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In the last issue of the Carmel Valley News, reporter Joe Tash did a story on the redistricting likely to occur for the county of San Diego. The story below focuses on the city of San Diego’s redistricting issues. By Joe Tash It’s 2011, so it must be time for San Diego City Council redistricting. Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, local and state government entities are required to rebalance their legislative districts to ensure the populations are as equal as possible. The idea is that if district populations become lopsided, the ballots cast by voters will not carry equal weight. In the city of San Diego, the process of redistricting actually began last year with the appointment — by a panel of retired judges — of a seven-member redistricting commission that will have the final say on drawing the boundaries of City Council districts. This is the second time such a commission has been appointed in San Diego, following a 1992 ballot initiative that established the process. Previously, the City Council set its own district boundaries. The 2010 redistricting commission will have one additional job that its counterpart in 2000 didn’t face — creation of a ninth council district, mandated last year when city voters permanently adopted the strong mayor form of government. “We’re definitely creating history,” said Anisha Dalal, a high school principal and chair of the redistricting commission. The commission has been holding regular meetings since October, and plans to ramp up its activities in the coming months. Public hearings are scheduled for March 21 and 22, when commission members and staff will provide an overview of the process for the public — the “who, what, when, where and why of redistricting,” said Midori Wong, the commission’s chief of staff. Both hearings will start at 6:30 p.m. The meeting on March 21 will be held at the San Diego Metro Operations Center, 9192 Topaz Way, while the March 22 meeting will be held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave. Public hearings will also be held in April and May in each of the eight existing council districts before the commission files its proposed redistricting map, along with eight more hearings after the map is filed. Final adoption of the new district boundaries is expected in August. Those dissatisfied with the map can challenge it by putting a referendum on the bal




Jim and Samantha Quinlan (left) and Frederick and Edith Kamme (right) take part in Carmel Del Mar and Torrey Hills Elementary School’s 8th annual Father Daughter Dance held March 6 at Del Mar Marriott Hotel. See page B12 for more. Photo/Jon Clark

McClain case against Del Mar school district moves forward By Marsha Sutton A San Diego Superior Court ruling on Friday granted a motion to strike attorneys’ fees from the wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the Del Mar Union School District by former superintendent Sharon McClain, who was hired by the DMUSD in September 2008 and released March 31, 2010. “This was a motion to strike attorneys’ fees that the district filed, and it was granted,” said Ryan Church, an attorney with the law firm of Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz, which represents the school district on this case. “She wanted attorneys’ fees under government code section 800, so the court has now struck those,” Church said, “so she would not be entitled to attorneys’ fees under that government code. It’s not a major motion. It just takes out a portion of a complaint.” Church said the motion was unopposed by McClain and her attorney. McClain’s attorney, Los Angeles-based Dale Gronemeier, said he chose not to challenge the motion “because they’re correct.” He said he expected this motion and said McClain is now “pretty well barred from getting attorneys’ fees.” But Gronemeier said McClain gains something by not challenging the motion. “In order to take this position, they have to give up another position,” he said. The original complaint, filed Sept. 17, 2010, named the DMUSD and four individuals as defendants: attorney Dan Shinoff, former DMUSD trustees Annette Easton and Katherine White, and current trustee Doug Perkins. The First Amended Complaint, filed Oct. 8, 2010, removed the four individuals’ names, leaving the DMUSD as the sole deSee CASE, page 6

Councilman: Pension, retiree health care reform key to city’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ By Karen Billing District 5 San Diego City Council member Carl DeMaio said San Diego really has two options in dealing with the more than $72 million deficit expected in fiscal year 2012: “Gut and cut” city services or reform. DeMaio leans strongly toward the latter with his 90-page “Roadmap to Recovery” that assumes that no tax increase will be big enough and no service cut deep enough unless the city reforms the pension program and retiree health

care system. DeMaio has been sharing his plan across the city since November and made his most recent stop at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center on March 2, an event attended by about 40 people. DeMaio said the plan, created by his diligent staff and with extensive help from city attorney Jan Goldsmith, proposes solutions that can balance the budget without making any more cuts to city services—over five years he thinks the city can save $737 million

in retiree health and pension costs and $304 million in savings from reorganization and new delivery models of city services, such as opening up 11 different services to competitive bidding. The roadmap was able to balance the budget with a 4 to 6 percent reduction in salaries. He said people have already paidthe price as far as cuts, with reduced library hours, staffing at parks and recreation

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Off-leash pitt bull attacks dog in CV park By Karen Billing A vicious pit bull attack occurred last week in Carmel Knolls Park, leaving one dog injured and a community member shaken. The incident involved an off-leash pit bull and the female owner of the dog ran away without an apology or any contact information. “It was really frightening and to run away like she did was wrong,” said T.A., a Carmel Valley resident who asked to remain nameless. “She shouldn’t be around in the community letting those dogs off leash. I would like to hold her accountable.” T.A. was walking her 30-pound, sevenmonth-old rescued mutt Tyson on a leash around 7 p.m. on March 3. She said she was on the concrete pathway when a woman and her pit bull entered the opposite side of the park. The pit bull began charging across the grass at Tyson. “It was like the dog was on a mission, she was heading right for us and we had nowhere to go,” T.A. said. The pit bull took hold of Tyson and began to attack, with Tyson yelping and screaming in pain. The pit bull’s owner was still running toward them, yelling for her dog to release Tyson. T.A. was able to get her hands into the pit bull’s mouth to release her jaws, getting bit in the process. A neighbor jumped a fence to help T.A. and Tyson as the pit bull owner ran off with her dog. T.A. said she could barely look at Tyson, who was bleeding and crying in the back seat of her car as she sped him to an emergency vet clinic in Sorrento Valley. Tyson had to receive stitches up his leg and he had several puncture wounds, although none were life-threatening. “It’s a miracle that the dog didn’t do more damage. If I hadn’t been right there Tyson could’ve been killed,” T.A. said.

Rob Kuty, a local professional animal trainer, said that there are some things people can do to protect themselves and their animals from an attacking dog. “It is important not to run or position your back to a dog,” Kuty said. “Dogs have evolved from wolves, therefore, they have prey instincts. Running and giving your back is easy pickings for a dog.” He said to avoid eye contact and, if possible, carry a stick and hold it out in front of your body, not over your head which can be taken as a threat. If you are wearing a jacket or other outer wear you can take it off to have the dog grab it, instead of you. He said to look for a way out and move slowly toward the area without turning your back. T.A. has put up signs in her community about the incident, only to find them torn down. Several neighbors have contacted her to tell stories of similar situations with pit bulls off leash in the park, T.A. thinks the owner may have two or three pit bulls. The one involved in the attack was a very “goodlooking” dog with tan and white markings and T.A. said she heard the owner call her “Tracy.” She does not blame the pit bull for what happened but wants people to be aware of what is going on in the community and hopefully have the dog owner take some responsibility for her actions. “It’s not the dog’s fault,” said T.A. “People that have aggressive animals need to keep them on a leash.” Kuty agreed that it is not the pit bull’s fault. “A dog is a product of their environment, any breed. There are many factors that play into the behavior of dogs,” Kuty said. “An untrained dog is not a controlled dog, trained dogs are the answer. Every dog needs good K-9 etiquette just like people having good human etiquette.”

Senior transportation coming to CV, thanks to efforts of local resident and council member By Karen Billing Senior transportation services will finally cater to older adults in Carmel Valley, after the SANDAG board of directors approved funding for the “Rides and Smiles” program on Feb. 25. Brenda Bothel, director of transportation at JFS, said the rides should be available by fall and possibly by summer. While shuttles and other senior transportation programs serviced neighboring communities such as Rancho Penasquitos and Del Mar, none would pick up seniors in Carmel Valley. That is until Dr. Julie Saltman, a 86-year-old Carmel Valley resident, decided to “raise a rumpus” last year. After doing months of research on senior transportation services she went to the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board in February 2010 to plead her case. She was then hooked up with City Council member Sherri Lightner, who took on the issue and began the quest for funding. Saltman said she kept pushing and pushing the issue over the last several months, admitting she often sent Lightner’s office e-mails with the subject line “So….?” Lightner said she received those emails and more from Carmel Valley seniors and worked with the planning board to make the request to SANDAG on behalf of the community.

“I’m absolutely delighted and I hope we live long enough to see it happen,” Saltman said when finding out that the funding was finally approved. “Rides and Smiles” is run by Jewish Family Services and will provide transportation to seniors and people with disabilities. The individual rides will have to be ordered a week in advance with a suggested donation of $5 and up to the volunteer drivers, depending on their destination. “Having access to this program is very important for Carmel Valley seniors and I look forward to working with Jewish Family Services to help enlist volunteers for this program,” Lightner said. Bothel said they will soon start engaging the Carmel Valley community to recruit those volunteer drivers. “We want to partner with the community and really have neighbors helping neighbors,” Bothel said. Saltman said she and her husband, who is in his 90s, still drive but there will come a time when they can’t pass the vision or written test and because there is no public transportation in Carmel Valley they would be stuck. To no longer be able to live independently would be “like a death sentence,” Saltman said, and that was her purpose for

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Lifeguards coming back to Black’s Beach on March 14 BY DAVE SCHWAB Staff Writer City and UCSD officials teamed up with lifeguards Monday to announce restoration of lifeguard services at Black’s Beach in La Jolla. “Our highest priority is to provide for the safety of our citizens and visitors,” said First District Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who adding lifeguard service is to be restored March 14. “Restoring lifeguards to world-famous Black’s Beach will keep people safe as they surf and swim — the very activities that help make San Diego special.” “We understand the need to collaborate, to help each other,”

said Gary Matthews, UCSD vice chancellor for resource management and planning, noting the city and university are both suffering budget crises. “Our staff, faculty and students use this beach on a routine basis. However, it’s one of the most dangerous beaches in the city of San Diego. We feel it’s extremely important that we participate by ensuring lifeguard services are here.” Matthews cited “supporting safety and the value of one life” to justify why the university is contributing to lifeguard funding for Black’s at a time when university budgets are being cut and student fees are going up.

Praising UCSD and Lightner for their collaborative efforts, San Diego Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts said the city “is excited to be able to put lifeguards back up at this beach.” Noting Black’s has very strong ocean conditions and some of the best surf anywhere, Wurts said, “Not only are we involved in rescues when we’re up here, but what we do with regard to preventative action is really the most important job that we do. If we can get to an incident that’s developing and keep it from becoming a critical situation … It’s going to be a very positive thing having lifeguards back up here patrolling the beach.”

Lifeguard Chief Rick Wurts talks about the deal that will bring lifeguards back to Black’s Beach during a press conference on Monday. Looking on are Gary Matthews of UCSD and City Councilwoman Sherri Lightner.

TPHS wrestling team’s season ends after late arrival By Karen Billing Torrey Pines wrestling team grapplers were missing from last weekend’s state championships. It’s not known whether any of the Falcon athletes would have competed at the meet as they were disqualified from the qualifying San Diego Section Masters Championships tournament on Feb. 25-26 due to the team’s arriving late to morning weigh-ins. Torrey Pines tried to appeal the decision to keep their wrestlers out, but Masters officials denied their appeal. “One wrestler probably would’ve qualified for state but he never got the opportunity,” said parent Kelly Hamilton of junior standout Luke Maffett.

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CASE continued from page 1 fendant. Gronemeier said the only liability the individuals would have would be under federal law under the reconstruction Civil Rights Act. “We made a decision that the burden of trying to prove that was too much,” he said. However, all five names continue to appear on the case, Church said, because the original captions remain even after amended complaints are filed. “It will always say all of those people, regardless of whether they’ve been dismissed or not,” he said. “The court never wants you to change a caption.” To date there have been no further amendments to the original complaint. Church said the operative complaint is the First Amended Complaint. The complaint states that around August 2009, a majority of board members “began to disregard that contractual division of labor and interfere with Dr. McClain’s areas of responsibilities by trying to micro-manage DMUSD.” A portion of the complaint reads: “Because Dr. McClain did not roll over and accept the foregoing usurpation of her responsibilities by the board majority, the board majority, in or about August 2009, began implementing a scheme or plan to try to pressure Dr. McClain to voluntarily resign.” McClain also charged that the board failed to specify in writing or orally the basis

SENIOR continued from page 1 getting involved, for pushing the issue not just for herself but for seniors who are already at the point where they cannot drive. “There are a lot of people here who are eagerly waiting for this news. I know it’s going to take a few months to get started but at least it is going to begin and we don’t have to worry about moving out of our houses,” Saltman said. “We can stay in our house if we have a way to get around.” Bothel said once they get a ridership base going in Carmel Valley, there is the possibility of JFS’ shuttle service, On the Go, to begin serving the area as well. To find out more about Rides and Smiles or learn about volunteer opportunities, visit

for her termination. She claimed the DMUSD breached her employment agreement on a number of grounds, calling the conduct of the DMUSD “arbitrary and capricious.” McClain is asking for monetary compensation she said was owed and never paid during her employment with the district, and for future wages after termination “through trial or according to proof at trial.” She is also asking for 30 percent of the aforementioned compensation for lost benefits, compensation for future losses in retirement income, and “for such other relief as the court deems just and proper.” Moving to trial Gronemeier said the next step is a case management conference on March 25 at which time a trial date will likely be set. He also wants a referee appointed to expedite some details. “We have a lot of battles over pre-trial discovery,” he said. In addition, he filed a motion for summary adjudication, which is scheduled for May 20, and will determine whether the district gave McClain proper termination notice. This is the motion that put into the public record the board’s evaluation of her performance and a letter of reprimand, to show that the district did not give McClain proper notice, he said. At the same time, Gronemeier also released a 57-page rebuttal from McClain, which seeks to counter point by point the criticisms in the evaluation. Church said a case management conference is attended by both parties’ attorneys and typically “lasts

Sounds of Hope for Children is March 25 Members of the Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary are hosting another fabulous Sounds of Hope for Children fundraising evening to help replace and improve the Institute’s old playground. This year’s event, “Martinis and the Dean-O-Holics,” will be held on March 25 at the historic Prado in Balboa Park and will have a Vegasstyle, rat-pack vibe. An incredible evening of dinner, drinks, live music, dancing, and live auction is in store for all! Tickets, which are available by invitation only, are only $175 per guest this year. To request an invitation or for underwriting information, please visit, email or call 858-461-0104.

about a minute.” He said there will likely be more documents released in the discovery phase, most of which “will ultimately become public through the court system unless there’s some type of protective order and there has not been one at this point.” Gronemeier said he has contacted Dan Shinoff, the district’s lead attorney on this case, to discuss using a private mediator to resolve the dispute. “I’ve been advocating that, [but] I haven’t gotten an answer as to whether they’re willing to do it,” he said. He said he favors mediation because “you usually get better results than some of the other alternatives available.” He said the law encourages it, and litigation is expensive and time-consuming. “So yeah, we would like to see that,” he said. DMUSD superintendent Jim Peabody said the district spent about $12,762 on legal fees on the McClain case in 2010: $9,036 through March 31 when she was released, and $3,726 from April 1 through Oct. 1. The district has litigation insurance, he said, which covers all legal and litigation fees once a lawsuit is filed, less a $1,000 deductible. The insurance carrier is the San Diego County Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority. The district’s annual premium is $21,808. Peabody said it was good news that the motion to strike attorneys’ fee was granted, and next steps will be setting a trial date and responding to McClain’s request for mediation. Documents released Documents released last week related to the lawsuit included an evaluation of McClain’s performance by the school board and a 57page rebuttal to the evaluation written by McClain. The district’s evaluation, written in September 2009, charged that McClain’s performance constituted a “breach of material terms” of the contract and cited deficiencies, willful neglect, failure to uphold contract provisions, and a “general inability to be effective.” Specifically, the evaluation cited gross negligence in reference to former assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Janet Bernard, whom McClain attempted to transfer to another position, assistant superintendent of human resources. In her rebuttal, McClain called this a “sound decision” and said Bernard “enthusiastically embraced the idea.” But Bernard said this was not true and that she never told McClain she wanted to move to human resources. “I was dumbfounded,” she said. “I was so caught offguard by it. I didn’t have a

chance to say anything. She just gave me a direct order. I never embraced the idea.” Bernard said she replied that she wanted a night to think about it, but it was announced that day. “She said there’s no discussion. This is where you’re going,” Bernard said. “No one would ever want to be told that they’re completely changing positions in two minutes and then it’s announced to the entire community.” Bernard, who served as the district’s interim superintendent from February 2008 when former superintendent Tom Bishop was released by the board until McClain was hired in September 2008, was particularly upset about McClain’s reference to “significant dissension in the district about Janet’s leadership.” Bernard said she never heard anything like that from board members, the former superintendent, or other staff. “I think she just wanted me out of the way,” she said. Former trustee Annette Easton was reluctant to comment on the references to Bernard in the evaluation and rebuttal, even though both have been made public, because they were originally closed session documents. She did say, though, that a formal complaint about the performance of an employee would require that the employee be notified of a closed session discussion on their performance. “There was never an agenda item that occurred in which Janet was notified that her performance was under review,” Easton said. Easton also said she had never heard any complaints about Bernard’s leadership from staff or community members. “The board really appreciated Janet stepping up and serving as our interim during the period that she did,” Easton said. “My reputation means everything to me,” Bernard said. “I just want my name cleared.” Undermining the board Other items mentioned in the evaluation included criticism of McClain for announcing a recommended candidate for a high-level position on a public agenda before discussing it with the board, which put trustees “in the position of publicly disagreeing with you instead of allowing personnel conversation to remain confidential.” McClain responded that the public posting “was in line with current practice in the DMUSD” and that it was “common practice to present the names of individuals recommended for employment in the public agenda.” The evaluation further charged that McClain undermined the school board and damaged the board’s reputation in the community. “You have positioned yourself as

fighting against the board instead of being part of a governance team” and “that you complain about the board both internally and externally,” the evaluation read. McClain denied this, responding that she “worked diligently with the board to promote a unity of purpose” and “consistently respected the board as the representative of the community.” The evaluation criticized McClain for attending too many conferences that they said interfered with her performance of duties. McClain said the conferences were “crucial for further professional development” and “absolutely necessary for me to be a good superintendent.” The evaluation also cited her alleged improper handling of the 7-11 committee, error-prone postings of public notices, disregard for openness and transparency, questionable use and selection of outside consultants, concerns at Del Mar Hills Academy, poor forward planning, lack of communication with board members, insufficient preparation for teacher contract negotiations, unresponsiveness to board questions, failure to update the board on key developments, and other matters. McClain took on each point in detail in her rebuttal, saying she provided strong leadership, vision, attention to detail, effective management skills, goals and objectives, backup material on agenda items, a focus on collaboration, and clear analyses of district concerns. She also said she worked without sufficient board feedback, coped with weekly rather than monthly board meetings, supported demoralized staff, and confronted serious issues in the district successfully, including the education foundation structure, enrichment programs, the ongoing budget crisis, district office facility needs, and equity. Naming names McClain listed a number of “key developments” about which she said she informed the board, in response to trustees’ criticism of her lack of communication. The issues included school reports of a lockdown, a suspected explosive device, an emergency evacuation, a police investigation, water contamination, passout games, whooping cough, and a student with a seizure. One item listed was a report “of a fifth-grade student from Del Mar Heights School who was taken to the hospital by ambulance because he told office staff he had taken cocaine.” McClain wrote that the incident happened June 9,

2009, a Tuesday. But Wendy Wardlow, principal of Del Mar Heights School, said that didn’t happen. “There was no student who reported taking cocaine on campus,” she said. “There was no ambulance that was called to the school.” Wardlow said there was a sixth-grade student who thought he had ingested something at home on a Saturday. Paramedics came to the private house but the child was found to be fine, she said. Remedies were suggested in the evaluation, but board members wrote that they “have serious reservations” about McClain’s abilities. Trustees referenced search firm principals Frank Cosca and Ken Noonan from The Cosca Group who were part of the team that selected McClain. Trustees said Cosca and Noonan “raised repeated concerns regarding the toxic relationship” and indicated that she was “not willing or able” to recognize the need to make adjustments. McClain, in her rebuttal, challenged these remarks by Cosca and Noonan, saying she contacted them and they denied making these statements. The performance review closed with the statement, “This evaluation has the endorsement of the entire board.” Signatures of all five board members were included: Annette Easton, Steven McDowell, Doug Perkins, Comischell Rodriguez and Katherine White. The vote seven months later to terminate McClain’s employment, however, was not unanimous but was 3-11, with Rodriguez opposed and McDowell abstaining. McDowell, Easton and White no longer serve as trustees. Rodriguez, who currently serves as school board president, would not comment on the case, although she did comment on the inclusion in the documents of the names of a number of district employees. “About my thoughts on the release of the evaluation and rebuttal by Sharon,” Rodriguez said in an email, “I will say that I don’t believe it was very nice. As a matter of practice in the DMUSD, we protect our employee evaluations and we will continue to do so.” “There was surprise that the names were not redacted before it was released,” said Jim Peabody, DMUSD superintendent. Regarding the lack of redaction in the rebuttal, Dale Gronemeier, McClain’s attorney, said, “I guess we didn’t see a compelling reason to do that.”

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Education decimation By Marsha Sutton Continuing with last week’s theme, more briefs have accumulated that are educationally noteworthy, mostly having to do with the frightful decimation of the education budget in Sacramento. Cuts for education A preliminary list of budget cuts to be considered if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions fail was recently prepared the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office. Those cuts affecting educaMarsha Sutton tion were compiled and distributed by School Services of California, a prominent education advocacy organization. This list includes a number of K-12 education programs, including: eliminate the class-size reduction incentive program for grades kindergarten through third (saving nearly $1.3 billion), reduce general-purpose funding by 2.2 percent (saving over $800 million), and end state support for hometo-school transportation (saving $500 million). The LAO also lists possible cuts for community colleges and the two state university systems. Items include reducing personnel costs, raising tuition, decreasing equipment funding, lowering enrollment, and limiting grant eligibility. “While the LAO’s list provides an interesting basis for discussion, we do not regard it as a proposal or even a speculative prediction of things to come,” states School Services of California. Rather, SSC said the list provides a description of possible cuts that California residents might expect under a worst-case scenario. Nevertheless, the list is a sobering reminder that hard times for education are far from over. Letting go of class-size reduction The LAO, according to School Services of California, surveyed school districts throughout the state and found that, despite gigantic state subsidies, K-3 class sizes on average have increased from 20 or 21 in 2008-2009 to about 25 students per class in 2010-2011. Class sizes in other grades have grown from 28 to 31 students over the same period of time. Even though the state pays a huge chunk of money to districts for the K-3 CSR program, it still doesn’t cover costs. As a result, many districts are choosing to forgo the state CSR money and increase class sizes to save dollars, which means needing fewer teachers. In a story last fall by The Hechinger Report, an independently funded nonprofit news organization affiliated with Teachers College at Columbia University, statistics indicate that “school personnel were hired at twice the rate that student enrollment grew from 1999 to 2007.” According to the report, experts are predicting that “the struggling economy is expected to reverse a decades-long trend toward smaller classes.” California’s class-size reduction program, now the largest in the nation, was launched in 1996 at a cost of $20 billion. But research shows “no gains in achievement attributable to smaller classes,” the report stated. Nevertheless, the program remains enormously popular. Parents “intuitively believe that small class sizes will allow more individual attention,” said Stanford University emeritus professor Michael Kirst in the report. In the Del Mar Union School District, a teachers’ con-

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CV mother/yoga instructor helps young girls boost self-confidence By Karen Billing Carmel Valley mom Jamie Dicken is doing all she can to help mothers find balance and encourage young “tween� girls to be healthy and happy. Her mother-daughter yoga program “Believe In She� aims to help boost self-confidence and grow stronger bonds between moms and their girls. Not even a year old, the organization’s classes in Solana Beach and La Jolla have been filling up and their March 3 event, Party for a Purpose, raised $7,500 for City of Hope, a non-profit that supports cancer, diabetes and AIDS research. “I know that I’m making a difference, that a need is there,� Dicken said. “It brings tears to my eyes. I’m so grateful.� Dicken, who also works as the vice president of a digital media company, is a La Jolla native who moved to Carmel Valley 11 years ago. The Believe In She movement really started when she started to take her longtime yoga habit more seriously. At 40, she really started looking at what she wanted for the next stage of her life and she started training to become a certified yoga instructor just for herself—to really understand the philosophy behind the movements. It was around that time when her daughter Juliette was approaching her tween years. “I was watching my daughter and I just saw this shift in her when she turned 10,� Dicken said. “Suddenly my confident, beautiful, amazing daughter was hiding in big sweatshirts, not making eye contact with adults. And I would listen to her friends say things like ‘I’m fat,’ and ‘I’m not smart.’� Dicken realized that yoga had done so much to keep her life balanced and centered—why couldn’t that work for 10-year-old girls as well? Through her research she found that young girls’ self esteem peaks at the age of 9 and then “takes a nose dive� and she was determined to do something to shift that self esteem cycle. She became a certified life coach and started Believe In She in October of last year.

Jamie and Juliette Dicken run Believe In She together. Believe in She is broken into four, eight-week sessions looking at topics such as body, voice and power. The classes include 45 minutes of mother/daughter yoga, led by both Jamie and Juliette, as Juliette was also certified as a yoga instructor for children 8-13. The class also includes about 30 minutes of discussion on topics like body image, friendships and healthy choices, really allowing a mother-daughter bond to strengthen. Each class is capped with a 15-20 minute art project—in one class the girls made eye pillows using socks filled with rice. A big part of Believe In She is journaling. The girls are prompted for journaling exercises, such as writing about what they are grateful for or what their dreams are. They learn movements that help express what they are feeling, like headstands when they feel joyful and breathing

poses for when they are more contemplative. The journals also provides them a “dumping groundâ€? to get out all of their thoughts and feelings. “I teach the girls to be able to really let our all their emotions when they feel they can’t talk to anyone else about it,â€? Dicken said. The girls also learn to set their daily intentions, such as intuition, “I am heardâ€? and compassion, “I am loved.â€? Believe In She has a special necklace that moms and daughters can wear—they pick the jewel that symbolizes that intention and lock it into the heart of their necklace, giving them a reminder throughout the day. Two series of classes are running right now at Akasha Yoga in La Jolla and the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle at the Solana Beach Boys and Girls Club. Another class had a full waiting list. Dicken is also planning a girls leadership camp for the summer and her son Spencer is already pushing for a Believe In He. The best part about Believe In She is that Dicken was able to find her daughter again. Through the program her daughter has gained the confidence to lead discussions and yoga and at the Party for a Purpose event last week even spoke in front of a room full of people when before she sometimes couldn’t look people in the eye. “I was so proud of her,â€? said Dicken. “She walks tall, she wears clothes that fit her and she’s so confident and happy‌I really created this for my daughter but if I’m able to help a wider group of girls then it will be more successful than I ever imagined. And if I’m able to start a movement to help girls all over and shift that cycle, it would be a dream come true.â€? To learn more about Believe In She, visit facebook. com/BelieveInShe or email Jamie Dicken at

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Del Mar Kiwanis Ugly Dog Show is March 13 at fairgrounds The Del Mar Kiwanis Club’s 16th Annual Ugly Dog Show, which 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 13, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Registration/ check-in is 10 a.m. -11 a.m. Show begins at 11:15 a.m. 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. The show’s Master of Ceremonies will be Sheryl Roush. Checkers the Clown, will be doing face painting, magic and will be giving away balloons. All proceeds from the event will benefit two San Diego County non-profit organizations: Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse Program, which provides shelter for pets of domestic violence survivors; Helen

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Abbey Road band at Belly Up Internationally-renowned Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will be performing a three-costume change concert show on March 16 at 8 p.m. at the Belly Up (143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach 92075). Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door and may be purchased online at or calling the box office at (858)481-8140.

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TPHS graduate found dead in Spain A body believed to be that of missing San Diego State student and Torrey Pines High School graduate Austin Bice has been found in a shallow river that runs through western Madrid, not far from the Spanish nightclub where the 22-year-old was last seen Feb. 25. A Spanish police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Bice was found in the Manzanares River and that the cause of death was unknown at presstime for this newspaper. There were no signs of foul play, according to several published reports. The news comes a day after more than 100 students held a candlelight vigil at SDSU for Bice, a senior who went to Spain in mid-January to study international business at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Early last week, a friend said Bice had planned to go to a nightclub Feb. 25 but he couldn’t get in and decided to walk home instead. — City News Service

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Special needs dog Addie in search of loving home By Marlena ChaviraMedford Staff Writer They say no matter your possessions, having a dog makes you rich. It’s a sentiment Solana Beach resident Sally Fleck can attest to. After adopting a couple of rescue dogs, Fleck recently became a foster volunteer for Lab Rescuers of San Diego — something she said has enriched her life more than she ever anticipated. It was through Lab Rescuers of San Diego that Fleck was able to open her home to Adelaide (also known as Addie), a 6-yearold golden Labrador and one of gentlest souls Fleck said she’s ever met. “She is pure love, and just wants to be loved,” Fleck said with Addie by her side, tenderly nuzzling her hand. Addie — who has Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), a recessive gene that causes loss of sight — was found blind and pregnant

roaming the streets of Apple Valley. She was scheduled for euthanasia until Lab Rescuers of San Diego intervened. In search of foster care for Addie, the organization called Fleck. Fleck admits she was initially hesitant about taking in a blind dog, but watching Addie in action has completely put those concerns to bed. She handles her eight newborn puppies with care, and has completely adapted to her blindness. “She is a truly an inspiration to me, and her blindness has not stopped her from being an incredible mother,” she said. “It’s been a few weeks since she gave birth so she is even starting to get back some of her energy and wanting to play again. She’s just a happy, good dog.” Fleck is now in search of permanent home for Addie, and hopes someone in the community will step up. “It is going to break my heart to give her up, but

my hope is that Addie can find a home in this neighborhood so I can still come visit her,” she said. “She’s a special dog, so I don’t want to give her to just anyone — but I think the right person is out there.” Fleck said she would keep her, but Addie has fallen into the swimming pool a few times and she worries about that being a danger in the future. Therefore, she said Addie would do best in a home that does not have a swimming pool, or at least has a safety guard around it. Addie also does well with other dogs, but not with cats because she tracks their scents. Addie is also totally potty trained, listens to voice commands, and walks well on a leash. “In fact, Addie and I went on a two-and-a-half mile walk the day before she gave birth,” Fleck added. “She doesn’t require a lot of exercise, but she’d be perfect for someone who wanted a companion on their stroll around the

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Three more restaurants coming to Del Mar Highlands Town Center Car Collector expert emcees Three new restaurants will soon open at the Del Mar High- esca Del Mar and Davanti Enoteca, two restaurants new to Motor Car Classic on April 3 San Diego but popular in Chicago. Owner and Chef Scott lands Town Center – Urban Plates, Mia Francesca Del Mar and Davanti Enoteca. The newcomers are in addition to four other restaurants the center recently announced as part of its dramatic renovation. “Urban Plates, Mia Francesca Del Mar and Davanti Enoteca will be excellent complements to the Del Mar Highlands Town Center,” said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president and general manager for Donahue Schriber, owner and operator of Del Mar Highlands Town Center. “Through our renovation, we are bringing an increased variety of quality dining, shopping and entertainment options to the Carmel Valley community.” Urban Plates is a fresh, convenient and affordable casual dine-in and take-out restaurant offering seasonal salads, grilled meats, poultry, seafood, high-quality sandwiches, soups, gourmet desserts, and beverages including organic coffee, wine and beer. Del Mar Highlands Town Center also welcomes Mia Franc-

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Students were excited at the book donation

Ocean Air donates much-needed books to Monarch School For their participation in the Holiday Book Drive, Ocean Air School was chosen by Barnes & Noble and City National Bank to receive a $2,000 donation of books. As Ocean Air is fortunate to have more than 9,000 books in its campus library, they decided to instead donate the books to the Monarch School, a school for homeless and at-risk children in downtown San Diego. On Friday, March 4, Ocean Air Principal Ryan Stanley received the check from City National and Barnes & Noble representatives and the school was able to send Monarch School representatives home with 150 new books. “The children cling to the books,” said Leticia Direen, Monarch School librarian. She described how one child checked out as many books as he could from the library because when he got back to the homeless shelter, the books were the only things he had and they offered him an escape. “They’re so into literature, they’re up-to-date with all the current titles so the new books are very important for us to receive. The children are so anxious to get the books, they ask every day when the books will arrive,” Direen said. — Karen Billing

Ocean Air students with Teresa McClatchy of Barnes & Noble, Leticia Direen of Monarch School, Principal Ryan Stanley and Chuck Cadwalader and Tony DiVita of City National Bank. Photos/Karen Billing

Annual online auction to benefit Carmel Creek’s enrichment classes Carmel Creek will hold its annual Solana Beach Foundation for Learning Online Auction ( the week of March 14-18, during ParentTeacher Conferences. The purpose of the fundraiser is to fund the programs that the school district believes are vital to the ongoing development of its students, which include: science, art, P.E. and technology classes. The auction items will be set up in the stage area at Carmel Creek during the week of Parent/Teacher conferences so that parents can look at the displays of art, teacher items, and business donations and then go home and bid on items online. The Solana Beach Foundation for Learning’s (SBFL) mission is to bridge the gap between the State of California public education funds and the actual cost of delivering, to every student, an award-winning education.




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Students shine at local spelling bee Eleven students from Santa Fe Christian Schools competed against 150 students in their quest for ribbons at the annual Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee. The Santa Fe students earned three ribbons, including a 1st place ribbon for first grader Nicole Carrasca. Pictured are: Back Row: Joe Coykendall, Carson Smith, Griffin Douglass, Cameron Anthony (3rd grade, 4th place ribbon), Justin Wilkey, and Lucas Tiangco. Front Row: Nicole Carrasca (1st grade, 1st place ribbon), Andew Chiang, Chase Kulchar, Rachel Kulcher. Not pictured: Ryan Thomas (5th grade, 4th place ribbon). Santa Fe Christian Schools is a Christian, college preparatory school located in Solana Beach, CA. For more information please contact us at: (858) 755-8900 or www.

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WRESTLING continued from page 4 model and get the kids to every meet on time,” Hamilton said. “He let the team down.” The 30-member team included just one senior, Kevin Bath, as well as a female wrestler, Ruby Lopez. In one of their last meets against Westview in February, Maffett and sophomore Martin Suaste both had three takedowns in their varsity team victories. The team also performed well at a meet against Mt. Carmel in January: Varsity sophomore Parker Sullivan had four takedowns and three escapes in his win. Varsity freshman Tim Gleeson and Maffett also recorded wins along with junior varsity members sophomore Joshua Kim and freshmen Danny Cox and Keeghan Grodi. “For the younger wrestlers, (Masters) is just a chance to compete at CIF championships,” Hamilton said. “It’s what the whole season builds up to...It’s just unfortunate we weren’t there. How much the kids improved over the season, we don’t know.”

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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS Solana Beach Barbershop offers top-notch haircuts and classic customer service By Marlena Chavira-Medford Staff Writer Solana Beach Barbershop has a classic charm, a feel that’s reminiscent of a time when life was a little slower and good service and good conversation went hand-in-hand. The nostalgic allure here is thanks, in large part, to owner Ted Williams, who cut his teeth at his father’s classic barbershop in 1940s Nashville. “This is an old-fashioned barbershop that’s all about offering good service along with a good product,” Williams said. After learning the ropes alongside his father, Williams served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, during which he worked as barber cutting the hair of his fellow servicemen. “I actually chose the Navy because it was the only branch that had a billet for barbers,” he explained. By the 1950s, Williams’ military assignment brought him to North County, which as he recalls “didn’t have a Interstate 5 and Highway 101 was a two-lane road, and it wasn’t all that smooth.” By 1957, Williams had opened an operation in Poway, where his father joined him, now working in his son’s shop. Williams eventually gave the shop to his father, working for a stint in the swimming pool industry before opening another shop in Vista and then working at another in Oceanside. Nearly 10 years ago, William opened Solana Beach Barbershop, which is open seven days a week and offers services for men, women, and children. “The community here has been very good to me. I’ve been cutting hair for more than 50 years, and one of the

Ted Williams things I’ve enjoyed most all along is visiting with the people who come into my shop,” said Williams, who is full of interesting tidbits, like that his cousin is famed Grand Ole Opry star Loretta Lynn ‘Lorrie’ Morgan — and colorful stories, such as the time he caught a 300-pound thresher shark during a deep sea fishing excursion. Ultimately, Williams

said he’s invested in bringing Solana Beach a quality product with top-notch customer service, and he hopes the community will invest back into him. “If there’s anything I could impress upon people it would be do to business with independent barbers. We are the people who have been here long before chains, and we’re the ones who will hopefully continue to be here in the future. Even though times may have changed, this is a real old-fashioned barbershop where things aren’t always done by the number.” Solana Beach Barbershop is located at 665 San Rodolfo Drive, suite 120, inside the Solana Beach Towne Center, near Marshalls. To make an appointment at Solana Beach Barbershop, please call 858847-0576.

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Standing: Anna Chamberlin, Bobbi Karlson, Denise Small. Seated: Terry Wolter, Linda Wiener; Torrey Pines High School students Ines & Alberto

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Germana Sanna, Tim Pickwell, Heidi Willoughby “A Toast To Torrey” was held on March 6. Torrey Pines High School parents and supporters enjoyed an intimate evening of casual elegance at the home of Rancho Santa Fe residents Louay and Sophia Alsadek. Wine and hors d’ oeuvres were served. “A Toast to Torrey” was a prelude event to “Pump Up the Volume,” which will be held at the Belly Up on April 2 to support programs that benefit all students at TPHS. Photos/Rob McKenzie

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Opinion: Developer negotiation games EMERSON’S CORNER The Del Mar and Carmel Valley communities are on the precipice of a dramatic BUD EMERSON change in Del Mar scale, den- resident

sity, and circulation. And most of us have no clue how radically this will change our daily lives. The change is not coming from the citizenry or their elected government. It is coming from an outrageous proposal for a gigantic retail and office development on the corner of El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights Road, characterized in their slick brochure as “Main Street.” The Kilroy Real Es-

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tate Company paid about $77 million for the property knowing it was zoned in the Community Plan for 510,000 square feet of building. They had to know that a big increase in density would be needed to achieve a profit. Would you believe they want more than 2 million square feet, a four fold increase! Actually, I do not think that is what they want. I suspect they are playing a developer scare game. If they had asked for an increase of a couple hundred thousand, the system would probably cut it back a few thousand — probably not enough to pad their profit. Instead, they scare the beejeesus out of us with a shocking 2 mill number and sit back while we howl in protest. Then they will stage two more strategic “reductions” probably a couple hundred thousand each, saying with a straight face that “we have listened to the community” but warning that these drastic reductions have “cut us to the bone.” We are relieved and fall for it. Bottom line is they get a three fold increase over the half mill called for in current zoning, telling us this is a “compromise where everyone wins.”

In fact, they will be the only winners. The rest of us lose the quality of life we now enjoy. This project is over 10 times as dense as the Ralph’s shopping center across the street. By the way, that center is already entitled to an increase of about two hundred thousand square feet. This will be bigger than the entire UTC shopping center. The increase in traffic from the proposed development could be more than 5 X greater than the current entitlement. We already know that the current traffic load onto I-5 is already jammed during commuting hours. Parking could become a nightmare for neighboring residential streets. Could we call the project “Pain Street”? Instead of playing their game and focusing on their profit, what if we involve the community in a rational conversation about what changes could enhance our lives and what changes should be discouraged to protect our residential neighborhoods. Then we ask our elected representatives to work for our interests. We can start by visiting a new website which will be online soon: whatpricemainstreet. com.


District 1’s population in 2010 was 207,000, the largest of any of the eight existing council districts. But Lightner said research by her own staff shows the figure is more likely between 220,000 and 240,000, meaning one or more communities will likely be shifted to another council district. “The expectation is Rancho Peñasquitos will no longer be in District 1,” Lightner said. Even before the census data has been released, jockeying regarding proposed boundary changes has already begun among various community groups. The Asian and Pacific American Coalition was the first to submit a proposed map for a new council district to the commission. The coalition’s map suggests creating a district that includes Rancho Peñasquitos, Mira Mesa, Miramar Base West and Kearny Mesa, with the goal of improving council representation for the local Asian and Pacific-American

continued from page 1 lot or filing a lawsuit. The nitty-gritty work of redistricting won’t begin until April 1, when official census numbers are released. The commission plans to contract for software and technical support that will allow it to analyze the census data and lay out the new council district boundaries. Information compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments indicates that the city of San Diego’s population at the start of 2010 stood at 1,376,173. If the census shows a similar population figure, the new council districts should each have a population of about 152,000. That means council District 1, now represented by Sherri Lightner, which includes La Jolla, University City, Carmel Valley, Rancho Peñasquitos and other areas, is likely to be trimmed during the redistricting process. SANDAG data show

Freeway expansion is the real threat to plants and animals It was heartening to read these headlines in last week’s Del Mar Times: “Lagoon project aims to benefit threatened birds, plants,” and, “Lagoon restoration enters home stretch.” A paragraph in the former article nicely summed up the importance of this matter: “Though it is a small plot of land, this is one of the last surviving coastal strand areas in the county. Sandwiched between Pacific Coast Highway and the Santa Fe railroad tracks, this sandy strip has been subjected to harmful intruders in the form of hikers, bicyclists, and non-native plants.” Think these intruders pose a problem? Both the San Dieguito River channel and San Elijo lagoons lie cheek-by-jowl with the planned expansion of I - 5. Whether SANDAG and the vested interests which drive them settle on four or six additional freeway lanes through these reserves to save drivers 20 minutes, the plants and animals in these, “...last surviving coastal strand areas,” face local extinction. Walter Carlin Del Mar

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population. The APAC proposal also calls for moving Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Rancho to District 5, drawing immediate objections from those communities, which want to remain in District 1 because of their ties to the coast. Because redistricting will affect many communities throughout the city, Lightner said city residents should pay close attention to the process. “Everyone who is interested should participate and I think everyone should be interested,” Lightner said. The city’s redistricting process is different than the county’s, where the Board of Supervisors appoints an advisory committee, but retains the final say over supervisorial district boundaries. Some observers believe the city’s process is superior. “It’s one of the great, great, great reforms out there,” said former San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre, who has filed lawsuits in the past against both the city and the county over their redistricting efforts. Political consultant Larry Remer strongly supports the city’s method, but said it doesn’t entirely remove politics from redistricting. Instead, it substitutes community politics for the personal politics of elected officials. “It’s not like this process removes the politics, it changes the politics,” Remer said, adding that that is not necessarily a bad thing. “Politics is the way we work out disputes… otherwise we have Libya.” Wong, the commission’s chief of staff, said to her knowledge, San Diego is one of just a few cities with their own independent redistricting commissions. In most cases, she said, redistricting is done by elected officials. (California voters have approved a commission that will set legislative and Congressional district boundaries this year.) The commission’s goals, said Dalal, the chairwoman, are to gather as much public input as possible, and to keep the process open and fair. “We want to do the best job we can to reach out and hear what people have to say about how the boundaries should be drawn,” Dalal said. The Redistricting Commission’s website is at www. Those who want information, or to schedule an informational presentation for their group, can contact the commission at Redistricting_2010@ or 619-533-3060.

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RECOVERY continued from page 1 facilities, reduction in police and brownouts at city fire stations. The answer is not in increased fees, he said, citing how water bills are up and yet people are using less water. “We don’t have to watch this play out month after month, year after year,” DeMaio said. “Solutions can be put in place if we’re willing to make the tough decisions.” DeMaio said the pen-

EDUCATION continued from page 7 Gov. Brown is proposing to cut over $700 million from the $2 billion childcare and preschool budget by reducing the number of spaces available, raising eligibility requirements, and eliminating childcare services for older students. To plug part of this hole, the LAO is suggesting that the state withdraw funding for Basic Aid districts’ categorical programs, which experts estimate could be as high as $800 per student. Basic Aid districts – which include Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and San Dieguito – are funded primarily by local property tax revenue, while the other “Revenue Limit” districts are also funded partially by property taxes but are backfilled by the state to reach an acceptable level of funding. In addition, all districts are provided with state funding for specific “categorical” programs. Basic Aid districts, which account for about 10 percent of the state’s total, are allowed to keep their excess local tax revenue – or at least they were until two years ago when these districts agreed to give back to the state their “Fair Share” of money. This Fair Share was calculated to be in direct proportion to the cuts absorbed by the other 90 percent of school districts decimated by state cutbacks. The idea was that the pain should be equally distributed, and Basic Aid districts agreed that it was their moral duty to return money to the state, to be fair and equitable. But the LAO’s proposal would mean that Basic Aid

sion program is driving the city’s budget deficit. In defined benefits alone, the cost has jumped $82 million in 2010 to $232 million this year and it will continue to climb to about $500 million by 2024. The pension accounts for 67 percent of the payroll for the city—in average businesses it accounts for 14 to 16 percent. “A financial recovery plan has to put heavy emphasis on pension and health care reform,” DeMaio said, noting that the deficit can be seen throughout the city—that pothole in your neighbor-

districts would be contributing even more as a percentage of their budgets than the non-Basic Aid districts. “I do think it is possible that Basic Aid districts may be required to take additional cuts, but cannot ‘crystal ball’ final resolution,” said Leslie Fausset, superintendent of the Solana Beach School District, in an email. Jim Peabody, Del Mar Union School District superintendent, agreed with Fausset’s assessment, using a similar forecasting symbol. “I think this will probably be approved, but my crystal ball has not been very good in the past,” he said. “I understand that they’re trying to uncover any piece of funding they can find.” Fair Share, Peabody said, was intended to equalize the pain. “That was the theory,” he said. Fausset said the LAO proposal would mean a larger percentage cut for Basic Aid districts than Revenue Limit districts. “But I don’t know how likely it is to actually come to pass,” she said. Peabody said districts are still trying to get clarification and that more information should be available later this week. “I think this time they’re really serious about trying to get a solution to the budget sooner rather than later,” he said, of state legislators. Some Basic Aid districts have additional challenges, because many are experiencing significant property tax decreases, Fausset said. “It’s a very difficult time for everyone right now, which is an understatement of the seriousness of where we are,” she said. “I truly worry about this generation of students with all the turmoil and impacts.” Marsha Sutton can be reached at: SuttComm@

hood hasn’t been filled because the city is filling the pension pothole. A big part of his plan is ensuring that the city’s costs and pay are in line with costs seen in the private sector. He takes issue with things like specialty pays and bonuses. In one case, employees were receiving a bonus that amounts to $5.4 million a year, or more than half of what it would take to restore browned-out fire stations. “You have to look at it and say why are we forced to make service cuts when there are so many practices

not common anywhere else,” DeMaio said. “It’s no longer defensible.” There are 16 legal reforms the city can make, DeMaio said. The reforms just need to be approved by the mayor and city council. Reforms include requiring that city employees pay their fair share, setting up a 401K program that allows employees to opt out of higher pension tiers (giving them more take-home pay) and freeze the highest pensionable salary for five years, which could flat line the city’s

payments instead of seeing them rise. There are currently about 10,500 city employees and about 900 are unclassified and unrepresented, meaning the rest are in six labor unions. “I have no problem with collective bargaining, I have a problem with elected officials doing bidding on behalf of labor unions… they need to bring the taxpayer voice to the table,” DeMaio said. He hopes to bring pension reforms to a public vote by June 2012, but the rest of the issues will need

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to be approved by all five council members and the mayor. He said if people support his plans, the council and the mayor need to feel the heat—all are up for election next year. “By voting down Prop D you put them in a box,” he said. “Do not underestimate the power of phone calls and e-mails. Make it part of your daily routine, bombard them and let them know what you think.” To check out the Roadmap to Recovery, visit

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Brendan Santana sweeps Gold At 2011 Short Course Junior Olympics Brendan Santana, 11, wins high points in the boys 11 12 division at this year’s short course Junior Olympics which was held at Poway community pool Feb. 25-27. Brendan was the only high points winner this year with a perfect score, six first place wins: 500 free, 50 & 100 fly, 50 & 100 back and the 200 individual medley. Brendan was also a member of Pacific Swim’s freestyle and medley boys 11-12 relay teams which also took home the gold. Pacific Swim came in first place as a team beating out their rival North Coast Aquatics, which is the largest team in San Diego. This is Brendan’s third time in two years to win high points, short course 2009 and last summer he won high points with a perfect score, six golds, in the long course Junior Olympics August 2010. Brendan hopes to go on to compete at Far Westerns March 31- April 3, where they will have the fastest swimmers in the western region. Brendan is in need of sponsors for Far Westerns and upcoming meets. If you can help this future Olympian with a tax deductible donation or just need information contact or Di at Pacific Swim 858-486-3670.

The championship team pictured with Coach Todd Billings (left) and Coach Eric Phawn. Top row: Maxx, Alex, David, Tobin, Max, Taelon, Andrew. Bottom row: Anthony, Brianna, Mitchel, Charlie, Sherif, Tatiana.

Registration open for The Nelson Middle Years Flag Carmel Valley Dons football Football Season goes 9-0-1; Team Registration is now open for the Fall 2011 tackle football season. Boys and Girls between the ages of 5-14 are invited to sign up. Divisions are based on grade and age with no weight limits for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Danny Talman, president of the Carmel Valley Dons said, “this is an exciting time for youth football in San Diego County as we truly are preparing our football players for high school football. We have eliminated weight limits at our upper levels and kids now play at their grade appropriate level. Many kids who were too heavy to play youth football in the past can now come out and join a tackle team and

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wins IMSL Championship The Nelson Middle Years flag football team at The Children’s School, La Jolla, fielded a co-ed flag football team this season and was crowned Independent Middle School League (IMSL) “A team” champions after a season with an impressive 9-0-1 record. The team of fifth through eighth graders competes against other schools in the IMSL: Horizon Prep, Grauer, Encinitas Country Day and Saint Joseph’s Academy. Other competitive sports played at the Nelson Middle Years are volleyball and cross country.

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FOOTBALL, continued from page 20 don’t have to wait until high school to play tackle football.” When asked about the lower levels, Talman remarked that even though the DONS are grade base, weight limits are in place for 3rd -5th graders as these levels are seen as developmental tackle football divisions along with the Dons flag football program for K-2nd grade. Talman went onto say, “we want our older players to challenge themselves with their peer group in preperation for the environment they will experience in high school football. Therefor we do not allow kids to play down a level or two.” To sign up for the 2011 season or for more information on the Carmel Valley Dons youth football and cheer program, please visit the Carmel Valley Dons website at The Carmel Valley Dons Youth Football and Cheer was formed in 2010 to create a very competitive Division 1 football program in the Carmel Valley area. The league’s home stadium is Cathedral Catholic High School and is proud to wear their colors. Informally nicknamed “Little Dons” by the Cathedral High football players, they contribute much of their first year success to the support of Varsity Head Coach Sean Doyle and Athletic Director David Smola. For information about the league please visit

Bumper To Bumper Q. Dan: I have been looking at new cars and trucks at the dealership and I noticed almost every manufacturer is eliminating the passenger door lock so you can’t manually unlock the door to let your passenger in or remove items on Dave Stall the passenger seat. What gives? I like opening the passenger door for my wife. She loves it and in fact will wait for me to open the door, rain or shine. Can you order me a vehicle with the passenger door lock in place? Thanks — love your column. A. Dave: Finally someone else who has the same complaint as I do. The reason for the missing passenger door lock is money and with the advent of keyless entry, the manufacturer feels all you need to do is click your remote and you can then open the door for your sweetie. I would rather have the lock put back into the passenger door. Thanks for the kind words! Q. Jose: I was at Costco the other day looking for a parking space when I noticed the Electric Vehicle Charging Station was empty, so I pulled in. At that moment, my wife said I would get a ticket if I parked there and she made me move. I thought the EV-1 was discontinued and no longer on the road. Any ideas? A. Dave: No, you won’t get a parking ticket for parking in the EV-1 parking spot at Costco. They have been recalled by General Motors and are no longer on the road. The EV-1 was released too early by GM — the public wasn’t ready for the car. I bet it would lease like hot cakes if it were re-released today!


Q. Lee: I took my 2000 Chrysler minivan in for its normal service at my neighborhood gas station (whom I trust completely) and the tech recommended a transmission flush as part of the service. He said he just bought this machine that would make my transmission last longer if I did a flush versus a normal service. I read your column every week and I remember you saying something about not flushing. Could you refresh my memory? By the way, I have not done the service as of yet and I have 56,665 miles on the minivan. A. Dave: The argument is alive and well when it comes to flushing versus just servicing the automatic transmission. Most transmission shops service the transmission, but a lot of your independent shops and dealerships look at the flush machine as a profit center. A service may run you $60 but a flush could cost you $149 or higher. Here is the rule of thumb when it comes to servicing versus flushing: If you started flushing at 15,000 miles and you plan to flush every 15,000 miles then there should be no problem. If you have never flushed your transmission or have done say, one service at 15,000 miles, then it is not recommended. The high detergent transmission fluid will wash out the inside of the transmission and take with it clutch material that could cause damage to the internal working parts of the transmission. A service is just a matter of dropping the pan, replacing or cleaning the filter, and replacing the fluid that was in the pan. The fluid in the torque converter stays in there and helps with lubrication. My suggestion is to service the transmission once a year and replace or clean the filter. If you detect a leak, fix it immediately. If you tow with an automatic transmission, install a transmission temperature gauge (and cooler). Heat kills automatic transmissions!

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Week in sports By Gideon Rubin Girls soccer: Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section Div. I title in thrilling fashion, as senior standout Katie Trees scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Falcons to a 1-0 victory over Poway in the March. 5 championship game at Westview High. Trees, a rare two-sport scholarship athlete who will play both soccer and lacrosse at Duke, scored two minutes into the sudden death overtime period off a Courtney Massimino assist. Falcons goalie Hunter Rittgers recorded three saves. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 20-2-4 heading into the Southern California regional playoffs. The Falcons were schedule to play host to Ayala of Chino Hills (19-5-4) in a first round game on March. 8. The victory was also a nice send off for longtime Falcons coach Dennis Costello, who will retire after this season. The Falcons shut out all three playoff opponents, outscoring their opponents 12-0 over that span. The defeated Mission Hills 4-0 in a March 2 semifinal in which Trees and Alexandra Bailey each scored one goal and had one assist, and goalie Heather Schlesier had four saves. ***** Cathedral Catholic lost a heartbreaker in the Div. III finals, as La Jolla outscored the Dons 3-1 on penalty kicks to break a 1-1 tie after 80 minutes of regulation and a 15-minute sudden death overtime period. Cathedral Catholic took a 1-0 lead when Kendall Kraus scored off a Jamie Schnieders assist midway through the first half., but La Jolla tied the game shortly afterwards. Dons goalie Hanna Macaulay had five saves. The Dons advanced to the finals after beating Mission Bay 2-1 in the semifinals. Brittany Doan and Mikaela Kraus each scored one goal for the Dons, and goalie Lizzie Stabile had three saves. The Dons concluded their season with a 15-7-4 overall record. Boys soccer: Santa Fe Christian upset previously unbeaten Pacific Ridge 1-0 in the San Diego Section Div. V title game on March 5. Ryan Howes scored the game’s only goal midway through the second half off a Matt Bennett assist. Eagles goalie Parker Hight had eight saves. The Eagles advanced to the finals by beating Borrego Springs 1-0 in a March 1 semifinal. Chris Pena scored the game’s only goal off an Austin Knoth assist. Hight had five saves. The Eagles improved to 9-11-4 overall for the season

The Torrey Pines girls soccer team celebrates their 1-0 overtime victory over Poway. Photo/Anna Scipione going into Southern California regional playoffs. The Eagles were scheduled to play at Salesian of Los Angeles (16-3-4) in a first round game on March 8. ***** Torrey Pines lost to Rancho Bernardo 4-3 in the Div. I finals on March 5. Garrett Heine, Robert Matsuura and Sean Doyle each scored goal to lead the Falcons. The Falcons defeated Poway 5-3 in a March 1 semifinal to advance to the finals. Matsuura scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Falcons, and Colin McAtee contributed one goal and two assists. The Falcons concluded their season with a 13-8-5 overall record. ***** Boys basketball: Torrey Pines lost to La Costa Canyon 68-48 in the San Diego Section Div. I finals at Jenny Craig Pavilion on March 5. Joe Rahon scored 22 points to lead the Falcons and Nick Kerr added nine points. The Falcons, who’d won nine consecutive games and 15 of their last 16 games heading into the finals, fell to 25-6 overall for the season. The Falcons advanced to the finals after beating Rancho Buena Vista 70-60 in a March 2 semifinal. Rahon scored 25 points to lead the Falcons, and Max Heller added 19 points. The Falcons qualified for the state tournament and were scheduled to play on the road against Loyola of Los Angles (245) in the first round on March 8. Girls basketball: Cathedral Catholic lost to Mount Miguel 63-55 in the San Diego Section Div. III title game on March 5 at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Emily Kearney scored 15 points to lead the Dons and Kristina Christina Kime added 14 points. Malia Nawahine contributed 12 points. The Dons were making their first title appearance since moving from San Diego (when they were University High) to Del Mar in 2005. They advanced to the finals after upsetting their Western League nemesis Our Lady of the Peace (a team the Dons lost to twice during the regular season) in a March 1 semifinal. Kime scored 24 points to lead the Dons and Kearney added 19. Wendy Anae contributed 12 points. The Dons advanced to the state tournament, and were scheduled to play on the road against Bonita of La Verne (28-3) in a first round game on March 8. Notes: Torrey Pines’ Div. I soccer championship on Feb. 5 capped a whirlwind wind for Katie Trees. The two-sport Duke-bound standout was named the ESPN RISE girls’ soccer Player of the Week on March 2, She was also named by Adrenaline-West Side Lacrosse as the West Coast region’s top-ranked player in its annual top 25 elite players’ poll. ***** Canyon Crest Academy two-sport standout Cory Osetkowski has committed to play basketball and baseball in the Ivy League at Columbia. Osetkowski averaged 19.5 points, 15.6 rebounds and 6.5 blocks to lead the Ravens to a Valley League title last month. He’s also a pitching standout who last season went 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA to lead the Ravens to a Coastal League South title.

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Diane Johnson Solana Beach resident Diane Johnson grew up in Cannon Falls, a sleepy Minnesota town. While it was a happy life, Johnson said she felt a draw to explore the world — a journey that began when she traveled through Europe as a student at the University of Minnesota. That set the foundation for her globetrotting, which has taken her to Cuba, Vietnam, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, the Galapagos, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Russia, just to name a few. While attending law school at the University of Minnesota, she administered the university’s Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research, which gave her experience with the world of medical devices. After graduating from law school, she joined St. Jude Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of cardiac devices that was headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. Not only was she the company’s first in-house legal advisor, but she was also the first woman in senior management. When she retired from the company in 1997, she was vice president and general counsel. “I decided that when I retired, I wanted to live somewhere where I could walk outside any day of the year without putting on a winter jacket and boots,” Johnson said. That decision eventually brought her to the warm shores of Solana Beach. Johnson decided to dedicate her retirement years entirely to volunteering for worthy causes. Since 1997, she has helped animals through Rancho Coastal Humane Society, the Pet Encounter Therapy Program at Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. She has also spent about nine years volunteering with The Make a Wish Foundation of San Diego, which she said has given


Surgeon and Padres’ head team physician recognized for his breakthrough research By Arthur Lightbourn He comes from a long line of Lutheran ministers. He and his father, both of whom didn’t like public speaking, a definite asset for preachers, broke with family tradition by becoming physicians. Today, his father is a retired pathologist in Del Mar and he — Dr. Heinz Hoenecke Jr., also of Del Mar — is a Scripps Clinic orthopaedic surgeon, head team physician for the San Diego Padres, team physician for the U.S. Ski Team, an avid pilot and a researcher/inventor recognized for his breakthrough research in the treatment of shoulder injuries. Hoenecke Jr. presented his research findings gathered over the past eight years to this year’s annual national conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons last month in San Diego. He unveiled his latest contribution, a new iPad app developed by his research team at Scripps to help Padres’ trainers monitor the day-to-day health of Padres’ pitchers, and revisited last year’s introduction of a modified Nintendo Wii gaming device to digitally monitor range-of-motion in pitchers’ shoulders. Both are ‘firsts’ in Major League baseball sport medicine We interviewed the 54-year-old surgeon in his ocean-view home. “Find a problem, fix a problem and make a difference,” Hoenecke says. “That’s what I am trying to accomplish with the research and inventions.” Hoenecke was born in Kittery, Maine, where his father was serving in the Navy. He was the second eldest of four children. He attended high school in Phoenix, Arizona, and showed an early talent for things scientific and mechanical.

Dr. Heinz Hoenecke Jr. with Ciba PHOTO: JON CLARK He enjoyed building things and fixing cars, minibikes and motorcycles. “If I hadn’t become a doctor,” he ventured, “I would have liked to have been an engineer, but I’m not sure I’m smart enough.” Fortunately, he said, orthopaedics has a mechanical element to it. “Orthopaedics has the ability of fixing things. If somebody comes in with a problem, you can mechanically repair what’s wrong and that’s very gratifying.” He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, 1979; his M.D. from the University of Arizona, 1983; his internship in general surgery (1983-84) and residency in orthopaedic surgery

(1984-88), also from the University of Arizona; and his sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman/Hawkin Sports Medicine Clinic in Vail, Colorado, 1990-91. After working in private practice for several years in San Diego, Hoenecke joined Scripps Clinic in 1997. “A lot of my [early] shoulder research has been in … shoulder replacements, artificial shoulders,” he said. ‘That’s how I got into the research initially because I was seeing in the operating room that some of the shoulder prostheses weren’t fitting exactly right.” At the time, most joint replacement surgeries were performed on lower, weightbearing extremities such as knees and hips. The medical

community believed the strategy for replacing lower extremity joints, using the shape and position of the bones to assess mechanics, would also apply to upper extremities such as the shoulder. “We felt these traditional beliefs were off base,” he said, “because in the shoulder, muscles are more important than bones in transmitting mechanical forces.” But he had to prove it. Working with Scripps Clinic’s biomechanics orthopaedic research lab, he and his colleagues, using the same type of software used for testing stress points in bridges and buildings, developed a sophisticated computer-animated shoulder simulator that could look at cat scans in 3-D. Hoenecke credits Dr. Darryl D’Lima, the M.D., Ph.D. director of the Scripps Clinic orthopaedic research laboratories, with being “the brain behind everything I tell you that has the word ‘computer’ in it.” The computerized program measures how much stress is put on muscles during various motions. “That made us realize that the muscles are the major factor for proper alignment [of a prosthesis] in the shoulder, whereas in the knees and hips, it’s the bones.” They found that there was a problem in determining the best way to align the prosthesis in the body. The breakthrough came when they were able prove that the traditional methods of assessing the alignment for knee and hip replacements doesn’t work the same in the shoulder. Knowledge gained from the research has enabled Scripps to develop an expertise in positioning and




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If you go What: San Diego Latino Film Festival with works from Latin America, Spain, USA When: Screenings begin at 4 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m. weekends, with the last of the evening starting at 10:30 p.m. each night, March 10-20 Where: UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center in Mission Valley. Parking is free. Tickets: $10-$8 single screenings; multiple-film packages available, including VIP seating Media Arts Center: (619) 230-1938 Film schedule: HYPERLINK “http:// www.sdlatinofilm. com” sdlatinofilm. com

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World Premiere Musical Little Miss Sunshine Must Close March 27! Hop on the bus with the Hoover family as they embark on a cross-country trek chasing the title of "Little Miss Sunshine" in this outrageously funny new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. For the best seats, ask about our Gold Circle. (858) 550-1010

CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING Tidepooling Adventures March 19: 2:30-4:30 p.m., $12 Visit a local tide pool to learn how these amazing habitats and their inhabitants truly survive "between a rock and a hard place." Aquarium naturalists will guide participants through fragile tide-pool communities and help them discover the wonderful world of tide pools.

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Mexico: Expected/Unexpected On view through May 15 Featuring artworks from the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection (CIAC), Mexico: Expected/Unexpected showcases the key figures of the Mexican contemporary art scene alongside selected international art practitioners.

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3/17 Art Lecture with renowned photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann

See one of America’s greatest ballet companies perform an evening of vibrant and unforgettable dance.

3/19 Book & Craft Sale 3/20 Johann Sebastian Bach Birthday Concert 3/23 Jim Hall 80th Birthday Jazz Concert 3/25 Henschel Quartett Chamber Concert

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Iris Food and Spirits includes patio seating that offers views of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.


Brothers from Boston serve American favorites at Iris BY KELLEY CARLSON armel Valley’s Iris Food and Spirits reflects the roots of its owners Tommy and Edd Golden. The restaurant is named for their mother’s favorite flower, and the showy plant is the main focus of the decor. Pictures of the iris hang from the restaurant’s purple walls, and tiles with its image are seen behind the bar. The carpeted floor has a floral print pattern, and the species can be found blooming around the establishment’s exterior. Yet Iris Food and Spirits also has a bit of East Coast flair — the staff wears Boston team sports caps as part of their uniform in honor of the Golden brothers’ hometown. Described by Tommy Golden as “neighborhood-y,” Iris is a destination restaurant for many customers, but there are quite a


Iris Food and Spirits co-owner/chef Tommy Golden prepares a dish.

Some of the decor at Iris includes colorful vases and glass art.

few regulars as well. “People will come in wearing shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops, and buy $150 bottles of wine; they feel comfortable,” Golden said. Diners have a choice of sitting in the main dining room, at the bar, or on the patio that offers views of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. The dining room and patio can each accommodate 45 people; the bar seats 10. Golden recommends reservations — especially in winter when the patio is covered but not enclosed and not open for seating if it rains. However, there are heaters for the occasional chilly evening. Dinner is served daily at Iris, with lunch during weekdays. Children receive their own special menu along with crayons and paper to pass the time. The grownups can order specialty cocktails

Co-owner/chef Tommy Golden says his favorite menu selection bears his name: Tommy’s Pork and Beans

On The Menu Recipe Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at, click ‘On The Menu.’ ■ This week: Iris Cassoulet made with the establishment’s own syrups, such as the Iris Petal, which incorporates the actual plant. They may also choose from a number of wines or brews, many of which are discounted during happy hour, held from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays. The restaurant’s menu is primarily American cuisine; the signature dish is Iris Cassoulet,

The main dining room and bar at Iris display images of the flower.

similar to the French Cassoulet except chicken is used instead of duck making it “lighter,” Golden said. His personal favorite menu item: his namesake, Tommy’s Pork and Beans. Local organics are used in dishes whenever possible, Golden added. Much of the greens come from San Marcos and Chino’s Vegetable Shop in Rancho Santa Fe, while shellfish are obtained from Carlsbad Aquafarm. Iris occasionally holds special events — the wine dinners and beer dinners are usually limited to 40 people and often have waiting lists. Tuesdays are Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) Nights, where the corkage fee is waived for up to four bottles. The restaurant does limited catering in the area, mostly in Carmel Valley and Del Mar, Golden said.

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Dine ‘Fore’ smiles 19th Annual Fresh Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Start for Kids Celebrity Golf Classic Theater to present ‘A Night at the Bijou’

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Hollywood actors, and professional athletes join forces on March 14 at the Morgan Run Golf Club to tee off in support of transforming the lives of children through reconstructive surgery. The Classic kicks off on Sunday night, March 13, with dinner, cocktails, live/silent auctions and a special guest speaker. This year’s dinner auction includes a chance to become honored guests at a night of dining with the US Marine Corp at Camp Pendleton. The Mess Night Dinner with the marines and their spouses is orchestrated like the traditional “Mess Night” of the 1920s. The meal is formal and conducted in a regulated setting with specific rules complete with “fines” for participant transgressions. The evening concludes with traditional toasts to pay honor and respect to all the campaigns the Marine Corps has fought in and to the success of the Marine Corps. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a glimpse into a night that builds knowledge of the corps customs and courtesies, as well as their camaraderie. When you dine ‘fore’ smiles you give...a child hope for a future free of physical deformity, an opportunity for safe, top-quality medical care for an under-privileged child, hope to improve a child’s confidence and self-esteem. To attend the event, contact Michelle Pius at or Amanda Thompson at

The award-winning Canyon Crest Academy Theater Program will perform “A Night at the Bijou,” a madcap musical revue inspired by classic American vaudeville. When all of the professional vaudeville performers get stuck on a train in a snowstorm, a cast of zany amateurs volunteer so that the show can go on. This original vaudeville musical runs March 16-19, at the Proscenium Theater, Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. “A Night at the Bijou” was written by Bernard Baldan for the actors and musicians of Canyon Crest Academy, and, true to the times of the early 20th century, is a multi-media event incorporating vaudeville acts, film, and music of the era written and performed by CCA musicians. Bernard Baldan created and directed the play. “We’ve worked hard to make this play a unique event for the audience and the performers as well. Besides the absolute joy of live vaudeville acts, we bring the audience members back to the time when vaudeville and film were battling for the attention of the American public.” Tickets run from $8-19 and can be purchased at

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SURGEON continued from page B1 refining the alignment of shoulder prostheses. The 3-D shoulder simulator model also allows doctors to perform “virtual surgeries” on a laptop computer the night before performing a surgery. Hoenecke performs about 60 shoulder replacements each year. Arthritis and injuries are the major causes requiring shoulder implants. Hoenecke is now in his third season as head physician with the Padres. In pitchers, he said, it’s very rare to see arthritis in the shoulder, he said. “They do wear out their tendons, but rarely do they develop arthritis in their shoulders.” Most of the energy for pitching a baseball comes from the hips and the shoulder acts more like a funnel, if the pitcher is doing it right.” One of the most important things to monitor in a pitcher, he said, is his range of motion, how much rotation he has in the shoulder. Recording each pitcher’s range of motion manually with someone moving the pitcher’s arm and another person recording the data was labor-intensive and time-consuming, Hoenecke indicated. “So I thought there must be an easier way to collect more range of motion data more frequently so I could detect their changes over time,” he said. “So I got with my dad who lives a few blocks away and in his workshop, got some stainless steel,

and built a device to measure internal and external range of motion in a shoulder.” The device was constructed so a pitcher could rest his arm in it and rotate his arm. Hoenecke velcroed a digital woodworking inclinometer onto it to automatically measure the range of motion. Then with the help of an engineer who enjoys baseball, he improved the device even further to make it lighter and more mobile, and then with his researchers as Scripps hooked the device up to a computer to produce a readout on the range of motion data. He hasn’t come up with a name for it yet, he said. “If you can think of good name for it,” he laughed, “it’ll make my life easier.” A further development came when he and his partner, Dr. Jan Fronek, former Padres’ head physician for many years, figured out that a Nintendo Wii gaming device could be modified to make measuring range of motion even easier. “So I paid a college kid $1,000 to write a program on this open-platform software so this little game device can send the information to my computer instead of to the Nintendo device so that we can put it up against someone’s arm and we can measure their range of motion wirelessly.” Why is it so important to be able to measure a pitchers’ range of motion? Because, Hoenecke said, the most common complaint with pitchers is a soreness in

the shoulder. “And when it gets sore, it gets a little tight and loses a little bit of what we call internal rotation. And because of that tightness, when they go to throw, it pushes the [shoulder] ball up against the socket and pinches the rotator cup muscle. “When they get tight, it also predicts the possibility that they can develop an injury and even end up needing surgery. So if we detect the tightness early and treat it with stretching or rest or both, then we can potentially prevent injuries. “So we measure range of motion of all the pitchers at the beginning, middle and end of the season and in between whenever we need to.” His other inventions include a surgical instrument that does the job of two instruments used in arthroscopic (camera-assisted) shoulder operations and a positioning pillow and technique that shortens surgery time. Earlier this year, Hoenecke’s body of research was honored with the Thornburg Award given annually to a Scripps Clinic surgeon for significant research achievements. And last year, he and his wife, who is an anesthesiologist, assembled a four-person team to teach orthopaedic surgeons in the northeastern African country of Eritrea how to perform arthroscopic surgery.

Quick Facts Name: Heinz R. Hoenecke Jr., M.D. Distinction: Scripps Clinic orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, and inventor Dr.Heinz Hoenecke is head team physician for the San Diego Padres and team physician for the U.S. Ski Team. He is renowned for his breakthrough research into the treatment of shoulder injuries. Resident of: Del Mar Born: Kittery, Maine, 54 years ago Education: B.A. (Highest Distinction), University of Arizona, Tucson, 1979; M.D., University of Arizona, 1983; internship in general surgery (1983-84) and residency in orthopaedic surgery (1984-88), also at the University of Arizona; fellowship at the Steadman/Hawkin Sports Medicine Clinic, Vail, Colorado, 1990-91. Family: He and his wife, anesthesiologist Dr. Barbara Strawn, have been married 24 years. They have two sons, Karl, 18, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, and Matthew, 21, who is studying business and finance at the University of Colorado, Bolder. Pets: “Ciba,” a six-year-old Brittany Spaniel, and “Four,” a black and white cat. Interests: Flying. Both he and his wife are instrumentrated pilots. Snow skiing and water sports. Current reading: “Outliers: The Story of Success, an examination of the factors that contribute of high levels of success,” by Malcolm Gladwell. Favorite film: “Across the Universe,” a 2007 musical told mainly through numerous Beatles songs. Favorite vacation spot: Crested Butte, Colorado Philosophy: “Find a problem, fix a problem and make a difference. That’s what I am trying to accomplish with the research and inventions.”

Family Winemakers of California presents ‘Tasting 2011’ March 13 More than 200 wineries, all members of Family Winemakers of California, will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 13, for the Association’s 3rd annual appearance in San Diego (1-3 p.m., trade only tasting; 3-6 p.m., trade and public tasting). This highly-anticipated trade and consumer tasting will showcase small, family-owned wineries. Wine enthusiasts will meet winemakers and winery-owners, taste from over 1,000 different wines, and explore the ever-increasing range of wine varietals and blends that California’s wineries are producing. For more information on participating wineries, ticket sales, and trade registration, please go to For more information, please contact: or call at 415-705-0646.

Attract barn owls to your yard by installing an owl nesting box!

Paws in the Park slated for March 20 The City of Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission will present its annual Paws in the Park on Sunday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Avenue. Neighbors are invited to bring their leashed dogs to the park for a day full of petfriendly fun. For more information, please call Kirk Wenger at 858-720-2453.

Kaiser needs volunteers The Kaiser Permanente Volunteer Department is seeking people to be part of their team of volunteers who are friendly, compassionate, caring and interested in helping patients and visitors. A commitment of four hours per week is requested. Volunteers are needed at their hospital and medical office buildings for visitor information desks and also for individual department projects. For more information, please call 619-528-5191.

ABC co-anchor, analyst to discuss interfaith marriage March 16 The Distinguished Author Series 2011, presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center will feature ABC co-anchor Cokie and political analyst Steve Roberts on Wed., March 16, at 7 p.m. at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre. A book signing follows their presentation. Interfaith marriage is on the rise in America. In Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families, the Cokie and Steve chronicle their experiences as an interfaith couple. Nearly two-thirds of the weddings featured in the “Weddings and Celebrations” column of the New York Times Style section are between partners of different religions. For information or tickets call the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348, or visit www.


(L to R) Lions Dave Roberts, Mary Jane Boyd, Marvie Bowlin, Carol Fleming, Pat McCabe, David Cain, Alice Tana, Robin Kemp, Craig and Dillon Garcia prepare to sort and process 250+ used eye glasses for the Del Sol Lions Club Recycling for Sight community service project

Del Sol Lions Club recycles used eye glasses for less fortunate For their latest community service project, Del Sol Lions gathered 250-plus pairs of used eye glasses through its “Recycling for Sight” project with 10 collection bins in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. The club then sorted the used glasses into categories for reuse by those less fortunate. Under the guidance of Lions Past District Governor Alice Tana, 10 Del Sol Lions Club members spend a weekend morning preparing these collected glasses for reuse. For more information on the Del Sol Lions Club, please contact Mary Jane Boyd at

The Bishop’s School gives community a taste of 2011 auction slated for April 16 The Bishop’s School 2011 Auction Committee, Wine Steering Committee and supporters gathered Feb. 25 at the La Jolla home of Kelly and Mike Dorvillier to launch their annual auction season and prepare for their party with a purpose to be held April 16. The Bishop’s School Tastings Party was an evening of delicious food and drink and an opportunity for the committee to cultivate a distinct catalog of wine and spirits-based auction items 2011 Auction Co-Chairs: Patricia Brutten, Donna Walker, including wine and beer Maureen Gibbons tours, tastings, and special dinners at local restaurants. mately $1 million in direct support of the programs. Twentyone percent of the current student body is receiving close to The evening’s tastings $3 million through the need-based financial aid program. In were generously provided the last school year, 53 faculty members benefitted from the by Giuseppe’s Fine CaterSchool’s Faculty Professional Growth program by participating ing, Karl Strauss Brewing in 63 enrichment experiences. Company, Amaya at the The 2011 Auction, titled “Say You Will,” will feature Grand Del Mar, CUCINA urbana, Elegant Events, The entertainment by Foreigner, one of the most popular rock acts Fish Market and Something in the world. Along with the world-class entertainment, the evening will be filled with extraordinary auction items, both Homemade. silent and live, fine food and drinks, and, most importantly, Held on the school’s campus, the annual auction the opportunity to support the School’s mission to provide supports the School’s Finan- the highest quality education to the best and brightest of our community. cial Aid and Faculty ProfesFor more information on the auction, visit the School’s sional Growth Programs. web site,, become a fan on the new The Each year, the school’s Bishop’s School Auction Facebook fan page, email auction@ auction raises or call (858) 459-6161.

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Cast members of the Sound of Music rehearse “The Wedding Scene.” Pictured: Back Row, L-R: Bennett Royce, Connor Smith, Kevin Changaris, Marissa Grice, Sarah White, Sophie Meyer, Mariah Feghali. Front Row L-R; Conner Smith, Lauren Clark and Kylie Kennard.

Santa Fe Christian presents ‘The Sound of Music’ The stage will come alive with music as Santa Fe Christian Schools Drama Department presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, beginning March 18 at the Star Theatre in Oceanside. Bringing to life the beloved story of the von Trapp Family, the cast and crew of 63 students have dedicated over 120 hours of study and rehearsal to the production, which will run March 18, 19, 25 & 26. In the past, Santa Fe’s annual spring musical has been cast with Upper School students, however this years production has allowed students across the school’s K-12 student body to participate, making The Sound of Music truly a school-wide effort. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/157164. Santa Fe Christian Schools is a Christian, college preparatory school located in Solana Beach. For more information please contact us at: (858) 755-8900 or www.

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Long gone are the days of the pedestrian supermarket experience when you’d troll the aisles scouting for lackluster staples and hunting down phantom sale items, shuffling through the store in a bored stupor before pushing your squealing cart to the check out counter, the most challenging query about to be posed to you, “Paper or plastic?” — the whole affair about as titillating as a senior Scrabble tournament. Today upscale markets practically wine and dine you at every department (who said “there’s no such thing as a free lunch?”) and seduce you with samples of Belgian chocolates, gluten-free cookies, power bars and organic skin care products, while providing health food lectures, book signings and back house tours. Whole Foods Market, the anchor store in the shops of La Jolla Village, is now offering a string of mouth-watering and inspiring events in-house. Here’s what’s on their shopping list for March. Global Gastronomy This week kicks off the first in a series of sitdown dinners taking you on a gastronomic journey around the world, “using products sourced from emerging countries and suppliers,” said Chassie Bell, marketing supervisor. Proceeds from the dinner (6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, tickets $25) will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation, whose mission is to empower impoverished women in nations like Peru, Guatemala, Kenya and Haiti by giving them microcredit loans to dialup their entrepreneurial

spirit with regard to locally harvested products. The five-course global dinners will focus on Whole Trade products supplied by these inspired women. As an added bonus, the exotic dishes will be paired with wine. Cheers! The Big Cheese Join Jeff, the big cheese aficionado for a saporous jaunt through cheese land that will teach you the who, what, where, why and how of gourmet cheeses, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12; tickets $5. Learn the differences between grass-fed cow, raw milk, goat, sheep and lactose-safe cheeses, and how to bring out the distinct flavors of each. A fruit and cheese sampling will follow. Iron Chef Cook-Off Eat lunch and be a judge for this Iron Chefesque competition as team members compete for culinary bragging rights during an in-store cook off from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Tickets, $5, will benefit Whole Planet Foundation. Popular dishes from emerging countries will be prepared with whole trade, sourced products. Stuff your face silly, then cast your vote for your favorite department’s delicacies. Meet Herbivore Superman

Brendan Brazier, an ironman triathlete, is one of a handful of athletes fueled by a 100-percent plantbased diet. When he’s not riding the bike, swimming strokes and running cross country in training for the next triathlon (or recovering from one), Brazier is writing bestselling books, such as, “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide,” and creating the award-winning line of whole food products called Vega. The latter includes smoothie blends, protein shakes, vitamins, minerals and maca root chocolate bars to boost energy, relieve stress, enhance libido and balance hormones, among other boons. Brazier will give an enlightening seminar on reducing nutritional stress with plant-based whole foods, followed by a book signing with goodies to take home, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

Beer Tasting Extravaganza Firestone Walker Brewery will pour samples from their limited-release brews, including Double Barrel Ale, Union Jack IPA, Velvet Merlin, Red Nectar and others. Sip, snack and take home a beer stein, on the house. 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 25. Tickets $10. Program spaces are limited. RSVP at (858)

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Carmel Del Mar-Torrey Hills FatherDaughter Dance For the first time ever, Carmel Del Mar and Torrey Hills schools hosted a joint Father-Daughter Dance on March 6 at the Del Mar Marriott. A great time was had by all! Photos/Jon Clark

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Experience a unique, fun-filled summer camp at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Have you ever wanted to see what it’s like to be a zookeeper, veterinarian, or animal trainer? Ever wished you could paint, sketch, sculpt, or photograph wildlife? Want to meet some extremely amazing animals up close and explore the Safari Park with your own private tour guide? Here’s your chance—join us for Summer Camp 2011! With both day and overnight camp options, campers will have a summer unlike any other. San Diego Zoo Safari Park is located at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, Calif., 92027; Call 619-718-3000 or visit


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Week-long musical theatre dance camps for boys and girls This summer the Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) will feature a variety of themed camps for all ages and abilities. All camps include a fully costumed performance at The Vincent Paul Black Box Theatre. Themes include: GLEE Club Superstars, for ages 9-14, improve vocal skills and perform classic American cover songs; Pixar LIVE!, for ages 5-12, acting and dancing inspired by Toy Story, Wall-E, and Cars; Pop Stars ROCK, for ages 5-12, work on vocal skills and perform the music of today’s pop stars; Angelina and YOUR Ballerina, for ages 4-8, develops a love for ballet, acting out the beloved Angelina Ballerina stories; a “Grand” Ballet Camp, for ages 7-12, improves ballet technique in preparation for The Nutcracker Holiday Tea; and, The Best of Broadway, for ages 9-14, perform popular scenes and songs from Broadway shows. Camps begin June 20 and end August 19. Camps cost $300. Discounts are available for a limited time. For more information call 858- 586-7834 or visit All Scripps Performing Arts camps include a fully costumed performance at The Vincent Paul Black Box Theatre.


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Del Mar Junior Lifeguard and Little Turtle programs teach water safety, ocean awareness, physical fitness San Diego County parents looking for summer activities for their children or teenagers need look no further than the Del Mar Junior Lifeguard Program conducted by Turtleguard, Inc. Developed for ages 9 - 17, the two- and four-week sessions excel in orchestrating activities that aid in developing water safety skills, respect for the ocean

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CAMP ERIN SAN DIEGO A CAMP FOR GRIEVING KIDS JUNE 10-12, 2011 “Coming together, sharing together, playing together, healing together.” Camp Erin San Diego is an annual weekend summer camp open to children ages 6 to 17 who have been impacted by a death. Hosted by The Center for Grief Care and Education, this free camp combines traditional, high-energy, fun camp activities with grief support and education.

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Summer Camp Explore and Connect! Kids ages 2-17 will explore the world of animals in depth during this awesome, weeklong adventure. Whether they’re a budding artist or a future zookeeper or just want to meet animals up close, there’s something for everyone at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Kids can come for the day or spend the night—either way they’ll have an unforgettable summer! For more information on summer programs, visit us on the Web at or call for reservations at 619-718-3000.



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Ready, Set, Camp! Finding the Right Camp for Your Child You are considering a summer camp, but how to choose? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a camp that is ideally suited for every child, providing a summer of growth and fun whether your child attends a day or overnight camp, a specialized or traditional camp. With a little help from the camp professionals at the American Camp Association, hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some sound advice that helps parents sort through the choices and benefits that camp delivers. As spring approaches, parents and children can look forward to planning for the future â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a future that includes the opportunities for exploration and discovery that arrives with summer camp. When is your child ready? Children are ready for new experiences at different stages. Parents know their children best and these questions can help gauge whether this is the summer your child will start camp.

What is your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age? Children under age 7 may not adjust easily to being away from home. Consider the day camp experience to prepare them for future overnight camp. How did your child become interested in camp? Does your child talk about camp on a sustained basis? How much persuasion is necessary from you? Has your child had positive overnight experiences away from home? Visiting relatives or friends? Were these separations easy or difficult? What does your child expect to do at camp? Learning about the camp experience ahead of time allows you to create positive expectations. Are you able to share consistent and positive messages about camp? Your confidence in a positive experience will be contagious. A Camp for Every Childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Perfect Fit

few days or stretch to all summer long. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well worth the trouble to investigate the variety of choices offered by camps before your child packs a backpack. These questions help you consider the options. â&#x20AC;˘ Near or Far? Where do you want your child to go to camp? Locally or far away? While each camp experience has something unique to offer your child, this is an opportunity for families to assess what they value for their campers. â&#x20AC;˘ Benefits of Camp Nearby Easier to evaluate and visit Friends and family are likely familiar with camp Minimal travel costs Likely contact with classmates or children from same region â&#x20AC;˘ Benefits of Camp Far Away

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Minimizes homesickness â&#x20AC;˘ Benefits of Longer Sessions (four-twelve weeks) Strong sense of belonging to camp community Chance to learn new skills Development of specialized skills Multiple opportunities for learning and enrichment Lifelong friendships Opportunities to contribute to camp culture â&#x20AC;˘ Boys Only, Girls Only, or Co-ed? Now may be the opportunity to explore the choices and benefits of all boys, all girls, or co-ed camps. â&#x20AC;˘ Benefits of Single Sex Camps Breaking gender stereotypesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;girls interact with women in position of authority and boys interact with men who act as nurturers More opportunities to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be yourselfâ&#x20AC;? without impress-

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CAMP continued from pB15 Choices abound when it comes to camp programs. One may highlight a wide variety of activities geared to campers of all ages and skill levels, others, because of their setting and expertise, may concentrate on one or two activities while providing traditional activities as well. Parents of children with special needs are pleased to learn about the range of camp activities that help kids be kids first. • Benefits of Traditional Camps Wide variety of activities Chance for campers to try new activities Exposure to more campers and staff at varying activities • Benefits of Specialty Camps One or two specialized activities (often combined with traditional offerings) Expectation for increased proficiency during camping session Deepens knowledge and skill in particular area of interest or ability • Benefits of Special Needs Camps Activities geared to campers’ abilities Knowledgeable staff with expertise to understand campers’ strengths and challenges Supportive and fun atmosphere to share with others • The Value of Camp for Every Child What happens when you make the decision to choose camp? You open up a world of discovery and learning for your child, a world that values children for who they are and who they will become. Camp gives each child a world of good. For nearly 100 years, the American Camp Association has been serving the camp community and families considering camp. Please visit our family resource Web site,, to learn more about the camp experience, search the Find a Camp database, and explore the world of child and youth development. For more information about child development and the camp experience, please visit our family-dedicated Web site, or call our toll-free number, 1-800-428CAMP (2267).


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QUESTIONS continued from page B1 her “the pleasure of meeting some wonderful children and their families.” Johnson also volunteers in the OR/ICU waiting room at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas. Dedicating more than a decade to a number of nonprofits has taught Johnson a thing or two about volunteering. “If I were asked to give any words of advice to people who are interested in becoming involved in the world of volunteering, I’d tell them that you might find yourself committed to the goals of a particular organization, but hands-on volunteering just doesn’t feel right. There will always be an organization that needs your help and when you find it, you’ll know it.” What brought you to this neighborhood? When I decided to retire in 1997, I knew that I didn’t want to return to the snow and cold of Minnesota so I checked out Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Boulder, and San Diego. I met with a realtor in Del Mar and once I saw this house in Solana Beach, I knew I was home! What makes this town special to you? I love the small town feel, but I also love the proximity to the ocean. When I am driving along the coast as the sun begins to set, I realize how fortunate I am to live in a place that is on other people’s list of a vacation destination. If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add,

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places, and events that have made my life what it is today. What do you do for fun? I’ve always loved to travel so that’s high on my list of fun things to do. When I am home, I love to walk at the beach, although my elderly dog is finding the sand a bit of a challenge. I also enjoy yoga, reading, and, of course, volunteering. Please describe your greatest accomplishment. I am fortunate to have a network of friends whom I’ve known for decades. We live in different cities and states but I know that if I needed to, I could call any one of them and they’d be there to offer support or advice — just as I would be there for them. What is your motto or philosophy of life? It was at his death that I read what Sargent [Robert] Shriver told graduating students at Yale in 1994: “Break the mirrors ... Shatter the glass in our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor and less about your own.” Reporter Marlena Chavira-Medford compiled the above Q&A. If you would like to be considered for an upcoming Q&A, or would like to recommend someone for it, please send an email to


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The name of the business: Ready Aim Organize located at: 3958 Gaffney Court San Diego, CA 92130 San Diego County mailing address: PO BOX 2924 Del Mar, CA 92014-5924, is hereby registered by the following: Theresa M. Finnigin 3958 Gaffney Court San Diego, CA 92130. This business is conducted by: An Individual. The transaction of business began on: Feb. 14, 2011. This statement was filed with the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on FEB. 17, 2011 Theresa M. Finnigin DM460 Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2011

PANY, a California corporation as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded on 05/14/2004 as Document No. 2004-0439626, as modified, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of San Diego County, California, executed by: Colony Properties, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, as Trustor, in favor of First National Bank, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: the South entrance to the County Courthouse, 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, California describing the land therein: LOT 1 IN BLOCK 127 OF DEL MAR SUBDIVISION UNIT NO. 3, IN THE CITY OF DEL MAR, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ACCORDING TO MAP THEREOF NO. 1450, FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, JANUARY 10, 1912. Beneficiary Phone: (310) 887-6290 Beneficiary: German American Capital Corporation, c/o KWP Financial I, Attn: Chad Walsh, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 153 25th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any,

shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, towit: $14,367,925.20 (Estimated) There is another Deed of Trust (subject of TS 2829-40(a)) securing the same obligation(s). Therefore, the bid amount may be allocated among the two Deeds of Trust. Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. The Beneficiary may elect to bid less than their full credit bid. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Set! to be recorded in the county where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. SALE LINE PHONE NUMBER: (714) 730-2727 DATE; 2/22/11 CHICAGO TITLE COMPANY FORECLOSURE DEPARTMENT 560 E. HOSPITALITY LANE SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92408 (909) 884-0448 Teresa M. Drake, Asst. Vice President ASAP# 3923824 03/04/2011, 03/11/2011, 03/18/2011 DM461

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Legal Notices a decree changing names as follows: Joseph Anthony Farley to Joseph Anthony Colella. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. MAR. 30, 2011 at 8:30 AM in DEPT. 8 at the address: 220 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county. Carmel Valley News. Date: FEB. 15, 2011. Kevin A. Enright, Judge of the Superior Court CV221 Feb. 24 Mar. 3, 10, 17, 2011 STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 2011-003832 in reference to the activity doing business as: K Square Gas & Service located at: 1602 E. Valley Parkway Escondido, CA 92027 SD County The following registrant has abandoned use of the fictitious business name: 1. Basit Taqui, Owner 15215 Luis St., Poway, CA 92064 2. Farhat Taqui Basit Taqui, Owner 15215 Luis St., Poway, CA 92064 The fictitious business name referred to above was filed in San Diego County on 09-05-2007, and assigned File No. 2007031133-01. This statement was filed with the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on FEB. 04, 2011. Basit Taqui CV220 Feb. 24 Mar. 3, 10, 17, 2011 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-003998 The name of the business: Jessie’s Bake Shop located at: 12075 Carmel Mtn Rd. #207 San Diego, CA 92128 San Diego County, is hereby registered by the following: 1. Jessie Imanil, Jr. 736 Jets Place Escondido, CA 92026 2. Jaimie Lyn Imanil 2074 Johnston Glen Escondido, CA 92024 3. Jennifer Imanil 736 Jets Place Escondido, CA 92026. This business is conducted by: Co-Partners. The transaction of business began on: July 1, 1992. This statement was filed with the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on FEB. 07, 2011 Jessie Imanil, Jr. Owner CV218 Feb. 10, 17, 24 Mar. 3, 2011

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: 37-2011-00085216-CUPT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Corey Dimond Neumann filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Corey Glenn Neumann to Corey Glenn Dimond. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted.

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011-002303 The name of the business: Sajj, Fresh Mediterranean Grill located at: 1459 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 San Diego County is hereby registered by the following: Sajj Foods LLC 1459 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92103 California This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The transaction of business began on: n/a. This statement was filed with the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on JAN. 24, 2011 Mustapha Ayoub, President DM453 Feb. 17, 24 Mar. 3, 10, 2011

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Del Mar Communications Center 240 Tenth Street, Del Mar, California Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. ROLL CALL APPROVAL OF MINUTES UPDATE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD/STAFF DISCUSSION (Non-Application Items) HEARING FROM THE AUDIENCE ON ITEMS NOT LISTED ON THE AGENDA DISCUSSION AND BRIEFING (Application Items) CONSENT CALENDAR CONTINUED APPLICATION: ITEM 1 –DRB-10-20 APN: 300-040-45 Location: 627 15th Street Applicant: John Jensen Architects Property Owner: Chloe Grey Trust Representative: Steve Ragan Zone: R1-10 (Low Density Residential) Overlay: WUI, Wildland Urban Interface Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Jean Crutchfield Description: A request for a Design Review Permit to remodel a two-story SFR and site improvements to include: enclosing a breezeway on the first floor into habitable space; new driveway gate; reconstruct deck located south of the residence to include a minor modification in footprint; grading and retaining walls under the existing deck to create a new covered deck area; new exterior building materials; window/door changes; relocate chimney; and new planter walls with site hardscape/landscaping. NEW APPLICATIONS: ITEM 2 -DRB-10-05 / CDP-10-04 APN: 300-252-07 Location: 641 Hoska Applicant: Paul Benton Architect Owner: Joan D. Lasensky Zone: R1-10 (Low Density Residential) Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Jean Crutchfield, Associate Planner Description: A request for a Design Review and Coastal Development Permit to demolish a one-story, singlefamily residence and construct a two-story single-family residence with associated grading, landscape/hardscape and site improvements. ITEM 3 DRB-11-02 / CDP-11-01 APN: 299-065-07&08 Location: 2606 and 2610 Oceanfront Avenue Applicant/Owner: EWM Investments Representative: Bokal & Sneed Architects Zone: R1-5B (Medium Desity Single-Family Residential) Overlay Zone: Beach Overlay Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Matt Bator, AICP, Senior Planner Description: A request for a Design Review Permit to construct a new roof deck with an open-trellis deck cover/structure at the western portion of the roof at 2610 Oceanfront. The deck would be accessed via a proposed second-story bridge that would “link” the residences at 2606 and 2610 together. The applicants are proposing (under a separate Boundary Adjustment Process) to merge the two lots and convert the residences at 2606 and 2610 into one single-family home. Other proposed improvements include exterior window, door and material changes associated with the remodeling of the [now] separate units into one single-family residence. Note: This project is located within the Coastal Commission’s appeals area. ITEM 4 -DRB-11-03 APN: 299-280-52 Location: 1563 Luneta Drive Applicant/Owner: Joe Bruderer-Schwab Representative: Greg Jordan Zone: R1-10 (Low Density Residential) Environmental Status: Exempt Contact Person: Matt Bator, AICP Description: A request for a Design Review Permit to construct a 30-inch-high, 300 square-foot wooden deck platform with access stairs. ADJOURNMENT DM464 3/10/11

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Legal Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER: 37-2011-00085997-CUPT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Westin Savannah Spear filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Westin Savannah Spear to Westin Savannah Ray. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Apr. 05, 2011 at 8:30 AM in DEPT. 8 at the address: 220 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county. Del Mar Times. Date: FEB. 16, 2011. Kevin A. Enright, Judge of the Superior Court DM458 Feb. 24 Mar. 3, 10, 17, 2011


Legal Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2010-00085996-CUPT-CTL SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 W. BROADWAY SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner Robin Ray on behalf of Austin Cheyenne Spear, a Minor, has filed a petition for decree changing name from Austin Cheyenne Spear to Austin Cheyenne Ray. It is hereby ordered that all persons interested in this matter appear before this Court in of the San Diego County Superior Court at: 220 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 on Apr. 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., and then and there show cause, if any they have, why the application for change of name should not be granted. It is further ordered that a copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE be published in the Del Mar Times, a newspaper of general circulation published in this county, at least once a week for four successive weeks prior to the day of the hearing. Date: FEB. 16 2010. Kevin A. Enright, Judge of the Superior Court DM457 Feb. 24 Mar. 3, 10, 17, 2011


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Mar/Solana Beach/Carmel Valley are moving to a different street in those areas. It’s a coveted place to live. And when people move here they plant deep roots in the community. The Del Mar Times newspaper is the only paper in town that is delivered by the U.S. Post Office into each and every home in that community. So everybody gets it. And because the content is hyper-local, most everybody reads it. And prospective homebuyers actively search the these papers for homes. Listings show up in this newspaper that don’t appear in other papers. According to the percentages, the most likely buyer for your home is reading the Times/Sun/News this week...and next. If you’re home isn’t shown in the Times/Sun/ News, you’re missing a potential buyer.

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February 18-24


HOMES SOLD IN CARMEL VALLEY ADDRESS 13405 Marcasel Place 13127 Caminito Mendiola 3974 San Augustine Way 13016 Carita Cv

BD 5 4 3 2

BA 4.5 4 2.5 2.5

SALES PRICE $1,300,000 0* $709,000 $455,000

HOMES SOLD IN DEL MAR ADDRESS 13754 Mango Drive #228 14288 Recuerdo Drive 13795 Mar Scenic Drive 6855 Spyglass Lane

BD 1 3 4 7

BA 1 2.5 5.5 8

SALES PRICE $130,000 $1,400,000 $1,350,000 0*

HOMES SOLD IN SOLANA BEACH ADDRESS 585 S. Sierra Ave. #23 327 Glenmont Drive 930 Via Mil Cumbres #201 663 Santa Camelia Drive 1126 San Ricardo Court

BD 3 4 2 4 2

BA 2.5 3.5 2 4 2

0* Indicates buyer asked county recorder's office not to release price.


SALES PRICE 0* 0* $320,090 $720,200 $785,000 SOURCE: DATAQUICK

$399,000-$459,000 12507 El Camino Real #B 2BR/2.5BA Fred Bandi, Coldwell Banker

Sun 1:00-4:00 858-342-1801

$482,000 2BR/2.5BA

10755 New Grove Trail #80 Lisa Harden, Prudential CA Realty

Sat-Sun 1:00-4:00 858-793-6106

$519,900 2BR/2BA

3797 Fallon Circle Deanna Robison, Del Mar Realty

Sat 1:00-4:00 760-413-3842

$958,000 4BR/3BA

10488 Gaylemont Ln. Lisa Harden, Prudential CA Realty

Sat-Sun 1:00-4:00 858-793-6106

$1,039,000 4BR/3BA

11021 Corte Mar De Delfinas Joseph and Diane Sampson, Sampson California Realty

Sat 12:00-3:00 858-699-1145

$1,059,000 5BR/3BA

10725 Stallions Lane Joseph and Diane Sampson, Sampson California Realty

Sat 12:00-3:00 858-699-1145

$1,079,000 5BR/3BA

10982 Cloverhurst Way Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker Residential

Sat-Sun 1:00-4:00 858-395-5813

$1,099,000 5BR/4BA

4980 Sandshore Court Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker Residential

Sun 1:00-4:00 858-395-5813

$1,224,900 5BR/4.5BA

4099 Philbrook Sq. Farryl Moore, Coldwell Banker Residential

Sun 1:00-4:00 858-395-5813

$1,439,000 5BR/5BA

5836 Brittany Forrest Lane Joseph and Diane Sampson, Sampson California Realty

Sat 12:00-3:00 858-699-1145

DEL MAR $985,000 3BR/3.5BA

3311 Caminito Cabo Viejo Kyle Belding, Del Mar Realty Associates

Sun 2:00-5:00 858-525-2291

$1,695,000 3BR/2.5BA

262 Surfview Ct Kyle Belding, Del Mar Realty Associates

Sun 2:00-5:00 858-525-2291


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$370,000 4BR/4.5BA

6515 La Valle Plateada Bruce Smitham, Smitham Real Estate

Sun 1:00-4:00 858-755-5254

$840,000-$865,000 5375 Caminito Providencia 2BR/2.5BA Kristin Proctor, Kristin Proctor Real Estate

Sun 1;00-4:00 310-612-3355

$2,730,000 4BR/6BA

Sun 1:00-4:00 760-445-0322

7862 E. Entrada De Luz Kathleen Baker, American Eagle Realty

SOLANA BEACH $639,000 3BR/2.5BA

520 San Andres Nancy Rinehart, Coldwell Banker Del Mar Village

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NEW listing!

NEW listing!

NEW listing!

Promontory - $1,575,000 $1 575 000

Belmont - $$1,195,000

Santa fe summit - $$1,125,000

NEW listing!

NEW listing!

NEW listing!

Sansonnet - $$1,099,000

Amador - $1,650,000

Belmont - $1,349,000

SOLD! Santa Barbara Listed at $1,195,000 Represented Seller





Meadows Del Mar Listed at $2,349,000 Represented Seller

Duck Pond Listed at $3,495,000 Represented Seller

Steeplechase Listed at $985,000 Rep. Buyer & Seller



Del Mar Mesa Listed at $2,999,000 Rep. Buyer & Seller

Lexington Listed at $1,350,000 Represented Seller

Fairbanks Highlands

The Crosby


In escrow


$1,649,000 Daniel Greer

Steve Selman

Mark nunn

Dana rajwany


Darren malet

SOLD! Heights

$1,050,000 Joy mcdonald

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Del Mar Mesa Listed at $2,499,000 Represented Seller

Chris woolwine

Huntington Heights


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