Jolla Brew House and Sprinkle Me Cup Cakes and live music will be performed by the Gypsy Knights. Cost to attend this event is $25 by credit card or the equivalent in donated goods. For more information on this very special Holiday House, please contact Maria Weiss at Coldwell Banker Del Mar at 858248-0863 or at or visit

CV resident Michelle Alexander joins Keller/Williams Michelle Alexander, a real estate sales professional has joined the Keller Williams Carmel Valley/Del Mar Market Center family. A California native and graduate of both the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Alexander has worked in the architecture profession and helped in large scale projects such as the remodeling of the US Grant hotel in downtown San Diego. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I joined Keller Williams because of their close knit family of agents and their great training opportunities,â&#x20AC;? she stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The agents have a motivating support network and the model is geared toward the agentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success by exhibiting Keller Williams values and through the use of technology.â&#x20AC;? Alexander is a member of the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, and North San Diego County Association of Realtors, keeping up to date on cur-

rent real estate trends and news to better serve her clients. A resident of the Carmel Valley community, she enjoys spending time with her family, serving on both the Torrey Pines Pop Warner and the Carmel Valley Middle School boards, and helping members of her community get into the home of their dreams. For all of your real estate needs, Michelle visit or email Michelle at michelle-alexander@ Alexander The Carmel Valley Market Center was established in 2010 and has 190 agents. For more information on Keller Williams Realty, visit /0%.3!4 s!6%.)$!-)2/,! ,!*/,,!


OPEN HOUSES CARMEL VALLEY $338,800, 2 BR, 2 BA 12364 Carmel Country Rd, Unit C108 Devon Boulon/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (858) 335-2008 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $348,800 2 BR, 2 BA 12364 Carmel Country Rd, Unit C208 Devon Boulon/Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (858) 335-2008 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $482,500 3 BR, 2.5 BA 3929 Caminito Del Mar Surf Christel Carlyle/Coldwell Banker (858) 774-3025 Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm $559,000 2 BR, 2.5 BA 11243 Carmel Creek Catherine Fagan/Coastal Premier Properties (619) 806-2284 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $699,925 4 BR, 3 BA 13559 Lopelia Meadows Place Dan Conway/Prudential CA Realty (858) 243-5278 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $717,500 4 BR, 3 BA 13557 Lopelia Meadows Place Dan Conway/Prudential CA Realty (858) 243-5278 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $754,900 4 BR, 3 BA 11438 Pleasant Ridge Joseph and Diane Sampson/Sampson California Realty (858) 699-1145 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $789,000 4 BR, 3 BA 4259 Federman Lane Dan Conway/Prudential CA Realty (858) 243-5278 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm $1,198,000 4 BR, 3 BA 12806 Seabreeze Farms Monica Kiy/Sampson California Realty (858) 344-2523 Sat-Sun 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm $1,199,000 5 BR, 4.5 BA 13669 Winstanley Way Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker (858) 395-7525 Sun 1:00-4:00pm $1,279,000 5 BR,4 BA 5478 Rider Place Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker (858) 395-7525 Sun 1:00-4:00pm $1,289,000 4 BR, 4 BA 13138 Winstanley Hami Raafat/Sampson California Realty (858) 829-9394 Sat 12-4pm, Sun 1-4pm

DEL MAR $855,000 3 BR, 2.5 BA Toni Cieri/Re/Max Distinctive $999,000 4 BR, 3 BA Elizabeth Lasker/Del Mar Realty Associates $1,495,000 2 BR, 2 BA Toni Cieri/Re/Max Distinctive $1,530,000 4 BR, 3.5 BA Ashley Roberts/Prudential CA Realty $1,895,000 8 BR, 7 BA Becky and June Campbell/Coldwell Banker $1,990,000 2 BR, 2 BA Toni Cieri/Re/Max Distinctive

15852 Caminito Cantaras (858) 793-8725 Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3095 Caminito Sagunto (858) 481-8185 Sun 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm 1095 Klish Way (858) 793-8725 Sat 1:00 pm -4:00 pm 1930 Seaview Ave. (619) 559-0571 Sun 2:00 pm -4:00 pm 15185 Sun Valley Ln (858) 449-2070 Sun 1:00 pm -4:00 pm 152 8th Street (858) 793-8725 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

RANCHO SANTA FE $1,089,000 3 BR, 2 BA 5838 Linea Del Cielo Joseph and Diane Sampson/Sampson California Realty (858) 699-1145 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm -4:00 pm $1,929,000 4 BR, 5.5 BA Polly Rogers-Host Andy Ashton/Prudential CA Realty

7233 La Soldadera (760) 716-3506 Sun 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

$2,950,000 4 BR, 4.5 BA Bryson/Smith/Ellen/MaryAnn

18620 Via Varese (858) 945-2522

Sat 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

SOLANA BEACH $1,250,000 4 BR, 3 BA Toni Cieri/Re/Max Distinctive

728 Castro St (858) 793-8725

Sat 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

SAN DIEGO $805,000

4 BR, 3 BA

Charles & Farryl Moore/Coldwell Banker $839,000-$869,000

12253 Misty Blue Court, Scripps Ranch (858) 395-7525 Sat-Sun 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

5 BR, 3 BA, 11595 Quinalt Point, Scripps Ranch (858) 750-9577 Sat 1:00 pm -4:00 pm

Kevin Cummins/Coldwell Banker

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November 17, 2011

We want to sell your home! Charles Moore (858)395-7525

Farryl Moore



DRE 01488836 DRE# 01395425


Sales Awards - Top 2% since 2004 Carmel Valley Specialists 9 out of 10 of our listing are in Carmel Valley Carmel Valley residents since 1988 Customized Marketing Program Staging Services Good Communication - speak directly with us Strong Negotiators Relocation Specialists

Build Your Custom Home From $1,595,000 SOLD Luxury Living in the Heart of Carmel Valley


Building estate homes for about $200 sq. ft. No HOA or Mello-Roos Lot 3 Lot 4 Lot 6

Approx. Lot Size 12,894 Approx. Lot Size 10,802 Approx. Lot Size 13,547

$975,000 $1,075,000 $1,100,000

$795,000 $849,000 $849,000


Del Mar

Windmill Estates

By Four By Four Construction - To see more photos, virtual tour, floorplan & features.

Open - Sun. 1-4 pm 5478 Rider Place


Call 858-395-7525 for showing

Call 858-395-7525 for showing

4915 Concannon Ct

6317 Peach Way



Open - Sun. 1-4 pm 13669 Winstanley Wy $1,199,000

Welcome to highly upgraded Triple CrownTriple Crown at Seabreeze Farms! Looking for a spacious home for entertaining friends and family?

Sonoma plan 4 on elevated lot and culde-sac location. Pemium lot size with lots of privacy. Beautifully upgraded gourmet kitchen with all the bells.

Exceptional Costa Del Sol with panoramic canyon views! Granite slab counters & stainless steel appliances, plus bonus built-in desk at loft.

Beds: 4 + Baths: 4 Sq. Ft. 4,093

Beds: 5 + Baths: 5 Sq. Ft. 4,130

Beds: 4 Baths: 2.5 Sq. Ft. 2,189

Beds: 5 Baths: 4.5 Sq. Ft. 3,732

Open - Sun. 1-4 pm

Call 858-395-7525 for showing

D L SO SOLD 4935 Hidden Dune Ct $1,279,888

Stunning Santa Fe Summit with private, quiet location! Elegant entry flanked by formal living space and dramatic wrought iron stairway.

LD O S SOLD 4490 Philbrook Sq


12253 Misty Blue Ct


Sonoma plan 2 on Premium elevated lot with southern exposure, expansive views & "Lagoon" feeling pool/spa with Blue Stone decking. Master downstairs.

Classic Torrey Wood Estates. Plan 2 Quiet location private backyard, View, Very clean & move in ready. Terrific family home in a gated community.

San Lucena plan 2 with Mahogany floors & travertine with inlay boarder. Gourmet kitchen; granite slab counters & stainless steal appliances.

Beds: 4 Baths: 4.5 Sq. Ft. 3,675

Beds: 5 Baths: 4.5 Sq. Ft. 4,005

Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Sq. Ft. 3,235

4358 Philbrook Sq


First time on market! This home has an ideal location with no homes in front or behind with northwestern views of natural hillsides & breathtaking sunsets.

Beds: 4 Baths: 3.5 Sq. Ft. 4,005

11-17-2011 Carmel Valley News  

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