Volume XVI, Issue 17
North Coast Rep turns 30
April 26, 2012 Published Weekly
One Paseo draft EIR comment deadline extended to May 29 Project pro and con debate continues
■ Professor/ scientist shares proof of God’s existence in book. Page 8
■ In ‘iDisorder,’ professor tackles technology obsession. Page B1
BY KAREN BILLING A sizeable draft environmental impact report (EIR) on proposed development One Paseo has been circulating for nearly a month as Kilroy Realty continues its efforts to create a “Main Street” for Carmel Valley. The EIR gives the opportunity for people to weigh in on what it might mean for the community. “We’re focusing on working with the local planning board and community to make sure the plan that moves forward is something that is embraced,” Robert Little, vice president of development at Kilroy Realty said. The city has extended the comment deadline to May 29 and the plan will be discussed locally at the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board at its meeting tonight (April 26) and at the subcommittee level.
Ken Baca, North Coast Repertory Theatre Artistic Director David Ellenstein and Emmy-winning actress Lucie Arnaz celebrate North Coast Rep’s 30th anniversary at the Bow Tie & Pearls Gala held April 22 at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. See page B12. PHOTO: JON CLARK
DMUSD looks at locations for Childcare Development Center
■ Miracle League of San Diego’s Home Run Derby a big hit. Page B13
BY KAREN BILLING The Del Mar Union School District presented four options, both short and long term, for a new location for the Childcare Development Center (CDC) at a special workshop on April 19. In option A, the CDC/preschool location would remain at Sycamore Ridge, shifting the classes to the separate child care building. Option B would be to relocate the CDC/special education preschool (3-5 year olds) to Ashley Falls and option C would be to relocate the
infant/toddler and age 2’s to Ashley Falls. The one long-term option presented was to construct a new permanent building at a school site, a cost of $4-6 million. The board is expected to hear a recommendation from staff on their preferred option at the April 23 meeting. The CDC moved to Sycamore Ridge from the old Ninth Street district office two years ago on a tem-
SEE CHILDCARE, PAGE 27
Little said they anticipate a lot of comments and they will have to address them all to move on with the process but said they are very excited to be at this point. “It’s a lot of work but we’re very happy because the whole CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) process is the critical part to getting the project moving,” Little said. One Paseo is planned for the lot on El Camino Real and Del Mar Heights at 1,857,440 square feet of development. There will be 270,000 square feet of commercial retail, 557,440 square feet of commercial office, a 100,000-square-foot hotel and 608 multi-family residential units. There will be a total of 4,809 parking spaces throughout the project in underground parking, one
SEE EIR, PAGE 6
DM school district may place general obligation bond on November ballot School board set to vote on authorization of feasibility study BY KAREN BILLING The Del Mar Union School District is considering putting a general obligation bond on the November ballot. The board held a workshop on April 19 at Ocean Air School to hear a presentation from the Dolinka Group on the necessary steps in the GO bond process. Preliminary financing analysis showed a bond worth an estimated $59 million over 16 years, with $16 million being available in 2013. The cost of the bond is limited to a maximum of $30 annually per
$100,000 of assessed property value. “We want to make sure taxpayers pay as little as possible and get as much as they possibly can,” said Benjamin Dolinka, president of the Dolinka Group. The district’s project list must be specified in the bond measure and it requires 55 percent approval from the voters. At its April 25 meeting, the board will vote on authorizing a district-wide feasibility study on the potential GO bond and the district could move forward on a tight timeline leading to the election. The feasibility survey would be out in May and the results present-
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Sheriff’s Department says teen parties in vacant homes cause for concern; Parents asked for help The Encinitas Sheriff’s Department recently sent out a letter to San Dieguito Union High School District parents notifying them that the Sheriff’s Department has received several calls recently involving teen parties being held in vacant homes. The notification read as follows: “In recent weeks the Sheriff’s Department has responded to calls for service involving large teen parties. The parties are located in vacant homes. These parties involve underage drinking and drug use. Two of the parties involved more than 200 teens and when deputies arrived, they scattered which caused a grave concern for the community and the welfare of the teenagers, many of whom were driving cars. “The Sheriff’s Department would like to make you aware of this activity and they are enlisting your help in keeping our teenagers and the community safe from underage drinking and driving, alcohol and drug use, and all of the associated crime and activity. “They are diligently working to prevent a recurrence of these types of parties
which have also included huge financial losses for the home owners as a result of vandalism and theft to the properties themselves. “The Sherriff’s Department will be enforcing all laws applicable in these situations. Those laws include curfew, Social Host ordinances, driving under the influence, burglary, vandalism, and drug laws. “They are seeking your help and ask that you notify the Sheriff’s Department if you or your child have any information regarding an upcoming party. That information would include the location, the organizers, and any adults who are providing alcohol. You can call the Encinitas Sheriff’s Stations at 760-966-3500 or contact the Sheriff’s Department anonymously at the Tip Hotline on our web page. https://www. tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?agencyID=409 “Thank you for your help in keeping our communities and children safe. This message is provided courtesy of William D. Gore, Sheriff and Sherri Sarro, Captain of the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station.”
Del Mar Mesa Planning Board Briefs; April 12 meeting Forming a Neighborhood Watch group SD Police Department Northwestern Division representatives updated the Del Mar mesa Community Planning Board April 12 board on forming a Neighborhood Watch. Vice Chair Elizabeth Rabbitt offered her Del Mar Mesa home for meetings. The first meeting will be in May, and the division will offer training to those interested. Board appointments Chair Gary Levitt, vice-chair Elizabeth Rabbitt, and secretary Allen Kashani retained their seats (unanimously approved), with new appointments of Preston Drake as trails representative and Rob Mikuteit of the San Diego Mt. Bike Association as community representative. — Suzanne Evans
La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation to hold Community Forum in Solana Beach April 30 La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation will hold a “Community Forum” on Monday, April 30, from 6-8 p.m. in the La Colonia Park Community Room in Solana Beach. The goal of the forum is to plan monthly community educational meetings and bring together key professional stakeholders representing a broad spectrum of interests covering social, educational, and health issues affecting the quality of life in the community. It is time for change and time for North County leaders to rally and unite under the explicit purpose of improving the quality of life for Latino families at La Colonia en Gardens Park. Through a spirit of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration, these forums will developed effectively resources to meet the growing needs of Eden Gardens’ families. A forum will be provided for community members that will raise awareness for issues affecting the community, such as: gangs, drug and alcohol abuse, education, health, teen pregnancy, violence, etc. In every forum, there will be informational booths from community resources, such as Lifeline, Vista Community Clinic, Migrant Education, North County Health Services, and other agencies from the community. For more information, call Manny Aguilar at 619-672-5872.
New recycling-friendly trash system to start up in Del Mar BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
As of April 9, if you are one of the 65 percent of Del Mar residents who did not select a new bin size for the new pay-as-you-throw collection system, Waste Management has automatically selected a default medium-sized bin for you, and you will see no rate increase. If you’d like to save money and potentially waste, however, Waste Management will accept requests for exchanges and make every effort to honor the late responses, but the actual exchanges will not take place until at least the week of May 29. Exchanges may be requested after the delivery of the new carts. In all cases, Waste Management will begin making exchanges the week of May 29, on residents’ normal collection day. Under the new system, approved in December, the more trash that residents put on the curb, the more they pay. The approach is to incentives recycling. During the bin selection period, which lasted three weeks, two community meetings were held at the City Hall Annex. A Waste Management spokeswoman said they were both well attended. According to a recent quality of life study from the Equinox Center, Del Mar disposes of the second-most amount of waste per capita in the county, behind Coronado. Equinox Center spokeswoman Emma Leggat said this is mainly due to the large influx See TRASH, page 27
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During UCSD visit, Dalai Lama says science and religion not incompatible in curbing global warming BY PAT SHERMAN His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was in good spirits during a visit to UC San Diego April 18, where he frequently told jokes, chuckled and even gave UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox an affectionate head-butt. The spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism was at UCSD to discuss climate change before heading to the University of San Diego to talk about cultivating peace through justice. Both events were sold out, as was an address at San Diego State University on April 19. Opening the event at RIMAC Arena, eBay founder and chairman Pierre Omidyar noted that the Dalai Lama has previously stated his belief that when scientific facts contradict Buddhist beliefs, “those beliefs must be discarded.” A 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Dalai Lama was discussing climate change with UCSD professors Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Richard Somerville. During his opening remarks, Somerville said the Earth’s climate has always changed from natural causes. What is different today, he said, is that human activities have become the dominant factor. “Our generation today now controls what the climate will be for our children and grandchildren,” Somerville said. “We did not seek this power but we have it because we have long used the atmosphere as a free dump for the side effects and waste products of human activities. “The case for urgency” in dealing with climate change is “scientific, not ideological or political,” Somerville said. Ramanathan began by offering a “scientific message of hope.” “There is a practical and proven way to slow down global warming considerably in our lifetime,” he said. “In fact, we can cut down expected warming over the coming decades by almost half and thus slow down the melting of the glaciers and snow packs, particularly in the Tibetan gla-
UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox showed customary respect to the Dalai Lama after he presented her with a Tibetan scarf. Photo/Carol Sonstein ciers, which are referred to as ‘the water fountain of Asia.’ ” Spiritual leaders, such as the Dalai Lama and the Pope, have the “moral authority” to demand cleaner climate practices, Ramanathan said. The Dalai Lama stressed the importance of nations setting aside “national economic interest” and coming together with the “full force of cooperation” to slow global warming. “The world belongs to humanity,” said the 76-year-old spiritual leader, who sported a UCSD Titans visor for the discussion. “America belongs to the people … not to Republicans or Democrats.” Climate change, said the Dalai Lama, “is a question of our life, our survival. … This is something, very, very serious.” While the toll war and violence takes on humanity is evident through widespread imagery, climate pollution is
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Del Mar Heights continues to take a proactive approach to technology learning BY KAREN BILLING Del Mar Heights School continues to lead the way for the Del Mar Union School District in technology learning. For the third year students are using iPods in the classroom and this year, for the first time, iPads were introduced into fourth grade classrooms. Technology at the Heights is completely project based, supporting what students are learning in the classroom, said Gail Moran, Extended Studies Curriculum technology teacher. In no way are the devices a “babysitting tool” and Moran said one of the most exciting Fourth grader Kennedy Quay works on her iPad at Del things to happen is that the Mar Heights. Photo/Karen Billing iPads and iPods have changed the way teachers teach and the way children learn. The program goes hand-in hand with the district’s goal to create a 21st century learner—students learn collaboration, communication, problem solving, media literacy and digital citizenship. “We have to provide these opportunities for kids because in the future that’s what they’re going to need. We’re preparing them for jobs that haven’t even been created yet,” Moran said. Del Mar Heights isn’t the only local school breaking new ground in technology. Cathedral Catholic High School next year will become the first school in San Diego County with a school-wide One to One iPad3 program—iPads for every student. Parents will still purchase a limited number of textbooks and pay an annual fee for the iPad rental, apps and other technology needs. “These young people grew up on this type of technology—they’re digital natives,” said Sean Doyle, director of technology in a press release. “We believe these devices will offer them access to more information for less money, as well as increase their efficiently and fully engage them in learning.” Del Mar Heights’ iTouch pilot program launched in spring 2010 with one third grade class using iPods. In 2011, they added a second third grade class. This year, all three third grade classes have iPods and the fourth graders share one set of iPads. Their program is constantly evolving, with help from generous PTA donations, and Moran hopes they are able to purchase a second set of iPads for the fifth grade next year. Other schools in the district have started to look at mobile devices as well—Del Mar Hills has netbooks, Carmel Del Mar has netbooks donated by the Dad’s Club this year and Google Chromebooks will be piloted at Sycamore Ridge this spring. The district is looking to make a decision in June about what type of mobile device will be implemented at all the schools and then it will be piloted at two schools’ fourth through sixth grade classrooms. Del Mar Heights started its program on its own and its push with the devices is in reading and writing. “Writing scores have improved. It’s a tool that the students like to use and teachers have noticed they are highly motivated,” said Moran, noting most everything they need is available at the touch of a finger, such as dictionaries or research. “That doesn’t mean that they never learn to put a pencil to paper. We did it overkill the first year with making them do everything on paper first. Students complete much of their work in Google documents. Assignments can be handed in paperless and teachers can make corrections to the document and the students can share documents when they’re working on a collaborative project. They can even watch See TECHNOLOGY, page 14
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EIR continued from page 1 above-ground parking structure and small surface lots. At the heart of the plan is a “Main Street” for Carmel Valley, with a walkable center of shops, restaurants, offices, residences and a movie theater. Janette Littler, a Carmel Valley resident who said she would feel the impacts as well as anyone at her home on Townsgate Drive, said she loves the idea of Carmel Valley getting a “community landmark.” She attended one of Kilroy’s workshops and was impressed by how they interacted with the community and wanted to become involved. “I really do support this,” Littler said. “I want to make sure it happens.” While there are some that like the project and how it could change Carmel Valley, an opposition group called What Price Main Street has also formed to take a stand against the mixed-use development
that they feel is way too big for the community, “Nobody is opposed to the concepts in their plan,” said opponent Bob Fuchs. “But expanding something four times what is currently entitled with token improvements creates impacts felt by the whole community. That concept is hard to get across, especially in the face of their PR campaign that’s misleading and misrepresenting.” “It’s easy to say ‘We’d love to have a Henry’s and a Main Street’, whatever it is,” opponent Ken Farinsky said. “But it’s so hard to explain the impact of this project and how big it is.” Since the 4,500-page draft EIR was released on March 29, Fuchs has spent significant time going over the details and researching — he estimates he spent about five hours a day on it and that’s “just scratching the surface.” “It’s really monstrous project and it’s going to have serious impacts,” Fuchs said. “Del Mar Heights to I-5 is a serious, significant and unmitigat-
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unmitigated along with what CEQA requires to be called unmitigated. “This is where the project pays its fair share contribution but we need to identify those improvements ‘unmitigated’ from a CEQA perspective,” Little said. Fuchs worries about the fact there is no control over when improvements might happen. “Because there’s no guarantees, the community could be stuck with impacts everywhere,” Fuchs said. Littler said that she likes the traffic circulation improvements that Kilroy is offering the community, as far as using smart technology to synchronize the traffic signals and a new right turn lane when you’re headed east on Del Mar Heights, turning right onto El Camino Real. “We always split the lane and drive into the bike path. This project gives us a whole new right turn lane. I love that they’re taking care of a current problems in their plan,” said Littler. “These are privately funded amenities we would never have if it was left up to the city of San Diego.” Kilroy has said that it will reduce traffic delays in the system up to 46 percent. Fuchs said he has his reservations about the synchronization system and has looked into its efficiency in San Marcos. At best he said it improved traffic delay by 13 percent and at worst, worsened it by 4 percent. “If it was so good how come every city in the county isn’t using this thing?” Fuchs said. Littler said improvements like those are expensive and what Kilroy is able to offer is above what the city is able to provide. Fuchs and Farinsky said it’s hard for them to explain how dense One Paseo will be because they cannot find anything else like this that exists in a suburban area like Carmel Valley. Fuchs said a more densely populated area like downtown could tolerate this “high density development” because it has circulation and access at multiple points and mass transit. Kilroy’s plan does call for rapid transit from Oceanside and University Towne center along the Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real corridors with a transit stop on El Camino Real. Fuchs said that bringing people from Oceanside sounds like an isolated solution. “It’s not a bus where people in the community can use it to get to One Paseo from Del Mar,” Fuchs
said. However, there are some developments that are within walking distance. Farinksy said the visual effects and community character being defined as an unmitigatable impact was dead on as there is nothing in the surrounding area that is as tall as nine or 10 stories, the height of an office building and hotel respectively. He said the view of the plan always offered looking down on the project is misleading and doesn’t allow people to get a real feel for how high the buildings will be or the homes that will line Del Mar Heights. “The DEIR said there’s no important views in Carmel Valley,” Farinsky said, making a case for looking south at Carmel Mountain or back at the Del Mar Hills. “This project will block a lot of views.” As far as fitting in with the community being an unmitigatable impact, Littler said she thinks the project will fit in just right. “Anything is going to have a visual impact of some sort, even not doing anything is a visual impact,” Littler said. “This is a net positive for our community, not by a little bit but by a lot.” Littler said it will also fit into the community by creating a new workforce. “I’m very, very excited about the possibility of providing jobs in our damaged economy, a place where our kids will go to work as well as small business office space,” Littler said. “That’s really important to me.” The alternatives Kilroy had to submit project alternatives to be studied in the EIR which included: 1) No build 2) Developing the site for what it is entitled, 510,000 square feet of corporate office. 3) Commercial only — only the commercial elements would be constructed, including the 510,000 square feet of office space, 21,000 square feet of professional office and 270,000 square feet of retail. Medical office/Senior Housing alternative — 425,000 square feet of medical office and 600 senior housing units 4) No retail alternative: 510,000 square feet of office, the 150-room hotel and 609 multi-family residences. Farinksy said he wished Kilroy could have presented a mixed-use alternative that promoted less traffic by cutting out a lot of retail and trimmed some residential.
Littler also wasn’t excited about any of the alternatives—the entitled office buildings offering just “concrete, asphalt and steel from corner to corner” of El Camino Real with little or no traffic improvements or aesthetic improvements to the community. “Do we want an office space corridor or a community Main Street with a gorgeous community meeting place?” Littler said. “If any of these alternatives are selected I would be just as fullthroated in my opposition.” She said the worst possible alternative was if the land stayed as it has for years, as a “fallow, dead spot” which she believes creates a negative impact of its own. ‘Meaningful’ input Fuchs said he doesn’t like that One Paseo will change the community plan and set its own size and height limitations, he feels it should be the other way around, that the community sets the parameters and developers design to fit. He worries about the consequences. “If this goes through, it’s open season for developers to cram as much as possible into any open site,” said Fuchs. “There’s no way to stop it.” Fuchs said that Kilroy has stated they’ve made numerous changes to their plans due to public input since it was first presented in 2009 but he does not believe it to be true. The only change he could find was a 30,000 square foot reduction in office space. “That’s less than 2 percent of the project, it’s a totally meaningless gesture,” Fuchs said. “There needs to be meaningful input from the community, working closely with the community planning board.” Little disagrees, saying Kilroy has been responsive to public input. “The project undergoes continual changes and continues to evolve not only technically but with community input,” Little said. “There’s been multiple changes to the plan, it’s just that we can’t please everybody all the time. It doesn’t mean we’re not listening. A lot of comments and opinions have to be deciphered to find consistent trends to determine what people want to see to make it a success.” Public comment will be accepted on the draft EIR until May 29 and it can be accessed on both One Paseo’s site, onepaseo.com and What Price Main Street’s site is whatpricemainstreet.com
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Del Mar resident provides unique perspective in book ‘A Scientist’s God’ BY KATHY DAY Jerzy Lewak took a while getting to writing his book, “A Scientist’s God,” which he says gives undeniable proof of the existence of God and spirituality. In fact, it took 55 years for the seeds planted in college in 1957 to grow into the 100-page Kindle book. The 73-year-old Del Mar resident, who has more than 50 years of experience in theoretical physics, electrical engineering and computer sciences, was raised a Catholic and still attends services. “I believe very strongly … but I don’t agree on many points,” he said. “Spirituality is more important than religion.” It was his scientific background and discussions while in college in England that first focused his thoughts on God and spirituality. “Discussions with others convinced me then that most do not see things the way I do,” he said. More recently, he considered inadequate “publications of decla-
Where to obtain Lewak’s book “A Scientist’s God: New Arguments for the Existence of God and Our Soul. A scientist’s personal exploration.” Published as a Kindle book, it may be borrowed or purchased for $9.99 at the Amazon Kindle store. Web and blog page:ascientistsgod.com. Note: Lewak hasn’t blogged much, he says, because he’s been busy with other activities. rations and reasonings by some atheistic scientists and the published arguments against such atheistic arguments by other scientists.” Lewak, who joined the faculty at UCSD in 1966 and took early retirement in 1991 from his post in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is all about science — from teaching it to starting two software companies and having “about 10 patents, several more pending and to be written.” His companies include Nisus Software, which he started in 1984 about the time the first Mac computers hit the street. Nisus was the “first windows software,” made to be used on
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Jerzy Lewak tist, who was deported by the Soviets to Kazakhstan, then escaped to Teheran and went to Tanzania before being educated in England, goes into a lengthy discussion about how he reaches his conclusion, summarizing by saying, “All our subjectivity, all our individual experiences, are non-material so I call them spiritual.” He also argues that “believers and disbelievers are really both believers in a creator of all reality, but believers claim it is an intelligent, purposeful and all powerful creator God, whereas disbelievers claim, often only by implication, that it is an unintelligent, purposeless, dumb ‘machine.’ Both tenets are based on belief.” Continuing that thought, he said, “The book points out that believers in
God can answer our important subjective questions and millions of otherwise unexplained human experiences, whereas believers in a dumb machine do not have a chance.” Part of the book focuses on “out-of-body experiences,” another topic that Lewak has studied in depth. “There’s no credible evidence I’ve been able to find that contradicts the reality of the out-of-body experience,” he noted. “If there is anything, I would be willing to read it.” When he’s not trying to prove the existence of God and spirituality, Lewak likes to solve problems in software engineering. But he’s also active outdoors, as well, enjoying cycling and daily bodysurfing — without a wetsuit and unless it’s been raining. He also likes reading and puzzles — “but only puzzles that are real. I stop myself from puzzles that the only satisfaction is that I solved it.”
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The Torrey Hills Imagination Club was honored at San Diego City Hall with a proclamation for the San Diego City Council, led by Council Members Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner, declaring April 24 Imagination Club Day in the city of San Diego. The fourth and fifth grade girls who started and are members of the club were honored for their social action activities and their commitment to developing the leadership skills and time theyâ€™ve spent giving back to their community. â€œThese young ladies deserve recognition for their commitment to growing as leaders in school and engaging as volunteers in their larger community,â€? said City Council member Marti Emerald. â€œBy helping others in the community, members of the Imagination Club serve as role models for girls throughout San Diego. Added Council member Sherri Lightner, â€œThis Imagination Club is not only about picturing a better world â€“ it is a about creating one. The energy, inspiration and enthusiasm of these young women are something that we all should aspire to.â€? The Torrey Hills Imagination Club was inspired by a young girlâ€™s imagination about creative ways to learn about and get involved in the community. Its motto, Where Imagination and Friendship Become One, has led to a safe, inspirational, lively forum for young girls to explore and imagine beyond their classroom walls into the heart and soul of the community where they live and play, and beyond. Part of their efforts included the creation of their own website, www.torreyhillsimaginationclub.wordpress. com, where club members can share ideas, photos, insights and skill-building tips. The Imagination Club meets every Monday at lunch recess where fourth and fifth graders dedicate their free time to de-
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Calendar of events: Encinitas Fair; Bridal Bazaar; Belly Up fundraiser: Grace Point Church food drive; Torrey Hills Boutique •Are you in the mood for some free family fun and entertainment? Then make your way to the 29th Annual Encinitas April Street Fair on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. The fair opens at 9 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. both days. There will be something for everyone with roughly 450 vendors selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, environmental products, art, antiques, home décor, and of course, a variety of delicious food. For more information visit DEMA’s website www.encinitas101. com. • The Bridal Bazaar, San Diego’s largest wedding planning expo, returns to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (760) 334-5500 or visit www.BridalBazaar.com • A star-studded roster of some of Southern California’s finest blues, roots and rockabilly musicians will assemble at the Belly Up Tavern beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30 to raise money for award-winning local blues singer, Candye Kane, who is fighting a resurgence of pancreatic cancer. The multiple San Diego Music Award-winning singer and Oceanside resident, who recently returned from a European tour, will undergo surgery at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center on April 27. A musical play about her life, “The Toughest Girl Alive,” sold out performances at San Diego’s Moxie Theatre. She has been nominated for the 2012 BB King Entertainer of the Year Award and Best Contemporary Blues Female. The benefit will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning guitarist Dave Alvin, R&B singer Javina Magness, The Beat Farmers, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin & the Night Cats, Debbie Davies, Earl Thomas and Kim Wilson. The Belly Up Tavern is at 143 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach. Tickets are $30 in advance, $32 at the door, through (858) 481-8140 or bellyup.com. •Grace Point Church has partnered with Friends & Family Community Connection to help feed hungry children in Honduras through a “Faith In Action Sunday” event on April 29. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., church members will work alongside members of the local community to package the food. Grace Point Church is located in Carmel Valley. Grace Point Church is located at 13340 Hayford Way, San Diego, CA 92130; 858-481-0424; www.gracepointsd.com. • Torrey Hills Elementary School will hold a PTA-sponsored Spring Boutique on Friday, April 27, from noon-7 p.m.
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Local educators to receive Crystal Apple awards The 19th Annual Crystal Apple Awards winners have been announced: Simeon Greenstein (Social Science/History) Torrey Pines High School; James Teague (Spanish) La Costa Canyon High School; David Main (Science/Biology) Canyon Crest Academy; John Oly Norris (Social Science) San Dieguito Academy; Kasey Galik (PE) Carmel Valley Middle School; Robert Shockney (History) Diegueno Middle School; Celia Walsh (Sciences) Oak Crest Middle School; Ann Cerny (History) Earl Warren Middle School; David Warner (Science) Rancho Santa Fe School; and Ted Williamson, who will be receiving a special award, is a tutor from Sunset High School. The nominations come from almost 200 students who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The students each choose a favorite educa-
tor, then write and submit a recommendation letter, which often conveys their gratitude to a particular teacher for taking the time to reach out to them individually. Choosing one winner for each school in the district is often difficult because there are dozens of inspiring educators chosen by the students. The San Dieguito School District is served by many diligent, funny, intuitive, mentor/educators who will each receive a copy of their nomination even if they were not selected as their school’s winner. The awards ceremony will be held on May 10 at 7 p.m. The public is invited and there will be refreshments following the ceremony. The address for the event is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 12701 Torrey Ridge Road, San Diego, CA 92130.
TPHS Rummage Sale to be held April 28 The Torrey Pines High School Rummage Sale and Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the TPHS Foundation, will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 7 a.m.-11 a.m., at the school’s back parking lot. Items for sale include furniture, antiques, children’s items, clothing, tools, books, art, lamps, sporting goods, jewelry and much more. All proceeds benefit TPHS student programs. The event will also feature a Realtor ShredFest from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact the TPHS Foundation at (858) 793-3551. Torrey Pines High School is located at 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA 92130.
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LAMA continued from page 4 “We have to sensitize our economists … that changes are happening now,” Ramanathan said. While advocating respect for long-held traditions, the Dalai Lama said humanity also must face “today’s reality,” and care for the planet in the same way a bird would its nest. “Our survival depends on it,” he said. “It is wrong just to exploit as much as possible without care.” Asked by a member of the audience how one can have a calm, rational debate about climate change with those who deny its existence, the Dalai Lama said the key is to “have respect” and “listen” to the other side. During the UCSD event, the Dalai Lama occasionally consulted a translator by his side. Though portions of his talk were lost in translation, the audience seemed to comprehend the general message he wished to convey. “It’s kind of like listening to Shakespeare, where your ear adjusts, and then you get it,” said Michelle
Tiernan, following the UCSD event. University donor Blake Harper said he has long admired the Dalai Lama and found the presentation “fantastic.” “The two scientists were so brilliant in their thinking on environmental issues, and the Dalai Lama just brought a whole different attitude (with his) spiritual background,” Harper said. Tiernan said she admired how the Dalai Lama brought “secular education in line with people’s religious beliefs, “honoring all paths and all faiths.” Environmental engineering student Kingston Hon said he was surprised by how informed the Dalai Lama is on climate change. “I didn’t know what knowledge he could bring to the table about environmental issues, but surprisingly enough, he did have a lot of wisdom pertaining to the situation we’re in,” Hon said. “I always thought he would be kind of distant from everybody, but you could sort of relate (to him), like your grandfather. He has an aura about him that you just respect, but at the same time he’s still very
humble, still very human,” “He’s like Yoda,” added UCSD political science major Hannah Bernabe. Sierra Stevens-McGeever, who is studying marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said she liked that the Dalai Lama repeatedly underscored the concept of shared humanity. “Some people are starving and some people are trying to get the biggest, baddest house and the craziest car, but it’s not really what’s important when it comes down to it,” she said. “We do share this world and our pollution is affecting people in other parts of the world that don’t have the luxury of driving a car around, but they’re still breathing in polluted air.” Student Jesse Traller, who is studying algae biofuel research, said she liked that the Dalai Lama called for engaging in civil discourse with climate change denialists. “As long as you address them in a harsh way, like I found myself doing last night — (while) talking to somebody about global warming — nothing’s going to ever come across and you’ll never work through
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TECHNOLOGY continued from page 5 as a classmate makes changes. In addition to writing and reading (including eBooks), the tools are used to tap into nearly every subject, social studies to math. Teachers take advantage of educational “apps” like Monkey Fractions or one on idioms that children loved so much that the teachers heard from parents that they requested to download it for their own devices and continue using it at home. Moran works closely with the teachers to make sure the teachers use the most educational apps that make sense with the school’s core standards. Classroom management is key with these tools, Moran said. Students are given rules and they stick to them. Students are instructed “iPods up” or “iPods down” and students follow the rules for fear of losing the privilege. The students respect the equipment and they have had no broken devices in three years. The whole classroom learns together—teachers have a pad of paper at the front of the classroom where students can write down different tricks or tools they learned that day to share with the class. “It changes the way a classroom looks and works together,” Moran said. In Colleen Gaines’ third grade class last week, students were in a rotation of five applications on their iPods: a read-aloud app, the Sticker Shop where students learn about money and deci-
mals and Sketchy, where students write a story using their vocabulary words and are able to illustrate it. As they worked, Gaines circulated to work with students one on one on editing some of their writing. “I really like it, it doesn’t take the place of regular curriculum it’s just another piece you add in,” said Gaines, who uses the iPods in class about four days a week. In Courtney Masick’s class, the students were working on stories they had written with vocabulary words. Masick has them use the iPod’s voice recorder to read their stories aloud without self correcting and then listening to it in order to make edits. “It helps me recognize what I’m doing in my writing and what I can do to make it more interesting,” said third grader Lyric Bledsoe. Fellow student Kaden Michaels said the voice recorder also helps their reading skills. “If you’re reading like this,” said Kaden, imitating a slow, boring monotone, “You can tell. You can tell if you need to speak louder or quieter.” Kaden’s favorite app they use is Freddy Fractions, where they learn about fractions, decimals and percentages. Students Dominic Khattar and Reinhard Bartsch also prefer the fractions app. Lyric likes Chicktionary, a game with letters that you have to use to make a word. Masick’s class also uses a story kit to write their story with illustrations—Masick said some students choose to illustrate every page, some every line, but all are required to have at least four pages. “This is round two for me and it’s as wonderful as it was last year,” Masick said. “I’ve just added more
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and more layers, working on their reading, writing and creating and taking it to another level… It’s terrific, we’re really lucky to have these.” New this year are the iPods, rotating through the fourth grade with teacher Tiffany Kinney. So far using the new devices have been successful. As the students were ready to start a novel last week, Kinney had the children looking up vocabulary and working in pairs in Google docs. The students had to find words with multiple definitions and identify what definition might be used in the book, which takes place in the 1840s during a sailing expedition. “They’re all very engaged and enthusiastic about using the tool as a learning device, not looking up words in a bound dictionary,” Kinney said. “This is their world, this is how they’re going to look up words from now on.” Learning about reliable online sources starts early on in their education, Moran said. “Reliable sources and responsible use are all part of digital citizenship,” Moran said. “They learn just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t make it a fact.” The students have used an app on their iPad to assist their learning about rocks and minerals, with quizzes at the end that they have to pass to unlock a next quiz. Another app has them launching cupcakes “Angry Birds”-style to hit the correct solution for a math problem. When they play as a class, the students get a kick out of Kinney’s cupcake launching skills—hers aren’t as honed as the children’s. “It has been amazing to watch the students learn and my teaching has obviously changed, it’s just been really amazing,” Kinney said.
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Coastal community band unites generations, concert to be held April 29 BY CLAIRE HARLIN EDITOR@DELMARTIMES.NET
Some of the best seasoned musicians in the San Diego area play for the Coastal Communities Concert Band (CCCBand), and they are showing high school students in Del Mar and nearby areas that you can play music for the rest of your life — and be good at it. Approximately 30 musicians from the San Dieguito Union High School District, chosen by their band directors, will join the Coastal Communities Concert Band for a concert of popular music on April 29, at 2 p.m., at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. “Many of our members have played for decades, and many are professional musicians,” said Del Mar resident Lucy Zizka, who has played bassoon in the band for five years. “It’s really an honor for the kids to play with us … We get letters from parents and students thanking us for the experience.” Twelve of these students will also be auditioning for scholarships from the CCCBand, and these awards will be
Approximately 30 musicians from the San Dieguito Union High School District, chosen by their band directors, will join the Coastal Communities Concert Band for a concert of popular music on April 29 at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas.
presented at the concert. “Part of our mission statement is to enhance music education, and this is a big reward for the really good kids,” Zizka said.
One of the awards is in honor of the late Don Caneva, who was a well-known and highly respected former CCCBand director. Last year’s Caneva Scholarship winner, Ashley Kim, will also perform a flute solo with the band, directed by Robert Fleming. Fleming, a retired marching band director from Arizona State University, commutes to San Diego from Arizona each week to direct band rehearsals. Beginning with 14 members, the nonprofit adult community band, comprised of experienced musicians who are attorneys, doctors, engineers, school teachers, professional musicians and others, has grown to more than 85 members who reside throughout San Diego County. The band is housed under the San Dieguito Adult School, and although band members enroll as a class, auditions are still necessary and the band generally stays full. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling Kris Sims at (760) 436-6137. For more information on the band, visit www.cccband.com. San Dieguito Academy is located at 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.
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Mission Bay Aquatic Center camps offer more fun than ever! There has never been a better time to attend The Watersports Camp! The YMCA-sponsored camp offers several exciting options to choose from, including wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, marine science and — new this year — stand-up paddling. Weekly summer camp sessions start June 11. Full-day and half-day camp options are available. Online registration has never been easier! Visit www.watersportscamp.com or call (858) 539-2003 for more information or to register.
Two After School Learning Tree students winners at San Diego Junior Bach Festival After School Learning Tree has two winners: pianists Caroline Bao and Julian Hsieh, in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival held in downtown San Diego on March 31. The Southern California Junior Bach Festival was founded in 1961 to stimulate interest and appreciation for music of Johann Sebastian Bach, a notable German composer from the Baroque era of music. The festival maintains the highest performance standards and interpretations of Bach’s music. Every year almost 2,500 students from 34 branches of the The Music Teachers Association of California Teacher Galina Talis with After participate in the competition. The San Diego branch School Learning Tree winning presented 200 students for this highly competitive event. Only the most accomplished and talented stu- students Julian Hsieh (above) and dents could become winners and be chosen to compete Caroline Bao (below). at the next level — the Regional Festival in Orange County. The two After School Learning Tree students, Caroline Bao and Julian Hsieh will perform in the next level at the Orange County competition. Congratulations to them and to their teacher, Galina Talis. Summer Camps offered at After School Learning Tree Come cook, make jewelry, build with Legos, do Mad Science and learn to present speeches. Come learn about animal science, the care of animals and careers from a week of the San Diego Humane Society. These are some of the new Summer Camp classes offered at After School Learning Tree, a multi-cultural enrichment academy located on Sorrento Valley Road. Enroll now! The fun begins soon! Call 858-259-0066; 11525 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego 92121; www.AfterSchoolLearningTree.com
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‘Le Tour du Monde 2012/Around the World 2012’ to be held at San Diego French-American School Join “Le Tour du Monde 2012/Around the World 2012” at San Diego French-American School. Campers will enjoy a variety of fun, educational activities presented in English, French, Spanish or Mandarin. Children ages 3-5 and 6-13 will be immersed in a new language while enjoying such diverse camps as, art, surfing, archery, and skateboarding, plus other sports. Fashion Camp, Native American Storytelling, circus, Playball, Play Well TEK Lego, fencing, and Mad Science are in English. Register by April 30 for a $15 early bird discount. June 25-July 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open house: Friday, 5/25, 11:30-1:30. SDFAS, 6550 Soledad Mountain Rd., La Jolla. summercamp@ sdfrenchschool.org; www.sfrenchschool.org; 858-456-2807 ext. 307.
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