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Dec. 15, 2011

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Asks officials to better define rules on buy-backs of employee leave BY JOE TASH The Del Mar Fair Board is asking state officials to provide more information about the rules regarding buy-backs of employee leave, in the wake of a state audit that said such buybacks for fairgrounds employees were improper. At its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, the board voted unanimously to send a letter to Ron Shackleford, audit chief for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the agency that issued the audit report last month. The report noted that the district allowed management and rank-and-file workers to cash out nearly $600,000 worth of leave time between 2005 and the beginning of 2011, which it said was a violation of state personnel rules. The state-owned fairgrounds is operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which in turn is overseen by a board of directors whose members are appointed by the governor. The district suspended the leave buy-back program earlier this year at the direction of board president Adam See BOARD, Page 7

The renowned Beach Boys performed a private Christmas concert at Cathedral Catholic High School on Dec. 11, with proceeds benefitting Cathedral Catholic and Notre Dame Academy. See pages B20 and B21 for more. PHOTO: ROB MCKENZIE

Variety of opinions voiced over proposed housing development BY KAREN BILLING The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board’s Regional Issues Subcommittee again recently reviewed a proposed new housing development on Worsch Way in Carmel Valley, with many neighbors present expressing their continued concerns about the potential of eight more houses in their neighborhood. “The two biggest issues are the impacts of having something there that wasn’t there before and where that driveway is going to go,” said Jan Fuchs, regional issues committee co-chair. The Worsches were one

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BY CLAIRE HARLIN Stressing the importance of both public participation and the input of regional stakeholders, the Del Mar City Council voted on Dec. 12 to move forward with the drafting of amendments to the city’s longterm community plans, which would outline goals and development parameters for the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The city’s Master Plan includes little about the future of the fairgrounds, as regional or city control of the state-owned asset was considered unlikely when it was last revised in the 1970s. But if Del Mar pursues

of the original landowners in Carmel Valley, selling some 300 acres to Baldwin Homes in 1981, with the Worsch family keeping their 1.6-acre homestead on the hill off Worsch Way, near the intersection of Del Mar Trails and Worsch Drive. The land went up for sale last year and was purchased by Del Mar Mesa resident Gary Levitt of Seabreeze Properties. The Worsch home is still there and will be removed in favor of the subdivision, with original plans calling for an access point on the existing driveway from the Worsch

The Torrey Pines Pop Warner championship cheer squad includes, back row, from left: Coach Andrea Loewen-Rodriguez, Alyssa Rodriguez, Blair Borneman, Julia Pascoe, Olivia Scott, coach Alicia Smith and Alexis Filippone; middle row: Adi Azoulai, Sarah Kirby, Kellie Hayes, Ellison Starnes, Aliya Bolt, McKenna Smith, Kaitlin Mohler and Viviana Gil; and, front row: Palomar Cheer Director Amy Leon, Olivia Krzyston, Annalise Castro, Jenna Agbulos, Mari Hoffman, Olivia Fuller and Stephanie Silva.

The Torrey Pines Pop Warner (TPPW) Jr. Midget Falcons cheer squad made history last week, placing first and capturing the National Championship title at the Pop Warner Super Bowl National Cheer & Dance Competition held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. This is the first National Championship win ever for Torrey Pines Pop Warner and just the second National Championship in Pop Warner history for the WESCON Region, which includes Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Arizona. The TPPW Jr. Midget Falcon cheer squad, led by head coaches Alicia Smith See CHEER, Page 7












December 15, 2011

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Wetlands restoration project near completion •L agoon teeming with life BY KAREN BILLING Fish, fowl and trail users are flocking to the San Dieguito Lagoon, where the five-year wetlands restoration project is finally winding down. The restoration has allowed for the community to have a real asset, safe from development where native species can again thrive in their wetlands and marshland habitats, according to Natalie Borchardt, a park ranger with the San Dieguito River Park JPA . “We were fortunate enough to have people in this community stand up for protecting this area as open space,” said Borchardt, on a Dec. 10 hike. The wetlands restoration has been a very long time in the making, considering the research for the restoration began 15 years ago by the San Dieguito River Park — they were just waiting for someone with the “deep pockets” to finance the project, Borchardt said. When Southern California Edison was required by the Coastal Commission to mitigate for work on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the River Park jumped at the opportunity to offer up its project. The $90 million project is one of the largest coastal restoration projects on the west coast. The final opening of the river channel from the ocean was completed on Sept. 19 “The majority of the restoration work is finishing up and they will be completed with the project within the next few weeks,” Borchardt said. She said the project has been a great success, with the native species surpassing all the expectations of ecologists. At last count, they were up to around 192 species of birds. The last project will be on the south side

of the river where it flows under Jimmy Durante Bridge. Old cement material will be pulled out and replaced with rock and plants to help sustain the riverbank long-term. Besides establishing more native species in the lagoon, another success has been bringing people to enjoy the area through the addition of trails since work began in 2006. The lagoon trail runs about two and a half miles round trip from the kiosk on San Andres behind the Albertson’s shopping center to the Jimmy Durante Bridge — 0.28 miles of it on boardwalk. There is also another mile of trail that goes east from the kiosk toward the Del Mar Horsepark that opened three months ago, which Borchardt said has been very well used. Park rangers will begin work this week on the new Horsepark section of the Coast to Crest Trail, revegetating the area by planting some 10,000 plants. The Horsepark section of the trail runs along the western edge and connects to the west side of El Camino Real. The River Park hopes to work with city in its widening and realignment of El Camino Real to ensure safe passage for trail users. “Right now is an exciting time for all of the birds migrating from the north because they like our weather,” Borchardt said, pointing out egrets and ducks. “They’re true snow birds.” A walk along the lagoon trail is scenic and quiet, despite of its proximity to the freeway.

(Above) Native species in the San Dieguito Lagoon have surpassed expectations since the restoration.

(Right) The over two-mile long lagoon trail is good for hikers, running and cyclists. Photos/Karen Billing

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ing program reaches out beyond its membership to provide scholarships for 3,000 low-income youth, families and seniors. And it partners with community programs that support families of neglect, domestic violence, children with special needs, children raised by caregivers, military families, and youth in need of training and education. Drake was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father was a house builder. “As soon as I could talk, I knew I wanted to be a vet,” she recalled. “I like people too,” she added. But as a child, she repeatedly brought home stray animals and cared for them in her family’s basement. And as she grew older, she immersed herself in the “All Creatures Great and Small” semi-autobiographical books by British veterinary surgeon James Herriot. “I just love animals. They make me smile. I love coming to work every day.” After she had completed her undergraduate studies and earned her veterinary degree at the University of Missouri in 1989, “I packed up my car and moved to California,” initially to Los Angeles for a few years where she met her

future husband while playing beach volleyball. “He stopped and turned around and introduced himself to me. And it was just so nice to meet someone with good manners. I decided that he was the one I was going to marry. You know people in Southern California are pretty casual about manners and I could tell he was a good man. And I was right.” Her husband, Dwight Fromm, is an engineer with Qualcomm. They’ve been married now for almost 16 years and have two sons, Christopher, 12, and Matthew, 9. Coming from a long line of entrepreneurs in St. Louis, in California, Drake soon focused on establishing her own veterinary practice in the North County beach community of Encinitas and to raise a family there. She opened a small veterinary hospital on Westlake Street in 1992, which she subsequently merged into another practice, creating her current 3,000-square-foot facility on North El Camino Real in 1998. Her veterinary care center, with its staff of 30 SEE FAMILY, PAGE 7

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CHEER continued from page 1 (former Charger cheerleader) and Andrea Loewen-Rodriquez, won first place in the Intermediate Medium Cheer Division and were among the 400 Pop Warner Cheer Squads representing the best of the nation’s 180,000 Pop Warner cheer and dance participants. For a cheerleading squad, the difficult road to the Pop Warner National Championship includes placing first or second at the local and regional competitions. The TPPW Jr. Midget Falcons won first place at the local Palomar Conference in October at SDSU and then went on to another first place win at the Regionals in Long Beach at the end of November. A week later they flew to Florida to compete against the best of the best and cheered their way to become the National Champions. They were judged on their competition routine, which included a combination of cheering, advanced tumbling (back tucks and multiple back handsprings), stunting (pyramids, basket tosses, and scorpions), motion techniques and jumps, as well as their dance portion and overall appeal. The Intermediate division is a more advanced and difficult division and they competed against phenomenal teams from all over the nation. “I am beside myself with joy for these girls,” said Head Coach Alicia Smith (who was recently crowned 2011 Palomar “Coach of the Year” for Jr. Midget). “This has been an amazing year for our team. We’ve worked so hard to get to Florida and now we’re the National Champions. It has been such a group effort by our entire team and coaching staff and I know we will all cherish these memories forever.” It takes many hours of practice to be a competitive cheer squad. The team started practicing in early August with four days a week cheering and conditioning, and cheered at games for the TPPW Jr. Midget Falcon Football team up until November. They went down to two hour practices three days a week once school started. In addition, many of the girls on the team put in more hours by taking private tumbling classes. One of the highlights of their routine included advanced tumbling with 16 back tucks (the most done in their In-

termediate division at Nationals). The Jr. Midget team is comprised of 11- 13 year old girls in the 6th - 8th grades in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach. The team not only worked hard at cheerleading, but spent many hours fundraising to raise money for their team and their travel to competitions. They recently designed a t-shirt and got sponsors from local businesses to contribute. The sponsors names are on the back of their t-shirts with their team motto “One Team, One Dream.” TPPW Board Member and Cheer Coordinator Christy Mohler couldn’t be happier their dreams came true. “This historic championship win represents not just the hard work of these incredibly talented athletes and coaches, but also the support of our many TPPW volunteers and families, sponsors and community. As a non-profit, 100 percent volunteer organization, many wonderful people and businesses stepped up to help this team make their dream a reality.” Torrey Pines Pop Warner (TPPW) is a nonprofit youth football and cheer league dedicated to providing an opportunity for children to experience participation in football and cheerleading in a structured league environment. The boundaries of the league include Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and Carmel Valley (Torrey Pines High School Boundaries). For information about the 2012 registration, please see


continued from page 1 Day, after the state’s concerns surfaced. Fair board members David Watson, David Lizerbram and Tom Chino met last week to discuss the state audit report, and voted to have fairgrounds staff draft the letter. “The directors have full intention of complying with all laws and regulations applicable to the 22nd DAA. However, as many questions exist regarding the oversight of the district your efforts to respond to these questions are important to our understanding of the policies, rules and laws governing the 22nd DAA,” the letter concludes. At the fair board meeting on Tuesday, Watson said the state’s report faulted the district’s actions in broad terms, but did not cite the

FAMILY continued from page 4 employees, including six veterinarians, offers an extensive range of medical and preventive services, including surgery, acupuncture, dentistry, on-site laboratory services, behavioral pet training, bathing, boarding, prescription medications, and diet and nutrition education. “It’s really important to listen and try to figure out how we can help both the person and their pet in a situation,” she said. On her Website, www., she also offers free video tutori-

specific regulations or laws that had been violated. “I want to hear definitively, either from Food and Agriculture or the Attorney General’s office, what the rules are,” Watson said. The audit report also called on the district to direct its employees to repay the money they received under the district’s leave buyback program. But Watson said it doesn’t appear the district has the authority to ask for the money back. Its only recourse to recoup the costs would be to sue the employees, he said. In their official response to the state audit report, district officials said the payments were made due to financial hardships suffered by employees, only after it was determined that the employees had sufficient leave balances on the books.

als on pet care. For children, ages 5 to 12, once a month, she opens the center to children, dressing them up like veterinary surgeons and giving them a behind-thescene tour of the center. “And we constantly have interns coming here to learn,” she said. Her career advice to young people: “The most important thing is to find something you love to do. That’s what I tell my boys all the time…And you just need enough money to pay your bills. I can’t imagine going to work and not loving my work.”

PROJECT continued from page 2 As the ranger led a hike down the lagoon trail she greeted the various users: runners, people walking dogs and families with small children. It makes her very happy to see people out on the trail and commented it’s the only section of trail they have where she’s seen people in wheelchairs and kids learning to use their bikes because it’s so easily accessible and flat. After passing under I-5 and crossing the boardwalk, the Lagoon Trail ends at the Jimmy Durante Bridge. The River Park is working on a grant for an initial study called “Reach the Beach,” which would extend the lagoon trail over Jimmy Durante—now it’s a “game of Frogger” for people trying to cross the busy road near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. To get to the beach, users still have to cross the train tracks (illegally). Much work has been done to revegetate the area—new plants grow steadily around the trails and many of it has been the result of volunteers working with the rangers. The Del Mar Rotary, for one, helped in removing invasive species, such as the water-hogging ice plant and replacing it with new trees and plants. “Without our volunteers we wouldn’t get half of the things we do accomplished,” Borchardt said. They are currently looking for volunteers for their trail patrol, people who utilize the trails often who can help rangers by notifying them of any suspicious activity or any repairs that need to be done, such as felled trees. A training session will be held at the end of January. For more information, visit New trail system planned off El Camino Real You may have seen grading or orange construction fencing up on El Camino Real, across from the Evangelican Formosan Church and the Stallions Crossing development on Sea Country Lane. The work is not part of any new development project but actually a new trail loop. The San Dieguito River Park JPA finally received permits approved to build a series of trails on the site, to be known as the Mesa Loop Trails. There will be an entrance from El Camino Real and a permanent staging area and trailhead for about two miles of trails. “It will be mainly for very passive recreation, pedestrian use only,” said park ranger Natalie Borchardt. Right now the area is pretty barren but Borchardt

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said they are starting to see plants grow in—the planted Coastal Sage Scrub should reach about waist high. An automated gate will be open during the daylight hours and there will be lodge pole fencing to mark the trail and protect bird-nesting sites for least terns. Borchardt is hopeful that they will be able to encourage the return of the least tern, a bird that hasn’t nested in the area for years due to encroachment on their habitat.

Grant opportunities for TPHS senior scholars The Torrey Pines High School Dollars for Scholars (DFS) chapter celebrates the 25th anniversary of providing college grants to TPHS senior students. DFS is a nationally affiliated organization which awards scholarship monies to graduating high school students. The funds are donated by local community organizations and individuals for general, memorial, or donor specific scholarships. Last year, the TPHS DFS chapter awarded $45,500 to students recognized for academic, extracurricular, community service, and personal endeavor achievements. Beginning Feb. 3, 2012, applications for DFS scholarships can be downloaded from the TPHS homepage at www. All completed applications are due by Friday, March 2, 2012. Any TPHS senior with a 2.5 GPA or greater that is planning to attend a two- or four-year college or trade school may apply. All applicants must include the following information: teacher recommendations (two each), brief essay (pertaining to essay prompt), and extracurricular activity details. Applicants remain anonymous prior to the group interview of finalists in April. Scholarship recipients are notified in early May, and honored at the DFS official Awards Ceremony on May 23, 2012. Dollars For Scholars is a non-profit organization and maintains a year-round focus on raising funds from local businesses, foundations, government agencies, service groups, and individuals. All proceeds from the TPHS Student Directory are used for student scholarships. The TPHS DFS chapter depends on community involvement, and encourages interested donors to contact, or call Betsy Mackey at (858) 793-6203.

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Carmel Valley “I have the opportunity here to do something different,” Levitt said. “I just thought we had an opportunity to treat this property special and leave it as high as possible.” He said what they are proposing is the better solution than eight more garages facing public streets. Due to residents’ concerns, Levitt has explored several alternatives, including bringing the access road to mid-block on Worsch Drive, which would lower the site further and increase the quantity of dirt that has to be hauled out to 14,000 cubic yards. By putting the drive out onto Worsch Drive, the lots of the subdivision will be larger and there will be one less unit — only seven homes. Levitt said he is willing to go lot by lot and see how they affect surrounding neighbors, tailoring the community design guidelines to include single story zones. Other alternatives included moving the entrance onto busy Del Mar Trails, which Fuchs said the city would never approve, and a multiple driveway alternative that would bring the entire project down from the slope and onto


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Levitt, as well as committee co-chair Anne Harvey, said the project would add property value, not take away from it. Harvey said she’s lived on the smallest street the city’s ever built (Arroyo Sorrento Road) since 1968. Her home was built in 1958 and the neighbors agreed to preserve the canyons and allow for no architectural guidelines for future homes. “My 1958 house is next to a $15 million house,” Harvey said. “We’re moving into the future here…my property values rose because of the non-homogenous nature of my street.” “If we do something special, it will add value to your homes,” Levitt said. The committee requested Levitt look more closely at the mid-block alternative onto Worsch Drive and look into turning the driveway on the Worsch Way alternative, so headlights of cars coming down the slope wouldn’t shine directly into front rooms of houses. While issues remain on the best solution for the access road, overall the committee seemed to be in favor of the proposal. “What Gary’s proposing is a good plan and a good use of what’s there,” said Frisco White, chair of the CV community planning board. “We need to step out of the box and do something more than just cookie cutter homes.”

PLAN continued from page 1 its own Local Coastal Program Amendment (LCPA) and the California Coastal Commission (CCC) — the final authority on development projects — approves it, then the LCPA would become the standard used by the CCC in its review process. The set of amendments will also include modifications to the city’s zoning code. The plan of action presented by city planner Adam Birnbaum would involve input from the already-established Fairgrounds Master Plan Committee, as well as two new committees with regional representation. The Master Plan Committee, referred to as the ad-hoc committee in regard to this project, consists of 10 Del Mar citizens who were appointed by the council. This ad hoc committee will started the LCPA process by creating a list of issues and factors to be considered in establishing the city’s vision for the fairgrounds. Next, a steering committee of stakeholders will take four or five meetings to craft policy language to address issues raised by the ad-hoc committee. This steering committee will be composed of representatives from: Solana Beach, the City of San Diego, San Diego County, the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, The State Lands Commission, San Diego Association of Governments, the adhoc committee chair and a

Del Mar staff member. Next, a policy advisory committee will review the draft language, making recommendations and modifications. The incoming Del Mar mayor will like oversee this committee, according to a city report. Once amendments are drafted, they will be subject to review by the Del Mar Planning Commission, the City Council and the CCC. Birnbaum said all meetings will be conducted publicly, with notices sent out to residents. Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott applauded the council and staff for encouraging and including participation stakeholders in the action plan, as it has “a regional backbone to it,” he said. When asked by Councilwoman Lee Haydu how long the entire process will take, Birnbaum replied, “the better part of a year.” “I dread calendaring some of these meetings, but it’s a regional asset and it’s important to do so,” he said. Mayor Carl Hilliard said following these steps that allow public testimony and regional input will help Del Mar in avoiding criticism by the state and others in the region in the future. Haydu said she is glad the city is finally moving forward with the LCPA. By bringing in other people in the region,” she said, “others can buy into this even though it’s in our part of the county.” For more about the LCPA or to read the city’s staff report on the plan, visit

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Former L’Auberge executive chef joins Delicias as new chef, partner BY KELLEY CARLSON One Rancho Santa Fe restaurant is stirring things up, as a new partner and chef has been added to the fold. Paul McCabe, formerly executive chef of L’Auberge’s Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar, joined Delicias on Nov. 15. “I’m a bit of an entrepreneur,” McCabe said. “I’d been with L’Auberge for seven years. It’s been a great ride. But I kind of hit the top. “I was very happy there (at Kitchen 1540) — I loved the place,” he said, adding that it was a “cushy job.” But the ambitious McCabe — who has also been on staff at Top of the Cove in La Jolla and Star of the Sea in San Diego — started pondering ideas about advancing his career to another level. He revealed that he was approached about becoming a partner in Delicias. “It sparked my interest,” McCabe said. There was plenty of aspects that he enjoyed about the restaurant, such as the wood-burning oven and the “awesome” location. McCabe also appreciated the various areas where guests can dine — the front patio with its green umbrellas and two fire pits; the Mediterranean-themed main dining room and black chandeliers; and a courtyard with a fireplace and retractable awning. “It’s a 160-seat restaurant, but it doesn’t feel like it,” McCabe said. The North Park resident met with Delicias owner Owen Perry, and they discussed plans about refreshing the restaurant, along with the possibility of opening other restaurants. “Owen is an entrepreneur himself; he’s got a vision, too,” McCabe said. Delicias owner Owen Perry said he is looking forward to working with McCabe. “To get this caliber of chef to come work in a stand-alone neighborhood restaurant such as Delicias ... is real unusual,” Perry said. “We’re very happy to have him.” McCabe added that they will initially focus on changes at Delicias and get the res-

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Teen Speaking Skills students star in showcase speech events The Teen Speaking Skills students who recently completed eight-session courses to improve their confidence, public speaking, and leadership skills celebrated their achievements during their graduation events on Dec. 10 and 11 at the Hampton Inn in Del Mar. Students who completed the first level course showcased their enhanced communication skills as they presented persuasive charity speeches and competed to win $25 donations for the charity of their choice. Students from the advanced classes demonstrated sophisticated speaking techniques as they entertained their audiences with humorous speeches. During the second part of the graduation events, the teens and pre-teens were individually recognized and honored for their accomplishments. Throughout the eightsession courses, the students improved their public speaking skills by completing four types of speech projects and developing their confidence and leadership skills.

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RSF Veterinary Hospital thriving in new location BY KAREN BILLING For the last six years, Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital has been treating local pets out of a location at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. In October, the Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital relocated to the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza (Vons shopping center) on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The hospital offers all the same services and “didn’t skip a beat” in its move just a few miles away. For many clients, the new location is actually closer to their homes and in a more convenient location — in the plaza in between 24 Hour Fitness and We-R-Fabrics. The hospital, with the sweet logo of animals inside a golden heart, is open to cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, and exotics such as reptiles and birds. “We’re very happy here,” said owner Dr. Deirdre Brandes, noting parking is a breeze, their location is easy to find and they love their neighbors and the community. The feeling is mutual for clients who have followed her from Rancho Santa Fe to Solana Beach. “She really is a sweetheart of this community and everyone loves her,” said Heather Dinsmore, a longtime client of Dr. Brandes’. “They are the best veterinary hospital around.” Brandes attended Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a vet for 11 years, working at various practices before opening her own in 2005. The animal lover has two dogs, two cats and pet rats at home. “I love animals but a lot of it also has to do with helping people because I strongly believe in the human-animal bond, it’s so powerful,” Brandes said. When Brandes moved into the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza location, it was an empty shell and she was able to build her facility exactly the way she wanted it. The result is a “homey feel” with a lobby with stylish leather chairs, wood floors throughout the hospital and four treatment rooms with new adjustable treatment tables that can be adjusted depending on the size of the patient. The hospital does a lot of dentistry work, healthy pet exams, vaccinations, surgeries, including spay and neuter, and are open for daytime emergencies. In addition to Dr. Brandes, there are three other vets (Dr. Anaika Dayton,

Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital owner Dr. Deirdre Brandes with her dog Neo. PHOTO: KAREN BILLING Dr. Vanessa Flores and Dr. Sophie Steele) and a very caring, compassionate staff. “Our number one goal in moving was to keep all the staff because we’re like family here. The staff is just top notch and clients often ask for them by name,” Brandes said. “They really care.” She said a special part of her practice is that every treatment decision is made as if the animal were the staff and doctors’ own. To that end, Brandes takes her anesthesia training very seriously and staff is monitored and goes through her “rigorous” training even if they have 10 years of experience. “(Anesthesia) is the most serious thing we do and my staff is phenomenal,” Brandes said. Brandes, a Solana Beach resident and San Diego native, has wanted to have her job since she was a little girl. “I knew when I was 5 that I wanted to do this,” said Brandes. “I am fortunate to be able to open up a practice with high quality vet care and serve the community I grew up in. It’s really special.” RSF Veterinary Hospital is at 971A Lomas Santa Fe Drive. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. For more information, call (858) 759-8797 or email

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Bells of Freedom brings holiday appreciation to military families On Sunday, Dec. 11, Bells of Freedom, a nonprofit that allows people to “adopt” military families for the holidays, had its annual “big thank you” event. Bells of Freedom is run out of the Carmel Valley-based dance studio North County DanceArts, owned by Tanya and Louis McKay. Once at Camp Pendleton, the sponsoring and military families shared a meal, and the military families received raffle prizes and gift for the holidays. The Torrey Pines lacrosse and cheer teams were on hand to assist with distributing the gifts (see page B13). For more information, visit — Story and photos by Gina McGalliard

The photos show Military families receiving raffle prizes, gifts, and the trucks filled with donations being unloaded. In the bottom photo at right is Louis McKay senior, a World War II veteran and former Marine.

Solana Pacific Sandpipers show appreciation for the troops

Solana Pacific Elementary School students participate in school-wide character education projects each month. Many of these special projects incorporate a community service component in addition to practice and recognition of important values. Past character education projects included making A-B-C books for incoming kindergarten students to encourage perseverance when learning to read; sending friendship cards to patients at Children’s Hospital; and instituting a “cooperation club” to acknowledge students observed helping others. Students also created colorful storybooks for preK students to teach the importance of responsibility, wrote essays about peers to nominate a Sandpiper of the Month, and participated in a competition to compose the new school pledge. In honor of December’s monthly character trait of compassion, Solana Pacific students created holiday cards to send to U.S. troops who were unable to return home to their families and loved ones this holiday season. The cards were sent to men and women in the military through an organization called A Million Thanks. Solana Pacific sent more than 400 letters to the troops to express gratitude and appreciation for the heroic actions of these brave individuals.

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Tragic accident motivates man to establish Round-Trip 101 Transportation service designed to reduce drunken driving BY DIANE Y. WELCH Timothy Ricker knew that fate was calling when one memorable night, almost two years ago, he witnessed a tragic accident on Interstate 5 by the Lomas Santa Fe exit. A sedan had plowed into the back of an SUV, which then rolled over killing the front passenger, a 24-year-old woman who was six months pregnant. Ricker immediately pulled over to help. He climbed through the SUV’s car window and aided in pulling the female away from the wreckage. Sadly, the woman and her fetus did not survive. A tragic accident, caused by a drunk driver, thus became the catalyst that urged Ricker to move forward with implementing a business plan for a unique transportation service, a concept that had been brewing in his mind for about a decade. “It was a big motivating factor to me finally getting the company off the ground,” he said. This service, RoundTrip 101, uses compact, collapsible motorcycles that transport company drivers to meet up with clients who

require chauffeur service. Mostly the service has been used for clients who perhaps partied more than they anticipated. The Round-Trip 101 driver meets the client at a restaurant or bar, folds up the motorcycle, places it in a duffle bag, pops it in the client’s vehicle trunk, and then drives the client’s vehicle and the client safely back to their home destination. Launched this August the business serves North County coastal communities from Carlsbad to Del Mar along the Highway 101 corridor. It is also ecofriendly, utilizing a small fleet of battery-powered motorcycles manufactured in Italy. The bike can travel about 45 miles in range before the battery needs recharging, at an operational cost of pennies a day. “Soon we’ll be utilizing solar power to recharge our batteries but, even so, we are still the only green transportation company in California that has zero emissions,” said Ricker. The service costs a lot less than a taxi or limousine and also saves a lot of fuel. “If someone had to

leave their car at a bar, grab a taxi home, and then return to retrieve their car later, this would amount to about six trips if you take into account the roaming taxi that picks them up,” Ricker explained. Typically, most people do not take a taxi to a bar or restaurant, said Ricker. “They tend to drive themselves in their own vehicles.” In view of this, Ricker started out by marketing directly with the bars and restaurants. “I realized that if I did not have their support this business model would not work.” Their response has been very positive. “Tim has a great, innovative service that has given our customers an extra option for transportation to get them home safely,” said Adam Carruth, owner of Carruth Winery in Solana Beach. “It’s been so easy to work with Round-Trip 101, even though this is a brand new concept, our customers who use the service give us great feedback,” said Meryl Klemow from Solana Beach’s Belly Up. “They say it’s a better option than get-

ting a taxi.” Round-Trip 101 services have been used by clients at local eateries. As business grows Ricker plans to have a philanthropic component to his business model. “I’m aiming to put 1 percent of revenues into a separate account for a local nonprofit that supports either a healthy eco-system or water-system,” said Ricker, an avid surfer who grew up in the Bay Area. Round-Trip 101’s typical client is a responsible, educated professional who leads a busy life, has things to do the next day and cannot have the inconvenience of not having their vehicle, said Ricker. The rate of service is a $20 arrival fee, plus $3 a mile. For those who work locally in the service industry there is a special 50 percent discount. The 24-hour service includes airport pick-up or drop-off, doctors or surgery appointments, golf events, and winery, bar and restaurant pick-ups. There are also special daytime rates for seniors. Call (760) 500-5000 or visit www.round-trip101. com

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High Bluff students learn to use social media to help others BY KELLEY CARLSON Usually cell phones are prohibited in classrooms, often being taken away by the teacher, but for one group of students in Carmel Valley, the devices are part of the curriculum. “I (thought), how can we turn (this issue) around and make it positive?” said Jill Duoto, director of High Bluff Academy. The result: Members of the High Bluff Outreach service organization, an extension of the academy’s “Marketing for Nonprofits” class, are using social media outlets such as Facebook and cell phone contacts to further their philanthropic mission of helping those in need. In addition, the students are learning the Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel spreadsheet programs; how to design logos; and gaining event planning experience in which they learn how to budget and research prices. All of these skills will be put to use when the youths host an Extreme Sports Day fundraiser in mid-February, featuring activities such as laser tag and extreme dodge

High Bluff Outreach students present a check to George Odong and Cynda Fuentes to help with a maternity clinic in South Sudan. ter-school tutoring program. High Bluff Drive. ball, additional games, food The Carmel Valley resident “I like that it’s a class and prizes. Proceeds will be decided to incorporate it as used to buy medical supplies you can’t take at any other part of the “Marketing for public high school,” junior for a maternity clinic in Remy Laing said. “We go off Nonprofits” course, but said South Sudan. she hopes to open membercampus a lot, do a lot of The 10 enrolled stuship to students from other hands-on things.” dents are receiving credit for campuses, possibly as early as Duoto said she wanted the class, fulfilling the canext year. to establish a community reer/technical education re“We would have to hold service club for the kids at quirement by the state for meetings after school,” said the newly established fullgraduation. It’s held every Duoto, who has previously time, college prep school, Friday, in a four-hour block, worked with Canyon Crest which was previously an afat the academy’s campus on

Academy’s marketing department. Meanwhile, High Bluff Outreach focuses on assisting a combination of local and international nonprofits. Among those is The Project for Sudan, a small grassroots organization that aims to provide safe maternal and child health care services in the poverty-stricken African country. The idea to help the nonprofit literally came to Duoto. She explained how she met a woman with an “amazing” resume who applied for a position at High Bluff Academy. Cynda Fuentes, who had been involved in international relief work, was married to one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, George Odong. According to Duoto, Odong was 8 years old when he was sent away by his parents during the Second Sudanese Civil War, in order for him to avoid being killed by government troops and government-sponsored militias. Thousands of boys as young as 6 years old made a three-month trek to a refugee camp, and many of

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TPHS Wrestling Team Christmas Tree Fundraiser The Torrey Pines High School Wrestling Team recently finished their annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Once again the Christmas tree sale was a tremendous success, but this year there was an added bonus: local residents and businesses throughout the Carmel Valley and San Diego showed their appreciation for the families of deployed Marines and Sailors by buying trees on their behalf. According to the Team Liaison Patti Maffett, “It seemed like the perfect opportunity to help brighten the holidays for a few of the thousands of military families in the San Diego area who will not be spend-

ing the holidays with their loved ones. We are so grateful that we live in America and have the freedoms that we often take for granted. The wrestlers and local citizens were excited to be able to contribute.” In all, the Torrey Pines Wrestling Team delivered 45 trees to Marines and Sailors currently deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Pendleton, the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group based in San Diego, and other military families in the San Diego area. Also, see page B13 for other TPHS efforts.

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Olympic fencer Soren Thompson visits Carmel Creek Elementary BY KARIN KUIPER Every Thursday the children of Carmel Creek Elementary School participate in the PTAsponsored fitness club Cougars in Motion, which is part of a program to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle at an early age. The children from first through fourth grade run or walk one-quarter mile laps around the grassy sports fields. They earn the wildly popular “foot” or “shoe” charms for varying numbers of laps which are collected on a bracelet. Last week was a very special Cougars in Motion because Olympic fencer Soren Thompson paid a surprise visit to the school. Soren, a San Diego native, grew up in Carmel Valley and graduated Torrey Pines High School in 1999 and Princeton University in 2005. Soren began fencing in a USCD recreational class at the age of 7. At 12, he began commuting to Los Angeles for more competitive training, which eventually paid off. From 19992001, Soren was the top ranked U.S. Junior men’s Epee fencer, becoming 1999 U.S. Junior Olympic and 2000 Junior National Champion. Soren fenced four years for Princeton University, winning the NCAA Championship title. In 2004 he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team, in Athens Greece, where he finished 7th in Individual Men’s Epee. He continued to fence on the U.S. National Team up to the 2008 Olympic Games after which he took a hiatus to work in international business. In early 2011, Soren decided to stage a comeback and try for a berth on the 2012 Olympic Team. As the season progressed he won Bronze in the Stockholm Grand Prix, won the U.S. National Championships in Portland and Gold at the Pan American Championships, among other achievements. At this moment he is ranked first in the U.S. and 10th in the world. It was great that Soren took the time to help during the Cougars in Motion program. The Olympic athlete is a true inspiration for the children who may dream of ever competing at the Olympic Games. Without a doubt, Carmel Creek will be following Soren Thompson’s progress in the 2012 Olympic year. (Top right photo) From left to right: Reid Hershey, Kai Walsh, Joost de Jong (all 3rd grade) and Soren Thompson. (Bottom right photo) From left to right: Back row: Soren Thompson, Trinity Peck, Victoria Thompson, Malou Petersen, Alva Olsson, Isabella Baretto, Malia Koliander, Tzipporah Moehringer, Alexandra Chudin, Ruairi Brown, Sheila Thompson (co-chair PTA Carmel Creek School). Front row: Samantha Prestrelski, Talia Pearlman, Peyton Hinman, Sarah Golts, Emma Lee. Article and photos by Karin Kuiper

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Local resident overcomes adversity to win national equestrian title BY KELLEY CARLSON It was about a year ago when “Joy” returned to local resident Helen Reed’s life. After suffering from a nearly three-year bout of depression and selling her promising Arabian show horses, Reed recovered and was reunited with her beloved 11-year-old gray mare, SV Justajoy. It was a victory for the 67-year-old, who had been a horse lover her entire life and suddenly had trouble even leaving her house. “It’s the most isolating thing you can imagine,” Reed said. “You feel like you can’t do the smallest things, like drive to the post office. ... I hope nobody has to experience it. It’s just horrible.” After defeating depression and rediscovering her passion for equines, another win was just around the corner — in the form of a championship. Reed and Joy placed first in the 2011 Arabian Country English Pleasure Adult Amateur Owner to Ride 55 and Over Class at the U.S. Nationals in October. “If I never win another show, it won’t matter — I’m so happy,” Reed said. In the beginning Reed said she loved horses from the moment she opened her eyes. “I asked for horses every day,” she said. “I crawled around on my hands and knees (pretending to be a horse). I put bridles on my sisters and drove them around.” One evening, Reed’s mom opened her bedroom door and found her daughter sleeping standing up. “I didn’t want a horse, I wanted to BE a horse,” Reed said. “Every minute of my life was about horses.” While living in Spain as a young teen, due to her father’s career in the Air Force, Reed would ride in the countryside, paying 25 cents an hour. But when she returned to the States, Reed said “it was too expensive” to ride. Hooked on horses — again For Reed’s 50th birthday, a friend — who had two horses — gave her a trail ride as a gift.

Helen Reed with her champion 11-year-old Arabian mare, SV Justajoy. Photo/Kelley Carlson Reed’s passion for horses was reignited. Because at that point Reed was working full time as a paralegal for her lawyer husband, Mike, she wasn’t able to dedicate her time fully to equines, but “I rode when I could,” she said. Post-retirement was a different story. Reed bought her first horse in 1993, a 6-year-old nicknamed Mikey. “He was my favorite horse ever,” Reed recalled fondly. “He was a beautiful gray Arabian, just as pretty as Joy. He and I were in love. He would put his head on my shoulders, take a (gentle) hold on my sweater or skin, and blow in my ear.”

Reed started showing Mikey in 1994, and four years later they participated in their first nationals. Mikey lived to age 15, and died of cancer on the first anniversary of 9/11. Reed was heartbroken. “It was a suitably sad day,” she said, as she twisted a bracelet on her wrist made from his hair. Depression hits When the depression began in 2007, Reed had just taken some Arabian show horses to Stachowski Farm in Ohio. “It just came upon me stealthily,” she said. “My mom had died, my other trainer left me (moved), my favorite horse died — I just felt completely detached from everything, I just didn’t care about anything. I became emotionless.” Feeling disconnected with the world, Reed’s first visit to the hospital was around Christmas 2007. She was in and out of the hospital four times in nine months. “She is so joyous and a passionate person,” said Dolly Toler, a longtime friend of Reed’s who works with horse trainers. “To see her not care about anything was hard.” Reed said she tried all kinds of medications, but nothing worked. She finally turned to shock treatments, which she initially resisted — she was afraid that with electroshock, she would lose her memory. “I didn’t lose a single memory about my life,” Reed said. “In fact, I’m better now than before. I lost my fear — now I’m not afraid of anything.” It was after the shock treatments when Reed started feeling some emotion again. “You don’t realize that you got better until you have a tiny bit of joy in your life,” she said. “Suddenly, one day I got a pang when I saw my grandchildren. Also, I couldn’t cry when I was depressed, and I’m a huge crier. When I saw ‘Marley and Me’ on TV, I thought, ‘I’m coming back!’ ” Meanwhile, Toler and another friend, Michelle Harris, a nurse practitioner, kept working with Reed. “Dolly and Michelle wouldn’t give up,” Reed said. “They kept urging me on and supporting me. Everything I See EQUESTRIAN, page 21

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Solana Beach 12U girls soccer take 2nd at Mesa tournament Solana Beach 12U girls soccer placed 2nd in the Mesa’s 28th Annual All Star Soccer Tournament held Dec. 10-11. (Above) Back row: Coach Gordon Hanson, Anne Berry, Audry Tharp, Ruby Wexler, Grace Hurley, Keila De La O, Julianna Menhennet, Carly Hanson, Coach Chris Costello; Front Row: Annie Reily, Ester De La O, Ashley Serven, Andy Perry, Hannah Wagner, Laura Larkin, Julie Ann Doody. William Alter

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7 and 2 Carmel Valley Dons Junior Pee-Wee Division advances in playoffs

The Carmel Valley Dons Tackle Football 5th grade team advanced in the playoffs towards the championship by stunning the favored Otay Mesa Broncos with a thrilling 19-13 overtime victory at Otay Mesa High School. Throughout the game, the impressive CV Dons defense contained the fast-running Broncos that have averaged over 30 points per game during the regular season, by holding Otay Mesa to a mere 6 points until the final minute of regulation play. The CV Dons defensive linemen Leo Silverman (55), Cole Shearson (22), and Logan Berzins (11) physically contained the Broncos while linebackers Grant Anderson (5), Justin Vilchis (34), Jack Foate (20), and Crew Fritsch (56) aggressively pursued the gaps. The CV Dons defensive backs Owen Davies (98), Edin Gonzalez (32), Chaz Talman (1), William Alter (15), and Ethan Kreutzmann (8) minimized the Broncos pass attack and forced

two turnovers. In a nail-biting final quarter of regulation play, Otay Mesa forced overtime with a 20 yard “hail mary” touchdown pass to tie the score at 13-13 despite intense pressure on the Broncos quarterback. In the first play of overtime, CV Dons defensive end, Logan Berzins (11) forced a fumble from the Broncos quarterback that was recovered by Grant Anderson(5) to end the Bronco attack. The CV Dons won the game four plays later with a perfectly executed 4th down option pass from running back Ethan Kreutzmann (8) to tight end Grant Anderson (5) for a 10 yard touchdown in an emotional finish. The CV Dons will next face the impressive first place Los Toros team (8-

1) from the eastern division at Santana High School. The Carmel Valley Dons Youth Football League was formed in 2010 to create a highly competitive Division 1 Youth Football program 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 named the “Little Dons” by the Cathedral High football players, much of the team’s first year of 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

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Sharks Boys U-10 Recreational Tournament Champions: Back Row: Coach Brian Bone, Ben Chen, Cody Van Ness, Brandon Chao, Raymond Song, Davis Bone, Dylan Chmelka, Matthew Covey, Coach Dave Chmelka; Front Row: James Meyer, Nicholas Salz, Andy Nelson, Nick Mehta, Zane Schwab

DMCV Sharks Boys Div 5 Recreational Tournament Champions Congratulations to Coach Dave Chmelka and the Orange Crush for winning the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys Division 5 Recreational Tournament. There were 20 teams in the tournament from Boys U-10 and the Orange Crush won the Championship with 5 victories and 1 tie. The team scored 13 goals in 6 games and only gave up 1 goal. In the regular season the team won 7 out of 8 games with 28 goals scored and 12 goals given up. Coach Dave Chmelka, Brian Bone and their Orange Crush Team are to be congratulated for their great teamwork and skilled play. Go Crush!

DMCV Girls Division 5 Blue team tops in division at Mesa Tournament The DMCV Girls Division 5 Blue team came together to win their division in Mesa Soccer’s 28th Annual Recreational All Star Tournament. The Sharks squeaked out a 1-0 decision vs the DMCV Girls Division 5 Gold team in a Finals match that could have easily gone either way. Both teams had gone undefeated in pool play to advance to the Finals of this fun 14- team tournament. Special thanks to the Mesa Soccer Club for organizing such a great tournament. Across the board, the players and families had a great time competing over the weekend! Coached by Eric Kowack and Josh Ellingson.

Sharks BU10 La Jolla All-Star Tournament Champions: Back Row: Coach Ronnie Levy, Jacob Anfuso, Benjamin Anderson, Diego Campisano, Davis Bone, Trevan Martin, Cole Wojtkowski, Coach Dave Chmelka; Front Row: Keyan Zokaie, Cole Hamer, Dylan Chmelka, Matt Levy, Ryan Levy, David Sands-Weinstein.

DMCV Sharks Boys Div 5 LJ All-Star Tournament Champions Congratulations to Coach Dave Chmelka and the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Boys Division 5 Gold All-Star team for winning the La Jolla All-Star Tournament. This is the third year in a row that the DMCV Sharks Gold Team won this tournament. There were 15 AllStar teams from the U-10 Division in the tournament and the Sharks Gold team won the Championship with 5 shut-out victories. (5-0 vs. Coronado / 9-0 vs. Penasquitos / 2-0 vs. Scripps White / 1-0 vs. Poway / 1-0 vs Scripps Red.) The team scored 18 goals in 5 games with 0 goals scored against them. Coach Dave Chmelka, Ronnie Levy and their U-10 AllStar Team are to be congratulated for their incredible display of teamwork, skilled play and outstanding sportsmanship. Go Gunners!

In photo, back row: Bruce Smitham and Chris Hughes; Middle row: Anna, Kate, Sofia, Grace and Brenda; Front row: Talia, Victoria, Ashley, Andy, Maggie and Madison. Not pictured: Alyssa.

DM/CV Sharks G-U8 All Star Gold Team wins Championship The Sharks U8 All-Stars won the Mesa Soccer’s 28th annual All Star Tournament. The girls scored 11 goals in 4 games in an impressive team effort. They played against the other Sharks U8 All-Star team in the finals. This game ended in 1-1 after playing overtime. Penalty kicks settled the score 3-1. The team is coached by Chris Hughes and Bruce Smitham.

Torrey Pines JV soccer team tops at tournament (Photo at left) The Torrey Pines JV soccer team won the 34th Annual Grossmont Tournament on Dec. 10. JV defeated Valhalla High School 4-2 in the finals. Jeremy Dinkin, Jake Heilbrunn, Tyler Valdes and Hunter Willoughby each scored a goal in the championship game. This is JV’s first pre-season tournament under the direction of new JV Coach Danny Berthiaume. The team is looking forward to their next tournament, the North County Inland Invitational 2011 beginning Dec. 19.

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Friends: I would like to assess your interest in forming a Torrey Hills/Carmel Valley garden club. If you are interested in helping to form or belonging to such an organization, please email me at and also note if there are particular aspects of gardening you would like to learn more about. The purpose of the club would be for gardening fellowship, learning from each other and area experts about such things as a Torrey Hills/Carmel Valley-specific gardening calendar, organic gardening, vegetable gardening, gardening in small spaces, water-wise gardening, composting, vermiculture, and perhaps areas of specific interest such as roses, dahlias, orchids, plus any other topics of general local gardening interest. When I’ve received a fair number of responses, a meeting will be scheduled in January at a convenient time and we can decide whether/how to proceed. I’m really hoping to hear from many interested local gardeners. Stevie Hall

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MEDIA continued from page 14 up generator. “What a great opportunity for us to help!” Duoto said. For another project, students used their social media skills and asked friends to donate clothes, books and shoes to help the predominantly Christian, English-speaking country. Few resources are left after the country split from the Muslim nation, whose main language is Arabic. “The kids were able to completely fill the lobby (with items),” Duoto said. “It demonstrated how powerful contacts are. “I’m trying to teach that you can do incredible things with technology ... you don’t have to do a lot of legwork,” she added. High Bluff Outreach is also planning to help raise money for a four-wheeldrive truck for the maternity clinic. Currently, women in labor are taken to the clinic on a motorcycle, bouncing around on bumpy, ungraded roads. “The stories were so compelling ... how can we not do everything we can?” Duoto said. The group also hopes to Skype soon with Odong, who is presently in South

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EQUESTRIAN continued from page 18 did, they did with me.” During Reed’s depression, she sold her three Arabians in Ohio. Jim Stachowski sold two of them within his own barn — one of them being Joy— so that if Reed decided she wanted them back, the possibility existed. The third horse went to a friend. Back in the saddle again Toler and Harris had a feeling that horses would be key in lifting Reed’s depression. “We knew where her joy and passion was,” Toler said. “She put on a happy face. We’d say, ‘Come on, Helen, let’s go ride.’ Finally, the horses broke through that dark cloud.” “It was slow, arduous work,” Reed said. “Saturday after Saturday, in the rain, cold, she (Dolly) would drive us (to Temecula). I

thought, ‘What am I doing? Why am I not in bed?’ “(When you’re depressed), you have to have someone who really wants to help you, and if you say ‘no,’ they won’t listen to you,” Reed said. Eventually, the opportunity came up to buy Joy back, and Toler showed Reed videos of the mare. Something clicked, Toler said, and once again, Reed owned Joy. As soon as Joy returned to Reed’s life, in October 2010, things turned around rapidly, Toler said. “Horse therapy is really a phenomenon,” Reed said. “Having a warm horse, you look in that big, brown eye ... it really helps. They’re nonjudgmental. There’s such power when you’re on the back of a steed like that.” The ride of her life Reed started preparing

for the beginning of the 2011 Arabian show circuit, and drove to Scottsdale, Ariz., for about six consecutive weekends in January and February, until the start of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Reed and Joy began earning points to earn their way into the nationals, and continued to accumulate them through local shows and regionals during the year. Meanwhile, Reed began to rebuild her stable and bought two more Arabians: Lady Ava Isabela, 6, a twotime national champion; and GSF Exclusive, 3. In June, Reed moved Joy to Stachowski Farm’s new San Marcos facility, headed by Jon Ramsay. “He’s got a head on his shoulders that you wouldn’t believe,” Reed said. “He’s so calm and organized, and the horses love him.”

“Helen worked really, really hard to get here,” Toler said. “The minute Jon and she got together, she started winning everything.” Reed traveled from Rancho Santa Fe to San Marcos several times a week to ride Joy. ”I would not have had all the success that I’ve had if I couldn’t practice, practice, practice,” she said. A happy ending This year’s U.S. Nationals were held Oct. 21-29 in Tulsa, Okla. Reed and Joy competed in an Arabian Country English Pleasure class, in which the horses must look like they’re a pleasure to ride, have perfect manners, and be soft in the mouth. “You’ve got to have luck, work hard, and have a good horse who gives all,” Reed said. She and Joy overcame

all obstacles, and brought home their first championship. Jim Stachowski rode Reed’s other two Arabians, Ava and Exclusive, and both finished in the top 10 in their classes. Ava competed in the open 1/2 Arabian English Pleasure class, while Exclusive participated in the English Pleasure Futurity. Ironically, one of the horses Reed bred and then sold during her depression was also crowned as a champion at the nationals. RA Alliza, owned by Marlene Leichtfuss, won the HalfArabian Country English Pleasure AAOTR Maturity. “At 67, I feel like I’m 16,” Reed said. “I’m happy, joyous, free — I never knew my life could be so free. I thought at 67 I’d be in a recliner and moaning. “I truly believe it’s (the depression) gone.”


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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Football: Santa Fe Christian’s amazing run finally hit a wall. The Eagles had their 11-game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion, as a late field goal was the difference in a 32-29 loss to Christian on Dec. 9 in the San Diego Section Division V championship game at Mesa College. The Eagles had state championship bowl aspirations going into the title game. They hadn’t lost since being shut out by Westview 21-0 on their Sept. 2 season opener. The Eagles’ average margin of victory during their winning streak was 30 points. Tony Miro rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries to lead the Eagles, and Grant Lucier gained 61 rushing yards and scored one touchdown on eight carries. Eagles quarterback Connor Moore was five for 11 passing for 94 yards. A 38-yard field goal with just less than 30 seconds left in the game was the difference. Boys basketball: Torrey Pines won the Hilltop tournament title as the Falcons defeated Mission Bay 61-46 in the Dec. 9 title game at Hilltop High. Tournament MVP Joe Rahon scored 33 points to lead the Falcons, and Garrett Galvin added 15 points. The Falcons opened the tournament with a 71-48 victory over San Diego on Dec. 2 and then beat tournament host Hilltop 67-42 the next day. The Falcons secured the best record in their pool with a 55-41 victory over Helix on Dec. 6 that enabled them to get to the tourney finals despite a 62-59 overtime loss to Monte Vista on Dec. 8. Rahon scored 30 points to lead the Falcons in the Helix game and Galvin added 11 points. Rahon scored 32 points in the Monte Vista game and Galvin added 15 points. Rahon averaged 27.6 points in the season-opening tournament as the Falcons improved their record to 4-1. ***** Cathedral Catholic remained unbeaten as they advanced to the finals of the Wolfpack-Horseman tournament with a resounding 68-36 victory over Carlsbad in the semifinals on Dec. 10 at West Hills High. Nick Prunty scored 19 points and had four steals to lead the Dons. Xavier Williams added 11 points, and Niksha Federico contributed 10 points. The victory followed a 73-50 win against Escondido the previous day in which Prunty led the Dons with 19 points. Williams added 17 points and Federico contributed 14. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 5-0. Girls basketball: Canyon Crest Academy defeated Ramona 57-51 in a nonleague game on Dec. 10.

Alison Brown scored 14 points to lead the Ravens and Stephanie Bieler added 12 points. Kathryn Brandos contributed 10 points. The victory followed nonleague wins against Santa Fe Christian (59-41) and Grossmont (62-36) on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. Julia Brew scored 21 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Ravens. Brown added 16 points and Bieler contributed 15 rebounds and four points. Megan Franke scored 12 points to lead Santa Fe Christian and Lindsey Almquist added 10 points. Brown scored 28 points to lead the Ravens in the Grossmont game and Brew added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 4-1. Girls soccer: Despite heavy graduation losses and the retirement of longtime coach Dennis Costello, defending San Diego Section Division I and State Regional champion Torrey Pines wasted little time adding more hardware to their already crowded trophy chest. The Falcons defeated host Bonita Vista 1-0 to win the Bonita Vista tournament title on Dec. 10. Earlier in the day, the Falcons defeated Rancho Bernardo 1-0 in the semifinals. Courtney Massimino scored the Falcons’ only goal in the title game off an assist from goalie Hunter Rittgers. Rittgers, who was credited with the shutout, had seven saves. Delaney Giacalone scored Falcons only goal in the Rancho Bernardo game off an assist from Gianna Montini. Rittgers had 10 saves. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 5-0. ***** Cathedral Catholic defeated Bishop’s 1-0 in a Butch Lee tournament game on Dec. 10. Natalie Teles scored game’s only goal off an assist from Brittany Doan. Dons Goalie Hanna Macaulay was credited with the shutout. Boys soccer: Cathedral Catholic defeated Mar Vista 5-0 in a nonleague San Diego High tournament game on Dec. 10. Jared Hegardt, Lucas Ilijebski, Morgan Harrison and Derek Viegas and Brendan Pottier each contributed one goal to lead the Dons and goalie Giovanni Garbella had five saves. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 2-1. ***** Canyon Crest Academy defeated Montgomery 4-1 in a nonleague game on Dec. 10. Brady Seitz scored three goals and had one assist to lead the Ravens. Goalie Justin Bartell had five saves, and Tad McCardell added two saves.

San Diego Rowing Club brings home the hardware at Long Beach XMAS Regatta San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) posted a series of impressive finishes at the Long Beach XMAS Regatta, bringing home multiple gold, silver and bronze medals for the day. Coming in the top three places in tight competition with Long Beach Junior Crew and Newport Aquatic Rowing Teams in photo finishes. Over 20 rowing organizations throughout Pictured with medals: Rachael Haase - senior Torrey Pines/Carmel California and Ari- Valley; Nyssa Stokes - senior Steele Canyon/La Mesa; Katie Plaxe zona participated senior Francis Parker/Carmel Valley; and Christine Buckley - junior in this annual Francis Parker/Mission Hills. competitive, yet festive, regatta. Plus, many top collegiate programs were in attendance. Many crews donned reindeer head gear or their coxswains proudly wore Santa hats to celebrate the season. Highlights of the regatta for SDRC include the Women’s Varsity double of Christine Buckley (Mission Hills resident, Francis Parker School junior) and Rachael Haase (Carmel Valley resident, Torrey Pines senior) clearly won gold with a 3.06 finish. Another impressive gold medal finish was the Mixed Quad of Christine Buckley/Francis Parker junior, James Bernard/Cal Coast Academy senior, Nyssa Stokes /Steele Canyon senior, Max Gruenberg/La Jolla Country Day junior. SDRC Director of the Juniors Crew, Chris Callaghan, believes that this is an important regatta as it shows athletes how they will measure up with other Southern California Crews as we transition into the key competitive spring racing season. On the college front, many of the senior varsity women have signed with top D1 collegiate rowing programs including: Liza Gurtin ‘12 coxswain – Stanford (resident La Jolla/senior Francis Parker); Kate Hamilton ‘12– Dartmouth (resident Pacific Beach/senior La Jolla Country Day); Rachael Haase ’12 – USD (resident Carmel Valley/senior Torrey Pines); Hannah Saddler ’12 – Notre Dame (resident Scripps Ranch/senior Scripps Ranch High School).

Local resident Cory Nasoff among collegiate powerhouses on Maccabi USA’s men’s water polo team The USA Men’s Water Polo Team, competing at the 12th Pan Am Maccabi Games in São Paulo, Brazil, has a very solid water polo team for the games, which includes seven players who have played for top-rated Division I programs. The team will be anchored by four collegiate powerhouse athletes, including: •NCAA All American and local resident Cory Nasoff of the University of California, Berkeley was on a Cory Nasoff with his parents Carla and Marc Nasoff. team that finished second at the NCAA championship in 2010, and was on the Bronze Medal U.S. Squad at the 2011 University Games in Shenzen, China; •Devon Borisof, a starter for University of Southern California, was the defensive MVP at the 2004 Pan Am Games and was named as a first team academic All-American; •Academic All-American Joseph Gullikson of the University of the Pacific was three times named the Mountain Pacific Conference Player of the Week; •NCAA Player of the Week; and Michael Rosenthal, a starter for the University of Southern California. All will represent the USA at the Pan Am Maccabi Games. The Games take place Dec. 26-Jan. 2. For more information, visit Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.

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Back Row : Devon Doheny, Ashlyn Elliott, Jaden Watkins, Emily Belshin, Emma Brown, Kylie Selk, Macy Simon, Coach Ari Laliotis, Coach mark Watkins. Front Row : Samantha Griffith, Katy Laliotis, Amanda Reeves, Mackenzie Carey, Eva Abello, Julia Little, Ana Abello, Emery Mares, and Daniella Sherwin.

Shark Attack at Mesa All-Stars Tournament The DMCV Sharks Girls U14 team continued their undefeated All Star season with an impressive victory in the 28th Annual Mesa All-Stars Tournament, Dec. 10-11. “Defense wins championships, and we proved that today,” said All-Star coach Ari Laliotis. Coach Mark Watkins was “ proud of the total team effort, and that each player gave 110 percent all weekend !” Over the span of two tournaments, the team is undefeated, and has held their opponents scoreless in the 9 matches.The Girls U14 victory was part of a clean sweep by the DMCV Sharks Girls’ teams who won all 4 division championships at the Mesa Tournament.

From top left: Assistant Coach Steve Moglia, Talia Nakata, Megan Moglia, Megan Woelkers, Megan Keel, Graciela Mussali, Amanda Tanaka, Coach Brandon Poe. From bottom left: Lily Spence, Erin Poe, Nikki Kovacevic, Skyler Williams, Torrey Van Ness and Minori Koga.

Sharks Girls U10 Gold Team in Tournament Championship The Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Girls Under 10 Soccer Gold All Star team played in the Mesa All Star Tournament on December 10-11. The team won all three bracket games but lost in the championship game to the Sharks Blue team, 1-0. During the tournament, the Sharks Gold team scored 9 goals and allowed only two. A special thank you to the parents, Tommy Mauer and Shannon MacMillan for their tremendous support.

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The Competitive division of Rancho Santa Fe Youth Soccer, known as Attack, will be having tryouts for Boys and Girls U7 – U9 the first week of January. The Tryout Flyer along with the Tryout Waiver Form can be downloaded from the League website at Boys and Girls tryouts will be Jan. 3 and 4 with Thursday, Jan. 5, for “Call Backs” as necessary. The tryouts will start at 3:45 p.m. for all age groups. All of the tryout sessions will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Sport Field. The Attack competitive soccer program offers teams in every age group from U7 to U19 for those who are interested in a higher level of play. These teams are coached by a highly qualified international coaching staff that train and develop players who aspire to play in college and beyond. Competitive coaching focuses on skill development in the younger age groups and tactical abilities for the older players. Skill development for players is always the focus with winning as the main objective. Malcolm Tovey, the director of coaching, has been with the league for 13 years.

Coach Tovey is one of the most well-known and respected coaches in Southern California having been involved with youth soccer here for almost 30 years. Coach Tovey’s philosophy is that soccer is “more than just a game.” The league’s mission is to develop the passion for the game throughout the community and through soccer have fun, build character and develop an appreciation for the rich spectrum of the world’s cultures. “Our goal at Attack is to provide the Rancho Santa Fe soccer community with the resources and support needed to learn about the game, and for all youth who want to play, we pledge to provide the highest level of coaching and to organize quality competitions for all levels of play,” states Tovey. “We want to give each player the best opportunity we can to develop by providing only the best in all areas of the game.” Questions about the Tryouts can be directed to the League office at 760-479-1500 or by emailing Marilee Pacelli, director of League Operations at Marilee@rsfsoccer.

Rancho Santa Fe Soccer League to hold Holiday Soccer Camp The Rancho Santa Fe Soccer League recently announced its upcoming Holiday Camp. More information on the camp and a registration flyer can be found on the League website at, under Recreational — Camps/Clinics. The Holiday Camp will be held Dec. 19-23 at the Rancho Santa Fe Sport Field, 16826 Rambla Del Las Flores in Rancho Santa Fe. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon all five days and is designed to focus on improving individual skills such as dribbling, passing, finishing, and shooting, as well as speed training and goalie skills. Players will go over the mechanics of opposition (attack/defend), then work the skills into small-sided game situations. The camp is open to all players, recreational and competitive, and will be conducted by Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey and his professional coaching staff. More information on the Holiday camp and the camp registration flyer can be downloaded from the League website. Hurry and register to save your spot! Questions about the Holiday Camp can be directed to the league office at 760-479-1500 or by emailing Marilee Pacelli, director of League Operations at

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Cooking authority continues to share her passions for good food and family Judi Strada has a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies, which, coupled with an adventuresome appetite, led her to study other cultures through their foods. Among the work she has done as an independent food writer, and radio and television spokesperson is to write, then travel around the world promoting “The Sheraton World Cookbook,” and its “Culinary Festival Cookbook”; represent Best Foods in its “Best Foods Presents Easy Entertaining with Judi Strada” video; appear on a regular basis for 20 years as Judi Strada an on-air cooking authority for several Los Angeles and San Diego TV programs; and publish hundreds of local newspaper and magazine articles. Her latest cookbook, “Sushi for Dummies,” was written with Mineko Moreno. Judi is currently working on a kitchen gardens cookbook.

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Festival of the Arts returns to CCA


nvision, the Arts at CCA and the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation presented the annual Festival of the Arts on Dec. 10. FOTA showcased the talent of students in CCA’s visual, performing and digital arts, with musical and theatrical performances, dance, cinema screenings, and student artwork. Guests consulted with teachers’ “Wish Lists,” funding gifts through the Raven Wishes Program. Visit PHOTOS: JON CLARK

Back row: Emily, Rachel, Brooke, Kristin, Julian, Halle. Front row: Torrey, Marie, Guy

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Earl Warren Art Festival features a variety of student creativity

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BY DIANE Y. WELCH Warren Hall at the Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach was overflowing with people on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 8, with many in the audience standing two deep in the back of the room. The occasion that brought so many parents, students and teachers together was the school’s winter Arts Festival. A similar event is also held at the school in the spring. The walls of the venue were decorated with samples of students’ art and the lineup for the evening’s entertainment included music from the Sea Hawk Guitar Class and orchestral arrangements from the Sea Hawk Beginning and Intermediate Band. The atmosphere was festive and lively. Tami Austin, fine arts and yearbook teacher, and Lindsay Harris, digital and new media arts teacher, opened the program at 6 p.m. The visual and per-

forming arts festival showcased how the students have grown artistically and musically since school started in late August. Students in yearbook were on hand to capture the event for next year’s school annual. First up was the guitar ensemble. Directed by music teacher Brett McCarty, new to the school this year, the large group of seventh and eighth graders played through six pieces which included traditional folk songs“Greensleeves” and “Amazing Grace,” and popular tunes “Let It Be”and “Sweet Child of Mine.” In his introduction, McCarty, who also teaches music at Carmel Valley Middle School, explained that of his group of students only about 15 percent of them had prior experience with playing the guitar, and so most are budding musicians. “They have grown tremendously,” he said. During the intermission there was an opportunity to

view the exhibit of artwork. “We offer five visual art electives,” Austin explained. These include general studio arts with a focus on the mastery of elements of art and principles of design, and digital art and art for new media, with an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. For the first time several students in the visual arts received ribbons for their work. There were six categories, which included Best Technique, Most Creative, Most Unique, Most Humorous, Most Realistic, and Student Choice. Awards were given in the three genres of art – fine, digital and new media. The studio art exhibit included water color interpretations of a color drenched tree, and paper mache sculptures. Digital and art for new media pieces included designs for music posters, flat-pack toys, short stories, comic strips and magazine covers.

Students Ruby Pederson (in front) and Kalyn Klimek admire the artwork on display. Photo courtesy Tami Austin After the intermission, the Sea Hawk Beginning/Intermediate Band played a program of three arrangements: “Dance of the Thunderbolts,” two Celtic folk songs, and “Dark Fortress.” Commenting on the importance of music in education, Camber Hardy, a site council member for EWMS and the San Dieguito Union School District, said, “Music is a great IQ booster. The kids who take band are smart. It’s also wholesome fun for them and keeps them stay-

ing busy.” Hardy is the mom of Jacob Hardy, who plays trumpet in the band. In addition to showcasing student talent, the festival also served as a fundraiser. The proceeds from a suggested donation of $5 to attend the event, and the sale of snacks and beverages, donated by parents, brought in funds. Some of the students also opted to have their art framed for $29.95, which was then purchased by their parents. The EWMS Art Club or-

ganized its own fundraiser that evening. Available for order were transfer images for tee shirts, taken from the students’ art. Eighth grader Elise Gilmore had a sample of her artwork imprinted on a shirt on display. For a low price of $4 for light fabric, and $6 for dark fabric, a custom image is printed on to a transfer sheet then heat pressed onto the shirt. “You just provide the tee-shirt,” said Elise. Custom designs may also be created by Art Club students. The festival is a major fundraiser for the arts with all proceeds going directly to the Visual and Performing Art programs, said Austin. Funds help purchase art materials, instruments and to pay for transportation to music events. Further donations are most welcome. Contact Lindsay Hern, department chair, at lindsay. to find out more information.

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Le Bambou â&#x2013; 2634 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar â&#x2013;  (858) 259-8138 â&#x2013; â&#x2013;  Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday â&#x2013;  The Vibe: Classic, Casual through Friday; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  Signature Dishes: Crispy ImperiTuesday to Sunday al Rolls; Cornish Game Hen â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Bambouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; Charbroiled Pork, Spicy â&#x2013;  Reservations: Recommended Shrimp and Imperial Rolls; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shak- â&#x2013;  Patio Seating: No â&#x2013;  Take Out: Yes ing Beefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x2013;  Happy Hour: No â&#x2013;  Open Since: 1987

'Shaking Beef' consists of marinated garlic and onion beef cubes that are sauteed and placed on a bed of greens.

The dining room at Le Bambou accommodates 15 tables. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

Vietnamese family finds culinary success in Del Mar's Le Bambou BY KELLEY CARLSON hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no place like home, but Le Bambou is a close second for the Do family. Owned by Andrew Do and his wife, Cuc Nguyen (who also serves as chef) the restaurant has remained virtually unchanged since it opened its Del Mar location more than 20 years ago. In fact, according to daughter Annie Do, who is manager, Le Bambou is almost exactly like their house. Members of the Do family, along with about a half-dozen brightly colored fish in an aquarium, greet customers at the entrance. The simple, yet elegant, dining room is accented with bamboo and surrounded by pinkish-beige walls. White cloth napkins are fanned onto plates; next to the menus on the table are candles and fresh flowers picked from the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden daily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (my mom) here all day; she wants to feel like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at home,â&#x20AC;? Annie said. Nguyen, who has never taken a cooking class, is the only chef at Le Bambou and has one assistant. She prepares every dish from scratch, which is why the restaurant is limited to about 15 tables. Her experience stems from cooking for her husband and six children over the years. The Do family has been a part of San Diego Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary scene since 1977, when they opened Vietnam Restaurant in City Heights. According to Annie, it was the first Viet-


The richly flavorful Cornish Game Hen 'Le Bambou' is served with steamed rice.

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"Shakin' Beef" nam restaurant in the county. While the original establishment featured more traditional Vietnamese cooking, Le Bambou (which replaced Vietnam Restaurant) incorporates more of a Vietnamese-French fusion. The inspiration came from Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older sister, who had an eatery in France. Ninety dishes are on the menu, ranging from appetizers and soups, to vegetarian, seafood, beef and chicken entrees. The portions are large enough for family-style dining, allowing for people to sample each dish. Start off the meal with a Vegetable Ambrosia, consisting of sauteed vegetables, tofu, rice noodles, cilantro, mint and peanut sauce. Or order rice paper and other extras, and assemble your own spring rolls. Soups include Suong, which is specially prepared ground shrimp with rice noodles in a chicken broth; and Traditional Style Fish Soup, a tamarind-flavored concoc-

tion with sole or salmon, tomatoes, bean sprouts, pineapple and celery. Among the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialties are the richly flavorful Cornish Game Hen and the Clay Pot Rice, with mushrooms, shredded chicken, barbecue pork, onion and spices. Annie noted that Le Bambouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food does not contain MSG, which is typically found in Asian dishes. Also, adjustments to spice levels and other accommodations can easily be made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The majority of stuff is made to order,â&#x20AC;? Annie said. The daytime is ideal for a casual meal with business associates or friends, with ambient light filtering in through the front door. In the evening, the lights are dimmed and candles are lit. The experience is enhanced with the soft sounds of piano music. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a constant stream of customers year-round, and nighttime tends to be the busiest, Do said. She explained that the restaurant is closed on Mondays so the family can do inventory and spend time together. Quite a few of the guests have been coming in for 20 years, Annie said, and a number of the regulars dine on Wednesday and Thursday nights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fun part is seeing everybody grow up,â&#x20AC;? Annie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the holidays, families come in, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a reunion. We make everyone feel like theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at home. We know their names, and we have their orders set.â&#x20AC;?


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Just two days before Thanksgiving, John Mevi awoke to find five hungry, flea-ridden kittens abandoned in a urine soaked box in his yard in Lakeside. Mevi who had adopted pets from Helen Woodward Animal Center in the past, called the Center for help. The kittens, who are now about 10 weeks old, have recovered from their ordeal and are ready to find their forever families. In honor of Mevi and his good deed, the kittens have been named after the virtues of the holiday season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Faith, Hope, Joy, Love (or charity) and Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;First, I was shocked,â&#x20AC;? said Mevi of finding five kittens in a ratty box at the end of his long driveway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second, I thought how cute they were and third, I knew that if my daughter saw them, she would think Santa had come a little early and would want to keep them, so I took them to Helen Woodward Animal Center where I knew they would be able to find homes.â&#x20AC;? Mevi doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold it against the people who abandoned the kittens, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this economy, people just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to do. I am glad they left the kittens at my house and we were able to do the right thing.â&#x20AC;? Four of the kittens, three males and one female, are grey with big green eyes,

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while one lone female is black with green eyes and a white tuft of fur on its chin. They are sweet and playful and ready to find their forever homes this holiday season. The kittens will be part of the Iams Home for the Holidays campaign which has found homes for 6 million pets since it began at Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999. This year 3,800 animal organizations are participating worldwide and the goal is to find homes for 1.5 million pets this holiday season. For more information or to adopt these kittens, visit, call 858-756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Canyon Crest Academy Foundation will host the 2nd Annual QUEST Research Poster Session / Gallery Walk on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the QUEST Research Facility on the CCA campus. The community is invited to hear research methods and techniques students present both research proposals and completed research projects in science fields including biology, physics, and engineering. Light refreshments will be provided. More information at


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FACE board president devoted to helping animals Robb pledges to match donations up to $50,000 BY DIANE Y. WELCH For Cini Robb, serving as president of the board for the Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is much more than a responsible position, it is a passion and a calling. Part of her work with FACE — a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance and preserve the quality of life of animals by providing access to necessary medical care and education — is to review grant applications, tax records and the qualifications of each applicant. “Some of these stories just move me to tears,” said Robb. “It is my honor and greatest joy to approve these applications.” Always apprised of the outcome of these grant ap-

From left, Ira Robb, Cini Robb and John Garcia from Best Friends Animal Society, with Georgia, one of the pit bulls rescued from quarterback Michael Vick’s property. plications, Robb often finds herself calling the veterinary hospital to see how the surgery or treatment is progressing, and each and every case makes an impression on her. “Every case is special and every case deeply moves me. We deal with not just the suffering of the

animal but the anxiety and suffering of the owner,” Robb said. Robb’s passion for animals began very early in her life when she was about 6 years old. A childhood memory is when she went with her mother to take their Boston Terrier to be euthanized. “Bootsie had a

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long life but the memory is still very painful,” she recalled. Other family pets included a cat, three turtles and a dog named Cuddles. “Our last family dog was a ‘Standard Wire Haired Doxie’ and that is where my love for that breed began,” Robb said, but then added that she loves all breeds, all animals and all insects. “I cannot even kill a spider or rodent.” Currently the Robbs — Cini and her husband, Ira — have six Dachshunds and 16 birds. “We recently lost our Canary, Josh, who lived to be the ripe old age of 10. Our African Grey is named Cosmo, and we have two Paroletts, two Love Birds and 11 Cockatiels,” said Robb. Their pet family includes two 9-yearold cats, Murphy and Mulligan. The Robbs rescued them from a “No Kill Shelter” that they helped build in Long Beach, Calif. Here in San Diego, the FACE Foundation provides financial assistance to animal owners who are unable to cover the full cost of their pets’ critical or emergency veterinary care. Robb has been with the organization since its inception in

2006, overseeing $640,000 in life-saving grants that have been made possible since then. “FACE was created to address the tragedy of ‘economic euthanasia’ whereby beloved companions were being euthanized because their owners couldn’t afford the often unexpected cost of treatment needed to save their lives,” said FACE Executive Director Stacy Steele. “As many people today experience increasing economic challenges, their pets are suffering too. The number of people who cannot afford critical medical care for their sick or injured pet is growing at an alarming rate.” Over the years, Robb has supported 16 animal organizations. In addition to FACE, she is most active in the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah – the Robbs donated funds to build its Beamer Robb’s Puppy Park – and the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village in Long Beach, an affiliate with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. The Robbs donated funds to build its Long Beach facility, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The Robbs’ six Dachshunds In an effort to boost funds for FACE, from now until the end of December, Robb has pledged to match donations up to $50,000. “I want people to know that there are is so much need in the San Diego community for the life-saving critical emergency care grants that we give these helpless creatures and these worthy families. What would you do if you could not save the life of your family pet? Who would you call? Who would help you? The answer is FACE.” Looking ahead, the Robbs are hosting a FACE fundraiser, “Bags and Baubles 2012” at their Rancho Santa Fe estate home on Sunday, April 29. To find out more about the organization or to make an end of year donation visit




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Regional Holiday events: Concerts, plays, festivals and more Two Nutcracker Ballets Downtown The San Diego Symphony joins California Ballet for performances of the Tchaikovsky holiday tradition, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Dec. 21-23; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. Tickets $40-$80. (858) 560-6741. The Nutcracker tells the story of a girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. Later that evening, Clara encounters toy soldiers who have come to life to do fierce battle with giant mice before embarking on a journey through the Snow Kingdom and the Kingdom of Sweets. La Jolla Leaping Cossacks! Flurries of Snowflakes! And a Legion of Rats! See them all swoop and soar in the 22nd annual production from San Diego Ballet, Dec. 17-18 at Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD. Directed and choreographed by Robin Sherertz Morgan and Javier Velasco. La Jollan stars as Clara. Tickets $25-$45. (619) 294-7311. ***** Holiday Improv The Improv Theatre of Los Angeles takes the stage in “An Unscripted Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $20. (858) 481-1055,

Old World Beats A sequence of seasonal motets and carols will be presented by Bach Collegium under the direction of Ruben Venezuela at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at St. Andrews Church, 1050 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach. Each concert will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. round-table discussion. Tickets $25-$40. Rush door tickets at $10 for students with ID. Christmas Festival New this year, “A Christmas Tabernacle,” comes to Liberty Station in Point Loma, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 16-18. There will be two entertainment stages, live reindeer, inflatables, cookie decorating, a model train display, carolers, horse and carriage rides, films and dances featuring local bands and choirs. Tickets $18-$12 at (888) 878-6652 and at the door. (619) 754-9508. Achristmastabernacle. com Holiday Pops Billed as “a Christmas sing-along to life your spirits,” the San Diego Symphony with special guest singer John Pagano and area choirs will perform yuletide favorites, 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17, and 2 p.m. Dec. 17, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Symphony Hall, 750 B. St. The guest violinist will be Robert McDuffie. Tickets (619) 235-0804.

Timken Museum to begin new docent training class Art lovers looking for new pursuits should consider becoming a docent at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park. Docents provide guided tours and in-gallery talks to a wide range of museum audiences from novice to expert alike. Docents also serve as ambassadors for the museum, give talks in the community, and help with museum special events and programs. Dedicated to art and education, Timken docents typically have an interest in art and art history, are outgoing, and have a passion for teaching. Docents are the first faces many of museum visitors see and are essential in creating a meaningful and memorable museum experience.

The next docent training program will begin in February with classes at the museum every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. Upon completion of the 14-month training, new docents contribute a minimum of four volunteer hours per month. The training covers the history of art focusing on the periods and works of art represented in the museum’s permanent collection. Docents-in-training also receive an intensive preparation on touring techniques and strategies. If interested, complete and submit an application. For more information, all (619) 239-5548, ext. 105 or e-mail education@

Vendors needed for Canyon Crest Academy’s annual Swap Meet Canyon Crest Academy’s annual Swap Meet is looking for local vendors! Utilize this chance to fundraise on a personal or communal level on Saturday,

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Garden of Lights runs through the Holidays The San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is aglow for the holidays with more than 10,000 sparking lights providing a magical winter experience for guests of all ages. Live music will fill the air from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8-23 and Dec. 26-30, while a team of Blond Belgian draft horses provides wagon rides. There will also be a Poinsettia Gar-

den and a 60-Nutcrackers-strong exhibit, along with costumed characters and tales, tunes and crafts for children. Santa will be on hand for photos, and wine and other beverages will be available with Mexican fare from El Pollo Loco. S’mores around the campfire, too! Admission: $12-$6.

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The popular annual Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar racetrack and continues through Jan. 1. Closed Mondays except Dec. 26. The Holiday of Lights features thou-

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Congregation Beth Am Rabbi David Kornberg to light ‘3rd Night of Hanukkah Candle’ at Del Mar Highlands Town Center event Congregation Beth Am Rabbi David Kornberg will be lighting the 3rd Night of Hanukkah Candle at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center (corner of El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Rd.) on Thursday, Dec. 22, at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the Beth Am Adult Choir will be performing Hanukkah songs under the direction of Elisheva Edelson.

Disney on Ice’s Toy Story 3 coming to San Diego Toy Story 3, the Academy Award®-winning smash hit blockbuster, is so hot it’s cool as everyone’s favorite toys take to the ice in Disney On Ice presents Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 from Jan. 25-29 at Valley View Casino Center (formerly San Diego Sports Center). Tickets are available online at, by calling 800-745-3000.


BY BEN DUBOIS, MD, SCRIPPS HEALTH From a quarterback throwing a perfect pass to a flight attendant opening an overhead bin, shoulder pain can strike people of all walks of life. Depending on the cause and severity of the condition, the pain may range from mildly annoying to so debilitating that even simple acts like brushing your teeth are difficult. To understand the most common types of shoulder pain, it helps to know how the shoulder works. Your shoulder is a ball-andsocket joint made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The head of the arm bone fits into a socket in the shoulder blade, and the joint is covered by the connective tissue called the shoulder capsule. One of the most common injuries I see involves the rotator cuff, which is a group of four muscles or tendons that keep your arm in the shoulder socket. As the name implies, your rotator cuff helps you rotate and lift your arm. When one or more of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff is injured or torn, it can lead to pain and weakness in the shoulder joint. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle that runs along the top of the shoulder, but other tendons may be affected as well. Rotator cuff tears can be caused by a number of factors. Trauma such as accidents, falls, and lifting or throwing something that strains the shoulder can cause acute tears. Chronic overuse, which is common with athletes and people who do repetitive lifting or overhead work, can also cause problems. Most rotator cuff injuries, though, are caused by degeneration of the tendon over time. As we age, our tendons naturally wear out from everyday activities, making them more prone to tear. A small tear can get worse over time, especially if the tendons are already deteriorating. These types of â&#x20AC;&#x153;wear and tearâ&#x20AC;? injuries are most common in people in their 60s and older. The first step in diagnosing rotator cuff injuries is a physical examination to identify areas that are weak or painful. We may also order magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)or ultrasound tests, which can enable us to see tears in the soft tissues of the rotator cuff tendons and show us the condition of the muscles and tendons in the shoulder. Treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the injury and your age and activity level. Some patients simply choose to live with the discomfort. In mild cases, resting the shoulder and taking overthe-counter anti-inflammatory medications may be all that is needed to relieve pain. A cortisone injection can help reduce inflammation and pain as well. Physical therapy may be recommended to restore movement to the shoulder and strengthen the muscles surrounding it. A physical therapist can also teach you to modify movements that may

contribute to injury, and prescribe exercises to improve strength and flexibility, which can help prevent re-injury. If non-surgical treatments do not resolve the problem, surgery may be needed to repair the torn tendon and reattach it to the bone. In many cases, we can perform surgery using minimally invasive techniques. Recovery generally takes several months and usually includes physical therapy. Another common shoulder problem is adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. Characterized by pain and stiffness that progressively increases until the shoulder is â&#x20AC;&#x153;frozenâ&#x20AC;? in place, this condition occurs when the connective tissue capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and tight. Stiff bands of tissue called adhesions form, making it difficult for youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or anyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; to move your shoulder. The cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, but it is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 60. Generally, frozen shoulder begins with increasing sensations of pain over the outer shoulder and decreased range of motion. As the shoulder freezes, the pain may lessen, but the stiffness increases. We diagnose frozen shoulder through physical examination, checking your range of motion and flexibility both when you move your own shoulder and when someone else moves it. In many cases, frozen shoulder can be treated without surgery. Frozen shoulder sometimes gets better on its own, but may take up to two years to fully resolve. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce pain and swelling; cortisone injections may also be used. Physical therapy, including aggressive stretching and massage, can relieve tightness, break up adhesions and restore range of motion. Should surgical treatment be required, we may recommend minimally invasive arthroscopic capsular release to break up scar tissue, along with manipulation under anesthesia. In this procedure, you are given a general anesthetic and your shoulder is forcibly moved while you are asleep, which causes the tight tissues in the capsule to stretch or tear and helps you regain mobility. Most patients notice a dramatic improvement in range of motion almost immediately. If you experience shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness or decreased range of motion that does not improve within a few days or becomes worse, contact your physician for an examination. The sooner shoulder problems are diagnosed and treated, the faster the recovery will likely be. Ben DuBois, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Scripps. For more information or for a physician referral, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Your Healthâ&#x20AC;? is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health.

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Neighborhood bistro ready to wine and dine you BY CLAIRE HARLIN Coming from the family that started Pat & Oscarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and having operated the former Bread Bites & Moore for years, Tammy Moore knows a thing or two about opening a restaurant. But her latest endeavor is one that she truly calls her own â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not only is she more hands-on with the new Twisted Vine Bistro and Wine Bar that opened last month at 7845 Highland Village Place, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s combined all her favorite things about restaurants and rolled it into something she hopes will be exactly what the community needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going back to work, I want the place to reflect who I am,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love good food, wine and art.â&#x20AC;? Twisted Vine isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for families, so to speak, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of a place for parents to go only a short distance to enjoy a classy night out over wine, Moore said. The restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy is based on the notion that inspiring conversation over a tasty meal and quality glass of wine is time well spent, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Moore wants to offer to the community. Though unassuming from the outside â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the wine

bar is nestled in a Santaluz shopping center â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Twisted Vine looks elegant and modern upon entering and the menu is interesting and somewhat upscale, with items like seared yellowtail tostadas, a Moroccan Marinated South American shrimp curry and a sorpressata with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, olives and basil. Prices are less like an upscale wine bar, however, with many glasses of wine under $10 and dishes under $15. Executive chef Mia Saling said buying local and using produce thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in season makes dishes less expensive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We obviously donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Alaskan Halibut on the menu,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want it to be local, classy and affordable.â&#x20AC;? Salingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great-grandfather was Spanish, and she said that cultural influence is near and dear to her heart and very present in her dishes. For example, the popular tomato fennel soup features dried guajillo peppers to give it a kick and you can also find the traditional Spanish Romesco sauce on the menu. To sum up the character of Twisted Vineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s selection, Saling said the menu is â&#x20AC;&#x153;globally-inspired bistro food with a twist.â&#x20AC;? For example, the mol-

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December 15, 2011

Couple gets in ‘TUNE’ with North County community Chiropractic, healing center new to Cedros BY CLAIRE HARLIN

When you walk into Tune Chiropractic, located at 320 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach, the first thing you see is the “do what you love” wall, as Jenna Bleth calls it. On it are a handful of photos of clients doing what they love, whether it be a woman surfing on a pink board to raise awareness about breast cancer or a man doing personal growth coaching. Also shown is Bleth working with children in Bali, and Ryan Gessay, her fiance, doing chiropractic adjustments on kids in Brazil. “As we build a family of clients here, we’re hoping to expand the wall,” said Bleth, a Reiki and intuitive wellness practitioner. “We want it to be an inspiration for everyone who walks in the door.” Gessay, who specializes in a rare type of chiropractic work called “zone healing,” officially opened Tune Chiropractic with Bleth in October, but there were clients coming to the “boutique operation,” as they describe it,

well before the doors were open. “Before we opened for business we were pulling up the carpet, there were ladders and paint everywhere, it smelled like glue and paint and we were seeing patients on a fold-up table,” Bleth recalled. “The place was in shambles.” The demand can be attributed to Gessay’s popularity in San Francisco, where he just relocated from to get back to his North County roots and start a life with Bleth. Not only does he have a perfect rating on that has followed him to Solana Beach, but he’s got clients from Los Angeles who used to fly all the way to San Francisco and are thrilled to now make the shorter commute south. It may sound extreme for a client to venture that far, but Gessay is one of only a handful of chiropractors in the nation who practice “zone healing,” which is designed to balance major systems of the body — such as nervous, muscular, glandular,


circulatory and digestive — which Gessay says any health issue can be traced from. This process starts by touching specific points in the back of the head, which tells Gessay which spinal points to stimulate in order to promote proper communication with the rest of the body. When it comes to wellness, Gessay and Bleth work together to create the right solutions for clients and incorporate education into their healing plans. That may involve sending clients home with material to read up on or encouraging them to attend the weekly mindbody class held at Tune on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Bleth also practices Reiki, a technique that uses touch to minimize stress and promote relaxation, as well as intuitive wellness, which she said helps people “discover truth through spiritual connection.” While working in elementary schools in Bali — a trip of passion that she made happen by writing the


Jenna Bleth and Ryan Gessay recently moved TUNE Chiropractic, Health and Healing from San Francisco to North County, where Gessay grew up. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN schools directly — she explored how spirituality is accepted and integrated. With that knowledge and a very “spiritual intuitive” upbringing, she hopes to help others “ open, explore and nurture their spiritual gifts,” she said. She also hopes to practice Reiki on children and teach the art to both kids and their parents. Also on the couple’s


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SBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s India Phillips remembered at candlelight vigil


he Friends of the Phillips Family hosted a candlelight vigil to honor the loss of Solana Beach 4-year-old India Phillips, who â&#x20AC;&#x153;left us way too soon on Nov. 3, 2011.â&#x20AC;? The vigil was modeled after the Compassionate Friends Organization Worldwide Candle Lighting, which unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. Held annually the second Sunday in December, candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, as hundreds of thousands commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Visit PHOTOS:

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December 15, 2011

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he Children’s Committee of the Del Mar Foundation hosted its annual Holiday Party and Auction on Dec. 11 at the Powerhouse Community Center. The event included crafts courtesy of the Del Mar Library, festive carolers and a silent auction. The San Diego Junior Theater performed a nondenominational play titled “How I Became a Pirate — Holiday Edition.” Visit PHOTOS: JON CLARK

Lila Browne, Jolie Ana Hoyle, Catherine Hoyle, Wesley Huggett

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The San Diego Junior Theater presented ‘How I Became a Pirate.’

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ocal women gathered for “A Cup of Christmas Tea” at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. This year’s speaker was church member Carole Stabler, who shared how there is always a “next chapter” in life in her talk “Life is too short for long poems.” PHOTOS: JON CLARK

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“No matter what, we’ll have a local following,” said Chief’s owner Sean Sillstrop. “We have families who always come in here, some retired people who come every day and then there are the people in their 20s and 30s who always come in.” It may seem as if the burger is making a comeback, or maybe there’s a shift away from fast food and toward quality ingredients. The brains behind Smashburger, The Counter and Chief’s aren’t so sure, but they aren’t really concerned because their models, as described below, are working magically. “If there is such thing as ‘the burger wars,’ then everyone will win,” said Mandelbaum. “The burger has never gone away, and it probably won’t.” In response to Smashburger’s top honor in Forbes, Mandelbaum said, “There are a lot of burger places, and even bigger than us. But they chose us. We’re just very proud.”

Chief’s Burgers & Brew The family-owned Chiefs has been around since 1997, when owner Sillstrop and his father decided Solana Beach needed a place dedicated to burgers. They also offer menu staples like salads and sandwiches, but favorites like the “Super Chief” are what have kept regulars coming back. The Super Chief — which Sillstrop said is for “serious burger-eaters” — has a full pound of beef between two buns. Other favorites include the bleu cheese burger and the mushroom swiss burger. Another popular item is the hula burger, which has teriyaki sauce, pineapple and swiss cheese. Possibly even more popu-

San Diego Smashburger owner Wayne Mandelbaum demonstrates the burger-smashing technique that has given rise to the chain’s popularity, and being named “America’s Most Promising Company” by Forbes. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN

lar than the food are the beer selection and the sports-centric atmosphere at Chief’s. The place has about 25 TVs, and will put on just about any “sporting event du jour” on a screen.

Smashburger Smashburger gets its name from the cooking method that its founders coined — a technique that is said to bring out the flavors of the beef and lock in juices. The process starts with a ball of raw Angus beef, which is then “smashed” firmly into a butter-brushed grill for 10 seconds, making a caramelized sear on the outside of the burger — which local franchise owner Mandelbaum calls “the candy.” While the most popular item is the cheeseburber, Smashburger features unique items like the “Spicy Baja” and add-ons from avocado to fried pickles to a fried eggs. Each city also has a special burger created to suit that particular region. Mandelbaum describes Smashburger as “quick casual” — less expensive and faster than (but on the same level of quality as) casual dining spots like Applebee’s and Chili’s. A fun aspect of the Del

Mar location is that it features one of the biggest patios in downtown Del Mar — a spot many have discovered to be a comfortable place to indulge in the burger joint’s $10.99 bucket of beer special. “We don’t have happy hours,” said Mandelbaum. “We have happy days.”

The Counter The Counter is guest-centric, allowing for choice and creativity. With five different types of proteins, 12 cheeses, 30 toppings, 21 sauces and five buns, the cooks custombuild whatever burger the guest wants. A Counter spokesman, Costello, said there are more than 1 million possible burger combinations that can be made. Upon entering the eatery, guests are given a clipboard with an extensive list of ingredients to choose from. The Counter also offers bunfree salad-esque burger bowls. In addition to the Del Mar Highlands, there is a Counter location in Carlsbad and one soon to open in the Gaslamp Quarter.

also is highly noted for developing a beverage program at San Diego’s Keating Hotel and The merK Bistro Italiano. He has also opened clubs in Las Vegas, Miami, Mexico and New York City. Twisted Vine has a few upcoming tasting events, on Jan. 14 and on Jan. 28, which include light bites and five red wines from Stacked Stone Cellars. Also, on Feb. 11, there will be a Valentine’s Day tasting. For more information, visit; 7845 Highland Village Place, Suite C101, San Diego, 92129; 858-780-2501.

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Experience ‘Living Nativity’ at Horizon Be a witness to shepherds following a star that would lead them to a musty manger in a cave. Go back to first century Jerusalem, a Middle Eastern marketplace and an expectant crowd following a rumor about the birth of a King. Hear Moses calling God’s people to freedom, and the defiant Daniel with his friends in a fiery furnace. It’s the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. It’s the Living Nativity at Horizon… Share the true meaning of Christmas with family and friends Dec. 17-18 (5-9 p.m.), Dec. 22-23 (6-9 p.m.) The event will also feature an ice skating rink, food court, camel rides, petting zoo and games. travelling, but sitting in a comfortable chair, holding a real book in my hands that I treasure re-reading, is like visiting with an old friend. What are you currently reading? “Brandwashed” by Martin Lindstrom (on my iPad); “Leading Minds,” by Howard Gardener; “Fresh from a Monastery Garden, Vegetarian Recipes,” by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette (da Vinci would approve of this cookbook. He was a vegetarian).

Describe your greatest accomplishment. Whatever it is — whether a new book, a magazine article, or replanting my vegetable garden — I give it my all, so when it’s done, I always feel that what I just finished is my greatest accomplishment. What is your philosophy of life? “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” — Galileo

They’re here! The gray whale migration is on BY KELLY STEWART On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I was sitting having coffee with a friend along the bluffs in town when she said, “I think I saw something out there — a splash.” Thinking it was probably a diving pelican or a dolphin, I watched the spot for the next minute or so. A blow! It was a gray whale, very close to shore inside the kelp line, and Above: A gray whale flukes up to dive down. my first sighting of the season. PHOTO: JEREMY W. SMITH We watched it blow a couple summer. On the return migration, moms more times before it moved and calves hug the coastline very closely. past our vantage point. From now through Threatening the young whales during January, we’ll be seeing more and more of this trip are predatory killer whale pods — these amazing creatures heading south. Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) un- they will attack both the mother and calf, trying to kill the calf. Gray whales may be dertake one of the most impressive migraseen traveling in groups, but many travel tions in the world — traveling from northalone or in pairs. They are mottled white ern Alaskan and Russian waters to the warm over a long dark gray body (about 45 feet lagoons of the Baja California peninsula in long). They have a tapered head and no Mexico, and back again (10,000 to 14,000 dorsal fin. miles). During the summer months, they Watch for whales next time you are feast on small crustaceans on the seafloor in walking along the shore. Blows are easiest to cold northern waters. As baleen whales, the spot in the late afternoon when the sun has gray whale filters food through the fringed moved down in the sky and the blow is lit plates hanging from the roof of their from behind (and especially on a windless mouth. day, when the misty breath will hang in the In the fall, they begin to head south to air, see photo). Once you see a blow, keep warmer waters — the one-way trip can take two to three months. The first ones to arrive watching because gray whales will usually breathe three to five times about 15 to 30 to the lagoons of Mexico are the pregnant seconds apart, before you see their tail fluke whales. Here they give birth and nurse their up and they disappear beneath the surface. calves. Males and non-pregnant female gray — Kelly Stewart, Ph.D., is a postdoc with whales join them soon after, mainly for mating. Overall, they stay in the lagoons for NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Contact her at two to three months before they make the return trip, arriving back up north for the


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you don’t ever do it to yourself again. Best of luck, Warren.

Wife’s attitude oppresses husband By Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. and M’Lissa Trent, Ph.D. Dear Dr. He Said, Dr. She Said, I am a Hanalei Vierra, Ph.D. stay-at-home (Dr. He) and M’Lissa dad, which Trent, Ph.D. (Dr. She) means that I take our two kids back and forth to school, clean the house, do the laundry, pay the bills, and make the social calendar for us all. My wife is the bread winner. She works for a large corporation, has a graduate degree in economics, and busts her butt to make a decent living for us. A long time ago I had to make a decision that I could live with this arrangement between us. We’ve been married for 17 years, and for the most part it seems to have worked for us. There is, however, one area that I am fed up with that drives me crazy. My wife likes to treat me like I am not a very smart person. I never finished college and, as a result, she seems to think that her opinion should have more weight than mine in our relationship. What’s worse is that she has always treated me this way in front of our kids, who now jump on the band wagon with her to discount my opinions when they hear something from me they don’t like. This feels unhealthy to me, but she says I am being a cry-baby about it. What do you think? — Warren Dr. He Dear Warren, The first question that comes to my mind is, “What took this guy so long to grow a pair and finally speak up?” Your will-

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ingness (read: lack of self-respect) to put up with this kind of treatment from your wife says more about you, Warren, than about her. The economic division of labor role reversal in your marriage is not uncommon these days, but if—as a result of this arrangement—also came the expectation that your opinions and needs are not as important as hers, then this is what I feel a need to comment on. You say that she “likes” to treat you as if you weren’t very smart, but I would bet that she does it because she knows now that she can get away with it as a way to hold more power in the relationship than you. Again, rather than try to wonder what that is about her personality, I wonder what it is about you that has put up with this kind of treatment for so long. When you made your decision long ago to live with this “arrangement”, did you realize that in effect you agreed to check your manhood at the door? Is it unhealthy for your wife to put you down if front of your kids? Absolutely. But waiting 17 years to do or say something about this lack of respect in your marriage sounds pretty unhealthy as well, Warren. Until you present yourself to your wife as the adult man you are who has opinions, thoughts, and feelings that are just as valid and important as hers, she has no reason to show you respect. Remember: respect is never owed; respect is earned. Not having a job or a college degree in no way justifies disrespectful treatment from a spouse. You, however, need to figure out why you lack the gumption to sit down with your wife and paint her a very clear picture of how unacceptable it is for you that she treats you this way—whether or not it is in front of the kids. Talk to a qualified professional to help you figure out why you made this kind of a deal with your wife in the first place, so that

Dear Warren: I think Dr. He has painted a good picture of your part in this muddle. I would add that you and your wife need to get extremely honest with each other about this problematic arrangement. She is obviously not okay with being the breadwinner even if she says she is. If she was, she would not be pulling the power card on you, nor would she have such disrespect for you that she would degrade you in front of your own children. She must be extremely angry to allow the children to join in discrediting you. What is most concerning is that the dynamic between the two of you is teaching your children that they can not count on a man—that a man’s opinion is irrelevant—and that emasculating a man is okay. If you have a son, his selfidentity as a man is in jeopardy. If you have a daughter, her respect for men is being compromised. I can’t imagine that your wife would continue with her behavior if she was really aware of what she was teaching her children. I can’t imagine that you would allow it to continue if you really understood the subconscious message you were sending to yourself,





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Buon Natale! Traditional Christmas Italian treats emerged from convents where the nuns whipped up celebratory sweets to present to noble families for special gifts. Some of these tasty morsels included cenci, a fried pastry ribbon dusted with confectioner’s sugar, a Neapolitan honey pastry called struffoli, and a cornucopia of candied nuts and chestnuts, figs and other dried fruits. The legendary sweet Christmas bread, panettone, originated in 16th century Genoa when master baker Antonio became smitten with an Italian princess, and created a buttery egg bread filled with jeweled fruits to win her heart. The bread or pane of Tony, ergo the name, panettone, evolved over the years to incorporate the patriotic colors of Italy with red cherries and green citron. Not to be overlooked are other traditional Italian Christmas goodies like honey-soaked

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cicerata and twice-baked almond biscotti, even finer when dunked in a frothy cup of espresso or a glass of sweet Vin Santo. Scotch Treat The Scots celebrate the winter holidays with ancient customs revolving around a fire festival and the tradition of burning the Yule log on Christmas Eve. Traditional desserts are sweet and hearty like dried fruit and current “mincemeat” pies, oatmeal bread, roasted apples, plum pudding and mealy shortbread with a mother lode of butter, ground oats and nuts originally baked in a circular shape symbolic of the sun. Today’s Scottish shortbreads are richer and more decadent, still loaded with butter, one savory version incorporating sharp cheddar cheese to punch up the flavor (and calories). Middle Eastern Munchies Halva, derived from Arabic meaning “sweet,” is a dense confection as healthful as it is divine, packed with sesame paste aka tahini, nuts, seeds and honey. Other seasonal holiday versions contain an assortment of beans, lentils and veggies like carrots, pumpkin and yams. Halvah is enjoyed in Eastern Europe, northern Africa and throughout the Middle East and Jewish world, especially Israel. Although high in fat content, it is free of transfatty monsters, packed with protein, calcium, zinc, Vitamins E and A and dietary fiber. This delicacy sold in blocks or chunks, gives new meaning to “Turkish delight.” A Yen for Sweets In the land of the rising sun, the Japanese celebrate Christmas with a special cake bedecked in red and green icing, and a “Merry Christmas,” tag line either written on the cake or painted on the plate. This round, airy sponge cake is blanketed in whipped cream and decorated with assorted seasonal fruits. Nutty and Nice Noel Christmas in France is a buffet of elegant masterpieces with a bazillion pounds of butter. Start with rich marzipan, a thick, sticky almond honey paste; candied chestnuts called Marrons glacés; La bûche de Noël, a Yule log cake blending chocolate and chestnuts; a dried fruit cake called berauwecka, and the pièce de résistance – the 13 desserts representing Jesus and the 12 apostles.


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Legals FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-034125 Fictitious Business Name(s): Sun West Field Painting Located at: 832A Kalpati Cir, Carlsbad, CA., 92008, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 832A Kalpati Circle, Carlsbad, CA., San Diego, 92008. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Nicolas Swaim, 832A Kalpati Circle, Carlsbad, CA., 92008. #2. John Swaim, 832A Kalpati Cir, Carlsbad, CA., 92008. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/13/2011, Nicolas Swaim, DM587, Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-034030 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. IP Video Specialist, Inc. b. Webcam Rapids c. Webcam Streaming Talk Located at: 334 N. Rios Ave, Solana Beach, CA., 92075, San Diego County. Mailing Address: PO Box 744, Solana Beach, CA., 92075. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: IP Video Specialist, Inc., 334 N. Rios Ave., Solana Beach, CA., 92075, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/12/2011. Tiffany Sears, CV293, Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032939 Fictitious Business Name(s): Nightmare Skateboards Located at: 2120 Via Tiempo, Cardiff, CA., 92007, 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: John Edward Blaize Brannon, 2120 Via Tiempo, Cardiff, CA., 92007. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/29/2011. John Edward Blaize Brannon, CV292 , Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032146 Fictitious Business Name(s): Located at:10994 West Ocean Air Drive, 386, San Diego, CA., 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: 05/20/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Srinivas Naresh Aluri, 10994 West Ocean Air Drive, 386, San Diego, CA., 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/17/2011. Srinivas Naresh Aluri, CV291, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00101635-CU-PT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO Central Division, Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. PETITION OF: Kassandra Luz Romero for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Kassandra Luz Romero to Proposed Name Kassandra Romero. 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: Jan. 10, 2012 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 (858) 2187232. Date: Nov. 28, 2011. Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court DM584, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-031690 Fictitious Business Name(s): Emergency Ready Located at: 12661 Monterey Cypress Way, San Diego, CA., 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Iris Pearlman, 12661 Monterey Cypress Way, San Diego, CA., 92130. #2. Tanya Abelowitz, 12690 Lone Cypress Place, San Diego,

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December 15, 2011 CA., 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/14/2011. Iris Pearlman, CV290, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032927 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. Made In The Shade b. Made In The Shade Services Located at: 4623 Hamilton St., San Diego, CA., 92116, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was 8-1-2000. This business is hereby registered by the following: Donald W. Oravsky, 4623 Hamilton St., San Diego, CA., 92116. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/29/2011. Donald W. Oravsky, DM583, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-031452 Fictitious Business Name(s): More for Less Flooring, Carpet and Remodel located at: 13135 Shalimar Place, Del Mar, California 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The first day of business: was 11-01-2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: David Villanueva, 1232 Turtle Cay Place, Chula Vista, CA 91915. Robert H. Brodt 13135 Shalimar Place, Del Mar, California 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 11-09-2011. Robert H. Brodt, DM585, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-033914 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. SC Business Consulting b. SC Consulting Located at: 2647 GateWay Road, #105-429, Carlsbad, CA., 92009, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business: was 10/20/11. This business is hereby registered by the following: SC Business Consulting, Inc., 2647 GateWay Road, Suite 105429, Carlsbad, California, 92009, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 12/09/2011. Susan Carder, DM581, Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 5, 2012. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032260 Fictitious Business Name(s): Inotras Ventures Located at: 3830 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 705-823, San Diego, CA., 92130, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Renova Investment Corp., 3830 Valley Centre Drive, Suite 705-823, San Diego, CA., 92130, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/18/2011. Henryk Wyrzykowski, CV289, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032667 Fictitious Business Name(s): Watersedge Farms Located at: 2731 Caminito Verdugo, Del Mar, CA, 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The first day of business: was Oct. 1, 2010. This business is hereby registered by the following: Erin Mikulec, 2731 Caminito Verdugo, Del Mar, CA, 92014. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/23/2011. Erin Mikulec, DM580, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-032185 Fictitious Business Name(s): The 1997 Sanford Family Limited Partnership Located at: 422 Culebra St., Del Mar, CA., 92014, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Limited Partnership. The first day of business: was July 1, 1997. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Katherine M. Sanford, 422 Culebra St., Del Mar, CA., 92014, CA. #2. William C. Sanford, 9804 Marine View Dr., Mukilteo, WA., 98275. #3. K. Lynette Walker, 23541 24th St., Langley, BC Canada, V2Z3A2. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/17/2011. Katherine M. Sanford, DM577, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-031467 Fictitious Business Name(s): CodeNoise Located at: 4051 Carmel Springs Way, San Diego, CA., 92130, 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: Joseph Fox, 4051 Carmel Springs Way, San Diego, CA., 92130. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/09/2011. Joseph Fox, CV288, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00059829-CU-PT-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA., 92081 PETITION OF: Rosa M. Watson for minor Anahi Aguilar for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Watson filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Anahi to Proposed Name Minnie Nichole Watson. 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: Jan. 17, 2012 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 3. The address of the court is same as noted above. 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. 18, 2011. Aaron H. Katz Judge of the Superior Court CV287, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011


ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00059926-CU-PT-NC SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO North County Division, 325 S. Melrose Dr., Vista, CA., 92081 PETITION OF: Jessica Janel Guerrero for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Jessica Janel Guerrero filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Jessica Janel Guerrero to Proposed Name Jay Janel Watson. 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: Jan. 17, 2012 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 3. The address of the court is same as noted above. 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. 18, 2011. Aaron H. Katz Judge of the Superior Court CV286, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-030993 Fictitious Business Name(s): a. San Diego Sailing Tours b. Cruise San Diego Bay Located at: 5188 West Point Loma Blvd., #8, San Diego, CA., 92107, San Diego County. Mailing Address: Same. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The first day of business: was 5/02/11. This business is hereby registered by the following: Captain’s Excursions, LLC., 5188 West Point Loma Blvd., #8, San Diego, CA., 92107, California. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/03/2011. Kyle Corbett, DM576, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00101308-CU-PT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, Civil Division, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92112-0128. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 120128. PETITION OF: Alexandros Dale Meckley for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Alexandros D. Meckley filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Alexandros Dale Meckley to Proposed Name Alexandros Angelos Tsakopoulos. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing

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prints on some of the largest real estate transactions affecting San Diego. Recent highlights include Orva Harwood having closed the highest priced property in Solana Beach this summer, and Doug Harwood, who Orva Harwood recently closed the largest residential land deal for 2011 in North County. Additionally, Doug has a $29M spectacular oceanfront listing in Carlsbad – currently the third highest priced listing in San Diego County. With 29 agents, The Harwood Group is deeply involved in the community. Among the many projects the team is currently involved in are the Rachel Women’s Center in San Diego; working with children and adults with cognitive delays and disabilities; Project Concern International; providing food to the homeless at the St. Vincent DePaul Center; being on the board of directors from Hugs 4 Kids and Kids Korps USA; president of the RSF Lacrosse team; liaison for the Torrey Pines High School football team, and a commitment by all of the agents to their local schools. For more information, The Harwood Group can be reached at (858) 756-6900.

Judge of the Superior Court DM575, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2011 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2011-00101010-CU-PT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA., 92101. Mailing Address: SAME. Branch Name: Hall of Justice Courthouse. PETITION OF: Aaron Robert Gochmanosky for change of name. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: Aaron Robert Gochmanosky filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present Name Aaron Robert Gochmanosky to Proposed Name Aaron Robert Artale. 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. 29, 2011 Time: 8:30 a.m, Dept 8. The address of the court is A copy of this Order To Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county, Carmel Valley News. Date: Kevin A. Enright Judge of the Superior Court CV285, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 2011

Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report Del Mar Village Specific Plan Central Commercial Zone between 9th Street and north of 15th Street along Camino del Mar City of Del Mar 1050 Camino del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014 The City of Del Mar will be the Lead Agency and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project identified above. The Village Specific Plan is proposing up to 600,000 square feet of mixed use development along the commercial corridor and an alternative configuration of Camino del Mar to a two-lane collector with roundabouts. A complete project description can be found at The City is seeking comments on the issues that should be addressed in the EIR. A public EIR scoping meeting for the project will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012, between 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the City of Del Mar City Hall Annex, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014. At this meeting, there will be a brief presentation to provide an overview of the proposed project and of the EIR scoping process. Attendees will have an opportunity to comment on the scope, focus and content of the EIR; however, comments must also be submitted in writing or by email in order to be part of the public record. Due to the time limits mandated by state law, your response must be sent at the earliest possible date but not later than 30 days after receipt of this notice. Please send your comments to the City of Del Mar Planning Department at 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014 or by email: DM586, Dec. 15, 2011

La Rosa’s Garden A seasonal ritual BY FRANK LA ROSA Now that we are into the so-called cold season, most gardeners begin dreaming of spring. We don’t have it so bad compared to those who live in much colder climes. We can garden to some degree even in the winter. Part of this dream- Frank La Rosa ing of spring involves preparing for it. Many of us have been planting bulbs in anticipation of this vernal renewal, and there are two bulb-like plants that are perfect for us to plant now. First are freesias. They derive from South Africa; hence their liking of wet winters and dry summers. There are a few species and countless varieties. Best of all they are perennials and extremely easy to grow. I inherited freesias from the former owner of our house. They have grown in the same place for forty years and have provided lovely cream colored flowers of intense and exquisite scent. One or two plucked freesias set on the table permeate the room with the essence of spring. Scent is the calling card for freesias, and their colors are an added sensation. Colors range from delicate tints to bright reds. Freesias can be planted at almost any time of the year if you buy them as potted specimens, but late fall or early winter is an excellent time as the corms are available in nurseries. Corms are the swollen parts of the lower stems. They store food for annual renewal. The main corms produce little

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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.

Call 858-395-7525 for showing 5478 Rider Place


Open - Sat. 1-4 pm 4915 Concannon Ct


Open - Sun. 1-4 pm 12253 Misty Blue Ct


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.

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

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

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

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

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





4490 Philbrook Sq


5058 Sea Mist

Open - Sun. 1-4 pm 13669 Winstanley Wy $1,199,000 Stunning Santa Fe Summit with private, quiet location! Elegant entry flanked by formal living space and dramatic wrought iron stairway.

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



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.

Deep Canyon Rim lot & views of Penasquitos Canyon Preserve! Large yard & multiple fruit trees, Quiet Cul-de-sac, large balcony off master.

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

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

Beds: 4+ Baths: 3 Sq. Ft. 2,432

13250 Lansdale Ct


New Built Custom Home with luxury amenities in the "heart "of Carmel Valley. This home includes includes amenities of luxury living.

Beds: 6 Baths: 6.5 Sq. Ft. 5,648

12-15-2011 Carmel Valley News  
12-15-2011 Carmel Valley News  

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