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Feb. 23, 2012 Published Weekly
Fairgrounds legal disputes may soon be settled Possible agreements ‘monumental,’ says fair board president
■ Local students put their creativity to a good cause. Page 14
BY JOE TASH Two contentious legal issues that have dogged the Del Mar Fairgrounds for years — one an allegation of Coastal Act violations by the state officials and the other a lawsuit filed by neighboring jurisdictions over plans for redeveloping the fair-
grounds — may both be on the verge of settlement. The proposed settlements were announced Wednesday night (Feb. 15) by Adam Day, president of the board of directors of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the entity that runs the state-owned fairgrounds. According to Day, the board voted unanimously in closed session to approve two settlement agreements, one with the California
Coastal Commission and the other with the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. The 22nd DAA has agreed to spend about $5 million over the next five years on a series of environmental measures to settle its dispute with the Coastal Commission which spans more than a decade, said Day. Details of the lawsuit settlement have not yet been made public.
‘College signing’ luncheon at TPHS
In an interview, Day characterized the potential settlements as “monumental,” and said they indicate the fair board’s willingness to set aside past differences and establish better working relationships with other governmental agencies. “I’m hopeful this will be the start of the new era of close collaboration and cooperation between our district and the Coastal Commission
Del Mar Council supports lawsuit against Metropolitan Water District BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
■ Meet the new medical director of Scripps Proton Therapy Center. Page 4
Gary Thornton, Torrey Pines High’s assistant principal for athletics, presents a Next Level Falcon Award to Lauren Filicia during a ‘college signing’ luncheon Feb. 16 at the campus. The luncheon will become an annual event to celebrate and honor academic and athletic achievement. See page B12 for more. PHOTO: JON CLARK
SEE FAIRGROUNDS, PAGE 6
The Del Mar City Council on Feb. 21 voted unanimously to support the San Diego County Water Authority’s (SDCWA) rate challenge lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), in which a Superior Court judge on Feb. 17 reaffirmed an order granting discovery in the case. SDCWA spokesman Dennis Cushman presented the issue to the council in what Councilman Don Mosier described as a “convincing argument.” In its lawsuit, SDCWA claims the water district illegally overcharges San Diego County ratepayers tens of millions of dollars annually for the transportation of water and also forces the county to subsidize the water costs of
MWD’s other 25 member agencies. Cushman estimated the overcharges add up to about $40 million, and 55 percent of water costs in this region comes from payments to MWD, a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in several Southern California counties. The lawsuit also claims MWD breached a 2003 contract with the water authority in which it pledged to follow applicable law in charging for water transportation, and it challenges MWD’s imposition of a contract provision that SDCWA claims is designed to prevent a rate challenge in court. In reaffirming a prior ruling last week, San Francisco Superior Court Judge
SEE WATER, PAGE 6
Local resident spearheading statewide initiative ■ Solana Pacific students shine at Variety Show. Page B16
BY JOE TASH John Cox moved to this area from his native Chicago last year for the golf, tennis and great weather. But he’s also trying to put his stamp on California politics. Cox, 56, bought a home in the Rancho Valencia resort, and gets out on the
court and the links as much as possible. “It ain’t hard to figure out why I’m here,” said the attorney and CPA, who also controls a $150 million real estate portfolio and provides financial advice to wealthy clients. When he’s not running his business, slamming ten-
nis balls or swinging a golf club, he’s stumping for a statewide initiative that would remake the California Legislature. According to Cox, his plan, which he calls the “Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act,” is based on New Hampshire’s 400-member state legisla-
ture, and would take special interest money out of California politics. So far, Cox said he has spent $100,000 of his own money on the effort, and is willing to spend another $200,000. The initiative has been filed with the California attorney general’s office
and is qualified for signature gathering, the next stage in the process. Cox’s plan would divide each of the existing 40 state Senate districts and 80 state Assembly districts into 100 “neighborhood districts.”
SEE INITIATIVE, PAGE 6
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DM Sustainability Advisory Board Bath Salts: The latest youth ‘designer’ drug seeks three new board members BY NANCY KNOTT, M.A., SCRIPPS HEALTH why have they been able to be sold and purchased legally? The Sustainability Advisory Board was established to assist the Del Mar City Council in promoting clean and reliable energy and in taking a leadership position in educating its residents and businesses about energy savings programs. It works with other regional and municipal groups to seek combined efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources; advises the Council on any bills before the California Legislature that the City should take a position to support or oppose as they affect Del Mar and the San Diego region; and reviews the Del Mar Municipal Code (DMMC) sections relevant to energy consumption and savings in the City and works with the Planning Commission and Planning staff to propose revised DMMC language as required. The Committee consists of six voting members selected by the Council for four-year terms. The City Council is seeking three new replacement board members for its Sustainability Advisory Board to fill three recent vacancies. Anyone interested in this volunteer position should submit a Citizen Interest Form and a brief resume, including why they feel they would be a good candidate to fill a vacancy on the Del Mar Sustainability Advisory Board, to the City Clerk. For more information about the Sustainability Advisory Board, please contact: email@example.com. Interested citizens may obtain a Citizen Interest Form from the City’s website: www.delmar.ca.us, or by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 858-755-9313. Citizen Interest Forms should be filed in the City Clerk’s Office located at 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar.
DM Mesa planning board to hold elections
Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board Elections will be held from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m., immediately before the board’s regular Thursday, March 8, meeting at the Carmel Valley Library on Townsgate Drive. Three resident seats are up for re-election, and those seat holders will seek re-election: Quadrant 3 (southeast Del Mar Mesa and Duck Pond Ranch — Board chair Gary Levitt); Quadrant 2 (Bougainvillea and the preserve) – board member Lisa Ross; and Quadrant 1 (all property north of the Grand Del Mar Resort and the western end of the mesa) —board member Trey Nolan. The Grand Del Mar Resort representative seat is also up for re-election – board member Prabodh Patel.
Imagine someone using meth, cocaine, LSD and ecstasy (MDMA) at the same time, and you’ll get an idea of the effects of the latest synthetic or “designer” drug to become popular with adolescents and young adults: bath salts. Don’t let the name fool you. These aren’t the fragrant granules you sprinkle in bath water to soothe tension. Sold as “bath salts” or “plant food” to evade drug laws, these products are actually synthetic versions of cathinone, a naturally occurring amphetamine that comes from the leaves of the Catha edulis plant. Among the amphetamine-like derivatives commonly found in bath salts are pyrovalerone, methylone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone. When smoked, injected, snorted, or mixed with food or drink, they act like stimulants in the brain. Like amphetamines, they can produce effects similar to that of several powerful street drugs—including methamphetamines (meth), cocaine and ecstasy—combined. Users have described feelings of increased energy, euphoria, heightened libido, and empathy. However, the risks far outweigh any perceived benefit. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, bath salts have been linked to an alarming number of ER visits across the country, and poison centers have reported increasing numbers of calls related to these products. In addition to the elevated blood pressure and heart rate often linked to stimulant drugs, bath salts have been shown to cause agitation, increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate, chest pains, hallucinations and paranoia. Mephedrone in particular is associated with a high risk for overdose. Another concern is suicidal behavior. There have been reports of several suicides linked to MDPV use, even several days after the drug has worn off. Because these products are relatively new on the streets, there is limited knowledge about their short and long-term consequences. Currently, no tests are available to detect these drugs, so emergency medical personnel must rely on users to self-report whether they have taken them. Given the significant risks and dangers of bath salts,
It’s all about labeling. Because the product labels state that they are “not for human consumption,” they avoid being subject to drug laws, even though they are clearly intended for that use. These products are widely (and legally) available online, in drug paraphernalia stores and even in many convenience stores under a variety of names, such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” “Blue Silk,” “Zoom,” “Bloom,” “Cloud Nine,” “Ocean Snow,” “Lunar Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” and “White Lightning.” In October of 2011, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to control three of the synthetic stimulants commonly used in bath salts: mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone. This temporary action made possessing and selling these chemicals or products that contain them illegal in the United States, and will remain in effect for at least one year. Further studies will be conducted to determine whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled. However, this shouldn’t be considered a final solution to the problem. One of the greatest challenges to law enforcement is that drug makers continually create new combinations of chemicals for these substances, so that as soon as one is outlawed, a new version becomes available. The more parents know about these ever-changing designer drugs, the more they can recognize the signs of use and take action. Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, located on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, offers free, educational intervention seminars every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Parents and family members can learn about the current drugs of choice, signs and symptoms, and resources available if they suspect their child may be using drugs. Nancy Knott, M.A., is an interventionist and counselor with Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps. For more information or a physician referral, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS.
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Undergrounding complete along Camino Del Mar The City of Del Mar recently announced that SDG&E has completed undergrounding of utility lines along the east side of Camino del Mar and has removed all previously existing overhead power lines. Seventeen poles and 3,785 linear feet of power, cable and telephone lines were removed as a part of this project, resulting in improved views and safety for City of Del Mar and City of San Diego residents. A pole removal ceremony commemorating the completion of this project will be held on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. when the final remaining poll will be removed by SDG&E crews. The ceremony will last approximately onehalf hour. The pole removal ceremony will be held on the northern part of the sidewalk in front of the Stratford Inn Del Mar at 710 Camino del Mar. The Stratford Inn has offered to make their underground parking garage available to participants at no charge, and those with limited mobility may make use of the topside spaces available for guest check in. Parking is also available on Stratford or at the City Hall Parking Lot. Light refreshments will be provided by SDG&E. For additional information, please contact Mark Delin, assistant city manager, at (858) 755-9313.
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Lagoon activist honored in ‘watershed moment’ for Del Mar BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared Feb. 21 to be “Jacqueline Winterer Day” throughout San Diego County. The proclamation is in honor of the longtime Del Mar resident who played a key role in the issuance this month of a consent decree ordering the 22nd District Agricultural Association to comply with the state Coastal Act and to restore portions of the San Dieguito River Valley damaged by previous violations. According to the proclamation, announced by Dis- District 3 County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price with trict 3 County Supervisor Jacqueline Winterer. Photo/Claire Harlin Pam Slater-Price, Winterer gathered evidence and testified repeatedly before the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors, and she “doggedly demanded redress, even where her pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears.” Winterer also traveled great distances on multiple occasions to testify before the California Coastal Commission, and the commission’s recent 28-page consent decree cites many of the violations Winterer noted in her testimony. Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier called the achievement a “watershed moment for Del Mar.” “We’ve been working on this for so many years, and it will really change things for the future,” he said. “This is the biggest accomplishment since I’ve been on the council.” For more, see story titled “Fairgrounds legal disputes may soon be settled” on page 1.
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February 23, 2012
Renowned radiation specialist named medical director of Scripps Proton Therapy Center
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“What’s going to take the next year is finishing up the construction and “commissioning the machine, turning it on, making sure it works as designed and begin doing a lot of physical measurements in the treatment rooms so we know what radiation dose is being deliv-
ered under certain circumstances,” Rossi said. Rossi’s job at the moment is to brief insurers on the treatments that will be available, and talking to local physicians and radiation oncologists to find ways they can be involved with the center, and starting to recruit oncologists that will staff the center. Prior to joining Scripps, Rossi, for 20 years, served as chief of genito-urinary and lymphoma radiation oncology services at Loma Linda University Medical Center and director of the first and currently the only hospitalbased proton therapy center in California. Currently, there are nine proton therapy patient treatment centers in the U.S. and only 37 worldwide. The high cost of the cyclotron, the powerhouse behind proton technology, and its sophisticated supportive equipment, has restricted wider use of proton therapy throughout the world since it was first conceived for use as a cancer
fighting therapy in 1946 and first used to treat patients in 1954. The Scripps proton treatment center is being developed by Advanced Particle Therapy (APT), LLC, of San Diego. APT has arranged the financing to build and equip the center. APT will also manage the building and maintain the equipment. Scripps Clinic Medical Group (SCMG) is overseeing the medical services at the facility and Scripps Health will provide its clinical management services. Proton therapy is considered one of the most advanced methods of treating cancer tumors because of its ability to accurately accelerate a beam of high dosage radiation, in the form of protons, positively charged atomic particles, to the DNA of cancer cells, ultimately causing their death or interfering with their ability to proliferate, while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissue than does traditional X-ray radiation
therapy. Cancerous cells are particularly vulnerable to attacks on their DNA because of their high rate of dividing and their reduced abilities to repair DNA damage. We interviewed Dr. Rossi in his office at the Scripps Annex building on Campus Point Drive in La Jolla. A major advantage of using protons, Rossi said, is its beam goes into a patient’s body in a low dosage, peaks and delivers a high dosage deposit on its target and stops; whereas traditional Xray beams go in one side of the patient’s body, attack cancerous tissues, and continue on through healthy tissue until they exit out the other side. Construction of the Scripps proton center began in October 2010. Installation of its 90-ton cyclotron, the driving force of the facility, began last October. The cyclotron will accelerate protons to speeds of 100,000 miles per second before the proton beam is channeled to a patient’s treatment room.
Being built on seven acres at 9577 Summers Ridge in Mira Mesa, the center will include five treatment rooms, 16 patient exam rooms and offices for 14 physicians. The center is being built as a community resource to bring together patients, physicians and researchers from various providers in the fight against cancer, said Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. Patients will be able to access the treatment through a referral to a specialist credentialed by the center. Scripps Health and Rady Children’s Hospital have already announced plans to make the center available to treat Rady’s pediatric cancer patients. Proton therapy is generally preferable to conventional X-ray radiation for child cancer patients whose growing organs are highly sensitive to radiation. In contrast, Rossi said, the accuracy of proton See SPECIALIST, page 7
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FAIRGROUNDS continued from page 1 and surrounding cities and residents of the region,â€? Day said. â€œThis new board wants to start fresh, and with these actions, weâ€™re putting our money where our mouth is, literally and figuratively.â€? The nine-member, unpaid 22nd DAA board is appointed by the governor. Last year, incoming Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed five board members and appointed five new members. Wednesdayâ€™s vote on the settlements came one day after new board member Tom Chino resigned, citing his inability to pass reforms in the operations of the fair board to make its work more transparent and open to the public. The proposed settlement with the Coastal Commission was negotiated over the past six weeks by Day and fair board member David Watson, working with Coastal Commission staff, said Day. The Coastal Commission is scheduled to consider the proposed settlement at its March 8 meeting in Chula Vista. Among the actions agreed to by the fair board as part of the settlement are: â€˘ Restoring the entire south overflow lot at the fairground to wetlands, meaning a loss of about 1,500 parking spaces during major events such as the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar horse races. â€˘ Restoring a 100-foot wetlands buffer along the southern edge of the south and east overflow lots and the golf driving range.
â€˘ Construction of a portion of the Coast to Crest Trail (which is planned to run from the beach at Del Mar to the mountains near Julian) and a buffer along the southern and western edges of the fairgrounds property. â€˘ Removal of concrete rip-rap from the north shore of the San Dieguito River and restoration of the area. â€˘ Paying the River Park JPA $20,000 per year for five years to maintain the newly restored wetlands and buffer areas. The proposed settlement also calls for the 22nd DAA to provide complimentary booth space during the fair for public education on coastal conservation issues, install interpretive signs along the restored areas, organize an annual river park cleanup and take other steps related to outreach and education. The lawsuit was filed against the district in May by the two cities and the river park JPA. It alleges deficiencies in the environmental impact report prepared for the 22nd DAAâ€™s new master plan, including analysis of traffic, lighting, noise and pollution. The master plan approved by the fair board in April includes replacement of two 50-year-old exhibit halls, widening the turf track used for horse racing, and adding a health club, parking garage and an electronic reader board sign visible from Interstate 5. The board scratched controversial plans to build a hotel-condo on the property. Day said all four parties have agreed to â€œsettlement pointsâ€? regarding the lawsuit,
and the next step will be for attorneys representing the entities to draft a formal agreement. Once that is completed, the agreement will be presented to the court, and it is anticipated the lawsuit would be dropped, Day said. He said he hopes the agreement can be finalized within the next 30 days. Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard said two months ago, his city and Solana Beach put forward a proposal to settle the lawsuit, and he said it appears the fair board has accepted that proposal. But he said he had not seen the proposed settlement approved by the board. â€œUntil we see the details, we wonâ€™t know if we have an opportunity to settle this or not,â€? Hilliard said. â€œIt certainly seems promising.â€? Solana Beach Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said the council is scheduled to discuss the lawsuit in closed session at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (after presstime for this newspaper), and that approval of a settlement could be announced at that time. Dick Bobertz, executive director of the River Park JPA, said he was instructed by attorneys not to discuss the lawsuit, or a potential settlement, until both sides sign a final agreement. But he did confirm that the lawsuit was discussed by the JPA board at its meeting Friday morning (Feb. 17) and the board gave instructions to its attorney. The board also authorized the attorney to settle the lawsuit if its conditions are met, without an additional board vote.
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Richard A. Kramer rejected attempts by MWD to assert limits on discovery before the process even commenced, according to SDCWA. District 3 County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price said the County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider a similar resolution supporting the lawsuit, and urged the Del Mar City Council to do the same. Nine local water districts have also declared support. â€œWe need to nail this down in a court of law,â€? she
INITIATIVE continued from page 1 Under the initiative, Californians would elect 8,000 neighborhood assembly members and 4,000 neighborhood senators, who would in turn elect 80 assembly and 40 senate working group members. The working group would function similarly to existing Legislature. Because neighborhood senators would represent only 10,000 constituents, and neighborhood assembly members would represent 5,000 residents, Cox said, they wouldnâ€™t need to raise or spend a lot of campaign money to get elected. â€œWhen you donâ€™t have to raise campaign money, your motivations for getting into office are completely different,â€? Cox said. â€œYou get people that arenâ€™t bought by special interests.â€? The working committees would introduce and debate bills, and the neighborhood legislators would vote up or down on bills before they could be sent to the governor. As drafted, the initiative would amend the stateâ€™s Constitution. State Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Carlsbad, whose 38th District includes Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach, said Coxâ€™s initiative has a â€œgreat goal.â€? â€œIt certainly would bring more accountability and bring government closer to the people, and thatâ€™s always good,â€? Wyland said, noting that he
said. â€œItâ€™s unfair to our ratepayers who have been paying through the nose for a long time.â€? MWD claims SDCWA agreed to its set costs in 2003 to transport water from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). According to the MWD website, â€œSDCWA chose to pay more for IID water than it would for Metropolitanâ€™s supplies to achieve a degree of water independence and additional reliability. â€œHowever, SDCWA has no pipeline network to transport this water from IID and can only use Metropolitanâ€™s facilities,â€? the site states. MWD further claims that SDCWAâ€™s lawsuit seeks to avoid paying its share of the maintenance and transportation system that involves carrying water from the Colorado River (more than 200 miles to the east) and from Northern Californiaâ€™s Feather River system (more than 400 miles away) through a complex system of pipes, canals and aqueducts in which water is lifted hundreds of feet over mountains and hills by massive pumps. To learn more about the lawsuit and to read the legal documents filed in the case, visit: www.sdcwa.org/mwdratechallenge. would have to study the proposed initiative more closely before deciding if he would support it. But he said the stateâ€™s current rules for putting initiatives on the ballot create an ironic twist in the case of Coxâ€™s proposal. Once an initiative is qualified for signature gathering, Wyland said, proponents have 180 days to gather the necessary signatures. And gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures over six months costs several million dollars, which generally requires special interest money. Wyland said he plans to introduce a bill this month that would allow initiative supporters to take up to two years to gather the necessary signatures, which means they wouldnâ€™t need to raise so much money to put a measure on the ballot. â€œMy goal is to make the initiative process what itâ€™s intended to be, to allow people to get something into law they want and the Legislature has failed to do,â€? Wyland said. Cox said he needs to gather 800,000 signatures by June 1, which he has been told will cost $2 million to $3 million, money he hopes to raise from donations. So far, he has garnered support from leaders of such disparate organizations as the Tea Party Express and Common Cause. The plan calls for neighborhood legislators to be paid $1,000 per year, while working group members would be paid $30,000. (Currently, legislators are paid $95,291 per year.) According to the state Legislative Analyst, California would save $180 million per year on legislative costs under Coxâ€™s proposed initiative, but county election costs would rise â€œpotentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars initially and lower amounts annually thereafter.â€? Cox, however, said he doubts local election costs would be so high, because the neighborhood districts would be built from existing precincts. Cox said he first got into politics in 2000 after establishing a successful business career, and ran for Congress and the U.S. Senate in the early 2000s, once debating health care and education policy with then-Sen. Barack Obama. He also ran for president as a Republican candidate in 2008. He has four daughters and lives with his wife, Sarah, and youngest daughter in Rancho Santa Fe. â€œIâ€™m a voice in the wilderness, maybe,â€? he said, but insisted, â€œIâ€™m no nut case.â€? He believes the concept of his initiative could work in other states and even the U.S. Congress. â€œIf California can do this, I think itâ€™ll sweep the country, itâ€™ll be like a wild fire,â€? he said. For more information on the initiative, visit www.rescuecalifornia.org
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A man was pronounced dead on Feb. 18 after being found face down in the water while boogie boarding around 26th Street in Del Mar, said Lifeguard Chief Pat Vergne. Authorities said the incident was cardiac related. The man, who officials said was in his 50s, was with a group of three family and friends, when a member of the party spotted him face down on his boogie board around 4 p.m. “At first he thought he was looking at fish, but then he realized there was a major problem,” Vergne said. His group and some bystanders brought him to shore. Paramedics and lifeguards arrived on scene and tried to revive him, but he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. — Claire Harlin
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Audrey Eller displays a blanket she made as part of her Covers With Love effort. She’s given more than 50 similar blankets to Rady Children’s Hospital. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN Barbosa gave a moving presentation of thanks to attendees of the Feb. 15 Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club meeting. He said kids are often easier to treat than adults because they have faith and still believe in magic.
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Canyon Crest Academy student receives Kyoto Scholarship Manita Singh, a student at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, has been awarded a 2012 Kyoto Scholarship for Advanced Technology valued at $10,000. The Kyoto Scholarships are given to graduating high school students in San Diego County in conjunction with the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium, held this year March 20-22. Manita Singh Currently a research intern at Salk Institute, Singh last year was the International Science and Engineering Fair sweepstakes winner for her biochemistry project, while a project in the field of tissue engineering and materials science garnered her a semifinalist standing in the Siemens Competition and is pending publication in the Journal of Biomedical Materials. Among her many honors, she won the Distinguished Young Woman of San Diego title this year and holds a Cer-
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Local student heads to Cedarville University on volleyball scholarship Santa Fe Christian senior Alyssa Barkley has accepted a scholarship from Cedarville University in Ohio where she will play Division II Volleyball for the Yellow Jackets. Barkley has grown up around volleyball, her father was a coach at SFC and both he and her mother Maria established the Solana Beach Volleyball Club in 1997, which Alyssa has played for the last nine years. Playing on the SFC varsity squad since the middle of her sophomore year, Alyssa has been the recipient of the Perseverance, Team Heart and Coaches Awards for each year, respectively. Named to the Union-Tribune All Academic Team, Barkley looks forward to the challenge of competing at the collegiate level playing the sport she loves. Santa Fe Christian For more information, contact: (858) 755-8900 or www.sfcs.net
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Del Mar Heights students’ creativity to help raise funds at ‘Walk for Water’ BY KAREN BILLING Del Mar Heights second grade students made a contribution to help alleviate Africa’s shortage of drinking water last week. After the students learned that children sometimes have to walk six hours to fetch water, leaving no time to attend school, they made paper beads that will be made into necklaces and sold at Positive Community Impact’s (PCI) Walk for Water. Uli Imhoff-Heine, a Heights parent who has worked with PCI for 18 years and now serves as the organization’s director of development, shared with the students about the water shortage and her experiences in Africa. Imhoff-Heine traveled to Tanzania last year and helped build 200 water wells near schools that serve about 500 kids each. The task of getting clean water typically falls to women or children, leaving them no time to attend school. Having the wells close to school means the children can fetch water and participate in learning in the classroom. Access to clean water also helps prevent diseases. The Del Mar Heights’ club “Kids for Peace” made posters last year that were brought to Tanzania and helped brighten up their sparse classrooms. This year, the Del Mar Heights children spent part of their afternoon making the beads from paper torn out of magazines that they brought in. They rolled small slices of paper around a Q-tip and glued it to make a bead — Imhoff-Heine said she would do the
Mickey Heine shows off the beads made by his classmates. glazing at home and they would be strung together for beautiful necklaces like the Masai people wear. Del Mar Heights fourth graders will also make beads for necklaces in coming weeks. Imhoff-Heine also encouraged children to have their parents sign them up for the Walk for Water, a 5K walk in which people carry buckets of water to experience what it is like daily for many Africans. The Walk for Water will be held on Sunday, March 18, at Mission Bay Park. For more information, visit pciglobal. org/WWD-2012.
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Couple shares 70 years of marriage, memories of early Del Mar BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com Joe and Ellen Shirley remember coming to Del Mar in 1941, when the area was a beehive of military activity. Tents and army buildings spread over what is now the Torrey Pines Golf Course, and the University of California, San Diego was once Camp Callan, where the Shirleys both worked as cooks in the 9th Infantry. Their memories of Del Mar life in the 1940s have just as strongly sustained them through the years as their fruitful marriage, of which they celebrated 70 years this month. “Love and understanding each other is the main thing that’s kept us going,” said Joe Shirley, 90. “Trust and determination. Everybody has ups and downs and we had ours, but we managed to work through them and we still love each other.” The story of how the couple met is a funny one: Joe said he actually dated Ellen’s sister before he dated Ellen.
“I thank the Lord he’s let us live and be together as long as we have.” JOE SHIRLEY DEL MAR RESIDENT “But she found her another boyfriend and I found me another girlfriend,” he said, triggering a beaming smile from his 91-year-old wife. “I kept her and didn’t let her get away.” The two got married in 1941 in their tiny hometown of Newland, N.C., which only had a population of 700 in 2000. “We’re just some old hillbillies,” said Joe, who took a break from his card game with Ellen on Valentine’s Day to interview for this story. “We lived on top of a mountain, and there
was snow on the ground and the preacher climbed that mountain and married us.” Soon after the wedding, the couple came Joe and Ellen Shirley show photos and mementos from their time in to Del Mar, where they Del Mar during the 1940s. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN worked 14- hour with their neighbors. days as cooks at otes, rattlesnakes and jack“Everything was milithe Army hospital. They rabbits.” tary in Del Mar until 1945,” lived on what’s now Fourth After World War II, Joe said Joe. “When we were Street, and they remember worked as a cook in the Del here, from the top of the hauling water in a tank Mar Hotel, which is now grade up Fourth Street from their landlord’s home L’Auberge. there wasn’t anything if on Crest Road to their cis“Del Mar was considyou look east except coytern, which they shared ered a resort town,” he
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Council did not act in DM’s best interests The Community View I was compelled to write (issue of Feb. 2) in protest of the proposed use of what used to be the Del Mar train depot was strongly critical of the Del Mar City Council for going along with an idea that I assumed originated with the usual ogre, the North County Transit District, based on how the story was first reported. No way, it seemed to me, would our elected protectors have put forth an idea so illogical and contrary to our best interests. But I was wrong. Further details emerging the following week revealed that the proposal did indeed originate with the City Council, whose motive had noth-
ing to do with the issue per se and the views of the residents which have been unequivocally clear ever since the depot was closed for lack of parking space. I must therefore submit that the City Council has been derelict in its No. 1 responsibility, which is to the residents who elect its members. I could also make a strong though theoretical case for impeachment, but will not go that far now that even the NCTD has made the Council appear incompetent in its fact-gathering and judgment. I wish I could say that in softer and more conciliatory terms but hard as I tried, I could not honestly do so.
Pulling your punches is usually self-defeating, so I decided not to do that. Hopefully our recent betrayers will understand that there is nothing personal about this and will henceforth see things from the perspective of Del Mar’s best interests, as opposed to those motivated by extraneous issues such as saving an inconsequential amount of public fuel. Jim Donovan Del Mar With a tip of my hat to Joe Azzinaro for his terse, no-punches-pulled letter of Feb. 16, “The train has left the station, fortunately!”
Time for reduced alternative to project I’m a 20-year resident and volunteer in Carmel Valley. Over the years, I’ve run the summer park concerts, volunteered in three different schools and helped coach softball and soccer teams. I’ve also served on the Recreation Council and the Planning Board, pushed for the dog park and skate park, and, while on the Planning Board, voted in favor of a lot of projects in the area, some of them controversial. This letter is my opinion about Kilroy’s One Paseo project and what appears to be active manipulation of our community by outsiders. I believe that someone wants us to think the massive One Paseo development has a lot of community support, where the reality is the opposite. I also believe they want us to think it’s a “done deal,” and we don’t have much choice. Why do I think this? Well, Kilroy has deep pockets and they’ve hired the best, including the former head of San Diego’s Development Services, and, it appears, at least one PR company doing “political advocacy” and “community relations.” Looking online, I see there is also a builder’s group mobilizing support: the BiA’s “Project Greenlight.” This program organizes construction industry members to write letters and attend meetings to “counterbalance vocal project opponents.” They even provide training sessions for speakers! From there, I looked at the people who support the project on Facebook or write letters in support, and started to see a pattern. I found a lot of people with potential conflicts: public relations firms, movie theater operators, political consultants, commercial developers, and
more. I found two project managers from Davies Public Affairs who “like” One Paseo postings on Facebook. Conflict? I don’t know, but the Davies Public Affairs Facebook page notes that someone in the company is giving a presentation on “How to Combine Sustainability & Green Building Principles with Grassroots Organizing Techniques to Get Controversial Projects Entitled.” To me, this reads as, “Look at our Green credentials! We’re going to use them as leverage to get a bad project approved!” Kilroy appears to be using this strategy when they emphasize the “LEED approved” or the “MoveSD approved” credentials. And the “Grassroots Organizing Techniques”? Wait, a PR firm recommends creating a grassroots movement to make people think there’s community support for the project? What would a fake grassroots movement look like? Well, all the letters in support and the Facebook “likes” are a start, but, how about a suspicious community website? What would you think if someone started a new Carmel Valley community website just weeks after the launch of the One Paseo protest website, “What Price Main Street?” Well, someone did. “The Carmel Valley Life” fits that bill, and it is now one of the biggest One Paseo supporters, even hosting the “Friends of One Paseo.” Its founder claims he had an epiphany about a year ago, when he decided to “give back to his community.” I’m not sure why he chose Carmel Valley, as it seems he lived in Riverside at the time (from the web site registration). I did ask to publish a rebuttal to the One Paseo development on The Carmel Valley
Life site, but I was told that, “One Paseo is our exclusive contributor for their project” and that conflicting opinions, “will more than likely confuse our community.” This seems to support my position, although, for what it’s worth, Kilroy denies any connection. We need to remember that this is a marketing story, intended to sell a controversial project to the community. Kilroy’s brochures and website show us young couples holding hands and people shopping in lush plazas, with taller structures minimized or not pictured. The reality is that One Paseo puts downtown scale into a suburban location. They want nearly 2 million square feet, including hirise office towers, looming residential blocks and massive parking structures, in a fairly small lot. This will turn our “Village Main Street” into an “Urban Mall.” Search online for “One Paseo” and “Atlantic Times Square” for a comparison, the videos are especially amazing. I don’t believe that Carmel Valley residents are against development, and I think many of us want a “Main Street.” However, there’s a difference between the Village Main Street that we want, and this proposed Los Angeles Infill Project. Let’s tell Kilroy that this is not the project we want and it’s time for them to provide us with an appropriate, reduced alternative. Give us a project that maintains our community character and ensures that growth doesn’t overrun local schools, streets and parks. San Diego is a City of Villages, and we want our Village! Ken Farinsky, Carmel Valley CarmelValleyMainStreet.com
One Paseo will boost economy At a time of continuing recession, we need to think twice before we dismiss projects that could really bolster Carmel Valley’s economy – and the financial situation of many residents here. One Paseo will provide our city with a host of beneficial economic opportunities. For one, this project will generate thousands of sustainable jobs. These will certainly help our employment numbers to rebound in the short-term – but the jobs will be available for decades to come. Couple that with the increased tax funding that One Paseo will generate for the city, and you see that this project could be a significant economic driver for Carmel Valley. I have lived in this area for 20 years and I work in commercial real estate. I am pro-development when a project will benefit the entire community and I believe One Paseo does this and more. Of course, we’re all looking forward to having more options for dining, retail, and entertainment here in Carmel Valley – not to mention a place for families to gather on the weekends or evenings. It will be nice to have an affordable movie theater as well! These are assets that will help to increase property values – a nice bonus for residents. I am impressed with the developer’s commitment to sustainability – One Paseo is on track to be LEED-ND certified. I am certain that with its clever design as a walkable and bicycle-friendly complex, many people will enjoy its many functions in one trip (rather than having to drive here and there to meet basic shopping needs, etc.). This project offers a choice opportunity to boost our local economy while meeting community needs in an environmentally sustainable way. For Carmel Valley residents, this ought to be a winning combo. Paul Danninger Mar West Real Estate
February 23, 2012
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Bilbray draws two strong challengers in key race The redistricting ONE VIEW process of 2010 was not kind to Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray. His newly drawn 52nd Congressional District has a Republican registration edge of only 3 percent, comGORDON pared with 9 percent in his old district. The CLANTON North Coast new district is about one-third Republican, columnist one-third Democratic, and one-third decline-to-state. This is deja vu Groundhog Day all over again for Bilbray. The redistricting of 2000 reduced his margin so that he lost to Democrat Susan Davis. Bilbray has drawn two very able Democratic challengers, Lori Saldana and Scott Peters. I like them both. Ordinarily, I hate it when this happens — two capable, electable Democrats gunning for each other
with money that could be spent in the contest with Bilbray. But under the new open primary system, having two strong Democrats on the June ballot all but guarantees a November runoff between Bilbray and one of the Dems. If either Peters or Saldana drop out, Bilbray would have a very good chance of winning the seat in June with a majority of all votes cast. Ugh! The new 52nd CD includes Poway, Scripps Ranch, part of Carmel Valley, Mira Mesa, Clairemont, University City, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, part of downtown San Diego, and Coronado. Because this is that rare congressional seat that could be won by either party, this election has implications for the Dem campaign to recapture the House. And if a Democrat wins, the Dems gain an unprecedented 3-2 edge in the SD County delegation. Both parties will spend big here. Scott Peters, from La Jolla, served two terms on the San Diego City Council, 2000-2008. He was the first
city council president. He is chair of the San Diego Port District. Scott is endorsed by the local Labor Council, former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk, former state Senator Dede Alpert, Assembly members Toni Atkins, Marty Block, and Ben Hueso, and SD Councilman Todd Gloria. Scott has the money to go the distance. Lori Saldana served in the California Assembly, 2004 to 2010. Lori grew up in Clairemont and still lives there, in the heart of the new district. On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, where 100 is a perfect liberal score, Lori scored 97. Lori is endorsed by SD Councilmembers Marti Emerald and Tony Young, former Councilmember Donna Frye, and several Democratic clubs. Who has the better chance of beating Bilbray in November? I’m leaning toward Scott Peters. Gordon Clanton teaches Sociology at San Diego State University. He welcomes comments at gclanton@ mail.sdsu.edu.
Just one hour a month EMERSON’S CORNER I recently ran into an old friend raking leaves in her yard and I kidded her about usBUD EMERSON ing an oldDel Mar fashioned implement instead of new gas-fired leaf blowers. She reminded me about a column I wrote a while back alerting the operators and ourselves how unhealthy these devices are to the health of all concerned. We lamented that it appears to have had little effect. Her proposed solution was for Del Mar’s code enforcement officer to devote only one hour a month issuing tickets to all violators of our ordinance prohibiting leaf blowers, likely resulting in dramatic change within a short period of time, “just think only one hour a month, only one hour to achieve a major improvement in our community’s quality of life...one hour a month, one hour a month...” As I walked on I began to think about her one-houra-month notion as a community building strategy.
What if each one of us decided to devote one hour each month to enhancing the quality of our lives? Let’s start modestly with 1,000 citizens, times one hour, times 12 months. Wow! We are looking at 12,000 hours of human capital injected into our community. Start with each council member knocking on doors, one-hour-a-month, asking what ideas you have for improving the town. Our City Manager knocking on doors, onehour-a-month asking how we can improve how city hall operates. Our sheriff lieutenant or deputy knocking on doors, one-hour-a-month asking how we can better police our streets and neighborhoods. Each resident spends one-hour-a month phoning or knocking on doors of neighbors we don’t know, or perhaps lonely elders who would appreciate some simple conversation. What if a local business operator spent one-hour-amonth knocking on doors, asking residents what products or services they would like to buy in Del Mar? That could well be the breakthrough we need to achieve our Community Plan’s vision of “resident-serving businesses.” I remember my mother
telling me to knock on the door of an elderly neighbor to see if I could rake leaves or carry out her trash cans. This was one of my first community building lessons, realizing that we should be looking out for our neighbors. What was interesting for this youngster was not only how good it was to help someone else, but how good it made me feel about myself. Del Mar is a very special place. One-hour-a-month could make it even better. Thanks Zeus.
Upcoming projects in Solana Beach will benefit both the City and business community Note: The speech below/on the web was given by Solana Beach Mayor Joe Kellejian at a recent Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce event. For Mayor Kellejian’s entire speech, visit www.delmartimes.net (and click on News or Opinion).
BY SOLANA BEACH MAYOR JOE KELLEJIAN I would like to talk about what I believe makes a great community. It’s when the business community and the City have a great working relationship, each benefitting and thriving off one another. When the business community is strong, the community is strong. Businesses are the lifeblood of the City. Not only do you provide the needed goods and services, but you provide sales tax revenue to maintain and improve the operation of this wonderful city. One of the primary goals of the City in the coming year is to better assist the business community in attracting and retaining “clean” businesses as they are a great fit for Solana Beach. I again, truly believe that in order to sustain a vibrant community, you need to have a thriving business sector, and the City is here to assist the Chamber of Commerce to achieve this goal. So with that being said, I would like to briefly discuss a few significant projects that will be breaking ground in the very near future that will have tremendous positive impacts to both the City and the business community. For Mayor Kellejian’s entire speech, visit www.delmartimes. net (and click on News or Opinion).
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Project puts community’s best qualities at risk A new idea favored by the developer of Main Street One Paseo is that its supporters love the idea of a Trader Joe’s. While being careful to say that no specific retailer can be named until a deal has been negotiated, the developer just smiles when people use the broad appeal of this popular brand to justify support. My neighbors and I love the feeling of the community as it stands today. When I chose this area for my family I knew I had to drive to get to one of two nearby Trader Joe’s. I like this store but the traffic generated would be more than our roads can handle. The thought of bringing the congestion and traffic that surrounds the other locations into this area is very sad. The idea of facing vastly increased traffic every day on Del Mar Heights Road is not an acceptable trade-off. Drive. It affects this neighborhood every minute of every day. But even if we like the idea of having a Trader Joe’s close by, I can’t see how the possibility of providing a retail of 10,000 square feet justifies supporting a project that proposes 270,000 square feet of retail space. It’s another untruth used to get support for this proposed Mega Mall. Wake up Carmel Valley! This project will be the end of many of the community qualities that brought you here. Chris Keller
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Committee created to grow economy One Paseo: It’s DISTRICT ONE As we all know, the last several years have been difficult for the nation and our region. As SHERRI leaders, we LIGHTNER cannot San Diego stand on City Council the sideDistrict One lines and representative watch the loss of jobs. We need to find ways to help spur economic activity now and into the future. Since joining the San
Diego City Council, I have advocated for the creation of a committee focused exclusively on growing San Diego’s economy. I’m proud to report we now have such a committee, and I am honored to have been unanimously selected by my Council colleagues to serve as its chair. The newly created Economic Development and Strategies Committee will work on two tracks essentially. The first is to help craft a long-term vision for San Diego’s economy. Recently the Committee hosted a roundtable discussion with some of the city’s most noted economists. Mark Cafferty, the new president and CEO of
the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation moderated the discussion, which focused on San Diego’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats facing the City as it looks to compete in the global economy. In economic circles, this is known as a SWOT analysis, and it is often a crucial component to any successful business plan. Since this committee has been charged with helping to craft a long-term vision or business plan for San Diego’s economy, this type of analysis is critical. Still, it is just the first step. I plan to reach out to all our business clusters and
stakeholders as the Committee works to create a comprehensive economic strategy for the city. The Committee’s other track is to search for ways to make this City more business-friendly. Whenever you talk to business owners, they will tell you about the nightmarish tangle of regulations and red tape that makes it hard to start or expand their business here. We need to find out exactly what those hurdles are and clear them out of the way. There is a lot to be done, and I cannot wait to get started. To find out more about the committee, please visit my website: www.sandiego.gov/cd1.
Kilroy has been responsible; One Paseo will be great I believe that One Paseo presents an excellent opportunity for Carmel Valley residents to embrace smart, prospective city planning. As our community continues to grow, it makes most sense to meet local needs in a way that fosters economic growth, promotes environmental sustainability, and that brings locals together, rather than keeping families isolated in
suburbs. The creation of One Paseo will create jobs and local tax revenue, provide a pedestrianfriendly center to our community, and bring shops and dining options (like a Trader Joe’s hopefully!) close to home so that people won’t have to make as many driving trips out of the neighborhood anymore. This project will fill an important gap in Car-
mel Valley, but it will do so in a way that is in keeping with the closeknit character of our community. I am impressed with the level of community involvement in the design of One Paseo, and I have every confidence that as new information about any traffic or environmental impacts emerge, these considerations will be addressed in a transparent, responsible
way. I understand that Kilroy is already committed to spending millions in order to efficiently handle new traffic, just as they are committed to using the highest standards in “green” building. I would like to see this project move forward so that we can finally enjoy a community-gathering place of our own. Maureen Hennessey Carmel Valley resident
Response postings on web should require names I am writing to urge this paper to change its policy of allowing anonymous postings to its web site in response to articles posted there. I urge the paper to require each posting to be accompanied by the true name of the poster. It has been widely noted, and I believe most would agree, that there has been a marked decline of civility and reasoned debate in our society. This can be seen in a number of public forums — television talk shows where people shout each other down and talk past each other; in our own Congress where the politics of division holds sway; and, of course, in some of the responses to articles posted on this paper’s web site. One of the chief facilitators of the decline in civil-
ity is, in my opinion, the internet and specifically blogs and other sites where one can post anonymously anything they wish, regardless of how insulting, mean spirited, or blatantly false the comment may be. I understand that for the paper’s management there is a financial consideration which might conflict with this change in policy. Anonymity encourages posting — it allows inflammatory or insulting language, and unsupported allegations or outright falsehoods. These encourage more readers to view the page, and further postings in response, all of which contribute to the number of “hits” on the web page. And a greater number of hits translates into more advertising reve-
nue. The fear of management, of course, is that eliminating anonymity will reduce the participation, the number of hits, and consequently revenue. But, the converse can be argued — that with the elimination of anonymity there will be more participation and not less, as many who do not want to participate in the kind of corrosive dialogs allowed by anonymity, will decide to participate. However, I urge the management of the paper to look beyond the (albeit questionable and most likely minimal) financial impact of changing their policy of anonymity, and look to the responsibility that a newspaper has to the public. It can be an agent promoting discord or harmony,
civility or abrasiveness. It can promote the truth or give a forum to demagogues and jingoists. Elimination of anonymity, long the policy in almost all print media — requiring letters to the editor to be signed by the writer — is now growing in popularity in on-line forums. And this policy is spreading as the social values and policies catch up to the rapid changes in technology. Both the Union Tribune and the Voice of San Diego now prohibit anonymous postings on their web sites. I urge this paper to join this movement and require all posts to be signed with the poster’s actual name. If readers agree, please let this newspaper know. Rocky Smolin
time for our leaders to lead I am gratified by the increasing numbers of my neighbors who are questioning why Kilroy should be allowed to nearly quadruple the development of One Paseo. To us it appears that the developer’s ability to purchase both a set of favorable “expert” recommendations, and a lobbyist to persuade her former Development Services colleagues to accept them are successfully influencing the City process. It’s time for our elected leaders to measure this groundswell of community opposition and act on it before the approval process is further abused. The issue is not whether the by-products of this massive expansion can or can’t be successfully mitigated. The real issue is if the future character our community is to be determined by the profit motives of this single deep-pocketed property owner and the influence of his “hired guns,” or if it is to be determined by the rights the rest of us secured when we purchased our properties. What rights are those? Quite simply that the Community Plan entitlements of still vacant parcels would remain in force, ensuring that the scale and character of future development in Carmel Valley would match the scale of our existing community. When the developer purchased this property, the allowed build-out was well understood. But instead of working within that scale, he chose to mount a campaign to nearly quadruple its size, to “hit a homerun.” His community outreach effort of expensive brochures and renderings emphasized idyllic community walkways, shopping and gathering areas. But where are the renderings of the high-rise towers? Where’s the three-dimensional model illustrating how these massive buildings will stand out from their surroundings like Gulliver in Lilliput? Where’s the explanation of why our community’s town center requires
greater parking and traffic-handling capacity than the third largest Convention Center in California? Our elected community leaders — the Carmel Valley Community Planning Group and Councilwoman Sherri Lightner — seem content to take the “politically correct” stance of waiting until the developer deigns to submit studies which should have been (and likely were) completed long ago. And while they delay acting, One Paseo’s lobbyists and consultants are hard at work behind the scenes manipulating and re-casting the very rights and protections we as residents — not driven by profit motive, but by quality of life — relied on when we purchased our properties. Leadership is not about slavish allegiance to process; it’s about getting out in front preserving the vision and protecting the rights of those you purport to serve. I call on our Community Planning Group and Councilwoman Lightner — acting as mediators, not partisans — to organize a series of community forums to measure first-hand the depth and breadth of opposition to the proposed scale of this project. Then, acting as leaders, bring the developer to the table now to negotiate whatever reduction in project scope toward the originally approved build-out the majority of our community expresses. Once again, the real issue is rights: the developer has the right to build and profit from 500,000 square feet, no more; the rest of our community’s property owners have the right to preserve its character and livability, no less. The longer our leaders delay their efforts to preserve our rights, the more momentum the development’s proposed expansion gains and the more we the residents are assured of losing those rights. Bob Freund Carmel Valley resident
February 23, 2012
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Two Snuffy/Fastbreak teams play at UCSD Rimac Arena
Two Snuffy/Fastbreak basketball teams from the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito played in an exhibition game on Feb. 11 at UCSD Rimac Arena during half-time of the school’s Men’s game. The Evil Tacos of Doom team included: Adam Young, Bobby Duoto, Edward Zhang, Nicolas Forniciari, Nolan Jacobs, Tyler Kowack, Tyler Wittenberg and Umit Suri and they were coached by Mark Wittenberg. The Aztec team included: Ben Antoniades, Liam Brogan, Holden Brosnan, Sam Hazel, Ethan Hughes, Chris Kiyota, Andy Leonard, Jacob Levy, Jake Maier and Eric Workman. They were coached by Chris Hughes and Travis Kiyota. Both teams and their coaches are shown in the photo above.
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Solana Beach Little League opens 55th season March 3 Solana Beach Little League announced recently that it will host opening day ceremonies for its 55th season of play at Solana Vista Elementary School on March 3 at 8:30 a.m. More than 400 boys and girls from Solana Beach, Carmel Valley and Del Mar participate in Little League baseball in the Solana Beach league. This year, players from age 5-14 will compete in divisions from tee ball to juniors. The opening day ceremony begins with a player parade and will include special guests, a ceremonial first pitch, an honor guard as well as musical tributes, including the national anthem, from local rock band, the Styrotones, which is made up of three Little League players. Players will have photos taken following the ceremony and then games will commence at 11 a.m. “Little League baseball in Solana Beach is not only a long-standing tradition, but each year provides a fantastic environment for our kids and our community,” said league president Paul Gange. “We welcome the community to come out and enjoy a day of baseball on opening day, or any time throughout our season which will run until early June. We play games every Saturday, and Tuesday – Thursday during the week.” Solana Beach Little League can be found online at www.solanabeachlittleleague.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Torrey Pines boys soccer teams enjoy winning seasons The 2011-2012 season has been a huge success for the Torrey Pines boys soccer program. All three levels have experienced winning seasons while playing very attractive soccer. The freshman team has outscored all of their opponents every game and maintained one of the best defensive records in the county. There was a stretch of 9 games where they never even conceded a goal. After winning the Poway invitational they blasted through the Palomar League comfortably handling all of their opponents. The Junior Varsity team had an equally impressive season finishing with a 24-1-1 record. Having won the Santana tournament they fought a tough contest in the final of the Poway invitational losing on PK’s. The Palomar league gave them a platform to go undefeated and show a style of soccer that any soccer fan would love to watch. The Varsity team has had an outstanding season winning both the Santana tournament and the Southern Cal Invitational tournaments. They started 2012 with a very difficult schedule to help them prepare for the weekly battles of the Palomar league. They clinched the Palomar League Title with a win against Ramona on Feb. 16. “I am very happy with the level of commitment and excellence from all of the players at each level. The players and coaches have done an excellent job of playing the game the right way while still having success. It can be a fine line between sacrificing your style for results and I feel we never had to and that is a good place to be,” said Head Coach Andy Hargreaves. Please come out and support Torrey Pines this Friday, Feb. 24, at home, for their first CIF game.
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Popular SB sub shop is all in the family. See page B2.
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What makes this area special to you? It’s the weather, beach and casual outdoor lifestyle coupled with family and friends. Who or what inspires you? I was lucky to have three business mentors in my early career and, now, someone who is my North Star to keep me grounded. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? My dad died when I was 20, so he’d be my first choice in order for him to meet my wife, our four kids and four grandsons. He’d be fascinated that I have a home office and a 30-year-old hotel consulting business. Please let me host 10. What are your five favorite movies of all time? In no special order, “The Godfather,” “The Maltese Falcon,’ “The Princess Bride,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles.” What is your biggest extravagance? Tough one, but we like to travel and, as
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What’s cookin’ at San Dieguito Adult School A wide variety of classes, including a popular course in Indian cuisine BY KAREN BILLING At Torrey Pines High School, the learning continues long after the last bell tolls. On any given night, the San Dieguito Adult School uses the facility on most nights for adults looking to better themselves and learn a variety of subjects — there’s Chinese in one room, Italian in the next, Spanish and French down the hall. Lately, the home economics classroom has been the home for people learning about the Indian culture through its food with classes taught by Carmel Valley resident Ritu Singla. Singla had always loved teaching and used to teach children in her native India. She wanted to be a part of the San Dieguito Adult School after taking a few classes there to try different things and meet new people. Singla saw quickly that there was no Indian cooking class in the program. “All my friends kept telling me they’d love to learn to cook Indian food,” said Singla, thinking that the class might make a good addition to the program. Singla, who works in real estate, doesn’t have a cooking background, save for cooking for her family for the last 10 years. Singla has only lived in the United States for nine years and has recipes from both sides of her family— her brother is even a chef. “When Ritu walked in my door I was ecstatic because people are really interested in Indian cooking,” said adult school principal Denise Stanley. Singla started teaching her class in January and her January and February SEE COOKIN’, PAGE B22 Teacher Ritu Singla helps a student in her Indian cooking class.
February 23, 2012
Popular Solana Beach sub shop is all in the family even daily. The brothers not only greet regulars by name upon entering the shop, but they often remember their sandwich of choice. KEVIN KENNY “We run the Co-owner, Jersey Mike’s Subs place like it’s the original store,” said enchise last month. ergetic Kevin, Kevin said the shop’s high who runs and swims every numbers are a result of their morning, and stayed standrelationship with the coming and moving during a remunity — they love their cent morning interview at customers as much as the the shop. “It reminds us so many kids’ sports teams and much of where we grew up, nonprofits they donate food and we treat it like a mom to — and their efficiency. and pop deli.” Kevin said the collaboraAnother striking similarity tion between him and his to the Point Pleasant locabrothers is like that of a tion, which serves a high inwell-oiled football team. flux of vacationers, is vol“I’m always at the slicer, ume. In 2011, the Solana which is like the quarterBeach location broke the reback, Pat’s the sprinkler and cord as being the busiest JerDave’s at the register,” said sey Mike’s location — out of Kevin. The “sprinkler,” he 525 shops. The success has said, is the one who dresses been so great for the Kenny the sandwiches. brothers that their brother On any given day at Chris joined them in San Dilunchtime, visitors to the ego to open a La Jolla fran-
“We’ve been working every day together our whole life. We are in sync — we don’t have to ask each other anything. We just react.”
Brothers Pat, Kevin and Dave Kenny grew up near the first-ever Jersey Mike’s Subs and have built a community around their Solana Beach franchise — the busiest of 525 locations. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN
shop can witness the method to their madness and move through the packed line in a matter of a few minutes. Kevin said the brothers build about 900 sandwiches on a busy day, most between noon and 1 p.m. “We probably do about 200 an hour during the rush,” he said. The red-headed brothers, who all live together in Del Mar, attribute their cohe-
siveness and work ethic to their many years of working together. From a young age, they all worked together at their family’s pharmacy. Kevin moved to North County about a decade ago so he could train year-round for the Iron Man triathlon, and the twins sold the pharmacy and joined Kevin in San Diego only a few years ago. The three were thrilled to have their brother,
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28-year-old Chris, join them in March — just in time to help open the La Jolla shop. The brothers work every day of the week, sometimes well over 10 hours a day, and they wouldn’t have it any other way, Kevin said. “We’ve been working every day together our whole life,” said Kevin. “We are in sync — we don’t have to ask each other anything. We just react.”
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BY CLAIRE HARLIN firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick, Dave and Kevin Kenny grew up four miles away from the first-ever Jersey Mike’s Subs, which has served the Jersey Shore community of Point Pleasant since 1956. “We ate there every day,” said Kevin, a 37-year-old triathlete. He said he used to order the “giant No. 7 with turkey and provolone,” and identical twins Patrick and Dave, 36, used to split the club supreme. “Sandwiches were big in our life,” Kevin said. “My mom had five boys so it really helped her.” That sandwich shop was such a big part of the brothers’ lives that they eventually decided in 2010 to open a Jersey Mike’s at 915 Lomas Santa Fe, and the franchise is a near West Coast replica of the original. Both are situated right next to an Einstein Bros Bagels and about a mile from the beach. They are both run like a familyowned “mom and pop,” with customers returning time and time again — some
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February 23, 2012
A scene from San Diego Surf Ladies’ ‘Board Shorts’ film festival.
Surf Ladies present first short film festival Saturday at The Loft FROM LOCAL REPORTS San Diego Surf Ladies will host its first annual short film festival Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Loft at UC San Diego as part of its eighth anniversary celebrations. The films were selected by Julie Cox, director of the California Surf Museum and Ira Opper, founder of The Surf Network. Following the screenings, there will be a Q&A with filmmakers, panel members and notable surfers. Dinner and drinks will be available all night from Zanzibar. Linda Benson, five-time World Champion and women’s surf icon since the 1950s and ’60s, will host the event. Guests can expect to see films from men and women in Southern California, plus international surprises, including work from the winner of the best short film at the New York Surf Film Festival. Sharing the stoke, the San Diego Surf Film Festival will select one of the films for screening at its inaugural festival May 11-13. (See related story, page B17) The night will also showcase new work by artists Susan Wickstrand and Christine Brailsford, plus designs from the surf swimwear company, Seea. DJ Ayla from Mahfia. com will provide the evening’s playlist, spinning funky beats following the films. Rounding out the soiree will be a raffle to benefit San Diego Surf Ladies and San Di-
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About Linda Benson A native of Encinitas, Benson started surfing when she was 11 years old. In 1959, at the age of 15, she became the youngest contestant ever to enter the International Championship at Makaha. She won. That same year she became the first woman to ride Waimea, when she borrowed a board from the shortest guy surfing with her, paddled out and caught a couple of waves. Using the equipment of the early 1950s, not to mention a goofy-foot in a time when most spots surfed were rights, she still managed to hold her own and gain respect for her fearless big wave riding and her ability to charge.
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■ The Vibe: Energetic, Casual ■ Signature Dishes: Grilled Urban Steak Salad, BBQ Turkey Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, Organic Mashed Potatoes, Hormone Free Turkey Noodle Soup, Raw Kale Salad, Asian Chicken Salad, House Roasted Hormone Free Turkey Breast and Cranberry Sandwich
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Turkey Meatloaf with sautéed green beans, oven-roasted vegetables and grilled organic focaccia. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON
■ Open Since: 2011 ■ Reservations: No ■ Patio Seating: Yes ■ Take Out: Yes ■ Happy Hour: No ■ Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Asian Chicken Salad is a combination of free-range chicken, wild arugula, organic carrots, green onions, Mandarin orange sections, spicy roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, wontons, cilantro and spicy Thai peanut dressing.
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Smart prices and products behind new dining concept at Urban Plates BY KELLEY CARLSON rban Plates, whose motto is “farm to plate and won’t break the bank,” offers a wealth of culinary choices in a vibrant atmosphere. Zac Lennox, executive chef and general manager, noted that the restaurant — often referred to as UP — has elements similar to an open-air market, with fresh, organic food bought from local farmers. And just about everything is made from scratch. “Young and old, (Urban Plates) appeals to everybody,” Lennox said. “We want the kids to be healthy, and the older people want to stay healthy.” Upon entering the establishment, customers stand in line and select a “station” from which to choose their meal — from soups and salads to entrees and braises -- and watch its preparation. The food goes directly to the patron’s plate; then it’s time to pay, sit down and enjoy. Dishes, which change seasonally, are priced at $10, although they can be upgraded with sides and a la carte items. Stop at the Mix UP station for a salad such as the Raw Kale, topped with dried cranberry, tofu, toasted almonds, mandarin orange sections, pickled red onions and champagne orange vinaigrette. Pile UP features sandwiches such as BBQ Turkey Meatloaf on grilled ciabatta. Down the line is Carve UP, where customers can order free-range chicken, hormone-free turkey, and the Grilled Marinated Wild Ono, soaked in cilantro-ginger. There is also the 4 UP, a choice of any four sides. These options range from the house-made Organic Stuffing to Quinoa and Edamame. Vegan and glutenfree items are available. At Stir UP, guests will find braises served
Zac Lennox is the executive chef and general manager of Urban Plates.
Roasted Organic Butternut Squash Soup, a puree of roasted organic butternut squash, organic apples, onion, garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, smoked paprika and whipped crème fraiche garnish, served with grilled focaccia.
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■ This Week: Urban Plates’ Turkey Salad over rice. Among them is the Vegetarian Curry, with carrots, zucchini, tofu and garlic simmered with ginger, onions and red peppers in a curry coconut sauce. Finally, there are soups, including Roasted Organic Butternut Squash, and several types of Urban Pizzettes. There are about a half-dozen menu selections for kids, priced at $5. The entrees consist of a choice of sandwiches, salad or pizza. Before paying at the register, customers won’t be able to miss seeing the desserts — the Gluten-Free Chocolate Flourless Cake and the Ginger Peach Tart may be among the delectables on display. There are also several types of cookies — the Cowgirl contains oatmeal, currents, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries -- and handmade chips. Don’t forget a beverage; there is wine, beer on tap, and organic sodas made with cane sugar and syrups that don’t contain red dye
No. 5. Urban Plates also makes its own Organic Lemonade, and Green Tea that is sweetened with agave. If you’re unsure of what to order, Lennox suggested figuring out what your favorite meal was that mom made. “I’d guess somewhere in here, you’d find an iteration of it,” he said. After receiving the food, the next step is to find a seat, whether it’s in the main dining room, or on one of several patios. The main area has an urban warehouse feel, with recycled wood, large windows, and stamped iron chairs from the late 1950s. Droughttolerant plants and flowers decorate some of the furniture, including a community table. An eight-seat fire-pit table is the prominent feature on the front patio. Across the way, a green awning with the “UP” logo provides shade for customers. Lennox said that the flow of guests going through the line, sitting and eating “turns like a wheel,” so turnaround is quick. The beginning of the week, at opening, tends to be slow, but by Wednesday, it’s busy right off the bat, according to Lennox. He added that there’s often a little lull between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Patrons who don’t want to sit have the option of walk-through takeout, walk-up takeout through phone orders, and curbside service. These customers may order “takeaway” family meals for four, which come with a protein, salad, sides and bread for $35. Lennox said Urban Plates’ Del Mar Highlands location would be the flagship site, as more are being planned. “We want a fun place for people, but not artificial fun,” he said. “A good, wholesome experience is what we’re after -- not just food, but the whole thing.”
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Pianist Michael Chang at the Carmel Valley Library on Feb. 29 A special free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature pianist Michael Chang who will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Lowell Liebermann, and Sergei Prokofiev. The program will last 45 minutes. Michael Chang is a senior at Torrey Pines High School. He has studied piano since the age of 5 and has won numerous competitions in Northern and Southern California, and several state-level competitions. He is presently studying under Dr. Felix Tao Chang, a professor of music at Azusa Pacific University. During this past summer he attended the International Institute for Young Musicians at the University of Kansas, and was invited to Austria where he performed with the Vienna Residence Orchestra. In addition to his piano studies he gives a monthly concert at the Patrician Retirement Home in La Jolla and teaches piano at the Logan Heights Elementary School in the Students Teaching ARTS program. Michael
Michael Chang also plays cello with San Diego Youth Symphony Orchestra. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley. For further information call (858) 552-1668.
San Diego Koi Club’s Koi Show at DM Fairgrounds Feb. 25-26 More than 300 champion quality Koi fish, Koi judges and experts from near and far will be at the San Diego Koi Club’s 25th Annual Koi Show Feb. 25-26. The event will feature more than 40 vendors: Koi pond design, Koi sales (babies to big), pumps, solar equipment, filtration, patio & landscape, Koi art, Koi shirts, and more. See the Naruwan Taiko Drummers perform at 9:30 a.m. Sat. The San Diego Koi Club maintains the Koi pond at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Members keep back yard Koi ponds all over San Diego County. Plenty of advice for starting your own pond. Fun for the whole family. For times and more information, visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com or www. koiclubsandiego.org.
CCA Raven Wishes Night celebrates Envision The award-winning Canyon Crest Academy Envision program will be featured at the upcoming Raven Wishes Night on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Hilton (Jimmy Durante Blvd and Via de la Valle). The CCA Foundation invites all parents and CCA supporters to meet with teachers and administrators, learn about the programs and their needs, and make a donation to the Canyon Crest Academy Foundation for needed items. Any size donation small or large is appreciated. Admission is free. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and parking will be provided. Raven Wishes Boards will be on display featuring items that are needed in the Envision day classes and Conservatories. The Envision Raven Wishes Night will feature all of the CCA Envision departments which include all classes that come under Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theater, Dance, Digital/Fine Art, and Cinema. The extensive Envision program includes classes in Performing Arts, Acting, Drama, Musical Theater, Stagehand Techni-
CCA Envision Director Anne Whattoff rehearsing at the piano with choir students. cian, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Recording Arts, Digital Composition, Rock Band, Choir, Dance, Jazz Modern Dance, Ballet, Dance Choreography, Drawing & Design, Painting, Sculpture, Art for New Media, Seminar in Art, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, Imaging, Digital Photography, Photo Imaging, Digital Media Production, Video Film, Advanced Video Film, and Conservatory. For those unable to attend the event, online or mail-in donations are welcome. To make a donation or to view the Raven Wish lists in advance, please visit www.canyoncrestfoundation.org.
Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show at DM Fairgrounds Feb. 24-26 The Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show, one of the largest in the United States, will be held Feb. 24-26 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (O’Brien, Bing Crosby and Exhibit Halls). A dog agility competition also will be part of the show on Saturday and Sunday. Only dogs that are participating in the show are allowed. Please do not bring pets. For times and more information, visit www.jbradshaw.com or www.delmarfairgrounds. com.
‘Women helping Women’ event to be held on health and fitness Three female experts in the field of women’s health and fitness will address the needs of women who like to work out at a special event to be held on Friday, March 2, from 6-9 p.m. at BL Bike and Sport, 211 N. Highway 101, Solana Beach. RSVP to 858-792-0118. The event will feature raffle prizes, food, wine, 15 percent off women’s clothing and accessories, and more. The experts leading the event are Chiropractor Dr. Kellee Rutley, Acupuncturist Rebecca Underdown and “No Core without the Floor” Kathleen Pagnini.
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Local residents among those to be honored at Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s 47th Annual Women of Dedication Luncheon The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will present the 47th Annual Women of Dedication Luncheon. “Philanthropy by the Sea” will be held on March 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina - Grand Ballroom, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Sue Kalish and Maryl Weightman, are co-chairing the 47th annual event, which will honor the 15 women chosen by the Auxiliary who best exemplify the selfless volunteers who donate their time or resources to help others in need. The 2012 honorees are Joye Blount, Lucy Kable Means Borsenberger, Deirdre Carlson, Rebecca Charles, Sharon Culver Considine, Terry Cooper, Becki Etess, Susan Kazmarek-Biddick, Gladys Kohn, Elizabeth Ravenis, Jan Reital, Julie Howell Sarno, Jane Scher, Rita Solberg and Muffy Walker. “Philanthropy by the Sea,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a reception, silent auction and boutiques. Lunch, mini-live auction and the presentation will follow at noon.
Pat Brown, 10 News weather anchor, will emcee the event. Auctioneer is Steve Hamann. Music will be provided by Bryan Verhoye. Entertainment by Chris Allen, pianist, and the San Diego Master Choral who will sing personalized songs for each honoree. Registration is $95 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Door of Hope Restoration Project. The Salvation Army is pleased and grateful to announce its $1 million challenge matching gift for new facilities at the Transitional Living Center Door of Hope from the Joan T. Waitt Family Fund. Donations to this important transitional living program for homeless mothers and children will be matched dollar for dollar. This project will double the capacity of families helped as the need is so great. To register or for more information, contact Pamela Lennen at 619-446-0273 or email@example.com.
Ugly Dog Contest is March 11 at Del Mar Fairgrounds The 17th Annual Ugly Dog Show – once again includes contests for the ugliest dog, cutest dog, best trick, dog that most looks like its owner, the best costume and much more will take place on Sunday, March 11, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, registration/check-in is 10 -11 a.m. Show begins at 11:15 a.m. Presented by the Del Mar Kiwanis Club and the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce, the contest is open to the public, and over 400 dogs are expected to bring their adult and child owners from all over San Diego County, and compete for valuable prizes. In addition to the contests, there will be lots of fun for everyone in the family. Stop by the face painting table for some festive spirit. All proceeds from the event will benefit local San Diego County nonprofit organizations: Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse Program, which provides shelter for pets of domestic violence survivors; Helen Woodward Therapeutic Riding Program, which offers the fun and benefits of horse riding to people with disabilities and the Kiwanis Club of Del Mar. Pre-sale tickets are available online at www.uglydogcontest.com.
Annual Spring/Home Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds March 2-4
Now in its 27th year, the Spring Home/ Garden Show returns to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of inspiring displays and home-product sales booths, real gardens, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars, and face-to-face consultations with top experts—all with the convenience of one-stop shopping for every-
thing pertaining to home and garden, inside and outside. Produced by Westward Expos, the event takes place March 2-4. For more information, visit: www. springhomegardenshow.com or www.delmarfairgrounds.com.
Community invited to attend Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club’s student oratorical contest On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club will hold its annual Oratorical Contest for boys and girls under the age of 19. The contest will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church at 9 a.m. Each year this event attracts young speakers who compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the district level for a $2,500 scholarship. This year’s topic is “How my Optimism Helps me Overcome Obstacles.” Cash prizes in the amount of $50 to $150 will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. The contest is open to the public and the club encourages the community to come and view these wonderful young people as they learn about public speaking in front of a live audience. Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 424 Via de la Valle in Solana Beach. For more information on the Optimist Club, which meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at Denny’s on Via de la Valle, contact Dave Eller at (858) 755-2222 or e-mail him at dbeins@ sbcglobal.net.
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Work at Home Business Expo at DM Fairgrounds March 3-4 The Work at Home Business (WaHB) Expo is returning to San Diego for the second straight year, featuring a wider range of business model opportunities and offering participants expert advice on the ins and outs of starting and running their own home-based business. Attendants of this year’s expo will have the chance to meet with dozens of home-based business exhibitors and hear from some of the region’s best business minds. The WaHB Expo will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Purchase your tickets online in advance to receive a discount price of $8. Tickets will also be available at the door for $10, or a two-day pass for $15. Active duty military with ID and children under 12 receive free admission. For more information, visit www.wahbexpo.com, or contact show producer Derek Romo at Derek@wahbexpo.com.
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Man and marine life continues to connect at Birch Aquarium BY DAVE SCHWAB Toasting its 20th anniversary on Expedition Way with a year-long celebration in 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ mission of interpreting ocean research by presenting it in educational (and entertaining) ways continues. The aquarium will mark Year 20 with an admission discount for local residents and plans for a new exhibit exploring the deep-ocean. “We take the complex, scientific evidence and discoveries occurring at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and translate it into exhibits, programs, and other accessible vehicles for the public — everyone from preschoolers to elders,” said Debbie Zmarzly, aquarium science specialist. Birch’s executive director Nigella Hillgarth noted that the aquarium’s mission is threefold: education, conservation, and connecting people with ocean science via interactive programming. Birch has been a major San Diego attraction during its 20 years at Expedition Way. Visitor surveys and interactions suggest the favorite aquarium exhibits are the Kelp Forest, the
Tide-Pool Plaza and “There’s Something About Seahorses.” “Parents with small children rave about the Boundless Energy exhibit, too, because it’s a place for kids to expel their ... well, energy,” said Jennifer Crawford, aquarium communications director. “The water tables have also always been a huge hit with parents/children.” Zmarzly talked about the difference between the old Scripps Aquarium-Museum that served the Institution for 40 years, and the new facility on Expedition Way which opened in 1992. “It was very much an Oceanography 101 textbook,” she said of the old aquarium. “Now the building is sort of the gateway to the SIO, showcasing the most cutting-edge types of research they’re doing.” Hillgarth added that the old aquarium didn’t connect the public with the
actual kind of research Scripps scientists are doing today. “Now we’re educating the public on the impact humans are having on the environment — and the oceans are a very large part of that.” Hillgarth said that lack of understanding causes a disconnect between people and their environment. “Most people don’t know that 40 percent of the Earth’s oxygen comes from the oceans, and that damaging our oceans is going to directly affect us,” she said. “They don’t realize the actual air they breathe is impacted by how we treat the oceans.” Zmarzly said the aquarium’s job is to “reconnect” people with the ocean by revealing the co-dependent relationship. “We thought the ocean was a limitless environment we couldn’t possibly impact because of its enormity. Now we’re showing the impact we are having,
helping people understand their role in that, and how they can actually have a positive impact.” The aquarium is offering half-off admission to residents living in ZIP codes 91901-92199 (with valid ID), on the 20th of every month through September, limit two children per paid adult. “It’s a way to say thank you to residents and invite them to rediscover our facility,” Hillgarth said. A future exhibit will feature the mysteries of the deep ocean, because “we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the bottom of the ocean.” Zmarzly said the exhibit would use the latest in digital technology, which “makes it easier and more exciting to portray the oceans as well as explore them.” Hillgarth said the challenge is “keeping it entertaining to the public. All this new technology will help us do that.” Looking ahead, Hillgarth said the aquarium’s programs over the next 10 years would have “more emphasis on conservation and biodiversity.” She added Birch will also have exhibits with a
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Join bestselling author Lisa See for special luncheon event at the Del Mar Country Club
American Girl Fashion Shows to benefit Isabellaâ€˜s Giraffe Club at UCSD Medical Center, Infant Special Care Center
Bestselling and internationally-acclaimed author Lisa See will be the guest speaker at the Del Mar Country Club on Tuesday, April 17, from noon-2 p.m. The event will include lunch, champagne, author talk and a book signing. See is the author of the New York Times bestseller â€œShanghai Girlsâ€? and the recent â€œDreams of Joy.â€? Cost is $55 per person, which includes the book â€œDreams of Joy.â€? Reservations are required. Contact Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org; 858-759-5500, ext. 274, by Friday, April 13. Check in is at 11:30 a.m. The Del Mar Country Club is located at 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, 92067.
Friends of the Solana Beach Library to hold used book sale The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from March 1-5 (closed Sunday) at the library located at 157 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach, 858-755-1404. The sale will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Shoppers can fill a grocery bag for $5 choosing selections from a wide variety of used books.
Instilling self confidence in young girls is the goal of the American Girl Fashion Show, now in its fifth year in San Diego. Striving for a non-competitive environment, Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) will host more than 100 local costumed girls and their dolls who will walk the runway during the Annual American Girl Fashion Show staged at the elegant Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. Historical and contemporary fashions for girls and their dolls are on display each year during the clever and colorful American Girl Fashion Show in San Diego and various cities across the U.S. Since 1992, the American Girl Fashion Show has raised more than $24 million for childrenâ€™s charities around the country. Locally, the show proceeds will benefit Isabellaâ€™s Giraffe Club, a non-profit organization committed to providing emotional and educational
Mia Harris at a previous American Girl Fashion Show. support for parents with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UCSD Medical Center. â€œWe are so happy to have so many local girls participate in our fifth American Girl Fashion Show and watch them confidently take to the runway in their beautiful costumes with their favorite doll,â€? said Angela Amoroso, founder of SPAA and Isabellaâ€™s Giraffe Club.
â€œEach year we strive to stage an elegant event held in a non-competitive environment that promotes self-esteem and self-confidence among young girls.â€? The Fashion Show will feature young girls in historical clothing, from daywear to sleepwear to special occasion clothing that resembles what the popular American Girl characters might have worn. Contemporary â€œJust like Youâ€? outfits for older girls and sweet Bitty Baby fashions will also be featured. The local girls were chosen from a series of auditions held earlier this year. Tickets are $35 that includes delicious refreshments and 1 raffle ticket. Limited $100 VIP seating is also available and includes five raffle tickets. The Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall is located at 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121. For more information on the Shows, call 858-586-7834 or visit the SPAA website at www. SuperKidsLive.com.
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1955 and has been overseeing demolition and restoration of properties in Italy and Argentina ever since. The business has expanded to include home accessories and pieces that are reminiscent of the European way of life. Today the company has two warehouses and two showrooms in the United States, and one of them is here in San Diego at 2880 Sims Road, Liberty Station, Point Loma. To learn more, visit www.amighini.com, call (619) 269-5963, or stop by 2880 Sims Road.
Arcana Empothecary moves to Carmel Valley and trademarks a new name Having been located within the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla for the past 10 years, Arcana Empothecary ™ has expanded to a larger location on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley. Founded in 1996 by Dr. James Mattioda, a Ph.D. in Integral Health and registered pharmacist, Arcana offers a unique blend of pharmaceutical-grade dietary supplements, homeopathy, and other holistic products and services. As the largest Naturopathic Pharmacy in Southern California, Arcana serves customers, physicians, and other health professionals who incorporate herbal and dietary supplements into their health regimes. As Dr. Mattioda describes, “After over 15 years in business, we were ready for a new phase of expansion. As part of that, we moved our store to a new location that would support our plans for growth.” Previously named Arcana Herbal and Nutritional Pharmacy, the business has also upgraded its name to Arcana Empothecary. At the same time, Arcana trademarked the new term. As Dr. Mattioda explains, “As we were looking to honor our evolution with a more
suitable descriptor, we realized there was not one word that accurately described what we offer to people. We wanted to move away from the word ‘pharmacy.’ ‘Apothecary’ felt more appropriate, however, when we looked at the prefix of apothecary (apo), it means apart, and separate. That is completely contrary to our philosophy of health.” Building on the apothecary idea, Dr. Mattioda’s team brought in the concept of empathy. As Dr. Mattioda states, “Empathy is at the core of our work. We consider each client holistically and sense their individual needs. Our real value to our customers is that we can work with them in a manner most suitable to them and help them through their healing journey.” At the new location at 12250 El Camino Real, Suite #108, in one of the Champions of the West buildings, Arcana Empothecary will be expanding its product offerings to also include medicinal herbs and foods. For more information, contact Alden Domini at 858-755-0288 or visit www.arcanaempothecary.com.
February 23, 2012
TPHS celebrates student athletes
orrey Pines High School celebrated student athletes at a â€œcollege signingâ€? luncheon Feb. 16. Students who attended the inaugural Next Level Falcon Award Lunch have signed a letter of intent to compete in their sport in college. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
Barbara Lee, Taylor Lee (UC Berkeley softball), Theresa Filicia, Lauren Filicia (Fairfield University softball), Lauren Hynes (Boston University softball)
Gary Thornton, assistant principal for athletics, presents a Next Level Falcon Award to Lauren Hynes.
Principal Brett Killeen, Assistant Principal for Athletics Gary Thornton, Athletic Director Chas Doerrer
Erica Cohen (UC Davis field hockey), Hannah Bettencourt (Pacific field hockey), Molly Bettencourt (Pacific field hockey)
Mitch Friedman, Jackie Friedman (Dartmouth soccer), Diane Friedman
Candy Brolson, Bill Rennie, Brennan Dean
Jim Boyd, JP Boyd (USD tennis), Julia Johnson
Jacob Johnson (UC Santa Barbara tennis), Julia Johnson
Reed Mason (Northwestern baseball), Arjun Kumar (Washington University cross country/ track and field), Luc Rennie (Ball State baseball), Michael Mullen (Purdue baseball)
Joe Cohen, Ricki Bettencourt, Alan Bettencourt
Nicole Sherwin (Northern Arizona soccer), Nicole Skaggs (Naval Academy swimming)
Hunter Rittgers (USC soccer), Jackie Friedman (Dartmouth soccer)
Principal Brett Killeen tries on his high school athletic jacket.
Gary Thornton presents a Next Level Falcon Award to Taylor Lee
February 23, 2012
Class photo with Mrs. Shannon Peck: Back row from left to right: Caden Peck, Gargi Nandy, Victoria Thompson, David Sands-Weinstein, Joon Kyung, Alisha Chakraborty, Haley Ruffner, Shannon Peck; Middle row left to right: Praneet Varade, Aksh Dharajiya, Carson Williams, Saeji Hong; Bottom row left to right: Jihna Yoon, Sarina Hegli, Paloma Zenteno, Karina Bowden, Trinity Peck; Not in picture: Jake Cabulio, Christopher Yang, Katheryn Yoo, William Zhang and Catherine Zhang.
Class photo with Mrs. Mojgan Amini: Back row (left to right): Shawdi Amini, Sanjana Bollapragada, Julia Denissenko, Megan Union, Megan Woelkers, Vijay Tatavarthi, Isabel Heaton; Middle row (left to right): Shaylee Xie, Arthur Li, Alexandra Chudin, Camellia Nakhjiri, Yuji Muto, Dennis Hong, Matthew Lim; Front row (left to right): AJ Lee, Kyle Lu, Emma Lee, Armon Amini, Duncan Hong, Karina Pirani. Not in picture: Nigel Chang
Carmel Creek 3rd and 4th graders earn public speaking graduation diploma Public speaking and leadership skills are typically formally learned in the adult years, however, those are the same skills that can make a huge positive impact in the early elementary school years. Public speaking and leadership can help a child communicate clearly, listen effectively, and think on their feet. For those reasons, Mojgan Amini, and Shannon Peck, Carmel Creek Elementary School moms, help run the Speechmasters program at their children’s school. Speechmasters is based on the Toastmasters International program (www.toastmasters.org), but caters to the 8-10- year old. Forty 3rd and 4th graders eagerly show up
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February 23, 2012
‘The Car Plays’ — Out of The Playhouse and into the parking lot BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Last September, the La Jolla Playhouse kicked off its outside-the-box WoW (Without Walls) program with the hugely successful “Susurrus,” an audio play in San Diego Botanic Garden. This month, WoW No. 2 takes over a Playhouse parking lot with “The Car Plays,” a collection of intimate 10-minute pieces that will keep viewers carhopping, vehicle to vehicle, with all the action taking place just a seat away from the audience of two. “The Car Plays” is the creation of Paul Stein, former artistic director of Moving Arts, a small theater company in Los Angeles that performs in assorted venues. Motivated by the loss of their downtown theater space, he came up with the idea of performing inside parked cars, a nice touch for a venue-challenged troupe in a car-obsessed culture. The event previewed in 2006, won a two-year grant in 2007, and was featured at the Radar LA Festival of contemporary theater last June and Costa Mesa’s Off-Center Festival last month. For “The Car Plays: San
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• Moxie Theatre’s Artistic Director Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg directs ‘The Carpool,’ by Jennifer Barclay (UCSDMFA 2009, now a lecturer in playwriting) where workers gang up on a bad, bad boss. • Lisa Berger, USD assistant theater professor, directs ‘We Wait,’ a tale of two faithful incar-cerated dogs. • The REP’s Artistic Director, Sam Woodhouse, directs ‘Reveille,’ about a dad and his son who is leaving for boot camp. • Mo’olelo Artistic Director Seema Sueko directs ‘Skipped,’ by David Myers (UCSD-MFA 2012), about a boozedup teen who meets his match in a wised-up cabbie.
Diego,” the Playhouse commissioned four new pieces by UCSD-MFA playwriting students, asking them to create plays with local settings to add to the Moving Arts mix. They also invited seven local directors to step into the drivers’ seats. Though the plays are all short-shorts, their subjects are far from skimpy. Themes include family conflicts, couples’ issues, sex, loss, secrets, drinking, and loneliness, not to mention dogs’eye-views of life and a strange encounter with La
Coming to La Jolla Playhouse for two weekends, starting Feb. 23: Moving Arts’ The Car Plays: San Diego. PHOTO: JAY PG PHOTOGRAPHY Jolla’s seals. Lisa Rose Kaplan (UCSD-MFA 2008) who now teaches playwriting at UCSB, wrote the seal play, “Selkies.” “Part of my writing process was taking walks by the water,” she said. “And the seals always seemed so peaceful and magical, so I thought that would be a good place to start.” “Car Plays” creator Paul
Stein, who will act as artistic producer here, shows off his comedy-writing chops in “Disneyland,” and his more serious side as director of “Dead Battery.” Both are solo performances; Stein, who now works for Comedy Central, also directs a lot of solo shows. About “Car Plays,” he said: “It’s almost like an amusement park meets live theater. The actors do each
play five times an hour, 15 times a night — 20 on Saturday and Sunday! And audience members seem to really embrace the chance to watch actors at close range. Sometimes they talk back to the actors and join in the show.” There are 15 plays in all; one ticket gives you access to a row of five, what Paul Stein calls “the full palette,” including a drama, a come-
dy, a thriller, at least one local playwright, and a seat change. Come park at the Playhouse and be part of “The Car Plays.” It’s certain to be a moving experience.
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Concordia College choir sings March 3 at local church
Ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held for new Solana Beach business
The internationally-known Concordia Choir that sang to a packed audience here several years ago is coming to Calvary Lutheran Church for a return engagement Saturday evening, March 3.
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The group will sing spirituals and hymns during its 2012 tour, which will include stops March 4 in Palm Desert, March 6 in Thousand Oaks and March 7 in San Luis Obispo. The only local concert will be held March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary, 424 Via de la Valle. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.ConcordiaTickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006. They will also be sold at the door.
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‘Film Noir Unscripted’ at North Coast Rep
Fundraiser to be held for county supervisor candidate
North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Off Nights series brings back “Film Noir Unscripted,” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. The Impro Theatre gives new life to tough-talking private eyes and femme fatales through unpredictable staging, improvisational wit and verbal dexterity, according to the theater’s website. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets $15-20. (858) 481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org
Bocce Ball fundraiser is March 4 San Diego Self Storage (SDSS), the organizational entity of Smart Self Storage of Solana Beach, announced recently that it is the “Major Sponsor ”of the 16th annual Del Mar Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Turf Bocce Ball Family Day and Tournament, to be held at the Del Mar Horse Park on March 4. This event will benefit three beneficiaries: Voices for Children, Just in Time and Community Resource Center. In addition to the local beneficiaries, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to international projects, such as eradicating polio, providing clean water, and assisting with the education of children in many parts of the world. For more information, visit www.dmsbBocce.com; please call (858) 909-0090 or visit www.SanDiegoSelfStorage. com.
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A fundraiser will be held in support of Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Dave Roberts’ bid for San Diego County Supervisor, District, 3, on Sunday, March 4, from noon-3 p.m. at Baker Iron Works (710 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach). The meet-the-candidate event will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, hula dancing and more. For more information, call 858-663-6726 or visit www. DaveRobertsforSupervisor.com.
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Solana Pacific Variety Show The Solana Beach School District’s Solana Pacific Elementary School in Carmel Valley recently held a variety show where students displayed their many talents. Photos/Jon Clark
The Chrome Jets — Trevor Pickett, Ryan Watts, Chris Stein and Jack Meyers — perform ‘Air On Fire.’
Students perform ‘I’m Late’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
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Gaurie Gunasekaran, Gayathri Gunasekaran and Astha Patra perform an Indian folk dance.
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February 23, 2012
San Diego Jewish Academy announces Chaim Heller as next Executive Director After an extensive search process that involved numerous members of the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) community, Board President Shari Schenk recently announced that Chaim Heller will be the schoolâ€™s next executive director. Chaim will replace Larry Acheatel, who will be retiring in July after 12 years of distinguished service. Chaim currently serves as the head of school at Brandeis Hillel Day School, a pluralistic Jewish independent school in San Francisco with two campuses and over
Chaim Heller 575 students, where he is finishing his 17th year. Prior to Brandeis Hillel Day School, Chaim served as the head of school for Morasha School in Orange County for
five years. â€œAt Brandeis, we were able to create a school-wide culture of kindness. We made it a priority for our students, parents, faculty and staff to treat each other in a manner that elevated every interaction; a form of radical kindness that built our community up,â€? said Chaim Heller, SDJAâ€™s future executive director. â€œWe made sure everyone felt welcome, that all were treated with respect and that every person was valued and included. I see much of that philosophy at SDJA and
hope to build upon it.â€? Chaim grew up in Brooklyn, New York and was very active in youth movements and campus work for Israel. After graduating with a degree in drama from City University of New York, Chaim moved to Israel, where he lived on a kibbutz and met his wife Michal and raised their two children. During his time in Israel, Chaim was both a classroom teacher and a journalist, writing a features and film review column for the Jerusalem Post. While in Israel, Chaim also served in the Israel Defense Forces. Chaim was drawn to San Diego Jewish Academy because of its innovative reputation. â€œSDJA has always been known as a forward-thinking school. Its students are known to excel in both academics and athletics, and the school serves as an anchor for
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