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BY KAREN BILLING Carmel Valley Community Planning Board members say they are very concerned that the San Diego Planning Commission made a decision based on incorrect information, leading to a violation of Proposition A. The decision was made at a Dec. 15 hearing regarding the classification of use for Rancho Del Mar, a proposed continuing care retirement community on Via de la Valle. In the planning board’s interpretation of Prop A, any change for more permissive uses on the agriculturallyzoned land needs to go to a vote of the people. However, the commission decided 4-2 that a continuing care facility is consistent with an “intermediate care facility,” an intensity of use that was allowed in the zone prior to 1984. The commission’s decision made the project not subject to a vote of the people; only a land development code amendment would be needed. “It was a real shock to us and we want the city attorney to have to explain how this can be,” said planning board member Anne Harvey. The decision cannot be reconsidered nor can it be appealed, so the planning board’s only recourse is to find some clarity on a cloudy issue. The board voted to send a letter on the “very complicated, very technical” issue at its Feb. 1 regional issues subcommittee meeting. “The letter is not meant to cast aspersions on the staff or the applicant,” planSEE RETIREMENT, PAGE 20
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Kelly Inouye-Perez, head coach of the UCLA Bruins softball team, welcomes North Shore Girls Softball League players to a player clinic at Torrey Hills Park. See page 16. PHOTO: JON CLARK
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BY MARSHA SUTTON The San Dieguito Union High School District is poised to ask voters to approve a General Obligation bond measure this year for over $400 million – for school renovation, technology upgrades and new construction, to serve its more than 12,000 middle and high school students. Three contracts related to the bond were discussed at the district’s Feb. 2 board meeting. The board unanimously approved agreements with the Dolinka Group of Irvine for financial advisory services and De La Rosa & Company for bond underwriting. The third item – selecting Tramutola LLC as the public information and ballot measure consulting company – was given a first reading and will be voted on at the Feb. 16 board meeting. All firms were chosen from published Requests for Proposals. Eric Dill, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of business services, said Dolinka is a firm with a long history with SDUHSD and “has great insight” into the community and the district. He said the district has also worked successfully with De La Rosa in the past. He said the two firms will work together. Dolinka will analyze the district’s tax base, review and fine-tune the project list, and determine the bonding capability. SEE BOND, PAGE 20
Del Mar shows support for roundabouts on Camino del Mar BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
The idea of installing roundabouts in downtown Del Mar was met with little opposition and many suggestions at a Feb. 6 City Council workshop to present and explore all possible options for traffic flow in the Village. Currently, the fourlane Camino del Mar is over capacity, said planning and community develop-
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ment director Kathy Garcia. It carries some 18,700 cars daily, according to a city traffic study, and it’s only designed to accommodate 15,500 cars per day. “We are exceeding our capacity every day,” said Garcia. “That is resulting in congestion; additional emissions, as people are stopping at the stop signs; and safety concerns, espeSEE ROUNDABOUTS, PAGE 6
This roundabout, which was recently installed on Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas, was shown Feb. 9 as an example of what could be installed in Del Mar. Some residents voiced concern to the City Council, however, that this roundabout is incomparable to Camino del Mar because it sees a much lower volume of autos. Photo: Claire Harlin
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School district bus service in limbo BY MARSHA SUTTON Governor Jerry Brown’s expected signature on a fasttracked bill to restore $248 million in funding for home-to-school transportation would be welcome news for the San Dieguito Union High School District, which transports about 900 middle and high school students on buses daily. Because the $248 million mid-year trigger cut, which became effective Jan. 1, hurt school districts, particularly rural districts, disproportionately, Senate Bill 81, to restore the funding, quickly passed both the state Assembly and Senate Feb. 2 with bipartisan support. Home-to-school transportation remains in jeopardy for the 2012-2013 school year though, with possible state cuts to the program of nearly $500 million. For SDUHSD families considering high school and middle school selections for the fall, principals are being asked to explain that busing may no longer be offered. The district is informing parents of the busing uncertainty for the next school year, Eric Dill told school board members at their Feb.
2 general meeting. This may include the shuttle service between Carmel Valley and Earl Warren Middle School, said Dill, SDUHSD’s associate superintendent of business services. About 800 middle school students and about 100 high school students ride district buses to and from school, he said. Of the 800 middle school students, 337 attend Diegueno and Oak Crest middle schools in the northern portion of the district, and 474 are Carmel Valley or Earl Warren middle school students. Dill said 268 students ride a bus to Carmel Valley Middle School, most coming from areas south of State Route 56, and 206 ride a bus to Earl Warren Middle School, 30 of those from the Carmel Valley area. Without bus service, Earl Warren, which has less than half the enrollment of CVMS, could see its enrollment drop further next year. But Dill was optimistic that the potential loss of bus service would not deter students from choosing Earl Warren. “What gets kids to Earl Warren are the programs and the size of the school,”
he said. “It’s not the bus.” Of the 800 middle school bus riders, about 90 low-income students qualify to ride free, Dill said. The others pay $600 per year, a fee which he said is legal to charge as long as the district makes no profit and a waiver is offered for low-income families. The cost to the district per rider is about $1,375, excluding special education students and field trips, creating an encroachment on the district’s general fund of about $265,000. Also riding SDUHSD buses to and from school are about 100 high school students, nearly all of them from low-income families that qualify for a fee waiver. Dill said there are two primary routes – students going from Solana Beach (mainly the Eden Gardens area) to Torrey Pines High School, and students transported from areas in Encinitas to La Costa Canyon High School. These routes, he said, were first created decades ago when federal funding was provided in the form of “desegregation grants,” as a way to get lower-income stu-
See BUS, page 10
Ex- Solana Beach bookkeeper jailed in million-dollar embezzlement case BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A La Jolla woman was arrested Feb. 2 on suspicion of embezzling $1.49 million from a North County real estate development company while serving as its bookkeeper over a nearly seven-year period that ended with her termination four years ago. Financial crime detectives took 64-year-old Jennifer Davey into custody about 4 p.m. at her current workplace, a CVS pharmacy near her home, sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Varnau said. Davey had been under investigation since early 2008, when the bookkeeper who succeeded her at Beckman Properties in Solana Beach discovered a fraudulent account the suspect allegedly had set up to funnel stolen funds from the firm, according to Varnau. While employed as accountant and operations manager for the Lomas Santa Fe Drive business, Davey allegedly altered or forged 332 checks drawn against Beckman accounts, used company business funds to pay off her credit cards and created phony credit card statements to cover her thefts. “In most cases, her counterfeit statements appeared superior in quality and de-
sign to the actual credit-card bills,’’ Varnau said. Davey — whose position gave her access to banking information for five business entities operated by the property development and management firm — allegedly created a fake business account under the name Professional Advisors Unlimited and transferred the stolen funds into it. Her employers eventually fired her over unrelated job performance issues prior to the discovery of the purported embezzlement, which her successor began uncovering within several months of taking the bookkeeping position, the sergeant said. Davey had been aware for several years that she was suspected in the alleged thefts, according to Varnau, who said the investigation took nearly four years to complete due to typical complexities in financial crimes cases. “I think we had over 30 search warrants served,’’ he said. The suspect, who was detained and handcuffed inside the Eads Street drugstore where she works as a cashier, was expected to be booked into Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee and held on $2 million bail.
Del Mar tightens restrictions on lagoon The Del Mar City Council on Feb. 6 adopted an ordinance prohibiting boating and fishing in the San Dieguito Lagoon and along the shoreline. The law will go into effect on March 7. The move follows a Jan. 23 public hearing in which there was no opposition to the ordinance. The change of ordinance entails
the addition of signage around the lagoon, which is estimated to cost the city about $800. The council action seeks to protect the biodiversity of the habitat, which is “important to the protection of the public’s health and general welfare,” states the ordinance.
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CV board wants voice in polo fields use BY KAREN BILLING The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board would like to have a seat at the table as future uses are discussed for the San Diego Polo Club fields, city-owned open space that is up for lease renewal in March. The city is beginning a process of sending out request for proposals (RFP) on the property as the polo club’s 26-year lease expires. The planning board backed a letter to the city written by the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority at a Feb. 1 special meeting. The planning board was in favor of advocating for responsible use of the land due to its proximity to sensitive and protected habitats and also in favor of recreational uses like soccer being able to continue. “We would like to have a voice as this process is ongoing,” said Jan Fuchs, cochair of CVCPB’s regional issues subcommittee. The city obtained the polo club land in the early 1980s as part of a deal for development of the nearby community of Fairbanks Ranch. The city received a total of 616 acres, most of which was used for construction of the Fairbanks
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Shawna Anderson, a San Dieguito River Park environmental planner, said the JPA requested that the RFP includes conditions so potential lessees understand the rules for future use. They requested that the RFP also include the language of the grant deed. It’s a sensitive issue as the grant deed mandates that use of the property “not involve large assemblages of people and vehicles”— over the years, some have interpreted that to mean that soccer tournaments are not an intended use. Planning board chair Frisco White said he would not support any restriction that eliminated soccer. The board members had some concerns about the JPA’s proposed 100-foot buffer from the creek bed to the fields and whether it would impact the dimensions of a soccer field. “To me, I think it’s excessive,” board member Victor Manoushakian said of the buffer. Manoushakian said they had to respect what use has been happening on the fields for the last several years.
Ranch Country Club, which is also leased by the city to the country club. In addition to San Diego Polo Club play, the polo club fields are also the home base for San Diego Surf Soccer Club practices and the site of large, twice yearly Surf Cup tournaments that draw teams from all over the nation, in addition to international squads. The fields have also played host to several lacrosse tournaments, such as the Adrenaline Challenge and Jam by the Sea, which is scheduled for April this year. The polo club field is open to the public and frequently people are out walking, running, and throwing Frisbees on the land when polo is not in session. Canadian geese also congregate on the fields during the winter months. Board member Anne Harvey said what they want to achieve is something that is green and accessible to the public. They don’t want to see permanent buildings or paving and, of course, be careful with lighting and noise for the surrounding neighbors. “It’s our open space and we feel that’s the best use for us,” Harvey said.
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The numbers of crimes and arrests/citations with valid addresses that were reported to the San Diego County’s Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS) by Feb. 3 for the month of Jan. 2012 in the San Diego City neighborhood of Del Mar Heights, the City of Del Mar, Carmel Valley, North City, and Torrey Highlands are shown below: Del Mar Heights 1 Crime against persons: 1 commercial robbery 8 Crimes involving property: 2 residential burglaries, 1 financial, 1 malicious mischief/vandalism, 1 vehicle break-in, and 3 vehicle theft 4 Other lesser crimes 7 Arrests/Citations: 2 DUI, 3 traffic other than DUI and speeding, and 2 other types City of Del Mar 8 Crimes involving property: 2 commercial and 1 residential burglaries, 1 financial, 3 theft other than shoplifting and vehicle, and 1 vehicle break-in 1 Other lesser crimes 56 Arrests/Citations: 1 narcotics, 53 traffic other than DUI and speeding, and 2 other types Carmel Valley 6 Crimes against persons: 2 aggravated
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ROUNDABOUTS continued from page 1 cially for the pedestrians.” A major part of revitalization efforts that are underway is accommodating traffic, and there are three options on the table: leave Camino del Mar as is, put up traffic signals, or reduce the street to two lanes and install roundabouts. Roundabouts, intersections in which traffic flows counterclockwise around a circular island, are popular in Europe and have been increasingly popping up in the United States. The Bird Rock community in La Jolla, as
well as Encinitas, have incorporated roundabouts into their designs. Putting up signals and maintaining four lanes would accommodate upward of 30,000 cars a day, however, it would reduce the walkability of Del Mar. Reducing the street to two lanes would allow for wider sidewalks and outside seating, and installing roundabouts would keep traffic continuously moving, Garcia explained, using simulations. She said that, depending on the design of the roundabouts, this model would accommodate between 22,000 and 26,000 cars per day. The coupled reduction
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cerned that the lack of safety and walkability that comes with having four lanes may deter visitors. “Right now crossing the street is like taking my life into my own hands,” she said. Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott said it is important to evaluate thoroughly whether implementing traffic alternatives would directly lead to an improvement in downtown business. He begged the question: “What would happen if we do nothing?” Del Mar resident John Kerridge said he supports the roundabout option, given that all stop signs are eliminated. “Even a single stop sign or traffic signal would limit the benefits that we can accrue from the use of runabouts,” he said, adding that it not only could create more traffic but encourage commuter traffic through residential neighborhoods. Further, he said the flow of traffic coming onto Camino del Mar must be regulated, and sensors can be installed in the pavement
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to help do so. Just as the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) uses sensors to regulate traffic onto Interstate 5 during rush hour, sensors can also be used to monitor traffic density in real time as it approaches pedestrian crosswalks. “These technologies may sound esoteric, but the are all available and in use in other places,” he said. Haydu said she was glad to see a strong representation of community members providing positive discussion at the meeting. “Instead of hearing, ‘I don’t want it,’ we had some solutions brought up,” she said. Randy Gruber, owner of Americana Restaurant, expressed concern that Del Mar may lose the traffic of people passing through town if it reduces Camino del Mar to two lanes. “We need to make sure those people come into town and not chase them out of town,” he said, adding that he hasn’t heard anyone bring up the toll construction will take on local businesses. “The goal is to revitalize, but if you wipe out what’s existing, you may have to rebuild from there,” he said. Gruber brought up the idea of making the traffic component of the Village Specific Plan a separate vote — an idea that several other community members supported. “I want to see revitalization, but I don’t want it to get voted down because of the traffic element,” he said. Mosier said Gruber brought up some “serious
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concerns,” especially when businesses are facing a lot of competition. “That situation is only going to get worse when Flower Hill renovations are finished and One Paseo is built,” he said. “We need to help support our local businesses in as many ways as we can. Even as the economy improves, local competition is only getting worse. We are trying to revitalize downtown in a very challenging time … There should be some benefit in this for everybody.” Mayor Carl Hilliard said it’s necessary to identify wanted versus unwanted traffic. Unwanted traffic, he said, is the influx of cars associated with the fair or those just passing through town. He said we need to support the wanted traffic by making the city more walkable and providing adequate parking. “The wanted traffic is the people coming to Del Mar as a destination,” he said. The traffic alternative workshop was one of at least five that will involve the community on a variety of aspects relating to revitalization. On Feb. 21, the council will address development parcels; on March 5 the topic will be parking and a workshop on public facilities financing will take place on March 19. Also on March 19, there will be a presentation of the draft Environmental Impact Report, followed by a workshop on the EIR in April. The entire Village Specific is scheduled to go to public vote next fall.
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Next Del Mar nonprofit meeting is Feb. 18 The next City of Del Mar quarterly nonprofit meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9:30 a.m., at City Hall Annex (1050 Camino del Mar; located directly behind City Hall). Please RSVP/submit any agenda items by Feb. 13 to Ramsey Helson at (858) 755-9313 or email@example.com Representatives from all nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.
‘Taste for Learning’ fundraising event to benefit Solana Pacific school On Thursday, March 1, from 5:30-8 p.m., the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning will be hosting its first annual Taste for Learning fundraising event. This event will be a great opportunity to mingle and enjoy the company of other families and supporters of the Solana Pacific Elementary community. The evening will be centered around a casual wine tasting and a fundraising auction. Local restaurants will provide appetizers and desserts, and there will be music and art work to enjoy. All proceeds from A Taste for Learning will support art, science, technology, and physical education programs at Solana Pacific Elementary. At the event, there will be opportunities to bid on great auction items, including fun events with Solana Pacific teachers and the ever-popular reserved front-row seats to sixth grade promotion. Most of all, A Taste for Learning will be a chance to celebrate local children and their educational opportunities. The event will be held at the Pfizer R&D campus in the hills of La Jolla. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.taste4learning.com. Ticket prices for the event (currently $45) will increase on Feb. 10, so please contact the school soon to make your purchase. Childcare is available at Solana Pacific on the night of the event.
Torrey Pines Bank expands office space Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial recently announced that Torrey Pines Bank has signed a new seven-year lease valued at $8 million. Torrey Pines Bank, one of San Diego’s top regional banks with assets in excess of $1 billion, has expanded into the balance of both the ground floor and second floor at 12220 El Camino Real in Del Mar Heights. The office expansion totals 27,834 square feet.
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Del Mar Farmers Market scholarship recipient to perform at SD Museum of Art As a nonprofit organization, the Del Mar Farmers Market donates some proceeds to local community programs such as the new lifeguard building, the library and the San Dieguito lagoon conservation. The other significant use of funds is a college scholarship program that benefits the vendors at the Farmers Market or their children that have worked at the market. One recipient, Dominic Schaner, son of longtime market vendor Peter Schaner, received financial aid for four years while attending Boston College. He and his wife, Amy White, a soprano, will return to The San Diego Museum of Art to perform music from Spain’s Golden Age and poetry from the Spanish mystics John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. For this concert, Dominic will be playing the vihuela, a beautiful guitar-like lute that was favored in the 15th and 16th centuries. The performance is Sunday, Feb. 12, in the Hibben Gallery, 1450 El Prado, Balboa, Park, San Diego, CA. (619)232-7931. For more information regarding the nonprofit status, donations and scholarships go to delmarfarmersmarket.org.
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BY EMILY FIGUEIREDO, PUBLICITY CHAIR FOR THE DEL MAR ROTARY CLUB The Rotary Club of Del Mar will present some very exciting speakers and presentations in the near future. Each meeting at noon on Thursdays at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar is filled with member highlights, project updates, fellowship, lunch and a special presentation. Topics range from local happenings that affect our community, advancements in technology or medicine, environmental issues, nonprofit organizations, humorous memoirs and so much more. Each meeting is unique, inspirational and often educational! Coming up on Feb. 16, Rotarian David Diaz will give a speech about his studies in Spain this year. David is the Del Mar Rotary Club’s Ambassadorial Scholar this year, which is a student-sponsored to expand their studies abroad. He is flying in from Spain to speak us on Sustainable Peace Education Projects. His presentation is quite timely as February is Rotary Peace Month. Then on Feb. 23, Del Mar Rotarian, Kim Guevara-Harris, will discuss her experience and personal involvement with aid to Af-
ghanistan. She will inspire us all as she presents on one particular child whom Rotary has helped come to the U.S. for medical help. Margie Smith Haas, famous female race car driver will entertain us with stories of “winning” in a man’s world and her fabulous experiences with racing around the world on March 1. Margie is a local resident and the only woman ever to win a professional road racing championship in North America. On March 8, Past Rotary District Governor and now a Del Mar Rotary member, Philippe Lamoise, will speak on Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange program which many Del Mar Rotarians have been a part of in Africa, Asia and beyond. The Del Mar Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on 14th Street in Del Mar. Please visit www.delmarrotary.org for more details and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting or event!
Del Mar Foundation Children’s Committee to host Irish dancing group The Del Mar Foundation Children’s Committee will celebrate the heritage of Ireland on Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 2 p.m., at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center. The afternoon will begin with a St. Patrick’s Day craft from the Del Mar Library and a spirited, precision Irish dance program featuring The Clan Rince Show Troupe, led by Jeannie Thornton O’Connor. The dancers will perform a showcase of lively Irish dancing, honoring the heritage and history of the Emerald Isle. The routines incorporate both traditional and contemporary Celtic music. You can look forward to rhythmic hard shoe routines such as those seen in Riverdance, as well as graceful soft shoe and team dancing. This will be a great afternoon of family fun with a performance that you will not want to miss! No reservations are required.
Friends of the SB Library to present musical event Feb. 14 On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the Solana Beach Library are presenting a musical program featuring the singing of the barbershop quartet, “Added Attraction.” This quartet has been entertaining audiences in San Diego County and beyond for over 15 years and is a winner of the “Southern California East Division Championship for Seniors.” The members of this quartet, Ken Baker, Don Saba, Jim Watt, and Kerry Wilkin are all members of the internationally acclaimed Pacific Coast Harmony Chorus. In the long-standing tradition of barbershop quartets, “Added Attraction” brings a melodic, fun twist to the genre with their upbeat tempos and entertaining choreography. This program will be held at the Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach (858-755-1404). The program is free to the public. Refreshment will be served.
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Local resident heads nonprofit helping thousands of â€˜unsungâ€™ caregivers to cope during tough times BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Lorie Van Tilburg considers her 32,000 clients â€œunsung heroes.â€? Van Tilburg, a long-time Del Mar resident and a licensed clinical social worker, is the founder and executive director of the Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC), the leading nonprofit provider of support services for family caregivers in San Diego and Imperial counties. Her unsung heroes are people who, even as you read this, are working quietly and without pay caring for family members or friends at home who suffer from brain impairments caused by stroke, head trauma, dementia, Alzheimerâ€™s and Parkinsonâ€™s disease. Many of these caregivers devote an average of 20 hours a week providing care for the chronically ill, disabled, frail and elderly, helping them with things they can no lon-
ger do for themselves, such as bathing, shopping, managing medications and paying bills. But it often takes a toll, physically and emotionally, on the caregivers themselves who too often neglect their own personal care, such as regular medical check-ups, exercising, sleeping, eating healthily and socializing. With a staff of dedicated family consultants, and with Van Tilburg at the helm, the SCRC has been providing free comprehensive support services for these caregivers for the past 25 years. Usually when a caregiver arrives at the SCRC, they are â€œin crisis,â€? Van Tilburg said. â€œThey have been caring for their loved one at home, thinking they can do it on their own, but they are realizing they canâ€™t and they need help if they are going to avoid a breakdown.
â€œDepression is a huge factor for families that donâ€™t seek help,â€? she said. We interviewed Van Tilburg recently on the patio of the Pacifica Breeze cafĂŠ in the Del Mar Plaza before she headed off for her daily commute to her office on Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa. When sheâ€™s not working, youâ€™ll just as likely find her walking on the beach in Del Mar or hiking the trails of nearby Torrey Pines. â€œIâ€™m an outdoors person,â€? she said. Van Tilburg was born in Santa Monica and grew up, along with her two sisters, in the Bay Area. Her father was a materials management employee in the defense and space shuttle industry and her mom was an administrative assistant at Sylvania. She zeroed in on social work as a chosen career, right after high school, heading to San Diego State University where she earned both her bachelorâ€™s degree and masterâ€™s in social work in 1980 and 1982 respectively. SEE CAREGIVERS, PAGE 14
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Local lung transplant recipients form foundation to help others BY JOE TASH The four men who sat around the kitchen table in Carolyn Singer’s Rancho Santa Fe home share a deep appreciation of life’s simple pleasures, from waking up to the smell of coffee brewing to watching a child’s soccer game. Not that long ago, the men would have found it excruciatingly difficult just to stand up and walk a few steps. But thanks to the life-saving double-lung transplant operation each of the four underwent, the quality of their lives has improved dramatically. “You go from gasping and fighting for every breath, and having the sense that you’re breathing through a straw or someone is holding their hand over your mouth, to something we all took for granted — that everybody takes for granted — the ability to breathe,” said John McNamara. “We don’t take that for granted anymore.” Now that the men have survived the surgery and initial recovery period, they want to help others going through the same ordeal, through the newly formed Pulmonary Transplant Foundation. The foundation’s mission includes financial support for patients who need it, public education and awareness, support for
Bob Moldenhauer, Peter Konzen, Carolyn Singer, John McNamara, Gary Bland PHOTO: JON CLARK research and encouragement of organ donation. “If it wasn’t for the donor… none of us would be sitting here,” said Peter Konzen, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and Singer’s brother. “We’re so thankful, we want to help too.” Singer, McNamara and Konzen are all founding members of the foundation’s board. McNamara and Konzen have both received double-lung transplants, and Singer took care of her brother after his 2009 operation. On a
recent morning, they were joined for an interview by Bob Moldenhauer and Gary Bland, two fellow double-lung transplant recipients, who also sit on the foundation’s board. The group met each other through a support group at UCSD Medical Center. All four men suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive disease with no cure that causes the lungs to become brittle and non-pliant, and robs a person of the ability to bring oxygen into his or her
lungs. “Your lungs turn to leather,” McNamara said. After their surgery, the men learned in their support group of a patient who could not afford the co-payment for required immune-suppressant drugs, and ended up in the hospital. “That really sounded the alarm for a couple of us. So we started talking about creating something to help patients who had run out of money,” McNamara said. Transplant patients must take 25 to 30 pills each day, from anti-rejection drugs to antibiotics, and even for those who are insured, the co-payments can add up to hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars each month, the men said. In addition, transplant recipients must live near the hospital where they had their operation, because of the required follow-up care. For those from out of the area, lodging costs can also become prohibitive, the men said. The group is currently finalizing its paperwork and application to become a nonprofit organization, which will be able to accept tax deductible contributions. Another goal of the group is to encourage more people to do-
nate their organs. One common misperception, said Bland, is that older people are not suitable donors. “You’re never too old to be a donor,” he said. Only 30 percent of eligible Californians have registered as organ donors, McNamara said. If more people become donors, he said, waiting times for people needing organs would decrease, and survival rates for recipients would increase. While all four of the men are at least two years out from their transplant surgeries (McNamara had his operation in 2006), they are aware of statistics that show a decreased life expectancy for transplant recipients. “There is a certain reality, that your time may be more limited than others, but you have to make the most of it and enjoy the time you have,” Moldenhauer said. “If you get too wrapped up in the statistics, you’re gonna become one,” McNamara said. Konzen added, “Keep making plans.” Those who need assistance or want to donate can contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 22069, San Diego, CA, 92192-2069.
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BUS continued from page 2 dents to school. Eventually, that funding expired, he said, but the routes continued. Uncertainty over next year’s transportation funding frustrates school districts because last-minute changes to busing influence decisions made by families and students, affect employees, and complicate logistical plans. “We may not know until May or June what the reality’s going to be,” Dill said. He is hoping the governor will indicate his plans for next year when – and if – he signs his approval on
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SB-81 to restore the remainder of this year’s funding. There is the possibility the state may provide the transportation dollars to school districts next year with fewer restrictions on how the money can be spent. If San Dieguito were given greater flexibility, Dill said the school board’s trustees would decide how it should be allocated. “In the past, they’ve indicated they feel middle school transportation is very important, but at the same time we have many challenges in many different areas of our budget,” he said.
Since 1982, the Del Mar Foundation has worked to bring the Del Mar community together through a wide range of events, programs, and grants. If you have fond memories from these past 30 years of the Foundation’s history, the Foundation would love to hear from you. If your organization has been one of the many grant recipients of the Del Mar Foundation, the Foundation would love to hear how it made a difference. In the beginning there were “Del Mar Days” when thousands participated in triathlons, art shows, sand-castle building, artists’ home tours, and much more. Over the last 30 years, the Del Mar Foundation has added such events as End-of-Summer picnics, Twilight Concerts, Bluegrass performances, First Thursdays, Fourth of July Parades, Easter Egg hunts, Halloween parties, Santa Claus & Snow, and even a TEDxDelMar event. And everyone in the community has made it happen. The Foundation thanks you! The Foundation is collecting stories and pictures either by email: memories@DelMarFoundation.org, or through the mail: Del Mar Foundation, P.O. Box 2913, Del Mar, CA. 92014. Or give the Foundation a call to make special arrangements: 858-635-1366.
WEBSITES continued from page 1 ments. The Buzz Board is a local bulletin board to post announcements in real-time on the front page of Voices. “They’re the public address systems for Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley,” said Pfeiffer. Each website also has a private or personal realtime textual interactive board for making personal connections. It can be used to build connection lists of neighbors, classrooms, sports teams and more. For organizations and businesses, it’s an affordable way to create a per-
sonalized connection with local residents and build organizational or brand loyalty. Any member can create a group and invite others to join. Groups are a great place to keep members informed about what’s happening. Individuals, organizations and businesses can also post events to let friends and neighbors know what’s happening. Del Mar Voices, Solana Beach Voices and Carmel Valley Voices go live on Feb. 13, but readers can take a sneak peak now at delmarvoices.com, solanabeachvoices.com or carmelvalleyvoices.com.
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Del Mar Hills seeks sponsors and partygoers for HillsFest The Del Mar Hills Academy PTA is planning its biggest annual fundraiser, HillsFest, for March 24, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature an auction, food and drink, and dancing to ’80s music, and will be held at Arterra in the Del Mar Marriott. The PTA is still welcoming advertisers and sponsors for the event. If you’d like to advertise, buy tickets, or donate an item for the auction — for instance, merchandise or a business service — please contact Brooke Beros at email@example.com. Del Mar Hills PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets for the evening are $40 per person if bought in advance and $50 per person at the door. All proceeds help fund vital programs and equipment at Del Mar Hills Academy.
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For the annual auction, each grade at the Hills creates a unique, often usable art project. Last year’s projects included a meditation bench (in photo), an interpretive flag painting and a photo collage of the school grounds, which won a ribbon at last summer’s San Diego County Fair.
Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy celebrates grand re-opening Feb. 11 Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy local residents will soon rediscover the finest and freshest in premium meats, seafood, bakery, produce and much more right in their own backyard just as the store prepares for its grand re-opening set for Sat., Feb. 11, 10 a.m., at its 2707 Via De La Valle store location. Del Mar Store Director Shaye Holden and her team are making final preparations for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The community is invited to their grand reopening party where guests will enjoy wine tasting, food samplings, craft beer and live entertainment up to 4 p.m.
Calendar of events SATURDAY, FEB. 11 • Sat., Feb. 11, Zel’s Del Mar, 8-10 p.m.,
Robin Henkel (guitar and vocals), blues and jazz, 1247 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar (858) 755-0076. •Red, red, my love is red...so is the art at “The Red Event,” to be held Feb. 11, from 2-6 p.m., at the Del Mar Art Center. The Del Mar Art Center is located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 112, Del Mar,
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On Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the Solana Beach Library are presenting a musical program featuring the singing of the barbershop quartet, “Added Attraction.” Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Avenue, Solana Beach (858-755-1404). The program is free to the public. For more events, see pages 1-24; B1-B28.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CAREGIVERS continued from page 8 Initially, she said, she worked with children, in foster care and with the probation department, but while going to graduate school, she switched to working with the elderly. “And I enjoyed that,” she said. “I liked learning from them and from the wisdom they had gained through the years. And I think it was just my nature to be a helping person.” After college, she worked as a clinical social worker with the county’s agency on aging, and subsequently at Mercy Hospital as the director of social work before she was approached with the challenge of founding a nonprofit caregiver resource center for this area. “I always liked to do new things and build things so I said ‘yes.’ I thought it would be a great opportunity to be creative and do something worthwhile … at that point it was a relatively new field and we were on the cutting edge of providing services to family caregivers.” The SCRC is one of 11 such centers established as a network throughout the state. California was the first state in the nation to man-
date and establish such a network of private, independent nonprofit entities to assist caregivers. In 2009, California caregivers provided an estimated 3.9 billion hours of care at an estimated value to society of $47 billion. Traditionally, the SCRC has been funded by grants from the California State Department of Mental Health, San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services, private foundations and donations from individuals and corporations. But the state, strapped for cash, is withdrawing its support. Services offered by SCRC have been evidenceproven to help caregivers remain healthy, to continue their regular employment, and to keep those for whom they provide care safe. They include information and referral, caregiver training and counseling, community education and outreach, professionally directed support groups, longterm care planning and respite services designed to relieve caregivers with time off for R&R. SCRC also helps clients address various legal and financial issues related to caring for an adult. Most of SCRC’s caregiv-
er clients are women, Van Tilburg said. “When I first started the agency, the caregivers tended to be older women caring for their husbands. With baby-boomers now caring for their parents, they still have kids in the house, so they are providing care on both ends. “And there is a growing number of men who are caring for their wives,” she said. “Men have different issues when they are caring for their wives. A lot of it is they are not used to talking about their feelings and not used to saying “I need help’ and seeking support.” Another factor contributing to the increasing numbers of family caregivers is the return of veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders. “And their families don’t know how to help them and how to help themselves,” she said. “It has also become an economic issue now. A lot of caregivers, while they may be still employed in the workforce, are having a hard time going to work, taking care of their kids and managing the care of a loved one at home” resulting in absen-
teeism and affecting productivity. In the past, Van Tilburg was herself a “long distance caregiver” to her parents who lived in the Bay Area. They passed away just about the time she was starting the SCRC. If she were in a similar situation today, she said, she would definitely reach out and seek help “and not take it on all on your own, because you think it’s your job.” The SCRC is funded by grants from governmental agencies, private foundations and donations from corporations and individuals, but is currently operating on a trimmed-down annual budget of $1.8 million due to severe cuts in state support. Funding is always a struggle, she said. “About two-and-a-half years ago, from the state of California, we took a 73 percent cut which was about $800,000, so that was really a struggle and a challenge to bring the agency back and in this recent budget we were completely eliminated in the Governor’s budget.” If the Governor’s budget passes as proposed, she said, the agency will cease
receiving funds from the state as of July 1. “It’s disappointing to see, with the number of caregivers growing and continuing to grow and with the needs that they have, that there isn’t a focus on providing care support for community-based services,” Van Tilburg lamented. Her wish list includes bringing in more funding from corporations, foundations and individual donors to continue the agency’s work and to expand its programs. She is hoping that companies and corporations will consider including, in their employee assistance programs, benefits for the unsung heroes of caregiving. The SCRC will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a dinner and dance on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar. The honorary chair will be former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Tickets are $225 per person and may be purchased at www.caregivercenter.org
Candidates wanted to serve on Torrey Hills planning board; Election coming up The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board will hold elections on Tuesday, March 20, for five resident and two business seats. The THCPB is an officially recognized local advisory group of elected volunteers who evaluate issues affecting the community. The board makes recommendations and communicates neighborhood concerns to the City of San Diego and the Planning Department. Local residents and business candidates are encouraged to join the board. Board bylaws stipulate that candidates for the THCPB must attend at least one board meeting before the election. Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at the Ocean Air Recreation Center, 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, 92130. All candidates should announce their interest in running for election during the Feb. 21 Torrey Hills Community Planning Board meeting. For more information, please contact Kathryn Burton at email@example.com. Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Air Recreation Center, 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, 92130
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Canyon Crest graduate puts on 24 hours of indie music at Stanford on Feb. 12 BY CLAIRE HARLIN firstname.lastname@example.org Since his days in the first graduating class of Canyon Crest Academy, Carmel Valley native Adam Pearson has always been an achiever. But this time, he may have outdone himself — the 21-year-old is spearheading a 24-hour concert at Stanford University featuring 29 bands from all over the country, and he’s doing it voluntarily. The event, called The Day of Noise, will start at midnight on Feb. 12 and last until midnight on Feb. 13. It is a tradition at Stanford’s student-run radio station, KZSU, where Pearson is the station manager. But the people who had for years put on the music “festival,” which attracts listeners worldwide, had graduated and the event has been dormant for the past five years. “I heard about it from
people who were around back then,” said Pearson, who is working simultaneously on both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in engineering. “I heard it was a big celebration, but there just needed to be someone to step up and do it, so I did.” The event is of special interest to Pearson, who has been a deejay at the local station since he was a freshman, because it features bands in his favorite genre: a mix of ambient, free jazz and experimental. Being that his favorite bands are not mainstream, an independent, student-run station like KZSU is the only place for many to listen to that genre. “I just love what we stand for and what kind of service we offer,” Pearson said. In addition to the music that will be performed in the KZSU studio, there will be radios amplifying the performances, along with pro-
jected visuals, set up throughout the campus. Putting on 24 hours of music almost single-handedly may seem like a lot to handle for a college senior, but Pearson got started early in taking on leadership roles. He was designing roller coasters in middle school and working at SeaWorld in the engineering deCarmel Valley native Adam Pearson, a partment at 16. senior at Stanford, is putting on a 24He has also stud- hour concert on Feb. 12. COURTESY PHOTO ied in Berlin, done research on service organization. California’s high-speed For a full line-up and rail project, worked for a information on Stanford’s solar think tank in GerDay of Noise, visit http:// many and taught his own kzsu.stanford.edu/events/ course at Stanford. dayofnoise/. To stream He attributes much of the concert online, visit his ability to his interesthttp://kzsulive.stanford. ing and unique high edu/. school experience at Canyon Crest, where he was treasurer of the school’s
‘Kiss Me Kate’ coming to Canyon Crest Academy Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre will present “Kiss Me, Kate,” Cole Porter’s classic musical within a musical, from Feb. 16 – Feb. 24 at the Proscenium Theater on the CCA campus. “Kiss Me, Kate” brilliantly mixes the music of Hunter Schwarz as Fred and Cole Porter with ShakeNicolette Burton as Kate in speare’s “The Taming of Canyon Crest Academy’s Kiss the Shrew” to make one Me, Kate. fierce “Battle of the Sexes.” The production comes to life through a promising cast of rising CCA stars from Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, and Encinitas. The melodious Canyon Crest Academy Orchestra featuring winds, brass, strings and rhythm sections brings sophistication to Porter’s Tony Award-winning score featuring such classic songs as Too Darn Hot, Another Op’nin’, Another Show, So in Love, Brush Up Your Shakespeare, Wunderbar, and Tom, Dick or Harry, Kiss Me, Kate is great fun for students and family alike! Showtimes are 2/16, 2/17, 2/18 and 2/24 at 7 p.m., with a Saturday matinee on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. and an after-school show on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cca-envision.org/events.html The production will be held at: Canyon Crest Proscenium Theater, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130.
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One Paseo gets MOVE Alliance endorsement Proposed Carmel Valley mixed-use project honored for its sustainable strategy Move San Diego recently announced the formal MOVE Alliance endorsement for the proposed 25 acre One Paseo project located in Carmel Valley (corner of Del Mar Heights Rd. and El Camino Real). The MOVE Alliance was created by Move San Diego to evaluate and endorse early stage development projects in the San Diego region for their commitment to transit-oriented development and smart growth principles. According to Move San Diego Executive Director Elyse Lowe, “One Paseo will offer the residents of Carmel Valley a place to live and work in close proximity, providing convenient opportunities to reduce daily vehicle trips. It offers the best possible mix of uses for a site that is currently underutilized and designated by the City of San Diego as a planned Smart Growth Town Cen-
ter.” The One Paseo project proposes a sustainable, walkable mix of land uses in a region of San Diego that is currently dominated by single use sites. The design of One Paseo features the following smart growth elements: • Residential density to support future transit, including planned rapid bus route to serve Carmel Valley during peak times and a high frequency local bus route; • Mix of uses including residential, retail, hotel and commercial; • Convenient location within walking distance of parks, schools, and recreational facilities; • Walkable and bikefriendly community with public gathering places; • Bicycle amenities including bike storage and lockers; • Improved pedestrian
connections to surrounding uses and employment centers, including support for pedestrian refuges for crossing major intersections; • A proposed transit stop for planned bus rapid transit route; • Commitment to a Transportation Demand Management program potentially including rideshare/ vanpool programs and shuttle service to reduce single passenger vehicle trips; and • Shared parking strategy to avoid excessive parking spaces. “One Paseo is honored to be endorsed by Move San Diego and the MOVE Alliance,” says Robert Little, vice president of development, Kilroy Realty Corporation. “The proposed project recently passed the LEED prerequisite review for smart neighborhood development (LEED-ND) by the US Green Building Council. We are
thrilled to add the MOVE Alliance endorsement to our growing list of sustainable accolades and project supporters.” One Paseo is a proposed development plan by Kilroy Realty Corporation. A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is expected to be released by the City of San Diego soon. The MOVE Alliance continues to seek applications for proposed development projects, like One Paseo, that are in the entitlement phase. An application fee of $2,500 helps support the administration of the program. A program of Move San Diego, the Alliance partners include Walk San Diego, Council of Urban Design Professionals and the California Center for Sustainable Energy, in addition to local experts on transportation, development and community planning. To
A picture is worth a thousand words Carmel Valley residents have been subjected to a clever PR campaign with lots of pretty pictures of kids enjoying ice cream cones and adults relaxing on grassy slopes, all ostensibly depicting life in the proposed One Paseo project. The picture most Carmel Valley residents have not seen, but what the developer shows its investors on its own website, is the aerial rendering at right. Specifically, the One Paseo proposed project intends to mass together: a 10-story office building, an 8-story office building, a 10-story and four 5-story buildings housing 608 residential units and a 150 room hotel, parking struc-
tures ranging from three to seven levels, plus as much retail as the Del Mar Highlands Town Center (but on only 75 percent of the land area). Under the Carmel Valley Community Plan, the developer is entitled to a total building area of
500,000 square feet. The entitlement sought by this developer, including parking structures, is a startling 3,652,580 square feet! Even if the parking structures are not counted, the entitlement sought is 1,852,580 square feet, about 4x the allotment
under the Community Plan. This proposed project is the most massive and seeks by far the greatest increase in entitlements of any project ever presented in Carmel Valley. It would result in a multitude of detrimental impacts on our community such as traffic, community character, public facilities and the like. It is inconsistent with all Carmel Valley community plans. But take a look at the developer’s own rendition and judge for yourself. Gabriele M. Prater, Carmel Valley resident and past Vice Chair, Carmel Valley Community Planning Board
learn more and to download application details, visit www.movesandiego.org. Move San Diego is the public voice in support of effective and sustainable transportation in the San Diego region. The nonprofit organizes and serves a broad collaboration of people and organizations to prioritize, fund, and implement sustainable, healthy, convenient transportation and related land use solutions. Move San Diego raises awareness of the benefits of smart transportation options and how they will result in a more livable and vibrant San Diego. For more information on MOVE Alliance, please visit http://www.movesandiego.org. For more information on One Paseo, please visit www.onepaseo.com. — Submitted press release from Kilroy Realty
Traffic impacts clear On the subject of traffic impacts of the proposed regional commercial center on Carmel Valley, I don’t need to see an array of mathematical formulas or the city’s report to know that the One Paseo development, as planned by the developer, will have a significant adverse effect on local traffic. I can use some common sense. Here are some stats on parking spaces, which equates to cars and resulting traffic: Del Mar Highlands Town Center: 1,458 spaces; Horton Plaza: 2,189 spaces; San Diego Convention Center: 3,950 spaces. The One Paseo plan is projected to have a MINIMUM of 4,089 spaces. Clear now? Linda Zhou Concerned resident of Carmel Valley
One Paseo would be terrific community asset, give economy a boost One Paseo, a proposed mixed-use development, would be a wonderful community asset that deserves our attention and support. A careful mix of dining, shopping, entertainment, offices and residences—created in the densities of a traditional Main Street—will make One Paseo a vibrant gathering place for the com-
munity. I envision farmers’ markets, small parades or festivals, and small community concerts in the central plaza anchoring the site. These community activities would give Carmel Valley the more family-friendly, small-town atmosphere we long for. One Paseo will provide a sizeable economic boost
with several thousand new jobs, tax revenues and over $750 million in local spending. Currently I travel to Encinitas to shop at Trader Joe’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to do our basic shopping in town? Let’s keep our dining and retail dollars in Carmel Valley. Local schools also would benefit from the proj-
ect with a projected $34 million in school fees. I think it’s worth noting that One Paseo is seeking LEED-certification for its sustainable mixed-use design, energy-efficient buildings, emphasis on walkability, and other “green” elements. These benefits are hard to ignore. Further, One Pas-
eo’s mixed-use neighborhood with a Main Street and central plaza is far more beneficial and would meet more needs in Carmel Valley than the current office space zoning. I urge my neighbors to join me in supporting One Paseo. Janette Littler Carmel Valley
February 9, 2012
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County shouldn’t abolish local planning groups A proposal to eliminate community planning groups in the county unincorporated area goes against my core belief that citizens should have a strong voice in government decision-making. In my view, you can never have enough public participation. After all, who better to decide what makes a great community than those who actually live there? Of course, I am well-aware of the other issues – issues that are just as important. A few community planning groups are not operating with the utmost attention to legal protocols. This has put the county – and taxpayer dollars – at risk. That is unacceptable. We must work to correct these very important issues. But throwing the baby out with the bath water is not the way to solve a problem. We must work together to keep our planning groups – and their important contributions to community character – intact. San Diego County is 4,261 square miles--larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. With this vast expanse of land to manage, the County of San Diego established Planning and Sponsor Groups 43 years ago. The idea was to solicit input from the very citizens who would be impacted by the Board of Supervisor’s land use decisions. Local residents would have an opportunity to be a part of planning now and for future generations. Today, there are 26 Planning and Sponsor Groups; 18 Planning Groups are directly elected by the voters in their communities. Retired Vice Admiral John Ryan, who is president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, was quoted recently as saying: “I think the best leaders, the ones that sustain a lifetime of leadership, are those that never stop asking for feedback.” I couldn’t agree more! Two recommendations will come before the County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 29. The board can abolish, or severely limit, the function of Planning and Sponsor Groups under the guise of reducing red tape. The first recommendation would rescind Board Policy I-1, which created local planning groups. The second recommendation would limit the scope of the Planning or Support Group’s review to only the preparation and amendment of the General Plan, the Community Plan and the Public Participation Plan. Seven planning group members for each group would be limited to two two-year terms within a ten-year period. In addition, these groups would no longer receive free ap-
peals to the Board of Supervisors. Additionally one county staff and one county counsel would attend meetings, creating an unacceptable expense. Either option, if adopted, would drastically alter how land use plans make their way through the County. I am calling on our Board of Supervisors to vote AGAINST this drastic step to abolish local planning groups. We must find an acceptable compromise to retain this important public voice. Local input from those most impacted by a proposed project is critical to the Board’s decision-making process. While I strongly support most of the county’s Red Tape Task Force recommendations, especially measures to save taxpayer money and to make the county far more businessfriendly, I strongly oppose any recommendation that
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One Paseo is not ‘smart growth’ In the Letters to the Editor section of the Feb. 3, 2012 issue of the Carmel Valley News, 10 former Carmel Valley planning board members stated their opposition to the proposed Kilroy project, One Paseo. One of the sections of the letter dealt with the issue of Marcela Escobar-Eck’s pre-existent and ongoing relationship with individuals in the City’s Development Services Department, which reviews and comments on proposed developer projects. Ms. Escobar-Eck is a former director of development services but now is a paid lobbyist for Kilroy and is a point person for the One Paseo project. To add to the appearance of impropriety, Ms. Escobar-Eck is currently chair of MOVE San Diego, the parent organization of Move Alliance which recently gave its “seal of approval” to the One Paseo project as exemplifying “smart growth.” How could they when the approval violates their very own set of “smart growth” principles? Food for thought! One Paseo will create more traffic congestion, more noise and increased air pollution, located in a suburban residential area without public transit. One Paseo is not “smart growth,” no matter how much Kilroy and Ms. Escobar-Eck try to convince us it is. Eugene Helsel
takes away the opportunity for local input and abolishes local planning and support groups. It is interesting to note that my home city of Solana Beach was incorporated over 25 years ago due to resident frustration with the county over imposing unwise planning decisions on our community without listening to our local concerns. Other cities in the region formed for much the same reason. Quality of life means listening to citizen input. We must not repeat history. We must learn from it. Dave Roberts Dave Roberts is deputy mayor of the City of Solana Beach and a candidate for Third District County supervisor.
Jean Redman 1925 – 2012 Jean Redman, a long-time resident of Del Mar, died peacefully at her home in Encinitas. She was the beloved mother of Jeanie Donelson, Mary Jo Redman, Ben Redman III, and Mike Redman; and grandmother to Nicole Donelson. Jean was born in the farming community of Dana, Indiana, and attended Indiana University. After the end of WWII, she worked in her brother’s private airport, where she met Ben Redman Jr., the ﬂight instructor
who became her devoted husband for nearly 50 years. Upon his return to active service in the Navy, they lived in several locations, eventually deciding, in 1964, to settle in Del Mar to raise their family. Jean owned a small clothing shop in Solana Beach, The Better Mousetrap, during the 1970s. Most of her life’s work, however, was service to others. In addition to raising four children, often by herself when Ben was on long cruises, she opened her home to young relatives or others in need. Jean’s services to the community included volunteering as: an ofﬁcer of the Del Mar PTA for many years, a counselor for Navy Relief, a Rolling Readers reading tutor at Del Mar Heights Elementary School, and a “Five Gallon Club” blood donor. She was a Coordinator for La Jolla Meals on Wheels for some years, as well as a meal deliverer. One of her passions was
gardening. She faithfully tended the Post Ofﬁce garden with other members of the Del Mar Garden Club. She was an honorary member of the Pine Valley Garden Club and helped plant a daffodil bed in front of the library there. Until the very end of her life, she was a graceful, generous person with a positive spirit. She will be remembered for her nurturing manner, devotion to Del Mar, and love of ﬂowers. Please sign the guest book online at www.legacy.com/ obituaries/delmartimes.
Maria Sayles 1918 – 2012 Maria Sayles was born September 20, 1918, in Craiova, Romania, to Dumitru Popescu, a head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and Elena Staaiculescu. Maria arrived at Ellis Island in 1950. She resided in New York City, Stockton, NJ, Houston, TX, Pagosa, CO, Santa Fe, NM,
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data gathering, Dill said, while Phase 2 work, which urges support for the measure, crosses over into advocacy. Since the school district is prohibited from engaging in political campaigning, funding for Phase 2 would be provided by private donations to a campaign fund. “When they switch over and do work that would be urging support, that’s when we have to stop,” Dill said in an email. “No public funds or resources would be used to urge passage of the bond or for any other political activity. All funds used in support of the measure would come from private donations.” He said the district can provide informational material, but “we need to make sure that our actions don’t cross the line into political activity.” Tramutola’s costs for Phase 2 would be $6,000 per month if the measure were placed on the November ballot and $10,000 per month if the June ballot is selected. Should the bond be approved, Phase 3 would provide post-election updates to the public on how the money is being spent, for a cost of $12,000, to be paid by campaign donations. Trustee John Salazar opposed Phase 1, saying, “I don’t think this is a good use of taxpayer money.” He worried that in the polling phase the firm would be manipulating voters and would not be asking neutral questions. “I think the bond is needed, [but] I don’t understand the political need,” said Salazar, calling Tramutola a political consulting company. Trustee Barbara Groth disagreed, saying there is “a definite firewall” between the information-gathering phase and advocacy. “It’s not a campaign to make it happen,” she said, calling the bond “a huge project.” She said it was good fiscal management to gather the information “so our decisions are data-driven.” Board president Joyce Dalessandro said San Dieguito has not pursued a bond measure since 1971 when money was sought to build Torrey Pines High School. “I think we can use all the information we can get,” Dalessandro said. “We need some assurance we have a shot at it.” SDUHSD superintendent Ken Noah said he needed the expertise “to engage our community” and learn if this is the right time for a bond. “I don’t see it as going out and trying to change people’s minds,” Noah said. In an interview after the board meeting, Noah said the board has the right to dissent, “but on something this significant I think it would be important for the [full] board to be supportive.” Salazar indicated that he supported the bond measure, only opposing Phase 1 of Tramutola’s proposal. Obsolete technology About $450 million is needed to provide facilities renovations, improvements and construction, according to SDUHSD. Upgrading technology is a large component of that cost. “We’re managing to do lots of great things in the class-
RETIREMENT continued from page 1 ning board chair Frisco White said. “We want a clear understanding of the city attorney’s interpretation.” The Rancho Del Mar plan for the 23.88-gross-acre site adjacent to the polo fields, includes 50 skilled nursing units and 174 care casitas with 18 acres of open space courtyards. Across the street on El Camino Real will be a 29,147 wellness center. Rancho Del Mar’s plans will depend largely on how the Via de la Valle and El Camino Real widening is handled. If the roundabout option is used, the city will take 2.55 acres from Rancho Del Mar and will be forced to eliminate the wellness center.
According to the board’s letter, the information in the report to the planning commission was “far from complete” and led the commission to believe that if they determined a “continuing care facility” was the same as a “intermediate care facility” the project would not have to go before voters for a vote. The argument was presented that because “intermediate care facilities” were allowed in the agricultural/ open space zone prior to 1984 then this proposal should be allowed without a phase-shift vote. “It bothers me that if the use is determined similar, you don’t have to go to a vote of the people,” Harvey said. “That was a stretch, I don’t think the planning
room right now, but we see that the way kids learn is changing,” Dill said in an email. He said some schools are behind others in capability. For example, San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas was built in the 1930s, and many classrooms don’t have the required bandwidth or power to accommodate new technology. Because technology can become obsolete quickly, Dill said the district wants to establish a technology endowment. “We’re going to spend a lot on technology, and that has a lifespan to it,” he said. An endowment would allow funds to be set aside, he said, so money is available “when you get to that next replacement cycle.” Twenty-eight members of an SDUHSD long-range facilities planning task force, created in 2008, met regularly and reviewed student demographics, economic trends, housing development and other factors to determine district facilities needs for the next 50 years. In addition to technology, proposed projects include modernization, capital improvements, demolition, expansion of existing facilities and new school construction. Following are cost estimates for projects the bond money would fund: Middle Schools ($94.9 million): •Carmel Valley -- $8.9 million •Earl Warren -- $35.1 million •Diegueno -- $30 million •Oak Crest -- $20.9 million High Schools ($260.8 million): •Canyon Crest Academy -- $35.2 million •Torrey Pines -- $88.1 million •San Dieguito Academy -- $76.2 million •La Costa Canyon -- $41.3 million New Construction: •middle school in La Costa Valley -- $15.5 million •middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch -- $71.1 million (includes land purchase) Other: •Sunset/North Coast alternative schools -- $10.5 million •District-wide technology -- $18 million In the southern portion of the district, the total comes to about $167.3 million. In the northern portion, the total is about $168.4 million. The overall total is about $451.1 million. State funding and developer mitigation fees are expected to provide about $42.3 million, leaving the district with a bottom-line need of about $408.8 million. Cost to taxpayers The need for more dollars, according to the district, has been driven by the state’s severe cuts to education in recent years, as well as diminishing developer fees, deteriorating facilities and the desire to provide equity for students at all district schools. The bond money could only be spent on school facilities and capital improvements. Districts are restricted from using the money to offset general fund operating costs. The cost of the bond is limited to a maximum of $30 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value. After preliminary work by Dolinka, De La Rosa and Tramutola (if approved next week), pricing and terms will be determined, and the school board would then vote to adopt a resolution to place the bond measure on the ballot. A GO bond would need 55 percent of voter approval. A telephone survey conducted in December 2010 asked 600 randomly selected registered voters in the district if they would support a $350 million bond. About 32 percent said definitely, 27 percent said probably, 21 percent said definitely not, and 11 percent said probably not. The margin for error was 4 percent. The San Dieguito Union High School District serves over 12,000 students in grades 7 through 12 and stretches along the north county’s coastal region from Carmel Valley in the south, east to Pacific Highlands Ranch and Rancho Santa Fe, and north to the southern edge of Carlsbad. commission had the information to determine. It didn’t make sense to me.” San Diego municipal code regulations state that hospitals, intermediate care facilities and nursing facilities may be permitted with a conditional use permit, but also that those facilities are not permitted in agricultural zones in Prop A lands or within floodplains in the Coastal Overlay Zone. The board felt that the restrictions on this land should have been brought up at the Dec. 15 hearing but were not. At no point
during the hearing did the commissioners take an action to remove the application from the restrictions of Prop A. “It was a gruesome performance by city staff,” Harvey said. “Why is a use permitted prior to the passage of Prop A any rationale for this kind of hearing when it was authored by and widely approved by the voters of San Diego for the purpose of preventing intense development such as the (Rancho Del Mar) proposal and intermediate care facilities among other institutions on Prop A lands?” asked the let-
ter. Jan Fuchs, regional issues subcommittee cochair, reminded the board members that they will still be able to review the Rancho Del Mar project several times as it continues its application process with the city. Rancho Del Mar representative Ali Shapouri agreed, noting that they will come before the board as many times as they would like and work out a plan that can be acceptable to the community. “It is a care facility and it’s needed,” Shapouri said.
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TPHS wrestlers shine at tournament •TPH S senior wins tournament championship The recent South Bay Invitational Wrestling Tournament brought some of the best high school grapplers from San Diego County together for exciting action at Otay Ranch High School. Several local schools competed, including the Torrey Pines High School Falcons. The Falcons finished the day with seven medalists; Senior Luke Maffett (154 lbs) was crowned tournament champion; Senior Hyland Stangl (140 lbs) took 3rd place; Senior Wes Lee (172 lbs) and Junior Parker Sullivan (134 lbs) each finished 5th; and Junior Renzo Vajda (162 lbs), Junior Martin Suaste (197 lbs), and Sophomore Danny Cox (115 lbs) each had a 6th place finish.
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or a third year in a row, the UCLA Bruins Softball Team joined the North Shore Girls Softball League to conduct a player clinic for North Shore girls at Torrey Hills Park. “We’ve established a relationship with the North Shore girls,” said UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, whose team won the 2010 NCAA Championship. UCLA has become an exciting part of the league’s program, according to North Shore president Cathy Scheg. “We appreciate the UCLA players and coaching staff sharing their knowledge and expertise of the game with our girls,” said Scheg. “Our girls look up to the UCLA players and the clinic has become an event they look forward to each year.” Coach Inouye-Perez, along with two-time NCAA Champion and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez, encouraged the North Shore girls to get 1-percent better at the game each time they practice, and to have fun doing it. “This is not an easy game,” Inouye-Perez told the girls. “You have to understand what you can control and what you can’t.” UCLA alumni and North Shore parents Jamie Wong and Beth Fischer are responsible for helping to bring the Bruins to San Diego for the clinic. “The Fischer-Wong family has been extremely generous to North Shore,” said Scheg. “We appreciate their support, along with all the other North Shore sponsors and parent volunteers, who helped to make it a great day for our girls.” For more information about North Shore, visit www.nsgsl.com. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
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BY GIDEON RUBIN Boys basketball: Canyon Crest Academy’s biggest win of the season moved the Ravens into a twoway tie for first place in the Valley League. The Ravens handed Valley Center its first league loss of the season, 58-52 on Feb. 3. The win followed 67-27 thrashing of Orange Glen in a league game two days earlier. Riley Adams scored 20 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Ravens in the Valley Center game, and Akira Tachiwana added 14 points. Dylan Osetkowski contributed 10 points. J.P. Chenevey scored 14 points to lead the Ravens in the Orange Glen game and Adams and Jeremy Dawson each added 12 points. The Ravens improved to 5-1 in league and 12-12 overall for the season. ***** Cathedral Catholic continued its dominance of Western League play as the Dons extended their winning streak to 12 games. The Dons defeated University City 77-36 on Feb. 3, three days after beating Scripps Ranch 51-37. Michael Rosenburg scored 17 points to lead the Dons in the University City game and Xavier Williams added 14 points and 10 re-
bounds. Brandon Michel and Paker Holland each contributed 12 points. Niksha Federico scored 10 points to lead the Dons in the Scripps Ranch game and Williams contributed nine points and 14 boards. Michel added 10 points. The Dons improved to 9-0 in league and 23-1 overall for the season. ***** Torrey Pines won for the fourth time in five games as the Falcons defeated Westview 67-55 in a Palomar League game on Feb. 3. The Falcons defeated Rancho Bernardo 74-31 three days earlier. Garrett Galvin scored 24 points to lead the Falcons in the Westview game and Joe Rahon added 23 points. Galvin scored 17 points and Rahon contributed 15 points in the Rancho Bernardo game. Alec Wuff and Sam Worman each added 11 points, and Sean Milmoe scored nine points and had nine rebounds. The Falcons improved to 4-2 in league and 14-10 overall for the season. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy moved into first place in the Pacific League as Lions extended their winning streak to
three games with a 56-52 league victory over Tri-City Christian on Feb. 1. The victory followed a 41-40 win against Calvin Christian the previous day. Ryan Marchetti scored 21 points to lead the Lions in the Tri-City Christian game and Jacob Katz contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds. Marchetti scored 24 points to lead the Lions in the Calvin Christian game and Katz added 10 points and eight boards. The Lions improved to 4-1 in league 9-8 overall for the season. ***** Santa Fe Christian snapped its Coastal League drought with two victories. The Eagles defeated Bishop’s 72-55 on Feb. 1, and then beat Horizon 65-53 two days later. Grant Corsi scored 26 points and Justin Byrd added 18 points in the Bishop’s game, which ended a fourgame league losing steak to start the season. Corsi scored 24 points and Byrd added 20 points in the Horizon game. The Eagles improved to 2-4 in league and 14-8 overall for the season. For girls basketball, visit www.delmartimes.net (under Sports)
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Traveler touches Del Mar, Solana Beach in cross-country mission BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com If you were out in Del Mar or Solana Beach late last week you might have noticed a pale blue school bus covered in inspirational messages parked along Camino Del Mar. Or maybe you met the driver, Bob Votruba, a mid-50s man on a mountain bike decorated with signs honoring fallen servicemen and promoting a prevailing message — be kind. Votruba and his Boston Terrier, Bogart, have been traveling the country for more than two years in what he calls the “Kindness Bus,” urging people he encounters to make a pledge to commit one million acts of kindness in their lifetime. “That’s 50 a day every day for 55 years. Or it can be 100 a day for 27 years,” said Votruba, who documents his travels at www.onemillionactsofkindness.com. “There are the physical acts, like holding a door, helping someone out, saying ‘thank you’ or ‘good-bye.’ Or it can be kindness from the heart, like wishing goodness and wishing great things happen to the people around you. Doing that all day, along with the physical acts, you can certainly reach one million acts.” In addition to promoting the underlying message of kindness, Vortruba has focused his trips around particular causes. In this trip, for example, he is riding from Santa Monica, where he set off on Jan. 21, to Jacksonville, Fla., where he plans to arrive on June 21. His bike carries signs reading “Riding 4,000 miles for heroes”; “Riding for wounded warriors”; “Police and firefighters killed in the line of duty”; and “These heroes deserve our respect.” In his last cross-country trek, he focused on raising awareness about domestic violence and child abuse, suggesting that the more people accept kindness, the less the world will suffer from violent acts. He drives his bus from town to town and rides his bike around the town, spreading his message and passing out flyers and stickers. He averages about 26 miles a day on bike, he said. In Del Mar on Feb. 2, Votruba attracted the attention and praise of many passers-by, who shared questions,
Bob Votruba and his dog, Bogart, have been traveling the country for more than two years in “The Kindness Bus” and “The Kindness Bike.” Above: Locals stop Votruba and share kudos on Feb. 2 during his passing through Del Mar. PHOTOS: CLAIRE HARLIN handshakes, high-fives and donations. He visited the Del Mar Fire Station and visited with Capt. Patrick O’Neil, he said. “He said he has so many nieces and nephews and they all need to have this lesson, knowing who our heroes are,” Votruba said. Votruba also spent time in Encinitas, where he visited the firehouse and San Dieguito Academy. He spent the day in Solana Beach at the Cedros Avenue Farmers’ Market on Jan. 29, and the previous week in Escondido he performed a school program — which he does often — fit with a puppet show, motivational talk and reading of his published picture book about Bogart. After Del Mar, Votruba made a visit to the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park and then to Phil’s Barbecue, the owner of which happens to be his nephew. Votruba’s mission to honor those who have been in either military or public service follows his crusade against domestic and child abuse, which started on May 14 in Coney Island and culminated on Dec. 19 in Malibu. He said the idea came about when he began to notice how widespread the problem is and how little it is talked about. “When I am passing through on the bus, people know
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BY KELLEY CARLSON Last week was an emotional roller coaster ride for Solana Beach native Laura Cuccaro, filled with thrills and excitement. The 21-year-old was in Glendale to present a project with her team to Walt Disney Imagineering â€” the minds behind the theme parks, resorts, rides and attractions, cruise ships and real estate developments â€” for the 2012 ImagiNations Design Competition. â€œItâ€™s been so amazing, really surreal; itâ€™s been a childhood dream of mine (to meet) Imagineers ... to pick their brains and mingle with them,â€? Cuccaro said. The competition encourages university students from across the country to consider careers in creative and technical fields such as engineering, architecture and digital arts. This year, participants were asked: â€œImagine itâ€™s the year 3011. Disney has entertainment experiences all over the world, many which donâ€™t even exist today. The human race is finally living on the moon and Walt Disney Imagineering wants to be the first one to provide entertainment and/or recreation to the new citizens there. What would you imagine that this new Disney experience could be?â€? Representing UC Berkeley, Cuccaro and fellow team members Louise Hussey and Elaine Soohoo proposed the idea of the first Disney Interactive Resort and Entertainment Center in space, the Artem
Sustainable Eatery and Entertainment Disk, or ASEED. Their project summary: â€œFramed by lunar mountains and celestial vistas, the Artem Sustainable Eatery and Entertainment Disk (A-SEED), the first Disney hotel and resort on the moon, welcomes guests to explore and enjoy the beauty and wonders of space, while relaxing in the all-inclusive vacation experience. Disneyâ€™s A-SEED provides a historical perspective of the journey to human colonization of the moon, combining it with the luxury and amenities of the year 3011, and providing an insightful and interactive look forward to the future of the moon and its inhabitants. The SEED is the first of its kind resort, built to yield a minimal impact on the host satellite, while maintaining the attention to detail that Disney is famous for. The Artem SEED provides an experience that is full of â€˜Exploration, Education and Relaxation!â€™ and showcases the legendary imagination, innovation and magic of Disney like it has never been before!â€? Before the competition, Cuccaroâ€™s previous experiences with Disney had been a little more down to Earth. She first visited Disneyland at 1-and-a-half-months old, and went an average of twice a year while growing up. While Cuccaro enjoyed getting photographed with the theme parkâ€™s characters, she was apprehensive
about some of the rides during her younger years. As a way to calm her down, her dad, Chuck Cuccaro, explained the physics of roller coasters and emphasized that they werenâ€™t going to fly off the track. So after analyzing Gadgetâ€™s Go Coaster in Toontown around age 4 or 5, Laura Cuccaroâ€™s interest in engineering began to take root. She first learned about the ImagiNations Design Competition while a student at Canyon Crest Academy, but at the time was too young to enter, since entries are limited to college juniors, seniors, full-time graduate students or those who are within one year after graduation. After becoming a member of Canyon Crestâ€™s first graduating class, in 2008, Cuccaro headed to UC Berkeley, and began her pursuit of a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering science. The ImagiNations competition stayed in the background of Cuccaroâ€™s mind and, in fall 2011, the college senior finally had the opportunity to participate with two friends from her sorority. Cuccaro said that much planning and coordination of the project was involved; she and Hussey are full-time students at UC Berkeley, and Soohoo has been working since her graduation in August. In addition, CuccaSEE DESIGN, PAGE B19
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BY KELLEY CARLSON Stachowski Farm is headquartered among the lush green pastures of Ohio, but it has recently expanded its facilities to include the rolling golden hills of San Marcos. Renowned for its champion purebred Arabian and half-Arabian horses, Stachowski opened the local satellite location because of its relatively close proximity to a number of show locations — including Del Mar; Santa Barbara; Los Angeles; Scottdale, Ariz.; and Temecula — allowing the stable to attend Region 1 and Region 2 competitions. And for the equines based at Stachowski’s Scottsdale site, it’s a respite from high summer temperatures. “The weather is perfect, there are great shows, and we have great clients,” said Dolly Toler, who works with the Stachowski staff. “We’re all so thrilled that they’re here.” Open since May, Stachowski’s approximately 15acre San Marcos facility includes 46 permanent stalls, a covered arena, a European hot walker and an outdoor ring. Its services include training, showing, marketing and sales, and instruction.
Peter Stachowski rides Hot Air in the covered arena. While Stachowski Farm may be a relatively new name in California, it has been around for several decades in the Midwest. Peter and Jim Stachowski — the driving forces behind the stable — moved onto the Mantua, Ohio, property in 1958 as children with their parents, Ann and John, and older brother Anthony. Growing up, they owned horses, cows and pigs. Ann was “very animaloriented,” Peter said, but she especially loved equines. Meanwhile, John was often busy as an employee for Chrysler Corp., but he would “play” with the horses after work and during the weekends, Peter said. “(My dad) rarely rode,
but he enjoyed working with driving horses,” Peter added. All three brothers enjoyed horseback riding. They started with Shetland ponies, and over time advanced to saddlebreds and Quarter horses. Peter said their first introduction to Arabians were half-Arabian and Welsh pony crosses. The Stachowski boys’ involvement with Arabians eventually grew. As teenagers, they had a couple of geldings that they showed in their area, and through those experiences, they became acquainted with nearby Arabian farms. “They started giving us horses to train,” Peter said. Stachowski Farm — lo-
cated about 45 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins Airport — started to really take shape in the mid-‘70s, and was represented at nationals for the first time in 1976. As the farm grew in popularity over the years, Jim and Peter built additional buildings on the 100-acre property and renovated the barn. Several years ago, the Stachowskis opened a satellite program in Scottsdale, which operates Nov. 1 through May 1 and includes the dates of the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. They’ve also recently entered the international Arabian market, establishing an association with fatherson team Victor and Leon Botha of Victrio Arabian Training in South Africa. To ensure a top-caliber stable, Jim and Peter find horses on the market at various locations around the country, personally evaluate them, and make recommendations for their purchase. Their goal is to find winning horse-and-rider combinations. With their keen eyes and attention to detail, the Stachowskis have led their
Above: Trainer Jon Ramsay and Stachowski Farm coowner Peter Stachowski at the San Marcos facility. Left: There are 46 permanent stalls at Stachowski Farm’s San Marcos facility. PHOTOS: KELLEY CARLSON
horses to 200 national championship titles, 190 reserve national championships and more than 1,100 top 10 finishes. Among the champions stabled in San Marcos are SV Justajoy and Lady Ava Isabe-
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Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series presents
Miró Quartet Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. The Miró Quartet, one of America's highest-profile chamber groups enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonic's Kammermusiksaal, and Amersterdam's Concertgebouw among many others. Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla $40 member/$45 nonmember For tickets, call (858) 454-5872 or visit www.ljathenaeum.org/chamberconcerts
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Salumi Flatbread with sausage, bacon, crushed tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese is a top seller.
Dolce Pane E Vino ■ 16081 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe ■ (858) 344-5928 ■ www.dolcepaneevino.com ■ The Vibe: Casually elegant, neighborly
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■ Signature Dishes: Salumi Flatbread, Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon, Half-Chicken Roasted Under Brick, Crows Pass Farms Beet & Citrus Salad, Hamachi, Carlsbad Mussels
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Hamachi with capers, shallots, ginger, citrus, pasilla aoli, and Okinawa potato chips.
Life is sweet when dining at Dolce Pane E Vino BY DANIEL K. LEW
Dolce Pane E Vino’s wood-and-brickfire oven with mesquite and pecan woods is the primary cooking source for almost everything on the menu.
Guests in the patio are kept warm by a flaming tower, heat lamps and wall of fire. PHOTOS BY DANIEL K. LEW
here are plenty of wine bars and finedining establishments in the area, but Dolce Pane E Vino merges those concepts as a wine bar, restaurant and cheese/wine shop all-in-one. Dolce, which means “sweet” in Italian, aims to provide its guests with an overall sweet experience in wine, cuisine and service, said owner Anthony Smith. Dolce is the first restaurant for Smith, a management consultant and co-founder of the Leadership Research Institute in Rancho Santa Fe, but he said he has “always had a passion to create a warm and whimsical environment where you can enjoy wine and wonderful food.” Opened in 2010, Dolce has been discovered by locals, many of whom visit a few times a week. Smith said he is proud Dolce has already become like a “Cheers” bar, where everyone knows your name — with friendships formed among customers and employees. “What I am most proud of is the staff, from the kitchen staff to everyone in both the back and front of the house,” said Smith, who added he is fortunate to have “sweet, lovely people with a friendly vibe and passion for serving customers.” Dolce appeals to anyone looking for Italian-inspired California cuisine served in an area with artisan furnishings, glass-blown lighting; and communal, custom-carved wood tables. “I really wanted this place to feel like a living room, like you’re coming over to my house, instead of a restaurant,” said Smith, who intentionally hired a home builder to help with some of the design. The open-view kitchen also adds to the comfortable setting, especially with a large, wood-and-brick-fire oven as the primary cooking source. The unconventional kitchen does not have any burners or standard
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■ This Week: Dolce Pane E Vino’s Mussels ovens. The kitchen staff, headed by chefs Jon Weimann and Jonny Fussell, have developed a knack for the intricacies of using a single oven to dish out a variety of dishes: flatbread pizzas, panini sandwiches, roasted vegetables, and many choices for small plates or big-plate entrees. The chefs also follow a “farm to table” philosophy of getting much of its ingredients from local sources, including the much-lauded Chino Farm only minutes away. Flatbreads, made with hand-stretched dough and topped with a variety of ingredients, are the most popular. The bestseller is a Salumi Flatbread with sausage, bacon, crushed San Marzano tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Carlsbad Mussels (locally farmed with herbed tomato broth and crostini) and Hamachi (sushi-grade fish with capers, shallots, ginger, citrus, pasilla aoli, and Okinawa potato chips) are the signature small plates. Dolce’s usage of a 700-degree oven to prepare entrees makes dishes like its Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon (with charred asparagus, lemon, and saba) and Half-Chicken Roasted Under Brick (with roasted potatoes, haricot vert, fried farm egg, and chicken reduction)
result in a unique take on traditional entrees. The high heat produces a crispy texture on the outside of meats while sealing in the juices inside, along with smoky flavor from the oven’s mesquite and pecan woods. “We keep the dishes simple and let the fresh ingredients speak for themselves,” said Steven Flowers, general manager and sommelier. One corner of Dolce is called the Formaggeria — a shop where patrons can grab-and-go a bottle of wine, daily-baked baguette, and select from several cheeses and Italian meats on display. Upon walking in the door, guests see a nearly floor-to-ceiling “wine wall” holding some of the hundreds of wine in stock. Wine-bottle storage walls also divide up the spacious establishment between the bar, lounge area with sofas, and dining tables. “Our mission is to provide our clientele with incredible wines that are value-driven and hard to find,” Flowers said. “We have a vast selection from diamonds-in-the-rough to highly allocated, to the cult stars.” Flowers also seeks out limited production and highly collectible wines for the Dolce Reserve 100 Wine Club.
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Happy Valentineâ€™s Day Guide to finding perfect love in imperfect relationships What is Wabi Sabi Love? Aside from the sequel to her first book, â€œThe Soulmate Secret,â€? by Arielle Ford (see feature on page B1), it is an ancient Japanese art form that honors all things, old, weathered, worn, imperfect, and impermanent by finding the beauty in the imperfections. Ford uses the concept as the basis for her new book that offers ways to turn conflict into compassion and create a more loving relationship. â€œIt will show you how to cultivate love for yourself and your partner, especially on the days when one of you is acting out, refusing to listen or shutting down.â€? Ford blames a lot of divorces and estrangements on the quest for perfection, â€œwhich we all know is not possible,â€? she writes. â€œBut with Wabi Sabi Love, we can come to appreciate our own and the otherâ€™s imperfections, and can actually experience a more natural state of grace than we thought possible.â€? The book (Harper Collins, January 2012) is $24.99 at www.wabisabilove.com or amazon.com
La Jolla Playhouse gala to be headlined by stage and screen actor Peter Gallagher La Jolla Playhouse will hold its annual gala on Friday, March 9. The event will now feature entertainment by acclaimed stage and screen actor Peter Gallagher. Currently starring in the hit USA series â€œCovert Affairs,â€? Gallagher will replace Megan Mullally as the eveningâ€™s headline en- Peter Gallagher tertainment, as previously announced. The 2012 Gala boasts a supper club at-
mosphere, featuring custom banquettes and multi-level platforms, designed by the Playhouseâ€™s renowned scene shop artisans. This elegant evening begins at 6 p.m. with an alfresco cocktail party in the S. Mark Taper Plaza and Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre Lobby, featuring music by the Joe Satz Quartet, signature spirits and savory treats. Guests then move into the Potiker Theatre at 7:30 p.m., where theyâ€™ll enjoy a speciallyprepared, dinner-by-the-bite menu catered by Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa. For information and tickets (ranging from $500 to $5,000) to the Playhouse Gala, please contact Special Events Manager Elizabeth Galloway at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 228-3085.
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Local couple to honor love through music on Feb. 12 BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com She began singing a cappella in the Midwest with her hometown choir. He fronted an underground punk rock group at the age of 16. The two came together by song — and love. Charlotte and Chris Proud, musically known as The Celtic Lovers, are not only partners in the music business but also in marriage, and they will tell their story through song on Feb. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their music is a fusion of 70s folk and contemporary rock — “Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton meets Roger Waters and the Dalai Lama,” describes Charlotte. But this Sunday they will be specifically performing all of their favorite love songs (originals and covers) in honor of Valentine’s Day. The Celtic Lovers have been playing an array of local festivals and farmers markets for more than three years, and this will be their fifth time playing the
“When people hear our harmonies and songs, they see the love that we share and are reminded of that feeling.”
Charlotte and Chris Proud, The Celtic Lovers, perform at their wedding. COURTESY PHOTO
— CHARLOTTE PROUD Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market. “We are particularly excited about this performance because it kicks off a week of Valentine’s weddings and events that we look forward to playing,” said Proud, adding that the two gave their most memorable performance at their very own wedding. “Our music relates to the holiday of love because
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Carmichael (Jeffrey Jones) gives hotel clerk Mervyn (Mike Sears) a rough time in Cygnet’s ‘A Behanding in Spokane’ by Martin McDonagh. PHOTO: DAREN SCOTT
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Ugly Dog Contest is March 11 at DM 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.
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To Your Health: More women taking their health to heart BY MATTHEW LUCKS, MD, SCRIPPS HEALTH With both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month on the calendar, February is all about keeping hearts happy. While coronary heart disease (CHD) remains the leading cause of death among both women and men — claiming one in four lives in the United States — the symptoms, screenings and preventive care for men and women can differ greatly. For example, the most commonly recognized symptoms of a heart attack include a sudden crushing pressure sensation in the chest, shortness of breath, and radiation of pain in the left arm. While these are accurate for men, women may have very different symptoms, such as persistent indigestion, unusual fatigue, nausea, and excessive sweating with minimal physical exertion. Moreover, women’s symptoms may begin a month or more before the heart attack. Because women’s symptoms can be so easily mistaken for common complaints such as an upset stomach or lack of sleep, it is especially important for women to know their risk factors and have frequent, thorough screening exams for heart disease. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), more women are taking proactive steps toward protecting themselves against heart disease. In 2009, 48 percent reported discussing heart disease with their doctor, up from 30 percent in 1997. Data also show that women who were aware that heart disease is their number one killer were 35 percent more likely to be physically active and 47 percent more likely to report losing excess weight than women who were unaware. Along with increasing cardiovascular fitness and maintaining a healthy weight, women can significantly help reduce their risk of developing coronary heart disease by keeping their cholesterol levels in check, controlling blood pressure, avoiding tobacco, managing stress, and eating a healthy diet that is low in fat, especially animal fat. In recent years, researchers have identified two other types of heart disease that are far more likely to affect women than men—coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome. Coronary MVD, also known as cardiac syndrome X or non-obstructive CHD, causes damage or disease in the walls of the heart’s tiny arteries. Although death rates from heart disease have dropped in the last 30 years, they haven’t dropped as much in women as in men. According to the NHLBI, researchers suspect that falling estrogen levels during menopause may be partially to blame for MVD. Estrogen helps to protect the heart, which is why women tend to develop heart disease about 10 years later in life than men. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, their hearts become more vulnerable to disease. If a women has other risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, MVD may be more likely to develop. Another recently recognized condition known as broken heart syndrome is also more likely to affect women. Also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, broken heart syndrome results from extreme emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one. The result can be severe heart failure. While the symptoms of broken heart syndrome are often similar to those of a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath, there is no sign of blockages in the arteries. There is much more to be discovered about the causes and treatment of broken heart syndrome, but fortunately the heart failure is usually shortterm, and with proper medical therapy most patients make a full recovery. Although not as well understood as coronary heart disease, researchers are continually learning more about these diseases and the risks they pose to women’s health. One fact is certain: regular screenings and a heart-smart lifestyle can help keep hearts happy. Dr. Lucks is a cardiologist with Scripps Health. All through February Scripps is celebrating women’s heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Visit www. scripps.org/womenheart to learn more.
February 9, 2012
San Diego Jewish Academy gala The San Diego Jewish Academy held its annual gala for the Every Child Campaign (SDJAâ€™s fundraising program) at the San Diego Natural History Museum Jan. 28. The Every Child Campaign helps support a variety of programs and departments at SDJA, including the senior trip to Israel, science, athletics and performing arts. For more information, visit www.sdja.com
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Torrey Pines High School art student exhibition to be held at Chiropractic Center of Carmel Valley Dr. Tosun Bayrak, owner of Chiropractic Center of Carmel Valley, will present the Torrey Pines Drawing Class Show “Metamorphosis.” Ten uniquely talented artists are showcasing their fresh original drawings in the lobby of Chiropractic Center of Carmel Valley, 12750 Carmel Country Road, San Diego, CA 92130. An opening for the show will be Feb. 18 at noon. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. More information can be found at www.carmelvalleychiropractor.com ”Heart to Horn” Grace (Sae This show is presented by Julie Limerick, Torrey Pines Eun) Yang Grade 9. High School art teacher and VPA co-chair, and Dr. Tosun Bayrak. Students include, Yongi Tang, Charlotte Resnick, Grace (Sae Eun) Yang, Gha Young Lee, Lilly Thunder, Adriana Babakanian, Taylor Lee, Henry Lee, Kelsey Chen, Leda Mareckova.
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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps refugee to survive and rebuild their lives in San Diego and abroad. One means by which IRC accomplishes this mission is through providing bicycles to the incoming refugee population as a means of reliable transportation. The IRC’s third annual Bicycle Donation Drive will take place Sunday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center. IRC is asking for donations of functioning or near functioning bicycles of all types for all age groups, as well as helmets and other bicycle safety gear. Donations are deductible and tax credit recipes will be available. The booth will be located right outside the front entrance to the Community Center gymnasium. For more information please visit: http://www.rescue. org/us-program/us-san-diego-ca or contact Hong Tran at: Hong.Tran@Rescue.org
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ocal Catholic Packs of Cub Scouts and Troops of Boy and Girl Scouts attended a commemorative Mass on Feb. 5, Scout Sunday, at Therese of Carmel. Pack 720, chartered by St. Therese, set up a big display area after Mass, showcasing activities from the year. Pack 720 is made up of first- through fifth-graders attending Notre Dame Academy, Ashley Falls, Sycamore Ridge and Carmel del Mar elementary schools. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
Scout leaders Jim Waters, Adriana Amon, Derek Yeaney, Stacy Friscia, Jennifer Widhopf, Ernesto Altamirano, Michelle Charib, Christopher Knowler
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Community invited to lunch featuring Qualcomm Founder Dr. Irwin Jacobs Coastal Community Foundation invites community members to lunch with Dr. Irwin Jacobs. He is co-founder of Qualcomm in 1985 and has served as CEO, chairman and a member of the Board of Directors. Jacobs led the successful development of CDMA technology, which is used in cellular phones by over 1.2 billion subscribers. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award and the Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize, 2011. Jacobs will kick off the Foundation’s 25th anniversary year celebration as the guest speaker at a lunch on Feb. 29 at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach. He will speak about “Qualcomm – Memories from the Early Days, Today and
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TPHS celebrates Chinese New Year Torrey Pine High School held its first Chinese New Year’s celebration and performances on Feb. 2. More than 600 students and teachers were scheduled to attend the event. Photos/Jon Clark
Bethany Yeap, Ashley Chau and Jennifer Peng
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Teacher Jeffrey Kwong and San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Ken Noah with the Lion dancers.
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A variety of regional music, theater and more offered Got Cats? Cats, cats and more cats will be performing â€” REALLY! -- Feb. 17-21 at the Jewish Community Centerâ€™s Garfield Theater when feline behavioral expert Samantha Martin brings the Amazing Acro-Cats to town. Watch the circus-like cats ride skateboards, walk tightropes and jump through hoops. And if thatâ€™s not enough, listen to â€œThe Rock-Catsâ€? and Hen-diana Jones (a chicken, in case you were wondering) get
into a Latin groove with an island rhythm section. 2 and 8 p.m. 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $12-$18. (858) 3621348. lfjcc.org Dance of Nations More than 150 performers will show off traditional dance from 15 cultures on Feb. 10-12 in the 2012 Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival at Coronado High School. First held in 1993, the event â€œelevates these traditional art forms â€Ś for a wide audience to enjoy,â€? according to the programâ€™s website. You can see Bollywood, flamenco and Irish dancers and more. Each show is different, so check nationsdancefestival.com for times and programs. Tickets: $15-$30. (619) 504-3052. Chicagoâ€™s Symphony Renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti and the
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb., 19, at Copley Symphony Hall, 1245 7th Ave. The first of three concerts in the La Jolla Music Societyâ€™s Celebrity American Orchestra Series will include works by Schubert and a piece by Anna Clyne, â€œNight Ferry,â€? commissioned for the orchestra. Founded in 1891, the CSOâ€™s recordings have earned 82 Grammy Awards. Tickets: $27-97. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org Whale of an Opera Get ready for the West Coast premere of Jake Heggieâ€™s â€œMoby-Dick.â€? The San Diego Opera brings Herman Melvilleâ€™s story to the Civic Theatre stage with evening performances Feb. 18, 21 and 24 and a matinee Feb. 26. Computer-generated effects pull audience members into the emotional action, which features Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab and Talise Trevigne as Pip. Third Avenue and B Street, downtown San Diego. Tickets: $50-$210. (619) 533-7000 or sdopera.com/ Tickets/OnSale/ Romantic Moves Celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day early with a performance of â€œRomanceâ€? by the San Diego Ballet Company, under the leadership of co-directors Robin Sherertz-Morgan and Javier Velasco. The program in the Lyceum Theatre brings romantic highlights from past season performances. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, take in an evening that includes a mixed bill and selections from â€œA Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.â€? On Sunday, Feb. 12, enjoy a 2:30 p.m. matinee featuring â€œRomeo et Juliet.â€? Tickets: $35-45. (619) 544-1000. lyceumevents.org At The Loft â€˘ San Franciscoâ€™s Weekend returns to The Loft at UCSD Friday, Feb. 11, with what promoters call a â€œunique sonic territory where feedback guitars, crunching riffs and pounding rhythms are harnessed in the service of, rather than in opposition to, their haunting tunes.â€? Doors open 8 p.m at UCSD Price Center East, 2nd Floor. Tickets $5-$10, (858) 534-8497. â€˘ Get down with White Denim, a four-piece bluesy, jazzy, garage-rock band from Austin, which made a number of 2011 â€œBest ofâ€? lists. Doors open 8 p.m.; show at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at Price Center East, 2nd floor. Tickets: $7 students, $14 general at (858) 534-8497. Film for Females â€œMiss Representation,â€? a documentary challenging the mediaâ€™s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, 700 Prospect St. A panel discussion will follow from 8 to 9 p.m. Tickets Presale: $10 at outsidethelens.org; $15 at the door. (858) 349-7578. missrepresentation.org Weekend Concerts Up next for the La Jolla Symphony & Chorusâ€™s 57th season is â€œThe Populist,â€? with music director Steven Schick leading the orchestra and guest soloists Michael Blinco, Stephanie Aston and Leslie Leytham. On the playlist are works by Giuseppe Verdi, Nicholas Deyoe, John Adams and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at UCSDâ€™s Mandeville Auditorium. Pre-concert lecture begins an hour prior. Tickets $15-$29. Free parking. (858) 534-4637. lajollasymphony.com. Orchestra Nova Presents Enjoy some â€œFavorite Opera Moments,â€? 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive, and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. Complete with video, the sampling of hits is a good introduction to opera as well as enjoyable for opera lovers from this landmark local group. Tickets: $26-66. (858) 3500290. orchestranova.org Author Visits D.G. Wills Books will host Canadian author Gary Geddes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 for a discussion of his new book, â€œDrink the Bitter Root: A Search for Justice and Healing in Sub-Saharan.â€? An internationally acclaimed travel writer, Geddes has written more than 35 books, including this one that Africanist Ian Smillie, called â€œa deeply textured journey without maps into the unexplored rifts of sub-Saharan Africa, the human experience, and the psyche.â€? 7461 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 456-1800. dgwillsbooks.com
February 9, 2012
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een Volunteers in Action held one of its two annual parent luncheons recently, to conduct business, socialize and welcome a guest speaker. Nearly 90 mothers of teenage boys attended the event, held at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, including three past presidents of the volunteer organization. Attendees were loaded with donations for San Diego’s Karen refugees, which TVIA president Barbara Edwards said “make a huge difference” in the lives of the children. The featured speaker for the luncheon was Jim Cahill, developer of MindfulnessBased Biofeedback Therapy and an expert on stress management for all ages. Cahill discussed the causes of stress, the difference between “eustress” and “distress,” and presented some alarming statistics about stress in the lives of teens. Although “stress is medicine in the right doses,” Cahill said much of the stress in our daily lives generates panic and anxiety rather than healthful motivation and stimulation. Cahill said one in three children is estimated to suffer from stress, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, that 15 percent of high school students have considered suicide and 11 percent of those have actually created a plan. Stress in teens results in a depressed immune system, increased irritability, depression, and impairment of memory, motor skills, alertness and concentration. Cahill offered tools for managing stress, which included first to recognize the signs of stress, create more down-time which he said is “not just doing nothing,” spend more
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time in nature, have media blackouts, get more sleep which he said is particularly important for teens who are chronically sleepdeprived, and volunteer more. Helping others, he said, reduces stress. Cahill, whose Web site is http://cahillmindbody.com/, said biofeedback provides instant feedback on elevated stress levels and is a way to control negative responses. Serving the north coastal communities of Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Encinitas and Carlsbad, TVIA is an organization of young men in grades 7-12 who are committed to community leadership through a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy, charitable service and personal growth. Membership for the 2012-2013 year is now open. All those interested can visit the TVIA Web site at: www.www.tvia.org
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San Diego Musical Theatre’s 2012 season opens with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’ BY SUSAN FARESE The year 2012 promises to be exciting for the professional, regional, nonprofit San Diego Musical Theatre, with a brand new season in their new home, the Birch North Park Theatre. The first show of the season, Feb. 10-26, is the Off-Broadway hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Written and directed by Roger Bean, with musical direction by Don LeMaster, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” features the New York cast: Bets Malone (who is also Assistant Director and choreographer), Misty Cotton, Beth Malone, and Lowe Taylor. According to SDMT Executive Producers Erin and Gary Lewis, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a “must-take musical trip down memory lane”. The show takes us to the 1958 Springfield High School prom and introduces us to the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! We learn about their lives and loves through Classic ‘50’s and ‘60’s songs like “Mr. Sandman”; “Lollipop”; “Respect”; “Heatwave” and “It’s My Party.” Performances are Feb. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, San Diego Musical Theatre’s first show of the season is the Off24, 25 – at 8:00 p.m. and Feb. 12, 18, 19, 26 – at 2 Broadway hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” p.m. Shows are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturnouncing a special add on days at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. (with an added production to our exciting Saturday matinee performance on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. (in support of SDMT’s Boys & Girls 2012 Season, Irving Berlin’s Clubs Military Base Outreach Program). “WHITE CHRISTMAS” – Ticket prices range from $26 - $52. Children 12 and under receive a 50 percent disDec. 12-22. Based on the count. Discounts are also available for seniors/military/students and groups. For ticket reserbeloved, timeless film, this vations, please visit www.sdmt.org or call 1-858-560-5740. heartwarming musical adapThe 2012 season at San Diego Musical Theatre will continue with Jonathan Larson’s tation features 17 Irving Ber“RENT” – June 22-July 8, 2012, which will be directed by Ron Kellum, followed by “FOOTlin songs and great dance LOOSE” –Sept. 28-Oct. 14, with Dan Mojica Directing and Choreographing. SDMT is annumbers. San Diego Musical Theatre was founded in 2006 and quickly became known . for quality musical theatre. ON THE MENU: NEW DELIGHTS Everyone who works with SDMT are volunteers, there WITH AN OCEAN ON THE SIDE. are no executive salaries. All ticket sales and donations go SIP & SAVOR: CHOCOLATE & WINE directly toward what the auAvailable nightly in February* from 5 to 10 p.m. dience sees on stage. SDMT $30 per person, $45 with wine tasting. uses Professional (Equity) Cozy up to a three-course tasting menu featuring and local San Diego area acchocolate in each course alongside perfectly paired tors, as well as local musiwines. Enjoy main course options like Cacoa Nib Sesame Crusted Albacore and Braised Veal Short Ribs cians and crew. served with Bitter Chocolate Risotto. San Diego Musical Theatre is always looking for people as passionate about VALENTINE’S DAY musical theatre as they are, Tuesday, February 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. to become a part of the $65 per person. SDMT family. If you would Celebrate love with a four-course menu featuring Trufﬂe like more information about Cauliﬂower Panna Cotta, Mallard Duck Rillettes, Black SDMT, visit website www. Angus Filet Mignon, Red Velvet Cake Deconstructed, and more. Ask about our romantic room package sdmt.org . with the La Jolla Shores Hotel featuring oceanfront accommodations.
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Cathedral Catholic student releases ‘Speed of Dark’ EP, video James Morris, a high school junior at Cathedral Catholic High School, and accomplished singersongwriter, will be showcased at an upcoming major music event, Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions, hosted at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. James is a storyteller whose music and lyrics describe his everyday observations of life with raw, natural honesty. With the upcoming release of James’ new EP, “Speed of Dark,” produced by multi-platinum producer/composer Gardner Cole, listeners will get a glimpse into the soul of this 17 year-old high school student. “What first attracted me to working with James is that he’s a great songwriter. There’s a craft to writing and he’s got it, he’s very talented for any age, but it’s really exciting that he’s only 17...He’s that good,” says Cole. Charles Unger, the director of the James Morris music video, had this to say about working with the young musician: “When I first heard ‘Speed of Dark’ it blew me away. The lyrics appealed to me visually as I immediately pictured James performing the song in the desert. I told James that his lyrics remind me very much of a poem I had written in my early 20s, which, I thought covered similar ground. ‘Speed of Dark’ is about a young man looking into his future, with hope and innocence. It’s the feeling that the world holds infinite possibilities. This song captures that youth and seals it in a bottle, which can be enjoyed forever. As much as this song speaks to me, I can see multiple interpretations that can apply to almost anyone. Our hope is that the video complemented the song in ways to broaden its lyrical meaning and enrich its musical appeal. Our whole crew had a great time making ‘Speed of Dark’ and we hope you enjoy watching it.” James will be releasing the EP concurrent with his performance at Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions, an annual music-industry event. This year marks Sunset Sessions’ 15th anniversary edition and is being held Feb. 16-19 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego. In addition, Speed Of Dark will be featured on Lurssen Mastering’s website http://lurssenmastering.com/indie-music-resources View “Speed fo Dark”: http://youtu.be/9iDrBNFNEHY. For more info on James Morris: www.jamesmorris.com. Editor’s Note: Look for a story on James Morris in next week’s paper.
2012 NKBA Kitchen + Bath Home Tour to be held March 10 The San Diego Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association will host its annual Kitchen + Bath Home Tour, Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This self-guided tour will be showcasing the talent and
Unique Golf Tournament raises over 100K for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito The 7th annual HP Chip-in-for-Kids Golf Tournament benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito netted over $100,000 recently. This unique golf experience enabled golfers to play on the North Course of Torrey Pines Golf Club while the pros played their final round on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open PGA tournament. Numerous local sports celebrities including Padres Manager Bud Black, former Padres Second Basemen Mark Loretta, and current and former Chargers such as Takeo Spikes, Nate Kaeding, Nick Novak, Hank Bauer and David Binn were all in attendance to support the local charity. Also playing was IBGA World Blind Golf Champion, Jeremy Poincenot, who golfed an impressive round. For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito please visit PositivePlaceSD.org
vision of 10 local National Kitchen and Bath Association members in 12 homes throughout San Diego, two of which are in Carmel Valley. Tour participants will see artistic solutions brought to life and be given opportunities at each home to win several valuable prizes. A portion of this year’s proceeds benefit Veterans Village of San Diego. Tickets, project locations and additional information can be obtained at www.NKBASanDiego.org in advance for $20 or 2 for $30 or $25 at the door on the day of the event. Questions can be asked of Karen L’Heureux, AKBD, at NKBAsdTreasurer@ gmail.com or call Donna Tran, AKBD, at 619-7937096.
CRUSADE continued from page B1 I’m anonymous,” he said. “I’m here and then I’m gone and I find people tell me their problems, things they wouldn’t tell their friends or family. I kept hearing things about domestic violence and child abuse, so I wanted to target those issues.” Bob’s lifestyle is the result of his discontent with the direction of the world. It was 9/11 that pushed him to start a website and campaign “Sow Only Seeds of Love” almost a decade ago, and the stickers he passed out with that motto began circulating worldwide. The overwhelming positive feedback made him realize not only the power of the Internet, but the fulfillment that comes from spreading a message on a large scale. He said the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre was the tipping point that led to him divesting himself of all his material belongings and dedicating himself to bettering the world. “I watched for days as it unfolded in the news and I couldn’t wrap my head around it,” he said. “I thought, ‘Maybe the answer is down there in Blacksburg,
February 9, 2012 Virginia,’ so I drove from Cleveland to Blacksburg and stayed four days, just giving out stickers and hugs. I’ve never witnessed so much grief and sorrow from so many people. I realized that there are kids out there who are not getting the right messages and not being taught core values. Many are born into a world where nobody is paying attention to them.” Votruba began traveling the country promoting kindness as a way to combat hatred and violence. Before setting off, he sold his construction and cabinetry business. “I could have retired to really bad golf or really bad tennis,” he joked. “This is my job now.” At first, he visited primarily college campuses, where he said his message was very well received. He now gets so many invitations from schools and various organizations that his schedule stays full. One of the highlights of his journey happened two weeks into his domestic violence tour, when he got a call from the White House — specifically Lynn Rosenthal, top advisor to the president on violence against women.
“She wanted me to come in and talk. I was thinking 15 minutes, but she set aside an hour for me. I had to get secret service clearance and everything,” he said. “She wanted to know what I was doing and how she could make my travels easier along the way.” He said Rosenthal contacted the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and let each state’s agency know when Votruba was headed that way. “They just made the call and it happened,” he said. “So flipping’ cool.” Votruba offers a “Kindness Certificate” on his website, www.onemillionactsofkindness.com, which can signify one’s pledge to commit one million acts of kindness. He said the document is “a contract with yourself, the most important document you will sign in your life.” “Put it in a frame and hang it on your wall,” he said. “When I talk to people about it I say, ‘Please don’t take it lightly; know it’s something you want to do your entire life.’ I would rather them not sign it if they aren’t going to take it seriously.”
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DISNEY continued from page B2 ro is a member of the UC Marching Band, as a mellophone and trumpet player. The three-member team had a different ImagiNations project idea in the beginning, but there were various concepts they wanted to make sure to include, including environmental education. “It evolved into an allinclusive resort (on the moon),” Cuccaro said. They submitted an application for the design competition in October; a month later, they were asked to provide a PowerPoint presentation consisting of eight slides to describe their project as best they could. Toward the end of December, six team finalists — out of 130 entries — were invited to Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 to present their projects. “I feel so privileged to be here,” Cuccaro said during the final day of the competition. “Out of all the applicants, they saw something special in (us), our submission. It’s great to experience things others don’t experience; this is truly lifechanging work.”
Highlights of the week for Cuccaro included the team’s presentation of the A-SEED project to a number of high-level Imagineers; visiting different departments; and seeing behindthe-scenes work of some of her favorite Disneyland attractions. She noted that she enjoyed meeting John Gritz, principal concept designer of the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. Winners of the Walt Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Design Competition were announced Feb. 3. The first place and “Best in Show” awards went to a team from North Carolina State University. “I feel such an accomplishment just to get to the finals,” Cuccaro said, when interviewed before the awards ceremony. “I feel like I’ve won an amazing prize.” Meanwhile, Cuccaro will graduate from UC Berkeley in May. She hopes to find a job that focuses on water resources and work toward improving water quality in the U.S. and abroad. And if one day she becomes an Imagineer, it will be a dream come true, she said.
Air & Space Museum launches exhibit on flight A new four-zone exhibition, “How Things Fly ... Experience the Adventure,” is open at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Covering Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Meteorology and Air Traffic Control, each area provides insight into the wonder of flight and engages the visitor’s imagination. “The history and future of aviation and flight has mirror-imaged the greatest innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said museum CEO Jim Kidrick. “This very special exhibition engages guests in fun, exciting ways to pique their interest, challenge their skills and test their knowledge. It inspires all ages to learn more about the sciences and engineering existing today and how they might actively participate in the solutions required in the future to ensure our nation remains at the forefront of innovation.” The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 2001 Pan American Plaza. Admission is $7-$17.50. For more information, call (619) 234-8291 or visit www.sandiegoairandspace.org
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Local marine life photographer snaps rare moment BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com When it comes to photographing fish, it’s not about the size of the catch but the rarity of the moment, said local underwater photographer Jon Schwartz. Schwartz, who teaches first grade in Oceanside during the week, has had his work featured in more than 15 top magazines, from Forbes to Sport Fishing, and he’s appeared on National Geographic TV. But recently he captured a moment that he said may top his list of “big fish” stories, and it involves not one but two marlins. While photographing in Cabo San Lucas a little over a month ago, Schwartz witnessed a married couple from Chula Vista — Patricia and Edward Araujo — hook a pair of javelin-nosed jumpers at the same time. “The married duo strapped on their fighting belts and shouted with glee as the fishing line peeled off their reels in
bursts,” said Schwartz. “Patricia’s fish headed west and Edward’s went east, pinning the anglers in opposite corners of the boat. I grabbed my wide angle lens, raced to the bridge and snapped away.” Schwartz has shot numerous breathtaking fish photos, but it’s not often that one gets to see a married couple hook two huge fish simultaneously, he emphasized. The moment was so excited that he didn’t know what to photograph next. “I wanted to get jumping shots of their fish, but I also wanted to swim with the striped marlin, take underwater photographs and then take photos from the water looking up at them and their fish,” he said. After some thought, he decided to zoom in close to the boat and hope for the fish to jump out of the water — and they did. Afterward, he readied his underwater camera gear, as he
put on a mask and fins. He snorkeled off the boat’s stern to get shots of the couple fighting their catches, and then tagging and releasing them. Schwartz loves fishing, but he said nothing is as exciting as swimming with the fish and photographing them. He also is a published writer who has documented his fish tales in major magazines. His photos have also been featured on magazine covers, coffee table books and cal-
endars, as well as in private collections. For more information on Schwartz, visit www.bluewaterjon.com.
Photos: Local photographer Jon Schwartz managed to take photos recently of a married couple snagging two marlins at the same time. PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHWARTZ
Betty White to be honored at Petco Foundation Gala Celebrating more than 13 years of making a difference for animals, the Petco Foundation will host its fourth annual Hope Gala at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. This year’s event honors America’s sweetheart and one of the country’s most esteemed animal activists, the incomparable Betty White, for her long-time commitment to animal-welfare. Proceeds from the event will benefit Actors and Others for Animals – for which White serves as a member of the board of directors – and their work to end the tragedy of pet overpopulation through spay and
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CATHARINE L. KAUFMAN Valentine’s Day has blossomed into quite the salute to love and romance from its modest roots, the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia celebrated on Feb. 15 to ensure the fertility of the people, the fields and the flocks. That’s when 2nd century Romans discovered that high octane aphrodisiac oysters loaded with zinc hiked sperm and testosterone levels, triggering libido. This, of course, was before cadmium, mercury and PCBs contaminated these bivalves, rendering them unappetizing to the health conscious. Bumped up to first place on the A - (phrodisiac) List, taking lowly oysters out of the running is the divine, heart-healthy almond. Here’s why. This sexy little nut with its seductive shape and heady aroma of its blossoms has been found to arouse passion since Biblical times. Samson seduced Delilah with almond branches, and
although he picked the wrong girl, this ill-fated romance did not tarnish the almond’s reputation as a fertility symbol or love token. They have been praised by scribes throughout history, including the 13th century author of “The Perfumed Garden of Sensual Delight,” Nefzawi, who prescribed a love tonic of 20 almonds and 100 grains of pine tree blended with a viscous glassful of honey before bedtime. Consumed for 3 consecutive days, this concoction was recommended to boost sexual vitality. Alexandre Dumas, French author of “The Count of Monte Cristo,” religiously dined on almond soup, a blend of powdered almonds, egg yolks, chicken stock and cream before having a tête-à-tête with his mistress. The almond’s aphrodisiac appeal stems from the mother lode of heart-protective, fertility enhancing Vitamin E and zinc, and phosphorous and dietary fiber that endows its consumer with a euphoric sense of well-being. As an added boon, almonds contain the monounsaturated “friendly” fats that do not hike cholesterol, other protective phytonutrients like magnesium and calcium for strong bones, the same antiinflammatory resveratrol found in red wine, anti-oxidant, cancer-preventive alpha-tocopherol, and provide a protein powerhouse for vitality on V-Day. California produces 80 percent of the world’s al-
mond supply, more than 900 million pounds a year. This labor-intensive crop takes more than 1.2 million beehives to pollinate. Almonds are considered stone fruits, close cousins to cherries, plums and peaches, and the most nutrientdense, low cal tree nut in the world. So for your honey, whip up some delightful almond dishes: • For a romantic breakfast, serve a frothy almond milk banana smoothie, almond cherry scones, chocolate almond pancakes or almond crème brûlée French toast. • For a playful lunch, serve heart-shaped almond butter and jelly sandwiches, a mixed veggie and toasted almond stirfry or some steamy roasted sweet almond and garlic soup. • Plan a seductive dinner with almond-encrusted baked salmon with a side of quinoa, pomegranate seeds and blanched toasted almonds, or pan-fried chicken breasts stuffed with ground almonds, lemon zest and mascarpone cheese. • For dessert, present heart-healthy dark chocolate almond brownies with 60 percent or more cocoa content, Amaretto and roasted almond cheesecake or chocolate-dipped almond biscotti with a nice dollop of almond gelato. For additional romantic recipes, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FreeRangeClub.com
Chewy Chocolate Almond Macaroons From my heart to yours, comes this sweet treat to make all of us more amorous. Hugs and kisses. Ingredients 11 egg whites 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3 cups of white cane sugar 3/4 cup of powdered sugar 2 tablespoons of apricot preserves 2 teaspoons of almond extract 1 pound of sliced almonds, toasted (Where possible, use organics) Method: Preheat oven to 250º F. Spread almonds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and toast in oven for a few minutes until evenly browned. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites and cane sugar until thick. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for another 5 minutes until very thick. Add the preserves and almond extract. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder and powdered sugar, and incorporate well. Then add to the egg mix-
ture, and fold in the almonds. Scoop batter with an ice cream scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between the cookies. Bake for about 45 minutes until the macaroons are dry on the outside and gooey on the inside. — Adapted from Judy Zeidler’s, “The Gourmet Jewish Cook.”
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