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Inn upgrades receive conceptual approval BY JOE TASH New landscaping, creation of a chef’s garden and enlargement of an outdoor Jacuzzi are among proposed changes by the new owners of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe which were approved by the Rancho Santa Fe Association at a board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 2. Representatives of JMI Re-

CCA antenna facility plan put on hold The San Dieguito Union High School District has put on hold plans to install a wireless communication facility atop a building at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, according to district superintendent Ken Noah. The issue has been removed from the agenda of the board’s Aug. 16 meeting, so it will not be discussed at that meeting as previously reported. Noah said the topic has been tabled indefinitely at this time. However, when the issue is placed on a future agenda it will be for the board to decide whether it wants to establish a policy against the placement of any antenna facilities at a school site. If they decide to allow the placement of antenna facilities at school sites the district would discuss and establish rules and regulations for that process, Noah said. — Staff report

alty, which purchased the 90-year-old hotel in April for $28 million, attended Thursday’s Association board meeting to outline the first phase of a $12 million renovation project. After listening to a presentation by JMI Senior Vice President Jim Chatfield, the Association board unanimously gave conceptual approval to a list of

proposed upgrades. Final approval for the work must still be granted by the Association Art Jury, which is working with The Inn’s new owners. Some interior work, such as renovations to most of the property’s 107 guest rooms and alterations to the lobby, bar and restaurant, does not require Association approval,

said an Association staff report. JMI is also working with the Art Jury to finalize plans for changes to the historic hotel’s main entryway, and a proposed cover over an outdoor See INN, page 26

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Ice Cream Social at RSF Library

RSF Patrol chief urges residents to take safety precautions • Crime prevention discussed at RSF Association meeting BY JOE TASH An increase in residential burglaries in Rancho Santa Fe this year has prompted a warning from officials for residents to lock their doors and windows, turn on their burglar alarms and call law enforcement if they see suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhood. RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser discussed the needed precautions at the Aug. 2 RSF Association board meeting, when he up-

dated directors about the rise in burglaries. From Jan. 1 through July 31, 2012, 24 residential burglaries were reported in the Covenant. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department, which includes an area larger than the Covenant in its recording of Rancho Santa Fe crimes, has logged 26 burglaries during that period, Wellhouser said. During the same period in 2011, 13 residential burglaries were See CRIME, page 26

Two plead not guilty in theft of expensive Ford GT Above: Jasmine Luck, Lucy Rickerson, Reiko Inouye and Tessora Bustillos make root beer floats during an Ice Cream Social on Aug. 3 at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. The event marked the completion of the 2012 Summer Reading Program. See page 16 for more. Right: Ethan Dirkes and Charlie Mossy enjoy the event. PHOTOS/JON CLARK

BY KELLY WHEELER City News Service Two men accused of stealing three expensive cars over the past year — including a Ford GT in Rancho Santa Fe worth at least $250,000 — pleaded not guilty Aug. 2 to 11 felony charges, including auto theft, grand theft and owning or operating a chop shop. George William Moore, 48, and Gabriel Castano, 30, each were held without bail because they were on probation at the time they were charged with the current offenses.

Castano faces nine years and eight months in prison if convicted. Moore — who has a 1984 conviction for burglary — faces 13 years and eight months if convicted, Deputy District Attorney John Philpott said. The defendants are accused of stealing the 2005 Ford GT from a home in Rancho Santa Fe and two Porsches from other residences in the past six months to a year, the prosecutor said. Police said the Ford GT disappeared over a three-week period in June See THEFT, page 26


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Art Jury Corner

Mountain lion spotted in RSF

Height and Bulk

A mountain lion was sighted on Aug. 6 at 2:45 p.m. in the backyard of home in the 15300 block of El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe, RSF Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser said. The animal was not aggressive and was traveling north through the unfenced property. Fish and Game was notified, Wellhouser said. The Ranch is home to many species of animals, including coyotes, bobcat and mountain lions. These animals are native to the area and can be attracted around homes by leaving pet food out, the presence of small pets, etc. State Fish and Game warn people to not leave food or pets outside and keep a close eye on small children — especially during early morning or late afternoon times. In addition, do not jog, bike or hike alone; do not approach a coyote, bobcat, or mountain lion. Sometimes the attraction of smaller wild animals attracts the bigger animals, according to Wellhouser.

The Art Jury’s greatest challenge is to review and approve projects while ensuring that the overall look of the Ranch will still be characterized by trees, shrubs and rural vistas and not be dominated by views of homes or have homes looming over their neighbors. Our duty to this challenge is spelled out in the Protective Covenant’s Preamble which speaks about “preserving, continuing and maintaining this character of community and rare landscape features and of upholding the quality of all future architecture and improvements; and of restricting the use, height and bulk of buildings;” (emphasis added). The framers of the Covenant were far sighted in 1928 to realize that restrictions on “height and bulk” were necessary. Since 1928 the size of a new home within the Covenant has grown significantly so the need for the Art Jury’s careful review of “height and bulk” is more important than ever. The Art Jury’s restrictions on “height and bulk” keep the scale of buildings in proportion to the natural features of the community: the trees, shrubs, groves, hills and canyons which are the source of Rancho Santa Fe’s character. Restricting the height of a home reduces its prominence and also allows it to be visually screened by landscaping within a reasonable period of time. Large bulky buildings require excessive grading which can obliterate the natural features of the site. A building’s “bulk” or mass, is assessed when viewed as a whole. Two buildings of the same square footage can have very different apparent masses. Consider two separate building designs, the first building design proposes a uniformly rectangular struc-

ture built along one long axis, the second building design consists of a home with various building wings at different angles. All things being equal, the first structure will seem much more massive – the entire building will be visible when viewed as a whole. The second building with its various wings can never be completely seen from any one perspective. Thus the view from the street will expose only part of the building, the view from one of the neighbors will reveal only another portion, and so on. The overall “bulk” of the building has been broken up. This type of building is normally less prominent when seen from various locations and can be adapted to site topography and landscaping. As illustrated in the above example, reducing the “bulk” of a building does not necessarily always mean that the square footage must be reduced. A building’s mass may be broken up in various ways: the structure may consist of different wings, the roof heights can be varied, the floor levels can be stepped to coincide with the topography, and projections can be incorporated into building walls. Breaking up the mass leads to a more interesting design and often creates a more appealing floor plan as well as interesting courtyards around the house. Generally speaking, however, a change in square footage will affect the bulk. The Art Jury’s review of height and bulk leads to the construction of less prominent homes that blend with the Ranch’s “rare landscape features” mentioned in the Covenant. These less conspicuous homes maintain the character of the community while still allowing for a diversity of design and individual expression. — RSF Art Jury

These animals are most active at dawn, dusk and at night. Often deer are attracted to the area because of food sources, same with opossums, raccoons, and other prey. These animals are often prey for larger animals. In the past, neighboring communities have also had sightings, Wellhouser said. Mountain lions usually avoid humans; they are quiet, solitary and elusive. They can have a range of 200 miles. If you see a mountain lion or experience an attack, contact the numbers below. Fish and game would like to know of sightings to track the activity, Wellhouser said: •San Diego County Wildlife Services 1-800-486-0010 •California Fish and Game- San Diego office 858-467-4201 • • wildlife_services.html

New charges brought against fencing coach A youth fencing coach already accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage female student was charged Aug. 2 with victimizing a different girl 10 years ago. Vijay Prasad, 51, was the after-school fencing coach at La Jolla Country Day School and also coached fencing through the recreation department at the University of California at San Diego. He was taken

into custody when prosecutor Elizabeth McClutchey told a judge of the new charges. Prasad’s bail was raised from $200,000 to $300,000 on his old case, and bail was set at $150,000 on the new case. McClutchey said the new charges against Prasad involve alleged illegal sex acts with an underage female in 2002. Prasad was charged in

February with 13 counts, including sodomy of a person under 16 by a person over 21 and committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years of age. Those crimes allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2007, McClutchey said. The defendant faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted, according to the prosecutor.






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RSF’s Taylor Fritz seeks back-to-back gold balls Taylor Fritz, a graduate of R. Roger Rowe School with highest academic honors, recently won the National Clay Court Doubles Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with partner Billy Rowe from Coronado. The National Clay Court is one of the top three national tournaments of the year. The duo, who were seeded 12th, swept the field of 64 teams. In the semifinals they beat the #2-seeded team of Alex Phillips and Abhin Sharma, both from Georgia, 6-3, 6-3. In the finals they beat the #1-seeded team of Anudeep Kodall from North Carolina and Johnathan Small from Michigan, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. In singles, Taylor lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual winner of the tournament, Evan Zhu from Maryland. Taylor Fritz This week Taylor is competing in San Antonio, Texas, in the National Hardcourt Championships where he is seeded third in singles and first in doubles. He is currently ranked #1 in Southern California and #7 in the nation. Taylor, who recently received the prestigious Bob Carrothers Sportsmanship Award (see, will be attending Torrey Pines High School in September as a freshman. He will be competing for a top spot on the boys varsity tennis team.

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Save the date: RSF School Newcomers’ ‘Welcome BBQ and Orientation’ The Rancho Santa Fe School District and Education Foundation will host the annual Newcomers’ Welcome BBQ and Orientation on Friday, Aug. 24, to introduce all new families to the R. Roger Rowe School. The event will be held at the RSF School, Performing Arts Center as follows: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (10:30 welcome, 11 a.m. tour, 11:45 a.m. BBQ). This is an ideal opportunity for newcomers to walk the wonderful campus, get an overview of the school, learn about the school and its history and, most importantly, meet the school administration and staff along with making new friends. The delicious BBQ is a perfect way to finish the event and top off a great summer. Parents will be welcomed by the district superintendent and introduced to the teaching staff. Parents will be provided informa-

tion about specific Foundation programs for the upcoming year, understand the benefits of contributing early, and encouraged to participate in activities throughout the year. On the orientation tour, new students can become familiar with the school campus before the first day of school. A staff member from the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will direct games and activities for the kids. This year’s event is sponsored by Wells Fargo, The Private Bank. Thanks also to the Education Foundation volunteers and the Ranch Hands, a group of parent and child volunteers that will conduct campus tours and provide dessert and drinks. Newcomers’ events are organized by parent volunteers and made possible by donations through the RSF Education Foundation. Questions? Contact: Daniele Pollin (Newcomers chair) at, 619-871-5267.

TPHS football program’s 17th Annual Summer Dinner/Auction and Golf Tournament is Aug. 20 Torrey Pines High School’s football program will host its 17th Annual Summer Dinner/Auction and Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 20, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. This year’s event will feature Paul Rudy, of KUSI TV and the award-winning Prep Pigskin Report, as the live auctioneer and Jeff Detrow from the “Jeff n Jer Radio Program” as the Master of Ceremonies. Head football coach Scott Ashby and his coaching staff will be on hand to give attendees a peek into the upcoming season, one for which the Falcons

have high hopes with a balanced roster of returning seniors and rising juniors. For those interested in playing golf, the tournament will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at noon and registration opening at 11 a.m. The annual event represents the Falcons’ most important fundraising event each year and helps the program to pay for the costs of running a high school football program. At a public high school, the program is entirely funded by

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RSF youth qualifies for national equestrian event The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) recently announced that Emily Lents of Rancho Santa Fe has been awarded with the AMHA Saddle Seat Silver Medal Award for her outstanding performance at the Far West Regional Horse Show. This highly competitive event was held June 2023 in Redmond, Wash. Lents, 17, qualified to compete for the Gold Medal at the 2012 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show to be held in Oklahoma City, Oct. 6-13. This is the second silver medal Lents has earned this show season; she won the Western Seat Medal at the Diamond Jubilee Show in May. Excellence in equitation is valued by AMHA and is recognized through its AMHA Medal classes, held at local and regional Morgan and all-breed shows. All junior riders who are AMHA members are invited to compete on a Morgan. AMHA Silver Medals are awarded in each of the six seats: Saddle,

Western, Hunter on the Flat, Hunter Over Fences, Reining, and Dressage. Those who place first or second in an AMHA Silver Medal class are qualified to participate in the 2012 Gold Medal Finals at the Grand National. The highest AMHA equitation honor, the Gold Medal, is awarded in each of the six seats. Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a nonprofit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations. For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., 4066 Shelburne Road, Suite 5, Shelburne, Vermont 05482; (802) 985-4944; www.morganhorse. com.

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From left, Luisa Csathy, Tami Walsh and Susie Walton

RSF resident’s ‘The Giving Tree Movement’ a ‘parent, youth and community engagement initiative’ BY KELLEY CARLSON Local nonprofit The Giving Tree Movement has established its roots, and is now ready to grow. Founded by Rancho Santa Fe resident Luisa Csathy, the organization is a “community-centric outreach program that empowers parents, educators and thought leaders to rise up, support and learn from one another in order to guide our future generation to live truly authentic and purposefilled lives.” It aims to provide a platform where parents and experts of various vocations come together to share ideas and gain new perspectives on how to raise children in this complex, fast-paced world through lectures and moderated parent focus groups, while also training youths to be mentors to others and promote core values. Giving Tree Movement just recently held its first few major events, but the idea for it began to blossom about a year ago, as Csathy — who has two children — reflected on pressures that face families, brought to her attention through several local events. One of those occasions was a local showing of the documentary “Race to Nowhere,” which features tales of students pushed to edge, instructors who are burned out, and parents in pursuit of what’s best for their children. “It left a lot of parents feeling unraveled,” Csathy said. Another motivator was a book signing and question-and-answer session with Madeline Levine, author of “The Price of Privilege.” The book’s main

theme is that teens from wealthy families have more intense psychological problems than expected. “I came home feeling like we had gotten it all wrong,” Csathy said. But it was a moment at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s Anniversary Gala at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe that ended up providing that final “push” for Csathy to move into action. She described feeling a sense of “community,” and as she and her husband, Peter, walked by a beautiful tree, he said, “Look at the Giving Tree” — in reference to the children’s book by Shel Silverstein. That night, Csathy woke up at 3 a.m. and felt the urge to read the tale, which is about a relationship between a boy and an unselfish tree. “It was after I read the last page of the book where the tree had nothing left but the stump because it had given everything it had, and the last page is, ‘The tree was happy’ — this opened up the flood gates (to start the movement),” she said. Csathy said she then began to write furiously and came up with the concept of the Giving Tree Movement: to bring people together to see the bigger picture, create a support network and open discussion. “I was tired of the doom and gloom,” with all the news about education budget cuts and the economy, Csathy said. She proceeded to set up the organization’s current Web site within three weeks, pouring her heart and soul into the project. But once she was done,

her thoughts turned to, “OK, now what do I do with this?” In April 2011, Csathy began talking to people about the concept, which can be described as a Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) for families meets TEDx for parents and educators. YPO is an organization that offers a peer network, mentoring and ongoing education for business leaders under age 45; TEDx refers to independently organized events in which TEDTalks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) videos and live speakers spark deep discussions and connections in small groups. Giving Tree Movement is an idea of collaboration rather than competition for children as well as parents, Csathy further explained. Word got around, and the Giving Tree Movement “started taking on a life of its own,” she said. The next year was spent building partnerships, and Csathy began connecting with influential people and “thought leaders” such as Bobbi DePorter, Janet Attwood, Stedman Graham and representatives from the David Lynch Foundation. On March 29 of this year, the nonprofit’s “kickoff” event was held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, when Csathy introduced her idea to a larger audience. Among the attendees were the heads of Kids Korps, Quantum Learning Network/Supercamp, Indigo Village, Teen Wisdom Inc., XciteSteps, Janet Attwood and her team of “The Passion Test” trainers, thought leadSee GIVING, Page 26

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RSF Education Foundation to host annual Newcomers’ Pool Parties The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is hosting its annual Newcomers’ Pool Parties for new families to the Rancho Santa Fe School District to meet others and make new friends prior to the beginning of the school year. Pool parties are hosted by parents of current students at private homes in Rancho Santa Fe, with refreshments and desserts donated by the Ranch Hands, a group of other families currently in the school. Newcomers’ events are organized by parent volunteers and made possible by donations through the RSF Education Foundation. The Newcomers Chair for 2012-13 is Daniele Pollin. To RSVP to one of the events below, contact Daniele Pollin at 619-871-5267; (newcomers chair). The parties will be held as follows:

• Kindergarten Welcome Pool Party Monday, Aug. 20, noon-3 p.m. • 1st- 4th Grade Welcome Pool Party Friday, Aug. 17, noon- 3 p.m. • 5th - 8th Grade Welcome Pool Party Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon- 3 p.m.

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Rotary in the Ranch The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club has appointed Deanne Motsenbocker as its chair of public relations for 2012-2013. Each month there will be a column to let you know what RSF Rotary is busy doing in the community and the wonderful speakers and programs they have at their weekly meetings. Last week Rotary members heard a presentation from Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego Water Authority and learned about the challenges that Deanne San Diego faces in its water supply Motsenbocker and the things that are being done to help. August Rotary meetings will feature great speakers on a variety of topics. Rotary meets at noon at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Anyone interested in Rotary and serving the community are welcome to attend. Guest lunch is $25. RSF Rotary August Programs •Aug. 13: Rotary member Gary M. Mayers’ beautiful sculpture. •Aug. 20: Walt Ekard, San Diego County Administrative Officer (CAO) •Aug. 27: An update on the San Dieguito River Park. Watch for updates on Rotary’s upcoming benefit golf tournament “Swing for Kids” to be held at La Costa, Friday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.ranchosantaferotary. org.

Village Church Community Theater to hold auditions for new production The Village Church Community Theater will hold auditions on Monday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6- 8 p.m. for “Mandate for Murder, Taking a Stab at Politics.” This comedy mystery by Pat Cook spoofs the election process. Roles for four males, six females. For more information and audition appointment:

Orchestra Nova San Diego honors RSF resident at ‘Kathleen Davis Day at the Races’ Orchestra Nova, whose performances fuse beautiful music with engaging entertainment, will pay tribute to Kathleen Davis, a long-time supporter of the musical group and patron of the arts in San Diego, with the Kathleen Davis Day at the Races. The Kathleen Davis event will take place on Saturday, August 25, in the Star Fiddle Skyroom at the Del Mar Racetrack beginning at noon. Led by visionary artistic director and conductor JungHo Pak, Orchestra Nova is attracting new audiences of all ages throughout San Diego with its unexpected mix of live performance, art, education and multimedia. Kathleen Davis first discovered the group 12 years ago, when they were known as the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and has been a regular season subscriber ever since. She has been an active board member since 2003 and has also served on the orchestra’s finance committee and as chair of its annual Magic of Music gala in 2008 and 2012. “I grew up in New Jersey and enjoyed exploring all of the wonderful music and art New York had to offer with my family from a young age,” said Davis when asked about what sparked her love of classical music. Since then, she has been a symphony subscriber in all of the places she has lived and worked, including Atlanta and Minneapolis. She moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 2000 and in addition to her ongoing support of Orchestra Nova is a regular subscriber to the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and a patron at the Atheneum library in La Jolla. Honoring Davis with a day of horse-racing is fitting – a huge fan of the races, at one time she owned a thoroughbred horse named Nerinx who was a winner at the Del Mar racetrack. “Kathleen has been key to our success, with her tireless commitment to helping us grow and flourish. Her support through hours and hours of volunteer support and financially have truly made a difference for us and we are proud to honor her with this friend-raising event. She is the epitome of a Nova friend,” says Beverly Lambert, Orchestra Nova’s chief executive officer. The Kathleen Davis Day at the Races offers guests an entertaining afternoon of horse-racing while they enjoy a luxurious skybox experience in Del Mar Racetrack’s Star Fiddle Skyroom — including table seating, a birds-eye view of the track, wine and champagne, a Tuscan-inspired lunch, a private betting window and more. Guests can also participate in a hat contest and an opportunity drawing for a stay in a beautiful condo villa at La Costa Resort and Spa. Proceeds from the event will support Orchestra Nova programs, including their extensive music education programs which reach 10,000 students throughout San Diego County. Orchestra Nova recently announced its 2012-2013 season after a hugely successful 2011-2012 season, which saw the launch of the Nova™ Experience, its signature approach to presenting and celebrating classical music in innovative ways through a holistic, interactive and participatory approach, with activities, dialogue, art, food and drink wrapped around the musical performance itself, enabling concertgoers to have a complete sensory experience. With sold-out performances of its 2011-2012 Nova Classics at its two primary venues, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall and Sherwood Auditorium, the orchestra has added a third venue, the California Center for the Arts Escondido, to present its 2012-2013 Nova Classics, sponsored by Jean Will. Tickets for the Kathleen Davis Day at the Races range from $100-$200 and are available by visiting or calling 858-350-0290.

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Porsche of San Diego’s Joe Allis brings a passion for the business that began in childhood BY KATHY DAY Watch Joe Allis interact with clients at Porsche of San Diego and you know he means it when he says he’s really in the hospitality business. “It just happens to be on wheels,” said the newly minted Rancho Santa Fe resident. Allis took over the Miramar Road dealership in a partnership with the Kuni Automotive Group when the Vancouver, Wash., group purchased Pioneer Centers’ three San Diego dealerships and two in Denver. The deal closed in December; in March, Allis landed in San Diego. When he arrived, he asked a lot of questions about how the store was performing – which was “marginal” in some areas, he said. When he asked “where they were weakest,” the answer was Rancho Santa Fe. That’s when he told his Realtor, “I have to live in Rancho Santa Fe.” He wants to be part of the community where he can “shake hands and kiss babies,” he said with a broad smile. “It’s nice for people to know that their new neighbor is a business owner.” Talk with him for even a short time and you’ll know that Allis is passionate

about cars and how his customers are treated, so much so that all of his employees, from service to sales, attend Ritz Carlton management training classes. “They are our brand ambassadors,” he said. “You can’t give five-star service if you don’t know what it means.” He describes himself as “the consummate maitre d,’ ” noting that his dealership “is a five-star dealership that happens to sell cars. … We cater to clients who understand the difference between what’s necessary and what’s valuable.” Allis says he’s “had the heart of a car guy since I was a little kid … I knew I would do something in the auto business.” Growing up in Queens, he would set up dealerships with his Hot Wheels and other toy cars. His sister, who would always complain about her role, would be his customer. He built models and would “do anything that had to do with cars,” including detailing neighbors’ cars at 12. He was 16 when his father decided to retire from the restaurant business. But they didn’t really have enough to retire on, Allis recalled, so three years later his dad started a new

Quick Facts Name: Joe Allis Distinction: Proprietor, Porsche of San Diego. Active membership in the prestigious, invitational Porsche Business Forum (a council on business-building techniques for Porsche dealers). Honored by Audi of America for outstanding achievement nine consecutive years; credited by Porsche Cars of North America and Porsche Financial Services for outstanding achievements every year since 2006. Assisted in authoring the New York state insurance regulation 64M for fair and equitable claims settlement practices for consumers. Family: Married to Lisa for 27 years; Daughters Gabrielle, 19, is a student at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, and Gina, 25, is a senior buyer at Lululemon athletic. Interests: Porsches, Porsches and, of course, Porsches. Reading: Biographies or anything Grisham Favorite films: Recently ”The Artist”; of all time: “Toy Story.” Favorite getaway: San Diego, oh that’s right I live here now. I’ll be more specific, Rancho Santa Fe. It’s the most beautiful place on earth. Why get away? Philosophy: My Mom and Dad tell me their “goal” in having a family was to make every attempt to make this world a better place. My philosophy is to fulfill their goal.

venture. “The closest car parts store was three miles away,” he said, so his father took the last of the family’s cash and went into the business, recognizing it was something needed in their neighborhood. And his 16-yearold son went to work for him, learning all about parts inventory and customer care. Over the next 12 years, the business grew exponentially even though the senior Allis often had many customers “who were in over their skis” and owed them money. [My] reaction was to “go take it all back,” Allis said. “[My father’s] reaction was to tell me to go find out what they were doing wrong. … He was teaching them how to fish.” What he didn’t know then, Allis added, was that his father was giving him “the wherewithal to be a fixed operations manager.” Meanwhile, he said, his mom was the “eternal referee,” stepping into the fray in the middle of the night when the father and son would disagree about the business. There was a time while he attended St. John’s University, majoring in English and minoring in theology, when the auto business took a back seat, but now, he said, “If anyone around here wants help with a dangling participle, I can help.” But that passion for cars took over and he got a job at a “mega dealership” on Long Island that sold Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce, Bentleys and Acura. “The place embodied what paying more to get more meant,” Allis noted, adding that at that point in his life he didn’t have a connection with affluent people. “My beginnings were really humble.” His first car was a 1969 Chevy Biscayne, “with nothing, no AC, radio, nothing, but I loved it anyway. She was my first love.” His second was a 1979 Toyota Celica with a Frank Frazzetta mural of the “silver warrior” emblazened across it. At that first job, he quickly made an impression on the owner who gave him his first true challenge. Faced with an Acura lot full of the first Legends on the market, the man — an Armenian immigrant who

Joe Allis in the showroom at Porsche of San Diego. smile. “I have been given a required people to remove profound respect for womtheir shoes before entering en.” his office – took him into The respect he showed the showroom. that customer has paid off “All of the sales people in spades. She returned a and manager were standing few days later with her husaround,” Allis said. band who coincidentally When the owner asked was the manager of Audi of how many had been sold, America. the response was “none” Telling him his wife had and he turned to Allis and convinced him that Allis said, “Make these cars go was “somebody special,” he away.” gave him his business card When he asked how he expected him to accomplish and told him to call if he could ever be of help. that, the man just told him A couple of weeks later, to make it happen. “It was a Saturday after- Allis inadvertently left a door open when he was supnoon. I went right to posed to be responsible for church and prayed for four closing the dealership. That hours,” Allis said. led to an incident with a serWithin a 10 days they vice manager who swore at had sold 70 cars and in 12 Allis as he was trying to help days were out of Legends. a customer who had come “[The owner] said, to pick up his new car. Un‘Good job,” Allis said. “I willing to put up with the said I had nothing to do situation, he quit. with it. I just lit every canAnd that business card dle in church.” led him to a general managHis boss responded, er position with a new con“Well then you did have cept dealership known as something to do with it.” the Audi Forum at the corHe also had something ner of Park Avenue and to do with helping a womFourth in New York City, an one day. Noticing that where Allis worked for the she was wandering around next 14 years. From there, and that no one was paying he moved on to a dealership attention to her, he offered in Englewood, N.J., five and to help. She told him she a half miles away from midhad been to two other dealtown Manhattan that had erships where she had also essentially the same clienbeen ignored until he tele. He began running a stepped up and helped her Porsche dealership out of find the BMW she was the service area for their Aushopping for. dis. “I am the father of For six years he ran it as daughters,” he said with a

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Former Neurosciences venue now under auspices of Scripps Research Institute BY PAT SHERMAN The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is opening its 352-seat, acoustically superior performance auditorium — formerly under the stewardship of the Neurosciences Institute (NSI) — to commercial, corporate and nonprofit groups for the upcoming season, Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 3013. Though TSRI owns the space, now renamed the Auditorium at TSRI, the Neurosciences Institute began leasing and operating the facility near UC San Diego in 1996, offering nonprofit performing arts and education groups regular, free access to the world-renowned concert venue. NSI’s lease on two adjacent research buildings owned by Scripps also expires Sept. 30. The organization’s research director, Dr. Einar Gall, said his organization would release information about its plans in the coming weeks. TSRI announced earlier this year that it does not have funds to allow arts organizations to continue using the auditorium for free. Moving forward, the rental rate for businesses and special events is $3,000 per evening. Rental for qualified nonprofit groups, including performing arts organizations and educational groups that focus on science or aesthetic matters, is

Booking info For more information about renting the auditorium at TSRI, visit $1,500 per evening, plus any ancillary charges. These include the use of audio visual or lighting technicians, as well as caterers, which must be procured through TSRI’s list of approved vendors, who are familiar with the space and its equipment, Scripps Research Institute spokeswoman Stacy Rosenberg said. Several nonprofit arts organizations have already booked space for the coming season, including the La Jolla Music Society, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Rosenberg said. Though some nonprofit groups who previously used the space wrote TSRI saying they won’t be able to afford the $1,500 rental fee, Rosenberg said, “I think people understand the position Scripps Research Institute is in, in terms of being a nonprofit as well, why as a biomedical research institute we could not put money into this. … We needed financial participation from users; we just couldn’t give it away.” Christopher Beach, president and artistic director of the La Jolla Music Society, said his organization

will continue presenting its Discovery Series in the auditorium. The series brings the winners of classical music competitions from around the world to La Jolla. “That theater is incredibly important to us; I’m delighted that we’ll still be there,” Beach said, noting that he feels the $1,500 nonprofit rent is an “appropriate market rate.” “I can’t very well object, having been the beneficiary of so many years of (the Neuroscience Institute’s) largesse,” he said. “It’d be nice to get it for free forever, but everyone has financial challenges.” Rosenberg said that in the future TSRI hopes to invite some of the now excluded nonprofit groups back for free use, possibly through an endowment from someone “who understands what a beautiful facility this is and the important role that the auditorium plays for the performing arts.” “We don’t want to actively fundraise, because it conflicts with our mission as a biomedical research institute,” Rosenberg said. “We have so many generous supporters of the performing arts in our community and we would just love it if one day we’re able to restore the (free-use) program.” The auditorium is currently undergoing a renovation, courtesy a local philan-

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‘Cool as ever’ — longtime partners are thriving ‘Ad Men’ at agency MeadsDurket BY CATHERINE KOLONKO Anyone who has lived in San Diego County for a while knows that the jingle “Where the Turf meets the Surf at ol’ Del Mar” indicates summertime horse racing is about to begin. The television advertisements feature the catchy tune that harkens back to earlier days when actor-singer Bing Crosby held court at the Del Mar Racetrack. To keep the campaign fresh but still consistent with its history, this year features a pretty blonde who recently posed nude in Vanity Fair Magazine. Yes and it’s even racier than you might think. In the TV commercial the model – fully clothed – sits atop a carousel horse, but in real life she is successful horse jockey Chantal Sutherland. (She raced opening day this year at Del Mar, riding filly Miss California to victory in the first race of the 75th anniversary season.) The commercial is part of an overall campaign dubbed “cool as ever” and conceived by MeadsDurket, an advertisement agency run by partners Gary Meads and Tony Durket, both 56. The pair have been working together for 24 years and were introduced to each other by their wives. (Durket’s wife, Linda, is the executive director at the RSF Community Center.) “We do different things and I think that’s one reason we have lasted so long,” Meads said of his partnership with Durket. Both Meads and Durket worked at Phillips-Ramsey, a large San Diego ad agency owned by McCann-Erickson, before buying remaining assets of Phillips-Ramsey and forming their own company in 2004. Meads is the front man of the operation and runs the account and business side of the agency. Durket is the creative director, which includes managing artists, writers, and other creative staff. Durket started his career as a writer and outside of work, enjoys writing screenplays. Durket and Meads became friends through business and their common love of advertising. Durket said his partnership with Meads is extremely important because their business is built around ideas. “He knows a good idea and that’s a very intuitive thing,” Durket said of his partner. “There’s a lot of people that just don’t. They don’t appreciate and they don’t see the value of it. I really respect the fact that Gary

does and knows how to nurture it and knows how to develop it… “We both believe in the transforming power of idea. You know, all the companies we work with started as ideas.” Eight years ago, the duo adopted “Where the Turf meets the Surf” for the Del Mar race track ad campaign, said Meads. Bing Crosby wrote the song with John Burke and James Monaco in 1938, one year after Del Mar opened. “We took the original recording and remixed it with a variety of genres (rock, reggae, jazz, etc.) but always led by Bing Crosby singing,” Meads explained in an email. The genesis of this year’s campaign grew out of a theme of the classic pin-up girl, explained Meads. “Then we thought, ‘Well, who would be the perfect pin-up (model) and Chantal immediately came to mind because not only is she a beautiful woman but she’s also an athlete and she’s running at Del Mar,” he said. “It just seemed to make a lot of sense and we presented the idea to her and she loved it.” See AD, page 22

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Rancho Santa Fe Review

Village Church Preschool remodel ahead of schedule

DJ Johnson shows a smooth follow through Bobby Leonard rips off a strong forehand

RSF Tennis Club Twilight Mixer RSF residents Jere and Joyce Oren recently toured the Village Church Preschool, surveying the progress of the remodel for which they generously donated $500,000. The excitement can be “felt� as the job is ahead of schedule because of Miles Construction Company running an efficient project, and the move-in date is just around the corner. (Above and right) Don McNeil, who has overseen the project, and Pastor Scott Mitchell recently toured the Preschool with the Orens, as well as Brad and Dave Allaband of Miles Construction. Mr. and Mrs. Oren

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Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club enjoyed some competitive play and a casual cocktail hour recently. Coach Derek Miller arranged mixed doubles and men’s singles play to round out the event. The first of a possible ongoing monthly Twilight Mixer event, members can look forward to more sunset tennis play through to October.

have displayed a deep love and passion for children and are the driving force behind this amazing project. Sincere gratitude is felt for the Oren family as Village Church Preschool looks like a brand new school; yet it is 50 years “young!� Numerous children and families will benefit from this extraordinarily generous donation from the Orens.

Red, White & Blue Party: RSF Republican Women to host event featuring author Karna Bodman Join the RSF Republican Women, Fed. (and men) for an event featuring author and RSF resident Karna Bodman. Bodman is also a former television anchor, former deputy press secretary under President Ronald Reagan and former senior director of the National Security Council. The event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m., at The Pantry Restaurant & Courtyard, 6024-C Paseo Delicias, RSF. Enjoy light foods and drink while listening to Bodman talk about her new political thriller, “Castle Bravo.� Cost is $25 per person. This will be another fun summer gathering. Please make checks payable to RSFRWF by Aug. 16. Send to PO Box 1195, RSF, 92067. Receipt of your check ensures your reservation. Questions: Contact Sharon, or 858-756-3814.


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A life devoted to the Thoroughbred business has been a life fulfilled for RSF couple BY JULIE SARNO Looking back over more than 40 years in the Thoroughbred business, Rollin and Bonnie Baugh say their favorite part has been the many friends they have made. To the Rancho Santa Fe couple, thoroughbred racing is more than just a business, it has been a way of life. “Our first race horse was Year of Beginning,” recalled Bonnie. “We bought her in 1968, the year we were married. She won her first race by eight lengths. The jockey was Danny Velasquez. We saw Danny (now a trainer) the other day at Del Mar. Danny said to us, ‘Do you remember Year of Beginning? Those were such good times.’” Baugh remembers his first trip to Del Mar. He grew up in Pasadena, California. When he was 11 or 12, his father brought him to stay at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: “Each day we would get up and my brother, father and I played golf. Then we went back to The Inn, and ate club sandwiches by the pool before going to the races. That, in my view of life, is as good as it can be. The hook was completely set in

me.” The couple run Baugh International, a bloodstock agency that buys and sells horses. They compare a bloodstock agent to a stock broker or real estate agent. A stock broker facilitates the buying and selling of stocks. A bloodstock agent buys and sells Thoroughbreds, known in England as “horses of the blood.” Through the years, Baugh has earned respect and recognition from his racing peers. Locally, he is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club — he was appointed 20 years ago. Nationally, he is a member of The Jockey Club. Also, he is a former trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association. Rollin grew up a bicycle ride away from Santa Anita. His father took him there at age 12. Rollin was captivated and found a way to sneak in. Occasionally, his father went on Thursdays with friends. When Rollin encountered the group one afternoon and inquired as to which horse he should bet on, one of his father’s friends quipped, “Juvenile Delinquent.”

Rollin and Bonnie Baugh at their Rancho Santa Fe home. Their dog is Kerry, a Cairn terrier. Shortly after Baugh graduated from college, his father passed away. The family business was sold and Baugh wanted to pursue his interest in racing. He went to Jim Stewart, who managed Hollywood Park, and asked how to land a job in the sport. “At that time, there was no structured way to get in,” said Baugh, referring to the college majors currently offered, notably, the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. “If you did not have family in the sport, or connections,

it was very difficult.” So Baugh went to work for Ampex in Redwood City, which produced tapes and video cassette recorders. After three and a half years, Baugh had worked his way up to International Advertising Manager, but he left the company to find a job in racing. He lived at JRK Ranch in San Luis Obispo, took courses at Cal Poly Pomona and attended horse sales. He saw an ad for a position in publishing and advertising with the Thoroughbred of California, now known as the California

Thoroughbred, published by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Baugh went for an interview and met Colonel Keester who was running the CTBA at the time, Cecilia DeMille Harper and Joe Harper, her son. The latter is now president and chief executive officer of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Baugh had experience in advertising, but he wanted to learn more about production, advertising art and design. In 1964, he enrolled in a course at Pasadena City College. He made it a point to arrive early and take a seat next to the prettiest girl in the class. After three weeks, Baugh worked up the courage to ask her out. Her name was Bonnie and she also grew up in Pasadena. The couple began dating and, four years later, they were married. They have one daughter, Kristy, who lives in Sonoma and helps Baugh International with research. In 1963, Baugh had met Jim Buell, an established California horseman and Thoroughbred breeder at the CTBA Fasig-Tipton auction at Pomona. Baugh had outbid Buell on a horse, a mare by champion Nashua. Buell

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Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate: 2012 January-July Performance Summary Overall, Rancho Santa Fe real estate (defined for the purpose of this analysis as all attached and detached residential properties listed with the San Diego Multiple Listing Service for the 92067 and 92091 zip codes) looks stronger this year than last year. Comparing January through July 2011 to the same time period this year, shows that sales have increased 4% while inventory has decreased 20%. For those first seven months of 2011, 138 properties were sold whereas 144 properties in 2012. Average daily inventory was 303 properties in 2011 versus 241 in 2012. The result of this demand/supply change was an 11% increase in median value from $1,850,000 to $2,051,000. Most of the inventory decline came from properties with an original listing price less than $3,000,000, while most of the valuation increase came from the middle price market, i.e. properties with an original listing price between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000. However, what was common across the overall Rancho Santa Fe market was that sellers have been pricing their original listing prices closer to their final closing prices than they did in 2011. This, combined with overall lower inventory levels, have contributed to creating a more robust market.

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Original Listing Price: less than $3 million This price group had the largest decline in inventory and new listings than any other price group. The average daily inventory for the first seven months of 2011 was 161 properties available for sale versus 113 properties for the same period this year. A reduction in new listings accounted for the majority of this 30% inventory decline. During this same time period, new listings fell from 233 properties in 2011 to 187 properties in 2012, resulting in a 20% decline in new market supply. The demand for this price group has remained essentially flat. Sales for January through July 2011 were 94 properties compared to 95 properties in 2012. Nevertheless, despite flat demand, one would expect to see the median value for the price group to have increased, given the significant reduction in supply; yet, this was not the case. Median value actually declined 4.5%. Tougher underwriting guidelines have constrained borrowing, limiting the number of eligible borrowers, softening the market and holding back new inventory. Possibly as potential buyers see more economic certainty, more will step forward and consequently strengthen valuations in this price group.

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This price group was the “rock star” of all the price groups when comparing January through July of 2012 to the same period last year. Sales increased more than any other group in absolute and percentage terms. 24 properties sold during the first seven months of 2011 versus 32 properties in 2012. This represents a 33% increase in year-over-year sales. However, not only did sales increase more than any other price group, but so did median value. Median value increased nearly 13% as a result of this significant increase in demand on a price group that also experienced a 15% reduction in supply. Average daily inventory declined from 83 properties in 2011 to 71 properties in 2012. This mix between more demand and less supply created stronger valuation within this group. It also reduced the marketing times by 24%. Average marketing time for properties sold during the first seven months of 2011 was 377 days, while it was 286 days for those properties sold in 2012 for the same time period. It will be interesting to see if the strength of this price group attracts more sellers during the remainder of 2012.

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Of all the price groups, this one has been the most challenged. It is the only price group to have a sales decline when comparing January through July of 2012 to the same time period in 2011. Sales declined 15% from 20 properties in 2011 to 17 properties in 2012. Not only did fewer properties sell, but they sat on the market, on average, over 200 days longer. Average marketing time for this price group rose 50%, from 403 days in 2011 to 605 days in 2012. The remaining statistics (Inventory, New Listings, Median Sold Price, etc.)have remained essentially flat after taking into account statistical noise. To be fair to this price group, much of its inactivity comes from a political environment wrestling with monumental economic-changing decisions here in the United States and more recently the European Union. Consequently, equity markets have been severely held back, anticipating resolutions that would create greater forward clarity. I’m afraid until then, this price group may be in somewhat of a limbo.


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RSF celebrates Jack Wheaton


riends and family gathered to celebrate RSF Big band conductor Dr. Jack Wheaton’s 80th birthday Aug. 5. Wheaton is a retired professor of music, USC; Past-president of the American Federation of Musicians; composer of film scores; author; and director of the Gershwin segment for the 1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Wheaton received greetings at his birthday celebration from former students, including Bobby McFerrin, and Pancho Sanchez.

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Jaime Wisnia, Katherine Lauerman and Dionne Rasquinha are collecting donations to build care packages for the homeless as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award project. Photo/Karen Billing

Local Girl Scouts seeking donations for care packages to help the homeless BY KAREN BILLING As part of their Girl Scout Senior Award project, three teenagers are tackling the issue of homelessness in San Diego. Dionne Rasquinha, Jaime Wisnia and Katherine Lauerman of Girl Scout Troop 1156 are spending numerous volunteer hours at local charities and are seeking donations to put together 150 care packages to hand out to those in need. All three will be freshmen in high school in the fall: Dionne at Canyon Crest Academy, Jaime and Katherine at Torrey Pines High. The girls have been visiting local dentists, hotels and grocery stores to ask for donations for their care packages. Dr. Christopher Hydo and Dr. William Rawlings, who have offices in Encinitas and Solana Beach, donated 144 tubes of toothpaste. Dr. Thomas Kujawski’s dental practice also donated 45 toothpaste tubes, 15 toothbrushes and 30 flosses. “People are really willing to donate, which is awesome,” said Katherine. They are also hoping that the community will help them out with donations. Items needed for their care packages include shampoo, conditioner, lotion, band aids, individual pocket-size hand wipes, bottled water, granola bars, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, socks, sunblock, soap, pocket-size Kleenex, chapstick or Vaseline and small notepads. Collections for donations will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Solana Highlands School (3520 Long Run Drive, Carmel Valley, 92130). In picking their service project, Katherine and Jaime had first intended to try and do a bookmobile for seniors, but they ran into too many roadblocks for it to work out. Dionne had a fulfilling experience volunteering packing food for the homeless at her church, St. Therese of Carmel, so the girls decided to join forces and do their project serving the homeless. “We see homelessness in San Diego so much and it looks pretty tough,” said Katherine. “I found out that in San Diego, if we don’t help it will cost us a lot more money than if we do help,” said Jaime, referencing the costs to the entire community for the

homeless accessing public services such as healthcare and police. According to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, San Diego County’s homeless population is now at approximately 9,800, representing an 8.6 percent increase from 2011. The Silver Award requires 50 hours of logged volunteer time. Places the girls have volunteered at so far include Bread of Life Rescue Mission; St. Vincent de Paul Village; TACO (Third Avenue Charitable Organization) run by First Lutheran Church of San Diego; making sandwiches and care packages at Solana Beach Presbyterian; and serving at Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC). “I really liked working at FFCC because it’s almost like a store,” Katherine said of the organization that lets people browse among donated clothing items and food. “I like St. Vincent de Paul,” said Dionne. “Before I didn’t think that a lot of people would be there to volunteer but there were and it was inspiring that so many people are willing to help out the community.” As the Silver Award is also about completing a project that will be an ongoing process, the girls hope to prepare write-ups of all the local homeless charities to encourage and inspire others to volunteer their time. Jaime said a lot of their fellow high school students need community service hours, and they hope it will be a helpful resource. Katherine, Dionne and Jaime have all been Girl Scouts in the same troop since they were kindergartners and they enjoy the experience and plan to stick with it. “For me it’s really the environment, all the girls in our troop are good children,” said Jaime. “We’re down to five or six girls from 12, but it’s nice to have known them for a long time and we’re all very good friends.” The troop still meets and goes on camping trips, which Katherine said is the best part. They don’t sell cookies anymore, but have the opportunity to do a lot of meaningful community service. “I like that we’re able to see what’s happening around us,” Dionne said.

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Education Matters/Opinion/Commentary Bringing down the towers: Cell antenna misstep causes district to backtrack on project BY MARSHA SUTTON San Dieguito Union High School District’s plan – and the school board’s initial approval – to place cellular antennas at Canyon Crest Academy stunned many in the CCA community, some of whom were suspicious of the timing and the lack of notice. If not for a front-page story in this newspaper on July 5 that triggered protests from many quarters, Marsha Sutton Sprint/Nextel’s agreement with SDUHSD to erect three arrays of four antennas each on top of classroom buildings at CCA would have been a done deal at the school board’s July 26 meeting. It was that close. It’s an uncharacteristic misstep for a school district that is generally regarded, justifiably so, as open and transparent, communicative and approachable. In two fundamental ways, the district and school board members failed the community. First, by not informing stakeholders of the plan. Second, by treating this project as just another ordinary business deal, without regard for the safety of students and employees in close daily proximity to radiation emissions of undetermined consequence to human health. The lack of notification is most baffling. If it was not intentional deception, then incompetence is the only other explanation. Neither is admirable. Eric Dill, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of business services, insisted this was no deliberate attempt to sneak it past the community. “I want to dispense with the notion that we were trying to hide or push something through during the summer because nobody would be around,” Dill said. “We’ve heard that accusation a couple of times in the last weeks, and nothing could be further from the truth.” Dill said all procedures were followed properly, including hosting a public meeting that was requested by the Carmel Valley Planning Board, which first reviewed the project on April 26. “From what I understand, this public meeting wasn’t even a requirement of moving this forward,” Dill said. “We enter into lots of business arrangements where we don’t go

out and notify the entire world.” John Addleman, SDUHSD’s director of planning and financial management, said a notice was placed in the May 23 issue of the North County Times, calling a public meeting at Canyon Crest Academy for June 1. Dill said the district chose the North County Times to reach a wider audience than just Carmel Valley. But since the overwhelming majority of students attending Canyon Crest Academy live in the southern portion of the school district where the North County Times is not widely read, the obscure notice did not serve to alert the community. The Carmel Valley Planning Board, in a letter to the district objecting to the project, called the North County Times “a newspaper with little circulation among the CCA community.” “The North County Times is the place where we put all those kinds of public notifications,” said SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah last week. “But when I learned that there had not been information provided [to the Carmel Valley area], I think that was an error on our part. We should have.” Nevertheless, the June 1 meeting took place, led by Sprint representative Becky Siskowski and SDUHSD’s Addleman, and attended by a grand total of three audience members, all CCA students. Besides parents, teachers and other staff members also were unaware of the project. One CCA teacher told the Carmel Valley Planning Board that he never knew about the issue or the June 1 meeting. CCA’s principal Brian Kohn never mentioned the project to his staff, perhaps because he thought the issue was “still in the discussion phase.” “I knew they were talking about it and that the project was out there,” he said. But he did not know in advance, he said, that the board was to approve a resolution of intent on June 21 to grant Sprint the CCA easement for the project. Nor did he know in advance that the board was to give Sprint final approval at its July 26 meeting. Although he was not told of the district’s past months’ progress on the matter, Kohn was reluctant to comment “because it’s hard to know where they were [in the process],” he said. Normally, those at the district office guiding the project “would probably at a certain point come to me and say, ‘Here’s what we’d like you to do and help us with the com-

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In-demand TPHS football player working harder than ever to achieve his goals BY TIM PICKWELL Choices. Torrey Pines High School Senior Jacob Alsadek had the luxury of more than a dozen. He visited Cal, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Colorado, Stanford, UCLA and others. He agonized for weeks over which school, coach and football program was the best fit. And, then, after choosing to orally commit and accept a full-ride, Division I scholarship offer to play Pac 12 football at the University of Arizona, the biggest (6’ 7”, 332 lbs.) offensive line prospect in America (according to could be forgiven if he put his size 16 custom-made football cleats up on the couch and relaxed for awhile. Instead, under the watchful eye of a personal trainer, RSF’s Alsadek finds himself each day sweating and pounding the stairs at San Elijo State Beach with some Falcon teammates. Alsadek, 17, is not resting on his laurels, and is not cutting back on this football regimen. “I’m actually working out even harder now since I accepted the offer,” said Alsadek. It’s [head] coach [Rich] Rodriguez’s first year at Arizona, and he’s building a program. They told me that I have a chance to compete for a starting spot.” Media relations for the University of Arizona said that NCAA rules prevented them from commenting on any high school recruits until after signing day in February 2013. But, several recruiting websites, including, and, noted Alsadek’s commitment to the university. Arizona has commitments from 23 players, and Alsadek was partly motivated to make the move because they had only two open recruiting slots left. “They are bringing in a great recruiting class,” said Jacob, “and I wanted to be a part of it.” The astonishingly strong high school student can bench press 360 pounds, squat 475 pounds, and run the 40yard dash in around 5.5 seconds. And, yet, he is still raw, having played only three seasons. Jacob and his family moved to Rancho Santa Fe when he was in the 5th grade. Jacob attended Rancho Santa Fe Middle School before moving on to Torrey Pines. As a fifth grader, Jacob was too large to play Pop Warner football (which has a 165-pound upper weight limit). His freshman season at Torrey Pines was the first time he put on pads. Falcon Head Coach Scott Ashby immediately saw the potential. “Jacob is exactly what you want in a football player,” says Ashby. “He has great feet, and moves very well. He is a very hard worker, and has an incredible inner drive. He is a great representation of Torrey Pines High School.” After his one season of freshman football, Alsadek started on the varsity offensive line as a sophomore. Continuity in the Torrey Pines program has also been helpful for Jacob. “I’ve had one line coach, Josh Mihalenic, the whole time. It has been nice.” Mihalenic was also the

Hard work in the weight room helped Torrey Pines Senior Offensive Lineman Jacob Alsadek land an offer to play football at the University of Arizona. Photo/Susie Talman. line coach when 6’ 1” 310-pound Daniel Murray (Torrey Pines, Class of 2010) earned a Division I scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. “Jacob has been a pleasure to coach,” says Mihalenic. “He has realized the importance of working hard not only on the field or in the weight room, but studying video of himself and his opponents. He constantly is asking me to watch video with him and then when we are at practice to watch and see if he is doing what he wants to work on. His passion for what he is doing has made it easy to help him accomplish his goals.” College scouts started visiting the Torrey Pines campus after Jacob’s freshman season. Dozens have come through Coach Ashby’s office the past three years to assess the young man. Ashby has phoned college coaches to discuss Jacob’s talents, while Jacob’s parents, Sophia and Louay, have taken him on recruiting visits or to college football camps. Despite it all, earlier this year Jacob felt he wasn’t getting any traction. He had one scholarship offer. He had a great recruiting visit at Boise State, but head coach Chris Peterson told him, the problem is that “we’re a passing team, and your high school is a running team.” Boise State had 20 minutes of highlight videos of Jacob pancake blocking defensive lineman. Peterson told Jacob, “we don’t have much video of you pass blocking.” The colleges weren’t sure if the young player had the tools to back-pedal into blind-side pass protection. At this point, some resources from the Torrey Pines Football Program came into play. Personal trainer Tommy Moring was introduced to the Torrey Pines football program

Falcon’s Senior Lineman Jacob Alsadek (78), one of the biggest (6’ 7”, 330 lbs.) recruits in the country, has accepted an offer to play football at the University of Arizona. Photo/Anna Scipione. last season when Coach Ashby brought him in to assist with weight training. Jacob credits Moring with “changing my whole mentality, and approach to what I do.” Ed Stansbury, a former UCLA and NFL fullback, runs Next Level Sports. Stansbury had previously been a speed coach for the Falcons, and he works with a number of players, including former Falcon lineman Murray. Conditioned by Moring, Jacob worked with Stansbury to put together a 5-minute Youtube “agility video.” The silent film shows the enormous young man skipping, hopping, moving laterally, jumping, and basically dancing his way around cones and pylons simulating the lateral movement and skills needed to pass block at the Division I level. “When coaches are looking at game film,” Stansbury explains, “they can see size and some technique. But, now many college coaches are taking things a step further. They want to see conditioning, work ethic, training, footwork, agility. There are so many different things that they are looking for that they can’t see in just a game film. That’s why we put the agility video together for Jacob.” Alsadek credits the video with helping resolve doubts that college scouts were having about his mobility. After the video was posted, the offers started to flow in. Alsadek took nine formal and informal recruiting visits. “It came down to Colorado, Kansas State, Arizona State, Vanderbilt and Arizona,” he said. “Arizona was close to home. Coach Rodriguez has a good resume. It felt like family when I visited. Everyone was real close.” Alsadek has some unfinished business before he gets to Tucson: his senior football season. Of the Falcons, he says, “We’re putting in a lot of hard work. We’re hungry for a championship.”

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he RSF Library celebrated the conclusion of another successful 2012 Summer Reading Program with an Ice Cream Social on Aug. 3. The event included a juggler and a big raffle for all the participants of the reading program. PHOTOS/ JON CLARK

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Ten-year ovarian cancer survivor lives life to the fullest — and educates others about the disease BY KATHY DAY Some people facing a cancer diagnosis go into a deep funk. Others, like local resident Naomi Whitacre, tackle it head on – and then some. Today, 10 years after finding out that she had ovarian cancer and nearly three years after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene, which has been tied to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, she said she does three things: She’s a human resources consultant, a volunteer for ovarian cancer and she lives “life joyously with friends.” A self-described flower child who went to Woodstock and put herself through college as a go-go girl, today she does yoga, spins, hikes, takes classes at the Bar Method in Solana Beach and loves to entertain at her “Round Table” dinners where friends “talk about anything and everything in life.” She uses her own experience — and boundless energy — to inform others about ovarian cancer. And she’s not just focused on assisting other survivors, but helps medical students, nurses and nurse practitioners understand what patients need. She also advocates for genetic testing and individualized treatments through the Clearity Foundation. Oh, and in her “spare” time, she recently went on a three-week mission to assist AIDS-related orphans in Kenya. Listen to the story about her cancer diagnosis and you’ll identify with her special appreciation for life. “Fortunately, the cancer was accidentally discovered,” she said on a recent afternoon sitting in her sun-bathed home. She had been working out on the beach, but when she got home, she walked in the door with a 103-degree fever. Immediately she called her doctor, Lawrence Schlitt of Scripps Health. “I think he saved my life,” she said. And her own decision eight years later to have genetic screening done to see if she had the BRCA1 gene likely saved her sisters’ lives, she added. When she learned she had the gene, Whitacre immediately had a double mastectomy. After sharing the news with her sisters, her middle sister had her ovaries removed; when her baby sister went in to have her ovaries removed, they found high-grade fallopian cancer. Soon, all three sisters are heading for Paris to celebrate Whitacre’s 65th

Doing the splits is no problem for Naomi Whitacre, a local ovarian cancer survivor-turned advocate. birthday and their own lives. Needless to say, she’s become an advocate for genetic testing. Early testing, knowing your body and demanding answers from doctors have become her watchwords. “Put yourself first instead of taking care of everyone else,” she said. When she fell ill after that workout on the beach that day 10 years ago, her doctor said he suspected appendicitis and told her to get to the hospital immediately, but she replied that she was too busy. Set to leave for Europe and teaching classes in human resources at UCSD, she just couldn’t be bothered, she said. “He said no, go now,” she said. “I was reluctant and annoyed” but headed for Scripps anyway. An MRI of her abdomen to check for appendicitis revealed a cantaloupesized tumor that had formed around a fibrotic ovarian cyst. Three days later Dr. Conlay Lacy and Dr. Bridgette Duggan removed the growth, which turned out to be stage 2C ovarian cancer. That was followed by extensive intravenous chemotherapy and a “secondlook” surgery to check to see if any microcells remained in her system. Whitacre said 16,000 of the 22,000 women diagnosed each year with ovarian cancer die, but if detected early the survival rate is 90 percent to 95 percent. The problem, she noted, is that there is no early diagnostic test – and a PAP smear doesn’t test for it. Instead, research has shown that a group of symptoms

can indicate the possible presence of the cancer. They include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, change in bowel movements, shortterm weight loss or gain, and a feeling of being full after eating only a little. “Acute onset of three or more of those over one month is highly indicative of the presence of ovarian cancer,” Whitacre said, acknowledging that when she looked back at her own case, she had all of the indicators. Many women ignore the signs, she added, because they are “classic menopause realities.” To reach a diagnosis – there are 30 variations of ovarian cancer — doctors utilize a rectal-vaginal exam, a transvaginal ultrasound or a sonogram or a CT scan followed by exploratory surgery in many cases. Today the Clearity Foundation, founded by a physician diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, is “on a quest to apply the knowledge of the genetic signature of ovarian cancers to improve treatment options for patients,” according to its website. Whitacre put their work in perspective: “For those that are not as fortunate, which are most women diagnosed with ovarian cancer, we need to be able to prioritize the next chemo choice from the various options. There are multiple chemotherapy options and now clinical trial choices. We should do better than guessing for next-in-line treatment.” Adding that “molecular profiling is now common on many cancers,” she emphasized that “Clearity has brought this to ovarian cancer at no charge to the pa-

tient.” In addition to spreading the word about Clearity, Whitacre facilitates a group of survivors who speak to third-year medical students at UCSD, as well as nurses and nurse practitioners in training to help them connect the disease with the

person. “We are the first patients they will talk to in their educational process,” she said. “They are interested in our stories and how we found out, as well has how to tell us (patients that they have cancer) and how to treat us,” she said. Eighty medical schools are involved in the program through the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Whitacre, who lived in New York and developed drug education programs for the New York City schools, At UCSD Medical Center where moved to this area 36 years ago when her son – Whitacre and colleagues presented now a “wonderfully, eth- the Survivors Teaching Students: Savings Women’s Lives program to ical, kind and brilliant quantum physicist” – third year medical students. Above, was born. After arriving clockwise from left, survivor Cindy here, she tried to find Breed, Coronado Councilwoman similar work but instead took a position as a tem- Barbara Denny, Whitacre, and porary receptionist in a survivors Kathryn van der Broek and Kathleen Murray. personnel department. She rose to become senior vice president of human resources, retiring in 2005. But “retired” she’s not. At 63, she’s a fireball who can still do the splits and just wants women to pay attention to their health. “When you think something is wrong, it probably is,” she said. For more information: or

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LIFE continued from page 13 world record price for a mare in training at that time, $725,000 for Typecast, one of the great race mares of her day and a champion. (Jones was the founder of Computer Sciences in El Segundo, not the car dealer of the same name.) In addition to sales management all over the world, Baugh International has helped individuals and groups buy racehorses. Baugh has syndicated a number of horses for stallion duty, doing a lot business particularly in Japan. Baugh International has sold several prominent racehorses for stallion duty in Japan, beginning with Forty Niner and including Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm

(1997) and Charismatic (1999). “One summer, we were invited to spend the summer in Deauville, France,” recalled Bonnie. Deauville is a track by the sea which also conducts a summer race meet. “Bill McDonald introduced us to a wealthy financier, Alan Clore. We handled his dispersal in 1982. We sold a yearling for him, named Rainbow Quest. He won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 1985, a premier race in France.” By embarking on a career in racing, the Baughs have enjoyed their own sort of “The Road Not Taken,” a poem by Robert Frost. The poem ends with the line, “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

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RSF Attack B96 Green team competes in close final at San Diego Surf Cup 2012 Led by Coach Malcolm Tovey, the RSF Attack B96 Green Soccer Team participated in the San Diego Surf Cup on the weekend of July 28-30. The team won their bracket after the needed clutch victory of 2-0 against HSC Bulls from Hawaii. In the semi-finals, RSF Attack dominated against Davis SC Legacy with a score of 5-1. The team advanced to the finals facing CZ Elite, a team from Los Angeles. It was a well matched soccer game. Each member of the RSF B96 Green participated at their best. The final game was tied 0-0 until the last minutes of the game when CZ elite scored. Being in the finals of the Surf Cup showed the consistent efforts of the RSF B96 Green team. Coach Malcolm Tovey dedicated the team’s accomplishment in memory of Sedef Esener, who inspired the team to evolve with the strength it has now.

Upcoming events at the RSF Community Center Cool Creatures, Crafts and Cooking, My First Lab, and Theatre Camp the week of Aug. 13-17! Robb Daly, one of our favorite, multitalented instructors is back by popular demand. His “Cool Creatures, Crafts, and Cooking Camp” will have kids enjoying the best of everything as they interact with amazing animals, create cool crafts and prepare yummy food creations. Robb ends the week with a pizza party for the kids and parents are invited too! Madd Science is offering “My First Lab” Camp for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children. This is a great introduction to science and children will explore their sense of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Campers will also explore the science of the sea, become mini paleontologists and explore the planets, moons and stars! North Coast Repertory Theatre camp at the RSFCC! Children will develop, explore, and communicate ideas and feelings through imagination and creative play while creating a drama based on a short story or fairy tale. Included are theatre and improvisational games, fun competitions, and a daily music workshop. A final performance is presented for parents on the last day of camp, Aug. 17. Our own “Camp Rancho!” offers “Around the World in 5 Days Week!” This camp runs Monday through Friday, Aug. 13-

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TOWERS continued from page 18 der such circumstances and is a risk management principle stating that efforts to minimize potential risks should be taken when the magnitude of the risks is unknown. The principle was proposed in 1989 in the context of electromagnetic radiation safety. Despite this, at the June 21 school board meeting a resolution passed 5-0, with little discussion by board members according to Dill, of the intent to grant Sprint an easement to erect and operate three sets of four antennas each “encapsulated within the exterior wall systems” at Canyon Crest Academy. The June 21 approved resolution was a first reading. The second and final reading was originally scheduled for the following month, at the board’s July 26 meeting, which would have sealed the deal. This nearly happened, and likely would have, had it not been for the efforts of a few members of the community, notably Laura Copic, CCA parent and member of the Carmel Valley Planning Board, who was alarmed enough to bring the issue front and center. On June 28, the second time the issue came before the Carmel Valley Planning Board, the project was voted on and unanimously opposed. [see sidebar] Despite this, the City of San Diego approved the project on July 2. “Our review of the project is for compliance with the regulations of the Municipal Code, and based on the project’s compliance with these regulations, the project was approved,” said Alex Hempton, associate planner for the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department, in an email.

Hempton referenced the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which prohibits cities from denying a wireless communication project based on health-related issues. (The travesty of this clause in such a far-reaching piece of legislation cannot be overstated.) The city’s approval grants Sprint a permit to “construct, operate and maintain a Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) consisting of 12 panel antennas mounted on an existing school building behind radio-frequency transparent screening with equipment located adjacent to the building,” according to the city’s permit for the project. The plan for the 12 antennas shows four antennas on the north side of the “F” building which houses classrooms, and eight antennas on the “G” building – four on the west side and four on the south side. The F and G buildings surround the students’ food court. Plans call for an equipment box installed next to the G building. Dill said the walls on both buildings extend above the roof line and the antennas would be mounted on top of the roofs but behind the parapet walls, so Sprint “won’t have to worry about putting up a fake tree, having the big ugly tower, those sorts of things.” The focus on aesthetics stems from the Telecom Act which allows government agencies to object to the placement of cell towers based on visual but not health impacts. Hence, such deep, heartfelt concern by providers for aesthetics. All this for only $2,800 per month, or $33,600 per year – about the price of half a teacher. With an automatic increase of 3 percent annually, Dill said the revenue would come to about $625,000, but over 15 years.

Growing opposition Carmel Valley resident and CCA parent Richard Kahn, in a letter to Noah dated July 13, objected to the proposed deal, saying, “It looks like a sneak attack from the public perspective. This behavior is not what would be expected from the San Dieguito School District who has in the past had a reputation of being highly respectful of the community and their sentiments.” Kahn, a professional in the field of customer protection and safety from products that emit various forms of radiation, said that FCC standards in the United States are “lenient compared to other countries where standards are up to 10,000 times stricter.” Citing growing opposition in the community, Kahn wrote, “We cannot understand the school district’s decision to push forward their project in defiance of unanimous opposition by [the] CV Planning Board.” Noah, according to Kahn, never replied to his letter until weeks later, when, unbelievably, Noah wrote, “I am baffled by your reference to ‘growing opposition.’ My question is, ‘To what?’” After recognizing at last that there was indeed “growing opposition” to the project as news spread, Noah backed off from the plan to present the final resolution to the school board at its July 26 meeting. It was tentatively scheduled to come back to the school board at its Aug. 16 meeting, but that too was delayed, this time indefinitely. Noah, who expressed surprise at the reaction of the community, said, “My preference at this point, and what I’m directing, is I want it off the agenda for the time being.” The next step, he said, would be “to have a conver-

sation with the board about whether or not pursuing an opportunity to put cell arrays or cell towers on campuses is something we want to pursue.” This discussion, he said, would be general in nature and not specific to any one school site. If yes, conditions for such projects and reviews of studies and scientific evidence examining health and safety risks would be discussed. If the board rejects the idea completely, “then that would come off the table for future consideration for a revenue enhancement for the district,” Noah said. Gosh, wouldn’t if have been nice for board members to have had this conversation before voting unanimously to proceed with the CCA/Sprint project? Although the revenue from this project was already listed in a board report Noah gave to trustees in June, it has now been removed. What’s frightening about this backpedaling is that it indicates that there was no discussion around health and safety considerations prior to this neardeal, given that the project has been in the works for two years and that the money was already being counted. Nevertheless, the matter will not be brought before the board again in the immediate future. Not exactly a mea culpa, but at least the district appeared to be embracing the precautionary principle of “prudent avoidance” regarding radiation emissions near children, and has promised to provide better notification to the community next time. Congratulations to all those who brought this project down. Score one for community activism. Marsha Sutton can be reached at SuttComm@san.rr. com.

CV Planning Board’s letter opposing Sprint project at high school BY MARSHA SUTTON At the Carmel Valley Planning Board’s July 26 meeting, the board voted to submit a letter to the San Dieguito Union High School District explaining its unanimous opposition to the proposed installation of 12 cellular antennas at Canyon Crest Academy and urging SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah and school board members to “consider the community’s concerns before entering into this agreement and any future agreements for wireless communication facilities.” In the letter, the planning board cited a lack of due diligence in notifying the community of the project, noting that a May 23 notice in the North County Times was inadequate. “We don’t feel the school’s duty to notify impacted parents, teachers and students was fulfilled,” the letter reads. The planning board also recommended that the district install antennas “away from classroom buildings and well-trafficked parts of the school where students and teachers might encounter long-term low-level exposure.” Although cities and community planning boards cannot by law oppose such projects based on health and safety factors, “the school district is not prohibited from using good judgment in the prudent placement of these facilities on their own property,” read the letter. The letter referred to resolutions passed by the Los Angeles Unified School District that acknowledge “considerable debate and uncertainty within the scientific community as to the potential health effects to individuals, especially children, from exposure to extremely low frequency electromagnetic and radio-frequency radiation ...” Noah said the letter opposing the project from the Carmel Valley Planning Board carried “some weight” but “my concern is that the Carmel Valley Planning Board stepped out of its statutory lines of authority in terms of making the recommendation. They are supposed to rule on certain criteria, and they went to what they perceived to be a safety issue.” Carmel Valley Planning Board member Laura Copic, a leading opponent of the project, said the representative for Sprint was asked to consider placing the towers away from classroom buildings, on the far corners of the athletic fields. At Torrey Pines High School, for example, a cellular tower exists but is located by the tennis courts, well away from all classrooms. Copic was told that it was the school district that did not want to consider other locations. But Eric Dill, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of business services, said it was Sprint that chose the classroom buildings, after rejecting the fields and the parking lot. The field area was eliminated, Dill said, because there is no power or existing buildings or stadium lights upon which to mount the towers, so towers would need to be constructed, camouflaged and powered. The parking lot was also rejected for height limitations and lack of sufficient power. “So they settled on their ideal location of being on top of the buildings,” Dill said. Primary reasons were the access to existing power and a building design that hides the equipment from view behind roof parapets. “That’s really a matter of aesthetics,” Dill said. “Those are things that the planning boards generally don’t want. They don’t want to see them.” Dill said the school district has been in discussions with Sprint for about two years on this project. “They’ve been looking at Canyon Crest Academy and where potential sites could be and where they would be most beneficial for the coverage that’s needed in that area,” he said. Although neither the Solana Beach School District nor the Del Mar Union School District have wireless equipment on their school sites, Dill said other school districts have accepted cell towers and antennas, including Poway. “We’re not breaking any new ground here,” he said.

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dining area. Chatfield said the renovations will begin in earnest after Labor Day, and the goal is to complete the work by Memorial Day 2013. “The bones are there,” said Gordon MacMitchell, the hotel’s new general manager. “It’s a very unique and special product now, and it will be a whole new ball game 10 months from now.” Association board members said they are pleased to see the investment the new owners are making to upgrade The Inn, and looking forward to seeing the completed work. “Many of us can’t wait until you upgrade those rooms to put our in-laws in there,” said board president Roxana Foxx. According to the staff report, the work approved in concept by the Association board includes: •Front lawn, which faces the Village: Alteration to plantings; creation of additional seating areas; addition of hardscape; and slight leveling of a lawn for functions. •Interior garden courts: Landscaping and hardscape are proposed to be renovated in several interior court-

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purpose, a key component of Giving Tree Movement’s platform. Most recently, on July 18, the first moderated parent focus group was held, with Indigo Village founder and President Susie Walton and Teen Wisdom founder Tami Walsh, and moderated by Csathy at her home. Still in its “beta” phase, there are plans for the Giving Tree Movement to branch out. Csathy explained that the grassroots organization is taking a building block approach of step-by-step ideas and activities, with the goal of bringyards for the purposes of improving the appearance; screening guest spaces; creating locations where weddings could be held and improving pedestrian circulation; creation of a chef’s garden for classes and alfresco dining; tie-ups for trail riders. •Azalea court (off La Gracia): Adding enhanced paving; adding trellises to facades; landscaping. •Pool area: Slightly enlarge the Jacuzzi; enhancing an arched entry; removal of locker area. Among the goals of the exterior renovations, said Chatfield, is to create places where guests can relax in an outdoor setting, including the addition of lawn furniture and outdoor seating. Future plans could include afternoon barbecues in which guests arrive via horseback on the Covenant’s trail system. “We think that could really set us apart as a hotel,” he said. In response to questions from the board, John Kratzer, JMI president and CEO and a Rancho Santa Fe resident, said efforts are underway to aggressively market The Inn to potential customers. The new owners have also hired an expert in social media marketing to get the word out, said MacMitchell, the general manager.

North County. About two-and-a-half weeks later, almost all of the rest of the Ford GT was found at a storage facility about a block away from the other business, the prosecutor said. Information was developed that led investigators

ing families together to focus on their internal structure and success, as well as on community enrichment through leadership and mentorship opportunities. “What we’re doing within the four walls of the home is absolutely critical to the success of families and our children,” Csathy said. There will continue to be lectures, along with “trust circle” forums in which individuals can discuss issues in a confidential environment. “Parents will have an

Part of the marketing effort will be promoting Rancho Santa Fe as a desirable destination, Kratzer said. “Our greatest amenity is the geographic positioning of the hotel in the community,” he said. Before launching the renovation effort, said Chatfield, JMI set up a team to focus on The Inn’s “branding,” and came up with the following key pillars, or elements to be emphasized: comfortable, sophisticated, romance, intimate, at the heart of the community, essence of Rancho Santa Fe. As the renovation progresses, Chatfield said, the efforts will be judged against those pillars. JMI purchased The Inn in partnership with Siguler Guff, a New York-based real estate investment firm. JMI was founded by John Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres and a wellknown businessman and philanthropist. The company is now owned by Moores and Kratzer, according to JMI’s website, with offices in San Diego and Austin, Texas. Among the company’s major projects was development of downtown San Diego’s ballpark district around Petco Park.

to a second stolen Porsche, Philpott said. Philpott said the theft of such a unique and expensive car — only 4,038 were manufactured in 2005 and 2006 — is rare. ``There’s not a whole large market out there for vehicles as rare as a Ford GT

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police have no suspect information to work with because the homeowners were out at the time of the breakin. That’s what makes it important, he said, for residents who do witness suspicious activity to call police. Wellhouser said it appears many of the Rancho Santa Fe burglaries are related, based on such factors as the method used to break in the homes — when forced entry has occurred — and the type of items stolen, such as jewelry and electronics. In one case, he said, four people were arrested when they spent the night in a vacant house after burglarizing the property. Those four suspects were later linked to other burglaries in Escondido and San Marcos, said Lisk. In another high-profile case, a rare Ford GT, valued at $250,000 was stolen during a burglary at a Rancho Santa Fe home. Last week, police arrested two suspects in the theft. Wellhouser said residents should also keep good records of their property, including serial numbers and photos. That can help them get their property back if it is stolen, and also links potential suspects to specific burglaries. Residents who see a suspicious person or vehicle can call the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol at 858-756-4372, or the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency number, 858-5765-5200.

continued from page 1 reported. Of the reported burglaries, 11, or just under half, involved forced entry, in which the burglars pried open a door or window, or picked a lock. In the rest of the cases, he said, the intruders simply came in through an open door or window. Some residents may have grown complacent because of the relatively low crime rate in the Ranch, he said. “Harden your target. Lock your house and turn the alarm on. That’s going to drive them somewhere else,” he said. Wellhouser also urged residents to call the Patrol or San Diego Sheriff’s Department if they see anyone who doesn’t belong in the neighborhood. Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Clayton Lisk, who is assigned to the department’s Encinitas station, said burglars often walk around residential neighborhoods and knock on doors to find out if anyone is home. If they determine the home is unoccupied, they break in, he said. “We just need to get out there and talk to these people and find out what they’re doing,” Lisk said. “Call us, call us, call us. Don’t wait until the next day, call us right away,” Lisk said. In most cases, Lisk said, like this one,’’ the prosecutor said outside court. ``They’re not that easy to turn around and sell and you can’t really drive around the streets in them so that type of thing is something that we don’t see very often.’’ The defendants are also

charged with being in possession of stolen property, other than the vehicles. A readiness conference was set for Aug. 15 and a preliminary hearing for Aug. 23.

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RSF Garden Club visits North Coast Rep


SF Garden Club members met Aug. 2 at the North Coast Rep Theatre in Solana Beach for a catered al fresco dinner outside on the patio. Members then went inside for the musical production of “Dames At Sea.” PHOTOS/JON CLARK

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RSF Garden Club members spend the evening at the North Coast Rep.

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Q&A: It’s all about people and connections for engineer Karen Brailean Karen Brailean is CEO of Barc, Inc., an Internet company enabling discovery and interaction. Its first product allows you to chat and post with everyone browsing the same website or Wi-Fi network. Previously, Brailean was the CEO of Perseus Wireless, and was marketing vice president of mobile video products for Alcatel, and for PacketVideo. She also held engineering and marketing positions with Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, and Eastman Kodak. She has eight mobile communications patents. Brailean received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Purdue University; an MSEE from University of Southern California; and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She served as board chair for the La Jolla Music Society, 2007–2009; as founding member/board chair of San Karen Brailean with Rollo Diego Social Venture Partners, and Maxwell. 2003–2005; and as a member of the San Diego Grantmaker’s Homelessness Working Group, helping to bring $13 million to aid the homeless in San Diego. Brailean was a 2004-2006 season sponsor of Moxie The-

atre; a member of the Society of Women Engineers; of Global Importune; of International Electrical and Electronic Engineers; of Eta Kappa Nu, and is a life member of the Society of Women Engineers. Who inspires you? My mother, who has fun every day and finds the time and energy to help people, too. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite? • Hedy Lamarr escaped an overbearing husband to become a major contract star of MGM’s Golden Age in the 1920s. Not just a pretty face, Hedy also invented a complex algorithm for computer communications that is used in most communications today, including technology from Qualcomm; • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, arguably the most influential person in the world right now, making decisions about the future of the European Union; • Susan B. Anthony, who fought for women’s right to vote using grace and tenacity. She died a few years before we gained that right; • Sheryl Sandberg, CEO and member of the board of directors of Facebook. She’s credited with making Facebook profitable; • My husband, he is great company and has an amazing memory. He would remember everything everyone said. • Franz Liszt, an 1800s pianist/composer who was wildly popular. Women would fight for his silk handkerchiefs, which they kept as souvenirs of his concerts. He donated much of his fortune to charity; • Albert Einstein, he developed the theory of relativity, and wouldn’t it be amazing to hear his thoughts on physics, given what we now know? and … • Jesus Christ, I don’t think he needs an explanation.

Tell us about what you are reading. My reading taste is quite eclectic. Here are two examples. I am in the middle of reading “Robopocalypse,” by Daniel Wilson, a scary but oh-so-compelling science fiction thriller. On the other end of the spectrum, I recently finished, “Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling” by Ross King, it’s about the painting of the Sistine chapel. What would be your dream vacation? We are taking it in October to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We are going back to Italy, my favorite place to visit. What apps do you like? My five favorite apps are: 1) Barc. If you read my bio, you know I work at Barc, so I better love it, and I really do. Chat with everyone who is browsing the same website. It is a useful and fun tool. 2) Twonky. Full disclosure, this is my husband’s company’s product. But, again, I would love it even if I weren’t married to it. Enter a topic and Twonky finds all of the related videos for you. Simply click to display it on your TV. I’m watching interesting video about the Olympics from Twonky now. 3) Facebook. Of course. 4) Twitter. Tweeting more and more these days. 5) LinkedIn. It’s great for connecting with business friends and colleagues. What is your most-prized possession? That would be my family and friends, and my two dogs, Rollo and Maxwell. What is your motto or philosophy of life? Every day, each of us has the opportunity to choose our disposition. I choose to be happy.

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‘Iliad’ adaptation unfolds a tale of love and destruction

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BY DIANA SAENGER The overwhelming success in numerous theaters of Robert Fagles’ translation of “An Iliad,” adapted by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, has brought the play to the La Jolla Playhouse. The reenactment of Homer’s classic poem about the Trojan War is retold through The Poet whose stories are backed by the tones (and often odd sounds) of The Musician. Lisa Peterson (Playhouse’s “Surf Report” and “Be Aggressive”) also directs the play, a co-production with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The script centers on the gods and goddesses of its time who attempt to circumvent battle with love and a huge Trojan horse. From Agamemnon to Achilles and the Trojan hero Hector, Henry Woronicz (“The Winter’s Tale,” Broadway’s “Julius Caesar,”) immerses himself in many characters as The Poet, to tell the story of a lifetime with love, anger, surprise and deep passion. Brian Ellingsen, who plays The Musician, has garnered huge acclaim for his sensitive and on-the-mark talent on the double bass (an upright instrument also called a string bass).

Brian Ellingsen plays the Musician. The creative team includes set designer Rachel Hauck, costumer Marina Draghici, lighting designer Scott Zielinski and Mark


Bennett providing the original music and sound design. The team received critical acclaim for its work on “An Iliad” at the New York The-

atre Workshop earlier this year. “Sound design” may be a vague term for some theatre patrons, but Bennett confirms it’s a major component of this production. “Music and theater have been married for thousands of years. Over my 25 years in this field, it’s been exciting to see the world of theater and audiences begin to appreciate the contributions of sound designers,” he said. Bennett has composed scores and sound for the American premieres of plays by Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Athol Fugard, Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill. His Broadway projects include “The Coast of Utopia,” “The Lion In Winter,” “A View From The Bridge,” and Playhouse’s “Most Wanted.” He has received numerous Obie, Bessie, Ovation, Robbie, and Garland awards along with 10 Drama Desk and two Lucille Lortel award nominations. But his work, he said, even on the same play, starts anew with each new venue. “There are always a certain amount of changes,” Bennett said. “I feel the coat a performer puts on and wears is his own journey. It

Music and sound designer Mark Bennett will add his awardwinning talents to ‘An Iliad.’ PHOTO/TERRI RIPPEE

If you go What: “An Iliad” When: Matinees, evenings, Aug. 11-Sept. 9 Where: La Jolla Playhouse, Mandell Weiss Theatre, UCSD campus Tickets: From $26 Phone: (858) 550-1010 Website: affects the way he responds in subtle ways to phrasing and where the music starts. In this piece, it’s a dance between the actor and the musician, and what keeps it interesting for me. The beauty of it is that an entire world is created from one solo bass player and one actor and what each can bounce off the other.”

A sound designer has a number of jobs; most very technical. He is responsible that all of the equipment is hooked up correctly, tuned and balanced, and that the prerecorded sound effects are layered correctly to accompany the storyteller. “Sound designers function with a dual mind,” Bennett said. “The technical mind is about the equipment and the cueing of it. The artistic side is how to combine the sounds and install them in the right moment to deliver the content. Composition is pushing the notes on a page and working with the musician to create the melodies and textures of the musical underpinnings. So in this piece, the music and sound wind up very hand and glove.” Bennett, who worked on the music in the Playhouse’s 2010 “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said working with the 21 piece chamber orchestra for that show was a pivotal moment in his career. Now he’s equally excited about working with an actor/musician. Brian Ellingsen has garnered much acclaim for his “sensitive” talents on the double bass.

CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING Flicks on the Bricks Under the Tuscan Sun TONIGHT—Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Paired with vino toscano Join us on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio for screenings of classic cinemas and delightful summer wine pairings. Lecturer and wine connoisseur Barbara Baxter will be speaking about her stay at Bramasole, the location of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. One fortunate guest will go home with a copy of “In Tuscany” signed by author Frances Mayes. TICKETS: $17 member/$22 nonmember Online: Telephone: (858) 454-5872

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Del Mar’s Laura Parker at home

Del Mar home to the state’s most Earth-friendly house Local resident leads construction crew in building ‘timeless’ dwelling BY CLAIRE HARLIN When Del Mar resident Laura Parker finished building her first energy-efficient home, she had no idea that its LEED rating would add up to being the highest in the state. “We were platinum going into it, and being the highest wasn’t our goal really,” said Parker, owner of construction company Del Mar Restoration. “The goal was just to try to do everything right and the rating was a byproduct of doing everything the best we could.” The nearly $3 million, 2,600-square-foot home is located on 11th Street in Del Mar and was built by an alllocal team. Not only are the 10 guys that make up Parker’s construction crew all from the area, but even the architectural firm, Bokal & Sneed, is located on 9th Street in the heart of the Del Mar Village. The owner of the home, local bakery owner Jim O’Brien, hired Del Mar Restoration to build the home when he met Parker on the site of a different job. He gave her free reign over the project before putting the house on the market. The home has energyefficient features such as a ventilation system that refreshes the air every three hours, solar-heated water and radiant floor heating. Water from the home runs off into the yard, and even the driveway is made of pervious concrete that absorbs water into the ground. The home has a garage door that opens up the living room to the outside, and Parker rummaged through

salvage shops to find a lot of the building materials to add to the home’s character. For instance, there is a sliding barn door in the home, as well as antique pitchforks and shovels used as stair railings. “I’ve always wanted to do a modern house, I’ve always wanted to do a barn and I’ve always wanted to do a LEED home,” Parker said. Not only does Parker strive to have a business that “gives back,” she said, but she wants to add timeless structures to Del Mar — in other words, A look inside the Parker homes that won’t go residence out of style. “The whole premise is restoration instead of construction,” she said. “Everything we build, we want it to look like it has been here 100 years. I see so much value in a community’s character, and we want everything we build to be a showpiece that we can drive by years from now and it looks as license and I already knew a good as it does today.” lot about how to run a busiParker worked for more ness.” than a decade in marketing Finishing her LEED before making the switch to home in Del Mar was a great construction. When she upfeat for Parker, but it’s not graded the first Del Mar the pinnacle of her career. home she bought in 1997, Two weeks ago, she began she got a taste of the city’s construction on a LEED-cerstringent design review protified horse farm in Rancho cess, enticing her to get on Santa Fe. The property near the Design Review Board Lago Lindo is on 4-and-aherself. half acres and will be the “I won’t disparage it, first LEED home in Rancho but I wanted to make it betSanta Fe. ter,” she said. For more information Also in remodeling her on the 11th Street LEED home she learned a lot house, visit www.greendelabout construction and she, and for realized she loved it. more information on Del “I was fascinated by the Mar Restoration, visit www. process of building a house and I realized I could do this,” she said. “So I got my

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Include Me Out tops at $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes A very determined Include Me Out held off a rally from Star Billing to win the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Grade I) at Del Mar on Aug. 4 by a neck. The 4-year-old filly and her jockey, Joe Talamo, traveled 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack in 1:41.96. Amani, a Chilean-bred champion who was making her first start in America, was 1 1/2 lengths back in third. Include Me Out is trained by Ron Ellis and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable. Photo by Kelley Carlson

Local couple to open Savory Spice Shop in Encinitas Savory Spice Shop recently announced plans to open a new location in The Lumberyard Shopping Center in Encinitas at 937 South Coast Highway 101, Suite C-110. Owner/operators and North County residents Jason and Stephanie Birn said they are thrilled to be joining the Encinitas community and to be bringing their passion for food and spices with them. Savory Spice Shop offers more than 400 fresh ground herbs and spices, 140 handblended seasonings, organic selections and gift sets. The product is ground and blended weekly to ensure superior freshness. Customers are encouraged to sample products and have packaged only the amounts they need, starting as little as half an ounce.

Jason and Stephanie Birn will be the first to introduce the brand to San Diego County. Savory Spice Shop opened its first store in 2004 in Denver, Colo., and then began franchising its concept in 2009. Today there are more than 20 franchise locations and four company-owned stores nationwide. Savory Spice Shop Encinitas plans to open its doors towards the end of this month. The shop will be located south of Encinitas Boulevard in the Lumberyard Shopping Center at 937 South Coast Highway 101, Suite C-110 in Encinitas. Please visit for more details regarding the store’s opening.

Upcoming regional concerts • Sat., Aug. 11 and 25, Zel’s Del Mar, 8-10 p.m. , Robin Henkel and Kellie Rucker play award-winning blues and jazz (guitar/vocals and harmonica, respectively), 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar (858) 755-0076. Free, but purchase suggested — all ages • The Grand Del Mar’s “Summer Concerts At The Grand” eight-concert series runs every Sunday through Sept. 2 with doors opening at 6 p.m. and show times beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.GrandSummerConcerts. com or by calling 800-820-9884. • The City of Solana Beach and the Belly Up Tavern summer “Concerts at the Cove” events are held every Thursday from 6-7:45 p.m. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 858-720-2453. • The Del Mar racing season’s concert schedule can be found at www.delmarscene. com or

Helen Woodward Center Surf Dog Clinics Helen Woodward Animal Center Surf Dog clinics help prepare pups for the Surf Dog Surf-a-thon. Taught by Kahuna Bob’s Surf School and pet expert Rob Kuty, from San Diego Pet Training, the classes and cost $45 per dog (one adult per dog), including the required life vests and surf boards. Each clinic is limited to 25 dogs per class and runs an hour in length. Registration is now open for all the Doggie Surf Clinics, scheduled Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Aug. 11, 18 and 25. For more information or to register, visit or call 858-756-4117 x 356.

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On The


Blue Moon Celebrity Grill

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■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes


Chicken Parmesan Sliders consist of two small, crispy chicken breasts topped with smoked mozzarella, marinara and basil pesto on brioche buns.

■ 3rd floor Clubhouse, Del Mar racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar ■ (858) 755-6345, Ext. 1644 ■ ■ The Vibe: Casual, relaxed, trendy

■ Happy Hour: No

■ Signature Dishes: Brandt Beef Sliders, Brandt Hot Corned Beef on Rye, Chicken Parmesan Sliders

■ Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; 2-5 p.m. Fridays; bar service through the eighth race; open racing season only, to Sept. 5

■ Open Since: 2011 ■ Reservations: No

Brandt Beef Sliders with tomatoes, Bermuda onions and smoked tomato jam on brioche buns.

The ‘Wedge’ Steakhouse-Style Salad with a side of olive bread.

Santa Barbara Smokehouse Oak Roasted Salmon Flatbread with arugula, pickled Bermuda onions, capers and a lemon-dill vinaigrette.

Dining at the track? Blue Moon Celebrity Grill is a good bet! BY KELLEY CARLSON t appears Del Mar racetrack visitors are finding that the venue’s Blue Moon Celebrity Grill’s patio views and unique menu are a winning combination. Even though the season is not quite half over, it has already been noted that the restaurant’s popularity has increased since last year (when it was simply known as Celebrity Grill) and that it’s gaining a following of “regulars,” according to manager Cristina Burns. Yet the establishment, which added Blue Moon to its name due to its new sponsorship, is not widely advertised. It’s not mentioned on the track’s website, nor is it featured in the racing program handed out at the gates. “This is a secret gem of a restaurant,” Burns said. One of the attractions is the view from the covered outdoor patio. Guests can study the horses being saddled in the paddock below and catch glimpses of the ocean just a short distance away, while enjoying sitdown food and beverage service. In the main dining room you’ll find a


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■ Blue Moon Celebrity Grill’s BBQ Chips glowing neon “Blue Moon” and stars ... Hollywood stars, that is. Original photos of celebrities who frequented the track when it was first opened by Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien in 1937 grace the walls. A full-service bar on the west end of the establishment serves six draft beers, which naturally includes Blue Moon brands; wine and Champagne; and signature cocktails such as the Del Margarita and Red Bull-fecta. Even after the horses leave the paddock

A mural decorates the front of Blue Moon Celebrity Grill.

for the track, racing fans won’t miss out on the action. Nine TVs around the Blue Moon provide live simulcasts, and bettors have the opportunity to place wagers. It doesn’t matter where one sits, “you get the same fabulous service, outside or in,” Burns emphasized. And while most of the track’s public restaurants provide the same menu, Blue Moon Celebrity Grill’s offerings are different. There are four “starters” to choose from, including the Crunchy Tempura Green Beans with cusabi-ranch dip. Burns refers to these fried snacks as the equivalent of “healthy mozzarella sticks. They are handsdown amazing,” she said. Several “cold bites” are available, like The “Wedge” Steakhouse-Style Salad — baby iceberg lettuce, applewood smoked bacon, crumbled gorgonzola, tomatoes and Bermuda onions tossed together, with a side of Black Pepper Buttermilk Ranch dressing. All-Natural Brandt Beef Flat Iron Steak dusted with truffle salt can be added for a few extra dollars. The salad pairs nicely with a Blue Moon Belgian White.

Blue Moon’s full bar includes six draft beers, wine, Champagne and the racetrack’s signature cocktails.

The “warm bites” portion of the menu consists of sliders, flatbreads and sandwiches. One favorite is the Chicken Parmesan Sliders, with two small crispy chicken breasts topped with smoked mozzarella, marinara and basil pesto on brioche buns. For dessert, there is Del Mar’s Signature Carrot Cake with caramel sauce and Sky High Frozen Mocha Mud Pie with chocolate sauce. An important note about dining at Blue Moon Celebrity Grill: Customers must have paid Clubhouse admission to gain access to the third-floor eatery. Also, because seating at the Blue Moon is often in high demand (especially when the horses are in the paddock) guests are asked to stay for a maximum of 45 minutes. “Because the restaurant is open to the general admission public, we need to turn the tables over to service all our guests,” explained Sue Walls, director of catering and dining services for Premiere Food Services and Carriage Trade Catering at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Those who would like a table for the day may make arrangements through the Del Mar box office for a fee.

The patio overlooks the paddock and also provides an ocean view. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON

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Flower Hill cheese shop expands to add seating, classes BY CLAIRE HARLIN The packed little cheese shop in the Flower Hill Promenade that used to be a quick stop for savory samples and cheese to-go finally let its seams bust last month and moved into a new space. The step up in size will now allow them to serve lunch, beer and wine, giving guests plenty of seating to mingle and munch. Owner Gina Frieze said a major reason she embarked on the move is because her customers were asking when From left: Andy McNamara, Rebecca Gould, Gina Freize she was going to bring to Del Mar the well-attended cheese and Cat Charpentier in the new Venissimo cheese shop. PHOTO/CLAIRE HARLIN classes she holds at her flagship shop in downtown San specializes in importing cheese and is still a Diego. Sure enough, the Academy of Cheese partner of Venissimo. — “AOC” as she calls it — will find its place “This all came to be because I love in Del Mar starting this month. There will cheese,” said Frieze, who did marketing for be a kids’ cheese party on Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. companies for more than a decade before at the shop, as well as a mozzarella and finding her passion with cheese. ricotta cheese-making course on Aug. 16 and It all started on a wine tasting tour near a “Getting to Know Cheese” course on Aug. Sacramento, where she used to reside. 23. There will be three to four classes each “The light bulb went off and I said, ‘I month at various times, some of which will want to do a cheese shop,’” she said. “I also incorporate pairing and products from other wanted to live somewhere with perfect Flower Hill vendors. weather and there were no cheese shops Venissimo started about a decade ago as here in San Diego.” a small Mission Hills cheese shop with 50 She spent about a year writing her busitypes of cheese and it’s grown to hundreds ness plan, which she modeled after the traof varieties at Frieze’s four shops in San Diditional European cheese shops that were ego and Long Beach. The Del Mar shop was few and far between in the Unites States at the second in the chain, opening in 2007 at that time. Frieze’s mother is from Austria, the former site of Aniata Cheese Co., which and she remembers going to the European

delis as a child. “Every two years we would get to visit and those are such warm memories,” she said. The opening of Frieze’s first store didn’t come without a challenge. After pitching her idea to the owner of the space she found in Mission Hills, she got turned down. Not only did the landlord think a shop selling only cheese wouldn’t survive, but he didn’t wanted to split the rather large space into two smaller units as Frieze asked. “On top of everything, it was my very first business, and they just said ‘no,’” Frieze said. “It took six months and I was faxing them letters telling them what I could do.” Finally, Frieze showed up with a cheese tray when the owner was on site, and he was sold on the idea. The shop opened in 2004, and there was no looking back for Frieze. “My first cheese order was like $2,500 and I was panicking because cheese goes

bad,” she said. “I am so thankful for everyone who kept coming back.” Much of Venissimo’s success has been its business model that stresses “heavy sampling,” Frieze said. “Our whole thing is we want people to be able to try anything they buy,” she said. “We want it to be an adventure, like going to Europe without being in Europe.” Each cheese available to buy is labeled with the pronunciation, animal it comes from and pairing ideas. More recently, the shop added a designation for organic and raw (as opposed to pasteurized) to each cheese option. Since the move, the cheese boards offered at the shop have been popular, Frieze said. “Peope can either mix and match the boards or let us choose,” she said. For more information on the shop and to sign up for classes, visit www.venissimo. com.

A variety of regional events offered Spotlight on David Steinberg La Jolla Playhouse will host comedian David Steinberg as he develops a new oneman show, “David Steinberg: Still Disguised as a Normal Person,” that looks back and forward at his life in show business. Alan Zweibel, who helped develop “700 Sundays with Billy Crystal” at the Playhouse and on Broadway, will be involved in the process. The workshop production can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-25 in the Playhouse’s Shank Theatre. Tickets: $20. (858) 550-1010.

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Renovated Prepkitchen Del Mar Your Family Matters: Getting back into school set to reopen in early September BY CLAIRE HARLIN Prepkitchen owner Arturo Kassel said he will never forget the morning of Oct. 2 when he got a call from his corporate chef telling him his Del Mar restaurant was on fire. “I was in a state of shock when it happened,” he said. “I know what someone must feel like after coming back to their home after a flood or tornado or fire. In some sense the restaurant is an extension of our home and it’s very personal for us.” The restaurant has been boarded up and vacant since then, but Kassel, the CEO of parent company Whisknladle Hospitality, announced recently that construction on the 40-year-old building is wrapping up and the community can expect an opening the first week of September. Not only that, the restaurant’s owners have made the most of their misfortune, taking the opportunity to totally revamp the interior. The 1,650-square-foot restaurant is amid a $750,000 renovation. “With the previous design, I think I didn’t do a great job in terms of func-

Prepkitchen Del Mar tionality,” Kassel said. “The kitchen was too small to service the volume we were serving. Now we have a kitchen that can handle the volume.” As far as the interior goes, Kassel said the change is going to be “night and day.” He said the style will resemble that of the Prepkitchen in Little Italy, which was nominated for the highly-coveted Orchid interior design awards. “We are pretty confident we will get the Orchid,” he said. “The space is really magical, something we are proud of.” The new design utilizes

a lot of unique reclaimed materials to “create more of an experience,” Kassel said. The construction company and designers hunted through salvage shops to find materials such as doors from an old French farmhouse. “A lot of the design elements have their own story,” he said. “The space has a lot of character. It’s homey and warm. When you walk in you say, ‘Wow, this is great.’ You don’t know why but when you walk in you feel good.” Kassel said insurance paid for most of the renovaSee PREPKITCHEN, page B14

BY DR. KEITH KANNER It’s about that time of the summer when parents have to remind their kids that school will be starting again in about a month or you will likely be in for a rocky start of the new school year. Why? A con- Dr. Keith Kanner dition called Summer Learning Loss occurs each summer when kids do not exercise their brains by engaging in some sort of academic endeavor for the summer months, causing “shock” once they return to the classroom in the fall. Homework battles; resistance to get up in the morning; bad moods ; and depressed grades for the first reporting period of the new school year are all symptoms of Summer Learning Loss ( SLL ). The good news is that it’s not too late to get your kids to re-stimulate their neurons now before it’s too late. The bad news is that you, the parent, have to be the one who brings up the issue and your kids will not be happy with the news, or you. But, that’s our job as parents – looking ahead for our kids and also realizing that a little bit now will pay off a lot later and sometimes we have to take the hit, but it’s worth it in the long run. More good news. All you really have to do is get them to read. Reading is the sin-

gle best preventative measure to avoid coming down with SLL. Sure, doing some review of last year’s curriculum or jumping ahead to some concepts for the upcoming year might even be better, but reading a book is the equivalent of a treadmill for a child’s mind. And, why not read together? Make reading a family affair – make the trip to the library or a bookstore and everyone gets a book to read. Take it to the next step and take 5 minutes at the end of the reading period and share what you learned with the rest of the family. If you do this subtly, your kids won’t even know that you have introduced school to them. The statistics of the positive effects of summer learning on fall school performance are impressive. It is also not surprising that the statistics on the level of self-esteem for kids who feel and are prepared for the new school year are also equally so. And, how about the statistics on lower parental stress when kids adapt to school sooner rather than later? I know you all know the answer to that one too. So, what are you waiting for? Crack that book. Dr. Keith Kanner is host/anchor - Your Family Matters - WSRADIO; contributor to LifeChanger, Extra TV; a syndicated columnist; author of “Your Family Matters — Solutions to Common Parental Dilemmas” (in press); board certified & licensed clinical child, adolescent, & adult psychologist & psychoanalyst; Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine; National Board Member - KidsKorps USA; and a father of three great kids.

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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS Longtime local dentist Dr. Curtis Chan opens new office in Del Mar BY KELLEY CARLSON Dr. Curtis Chan, a longtime dentist in the Carmel Valley/Del Mar area, has something new to smile about. After being in a temporary location for the last year, Chan’s office has found a home at 12835 Pointe Del Mar Way, Suite C, in Del Mar (92014). The celebrating began Aug. 6 with the start of Patient Appreciation Week. People can drop in for tours of the facility and receive a gift. Those visitors who are patients of record will also receive a raffle ticket for a drawing to be held during the grand opening celebration, set from 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 9. Among the prizes will be an iPod, spa packages and family health care baskets. Although Chan is based in a new office, he is not a newcomer to the field. He grew up among health care professionals — his father was a physician and his uncle was an orthodontist. And of the five boys in Chan’s family, four became dentists. “I wanted to help and serve in the health care industry,” Chan said. He graduated from Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry in 1986. Shortly after relocating to the Del Mar area, Chan opened up a dental practice. When North City West — which is now Carmel Valley — began to be developed, he said he realized the need for quality dental services for the growing planned community. So in 1990, Chan relocated his office and opened up a new facility on Carmel Country Road, where he spent the next 20 years. However, after he failed to reach a new long-term lease agreement with the landlord, Chan found himself uncertain of the future. “It was a little unsettling to pick up the business (and move) ... we didn’t know what would happen,” he said. In August 2011, Chan temporarily moved his office to

Dr. Curtis Chan at his new location. Sorrento Valley. He noted that his patients, who are very loyal, followed him. Around the start of the new year, an opportunity arose to relocate to an office on Pointe Del Mar Way in Del Mar. “We saw the potential to build a brand-new facility and jumped on the idea,” Chan said. “It’s in a perfect location, has a beautiful view ... we could now really embrace new technology.” Chan and his team of four moved into the site a couple of weeks ago, and they are ready to continue providing the services that have drawn thousands of patients over the years. As a general and cosmetic dentist, Chan said he provides all the treatment modalities one would expect to have at a state-of-the-art dental facility. He offers teeth whitening, cosmetic dental bonding and tooth replacement treatment. In addition, he utilizes his experience and up-to-date techniques in treating those with TMJ problems and helping pa-

tients experience bite optimization. Chan noted that his new facility is equipped with an ultra-clean water purification system so patients can be assured that they are treated with the ultimate dental delivery systems. Furthermore, he uses the latest in dental technology, including digital X-rays, intra-oral digital cameras and computer imaging. Chan and his dental team continue to keep up their skills through continuing education and dental conferences. “We help people achieve lifetime smiles,” Chan said. He added that his office provides the best in patient comfort, as well. There are headsets that play music, and special personal video display glasses that allow people to watch their choice of movies from a library of 100 DVDs while having their dental treatment done. Along with building quality, long-term relationships with patients, Chan also values and maintains a strong presence in the local community through service. Each year, he holds a Great Candy Buyback program, in which he pays $1 for each pound of Halloween candy brought into his office, up to $5. The candy is donated to Operation Gratitude in Los Angeles, which sends care packages to military service men and women overseas who are in harm’s way. Also, Chan helped build a dental clinic for orphans at Grace Children’s Home in Tijuana. Meanwhile, he is looking forward to seeing all of his returning dental patients and welcoming fresh faces. “We’re open to anyone who would like quality dental care,” Chan said. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and is closed one hour for lunch; hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, call (858) 481-9090 or go to

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The transformation of Lukasz Augustine — Winston School Headmaster’s Award recipient BY KARIN OLSEN College-bound Winston School graduate, The Headmaster’s Award recipient and drama standout Lukasz Augustine expected the worst when he first started attending the school for students with learning differences seven years ago. A self-described shy, and self-conscious 11-year-old, Augustine’s low self-esteem was compounded by an auditory processing disorder that made learning difficult. Feeling like an outcast at his previous schools, he said he was nervous and crying at the very idea of going to Winston as he couldn’t imagine how this new school would be different. “I had some friends, but not many and it was hard for me because the way I learned was different. It was difficult for me to get what teachers were saying,” he remembers. The first three or four months at the Winston School in Del Mar were a revelation. “I started to lighten up at the school and it was a great experience. I felt I could do the work and I get it. Once I got it, it came to me very easily. It felt great to finally get the work that the teachers handed to me.” Once he started doing well in school, Augustine still had one hurdle to overcome – shyness. In spite of or perhaps because of this, he said he felt he needed to move with the drama crowd but was skeptical. “After a couple of weeks I realized it was something I really enjoyed. Drama taught me no matter how foolish you look it’s more about being yourself and not about what other people think.” His first role was the police officer in the school’s production “And Then There Were None.” “I felt really good afterwards. It was different and it also helped me understand how to do a production and learn lines. It was fairly easy, not a cakewalk. I couldn’t get enough of it so I kept doing it.” English also became one of Augustine’s favorite subjects. A testimony to the power of good teachers, he said “I

Lukasz Augustine never really got what the subject was about until I met Mr. K (Jeff Kozlowski) and Mrs. (Mary) Sterling-Torretti.” He said he became more interested in literature after reading some of the classics and found the beauty of writing to be eye-opening. “I like the deep meaning behind some poetry and how poets expressed themselves. Shakespeare was an incredible poet and playwright. He had so much wit within his plays and there’s really a deep meaning behind them.” Musically inclined with a talent for playing guitar, violin and piano, Augustine has also extended his love for writing to lyrics. After three years in the Winston School’s storied arts programs, Augustine is inspired to study theater or music at Linfield College. “They are both pretty hard majors. I also have to think about what I’m going to do after college so I will have some stability when I get out.” Crowning his seven years at Winston, headmaster Mike Peterson recently awarded Augustine with The Headmaster’s

Award at the school’s graduation ceremony. The award is the highest honor given each year to the upper school student who best exemplifies the values of The Winston School. In his introduction, Peterson began by describing the recipient as “a young person whose keen intellect, creativity and love of learning are obvious to all who know him.” In front of the packed room, Peterson went on to say, “He participates in activities with enthusiasm and a sense of community spirit that is unique among his peers. At Winston he has done everything from star on stage to paint the school buildings. He is helpful to others, always remembering that his own path to success has held unanticipated challenges which he has met by drawing on all his own resources and the willing help of others. He is gentle in spirit, but never timid; impatient about seeing himself succeed but extraordinarily persistent. He is always striving to learn, to grow and to move forward in his life, but never at the expense of his own integrity.” When Peterson announced Augustine’s name, the audience cheered but wasn’t surprised. Many share Peterson’s sentiments about the shy boy who not so long ago enrolled in Winston thinking he “wasn’t good at anything.” Looking back on the last seven years, Augustine is melancholy at the prospect of leaving Winston. “The school is great, the teachers are great — everything about the school is great. I’m really going to be upset when I have to leave it’s not going to be easy. Winston really has helped me be a better individual and really helped me grow up.” His advice for everyone from students finding their way to seasoned students of life, “Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to express yourself, put yourself out there and take a chance.” For more information, visit www.thewinstonschool. com or call 858-259-8155.


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St. James Gift Shop hosts 12th Artisans Market Aug. 11-12 La Jolla event has ‘branched out’ from Latin America, coordinator says BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT At any time of year, St. James Gift Shop offers an array of unexpected treasures from around the world. But this weekend is really the moment for heading their way. It’s time for their annual Artisans Market, where you can find arts and crafts from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Africa — jewelry, pottery, textiles and more. “We run the Market to coincide with SummerFest, so we draw some of the crowd from the museum across the street,� said gift shop manager Karen Fast, who has been in charge of the event and the shop for the past dozen years. “At first, we mainly did the art of Latin America, but then we branched out,� she said. “We’re a nonprofit, we operate as an outreach center, and we really want to help artists all over the world show and sell their work. We want them to do what they do best, and we want them to stretch themselves, so we encourage them to come up with new ideas every year.�

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Among this year’s featured artists is Oralia Lopez, a potter from Mata Ortiz, a small Mexican town southwest of El Paso that became famous for its red, white, and black ceramics in the 1980s. Now Lopez is earning kudos for her finely executed geometric designs. “She’s so young, you wouldn’t believe she could be so talented!� Fast said. Also keep an eye out for Esau Andrade, from Baja Calif., another young up-and-comer who will be showing some of his watercolors. And, from a more-distant part of the globe, you’ll find representatives of several African women’s co-ops that specialize in jewelry-making. “Some of their pieces are recycled paper, some is acrylic, but it’s all very, very contemporary,� Fast said. “They have a huge following; they were even in Vogue Magazine!� She is always in search of new talent, and five of the 12 artisans at this year’s market will be there for the

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RSF Senior Scene: Mark your calendars for the Senior Center’s special programs and classes BY TERRIE LITWIN, RSF SENIOR CENTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Understanding Your Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease Medications: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. Learn from a certified geriatric pharmacist about what you can do to manage your diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol medications. Understand how to assist a loved one who is having difficulty safely managing their medications at home. Bring your medications with you, and speak with a pharmacist about your specific medication-related questions! Reservations are not required. Summer Lecture Series with Richard Lederer – Reservations are not required! •Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. – Confessions of a Word Lover •Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2 p.m. — An Afternoon of Language & Laughter •Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2 p.m. – Conan the Grammarian Classical Music Appreciation: Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.: Instructor Randy Malin leads a class featuring classical music composers and the music that has endured through the ages. Classical music fans and individuals who are less familiar but want to learn more, will find this class informative and entertaining. Balance & Fall Prevention Exercise Class: Monday mornings at 10:45 a.m.: Licensed physical therapist Jim Prussack provides practical and useful exercise techniques to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help prevent falls. A $5 charge for each class is paid to the instructor. Oil Painting Class: Bring your favorite photos to life with oil paints – from portraits to landscapes! This class is appropriate for all artists, from beginner to advanced and is taught by local artist Lynne Zimet — Thurs-

day mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Watercolor Class: RSF Art Guild member and local artist Pat Beck will show students how to create beautiful works of art using watercolor paints. This class is for both Terrie Litwin beginning and experienced artists. Next series begins Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Rancho San Café – French Discussion Group: A wonderful opportunity for those with intermediate and advanced French language skills to enjoy a cup of coffee while conversing in French. Conversations are facilitated by Philippe Faurie. The discussion group meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Free Blood Pressure Checks: This service provided by San Diego Medical Services, is offered the last Thursday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Acting Class with Monty Silverstone: Next session to be announced! Resource & Referral Program: In addition to the above programs and classes, the Senior Center’s Resource and Referral service is available Monday through Friday. Seniors and family members needing information about senior services can meet with staff to address a wide variety of needs. For more information about any of the Senior Center’s programs, events and classes or to be added to the mailing list, please call (858) 756-3041. Additional special programs will be announced as they are scheduled.

Solana Beach company addresses growing need for in-home senior care BY CLAIRE HARLIN When Josh Allen was a kid, his single mom started her own in-home senior residential care facility, opening the doors of their San Marcos home to five patients. “It was like growing up with five grandmas,” said Allen, who has followed in his mother’s footsteps as he now leads a senior care company. He works with Solana Beach-based Senior Resource Group (SRG), which owns Del Mar senior community La Vida Del Mar in addition to 17 other similar facilities across the United States. But more recently, the company has been tapping into an area of care that there’s a growing need for — home care. Allen is the director of a new SRG venture called InTouch At Home. InTouch At Home provides such services as personal care, chores and errands, medication reminders, transportation, memory support and more.

“As the baby boomer population ages and gets in their late 70s and 80s, we know they are not all going to move into senior living communities. They will try to stay at home as long as they can,” he said. Since InTouch At Home started Justine Ortiz cares for an InTouch at last year, it has Home client. grown to operate senior care services is going in four cities — San Diego, to explode over the next 30 Los Angeles, Portland and years.” San Francisco — and the He said he loves having need continues to increase, the opportunity to provide he said. care for a generation that Having been in the in“has had profound impacts dustry his entire life, Allen, a on society,” he said. registered nurse, has had the “You saw the demand opportunity to watch the se- for baby food and diapers nior care industry evolve. when they were young, then “It’s gone from mom you saw the car industry exand pop to professionallyplode when they got older, managed companies,” he and now we are seeing a said. “To be perfectly honneed for healthcare.” est, I believe this is a really For more information, good career. Our population visit www.intouch-at-home. is aging and the demand for com or call (855) 448-8900.

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Coincidence and Paranoia BY RW “PETE” PETERSON Coincidence seems prevalent in the world of investigation. Sometimes investigators become paranoid, probably as a byproduct of the work. However, sometimes the watcher becomes the watched. Our firm has experienced instances where the subjects have hired their own investigators and it became spy vs. spy. It can cause you to become very familiar with your rearview mirrors. It can also be very comedic. We’ve had cases that turned out to involve the same people, same houses (years apart with different occupants), or addresses next door to each other years apart. Subjects of former cases wanting to retain us. One such coincidence was a case in which I had been contacted by a Denver oilman who was concerned about his estranged son who they believed was in Springfield, Mo. They hadn’t spoken for several years and he wanted to know if we could locate the son and determine what his situation was. We didn’t hear back from the client for two weeks. Several days later a woman called us in Denver wanting to know if we could check on her husband who came to Denver several times a month on business. She thought he might be having an affair, she said she would call us back. Approximately a week later we received a call back from the oil man and he

RW “Pete” Peterson gave us a retainer to go to Springfield to see if we could locate his son. They knew through a friend that he was somewhere in the area, perhaps living on a farm. I went to Springfield and located the son on the first day. That evening after dinner I went to a local country western night club. I was sitting at the bar and an attractive lady who was at a table with her friends walked by on her way to the restroom. We struck up a conversation and I joined them at the table. While dancing I told her my occupation and she said “that’s interesting because I talked to a Denver investigator a couple of weeks ago about possibly checking on my husband when he went to Denver on business.” I remembered that call and told her that it was me that she had talked to. I had been involved in some fairly heavy criminal cases that year, one involving organized crime, and this conversation and chance meeting seemed very

coincidental. What was the chance of the “oil man” sending me to Springfield and my encountering her in the night spot? (She had entered the place after me.) As she told me more about her now legally separated husband, I realized that I had seen him months prior at a restaurant in Idaho Springs (just outside Denver where I had a house) several times when he was up in the mountains with his Polynesian girlfriend. I had noticed him because of his Corvette — I also had a Corvette. We had eaten several tables apart and had exchanged compliments on our cars. This was becoming more “coincidental.” I had my office run background on the husband and found that he had been indicted on loan sharking and bookmaking. We also found that he had had business dealings with our “oil

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To Your Health: Get your kids ready for school BY ARNOLD E. CUENCA, DO, SCRIPPS HEALTH For many kids across San Diego County, August means back to school. For parents, it means making sure kids have everything they need for a successful start to the school year. Use the health and safety “checklist” below to ensure your kids are ready to go. Immunizations: Check that your kids have the recommended (and often required) immunizations before the school year begins. Under the California School Immunization Law, children are required to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, child care centers and other educational programs. Immunizations required to attend kindergarten include polio, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), measles-containing vaccine (e.g. MMR), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox). Starting with the 201213 school year, all students entering into seventh grade will need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster immunization (Tdap) in order to begin school. Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months; although many children were vaccinated during early childhood, immunity wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible. Ask your pediatrician or family physician which immunizations your child may need. Annual physical: It’s a good idea for all kids to have a yearly check-up with their physician to make sure they are in good health and receive vision

and hearing tests. This can also be an opportunity for physicians to talk to kids privately about any health issue or questions they may have—often, kids may not be comfortable discussing certain topics with their parents present. Avoid backpack overload: Kids today carry a lot of stuff. A backpack that is too heavy, poorly constructed or worn incorrectly can injure the muscles and joints, cause neck or back strain, and lead to fatigue. Choose a lightweight backpack with two wide, wellpadded shoulder straps, a padded back and a waist strap. Pull both straps tightly enough so that the pack fits snugly against the back but doesn’t pull on the shoulders. Distribute the weight of items within the pack evenly on both sides, and don’t overload it. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that backpacks not exceed 10 to 20 percent of the child’s weight. Get back on track: For many kids, summer break means staying up later and sleeping in. Do yourself and your kids a favor by gradually getting them back on their school schedules. Encourage them to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier for a week or so before the first day of class, and make time for a healthy breakfast, so that by the time school begins, they’ll be used to the change in schedule. Similarly, prepare kids to get back into the school routine after a carefree summer. Discuss when and where homework will be done, make afterschool care arrangements if necessary (including a back-up plan) and determine how kids will get to extracurricu-

lar activities such as sports. Getting everyone on the same page will make it easier to juggle busy schedules. Keep schedules realistic: Sports, clubs and other after-school activities are a great way to keep kids active and engaged, but too much can be unhealthy. “Over-scheduling” can lead to stress, fatigue and anxiety; over-training for sports can cause physical injuries such as stress fractures. Make sure your kids have enough “down time” to rest and unwind, and don’t pressure them to participate in activities they don’t enjoy. Make lunch healthy: If your child brings lunch to school, include fruit or veggies and a lean protein source such as chicken or turkey. Try to avoid processed foods or high-fat, high-calorie items. Substitute baked chips for fried and whole-grain bread for white. If the plan is to buy lunch, talk about how to make healthier choices. Provide important information: Make sure the school has current, accurate contact information for parents, emergency contacts, and your child’s physician. Let the school know of any medications your child takes both at home and at school, as well as any medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or allergies to bees, peanuts, latex, or anything else. Ensure the school knows what to do in case of an emergency. Talk it over. Take time every afternoon or evening to ask your child about his or her school day. Ask about lessons, what they learned that was new or interesting, favorite and least

favorite parts of the day, and so on. This is a good way to uncover possible problem areas and show your child that you care about how he or she is doing. Dr. Arnold Cuenca is a family medicine and sports medicine physician with Scripps Health. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps Health. For more information or a physician referral, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

EVENTS discuss her book, “El Caballero del Titanic,” which documents the story of Manuel Uruchurtu Ramírez, the only Mexican passenger aboard the ill-fated ship. Tickets: $18-$27. (877) 946-7797. Sounds of Summer Swing to the sounds of Benny Hollman’s Big Band Explosion when La Jolla Concerts by the Sea presents the music, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at Scripps Park, La Jolla Cove. The free concert is underwritten by concession sales. (858) 454-1600. SummerFest Going Strong: La Jolla Music Society’s chamber music concert series is in full bloom with free-to-the-public rehearsals and encounters, evening concerts and preludes through Aug. 24 at Sherwood Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St. This week you can hear the Tokyo String Quartet, pianists John Novacek and Ken Noda, the New-

continued from page B8 bury Trio, and clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, among many others. Tickets: $50 and $75. (858) 459-3728. View the schedule at ljms. org Ballet for Beginners San Diego Civic Youth Ballet (the resident classical ballet school of Balboa Park since 1945) will present its fourth annual “Fairy Tales in the Park” with performances at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The program is a whimsical, interactive dance event for families to introduce them to the art of ballet through familiar stories. This year’s will be “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Beauty & the Beast,” narrated by a professional storyteller and interpreted by student dancers and guest artists. The event takes place in the Casa del Prado Theatre, 1800 Village Place, in Balboa Park. Doors open 30 minutes before each 45-minute show. Tickets: $10. (619) 233-3060.

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There’s more than one way to make a s’more, señor! The Kitchen Shrink

BY CATHARINE KAUFMAN Aug. 10 has been designated “National S’mores Day” in honor of this quintessential campfire treat. Creative culinary minds have tweaked the iconic recipe to make it even more fun and scrumptious (if that’s possible), while health-conscious chefs have re-jiggered the ingredients to make it more guilt-free. No one has really laid a solid claim to the invention of s’mores, although the first recipe for this novel sandwich appeared in a 1927 handbook, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” The basic ingredients and Simple Simon con-

cept provided a portable and non-perishable treat for camping trips and cookouts. The name’s origin, probably apocryphal, is the contraction of “some more,” supposedly the garbled verbiage from a child scarfing down a mouthful of the treat and asking for a second helping. S’mores consist of three solid components: marshmallows, honey Graham crackers and chocolate bars. The former, the oldest and gooiest has been around for 4,000 years when ancient Egyptians blended honey with root extracts of the marshmallow plant to create a sore throat elixir. Millenniums later, French gastronomes refined the recipe by blending egg white meringues and rose water into the gummy root juices to create a frothy paste. Today’s marshmallow is completely void of the mallow plant juices, swapping them out for gelatin and corn syrup giving the confection its familiar pillowy shape. The second component is the Graham cracker named after the pioneer health food guru, Sylvester Graham who

S’mores Stuffed French Toast Ingredients ■ 2 slices of bread (Challah, Brioche are best) ■ 4 honey Graham crackers, crushed ■ 2 squares good quality dark chocolate ■ 4 marshmallows, toasted ■ 1/8 cup almond or coconut milk or half and half cream ■ 2 large eggs ■ 1 teaspoon butter or canola oil ■ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ■ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Dash of salt Method: In a large mixing bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Soak bread in the mixture for a minute created the crisp, high-fiber flat bread from non-sifted whole-wheat flour in the 1820s. The final ingredient to complete is the food of the gods: chocolate. Cocoa entrepreneur Milton Hershey honed the blissful milk chocolate bar at his Pennsylvania

or two, then coat with crushed Graham crumbs. In a skillet, on medium, melt butter or heat oil. Assemble the s’mores French toast by placing the toasted marshmallows on one slice, topping with chocolate, and then place the other piece of Graham-crusted bread on top. Pan fry on both sides until golden and gooey. factory. He mass-produced and distributed the iconic Hershey bar for all wallets to enjoy. For s’mores galore here’s a gustatory line-up for those who want a break from tradition: • Amore, s’more: Make an Italian version with a ha-

zelnut chocolate spread like Nutella. • Aloha with a Hawaiian flare of toasted coconut and candied pineapple chunks. • Go Mediterranean with a sprinkling of sea salt and cayenne pepper. • South-of-the-border s’mores use Mexican chocolate and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. • The Blondie is made with organic white chocolate. • The Elvis uses the King’s favorite sandwich fixin’s — peanut butter and bananas. • The Grasshopper features mint chocolate. • The Turtle adds caramel and toasted pecans to the middle. • Tutti Frutti adds your favorite fruit to the mix, like blueberries, strawberries, peach slices or dried apricots. • Sustainable S’mores are a health-conscious, organic version with made-fromscratch Graham crackers and marshmallows along with high-octane, full-of-antioxidants bittersweet chocolate. • Vegans can buy kosher marshmallows sans animal by-products (gelatin) or seek

out a soy-based mallow spread. • Adult-only S’mores employ Martini of Smirnoff Marshmallow or cinnamoninfused vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur and bitters. Around town, you can sample these concoctions minus the bonfire: The Gaslamp’s Saltbox offers Chef Simon Dolinky’s “Campfire S’more,” which marries house-made marshmallows and Graham crackers with a smoked chocolate drizzle; Sprinkles La Jolla does a s’mores cupcake combining Graham cracker cake filled with bittersweet chocolate ganache and marshmallow frosting; pig out with Gaijin Noodle + Sake House’s kitschy Bacon S’mores, mixing crisky nueske bacon drizzled with Hershey’s chocolate, toasted marshmallows and house-made Grahams. The US Grant’s Chef Chris Kurth monkeys around with vanilla marshmallows, Graham cracker ice cream and brown sugar bananas, drizzled with warm fudge. — For homemade marshmallow or graham-cracker recipes, e-mail kitchenshrink@san.


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LEGAL NOTICES Legals TS# 2910010 TO# 6516740 / (DARIEN MCDONALD) APN: 303100-24-00 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED DECEMBER 28, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that GALT HOLDINGS, INC., a California corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust dated DECEMBER 28, 2007, recorded on JANUARY 2, 2008 as instrument #2008-0001786 of the OfďŹ cial Records of the County of San Diego, State of California, executed by: ALB PROPERTIES, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, under the power or sale contained therein, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable in full at the time of sale) ON AUGUST 28, 2012, 10:00 AM AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE EAST COUNTY REGIONAL CENTER BY STATUE, 250 E. MAIN STREET, EL CAJON, CA 92020, all rights, title and interest conveyed to and now held under said Deed of Trust in the subject real property situated in said County and State and as is more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. In addition to Cash (lawful money of the United States of America), the Trustee will accept cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s checks drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state of federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank speciďŹ ed in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this State. The total amount of the unpaid balance with interest thereon of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimates costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $3,632,131.25. Said sale will be made, in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;AS-IS, WHERE-ISâ&#x20AC;? condition, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, all advances thereunder, with interest as provided therein, and the unpaid principal of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust with interest thereon as provided in said Note, plus fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The beneďŹ ciary may elect, in its discretion, to exercise its rights and remedies in any manner permitted under Section 9501 (4)(A) II of the California Commericial Code, or any other applicable section, as to

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all or some of the personal property, ďŹ xtures and other general tangibles and intangibles more particularly described in the Deed of Trust, Guarantees, UCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and/or Security Instruments. The street address(es) and other common designation(s), if any, of the subject real property described above is purported to be: APN 303-100-24-00, 14747 ROXBURY TERRACE, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067; the legal description of which is attached hereto as Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? and incorporated herein by this reference. EXHIBIT â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? THE LAND REFERRED TO HEREIN IS SITUATED IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, (UNINCORPORATED AREA), COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO AND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: PARCEL 1: LOT 24 OF COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO TRACT NO. 4865, IN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO MAP THEREOF NO. 13355, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, AUGUST 29, 1996. PARCEL 2: AN EASEMENT AND RIGHT OF WAY FOR INGRESS, EGRESS, DRAINAGE AND PUBLIC UTILITIES OVER, UNDER, ALONG AND ACROSS LOT 28 OF COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO TRACT NO. 4865, IN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO MAP THEREOF NO. 13355, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, AUGUST 29, 1996. PARCEL 3: AN EASEMENT APPURTENANT TO LOT 24 OF MAP 13355 IN THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY AUGUST 29, 1996 AS FILE NO. 1996-440494 OVER LOT 23 OF SAID MAP 13355, FOR CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF A RETAINING WALL AND RIGHTS INCIDENT THERETO WHICH INCLUDES BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE RIGHT FOR FOOTINGS AND SUBTERRANEAN SYSTEMS FOR THE WALL AS SHOWN ON THE FOLLOWING LEGAL DESCRIPTION: THAT PORTION OF LOT 23 ACCORDING MAP THEREOF NO. 13355 FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 29, 1996 AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 23; THENCE EASTERLY ALONG THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 23 NORTH 76° 05â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 05â&#x20AC;? EAST, 43.00 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUING ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY LINE NORTH 76° 05â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 05â&#x20AC;? EAST 67.00 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID SOUTHERLY LINE NORTH 13° 54â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 55â&#x20AC;? WEST, 10.00 FEET; THENCE WESTERLY ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH AND 10.00 FEET NORTHERLY OF SAID SOUTHERLY LINE SOUTH 76° 05â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 05â&#x20AC;? WEST, 67.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 13° 54â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 55â&#x20AC;? EAST, 10.00 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING. The undersigned trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The BeneďŹ ciary under said Deed of Trust has heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. August 1, 2012 GALT HOLDINGS, INC. a California corporation by: Paul T. Johnson, Vice President Sales Information: (760) 431-8988 x 4 GALT HOLDINGS, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, IS ASSISTING THE BENEFICIARY

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TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED MAY BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE WHETHER RECEIVED ORALLY OR IN WRITING. If the trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of the monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. By bidding at the trusteeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sale noticed herein, all bidders expressly agree to the terms and conditions of the preceding sentence. P970544 8/2, 8/9, 08/16/2012. RF256 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019556 Fictitious Business Name(s): Brilliant Diamonds Located at: 861 6th Ave., Ste. 411, San Diego, CA., 92101, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business was: 07/20/2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: Ariel Berko, 7235 Calabria Ct., #98, San Diego, CA., 92122. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/20/2012. Ariel Berko. RF255, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019958 Fictitious Business Name(s): Charles Dorsch Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent, Inc. Located at: 1981 Main Street, San Diego, CA., 92113, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The ďŹ rst day of business was: 12/01/2011. This business is hereby registered by the following: Charles Dorsch, Shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Agent, Inc., 1981 Main Street, San Diego, CA., 92113. State of Incorporation/ Organization: California. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/25/2012. Russell Bruce Thornburg. RF254. Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMEN File No. 2012-018388 Fictitious Business Name(s): From Above Productions located at: 6370 Paseo Aspada, Carlsbad, CA., 92009, San Diego County. This business is conducted by: A General Partnership. The ďŹ rst day of business was: July 5, 2012. This business is hereby registered by the following: #1. Phil Barron, 6370




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Rancho Santa Fe Review

Willis Allen Realtor Linda Sansone to appear on Bravoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles on Aug. 15 Willis Allen Real Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Linda Sansone will appear on Bravoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hit television series Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m. Sansone appears on the show to highlight a $6.5 million Rancho Santa Fe villa that she has co-listed with one of the stars of the show, Los Angeles Realtor Josh Flagg. The 9,300-square-foot Rancho Santa Fe Covenant estate is situated on 2.87 richly landscaped, gated and fenced acres. The Tuscan-inspired main villa features a spacious, flowing floor plan with a grand foyer, five bedroom suites, five bathrooms, two powder rooms, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, walnut-paneled library, family room, game room with professional granite-flanked bar and climate-controlled wine cellar, state-ofthe art theatre, and four-car garage. The large backyard offers an outdoor living/dining room that seamlessly opens from the family room. The outdoor living space feaLinda Sansone tures a summer kitchen, pool with three grottos and a spa, and a one bedroom guest casita (music studio) with living room and full bath. Modern amenities and exclusive finishes throughout the home include: distressed wood floors,

travertine, faux finishes, carved wood crown moldings and doors, gorgeous draperies, custom wrought iron light fixtures, hand laid stone work, slabs of granite, custom designed wrought

iron staircase, unique stone fireplaces, and custom-designed cabinetry throughout. To reach Willis Allen Realtor Linda Sansone, call (858) 775-6356.

Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show is Aug. 25 The Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association (DEMA) recently announced that its 5th Annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, showcasing the diverse and unique fashions of local retailers, will be held in the cavernous garage of Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair (901 2nd Street , at H Street). The evening begins with an adults-only outdoor reception at 5:30 p.m., featuring wine, beer, appetizers from nearby restaurants, and live music. The party moves indoors at 7 p.m., where the runway models will be accompanied by the music of DJ Gabe Vega and video by Tregtronics. Tickets ($25 general admission, $40 VIP) are on sale at the DEMA office and at All proceeds benefit the DEMA High School Scholarship Fund.


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This home was built in 2008 with an upstairs master retreat and 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; balcony with peek ocean views. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, heated floors, large grass yard and 1 block to the beach.

Scott Appleby Kerry Appleby Payne 858.775.2014 Paseo Aspada, Carlsbad, CA., 92009. #2. Sam Wells, 3660 SeaďŹ&#x201A;ower Lane, Oceanside, CA., 92056. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/06/2012. Phil Barron. RF253, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 8, 16, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019501 Fictitious Business Name(s): Sandras Sculpture Studio

Located at: 8165 La Milla, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067, San Diego County. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 908, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Sandra Eng, 8165 La Milla, Rancho Santa Fe, CA., 92067. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/19/2012. Sandra

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Nestled on a hilltop in beautiful Del Mar, this tasteful villa is the perfect home. 3950sf of living space; 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, family room, dining room, living room, laundry room, gourmet kitchen, and 2 car garage. Just minutes from the beach with peaceful hilltop view, outdoor BBQ kitchen, patios, sweet smelling gardens, and croquet lawn. Native plants and songbirds abound. Enjoy the amazing views.

Hedy Goldman 858.504.2334 Windermere Real Estate So Cal Eng. LJ1167, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012-019432 Fictitious Business Name(s): Susan Stone Kummer Located at: 1175 La Moree Rd., San Marcos, CA., 92078, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 1175 La Moree Rd. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The ďŹ rst day of

business: has not yet started. This business is hereby registered by the following: Susan Stone Kummer, 1175 La Moree Rd., San Marcos, CA., 92078. This statement was ďŹ led with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 07/19/2012. Susan Stone Kummer. RF252, Jul. 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 2012

6183 Villa Pavrone, Bonsall CA Offered at $1,650,000 6200 Sq ft elegant Tuscan estate. 5 ac grove nets $25,000 yearly. Gorgeous home has everything the discerning homeowner wants...and more... 5B, 4.5 ba, Viking Kitchen, Master Wing, Amazing Views & Ocean Breezes! Discover Bonsall! â&#x20AC;˘ Quaint Country Village â&#x20AC;˘ Award winning schools â&#x20AC;˘ Horse ranches, vineyards, & groves â&#x20AC;˘ Surrounded by golf courses â&#x20AC;˘ 12 miles to ocean Fictitious Business Name(s): Better Than Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Located at: 535 Broadway #205, El Cajon, CA., 92021, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 13465 Camino Canada, Ste. 106, PMB 427, El Cajon, CA., 92021. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The ďŹ rst day of business: has not yet started. This business is

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K. Ann Brizolis leads U.S. market Recognizing her incredible sales achievements from 2011, K. Ann Brizolis was recently named to The Thousand for 2012, a prestigious list compiled by The Wall Street Journal and Real K. Ann Brizolis Trends, Inc. Brizolis and her team ranked at the 102 position for their sales out of the top 1,000 agents in the U.S. “Ann’s commitment to ethical business practices has made her one of the nation’s elite agents,” says Herb Josepher, manager of Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe real estate offices. A broker associate, Brizolis is currently a director of Prudential’s Luxury Properties Division. Having specialized in the marketing and sale of Rancho Santa Fe estates and fine homes throughout her 23-year career, she is known for her understanding of the complex local market and ability to deliver opti-

mal results for her buyers and sellers. Well-connected and thorough, Brizolis attributes her success to her innovative approach to marketing and her ability to collaborate with colleagues on behalf of her clients. “My team and I have always been committed to provide our clients with a superior standard of service and support,” says Brizolis. “Everything that we do is centered on this simple philosophy.” To exemplify her dedication to serving her clients, Brizolis recently hosted an invitation-only home tour and networking event to showcase three distinctive estates she listed for sale in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. With attendance by some of the luxury real estate industry’s biggest names, who traveled from Los Angeles and Orange counties, the event provided each property with a tremendous amount of exposure. “Our goal is to provide our sellers with the maximum possible return on their investments, within the shortest time frame possible,” Brizolis said, “so we do everything that we can to accomplish that objective.” K. Ann Brizolis and Associates may be reached at 858-756-6355, via email at ann@, or on the web at

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OPEN HOUSES Carmel Valley

$468,000 3BR/2BA $599,000 3BR/3BA $699,000 3BR/3BA $879,000 5BR/3BA $889,000 5BR/4BA $929,000 5BR/3BA $929,000 3BR/2.5BA $979,000 4BR/3BA $1,030,000 5BR/3.5BA $1,275,000 5BR/4.5BA $1,349,000 5BR/4.5BA

3674 Carmel View Rd Myriam Huneke, Coldwell Banker 5025 Caminito Exquisito Janet McMahon, Real Living Lifestyles 11349 Carmel Creek Rd Mary Heon, Coldwell Banker 4517 Calle Mar De Armonia Joseph & Diane Sampson, Sampson CA Realty 4297 Cordobes Joseph & Diane Sampson, Sampson CA Realty 5657 Willowmere Joseph & Diane Sampson, Sampson CA Realty 4685 Belvista Ct Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker 13016 Chambord Way Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker 3967 Corte Mar De Brisa J Greene/H. Patrize-Prudential CA Realty 4785 Keswick Court Mary Heon, Coldwell Banker 4358 Philbrook Square Charles & Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker

$1,350,000 1BR/2BA $1,925,000 5BR/3BA

1558 Camino del Mar #519 Myriam Huneke, Coldwell Banker 13676 Mira Montana Drive Joseph Sampson, Sampson CA Realty

$1,195,000 6BR/6.5BA $1,199,000-$1,425,000 4BR/5.5BA $1,295,000 3BR/3BA $1,650,000 4BR/3BA $2,077,000 4BR/5.5BA $2,450,000 4BR/5.5BA $2,495,000-$2,895,000 4BR/5BA $3,895,000 6BR/6.5BA $5,450,000 5BR/5.5BA

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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 205-3077 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 945-4595 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (858) 442-9940 Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Lawless Christ/hosts: B. & J. Campbell-Coldwell Banker (858) 449-2027 5154 Linea Del Cielo Sat-Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm K. Ann Brizolis/C. Horn Prudential CA Realty (858) 756-6355 6619 La Valle Plateada Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bill Talbott, The Sterling Company (760) 285-5137 6550 Paseo Delicias Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Gallagher & Gallagher, Prudential CA Realty (858) 259-3100 15852 The River Trail Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm J. Greene/hosts: S. & P. Linde-Prudential CA Realty (760) 585-5824 18011 Avenida Alondra Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm K. Ann Brizolis/host: D. Henry-Prudential CA Realty (858) 756-6355

Solana Beach $1,499,000-$1,850,000 124 Via De La Valle #3 3BR/2.75BA Gail Squires, Real Living Lifestyles $2,095,000 5BR/5.5BA

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Rancho Santa Fe Review

What Buyers are looking for in a Home Today? I try to hold many vacant homes ‘open’ a month to get a sense of what buyers are looking for in today’s market. I have said before: “Buyers decide in the first 45 seconds if a home is right for them.” This may seem unfair when we are talking about homes well in excess of 6,000 square feet, but it still holds true. In this article, I would like to address how to sell your home faster because this usually means a higher profit. Homes that sit on the market too long go through many price drops. No one wants to spend money remodeling their home and then move out. When I list a home, I go in and come up with ways to update without initiating a remodeling project. I look at it from the buyer’s perspective. Today, the hot button is Tuscan style homes. Spanish Style homes have always been number one and unfortunately there are few available. Buyers complain that homes have the exterior architecture of Spanish or Italian and the interior is nothing more than a box with contemporary elements. How can we change this without a major remodel? This is where a good stage becomes crucial. Sofas should be in the right proportion with the rooms and not dominate the space. Add large accent pieces, not small ones. Colors should be neutralized even in the kid’s rooms no matter how charming they may be. You can also accent with splashes of color that direct the eye and the person to follow to the better features of your home. Your home is your investment. When marketing your home, it is important to take the ego out of the design and appeal to the most buyers.

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Since we are talking about 45 seconds here, the curb appeal and the entrance to your home are vital. Keep your landscape clean and fresh looking around the entrance. I like to create large impressive pieces in the entrance using floral arrangements, vases, art or tapestries depending on the style I am trying to achieve. If a home’s interior lacks interest, staging can create more drama. Furniture should not run horizontally in a manner that blocks the flow to the window in a living room. The eye should have a clear path outside where some color should mimic an interior accent creating the illusion of more space. Simple updating can be achieved by replacing gold and brass with the bronze tones that are popular today. Increase lighting with fixtures or consider a skylight in an area such as a dark hall or a bathroom. Skylights that open are terrific visual ceiling extenders in the bathrooms. If you don’t have a loggia, you can create an outdoor room using different elements. Today’s buyer wants outdoor living spaces. In addition to outdoor spaces and architectural style, buyers are also looking for hardwood flooring and deeper wood colors. Please give me a call if you are thinking about selling your home or purchasing another. I will do my best to make sure the experience is a great one.

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